Raw Vegan Maple Beet and Carrot Salad

Raw Vegan Maple Beet and Carrot Salad

Lunch just isn’t complete without a delicious main course that fills you up, satisfies you and keeps you craving for more.

That is what I discovered one day by pulling whatever I had out of my refrigerator and creating this specific raw vegan salad.

After finishing your portion, you’ll want more!


Prep time:  approx. 10-15 mins





2 carrots, grated

3 small beets, grated

2 teaspoons of raw sunflower seeds

2 teaspoons of raw pumpkin seeds



1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of hemp oil

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

Dash of nutmeg

Dash of sea salt





First, prepare the salad dressing.

If you can make it ahead of time, it would be best so the flavours become absorbed by the oil.

Set aside.  Grate the carrots and the beets.

Mix well.  Add the toppings – sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds (you can replace those with any nuts you want, including peanuts, but I recommend pecan halves).

Optional: sprinkle a dash of dill, chipotle and/or smoked papikra, nutritional yeast and mustard powder.


Serve with a side – or on top of – lettuce, with an assortment of veggies (shown here with crimini mushrooms).

Raw Vegan Cherry Chocolate Banana Breakfast Pudding

Raw Vegan Cherry, Chocolate, Banana Breakfast Pudding






Have you ever had a dream of eating dessert for breakfast?  Well, with this recipe, you can!  Follow these easy, breezy steps and you will be in heaven in no time!  This creamy pudding is delicious as a real dessert as well.


Preparation time:  5 mins.



1 ripe avocado

1 medium banana

2 tablespoons of dark cherry juice concentrate

1 teaspoon of pure lemon juice (if you buy bottled, read the ingredients carefully – many contain lemon oil and pack on the calories)

1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup (swap for agave or raw sugar if you want a fully raw breakfast)

½ cup chocolate milk alternative (both soy and almond work great here; make your own to ensure it is raw)

Optional: teaspoon of raw cocoa powder, dash of nutmeg, goji berries, teaspoon of raw sesame seeds, pinch of saffron



Peel and chop the avocado and the banana.

Put in blender.

Add the juices, the sweetener and the milk alternative (along with the teaspoon of cocoa powder if you wish to add one) and blend well.

Pour into a bowl and top with your choice of ingredients.  I recommend a dash of nutmeg, a teaspoon of sun dried goji berries, a teaspoon of raw sesame seeds and a sprinkle of saffron.

Who said eating a vegan breakfast had to be hard.

With this raw vegan recipe you’ll have a breakfast that others will envy.

Types Of Veganism

When you hear someone is vegan a lot of things might go through your mind, but, one of the questions that should come up is what type of vegan are you since there are several types of veganism.

If you weren’t aware that there are different types of veganism then let me explain.

It’s kind of like when someone says they are a cyclist. There are many kinds of cyclists just as there are many kinds of vegans.

Here are a few of the types of vegans you’re most likely to run into. If you know of another major kind of vegan let me know. If they represent a large enough portion of the community I’ll amend the list. Thank you.

That’s also a polite way of saying I didn’t intentionally leave anyone out.

The descriptions below are in no way shape or form attempting to define that group or type. The

following are generalizations about each. I.E. Don’t get your undies in a bunch over my descriptions just because you don’t feel I accurately described you.

The Types Of Veganism

  1. Ethical Vegan:

These are people who are vegan for the morality of it. They may be vegan for the health of it as well. But, their main driving reason is ethics.

They don’t believe that killing, harming, enslaving or otherwise wrongfully using animals or any other living creature is right.

Ethical vegans don’t wear leather or animal products, don’t use products that have been tested on animals and generally don’t endorse animal exploitation such as zoo’s or elephant rides etc.

  1. Vegan Eater:

No, these are not people who actually eat vegans.

These are people who only eat vegan but are not concerned with wearing leather, animal exploitation, wearing products tested on animals or other ethical issues.

  1. Raw Vegan:

Here we are talking about people who are not only vegan, but, that also don’t consume any cooked foods.

They eat/consume all of their foods raw.

There are several disputes going as to whether or not this is the healthiest way to go or not. I’m not getting into that here.

I’m just saying that this group consumes all of their nutrition in its raw form that has not been cooked in any way.

  1. Whole Food Plant Based Vegan:

Those from this group choose to consume only foods that have not been processed and originated from plants.

This is to say that they don’t consume foods that; have been restructured in any way such as pasta which has had most of the benefits removed. They abstain from things bread unless it’s the whole sprouted unleavened version that has not had any parts of it removed through processing.

