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Monday, January 24, 2011

Eating Well, Living Better

1. Vegan Diet and Omega-3s

2. Famous Quote – John McDougall, M.D.

3. Raising Vegetarian Kids

4. Bible verse – John 6:35

5. “Superbugs”

6. This Week’s Video – Firefighters Getting Healthier with a Plant-Base Diet


1. Vegan Diet and Omega-3s

According to a new report from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study, women on a vegan diet have significantly more omega-3 “good fats” in their blood, compared with fish-eaters, meat-eaters, and ovo-lacto vegetarians in spite of zero intake of long-chain omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and substantially lower intake of their plant-derived precursor alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). To read the full article please search online for Women on Vegan Diets Have More Long-Chain Omega-3s, Compared with Fish-Eaters

More and more evidence suggests that a well-balanced plant-based diet suffices and exceeds the nutritional requirements for good health. It is encouraging that studies like the one above might lead people to reduce or stop consuming animal products, which in turn would benefit all of God's Creation: our health, animals and the environment.

2. Famous Quote

"The cause of osteoporosis is primarily diet. With all of the red meat and poultry, seafood, cheese and eggs, the rich American diet is a very acidic diet. That acid has to be buffered when you eat it. So the bones dissolve and then changes take place in the kidneys that cause the body to urinate the bones through the kidney system out into the toilet. Sometimes bones resolidify and they form calcium kidney stones."

~ John McDougall, M.D., specializes on preventive medicine

3. Raising Vegetarian Kids

Many people realize that vegetarian diets are healthier than meat-based diets; however, they believe that raising children on a vegetarian diet is too hard to accomplish. This article points out that well-balanced plant-based diets are appropriate for kids of all ages, from infancy to teenage years. Just the knowledge of what a growing body needs and where to find the nutrients in plant-based foods can make the experience very enjoyable for children and parents. To read the full article please search online for Raising vegetarian kids? Here are some pointers

Encouraging children’s innate sense of compassion and justice is essential to make this world a better place for the generations to come. One way is to raise them vegetarian so they learn that there is no need to harm God’s farmed animals in order to grow strong and be healthy.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) John 6:35

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.

Jesus offers us a fulfillment that cannot be satisfied by food but by a desire to obey our Creator. His teachings of compassion, mercy and peace lead us to the fulfillment that our souls crave.

5. “Superbugs”

John Conly, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance at the University of Calgary, Canada, discusses the issue of the emergence of "superbugs" due to the overuse of antibiotics in agri-business. According to Conly, the factory farming industry uses at least 1000-fold more antibiotics in terms of absolute tonnage compared with use in humans. This in turn enables bacteria to become resistant to these overused antibiotics allowing them to mutate, and thus creating "superbugs" that humans are unable to render. To read the full article please search online for Antimicrobial resistance: revisiting the "tragedy of the commons"

It is horrifying that the animal agriculture industry does not seem to care about anything beyond their profit. The overuse of antibiotics in farmed animals is a real and very serious issue that future generations will have to face to a great extent. Being stewards of God's Creation implies mindfulness in our choices. Choosing to adopt a plant-based diet sends the message that we do not agree with what factory farming is doing to God's Earth, God's animals and our health.

6. This Week’s Video – Firefighters Getting Healthier with a Plant-Base Diet

These are two short videos featuring two fire stations that are following the Engine 2 Diet in order to regain their health. The results are incredible and inspiring! Please share with friends and family. Please search online for Firefighters Kicking Cholesterol to the Curb (VIDEO).

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