Shortly after meeting my sister, my brother came to see me at work. I'll never forget it. He just sat there, staring. Mind you he has a crazy high IQ so I suppose he was just processing. According to all of my birth siblings, I look a lot like my biological mother and carry myself the same way. I do have a fuzzy picture of us around that time:
You've seen my sister before. To the left of me is the brother of whom I'm referring to above. Behind me is my previously mentioned half-brother. This was the first time we all got together. This was about 7 years ago.
Then, just about a year and a half ago, I met another half brother who lives out in Florida. Here's a picture of us at dinner:
The coolest thing about all of this is about who these people are. Not only are they my birth family, but they're just REALLY cool people, very open to accepting me as one of them. When you start out on a journey like this, you don't know what to expect, but I can truly say I'm blessed to have these people in my life!!! More on my birth mother next blog :)
NUTRITION: THE PROTEIN MYTH
I may have even covered this in a previous blog, but it's almost every single day I see something on Facebook about "how do vegans get enough protein" or "how do I increase my protein while I work out and build muscle?"
Here's my answer: Eat plants!
There is NO SUCH THING as a protein deficiency in the United States!
You know those commercials about sending money to 3d world countries...the ones where those poor kids have those really big distended tummies?
THAT is a protein deficiency.
Our kids here in the US have distended bellies, but that's from eating processed junk food and white flour and saturated fat and salt and sugar and animals.
Here's a very interesting article that tells you about building muscle and that you don't need more protein to do so:
Even if you're not working out, you should read that to understand the science and where the protein myth came from.
What you need to know is the average adult human needs about 60g protein a day (and that's a high estimate) Children, considerably less.
Here's the Physician's Committee for Responsible medicine says is the current recommendation. You'll notice they touch on the same things as the previous article: EXCESS PROTEIN CAUSES KIDNEY DISEASE, CANCER, OSTEOPOROSIS, AND KIDNEY STONES
Here's something interesting you can do to see how much protein you eat regularly:
There's an app called Spark People that allows you to log your food. It breaks down the nutrients in the food so you can see exactly what you're eating. I suggest logging your food, even for just a day or two.
Too much protein? Easy...cut out some meat, dairy, cheese, and ADD SOME PLANTS :)
If you'd like help with this, please let me know! I'm here for you and am REALLY good at helping people get their ways of eating healthy!
These ....these are sooooooo good!
I've used both jackfruit and hearts of palm in this, and they both work wonderfully!
You could serve these to people who eat seafood all day long, and they'd never know that you were serving them plants :)