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What If The Whole World Went Vegan

In this episode of The Exam Room™ podcast, Neal Barnard, M.D., joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to discuss the enormous environmental implications of adopting a plant-based diet. Thirty percent of total greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to food production, with animal products accounting for the majority of that, according to leading scientific researchers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! For the full episode, listen at PCRM.org/Podcast or your favorite podcast provider!

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HOW DO VEGANS GET PROTEIN? | top vegan protein sources | part 1

HOW DO VEGANS GET PROTEIN? Here are some of Nisha’s favorite protein sources for vegans and non-vegans and tips on how to prepare these foods. To Find out, watch the Video above

NISHA VORA is a food blogger, photographer, and stylist. After graduating from Harvard Law School and working as a lawyer for four years, she eventually switched her career by turning in her lawbooks for cookbooks and launched RainbowPlantLife, a popular vegan Instagram account, blog, and YouTube channel. Nisha is a Californian at heart but has lived in New York City for the last six years, where she resides with her partner in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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WHAT I EAT FOR BREAKFAST | Dr. Esselstyn & Other Plant-Based Docs

Dr. Shireen Kassam, MBBS, FRCPATH, PhD :
“There’s a breakfast I think … there’s got to be one best breakfast which has to be oats, whether it’s hot cooked oats or whether it’s overnight cold soaked oats and steel-cut whole oats, which then eaten with some sort of fruit like berries and has some additions like flax seeds or hemp so I think you can’t go wrong if you eat oats berries and some sort of seed for breakfast.”

Dr. Cyrus Khambatta, PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, Co-Founder of Mastering Diabetes :
“My favourite plant-based meal of all time, is an a large acai bowl. So, in that bowl what I usually do is take a acai packet frozen acai packet and I blend it with something like bananas … then it turns into this sort of soft-serve thick ice cream consistency and then on top of that I will add a bunch of fruit all that Mangos all that Papayas a lot bananas all that dates on top of that and it tastes great it’s nice and cold it’s super refreshing and it’s very satisfying.”

Dr.Mahesh Shah, General Practitioner
“Only there’s great lots of fiber, lots of minerals and vitamins, but I sprinkled flax seeds on it which are great for your Omega 3, chia seeds … Again, great for Omega 3, hemp seeds great for protein and omega-3 as well and some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. And then I like to put a little bit of date sugar on top as well, just to give it that slight sweet taste and maybe a bit of cinnamon as well.”

Dr Pamela Popper, PhD, President of
Wellness Forum Health:
“My favorite breakfast, but it’s not only my favourite breakfast it’s what I eat like a 363 days out of 365 I make a smoothie that we have the ingredients here it has almond milk and vegetable powers and banana and frozen fruit and ground flaxseeds and food grade green tea tbsp of overseas and then I have with that it’s a nice great big 20 ounces 14 grams of fiber kind of thing and then I have two pieces of Ezekiel bread toast with fat-free hummus and it’s a lot of calories but it gets me through the morning exercise and keeps my blood glucose levels for you know even for a real long time so that’s my favorite breakfast.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Author of
Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease:
“For breakfast, I almost always will have old-fashioned Quaker Oats with raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries some raisins a banana and then some oat milk I felt like that really holds me

Dr. Joel Kahn, MD – Cardiologist
“The data has been reasonably strong that breakfast isn’t a meal you should skip. So, one line permits, it’s gonna be a big bowl of oatmeal, it’s gonna be some fresh blueberries, maybe frozen, it’s gonna be walnuts, it’s gonna be the spices I love.
I’m gonna put cinnamon and go put nutmeg, I’m gonna put all spice. I’m gonna put ground cloves, maybe some cacao nibs and it’s gonna be thick and just wonderful.”

Dr Dean Sherzai, MD,
Former Health Minister:
“And you know, everybody says steel cut oats and and berries so yeah definitely that’s a major car but we have vegan pancakes and you know we have vegan cheese with bread and we have we love having potatoes with all kind of garnishing on it for breakfast the choices are so many and we have two kids a 13 year old and an 11 year old and out our our game is that every day we would have something different ”

Dr. Ayesha Sherzai, MD, Physician:
“My favorite breakfast recipe is tofu scramble. We eat a lot of tofu which is an excellent plant-based protein and the way I make it is, you know I make it very spicy. I lived in India, I have, I have this .. this love for spices and we cook it with onions and garlic and turmeric and paprika and coriander and cumin. We eat it as is, with some baked potatoes sometimes or we roll it up in a whole-wheat tortilla as a tofu scramble burrito and I think. that’s my favorite breakfast.”

Dr Robert Ostfeld, MD, Cardiologist:
“So, my breakfast usually is one of two things. Not now, the overarching theme is, I want it to be quick and easy. So I’ll have the giant ball of oatmeal sometimes I’ll have two .. or a smoothie and the smoothie I’ll toss in like a ton ton of greens a ton of frozen fruit and I’ll just I’ll literally drink an entire Vitamix full

Dr Michelle McMacken, MD, Assistent Professor of Medicin, NYU
“What I eat many many many days of my life is overnight oats. and the way I make overnight oats is I take old-fashioned rolled oats I add either almond milk or soy milk that’s unsweetened I like to add frozen berries and it’s delicious it’s filling it’s filled with fiber it’s filled with antioxidants and Phytonutrients and it keeps me going all morning while I’m seeing patients

Dr. Barry Gritz, MD, American Board Of Psychiatry and Neurology
“I have found a place around town that actually has amazing vegan burritos, I mean beautiful scrambled tofu with an ancho chili dip that might be something I might have for breakfast.”

Dr. Celeste Palmer, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician:
“it is green season, so in the garden we have collard greens kale arugula and so I use those in the smoothie with lemon apple pears, some dates, regular water or coconut water and that’s what I drink on my way into work.”

