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Namaste, Despite Things Going Wrong

Wednesday, May 02, 2012



I have absolutely adored the SparkPeople iPhone app. It works faster than than the big website for PCs. I have my phone on me all the time and can upload anything I eat any time. Then today it stopped working for me and I wonder if it will ever work again! I went to the App Store and there are complaints galore about it, most if not all dated today. It seems they have just "updated" the app. Thanks for nothing.

Did you know that SparkPeople doesn't have a "Contact Us" feature in the Help tab area? Me neither. but it annoys me. I posted a complaint in the comment stream appended to an article on SP apps. I may have to do what others have done and jump ship and use something else. Don't want to, though.

BTW, my leg fracture is coming along. The last MD I saw said I don't have osteoporosis after all, but bone loss as a side effect from long term steroid use for asthma. I see that doc again tomorrow for an update with new x-rays and an MRI. We will see how I'm doing. Progress in healing, I hope!

Thanks to my SP friends for your support and encouragement all along this journey toward health and fitness. The hardest thing right now is not being able to exercise. Despite cutting back the calories I'm still creeping up. Even walking more than absolutely necessary has been forbidden. Even standing must be limited.

The good news is I am meditating and drawing and writing more. I've had two articles published in recent weeks in the elephant journal online mag. Here are links, and I really hope you'll read them and even add your comments:

Contemplating the Aging Process www.elephantjournal.com/2012/04/cont
emplating-the-aging-process-shielagh-s
husta-hochberg-phd/


Our Friends the Crows www.elephantjournal.com/2012/04/our-
friends-the-crows-shielagh-shusta-hoch
berg-ph-d/


Life is good. It really is. One day at a time.

  
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SUNNYH99 5/13/2012 9:46AM

    Happy Mothers Day to all moms who see this! Good news: recent X-rays show healing. Having MRI Tuesday to confirm. Life is Good! Btw, SparkPeople app back working beautifully, better than ever!

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DS9KIE 5/13/2012 9:33AM

    just read your blog and then read this blog (right in a row)

http://www.sparkpeople.
com/mypage_public_journal.asp?i
d=SP_STAFF

Glad your your starting to feel better. And I'm sure glad its not osteoporosis.

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LADYDI2049 5/2/2012 3:30PM

    Hi Sunny, I read both of your articles previously and loved them both. I'm so happy that there is progress in your leg fracture, I hope that continues.
Know that I think of you and wish you the best always.

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LIV2RIDE 5/2/2012 2:48PM

    First - great articles thanks for sharing! Second - thank you for sharing that site. I had never come across it and have found many articles I can't wait to read.

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Too Young For Osteoporosis?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012





I am a vegan and have been fully vegan for 3 years now. I've been active and busy and taking my B-12 and other supplements pretty religiously. OK, I stopped the multivitamins and calcium for a few months after reading that most supplements are unnecessary. I don't recall where I heard or read this now, but a couple of friends stumbled on it, too, and did what I did.

Now, the doctors don't think I could have suffered the effects of stopping supplements in such a brief time, and I've been assured that only 3 years as a vegan could not cause it, but I have sustained a spontaneous fracture of my femur at the knee. The femur is the long thigh bone, the longest, strongest bone in the body! The gist of it is that this fracture is a sign of osteoporosis. My grandmother had it, my mother had it, and now apparently I have it. I am just 60 years old, off hormone replacement for several years now. 60 feels too young!

I'm right in the midst of getting the right attention for this. The orthopedist said to use a cane and "walk as little as possible and stand as little as possible." I live and work in New York City, and I travel to and from the office by subway. There are stairs I must use to go into the subway and come back out again. I live in a 2-story apartment that is located on the third and fourth floor of my apartment building. We have no elevator. When I'm not working I am in a rural area in a 2-story townhouse where until now, walking and hiking in nature and using the gym were big pluses. Not right now.

