Tag Archives: Healthy

 

5 Must-See Vegan Documentaries

Watching a film with a vegan-related theme can be a great way to inspire friends and family to go vegan, and re-affirm your own passion for compassion. There are many thought-provoking movies out there, but to give you a starting point, here are my reviews of five popular vegan documentaries...
Read more

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Neal Barnard, Founder & President of PCRM

Dr. Neal Barnard is one of the most influential leaders of a new medical paradigm that seeks to integrate preventative health care and plant-based nutrition into our lives; as well as tackle the root of illness rather than managing its symptoms.  Alongside pioneering MDs such as Dr. Michael Klapper, Dr....
Read more

How to Help Others Go Vegan by Meeting Them Where They Are

Your mother has dangerously high cholesterol but still eats meat and eggs every day? Your overweight husband has already had triple-bypass surgery and decides a low-carb diet is just the thing to save him? Your co-worker, the dog lover and shelter volunteer, doesn’t make the connection between the animals she...
Read more

Cruising to Wellness: the 2014 Vegan Cruise of Holistic Holiday at Sea

Part 1| Part 2| Part 3 Boy oh boy, I am absolutely delighted to be sharing with you one of the most exciting, informative, challenging, and enjoyable experiences EVER! As you know from previous posts, I knew coming in to the 2014 Vegan Cruise of Holistic Holiday at Sea that...
Read more

Ch…Ch…Ch…Chia! Why You Should Love Chia Seeds

If you were alive during the 80’s in the US and you owned a TV, then you know about the hugely popular Chia Pet. Chia seeds were placed in a container that was molded into popular shapes such as animals and famous people. As the seeds spouted they grew out...
Read more

Is Vegan Food More Expensive? A Guide to Eating Vegan on a Budget

One of the most popular arguments against veganism is the perceived cost of vegan food. Many people will use the excuse, “I would go vegan, but it’s just so expensive,” or “Where would I buy all those special vegan foods?” to avoid making the switch. To them, a plant-based vegan...
Read more

How to Choose Your Plant Based Milk? Vegan Milks 101

Gone are the days when milk came only from cow or goat. Now we can “milk” nuts, seeds, grains and even beans! But are these plant milks healthy? Which one is the best? And the worst? What should we look out for when choosing a plant milk?  And why would...
Read more

Vegan vs. Plant Based: Is There Such a Thing as a Dietary Vegan?

If the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word “vegan” is food, you’re not alone. Considering that the acquisition and consumption of food is something we partake in up to several times a day and for various reasons (and considering that 150 billion animals are...
Read more

My Vegan Journey: Seeking Health, Finding Compassion

Over five years ago, I decided to make the switch to veganism for 99% completely selfish reasons. About a month after being diagnosed with a “progressive and incurable neurological disease” with no known cause, cure or truly viable treatment, I decided, out of oppressive desperation, to search for a remedy...
Read more

Bethany’s Story: an Inspiring New Film about the Healing Power of Food

Bethany’s Story is a documentary film created by Sanaview, an online holistic health and wellness  website founded by health coach Janet McKee.  The film tells the story of American teenager, Bethany, who becomes paralyzed after receiving a tetanus injection.  Each medication and medical intervention Bethany undergoes leads to further health...
Read more

Vegans Who Go Back to Eating Animals

Yesterday, a well known vegan nutrition coach and author of several best-selling books on vegan nutrition and lifestyle, made a public online declaration that she has decided to go back to eating animals. This of course came as a complete surprise to her loyal followers who saw her as a...
Read more

When Your Doctor Tells You to Eat Meat

Imagine this scenario: you have newly committed yourself to a vegan diet for the animals, the environment, and your health… or so you thought.  When a medical condition arises, you are instantly told by your meat-eating doctor, dietitian, acupuncturist, or naturopath, that the only cure for you is to add...
Read more

The International Chickpea: A Loveable, Versatile Legume

As a vegan mother, one of my best friends in the whole world is the humble chickpea. These cute little legumes offer so much from both a nutritional as well as a versatility perspective. While it is true that pretty much all legumes hold impressive nutritional profiles, chickpeas, above all...
Read more

Are Green Smoothies Really Good for You?

