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THE DANGERS OF HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

THE DANGERS OF HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS

High-protein diets present numerous health concerns. While they are loaded with fat and protein, they are low in vitamin C and B. The absence of fiber often contributes to constipation and other bowel problems.

A high intake of animal protein can be harmful to the kidneys, gradually damaging the nephrons, the kidneys’ tiny filter units. The effect is not usually detectable until much later. Animal protein also encourages the loss of calcium from the bones, encouraging osteoporosis.

Over the long run, a meaty diet increases the risk of several forms of cancer, particularly colon cancer. Part of the reason is that, as meats are cooked, amino acids, creatine, and natural sugars in the animal muscle tissue coalesce to form cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines. These chemicals are part of the explanation for the threefold increase in colon cancer among frequent meat eaters, compared to those who generally avoid meats.

On February 24, 2000, Robert Atkins, Barry Sears, and Sugar-Busters’ Morrison Bethea faced off against Doctors Dean Ornish, John Mcdougall, and other advocates of low-fat and vegetarian diets in a morning-long debate sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most notable in the debate was the marked absence of scientific evidence favoring high-protein diets, in contrast to innumerable scientific studies establishing the slimming effects and other health benefits of low-fat and vegetarian diets.

High-protein diets present a band-aid approach to weight problems. People often fall off that diet of miniscule portions and crave something else. It takes a strong effort to remain on that diet and the people who do... need to diet the rest of their lives in order not to gain back the weight they have lost. Over the long run, low-fat diets rich in whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits are much better at getting your body’s insulin working again, trimming your waistline and cholesterol level and maximizing health. It’s almost impossible to gain weight on a true vegan diet.

The best news besides being the healthiest of diets, you never have to go hungry again...eating vegan is a way of life where you can eat until you are satisfied and still lose weight the healthy way, slowly but continually. You never have to count calories again…except to make sure you are getting enough! The only down side is you may have to take a vitamin B12 supplement or incorporate nutritional yeast into your diet; and don’t let people make you think you can’t get enough omega’s…those people haven’t studied this diet…the scientists of nutritional research have.

  
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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 3/23/2009 5:43AM

    Hi Dusty,

I loved this one too. I tried the high protein diet years ago and I did not like it and I was hungry on it and feeling lousy on it. Although I do eat skinless chicken breast and fish the bulk of my diet is grains, fruits and vegetables and eating this way is how I feel the best.

Thanks for your blogs.

Margaret

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APRILMAY1956 3/19/2009 2:53AM

    I have had a kidney transplant and I had to watch how much protein I ate for 25 years. I still continue to limit protein; but your vegan way of living has gotten me thinking. The fat from animal protein has clogged many people's arteries, so it can't be good. Thanks for sharing.

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SLIM.CHICK 3/18/2009 10:36PM

    Lots of interesting info here! It seems lately I have been hearing of several people who have found out they have cancer. I think today's diet is a big contributing factor. emoticon

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BELIEVINGISEING 3/17/2009 10:56PM

    Too true. I have just started reading Dr. Barnard this evening. Have not had time to read anything but ther beginning page LOL. Mom was over all day and we played cards and went shopping. My legs are tired but we had fun. We did a lot of looking and she did buying. Have a great evening and thanks for sharing. Pam

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WILD4STARS 3/17/2009 7:24PM

    What a great testament to a healthy way to eat!
Thanks!
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TLESTROGEN 3/17/2009 5:26PM

    That's what I like to hear! I've only been vegan for a couple of weeks now, but I am already starting to feel better (think the body's even detoxing after ridding myself of diet coke). I just makes sense to eat this way. We aren't designed to spend our lives counting calories and exercising on machines (although I am exercising on a machine--LOL--but I have to lose the hunk of lard that attached itself to me). I no longer believe that meat protein is a requirement for me, and I'm finding it's actually cheaper eating without buying meat.

Hubby came home yesterday and said he can already smell meat on people and it's grossing him out. Feel bad for him because he's a chef and he's dealing with these temptations up close and personal everyday.

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EXERCISE A LITTLE...LIVE LONGER!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009



Regular physical activity cuts death rates dramatically. The good news for non-athletes is that most of the benefits come from light physical activity such as walking. There is relatively little difference in the value of intense physical activity versus modest exercise, such as walking. But there is a big difference between getting any form of physical activity and never getting any at all.

