if you can’t say something nice…

Political correctness.

It’s become so much a part of our society now that we almost anticipate to be on the receiving end of it. Case in point: trophies for losers. This is just a quick example, but let me preface it by saying that I am a loser. No, I don’t mean that I look down on myself like I fail at life (I hope no one does, but sadly I know that’s not true), but I used to lose at sports all. the. time. In fact, I was so terrible that, during a soccer game in high school, I went to kick the ball after staring at it near my feet, only to miss it completely. A soccer ball.

My dad still makes fun of me for that, in the most loving and supportive way possible, but nevertheless, I digress into the topic of tonights post. Today is the last day before I complete my certificate in plant-based nutrition, and let me just say what I’ve learned during these courses has opened my eyes more than any documentary you can find. The decades of diet and nutritional research on humans and animals alike; the excerpts from governmental documents suppressing the recommendations from the World Health Organization in place of their own; and the sheer numbers associated with how much influence diet has on our health is no less than staggering.

I made the recent mistake of commenting a quick blip on a popular fellow vegan’s Instagram image of an overweight man working out at the gym. Due to the backlash I received from that post, I’m going to throw a little more PC on it so I don’t get reamed out on my brand new blog (I sort of want y’all to enjoy reading my posts). It had a little something to do with unknowing human beings, over or underweight and everywhere in between, under the assumption that, no matter what they eat, working out will cure all problems. I’m sure it wasn’t taken that way based on the comments I received from it, but I argued my point until I was blue in the face, stating facts like how the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Health collaborated with the Institute of Medicine in  constructing nutritional guidelines to be distributed to organizations such as the school lunch program, the hospital food program and the women, infants and children supplemental food program, that the following should become part of your diet in order to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancers:

  • Protein should make up 35% of your daily caloric intake
  • Fat should make up 35% of your daily caloric intake
  • Sugars, sweets & candies should make up 25% of your caloric intake

“…the focus on the hazards of saturated fat and cholesterol (in animal food, of course) as the chronic heart disease culprit came about historically because it was possible to reduce the intake of these components without reducing the intake of the animal food itself.”

Dr. T. Colin Campbell

I kid you not, they even went so far as to suggest that children should have as much as 40% of their caloric intake come from fat. Please, if you don’t believe me, click the link below as my reference. You know what I really love about this? So much of our society is obsessed with protein (read Proteinaholics by Dr. Garth Davis), yet the highest percentage of caloric intake recommended on this list comes from carbohydrates, yet we do so much to avoid them. Why is that? Well, carbohydrates don’t bring in the big bucks. Meat and dairy do. What contains fat? Meat and dairy. What contains protein? Meat and dairy. By the way, while we’re on the subject, about 80% of the ‘protein’ you consume on a daily basis, such as milk, cheese and even lean meats, is made up of fat that is naturally processed as such by your body. So when you think you’re eating a well-balanced breakfast with eggs, turkey and low-fat mozzarella, you’re actually eating 75% fat that goes right to that ‘trouble area’ that you just can’t seem to get rid of. So weird, I wonder why? What a mystery…

Not to mention it causes cancer, but I’ll address that another day 😀

http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Reports/2002/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-for-Energy-Carbohydrate-Fiber-Fat-Fatty-Acids-Cholesterol-Protein-and-Amino-Acids.aspx

Animal vs. Plant Protein

…to fish or not to fish?

I’ve almost completed my certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University, and my assignment today was to reflect on two lectures and a video presented to us. One of the lectures highlighted the seafood industry, including farming and wild-caught varieties. The assignment was to either write a few short paragraphs (a PSA, if you will) or post a 1-minute video on your ‘Ah-Ha!’ moment, or the moment where you wanted to either lose your shit or vomit on the computer after learning how terribly and quickly we have and are depleting our entire Earth for its resources to feed our insatiable greed.

Anyway, here’s my post. Thought it’d be a great first post for my rant page, ‘the spice’. If you have comments or questions about this topic, please let me know by posting one below. If you’d like me to possibly post on a topic of your choice, I’d love to hear what you have on your mind. No promises, though!

In the United States, most of our communities have abundant access to a variety of food options. Whether it be at the local grocery store, restaurant or fast food joint, Americans have the ability to choose what they want to eat, when they want to eat it. Unfortunately, not all countries are so lucky when it comes to availability and diversity of food.

In 2009, Americans consumed 4.8 billion pounds of seafood, including fish and shellfish, at a rate of only one meal a week. Shockingly, the USDA recommendation is to consume twice that. In developing countries, namely coastal communities, seafood is relied on heavily and makes up approximately 20% of protein intake. Having an increased recommendation of seafood consumption in areas not heavily dependent on it as a primary source of protein directly impacts the livelihood of those that do.

What can you do to ensure you don’t contribute to the instability and depletion of our ocean and the environments that depend on it? Limit your consumption of seafood, including farmed varieties. Not only do farmed fisheries exploit valuable resources in creating their housing for fish, but the excrement of farmed fish is so high in nitrogen that, like fertilizer on land, it creates excessive algae that is consumed by organisms and eventually dies, depleting the polluted area of essential oxygen required for organisms to survive. The future of our oceans and Earth depends on you to make a change. Our future begins now.

1. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/aquaculture/faqs/faq_aq_101.html

2. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ten-tips-eat-seafood

3. http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/3_foodconsumption/en/index5.html