I have suffered this winter – through two bouts with norovirus and now with the x4n3, or whatever the latest flu is called. It’s been pretty miserable. I generally eat healthy, too, but over the past several years, I’ve noticed that my immune system needs a shot during flu season. This year, I didn’t give my body the extra protection, either from supplements of from eating immuno-foods Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
If you’re the type who looks to the New York Times Best Sellers list for reading ideas, you’re probably feeling very enlightened this week. Human awakening is a dominating theme on this week’s Paperback Advice grouping (four books out of ten, to be exact), celebrating the Skinny Bitches and the concept of a better world.
Two of the top ten titles are the works of author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, who’s teaming up with Oprah Winfrey to offer an exclusive online class on his latest guide, A New Earth.
Done. Finito. Owari. I’ve successfully completed 30 days on an exclusively plant-based diet. The timing was fortuitous, as that day I was invited to brunch and dinner at the homes of some friends. Both menus offered healthy, organic, sumptuous food — but little that would have easily accompanied my experiment. Brunch consisted of a vegetable omelet, bagels with smoked salmon with (tofutti) cream cheese and a fruit salad. Dinner was baked ham, roast potatoes, crab and avocado salad, mixed greens with gorgonzola, dried cranberries and pecans, steamed carrots and Brussels sprouts.
For dessert, there were brownies and cream.
I ate the fruit salad and a little of the omelet in the AM, but couldn’t do the lox for some reason (even though I usually love it). In the evening, the mixed green salad with all the calorific goodies atop was a lovely treat, which I tried to balance out with some steamed veggies.
The Hallelujah diet is “biblically-based, scientifically-validated and personally-evidenced” by 73-year-old Reverend George Malkmus. According to the internet intelligence gathering service Hitwise, it’s currently enjoying its status as the most searched-for diet in America. Promoted as God’s way to health, Malkmus who apparently cured himself of colon cancer on the diet, asks his followers: “What did God tell man in Genesis 1:29? That your food shall be all of those plants that are in that garden”.
Of Eden, that is.
So, what exactly is this diet? Well, for a start it’s not a “diet”, it’s a “lifestyle”, consisting of mostly raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains; minimal consumption of steamed or cooked vegetables; natural fats; and no animal products, refined or processed foods, additives or preservatives.
Five days left of my official plant-based experiment. To date, my diary updates have focused on what I’ve been eating (mainly fruits and veggies), how I’ve been feeling (clean and energized), what I’ve been avoiding (soy and sugar) and what I’ve been craving (salmon sashimi and those goddam blinis). Today I want to discuss how a plant-based diet is not only good for your health but also for the planet.
Studies have shown that people who subsist on plant-based diets have lower rates of coronary artery disease, gallstones, lung and colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. According to Vegetarian Nutrition, “the total direct medical costs in the United States attributable to meat consumption were estimated to be $30-60 billion a year.” So, avoiding saturated fats and cholesterol found in animal products seems like a no-brainer.
Want to segue to a plant-based diet but concerned about getting adequate protein? Worry no more: properly balanced plant protein can offer several advantages over more traditional animal-based options.
It was once thought that only animal protein was complete and therefore a superior source to plant-based options. Complete protein is comprised of all ten essential amino acids. By definition, essential amino acids cannot be made by the body; they must be obtained through dietary sources. And, in fact, there are actually several complete plant protein sources. However, to obtain all amino acids in high quantities, it’s advantageous to consume several complementary sources of protein on a regular basis. For example, hemp, yellow pea and brown rice protein make up a superior amino acid profile that rivals any created in the animal kingdom.
I’m happy to report that I’m getting close to reaching my goal of 30 days subsisting solely on plant-based foods. Truth be told, it was nearly over on day 16, when a platter of smoked salmon blinis almost got the better of me. It happened at a swanky work-related cocktail reception, where I foolishly turned up famished. I didn’t realize just how hungry I was until platter after platter of these exquisite morsels tempted my stomach and my resolve.