The foods they eat are plant based. This is to say that there are some who think they are vegans that eat mollusks because they claim they aren’t sentient beings.

The plant based portion of the title signifies that they would not partake of this type of eating.

A person could be plant based and not be whole food because they choose to eat refined foods. So, technically this could be listed as a separate category.

  1. Fruitarians:

This group only consumes items known to be or classified as fruits.

The reason that I say it this way is that there are many foods that people misclassify all the time. Most fruitarians eat fruits and berries at a minimum because bananas are technically a berry.

A loose translation of what a fruitarian would consider a fruit would be the ancient definition contained in many ancient writings that says a fruit is; that which contains the seed.

While most fruitarians are fully raw, there are fruitarians that cook some of their fruits to make deserts, recipes and the like.

  1. Junk Food Vegans:

These people are not into veganism for their health, they will for the most part eat anything so long as it doesn’t contain any animal products.

Most of this group are in this category for the ethics of veganism.

When they go to the store they read the labels and no matter whether it’s good for you or not, if it doesn’t contain any animal products they will eat it.

Many of the other types of vegans listed above will occasionally go off the wagon and eat some junk food, but for the most part they don’t make a habit of it.

Let’s Take This A Step Further

What I’d like for you to do now is to go read my article titled: 10 Reasons Becoming Vegan Is The Key To A Long Healthy Life. To check it out now go HERE

Thank you very much and I hope you liked my guide on the types of veganism.




Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein?

Vegan Cashew Cheese

Protein: The number one question vegans get nearly every day of their lives is; ‘so, where do vegans get their protein from?’

Let me tell you that there is NO problem getting enough protein from plant foods and that this allows you to eat much of your proteins raw. Raw proteins will give you far less denatured proteins that can cause cancer and other health challenges in the body.

Animal proteins are the only dietary source of cholesterol’s that are known to clog your arteries and cause death.

So, the reasons to go vegan under this subject are;

Your proteins and the associated fats aren’t attempting to kill you. That may be a bit blunt, but, you do have to admit, it’s a darn good reason.

There is no need for a sentient being to have to die so that you can eat when it’s not what your body was designed for and you can get your protein elsewhere.

Here Are 4 Plant Foods With More Protein Per Calorie Than Beef!

To establish the baseline the most common beef consumed in America is 70% lean ground beef. This has 332 calories per 100 grams while providing 14 grams of protein that must be cooked and denatured.

A). Spinach: has 5 grams of protein per cup and one cup only has 30 calories. So, 3 cups have 15 grams of protein and only 90 calories.

B). Broccoli: has 4.5 grams of protein per 30 calories. One cup chopped has around 25 calories.

C). Spirulina: 4 grams of protein per one teaspoon and that amount only has 30 calories.

D). Tempeh: about 31 grams of protein per 1 cup with 320 calories.

So, as you can see, beef can’t even come close to the vegan protein sources listed above as far as protein per calorie. The reason only these 4 were chosen is that you can eat each of these raw. Some of the ones below could be eaten raw, but most people won’t.

As you’ll see, becoming vegan and getting your protein is not all that difficult and is really pretty easy.

Other Vegan High Protein Plant Sources

A). Kidney beans: 2 cups of boiled kidney beans have 30 grams of protein and 450 calories.

B). Lentils: 2 cups of boiled lentils have 36 grams of protein and 460 calories.

C). Tofu: here you’re looking at about 40 grams of protein and 376 calories per 2 cup depending on the manufacturer.

D). Chia seeds: 100 grams = 17 grams of protein and 486 calories.

E). Quinoa: 2 cups have 16 grams of protein and 444 calories.

F). Nutritional yeast: 2 tablespoons have 8 grams of protein and only 45 calories.

G). Hummus: 1cup has 19 grams of protein and 409 calories.

How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

Well, the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight or 0.36 grams per pound of body weight. This comes out to 56 grams for the average sedentary male and 46 grams for the average sedentary female.

So, as you can see becoming vegan and getting enough protein is absolutely no problem.

However, this begs to ask the question; are you sedentary?

If you get even an hour’s worth of exercise once per week your protein needs will go up to facilitate recovery and repair.

If you’re relatively active to very active then you may wish to consider getting 1 gram per kilogram of body weight each day.

If you’re a strength athlete or bodybuilder then you may want to up that to 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight to ensure you’re getting adequate amounts for lean tissue development.

I know there are people out there that are afraid of protein, saying that the 1.5 grams will cause organ damage etc.. But, there are NO studies that indicate anything remotely close to that espousal especially using plant derived proteins.

