Chariss K. Walker's Author Page
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 “You are what you eat” has a history that dates back to 1825 when a Frenchman coined it in his book Physiologie du Goût (The Physiology of Taste)
****Nothing on this page is intended as medical advice or to take the place of your medical practitioner's recommendations. Make an informed decision.           

This page is designed to share some of the very interesting tips and secrets I have learned over the course of my life. I mean, really... we all change and grow. An option that I wouldn't have considered 20 years ago might now seem very compelling to me in my sixties. It is my intention to share a great deal of information on this page whether I am an advocate or not. 

You have to decide which changes you want to make because it is your health and you must take responsibility for your own well-being. Besides, you might need to know these things.

Take it to heart or take it with a grain of salt. The option is yours.

I fully expect that many of you reading this page will read the research I have provided here and continue your own investigation into the various topics of interest. That is really how we learn... Read, explore, decide. This is a work in progress. So, please visit often for the latest updates.

First, and number one on my list for my own personal improvement and awareness:
1. Become Vegan -- eliminate cow's milk and meat products from my diet. Did you know that cow's milk contains all the nutrient needed to turn a 60 pound calf into a 400 pound heffer? It is chock full of all the things a baby calf needs to reach maturity. However, it is not designed for human consumption. But, you say, it is so creamy and delicious. Yes, it is, but there are other products just a smooth, creamy and delicious, for example, almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, rice milk, and soy milk. In place of butter, use coconut oil.

As a 64 years old female, I don't want to be sick or feel sick, tired, and achy for the next 20 years of my life. I will provide a list of my personal health issues and concerns below -- but I will also strikethrough the issue when I see improvement or that the concern is under control or no longer is an issue and other chemicals such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). List of foods containing HFCS
  • overweight
  • tired/feeling exhausted/low energy
  • mental confusion/fogginess
  • blood sugar issues
  • constipation  (improved by the 2nd day)
  • urinary/bladder issues
  • digestion problems
  • feeling bloated and stuffed even after only a few bites
  • skin disorders
  • thin, brittle nails
  • eye disorders
  • sensitive gums and teeth
  • heart palpitations
  • autoimmune disorders
  • muscle aches and pains
  • hair loss and dry scalp
  • just generally feeling icky most of the time

2. Eliminate most processed foods by switching to whole foods
What are processed foods? Any foods in a box, can, or bag is generally considered processed. The main problem with processed foods is that the ingredients contain additives that are chemical/artificial based and used in the refining or preserving process. What are whole foods? Whole foods are foods that have not been processed, refined, or treated in any way that takes away from the natural state of the food, such as, unpolished grains, beans, fruit, and vegetables. A plant-based whole foods diet includes: foods derived from plants, such as, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, tubers, and legumes. A plant-based whole-foods diet excludes or limits meat (including fish and chicken), dairy products and eggs, highly refined products such as bleached flour, refined sugar and oil. 

For a more indepth description of processed, read this Processed Food: What's OK, What to Avoid

For a more indepth description of whole foods, read this: What is a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet?

Check out the following articles:

How to Become a Vegan

Vegan Starter Kit

How to Go Vegan

I went Vegan for 60-days and it changed my life!

Watch the following YouTube videos:


Watch these movies:

Watch these seven films and become vegan instantly

Cowspiracy: Free on Netflix or watch it here for $4.95

Watch these seven films and become vegan instantly

Forks over Knives: Free on Netflix

More movies that will convince you of the need to become vegan: 5 Netflix Documentaries

And finally, PETA Warns: These movies could change your life!