Do not buy into the myth that exercise can undo the effects of a bad diet; it is not true. Take soldiers, for example, they get a lot of exercise, and tend to stay physically fit, but when doctors examined the hearts of 300 American soldiers killed in Korea, 77 % had some atherosclerosis. In many, the plaques were of substantial size, and in some cases they had blocked off entire coronary arteries. These young men had grown up eating the typical American diet, and they had no hint of the powder keg waiting in their hearts. If you looked at the soldiers who had plaques, some were big enough to block at least half of the artery opening…yet they ‘seemed’ fit! They were not overweight; the combined average weight between them was 153 pounds. They did not have high blood pressure and their average age was 23. Obviously, their physical fitness did not keep their arteries clear.

Physical activity cannot counteract the effects of a fat-filled diet, but it can add to the benefits of a healthful life-style. Just walking 30 minutes a day 3 times a week will be a great way to start; and if you can’t walk 30 minutes all at one time, break it into 3 segments walking 10 minutes 3 times a day.
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APRILMAY1956 3/12/2009 4:31AM

    Dusty -Thanks for your blogs. They are always eye-opening. I'm going to try to watch the fat more now. Keep up the good work. Your results are amazing. People can learn a lot from you. Are you sure you're not a teacher? Your friend -Leyla


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WILD4STARS 3/11/2009 8:35AM

    Thanks. A lot of truth in one little space. I'm putting my shoes on now!
Keep on the positive path!
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SLIM.CHICK 3/10/2009 2:55PM

    Great blog! We can always get some walking in. One of my favorite ways to get in some extra steps is to go shopping and see all the cute outfits I will soon be able to wear. emoticon
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BELIEVINGISEING 3/10/2009 2:39PM

    The only safe way to lose weight and to stay healthy is eat right and exercise. Americans eat so much meat even though we know it isn't healthy. Add to that fried and fast foods and most are a heart attach waiting to happen. How's the eating going? Hope everything is going great and Irish eyes are smiling down upon you. Pam

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DISAPPOINTED IN SOMETHING....

Monday, March 02, 2009

I’m so disappointed in something…is it my ‘friends’ or my ‘family’ or people in general or maybe myself? I’m not certain…

What is it about the word ‘vegan’ that makes people act like I’ve suddenly acquired a very nasty contagious disease, or grown a third eye, or contracted leprosy? We are only vegan for the healthy benefits of eating to heal our bodies. We are not (as most everyone knows) vegans for any other reason; it’s not for religion or any kind of bandwagon! So don’t be shocked when you see me wearing my leather coat and shoes and carrying my leather hand bag!

All day Friday and Saturday my husband and I prepared for an elaborate party to be held at my house. We invited our usual circle of friends and family. We have these kinds of parties about every 2 months but it’s not always at our house…we take turns. The last party was on New Years Day. This time it was March 1st and it was to be at our house. We all gather about 12:30 and eat soon there after. (It’s pretty much an all day event of eating and visiting) The host prepares the main course and anything else he/she wants to also prepare. (I’m famous for cooking enough food to feed a small village) Everyone knows I not only love to eat but I also love to cook for people.

About the 1st of February, when I knew we were going to continue eating vegan, I politely told my SIL to not be offended if we didn’t eat her ‘goodies’ and other foods she may bring to the party as we were now eating vegan, but I assured her that there would be plenty of food available for everybody and not to worry about what ‘we’ could eat. She told the others that we were eating vegan now so they ‘could bring appropriate’ foods. It didn’t matter, there’s no arguing with my SIL, so I just went about doing what I do…cook.

My brother, Charles brought over a huge uncooked whole shoulder picnic roast for me to prepare for the event on Sunday. I was also going to need oven room for the lasagna and that I would be putting together. Mean while, on Friday, we put together the menu and went shopping and set about cleaning house. Saturday we roasted a huge turkey (man that smelled good!) and made the potato/rosemary, the wheat bran, and the corn/jalapeńo bread rolls, prepared the fresh vegetables for the vegetable tray, prepared the lasagna so it would be oven ready for Sunday. Also I made the 9 X 13 inch pumpkin pie (using a delicious crust made of walnuts/whole wheat flour and a bit of cane sugar).

