Nutrition is usually a gradual process of changes and improvement!

I think it’s important you know how gradual my health changes were. Because I don’t want you to be discouraged if you like how you feel eating whole foods, but your problems didn’t disappear overnight.

I’ve written about 21 health problems I had in my 20’s that have all gone the way of the Dodo.

Aren’t people supposed to develop more and more health problems the older they get? We’ve come to think of this as normal and inevitable. I have a tennis teammate, Gloria, who will NOT divulge her age. She has a beautiful little body that any 30-year old would love to have, she eats right, and she’s never been overweight in her life. But her daughter plays with us and is 52! That puts Gloria well into her 70’s, and I’m telling you, she is an excellent tennis player, runs as fast as we do, and doesn’t have joint problems!

So, you might start drinking green smoothies and even though you’ve read the crazy-awesome testimonials people send to me on this site, you aren’t at your ideal weight with all health conditions gone.

Me neither. I started making serious changes at 28 years old, but they were gradual and hit-or-miss for quite a while. Two steps forward, one step back. I was 100% about it for my little boy, whose health crisis was desperate, but I was still addicted to some processed foods and didn’t quite give up animal products. I gradually read more, implemented more, conquered my addictions more—but not overnight. My behavior lagged behind my education. I was frustrated by that, mad at myself, sometimes.

I was diagnosed with 20/20 vision when I was 40—that was the last degenerative condition to completely resolve. That and insomnia, which resolved when I started taking amazing fulvic acid (now in the form of GreenSmoothieGirl Ultimate Minerals)—love the minerals, the chelating ability, the detoxifying ability, the power in that product. My eyesight was completely restored after 12 years of an increasingly whole-foods, plant-based diet.

All the other problems disappeared much faster than that—some were virtually overnight. Quick to disappear were all my hypoglycemia and eczema. (Seasonal allergies took quite a few years and happened when I started eating raw local honey.)

The migraines ended when I completely gave up artificial sweetener and caffeine.   Circulation problems (cold hands and feet) went away when I started to get medium-chain fatty acids in the form of coconut oil in my diet and on my skin. The weight problem went away when I quit eating sugar every day.

I quit getting sick when I stopped eating sugar every day and started eating probiotic (cultured) foods. My energy returned, more and more—what I ended up with is something I wouldn’t have had the vision to hope for. I have tons of energy, every day, from early till late.

But let me say this, and it’s important: green smoothies alone would not have been enough for me. I would have been still overweight—but just less so, and healthier.

More commitment is needed, more than just green smoothies. Take more steps!

Young Vegetarians, share this with your kids, part 2 of 2

I like this YouTube video about another vegetarian athlete, Jake Shields, whose parents never served animals but didn’t talk about why. Now Jake converts other athletes, who are amazed at how endurance increases when they eat only plants:

Have your children look at all these world-class, famous athletes, including rocked-up bodybuilders, who don’t eat other creatures.

In addition to so many athletes, how about these brilliant vegetarians? Socrates, Plato, Pythagorus, Da Vinci, Newton, and Einstein! You know that song Adam Sandler did about all the famous people who are Jewish? Who wants to do one about people who don’t eat our friends?

Looking at that list of genius vegetarians, I hypothesize that freeing energy from digestion allows the mind and spirit to soar and creativity to be untrammelled. Either that, or people who think outside the box are willing to buck social norms to do what’s right and what logic dictates. Probably both.

Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt, Carrie Underwood, Mark Twain, Ann Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Pink, all of the Beatles, Billy Idol, Rosa Parks—all vegetarians.

Dr. Thomas Lodi has been vegan for 46 years. He can’t even eat in the presence of those consuming, as he puts it, “carcasses and animal excretions.” He points out that the human digestive tract is 30 feet long, like all vegetarians, whereas the carnivore GI tract is very short. (I became convinced by the “we aren’t built to be carnivores” logic 20 years ago by John McDougall.)

Therefore meat takes sometimes days to digest, and in your gut it does the same thing it would do on your counter: it putrefies. (Many of the healers I am studying point to the strong evidence that undigested proteins in the blood and gut lead to all the modern diseases.)

