Your, “Jolly Quick How to Guide for Becoming Vegan Almost Overnight.”!

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This is the quick start up guide to help you become an instant vegan allowing you to begin enjoying the benefits of better health while you still have the healthy fear of god in your heart after seeing your doctor and getting back your test results… or, you are just ready to do something different in order to get different results=]  We have tried to make this as simple yet comprehensive as possible allowing for the greatest ease at transition.  NOTE! THIS AS WITH ALL ARTICLES WILL BE EVOLVING, which means we will add more as we learn amd time permits! We are here for you!  Of you read this between sep. 21 and 28, I probably did not link the other articles I refrence, please seek them out, after the 28th, this will be an easy read=]

You will be setting a new baseline for your diet, and it will take a time to get used to what being really healthy in relation to your food choices feels like. Please take a momnet and at the very least watch the video contained in the “Shifting Baselines and Wastelines” article as this will become a bit easier to grasp.

Basically, to sum up the shifting baseline, Please give yourself the time, and know that as the brain works, your self image is going to be out of whack as is your notion of what you do and do not need in relation to food. Many of you have never even fasted, you do not know what it is to be H U N G R Y, you think you know as when your little tummy rumbles you rush to closest McDonalds, but, I assure you, you are waaaaaaaaay out of step with reality.  You can start this change by doing a fast, juice, Master Cleanse, smoothies, what have you.  Help your stomach shrink back to a respectable size and learn to respect food and how much you actually need, further, this will be a time where you can put the world into perspective.  There are people who dont have water from day to day and you’re able to drink water, veggie and fruit juices all day and you’re having trouble. Time to reset amigo, seriously, if there were a Zombie Apocalypse right now you’d be the whiny one, and you know what happens to the whiny one.

New Concept Number One in your new Vegan lifestyle:

Know that we consider it to be a more favorable move on your part if you start doing your own cooking so you can fully understand the gravity and depth of this change and better enable you to speak with whomever you may need to ensuring you are happy at restaurants, bars, hanging with friends, not uncomfortable at a bar b q… etc.  If you do not know how to make vegan food, why should you be un-pleased if no one else knows how to make it for you?  If you learn to cook, i.e. To follow recipes which is what y do everyday, a recipe is a ritual.  You have a million rituals that you tap into daily, this one will help save your life and the lives of your loved ones.  Just read the instructions and BOOM, food that tastes good.  As with ANYTHING, the more you do it, the better you get.  Imagine being good at feeding your OWN body good food!  WOW, its like so f’ing novel man….  Seriously, learn to cook and this will be a breeze, rely on others and it will get serious fast.  TRUST US!

What is Vegan, am I even reading the correct article!

Vegan means letting go of things you have been raised to believe you need in exchange for the things that scientists (not on government or dairy/meat industry payroll) and evolution tell us we actually need.  If you are one of the people who immediately point to your TWO, your ONLY TWO incisor teeth and immediately preach on about how you were meant to eat meat, I assure you that if you compare your ONLY TWO “KINDA SHARP” teeth to an animal that IS a carnivore, you will be quickly put into your place, right along with Cows, Elephants, Gorillas, Rhinos, The Brontosaurus or whatever name is being bandied about by scientists in thier ever interesting attempt to re-wipe all the dinosaurs from the planet and all the other animals that DONT EAT MEAT. Many of you have taken a dog captive and named it pet, perfect, open its mouth, if it’ll let you and compare…. D’ya see what Im sayin, you are NOT MADE to be a carnivore, check out this other article as well – when I find it=]

Now, as to dairy, surely by now you have noticed that none of the animal kingdom, save for humans, drink milk after the formative years.  I believe Arnold said it so eloquently, ” Milk is for babies, beer is for men.”.  While this may come off as chauvinistic, it is after all Ahhhnoold, it has wisdom to it.  So much in fact that all of it, the entire statement rings true if we dissect it.

Milk is for children, their mothers milk, not formula or cow milk, milk from the mothers teat.  As a boy becomes a man, his needs (and we are still being male chauvinistic, this applies to women as well, duh.) change to reflect what good quality beer can offer, the powers of fermentation and supplying the gut with quality bacteria to break down food.  Of course if the man has too many, he has then destroyed any helpful benefits and a whole new world of drunken disillusionment opens and then all bets are off.

Further, you will notice that animals do not drink the milk of other animals.  While, yes, there are rare occurrences where a kangaroo will be raised by an Orangutang, but these are rare, for most humans it is common. Ever wonder why so many people are lactose intolerant? Thats the bodies way of saying WTF?

What you will be letting go of :

Essentially anything that comes from a “face” so to speak.

Specifically:

Meat –  includes fish and insects, you cannot believe how many people separate fish into some category that isnt considered meat. “What the hell is it then”, I find myself wondering. It has a spine, bones, blood, veins, breathes oxygen… the whole works and yet, people put it into this category that defies logical explanation. Insects have been offered to me a few times as a suitable replacement, and I have nothing against them, but, for your new diets intents and purposes, they are not vegan either.

Dairy from an animal, is not vegan. From ANY animal. For instance, chihuahua milk would not be vegan.

Cheese from any animals milk or dairy would not be vegan- chinchilla cheese, is not vegan.

Now you have a basic idea of what vegan is, I almost forgot, honey isn’t Vegan either, from a face remember, also the bees are dying thanks to the Monsanto company, so, thanks for choosingna diet that doesnt include killing bees. If you are unaware, if the bees go, so does natural food. Just a thought based in one hundred percent sobering science and fact.

Many of you are into labels, we are not. Labels are stoopid and are merely a way of rationalizing thought patterns that may or may not be beneficial to your life. We can discuss that later, for now lets looks at the different ways you can go deeper with being Vegan.

We are not sure anyone recognizes these labels outside of this article, and if they ever are taken into the daily labeling game, we will claim copyright infringement and stop the madness=]

Vegan Spotting Guide-

Vegan – doesnt eat anything that comes from an animal, anything with a face, I know we covered this, but it needs to be your mantra as you will try to con yourself in these formative months. Unfortunately a lot of junkfood and candy is Vegan, you would be surprised just how many overweight and unhealthy Vegans there are. Eating potato chips all day is not the point. Just sayin. This is still a vegan for the rest of you upper echelon Vegans, so no looking down your nose at them, thats not the point, everyone helps everyone else up the ladder to health and world peace…. Understand? Usually you will/may still go batshit crazy when meat is smelled and is thoroughly confused at restaurants.  It has been 6 good solid years for me and I still love the smell of meat…  I just dont eat it.  I control me, you understand?

A more refined Vegan – reads labels, drops long unnatural sounding chemical names, artificial colors and flavors, heavy metals, refined salt and sugar and finds him/herself thinking of becoming a do gooder more often. Will usually be outspoken and tries to convert everyone. At this point they may shy away from any public gathering where meat is served wholly condemning everyone involved as murderers. Social life will falter at this point, if this thought process is kept for too long, person will become a “crazy old Vegan”. Avoid this, the process will happen, just avoid it as best you can as it helps NO ONE. Least of all you.
at this phase, person becomes demanding at restaurants and may get kicked out for impromptu protesting when the local Hot Dog shack wont serve Veggie Dogs, not they dont want to, they just dont have them. Try to not take things personal during this process. Chances are, if you do take a lot of stuff personally, you may want to shed light on other areas of your life as there may be some wonky stuff going on the as well.

A still further refined Vegan – understands impact of conventional farming on human health and therefore goes organic, and/or grows veggies in garden/farm. At this point you will learn as fully as is possible about the company Monsanto. This will result in an abject terror of grocery shopping and of food in general. You suddenly realize that the company responsible for PCB’s, Agent Orange, DDT, Terminator Seed Technology, genetically combining trout genes to tomatoes and hiding the fact that round up kills more bees than anything currently known to man or nature is probably not the best company to be given the charge of saving the world from its current food shortages. Further, they should definitely not sit on the Supreme Court, the FDA, the Agricultural arm of the US or the EPA. And yet, sigh….. Basically at this point you will start to understand what is really going on. You may even quit drinking, though for me it was the opposite=]

Global Vegan – gets organic and local when possible, fair trade, thinks about the world as a whole, one giant organism, not separated by race, creed, color, religion, political preference, geo local, many at this stage may ditch voting and in some instance quit paying taxes,mafter all, 60 percent go to the war machine andmrhis does not fit the Global Vegan ideals. Mind you, Im not sure what the proper tags and titles are, Im just helping you understand how you can go about your shopping and helping to identify some new thoughts or feelings that may be surfacing.

Veganinja – reads labels only when feels the need for something processed, otherwise eats local organic produce and minimal super-foods from far away places and of course they are fair trade. Usually do not drink, nor partake in any drug, would consider themselves “straight edge”. This is advanced and usually comes with geographic restrictions. For instance it is very easy to do in Hawaii and, surprisingly a large fairly cosmopolitan city such as New York. Go to Pampa, Texas, good f’ing luck, there you can be happy if Dominos doesnt hang up on you when you say, “no cheese on that pie.”

Those are some ideas for when you step into the stores and markets near you to buy the ingredients for your meals. Mix n’ match, do a little study to learn what the various ideas are about and what the corresponding titles such as Fair Trade mean.

Food Exchanges –  

These are items in your food purveyors aisles which will help make the initial transition a breeze, or at least that is the idea, many people make this harder than it has to be. For instance, saying how horrid soy milk is, meanwhile, the FDA keeps raising the amount of hormones, antibiotics and the levels of blood platelets and pus that are allowed in their “tasty” milk… Try your best not to be a moron and you’ll do fine.
These meat and dairy imitations really do a wonderful job of doing better then what they are patterned after. The look, feel, texture of many meat and dairy products, is cunningly reproduced and made healthy.  Be sure to read labels, you don’t want to be getting mega doses of isolated soy protein as it isn’t good in grandiose amounts.  Turns out nothing is really…

cHEEZE – Daiya, one of our favorite cheeses as it melts to the point that it stretches!  It tastes great, interesting, the fact it melts is more important to me just then than the taste… very interesting… no?  This is a good crossover food, but do know that it is NOT HEALTHY, not even a little bit.

Made with seemingly quality ingredients, works for Pizza’s, grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas, whatever you would use cheese for.  Mozarella, Cheddar and Spicy Jack are the three shredded flavors and I believe that by next year you will have cheese by the block available and possibly even Brie…  WOW and nothing has to die for you to have it.  Thats impressively rad.  Again, not actually healthy and has heavy metals, still waay ahead of conventional cheese, not sure how it wold stack up to organic free range happy cow made cheese, I would place my money on the actual cheese as it wouldnt have the heavy metal, which, while great for music, bad for body.

mEAT – Seitan is best when homemade and the best recipe I know of comes from the Vegan Community, Gentleworld. Tofurky makes deli slices, hot dogs, sausages and they taste great. There are more companies coming online with great stuff going on, so poke around, go online, educate yourself for a change=]

mILK – There are so many dairy substitutes that are magnificently healthy and the tastes leave conventional milk in the dust.  Choose from: almond, rice, hemp, soy, oat, hazelnut, coconut and others Im sure.  They work the same as dairy in all aspects and are simply much healthier.

bURGER PATTIES – tempeh, gardein, homemade bean patties. Easy peasy, and when you compare to most conventional meat, you’ll probably have more meat content in the Vegan ones than the actual meat..Ha! That was a joke and at the same timea sad testament to our current times.

lINKS – tofurky and this other company do a great job, what is their name…..?

One thing that may happen in the beginning is you will be eating so erratically you will miss out on many important vitamins and minerals. You’ll become the fabled “sickly Vegan”! Here’s an easy set of guides to assist you in avoiding that title being added to your name…

Necessary vitamins and minerals consumed via food –

nutritional yeast – Huge in B vitamins which are of unparalleled import, lacking them you will begin to exhibit Alzheimers like symptoms. Has protein, fiber and tastes great on anything you would sprinkle with cheese. Pizza, popcorn, beans, rice, everything, salads, it all goes great with nutritional yeast. Eat a few tablespoons a day and you’ll be doing swimmingly.

dulse flakes – High in protein and apparently almost every trace mineral known, amd a great source of – vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and iodine. It also contains essential enzymes like pyruvate carboxylase, which helps produce energy from sugars. Much better than synthetic replacements. When you become a robot, eat synthetic, until then, go as natural as you can.

chia – unsure whether this is a super food or just some seed used to make little clay animals sell on infomercials. Used by the Mayans, Aztecs and the Tarahumara for endurance, sustenance and power before long runs, like the Tarahumara running 450 miles… Non fucking stop! FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY MILES NON STOP ON CHIS AND NON GMO SOON TO BE ONLY GMO CORN POWDER.  W. O. W.