Dr Roxanne Georg, MD, FAAP,
“My favorite, by far is probably like ..you know .. plant-based cliche but, avocado toast with some tomatoes and salt and pepper and nutritional yeast. I put a little bit of like help seasoning on there, so I get a little bit of my iodine dose for, you know, the week.”

Dr Brooke Goldner, MD,
Board Certified Physician :
“So I have my husband and two sons and we all drink green smoothies for breakfast right now. I mean, for the past, I’d say a year two at least, we’ve had the favorite one of the family, which is Green’s from Costco, so it’s just a mix of greens kale spinach all that stuff, flax or chia seeds, depending what was on sale. And then, mango pineapple and really ripe bananas and water and we blend those up and we all just chug them down.”

Dr. Martica Heaner, PhD,
Exercise Physiologist:
“Sometimes, when I’m feeling .. you know, a little bit more .. wavering towards a junk food breakfast, I’ll make some grits. I am from the south and so I’ll take some grits which is, you know, made from corn and I will add some nutritional yeast and some jalapenos and salt and pepper and it’s delicious. The nutritional yeast gives it a little bit of a cheesy flavor and of course the jalapeno spices it up and then a lot of times, obviously, it leftover so I might have some .. you know, veggies or pasta or something. So that’s what I eat for breakfast .”

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Raw Vegan on a Budget | Zero Waste Shopping at TARGET

All right, we’re going to talk get we’re shopping zero-waste vegan I want fruit I’m really just curious honestly with this trip on how target is what they’re packaging I know it’s cheap you know they have a lot of packaged goods a lot of processed food and that sort of thing you know shout out to all my patreon supporters wouldn’t be here without you guys much love I really really appreciate it so yeah let’s grab a car you know think gotta have these bags right I mean that’s really a bonus just in itself being here with the bags I know a lot of people from get them at home including myself so alright guys this is the produce section of Target all right this is it I just want to take a moment right here to recognize like it’s just a real small section so we’re lucky to get anything here and support Target please go to Target instead of blah blah just a side note so yeah we’re looking for anything organic you know I come from a background of a farmer I really have a good eye for organic fruit and vegetables this is my life guys I’ve been doing this for over 10 years and this is the gold mine right here dollar 39 for two pounds and like I said I’m kind of like a you know fruit snob to be honest so I I’m pretty particular the fruit that II and you know in LA there’s really not a lot of options when it comes to fruits so this is what we’re dealing with so I’m doing all doing our best just remember that so this is bananas to two pounds again for a dollar thirty nine I think like 5 bunches here and it’s really the best so I can’t think of anything else that doesn’t have any packaging let’s see we got you know a couple of akkad those potatoes onions you know they have a little bit here but not much so the bummer is this is all conventional to only thing I found in organic was like these potatoes you know what a bag such it’s not the best obviously they want to get everything loose couple sweet potatoes that’s nice but again it’s just not the best quality so you know that I’m not running you know this videos internet like down talk target anyway this is ten times better than eating anything processed or you know obviously dairy or meat products so you know just do your best just gentle reminder there pineapples I mean look on green and just you know that’s how it goes great fruit not too bad and this little section is pretty much it when it comes to zero waste more bags okay I mean these navel oranges are looking pretty decent that apples are just so glossy though I mean look at all that wax it’s ridiculous so just be mindful of that and again look at these cuties wax wax I mean don’t buy this food please do not buy that stuff vegan stuff is really really coming into I’m really surprised to see me echoes butter here good kimchi you know a little organic tofu stuff field roast I mean $5.99 come on guys cool seitan stuff like that it’s just really cool to see here the packaging though I mean on the asparagus and just the veggies man it was really heartbreaking so something as simple as like an individual zucchini you know completely covered in plastic but that’s you know we’re all doing our best again so it’s still organic and it’s it is what it is guys we have this bell pepper man these are looks so bomb – and they’re just too bad that they’re inside this plastic packaging all right over to the frozen food man I love the Wyman’s wild blueberries they’re on sale for $8.99 I’ve got a little bit frozen fruit smoothies organic strawberries here organic I think is like ten bucks I got a bag of those and I believe just bananas you know like that’s honestly the best stuff I found here and this is a budget guys this is Ravi King on a budget so if you’re a hundred percent raw this is the way to go no excuses target is your best option I mean look at that seven dollars for what two four six eight ten pounds of food right so I mean that’s ten thousand calories you know pound for pound at that price is still the best food in my opinion so that’s the target video that’s you know my opinion the best thing we can do for zero waste vegan vegan fruit-based living everyone thank you so much for supporting the channel I really really appreciate it thank you for taking the time to just hit that subscribe button right here below again I really really appreciate your energy and you taking the time to watch this video guys much love enjoy the rest your day

