Fad diets sell the empty promise of helping you shed pounds "in just days." But did you know, some fad diets are really bad for your health, and can even have severely negative impacts on your body - the most extreme of which is death? It is, hands down, a very frightening thing to think that some companies are so irresponsible in the marketing of their fad diet craze that they ignore the real life impacts.
I was inspired by a recent comment on Facebook to explore ways in which a simple plant-based diet has evolved into a significant worldwide movement. While at it's core, a person's decision to adopt a plant-based diet is a personal one, and requires personal decisions to stick to daily despite temptations to waver - it has managed to become a shared experience for people who like the sense of community.
I came across a great little story about William the Conqueror, an 11th century military commander and king that is known for bringing England under Norman reign during this time period, and his unique creation of what is often considered "the first fad diet." Apparently, he faced some weight loss struggles like the best of us, and decided to take matters into his own hands - in the form of a liquid, alcohol-based, diet. Inevitably, practical starvation led to some weight loss, but it had other health consequences. Supposedly, when he got on his horse one day, he didn't have the strength to stay on and fell off - and soon died from complications of the fall.
This little snippet of history is special because it shows us a few things - how human beings have used diets in one way or another to try and resolve some of our physical (and probably mental) challenges, and not always to great success. To some extent, there was some degree of experimentation required in the early days of dieting, after all these diets had no real potential to be grounded in the scientific method.
Things are different today, though, and if you do your research you can find a diet that can benefit your health, help you shed pounds, and still be healthy at the end of the day - instead of ready to fall off your proverbial horse!
While doing some reading on Dr. John McDougall's website, I came across a list of 10 recommended dietary changes that can help to reduce cancer risk and reverse cancer in patients already feeling the effects. This is some seriously powerful stuff, and goes to show how a whole foods, plant-based diet can really have a positive impact on our bodies. In this specific case, reducing the risk of cancer (or effects of cancer) is powerful given how many of us have lost important people in our lives to the cancer battle. It is great to know that it is, for many, avoidable and treatable by changing our dietary core.
Bell peppers are a simple vegetable known for their great, usually mild, taste and the array of colors they come in. They are sometimes referred to as “sweet peppers” for this reason, as their sibling chili peppers tend to run wild for lovers of things spicy and hot. In recent days, you may have seen some of my green bell peppers that I harvested from my backyard garden. The more I explore new and unique plant-based recipes, the more I have learned to really savor the variety of tastes bell peppers can provide. Whether you eat the bell pepper as the primary vegetable in the meal, or mix it in with a variety of other foods, it is hard to ignore that it tastes great, and is great for you too!
Prostate cancer accounts for about 25% of cancer cases among men. While relative to some forms of cancer it is far more treatable, with a 95% - 100% survival rate in the current day-and-age, it still remains a condition that can be painful, difficult to cope with, and expensive when you consider the medical attention required. Modern science is beginning to investigate how a plant-based diet can be used to prevent and protect against prostate cancer. This, no doubt, serves as an important piece of evidence to add to our backpacks of knowledge: if eating a plant-based, whole foods, vegan diet can literally protect us from cancer, what can't it do?
One of the most intimidating aspects of switching to a vegan diet is learning how to make the food more interesting and desirable. This is especially true if you are used to eating food that is particularly unhealthy. Not just meat, but rather food that has been highly processed, and coated in salt, sugar, and grease. These taste sensations can be replicated to certain degrees within a healthy vegan diet, but they are properties that make the Standard American Diet (SAD) so addictive.
I am very excited to share with you my first vegan book review, and more importantly, a book that is near and dear to my heart as it has greatly shaped my own plant-based journey. The information presented in The Starch Solution has literally changed and saved my life. These are not words I use lightly.
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