It’s the season for getting lean and fit, and lets face it, there are hundreds of diets and supplements to choose from… But have you considered if your diet strategy and / or diet supplement is safe? Will it result in the end of yo-yo dieting? Tune in to this webinar to learn a little about supplements, protein isolates, high protein diets, leptin and lifestyle. You can sign up here:
If you are interested in the link between animal based foods and cancer, and you are an athlete who hopes to stay healthy and fit as you age, click the link to join us for this life-saving webinar with Dr. Ruth Heidrich, June 23rd!
Please note this webinar has already happened. We are currently editing the audio file to make it available on the website. If you are interested in being notified once its available, please drop me an email to let me know.
Stay tuned for the latest and greatest project on my plate: An online course for hydrotherapy is in the works, and I know you will love this, especially if you are an athlete, coach or trainer. This one won’t be available until the fall, but it will be worth the wait. In the meantime, if you are still icing injuries, STOP! If this confuses you, here is a great video that will clarify:
A whole foods plant based diet has been proven to stop the disease in over 90% of people with early stages MS. Why doesn’t the MS society promote this? I have no idea. But we can share this important information far and wide. Plant based for MS….pass it on.
Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage and Carrots
-This delicious salad is featured in the Taiga Newsletter. For more amazing recipes like this, opt in for the monthly newsletter on the Taiga website or Facebook.
“Mom, this is amazing! I’d have this every day” ~Mitchell, age 13
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon tahini
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Coarse salt and pepper
3 cups mixed shredded kale and red cabbage
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons diced red onion
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
In a small bowl, whisk dijon mustard, rice vinegar, tahini, maple syrup and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
In another bowl, combine kale, cabbage, carrot, parsley, and red onion with sunflower, pumpkin, and hemp seeds.
Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with dressing, and toss to coat.
This article was tucked away, but I pulled it out today because yet again William Davis is promoting his “Wheat Belly” book on CBC. Pretty risky stuff; I guess he hasn’t checked out the Blue Zones, where the longest living and healthiest people on the planet eat mostly starch, vegetables and fruit. Take note that the diet he promotes is really another version of Dr. Atkin’s diet and Weston Price’s diet, both of whom died of heart disease.
In response to a recent CBC interview with an author who wrote a book promoting meat, dairy, eggs and fat:
Sadly the author of “Big Fat Surprise” has added to the confusion of what food makes us healthy. She has mistakenly included refined and processed vegetable oils in the argument against a plant-based diet, which I agree are a huge part of the problem. When we consume oils, we only get the fat of the plant, which leads to trouble. When we eat a low fat diet based on whole plant foods, we reap the benefit of all parts of the plant, which work in harmony together, and we can actually heal from disease. This has been proven by the leading nutrition mentors of our time.
In the 70’s Nathan Pritikin proved heart disease could be reversed by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. In 1990, Dr. Dean Ornish proved once again that heart disease was in fact reversible by eliminating animal foods and refined, processed foods, including oils from the diet. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s research has proven (in 1996 and again in 2014) that heart disease is not only preventable with a plant-based diet, but reversible when animal foods and refined oils are removed from the diet.
Dr. Neal Barnard (PCRM) and his diabetes research team looked to the countries with the lowest incidences of diabetes. No surprise, the lowest diabetes rates occur in the countries where the diet is predominantly starch (carbohydrate) based. (including Asian countries like Japan). With this information, and the knowledge that heart disease often goes hand in hand with diabetes, they discovered that the insulin receptor in the diabetic is blocked with fat. When study subjects are put on a low fat, plant-based diet, the insulin receptors clear, and the insulin can once again get into the cell. In fact diabetes is totally reversible with a low fat, whole foods, plant based diet. Dr Swank, back in the 50’s put his Multiple Sclerosis patients on a plant based diet, and they lived symptom- free without disease progression for the rest of their lives. Swank followed his patients for 34 years. We know autoimmune diseases are caused by molecular mimicry, animal proteins similar in structure to our own. Dr. John McDougall has been reversing autoimmune diseases, cancers, heart disease and diabetes in his patients for years now by prescribing a vegan diet, low in fat, and rich in starch. Dr Colin Campbell in his over 40 years of research discovered that all stages of cancer growth are strongly promoted by animal protein, namely casein, the main protein in cow milk. In his famous research, The China Study, Dr. Campbell and his team which included researchers from Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine, discovered that animal protein was actually a cancer switch: when more then 11% of daily calories came from animal protein, cancer growth is stimulated. Plant protein does not have this effect, including protein from wheat and soy. So why is the same dietary prescription reversing 80% of the diseases common in the Western world?
