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The Power of Plants: what they can cure

“The answer is not another pill – the answer is spinach”

Extensive research shows that switching to a whole foods plant based diet can not only eliminate most diseases, but also reverse them. Healing your body through the power of plants can shrink cancer growths and eradicate many problems that people are faced with today.

The Standard American Diet also known as ‘The Western Diet’ is essentially a diet full of foods that are greasy, fried, oily, sugary, salty, etc. People are eating more of these kinds of foods and less whole foods like fruits, grains and vegetables. Why is this you ask? Well you see, fast food is easy and convenient. We are also driven to desire 3 specific tastes: fatty, sweet, and salty. These foods become addictions and it’s hard for people to drop them cold turkey.

However if you DO decide to explore the wonderful world of veganism and plant based foods, you will look and feel so much better.

“The leading cause of death in the world is heart disease. It accounts for about 30% of all deaths and is most prominent in middle-income and high-income countries. If you were to examine the diets of these countries, you would find high concentrations of hydrogenated fat, meat, dairy and fast foods.The number one cause of heart disease is the food we consume, so it should be no surprise when we hear of these statistics considering the average diet. If we examine further chronic illnesses like, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, they account for about 35% percent of all deaths annually.”

The book The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University is recognized as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted. He goes in depth to explain the connections between the foods we eat and the diseases we develop such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

“Prevention is always better than a cure… foods that may help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases include artichokes, black pepper, cinnamon, garlic, lentils, olives, pumpkin, rosemary, thyme, watercress, and more.”
Dr. William Li, President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, MA

Not only is food a great form of medicine, but by eating a diet consisting of whole and nutritious foods, you overall decrease your risk of developing these diseases. Now what’s better: finding a cure for a disease, or preventing it all together?

We no longer have opinions: we have FACTS. I don’t know what it’s going to take for people to realize that what you put into your body effects your life. It’s so hard trying help people feel better by telling them to cut out certain foods, and them responding “that’s stupid”. What will it take for them to finally understand that the saying “you are what you eat” could not be anymore true.

If you put food into your body such as greasy hamburgers, red meat, french fries, ice-cream, processed foods, etc, you will NOT feel well. Whereas if you nourish your body and give it healthy and whole foods, you will flourish and feel so much better.

Sometimes you may not even realize you have problems until they are gone. People will disregard your suggestions and say they feel fine. But SO many people have then given this way of life a try and realized how many problems they actually had. Acne, bloating, hypoglycemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, obesity, and so many other things. People with these exact problems gave the plant based diet a try,and their problems VANISHED. And no it’s not magic: it’s basic science and nutrition. It is scientifically proven that switching to a full plant based diet can actually reverse cancer growth; so imagine what else it can do.

So please, give this lifestyle a try. These are no longer ‘opinions’ or ‘my own views’. This is a way of life that can heal the world. You don’t have to try this, you can live however you want to live. But just know that there will always be that possibility out there where you could feel 100% healthier, and be the best version of yourself that you are able to be.

Living Proof


People’s personal stories who have gone vegan or switched to a plant based diet to cure diseases/sicknesses.

Maria (thehealthynewlife)

  • leaky gut syndrome,candida and gastric acid reflux disease

“I was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome,candida and gastric acid reflux disease. Two years ago I started loosing an incredible amount of weight and no matter what I ate I would still be loosing weight. When I got my test results back, I found out that I also had a ton of food intolerances/allergies. I had to cut out gluten, nuts,eggs,milk and a few other things. I was already leaning towards veganism back then so I thought why not give it a try. At first I ate a high fat and high protein vegan diet which did not turn out very well. I started having bloody stools, bloody vomiting and severe stomach pains. My doctor told me to cut out all fats, but to continue a high protein diet. Nothing really changed apart from the fact that my stomach wasn’t hurting as much as before. A friend of mine told me to get the 801010 book by Douglas Graham. Being tired of feeling like this, I gave the lifestyle a try. It was like a relieve, every day was better. I started having more energy, feeling happier than ever and actually started to gain weight. Almost a year and a half later, I’m finally at my healthy weight and have a ton of energy. It took some time to gain all the energy back, and I still get some reflux from time to time. But it’s nothing compared to before. It takes time to heal your body from all the years of damage you have done. But I can tell from my own experience that if you keep accumulating the food that wasn’t originally designed for us ( meat,dairy,eggs,highly processed things). At one point of your life all these toxins in your body are going to turn into a disease.”

 Natasha Lipman-(Nutritiously Natasha)

  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndome, Postural Orthosraric Tachycardia Syndrome, Histamine Intolerance.

