Category Archives: Health

What The Health On Netflix

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Quick Heads Up!  What The Health is making its debut on Netflix on Friday, June 16th in the U.S.! If you don’t have Netflix you can watch the full film on YouTube. I had a sneak preview today. The documentary is only an hour and a half long, but I highly recommend it if you care about your health or those you love. Plus it gives a good insight into the major, supposedly supporters of health…AHEM!…and their agendas. To say the least, it will be eye opening to those of you who haven’t seen Food, Inc. or read WHOLE by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. This film is Excellent! Enjoy & Share!

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Link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1nEpMQyhLA

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Healing My Thyroid With a Vegan Diet

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Yesterday, at Whole Foods, I ran into someone I know who works there. She wanted to know more about a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet. We chatted for a while about this and that. As we were talking another woman kept circling around us. I told ‘my friend’ what my NP had said to me several years ago, as my thyroid had started to go downhill, that she’d never seen anyone recover as fast as I had and that she believes it is due to my vegan diet. (My NP is not a vegan, btw.)

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This other woman abruptly butted in. She was VERY angry with me for telling my ‘friend’ this about my thyroid. Frankly, I thought she was going to punch me, she was so angry, as she came back a second time and yelled, “It’s an autoimmune disease that can’t be cured. It is science and you should not be going around and sharing this misinformation.” So I decided to ask my friend Dr. Ted Crawford for his expert opinion on the matter. Could my NP be wrong? I didn’t think so, but here’s what my friend, Dr. Ted, who is in the new documentary, Eating You Alive, responded back to me:

Well, I have personally had two patients I have with hypothyroidism on supplemental Levothyroxine adopt WFPD [Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet] and within a year HAD to go off their medication because their TSH and T4 levels normalized. If you ask Furhman, McDougall, or any other primary care physician who has been treating patients with WFPD diet, they will tell you the same thing. Most thyoid conditions are autoimmune diseases caused by dietary habits. And it can possibly be reversed in many cases. Now some cases may not be, but I believe the majority of them will normalize. You have a super Sunday as well, Nina!

So, to the Angry lady at Whole Foods,

Isn’t this great news? Now you can actually be proactive instead of reactive!

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I shared this story with all my friends on FB, but decided to share it here as well, as it was…let’s say such an “unproductive” encounter! Just remember, when you get lemons thrown your way, why not make lemonade or use them with water in the morning! They are a great cleanser…possibly even of negative energy! Smile!

Wishing you all much health and happiness! Make it a GREAT week!

PS. Since posting this to FB, I’ve had three friends, including a NP (Nurse Practitioner friend) – they’ve all had Thyroid disease – respond to the post about my “encounter”! They ALL say the same thing. They CURED their thyroid with a Whole Foods Plant-Based Vegan Diet! Ginette, the nurse wrote, “I went off my Thyroid medicine last year with the OK of my Md…i was taking the lowest does! I’m fine! Another friend wrote, “I too, have reversed the effects of thyroid disease with a vegan lifestyle. When I wasn’t vegan, my dose of Levothyroxine was .175 I’m down to .100, and will be down again soon. It works, Nina. I’m living proof.” 

And another simply commented, “That buttinski had a lot of nerve barging into your conversation to begin with.” Well, my friend, I am SO glad she did…as unpleasant as it was! And yes, I do have nerve to put it out there! GO WFPB VEGAN!!!

The BetaOats Story

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Happy December,

Recently, I ran into Pete – the creator of BetaOats – and I hope you take the time to read his story!

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Here’s how I first met Pete: I was walking into my local health food store and I saw this guy dishing up yogurt. My first thought was, “There’s another cow’s milk pusher!” I must have frowned! Later, when I was checking out, I overheard him say, “It’s 100% vegan!” Silly me! How could I have been so wrong? Well, long story short, it led to us have a great talk and the next day I went out to breakfast with Pete and his beautiful wife, Maria and their six-month-old daughter, Vasilisa. 

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How did you two meet?

We met in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 8 years ago. At the time Maria was studying at a local University and I (Pete) happened to teach English at the same University. I was looking for a tutor to study Russian in exchange of English lessons that he was offering. Maria volunteered and we were married 2 ½ years later. A couple years later we moved to Idaho, where I found a job in the city of Pocatello as a Mechanical Engineer while Maria studied to receive a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Once done with schooling, we decided to reallocate to Seattle, where we now reside.