Studies show that moderate protein levels like the ones we are discussing (yes those are moderate) do not cause kidney or other organ damage in healthy people. So, unless you already have kidney disease you should be fine.

Plus, they weren’t using our low 1.5 grams per kilo of body weight. Some of the studies were using 2 or more grams per pound of body weight with animal proteins no less and still found no damage.

If you think about it the science makes sense. The Arctic peoples such as the Inuit and the African peoples such as Masai tribe ate and do eat massive amounts of protein. During some stretches of the year they may have little to no carbohydrate in their diet and they have no organ damage from the protein itself.

Yes, they DO have heart problems from the cholesterol, but, no damage from the protein and we are NOT advocating eating animal flesh here. We ARE advocating getting your protein from a vegan diet. So, the cholesterol is NOT an issue as it is for them.

There is no concern for safety and even at the 1.5 grams of protein level and you can still find it relatively easy to accomplish on a vegan diet.

I am ONLY saying that you may wish to up your protein levels to the ranges discussed IF you’re a vegan bodybuilder or strength athlete.

If you’re becoming vegan or already are vegan and not into extreme athletics then you may be able to do just fine on the RDI’s.

As a matter of fact, there are NO studies showing adverse affects from any level of PLANT proteins anywhere to be found. It would seem that our bodies know exactly what to do with plant proteins and don’t have any problems with them.

Here is an interesting point: The mountain gorilla (gorilla beringei beringei) live at altitudes where very few fruits grow, so around 86% of their diet is leaves and tender shoots. Then, around 7% will consist of roots and tubers, roughly 3% will be flowers, 2% will be fruits and 2% various snails – small lizards or insects.

They consume around 40 pounds of forage foods per day. Their foods are known to contain up to 30% of their calories from protein. This is NOT surprising since spinach has over 50% of its calories coming from protein  and many tree leaves are equally as high, plus the bugs, lizards and snails etc…

So, 40 pounds of food at roughly 170 calories per pound X 30% protein = 2,040 calories from protein divided by 4 (calories per gram) = 510 grams of protein per day and they are just fine.

To summarize, there is nothing to worry about on a vegan diet.

If you eat sufficient calories from a variety of plant sources such as, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and tubers etc.. Then you should be able to meet your minimum requirements while going vegan.

If you’re an athlete and need more protein to excel in your sport, there is no evidence anecdotal, empirical or otherwise that suggests a relatively small amount of plant protein at even 1.5 grams per kilo of body weight will give a healthy person any problems at all.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be a high carb vegan. In fact it’s the ultimate lifestyle for health. I’m just saying that; if you want to excel in a sport that demands more lean body mass, then there is no reason to fear vegan proteins.

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7 Reasons Why Humans Aren’t Meant To Eat Meat Here’s The Truth!

There is a reason there is controversy surrounding the vegan diet and going vegan. It really has nothing to do with the truth, or if the vegan diet is really the best diet for you.

It has to do instead with the money being made by large the corporations that supply you with animal products.

So, here and now we will bypass the money and politics and focus on the truth.

Are Humans Supposed To Eat Meat?

 Let’s look at this objectively.

  1. Are You A Natural Born Hunter?

lion_making_kill-2 Do you have claws or fangs? No, you do not. So, if you were designed to eat meat, exactly how did nature intend for you to make your kills?

You do have to kill it before you can eat it.

You cannot answer with spears, bows and arrows or knives because we would have first had to survive long enough without them to figure out how to make them.

This is a huge question. If you had to run down a deer and kill it with your bare hands, then chew through its thick tough hide to get at the meat, could you do it?

Are you fast enough?

Could you do it over and over again, naked with no shoes on?

Remember, we are talking about what we are designed to eat. Not what we eat now because other people kill if for us or because we wear shoes, have clothes and kill with guns.

2. Is Your Digestive Tract Correct?

human_digestive_tract-2 Why is our digestive tract long and curvy instead of short and nearly straight like every true carnivore?

It’s very obvious that we are designed to have food stay in our digestive tract for a long period of time so that we can absorb all the nutrients from our foods.

True carnivores on the other hand have relatively short digestive tracts with very few twists and turns. This is so they can digest and eliminate the food before it becomes toxic to their systems.

3. The Need For Speed!

 Can you outrun your prey? It’s a simple question. Are you faster than a deer, a rabbit or an elk? If you’re not then you would be a dead hunter because you’d never be able to catch your prey.

The simplicity of this is mind boggling. If you’re not fast enough to catch your prey, then you don’t eat and you die.

Humans do not have the same skeletal structure as do lions, cheetahs or wolves. Our legs are in a straight line underneath our mass and easily support our weight for long periods of standing or walking.

