ABC News – “Red Meat Can Take Years Off Your Life”


http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/red-meat-years-off-life-15906046

This is refreshing and exciting.   A “Main stream media story” that’s actually comes out with it – Americans eat too much meat and the wrong kind, “processed”.  I wish they would have taken it one step farther to include the unhealthy nature of “factory farmed” meats.  These animals are raised on GMO grain, animal byproducts, antibiotics and hormones in an unnatural environment with no room to move, sleep and eat, surrounded in their own feces, and may never see the light of day.  Factory farmed animals are tortured everyday of their short lives before being slaughtered without any thought to the animal’s suffering. This is what ends up on the average American dinner plate.  I’m not just talking about red meat, I talking about all farmed meat, chicken, fish, etc.

So along with cutting back on meat, you may want to consider the source of your meat.  I can’t imagine anyone that I know or love would eat this garbage if they knew where it came from.  If you have a strong stomach, watch “Meat Video”.   This is an example of what really goes on to bring your meat to the table. Factory farming’s main interest is profit not health.  If Americans would vote with their wallets and stop buying this bad excuse for meat, this industry would go away and be replaced by real farms again.  Of course, information is key.  Get educated.     Mercy for Animals is a great place to start.  Their tireless efforts to end animal cruelty has resulted in many positive changes, but there is still a lot of work to be done.  FYI all food borne illness (food poisoning) starts with meat.

People ask me all the time - “Why did you decide to give up meat” (2nd question – what do you eat for protein? – EVERYTHING!)

It started for health reasons.  I couldn’t lose the 20 pounds I had gained when I hit 50. and I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a very bad family history of heart disease. And guess what?  I have always be health conscious and physically active. It was a gradual process, but along the way I became more and more aware of where our meat was coming from.  Besides all the health benefits I’ve realized, what was most unexpected was the savings on my grocery bill.  I lost my job in May of 2011.  If meat had been a staple in my diet, I would have starved.  I can eat on $20.00 a week now if I have to.

I volunteer cooking classes monthly at a local charity for underage mothers.  The girls asked me at our last class when I was going to teach them how to cook meat and my response was, “when you can afford to buy REAL meat”.   The fact is, the average American cannot afford to eat organic, naturally raised meat.  I will be teaching them this semester how to cook meat, because I have learned I have to meet them where they are to make a difference. They will learn how to buy meat and about moderation, but my focus will still be on plant-based cooking.  I want to teach them how to be healthy and happy.  All I can hope is, they will take what they’ve learned with them to the grocery store.

I’m not saying you can’t be healthy and eat meat.  Everyone is different and has a right to their own opinion. But I do think moderation and eating mindfully is key.  If we would just think before we eat instead of mindlessly stuffing our faces, most chronic diseases could be avoided.  And, I think everyone would agree that  animals shouldn’t ever suffer.  It is no longer acceptable to torture animals to manufacturer drugs and cosmetics.  It’s against the law to torture a domestic animal.  Why should it be acceptable to torture animals to produce a food that does us more harm than good?  We have choices – they don’t.  You can choose to eat cruelty free.

Good Food For Thought….

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Hospitals Can Be Dangerous Places……


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I recently had my own “Suzanne Somers like” hospital experience and I’m still reeling!  Don’t get me wrong – I totally believe in the necessity of good hospitals and medical doctors and that they save many lives everyday.  Unfortunately, I also believe that the situation below, probably happens way to often.

Scene 1:  Emergency Room Saturday 7:30 a.m. I had gotten in the middle of a dog fight the night before and suffered several deep wounds on Friday evening.  FYI - Never, ever put your hand between fighting dogs and NO - A dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human’s. Anyway, long story short – I woke up Saturday morning with 102 temperature – NOT GOOD. I drove myself to the ER.  I’m told within just a few minutes,  I’m being admitted and IV antibiotics are started.  I can understand the concern and the preventative measures.  This is what hospitals are for.

