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  • Hello everyone! It's been awhile. I've been happily assisting many people from all over the world to transition to a whole foods plant-based diet. I consider it a significant privilege & honour to be able to do so. In the process of providing research-based info to folks about this way of eating,...
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    Deborah created a new blog post, Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving
    In Canada, we get a leg-up on the giving of thanks. Our official weekend is in October. This year, it’s on Monday the 13 th . In our household, it also coincides with a family member’s birthday, so for us, it is an especially thankful time. At the beginning of the meal,...
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  • Have you heard people raving about the power of “magic potions” like coconut oil, Kombucha tea or Nomi juice to solve all sorts of health issues? They are all plant-based, so are they good for us? I am listing the following, popularized as health-food, with links to the explanations of how they...
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    Deborah created a new blog post, Carbophobia
    Carbophobia as defined in the Urban Dictionary is “An irrational fear of element 6 of the periodic table (aka carbon), from which all organic life is based. …Currently a source of great hysteria. Carbophobia has reached such levels it’s become its own religion.” While that definition is just as wee bit tongue-in-cheek,...
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    So there I was, plugging along in my low-fat vegan lifestyle. Everything is going fine, although I will admit that I was feeling a little lonely for more flesh-and-blood vegans (in addition to my lovely facebook vegan friends!). In the past, hubby & I would go into the city once per month...
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    Deborah created a new blog post, Ode to Chocolate
    Ah chocolate, oh dark mystery of delight; on my tongue, the pleasure, on my hips, the blight. From far away in hot, tropical climes; thou art gathered by slaves, but I can pretend “Not mine!” Thy narcotics lull my senses into blissful transport; away from my problems, an escapist passport! Bitter as...
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  • I've suffered greatly when people I've cared about deeply, have chosen self-destructive habits. As far as I have been able to trace this back, it began before I was old enough to really know what was happening. My dear Dad chose to refuse the good advice of his doctor to lower his...
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  • So, you’ve been eating a low-fat whole foods vegan diet for awhile and you’re feeling GREAT! Then your vegan-advisor pulls a rain-cloud over the party by asking “Have you started taking vitamin B12 yet?” “No way!” you splutter. “A whole foods vegan diet is perfect! I’m not into pills. I just eat...
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  • Hello everyone! It's been awhile. I've been happily assisting many people from all over the world to transition to a whole foods plant-based diet. I consider it a significant privilege & honour to be able to do so.

    In the process of...
    Hello everyone! It's been awhile. I've been happily assisting many people from all over the world to transition to a whole foods plant-based diet. I consider it a significant privilege & honour to be able to do so.

    In the process of providing research-based info to folks about this way of eating, they tell me popular "fake news" about diet. The statements usually begin with "My doctor told me that..." or " I've heard that...." or even "We were taught in school that...". Sadly, what follows is usually a bunch of nonsense regarding needing meat for protein, dairy products for calcium, oil for fat, etc.

    In the past, I also believed such false-facts. I can tell you, it hurt & I felt betrayed when I first realized that the people in positions of authority upon whom I had relied for accurate information, were repeating little more than "food gossip".

    What are some other statements of "food gossip" (oft repeated false claims about diet)?

    Here's one: "Bananas are high in potassium."

    Have you checked the figures on that? It turns out, lots of plant foods have much more. When we compared similar quantities, chestnuts, sweet & white potato, greens & beans have approximately twice as much. For anyone who is wants the facts, the USDA data basis is available to us all! :-)

     https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3084?manu=&fgcd=&ds=

    I already called-out coconut milk in a previous blog called "Wild Claims". So how about some of the more exotic food gossip, like "wine is good for you" or "eating carbohydrates makes us diabetic" or "eating cholesterol has no impact on our blood cholesterol level".

    True or false? :-)
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    Deborah created a new blog post, Wild Claims
    Do wild claims about foods made on marketing websites annoy you? Here’s an example that disturbed me: http://www.smoothiehealthyrecipes.com/healthy-smoothie-recipes/weight-loss-smoothie-recipes/almond-butter-smoothie-for-weight-loss/ It’s a smoothie “for weight loss”. It's probably ultra yummy, but would it be effective? Let’s look at the ingredients: One cup of coconut milk: 445 calories, 48 grams of fat, (43 grams is...
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    Deborah created a new blog post, Is eating meat macho?
    Is eating meat macho? Many seem to think so. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/05/18/men-meat-and-masculinity-linked/ Based on those beliefs, men may be motivated to eat meat, which sadly, is linked to shorter lives with higher rates of disease. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/low-meat-or-no-meat/ Is it maybe worth a shorter life? Are meat-eating men more masculine than vegan men? Let's look at...
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