What you may not know about honey

Interesting article regarding honey

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Nature 199 Honey has been promoted as a beneficial healing food by health seekers for years. But is honey really such a perfect toxin-free food we are so often lead to believe?
The truth is that honey just like sugar contributes to tooth decay, obesity, and other diseases. Like dairy products, honey is defended as a wholesome food. It is a wholesome food for the bees but not for man.
Bees modify the nectar of flowers with formic acid which is produced within their bodies. They regurgitate the honey after mixing. The nectar is usually vomited up several times before being mixed with the bees own preservatives. Bees use various enzymes for producing honey that are unique to meet their own special needs. These changes are not amicable to the metabolism of man.
Often the keepers of bees use poison sprays such as carbolic acid and benzaldehyde and spray it into the…

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Three Weeks a Vegan: The Top 15 Reasons That Lead Me to Change My Lifestyle

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There are a lot of naysayers out there when it comes to the topic of veganism, so I wanted to share with you all some of the top reasons that I decided to make the change.  These are just a few amongst many, many things that led me to switch up how i’m fueling my body.  I’m currently three weeks in and, at this point, despite a rough first week, I wouldn’t go back to eating the way I used to.  I feel so much healthier and more satisfied after I eat than ever before.  Here is a list of the my top reasons I decided to turn vegan.

1. Maintaining a healthy weight: Vegans have lower rates of obesity and typically weigh five to twenty pounds less than their meat eating counterparts.

2. Cholesterol: High cholesterol can lead to a number of serious health conditions, and guess where you get cholesterol from? That’s right! Animal products.  Vegan diets are cholesterol free.

3. Milk: Humans are the only animals that drink another animal’s milk and to drink milk as adults. About 60% of people have trouble digesting milk (myself included).  Cut out the milk, cut out my tummy issues. Dairy products can also trigger acne.

4. Anxiety and Depression:  This was a huge reason for me.  Vegans have a lower incidence of anxiety and depression disorders than meat eaters.  I can say that even in the short 3 weeks I have not been eating any animal products both of those disorders have been greatly improved.

5. Alzheimers Disease:  There is a strong correlation between eating meat and getting Alzheimers. Seeing my grandmother suffer with this horrible affliction I will take any precaution possible to try and reduce my risk for this disease.

6. Heart Disease:  Eating processed meats can increase the risk of death from heart disease by a whopping 72%.

7. Life Span: There was a study in 2002 by the German Cancer Research Center which involved 1900 people, divided into 60 vegans, 1,165 vegetarians; and moderate vegetarians (occasional meat and fish eaters). Studying the mortality rate in comparison to the general population 52 deaths occurred for every 100 reported deaths. The results showed a 50% increase in longevity to male vegetarians and 30% for women.

8. Cancer: There has been a few studies that have came out lately saying a vegetable based diet can halt and in some cases eliminate Cancer. Though some people are saying going vegan is the cure for cancer, I would not be one to say that, as that’s ridiculous. However it is proven to assist in controlling the growth of cancer.

9. Global Warming: The environmental impact of livestock causes more damage than driving cars. Cattle rearing places a major impact on land and water degradation. When emissions from land use are included, the livestock sector accounts for 9% of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, yet it produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65% of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure. And it accounts for respectively 37% of all human-induced methane (23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive system of ruminants, and 64% of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain.

10. World Hunger:  60% of the world’s usable farmland is being stripped and destroyed by live stock. An acre of prime land can produce 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots, 50,000 pounds of tomatoes; but only 250 pounds of beef. It takes 23 gallons of water to produce a pound of lettuce, 33 gallons for carrots, 4 gallons for apples. To produce of pound of Chicken it takes 815 gallons, for pork 1,630 gallons, and for a pound beef 2,500 gallons.

11. Vegan Recipes are Cheap, Plentiful and Tasty:  Vegan diets can be extremely economical. Many vegans center their diet around grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds, all of which can be purchased cheaply in bulk. Buying in-season veggies and fruits is quite easy on your wallet. Eating Vegan on $4 a Day outlines an entire day’s-worth of nutritionally-complete, delicious meals that cost less than a take-out sandwich or double cheeseburger dinner.

12. Veganism is Not a Fad Diet: It may have gained momentum recently as a backbone of certain environmental and health movements, but veganism existed in ancient India and Greece, and is part of many religious beliefs such as Buddhism and Seventh Day Adventists.

13. Vegans Who Eat Well Don’t Need to Buy Extra Supplements: There’s just one: To help with brain and nervous system functions, vitamin B12 is key. Since B12 only occurs naturally in animal-sourced foods, vegans can instead eat fortified nutritional yeast and often sprinkle it over pasta, tofu ricotta, or fresh popcorn for a buttery taste.

14. Increase In Energy:  When following a vegan diet your energy levels tend to be much higher.

15. Avoiding Toxins: (non-organic) meat contains antibiotics, hormones & toxins produced by stress & pesticide residues that become concentrated from all the crops they have eaten.

There you have it, my top 15 reasons for changing over to a vegan lifestyle.  What made you make the switch?  Were you brought up  as a vegan from childhood? Were you looking for a healthier way to live?  Or are you a meat eater who has always wondered about becoming vegan but has yet to take that first step? I’d love to hear from you all! Thanks for reading!

Much Love

Shannon

Kidnapped! – Julia’s Story

This really makes you think. Very frightening and very sad

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Julia Styles was kidnapped as a toddler. Although her basic needs were met, her life was lonely and sad. She was kept locked in a tiny room and wasn’t allowed to do the normal things kids do like make friends, play outside or go to school.

Once Julia reached puberty, her life got worse. She was raped and got pregnant. When she had her baby, she felt immeasurable love for him. For two days she cared for her baby, but then her captors took him away from her. Despite her plea’s, Julia never saw her son again.

Not long after this, Julia was raped again. She had a second child who was also taken from her. Then within months, she was raped yet again. This happened many more times causing immense physical and emotional strain on Julia.

By the time she was 28, Julia looked like an old woman. The physical trauma of her poor…

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My Journey Into Veganism

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Recently, I decided to go vegan.  I didn’t make this decision because of ethical or moral reasons, I made it because I know a few vegans and it honestly interested me.  I’ve read up on some studies that show the benefits of a vegan diet and how it can help diminish certain types of ailments.  I suffer with anxiety and depression and going into this that was my number one objective, to help curb those types of issues.  Currently, i’m a little over two weeks in.  I can’t say it hasn’t been difficult and I can definitely see why people give up on the vegan lifestyle so easily.  There is a lot to learn, and i’m trying my best to make sure i’m eating a balanced, healthy, complete diet.  I learned early on, towards the end of the first week, that I need to be supplementing my B12 since I do not get that from my animal proteins any longer.  The fatigue was incredible, I can’t even describe it, but since adding in a nutritional vega one shake every morning I have been feeling much better. Have any of you out there turned to veganism? I’d love to hear your stories, and I will take any advice that you have to share.  I really want this to become another lifestyle change that I can maintain to get me to where I want to be physically, mentally and emotionally.  I look forward to reading all of your comments, and I will keep you posted on how my journey is going!! 

Much Love

Shannon