I asked my primary physician for his advice and he said: 1) get another bone density test; 2) see another orthopedist for a second opinion; and 3) start Boniva. While I awaited his referrals and prescription, and it took a reminder call and nearly a month to get them from him, I told my GYN and she was great. She also urged another opinion and suggested I see a local rheumatologist who specializes in osteoporosis. I have an appointment with him in two days. I finally got the script but have decided not to fill it until I see the specialist. My GYN assured me that the vast majority of women on this type of medication experience no serious side effects and that those who do have either been taking chemotherapy simultaneously or have been on it for longer than five years, so they stop at five years and the benefit usually continues for up to 10 more years.

I tried to get the new bone density and found out that my insurance company only pays for them every 2 years, so I'm not eligible until July. They may allow it if my doctor appeals a denial, but I might be on the hook for $350. I declined to book it for now.

Morals of this story? If you're over 50 (whether you are vegan, vegetarian or omnivore), get your bone density tests, take your calcium and Vitamin D, and if you sustain an unexplained fracture, demand to be evaluated for osteoporosis. And don't assume the medical people treating you are staying on top of everything. Nowadays many are overworked and not as responsive as we've come to expect. We have to be ready to manage our own care or demand help when we need it.

No, we aren't necessarily too young!

Here's a link to remind us how to eat for bone health: nutritionresearchcenter.org/healthne
ws/bone-health-boosted-by-colorful-foods/

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/2/2012 6:19PM

    Of all places, I recently learned from a pedorthist (person who works to correct bio-mechanical problems with a person's feet!!) that lack of strength training contributes more to osteoporosis than eating enough calcium or taking enough calcium supplements! I was quite surprised to hear someone else that knowledgeable.

He said it's because of the "use it or lose it" principle. If a person is NOT working out and doing strength training, lifting weights, working against resistance, then the body will not produce the calcium it needs from the food it gets. The "excess calcium" from foods and supplements that are not being used to rebuild bone and muscle due to the strength training just end up being excreted or else clogging up the arteries, blocking the nerve endings etc. etc. Really surprised me when he said that.

I got to looking around and read other places where that is true - including an article here on SparkPeople!

http://www.spar
kpeople.com/resource/fitness_ar
ticles.asp?id=910

I just saw the link to your blog from someone on my friend feed, so I don't know if you are already doing strength training? I would think that Yoga might fulfill this need too (since you mentioned Namaste!) but I don't know... hope this article helps?! And it is scary to hear of people getting osteoporosis at a younger age.

Julia


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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/14/2012 9:51PM

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I have osteopenia and took Actonel for many years, but after reading about long term effects, I quit last spring when I went vegan. I do take Vit. D since my levels were extremely low a year prior to my diet change and I take Dr.Fuhrman's muti vitamin for vegans. I hope you are able to get your bone density test and some other help. I would think inactivity would be detrimental to your bone density as much as normal. I hope you get some answers and good advice that works for you.

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DENISE223 3/14/2012 11:46AM

    Dear Sunny:

I am so sorry to hear about this! emoticon

I'm glad that you'll be seeing a rheumatologist and hope that he will be of some help. At what ages were your mother and grandmother diagnosed?

About 1 year ago, my primary told me to decrease my calcium supplements to 500 mg/day - I was taking 1,000 mg. She said there was a study showing an increase in heart attacks in women taking too much Calcium and that I should get most of it through food.
Luckily, there's an abundance of calcium rich foods in a vegan diet: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/calciu
m
I take 600 mg of magnesium, vitamin D and of course, continue to take my B12 every morning.

Given that you have a diagnosis, I sincerely hope that your primary will appeal the denial so your insurance will pay for another bone density study.

We all need to be on top of things where our health is concerned and I'm glad that you are. I will keep you in my prayers, Sunny.

Peace & love to you and yours,

Denise


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DS9KIE 3/13/2012 11:20PM

    sorry your going through this

I'm glad your getting a second opinion. Are they telling you not to walk as a precaution or are you in pain?

Your just to young for this. So hope you can get it all figured out.

