The Attitude of Survival

 

A wilderness emergency could possibly happen to anyone, anywhere. When confronted with an unexpected survival situation man has the potential to overcome many challenges, beat incredible odds, and come out a survivor. But just what is survival anyway? Survival is the art of surviving beyond any event. To survive means to remain alive; to live. Survival is taking any given circumstance, accepting it, and trying to improve it, while sustaining your life until you can get out of the situation. And most importantly, survival is a state of mind.
Survival depends a great deal on a person’s ability to withstand stress in emergency situations. Your brain is without doubt your best survival tool. It is your most valuable asset in a survival situation. It isn’t always the physically strong who are the most effective or better at handling fear in emergency situations. Survival more often depends on the individual’s reactions to stress than upon the danger, terrain, or nature of the emergency. To adapt is to live. Mental skills are much more important than physical skills in survival situations. A person’s psychological reactions to the stress of survival can often make them unable to utilize their available resources. You most likely won’t use your physical skills if you don’t have a positive mental attitude.

One definitely must be in the proper frame of mind to survive an unplanned survival situation. Attitude or psychological state is most certainly number one. It is undoubtedly the most important ingredient of survival. With the proper attitude almost anything is possible. To make it through the worst a strong will or determination to live is needed. A powerful desire to continue living is a must. The mind has the power to will the body to extraordinary feats. Records have shown that will alone has often been the major factor for surviving wilderness emergencies. Without the will to live survival is impossible. Survival is possible in most situations but it demands a lot of a person. Humans can be very brave and resourceful when in emergency situations. The mind is a very powerful force. It has control of the body, its actions, and its reasoning. What affects you mentally affects you physically. If you think that you can’t survive, then you won’t try to survive. A commitment or goal to live, refusal to give up, and positive mental attitude greatly increase chances for survival.

A positive attitude has a very strong influence on the mentality and motivation necessary for setting a goal to live. Set goals give motivation and attitude necessary to survive pressures. When placed in an unexpected survival situation you will be forced to rely upon your own resources; improvising needs and solving problems for yourself. If you want to survive then you must ultimately decide to take care of yourself and to not count on others to help you. You must continually strive towards a goal of survival. Picture your goal in your mind and visualize yourself reaching it. A person with a stubborn strong will power can conquer many obstacles. Never give up your goal to live, because without any will to live those lost in the wilderness will likely despair and die.

While in your survival situation you will be confronted with many problems that you will need to overcome. Your brain will be your best asset but it could also be your most dangerous enemy. You will have to defeat negative thoughts and imaginations, and also control and master your fears. You will need to shift mental processes and adopt that positive and optimistic “can do attitude”. You will need to be creative and use your ability to improvise to adapt to the situation. Work with nature instead of against it. You will have the crucial task of solving the problems of staying alive. Your problem solving must be based on recognizing threats to your life, knowing their priority of influence, knowing their severity of threat to your life, and taking actions that will keep you alive. It is important to consider your safety at all times. If you sum up and analyze what you need to combat it will be easier to fight known enemies than if you were fighting something unknown. Loneliness, fatigue, pain, cold/heat, hunger, thirst, and fear are your major enemies in emergency survival situations.

