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“Why I Quit a Paleo Ketogenic Diet & Went Plant Based” – Dr. Lim

This is a short interview with Dr. Lim. It’s fun to see and hear yet another doctor talk about their “ah ha” moment and evolution in their thinking and the way they now treat their patients.

The following is a partial quote from Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine.

The interview was conducted at the Physician’s Committee’s 2017 Nutrition in Medicine conference.

Anthony Lim, MD, JD, Medical Director: Anthony Lim, MD, JDAs Medical Director, Dr. Lim oversees the medical care of participants in the McDougall Program. Dr. Lim is a board-certified family physician, and enjoys working closely with patients to help them adopt healthier habits that can significantly improve their overall health.

He is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology, and subsequently obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School and his medical degree from Boston University. He completed his residency training at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency and has a busy career combining patient care, teaching, and community advocacy focused on whole food, plant-based nutrition.

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How Your Body Transforms On A Vegan Diet Shown Week By Week

Here is a great video showing how your body changes week by week on a Vegan diet.

Enjoy!

Disease Blaming & Shaming; Some thoughts

This post is going to be a bit out of the ordinary for me but I read a little about this concept of disease shaming and found it interesting so I thought I would share with you my thoughts about it.

When I went Vegan, my reason was for my health and as touchy and particular we Vegans can be about our health the reality is that a Vegan diet does not 100% guarantee you a life without sickness or disease. (Although it does raise the odds of living a healthier life by a huge percentage)

I learned this week about this thing called “disease shaming”. This was a new concept to me. As I thought about it, I had to admit that I have been guilty of doing this, although never out loud to a person but quietly in my mind thinking this way about a person’s health situation.

Disease shaming is the belief that if a person follows a certain Vegan diet that they are guaranteed a life of good health devoid of disease. So if a Vegan gets sick, under the weather, gets cancer or some other disease, a person thinks that it was brought on by a failure of the person to follow the vegan diet 100%, “they must have cheated” or they ate too many processed foods and therefore they are paying the price now.

Blaming and shaming the person only makes matters worse. this shaming does serve a purpose though to the person shaming the other, it’s a self-defense mechanism that keeps us from facing the truth that we are not invincible and that our diet is not the fountain of youth, that will make us live forever and that no diet can 100% guarantee good health.

So I am going to start reaching out to others in a positive manner, stop the blaming and shaming even if it’s only in my thoughts.

If you are interested in looking deeper, there is a book out called “Even Vegans Die” I have not read this book, but according to the publisher of the book, they address disease shaming and body shaming as well as other health and animal advocacy topics as they relate to Vegans. It’s a play off of Dr. Michael Greger M.D.’s book “How Not To Die” which I have read and highly recommend.

Here are comments from the books publisher’s page.

“Even Vegans Die empowers vegans and their loved ones to make the best decisions regarding their own health, their advocacy for animals, and their legacy. By addressing issues of disease shaming and body shaming, the authors present a manifesto for building a more compassionate, diverse, and effective vegan community.

Even Vegans Die celebrates the benefits of a plant-based diet while acknowledging that even vegans can get sick. You will learn how to make the healthcare decisions that are right for you, how to ensure your efforts to help animals will not end after you die, and how to provide compassionate care for yourself and for others in the face of serious illness.

This book offers practical, thoughtful, and sensitive advice on creating a will, mourning, and caregiving. Without shying away from the reality of death, Even Vegans Die offers a message that remains uplifting and hopeful for all animal advocates and all those who care about them.”

Here is a quote from Michael Greger, MD who wrote the foreword to the book.

“Even people who eat a healthy, plant-based diet, can get seriously ill. That’s why this book is needed. Carol, Patti, and Ginny teach us to live wisely while we are still here, not only by eating well but also by caring for ourselves and each other. I want to live well and, if necessary, I want to die well, too. If you do also, then start reading.”—From the foreword by Michael Greger, MD

 

Thanks for listening,

The Vegan Gourmand

 

Veganuary 2017 Survey Results Are In!

