Ahiflower is a new source of daily omega-3 fatty acids, which we know most of us can use. Having only been vegetarian a short time, I have (regrettably) taken fish oil and krill oil supplements in the past, as well as flax seed oil. And, here was Ahiflower, a new omega-3 supplement. And folks, It’s difficult to make omega-3 fatty acids sexy these days.
Yet, I think Ahiflower did make omega-3 fatty acids sexy again. Or, at least they’re setting a new and very high standard for these essential fatty acids. Here are the full benefits of Ahiflower compared to the alternatives. It gets somewhat technical (lots of good health info!), so I’ve gone ahead and broken it down to the most important points, without all the numbers. more→
Excerpted from Vegan Fitness for Mortals by Ellen Jaffe Jones. A smattering of studies compare the performance of vegan and vegetarian athletes to meat-eating athletes. In a study done at Yale, meat-eating athletes had half the endurance of the vegetarians, even when the vegetarians were sedentary. The study concluded that a diet free of animal flesh is conducive to endurance. more→
[Reprinted from The Book of Veganish by Kathy Freston & Rachel Cohn ©2016, by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books, a member of Penguin Group U.S., a Penguin Random House Company.] As you move toward a plant-based diet, the main concern you will hear from family and friends who aren’t vegan or vegetarian is, “But how will you get enough protein?”
I hear that all the time and I get it, because protein is such a major buzzword these days—we seem to have an obsession with it in our culture. You’ll hear it from the high-protein, low-carb gang, and even dietitians and doctors who mean well. more→
You nosh on fruit and veggies thinking you’re making healthy choices for your body—but you may not know that some of these foods are damaging to your smile. Although fine in moderation, when consumed in excess, these culprits could gradually tarnish those pearly whites. more→
Who would have known that there are so many types of cooking oils out there? You may have thought that olive, sunflower, coconut, palm, and all of the other variants were impressive, but the list doesn’t stop there. The fact is that more and more types of oil are crafted for specific needs. Oil doesn’t always have the best of reputations, often being associated with fats and all the damage that frying can cause to our health. But there are ways you can use cooking oil without fearing that your cholesterol levels will go through the roof. more→
Kale, a dark leafy green vegetable, that’s become a favorite in recent years, is packed with vitamins and minerals. Its health benefits are indisputable,as one of the foods richest in vitamin A, vitamin K, beta carotene and even calcium.
Kale is one of the oldest cultivating vegetables on earth and until the Middle Ages it was one of the most popular vegetables in Europe. Kale has been cultivated for well over two thousand years. more→
Ancient civilizations and communities were always fascinated with their continued search for wonder plants and medicinal herbs. Wheatgrass is one such extract which in its natural form, is found to be extremely beneficial for human health and vitality. Not just for its health benefits, wheatgrass in the recent times has largely been advocated for holistic well being. more→
Juices and smoothies are a fantastic way of boosting the intake of nutrients into your diet. I like to think of them as nutrient vehicles. This excerpt is from Juice + Nourish: 100 Refreshing Juices and Smoothies to Promote Health, Energy, and Beauty by Rosemary Ferguson, © 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Photo at top by Nassima Rothacker. Available wherever books are sold. more→
The process of digesting food is the most complex job our body does, and it has to do it several times a day. It is so complex that the body’s process of healing pauses when food is digesting. When we eat a simple, easy-to-digest diet of raw foods, our body has more energy to fight pathogens, rebuild tissue, and detoxify. Fortunately, plant based nutrition is becoming more accepted into the mainstream. It seems that almost every day a new study comes out about the benefits of raw foods. Here are a few of the basics that are important to know as you dive in. Excerpted from Going Raw: Eveything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home by Judita Wignall, @2011 Quarry Books. Reprinted by permission. more→
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→
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→
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→