To keep your body alive you must react to your body’s problem indicators and defend yourself against the major enemies of survival. Always remember to keep your positive mental attitude. Don’t add any extra burden to yourself by falling into a destructive mental state like feeling self-pity or hopelessness. Remember the important aspects of your life and don’t let the image fade. Think of being lost as an opportunity to explore a new area. With the proper attitude your experience could be interesting. Enjoy the challenge. You might as well enjoy the outdoors while you’re there and grow stronger as an individual as a product of your survival experience. Your positive mental attitude will help you combat your survival enemies. Most people have more than likely experienced loneliness, fatigue, pain, cold/heat, hunger, thirst, and fear before, but have not had to combat them all at once, and to the extent that they have been a threat to their lives. Any one or a combination of them can diminish your self-confidence or reduce your desire to struggle for life. All of these feelings are perfectly normal but are more severe and dangerous in wilderness survival situations. By learning to identify them you will be able to control them instead of letting them control you.
Loneliness is a survival enemy that can hit you without warning. It will strike you when you realize you are the only person around who you can depend on while in your situation. Nowadays modern society barely gives us a chance to test our ability to adapt to silence, loss of support, and separation from others. Don’t let loneliness gnaw at your positive attitude. Fight it by keeping busy by singing, whistling, daydreaming, gathering food, or doing anything else that will take your mind off the fact that you are alone. Also while in your survival situation, boredom or lack of interest might strike you. It must be cured to maintain a healthy survival attitude. Once again keep busy to keep your mind occupied.
Make sure to avoid fatigue. Fatigue is the overuse of the muscles and the mind and is a serious threat. It can cause you to lower your defenses and become less aware and alert to danger. It causes inattention, carelessness, and loss of judgment and reasoning. Take time to refresh and rest your brain and body. Conserve your energy. Rest, sleep, and calmness are essential. Pain is natures signal that something is wrong. When in moments of excitement you may not feel any pain. Don’t let it get the best of you; it can weaken your desire to go on.

Cold and heat are other enemies of survival. Exposure to the elements can be very dangerous. Get sheltered as best you can. If cold try and find shelter and build a fire. If in really hot weather get out of the sun. In the cold you might find it easier to sleep in the day time and stay awake at night by a warm fire. In very hot weather you might also want to seek shelter and/or sleep in the daytime.

Hunger and thirst are enemies that can really depress your positive mental attitude. Try and find some water. Food can wait. A person can survive for weeks without food. Try and conserve your body’s energy reserves. You may be better off resting than wandering around aimlessly looking for food. Even if you find food you may have depleted more energy than the food can supply you with. If you can acquire food easily then go for it. A man with a full belly can withstand more survival pressures than a man with an empty belly. Lack of nutrition could make you more susceptible to depression. Remember your positive frame of mind and keep your goal to live fresh in your mind.

Fear is a big enemy to guard against. Fear is a completely normal reaction for anyone faced with an out of ordinary situation that threatens his important needs. People fear a lot of things. People have fear of death, getting lost, animals, suffering, ridicule, and of their own weaknesses. The thing most feared by people going into the wilderness is getting lost. There is no way to tell how someone will react to fear. Fear usually depends entirely on the individual rather than on the situation at hand. Fear could lead a person to panic or stimulate a greater effort to survive. Fear negatively influences a man’s behavior and reduces his chances for successful survival. The worst feelings that magnify fear are hopelessness and helplessness. Don’t let the idea of a complete disaster cross your mind. There is no benefit in trying to avoid fear by denying the existence of a dangerous survival situation. You need to accept that fear is a natural reaction to a hazardous situation and try to make the best of your predicament.

Do your very best to control your fears. Be realistic. Don’t let your imagination make mountains out of mole hills. Expect fear and learn to recognize it. Live with fear and understand how it can alter your effectiveness in survival situations. Don’t be ashamed of any fears you may have. Control fear, don’t let it control you. Fears can be lessened by keeping the body busy and free from thirst, hunger, pain, discomfort, and any other enemies to survival. Learning basic outdoor and first aid skills may help you prevent or ease fears by increasing your confidence in yourself. If fear creeps up on you make sure to think of positive things. Maintain your positive mental attitude.

A more dangerous enemy than fear is panic. Panic is an uncontrolled urge to run or hurry from the situation. Panic is triggered by the mind and imagination under stress. It results from fear of the unknown, lack of confidence, not knowing what to do next, and a vivid imagination. Fear can build up to panic and cause a person to make a bad situation worse. In a panic a person’s rational thinking disappears and can produce a situation that results in tragedy. A panic state could lead to exhaustion, injury, or death. A positive mental attitude is still the best remedy. To combat fear and panic keep your cool, relax, see the brighter side of things, and stay in control. Keep up your positive self-talk and remember your goal of survival.

