Friday, April 18, 2008

Runner's Protein

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Are Supplements Damaging?

There's a new "study" out about how supplements could shorten one's life span. Here is a link to one of the articles:

Another article debunks this study claiming that the participants were probably dying from a disease anyway and they were just taking the supplements on their way out.

My opinion? Most supplements are useless to people. Many people go out and take multivitamins and other supplements because they think they need them. A lot of it gets wasted down the toilet in expensive bright colored urine. Much of it is toxic and unrecognizable to the body, getting stored as toxins and may never leave the body if not given the chance.

"Whole Food" Supplements:

In the past 2 months, I was asked the same question about a certain supplement that claims it's made with tons of fruits and veggies, making it a sort of "whole-food" supplement. They claim that taking their supplement is the next best thing to give you a full daily serving of fruits and vegetables. The problem with some of these whole foods supps is that they are made with a ridiculous array of fruits and vegetables that no human would eat in a sitting.

It just isn't natural to be eating 17 different varieties of plant food which has been concentrated, powdered and stuffed into a single capsule. Humans naturally eat one, two or may three types of fruits and veggies together. I personally believe we were originally created in a way to enjoy them that way, not to gather fruits and vegetables in humongous bunches, perhaps even from around the world to enjoy in a single meal.

The problem with the supplement industry is that they try so hard to convince us that we need such a huge variety of nutrients, beyond the scope of what is already available to us in fresh plant foods, that we end up believing it and spending oodles of money on something totally unnecessary.

Are supplements always unnecessary? Maybe not.

Maybe if one is living in an area where fresh plant food was never available, then the purest or least processed, most raw and naturally made food supplement should be taken.

OR if a person is indeed deficient in a nutrient then supplementation could be a temporary solution until the body is clean enough to repair itself.

OR if there is a genetic condition which a supplement would help with, rather than taking risky pharmeceuticals.

No other diet or supplement will give you more useable nutrients than a fresh plant food diet!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Turning the tables

People have some pretty valid fears about going all raw.

"I'm afraid I will be missing an important nutrient"

"I'm afraid that my body will become too sensitive & pure"

"I'm afraid that my family and friends will make fun of me"

Now what if the tables were turned?

What if every person on an all raw diet were to start eating the standard, processed cooked way again?

What could their fears be?

Some that come to mind:

"I'm afraid that I will lose all my energy."

"I'm afraid that all my discomforts and diseases will return."

"I'm afraid that I'll have to start taking supplements again because I won't be getting all my nutrients natural and first-hand."

"I'm afraid that I'll have brain fog."

"I'm afraid that I'll start drinking/smoking/taking drugs again."

"I'm afraid that I will have to go back on medication."

"I'm afraid that my blood pressure will rise."

"I'm afraid that my cholesterol will get high."

"I'm afraid that I will develop heart disease and have a heart attack or stroke."

"I'm afraid that I will have bad breath."

"I'm afraid that I'll have to start wearing deoderant again."

"I'm afraid that because of the way I'll smell, that I'll have to start using all my toiletrees -that I gave up on raw - so that I can hide the smell from eating cooked food again."

"I'm afraid that my husband/wife will be put off by my smell."

"I'm afraid that my cellulite will return."

"I'm afraid that I will watch more television."

"I'm afraid that I'll spend more money eating out in restaruants again."

"I'm afraid that I'll spend money for Girl Scout Cookies."

"I'm afraid that I won't have any more energy to keep up with my kids."

I'm afraid I have run out of the desire to keep this list going, but it could be miles long!

We should fear more of what we are doing on a standard cooked diet than moving over to a fresh whole foods diet.

Would you agree?