Sunday morning we would not be going to church because I needed the time here to get everything together before everyone got here. (It’s a sacrifice that goes with being host)

At 6 am we prepared the pork and put it in the oven and I set about getting my vegetable medley ready and preparing the fresh asparagus. While my husband and son moved the chairs from the dining area to the living room for seating and put up the large 3’ X 6’ tables up for the food. I use one large table for the hot foods and one for the salads and desserts and then our small dining table to hold the beverages, napkins, glasses, silverware, and plates. It’s always been like that, and with all the food we barely have enough room to put it all. I set out the foods starting about noon using the buffet warming server to keep the hot foods hot and was pleased with my array of the home made vegan chili, lasagna, turkey, pork roast, mashed white potatoes, turkey gravy, vegetable medley and asparagus. Everything was made fresh and from scratch.

On the cold table I had assorted raw veggies, fresh fruit bowl, assorted homemade bread rolls, butters, both vegan and cream, and the big pumpkin pie of sorts…it looked wonderful to us, and there was still room for the other salads/and whatever the others would bring. (There’s always way too much food) With what I had, there was enough to feed everyone 4 times over! But that’s what we’ve always done, its tradition…and nothing gets wasted, we donate a lot of the leftovers to the homeless; so it’s all good.

Some of our guests came early and others come in a little late but not everyone came this time…nor did they bring food. My SIL brought some brown rice that she had put some canned peas and carrots in (to make it vegan) and she brought a huge casserole of plain refried beans plus a few extra cans of peas and carrots which I finally convinced her we didn’t really need because I prepared a gallon of fresh vegetables. One friend brought jell-o. Even though the others didn't bring food, I didn’t think too much about it because I had cooked a lot of food.

Everything was lovely although I noticed that half the folks didn’t even taste my lasagna, chili, or pie…even my rolls, which most people rave about, were left mostly untouched. Still I didn’t give it too much thought, I was having a great time visiting with friends and family (those that came). All was going well until I went out of the room (but not out of ear shot) One of my ‘friends’ who chose to eat ‘before’ she came, said “so, is everyone here vegans now?” Something about the tone of voice she used…another ‘friend’ said “we didn’t even know we were going to eat or we would have brought something” (like this was all new to her) There was more, but I didn’t want to hear anymore. They were talking behind our backs about us being ‘vegans! Like we had done something evil or vile! I don’t think my husband heard because he was busy in the kitchen and my son was in the restroom, so I pretended I didn’t hear anything either.

I put away the left over lasagna for dinner for Monday, and packaged up all the meats, rolls and other foods for the homeless and determined not to let it bother me. By 4 O’Clock, everyone had left. Usually people don’t leave until around 6.

I woke up today, unable to deny it. It did bother me. I had prepared a lot of wonderful foods that we had lovingly toiled over to make perfect. I wanted so much to have my friends and family try my vegan food; it was flawlessly perfect and undeniably delicious. Those who had eaten the lasagna, one friend, my SIL and us loved it. You couldn’t tell it was vegan at all! Even the rice cheese melted nicely on the top and tasted amazingly like mozzarella. The pumpkin dessert faired only slightly better. And the rolls, which everyone usually runs for, barely had a dent in the bowl.

Our ‘friends’ and some of my own family members had avoided eating anything that didn’t have its fair share of animal fats and dairy in it! And somehow, now that we were eating ‘different’ they acted like we didn’t have anything in common anymore. Nobody even mentioned the word vegan until we were out of the room. My son, Mr. Picky, my SIL and my husband raved about how good the lasagna was and I had to admit it was great! But still most of our guests wanted nothing to do with my ‘vegan’ food. Like the word ‘vegan’ contaminated it somehow.

I can’t tell what i'm feeling right now; But I know this…physically, I’ve never felt better.

I've added a picture of the cold leftover lasagna...it has lost a lot of stuctural integrity, but you can see that it was fine in its prime.

  
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HEALTHYRED 3/31/2009 3:00PM

    I hope you and your friends find a way to work things out.

