Testing the Cabbage Soup Diet – Day 4

With Day 4 on the cage soup diet I've found a bit of a dip in energy again. One explanation of the cage soup diet says that at this point the body needs a burst of carbohydrates and other things to lessen the craving for sweets, which seems about right for how I've felt. Fortunately as a consequence today's additional food is bananas and milk!

The plan allows you 8 bananas and as much skimmed milk as you can drink (or 8 glasses according to another page). To be honest milk does not really agree with me all that well (I think I may be mildly lactose intolerant – it always makes me feel bloated and a bit nauseous although I love the taste and texture) so I've replaced all but the first two glasses with unsweetened soy milk, which is a bit grim but in a banana smoothie (which is how I'm drinking it all today) is almost undetectable. So all day I've been enjoying delicious ice-cold banana smoothies. Not a bad diet this!

And tomorrow it gets better. Tomorrow I get my first meat since Sunday – up to 20 ounces of beef. I'm salivating (and planning obsessively) as I type this.

I've been doing a fair amount of background digging on the cage soup diet, and the debate around it is quite fascinating (and often quite depressed in the sheer level of stupidity and poor argument). There really does not seem to be an "original" version of the diet, although there are multiple cash-in books (which I'm not going to link to because I'm not going to give them the support) including "The New Cabbage Soup Diet "and" The Ultimate Cabbage Soup Diet ". There is however a sizeable body of testimonials, on all sorts of pages and from different sources, from people who have used it and found positive results.

Most of these are detailed enough to be fairly convincing – and in any case, who would try to artificially increase impressions of the diet's effectiveness if no-one really owns it and most people use a free online version? The only one of these which I found was mildly worrying was an article from Weight Loss at Families.com (now sadly unavailable), in which the writer calculated (with pretty convincing figures) that she lost a significant amount of lean muscle mass as well as fat. This is not an effect I've found investigated anywhere else, so there's no verification from other sources.

The amazing thing is how many articles there are debunking or attacking the cage soup diet, and all of them poorly written, based on a bunch of claims and unverified statements, and often massively inaccurate. I've found over 20 so far (I'm not going to link to them, you can find them all on Google and they're not worth the effort), all based heavily on the same set of straw man arguments:

"It's not a longterm weight loss solution" – of course it's not, it lasts for 7 days!

"It does not provide all the things the body needs" – which is why you do not do it for long.

"Weight loss will be entirely from water and lean muscle tissue" – then prove it! This of-repeated statement is completely unsupported by any research!

"If you come off the diet and stuff yourself all the next day then you'll put the weight right back on" – yes, and if you come off the diet and then stab yourself in the brain, you will die.

A handful of these articles lead into a final conclusion of "So you should use MY diet, available for only $ 29.99!", Which at least explains why they're rubbing this one. But a fair number are independent bloggers and writers. The only conclusion I can see is that a diet of this kind is an easy target with which to fill an article without doing any real research because "it's just a fad" and easy to knock down. Maybe I should not complain; let's face it, modern journalism and particularly internet journalism usually errs strongly on the side of less critical thinking (just ask Ben Goldacre). But This is not smart critical journalism, it's cheap and easy hit work based on a total absence of solid facts. Depressing.

Hopefully keeping a reasonably complete written record of my experiences on this diet (and after) will provide a slightly more accurate impression of its effects. Without I drop dead tomorrow from malnutrition, of course.

More than going vegan

THESE DAYS many diseases, health conditions and disorders are lifestyle- or diet-related, among them high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Nutrition experts Julienna Hever and Raymond J Cronise are adamant that if food can wreak havoc on your health, then a diet can be designed to remedy certain health problems. You just need to pay extra attention to what you eat and how much you eat. 

Their answer to modern lifestyle problems is a “whole food, plant-based diet”, a new lifestyle trend conceptualised in the US and now making inroads to Thailand where wellness tourism is growing.

NASA scientist-turned-nutrition expert Ray Cronise and registered dietician Julieanna Hever recommend a whole food, plant-based lifestyle for a longer and healthier life. /photo courtesy of Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise

Hever and Cronise recently conducted a plant-based culinary and nutritional classes at Evason Hua Hin, attracting health-conscious individuals from around the world including physicians, students and other professionals from Brazil, Britain, Australia and China, all of them determined to improve their health through, well, healthy cooking. 

