Fast Food, A Large Problem is Just Getting Larger

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According to a study done by Boston University and Tuffs University, fast food makes up 11% of the average American’s diet.  It’s also been helping with the increase in obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  So, how has this happened?  Well, the portion sizes have increased over the last 30 years along, with the amount of sodium that is put in these products.  The portion size has increased a whopping 22%.  That actually surprised me, however, I haven’t been in a fast food restaurant for at least 5 years, so I had no idea.

Since, according to this study, 33.6% of Americans eat at a fast food restaurant every day no wonder that according to research, 40% of adult Americans are obese.  Not only are the foods more calorie-dense, but the increase in sodium is also problematic.  Too much sodium can lead to heart disease and strokes.  This is a health crisis, and so far, trying to make adults aware of the problem doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere.

It doesn’t seem as if there is a will to begin the intervention that would help in addressing this situation.  The Trump administration is backing the food industry with pushing back against food labels that would warn consumers about the levels of sodium, fat and sugars in prepared foods.  If you could come up with a solution to this problem of obesity and illness, what would it be?  Leave your ideas in the comments below.

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https://www.bu.edu/research/articles/fast-food-expansion/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/health/obesity-us-adults.html

 

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Yes, I’m Still Vegan

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There have been a lot of people in the vegan community who have suddenly decided that they no longer are vegan due to health problems.  The most popular reasoning for this decision is that after numerous 21-day water fasts; drinking detox teas, doing a “colon cleanse”; eating a restricted diet; and traveling to tropical islands, they have discovered they have health problems.  I wonder why?  A 21-day water fast?  Restricted diets?  Detox teas and a “colon cleanse”?  Going to tropical islands which are teeming with bacteria and/or parasites?  Any or all of these reasons could lead to health problems.

Then, there is the “other” reason – just not getting enough protein in their diet.  First of all, has anyone, anywhere ever died of a protein deficiency?  No, of course not.  The amount of protein that the body “needs” each day is small, and there is scientific evidence that if you eat a plant-based diet with plenty of amino acids, your body makes its own protein.  Besides which, certain types of beans have a protein index of up to 28.5 grams of protein per one cup.  In order to round out your protein, brown rice, nuts, and oatmeal help to complete the package.

My journey toward veganism began when I was a child who finally put together the fact that animals had to be killed in order to be on my plate.  I was appalled at the fact, refused to eat and threw a temper tantrum refusing to eat any meat.  After about a week of “discipline” and having meat forcibly shoveled down my throat, I gave in.  There is only so much “discipline” a six-year-old can take.  It took me too many years to give up all animal products, and that is the fact that makes me ashamed.

Why am I still Vegan?  Because I’ve seen the slaughterhouse videos.  I’ve seen the lives of the animals that people put on their plates.  I’ve seen human torture of animals used for meat and dairy.  It makes me sick.  Another reason, as if I needed one, is that eating those animals is what is killing humans; cancer, heart disease, the list goes on, are all linked, again, scientifically, to eating meat, seafood and dairy.

Knowing all that I know, I would never stop eating a plant-based diet.  I refuse to add to the destruction of the planet, to the horrific lives that animals lead in order for humans to eat meat.  If you want to know more about the scientific facts of a plant-based diet, please go to https://nutritionfacts.org/

https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/can-enough-protein-beans-7842.html

 

Tao Te Ching – Verse 29 – We Are the World

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I recently picked up a translation with commentary of the Tao Te Ching at my local libraries’ book sale.  While the book itself was slightly battered, what I found inside is a treasure-trove of wisdom passed down over the last 2,500 years.  Verse 29, We Are the World, relates to today with its emphasis on how the most powerful and wealthy seek to destroy the planet.  Below is Verse 29 as it was translated by Ralph Allan Dale.  Read it, reflect on these powerful words and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Verse 29 – We Are the World

 Those who have most power and wealth

treat the planet as a thing to be possessed,

to be used and abused according to their own dictates.

but the planet is a living organism,

a Great Spiritual Integrity.

 

To violate this Integrity

is certain to cull forth disaster

since each and every one of us

is an inherent part of this very organism.

 

All attempts to control the world

can only lead to its decimation

and to our own demise

since we are an inseparable part

of what we are senselessly trying to coerce.

 

Any attempt to possess the world

can only lead to its loss

and to our own dissolution

since we are an intrinsic part

of what we are foolishly trying to possess.

 

The world’s pulse is our pulse.

The world’s rhythms are our rhythms.

To treat our planet with care, moderation and love

is to be in synchrony with ourselves

and to live in the Great Integrity.

Taken from Tao Te Ching  A New Translation & Commentary by Ralph Alan Dale Copyright 2002 by Ralph Alan Dale

 

 

Go and Vote

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Vote for what you believe.  Don’t stay home..get out and let your voice be heard!

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Quotes for Columbus Day

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I thought that I’d try something a little different for today.  Here are some Native American quotes I’d like to share with you all.

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Summer is for Reading!

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As you all know, this has been a summer of record highs all over the world.  Basically, there have been fires on almost every continent this year, and just about everyone has suffered from the heat and humidity.  As a person who really dislikes both heat and humidity, and does not have air conditioning, I’ve been surviving by getting my heavy work done in the morning, and sitting in front of a fan while reading in the afternoon and night.  Much as I love to read, and I’ve been able to read a lot, but I’d prefer to be comfortable.

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So, my belief that not only is that summer for reading, but every other season is for reading, too! I’ve gotten through a record number of books this summer thanks to the heatwave and humidity.  What have you done to get yourself through this extremely hot and humid summer?

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2018 Summer Heat Wave

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This summer has been unbearable in New England.  The humidity levels have been outrageous, we have had day after day of unexpected torrential downpours that are reminiscent of downpours in Florida.  Since there are many people who don’t have air conditioning (my family included) life has been something to be endured.

So, since I don’t have t.v., and my newspaper is often not delivered, I decided to see just what in the heck is going on.  Unfortunately, the news is dire.  Get ready for more and more of this.  There have been record heat recorded all over the world.  Heat waves that are over and above anything seen before.  Not only that, but we’ve had drought and wildfires all over also, not just in the U.S., but also Sweden (!).

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I suggest that we start doing something about this.  Extreme weather will be on its way also…hurricanes, etc. etc.  Are you hurricane ready?  I know I’m not.  How have you been coping with the heat?  I’ve been standing in an ice-cold shower before bed every night.  During the day I’ve been reading while sitting in front of a fan.  Work-outs happen in the early morning, and it’s been over a week since I took a walk outside.  I’m dreaming of snow storms and the cold weather.  It can’t come fast enough for me!

 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/23/world/global-heatwaves-climate-change-wxc/index.html

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/27072018/summer-2018-heat-wave-wildfires-climate-change-evidence-crops-flooding-deaths-records-broken