Monthly Archives: July 2013

Edie’s Vacation Report


From Edie:

Hello I’m back from vacation. I spent the week in Buffalo and Canada just in time for the birth of baby boy George. During my trip I looked for foods that would be deemed vegan. I noticed at the airport there were lots of choices. I saw fresh fruits and vegetables packaged for sale. Although they were quite pricey they were there. So, if you needed to survive in an airport you have choices. While on my trip I did some people watching and noticed people drinking milkshakes which is one of my weaknesses. So, when I came home I made a diabetic chocolate shake. I blended almond milk, cocoa powder, ice, and Splenda. It is really filling and satisfied my craving for the real thing. It only has three grams of sugar. So, it was a nice treat. On my trip I managed my weight by hiking and walking whenever possible. All though I will never visit Rock City again in my life for hiking I believe that trip helped me to keep my girlish figure. My adult kids were home while I was on vacation and I was surprised that they continued to eat the fruits and vegetables in the fridge. My son is slimming down as well and we spend less on food. One thing that vegans can eat are the side dishes like the baked potato salad and other vegetables which are filling. I enjoyed ordering fruit in the morning with my breakfast. I went to a friend class reunion and we brought a bushel of fresh corn to be roasted and sprinkled with lemon pepper seasoning it must have been a hit cause I didn’t get a chance to have one. It only cost 25 dollars and was cheap and fast. Here are some vacation pics. Hope you enjoy!ImageImageImage


Different ways to feel full



Often when I eat out and order a vegan meal, it arrives doused in oil (primarily olive oil, but oil just the same). Sometimes I even end up with a stomach ache after too much oil. The graph above from depicts how much 400 calories of oil, chicken, and vegetables fill a stomach. When I saw the graph, it hit me – too much oil makes me feel full. I can eat all the raw vegetables I can stuff in my mouth and feel comfortable, but the overdose of oil completely wipes me out. So now I ask that any marinated salads (think Greek olive salads) be served drained or I have even resorted to damping the salad with my napkin to soak the oil before I eat it.  Now I have learned to request no salad dressing other than fresh lemons and I find that a squeeze of fresh lemon is the perfect topping for a fresh salad. Interesting how my taste buds are changing through this process.

I’ll take that ‘to go’!


Eating Plants On The Road

Last month, as plant-eaters, we toured Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia to visit important family members. This meant I ate coleslaw and beans while everyone else wolfed down world-famous southern bar-b-q. And I loved it!

Traveling on a plant-based or vegan diet can be interesting. Before the road trip, I practiced by eating at our local restaurants – when we eat at Steak’n’Shake, I know I can order a delicious side salad with a request to add avocado slices on top. Certain chains will allow us to order a buffet salad (eaten by one of us) along with a ‘side’ dish of three vegetables (I usually get spaghetti squash, asparagus, and another veggie). Cracker barrel would appear to offer easy options – but I usually end up with a side salad (no croutons for this celiac).

Now that my family and close friends are aware and sensitive to my diet, they treat me to fabulous delights like the vegan restaurant in West Palm Beach (!), the Greek restaurant in Chapel Hill where the hummus and salads are over the top, and adorable mom-n-pop restaurants in Richmond.

Traveling and eating no meat or dairy can be done! I usually pack a bag of lemons to take with me for my daily lemon water, grab some fruit, and often pack an insulated container with my favorite hummus, some celery and carrot sticks, or stop at a grocery store along the way. See the world and eat healthy, too!

Week Six Response


from Edie:

Update: last week was great! I made soup and salads. I had all of my meals prepared in advance. I had it going on! My son lost 21 pounds and I lost 11 pounds. My daughter has yet to get on the bandwagon. I was feeling creative with the cooking and shared my creations with friends and neighbors. I have increased in energy and felt like I can conquer anything! Since the last time I had dinner with Katie I felt like I have accomplished so much. This weekend was a blast. But I noticed a lot about myself. I have to take it easy on the vegetables. They will clean you out (if you know what I mean). I noticed that I’m taking less insulin. I usually take ten units at each meal. Now I’m in a transition mode where I have to eat first then take my medicine. I’m taking five units per meal which is great. I will share with you what I find after I visit the endocrinologist at my next visit. I had to do a lot of adjusting to my insulin. I’m still coffee free and eating fruit in the morning after the lemon tea. So, that’s a good thing.

The China Study Ch 2 Summary (part 2)


So what happened in the Philippines that piqued Dr. Campbell’s curiosity?

Numerous studies from a variety of renowned scientists of hallowed institutions declared that lack of protein was the singular cause of malnutrition in children raised on plant-based diets. Under the battle cry of increasing childhood diet protein levels, a team of scientists from Virginia Tech set out on a good-will mission to educate Philippine mothers on how to increase protein in their children’s diet. Taking the families’ income into account, the team found that increasing peanut butter options into the diet would be the least expensive and most beneficial protein for the targeted families.

Upon further study, both English and MIT research found that peanuts frequently were tainted with a toxin (specifically aflatoxin – commonly referred to as AF) which caused liver cancer in rats.  AF was labeled as the most potent chemical carcinogen ever discovered.

So the dilemma of teaching Philippine mothers to feed malnourished children protein using peanut butter became entwined with the threat of potential of liver cancer through the AF contamination of peanut butter. Because of the dire needs of the malnourished children (as many as 20% of the children were at near starvation level, developing blindness and losing appendages such as arms and legs due to malnourishment), there was an urgency to continue the research using peanut butter.

As a result of two research grants (from National Institutes of Health), Dr. Campbell found that peanuts and corn contained the highest concentration of AF. Liver cancer in the Philippines was concentrated in two towns – Manila (from peanut butter) and Cebu (from corn). Based on personal communication with a prominent Philippine physician, Dr. Campbell learned the depth of liver cancer in the Philippines where children as young as four years of age were dying from the disease! More surprisingly, the children who were dying were from the best-fed families.

This information presented a paradox: liver cancer rates were highest worldwide in countries with lowest average protein intake. So the conclusion had been that the cause was lack of protein. How could the best-fed families with the higher protein intake in the Philippines also have the highest rates of liver cancer?

About this time, Dr. Campbell read a study from India (This particular study was the clincher for me – note from blogger Katie Nall). Two groups of rats were each given the same level of AF. One group was fed diets with 5% protein while the second group was fed a diet of 20% protein. “Every single rate fed 20% protein got liver cancer or its precursor lesions, but not a single animal fed a 5% protein diet got liver cancer or its precursor lesions.” (Campbell & Campbell, pg. 37). Interestingly, no other scientist held this study in any regard beside Dr. Campbell. One response was “They must have gotten the numbers on the animal cages reversed. In no way could a high-protein diet increase the development of cancer.” (pg. 37).

This one study prompted Dr. Campbell to look at his studies of protein and nutrition in a slightly different way. This one study shocked Dr. Campbell to question all his beliefs about protein, meat, health, and nutrition.  The rest of Dr. Campbell’s studies were set to find out if the India study had real merit.