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More Dangerous Than Processed Foods by Frederic Patenaude

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More Dangerous Than Processed Foods by Frederic Patenaude

I used to think that eating processed foods was the worst possible thing you could do to your body.

I still think it’s in the top three, but after spending a lot of time over the last few years with some really sharp clinical practitioners, I’ve learned a few things about truly one of the worst things you can do to the body.

How can you prevent burnout as well as help you adrenals rebuild if you’re trashed them with stress, stimulants or nutritional deficiencies.

The Worst Thing You Can Do to Your Body?

One of the worst things that you can do to your body besides the obvious – drugs, eating junk food, excess sugar, etc – is putting it through emotional and environmental stress.

I know, you’ve heard me talk about the dangers of stress before, but let me get into a little more detail.

It’s not the actual stress that wrecks your health, it’s the chemical changes it causes in your body.

This is why it is possibly one of the worst things you can subject your body to.

As you know, stress can come from various sources…

Your thoughts
Your job
Your relationships
Over exercise
Excess sugar
Use of stimulants (coffee, teas, cacao, drugs)
These six things (and more) all can increase the amount of cortisol in the body.

Excess cortisol can interfere with a bunch of different processes causing poor health.

First is immunity.

If you have too much cortisol, you suppress immune function by suppressing the activity of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. This prevents the release of neurotransmitters that help immune function.

So basically, all you’ve heard about stress being related to illness is dead on.

If you’re stressed out, you’re going to get sick.

Second is how your metabolism is regulated and what you crave.

When you have too much stress, you can crave salty or fatty foods, or refined sugar.

Cravings of these foods are very real.

Many times, when you fix the adrenals and eliminate the stress, you can get rid of some of the physiological cravings – the emotional ones require a different set of skills to eliminate!

Third are cardiovascular issues.

Poor adrenal function leads to changes in how your body regulates heart rate and blood pressure.

Inability to regular your cardiovascular system can lead to poor circulation, high or low blood pressure and all diseases related to these issues, particularly hypertension.

Fourth is thinner skin and weaker bones.

Excess cortisol is directly related to thinner skin and weaker bones.

Weaker bones are related to the inability of hormones to regular body processes as well as the excess acidity that is created in the body when excess cortisol is present.

Managing stress and making sure you have plenty of minerals and vitamin D is a much better strategy than drugs for those who have symptoms or signs of osteoporosis.

I hope that helps you understand why you need to take care of your adrenals.

I know from experience what it’s like to have adrenal fatigue and it’s not anything I’d wish on anyone.

The best thing to do is take preventative steps to make sure it doesn’t happen to you, instead of waiting until you’ve damaged your adrenals and then struggle to fix them.

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The Dangers of NOT Eating a Vegan Diet by Frederic Patenaude

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The Dangers of NOT Eating a Vegan Diet by Frederic Patenaude

Many articles have been written about the dangers OF a vegan diet.

Many of the points made in those articles are valid and need to be raised. They’re also blown out of proportion and taken out of context.

Eating an unbalanced vegan diet can lead to some health problems related to deficiencies. However, deficiencies are not a very common problem compared to diseases of excess.

We live in a world of abundance. By far, the biggest problems we face are caused by eating too much of the wrong foods rather than not enough of the right foods.

That being said, the human psyche is wired to worry about lack rather than abundance. As we evolved on this planet, the biggest danger we faced was famine. That’s why we like fatty foods.

When a group of early humans came across extremely rich fatty foods, those who ate them survived. Our brains are programmed to like concentrated sugars and fats. This program worked well in the context of a world where those foods were rare and helped us survive by providing the calories we needed, when few calories were available.

In the world we live in today, we experience the opposite problem. Yet, we still worry about lack.

Are you going to get enough?
Are you sure you’re going to be okay?
Are you sure you’re not going to run into deficiencies?
Those are the types of questions we get asked by our parents, nutritionists, and so on. Does this diet contain every nutrient? Are you sure you’re getting all your vitamins? Are you sure you’re getting all of your protein?

The Dangers of a Vegan Diet

I purposely use the word “vegan” because it’s a little offensive. A vegan diet applies to plant-based diets in general. The word “vegan” implies more of a life philosophy, but it is actually the proper term to describe a diet that does not contain any animal protein.

Plant-based is more politically correct, but it implies that the diet could have a lot of plants in it while not being completely vegan. Let’s stick with the word “vegan” for now because it describes a diet devoid of animal protein.

