A HEALTHY BODY

FOOD ADDICTION

We all know the feeling of excitement when we smell that deep fried goodness that makes our mouth water and our brain go into an I NEED THAT NOW state. Yea I’ve been there, dude I am still there, it’s an addiction, it’s something that we’ve grown up with. Our parents probably thought it couldn’t hurt that much right? Kids parties at McDonalds, chocolate for dessert and some candy throughout the day to shut you up and make you a happy little bean. I think we’ve come a long way from those believes and realize how much effect the food we eat does has on our health, not only physical but also mentally. I mean when you grow up with an addiction it feels normal, you don’t realize it’s an addiction. Same goes for technology, social media, gaming, phones etc.

Not only is it shitty to be addicted to substances like sugar and fat it’s also been shown that processed foods can cause diseases in children like ADHD, Autism and Type 2 Diabetes. Now again I’m not saying that everything is to blame on eating processed foods once in a while but it has become the norm. Too many people have lost touch with nature and aren’t sure what some vegetables look like or how to prepare them.. Don’t get me wrong that’s not their fault, I think it’s a lack of education. Veggies should be available for everyone not just for some!

HEALTH REVOLUTION

Imagine if we’d treat our health like our wealth.. You’d get the most gratification if you’d take all of your money and spend it on stuff today. But very few responsible adults do this. You take some to spend and you take some to safe, safe for you pension or a holiday, you nurture it, invest some, think about how to grow it or spend it on people you love. If we would think the same about our health we would be all be much happier and healthier (I’d like to think so anyway). If you’d ask me; health is much more important than wealth. Health is something we tend to ignore and neglect until after the crisis, after the stroke, the cancer tumor or diabetes that people realize they need to act. 

 That’s why I think it’s important to talk about what food does to our bodies, too much of the wrong products can lead to so many diseases. Not only the obvious like hypertension, diabetes, heart and vascular diseases but also alzheimer’s, several kinds of cancer, asthma, depression and anxiety.  I truly believe we can prevent and in some cases even reverse many of these diseases and guess what; many before me thought the same and these people are (unlike me) REAL doctors with REAL studies that have proven the importance of your gut health. They prove that what you put in your mouth should be one of the most important things for you to consider on a daily basis. This should have our priority. 

ONLY MORE REASON

As Dr. Bulsiewicz said “We need to take a look at our diet through 3 lenses 1. Direct affect on human health, 2. How we treat our fellow creatures (they all have the same right to be here) and 3. The impact on the overall environment, the planet, biodiversity and climate. ”  Looking through these 3 lenses you can imagine a plant based diet makes the most sense. 

While most people grow up believing that animal agriculture is a natural and efficient system, the reality paints a vastly different picture. Our food choices play a significant role in the biggest environmental challenges of our time. Just as the food we choose to eat is part of the problem, thankfully it is also the solution.

For example, in the US, where per capita meat consumption is three times the global average, shifting away from an animal-based diet would reduce agricultural emissions by up to 73%, and save one million liters of water per person, per year. Globally, this would free up 3.1 billion hectares, an area the size of all of Africa, taking pressure off the world’s most endangered ecosystems and species.

In South America, some 70% of former forests in the Amazon are now used to graze cattle, with much of the remainder used to grow feed crops for the cattle. – To read the full article from Game Changers click here 

 

DOCUMENTARIES

FORKS OVER KNIVES

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the chronic diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. On separate paths, their discoveries and groundbreaking research led them to the same startling conclusion: Chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes can almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. The film follows everyday Americans with chronic conditions as they seek to reduce their dependence on medications and learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to regain control over their health and their lives. Check out Netflix for this documentary. 

THE C WORD

The C word, a documentary about the effort to prevent cancer. Meghan who is a cancer survivor and also the director of this film joints forces with Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, a French physician and neuroscientist. Together they expose the systematic failings in our society which reinforce the bad habits that predispose us to disease. An eye opening documentary that’s definitely worth the watch! Although the content can be quite shocking The C Word is narrated by Morgan Freeman which makes everything just a little bit better..  You can find The C Word on Netflix.

THAT SUGAR FILM

One man’s journey top uncover the bitter truth about sugar. 3 years before making this film Damon Gameau gave up sugar, however in the following 60 days he’ll be eating a high sugar diet. He’ll eat the same amount of calories but change his nutrition. He’ll risk his well being and you get to see first hand what sugar does to your body AND your mental health. This documentary is a must watch! Unfortunately not on Netflix anymore but you can check it out on youtube. 

WHAT THE HEALTH

What the Health is the follow-up film from the creators of the award winning documentary Cowspiracy. (Also a good one to watch!) The film follows filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. You can watch What the health on Netflix. 

EARTHLINGS

EARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.  Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson. Viewers discretion is advised since there are graphic images, this a non sugar coated documentary about what is happening out there. Full movie click here

PODCASTS

PLANT PROOF

Nutrionist Simon Hill sits down with doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, athletes and inspiring people. He has loads of super interesting topics that vary from cell based meat, holistic grazing, clearing out the confusion about nutrition and discussing the best diet for optimal health.

