FAQ’s

Got questions? Here are the answers!

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1) What Makes a Diet Healthy?

You can research all diets and find countless studies that support many or all aspects of what one particular dogma preaches. But that’s not the point of finding balance or even implementing change that will make you happy and healthy for a lifetime.

For this reason Bloom for Life’s philosophy is not to preach 100% vegan or 100% live foods, it is to share healthful living information and offer resources to assist others in deciding what changes best suit them.

There are basic components to almost all healthy diets, however, and they are as follow:

Whole Foods

This means these foods don’t come in a box, they haven’t had any artificial sweeteners, additives, or chemicals added to them, and they are 100% REAL.

Organic

Foods grown organically contain no trace of pesticides or other deadly chemicals which have been shown to cause neurological problems, reproductive issues, and behavioral problems.

Plant-based

The healthiest diets include 70-80% from whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods which include: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, gluten-free grains, sprouts, leafy greens, seaweeds, and other miscellaneous super foods.

Predominantly Live Food

Eating foods in their unheated, natural, and unprocessed state means there are more enzymes available for digestion, 2-3 times the amount of bio-available protein, and much more nutrition than after cooked.

The healthiest cultures by default include a plethora or raw foods as they have little access to heat, and know that food in its uncooked state tastes and digest better anyways.

Created with Love <3

This is an essential component, and Bloom for Life believes that love must be in every meal one eats and in the food they prepare.

The longest lived cultures (Abakhasian, Hunzas, Vilcabambas, and Okinowans) all consume a predominantly live-food, plant-based, and unprocessed diet. They also are sure to spend plenty of time with loved ones, move and exercise their body, get plenty of fresh air, do what they love, and enjoy the food they eat. Those are the foundational principles we should all strive to include, and are used as a foundation for Bloom for Life’s philosophy.

Rather than tear each other part debating on ‘which diet is best’, let’s come together, drop the dogma, and choose ‘Health’ over anything. Whatever form that is for you, we hope to assist in healthful transformation with the tools offered through this website and the programs shared.

2) Why Should I Strive to Change My Diet?

You should choose to change your diet because it feels right for you. If you are tired of feeling sick, tired, unhappy, depressed, lethargic, unmotivated, etc… and wish to feel good about your body, enjoy the food that loves you back, feel inspired to follow your passions, save money through preventative care, and live a lifestyle that is better for yourself and the Earth, you should look into changing your diet as a first step.

There are detrimental consequences to the environment (see here) by choosing to consume the packaged, modern fare chosen by most, but just because it is standard doesn’t mean it is optimal.

You can take control of your health and reverse many common diseases of affluence (like Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer, Heart Disease). It has not only been proven (see Resource / Documentary list below), but has been witnessed and co-created with the help of Amanda in cancer healing clinics.

The food you eat, the thoughts you think, the stories you tell yourself (and refuse to let go of) all contribute to an acidic, toxic, and under-appreciated body, and this results in sickness.

So if you’re tired of being ‘one of the sheep’ and following modern-day ways of living and thinking, jump on the train and get started journeying your path on the way to Well-ville!

3) Where’d You Learn This, Amanda!?

Excellent question, and you’ll receive a very in-depth answer to this question on the “About Amanda” page. Click here to view that.

4) Where do I Start (on a Plant-Based Diet)?

Bloom for Life’s guidance on this question is to start where you feel most comfortable, but also where you feel challenged enough to adopt better.

If you are a junk-food addict, start by limiting soda and fast-food to 1/3 of what you currently consume. Have a green smoothie every day, and aim to start exercising 30 minutes for 3 days each week. Once you begin to notice the benefits, limit your addictive behavior even more.

If you’re ready for change and like to start fast, then you may be more comfortable omitting all fast-food, opting for dairy-free alternatives, and lessening meat out of your diet. Make your emphasis on having a big, green salad every day with a natural, home-made dressing, and be sure to have a green smoothie every morning. Exercise 4-5 times per week. Start a gratitude journal where you write down (every day) 10 things you are grateful for. And allow yourself 20 minutes of meditative/contemplative time every day. You may find yourself wanting to progress into more of a plant-based, live food diet once you have made these habits part of your lifestyle.

