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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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Fad Diets Part 2

Fad Diets Part 2
The previous Fad Diets post did not answer what is not a fad diet.  Instead, the post was to point out how fad diets are not only possible, but almost impossible to avoid.  It was to point out how deeply diluted truth and reality is by all the noise of opinion, false associations and cascading strings of if-then assumptions taken as fact. So now, part 2 is what I believe is the true optimum human diet and how I arrived at that belief.    I feel very fortunate to have learned about diet and nutrition with minimal noise.  My initial (and only) Type-1 diabetes hospital stay painted a very bleak picture of the future to come.  My blood-sugar was wildly out of cont...
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Mary Jo Oft
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with a low fat plant based diet on type 1 diabetes. you have no idea how much you have ... Read More
Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:33
Ken Thomas
Hi Mary Jo,And… you have no idea how, after decades of having to keep quiet about something I feel so wonderful about and now fina... Read More
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:37
Sean Carney
Ken, Can you provide a copy of a blank log file? I wonder if we should make one available for download? Sean
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:49
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Deliciousness!

oh my goodness... I've been craving Taco Soup... something I've missed... found a recipe for non meat version, and made my own tweaks of course! Everyone loved it! Even my daughter who doesn't usually like beans! Next time, I may add a few more veggies, like diced zucchini. Taco Soup 1 medium onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 can pinto, drained and rinsed 1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed 1 can mayocoba beans (or any white bean), drained and rinsed 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes 2 small cans tomato sauce 2 no beef broth cubes (or vegetable) 4 cubs of water Black pepper, to taste 2-3 tablespoo...
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Heather Trupia
I'll put it in the recipes soon!
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 21:26
Sean Carney
Heather, That recipe sounds so tasty and it seems fast to prepare. I will have to try it when we get back home from our current ... Read More
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:48
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Be Careful What You Pray For!

Be Careful What You Pray For!
A few years ago my wife and I was held over in an airport due to weather canceling our flight. This was disruptive for a lot of people, creating a very crowded, stagnant atmosphere. After having investigated every square inch of the airport; every shop, magazine stand, building architecture, etc., and boredom just beginning to set in, we were approached by a young lady. Her approach made me feel uneasy as she seemed over determined, much like a classic door-to-door solicitor. She started asking me all kinds of questions. I started to feel like I was being interviewed. As it progressed, it felt more like an interrogation. Eventually, she asked what I was listening to. I get that question a lo...
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Sean Carney
Ken, I thank you for posting this testimony! That was a LOT of food for thought. Years ago I had a friend who lived in his whee... Read More
Monday, 04 August 2014 14:51
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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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Sean Carney
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
Ken Thomas
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
Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:50
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