Tired of New Year’s diets that you can’t stick with?

Plant Based Transformation for Beginners Classes start January 9th in North Little Rock  
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Before we switched to a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle, like most people, we would steadily eat more and more decadent food throughout the month of December, culminating with the culinary bacchanalia of Christmas.  I often felt so disgusting after all this dietary excess, that sometimes we would start our “New Years Diet” on Dec. 27th! Of course this would be some kind of crazy restrictive cleanse diet that left me in a state of continual mild hunger and I could typically never sustain it for more than a few weeks.  As I got older, I began to realize that this New Year’s diet thing was just stupid because even though I would usually lose about 10 pounds, I NEVER COULD STICK WITH IT and would just gain the weight right back. So eventually, I just gave up on the New Year’s diets altogether.  

Last year, my husband came home from the doctor with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes. I’ve been a cardiac RN for over 25 years and was mortified at this diagnosis after seeing so much suffering in my patients over the years because of Type 2 diabetes.  I had heard that a WFPBD could reverse diabetes and so we tried it, and lo and behold, within 4 months, Paul’s blood work showed that his diabetes had been reversed! 

A WFPBD is built around the healthy carbohydrates of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.  A WFPBD is a HIGH FIBER DIET by design. The average American only gets about 15 Gm of fiber a day which leads to many dietary related illnesses such as colon cancer and many other chronic diseases. By contrast, a WFPBD aims to get about 40 Gm of fiber a day. This leaves you feeling full and helps fight perverse cravings that occur when we are nutritionally deprived. The satiety of a high fiber diet is the reason that a WFPB lifestyle is so successful for permanent weight loss.  I know that once I get to a certain level of hunger, I lose all will power and will eat virtually anything I can get my hands on. I found that after I switched to this high-fiber diet (with no limits on portion sizes), I was never hungry in between meals for the first time in my life.  This removed all the most common downfalls of desperation eating and the need to always meticulously plan ahead so I wouldn’t be trapped in a dangerous “hunger situation”.   My husband and I both lost over 20# and have kept it off with seemingly little to no effort.

https://www.pcrm.org/news/health-nutrition/beans-satisfy-hunger-more-meat

To get my favorite fiber-loaded morning smoothie recipe (packed with 16 Gm of painless fiber) and to learn about Plant Based Transformation for Beginners classes starting on January 9th in North Little Rock click here!

-Stephanie

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Sarah Ramos Is Reversing Multiple Sclerosis – Brooke Goldner, M.D.

Sarah joined my 6 Week Rapid Recovery Group in pain, weak, and miserable from MS. In only 6 weeks, most of her pain was gone, she was energetic and feeling happy. She kept going with the plan I gave her at the end of the group and she is doing better than ever with no new or active lesions and she is on ZERO MEDICATIONS!! Here is her testimonial and AMAZING before and after photos. Yay Sarah! Thank you for sharing your story to inspire others that you CAN say GOODBYE MS!

If you want to join the program that Sarah did, there are currently ONLY 6 SPOTS in the group starting January 17 and it will be sold out soon! Click HERE to learn more or join: http://goodbyelupus.com/6-week-rapid-…

If you haven’t learned my nutrition plan to reverse autoimmune disease, I teach that for free online, click here to watch & learn and sign up for a FREE Q&A with me: https://goodbyelupus.com/6-steps-to-r…

Are There Studies Linking Cell Phones In Pockets To Erectile Dysfunction, Lower Sperm Counts Or Lower Fertility Rates? What About Brain Cancer? Theodora Scarato

The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation and 5G by Theodora Scarato

Theodora Scarato directs EHT programs and coordinates scientific programs in the US and internationally with EHTs Senior Science Advisors. Scarato is lead policy analyst and researcher for the EHT database on international actions– the most comprehensive collection of information on policy actions on cell phones and wireless. She previously worked with EHT as Director of Educational Resources and Public Affairs, developing educational resources for communities and governments.

She has co-founded several organizations both locally and nationally that address environmental health and safety concerns. As a practicing clinical psychotherapist, her two decades of work with children and adolescents includes directing an intensive special education therapy program in Montgomery County Schools and working a psychotherapist at an ADHD clinic. Her research interests include not only the effects from radiation exposures but also the social emotional effects of technology overuse.

