11 posts categorized "Healthy Eating"

#NOTMYCOOKIES

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I'm torturing myself right now. Aside from Shabbat, which has turned into my cheat day, I've been very good about staying away from such healthy treats like these chocolate chip cookies. First of all, I'd just like to inform you, our educated readers, that there are actually many people here in Israel that really believe canola oil is healthy. It's true! I mean, not that canola oil is healthy. I mean that people believe it's healthy. Well, you get it.

Listen, Schreiner's, just because you make an awesome cookie and I'm giving you a free plug, it doesn't give you the right to advertise your cookies as healthy when they're full of unhealthy ingredients, like canola oil, processed "whole" wheat, sugar, chocolate chips, um, excuse me, but what exactly is healthy in this cookie? So please stop with the false marketing and send me a few free boxes of your most unhealthiest cookies. And brownies. I love your brownies. I mean, I hate your brownies. Hate them! HAAAATEEEE!!!!

I'll tell you why I'm torturing myself. I just ate a cookie. I sound crazy, I know. Believe me, I know. But I wasn't even hungry. Actually, I was totally full. But you know, I work out, I eat right, and I am so bothered that it's so easy to undo everything I spent the last few days/weeks/months doing! 

You know what really drives me crazy? Just walking past these things in the kitchen. Actually, my kitchen is so small that there's no room to walk past them, so I bump into them every time I walk into the kitchen. I'm like, "Oops! Whoa, so sorry about that!... Wait a minute... you look familiar. Have we met somewhere?" I ask the box of cookies as I lean forward with a little flirtatious smile. In the meantime, I've managed to pull a fast one and slid my hand into the box to steal a cookie without the box realizing what I've done. It's because the box has fallen under the magical spell of my charm.

I gotta tell you that for the first time in my life, I'm salivating like Pavlov's dogs when I walk past any bakery. Could it be because I'm not eating it any more? Hmmmm. Will have to think about that possibility. Eureka! I just had a genius idea!

What if I start a one-woman protest called #notmycookies? I could pretend that, even though I bought the cookies and they are literally mine because I own them, I could create this fantasy in which I believe that these cookies really belong to someone else, and one day they're going to come and get them, so I can't in good conscience eat them, because that would be stealing. 

That's right, folks. I don't accept these cookies as my cookies, because I don't agree with the ingredients they're made from. I stand for health, fitness, and looking good, and these cookies stand for sugar (yum,) chocolate (yum yum,) and all those toxic ingredients. And dogs. Why in the world did I just write that? How can cookies stand for dogs? What's wrong with me? BTW, is it true? Can dogs really not eat chocolate? I had two dogs, but I loved them too much to test that theory out.

Since I have a feeling that my protest will not go viral on social media, I have another suggestion as to how we (especially ME) can avoid this constant torture of the chocolate chip cookie and all forbidden foods:

DON'T LET THEM INTO YOUR HOUSEEEE!!!!!! 

When you go to the market, DON'T go down the aisles with all of the processed garbage foods! STAY AWAY from aisles #4,5, and 6! And 7,8,9, and 10! If you find yourself in a war with your hand that refuses to let go of the box of Entenmann's chocolate-covered donuts (my absolute favorite,) smack your hand with your other hand and keep walking!

Have you figured out this week's secret to losing weight? That's right! If you don't see it, you don't want it! Don't you find that to be so true? How many times do you not want a can of Coke until you see the big red Coke truck driving by? Doesn't your mouth start to salivate? Are we all just dogs? Or is it just me?

This week, when you do your shopping, steer clear of the middle of the store. Not only will you find yourself eating less junk throughout the week, but you'll save a whole 'lot of money! I know those snacks and drinks ain't cheap!

Keep in touch with me and let me know how your week is going. Also, I'm starting a new thing. I'm inviting you to send me your recipes with a picture, and each week I'll pick one recipe and post it on Thursday so people can have time to get the ingredients and make it for Shabbat.

Email me your recipes at racheli@breslev.co.il. 

In the meantime, I'm going to help myself to another cookie (or three.) Seriously, how much longer can I drive myself crazy by looking at that box? At least I don't have to prolong my suffering, right?