Scene 2:  About 7:00 Saturday evening, the hospital attending on duty shows up.  She pulls up a chair very close to my bed and with a grim, serious face, proceeds to tell me, “The x-ray of my hand in the ER revealed a disturbing finding”. Exact words folks, “You have a bone lesion in your hand and unfortunately, it’s the kind consistent in people with lung cancer. It has nothing to do with the injury, trust me I questioned the radiologist. I want to get some chest x-rays right away”.  And, depending on what the hand surgeon says, we may also need a MRI to get a better look at the lesion”.  I am away to x-ray within 30 minutes.  Not kidding!  I said out loud –  “OMG! Did my dog just save my life?”  And, I’m thinking, “I guess I’m going to get the opportunity to live what I believe (not that I really want to)”.  I’m convinced that destroying the cancer with toxic chemo you also destroy the body’s ability to heal itself.  A body that can heal itself can survive cancer (the short story).  You see – I believe everything happens for a reason.  (I had the MRI the next morning).

Can you imagine! Here I am in the hospital with a dog bites and this doctor is sitting in front of me seriously telling me she thinks I have cancer.  She doesn’t know anything about me.  After delivering the bad news, she tells me, “The good news is – all my blood work looks great and I’m healthy, which is a big plus” (except for the cancer thing).  She doesn’t ask me if I have any family members are friends there.  She doesn’t say, “This could be nothing”.  She leaves telling me she’ll be back early in the morning.  Wow – I got a great night’s sleep!  After going plant-based, I’ve been able to totally come off the blood pressure medicine I had taken for 10 years. It’s been almost 2 years now.  I thought I was handling the news pretty well, but my blood pressure said otherwise.

Scene 3:  The doctor enters the next morning to tell me my chest x-rays came back clear, (I swear, she seemed disappointed).  It took her about 2 minutes to deliver this news along with, there is still a chance the lesion is malignant, and the surgeon will be in later to talk to me about it.  About 3:00 p.m., he shows up to confirm I have a bone lesion in my hand.  I ask if the MRI confirmed malignancy.  “Oh no! (he said), We won’t know that until we remove it.”  So the MRI was unnecessary and useless?  “Oh no – it gave me a better look at what I’m dealing with”.  I am instructed to make an appointment with his office for Wednesday (3 days later).  I did not.

Scene 4:  Nurse shows up a few minutes later and I ask if I can go home now.  She goes and asks the doctor and I’m released with prescriptions in hand for pain and antibiotics (or so I thought), I couldn’t seem to find them – that’s a whole other blog!

Okay – so I don’t have lung cancer and I guess there is a small chance that have some kind of malignant thing in my hand – but I doubt it.  I’m pretty sure if I wanted to pursue this, which I don’t, I would find out the location of the so-called lesion, is in the exact same spot where I received a really bad cut when I was a girl. It severed nerves and still sends pain up my arm if I hit it.  I’m sure there was some scar tissue left over from that healing.

MORAL OF THE STORY - Stuff happens and sometimes the hospital is unavoidable.  If you do wind up in the hospital:

1.  Question everything! Speak up!  Try to have someone with you taking notes and asking questions when the doctor visits.

2.  FACT – Hospitals are the best place to pick up a bug or infection.  Get out of there as soon as possible!

3.  Do your best to avoid doctors and hospitals. Take responsibility for your health through diet and exercise.   “The REAL solution to America’s “Healthcare Crisis” is to “GET HEALTHY” Good Food For Thought…..

4. When pharmaceutical antibiotics are unavoidable.  Began taking a heavy duty probiotic (good bacteria) immediately.  Along with killing the bad bacteria, the antibiotic destroys all your good bacteria (your natural immune system).  Without the good stuff available in your system to fight the bad stuff, you have a good chance of contracting a viral, bacterial, and fungal infection when the antibiotics are stopped.

FYI – Try “Antiseptine” natural antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes. (I’m allergic to the ingredients in common over the counter chemical ointments).  Antiseptine has all of my favorite anti-fungal and anti-bacterial solutions in one jar (coconut oil, aloe vera, tea tree oil, etc.). Find it online or you can make your own.  The web is full of  effective natural remedy recipes.

Now This IS Good Food For Thought……


Tax Time and Time to Re-Imagine Our Broken Food System
Posted on April 16, 2012 by Dr. Will Tuttle: Educator & Author

Tax Time and Time to Re-Imagine Our Broken Food System

It’s tax time, and for me as a vegan, it seems a particularly appropriate season to reflect upon and creatively imagine the enormously beneficial effects a change in the use of our tax dollars for agricultural subsidies would make. It is well known that wealthy interests that have little regard for public health and ecological sustainability are now controlling our governmental agencies and policies. However, if we could change that and bring more grass-roots wisdom to the choices made about spending the hundreds of billions of our tax dollars going for agriculture, we could transform our world!

