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1 cup vegetable broth
1 TBL tamari (soy sauce)
1 TBL brown sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp Asian sesame oil
1 package of firm tofu, drained, rinsed, patted dry and cut into 1×1/2-inch cubes (I like House brand)
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 green onions (scallions), sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, pressed through garlic press
1 TBL minced, peeled fresh ginger (or use frozen Dorot cubes)
8 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced

Combine broth, tamari, brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt until well blended and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil and sesame oil over high heat. Add cubed tofu and stir fry, turning frequently, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl once done. In the same large skillet, add in carrot, red pepper, green onions, garlic, and ginger and stir fry until tender yet crisp, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to stir fry for 3 more minutes.

Add in the broth mixture and the cooked tofu cubes and stir fry until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 3 more minutes.

Serve over brown rice, long grain rice or quinoa.

Serves 4

                     

There are many pros and cons to consuming soy. This post should help to clear things up a bit.

First, just like any produce, soybeans can be sprayed with pesticides and genetically engineered. With everything you buy, you need to be aware of how it is grown and processed.

The basic thing to note here is that whole foods are healthiest for you and you should include a variety of foods in your daily diet, including products made from whole soybeans.

When you shop for soy products, like tofu and soy drinks, it is best to only purchase ones that are NON-GMO. Products that are not genetically modified will list this on the package or container.

Think about it, the Asian culture has incorporated soy products in their every day diet for centuries and have low rates of cancer and heart disease, compared to the Western diet which is heavy animal consumption loaded with fat, cholesterol and calories. Tofu, NON-GMO and gluten-free, is extremely low in calories and carbohydrates, contain no sugar, and is a great source of protein.

While I was reading up on soy products, I came across this blurb on Dr. Weil’s website:

The following is from Andrew Weil, M.D.

“Soy for Hot Flashes

Hot flashes associated with menopause can be miserable, but in most cases, fortunately, they do go away on their own, usually within six months to a year. With the popularity of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on the wane, whole soy foods may be worth a look. Soy foods contain plant estrogens, and Japanese women whose diets contain soy experience fewer hot flashes. Soy is also rich in protein, iron and compounds called isoflavones, which seem to protect against hormone-driven cancers such as breast cancer. Although the precise role of soy in reducing hot flashes continues to be investigated (other elements of the Japanese diet and lifestyle may play a part), adding soy to your diet may help. Dr. Weil recommends one to two daily servings of soy in relatively whole and unrefined forms such as one cup of soy milk; a half cup of tofu, tempeh or green soybeans (edamame); or roasted soy nuts. You can also easily swap meat for tofu in dishes – baked tofu works well as a meat replacement in fajitas, stir-fries and casseroles.”

“Excess consumption of soy can be a problem when you’re taking thyroid replacement medication. Be sure to tell your physician how much soy you’re eating so your dosage can be adjusted, if necessary. Eating soy foods at the same time that you take thyroid hormone can interfere with its absorption so, to be safe, don’t eat soy within three hours of taking your medication. You are unlikely to run into a problem with moderate soy consumption – one serving a day of whole soy products, such as one cup of soy milk or one half cup of tofu, soy protein (tempeh), or crispy soy nuts.

Phytates (and phytic acid) are antioxidant compounds found in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. The chief concern about phytates is that they can bind to certain dietary minerals including iron, zinc, manganese and, to a lesser extent calcium, and slow their absorption. However, the presence of phytates in foods really isn’t the worry that some individuals believe it to be. (I’ve been asked in the past about the phytates in soy and whether they hinder mineral absorption. There is no scientific data suggesting that eating whole soy foods leads to mineral deficiencies in humans).

Phytates in your everyday meals should not be an issue for you as long as you’re eating a balanced diet. Most of us consume enough minerals in common foods to more than make up for the small amounts of these micronutrients that might be tied up by phytates. The only individuals who might need to be careful are vegetarians who consume a lot of wheat bran, which is a concentrated source of these substances. Phytate-associated deficiencies of iron and zinc do occur in some third-world countries where people mostly eat grains.

Phytates themselves have some health benefits, including anti-inflammatory effects. In laboratory research, phytates have helped normalize cell growth and stopped the proliferation of cancer cells. They also may help prevent cardiovascular disease and lower a food’s glycemic load.

I’ve seen many articles warning that soy foods in general, including soy milk, aren’t healthy and contain hidden substances that are dangerous. Critics of soy allege that it is bad for the thyroid, can cause cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and mineral deficiencies.

None of these sensational claims has ever been proven.

Remember, for centuries Asians have been eating lots of soy foods, and the supposed terrible consequences of soy consumption haven’t materialized among them. In fact some traditional soy-rich Asian diets are associated with lower risks of breast and prostate cancer than western diets.

Based on the weight of available evidence, I remain convinced that soy is safe and nutritious when eaten in relatively whole and unrefined forms in reasonable amounts. I recommend one to two daily servings, which can include a cup of soy milk, a half cup of tofu, tempeh or green soybeans (edamame) or roasted soy nuts. Soy milk provides all the benefits of cow’s milk, without the butterfat, which is unhealthy, the milk protein (casein), which can increase mucus production and irritate the immune system in some people, and milk sugar (lactose), which can cause digestive distress if you lack the enzyme that breaks it down.

