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Just Because You’re Not Sick Doesn’t Mean You’re Healthy

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This past weekend we visited with some of our family. One of our sons and his wife (our daughter-in-law) are both chiropractors. As we discussed our health, our concerns, and our diet, our son said, “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy.” He continued the theme with a surprising report from health providers. Patients presenting themselves as vegans are surprised to discover how unhealthy they are. How can vegan be unhealthy?

It depends on your definition of vegan.

Most vegans agree that avoiding animal meat and animal products define their diets. After that definition, agreements vary. Some vegans avoid vegetables, fruits, nuts, and other options in exchange for processed food with little or no nutritional value. Here is where our son’s statement rings true.

So how do you know if you are healthy or not?

Working with a health professional who monitors your blood work, reviews your diet, and recommends nutritional supplements if needed can assist you in your quest for optimal health. Connect with others striving for the same goal to share recipes, experiences, successes, and challenges. Share and post this blog what works for you.

Be healthy – not just “not sick.”

Effect of a Vegan Lifestyle Year

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DITI – Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging

Photo from http://www.termografia.com

Documented System Effect After a Full Year of Vegan Life

This past week I had my annual DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) which I began years ago to replace my mammogram. Because I had images taken over the years, my practitioner, Acupuncture Physician and Thermographer, Barbara Thurman, A.P., C.C.T. could compare the images.

For those unfamiliar with DITI, here is a brief overview. The thermographer aims a non-invasive camera which photographs the amount of heat generated by different sections of your body. This process does not hurt you – it is a photograph of the amount of heat your body is producing at that moment in time. For a full-body scan, I stood naked in a room of temperature 60 degrees for about an hour, modifying my poses based on the directions of the Thermographer.

After the hour scan and fully clothed, I joined Thermographer Thurman to review current slides and compare them to last year’s images. Ms. Thurman started by asking me if I was a year older than my last visit (!). “Of course, I am, ” I replied. She then shook her head and said, “This isn’t supposed to happen.” This comment is not what a patient expects to hear from a medical provider.

She retrieved last year’s images from her hard disk and showed me the 2013 and the 2014 images side by side. Even with my untrained eye, the difference was noticeable. As she pointed out the status of one issue after another, it all clicked: improved liver and spleen, reduced arthritis, extended circulation, and on and on and on. What had I done differently from last year?

Of course – a full year of vegan lifestyle – no more than 5% meat or meat product along with my 11 years of gluten-free diet had reversed the normal aging process. Even my thermographer who knew of my diet was surprised!

As she explained, each year, our organs deteriorate based on traditional American diet, lack of exercise, and increased stress. My images showed better organs and processes than one year earlier! Yes, sometimes being a vegan proves challenging, but with rewards like good health, it really pays!

2014 – Year of the Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner At Our Home!

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Vegan Thanksgiving 2014Granted, my photography isn’t anything to brag about. But today’s dinner was! It has been more than two years since I decided to limit my intake of meat and meat products to no more than 5% of my diet as a result of reading Campbell & Campbell’s The China Study. This was the first year our family (my husband and I this year) held a totally vegan Thanksgiving Dinner.

Based on one of the sites from an earlier post, I decided to use the link from Oh! She Glows! (http://ohsheglows.com/2013/11/26/3-course-vegan-and-gluten-free-holiday-menu-step-by-step/) because she offered a three-course meal which sounded pretty good.

Starting with the shopping list, the entire meal cost us less than $ 46. Only one item (Arrowroot) proved to be challenging to find – finally found the last one in the store! Interestingly, one of my friends called earlier this week bemoaning the cost of Thanksgiving ingredients – she was kidding and said she handed her paycheck over to the grocery cashier! One of my students who works at the local grocery admitted customers are ringing up $ 300 – $ 400 of food for Thanksgiving.

