Overcoming Our Appetites



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Appetites are powerful. They are the cause of every form of bad that can come to our lives if allowed to take a natural course in our lives. I realize this is a strong statement, but think about it for a moment. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are led by our appetites. All of our senses – sight, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting – affect our daily decisions in every area of our lives, ergo our appetites in life. This is especially true when it comes to food.

Because we are creatures of habit, once we get our brain hardwired with a habit of something that our sense enjoy, we can easily fall victim to its pull on our lives, even when it defies what we know in our mind to be wrong or unhealthy or dangerous for us. Breaking food habits requires the same sort of disciplined mindset that breaking physical habits does.

1)  Be willing to acknowledge that your habit/lifestyle is harmful or destructive for your wellbeing in life. This means seeing what you are doing as something that is not good for you and seeing that it produces a negative outcome or consequence for your life if you do not change.

2)  Recognize the source of knowledge and wisdom that provides the best path to follow in order to rid you of the habit/lifestyle that you know you must change.

3)  Make a determination to change what you know is not in your best interest and the best interest of those you love by replacing what you were doing that was unhealthy for you with another more healthy habit that will supercede the impulses of your bad habit(s).

4)  Submit yourself to someone who you trust will hold you accountable for your decision to change in positive ways.

5)  Be consistent in your determination to see the goal of making the positive change in your life that you want to see become a reality.

Better health is a process, a journey, and a proactive choice to take the small incremental daily steps in the right direction towards the ultimate goal you have of becoming a better, more healthy, and more successful individual in life. Are you ready to make the changes you need to find a happier, healthier, and more active lifestyle that can change the way you look and feel? If so, take a moment and subscribe to the Veggie Chronicles Newsletter. This will be the beginning of a new way of looking at what you eat and how you live.

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One Simple Way of How to Reduce the Risk of Cancer




Why is it that America, the world’s leader in cancer research, leads the world in cancer? Why is it that colon cancer is so prevalent in America? Ever wonder? Maybe not. I think that maybe if we did, we might be open to learning a few things from cultures that have long practiced certain traditions and eating habits that have resulted in these cultures having among the very lowest incidents of colon cancer in the world.

The Japanese and Chinese have for eons made it a practice to drink hot beverages or hot soups after their meals. It is just a simple tradition or do they know something that most Americans do not know. Research has found that you can dramatically reduce heart attacks and cancer by doing this.

When I learn about things like this, why do I always feel scornful towards the American Cancer industry – who leads the world in cancer research in terms of dollars spent – because they seldom, if ever recognize holistic, common sense cures to a disease that is bankrupting our healthcare system? Why are they so unwilling to endorse simple daily lifestyle habits as a practical way to reduce the risk of colon cancer or heart attack?

Well, we all know it is about money. The cancer business is a multi-billion dollar cash cow industry. Why would they want to reduce cancer in the United states? Like I said, even though the USA leads the world in cancer research in terms of dollars spent (private and tax payer money), America overwhelmingly leads the world in the number of people per capita for population who develop cancer in their lifetime.

[stepping down from soap box now…]

So about the warm  water/beverage after your meal. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water. These two cultures also have among the lowest percent of the population in the world who get cancer. They are in the same group of ‘lowest rates’ as India (where turmeric is used heavily in daily diets), and in most African countries where diets derived from foraging lifestyles are prevalent.

Here is why drinking warm liquids over cold liquids at meals is so important. In a nutshell, drinking cold beverages with meals will solidify fats and oils that are a part of your meals, making them difficult to digest properly. Cold beverages with meals also slow down the digestion of foods which ultimately causes it to be passed into intestines only partially digested. This is because cold drinks solidify the oils/fats, and turns it into a sort of ‘sludge’ and as it reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food – which ultimately lines the intestinal track with a film that prevent nutrient absorption while also putrefying in the lining of the intestines – especially the colon. VO-colon-diseases-illustration

There are multiple repercussions to this digestive event as a result of your intestines not being able to fully absorb the nutrients your body needs, but the biggest one initially is that when your body is unable to get all of the nutrients from the foods you eat, the cells tell the brain to send more nutrients, which in turn, your brain tells your stomach to start making more nutrients, ergo the hungry feeling (stomach growling syndrome).

