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We just completed a really great Viva la Vegan online class here at Marilu.com, and we’re fired up about plant-based diets. These cookbooks are recommended by our members – people like you – who want good food on the table. Some of the cookbooks are not veagn, but you can easily substitute vegan ingredients, so we’re calling them vegan-friendly.
Check out these cookbooks from your library, or click on the titles to get them at Amazon. Also check this post for books about veganism that have lots of recipes. If you have other suggestions, let us know!
Dates (whether with friends, or in groups, or with someone special) can be active. Don’t let all your dates be about food and movies and spectator sports. Get up and DO something. Dancing is an obvious choice, but there’s walking, bicycling, canoeing, going to a gallery or museum, volunteering, volleyball, softball, bowling, festivals, fairs, camping, and oh, could we go on.
So it’s not the new year. But it’s almost a new month.
What’s your fitness goal for August?
Although you’ve heard it a thousand times, setting a goal can really make a difference when you’re trying to get in shape. A goal can be as small as progressing from “girl” (knee) push-ups to regular push-ups, or as big as running your first marathon. Make your goal as specific as you can, using numbers to define what you want to do – in minutes, miles, reps, sets, weight, etc.
Keep a record of your goals and track your progress. Make a vision board with your fitness goals. Discuss your goals with friends and supporters (members have great fitness support on the Marilu.com message boards!). All of these activities will help you keep stay focused on achieving them.
We’re very hot on these summer days, and a cold main dish salad that offers some protein sounds so good.
You can choose to cook the beans yourself (save money!) or buy canned. The crock pot cooking method in the recipe will help keep the kitchen cool.
~*~ ~*~ ~*~ Cold Provençal White Bean Salad Blue * Serves 4
2 cups dried small white beans (or one 15-ounce can small white beans, rinsed and drained)
6 cups water (not needed if you use canned beans)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, pressed
4 green onions, green part only, very thinly sliced
1 cup Mediterranean-style olives, pitted and halved
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 to 8 large lettuce leaves (we like Boston or Bibb lettuce for this)
2 small tomatoes, cut into wedges, for garnish
Thoroughly rinse the beans and place them and the water in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beans are tender. Quickly and gently pour them into a colander and drain them. (You can reserve the cooking water and use it to thicken soups or stews.) Transfer the beans to a serving bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, oil, mustard, and garlic. Blend thoroughly with a whisk or an immersion blender.
Pour the dressing over the beans and mix thoroughly. Add the green onions, olives, and salt and pepper to taste, and toss by hand (or if you must, using spoons).
Serve either chilled or at room temperature on lettuce leaves and garnish with the tomato wedges.
A Taste of Health presents the ultimate gift for your mind, body and spirit. Share the experience and wisdom of some of the world’s leading authorities and experts in holistic living and natural health, including Marilu Henner!
Cruise the Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale on one of the world’s premier Italian luxury liners, the MSC Poesia, which combines the style and sophistication of Europe with American comforts and convenience.
Visit exciting ports of call, such as Cozumel; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Grand Cayman. Enjoy optional shore activities like kayaking, hiking and snorkeling. Dine on specially prepared organic natural foods and beverages prepared by our own chefs.
Lectures and workshops included. Marilu’s Role of Your Life workshop will be featured. It’s the perfect time to create the best version of YOU!
Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available.
The livestock industry is responsible for about 50 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States. (source: United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” 2006) Many scientists believe that routine use of antibiotics may lead to increasingly resistant bacteria – and that means more illnesses we’re not able to contain or control.
The antibiotics are given to animals in two ways – routinely, in their feed, and also when they fall ill. There is no question that a sick animal deserves appropriate care. But keeping animals in confinement (as they are on feedlots) creates an environment that is disease-friendly. The only way to control disease in a feedlot is to put antibiotics into the animal feed, without regard to the actual health of an individual animal.
Whether you’re concerned about treatment of animals, or the quality of the food you’re eating (yes, those antibiotics do pass through to your plate – just like a nursing mother’s antibiotics would pass through to her baby), or disease control for people – routine antibiotics are not a good idea.
Your posture is an indication of your personality, and like your diet, it correlates with what’s going on with your body. If your posture is centered and balanced, you are more likely to be a centered and balanced person. On the other hand, if your posture is slouchy and distorted, something is out of balance.
Are you interested in learning more about being vegan?
Do you want to know more about the health benefits of a plant-based diet?
Do you need examples of what you would eat as a vegan?
We just completed a really great Viva la Vegan online class here at Marilu.com, and we’re fired up about plant-based diets. These books are recommended by our members – people like you – who aren’t interested in hype or “the next big thing.” We’re committed to health. We like good research. And we want food that tastes really good, that we can feed our families and friends, without having to special order a bunch of weird-o ingredients.
These books are about living well on a plant-based diet (vegan). Check them out from your library, or click on the titles to get them at Amazon.
The water cost associated with the livestock industry is staggering.
According to a 2002 study by David and Marcia Pimentel of Cornell University, Western agricultural irrigation accounts for 85 percent of the fresh water we consume (the other 15 percent is for drinking, washing, food prep, etc). They also found that it takes 100 times more water to produce an ounce of animal protein than it takes to produce an ounce of plant protein.
Did you know that 64 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in a water-stressed environment by 2025? That’s 5 billion people who won’t have enough water if we don’t manage our resources better. (source: United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” 2006) Eating more plant protein makes more fresh water available for drinking.