Eating a low-fat, gluten-free whole foods vegan diet since 1985.

Food Gossip: False Facts in the Food World

Food Gossip: False Facts in the Food World
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Hello everyone! It's been awhile. I've been happily assisting many people from all over the world to transition to a whole foods plant-based diet. I consider it a significant privilege & honour to be able to do so.In the process of providing research-based info to folks about this way of eating, they tell me...
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving
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In Canada, we get a leg-up on the giving of thanks. Our official weekend is in October. This year, it’s on Monday the 13th. In our household, it also coincides with a family member’s birthday, so for us, it is an especially thankful time.At the beginning of the meal, in addition to putting everyone...
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Popular (but potentially unhealthy) “health” foods

Popular (but potentially unhealthy) “health” foods
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Have you heard people raving about the power of “magic potions” like coconut oil, Kombucha tea or Nomi juice to solve all sorts of health issues? They are all plant-based, so are they good for us?I am listing the following, popularized as health-food, with links to the explanations of how they may do more...
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Carbophobia

Carbophobia
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Carbophobia as defined in the Urban Dictionary is “An irrational fear of element 6 of the periodic table (aka carbon), from which all organic life is based. …Currently a source of great hysteria. Carbophobia has reached such levels it’s become its own religion.”While that definition is just as wee bit tongue-in-cheek, I think there...
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Where there is life, there is hope!

Where there is life, there is hope!
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So there I was, plugging along in my low-fat vegan lifestyle. Everything is going fine, although I will admit that I was feeling a little lonely for more flesh-and-blood vegans (in addition to my lovely facebook vegan friends!).In the past, hubby & I would go into the city once per month to socialize in...
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Vegan Isolation

Vegan Isolation
As assistant administrator for a popular facebook group, I often hear from new members saying they feel very isolated as a vegan. Many are surrounded by meat-eaters in their private and public lives, so for them, such groups may be their only way of socializing with other vegans, such as it is.From what I've heard,...
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Ode to Chocolate

Ode to Chocolate
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Ah chocolate, oh dark mystery of delight; on my tongue, the pleasure, on my hips, the blight.From far away in hot, tropical climes; thou art gathered by slaves, but I can pretend “Not mine!”Thy narcotics lull my senses into blissful transport; away from my problems, an escapist passport!Bitter as gall thy native flavour repels,...
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Do I have to suffer silently to respect the self-destructive choices of others?

Do I have to suffer silently to respect the self-destructive choices of others?
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I've suffered greatly when people I've cared about deeply, have chosen self-destructive habits. As far as I have been able to trace this back, it began before I was old enough to really know what was happening. My dear Dad chose to refuse the good advice of his doctor to lower his dangerously high...
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Vitamin B12: It’s not just for meat-eaters anymore.

Vitamin B12: It’s not just for meat-eaters anymore.
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So, you’ve been eating a low-fat whole foods vegan diet for awhile and you’re feeling GREAT! Then your vegan-advisor pulls a rain-cloud over the party by asking “Have you started taking vitamin B12 yet?”“No way!” you splutter. “A whole foods vegan diet is perfect! I’m not into pills. I just eat organic dirt on...
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Wild Claims

Wild Claims
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Do wild claims about foods made on marketing websites annoy you?Here’s an example that disturbed me:http://www.smoothiehealthyrecipes.com/healthy-smoothie-recipes/weight-loss-smoothie-recipes/almond-butter-smoothie-for-weight-loss/It’s a smoothie “for weight loss”. It's probably ultra yummy, but would it be effective? Let’s look at the ingredients:One cup of coconut milk: 445 calories, 48 grams of fat,(43 grams is saturated fat)1/4 cup almond butter: 384 calories,...
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Is eating meat macho?

Is eating meat macho?
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Is eating meat macho? Many seem to think so.http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/05/18/men-meat-and-masculinity-linked/Based on those beliefs, men may be motivated to eat meat, which sadly, is linked to shorter lives with higher rates of disease.http://nutritionfacts.org/video/low-meat-or-no-meat/Is it maybe worth a shorter life? Are meat-eating men more masculine than vegan men?Let's look at some ways of measuring masculinity. If testosterone...
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Taming the cravings

Taming the cravings
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I've had a love/hate relationship with my bathroom scales most of my adult life. Up & down, up & down... sigh...Looking back at the heavier me, I see me eating a healthy vegan diet, but with lot of high fat foods such as oil, chocolate, nuts & vegan cheese products.When I look at the...
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