we ALWAYS GET WHAT WE MUST HAVE! :)
when we want something, we get it. when we dont, we find excuses.
i know people that work at organic wholesalers and dont even eat organic. i know people that grow fruit and let it rot in the paddock and say 'wow, your diet must be expensive!' .
ive seen all angles now. and my conclusion is that we get what we must have. its that simple.
our health is our priority or its not.
i ride a bicycle, dont have a license, live on the street, sleep in cardboard boxes, use internet at library, wear old clothing, look after peoples houses, get tyres out of bins, train with olympic athletes instead of hiring a personal trainer, help organic farmers etc.
we are always provided for when we are living our life purpose and that purpose benefits humanity, the animals and the planet.
i live where the quality food is.
quality food nourishes me to my optimum level.
when im at optimum level, i can contribute to society more.
i used to live for the dreams of others, now i live for my own dreams.
if we have dreams of sweet, ripe, abundant poison free food for ourselves and our family and our world, then we must march confidently in the direction of those dreams.
if we step back and have a look at society, we can see how they make it easier to eat sub par food than real food. so we either eat lame or we play a different game.
its either standard filler or its organic taste bud thriller.. :)
The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots - most people probably know this already. What you may not know and should know is the following:Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them) this is the same chlorine used in your pool). Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher
dose of chlorine. You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our hea lth at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables? Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer..I thought this was worth passing on. Pass it on to as many people as possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed. I used to buy those baby carrots for vegetable dips. I know that I will never buy them again!!!!
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bottom line is ' EAT ENOUGH FRUIT!'
if you crave something sweet after your salad, you didnt eat enough fruit.
people say they dont have a sweet tooth? ive never met one. its human survival tool. its natures way of reminding us what to eat to thrive.
go out and eat 5 chickens and 2 litres of cream or boil up 1kg of rice and 6 tins of chickpeas or if you are on phase 1 fruit paranoia plan, eat soaked buckwheat and dulse flakes with 6 avocadoes and eat em till you almost vomit. BUT AFTER GORGING, YOU STILL FEEL HUNGRY DONT YOU? hungry for what? 100% OF THE TIME ITS FOR SOMETHING SWEET AND JUICY EH?
i used to eat hot chips but freaked when we ran out of bbq sauce.
when my bro ate my ice cream, i cried.
sent to bed 'with no desert!' is punishment!
on 811 we get to eat desert for breakfast, lunch and dinner. and we have to PACK in the desert! cos our desert is so water rich and low in cals compared to the cooked stodge we grew up on. we have to relearn to eat and drop the guilt trip for eating the amounts nature intended.
only the body can heal itself.....no pill no potion no food,only giving the body the right environment,*811rv) can allow your body to make healing progress...- Rawgreengoddess
No doctor could cure me. They all gave me various drugs, which I took willing.. (foolish me!!) but not one of them cured me. They only further POISONED MY SYSTEM!
I was cured by one thing and one thing only! FASTING AND A MUCUS FREE DIET! I have researched fasting and diet for healing purposes extensively. My stack of books on the subjects stacks waist high. This is by far, hands down, the book I recommend the highest.
If you've read Fast Your Way To Health and/or The Miracle of Fasting, this one is even better!! A+++
I URGE you to read this book! If you apply what he teaches you will change your life. You WILL regain a greater health than you have ever known!
Reading between the lines of this simple yet profound book tells us that aging is based on the progressive accumulation of nonfunctional matter within the confines of the body which ultimately obstructs organ function until a key organ fails and death ensures. The origin of the nonfunctional matter within the body is from diet. If the foods we eat are not completely digested down to simple sugars and amino acids, and these incompletely digested fragments are absorbed, they only serve to obstruct the body's internal mechanisms. Aging is based on the progressive accumulation of nonfunctional matter originating in diet. If we can eliminate more nonfunctional matter from the body on a day to day basis than is formed, we have in fact reversed the aging process. Nonfunctional matter is eliminated from the body through two surfaces: the skin by sweating and the entire lining of the alimentary canal from the mouth to the anus, in particular fhrough the surface of the colon from the goblet cells. The substance of Ehret's book is the same as that found in the HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA which is a sanskrit text explaining the scientific basis of physical immortality. The key to making spiritual progress is the complete purification of the physical body. For the brain to function on a higher level the substance in the body that limits the electrical capacity of the brain must first be removed. The rest is then automatic.
I've had rumathoid arthritis for 15 years and the ONLY "treatment" with positive results was this diet of Ehret. No more pain killers, no more acne (thanks to cortisone etc.) no more depression and NO pain or swelling. All allergies disappeared and I can eat almost anything in moderation. Had candida (chronic) - this also disappeared after the fast and never returned thanks to this MUCUSLESS DIET of Ehret. I don't miss any animal proteins in my diet and have no cravings! My husband and daughter loves this diet - they feel so clean! Read the book - it will make all the difference!
hey, even i used to feel guilty about eating too much fruit. i remember being 8 years old and wanting another slice of melon and my mum said 'no, it will ruin your appetite for dinnner'..
i dont blame mom, i blame the system that makes fruit eating 'unatural and something to feel guilty over'..
you think a falcon feels guilt for eating a sparrow?, a horse feels guilty for eating grass all day? a giant asian squirel for eating a durian? so why should humans feel guilty for eating the main calories source that we have been biologically designed to eat and eat sufficiently! lol!
every cell in the human body is fueled by SIMPLE SUGARS, glucose and or fructose. thats WHY we crave sweet foods. its OUR INSTINCT.
but corporate advertising crew make us feel guilty for our sweet tooth. thats like feeling guilty cos we breath oxygen and we should hold our breath! lol! or not drink water cos it might drown us!
in the raw world we have superfood, chocolate, and honey salespeople dissing fruit and selling their REFINED SUGAR in a jar in the form of agave, honey, yacon etc.
yesterday i ate
15lb of melon
19 large ripe bananas
4lbs of figs
1 medium celery
1 bunch cilantro
thats only a bit over 5000cals!. i used to eat that for lunch at pizza hut!
when i do the math, thats how many calories ive been burning per day in the last week. my hunger reflects my physicl output. last week i did 33 hours on the bike. some hard interval days with turbo sprints and cruise intervals at and above lactate threshold. and a couple of steady state big ring strength efforts up a 15 min climb.
i love fruit eating. my stomach is flat every morning and i can feel my hip bones. im lean, fit and feel amazing. my blood sugar issues have gone. candida gone. chronic fatigue gone. guilt of eating 'too much sugar' GONE
lets judge our food intake in terms of calories NOT volume. we dont have any real references on volume cos we live in a society where the AVERAGE FRUIT BOWL OF 4 BANANAS, A BUNCH OF GRAPES, 2 APPLES AND A PLUM, LASTS A FAMILY FOR A WEEK! lol!
i just had 15lb of valencias for breakfast! thats only 450g of carbs! ive got another 10lbs to go before i even break even calorically for the day..and i got a big weekend planned on the bike..
id be freak'n starving and wasting away like a candida'd out cashew buttered superfoodist having nightmares about banana smoothies being poured all over em if i based my food intake on 'fruit volume restrictions set by a cooked society OR some superfood dude whack'd on on cacao and ganga talk'n about how magic reishi mushrooms woke him up one night and gave him shamanistic powers of dosha rambling nonsense..passed off as nutritional knowledge and fed ex'd to any sucker with a credit card that doesnt know better or want to know better..
The medical profession has a habit of making its detractors suffer dearly. So we can't tell you to get doctors out of your life. But I can tell you that there is a way to become so secure and comfortable in your knowledge of how your body works that you won't be frightened into visiting a doctor every time you notice a change in it. That should be your goal. I can help direct you to some resources, if you're interested.
I stopped menstruating 4 years after I went raw, but I was 48 at the time and it may have stopped even if I hadn't gone raw. The interesting thing is that I was monitoring my basal temps at that time and even when I had no period, my temperature continued to spike at the normal time of ovulation. So, I assumed I was still ovulating. Also, I had no "menopause" symptoms.
The hygiene literature is full of examples of women whose monthly bleeding stopped after they cleaned up their diets (including many who became pregnant while not menstruating). The way I've heard it explained is that the capillaries are better able to re-absorb the blood and other fluids that have been used to prepare for potential pregnancy, plus less of these are produced in a healthy female body. The medical profession is simply wrong about monthly bloodloss being "normal". It is experienced by most women in modern civilization, but it is NOT normal. It is pathogenic. That is, arising from disease and its precursor, toxemia. That its disappearance sometimes accompanies disease in SAD-eating women does not mean that disease is always present when it goes away. This is a crazy assumption. That's like assuming that weight loss always means disease. Weight loss sometimes happens as a result of disease. But it's a sign of returning health and vitality as well. The same goes for menstruation. It all depends on how the woman is eating and living. To assume that disease happens when a woman cleans up her diet is to assume that nothing in our world is scientific or predictable. The medical profession makes these kinds of assumptions all the time, and that's how we know that medicine is NOT SCIENCE. Disease has a cause. When you take the cause away, it cannot happen.
