Standard American Diet (SAD)

April 30, 2010

Each year, the typical American on the standard american diet (SAD) consumes 600 cans (or 56 gallons) of soda annually, 150 hamburgers, 200 orders of french-fries, and 180 pounds of meat. And they purchase, on average, 125 take-out meals each year. What is more disturbing is that 90% of foods Americans purchase every year are processed foods lacking in essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants; in 1940, this statistic was only 10%. The number of people eating five servings of fruits and vegetables declined in the last 18 years from 42% to 26%.

And they consume about 140 pounds of sugar each year. That’s the sugar equivalent of 3,628 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the next 12 months. That’s just crazy. People should switch to raw foods and they’d be alot healthier. Of course the advertisers don’t want you to do that.


Raw and cooked food comparison

April 29, 2010

From the film “Breakthrough” the documentary.

Thoughts from Within – Woody Harrelson

April 28, 2010

interesting thoughts about the world from Woody Harrelson

Why go Raw?

April 22, 2010

Here’s a good article on some of the Reasons to Eat Raw Food:

There’s even more reasons than that too, such as looking  younger after being on it for awhile (I’ve seen 65 year olds who looked like they were 40 and 50 year olds that looked like they were 30), combatting or preventing diseases (several centers such as Hippocrates cure cancer and other illnesses through raw food), reducing visability of scars after several years, you get to try new food/recipes, and more.

We are the only animal on the planet which cooks its food. Animals in nature don’t seem to have the extensive list of diseases that humans do, including obesity. Note: The consumption of cooked food causes digestive leukocytosis (sometimes spelled leucocytosis,) which is the sudden increase of white blood cells in the bloodstream after consuming cooked food. The presence of digestive leukocytosis suggests that consuming cooked food is foreign to the human body. It also suggests that the consumption of cooked food compromises the immune system.

And food prepared using conventional cooking methods destroys up to 80% of that food’s nutrition. Can you afford 80% less nutrition than is naturally found in your food?

Science proves that cooking not only destroys nutrition and enzymes, but chemically changes foods from the substances needed for health into free-radicals and poisons that destroy our health. Acrylamide and heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are possible carcinogens formed in high-heat cooking. Try to eat more raw food instead.

The following should be unprocessed and preferably organic:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Nuts, seeds and grains (all preferably soaked to reduce phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient)
  • Legumes (peas, carob, etc.)
  • Dried fruit
  • Seaweed
  • Unprocessed organic or natural foods (ie: sprouts)
  • Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables
  • Purified water
  • Young coconut milk
  • *SOURCE: Alternative medicine

Other interesting links:
“Cancer risk found in french fries, bread” (talks about acrylamide).
My list of raw food websites and recipe sites.

More Raw Food in April

April 21, 2010

Here’s some things I’ve been eating lately on my 100% Raw Food vegan diet:

Breakfast: big Gala Apple
Lunch: Big salad with lettuce, carrots, broccoli sprouts, sunflower sprouts, avocado, carrots, raw croutons made of various seeds (store bought), and a raw Herb Vinaigrette dressing made with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh organic basil, parsley, rosemary, garlic, sea salt and black pepper. (raw dressing was bought at Whole Foods)

Some other things I ate lately in April include the following:

Red Cabbage and Romaine Salad topped with sunflower seed croutons and a tomato basil vinagrette dressing.

Raw Pizza topped with spinach

Raw Pizza topped with sprouts, and a mexican fruit salad.

Zucchini Spaghetti with walnut “meat”

Zucchini Fettucini Alfredo with pine nut “parmesan” and a salad.

Mock egg salad, carrot salad and cucumber salad.

Bunny wrappit (raw vegan wrap with carrots, avocado, tomato, nut “cheese”, sprouts and wrapped in lettuce)

raw Key Lime Pie

raw Chocolate; raw banana ball/nut dessert; raw lemon & fig dessert.

Flaxseed crackers spiced with tomatoes and bell peppers

Various fruit: Strawberries, pineapple, plums, oranges, apples, kiwi, bananas.

Pina Colada fruit smoothies

Reasons to be vegan

April 21, 2010

Here’s 10 Reasons to be a Vegan:
(Vegan=no animals or dairy products. I’m not even talking about a raw vegan diet which has even more benefits such as  helping your body heal any diseases.)

1.  Live Longer
A study from the Loma Linda University has found that vegetarians live about seven years longer, and vegans live about 15 years longer than meat eaters.  These studies are further supported by the Chinese Health Project (the largest population study on diet and health to date). They found Chinese people who eat the least amount of fat and animal products have the lowest risk of cancer, heart attack and other diseases.

Further proof comes from a British research that tracked 6,000 and 5,000 meat eaters for 12 years to find that vegetarians were 40 percent less likely to die from cancer during that time and 20 percent less likely to die from other diseases.

