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

Leave a comment

Milk, maybe it doesn’t do a body good?

cows milk


Milk, most drink it, use it, believe in it. Recent research however shows that just like many foods we all believe in, the health benefits of drinking milk is quite probably a myth.

Cows milk has really become a staple in the western diet. You would be hard pressed to find a western refrigerator that does not at least pay homage to dairy products, especially milk. Many physicians even recommend that women who are susceptible to fractures, and children with growing bones drink a good amount of milk daily.

However a recent Swedish study seems to show exactly the opposite, at least for women consuming three glasses or more of milk daily. Turns out if you do so, you are doubling your chance of dying, especially from heart disease. Also, you are increasing, not decreasing, your chance for broken bones. I will leave the whys to the experts, but I suspect the heart disease is related to fat, which milk contains plenty of, and broken bones has to do with calcium absorption, which is more complicated than just drinking milk that contains calcium.

Here in America, we have milk and dairy products pretty much shoved down our throats from the time we are little children. A lot of that has to do with the dairy lobby, which strangely, is one of the more powerful groups that lobby our lawmakers.Those farmers also spend a lot on advertising which has everyone brainwashed over the great benefit of anything dairy.

So what can you use instead of cows milk.?  Try almond milk  soy milk and just about any other thing you can now try in the dairy section. You can even make your own almond milk and its super easy. As far as taste goes, yes, it will taste different at first, but after a day or two, you will not notice it at all.

As with anything, moderation is good. I have seen great benefit from totally eliminating dairy from my diet, and I attribute at least some of my weight loss success to abolishing cows milk from my frig. At the very least everyone should be aware that something we all thought was really healthy may not be, and proceed with caution and moderation.


Leave a comment

Questions in the land of Oz



Everyone loves Dr Oz. Or do they? Apparently not the US congress, where the former surgeon turned celebrity was lambasted for hocking diet remedies.

I have to admit that I have only seen Dr Oz for perhaps 10 minutes over the years that he has been around. What I saw seemed admirable. He was convincing some overweight folks to change what they were eating in a before and after type format. And it seemed to be working!

But let’s face facts. There is way more money to be made on diet remedies like green coffee extract which Oz touted as a way to lose weight fast. Only problem is that as a Physician  the good Doctor is supposed to be a “man of science” and there was almost nothing scientific backing up these remedies.

In meetings with members of congress Oz admitted that ” diet and exercise” is the best way to lose weight.  The thing is, there really isn’t any money in telling people something they already know.

Getting people to change their habits turns out to be so very difficult. It’s much easier to hope that there is something out there that’s a magic bullet which will do it for us.

Alas there isn’t. At least not yet. The only hope is to substitute the marginal foods we eat with more of the really healthy stuff, like more vegetables and less extract, green coffee or otherwise!

As for Oz, perhaps it’s time to ignore the man behind the curtain? Or maybe he should return his show to something that is boring but actually works for free. Diet and exercise.

Leave a comment

The protein controversy, enough is enough


The big question that folks always seem to get smug about is “how do you get enough protein?”

How do we indeed !

Surprisingly, there are a few ways for non meat eaters to approach the protein question.

a) don’t get enough protein, cause you don’t really need as much as you think

b) make sure that you get enough or close to enough in the foods that you do eat.

c) use protein supplements

In reality we have gone through different phases on this and have done all three individually over the past years. And I can say this, in terms of the way you feel , however you approach this it doesn’t really seem to make a difference.

Some weeks I have eaten as little as 20 or 30 grams a day of protein (the adult male recommended requirement is 80 grams per day) and others I have eaten way more. I feel exactly the same, and I think I pretty much look the same as well.

There is some evidence that people are fine with lower levels of protein munching, and that we are all being brainwashed about eating “enough” protein. The beef council perhaps?


pit also doesn’t seem to relate to weight loss in any way.

I am a 52 year old man with six children and a grandson, nobody is really looking. He is young and single, so it still matters! I suppose.

If you do end up using a supplement, you can choose between a few different options. We have ended up settling on rice protein, which I stir into my cereal in the morning a few days a week for a protein boost.  There is also whey and pea to choose from as well. The whey is obviously a dairy product.

It pays to really shop around. Online stores such as Amazon are often about half the price or have larger containers, and not to mention,a much better selection!

Leave a comment

Easy way to start the year right! Black bean dip!


If you are like me you snack between meals, doesn’t everybody? The idea is to find things you can snack on that are healthy and nutritious. Tall order, I know. But this recipe can really help you reach your goals. It’s tasty nutritious and filling. In other words it doesn’t taste like air. If you can use recipes like this to move the needle on snacking, you will go a long way towards getting healthier.


This black bean dip is a staple around here because you can put it on anything.It’s high protein and contains no oil, or sugar Or any other “big food” ingredients that make you hungry. This one fills you up!


1 15 ounce can of Black Beans

1/4 cup salsa

1/4 cup cilantro

1/4 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp  granulated garlic

2 tbspn lime juice

kosher salt to taste

combine ingredients in food processor and run to desired consistency. It only take about a minute!

Leave a comment

Avoiding Winter Weight Gain


Right now it’s 19 degrees outside, or -7 Celsius. Which reminds me, why do we gain weight in cold months ? Are humans destined to be bears, and store up in the winter? Sorry, today we are throwing that excuse in the snow! But there are some things you can do to understand and prevent winter gains.

Evidence suggests that humans are not natural hibernators during the winter. So that excuse goes in the snow.And what does cause us to munch more around now? Well, for one thing, it’s the holiday season for most people. And studies show that both humans and animals eat about 40 percent more food out of the house than at home.I wonder how they tested the rats? Invited to party?

So here is one suggestion to combat the going out gain. Eat before you go out! Make a big salad, eat some fruit. Just don’t go on an empty stomach. It works. Do so and you will eat less.

The other big cause is also simple. Less movement and more eating. What would you rather do when it’s this cold? Go out? Or sit at home? I vote for home. Which leads to popcorn, and things like oatmeal cookies, while watching TV,,, a dynamic weight gain combination that is best avoided.

Seasonal affective disorder? Depressed? We live in one of the cloudiest, darkest places in North America, and don’t see the sun for days at a time in winter. SAD affects more than a few folks around here. But, in depression you are just as likely to under eat as over eat, so the number of people that gain from depression is actually small.

So, in the end, it’s not that hard. Just keep to your regular schedule of getting out, exercising indoors on the coldest days, and eat right especially before big events. You can maintain your health in winter, and leave the hibernating to the bears!

Leave a comment

Stop the pop, soda that is, and live better!

One of the first things that I noticed upon my arrival in Ohio from California was that people call soft drinks pop, and not soda. We all thought it was quaint and kind of funny. And even though I love Coca Cola, I know I shouldnt drink it. So I rarely do. This stuff is not just unhealthy, it has some pretty strange effects on mammals. We are mammals aren’t we ? So check this out :

Scientist took a group of mice (I know, you hate mice, so do I ), and fed them the equivalent of three cans of soda pop’s worth of sugar, but in the same ratios found in soda, like high fructose corn syup. What they found was pretty interesting. For one thing death rates were double the average for all mice by age. The more bizarre thing is as follows. The mice were way less likely to reproduce, or to create nests at all. It was effecting their behaviour, not just their health. Pretty strange if you ask me.

So what does this mean for us? You will say “humans are not mice” which is what people always say when they hear of mice studies. The thing is, if you have ever taken a biology course and had to dissect a mammal, you would find out that we are all shockingly similar, if not in IQ, but in structure and function. The point is that mammal behaviour is affected by consumption of sugar of all things, and thats kind of big news. Want grandchildren? Dont give your kids soda… Just kidding of course, but it is food for thought.

We all know that sugar consumption has exploded in the last 100 years and that people are consuming too much of it. But I never really thought about sugar much. It just looks so benign and makes things taste good. By the way sugar is hidden in all sorts of foods where it is not suspected to be like breads crackers and many other places..

And how much sugar should you be consuming according to the Pro’s ? About 8 teaspoons a day which is less than the amount in one can of coke.
Good luck to us all……and dont forget your nests!

Leave a comment

My Dinner with Andre? or how about eating with ANDI?

Mydinnerwithandre/             ANDI-Score

Back in the 80’s there was an entire genre of movies I will call ” New York pseudo- intellectual “,(think Woody Allen), and the pinnacle of that genre was “My dinner with Andre”. The  movie was two guys eating dinner at a Manhattan restauraunt gabbing about their self absorbed existences. I liked the raw honesty. No pretense of a plot, just philosophical sound bites, between two people that were really full of themselves. Why Pretend? And even better than My dinner with Andre, how about eating with ANDI, aka the Aggregate Nutrient Density Score ? Its a lot more interesting,and I firmly believe that it explains why so many obese people believe that they are “eating healthy”. Read on.

The ANDI food scoring system was created by Joel Fuhrman MD and is based on the concept that Health = nutrients/ calories. In other words if you look at the list above,almost everyone is consuming too many foods at the bottom of the scale which are high in calories and low in nutrients.I know I certainly was. Move up the scale and you are getting more nutrients at less calories. I find it interesting that things that we think of as being healthy such as grapes bananas and low fat yogurt are actually in the third or lowest column of the ANDI scoring system. This is why so many people that are obese think they are eating healthy. The food industry pushes this stuff on us, when its closer to junk food than anything !”.

The other great thing about the ANDI scoring system is that it makes switching to healthier foods super easy. Instead of bananas, how about strawberries ? What about a spinach salad instead of Iceberg…. ? And a great side effect is that if you follow Dr Fuhrman’s recommendations very strictly as outlined in his books like ” Eat to Live” you will lose up to 20 lbs in six weeks! By the way, Dr Fuhrman does not totally eliminate foods in the last column but recommends eating them sparingly. Have a hamburger, but do it on the fourth of July instead of every week .  And if you really want to watch “My dinner with Andre” during dinner make sure you are also having “dinner with ANDI!”