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Top 10 Reasons to Go Veggie!

  1. Reduce risk of the number 1 killer – heart disease

    Vegetarian diets are naturally lower in saturated fat, and cholesterol, and higher in plant nutrients than most meat-based diets. Vegetarians have been shown to have a 24% lower risk of dying of heart disease than non-vegetarians.1 New Harvard research has shown high consumption of red meat and heme iron may increase the risk of heart disease by 50% amongst diabetics.2 World-renowned physician Dr. Dean Ornish found that patients on a low-fat vegetarian diet actually reversed coronary heart disease.

  2. Cancer prevention

    “Studies have shown that significant reduction in cancer risk among those who avoided meat…Meat is devoid of fiber and other nutrients that have a protective effect. Meat also contains animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) formed during the processing or cooking of meat. HCAs, formed as meat is cooked at high temperatures, and PAHs, formed during the burning of organic substances, are believed to increase cancer risk.

    In addition, the high fat content of meat and other animal products increases hormone production, thus increasing the risk of hormone-related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer….Vegetarian diets and diets rich in high-fiber plant foods such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits offer a measure of protection.” 4

    Local Hawaii legend Ruth Heidrich is another great example of the power of a vegetarian diet. Following the advice of Dr. John McDougall, Ruth switched to a vegetarian diet after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Ruth not only overcame the cancer, she went on to become an award-winning, record-breaking triathlete. She tells her incredible story in the best-selling book, “A Race for Life.” 5

  3. Lose excess weight and keep it off

    On average, vegetarians tend to be slimmer than meat eaters. Obesity rate in the general public is extremely high, while in vegetarians, the obesity rate only ranges from zero to six percent. 6

    A vegetarian diet low in fat and rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes accompanied with daily exercise is the perfect formula for healthy weight loss.

  4. Live longer, slow the aging process

    A 12-year Oxford study published in the British Medical Journal found that vegetarians outlive meat eaters by six years. 7 Plant-based diets are generally rich in fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which in turn strengthen the immune system and slow down the aging process.

  5. Avoid toxic food contaminants

    Flesh foods are loaded with dangerous poisons and contaminants such as hormones, herbicides, pesticides, and antibiotics. As these toxins are all fat-soluble, they concentrate in the fatty flesh of animals. Not to mention the viruses, bacteria, and parasites such as salmonella, trichinella and other worms, and toxoplasmosis parasites.

  6. Reduce Global Warming

    The United Nations said in its 2006 report that livestock generate more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. 8 Therefore, the single most important step an individual can take to reduce global warming is to adopt a vegetarian diet.

  7. Humans are vegetarian by design.

    Our flat teeth are perfect for grinding grains and vegetables, not for tearing apart animal flesh. Similarly, our hands are designed for gathering, not for flesh-ripping. Our saliva contains the enzyme alpha-amylase, the sole purpose of which is to digest the complex carbohydrates in plant foods. (This enzyme is not found in the saliva of carnivores.) Basically we have all the right apparatus to consume vegetarian products, and none of the right apparatus for flesh foods.

  8. Help end world hunger

    Every day forty thousand children on this planet needlessly starve to death. Crops that could be used to feed the hungry are instead being used to fatten animals raised for food. If everyone on Earth received 25 percent of his or her calories from animal products, only 3.2 billion people could be nourished. If everyone ate a vegetarian diet, there would be more than enough food to nourish the world’s entire population of more than 6.3 billion people. 9

  9. Have compassion for animals

    Animals on today’s factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats. Yet farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as companions. A vegetarian lifestyle awakens our spirit of compassion and guides us towards a kinder, gentler society in which we exercise a moral choice to protect animals—not exploit them.

  10. Enjoy the diverse, colorful, and delicious world of vegetarian cuisine

    Vegetarian meals can be tasty, fast, and easy. Plus, you can make any of your favorite non-vegetarian dishes by substituting with ready-made meat alternatives. There are lots of vegetarian cookbooks available as well. The Down to Earth all-vegetarian Deli is perfect when you don’t have time to cook but don’t want to compromise on taste and quality.

    Footnotes

    1. Key TJ, Fraser GE, Thorogood M, Appleby PN, Beral V, Reeves G, Burr ML, Chang-Claude J, Frentzel-Beyme R, Kuzma JW, Mann J, McPherson K (1998). “Mortality in vegetarians and non-vegetarians: a collaborative analysis of 8300 deaths among 76,000 men and women in five prospective studies.”. Public Health Nutr 1 (1): 33-41. PMID 10555529.
    2. Lu Qi, MD, PHD, Rob M. van Dam, PHD1, Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH and Frank B. Hu, MD, PHD (2007) “Heme Iron From Diet as a Risk Factor for Coronary Heart Disease in Women With Type 2 Diabetes,” American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/full/30/1/101
    3. Ornish D, et. al. Intensive lifestyle changes for reversal of coronary heart disease. JAMA 1998; 280(23): 2001-2007. http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/280/23/2001
    4. The Cancer Project, Cancer Prevention and Survival, “Cancer Facts – Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk”:http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.php
    5. Saltzberg, Rebecca. 10 Reasons to Go Veggie. From PlanetVeggie.
    6. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Newsrelease, “New scientific review shows vegetarian diets cause major weight loss,” :http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-04/pcfr-nsr033106.php
    7. Key, Timothy J, et al., “Mortality in British vegetarians: review and preliminary results from EPIC-Oxford” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 78, No. 3, 533S-538S, September 2003 http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/78/3/533S
    8. “Livestock a major threat to environment,” United Nations FAO Newsroom, Nov. 29, 2006: http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html
    9. Vegan Outreach, “Try Vegetarian!” Feb. 2004.