Are there any dangers to following such a diet?

Well, if you’re getting enough calories from fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans (with a little nuts and seeds for Omega 3s), then the dangers are quite limited—in fact, widely exaggerated.

B-12 can be a problem. B-12 is found in animal products, but that’s because it’s made from bacteria and we don’t live in the type of environment where we get exposed to unwashed foods and fecal matter and other nasties. So, we take a B-12 supplement. Most vegans know that they have to take a B-12 supplement and do. Not a big deal.

What about vitamin D? Vitamin D is contained in animal products, but vitamin D is not specifically a product made by animals. Vitamin D is not specifically a product that we have to get in animal foods. It is made by our bodies through sun exposure. Granted, if we don’t get enough sun, we could run low on vitamin D and eating certain animal foods could be beneficial, but whether you take the vitamin D from an animal or from a supplement, the end results are the same. Running low on vitamin D is not a vegan problem per se.

What about Omega 3s? We’ve heard that we must eat fish for Omega 3s, but where do the fish get their Omega 3s? Plant foods; namely algae. Are vegans low in Omega 3? No lower than anyone else. The human body can make its own DHA and EPA from other Omega 3 fats that are found in plants. Still, some people have concerns that they’re not getting enough Omega 3s. In that case, you can take a supplement of Omega 3.

Finally, we have the question of protein, which has been a debate in the nutrition world for a long time and is still being advocated as an important part of our diet. Vegan diets contain plant-based protein and there are many advantages to consuming proteins from plants rather than animals.

Recent research by Italian researcher, Dr Luongo, found that a lower protein diet, in general, is the best for cancer prevention.

Vegan diets contain almost the same percentage of protein (by calories) as omnivorous diets. The big difference is that the protein is coming from plants, not animals. And no credible research has ever shown that consuming plant proteins leads to health problems. In fact, quite the contrary.

Vegans get plenty of protein, more in fact than what is recommended, as long as they eat a wide variety of foods from the categories I mentioned previously. If you get enough calories from those foods you will get enough protein, even the foods we typically don’t associate as protein sources. For example, brown rice and even green vegetables.

We have a few nutritional concerns regarding the vegan diet, which is normal because the human brain is wired to worry about deficiencies.

But let’s ask a more important question. What are the dangers of NOT eating a vegan diet — in other words, of NOT eating a diet that is largely plant-based? I think those dangers are much, much bigger.

One can run low on B-12, and fix the problem almost instantly if it is discovered early.

However, when we create other problems in our health such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, they are much harder to reverse.

Diets rich in animal protein have been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and a wide range of other health problems.

To me, the two things that are most worrisome and lead me to prefer a vegan diet are heart disease and cancer.

Heart Disease: The scientific consensus is that saturated fats in our diets raise our cholesterol levels, and high LDL cholesterol levels create hardening of the plaque in the arteries, leading to heart disease. This is an established scientific fact. I know, I know… you’ve heard differently via blogs and diet books. But think about who you should trust: a blogger or dedicated scientists that have painstakingly researched this issue for decades? A paleo blogger or a cardiologist like Dr. Esselstyn that is actually getting results actually reversing heart disease?The bottom line is that we know for sure that elevated LDL levels cause heart disease. They are one of the most identifiable causes of heart disease and diets rich in animal protein DO generally raise LDL cholesterol levels in most people.

Cancer: This is actually a little scarier. This idea that animal protein drives cancer growth isn’t just shared by a few lunatic researchers, but is becoming more widespread in the scientific community, especially with the latest research done on fasting by Italian-born Dr Longo. This is also the view of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, an actual biochemist and other of over 300 scientific papers. Oh but wait… His China Study also has been “debunked” by a blogger. I will admit however that the case for “animal protein driving cancer grown” is a little less solid that that of heart disease. But I certainly don’t think it’s a coincidence that all long-lived cultures of the world eat a plant-based diet (in most of these cultures, meat is a “treat” or a “condiment” but never a main part of the diet.).

I’m not going to review other potential health problems caused by animal products, as this has been covered extensively in many excellent books by respectable authors. In fact, that’s not even the point of my article.

The point is that the so-called “dangers” of a vegan or plant-based diet are largely overblown. But because our brain is wired about deficiency, we tend to worry about those “dangers,” instead of worrying about the potential health cost of not ditching animal products.