The Veganuary 2017 Survey results are in and are as follows:

  • 77% ate vegan food for all of January!*

Of the 23% who did not eat vegan food for the month, 75% were vegan over 50% of the time. And of that 75%, most ate a completely vegetarian diet for all of January. Also, many people are including small slip-ups as failing to complete the entire month, whereas we regard it as a natural part of transitioning. It’s a learning curve! It’s also worth mentioning that a high proportion of omnivores (76%) and pescetarians (75%) completed an entire vegan month. That’s a really fantastic effort by all.

  • 97% feel healthier after taking part!**

And 87% have noticed an increase in their energy levels, with another 87% also confirming some weight loss.

  • 67% are staying vegan!*

Such amazing news! This figure is made up of 59% of the meat-eaters who responded to our survey, 64% of the pescetarians, and a whopping 75% of vegetarians. Interestingly, 21% are unsure of whether they’re staying vegan or not… If you are one of them, then we recommend you join our Facebook group for kind chat, recipes, and ideas. It’s helped (and helping) a lot of people feel more relaxed during their transition to veganism.

  • A huge number are reducing their consumption of animal products!*

95% have stopped eating or reduced their consumption of meat from cows, 94% have stopped eating or reduced their consumption of pigs, and 92% have stopped eating or reduced consumption of chickens. This is life-changing news for animals like Rocky, Ernie and Little Eric!

  • 99% recommend Veganuary!*

Veganuary is very much a sum of its parts… We’re nothing without the people who take part. Thank you for trying vegan with us, and for recommending the experience to others. It will make a world of difference to the animals, and to our planet.

 

2017-results-infographic

*Of Veganuary 2017 Survey respondents.

**Of those who answered this question in the survey.

 

New Series “Prescription Nutrition”

There is an all new 4 part series called “Prescription: Nutrition”. It brings you the science behind the healthiest foods to eat and takes you on a foodie journey through the world of plant-based cooking.

It featuring experts Dr. Michael Greger, Tracye McQuirter, MPH and chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby from Vedge Restaurant.

New episodes premiere every other week. Unfortunately, it currently can only be seen on Curiosity Stream But you can sign up for a 31-day trial and give it a watch.

Counter Culture Resturant Review

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While in Austin Texas a couple weeks ago,  I made it a plan to stop into the Vegan restaurant Counter Culture. The restaurant is located just east of down town at 2337 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702  If you are looking for James Beard award-winning fine dining, this is not your place.  But if you want down home comfort food that will knock your socks off (and your cowboy boots), this place is for you. (The food looked much better in person than in the pictures below, lighting for pictures was not the best for my camera phone)

The restaurant is in an old brick building, the owner has done a nice job of creating a comfortable diner restaurant feel with an option of eating outside on the patio if you like.

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We were greeted immediately upon entrance by a very pleasant young lady. All the staff there are friendly and make you feel at home. Up front they have the daily specials nicely scribed on a chalkboard. They also have a board that continually thanks the customers.

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All their food I was told is made from scratch. They even make their own faux meats and all their own sauces and dips, even the ketchup. Also, most of their desserts are sweetened with dates, not sugar.

Their menu is a comfort food extravaganza as it would be in any diner. Also, every item on the menu if applicable, is marked with a designator indicating a special dietary needs category. An (R) means it is at least 95% Raw. A (GF) indicates it is gluten free. A (SF) means it is soy free and a (E2) indicates it is Engine 2 diet friendly. This makes eating here on a special diet easy.

The first day I visited. (Yes, it was so good I came back for breakfast the next day.) I ordered the Philly Seitan Sandwich with a side of Curry Quinoa Salad. The bread was soft and fresh, the cheeze sauce was warm and had a nice cheesy flavor everything on this plate was great.