Is Stevia Good for You? | NutritionFacts.org

How much of this natural sweetener can be considered safe?

Source: Is Stevia Good for You? | NutritionFacts.org

I was watching his videos and reading his blog for research re Splenda and realized I may not be doing much better with Stevia, especially considering the amount of herbal tea I drink daily. Check these out, too:

https://nutritionfacts.org/2013/05/07/is-there-a-safe-low-calorie-sweetener/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-healthiest-sweetener/ Wow! I think I knew that, but forgot.

See chart on p. 6: http://www.panelamonitor.org/media/docrepo/document/files/total-antioxidant-content-of-alternatives-to-refined-sugar.pdf

And then there’s this: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/erythritol-may-be-a-sweet-antioxidant/

Comments below these are interesting, too. And the winner is … wean myself off of sweets and enjoy the natural flavor of food and beverages – same advice I would give myself re salt and oils. May use date sugar in the interim.

 

 

How Many Water Fasts Have You Supervised And Has Anyone Died During A Water Fast You Supervised? Dr. Michael Klaper, TrueNorth Health Center

Dr. Klaper will be coming to UAMS in April as reported here: https://theplantstrongclub.org/2019/12/11/news-flash-this-just-reported-in-dr-michael-klapers-moving-medicine-forward-year-end-letter-to-our-supporters-dated-dec-11-2019/ . Be sure to follow this site for updates re details.

How Many Water Fasts Have You Supervised And Has Anyone Died During A Water Fast You Supervised?

Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple by Michael Klaper, M.D.

Dr. Michael Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine.

He is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2018), as well as numerous DVDs and Videos on Demand, a series of “Healthy YOU Webinars,” and dozens of articles.

A source of inspiration advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr. Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name.

Dr. Michael Klaper teaches that “Health Comes From Healthy Living” and is dedicated to the healing and flourishing of all living beings and our planet.

Dr. Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (1972), served a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada with additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and in obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco.

As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize (true to what science is bearing out today) that many of the diseases his patients presented – clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity, adult onset diabetes, and even some forms of arthritis, asthma, and other significant illnesses – were made worse or actually caused by the high sugar, high fat, high salt, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

See Dr. Klaper’s 73-minute DVD and Video On Demand, “Salt, Sugar and Oil: Could Your Favorite Flavors Be Hurting You?”

Accordingly, Dr. Klaper resolutely believes that proper nutrition (through a whole food, plant-based diet) and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, can make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating its symptoms.

To learn how to truly thrive on a plant-based diet, see Dr. Klaper’s 99-minute Video On Demand, “Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet.”

In addition to his clinical practice and private consultations with patients, Dr. Klaper is a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice.

Dr. Michael Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research from 1992 through 2015, during which time he conducted a study focusing on people who ate a completely plant-based (vegan) diet.

Protein Deficiency Is Not Real – Goodbye Lupus by Brooke Goldner, M.D.

While protein is one of the most common things I get asked about but if you are eating ANY food, you are already getting enough protein. What you need to focus on is getting MICRONUTRIENTS like vitamins and minerals not protein.

Don’t forget to learn my entire #goodbyelupusprotocol to reverse your autoimmune disease for FREE – link to watch and learn: https://goodbyelupus.com/6-steps-to-r…

Want my personal help to get your health back? Book your consultation or join my popular 6 Week Rapid Recovery Group by going to GoodbyeLupus.com.

Some People Say Beans And Whole Grains Are Not Our Natural Food And We Were Meant To Eat Animal Products? How About Oils? Joel Kahn, MD

Joel Kahn, MD, of Detroit, Michigan, is a practicing cardiologist and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Medical School and trained in interventional cardiology in Dallas and Kansas City. Known as “America’s Holistic Heart Doc”, Dr. Kahn is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and maintains sub-specialty board certification in Cardiovascular Medicine. He was the first physician worldwide to complete the Metabolic Cardiology curriculum in conjunction with A4M.com/MMI and the University of South Florida.

Dr. Kahn has authored scores of publications in his field including articles, book chapters and monographs. He writes articles for MindBodyGreen, Thrive Global, and Reader’s Digest and has five books in publication including Your Whole Heart Solution, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses and The Plant Based Solution. He has regular appearances on Dr. Phil, The Doctors Show and Fox 2 News. He has also debated plant diets on the Joe Rogan Experience and has been featured with Larry King Live in a recent heart special. He has been awarded a Health Hero award from Detroit Crain’s Business. He owns 3 health restaurants in Detroit and Austin, Texas.

