Osteoporosis Prevention

Today the Healthy Diet Podacst is about osteoporosis prevention. Who gets it and why and what you can do about preventing osteoporosis.

Show notes:

  • Researching Alan’s mother’s medications led us to discover the side effects of Fosamax, a drug used to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bone resulting in fractures. We have 1.5 million fractures each year in America – 300k are hip fractures.
  • Bones have cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts that continually remodel our bones. Osteoblasts build new bone and osteoclasts remove old bone. It’s a natural process.
  • Fosamax kills the osteoclasts, the cells that break down and remove bone. Manufacturer claims this makes bones stronger by preventing bone loss. Fosamax has lot of side effects such as stomach and digestive problems, eye problems and interferes with parathyroid hormone drugs. Also has lawsuits pending for jaw death.
  • Highest bone fracture rates occurs in countries like America, Australia and New Zealand who have high dairy intake.
  • Alaskan Eskimos have very high hip fracture rate – They eat lots of calcium (soft fish bones) but mainly through an animal protein and animal fat diet.
  • Women in India, Japan and Peru, who eat mainly an unrefined, vegetarian diet and consume only 300 mg/day have low rates of bone fractures and osteoporosis.
  • Ways to prevent bone loss naturally are to create an alkaline body system. Avoid foods that create an acid system which causes calcium to leach from bones. Avoid caffeine because it promotes calcium excretion. Avoid animal protein because it causes calcium leaching due to creating an acid body system.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, especially dark leafy green veggies. Get adequate Vitamin D (hormone) because it’s as important to bone health as calcium. Body makes Vitamin D when exposed to adequate sunlight each day.
  • Get Vitamin K (leafy green veggies) which plays a role in bone formation and calcium regulation.
  • Exercise is one of primary ways to prevent osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercise signals the bone to keep building and remodeling.
  • Great article on calcium and milk at Harvard School of Public Health
  • The answer to many health problems is eat healthy (i.e. whole food, largely raw diet) and exercise.

Alan

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The Cost Of Eating Healthy

On today’s Healthy Diet Podcast we ask the question, is it really that expensive to eat healthy?

Show notes:

  • The number one reason people don’t eat healthy is because they think it is more expensive that it really is.
  • Jean keeps meticulous records of what we spend and have broken down our food budget to indicate that we spend $2.50 per meal. That includes all the food we eat, snacks included, carrot juice as well.
  • Is the cost of groceries an accurate way to determine the cost of eating healthy? What is the cost when you add in the benefits?
  • Some of the things we don’t spend our money on because we eat healthy – prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, sick time, unscheduled visits to the doctor.
  • We cleaned out our medicine cabinet, a basket, on the podcast. It only had about 5 things in it. We threw out the Preparation H, expired Tylenol PM and Robitussin.
  • The only supplement we take on a regular basis is vitamin B-12
  • We ate some non vegan food this past Sunday. We were trapped at a church dinner with only bar-b-que to eat.
  • By the grace of God and our diet, fortunately we don’t get sick. How much does being sick cost you and your family?
  • Jean took an antibiotic a few year ago that we believe contributed to some persistent intestinal problems. It killed the good and bad bacteria in her system making it hard for her digestive tract to work as it needed to.
  • When you are talking about eating healthy versus being sick is it really that expensive to eat well? What are your spending priorities?
  • What is the cost of developing heart disease or cancer or diabetes?
  • Take charge of your health by choosing to eat healthy!

Check out a couple Vita Mix smoothie recipes we just put up on our Healthy Diet website.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Purple Vita Mix Smoothie Picture With Recipe

Purple Vita Mix SmoothieTwo posts ago I wrote about the Bright Red Vita Mix smoothie and with a slight adjustment you can turn it into a purple Vita Mix smoothie as you see in the picture to the left.

Again the secret to getting the bright color, this time being purple, is by using fresh pitted cherries. This time I used 8 cherries instead of 5. Fresh cherries are absolutely delicious this time of year and we are getting a really good crop to eat down here in Florida. I’m not sure where they come from, but they sure are great. At $2.99 a pound they aren’t cheap, but we do enjoy them. Anyway, back to the smoothie.

