And the Genius Said….

In yesterday’s health news, in my daily paper, there was an article about a study on eaters of animal protein.  It compared people who ate different amounts of animal protein and how it impacted their chances of getting type 2 diabetes.   Put quite simply, for every 10 grams more a person ate, they increased their chances of getting the disease.  The people that ate the most (72 grams per day) were almost 20% more likely to end up diabetic.

The first thing that strikes me about this study is that 72 grams of animal protein a day is NOT that much for someone who eats a couple of eggs for breakfast (about 13 grams), a chicken wrap for lunch (let’s say about 20 grams in the chicken)  and a piece of meat or fish (about 30 grams in 6 ounces of fish)  for dinner.   That’s 63 grams before a glass of milk, a piece of cheese, etc.  There is no mystery behind why our society is overweight and under-”healthed.”  The same foods that cause diabetes, happen to also contribute to cancer, Alzheimers, and many auto-immune disorders.

The other thing that struck me about this news story, is that it isn’t really news at all!

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We were ALL schooled to believe we need way more protein then we actually do.  We were also schooled to believe our protein can only come from animals.  While it is certainly harder to get protein from plants and grains, it is easily do-able.  Athletes do need more than non-athletes and most of us aren’t athletes!  The average person would do just fine with about 1/2 gram of protein for every pound they weigh.  Serious athletes will go to over 1 gram per pound they weigh.  Even at that, if you do your homework you can find protein in many foods that are healthy for you, for the planet and for the animals.

Hopefully you will consider this information as you make food choices today, on Vegan (Feast) Thursday…and every day.

Never Give Up. No Matter What “They” Tell You.

Thanks to Rita for suggesting I watch this amazing video.  It is awesome on many levels.  Have 5 minutes?  Check it out.  Beware, it may inspire you to start doing yoga (or any type of exercise) immediately.  GO ARTHUR!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448

Move, Lift, Repeat

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It has been long discovered that engaging in aerobic exercise has numerous benefits, including lowering the risk of diabetes.  More recently we are learning that muscle-strengthening exercises such as yoga and weight-lifting, are also great ways to lower your diabetes risk.  Combine the two and you lower your risk factor even more.  Women who reported at least an hour a week of muscle-strengthening work plus at least 2.5 hours a week of aerobic exercise had a whopping 67% lower risk of getting diabetes than inactive women.

So if you want to lower your risk factor, regardless of your “genes,” or reverse your type-2 diabetes AND reap a whole lot more health benefits such as keeping a lid on weight gain, heart disease, stroke, colon and breast cancer and depression, GET MOVING and GET LIFTING!

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A Genuine Pain in the Butt….

If you struggle with hemorrhoids, constipation, or other digestive issues that give you daily problems, there are a few things you can do today that might make things a whole lot better immediately.  Put a step stool in the bathroom and put your feet up on it while you do your business.  You can learn more about how this works by googling squatty potty or looking it up on youtube (but the step stool will do the same thing as the squatty potty).  Add a few spoons of ground flax seed to your daily diet.  You can put it in a shake, or sprinkle it on salad, veggies, whatever.  Drink more water than you think you should, even if you already drink a lot!  Watch the amount of coffee and alcohol you consume.  Try softer, kinder toilet paper.  But mostly, try the step stool and of course eat plenty of vegetables, fresh fruit and and get your daily exercise!

Squatty Potty | The Dabblist

Squatty Potty | The Dabblist (Photo credit: thedabblist)

Because doing your daily business doesn’t have to hurt!   Please pass this on to someone who may benefit from the info.  While it’s a pretty private subject, we all know people who have these issues and this simple info might really help….