Here are some things I learned:
- Consumption of animal fat from dairy (saturated fat) and meat closely related to occurrence of cancer.
- Dairy is a problem because "it takes 10lbs. of cow's milk to make 1lb. of cheese. ...Cow's milk contains estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, prolactin, and other natural cow hormones ... that can exert effects on humans." Cheese has some of the highest amounts of saturated fat. If you do eat dairy, only choose fat-free versions.
- When you limit animal proteins and salt, you do not loose as much calcium in the urine; therefore, your need for calcium has decreased.
- Growing bodies (babies, toddlers, young children) with more rapidly dividing cells are more sensitive to damage from all kinds of toxins (not just food). Eventually the cells become dyplastic and over the years (with a poor diet) turn cancerous.
- Infants and toddlers have 10x greater cancer risk than adults when exposed to gene damaging chemicals.
- Processed foods that have been baked/fried give off cancer causing agent (acrylamides)-- chips, fries, sugary cereals... Acrylamides have caused genetic mutations and cancers in lab animals.
- Heart disease manifests in childhood.
- "China Project" study showed cancer occurrences higher in populations that ate more animal products; a plant based diet showed lower cancer occurrences.
- What we've come to know as diseases associated with age are actually born from a lifetime of wrong food choices.
- Eat beans, whole grains, nuts, fruits, and veggies every day!!
Prior to reading this book, you could say I was naive believing that our diet early on had no effect on our years to come; but after reading this book, I clearly have been mis-informed. I have been mis-informed that eating processed foods and foods with saturated fat is "ok;" it may be convenient and taste good at the time, but is that worth my family's long-term health?
It is my 2012 goal, from here on out, to make sure our house is stocked with fruits and veggies and to keep processed sweets, full fat dairy, and white flour products for treats outside the home. Anyone with me??
Both of Dr. Fuhrman's books that I tagged in the beginning of my posts provide a couple weeks worth of menus and snack ideas; here are a few healthy snacks we enjoy!
Trail Mix w/ no- salt nuts:
I also added white chocolate chips, which seemed to have disappeared!
I added chopped cranberries and coconut to our nut mix.
**Tip: refrigerate the date "dough" for a little or its one big sticky mess!**
Blend frozen berries and a small amount of soy milk.
And, don't forget about fresh fruit salads
smoothies (you can add spinach without your child noticing the taste!)
Blackberry Oatmeal Smoothie
Blackberry Oatmeal Smoothie
Eat to Live- Inspired Pinterest Board
Hope you and yours enjoy a healthy 2012!!