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Keto Diet Fact Sheet

What is a Keto diet? A Keto diet is a very high-fat, low-carbohydrate eating plan that forces the body to shift from using glucose to using ketones as a primary fuel. This metabolic state is called ketosis. What is the typical macronutrient distribution in Keto diets? Popular Keto diets provide about 5% of calories from …

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Creating a Joyful, Compassionate Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving is a deeply treasured holiday that brings families and friends together in celebration of a bountiful harvest, and all we have to be grateful for. Since the 1800s, turkey has been the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving feast, with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes as traditional accompaniments. Other side dishes vary to …

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Tofu: A Plant-based Protein Superstar

Tofu, also commonly called bean curd, is made by coagulating soymilk using calcium sulfate or nigari salts to form a solid block. Tofu comes in a variety of textures, from silky or soft to medium, firm, or extra-firm. An extraordinarily versatile product, tofu has unique nutritional features and health benefits that have been established over …

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Triple Layer Chocolate Caramel “Cheesecake” with Raspberry Sauce

Makes 16 servings. This is decadent dessert which was created to celebrate a special birthday and the reunion of dear friends. It is very rich, so a little goes a long way. Play around with the ingredients and get creative with the decorations! Add a dollop of cashew pear cream for extra points!   Crust …

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Kick Diabetes Essentials Just Released!

I am excited to tell you that Kick Diabetes Essentials has been released. This book provides the fine details of how to kick diabetes with a plant-based diet and lifestyle. It is jammed packed with research, practical guidelines and delicious recipes. This book provides a thorough analysis of plant-based vs low-carb (e.g. keto) diets. It …

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The Kick Diabetes Cookbook is Out!!!

The Kick Diabetes Cookbook by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina (publisher – Book Publishing Company) is available now. This book provides a tested plan for managing and reversing type 2 diabetes. With over 100 recipes and step by step guidelines, it will serve as an invaluable resource. All the recipes included are sugar-free, oil-free and …

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FIGHTING DISEASE WITH YOUR FORK

What to eat for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Once you understand the value of plant-based diets for the prevention and reversal of disease, the next step is putting together meals that maximize the most protective components in your diet and minimize the components that are harmful. The following suggestions are meant to help turn this …

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OPTIMAL EATING

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LEGUMES vs MEAT

  LEGUMES Highest fiber foods High in phytochemicals High in antioxidants Low in fat, saturated fat Cholesterol-free Non-heme iron No hormones, antibiotics No Neu5Gc No TMAO produced Low chemical contaminants MEAT NO fiber NO phytochemicals Minimal antioxidants High in fat, saturated fat High in cholesterol Heme iron (oxidant) Hormones and antibiotics Contains Neu5Gc TMAO production …

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10 Ways to Lose Weight

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Optimal Eating Guidelines

An optimal diet is one that: minimizes risk of disease treats existing disease meets all nutritional requirements The following guidelines are meant to help you achieve optimal health. Be sure to include variety in your choices to maximize nutrients and other protective dietary components, and also to minimize potential contaminants. Whole foods, plant-based diet 7+ …

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Eating Disorders in Vegans and other Vegetarians… setting the record straight

(From Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, 2014)   Many experts believe that vegan diets (and other types of vegetarian diets) can increase the risk of eating disorders. Some treatment centers consider the reintroduction of meat a necessary part of recovery. These beliefs are based on data released between 1997 and 2009 that reported significantly higher rates …

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The Vegan Plate

  Graphic from “Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition”  (2014) and from“Becoming Vegan: Express Edition” (2013), both by Registered Dietitians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, Book Publishing Co. This vegan food guide was designed to ensure that your diet provides all the nutrients you need for good health. While following the guidelines provided will ensure most nutrients, some deserve special …

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Budget-Wise, Plant-powered Eating

  Many people who are on a budget believe that eating healthy is next to impossible. With the escalating cost of fruits and vegetables, they opt for processed foods such as boxed macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles or white rice and canned meat. Eating out usually means fast food such as burgers, fries, tacos, or …

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Methionine- Restricted Diet… Who needs it?

  Methionine is an essential amino acid — one of the building blocks of protein that cannot be produced by the human body so must come from our food. It is one of two sulfur-containing amino acids (the other is cysteine). Methionine is an intermediary in the synthesis of cysteine, carnitine, taurine, and other compounds. …

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Is Soy Safe?

          In my opinion, soy is not only safe, but potentially beneficial. Soy has a long history of use in Asia, and within vegetarian populations throughout the world. Two of the healthiest, long-lived populations in the world – the Okinawan Japanese and the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda California – are …

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Why Vegan?

Why Vegan?   A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us …

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The Ethical Universe: Where are we really at?

This was a short speech given at NAVS Summerfest in 2003.  Several people have requested copies, hence the old post. Have you ever considered what a perfectly ethical universe might look like?  It would undoubtedly be a place of goodness and peace, where life is supported and cherished; where kindness and compassion are the fabric …

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Defeating Type 2 Diabetes

  “The diabetes time bomb has been ticking for 50 years, and it’s been getting louder. Despite the warning, successive generations of world leaders have largely ignored the threat.” International Diabetes Federation (IDF) President-Elect Martin Silink   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight American adults had diabetes in 2014. If …

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Coconut Oil: Menace or Miracle?

Coconut Oil: Menace or Miracle?   There are few foods that have been at once maligned and acclaimed as much as coconut oil. Some view it as a notorious health villain because it’s the most concentrated source of saturated fat in the diet —even higher than butter or lard. Not surprisingly, it rests at the …

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Plant-based Diets and Gout

Gout has long been known as the “disease of kings” as it is most common in overweight or obese men who consume rich foods, and excessive alcohol. It is also associated with hypertension and renal impairment. Diet can help to reduce the incidence of gout, and can play an important role in the treatment of …

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Vegan Junk Food… blessing or curse?

Vegan Junk Food… Blessing or Curse? Many people assume that becoming vegan means giving up donuts, cheesecake, smores, gummy bears, ice cream bars, cheezies, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and every other favourite treat imaginable. Twenty years ago, they would have been right. Today, they’d be dead wrong. Vegan versions of almost every convenience food, snack food …

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To D or Not to D

Vitamin D has become the new superstar of the vitamin world. It was not so long ago that vitamin D was associated only with bone health and the prevention of rickets and osteoporosis. Over the past decade, the evidence that vitamin D plays a far greater role in health, has escalated. Research suggests that vitamin …

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