The site recommended making a number of dishes ahead of time. Instead I decided to make everything Thanksgiving Day. Starting around 9:00 a.m., the entire meal was complete and on our table for two before 1:30 p.m. I do not feel exhausted by the experience – am glad I have a food processor so I didn’t have to chop everything by hand!

The 2014 Vegan meal started with my husband, Bob. Because it was going to be the two of us this year, I suggested we could grab a traditional cooked Thanksgiving meal and eat it on Thursday. Impressively, he suggested the vegan option – saying he feels so much better when he eats vegan meals.

Keeping his suggestion in mind, knowing my husband is not particularly enthusiastic about drastic changes, and he is unafraid of letting me know his opinion, I was somewhat hesitant, albeit, excited to create this vegan meal.

Well, we ate the meal, and the conclusion is: IT WAS WONDERFUL! We feel full, not stuffed. Each dish was tasty with a variety of flavors. For a ‘convenience’ cook like me, the meal was straight-forward to make.

We plan to replicate the meal when all the kids come home for Christmas – it will be our Christmas Eve dinner with a Traditional American Meal for Christmas Day. I look forward to the response from our adult children!

P.S. I am thankful for each and every one of you – hope you had a pleasant day!

Vegan Thanksgiving

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Family, Football, Feasting – all describing what we love about this time of year.

And we can have all of that and stay vegan at the same time! Why worry about creating your own special meal when so many others have perfected the event. Check out any one of the following links. I know I’m going to be thankful for so many healthy options for our Thanksgiving meal!

http://ohsheglows.com/2013/11/26/3-course-vegan-and-gluten-free-holiday-menu-step-by-step/

http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/vegetarian-thanksgiving/

http://www.foodandwine.com/ultimate-thanksgiving/vegan-thanksgiving

http://www.food.com/recipes/vegan-thanksgiving?pn=4

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/vegetarian_thanksgiving_recipes

The Impact of Influence

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(photo by DepositPhotos.com)

Since 2012, my diet has been limited to no more than 5% animal product which includes all meats and dairy. For me, the change was fairly easy as in 2003 my diet had to change for immediate health reasons after my diagnosis of celiac. In 2003, I immediately stopped eating breads, pastas, cookies, cakes, most processed food, and within one week my dire health predictions completely turned around. Based on the quickness of my change in health after a change to gluten-free diet in 2003, I had no problem eliminating protein based meats and dairy from my diet in 2012.

My loving husband enjoys his Steak’n’Shake meat sandwich along with the extra-large milkshake. A Five Guys burger would be a perfect meal for him.

While reading The China Study by Campbell & Campbell, I read different passages to my husband who had the same reactions I did to the results of the years of research. However, he did enjoy his meat and dairy for the past two years.

From meal to meal, he would acquiesce and eat the meatless, cold, (and delicious!) stuffed peppers. Or join me in a dinner at a vegetarian restaurant. He may comment on how good my hummus tastes compares to other versions.

But within the last few weeks, my husband has actively sought out meat-free and dairy-free products – get this – even when I am not around! At first, he reviewed the labels on processed food for gluten-free wording – he said he wanted me to be able to eat the item as well as him. This makes sense in a home of two individuals.

Lately, not only selection of processed food, but also selection of dishes when we eat out (often) and when we cook (not so often) has been more vegan than traditional American meals!

Had we been able to find a can of fava beans in our small community, my loving spouse was most excited about the prospect of making foul madammas for dinner last night! He suggested the spaghetti squash option for our spaghetti lunch.

He affirms how much better he feels, how much more energy he feels, and importantly how much ‘stuff’ his body is able to process and release with vegan meals.

We still visit our favorite restaurant in the world – Bern’s Steak House in Tampa – for a delectable steak from time to time. However, know that as you are moving more and more to a vegan lifestyle, you are silently impacting others who are watching to find out what happens.

Pros & Cons of Becoming Vegan – AQA Air Quality Alert

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*** 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?

Most Wonderful Hummus Recipe Ever

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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!

Rainbow Hummus

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!)