Heres a hint: In the animal kingdom, omnivores and carnivores have an inherent ability to produce their own vitamin C. Herbivores must consume their vitamin C because they can’t produce it. This of course, includes people. Maybe we are inherently herbivores, and we are supposed to be eating plants, not animals…..When studies done by Famous Cardiac Pathologist Dr. William Roberts researched high cholesterol diets in omnivores, carnivores and herbivores, he discovered that no matter how much cholesterol an omnivore or carnivore is fed, they cannot develop atherosclerotic plaque. When herbivores, including rabbits and vegetarian monkeys are fed the same high cholesterol diet, they developed atherosclerosis very easily. Dr. Roberts concludes that since atherosclerosis is a disease only herbivores can get, humans must therefore be herbivores. Dr. Roberts also explains that without cholesterol, we simply do not have the “bricks and morter” to build atherosclerotic plaque. This highights the importance of avoiding foods with cholesterol (animal foods), and minimizing refined and processed oils, since oil consumption stimulates the liver to produce cholesterol.
As well, humans, like other herbivores have carbohydrate digesting enzymes in their saliva, indicating that we require them, and use them as soon as they are consumed. Carbohydrates are required for brain function. The human brain needs 500 calories of carbohydrates every day.
The slimmest and healthiest populations on earth are those that eat a high starch (high carbohydrate) diet.
We know that high consumption of animal products leads to bone loss and osteoporosis, muscle wasting and Alzheimer’s, and a myriad of other diseases and conditions.
Atkin’s of the Atkin’s diet died of heart disease as did Weston Price. Famous paleo nutritionist Robert Crayhon died of colon cancer at age 49… his belief that the cholesterol – heart disease link was a myth. Colon cancer, is of course linked to meat consumption. (humans have intestines of herbivores, not of omnivores or carnivores, which are short and smooth, ideal for efficiently eliminating decaying flesh.
Promoting a diet based on copius amounts of meat and cheese is dangerous. True carnivores don’t have to cook their meat just to survive the experience! The research is abundant and clear. Nina must have ignored the bulk of nutrition research to conclude that animal products are healthy and are “filled” with nutrients” and that animal protein “fills” you more than fibre. Please check the following:
http://www.dresselstyn.com/site/study03/ (be sure to scroll down to see the damaged arteries before and after a whole foods plant based diet.)
Finally the author the “Big Fat Surprise” suggest that a diet devoid of animal products is boring. As an individual who has recovered health by adopting a whole foods, plant based diet, I can tell you my diet is more colourful and delicious than ever. A variety of plants I never even knew existed keep me healthy and energized and I am protected from the diseases that kill most of us in the Western world. I am the owner of Taiga Whole health, promoting a Whole Foods Plant Based diet, for human health, the health of the planet and for the welfare of animals. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the benefits of a Whole foods, plant based diet, or find me at www.taigawholehealth.com and facebook at Taiga Whole Health.
P.S. Check out “Resolving the Coronary Artery Disease Epidemic through Plant-Based Nutrition” at
Learn how to make kale chips with hosts Mitchell and Claudia!
