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CVA Blog
Monday, January 5, 2009
Happy New Year !

What to Feed Our Bodies  

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

1. Vegetarians Are on the Right Path
2. Famous quote – Buddha
3. Health Tip: Eat Prunes
4. Bible verse – 2 Corinthians 5:17
5. A Plan to Eat Less Meat and Be Healthy
6. What Schools Feed Children

1. Vegetarians Are on the Right Path

Yvonne Bishop-Weston, founder of London based Foods for Life Nutrition clinics, encourages people to investigate the benefits of eating a plant-base diet. She emphasizes on the findings of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who revealed in the journal Cell that a diet with too many nutritionally empty calories – the typical Western diet -- can lead to metabolic inflammation, which in turn could lead to many chronic, obesity-related metabolic disorders that are so common today.

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2. Famous Quote - Buddha

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”

~ Buddha (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

3. Health Tip: Eat Prunes

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University found that antioxidants in dried prunes increase bone formation in animals, and therefore suggest that eating prunes could benefit people at risk of osteoporosis. Moreover, prunes have more protective antioxidants than any other fruit that may help combat chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and dementia. Wrinkles? Eat prunes! In a large study, elderly people who ate the most prunes, apples, vegetables, olive oil, fish and legumes had fewer wrinkles and less sun-damaged skin than those who ate lots of meat, butter and milk products.

To read the full article please search online for: Prunes may build stronger bones

4. (RSV) 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.

Just the way the New Year is an opportunity to start from fresh, God allows us to be new creations when we witness to the love, peace and compassion of Jesus Christ. May this New Year bring hope to all Creation through our obedience to God.

5. A Plan to Eat Less Meat and Be Healthy

Mark Bittman, in a Readers Digest article, shares his own experience on adopting a healthier diet that he calls "The anti-girth, pro-Earth eating plan for busy, real people." He tells the story of his struggle with excess weight and related health problems (high cholesterol, diabetes) and how he found the road to recovery by decreasing dramatically his intake of animal products and eating healthy plant-based foods.

To read the full article please search online for: Simple till six: an eating plan for busy people

6. What Schools Feed Children

Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, a social welfare organization that lobbies for animal welfare legislation and works to elect humane-minded candidates to public office, expresses his concern and outrage about the cruel and unsanitary slaughter of farmed animals whose meat is later on fed to our children at schools throughout the US. One of the most worrisome aspects of the food industry is the fact that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) concluded in last week's report that "there was an “inherent vulnerability” for handling violations to occur and not be detected by USDA inspectors because the agency does not provide continuous surveillance of all areas in a slaughter establishment."

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