Currently, of our government subsidies for food, about 74% goes to meat, dairy, and eggs, with only 13% for grains, 11% for sugar, oil, and alcohol, and a tiny 2% for nuts and legumes, and less than 0.4% for vegetables and fruits! And so, even though both nutritional research and the Federal Nutrition Recommendations emphasize the benefits of diets high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, and legumes, and low in animal foods, our government taxes support the opposite.

If we imagine that this scenario is reversed, and that our tax dollars support organic plant-based foods instead of disease-promoting and environmentally devastating animal foods, we are imagining as benevolent and transformational a revolution in our culture as we possibly can. Also, as it stands today, organic foods are not only not subsidized, but organic growers are actually penalized by being forced to pay large amounts of money to have their products certified as organic, and these costs must be passed on to consumers. Farmers and consumers of organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and other plant-based foods should obviously be encouraged, not discouraged. The use of pesticides, toxic fertilizers and genetically-engineered organisms is devastating ecosystems, polluting rivers and oceans, killing bees, frogs, and many other animals, and causing cancer and other diseases in people.

We submit to and serve forces that are antithetical to our interests. These forces haven so infiltrated our government that besides the massive direct subsidies of our tax dollars to the animal agribusiness complex, there are countless indirect subsidies as well. There are special grazing allotments, irrigation allowances, income assistance, emergency assistance, tax breaks, price supports and many other government services supplied to animal agribusiness, all of which we pay for as well. For example, there is the USDA’s Wildlife Services Department, which annually poisons, shoots, and otherwise kills millions of wild animals annually at the request of agribusiness interests that quietly conduct an ongoing war against nature and our living Earth. It is a war against our health and freedom, and against the natural abundance of our world as well, and concentrates most of the wealth and power in the hands of a tiny elite.

If the subsidies were switched as we are imagining, and meat, dairy products, and egg prices would have to reflect their true cost, they would become much more expensive, with most estimates ranging in the neighborhood of at least $35 per pound for meats. The prices for soy, almond, rice, and other non-dairy milks would similarly be reduced, while dairy prices would soar, reflecting their inherent inefficiency and wastefulness. The effects of this happening are marvelous to contemplate. As organic plant-based foods drop in price, and animal-based food prices escalate to more accurately reflect their actual cost in the feed-grains, water, land, petroleum, and other inputs required—as well as the pollution, disease, and suffering caused—consumers would naturally opt to move significantly toward more cost-effective, healthy, and sustainable plant-based dietary choices.

As people eat less animal-sourced foods, rates of obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, stroke, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and liver and kidney disease would all drop dramatically. As people become physically healthier, their moods would also improve and as radiant health and harmony spread, the pharmaceutical-medical complex would shrink, and our economy would be revitalized. The crushing expense of disease-care would be lifted off the price of everything we pay for, and the economy would certainly benefit. Hungry people could be easily fed with the grain now wasted on fattening animals, fossil fuel use would decline, and many of the pressures driving conflicts and wars would decrease dramatically.

The vast acreage that is now enslaved to monocropped, genetically-engineered corn, soy, and alfalfa for feed for imprisoned and cruelly-treated animals could be allowed to revert back to urgently-needed habitat for free-living animals, many of whom are on the brink of extinction. Forests and native grasslands could be restored, streams would run clear and abundant again, and the oceans could be relieved of the devastating pressure of over-fishing and pollution that is now threatening their viability. The power of corporations and financial institutions that insidiously devastate both our human and ecological communities—the military-industrial-meat-medical-pharmaceutical-media-money complex—would all shrink, as the demand for their products would rightfully collapse. This could help create the foundation for a more free, conscious, and egalitarian future.

We are just getting a small taste here of the power that we have potentially to transform our planet through vegan education leading to public policy change and changes in societal purchasing patterns. We actually have the power; we just aren’t yet conscious and awake enough to effectively use it. And yet, these imaginings and dreams of the way to a better tomorrow provide guidance and inspiration. As Thoreau said, dreams and visions are vital—and then we have to roll up our sleeves to build the foundations that bring these dreams into reality.

