Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Eight Things People with Dementia Should Avoid

By Esther Dacamay

Proper nutrition is the building block for which our bodies fight disease. Therefore, it only stands to reason that knowing what NOT to eat as well as how NOT to prepare your food is the first step in fighting the affects of Dementia. These eight steps can assist you in deciding what you should and shouldn't put in your mouth.

1) DON'T Drink Milk! - Dementia patients should eliminate all dairy milk from the diet and instead, consume milk made from goats, soy, rice or almonds.

2) No Beef - People with Dementia should eliminate red meat as well as all processed meats such as sausage and hot dogs. In their place, you can partake in plant based sources such as soy or alfalfa sprouts and fish. Fish like tuna, sardines, salmon and cod carry high quality Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are beneficial to the body.

3) Extra Crispy? - Although the extra crispy chicken from KFC might taste real good, its best to avoid all fast foods and fried foods altogether. They contain too many free-radical-forming agents because of the type of oil it is deep-fried in.

4) Happy Hour! - Reduce your consumption of alcohol. If you are a non-drinker or just a social drinker (only once or twice a month), there are studies that were conducted in France that showed that light alcohol consumption of red wine once or twice a day proved successful in lowering stress levels due to the noted antioxidant activity of the oligomeric proanthocyanidin substances found in the wine.

5) No Refined or Man Made Sugar - Eliminate sugar found commonly in donuts, cookies and cakes as well as sugar substitutes such as aspartame, NutraSweet, equal and saccharin.

6) No Red Vines! - If you're a fan of the bitter-tart taste of licorice, youre out of luck. This candy potentiates cortisol and compromises potassium intake, which can lead to hypokalemia.

7) Don't Worry, Be Happy! - Avoid stress at all times, for cortisol, as mentioned above, compromises potassium intake. Speaking of stress, dont place undue stress on the immune system by consuming alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, white sugar, processed foods and red meat.

8) No Aluminum! - Don't cook with any materials made from aluminum. That means no pots, pans or ladles made with aluminum. There has been significant speculation that an intake of aluminum from foods, antacids, cookware or antiperspirants may play a role in contracting Alzheimers disease, a cortical type of dementia.

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