Here’s how you make the Purple Vita Mix smoothie:

Ingredients:

8 fresh pitted cherries
1 banana
5 medium size strawberries
1 pinch of coconut – I actually forgot the coconut in the one pictured, but I recommend it for flavor.
1 semi heaping teaspoon of Green Magma – a barley grass supplement.
12 – ice cubes
2 oz of water – to help mix things together

Mix all the ingredients together in your Vita Mix blender as I recommended last time, starting from low to high. I used water this time instead of orange juice because we ran out of OJ. The smoothie was pretty sweet and the OJ would make it even sweeter. Also if you put too much Green Magma in the smoothie the color will turn out more grey than purple. If you don’t mind what the color looks like, you can put in all the Green Magma you want. However, a grey smoothie may be a bit of a turn off if you are making one for a friend.

There’s nothing more to do except enjoy it!

If you are interested in a Vita Mix blender, you can get a great deal on eBay where we got ours.

Alan

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Is Honey Vegan?

Today our healthydiet podcast is about Honey – Is it vegan? We give you the facts and let you decide. A listener challenged us with our referring to some of our recipes as vegan when they have honey as an ingredient.

Show notes:

  • The term veganism was developed by Donald Watson founder of Vegan Society of Great Britain. Hardcore vegans avoid using or eating animal products out of reverence for animal life
  • We primarily refer to vegan as a healthy way of eating that avoids all animal products because they have largely been connected with disease.
  • Eating a vegan diet won’t promote health if you are eating refined foods. Science points us to a whole food, largely raw diet for optimal health.
  • So is honey vegan – is it an animal product that we should avoid for health reasons? We found some great info at www.honeybee.org.au
  • Bees are fascinating. Each bee has a job to do – no bees swinging in a hammock. The bee collects flower nectar and places it in his honey pouch
  • Bee brings nectar to bees in hive and deposits nectar into the repository bees. The repository bees move the honey from bee to bee. This process adds enzymes that help remove moisture from the nectar honey.
  • When the honey is the right consistency, bees put honey in storage cells and cap with wax.
  • Bees can carry nearly their weight in nectar payload (most advanced aircraft only carry ¼)
  • Bees are animals called arthropods not anthropods. Honey is a product made by bees. In our opinion, honey is a product bees process, not produce versus the cow who produces milk whether he’s eating grain or grass
  • Bees transform nectar into honey. The nectar is required first.
  • As far as we know, honey is not linked to the disease process like other animal products, particularly those products that are in essence animal meat.
  • Honey has medicinal qualities – antibacterial, healing and absorption of fluid.
  • It takes 17-20 lbs of nectar to make 1 pound of honey.
  • Decide for yourself whether to eat honey, decide on your own philosophy of eating. Science points to importance of eating a whole food diet with lots of raw plant foods.

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Alan

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Bright Red Vita Mix Smoothie Recipe & Picture

Vita Mix Smoothie RecipeWe took the week off from The Healthy Diet Podcast last week because of the 4th, but we will do a show this week. In the mean time, I thought I’d share one of our Vita Mix smoothie recipes. I call it the Bright Red Vita Mix smoothie.

The secret to getting this smoothie bright red as you see in the picture, is fresh cherries, with the pits removed of course. This smoothie is sweet tasting and may be too sweet for some, but I thought it had a great taste.

Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients:

5 fresh cherries
2 medium chunks of pineapple
1 banana
4 to 5 strawberries
1 large pinch of coconut
3 to 4 ounces of orange juice, preferably fresh squeezed
12 or so ice cubes

Because the VitaMix is so powerful, you don’t really have to cut up anything, you can throw all of the ingredients in whole, put the ice on top and pour in the OJ. Turn on the Vita Mix 5000 on low variable and turn up the know to 10 as you watch the ingredients start to blend together, then switch to high speed for about 30 seconds.

Most anything we make in the Vita Mix we blend together with this process because of the power of the machine. If you turn it on full blast to start, you will probably splatter the ingredients all over the lid. Also, going from slow to fast helps cut up the ingredient so they blend better at high speed.

We hope you enjoy the Bright Red Vita Mix smoothie recipe. Look for more Vita Mix recipes coming soon.

Alan

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