Is it possible to flip the government subsidies, and subsidize healthy organic plant-based foods instead of genetically-engineered crops, animal foods, sugar, corn syrup, and other toxic foods? Absolutely! It is all about grass-roots education and consciousness-raising. The keys to a benevolent planetary revolution are in our hands—let’s use them!

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Dr. Will Tuttle: Educator & Author

Dr. Will Tuttle, an educator, author, pianist, and composer, presents 150 lectures, workshops, and concerts yearly throughout North America and Europe. Author of the acclaimed best-seller, The World Peace Diet, he is a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and is the co-founder of Circle of Compassion ministry. A vegan since 1980, he is a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, and has created eight CD albums of uplifting original piano music.

Is Our Health Care System Looking Out For Our Health? You Be The Judge……..


I was talking to my daughter-in-law the other day and discovered her extremely healthy Mom (about my age), had been in the hospital for the last few days with what was described as a very bad infection of the colon.  After a couple of days of no food and then a couple of days of liquid food, she was finally ready to have her first solid hospital meal.  The meal she was given was wrong on so many levels – CHICKEN FRIED STEAK!  #1, it made her sick all over again just looking at it.  #2, saturated fat and red meat are not exactly the easiest on the digestive system.  And #3, not much nutrition to heal the body in 8 ounces of fat laden ground up hamburger, dipped in chemical ridden, bleached flour batter and then served with cream gravy, another layer of saturated fat combined with nutrient bankrupt bleached flour, artificial flavors and additives (I’m sure it was packaged – not homemade).

It’s a miracle (literally) we’ve survived as long as we have eating all of this garbage.  Our body’s ability to ill itself in spite of all the ways we abuse it is truly amazing.  But, the reality is – even our miraculous bodies will break down after too many miles of no maintenance and abuse.

Thankfully, this woman knew better than to eat what was served her and ask the nurse to call the doctor.  Guess what – the doctor put his stamp of approval on the meal.   Could it really be, this doctor doesn’t know what a nutritious, healing meal looks like after 8 years of school or that he just isn’t that interested in your health?

Not to put all doctors in the same box – But people! We have to start taking back control of our health if we hope to end the health care crisis in the country and it starts with making the diet and health connection.

The above scenario is not an isolated event – It represents the state of our health care system – BROKEN.   Good food for thought…..

Please enjoy this delicious summer recipe.  I know we’re not there yet, but in Texas you have to get a jump on things.  Summer will be here before you can sayNO chicken fried steak”!

Smokey Watermelon Gazpacho

 (Makes 8-10 servings)

8 cups of seedless watermelon chopped in small cubes)

2 tomatoes diced

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow, orange, or red bell pepper diced

3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

1 cucumber peeled and diced

2 jalapenos seeds removed and diced

¼ cup purple onion diced

Juice from 1 large lime

2 garlic cloves minced

1 cup diced and peeled mango or peach (fresh or frozen)

1 ½ tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground chipotle pepper (or to taste)

1 ½ tsp sea salt

2 tbsp fresh chopped basil

½ cup chopped cilantro

  1. Process 3 quarters of vegetables and fruits with vinegar and lime juice in food processor or blender (process in batches is needed).
  2.  Pour in large bowl and blend in balance of fruit and veggies and chopped herbs. Cover tightly and chill well before serving.   (This is way better the next day).

A most delicious way to get your daily quota of raw fruits and vegetables.

Published in: on April 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Alzheimer’s Cure?


http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/mp4/LJO190v1_WS&mobile=false

This is extremely encouraging!  Maybe further proof that food can heal you or kill you.   Or, more eloquently said  -

 “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine

 or the slowest form of poison”. - Ann Wigmore

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like whipped cream, even though they may not admit it!  This recipe takes this guilty pleasure to guiltless ecstasy.   So easy and sooooo delicious!  Enjoy…….