“A whole food, plant-based diet consists of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, which can be consumed in infinite combinations,” Hever tells The Nation. 

She asserts that a plant-based diet promotes consumption of wholesome and unprocessed foods, saying: “If you process rice into flour, you lose lots of nutrition.” While plant-based diets include vegan and vegetarian foods, some of these are oily, salty or very sweet and cannot be described as healthy. “It’s worth noting that there are vegetarian and vegan versions of burgers, ice cream and cookies. They are not healthy,” she stresses. 

Through Cronise and Hever’s nutrition classes, individuals learn how to cook flavourful, healthy dishes without cooking oil. / photo courtesy of Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise

Cronise explains that like both these diets, plant-based food excludes animal products. “Think about Thai dishes, whole grains, mushrooms. Most Thai dishes have all of these. That can’t be said about most American dishes. Here mushrooms aren’t foreign,” he says. 

Both Americans have been conducting classes on plant-based diets around the world as a team for two and a half years. However, Hever, a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition, has professionally conducted classes on plant-based diets for the past 14 years. 

Cronise is a scientist-turned-weight-loss and nutrition expert who studied chemistry and worked for 15 years as a Material Scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) in microgravity, biophysics, and physical & analytical chemistry. A household name in the US’s weight-loss world, he has helped many celebrities and ordinary folks achieve their weight-loss goals through his knowledge of metabolism, mild cold stress, dietary restriction and nutrition. 

 Pad Thai without shrimp and eggs fits well with Hever’s dietary regime. photo courtesy of Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise

Cronise and Hever are also the authors of “Plant-Based Nutrition, 2E (Idiot’s Guides)” that extols the virtues of a plant-based lifestyle as beneficial to the “healthspan”, or longevity.

By bringing their concept of plant-based food to Thailand, both are hoping that their recipes can make a difference to the lives of those who are looking for ideas for healthy living and cooking as a way of overcoming personal medical problems and attaining longevity. 

Plant-based food is beneficial to the health in many ways. 

In their article titled “Plant-based nutrition for healthcare professionals” published in 2017 in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, they wrote that plant-based diets are associated with lowering overall and ischemic heart disease mortality; reducing medication needs; supporting sustainable weight management; reducing incidence and severity of high-risk conditions, such as obesity and obesity-related inflammatory markers, hyperglycemia, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia; and even reversing advanced cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

 Hever and Cronise say it’s possible to adopt a 100per cent plantbased diet without suffering nutrient deficiency. /photo courtesy of Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise

These advantages are likely the result of both the consistent consumption of innate health-promoting compounds found in whole plant foods and the reduction of exposure to harmful substances found in animal products and highly processed foods. 

Meat (including processed, red, and white assortments), fish, dairy, and eggs contain health-damaging saturated fats, heme iron, N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc), carnitine, and chemical contaminants formed when flesh is cooked, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heterocyclic amines, and advanced glycation end products. 

Julieanna says plant foods exclusively contain two critical nutrients: fibre and phytonutrients. Fibre, found in multiple varieties in all intact plant foods, gives powerful protection of the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and immune systems, while phytonutrients, a vast class of thousands of compounds including glucosinolates, carotenoids, and flavonoids, work synergistically to reduce inflammation and oxidation, providing protection from disease initiation and progression.

“There are two reasons why plant-based diets are healthful. First, you’re avoiding excessive protein, saturated food and animal products that are harmful. Then, plants contain fibre that can be found in plants, not animals. Plants cannot fight and run, so they create phytonutrients as a defence mechanism to protect themselves from bacteria. These nutrients work to protect us too,” she says. 

Miang Kham is one of the healthy Thai dishes recommended by both experts. /photo courtesy of Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise

Cronise asserts that aside from its multiple benefits, plant-based food in principle promotes “healthspan”: how long and well someone can live with quality of life. He says plant-based food is a way of implementing dietary restriction that’s beneficial to human health, citing a 20-year study by the Wisconsin National Primate Research Centre in Madison. 

In the study, which was conducted from 1989 to 2009, 38 rhesus macaques that were allowed to eat whatever they wanted were nearly twice as likely to die at any age than were 38 monkeys whose calorie intakes were cut by 30 per cent. The study also suggested that the monkeys on a reduced-calorie diet lived longer than those that ate as much as they wanted.