The reason you always see lions, cheetahs and wolves laying down as much as possible is that their structures use a tremendous amount of energy when standing. Their bones are not aligned directly under them to support their weight like ours are. When they stand they must actively engage their muscles to do so.

Our legs do not coil underneath us like a lions, cheetahs or wolves do so that its natural action of elongation propels them forward.

You lean slightly forward as you walk and your legs simply pivot forward at the hip. If you look closely, they nearly fall forward. This conserves a lot of energy allowing you to walk slowly for great distances.

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4. We Are Just To Successful

 fat manThe more successful we are the fatter we become. This would be absolute death to a true carnivore. We put on body fat like crazy.

Think about it. If you were a very successful hunter and had so much food that you got obese you’d never be able to catch your next meal. You’d simply be too fat and slow to do it.

Our bodies are designed to put on fat as fast as possible so that we have the greatest chance of surviving a famine.

The reason you don’t see fat carnivores in nature is because they would starve to death. Rather a large oxymoron I agree, but, nevertheless true.

5. Die Hard The Hunter!

 bull-skewering-a-manYou genitals and weak areas are not protected. Look at  lions, cheetahs and wolves. Their genitals, soft belly and weak areas are all to the rear, away from their claws and fangs they attack with. They are all much heavier and stronger in the front so they can subdue and absorb the retaliations of their prey.

Our genitals, belly and our females breasts are all up front and very vulnerable during the fight to kill prey. We are simply not designed to take down animals that would fight back. One thing to keep in mind; no animal wants to die, they all fight back.

This means, we would suffer severe damage nearly every time we wanted to eat. This is not the trait of a hunter who would be able to survive long term.

6. Does That Look Yummy To You?

road kill Do you like road kill? If you were a carnivore and saw a piece of fresh road kill you’d begin to salivate and very strongly, nearly irresistibly be drawn to it as food.

You’d like ripping the guts out of that dead carcass and eating them first because you’d instinctively know they are the most nutritious just like a lion does.

You wouldn’t even have a concern in the world if it was still alive and screaming at the top of its lungs while you ate it, because that’s music to a true carnivores ears.

Go eat a piece of raw meat with no knives or forks and no seasonings. There are two things you’ll notice.

A). It’s not very easy for you to gnaw off chunks of meat because you just don’t have the right kind of teeth for it.


B). It has virtually no flavor to you without being cooked or seasoned in any way.

7. Nature Would Never Do This To You

 clogged-arteriesYour food would never kill you. If you were designed to eat a particular foodstuff it wouldn’t be the agent of your death.

When you eat meat you’re getting saturated fats and cholesterol that hardens and blocks your arteries so that you have heart attacks and die1. One egg has enough cholesterol to put you over your suggested intake for a week.

Meat, dairy and egg proteins, fats and cholesterol’s all contribute to diabetes which is another top killer2.

Meat, dairy and eggs all contribute to various forms of cancer which is another leading cause of death3.

The point here is that; if you were designed to eat it, it wouldn’t be designed to kill you.

So, are humans designed to eat meat?

If you still have to ask that question, then you need to read this article again.

No, of course humans are not designed to eat meat, dairy or eggs. So, why do we do it?

The most likely scenario was that we found carrion (dead rotting animals) laying around and consumed them because their fat was a super condensed source of calories. Then once we discovered fire we cooked it to kill all the fly maggots that were in it or to burn the fur off.

We then found this easier to eat, chew and digest. So, a pattern was born that was taught from generation to generation.

Do remember though; we were doing this before we had written words or likely much more than single syllable dialects. So, it was not a plan born of our greatest scientific minds to be kind about it.

My point here is; just because the person who came before you did it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reevaluate it and look at it from a neutral fact based position to determine if that’s truly the correct course of action.

This is of course how you should look at all information and especially science based information that comes into your life.

What we’ve done above is simply had a discussion about things that are obvious and known to be true with just the use of common knowledge and common sense.

The only question left is; now that these things have been laid in front of you, what are you going to do about it?

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  1. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000171.htm
  2. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/why-is-meat-a-risk-factor-for-diabetes
  3. http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/diet-high-in-red-meat-eggs-dairy-can-increase-cancer-risk.php










10 Reasons Becoming Vegan Is The Key To A Long Healthy Life

healthy veganThere are very few things that nearly everyone on earth can agree upon. But, I would be willing to bet that; the desire for a long healthy life would be the one thing the vast majority would all agree they want.

Below we will discuss how becoming vegan can help you achieve the health of your wildest dreams, extend your lifespan and give you the quality of life you’ve always wanted.

