As featured on her multi-award winning talk show this week, TV stalwart, Oprah Winfrey is going vegan for seven days, and taking along 378 of her staff at Harpo for the ride. She was joined by NY Times best-selling author on health and conscious eating, Kathy Freston who provided the queen of television with a diverse selection of vegan food to try.
Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that excludes the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavour not to use or consume animal products of any kind and it is a lifestyle that is becoming more and more popular with the rich and famous as well as us ordinary earthlings.
A vegan plant-based diet – which is just that, a diet containing mostly fruits and vegetables has the ability to reverse cancer, heart disease and diabetes, reduce high-blood pressure and positively affect most degenerative diseases. Not to mention obesity.
In his book The China Study, nutrition researcher Dr T Colin Campbell details the connections between what we consume and the diseases we humans constantly battle with. In research that took over twenty years to compile, he found that diets rich in protein and in particular animal protein were the causes of liver cancer and obesity to name a few. By switching people to healthy plant-based diets these cancers started to reverse.
Earlier in his career Dr Campbell worked as a researcher promoting the healthy effects of a diet rich in eggs and meat. He carried out his work enthusiastically, convinced that the American diet was the healthiest in the world, but in a later study which he conducted into the role that protein played in cancer, his findings could not be ignored.
“People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease,” he reported.
But for those of us willing to make changes to our diet but terrified of a life full of limp lettuce and fruit salad, the best news of all is that a plant-based diet doesn’t need to be boring. Consummate vegan chefs are just as capable of preparing delicious gourmet dishes as their carnivorous counterparts. Restaurants such as Pure Food and Wine in New York City and Café Gratitude (which has eight locations across California) specialize in cuisine that is vegan and, unbelievably, raw.
Through centuries of meat and dairy consumption condoned and encouraged by the meat industry lobbyists, and opportunistic scientists and their bogus reports, in order to keep us eating their products and ergo needing their medication, human beings have lost touch with the very natural way in which they should eat.
Why not follow Oprah’s lead and try a short period of veganism for yourself. But don’t just have your normal meal without the animal protein, trawl the net for some vegan recipes or go to your local vegan restaurant. Get creative!
If there is a simple and cheap way to prevent or reverse the epidemic of obesity and degenerative illness that is destroying the health of our nation, and doesn’t involve toxic pharmaceutical drugs, dialysis or hospitalization, it seems insane that we aren’t already doing it. And even more insane is that the evidence is out there that a vegan plant-based diet can cure or prevent these illnesses and the pharmaceutical companies and meat processing industries will go to any lengths to keep this information from us.
In her show Oprah also discussed introducing “meatless Mondays” at the network, adding “let’s try not to get sued for it,” referring to the risible case in 1996 when she disparaged the quality of beef on her show during the ‘mad cow disease’ outbreak and was subsequently sued for food defamation by Texas cattle farmers.
If you think veganism is too much read about a vegetarian diet, learn about detoxing, smoothies for breakfast, juice fasting or gen up on the raw food diet more first. Read about how an artificial pancreas or raw food diet are helping treat diabetes.
Eating vegan should be approached sensibly, some vegans simply replacing Big Mac and fries with veggie patty and fries and other unhealthy vegan fodder, will not experience the health benefits that a healthy plant-based vegan will.
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