These days it's tricky enough finding adults who understand the power that real food and natural living can have on our lives, so when you come across a high schooler who gets it, that's especially exciting. (The picture above is Kent and I at my high school graduation open house, I certainly didn't get it back then, heck, I was 37 before I had a clue, so if you're still just coming around, don't feel bad.)
I get a lot of emails everyday, but this one stood out, so I thought I'd share it with you. Here's a young gal, a senior in high school, who seems right on it in many areas, but sadly it sounds like she's been deceived in one big area. I took out her name for privacy reasons.
Read this and see if you agree…
Hello Kelly, I love your blog and just found it yesterday. It's always good (and very rare) to find healthy, whole food enthusiasts who are also Catholic, it's very encouraging!!
I am a high school senior and have volunteered at a local dementia care facility for three years. I've bonded in true friendship with the residents, however not until recently have I personally adopted a whole food diet and found physical healing for myself through this lifestyle. After personally undergoing these lifestyle changes, I started to take notice of the food being served at this facility — meat (often chicken, ham, or turkey), potatoes, and canned or severely nutritionally zapped peas or green beans. I doubt any of this is organic, because why buy organic when one could get conventional at a cheaper price (especially for an entire facility)? I say this sarcastically of course, and sadly.
Furthermore, the facility I volunteer at is top tier, high end, very expensive, well kept and well managed — which scares me even more for those that are not well managed, less expensive, and in lower income communities, as far as the food served (and the care given).
I wanted to know if you have any resources regarding nutrition linked to Alzheimer's — because I know this would be a big fight to take on, very likely on the Federal level, but I'd like to see evidence of specific diets working well with people, specifically whole food diets. I saw Dr. Greger's video on “preventing alzheimer's with plants” and I thought it was remarkable, especially interesting about the hesitancy towards full scale studies and their near impossibility.
I know this isn't your specific area of study, but I wanted to reach out to you regarding this because I know you know the importance of lifestyle change and I know I will be shot down by those who don't know the benefits of nutrition-based medicine.
It is a personal journey, luckily I am making mine, and I want to help others. I want to be a naturopathic doctor, and I am passionate about nutrition through a plant-based lifestyle and I am passionate about those afflicted with dementia because I know it is preventable.
Thank you for your help and time spent reading this, I can't imagine how busy you are. Sincerely, K
Wow, to find someone your age who GETS IT about how powerful food is to our health and well-being is so REFRESHING!!! 🙂
- First, have you seen my post on just what you wrote me about? Nursing Home Food Should Be Illegal
- Also, here's one specifically on Alzheimers: Alzheimers Disease and Coconut Oil
Sadly, I think it may be a while before real food comes back around to nursing homes, because the people there have been brainwashed for so many years into thinking that the “food” there (if you can even call it that) is “normal”.
Although on a happy note, here in Grand Rapids, Michigan there is a retirement home with real chefs who have won awards for their real food, I love it!! Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂
I hope those links help a little and I'll ask my readers if they have more information that might help as well. One more thing I wanted to share with you, about plant-based diets specifically, is this post I wrote a while back:
- Meet your Meat (plus there are more links you may want to read at the bottom of that post, too).
- One more written by my friend, Joanie: The Cowspiracy Farce — it's not what you eat, it's how it's GROWN (or raised)
Both of these posts express the frustration myself and others feel that meat raised right –animals treated humanely, raised sustainably, and out on lush green pastures– can make ALL the difference, and that studies done using conventional/factory-farmed animal foods really can't give a true picture. I'm happy to chat more about all of this if you have any questions, and it's great to meet you K!
I never heard back.
I hope I didn't scare her off, especially when she's doing so well in many areas. How would YOU have responded?
I'm guessing she saw a film that is deceiving many teens these days called, Cowspiracy. That's why I sent her that post, The Cowspiracy Farce. However, I've learned that once teens switch over to thinking that they're helping the world and “saving the animals”, it usually isn't until later when their health is a mess that they're open to learning about the real issues.
Lierre Keith's health severely deteriorated after years on a vegan diet.
Through much research she learned that her reasons for going vegan in the first place were based on fallacies. In this interview you'll learn why the belief that a vegan diet is environmentally “green” couldn’t be further from the truth, plus where vegans and “omnivores” agree: Vegan MYTHS Debunked with Lierre Keith. Or find her book here, “The Vegetarian Myth, Food, Justice, and Sustainability“.
More you might like:
- First, if you don't have a good local source for healthy meat, click here for a safe source of pastured meats online.
- Are Vegetarians Moral Heroes?
- What’s REALLY Behind GMOs? p.s. Don’t Blame the Farmers (Atheists Please Read)
- One Question for Your Farmer that You MUST Ask
- What Knowing Your Local Farmer Looks Like and How Easily YOU Can Help Your Local Farmer Grow
- How I Got Lazy and the 5 Ways I Have Recommitted to Real Food and Healthy Eating
- 3 Tips on Knowing Your Farmer: Exactly What Questions to Ask Your Farmer, How to Bring up the Sticky Issues, and How to Find Real Food
- More posts on healthy meat here (you'll need to scroll past some of them that I listed here)