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Plant-Based, A Diet that Works
July 30, 2012

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

  1. Why Daniel’s Fast Works
  2. Famous Quote: John Robbins, author of many best-sellers including "Diet for a New America"
  3. Protein Content of Vegetables vs. Animal Flesh
  4. Bible verse: Isaiah 11:6
  5. Get Calcium from Plant-Based Foods!
  6. This Week’s Video: John Robbins: Don’t Choose Despair

1. Why Daniel’s Fast Works
 
Most people want to be healthy and in order to be healthy we should strive to stay within a normal range of weight. Pastor Rick Warren has encouraged his congregation to lose a lot of weight and get healthier by adopting Daniel’s Fast, based on the biblical story told in the book of Daniel. In the story, Daniel refuses the rich foods the King was offering him and instead chooses vegetables, and ends up healthier and stronger than those who ate the King’s food laden with animal products.

Please visit Pastor Rick Warren Using Book of Daniel to Get People to Lose Weight: http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2012/05/31/pastor-rick-warren-using-book-of-daniel-to-get-people-to-lose-weight/  
 
I think the Bible is clear that God’s ideal diet for us is a plant-based diet whenever possible. After all, the book of Genesis tells us that God prescribed a vegan diet to Adam and Eve. As stewards of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit, doing our best to stay healthy while showing compassion and love to other creatures is a great way to honor God and celebrate Creation! 


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
"Animals do not 'give' their life to us, as the sugar-coated lie would have it. No, we take their lives. They struggle and fight to the last breath, just as we would do if we were in their place."
 
~ John Robbins, author of many best-sellers including Diet for a New America 


3. Protein Content of Vegetables vs. Animal Flesh
 
This is a very informational chart about the protein content of various green vegetables vs. meat. It shows that the human body can obtain enough protein easily from a plant-based diet, without the saturated fat and cholesterol found in meat.

Please visit Protein Content of Green Vegetables Compared to Meat? :
http://www.drfuhrman.com/faq/question.aspx?sid=16&qindex=9


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Isaiah 11:6
 
"The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them."
 
Isaiah's prophecy of a peaceable kingdom helps us envision the world that we, advocates of God's Creation, are working tirelessly to create: a world where the God-given rights of all creatures are respected and honored; and where love, joy and peace rule.  


5. Get Calcium from Plant-Based Foods!
 
A new study published this week in the online edition of the British journal “Heart” indicated that getting calcium from pills could raise the risk of heart disease. Seemingly, the best and safer sources of calcium are plant-based, such as tofu, collard greens and kale.

Please visit For heart health, get calcium from vegan foods:
http://www.examiner.com/article/for-heart-health-get-calcium-from-vegan-foods
 
It should be of no surprise that God’s ideal diet for us, a plant-based diet from whole foods, is the most beneficial for us. Although it might seem very convenient to pop a pill instead of planning a balanced diet, the reality is that we might be doing more harm than good. Being good stewards of our bodies requires us to invest time and care in staying healthy and celebrating the gift of life! 


6. This Week’s Video - John Robbins: Don’t Choose Despair
 
John Robbins -- bestselling author and iconic figure in the environmental, health and compassion movements -- has a message for difficult times: don't choose despair. Choose to dream and work to make your dream a reality. This is a short video excerpt from John's talk at the 2011 Healthy Lifestyle Expo.

Watch the clip and be inspired: John Robbins: Don't Choose Despair:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i9UNrQ_7e44


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