Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Here I go again

I know, I know...where's the food right? I'll get there, I promise!

Right now I am healing from a nasty cold. During this nasal and chest phloem festival I left the laundry to pile up, haven't cleaned the house, still have to work, have been missing a few workouts (really pissed about that) and struggling even with Chris's help to fit in all of the other daily chores.

And while I'm complaining! I left early from work on Monday for some rest. Only for some individuals to call me several times after that. Seemed they could sense every time I almost did fall asleep for that much needed "rest" to call me. Nice.

So all I prepared in the food department was a massive pot of noodle soup....not very interesting to post.

I did have time to watch a monumental documentary! Now this one you MUST see. I am not sure if anyone has ever watched any of the documentaries or movies I have recommended. This time, please make an exception and take a look. Get educated. It's important for your health.

This documentary Forks Over Knives mainly revolves around the work of two doctors; T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D. Both of which were working on different paths before joining together in learning the connection between diet and health. Dr. Campbell was studying the connection between cancer and diet and participated in a large study (The China Study) where he was able to gather large data on a human population with similar genetic make up. He found hot spots where certain cancers would be found only in certain areas. All of the areas with the high rate of cancer mortality ate mainly or a lot of animal products. Those with a low cancer mortality rate ate mainly a plant based diet.

For Dr. Esselstyn, he worked as a heart physician in the Cleveland Clinic and studied the correlation between diet and heart disease. He found that heart disease could be halted or even reversed with the elimination of animal products in the diet. He also found out that heart disease can be a non issue completely if you eat a whole foods plant based diet. He did a study with some gravely ill heart patients and by changing their diet, their heart disease did not progress or even went away.

This movie also showed individuals that who at one time were taking multiple prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, through changing their diet to whole foods and plant based no longer had to take any more of the medications.

There is now a book I would like to purchase called Engine 2 diet which has recipes from Dr. Esselstyn's son Rip Esselstyn. He used to compete in triathalons and is now a fireman in Austin TX. The firemen at this facility all changed their diet to a whole foods, plant based diet when they found through a bet that one of their firemen had dangerously high cholesterol. After being on the new diet for a few weeks, his cholesterol when down and even lost some needed pounds. They also featured a mixed martial artist that is vegan for health reasons and is as muscular and fit as ever.

We were brainwashed in the 40's and 50's to believe that calcium comes from cow's milk, protein comes from animal flesh and don't forget to load yourself up with plenty of white bread and other carbs. The food pyramid was wrong. Hell, the beef and dairy industry are still at it. How many magazines still sport the "Got milk?" campaign?

There is more calcium in 100 calories of bok choy than 100 calories from milk. There is more protein in 100 calories of broccoli than in 100 calories of steak. Where did the cow get the protein or calcium in the first place? From the grass. Well, actually since most people eat factory farmed animals it would be fortified with calcium as the cows no longer get to eat the grass.

Here I go again...on another tangent. I want you to see this film to awaken your mind. Watch it and try not to believe it, watch it and have an epiphany, watch it and call me for a nice heated debate. Whatever works, just watch it!

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