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    • Happy Monday! (stop consuming dairy)

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    •  8/23/2010 8:34:03 AM
    •                  Good Morning Everyone! What a great weekend, Or maybe great because its over and I get to start a new week. I am the crazy person that LOVES Mondays!

                          Just a little insight into my wonderful weekend. I ran my first half marathon of the year. WAHOO! It was my first long race since changing my diet so dramatically. I am proud to say I knocked 10 minutes off my time! Thats HUGE for me! I am fully recovered and feeling great already. I was so excited to see my husband and kids waving at me from the sidelines..... in my head I was thinking "man, I hope my husband didn't for get my recovery drink!" He didn't, MY HERO!

      (I use Brendan Brazier recovery drink that you can find in his book, "Thrive" I am not sure if I am at liberty to share the recipe here... I'll look in to that!)


          I love that our bodies, if properly taken care of, are designed to perform at optimal levels!


      SAD: I watched several finishers chug down the new "recovery chocolate milk" (gag) as I searched for water and my husband. I love the bubble that I live in. I was so shocked to see that chocolate milk is now classified as a recovery drink for athletes... say what? When did that happen? Man, they are marketing geniuses!

      This got me thinking more and more about dairy because..... as much as I hate to admit it, cheese keeps sneaking back in my life. I did some research and found this letter that may have just cured me! YIKES.

      Dr. Kradjian Wrote a letter on the whole dairy topic. I found it posted on several sites. He is a breast cancer surgeon who is passionate about dairy. I took just a few parts from his letter to share: (Read the whole letter)




      Or is it?  Fifty years ago an average cow produced 2000 pounds of milk per year.  Today the top producers give 50,000 pounds!  How was this accomplished?  Drugs, antibiotics, hormones, forced feeding plans and specialized breeding; that's how.

      The latest high-tech onslaught on the poor cow is bovine growth hormone or BGH. (BST)  This genetically engineered drug is supposed to stimulate milk production, but, according to Monsanto, the hormone's manufacturer, does not affect the milk or meat.  There are three other manufacturers:

      Upjohn, Eli Lilly, and American Cyanamid Company.  Obviously, there have been no long-term studies on the hormone's effect on the humans drinking the milk.  Other countries have banned BGH because of safety concerns.  One of the problems with adding molecules to a milk-cow's body is that the molecules usually come out in the milk.  I don't know how you feel, but I don't want to experiment with the ingestion of a growth hormone.  A related problem is that it causes a marked increase (50 to 79 percent) in mastitis.  This, then, requires antibiotic therapy, and the residues of the antibiotics appear in the milk.

      It seems that the public is uneasy about this product and in one survey 43 percent felt that growth hormone-treated milk represented a health risk.  A vice-president for public policy at Monsanto was opposed to labeling for that reason, and because the labeling would create an "artificial distinction." 

      The country is awash with milk as it is, we produce more milk than we can consume.  Let's not create storage costs and further taxpayer burdens, because the law requires the USDA to buy any surplus of butter, cheese or non-fat dry milk at a support price set by Congress!  In fiscal 1991, the USDA spent $757 million on surplus butter, and one billion dollars a year on yearly average for price supports during the 1980s (Consumer Reports, May 1992: 330-332).


      Any lactating mammal excretes toxins through her milk.  This includes antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals and hormones.  Also, all cow's milk contains blood!  The inspectors are simply asked to keep it under certain limits.  You may be horrified to learn that the USDA allows milk to contain from one to one and a half million white blood cells per milliliter.  (That's only 1/30 of an ounce).  If you don't already know this, I'm sorry to tell you that another way to describe white cells where they don't belong would be to call them pus cells.  To get to the point, is milk pure or is it a chemical, biological, and bacterial cocktail?  Finally, will the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protect you?  The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) tells us that the FDA and the individual states are failing to protect the public from drug residues in milk.  Authorities test for only 4 of the 82 drugs in dairy cows.

      As you imagine, the Milk Industry Foundation's spokesman claims it's perfectly safe.  Jerome Kozak says, "I still think that milk is the safest product we have."

      Other, perhaps less biased observers, have found the following:  38% of milk samples in ten cities were contaminated with sulfa drugs or other antibiotics.  (This from the Center for Science in the Public Interest and The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 1989).  A similar study in Washington, D.C. found a 20 percent contamination rate (Nutrition Action Healthletter, April 1990).

      What's going on here?  When the FDA tested milk, they found few problems.  However, they used very lax standards.  When they used the same criteria, the FDA data showed 51 percent of milk samples showed drug traces.

      Let's focus in on this because it's so critical to our understanding of the apparent discrepancies.  The FDA uses a disk-assay method that can detect only 2 of the 30 or so drugs found in milk.  Also, the test detects only at the relatively high level.  A more powerful test called the "Charm II test" can detect 40 drugs down to 5 parts per billion.


