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Veganism – What’s The History Say About Humans Going Vegan?

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Diets are to die for right? The great debate seems never ending when it comes to optimal food and caloric intake.

Today, we would like to challenge and create a unique perspective on the world of veganism and dieting. By connecting a few key elements and mixing the right recipes, you will find the best “diet” (which is really a way of living) suitable to you and your needs, no matter how specific or generalized.

We have begun to analyze each major diet that is in the mainstream and retro-throwbacks from the past (picture Mediterranean and Paleo), we believe through connection and communication will we form the right tribal communities who all help one another live in the best conditions, dis-ease free.

But for now, the topic of the day is veganism foods, recipes, and resources:

Veganism Diet

Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that eliminates the use and consumption of animal products. Unlike other diets, veganism is really more of a lifestyle because the use of animal products in daily life – such as in clothing is forbidden.

Veganism sounds extreme to many and it is one of the most polarizing modern lifestyles. Since American children are largely brought up eating meat and drinking milk, the switch to veganism can be very drastic and difficult to deal with. Still, there are a few benefits to veganism and it deserves a second thought if you’ve quickly written it off.

History of Veganism

The term “vegan” was coined in 1944, although the idea behind veganism dates back centuries. There are several historical documents from India and the eastern Mediterranean according to a piece in Time Magazine written by Claire Suddath.

Veganism’s less extreme cousin vegetarianism does appear more often than veganism. Followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, all promoted vegetarianism although the movement never gained much movement for a variety of reasons.

Today, veganism has a somewhat negative social stigma associated to the name, likely due to the “hipster” and “vegan extremists” which tend to annoy the general public. If you can look past this though, veganism does have its’ own merits, much like many other popular diets.

The Ethical Side to Veganism

Interest in veganism often develops from an ethical side. Various groups like PETA actively share propaganda, information, and content about the mistreatment of animals at America’s factory farms, and although PETA is no saint, their propaganda seems to create an emotional response from the general public.

This is the greatest debate between vegans and the rest of the public. Most people agree that animals are not treated ethically at large farms, but most people disagree whether animals deserve to be treated ethically.

Besides animal treatment, many vegans also look at the environmental impact of large factory farms. Large farms create a staggering amount of greenhouses gases and waste material, and these farms may have a small impact on global climate change.

Some reports claim that these farms are a driving force behind virtually every category of environmental damage, although these claims have gone unsubstantiated. Still, its’ clear that these farms do have a major environmental impact – especially in the local area.

The Health Benefits of Veganism

In reality, the best reason to consider veganism is its’ apparent health benefits. In the documentary “Forks Over Knives”, patients taking medicine for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, are asked to start a plant-based diet for eight weeks and to wean themselves off of their medicine completely. In most cases, patients saw a significant improvement in their condition.

Although people think that the only way to get several nutrients like protein and calcium is through meat and dairy products, this is actually not true. Even worse, American rates as one of the highest consumers of milk, yet it also has the highest bone-breaking osteoporosis victims.

The China Cornell Oxford Project

According to a 20-year long project known as the “China Cornell Oxford Project”, the diets of over 16,000 Chinese families were observed. Researchers found that families that consumed more high quality, plant-based foods had a significantly lower risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

The study found that various other diseases like autoimmune disorders and brain diseases were also linked to the consumption of meat products.

Final Thoughts

It’s clear that consuming a plant-based diet is far superior to consuming a meat-based diet. Although veganism is given a bad reputation, there are some real benefits to following the vegan lifestyle. Although it may be difficult to follow at first, the benefits will far exceed the obstacles to switching to a vegan lifestyle.

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Mediterranean Diet – Is It The Best Diet To Try? Do All The Benefits Add Up?

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Tribal Connections is all about bringing the historical values of humans and foods into a proper place and understanding as a whole. We take the time to research and inform you on various diets, foods, supplements, health conditions and healing protocols.

Today we have a very special, prized, nearly looked-up-to diet around the world, the infamous Mediterranean diet.

The Mediterranean Diet – Is It For You?

The Mediterranean diet is a popular plant-based diet inspired by Greece, Spain, and Italy.

The diet primarily recommends eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with very generous portions of extra-virgin olive oil as well.

The strong antioxidant properties of olive oil may help reduce skin inflammation, and may play a role in decreasing the risk for heart disease.

Realistically, the Mediterranean diet isn’t intended for weight loss (and is much different than the Paleo diet) – it’s more of a lifestyle change than a prescribed weight loss diet. It may also be easier to follow though because its’ guidelines can be easily adapted based on your personal preferences.

Best Mediterranean Recipes and Meal Plans

The Mediterranean uses very simple diet guidelines based on the dietary and exercise habits of people living in Greece, Italy, France, and other places along the Mediterranean Coast.

Unlike typical diets, there are no suggestions for caloric intake or portion control. The diet primarily encourages those who follow it to eat foods like:

  • — Whole fruits and vegetables
  • — Nuts, seeds, beans, legumes
  • — Fish and poultry
  • — Extra-virgin olive oil

Sweets and desserts are even allowed, which makes it easier to avoid feeling deprived. In fact, its’ encouraged to eat a single serving of a dessert at a celebratory event, and a glass of wine is encouraged as well. In fact, a glass of wine with almost every meal is still a common custom in Mediterranean countries.

The fact that the Mediterranean Diet is so focused on plant foods is why it is considered one of the most success diet lifestyles. Research suggests that the Mediterranean diet may even prevent depression and stroke, and may help protect your brain from dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other similar diseases like breast cancer.

