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Spud Fit!

Spud Fit!
Andrew Taylor has done an amazing thing.  Through research and taking matters into his own hands, he found a win, win ... win way to break food addiction.  And, he has even created the Spud Fit website to share his multiple wins with everyone. I am very impressed with his clear, logical thinking that took him on a one year potato only adventure to cure food addiction!  His success, however, far exceeded his original goal. Andrew's December 2016 blog strongly resonates with my personal experience.  I feel a connection between his blog and the "Shangri-La" that I wrote about in an August 2014 blog.  Andrew types, "The 'experts' also don't seem to understand - or bother...
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Don't Worry... Be Healthy!

Don't Worry... Be Healthy!
Do you consider yourself health conscious?  Do you ever worry about getting enough nutrients?  It seems common for the health conscious to seek out foods with the best and most nutrients. In the beginning of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I was completely clueless about nutrition.  I knew of the words "protein" and "vitamins", but didn't really know anything about them.  I just knew what most everyone in my community believed - that meat was vital.  I didn't know an amino acid from an enzyme or a flavonoid from a protein, but I did find what foods made my blood-sugar control the hardest and which foods that made it the easiest.  Yes, I was (and still am) obsessed w...
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Bland!

Bland!

 

Many people suffer great difficulty transitioning to a Whole Food Plant Based diet because it is perceived as too bland.  It feels like a terrible sacrifice!

We have five traditionally recognized senses: hearing, vision, touch, smell and taste.  Interestingly, each of these senses are adjustable.  The perception automatically scales to an equilibrium based on an average level of stimulation.

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Ken, This blog is fantastic. Something so basic that virtually none of us have thought about. What a fantastic explanation about ... Read More
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Thursday, 26 May 2016 12:12
Guest — Danielle1
Fruits are very good for the health it good source of energy and protect you or work as a shield for certain diseases. Fruits are ... Read More
Thursday, 26 May 2016 13:46
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No Way Could I Ever Eat Like That!

No Way Could I Ever Eat Like That!
More than not, as anyone discovers my eating habits, their response is something like, "Oh, I could never eat like that." I tell them that it is far easier than they think and that their taste will change, but that never seems to convince anyone. Indeed, a Low-Fat Whole Foods Plant Based diet is a radical lifestyle change from the Standard American diet. That is why diets like Paleo, South Beach and Atkins are so popular; because it maintains all the favorite foods that are considered "staple". Living without them is just unimaginable. When I first started living on a Low-Fat Whole Foods Plant Based diet, it was an effort to survive Type-1 diabetes, but to my surprise, the results were far...
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Omnivore?

Omnivore?
Until the age of 36, back in 1988, I believed that humans were carnivores. That is, until after a very eye-opening education from my Type-1 diabetes journey where I learned that consuming meat, or any animal product for that matter, was a large influence on insulin resistance which is not a good thing! This seems mysterious, since it appears that humans have been eating meat since long before recorded history. It is widely assumed that we evolved eating meat and are thus, carnivores or at least omnivores. From personal experienced along with matching observation of others, I believe this is flawed logic. Also by observation, I have learned that humans are not the only species that consume i...
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Food Processing Made Simple on DrCarney.com

Food Processing Made Simple on DrCarney.com
We just published a topical article entitled Food Processing Made Simple that has been mulling around in our minds for a long time. The article was written because we see so many food fads and so much misinformation floating around on subjects such as Smoothies, Juicing, Raw Foods and more. To us the real issue should be about food processing. To meet this head one we have endeavored to provide a sort of "Food Processing 101" article. This should help you to understand the bigger picture which is really about how processed the food you are consuming is. We hope by the time you finish the article it will be readily apparent what foods are processed and what foods are not processed. We also ho...
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Sometimes MODERN is not best

Sometimes MODERN is not best
So often we think of MODERN as good, or even best, and often it is when we consider advances such as technology and all that Technology has done for us (although there are negative effects as well).  Nevertheless, the one place where MODERN is decidedly NOT best, or even remotely good for us, is in our MODERN day food supply which dictates so many daily dietary decisions. One would be led to believe that there is a World-Wide-War taking place in order to get ALL of us eating a MODERN and self-destructing diet. Oh how we long to see people reverting back to the good old-fashioned way their ancestors previously ate. We might call this World-Wide-War the "Battle of the Bulge", judgin...
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Ode to chocolate

Ode to chocolate
Ah chocolate, oh dark mystery of delight; on my tongue, the pleasure, on my hips, the blight. From far away in hot, tropical climes; thou art gathered by slaves, but I can pretend “Not mine!” Thy narcotics lull my senses into blissful transport; away from my problems, an escapist passport! Bitter as gall thy native flavour repels, but when sweetened by sugar, thy taste rings all bells. If food were but flavour, if it stopped with the mouth, you would win all the prizes, from north to the south. Alas, it doth linger long past that first step. It enters the body and wrecks havoc-Dieppe. Artery-clogging, cholesterol-raising, insulin-blocking: what else can go wrong? Dental cavities, acne...
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Do I have to suffer silently to respect the self-destructive choices of others?

Do I have to suffer silently to respect the self-destructive choices of others?
I've suffered greatly when people I've cared about deeply, have chosen self-destructive habits. As far as I have been able to trace this back, it began before I was old enough to really know what was happening. My dear Dad chose to refuse the good advice of his doctor to lower his dangerously high cholesterol by eating less meat. A year later, that choice killed him. The grief & terror of losing such an important person while I was still dependent continues to vibrate within my roots. It was a fundamental influence when I had a child of my own, part of my motivation to go vegan. Thankfully, my hubby felt/feels similarly. So we changed our diet, resolved all the health issues that w...
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We certainly were fearfully and wonderfully made; created for excellence and our choices derail us all too often. It is so sad se... Read More
Thursday, 15 May 2014 22:40
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Thank you Deborah. This as well as your other posts really strikes a chord with me. Over the years, I have come to realize that ... Read More
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Taming the cravings

Taming the cravings
I've had a love/hate relationship with my bathroom scales most of my adult life. Up & down, up & down... sigh... Looking back at the heavier me, I see me eating a healthy vegan diet, but with lot of high fat foods such as oil, chocolate, nuts & vegan cheese products. When I look at the leaner me (in memory & now!), I see my diet focused on low-fat whole plant foods: NO oil, NO avocado, NO nuts, NO vegan cheese products, NO coconut & NO chocolate. "Why so strict?" you may wonder. "Come on, you gotta have a little treat now and then!" And you’d be right. I do, but I am less and less thinking of those sorts of foods as "treats".At this stage of the game, I see them mo...
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Thank you for the very well written blog. We are a nation of food addicts and don't have a clue. This weekend Dr. Carney is doin... Read More
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:54
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