~Racheli

 

 


Bittersweet Heaven

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I'm starting to realize that I'm a strange kind of health freak. You know, the kind that likes the physical results of being healthy, but if promised that junk food wouldn't take its toll on me, I'd be all over that. Maybe when the Mashiach comes, junk food will suddenly be healthy, yet still taste like junk food. Really, is it too much to ask?

In the meantime, I've perfected my Chocolate Blob recipe, and even though it's only 15 minutes before candlelighting, I just had to share it with you guys. Maybe one of you on the other side of the Atlantic can still make this in time for Shabbat and Tu B'Shvat. 

I call it Bittersweet Heaven. It's just about the same mixture that I posted earlier this (?) week, but instead of the bar of year-old-100% cocoa, I used straight cocoa powder. I melted coconut oil, date honey, cocoa powder, and caco nibs that don't melt. When it was all mixed together, it looked like brown mush. To that, I added walnuts and lots of dried cranberries. When it was still warm, I scooped it out and put it in the fridge. You can add any dried fruit. I bet dried apricot would be out of this world.

If you're feeling fancy, you can roll these into balls, and then they'll look like real truffles. If you're feeling super fancy, you can then roll the balls in dried coconut flakes. OMG, I can't stop thinking about these. Somebody help me!

It's actually much softer than the blob, which is more like a brittle bar. This is kind of chewy. But baker beware: you won't be able to stop eating them!

Have a wonderful Shabbat and Tu B'Shvat!

~Racheli


Cancer Cures: Part II

Fish with Avocado Salsa, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Just look at this gorgeous plate. Doesn't it look amazing? One of our lovely readers, Tena, sent me this picture of her delicious fish with avocado salsa, mashed potatoes, and green beans. I asked her if she would come live in my house and spend the rest of her life cooking for me, but for some reason, my offer didn't sound so appealing to her. If you'd like her recipe, email me at racheli@breslev.co.il and I'll forward it to you.

Today, I'd like to talk about the cause of cancer a little bit further. Since we've been told for so many years that cancer is a disease caused by genetic mutations, I'm aware that it's not going to be easy for many of you to accept that this is not true. Genetic mutations are one of the effects of the actual mechanism that causes cancer cells to grow. 

In fact, cancer is usually not a genetic disease at all. It's a metabolic disease. 

I'll explain this to the best of my ability, but know that this is just a Cliff's notes version. The best way to understand this is to read up on it as much as you can. Here is a great start.  

Cancer cells, just like all cells, run on energy made by mitochondria. Mitochondria are the cell's energy production centers, and are a key component of cellular respiration, which basically means the cell uses the mitochondria to generate ATP, which is energy, and waste products. When the mitochondria don't function properly, this leads to the cell functioning on fermentation metabolism instead of oxidative metabolism, leading to carcinogenic effects and the development of mutated genes called oncogenes (cancer genes.) 

Here's an excellent video by Thomas Seyfreid, Ph.D., with the full explanation of how cancer is a metabolic disease. You don't want to miss this, believe me! 

After reading about all of these chemical reactions that I totally don't understand and thanking God that I didn't end up going to medical school, I'm left with the clear realization that in most cases, diet really is the number one contributing factor to the growth and remission of cancer! 

It is well-known that cancer cells love sugar. Unfortunately for us, sugar is the primary fuel that we live on. As I wrote in Bye, Bye, Diabetes, intermittent fasting and a ketogenic diet are the keys to switching from sugar-burning mode to fat-burning mode. When the body runs on fat-burning mode, it is in ketosis, and this is one of the ways that it is able to revert its damaged mitochondrial respiration from fermentation to oxidation. 

Dr. Seyfried explains: "I think that's an important point. One of the things that trigger cancer is inflammation. We have inflammation. Chronic high levels of blood sugar create inflammation. This you see in a lot of situations. Glucose itself is not carcinogenic, but elevated dysregulated glucose metabolism can lead to inflammation, and can cause a number of other disturbances in the overall metabolism of the body. If you fast, if you stop eating, your blood sugar goes down. Your insulin levels go down. The body starts to metabolize fat for energy."

When you change your fuel source from sugar to fat, you're in ketosis, and you're producing less ROS (reactive oxygen species,) which are the things that cause mutations in the DNA. 

