Eating a predominantly vegan diet is no guarantee for long term health, for one could eat nothing but chips dipped in tomato sauce, pasta made from highly refined white flour or handfuls of sugar and be eating a truly vegan diet, but how unhealthy would that be? No nutrients, minerals & vitamins or fiber, a recipe for weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and bowl cancer to name a few.
Clearly I am exaggerating an extreme but it does illustrate the worthlessness of the term Vegan if your aim is long term health and wellbeing.
The better term to use is a “Plant based Whole Food diet” and this is why;
We know that red blood cells are replaced in our bodies every 4 months, white blood cells every year, skin cells every 2 to 3 weeks, colon cells every 4 days, while neurons in the cerebral cortex are with us for life. So it is a fact that a large percentage of our body is replaced on a very regular basis.
The body is a wonderful self-healing system but if it does not have the necessary building blocks to replace cells accurately then it just does the best it can. The poorer the diet the more rapidly the body breaks down and the less it can protect itself from the ravages of time and internal and external assaults, the main reason for premature aging and long term chronic diseases.
I have spent the past 12 years or more trying to follow the teachings of Dr Joel Fuhrman as outlined in his book “The Eat to Live Diet” and the findings as outlined in T. Colin Campbell’s book “The China Study” in an effort to test out the health benefits, or otherwise, of a largely “Plant based whole foods diet” in my own body.
I am now just short of my 65th birthday and feel that my health has benefited greatly from the diet. I take no medications, have no medical conditions and am able to ride my push bike over huge distances, having in the past 10 years cycled;
• Lands End to John O’Groats (14 days)
• Perth to Port Augusta (20 days)
• Port Augusta to Darwin (19 days)
• Bendigo to Alice Springs
• Bendigo to Perth (20 days)
• Bendigo to Sydney
• The Orkneys, Skye and Outer Hebrides
Most of these rides were self-supported.
In April 2013 I plan to ride from Maryborough (Victoria) to Maryborough (Queensland), 2100k in 18 days, with a group of 14 riders and 2 support crew.
I am now a semi-retired Occupational Therapist working 1 or 2 days per week in a small rural community setting.
I am passionate about the environment and the need for everyone to substantially lower their energy footprint and to live as sustainably as possible, to this end I have a new highly energy efficient house with a large solar panel array, water tanks, veggie garden and small orchard.
I am presently in the process of setting up an aquaponics system in my back garden with the aim of showing how we can grow wonderful organic food in a totally sustainable way.
My aim is also to eventually purchase a plug in all electric car and fuel this with the excess electricity I produce from my solar panels.
I enjoy playing the Didjeridu and supporting the aboriginal cause. I’d love one day to play alongside a keen cellist as the Didj and cello go so well together.
During the Spring I enjoy walking through the bush to photograph native orchids.
I am a spiritual traveller and presently learning a great deal from “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche. It rings so many bells for me.
I do not intend to vegetate during my retirement as I have so much more to give to humanity and the world in general.
This blog will thus document my journey as I prepare each dish with an honest appraisal and one that will hopefully culminate in a cookbook of my favourite recipes.
I do encourage you to read Dr Fuhrman’s “The Eat to Live” book as well as Colin Campbell’s “The China Study” so that you too can be sold on the virtues of eating a predominantly plant based whole food diet. If you find the books difficult to obtain then I have several of each which I would be happy to lend to you on a free short term loan. Just send me a message and I’ll post them out to you.
Just a note: I will be using my Thermomix for most dishes as I find it a quick, easy and healthy way to prepare food, but you should be able to prepare them using a food processor, blender, hot plate and oven.