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BONIDALE
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9/8/12 8:55 A

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That's encouraging. I've posted this before, but for years my brother-in-law used to make fun of my diet until his blood work came back really bad. Now he asks my advice on healthy diet choices and reading material. His recent test results were much better. He is no longer borderline diabetic and his cholesterol is normal.

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9/8/12 8:40 A

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Update: my son is sticking to vegan eating. My Mom doesn't have a lot against it. Hubby's parents try to convince him how stupid it is not to eat meat and dairy. He cooks for himself and on the days he eats with granparents he brings his own prepared protein-beans, lentils, whatever. My sister, who is RN and a midwife participated in a series of lectures and they had a doctor speak about vegetarian eating during pregnancy(not vegan, but still) and the doctor said it was ok so she spread the word in the family.



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9/8/12 8:24 A

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I would just walk in with the pile of books and all the info on the internet and this is the proof you need and then at thatpoint they just need to back off.

Remind them that everyone should eat their fruits and veggies everyday.

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9/6/12 8:49 A

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Thank you all for your support, guys! Vegan athletes-this is something my son will love to read about. He has a scientific mind, so he will also like to read the info pages. Thank you for the links.


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9/6/12 1:57 A

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Your son might enjoy reading "Eat and Run" by Scott Jurek, a vegan ultra-marathoner. A good website for your family is "nutritionfacts.org", which has tons of good info. It's run by Dr. Michael Gregor, who himself is vegan. nutritionfacts.org


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9/6/12 12:32 A

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My best advice to you is: 1) stand your ground & provide every kind of support your son needs, 2) always take vegan food to family gatherings to assure you son has food options, 3) become educated on the subject and provide links, books and other resources to the grandparents to help them learn about the healthful benefits of eating vegan.

I have invited skeptical family members in the health industry to a training session that provides continuing education credits (http://nwveg.org/health_conference?other=ThymesSept). I'm hoping peer pressure will help them 'see the light'.

Good luck!!

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9/5/12 6:16 P

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One of the World's Fittest Men from 2009 was a vegan. If he can do 5 Iron Man Triathalons in a week, your son can probably continue rock climbing and diving. Wouldn't you think?

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9/5/12 5:59 P

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If your son is on FB let him find like minded people to join with. Plant powered Peeps, Engine 2 Diet, Happy Herbivore, Peta, all have FB pages I am sure there are more. There are universities that have large vegan communities now. I hope he has a group of friends who support him and I hope you can help him eat healthy foods. Make sure you support him if he lives at home by supplying vegetables, beans, whole grains and fruits for him to eat. There are some great cook books you can find at the library. Vegans can be very unhealthy if they live on faux meats, potato chips and coconut ice cream. Just like meat eaters can be unhealthy if they live on chicken nuggets and fries and coke.


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9/5/12 5:34 P

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If people are coming from prejudice rather than fact there's nothing much that can be done other than smile sweetly and tell them to mind their business.
The reality is most doctors are not specialists in diet issues. So what do the specialists say?
"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes."
- The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.


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9/5/12 5:27 P

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I agree totally with Live2ride and Eydie. The China Study and How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease were books written by vegans who are doctors. The Engine 2 Diet was founded by a vegan firefighter with the support of his father who is a doctor. Doctor Esselstyn ( a vegan) took heart patients who had been told to "get their affairs in order" because their days were numbered, put them on a oil-free vegan diet, and one woman patient of his finished a marathon recently.

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9/5/12 5:10 P

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He should check out some vegan athletes. A quick search on Google will point him in the right direction. Brendan Brazier is one that comes to mind immediately. Also he should educate himself about the vegan diet itself with book like EAt to Live, Engine 2, or from Neal Bernard or John McDougall. There are a lot of resources that you can find from a quick internet search. Good luck!

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9/5/12 5:08 P

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I hope your son decides to continue, if that's what he wants. Of course, you can be radiantly healthy and vegan! It amazes me when people feel threatened by someone's change in diet--what's really happening there? Hmmm...

Let's see, from my own experience on a plant-based diet: a brighter complexion, clarity of mind, waking early with tons of long-lasting energy, enjoying food more than ever, good for the planet, great for the animals-----I'm not really seeing a downside to going vegan!

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9/5/12 4:29 P

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Guys, I need your advice. How to deal with my scared and enraged family? My 20 y.o. son started eating vegan couple of weeks ago and both grandmas don't agree with that at all. They are both doctors!!! They tell him stories about loosing ability to fight infections, being unable to practice his hobbies( rock climbing, diving, slacklining ... ). I don't want a war in my family but I want to tell him something encouraging, if he decides to continue, that is.

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