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Maintaining a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle

A place where we inspire each other not to fall back after becoming a vegetarian or vegan.

Others fall back after becoming vegetarians, let’s encourage each other with the fact that eating healthy is not just about staying away from the doctor with good health, but to have pure minds which can readily listen to God when He speaks.

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How to afford a vege diet. 2 Replies

Increase your eating of raw, and dont buy prepared foods. learn to cook from scratch if you must have cooked food.Continue

Started by Dennis Dwayne lowrimore. Last reply by Betty Dec 13, 2014.

Cheap and easy vegetarian meals!!! 1 Reply

Save money, save time and eat well in the process. What could be better? Photo: Kelly Rossiter Many of us lead busy lives and everyone, especially those of us with families, is trying to get dinner…Continue

Started by Lutendo Evelyn. Last reply by Betty Jul 19, 2014.

How it happened 8 Replies

can we share our experiences of how we chose to be vegetarians or vegans? And how the journey has been so far?

Started by Lutendo Evelyn. Last reply by Msafiri Msedi Jul 4, 2014.

Butternut Soup recipe

Anyone to share a nice butternut soup recipe?Continue

Started by Lutendo Evelyn Oct 23, 2013.

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Comment by Lutendo Evelyn on June 8, 2016 at 4:39am

Dangers of Fizzy Drinks

Dangers of Fizzy Drinks

Osteoporosis

Studies have shown that regular soda use can lead to a loss of calcium in the urine and may weaken bones over time. Soft drinks typically contain large amounts of phosphates, which cause calcium to be removed from bones, in turn increasing the risk of developing osteoporosis.  

Tooth Decay

Studies consistently show that the high sugar content in soft drinks encourages plaque formation, which is bad for tooth enamel.  The acids that most soft drinks contain can also damage teeth and increase the risk of cavities. Tooth decay is related to the duration of sugar being in contact with the teeth, making soft drink consumption particularly damaging as they are generally slowly sipped which can maintain a sugary environment in the mouth for extended periods of time.

Diabetes and Obesity

Studies have shown that regular consumption of sugary soft drinks can increase a child’s risk of diabetes, both while they’re young and later in life.  Soft drinks are increasingly indicated as being partly responsible for the expanding girth of Western nations.

Some of the specific ingredients suggested to be causing such complications are discussed below…

Phosphoric Acid

This acid can interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones. Phosphoric acid also neutralizes the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can interfere with digestion, making it difficult to utilize nutrients.

Sugar

Sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas have over 100 percent of the normal adult RDA for sugar. In fact, one can of soda typically contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. This is an alarming amount of sugar for a beverage that most often has no nutritional value at all!

Aspartame

This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures.

Caffeine

Caffeinated drinks have a stimulant action and can cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, hyperactivity and other such issues. Most cola drinks contain about 30-50 mg of caffeine. Caffeine is also a diuretic, so it can sometimes cause dehydration.

 

Article by Renée Leonard-Stainton, Naturopath & Nutritionist

Renée Naturally – www.reneenaturally.com

Comment by Betty on October 25, 2014 at 9:59am

Thanks for your information about Apple cider vinegar.

Comment by Lutendo Evelyn on July 4, 2014 at 5:05am
15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day

1. Apple cider vinegar can detoxify your home.

It's made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It's then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.

2. It can make your hair shine.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair's body and shine. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for dramatic results.

3. Natural apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skin.

Dilute ACV with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.

It's also a recommended agent for warts. For warts, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn't return.

4. It can remove stains from teeth.

Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.

5. It can soothe sunburnt skin.

Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.

6. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural aftershave.

Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.

7. It's an all-natural massage treatment.

Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.

8. Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss.

For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).

In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.

9. Apple cider vinegar will balance your entire inner body system.

The body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip some a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.

10. It can help you detox.

As part of balancing the body's pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.

11. ACV is great for your lymphatic system.

This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.

12. It can help your body get rid of candida.

This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.

13. ACV can help you reduce heartburn.

Though it might seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. Note that apple cider vinegar will not give relief if you have an ulcer.

14. The use of apple cider vinegar is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.

One part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in generously to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.

15. It's an all-natural room freshener.

Apple cider vinegar will clean your toilets and leave your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.

As you can see, apple cider vinegar is a miracle product that can be used in a multitude of ways. I highly recommend its use!
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5875/15-Reasons-to-Use-Apple-Cider-V...
Comment by Julia Brown on April 19, 2014 at 4:05am

In an ever changing world, circumstances play a big part in maintaining a healthy diet. Who knows from one day to the next what we will face. As natural disasters become more frequent we could suddenly one day find ourselves with a limited food supply. While we have a choice to eat healthy we should take advantage of what is available to us but also have in mind that in these last days God needs us to be vigilant about following Him who according to His will ultimately sustains us and would carry us through any season of famine in order to achieve His purposes.

Comment by Eric K Chomba on January 28, 2014 at 5:51am

am proud to be vegan

Comment by Lutendo Evelyn on December 8, 2013 at 11:33am
I agree, you can eliminate meat bit by bit, replacing meat with soya or other good protein products.
Comment by Proud on December 6, 2013 at 1:47am

Hie am not currently vegetarian but would love to, so would make use of all the help I can get

Comment by Lutendo Evelyn on October 31, 2013 at 2:08am

I totally agree, temperance in everything is very important.

Comment by Jason M. on October 30, 2013 at 6:36pm

Yes like your post Benjamin, you are spot on. we are called to  live the healthiest lives possible which may entail  not eating meat, cheese, milk, butter and so forth but we are not to stave our bodies of the required nutrients as some vegans do.    

Comment by Benjamin Anathoth on October 30, 2013 at 6:19pm

SDA first of all are not called to be vegans, or even worst vegetarians. It is a health message. They are true health reformers. It encompasses dress, rest, recreation, diet and all that that includes etc... The right arm is not about not eating meat. its far greater. most of us who are "vegetarians" and "vegans" tend to eat everything that is not meat, and are in terrible physical shape. in many cases worst than our meat eating brethren  

 

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