But, before you decide to go vegan, we had best define healthy.

The reason is that most people have an interesting view of what it means to be healthy, as you’ll see below.

When I was lecturing to an auditorium of health enthusiasts, naturopaths, chiropractors and other clinically tenured persons, I asked a question.

I asked “with a show of hands how many of you here think you’re healthy?”.

Most of the room had their hands in the air.

I said “keep your hands in the air if you’re on one or more medications”.

Guess what?

The majority of the hands were still in the air!

A murmur of ‘whoa’ was heard throughout the auditorium.

Most people think that if they are overweight, on 1 to 5 medications and see their doctor so much they get volume discounts that they are healthy.

This is simply not the case.

People see it as being the new normal, but, it’s not normal, optimal or healthy.

What Does It Mean To Be Healthy?

Here is the dictionary.com definition: “possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.”

However, lets break it down so it’s really simple.

Being healthy means that you are;

  1. In your normal BMI range and or not overweight/over fat. There are athletes outside their BMI ranges that are quite lean, so, we won’t count them. What we are really looking at is being over fat.

If you’re over fat, it’s not healthy no matter what the anti-body shaming crowd hopes you’ll believe. This is about your health, not poorly placed political correctness.

  1. Do not have one or more diseases, chronic or otherwise.
  2. Are not under a doctor’s care for any malady whatsoever, which would include not being on any drug(s) to correct or remedy a health issue.
  3. Are able to exert yourself to at least the minimum level for your age group without problems or complications.                                                                                                                                                                                   Here is the motto to remember: You can be fit without being healthy, but, you can’t be healthy without being fit.                                                                                                                                                                                                        This really is to say that; you could be very physically fit, have a great physic and be the envy of your friends but not be healthy and have cancer, high blood pressure or an imminent heart attack on the way soon. However, to be truly healthy you also have to be physically fit.
  4. We could throw mental health in here too. However, the problem I’ve always had with that is; who gets to define what crazy is, and what almighty authority proclaimed him or her to be sane so that they may judge you?

So, we’ll just stick to the physical aspects as they are much easier to quantify anyway.

You may think that the above definition(s) could be slightly altered. But, we are just using it as a basis for common ground.

Accepting this as a standard for this conversation, it’s quite clear that the vast majority of Americans and those in other prosperous, developed nations are not healthy and most aren’t even close.

So, What’s The Answer To Obtaining And Maintaining Health?

I would like to just say becoming vegan and get that part out there.

BUT! Is that really the truth?

vegan child birthWill going vegan really help improve your health dramatically?

If you go vegan will your life change? Will you become more healthy and fit? Will you lose body fat and look better in swimwear? Is the vegan diet really that powerful?

Let’s find out below and answer this question once and for all. Then, at the end of the reasons below it should be clear to everyone that either going vegan is the way to go, or it’s a fairy tale told by tree huggers left over from the 60’s that just won’t go away.

Let’s have a look for ourselves.

10 Reasons Becoming Vegan Is The Best Way To A Long And Healthy Life!

  1. Death:

The leading cause of death in the United states for both men and women is Coronary heart disease with heart attack frequency being one about every 45 seconds.

The risk of a man dying from a heart attack is over 50%.

Coronary heart disease is the number one killer for women as well with 1 in every 4 women dying from it in the United states.

But get this, the risk of a person in the U.S. dying from a heart attack who eats no meats is only 15%.

Now for the big one; the risk for a U.S person dying from a heart attack that eats no meat, dairy or eggs is only 4%!!!

The reason women don’t have as high a level of Coronary heart disease to begin with is that women on average don’t eat as much meat as men.

To be as close to being heart attack proof as possible, your cholesterol level needs to be under 150, as those under this level very rarely have heart attacks.

The average American has a cholesterol of 210, the average vegetarian is 161 and the average vegan is 133.

So, as you can see, the ONLY dietary habit that is under the level of 150 is the vegan diet. Vegetarians who consume dairy, eggs or both are still well above the threshold.

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  1. Protein:

Let’s put this myth to rest right here and now.

If you polled vegans as to the number one question they get, you’d likely hear “where do you get your protein?” as the number one most asked question.

Just to show you how simple it is to get your daily protein in when you’re becoming vegan, I’m going give you the DRI’s and  list several examples below that will completely put your mind at ease. I’ll  give you great talking points should anyone ever ask you where you get your protein as a vegan (which will be almost daily).

Here Is The  DRI (Daily Recommended Intake) For Protein

The DRI replaces the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) even though it’s essentially the same thing. It seems that someone in the government got bored and decided it needed a new name.