How did you come up with an idea to start BetaOats?

After living in Russia and traveling around Europe for a couple years, Maria and I were disappointed with the healthy food choices presented in the US. Living in Southern Idaho, we continuously struggled finding healthful food for our family. One such food was an oat vellie (yogurt-like fermented oats). Living in the US, we couldn’t find this type of product anywhere, so we decided to make our own. It took us about 3 years of hard work to refine the recipe, set up the production process, and complete all the necessary requirements for starting a food manufacturing facility. And now we are delivering our product to local stores of the Seattle area. 

What is BetaOats?

Oats are a superfood. They are 100% whole grain, packed with soluble fiber beta-glucan, and rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. People from around the world have been using oats as a staple in their diets in various forms. A traditional method of fermenting oats, found in many cultures, produces a yogurt-like product, enhanced in flavor and nutritional value. Such fermented cereal yogurt-type meals are called vellies. Each package of our oat vellie contains 6.5 oz of oat goodness, prepared with only the essential natural ingredients, no preservatives or gmo’s, and 100% vegan. Naturally high in beta-glucan, BetaOats vellie combines the beneficial live bacterial cultures of fermented sprouted oats, the creaminess of your favorite yogurt, and the refreshing flavor of fresh fruit (marion berries, blueberries, and strawberries) sourced from the Hood River Valley in Northern Oregon.

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Why is it called BetaOats? Why not AlphaOats?

Well, we do not need to call it Alpha to make it appealing to the public. Our product speaks for itself. Our oat vellie is a very healthy product. Why? For a variety of reasons, and one of them is that the product is high in soluble fiber, called Beta-glucan. There are different types of fibers, some – insoluble, those that are great for digestive health, and others – soluble, like Beta-glucan, that take the form of a viscous gel-like substance, trapping certain food components, such as fats and sugars, making them less available for absorption. By binding with fat, Beta-glucan (soluble fiber) can lower cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. By slowing down absorption of sugars, it regulates blood sugar levels protecting against insulin resistance. Our sprouted oats are an excellent source of beta-glucan. In fact, they have second highest content of beta-glucan, losing only to barley. That is where the “Beta” part of BetaOats is coming from. Oh, and -BetaOats- are simply “Betta’ for you!”

How is it sweetened?

The product is sweetened with apple juice concentrate and a bit of organic cane sugar. However, most of the sugar comes naturally from the fruits. It’s important to remember that to make a good tasting yogurt, you need have a good balance between the tartness and the sweetness of the yogurt.

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Why is it not organic? 

We would love to make our product organic. However, being a small operation, it is impossible to do so in a way that would not skyrocket the price of the yogurt. It is very expensive to source organic fruit preparation year-round and it is not feasible at this moment. It is a goal we have soon as we grow bigger and drive costs down.

Where are you selling your product?

We have been selling our product for three months now and it is sold in Vegan Haven, Seattle, and Marlenes’ stores in Tacoma and Federal Way. We are currently negotiating with other local grocery retailers to bring our product to the market.

So what is the plan going forward?

As owners of any business, we want to expand. We believe in our product – it’s very healthy and delicious. However, it is not easy to get into most grocery retailers. The competition is high and the bureaucracy is tough. We need your help in expanding! Let your local store know that you want to see our product.

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Thank you so much Pete and Maria! Your BetaOats yogurt is DELICIOUS and should be sold in stores ALL over the place! 

I really appreciate your time and it was SO Great to meet the three of you! 

Happy Holidays, Everyone! Now go ask for some BetaOats at a store near you! 

If you are interested in more stories like this one, search “Two Years of Plant-based Interviews! 

 

Recommendation: The Plant-Based Journey

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My friend, author and speaker, Lani Muelrath has a new book out called, “The Plant-Based Journey”…and I’d highly recommend it. This is a really comprehensive book for anyone, no matter where you are on your plant-based journey, whether you are a “newbie” to a whole foods plant-based diet or someone who has been on the path for many years. The advice in this book is sound, practical and thorough, going from “Making the Plant-Based Connection” in the “Awakening” stage all the way to the “Rock Star” and “Champion” stages, where you are already well on the path. Lani guides you through each stage in a practical step by step way that makes making the transition from a “Scout” to a “Champion” easy and accessible. In the book, Lani has included “Reader Tips” from people who have been on this journey for a while…I am one of those people! (You can find me on page 88 in the book!) The book also includes the importance of being fit and exercising, as well as how changing ones mind and thoughts can help one succeed and thrive for a life-time of health and happiness. Lani also gives tips for how to deal with traveling and going to family gatherings – especially dealing with the “food pushers” that we all encounter from time to time.

