How two guys lost 150 lbs on an easy to follow vegan diet!

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ode to missing friends


This week our community lost not one, but two individuals. Both passed away before their time. It’s a stark reminder that no matter what we do, what we say or what we write, some people will be called early.

One of those individuals was a good friend and colleague from the steel industry. Chaim Taub or Charlie as we knew him, was a kind and warm hearted individual. His generosity among his family and many others was well known. He is blessed with wise and righteous children. And we appreciate the fact that his family brought him back from Florida for a funeral here in Cleveland, where hundreds gathered to hear his deeds of kindness to his family and others.

The other individual was a young women with a large family, stricken with cancer. We hope and pray that her husband and young children have the strength to go on without her kindness and wisdom, and that we are able to help them thru these very difficult times.

Let us not be foolish enough to think that eating a healthier diet will save us from the fate that awaits every one of us. The goal here is to get healthy and be healthy to provide for those around us. Our families, our friends, and indeed those mourning the loss of others. They need our strength as well. I know the healthier I eat, the better I feel, and the more I am able to give of myself, and in the end, getting healthy is something we can all be happy about.

Have a great weekend!


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End your food cravings now!


You are sitting at home doing nothing and suddenly it hits you. A food craving that is. What do you do ? Why does it happen?, and why are they so darn difficult to ignore? Here is an explanation and a plan to end them forever.

First of all, you are not alone. Over 90 percent of all individuals agree that food cravings are a significant reason that they have such a hard time losing weight. The experts point to brain chemistry. Fat and sugar as found in almost all packaged foods affect your brain chemistry in all sorts of ways. The bottom line is -what you eat is making you hungry.

But don’t worry we can fix this !

Here is Joel Fuhrman MD explaining the cause and cure. And why portion control diets don’t work !

“In a portion controlled (calorie counting) diet it is likely that the body will not get adequate fiber or micronutrients. The body will have a compounded sensation of hunger and cravings which for most is simply overwhelming. It invariably results in people either being unable to lose weight or unable to keep the weight off and eventually gaining it back. The biochemistry and physiology behind food cravings are more thoroughly explained in Dr. Fuhrman’s books and lectures, but without a thorough understanding of these principles weight loss attempts are typically doomed to fail.

Are you striving to adopt a Nutritarian diet to extend lifespan and reverse and prevent disease?
Here are 5 basic rules that may help you:

Consume a large green salad every day, and put some raw onion and shredded cruciferous veggies on top.

Eat 1/2 cup beans or lentils in any dish

Eat 3 pieces of fresh fruit every day, make sure that you have some berries

Eat raw seeds and nuts like flax and walnut for omega-3

Eat steamed greens daily and consume mushrooms and onions. “

Do all this and your cravings will be gone!  I promise.!

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Apples better than Statins ? You decide


Sometimes I love our healthcare system here in the US. After all, the healthcare system has gotten me out of a pickle more than once. The one area that we are lacking is prevention. The apple vs statin story is a great example of this.

First a backtrack. A few years ago the UK National Health Service decided that people were getting too much salt. Because of the close relationship between the healthcare system and the rest of the government , policies were enacted that forced big food companies to lower the amount of salt in processed food. This in turn, lowered the national average blood pressure, and led to a reduction in mortality from heart disease and stroke. And, I might add, no  one is complaining about not getting enough salt!

In the US I don’t see something like that happening. It usually goes like this. Eat bad food created and sold by “big food” companies. Become ill. Than go to your Doctor and hope he/she can fix what ails you. Am I becoming cynical? And what can we do about this ?

And apples? Here is their story. Last year a study appeared in a British medical journal about the effect of eating apples on the national health of adults over the age of 50 in the UK. The conclusion? An apple a day for the entire country would prevent about 8500 deaths per year. Just slightly less than the effect of everyone taking a statin pill!

If you can imagine a small change like eating an apple could save thousands of lives, what if those folks ate apples, and vegetables, eliminated junk food and exercised! Could we perhaps put a serious dent in heart disease?  I dare say, could we eliminate heart disease?

There are a few things that i love about this story.

The first thing i love is that we have proof that easy dietary changes can improve your health.

The second thing i love is that we see you dont need the pharmacy or pills to improve your health

The third thing i love is that we see the healthcare system itself can promote dietary changes that will help you need the system less.

Not trying to put Medical Doctors out of business here, but its time to face facts. The better we eat, the healthier we become. And the healthier we become. The less we need the healthcare system. Then the Doctors can focus on the things that are not lifestyle related, of which there is plenty to do.

So please, get healthy- it all starts with an apple !


Save your heart. Eat Less Sugar



Strange but true. Researchers have found a direct connection between added sugar in your diet and heart disease. Folks that get a lot of the stuff have twice the risk of dying of heart disease as people that get the least sugar. At least that is what researchers say this month in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Guess I need to tell my son to stop swigging Vernors directly from a two liter bottle. But when do they ever listen?

