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Friday, March 28, 2008

Weight Loss Roundup

A year ago on this blog, I was talking about vegan protein sources, vegetarian fitness, night time eating and how it applies to weight loss goals and changes in your diet to make it better.

Here are the posts from last year at this time:

bill pearl vegetarian

Being a vegetarian requires a full understanding of the role nutrition plays in achieving your fitness goals.

There is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical performance in workouts or sports. Hard physical activity requires an increase in nutritionally dense calories and also due to sweating a higher fluid intake. Therefore you need to carefully plan what you eat and drink.


- guest post by Tom Venuto

Eat breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a prince and eat dinner like a pauper.

This maxim can be attributed to nutrition writer Adelle Davis, and since her passing in 1974, the advice to eat less at night to help with fat loss has lived on and continued to circulate in many different incarnations. This includes suggestions such as:

"Dont eat a lot before bedtime"
"Don't eat midnight snacks"
"Don't eat anything after 7pm"
"Don't eat any carbs at night"
"Don't eat any carbs after 3 pm"
and so on.

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Most individuals do not eat like they are supposed to. Out of those individuals 95% of them don’t realize that by making 10 simple changes to their eating lifestyle they can improve their diet by 90% along with improving their health and overall well-being.

Apply these changes to your diet today and you too will be experiencing an increased benefit to your health, probable weight loss, a leaner body, and likely improvements to your blood profile. This all equals a longer healthier life.

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Hoodia, the appetite and thirst suppressant of the South African aborigines has been tested as a dietary aid for persons wanting to stay on a weight loss diet plan. The natural supplement has been proven to help individuals eat less in a natural and safe manner. However, like any diet aid, Hoodia suppressive qualities will only be truly beneficial if a healthy diet is also implemented.

While I don't outright suggest that Hoodia is required for weight loss, I get a lot of questions about appetite suppressants and if hoodia is safe or not. I did some digging (a lot of digging) and wrote

About the photo: I interviewed Bill Pearl on the premier edition of my internet radio show back in 2003. Bill is a 5 time Mr Universe and trains every day at 4:00 am even into his seventies. Bill has been vegetarian for over 35 years and looks just fine if you ask me. The top 5 interviews from my radio show are available at Fat Loss Insider Secrets, including the interview with Bill.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Reversing Diabetes in 2 Weeks

As you can tell from the recent videos, I'm spending my day watching health related content. David Wolfe was a recent speaker at Harv Eker's Extreme Health event and shares some of his thoughts on raw foods here in this video.

This is a trailer of a movie called Raw For 30 Days which I've never heard about, but I'm sure David Wolfe is involved.

A great quote from one of the participants after having reversed diabetes herself was:

I don't know why the doctors don't know about this!


Raw For 30 Days

by the fourth day they were off insulin completely
by the end of the 30 days their blood sugar had stabilized
and they have effectively reversed their diabetes

"Raw For 30 Days" is an independent documentary film that chronicles six McDonald's-munching Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, live, raw foods in order to reverse diabetes naturally. The six participants are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food – as well as go without their loved ones and many of their creature comforts – for 30 days.

Visit Raw For 30 Days, buy the dvd and support the project in getting the word out about reversing diabetes (at the very least).

At the end of the trailer of raw for 30 days, viewers are told that Woody Harrelson would be contributing an interview for the full length movie. Here is a clip of that interview with Woody.

Woody Harrelson on Raw Foods

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How Sugar Affects Our Body and Overcoming Cravings

Neal Barnard MD discusses the science behind food additions. Willpower is not to blame: chocolate, cheese, meat, and sugar release opiate-like substances. Dr. Barnard also discusses how industry, aided by government, exploits these natural cravings, pushing us to eat more and more unhealthy foods. A plant-based (vegan) diet is the solution to avoid many of these problems. Neal Barnard is the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Update: This post is poorly titled, I'm sorry, but it's already made it's way out to RSS readers.

It should be called "Overcoming Food Addictions"

Overcoming Food Addictions

Video length: 40 mins

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Chubby Vegan

Got caught in a bit of a Google drift just now and found this video through Stumbleupon. The Chubby Vegan serves up the Triple Tofu Tower - Eat like an Omnivore!! ROFL!!

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Raw Food Diet vs Meat Diet

The effect of a raw food diet vs a meat diet over time. Storm, 100% raw since 1972, is the same age in this picture as Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Mr Universe.

Storm offers a 5 part course in the raw lifestyle for $299 over at The Guides

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Vegan Nutrition

A vegan is one who refrains from eating all animal products, this means no meat, fish, poultry, dairy or eggs.

Many people turn to being a vegan for three main reasons:
ethical, environmental concerns and health benefits.

Ethical - Many vegans feel that it is wrong to unnecessarily kill and consume animals. They also point out that, in Western societies today, the animal product industries are not only cruel, but wasteful and totally needless. People don't really need to eat animal products to live, and many vegans feel that we should be caretakers, rather than tyrants, over the rest of the world's creatures.

Environmental Concerns - Animal product industries have been extreemly wasteful of the worlds limited resources.
Many vegans are very concerned about the lack of conservation and preservation inherent in the production of animal foods and goods. They believe that, as intelligent citizens of the planet, to forego animal products is their responsibility.

Health Benefits - Numerous health benefits are enjoyed by vegans, including significantly lower incidences of strokes, heart disease, osteoporosis, most forms of cancer, diabetes, hypoglycemia, constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, o besity, and asthma - all of which are major illnesses found in affluent societies.

Vegan Protein Sources

Plant foods contain the very same eight amino acids as animal foods do, only in differing amounts. As long as you are getting enough calories from a healthy diet, plant foods can give you all the amino acids you need, by themselves or in combination with one another.

Here is a list of foods that contain all of the essential amino acids, meaning they complete proteins:

Grains - Brown rice, oats (cereals - oatmeal, granola, etc.) millet, corn, barley, bulghur, wheat (including whole wheat bread, pastas, cereals, flour, etc.)

Legumes - Green peas, lentils, chick peas, alfalfa sprouts, mung beans, and beans of all kinds (kidney, lima, aduki, navy beans, soy beans and products made from them; e.g., tofu, textured vegetable protein granules [Textured Soy Protein], tempeh, soy milks), peanuts, etc.

Greens - Broccoli, collards, spinach, etc.

Nuts and Seeds - Almonds, cashews, walnuts, filberts, pistachios, pecans, macadamias and nut butters made from these. Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds (including tahini butter made from ground sesame seeds), pumpkin seeds, etc.

Combining protein foods increases the protein absorption by about 30%, and thus variety is always the best strategy.

Bellow are classic vegan high protein combinations.
These combinations are meant to replace meat and dairy products. Two ample helpings of any of the following combinations average 15 to 35 grams of high quality protein.

Corn Tacos with Pinto Beans
Oat Bran Muffins with Soymilk
Brown Rice with Green Peas and Tofu
Tempeh Burgers on Whole Wheat Bun
Whole Grain Bread with Peanut Butter and Jelly Tofu Yogurt with Walnuts Tofu Cutlets with Green Beans Almondine Sunflower Pate & Sprouts on Pita Meatless (textured soy protein) Loaf with Tahini Dressing Noodles with Sesame Seeds Oatmeal with Sunflower Seeds Brown Rice with Almonds & Cashews Avacdo, Sprouts & Almond Butter on Whole Wheat Bread Corn or Wheat Flakes w/ Chopped Almonds & Filberts Chickpea Hummus (made w/Sesame Seed Butter) on Pita

as a special feature, you can listen to my (1.5 hours in length) where Harvey talks about vegetarianism, natural health, dairy products and his new book about the lymph system called Living Without Pain.

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