Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Research has confirmed the many Health Benefits Plant Based Diet, including a lower risk of heart disease with lower levels of cholesterol — the "bad" cholesterol that builds up deposits in your arteries.  Mother Earth knows exactly what to provide for the perfect health of her inhabitants.

In fact, more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated the Health Benefits Plant Based Diet was associated with a reduced risk of deaths related to heart attacks or heart disease and fewer incidences of cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Women who eat a plant-based diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts may have a reduced risk of breast cancer.

For these reasons, most if not all major scientific organizations encourage healthy adults to adapt a plant-based diet for prevention of major chronic diseases.

Key Components of a Plant-Based Diet and Home Remedies

  • Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as rice and beans, nuts, fruits and vegetables, whole grains
  • Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and coconut oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month, if any
  • Eating fish and poultry instead of red meat, if meat is eaten
  • Enjoying meals with family and friends
  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)
  • Getting plenty of exercise
  • Try plant based home remedies such as castor oil before relying on synthetic medicines with side effects.

MyWholeFoodsKitchen.com is dedicated to teaching people to cook with rice and beans instead of meat and dairy. Please feel free to print our Food for Well-Being Food Pyramid as a visual aid for teaching the health benefits of a plant-based diet.  

Health Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

 

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Animal Products

Raising Chickens for EggsWe chose not to include MEAT of any kind In our Healthy Meal Plan, however we do upon occasion include animal products such as eggs, cheese and yogurt.

The best possible animal products are those we raise ourselves from organic animal sources. In other words, from our pets. We have experimented with raising chickens in an urban setting and driving to a local ranch to help them milk their cows to have reliable, organic sources of animal products. We give them names and love them like you would any pet.

It used to be commonplace for the generations before us to milk the cows and collect the eggs before they left for school each morning. But this generation has been taught that farm animals are smelly, dirty, and low class.  People of higher class would not involve themselves with such activities as petting farm animals. They carry disease!  Icky Pooh!

But the truth is, everything about interacting with farm animals is positive, healthy and happy—being near them, feeling their warmth, allowing them to be part of our every-day lives, fertilizing our ground as they go along, mowing our grass or pecking up all the bugs that would damage the fruit in the garden. When children are raised around farm animals they rarely have the allergies seen in children that have been protected from “getting dirty.” And te number of children who are lactose intolerance grows as we get away from home-grown, organic dairy products.

Animal products from these natural resources in our own backyard actually build health and well-being rather than diminish it.  The problem is allowing big business to take on these tasks because they don’t raise animals with the love and care that we would.  Their only task ischicken roost to make enough food for everyone, so they have to “mass produce” animals in a nameless, faceless, mechanical way.  They perceive farm animals to be nothing but “products.”

The conscious consumer understands that negative energy causes illness and disease as much as any other factor.  How much negative energy is in our food if the sources of all meat and dairy are coming from animals that are being treated in this manner?  It boggles my mind to think of how much negative energy is being sent into the environment of planet earth from the hearts and minds of these fellow beings. Do we really think we can escape such negative energy without it returning back upon us?

The only answer I can come up with is to produce my own groceries as mankind has always have done for generations of time. I choose to keep my own chickens in my own back yard, and give them names so that no one will be tempted to eat our pets!  I want to have a friendly family milk cow named “Betsy” that gives and gives, with very little needs of her own.  All she needs is a patch of grass and she is good to go.

Untitled 0 01 59-15As I came to this conclusion, I determined that I would stop buying any and all animal products from the grocery store.  I would make them myself or find someone who raises them with their own labors.  I love cheese.  I love ice cream.  I love eggs once a week.  I need eggs for the properties they bring to baking.  But I have learned to live without meat, by replacing it with Mega-Meat.  I don’t see any true dietary need for the slaughter of animals.  We have so many other food sources available to us.  It’s not like we live in the tundra where there are no other calories to be found. It’s no longer a survival issue for us.  We have a constant endless flow of fresh foods, bulk grains and beans. There is no reason other than pure indulgence that would lead us to end an animal’s life because we like the way it tastes. Doesn’t that soun2011-01-18 11 40 03 d a lot like the “big bad wolf” drooling and licking his chops as he looks at the three little pigs?

