Tuesday, April 27, 2010
In preperation for a Introduction to raw foods workshop that I am doing in June I ran across some very interesting facts about "meat". So I thought I would share this information with my readers.
I think the most asked question I receive when people find out that I eat a raw food diet is"what do you do about getting enough protein if you are not eating meat?" In my mind I am so glad they asked because it just opens the door to share a lot of great infromation.
Actually if the truth be told...most meat is 75% fat and somewhere around 15-18% protien.
Shocking,,,, but bee pollen and blue green algae are complete protein sources. Blue green algae contains 60% protein which is easily digested by the body as compared to meat which is very very difficult for the body to digest. And bee pollen contains all 22 essential amino acids and is an energy rich source of complete protein.
Here are a few facts to think about before ordering that next grilled chicken, steak or ribs...
In a research study by Paavo Airola (nutritionist, naturalpathic physician, educator, and award winning lecturor) he discoverd that overconsumption of meat protein contributes to the creation and cause of most common diseases....
just to name a few..........
Other research has linked high meat intake with organ, tissue, and cell degeneration and premature aging...
High meat intake creates Amyloid....a by product of protein metabolism. When this is deposited in the connective tissues it causes cell and tissue degeneration, which contributes to the aging process!!!!
The metabolic combustion of high meat intake produces the by product ammonia.....which is directly toxic to the body. It has been proven to create free radical damage and cross linking (a process associated with wrinkles and aging). It also depletes the body of energy.
Another danger of high meat intake is osteoporosis....Meat is much higher in phosphorus than plant food.
The high phosphorus in meat draws the calcium out of the bones which creates a loss in bone density.
Also the meat is high in fat and the fat blocks the calcium uptake.
Female vegetarians have only 7% bone loss as compared to nonvegetarian which have 35%.
These are only a few of the reasons that I have chosen an all plant diet....
We can get every vitamin, mineral, and protein that we need from a plant based diet.
I will be 55 on my next birthday and I have slowly converted to a raw diet....I started out vegetarian, then vegan, and then to a completely raw diet. Personaly speaking I feel better, look better and definitely act better. I have lost a good amount of weight, my skin is clear and glowing and I have energy for 10.
When you are eating a plant based diet you are as close to nature as possible...I don't know how we got so far away from nature and it's rich sources of food, and replaced it with eating factory farmed meat.
I encourage everyone to do their own research...don't stick your head in the sand, and continue to feel bad, have low energy and fight sickness and disease. There is a better way to eat. and Im living proof!!!
Until next time,
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Since today is Earth Day I wanted to share a quote that I ran across
that pretty much sums up how I feel about the day and life in general!
Happy Earth Day! : "When we look at an orange tree we see that
season after season it spends its life
producing beautiful green leaves, fragrant blossoms, and sweet oranges.
These are the best things an orange tree can create and offer
to the world. Human beings also make offerings to the world every
moment of our daily lives, in the form of our thoughts, our speech and
our actions. We may want to offer the world the best kinds of thought,
speech, and action that we can—because they are our continuation,
whether we want it to be so or not. We can use our time wisely,
generate the energies of love, compassion, and understanding, say
beautiful things, inspire, forgive, and act to protect and help the
Earth and each other. In this way, we can ensure a beautiful
continuation." Thich Nhat Hanh....
So take some time today in honor of Earth day and make sure you are doing
everything within your own personal power to be responible for the space of Earth that you occupy!!
Until next time,
Friday, April 16, 2010
Last weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend the movie "Tapped". All I can say is I was shocked at what I saw. This documentary totally exposes the bottled water industry. I can honestly say that I was one of those Americans that bought into the idea of bottled water, hook, line, and sinker. In our home we always had bottled water-tap water was a no, no!
But after seeing the movie, I can no longer buy into the whole bottled water idea. I first have to ask myself-
why am I buying water? Just turn on my water faucet and fill up my own personal water bottle!! If you don't like your tap water, then you couldn't like the bottled water distributed by Nestle, Coke, or Pepsi ( Nestle purified water, Dasani, and Aquafina)-because tap water is what is in those bottles of water that you are paying $1.00 to $2.00 dollars for. The only difference is, you pay for the water that comes out of your faucet, and these big corporations don't pay for the water that they take from the municipal water source. So needless to say, back in 2008 when the movie was filmed, the bottled water business was raking in 11.5 BILLION DOLLARS in profit!!!
While these corporations are making billions, our local water sources are being depleted at an alarming rate.
Only 20% of the plastic bottles make it to a recycling bin, so the majority of the plastic bottles end up in the ocean. This is causing major problems with marine life and the eco system.
But one of the most alarming facts that I learned from the movie is that the plastic bottles are made from chemicals that cause cancer-that is not a theory-that is fact....So you have plastic bottles with cancer causing ingredients that seep into the water inside the bottle and then we drink it and not only that, we give it to our children, friends and family.
So please take the time and rent this movie and be responsible for your water source and your enviroment.
We can make a difference.....buy your own personal water bottle and fill up your own bottle. Stop contributing to the bottom line of these big corporations!!!
For more information on our drinking water please check out The water filter lady's blog that has been added to my blog roll...www.purestdrinkingwater.blogspot.com.
Until next time,
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Im sure all of us know at least one person that has diabetes.....
This week as I was reading about the disease and I ran across a documentary by Dr Gabriel Cousens on curing diabetes with a raw diet, and I wanted to share a 5 min section from the movie. Personally I had no idea that diabetes was such an epidemic, but I was very happy to see what can happen to diabetics on a 30 raw diet....Watch for yourself.
Since I wasn't quite sure the causes of diabetes, I had to do some research....
In the most simple terms, diabetes is a metabolism disorder refering to the way our bodies use digested food for energy and growth. Most of what we eat is broken down into glucose, a form of sugar in the blood.
When the glucose makes its way to the bloodstream our cells use it for energy and growth. Insulin must be present in order for the glucose to enter the cells. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. When you eat, the pancreas automatically releases an adequate amount of insulin to move the glucose from our bloodstream to our cells and lower the blood sugar level.
A person with diabetes has elevated quantities of glucose. This is because the body does not produce enough insulin, or no insulin, or the cells are not responding to the insulin that the pancreas is producing-the result, too much glucose in the bloodstream that eventually passes out through the body. The result, the cells are not getting their energy and growth. Long term effects of diabetes could lead to cardiovascular diease,chronic kidney failure, nerve damage, and possibly as extreme as amputation for gangrene.
I am not a doctor, nor do I expect anyone to take this blog as the gospel-
but what I do know is that if I had a condition like diabetes, and I knew that there were people being healed by changing their diet, I would certainly take a hard look at other alternatives, instead of a life being dependent on perscription drugs. Please take some time and do your own research, and see what you find out....then pass it on..
Until next time,
Monday, April 5, 2010
The other day I was on youtube and decided check out raw diets....
I ran across a piece from the Tyra Banks show and thought you would be
interested in taking a peek...
My favorite line, "it's like turning back the hands of time"!
The raw diet does all that and more!
Let me know what you think.....
Until next time.