Category Archive for: ‘Diets’
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

You may have the inclination to pass over this blog because of the subject matter.  Please don’t, it is short and to the point and it may save your life. – Jughandle


Dr. Esselstyn’s 20 year study

Dr. Esselstyn’s 20 year study has proven that changing your diet can reverse heart disease.

Still the leading cause of death in America, heart disease is almost always treated with the prehistoric method of surgery.  Surgery doesn’t prevent or cure heart disease it only buys you more time, but at a major cost.  Thomas A. Preston, MD says that over half of the by-pass surgeries preformed are unnecessary.  He goes on to say that money is the driving factor to preform these surgeries.  According to the Texas Heart Institute, over 230,000 people have bypass surgery each year.  A doctor can easily make upwards of $700,000 per year doing nothing but bypass surgery.  Not to mention the hospital and all the other necessary components of the surgery.  This is a major industry and when you have major industries, people tend to perpetuate these industries, not find ways to change them.  Just look at the petroleum industry to see a perfect example of that.

Dr. Esselstyn’s program argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease it can also reverse its effects. The initial study included 17 patients with advanced coronary artery disease. These patients had already received bypass surgery and angioplasties and 5 of the original group were told by their cardiologists they had less than a year to live.  Within just months of starting the program, their cholesterol levels as well as their blood flow and angina symptoms had improved dramatically.  After 12 years,of the 17 patients that stuck to the diet, all had no further cardiac events.  Patients that adhered to the diet survived beyond twenty years without further symptoms.

Cholesterol levels

The patients on the diet originally had an average of 246 mg/dL cholesterol readings.  After 5 years the average was just 137 mg/dL.  Above 240 is considered high risk and below 150 is found in cultures where heart disease is non-existent.

Cardiac Events

The original 17 patients in the study had already had 49 cardiac events in the years leading up to the study.  All had undergone aggressive treatment procedures such as bypass surgery, with several having multiple bypass operations.  Once the plan started, there were no more cardiac events in the group within a 12-year period.  Angiograms taken of the patients showed a widening of the coronary arteries indicating a reversal of the disease.

From Dr. Oz

Life-Saving One-Month Food Plan

1. Get the Plaque Out of Your Arteries

Trim the fat and overhaul your diet. Under the Reversal Diet, only 10% of your diet comes from fat; 15-20% comes from protein; and 70-75% comes from complex carbohydrates. Your body can start to heal once you stop doing what’s causing the problem in the first place; if you stop consuming the food that contributed to the blockages in your arteries, your body will have a better chance of rebooting and recovering. Incorporate heart-healthy foods into your diet that contain protective and preventive nutrients. A plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products in their natural, unrefined forms not only helps to reverse heart disease, but also possesses anti-cancer and anti-aging properties.


  • Oatmeal with dried cranberries
  • 4oz. of natural vegetable or fruit juice

Eating oatmeal is a great non-fat way to get your complex carbohydrates.

Morning Snack

  • Non-fat granola bar
  • Banana
  • One cup of tea; green tea, without milk or sugar, is ideal


  • Stir-fried veggies with low-sodium teriyaki sauce and brown rice
  • Green salad with edamame, chickpeas, beans and fat-free raspberry dressing, and one whole wheat roll

A lunch like this provides plenty of protein, from non-animal sources.


  • Tacos: black beans, brown rice, fat-free sour cream, fat-free cheese and salsa; corn tortillas

These tacos are low in fat and high in protein.

Night Snack

  • Hummus with assorted dipping vegetables


I have concluded that this is the direction I need to go in order to prevent and even reverse any heart disease I might have.  My father and his brother both had heart disease and died from heart attacks.  I’d like to prevent that from happening to me and anyone else that is willing to take the steps necessary to live a more healthy life.  Please join me to create a place where any one can go to find the information they need to extend their life.  The Fat Farm need good healthy recipes that will be interesting to eat and fun to make.  This doesn’t have to be dull or boring. – jughandle

Nov 1 marks 5 weeks of my Plant-based diet and counting

5 weeks

I told you that I’d weigh in on November 1 to let you know if eating a plant-based diet helps me lose weight as well as improves my health.  I just weighed in 14 pounds lighter than I was on September 27th when I started this thing.  14 pounds is no great feat, I’m well aware, but I haven’t intentionally tried to reduce my calorie intake.  All I’ve done differently is to not eat meat.  I’ve lost roughly 1/2 lb a day without trying.

