LottaVeg Vegan Blog
This is the third blog in the series about my long-term battle with high cholesterol. The first blog goes into great detail about the question, “Can Vegans Get Heart Disease?” and looks at my own diet and lifestyle as contributors to my high cholesterol. The second blog, “Can Vegans Get Heart Disease? Update #1” takes a look at my progress after 1 month of dietary changes. In this blog post, we’ll look at my progress after 3 months….
While visiting my parents back in July, my mom voiced her concern about my calcium intake. Thanks to my continuing spinal issues, calcium is something I can’t afford to take for granted. That left me wondering what the science has to say about our calcium requirements and the best sources of calcium. The question I wanted to answer was: Do humans need dairy?
A few days ago while debating someone on Instagram about the role saturated fat and dietary cholesterol play in raising blood serum cholesterol, the reasons for why you should ignore industry funded studies became obvious.
In this post, I’ll discuss 3 popular studies quoted by the media and cholesterol deniers as vindication for their saturated fat addictions…
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – this book by Michael Pollan (not a vegan) provides a detailed and disturbing look into the western industrialized food system.
His desire to answer the question, “Where does my food come from?” led him on a cross-country adventure: From a cornfield in Iowa, to a cattle ranch in South Dakota, to a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Garden City, Kansas, to a “beyond organic” farm in Virginia, and more.
On his adventure, he learned how our “food system” has been corrupted by government and corporate greed to provide the lowest quality, most dangerous, cheapest possible food to the unsuspecting, progressively unhealthier public…
The short answer to the question “Do We Need More Protein As We Get Older?” is ‘no.’ The long answer is also ‘no,’ but with more detail and legitimate scientific evidence to back it up.
Amelia’s mom, Jane, mentioned that the latest issue of the AARP magazine had an article about the importance of increasing protein intake as we get older. The article titled “How Much Protein Do You Need After 50? Eating more may help older people prevent muscle loss” was published earlier this year on AARP.org, but was included in this month’s print edition….
The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest – this book by Dan Buettner looks at the lives of people who live longer than anyone else in the world. They are located in the so-called Blue Zones in Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, CA; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Ikaria, Greece.
If you feel lost in a sea of confusing and contradictory information about nutrition, you’re not alone. With so many conflicting points of view, and so much readily available information to support any stance, it’s difficult to know who and what are truly credible nutrition sources. After hours of research, you may be left feeling frustrated and confused, wondering, “Who can you trust?”
These are the doctors and scientists that Amelia and I trust as credible nutrition sources….
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?