It's Not About Deprivation

I had the pleasure of spending time with friends over the past weekend. Every January we get together in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. I'm a breast cancer survivor and one of our friends has multiple sclerosis. Both of us eat a plant based diet for health reasons. He made the switch when he was diagnosed ten years ago and the progression of his disease has been very very slow.

Over the weekend there were several discussions about what we choose to eat. The one thing I observed is that a lot of people look at it as though we are depriving ourselves of something. We are depriving ourselves by not eating meat, eggs, cheese and other animal based foods. I don't look at it as deprivation. Food by definition is any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.

I think what has happened here in the United States is that we look at food more as something we do for pleasure and want to get some...

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Not Getting Enough Sleep?

Do you have a hard time getting to sleep or wake up in the night and can't get back to sleep? You're not alone. Many adults suffer from insomnia. As we age is seems harder and harder to get the quality and quantity of sleep necessary. To maintain a healthy body and mind and promote a state of overall wellness, it is recommended that adults receive 7 hours of sleep a night.

If you want to get a better night's sleep try the following:
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake.
- Turn off the tv, smart phone, tablet and computer at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
- Have the thermostat in the bedroom set at a comfortable temperature. Usually a little cooler is better.
- Do some deep breathing or meditation before going to bed. Stress and anxiety can prevent or obstruct sleep.
- Read or take a warm bath.
- Make sure the room is very dark.
- Use a white noise machine or app, like Sleep Pillow.
- Maintain an aerobic exercise regimen and experiment with the time of day you do it. The particular...

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Body's Ability to Heal Itself

The human body is amazing in it's ability to heal itself. It can be from something as small as a cut finger or broken blood vessel to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Our bodies want to heal themselves and many times they will if given the opportunity and the right circumstances.

It's been proven that a Whole Foods Plant Based diet can prevent many Western illnesses or reverse them if already contracted. I recommend you read How Not To Die by Michael Greger, MD and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD to learn more.

I attended a lecture given by Thomas Campbell on the topic of Diet and Breast Cancer in April of 2017. It lead me to read The China Study, The China Study Solution and How Not To Die. As a breast cancer survivor, it was at that point that I adopted a Whole Foods Plant Based diet.

It also piqued my interest in holistic wellness. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person - body, mind,...

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