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The Power of Plant-Based Foods
June 25, 2012

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

  1. Health Tips from a Superb Veg Athlete!
  2. Famous Quote: Jean Paul Richter
  3. Fiber Protects from Colon Cancer
  4. Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  5. Obesity in Chickens, Obesity in Humans
  6. This Week’s Video: Gratitude

1. Health Tips from a Superb Veg Athlete!
Scott Jurek, famous vegan ultramarathoner, shares five simple but important tips in order to eat healthy and improve athletic performance. Check them out here and share them with friends and family!

2. This Week’s Famous Quote
Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?
~ Jean Paul Richter 

3. Fiber Protects from Colon Cancer
Once again, the benefits of a plant-based diet are seen. New findings published in The Journal of Nutrition in Australia, suggest that a diet rich in fiber reduces the risks of colon cancer in humans. Researchers concluded that in order to rip the benefits of fiber, one would have to eat at least 4 times the fiber found in the typical Western diet.  Dr. David Topping from CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship said, “We studied various sources of resistant starch, including corn and wheat, and the results suggest they could all protect against DNA damage in the colon, which is what can cause cancer.” To learn more, please visit Resistant starch may offer potential help to protect from bowel cancer:
It only makes sense that when we eat a diet according to our values and beliefs we encounter less disease and suffering; after all, a plant-based diet helps us to live in harmony with our bodies and with the rest of Creation.   

4. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (RSV)
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
It helps to be reminded that although our bodies certainly mortal and ultimately will decay, we are still called to take care of them in a way that honors God. One aspect of this, I think, is mindful eating. 

5. Obesity in Chickens, Obesity in Humans
Kathy Freston, vegan best-seller, explains why it’s just not a good idea to eat chicken. Many people upon learning about the negative effects of red meat on their health decide to replace it with chicken; however, the way chickens are raised today in factory farm, makes them fatter much sooner. Dr. Michael Greger puts it well: "So now chicken has 10 times more fat and ten times more calories, so that could explain why chicken has been tied to human abdominal girth." Please visit Could Chicken Be Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?|htmlws-main-bb|dl4|sec3_lnk1-PERCENT-26pLid-PERCENT-3D160169 
Chickens are exploited without any concern for their health or their life. We need to realize that we cannot get away with causing so much unnecessary suffering to these beings. After all, it’s undeniable that we reap what we sow. In this case, we are sowing obesity, pain, suffering and heart disease in chickens and we are reaping the same calamities in humans. It’s time to take responsibility for our actions and chose to live harmonious, loving and joyful lives on Earth. Adopting a plant-based diet helps us to achieve this goal. 

6. This Week’s Video: Gratitude
Every day is a gift and needs to be lived joyfully and mindfully! Gratitude:

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