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Plant-Based Foods: Healthful and Honoring to God
December 26, 2011

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

  1. Kale Is In!
  2. Famous Quote: James Cromwell, American film and television actor
  3. Protein in Plant-Based Foods
  4. Bible verse: Luke 1:46-49
  5. 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart
  6. This Week’s Video: John Robbins: Don’t Choose Despair

1. Kale Is In!

With the abundant scientific evidence that a plant-based diet is good for the environment, our health and of course farmed animals due to the inherent cruelty of animal agriculture, people sometimes wonder what the most nutritious and sustainable plant-based foods are. It turns out that kale tops the list for many reasons, including: high content of micronutrients/calorie, anti-inflammatory and immunity booster properties among many others!

Please visit 7 Reasons Kale Is The New Beef:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/organic-authoritycom/7-reasons-kale-is-the-new_b_992633.html


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian.

~ James Cromwell, American film and television actor


3. Protein in Plant-Based Foods

One of the myths surrounding plant-based diets is the belief that they may lack protein. However, plant-based foods are loaded with protein on top of being great sources of antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, fiber, etc. This article explores the health benefits of 10 plant-based foods that are, of course, packed with protein!

Please visit 10 Protein-Packed Plants:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-protein-packed-plants.html

Fortunately, plant-based diets are becoming mainstream and more people everyday are learning about their numerous health benefits. What better way is there to show that we care about our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit, than by adopting a diet that helps us stay healthy, reverse disease, show compassion to God’s animals and help us restore the environment?


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Luke 1:46-49

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

We should emulate Mary's submission to God's will by showing obedience and walking according to Jesus' teachings. Christ exemplifies for us what reflecting God's love really means: showing compassion, mercy and love to all Creation.


5. 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

Dr. Neal Barnard, a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine <http://www.pcrm.org>, who has written 10 books including "Breaking the Food Seduction", explains why adopting a well-balanced plant-based diet helps attain a desirable weight rather quickly by boosting metabolism, and also normalize blood pressure levels as well as glucose and cholesterol. His latest book "21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart," teaches step by step how to easily adopt a plant-based diet, eat all you want and still lose weight.

Please visit Taking the plunge into a vegan diet:
http://www.buffalonews.com/life/health-parenting/article623481.ece

With obesity rates skyrocketing as well as rates of chronic diseases, obviously what most people are eating in the US is one of the culprits and likely that most important one. We have been blessed with an immense variety of delicious and healthy plant-based foods! It’s time for people to recognize that they need to take charge of their health, and one crucial step is to transition to a plant-based diet.


6. This Week’s Video: John Robbins: Don’t Choose Despair

In this short excerpt, bestselling author John Robbins, explains why eating animals is so devastating to our health, our souls, our ethics, God's animals and planet Earth. He encourages people to choose hope over despair emphasizing that it's never too late to do what is right.

Please visit John Robbins: Don't Choose Despair and share with friends and family!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9UNrQ_7e44&feature=player_embedded


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