It is common for raw fooders to submit to 'routine' blood tests after they've been raw for awhile, to "prove" to themselves and others that they're doing just fine. The problem is, there is no reliable standard by which to judge the results, except (as rawgasm says) that which is derived from sick people. So they leave themselves vulnerable to scare tactics used by doctors to get them to submit to "treatment" for whatever "problem" is found. Wouldn't you expect people who eat according to doctors' recommendations (basic 4 food groups) to have lots of indigestible substances, including perhaps the proteins your doctor says you're "deficient" in, floating around in their blood? Do you really think the absence of these in *your* bloodstream is cause for alarm? If you do, then you'll have to eat steak for dinner tonight. If not, you'll have to face the fact that your doctor is incorrect in her assessments. You can’t have it both ways. Sitting on the fence is the most dangerous thing health-seekers can do, imo.
As I mentioned, there are lots of us willing to help you get properly educated, all you have to do is ask.
The level of health that our populace experiences on average is such that doctors are quite happy to pronounce a person "healthy" simply if s/he is not exhibiting symptoms. Good health is not merely the absence of symptoms, however. Vibrant, robust health produces such radical improvements in physical, emotional, and mental well-being that it becomes apparent that what is experienced by most people is not good health at all. It becomes a joy to live according to your body's actual needs once you have experienced these profound changes. Perfect health is not only possible, it is the natural birthright of every species on Earth, including humans. Just as disease is inevitable if we do not live in accordance with nature's directives, perfect health is the inevitable result if we do.
A few months later, I decided to do the wilderness thing.. head out into the forest, and do a longer fast alone..
I chose my spot well, pitched tent under some pine trees in a completely hidden spot where no one was likely to ever stumble across me.. I was at about 900ms altitude in the French Pyrenees, several kilometers from the Spanish border, in the middle of nowhere in particular, but roughly 10 minutes walk from a fresh water spring rarely ever visted by anyone.
This fast lasted 10 days, and was without doubt the most profoundly cleansing one so far. Again, no notes were taken at the time, but one particular incidence stands out in my mind...
It must have been on the 6th or 7th day.. To understand better, we'll have to back track a few months..:
......... During the previous winter, I had been working on an internal wall in an old house, I don't recall exactly what I was doing, but there was a lot of hammer and chisel stuff going on, and as always, I was barefoot Something happened too fast.. A piece of the wall fell off, and I jumped backwards twisting my foot as I did so, but not quite fast enough as a big chunk hit my foot as I moved.. I had sprained my ankle, and for a week or 2, I had to be careful how I walked..
It had just about healed, when one evening I slipped on some black ice on the steps outside the house (this time I was wearing footwear for about the first time that year), and within an hour my whole ankle had swollen up like a grapefruit..
For weeks I was hardly able to move at all, and I didn't feel good walking until at least 2 months later... When it had eventually healed, of sorts, I felt like my foot must have suffered permanent damage, I was unable to move it in all directions as previously. I resigned myself to having a slight stiffness with my foot.
Anyhow.. where was I? Oh yes.. on the 6th or 7th day, I was lying down in the sunshine, on my back feeling weak, but relaxed.
Suddenly, I felt this warm tingling sensation around my right foot/ankle area.. I just lied still observing/experiencing.. For about half an hour, my foot pulsated, warm and throbbing.. It was not an unpleasant/uncomfortable sensation.
Eventually it stopped, I sat up, and moved my foot. It was miraculous, all stiffness had completely vanished. My foot felt as good as new..
Then suddenly I remembered.... it had been the left foot that was injured.. Naah.. just kidding! It was the right foot indeed, and healed completely it had!
read a medical textbook. b12 is produced and absorbed in the digestive tract by healthy individuals.b12 doesnt come from food. its produced by bacteria. by eating a low fat, high carb raw vegan diet we provide the bacteria the conditions to thrive and the clean digestion tract to absorb it.my b12 quadrupled when i 100% out chilli, garlic, salt, seaweed, nama shoyu etc, powders, superfoods, oil and store bought nuts and seeds.so those that mean i should go eat that stodge now im 'cured'? lol! NO! it means i treated the cause instead of jumping on the symptom treating wagon.ive got a good mate, 100% raw and eats raw meats. the other day they were eating mince meat and raw cream. their b12 is similar to mine. they have been raw omnivore for over 7 years. so anyone saying they need animal products for b12 is just talk'n out their ignorant,uninformed a'hole.. :)people dont eat animal products cos they think they need em, they eat em cos they like to eat em..i accept that.
wow DR delivers again. so rawwwwwwwww
lil more here
The first B12 deficiencies were discovered in meat eaters, after all, and there's no real sign that despite vegans usually having less of it in their systems, that B12 deficiency is more prevalent in them. Regardless of what you're eating, no amount of B12 taken orally will guarantee a freedom from deficiency. Spirulina, chlorella and a few other seem to offer some promise of sufficient B12 levels to put a dent in our needs. Yet these are not actually vegan, and are considered as much animal as plant. "Additionally, these sources contain significant amounts of concobalamin analogues of B12, which interfere with the absorption of true B12, occupying the body's B12 receptors and lessening our absorption ability. On our tests, which are not very accurate, these analogues are perceived as actual B12". -doctor Douglas Graham(he is composed of pure epicness\lengendary)
cut fat, eat raw fruits +veg +easy on rinsing/washing organic produce as bacteria is on it from soil dont worry about some dirt its got delicious/supr beneficial bacteria + eat room temp food(frozen stuff =not good) teh end :D
oh yea u prob dont take antibiotics and other drugs; i didnt even address how they wreaccck havoc
Every animal on the earth seems to do fine with their B12. Either they're getting it through food sources or they're producing it internally. So if we can't do this as science says, man is apparently some pathetic wastrel who is incapable of surviving on this earth without the help of supplements.
third. The low fat raw vegan diet, espoused by Dr. Doug Graham., is the best way to begin reversing the toxic buildup, not because the fruit and veggies are healing in and of themselves, but because unlike all other foods, they sustain the body without leaving toxic residue after they are consumed. It is the body that heals, not foods. Thus, unencumbered by a current day's toxic contribution, the body can, and will, begin to deal with yesterday's, or last week's or last month's, toxic residue and eliminate it from the body. When enough toxic residue has been eliminated, the diseased condition begins to lessen, and we call it a healing. This is a slow process and can take years of uninterrupted space, which few of us grant to the body. Introducing pharmaceutical medicines to effect a "cure" is, in reality, a temporary substitution of symptoms and only adds to the toxic buildup in the body. The type of steady, everyday effort that it takes to effect a true healing is unglamorous and non-dramatic. It is comprised of what we don't allow in our bodies, the restraint on our desires for oral stimulation at regular intervals. It is a slow, steady, plodding process of holding our immediate wants in check for the present in favor of good health in the long run, not one of humankind's strongest traits. If you can develop this ability, then there is hope for you, and you can begin to heal your condition.
In the field of health, I think a lot of information and advice is given without enough context. Saying that unheated unprocessed chocolate is healthy is like saying eating grass-fed beef is healthy. Sure, its much healthier than what people eat, but its not our ideal food. I think its great advice for people who are deficient in nutrients, but NEED to have their chocolate, or meat, or what have you.
The media will send out health advice targeted at the standard American. Thats why most people think whole grains, beans, soy, and dairy are healthy foods. They are healthy as a REPLACEMENT for candy, processed meats, white flour. It works off the assumption that no one wants to drastically change their diet to improve their health. Thats why you will see lots of hype about superfoods and supplements. These things offer us easy superficial fixes to complex underlying problems.
The medical field works the same way. You are prescribed a drug because it is assumed that a lifestyle change will be too hard for you. The doctor will mention trying to be more active and eating better. Of course he or she knows that if you increased your exercise and vegetable consumption will lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, but he's going to give you a beta-blocker or a statin. He's being practical. People are too lazy.
And sure, cacao is high in magnesium and antioxidants. But guess what? Its also high in caffeine, theobromine, and other toxic compounds. Healthier than milk chocolate? You bet. Health food? I think not. They just don't mention that part.
Life for many people, is a constant struggle to find solutions to innumerable problems that cause suffering. According to the Indian scriptures, ignorance about one's own Self is the cause of all sorrows. We are the Supreme Consciousness, but we take ourselves to be a complex of the body, mind and intellect. In truth, whatever happens to the body, mind and intellect, the eternal Consciousness which enlivens it is not at all affected.
