Posts Tagged ‘whole foods plant-based diet’

Sushi Dangers

Monday, May 25th, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control provides this image of one of the roundworms commonly found in fish

The Centers for Disease Control provides this image of one of the roundworms commonly found in fish

Raw Fish and Raw Milk Are Not Healthy

Upbeat myths have boosted the image of raw animal foods, such as sushi, sashimi, and raw dairy products. Claims that these foods are somehow more “natural” and nutrient-rich than after they are cooked promote this raw fad.

Yet uncooked animal foods can be so hazardous that even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is hardly known for its aggressive protection of public health, warns the public forcefully to watch out. The higher risk of eating such foods includes getting infected with (more…)

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Soy: The News Is Good

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Whole soy foods support health in many ways. Credible published research studies do not find health dangers in eating whole soy foods in moderation

Whole soy foods support health in many ways. Credible published research studies do not find health dangers in eating whole soy foods in moderation

The Health Benefits of Soy Are Real, While the Ideas of Danger Are Fantasies

Remember the school lesson about how, in fifteenth century Europe, influential thinkers said it was impossible to sail across the Atlantic Ocean? The governing idea was that the earth was flat, and anyone venturing too far west by boat would fall off the end of the world. Well, experience proved that popular opinion wrong, and we can smile at it today.

Yet in the twenty-first century, many are frightened by an equally silly idea – that soy (more…)

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My Day At the Dark Chocolate Factory

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
The Dandelion Chocolate sales locations offer samples of their single-source bars

The Dandelion Chocolate sales locations offer samples of their single-source bars

Sorting, Sniffing, and Tasting Are All Part of the Job of Making Intense Dark Chocolate Bars

Chocolate has always been one of my favorite foods. An allergy to chocolate in childhood was tough for me, and I could sneak only occasional bites. This sensitivity persisted, punishing me with a rash, a severe cough, and/or an excruciating headache if I dared eat chocolate even as an adult.

Happily, when I got rid of all the animal foods in my diet, I discovered I had never been allergic to chocolate at all. I had been allergic to the combination of chocolate made with milk. I could eat as much vegan dark chocolate as I wanted with no allergy symptoms.

While dark chocolate can be healthy, the amount you need to eat for health benefits is small – one to three ounces a week will do it. Eat too much, and you’re liable to (more…)

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The Campbell Plan Guides Your Whole Food, Plant-Based Journey

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Dr. Thomas Campbell shares funny and interesting anecdotes from his life throughout his book

Dr. Thomas Campbell shares funny and interesting anecdotes from his life throughout his book

Dr. Thomas Campbell Puts You In Charge of Your Own Health

As a family physician and coauthor of The China Study, Dr. Thomas Campbell is eminently credible in showing the power of a whole foods, plant-based diet in transforming your health. His book The Campbell Plan has three main characters. One is Dr. Campbell himself, the second is science, and third is food in its many forms.

Dr. Campbell shares personal anecdotes, some amusing and the last one heart-breaking, throughout his book. I especially enjoyed the glimpses of his early years and what it was like to grow up in the Campbell family.

You feel Dr. Campbell is there advising you with helpful tools and information. He knows that for you to succeed, you must be in control and want to make a real change. From the beginning, he encourages you to think about the health goal you’d most like to achieve. He understands you may struggle sometimes, and guides you to the personal resolve and social support you need to get through the rough patches and reach your goal. You have leeway to form new eating habits on your own terms. One tool the book uses in several places is (more…)

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How the Vegiterranean Diet Transforms the Mediterranean Diet

Saturday, January 24th, 2015
The Vegiterranean Diet takes Mediterranean to wonderful heights of flavor and health

The Vegiterranean Diet takes Mediterranean to wonderful heights of flavor and health

Julieanna Hever Delivers a Delicious Journey To Blue Waters and Health-Enhancing Foods

Julieanna Hever, the plant-based dietitian, takes the Mediterranean diet to its highest level of taste and health in her book The Vegiterranean Diet. She gives you several books wrapped into one: a Mediterranean diet history, a colorful travelogue, an overview of required nutrients and how to get them, a guide to stocking your kitchen and making healthy cooking more convenient, and more than sixty extraordinary Vegiterranean recipes. The book is entertaining, informative, and compelling, with unexpected discoveries in every chapter.

