The average American diet, heavy in animal products, requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a plant based diet.1 A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruit and legumes is environmentally responsible and can help maintain a healthy weight.
In recent years, however many diet books have blamed plant foods, which are high in carbohydrates for the obesity crisis. While the theory persists, health care professionals have advised against low-carbohydrate diets for years.
A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that consuming a low-carbohydrate diet (less than 47 percent of calories from carbohydrates) is associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight or obese.2 The July 2009 study found that the lowest risk may be in consuming a diet with 47 to 64 percent of calories from carbohydrates. This was not the first study with these findings.
Year after year, the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get fit. Many of us renew lapsed gym memberships and pledge to eat more fruits and vegetables. This year, the trend is less about fad diets and more about dietary strategies that improve overall health and wellness and may also help you lose weight.
Metabolism is a complex biochemical process that combines calories in food and beverages with oxygen to release energy. It is the process that converts what you consume into the energy your body needs to function.
We’ve known that breastfed infants may be protected against obesity later in life for more than 30 years, but why? It may be the formula.
Giving infants formula based on cow’s milk presents an unusual situation. Cow’s milk is designed to put nearly two pounds a day onto a growing calf, 40 times the growth rate of human infants (see Formula for Childhood Obesity.)
The perfect food for humans, finely tuned over millions of years, is human breast milk. Remarkably, among all mammalian species, the protein content of human milk is the lowest. The excessive protein content of cow’s milk-based formula is thought to be what sets the child up for obesity later in life.
There is simple elegance in the ritual of preparing and sipping a cup of tea.
Drinking green tea has been documented for 4,000 years and what began as medicine 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.
Buddha Teas was founded by John Boyd, who was born in the U.K., heavily immersed in the culture of tea. Launched in 2009, today Buddha Teas offers 120 organic teas including more than 80 single-ingredient herbal teas. (VIDEO)
People choose what they eat based on their belief system, which can include health, environmental, cultural or religious ideals; decisions that carry over to what they feed their family and their pets. In addition to health, ecological and religious concerns, vegetarians and particularly vegans are repulsed by meat consumption and driven by compassion for animals, non-violence and economics. Oftentimes the more distance we place between ourselves and anything the more objective we become. People sometimes choose a vegetarian lifestyle for one reason, health, religion, or animal rights and later connect with other reasons for doing so along the way. A 2006 report from the National Research Council stated that a vegetarian diet as long as it contains sufficient protein and is supplemented with Vitamin D is healthy for dogs. Commercial dry food products provide the high levels of protein,
Garbanzo beans, AKA chickpeas or ceci beans are very low in fat and calories. A terrific source of fiber and protein, just two cups of this hearty legume would satisfy the daily requirement for protein.
Now, research suggests that eating garbanzo beans can actually help to control your appetite! Scientists have found that the fiber benefits of garbanzo beans may go well beyond the benefits of fiber in other foods
In a recent study, participants in two groups were given 28 grams of fiber per day, however the source of the fiber for each group was very different. One group’s dietary fiber came primarily from garbanzo beans, while the second group obtained dietary fiber from entirely different sources.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not an accident. There are strategies, alternatives and options that can help you to regain control of your life. The simple, concise and compelling reality is that you are what you eat and that losing weight only happens when you burn more calories than you consume.
So, if it is all that simple, why are so many of us struggling with maintaining a healthy weight? A combination of factors, not the least of which is what we choose to eat, will often make it more difficult to achieve results. And when we don’t see the desired result soon enough, we tend to lose interest and often give up.
For many people “dieting” is a constant battle. Most believe that in order to lose weight they must reduce calories dramatically. That often means starving until the diet is no longer tolerable. Undoubtedly, the weight comes right back and then some. Very low calorie diets are doomed because they lower the body’s metabolic rate, which makes losing weight even more difficult and often leads to bingeing.
Today, many popular diet plans are based on a high protein, low carbohydrate regimen. This type of fad diet has been around in one incarnation or another for decades. The focus here is to consume flesh foods and other products, which contain high levels of animal protein such as beef, poultry, fish and dairy, while avoiding carbohydrates.
In contrast, the plant-based regimen recommended by cutting edge medical and nutrition professionals is rich in complex carbohydrates and far lower in protein than the typical western diet. The hallmark of healthful plant based cooking is that it is very low in fat, high in fiber, rich in valuable phytonutrients and entirely dairy and cholesterol free.
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!