  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you have undoubtedly heard of Green Smoothies.  Fruit-based blender drinks of raw leafy green vegetables, blended until smooth, Green Smoothies are both delicious and nutritious.  Why be part of the Green Smoothie revolution? Enjoy your dark leafy...
Read more

There’s a Healthy Good Reason to Love Nuts and Seeds

What would we do without these crunchy little hunger-abating goodies? As a vegan, I’ve grown even fonder of a good trail mix, but I’ve often wondered, aside from the obvious protein and fat content, how are nuts feeding my body? If only squirrels could speak. As I suspect I may...
Read more

Where Do You Get Protein? The Simple Truth about Protein Intake

THAT question. “Where do you get your protein?”  You will have heard that one before.  The modern world is protein-obsessed. If you’d listen to some of the things people are saying about protein, you’d think your mere existence as a vegan is a pure and utter miracle. It’s time to set the record...
Read more

10 Reasons Why Vegans Should Be Happy

“Where do you get your protein?” “How can you live without cheese?” “What about chocolate?” “But you eat fish, right?” “Why are you vegan?” Even for the most patient vegans, answering with buckets of enthusiasm every time someone asks you about your diet or lifestyle can be tiresome, especially when...
Read more

Do Vegans Deserve Financial Benefits?

We take it as common sense when we have to pay a higher car insurance if we have a teenage son or daughter driving our car. We take it for granted that people that earn more money than us pay a higher tax rate. We understand that most of us...
Read more

From Chickpea to Falafel: How to Make Fresh Falafel from Scratch

One of the best things I ever learned how to do in the kitchen was make Falafel from scratch. From chickpea to Falafel, it is simpler than most people expect, and who can blame them with the array of Falafel packet mixes about that gives the impression that fresh Falafel...
Read more

A Guide to Healthy Vegan Junk Food: Sneaking in the Good Stuff

I have always encouraged my daughter, Leilani, to make healthy eating choices. I provide her with lots of lovely snacks and meals based around whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. But somewhere down the line, after going to many birthday parties and gatherings, I suppose, she discovered chips and...
Read more

Are Organic Foods Really Better?

Organic foods.  Are they really healthier?  Are they easier on the environment?  Doesn’t “organic” imply a more natural and cruelty-free environment for the animals?  What about organic seafood? There are loads of myths surrounding the “organic” label, and producers love to perpetuate these myths, as we are more willing to...
Read more

All Hail Kale: How and Why You Would Love it

My first encounter with kale was at the restaurant where I worked during my undergrad days. On break with one of the chefs, I enquired about the pretty green garnish accompanying a lot of the dishes. “That’s kale,” he said. “Is it, uhh, edible?” “Of course.” So I tried it,...
Read more

The Happy Herbivore Meal Plans and the Vegan Gal

A few months past my one-year veganniversary, I found myself stuck in a bit of a recipe rut.  My newbie enthusiasm towards trying fresh recipes was beginning to wane, and so when I was offered a chance to try Lindsay Nixon’s Happy Herbivore Meal Plan for a week I jumped...
Read more

How to Get that Healthy Vegan Glow? 10 Practical Tips

Every day someone tells me that I’m glowing.  The truth of the matter is that I have struggled with acne for years and the thing that has cleared my skin and brought me that healthy glow more than anything else, is going vegan.  Even as a lacto-ovo vegetarian, painful cystic...
Read more

Forays Into a High-Raw Vegan Diet

You’ve no doubt heard this before, but I’m going to say it anyway. Raw foods make you feel good. When I started out with my personal experiment of incorporating more raw foods into my diet, I was sceptical about all the claims I had heard about them. They will make...
Read more

How to Love Soya and Avoid a Soy Overload

Ah, the great soya debate. ‘It’s a super food. It’s what keeps Japanese people so healthy. It’s great for menopausal women. It lowers your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis’ ‘It’ll give you breast cancer. It’ll result in males growing boobs. It’s responsible for an increase in thyroid conditions.’ These...
Read more