NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T

A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell:
…..“Like most chronic diseases, diabetes shows up more often in some parts of the world than in others. This has been known for a hundred years. It has also been well documented that those populations with low rates of diabetes eat different diets than those populations with high rates of diabetes. But is that just a coincidence, or is there something else at work?

The Seventh-day Adventists population is a good example. They are an interesting group of people to study because of their dietary habits: their religion encourages them to stay away from meat, fish, eggs, coffee, alcohol and tobacco. As a result, half of them are vegetarian. But 90% of these vegetarians still consume dairy and/or egg products, thus deriving a significant amount of their calories from animal sources. It should also be noted that the meat-eating Adventists are not the meatiest of eaters. They consume about three servings of beef a week, and less than one serving a week of fish and poultry.
In dietary studies involving the Adventists, scientists compare “moderate” vegetarians to “moderate” meat eaters. This is not a big difference. Even so, the Adventist vegetarians are much healthier than their meat eating counterparts. Those Adventists that “deprived” themselves of meat also “deprived” themselves of the ravages of diabetes. Compared to the meat eaters, the vegetarians had about one-half the rate of diabetes. They also had almost half the rate of obesity.

Studies:
• Researchers found that increased fat intake was associated with an increased rate of Type 2 diabetes among 1,300 people in the San Luis valley in Colorado. They said, “The findings support the hypothesis that high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets are associated with the onset of non-insulin-dependent [Type 2] diabetes mellitus in humans.
• In the past twenty-five years, the rate at which children in Japan contract Type 2 diabetes has more than tripled. Researchers note that consumption of animal protein and animal fat has drastically increased in the past fifty years. Researchers say that this dietary shift, along with low exercise levels, might be to blame for this explosion of diabetes.
• In England and Wales the rate of diabetes markedly dropped from 1940 to 1950, largely during World War II when food consumption patterns changed markedly. During the war and its aftermath, fiber and grain intake went up and fat intake went down. People ate “lower” on the food chain because of national necessity. Around 1950, though, people gave up the grain-based diets and returned to eating more fat, more sugar and less fiber. Sure enough, diabetes rates started going up.
• Researchers studied 36,000 women in Iowa for six years. All were free of diabetes at the start of the study, but more than 1,100 cases of diabetes developed after six years. The women who were least likely to get diabetes were those that ate the most whole grains and fiber—those whose diets contained the most carbohydrates (the complex kind found in whole foods).

All of these findings support the idea that both across and within populations, high-fiber, whole, plant-based foods protect against diabetes, and high-fat, high-protein, animal-based foods promote diabetes.”

Previous China Study clip Here

Brown Rice Grilled Veggie Bowl Mexican Style

Have you ever been to Juanita Greenberg’s Nacho Royale?…we’ve got them here in Charleston and they are serving up some tastiness, cool atmosphere with LOTS of vegan options.

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This is what I had, so easy to recreate at home! It’s a layer of brown rice, skillet black beans cooked in Mexican seasonings and a little veggie broth so it doesn’t stick to the skillet, grilled veggies, served with fresh salsa and guacamole on top. Yum! Mexican anyone?..