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3 NUTRITION STUDIES THAT WILL TURN YOU VEGAN OVERNIGHT

I want to share with you some results from a very important series of studies in 2003 the National Institutes of Health funded the Physicians Committee to study head-to-head a low-fat vegan diet and a more conventional diabetes diet for people who had type 2 diabetes up until that point people were saying okay well if you have diabetes that means there’s too much sugar in the blood don’t eat sugar don’t need too much carbohydrate that turns to sugar if you need to lose weight cut calories that was the conventional diet we wanted to see if a completely plant-based diet a vegan diet with no limit on calories no limit on carbohydrates would be as effective or maybe even more effective than the conventional diet well in 2006 we published the first results and what we found was astounding when you looked at people who made no changes in their medications at all the people who went on the conventional diet they did well the measure we use is called a1c hemoglobin a1c is a measure of your blood glucose control for about a three month period and for them it improved by about 0.4 absolute percentage points that’s good but for the vegan group it dropped three times more by one point two absolute percentage points that’s like a real heat crate pharmaceutical I have to say but except instead of being a pharmaceutical it was all food so the vegan diet was dramatically effective the next question was what happens when people follow it over the long term so in 2009 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition we published the long-term results and what we found was that with a conventional diet people tended to get back to where they started but with the vegan diet there was a little bit of give back but they were still healthier after the follow-up period than they were at the beginning dr. Esselstyn is a surgeon but as he will tell you he would rather not have to operate on people at all he’d rather get to the cause of their disease and so what he tackled was heart disease he brought in people who had existing heart disease and and I’m not talking about I’ve got a high cholesterol level I’m at risk these were people who had heart disease now they were at risk of premature death and many of them were on medications a list as long as your arm and what he said is let’s go to the cause the causes the cholesterol the animal fat that’s in meat and dairy products even fish he throw those threw those off the plate completely so this was a completely vegan diet and over time he found that as people are getting away from those foods and they’re enjoying the greens and the beans and the healthy vegan foods that have no cholesterol and no animal fat something happened in their bodies not only was their cholesterol level falling their blood pressure improving their weight melting away but the arteries were starting to open up again their chest pain melted away and instead of being at risk of premature death they were really living again and dr. Esselstyn showed that when people adhere to this program they become just about bulletproof so people may need medical treatments of all kinds but treatment number one is a healthy diet and that’s what dr. Esselstyn proved I want to share with you the results of a really important research study it was done by dr. Dean Ornish now you know dr. Ornish as the medical genius who showed that you can reverse heart disease through a program of lifestyle changes including a healthy diet well he then set his sights on prostate cancer as you know it’s a big killer of men particularly in their later years so what dr. Ornish did was he brought in a group of men and half of them were in the control group getting the treatments their doctors recommended the other half began a completely vegan diet it’s good for your heart will it be good for cancer now what he found was that among the people who were in the control group about six of them couldn’t wait anymore they had to go ahead and have treatment before the study was over I mean they had to have surgery or they had to have radiation because their cancer was progressing too quickly but in the vegan group nobody needed treatment in this year-long study because they were tracking their blood tests their PSA prostate specific antigen showed that their cancer wasn’t progressing in fact for them their PSA levels actually dropped by about 4% overall over the course of the year so it looks like a healthy plant-based diet isn’t just great for your heart it’s also good for cancer prevention and for cancer survival

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The Science of Vegan Fat Loss

