Posts tagged: health
No; America is fat because they choose to buy the hamburger and fries instead of actually buying vegetables at the grocery store and making their own salad, which is cheaper than the hamburger and fries.
I know this is meant to be funny but, well, it’s not. It’s perpetuating this bullshit excuse that being healthy is “too expensive” or “elitist”. For one, the burger/fries/coke is FAR too many calories for one meal, and may even top the amount of calories one needs in an entire day, so you’re already eating more than you need, which means you’re not as poor as you’d like to think. In the grocery store, meat and cheese are some of the most expensive food there is. Rice, beans, and grains are far cheaper, even if you’re not bringing fruits or vegetables into the picture. There are all kinds of websites and books (like “vegan on $4 a day”) that illustrate this fallacy.
Bottom line, people just want an excuse to keep eating their unhealthy crap. Being healthy — healthier, at least — is not elitist or expensive. Even if it may cost more to fill your fridge with organic fruits and vegetables, why not consider the amount of medical bills you’ll be saving over the course of your lifetime?
For anyone who says they can’t afford to eat healthy food, I say you really can’t afford not to. I grew up in a one-income household, and my father didn’t make much money to begin with, but we always ate healthy food. We also didn’t buy junk food, soda, booze, cigarettes, or any of the other things people spend money on, and most of our clothes came from the thrift store. I saw how our money was spent, and health was the priority. So unless you’re living on the street, you really can’t say that you can’t afford to eat well. You just have to re-prioritize your spending.
Nothing like starting the morning hearing a diabetic complain about getting “strange looks” when they order diet soda because they can’t drink regular soda.
Here’s a thought, stop drinking soda. It’s poison. Especially diet.
I don’t understand why someone who already has a life-altering disease wouldn’t be taking every conceivable measure to make themselves as healthy as possible. It is beyond me.
A variety of things I may eat in a given day (obviously not all in one day) and approximately how many calories are in a realistic serving size:
Smoothie (orange juice, banana, frozen fruit, coconut yogurt, whatever): ~300
Cereal w/ non-dairy milk: ~200
Toast w/ Earth Balance butter, jelly, peanut butter, etc: 100-400
Chipotle veggie burrito: (~800) or bowl (~550)
Panera Mediterranean veggie sans feta: 400ish? I forget.
Sandwich (avocado/tomato/onion with hummus, or PB&J): ~300-500
Veggie chili: 200-300
My husband’s homemade enchiladas w/ homemade guac: DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH YOU EAT B/C DELICIOUS, PROBABLY 600-800
Black bean salad: ~200?
Chana palak w/ naan: a lot; this is probably where my 5 extra lbs came from.
Sunday buffet at any Indian restaurant: god help you
Spaghetti w/ sauce (add garlic, mushrooms, peppers if you want): 300-400
Veggie burger w/ fries from Bahama Breeze: too many
Veggie burger w/ fries from Marlow’s Tavern: too many
Veggie burger w/ fries from so many other places who have it: too many
Tabbouleh, mom’s recipe: 150-200
Whole Foods vegan cookie: god I don’t even want to know
Taco salad (rice, beans, tomato/lettuce/onion/avocado, crunched up chips): plenty
Pumpkin bread: ask for recipe, try not to eat it all
Van’s waffle w/ coconut whipped cream and strawberries: ~250?
Homemade vegan chocolate cake: doesn’t matter b/c you will eat it all in one sitting
Celery w/ peanut butter and raisins: depends on how much PB you use
Artichokes w/ garlic “butter” (Earth Balance): probably 300 just from the butter
Vegan biscuit: 170
Stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes: don’t know, don’t want to know
Mac-n-cheese w/ Daiya: no idea
Vegan pizza (now available at Uncle Maddio’s, and Ammazza if you’re in Atlanta): depends on how much you eat. I ate it all.
One of those $4 chocolate bars from World Market with the love poems inside: 170/serving (3 servings to a bar… good luck).
These are just off the top of my head in five minutes, and most of these aren’t even that healthy (of course I encourage salads and greens too, as well as snacking on fruit and nuts, but I was trying to appeal to people having issues with the indulgence/convenience challenges of veganism — IT’S OKAY TO EAT MORE THAN SPROUTS, YOU KNOW :D). You can find several of these on the recipe blog I used to keep (now I post recipes here).