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Lani was also on CBS TV recently, giving advice on “Five Ways to Plantify Your Plate”. You can watch the segment right here:

http://lanimuelrath.com/lani-muelrath-on-cbs-tv-five-fast-ways-to-plantify-your-plate-video/

I love how Lani makes eating a whole foods plant-based diet so easy, accessible and fun! Seriously, going plant-based vegan will not only save you money and time, but also you’ll be healthier and happier, so order your copy today and I would suggest ordering an extra copy or two to give away as gifts for a birthday or for the upcoming holidays! I cannot think of a better gift to give someone you love and care about! This is a GREAT book…I LOVE it! Enjoy!!!

Watch PlantPure Nation!

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Hello Vegalicious Ones,

This week, I went to see PlantPure Nation in Seattle with two vegan gal pals that I got to go along with me!  After the film I got to meet my #1 hero, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, as well as his son, Nelson Campbell who produced the film, plus Dr. Campbell’s wife and Nelson’s wife, Kim. It was extremely exciting to get to meet this “true living legend”, as one of my friends wrote. I was truly honored to meet this man who has had such a huge influence and impact on my life! As some of you know, I’ve read his book “The China Study” twice, taken his eCornell plant-based course, as well as read his other book, “Whole”. I have no real celebrity crushes…you may call me weird, but Brad Pitt or George Clooney could have walked right by and my focus would have been right there on this incredible human! Why do I admire this man so much? Because not only is he absolutely brilliant, but he’s someone who truly cares about other people! He’s a “mover and shaker” in his field when it comes to diet and health! He speaks the truth about meat and dairy – and has worked tirelessly to improve the health care crisis in this country despite great opposition. And he continues to travel around the country, delivering his empowering message of why a plant-based diet!

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He was so incredibly kind and listened!

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I even got a hug from him…

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My friends and I greatly enjoyed watching PlantPure Nation! The film supported what we all believe in about diet and health, as well as the survival of our species. We really must start a grassroots movement! The government isn’t going to support this! So we were all saying, “Bring on the pods!” after seeing film…

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There was a Q&A after the film. Here’s Dr. T. Colin Campbell answering questions from the audience! The film is coming out this summer, I believe in July, so look for it or find out about when they might be screening the film in your State by clicking on the link below:

 http://plantpurenation.com

What an amazing evening it was! My friends and I were all smiles when we left the theater…

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…and that’s The China Study, that I’m holding out in front, which he signed for me!

Have you read it yet? Again, it’s my #1 favorite book out there!

A Must Read for any intelligent human who cares about their health! As I often ask people, “Why would you or anyone else go into old age feeling crappy?”

Let me know what you think about the film after you see it or after you have read the book!

I’d love to hear from you!

Here’s a Big Cheers to One Big Happy Plantpure Nation! 

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Pete’s Shepherd’s Pie

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Good morning…God morgen…Guten morgen…& Buenos días,

Last night I promised a few Danes that I’d post and share Pete’s amazing shepherd pie recipe. The first time I had it I literally swooned. The pie came right out of Pete’s oven – warm and delicious! He even gave me a container of it to-go. I had it again for lunch over the next couple of days and it was still just as delicious and filling. Thank you, Pete for sharing this delicious recipe!

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~Pete’s Shepherd Pie on Charlotte’s beautiful table~

Ingredients:

4 lbs Red Organic Potatoes – halved and cut into quarters

3-4 Organic Carrots – cut into thirds and chopped into smaller pieces

1 Sweet Onion – chopped

8 large Cremini Mushrooms – halved and sliced

1 Bag “Meat” crumbles (Vegan)

2 tbsp  Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

1 tsp Rosemary – finely chopped

1/2 cup Red Wine

1/2 Cup Vegetable broth + 3/4 Cup for Mashed Potatoes

1 tsp Black Pepper

Sea Salt to taste

2 tbsp Potato Flour – for thickening

1 – 12oz bag of frozen Organic Peas

2 large handfuls of Baby Spinach

1/2 stick of Earth Balance butter

5 tbsp Nutritional Yeast

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

Got all that? Great! Let’s get started on the process. It’s so easy to make, even a non-cook, or whatever you call yourself, can make this dish! Begin by washing the potatoes, followed by cutting off the spots/ends. Do Not include these in the dish!

