Are there benefits to eating healthy?

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When we think of a person being healthy what does that mean? Are there health benefits to eat this way?  This question baffled my mind for a long period of time. I got the teaser when I was a young teen from a friend.  It has grown ever since.   Now it’s decades later and I am embracing that decision to change from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a Happy More Fresh Diet as a vegan, eating a plant based diet.  Eating organics is king.

This picture below is a typical diet for most people.  You?

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Standard American Diet (beef/bun/cheese/chips)

When I see an edible weed grow in my garden or a cucumber seed being born I get excited as if I just delivered a baby.  You may wonder why the excitement.  It’s because I know where it comes from.  There are no chemicals used here.   I grow organically.  It is that same feeling I get when I grow sprouts inside the house.

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Dandelion (edible weed you see here)

The feeling…

The feeling is an excitement of joy seeing some new birth come forth.  It is a happy feeling that brings me pleasure knowing I created it –”mothered” it.  Now I get to see the efforts of my hands in a bountiful crop.  Now with edible weeds I don’t pay much attention to making them grow. Many times they volunteer to show up.  They are welcome and wanted here for smoothies or in salads.

The benefits…

1. Husband’s health

Little did I know when I changed my lifestyle I would be reaping many benefits including health to my body and my pocketbook.  When my husband had a seizure over 35 years ago, the benefits of beginning on this journey proved amazing. He was healed of epilepsy in “six” weeks. Yes, six weeks! How many can say that?  I can’t say brain injured people can have this same turn around.  I do say to never quit from trying.

2. Aging

It may be a big thing when you are 21 and reading this blog but when you get up there to be 40 or older you will appreciate feeling great.  Some like myself may be a minority feeling stuck at 18 and aging backwards the natural way.  I am not talking about taking a pricey supplement. Now pricey is determined by your own budget. I am not comparing pricey to one that is sold at the health food store but one that may be sold through a private company  you become a member of.

I am saying this is bad either.  It all depends on your budget I assume.  There is joy eating more organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables.  It’s a lifestyle of decades for me now.  I am finally reaping the rewards.  Who would have known about these benefits till now when I can’t relate to those on drugs world talk.  Just not part of my world to understand.  Young people think party when young. I think aging backwards is like a party with all the energy I have to share.

3. Diseases…

“Diseases Don’t Just Happen” is a dvd by Dr. Lorraine Day who I met a few times at her limited speaking engagements.  She won the victory over breast cancer.  For some healthy people diseases I believe can happen.  Stress surely can contribute to diseases.   You may have heard stress kills.  Yes it can.  However, when you have eaten healthy for many years it is easier to rebuild the immune system then just starting out.  I could be wrong, but my theory.  When starting out you have to learn this new way and  and that can be stressful in itself especially if you are in a fight for your life.

4. Financial health…

You may wonder what’s this have to do with anything.  Well, if you are fighting some diseases and need your prescriptions then it can costly.  So really today I see “health is wealth.”  Why rob your wealth system by being sick?  Try to invest time in learning and living as close to a healthier lifestyle you choose and see the benefits.

Reflecting and Acting…

You may think you will never grow old, but still it can happen Why wait?  Why not start to get a healthy eating lifestyle plan in place. I suggest a vegan one with mainly fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Carol Giambri is a writer, photographer, gardener and health food specialist living a green lifestyle for decades.  She sees beauty around her and always has her camera in hand.  It can be a dog, fruit, vegetable, cloud or whatever catches her eyes.  She loves saving money, coaching people how to embrace healthy eating, gardening and living. Carol is now raising “worms.”

 

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Kim Hawkins July 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

It makes me happy to know someone has found a way to a healthier life that works for them. My husband and I made some changes which mainly included eating more “whole foods” and what a difference it has made. I’m looking to eat more veggies and fruits but not ready to leave it all behind–I still like a good steak now and then.

Heather July 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

We eat HORRIBLY but we always make sure to have fruits and vegetables each day, PLUS I walk 2-4 miles most evenings (walk in place with the wii fit). Changing my eating habits bit by bit, but I eat processed fake eggs (egg beaters) and corn chips for dinner for example. Can you post some sample menus of what you eat? I’d love to see that. You’re an inspiration!

Michael McDonald July 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

Having just turned 45 I can totally relate. I have done my body much disservice over the years but now having changed my eating and nutrition habits as well as using one of those supplements you talk about I am in the best physical and mental shape of my life. Still have some work to do but it is a total lifestyle change that will benefit me for years to come. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri July 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Kim,
Awesome step by step changes. I used to eat tons of meat and no regrets giving it up. It wasn’t hard as hubby had epilepsy over 35 years back and through the changes he was healed in SIX weeks. He’s still epilepsy free!

Carol Giambri July 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Heather,
Awesome about making time for walking with a few businesses and kiddos needing special “attention.” My lifestyle is very simple so having recipes to post of my typical days is not something I do. However when I have put out a program or create some ebooks that would be part of my game plan way to help others transition. I don’t do the chips. Used to but was a calorie waste to me. I am a vegan so that means no animal products. Right now I am looking at 4 large heads of a cabbage needing my attention on my counter. It could be sauerkraut, coleslaw or even some stuffed cabbage. I’m a fast food “chef” in my home. Not time to waste on scrubbing pots/pans, but washing/rinsing fast. Glad I inspire you. Keep me posted.