Hey it’s Mike here and today fat loss particularly the science of why a vegan diet gives you a major advantage in achieving a healthier less disease promoting body composition and what I’m most excited about is that we’re going to cover a little-known compound which is essentially an appetite off switch which is pretty much missing from everybody that eats a Western diet system we’ll look at research on how that switch actually reduces desire for high energy foods how to turn that switch on and so much more all with some epidemiology sprinkled in now first I want to mention that fat loss is a sensitive subject and that’s why I want to look at this from more of a public health angle this isn’t about aesthetics this isn’t about being hot this is about increasing the amount of years that you could have where your quality of life is good where you’re mobile and so forth so let’s go now for some background I could go on and on and on about obesity statistics but something that’s still lesser-known among people is that vegans average normal BMI in terms of Western groups they’re the only diet group to do so and that’s been shown in the epidemiology both in the UK and the US so it’s across the board but what’s probably more amazing is all the clinical trials on ad libitum vegan diets that result in weight loss ad libitum meaning eating as much as you want of course these aren’t processed foods from this one we see a notable weight loss after just seven days and from this study the broad study what the authors described as the most effective weight loss diet at six and twelve months without restricting calories or adding exercise which is incredible and for some grade-a anecdotes I know several people who have lost over a hundred pounds on a vegan diet but focusing back on the studies because that’s what really matters this isn’t just theory we’re talking about this is a measurable reality so why what’s going on here I want to emphasize that this isn’t the main force at work here but vegans do have some basic behavioral advantages if you’re just walking into a gas station going to a party going anywhere the chances of a vegan being able to eat cake is just way lower in the words of Marie Antoinette let them eat cake unless they are vegan then though that is changing vegan junk foods and snack foods are becoming much more ubiquitous but the main difference here is the attributes the qualities of the foods that are making it into vegans mouths first other people and possibly the most power full body trimming tool in the vegan diet other than maybe just relinquishing all animal fat is fiber I know it’s just fiber yeah we’ll get to the exciting appetite switch stuff in a second but first we got to cover the basics firstly in the u.s. about 97% of people do not get enough fiber according to the Institute of Medicine they are fiber deficient and this is such a simple point but fiber rich foods have more volume for the amount of calories they have and so if we’re zooming in on the stomach we have this network of neurons wrapping around our stomach that go oh I’ve eaten enough volume my stomach is getting full then it sends signals to your brain and says don’t eat anymore and across-the-board animal products are high in energy and fat and low in volume they are devoid of fiber and therefore it takes a lot more to fill up your stomach and tell your brain that you’re full but a diet high in fiber is what our stomach what our whole system is used to from this study quote evidence suggests that for most of history the human lineage consumed more indigestible plant material such as grasses sedges and tubers than is present in a typical western style diet over hundred grams per day of dietary fiber compared with less than 15 grams per day in the average modern day diet but our body’s appetite system is much more complicated than just how expanded our stomach is and how hungry are throughout the day depends on a lot of things and that brings me to that appetite switch that I talked about at the beginning of the video and it is propionate be amazed it is a short chain fatty acid which is ironic because it prevents fat gain which is created as a result of your gut bacteria breaking down fiber I know it’s kind of a weird word propionate my name is nate propia Nate hey man I just wanna let you know I’m a pro oh yeah pro what PIA Nate yeah like a pianist you play the piano no a pro Pia Nate okay now you’ll never forget this word cuz that’s how you remember things make them weird that’s how they when memory competitions from this study quote in humans increased colonic production of the short chain fatty acid propionate acutely reduces energy intake so how does it actually work though well you eat some fiber the little microbes in your gut digest it they spit out propionate propionate eventually signals the appetite centers of your brain the hypothalamus that you are less hungry saying what are your fall now and from this study you can actually take an MRI do a brain scan of somebody and measure the increase in signals to the hypothalamus the appetite center of the brain after eating fiber further suggesting a satiating effect so it appears that this is just part of our natural appetite regulation system from eating so much fiber throughout human history that fiber meant food but for the average modern person it’s as if we have just taken that out extracted that system and people are just missing it it’s almost akin to surgically removing all those nerves around your stomach just removing a part of the you get what I’m talking about back to that study most amazingly propionate was shown to reduce calorie consumption by about 14% at a buffet meal America needs this America needs propionate propaganda 2020 seriously if that rate of calorie reduction can be extrapolated to all of the u.s. then we would bring our calorie consumption back to like 80s levels and looking at this familiar map it’d be like rewinding it back to about here and that is a very different United States but the fascinating wonders of propionate don’t stop there it also has to do with our reward system and food desire this study found that after giving people appropiate their brain reacted less dramatically to high energy foods so comparing say chili cheese dogs to cucumbers with the propionate that the difference was less dramatic from the researchers quote our results suggest that colonic propionate production may play an important role in attenuating reward based eating behaviors because propionate works with the reward system in this way it definitely has some implications for food addiction and binge eating simply put if you’ve had enough fiber in the last 24 hours then you’re gonna be less likely to crave these unhealthy foods less likely to reach for foods that you’re addicted to foods that you don’t actually want to eat and I want to emphasize that this isn’t cutting off people’s appetite to some unhealthy degree this is just resetting the system to where it’s supposed to be now I want to address a concern that I get really whenever I talk about vegan diet and weight loss on this channel which is completely understandable because statistically there gonna be some more robust vegans and obviously it’s pretty frustrating probably to watch me just talk about how a vegan diet leads to weight loss all the time when it may be din for somebody but let’s investigate this firstly not all vegan foods are created equal we have the health foods we have the less healthy foods and I want to emphasize just how dramatic that difference is we can simply compare corn tortillas regular tortillas to corn chips which are really sliced up tortillas with oil ok corn tortilla without oil is 11 percent of total calories from fat and one ounce is about 60 calories well a corn chip corn with oil is 55 percent of calories from fat and one ounce is over a hundred and fifty calories that’s like three times as many calories once again I have to say it’s not a health food in theory you could eat almost three times as many corn chips as regular corn tortillas until you get the same appetite triggers until you get the same amount of fiber and so forth and this principle of oil plus food equals just way way way more calories applies to all sorts of foods just cooking foods and oils fries are just potatoes with oil I’m getting really heated about this and maybe you do require a higher fat food to feel completely satiated whether you are a vegan coming off a standard American diet and so let’s compare some whole plant high-fat foods vers some animal foods for example let’s just compare one ounce of avocado verse one ounce of cheddar cheese America’s favorite cheese wouldn’t that be American cheese the avocado actually has 60% less calories per ounce than the cheese despite having a higher total fat content in terms of macronutrients in terms of the total percentage of calories from fat which is actually 77% because of the fiber and because of the water so not to be a broken record but once again whole plant foods are just the best and moving on to a major concern I just talked so much about how great fiber is but a lot of people go oh my god if I eat more fiber than I’m gonna get stomach issues and bloating and stomach pains and so forth I do have a whole video dedicated to reducing bloating when transitioning to a vegan diet but I have some new information particularly from gastroenterologist dr. Angie sadeghi she was Leon the nutrition rounds podcast a new podcast you should definitely check out and she made some points that really really made me think first of all she’s just a living example of somebody that did lose weight and get super fit going on a plant-based diet the images speak for themselves but the point here is that if you want to dodge getting an upset stomach from fibre when you’re transitioning not only do you need to ramp up the amount of fiber that you eat but you also need to diversify the sources of that fiber and the reason for that is that we have a ton of different types of bacteria and they all eat different things and so if you have a limited amount of pinto bean eating bacteria then maybe you eat a ton of those pinto beans and you end up with a bunch of undigested material and gas and so forth but if you split the same amount of fiber in those pinto beans between yams and maybe lentils and veggies then you’re gonna have a bunch of different bacteria that could do the job hopefully she also mentioned upping the types of plants that you already eat because you probably already have the bacteria to digest those and that way you can eat more fiber without having a reaction in the end as a nation and a Western society in general we definitely need to eat more fiber to tell our stomach when it’s fall as well as to get that propionate and make those propionate gains and all I think willpower around diet is a subject for an entirely different video at least propionate gives you a little bit of an advantage in terms of how much you’re craving those high-fat foods those foods that are not good for you in the end it’s about your body using its natural satiation system to know when to stop eating and I’ll go ahead and throw my bloating prevention video in there because there are a ton of points I didn’t even talk about in that video and let me know down below if you have any video suggestions I’m gonna try and crank out some extra videos through January cuz that’s when a lot of people are like I’m gonna do it I’m gonna go vegan

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Meat Lovers Try Vegan Diets For A Week