Many elderly people will tell you that they grew up milking cows.  It used to be part of everyday life.  There was a cow in every back yard.  Now yards have gotten smaller and smaller and zoning has made laws to prevent you from owning a cow. I believe it is all part of a greater problem of being forced to be dependent. I believe owning a cow and chickens is and always has been an important step in empowering self-reliance instead of total and complete dependence.

To experiment, I fenced off a small area in a shady corner of the yard where we gardened and got three chickens about half grown. In a few months we had more eggs than we could keep up with.  The propaganda we have been fed is making us believe that animals are “dirty” and “smelly” and “undesirable”.  It may be true if you cage an animal in too small of an area, but if an animal is allowed to roam free in enough space, their droppings go back to the earth in a short amount of time, making the land more fertile.

We found that raising three chickens is equivalent to the cost and effort of raising a dog, but a lot more profitable.  Our three chickens each laid one egg a day, so at the end of each week we had 21 eggs.  Most families buy a dozen eggs every week. We grew very attached to our chicken pets and would never consider eating them for meat.  The eggs were more than enough to get from our chicken venture.

Part of the time weUntitled (29) 0 00 00-01Untitled 0 00 03-25 kept the chickens on our balcony because we had no land to put them on.  I made a cube shape with PVC pipe and bought some bird netting to drape over it.  It worked perfectly and was very light and portable.  I brought them to a grassy area next to our house where they could eat bugs and grass.

When they got muddy or dirty, we bathed them like we would bathe a baby in the bath tub.  They cooperated and let my little boy dry them off with a towel.  We absolutely loved every minute. When summer came and the balcony became blazing hot, we had to find a permanent home for them at a ranch outside of town. Some day we hope to own chickens again.

These are my conclusions and some of my personal efforts to live in a world with a food industry that has become so mindlessly corrupted.  Some people think I am crazy trying to raise chickens in a suburban environment, but I don’t have time to elaborate my reasons for them.  I just smile and feel proud of my decisions. Now that I live in a neighborhood where it is against the law to raise chickens I find myself longing for another kind of life.  One closer to the earth with interaction with the animals that made breakfast such a treat. One day I want to own land and a farm like my grandparents did and have others who join with me to put the breaks on the runaway train that brings our food.

 

New E-Cig Research

Quit Smoking Using E-CigarettesElectronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction. In a new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, scientists at KU Leuven report that e-cigarettes successfully reduced cravings for tobacco cigarettes, with only minimal side effects.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) were developed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They contain 100 to 1,000 times less toxic substances and emulate the experience of smoking a tobacco cigarette.

New E-Cig Research

In an 8-month study, the KU Leuven researchers examined the effect of using e-cigs (“vaping”) in 48 participants, all of whom were smokers with no intention to quit. The researchers’ goal was to evaluate whether e-cigs decreased the urge to smoke tobacco cigarettes in the short term, and whether e-cigs helped people stop smoking altogether in the long-term.

The participants were divided into three groups: two e-cig groups, which were allowed to vape and smoke tobacco cigarettes for the first two months of the study, and a that only had access to tobacco. In a second phase of the study, the control group was given e-cigs and all participants were monitored for a period of six months via a web tool, where they regularly logged their vaping and smoking habits.

In the lab, the e-cigs proved to be just as effective in suppressing the craving for a smoke as tobacco cigarettes were, while the amount of exhaled carbon monoxide remained at baseline levels. In the long-term analysis, results showed that the smokers were more likely to trade in their tobacco cigarettes for e-cigs and taper off their tobacco use.

At the end of the 8-month study, 21% of all participants had stopped smoking tobacco entirely (verified via a CO test), whereas an additional 23% reported cutting the number of tobacco cigarettes they smoked per day by half.

Across all three groups, the number of smoked per day decreased by 60%.

“All the groups showed similar results after we introduced the e-cigs,” concluded Professor Frank Baeyens and postdoctoral researcher Dinska Van Gucht of the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology Unit. “With guidance on practical use, the nicotine e-cig offers many smokers a successful alternative for smoking less – or even quitting altogether. E-cig users get the experience of a cigarette and inhale nicotine vapor, but do not suffer the damaging effects of a tobacco cigarette.”

