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Eat and Run

I reread Scott Jurek’s EAT AND RUN last week. What a story! And so interesting that Scott’s endurance, speed and quick recovery times are based on a purely plant-based diet (vegan).

Another vegetarian athlete is described in “Aikido Trial by Fire” – a story told in Chapter 6 of Chloe Wordsworth’s book, LIVING IN TUNE WITH YOUR LIGHT.

It’s nice for the younger generation – there are so many role models now among outstanding athletes of all types who eat plant-based diets because it improves their performance and their health.

You can google VEGAN WRESTLERS… RUNNERS… BODYBUILDERS… SWIMMERS… FOOTBALL PLAYERS… BASKETBALL PLAYERS… – thousands of links come up! (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine – with more than 12,000 doctor members, most on plant-based diets) is of course a solid reference place for any athlete exploring plant-based diets and health, including PCRM’s 21-day Kickstart program.

Anti-aging foods

Here’s a personal short list from an article about foods that fight aging:

  • cacao beans for “cocoa flavinol”, which reverses cognitive aging (delicious ground up in smoothies or sesame seed “chocolate truffles”)
  • blueberries and other brightly coloured fruits and veggies to reduce inflammation and stress
  • almonds and other foods for magnesium
  • tomatoes for phytochemicals and antioxidants
  • flaxseeds to reduce cellular inflammation and omega-3s (Grind fresh)
  • walnuts for omega-3s and to improve memory and learning skills (Remember the shape of a whole walnut and the shape of the human brain – makes sense they’re linked for good brain health)
  • natto (Japanese fermented soybeans from Asian markets) for vit K2
  • spinach for antioxidants and phytochemicals (Eat it fresh – it loses 50% of antioxidants after 4 days)
  • chia seeds for omega-3s and anti-inflammatory properties
  • green tea for antioxidants and better brain connectivity
  • black beans – a top anti-aging anti-inflammatory food (also other legumes/beans like pinto beans and aduki beans etc.)
  • onions and garlic for those who can handle them (I can’t)
  • turmeric is powerful – take with coconut oil and black pepper to increase bio-availability – concentrated anti-inflammatory and antioxidants, good for memory
  • black pepper for piperine (healthy brain function) and antioxidants

Good to have these several times a week if not daily. For the original article, including non-veg foods, see Foods that fight aging.

Sun protection

Interesting take on protection against sunburn and perhaps even skin cancer: foods you eat!

It’s possible that eating (ORGANIC) tomatoes, apples, really dark chocolate [substitute organic cacao beans whipped up in your smoothies] and drinking green tea may stimulate extra protection for your skin.

More here…

Altzheimer’s: preparing now

A couple of pieces of advice from cutting-edge research on Altzheimer’s prevention:

  • eat coconut oil [organic] every day – 2 tbsp
  • avoid all gluten foods

I’m thrilled – these are things I do anyway!

More info in the coming weeks as we (my sister) sort through the material and distill out the do-able essentials.

Anthea G, Repatterning Sessions: 623-465-4733

Arsenic – in rice

OK, so I’m behind the times and you already know. Arsenic in rice?! But it’s logical. Rice grows in water – and the water is polluted by runoff: fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals. Even organic rice.

Read a brief report here comparing white vs brown vs organic. (Catch all 11 points in the article – you’ll miss them unless you click the More option.)

All rice products are affected – no exceptions. Bye-bye rice cakes, rice dream, basmati comfort. Hallo quinoa, hallo millet (fortunately, they really are delicious!).

It’s a rule of thumb to avoid packaged foods anyway (refined, cooked, flavoured, doctored in various ways), so cook up whole grain millet or quinoa in 20 minutes or less, flavour with your own add-ons (try a little coconut oil, kelp powder, Bragg’s amino, dulse flakes, a tsp of miso, a sprinkle of turmeric…) and enjoy a healthy meal!

Excellent “how to” on selecting good fruit

Great video on how to select ripe fruit

  • avocados
  • peaches
  • apples
  • watermelons
  • canteloupes
  • mangoes
  • oranges

Health resources

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) – all vegetarian & vegan doctors:


Dr Doug Graham: The 80/10/10 Diet 

  • Makes you think about what you’re eating and what your system really needs
  • Discusses in detail the three main dietary issues: protein, carbohydrates, fats
  • Examines dietary myths, including “healthy” vegetarian dietstyles
  • His thesis: If you are healthy, you are naturally active (athletic) – the two go together; can’t be healthy and inactive
  • Very solid research, including years’ working with hundreds of athletes and sedentary types
  • Lots of simple recipes to get you started
  • FAQs at Doug Graham’s website and Testimonials


Dr Richard Schulze, super-strong herbal remedies that work:

  • His lively informative Blog (with free downloads on detoxing, etc):
  • Getting sick and need a remedy? Travelling by plane and need protection? Feel like detoxing? Check out the Schulze line of herbal remedies – they may be just what you are looking for.
  • The flu & cold “shots” (small bottle of remedy you sip during day OR drink in one go when you’re “on the verge”) is very effective. If you don’t do anything else, try taking “Protect” (for heart, liver, kidneys). Periodic detoxing: Check out the 5-Day Liver Detox etc listed in the left sidebar at his website.
  • Serious illnesses: Follow his “There are no incurables” program


Read more…

Guide to antioxidants

A friend just sent me this link to the “ultimate guide to antioxidants” – an in-depth article by Dr Mercola where he talks about the different types of antioxidants, the beneficial effect, and the FOODS that contain them, etc. (That last bit is the piece that interests me most.)

Pomegranates for smooth move

Last night I picked 4 medium/small pomegranates off our little organic tree (planted last year), put the seeds in the VitaMix and blended them with a little water. It was pretty tart (as in sour) so I added some organic honey and a huge organic apple. Delicious!

The smoothie definitely had a grainy texture, what with all those seeds – but I went right off to sleep and my eyes felt relaxed when I woke (usually they’re tense from computer work). I had what felt like indigestion in the early hours of the morning BUT: before breakfast and after lunch had 2 great bowel movements, normal in every way except …huge. No exaggeration.

I’m impressed. Forget constipation or small BMs. Go for the pomegranates!

Here’s a great list of the multiple benefits of pomegranates – you’re bound to recognize your own symptoms & needs on their list, so check it out! (And that website looks like an excellent source of info on all sorts of health conditions. Suggestion: go for the vegan or purely plant-based options; avoid meat, fish, eggs, dairy.)

Liver Detox

If you’ve never heard of Dr Schulze and his website, it’s time to go visit! His super-powerful herbal remedies and detox programs really work, according to those who use them.

I just did the 5-Day Liver Detox. It was easy – plenty to eat and/or drink, no hunger at any time – and I particularly enjoyed getting back onto carrot/beet juice after a very long time. (The juices are optional, not required.)

You can choose the type of Liver Detox you do – depending on whether you normally eat a junk food diet, a vegetarian diet, or whatever. I did the “Advanced” Detox because I wanted to get the maximum out of the Detox. Read more…

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