Thai Twin Restaurant (Bridgeview)

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A great example of dinner that is delicious, nutritious and plant-based.

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Sandwich and salad at Panera Bread

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If you were interested in eating a good dish at Panera Bread, ask for the Mediterranean Veggie Panini and a Greek Salad. Hold the cheese. Very good healthy plant-based lunch or dinner.

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sugar

Sugar keeps us going, providing warmth, energy, and a mucus coating for vital organs.

Sugar is essential to life, but excess sugar is linked to many problems. Too much sugar causes unhealthy amounts of mucus and swelling. Excess sugar acidifies the blood, depletes the body of Vitamin B and other minerals, which may have an effect on hair health. Too much sugar can throw off the body’s pH levels. Calcium is taken out of your bones to neutralize the blood levels, leading to bone loss and arthritis. Excess sugar is the leading cause of obesity, as insulin store excess energy as fat.

Eastern medicine states the amount of protein needed depends on the amount of carbohydrates (sugar) you eat, and vice versa (the amount of carbohydrates you need depends on the amount of protein you eat). The more sugar eaten, especially refined sugar, the bigger desire for protein, which is found in animal products.

All plant foods contain sugar. By eating plant foods, you will get the energy you need along with important vitamins and nutrients.

What about honey? Honey has more energy than table sugar. Traditionally, honey has been used as a medicine to relieve pain, moisten dryness and treat dry throat and cough.

Honey is very rich in nutrients but takes a lot of energy to make. It takes one bee, working 8 hours a day, a month to gather a teaspoon of honey.

Sugar may be the biggest factor affecting our health. Eating an unprocessed diet is the best way to eat a healthy amount of sugar.

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how much water should I drink?

The best advice concerning water is, “listen to your body, and drink according to thirst.”

When too much of water is taken, one tends to be attracted to animal products to balance the body. Too little water results in constipation, tension, overeating, dryness, fevers, inflammations, and feeling too warm. People who have a rich meat diet tend to have too little water in their bodies.

Less water is needed by people who eat fruits, vegetables, and sprouted foods. Vegetarians get most of their water from food. Vegetables and fruit are made up of 90 percent water, while most other vegetarian foods, such as grains and legumes, are more than 80 percent water when cooked. Soups, broths, and teas are nearly all water.

For people who eat a lot of meat, it is recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Excess meat can overload the body with uric acid and other wastes, and water helps clean them out.

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water

Water makes up over 2/3 of our body. 90 percent of our brain, 80 percent of our blood, and 20 percent of our bones are made of water. Water protects our joints, regulates body temperature, and moisturizes the air in our lungs. It is just as important to seek quality water as quality food.

About 90 percent of fruits and vegetables are made of water, the amount the human body needs.

Clean drinking water is a human right; nonetheless, we are running out of quality water. The meat production industry uses more water than the rest of the nation combined, including the manufacturing industry. 60 percent of all crops in the United States is used to grow food for animals, with half of the nations water being drawn by irrigators onto crops.

In addition, slaughterhouses dump animal blood and parts into major waterways. In the United States, the purity and supply of water is seriously damaged as a result of excessive meat eating.

By focusing on a plant-based diet, you will eat quality water and more drinking water will be available.

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protein from animal sources

Animal tissue and milk offers protein, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids, amino acids, sugars, and other nutrients. Nonetheless, only a small amount of meat is digestible. When meat is over-eaten, the undigested portion contributes to mucus conditions, makes one sluggish, and attracted to stimulants such as coffee, refined sugar and alcohol.

Animals are considered less aware than humans. However, they are conscious and able to feel. According to this belief, eating lower forms of animals is better than eating higher forms. It is better to eat eggs, then fish, then birds (chicken, turkey, duck, goose) and lastly red meat. Nutritionally speaking, this belief is true.

Excess dietary fat and cholesterol from red meat and and birds have been linked as the main causes of heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and many other diseases. Fish, on the other hand, is rich in polyunsaturated fat, which helps the body eliminate excess cholesterol.

Simpler animals are less contaminated with pesticides and other contaminants. By eating simpler animals, you waste less of the animal. For example, you can eat an entire egg, but would you eat a bull’s tail, knuckles or bones? The taking of lower order life is nutritionally better than taking higher forms.

A high protein diet also causes the body to become acidic. It leads to urea, which binds to calcium and passes through the urine. Without calcium, bones, nerves and the heart weaken.