We often, focus on meeting the needs of this complex because of our mistaken identification with the body and mind. This identification creates a lot of desires in us. We could not possibly fulfill all our desires, but this longing is ever present. These unmet desires often cause sorrow.
It must be pointed out that all the happiness we get from external objects is nothing more than borrowed happiness.
The purpose of the different spiritual practices that are recommended by great Masters like Amma is to find out how to derive happiness from our own Self rather than from impermanent external objects.
Many people are very busy, but they somehow find an hour or two to walk or do some exercise everyday on the advice of their doctor. They know that if they don't, they will have serious health problems. However busy one may be, he or she will not neglect their exercise.
Likewise, meditation should become an important part of our lives. Amma always says that meditation, japa ( repetition of a mantra or God's name) and other spiritual practices are as valuable as gold. These spiritual practices give us spiritual growth as well as material prosperity. They also help us to maintain our mental and emotional health. Therefore, the time we spend in meditation and other spiritual practices will never be a waste.
eat daarrrrk greens
whats better? eating as much organic as you can get your hands on!
move to a location where its possible or just become another target of big pharma agenda! ;)
cooking food creates powerful toxins. it changes mental state. id eat a melon grown in a ddt sprayed field before i ate certified organic rice and beans.
proteins putrify, fats rancidify, carbohydrates become caralmalized. all toxic.
-durianrider: see below for his vid w mr. armstrong
People just ain't hungry enough for the good stuff and then they go and make up lame excuses or give up their control to their location. Me? I`m controlling my location, I`m controlling my emotions and my choices. I'M IN CONTROL! My advice is if you can`t afford it, you MUST afford it! Find a way.DO WHATEVER IT TAKES. If in your heart you know it`s the right thing to do but society says otherwise, just do it anyway! If the harshness of society is getting to you, then remember that you`re in control of what `gets to you`. Shift your focus! Focus on depression or leaving a positive impression?! Are you gonna burn out or burn brighter?Get enough sleep, listen to positive mental attitude tapes DAILY. Program yourself champ, or society will program you!
Godspeed on your journey. All the best.
"I am in divine guidance. I am always at the right place at the right time. Everything I do is orchestrated for my higher growth, my higher consciousness, and my higher evolution."
"If there is anything we wish to achieve, it is to have each of you boundless and free, knowing that every thought you entertain somehow determines your experience. If we could get you to live 100 percent of the time according to what you want, we would feel that this has been a most successful year."
"move into intuition and operate there completely out of trust"
"This is not easy. It was not meant to be easy. You did not come here to have an easy assignment. You are renegades, and you have been renegades. If we could give each of you a minute's worth of your multidimensional memories, you would know what we are talking about. You would know in the deepest portion of your being that time and time again, in different guises and different collections of form, you have gone where change needed to be anchored. You have gone many times, busted the paradigms, liberated yourselves, and moved beyond where you thought your identity was. This is the Divine Plan: merging the self."
"It is very important to observe how you deal with events. Different events are brought to you so that you can observe them. There is an order that you operate within that part of yourself cannot see. Sometimes when part of yourself is operating without vision or seeing, events occur to get you back on track. Be aware that, in this new chaos of consciousness and confusion and shifting of uncertainty, there is a divine order."
"Your assignment is to carry information and to evolve yourself to the highest capability within the human form."
No problem "keeping calories up!" During my first few years of raw I actually was haunted by this silly fear! Coming from a hard-core bodybulding mentality (most young men have this… lol) and never wanting to lose any hard- earned weight, I was constantly haunted with the possibility of missing a meal or losing "weight". I soon discovered, however- well maybe not so soon- it took almost ten years to get off the emotional ego trip of literally being a big stuffed body mass of garbage- that calories are NOT calories are NOT calories. Put it this way: 300 calories of oranges provides so much more physical "energy" (energy does not come from food anyway, but that is another lecture!) than 900 calories of cooked cereal, as a comparison. That is right. There is so much residue of unused and unassimilated "crap" in the oatmeal, for example, or even cooked quinea or brown rice cereal, that your cells only actually get a much smaller percentage of actual nutrition that you can use. To keep things simple, cooked food is like monopoly money with a tiny bit of real money thrown in. You need to eat about six times more to get an equal amount of nutrition- if that. So when a person complains about not getting enough calories, what they should do is consider that those EXTRA calories are simple garbage bulking up their cells as their body tried to store it (It cannot eliminate it fast enough). To make a long story short, when I finally came to terms with the silly calorie issue (and the protein myth also), I started to really become full of energy and not just "full of garbage" as I was when I was force feeding. Most people are force feeding and they do not even know it! Their body craves nutrition but they eat cooked, so the body gets almost nothing but continues to become stuffed with empty calories. When they decide to eat raw, they feel "less full" but I will bet you that they can perform better- MUCH BETTER- in any athletic event. It is that simple, folks. I wrote a blog right here on the same subject last week. PS- Just like Frederic said- use bananas! I remember actually coming to tears the first day I had a lunch of just five bananas. I was sitting in the car waiting to get to the bank drive- up window and had just gone shopping for food, so I took bananas that were ripe and started eating them. After the fifth one the food enzymes triggered my brain that I had had enough (they did not taste sweet anymore) and tears came - OF JOY! I felt so enlightened and blessed to have "stumbled across the truth" in this manner. It was so remarkably simple. Now, almost ten years later I use green smoothies (who does not like them? I have never met a single man woman or child who did not gobble them up-but then again I make a mean green smoothie!) every single day as my main "calorie" meal. Of course I do not care about calories but for those of you newbies who are afraid of losing weight- just be patient. And change your perception. You are not living in the real world. Sorry to be so harsh but it is the truth. We are all so afraid of becoming deflated when in actuality we are- for the most part- too BULKED UP ( our cells are so full unassimilated garbage) to begin with. America is the biggest country in terms of body mass. No wonder everyone is so sick and tired all the time! Do not wory. Follow Ferderic's advice- do a little experimenting on your own- realize and embrace the healing crisis that will ensue- get on a QUANTIFIABLE fitness program - and just BE PATIENT. You will soon begin to live like a god. That is what raw vegan done right will do for you.
I gather that you are very new to raw. Please do not worry- everything will change as your body gets on the right track! I, too, experienced the same pangs of hunger when I first started this wonderful journey of ancient correction to the diet! But to not like smoothies- well– you have not tasted a good one yet that's all. In any case, I too work nine to twelve hours per day on my feet with hardly anything but water, a single fruit and of course my quart of smoothie. Three days a week I have intense appointments and lectures as well as demos that are stressful since I have to "be on" for challenging groups of people. I never get cold in the winter (n fact where WAS the last winter- I do not even remember it!), and I can work in the garden or field all day with just water digging eighty two-foot by 12 inch holes no problem. When I was 19 and in the best shape of my life (so I thought), I could not climb the bleacher steps at speed for more than four flights until I got out of breath. Now I can do almost ten times that with only a few weeks of break-in training and I actually enjoy it. I am also able to do more chin ups, pushups and heavy squats with a barbell than most 25 year old marines, and I have been 100% raw since 2001 (95% since 1999). I never suffer from headaches or stomach aches or any of the maladies that so many others are hindered by, and my close friends and clients also have similar benefits. My mom who is 72 is on zero meds and people mistake her for my sister. The only reason I am telling you this is to give you confidence that you are on the best track, and that your hunger pangs and resistance to the green smoothies (which is not ABSOLUTELY TO THE DEATH NECESSARY but a super convenient way to get calories and nutrition for ANYone not just raw enlightened people) is just natural and will pass. The real point is that you must sometimes "make' yourself do things that you "do not like" in life in order to get further along. If everyone did what they wanted (esp when we are all so OFF course) then the result would be chaos. The main problem with is that what feels good is bad for us and what feels bad is actually good for us. At least at the start- where you are. Eventually your body mind and soul will get back on track to "Paradise Health" (an old term) and believe it or not, you will CRAVE many of the things that you may not have cared for before! Be patient and use your mentality (as the Frank Sinatra song says!) "Step up to reality" … your rewards for "putting up" with a little discomfort will pay off BIG time! Just remember to be creative with the basics, but do not avoid them!
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Did you know that human mother's milk is less than five percent protein? Did you know that 1500 lb bulls got that way from eating grass and no animal products at all? Did you know that the trusted "Food Pyramid" posters are not educational materials but advertisements from industry? Did you know that osteoporosis is a disease not of calcium defficiency but of protein excess? There is not enough room here to even partially debunk the protein myth! You can certainly gain "weight"or "size" by eating low octane, non- foods, but why would you? To add REAL FUNCTIONAL HEALTHY MAGIC MUSCLE to your frame, why argue with ten million years and all of nature's biggest srongest beasts? We are physically, chemically, and physiologically designed to consume plant fuel. This is not a debatable issue, but a misunderstood one. And, of course, "protein" is big business! Just lift the weight. Just lift the weight. JUST LIFT THE WEIGHT! And stop reading "Muscle & Fiction".