This was about as needed as your friends rearranging your furniture while you’re on vacation and removing all the light bulbs knowing you’re coming back home after midnight.

The DRI for men’s protein is 56 grams and the DRI for women’s protein needs is 46 grams per day. To figure it by your body weight you just times your weight in pounds by 0.36 grams or .08 grams per kilo and it gives you your needs.

So, how can you meet these requirements on a vegan diet?

  Here Are Some Protein Meal Examples:

protein from beansA). Let’s say you have a 3 bean salad with 1/2 cup each of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), black beans and kidney beans.

The garbanzo beans, black beans and kidney beans all have 7.5 grams of protein per 1/2 cup boiled.

Then in that salad you have 2 cups cooked chopped broccoli that contains 5.2 grams of protein. You have an array of other veggies that give you 3 more grams of protein which is easy to do.

Then, you top it off with a nice 2 ounce serving of Tahini dressing that has another 9.6 grams of protein.

This is a great dinner that most anyone would love to eat. Your total protein just for that one meal is 40.3 grams.

So, you just got over 40 grams in one meal.

Let’s take a look at one more meal just to make sure that’s not a fluke.

B). We’ll do breakfast in this meal. In this meal you are going to have scrambled tofu breakfast burritos that taste amazing.

Here are your ingredients and the protein they supply:

  1. 1.5 cups of firm tofu = 30 grams of protein.
  2. 2 whole wheat medium tortillas = 10 grams of protein.
  3. 100 grams of an average salsa = 1.5 grams of protein.

Total = 41.5 grams of protein for breakfast.

So, as a vegan you have no need to worry about where you’re going to get your protein from. There are plenty of fruitarians who eat NOTHING but fruit who exceed their DRI for protein.

In fact, it’s truly difficult miss getting your protein requirements on a plant based, wide variety vegan diet. Heck, even spinach has more protein than beef calorie for calorie.

Now, WHY is this a REASON to go vegan?

Very simple. When you eat animal products, you fill your body with artery clogging fats and cholesterol which causes the number one killer of both men and women in our country, coronary heart disease.

Of course there are hundreds of other reasons such as the environment, animal welfare etc… But, the focus of this article is becoming vegan for your health and answering the question; will going on a vegan diet really improve my health and help me live longer?.

There are 100’s of health benefits to a vegan diet as well. But, the one we have focused on here is that; when your cholesterol is below 150 you are essentially heart attach proof.

Since dietary cholesterol is only found in animal products, you can see the correlation as plain as day. If your diet is not full of fats and cholesterol you will have a very hard time dying from it.

You don’t need studies to tell you that, it’s just common sense.

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3. Cancer:

The vegan diet has shown in study after study after study to dramatically reduce the instance of cancer in humans.

Just a few examples:

cancer of the colonA). Colon Cancer: A Harvard study showed that meat eaters have more than a 3 times greater risk of developing colon cancer than those who ate meat rarely. That means if you eat meat you’re more than 300% more likely to get colon cancer than those who eat it rarely.

So, imagine the benefits of not eating it at all.

B). Breast Cancer:  In Japan, women who ate meat on a daily basis had 8.5 times (that’s 850%) the instance of breast cancer than those who rarely ate it. Once again, just imaging the benefits of not doing it at all.

Because otherwise, it’s about like saying you only do cocaine once in a while and you think that’s ok.

A huge piece of news for you ladies

In the Harvard Nurse’s Health Study, they found that; eating the amount of cholesterol from just one egg every day shortens a women’s life as much as smoking 5 cigarettes every day for 15 years!!!

C). Prostate Cancer: A study conducted by Harvard found that men who are meat five or more times per week had 2.5 times the instance of prostate cancer than those who ate it less than once per week.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that; if you get all these benefits from only consuming meat from  rarely to once per week, over those who consume it daily or often, then your benefits would really go up from not eating it at all.

It would be like saying, well, I only smash my forehead with a hammer once a week so it’s ok. I’m not using bandages very often any more like I used to.

So, the question is; how much better would you be if you didn’t smack yourself in the forehead with a hammer at all?

In a very large study by Harvard University which studied several hundred men for a period of several years (the reason for the vagueness is that, many men dropped out due to length and some men died of other causes such as accidents, old age or other reasons etc..), they found that; men who ate even 1/4 of an egg per day had more than twice the instance of their prostate cancer spreading to other areas of their bodies including their bones.

Researchers speculate the reason is due to a compound in the eggs called choline as increased levels of choline in the blood have been strongly associated with developing prostate cancer in the first place. So, this new evidence indicates that it also spreads it as well.

