Posts tagged: nutrition
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.
As usual, my comment has nothing to do with the author’s intended response from readers.
The reason no one brings dinner when your daughter is an addict is because people generally see addiction as a choice that you can control, and cancer as a curse that you can’t.
No, people don’t choose have cancer. But people do live and eat in ways that promote cancer, and that is a choice.
What saddened and frustrated me so much about this article is the description of how “well” they ate when his wife had cancer. I really, really hoped I was going to read about healthy plant-based dishes, but of course not. Meat… dairy… sugary, processed, fattening, starchy foods… all the poisons that foster a cancerous environment in the first place. I understand if people are skeptical about food being largely responsible for causing and curing most diseases, but it is unfathomable to me that so many people do not seem to make any connection between their diets and their diseases.
Not every disease is curable or avoidable every time in every person. But health is really, really a lot simpler than people want it to be. If you put orange juice in your car’s gas tank, it’s not gonna run. If you put shit in your body, eventually it’s going to start malfunctioning too.
The world is incredibly sad to me. One of these days I just need to turn off my computer and stop witnessing it.
This is true. I started eating this way in 2009 and I cannot now imagine going back to processed foods! :)
So true… which is why I want to slap parents who say “My kid’s such a picky eater, he won’t eat anything but chicken nuggets!” YEAH, AND WHO INTRODUCED HIM TO CHICKEN NUGGETS, TWAT? WHO MAKES THE CHICKEN NUGGETS STILL AVAILABLE?
When I was growing up, I ate what my mom cooked for dinner or I didn’t eat. None of this “What do you want to eat?” crap that kids get nowadays.
These stories wield irony like a hobo wields stink.
Regarding #2 - just because GMOs help starving populations in undeveloped countries does not mean they’re healthy or safe and does not mean we should be eating them here. ”GMOs help starving populations; therefore, GMOs in general are a good thing” is simply wrong.
Issues with starving populations always focus on band-aids, not permanent solutions. Starvation wouldn’t exist at the level it does if starving populations would stop having children they can’t afford to feed. That’s not a popular thing to say, is it? Well fuck that, it’s the truth. I’m not poor, but we’re waiting to have a kid until Brandon can support all of us on his salary, because I believe in one parent being home with a young child, and for that child to have the means to experience enriching opportunities, nutritious food, and a good education. And if we never reach that place, then we won’t have kids. That’s how seriously I take parenting. So it’s hard for me to sympathize with someone who’s already struggling to survive and insists on bringing children into the world who will then be starving too. Frankly, that’s child abuse. What these people need isn’t a band-aid of GMOs; it’s education on birth control. I would sooner donate condoms to those countries than bowls of rice because I believe in long-term solutions, not temporary patches.
Some people call that unsympathetic, but I’m thinking of the goddamn children here, so make of that what you will.
i watched this incredible documentary recently and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in health, or if you need a tool for trying to convince others to change their lifestyles. they don’t ever use the word “vegan” (presumably to avoid scaring people off, since primitive morons have such an issue with the concept of veganism, like we’re some god damned cult), but they use documented medical research to prove that a plant-based diet is the only way to prevent, cure, and reverse most diseases; and that a meat- and processed food-based diet is the cause of these same diseases.
it’s free to watch on amazon prime.
on a mostly unrelated note, if anyone else hates soy-based products as much as i do (i advocate coconut milk over any other), try the salted caramel mocha at starbucks with soy milk. because there is already a saltiness in the flavors, the soy is more bearable. i actually enjoyed it, and it had been so depressing to drive by a starbucks ever since i became vegan. i didn’t go often, but it was still a nice treat sometimes. (the whole foods coffee bar does offer almond milk though, as does java monkey in decatur, if you’re in the atlanta area.)
my favorite part (i.e. the one that makes me want to yell “TOLD YOU SO” at everyone):
This makes sense when you consider the research done by Drs. Dean Ornish and Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn; they found that a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in only three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause breast cancer, heart disease, prostate cancer, and other illnesses. This is empowering news, given that most people think they are a victim of their genes, helpless to stave off some of the most dreaded diseases. We aren’t helpless at all; in fact, the power is largely in our hands.