Dr. Seyfried also warns against consuming high amounts of animal protein. Besides glucose, cancer cells also use glutamine as a fuel. Glutamine is the most common amino acid in protein. Therefore, if you want to lower your glutamine levels and not feed the cancer cells, you've got to lower your animal protein intake. Dr. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, recommends that animal protein intake be no higher than 10% of your diet. He says that the typical Western diet is made up of 30% animal protein.  

In order to achieve ketosis, you need to drop your net carb intake down to below 100 grams a day, and preferably below 50 grams a day. Net carbs = total carbs - fiber. And remember, to get into fat-burning mode, you need to go 12 hours minimum without eating. That's why intermittent fasting is so crucial. It allows your body to access its fat stores and use those as fuel, while at the same time keeping insulin levels low and allowing the liver to get rid of all of that sugar and toxin mixture that's been plugging it up for so long. 

Mitochondrial dysfunction doesn't just cause cancer. It also causes Alzheimer's, diabetes, Parkinson's, ALS, seizures, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc. 

This brings us back to what I wrote yesterday's post: proper diet and exercise are the keys to preventing and curing cancer! 

And one more thing... in my article, Medical Vampires, I wrote that Hashem doesn't want us to be sick. The problem is that we've become so complacent and stuck in victim mentality, that we rationalize that Hashem caused us to get sick for reasons unbeknownst to us. While that may be the case for a small minority, (of which I'm assuming is made up of mostly young children,) I don't believe this to be the case for adults. We've had enough years to mess up our bodies with toxic diets and lazy lifestyles, and it's not fair to blame Hashem when we suffer the unfortunate circumstances.

Dr. Seyfried seems to agree with me: "Once you realize what cancer is, that it's a metabolic disease, you can take charge of those kinds of things. In other words, getting cancer is not God's will. It's not bad luck."

Let's finally take control of our health with the blessings of good information, healthy diets, and lots of exercise!

~Racheli

 

 


Cancer Cures: Part I

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That's a nice fruit plate, if I do say so myself. I try to make a variation like this for the kids every day. I don't always succeed, but I've found that making the pieces easy to grab makes them more likely to get eaten by boys on the run. Give it a try with your kids and let me know how it goes! 

It's terrifying to think about, but all of us knows at least several people that have been diagnosed with cancer, lo aleinu. What I find more terrifying is that so many people are still pursuing the western medical modality of chemo/radiation, without much thought as to natural cancer cures. These people need to understand two things: First, the approach of western medicine is to kill disease, not to build up the body's strength so it can use its innate healing abilities and cure itself. Second, it approaches disease in such a myopic, fragmented way. 

This is totally backwards. Think about it. If the body were strong and healthy, it would be able to fight off disease without letting it destroy us. So killing disease without strengthening the body is short-sighted. What's scary about the second approach is that by default, it separates the cause of the disease from the effects. Therefore, we are relieved of all responsibility of having contributed to the disease by our diets and lifestyles. This puts us in complete victim mode, and as a result, we let the doctor do as he wishes - which, many times, leads to other negative long-term consequences. 

Well, I don't know about you, but I am fed up with this approach. 

I'm fed up of hearing about parents burying their children. I'm fed up of hearing about young children burying their parents. I'm fed up of the ignorance and naivete that we still have regarding cancer and its causes. I'm fed up with people still holding on to the belief that it's a genetic disease, and there's nothing they could have done to prevent it. People! Genetics only accounts for 2-3% of cancer cases! Dr. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, and many other doctors and research scientists already know and have proven that most cancers are caused by poor diet and lifestyle! 

Contrary to popular belief, cancer is not a death sentence, unless caught in the much later stages. And even then, there is hope that these cases can recover as well, as has been proven time and time again. As we all know, knowledge is power, and it's time to use that knowledge to promote a long, healthy life. 

If you are currently on a cancer therapy regimen, by no means can you stop without the approval of your doctor! The following suggestions can work in tangent with your treatment, and you must discuss them with your doctor before you begin them. Also, note that this list is short by design. There are so many wonderful sites out there, and our main objective is to provide you with the knowledge that chemo and radiation is not the only solution, nor is it always the best solution to cancer. 

Here are some of the top proven natural cancer cures in the world. Please share this info with others!