Here’s a bit of news you should know!

In another study by Harvard men who ate even less than 2.5 eggs per week had an 81% increase in death associated with prostate cancer. 81% is no small number.

If you only go vegetarian and continue with dairy and eggs you’re increasing your risk of death from many diseases in huge amounts. We’re not talking about 1/2 of a percent or something. Just this one disease is 81%!!!

The benefits to becoming vegan are of course that you don’t have to deal with any of that. You can live your life with greater health, knowing you’re not intentionally putting nails in your coffin.

  1. Pesticide Transfer:
Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on food crops.
Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on food crops.

This is one that most people have never heard of before, but, is a HUGE factor in all of our lives. Because, if they’re finding it in mothers breast milk, then it’s in all of us, male or female and it’s being fed to our babies.

Farmed animals are basically pesticide concentration machines. A cow eats around 24 pounds of food a day. That’s 8,760 pounds per year. They are storing all of those pesticides, fertilizers and other nastiness from all that food in their bodies, mostly in their fat.

The people that eat animals are getting concentrated doses of that junk in every bite.

Those toxic chemicals end up in us.

Here are a few of the tests that have been done.

A). 99% of mothers tested in the United states were found to have significant levels of DDT in their breast milk.

DDT as you may know is a pesticide KNOWN to cause birth defects and was banned on Dec 31st 1972. However, there is still enough in our soils that animals such as cows concentrate it and it ends up inside of you.

How do we know this? Because only 8% of vegetarian mothers had DDT in their breast milk. Vegan mothers were not tested and logically would have been less or even near zero.

B). Meat eating mothers had 35 TIMES more chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in their breast milk that non meat eating mothers.

That’s huge. This is not one of those lame studies where they found .0012% difference or something like that. This was 3,500% more!!!

To put this into perspectives that we can all appreciate, let’s look at it like this:

You earn $100 per day and you get a raise of .0012% you now make 1.2 tenths of one cent more per day.

But, if you get a raise of 3,500% you now make $3,500 per day.

NOW you can see how huge that number really is.

  1. Antibiotic Resistant Diseases:

Did you know that we feed over 80% of all the antibiotics used in America to our food animals?

staph_strain resistant_to_antibioticsThe viruses, bacteria and diseases of course build up resistance to them and then those that eat these animals or their products are affected.

The proof in this is that; In 1960 the percentage of humans found to have staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin was 13%. In 1988 that number had jumped to 91% and today it’s thought to be getting close to 100%.

It’s all over the news, our antibiotics aren’t working anymore and one of the major fears is; when will the new super bug hit us. Not, if there will be a new super bug, but, when will it strike.

The antibiotics fed to farm animals are present in their meat, eggs and milk. This means that, those that consume animals products containing them are getting one or more antibiotics ingested with each serving they consume.

Antibiotics are meant for very short term usage. However, those consuming animal products are getting extraordinarily long term, constant doses of them.

When you go vegan you’re no longer subjugated to the constant bombardment of antibiotics in the animals products and this represents a massive benefit to your overall health.

  1. Fiber:

It’s estimated that our ancestors ate as much as 100 grams a day of fiber. Yet, the average American on a Standard American Diet (SAD) only consumes about 15 grams of fiber per day.

Switching to a plant based whole foods vegan diet increases fiber content back up pretty close to that of our ancestors considering the vast majority of their foods were in fact plant based.

Why is this important?

constipation probelemsA). Approximately 63 million Americans are constipated. This constipation has shown to cause mental disturbances leading all the way up to depression and severe anxiety.

B).  43% of Americans suffer from common GI (Gastrointestinal) disorders and 8 out of 10 with chronic symptoms remain undiagnosed even though they may well be treatable.

C). Over 70% of Americans have irregular constipation. That is; constipation that comes and goes with bouts ranging from infrequent to very frequent.

Elimination is a very big deal. Dr. Bernard Jensen is thought to have coined the phrase: “Death Begins In The Colon.”

If you’re not eliminating properly, then you’re a walking toxic soup with feces backed up rotting inside of you.

Becoming vegan, with all of its fiber and bulk that it adds to the diet will help to keep you regular and free from many diseases and ailments that are easily avoided when you go vegan.

  1. Diabetes:

Diabetes is the 6th leading health factor cause of death in the US at this time. It’s number 7 if you throw in accidents, but, we are only talking about preventable chronic diseases here, so, it’s #6.

There are many studies on diabetes reduction or elimination on a vegan diet. So, let’s just take it right from the horse’s mouth.