Difficulty factor

On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being impossible to do, I’d say that for the first 3-4 weeks it was a difficulty factor of 3.   The last week I’ve been having cravings, mostly because I’m bored with the same old beans and greens.  Last week was a 7 on the scale.  I’m going to continue on my quest for clean arteries through the holiday season, which is going to be no mean feat because I’m going to be cooking for a family of meat eaters over Thanksgiving.  I’m going to feature a nice vegetable dish as the main course with side dishes of meat and fish as needed.  Of course I’ll cook a turkey for Thanksgiving more than likely.

Remember, I don’t have the greatest will power.  Because I’ve had cancer twice and have stared death in the eye, I truly believe that we shouldn’t put off enjoying living.  Life is short and the older you get the more you’ll realize just how short.  Enjoy yourself but don’t take unnecessary risks that might shorten your time on earth.  I don’t care if you believe in the “great void”, heaven, or reincarnation, you’ll only be in this body once, so make the best of it.

This is just an update so I won’t preach to you today.  More on reversing heart disease later in the week – jughandle

Diet Soda – Good or Bad?

Whether it’s zero or one calorie, if it still tastes sweet it has been flavored with artificial sweeteners.  More and more information is being gathered on the harmful effects of aspartame and sucralose among others.  Sure they help you avoid the calorie intake from naturally sweetened drinks if you are in the “habit” of drinking several a day, but at what cost.  A study at Purdue University discovered that test subjects tend to consume more calories later in the day when they have been fed artificial sweeteners prior to meal time.  A Texas study found that people who consume just 3 diet sodas per week are 40 percent more likely to be obese.

Side Effects

A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

If you have any of the listed maladies above, maybe you are having side effects of artificial sweeteners and not symptoms of old age or something else.  In fact Aspartame can even trigger or worsen brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes according to

Google it and read for yourself.  This stuff is chemical poison.

Are You psychologically or physically addicted to Diet drinks?

If you just “have” to have your diet drink everyday it doesn’t matter what is causing your addiction.  You need to stop. If you drink caffeinated diet drinks it is likely you are addicted to caffeine.  Your problem might just be simple compulsive behavior disorder.  Switch your addiction to something healthy like tea or better yet, water.  But as we here at the Fat Farm like to preach, “you can do almost anything in moderation.”  If you have cravings, you most likely have another problem that needs to be addressed.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “a key sign of substance dependence is when a person continues to use a substance even when he or she knows it’s causing physical or mental health problems.”

Check out this study on diet drinks and heart attacks – Are you willing to risk heart attack by drinking low carb diet soda?




Plant Based Diet Progress Report

Three Weeks

It has been close to 3 weeks since I ventured into the realm of meatless eating.  The results so far have been surprisingly good.  I’ve told a few people that I’ve been meatless for 3 weeks and they instantly laugh, like that is no big deal.  Try it, I respond.  I’ve even been able to cook meat for other people without craving it myself.

Where’s the Beef

I haven’t missed meat in the very least.  I’ve been posting meatless recipes lately with the help of my followers and they are very good, not to mention, filling and satisfying.  Finding recipes and adjusting our family shopping habits has been more difficult than not eating meat.


My system has changed, and without becoming too graphic, suffice it to say that I am now very regular and seem to process my food very efficiently.  I actually like eating this way.  I’ve been drinking Matcha Green Tea, which has most definitely increased my metabolism and I still drink copious amounts of filtered water.

