Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Naked Food Magazine...Tricky, Very Tricky the surface this looks like your typical magazine, but what lies beneath the cheeky name and sometimes racy covers is a wealth of whole-food, plant-based information aimed at preventing and reversing disease.

As I peeled back the cover and started reading some of the non-typical magazine articles (even for a vegan magazine) an air of familiarity washed over me.  I felt like I had been exposed to this information before, like I knew the authors and so I did...McDougall, Esselstyn, Campbell, Popper and the list goes on.

Disguised as the typical entertainment piece - coffee table literature was in fact a wealth of fact-based, plant-based knowledge; but not written in the typical medical blah, blah jargon, but rather in language that the average Joe can comprehend, absorb, relate to.  Quick hits of info as only a magazine format could deliver paired with the rich, glossy, eye candy photos.  Clever, Naked Food, very clever...

Still not convinced this is not your typical fluff magazine?

Check out the advisory board:
  • T. Colin Campbell PhD
  • Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. M.D.
  • John Robbins
  • John McDougall M.D.
  • Michael Greger M.D.
  • David Katz M.D.
  • Michael Kalper M.D.
  • Brian Clement PH.D
  • Anne Maria Clement PhD

These are some of the heaviest hitters in whole-food, plant-based movement.

The Winter 2016 addition featured such articles as:
  • The Ultimate Weight Loss Guide by PCRM
  • How To Really Read A Label by Amy Lucariello, BS, CNTP
  • Low Carb vs. High Carb by John McDougall M.D.
  • How To Fix Panic Disorder by Douglas Lisle, PhD 
  • Meat and Cancer by David Katz M.D.

Tasty, simple recipes accompany these easy to digest nuggets of information so you can put the plant-based lifestyle into practice ASAP.

As for the name, it actually stands for New American Kind and Enlightened Diet (Naked) to support the magazine's mission of switching people off the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).  Not so cheeky after all...

Beating MS!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Disease Mongering

"Disease Mongering - is a pejorative term for the practice of widening the diagnostic boundaries of illnesses and aggressively promoting their public awareness in order to expand the markets for treatment." - Wikipedia

In other words, pharmaceutical companies widening the boundaries of illness in order to increase potential customers or simply, turning healthy people into patients. 

Recently, in order to receive my company's discount on insurance, I had to get a routine blood test to get my biometric numbers - cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, etc.  Having been on the whole-food, plant-based, oil-free diet for over six years, my numbers were phenomenal.

Since I was having blood drawn anyway, I decided to get my Vitamin D levels checked as well.   I wasn't at all concerned about the level, just after a full spring & summer of getting anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes of unfiltered (no sunscreen) sun exposure, six days a week (I play tennis), I was really curious as to what that yielded.

When my doctor came back and said I was Vitamin D deficient and immediately put in a prescription for 3k Vitamin D per day for three months, I was devastated...for a minute.

The most important question that I asked what was were my levels - something that wasn't freely given, which I found odd.  My level was 24 ng/ml - industry standard says Vitamin D should be between 30 & 100 ng/ml.  Then I hit Dr. McDougall's website to see what he had so stay about the appropriate levels.  Sure enough, Disease Mongering was in play here - a good Vitamin D score should be between 20-30 ng/ml.

I canceled the prescription, which I had no intention of ever taking.  If my levels were indeed lower than acceptable, I simply would have increased my sun exposure, given the high correlation between MS & Vitamin D.

I'm sure my doctor meant well, but obviously, she didn't know that supplements cause more harm than good

The moral of this story, doctors are consultants, don't take anything they say at face value, do you research and decided what's best for you.

Beating MS!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What I Eat: Fall & Winter

The number one question I get asked is, "What do I eat?" I realize that most people are just looking for inspiration to get them started on their vegan way or ways to spice up what they are already doing.  So here's a glimpse of what I eat in one week.

I tend to change what I eat through the various seasons.  In the fall & winter I don’t mind spending a little more time in the kitchen and want something a little more hardier.  My cooking technique of choice is one pot meals.

This is what I eat Monday - Friday up until dinner:


Mid Morning Snack
  • 2 Clementines


Mid Afternoon Snack
  • 1 Gala Apple

Here’s a sample meal plan of what I eat in a typical week during the fall & winter:

Each meal beings with 2 cups Romaine Salad with Chickpeas w/Hoff's 1 to 5 Dressing.

Beating MS!