Category Archives: Why Vegan

A New Environmental Documentary

Whenever I find a book or documentary on a subject that I am passionate about, I like to share it.  I saw a screening of Cowspiracy last summer and I met the two producers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn who were touring the country to share their work.

Here is a description about the film:

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Germs in the Kitchen

Several years ago I watched a program on TV showing the cross contamination of handling meat in the kitchen.  They showed two or three cooks making a meal and then cleaning up the kitchen.  Then they showed the kitchen with an infrared light which showed the spread of bacteria and germs that were left behind.  The kitchen looked like this green image:

This program made me think, big time.  If you can’t see germs, what’s the big deal right?  It left a lasting impression in my mind.  If I was going to handle raw meat, wash it and cut it up and marinate it, I was going to be extra diligent to wash everything I touched.   I have to admit I became a bit OCD in my cleaning of the kitchen.  I would watch chefs on TV use the same dishtowel to wipe their hands on without washing, and using knives that were not washed, it made me realize that the potential for germ exposure could be rather high. Continue reading

February Heart Month

The month of February brings so many opportunities to celebrate.   Valentines Day is a top contender in the month of February as is all about celebrating love.
February is American Heart month.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention America’s heart disease burden is about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

  •     Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually.
  •   Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.3 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

To read more go to:  http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm   Continue reading

Link

Michael Greger, MD is one of my favorite MD doctors on the subject of nutrition.  He studies the thousands of Nutritional Journals every year.  In this short video he explains why plant-based protein is good for humans.  Dr. Greger also lives it by eating a plant-based diet over the past 25 years.

I met Dr. Greger at a Vegfest a couple of years ago in Denver.  I have attended several of his lectures  which are entertaining as he presents the material in a game like format. His work has been showing the direct links to health from what we eat.   Dr. Greger put out the documentary “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.”  To learn more you can check it out at his website at www.nutritionfacts.org

When I listen to all the benefits of plant-based foods from Dr. Greger’s short video’s, it confirms for me why being a Veg Nut is a good thing.  We are what we eat which should make us think of what we are putting on our forks every day.  

To a healthy and happy new year,

Rhonda