Almost to 34 full weeks, we are so excited about THE time! Got the wipes and Moby yesterday, a few more cloth diapers are still on the way, there are still a lot to do around the house, but I feel fine and somehow I feel there’s still time, nothing is going to happen any time soon 🙂
Michael and I watched part of the DVD “Eating” last night, the main focus of this movie is to explore the reason of the heart disease and cancer epidemic in our society: over consumption of meats and dairy products kill Americans. The SAD (standard American diet) which involves a lot of meats and has very little vegetables and grains is the direct cause of artery blockage, and the widespread surgeries needed to clear the cholesterol and fat in the arteries. So instead of going through surgeries, the alternative is to switch onto a plant-based diet, even for intake of calcium and protein (this is interesting because Ina May Gaskin mentioned in her book that all the pregnant women at the Farm use vegetarian source of protein which is the building block for growing babies). I was appalled to hear that even chicken, fish still give you the same amount of cholesterol as red meat, and skim milk does the same thing, the recommended 3 glasses of milk a day is equivalent to 21 slices of bacon when it comes to fat and cholesterol. There are many other plants that provide plenty of calcium and protein, such as broccoli, spinach or potato. Even though fish gives you the fatty acid that’s good for the body, they get it from eating algae.
I’ve done some research on dairy products, if you look at breast cancer rate by countries, it is interesting that top countries are the major dairy producers – lot of cheese and milk. I happen to notice, also, that the only Asian country on this particular is Japan, ranked at #26 – in Asian cultures, people do not eat much dairy products at all until recently.
So maybe after pregnancy (now I am eating a lot of chicken to obtain sufficient protein), we will switch to plant-based diet completely? The claim in the movie does make sense to us: the animal-based diet clogs up the arteries, and the plant-based diet improves immunity. There were couple of cancer or stroke survivors in this film chose to change their diet instead of going for bypass surgery, chemotherapy (we should all know what radiation does to the body) and became much healthier or cancer free. Instead of trying to get rid of the cancerous cells, which live in all of us, improving the immunity to fight the these cells from multiplying. A good start will be checking into the Rave Diet. Also the newer edition (3rd) is out we might check that out as well.