I believe the most important thing in your life is your health. - To play it safe is not to play.
Oct. 3rd, 2011
07:51 pm - I believe the most important thing in your life is your health.
Woke up with a cold of some sort today, so I went to the Vitamin Shoppe to pick up some oil of oregano and echinacea/goldenseal, which were recommended to me by friends. I've also had five cups of green tea, gargled salt water twice so far, and used my netti pot this morning. I'm determined to take care of my own health without going to the doctor, if possible.
I'm also trying to start writing and journaling more frequently, thus the reason for this mostly pointless entry. Forming a habit, you know.
After seeing a very informative documentary or two (watch Forks Over Knives if you get the chance!), I am learning that a primarily vegan diet can SEVERELY reduce (if not ELIMINATE) one's risk of most cancers and heart disease. Scientists discovered that you can turn cancer on and off, based on the amount of dairy and meat in your diet -- 20%+ turned ON cancer growth, and 5% or less not only turned it off, but began to reverse cancer. So the rest of my pride and I have decided to incorporate a LOT more plant-based whole foods into our diet, and keep the animal products to a minimum. I love my cheese, but it turns out dairy can be very harmful... it actually CAUSES osteoporosis (due to its acidic nature, which leaches calcium from our bones to re-balance our body's pH), in addition to cancer. At least, according to the research of the scientists in this documentary. Drinking milk just doesn't make sense, and this knowledge has caused me to thinking several times over about my massive cheese consumption. I'm surprised how easy and interesting it has been to become more vegan over the past week or so. I urge anyone reading this to look deeper into the health benefits of a whole food plant-based diet, and to stop listening to the people who lack dietary training and make money off of you being sick. Doctors don't know anything about nutrition, and it is not in their best interest to actually cure you of all of your ills - that would put them out of a job. Keep that in mind.
All the chopping and cooking I've been doing with fresh/whole ingredients (all kinds of new veggies and grains) has inspired me to start making my own bread. I love the idea, but I've never made bread before... I've got dough rising right now, and I'll be making a loaf or two of Italian bread tomorrow. If it works out, I'll move on to healthier whole grain breads, as well as vegan dessert breads (zucchini, banana nut, blueberry, pumpkin, etc.). I'm crossing my fingers!