Christiane Marshall July 27, 2012 at 8:49 am

Hi Carol. Inspiring post. I love stories like your husband’s epilepsy story! Have you gotten into cultured foods like sauerkraut or kimchee? Christiane

Carol Giambri July 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hi Christiane,
I do sauerkraut all the time and have tried kimchee. Yes, I too love being inspired by others stories as well when society says “impossible” I think “watch me.”

Carol Giambri July 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Michael, the exciting comments you shared is that you started and it is a total lifestyle change. It takes time but the benefits outweigh the disease model of more and more medications to fix the problem. I say “mask” the problem but create new ones. I am speaking from seeing others suffer by not changing but taking a pill or a drug that is prescribed. There is so much natural stuff out there one just has to dig a wee bit and find natural answers. For things like MS, Lupus, fibro., and other such diseases I have heard of great results by lifestyle changes as you are adopting. Way to go! Bravo! It’s a great journey.

Sharon O'Day July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I haven’t gone as far as you have, Carol, because I still eat small portions of meat protein (fish, pork, etc.). But I banned “white stuff” (sugars, flours, etc.) from my house years ago. I just got back from shopping for the week, and there’s not a single box or can (except cat food!) … just tons of fresh veggies and some fruits. Next you’ll find me planting something: you’ve put that darn bug in my ear! ;-)

Susan Mckenzie July 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Healed of epilepsy in 6 weeks! That will get anyone’s attention real fast – what a victory, Carol!

I must be changing… when I saw your hamburger and chips plate, I felt ‘yucky’ just looking at it… especially compared to the LIVE and growing food. I know our bodies are programmed for the live and growing food… I love how it makes you happy! It makes me happy, too!!!

Pat Moon July 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Carol, thanks for an inspiring article. I’m like Sharon, I do eat small portions of meat (after all I am a beef cattle ranch gal) but with that small portion of meat, I eat tons of fresh veggies and some fruit. The main dairy I eat are eggs, tiny bit of butter, tiny bit of shredded cheese occasionally, and yogurt. We haven’t used regular milk for years because hubby is lactose intolerant. Just recently have switched from soy milk to almond milk. Dinner last evening was a tossed salad of fresh greens, tomato, cucumber, celery, and avocado. I sauteed in olive oil chopped carrots, yellow squash, onion, garlic, spinach, and 1/2 chopped chicken thigh. The sauteed veggies were served on top of the tossed salad seasoned with sea salt, turmeric, red pepper flakes. A great tasty and simple meal with easy, easy cleanup… may repeat it again tonight. Carol, I have a question. As a vegan do you eat grains?

Carol Giambri July 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Sharon, Wow, wow. It proves that anyone can change at any age. A big virtual hug to your changes. Way to go! Yippee! You have to feel so much better Small changes are big changes to some. So go girl! Yes you can!!

Carol Giambri July 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Susan,
Yes, that is a victory when you don’t hear of healings from formal diagnosis and also healing testing afterwards. Yes, he was willing to change this time and before even diagnosis no way. You can change a step at a time. You decide the size of the step. Yes you can do it with help and encouragement from me and others. Glad the picture was revealing.

Carol Giambri July 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Pat,
Wow, you are moving along fast. Yeah for you. I do eat grains but very little and seldom. I prefer to eat mainly fresh foods because I “eat to live” and not “live to eat.” I do love food so even now switching up gears more. Imagine that!

Dr. Sarah David July 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

Thanks for sharing such an inspirational post Carol! I am learning new information from you about the benefits of eating healthy and growing organic foods.

Dr. Daisy Sutherland July 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

WooHoo!! Love this post and your way of life…that’s exactly how we live and how we have raised our children. I like to say we spoil them with ‘real’ food:) Because of how we live, we have saved loads of $$…no illnesses, no immunizations, no weight issues, no depression, and the list goes on and on…love it!!:) Thanks for sharing your beautiful post:)

Carol Giambri July 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Dr. Daisy, My pleasure to share and help all willing to explore changing.

Carol Giambri July 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Dr. Sarah,
I am glad I am making a small impact in eating healthier and gardening. Yeah to you!

Christiane Marshall August 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

Carol, Kimchee recipe! : )

Edmund Lee August 1, 2012 at 1:30 am

I’m so grateful that I have recently become more aware of my health in the past few years. This year in particular I have stepped up my efforts as I have been very MINDFUL of the ingredients in the food that I eat. I have officially minimized any unhealthy or unnatural additives and I have made the transition to incorporating organic vegetables into my diet on a daily basis.

I’m still young and I don’t know what the benefits are, but we’ll see what happens down the road. Making that transition is unlike any other feeling in the world. It’s one of joy and satisfaction knowing that you’re giving the body what it needs to be healthy.

Carl Mason-Liebenberg August 1, 2012 at 3:52 am

Carol, you are so right about whole foods and health. Real food=real results for health and wellness! It really is pure logic and wisdom. Nature has made perfect provision for us…we just have to embrace it!

Carol Giambri August 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Carl, so right on. Just a a choice that stems from wisdom.

Carol Giambri August 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Edmund, step by step you will realize that this change may not see the true benefits while you are young; but, wait till you age and others are all medicated for pain and you are out there on the floor dancing or rolling around with some little kids. You will remember then that it you started way back here. Yeah organics.

Carol Giambri August 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Christiane, Really been very long and seldom for kimchee making. I don’t have any of my recipes for this. I can imagine how it is made, but not a love of slimmy seaweed makes it a deterrent. I do love seaweed but not this way.

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