Many people don't really think about the lives of the animals they are eating. That's O.K.....but, what's not O.K. is what the meat of these animals are doing to the inside of our bodies. And, it's not just the cows..it's the chickens, pigs, turkeys and fish. The main cause of America's #1 Killer (Heart Disease), is the meat and dairy that is on our dinner plates and in our glasses.
America's meat consumption has more than doubled and vegetables and fruits are declining. Why? The meat and dairy industries make sure we are bombarded with all kinds of advertising for their products. The end result...Americans are getting fatter and sicker....the meat and dairy industries are becoming richer and richer. Period.
It is a scientific fact that animal products restrict the flow of blood in our arteries. Plant based foods open our arteries and allows blood to flow freely. More people die from eating related diseases than all the wars in the 20th century, natural disasters and automobile accidents, COMBINED! This is why people call this premature dying "Animal's Revenge"...the animals leave a part of themselves in us when we eat them....they leave their cholesterol and saturated fats with us.
Although heart disease is the #1 Killer in America, experts state that, "Dying from heart disease is as normal as dying from an overdose".....no one should have heart disease. Studies were done on college students that ate a single bad meal....hamburger, fries and a soda....and then were tested...the result showed injury in the endothelial lining of their arteries. That was from one single bad meal. If you eat this way three times a day, the damage done over the course of time is staggering.
I am here to tell you it does not have to be this way. No one has to suffer from heart disease, it is not a natural progression with age. I think we have come to accept that once we get older, these things are going to happen....this is just not true! If we eat lots of meat and dairy, as well as processed, artificial "food products", we are guaranteed to have health issues....our bodies will become overwhelmed with saturated fats, cholesterol and toxic chemicals that can only lead to serious consequences.
Instead, fill your carts with health promoting vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole-grains. They come packaged with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will flood your body with nourishment. You will be strengthening your immune system giving it the ammunition it needs to fight off the bad stuff we breathe, drink and eat everyday. Make a huge green salad for dinner every night with lots of colorful vegetables, throw together a vegetable "stir-fry" and serve over some kind of grain such as quinoa or brown rice. Grab a whole-wheat tortilla, spread some hummus on it, cut up some vegetables, and add beans...roll it all up and you have a perfect meal! It doesn't need to be complicated. The "hardest" part of it all is chopping the vegetables....if you get them chopped and put in ziplock bags on the weekend, you can have dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes!
So, get some recipes you and your family would like to try, make your list and fill your cart with the colors of the rainbow. For breakfast try some steel-cut oatmeal topped with fruit, or maybe some whole-grain cereal, (not the sugary variety) topped with fruit and Almond milk. For lunch, have a huge green salad with all the veggies you want, maybe throw on some beans, and a piece of fruit for dessert. For dinner, try a new recipe with your family....choose a plant based recipe, (found everywhere on-line), and whip up some "ice-cream" in your blender for dessert. It doesn't get any better than that!!
2 frozen bananas
1/4 c Almond milk
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. This will have the exact same consistency as soft serve ice cream....it is absolutely delicious!!