Plant-based diet & Vegan
There is so much scientific evidence that eating organic vegetables, fruits, grains and beans inhibit cancer and even block cancer growth. A plant base diet benefits not only the blocking of cancer growth, it strengthens your immune system, protects you from diabetes, heart disease, obesity and maintains healthy skin and bones.
These are facts and people still ignore a Vegan lifestyle and gorge themselves on meats, processed foods and dairy. The reality doesn’t slap meat and dairy eaters in the face until they contract a life threatening disease.
People will ask me for “PROOF.” I tell them to look at meat and tell me what they really see. Most people do not see what I see as meat to most people is just food like carrots and apples. I see a dead decomposed body that has no fiber, no nutritional value and the poor animal was severely abused. The resources it took to keep that animal alive is astounding and the pollution from the animal is the number one cause of Global Warming. People tell me that they only eat grass fed meat. What that does that really mean? Do you really think that the meat is any better for you if the cow ate grass? Does the body decompose any differently? Does the pollution come out cleaner? Does the cow suffer any less? Hell NO! Grass fed meat causes just as much heart disease and cancer as corn fed meat – Trust me on this!
While Vegans are experiencing optimal health in their 70’s and 80’s, flesh eaters are gulping down handfuls of prescription drugs, visiting the doctor more than they visit their grandchildren, barely able to get around and are physically old in appearance. Meat and dairy cause obesity too and is also linked to diabetes and many other severe health issues.
I have friends and family that made fun of me when we went out to dinner and I had a plate of raw spinach or parsley with lemon On Thanksgiving, I would bring my own organic yam and tomatoes and never touch a pie or a cup of coffee. Now the are calling me up and asking me about my diet because they have blocked arteries or a tumor in their colon. Of course I try and be sympathetic and refrain from saying, “I told you so.”
I immediately influence them to throw everything away in their kitchen including seasonings, condiments, oils, frying pans and microwaves. We go out and buy a Breville 800JEXL Juicer and for a week drink nothing but pure vegetable juice.
We also go out and buy a Blendtec Blender and I introduce them to green smoothies with blueberries, papaya, apricots, banana, spinach, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.
For breakfast I tell them to eat a healthy raw salad with lots of organic dark colored vegetables like cabbage, beets, carrots, kale, chard, spinach, asparagus, tomatoes and add mung, adzuki, and garbanzo bean sprouts. For dressing I use Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar or Coconut Vinegar, as well as Nutritional yeast and avocado. .
Lunch might be a smoothies with papaya, pomegranate seeds and blueberries with flaxseed oil. BTW, add ground flaxseed’s to almost everything.
Dinner is the lightest meal with a whole butternut squash (clean and bake the seeds) or a yam or lightly steamed or raw cauliflower and broccoli with just lemon as seasoning, a cup of quinoa, hulled barley or wheat berries.
Snacks consist of radishes, grapes, red bell peppers, celery root, an apple, vegetable juice, grapefruit juice or some warm miso. OR, just drink a glass of lemon water or when in season – blended Watermelon and Cantaloupe juice…..
I also make a great bean and quinoa meal with tomatoes, parsley, onion, lemon and avocado. Just take a handful of mixed adzuki, mung and garbanzo beans and soak them over night. Next day, rinse them thoroughly, simmer in enough water that covers the beans more than three inches for about 30 minutes or until the beans are tender. Meanwhile, simmer a cup of quinoa for fifteen minutes and fluff (make sure to rinse the quinoa too)….. I strain the beans and place some beans on a plate next to the quinoa and place the chopped onion, tomatoes and parsley on top along with an avocado…. For seasonings i just squeeze fresh lemon juice…. I make enough for several days.
A Vegan diet is really inexpensive too… Beans are $2.50 a pound, Quinoa is now up to $8.00 a pound and in season vegetables and fruit are dirt (pun intended) cheap. Buy CSA box from your local farmer and for about $30 a week you get a huge box of just picked organic fruits and vegetables. You also save on doctor’s and prescription drugs. I am 68 years old and have never been to the doctor or taken as much as an aspirin in my life. I feel as good as I did in my 20’s and still get the looks from the young girls (young meaning 40’s)….. When i am with my 1 and 5 year old granddaughters, people assume that they are my kids.
My friends complain a lot at the beginning but in a week or two, they sound like me and they are ready to write a book on Veganism.
Read the China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and make sure to shop at Farmer’s Markets and buy a local CSA Box – Support your local organic farmers….. Don’t forget to exercise too! Do stuff that you really enjoy like walking, cycling, gardening, running after your kids or grand-kids (like I do). Don’t beat yourself up at the gym, that just causes anxiety (unless of course you really love the gym or yoga studio)…….
Surround yourself with people that support you and make you feel good. Having a positive lifestyle and being with people that you love is as important to your health as food. If your job is burning you out, get another one or move to another city where the quality of life is to your liking. Again, your mental outlook is more important than the food you put in your body…..
People invest in the future with 401K’s, pensions, stock investments, paying off their house but the one thing they forget about is their health and without their health, they might as well turn over their retirement to their kids because you can’t take it with you..