Benji’s Interview With Don’t Lose The Cow

Check out my interview with Matt from We talked about my weight loss journey, what I’m doing now, and where I’m heading in the future. In the interview, you’ll learn:

  • What it felt like to lose that much weight and how my life has changed.
  • The health improvements that I saw after switching to a Plant-Based Lifestyle.
  • How my tastes changed and what I find myself craving now.
  • How I strategically use transition and comfort foods to enjoy life and ensure that I stay on track.
  • How I manage eating out and my go-to restaurants to stay on track while traveling.
  • How I transitioned to a plant-based diet, and how I accelerated my weight loss to lose the last 60 pounds.

Enjoy the interview:

My Three Most Surprising Blogs of 2014

These Eye-Opening Articles Demolish Dangerous Nutrition Myths

When I began researching meatless eating in 1995, I thought I was knowledgeable about nutrition. After all, everything I had been told from middle school on, whether from teachers, doctors, or the media, agreed that animal foods were necessary for good health. Meat was the center of my lunches and dinners.

My two daughters, then ages 11 and 13, had just declared they would not eat meat. Fooled by constant bombardment girl surprised and dismayed smaller.jpgwith food myths, I began to frantically study how to keep the kids alive and healthy until they began to eat meat again.

As I dug into facts in medical journal articles, books by plant-based dietitians and doctors, and conferences with national experts, I was stunned. Astonished. Dismayed. Because what I was finding was that everything I'd learned about nutrition was wrong. The truth directly contradicted my lifetime of accepting routine "information" on healthy eating. At first I was resistant to new ideas - who wouldn't be?

But as my perception began to shift, I got hooked on nutrition research, and my pursuit of facts continues to this day. I authored The Perfect Formula Diet to let others know what I was discovering, and continue to share developing thinking and science with everyone I can with my ongoing blogs.

Science in 2014 did not disappoint, continuing to support whole foods, plant-based diets as the most important element in achieving glowing health, abundant energy, and vigorous longevity. So I continue to author articles to bust the animal-food myths that are destroying the health of unsuspecting people, not to mention the life-support systems of our planet.

Here are the three of my 2014 posts that should prove most surprising to anyone who has not yet questioned obsolete nutrition myths.

Click here for the three most surprising blogs of 2014

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Are Veggie Meats Healthy?

Three Simple Tips to Find the Best Ones

Veggies "meats" are plant-based versions of chicken, fish, burgers, and other animal foods. These foods are soaring in popularity, as more and more people are cutting way back on how much meat they eat, but are looking for convenient substitutes for their usual menu items.

The healthfulness of veggie meats depends on two things. The first is your point of view. Are you comparing these foods to whole plant foods, such as beans and whole grains, or are you comparing them to actual meat? The second is what the veggie meats are made from. There is a wide swing in your choices. While some veggie meats are manufactured from highly processed ingredients, others are prepared from mostly whole foods.

Are Veggie Meats Healthy Compared to What?

Animal meats harm you in many ways. Hundred of pages could be crammed with facts on the toxic effects of animal foods. Yet this would only skim the surface of the solid scientific evidence that meat is unhealthy.

Here is a tiny sample of research findings. All meat, even chicken and fish, has significant amounts of artery-clogging cholesterol. Animal protein raises your body's level of a hormone called IGF-1, which speeds the growth and spread of cancer cells. The iron in meat is absorbed all-too-readily, frequently veggie burger 2 smaller.jpgleading to excess stores of this mineral in your body. In turn, this iron is easily oxidized, harming your cells through the production of free radicals. Animal foods are the source of 89% to 99% of the toxic persistent organic pollutants in your body. These poisonous compounds can damage your DNA and cause cancer.

Scientists consistently find that processed meats are even more harmful than regular meat. For example, one large study found that just two strips a day of bacon or else 1.6 ounces of other processed meat raises your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 32%! In this same study, eating 3 ounces a day of unprocessed red meat increased diabetes risk by "only" 12%.

These facts are important when you consider that veggie meats are often used in sandwiches and wraps to substitute for processed meat slices. Other veggie meats are used in a main course to take the place of chicken or beef in a recipe. From this point of view, substituting for animal meats, the plant meats are definitely healthier.

Read on to learn more about the healthfulness of veggie meats and 3 tips to choose the best ones




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