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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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Oh no! Not that protein question again!

Oh no!  Not that protein question again!
“Where do you get your protein?” has become such a common question it is almost comical. Most of the answers I see are along the line of, “well, you don’t really need all that much protein”. While that is indeed true, it doesn’t seem to be very convincing to the average meat eating American. I guess the geek in me makes me lean towards a physics point of view. With that, I like to point out that ALL protein comes from plants. Yes, every molecule of protein in every muscle in every animal on this planet, all came from plants. Animals that eat animals still get their protein from plants - they just get it second-hand. There are major benefits to getting your protein, first-hand, from the ori...
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Sean Carney
Right on target. What a great post. Thanks for the nerdy analysis. :-)
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:27
Paige Patrick
Hi Ken! On the topic of protein sourcing--a dear family friend emailed me a link to an article written in the Huffington Post that... Read More
Friday, 10 October 2014 11:52
Ken Thomas
Thank you, Paige, for those wonderful links and WELCOME to Starch-Smart!Just a couple of my favorite success stories are Ruth Heid... Read More
Saturday, 11 October 2014 17:26
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Carbophobia

Carbophobia
Carbophobia as defined in the Urban Dictionary is “An irrational fear of element 6 of the periodic table (aka carbon), from which all organic life is based. …Currently a source of great hysteria. Carbophobia has reached such levels it’s become its own religion.”   While that definition is just as wee bit tongue-in-cheek, I think there is also a lot of truth to it. Every day in my discussions with would-be or new vegans, they “confess” to (what they think of as) a guilty pleasure in eating foods high in carbohydrates like potatoes, rice, whole grain bread or pasta. I remember living with that fear and I feel badly for them. For me as their mentor, it’s a bit like being a midwife at a ...
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Sean Carney
We are going to design a T-Shirt one of these days that says in big letters: Should I Eat Carbs? Then below the letters there will... Read More
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 17:42
Deborah Anne Pageau
Good point. That's one of the advantages of the low-fat, whole foods plant-based diet approach: donuts are not part of the discus... Read More
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 19:57
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Where there is life, there is hope!

Where there is life, there is hope!
So there I was, plugging along in my low-fat vegan lifestyle. Everything is going fine, although I will admit that I was feeling a little lonely for more flesh-and-blood vegans (in addition to my lovely facebook vegan friends!). In the past, hubby & I would go into the city once per month to socialize in a hospitable group, but having to stay overnight on someone’s sofa bed was becoming a little onerous. So we stopped doing that, and the ensuing sense of isolation of which I previously wrote began to build. Fast forward a number of years. Suddenly, out of the blue, without any warning, a VEGAN food column appears in our little small town local paper! In it, the author says she plans to s...
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Sean Carney
We keep thinking to purchase some picnic tables and start a potluck behind our office. We have a very park-like yard with about a ... Read More
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 19:01
Cindy Mitchell
So happy for you Deborah! I'm excited for you! We've started doing the same thing. A small group of my veggie friends and I got... Read More
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:20
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Motivated2Wellness

Motivated2Wellness
What will it take to get you motivated to be physically and spiritually healthy? Come along on a journey with me! The road may be bumpy, but the company is just fine! It's time to take care of me... and you! Health for body and health for the mind and soul! Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you" I wrote this on my blog http://motivated2wellness.blogspot.com/  May 1st. It says a lot, but I've got even better results and updates to share! Well, it has been quite some time since I posted on this blog. With time comes change. Eating...
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Sean Carney
Heather, I believe your story is going to be inspirational for many people who are going through similar struggles as what you hav... Read More
Thursday, 12 June 2014 15:33
Cindy Mitchell
Heather, I am so very proud of you! Sharing your story will motivate many more that are struggling. Your hard work will add many ... Read More
Thursday, 12 June 2014 23:31
Deborah Anne Pageau
You're setting a great example Heather! I am delighted to hear of your happy new beginnings.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:12
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Vegan Isolation

Vegan Isolation
As assistant administrator for a popular facebook group, I often hear from new members saying they feel very isolated as a vegan. Many are surrounded by meat-eaters in their private and public lives, so for them, such groups may be their only way of socializing with other vegans, such as it is. From what I've heard, very few vegans have a doctor that supports & encourages their lifestyle. In fact, the vast majority report their doctor having expressed some degree of horror and resistance, when they have revealed their plant-based diet. On rare occasion (although perhaps increasingly), a member reports that it was their doctor who inspired them to watch "Forks over Knives" or gave them ...
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Sean Carney
Hello Ken, We do thank you for the kind comments. It is amazing but the loneliness extends to the Doctor as well who is trying de... Read More
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 21:57
Ken Thomas
Hi Sean, Indeed! The loneliness is felt by us all. However, not only do the Doctors suffer the same loneliness, but they also ha... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:55
Deborah Anne Pageau
One of the most frightening times in my life was when the Public Health nurse decided that feeding our young daughter a whole food... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:10
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Vitamin B12: It’s not just for meat-eaters anymore.

Vitamin B12: It’s not just for meat-eaters anymore.
So, you’ve been eating a low-fat whole foods vegan diet for awhile and you’re feeling GREAT!  Then your vegan-advisor pulls a rain-cloud over the party by asking “Have you started taking vitamin B12 yet?” “No way!” you splutter.  “A whole foods vegan diet is perfect!  I’m not into pills.  I just eat organic dirt on my vegetables; it’s fine.  Go away.” Your vegan-advisor gently & stubbornly persists however.  He/she tells you some rather alarming stories of vegans who developed serious neurological conditions when their B12 levels tanked after months, years or even decades without supplementing B12.  http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/cases Does this mean...
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