Here are just a few resulting illnesses resulting from poor intestinal health:  Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, endometriosis, appendicitis, diverticulitis, and cancer. When your colon is healthy, i.e. free of sludge and putrefying foods that do not get digested (mainly fats and meats), you won’t need to eat as much. When you eat healthy, what you eat will get maximum nutritional benefits by being fully absorbed into your body for energy and cellular repair. You will also help prevent the storage of unwanted fat in your body.

This is not to say that simply drinking warm fluids with our meals will fully prevent stomach and intestinal disease and cancer, BUT this with a good diet – eating simple food groups and non-processed foods like those foods that are typical in eastern cultures, you  could very well dramatically reduce your risks of these kinds of diseases, especially heart disease and cancer.

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Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet Plan


Why consider a vegetarian diet plan?


Most of those who are closest to me know that I love to cook. Get me in a kitchen and I just sort of get lost in the moment in making up something that people love to eat. It’s always sort of been that way. Whether is was a casserole, grilled salmon, or a perfectly tender and juicy steak and all the fixings, I was on it! Today, I still love to prepare food for people, but what I prepare them is far better in taste and health benefits than any steak or other grilled masterpiece that I have ever made. The benefits of a vegetarian diet plan far outweigh any concern for the loss of some idolized taste bud experience. I promise.

Since my ‘conversion’ to a healthier way of life, I am asked often why in the world would I give up meat and all the other ‘delicious’ things that I used to eat. The answer is a simple one. My life depended on it, as does your life depend upon your daily choice of what you will eat.

If you are curious if there is any reason substantial enough for you to consider changing your diet,  here are some of the most worthwhile reasons to consider the benefits of a vegetarian diet plan and transitioning to one.

  • A vegetarian diet plan increases your energy level (calories and nutrients from whole and living foods are fully utilized).
  • A vegetarian diet plan increases your mental alertness (increases oxygen and vital nutrients that feed your brain).
  • A vegetarian diet plan strengthens your immune system and its effectiveness to fight off sickness and disease (when your cells are healthy, sickness cannot find an easy way in).
  • A vegetarian diet plan reduces the likelihood of chronic illnesses related to diet (approximately 80% of chronic illness is related to diet or stress/emotions).
  • A vegetarian diet plan naturally calms you as your body rids itself of the toxins that affect your hormonal levels.
  • A vegetarian diet plan naturally reduces your weight since you do not feel as if you have to eat as much (when your cells are full of the right nutrients, your stomach does not need to be fed).
  • A vegetarian diet plan reduces environmental stress-related maladies like that of fatigue, headaches, and allergies (these are symptomatic of nutrient and mineral deficiencies on a cellular level among other possible physiological or emotional issues).
  • A vegetarian diet plan allows your body chemistry to balance and your endocrine system to correct itself (your hormonal balance is key to overall health, vitality and longevity).
  • A vegetarian diet plan of whole foods has greater concentration of live nutrients which feed your body on a cellular level far beyond that of cooked, refined, processed or partially processed foods.
  • A vegetarian diet plan slows, stops, and/or reverse the aging process (as your vital organs regain their health, you will look, feel, and act younger).
  • A vegetarian diet plan improves your quality of life by improving your health, your energy levels, your alertness, and general sense of well-being brought on by a vegetable, fruit, nut, and grain based diet.

Eating healthy is something that you choose to do on a daily basis. A healthy diet does not have to be a boring diet either. Your taste buds will quickly learn the joy of eating fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, and nuts. While changing your eating habits can be difficult, if you want a healthier future – one without chronic illness, obesity, disease, and infirmity – the greatest way to see this happen is by changing your diet. Eating healthy is a lifestyle that is not driven by appetites or cravings or convenience, but one of conviction that “you are what you eat” and that there is no pleasure great enough in this life that is worth losing your health and vitality.

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