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The danger of excess protein

Think of your body as planet earth and eating animal protein as pouring greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In the face of all the scientific evidence that animal protein harms your health, are you a climate change denier"? The sooner you act, the better. Check out the science, especially if you are a cancer survivor, hope to lower your risk of cancer, or improve your overall health. https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2004nl/jan/protein.htm
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A brief explainer of the Whole-food Plant-based Diet

Here's a nice straightforward explanation of what the whole-food plant-based diet is that I would like to share with you. As you'll see, it's pretty simple really. And I like that they say at the end it's not really a "diet"; it's a "lifestyle". That's how I like to think of it, and it's not something to be afraid of. "Diet" makes it sound like depriving ourselves to lose weight. But really the WFPB lifestyle is a complete change of heart in how we view what we choose to eat. Everything we put in our mouths we intend to be real, health-giving nutritious food. And it's not hard to find. It's just a matter of choice. Give it for health! "The WFPB diet doesn’t include any meat, dairy, or eggs. It’s not, however, the same as a vegan diet, which is defined only by what it eliminates. A WFPB diet is defined also by what it emphasizes: a large variety of whole foods."Take it away, Center For Nutrition Studies. Click …

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with Diet

I really want to share Mike Meltzer's story of reversing his type 2 diabetes with a whole-food plant-based diet. The effects of diabetes are very serious and as Mike says in his piece, he really wishes he had had this information 20 years ago so he could have avoided all the long lasting negative effects on his health. But it's always better late than never with a life threatening disease like diabetes. Please read Mike's stirrup of successfully reversing his type 2 diabetes with his change of diet. https://www.forksoverknives.com/reversed-type-2-diabetes-20-years-battling-disease/

How to Get Started on a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet

Welcome! Presumably you've landed on this page because you are thinking about trying a "whole-food plant-based" diet.

A whole-food plant-based diet is a diet that is focused on healthy nutrition, and that consists of whole foods rather than processed foods, and excludes animal protein.

I was once in your shoes: I wanted to stop eating animal protein because I had high and worsening cholesterol levels, but I had no clue on how to get going. By pure luck, right at the time I wanted to make changes to my nutrition to fight my high cholesterol, Lady Luck intervened and I read about Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live" on an investment site of all places! It was the beginning of my journey to self-education, motivation, and action. Fortunately there are some amazing resources out there online that helped me be successful in changing my nutrition for the better, and I'll share them with you in this post.

But first, I need you to make a pledge before you go a…

Better and Better Cholesterol Test Results

It's almost 5 years now since I was being pushed by my doctor to start taking daily statin medication for my high cholesterol after a bad test result during my annual medical exam.

I asked her to give me one month to address it by giving up eating animal protein and going vegan. (Hence the name of this blog: "Give it up for health")

I told her I'd heard that would help, but that if it didn't work, then I would start taking a statin. She, by the way, was very sceptical that my follow-up test results would be normal, and when I went back a month later she basically delivered a "counselling session" on dealing ways to deal with disappointment. However, the results were normal and her words to me when she notified me of the results were "I'm shocked at the results".

Since then my cholesterol readings have all fallen within the normal range, but slowly but surely they continue to get even better and better. This week I just had my latest test …

Center for Nutrition Studies Launched New Website

If you've watched Forks Over Knives or read The China Study you will be familiar with Dr. T Colin Campbell. The website "Center for Nutrition Studies, which is affiliated with Dr. Campbell, just pushed out their updated website today and it looks fabulous!Be sure to take a look at this wonderful resource for living a" whole-food plant-based" lifestyle and getting research that is reliable and truthful in the area of nutrition.Here's a link to their guide on what to eat, what to avoid, and what to eat just occasionally if you're living a life in pursuit of healthy nutrition, like I am. https://nutritionstudies.org/whole-food-plant-based-diet-guide

Lemon Potato Salad with Mint

This recipe for lemon potato salad with mint sounds easy and yummy for an upcoming summer meal on the patio. I always cut any oil in a recipe right back, sometimes even to zero. For example, I brown onions without oil. Instead I add a tablespoon of water or veggie stock. Add more as it dries out. The onions caramelize just the same and you save yourself a lot of calories and, according to the experts at Forks Over Knives, damage to your cardiovascular system, specifically the endothelial cell lining of your arteries.