The Mayans and Aztecs used it for more up to date purposes like being able to kill more people in battle due to its ability to be such a rad powerhouse of a food. Contains Calcium, phosphorus, maganese, potassium, Omega 3’s, fiber and protein, mainly used to make you a ninja, all contained in a 1mm shell.

hemp – used to make paper, Henry Ford made car bodies and the fuel to run them, scientists now figure that we can make everything from this plant, including MEDICINE. You’ll be eating the seed which will come pre-cracked as heaven forbid you plant it. All of it will be imported from less moronic countries that don’t have … Blah blah blah, you’re eating it because it has the following for you:
Omegas 3,6,9! Vitamins A, C, and E and a truckload of protein, more than meat, by miles or kilometers depending on where you reside.

Consumed in super foods –

chia – see above and see Dianas article.

maca – (also see article) In addition to sugars and proteins, maca contains uridine, malic acid and its benzoyl derivative, and the glucosinolates, glucotropaeolin and m-methoxyglucotropaeolin. The methanol extract of maca tuber also contained (1R, 3S)-1-methyltetrahydro-carboline-3-carboxylic acid, a molecule which is reported to exert many activities on the central nervous system.
The nutritional value of dried maca root is high. The average composition is 60-75% carbohydrates, 10-14% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats. Maca is rich in the dietary minerals calcium and potassium (with low content of sodium), and contains the essential trace elements iron, iodine, copper, manganese, and zinc as well as fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids.
Further, Maca contains selenium and magnesium, and includes polysaccharides. Maca’s reported beneficial effects for sexual function could be due to its high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients, maca contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which reputedly has aphrodisiac properties. One of the reasons this is important to you is that is an adaptogen, your body can makes many different kinds of “building blocks” from it, and it helps to balance hormones, one of the reasons it may also be a sexual booster. With many of our diets today, we are simply out of whack. Think how easy it is to throw off a car by adding such small amounts of water to its fuel. Now look at your diet, WTF right….

cacao – raw – In doing research on this, I see why Diana wrote an entire article on it and you cannfind it here in our Superfoods series.  Know that eating raw chocolate may be the best thing you can do for your body, mind and spirit.  Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, Omegas, Phytonutrients, etc etc etc etc….

mate – raw – aside from antioxidants, the things that help reverse all the ill effects of daily life in the world amd are key in slowing the aging process and maintaining overall system health, it has theobromine!  This is the same chemical found in RAW chocolate.  When heated it becomes caffeine, when raw it is pure smooth sustained energy.

Spirulina – see article

Chlorella – see article – Dios Mio, it isnt written yet!  For now, know it is a superfood, can help you be ninja, has protein and such a vast array of other things that are good for you it deserves its own article… which we will write very shortly=]

Consumed in pre made formulas, pills, powders etc.-

Healthforce Nutritionals – this is the only company we really will plug as they have thought of nearly everything all the way down to the packaging. Depending on how your stuff is packaged it can be degraded due to offgassing from the plastic used. You see, it ALL matters. Any company who is willing to talk about why they package stuff the way they do is fine by us. The label represent what the company thinks of you. Remember that. Big colors, fancy design, touting “X grams protein per scoop”, this is all bullshit, as healthforce says – Hype is Nothing, Substance is Everything. Dr. Jameth Sheridan

Further guides

The idea of eating fruit by itself, is widespread over many cultures from Pennsylvania Dutch to Ayurvedic medicine in India.  Of course there are always exceptions, but since many of y didnt even know the rule, you can do your own further research to get to the bottom of that.  A brief overview tells us that fruit is broken down so quickly by the body that in waiting in the stomach for other food to be processed it actually starts to ferment and become rancid losing all nutritional value and beginning a breakdown of the other food as well.

read labels – If you eat blindly what is put infront of you, you do for your body what you do for your life by not questioning.  Only the luckiest will do well living without asking.

Going to Restaurants –

Learn to use your menu as a list of ingredients they have specifically ready for your use in their kitchen.  Be prepared to speak to your server like a human and leave a decent tip.  If it doesn’t come out exactly, don’t screw it up for the rest of us by acting the ass.  Lastly, if their chef cant or many times wont do it, they suck and should leave the kitchen.  If you mean to tell me you’re gonna kill an animal no problem and chop it up into bloody pieces of bone, flesh and fat, but I order all veggies and you have beef [get it, beef! hahaha], Get OUTTA HEAH!  You will come across this as many chefs actually fear veganism, no idea why.  Not my problem, it only becomes my problem if they are rude to me and then I solve it.  Never let it ruin your day, be quick to simply stand, thank your waiter and move on.  Help to teach the ignorant amongst you with peace and ninja skill, not temper tantrums and anger.  Be the ninja you wish to see in the world.  Eventually you will become so adept that wherever you go will will be eating vegan no problem.

Going to Bar b Q – I write this specifically as you cannot imagine how often this comes up as a reason to continue eating saturated fats and killing animals, boggles my simple mind it does.  So read on please, I have a few ideas to help you, yes this is all in bold because it comes up that many damn times!

Bring your own everything and share, next time, people will come prepared I promise, its happened so many times, my food is always gone and there is plenty of everything else, cause the vegan is da bomb!  You need to learn to actually cook.  You will learn to male a sauce, to allow your veggies, shrooms, faux meats marinate and then you will grill to perfection as with any meat.  Goodness, what is chicken but a vehicle for sauce, and in this day and age a way to get your prepubescent son or daughter catapulted into puberty at the age of seven!

Here is a simple one so good it’ll curl your nostril hairs…

Cube peppers, onion, mushrooms, asparagus, eggplant.  Let it soak overnight in olive oil, a wee bit ‘ lemon n lime, sea salt and pepper.  Grill.  Watch people literally swoon.  Bow out as a hero and go on to saving the planet.

Adding raw to charge your diet –

Raw avo pie – see recipe

Raw hummus – I still have some difficulty getting this one to be right on, if you master it, please share your secrkrit.

Salads, forgot that could be a meal didn’t you…

Smoothies – see lots of recipes

Sprouts – super easy…  Soak beans, or whatever is being sprouted for 24 hours, drain, rinse, put in collander with a lightly smaller bowl below to catch excess water.  Cover with towel and rinse morning and night.  About three days till sprouts happen.  Keep them growing or refrigerate.  You can even sprout rice.  You can then dry it at a heat of 115 and below, or in the sun, grind it in a blender when completely dry, and presto, sprouted raw flour for making raw tortillas for the hummus!

initial detox phase

Now you Vegan!   OOOONGA BOONGA, YES! BEAT YOUR CHEST AND YELL AT THE MOON!  According to current scientific data, vegan is what we were for a long time, meat came in much later and as a result of lack of food…  Bet you dont know that, but them, how much have you really thought of the situation back then.  You think of back then in today’s terms.  You see hunter with spear, fire, etc.  That was late on the scene friend, in the beginning it was foraging, if they did find an animal it was usually half dead or already dead, had to be eaten raw and most people woulda just got really sick from it and maybe died.  Just saying, I didn’t make it happen, I just listen to the people who get paid to wax poetic with their conjecture on what may or may not have happened.  Based on their credentials, your ancestors were vegan.

So, you’ll need to be drinking lots of water the first couple months… make sure you really do, very important time. I’m talking 3-4 liters a DAY.  Start your day off with two large cups and go from there.  The more natural the water the better.  You are made from water.  The stuff coming out of the pipes in your home has so much shit in it it barely resembles water any longer, heck, it has chlorine, they, the people that make stuff to purposely kill others because of differences that are skin deep, use it for chemical warfare, but since its in water all of a sudden its good for you?  Who writes this stuff, who males it up and how do they find the package to get you to believe it!?!?  Did you know when you bathe in city water (assuming it is your average US city and not some high tech, advanced city in the remoteness of Sweden or what not), you are soaking in heavy metals (pipes to bring water to you), antibiotics and medicines of all sorts, industrial waste (know where flouride comes from, not the natural one that in tiny doses is good for you, the other two kinds found in your water – waste from Tin production, its a toxic waste, literally, by the EPA, but its, again, its ok in your water all of the sudden? Think about this long and hard, someone is literally getting away with murder for profit and you’re it, oh, and your innocent defenseless children who rely on you for wisdom, knowledge and protection),  what else, chlorine a chemical weapon, look it up, chlorine gas, Hitler, Nazis, in your water and your pool.

Go for clean water,  as I rode across the US, one thing hit me, and it hit me just NOW, so thanks for this article, natural water supplies ACROSS THE USA are being shut down, concreted and padlocked in the front of public safety concerns.  Be angry, you are made of water, someone is taking away the only water worth drinking. Do your best.  You will get one body, it is made of water.

Your body will be slowly cleaning all the saturated fats from your veins and arteries, all the vessels responsible for carrying blood. You may even notice your vision and thinking clear up during this time as those are the area with the smallest vessels. As we know, the smallest veins and vessels get clogged first and the ones that have the most noticeable affect you will be able to, quite literally see, are the eyes and mind.

You need as much water as possible to clear toxins.  Water is the taxi, it is the way that the bad will come out leaving room for the good.  Again you see the importance of clean, REAL water.

Give yourself time, if you do this right, you will feel sick, sometimes tired, you’ll get flashbacks of drugs you did in high school, understand you are undoing years of eating that are hardcore for the body. The reason you look as you do is due to your body digesting food.  Can you imagine how much effort it takes to break down different foods, especially highly acidic (BAD FOR YOUR BODY) meats and dairy, then extracting what it can, and then, getting rid of it, and then fixing the damage it did going through…?

Give yourself time to get into this new way of living.  You ate heavy duty for thirty years, give yourself AT LEAST 3-6 months to re-stabilize, drinking copious amounts of water as you go!

To keep in fridge/kitchen as often as possible – these dishes last a while and are corner stones and are super easy to make or fairly inexpensive to purchase:

peanut butter – slightly acidic, so the Vegan Ninja gets almond butter.

hummus – (recipe – Aye carumba, need to write this as well for you=) can be used as a dip for veggies/chips, with bread, by itself

pesto – (recipe) same as above, depending on recipe can have many different properties.

HEALTHY – cookies, chips snacks, again, read really close – H E A L T H Y.  This is meant as a treat, do not rely on these foods!  You can find yourself being a super muncher in no time, and too many carbs will lead to an imbalance.  Further, if you are not going Organic and non GMO, you could be really blasting your body.  Remember this, most of what you buy pre made has corn, this year, in November 2012, Monsanto will begin mass production of GMO corn into your everyday drinks (corn syrup) and foods (so many different variations of corn it is shocking).  You have been advised, do what you feel is right and know that independent scientific study has shown rats getting tumors twice as big as them in as little as 90 days.  Rats are used because they mimic the human body so perfectly, but are smaller so ten years can be as short as 30 days…. Y I K E S!!!

Fresh vegetables of a variety of colors with a larger amount being dark leafy greens.  They have protein, vitamins, minerals, make you strong like Bear and quick like fox.  Beware the source, conventional farming gives you huge veggies with little nutritional value and most are becoming GMO to boot.  sigh….

More to come for this section, feel free to email us with good ones and think outside the box!  A banana blended with some raw agave makes a great sandwich with almond butter on some nice mutli grain bread.  You can have the pickiest kid, they will be stoked on this stuff as will you, you who is nothing more than a fully grown picky kid=]

Lastly, for now, have you ever wondered why these companies don’t want you to know that the food is GMO?  Why they spend literally millions of dollars to push lawmakers to decide in their favor… Ever think about that stuff, ever wonder why, ever think about if you are what you eat and someone doesn’t want you to know what you’re eating, well, what does that say about them, and the overall situation?  These are just thoughts for you to ponder.  We are stoked for you no matter what you do.  You are always welcome at our table, you wanna eat meat, fine, want GMO corn, sweet.  We care about the conversation and who you are.  You’re life is fleeting as are all of ours, if we have a chance to meet, all the better for us both.

Aloha friends, happy eating, send questions, say Aloha and above all, always ask questions and protect the youth.

NINJA!