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APRILMAY1956 3/12/2009 4:38AM

    Dusty - That lasanga looked delicious. Those folks don't know what they missed. Good for you making an effort to cater to everyone's tastes. Too bad they didn't appreciate it. -Leyla

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FUNNYSUNNY123 3/9/2009 10:16PM

    Dusty,

You can cook for me anytime you like. I would be more than happy to eat your lasagna (something I haven't tried to make on my own) rolls or anything else. The nerve of some people! The people at my work are always grateful when I bring food because they know I can cook. They know it is vegan, but they don't care because it tastes good. Here's hoping that some of your friends and family will come to the same understanding. emoticon

And I agree. I feel much better, energy and health wise, since adopting a vegan diet.

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HOLLY_ROSE 3/6/2009 5:25PM

    Yummy my friend!! Wish we lived closer!! I love you, and there's a lot if ignorance in this world, and it's a choice people want to live with!! I bless you my sister in the LORD!! Have a GREAT weekend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSYA72 3/4/2009 1:16PM

    How rude! Y our lasagna looks delicious. I'm not vegan or even vegetarian, but my son and dil are vegetarians. I cook for us and I cook for them. What they can eat they eat and what they can't they don't. Everything is great, even when dh and I are cooking on the grill. They will bring their vegetarian meats and we stick em' on the grill last.

People are diverse and so are their taste. Others need to adapt!

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MYSTICAL-PIXIE 3/4/2009 9:31AM

    oh dear.... I am so sorry that you have to go through all of those nonsense.... maybe they just dont understand and just dont know how to react...

over here in my country, its normal for a person to be a vegan because hindus (like me) are vegan for prayers and festivals.... and at times, we do vow to be a vegan for a certain period of time... so, friends and family do understand... and the same goes to the buddist..

take it easy my dear... maybe your friends and family just dont underdstand and i guess you have to talk to them to make them understand that even if you are vegan, there are still non-vegan food being served and you are not offended by it and you are comfortable with them eating non-vegan in front of you....

I guess its just explaning and understanding to be done to fix this matter.....



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HEALTHY-GG 3/4/2009 12:46AM

    I am not vegan as you may recall, but I find it very rude of your guest. I personally would have rather they come to me if they had questions or concerns. I also think that people need to be more open minded at tasting and just experience new things, what can it hurt you find something that you really like... and some not so much but that is true with everything.

I probably would have found a way to bring it up, because of you and how you write about things YOU INSPIRED me to buy 2 books by Neal Barnard, M.D. I also subscribed to Vegetarian Times. I know that I can incorporate new things into the way I eat and live. I am growing and learning because of you!!!!! Thank you!
Don't let it get you down. you did a great job!! I am sorry that they are slow to come around I hope and pray they will some day!!
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VFOOTE 3/3/2009 10:20AM

    "If you can't say something nice...don't say nothin' at all." Isn't that what Thumper's mother taught him? Too bad we can't learn from a Disney movie, isn't it?

I'm sorry your friends and family have caused you pain, Dusty. I'd actually like to have your recipe for the lasagna if you care to share it - I love vegetable lasagna as much as I do the kind with meat.

Not understanding what chosing to be vegan means to you, to why you chose to change the way you eat is no excuse for rudeness and ill-mannered behavior on the part of your family or friends. That being said, you need to decide how big a deal it is and if it is something you want to correct. If you truly want them to understand then you need to take a stand and be pretty straight forward with them, explain it as best you can and ask them to accept it and support you. Even if they don't understand it - in fact, they don't have to - but, they still need to support you unconditionally, as family and true friends should.

God bless - and best wishes.

Vicki

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D710DANCE 3/3/2009 8:47AM

    Well Dusty,
When people have a fear or lack of understanding about something they respond in the way that your friends did. I don't know how you could do it, but you need to educate your friends/family members on what being a vegan really is (to be honest I'm not too clear on it).

First pray and ask for wisdom as to how this should be handled, if your relationships with these "friends" is of value to you. Also, maybe you can create some little place cards with a high-level summary of the ingredients in it next to the foods---you know like how it is at a buffett. Or maybe even provide some basic info on your next invitations...it's sad but true...but "our people perish for lack of knowledge."

Anyway, don't get "weary in well-doing" this lifestlye change is working for your family and because of your efforts more of us on SP are becoming better educated about the vegan-way.

Love ya!!!