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PATTK1220 3/13/2012 8:27PM

    Take care, Sunny! I hope you get some new ways to deal with it when you get your second opinions. I have been lax about calcium and Vitamin D myself. I am taking your experience to heart and starting my supplements again today.

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LADYDI2049 3/13/2012 4:43PM

    Hi Sunny, gosh I'm sorry to hear of this diagnosis, but it sounds like it my be caused by hereditary factors. I hope you aren't having a lot of pain with it. It's great that you are bing proactive and also getting a second opinion. You are so right about being diligent about your health care.

I was going through my email contact list a little while ago and when I came to your name I made a little mental note that after lunch I would send you and email to see how you were doing since we hadn't chatted in awhile. So I had lunch and when I got on the computer the notice was there from SP notifying me of you post. I love when things like this happen. I don't believe in coincidence, it is something more than that and I love it.

Love ya
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FUTUREHOPE49 3/13/2012 3:52PM

    So sorry to hear that Sunny! Hope they can do something!
Take care. Sending prayers and healing vibes,
Hugs Ellen

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LIV2RIDE 3/13/2012 3:31PM

    WOW! thank you for sharing your story. At my last check up my vitamin D was low so my doctor recommended me taking a D, Calcium, Magnesium supplement. I'm glad I listened. Thanks to your story I'll be a bit more diligent with taking this for sure. I will say prayers for you and this situation. emoticon

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GIANTPANDA 3/13/2012 3:24PM

    I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. I also live in a city and know what you are talking about regarding subways, and stairways, etc.

Just a few years ago, I had a bone density test that my doctor and OB/Gyn recommended so that I would have a baseline test for later. I was reluctant to get the test done, but what you blogged made me glad that I got the test. I also take Vitamin D (2,000-4,000) and have the levels checked regularly. (I read some time back that people who consumed the most dairy had the highest rates of osteoporosis but will make double sure I have enough calcium through soymilk, kale, etc.)

Very glad you have been proactive in following up and finding out what is best for you. So true that we need to be our own advocates and best friends when it comes to health.

Thank you for sharing your story, and I am hoping that everything works out well for you. Sending healing thoughts your way.
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WILD4STARS 3/13/2012 3:18PM

    I'm 60 and have been diagosed with Osteopenia - the precurser to Osteoporosis. I really think it's good for you to get a 2nd opinion and do some research on Boniva before you start taking it. Get back on a good calcium and vitamin D. I agree, 60 is WAY too young.

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Making Sunny's Eggplant Bacon

Saturday, July 30, 2011



Looks good, doesn't it? OK, before going any further, I posted this recipe on SparkRecipe, so here's the link: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=1745935


The recipe explains it all, but here's a summary. I consulted Appetite for Reduction, the cool healthy vegan cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, vegan chef extraordinaire. I shopped for the ingredients: eggplant (I got an organic one and it weighed about one third of a pound), Liquid Smoke, and it called for soy sauce but I use Bragg's and thought it would be fine. It wasn't. I mixed up the sauce and it was vile, and I poured it down the drain. While at the supermarket I had been tempted to buy Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki, and I succumbed. It had healthy ingredients and was thick with garlic and sesame seeds. But they had me at the name.

Other vegan bacon recipes using coconut called for tamari and maple syrup. BTW, I mix up teriyaki and tamari all the time. So I knew that sweetness would enhance this sauce, so I made my own with the SVVVT sauce, liquid smoke and maple syrup. I also oven-roasted the eggplant slices much longer than the recipe called for, both before and after dipping in the sauce. I even left them in the oven after I turned it off while I entered the recipe into SparkRecipe, about 10 minutes more.

Here's how they looked when I took them out of the oven and turned the oven off.



