What a great story! I was by no means in her health situation when I went vegan close to four years ago, but have lost over 70 pounds by eliminating animal products from my diet and walking as often as possible. I'm glad that I made the changes when I did instead of letting then minor issues (like breathing problems and high triglyceride levels) turn into something more severe in the long-term.
A yummy reminder to make a blueberry smoothie for breakfast! As someone who has had skin problems since my teens I'm interested in natural, whole food alternatives to costly, ineffective medications.
Can't wait to read the book! The dairy industry is insidious and one of those topics I find most frustrating to talk about because the myths of dairy as an ideal food (or too delicious to give up) are so prevalent.
It took me years to wean myself off dairy even though I was lactose intolerant. When I told my doctor at the time that I was planning to eliminate dairy from my diet I got a scare-tactic lecture on how I needed to take calcium supplements lest I risk becoming susceptible to osteoporosis and a host of other maladies. Of course, there was no mention of plant-based sources of calcium.
When I see first-hand the rates of lactose intolerance in communities of color, then go inside public school cafeterias where every child is REQUIRED to have a carton of milk on their tray, disgusts me to no end. And when people buy the lies from Weston A. Price advocates of raw milk to the U.S. government-supported National Dairy Council, it makes work like Dr. Keon's that much more timely and important.
/end rant :P
This and the "Vegans are Vegetarians are too" articles are great. Thank you for taking the time to research the origins and evolution of the term vegetarian.
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I am paying it forward but along the way to helping others I am also getting "dividends".
After reading the sample chapter, I am left hoping that the rest of the book was better "fact checked" by the author/editor -- the very first assertion the author makes, that humans need 180 days to double their birth weight, is incorrect (even if you allow for slight discrepancies between breastfed and bottlefed babies). It only takes about 90 days for a human to double its birthweight. (You can look up the WHO's growth charts online to check). I am in complete agreement that cow's milk is not a human food, but the campaign against dairy isn't helped by wildly inaccurate supporting data!
Woops. Here's an update. Just the other day, I heard on a morning TV program, that babies fed cow's milk formula gained weight much faster than breast-fed babies. They think feeding cow's milk formula to babies can lead to obesity, later in life. Maybe they also compared cow's milk to soy formula. I'll have to find that study.
Your advice on the small goals is just so wonderful, thanks a lot.
I'm just finding my way into (mostly raw) veganism, and I am also following small steps. Now I'm in my third week, and I already feel more energy and lost about 4 pounds.
I am 59 and my goal is to overcome a very deep exhaustion, also to loose about 30 pounds.
Now I'm confident that with your advice on breaking down goals til they fit I will make it.
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