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Heart Disease / Cancer / Type-2 Diabetes / Type-3 Diabetes / Brains are Beautiful / Slow + Steady (glycemic index/load) / Wise Advice for Plant-Based Newbies / 7 Expert Hacks to Crush the Plant-Based Diet / One More Link for Newbies / Learn Even More About Diets + Disease

"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"
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Heart Disease

Heart disease includes atherosclerosis. This illness develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. If a blood clot forms, it can block the blood flow and cause a heart attack or stroke. Diet and lifestyle are cagey culprits.

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Cancer

Cancer refers to diseases which affect all areas of the body such as breasts, skin, liver, prostate gland, and lungs. When abnormal, out of control cells divide, they can invade tissues and spread throughout the body via blood and the lymph system.

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Type-2 Diabetes

Type-2 diabetes is a rapidly growing chronic condition which affects the way our body metabolizes glucose (sugar). With T2D, the body resists the crucial effects of insulin or it doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain normal glucose levels.

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Type-3 Diabetes

Type-3 diabetes is the new kid on the block. This is a current hypothesis which correlates type-2 diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease. Turns out, there's a probable connection between insulin resistance expressed by T2D and brain deterioration.

“Western culture is hell-bent on ignoring, disbelieving, and in some cases, actively twisting the truth about what we should be eating - so much so that it can be hard for us to believe that we’ve been lied to all these years.”

- Dr T Colin Campbell, American Pioneer + Researcher + Educator

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Brains are Beautiful
(dark cacao + sex recommended)

Alzheimer's is the sixth cause of death in the US and seventh worldwide. In 1998, neuroscientists discovered neurogenesis, which is the process when new neurons are formed in the brain. This is connected to the learning process, neuroplasticity, and memory. Wow, our brain can regenerate! Some foods that feed our grey matter are dark cacao, green leafies, flax, blueberries, and raw walnuts. Sex supports a healthy brain, too. Good to know!

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Slow + Steady
(glycemic index + glycemic load)

After my T2D diagnosis, the first concepts I learned were glycemic index and glycemic load. Food digests on three speeds: slow, medium, and high. Low glycemic foods like beans, whole grains, apples, and berries digest slowly which creates less blood-sugar spikes. Along with eating around the same times, the body feels satiated between meals, too. Higher glycemic foods digest quickly and can cause insulin levels to rapidly spike.

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Wise Advice for Plant-Based Newbies

Meet a mighty YouTube channel, Choosing My Health, which offers a smart, sassy, and sensible approach for newbies. Get tips on navigating expectations and potential pitfalls before you transition towards buying, cooking, and eating a variety of whole plants.

One more link for newbies...
(meat is the new tobacco)

Meet Dr Kong, music professor turned vegan/animal advocate, who offers an intro for newbies. Her TEDx talk was given in 2016 and has gained a lot of attention. She offers a simple overview of the three main areas in the plant-focused world: human health, animal welfare, and impacts on eco-systems.

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