diet

Forget what you’ve been told about being healthy

Think about everything that you have been told about nutrition from meat and dairy. Dairy is good for strong bones, meat has all the protein you need, yogurt is good for digestion, low fat dairy will help you lose weight. Now forget it all. Seriously, all of it.

Casein is a protein found in milk and cheese. It is also widely used as a supplement in bodybuilding. What many people don’t know is that casein has been scientifically proven to promote the growth of cancer. T. Colin Campbell conducted the largest nutrition study ever using a known toxin called Aflotoxin and casein (Alfotoxin has been known to cause cancer). Two groups of rats were given the same amount of Aflotoxin but different amounts of casein. One group received 20% of their diet from animal based protein (casein) while the other only 5%. Surprisingly, 100% of the rats receiving the higher protein diet developed cancerous cell growth while NONE of the rats in the other group developed these.  But that’s not all. Campbell  and his colleagues were able to then turn the cancer “on and off” by changing the rats’ casein intake. That is incredible!

It goes without saying that “The China Study” is an amazing book and a must read for anyone wanting a healthy lifestyle free of disease. Dr. Campbell speaks about reversing many cancers, curing diabetes, lowering your risk of heart disease, losing weight, increasing energy, avoiding premature death, and many more benefits to a whole food plant based diet. Worried about calcium, protein, and other nutrients? They can ALL be found in their perfect form in plants. I will have a follow up post about this so please check back.

Aside from these findings, let’s use our common sense to think this through. Do you consume you’re mother’s milk at the age of 30? Or even 6? I didn’t think so. So why would you consume milk from a cow that has been injected with hormones? Would you eat your dog? NO! So why eat any other animal?? Because it tastes good? Get a grip! Do you live to eat or do you eat to live? I urge you to do just a tiny bit of research on the subject that you will find that what you have been told you’re whole life about nutrition may be untrue. It’s all about the benjamins. The USDA and the FDA can be bought. Dairy and meat industries have some of the strongest lobbyists in the country. They do a hell of a good job marketing to your family. Don’t believe everything you’re told. You don’t even have to believe what I am telling you. I encourage you to do the research and see for your self.

The following is taken directly from TheChinaStudy.com :

The research project culminated in a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, a survey of diseases and lifestyle factors in rural China and Taiwan. More commonly known as the China Study, “this project eventually produced more than 8000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease.” The findings? “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.”

XOXO
D.

*Resource used was “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell

5 simple ways to get healthy now!

We all know we should eat more veggies. Stop eating junk food and processed foods. We’ve heard that high fructose corn syrup is the devil. Some people do really well by going cold turkey. They stop eating the junk and replace it with green veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds. It may take some time and balance for others. I am a strong advocate of taking it slow. One step at a time. Here are the 5 baby steps that I have found to lead to living a healthier life:

1. Do your research: Plug in the laptop and surf. Look up nutritional information for your favorite lunch spot. You will most likely be shocked. Google that strange ingredient in the snacks that you feed your children. EDUCATE yourself. This is the most crucial step.

2. Listen to your body: give your body time to digest. Eat slowly so that your brain has time to tell your stomach that you are full. Don’t feel great after dinner? Dig deeper! What did you eat? Can you remember the last time you felt that way? Look for the pattern. When in doubt, eliminate the food item for a few weeks and see how you feel. If you are good to your body, your body will pay you back enormously.

3. Replacements: Are cucumbers the only greens you like? No problem. Replace something on your plate with a cucumber. The key here is to replace not add. Pick one veggie each week. Try new things. Google recipes, take it slow. Focus on the nutrients you are bringing to your family’s bodies.

4.  Drink water: You’ve heard it before, so just do it. Water detoxifies the body, hydrates, and cleanses. It has so many benefits. Just drink it.

5. Move: Get your butt off the couch. Don’t have time? Walk up and down the stairs a few times to start. But get moving. Exercise is a mood booster and calorie buster. There are so many things you can do from going to a walk to jumping on the trampoline. Just do something! Nobody ever said “Wow, I really regret that workout”!

Remember, take it slow. Do what feels good (as long as it’s not a whole pint of ice cream). Listen to your body.

xoxo
D.