Mocha Almond Mousse

About


When a good friend, ask me  “when did all of this “health kick” stuff  kick in” and what was the catalyst – Wow, I really had to think about it.   The connection between nutrition and health was made years ago, when my children were small.  The original catalyst was my mother’s illness.  She had an inherited heart condition (I have as well).  I barely remember her not being sick.   I spent my teenage years helping my Dad care for a family of 7.   Of course, there is always silver lining, I also discovered my passion for cooking at a very early age.

I made a choice not to let my “bad genes” rule my life as it had my mothers.  She died way too soon at the young age of 56 after her 4th heart attack.   Her choices played a huge role in her state of health.  I’ll never forgot what her doctor said to me after she died - “It wasn’t the heart condition that killed her, it was her steady diet of whole milk, coffee and the 2 packs of cigarettes a day that killed her”.   I realized early on, “you are what you eat”.  I embraced the idea that my health was within my control.   I made the decision to better my odds of living a long, healthy life and the odds of my children as well.  I want to be here for my grandchildren (I have one precious girl so far).

After much soul-searching and years of just working to live.  I have finally decided what it is I want to do with the rest of my life – Bring awareness to as many people as possibly, to the crucial role nutrition plays in our very “being”.    Humans were masterfully designed by the master himself, to live happy and healthy.  We were also given everything needed on earth to heal ourselves mentally and physically.   Disease is not a natural state of aging – Not a natural state period!  What happened?   That is what I plan address on this blog as well share some great recipes, great quotes and have some great fun!

                          My Mission - To help as many people as possible make the food and body connection through conscious eating

                               My Hope - To see the cycle of disease end in our country and worldwide by making the shift to a plant-based diet.

                                   My Motto - The taste buds don’t care if it’s plant of animal as long as it’s delicious!

CAN we get the BPA out of our CANS – PLEASE!!!


 

I had a lot of fun last night presenting a Valentine’s Day cooking class at a local chiropractor’s office.  Of course, dessert is a must for such a sweet occasion.  My favorite desserts are chocolate and ice cream – in that order. I’m in love with coconut ice cream and I make a homemade version which I taught in this class.  Here’s my dilemma – to make this beautiful, creamy dessert I need full fat coconut milk and it comes in cans containing BPA, as do all canned fruits and vegetables with few exceptions.  The 2 brands that don’t have BPA are not sold in my area (I guess I can mail order it – what a pain!).

I really thought after the ban on baby bottles with BPA, industry would naturally follow suit – NOT!  Until people start voting with their pocketbook, we probably will not get rid of this dangerous chemical in our food supply.  Profit rules industry!   Sending a clear message to industry by boycotting canned foods is a surefire way to let them know we will not tolerate BPA in our food.  When profits plunge – they WILL get the message….Good food for thought.

I know I’ll get the argument “canned produce is cheap” and “I can’t afford fresh or frozen”.   Buy fresh produce locally, in season and on sale for the best price.  When it’s really cheap – FREEZE!  (more on that later).

So where am I going with all of this – I just found a great recipe for homemade coconut milk.  I am so excited – I can’t wait to try it.   (courtesy of chris kresser.com)

HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK – BPA AND GUAR GUM FREE

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1.5 – 2 cups unsweetened organic coconut flakes or fresh

Instructions:

  • Heat water until hot (but not boiling).
  • Add shredded coconut and water to blender or processor.
  • Blend on high for several minutes until thick and creamy.
  • Pour through a fine mesh strainer to filter out the coconut pulp, then squeeze through a cheese cloth to filter the smaller pieces of coconut.
  • Drink immediately or store in the fridge.  Use within 3-4 days of making for the best flavor and texture. *

*patience thinks you can probably freeze it as well.

The Experiment:   I’m sure this milk is delicious, but will it perform like canned coconut milk.  Will the fat separate from the liquid when chilled?  I need the fat only for my ice cream.   Stay tuned or you might beat me to it.  Let me know if the experiment works and if it does, use it in my ice cream recipe below:

Homemade Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream:   (Diabetic Friendly & Vegan)         Serves 5

1 can coconut milk (very cold and do not shake or tip)

4 tsp stevia

dash of sea salt

2 tsp vanilla flavoring

2 ½ cups of frozen pitted cherries (thawed slightly)

¼ cup toasted raw nuts (optional)

Nutmeg for garnish (optional)

  1. Scoop cream from top of opened can of milk or punch hole in bottom of can to drain out the water so only cream is left in the can.
  2. Place cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla in large bowl and whip on high-speed until well blended and thick or whisk aggressively.  Fold in fruit.  Allow fruit to freeze milk for a few minutes before serving.