Lycium(gojiberri son!) has been considered a major antiaging herb for over 2500 hundred years. It was described as a superior herb in the Spirit Farmer's Herbal. Tao Hong Jing (456-536 AD), a Taoist master and physician, wrote in his famous herbal classic "Commentary on the Spirit Farmer's Herbal," that "Lycium tonifies Jing and Qi and strengthens the Yin Tao within a human."
There is an incredible Chinese story in which Lycium plays a major role. The very widespread knowledge of this story in Asia has made Lycium even more popular in China in the past century. One man, Li Qing Yuen, is said to have lived to be 252 years old. His life span has been verified by modern scholars. Born in 1678 in the mountainous southwest of China, he ran away from home at the age of eleven with three travelers. These travelers were in the herbal trade. Together the boy and his three teachers traveled throughout China, Tibet, and Southeast Asia, encountering many dangerous situations, but all the while studying the herbal traditions of all the various regions.
As Li Qing Yuen became older, he became a practicing herbalist, and was well known for his amazing vigor and excellent health. Then one day, when he was around fifty years old, while out on a hike, he met a very old man who, in spite of his venerable old age, could out-walk Li Qing Yuen. This impressed Master Li very much because he believed that brisk walking was both a way to health and longevity and a sign of inner health. Li Qing Yuen inquired as to the old sage's secret. He was told that if every day he consumed a "soup" of Lycium he would soon attain a new standard of health. Li Qing Yuen did just that and continued to consume the soup daily until he was over one hundred and thirty years old !
Naturally, he was greatly revered by all those who knew him and he had many disciples who followed him. Even at this very old age, his sight was keen and his legs were strong, and he continued to take his daily vigorous walks. One day, he was on a journey through treacherous mountains. In the mountains he met a Taoist hermit who claimed to be five hundred years old. Humbled by the great illumination of the old Taoist, Li Qing Yuen begged the Taoist sage to tell him his secrets. The old Taoist, recognizing the sincerity of Li, taught him the secrets of Taoist Yoga (also known as Nei Gong, "the Inner Alchemy") and recommended that Li consume a daily dose of Panax Ginseng combined with Polygonum (Radix Polygonum multiflorum). Ginseng is well-known in the West; Polygonum multiflorum is not yet well-known here, but is highly prized in the Orient as a longevity herb, in the same class with ginseng. He continued to consume his Lycium soup daily.
It is said that Master Li also changed his diet so as to consume little meat or root vegetables and limited his consumption of grain. Instead, he lived mainly on steamed above-ground vegetables and herbs. He lived to be 252 years old, dying in 1930, reportedly after a banquet presented in his honor by a government official. He had married during his lifetime fourteen times and lived through eleven generations of his own descendants, of which he had almost two hundred during two and a half centuries of life.
Though Li Qing Yuen's case is rare, in that it has been reasonably authenticated by both Eastern and Western scholars, tradition is rich in the Orient in the lore of Taoists living to ages unimaginable by us. It is well known that among the Chinese population, the Taoists far outlived all other people. Many lived to be centurions and few died prematurely. The Taoist art of longevity, known as the "Art of Radiant Health" is one of the great legacies of the East. And Lycium has played a major part in Taoist health practice since ancient times. Though it is a common herb, it is one that the Taoists consider to be transcendental.
it is most difficult to do so.
one of my faves u gotta read this text
yeah those are correct that ur going to read. ur mind will expand 3,2,1...
How would you describe your nutrition program?
100% raw vegan. organic every chance i can get. dr doug graham has helped me with my ultra endurance eating plan to pump out 320mile solo rides...today i ate 32 bananas, 3kg of grapes and a pound of local
dates. plus some greens. cycled 173km. (thas 105 mile;he prob didnt even have to try that hard for that. he rides anywhere from 5-950 miles a week!)
i think society is becoming more aware. i know that more people know about veganism than ever before. and each time someone asks me where do i get my protein from?' i just say 'check out www.veganbodybuilding.com '!!!!!!!!!!
sums it up by: What are your strengths as an athlete?
ultra endurance. ability to eliminate time and distance remaining is key. once i ran a marathon 9 hours after coming 2nd in a 24 hour solo xc race...focus on the metres in front of you,,not the miles..
What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
google up dr doug graham and read his stuff. its gold! eat enough carbs, get enough sleep. hydrate or die.. before hard races, workouts etc watch that dvd earthlings...ie transmutate your negative feelings about society in positive forces for good. show your friends, family, sporting club etc that vegans can still mix it up!
patting a real live animal friend gets you in touch with your heart felt emotions...cos at the end of the day, if the heart says no to killing etc, so should you.
all the worlds problems stem from people trying to acquire uneccessary things
Name: Avi R. Lehyani
Weight: 200 Lbs (91Kg) .Compete weight: 193 (88Kg)
Current Residence: Israel
Why did you become vegan?
Reasons were ethical, health and responsability towards the environment in that order. I Tried to become vegetarian already at age 13 but pressure from family and even family doctor did their thing and I reverted to meat eating shortly thereafter. At age 20, my then girlfriend, herself a semi-vegetarian, convinced me to do the right thing. I kept consuming eggs and dairy until a few years later (I then lived in VA), when after conversing with one of the PETA founders, I understood that was no need for dairy to keep strong bones, as I thought at the time, a victim of the dairy industry propaganda. I never turned back.
I have since "given up" all processed foods including cane sugar and I bake my own bread so at least I know what is in it for sure. I have to add that my family background drove me to behave ethically from early age. In fact my father, himself an ordained rabbi and ritual slaughterer always did his best to educate his children about "God" and of course the creation, so we always appreciated the living things around us.
A couple of things I like to remember are that when I asked him once why he just "did" chicken, his reponse was that slaughtering cows was too painful for him. Also when on a visit to the processing plant where he mostly worked, I witnessed a very harrowing event; the processing line always being kept as fast as possible for obvious reasons, my father had to work hard to keep up. I then, saw him run to the plant manager and ask him to stop the line , he was frantic and had a hard time explaining the reason for his request. He had missed one of the chicken and the poor thing was now going to be scalded and defeathered alive. He was told that there was no way the process was to be interrupted for one lousy chicken, and that they just had to add the unlucky one to the non-kosher pile. He was so distraught, he broke down in tears, he couldn't stand the thought of such a painful death "even" for a chicken.
I believe that even though, my parents, at start, did not approve, they actually were the catalysts for those decisions. Today, they realize the validity of my choices and they themselves try to reduce their intake of animal products to a minimum.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
This is interesting because originally, as a kid, I was very disconnected from any kind of sports. I was a short, chubby bookworm that was more interested in the etymology of words than the number of pushups I could perform. That changed the day, when at the age of 13, during a physical education session, I was to jump up in the air, swivel my body around and fall back softly on my feet and then roll forward on a matress. I was so scared of screwing up that on the landing part I forgot to straighten my feet and so I fell on my knees. Everybody laughed, including the coach. From that point on, I decided that NOONE would ever laugh at me for lack of fitness. I took up bicycling and judo and slowly improved my fitness and self confidence to where I also found the need to increase overall strength and physical size. In France, at that time (1975) lifting weights was still an obscure, misunderstood activity, as it was said to stunt growth, to be dangerous and nowhere near any little jewish boy should be found. I eventually located a small (very small indeed) gym where I learned the basics . Eventually at the age of 17, I started olympic weightlifting and that was when I finally fell in love with iron and the amazing feeling of being stronger than the average Joe. At age 19, I moved to Israel where I found it much harder to keep lifting for lack of infrastructure but I always tried to keep fit. I had to give up olympic weightlifting but I always managed to improvise and used everything from furniture to concrete blocks in order to keep up. Eventually (in1984) I moved to the US, and finding a proper training facility was no longer an issue. I am now back in Israel, doing the thing I dreamed about for a long time. I own a small gym where health and strength are the prime movers, muscle size come as a side effect of that. Of course being a vegan and still remaining the strongest guy around makes people incredulous, so I don't usually go around trumpeting those facts. I have managed to slowly induce doubts into my members' mind concerning their unrelenting belief in "meat for muscle" dogma. I hope to make my mark eventually as I participate in national powerlifting meets. I am the masters contender for BenchPress and Deadlift for the 90k category. I am planning to improve my performance enough to beat the above 90Kg current champion . We shall see.....
Current #'s. ("Raw")
Bench Press: 172.5Kg (380 Lbs) Note: I lifted as much as 430Lbs before a shoulder injury in 1998.
Squat: 192Kg (422 Lbs)
Dead lift: 240Kg (528 Lbs)
Rack lift:(below knee) 380Kg (836 Lbs)
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I am not a person inclined to culinary quests, I keep my diet to the most simple ingredients. My staple foods are whole wheat bread, brown rice, oats, and beans. I consume very little soy as I find it very hard to cook and the whole phytosterol controversy makes it suspect for the moment. I do not consume oils per se but I will always include fat containing foods like tahini, olives, avocado, nuts etc. I don't concern myself with calories except making sure I eat enough for the day. Vegetables are a must and always in quantity but I don't really look for the much more expensive organic kind.
So in other words:
Atkins is probably turning in his grave right now :-)
How would you describe your training program?
I am not a bodybuilder so I concentrate on strength. I consider proper training, a workout that is going to utilize the body as a unit and not as unconnected muscles. So there is almost never the so-called isolation exercises like preacher curl. Yet a few times a year I will perform extreme cheat speed curls partially using legs and trapezius with as much as 100kg. So in other words, Squat, Deadlift, BenchPress, Standing military press and pullups (or pulldowns) are the "founding fathers". Of course I will add other significant exercises like barbell bent-over row, cable row, pull over, flyes, upright dumbell rows, heavy shrugs etc.. so I don't develop a lack of balance within the different muscles.One thing I am sure will get a lot of eyebrows raised is my being adamant about not doing any direct abdominal work. For most practical purposes, I consider it completely useless ; after all I am not trying to be an acrobat or beat the world record for sit-ups. Still squats and deadlifts will get the abdominal region in line with the rest .To those still unconvinced about my contentions I tell them to do some heavier pull-over work, that will stretch and exert their sixpack way beyond anything they can achieve on a matress or other abs contraption.
A usual weekly workout schedule will be as follows:
Day 1 Squats or Deadlift
Day 2 Rest
Day 3 Bench Press(Incline or flat) + Heavy flyes
Day 4 Back (cables and free weight)
Day 5 Rest
Day 6 Shoulders (Military press + Standing -dumbells or barbell- rows)
Day 7 Rest
I will sometimes add short workout sessions on "rest" days for Shrugs stiff legged or high-rep bench press sets, the type of things I can't include on regular workout days because of the high intensity workload.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I tried creatine a few times and I can say it helped. Also, I tried a NOx formulation with no true effect except the permanent sensation of blood pumping through. I am not a supplement fan as I consider that if its not naturally in your food, then it's not meant to be ingested but of course I won't negate any possible aid that might help the athlete get to the next stage as long as the research proves its efficacy as well as its safety.
When asked by members what kind of supplement they should take, I just tell them to eat more. I think that for most people, especially newbies, the addition of protein powders of any kind is unnecessary. This said I realize that some will have difficulty to manage additional meals in an otherwise busy schedule and the easily prepared protein drinks can be effective.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
We all suffered the ignorant stares, comments or even taunting from the "real people" (from the "Beef ,real food for real people" campaign) and I am not going to expand on that.I will say though that, generally the most common question would be " But where in the hell do you get your protein from ??" To which I retort politely that protein although important is way overrated, especially by newcomers. I do say to them, also, that the energy that makes the muscle contract and push the weight comes mainly from carbs or fats not protein.I finally add that lentils have 26% protein, beans have 22% even the lowly bread is up to 12% protein, so how much do you really need?
I believe that vegans use proteins and other nutrients more effectively than meat eaters and that daily requirements for those should be elucidated in a scientific study using vegans and non-vegans as 2 distinct groups .
What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
Self confidence, increased strength, healthier life.
What do you like best about being vegan?
Having become a vegan in a fairly early stage in my life has given me more of an impetus to educate first myself of the positive consequences of such a decision but also become an effective advocate so others might realize the full ramifications of their daily food choices.
What do you like best about being fit?
Always forgeting that I am approching fifty.
What are your strengths as an athlete?
Challenging myself, always.
What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
Ignore the sceptics comments.
Eat more .
Find a workout partner
Always strive for improved performance (Rep and weight).
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Learn proper nutrition- your local supermarket is geared toward meat-eaters and it can be daunting task to figure out a vegan balanced diet.
Learn the effect of animal products/foods on your body, on your soul and on the environment as these three aspects of your choice' repercusssions will mutually reenforce each other so you will have a better chance of staying the course.
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
Results in health, performance and peace of mind.
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
I once thougth that I was the only vegan weight lifter. It helped me learn that others went through the same difficulties, uncertainties but eventually also the same satisfactions as I did.
ESPN interviews vegan atheltes
When you're a Pro Bowl tight end, it's difficult to change your routine. Difficult, and maybe crazy. If you're in the midst of a Hall of Fame career, why change anything? As Tony Gonzalez discovered, sometimes change comes to you.
Sitting at home one day in May 2007, Gonzalez suddenly lost all feeling in his face and felt a terrible pain in the back of his head. He initially thought he was having a stroke, but hospital tests confirmed he had Bell's Palsy instead. Many doctors prescribe a diet consisting entirely of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds -- no animal products or processed foods -- as a way to improve digestion and combat the condition. A few months later, Gonzalez got another health scare, when doctors warned him of a low white blood cell count, raising the possibility he had leukemia. In the end, a mix-up with another patient's blood had caused that diagnosis. Still, with two scares in a span of a few months, Gonzalez became more attuned to his health and to what he put into his body.
Not long afterward, Gonzalez was on a cross-country flight when he struck up a conversation with the man next to him in first class. When lunchtime arrived, Gonzalez's seatmate ordered the salad with shrimp, hold the shrimp. Come dessert time, the man turned down the flight attendant's offer of milk to go with his cookies.
"So I asked him, 'Are you a vegetarian?'" Gonzalez recounted. "He said he was a vegan. Not eating meat I could understand, but I asked him why he wouldn't even drink the milk. He said that we're the only animals on Earth who drink milk after being babies."
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Tony Gonzalez is proving that even football players can compete at a high level on a strict vegan diet.
When the man recommended "The China Study" as a must read, Gonzalez devoured it. The 2005 book by Cornell professor and nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell claims people who eat mostly plants contract fewer deadly diseases than those who eat mostly animals. The book got its name from diet studies and blood samples drawn from 6,500 men and women in China. Gonzalez has since met with Campbell and now plans to write his own book about dietary choices from the perspective of a 246-pound football star.
For Gonzalez, now 32, getting from Point A to Point B took a great deal of thought and self-doubt. Conventional wisdom held that eating steak and drinking a gallon of milk a day would make you big and strong and prepare you for the rigors of NFL life. Gonzalez followed that path, pounding steaks and milk, as well as pizza, hot dogs and burgers -- whatever it took to pack on the pounds. He especially loved macaroni and cheese, with an emphasis on cheese, piled as high as possible. You couldn't argue with the results. In his first 10 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Gonzalez had made the Pro Bowl eight times, establishing himself as the best tight end in the league.
When he switched to a meatless diet, he wondered whether the move would backfire on him. At first, it looked like it might. In the first few weeks of his new regimen, he lost 10 pounds. His strength quickly dropped, and Gonzalez found himself unable to lift the heavy weights he'd hoisted with ease in the past. Teammates started telling him he looked skinny. "You're going to get your butt kicked" was another common refrain.
"It was a trial by error," he said. "I had to educate myself on how to do it the right way."
After reading up on vegan-friendly recipes, Gonzalez found the right balance. Though he had more than enough money to buy any foods he wanted, Gonzalez still wasn't thrilled with the prospect of spending through the nose on groceries. Instead, his grocery bills stayed about the same, but the check at restaurants got slashed with no $50 porterhouse steaks on his plate. Gonzalez says he now focuses on produce when constructing his meals. He loads up on berries, bananas and mangoes, fresh vegetables and milk alternatives like rice milk or hemp milk, then blends them into what he calls "power smoothies."
He gained back most of his lost weight, settling in around 246 pounds. His strength quickly returned. When the season started, he was shocked at how good he felt. In the fourth quarters of games, he found himself sprinting past tired defenders. He became more alert during team meetings. On the day after a game, he'd skip into the gym, while teammates looked sore, beat up and worn out.
"People were still making fun of me, because I think they wanted to make themselves feel better," Gonzalez explained. "I'd be ordering salad, potatoes, veggies. I think they felt guilty. Unless you've been in a cave, you know what's healthy and what's not healthy. But most of them still keep eating what they've been eating, because they think that's the only way to get enough protein and compete at a high level."
As the season progressed, Gonzalez's numbers picked up. Playing in his 11th season, Gonzalez made 99 catches (the second-highest total of his career), racking up 1,172 yards (the third-highest total of his career). In the previous three seasons, he'd dealt with an arthritic foot that got so bad he could barely walk the day after a game. The foot condition had forced him to give up basketball, a sport Gonzalez loved, having played varsity ball alongside the Sacramento Kings' Shareef Abdur-Rahim at Cal. Coincidence or not, the foot condition improved dramatically over the course of an offseason, to the point that he started hitting the hardwood again. Playing basketball in turn gave Gonzalez another good way to boost his training, which he says helped improve his agility.
More surprising than his improved health, he says, was the reaction of some of his friends, especially ex-players.
D'Marco Farr was a bruising NFL defensive lineman for seven seasons before injuries forced him into early retirement. Seven years after leaving the league, Farr told Gonzalez he still didn't feel 100 percent, carrying extra weight and still suffering from aches and pains. When Gonzalez told him about the changes he'd felt since going vegan, Farr jumped on board. He has since spread the word to other ex-players, including Lincoln Kennedy, a three-time Pro Bowler who retired at well more than 300 pounds.
Gonzalez has become something of a spokesman for healthy eating. When he retires, he wants to travel around the league speaking about the value of healthier diets. He's excited about the prospect of his first book on the subject. Gonzalez wants to reach out to younger players, too. He recently spoke to a group of 300 college football prospects at USC, where he counseled the group not to fall into the trap of scarfing down fatty foods just because that's the norm for aspiring players trying to pack on weight.
"In this league, you think you're invincible, that you'll last forever," he said. "Then you look at some of the numbers, that the average football player dies young. I'm sure there are other reasons, but eating unhealthy foods and carrying around all that extra weight can't help.
"I realized football's not going to last forever. To me this isn't a diet. It's a complete lifestyle change."
The mixed martial arts fighter
For all the health and performance reasons an athlete might consider when switching to a meatless diet -- cutting out animal fats, introducing a broader range of vitamins and nutrients -- occasionally you'll find an athlete who makes the switch for entirely different reasons. In Mac Danzig's case, it takes awhile to fully digest the idea.
At a ripped 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, Danzig is a rising star in mixed martial arts. He fights under the direction of the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, training with some of the biggest names in the sport. To succeed in mixed martial arts, competitors must wield explosive strength, the kind typically linked to high-protein foods. When your job is to clobber other men into submission, a meaty diet seems like a given.
"I believed what everybody said," Danzig confirmed, "that you need animal protein in your diet if you're going to train hard and win."
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Mac Danzig doesn't seem hindered by his vegan diet. Just ask his bloodied and battered opponent.
He'd always wanted to go vegetarian, but he and his mom had never thought they'd had the resources to do it. His surroundings also made that kind of lifestyle change seem impossible.
"Western Pennsylvania was the same as a lot of Midwest areas," Danzig said. "There were regular grocery stores, Denny's -- that was about it. No one around us was doing anything like that, going vegetarian or vegan. So it didn't happen."
In 1999, right before he started training to become an MMA fighter, Danzig got a job at an animal sanctuary. The people who owned and operated the place were vegans and showed him that a meatless diet could be healthy and affordable if done the right way. But there was another side to their education.
"They just seemed like these fanatical vegan people," he said. "They kind of wore it on their sleeve, and I wasn't into that. I said to myself that I'd want to do it one day. But with my training about to start, I didn't think the time was right. I thought, maybe after I have a successful career, I could try it then."
Danzig dove into his training, determined to make a career out of his love for MMA competition. First he took up jiu-jitsu, then submission grappling. In 2002, he moved to California to train more seriously and compete full time. He found early success, rising to the rank of lightweight champion and winning the King of the Cage competition. To further advance his career, he entered the UFC-sponsored reality series "The Ultimate Fighter," which he also went on to win, raising his celebrity status in the sport.
As his career evolved, so did his diet. He'd already cut out all dairy products years ago, as they'd given him health problems, all the way up to debilitating ear infections, sinus problems and even vertigo. He then stopped eating mammals entirely. But poultry and fish remained staples of his diet. In 2004, he took the next step, cutting out poultry and fish and going entirely vegan. His role model was strength and conditioning instructor Mike Mahler. Danzig followed Mahler's diet down to the smallest detail. If this famed fitness guru could do it, that was proof enough for Danzig that he could do it, too. Danzig won his first fight after the switch, giving him further inspiration.
"I felt really good for that fight," he said. "I didn't have any problems with strength, didn't feel weak. I had cravings for about a month, then they stopped. I haven't had any cravings since."
Though Danzig at first feared a meatless diet would hurt his performance, he now says it has helped him recover faster from fights and workouts. Rather than heavy weightlifting, Danzig's training focuses on plyometrics (rapid muscle stretching and muscle contracting), calisthenics and various cardiovascular routines. He hasn't lost any strength, he said, and his endurance has improved, allowing him to work out longer and recover more quickly.
In the meantime, Danzig has continued to build up his career. Fighting in UFC 83 in April, he battled jiu-jitsu expert Mark Bocek for 14 minutes before forcing his opponent to submit to a choke hold. The fight was Danzig's first since winning the finale of "The Ultimate Fighter" and moving to the lightweight division.
Other challenges remain. Though his training partners and fellow competitors have respected his dietary decisions, some MMA fans have lashed out at Danzig.
"I've noticed a lot of negative things said about me, saying 'Who does he think he is?'" Danzig explained. "So many people who are vegetarian or especially vegan, really wear it on their sleeve, like they're part of some exclusive club. That's not my style."
Instead, Danzig is content to be, as some friends call him, a nature boy. When not slapping submission holds on opponents, he's passionate about backpacking. He has developed his second career, Mac Danzig Photography, and specializes in taking pictures of natural landscapes. And he's sticking to his convictions, both inside and outside the octagon.
"What I'm doing might be just a drop in the bucket," he mused. "My whole philosophy is not that it's bad necessarily -- we are omnivores, with the ability to survive on both. But in this day and age, I don't want to contribute to the meat and dairy industries if it's not necessary. That's not just for the animals. It's for the Earth, too."
Ultramarathon running is already tough enough. A typical race can cover 100 miles or more, often in scorching heat, blistering cold or at dizzying elevation. As one of the leading ultramarathon runners in the world, Scott Jurek has had to deal with all of those challenges and more, vaulting scorpions in the desert, even meeting an occasional bear on the trails.
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Scott Jurek is proof that athletic endurance doesn't have to be compromised by a vegan diet.
"For breakfast it's a dense, caloric smoothie," Jurek explained. "Then you've got lots of fruits and almonds. People assume it's all carbs. But there's also fat -- avocados, rich monosaturated fats, almonds, olive oil."
He's just getting warmed up.
"For protein you've got beans, lentils, combining whole grains. Tofu and tempeh. Then for carbs: whole grains, breads, cereals, fruits and veggies, whole foods, unprocessed foods. There's three main meals, then lots of smaller snack foods and mini-meals throughout the day."
Jurek's background didn't seem to portend a vegan diet years later. Born and raised in Minnesota, Jurek lived on meat and potatoes, regularly going out for hunting and fishing expeditions. After competing at Nordic skiing in his younger days, he ran his first ultramarathon in 1994.
As his ultramarathon career progressed, Jurek began phasing out meat from his diet. In 1999, Jurek read "Mad Cowboy," the investigative book about the beef industry that prompted Oprah Winfrey to famously declare she'd never eat another burger. He became a vegetarian that year. Then, just before taking on the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run, he went vegan.
"I had my doubts, sure," Jurek recalled. "Am I going to be strong enough, have enough protein? There were all those common disclaimers, how it would affect my performance. When I went on to win the race, I realized it was all just this mental barrier. After performing well on [the vegan diet], I never really doubted it afterwards."
Neither did Jurek's rivals. Not after he went on one of the most dominant runs in the history of his sport, including seven straight Western States victories. Instead, he often gets feedback from other distance runners, with everyone from beginners to high-level competitors telling Jurek that he inspires them to train harder and to seek out alternative diets.
Still, Jurek says he never tries to impose his personal choices on anyone else. Nor does he see his vegan eating as a way to enhance performance. Like Danzig, Jurek says his diet does help him indirectly, in that it helps him recover from the pounding that his sport dishes out. A lot of people excel at ultramarathon running while living on unhealthy diets, he says.
"But where are they going to be in 20 years?" Jurek asked. "For me, it's about optimizing health. It's about lifestyle and longevity. Then you think about what vegetarian diets can do for the mass population, in terms of lower consumption of resources. When you look at the numbers, it's pretty staggering."
Traveling around the world, while competing everywhere from Death Valley to Greece, Jurek has learned how to maintain his vegan diet wherever he goes, without skimping on taste. So, Scott, any tips to pass along to others thinking about going veggie, or even vegan?
"It's really not that hard once you get things down," he said. "You just have to be a little creative. Sometimes you may not find a great vegetarian protein source in a restaurant -- no tofu, for instance. So you can do something like add chick peas to salad. Ethnic foods are good, too. Mexican beans, Asian tofu, Indian lentils. [To] some people it's this weird diet. But most grocery stores have a plethora of foods. Just keep variety in your diet, and you'll be good."
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I just wanted to share this because it provides me with inspiration and confidence in my goddessness:
After graduating from college and completing a year of national service in Atlanta, I moved back north to live at home with my family. I did not want to leave Atlanta, but I was fearful to live on my own without the safety net of being in school or some type of program. So I moved back home in september and after a month I was like " I can't take it anymore." My spirit was very low and I could see the light that I worked so hard to develop begin to dwindle. I knew that my spirit was in the wrong environment, I even passed on my dream job making a great salary simply b/c my spirit was unhappy, a lot of my familly could not understand this, some even expressed anger and looked at me as if I thought that I was too good to work b/c I could pass on such a good job as if i were throwing away a pair of brand new shoes simply because they weren't my style. So, I decided to take a leap of faith and I went on the computer one night and purchased the cheapest plane ticket that I could find. 3 1/2 months later I moved back to Atlanta without a job or a secure place to stay, I simply had a modest amount of money and a good friend that let me stay with her until I got on my feet.
As soon as I got to Atlanta, I instantly felt my spirit perk up and thank me for the move. With Dejuhuty's mental science manual in hand I decided to work my magic and attract a job that is in alignment with my life's passion and purpose. For 3 weeks I applied to jobs and I didn't hear from anyone. So to keep my self from stressing and becoming negative I told myself daily affirmations practically all day like "the perfect job that is in alignment with my life's purpose is on it's way and it's arriving in divine order." I also called on my spirit guides and angel guides to reveal my life's passion and purpose to me. During this time I also began volunteering at a place that I would have liked to work at - a homeless assistance center. Volunteering at the center really made my spirit smile and it prevented me from stressing about not having a job, a lot of money or a secure place to stay. Also, during this time I made it a point to write every single night all that I was thankful for; for it is very easy to have a lacking mentality when you are out of work, money and a home. Expressing my gratitude for the day made me realize that all that I ever need is provided for. It also helped me enjoy the things that I usually miss in the midst of attempting to live life, things like the feel of the sun on my skin when it’s really windy and freezing cold outside or the beautiful sound and tone of the cashier’s voice at the local supermarket or simply my ability to remain positive and to enjoy this experience that I asked for. Lastly, during these 3 weeks I walked a lot and it was freezing cold, but these walks really helped me gain peace of mind. I would sometime just get up and start walking at 8:00 at night without a destination.
Anyways, long story short, within 3 weeks I got a job that is in alignment with my life’s passion and purpose – Man F a recession. I totally forgot that I had applied. The position is with a local newspaper. writing is a big passion of mine and I’ve always had a desire to become a journalist, but my insecurities in my talent deterred me from progressing; I guess this was my spirit and angel guides way of telling me that I am a writer and that this is what I was sent here on earth to do…So, I go for my first interview and after the interview is over, the interviewer tells me to take a fortune cookie left over from their staff luncheon; so later that night I read the fortune cookie and it reads: Travelling south will bring you unexpected happiness (no coincidence that I just moved down south).
So, I get called back for a second interview…Now at the first interview, I was told that the position was an administrative position, I was cool with this, for, even though I wouldn’t be writing for the paper, it would be a good experience simply to be in a writing environment where I could network and learn the ropes of the writing industry. So, I go to the second interview and the only question the interviewer asks me is, “how are your writing skills? Because the position is an expanding position and it will require you to do some writing and blogging for our website?” Boy was I ecstatic!!!
Then it gets better, a week after I received the job I receive an email from an old coworker. She asked me if I had got a job this week. Turns out my old co-worker is really good friends with one of the individuals that interviewed me. The interviewer emailed my old coworker and here’s how the message went (my old co worker sent me the email):
Interviewer: do you know Dreamsun?
Old Coworker: Yes, she's awesome. Why?
Interviewer: We're thinking about hiring her.
Old Coworker: Do it. Don't think twice. Do it now. Seriously.
Interviewer: There's something about her ... I’m glad to hear your thoughts. I'll let you know.
Now, is that a great email or what? I am floating on cloud 9. Oh, and I got my first own apartment in a beautiful neighborhood that is convenient to all of my needs. These occurrences have provided me with so much confidence in the FACT that I am capable of attracting all that I desire out of life and I know that a lot of my growth has to do with frequenting dherbs so I just want to thank bro. D and the whole dherbs community for being a catalyst of my growth…Now all I gotta do is get my hands on that love manual and start opening up that heart chakra…story coming soon lol
Love...Freedom...Bliss Here I Come
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2009, 08:01:24 PM »
Sometimes people are destined for certain environments. Its like your soul or spirit yearns to be in a certain atomosphere. Ever go somewhere and you are instantly lifted? (i made that stand out, i think one doesnt necessarily have to move right away; it can also b about cutting out certain situations/thoughts/people giving that energy+positivity aka lift, but those are surface level because the real goodness:spiritual,happiness,understanding,wisdom,life,love,good things,etcetera can b hightened and more possible in certain locations/places.) Then thats a place where you are meant to be. Newark energy wise was not the place for you! Atlanta was. Look what happened you find a job you like, you do volunteer work, and you have the ability to be you!
Some people fast to clear their minds, you walked! im sure all that walking cleared your mind and energy and put you in line for good things
Life IS truly magical!!!
If you are sick and/or dealing with a certain disease or pathology or a few of them, you may not be aware of this, but you actually played a role in making yourself sick. Whatever your condition of health is, you thought it into existence. As thoughts create destiny and reality, they also create health conditions. Most healthy people have a healthy frame of mind and thinking whereas sick people have a diseased frame of mind and thinking. A mind full of healthy thoughts will get you good health whereas a mind full of unhealthy thoughts will get you poor or bad health.
Sickness, pathology or disease begins in the mind. The mind is a magnet that attracts things good and bad, positive or negative. What you concentrate on over and over constitutes mental programming and this mental programming generates thoughts and thought activates attraction.
When you continually and habitually think about a thing, you are activating forces that bring these things into physical manifestation. Our brain becomes magnetized with our dominating thoughts which we hold and foster in our minds. Thoughts are magnetic! They attract things (e.g. forces, people, circumstances, etc.) to us which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.
This is why we have flu season every year. It's no accident the media starts promoting flu propaganda in the beginning of the year and during the Winter season. The media starts inundating our collective feeble mind-state with stories of the flu and then shortly after they start promoting flu vaccines and shots. It is the collective fear of the flu and belief in the flu that attracts the flu to many people. Folks are not actually attracting or catching the flu as the flu doesn't exist. How can you catch a disease when you've never caught health? It's like the stupidity of catching a cold when you've never caught a hot or a warm. It's so funny to me. People always catch sickness or disease but they never catch a cure or healing. People get sick because they unwisely believe in sickness.
Flu is just a name, a patented medical name, owned by the Rulers/Masters and the effects of what is called the flu is nothing but the manifestation of the breakdown of the defense or immune system from all that holiday junk food binging (which is greatly mucus-forming) starting with Halloween and ending with New Year's. This is why the so-called flu never fails! It's comes on the heels of heavy pigging out on lifeless foods three months in a row followed by media-based flu scares and flu vaccine promotion.
The media puts the fear into your head and then your mind entertains that fear and constantly. Entertaining fear creates thoughts, FEARFUL thoughts, and these fearful thoughts attract the very thing you fear or are afraid of. This is how this whole thing works, people! It's really no secret. People are attracting the so-called flu with their thoughts and belief.
And because the so-called flu deals with a compromised defense or immune system, what breaks down the defense or immune system greater than fear, worry, stress, and negativity? These things alone make you sick. They are no good for health. They offer no incentive or dividends whatsoever. But if you look at most people in society, they are full of fear, worry, stress, and negativity and these same people are sick as hell. It never fails. There is a direct correlation to the state of the mind and human health.
Let's take a look at sexually-transmitted disease and how people's thoughts create these. Long before you physically contract and manifest the STD you unconsciously projected out the attraction for it. Every STD condition is the result of your subconscious mind and emotional state of being. Whether you know it or not, if you have a STD, you attracted it. The person who comes into your life and who transmits the STD to you fulfilled an unconscious contract or contractual agreement you put out via vibration. This is why medical doctors tell you that you have "contracted" a venereal or sexually-transmitted disease. It's a contract, an agreement between two persons to perform certain duties for a consideration (usually sexually pleasure for one person and the STD for the other satisfying the guilt or need for punishment complex).