Every individual is on their own journey, but one thing is for certain: small changes now equal huge benefit later.

5) Why Should I Live More Sustainably??

Did you know that the average American consumes as many resources necessary for 3 Earths to supply? That’s a lot, and is obviously not sustainable. Through daily living activities, a large amount of CO2 is generated, and because most is not used responsibly or recycled, that out-pours a lot of waste into the environment.

Sustainable living doesn’t mean you need to become a hermit in the hills, however, it is suggestion you should at least become mindful of your choices and look intowhat effect your daily living regimen has on the environment and other living beings.

Check out the linked pieces which describe the environmental damage common from every day lifestyle choices in much more depth than could be described here.

Meat Consumption:

Water Use:

Driving:

Toilet Flushing:

Plastic Pollution:

Using less is really just an intelligent choice for yourself and all beings: your future kids, grandchildren, and all other inhabitants of the Earth will benefit as you start utilizing more and needing less. We are all one, after all, and the more sustainable habits you adopt now, the sooner resources scare in many areas of the world (46% of Africans can’t get clean water) may become equally available for all.

6) What Books / Documentaries Do You Recommend?

Education time! Below are a list of favorite books, documentaries, and other resources to help educate and inspire your transformation into healthier, more connected living:

Books:

“The China Study” by Dr. Campbell

“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” by Dr. Esselstyn

Forks Over Knives by Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes

The Starch Solution, by Dr. John McDougall

The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn

The Happy Herbivore

Fast Food Nation, by John Robbins

 

Documentaries:

HUNDREDS of free documentaries and truthful short-films can be found at http://www.filmsoforaction.org.

Hungry for Change

Supersize Me

Earthlings

Age of Stupid

Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (Featuring Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center)

 

Websites:

Bloom for Life  (Woohoo! You already found us!)

This Overview on Everything “Why” about going plant-based

Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. – Heart Attack Proof

http://heartattackproof.com

T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

http://nutritionstudies.org/

Dr. John McDougall’s Health and Medical Center

http://www.drmcdougall.com/index.html

Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.

http://jeffnovick.com/RD/Home.html

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

http://pcrm.org

Dean Ornish, M.D. – Preventive Medicine Research Institute

http://www.pmri.org/index.html

CHIP – The Coronary Health Improvement Project

http://www.chiphealth.com

The Engine 2 Diet

http://engine2diet.com

The Wellness Forum – Pam Popper, N.D.

http://www.wellnessforum.com

TrueNorth Health Center

http://www.healthpromoting.com

Ruth Heidrich

http://www.ruthheidrich.com

Gene Baur – Farm Sanctuary

http://www.farmsanctuary.org

Mercy for Animals

http://www.mercyforanimals.org

HappyCow – The Healthy Eating Guide

http://www.happycow.net/

And so many more! (If you’d like your website to be listed, please contact us)

7) How Can I Best Help Others?

You have a compassionate mind and a heart that yearns to “do good”, right? The BEST way to be of service to humanity, yourself, and inspire change in others is to Be The Change yourself!

Seriously! How can you help others until you have first helped yourself? How can you inspire friends and family members to make better food choices until you have first implemented and are thriving from healthy dietary changes yourself?

Ghandi spoke wise truth when he said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Raise your own vibration, ease your own state of mind, and inspire a new generation of peace and conscious living through your actions. Most importantly – connect and collaborate with others! That’s where dramatic change takes place, through conscious networking and inspired interaction between conscious creators.

Want to help others?Follow your passion(s)! You were gifted with a unique love for a certain field or vocation, so honor yourself and others you’ll help in the future by jumping 100% into whatever calls to you. The Universe will support you, all you have to do is be courageous and loving to yourself, so that growth and transformation takes place.

8) How Can I Support Bloom for Life?

Thanks so much!

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Together we can co-create beautiful transformation. Thank you for being a part of this endeavor.