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  • And let's also promote movement that stresses our bones so new bone can be created. One thing I do is take walks with a weight vest that I purchased.

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  • Dr. Carney, Another one of our plant-based docs likes to use as an ingredient for some of his soups "carrot juice." He suggests adding this juice will pump up the flavor of the dish. I have hesitated to add this ingredient for the reasons mentioned in this article. Am I being too cautious...

    Dr. Carney, Another one of our plant-based docs likes to use as an ingredient for some of his soups "carrot juice." He suggests adding this juice will pump up the flavor of the dish. I have hesitated to add this ingredient for the reasons mentioned in this article. Am I being too cautious considering the carrot juice is part of a recipe that will have fiber added in terms of legumes or other veggies?

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    • Hello Denise,
      You are hitting on what looks like a grey area based on the fact that they are not asking a person to drink the juice but instead to usHello Denise,
      You are hitting on what looks like a grey area based on the fact that they are not asking a person to drink the juice but instead to use it as a flavoring agent. In this case it sounds like the meal will be whole food plant based no oil and be a high natural fiber meal. So, that would be a personal choice you would have to make on whether you wanted to follow the recipe or tweak it a bit to not have the juice in it. I would be interested to know the ratio of juice to all the other ingredients.But, somehow to me this seems like something Dr. Carney would not be too worried about for most people. However, she has different answers for different people depending on the health of the person asking the question. :-)
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    • As long as the carrot juice isn't a substantial percentage of the total calories, it is probably fine for adding flavor. However, I think in most casAs long as the carrot juice isn't a substantial percentage of the total calories, it is probably fine for adding flavor. However, I think in most cases, you could just add whole carrots and just blend them in with the rest of the liquid ingredients and not lose the fiber. Or even better, dice the carrots and add them to the soup. The more we understand the science of the nutrition, the better choices we can make.  More ...
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  • This study should be shared widely to all our acquaintances who think eating high fat, low carb is the way to go. The fact that "People looked better on the outside, but were "sicker" on the inside...[and] Their risks of a heart attack or stroke had gone up" needs to be understood by those...

    This study should be shared widely to all our acquaintances who think eating high fat, low carb is the way to go. The fact that "People looked better on the outside, but were "sicker" on the inside...[and] Their risks of a heart attack or stroke had gone up" needs to be understood by those undertaking paleo-ketosis type diets. Thanks for a great article Dr. Carney.

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  • Dr. Carney,

    This is a great informative article. Hoping you can answer a question: If a person who had a kidney stone while eating an animal-based diet and was told to beware of eating certain greens with oxalates switches to a WFPB diet, what strategy should they take with greens once they...

    Dr. Carney,

    This is a great informative article. Hoping you can answer a question: If a person who had a kidney stone while eating an animal-based diet and was told to beware of eating certain greens with oxalates switches to a WFPB diet, what strategy should they take with greens once they are plant-based? Is it advisable to stay away from all those plant foods with oxalates? Or should they incorporate them because now their diet is much more alkaline and they have rid themselves of animal protein?

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  •   Happy Vegan Couple commented on this post about 3 months ago
    Hello Denise (and Georgie) :-),

    We just received our copy of your book. It is so cute and packs a lot of very useful information into a small amount of fun filled pages. Thank you for sending this to us! Do you have a web site where people can order it? If not what is the best way for...
    Hello Denise (and Georgie) :-),

    We just received our copy of your book. It is so cute and packs a lot of very useful information into a small amount of fun filled pages. Thank you for sending this to us! Do you have a web site where people can order it? If not what is the best way for somebody else to get a copy of your book?

    Thanks again, Sean
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    • Sean, the Happy Vegan Couple is so happy you enjoyed our book and feel it is valuable for people new to the whole food, plant-based lifestyle. We canSean, the Happy Vegan Couple is so happy you enjoyed our book and feel it is valuable for people new to the whole food, plant-based lifestyle. We can ship our book in the U.S. for $16.00. $13.00 for the book and $3.00 for shipping; we could also ship it outside the U.S. but the shipping price will vary. We are selling our book at our cost. Anyone interested in a personally signed copy can simply email me at derose@comcast.net and we will be delighted to ship out a copy. Thanks for your enthusiasm Sean and I hope it will be ok with you if we share your brief review of our book with others. -Denise   More ...
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    • Certainly. Feel free to share it... And, thanks for the pricing. :-)
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    • Thanks Sean. Yes the important thing is to get the knowledge out there as best we can. We all have such different budgets that we decided to forgo a Thanks Sean. Yes the important thing is to get the knowledge out there as best we can. We all have such different budgets that we decided to forgo a profit and just help people get healthier with the knowledge we share. Say hi to Dr. Carney for us!  More ...
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  • Ken,

    I am so sad to hear Callie's time with you has ended, at least in the here and now; of course she will always be with you with your memories. You wrote so lovingly of her and all that she gave you. I will share your post so others can learn from your experience. How I wish all animals...