“You may be able to eat more food, and not gain weight, but when you start restricting, you get to a point where body goes into a protective mode. Eating every hour or so, every day is a kind of modern concept. Whole food, planted based diets help people eat less, but swallow more,” Cronise says. 

When it comes to plant-based food, Hever says there are infinite combinations and options to be found in our daily life. Half the plate should consist of vegetables and fruits in order to ensure adequate intake of fibre, potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, nutrients that tend to be low in the standard Western diet, she says.

Hever doesn’t use oil when cooking and indeed advises against using cooking oil, however good it may be. In their classes, both cook all vegetables with water and broth or by steaming. 

 photo courtesy of Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise

“Oils are a way of getting enough calories to survive. You can get calories from other sources. Our dishes contain mostly no oil, even extra virgin olive oil. Do you need olive oil to survive? If you can get calories from elsewhere, then oil is not necessary – as long as you have enough mango and sticky rice. Today we have the luxury of just eating plants.

“Michelin-starred food, fast food and street food are the same things. Think about that for a second. A meal at a five-star restaurant has sugar, salt and oil. That’s what we love. They make it pretty. Street food is high in sugar, salt and oil. The point is if you eat that every day, you’re likely to develop all the non-communicable diseases we are talking about,” says Cronise.

Both believe Thai food is a great example of health food, but this doesn’t include the greasy curries. 

“Traditional Thai food like miang kham is mostly healthy food. Small portions help, but it depends on the type of food and the quantity. What we are trying to do is focus on those foods that the literature has said are the most healthful and make those into flavourful food. So we recommend vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. That’s just every Thai dish,” Hever says. 

 photo courtesy of Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise

“You have the best fruits every day in Thailand. You can’t walk down the street in the US and buy a coconut or have coconut water,” adds Cronise. 

To them, Bangkok is the best place to find plant-based dishes from regular restaurants. They like to order pad thai without shrimp and egg on top or tom yum without oil or go for raw sushi, spring rolls and roasted vegetables. 

“If you don’t have time to cook, time for your health, you’ll have time for medical procedures later in life. We want to live longer, not just live healthy. We eat what we can eat to survive and reproduce. The point here is when we look at our age, we just can’t eat almost anything. You eat the plants or eat the animals that eat the plant? But the nutrition came from the plant. We need to restrict our diet and we need to eat more plants,” says Cronise. 




5 Problems For Children in Africa

I will simply provide the list below and provide my own brief review for each point I make. If you take some time to read the article right to the end, you will gain more valuable insights in to this serious subject.

Most of them cannot afford to go to school or are forced drop out

A good education is important to improve the lives of African children. Children in Africa lack financial resources to be able to go to school. A large portion of the African population has people who live below the poverty line, and thus many families cannot afford to take their children to school because it is expensive. For example 69% of the people in Swaziland live with just about $3 per month. This has caused under privileged children not to have formal education.

Rape is another problem that children are faced with in the African continent

Sexual violence is one of the largest crimes against children, which threaten lives of so many of them. Violence, domestic abuse and discrimination are some of the painful things children have to go through everyday of their lives.

African countries have poor health care facilities, which have resulted in an increase in health problems for children

The lack of health care facilities has increased the number of deaths of children. Children suffer from water-borne infection from the lack of clean drinking water. Children also get health problem through mother to infant, where mothers abuse alcohol and drugs creating abnormalities and growth disorder to infants.

Another problem faced by children is starvation, which is caused by poverty where there is lack of financial resources to buy food

Starvation has resulted in malnutrition and underweight children. Most African countries rely on food donations in order to feed the hungry children; also there are orphanages where orphans are taken care of and given the necessary basic needs.

A large number of children in Africa are infected and or affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic

This has increased the number of orphans and vulnerable children and causing a large number of the young ones to be without parents or a guardian. The pandemic has resulted to a high number of child-headed households. Furthermore, because these kids are not adequately taught, they have a high chance of contracting the HIV virus while taking care of their sick parents or by being engaged in “sex games”.

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Do you know that at least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese? (From Research)

Do you know that a lot of health-related issues and challenges are related to obesity?