Blinis are pretty much the perfect food, as far as I’m concerned: light fluffy buckwheat pancakes topped with succulent smoked salmon, a dollop of creme fraiche and garnished with caviar. And these were as delicious as they looked. I know this because, like an ex-smoker trying to get a hit of secondhand smoke, I masochistically watched as my friend consumed several before demanding he that describe the experience to me in explicit detail.
I’ve had more than my fill of the various fad diets currently taking over the world. Granted, I haven’t actually tried any of them; I’m just sick to death of hearing people’s catchphrases Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The number one reason people under perform at work? They don’t feel good.
For some people not feeling good comes from doing work that they just don’t enjoy. But, for an even larger group of people, not feeling good at work comes directly from the lifestyle they live. Specifically, from what they put in their mouth.
Feeling bad at work isn’t just about sick days. It’s about the minor ailments most people have learned to accept and just work through. Minor ailments like headaches, backaches, cramps, acid indigestion, moodiness, muscle paid… the list goes on.
But the two biggest ailments that effect work the most are 1) lack of focus and 2) that general feeling of being tired. These two ailments are also the most directly related to food. Just think about all those times you’ve eaten a big, highly processed meal at work and how you’ve seen your energy and attention plummet to the ground. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Skinny Bitch is a new common sense diet book that takes a refreshingly honest approach towards a crazy diet culture swimming in half truths and insanity.
I think the title’s great. More of a joke poking fun of the pop culture slang and attitude towards women who are thin. I see the hostility all the time. Just in the superficial banter way of hating the very thing people envy. So the immediate prejudice is that there must be something wrong with them. Thin women are that way cause they are “anorexic”, or doing something else unnatural and unhealthy. While some, especially in the media do and fall into unhealthy eating disorders and mental ideas about themselves, there seems to be an underlying prejudice that it applies to all thin women who are not naturally curvy and voluptuous. And that only women who are very voluptuous are “real”. Skinny women are unnatural or just “lucky bitches“.
This book of course is all about eating healthy and real food, with the side effect of losing weight because of it. “Real” women in the media are portrayed as the ones who eat copious amounts of fast food, soda, pizza and junk and therefore are “healthy” and don’t “starve themselves”. I think that is the wrong message though and other extreme. There does not exist just the extremes of unhealthy starving on cigarettes, diet coke and diet pills vs. a “healthy” appetite of Mc. D’s and pizza. Neither approach involves “real” food and natural health, natural weight etc. While I think that everyone is different, with different shapes and metabolisms and will all look different on the same type of diet, these authors just dish out the common sense that if you eat healthy real food and stop eating so much junk, you will also lose the junk in the trunk, naturally. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Two weeks ago I was in Washington, DC, for a series of meetings on Capital Hill. I, along with two Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) staff members, joined Paul Marcone (paulmarconellc.com). The reason for the meetings was to encourage Congress to vote against the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is one that encompasses subsidies for the meat and dairy industry. It also subsidies some corn and grain production for the purpose of feeding livestock that will ultimately be eaten or used to produce dairy products. The Farm Bill allows an industry that can’t survive on its own to continue to exist. It provides the crutch that keeps it going. Not a sustainable approach, the Farm Bill is not beneficial long-term since many of these foods are the root cause of mild to major heath problems. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
It seems everywhere a vegetarian, vegan, or raw foodist goes today they’re hit with the big question “Where do you get your protein”. This question usually, at some point, jams the opposing into a corner where they are hit with the cynical golden gloves of life, eventually tapping out and leaving behind only a red muddled stain which is then pointed out by the burly meat eater hell bent on proving a point they never really understand themselves. So what does this mean? It means it’s time to stand up, let go of the ropes and get trained.
I want to first start with an article below which provides a “scientific look” at what’s necessary in respect to human protein intake as expressed by the World Health Organization. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos