Sounds yummy doesn’t it?…NOT! But seriously, that’s what most Americans eat which has led the US to be as unhealthy as it is…aside from lack of exercise, stress, added hormones, pestacides etc. I hope that with todays blog I can get through to some people about how dangerous high animal protein diets are and to face all the negativity vegetarians and vegans get about their diets. One thing I would like to point out though is that there is such a thing as an unhealthy vegan or vegetarian and its not because they don’t get enough protein…they may be unhealthy because they consume too many processed foods and not enough fresh foods. I have so much to say about this subject that I don’t know where to start and I am afraid that I won’t be able to convey ALL the info but please bare with me and PAY special attention because this can change your ideas about food and possibly your life.
THE ATKINS DIET IS BULLSH***
The Atkins diets works because it causes the body to think that it is starving which is why you lose weight (much of it water weight) in spite of the consumption of high fat, high calorie foods. Our human bodies are designed to use glucose obtained from complex carbohydrates for fuel. When carbs are restricted the body breaks down muscle tissue in order to provide glucose to our system. Your body then goes in to survival mode shortly after doing this and starts to break down stored fat which triggers the creation of keytones for fuel. What you are doing to your body with this process and continued use of this diet can be life threatening and you can possibly make some irriversable damage to your body, especially your kidneys.
When you consume high amounts of animal protein, nitrogen waste is released in the form of urea. Urea is toxic and is passed out through out through urination so the high protein is serving as a diuretic by making you urinate more. Your kidneys must work extra hard to break down animal proteina nd remove waste. Your kidneys are at serious risk for developing stones, aging prematurely, and failing altogether. Diabetics are at an even higher risk with a high protein diet because they are already at risk for kidney disease. Bottom line is your health does not have to be sacrificed in order to lose weight.
THE DIETS OF THE HEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
North African and Asian cultures are the most healthy people in the world. Here is why…they eat a diet consisting mostly of plant foods – fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds with a very small part of the diet consisting of animal foods. Diseases such as obesity, diabetees, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer and other common conditions is virtually non-existent and this is mainly because they cannot afford to consume high amounts of animal protein. They live on locally grown plant food. Research shows that when people move to the US or another westernized country they develop many of the degenerative diseases we suffer from proving that genetics have nothing to do with it. So guess what peeps…this means you are not a helpless victim to your genetics.
THE CHINA STUDY
In order to really understand and appreciate this study you will have to read it for yourself but I will sum it up for you. Dr. T. Colin Campbell committed his career in researching the connection between diet and health and conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of nutrition and the risk of developing degenerative diseases. The research project created a 20 year partnership between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventative medicine. Dr. Campbell was on a project in the Philippines working with malnourished children and noticed that many of the children were being diagnosed with liver cancer. The purpose of the project was to make sure that children were getting as much protein as possible and he eventually discovered the children who ate the highest protein diets were the ones most likely to get liver cancer. This eventually led to a survey of disease and lifestyle factors in rural China and Taiwan. As for the findings of this extensive survey and study: “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic diseases…People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored,” said Dr. Campbell.
OTHER FACTS AND ARGUMENTS.
*** It is almost impossible to develop a protein deficiency unless an individual is starving. Vegetarians and vegans get their protein from eating a varied plant diet to provide the 8 essential amino acids that our body cannot synthesize on its own so we must get it from food.
*** If we were to rely on our natural hunting ability, speed, strength, claws, teeth and jaws we would have no chance against a cow. Our teeth are flat and blunt compared to a lions speed and fangs, our fingernails are flimsy and jaws are not all that strong so picture yourself running after an animal and clawing/biting it to death…highly unlikely. Not only this, but our intestines are much longer than that of a carnivore signifying the need for more fiber in out diets and meat has zero of it.
*** Digestion begins with the saliva and our alkaline saliva is not meant to break down animal flesh.
*** Hydrochloric acid is essential for digesting meat and carnivores have 10 times the amount of hydrochloric acid then humans.
Please don’t give me the human evolution crap and claim that because we are smarter and have designed tools to kill animals for food that we are at the top of the food chain….clearly inside and out we are not equipped to consume high amounts of animal protein.
SO WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
The ideal human diet is a plant based diet but don’t get your panties in a twist, this doesn’t mean you have to give up animal protein aka rotting flesh 🙂 In order to avoid many degenerative diseases 90% of your diet should be comprised of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and the remaining 10% of calories in your diet may consist of animal foods. On a weekly basis this breaks down to eating animal food for 2 to 3 meals a week or more often during the week if the portion sizes are very small. Think of meat as being a condiment instead of the main course if you should choose to do it this way. You may need help with converting to this type of diet if you are not use to cooking meals without meat. I highly recommend getting vegan/vegetarian cook books or you can take it a step further and take the Wellness 101 Course with Nevada Wellness Forum http://www.nevadawellnessforum.com to teach you more about healthy living. Those of you who don’t live in Vegas you can take the Wellness 101 distance learning course http://www.wellnessforum.com
Not only will you be doing yourself a healthy favor in changing up your diet but you will also be making an huge difference on the environment. The amount of water we use to feed cattle is in America is absolutely outrageous and the water ways would be much cleaner because less cattle also means less nitrates finding their way in to our water ways from cattle. The amount of farming land needed to maintain cattle and their feed is astonishing as well. 80% of the corn grain grown in America is used to feed cattle (cattle should be grass fed not grain fed). This is a whole other blog I would have to write about how much your would be helping the environment by converting to a more plant based diet. Supply and demand…if consume less meat, less need for so many animals, animal deaths, water etc.
Another piece of advice for women…mainly women are the caretakers for their families. Women mainly buy the groceries, decide the meals, cook the food etc so the change will start with YOU. Don’t turn your home in to a cafeteria for people who don’t want to adjust, your food bill will decrease when consuming a more plant based diet. If you decide you still want to eat meat please buy organic meats. You will be consuming less meat therefore your bill will go down because meat is so expensive so you re-direct the savings to purchase a better quality of meat/dairy/eggs/fish like organic, free range, grass fed, wild caught. Save yourself the hormones and antibiotics etc.
Good luck to you all and I hope I have made some kind of impact on how you think about the health and nutrition for you and your families and please feel free to contact me by email if you would like further advice.