GLUTEN

The following article is “tongue in cheek” but you might recognize yourself in some of these.  If that’s the case then think about looking further into the matter of gluten sensitivity.  Many people believe that if they don’t have celiac disease (much more severe and painful than a sensitivity) that they are okay.  But often we need to listen carefully to our bodies and find what works best for us.  What changes will help you to be the animal you were meant to be.

 

If any of this rings true for you consider talking about this on the boards.  Marilu has been sharing information on this subject and a number of our members and coaches are also well schooled as they live a gluten free lifestyle every day:

 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11604/5-reasons-to-eat-gluten-funny.html

 

 

 

Not a member?  Not a problem.  Click here to join:  http://www.marilu.com/becomemember.php

High End Dining….CRUELTY FREE

Forbes Magazine recently released it’s list of Top Food Trends for 2013.  Because most of our followers are foodies that’s exciting news itself.  This year there’s even more to celebrate.  The top spot on that list?  HIGH END VEGAN DINING !

 

A long time vegan tells us that he once called in advance to order a meal for a banquet at which he was the featured speaker.  After weeks of having this note the kitchen served him a plate of white rice rimmed with defrosted frozen peas.

 

We can safely say, “Those days are over!”

 

Whether you’ve chosen to embrace a plant based diet for health reasons or compassion or both, you don’t have to choose between your convictions and your social life.

 

It’s a short article but there’s a lot of  “food for thought” (pun intended).  Read it here.  —>   http://www.cok.net/blog/2013/11/forbes-names-vegan-dining-top-10-food-trend-of-2013/

 

 

 

 

Vegan Myths…..BUSTED !!!

Are you a vegan who is tired of the questions and wish you had a ready answer for those common questions about protein and vitamins?  Or are you someone who is considering a plant based diet and would like a clear answer on these questions yourself?

 

Check out the following article from One Green Planet (previously published in The Huffington Post).

 

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-health/top-vegan-nutrition-myths-busted-by-experts/

 

Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants !

 

Fortunately we are well past the days when maintaining a vegetarian or vegan diet meant limited choices.  You can travel almost anywhere and order a delicious and satisfying meal without compromising your health goals or your conscience.   Thanks to the information that Marilu has provided through her books, and this community,  most of us can navigate almost any menu and have a healthy, satisfying, and delicious meal.

And thanks to increased awareness there are more and more Veg-friendly restaurants popping up.  Check out this article:  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-vegetarian-restaurants-in-the-us   and visit Happy Cow to learn more about the restaurants in your area, or wherever you may be traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-vegetarian-restaurants-in-the-us

Begin Today !

There has been a lot in the news about PLANT BASED DIETS.    Yesterday on The Marilu Show, guest J. Morris Hicks (author Healthy Eating Healthy World)  and Marilu discussed the incredible benefits of this way of life.

 

If you’re not already living a healthy lifestyle why not use this weekend to begin?   Enjoy summers bounty.

 

Eat juicy.  Live juicy.  Go out and pick some strawberries, Make a fruit salad.  Take a hike and stop for a lunch of fresh foods.  The first steps can be the most fun !!

 

 

 

Antioxidants

 

 

 

Most people are aware of a link between antioxidants and a lower risk for some cancers.  Now recent studies indicate that women who consume antioxidant-rich foods also have a lowered risk of heart attack.

Researchers as the Karolinska Institute, based in Stockholm, Sweden, recently reported that women who consume foods high in antioxidants, including roughly seven daily servings of produce, were 20 percent less likely to experience a heart attack over a span of 10 years.  This link seems to apply only to the consumption of whole foods and does not indicate the same benefits from supplements.

Just one more reason to add spinach, broccoli, berries and beans to the menu.

WHOLE GRAINS

When you think of carbs do you think of pasty white bread wrapped in cellophane? Or does your mind go to the healthy options of whole grains? Check out this article for some inspiration on how to get delicious whole grains on the menu: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2012/healthy-whole-grains-030511.html

VEGAN……The Gold Standard?

 

This article comes to you courtesy of The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and Ecorazzi.  This is not only fascinating but informative, encouraging and most of all INSPIRING.  

In appreciation of the inspiring athletes competing in London at this year’s Olympic Games we want to share this with you.

 

Read about how some former Olympians credit their conscious lifestyle choices with helping them find success in competition.  Carl Lewis is possibly the most well known for his vegan lifestyle but you may be surprised at just how many other athletes are embracing vegetarian and vegan diets. 

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/07/27/top-10-historic-vegetarian-and-vegan-olympians/

Of course we believe that EVERYONE who holds to the courage of their convictions is a CHAMPION !

 

It’s Friday and life is just a bowl of…..

CHERRIES !!!

A plant based diet isn’t just good for you….it’s colorful, gorgeous, and delicious!   There are a lot of great recipes for cherries beginning with the old fashioned picnic favorite; cherry pie.  You can add them to salads, top your pancakes at weekend brunch or, best of all, just enjoy them straight up !

 

They’re loaded with antioxidants and, according to the USDA, may reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer and arthritis.  They may also play a role in reducing muscle damage in athletes. 

 

Eat the rainbow !

 

Another good reason for a plant based diet !

From PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) there is a new study which touts the benefits of a plant based diet, specifically in relation to weight loss and hormone issues.  Of course if you have severe symptoms you’ll need to work with your doctor but a good doctor is also going to have you look at your diet.  Why not take the “good food” approach to managing your symptoms.  This article is a short read and definitely worth your time.

 

Low-Fat, Plant-Filled Diet Reduces Weight and Symptoms of Menopause

Women who were encouraged to eat a low-fat diet with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains were more likely to lose weight and reduce hot flashes and night sweats, according a new study in the journal Menopause. Researchers analyzed 17,473 postmenopausal women from the Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification trial and put them either in a group supported to make specific dietary changes or a control group that received minimal nutrition information and no group support. Although weight loss was not a stated goal for either group, women who adopted the low-fat diet were three times as likely to lose weight, compared with the control group, while women in the control group were twice as likely to gain weight. Women who lost weight were more likely to eliminate hot flashes and night sweats, compared with women who maintained their weight. These improvements were strongest among those who made the dietary changes.

Kroenke CH, Caan BJ, Stefanick ML, et al. Effects of a dietary intervention and weight change on vasomotor symptoms in the Women’s Health Initiative. Menopause.

 

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