Low-Junk, High-Veggie Childhood Diet = Better Adult Health

Child wisely chooses a plum over an albeit healthy homemade donut, while wearing a DISC-related shirt

Seems obvious, no? A child who eats lots of fruit, veggies, brown rice, quinoa, and lentils is likely to be a healthy adult, right? Yes, it’s obvious. But the coolest thing that has just come out of the DISC Study (Dietary Intervention Study in Children) is that a mere moderate increase in high-fiber foods and moderate decrease in high-fat and high-saturated fat foods during childhood and adolescence appears to have a significantly positive impact on how soon and how fast age-related health changes happen in adulthood.

So, the occasional salad bar-eating kid is likely to have better blood pressure and blood sugar control well into adulthood compared to the kid who goes for fries and chicken cosmos every day. While kids seem more resilient to fatty foods, their health destiny is being planned.

Small changes, big results. For ways to get veggies and other fibrous grub into your kids, check here.

Coffee Consumption Lowers Risk of Skin Cancer

5 AM Latte

A new study from Harvard’s Nurses’ Health Study found that after examining the dietary habits of nearly 73,000 nurses from 1984 to 2008, women who consumed 3 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of developing Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), the most common form of skin cancer. Men had a 9% reduction in risk, and no connection was seen for either women or men for Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) or the rare but potentially fatal melanoma.

Coffee’s protective effect appears to be related to the caffeine, so decaffeinated coffee showed no protective effect. While BCC is rarely fatal, there may be consequences of treatment, including disfigurement. Plus, developing any kind of cancer increases the risk for developing other cancers–in this case, other skin cancers, lymphoma, and testicular cancer. Read more about the research here.

Need a delicious way to enjoy your morning joe? Try this heavenly 5 AM Latte!

Meat and Dairy-Free Diet Reduces Risk of Chronic Diseases Considerably

Chili Cook-Off by Bitchin' Dietitian

Couldn’t have said it better myself. In a report issued to all military police in the UK, physicians explain how simply ditching dairy foods and meat could drastically reduce the most serious chronic diseases. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn who directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic explains that on plant-based diets, patients lose weight, blood pressure normalizes, and type 2 diabetes improves or resolves, as do angina, erectile dysfunction, and peripheral vascular and carotid disease.

“We are potentially on the cusp of what could be a seismic revolution in health. This will never come about from another pill, another procedure, another operation, or construction of another cardiac cathedral. It will come about when we are able to show the public the lifestyle that will halt and eliminate 75% of these common, chronic killing diseases. The most essential component of this lifestyle is whole food plant-based nutrition.” Read more and all about it here.

Start with a few veggie-only days per week and you’ll soon see… whole wheat pancakes for breakfast, veggie chili for lunch, and a bean and rice fajita burrito for dinner isn’t so hard or bad… in fact, it’s pretty divine.