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Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

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Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:56 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby Jhana4 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:53 am

You can watch this documentary on hulu.com for free ( legally )
http://www.hulu.com/watch/279734
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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby Derek » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:41 pm

For those of you who appreciate papers from peer-reviewed journals, here's a couple from Dr. David Jenkins of the University of Toronto:

David J. A. Jenkins, MD; Julia M. W. Wong, RD; Cyril W. C. Kendall, PhD; Amin Esfahani, MSc; Vivian W. Y. Ng, RD; Tracy C. K. Leong, BASc; Dorothea A. Faulkner, PhD; Ed Vidgen, BSc; Kathryn A. Greaves, PhD; Gregory Paul, PhD; William Singer, MD. "The Effect of a Plant-Based Low-Carbohydrate ('Eco-Atkins') Diet on Body Weight and Blood Lipid Concentrations in Hyperlipidemic Subjects." Arch. Intern. Med., 2009, vol. 169, no. 11, pp. 1046-1054.

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article ... eid=415074

Jenkins DJ, Kendall CW, Popovich DG, Vidgen E, Mehling CC, Vuksan V, Ransom TP, Rao AV, Rosenberg-Zand R, Tariq N, Corey P, Jones PJ, Raeini M, Story JA, Furumoto EJ, Illingworth DR, Pappu AS, Connelly PW. "Effect of a very-high-fiber vegetable, fruit, and nut diet on serum lipids and colonic function." Metabolism, 2001 April, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 494-503.

http://www.vegsource.com/nuts/jenkins.pdf

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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby Mkoll » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:00 am

Friends,

Thank you for the link, Ben. That is a well done documentary and I would also recommend Food, Inc. for those interested in the industrial side of food in addition to nutrition as well. You can rent it online for a few dollars.

In terms of peer reviewed studies, I have found very informative. It is run by an MD who cites peer-reviewed sources in all of his claims. a plant-based, whole foods diet with a few select supplements essential to health.

I think that eating what gives one energy rather than tiredness and what one feels good about rather than guilty is important. Food definitely affects one's practice according to the suttas because monks only eat within a prescribed time.

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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:04 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby mirco » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:22 pm




Now, then I want to take up the cudgels for .
His work convinced me of the natural need of a wholefoods plant-based diet.

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"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby sphairos » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:38 pm

In order to be a healthy vegetarian you should always be in contact with your doctors - "it is the position of the American Dietetic Association":

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.
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The variability of dietary practices among vegetarians makes individual assessment of dietary adequacy essential. In addition to assessing dietary adequacy, food and nutrition professionals can also play key roles in educating vegetarians about sources of specific nutrients, food purchase and preparation, and dietary modifications to meet their needs."

http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8357
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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby Justsit » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:03 pm

Actually, the ADA article mentions consulting food and dietetic professionals - nothing about "doctors." In the US most family doctors know very little about nutrition in general, and even less about how to eat healthily as a vegetarian or vegan. If you are going to spend $ on diet counseling, you will be better off seeing a dietitian or nutritionist, preferably one who is already vegetarian him/herself.

If you eat a balanced vegetarian diet with a variety of REAL foods, avoid the usual culprits, you should be fine. Do your research and use common sense.

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Postby sphairos » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:05 pm

Dieticians and nutritionist are health care professionals. All health care professionals - at least formally - are doctors/physicians (with an exception to less qualified personnel, like nurses). In most of the world a dietician is in the first place a doctor/physician.
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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby mirco » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:50 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby Ben » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:30 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby dagon » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:10 am

Hi Ben and All

I hope that you don’t mind me drifting the thread a bit.

What is your take on the raw food/cooked food debate; benefits and otherwise in relation to vegetarian and vegan diets.

Metta
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Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Postby Ben » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:53 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Postby Ben » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:30 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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