1) Proper diet - Eat mostly vegetables and fruits, and a modest amount of whole grains and complex carbs. Keep animal product consumption to below 5%, as per Dr. Campbell's recommendations. If you really want to be aggressive, stay away from animal products altogether. Animal protein has been correlated with a higher incidence of most cancers. Just the amount of antibiotics and hormones the animals get should be enough to deter us from eating them. Also, white flour and sugar and all processed foods should be COMPLETELY AVOIDED!

Our bodies make and destroy cancer cells all the time. But when the environment gets too unhealthy, this promotes disease, and there's no end to the madness that these diseases can make in our bodies. 

2) Gerson Therapy - This approach treats all kinds of diseases based on the understanding that our bodies get sick because of toxicity and nutritional deficiency. It works by feeding the body with massive amounts of cleansing fruit and vegetable juices, along with nutritional supplements, which give the body its strength to fight disease. It also uses coffee enemas to cleanse the liver from its toxic overload, so it can properly filter out all of the impurities from the blood and allow the immune system to work better. There is so much information on the link, and it's well worth your while to read it all.  

3) IV Vitamin C - Known as one of the most powerful destroyer of free radicals, vitamin C has long been known to be a cure for cancer and many other types of chronic diseases. It works by turning into hydrogen peroxide when coming into contact with iron and other heavy metals. The hydrogen peroxide kills the cancer cells by damaging their DNA and shutting down their energy supply. 

However, I recently found out to my great dismay that the FDA is doing everything they can to keep this therapy from being available to us. Shocker.

4) Hydrogen Peroxide - This powerful molecule stimulates natural killer cells, which attack cancer and other disease cells. T-cells release H2O2, which kills viruses, fungi, and bacteria. There's tons of info on H2O2 and cancer, so read up on it! 

5) The Cancer Tutor is an excellent website with tons and tons of info on natural treatments. They do a great job at explaining how cancer grows, and they show that there can be different approaches to different types of cancers. This is a lot of reading, but well worth it. 

6) Vitamin D and sunlight- Vitamin D is another extremely powerful cancer fighter. Many studies have been done with many types of cancer patients, even those with inflammatory breast cancer, which is the most aggressive form of breast cancer. Amazingly, these studies came up with the same general results: more vitamin D in the blood = higher likelihood of surviving cancer and less likelihood of remission, and higher chances of long-term survival. Less vitamin D in the blood = the exact opposite.

Vitamin D is excellent for our overall well-being, and usually 15 minutes a day of direct sunlight exposure is sufficient. However, it would be a good idea to supplement with D3 drops. I've seen recommendations of dosages to be anywhere between 1,000 IU and 5,000 IU. If you are considering taking a dose that's on the higher part of this range, consult with your doctor first. Here's a secret about vitamin D: it's a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it needs to be taken with a fat in order for the body to absorb it properly. Taking drops by themselves won't do you much good.

7) Intermittent Fasting - This is another powerful way to rid the body not only of cancer, but of many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. You can check out my recommendation for curing diabetes using fasting in Bye Bye, Diabetes!   Here's a wonderful video explaining why fasting works as a cure for cancer. BTW, I do the intermittent fasting/slightly moderated keto diet every day, and I work out in the mornings, and I've never felt better in my life! I absolutely recommend this to everyone! The above link is also full of info, and well worth the read.

8) Here's another great and informative website of natural cancer treatments by Dr. Axe. 

9) Personal Prayer - It's amazing that, if you ask a cancer survivor to tell you what they think helped them survive their treatments and get their cancer into remission, many will say that prayer played a large part in their healing process. If you've read Rav Arush's books, you'll certainly find that as no surprise. But I have to remind us all (especially me,) that praying is not just asking Hashem to take away your suffering. That's a good start, as it shows you recognize that Hashem gave you that suffering in the first place. However, we need to internalize that the suffering was given to us for a reason, and the best way to do that is with personal prayer. I highly recommend that everyone read The Garden of Gratitude.

Whether it's cancer, another disease, or any other tribulation from the endless list, Rebbe Nachman explains that gratitude unlocks tremendous Heavenly mercy and invokes miraculous salvations!  It is our wish here at the Beams that all of our dear readers and everyone in the entire world enjoy long, full lives of blessing, success, joy, health, and an ever-growing connection with our Creator. 