What foods I find to be Good

I have been eating a lot of beans and gourds.  We have found at least 5 different types of dried beans which have been the staple of my diet and we’ve eating at least 4 different types of squash.  I eat lettuce or cabbage at almost every meal.  I haven’t worried about being vegan since about the 3rd day, but I still avoid eggs and cheese when I can.  For snacks I’ve been eating dried fruit, like cherrys and cranberrys and also roasted peanuts. I have found tofu and other soy products to be “good eats” when prepared properly.  Flavorful sauces  and dressings are very important.  I am developing a bean and soy based burger patty and when I get it right I’ll post the recipe.

When will I Quit

You know, I’m not sure when I’ll ever revert.  If I do it will be to only add meat once or twice a week or only on special occasions like Thanksgiving or when invited to someone’s house.  I’m trying to clean my arteries of plaque and improve my chances of living longer by avoiding cancer causing chemicals.  I’ve had cancer twice, I’m avoiding a third strike.

Should You Do It?

No.  If you have to ask that question then you probably aren’t ready.  Eating a plant based diet is a life style choice.  If you are obese, like I am, and you show signs of other problems, like I do, then you shouldn’t be asking this question, you should be doing it for you and your loved ones.

Weight Loss?

Have I lost any weight?  I really don’t know, because I haven’t weighed yet.  I feel better and I feel smaller and people tell me I look better, but I’m not going to weigh until November 1, because that is not the main reason I started this “life style” change.  I don’t want to be disappointed if I haven’t lost weight.  I’d rather make the transformation first and worry about the results later.


Any Questions? – Jughandle

Such a Buzz

Follow up

This is a follow up to yesterday’s post “Turbo Tea”.  There have been several questions I’d like to answer:

  • What kind did I get – I got two kinds so I could see what the difference is between them.
  • I got a $11 – 1 oz  – “The Republic of Tea” brand, Supposed to be ceremonial quality Tencha which I’m drinking today
  • I got a $32 – 1.06 oz Do Matcha Brand tea, Green label Organic  – which is what I had yesterday
  • tools – I didn’t get the whisk or the strainer but I used a metal whisk I had at home (you’ll need it)
  • I didn’t sift the powder, but I bet it would help dissolve it in the water
  • Could I tell a difference?
  • Yes, the expensive stuff has a more subtle interesting flavor – not quite as “dry” tasting, maybe a little sweeter?
  • The good stuff didn’t have the dry after taste that the cheaper one had.
  • I really hate to say it, but the DoMatcha Organic at $32 was way better than the Republic of Tea Ceremonial at $11
  • Maybe it is like “they” say, you get what you pay for, especially in Matcha Tea.


Yesterday I got the most amazing tea buzz from the Matcha.  It might have been a caffeine buzz from drinking the Lapsang first, but my increased energy level lasted almost all day, plus I was mellow and in control at the same time.  I’ll let you know if there is a difference between the affects from the cheaper one today.  FYI about caffeine.  Matcha tea  caffeine is on the same level as black tea, which is the strongest of the teas, but only about 1/2 as much caffeine as coffee and the affect is spread out over 6-8 hours because of the tannin in tea.


You really need to do your own experiments to determine which flavors you enjoy more.  I’m doing the Matcha because of the HUGE health benefits.  The flavor of Matcha isn’t what you’d call normal beverage flavor, but you can mix it in other things and I don’t think you’d ever taste the tea.  Consider that I like strange and different things, like peaty single malt scotch, etc., I enjoy the grassy flavor of green tea. 

Both of these tins are supposed to last 30 days.  If I stick to the good stuff, that would be a buck a day.  I’ve spent more to get less, so that isn’t terrible.  I like the energy boost, but I’m very sensitive to chemicals and my reaction might be more than someone else’s.  As I write this line I’m finishing the last of my first cup of the cheaper Matcha and I must admit, the flavor doesn’t compare favorably to the better tea.  I’ll be using the cheaper tea for coloring in mixed drinks and foods.   The experiment continues – Jug

Day 1 – Egg Plant

Yesterday was day one of my journey into a plant-based diet.  I’m not calling it vegan or vegetarian.  That sounds too much like I joined a cult.


