OUR BODY IS WHERE THE GIFT OF LIFE RESIDESI have always felt that our greatest gift is the gift of life. Yes, we have the gifts of sight and hearing, the ability to think and imagine and to feel joy and love, among other things. But, none of this would be possible if we hadn´t first received the gift of life. However, I´d like to call your attention to another gift, which unfortunately we don’t often perceive as a gift and therefore take it for granted. It is this container or vessel… called the body. It is only through our body that we can experience the gift of life. Without it life, for you and me, could not happen. So, if we can truly accept and understand that our body is a gift and is our life´s only home, shouldn´t we do our utmost to respect it and take care of it, so that our experience of this “once in a lifetime” life becomes a wonderful and enjoyable journey? On the contrary, if we do not take proper care of this vessel and instead abuse it, because we have not really understood it´s preciousness, we´ll probably become a victim to the pain and suffering from illness and chronic diseases, that can surely make the journey of life…a nightmare.“THE THRIVING VEGAN” IS ABOUT UNLEARNING AND REDISCOVERING Discovering the foods your body loves requires letting go of some of the concepts and ideas we´ve learned about nutrition, since we were very young…from our parents, our teachers, the media and even our doctors and health practitioners. It´s also about returning to the way that nature meant us to eat, as a species, just as nature has chosen specific foods for other species. Our pet cats and dogs know what foods are right for them, as do lions and tigers and bears, etc. The question is, as a species, shouldn´t human beings also know what is right for them? I believe so. The problem is, that we don´t know that we know and, as a result, we end up being prey to all the nutrition information and fads that are out there. We become confused…not knowing who or what to believe. Through unlearning and rediscovering the fundamentals of optimal nutrition I hope to shine a light on the situation, so that things will begin to make sense, and when something makes sense it becomes more meaningful than just more information. There is an understanding that takes place…a moment, a snap of the fingers, a nod of the head…when I could say to myself, yes, That Makes Sense!!CHAPTER 1 - KNOWING LEADS TO CONSCIOUS CHOICESCHAPTER 2 - OUR BODY’S HEALING POWERSCHAPTER 3 - REFUTING THE SACRED COWS OF NUTRITIONCHAPTER 4 - DOCTORS, DRUGS AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONCHAPTER 5 - ARE WE BEING DUPED?CHAPTER 6 - HEALTH: PERSONAL, ANIMAL AND THE PLANET CHAPTER 1 - KNOWING LEADS TO CONSCIOUS CHOICESINFORMATION IS IMPORTANT BUT FOR THE ESSENTIAL THINGS IN LIFE… WE NEED TO KNOW - PART 1It´s astounding how we are being bombarded by information every moment…information that comes from others, the internet, our cell phones, TV, newspapers, etc. And every moment we need to choose what to believe from this myriad influx of ideas. As a result we carve our way through this life following one or another belief, many times not knowing how they will indeed affect us. Yet, somewhere along the way we need to transform what we believe into what we know or else we´ll be pin-balling all over the place, bouncing from one belief to another and this is really important with regards to one of the essential things in life…our health.