May 16, 2013 by Leave a Comment
What a huge statement from Kaiser Permanente, as they published an article in its medical science journal recommending that physicians consider a plant-based diet for ALL patients. The article states, “Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages eating whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products and eggs as well as refined and processed foods.” The article goes on to say that, “physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles. Research shows that plant-based diets are cost effective, low risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”
If you would like to read the article in its entirety visit www.ForksOverKnives.com This site is chock-full of great articles, videos and recipes, and they will be happy to send you their newsletter. This week there is also a Q&A with Rip Esselstyn about his new book, “My Beef with Meat.” What a great title!!!!! There are also a couple of recipes including caramel apples!
Before I sign off, I thought vegan Thursday was as good a day as any to share a picture of one of the pineapples growing in our yard. With berries on the bushes, mangoes and lemons in the trees and pineapples growing in the front yard, it’s a great season to be a plant-based eater!
Who knew when we moved to Florida 30 years ago, that someday we’d become pineapple growers! They are so easy to grow here. You simply twist off the top of a pineapple and stick it in the ground and wait. It will take a couple of years, but one day you will notice a little acorn like thing growing out of the center and again, all you do is watch and wait. You will know when it’s ready to come off the base when it starts to turn sideways. Again, Mother Nature really knows her stuff.
Hoping YOU will consider a plant-based meal or two on this day…and every day. It’s as good for your health as the health of your planet and the animals that share it with us! As always, I am greatly appreciative for the time you took to visit and read….Make it a great day!
May 15, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Good morning. First, thanks to Liz, who I shared some coincidences with yesterday, for this link which tells a little more about the grounding we talked about yesterday. Knowing it does a body good, made barefoot gardening (really light gardening) a whole lot more fun, yesterday afternoon. This morning, I went out to check for fallen mangoes (they are just starting to ripen) and truly embraced the feel of the earth beneath my naked feet. To learn a little more, check out this short video: http://youtu.be/HUP3icSsiDA
Another beautiful thing about being outside is the dose of vitamin D we get. There is no supplement that can hold a candle to that big ball of light in the sky. The thing about the sun is, though, as we all know, is that in order to get enough of it for a tan, we have probably gotten too much. Did you know, though, that colorful, carotenoid-rich fruits and veggies are nature’s self-tanners? In research done in Scotland, people who added more fresh produce to their diets found that their skin took on a warm golden glow, which was seen as more attractive by study participants that the skin tone of the people who ate less produce. Bonus: eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables protects your skin from free radicals and sun damage. Just one of the many reasons to eat colorful foods!
Mother Nature has done this incredible job of giving us everything we need to be happy, healthy and look terrific. Thanks, momma N. You always take care of everything.
May 14, 2013 by Leave a Comment
This morning I would like to thank Iris for a super interesting article about the poor misunderstood….cholesterol. While I gleaned tons of info from this article, I would like to focus in and share a couple of sentences from Dr. Mercola*. This is part of a list of way to optimize your cholesterol profile and prevent heart disease. Of course, we know, at the top of the list are…exercise and diet. (Dr. Mercola strongly feels, as many do, that sugar is much more responsible for heart disease than cholesterol.) Down lower on the list he suggests the following and I love it:
“Walk barefoot to ground yourself to the earth. Lack of grounding has a lot to do with the rise in modern diseases as it effects the inflammatory process in your body. Grounding thins your blood, making it less viscous. Virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease has been correlated with elevated blood viscosity. When you ground to the earth, your zeta potential quickly rises, which means your red blood cells have more change on their surface, which forces them apart from each other. This action causes your blood to thin and flow easier. By repelling each other, your red blood cells are also less inclined to stick together and form a clot.”
I never heard this before but I can say that I have always been a big fan of walking barefoot and when I donate blood it does flows very, very quickly. Thinking about all those barefoot runners, and how they may be doing more good for their health than they even know! Perhaps the best thing we can do for our heart is get out there and take a nice long walk on the beach–barefoot, of course!
*Dr. Mercola is an alternative medicine physician and author and it’s important to note that a good deal of controversy surrounds his thinking, as is the case with most physicians and health care professionals who tout natural remedies. Big Pharma doesn’t like ANYONE who suggests that there are other, more natural, paths to wellness. This is especially true with statins, as they are one of the most prescribed drugs on the market and are the NUMBER ONE profit-makers for the industry. Mull that around in your head for a bit!
Get out there and seize YOUR day!