4 Compelling Motivators to Effectively Change your Diet; 4 Resources to Support Your Change

Have you ever felt like making a change or a transition was too difficult?  Have you ever really wanted to do something and needed a few effective and guided things to do that actually really work?

Seeing family members sick with Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease, Cancer and those then leading to death is compelling reason number one.  These diseases cheat people of a life of leisure, enjoyment and activity.  There is nothing fun or fulfilling about spending 2 months caring for someone in ICU because they didn’t eat routine meals and didn’t follow their doctors’ advice to manage their diabetes.  The poor patient, if they recover, can end up on dialysis and that is if they are lucky and able to be treated.

Wait a minute, I have a pill for you.  Take this pill, it will fix this.  Listen to the side effects and you will be stunned that the drug companies actually think it is good marketing to pay for television advertisements that go on and on about the possible side-effects of their medications.  My God heaven help us, do you really want to expose yourself to those side effects?  Compelling reason number two is to avoid taking these toxic medications that are advertised on television.  Are you with me?  Are you frightened by them?  I am and I know I have many family members on many of them.  It makes me very sad to think about it.

Well their doctor knows best and he/she advised them to take these meds.  Really?  Compelling reason number three.  The doctors and the drug companies have a direct conflict of interest.  They are studying and gearing their meds to treat sickness.  They make you feel as if you have to listen to their advice and follow their instructions.  Sad truth is that they didn’t study wellness, they studied sickness so they are sickness experts and don’t really know nutritionally what is best for a patient to maintain their wellness.

Last, and most important, compelling reason number four; follow the money.  The organic, vegetable farmers have no money or lobbying groups or let’s just say they are under-represented compared to big pharma, the meat and dairy industry and the American Medical Association.  We have long known that we need fruits and vegetables to ensure wellness.  But what is less widely known is the damage that processed foods, meat and dairy causes the human body.  Did you know that processed foods packed with sugar and artificial ingredients, meat and dairy are directly associated with more closely linked to the cause of Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease and Cancer than genetics?  Dr. Colin Campbell spoke to a group of medical professionals at the University of Alabama Birmingham and explained how it is possible to control your diet and turn cancer off.  Can you imagine, having a diet that helped you preserve your wellness?

It is sometimes hard to find the truth when it is financially under-represented.  Fruits and veggies are not high dollar cash crops.  But, the information is out there for us.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta “The Last Heart Attack” a CNN Special was the first documentary that we watched just after my father’s heart attack and death.  This is excellent information.  This is a compelling documentary that exposes the real source of Heart Disease and immediate and actionable steps that we can take to prevent this, even if we genetically have a predisposition to Heart Disease as one would expect when their parent dies of the disease.  Thank you, CNN and Dr. Gupta for an informed, documented and compelling piece of motivational journalism.

The “Engine Two Diet” instructs you on exactly how to rid your home of processed foods but first, it explains what a processed food is and why you want to bag them all up and give them to the garbage man rather than your church or neighbor.  Compelling and motivational, this documentary was made with passion, process and aims to motivate you into a lifelong commitment.  It worked for us so well that we have maintained for nearly 7 years.  When is the last time you made a diet change that lasted for SEVEN YEARS?  Rip Esselstyn, you gave us guidance by explaining the problem and exactly what we could do about it.  If you don’t want to be a victim, if you are a fighter, an active person and a go getter, get it going.  Thanks Rip, sincerely thank you for an entertaining and motivating documentary on how to get started.

Wait, compelling documentary number three, “Forks Over Knives”. The documentary introduces the irrefutable China Study and the evidence of animal protein and animal fat and their relationship to cancer and heart disease.  It addresses the history of our government’s support of the meat and dairy industry, the creation of the food pyramid as an educational tool, as well as its support and backing of big pharma.  All of these are clearly a money-making endeavor that is supported by our capitalistic society.  Frankly, this was hard for me to get my mind around.  How could this be?  Could we really have been let down like this?  How could all of these things work against the public best interest?

