Plant Based Support Group | Stephanie Spencer | Natural State of Health plant based wellness services | Karen Seale | Plant Strong Book Club

Hello folks!

Hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weather we’ve been having lately.  Our next Zoom meeting is tomorrow, Thursday the 22nd at 7 pm – Earth Day!  I’m going to be sharing a presentation on the Environmental Aspects of our modern agricultural system.  It’s pretty thought-provoking.  It will be at 7 pm.

Some interesting environmental documentaries (available on Netflix) related to this topic are: Cowspiracy, Kiss the Ground, and Seaspiracy.  You may notice some seeming contradictions between some of these documentaries and we can discuss those at the meeting as well.  

We had a great discussion last month.  A couple take-aways:  

Ellen L. highly recommends Robusto Olive in Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center for their great selection of delicious balsamic vinegars (much better than run-of-the mill grocery store balsamic).  Her favorites are gravenstein apple, garlic cilantro, and pomegranate! She sprinkles it on top of her salad (however much you want!!! ), adds Dijon or stone ground mustard, and squeezes the juice from some of the mandarin orange and tosses.  I imagine you could also just whisk the dressing up in a bowl first and then toss in your salad.

Also check out my LR WFPB No Oil Shopper Facebook group:  NO OIL hummus has been spotted at Whole Foods! The brand is Cedar’s-oil AND tahini free, so great for diabetes and heart disease reversal and they say it tastes delicious! (I haven’t tried it yet, but my friend that told me about it has a discerning palate, says it’s much better than the old Engine 2 brand.) This is a complete game changer for the “hummus dependent diets” of folks who don’t like to make their own!  I’ve also got “No Oil Finds” at local Farmer’s Markets. 

Here is the Zoom link:

Stephanie Spencer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Plant Based for Health Society of Central AR

Time: Apr 22, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

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Plant-Based Wellness Services


Next Plant Strong Book Club – May 5, 2021

Wednesday, 7-8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Based on the consensus that our first book club discussion of The Pleasure Trap-Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness was well worth our time and that one hour was not enough, we are going to dedicate another session to the same book on May 5.  If you haven’t read this book by Drs. Douglas Lisle and Alan Goldhamer yet, grab a copy and plan on joining us. It is relatively short (208 pages) so you still have time.

Some of the things we touched upon in the first session were:

·      What exactly the pleasure trap is

·      The difference between pleasure and happiness

·      How dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin come into play 

·      The relationship between animal husbandry and the vast array of diseases, including COVID, that plague humans today 

·      Subtraction rather than addition for improved health

·      Out personal favorite quotes from the book

·      Most important take-away concepts

At the first session we talked more about what the pleasure trap is, but not much about how to break free of it. At the session on May 5, we will talk about:

·      The myths of moderate consumption and change

·      Specific strategies to create a new path of least resistance

·      How the ego trap can trip us up (See End Notes on p. 215)

·      The causes and effects of sleep deprivation

·      Water-only fasting as a natural adaptation for healing

If you want to get a head start on future book club discussions (date TBA), start reading Fiber Fueled by Will Bulsiewicz M.D.