Being overweight puts you at great risk of developing serious health conditions like:


Cardiovascular Diseases

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Obesity which is a condition resulting from excessive storage of fat in the body can be prevented through a combination of social changes and personal choices. These changes include change in your diet and exercising. Diet quality can be achieved by reducing the consumption of energy-dense food such as those food high in fat and sugar and by increasing the intake of dietary fiber

Natural ways to lose weight or burn fat are the best. You don’t need to starve yourself or start doing exercise especially when you are very busy and there is no time. Here is a product you can drink any time of the day and it will give you the desired result without stress. You can take it as a meal. Try it and you will love it.

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Mediterranean diet works by adding up small improvements

Over time, eating a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and olive oil can reduce heart and blood vessel disease risks.

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Eating a Mediterranean-type diet won’t suddenly and dramatically improve your cholesterol, magically slash your blood pressure, or help you drop 20 pounds overnight.

But if you stick with it over time, it can potentially cut your risk of heart and blood vessel diseases by as much as 25%, according to a study published online Dec. 7, 2018, by JAMA Network Open. This overall improvement may be due to the cumulative effect of numerous small positive changes that occur in the body as a result of the diet — most notably, a drop in chronic inflammation, a known risk factor for heart disease.

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Easy Uric Acid Cure – How to Eliminate Uric Acid Gout in 2 Hours With Bicarbonate of Soda

Here, you’ll discover a simple uric acid cure using bicarbonate of soda. When suffering from gout many folks first thoughts are drug-based treatments. But something as simple as a bicarbonate of soda drink can eliminate the pain and symptoms of gout pretty quickly. More and more sufferers are turning to natural treatments to eliminate their gout symptoms.

The benefits of using bicarbonate of soda as an easy uric acid cure are that it can help;

(1) dissolve uric acid crystals

(2) reduce pain

(3) make uric acid more soluble and easier to excrete

(4) increase body fluid volume which helps the kidneys do their job more effectively

(5) boost urine pH which helps reduce the risk of uric acid kidney stone formation

But before I show you your uric acid cure in detail, let’s quickly go over what causes your gout symptoms of redness, swelling, heat, inflammation and extreme pain. These are actually caused by crystals which have formed in your joints; most usually the big toe, although other joints can be affected. They are so painful because the crystals are in the form of tiny ‘needles’, which can be clearly seen under the microscope.

The crystals themselves are formed out of excess uric acid in your bloodstream which your kidneys have been unable to process properly. Uric acid is a byproduct of the breakdown of natural purines in your body cells and food. Purines are chemical compounds that play an important role in providing our protein and energy needs. Normally, your kidneys then process and flush excess uric acid out of your body via urine. But sometimes this doesn’t happen properly and you end up with excess acid in your blood, hence the crystals and a gout attack.

And because many gout victims suffer really nasty side effects using mainstream drug-based treatment, they are turning more and more to natural gout remedies that don’t have these side effects and are way cheaper too. These are things like dietary changes (remember purines!), herbs, natural supplements, particular fruits and berries such as cherries and strawberries, etc.

One natural remedy that many folks don’t know about is bicarbonate of soda. When mixed with water and taken over a period of time, it can relieve the symptoms quite quickly; in as little as 2 hours depending on the severity of the gout attack.

Here’s how to take your uric acid cure…

Add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to 8 ounces of water (a typical 8 oz glass). Make sure to mix thoroughly. Stick to the following schedule: Drink a glass just before going to bed; a glass immediately on getting up in the morning; a glass every 2 to 4 hours in between meals. Do not take more than 4 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda per day, i.e. 8 glasses per day. Continue with this regimen until the symptoms disappear.

Since bicarbonate of soda is high in sodium, you need to reduce your salt intake (salt and diet). And if you suffer from hypertension, keep checking your blood pressure. If it rises, stop the treatment immediately. In any case, seek your doctor’s advice before starting the course.

Now many folks have found this uric acid cure to be very effective. However, it’s used simply to eliminate the symptoms of an actual gout attack, it cannot prevent your gout returning. And recurring gout has to be avoided at all costs since — apart from the excruciating pain — it can cause you permanent joint damage and kidney problems down the line. So it isn’t enough just to keep treating the symptoms when they occur, you need to prevent them from returning ever again.

Sealed Air Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 14, 2019–Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per common share. The dividend is payable on March 22, 2019 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 8, 2019.

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