The next photo is how they looked after I let them sit it the hot (but off oven) for about 10 more minutes:



I arranged the cute little slices atop slices of my homegrown Early Girl tomato on bread with Vegenaise spread on it thinly, and built the rest of the sandwich adding onion, avocado, Tofutti cheese, and Smart Deli vegan ham coldcuts. Here's how that bad boy looked, sliced and all ready to eat:



Making this "bacon" was labor intensive, but the recipe adds up to 10 servings, so I popped them into a plastic container and will parcel them out as needed. I expect they will get soft, and I'll have to address that as I use them. Wish I had a toaster oven! Ah, but I will manage it somehow.
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IMEMINE1 12/10/2013 6:18AM

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/18/2012 1:37PM

    Wow! Sunny I must have missed this blog, I don't know why! It sounds delicious! I love Tamari and Terryaki sauce and adore aubergines (Eggplant). I will try this in our new halogen table top oven which toasts and grills as well. It was very cheap, but very good and saves energy! Don't you have them where you are?
Thank you for sharing!
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PATTK1220 8/21/2011 11:22AM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to making your version.

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WILLBOYWONDER 8/16/2011 11:12AM

    If you used as your guide, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, then I KNOW it must be fabulous. I'm going to add it to my cookbook to try later.

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LIV2RIDE 8/2/2011 9:48AM

    YUMMY! I was thinking of making tempeh bacon today. Now you got me thinking that I should have bought an eggplant at the store last night.

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LADYDI2049 8/1/2011 9:43AM

    Sunny this sounds great and in the photo the sandwich looks delicious. You take chances and it pays off. Thanks for sharing.

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EGR2BEME 7/31/2011 7:36AM

    I made the Caesar Salad with Eggplant Bacon yesterday with the Caesar Chavez Dressing on page 42 and 43 of Appetite for Reduction. This was recommended to me by my family and it is really yummy!

My eggplant bacon was not crisp enough...Sunny yours looks beautiful! Thanks for the suggestion of leaving them in the hot, but off oven for 10 minutes longer!

Ellen

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HASELNUSSCHEN 7/31/2011 12:25AM

    it sounds yummy! I have never been great at making Eggplant taste good, but this is a really good idea. maybe I'll try it with the one in my fridge!

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FRUITYCHERRY 7/30/2011 11:52PM

    I make eggplant bacon all the time! Love it!!!!!! SOOOOO MUCH! Glad to find another enthusiast! :o)

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THEWINNER33 7/30/2011 9:55PM

    Sounds great. I love eggplant. DH will like it too. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marcia

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GIANTPANDA 7/30/2011 9:47PM

    Thank you so much for posting this awesome blog! I am hungry just reading it and have to try this recipe!

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DS9KIE 7/30/2011 9:37PM

    wow those look yummy

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/30/2011 9:15PM

    That looks good!

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TRAVELNISTA 7/30/2011 8:06PM

    I love eggplant bacon. Your BLt looks delish and very healthy.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/30/2011 8:05PM

    It looks very yummy!

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KERRIFAIR 7/30/2011 6:26PM

    I have Appetite for Reduction also and have not made anything out of it.. this eggplant bacon looks great! Any others you would recommend? emoticon

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THINANDFITEMILY 7/30/2011 4:45PM

    Hi I have Appetite for reduction and have not made the eggplant bacon yet.
I would also like to make your recipe!-I have smoked paprika that I use instead of liquid smoke and sometimes I use maple flavoring if I don't want the sugar& sometimes adding cloes seems to give it that"bacon" taste.
Anyway I will get around to making this someday!



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Vegan for Life, Impressions: Part 2 and Pizza Party

Tuesday, July 19, 2011



I'm still reading the book, and I am learning so much! It has felt overwhelming that there are so many nutrients I need to have enough of to stay healthy, energized, clear-thinking and so forth. Authors Norris and Messina state that adults need 60g of protein daily for optimal functioning, and I want and need that, so I'm trying to up mine again. I'd heard that I could go much lower without worry, but having read the chapters on protein, I now concede I need more. Last night instead of having some blood orange sorbet, I had a glass of light chocolate soymilk. Then I read that full-fat soy milk is lower on the glycemic index and preferable. OK, I'm still learning. I've been taking calcium tablets with D3 (I know, I don't want D3, but that's what I was able to find) and having them with food, along with my multivitamin and biotin in the morning. Now I understand calcium should not be taken with meals but is okay taken with acidic foods such as orange juice. So much to learn.