THE RICH ROLL PODCAST

So Rich Roll’s podcasts are about various subjects, he doesn’t only discuss nutrition but being vegan himself it’s a big part of the conversations he has with his guests. I’ll list some of my favorite podcast episodes concerning nutrition: 

– The Gut Health MD: Dr. Will Buldiewicz On optimizing your microbiome (in a pandemic) 

– The Crazy Benefits of Water Fasting with Dr. Alan Goldhamer

THE VEGAN GYM

This podcast is hosted by 2 vegan brothers with a love for fitness.

So I found that Leif actually studied at the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (yes indeed, the same guy that wrote The China Study). So not only do they give great tips and mental hacks for fitness gains but they have episodes where they just throw the science based facts in your face and shower you with reasons to hit the gym and do it on a plant based diet. My go-to motivational podcast for sure! 

DARIN OLIEN SHOW

Darin is a nutritionist himself and has been on the search of the worlds superfoods. Not all of his episodes are about nutrition, but like anything in life, everything is connected and he touches different subjects. From nutrition to mental health and the environment. One thing he does really well and that I enjoy a lot are his short episodes about Fatal Conveniences. Check ‘m out peeps, check ‘m out, your mind will be blown.

BOOKS

FIBER FUELED

This is book is written by dr. Will Bulsiewicz, also know as dr. B. So I found Dr. B. on the Rich Roll podcasts and was intrigued from minute 1, boy did I got hit with a train of information there! So this book is not only fact driven and tells you what not to do. It actually contains a 28 day jumpstart program with menus and more than 65 recipes, along with essential advice on food sensitivities. It’s a step by step methodology to stop the misinformation madness caused by the diet industry and it’ll show you the simple, science-backed process for a healthy, sustainable  lifestyle by optimizing your gut microbiome. I do also recommend listening to the podcast if that’s your jam.

THE CHINA STUDY

It might be a bit dated and very much data driven which is not as easy or interesting  for everyone to read BUT this book has changed my life. So it needed to get a shout out fo sho. I came across this book in 2003 and started it because I was interested in nutrition and what it does to your body. Well was I in for a treat, The China Study showcases the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. It detailed the connections between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The report also examines the source of all this confusion that’s out there. I mean, I know I’ve been confused for a number of years..It’s also interesting to read that this confusion is mainly produced by powerful lobbies, government entities and opportunistic scientists. Thank you very much to dr. T. Colin Campbell for his groundbreaking work!

HOW NOT TO DIE

In this book Dr. Greger shares his findings on the leading causes of chronic illness and offers practical advice for living a healthier life. Dr. Greger is the physician behind the popular website NutritionFacts.org, this is a great website where you can find an incredible amount of information for anyone interested in the fact based science behind nutrition rather than the marketing/money-making side of it. Further more in this book Dr. Greger reveals the evidence behind the diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease related health. In addition he talks about making simple changes to your lifestyle and adds a daily dozen lists of foods we should consume on the daily. 

REBOOT JE GEZONDHEID

So this is a Dutch book, I’m not sure if there is an English translation available but it is definitely worth to mention. 

This book talks about so many topics that are affecting our health. From food to radiation and how to take a shit properly (squatty potty is a thing, I promise you). 

An amazing book that’s great for anyone wanting to learn more about how they can improve their overal health.

 

UNPOPULAR OPINION?

Although I am vegan myself and I believe eating a whole food plant based diet is the best option for our bodies, the animals and the planet I do want to make a side note here. The impact vegans used to have on the environment was very little. These days however it kinda feels like the vegan movement is being high jacked by massive corporations that use the vegan movement to make profit and continue to genetically modify the crap out of natural crops. Where a whole food diet would mean you eat whatever is in season and is naturally provided for us by nature we instead see gigantic fields of corn, oat and soy. Where these crops predominantly were used to feed livestock (and still is) it feels like they’re now shifting to using these crops for meat substitutes. Which kinda sucks. Of course we’re saving animals by not eating them but we’re still not helping Mother Nature since it’s still a monoculture, where the soil dies and has to be kept ‘alive’ artificially with gmo crops. Besides that, having a meat substitute in a while is no pro what so ever but if you’d just swap the meat and eat fake meat everyday it won’t help your body or microbiome one bit… 

So the reason why I don’t eat meat is for the animals, I simply refuse to spend my money on the slaughtering of souls while we don’t need to. I rarely eat meat substitutes and when I do, I’m careful to choose a brand that’s ethical and not backed by major corporations that are just in it for profits. One day when I grow up (hehe) my dream is to have a farm, grow my own veggies and have my own animals. If the chickens lay eggs, I won’t feel guilty eating them or if one of my animals dies it’s okay if we eat it. It’s all about living in harmony with nature and having respect for the animals. 

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