Keeping a positive mental outlook is for certain the most important aspect of survival. While in a survival situation you will practice self-reliance. You will only be able to depend on yourself and your abilities. You will have to overcome many challenges that you are not accustomed to. Modern society is conditioned to instant relief from discomforts such as darkness, hunger, pain, thirst, boredom, cold, and heat. Adapt yourself and tolerate it, it’s only temporary. When you first realize that you’re in a survival situation stop and regain your composure. Control your fears. Recognize dangers to your life. Relax and think; don’t make any hasty judgments. Observe the resources around you. Analyze your situation and plan a course of action only after considering all of the aspects of your predicament. Be sure to keep cool and collected. It is important to make the right decision at all times. Set your goal of survival and always keep it fresh in your mind. Never give up. Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

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Plant based Intermittent Fasting Diet

Intermittent Fasting on a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

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If I were to poll ten vegans about the ideal diet, I’m willing to bet at least nine of them would say “whole foods plant-based.” In our circle, the whole food plant-based diet (WFPB) is what most of us strive for.

It’s the top dog. The (vegan) crème de la crème.

But for some of even the strictest WFPB followers, it may not be enough. They may still struggle to find their ideal weight, or want to take their diet one step further.

I’ve had many people come to me in my practice and say that they feel they must be doing the WFPB diet wrong. That despite following it (and feeling great), they can’t seem to lose the extra weight. That’s relatable, because that has also been my own experience.

Even though I eat a WFPB diet—with the rare vegan treat, of courseand I am very active, I still have to rely on intermittent fasting to prevent weight gain.

But how do they work together?

As a vegan Registered Dietitian, I’ve see many people in my practice get the benefits of a WFPB diet combined with intermittent fasting. In fact, combining WFPB and IF is a highly anti-inflammatory way to eat, and may reduce your risk of disease even more than either approach can on its own.

What intermittent fasting actually looks like.

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It’s confusing, in part, because when people refer to intermittent fasting, they could be talking about several different approaches:

  1. The 16:8 method where you eat within an eight-hour period each day and fast for the remaining 16 hours. When you’re fasting you can’t take in any calories, but you can consume non-caloric beverages, including coffee, herbal tea, water, and sparkling water.
  2. The 5:2 method where you eat normally for five days of the week, and restrict your calories to 500 (women) or 600 (men) the other two days.
  3. The eat-stop-eat method where you do one or two 24-hour fasts each week; for example, not eating after lunch until lunch the next day.
  4. The alternate-day fasting method which involves eating normally one day, and then eating very low-calorie (500 calories) the following day.

Juice therapy

The benefits of fasting are only achieved when fasting is performed in a healthy and safe way. There is a plethora of misinformation being circulated around the internet and by word-of-mouth. One of the most important aspects to remember is that intermittent fasting doesn’t replace healthy eating and regular exercise habits. Fasting doesn’t equal a free ticket to gluttony.

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Intermittent fasting teaches control over your hunger signals. When fasting, you refrain from eating, yet the desire to eat is still prevalent. Abstaining from food encourages mindfulness regarding the signals in your gut, what they really mean, and an opportunity to break bad eating habits.

Biological

Relies on the relationship between fasting and insulin.

Insulin is a hormone that is created by the pancreas and provides cells with energy. Among other important jobs, insulin “allows the cells in the muscles, fat, and liver to absorb glucose” from the blood, which then turns into energy, is converted into fat, or breaks down proteins. Recent studies suggest that intermittent fasting results in lower insulin levels. With lower insulin levels comes the ability for the body to burn more fat instead of sugar and therefore helps combat obesity, aids in obtaining a healthy weight, and supports weight maintenance

Glycogen is the first place the energy goes but there’s a limit to how much you can hold there. Once you hit capacity (about 1400-2000 calories), any additional calories will wind up as body fat.

