Eat Your Water, Don’t Drink It

According to Guardian, “Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.”

Currently omnivores are getting about 20% of protein from animals (i.e.chicken, duck, pork and beef, etc.) and animal byproducts (dairy milk, dairy cheese, etc). We will need to drop down to 5% in order to feed an extra 2 billion people expected to habitate the planet in 2050 according to the Stockholm International Water Institute.

Americans have an expectation and fear that they’re not getting enough protein in their diets. However studies show that Americans consume too much protein following the Standard American Diet. Heavy meat and dairy-laden diets require a lot of digestion on the part of the body. Water helps the digestive process in the human body which is why Americans are instructed by the FDA to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.

Following a plant strong, vegetarian diet, you will be consuming much more vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds, and grains which naturally contain a lot of water already in the plant. The closest you can consume the plant in its natural state, the more water you will find it contains. In other words, raw foods contain the highest amount of digestive enzymes and water. After that would come cooked plants and vegetables.

For an interesting experiment, find a friend with a juicer and watch them juice a cucumber or watermelon. You’d be amazed at the amount of water and juice that the fruit or vegetable is made up of.

Start small with cooked vegetable meals like stir-fries. Plants have a lot of protein. If you are looking for something to replace meat like chicken with try tofu. Tofu is very porous and can be dressed up with a marinade or spices and goes great in a vegetable stir-fry. If you put the stir-fry over some whole grain rice or whole grain noodles then you’ve got a fantastic meal complete with proteins and carbohydrates.

If we start now making simple changes like substituting tofu for chicken and eating more vegetables so we don’t need to drink as much water for digestion, perhaps by 2050 we could change the statistics and not need to heed such a strong warning.

We can get our water from a plant strong diet which comes directly from a (wishfully) unprocessed environment leaving more water for our own food crops. This would mean less need for bottled water to drink to aid in digestion which would mean less plastic left to decompose in landfills and would leave less of a carbon footprint contributing to global warming. Global warming is why we have droughts which affects our animals and crops. If we didn’t have to feed so many crops to animals to keep them alive so we could consume them and profit from them, then there would be more crops for us to eat and more water in those crops for digestion in our bodies. It’s a circle that could start and never stop if only we could break the cycle.

The circle of change will start with you making a commitment to chose a vegetarian lifestyle. Take a step in the right direction and you won’t have to drink 8 glasses of water a day. You just have to eat it!

Sara Sawochka

The Broken Clavicle Bone Vegan Project is Fixed and Still Going Strong!

No pictures tonight…sorry!

However I’m pleased to report Pete is home from surgery and resting comfortably.

The vegan project is going well. Pete had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Ezekiel bread for lunch. For dinner Pete had Japanese Pan Noodles with tofu from Noodles and Company (yum) which is vegan!

I’m going grocery shopping for us tomorrow. I would bet you have no idea where I’m going but if you guessed Whole Foods you wouldn’t be wrong!

Pete has requested Oreos from the store. He was rather upset that I didn’t bring him any home tonight after my workout.

Pete has also requested plant or nut milk from the store that tastes the closest to whole dairy milk. It’s been a while so if you have a suggestion let me know. I’m thinking of doing a vanilla almond milk, coconut or soy milk to get him started. Whole dairy milk is going to be hard to replace in flavor which is what Pete is looking for. I’m going to try hard to find it. He wants it to drink and also to put in a morning bowl of oatmeal.

Given that he has one arm to eat with this week, I’m thinking we’ll try a yummy sandwich this week Panera-style with sun-dried tomatoes, hummus, cucumber, an avocado and cucumber with some lettuce and tomato on Ezekiel bread. He will need something easy and not messy to eat.

My friend, Elizabeth, from church is going to be cooking us a vegan meal. She says she has a vegan cookbook. I have no idea what she is going to make but we are really looking forward to what she is going to make!

Have a fabulous Labor Day! And even though the clavicle is technically not broken anymore please keep reading the vegan journey now entitled: The Fixed Clavicle Bone Vegan Project!

Sara Sawochka

The Broken Clavicle Bone Vegan Project Surgery

Pete is heading in for surgery right now. He’s really nervous but if everything goes ok he should have a speedy recovery!

Here’s a bit of vegan stuff on our journey at the surgery center.

Pete wasn’t allowed to eat anything this morning but I thought it would be fun to post what Pete normally drinks for breakfast! It’s very vegan friendly with 4 bananas, 10 ice cubes, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries! I top it off with chia seeds, cocoa powder and unsweetened almond milk. And yes, it totally looks like mud. Remember that looks aren’t everything!

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And what hospital trip would be complete without checking the vending machine for something vegan for fun! I found, sadly, only a few items that were vegan!

Here’s the vending machine! Can you spot the items?

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Ok that’s kind of like finding Waldo. Here’s my favorite option even though it’s not the healthiest one: Mini Oreos!

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I’m pretty sure the pretzels are vegan also and most likely the fruit and nut mixes are too. There are two other questionable items that I don’t know about: the Gardetto’s Original Recipe snack and the Austin Zoo Animal crackers. It just goes to show you that you can’t trust the product is vegan unless you either know that it is like the Oreos or if you can read the label. It is hard to read a label in a vending machine when all of the labels are turned away from you.

I will look up more information on the products I wasn’t sure about and send another post to let you know if they are vegan or not!

Sara Sawochka