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Monday, June 21, 2010

Taking Care of Our Bodies Through a Compassionate Diet

1. Opinion on Vegan Processed Foods

2. Famous Quote – John Robbins, author of "Diet of a New America"

3. Vegetables Increase Ovarian Cancer Survival Rates

4. Bible verse – Psalm 19:1-2

5. Phenomenal Vegetarian Athlete: Jake Shields

6. This Week’s Video – Part II of Rip Esselstyn on Dr. Oz Show


1. Opinion on Vegan Processed Foods

While the author of this article, Virginia Messina MPH, RD, agrees that a well-balanced plant-based diet should be based on whole foods; however, she defends the occasional intake of vegan processed foods in order to make the transition to a veg diet easier and also to support those industries that are helping make this world a more compassionate one. To read the full article please search online for Processed Foods are Good for Vegan Activists

2. Famous Quote

"The joy is that we can take back our bodies, reclaim our health, and restore ourselves to balance. We can take power over what and how we eat. We can rejuvenate and recharge ourselves, bringing healing to the wounds we carry inside us, and bringing to fuller life the wonderful person that each of us can be."

— John Robbins, author of "Diet of a New America"

3. Vegetables Increase Ovarian Cancer Survival Rates

According to a new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (ADD), women with the highest fruit and vegetable intakes have better ovarian cancer survival rates than those who generally neglected these foods. The study comprised 341 Illinois women and researchers found that yellow and cruciferous vegetables, in particular, contributed to longer survival, whereas consumption of dairy products and red and processed meats shortened lifespan. To read the full article please search online for Vegetable Intake Increases Ovarian Cancer Survival Rates

It is not surprising that once again, research shows that eating a plant-based diet is good for our health. By adopting a plant-based diet we are not only being good stewards of our bodies, but we are also showing compassion to God’s animals and stewardship of the environment.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. God's voice is always speaking. His witnesses give testimony to his glory, majesty and creative grace. The universe shouts with joy because behind it's intricate beauty and power is the One who gave it life, purpose, and intention.

Creation shouts God's glory and majesty! God's purposeful intention, creativity and love behind every creature, every plant and every rock should inspire us to be good stewards of God's Creation.

5. Phenomenal Vegetarian Athlete: Jake Shields

Read about the well-deserved accomplishments of Jake Shield, a life-long vegetarian, who is a wrestler and martial arts expert. As such, he has succeeded to rank in top positions in both sports. To learn more please visit

Once again a top ranked athlete teaches us that a well-balanced plant-based diet is optimal for human health. It is through people like Shields that the myths surrounding a vegetarian lifestyle are dismissed, and in their place are left the many benefits of a plant-based diet for all of God's Creation: humans, animals and the environment.

6. This Week’s Video: Part II of Rip Esselstyn on Dr. Oz Show

Previously we showcased the video of firefighter Rip Esselstyn's appearance on Dr. Oz in January that featured three sick, out of shape Chicago firemen, who were asked to transition to a healthy vegan diet in order to regain their health. After 60 days on a healthy vegan diet the firemen's health showed remarkable improvements. From losing weight to an increased energy level, the three firemen share what a life-changing experience it had been. Please search online for Dr.Oz update: How did those three sick firemen do on the Engine 2 Diet? to watch both videos and an update on the firemen.

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