Jose and I are looking at the email the things we can’t eat can’t eat eggs oh I [Music] really like any type of food except for like really really vegetable Hanabi food I’m not used to looking at labels and get like a lot of knowledge and the like what goes into foods and if you complain my diets better after this and hopefully I learn how to cook something I’ve just been on this like journey of having like healthy relationships with myself food and exercise and I’m just excited to like start something new and do it and that healthy positive mental space we’re going on our first grocery mission I don’t know what to look for maybe we’ll just go to what we normally get and then look for options I made it to the fruit section which we can guarantee is beacon I found some mate listen I’m here for sausage not in my sexual life just in this life we’re going for the safe option safe option probably not that healthy but alright let’s try this vegan sausage put some mustard on it that’s vegan to consistency a little questionable but taste very good oh my god actually kind of tastes like sausage we have a little meeting today and here’s all the food that I can eat alright so we had catered lunch today and there was tons of sandwiches all of which had meat except one and as tofu I do not like tofu but I’m sticking it out today Oh me and my friend were talking and she’s vegan she was saying how like she gets annoyed when people do this because he will like starve and just don’t end up eating because they can’t eat anything and so I’ve really been making it a priority to make sure I’m not starving and I’m not I feel very full and I’m eating vegetables and I’m eating fruits and I feel good so I’m facetiming my boyfriend and he’s eating eggs I’m really jealous that looks really good right now so today I realized that not all vegan food is healthy I know that’s kind of dumb to realize I snacked a lot I had Oreos I had chips there was a lot of things you can’t eat when you’re vegan and not all of them are great for you so I think from now on I kind of just need to watch myself make sure I’m just getting like the nutrients I need so it’s about 2:30 a.m. usually right now I would make an egg sandwich with cheese but I can’t so my lunch today is sausage list sausage and broccoli I’m at the mall and I keep smelling Wetzel’s freakin pretzels and I can’t eat it and it’s killing me we are on our way to go to an all vegan restaurant we’re here we look at the menus the best part of this is that we can just choose whatever [Music] so after being vegan for a week I’ve realized that it’s truly like amazing got meatless meat options it still made me feel like I was eating me but I felt better about it honestly because I knew I wasn’t eating animals I think it really just opened my eyes to the fact that like I just need to start reading my labels of the things I eat because honestly the things not even are good to eat that don’t have vegan stuff in it I’m like oh my god they have this amount of sugar and other things that I should be looking at and paying attention to I’m really glad I did this challenge and from that one I can definitely see myself exploring a lot more options on the food so yes I will be continuing some vegan habits but also yes I am driving to Korean barbecue at this very moment, I just say today

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3 Easy Ways to Ensure Your Long Term Success on a Raw Vegan Diet