One piece of wisdom I took from this next phase of reading is that we need not make ourselves crazy trying to eliminate every little morsel of animal derived material from our lives, especially in the beginning of living vegan. They suggest that the easier the process is for us the more likely we are to stick with it. So veggie "meats" are encouraged, provided we consider sodium intake. Also, we may come across as fanatical to concerned family or friends who might be turned off to the vegan life by our obsession with the details. This makes my occasional diner waffle cause me less guilt and conflict! My omni husband appreciates my willingness to share that meal with him. I opt for maple syrup (am avoiding HFCS but try not to trumpet this to any and all) and when I remember, put a little Earth Balance in a wax paper bag in my purse to spread on the waffle.

We've been invited to a pizza party by friends who know I'm vegan and asked what they could do for me. I said I'm going to experiment this week and will bring a vegan pizza I make, to share. I hope they don't mind, but I would NOT eat a dairy product just to please someone else.



I found a Rustic Crust Organic Pizza Crust in the whole foods section of my favorite supermarket. Here's a link:
www.rusticcrust.com/organic-flatbrea
d-pizza.html


I bought a jar of organic marinara sauce, a bag of Daiya Mozzarella-style shreds and some vegan pepperoni slices, plus a bag of organic frozen wild mushrooms. How can I fail? I'll report in later on.

My take on Vegan for Life today is that it spells out the vegan lifestyle and what research and experience has shown the authors, both respected vegan registered dietitians, what we need in terms of essential nutrients throughout the lifespan. There's a segment on Vegans Over 50. That's me! I read there that my calorie needs decrease unless I up my exercise (which I have) but that I still need the same amount of protein and various other essentials. This makes me feel the urgency of grasping the details well enough to be healthy.

One reason I have been dogged in my pursuit of information on how best to live my vegan life is the fact that my mother was a vegetarian for many years and became dangerously anemic with no energy and some depression, and she still ate dairy and eggs. She abandoned the vegetarian lifestyle over time. I also recall her going on a grape fast and losing a huge amount of weight so that to me as a child she looked scary thin.

Thanks to each and every one of you here who comment, suggest, warn and share this journey with me!
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LADYDI2049 7/27/2011 11:12AM

    Sounds like a book I will need to pick up and read, there is so much controversy over protein and how much one needs.

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ERPARA 7/21/2011 3:33PM

    white-lotus is so nice to mention by blog :)
We tried cheese-less pizza during the 28 Day Challenge - the first time sprinkling nutritional yeast on top, and the second time sprinkling ground cashews on top - both were yummy and honestly there was so much veggies piled on top we did not miss the cheese AT ALL! (amazing - we did not think it possible)
Made the pizza again two nights ago without cheese or either of the subs mentioned, and it was still DELICIOUS!

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FUNNYSUNNY123 7/20/2011 12:52PM

    Chubbyvegan- My hubby and I are having pizza tonight. I will check out your link. Update: I just looked at the recipe...if I don't make this tonight, I will soon. It sounds fantastic!!!

Sunny- I don't usually get anywhere near the 60 grams of protein stated here. I'm normally over on my carbs and fiber, but can't seem to get in enough protein and stay within my calorie range. I might have to try to get this book from my library, too. In fact, I will request it as soon as I get off here.

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WILD4STARS 7/20/2011 10:23AM

    I guess I'm going to have to get this book loaded on my Kindle. Thanks for the review.

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BURRITAELITA 7/20/2011 8:57AM

    Thanks, Sunny. I've been interested in Messina's insistence on a sublingual B12 vitamin. I've read about that several times in her blog Vegan Dietitian.

I think I may request this book from our public library, now that you've given me a "taste," so to speak, of it. Very interesting.

I can say that my blood work for the last year has been all in the normal range. I eat 90% vegan and don't worry too much about vitamin supplements.

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CHUBBYVEGAN 7/20/2011 7:45AM

    I too am a vegan who does not get enough protein, I don't really worry about it, but I probably should! Sounds like a great book you are reading.

I am not a fan of fake cheese so I just make my vegan pizza cheeseless. My favorite recipe is artichoke bbq pizza. I posted the link in case you were interested! http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/o
d/pastagrainspizza/r/heartpizza
.htm

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LIV2RIDE 7/20/2011 6:38AM

    I'm definitely going to have to get this book. I'm going to check it out today. n There is just so much conflicting information out there on a vegan diet by really respected people.

Have fun at your pizza party. Even my DH likes the Daiya cheese when I made nachos for the Super Bowl.

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GIANTPANDA 7/19/2011 8:20PM

    Thanks for the review of the book. I do try to make sure I get 60 grams of protein every day ever since the SP calorie counter said that I needed 60 grams minimum. There is so much else for me to learn, and I love the idea of your vegan pizza.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/19/2011 7:57PM

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That's a pic of an incredible looking vegan pizza. From the Omnivore runner who is trying E2 and has blogged day by day.

http://www.omnivorerunn
er.com/2011/07/e2-28-day-challe
nge-day-25.html

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/19/2011 4:33PM

    Hi Sunny. I have two thoughts about your blog. First, in response to your memories of what happened with your mother: I was vegetarian for more than ten years. And I ate poorly most of that time. It wasn't enough that I stopped eating meat, fish and fowl. I also needed to have upped my nutrients. Instead I ate a lot of junk--vegetarian, but junk. Pasta, desserts, wine with dinner, grains, grains, grains.

I did the same thing when I went vegan--cut away dairy and eggs but ate a LOT of junk. I even learned how to bake the most amazing vegan cakes, cookies and cupcakes you might ever have tasted.

My point is, your mother may have been vegetarian but eating poorly, as I was. I don't know her situation, but could she have become anemic because she may not have known how to make the choices you know to make?

You have educated yourself in ways that may not have been available to your mother. I suspect you are far ahead of where she was in terms of knowing what you need for health. Perhaps reflecting on just how far you've come in your own health journey can alleviate your concerns a bit.

My second thought is that I agree with the authors you are reading; we should not make ourselves or others crazy with vegan eating. But I really want to hone in on their concept that the simpler we make it, the more likely we are to stick with it.

I believe that as I follow ETL--mostly vegetables, fruits, legumes, limited nuts, etc.,--my health will improve. (In my case, probably significantly!)

Fuhrman offers solid research to back his claims that such a diet provides enough protein, micronutrients, etc., to keep us healthy. I don't know how much you follow ETL or even if you consider it a viable option in your life, but I do think it is a simpler direction, and I KNOW it lets me worry less about whether or not I'm eating healthy. I don't count anything and I don't weigh and measure (except the nuts, of course). It is so freeing.

Could more emphasis on that kind of simplicity help you with your concerns regarding whether or not you are providing yourself the nutrition you need?

You're doing a fantastic job with your vegan life, Sunny; you exceed, by huge margins, what the typical American who consumes trash has done for his or her health. You deserve a life of joy and relaxation, without worrying about each nutrient that is or isn't on your plate.

Just my thoughts.

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KOKOEK9 7/19/2011 1:52PM

    Hi sunny thanks for sharing, could you come to my house and show me I am a dum man addicted to process sweet fatty food. Keep up the good work

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Vegan for Life

Friday, July 15, 2011



Good morning all! I received my copy of the new book "Vegan for Life" by registered dietitians Ginny Messina and Jack Norris on Wednesday and began reading it that night. I continued last night and have a ways to go,and I am fighting the urge to browse through the topics. I want to read it from front to back so I get it the way they wanted it to be absorbed.

First impressions:

1. This is a very well-written book with numbered references at the end of each chapter and sources cited. A large bibliography fills up the back of the book as well. This is professionally edited and published, not a self-published book as so many are these days.