I recently read that Kristen Bell reverted from veganism to vegetarianism while breastfeeding because she felt she “couldn’t get enough calories” from veganism, claiming she would’ve had to eat all day long in order to get enough. Apparently she thinks raw vegetables are the only food that exists? Oh, and eggs/dairy now, I guess. I actually liked her — especially her love of sloths, and obvious respect for animals, not to mention Frozen — and I was really disappointed to read that. I know celebrities are generally filled to the brim with horseshit and I rarely have any respect for the lot of them, but she actually seemed all right.
So here’s a sad but defiant response to that disappointing interview. Giving up veganism is sad enough, but making up ridiculous excuses for why is so much worse.
"every vegetarian i know seems to be going back to eating meat and i’m not sure if it encourages me to maybe rethink the vegan thing or strengthens my need to see it through. i mean, i would never eat meat again, no way. my new baseline is a vegetarian,…
I hate to be the Negative Nancy here, but personally I think if you have doubts about veganism, then you are not sufficiently educated about veganism. (Not to say there aren’t days when we feel frustrated or discouraged about it, but I think that’s different.) There are as many personal health reasons as there are moral reasons for it, and no lack of evidence or information for either. If you’re not educated, it’s very easy to be unhealthy as a vegan. There are tons of crappy processed foods that happen to be vegan and lack nutritional value. Even more true for vegetarianism. You could eat pizza, cookies, and soda every day and then claim vegetarianism made you gain weight or feel unhealthy.
Vegetarianism is a moot point, though, because it is still integrated with the meat industry and does not represent a cruelty-free lifestyle. That said, however, it is certainly healthier than carnism, and evidence for that is even more widespread. The reasons vegetarians are so much more inclined to return to carnism is because their choices are based on personal preference and lack education about these issues; if they were educated and their motives went beyond personal preference or “health reasons,” they would logically shift to veganism instead.
Vegetarianism is a diet. Veganism is a lifestyle that includes a dietary component. This is a significant distinction. People are about 100x more likely to give up a diet than to give up an informed, rational, and morality focused lifestyle.
On a side note, all those trendy “vegan” celebrities really need to watch how they use that term, because there is also a distinction between veganism and a plant-based diet. Once again, a plant-based diet is still just a diet. It is but one component of veganism. Ellen Degeneres, who supposedly eats her neighbor’s “happy/free range” eggs and is a spokesperson for non-vegan makeup, is not a real vegan. Kristen Bell, who decided to switch from veganism to vegetarianism while breastfeeding because she just “couldn’t get enough calories” from veganism, was clearly not sufficiently educated about veganism in the first place… and apparently has never heard of rice, nuts, grains, or avocados.
At any rate, if someone is educated about veganism but finds themselves being influenced by choices their friends are making, I would suggest the issue at stake has more to do with doubting themselves rather than veganism — i.e. lack of confidence, fear of being ostracized, etc… but that’s not really for me to judge.
A comment on an article about vegetarians, “Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy than Meat Eaters”
I’m tired of seeing this faulty study.
There are many, many studies showing that veg*ns are healthier than the general population. And yet, if one study (supposedly) shows that vegetarians are less healthy, people cling to it to support their carnism.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this study is that half of the “vegetarians” were pescetarians. Fish aren’t vegetables.
Also important: Many types of fish have unhealthy levels of mercury. Some pescetarians eat extra fish to replace the land-based meats they’d eat if they had an “average” meat-eating diet.
This study doesn’t effectively show that vegetarianism nor veganism are unhealthy, because there is no vegetarian experimental group. This study just shows that sometimes pescetarians develop mercury-related health problems, such as neuropathy, inflammatory problems, heart-disease, etc.
We are, ostensibly, an intelligent species. Stop making excuses, and do what’s right for you health, your fellow human beings, the environment, and the animals.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned Bryan Kest before, but he is an amazing yoga instructor and I have been doing his workouts for 10 years. He is motivating, passionate, and very focused on the most important aspects of yoga (breathing, lengthening, and practicing at your own level). He is the only name I bring up whenever I recommend yoga to anyone. No other instructors compare.