We went to the new health food store near our house.  I thought they’d have vegetables and such but it was just a bigger version of every other health food store I’d ever been in.  You know, dried over priced, packaged, grains and sea weed.  We bought some organic vinegars and soy sauces.  I found my favorite pickles, Bubbies.  They had Kosher Dills and bread and butter chips.  We got both.  I got a honey lemon-aid and Darlene got a regular.  I did find black and white Quinoa and a couple of different rice mixtures, nothing special and it was 75 freak’n dollars.  Looks like the transition to a complete organic diet is going to be delayed for a while.


I had Red Quinoa for lunch seasoned with soy sauce and rice vinegar.  I was satisfied then, I’m not so sure I can speak for another round today.  I do drink a lot of water, which seems to help fill me up.


I tried to be interesting for dinner.  I fried egg plant slices in my newly acquired toasted sesame oil with sweet onions in rings and a clove or two of garlic.  I arranged a nice bed of alfalfa sprouts on a plate covered with rocket arugula leaves as a nest for my eggplant.  After pulling the eggplant from the skillet (possibly a little to late) I added the remainder of the Quinoa I had for lunch to the hot pan with the onions.  I tossed those around a little and seasoned everything with tamari sauce and plated it.  The meal was ok, but neither of us went for more and Darlene didn’t eat all of her onions.  I finished the meal with a pot of hot tea.  I was far from full, but not hungry either.  I didn’t photograph the process or the final product because I was embarrassed.


I conclude that there must be better, more satisfying plant-based dishes out there and I intend to find them.  If you have a special sauce or dressing for your greens, please let me know.  I don’t want to sound like a whiner but I’m pissed that the system has screwed up everything, even eating, and that I have to forage for food that won’t poison me or clog my arteries.  I’m in the first stage of grieving but I’ll get better.  Hang in there with me, I’ll still be looking for interesting meat recipes, I’m just trying to correct for years of improper diet right now. – jughandle

I Think I’m In Trouble

Hello my name is Jughandle and I’m addicted to food.

Meat in particular

I’m in trouble because I enjoy writing this blog to my followers and I’m afraid that what I’m about to tell you might change that.  A few of you might not like what I have to say and will switch me off.  Please find out what I’m talking about before you do.

First I’ve got to mention that the mission statement for the Fat Farm is to shoot straight, point out and encourage anything that  supports healthy living and good food.  That last part is where I’m afraid I’m going to lose a few hard line carnivores.

Forks over Knives

If you, like me, are a touch over weight, maybe even obese and even those that seem to be healthy but are big meat eaters, then listen to what I’m telling you.  We are in serious trouble.  I haven’t checked my cholesterol in years, not because I’m an ostrich with my head in the sand, but mostly because I am among the 30,000,000 uninsured in this country.  No matter what the doctor would tell me, all it would do is worry me.  I can’t afford the drugs or the tests.

The movie Forks Over Knives is a HUGE Wake-up call.  Please watch this movie or read the book.  Please.

The movie points out that we can take charge and REVERSE the effects of diabetes, heart disease and even CANCER!

Studies show that test rats on a 20% animal protein diet tend to develop various cancers.  When the same rats are put on a 5% animal protein diet, the cancers stop developing and go away.  When returned to a 20% diet the tumors return.

Cha, cha, cha cha changes

The tone of Jughandle’s Fat Farm Blog is going to change to focus more on a plant-based diet.  I’m not yet comfortable with giving up meat completely, and I hate the term Vegan.  All I’m saying is that I’d like us to work together to save each others lives.  Who among us does not know some one that suffers from diabetes, heart disease or cancer, or is just plain fat?

This never was  intended as a light easy reading blog.  This blog is intended to make a difference in all our lives.

I really want you all to watch the movie, Forks Over Knives.  It is full of evidence to show that we need to eat a heavily plant-based diet not to save the animals (a noble cause), but to save our children and ourselves.   Watch the following trailer:



If I’m wrong about this please write and tell me. Or better yet, write me and tell me how to make this happen.  I’m a meat lover, I need your help – Jughandle