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I nicked the name of this blog from a film I watched free on Youtube today. It’s called, “Eating“.  You won’t get this information from YOUR medical doctors. (Update: the film has been removed from youtube, and I cannot find a free link for you, so I will put the link to one of the best films about this topic ever; about the book, Diet For a New America. Please take time to watch ALL the parts of the film. I am only linking to part one.

“John Robbins (born October 26, 1947) is an American author, who popularized the links among nutrition, environmentalism, and animal rights. He is the author of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize-nominatedDiet for a New America, an exposé on connections between diet, physical health, animal cruelty, and environmentalism.

Robbins is the son of Irma Robbins and Baskin-Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969, and received a Master’s Degree from Antioch College, in 1976. Rather than following the ice-cream parlor legacy of his father, he left the company to seek a life he found more rewarding. He and his wife Deo were married on March 10, 1967. Robbins advocates a plant-based diet for personal and environmental health. He updated these ideas in his 2001 book The Food Revolution, which includes information on organic food, genetically modified food, and factory farming. His 2006 book Healthy at 100, published by Random House, was printed on 100% post-consumer non-chlorine bleached paper, a first for a book from a major U.S. publisher.”  Thank you Wiki.

From my very early 20s I began learning about healthy eating. I worked in a health food restaurant in my hometown for about 6 years while working on my first BA. They were a mostly vegetarian place, but also served fish and chicken; but those dishes were the great minority to the soups, stews, salads, numerous types of whole grain breads, homemade salad dressings, and amazing salads and steamed vegetables. Oh, did I mention their famous mashed potatoes? Oh, maybe I shouldn’t have, as they used cream AND butter. Nowadays I would simply add in some of my homemade almond milk, (Almond milk 1 C 8 hour soaked almonds blended with 3 Medjool dates and 3.5 C water for 2 minutes, strain, and jar the liquid, refrigerate) as well as using futter. (FUTTER-faux butter; warm 2 C raw virgin coconut oil ONLY slightly, stir in pinch nutritional yeast and tiny bit turmeric powder, and tsp. salt, stir till almost all liquid, put in glass container, dip in pot with ice water, quickly cool and stir continually till congeals, store in cupboard) In fact, their tahini dressing was lush. People used to come to the restaurant simply to buy the dressing.  Here is my recipe I make now. (tahini dressing-1C tahini, 1 C lemon juice, tbsp water, dash salt and lots garlic granules, blend et voila. a hand blender is a little miracle) However, aside from the benefits of seeing all that great food being prepared (and preparing some of it myself) I was truly blessed to be able to work with very intelligent and knowledgeable people who were much older than me, and who were versed in the language of healthy eating/living. I clung on to the crumbs of knowledge that they shared with me, and it has been an inspiration to me even to this day. Later in my life I spent years eating the Mediterranean diet overseas. That was also a time of great learning in my life of how food can be used so differently to the whole idea of the standard American diet (SAD) on which I had been raised. Now years later, I am now an advanced registered nurse practitioner, and I am thrilled at the prospect of sharing the wealth of information I have accumulated through the years with others.

The vegan pyramid below will explain to you just what you need to be at your optimum performance. From top to bottom, in order of least amounts needed per day at the top, to most amounts needed at the larger, bottom of the pyramid, this tool gives you great ideas. It has foods that give you all the following: fats, protein, vitamins A, B group, C, D, E, K, and Iron, calcium, zinc, iodine, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, fiber, carbohydrates and other trace elements. If you are concerned about B 12, eat nutritional yeast and/or take a vegan supplement. Plenty exist. ASK your local store or order them online. I recommend taking vegan D3 vitamins, as, the farther away from the equator you are, the more likely it is that you will be low in this vitamin, which naturally, only gets produced by your melanocyte cells when you are in the sun. This is greatly affected by how far North you are, or how far away from the equator. I recommend taking at least 1000 IU a day, every day, but prefer 2000. As for the omegas; you get plenty of omega 9, but you still should supplement to especially get omega 3, and you can drizzle linseed/flaxseed oil on salads and in soups or however you like, which the body will then use to create the necessary amino acids.  You can buy chia seeds which I have read lately are the most nutrient dense as far as Omega 3 fatty acids go; not to mention they are all around healthy for you. You can also choose to add ground flax to breads, cereals or whatever food you choose, daily. The oil that I use is Udo’s oil. I also recommend looking for a vegan (non gelatin capsule) probiotic. Not only do they help keep your GI system healthy, but they have been linked to a good ummune system.  There are many on the market. The internet is a great way to find these.

If you would like to see the vegan pyramid explained in detail, please click HERE to watch a brief youtube video explaining how to use the pyramid properly.

The time is now to use foods as medicine, and not as tools to make you ill.

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