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Philly Seitan Sandwich with a side of Curry Quinoa Salad (You get your choice of one side)

My companion ordered the Mac & Cheeze. I was told it was their best seller on the menu and one day I was there they sold out of it. It was also cheesy and had a great flavor. It was topped with a bread crumb topping. I was told by my companion that it was one of the best vegan Mac & Cheeses she had ever eaten. My other companion ordered the Sausage Sauerkraut Sandwich. She was also very very happy with her meal. The sausage is made in-house.

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Mac & Cheeze with a Ceaser salad and potato salad (You get your choice of two sides)

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Sausage Sauerkraut Sandwich with a Ceasar salad. (Your choice of one side)

We ended that day’s lunch with desert. I had the Brownie Sundae. it was out of this world good. The brownie was soft but not too soft. I am not a big sweets fan and the brownie was not real sickening sweet like brownies can be. I believe that this is because they use dates to sweeten their desserts, it was outstanding. We also had their Coconut Cream Pie, OMG another home run!

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Brownie Sundae

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Coconut Cream Pie

The next morning we arrived just before they opened to try their breakfast/brunch. We enjoyed a nice conversation with a local gentleman that was waiting to pick up his pre-ordered Christmas Dinner.

We ordered the East Side Quesadilla, Breakfast Burrito, and Seasonal Omelet.We also ordered two sides just so we could taste. A side of potatoes and one Egg Nog pancake.

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East Side Quesadilla and Roasted Potatoes with homemade ketchup

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Breakfast Burrito and Orange, Kale and Ginger juice.

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The Seasonal Omelet and Egg Nog Pancake with Cranberry Drizzle

All the food we had was outstanding!

The flavors were right on and presented well. The fruit was fresh and full of flavor. The breakfast burrito was huge and just as big on taste.

I was told by my companion that the Quesadilla was the best breakfast she had ever eaten, including non-vegan breakfast.

The omelet was light and fluffy full of fresh vegetables. Everything was so good that there was talk about driving up from San Antonio where we were staying later in the week just to get some more of the Counter Culture fare.

In a state that is known for and runs on Texas BBQ, Counter Culture is a breath of fresh air and a mouth of fresh food.

If you are ever in Austin Texas and in need of some good old Vegan comfort food then Counter Culture is a must eat at destination.

Counter Culture on Yelp

New Vegan Show to Debut in July On A&E

A new Vegan life style series is debuting on the A&E channel July 27th @ 7:30am EST. The star and host of the show will be Nafsika Antypas. The show will be called PlantBased by Nafsika.

The show will have cooking demos, interactive segments, interviews with celebrity guests, nutritional experts and more, all while exploring the life style and living healthy.

I say its about time. Lets hope it does well and can continue on for years to come.

Below you will see the A&E show info.

TELEVISION SHOW: Plant-based, by Nafsika
RUN TIME: 30 Min
GENRE: Lifestyle / Food / Health & Wellness
AIRING DATES: July 27th, 2016 – August 31st, 2016
AIRING TIME: 7:30am – 8am
RECURRING DAY: Wednesday
WEEKS AIRING: 6

TOTAL ORIGINAL EPISODES: 12
REACH: 70 Million Households
REGIONS: National, United States

LISTINGS Cable / Satellite / IPTV
DIRECTV 266
DISH NETWORK 119
C-BAND AMC 18 Channel 201
AT&T U-VERSE 1272 / 272 (SD)
SOUTHERN FIBER NET: 1215 / 215 (SD)
(Available on most cable providers)

5th Annual Food Revolution Summit 2016 April 30th – May 8th Its FREE!!

The 5th Annual 2016 Food Revolution Summit is just two days away! If you want to be informed and empowered and if you want to find out how you can prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, fatigue, poor sleep and other heath issues with food as well as improve your over all life then the Food Revolution Summit is for you. The best part is that it is completely FREE!!!! And you don’t have to leave your home to take advantage of it!!

Listen, watch and learn right in front of your home computer!