How do you do it?

  • Choose two intermittent fasting days – eg Tuesdays and Thursdays – then restrict calories on those days. The days can also be tweaked to fit in with your schedule, eg if you have a prior dinner engagement on a fast day, switch to a Monday or whatever.
  • Most IF’ers eat for 8 hours a day, fasting the other 16 hours.You can start with a 12-hour fast and work your way to 16 hours. Most IFer’s eat from 10-6, 11-7, or 12-8. It doesn’t matter what eating window you choose, just as long as it’s more or less the same every day and you complete a full 16-hour fast.
  • Skip breakfast tomorrow.
  • Wait all the way until lunch if you can, or at least 10 or 11.
  • Finish dinner by 6pm or 7pm.
  • Repeat the process tomorrow

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Get Started

1. Make a plan: For fasting to work it will require structure and rules, because as you can guess, there are times when it’s going to be hard.

But there are a number of ways to set those boundaries. When trying to select which protocol will work for you, follow your instincts. People usually have a sense of what might fit well into their lifestyle, and for some, trying to eat only 500 calories in a day seems too restrictive and they would rather try eating within an eight-hour window using the 16:8 method.

It’s less about which is best, and more about which is sustainable.

2. Ease into it: Going all-in on day one could result in no day two. Ease into it.

For example, It‘s fine to start with a twelve hour feeding window (say 7am to 7pm) and then move to a ten hour window before ultimately dropping to that eight hour window when you’re getting in that day’s calories. If you start with eight hours right off the bat, chances are it will be too hard to sustain.

3. Set a target: Like with any health and lifestyle improvement, intermittent fasting takes some time to have an effect. It is important to give a good try before deciding if it works for you. Set a target of trying it for 30 days.

Although fasting can be difficult at first, many people actually report that it gets easier with time. And after your target date, if it is not working out, don’t feel you need to give up on fasting entirely. You can always experiment with a different fasting protocol.

4. Plan to succeed: Meal planning while fasting? I know, I know …

But I still recommend it. We often make healthier choices when we plan in advance and have all the ingredients we need on hand; even better if we do some of the prep in advance. This is particularly important when you are fasting, because once your feeding window opens you’ll likely be hungry and want to eat whatever is fastest.

Instead, you should be focusing on healthy, fiber-rich meals that will sustain you when you are fasting.

What are the BENEFITS to Intermittent Fasting?

Stronger workouts

Reduced recovery time

Reduced body fat (without exercise)

Increased muscle strength (with exercise)

Sounder sleep

Elimination of “hanger” (anger from hunger)

No late night snacking

Self-confidence

Improved willpower

Identify “true hunger”

Stable energy

Larger meals

Uncomplicated

Increases leptin sensitivity and ghrelin

The biggest benefit for me was realizing that hunger is not an emergency.

What are the DOWNSIDES to Intermittent Fasting?

Social challenges

No flexibility to change your schedule

Feeling Jittery

Weight GAIN

Binges

Obsessive food thoughts

Disordered eating

Overeating

Feeling weak or tired

Feeling “stuffed”

Decreased metabolic rate long-term

Blood sugar drops

Constipation

Adds extra layer of “restrictive” rules

Less eating

5 Great Reasons to Consider Intermittent Fasting

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Now that we know what it intermittent fasting is, and that it can work together with a whole foods plant-based diet, let’s talk about the why. That is, why intermittent fasting may be right for you.

1. It’s simple. There are no extra supplements to take, and your meal prep and planning will be simplified because you’ll eat less often. As a result, it will likely reduce your food costs too.

2. It is effective. Intermittent fasting can be just as effective (if not more effective) as calorie restriction in promoting weight loss.

On top of that, studies have shown that intermittent fasting may:

3. Improve your mood and your focus. I know some of us get hangry when we don’t eat, but, with a little practice, fasting can actually improve your mood and focus. In fact, intermittent fasting may be successful in helping to treat depression.

4. Help you lose fat while preserving muscle mass. Unfortunately, when we lose weight, we don’t just lose fat, we lose muscle too. But intermittent fasting is more effective than calorie restriction at preserving muscle mass during weight loss.

5. Reduce your risk of disease, and possibly help you live longer too. Calorie restriction is one of the few things that has been proven to extend lifespan. Interesting … but are you now just going to be hungry and miserable for a longer period of time? intermittent fasting helps to alleviate that concern.

Some researchers argue that you can get may of the same benefits through periodic restriction, like intermittent fasting. It may also improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and reduce risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Best Foods to Keep Your Belly Full

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Successful intermittent fasting relies on discipline and preparedness. It’s important to fill your eating time-frame with nutritional, balanced, and filling foods. This is even more prevalent for those on a plant-based diet. While vegetarian and vegan diets may feel like they add an additional challenge, it is an easy one to tackle.

One of the best ways to meet satiety is through knowing what makes food filling.

Filling foods generally have higher amounts of protein, fiber, and water, and low energy density. Prepare for your fast by consuming meals that are high in these ingredients and always make sure to drink lots of water. Use these recipes from the Food Monster App to get started.

Whole Grains

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Incorporating whole grain into your meals is a great way to keep you full longer. Whole grains keep all parts of the kernel including the bran, germ, and endosperm. Whole grain digests slower, therefore the feeling of being “full” lasts longer.

Try starting your day with a bowl of oatmeal or porridge. Oats are high in insoluble fiber, yet low in calories and can be decorated with other filling ingredients such as nuts and seeds. Later in the day, try a few of these whole grain filled recipes: Mushroom and Kale Farrow Salad, Persephone Bowl, Buckwheat Pooris, or Roasted Beet Sorghum Salad With Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette.

Vegetables with Starch

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Starchy vegetables are heavier, heartier, and more robust. These include sweet and white potatoes, beets, pumpkin, corn, carrots, and a variety of winter squash. While these veggies may keep you full longer due to their high level of carbohydrates, be careful to not overuse them. Being carbohydrates, starchy vegetables also have high levels of sugar, which can be difficult for your body to break down.

Try a few of these winter squash recipes: Slow Cooker Winter Squash Quinoa Curry, Winter Squash and Sage Pizza, Winter Squash and Quinoa Rissoles, Butternut Squash Hashbrowns, and Butternut Squash, Potato and Kale Casserole.

Nuts and Seeds

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Nuts and seeds are great additives for a meal, as well as offer a hearty snack. Sprinkle them on your oatmeal, crush and roast them in squash dishes, or keep a baggie in your purse to nibble on. These tasty morsels are great tummy fillers due to the fact that they are packed with “protein and fiber and contain unsaturated fats that can help stabilize insulin levels.”

In vegan recipes, nuts offer a buttery and savory alternative ingredient for dairy-free cheese and toppings such as these Brazil Nut Vegan ParmesanRaw Cashew Almond Cheese, or Baked Cashew Mozzarella recipes. Seeds, on the other hand, pack a punch of flavor and nutrients. Try a few different recipes to discover your favorite seed: Baked Sweet Potato With Pesto Pasta, Tomatoes, and Pumpkin Seeds, Rainbow Salad (with a sprinkling of hemp seeds), Super Weed Green Smoothie, or Red Lentil Burgers With Kale Pesto.

Legumes

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Legumes are a staple of plant-based diets due to their versatility. Some claim that legumes are more satiating than meat. They are high in fiber and protein and low in calories.

Lentils, one of the most popular of the legume family, is a must-have ingredient for the vegan kitchen. Try a couple of these recipes featuring lentils: Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Burgers, Chickpea Spinach Stew With Lentils and Quinoa, Chili Lime Lentil Tacos With Spicy Grilled Pineapple Salsa, Red Lentil Curry With Black Tahini and Roasted Cashews.

Find filling, nutritious, plant-based recipes on the Food Monster App.

Will Intermittent Fasting work if I only do it on some days?  Probably not.
If travel or some other event means you can’t follow your normal schedule once in awhile, that is okay, but for true success without sabotage, practicing IF has to be something you enjoy so much that you want to do it every day, even on vacation.

Why do vegans need to diet? Vegans tend to be leaner and healthier than the average – and that’s official! Our basic diet of veggies, fruit, wholegrains, nuts, seeds and pulses is certainly healthier than that of omnivores – and even the fattier foods like vegan dairy and meat alternatives are healthier than animal products overall – low cholesterol, for starters. However, as veganism becomes more mainstream and popular, a whole new world of convenience foods is blossoming. That means cakes, fast food and the like. And extra calories from such foods can mean a weight gain.

Can you “workout” or exercise during Intermittent Fasting?

Bodybuilders who practice IF have two stragegies:

  1. Lift in a fasted state and immediately “feed” afterwards -OR-
  2. Exercise right before final last meal of the day.

Several of our meal plan users who practice IF reported that their workouts are better (higher energy, quicker recovery) in a fasted state.

I find I personally prefer snowboarding and moderate hiking during my fasting period. I perform better and longer. I eat a high carbohydrate food like potatoes or apples when I am done with the activity.

Can I start my IF window at different times each day?
The top goal with IF is to have a complete (uninterrupted) 16-hour fast.

It is difficult to shift your 8-hour feeding window day-to-day, especially without having to shorten your eating window the day before and having a longer fast the next day. The window should be as similar day-to-day as possible.

How many MEALS should you eat during your window? Most have their breakfast at the start of their feeding window (i.e. 10 or 11am), lunch two hours later (12 or 1pm) with their dinner meal at the end of their window (6 or 7pm).

You can have solid meals, meals and snacks, or simply graze.

Enhanced Endurance

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We may dream of the day that exercise comes naturally, yet that dream may not be so fantastical.

Intermittent fasting has been linked to enhanced physical endurance due to a molecule called glycogen. Glycogen are molecules that store glucose, which is an essential compound made of sugar that regulates blood glucose levels, as well as other systems.

An accomplished researcher and expert on the subject, Dr. Rhonda Patrick has pioneered new research by connecting glycogen, energy, and intermittent fasting. Glycogen stores take about 10 – 12 hours to be depleted at which time fatty acids are released from tissues. These fatty acids are converted into ketone bodies, water-soluble molecules produced in the liver, which travel to tissues and are then used for energy. Therefore, according to Dr. Patrick, it “makes sense that eating within a nine-hour window and fasting for 15 hours overnight may lead to endurance enhancements.”

Weight Loss Results: What to Expect

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Weight loss with intermittent fasting is similar to the results with calorie restriction. If you are consistent, you can expect to see a loss of 1 to 2 lbs per week.

For some people, intermittent fasting may appear to work much better than calorie restriction or other similar methods, however this is likely to be because you’re able to be more consistent with it. I hate to break it to you, but if you’re not consistent, just like with any other diet, it won’t work.

Think of intermittent fasting as a lifestyle change, not something you will just do for a few weeks to get to race weight or to fit into a bridesmaid’s dress. It’s something you can do for life—just like going plant-based or picking up running.

When you reach your “happy weight” you can maintain it by fasting less often, or in a less restrictive window. This is what I do, and I love the results.

Vegan Powers

Since you asked…what is Vegan powers and does it really exist?

Prolonged subsistence on a purely plant-based diet fundamentally change the way that your cells consume energy and interact with each other in the body.

