Posts tagged: nutrition
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.
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. -_-
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.
No big surprise here! A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that as total red meat consumption increased, C-reactive protein (CRP, a biomarker of infections and diseases including heart disease and cancer), hemoglobin A1c (an indicator of diabetes risk), and stored iron (a mineral which in excess is associated with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes) also increased.
Weight and calorie intake also increased with increased intake of red and processed meat products.
If you’ve ever doubted that fat-shaming is something that happens every day, just listen to the hundreds of Twitter users who shared their stories last week.
All right, look.
Here’s what’s wrong on the fat-shaming side:
People making unwarranted comments about your body/giving you dirty looks/etc, regardless of your size. That’s wrong.
Here’s what’s wrong on YOUR side:
Your health is not a personal choice. How you care for your body affects healthcare costs and the entire economy for the rest of us. You cannot intelligently argue with this as there is too much research to support it, not to mention basic common sense and logic. You don’t have to be a supermodel to be healthy, but you cannot be 400 lbs and be healthy. Stop kidding yourself.
Airline seats not being big enough for you (etc.) is not discrimination. It’s not bullying. Those are serious labels. Not supporting obesity is not equivalent to racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. Those are things out of someone’s control. You being fat is not equivalent to you being born a paraplegic. Trying to put your size on the same level as other serious issues like this is delusional, egotistical, and just plain bullshit.
Thin is not a privilege. Some people are born with different metabolisms (if yours sucks, blame your parents, it’s not an accident), but everyone can take charge of their own lives and well-being. I was born with a good metabolism because my mother is a health nut; my husband wasn’t because his mother did drugs during her pregnancy and fed him nothing but junk food until he left home. His once-obese size was not ”hereditary”! It was built. He had learned habits, not a “genetic condition”. He now looks like this, is healthy as a horse, and yeah, he has to work a lot harder than I do to stay healthy, but we both still have to work. Don’t you dare tell me I’m some “privileged” elitist, because I work out regularly (which I often hate, by the way; thin people often hate working out too, you know!) and discipline myself to a very healthy vegan diet — which is not easy. Being healthy isn’t easy, for anyone. And it’s not about being thin - you can be thin and unhealthy. But you can’t be significantly overweight and healthy. Period.
Weight issues are real. I get it. It’s much harder for some than for others, and I do sympathize with the struggle. But your biggest potential enemy is ignorance. The last tweet in this article comments about the “myth” of how X disease will go away after losing weight; well, do the research. It’s not just about weight, but many people’s disorders, diseases, and illnesses have disappeared after reshaping their life and becoming healthy. My husband was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease when he was younger (and larger); after he lost weight and strengthened his body, it disappeared. It’s been gone for years.
Obesity is not a “body type” the way that Caucasian, African American, or Asian are races; it’s a body defect. No one’s “default” state is meant to be huge, by any logic. We aren’t walruses; we don’t need hundreds of extra pounds to stay warm on the ice. Humans have evolved to be lean, flexible, and strong - our bodies have incredible potential. Health is about reaching that potential.
I will never stop recommending the documentary Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days. People scoff because they really don’t think diet can impact your health that much, and that’s where the ignorance becomes truly dangerous. People will come up with any excuse not to try something because it’s work, because it’s hard, because it doesn’t seem worth it. But nowadays people have become so delusional (and the pro-fat media subset isn’t helping) that they’re fighting back; defending their “right” to be huge, either jumping on the GLBT bandwagon like obesity is some totally valid “lifestyle” that we’re now supposed to accommodate, or promoting it as some incurable disease they’re just cursed with. It’s neither.
Take a moment, though, to consider the diseases that obesity puts you at high risk for - heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, cancer - and then consider your family… your friends… your children.
Do you want your children to be obese? Because they’re looking at you. You’re their model. You’re the kind of person they’re learning to be. Are you okay with the very real fact that obesity greatly increases the chance that you could drop dead of a heart attack at any moment? Are you willing to risk that for your family? Even if you don’t care about your impact on the rest of us who are affected by healthcare costs and the economy, think about the impact you have on those who love you.
I think people wave off the word “risk” because it doesn’t sound guaranteed. Everything in life’s a risk, right? We could all get hit by a bus tomorrow.
Sure. But I’d rather get hit by a bus than die knowing I could’ve prevented it.
The visionary behind the billion-dollar Doritos Locos Tacos died on Thanksgiving.
Sad in so many ways. If you eat Taco Bell as much as I’m guessing this guy did, you can pretty much add cancer to your life’s agenda. And now to see everyone “honoring” his death by going to poison themselves at Taco Bell, and his little girl eating the same horrid, life-shortening “food”… it’s sick. Sick, twisted, backwards, blind, a complete joke.
This is the world, people. This is what we live in.