I grew up with a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (although I didn’t get diagnosed until I was 21). This caused frequent dislocations, daily subluxations, chronic pain, fatigue, and all that other fun stuff. I managed to push through with life, got a degree, worked on and off. It was a daily struggle but I was just about managing. Then last year I suddenly got struck with two new illnesses, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance.

I went to see so many professors and had so many tests done. But all I was given was more and more medications. I couldn’t eat half a banana without it taking me days to recover. Even after I went to see a dietician, she wanted me to go on a diet that instinctively I knew wasn’t going to help me.

I got sicker and sicker and more and more depressed. Throughout December I was on some meds that were really tipping me over the edge. I thought that if I was already sick, I might as well eat anything I want. I remember New Year’s Eve last year, lying on the sofa binge watching scandal, struggling really to do anything, and stuffing my face with steak, potatoes, cheesecake, bread. Anything I could get my hands on. Obviously it didn’t help. I realised that I needed to do something.

So the next day I started a several month long deep google of how food can be used as medicine.

And you know what? It has changed my life! Overnight I cut out meat, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol and went on a strict rotation diet. I’m now off all of my meds. Right now I’m currently having a bit of a relapse which was triggered by a bug, but I’m still healthier than I thought I’d ever be again. The last week or so aside, I have had more energy, less symptoms and I’ve started to feel more like a human being again. I’m able to work, go out, and actually start living a bit of a life again.

It’s also especially powerful even when I do have flare ups like I’m having right now, because I know what I need to do to give myself the best possible chance of healing quickly.

Ella Woodward- (Deliciously Ella)

  • Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

“I started the blog as a way of dealing with a relatively rare illness, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which I was diagnosed with in September 2011. The illness had a pretty devastating effect on my life – I literally couldn’t walk down the street, I slept for 16 hours a day, had never ending heart palpitations, was in chronic pain, had unbearable stomach issues, constant headaches and the list goes on – it was anything but fun! I tried healing through conventional medicine for about six months but it had little effect on my symptoms and I was still bed-ridden 95% of the time. So I decided it was time for something new and began researching holistic, natural healing approaches, which is how I started eating like this. Overnight I took up a whole foods, plant-based diet and gave up all meat, dairy, sugar, gluten, anything processed and all chemicals and additives, which was a pretty drastic change. I literally never ate fruit or vegetables before, my diet instead revolved around Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Chocolate, peanut butter and jelly eaten with a spoon, pick-n-mix and lots of cereal and pasta – I was a sugar monster!

Eating this way has allowed me to take control of my illness, stopping the constant pain, restoring my energy and giving me my life back again. It really has healed me, and just eighteen months after starting this lifestyle I’ve been able to come off all my medication and I feel so incredible, better than ever really! I’d never have believed that I could come this far simply through diet; it is just incredible – better than any drug ever. I’ve learnt more on this health adventure than I could have possibly imagined too and I really want to share all of this information with you. It’s my way of turning something negative into something really positive. If I can spread health and happiness with anyone then this is a success!”

Ullenka (Dehappy5)

  • Eczema

After struggling with allergies and eczema for most of her life, my 8 years old daughter Maya recovered completely within only 5 months on high carb raw vegan diet. Our entire family went vegan to help her and we are living of fruits, veggies and leafy greens. Fresh fruits are very powerful, more than most people can even imagine. First of all fruits are so easy to digest. Secondly contain simple sugars that are best fuel for our body.

Eczema is a symptom not a disease itself. The real cause is the leaky gut which is a result of candida overgrowth. Commonly known remedy for candida are low sugar diets but the truth is actually completely opposite. Fat is the real danger. So we addressed candida with high carb low fat vegan diet. Candida was gone quickly and gut started to heal. Healthy gut helped to detox her body and skin started to look better and better every day. First three months on this lifestyle were very heavy on detox for her. Detox is important part of this treatment as it is a natural way and the symptoms are not hidden by conventional medicine. After few months of detoxing it was unbelievable thing to see her skin clear up and to see after almost two years that beautiful face again.”

Angela Liddon(Oh she Glows)

  • Eating Disorder

“With hard work, counseling, and persistence, I was able to overcome my struggles with disordered eating. I no longer count calories, weigh myself obsessively, binge eat, or workout compulsively. Balanced is how I feel in my life now. It’s a great feeling after so many years of struggle.

I shifted my diet to plant-based in mid-2009 after learning more about nutrition, animal welfare, and the environmental impacts of factory farming. My goal is to show you healthy, unprocessed, and animal-product free recipes that I create to keep myself and my family inspired about tasty good-for-you food. My husband dropped 20 pounds effortlessly and got rid of his high cholesterol – all without dieting or medication.”

