Check out the editorial about nutrition and in particular a discussion about ‘healthy’ vs ‘non-healthy’ food.
A delicious treat done without any meats or dairy.
Just throwing out some comments purely to see the responses.
I was reading the Kaiser Health Foundation website which for those of you wondering is relevant to my job in the health insurance field when I read this quote about the costs of health care in the US.
What is driving health care costs?
- …. Chronic disease – The nature of health care in the U.S. has changed dramatically over the past century with longer life spans and greater prevalence of chronic illnesses. This has placed tremendous demands on the health care system, particularly an increased need for treatment of ongoing illnesses and long-term care services such as nursing homes; it is estimated that health care costs for chronic disease treatment account for over 75% of national health expenditures. 
So… I’m thinking that if we spend roughly 16-20% of GDP on health care cost and 75% of that is spend on chronic conditions couldn’t we as a nation cut the National Debt by a significant amount. Cutting the national debt by such a significant amount would solve a lot of our deficit and debt problems. Perhaps the super committee is contemplating hiring Jilian Michaels and Dr. Campbell to launch a dual effort to solve our national economic crisis? If we know the answer to reform our diet and get some exercise why don’t we take these easy steps to solve our own problems instead of trying to blame them on someone else?!
Finally I will leave you with a slide from the CBO which seems to be a very powerful black and white summary of our health woes compared to others around the world. Somehow we manage to have 1/3 more cases of heart disease and diabetes related problems than any of these countries?
The results of recent lab work show that maintaining a plant based diet free from animal or animal based protein has lowered by LDL cholesterol by 55 points from it’s non-medicated high! I plan on keeping the blog going as a forum for those that are interested in exploring healthy diet alternatives that revolve around plant based alternatives.
First of all I want to commend any Vegans out there that live in a community that is not accepting of ‘other’ dietary habits. I just came back from a corporate sponsored training at a nice hotel in Atlanta which is certainly not a place that I would want to live if I was living the Vegan lifestyle. The chefs were not accommodating at all because I was sent a ‘Vegan’ lunch which was in fact ‘vegan’ but not at all well balanced. I was sent out a plate of vegetables which were very good but I was left wondering “Where is the rest of it?” I wanted to send back my comments that even though I don’t eat any animal based foods doesn’t mean that I don’t completely disregard the food pyramid! I still need to have grains and some protein because I wouldn’t last long on JUST vegetables?!?
OK I will get off my soapbox for the day and move on to a fun recipe for a delicious appetizer.
- 6 large leaves of Swiss Chard. with stems mostly cut off. Health benefits of Swiss Chard
- 2 tbl of olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 tablespoon of shredded coconut
- 1 whole wheat tortilla
- saute garlic and crushed red pepper with olive oil
- after a few minutes add the Swiss Chard then
- add coconut and more olive oil as desired. Continue to saute until the Chard is softened about a few minutes.
- cut tortilla in half and add half the Chard mixture to each and wrap tightly