Compared to omnivores, vegetarian populations have a lower overall mortality rate (mortality from  was 30% lower among vegetarian men and 20% lower among vegetarian women than in non-vegetarians.) and in particular benefit from a reduced incidence of many non-communicable diseases including heart disease, ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cerebrovascular disease. A vegetarian diet reduces cancer risk, except for breast cancer.

Vegetarian diets offer lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein, and higher levels of carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals.
Dr. Karl Buechner is head of the FDA research team

In the group were 15 vegans who had been on a plant-based diet for over five years each. Of the group, 14 were able to manifest some extraordinary physical ability. One man was able to fly, and another teleported around the facility effortlessly. 

Labor conditions

PETA, promote vegetarianism as a way to offset poor treatment and working conditions of workers in the contemporary meat industry.

These groups cite studies showing the psychological damage caused by working in the meat industry, especially in factory and industrialised settings, and argue that the meat industry violates its labourers’ human rights by assigning difficult and distressing tasks without adequate counselling, training and debriefing

Ethical objections based on consideration for animals are generally divided into opposition to the act of killing in general, and opposition to certain agricultural practices surrounding the production of meat.

One especially telling experiment involved surreptitiously exchanging the vegans’ shoes or belts for leather ones. All of the vegans were unable to perform their feats while wearing leather.

Ethics of killing for food

Princeton University professor and founder of the animal rights movement, Peter Singer, believes that if alternative means of survival exist, one ought to choose the option that does not cause unnecessary harm to animals.

Opponents of ethical vegetarianism argue that animals are not moral equals to humans and so consider the comparison of eating livestock with killing people to be fallacious. This view does not excuse cruelty, but maintains that animals do not possess the rights a human has.

Environment and diet

Environmental vegetarianism is based on the concern that the production of meat and animal products for mass consumption, especially through factory farming, is environmentally unsustainable. According to a 2006 United Nations initiative, the livestock industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental degradation worldwide, and modern practices of raising animals for food contribute on a “massive scale” to air and water pollution, land degradation, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. The initiative concluded that “the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”

These findings may be the gateway to a new branch of medicine, not to mention a key to a new step in the human evolution

Summary of super powers:

1. Increase of Energy
2. Increase of Brain function
3. Increased ability to solve problems and overcome obstacles
4. Become more compassionate and develop a better sense of Ethics
5. Decreased environmental footprint
6. Lower overall mortality rate; Longevity
8. The Hero part: Saves the lives of -on the brink of- extinct species, abused animals, rain forest (Your H2O), wildlife; Lab animals, better work conditions for human workers, world hunger and Global warming

The Pentagon released a statement yesterday saying they were conducting experiments of their own that may lead to all branches of the military converting to a plant-based diet in hopes of creating a group of super-soldiers. Defence secretary Robert Gates told reporters yesterday, “We will not be taking any steps until we have achieved quantifiable results comparable to those of Dr. Buechner.”

Go vegan. It will make you a superhero.

Take Your Workout on Vacation

 Ask your favourite instructors for workouts or check out BodyBuilding.COM for  workouts you can do indoors or outdoors.Explore on the run.Go Hiking Biking Swimming and Running. Take your workout outside and explore your destination on foot.

 

Make use of a guest pass. Many gyms and health clubs offer guest passes for short visits. If you’re going to be in the same location for a couple of days, purchase a pass to get a variety of workouts or access to fitness equipment.

 

 

Organ Support

Turmeric

Turmeric repairs damaged liver tissue. Turmeric, also known as Circuma longa, belongs to the family of ginger called Zingaberaceae. It has long been used and cultivated throughout India and South-east Asia.  It is valuable for the digestive system and overall health of the liver. It reduces gas, bloating and improves digestion.