“By comparison: of all the smokers who quit using nothing but willpower, only 3 to 5% remain smoke-free for 6 to 12 months after quitting,” says Baeyens.

Nicotine e-cigs are currently banned in Belgium. In light of their study results, the researchers are now urging for a new legal framework for nicotine vaping in Belgium. All neighboring countries allow the sale of nicotine e-cigs.

Plant Oils Improve Health

Plant Oils

More Treasures from the Garden

Aromatherapy brings health and healing in all three dimensions: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Each and every plant on earth contributes a unique set of benefits for the health and well-being of man. Aromatherapy essential oils are extracted from flowers, herbs, weeds, tree bark, leaves, stems and roots. The concentrated oils may be inhaled directly or applied to the skin through massage, lotions or bath salts. When aromas are inhaled they stimulate the receptors in the nose (olfactory), which then send messages through the nervous system to all of the systems of the body. When it is massaged into the skin the powerful medicinal properties of the oil is absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to every cell in the body.

You can choose an Aroma for a specific outcome such as:

  • Lifting your mood
  • A general feeling of well-being
  • Improving blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Raising or lowering blood pressure
  • Balancing the hormone production
  • Increasing or reducing milk production
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Killing viruses, bacteria and fungal infections
  • Reducing pain
  • Improving restful sleep
  • Improving digestion
  • Relaxing nervous tension
  • Relieving anxiety
  • Lifting depression
  • Improving quality of life for people with chronic health conditions
  • Making shots less painful for people receiving dialysis
  • Improving sleep for people who are hospitalized
  • Reducing pain for children undergoing tonsillectomy or other medical treatment
  • Improving symptoms of autism
  • Improving symptoms of ADHD

 

Plant Frequencies

Essential oils are the life blood of plants and carry a much higher energy than our own blood. Everything on earth vibrates at unique frequencies. This frequency is measured in hertz (Hz) and megahertz. (MHz) Plants vibrate Plants vibrate at the highest frequencies found on earth.

The list below shows the frequencies of a few essential oils. The rose vibrates at the highest frequency known to man:

  • Rose (Rosa damascene)…………………320 MHz
  • Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)……..118 MHz
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)…………….105 MHz
  • Blue Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)…..105 MHz
  • Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)…………98 MHz
  • Aloes/Sandalwood (Santalum album)……96 MHz
  • Angelica (Angelica archangelica)………..85 MHz
  • Peppermint (Mentha peperita)…………..78 MHz
  • Galbanum (Ferula gummosa)……………..56 MHz
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)………………….52 MHz

 

Human Frequencies

The daytime frequency of a healthy human body vibrates in the range of 62 to 68 MHz. Specific frequencies used in research can destroy a cancer cell or a virus and can prevent the development of disease. Studies conducted in 1992 by Tainio Technology, as an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheny, Washington, determined that certain illnesses and diseases can only exist as the frequency of the human body decreases. Human cells can start to change (mutate) when the frequency drops below 62MHz. The studies showed that the certain illnesses appeared only when the body frequency dropped below a certain MHz.

  • 58 MHz – cold or the flu
  • 55MHz. – candida
  • 52 MHz – Epstein-Barr virus
  • 42 MHz – cancer
  • 20 MHz.- dying, bodily systems begin to shut down

Raising the body’s frequency helps to overcome sickness and disease.

Your body frequency can be raised and lowered by the activities of the day. Stress lowers the speed of your vibration while taking a walk raises it. Eating an apple raises it while eating candy lowers it. Getting a good night’s sleep raises your frequency while tossing and turning over a frustrating situation lowers it. Essential oil aromas raise your frequency quickly and profoundly and the benefits will be easy to perceive. Continued exposure to aromas on a daily basis will put your body, mind and spirit on a path of continual healing and renewal.

Herbal teas take advantage of the same healing properties of plants, boiling the leaves until the essential oils flow into the water where they can be taken into the body by drinking the soothing and aromatic tea.

Incense utilizes the powerful healing properties of plants by burning them and sending them into the room for everyone to enjoy.

Diffusers bring out the aromas of the essential oils by heating them with a little tea candle.

