Archive for September, 2012
A parent is worried about a teen-aged daughter who has decided that she is a Vegan. ¬†She has decided that she will be more healthy if she avoids all animal products. ¬†But she has not yet added the plant products necessary for those who avoid meat and dairy. ¬†A healthy diet is more about what is included than what is avoided.
Protein, Calcium, and B vitamins are among the essential nutrients that need to be replaced. ¬†We need to look to people who have had centuries to discover what foods are necessary when meat is rare or absent. ¬†Tofu, lentils, garbanzos, and beans of many varieties head the list. ¬†All grains , including rice, should be eaten brown and whole.
We said goodbye to my father-in-law these past weeks. ¬†He was 90 and alert to the end. ¬†Hospice is wonderful for both patient and family. ¬†Don had the time to say goodbye to everyone over the last months and died with his family in attendance for the final hours.
The final events became a family gathering of his 14 grandchildren, many with spouses, and 11 great grandchildren, with # 12 due this week. ¬†The next generations became the focus, as it should be.