Plant-Based Shopping List For A Healthy New Year

Today's blog post shares my recommendations on what to include on a plant-based shopping list. This plant-based shopping list isn't just for beginners; it is also a good reminder to all vegans about getting back to the basics of what a whole food, plant-based diet is centered around. But for you folks just getting started, 2017 is around the corner and the new year provides a fresh … [Read more...]

Podcast #15 – How Telomere Length Affects Your Health & Longevity

A telomere is the DNA sequence at the tip of a cell's chromosome in human beings. Think of a telomere as a little cap that protects our chromosomes from deterioration which is associated with aging and disease. Telomere length affects our long-term health and longevity. Telomeres become shorter with each cell division and can reach a point where they are no longer able to protect the chromosomes, … [Read more...]

Calcium Rich Foods In A Plant-Based Diet

It is no secret that calcium rich foods are vital for strong bones and teeth. Many people believe that cow's milk is the greatest source of calcium with 276mg of calcium per cup. But did you know that one cup of collard greens has 357mg of calcium and calcium-fortified non-dairy milk has up to 300mg of calcium? Tofu, broccoli, tempeh, black strap molasses, dark leafy green and seeds are also rich in calcium. As a matter of fact, one of the best calcium-rich diets you can follow is plant-based … [Read more...]

7 – Is Your Dinner A Threat To The Environment?

Podcast 7 - Is Your Dinner A Threat To The Environment Show Notes

Today's podcast is about the impact of food production and the environment.  Most people don't understand the connection between what we eat and climate change. But how we feel about climate change and the environment in the future is important right now. Because it plays a large part in what's going to happen to our planet next. Here are some … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons to Attend The Holistic Holiday at Sea 2016

Top 5 Reasons to Attend The Holistic Holiday at Sea “All Vegan” Cruise in 2016

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As many of you know, I just returned from the 2015 Holistic Holiday at Sea. From March 14 through March 21, we sailed the Western … [Read more...]

Climate Change: Is Your Dinner A Threat To The Environment?

Climate Change - Is Your Dinner A Threat To The Environment? Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. ~ Ancient Indian Proverb ~ I woke up angry today. Disastrous images from last week's news were still in my head. I watched families lose loved ones, total neighborhoods destroyed and residents fleeing from their homes as waves of … [Read more...]

Treating Mental Illness & Depression With A Plant-Based Diet

Treating Mental Illness With A Plant-Based Diet & Warm Farro Bowl with Apples, Fennel, Dandelion Greens and Romesco Sauce In March of 2015, I attended the Holistic Holiday at Sea for a week of island hopping, delicious food and fantastic eye-opening lectures. One of those lectures was by American physician and author, … [Read more...]

Top 9 Plant-Based Egg Substitutes For A Healthy Diet

 Top 9 Plant-Based Egg Substitutes When I began my vegan journey and stopped using eggs, I ended up with a lot of loafs and veggie burgers that simply fell apart when I cooked them. Since then I've learned a lot about egg substitutes. Eggs help food bind because they have saturated fats which our body doesn't want or need. So the most challenging part of plant-based cooking is finding replacements to hold food together. There are many good commercial vegan egg replacers like [Read more...]

Gene Baur Shares The Key To Happiness

"If we can live well without causing harm to animals - why wouldn't we?" Gene Baur, Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary, Author and Activist Gene Baur Discusses His New Book "The Farm Sanctuary Life" Friday I had the opportunity to video chat with Gene Baur over Skype about his new book "The Farm Sanctuary Life." If you don't know Gene, you should. Gene Baur is the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Ways You Can Change Your Life Expectancy

Top 5 Ways You Can Change Your Life Expectancy With A Vegan Diet I have a sad fact to share with all of you. One of every two of us will get cancer or heart disease and die from it. Life expectancy is the most important measure of health, and you have the power to change your longevity by altering your eating habits. It is that simple. Here are the facts. 1. Heart health - Do you have high … [Read more...]