But then the documentary of all documentaries came out, “What the Health”.  Our phone and email began to ring as friends watched it.  They wanted to talk and they needed recipes.  They were taken by the clear and understandable content.  Doctor after doctor who had crossed over to the other side where wellness and medicine were working together presented one after the other their compelling stories, fact based, understandable and concrete data.  Compelling data from doctors who were happy to share and documentary number four is so very good.  I loved this documentary.  But, I must say that there seems to be magic in the four of them.  Have you binge watched a television show or a sporting event?  I suggest you binge watch these four documentaries in the order listed above.  Your, “I want to be healthy switch” will be flipped and you’ll know just how and where to start.  You will be all primed and ready to take recipes, cooking, eating out and life to a different place.

Let me also say, I don’t care if you have any of the aforementioned diseases.  You are not dead yet.  You don’t have to become a statistic.  You can do something about your health in a way that is positive and toward wellness rather than just treating the sickness that you have.  What if you treated the sickness AND treated yourself well?  Do you think you would get better faster or slower?  It makes all the sense in the world, but you don’t know what that looks like because traditionally, we are taught in the structure that supports our sick treating and pill pushing capitalistic money-making practices.  Don’t get me wrong, doctors spend their lives dedicated and working to make their patients free of disease with the best of intentions.

Rarely do you find a doctor that is wellness educated or who has taken more than one required nutrition course in medical school.  Rarely do you find a nutritionist who has read or knows about the largest nutrition study ever conducted in the world.  I know this seems odd.  No, this seems wrong and it is but I have stumbled into something that is truly worth sharing that is not a joke and that is so vitally important to you and to me, to our friends and to our families.

Can you do something different?  Can you spend a short amount of time and watch 4 documentaries?  If you do take the first steps, you will find it easy and effective to make a change.  The reasons are compelling but you will also find that the information motivational.  The change has lasted for me, my husband and two daughters because the facts are compelling, motivational and the change made us feel so well, good and awesome.  It is a blessing and a gift to be well and to have our health.  Health is impacted by science, genetics, environment and nutrition.  You can be well and so can your family if you choose to educate yourself.  I hope that you feel compelled to see the documentaries and motivated to comment about your transition.  I will be here.  I hope to share with you and maybe I will have another opportunity to help you, guide you and cheer you on in some small and productive way.  I would be honored to be part of your wellness.



Back left in the photo is a vegetable that you may not have tried, kohlrabi.  It is certainly one of my absolute favorites.

I cut the top and the bottom off and then peal the outside skin off leaving a juicy interior that is sweet, crisp, refreshing and pleasant.

If you haven’t tried this wonderful vegetable, I recommend you buy 2 or 3 of them at the store this weekend when you shop for your produce and try it raw.  I have always eaten and served it as a cut raw vegetable rather than cooking them although I have heard that they are good cooked as well.

garlic beside ginger and pepper on brown wooden table
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Nutritional Yeast

What is Nutritional Yeast?

Baking yeast, the kind that makes bread rise, has a non-reactive by product which is called nutritional yeast.  The nick-name is actually “nooch”.

Why use it?

  1. The number one reason to use it is that it tastes great. I don’t mean a little good, I mean it tastes and melts really well adding a savory to your dish that is similar to cheese.
  2. It is extremely packed with nutrition, thus the name.

Bragg Nutritional Yeast, 1 Tablespoon Serving

180% Daily value of B1 (Thiamine)

160% Daily value of B2 (Riboflavin)

70% Daily Value B3 (Niacin)

140% Daily Value B6 (Pyridoxine)

40% Daily Value Folic Acid

40% Daily Value B12

3 grams protein

1gram fiber

*Any B12 is a fortified added ingredient as it does not naturally come in this by product of baker’s yeast.

How to use it?

The top, most used ways to incorporate this into your diet are as follows.

  1. Savory additive to pasta or meat alternative dishes.
  2. Raw by sprinkling into smoothies and salads
  3. Vegan dishes to replicate cheese such as nacho dip and mac and cheese

Where to find it in your grocery store?

The bulk bin or in the spice isle. Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning