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Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah – Recipe, Vegan Potato Latkes

Perfect Potato Latkes

Hanukkah, the winter festival of lights is celebrated by Jews around the world and begins this year when the first candle is lit at sunset on Tuesday, December twelfth this year.

An eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles commemorates the rededication of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.  Continue reading “Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah – Recipe, Vegan Potato Latkes”

Are Intact Whole Grains Better? What About Fruits and Veggies?

Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and dark green leafy vegetables lead the pack. Each of the top five so-called powerhouse fruits and vegetables are greens. If we blend them up in a smoothie, soup or sauce we’re taking food with the most nutrition and breaking cells and dumping that nutrition into the bloodstream.

Chewing is good, but blending is better in terms of digestive efficiency and nutrient absorption.

But, if we take in all that nutrition and it doesn’t all make it down to our colon, might we be starving our microbial selves? Why are intact grains, beans and nuts better than bread, hummus and nut butters?

No matter how well we chew, intact food particles make it down to the colon where they offer a smorgasbord for good bacteria. If grains, beans and nuts are finely ground into flour or paste, we may be leaving our gut flora high and dry. Would the same be true for fruits and vegetables? Continue reading “Are Intact Whole Grains Better? What About Fruits and Veggies?”

Vegan Thanksgiving, Healthy, Compassionate and Eco-Responsible!

In America, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Holiday Season and across the country family and friends gather to enjoy an extravigant feast. For vegetarians and vegans, attending this annual event can be really challenging.

Vegans are among the most eco-conscious consumers. We all can show gratitude to Mother Earth by hosting a meatless meal this Thanksgiving and save money while saving the planet. Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable

This Thanksgiving, be kind to your health, the animals and the earth by making my Festive Holiday Roast. It is so delicious, really easy and fun! You will be amazed to see how cool it is to turn five pounds of tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings.  Continue reading “Vegan Thanksgiving, Healthy, Compassionate and Eco-Responsible!”

Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn Ushers in the Holiday Season

October: falling leaves, cool crisp air and pumpkins.

Winter squash are some of the oldest known vegetables in America. Among these hearty winter vegetables, pumpkins have become symbolic of the season and go hand-in-hand with Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins are a delicious fruit to include in the diet and have a characteristic orange rind with orange flesh that is incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Very nutritious, pumpkin is low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin and carotenes. Continue reading “Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn Ushers in the Holiday Season”

Tea, Brew a Cup of Health and Relaxation

The health benefits in a warm steeped mug of tea, whether herbal or caffeinated have been celebrated for thousands of years. There are four main types of tea: black, green, oolong and white tea, which come from the same plant, but are processed differently.

The history of tea is long and complex reaching across multiple cultures and spanning thousands of years. Tea is thought to have originated in southwest China during the Shang dynasty (1766 to 1122 BC) as a therapeutic beverage.1

Drinking green tea  originated as medicine and has grown to become the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. These days, tea drinking can be quite the adventure with an amazing range of choices. Continue reading “Tea, Brew a Cup of Health and Relaxation”

Third leading Cause of Death in America is the American Medical System

In my video Why Prevention Is Worth a Ton of Cure, I profiled a paper that added up all the deaths caused by medical care in this country, including the hundred thousand deaths from medication side effects, all deaths caused by errors, etc. The paper’s author concluded that the third leading cause of death in America is the American medical system.

What was the medical community’s reaction to this revelation? After all, the paper was published in one of the most prestigious medical journals, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and authored by one of our most prestigious physicians, Barbara Starfield, who literally wrote the book on primary care. Continue reading “Third leading Cause of Death in America is the American Medical System”

Cody Elkins, Champion Athlete Invites 100 guests to his Vegan Bar Mitzvah

Cody Elkins is a 12 year old racquetball champion living in Southern California.  He the second child in his family to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill in Westwood. Veggie Grill is a fast-growing quick casual vegan restaurant chain operating in California, Oregon and Washington, set to open its 29th location in Chicago.

Cody is part of a vegan family of six that was vegetarian when he was born and went vegan when he was two. He has two older brothers Dane, 18 and Jaden 16 and a sister, Madison who is ten. Jaden had his vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill three years ago; the guests were delighted and the Elkins’ family was thrilled with the response. Continue reading “Cody Elkins, Champion Athlete Invites 100 guests to his Vegan Bar Mitzvah”

Turmeric, Powerful and Effective Alternative to Conventional Drugs

Turmeric is an ancient spice that adds pungent flavor and a lovely golden hue to many dishes, along with an abundance of health benefits.

Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color has been shown to be an effective, nontoxic alternative for many pharmaceutical medications and has therapeutic properties for various systems within the body.1

Curcumin, the most active constituent of turmeric is credited with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties matching the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.Continue reading “Turmeric, Powerful and Effective Alternative to Conventional Drugs”

Peppermint Oil, a Safe Alternative for Irritable Bowel Syndrome that Actually Works?

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, episodic intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits that affects one in seven Americans.

IBS can have a substantial impact on health and well-being. The health-related quality of life of irritable bowel sufferers can often rival that of much more serious disorders.

The first step toward successful treatment is for physicians to acknowledge the condition and not dismiss the patient as hysterical.

There is a huge unmet therapeutic need and the lack of effectiveness of available treatments often discourages sufferers from seeking medical care.  Continue reading “Peppermint Oil, a Safe Alternative for Irritable Bowel Syndrome that Actually Works?”

Animal Agriculture and the Environment ~ Ignoring the Cow in the Room

 

Raising animals for food, including land for grazing and growing their feed crops uses an astounding 30 percent of the earth’s land mass

Medical and environmental experts, including the World Health organization all concur that animal agriculture is destroying the health of humanity and the ecosystem on which we all depend for our very existence.

From polluted waterways and land erosion to deforestation (an estimated 70 percent of the Amazon leveled for cattle ranching) the production of meat leaves its large carbon footprint on every aspect of pollution and climate change. Continue reading “Animal Agriculture and the Environment ~ Ignoring the Cow in the Room”