This is my paraphrase, with some stuff from me added, of what Dr. Lodi teaches people in their first group session with him at Oasis of Healing:

If we were carnivores, and a chicken walked in the room, we’d salivate. We’d pounce on it and tear it apart, eat its heart and liver out of its warm abdomen. We’d maybe swallow the sinewy eyeballs whole, and crunch on some bones. Everything but the feathers we’d tear apart with our long incisor teeth.

But we’re not carnivores. We don’t have long teeth. Because of our biology, we can’t stand to eat raw flesh. And after an hour, dead flesh goes into rigor mortis, and then we REALLY can’t stand to eat it. So we hang it for several days to “age” it (translation: allow it to rot), we cut the maggots and really disgusting parts out. And we STILL can’t stand to eat it. So we cook it. We might put some tasty cancer-causing nitrates in it, if it’s bologna, bacon, sausage, etc.

f you signed on for this gross-out lesson towards a plant-based diet and you are still reading….you might be more ready to give up eating our animal friends than you think you are!

If you need a final pinkie push, order Mike Anderson’s film called Eating. I’ll be amazed if you can watch the avalanche of data, and images of how animals are raised for eating in America, and not vow to stop contributing to it. Every plant eater should own a copy of it.

Young vegetarians! Share this with your kids….part 1 of 2

My 16-year old daughter Emma has been a vegetarian since age 11, and she loves to evangelize.  When there’s a debate in a school class (it always seems to revolve around “where do you get your protein?”), she comes to me and asks for verbal ammo.

Right now she and I are both writing on our computers. She’s writing a speech for her AP Government class on the issue of government subsidies of the meat and dairy industries.

I suggested the topic and told her she would be outraged to study how our government is using our tax dollars: to fatten the wallets of our farmers with the biggest operations, the ones who already have incomes far surpassing affluent Americans. We heavily subsidize meat and dairy in the U.S. Meat would cost about $20/lb. if there were no government support. This makes sense when you consider that it takes 1,000 gallons of water, and 20 lbs. of plants, to raise one pound of meat!

Emma just came in my office to show me a graphic illustrating that only one-third of one percent of government subsidies go to fruit and vegetable growers. Over 75% of it goes to meat and dairy ranchers, and the rest goes to the wheat, soy, and corn that feeds the cattle and chickens.

Her thesis is that we could kill three birds with one stone, if you’ll forgive the pun. By eliminating subsidies on meat and dairy, the free market system will correct America’s health problems, the ways we grossly mistreat animals, and our obscene tax burden. Vegetables and fruits will cost $1/lb. and animal products will be exorbitantly expensive, so people will naturally begin to eat more plants and fewer animals.

Emma’s in love with this kid, the Vegetarian Athlete, and sent me this link.

This 21-year old college athlete is 6’6″ and has never eaten an animal in his life. He was taught from early childhood, “Animals are our friends, and we don’t eat our friends.” This became a core belief. Now he and his sister are adults and the idea of eating (pus-, antibiotic-,   steroid-, growth-hormone-, bacteria-tainted) meat is unthinkable to them. Check out the chart his mom shows in the video, that the top 5 highest-protein foods are plant foods!

Emma printed off the chart of high-protein foods and supplied it to a girl at school named Vanessa, whom Emma recently converted to a meat-free diet. (Many people WANT to be converted—they just need a little pinkie push, in the form of some compelling information.)

Apparently Vanessa’s mom was resisting her vegetarianism, telling Vanessa she had to eat meat to be well nourished. Vanessa presented her mom the list showing grains and legumes and nuts among the highest-protein foods. And that did the trick! (Vanessa’s mom was once a 4th grade teacher at my children’s elementary school and even though she’s a kind and dedicated teacher, I requested the OTHER teacher, only to avoid all the candy-as-rewards in her classroom.) Even the educated among us, I find, have little knowledge about health and how critical nutrition is.

 

How to skin brush

 

Have you always wanted to know how, exactly, you’re supposed to be skin brushing?  Brandi at Oasis knows the lymphatic system and explains that all to us. She’s a former E.R. nurse who now does lymphatic drainage therapy fulltime. Dr. Lodi raves about the benefits he sees from this.

Check out Brandi’s story about healing her devastating lupus condition with an 80% or better raw vegan diet, too!

Also watch our Skin Brushing 101 – full body video