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    • My Ode to T. Colin Campbell

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    •  10/3/2011 11:01:43 PM
    • T. Colin Campbell : This man is very near the TOP of my HEROES list!


      The life he has dedicated to science has forever changed the course of my family's life. I was tested in January 2007 for BRCA. (a known breast and ovarian cancer gene). At the time I really knew nothing about it. I got a phone call from my father, a man who I had very little contact with since my parents were divorced when I was 14 years old. He let me know that two of my aunts and my grandmother had breast cancer. My grandfather was currently being treated for prostate cancer. His whole family had been tested as part of a study at The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. He let me know he was a carrier of the gene and I had the chance to be tested for free through this study. I decided, why not? I had NO idea the impact it would have on my life. I received my results March 7th 2007... The moment I got the results is so vivid, it seems like it was yesterday. A huge weight had been placed on me, a 25 year old mother of two beautiful girls. Thoughts of how, when, why... what can I do about it, will I live to see my girls grow up, what will I do when I get diagnosed, will there be a cure before I get cancer and so on started racing through my head! Those thoughts didn't change for TWO YEARS, until I was offered a copy of The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell.




      Like many of you, I had NEVER considered diet to be a factor in my having cancer or any disease for that matter. I was surprised and then HOPEFUL!! A feeling I hadn't felt for two years... HOPE! I had the power to take some control back. MY GENES ARE NOT MY DESTINY! What a freeing statement! In the book, Dr Campbell even touches on the gene BRCA. He, of course, does not guarantee a cancer or disease free life if you change your diet, but his book gives a lot of great scientific research linking diet and disease. It is a tough read if you are not a scientist, but a GREAT resource. I like being able to use it as a reference to look up a disease or ailment and studies that have been done that link diet factors as part of the cause. I HIGHLY recommend owning a copy of this book, maybe two or three!!! 


      A moment of GLORY for me: I got to meet Dr Campbell on my 30th birthday! OHMYGOODNESS!! He is so genuine and kind! Because I love you all, I am willing to share a small photo of me and my HERO (keep in mind... yoga retreat, sweaty smelly me in photo)! I was at a yoga retreat in Colorado with Maintenance Mommy, he and Kris Carr were both speakers on my birthday! (how did I get so lucky!?!) I was able to chat with him before he spoke and after. We discussed a few things in his book and he mentioned a second book coming out... I CANNOT WAIT!  He was very candid as we discussed my gene and my daughters. He was quoting studies and research left and right. He was very generous with his information... and KIND enough to hold my sign (made with love by Maintenance Mommy)! Thank you Dr Campbell!




      Now onto FORKS OVER KNIVES: I was lucky enough to watch the movie in New York with some family.  I have been able to watch it several times since then. What a GREAT documentary! I feel like I get new information each time I watch. I LOVE the way the movie ties together science and the medical world! It talks of Dr Campbell and Dr Esselstyn both growing up on farms as boys, then later in life both finding the links between diet and disease.  It shows that there was no motive behind the research being done. Once they tested their research,  they could not keep the information to themselves.  The movie leaves no room for doubt that a whole food plant-based diet is the key to a long healthy life. I also love the shots of T. Colin Campell out for a jog! After meeting him, its obvious he has boundless energy! This is a MUST SEE~MUST PURCHASE and SHARE with everyone movie! 



        These two men found information and have the guts to share it. I am forever grateful to them both for following their path in this life and standing up for truth! I am inspired over and over again by them! THANK YOU!


       *If you do not own or have not seen this movie, please enter our contest for a chance to win it this week!!! (Ends Oct.7th)

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    • Can my 1 year old eat a plant-based diet? (a question I received)

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    •  9/9/2011 1:54:10 PM
    • I received this email a few days ago. As I was writing them back, I realized I had these same concerns when my family made the switch. I wanted to share this with you because it's likely there are more of you wondering the same thing. I hope this helps!


       Hi, I'm very new to eating a plant based diet. My husband and I watched forks over knives and the cnn special last heart attack and are excited to start eating this way. However I am not finding alot of information about feeding young children this diet. I'm afraid he would not receive the fats he would need to develop properly. Can you point out some resources I can refer to so I can make an informed decision about my 1 yr olds diet. Thank you!

      ~Mr. and Mrs.


      My Response:

      Hi Mr. and Mrs. 

       I am very excited for you to start your journey. Now is the PERFECT time for your toddler to start eating a whole food plant-based diet! I learned about this lifestyle when my twins were 6 months old. I turned Veteran and Maintenance Mommy a lot, but also to Dr Fuhrman's, "Disease Proof your Child' book for my resource of basic information. I would recommend you grab a copy from your library or we have them on our website for purchase.  It is a great book. He is an amazing doctor that believes in this lifestyle, especially for your children. He even goes so far to state that childhood diets are linked to adult diseases. He gives some really great 'step by step' and 'for the ages' information on raising your child on a whole food plant-based diet. He also compares this diet to others. You are doing a great thing by taking the time to research it out. I hope we can be a good resource for you. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need and I will give you my best answers!

      I make sure my little girls get avocados daily, they are a great source of healthy fat. You can mix them with brown rice cereal or just mush them and feed it to your child alone. If your child is picking up foods and self feeding, just cube the avocado small enough for them. There are also great benefits of nuts and seeds in giving your child essential fats. I use flax seed daily in smoothies for myself and my children. I use a small coffee grinder and grind up the flax seeds (about a teaspoon for your child) and  then add it to anything they are eating. It is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for development. You can do the same with sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts (walnuts are a perfect nut for helping in brain development!) There are so many alternatives.

      My best advice is to do your own research and stand your ground.  Mothers really do know best. You are in charge of your child's health. Don't let others sway you. My twins are very healthy almost three year old girls. Feeding all of my children a whole foods plant-based diet brings me peace of mind. I watch my kids stay healthy through the cold and flu season, they rarely get any allergy symptoms with the season changes, and ear infections (that use to be several a season) are never at my home. All of these I attribute to the change in our diet.

      I hope that helps.

      Happy researching!

      ~Newbie Mommy

      Disclaimer:This is the fun section where we need to tell you that we are not doctors.  While we stand firmly behind all the information and research that we share with you, we are not your doctor (even though that would be kind of fun!).  Please consult with your own physician before making any changes to your own diet or that of your families.  Hopefully your doctor is just as excited about a whole food plant-based lifestyle as we are, and will encourage you every step of the way!

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