    Ken,

    I am so sad to hear Callie's time with you has ended, at least in the here and now; of course she will always be with you with your memories. You wrote so lovingly of her and all that she gave you. I will share your post so others can learn from your experience. How I wish all animals didn't have to eat each other to survive, but that is the way the world works. Thankfully us humans have the choice and with that choice we can eat in a way that doesn't depend on killing others. I hope you will find peace as you grieve the loss of your loving Callie.

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  • Wow, you last 6 hours with your breakfast food! That is impressive! I will share your strategies with others now that I better understand. I figured it was the fiber and speed of digestion. Thanks for your explanation. Happy WFPB eating.

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  • I like how you weave in the quote from Dr. Barnard showing how common it is to eat beans for breakfast in so many parts of the world. I think it's a great protocol if it keeps one fueled until their next meal time For me, however, I find that I am typically hungry every 3 hours or so no matter...

    I like how you weave in the quote from Dr. Barnard showing how common it is to eat beans for breakfast in so many parts of the world. I think it's a great protocol if it keeps one fueled until their next meal time For me, however, I find that I am typically hungry every 3 hours or so no matter what my morning meal. Some days it's tofu scramble with beans and potatoes and most days it's a huge (fit for a queen) bowl of thickly cut rolled oats, with berries, apples, seeds, walnuts and made with some soymilk. But just to doublecheck the accuracy of what I just stated, I will try to make some new comparisons in the future.

    I do agree with you that dishing up a dinner like oatmeal and fruit could be very attractive to many busy people. And it really is a no brainer to make it which is what one might want after a busy day of living.

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  • Great testimonial! I would like to understand better, however, why a breakfast of beans, greens, squash, and yams would be considered a superior breakfast to a bowl of thick rolled oats or steel cut oats, with assorted fresh fruit, and some seeds/walnuts? I recognize that by not having greens...

    Great testimonial! I would like to understand better, however, why a breakfast of beans, greens, squash, and yams would be considered a superior breakfast to a bowl of thick rolled oats or steel cut oats, with assorted fresh fruit, and some seeds/walnuts? I recognize that by not having greens for breakfast one is not getting that boost to artery relaxation, but why are the beans, squash and yams preferable to oats and fruit? And I ask this for a person who is basically healthy; not dealing with excess weight. I understand that rolled oats are not a whole grain like steel cut oats, and so they are absorbed faster, which for some with insulin resistance or excess weight may be an issue. But what are the other great reasons to supplant the breakfast bowl of oats and fruit, with Dr. Carney's suggested breakfast dish? Looking forward to the answer...

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  • Ken, can you elaborate on this point: "Animal sourced protein causes insulin resistance by a different mechanism from fat. Instead of directly inhibiting insulin, it inhibits your efficiency by damaging the endothelium cell lining of the blood vessels, reducing nutrient and oxygen transfer." ...

    Ken, can you elaborate on this point: "Animal sourced protein causes insulin resistance by a different mechanism from fat. Instead of directly inhibiting insulin, it inhibits your efficiency by damaging the endothelium cell lining of the blood vessels, reducing nutrient and oxygen transfer."

    I understand the issues of injured endothelium for heart disease & leaky gut, but not for insulin resistance. I understand if the endothelium can't make nitric oxide that impairs the blood vessel by making it stiff and blood flow isn't as easy, resulting in less oxygen going to cells, but I don't yet understand how this interferes with glucose being guided into the muscle cells through the insulin receptors.

    Loved seeing examples of your food. So simple, yet so healthy. It really does feel like a miracle. The miracle of plants!

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  • Ok, so the fat does come out, but in the process, the ketones injure the muscle cells to the point that new insulin receptors would still not develop or work properly to bring glucose into the cells and that is why insulin resistance remains??? Am I summarizing your point correctly or incorrectly?