Tomorrow, G-d willing, I'm going to elaborate on the real cause of cancer - and it ain't genetics! 

If you've had a positive experience using one of these treatments or something I haven't listed, please write in! We would all appreciate your input!

Today is a very auspicious day for increasing one's income, so check out the post below to find out just how to do that! 

~Racheli


Let Them Eat Tehina Cake!

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Awwww, yeah.... 

You know you want some.

I have to come to terms with the fact that I am obsessed with cake. My yetzer starts working overtime when Shabbat approaches. "You've been eating so healthy all week, my dear," he sneers, so full of concern for my health and well-being. "Why don't you just enjoyyy yourself on Shabbat? You've earned it..." Amazingly, my yetzer looks like the wicked witch from Snow White. "I'm gonna stuff your face with poison apple, yetzer!" I wanted to swat her with my spatula, but then I realized that swatting myself in the head might be a conflict of interest. 

Earlier this week, I posted Rebbetzin Brody's amazing tehina bread recipe. But I had to figure out some way to turn it into cake, so I could eat as much as I want on Shabbat without exploding. And, eureka! I have done it!

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Okay, that picture is seriously huge, and I don't know how to fix it. Sorry.

So here's what I did. I took the original recipe and tweaked it up a bit, whatever that means: 5 eggs, about 3/4 cup tehina, 2T honey (or date honey,) 3 almost-rotten bananas (very ripe,) 1 zucchini shredded, a few handfuls of cacao chips, dried cranberries, crushed walnuts (roughly chopped is also fine,) lots of pumpkin seeds,  2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, pinch of salt, lots and lots of cinnamon, a good sprinkling of ground clove and ground ginger, and lots of siyata dishmaya (Heavenly help.) 

I'm sorry that I can't give you proper amounts, but I don't have enough patience to measure things out. Just be generous with your seasoning.

I first mashed the bananas, then added the eggs, honey, and tehina and mixed it all up with a fork. Then I added the baking soda, powder, and seasonings. Then I added the shredded zucchini. Then, I threw in the cranberries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and cacao chips. You can use chocolate chips if you prefer. 

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I gotta say that I'm blown away by my photography skills. Couldn't you eat the batter just like that?

Then, I did the smart thing and put the batter into two rectangular cake tins. 

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I loaded up the toppings again and put another generous helping of cinnamon on the top. OMG, I just realized that I have no idea how long I baked it for! Just check the thing with a knife starting at 20 minutes. It will look very well done, and the cranberries may even get a little burnt, but trust me dahlings, the flavor will be out of this world!

One more thing: the cake has a very spongy and moist texture. I like it, but if you prefer something more dense, add 1/2 cup of flour, preferably whole wheat. 

Please let me know if you made this! Wishing all of you a wonderful, relaxing, and healthy Shabbat!

~Racheli

 


The Health Nudnik

Yesterday, I tried to make an awesome tehina bread from a recipe that Rav Brody's wife gave me. I tried a slice of hers, and it was light, spongy, and very filling. The great part about this bread is that there's no flour; just eggs, tehina, and a few other ingredients. I decided that since I would be making it, I might as well double the recipe because I am a big eater, and maybe someone else in the family might want some. But really I made it for myself.

Here's the before pic. I added some pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts on top.

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I think the green ones are pumpkin seeds, right? Since I doubled the recipe, I had first put the batter into two separate tins, but the amount of batter was so low in each tin, that I decided to combine it all into one tin.

Not a very good idea.

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What a disaster! The top was browning so fast on the right end, that I decided to cut that piece off. But when I cut into it, the inside was still completely liquid, so it poured out into the empty space in the tin. Then, the top was bubbling out tehina from the middle of the bread, and spreading all over the pretty pumpkin seeds. This thing looks terrible. Thank God my stomach doesn't have eyes, because it's really awesome! That is, if you like the taste of tehina. If you don't, you probably find this bread revolting. 

You know what the best part about this bread is, besides that it has no flour? It doesn't have processed sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Yes, it does have date syrup, but this is a healthier alternative to sugar. It has a lower glycemic index, and this is one of the keys to losing weight and being healthy. 