Lastly, every unrefined plant food contains all 20 essential amino acids. Plant foods are made up of 5 percent protein. 5 percent is the amount babies receive from the mother’s milk during their most important phase of growth and development. So please include more plant foods in your diet. Nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables and fruits are great protein sources.

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protein

Protein means “primary substance.” Basically, everything is made of protein since everything has structure.

The building blocks of protein are amino acids. There are about 20 amino acids known. Some amino acids our bodies can produce. The amino acids that can not be produced by the body, and must be obtained from food, are called essential amino acids.

Do plant foods contain protein? Truth is, every single unrefined food from the vegetable or animal kingdom has all twenty known amino acids, including essential amino acids.

But, the amount of each amino acid varies. For example, to get vegetable protein that resembles that of meat, you may choose a grain (ie. oats, rice, corn) and legume (beans, lentil, peas) in about two parts grain and one part legume.

Can a pure vegetarian diet make you strong and healthy? It sure does work for deer, horses, and humans. If you want to be strong as a horse, eat like a horse.

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fats

Fats are important for life. Without fat, our body would not be able to break down fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats provide energy, a sense of warmth and security.

Saturated fat is a natural fat found in many plant and animal foods. Saturated fat is associated with inflammation, heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure.

Some believe saturated fat has little to do with disease. The real issue is sugar. Most high animal product, protein diets are also full of sugar, which increases heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure.

Regardless, animal products have large amounts of saturated fats while vegetable food, such as grains vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds are low in saturated fat.

Unsaturated fats monounsaturated fats (great fats for cooking) and polyunsaturated fats (those important omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids). These essential fats the body can not produce.

Polyunsaturates make omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids makes up a large part of the brain, the retina of the eye, and sperm. Omega-3 is important to brain development and growth. Omega-3s encourage blood flow to damaged tissues, enhance the immune system, and strengthen healthy cells while destroying tumor cells.
  • Omega-6 fatty acids promote cancer reversal. They reduce inflammatory conditions, such as eczema and arthritis.
    • Arachidonic acid is an essential fatty acid made from omega-6 and found in animal products. Arachidonic acid releases “leukotrienes,” which heal wounds and injuries, but excess leukotrienes promote breast lumps and inflammations. Arachidonic acid promotes rapid cell division, which can be directly linked to cancer and tumors.

Nuts and seeds are the highest sources of unsaturated fatty acids, which contain essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Nuts and seeds are difficult to digest and should be eaten fresh and in small amounts. Flax seed oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Great sources of unsaturated fat include almond, hazelnut, pecan, pine nut, pumpkin/sqush seed, sesame seed, sunflower seed, walnut, avocado, buckwheat, corn, garbanzo, millet, miso, oats, olive, quinoa, brown rice, sweet rice, and soybean.

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imbalance of omega fats

Traditionally, our ancestors diet was balanced in omega-3 and omega 6-fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acid is important for brain development and growth. Omega-3s encourage blood flow to damaged tissues, enhance the immune system, and strengthen healthy cells while destroying tumor cells.

Omega-6 fatty acids, also known as arachidonic acid, releases “leukotrienes,” which heal wounds and injuries, but excess leukotrienes promote breast lumps and inflammations. Arachidonic acid promotes rapid cell division, which can be directly linked to cancer and tumors.

The ideal diet has one omega-3 fatty acid to one omega-6 fatty acid. The typical Western diets provide ratios of between 30 to 1 (higher levels of omega-6 than omega-3). For example, the common processed corn oil (trans fat) has a 46 to 1 ratio. Trans fat is used as frying oil in many fast food restaurants, dairy products, and processed food.

Best way to avoid an unhealthy imbalance of fatty acids is adding more unprocessed, natural fatty acids into your diet. Flax seed oil, avocados, nuts and seeds provide essential fatty acids with other important nutrients.

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healthy stress relief

Body posture, breathing, mental attitude, mediation and visualization have a big effect on stress.

Our body language has a big effect on how we feel about ourselves. Learn to stand straight, avoid crossing your feet and curling your fists.

Breathing is necessary for life. Long, full breaths can have a great effect on your overall well-being.

Mental attitude can be a friend or enemy. Your thoughts and ideas can reprogram your entire mood and feelings. Simply put, think good thoughts and stay positive.

Meditation can be a great way to escape life’s problems for a little while, thus energizing and bringing a happiness to your mind and body.

The purpose of visualization is to see and feel what we want to achieve, whether its love, money, status or health.

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