Turmeric is recommended for digestive weakness and congestion.  Winter or spring is the best time to consume foods and herbs which strengthen liver, because it is the time of the year which rules gallbladder and liver according to Chinese Medicine. Turmeric shrinks the engorged hepatic ducts and treats liver ailments like cirrhosis, hepatitis and jaundice. In encourages production of bile and stimulates excretion through gallbladder. It can naturally cleanse liver and encourage healthy living. (Also anti-inflammatory)

Ginger

Ginger is grown in tropical and subtropical regions.  Ginger and chicory, according to recent studies, proved to have liver protective properties. It improved liver damage and also restored the composition of blood to normal. Ginger provides protection against liver fibrosis. Ginger is known to increase the levels of antioxidant enzymes that are used by liver. It is used in treating liver fibrosis too.

Schistosomiasis is a parasite that has the ability to damage liver and intestines. Ginger and ginger extracts help in getting rid of this parasite. Ginger also provides protection against the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This condition is cured when oxidative stress on the liver is reduced and when insulin resistance is reduced, and fortunately ginger does it all. Ginger should be included in liver cleansing diet to achieve a healthy liver and healthy life.

Artichoke

When you look beyond its weird shape, Artichoke is the healthiest food which is delicious and potential helper in dealing with liver related ailments. The Artichoke is a fibrous and green veggie which contains cynarin. Cynarin is nothing but a phenolic acid compound responsible for its properties of choleretic and cholagogue. Choleretic is a substance that improves the production of bile in the liver and Cholagogue is a medicinal agent which stimulates the discharge of bile from the system by purging it downwards. Thus, this can cleanse the liver naturally.

 

Herbs for healthy weight

Cinnamon

This helps you to avoid munching on other food items at odd hours. The herb is also known as an enhancer of the metabolism rate and controller of sugar level in a human body.

Ginger

Ginger is known as a natural body cleanser. Its consumption filters human kidneys by flushing out logged food in the digestive track. This prevents accumulation of fat in the human body and reduces the chances of gaining weight.

Cardamom

This spice is known as a natural metabolism booster. By doing so, it encourages your body to burn fat easily.

Turmeric

This yellowish orange herb has innumerable calorie burning properties. It assists in reducing the creation and development of fat tissues, and this lowers the body’s total fat and reduces chances of gaining weight.

Acai Berry

If the extracts of acai berry are something difficult to get hold of, you can opt to consume the powdered form of the herb. Acai berry helps prevent the development of fat in a human body and comprise of high amounts of energizing antioxidants that encourage humans to work out more so that they can burn more than expected calories every day.

Nettle Leaf

This leaf comprises of antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin C in high amounts. These nutrients help in purifying the blood and prevent fat build-up.

Guarana

This herb comprises of diuretic properties also stimulates the nervous system to help you avoid eating and overeating when you are stressed or under depression.

Cayenne Pepper

This vegetable comprises of capsaicin, a compound that suppresses hunger cravings and burns fat. According to nutritionists, Cayenne pepper aids in increasing a body’s metabolism which, in turn, helps the body to burn calories.

Cumin

Cumin seeds are known to improve the digestion process in a human body. By flushing out toxic substances from your body, cumin seeds encourage nutrients like vitamins, proteins, minerals, and calcium to strengthen your immunity system so that you can work well to burn your calories.

Ginseng

Ginseng helps in speeding up the metabolism rate in a human body. This step prevents development and accumulation of fat in the body.

Black Pepper

This spice comprises of piperine, a compound that aids in boosting the metabolism rate of a body. Additionally, black pepper also assists in improving the digestion process in a human body, and this helps to burn calories at a faster rate.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds help you to feel full. You can have them before every meal so that you consume a little less food than what you normally have. This step will help you to lose weight easily.

Dandelions

Dandelions are flower heads that take care of your digestion process by keeping their pace in control. Their consumption will make you feel full for a very long time, and this keeps you from munching on junk food. Dandelions also contain a high nutritional value that helps a body to remain fit.

Guar Gum

Guar Gum helps in curing diabetes by controlling the sugar or glucose content in your body.

Mustard

Mustard helps in speeding up a body’s metabolism rate.