Soy milk is made by soaking dried beans in water, grinding them, heating them in water, pressing them, and straining the milk. Soy milk makers for home use are widely available, and people who use them say fresh, homemade soy milk is much better tasting than packaged products. And it will have no additives.

One cup of soy milk contains four to 10 grams of soy protein, and 20 to 40 mg of isoflavones, plant chemicals that may act like estrogen but probably account for soy’s protective effect against hormonally driven cancers (especially when soy is part of the diet from early childhood). While soy milk is high in calcium, it doesn’t have as much as cow’s milk so it is important to look for a brand that is fortified with calcium.

I recommend certain precautions when buying soy milk. Since many soy crops are heavily treated with pesticides, always buy organic soy products. I also recommend avoiding brands of soy milk that contain the thickening agent carrageenan, a seaweed derivative, which I believe may be harmful, especially to the intestinal tract. If you are watching your weight, look for low-fat products.”

And this is according to Dr. Weil. It very well may be the meat and dairy industry making negative claims against soy. Who knows!  Remember, there are no substantial studies proven to discount soy products, which have been around for centuries and heavily consumed by the Asian community, among others. You can visit the link below:

http://communications.drweil.com/read/archive?id=7694&e=thefreeganvegan%40gmail%2ecom&x=e7c62f5c

If you are serious about living a healthier lifestyle, then you will eliminate animal flesh and by-products, such as dairy (milk, cheese, butter, and eggs) from your diet. Dr. Michael Klaper’s final video explains what plant based foods deliver protein, from grains (10% protein) to legumes (25% protein) and everything in between. Watch now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffH4jC01gyM&feature=related

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes do not cause high blood pressure. High blood pressure is aggravated by meat and dairy as well as a high in-take of sodium as Dr. Michael Klaper explains in the video below.

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.

In the video below Dr. Michael Klaper discusses the negative health effects of eating animal flesh and all of the diseases linked to this type of diet. In addition, half of the antibiotics made in the U.S. are actually fed to animals to help them grow bigger and prevent infection until they hit the slaughter house. These antibiotics end up in your body and blood stream if you consume animal flesh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUOgeq0MDkk&feature=related

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.

Most people eat too much protein, yet many try to lose weight by going on a high protein diet. Watch the video below featuring Dr. Michael Klaper and see what eating animal protein can do to you. Prostate cancer is the #1 killer among men. In addition, too much protein causes calcium loss, so ladies, you want to see this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL3C2veCU6k&NR=1

Exercise Benefits:
In a healthy person, it is well known that exercise reduces fatigue and increases energy levels. For many years, health professionals recommended that patients undergoing cancer treatment get more rest than those who were not undergoing treatment. Although it is true that cancer treatments, especially aggressive treatments for cancers such as mesothelioma, can cause extreme fatigue, research is now showing that exercise can actually reduce the fatigue and increase energy, even in cancer patients.

Other Possible Benefits:
The National Cancer Institute has begun focusing on various factors that can affect cancer survivorship, and one of the fastest growing focuses is in lifestyle choices and healthy habits. Even after a patient is determined to be cancer free, a cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on life, and some patients react to this impact by choosing less healthy eating and exercise habits. What researchers have found, however, is that exercise can actually improve the emotional and functional well-being of patients, both during and after cancer treatment. One thought is that exercise increases muscle, which can better withstand the effects of cancer treatment. Exercise also releases serotonin, a mood-improving chemical that can give cancer patients an improved outlook on life and increase their survival rates simply by providing a more positive approach. Because it has such a high mortality rate, many mesothelioma doctors are now encouraging exercise intervention in patients undergoing treatment, and recommending that they continue the program after treatment, as research has indicated that fitness can be a tremendous tool in cancer treatment.

Cancer and the treatment for the disease can be devastating to the human body, and patients want to find any method they can to fight the nausea, pain and fatigue that often accompanies the disease treatment. Following a fitness routine during treatment, even if it is simply choosing the stairs over the elevator or parking further from the store to get extra walking in, may improve survival rates and provide some relief from treatment symptoms.

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.

Consuming animal flesh and by-products raises cholesterol levels and clogs arteries, making it the #1 cause of death and disability in North America. Watch now and learn more from
Dr. Michael Klaper’s video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibp1jCjojdo&NR=1

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.

Care about your diet? Deciding to eat meat or cheese? Then you must watch this fabulous video by Dr. Michael Klaper explaining how good these choices are for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG_tn3KAXNE&feature=related

Exercising and Cancer:
It has long been known that diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of some types of cancers, yet many people are not aware that fitness is equally important for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is a debilitating disease, and often the treatments to cure the disease cause equally debilitating side effects, including nausea and fatigue. For this reason, it is often difficult for anyone suffering from cancer, or caring for a loved one with the disease, to understand how a fitness routine may actually lessen the effects of cancer treatment and may even increase survival.

How Fitness Helps:
Exercise helps keep a body functioning at maximum performance level, and many researchers believe that cancer patients need their body operating at its fullest potential to help fight the disease. In fact, the National Cancer Institute recently conducted studies on patients with colon cancer and found that those that exercised regularly were less likely to have cancer return. In addition, the fitness program did not have to be strenuous, as the study showed that simply walking for six or more hours per week reduced patient’s chances of death from cancer by as much as 49%.

Most importantly…change your diet to a healthy plant-based menu.