This is the quick start up guide to help you become an instant vegan allowing you to begin enjoying the benefits of better health while you still have the healthy fear of god in your heart after seeing your doctor and getting back your test results… or, you are just ready to do something different in order to get different results=]  We have tried to make this as simple yet comprehensive as possible allowing for the greatest ease at transition.  You will be setting a new baseline for your diet, and it will take a time to get used to what being really healthy feels like.  Please give yourself the time.  Know that it is better if you start doing your own cooking so you can fully understand the gravity and depth of this change and to better enable you to speak with whomever you may need to ensuring you are happy at restaurants, bars, hanging with freinds, not uncomfortable at a bar b q…

What is Vegan, am I even reading the correct article!

Vegan means letting go of things you have been raised to believe you need in exchange for the things that scientists (not on governement or dairy/meat industry payroll) and evolution tell us we actually need.

What you will be letting go of : Essentially anything that comes from a “face” so to speak.

Specifically:

Meat, includes fish and insects, you cannot believe how many people separate fish into some category that isnt considered meat. What the hell is it then, I usually wonder to myself, it has a spine, bones, blood, veins, the whole works and yet, people put it into this category that defies logical explanation. Insects have been offered to me a few times as a suitable replacement, and I have nothing against them, but, for your new diets intents and purposes, they are not vegan either.

Dairy from an animal, is not vegan. From ANY animal, for instance, chihuahua milk would not be vegan.

Cheese from animal (any) dairy would not be vegan- chinchilla cheese, not vegan.

more refined vegan – reads labels, drops long non natural sounding chemical names

still further refined, understands impact of conventional farming on human health – organic, or grows veggies in garden/farm

global vegan – gets organic and local when possible, fair trade

veganinja – reads labels only when feels the need for something processed, otherwise eats local organic produce

food exchanges to make the process easier from pre made items

cHEEZE – daiya

mEAT – seitan

mILK – almond rice hemp soy

bURGER PATTIES – tempeh, gardein

lINKS – tofurky

Necessary vits and minerals  consumed via food –

nutritional yeast

dulse flakes

chia

hemp

Consumed in super foods –

chia

maca

cacao – raw

mate – raw

Spirulina

Chlorella

Consumed in pre made formula –

Healthforce Nutritionals

Rules ideas –

fruit by itself

read labels

Going to restaurants –

use menu as kitchen, if chef cant do it, they suck and should leave the kitchen.  youre gonna kill an animal no problem, but i order all veggies and you have beef [get it, beef! hahaha], Get OUTTA HEAH!

Going to Bar b Q –

Bring your own everything and share, next time, people will come prepared I promise, its happened so many times, my food is always gone and there is plenty of everything else, cause the vegan is da bomb!

Adding raw to charge your diet –

raw avo pie

initial detox phase –

now your vegan, drink lots of water, first couple months, make sure you really do, very important time.

Losing 100 pounds in 6 years… tell me your problems, i’ll tell you a secrkrit=]

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This is a story about my personal weight loss journey and mild details of my life surrounding the event.  If you would rather skip the narrative and get to the weight loss ideas, scroll down closer to the end of the story, they will be waiting for you there… or maybe they wont, maybe part of the problem is not paying attention to the journey and instead looking for the quick fix..=]

Six years, thats what I tell people.  I cant be fully sure as my memory has become an odd sort of sieve.  Some events are clear as day, though for the life of me I cant tell you within five years which day they would have fallen on!

It was at a time when my first marriage was taking an unholy toll on my mind, coupled with the stress of healthclub sales from 24 Hour Fitness, I was a menace to my body.

Soda, beer, cigarettes, fries dipped in Mayo near daily, burgers, many times weighing in a half pound or full pound burgers, some times McDonalds cheesburger Sunday eating contests with the other health club sales crew…

I was a wreck, one of the few things that helped me during that time was probably the excess smoking of weed as it allowed for serious stress reduction which at the time, well, with my lifestyle, even at 25 I was a superb candidate for a heart attack.

My day consisted of waking at 5.30, quick breakfast of something or other that had little to do with food followed by a 1 and a half hour drive in LA traffic to my health club.  I was an asst. manager for 24 Hour Fitness and worked both in the city of LA and the valley, many clubs, including the Sherman Oaks sport club which was dedicated to Magic Johnson.  Yes he worked out there every morning and yes, he was a very cool guy.

I was a great salesman, my home life was in such a state of disrepair that I was never there, i spent most of my time at the gym, and ended up being top salesman for the company.  I find it all hilarious as I was clocking in at 285 pounds by this point.  one of my best sales was to look the person in the eye and say, “You don’t want to end up like me do you?”.  Sadly, they saw I was speaking from the heart and most of the time joined, which I guess is a good thing as long as they used it.

Now, so far we can see that my attitude was not in the right place for health.  I was in a few situations that I fet were counter everything to me, and since I did nothing about them, my ego kicked in and began to compensate for me.  I began substituting momentary pleasures for an actual life I would be proud of.  I sank my sorrow in the bottle [both alcohol AND soda, soda probably the worse of the two] and in the food, the cigarettes tied it all together for me and for 4 years I pretended to be happy.

One day, a change happened.  Im not sure exactly how or why, perhaps it was waking up to low back pain from which I would have to go late to work so i could lie i the bathtub to sooth the muscle spasms.  I was that big that simply sleeping caused me pain.

One day, I cracked.  I enlisted the aid of a personal trainer whom I was good freinds with and we went to my house during a lunch break and stole back my bed.  At this point we were living in a two bedroom apartment and werent even sharing a bed any longer…. the bed had become a symbol of sorts for me, everything else be damned, but the bed was coming with me.

We go the bed, I moved in with another lady which is the beginning of another incredibly interesting story, with a much more tragic end and yet… lessons would be learned from this relationship as well, but Im losing our focus arent I?  What I want to focus on for this part of my life is the one that brought you to the story, my weight and where it all went.

In leaving my relationship, even though i got directly into another, a part of me, on the inside, woke uo.  It was this part that began to care for what was happening to the body I was living in.

The first thing to go was the soda.  Soda was an addiction like no other for me, loved the stuff, Id gobble it up all day long, and I did.  I would only stop in the evenings when I switched to beer!

Dropping soda alone for one month took off roughly TWENTY POUNDS!  I was still drinking beer, still am to this day, drinking one right now as soon as i walk away from the computer to open a new one….

hang on…

And we have sudsy alcohol water…

Soda, its a killer, plain and simple.  No one can tell me otherwise as I have lived in a pre and post soda body.

SECKRIT 1 – LET GO YOR ADDICTION TO CLEVERLY BRANDED SUGAR WATER.  if you want to lose weight, drink water, A LOT, everyday, and nothing else.  Drink at least 1 gallon a day.  You are made of water.  You have little pods of water, in bigger pods of water, floating around in water all contained in a sac made mostly of little pods of water.  Picture yorself as a bathtub carrying many little bathtubs.  All day, everyday, simple routine life begins dirtying all these tubs of water.  if you do not put clean water in the system….  You do understand dont you?  if you do not, please email me – chrisbornstein@yahoo.com.  Want a cool thing to show yourself and the kiddies, put a piece of meat in a glass of soda and check it out at 24, 48, 72 hours later, then, if things haven’t gone to foul, check it one last time at the end of 7 days…  You can also put in bone, teeth, anything that would represent what we are made out of and be prepared for a big surprise….

Water is key.  Back to the story…

There I am 20 pounds lighter for having done nothing but switching my drinking habits.  My mind begin to whirl and buzz and I thought, wat if I change my eating habits!?!  Before I lose any of you, let me say clearly and specifically, I LOST ALL THIS WEIGHT WITHOUT BEING VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN!  This change would come much later in my life and would be such a radical change that I am still doing it 6 years later and will not go back.  That, is another story for another time.  Keep calm, we have recipes and ideas for veganism and plant based diets if you want them, I am writing this story for those of you who have a diet like I had, one that was full of powdered donuts, large coffees from the green mermaid with more sugar than soda and more calories than a small pizza.  This is for those of you who feel trapped and despondent.  I say to you this, you have two options, hit rock bottom and climb, or trust in those that have gone before you and climb before you hit bottom.  if I had to do it all over again, well, I would keep it the same, I hit the bottom and it is only because of that I say to you, START CLIMBING…. N O W!

The next changes were small.  I would choose leaner meat from the grocery store eventually doing away with red meat almost entirely, I would focus on chicken and fish.  Meat still made up a majority of my diet and no great gains or losses were made at this time, but for one very important one.  Due to the stoke I was feeling fro the loss of weight i started, DOH, working out!  Imagine that, gym membership guy working out….  Sigh, I have made my road so impossibly difficult at times….=]

The work outs were key in the weight loss arena.  While what you eat is of PRIME import, moving is nearly of equal import, you know, its like choosing children, cant be done.  You are what you eat [everyone], and, If you dont run you rust [Tom petty and the Heartbreakers].  They go hand in hand, to separate them is to lie to yourself.  I remember when I was a paperboy, eons ago, and one gentleman stands out in my memory, still stands out to this day.  I remember him walking, Im not sure when he first came up on my radar, but he was big, a very big dude.  I would see him walking early in the mornings and late in the afternoons. a focused sort of walking, not just out for a stroll, really on it.  He basically just slimmed before my eyes over the months, I have no idea what his diet was, but his exercise of choice was walking, just a thought for some of you!

SECKRIT 2 – Start Moving  Simply walking with a focused intention will be a huge beginning for most of us as we set out to slim down, but most importantly, to be healthy.  This leads us to Sekrit 3 or perhaps 2a…  Whatever you decide to do, you must begin moving.  I recommend a martial art, yoga, something organized at first until you can stand on your own two feet so to speak.  Having people to train with and people who are knowledgeable will be key in your beginning stages.  Always make sure that the person you are training with knows what they are talking about from personal experience.  Do not put your health into the hands of anyone who has not done and knows very well, what you are attempting.  Bruce Lee recommends a 2 mile JOG everyday.  James Bnd and Batman wake up and do push ups and sit ups first thing.  Some guy I knew in South Beach Miami would do push ups whenever he was doing nothing, waiting for his girl while shes trying on a dress – push ups, heating water on the stove for tea – push ups… there are many little things you can do to help you with your ultimate aim.  Focus on your posture, how your feet hit the ground hen you walk, everything adds up to who you are becoming…

SEKRIT 2a or 3 [depending on your bulleting system], Lose weight Healthy style:  Lose weight not to look great, lose it to be healthy and live a quality life.  When the focus is put on simply looks, this in and of itself is already an unhealthy way of looking at the task at hand as it lends itself to petty ways of thought which are ego driven, this will always fail in the long run.  Your goal is best served by being healthy.  I cannot emphasize this enough!  There are myriad body types on this planet, silly you who seeks to look like another!  Better to seek the apex of fitness your body and ego will allow.  Focus on eating the highest quality foods, reduce meat and dairy as much as you are able as all scientific data shows us that plant based nutrition is infinitely more valuable and that meat and dairy actually inhibit many of your bodies complex systems and promote disease.  After all, why is it that the sickest people are put on a vegan diet…?  Even Conventional Western medicine sees the light when you come closest to it as well!  Bad joke, but true story.  The sicker you are, the more likely your doctor will finally, as a last dicth method, prescribe essentially a vegan diet, they wont call it that, they will simply tell you what you cant have – no meat, no diary… hmmmmmmmm, they have a word for a diet like that=]

Back to my story…

Im losing weight very slowly, but steadily, thats the key, slow and steady will what… win this!  One reason the actual weight loss seems slow, is that when combined with a strength program, you will be gaining a lot of muscle in the beginning, muscle weighs a lot more than fat in that it is roughly 18 times the density.  Keep this in mind and do not allow yourself to be discouraged!

At this point, I began to increase the amount of vegetable intake in relation to my meat intake.  The veggies went way up.  In doing this I began to have an easier time when I used the toilet and noticed more leanness to my body.  My eyes got brighter, head cleared a bit and I was now down to 205 to 210, thats a 70-80 pound loss!  Further, I dropped refined sugar and refined salt.  Later i would find out that dropping these two things from your diet allow your body infinitely greater health as they are two of the most destructive things a human can ingest!

Lets review where I am at now in my story some 4 years after the start.  Veggie intake is equal or more than meat intake.  Meat intake has been scaled back to white meats – fish and chicken primarily.  No more Soda, refined sugar or salt and I am now reading labels for any ingredients I do not know the meaning of or have been forewarned about and dropping them from my diet.  For instance, when I learned about hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, especially in one of my favorite foods, peanut butter.  Dropped the JIF and went natural.  Tip for those of you who haven’t gone natural peanut butter due to having to stir the oils in… A. get unlazy quick, its your body fool! and B. turn the can on it’s side or upside down overnight and half the stirring will be done for you!