The point is that if you eat a lot of sugar, you really need an action plan to eat less. What I find about sugar is that it is sort of like salt. The less you eat, the less you miss. The more you eat, the more you crave. Or something like that.

There are some obvious places to look for sugar. For example, how about cutting out soda pop? I used to drink a can of coke every day. Haven’t had a drop in probably a year and don’t miss it one bit. Or perhaps I drank half a cup in the summer. Either way, I do not miss it. And it has a huge amount of sugar in it . Daily coffee?  This might sound like a joke but it isn’t. Try buying better coffee. In fact, do what we do. Buy green coffee and roast it yourself. Top quality Ethiopia Yirgacheffe  coffee doesn’t need sugar, or cream for that matter.

Perhaps you think that you are “eating healthy”. Have you taken a look at your low fat yogurt? As much sugar as ice cream. Cereals like Raisin Bran also have a lot of sugar. Big food loves sugar because once you crash,  you are hungry again. Getting away from sugar can really help you lose weight.

The researchers are not even sure why there is a connection. Perhaps sugar raises your blood pressure or affects your blood lipids like triglycerides. Does it matter? Just put on your granny glasses and start reading some labels. Start comparing labels.

Nobody would have thought it, but by getting the sugar out you could be doing your heart a really big favor.

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Popcorn, Is it healthy?

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Losing weight and keeping it off is rare enough that  you can actually become a celebrity. About every five minutes when out in public people will either ask what we eat or even better do we eat anything at all. My wife hates it.  The other thing that always comes up is :  Is “such and such food product healthy?” And perhaps no food product is questioned more than popcorn.

So I starting observing.People’s shopping carts that is. And one of the things that I noticed is that some of the very biggest people were the ones  purchasing bags of popcorn. And not just bags, but cases. This of course left me scratching my head. If popcorn really is the healthy alternative snack, why are its biggest fans so big? One of my  old favorites even implies health, with the label “skinny pop”  Its quite tasty actually, but what about the skinny part?

Here is what I think is going on, please be the judge. First, a big bag of popcorn is broken up into serving sizes. On skinny pop, a serving is one cup. But don’t forget, a cup of popcorn is not a cup of flour. Its fluffy stuff, so I have to assume a cup is probably a handful So, when is the last time anyone ate just one handful of popcorn?  For me, I cannot think back that far!

Lets assume you eat four handfuls, a fair amount, but not unusual. After all the bag has convinced you its “skinny” right?  Are you full?. Speaking for myself, I could easily eat four or even five handfuls, go to a wedding and eat a four course dinner with no problem..  But I have just eaten about 200 calories and 10 grams of fat, and I am not even partly full from my snack. Now we are starting to get the picture. And understand the problem as well. What happens when you do that every day, like my large supermarket friends?

Therefore, I humbly submit the idea that popcorn is what I like to call a stumbler. Its not fake healthy, because its not unhealthy, but people just eat it to their hearts content not even realizing that they are ingesting lots of calories and not getting full at all. Therefore my suggestion is to leave popcorn where it belongs, at the movie theater. Avoiding every day consumption will help you to stay skinny for real, not just on a label!

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Lighten up, it’s Super Bowl Sunday!

imageYes, it is Super Bowl Sunday, that special day of Football when we gather around the television, and watch old rock stars stumble around on the half time stage. Fun ? eh, sort of. But when you have a bunch of sons, such is life. Which of course begs a question, what to eat on this most special of sports days.

As anyone other than a 90 year old spinster librarian knows, Super Bowl fare would not earn a spot in the health hall of fame. Typical food is hot dogs, beer, and that most recent invention, chicken wings. You might not know it, but chicken processors actually threw out the wings until the late 1970’s or early 80’s until somebody came along with the “hot wing” concept, which I always thought was really gross. But hey they go down great with a few swigs of beer, or so I am told.

I refuse to be a fuddy duddy. So we will have all the regular food. Otherwise there would probably be a riot in my house! But here is what we will adding on top of the regular stuff.  Vegan chili and these oil free corn chips that we buy at whole foods above.

I may have mentioned this a few times, but we really shy away from eating any kind of oil. It’s just added dietary fat, and at least according to Dr Esselstyn contributes greatly to the heart disease epidemic. The other thing is corn. Until 1970 consumption of corn was limited to a few summertime cobs. Now it’s in everything and can really cause weight gain if you don’t limit yourself. We eat these chips perhaps once every few months.

But the point is to have fun, and fun we will have. If you are really sticking to your guns all or most of the time, you can loosen up a bit when the has beens take to the stage. You can have the best of both worlds, healthy food, sports fun, and I might even sneak a beer! Enjoy!