For the First Time, USDA Report Acknowledges the Benefits of Vegetarianism

by Tracy Ternes

In the latest report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a division of the USDA, a vegetarian diet is clearly established as an effective means to help prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The report also concludes, “Vegetarian diets that include complementary mixtures of plant proteins can provide the same quality of protein as that from animal protein”.1 This is the first time in history that the federal government has officially acknowledged that a vegetarian diet can improve health.

Cancer-Fighting Foods Helps Put Prevention In Your Own Hands!

by Tracy Ternes

According to the American Cancer Society’s “Cancer Facts and Figures, 2011”, scientific evidence suggests that about one-third of the 571,950 cancer deaths expected to occur in 2011 will be related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, or poor nutrition and thus could be prevented. This highlights three recommendations in regard to nutrition, physical activity, and cancer prevention:

  • Maintain a healthy weight throughout life
  • Adopt a physically active lifestyle
  • Consume a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant sources

Studies Show the Effect of Pesticides on Children

by Tandis Bishop

Some of us may not be very concerned about eating organic. Heck, with today’s busy lifestyle, it’s a challenge just to get enough fruits and vegetables in our diet. However, there is a special group of people who may need to eat organic as much as possible. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) infants and children may be especially sensitive to the health risks posed by pesticides.1 One of the reasons for their vulnerability, the EPA says, is that their internal organs are still developing and maturing.

Aloha ‘Aina: Sustainable Eating

by Tandis Bishop

The people of Hawaii have always cared for and revered the Hawaiian Islands and the 'Aina (earth, land). Ancient Hawaiians lived a very sustainable lifestyle. They used tropical material for housing and lava rocks for building temples (heiau). They also had highly sophisticated agricultural farming methods that worked in harmony with nature. To continue their aloha ‘aina (love of the land), we should do what we can as responsible individuals to reduce our environmental impact in this world. One of the most effective ways of doing that is by eating sustainably. Here’s how:

Going Meatless: The Protein Myth

by Tandis Bishop, DTE Nutritionist

If you are choosing to eat fewer meat-based meals and replacing them with plant-based meals, there is one question that may come to mind or may be asked by your friends and family. How are you going to get enough protein? This is a common misconception that has been associated with a plant-based diet for many years. The good news: it’s simply a myth. What is Protein?

10 Foods to Help You Lose Weight

by Tandis Bishop, DTE Nutritionist

When it comes to eating healthy we all have our ups and downs. Even the most fit and health conscious people admit to falling “off the wagon’ during the holiday season. But the good news is that you can just as easily get back on track by incorporating more healthy foods that will not only help you shed excess weight but also improve your health. Simply incorporate these “fat-burning” foods into your diet by substituting them for your normal “fattening” foods. These foods are healthy and low in calories which can be eaten all the time as part of a wholesome, plant-based diet.

Need Healthier Desserts this Christmas?

by Tandis Bishop, DTE Nutritionist

Fall and winter are the seasons of the year when we consume the most desserts. By New Years, we may feel heavier, have less energy, and are more sluggish. Some of us may even have a weaker immune system from all the rich food, high stress, and little sleep. The good news is that there are ways to satisfy your sweet cravings and enjoy your favorite desserts without compromising your health. Try these health tips to creating guilt-free desserts.

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