Julieanna clarifies how the Mediterranean diet has changed since early research in Crete, when only 7% of calories came from animal products. Today, however, many have come to see this diet as reliant on fish, olive oil, cheese, and wine. This way of eating, as it is currently thought of, has been found to be an improvement on a standard American diet built on such staples as hot dogs, fries, and donuts. However, a comparison to the health-wrecking standard American diet is a low bar to pass.

Starting from the fact that the original Mediterranean diet was a whole foods, plant-based way of eating, Julieanna gives clear guidance on (more…)

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My Three Most Surprising Blogs of 2014

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
With the right demolition equipment, you can knock down a large building. And with the real facts, you can shatter commonplace nutrition myths that make you sick

With the right demolition equipment, you can knock down a large building. And with the real facts, you can shatter commonplace nutrition myths that make you sick

These Eye-Opening Articles Demolish Dangerous Nutrition Myths

When I began researching meatless eating in 1995, I thought I was knowledgeable about nutrition. After all, everything I had been told from middle school on, whether from teachers, doctors, or the media, agreed that animal foods were necessary for good health. Meat was the center of my lunches and dinners.

My two daughters, then ages 11 and 13, had just declared they would not eat meat. Fooled by (more…)

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Vanilla Is Anything But Plain

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
The vanilla flower is a gorgeous orchid, shown with the dried seed pods used for pure, natural vanilla spice

The vanilla flower is a gorgeous orchid, shown with the dried seed pods used for pure, natural vanilla spice

This Enticing, Aromatic Spice Protects Your Health In Five Ways

Vanilla has an image problem. The run-of-the-mill perception is that vanilla is a plain and boring choice. Once you learn about this extraordinary spice, your appreciation may change. In fact, vanilla is a rare, expensive, and health-enhancing flavor.

Vanilla is produced from the seeds of a tropical climbing orchid that grows as a vine. Native to Mexico, vanilla was used by the Aztecs in the chocolate drink of their royalty. The bees and hummingbirds that pollinate this orchid (more…)

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Five Dangers of Eating Poultry

Monday, November 24th, 2014
You can pay a lot of money for turkey labeled as "organic" or "sustainable," but there is no evidence this reduces the health risks of eating poultry

You can pay a lot of money for turkey labeled as “organic” or “sustainable,” but there is no evidence this reduces the health risks of eating poultry

Chicken and Turkey Are Health Risks All Year Long

Turkeys are the routine centerpiece of many holiday meals, while chickens are a common “main course” for everyday dinners. Yet when you look closely at poultry, the health dangers may surprise you, and (more…)

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The Empty Medicine Cabinet Shows a Medication-Free Path to Healing

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Dustin Rudolph is a pharmacist working to empower you to get healthy with diet, something that is highly unlikely just by taking medications that don't get to the root of your illness

Dustin Rudolph is a pharmacist working to empower you to get healthy with diet, something that is highly unlikely just by taking medications that don’t get to the root of your illness

Dustin Rudolph Teaches You the Basic Principles of Lifelong Health

Dustin Rudolph is a pharmacist who wants to see his patients regain their health and become free of medications. He wrote The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist’s Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food to help people looking for elusive answers about why they are sick. His book will show you a totally different approach to chronic illness – an approach that is not based on the pills, procedures, and surgery of conventional medicine.

The Empty Medicine Cabinet starts with idyllic memories of Dustin’s summers on his much-adored grandfather’s small farm in Montana. His grandfather lived what many would consider (more…)

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The Whole Truth Is the First Step

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Howard Jacobson talks about the writing of Whole and his next steps in guiding people to reconnect with nature

Howard Jacobson talks about the writing of Whole and his next steps in guiding people to reconnect with nature

Howard Jacobson Shares What It’s Like to Work With Dr. Campbell and What the Next Step Might Be

Whole, Dr. T Colin Campbell’s ground breaking book, tells why we need to totally rethink the science of what we eat. This subject could be confusing, unapproachable, or dull for most people. It’s none of these things, in large part thanks to Howard Jacobson, PhD, who is a contributing author of this compelling paradigm changer.

Every time I read Whole, quote after quote leaps out to tell the story with powerful language and images not afraid to tell the truth. Here are a few examples:

“We “race for the cure” by pouring billions of dollars into dangerous and ineffective treatments. We seek new genes, as if the ones we’ve evolved over millions of years are insufficient for our needs. We medicate ourselves with toxic concoctions, a small number of which treat the disease, while the rest treat the harmful side effects of the primary drugs.”

“Evolution has thankfully programmed us to seek out and enjoy (more…)

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