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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

If you had to sit down and watch any factual documentary about the environmental crisis facing the world today Cowspiracy is a top choice. Backed by Executive Producer and Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, this educational video will showcase all the reasons you should adopt a more natural vegetable based diet ASAP.

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Basically animal agriculture is taking up too much forest space to grow crops to feed all the cows/animals we humans eat. Since humans can get all the protein they need from plant based foods, and the whole ‘eat meat for protein’ marketing-hoax has been exposed – there is nothing stopping you from adopting more vegetables, crops, roots, fruits, legumes, seeds, soy, rice, whey (the list goes on) into your diet right now in order to do your part to save the environment. Not to mention that eating a animal based SAD diet will give you cancer and heart disease pronto.

On the plus side, vegetarians are more lean, vegetarian bodybuilders and athletes are quicker to recover from injury, and eating vegan maximizes performance.

“Vegetarians tend to be leaner than meat eaters, even those who skin their chicken and trim the fat off their steak; and, in general, leaner persons tend to be healthier. Being lean does not mean being skinny. It means having a low percentage of body fat.” 

For those of you who like to run here is a list of vegetarian things to eat to maximize your run, and to see even more vegan success stories check out this link from Forks Over Knives!

Happy Learning! 

got some milk from a cow?

Its been long established that consuming milk from an animal is not good for humans. Weak bones, cancer, weight gain and bad skin is just some of the reasons to ease up on the amount of milk and cheese you consume per day.

The mecca of all things not milk is the site NOTMILK.COM.

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And when you think about it, why would big industry want us to feed this stuff to our little kids if there is so much evidence it can cause their developing bodies and brains – harm? As you can see below, it’s common that all these cows bleed from their udders. Then we ‘clean’ it up, throw it in a container and drink it?

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John A. McDougall, M.D has this excellent video on the dangerous side effects consuming cow milk will have on your health.

So, what’s the alternative? Glad you asked, as the list is long!

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Happy milking! 

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In the effort to learn more about how food is made in USA, sooner or later readers will come across Forks over Knives. It’s hard to summarize the effect this documentary might have on the way you view food, or you discovering how the government and massive corporations have lied to American families about what certain foods will do to their health and life quality.

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Not every viewer will walk away from the film and think that a plant-based diet is for them, but most will feel compelled to take a close look at the balance of their meal plan: How much meat and diary food are we eating today versus 50 years ago and what is it doing to the cancer rate in your community?

Eating Clean is a movement in this same direction: How and when should you swap a meal of heavily processed junk food for a home made meal with some vegetables? There is an excellent book on this topic from Reno as seen below.

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Most people can subscribe to a lifestyle that incorporates balance and moderation, especially if it offers joy and health in abundance.

Happy learning! 

hardest working girl with a banana

I recall the first time I came across Freelee The Banana lady. Off course, she is beautiful and a strong athlete, but her intelligent message of living a compassionate life for the sake of the planet and the animals certainly stood out to me as something to aspire to.

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I learned a lot from her and continue to watch her YouTube channel for inspiration on tips on how to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Learning how to live a good life of compassion for your community and environment is a journey, and not all solutions work for everyone. Freelee has certainly helped not just average folks gain a more healthy lifestyle, but she also speaks about how eating a more natural diet has helped her overcome an eating disorder and serves as a role model in this way.

Her message of natural health and regular exercise is a great example for a lot of young girls who otherwise would turn to pills and extreme measures to handle their health issues. For more information on their community check out their Facebook page.

Happy Learning!

 

 

the art of eating

Not all food is created equal hence the modern concept “Not all calories are created equal”. More folks are battling their scales and waistlines, and 18% of American children aged 6–11 years were obese in 2012. So America decided that it’s OK that 1 out of every 5th child is overweight, and the number keeps climbing.

Big industry took over making the dinner plate and everything on it, as people chose to outsource their lives and homes and focus on their careers: Fast cars, degrees, houses, clothes, furniture, relationships.. Stress.  But the basic human act of making and eating a meal together is a very emotional and binding experience. It grounds us and has long been a staple in family lives. I recall reading “Eating Animals” and it really stuck a cord.

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As the art of eating basic homemade food went out the window, we saw a rise in the diet industry, eating disorders, cancer and heart problems. Not to mention the destruction of the country itself, and the risk to people when water supplies become polluted. I mean, Flint water crises anyone?

Aren’t anyone connecting the dots: It starts over there, but soon enough it will be here on your own doorstep. Then what? Who will fight for you when everyone else is already drinking poisoned water and getting sick for life? When is America going to get back to thinking about the collective community instead of the immediate need for the next fix of packaged and polluting junk food?

What happened to the American dream of enjoying childhood as an active and healthy kid fishing in the river and eating it for dinner?

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Happy Learning!

there is no food in the stores

One of my first big observations coming to America, was finding that there was no food in the grocery stores. I arrived in Boston for work, and the hotel where I was staying directed me to the nearest shop. It wasn’t a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and I found a place full of packaged dead ‘nutrition’ as far as the eye could see. There were also produce meant to resemble vegetables and fruit, but it was looking all kinds of genetically modified and lacking the correct color.

I left with a pack of Ramen noodles.

People from back home in Norway, or friends would ask me “How is America”? I would tell them “there is no food in the stores”.

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It took a while for me to navigate my new home, but it seemed unfair to me that only those with the means could afford decent food to eat, while the rest were doomed to feed on additives and junk. Normal food seemed like a basic human right to me, not something you had to earn as it comes straight from mother earth.

I also noticed how people seemed to be eating out all the time, and family breakfast or dinner wasn’t a top priority anymore. It made me sad. Oddly enough a few years later I discovered how the Standard American Diet was also called the SAD-diet.

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A consequence of all this SAD-diet eating was off course that I, along with many Americans, started battling harder to keep my weight down as there were so many hidden calories in the food I was consuming. I went to the gym as before and tired to monitor what I ate, but it was noticeably harder to keep my weight stable.

It wasn’t until I had kids that I realized that so many things are wrong with the way Americans make and consume their food. I had read Fast Food Nation while doing my Masters Degree in Australia – but little did I know of how far down the rabbit whole went.

It wasn’t just some fast food chains, it was Fast Everything.

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