The Vegan Challenge!

Feburary 2011

Hi, Mary here, I’m happy to introduce you to my new little corner of this blog, The Vegan Challenge. As Alayna, trusty old soul, continues making soup I am going to branch out a little and focus on vegan meals and document them here. Why? Because I am reading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. (And I recommend, if this sort of stuff interests you, you read this too.)

First, what I don’t want this to look like; a thinly veiled “I’m actually dieting” blog. This is going to primarily focus itself on nutrition. And preventive health care. I have a feeling that you can be a healthier person is you focus first on nutrition, second on prescriptions (copy right that!). I want to continue to think about this here.

Whereas the soup blog has helped Alayna and I discover and learn about a host of new vegetables, I hope this section teaches us about a host of new grains. I’m particularly interested in protein consumption and how vegan meals might not be as low-protein as you think. I’m a runner, so protein is something I think about. I’m also, obviously, interested in taste. Martha Shulman, a vegetarian writer, has written about how important it is to liberally spice (and salt) your dishes to bring out flavors. I have taken to this advice and completely agree. Don’t be shy with spices to enhance flavor and make up for the fact you aren’t using say, bacon fat.

I would also like to note that I am not becoming a “vegan.” I don’t buy restrictive health plans like that. But I do want to incorporate more vegan meals into my rotation. And thus, The Vegan Challenge begins. (I will post every other week, alternating with Alayna’s soups.) To see The Vegan Challenge dishes exclusively, click “The Vegan Challenge” Category on the list on the right-hand side of the page.

I want to leave you with some key takeaways from The China Study. (Double click graphs to enlarge)

Excert:

I propose to do nothing less than redefine what we think of as good nutrition. The provocative results of my four decades of biomedical research, including the findings from a twenty-seven- year laboratory program (funded by the most reputable funding agencies) prove that eating right can save your life. Some of the findings, published in the most reputable scientific journals, show that:

  • Dietary change can enable diabetic patients to go off their medication.
  • Heart disease can be reversed with diet alone.
  • Breast cancer is related to levels of female hormones in the blood, which are determined by the food we eat.
  • Consuming dairy foods can increase the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Antioxidants, found in fruits and vegetables, are linked to better mental performance in
  • old age.
  • Kidney stones can be prevented by a healthy diet.
  • Type 1 diabetes, one of the most devastating diseases that can befall a child, is convincingly linked to infant feeding practices.

These findings demonstrate that a good diet is the most powerful weapon we have against disease and sickness. An understanding of this scientific evidence is not only important for improving health; it also has profound implications for our entire society. We must know why misinformation dominates our society and why we are grossly mistaken in how we investigate diet and disease, how we promote health and how we treat illness.


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2 Responses to “The Vegan Challenge!”

  1. Angela March 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Mary…

    I love this vegan corner!
    I recently started eating vegan myself. I’ve been a vegetarian since 2004 (pretty much when I came back from Barcelona) and decided to try something new this year. I find myself being more mindful and way more nutritious since I’m not just scarfing down cheese to get my protein anymore. I love that there is protein in green things! I’ve come to love kale and brussel sprouts and committed to trying a new type of bean every other week or so. I recently picked up “The Vegan Sourcebook” which is pretty great, and my go-to blog is the vegan section of 101cookbooks… athough I’m adding yours to my RSS feed too. I look forward to seeing more of your vegan recipes. I’m training for a half marathon, so I am really intersted in seeing how this search for nutrition goes as my mileage starts increasing. Thanks for your blog. Take care!

    heart,
    Angiepants

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