But, what about the quality of food that we eat, not just the amount?
I was recently sent an 88 minute DVD called, “Eating” produced by the Rave Diet. Here are some highlights (Keep in mind, I am not saying I agree with or condone what was said, I am only reporting it back. Don’t de-pants the messenger!):
- In the 20th century most Americans moved away from a plant based diet to an animal based diet. This switch has vastly and dangerously increased the prevalence of heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.
- Clogged arteries from animal fats (meat, dairy) restrict the flow oxygen through our blood. That means increased risk of stroke and heart disease.
- The only dietary source of cholesterol, which clogs our arteries, is animal foods
- 1/3 of heart attacks occur in people whose cholesterol is between 150-200 (the AMA’s current recommended level)
- Only having a cholesterol level of 150 or lower will guarantee a healthy heart and body
- The cure for cancer is a heightened immune system. This can only be obtained by eating a plant based diet. Animal based diets lower our immunities.
- We all have cancer in our bodies. It becomes widespread and problematic when our immune systems can’t fight it.
- By age 50 almost 50% of women have breast cancer in their bodies (detected and undetected). 40% of men have prostrate cancer.
- Cancer can be reversed by moving to a plant based diet. This means no meat, fish, dairy products or eggs.You will get plenty of protein and calcium on a plant based diet.
- Countries around the world who eat plant based vs. animal based diets have extremely low incidences of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
- Eating a plant based diet is better for the environment. The manner in which the animals are treated who become our food source is inhumane.
- Switching to a plant based diet will make you a stronger endurance athlete.
I am not a vegetarian, yet we don’t eat a ton of meat around here. I cook all of our meals from scratch and we have at least two meat-free dinners per week. When I cook with meat, it is usually organic. I do have high cholesterol. It runs in my family. I always saw this as my destiny, but now I wonder with some dietary changes if I could lower my numbers. While I take issue with some of the information given and wonder what the research states, there is sense to be found in some of the statistics.
You can find lots of interesting articles and research on the above HERE.
One of the things I enjoyed most about the DVD was learning about Ruth Heidrich. At age 75, she is a six-time Ironman Triathlon finisher who has completed more than 60 marathons all over the world. And she’s still running 26.2 all over the globe!
As a runner and self-described “healthy eater,” Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 47. She was able to heal, she believes, in large part due to converting to a plant-based diet. You can read about her amazing comeback HERE. Her ten rules to save your life are:
- Eat a diet of fruits and vegetables, preferably organic.
- Eat them raw as much as possible.
- Eat them whole, never processed or refined.
- Emphasize high-antioxidant foods: berries, leafy greens, and add nuts/seeds if losing too much weight.
- Make your beverage water and/or green tea.
- No drugs including caffeine.
- No alcohol or cigarettes..
- Exercise daily, time and intensity depending on your level of fitness.
- Sleep should follow natural rhythm with no alarm clocks or other disturbances.
- Breathe air as clean and pure as possible.
What do you think? Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Do you follow a plant based diet? If so, do you do it for ethical or health reasons or both?
I would love to send this DVD on to someone to watch and review. If you are interested, leave a comment telling me why you want to know more and I’ll pick someone in the next week. If you get it, then you can send it on when you’re done…
Going to eat a 16 oz. Porterhouse wrapped in bacon with a side of meatballs,