Alright! This is John Kohler with okraw.com today with
another exciting episode for you and we have very special interview for you guys today
got my friend dr. Rick Dina who’s been on a raw vegan diet now
for 29 years. He actually started in 1987 and I myself have
been doing a raw vegan plant-based diet now since 1995 so I’m going into my 21st year
this year and we’re going to talk about a topic that’s important to the both of us,
is how do you maintain and stay raw for a long period of time? You know you might see other You Tubers on
YouTube that have been doing it 6 months a couple 2, 1 year 3 years and giving all these
tips but I really want to give you guys good solid information from people that have been
really been doing this a long time and have a lot more experience that you could really
learn from, grow from and benefit from. So we are going to ask Dr Rick and he will
share with you guys the top 3 ways how you can stay raw for the long term, so Dr Rick
what are these 3 ways that people need to know? Dr Rick: Well alright I’m borrowing some
information from a telesummit my wife Dr Karen Dina and I gave a little while ago on the
exact same topic how to stay raw over the long term? And we’ve got three basic reasons and you
could go into a lot more details with each of those reasons. Number 1 is motivation, people have to find
what motivates them and so the thing is, if you’re if you’re going along eating pizza
and cheeseburgers eating your donuts and everything’s good life’s great, why give up all the stuff
that you like? There’s no reason to so people find all sorts
of different incentives and reasons why they want to make some dietary changes in the first
place and those have to be compelling enough to get you to try something different and
learn some new things and give up some stuff that you used to like. So for a lot of people health is the main
reason so course weight loss is huge almost everybody out there in the world so many people
need to lose weight and literally it’s growing all the time in terms of the percentage of
our population that’s overweight so I mean a healthfully implemented raw food diet can
do that so well and I do say healthfully implemented cause there’s a lot of kind of raw food diets
out there that people gain weight on so fruit and vegetable based logical sensible good
education although that’s coming up in a minute. So people want to lose weight. People often time want to increase their athletic
performance I mean that’s huge God I’ve had so many people I’ve consulted with that
have said they have start eating more fruits and vegetables and their marathon times are
decreasing and they were recovering faster from the workouts and all sorts of stuff like
that. Sometimes people also noticed that their brain
capacity is improved it is dramatically better so for example my father-in-law is 90 years
old and my wife Dr Karen isn’t here right now because she is helping him out. She flew across the country and his brain
is functioning better now at 90 then it was previously at 85 and so she really helped
him make some major changes in his diet even though he’s not doing nearly as much as we’d
like him too he’s included more fruits and vegetables and it’s made a big difference
in how quick his mind is and how sharp he is and he’s still living on his own and it’s
his friends and neighbours are pretty convinced that if it weren’t for her help he wouldn’t
be on his own and he probably wouldn’t still be with us. So a lot of us have noticed that our brains
are the clearest when we are eating the healthiest. Lot of times people find for example you’ll
see a lot of yoga people who eat a raw food diet there’s a big connection there because
number 1 they’re interested in athletic performance and flexibility so they find that it’s easier
to get into complex poses and they can hold things longer and their strength improving
as well as there’s a spiritual connection with yoga so people find that when their body
is clear and clean they just feel more connected no matter what their take on things. or their spiritual religious views are they
just feel more calm and more connected to whatever they’re trying to connect with so
that’s a big part of it. Many people find incentive to improve their
health when they are faced with some type of major Health Challenge okay I’ve got high
blood pressure I’ve high cholesterol you know whatever other issues are going on and
people don’t always like the way they feel from the medications or they’re starting to
get angina pain and they know that that’s going to lead to heart disease for example
and they have grandkids that they want to see grow up and you know life’s good and
they don’t want to cut it short so disease reversal is a huge incentive maybe other than
weight loss may be one of the biggest reason cause it’s not so easy again to give up your
pizza and hotdogs and all that stuff you like. But when someone says when you get educated
and you realize wow is those things worth losing my life over wow you’ve got enough
incentive now to give those things up and it’s better to eat oatmeal and fruit smoothies
and stuff like that in the morning and enjoy yourself rather than have bacon and eggs and
not be around so that’s a big part of it. Then once people get healthy they want to
stay healthy so they to maintain their health they they want to keep eating healthy so that’s
another major incentive and then there’s a few of us out there that are wise enough that
we don’t want to wait till we have a health problem we’ve seen what’s happened to family
members we see what’s going on in society and we’re enjoying being vital and healthy
and youthful and we want to stay that way for a long time so there’s another good reason
so we’re still on the number 1 top reasons maintaining things long term is what motivates
people what gives them John: Why yeah what why? What motivated me I got into this because
of my health it was loss of my life and that that I didn’t need any other reason man I
mean I want to be here man. Dr Rick: That a good enough it’s only one
reason but boy that’s pretty big, stick around you know that’s huge and going back
to again with the spiritual connection and yoga that I was using in this example a lot
of people find that they feel better emotionally when they eat healthfully I mean people go
out and you know eat Diorites all day and all that kind of stuff and it’s hard not to
feel on edge and whatnot so emotional health can also be a big reason people find incentive
and then beyond personal health reasons there’s other reasons as well so a lot of people don’t
feel comfortable having to kill something so they can live so they just want to eat
plants instead of you know killing animals and I really can appreciate that and then
people also realize that okay if you eat some plants like this you can get the calories
directly from the plans but if you feed these plants to animals 96 or so percent whatever
it is of the calories from these plants go into the animal’s metabolism and then we don’t
actually get those calories back when we eat the animals so leaving a lighter footprint
on the earth it is a big reason also and the more reasons you have stacked up the more
likely you are to stick with it over the long term. if health is your only concern and you’re
feeling pretty healthy but someone says oh you need to eat fish for the DHA and EPA the
long-chain omega-3 fats highly and saturated fats are extremely important by the way. You might be like no problem bring on the
fish but if you’re concerned about the planet and we realize we’re overfishing and that’s
causing a lot of environmental destruction and that type of thing and you also actually
care about the fish themselves you’ll stay on a plant-based path, so you’ve got more
reasons than just your health. Sometimes people find that they they get healthy
they are feeling good but then some other things creep back into their diet, their joint
pain comes back or their blood pressure goes up again so the more reasons you have the
more likely you are to stick with it over the long-term all else being equal. John: So Dr Rick as much as I had you know
losing my life as my main motivation to start now that I’ve been doing this for over the
years I’ve seen and started piling on like you suggested other reasons that kind of give
leverage to me to stick with this diet since it is having like one brick you know as a
weight I have like 20 bricks as a foundation like I’m building a pyramid here man and
that pyramids is solid man it aint going anywheres and you know yea I mean I’ve experienced
doing it but experience like the different spiritual connection the connect with nature
wanting to conserve the planet the planet’s resources and being more concerned about that
and opening me up to like solar power and not consuming all these natural gas and gasoline
resources on the planet and does all these things are super important so as much as you
might have one that’s like the most important to you now put them in order make a list actually
of what the most important ones and as you go on in this journey you’ll learn other
things and why it’s so important to continue this and to keep it up. Dr Rick: Yea, that’s such a good point John
and I know for me I wanted to lose some weight and get in shape and my brain was kind of
cloudy and foggy and once I started doing that I started feeling so much better and
I started thinking about the animals. I use to think those animal rights people
bunch of whackos you know I don’t want to hear but you know I started to understand
