When It Comes To Food – Its Not About Good or Bad – It’s About Compatible…


http://www.yumsugar.com/Why-I-Stopped-Being-Vegan-35306835

Okay – Here’s my 2 cents or more:) I do something called “Food Compatibility Testing”. It’s an intuitive gift. Something I now teach others how to develop and use on their own. Through this process it has become very clear how different each and every “body” is, which shouldn’t be a surprise since our DNA is completely unique. Our nutritional needs change constantly depending on our physical, mental and spiritual health; even on what we ate the day before. Not one good food is good for everybody all the time; Not one good diet, not one good supplement, etc. After testing a load of people over the last year, it’s apparent that becoming a fully evolved vegan is a process. Eating meat is embedded in the human DNA from generations of meat consumption. Changing DNA is not something that happens overnight. It needs to be done gradually.

I became very curious about how many vegans had totally evolved vegan bodies and testing all the vegan athletes from the Winter Olympic Games this year. Out of the 10 I tested, only 4 were fully evolved. That means, either they are eating animal products on the sly or their body has a deficiency that can only be met by an animal. Does this mean an animal has to die – NO! The good news, this evolution is happening fast and even unconsciously. Some of my clients were surprised they had made the vegetarian Shift. I often hear after a session, “Wow – That’s why I just stopped wanting meat”. These are people without any concept of what a CAFO is. We have moved into a higher vibration and our bodies want to become lighter to ascend into this lighter energy. Animal protein is heavier than plant protein. Everyone can get along very well on a vegetarian diet now, which allows for cruelty free animal choices if one is inclined to look for them. For instance, local farm fresh eggs, yogurt, butter and cheese from animals raised humanly and lovingly will lovingly give back to us. I have neighbors with beloved chickens and goats. With our inborn intuition, we can learn how to test for cruelty free, GMO free, pesticide free, freshness, etc. When it comes to food, it is not about what is good or bad only what is compatible to our bodies. Can you feel the non-judgment in that?

First and foremost we should be loving towards ourselves and take the best care of our bodies. We cannot love anyone or anything without first loving ourselves. That means giving our body the nutrition it needs for optimum health, whatever that is and do it in a loving non-judgmental way. Judgment will not help any cause. We will always be judged by how we judge others. What I am talking about here is not a conflict of interest. Every being has the right to life, health and happiness. We can take care of ourselves and still insure this right.

On another note, let’s talk about balance. The over consumption of animal products has caused a major pH imbalance in this country which has led to chronic health issues in this country and others. All things happen for a reason. Every challenge we face is knocking on our door of awareness. As we become awakened and aware so does the world. If we can approach this collective experience in a non-judgmental fashion we can heal a nation, we can heal the world. If you want to know more, or would like to know if you are a fully evolved vegan, send me a message. Peace…

Cancer For Profit – Big, BIG Industry! Did I say BIG INDUSTRY!


http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/07/mammogram-screening-risks.aspx?x_cid=20140707_nonlead_facebookdoc

This Dr. Mercola Article is an eye-opener and well worth the read!

It’s time for us to do our own research and stop believing everything the medical and pharmaceutical companies tell us. We can no longer afford to give up responsibility for our health to the monstrous, profit driven health care industry WE have created. Medicine is not designed to cure illness. It treats symptoms, very seldom if ever getting at the root cause. And why would this huge industry which represents almost 20% of the GDP, be interested in a cure? This is big, big, BIG business folks. When every other commercial on T.V. is for a drug and one common side effect of most of these drugs is death, it’s pretty obvious our health is not top priority. What happened to the “Hippocratic Oath” – Do NO Harm. When drugs are advertised and peddled to doctors with incentives to prescribe, you have to know there is a HUGE conflict of interest going on.

You can’t blame the doctors either. Doctors have learned from a system that is broken and they paid a lot of money to learn this broken system. Pharmaceutical companies fund medical schools and spend huge dollars lobbying our government. Most doctors in this country receive less than 20 hours of nutrition study and only 25% of medical schools have required courses in nutrition. How did this happen? When money became more important than health and we started looking outside of ourselves for solutions to our own health.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that good health starts with nutrition. The body is designed to heal itself, it only needs the right set of nutrients. Talk to most oncologist treating cancers with chemo and you will be shocked to hear things like “it doesn’t matter what you eat – Eat anything you want as long as you eat”, while chemo courses through the body destroying everything in it’s wake. That makes no sense! It makes much more sense to nourish the body so it can go about it’s job of healing.