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Book Review – The Science of Eating Raw by Swayze Foster

Book Review:The Science of Eating Raw by Swayze Foster

Mindy’s quote: “Swayze has done all the research/hard work all you have to do is simply read and apply it to your life!”

I am happy to say that I was one of the people who received an advanced free copy of the book along with all the bonuses because I gave a testimonial that was used in the back of the book. This book has been a long time coming and Swayze has done an excellent job! You can tell from all the proofs/references that are included in the back of the book (68 pages worth – WOW!) She leaves no stone unturned when it comes to sharing with the skeptics and even those like me who has been a vegan for over two decades, but don’t have all the answers. You can not refute the truth and the myths/fallacies, either.

Swayze has covered everything from “soups to nuts,” so to speak. Whether you are not sure you ought to eat low-fat, feel that eating lots of fruit has too much “sugar,” why you ought to be vegan, why eat raw, why no grains, why fruit doesn’t cause cancer, etc. She also covers topics that have been “closeted” by many other so called raw food gurus and experts such as a whole chapters on supplementation and nutritional deficiencies (to make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive).

The chapter on essential micronutrients gives a sample raw low fat vegan menu for a day that breaks down the amount of dietary guidelines for each vitamin/mineral and each meal. It is great to see from these charts that you can get the nutrients your body needs when you eat this way. In another chapter, Swayze gives a sample 7 day raw vegan menu plan and the percentage of carbohydrates-protein-fat to eat in one day. You will see that you can be satisfied/sated and also stay within the realm of eating low-fat (according to 80-10-10 program initiated by Dr. Doug Graham and in his book, 80/10/10 that is available on Amazon.com).

Swayze also makes a great point in mentioning that you need to have testing done to make sure you are absorbing certain nutrients (especially for Vitamin D and B12 of which there are endless discrepancies: “to take or not to take a supplement that is a BIG question?”).

From reading this book in its entirety, I see that Swayze has covered “all the bases!” Your part is easy because all you have to do in buy it and read it. The information is clear, informative, straight-forward and relevant. At a time when so many people are searching desperately for answers and keep coming up against so many “brick walls,” so to speak (the doctors, hospitals, drugs, surgeries are not giving them health or happiness), it is now possible to get a better understanding on how to approach the care of your own body with the simple tools that Swayze has “spelled” out in the book in such a well-thought out manner.

There is TMI (Too Much Information) accessible to us, especially by way of the Internet and not all of it is good, positive, real or true (especially when it comes to your health). Some of the great resources out there are people like Dr. Doug Graham, Swayze Foster, Dr. Neal Barnard, T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Tonya Zavasta, etc. YOU MUST DO YOUR RESEARCH TO FIND THE TRUTH!

I doesn’t have any criticism about the content of this book only that there are some typos, wrong words used, reference number was printed in large type face when ought to have been small (I can help you, Swayze, with that for the next book you write, as I have excellent proofreading, editing skills, etc – I am a writer, too, it case you could not tell by now! 🙂

Swayze mentions a couple of products to use for your dental hygiene. A great one that I use is from a company called Essential Oxygen. The owner created the product because of her poor dental health and the lack of anything on the market that would help her. You can read my company review by clicking on this link: https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/company-review-essential-oxygen-organic-brushing-rinse-and-food-grade-peroxide/

Also mentioned in another part of the book, is the consumption of green leafy vegetables. Swayze mentions about eating spinach for a week or longer without any problems. I disagree with that statement – I don’t have the scientific proof to show here, but have heard from numerous reliable sources that it is important to rotate your greens because in nature the plant use a mechanism to help them continue to self-propagate whereas they has small amount of poisons on them (doesn’t harm you in small amounts) and if you eat too much of that plant it will no longer taste good to you. I can give a personal example as I enjoy eating baby spinach straight from the bag without putting anything on it. If I eat too much (it is easier to tell when you are only consuming one food at a time and not mixing with many other ingredients) then my mouth becomes dry and I don’t want to eat anymore of the spinach. It is east to rotate your greens, as there are endless choices, from Swiss chard to Red Leaf lettuce, Romaine lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Collard Greens, etc.

Besides Swayze’s new book, she has a great website where you can find numerous free articles, videos, etc. There is a never ending stream of knowledge we can garner from others. No matter how much we think we know there is always more to learn. Always keep your mind open like a child, but still remember that you may need to filter things out, as well. Not everyone believes that this lifestyle it optimum or the best, but if it works for you and you feel great and are getting all your nutrients, then don’t let alone tell you otherwise.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a free sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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