thoughts


Raise your hand if you want Dreena Burton to be your mom. Because seriously? best. recipes. ever. She’s really good at this healthy food stuff.

Thanks to her, Bob and Jenna Torres I’ve decided to give up white flour and refined sugar. It’s really unhealthy for you and I think it’s the best thing to do. I’ve been without white flour for a week and I feel a lot better. A lot less jittery also.

I think I will only have all purpose flour on special occassions. Now, this will affect some of my sweets baking but I’m sure I”ll figure something out. Wheat is not the only flour, as I’m discovering… so far Spelt is gooood. šŸ˜€

Well, I’m hoping I can stick with it. šŸ™‚

Advertisements

So, here’s another diet that is essentially making claims that don’t seem to comply. I had shown this to a couple friends of mine as well and they thought the same. I will leave it to you to come up with what you think. So… yeah. I don’t want to start in on this one because if I start, I’ll likely not stop.

Why do you think carbs make us fat?

What regulates fat tissue are hormones, just as they do every other tissue and organ in the body. Most hormones work to flush fat out of the fat tissue; insulin works to put it there and so stores calories as fat. Thereā€™s nothing controversial about this. Insulin is secreted in response to

carbohydrates. Itā€™s just the way the body works. The catch is that everyone pretty much agrees that your risk of chronic diseases increases with your weight. The reason public health authorĀ­ities tell us to lose weight is because if we lose weight it will lower our risk of heart disĀ­ease, diaĀ­betes, cancer and Alzheimerā€™s disĀ­ease. So if carbs make us fat, that means they also increase our risk of all these disĀ­eases. Itā€™s kind of hard to avoid this conclusion.

So, the first thing is the Paleo Diet (I call it the Caveman Diet).

I saw this a few months back and it’s just kind of stuck in my mind as something VERY problematic. It’s, in a way, a rehash of the whole Atkin’s fad diet. Do you really want to clog your arteries? I’m going to give you an excerpt which gives the foods one can and can’t eat and a little more. If you want to read more, please go to the above link.

Unsurprisingly, some dieticians are sceptical about eating like our ancient ancestors. They consider it a big, artery-choking mistake. “It’s a dangerous diet that’s going to kill a lot of people,” says Dr Dean Ornish, whose book Eat More, Weigh Less (Collins) advocates a low-fat vegetarian diet. “I’d love to be able to tell people that steaks and pork rinds are healthy foods, but they’re not. The evidence shows that those are the foods that cause people to get heart disease and cancer and to age prematurely.”

It would have been easy to have been deterred by such comments. But evidence in favour of eating hunter-gatherer style is increasing. Recently, scientists at Lund University in Sweden found that eating like a caveman could prevent you developing diabetes. They compared two groups of glucose-intolerant heart patients. The first group followed a Paleolithic diet; the second ate a conventional low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.

After 12 weeks, the study found that those on the caveman diet had normal blood glucose levels, while those on the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet had suffered an increase in blood sugar. Dr Staffan Lindeberg, the study’s leader, said: “If you want to prevent or treat diabetes type-2, it may be more efficient to avoid modern foods than to count calories or carbohydrates.”

This is old news to Ray Audette, author of Neanderthin (Saint Martins Press). He’s eaten like a caveman for more than 20 years, after being diagnosed with diabetes. He looked into ancient diets, and “realised that grains, beans, potatoes, milk and sugar would not be edible to me,” he says. “After I stopped eating them, my blood sugar went normal within the week. I’d also been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for about a dozen years before that. It went away and never came back.”

This way of eating is not for everyone. I’ve always liked meat and eaten fruit and vegetables, so it was easy for me. Five years after going Stone Age, I still take a size 32 in jeans and continue to have more energy. So there’s no going back; I’m staying in the Stone Age.

The stone age diet: what to eat

  • Rule of thumb: If you can’t gather it from a bush or tree, or spear it, it’s probably best not to eat it.
  • What you can eat: Lean meat and fish. Fresh fruit and vegetables. Eggs. Dried fruit (without added sugar or vegetable oil). Nuts and seeds.
  • What you can’t eat: Sugars, grains (no oats, wheat, barley or rye, etc), beans, peanuts (a bean not a nut) and starchy vegetables (such as potatoes). Dairy products.

Carnivore cuisine

Owsley Stanley, known as the Bear, has eaten an all-meat diet for nearly 50 years. When he was young, he read that Eskimos ate only meat and fish, yet were very healthy and fit. This convinced him that humans are meant to be purely carnivorous. “I have eaten as a total carnivore for 48 years,” he says. “I am nearly 72 and I have much the same body as I did at 30.”