Serve immediately or freeze. Top with toasted raw nuts and dash of nutmeg.

Note: Do not shake milk or turn upside down before opening.  You want the milk and cream to separate.

This ice cream is as good as it gets!  Creamy, fresh, and fabulous with no cranking required!

Published in: on February 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Plant Based Food for Real People – Really!


 Recipe of the Week:  Enjoy!

Hoppin John with Basmati Brown Rice

  • 2 cups black eyed peas, soaked for 6 hours and drained.
  • 4 cups of water more or less
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 ½  medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 stalks celery chopped fine
  • 2-3 clove garlic, chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme (or tbsp of fresh thyme)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 ½ cups cooked basmati brown rice (use rice package instructions)*
  • 2 tbsp light miso
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce to taste (start with 2 tsp – optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Place soaked peas. In large pot, add water, bay leaf, pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Simmer 30-40 minutes, or until tender.
    1. Remove ½ cup seasoned water from peas and set aside.   Add oil to large skillet over medium high.  Add onions, celery, garlic and thyme (in that order) and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until onions are becoming translucent.
    2. Dissolve miso into hot reserved pea broth and add to peas.  Reheat only (do not boil).
    3.  Add cooked rice and hot sauce, toss well (or add hot sauce to peas and serve over rice).

*For a more traditional flavor, use Uncle Ben’s Long Grain rice (not as much fiber).   This is a complete protein.  Just add a colorful salad for a delicious heart healthy meal.   Freeze some for later.

 

 

Making The Shift To Conscious Eating


Wow – What a week!   I want to share with  you one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve had in a long time.  I presented  a seminar to a large group of patients at a Wellness and Chiropractic Clinic. My Seminar is “You Are What You Eat – Good Food For Thought”.  This large practice sees hundreds of  patients a week and focuses on healing the body – not just treating the symptoms.  I totally embrace this kind of healing along with acupuncture and other alternative therapies.   These doctors are truly dedicated in helping their patients acheive optimum health and realize that nutrition plays a big role.  One of the doctor’s comments to me, “I want my patients to realize that good nutrition does not come in a pill”.   They do sell a lot of supplements, but would be ecstatic if their patients would just start eating for health.

I was a little shocked at the “body and diet” disconnect this group had.  But I totally understand why.

Here are some of the questions I asked of this class and their revealing answers:

First Question: “The USDA says to limit your consumption of saturated fat, cholesterol and “solid fat”.  How many in this room know where these bad fats come from?  One person raised their hand.   These people are not dumb! The USDA does not explain this code language for very good reason.  The bad stuff comes from animals and the meat and dairy industries receive the majority of our subsidy dollars.   So on one hand they tell you to limit these things, but don’t make it clear what they are  and where they come from.   The USDA shows milk as food group on the MyPlate Chart (more animal protein and saturated fat), which insures that most Americans will consume too much of the very thing the government tells us to restrict.  It’s no wonder America is sick and fat.

Second Question:  Where does quality protein come from – unanimous answer – meat!  In this country plant protein is considered inferior or not considered as protein at all.

Third question:  Are humans carnivores or omnivores.  I was happy to see a majority knew the answer to this question, however, knowing that answer hasn’t changed how they view meat.  Advertising is powerful!

Other observations:  The USDA recommends you consume half of your grains from whole sources.  What about the other half.  Anything but whole is processed and nutritionally bankrupt.  Why don’t they just say - eat whole grains?

I would like to share with you just a few quotes from doctors involved in “Forks Over Knives” (Don’t quote me verbatim – but this is the general gist).

My favorite goes something like this, Some will say that eating a plant-based diet is extreme.  Having your chest cracked open, veins stripped from your leg and placed in your heart seems pretty extreme! “ (My twin brother almost died from this surgery 6 years ago and it didn’t solve his problem).

“The amount of grain fed to the animals we slaughter to feed America (the very diet that’s killing us) could feed the whole world and end starvation”. 