Nebulizers process the oils into a mist inside a bottle with a mouth piece where it can be drawn into the lungs.

Pendants can be worn around the neck.

A hot bath is a common use of aromatherapy for relaxation. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and it absorbs into the skin and into the bloodstream.

Personal Diffusers, also known as Electric Cigarettes or “E Cigs” have become a recent favorite for use with aromatherapy. Due to the direct and instant impact the essential oils have on the body e cigs are winning the approval of even the staunchest non-smoker. The heating coil of the electric cigarette slightly heats the oils into a vapor that is taken directly into the mouth, nose and lungs. Essential oil vapor is not harmful in any way as it raises the body’s frequency and brings health and healing to every cell of the body.

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Quit Smoking Using E-Cigarettes:

Millions of people would love to quit smoking but can’t seem to reach that goal.  Some fear that if they stop smoking they will gain weight.  Let’s kill both birds with one stone!  Let’s stop smoking and lose weight at the same time.

More than 70% of smokers want to quit according to recent polls, yet most of them are not successful.  This is one habit that is next to impossible to quit.Tobacco companies are counting on this tenacious addiction to maintain the continuous rise in profits they have experienced since they began.

E-cigarettes have been used as a healthier replacement for smoking tobacco cigarettes and as a successful method for overcoming tobacco addiction. Because e-cigarettes require no fire, they produce no smoke. Burning smoke is the cause of the lung cancer associated with smoking. The “e-liquid” used contains no tobacco but uses a liquid form of nicotine instead.

E-liquids can be purchased in a variety of flavors with measurable nicotine strengths to gradually decrease the amount of nicotine you are putting into your body. Many e-liquids have no nicotine at all. Some smokers report that their smoking habit to be more than an addiction to nicotine, but also something to “do” and something to “hold” in their hand when they are nervous. E-Cigarettes provide both of these needs while providing the means to eliminate the addiction to nicotine entirely.

cigarette buttsNo Ifs, Ands or Butts!

4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered each year and 32% of all marine debris turn out to be cigarette butts.  One million birds and 100,000 mammals die each year due to marine debris. More than 12 billion butts are thrown away each day that will take more than 15 years to decompose. The toxic chemicald that leach into the soil from this endless supply of butts end up in our water supply. Do the planet a favor and switch to reusable e-cigarettes!  Throwing away a cigarette butt is the ultimate recycling sin.

E-cigarettes create no fire. They create no ash. You have no butt to dispose of. You need no dirty, smelly ash trays.  E-Cigs have no tar, no carcinogens and when using essential oils instead of nicotine the result instead of unhealthy addiction and damage to your health is improved health and wellness and freedom from addiction! You get the “Breath of Life” Instead of the “Kiss of Death” as one e-cigarette company, HoliSmokes.com, who supplies e-liquids that are all natural essential plant oil blends with no nicotine at all.

Tobacco companies instill fear about the e-cig saying they are more harmful than cigarettes and that not enough health studies have been conducted. While we may not have many clinical trials about the use of e-cigarettes for nicotine we do have decades of studies on the miraculous health benefits of aromatherapy.  There may be some question about the health risks of frequent inhalation of vegetable glycerin.

So far, the most common noted side effect of inhalation of e-liquid containing vegetable glycerin is a dry mouth, sore throat, and increased thirst. These symptoms usually last just a few days to a week as the body is introduced to the vegetable glycerin. These symptoms can be alleviated by drinking more liquids. It’s interesting to see tobacco companies try to appear to be concerned about your health when they have never hesitated to continue to supply each new generation with lethal tobacco cigarettes in spite of the piles of evidence, clinical studies and millions of deaths related to their products.

Arguments against e-cigarettes also include the possibility that new smokers will jump on the vaopr band wagon because they think it is not harmful.  The truth is, if these new vapor users choose plant oils instead of e-liquids that are made from flavorings and liquid nicotine they will actually be improving their health by doing so. If you choose a flavorful essential oil such as cinnamon or black pepper you might find that the impact of the high-frequency plant oil will knock out the desire for the taste of a cigarette and give you the edge you need to overcome this addiction.