Click Here To Go To The Website And Register

You will learn from 24 speakers and topics:

  • Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. – The Four Pillars Of Lasting Health
  • Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. – How to Eat And Live
  • Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. – How to kickstart Your Health
  • Dr. Dan amen, M.D. – The Brain Warriors way
  • Dr. Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE – Sowing The Seeds Of Hope
  • Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. – Foods That Harm & Foods That Heal
  • Senator Cory Booker – Sane Food Policy: We Can Do it!!
  • Vani Hari – Protect Your Family From Toxic Food
  • Andrew Kimbrell – The Truth About Genetically Engineered Food
  • Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC, CCN – Healthy Digestion for a Healthy Life
  • Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. – Affordable Super Foods For Lasting Super Health
  • Dr. Susan Peirce, Ph.D. – How To Achieve Permanent Weight Loss
  • Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D. – The Gut-Brain Connection
  • Gene Baur – How Compassion Can Change Your Life
  • Dr. David Katz, M.D. – The Optimal Diet For Human Beings
  • Ron Finley – Growing Healthy Food & Communities
  • Chris Wark – Use Nutrition To Fight Cancer
  • Ronnie Cummins – Cook Organic, Not The Planet
  • Marion Nestle – Taking On Big Soda (And Winning!)
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva, Ph.D – Stand Up For Your Planet
  • Dr. Mimi Guarneri, M.D. – Putting Integrative Heath To Work For You
  • Dr. Michael Klaper, M.D. – Our Best Hope For A livable World
  • Robyn O’Brien – Food Safety: What You Need To Know
  • Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D. – Goddesses Never Age

Take advantage of these great minds in health, I know I am!

Click Here To Go To The Website And Register

 

 

 

 

Food Choices Documentary – Watch Free For a Limited Time Only!

You will never look at your food the same way again!

 

Do yourself and your body a favor and check out this outstanding new documentary “Food Choices”.  This film is chalked full of the latest health information from the leading scientist and experts in the field of health and nutrition.

You can watch this outstanding documentary for free during the world wide free viewing event that ends in just 14 hours from the time of this post. So get to the site and give the movie a watch you will be so glad you did!

Click on the link below and then click the “Watch the film NOW!” box. 

http://www.foodchoicesmovie.com/

Plant Pure Nation is a new documentary movie from the makers of the movie Forks Over Knives.

There is an exciting new film out called Plant Pure Nation from the makers of the acclaimed life changing movie Forks Over Knives With Dr. T. Colin Campbell Co-Author of The China Study.

Here are some quotes from the Plant Pure Nation Website about the film.

“The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. After renowned nutritional scientist and bestselling author T. Colin Campbell gives a stirring speech on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives, his son, Nelson, and Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner work together to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Once the legislation goes into Committee, agribusiness lobbyists kill the plan. Undeterred, Nelson decides to try his own pilot project in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.” 

“The filmmakers hope to use PlantPure Nation to create broad grassroots movement.  They are spearheading the formation of Plant Pure Pods in cities and towns across N. America. Members of these groups will help to plant seeds of change around the message plant-based nutrition in their communities. One tool they will use in this effort will be the same 10-day Jumpstart program featured in the film, to give people the experience of a whole food, plant-based diet.”“The PlantPure Nation movement has already begun!  The film team embarked on a successful preview screening tour in 23 cities across the United States and Canada to discuss an advance cut of the film with audiences in April, May and June.  Then they held the PlantPure Nation World Premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on June 25th for an enthusiastic audience of 400 attendees.

“PlantPure Nation was filmed across the USA and features Steve Forbes, Jr. (Editor-in-Chief Forbes Magazine,) Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Co-Author, The China Study,) Dr. Neal Barnard (Founder and President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,) Dr. Michael Greger, (Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture, Humane Society of the United States) leading the list of world-renowned experts, doctors and authors who speak on the topic. The Production team includes Director Nelson Campbell and Producer John Corry & Writer Lee Fulkerson from the acclaimed documentary film Forks Over Knives. PlantPure Nation, however, is not a sequel to Forks Over Knives.”

A new social movement is being launched through groups called PlantPure Pods. Members of Pods will work together to promote the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities. What is a PlantPure Pod? Its easy to get involved.

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