Dr. Kahn can be found at http://www.drjoelkahn.com.

The Myth of Moderation: Do All Foods Really Fit? Jeff Novick, MS, RDN

Dr. McDougall's Health & Medical Center
You know what they say when it comes to what to eat, “everything in moderation.”  Whether it is chocolate, wine, red meat, dessert, etc., nothing is bad in and of itself as long as we just don’t consume too much of it. But how do we define “too much” and how do we know if we have surpassed this?
 
Let’s start at the beginning…
 
Our current concept of “everything in moderation” comes from ancient Greece, where at the temple of Apollo at Delphi there was the inscription, “Meden Agan” or “Nothing in Excess.” From this, we got the concept of doing something “in moderation” which means, not doing it excessively. Therefore, someone who moderates their food consumption may choose to eat food from all food groups but will limit their intake of those foods that may cause deleterious effects.
 
So, how are we doing in this area?
 
The items we know that are causing harm to Americans right now are the excess consumption of added sugars, sodium, saturated fat, refined grains, and empty calories.  So, how much does the average American consume of these?
 
Added Sugars:
70% have intakes above the limit; 
 
Sodium:
89% have intakes above the upper limit;
 
Saturated Fats:
71% have intakes above the upper limit; 

Refined Grains:
90% have intakes above the limit;

Empty Calories:
80% have intakes above the limit. 
 
Therefore, these are five items we can no longer consume “in moderation” as their current level of consumption is far beyond the level we know to cause harm. The only solution is a dramatic reduction in the amounts we consume of these items. Then, and only then, perhaps we can again, consume these things in moderation.
 
However, there is also a flip side to the saying “everything in moderation.” There are items that we know are very beneficial, that we should be consuming a certain amount of in order to gain their benefit. These are fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans and peas.  So, how much does the average American consume of these?
 
Fruits:
75% have intakes below the recommendation; 
 
Vegetables:
87% have intakes below the recommendation;
 
Whole Grains:
95% have intakes below the recommendation; 
 
Beans and Peas:
80% have intakes below the recommendation.
 
Therefore, these are also items we can no longer consume in moderation as their current level of consumption is far below the level we know to be beneficial. The only solution is a dramatic increase in the amounts we consume of these items.
 
In addition, over two-thirds of Americans are currently overweight and over one-third are obese. A new study this week from the Harvard School of Public Health said that half of the U.S. population will be obese by 2030, and a quarter will have severe obesity. We did not get this way by consuming “all things in moderation.”  We got this way by consuming many things, and many of the wrong things, in excess — great excess.  Since 1970, the average American consumes ~25 percent more calories with most of these calories coming from added fats and oils (48%), refined grains (34%) and added sugars (7%).
 
Even the saying from the American Dietetic Association, “all foods fit,” has been taken out of context. The original saying is not “all foods fit,” but, “all foods can fit into a healthful diet if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with regular physical activity.”
 
As we see, Americans are not consuming foods in moderation nor are we engaged in regular activity. Approximately 80 percent of Americans do not even meet the minimum recommendations for activity/exercise.  This is why the current concepts of “everything in moderation” and “all foods fit” for the average American today is a myth.
 
Moderation is no longer an option in regard to calories, or in regard to the foods we know can be harmful, or in regard to the foods we know to be beneficial.  We are so far from what constitutes healthy in America, that we have much work to do to get back to where we can once again discuss moderation.  Rationalizing the over consumption of harmful foods, or the minimal consumption of beneficial foods, with a saying that does not apply to our situation, will not help us.  
 
We need to focus on increasing our intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans and peas, just to reach the recommendations.  In addition, we have to cut our consumption of added sugars, sodium, saturated fat, refined grains and empty calories just to get down to the upper level/recommended limits.
 
Moderation will not help us accomplish this. We need a dramatic shift in our understanding of our current situation and the solution we take. 
 
In Health,
Jeff
 
 
DATA SOURCES: What We Eat in America, NHANES 2007-2010McDougall Starter KitMcDougall 10-Day ProgramsMcDougall Cookbook AppMcDougall Intensive Weekends
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