Diets & Diabetes Rates

A clip from The China Study, by Dr T.Colin Campbell:
“…Almost seventy years ago, H.P Himsworth compiled all the existing research in a report comparing diets and diabetes rates in six countries. What he found was that some cultures were consuming high-fat diets, while others had diets high in carbohydrates.
These fat vs. carbohydrate consumption patterns were the result of animal vs. plant food consumption.
As carbohydrate intake goes up and fat intake goes down, the number of deaths from diabetes plummets from 20.4 to 2.9 per 100,000 people. The verdict? A high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet—a plant-based diet—may help to prevent diabetes.
Thirty years later, the question was reexamined. After examining four countries from Southeast Asia and South America, researchers again found that high-carbohydrate diets were linked to low rates of diabetes. Researchers noted that the country with the highest rate of diabetes, Uruguay, had a diet that was “typically ‘Western’ in character, being high in calories, animal protein, [total] fat and animal fat.” Countries with low rates of diabetes used a diet that was “relatively lower in protein (particularly animal protein), fat and animal fat. A high proportion of calories is derived from carbohydrates, particularly from rice.”
These same researchers enlarged their study to eleven countries through Central and South America and Asia. The strongest association they found with diabetes was excess weight.7 Populations eating the most “Western” type of diet also had the highest cholesterol levels, which in turn was strongly associated with the rate of diabetes.7 Is this starting to sound familiar?
Here’s a summary, taken from a report from the Centers for Disease Control2:
Diabetes Complications
Heart Disease
• 2-4 times the risk of death from heart disease.
Stroke
• 2-4 times the risk of stroke.
High Blood Pressure
• Over 70% of people with diabetes have high blood pressure.
Blindness
• Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
Kidney Disease
• Diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease.
• Over 100,000 diabetics underwent dialysis or kidney transplantation in 1999.
Nervous System Disease
• 60% to 70% of diabetics suffer mild to severe nervous system damage.
Amputation
• Over 60% of all lower limb amputations occur with diabetics.
Dental Disease
• Increased frequency and severity of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.
Pregnancy Complications
Increased Susceptibility to Other Illnesses
Death
Modern drugs and surgery offer no cure for diabetics. At best, current drugs allow diabetics to maintain a reasonably functional lifestyle, but these drugs will never treat the cause of the disease. As a consequence, diabetics face a lifetime of drugs and medications, making diabetes an enormously costly disease. The economic toll of diabetes in the U.S.: over $130 billion a year.2
But there is hope. In fact, there is much more than hope. The food we eat has enormous influence over this disease. The right diet not only prevents but also treats diabetes. What, then, is the “right” diet? You can probably guess what I’m going to say, but let the research speak for itself.”

Previous China Study Clips Here

Thai Peanut Noodles….Vegan on the Road

Guess what I’ve been doing?….you’ll never guess….I just finished training in the CRJ700 for Delta Connection…sooo excited
As several of my friends have heard, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!!..
Before I get off track too much, what does this have to do with eating vegan?..
Look what I found…By the way, training was 8 weeks in a hotel room with a microwave & mini-fridge..
Check these out:

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I found these in wal-mart. And since, I’ve found them in the Asian or International isle of any grocery store I’ve gone into. The great thing is it comes with everything you need minus a fork, and guess what, it’s vegan! Pretty much every airport, hotel or office has a microwave and the packets don’t require scissors to open or anything more than 2 Tblsps of water….which I eyeball.
You can put them right in your bag, because they don’t require refrigeration!
I hope they come in as handy for you as they are for me …;)

3 Ingredient Cookies!..YUMMY

A friend of mine turned me onto these little numbers through SkinnyTaste.com!  What to do with a couple over ripe bananas..throw in some oatmeal, fold in walnuts (or in my case glazed pecans because that’s what I had..) and Voila!  Breakfast, lunch or snack on the go 😉

Banana Oatmeal Glazed Pecan Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Glazed Pecan Cookies

For me the glazed pecans worked out well..cause I like brown sugar in my oatmeal and it replicated that, worked out perfectly lol

YUM!  Enjoy, the Recipe is Here!

 

Diabetes

A Clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell

“…TYPE 2 DIABETES, the most common form, often accompanies obesity.  As we, as a nation, continue to gain weight, our rate of diabetes spirals out of control.  The scariest figure?  1/3 of those people with diabetes don’t know yet that they have it.

You  know the situation is serious when our children, at the age of puberty, start falling prey to the form of diabetes usually reserved for adults over 40.  One newspaper illustrated the epidemic with the story of a girl who weighed 350 pounds at the age of 15, had the “adult-onset” form of diabetes and was injecting insulin into her body 3 times/day.

What is diabetes, why should we care about it and how do we stop it from happening to us?  Almost all cases of diabetes are either Type 1 or Type 2.  Type 1 develops in children and adolescents, and thus is sometimes referred to as juvenile-onset diabetes.  This form accounts for 5% -10% of all diabetes cases.  Type 2, which accounts for 90%-95% of all cases, used to occur primarily in adults age 40 and up, and thus was called adult-onset diabetes.  But because up to 45% of new diabetes cases in children are Type 2 diabetes, the age-specific names are being dropped, and the 2 forms are simply referred to as Type 1 and Type 2…”

To Be Continued….

More China Study Clips Here

 

Enchiladas Frozen Dinner by Amy’s

Tasty. In continuation of “fast food” without sacrificing being plant based here is another great one to try and have on hand.  This one is with rice…

Enchilada with Rice & Beans

Enchilada with Rice & Beans

And without Rice..

Black Beans & Vegetables Enchiladas

Black Beans & Vegetables Enchiladas

5 mins and you’ve got Vegan Mexican dinner…it’s not so bad not cooking sometimes 😉  YUM!!