GMO Labeling – You Deserve to Know

GMO Labeling - You Have The Right To Know On Nov. 4, in the most expensive ballot measure campaign in Oregon history, voters will decide whether to force food manufacturers to label their products that contain genetically modified ingredients sold in the state. If successful, Oregon would be the first in the nation to pass a labeling law at the ballot box. Seed Producing giant, Dupont's, $4.46 … [Read more...]

Baked Oatmeal with Raspberries & Pistachios & Raising Vegan Children

Baked Oatmeal with Raspberries & Pistachios & Raising Vegan Children

Many people believe that restricting animal protein from a child's diet is dangerous. Meanwhile, there has been a dramatic rise in type-2 diabetes in children because of the increase in childhood obesity. Type-2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but that name was discarded … [Read more...]

Layered Taco Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Layered Taco Salad with Cilantro Dressing I've never met a vegan who didn't love themselves. When I say that I don't mean conceited, narcissistic love, I mean self-love. Six months ago a dear friend of mind stopped eating meat and dairy. It really took me by surprise because I have never known her to take care of herself. She is overweight, depressed and riddled with food related diseases like … [Read more...]

California’s Drought – Who Are The Real Culprits?

California's Drought - Who Are The Real Culprits? Today I felt a drop of water on my face. Eagerly I looked up to the sky. Could it possibly be rain? Earlier, the cheerful smiling weathergirl said there was a 20% chance, but I knew there was “no chance in hell.” Haunted by the sound of rain, I begin fantasizing about a downpour. I can smell the damp grass, see the glistening trees and feel the puddles under … [Read more...]

How Safe Is Your Cookware? & Berry Dumplings In A Clay Pot

How Safe is Your Cookware & Berry Dumplings In A Clay Pot

I do a lot of research on food safety, but even I was utterly confused about cookware safety.  Following my research, I peered into my dark cupboards, and started pulling out all my cookware. First, it was shocking how much I had stocked over the years, and more surprising was how much non-stick … [Read more...]

Grilled Tofu & Vegetable Shish Kebab with Cold Rice Salad

Grilled Tofu & Vegetable Shish Kebab with Cold Rice Salad Everything we choose to consume will directly or indirectly affect our organs, and some foods we consume will affect us more than others. Here are five of the most important organs in our body, and the foods that can put us on the fast track to organ health or organ damage. 1. Brain Dietary deficiency of omega-3 … [Read more...]

Panera Bread Removing Artificial Additives by 2016

Panera Bread Removing Artificial Additives by 2016 As more and more consumers demand safer food and better ingredients, another food chain, Panera Bread, announces it will remove all artificial additives by 2016. Food additives currently used by the chain include: Calcium disodium EDTA - dangers include allergic reactions, low blood sugar, blood pressure or blood calcium levels, kidney failure and … [Read more...]

List of Common USA Food Additives Banned in Other Countries

List of Common USA Food Additives Banned in Other Countries In the United States, he FDA and USDA regulate the food you eat and the medicines you take. They are also responsible for the 1992 food pyramid that guided the American public on what to eat for over 15 years. Unfortunately, the 1992 USDA food pyramid served the interests of its #1 money making client, the U.S. agriculture industry. That … [Read more...]

A World Without Fish & Vegan Chicken in Coconut Buns

Last week I was very honored to have an article published in T. Colin Campbell's Center for Nutrition Studies.  Since today is Earth Day, I am sharing that article about the environment and how we can … [Read more...]

Say No To Bone Char! A List of Bone Char Free Vegan Sugar Companies

A List of Bone Char Free Vegan Sugar Companies

Sugar comes from two sources - sugar cane and sugar beets. Bone char is widely used by the sugar industry as a decolorizing filter, which allows sugar to achieve its white color. The bone char is made from the bones of cattle from countries like Afghanistan, Argentina, India and Pakistan. The bones are sold to traders who then … [Read more...]