Saturday, May 18, 2013

Largest Managed Care Organization in US Recommends a Plant-Based VEGAN diet!

"Tastiest Raw Vegan Pizza I Ever Made" photo by Judy Pokras

According to wikipedia, Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in the United States, with 8.9 million health plan members, 167,300 employees, 14,600 physicians, 37 medical centers, and 611 medical offices. Founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, it's comprised of three groups of entities: the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and its regional operating subsidiaries; Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; and the autonomous regional Permanente Medical Groups. Wikipedia also says: "In its most recently reported year, the non-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals entities reported a combined $1.6 billion in net income on $47.9 billion in operating revenues."

So when the medical journal of a large organization/business like Kaiser Permanente comes out with an article recommending that people switch to a plant-based diet, this is BIG news. Especially in a country and culture dominated by fast-food, processed food and meals made from animal parts and secretions. Although some people who avoid food made from animals do so for purely ethical reasons (admirably opposing cruelty to animals and not wanting to cannibalize their fellow creatures), the fact is, a plant-based diet is just plain better for health.

Here's a quote from the article, "Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets,"
in the Spring 2013 issue of The Permanente Journal, a peer-reviewed journal of medical science, social science in medicine, and medical humanities:
Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, daily products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.
We applaud Permanente for publishing the article, written by Philip J Tuso, MD; Mohamed H Ismail, MDBenjamin P Ha, MDCarole Bartolotto, MA, RD.

And as always, we encourage entrepreneurs to open more restaurants and food businesses with only plant-based food on their menus. As we wrote here. Because, if you are a vegan (let alone a raw vegan), you know how nearly impossible it is to find anything remotely interesting to eat in the vast majority of restaurants. And unless you are lucky enough to live in a large city, if you want to go out to eat, you will be out of luck.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's best to eat fruits and vegetables in season, as well as locally grown and organic!

Blueberries in "Eyeball Soup" recipe from The Little Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes.
Photo styled and shot by A.C. McCall

Kitchen Daily has a slide show of some fruits and vegetables that it's best to eat in season. It's important to make sure they're organically grown. Locally grown is also optimal, because long distance shipping uses too much energy, and because local produce is much fresher -- and fresh produce provides more nutrients.

Here are the notes I took from the slide show, which I wish had come with a chart:

  • Morel mushrooms: spring
  • Truffles: summer or winter (Gee, how many people can afford to buy truffles? And how many people find them in local markets? I've never ever had one, and I create and write about recipes!)
  • Oyster mushrooms and Chanterelle mushrooms: autumn
  • Asparagus: spring
  • Tomatoes: Organic only, and refer to this map for local seasons in the U.S.:
  • Green Beans: May through October
  • Strawberries (eat organic only): spring and early summer
  • Blueberries (eat organic or wild-grown only): summer
  • Oranges: November through June
  • Meyer lemons (buy organic if you're using the zest/skin): November through April
  • Cherries (eat organic only): May through August
Here's a link to the slide show, which has pretty photos:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Calling All Raw Vegan Entrepreneurs!

Photo of NYC banana stand from YouTube video posted byjwagzzchrono

I've never watched the TV show "Arrested Development." Well, maybe once for a few minutes, but I couldn't get into it. But there is something I just learned about the show that I love! Apparently the show features a frozen banana stand. And to promote the comeback of the show, the producers mounted an actual frozen banana stand in NYC, and the line of people waiting to buy frozen bananas was mega-long.

Why do I love this? Because it tells me some raw vegan entrepreneur ought to take this idea and run with it! The one on the TV show has frozen bananas covered in chocolate, which we know is not raw vegan chocolate. A raw vegan entrepreneur could launch a similar biz with frozen bananas dipped in chocolate made from a mixture of raw cacao powder, raw cacao butter, stevia, and any variations she or he wants to offer. Maybe dipped in chopped really-raw (unpasteurized) almonds, maybe cinnamon mixed into the chocolate, or even cayenne.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Study finds that smoke gets into ALL hotel rooms, even smoke-free ones

So next time you're staying in a hotel, keep in mind that only 100% smoke-free hotels will be really smoke-free: