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.

related post:

Raw food testimonials

April 7, 2010

Various people talk about how they got well by eating a Raw Food diet.

More testimonials (video clips):

Testimonials (text):

Random info

April 6, 2010

Some random info…

-Mercury was found in some High Fructose Corn Syrup. (and that stuff is in alot of products. Another reason to be raw.).

-Food and dna responds to emotions/words. So be nice to your food and yourself. Think positive.
(water does too but that was in a different article that I can’t locate right now)

-Found a good book called “Becoming Raw” that covers nutrition for raw foodists and also myths, recipes, etc. It has a good list of 50 foods that have the most antioxidants too…for example that would be apples, blueberries, plums, strawberries, dates, avocados, pecans, walnuts, etc. (Most things I already eat). =)

-I found a good recipe for raw Falafel that I’m going to try to make soon.

-So far I lost about 54 pounds. (and counting. Now I have to go shopping for more new clothes that fit better since alot of my old clothes are too big for me)

-I got a food dehydrator. I’ll try that out in the future. Someone gave me a recipe for some yummy raw cookies so that may become my first test dummy. =)

-Watched a video clip that shows that the silver fillings in your mouth release mercury. Shows the actual vapors come off of it.

-Sprouts, especially sunflower sprouts, are extremely nutritious.

-I’ve got to remember to stay outside more every day and get my Vitamin D from sunshine.

-I visited a local organic vegetable garden and now know where to get more fresh local veggies. =)

More on Raw

April 2, 2010

Here’s a good FAQ page on the Raw Food Diet:

It covers some things like:
-what is raw food?
-why not cook food?
-where do you get protein?
-what are the health benefits?

Personally I’ve done it for the health benefits. (I feel better, happier, feeding body more nutrients and enzymes, heals illnesses, I’ve met people who cured severe cancers and disease through raw food, you can lose weight and the food tastes good and there’s alot of variety. Plus it seems to make people feel and look younger. Plus most fruits & veggies and sprouts are alkaline in the body whereas most Americans are too acidic which leads to disease.)

Also here’s some examples of raw vegan sources of nutrition:

Good sources of Iron: green leafy vegetables, legumes/beans, parsley, dried fruits, spinach, raisins, lentils.
Vitamin A:
Carrots, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, broccoli, winter squash.
Vitamin B1: Sunflower seeds, black beans (cooked), corn, sesame seeds, spinach.
Vitamin B6: Banana, potato, avocado, garlic, red pepper, watermelon, cauliflower.
Vitamin B12: Nutritional yeast or supplement.
Vitamin C: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, orange, cantaloupe, kiwi, pineapple, winter squash, blueberries
Vitamin D: exposure to sunlight or a supplement.
Calcium: dark green vegetables (kale, collards, mustard greens, bok choy), sesame seeds, turnips, tahini, broccoli, almonds, parsley, dried apricots, oranges
Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, almonds, papaya, sweet potato, spinach.
Vitamin K: Kale, Spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, turnip greens, mustard greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli, parsley, romaine  lettuce
Magnesium: Sunflower seeds, almonds, summer squash.
Potassium: Winter squash, avocado, lentils, beets, figs, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, banana, tomato.
Selenium: Brazil nuts (1 has more than a day’s worth)
Zinc: Sesame seeds, peas, spinach, parsley, collard greens, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, string beans.
Folate: Papaya, lentils, mustard greens, peanuts, flaxseeds, oranges, raspberries.
Protein: Proteins play a key role in human body but a diet that is excessively rich in protein can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney and liver disorders. Food that is cooked provides the body with much less protein than the same food in its raw state, so, when protein is consumed in its raw state, a person need only half as much when protein is consumed after being cooked. For a raw vegan diet is easy to satisfy the amount of recommended protein. Almost all vegetables, legumes, cereals, nuts and seeds contain many proteins.

A mere 3.5 ounces of sunflower sprouts contains a whopping 22.78 grams of protein! The same amount of chicken breast meat contains just slightly more protein at 26.25 grams. Sunflower sprouts and greens are a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, D, and E and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Other nutrients can easily be found on the raw food diet.

Article: “Scientific research proves Raw Food Protects against Cancer and Heart disease” and “Excessive heat denatures nutrients”

If you want more info on the Raw Food diet, check out my first Raw Food post which also contains lots of links.

My other related post: Acid/alkaline balance

Raw buffet at Hippocrates

March 26, 2010

I visited and enjoyed a raw food buffet at Hippocrates health institute, the world renowned place where people go to get cured of any illness through a raw food diet. Here’s a photo of what I ate at their raw buffet:

Kale salad with beets (I don’t usually like beets but it was good in that), also a cauliflower and dill mixture (tasted like fluffy rice but better), also bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, pea sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, onions, and a delicious salad dressing. I think it was a tahini and thyme dressing but it tasted light and tropical. Overall very good. I’ll have to try to recreate that cauliflower and dill mixture since it was delicious.

related blog posts:
more info on my raw food diet
discussions/video clips by Dr. Clement of Hippocrates

Raw Food in March

March 25, 2010

Here’s some more raw food that I ate in March on my raw vegan diet.

This is the raw Zucchini Pasta with Spinach Basil Pesto that I made for a potluck at work. They loved it and ate it all up. This dish is fun, fast and easy to make. I just used a vegetable spiral slicer to slice up the zucchini into noodle shapes. Then bought a jar of raw organic spinach basil pesto from Whole Foods’ raw food section (near the produce) and added it to the pasta and then sprinkled on nutritional yeast. This dish has lots of nutrients. Also garnished it with some fresh parsley from my spice garden.

Fruit Kabobs: honeydew, kiwi, grapes and starfruit.

Below is Spinach salad with strawberries. And Raw spaghetti.

My two recent attempts at making raw pizza. Left photo is pine nut ‘cheese’ pizza with cherry tomatoes and italian spices. Right photo is alfredo pizza with zesty marinara pizza sauce, cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper and sprouts.

Left photo shows Zucchini hummus pizza with cucumber salad and quinoa tabbouleh. Right photo shows regular raw pizza, vegan Ceasar salad and a yummy raw vegan chocolate cookie.

Baja burritos with walnut pate filling, avocado and a mexican fruit salad containing pineapple, mango, pear and a little red bell pepper.

I also had some delicious raw strawberry chocolate cake (not pictured).