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BELIEVINGISEING 3/2/2009 6:31PM

    I am so sorry. I think maybe your friends didn't know enough about Vegan food to taste it. They might have thought there was all sorts of strange food in it. A lot of people don't know exactly what eating vegan entails. As far as they're concerned it could be all sorts of strange things and maybe they didn't want to ask, because they didn't want to hurt your feelings. I have an Aunt that told me she could see being vegetarian but she thought Veganism was ridiculous. I come from a long family of meat eaters so to them it is a little strange. To me, it makes sense, but I don't know what I would do if I went somewhere with Indian food. It isn't that I am against that food, just that I wouldn't know what it was. Why don't you just call a friend that was there and ask if something was wrong?
Ask without throwing accusations just tell them you felt like there was something wrong that day. I would go to the party and make a Vegan cake or something and don't tell them til they ate it and tasted how good it was. There is a recipe in one of the cookbooks for Vegan macadamia nut carrot cake that I am dying to try but am going to wait and make it for a holiday so that I don't have leftovers at home LOL. Don't be upset. You know you are doing something good for your health. They will come around. Pam

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CAROLEHZ 3/2/2009 5:09PM

    I think that your lasagna looks delicious and I'm sure it tasted great. I have been on both sides of this...My college room mate was a Vegan and having her visit seemed like a challenge in that I wanted to make something for dinner that she would enjoy, but it did intimidate me, I don't know why...On the other side..my husband had a heart attack, It's pretty much a no brainer that you make some changes to be healthy...some of our friends said things behind our backs like... they would NEVER change the way the eat, they would rather die..that just made us laugh, still makes us laugh, I'm sure they didn't really realize how ignorant they sounded...or.. really think that my husband should just die if he can't eat a cheese burger, we have enjoyed the changes...I think you should go to the April party and bring a dish, like always, and let your friends see their concerns are silly.
Carole

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What Our Presidents Haven't Learned...Yet!

Friday, February 27, 2009



You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~The late Dr. Adrian Rogers

My thought is....good point, I can't argue with that!

  
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VFOOTE 2/27/2009 10:58AM

    Amen! You should put that in the papers in the editorial column!

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BELIEVINGISEING 2/27/2009 7:00AM

    What gets to me is that when there is a war, we raid a country and then spend millions building them back up again. We just keep paying and paying. Yes I feel sorry for those people, but in building up there country, we are tearing down ours. what is that saying, charity starts at home. Sometimes I think wars are started so that we can build them better than they were. I love the US but there policies just don't make a lot of sense to me. Just like when you buy a house, some states have property tax so you keep paying for it forever, even when its paid for. We are in this state because of craziness. I don't think a president should get an exorbitant amount every year for the rest of his life. Maybe he should get more retirement than the average person but not that amount. There is so much stupid spending.
I just don't know.

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 2/27/2009 5:49AM

    Dusty,

That is an awesome post. Correct, profound and true. Thankyou for posting it.

Margaret

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A BRAND NEW GOAL

Monday, February 23, 2009



I’m creating a new goal today; today I am going to do ‘portion control’.

Now, I’m not new to portion control, its just that since I have begun this new food program that I am currently on, I have not had to count calories or even monitor how much I eat! It’s been great; and I have been losing weight at about 1 pound a week.

Its not that I really feel like I ‘have’ to lose weight faster, that isn’t my goal. My goal is to be healthy and fit. I know that consistency and persistence with determination is the key so for now I just want learn to control this appetite.

I love to eat; its one of my favorite things about life. I love to cook. I love to try out new recipes. I love to feed people good food.

Its time to keep those things that are good, and train those areas in my life that need training; Starting small and planning on working my way into more commitment as I go along. I find that short term commitments keep me from becoming distracted and help keep my focus on track.

So here’s how it looks from here:

February 23 ~ Portion control for one week; I started today!

Daily goal…

~ 3 servings of legumes
~ 3 servings of fruits
~ 4-6 servings of vegetables
~ 8 servings of grain products

I CAN do this...thanks to sparkpeople! WOOHOO!

  
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BELIEVINGISEING 2/23/2009 7:55PM

    Great plan and you can do it. I know you can. I can too. I sometimes just need a push or a boot LOL. I am going to get more frozen dark cherries for snack. I didn't get any this month and am eating sweets. How about being my spark buddy to keep me on track and I will check on you. If you would rather not its ok. But I think it might be fun. Pam

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