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The Vegan Diet and Weight Lifting

I have been a vegetarian for 65 years. The vegetarian diet is by far better for long term body shaping, body building than flesh food (meat) diets, in my opinion. I have witnessed, for many many decades those who choose flesh food diets versus vegan/vegetarian diets and I can say that every vegetarian I knew back in the sixties worked out up until their 80′s, still have svelte bodies.  The flesh food eaters bloated up as they aged and most didn’t make it past 70 years old, and if they did, diet related diseases got the best of them.

Granted, life was different back in the sixties and perhaps the meat eating friends I had were also drinking and smoking, which I have noted most flesh food eaters smoke, drink and eat heavy red meats, as if it were some kind of magnetic cycle that attracts them to these kinds of foods and lifestyles.  These factors also need to be accounted for.

Here’s an example:

My dear friend, Carl Lewis won his 8th gold metal because I taught him about juicing six months beforehand back in the mid 1990′s.  It was the intake of heavy green juicing that gave him the endurance and fortitude to excel and win his 8th or 9th metal in the Olympics!

I am not a big fan of just body BUILDING to buff up your muscles, because in the long run, it’s better to focus on endurance body building via either a sport or general weight lifting. If we pump up too much, it causes imbalances in the body, because we need steroidal supplementation and/or unnatural tonics to keep our muscles expanded. Men or women who weight lift this way will struggle to be healthy, long term, because their muscles soon turn to toxic fat because they can’t keep up decades of this way of living. Once they stop the intense weightlifting, it all turns against them because the diet is flesh oriented, which is good for carnivore animals…they need super fast adrenaline to capture their prey, and then they consume the flesh, then sleep. They also only have very short intestinal tract … perhaps only three feet, compared to our 33 feet from mouth to rectum.  For example, carnivores do not live as long as the vegetarian animals such as elephants, horses, etc.,.

If you want a short life but you want to look like Jay Cutler, then go for it, but you will be cutting your lifespan in half if you eat a primarily flesh food diet with all the controversial supplementation that is required to keep a body like this. I KNOW these things, as when I was young, I was a very successful football player for USC and for the Green Bay Packers until I tore a large muscle in my right leg, which threw me out of the game forever.  I was foolishly eating steaks everyday because they were given to us during football training and during our season.  I soon became quite ill afterwards, ultimately getting bladder cancer that not just knocked me out of the game of football, but almost out of the game called LIFE, that is, until I met Dr. Gerson and he taught me about juicing.

I recommend green juicing (high proteins) with other protein such as seeds, quinoa, beans (soaked beforehand) and seaweeds such as Nori, tempeh, almond butters and almonds. These foods are all mostly complete in their 9 amino acid chains. And they work beautifully through the digestive tract….as humans we have 33 feet of intestines that foods need to go through in order to pass through our bodies in a bowel movement.

All flesh foods are NOT fiber, so therefore have a difficult time getting through the long chain of our intestines, and that’s why fiber is quite important for us humans.

I could go on and on….but suffice it to say, green juices make a fantastic tonic before and after your weight lifting exercises. Apple/Celery 50/50 meaning 50% apples to 50% celery make a fantastic replace of potassium/sodium balance for long term workouts.

I also recommend exercising outside, in Nature. If going to the gym is your only means, then I say do it, but if you have an opportunity to run outdoors, for example, or learn to play tennis, badmitten, golf…these sports also enhance other parts of our brain that deliver inner joy and the Vitamin D we desperate need in the wintertime that ONLY the sun can give us. Milk does not have natural Vitamin D in it…they have to fortify it with vitamins. Not only do we need the sun for the Vitamin D, but our eyes need it….it’s all synergistically part of the mystery of Mother Nature.  Suffice it to say, if you can’t get the sun, then get the SUN from these beautifully sunbaked vegetables and fruits in juice form!

Don’t forget also….our new Power Grind Pro Juicer actually makes NUT JUICES out of our juicer, where you don’t have to blend the nuts anymore…we can actually juice them and when you drink fresh almond milk for the first time, it’s an incredible experience. Remember, freshly made almond milk with added fresh apple juices makes for a powerhouse tonic before a workout as well.

This is the tonic Linda and I use after our workouts:

1 cup dandelion greens

1 cup parsley

1 cup spinach

2 green or red delicious apples

1 medium lime with skin

8 ribs celery

1 unwaxed cucumber

Try juicing carrots/greens/beets/apples/supergreens such as dandelion, spinach, kale, etc.,. with your carrots and you will have longer and better workouts than others.

Best of Living Health to you!

Jay Kordich