Clinical Studies

Although the Mediterranean Diet is not a weight loss diet, it still may lead to weight loss. Researchers studied the weight of 300 obese patients over a two-year period. Weight loss results from a low-fat diet, a restricted calorie diet, and a Mediterranean diet were observed.

The Mediterranean group lost about 10 pounds on average from when they started where as the low-fat group only dropped 3 pounds. Nobody was asked to exercise or change any other of their lifestyle habits, so the 10 pound drop was seen as significant.

Another study with metabolic syndrome patients at an Italian university hospital found some incredible results once patients were instructed to follow the Mediterranean diet. In two years, eating a Mediterranean style diet helped twice as many patients eliminate the symptoms of metabolic syndrome as those who ate a “healthy” diet.

In a 2013 review published in the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers noted that participants eating the Mediterranean diet experienced a lower number of cardiac events during their trial than a control group. Their results supported the notion that the type and quality of food eaten affects both weight control and overall health more than the caloric intake. Also New England Journal of Medicine revealed the positive effects of primary prevention of cardiovascular disease as well.

Lifestyle Changes

The Mediterranean diet isn’t just a diet though – it’s a lifestyle.

There may not be any rules about how much food you should eat, but you will get better results if you include two or three hours of moderate exercise each week. Choose activities that raise your heart rate, make you breathe harder, and activities that you actually enjoy.

In addition, research has shown that people living in the Mediterranean area who lived long and healthy loves were not the people sitting at desks all day. Instead, they were the people working in the fields, orchards, or vineyards, and they hiked, balked, or walked to get market supplies and produce.

One of the best aspects to the Mediterranean diet is that it is sustainable. People often find low-fat or low carb diets too difficult to follow for a length of time, but the Mediterranean diet is different.

This diet plan allows carbohydrates from quality sources, and there is no requirement to eliminate any food group, which is why the Mediterranean diet has long-term saying power.

If you’re looking to truly improve your health and want a plant-based diet that still has tasteful food, then the Mediterranean diet may be right for you.

Why the paleo diet is trending

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paleo-trendThe Paleo diet is barbaric, tribal and trendy. But why?

Researchers at Tribal Connections parsed the web to see why the caveman phenomenon is so sexy:

After examining the data collected from the different forums, it was obvious that there were certain trends among Paleo advocates and the reasons as to why the public would adopt a lifestyle of living like a caveman.

The most popular response that people gave for following the Paleo diet was because of athletic or fitness related endeavors. 78% of those who responded that they were following the Paleo diet because of these reasons were males between 18-39 years old. The second most popular reason that people gave for joining the Paleo movement was disease related. Either they were suffering from a certain disease that required a restrictive diet, or they had a fear of succumbing to one of the many diet related illnesses that a Standard American Diet has been shown to foster.

Within this category, the gender distribution was not as skewed towards men, but although a number of women expressed concerns for maladies such as gluten and dairy intolerance, the majority remained male.

Other reasons for abiding by the Paleo diet that were encountered during this study included aspirations for general weight loss, seeing others succeed and wanting to attain the same results, and even pregnancy. A full list of the reasons given for following the diet and how the data for this paper was coded can be found in the appendix.

The way that the diet was discussed among participants in the forums yielded some intriguing results. As mentioned in the Data and Methods section, I was looking for discussion outside the realm of strictly diet. What I found was a discussion of a multitude of topics being discussed in depth that were not to be found in the dietetic literature. 12 users commented on the importance of minimizing exposure to blue light waves (coming from TV, computer, or cell phones) after the sun set, which one claimed “affects melatonin secretion” (Mark’s Daily Apple).

At least one post from each different site stressed the consequences of succumbing to the perils of modern technology. There were a variety of different discussions about what kinds of exercises were being practiced among those that mentioned fitness as the primary reason for living like a caveman. 15 people were resolute in their effort to wear only minimalist shoes to mimic the bare footedness of our ancestors. One thread discussed how “our mechanics are not adapted to the supportive shoes of the modern age” and the only way to develop proper ankle stability and leg strength is to “go barefoot” to “avoid atrophy of leg and ankle muscles” (1). Read More

A reseached-back guide to paleo

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paleoFor at least 90% of human history, Homo sapiens lived in small nomadic groups that subsisted on hunter-gatherer diets comprised of wild-caught flora and fauna.

While many modern sources regard the hunter-gatherer lifestyle as utterly defunct, the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunter-Gatherer claims that “hunting and gathering was humanity’s first and most successful adaptation” (Cambridge 1999).

Notwithstanding its incredible efficacy, our Paleolithic ancestors forwent their lifestyle of foraging about 10,000 years ago when the advent of agriculture encouraged them to transition to one based primarily on husbandry and settlement. This “Neolithic Revolution” resulted in a transformation from mobile bands to sedentary societies and enabled large groups of people to coalesce and produce highly accessible food surpluses to support a rapidly increasing population.

Since its beginnings, the cultivation of grain has dominated the global production of food and has played a major role in the diet of most of the world’s population. It is interesting to note, however, that many health officials and historians alike have noticed a strong correlation between the introduction of grains in the human diet and the emergence of chronic diet related disease, which appear to be almost nonexistent in pre-agricultural times.

Bearing this correlation in mind, it is not surprising that recent years have seen increasing support (see: trending) among some scientific authorities for a diet mimicking that of our ancestors during the times when these diseases were rare. Many supporters of such a lifestyle argue that natural, unprocessed foods promote optimal expression of the human genome and have the ability to eradicate the chronic illnesses that run rampant in the modern age. Based on the dietary suggestions presented by these scientific radicals, there has been an influx of enthusiasts who admonish our contemporary grain-based diet in favor of reverting back to Paleolithic habits in an attempt to realign our genes with how they were originally evolved and adapted. Read More