Sexually-transmitted disease manifests in the genitalia area of the First or Root chakra for males and females and the Second or Sacral Plexus charka of females. Sexually-transmitted diseases in females are almost always rooted at the Second Chakra in the belly area, underneath which lies the female reproductive chamber (ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, etc.). Every chakra or energy center has a demon. The demon of the Second Chakra is GUILT. The demon of the First Chakra is FEAR. When there is a conscious or unconscious fear and feeling of guilt pertaining to sweetjoy or the sweetjoy act, vibration is created. Nothing creates more fear and guilt about sweetjoy than religion.
For the religious-minded person who believes sweetjoy and/or sweetjoy while unmarried is a sin or sinful act, he/she will undoubtedly attract the vibration of punishment. Our thoughts really do create our reality. The thought of sin attracts sin to us. So after we sin (if we are religious), we automatically CONVICT ourselves and are thus GUILTY (in the eyes of our God and in our own mind). We'll, in a court of law (and remember we're dealing with law in the form of Law of Attraction), what follows a conviction? Is it not PUNISHMENT?
Sexually-transmitted disease is the form of punishment that people attract to themselves in response to their self-conviction of guilt. In Western religion, God is associated with punishment and in most cases that punishment involves pain, torture, suffering, and humiliation. And people with STDs suffer from pain (inflammation of the genitals, especially while urinating), self-torture (beating themselves up for having sweetjoy; regret), self-inflicted suffering and humiliation (usually via sense of embarrassment and shame).
Since most sweetjoy in the U.S. today takes place in the lower chakra realm which deals with the material and is lust-based, it can be said that sweetjoy takes place for or is predicated upon three things (1) survival purposes, (2) pleasure/self-gratification purposes, and (3) power purposes.
The First Chakra is concerned with survival. The Second chakra is concerned with pleasure (especially sexual pleasure). The Third chakra is concerned with power and will. The demon for the First Chakra is FEAR. The demon for the Second Chakra is GUILT. The demon for the Third Chakra is SHAME. Fear, guilt and shame negative feelings that attract situations and circumstances that result in more fear, guilt, and shame.
Metaphysician Louis L. Hay associates most sexually transmitted diseases with "mass belief in sexual guilt and the need for punishment; public shame; belief in a punishing God; and rejection of the genitals."
The person who transmitted the STD to you satisfied your subconscious request for the need for punishment, humiliation, torture, suffering, etc. and usually resulting from your thoughts; but it was the thoughts that brought about the manifestation of the physical act which brought about the physical consequences.
Many times people have sweetjoy with a person and afterwards begin to worry and stress over if the person gave them something or if they caught something from the person doing the sweetjoy act. They begin to hope and pray that they didn't catch or contract something and in doing this they amplify what they don't want and thus attract it. In effect, without knowing, they are actually asking the Universe (macrocosm) and the Subconscious Mind (microcosm) for the disease as the Universe and Subconscious Mind does not understand the words "not," and "don't," So when you concentrate on what you don't want you are in effect asking for and attracting to you via Law of Attraction what you don't want and the Universe and Subconscious Mind only knows how to deliver.
Many people are shocked that a person they thought was cool, clean, hygienic, decent, etc. or whom they greatly connected with, "gave" them a sexually-transmitted disease; but we resonate with the people or partners who will perfectly fulfill our fears, guilt, and shame. So maybe he or she was attractive, seemed dignified, was accomplished in some area of life, was charming, financially well-off, etc., but that wasn't the point. This person came into your life for the specific purpose of fulfilling your fears, deep-seated guilt, and shame (need for humiliation).
We attract people who vibrate on the same frequency or resonance as we do. We are all subject to the Law of Attraction just like we are subject to the Law of Gravity. There's no escaping this.
The Law of Attraction operates to pull or draw in whatever it is that we fear or resist as the subconscious world of vibration does not understand the words "not" and "don't." When we focus of what we don't want, don't like, or what we fear, we are amplifying that vibration and that's what we'll attract. It's the law!
The above is very important in over-standing how we think ourselves into sickness and disease.
I have clients who will ask me, "Djehuty, I got bad nerves! What do you have for bad nerves?" Most people are conditioned and inclined to take something outside of self for their answer(s) never realizing that their much sought after answers for every question or problem of life lies within. But society has programmed them to look for all their answers outside of self in the form of a pill or herbal capsule, government, a lawyer, a doctor or psychiatrist, religion (priest, rabbi, or imam); money, school, etc.
Before I even speak on an herbal formula for nerves, I simply ask these people to name off all the people in their life who "gets on their nerves" and a whole papyrus full of so-called friends, family members and co-workers/associates drops down.
My advice to the people with nerves problems is to cut-off every person who gets on their nerves. People who get on your nerves change your vibration to the vibration that will keep people who get on your nerves coming into your orbit and life. The wise and healthy thing to do is to get rid of these people. They are nothing but energy leeches, psychic vampires who rob you of your vital energy or life force and these people give you absolutely nothing of good in return. They are draining you!
"Djehuty, my stomach hurts all the time!" Well, that's because there's something in your life that you can't stomach but evidently you keep dealing with it ("digesting it") and since the body speaks in metaphor your stomach begins speaking to you or giving you signals in the form of stomach problems.
"Djehuty, I have a problem with my eyes!" That's easy! What is it you are not trying to see the truth of? What do you fail to see that you really need to see?
Just look at all the negative sayings and expressions folks use almost daily that attract sickness, disease, injury and drama/problems into our lives
"Get on my sweet joy nerves!"
"I can't stand him!" (feet)
"Makes me sick to my stomach!"
"Gives me a sweet joy head-ache!"
"I hate facing him!"
"I'm not trying to see her!" (eyes)
"She got my back to the wall!"
"I'm shouldering too much responsibility as a single mother!"
"You're a pain in the neck!"
"He gets under my skin!"
"She makes my blood boil!"
"You're going to give me a heart-attack!"
"I'm tired of taking this Sweet joy!" (colon)
"Taking this crap puts a frog in my throat!"
"I know I'm getting screwed up the sweet joy with this deal!" (rectum)
"There's so much I need to get off my chest but I just can't ... I need my job!" (lungs, breast)
"I know it's true but I ain't trying to hear that right now!" (ears)
We have to be conscious of the words we use or we will attract to us disease, sickness, or injury into these specific areas of our body. Even when we are afflicted in certain areas or parts of our body, it's still a good thing because a message is being conveyed if we'd only listen. Behind every physical ailment or problem is an emotional crisis, a metaphysical factor.
Metaphysics can help us to get to the root of our physical health problems. A mere physician can only "treat" a physical ailment by suppressing the problem with chemical drugs (which greatly toxify the body). But the metaphysician can help us heal and cure ourselves of any medical condition because the metaphysician knows that disease first exists on the energy level.
As your words can change your life, they can also improve your health. When folks ask me how I'm doing, I never hesitate to tell them, "I'm on top of the world!" "I'm great!" "I'm well!"
I don't say "I'm okay!" That's mediocre in nature to me.
"I'm alright!" Just alright?
"I could be doing better!" Then why aren't you?
"I've had better days!"
Off the bat I know the mind-state of such individuals who respond like this. Usually you will get a conversation of "doom and gloom" from these individuals which can be quite depressing. I always make sure my greeting or introduction is an inspiring and motivational one. I refuse to listen to negativity so I take over and speak motivational, inspirational, self-empowering and positive words. These people will do either two things listen or leave, which says a lot. Some people may just be "down." Others may want to relish in their victim, "woe is me," mode.
Just as we speak disease, sickness and injury into our lives, we can also speak good health and optimism into our lives. We simply have to reprogram ourselves and replace certain negative words with positive ones. We also have to start concentrating and thinking about want we want rather than what we don't want. Thoughts are things and have attracting power. Healthy thoughts attract healthy people, things and circumstances into our orbit and life.
We have to recondition and reprogram ourselves and the system that brainwashed and conditioned us is not going to help us as it's not to their advantage if we lead healthier and positive lives. Healthy and positive lives and attitudes threaten crime which is bad for politics and government (courts, law enforcement); threatens religion (lack of sin and thus lack of need for repentance or salvation); threatens the pharmaceutical industry (lack of disease and thus lack of profits due to drug sales); threatens psychology and psychiatry (lack of mind problems and mental patients), etc.
Certain people, corporations, and institutions benefit from our not being healthy and happy.
Start using YOUR mind for YOUR own benefit TODAY!
This article is compliments of Dherbs.Com and Djehuty Ma'at-Ra
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