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  • Dr. Carney, I want to better understand something about ketosis being used to resolve diabetes type2 particularly as it applies to people eating meat even though it is not an approach I would support as a WFPB educator. When diabetics uses this approach, how is it that the fat leaves their...

    Dr. Carney, I want to better understand something about ketosis being used to resolve diabetes type2 particularly as it applies to people eating meat even though it is not an approach I would support as a WFPB educator. When diabetics uses this approach, how is it that the fat leaves their muscle cells when they continue to eat meat? Does this happen nevertheless because fat is being burned because they are in ketosis? So even though they are taking in meat that potentially adds to the fat in their body, because they are in ketosis, this fat is released instead as it is burned for fuel? I understand insulin resistance gets better once a person loses weight, but it seems odd to me that this could happen when still eating the meat (and other fatty foods) that caused the resistance in the first place. I am assuming it is because of the special nature of ketosis that this can work. So if a diabetic is in ketosis and loses weight and blood sugars start to fall as insulin resistance declines, does this mean at the same time that the heart vessels are not being compromised by fat because the fat is being burned? I assume that is not the case because you and other docs talk about the long-term detrimental effects about being in ketosis. If you can help clear this issue up for me, I would appreciate it. Thank you again for all you great posts on keeping us healthy.

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  • Dario, Following up on Deborah's comment: How fortunate you are that you found this article on Dr. Carney's site. This valuable information, if you take it to heart, can transform your life in many significant ways. I am a long time plant-based eater and at age 65, I take no medicines and...

    Dario, Following up on Deborah's comment: How fortunate you are that you found this article on Dr. Carney's site. This valuable information, if you take it to heart, can transform your life in many significant ways. I am a long time plant-based eater and at age 65, I take no medicines and have no chronic diseases. Most people my age are on meds, many on hypertension or statin drugs. I encourage you to start reading about whole food plant-based nutrition and listening to lectures by plant-based doctors. First gobble up all the great info on Dr. Carney's site. Then you can find even more. Go to YouTube and type in plant-based diets and some of the other doctor names that Dr. Carney mentions on her site: John McDougal, Michael Greger, Joel Furhman, Michael Klaper, Neal Barnard and there are others you will find as well. Check out my Facebook and Youtube page called Happy Vegan Couple. On youtube, we have cooking videos for lots of easy and healthy WFPB recipes you can begin to learn to cook. On Facebook, we post tons of educational articles and lectures on plant-based nutrition. It is a great learning site to advance your knowledge. Once you learn about the power of plant-based nutrition and hopefully commit to a new lifestyle, please let us know how you are doing. We hope you will find all of the great benefits that the rest of us have achieved!

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  • Delicious, Creamy Chocolate Ice Cream (Non-Dairy)   ​Set your timers: In about 5 minutes, you can make this delicious creamy chocolate ice cream. No need to run out to the store for a pint of ice cream; just gather your few ingredients and whip this up in your blender. This recipe will work best in a powerful blender like a Vitamix because it can make the te...
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  • Personal anecdote. My 62 year old husband eating a WFPB diet for the last 3 years has no problems with ED. Might be interesting if others having the same experience would add their own case histories.

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  • Deborah, Yes that could be an issue from what I've learned too. These friends are pretty careful WFPB eaters from what I know so I imagine they stick with the 1-2 ounces of nuts that many of the docs prescribe. Since nuts are protective for many good things, I would not want to give up a...

    Deborah, Yes that could be an issue from what I've learned too. These friends are pretty careful WFPB eaters from what I know so I imagine they stick with the 1-2 ounces of nuts that many of the docs prescribe. Since nuts are protective for many good things, I would not want to give up a reasonable amount. The problem I think is overeating nuts not using them sparingly. And of course I am talking about healthy nuts, raw, not sweetened or roasted. I am assuming Deborah that you have not taken the blood test either since you haven't mentioned it.

    Ken, I understand your point. For each of us, we have to find what we believe works. Hopefully you take in the evidence based data, try it out, and then make changes when warranted for your personal needs.

    After participating in this discussion, I am more inclined now to spend the money and take the blood test and see what it finds. I really don't like the idea of supplementing if I have no personal need, but if I'm at a low level of something that could be critically important as protecting my cognitive ability, I would want to know that. So maybe I will take the test and see what it show for this WFPB eater. If I do, I will report back.

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