2. The nutritional needs of vegans in terms of protein, B12, lysine and other critical nutrients are covered thoroughly and explained well. Myths about these are busted on both sides of the argument (e.g. The "vegans can't get enough protein" faction versus the "protein requirements for vegans are exaggerated; we don't need that much" faction)

3. Menus and suggested protein options are given, and unlike other vegan experts these days, vegan "meats" and other similar proteins are encouraged, in moderation, because of their high protein content, but whole foods such as beans, and tempeh and tofu are urged as well.

4. Charts abound, comparing various vegan protein and lysine sources and other nutrients.

5. One interesting position they take is that vegan living is a compassionate choice and not a biologically natural state; the early hominids (our prehistoric ancestors) were meat eaters. We are not naturally herbivores and must supplement our diet with B12 or we can become very ill very quickly. That being said, being vegan is a value-driven choice that can be honored provided we have sufficient information and respect our bodies' critical nutritional needs. They also cite the cruelty of modern animal-protein production (and yes, that includes meat, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs) as a major reason why many choose the vegan way of life. Our forebears lived differently and usually treated animals better than our factory farms do today.

6. They explain that the modern Western diet, high in fats, refined carbs and animal proteins, puts us at huge risk for heart disease and diabetes as never before. We know this; it's good to be reminded as we gear up to speak with others about this.

7. A raw diet is not encouraged because it unnecessarily limits healthy options. In fact, tomatoes when cooked are more nutritious than they are raw.

8. A gluten-free diet is not encouraged either unless a person has celiac disease or other clear medical reason to avoid gluten, because this limits the vegan eater unnecessarily. They caution against increasing limitations being placed on our intake. Giving up animal sources of nutrition is limit enough.

When I've finished the book, I'll post my overall reaction to it. I can say now that I like it a lot. Co-Author Ginny Messina, by the way, is on the board of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and PCRM's Dr. Neal Barnard endorses this book.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!
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DENISE223 7/19/2011 11:58AM

    Hi Sunny:

Thanks for telling us about, "Vegan for Life". Sounds like one that I'd like to have.
I subscribe to Jack Norris' blog & find it extremely informative.

Thanks for posting your review! emoticon

Enjoy your day!

Peace, love & happiness to you and yours,

Denise

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LIV2RIDE 7/17/2011 8:30PM

    Thank you for introducing this book to us. I am definitely going to have to check it out.

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/16/2011 9:41AM

    I enjoyed this clear, concise synopsis, Sunny, and appreciate your taking the time to post such a thought-filled review.

We all benefit from your Spark!

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EGR2BEME 7/16/2011 7:46AM

    Thanks for the mention of the book! I am currently reading Dr. Barnard's 21 Day Quick Start Weight Loss and am excited about it because my family (brother, sisters, nieces) are going to do this together. We have a private team on Spark and my brother is going to set up a conference call maybe for once a week so that we can chat. I will have to check out this new book too!

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DS9KIE 7/15/2011 11:38PM

    sounds like a great book

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/15/2011 10:34PM

    Oh thank you! So many books, so litlte time and it's lovely to get the cliff notes.

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BURRITAELITA 7/15/2011 7:36PM

    Thanks, I look forward to your continuing synopses. Ginny Messina has a website, too, The Vegan Dietitian.

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JUGE300000 7/15/2011 5:38PM

    Been Vegan for over 3.5 years. Dr. Barnard is one of the main reasons why. His organization offered a cooking class in our school district, and my wife and I took it. We never looked back. I feel much better.

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BUELLRIDER 7/15/2011 3:39PM

    Thanks for the great critique. I checked out the Eat to Live book again and now I'd like to get Vegan Life.

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55WALKER 7/15/2011 2:08PM

    One more for my wish list!
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KOKOEK9 7/15/2011 1:42PM

    thanks for sharing, those insights are good to know

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WILD4STARS 7/15/2011 12:14PM

    Thanks, I think this is available on Kindle. I may have to order it.

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