Stanley came to notoriety in the 1960s as an LSD chemist, celebrated in songs by the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan. It was Stanley who created the Purple Haze acid made famous in the Jimi Hendrix song.

Stanley recently posted his seven rules for healthy eating on the internet. They are:

  • Eat only food from animals
  • No vegetables
  • Limit liver intake
  • Avoid milk (except for butter and cheese)
  • Eat as much fat as you like
  • Don’t cook your food much
  • Avoid salt

Stanley had a heart attack in recent years, but he blames it on the broccoli and other”poisonous” vegetables his mother used to feed him as a boy. (Stanley’s website is at http://www.thebear.org)

So, I’ve been trying to come up with exactly what the hell I should put on here. I think it will be a commentary on the life around me (both on and off-line).

With this having been said, I tend to watch vegan_snark on livejournal and some one from my friends list posted something that really annoyed me.

The question:

“Is it healthy to feed a newborn a vegan diet? How about the 2-10 crowd?”

One of the responses:

“Ever watched House?
It’s really not a good idea to do the vegan thing when they are infants or little kids.”

Friend’s:

is house REALLY where you learn about how the world works?

Response:

Obviously.
Lol, no i honestly have no idea whether that has any medical credit to it. I’m assuming it does because they have researchers on board and they research the different cases they are.
But yes. House is the center of the universe. obviously.

What I wanted to say but couldn’t because I’m not a member and haven’t been approved, yet:

The episode of House you’re referring to had a vegan family but it wasn’t the veganism that hurt the child. She had a previously undiagnosed health issue. You should recall that the mother’s uncle was an actual dietician and had told them how to feed their child.
If you need proof of a healthy vegan child go to veganlunchbox.blogspot.com.

If you’re going to try to use something to prove your point, make sure you know what the hell is going on. kthnxb šŸ˜› Now, I’m going to go eat my melon while cuddling with my furbaby.

Hey, I’m still alive and am trying to come up with a way to utilize this journal while still not having to be all, “Oh look what I ate!” I am not talking badly of those sites, but I just don’t have the time. My hours with school are mad crazy and I rarely sleep anymore. So please bear with me while I try to figure out a format. I figure what I could do is post interesting things from a vegan’s perspective and the occasional recipe.

I hope this is something that you all would like to see.

I always welcome some input!

My life has hit a spectacular all-time bore. I need to get back to the forum as well… I’ve just been reading or playing DDR and have been antisocial.

However, I’d learned that Walgreens now sells the J/A/S/O/N products that I’ve heard so many speak of. I really like it and it’s much cheaper than Lush. I also don’t have to drive two hours just to purchase it. And it’s cheaper on the whole. It’s definitely something to check out if you’re in the market for a new shower gel. Quite lovely. They have a few scents: Tea Tree Oil, Aloe and Lavendar. I don’t know if they had other ones but that’s what I’d seen and let me tell you: The lavendar smells lovely. Oh, and their suntan lotion (for kids) works magnificently. I’m the palest girl .ever. and it kept me from burning for 5.5 hours out in the sun. I usually burn within 15-30 minutes. So, buy it!

Anyone have any thoughts on that Castille Soap? I saw all the religous-seeming writing on it and it kind of creeped me out… but then I also remember it being mentioned in the forums that it may not be vegan? I’m not sure. I didn’t think to check the ingredients with my ipod list of animal ingredients. (By the way, if you don’t have it and read labels, get it here.)

My lovely friend Carol sent me two cook books in the mail and I can’t wait to try recipes from them! (Thanks dear! I LOVE YOU!) And you need to come back home soon so I can cook some vegan yum yums for you.

Something else that is helpful: A list of companies that do test on animals and a list that doesn’t.

Gonna go for now. ā¤

Think juice is so healthy? Think again. Here’s some more information about juice as well. It makes me sad to hear especially since I was raised on juice and until recently had no idea it was so horrid.

At least I know it now. I’ve also lost my taste for most of it… but it’s like… damn. And I have friends who still give their kids tons of juice and I’m just like, unsure of how to bring up the subject because I’m child-free and will most likely stay that way for a long time if always.

It makes me really sad to know that. It also makes me realize even moreso to watch out for foods/drinks one’s self because they hype normally isn’t true.

I mean, look at the meat and dairy industries.

Next Page »