*** Warning *** descriptive language about digestion follows *****
Depending on how quickly you assimilate into vegan, you may notice differences in your body.
The main reason I became vegan and promote the diet to others is to live healthier and longer – basically to avoid pain as long as possible. My main reason is a strong ‘Pro’ for becoming vegan.
A side benefit of vegan diet is improved digestion.
When the medical physicians were investigating the cause of my anemia for six years with no answers, the oncologist asked me if I had normal bowel movements. “Yes”, I replied. One month after my Celiac diagnosis and gluten-free diet, in my 50th year of live, I first experienced what ‘normal bowel movement’ meant. It does not mean alternating between diarrhea and constipation with constant almost uncontrollable urgings throughout the day. In fact, at least one alternative medical practitioner told me that everyone should automatically clear the bowels around 6;00 a.m. daily – what???
So what could a vegan diet produce that is a ‘Con’?
AQA – Air Quality Alert – spontaneous farting.
There are ways to reduce the excess air in your intestines. Stop smoking or chewing gum. If you are new to vegan, slowing chew your food completely prior to swallowing (my challenge), limit your consumption of gassier producing foods (beans, cauliflower, broccoli, watermelon, etc.), drink more water, practice Kegel exercises for control.
For me, the Pros definitely outweigh the Cons – I mean, it’s just hot air, right?
Hummus varies in taste, flavor, and consistency. This recipe makes fabulous, tasty, delicious hummus every time. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, tasty, and easy to make. Let me know what you think when you make and taste this recipe. It comes from Healthy Cooking for Two (or just you) by Frances Price, R.D. which is a fun and excellent cookbook if you can still find it.
We use the hummus with vegetables for a meal. Others use hummus as a spread on sandwich or in pita bread. Let me know your favorite way to eat this sumptuous dish!
1/3 Cup Water
3 tbsp Tahini
3 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tbsp Olive Oil
16 oz Great Northern beans, rinsed & drained from a can
2 cloves garlic
4 parsley springs (sometimes I use cilantro)
1/4 tsp salt
dash(es) hot pepper sauce
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process on medium speed until hummus is smooth. Serve immediately or store in covered container in refrigerator for up to 1 week (hah! It doesn’t last that long in our home!)
Trying to be careful to limit intake of protein to 5% of my diet takes time. When you add the dietary restriction of no gluten, creativity has to come to the surface to have tasty meals. Lately, I have found many wonderful websites with fabulous recipes to share. Here are a few – please post additional sites as you discover them as well. Specifically, any gluten-free vegan sites with tasty, easy recipes! To your good health!
The other day someone said, “The book The China Study could be relevant except the diet only works on rats.”
The rat reference relates to an obscure scientific experiment Dr. Campbell found in 1970 from India (pg. 36-37). Two groups of rats were both infected with a fungus-produced toxin nicknamed AF (aflatoxin) which produced liver cancer in rats. One group of rats was fed a diet of 20% protein and the second group of rats ate a diet of no more than 5% protein. Every rat on the 20% protein diet developed liver cancer while NOT ONE rat on the 5% protein diet developed neither liver cancer or signs of beginning cancer development.
This one experiment became a turning point for Dr. Campbell and his research on the human need for protein in our diet.
It is not just the rats. Dr. T. Colin Campbell authored more than 300 research papers. The China Study was the result of work among Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine. Work included studies mandated by past China premier Chou EnLai in the early 1970s involving over 650,000 people (pg. 69, 70).
Dr. Campbell worked on investigation of Philippine children’s incidence of liver cancer due to AF, a study of 800 Chinese women on bone density and osteoporosis (pg. 20-22).
The short story of The China Study is both the highest incidence of death in America (heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease) as well as the most expensive chronic ailments are largely prevented with a plant-based diet (pg. 20-22).
Even though Dr. Campbell’s research began with a protein study of rats’ diets, and he continued studying the effect of diet on rats, his numerous studies, meta-analysis (collection of other studies), and studies of homogeneous populations such as China more than prove the importance of plant-based diet to reduce the number of illnesses, increase our longevity and quality of life.