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.
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
According to “Top Trends in Prepared Foods 2017,” a report compiled by the research firm Global Data, one of the largest data and insights solution providers in the world, the number of vegans in America has increased 600 percent!
Consumers who identify as vegan has jumped from just one percent in 2014 to six percent of the population in three short years.
According to Dr. James Anderson, chief investigator on the landmark meta-analysis on soy and heart health,soyfoods are some of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet. This is because they help fight what Dr. Anderson calls The ‘Big Five,1 heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high-blood pressure.
Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press! Carbs have been unjustly labeled a food group to avoid by proponents of the ill-advised Atkins/Paleo style diet.
Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. Carbohydrates provide energy; they fuel our workouts and provide energy throughout the day. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.
The difference lies in the fact that commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc. These are some of the foods that are classified as ‘simple carbohydrates’
Fiber slows digestion and simple carbohydrates are digested very quickly, spiking blood sugar and causing a rush of energy, invariably followed soon after by a crash.
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable and part of the cabbage family.
This dark leafy green vegetable is rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming kale provides an abundance of nutrients that support healthy bones, skin, hair and healthy digestion and can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Continue reading “Kale, Leafy Green Superfood!”
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The plant based lifestyle and its approach to health, wellness and disease prevention is the focus of Marie Oser’s Blog. Marie has been a food and health features writer and newspaper columnist for major metros and national publications and has been promoting the vegan lifestyle since 1990. This blog space is where she and guest bloggers share information, the latest research and creative natural solutions to issues affecting our health and wellbeing. Oh! And of course delicious vegan recipes that are rich in antioxidants, low in fat, high in fiber and entirely dairy and cholesterol free!