Nutrition

10 Steps to a Healthier, Plant-Based Lifestyle

pineapple, apple, and leafy greens smoothies

What steps can you take to experience a healthy coexistence with your body? Here are ten simple steps that you can do one at a time, or as many as you can successfully handle at once, and be successful. Once you have mastered one, then move on to the next. Excerpted and adapted from Going Vegan: A Complete Guide to Making a Healthy Transition to a Plant-Based Lifestyle by Joni Marie Newman and Gerrie Lynn Adams, @ 2014 Fair Winds Press. Reprinted by permission. more→

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10 Research-Backed Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Coconuts And Organic Coconut Oil

Have you tried numerous weight loss techniques, but are still holding on to those few (or more than a few) extra pounds? The usual vague advice like eat less, move more won’t guarantee weight loss. Here are 10 habits that prevent people from attaining ideal weight even when they eat healthy and exercise that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.  more→

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5 Whole Foods Vegan Athletes Should Eat Every Day

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As a vegan athlete, nutrition is high on your daily agenda. After all, without fuel, how are you to sustain your rigorous training and competition schedule? Maybe you’re a lover of packaged protein bars, or a frequent embellisher of the “health foods” aisle at your local grocery store. Vegan athletes can get all the nutrition they need every day from clean, wholesome, plant-based nutrient sources, without the need for the convenient and highly processed options presented to us in stores. If you’re an athlete looking to “go clean” with your nutrition, check out these five vegan whole food options specifically for athletes. more→

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9 Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumber

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Cucumbers immediately bring to mind the idea of coolness and refreshment (as in “as cool as a … ) but their high water content and occasional seediness seems to imply that they’re not stellar in the nutrition area. While it’s true that cucumbers don’t rank high in nutrient density, their high water content actually contains some valuable substances (notably silica) that make them better for you than you might have thought: more→

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Vitamin D and the Vegan Diet

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Excerpted with permission from Guide to Vegan Supplementing by Mike Kamo, on Nutrition Secrets.It’s not just vegans who need to worry about vitamin D – we all do! In my article on “The Sunshine Vitamin’, we see how vitamin D plays very important roles in the body such as:

  • contributing to the formation and preservation of strong and healthy bones
  • lung & brain development and function
  • boosting immunity
  • muscle function
  • circulation and heart health

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6 Health Benefits of Carrots

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Carrots are the second most popular vegetable in the U.S. after potatoes, but somehow, their benefits seem to be underappreciated, as rarely are they referred to as a “superfood.” Yet, carrots have significant health benefits. Fortunately, they’re abundant, familiar, inexpensive, and versatile, whether you use them in salads or cooked dishes, or just snack on them raw. Here are a few benefits of making them part of your daily repertoire. Carrots are known to: more→

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Vegetables: Natural Born Cancer Killers

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The war on cancer continues with newer technologies in its arsenal. While biological and gene therapy get a lot of attention in the press, there’s another, less expensive approach that’s attracting research support for its cancer-fighting properties: vegetables, specifically the cruciferous kind.

Vegans Are Right: Certain Vegetables Curb Cancer

It’s been known for some time that many processed foods, particularly meats, have been linked to cancer. It’s among the many reasons people reduce their meat intake and turn to vegan diets to avoid any animal-based food. Evidence is mounting that cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cabbage, can actually contain cancer by interfering with cancer cell development. more→

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5 Ways to Healthfully Gain Weight on a Vegan Diet

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So many vegans cite the benefit of the diet as a way to lose weight, which is great for those who need to. But what about those of us looking to maintain the same physique, or with health problems that make it dangerous to slim down? You don’t have to sacrifice your tastes, ethics, or health to gain weight. more→

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