There are tons of workouts on his website (www.poweryoga.com), but I always advise starting with his original three-part series:
They are also available on Amazon Instant Video, for better quality (also not sure if they are legally supposed to be on YouTube, but there they are).
This is amazing. MADDDD science in favor of a plant based diet. No appeals to emotion here. The dude is helllaaa animated and funny.
Omg, just watch it…
“ONE DIET TO RULE THEM ALL”
Dying from preventable illnesses is the hip thing to do in the US.
But if you’d rather die later on from old age (or a robot rebellion?), give this video a look.
No emotional appeal. No “gotta save the world.”
Exposing the unhealthy truth about low carb diets.
Seriously though, this website is a fascinating read. Straightforward and well sourced. They’re preaching to the choir with me, but I’m still learning things.
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The reviews are worth reading, for all the naysayers.
When I first started this blog, someone got really pissed at me for suggesting that diabetes could be reversed, so I turned off my ask box and haven’t turned it back on since because fuck that. Something tells me they’ve neither read nor followed the advice of this book.
Disclaimer: I have never argued that all forms of disease are reversible or curable through a diet/lifestyle change, and I am well aware of the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. ”Reversing” doesn’t necessarily mean curing or eliminating. Sometimes the damage is done. But if you really think cutting out animal products and junk food and replacing them with fresh organic produce isn’t going to make a significant difference in your overall health regardless of your condition… well, good luck with that.
Terrifyingly, people tend to accept information from doctors and organizations as fact, unwilling to consider the possibility that the health industry is an industry — it is out to make money. For just a small example of this, look at the bullshit surrounding ACS. This is just one example. Even “legitimate” research is impossible to trust without extensive scrutiny, because you have no idea if the damn dairy industry was funding the research that claims you should be drinking three glasses of milk a day. The bottom line is, the richest corporations have the most power — they have power over research, power over the government, power over media, and power over you if you let them.
What’s one of the richest industries out there? Why, pharmaceuticals, of course! It is their job to keep you sick so you’ll keep needing their drugs. And boy, are they good at their job.
Consider the people closest to you — the people you trust more than anyone in the world. Probably less than 10, for most of us. Now consider, still, all the times those people have disappointed you. Hardly anyone hasn’t been disappointed or betrayed in some way by someone they love, at least once. And those are the small handful of people in the world who truly have your best interests at heart. Do you honestly think a government, a corporation, an industry has any remotely good intentions for your well-being? Sure, there are doctors or other professionals out there who care, who genuinely want to make a difference. But sadly, they’re not the ones running the world.
Have you ever noticed that when you ask a doctor what the causes of a disease is, you don’t get a real answer. ”Well, the cells mutate and…” or “The body stops producing X…” That’s not a cause; that’s simply the physical origin of symptoms. Even WebMD’s entry on asthma starts out with, “No one really knows what causes asthma." Funny, because my husband had asthma until he lost weight and revamped his diet. Even their entry on asthma prevention doesn’t mention a damn thing about changing your dietary or wellness habits, other than avoiding dust, cigarettes, and roach poop.
I can’t force anyone to accept how corrupt the entire fucking world is, but if I can only impart one vital message, it’s to please remember this: The entire world runs on money, period. There’s no money in healthy people, and there’s no money in dead people. The money is in sick people. People who keep living just enough to shell out the cash for more prescriptions, more specialists, more surgeries. If you’re too delusional to believe the world wants you sick, there’s nothing I can do. But denying it isn’t going to change the facts.
Utterly unsurprising. I’m so glad they’re doing this research, though it’s sickeningly ironic that they did it on mice. -_-
You can run, but you can’t hide. Vegans are out to get you.
*Cue the vegan zombies*.
Frankly, it’s your consumption and use of nonhuman animals that we’ve got a problem with. Are vegans wrong about this? Should we just leave you alone? Please consider the following as a testament to why we…
Thought for the day!
For a long time I didn’t really want to believe this was true in my case However it was and is :)
In the long fight over antibiotic use in agriculture, one of the most contentious points is whether the resistant bacteria that inevitably arise can move off the farm to affect humans. Most of the illnesses that have been associated with …
As if we needed another reason to stop consuming this poison.