The only species over weight on our planet are humans, cats and dogs” -  Dr. Doug Lisle.   What’s the common denominator?

From Peta - “Do you salivate when you see road kill?”  We are not carnivores.  We are omnivores and adapt to whatever food source is available.  I think everyone will agree there is no limit to the variety and choices in this country.

Bottom line:  It’s not your lack of will power, your stress level, or your bad childhood that’s making you fat.   Our country is one of the few where the poor are obese.  It’s our animal based, processed, nutrient bankrupt food sources that are making us fat and sick.  Why is it so hard to make the connection between the chronic disease in this country and our diet? Because you don’t have the truth – but that’s changing……fast!

You don’t need to be the “Biggest Loser”.  You don’t have to torture yourself with strenuous exercise or starve!  Weight loss is simple.  Even small changes can make a huge difference.  It’s 90% what you put in your mouth.

What if you could eat as much as you wanted and lose weight and never, ever  have to worry about gaining it back.   Does that seem like a pipe dream?   Well it’s not.  It’s as simple as eating more whole, unrefined, plant-based foods from the good earth as God intended.

My challenge to you this month is to watch “Forks Over Knives” and Dr. Lisle on YouTube (FREE) “How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind”.  It’s about 75 minutes long and well worth it.  Lose the guilt trip – this video will release you!

We can end the “Health Care Crisis” in this country without the politicians.  Supply and demand still works in our free enterprise society.

“DEMAND GOOD, CLEAN FOOD and THE BAD FOOD WILL DISAPPEAR!  Good food for thought……

Okay – Here’s the recipe everyone is asking for:

Indian Spiced Black Bean Chili with Jewel Yams

 Ingredients for Step 1:

1 stalk celery  finely chopped

1 onion finely chopped

2-3 cloves of garlic minced

1 bell pepper or poblano finely chopped

3 tbsp coconut oil

1 bay leaf crumbled

Dash of salt

Ingredients for Step 2:

1 ½ tbsp. chili powder (or to taste)

1 tsp ground cumin or ½ tsp seeds)

½ tsp chipotle chili powder or 1 fresh chili (optional)

1 tsp smoked paprika

¼ tsp coriander powder

¼ tsp turmeric

¼  tsp fenugreek seeds (optional)

1 tsp ginger minced

Ingredients for Step 3:

1 large sweet potato diced

3 cups black beans (fresh cooked or canned rinsed)

1 – 15 oz. can of tomatoes and juice (or fresh)

2 cups of water or “Better Than Bouillon” vegetable broth prepared

2 tbsp black strap unsulfured molasses

1 tbsp Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredients for Step 4:

Add water if needed

¼ cup fresh cilantro (reserve some for garnish)

1 tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice

2 tbsp dark miso dissolved (dissolved)

  1. In large sauce pan, heat coconut oil to med to med high.  Add onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic (in that order) and sauté for a few minutes until onions are translucent.
  2.  Add spices and bay leaf, stirring frequently to toast for a minute or so until fragrant.
  3. Stir in sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, molasses, vinegar, and water or broth.  Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Stir in fresh cilantro and lemon juice, and more water if necessary.  Simmer for another 10 minutes.  Add dissolved miso to soup and blend well.  Add salt and cracked pepper to taste.  (Note – you probably will not need salt)

Garnish with fresh cilantro, or for vegetarian option add a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheddar.

Note:  If you don’t have all the spices – it’s OK.  You can use a Chili Seasoning mix.   However, the spices add a whole new dimension to this staple vegan dish.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Health is inner peace.  Healing is letting go of fear.  To make changing the body our goal is to fail to recognize that our single goal is peace of mind” – Gerald G. Jampolsky M.D. from his book Teach only Love.

Published in: on January 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Instructions for Life by The Dalai Lama


Great words to ponder in this brand new year from the Dalai Lama……..

 

1.     Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

2.    Follow the three R’s: – Respect for self, – Respect for others and – Responsibility for all your actions.

3.    Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

4.    Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

5.    Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

6.    When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

7.    Spend some time alone every day.

8.    Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

9.    Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

10.  Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

11.  A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

12.  In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

13.  Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

14.  Be gentle with the earth.

15.  Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

16.  Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

17.  Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

18.  If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

19.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Published in: on January 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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