SECKRIT 3…  Dont eat things if you dont understand the ingredients that they are made from.  You dont need it in your body.  Your tongue may tell you that it is necessary, but this is nearly always wrong if you do some basic thinking when eating.  If it is a long name that seems more at home in a chemistry book than a food label, why eat it.  If it is something common that you know to be bad, MSG, artificial color, artificial flavor, sugar, salt, hydro and partially hydrogenated oils etc.  Do not eat!  Do some research on what food is made out of and what those various things do to your body.  Act like you care about the thing [your body] that allows you to experience life and you just may end up saving yourself!

You are a natural organism.  I promise, god as my witness, you WILL operate better if you are eating a diet that is made from the most organic, local food you can find.  Further, the less meat and more fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds you consume the better still!  Eliminating Cow dairy from your diet will lead you to better health yet!  Its all dependent upon how strict you want to be with yourself and what kind of results you want.

Story, at about this point in my life, we are on or about year 5 of my weight loss.  At this point I decided to do away with drugs, I was using cocaine and was not cool with it, it wasn’t right and to this day i tell people that the reason I quit is because I woke u on the beach and didn’t know who or where I was.  Sadly, I don’t even know if this happened.  I have a whole chunk of time that is relegated to faded snap shots and confused and overlapping memories and dreams…  At the same time ~I began studying buddhism, not in a formal way, in my way, reading many books by contemporary monks, monks of old and stories of punk rocker mayhem raisers turned to the dharma path….  Two of the most important books for me at this time were the “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tsu and the “Tao of Pooh”, by Benjamin Hoff

I left my marriage, the second one at this point and moved to LA, then SF and then Australia to be a lifeguard at a water park.  By now I was fairly steady at 210 with a solid mass of muscle.  I would do my random push ups and pull ups, random pull ups are great as they force you to use all sorts of things you ordinarily wouldn’t [ledges, walls, etc.], thereby greatly increasing your hand strength.  I began my first forays into barefoot running and long distance running and got heavily into weights and lifting.

The apex and grand culmination of this would occur a year or so after leaving Australia and finding myself on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Due to an “accident”; I drove halfway around the Island to check out a guitar for my 31st B-day and upon arrival at the house, i was met with people asking me why my transmission was dumping its fluid down thier driveway.  My response was who are all you people.

They repsonded, “we’re a vegan commune and you can stay with us but you have to eat what we eat.”

They turned out to be Gentle World, the makers of the first vegan cook book, I stayed with them for three months and have been vegan for over 6 years now.  This is the end of my story.  It took a very long time.  I had to be willing to change and let go of things that gave me great comfort.  Many things, from foods to drinks, to relationships to geographical locations, jobs, I had to change who i was as a person in order to find the happiness that would allow me to be myself.  Who I am is not a fat guy when happy.  Im a healthy guy, when I get sad, I feel the inexorable pull to eat unhealthy and do things that are “bad” for me.  I have learned and simply deal with my unhappiness and not compound the issue by hurting my body for the sake of my ego.

I do still drink alcohol, not in the copious amounts that I used to, trying to forget each day so that I could face a new one, but it is still there.  Someday, perhaps I shall do away with it permanently, until then, well, no worries here=]  I like marijuana when it appears, do your research on it and decide for yourself, make sure to garner many resources in your search, it is easier to find the truths when it comes to this miracle plant, but you must still be wary of your sources as there are many business and governments who would stand to lose vast piles of money should it ever become legal.  Beyond these issues, it is a wonder drug, a miracle, many people who are in much worse shape than you and I will attest to this, listen to them.  A person dying from a debilitating disease will have little to lie to you about.  Facts taken from 100 years of data mining that show no deaths ever attributed to the plant, well, you do your research and prepare to be amazed…

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This is really about how I lost a lot of weight and not legalization of this or that.  My end point in all this is if you want it, a healthy life, its not rocket science.  You know how to eat well, you simply do not do it.  You know to exercise, you simply make excuses and put it off to tomorrow…  You know what to do, I am another story in defense of you doing it!  I speak for your body, just do it already, it takes time, so start now, not then.  Wait for what, for next summer, for this, for that, this is your B O D Y, it gets you through the world.  How it is treated will be a direct reflection of how it allows you to live your life.  This is cut and dried my friend,   You are what you eat, if you don’t run, you rust.  nothing is simpler, nothing more true.  If you have A N Y questions, feel free to email at your convenience, i am here to assist in whatever way I can be of service.  I know it sucks, because I have lived it PERSONALLY.  I now live something different.  You want proof, there it is.  You want help, its here.  You want the motivation to do it, its all around you, in your mirror, your aches and pains, jokes a your expense.  You want a new lease on life – GET CRACKIN!

Aloha!

Aloha!

Know your food, know thyself, or something like that….

 

Its clear as day down here

3rd world… 1st world, there will always be a sort of third world or under class countries, its how you keep the schmoes in the first world country happy.  The rulers f the third world countries and first world countries made thier deal and depending on where you first poked your head out of a vagina, there is your first roll of dice by the fates.
For those of the first world…  The thinking that getting starbucks is equivalent to having it all worked out, well, bingo moron, its the same down here, just not as many options, but same shit, has been that way since man put it all together and you voted for and continue to vote for today.
You wake up, depending on the time and your position, your morning ritual will vary. Some of you will have time to grab a McScrewU to go with a cuppa joe, others a starbucks latte with a pastry, some perhaps a power green smoothie and a power bar and others will have poached eggs on toast triangles with Blue Mountain cofee served in Sterling Silver, on and on up the food chain, the higher you go, the more choices you have.
Most of the workers herel Mexico (considered by you and your govt to be 3rd world) have three options, OXXO, which is akin to 7-11, local super tiny joints with home coffee brewer as coffee service or coffee simply at home.
Why am I prostelytizing… I guess Im sick of living a lie and now that it is so abundantly clear to me, I want everyone else to stop living it as well.  Right, like if I found the cure for cancer or aids or stupidity, I would share it with evryone, this, for me is a potemtial cure for ignorance.  Once you are able to look at how the food you eat got on your plate, you are in bliss.  I have posted the video “Farm to Fridge”, what, I dunno, 15 times on Facebook, usually the same two people like it everytime.  i post a picture of a guy getting a soccerball in the face, BAM, 20 likes…?
And yet you all eat, but NO ONE wants to even talk about it, no one wants to know.  You dont even want to know, dont want to see.  You dont wish to hear about how your greens and fruits come from far and wide….  No, none of that, then you may have to realize the life you live is a L I E.  Unfortunately for me, the reason this is all so moving for me, is it is a lie for me as well.  I never once in my current position could do what I am doing without help from many.  My food, my bike, tent, etc.  I didnt make a bit, nor a stitch of my clothing,mso, please understand, I do not decry your actions as evil, so much as Inwish this to be a mutual comiseration of guilt in the hopes of making some real change…
Well, liars or not, moving on….
Unless you are at the top of the command chain, you are a cog, you think youre not but thats only because you allow yourself the comfort of ignorance (arrogance is usually just before the fall:). You think you arent a cog and yet most of what you do is base on fear of what will happen if you dont do it, produced by situations you dont really want yet wont “fit in” unless you do them!  What kind of existence is that, and then we teach generation after generation to do the same, which at this point, with the veritable cornucopia of knowledge floating around, you are essentially teaching ignorance generation after generation.
I just passed by a couple mega farms down here, the produce of which will see the U.S. before it trickles back  the country it was grown in.  Driscolls and FreshPac were the two farms I saw….  all those veggies you eat, yummy goodness, both organic and non organic and by god he chemical factories down here, you had best be getting the organic, or your hosed, we see it first hand, cause we are here, you are not, you are the consumer, be informed.  There are chemical companies down here by the dozen.  Why, if I were in the market for petro chemical fertilizer, bug sprays, weed killers, you name it, no problem, try to find a bottle of simple ice tea with no sugar, problem.
Point is, its in your food, we saw three tractors geared for spraying leaving a chem plant this morning, the drivers, dressed like NEST response team members at an alien crash landing…  Plants absorb chemicals, this may be rocket science to some, but it is true none the less.
Your food is being grown in a desert and shipped to you.  Even if it is “organic”, It is grown with water that isnt drinkable, thats why everyone buys bottled water, in the whole country… You didnt think they watered the many acres of berries and greens with bottled water for you… ?!?HAHAHAHAHA!
Of course its not grown in your own country or the E.U., (for those given the basic US education, E.U., stands for European Union, that big clump of area above Africa where your diamonds and a lot of oil and raw materials come from, and to the left of Mother Russia, who once they chilled out with thier Commie Antics, your government then created “Terrorists” to take up the potential slack in defense spending.).
Why does it go to EU and USA, cause all they do is grow genetically modified soy, wheat, corn, cotton and rice (this is a blanket statement for the production of the ENTIRE USA and E.U., dont be upset if you know a guy who has a farm and grows eggplants, thats great, really is, its just that it doesnt represent your country anymore, it represents what you wish your country would do, but instead you keep voting not only at the joke elections, but at the supermarket, and you what you buy is then subsidised by thier respective governments as it is a more valuable crop.  Cause you eat unhealthy, dont believe me, why then is there an “Obesity Epidemic”?  Riddle me that…
Know we can start to put some of this insane picture together, or we can simply call of this incoherent rambling and continue being ignorant, which is fine, that kind of works itself out in the hospital later….  Just sayin, it does, and YOU KNOW it does.
So what can you do?  Enough bashing me and tell me where to sign on!  I wish it were so easy.  I used to think that if I ate healthy, I was doing something good for the planet, but, when you peer a little closer….well, lets do just that!
When you buy from a mega health store such as Whole Foods, you arent helping anything or anyone in the world but yourself.  If you really wanted to do the world a favor with the standard hippie/yuppie new age vegan organic field raised etc etc etc, save the planet diet, you would eat what is readily available in your area where you live.  Problem is you have this job and cant afford to move just yet to a place where you can grow your own veggies and milk your own fing cow and blah blah blah?… but thats a goal of yours.  Like you would really milk a cow, you cant even sprout a seed!
In the meantime more beer from monks in France, cheese from Holland, crackers from Germany, veggies and fruit from the rest of the Americas (you are a citizen of the United States of America, ths oweer is only one part of America as a whole, for instance, people in Mexico, live in America, they do not live in the United States.  People in Guatemala, they too live in America, they live in Central America….  I know a whole Xenophobia thing, its O.K., you were taught that, the ignorance thing, well, at least you were taught its O.K., as for doing it on a daily basis, thats all you…) and there you are, healthy person helping out right.?  Do you really think so?  You must be able to tell that by buying things that are shipped in from all over the world because they arent grown OR -M A D E- in your country you are definitely contributing to an imbalance, especially when the people that grow/make the damn shit in the first place cant even afford to buy it or are even given the CHANCE to do so!
Its a tough world, especially if you find yourself a parent or morals, now you have to make peace with the fact that you are stealing from future generations with your purpose driven ignorance.
Maybe thats mans affliction, a “Purpose Driven Ignorance”, or PDI, caused by the ability to rationalize coupled with a linear time frame.  We’ll get into that later…
Now of course, time for me to be the hypocritical healthy guy and have a beer, one that I am proud to say is brewed and bottled here, but like up the road, we passed it on the ride in:)

 

Fe Fi Fo Fum, I need Protein and dont want to Nibble on an Animals Bum!

I NEED PROTEIN!
One of the most commonly asked questions of the vegan lifestyle: Where will I get my protein from, part of this question is will it be as good as meat based protein and of course, the pinnacle of human questioning regarding protein… Look at these teeth and look at these claws, I was made to eat meat….. right?
The first lesson for us to learn today is a very simply law of the Universe, by understanding this simple principle, we can lead ourselves, in many aspects of our lives, to a place of personal truth, and, vis-a-vis, positive personal growth and change.  Today we are applying this law simply to our bodies and what we eat or do not eat (which only largely determines what are bodies do, then you have thoughts and other factors we can chat about later).  I will first demonstrate in a quick story about a business person my first tid bit I would like you to consider.
Alejandra started a business, in my world, I do not know an Alejandra who started a business for 2 dollars, so know this is metaphoric, so, she started a business and it cost her a total of two dollars in advertising and marketing, packaging, electricity, employees wages etc. , only to end up making one dollar.  She spent two and only made one.  Most of us, even those amongst us who are deplorable business people will know this is a very bad equation for profitability, or making gains.
Do you see where I am going with this, I told you, very quick story… Before you read on, what could this relate to in the body….  Ok, keep reading.
Our bodies use energy to digest our food in order to get more energy.  We must make saliva, chew (EXTREMELY IMPORTANT – try to chew your age, get your children to start doing this at 12), peristoltic action (muscle movement) to get food through our entire system, further enzymes and acids to be made in the stomach to properly digest, action of all the organs involved, simply raising your hand to your mouth involves complexities too numerous to list, eating takes energy and a lot of it!  Many scientists agree and studies are beginning to show that one of the fundamental reasons for human “aging” is over eating and improper eating.
If we use more energy to process something than we gain, how long can we run the business of our bodies?  Do you see/does that make sense?
If you eat an organic carrot, you will gain energy as it is relatively easy to digest and comes pre-packed with it’s own enzymes which allows your body to use less of its own energy to custom create enzymes, so you end up with a pretty good GAIN.
If this same carrot is cooked, more than likely all of it’s enzymes are now destroyed, your body must make ALL the digestive enzymes, you net gain is now lower, as your body had to create digestive enzymes and you are getting less vitamins as some/many may be destroyed by the heat.
Now, take this same carrot and raise it on a NON ORGANIC farm that uses pesticides, heavy fertilizers, fungicides, weed killers etc., basically what all major commercial farming operations do these days, the reason we get carrots that make guys envious, tomatoes that are so big you could make a jar of pasta sauce with one or two and of course, good luck finding an actual taste.  Lets not falter in our path, we’re going to eat this carrot.
Your body now has to deal with not only making enzymes as many of the plants natural ones are incomplete, your body must begin disposing of waste.
Remember the petroleum based fertilizers, insecticides, etc. They are all in there!  You are eating the very thing a person should have worn a bio-chem suit in order to spray (many times they do!)!  You’re eating that, it sinks into the veggies, just like it would sink into you if you didnt have that suit on.  Not to mention, there are far fewer nutrients to begin with as the soils used in these operations have largely been destroyed and are the equivalent of styrofoam (exageration to make point, well, unfortunately, not a great exaggeration at all).  Basically the soil is now simply a medium to hold fertilizer.
Your body is taxed to the limit simply getting rid of all the dangerous things you are ingesting, let alone worrying about nutrition.  Nutrition with this type of food usually encompasses a very small amount of vitamins and minerals, basically it is good to fill your stomach, after you begin digesting, its a losing business for the body.  LOSS
Now you cook that same carrot, near total loss, you are filling your belly. Having a slightly better view of raw/cooked, organic/non organic, you begin to put food in perspective.
This is one of the many ways you can start to “add truth” to your diet and since you are what you eat, to your life as a whole.  Does this apple give me more or less energy, does this job give me more or less energy, does this relationship, it’s all about your relationship to anything else in the universe, does it give you more energy than it takes from you?
That being said, lets learn about protein, the primary building block of the human machine!
We are going to focus only on simple facts of the “machine”, there is nothing to argue about here, this is simple construction.  You can make up your own minds about the information, We are not here to convince anyone of anything, you want to take a Ferrari 4 wheeling through mud and rocks, be my guest (metaphor).
That humans are so very adaptable allows us to do many things which are not good for our health and still survive for long periods of time (drug/alcohol addictions, dangerous work environments, terrible relationships etc.).  So, first things first, here is a complete breakdown of all things associated with eating food for meat eating animals (carnivores), animals that eat meat and plants (omnivores), plant eaters (herbivores) and humans.  Humans are in a separate category as we are not at a place in our history where we can agree on us.  So, as to not offend anyones sensibilities, we shall remain apart, know and understand one thing very well, we ARE an animal, just as a rat is an animal, a cow is an animal, a chihuahua is an animal, a shark is an animal (fishy one), YOU ARE JUST AN ANIMAL, dont forget this, you fit into the greater scheme, the big picture, you are not the king of the big picture, you are a part…
I am going to put forth a comparison, not done by me, and unfortunately I forgot where I got a lot of the stuff for this article as it was meant to be a simple thing for a cooking class and it has taken on a little life of its own, if you recognize this material as any of your own, by all means, let me know so we may get you credit for your info and taxonomic genius!  Based on the following comparisons, you decide what you are supposed to be eating based solely on the machinery.  Not about whether or not you like meat, this has nothing to do with you liking meat, me being vegan or what kind of car your neighbor drives, or what is on sale at the local supermarket…. let go of the ego for a moment and just look at the machine you were given at birth compared to the other machines currently on the market:
Facial Muscles
CARNIVORE: Reduced to allow wide mouth gape
HERBIVORE: Well-developed
OMNIVORE: Reduced
HUMAN: Well-developed
Jaw Type
CARNIVORE: Angle not expanded
HERBIVORE: Expanded angle
OMNIVORE: Angle not expanded
HUMAN: Expanded angle
Jaw Joint Location
CARNIVORE: On same plane as molar teeth
HERBIVORE: Above the plane of the molars
OMNIVORE: On same plane as molar teeth
HUMAN: Above the plane of the molars
Remember-the herbivore is the plant eater!
Jaw Motion
CARNIVORE: Shearing; minimal side-to-side motion
HERBIVORE: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back
OMNIVORE: Shearing; minimal side-to-side
HUMAN: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back
Major Jaw Muscles
CARNIVORE: Temporalis
HERBIVORE: Masseter and pterygoids
OMNIVORE: Temporalis
HUMAN: Masseter and pterygoids
Mouth Opening vs. Head Size
CARNIVORE: Large
HERBIVORE: Small
OMNIVORE: Large
HUMAN: Small
Teeth: Incisors
CARNIVORE: Short and pointed
HERBIVORE: Broad, flattened and spade shaped
OMNIVORE: Short and pointed
HUMAN: Broad, flattened and spade shaped
Teeth: Canines
CARNIVORE: Long, sharp and curved
HERBIVORE: Dull and short or long (for defense), or none
OMNIVORE: Long, sharp and curved
HUMAN: Short and blunted
Teeth: Molars
CARNIVORE: Sharp, jagged and blade shaped
HERBIVORE: Flattened with cusps
OMNIVORE: Sharp blades and/or flattened
HUMAN: Flattened with nodular cusps
Chewing
CARNIVORE: None; swallows food whole
HERBIVORE: Extensive chewing necessary
OMNIVORE: Swallows food whole and/or simple crushing
HUMAN: Extensive chewing necessary
Saliva
CARNIVORE: No digestive enzymes
HERBIVORE: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes
OMNIVORE: No digestive enzymes
HUMAN: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes
Stomach Type
CARNIVORE: Simple
HERBIVORE: Simple or multiple chambers
OMNIVORE: Simple
HUMAN: Simple
Stomach Acidity
CARNIVORE: Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach
HERBIVORE: pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach
OMNIVORE: Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach
HUMAN: pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach
Stomach Capacity
CARNIVORE: 60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract
HERBIVORE: Less than 30% of total volume of digestive tract
OMNIVORE: 60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract
HUMAN: 21% to 27% of total volume of digestive tract
Length of Small Intestine
CARNIVORE: 3 to 6 times body length
HERBIVORE: 10 to more than 12 times body length
OMNIVORE: 4 to 6 times body length
HUMAN: 10 to 11 times body length
Colon
CARNIVORE: Simple, short and smooth
HERBIVORE: Long, complex; may be sacculated
OMNIVORE: Simple, short and smooth
HUMAN: Long, sacculated
Liver
CARNIVORE: Can detoxify vitamin A
HERBIVORE: Cannot detoxify vitamin A
OMNIVORE: Can detoxify vitamin A
HUMAN: Cannot detoxify vitamin A
Kidney
CARNIVORE: Extremely concentrated urine
HERBIVORE: Moderately concentrated urine
OMNIVORE: Extremely concentrated urine
HUMAN: Moderately concentrated urine
Nails
CARNIVORE: Sharp claws
HERBIVORE: Flattened nails or blunt hooves
OMNIVORE: Sharp claws
HUMAN: Flattened nails
What do you think?
Why do we need proteins, they are what the body uses by breaking them down into amino acids which are then used to make specific proteins for itself so it can heal.  The body is in constant repair, 24 hours a day from birth to death, whenever this repair system breaks down, you know it.
We are able, as humans, to make a lot of the amino acids needed, HOWEVER, there are currently 9 out of 20 that we cannot make.  These are called “essential”, we get them through our food intake.  If we do not get them for a long enough period of time, all sorts of trouble will ensue.  Starting with general weakness leading gradually to serious illness of all kinds.
For the plant world, Complete Proteins (meaning all amino acids are present) are very easy to find:
Algae such as chlorella and spirulina
Amaranth
Buckwheat
Hemp
Soya beans and products such as tofu and tempeh
Quinoa
there are more, but that is up to you, do some research, learn about your body…
Incomplete Proteins:
Legumes, Nuts and Seeds, Whole Grains
Bean sprouts, Almonds, Barley
Black eyed peas Cashew nuts, Brown rice
Kidney beans, Nut butters, Corn
Lentils, Seed Sprouts, Oats
Peas, Sunflower/sesame/hemp/pumpkin seeds, Wholegrain pasta and breads…
Once we have our list of incomplete proteins, it is then a simple matter of combining to make complete proteins and keep us healthy, many of you do it without even realizing!  Here are some examples:
Hummus and pitta bread
Beans on toast (whole wheat)
Peanut butter on wholegrain bread
Muesli and soya milk
Rice with peas or beans
Corn and beans (the way the corn is processed with Lime in traditional tortillas and then combined with beans makes a complete protein, our oldest ancestors knew this and modern science has only shown us in the last 30 years!  Modern science is not the key to health, wisdom is.)
How much do you truly need?
After all, it is almost as bad to overfill an auto engine with oil as to have it under-filled…
We need 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight. Based on this, an average male who weighs 154 pounds should eat around 56 grams of protein per day. Females who weigh 110 pounds should eat on average around 40 grams of protein per day.   At a given time, your body can digest around 25 grams of protein, try to break it up through out your day…
Some examples of vegan protein amounts would be: 
3/4 cup of lentils = 13 grams
150 grams of firm tofu = 21 grams
1 slice wholemeal bread = 3 grams
1/4 cup of almonds = 8 grams
1/2 a cup of hummus = 8 grams
2 tablespoons of peanut butter = 7 grams
1 cup of brown rice = 5 grams
1 cup cooked spaghetti = 8 grams
1 cup of soya milk = 7 grams
1 cup of baked beans = 12 grams
1 cup tempeh = 41 grams
You can see from the above listed food items that it is fairly easy to get enough vegan protein. Most nuts, grains, beans and seeds contain a high amount of protein – and nearly all vegetables contain good amounts of protein too.
Interesting note – Kale is one of the highest concentration of not only protein but of EVERYTHING!  SUPERFOOD
A vegan diet will easily meet or exceed the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of protein but will typically be lower than that of someone who eats a meat and dairy diet (the average American consumes around double the RDA of protein – America also leads the world in dietary linked death!). But the good news is that this lower intake will also benefit you as a high protein diet has been linked to osteoporosis and aggravating poor kidney functioning, blocked vessels/arteries, heart disease etc..  Further, the protein from vegetables is easier for the body to digest and use.  Of course, it is also karma free, and for a growing number of people who are slowly ‘switching on”, this is of very high importance.
That concludes our brief lesson on the animal kingdom, proteins and what it is to be a human with a fork in one hand and a knife in the other.  Enjoy your life and always do your best to tell yourself the truth!
As Mark Twain said, if all slaughterhouses had glass walls, the world would be vegetarian.
Aloha!