If you are moving from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes, you will find there are many side effects associated with reducing or ceasing the use of tobacco products including bad breath, stomach pain, nausea, constipation, increased appetite, skin breakout’s, increased coughing, insomnia, depression, vagueness, irritability, gas, dry throat, nasal drip, dizziness, and vertigo. Many of these side effects will be alleviated by using the e-cigarette filled with essential plant oils.

 

Mother Nature Saves the Day Once Again! 

Herbs and flowers are packed with powerful healing properties. The oil from these plants are the lifeblood of the plant. When the oil is heated slightly they give off an aroma that carries with it all of the healing properties of the plant. This healing aroma is called aromatherapy. When used in an e-cigarette personal diffuser it saves lives and saves the environment at the same time!

Personal Diffusers, also known as Electric Cigarettes or “E Cigs” have become a recent favorite for aromatherapy. Due to the direct and instant impact the essential oils have on the body e-cigs are winning the approval of even the staunchest non-smoker like me!  The heating coil of the electric cigarette slightly heats the oils into a vapor that is taken directly into the mouth, nose and lungs. Essential oil vapor is not harmful in any way as it raises the body’s frequency and brings  healing oxygen to the blood detoxifying every cell of the body.

Vegetable glycerin is used as the base of most e-liquids and responsible for the vapor cloud it produces that mimics the cloud of a tobacco cigarette. Cigarette smokers find this vapor cloud familiar and comforting as they move away from conventional smoking to the use of a personal diffuser, but this vapor is nothing like smoke.  It is not produced by burning ash but by gently heating the e-liquid into a vapor.

The most common noted side effect of inhalation of e-liquid containing vegetable glycerin is a dry mouth, sore throat, and increased thirst. These symptoms usually last just a few days to a week as the body gets used to the vegetable glycerin. These symptoms can be alleviated by drinking more liquids or eliminating vegetable glycerin from the e-liquid.

Sitting Disease

I have recently discovered that excessive sitting causes the body to break down.  Scientists are naming it “sitting disease.”  Everyone is sitting for eight hours a day or more causing illness to skyrocket, depression to soar and obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and heart disease to progress.

When you walk the muscles in your legs squeeze the blood from your feet back to the heart.  When you sit or stand in place the blood has a difficult time getting back to the heart. This puts a constant strain on the heart. The blood may make it halfway up the legs instead of flowing through the lungs where it receives oxygen to deliver to every cell in the body with the next beat of the heart.  Without oxygen the cells become weak and begin to break down. The only remedy for sitting disease is to stand up and walk around.

Those who sit most of the day have about the same risk for heart disease as people who smoke.

Going to the gym once a week will not reverse sitting disease.

Global studies show that most of us sit over seven hours a day and in some cases people sit form up to 15 hours a day.

While I was building this website and trying to do my part to prevent heart disease by creating meals for the week and an efficient cooking plan I found myself sitting at the computer for more than 18 hours a day!  My passion for health was driving me yet I saw my own health going down the tubes.  It took me two years to develop this digital program and the websites to promote it and I learned first hand that sitting down can kill you faster than any other bad habit.  My legs turned to jelly and I had trouble even walking up the front steps to my house!  I wasn’t doing my usual gardening and bread-making and cooking and cleaning because I was so focused on getting this plan to you, my customer.

I have lived two contrasting lifestyles. One, a fully active lifestyle of gardening, bread-making, cooking and chasing children around followed by two years of intense concentration at the computer, excited and driven, yet sedentary.   I can absolutely agree that sitting is the worst thing you can do for your health and well being. I became weak and unmotivated, tired and depressed. I felt little flutters in my heart. I lost the tone in my muscles from head to toe. And worst of all I couldn’t find the energy to do something about it! Thank God I have a husband with the strength and fortitude to find a quick remedy.  He pushed me to get a job at our local grocery store which required me to be on my feet for eight hours a day.  Within six months I was back to my normal energy levels and seeing the tone come back to my muscles.

I am now more committed than ever to the seven heart healthy cooking projects that I teach because these projects keeps you moving, walking, standing, bending, kneading and cooking. Being a producer instead of “the consumer” means that you are never sedentary. You are active and productive living a healthy lifestyle!