LottaVeg Vegan Blog
Last month, I wrote about my long-term battle with high cholesterol in “Can Vegans Get Heart Disease?”. Despite going vegan nearly 2 and a half years ago, eating WFPB (Whole-Food Plant-Based) for over 2 years, and cooking without oil for the past year and a half, I still had high cholesterol at my annual checkup.
Since sharing my story with you last month, I made a few changes to my diet in yet another attempt to lower my cholesterol without medication….
The biggest self-acknowledged limitation Big Tobacco had was that they couldn’t refute the science. They didn’t have any studies saying that smoking was healthy. The only thing they could do was call into question the methodologies of the studies that showed smoking was unhealthy. That’s when “Doubt Is Our Product” was born to confuse the public into inaction. Big Food has followed Big Tobacco’s playbook, except they improved it by funding their own pseudoscientific studies to show that their toxic products are healthy, despite the unbiased science that says otherwise. Learn what they’re doing and how they do it so their manipulative tactics lose their power over you. It could save your life, and the life of your loved-ones.
Yesterday, my mom had a stent put in her heart to fix an 80-90% blockage in one of her arteries after eating a mostly healthy Mediterranean Diet most of her life. She’s doing ok now and should be able to go home today. I also found out yesterday that my cholesterol and triglycerides are still high, even after 2 years of eating a whole-foods plant-based no-oil (WFPBNO) diet…well mostly. More on that below. My mom’s heart disease and my horrible cardiovascular numbers have left me wondering, can vegans get heart disease?
“It’s my diet, it’s my choice” is a common response I hear when encouraging people to eat a healthy, plant-based diet. Eating meat may be your choice, but it has far reaching consequences for everyone else, which raises the question, is eating meat really a personal choice?
Before we tackle this question, let’s first look at how dietary choices affect everyone through the cost and quality of healthcare, as well as the environmental destruction that results from animal-based diets….
“MEATLESS: Transform the Way You Eat and Live – One Meal at a Time” by Kristie Middleton, Senior Director of Food Policy for the Humane Society of the United States, is a fantastic book to help you get started on your meat-less journey. Amelia and I had the great pleasure of meeting Kristie at the […]
Yesterday, Amelia and I watched “What the Health” from the creators of “Cowspiracy.” Much like Cowspiracy and the other documentaries we’ve watched, it was infuriating. The level of corruption between the food industry, the government, hospitals, doctors, health associations and pharmaceutical companies is truly mind boggling. They’re unapologetically working together to keep us just sick […]
When someone asks you, “Where do you get your B12?”, here’s what you can tell them. We used to get our B12 from the microbes present in streams and other fresh water sources, as well as from dirt and feces on plant-based foods. Now that we chlorinate our drinking water and sanitize our foods, it kills […]
A paleo friend suggested I read “The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability” for an alternative perspective to the vegan/vegetarian diet. The book was written by someone who was vegan for 20 years, but decided to start eating animal products again for a variety of reasons. Our friend was genuinely concerned about our health, and […]
This is How to Cut Acorn Squash the easiest way so they stand up for preparing, cooking and eating without falling over. All you’ll need is a sharp knife and a cutting board. If you’ve ever cooked an acorn squash like our Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast, you’re familiar with the challenge of preparing and eating […]
Learning how to go vegan is the first step into a whole new world of flavorful food and compassionate living. Going vegan has the single largest impact on your health, the environment and the well-being of animals of any life choice you can make. And it’s super easy to do! This article is a primer. […]