Protect your health with delicious whole plant-based food.
Living Our Gratitude
Nov 01, 2021 by Sherra Aguirre
In my book Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease, I tell the story of the loss of my mother, experiencing burnout at work, and beginning to show my own signs of hypertension nearly fourteen years ago. I went to a little health spa in the desert to create space for reflection and healing. The spa’s owner, Susana, who I describe in the book as the most energetic sixty-something year old I had ever seen, shared a health metaphor in one of the classes I attended. She described how our trillions of cells work tirelessly throughout our lifetime to keep us well. She talked about good health being given to us as a birthright, and then further described this as a gift of unconditional love. Because we can’t see this constant internal activity, which many scientists now describe as cellular intelligence, we don’t know how important it is, and we don’t appreciate it. Often, we undermine this gift of good health by the choices we make – the food we eat, poor self-care, and unhealthy lifestyle choices. With very basic knowledge about food and nutrition, we can literally feed our health or our illness.
As a vegan diet and lifestyle gain popularity in America and around the globe, plant-based eaters find themselves with more vegan products at the supermarket, restaurants, and even fast-food chains with versions that taste and look like any other fast food. The number of people choosing to eat less meat, eggs, and dairy is growing so fast that even giants like Burger King and Jack in the Box are cashing in. Although choosing a vegan diet is a step toward better health and less animal cruelty, is all vegan food healthy?
What if the most effective thing you could do to avoid heart disease or even reverse it is not an expensive drug or procedure and comes with no side effects? Would you be interested? And what if, over your lifetime, the very same thing would also protect you from diabetes, common cancers and lower your risk for other chronic illnesses? I’m pretty sure you know where I’m going with this. Simply eating a plant-based diet while restricting or eliminating meat and dairy does all of the above and more. And if you’re asking yourself, “Then what will I eat?” the answer is all the vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, spices, and seeds you already enjoy in new and exciting recipes that will leave you wanting more! And you can keep many of your favorite dishes made healthier by substituting plant-based ingredients for meat and dairy.
What do we do when we’re in a one-way relationship? When do we know something or someone is not good for us? When the love we feel is not mutual and moments of enjoyment are almost always followed by pain?
The popular Netflix series High on the Hog explores African influences on American food and how slavery shaped our “soul food.” Fresh fruit and vegetables were a significant part of the agriculture and diet of the Africans who were brought here as slaves. With their labor, they built an economy based on cotton that would propel the US into one of the world’s leading economies. Their farming and culinary skills were also at the service of their owners, and they were given for their own use whatever the plantation owner did not want or could not sell for a profit. Despite living off the parts of farm animals that owners did not want to eat and plantation crops likely not fit for sale, African slaves and their descendants created dishes that are still celebrated today. Foods like cornbread, collard greens, and even mac and cheese had their beginnings in black American food culture.
Heart Disease: Start a New Chapter in Your Family History
Jun 01, 2021 by Sherra Aguirre
How many times have we heard someone say, “Heart disease runs in my family?” It sounds like it’s inevitable and that the odds are against us. I know the feeling because that’s just what I used to say. And if we believe that it’s just a matter of time, there is not much motivation to make healthy changes. And we usually don’t until we hit a wall and we no longer have a choice. At some point, our doctor may give us a diagnosis that will force a change depending on the seriousness. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide.
Many of our communities exist in food deserts, where fresh wholesome produce of any kind may be hard to come by. With the uncertainty of the current pandemic, an economy that was headed for trouble even before COVID-19, the effects of climate change, and the political environment that could further change aspects of life as we once knew it, it is important to take heed.
Health Care is Self-Care: Thriving Beyond Covid-19
Mar 30, 2020 by Sherra Aguirre
The message that "health care is self-care" has never been more timely or fundamental than now, as we battle Coronovirus-19 around the globe. Each of us is our own first line of defense for ourselves, families and communities. Here are some tips to help us thrive during and beyond the pandemic, by envisioning what this experience can teach us.
Book Review of The Alzheimer's Solution: A Breakthrough Program to Prevent and Reverse the Symptoms of Cognitive Decline at Every Age
Oct 18, 2019 by Sherra Aguirre
This book by neurologists Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai has good news for anyone concerned about mild memory loss or “brain fog” either personally or for a friend or family member. That can be the beginning of a decline into Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia or cognitive loss. Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are neurological researchers and physicians specializing in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and the reversal of its early to moderate symptoms. They are co-directors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California and have dedicated their medical careers to public education, prevention and early stage reversal of this disease.
How I Reversed My Heart Disease Symptoms with Food - Video
Sep 23, 2019 by Sherra Aguirre
Please check out my video on preventing and reversing heart disease naturally with a plant-based diet. For those without high blood pressure or other signs of heart disease you need never have them! For those who do it's not too late. Consult your physician to develop a plan that includes a plant-based diet in your treatment plan.
Book Review: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Caldwell B. Esselstyn MD
Feb 14, 2019 by Sherra Aguirre
What does the research on food as the cure for diseases like diabetes, stroke and heart attack have in common with climate change research? The science for both was ignored or suppressed for decades because of the potential to disrupt big business. Diet as the cure for the most common and costly diseases is more effective than drugs, and is a threat to the pharmaceutical industry. Here's "food for thought" as we celebrate the heart in February and especially today!
I woke up this morning and took out the trash and recycling. Both bins in the garage were overflowing with a few bags surrounding them on the garage floor. No matter how we try to cut back, the holidays still come with loads of boxes, wrapping paper, food containers and more stuff. As great as it is to share food, fun and gift giving with family and friends, is all of the material excess really necessary? It’s the people who surround us, the good will, and the memories that really matter, right?
As I reached my mid to late 40’s, my blood pressure crept up year by year until I had to go on medication to control it, even after limiting meat, eliminating fried foods and moving to a mostly vegetarian diet. I read everything I could about various supplements, herbs, teas, etc., which helped but I still could not get my blood pressure to consistently healthy levels without medication. Then I had the good luck to get referred to a cardiologist who also happened to be a vegan...
Are you ready to love the food that loves you back?
Sep 18, 2018 by Sherra Aguirre
Are you ready to live a healthier life, avoid or reverse heart disease and diabetes, protect yourself and your family from most common cancers? How about aging wonderfully and joyfully? By increasing our connection with the Earth as a living system that provides everything we need for good health, I want to share how to connect with that natural abundance to feed our bodies and our spirits. The result is a celebration of simple, delicious, nutrient rich foods that we can love and that love us back with an infinite variety of recipes, tastes, textures and flavors.