Cutting Potatoes

Cut the potatoes in half, then into quarters. By now the water is boiling in a large pot. Cutting them this way will save time. Add a bit of salt and a little olive oil (or not) to the boiling water to prevent the potatoes from sticking.

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After you got the potatoes going, work on the carrots. Cut them into thirds and then chop them into smaller pieces – like so.

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Then chop the sweet onion and cut the large Cremini mushrooms in half and then slice them. Add to the carrots.

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After all the chopping and slicing is done, get out a large pan and add either a little olive oil or some vegetable broth (if you’re on a “no-oil” regime) and heat it up. Add the meat crumbles and stir them around.

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Afterwards add the carrots, mushrooms and onions to the mixture and blend together. Add Bragg’s Aminos, Rosemary, half a cup of red wine and stir it in. The alcohol will cook out, but add flavor. Also add half a cup of vegetable broth, black pepper and sea salt to taste.

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Keep stirring all the ingredients together. Letting it cook for a little while (10 minutes or so).  Then add the potato flour, stirring rigorously. Next add the peas, stirring them into the mixture and finally two large handfuls of baby spinach. The peas and spinach go in last because they don’t need to be cooked as long. Put the vegetables and “meat” mixture over into a large casserole dish. The one I use is made of glass from Pyrex (9 x 13″ = 22.5 x 33 cm).

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~ Pre-Heat Oven to 350 ~

Time to work on the potatoes. You have drained the water, keeping the potatoes in the large pot that you cooked them in. You could, after they have cooked leave them sitting in the hot water. Add 3/4 cup of veggie broth + half stick of Earth Balance [vegan] butter, plus nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Using a potato masher, mash together until it the potatoes are nice and smooth.  When they are ready, spread the mashed potatoes on top. You may have extra mashed potatoes left over. Wonderful right!? It’s one of my weaknesses!

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Plop this baby in the oven and bake for 30 minutes (at 350)…and Voila! Dinner or lunch is ready!

Enjoy!

Bon Appétit and Happy Holidays!

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Farmacy – Let Food Be Thy Medicine

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Last night I went out to a wine tasting event and talked to a man and his wife who has some serious heart problems…I mean serious to the point that he’s already died once on the operating table. He’s only in his early seventies. His wife doesn’t cook and they eat out all the time because neither of them knows how to cook. This man was relatively healthy looking. Not overweight. Nor was his wife, but still. As I was talking to them it became very clear that their ideas about what was healthy was what the general population thinks is healthy, such as, “Chicken is healthy!” and “Olive oil is healthy, isn’t it?” NO, to both! These are not health foods! They are both disease producing! One is full of hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol and other problematic things. The other is artery clogging…just think about when you spill olive oil on the table and/or you get it on your hands. It’s hard to get rid of and it sticks. Now imagine what it does to the inside of your arteries. It sticks and clogs! NOT heart healthy by any means! (Watch one of Dr. Esselstyn’s talks on YouTube about it!) Today I watched Dr. Garth Davis on YouTube. He’s a Bariatric medical doctor and he delivers this brilliant and humorous speech. Check it out:

Listen, anyone can learn how to cook! I’m with Dr. Davis. I wasn’t a brilliant chef before I embarked on this adventure, but I knew how to cook a few things well. However, plant-based vegan cooking has changed my life and the way I look at food for life! It is not only exciting to cook with so many different ingredients and choices, but it is tasty and nourishing. I feel full longer. I don’t feel sluggish. My skin glows. I feel younger than my age! I will never go back to a Standard American Diet nor a Danish diet for that matter! Both are not healthy. Although a Danish diet may have a bit more fiber in it via the darker more grainier breads, but still it is laden with meat, salt, and dairy. Greens are expensive and there’s not as much of a selection over there as we have here. We really have no excuse, in this country, for why we’re not eating more greens! 

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

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