Getting The Word Out
Plant-based nutrition is sweeping the country and much of the world finally making a believer out of me! After watching two documentaries available on Netflix and the internet, including "Forks Over Knives", and also, "Game Changers", as a super follow-up, I was left with much less confusion from all the conflicting information out there about what we should eat. I have even told my grown up sons, who are both foodies, that it's the most comprehensive, cross referenced nutritional documentary I have ever witnessed! My motivation is to help the founders and all the passionate parties from the documentaries to further spread the word. It is just that compelling!
The following paragraphs outline the main points from the documentary as to why it's better for us to eat plants over meat and dairy, in addition to being life-saving for some individuals.
After following the recommendations from the documentaries for several months, I confess I don't miss meat or dairy. The flavors, colors, spices and textures of veggies and grains are plenty satisfying! And knowing what I now know makes me feel good about what I'm putting into my body! I might add that I have high cholesterol being genetically predisposed, so a good test for me will be if that finally lowers. Will update soon as I find out.
Update: During a recent appointment, my regular doctor said she was very impressed with my lowered cholesterol numbers! Yeah!
Four dairy free and meat free recipes, delicious and satisfying, are included at the end of the article!
“Let food be thy medicine” . . . Hippocrates, The Ancient Greek Father of Medicine 2000 years ago
To begin, below is a list of astonishing statistics from the documentary we can no longer ignore as a society! It demonstrates the correlation between a long list of diseases with diets consisting of abundant meat and dairy consumption. Making the situation even worse, are diets that also include too much refined sweeteners, processed oils and other convenient processed foods.
The long list of diseases include heart disease, various cancers, particularly (prostate, breast, colon, liver, esophagus), rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, auto immune and or multiple sclerosis. There is a massive health crisis in the U.S., and spreading around the world as diets become more westernized.
1 in 3 of Americans will develop diabetes.
40% of Americans are obese.
Over 1 million people in the U.S. die each year from a combination of coronary and cancer diseases.
Heart disease and stroke claim 500,000 American women a year.
There are 215,000 cases of prostate cancer a year, the most common type of cancer among men.
2005-6 American statistics shows 1 in 4 children were obese, especially among the poor and especially among poor Mexican American and African American children.
Type 2 diabetes and hypertension is showing up in children at an alarming rate.
We have the first generation of children who will likely live shorter lives than their parents for the first time in history.
The U.S. government figures show 75% of the money spent on health care is due to chronic illnesses related to diet.
$120 billion a year is spent on health care in America, 5 times the defense budget.
America pays more for health care than any other industrialized country in the world, yet we are sicker than ever before in history.
Half of Americans are taking some form of prescription drugs. The statin drug, Lipitor, to treat high cholesterol, is the most prescribed drug in America and around the world; even after losing its patent in 2011, is still one of the most prescribed drugs in the U.S. today.
Note: Whenever I visit the doctor for even a routine exam, they automatically ask for my list of medications, assuming I have a list due to my age in the 60's. Well, guess what, I'm not taking any and they always look at me with surprise, and some even congratulate me!
American diets have dramatically changed since the turn of the century
In 1909, we consumed an average of 294 lbs. of dairy per year and by 2006 that number increased to 600 lbs. per year.