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has said bad eating habits are the main cause of 70 percent American deaths.  Consuming more fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains are the best source for living a healthy, more enjoyable life.

According to the China Study, the most comprehensive nutritional study: “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored,” said Dr. Campbell. It’s the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. The authors conclude that diets high in animal protein (including casein in cow’s milk) are strongly linked to diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.

2. Raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all cars, planes, ships and trains in the world combined.
You are not only helping your body but you also help the environment by reducing pollution created from animal agriculture.  Also, you may appreciate your healthy meals even more knowing that no animals suffered along the way.

3. You’ll give your body a spring cleaning.
Fruit and vegetable juices contain phytochemicals that help us detox naturally.  Giving up meat helps rid the body of toxins (environmental pollutants, pesticides, preservatives) that overload our systems and cause illness.

4. You Will Look Better And be Skinnier
On average, vegetarians and vegans are slimmer than meat eaters. Their diets are much lower in calories than the standard American diet. They are also less likely to suffer from weight-related disorders like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

5. More Efficient
Right now, 72 percent of all grain produced in the United States is fed to animals raised for slaughter. It takes 15 pounds of feed to get one pound of meat. But if the grain were given directly to people, there’d be enough food to feed the entire planet. In addition, using land for animal agriculture is inefficient in terms of maximizing food production. According to the journal Soil and Water, one acre of land could produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots or just 250 pounds of beef.

6. You’ll avoid most toxic chemicals.
95 percent of pesticide residue in our diet comes from meat, fish and dairy products (according to EPA estimates). Fish, in particular, contain carcinogens (PCBs, DDT) and heavy metals (mercury, arsenic; lead, cadmium) that cannot be removed through cooking or freezing. Meat and dairy products are also laced with steroids and hormones. And if you become a raw vegan who eats organic food then you will be taking in alot less toxins and chemicals since there’s no processed food and a lot less pesticides.

7. You’ll help the environment.
-Stop the #1 polluter of water. Animal agriculture is the #1 cause of polluted rivers and streams in the U.S.
– Circle 4 Farms in Milford, Utah, which raises 2.5 million pigs every year, creates more waste than the entire city of Los Angeles. And this is just one farm. Each year, the nation’s factory farms, collectively produce 2 billion tons of manure, a substance that’s rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the country’s top 10 pollutants. And that’s not even counting the methane gas released by cows, pigs and poultry (which contributes to the greenhouse effect); the ammonia gases from urine; poison gases that emanate from manure lagoons; toxic chemicals from pesticides; and exhaust from farm equipment used to raise feed for animals.

8. You’ll be more “regular.”
Vegetables are the ultimate source for fiber, which pushes waste out of the body. Meat contains no fiber. Studies done at Harvard and Brigham Women’s Hospital found that people who ate a high-fiber diet had a 42 percent lower risk of diverticulitis. People who eat vegetable rich diets also tend to have fewer incidences of constipation, hemorrhoids and spastic colon.

9. You’ll help save trees. 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared for animal agriculture.

10. It’s The Humane Thing To Do.
Did you know 22 million animals are slaughtered to support the American appetite for meat?  It’s a great feeling to finish a health meal knowing that no beings have suffered. Be being vegan you are saving animals. Stop the violence against other species on this planet. Be kind to animals.

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein

Related link: “How to go vegetarian or vegan”.
(vegans don’t eat animals or dairy products. vegetarians don’t eat animals.)

Causes of Cancer

April 9, 2010

April is National Cancer Control Month. Prevention is key.
Here are some “Known” and Suspected Causes of Cancer:

Some of that is similar to what another smart doctor came across and which I posted about previously:

Raw Food Treatment of CancerMy advice if you want to prevent or cure cancer or other illnesses:

1. Lessen your exposure to the above causes as much as possible.
2. Go on a raw food vegan diet. (Eat as high a percentage of raw food as you can and especially eat organic greens, vegetables and sprouts. And be aware of your daily nutritional needs.)
3. Be aware of your acid/alkaline balance in your body. Test it.
4. If you have cancer, also include vegetable juices and wheat grass juice. And you may also want to attend Hippocrates’ LifeChange program.
5. If you have excess fat, lose weight since toxins are stored in your fat. A raw food diet can help with that.
6. Get enough vitamins (especially B vitamins) and enzymes and oxygen.
“If the respiration of the body cells can be kept intact by adding enough enzymes, cancer could be prevented.” (cooking food destroys 100% of enzymes.). And “Keep the speed of the bloodstream so high the venous blood still contains sufficient oxygen. Add seaweed extracts like Dulse to your food to boost the metabolic rate, drink lots of clean water, exercise regularly”
7. Think positively.

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