      One nasty subject must be discussed.  It seems that cows are forever getting infections around the udder that require ointments and antibiotics. An article from France tells us that when a cow receives penicillin, that penicillin appears in the milk for from 4 to 7 milkings.  Another study from the University of Nevada, Reno tells of cells in "mastic milk," milk from cows with infected udders.  An elaborate analyses of the cell fragments, employing cell cultures, flow sytometric analysis, and a great deal of high tech stuff.  Do you know what the conclusion was?  If the cow has mastitis, there is pus in the milk.  Sorry, it's in the study, all concealed with language such as, "..macrophages containing many vacuoles and phagocytosed particles."


         I have heard the puss in dairy info, but never looked up the details. It's becoming less and less appealing right? If you are still on the fence about dairy or maybe slowly moving away from it, please read his whole letter here. Consider the facts. Veteran mommy also wrote a great blog that will get you thinking. 
         Another good reason for a Monday, commit to NO DAIRY  and take it one day at a time (if you are reading this on a Tues, Wed or any day, commit anyway:)





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    • my SHOUT OUT!!

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    •  8/20/2010 7:50:21 AM
    • I'M BACK!

                   After being on vacation and spending time away from my normal routine, my eyes were opened to just how difficult eating this way really is.  I have been stuck in my plant based whole food world.  I am just so grateful for the all the people out there that are just starting on this road! Its not an easy step or steps to take. I know it seems like it will never feel normal to eat plants and grains ALL the time, but I can promise that it will come. (boy, is it worth it!!)  Just take it one day at a time and keep going! I think its so awesome to be part of an online community of people who are striving for better. We are all doing  a good thing and deserve a HUGE pat on the back (if not a big hoot and HOLLA!) Its tough out there to always stick with things and follow the whole food way. I am grateful to be home and back at it again with all of you! Can I just say YOU ROCK! I am proud to be part of the plant based whole food world! I love you ALL!!

      ps. And its a big PS. We are working on some exciting new things for our website so keep checking back! Thanks for being part of our site!!!

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    • A yummy summer treat

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    •  8/18/2010 4:22:24 PM
    •  So maybe I live under a box, or maybe I have four small children and rarely get to "browse" the grocery store. Not today, I got to the store all alone AND look what I found!! These are so fantastic.



                          . So Delicious made with Coconut Milk


       I am all about making my own homemade whole food treats like our, no bake coconut ballschocolate chip zucchini muffins, or these yummy no bake chocolate balls. But there are always moments where you just feel like splurging. 

      I am currently out of town visiting family. Some of them think we are a little crazy eating the way we do. When I came home from the store with these "ice cream" treats I had no complaints. Granted I know they aren't healthy, but a better choice compared to the alternative dairy choice. The coconut milk ice cream does not disappoint. So if you are in a bind or just want to grab something quick on a hot day, give these a try. I give them two thumbs up for yummy-ness!



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    • Whole Food Plant Based CAMPING TRIP!

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    •  8/7/2010 6:50:04 AM
    • That's right folks... You can still enjoy all the good times of camping and EAT HEALTHY!!


            Last weekend My family and I had the privilege of joining Veteran mommy and her family on a camping trip. I figured all rules out the window and planned on just enjoying myself and feeling sluggish and blah afterward. But, NO Veteran Mommy is so on the ball. She called a few days before to make sure we each planned a breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most of what we planned was whole food plant based meals....that's not to say we didn't splurge here and there with some desserts.


      We left after lunch and headed up to our campsite. We got there and had camp set up just in time for dinner, it was my turn: Bean tacos  topped with an amazing fresh salsa from our local grocer, (way too expensive, in fact, don't tell Maintenance Mommy or she may not sleep for days!) One day I will buckle down and make my own. They were quick and easy which was exactly what we needed.


       Breakfast was fun, Muesli for the adults and peach cobbler for the kiddos, yum!


      Then lunch, Veteran Mommy was up and I couldn't wait!  We had delicious Morningstar Chipotle Black Bean Burgers topped with avocados, tomatoes, and crispy oriental salad and yummy dressing all wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla. They were delicious and so filling! **


      Dinner was my turn and a classic dutch oven meal turned vegan. It's the whole meat and potatoes with Mushrooms instead of meat. YUM!  I like to take the Roasted Veggie Dinner and triple it and throw it all in a dutch oven. 


      Breakfast the next day was a honey whole wheat pancakes with left over fruit.


      ** The chipotle black bean burgers were too spicy for the kids, so we had just a few cans of vegetarian chili on hand with chips to make a quick taco salad. It seemed to work out just fine.

      We had such a great time and I was so thrilled not to come home feeling like I need to do a juice cleanse or eat only kale for days to recover! I can't lie and say I didn't have one too many s'mores and granola bars.... but hey its still camping right?


      Thanks veteran mommy for the great time. Hope you girls have fun camping next weekend!


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