You can read more about Angelas story here.

 Siobhan Obrien (Super Food Sioban)

  • Irritable Bowl Syndrome(IBS)

“I began a journey to a healthier lifestyle in January 2012, after many years of weekly doctor’s visits due to suffering with digestive issues. I trialled dairy free, soy free and gluten free diets, none of which were able to relieve the bloating, cramps and general discomfort I was experiencing after eating my favourite foods such as ciabatta bread dipped in olive oil, margherita pizza from our local Italian pizzeria and big bowls of pasta with basil pesto. I researched and researched, and came to the conclusion that perhaps I had IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I read that it is best managed with a minimally processed diet high in fibre so I began to make changes such as switching to wholemeal products and consuming more fruit and vegetables. I began eating a proper breakfast, joined a gym and exercised for fun, snacked on fruit during the day and started drinking a lot more water also. After a matter of weeks I started noticing the difference and I realised that my digestive issues were not simply due to an intolerance, but more so because my body wasn’t working optimally.

In May 2012 I got a referral to a gastroenterologist and I was diagnosed with IBS. I did a low FODMAP elimination diet, which enabled me to find out which foods were causing me the issues. I was informed that I also have a gluten and lactose intolerance, and that IBS is commonly triggered by any food which is too spicy, acidic, salty or fatty.  Because of that, I eat a minimally processed diet consisting mostly of gluten free grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, olive oil and coconut oil, I feel better than I ever have in my life, and my passion for health and food is something I could never go back on.”

Belle Gibson from The Whole Pantry

  •  Terminal Brain Cancer

“A few years ago I was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the turning point wasn’t necessarily the cancer, but more of a ‘if this is it, I want it to be the best time of my life’. Illness of any kind is exhausting and debilitating, but there was a part of me that knew it didn’t need to be like that. When I had that revelation, I took the leap to heal myself naturally and haven’t looked back. Every day is an attempt to have the best day ever, with constant nurturing and respect for my body and life.”

You can read more about Belle here.

Grace (Gracie Cooks)

  • Chronix Fatigue Syndrome (FSA)

“I have suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 4 years. I believe food is medicine. I am also gluten-free and prior to becoming vegan was diary free. People may think that being a gluten-free vegan is restricting but for me it’s a lifestyle not a diet. I believe that food is very important it is what fuels our body for the day. So becoming vegan for me made sense. I found after eating meat or any animal derived products I was left feeling sluggish and heavy. A few months into my vegan lifestyle despite being sick with CFS my blood tests have never been better, my weight has never been more stable, my skin has never looked this good and my hair has never been so shiny and soft. After becoming vegan I started doing research into how animals were treated. I watched the documentary earthlings which has stuck with me. When I do recover from CFS I know I will not go back to the lifestyle I was living. I now believe that our future should be one without the consumption of animal products. Not only is it better for our health but it’s also better for our earth.”

Ashley Raeanne Wood (Rae of Sunshine)

  • Severe Skin Burns

“On March 3, 2013 Ben and I were frying onion rings on the stove and the oil in the pot caught on fire. As our kitchen quickly went up in flames, Ben scrambled around trying to catch our cats so that we could evacuate. They were terrified and hiding from him so I made the decision to try and put the fire out, knowing that I had to get rid of the burning oil first. I put oven mitts on, yelled at him to open the door, grabbed the pot and ran outside with it. As I was running, the fire burnt my hair and my face and the oil spilled down my legs and feet. Oil continues to burn the skin for days after initial contact so the fantastic doctor who was caring for me said he would decide whether or not skin grafting surgery was needed after one week. I knew that I could heal myself and decided right then that I was not having surgery.

For the next week, I treated my body with so much love and ate only whole, organic fruits and vegetables, drank plenty of green juices and water, and rested as much as I could. Plants really do work wonders and when the week was over, my doctor was so impressed by the progress that my body had made that he decided I did not need surgery.  As soon as I was able to, I slathered my body with coconut oil and vitamin E oil multiple times a day, started running a few times a week and since trauma also affects the mind, I gave myself patience and time to heal.

After one year of treating my body this way, my burn scars are almost gone, I have lost twenty pounds, I have so much energy and I very rarely get sick. Mentally and physically I am in the best shape of my life, and it’s all thanks to living a balanced, healthy, sunshine life. Throughout my healing experience, Rae of Sunshine slowly evolved and I am so happy to now share my sunshine with you!”

 

 

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