 NECESITO PROTEINA! Unas de las preguntas más comunes sobre el estilo de vida vegano: “De dónde obtendré proteína? Será tan buena como la proteína animal?”… y claro, la duda: “No se supone que como humano está en mi naturaleza comer carne? es decir, mira estos colmillos, mira mis garras…  es natural… no?” La primera lección a aprender el día de hoy es una simple y básica ley universal; comprendiendo este simple principio podremos acercanos en todos los aspectos de nuestra vida, a nuestra verdad personal y encarar un crecimiento y cambio postivo. Hoy aplicaremos esta simple ley a nuestro cuerpo considerando lo que comemos y lo que no. Antes que nada déjenme compartirles la rápida y corta historia de Alejandra… Alejandra comenzó su negocio y le costó un total de dos pesos en publicidad, mercadotecnia, electricidad, salarios, etc… y su ganancia fue de solamente un peso. Comprenden a donde voy con esto?… les dije, una historia rapida y corta… Nuestros cuerpos usan energía para digerir los alimentos y de esta manera obtener mas energía. Necesitamos producir saliva, masticar, transportar este alimento por el tracto digestivo a través de movimientos musculares de nuestros órganos, generar enzimas y ácidos en el estómago para digerir, vaya, que la sola accion de llevar un bocado a la boca implica numerosos procesos en el cuerpo como para mencionarlos ahora. Comer requiere energía, mucha energía!  muchos científicos estan de acuerdo y ya se van realizando estudios para demostrar que una de las razones fundamentales por las que el ser humano envejece es el hecho de que comemos demasiado, y mal. Si la energía que utilizamos para procesar algo es mayor a la energía que este algo nos brinda, cuanto tiempo podremos mantener el ‘negocio’ de nuestro cuerpo a flote? Comprenden? Si comemos una zanahora orgánica, obtenemos energía ya que es un alimento fácil de digerir y que viene pre-empaquetado en sus propias enzimas, lo que hace que nuestro cuerpo no necesite producir tantas enzimas y por lo tanto utlizamos menos energía. Si esta misma zanahoria es cocinada, lo mas seguro es que todas sus enzimas se destruyan, ahora el cuerpo tendra que producir TODAS las enzimas digestivas, ahora nuestra ganancia neta es menor. Si comemos una zanahoria cocinada no orgánica, de una granja comercial masiva…  ahora vamos comprendiendo!! nuestro cuerpo ahora tendrá que lidiar no solamente con producir las enzimas, pero con deshacerse de todos los desechos tóxicos como petróleo, fertilizantes, insecticidas, Y esta zanahora porta muchos menos nutrientes ya que la tierra en la que crece ha sido destruida y ahora es tan nutritiva como el unicel (ok, exagero pero para remarcar en el punto). Ahora, comemos una hamburguesa de un restaurante de comida rápida que se reconoce por dos arcos dorados y tiene como mascota a un terrorífico payaso… Wow! no puedo ni comenzar a explicarles lo que el cuerpo necesita hacer para digerir esto, definitivamente terminamos con un déficit bastante serio. Esta es una de muchas maneras en las que podemos ir “agregando veracidad” a nuestra dieta, y ya que somos lo que comemos, a nuestra vida entera. Esta manzana me dará más o menos energía? Este trabajo me da más o menos energía? Esta relación (y hablo de cualquier relación con cualquier cosa en el universo) me dará o me quitará energía? Habiendo dicho eso, aprendamos ahora sobre proteína, el bloque de construcción principal para la máquina humana! Nos enfocaremos únicamente en los aspectos más simples de nuestra ‘máquina’, no hay mucho que argumentar aquí, esto es simple construcción. Pueden ustedes seguir su criterio con respecto a la información, no nos interesa convencer a nadie de nada, si quieren conducir un Ferrari por rocas y lodo, adelante! La realidad de que el ser humano es una criatura altamente adaptable nos da la libertad de hacer muchas cosas que no son buenas para nuestra salud y aún así sobrevivir por periodos largos de tiempo (drogas, alcohol, ambientes de trabajo peligrosos, etc).  Así que comencemos con lo principal, aquí estan algunos datos simples relacionados con el consumo de carne y animales carnívoros, animales omnívoros, herbívoros y humanos. Ustedes decidan para que estamos hechos de acuerdo a las características de nuestra máquina. Esto no tiene nada que ver con el hecho de si les gusta la carne o no, con que yo sea vegana o no, o con el tipo de auto del vecino, las ofertas de Calimax…  dejen ir su ego por un momento y simplemente observen la máquina que se les proporcionó al nacer comparando con otras máquinas en el mercado: Músculos Faciales: CARNIVORO: reducidos – pocos para facilitar una apertura de mandíbula enorme HERBIVORO: bien desarrollados OMNIVORO: reducidos HUMANO: bien desarrollados Tipo de Mandíbula: CARNIVORO: ángulo no expandido HERBIVORO: ángulo expandido OMNIVORO: ángulo no expandido HUMANO: ángulo expandido Ubicación de la Articulación de la Mandíbula CARNIVORO: en el mismo plano que los molares HERBIVORO: por derriba del plano de los molares OMNIVORO: en el mismo plano que los molares HUMANO: por derriba del plano de los molares Rango de movimiento de la Mandíbula CARNIVORO: unidimensional, mínimo movimiento lateral HERBIVORO: amplio, buen movimiento lateral y frontal OMNIVORO: unidimensional, mínimo movimiento lateral HUMANO: amplio, buen movimiento lateral y frontal Musculatura Principal de la Mandíbula CARNIVORO: temporales HERBIVORO: masetero y pterygoideo OMNIVORO: temporales HUMANO:  masetero y pterigoideo Apertura de boca en relación al tamaño de cabeza CARNIVORO: grande HERBIVORO: chica OMNIVORO: grande HUMANO: chica Dientes incisivos CARNIVORO: cortos y puntiagudos HERBIVORO: gruesos, planos y con forma de espada OMNIVORO: cortos y puntiagudos HUMANO: gruesos, planos y con forma de espada Dientes colmillos CARNIVORO: largos, filosos y cúrveos HERBIVORO: sin filo y cortos o largos (para defenderse) o ninguno OMNIVORO: largos, filosos y cúrveos HUMANO: cortos y sin filo Dientes molares CARNIVORO: filoso, con forma de navaja HERBIVORO: planos con superficies complejas e irregulares OMNIVORO: con forma de navaja o planos pero filosos HUMANO: planos con cúspides irregulares Masticación CARNIVORO: ninguna, tragan el bocado entero HERBIVORO: necesita de masticación extensiva OMNIVORO: traga el bocado entero o con simplemente quebrado HUMANO: necesita de masticación extensiva Salivación CARNIVORO: sin enzimas digestivas HERBIVORO: con enzimas digestivas para carbohidratos OMNIVORO: sin enzimas digestivas HUMANO: con enzimas digestivas para carbohidratos Tipo de estómago: CARNIVORO: simple HERBIVORO: simple o con cámaras múltiples OMNIVORO: simple HUMANO: simple Acidez estomacal CARNIVORO: menor o igual a pH 1 con comida en el estómago HERBIVORO“ pH de 4 o 5 con comida en el estómago OMNIVORO: menor o igual a pH 1 con comida en el estómago HUMANO: pH de 4 o 5 con comida en el estómago Capacidad estomacal CARNIVORO: 60% a 70% del volumen total del tracto digestivo HERBIVORO: menos del 30% del volumen total del tracto digestivo OMNIVORO: 60% a 70% del volumen total del tracto digestivo HUMANO: 21% a 27% del volumen total del tracto digestivo Longitud del intestino delgado CARNIVORO: de 3 a 6 veces la longitud del cuerpo HERBIVORO: de 10 a 12 o mas veces la longitud del cuerpo OMNIVORO: de 4 a 6 veces la longitud del cuerpo HUMANO: entre 10 a 11 veces la longitud del cuerpo Colon CARNIVORO: simple, corto y suave HERBIVORO: largo, complejo, puede tener forma de pequeños sacos OMNIVORO: simple, corto y suave HUMANO: largo, con pequeños sacos Hígado CARNIVORO: puede desintoxicar la vitamina A HERBIVORO: no puede desintoxicar la vitamina A OMNIVORO: puede desintoxicar la vitamina A HUMANO: no puede desintoxicar la vitamina A Riñones CARNIVORO: orina extremadamente concentrada HERBIVORO: orina moderadamente concentrada OMNIVORO: orina extremadamente concentrada HUMANO: orina moderadamente concentrada Uñas CARNIVORO: garras filosas HERBIVORO: uñas planas o pezuñas OMNIVORO: garras filosas HUMANO: uñas planas Que piensan? Por qué necesitamos proteinas? porque el cuerpo las utiliza una vez metabolizadas y descompuestas en aminoácidos para sanarse. El cuerpo está en constante reparacion, 24 horas, todos los dias desde que nacemos hasta que morimos, si en cualquier momento este sistema de reparación falla, lo notamos. Como humanos somos capaces de fabricar muchos de los aminoácidos necesarios, SIN EMBARGO, actualmente son 9, de 20, que no podemos fabricar. Estos son los llamados aminoácidos ‘esenciales’, los obtenemos por medio de nuestra alimentación. Si no los obtenemos durante un periodo de tiempo suficientemente largo, surgen todo tipo de problemas. Comenzando con debilidad general hasta enfermedades graves de todo tipo. En el mundo de las plantas, proteínas completas (eso es, que poseen todos los tipos de aminoácidos) son muy fáciles de encontrar: algas como clorela y espirulina amaranto trigo sarraceno cáñamo frijoles de soya y productos como el tofu y tempeh quinoa Proteinas incompletas: leguminosas, nueces, semillas y granos enteros germinados, frijoles, almendras, cebada nueces de la India, arroz integral chícharos, pasta integral y pan Una vez que tenemos nuestra lista de proteinas incompletas, es solo cuestion de combinarlas para crear la proteína completa y mantenernos sanos, muchos de ustedes ya lo hacen sin saber!! He aqui unos ejemplos: hummus y pan pita frijoles con pan integral crema de mani con pan integral muesli y leche de soya arroz con chicharos o frijoles maíz y frijoles (la manera en la que el maíz se nixtamaliza y se combina con los frijoles hace una proteína completa, nuestros ancestros lo sabían y la ciencia moderna nos lo ha demostrado a penas en los últimos 30 años! La ciencia moderna no es la llave para la salud, la sabiduría si). Cuanta proteina necesitamos en realidad? Despues de todo, rellenar en exceso de aceite nuestro automóvil es igual de malo que tenerlo bajo de aceite… Nosotros necesitamos 0.8 gramos de proteinas por cada kilogramo de peso corporal. Basándonos en esto, un hombre promedio que pese más o menos 75 kilos necesitaría consumir aproximadamente 60 gramos de proteina al dia. Mujeres de 60 kilos, 48 gramos… en un momento dado, nuestro cuerpo puede digerir aproximadamente 25 gramos de proteina, asi que procura consumir la proteina en pequeñas dosis a lo largo del día. Algunos ejemplos de proteinas veganas podrían ser: 3/4 taza de lentejas = 13 gramos 150 gramos de tofu firme = 21 gramos 1 rebanada de pan integral = 3 gramos 1/4 taza de almendras = 8 gramos 1/2 taza de hummus = 8 gramos 2 cucharadas de crema de maní = 7 gramos 1 taza de arroz integral = 5 gramos 1 taza de espageti cocinado = 8 gramos 1 taza de leche de soya = 7 gramos 1 taza de frijoles cocinados = 12 gramos 1 taza de tempeh = 41 gramos Pueden ver en esta lista que es bastante fácil obtener suficiente proteina vegetal. La mayoria de nueces, granos, frijoles y semillas contienen cantidades altas de proteinas – y casi todos los vegetales contienen buenas dosis tambien. Nota interesante: la col verde (kale) es el alimento con la mayor concentracion no solo de proteina, pero de TODO! Una dieta vegana fácilmente cumple y hasta excede la recomendación diaria de proteina, pero en general será menor que la de una dieta que incluya carne o lácteos (los americanos por ejemplo, consumen en promedio el doble de la recomendación diaria de proteinas – y tienen el índice de muerte relacionada a la dieta mas alta del mundo!). La buena noticia es que este consumo más bajo nos beneficia ya que las dietas altas en proteinas estan ligadas al padecimiento de enfermedades como osteoporosis, problemas en los riñones, arterias y venas bloqueadas, enfermedades cardiacas, etc. Ademas, la proteina vegetal es mas fácil de digerir y utilizar para el cuerpo. Esto concluye nuestra breve lección sobre el mundo animal, proteinas y lo que es ser un ser humano con un tenedor en una mano y un cuchillo en la otra. Disfruta tu vida y siempre haz tu mejor esfuerzo por decirte la verdad a ti mismo! Aloha!

Fe Fi Fo Fum, I need Protein and dont want to Nibble on an Animals Bum!