them like that’s a really good point and then the planetary things and this spiritual
stuff I just yea it all starts to come together so it’s kind of nice you get into one arena
and once you’re or one avenue and then you get into the arena and you you realise all
the other reasons as well. John: Right
Dr Rick: So the more of those you can connect to the better. John: Absolutely, so yea that’s number 1
what’s the second way? Dr Rick: Number 2 and this is this is where
my wife and I what we do with our life’s work is so critical I think number 2 is education
it’s because people can have all the incentive in the world but then what happens is they
start on a plant-based diet they’re feeling good and sometimes they don’t do it right
they think that handfuls and nuts and seeds and all the gourmet food is going to be the
healthiest for them and maybe their health improved some but not nearly as much as they
were hoping. They don’t get the goals they were looking
for and they’re like why bother giving up all the other stuff I like if I’m still on
my blood pressure medication so you’ve got to take the right approach and there’s there’s
so many ways that people can get confused or lacking a nutrient sometimes they are not
eating enough fats and sometimes they are eating too much fats are afraid of fruit you
know all and then they’re eating more fat as a result and people are so confusing and
so number one they got to find what works for them. That’s absolutely critical but then there’s
a whole other growing reason, growing aspect of this where things are working well for
people but they’re not well educated enough to fend off if you will all the other stuff
bombarding at them, like where do you get enough protein and what about essential fats
you need to have fish right? and vitamin K2 oh you need your bone broth for that cause
if you’re not goanna get it your bone are goanna be weak and you’re goanna get hip
fractures you vegetarians better watch out, and and what else? Oh you got to cook your food for lycopene
and beta carotene you got to you know vegetarians are deficient in vitamin D and that’s true
but just as much as the rest of the population so I mean there is all these different thing
out there, oh iodine you have to do this and go on these crazy crazy mega dose protocol
and I mean there’s just and then people say you better eat fish so anyway there these
whole set of reasons why people not so informed who look at a raw vegan diet and think oh
my gosh that looks too challenging for me and then think Ok on the one hand if it’s
right and they don’t do it they feel like they are doing something wrong and that’s
tough it’s tough for everybody to look in the mirror and acknowledge their own issues
and shortcomings what’s much easier is let’s make it wrong let’s criticize it so B12d essential
fats protein you know all that other stuff K2 ah people it’s just easier to start complaining
about that and putting it out and then people want to get their own attention so they just
repeat the rhetoric and put that out and those of you in earnest who are trying to learn
about raw food nutrition you tune into to YouTube and you see some good stuff from some
of the good You Tubers and you see a lot of nonsense also and it throws you off the path
so proper education will number 1 get you on an approach that works the best for you
and number 2 will give you the confidence to stay there because you will not get thrown
off track by the people who are uneducated yet who have loud voices and a lot of outreach
so the education part is so important we teach a series of classes called the Science of
Raw Food Nutrition it’s a hundred hours’ worth of intensely pack information we could
turn it into 500 hours easily. People are just scribbling notes its super
dense. John: So Dr Rick besides like your hundred
hours of course that I know that people can go to attend actually for a lot of money and
there’s no substitute for going to a 100 hours of education that you packed in even more
information into I know you have you and your wife actually mostly your wife Dr Karen wrote
a book that I would actually encourage you guys to get that I have myself and it’s probably
the number one book I would recommend on a raw food that’s available at this time actually
I haven’t written my book yet but it’s solid so can you tell people more about that because
minimally if you don’t do anything else get their books so you can get a good solid foundation
of how to eat raw food that healthy. Dr Rick: Yea absolutely so first for our classes
you spend a few thousand dollars and you have a lifetime of education so many of our students
tell us our notes are references for them for years and years and years to come and
you think about that compared to being on medication for the rest of your life and dealing
with all the side effects so first of all I think it’s an incredible lifetime investment
and good value however that’s not the right approach for everyone and then so for 15 bucks
on Amazon you can buy Dr Karen book the Raw Food Nutrition handbook now I know there’s
lots of books on raw food and nutrition out there and a lot of times people hear a few
things they repeat rhetoric it’s in their book they put a fancy cover they get a marketing
team they sell a whole bunch of them. I can tell you our book though is based on
our 55 plus years of personal experience tones of education both formal and cool cutting-edge
stuff type of education and and our clinical experience and our research experience it’s
all condensed into a basic yet done very thoroughly to lay the foundation book called the Raw
Food and Nutrition Handbook so for 15 bucks you can get an enormous education about how
to keep on this path long term that way. John: Awesome yea also I’d recommend checking
out Dr Rick and Karen’s YouTube channel I’ll put links down below this video for
that or those links for their videos down below this video also for that also be sure
to subscribe to this channel if you’re not ready. I give some pretty good solid information
most of which Dr Rick would probably agree with maybe not everything. But we agree with like most stuff man. Dr Rick: Just to give you a plug John and
I have been friends since what 1998 or something like that and over the years we were just
on the same page with so many things I’m glad that you are utilizing YouTube to get good
information out there and I would so much love to say everybody on YouTube is giving
good information but I just can’t it’s just not fair from someone who’s been around the
block a few times and ah so keep checking out the videos that’s that’s good stuff. John: Thanks Dr Rick so moving on to number
3 now on how to stay raw long term, what’s that? Dr Rick: So number 1 we got motivation talked
all about health reasons, environment, animals etcetera. Number 2 education you got to know what you’re
doing. You can’t be successful at anything if you
don’t know what you’re doing and number 3 interesting enough is flexibility, because
sometime people hear, they’ll watch YouTube, go to a lecture, read some books and it’s
like the way to do it John: Dogma Dr Rick: This is the way this is it everyone’s
human have to eat the same way and you’ll always find a segment of the population that
that works great for and then you’ll find another segment of the population that that
didn’t work so well for. So if people are convinced there’s only one
way to do it, they do that way and they’re not feeling good and it’s not working for
them well, first of all they might start blaming themselves if they are thoroughly convinced
that’s way to do it oh I must be doing this wrong, there must be something wrong with
me, there must be something I’m missing. And that’s not about health that’s self-defeating
that’s beating yourself up, why should you have a dogmatic system that makes you beat
yourself up? Again that’s not about health or sometimes
they’ll go somewhere else oh my God someone else has the way to do it and it’s a different
way they say opposite thing so they switch over there and then maybe there’s some benefits
to that but then there’s some drawback to that and that, that might not work either
what we have found over the years like myself, my wife, John so many other people we know
who our long-term successful healthy raw food vegans is they are flexible and open-minded
enough and oftentimes even ten twenty thirty years in they’re still learning new things
that are helping them and by trying this trying that understanding this understanding that
making sense out of different things and then doing some personal experimentation sometimes
we can help guide people with lab work with that what works for them and what doesn’t
they find the approach that works for them and they also enjoy doing it they like eating
the food it’s fun and you feel good and you get all the benefits so that flexibility is
just absolutely so key. It doesn’t mean be so flexible that you’re
off the path but it means learn the fundamentals and then find what works for you and you can
enjoy it over the long term just such a critical piece of the puzzle there. John: Yeah I completely agree one of the things
you know that you’ll notice about me and if you watch my videos from I don’t know 6
years back when I started making them I change what I do like, not in any large way I still
eat raw plants you know, fruits and vegetables predominately but I’ve changed things up
a little bit and you can see me in my journey on my YouTube channel changing things up and