Since I've been bombarding our fine readers with my health craziness, I thought that I would give myself a more formal title. Mike Adams of Natural News calls himself the Health Ranger. Since that was already taken, I've decided to call myself the Health Nudnik. I bet you no one's come up with that yet. And if they did, please don't tell them that I'm using their title.

This week, I thought I'd be a nudnik about sugar. You know, white poison. The Devil. Death by sweet powder. Sugar is arguably the WORST thing we put in our bodies. There is absolutely NO benefit to eating this stuff. I'm talking about all types of processed sugars and high fructose corn syrup. There's tons of info on the harmful effects of sugar, so I don't need to post them here. But here's the two things that I found most important: sugar has been linked to cause cancer, and sugar gives bacteria in the mouth energy and food, basically supercharging them and encouraging them to eat your teeth for dinner. 

This week, take the challenge of staying away from sugary foods as much as possible. NO sodas, including diet sodas, no processed white breads. Don't be fooled by the lowfat dairy products. They just substitute the fat with sugar, which will turn into fat anyways in your body. 

Here's a list of sugar substitutes with their glycemic index. 

I know that it's basically impossible to stay away from sugar altogether. But, we can limit the sugar to a very large extent. I want you to remember this important fact as your motivation: sugar raises insulin. If you eat something high in simple sugars, such as fructose, your insulin will shoot up in order to keep the massive amounts of sugar you've ingested out of your bloodstream. The problem, as I wrote in my diabetes post, is that insulin also tells the body to store calories as fat. So if you're eating high sugar products, all of the sugar that you don't burn off will be stored as fat.

It's a recipe for health disaster. 

If you have a sweet tooth, eat a fruit. While it does have sugar, it is more slowly digested, and many fruits have fiber, which also slows the absorption of sugar. 

Once you're off of the sugary treats, you'll notice that you don't crave them as much. That's because sugar is addictive, just like a drug. In fact, sugar stimulates your brain to release dopamine, which is a pleasure chemical. Drugs do the same thing. I'm pretty sure jewelry also does the same thing. 

Many dairy products such as milk and yogurt have tons of sugar, so limit these as much as you can. The other bad thing about sugar is that after eating something with lots of sugar in it, you won't feel satisfied or necessarily full. When you eat things low in sugar, you don't feel the need to keep eating - unless you're eating processed foods loaded with MSG, which is a subject for another time.

In conclusion, cutting out the sugar as much as you can will lead to significant weight loss, cure your diabetes, keep you from suffering through those energy highs and lows throughout the day, and will improve your health in massive ways. You'll even think more clearly. 

Speaking of massive, here's something to think about before we part: why does Big Medicine put the focus of diabetes and obesity on genetics or forces that are beyond our control, when these health problems are clearly linked with poor diet? Because they get massive profits from their repeat customers! How can they make billions a year if people suddenly start eating like they're supposed to, because they've finally come to terms with the fact that their diet is usually the source of all of their health problems? 

Please keep in touch with us and let us know how your almost sugar-less week is going!

To your health!

~Racheli


Reverse Heart Disease!

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Something's not right here. 

As I was cleaning up after the kids, I sat on the carpet and - OMG that Airwick automatic spray thingy just scared the daylights out of me, but wow, does it smell good! - just enjoyed sitting for a few minutes. That's when I noticed that there were an awful lot of Playmobile guys with missing limbs. I'm totally baffled as to how this happened, but I have some theories:

1) They were guests of Procrustes.

2) They all got in a gang fight.

3) One (or more) of my kids was really hungry and I wasn't able to prepare his food in time.

4) They were in a war.

5) They're actually a warrior tribe that cuts off limbs and uses them in their bloody sacrificial rituals. 

6) They didn't read my diabetes post and continued on with their unhealthy lifestyle until they were forced to amputate a limb or two. 

Did you see the guy with half his body missing? What's up with that?

So these poor little guys got me thinking: they can never regain their limbs. But we, on the other hand, can regain our health. Our bodies are not just incredibly miraculous creations that work in extremely complex ways. They are also capable of reversing years of damage and restoring themselves to perfect health! 

This week I want to talk about heart disease. The sad reality is, that as much as we're terrified of cancer, heart disease kills more people each year than cancer. Every year, about 610,000 people in the U.S. alone die from heart disease. That's 1 out of every 4 deaths! It's also the leading cause of death in both men and women. Most of you probably know at least one person with some type of heart issue, and you also probably know one or two that have died from a heart attack. 

