Navigating the Grocery Store for Maximum Health

grocery cartIf you are confused by terms like cage-free, grass-fed and pasture-raised you are not alone. I advocate for a whole food, plant-based diet but I know that in the real world, people eat animals. Here are some guidelines and explanations of what you should buy and what to avoid at the grocery store for maximum health.

 

1)  Avoid GMOs – always purchase these products Organic:

  • Corn (any corn product such as tortilla chips) corn
  • Soy (tofu, edamame, soy milk)
  • Canola
  • Cotton (tampons)
  • Sugar beets (anything with sugar)
  • Summer squash
  • Zucchini
  • Hawaiian papaya
  • Alfalfa
  • Potatoes
  • Apples

**Corn, soy and sugar are common ingredients in other products. If the product you are buying is not labeled “Organic” you are eating GMO’s. Continue reading “Navigating the Grocery Store for Maximum Health”

A Good Explanation of the DARK Act

obama-signs-dark-actIt is important to understand how the organic label is being diluted. It is also imperative to understand the implications of the DARK Act that was just signed into law by President Obama.

The most harmful thing is this bill preempts any state labeling laws and reverses the Vermont GMO labeling law that was in effect for a matter of days before being reversed.

Living MaxWell is a great blog by Max Goldberg. He explains what this bill means to consumers. Please read and share.

http://livingmaxwell.com/obama-signs-gmo-labeling-bill-betrayal-organic

 

 

 

California Wines Test Positive for Round-up Weed Killer

California wines contain poison. According to Moms Across America, 100% of the wine they tested were positive for Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round-up weed killer; even the organic wine.

For this reason I recently switched to mostly French and Italian wines. The French wines take some getting used to but are completely worth changing your palate. I’ll take less drinkable over toxins any day.

Watch this short news report:

 

 

 

Creamy Cilantro Serrano Sauce (plant-based)

Cilantro serrano

A plant-based diet can be unbelievably delicious, satisfying and best of all, guilt-free. The key to a tasty plant-based meal is in the sauce. This is a versatile recipe that can be thinned out with water and used for a salad dressing, drizzled over enchiladas, tacos, greens or a quinoa bowl or used thick as a dip. Don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients to vary this sauce to your liking. Continue reading “Creamy Cilantro Serrano Sauce (plant-based)”

Black Bean Orange Quinoa Salad

orange black bn quinoaQuinoa is packed with protein and nutrients and best of all, it’s delicious. This dish can be served warm or cold the next day as a salad. It seems like a lot of ingredients but it comes together quickly.

 Ingredients (always use organic when possible):

1 cup of quinoa

2 cups of vegetable broth

1 cup of shaved Brussel sprouts

2-3 large kale leaves with stems removed and chopped

1-2 large scallions chopped

1 thick slice of red onion chopped Continue reading “Black Bean Orange Quinoa Salad”

Can Diet Alone Cure Diseases?

apple“When food is wrong, medicine is of no use. When food is right, medicine is of no need.” Anonymous

There is a lot of evidence that suggests a plant-based diet can significantly reduce the risk of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. I urge you to look at Forks Over Knives, The China Study, and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. I’m not asking you to make a full and sudden change in your diet, but maybe see what resonates with you and your specific situation.

I lowered my cholesterol by 100 points over seven months without any medication by switching to a whole foods, plant-based diet. My journey has been a process. If you go back to the beginning of my blogs you will see that I ate dairy and a little bit of humanely raised meat. Everyone comes to what they need in their own time. Maybe your journey starts or revs up today.

 

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Is Going Vegan Right for you?

Two months ago I switched to a 100% plant-based diet. I was dabbling in veganism, but I was definitely not a vegan. This transition was brought about by some health concerns. A plant-based diet has been scientifically proven to stave off chronic disease in general. Do you have any history of chronic disease in you family? Are you overweight or struggling with high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? If so, you might want to consider going vegan. That means no fish, meat, poultry, dairy, or eggs. As they say, anything with a face or a mother or came from anything with a face or a mother is off limits.

I have a long family history of heart disease. I have had high cholesterol for as long as I can remember. When I was 18 years old, my cholesterol was over 300. The doctor told me that I’d be lucky to live to be 30. I got the numbers down somewhat, but it was never below 250. Continue reading “Is Going Vegan Right for you?”