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We call this plant-based diet, God’s Life Activating Diet (GLAD).
Whole plant foods contain fibre which slowly releases glucose into the bloodstream (from the digestive tract), keeping blood glucose levels normal. This means people eating a whole plant food diet have plenty of energy to last throughout the day.
In marked contrast the Standard Australasian Diet (SAD) is
High in white wheat bread and white flour products, high in sugars, high in damaged, animal and processed fats, high in poor quality animal products and processed animal products.
SAD is low in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. This means SAD is low in ffibre and nutrients - and this means SAD contributes to cancer, heart disease, strokes and diabetes.
Animal foods are concentrated foods - even small servings of animal products contain high amounts of protein, often more than is necessary for an entire day. For instance, the World Cancer Research Fund recommends just 40g a day of meat, and the World Health Organisation recommends a protein intake of 37 grams a day for men and 29 grams a day for women. That is not much at all - more of a flavouring than a main event on the plate!
When people ask me, "If I eat still eat animal protein, how much?" I tell them to look at the palm of their hand, make a small cup with their hand. Whatever fits in that small cup is usually sufficient. Some people need to change their diet SLOWLY. Suddenly changing the way you eat can bring on a cleanse, and that might be uncomfortable. And as we are all unique individuals with unique health needs and personal histories, some people may find they are healthier in the long term by eating a mostly plant based diet with a little highest quality, organically, grass fed animal product now and then.
The average New Zealander eats 2-4 times as much protein as he or she needs.
We must not think heart disease begins somewhere in our thirties or forties. No, no. Read this:
“One of the most recent studies available shows 50% of 15 year olds had fatty streaks and plaque lesions in the coronary arteries and fatty streaks appeared early in childhood.”
Reference: Berenson GS et al. Association between multiple cardiovascular risk factors and atherosclerosis in children and young adults. New England Journal of Medicine 1998; 338: pp1650-6.
So heart disease begins very early in life - as early as animal products are fed to our children.
Now while whole plant foods are rich in vitamin B6 and folic acid, unfortunately the people who eat high amounts of animal products often leave fresh fruits and vegetables off their plates.
Instead, many people choose to eat white bread, white rice, cakes, biscuits, sweets, puddings - otherwise known as refined grains and sugars. All these refined foods are deficient in vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Yet another problem with high protein foods like meat, chicken, fish and dairy products is the high levels of phosphate and sulphur. Both these substances make the blood acidic. Pure blood is alkaline - not acidic. So calcium is drawn out of bones and sent into the blood to neutralise the acid. This calcium is then washed out of the body as urine. Reference: Uriel S. Barzel, MD. To the Editor. New England Journal of Medicine 1997; 337:637.
Can you see how osteoporosis, the disease of brittle bones, may not be a disease of too little calcium - but too much protein?
So we have learned that animal products are high in protein, fat and cholesterol.
Many people say, “Oh yes, but there is good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL).” Of course there is. But did you know the human body produces all the good cholesterol it needs?
Plant foods, by the way, contain no cholesterol. They contain "good" fats. The scientific name for fats is "fatty acids".
Some fatty acids are called essential fatty acids (EFA’s) because not only are they essential to health, we must also obtain them in our food as the body cannot make them. Some are called Omega 6 EFA’s and others Omega 3 EFA’s. You can get them all from plant foods.
Here are a sample of plant foods containing the EFA’s: flaxseeds (linseed), pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds, soya beans, walnuts, dark green leafy vegetables.
And remember, for best nutrition plant foods are best eaten in their whole form. (Refined oils are stripped of their protective vitamins and minerals.)
Olives and avocados are high in monounsaturated fats which are beneficial in reducing LDL blood cholesterol.
Some people are concerned about the high levels of saturated fat (that’s the kind found in animal products) in coconuts. Studies have shown these cause no problems for people on total vegetarian diets, as plant foods contain no cholesterol.
We could continue to list study after study showing the healing benefits of plant foods, particularly vegetables.
Why is all this information suddenly surfacing in many of the medical journals?
Could it be God wants people to become informed, to be able to choose health or disease?
Let's see what happens to fat in the bloodstream. Fat actually coats the red blood cells. The fat-coated cells stick together like a stack of coins. So instead of repelling each other and floating singly in the blood, the stacks of blood cells move through the blood tubes as groups. Now these stacks of blood cells can’t pick up as much oxygen to deliver to all the cells of the body.
And the stacks of blood cells simply cannot fit through the narrow capillaries (tiniest blood tubes).
Imagine how tiny the blood tubes are which lead to the workings of your eye. Do you think fat coated stacks of red blood cells could fit through those tiniest of tiny capillaries?
And what do you think happens when the cells in parts of the eye become low in oxygen? Yes, over time your eyesight begins to diminish. All too soon, you need reading glasses. Isn’t that a staggering thought? Of course, there are many people who must wear glasses due to physiological reasons. But how many people could have better eyesight by reducing or completely avoiding animal products?
But throwing out animal products and living on refined grains and sugars will not build good health. Refined grains and sugar have been stripped of their vital vitamins, minerals and fibre. They may look nice and white but, oh what a nutritional nightmare!
These refined goods, such as white bread, cakes, biscuits, almost all boxed cereals, white rice, white pasta and of course any refined sugar (white, brown, raw it makes no difference) are low in fibre. All too soon their consumption leads to constipation and the body can’t get rid of poisonous wastes bound up in the rotting stodge.
So what happens? The poisons are reabsorbed into the blood.
