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Choose the Wrong Carbs and Risk Your Health

We’ve all been there. We’ve just come in from a long day at work and the last thing on our minds taking the time to prepare a healthy, nutritionally sound vegetarian meal.  However choosing a refined or enriched carbohydrate over the beneficial carbohydrates that a solid, well-balanced vegetarian diet offers defeats the purpose of your decision to live a vegetarian lifestyle, and that is for optimal health.  Consuming refined carbohydrates presents different hazards to your health.

The over-consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars can result in excess insulin in the bloodstream. In the presence of excess insulin, glucose, the blood sugar, is converted to triglycerides and stored in the fat cells of the body.
According to one study, consuming refined grains may also increase your risk of getting stomach cancer. The research found that a high intake of refined grains could increase a patient’s risk of stomach cancer.

Furthermore, refined sugars and carbohydrates have been implicated as a contributing factor in increased gallbladder disease, according to a recent study.  It showed a direct link between the amount of sugars eaten and the incidence of gallbladder disease. Another study looked at the role carbohydrates play in the incidence of heart disease. The researchers noted that as carbohydrate consumption increased, so did the level of triglycerides in the blood of the participants. Diets low in fat and high in carbohydrates not only dramatically raised triglyceride levels but significantly reduced levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol.

And lastly, refined white sugars increase the rate at which your body excretes calcium, which is directly connected to your skeletal health.  Simply put, as your sugary and refined carbohydrate intake increases, your bone density decreases.
So don’t be lazy! Do your body right and take the time to prepare a nutrient-dense and delicious vegetarian meal.  Your body, and your conscience, will thank you for it in the long run.

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Seriously I like Taste

I am starting to think that many non-vegetarian Chefs believe that meatless people have no taste bud.  I actually don’t blame this on the chefs – just on my veterans and elder vegetarians who accepted the tasteless crap that is presented to them as vegetarian food.

For example I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant Monday and it still bothering me. I know the cook and everything that she cook is great.  Her Sous Chef and Line Cooks are well-trained and constant. The food preparation is always pleasing to the eyes and taste bud. The place is a 4.5 Stars in my book. If they would fix that ugly men comfort room they would get a solid 5 Stars.

Back to the point here. I have not been in the restaurant since I decided to change my dietary lifestyle. The waitresses and owner were happy to see us and the Chef herself even came out to see how we were doing. Wow, we felt like honored guests.

I think I can write about two pages about what happen next but that would be “venting.”  Simply put I really don’t have time for wasting your or my time.

The lesson I learned is that if you don’t talk to the Chef you are going to get what they think taste good to vegetarian.  When I asked her why was my rice non-appealing and my vegetable dish was over cooked while my wife rice was delicious to my eyes.  I quote, “No one else every complained….I thought that is how….”  I am not going to vent, I am not going to vent….

Tell me how can a 18 year with no professional training can bet a twenty-eight years veteran chef?  Easy because no one has ever said anything to that twenty-eight year experience chef.  I know there are good vegetarian meals out there because I have been reading blogs like the Fat Free Vagan, Seitan is my Motor, or Cooking Vegan with Soul and other blogs and websites that prove it.

So the next time you go to ‘any’ restaurant and they present you with not so appealing and tasteless food.  Corrected them because they have been mislead into thinking we as a group have no tasted buds or appreciation of good food.  If you can’t do this for yourself do it for me because I can assure you that if you walk into a restaurant that I have eaten in they will know.  I can’t promise you that they will do anything about it but if enough people say something I think we will be seeing more tasty food.

Stop being passive and starting being passionate with your life – enjoy it and live it.

Rough Weekend…Seitan Wins

I had stopped counting the days of being meatless awhile back.   But this weekend was a killer because I grilled some meat and veggie for my wife.

That meat was looking and smelling good. My eyes wanted “just a taste” but my mouth and brain was screaming “NO!!!”  So, I took a photo instead.

I don’t know if I am a Vegetarian but I do know that I am meatless.  I can not honestly write that I will never put a piece of meat in my mouth.  I can write honestly that I have no taste for meat.  I don’t crave meat. What I am craving is for a nice big slice of a New York style cheese cake with strawberries or blueberries.

I guess I am going to have to learn how to eat mushrooms and seitan.  I wonder if I can get some good grill marks on them?

 

 

Stop being passive and starting being passionate with your life – enjoy it and live it.

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I find it strange as to how many believe that not eating meat is a joke and they want me to not succeed.  “Where are you getting your protein from?”  “I just don’t see how you can do that.” As if ‘that’ is a bad thing.  “You need some meat – just a little.” “Don’t you want to try this?”

I need to make a major and defining point here. I am a lover of good food and going meatless does not mean that I have to go dull and boring. I am not a Vegetarian yet.  I am just meatless. Just because you are weak does not make me weak and I wish people will stop trying to pull me back into their world. I am not trying to loose weight I have just change my eating habit for the better and healthy life.  And YES I am getting plenty of protein without all the bad effects of meat.

I am meatless because I choose to be meatless because my health requires it.

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