Published right on the American Diabetes Associations website is a study titled: ” A Low-Fat Vegan Diet Improves Glycemic Control and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in a Randomized Clinical Trial in Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes.26

The study found that those on the low fat, plant based vegan diet had a 28% drop in fasting serum glucose concentration.

They also found that; 43% of the vegan group were able to reduce their type 2 diabetes medications. This is huge and represents far greater findings than the best lipid lowering drugs currently available.

The study also noted that; diabetes is relatively low in occurrence among those following plant based diets.

As stated above, there are many studies that show similar or even greater findings. But this one is right on the American Diabetes Association website.

  1. Weight Loss:

lose weight scaleIt’s only logical that a high carbohydrate, low fat, plant based vegan diet would have an effect on fat stores in your body. However, it’s actually incredibly surprising just how massive of a change this can really make.

A really well done study published in the American Journal Of Medicine by Neal D. Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) tracked 59 post menopausal women.

Dr. Bernard along with colleagues from Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University split the group into two sub groups. One following a high carb, low fat vegan diet and the other was on the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines diet as a control.

The vegan group ate a completely unrestricted diet of as many fruits, vegetables and whole grains as they wanted and noticed amazing weight loss transformations.

In The chart below you’ll see that vegans are the only group that are in the healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) range.

This is astounding when you think about it. Not even the vegetarians who ate milk or eggs were able to attain healthy BMI levels.

BMI chart

Many people that are considering becoming vegan have this as a concern. They want to know if it will help them with their weight loss. In nearly all cases, once you go “plant based whole food vegan”, you’ll never have weight issues again.

The reason for the distinction of a whole foods plant based vegan diet is that; there are plenty of junk or processed food vegan products out there. If you eat them, you can be just as fat being a vegan as a meat eater.

But, if you eat a real diet, that’s based on whole plant foods in their natural forms you should have no challenges at all.

As a matter of fact, many actually have to eat far more on a vegan diet to even meet their minimum caloric needs.

Losing weight on a plant based, low fat vegan diet is so easy, it’s nearly impossible to fail at it.

  1. Body Oder And Bad Breath:

breath is badThese are typically a sign that you’re not very clean on the inside. It generally shows that you have fecal matter build up, toxins or both and that you could do with a good cleanse.

This is why a fruit flush has become such a hot cleanse and stayed that way for the last 50 or so years.

The people who do this eat nothing but fruits for 3 to 7 days (most people doing 3 to 4 days) to clean their bodies out.

But, what if you never had to do that?

What if you were simply clean every day?

Well, when you eat a plant based vegan diet rich in fruits and vegetables every day you never have to do a fruit flush, because what they call a ‘cleanse’, is your every day diet.

It’s kind of like this; it’s easier to just keep your house clean every day than it is to never clean it for the first 20 years and now decide to do a flush.

Just think about it. For those 20 years they’ve been living in filth. Then they do a short cleanse in hopes of cleaning up a little.

You can’t clean 20+ years worth of junk out of your body in 3 days. You have years worth just stored in your fat cells alone.

This is why people who go vegan report getting cleaner and feeling better and better months and even years after becoming vegan.

However, the bad breath and body odor do typically go away pretty quickly, usually within the first month or two.

  1. Living The Longest:

babies hand in mans handMost everyone wants to live a long happy healthy life. I say almost everyone because there are a few nut jobs out there that want to go out early.

However, the vast majority want to be physically active and posses their mental faculties well into old age.

To do this successfully there is no better culture to study than those living on the island of Okinawa in Japan.

There are a few lists that put them as the longest living people in the world. There are also a few lists that dispute that saying they are number 2 or number 3.

Either way, they live a long time. But, the reason they make our list in the number one spot is that they possess the greatest quality of life into their elder years that has ever been legitimately documented.

Not only do they have the highest percentage of PROVEN centurions living today with a grand total of 740 of them (at the time of writing). But, they have the most active seniors you’ve ever seen as well.

In the year 2,000  Seikichi Uehara, a 96 year old, defeated an ex boxing champion in his 30’s with thousands of people watching and cheering him on.

Or in the interesting case of Nabi Kinjo, the 105 year old that killed a poisonous snake with a fly swatter.

The peoples of Okinawa not only live long, but enjoy their old age as well.

Why is this so important for our discussion today?

The typical diet in Okinawa pre-western influence only contained about 1% to 2% of its total calories from animal products.

In other words, most all of their protein and of course calories came from plant based foods.

There Is No Better Lifestyle

If you’re not yet vegan then you may wish to consider investigating doing so. The more you look and the deeper you look, you’ll find that becoming vegan is the best way to stay healthy, age well and live a more productive and fulfilling life.

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