I’m highly suspect of people that always keep it the same right cause there in always
new information new data new research studies coming out and just as I learn more and get
more knowledgeable about things in life and I would always encourage you guys to work
on always improving yourselves whether it’s with your diet, your relationships, with growing
your own food ,whatever it is we should always strive to improve and make the world a better
place not only for us but for future generations, so yeah. If something’s is not working change and
modify and be flexible in your approach is the main message. So Dr Rick I know you have a programme coming
up that’s free available for everybody where you are going to have 25 long-term 20-plus
years for the most part raw foodies and people that do a raw plant-based diets successfully
that you guys could all benefit from for free, so tell my viewers about this program and
the summit you have coming up? Dr Rick: Well we have put together a programme
called the Raw For life summit number 1 you can you can have a lot of life and vitality
from eating raw foods and number 2 to keep it up for life so like John said we’ve got
over 25 people who have been successfully and healthfully and enjoyably maintaining
a either high to all raw diet for 18, 25, 30 or more years who have really stood the
test of time and we interview all these people each interviews like 45 minutes to an hour
someone a little bit over and we ask each person what is breakfast lunch and dinner
look like? Why do you do what you do? Is your diet the same today as it was back
when you started? And for most people there’s a certain foundation
but things have changed over time so that flexibility comes in handy. John you mentioned such a good point earlier
with flexibility with anything in life not just what you eat you got to be flexible enough
and change and see what works and what doesn’t. So we find out what they eat, why they eat
it, what gave them incentive in the first place, what kind of education they have and
what kind of flexibility they have? And it’s just so revealing and here’s a perfect
example 29 years in you know doctorate degree lots of education, lots of clinical experience
I learned a lot of new things talking to a lot of these people so it’s called the Raw
for Life summit so I think we’re going to put the link right here put it right there
for you guys, put it right there, there it is and yeah you can hear from all these people
and get their inspiration and again hear from the people who have stood the test of time
who it’s still working for and I’m going to speculate here that you’re probably going
to get some better advice if sticking with this long-term is your goal from listening
to people who have stuck with it long term vs people who are newer. Now we were all new at some point too but
you know when (cross talk: been around the block) when you take the new kids some make
it some don’t. When you take in to account people have been
at it 20 or 30 or more years they’re all in the long term camp, so can’t emphasize
the value of that enough. John: Yeah I mean I definitely recommend once
again I’ll put the link right here below and also there be a link in the description
as well as in the comments so click that to sign up for this free Raw For Life Health
Summit that you can learn and gain from. Now the thing I want to say is that there’s
going to be like 25 different people on the summit that Dr Rick and Dr Karen will be interviewing
and have an open mind, when your listen to you may not agree 100% of everything of any
one person says but they’ll be nuggets right pick out the things that make the most sense
for you and start incorporating those into your life. Dr Rick: Which is the central theme of The
Summit right, that one of the things that all the people do, they just don’t do it one
way we have a variety of approached but we don’t have anyone on there that’s too dogmatic
because the most of the dogmatic people don’t make it over the long term sorry to say, but
you have to be committed. So you’ll see how they find that balance
and you know not everyone agrees with everyone my wife and I don’t agree on everything believe
it or not a husband and wife don’t agree on everything, John and I don’t agree on
everything but we all have a certain foundation and by the way our lead off our lead off speaker
is is John he’s leading off the event cause he’s a 100% raw for a long time lot of (crosstalk
99.9%) people know about him well a lot of 9’s right we’ll cut you a little slack
there well I’m about 90% raw off and that’s what works for me all raw for extended period
but then you know I have some steamed vegetables here and there, so anyway John is our lead
off and it’s just a really great event and again I’ve learned a lot from interviewing
all these people and we’d like you to do the same. John: Awesome so Dr Rick why did you and your
wife Dr Karen decide to put this event on for everybody for free? Dr Rick: Well number 1 we would like to tell
people a little bit more about what we do that we feel like in a lot of ways we’ve been
the best kept secret in raw food nutrition for many years you know we’ve spent a lot
more time educating ourselves then we have marketing ourselves you know most people in
the raw food movement it’s just the opposite they go to a weekend seminar they read a few
books and then they are experts and they spend a lot of money on marketing and they you know
they have their channels they do their blogs and they have a lot of outreach but they know
very little so we been like heavily weighted on the research, the clinical experience,
the teaching, the education the working with people that’s number 1 and number 2 while
we are at it a lot of these summits they just get the people with the biggest list and say
let’s get all these people so we can get the most exposure and although we have some
popular people with big list and we are going to get a lot of good exposure. it was really important to us to maintain
the theme of the summit to just find people who we knew were healthfully and successfully
at this for a long time, to be of the most benefit to all of you so many of these things
you hear the one dogma, you hear the opposite dogma, you leave more confused than you were
before you started. We didn’t want that there’s too much of
that out there and it’s goanna continue, so we really wanted to provide something of
value to really help you keep this up for a lifetime. So you can keep getting all the benefits that
all of us do, that we enjoy so much. It’s such a central theme of our lives for
for good reasons because it enhances our lives and we want that for all of you too. John: Awesome yeah one of the reasons why
I continue to make videos to this day is just to share the knowledge and to help my fellow
man right. I mean this is just good for you, it’s good
for the planet, it’s good for the animals, it’s good for so many different things and
you know I’m glad you guys are watching to this point it is this video this lets me know
that you’re really committed. So I want you click that link right down below
and sign up for the summit that’s coming up really soon don’t miss out on any of
the episode including the first one that I’m in. Aright, Dr Rick so any other comments or things
you like to share with my viewers today? Dr Rick: Find your motivation stack up all
those reasons get some good education we’re not the only ones to do it but you’ll find
some other really awesome educators on the summit and be flexible in your approach see
what works and what doesn’t I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Tony Robbins ultimate
success formula. Number 1 know your outcome yeah you want to
be healthy you want to leave a lighter footprint on the earth etcetera number 2 start taking
action eat more fruits and vegetables and then number 3 this is where most people start
messing up see if it’s working or not and if it is keep it up if it’s not then number
4 change your approach and modify and be flexible and find what does work and you just keep
going through that cycle and you go about it rationally and intelligently you will be
successful and like John touched on earlier whether it’s your diet or anything any other
endeavour in life that’s the way to go about it so. J0hn: Awesome, awesome yeah I agree Dr Rick
and I and Dr Karen went to a Tony Robbins seminar together years ago unleash the power
within… yeah we unleash the fire we did it was great. So if you guys enjoyed this episode with Dr
Rick hey please give me a thumbs up to let me know also be sure to click that link down
below to get to the summit the Raw For Life summit sign up for that also be sure to check
the links below to Dr Rick and Dr Karen’s website you’ll learn more about educational
programs as well as their book that I would recommend you guys purchase and also be sure
to click the subscribe button right down below while you are at it I have new videos coming
out in 5 to 7 days you never know what you’ll be learning in my next video or what I’ll
be doing always having a fun time also be sure to (inaudible 28:17) my past episodes
I have several episodes with Dr Rick you know sharing with you guys some really good information
on raw foods and of course all my videos have lots of other good information as well that
will help you live a healthful plant based fruit and vegetable strong diet for life. So once again my name is John Kohler with
okraw.com we’ll see you next time, until then remember keep eating your fresh fruit
and vegetable they are always the best.