I NEED PROTEIN!
One of the most commonly asked questions of the vegan lifestyle: Where will I get my protein from, part of this question is will it be as good as meat based protein and of course, the pinnacle of human questioning regarding protein… Look at these teeth and look at these claws, I was made to eat meat….. right?
The first lesson for us to learn today is a very simply law of the Universe, by understanding this simple principle, we can lead ourselves, in many aspects of our lives, to a place of personal truth, and, vis-a-vis, positive personal growth and change.  Today we are applying this law simply to our bodies and what we eat or do not eat (which only largely determines what are bodies do, then you have thoughts and other factors we can chat about later).  I will first demonstrate in a quick story about a business person my first tid bit I would like you to consider.
Alejandra started a business, in my world, I do not know an Alejandra who started a business for 2 dollars, so know this is metaphoric, so, she started a business and it cost her a total of two dollars in advertising and marketing, packaging, electricity, employees wages etc. , only to end up making one dollar.  She spent two and only made one.  Most of us, even those amongst us who are deplorable business people will know this is a very bad equation for profitability, or making gains.
Do you see where I am going with this, I told you, very quick story… Before you read on, what could this relate to in the body….  Ok, keep reading.
Our bodies use energy to digest our food in order to get more energy.  We must make saliva, chew (EXTREMELY IMPORTANT – try to chew your age, get your children to start doing this at 12), peristoltic action (muscle movement) to get food through our entire system, further enzymes and acids to be made in the stomach to properly digest, action of all the organs involved, simply raising your hand to your mouth involves complexities too numerous to list, eating takes energy and a lot of it!  Many scientists agree and studies are beginning to show that one of the fundamental reasons for human “aging” is over eating and improper eating.
If we use more energy to process something than we gain, how long can we run the business of our bodies?  Do you see/does that make sense?
If you eat an organic carrot, you will gain energy as it is relatively easy to digest and comes pre-packed with it’s own enzymes which allows your body to use less of its own energy to custom create enzymes, so you end up with a pretty good GAIN.
If this same carrot is cooked, more than likely all of it’s enzymes are now destroyed, your body must make ALL the digestive enzymes, you net gain is now lower, as your body had to create digestive enzymes and you are getting less vitamins as some/many may be destroyed by the heat.
Now, take this same carrot and raise it on a NON ORGANIC farm that uses pesticides, heavy fertilizers, fungicides, weed killers etc., basically what all major commercial farming operations do these days, the reason we get carrots that make guys envious, tomatoes that are so big you could make a jar of pasta sauce with one or two and of course, good luck finding an actual taste.  Lets not falter in our path, we’re going to eat this carrot.
Your body now has to deal with not only making enzymes as many of the plants natural ones are incomplete, your body must begin disposing of waste.
Remember the petroleum based fertilizers, insecticides, etc. They are all in there!  You are eating the very thing a person should have worn a bio-chem suit in order to spray (many times they do!)!  You’re eating that, it sinks into the veggies, just like it would sink into you if you didnt have that suit on.  Not to mention, there are far fewer nutrients to begin with as the soils used in these operations have largely been destroyed and are the equivalent of styrofoam (exageration to make point, well, unfortunately, not a great exaggeration at all).  Basically the soil is now simply a medium to hold fertilizer.
Your body is taxed to the limit simply getting rid of all the dangerous things you are ingesting, let alone worrying about nutrition.  Nutrition with this type of food usually encompasses a very small amount of vitamins and minerals, basically it is good to fill your stomach, after you begin digesting, its a losing business for the body.  LOSS
Now you cook that same carrot, near total loss, you are filling your belly. Having a slightly better view of raw/cooked, organic/non organic, you begin to put food in perspective.
This is one of the many ways you can start to “add truth” to your diet and since you are what you eat, to your life as a whole.  Does this apple give me more or less energy, does this job give me more or less energy, does this relationship, it’s all about your relationship to anything else in the universe, does it give you more energy than it takes from you?
That being said, lets learn about protein, the primary building block of the human machine!
We are going to focus only on simple facts of the “machine”, there is nothing to argue about here, this is simple construction.  You can make up your own minds about the information, We are not here to convince anyone of anything, you want to take a Ferrari 4 wheeling through mud and rocks, be my guest (metaphor).
That humans are so very adaptable allows us to do many things which are not good for our health and still survive for long periods of time (drug/alcohol addictions, dangerous work environments, terrible relationships etc.).  So, first things first, here is a complete breakdown of all things associated with eating food for meat eating animals (carnivores), animals that eat meat and plants (omnivores), plant eaters (herbivores) and humans.  Humans are in a separate category as we are not at a place in our history where we can agree on us.  So, as to not offend anyones sensibilities, we shall remain apart, know and understand one thing very well, we ARE an animal, just as a rat is an animal, a cow is an animal, a chihuahua is an animal, a shark is an animal (fishy one), YOU ARE JUST AN ANIMAL, dont forget this, you fit into the greater scheme, the big picture, you are not the king of the big picture, you are a part…
I am going to put forth a comparison, not done by me, and unfortunately I forgot where I got a lot of the stuff for this article as it was meant to be a simple thing for a cooking class and it has taken on a little life of its own, if you recognize this material as any of your own, by all means, let me know so we may get you credit for your info and taxonomic genius!  Based on the following comparisons, you decide what you are supposed to be eating based solely on the machinery.  Not about whether or not you like meat, this has nothing to do with you liking meat, me being vegan or what kind of car your neighbor drives, or what is on sale at the local supermarket…. let go of the ego for a moment and just look at the machine you were given at birth compared to the other machines currently on the market:
Facial Muscles
CARNIVORE: Reduced to allow wide mouth gape
HERBIVORE: Well-developed
OMNIVORE: Reduced
HUMAN: Well-developed
Jaw Type
CARNIVORE: Angle not expanded
HERBIVORE: Expanded angle
OMNIVORE: Angle not expanded
HUMAN: Expanded angle
Jaw Joint Location
CARNIVORE: On same plane as molar teeth
HERBIVORE: Above the plane of the molars
OMNIVORE: On same plane as molar teeth
HUMAN: Above the plane of the molars
Remember-the herbivore is the plant eater!
Jaw Motion
CARNIVORE: Shearing; minimal side-to-side motion
HERBIVORE: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back
OMNIVORE: Shearing; minimal side-to-side
HUMAN: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back
Major Jaw Muscles
CARNIVORE: Temporalis
HERBIVORE: Masseter and pterygoids
OMNIVORE: Temporalis
HUMAN: Masseter and pterygoids
Mouth Opening vs. Head Size
CARNIVORE: Large
HERBIVORE: Small
OMNIVORE: Large
HUMAN: Small
Teeth: Incisors
CARNIVORE: Short and pointed
HERBIVORE: Broad, flattened and spade shaped
OMNIVORE: Short and pointed
HUMAN: Broad, flattened and spade shaped
Teeth: Canines
CARNIVORE: Long, sharp and curved
HERBIVORE: Dull and short or long (for defense), or none
OMNIVORE: Long, sharp and curved
HUMAN: Short and blunted
Teeth: Molars
CARNIVORE: Sharp, jagged and blade shaped
HERBIVORE: Flattened with cusps
OMNIVORE: Sharp blades and/or flattened
HUMAN: Flattened with nodular cusps
Chewing
CARNIVORE: None; swallows food whole
HERBIVORE: Extensive chewing necessary
OMNIVORE: Swallows food whole and/or simple crushing
HUMAN: Extensive chewing necessary
Saliva
CARNIVORE: No digestive enzymes
HERBIVORE: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes
OMNIVORE: No digestive enzymes
HUMAN: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes
Stomach Type
CARNIVORE: Simple
HERBIVORE: Simple or multiple chambers
OMNIVORE: Simple
HUMAN: Simple
Stomach Acidity
CARNIVORE: Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach
HERBIVORE: pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach
OMNIVORE: Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach
HUMAN: pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach
Stomach Capacity
CARNIVORE: 60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract
HERBIVORE: Less than 30% of total volume of digestive tract
OMNIVORE: 60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract
HUMAN: 21% to 27% of total volume of digestive tract
Length of Small Intestine
CARNIVORE: 3 to 6 times body length
HERBIVORE: 10 to more than 12 times body length
OMNIVORE: 4 to 6 times body length
HUMAN: 10 to 11 times body length
Colon
CARNIVORE: Simple, short and smooth
HERBIVORE: Long, complex; may be sacculated
OMNIVORE: Simple, short and smooth
HUMAN: Long, sacculated
Liver
CARNIVORE: Can detoxify vitamin A
HERBIVORE: Cannot detoxify vitamin A
OMNIVORE: Can detoxify vitamin A
HUMAN: Cannot detoxify vitamin A
Kidney
CARNIVORE: Extremely concentrated urine
HERBIVORE: Moderately concentrated urine
OMNIVORE: Extremely concentrated urine
HUMAN: Moderately concentrated urine
Nails
CARNIVORE: Sharp claws
HERBIVORE: Flattened nails or blunt hooves
OMNIVORE: Sharp claws
HUMAN: Flattened nails
What do you think?
Why do we need proteins, they are what the body uses by breaking them down into amino acids which are then used to make specific proteins for itself so it can heal.  The body is in constant repair, 24 hours a day from birth to death, whenever this repair system breaks down, you know it.
We are able, as humans, to make a lot of the amino acids needed, HOWEVER, there are currently 9 out of 20 that we cannot make.  These are called “essential”, we get them through our food intake.  If we do not get them for a long enough period of time, all sorts of trouble will ensue.  Starting with general weakness leading gradually to serious illness of all kinds.
For the plant world, Complete Proteins (meaning all amino acids are present) are very easy to find:
Algae such as chlorella and spirulina
Amaranth
Buckwheat
Hemp
Soya beans and products such as tofu and tempeh
Quinoa
there are more, but that is up to you, do some research, learn about your body…
Incomplete Proteins:
Legumes, Nuts and Seeds, Whole Grains
Bean sprouts, Almonds, Barley
Black eyed peas Cashew nuts, Brown rice
Kidney beans, Nut butters, Corn
Lentils, Seed Sprouts, Oats
Peas, Sunflower/sesame/hemp/pumpkin seeds, Wholegrain pasta and breads…
Once we have our list of incomplete proteins, it is then a simple matter of combining to make complete proteins and keep us healthy, many of you do it without even realizing!  Here are some examples:
Hummus and pitta bread
Beans on toast (whole wheat)
Peanut butter on wholegrain bread
Muesli and soya milk
Rice with peas or beans
Corn and beans (the way the corn is processed with Lime in traditional tortillas and then combined with beans makes a complete protein, our oldest ancestors knew this and modern science has only shown us in the last 30 years!  Modern science is not the key to health, wisdom is.)
How much do you truly need?
After all, it is almost as bad to overfill an auto engine with oil as to have it under-filled…
We need 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight. Based on this, an average male who weighs 154 pounds should eat around 56 grams of protein per day. Females who weigh 110 pounds should eat on average around 40 grams of protein per day.   At a given time, your body can digest around 25 grams of protein, try to break it up through out your day…
Some examples of vegan protein amounts would be: 
3/4 cup of lentils = 13 grams
150 grams of firm tofu = 21 grams
1 slice wholemeal bread = 3 grams
1/4 cup of almonds = 8 grams
1/2 a cup of hummus = 8 grams
2 tablespoons of peanut butter = 7 grams
1 cup of brown rice = 5 grams
1 cup cooked spaghetti = 8 grams
1 cup of soya milk = 7 grams
1 cup of baked beans = 12 grams
1 cup tempeh = 41 grams
You can see from the above listed food items that it is fairly easy to get enough vegan protein. Most nuts, grains, beans and seeds contain a high amount of protein – and nearly all vegetables contain good amounts of protein too.
Interesting note – Kale is one of the highest concentration of not only protein but of EVERYTHING!  SUPERFOOD
A vegan diet will easily meet or exceed the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of protein but will typically be lower than that of someone who eats a meat and dairy diet (the average American consumes around double the RDA of protein – America also leads the world in dietary linked death!). But the good news is that this lower intake will also benefit you as a high protein diet has been linked to osteoporosis and aggravating poor kidney functioning, blocked vessels/arteries, heart disease etc..  Further, the protein from vegetables is easier for the body to digest and use.  Of course, it is also karma free, and for a growing number of people who are slowly ‘switching on”, this is of very high importance.
That concludes our brief lesson on the animal kingdom, proteins and what it is to be a human with a fork in one hand and a knife in the other.  Enjoy your life and always do your best to tell yourself the truth!
As Mark Twain said, if all slaughterhouses had glass walls, the world would be vegetarian.
Aloha!