If you know someone who tends to be moody, you may want to ask them what they’ve been eating! You may know someone who seems happy and light-hearted one day, and the very next, dark, sharp, cranky and maybe even mean. Research shows that aracadonic acid, mostly found in chicken and eggs, can actually negatively alter mood by causing inflammation in the brain. You can check that out here:
A while back my penpal, Lois, who has started a fantastic site called “Wowfornow” asked me to write a little blurb on how we might use food to help us heal emotionally. When I wrote it I had no idea that there was science behind what we eat and how we feel, beyond the obvious feeling well and therefore feeling happy! Perspective, which counts for a lot, can influence how we feel. I did read once that red meat consumption is associated with anger, but I couldn’t tell you if that was actually science… Anyway here is what I wrote:
How food can help to heal
Food. We have this incredibly intimate relationship with food. Several times a day we put the stuff into ourselves. It travels to every cell of our body, some food providing benefits, some causing trouble. We often don’t think about food as a means to nourish our cells and ourselves, we think of it in many other ways. Food feeds our hunger, which doesn’t always coincide with an empty stomach. Food has so much meaning for us beyond nourishing our bodies. Food is cultural, familial, traditional. Food is comfort, punishment, freedom, enjoyment. Food is a memory, a friend and an enemy. We eat for a multitude of reasons: to feed our bodies, but too often, for other reasons as well.
At times of sadness or grief, food takes on a particularly curious role. For some, food is something we might deny ourselves, something we can’t face or feel we don’t deserve. Sometimes we just don’t feel like eating at all. For others food is support, comfort and something to ease the pain.
When we grieve, our hearts ache, our bodies ache, and our entire being is engulfed in the sorrow we feel. It is true, I think, that at these times, we don’t consider preparing a salad with a variety of lettuces, some tomato and cucumber and other healthy vegetables. We don’t think of reaching for berries, making ourselves a healthy, homemade soup from scratch, or blending a kale smoothie. I believe, for most, during these saddest of times, we eat just to get through, which means something different for each of us. Yet if we think a little differently about what we eat and why we eat it, food can be part of our healing process.
During times of sadness, we often ignore our human needs. Yet, this is the time to take extra care to nurture ourselves. It is the ultimate time for self care. I don’t mean that you should hit the gym or go to the spa. I mean it is time to be good to yourself. Sleep if you are tired, cry if you need to cry, and feel angry if you need to feel that way. Seen from a new perspective, food can nourish us in a new way as we heal. Feeding ourselves can be a part of our self care. What we choose to eat can have an enormous affect on our own health and as well, on the greater “whole”. We can heal with a new consciousness; a new awareness that our choices can be empowering beyond the effects on our bodies. As we find peace within, we can contribute to peace beyond ourselves.
Here is what we know about food today. Eating whole, plant-based foods can prevent and reverse the diseases that kill most of us living in the western world. Most diseases afflicting us are rooted in the standard western diet, which includes meat, dairy products, eggs and heavily processed foods. There is more. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of global warming and animals raised for food are exempt from all laws in place to protect animals. Each time we choose chicken, a creature dies. Each time we choose milk, yoghurt or cheese, we take milk intended for an infant that its mother never gets to nurture. What if, in the times of our deepest sorrow, we chose foods that consider our health, our planet and our fellow creatures? What if we decide to cause no harm to ourselves, to our earth or any animal? Could this help us find greater peace within ourselves?
The peace we seek to mend our hearts can be found in the simple acts we participate in throughout the day. When we seek peace and refuge we can find it in the choices we make. One choice we make several times a day is what we eat. Choosing plant-based foods helps us to make peace within, for our health and our healing, for animals whose lives are taken and for our great earth which is in peril. When we choose tomato soup over pulled pork, peanut butter and jam over egg salad, tofu over chicken, we choose compassion, conscientiousness, self care and peace. This greater level of consciousness is empowering. It gives us strength and allows us to find peace within as we make peace with our fellow earthlings and our earth.
We are all interconnected. The choices we make have an impact beyond the effects on our own body. When we make choices that are in keeping with compassion and self care, healing and inner solace, those choices ripple outward affecting the welfare of the earth and the creatures we share it with. In times of sorrow, choose kindness. Be kind to yourself and you will find the earth and all earthlings are part of the whole you belong to, and healing is a gift you share.