I’m so excited to see more studies being brought forth and making headlines. Truth will eventually change this industry. It’s happening. Keep spreading the word.

Published in: on July 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm  Comments (1)  

Plant Protein verse Animal & Comparing Apples to Apples


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This is a little misleading, but makes a good point.  You would have to eat 4 cups of raw broccoli (100 calories) to equal the protein in less than 2 ounces of sirlion steak (100 calories).There are are many good plant sources of protein; kale, spinach, asparagus, potatoes, lentils (17 grams per cup) to name a few.  Protein from animals is very dense and concentrated, making it very easy to get more protein than you need, which creates to much acid in the body that leads to inflammation and eventually disease.  A little goes a long way.  With the exception of cottage cheese and yogurt all animal sourced protein is acidic.

 Lots of variety is key to the vegan diet lifestyle as with any diet.  If you are interested in learning more about replacing meat protein with vegetable protein, I recommend doing your research.  Visit PCRM, The Blissful Chef, VegWeb, Brendan Brazier, Julieanna Hever for lots of great, helpful information on how to convert healthfully…

 

Published in: on June 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Organic food isn’t cleaner and isn’t toxin-free


All I can say is the root of this issue is not addressed and I would love to see all the research: 1st – Our organic human bodies are not compatible with man-made chemicals and GM food. The more man-made our food supply becomes the sicker we become. Just compare chronic illness to other countries who consume real food. 2nd – If you have ever seen an ariel photo of a factory farming facility then you know the statement about runoff makes no sense! And, 3rd – the article doesn’t address the greenhouse gases produced by factory farm meat or 4th – The pollution caused by the transport around the world of all this chemically laden produce and meat. Or 5th, by the time it makes it to your local grocer, it is nutritionally bankrupt (time equals loss of nutrients).

Local organic, sustainable farming is the cure for disease and our environment. We have a huge conflict of interest in this country. Profits are more important than people and health. I’m disappointed in this poorly researched article. This is why I don’t read the News anymore. Sent to me by a friend who knows…

Published in: on June 23, 2014 at 12:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Food Is Talking….


FOOD IS TALKING AND IT’S TELLING YOU WHAT YOUR HEALING FOODS ARE. LEARN TO LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN YOUR BODY AND FOOD. IT WILL SUPPLY YOU WITH THE PERFECT GROCERY LIST FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH AND HEALING…..THE INTUITIVE CHEF

We Are What We Think….


If you are familiar with the “Law of Attraction” which is why the “Placebo Effect” is so powerful, then you will see the “Elephant in the Room” in this article.  Our thoughts are powerful and as soon as this message gets out and people accept it as truth, the obesity epidemic will continue to escalate. Many scientific studies now show that more important than what we eat, is what we think. Releasing judgement about food and our bodies is key. It’s not about “Good or Bad” food (that’s a judgment) – It’s about compatible food (no judgement). Can you feel the difference? Another component – The energy of judgment attracts more of the same (craving low energy foods), which does make it harder to avoid the foods that are not compatible to the human body. The cure for obesity and disease in general lies in our thoughts. Good Food for Thought…

Obesity research confirms long-term weight loss almost impossible

No known cure for obesity except surgically shrinking the stomach

By Kelly Crowe, CBC News Posted: Jun 04, 2014 5:00 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 04, 2014 10:34 PM ET

The nasty reality is that humans are efficient biological machines. "We have evolved not to lose weight."

The nasty reality is that humans are efficient biological machines. “We have evolved not to lose weight.” (Reuters)

Permanent weight loss is a losing battle 2:23

 
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There’s a disturbing truth that is emerging from the science of obesity. After years of study, it’s becoming apparent that it’s nearly impossible to permanently lose weight.

As incredible as it sounds, that’s what the evidence is showing. For psychologist Traci Mann, who has spent 20 years running an eating lab at the University of Minnesota, the evidence is clear. “It couldn’t be easier to see,” she says. “Long-term weight loss happens to only the smallest minority of people.”

We all think we know someone in that rare group. They become the legends — the friend of a friend, the brother-in-law, the neighbour — the ones who really did it.

But if we check back after five or 10 years, there’s a good chance they will have put the weight back on. Only about five per cent of people who try to lose weight ultimately succeed, according to the research. Those people are the outliers, but we cling to their stories as proof that losing weight is possible.

