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Go "Straight-Up" for the Holidays!

Go "Straight-Up" for the Holidays!
It's often an intellectual decision to follow a whole-food plant-based, no-added-oil diet. We become convinced by logic and the weight of scientific evidence that this is the best path to optimal health. And then our practical side kicks in, and we wonder, "What will I eat? How will I cook?" This is an even more...
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Our Beloved Fats and Evil Carbs

Our Beloved Fats and Evil Carbs
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Over the years, our society has discovered new dietary insights. Each new discovery results in a shift to a different and highly popular diet coined with its own name. Currently, some of the most popular diets are Paleo, Mediterranean and the old faithful Adkins diet. Moving past the 1950’s, as America continued to...
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Hypothetically - ish

Hypothetically - ish
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What If a food was offered to you that had a blissfully satisfying taste, but you were informed that it contained a slow poison that would kill you after about 30 years. What if you were further informed that the poison kills you slowly, progressively robbing your vitality, replacing it with tiredness, pain,...
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Fad Diets Part 2

Fad Diets Part 2
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The previous Fad Diets post did not answer what is not a fad diet. Instead, the post was to point out how fad diets are not only possible, but almost impossible to avoid. It was to point out how deeply diluted truth and reality is by all the noise of opinion, false associations...
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Tips on Creating a Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

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Fad Diets

Fad Diets
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There are countless diets inundating our society and they are all wildly different - most are polar opposites; some heavily promote a certain food while others say to never eat that food. They all have an identifying trade name such as; Adkins, 80-10-10, South Beach, McDougall, Mediterranean, Engine 2, Paleo and so, so...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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