Now as much as modern medicine has created all types of very sophisticated treatments in the management of heart disease, they have done nothing to help cure it. Now I firmly believe that knowledge is power; so Rav Brody and I are going to do our best to provide you with the knowledge you need to regain your power over your health and your life.

Let's start with the nature of heart disease. Folks, heart attacks don't occur suddenly. Just because we don't see the symptoms until it's too late, it doesn't mean that this silent killer hasn't been progressing for many years. In fact, Dr. Colin Campbell writes that it's a disease that takes a lifetime to create.

What does this mean? Well, to answer that, let's first understand what plaque is. Plaque is the waxy coating that lines the arteries. It's made from fats including cholesterol, proteins, immune system cells, and other things that I have no idea about. Over time, the plaque builds up and creates an increasingly narrow passageway for the blood to pass through the arteries. If the blockage is large enough, a heart attack will occur.

Now I want everyone to put on their common sense hats and think for a moment. If heart disease takes a lifetime to build up, and it's a result of increased cholesterol and proteins in the arteries, and it is such a prevalent killer, then why are we eating such unhealthy diets? Even mainstream medicine acknowledges that diet is a key in preventing heart disease, even though they won't give you proper guidelines.

But we at the Beams will.

If you eat a diet that's mostly animal fat and protein, where do you think all of that animal fat and protein goes? Does it magically bypass your circulatory system? Nope. Does it magically bypass your fat cells? I wish. So where does it end up? That's right! In your arteries and your internal organs.

Just like the engine of a sports car, if you fill it with low octane fuel, it's not going to run well. But if you fill it with higher quality, high-octane fuel, it will run as it's supposed to. So why do we think our bodies are any less sophisticated than a car engine? 

If you fill your body with fat, empty carbs, sugar, and processed junk, then your body will not perform as it was meant to. And, it'll break down much faster than if you were to feed it properly.

So let's talk about animal protein, which I know is a very controversial topic among our readers. As I have said before, I have no problem with keto/paleo/LCHF diets. HOWEVER. IF you are getting most of your calories and fat from animal fat, I believe that this is extremely unhealthy in the long run. Like I said before, all that fat's gotta go somewhere.

I feel that it is just too easy to go from adding globs of coconut oil to your eggs to stuffing your face with a Porterhouse steak twice a week. Although the keto diet is not Atkins, many of us just don't do the whole moderation thing very well, and we can easily tend to go to extremes. Therefore, if you do want to attempt such a diet for weight loss, please be aware of how much animal protein you're eating. 

In "The China Study," Dr. Campbell has shown an incredibly strong correlation between the amount of animal protein eaten and the rates of heart disease. He also cites many other studies done in countries across the world that show similar results. As Dr. Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. Dean Ornish (who are well-known and respected experts in the field of cardiac health) say, the key to reversing and curing heart disease is with a proper diet! 

Your doctor may be able to prescribe you pills to artificially lower your cholesterol, but he can do very little to treat the cause of your heart disease. There are those who are very high risk that must use cholesterol lower medications, beta-blockers, etc., in order to keep their symptoms from spiraling into a heart attack. However, along with those medications, they need to change their lifestyle!

So here's what to do:

1) Get educated! Read "The China Study." Check out the two amazing doctors that I have given you the links for above. 

2) Exercise at least 3 times a week! I know you think it's impossible because you just don't have time. But I promise, if you want to do it, you'll make the time, just like I do every day!

3) Drink plenty of water! Water helps to keep the blood from becoming too sticky and sludgy. Very important!

4) Cut out the junk! Do I really need to elaborate?

5) Eat mostly unprocessed, whole fruits and vegetables, and eat whole grains to get your carb fix. As Hippocrates wrote, "Let thy medicine be thy food and thy food be thy medicine."

Hashem gave our bodies the ability to rejuvenate and heal. He also gave us the tools to aid them in maintaining a healthy state of being - fruits and vegetables. Let's stop trying to be uber-sophisticated and get back to basics. If you want to be healthy, you've got to eat healthy. There's just no two ways about it.

We'd love to hear your feedback, and wish you a rejuvenating, happy, and healthy day! 

~Racheli