Okay friends, time to get blunt and talk nutrition! If you watch my stories you know I recently did a 10 day cleanse of a product called #Purium. I worked my 10 day cleanse and honestly, it was a bit stressful, but I am happy I did it! The cleanse calls for 3 smoothies throughout the day, with multiple supplements throughout. It also allows some "flex foods" that are described in the plan. I enjoyed the taste of the smoothies, but had a hard time drinking 3 in one day. I also fought sugar cravings, felt hungry and a bit like I was going through hot flashes some of the time. After doing some research I learned this was due to my body detoxing. This was a good thing! Whew! And at the end of the 10 days I did lose 7 pounds and feel better. But I know I can still feel better.
Being a truth seeking by nature, motivated by things I have learned about veganism in my past and the fact this new shake happened to be vegan, I sought out more information in an attempt to see how switching to a complete vegan lifestyle could have an impact on my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and weight. I also wanted to learn if this lifestyle could potentially help others with illness and disease since I have clients who seek advice on this, too.
To do this, I watched many documentaries, and read/listen to (shout out @audible) blogs & books. It didn't take long before I knew the decision I was going to make. I would no longer eat meat or dairy and become a vegan! I would also choose mostly whole and organic foods.
I was able to quickly change the way I looked at nutrition, agriculture, the environment and knew this was necessary after learning the things I did (And there is still SO much to learn). The evidence is just that overwhelming.
Learning about veganism and understanding the politics and big money that support the meat and dairy industry also helped me see the parallels within the fight to legalize cannabis. After all, cannabis was a plant, more specifically a herb and if consumed by juicing (or any way in its raw state) should be thought of like any other vegetable. Consuming cannabis in its natural raw state has many nutritional benefits and since it is not heated, has no psychoactive effect. Meaning (in my opinion) it should be part of our daily nutritional intake like many other vegetables, fruits, herbs, and healthy fats to support homeostasis within the body. I even like to call cannabis a superfood due to its natural healing properties. (Learn how cannabis is a super food in my next blog titled Cannabis: A Nutritional Superfood!)
After obtaining this knowledge I have come to the conclusion this lifestyle has the potential to truly help so many. Because of this, I will be sharing this new journey into veganism with you! By doing so I hope to inspire you to seek out more information and adopt a vegan lifestyle for your health, to save animals, reduce greenhouse gases among other things, today!
On that note, I would like to talk a little about Heart Disease, the nations number one killer.
Did You Know?
The Bad News:
-"Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US. About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.”- American Heart Association (AHA)
-Approximately two out of every three twelve-year-olds in the US has early signs of cholesterol disease.-
The Good News:
It doesn't have to be this way! With a whole foods plant-based diet YOU can prevent, delay, or even reverse the progression of atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries due to plaque build-up) and development of coronary artery disease, and reduce the risk for heart attack.
"The Lifestyle Heart Trial found that 82% of patients diagnosed with heart disease who followed this plant-based diet program had some level of regression of atherosclerosis and 91% had a reduction in the frequency of angina episodes, whereas 53% of the control group, fed the American Heart Association diet, had progression of atherosclerosis.” —The Permanente Journal NCBI
Whole food plant-based diets (WFPB) are naturally high in fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes. They are also low in saturated fats and endotoxins. This provides the body everything it needs, and supports the perfect environment to heal from many disease including cardio vascular.
If you or someone you love has heart disease I urge you to seek out more information about plant-based eating, as it is truly medicine!
You have the power to change your quality of life TODAY!
Some great resources are:
The China Study by: T. Colin Campbell PhD , Thomas M. Campbell II MD
How Not to Die by: Michael Greger MD , Gene Stone
FREE YouTube Documentary Plant Pure Nation
Cowspiricy on Netflix
What the Health on Netflix