“Those kinds of stories really keep the myth alive,” says University of Alberta professor Tim Caulfield, who researches and writes about health misconceptions. “You have this confirmation bias going on where people point to these very specific examples as if it’s proof. But in fact those are really exceptions.”

Our biology taunts us, by making short-term weight loss fairly easy. But the weight creeps back, usually after about a year, and it keeps coming back until the original weight is regained or worse.

This has been tested in randomized controlled trials where people have been separated into groups and given intense exercise and nutrition counselling.

Even in those highly controlled experimental settings, the results show only minor sustained weight loss.

When Traci Mann analyzed all of the randomized control trials on long-term weight loss, she discovered that after two years the average amount lost was only one kilogram, or about two pounds, from the original weight.

Tiptoeing around the truth

So if most scientists know that we can’t eat ourselves thin, that the lost weight will ultimately bounce back, why don’t they say so?

Tim Caulfield says his fellow obesity academics tend to tiptoe around the truth. “You go to these meetings and you talk to researchers, you get a sense there is almost a political correctness around it, that we don’t want this message to get out there,” he said.

DUBAI/

Last fall, the Dubai government launched a 30-day weight loss challenge called “Your Weight in Gold” to encourage dieters and combat growing obesity in the Gulf Arab emirate. It should probably save its money if the current science is right. (Reuters)

“You’ll be in a room with very knowledgeable individuals, and everyone in the room will know what the data says and still the message doesn’t seem to get out.”

In part, that’s because it’s such a harsh message. “You have to be careful about the stigmatizing nature of that kind of image,” Caulfield says. “That’s one of the reasons why this myth of weight loss lives on.”

Health experts are also afraid people will abandon all efforts to exercise and eat a nutritious diet — behaviour that is important for health and longevity — even if it doesn’t result in much weight loss.

Traci Mann says the emphasis should be on measuring health, not weight. “You should still eat right, you should still exercise, doing healthy stuff is still healthy,” she said. “It just doesn’t make you thin.”

We are biological machines

But eating right to improve health alone isn’t a strong motivator. The research shows that most people are willing to exercise and limit caloric intake if it means they will look better. But if they find out their weight probably won’t change much, they tend to lose motivation.

‘Healthy stuff is still healthy, it just doesn’t make you thin’- Traci Mann, University of Minnesota

That raises another troubling question. If diets don’t result in weight loss, what does? At this point the grim answer seems to be that there is no known cure for obesity, except perhaps surgically shrinking the stomach. 

Research suggests bariatric surgery can induce weight loss in the extremely obese, improving health and quality of life at the same time. But most people will still be obese after the surgery. Plus, there are risky side effects, and many will end up gaining some of that weight back.

If you listen closely you will notice that obesity specialists are quietly adjusting the message through a subtle change in language.

These days they’re talking about weight maintenance or “weight management” rather than “weight loss.”

NUTRITION-LABELING/UPDATE

Michelle Obama has been on an eat better campaign ever since her husband was elected to the White House. An estimated 2.1 billion people on the planet are now considered overweight or obese. (Reuters)

It’s a shift in emphasis that reflects the emerging reality. Just last week the headlines announced the world is fatter than it has ever been, with2.1 billion peoplenow overweight or obese, based on an analysis published in the online issue of the British medical journal The Lancet.

Researchers are divided about why weight gain seems to be irreversible, probably a combination of biological and social forces. “The fundamental reason,” Caulfield says, “is that we are very efficient biological machines. We evolved not to lose weight. We evolved to keep on as much weight as we possibly can.”

Lost in all of the noise about dieting and obesity is the difficult concept of prevention, of not putting weight on in the first place.

The Lancet study warned that more than one in five kids in developed countries are now overweight or obese. Statistics Canada says close to a third of Canadian kids under 17 are overweight or obese. And in a world flooded with food, with enormous economic interest in keeping people eating that food, what is required to turn this ship around is daunting.

“An appropriate rebalancing of the primal needs of humans with food availability is essential,” University of Oxford epidemiologist Klim McPherson wrote in a Lancet commentary following last week’s study. But to do that, he suggested, “would entail curtailing many aspects of production and marketing for food industries.”

Perhaps, though, the emerging scientific reality should also be made clear, so we can navigate this obesogenic world armed with the stark truth — that we are held hostage to our biology, which is adapted to gain weight, an old evolutionary advantage that has become a dangerous metabolic liability.

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


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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….

Published in: on January 11, 2013 at 10:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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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  
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