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Friday, June 16, 2017

Vegan Dinner vs 1/4 lbs Cheeseburger On A Bun #fulltummy #eatyourveggies #eatmoretoweighless

550 calories no cholesterol
I became a vegan to lose weight and keep it off. I didn't know what I was doing but learned quickly about whole, plant based foods. 
After 3.5 years and 110 lbs I'm here to tell you this works! I get to eat MORE food than I used to, never get hungry and no longer have to deal with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes or sleep apnea. 
     Take a look at all the food on that plate. It's all from plants, whole foods, high fiber, oil free with no processed sugar. That's spaghetti marinara with Barilla high fiber noodles, sweet corn cooked in the microwave 2 minutes per ear and a salad with romaine lettuce, kale, 1/2 an avocado, tomato, parsley, cucumber with dressing of drizzled red wine vinegar, agave nectar, dried onion flakes, lemon juice, a little salt and pepper. I love to eat and could barely finish all that food. Since no animal products are involved with this meal, it contains ZERO cholesterol.
Your body makes cholesterol all by itself. There is no reason to ever eat it.

550 calories 100 milligrams of cholesterol
Here is the same number of calories in the form of a cheeseburger on a white bread bun. Since it is on white bread, most of the fiber has been taken out. I could finish that in 4 bites. There is not enough food there to stimulate the stretch receptors in my stomach that make me feel full. Without that feeling, no matter how many calories, I would be craving more food.  More than half of it's calories come from fat! The only fiber is from the onions. I can feel my arteries and internal organs panicking at the thought of eating that!


So here's the bottom line:
1)  To lose weight, keep it off eat foods that are going to make you feel full with lots of fiber and no animal fat. Staying full means no more cravings.
2)  Maximize the health benefits of whole foods. Avoid processed food like white flour, white rice and oils. You may not think of cooking oil as processed food but it is. For example it takes 40 olives to make 1 tablespoon of olive oil. All the fiber has been processed out. There are 120 calories in 1 tablespoon with no nutrients in oils that you can't get from whole foods.
     Honestly, I never thought I would be able to do this and stick with it. Once I got started and quickly started losing weight I was all in. You will feel better within 2 weeks and the next time you go to your Doctor for a refill on your blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol pills don't be surprised if the dose has to be lowered or you get to throw them away completely!

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To learn more, go to the website: www.PBNSG.org. They have tons of information and searchable recipes for anything you like.
I happen to be one one of the success stories.

You can also pick up a book for guidance and recipes like:

 The No BS Diet Book by Joel Kahn, MD.  Dr. Kahn is an interventional cardiologist who would rather teach you how to avoid heart disease than have to put a stent in you or worse after you already have it.

 Eat More Weigh Less by Dean Ornish, MD.  Dr. Ornish was one of the first people to develop a whole foods diet to help prevent and even reverse heart disease.

 21 Day Weight Loss Kick Start by Neal Barnard, MD.  Dr. Barnard founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

 Forks Over Knives  There are 125 easy recipes in this book to help you make good decisions with your fork before the doctors have to use their knives.





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