On a plant-based, whole foods diet, you can eat as much as you want and not gain weight. Such food is nutritional dense but calorie lean. No calorie counting, no fretting about weight, no worries. What’s not to like?
I think my enjoyment and pleasure in eating fruit stems from a mild deprivation from my childhood. For some reason, we never seemed to have much variety in my home when I was a child. Oranges, bananas, and apples and that was about it. So now, all the other types of fruit available seem to me a kind of pleasant luxury that I can partake in, even though these other types are actually quite ordinary. Such is one of the gentle ironies in my life.
The thing about fruit is that, while it is comparatively high in sugar, it is also high in fiber, which mitigates the sugar issue to an extent. So a moderate amount of fruit in one’s diet, if one is a typical, non-diabetic individual, is excellent despite the high sugar content.
Having fun exploring the newly opened Whole Foods store in my town. Yesterday, discovered Cauliflower Gluten Free Gnocchi. They describe it as “rustic Italian style gnocchi made with cauliflower puree, potato and rice flour”. Also picked up their 365 Organic Tomato Sauce as well as their 365 Organic Tomato Paste. Seems that every time I go into this store there are discoveries.
They think the known universe is just shy of 15 billion years old. That’s a long time. Compare that to how long humans have been around — approximately 2 million years at the most. That’s not even 1 second on the time dimension of the universe.
But if you were to look at the night sky without any light pollution, you would see just gads — that is countless — stars near us. And then again, we now know there are countless whole galaxies out there. Given the time dimension of the known universe, it raises the very likely scenario that there are civilizations on other planets, somewhere, that have been around not for merely millions of years, but perhaps even over a billion years.
Just think how far a civilization might actually advance in knowledge/technology in over a billion years…when you look at how far we have come in merely a couple million years? A civilization that has advanced in over a billion years would probably see our civilization as comparable to the way we view ants…not even ants.
What the anti-carb folks don’t understand is that there is a vast difference between simple carbs and complex carbs high in fiber. You want to avoid all the simple carbs like the plague, like they do. But the complex carbs with fiber are actually the best type of food on the planet. You want to eat more, not less, complex carbs.
If you read widely in terms of nutrition, you see every claim made by a particular group will have counter claims made by opposing groups — each group having a set bias in terms of advocating a specific diet. So it is much like a war of competing claims. Therefore, there is little doubt that as a science, nutrition is perhaps the most controversial area of study, given this background of competing vested interests.
But there is little to doubt on one point that has been proven over and over again with statistically sound evidence from large-scale experiments — that the vegan, plant-based diet is the healthiest relative to longevity and overall health, and this by a large margin when compared to any other sort of diet.
So if you want to live a long life and in good health, the choice to do so — to the extent you can influence it — is absolutely clear.
Sadly, relatively few people make that choice because they don’t want to give up the foods they have come to enjoy — despite the consequences. The vast majority of people make a compromise with the devil sacrificing their health for pleasure.
How to make vegan cheese. Can of Goya Organics Chickpea low sodium. Keep the liquid. Add 1.5 tbs Walnut oil. 1/2 cup nutritional yeast. Large dollop of Cashew butter. Garlic powder. Almond flour. Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (amount here determines how thick or thin you want your “cheese”). Tapioca powder. Touch of Bragg Liquid Aminos.
Crush in a pot with a potato masher.
Cook in the pot until it is cooked enough.
I like to have it with Ronzoni Garden Delight Veggie Trio Italiano (made with vegetables), i.e., vegetable-oriented, not wheat, pasta.
I pour the “cheese” over the Trio Italiano and then top it all with a mound of mixed, organic leafy greens chopped into small pieces. Almost every meal of mine looks identical with this mound of chopped leafy greens on top and the goodies hidden underneath. All you see initially is this mound of finely diced leafy greens. Usually I add drops of real lemon juice to the leafy greens, but not when I have my “cheese”.
Minimal saturated fat in this “cheese” versus the real stuff.
Diversify your diet with Lifeside meals. These meals are plugged for their ease of preparation, but I’m using them just as much in order to diversify my meals with excellent and more well-rounded nutritional choices.
Interesting series on Netflix about a young woman with a 3-year-old daughter who separates from an abusive man. The series has good writing and plot twists, and doesn’t skirt the issue of money, with many financial and other travails encounter by the woman in dealing with her situation. Worth a watch.