 NECESITO PROTEINA! Unas de las preguntas más comunes sobre el estilo de vida vegano: “De dónde obtendré proteína? Será tan buena como la proteína animal?”… y claro, la duda: “No se supone que como humano está en mi naturaleza comer carne? es decir, mira estos colmillos, mira mis garras…  es natural… no?” La primera lección a aprender el día de hoy es una simple y básica ley universal; comprendiendo este simple principio podremos acercanos en todos los aspectos de nuestra vida, a nuestra verdad personal y encarar un crecimiento y cambio postivo. Hoy aplicaremos esta simple ley a nuestro cuerpo considerando lo que comemos y lo que no. Antes que nada déjenme compartirles la rápida y corta historia de Alejandra… Alejandra comenzó su negocio y le costó un total de dos pesos en publicidad, mercadotecnia, electricidad, salarios, etc… y su ganancia fue de solamente un peso. Comprenden a donde voy con esto?… les dije, una historia rapida y corta… Nuestros cuerpos usan energía para digerir los alimentos y de esta manera obtener mas energía. Necesitamos producir saliva, masticar, transportar este alimento por el tracto digestivo a través de movimientos musculares de nuestros órganos, generar enzimas y ácidos en el estómago para digerir, vaya, que la sola accion de llevar un bocado a la boca implica numerosos procesos en el cuerpo como para mencionarlos ahora. Comer requiere energía, mucha energía!  muchos científicos estan de acuerdo y ya se van realizando estudios para demostrar que una de las razones fundamentales por las que el ser humano envejece es el hecho de que comemos demasiado, y mal. Si la energía que utilizamos para procesar algo es mayor a la energía que este algo nos brinda, cuanto tiempo podremos mantener el ‘negocio’ de nuestro cuerpo a flote? Comprenden? Si comemos una zanahora orgánica, obtenemos energía ya que es un alimento fácil de digerir y que viene pre-empaquetado en sus propias enzimas, lo que hace que nuestro cuerpo no necesite producir tantas enzimas y por lo tanto utlizamos menos energía. Si esta misma zanahoria es cocinada, lo mas seguro es que todas sus enzimas se destruyan, ahora el cuerpo tendra que producir TODAS las enzimas digestivas, ahora nuestra ganancia neta es menor. Si comemos una zanahoria cocinada no orgánica, de una granja comercial masiva…  ahora vamos comprendiendo!! nuestro cuerpo ahora tendrá que lidiar no solamente con producir las enzimas, pero con deshacerse de todos los desechos tóxicos como petróleo, fertilizantes, insecticidas, Y esta zanahora porta muchos menos nutrientes ya que la tierra en la que crece ha sido destruida y ahora es tan nutritiva como el unicel (ok, exagero pero para remarcar en el punto). Ahora, comemos una hamburguesa de un restaurante de comida rápida que se reconoce por dos arcos dorados y tiene como mascota a un terrorífico payaso… Wow! no puedo ni comenzar a explicarles lo que el cuerpo necesita hacer para digerir esto, definitivamente terminamos con un déficit bastante serio. Esta es una de muchas maneras en las que podemos ir “agregando veracidad” a nuestra dieta, y ya que somos lo que comemos, a nuestra vida entera. Esta manzana me dará más o menos energía? Este trabajo me da más o menos energía? Esta relación (y hablo de cualquier relación con cualquier cosa en el universo) me dará o me quitará energía? Habiendo dicho eso, aprendamos ahora sobre proteína, el bloque de construcción principal para la máquina humana! Nos enfocaremos únicamente en los aspectos más simples de nuestra ‘máquina’, no hay mucho que argumentar aquí, esto es simple construcción. Pueden ustedes seguir su criterio con respecto a la información, no nos interesa convencer a nadie de nada, si quieren conducir un Ferrari por rocas y lodo, adelante! La realidad de que el ser humano es una criatura altamente adaptable nos da la libertad de hacer muchas cosas que no son buenas para nuestra salud y aún así sobrevivir por periodos largos de tiempo (drogas, alcohol, ambientes de trabajo peligrosos, etc).  Así que comencemos con lo principal, aquí estan algunos datos simples relacionados con el consumo de carne y animales carnívoros, animales omnívoros, herbívoros y humanos. Ustedes decidan para que estamos hechos de acuerdo a las características de nuestra máquina. Esto no tiene nada que ver con el hecho de si les gusta la carne o no, con que yo sea vegana o no, o con el tipo de auto del vecino, las ofertas de Calimax…  dejen ir su ego por un momento y simplemente observen la máquina que se les proporcionó al nacer comparando con otras máquinas en el mercado: Músculos Faciales: CARNIVORO: reducidos – pocos para facilitar una apertura de mandíbula enorme HERBIVORO: bien desarrollados OMNIVORO: reducidos HUMANO: bien desarrollados Tipo de Mandíbula: CARNIVORO: ángulo no expandido HERBIVORO: ángulo expandido OMNIVORO: ángulo no expandido HUMANO: ángulo expandido Ubicación de la Articulación de la Mandíbula CARNIVORO: en el mismo plano que los molares HERBIVORO: por derriba del plano de los molares OMNIVORO: en el mismo plano que los molares HUMANO: por derriba del plano de los molares Rango de movimiento de la Mandíbula CARNIVORO: unidimensional, mínimo movimiento lateral HERBIVORO: amplio, buen movimiento lateral y frontal OMNIVORO: unidimensional, mínimo movimiento lateral HUMANO: amplio, buen movimiento lateral y frontal Musculatura Principal de la Mandíbula CARNIVORO: temporales HERBIVORO: masetero y pterygoideo OMNIVORO: temporales HUMANO:  masetero y pterigoideo Apertura de boca en relación al tamaño de cabeza CARNIVORO: grande HERBIVORO: chica OMNIVORO: grande HUMANO: chica Dientes incisivos CARNIVORO: cortos y puntiagudos HERBIVORO: gruesos, planos y con forma de espada OMNIVORO: cortos y puntiagudos HUMANO: gruesos, planos y con forma de espada Dientes colmillos CARNIVORO: largos, filosos y cúrveos HERBIVORO: sin filo y cortos o largos (para defenderse) o ninguno OMNIVORO: largos, filosos y cúrveos HUMANO: cortos y sin filo Dientes molares CARNIVORO: filoso, con forma de navaja HERBIVORO: planos con superficies complejas e irregulares OMNIVORO: con forma de navaja o planos pero filosos HUMANO: planos con cúspides irregulares Masticación CARNIVORO: ninguna, tragan el bocado entero HERBIVORO: necesita de masticación extensiva OMNIVORO: traga el bocado entero o con simplemente quebrado HUMANO: necesita de masticación extensiva Salivación CARNIVORO: sin enzimas digestivas HERBIVORO: con enzimas digestivas para carbohidratos OMNIVORO: sin enzimas digestivas HUMANO: con enzimas digestivas para carbohidratos Tipo de estómago: CARNIVORO: simple HERBIVORO: simple o con cámaras múltiples OMNIVORO: simple HUMANO: simple Acidez estomacal CARNIVORO: menor o igual a pH 1 con comida en el estómago HERBIVORO“ pH de 4 o 5 con comida en el estómago OMNIVORO: menor o igual a pH 1 con comida en el estómago HUMANO: pH de 4 o 5 con comida en el estómago Capacidad estomacal CARNIVORO: 60% a 70% del volumen total del tracto digestivo HERBIVORO: menos del 30% del volumen total del tracto digestivo OMNIVORO: 60% a 70% del volumen total del tracto digestivo HUMANO: 21% a 27% del volumen total del tracto digestivo Longitud del intestino delgado CARNIVORO: de 3 a 6 veces la longitud del cuerpo HERBIVORO: de 10 a 12 o mas veces la longitud del cuerpo OMNIVORO: de 4 a 6 veces la longitud del cuerpo HUMANO: entre 10 a 11 veces la longitud del cuerpo Colon CARNIVORO: simple, corto y suave HERBIVORO: largo, complejo, puede tener forma de pequeños sacos OMNIVORO: simple, corto y suave HUMANO: largo, con pequeños sacos Hígado CARNIVORO: puede desintoxicar la vitamina A HERBIVORO: no puede desintoxicar la vitamina A OMNIVORO: puede desintoxicar la vitamina A HUMANO: no puede desintoxicar la vitamina A Riñones CARNIVORO: orina extremadamente concentrada HERBIVORO: orina moderadamente concentrada OMNIVORO: orina extremadamente concentrada HUMANO: orina moderadamente concentrada Uñas CARNIVORO: garras filosas HERBIVORO: uñas planas o pezuñas OMNIVORO: garras filosas HUMANO: uñas planas Que piensan? Por qué necesitamos proteinas? porque el cuerpo las utiliza una vez metabolizadas y descompuestas en aminoácidos para sanarse. El cuerpo está en constante reparacion, 24 horas, todos los dias desde que nacemos hasta que morimos, si en cualquier momento este sistema de reparación falla, lo notamos. Como humanos somos capaces de fabricar muchos de los aminoácidos necesarios, SIN EMBARGO, actualmente son 9, de 20, que no podemos fabricar. Estos son los llamados aminoácidos ‘esenciales’, los obtenemos por medio de nuestra alimentación. Si no los obtenemos durante un periodo de tiempo suficientemente largo, surgen todo tipo de problemas. Comenzando con debilidad general hasta enfermedades graves de todo tipo. En el mundo de las plantas, proteínas completas (eso es, que poseen todos los tipos de aminoácidos) son muy fáciles de encontrar: algas como clorela y espirulina amaranto trigo sarraceno cáñamo frijoles de soya y productos como el tofu y tempeh quinoa Proteinas incompletas: leguminosas, nueces, semillas y granos enteros germinados, frijoles, almendras, cebada nueces de la India, arroz integral chícharos, pasta integral y pan Una vez que tenemos nuestra lista de proteinas incompletas, es solo cuestion de combinarlas para crear la proteína completa y mantenernos sanos, muchos de ustedes ya lo hacen sin saber!! He aqui unos ejemplos: hummus y pan pita frijoles con pan integral crema de mani con pan integral muesli y leche de soya arroz con chicharos o frijoles maíz y frijoles (la manera en la que el maíz se nixtamaliza y se combina con los frijoles hace una proteína completa, nuestros ancestros lo sabían y la ciencia moderna nos lo ha demostrado a penas en los últimos 30 años! La ciencia moderna no es la llave para la salud, la sabiduría si). Cuanta proteina necesitamos en realidad? Despues de todo, rellenar en exceso de aceite nuestro automóvil es igual de malo que tenerlo bajo de aceite… Nosotros necesitamos 0.8 gramos de proteinas por cada kilogramo de peso corporal. Basándonos en esto, un hombre promedio que pese más o menos 75 kilos necesitaría consumir aproximadamente 60 gramos de proteina al dia. Mujeres de 60 kilos, 48 gramos… en un momento dado, nuestro cuerpo puede digerir aproximadamente 25 gramos de proteina, asi que procura consumir la proteina en pequeñas dosis a lo largo del día. Algunos ejemplos de proteinas veganas podrían ser: 3/4 taza de lentejas = 13 gramos 150 gramos de tofu firme = 21 gramos 1 rebanada de pan integral = 3 gramos 1/4 taza de almendras = 8 gramos 1/2 taza de hummus = 8 gramos 2 cucharadas de crema de maní = 7 gramos 1 taza de arroz integral = 5 gramos 1 taza de espageti cocinado = 8 gramos 1 taza de leche de soya = 7 gramos 1 taza de frijoles cocinados = 12 gramos 1 taza de tempeh = 41 gramos Pueden ver en esta lista que es bastante fácil obtener suficiente proteina vegetal. La mayoria de nueces, granos, frijoles y semillas contienen cantidades altas de proteinas – y casi todos los vegetales contienen buenas dosis tambien. Nota interesante: la col verde (kale) es el alimento con la mayor concentracion no solo de proteina, pero de TODO! Una dieta vegana fácilmente cumple y hasta excede la recomendación diaria de proteina, pero en general será menor que la de una dieta que incluya carne o lácteos (los americanos por ejemplo, consumen en promedio el doble de la recomendación diaria de proteinas – y tienen el índice de muerte relacionada a la dieta mas alta del mundo!). La buena noticia es que este consumo más bajo nos beneficia ya que las dietas altas en proteinas estan ligadas al padecimiento de enfermedades como osteoporosis, problemas en los riñones, arterias y venas bloqueadas, enfermedades cardiacas, etc. Ademas, la proteina vegetal es mas fácil de digerir y utilizar para el cuerpo. Esto concluye nuestra breve lección sobre el mundo animal, proteinas y lo que es ser un ser humano con un tenedor en una mano y un cuchillo en la otra. Disfruta tu vida y siempre haz tu mejor esfuerzo por decirte la verdad a ti mismo! Aloha!