In the classic film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones' ex-sweetheart Marion (played by Karen Allen) observes "You're not the man I knew ten years ago." Indy (Harrison Ford) replies with the great comeback, "It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage." At the risk of contradicting Dr. Jones, when it comes to our bodies, it's not only the mileage—it's the fuel that's being pumped into our "tanks." As any mechanic will tell you, powering a car with an improper fuel mix can cause its engine to run rough,
Recently, I was hunting for a quick guide to a healthier lifestyle. I landed on this one, The Wellness Wheel, as described by Yale School of Medicine. The Wheel divides human health/wellness into eight dimensions. Each one of the dimensions is worthy of a lifetime of study. Notably, these facets of wellness mirror those promoted by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Chief Seattle, chief of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and allied Indian tribes, was a member of the First Nation of North America. In 1854, President Franklin Pierce was pressuring Chief Seattle to sell his people’s land to the US government. After much consideration, Chief Seattle responded to the offer to purchase in what is now called “Chief Seattle’s Letter.” The letter was originally delivered at a gathering as an oral statement from the Chief. It was then translated into another Native American language before arriving in its first English form. Since its original publication in 1887, the wording has been modified several times. There are many different versions of the
At age 12 Carol developed epilepsy. To treat her condition, she was prescribed a cocktail of medications to prevent petit mal seizures. She still experienced seizures and had to be continuously monitored. Over time, she was prescribed different medications to better control her condition. After graduating from college, she married a man from Iowa who was strictly a meat and potatoes guy. Carol ate the Standard American Diet (SAD) though she liked chicken and fish more than meat. When she turned 35, she had difficulties with excessive bleeding during her menstrual cycle. Her OB-GYN doctor found the blood loss left her deficient in iron and accordingly advised her to eat more red meat. Thinking the doctor knew best, she followed his advice.
When I went plant-based over 10 years ago, my husband did not bat an eye; he joined me immediately on my journey to vibrant health. Not everyone is that fortunate. The following are typical of comments I hear when speaking at events: “My spouse eats the Standard American Diet (SAD) and thinks I’m crazy for going plant-based” and “My children won’t eat the plant foods I make so what’s a parent to do?” Clearly, there is no “one size fits all” approach to transitioning to a whole food plant-based lifestyle.
The most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). RA is a long-term autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks itself. If you have RA, your body interprets the soft lining around your joints as a threat, similar to a virus or bacteria, and attacks it. This attack causes fluid to accumulate within your joints. In addition to swelling, this fluid buildup causes pain, stiffness, and inflammation around your joints.
You’re a busy person and let’s face it, at the end of a long day, you’re tired and hungry. You can’t be expected to whip up plant-based masterpieces every night of the week. Meal planning is an essential component to success when you are trying to eat healthily. Meal preparation is something that must become part of your routine if you wat to be successful in adopting a plant-based regimen. I recommend setting aside an hour each weekend (or any day that’s convenient) to cook some beans and grains and to prep produce for the week ahead. Just an hour in the kitchen can go a long way to set you up for satisfying, plant-based meals throughout the week. Here
2020 has indeed been a year to remember, even if so many of us would prefer to forget it. So much has happened! However, no need to recap the gory details here. Suffice it to say that it has been a full 12 months. Now we are in the holiday celebration home stretch. The fall festivities are behind us. We are midstride to the winter high holidays, which seem to last right through Valentine’s day. Along with that, the days are getting shorter here in the northern hemisphere while the nights are getting longer. Pile that together with our lumpy political climate, a pervasive public health crisis, and other assorted social and economic challenges, and we have the makings of “I’d rather be sedated!”
As the holidays approach, it’s easy to bemoan the things we WON’T be doing this year. Big family gatherings, seasonal office parties, elaborate New Year’s gatherings—not likely this year! But before we allow the Quarantine Grinch to steal our spirit, I challenge you to consider how we can still savor and celebrate our end-of-the-year holidays. I don’t want to minimize the very real hardships and grief that some of our members have experienced this past year. Losing normal activities, jobs or even loved ones during this pandemic has taken their toll on many of us. The losses for some can seem overwhelming,
n the United States, November 2020 is a dynamic month with much of our attention on health, politics, and, of course, Thanksgiving. It’s also World Vegan Month. Each November plant-based eaters from across the globe celebrate a cruelty-free lifestyle. My life transformed when I went vegan. I am grateful to have embraced self-empowered wellness where I take responsibility for my health, my life and my choices.