What happens to the poisons in the blood? They are transported around the body, squeezing into cells where they can and do cause havoc. These poisons eventually make their way to the liver, where they must be neutralised - an unnecessary extra job for the liver!
Did you know your liver has at least 500 jobs and works 24 hours a day?
For refined grains and sugars to be utilised in the human body, vitamins and minerals are needed. So the body actually pulls both vitamins and minerals from other cells of the body, to utlise the refined foods.
All too soon the cells are starving, irritability results, nerves are jangling, anxiety and fatigue sets in.
The trouble is these foods taste so nice in our mouths!
Whole foods taste delicious too, but our minds and taste buds take time to adjust to the more subtle flavours!!
The truth is this: A plant food diet such as GLAD protects against the modern killer diseases - this truth has been well documented.
The American Cancer Society 1996 Advisory Committee on Diet, Nutrition and Cancer prevention recommended the following:
“Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day...Eat other foods from plant sources, such as breads, cereals, grain products, rice, pasta, or beans several times each day....Choose whole grains in preference to processed (refined) grains. Choose beans as an alternative to meat.” The article (from CA - A Cancer Journal for Clinicians November/December 1996, Vol 1.46 No 6.) continues:
“The scientific basis for these recommendations is very strong for cancers at many sites, particularly for cancers of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. The evidence is particularly strong that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of colon cancer.”
In 1994, the NZ Nutrition Foundation launched a programme to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables, you are probably aware of the campaign called “5+ A DAY” which has been promoting fruit and vegetables in New Zealand every since.
The March 1995 Healthy Lives magazine published by the Public Health Commission reports:
“John Birkbeck of the Nutrition Foundation said there were a very large variety of components of vegetables and fruit that have previously been ignored because they were not considered ‘essential nutrients."
These compounds are a variety of types; some are antioxidants; some would be called ‘dietary fibre’; but others have effects which are quite different. There is a rapidly increasing body of experimental evidence to support this concept and while direct evidence of the effects on humans is usually lacking, there is no question that epidemiological studies show that the choice of a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits on a regular basis is associated with considerable improvement in health, and particularly a lesser risk of developing those chronic diseases, which include heart disease and stroke, diabetes and most of the common forms of cancer.
The other major benefit of the 5 Plus approach is that by choosing substantial amounts of these foods, the risk of obesity, with all its deleterious health consequences, is much diminished. A vegetable/fruit rich diet is optimally also a low-fat, energy-dilute diet.’ (page 9)
In the 1997 National Nutrition Survey we learn about New Zealanders fruit and vegetable eating habits:
“44% females and 66% males did not eat the recommended guideline of at least 2 servings of fruit per day. 33% of the population consumed less than the recommended 3 servings of vegetables a day.” NZ Food : NZ People
So where are New Zealanders spending their grocery money?
“New Zealanders spent $265 million on fresh fruit and $343 million on fresh vegetables in the year to March 1994.”
That sounds pretty healthy doesn’t it? But read on:
“By comparison, New Zealanders spent $457 million on tobacco products and $1215 million on meals out and takeaways in the same period. Source: NZ Household Economic Survey, Year ended March 1994, Statistics New Zealand.”
And did you know New Zealanders spent $1.47 million a WEEK on chocolate in 1995? That’s $76.44 million on chocolate in a year!
This figure is for chocolate or chocolate products. Another $314,500 a week was spent on boxed or loose chocolates.
And New Zealand households spent $1.70 million a week on ice cream in 1994-95. Reference: NZ Yearbook 1997.
You may not believe the information you have been reading. But unbelief does not change the truth. Check it out for yourself. And please remember, this is the truth as documented by large numbers of medical studies. And all along, the Bible has held the truth within its many pages.
If you decide to try the GLAD way of eating, how will you know you are eating a wide enough variety of plant foods to meet the needs of your cells?
Well consider the different foods you eat over a week. Are they of many different colours, shapes and sizes? If so, you will be eating a variety of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, fats and amino acids.
A basic daily guide (this will vary with individual needs, which you discover as you keep going along) is to eat the following:
Such a diet will provide you with all the calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, proteins, fats, fibre and carbohydrate needed to keep your body in health.
There are literally hundreds of delicious ways to eat plant foods. And you don’t need to be a supercook to eat this way. You might decide to start by simply adding more raw food to your daily diet. Raw foods are simple to prepare and give our human bodies maximum benefits. A dish of sliced apple on the table with a few dates and nuts perhaps - instead of making or buying an apple pie. Or try serving a simple salad every second day with your main meal. Some people may not appreciate your changes - but maybe, just maybe they need educating too. Often a good example works wonders.
People who switch to the GLAD way of eating from a diet high in processed poor quality animal products, processed dairy products, empty sugar and fibreless processed foods, find their taste buds and sometimes their bodies take a while to adjust. Some people say the food is tasteless, or they feel weak. After about a week, maybe two, these people begin to taste flavours they have never noticed before. Most people lose weight effortlessly and begin to feel more energetic and zippy!
A few people don't notice any positive changes for several weeks. And a very few people might have an initial boost in energy, but over time start to decrease in energy. These very few people (I am one) need to look deeper into what has happened to them medically in the past, and carefully look at the entire STRENGTH way, to see if there is a hidden something they need to discover and clear out first. Or adapt a plant based diet to suit them. Be encouraged - the very fact you are seeking good health and wanting to do God's will in your life, means God can and will encourage and guide you.
In a surprisingly short time, you too could be thoroughly enjoying the delicate, pure flavours of healthy plant based meals. Read more>>