Thursday, December 31, 2015

Why a plant-based Diet? Reason Number 2

Compassion for Animals

     Have you ever experienced an event or a series of events that you knew in your heart was not a coincidence?  That you were in the right place, at the right time, listening and/or seeing something that struck you like a bolt of lightening or in my case, wrenched my gut?

    Yesterday, that happened to me in a two-fold whammy! I was listening to a podcast called "Main Street Vegan" which popped up in my search for information and truth about our food sources.

The guest speaker on this particular podcast (Nov. 25, 2015) was a man by the name of Phillip Wollen. I frankly had never heard of him, but he was once upon a time a big player in the corporate banking scene in Australia and had traveled the world extensively. He had a life changing experience in India that caused him to rethink the role of animals on our planet. Mr. Wollen is a very educated, well-spoken gentleman who is passionate about compassion for all species and has put his money where his heart is. I do not feel that I can do his story justice, but I encourage you to watch his debate on

You Tube: Animals Should Be Off The Menu!

   I have heard over the past few months about a documentary called "Earthlings" and Mr.
Wollen mentioned this movie in his debate. I decided to check it out and discovered the trailer on You-tube. After 30 seconds into this trailer I was physically ill and repulsed by what I saw. I don't know if I will ever be able to watch this show in it's entirety, but  I know that in the first 30 seconds I saw enough to know that I will never put another bite of meat in my mouth. I refuse to finance an industry that terrorizes, tortures, and treats animals in such barbaric fashion. I will never look at meat on a plate the same way again.

I know this is heavy stuff and it's hard to think about, but I encourage you as a compassionate, caring soul to not subsidize such horror with your dollar but instead use your hard earned money to actually feed yourself healthy food that in the long run with give you vitality well into your twilight years.

Yes, I did finally watch the movie "EARTHLINGS" and Yes, it was horrifying to witness animals being treated so violently and perhaps even more disturbing to know that humans are capable of such cruelty. But I have hope that hearts can be changed at any age once their eyes have been opened. I should know....I am just now opening my own eyes to where the food on our plate is REALLY coming from.

I hope that the above examples cause you to ponder I want to make a difference? How much gumption do I have to go against the grain of tradition, family, and hecklers and make the choice for compassion? For me, I sleep a lot better at night knowing I am treating the life I have been given with respect and knowing that other "earthlings" are not needlessly suffering for my pleasure.

If you feel like you need more support or encouragement may I suggest the little pocketbook:

"Letters to a New Vegan"

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Top 3 Reasons to Embrace a Plant Based Diet

"Let food be thy medicine

 and medicine be thy food"


Today I would like to address one of the top 3 reasons that you should strongly consider a plant-based diet :


Do you suffer from Diabetes?
Do you have hypertension?
Do you have heart disease?
Are you overweight?
Do you have a history of cancer?
Do you have high cholesterol?
Do you have irritable bowel syndrome?
Are you often tired and lacking energy?
Are you often sick?

These symptoms might be common, but they do not have to be a "normal" part of life. They indicate imbalances and disorders that animal protein is either causing or making worse. In most cases, they will start to resolve within two weeks and be gone in a month or two once you start eating a plant-based diet.

If any of the above conditions apply to you or someone that you love then I hope and pray that you will read further and not tarry a day to discover for yourself what a plant based diet can do for you.

Today, let's focus on Diabetes:

Documented and Researched Data concerning Diabetes as related to eating animal protein:

"Animal protein is significantly associated with diabetes. In fact, they found a graduated increase in the risk of developing diabetes depending on the amount of animal protein consumed. Vegans had an extremely low prevalence of diabetes (2.9%) followed by vegetarians who included dairy and eggs at 3.2 %, pescatarians (adding fish) at 4.8% and meat eaters at 7.6 percent. Crunching the numbers over time, researchers found that weekly consumption of meat over a seventeen year period increased the risk of developing diabetes by a whopping 74%!!! (Tonstad, Butler, et al. 2009; Rizzo, Sabate, et al. 2011; Snowden 1988; Vang, Singh, et al. 2008). Meat consumption still correlated with diabetes even in those who didn't gain weight from it."

The above is an excerpt from "Proteinaholic" written by Dr. Garth Davis, M.D. with Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

"According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently 25.8 million diabetics in the U.S. and 79 million more people suffering from pre-diabetes....much of this growth in children. In fact, young people account for 45 percent of new type 2 diabetes.

The common view of diabetes is that it develops because of eating too much sugar, but this is not the case. As Dr. Neal Barnard explains, with type 2 diabetes, the body still produces insulin, the hormone that escorts glucose into the cells so it can be used for energy, but the cells develop insulin resistance. Because the cells resist the action of insulin, glucose cannot enter the cells and builds up in the bloodstream. This in turn can cause serious complications.

Why does this resistance happen? Because the cells have become clogged with lipids (fats). The benefit of switching to a low-fat, plant-based diet is that it causes the cells to release this excess fat, which in turn allows insulin to function normal again. Thus, the solution to insulin resistance is to eat a low-fat, plant-based diet.

Dr. Bernard discovered in his own research that patients who were put on a low-fat, plant-based diet experienced greater improvement in their diabetic condition than those placed on a traditional diabetes-management diet, which continues to allow meat and dairy products."

The above excerpt is from "Forks over Knives .....The Plant-Based Way To Health". There is also a documentary available on netflix that has changed more lives than any other documentary on plant-based eating. I suggest that you check it out for more in-depth information.

For more research and documentation that proves we are being misguided in our dietary choices:

Read: "The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted" by T. Colin Campbell, PHD  and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD or watch the documentary "The China Study" also found on netflix.

Read : The End to Diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

My hope is to feed your curiosity, to plant a seed of desire to lead a healthier life by eating a plant based diet. The impact you can have on your health, your family's health, and the health of our economy and the health of our planet can begin immediately with you.