Tag Archives: Nutrition

Fiber- Can We See the Forest for the Trees?

Fiber, can’t see it now, shining and glowing, surrounded with gold, placed on top of the high pedestal of Health Food. Dieticians, weight loss books, and health coaches all ask you if you have enough fiber in your diet. In stores, everywhere, fiber fortified foods line the shelves, boasting fiber content this and insoluble fiber that. But is fiber actually that good for you? What exactly is fiber, anyway? How much is good, and how does it even work?

These are really important questions to ask, and there is no easy answer, no magic pill or formula. The closer we look at each of the component nutrients (fiber is a component nutrient of the macro-nutrient Carbohydrate) the more complicated we make these choices for ourselves. So, let’s talk about fiber, and see whether isolating fiber, and targeting it’s levels in our diets, is the answer to our prayers, the cause of all our woes, or just another nutrient that needs balance within a healthy diet.

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Carrot Green Pesto

Inspired by some of the recent nutritional information discussing some of the best for you and least utilized parts of whole plants, we thought you’d enjoy a delicious SOS-free nutrient dense, low fat, high fiber pesto, perfect for pasta or spiraled veggies, as a spread, pizza sauce, or a dip for your crudite!

1 Bunch Carrot Greens

1/2 Bunch of parsley

1/4 bunch basil leaves or dried basil

handful of spinach

1-2 beet leaves

2 green onions

1 ripe avocado

1/4 cup broth

1 tablespoon flaxseed

1 small white onion

4-6 cloves of garlic

1/4 tsp citric acid or lemon juice

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

 

Blend or Food process, and season to taste. Will keep for 7-10 days in the fridge!

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Vegan Body Building

Before I jump into this, a word on promoting male stereotypes:  We do not, in any way, promote an ideal male or female body type or image  (please read these articles on toxic masculinity and why we should recognize what we do to reinforce these cultural norms ourselves) .  This is intentionally an article about male competitive body building, and why going vegan is totally applicable to this lifestyle, and also healthier.  I have included some names of competitive female bodybuilders at the end, but it is not the focus of this article.

We advocate for health, which definitely does not need to involve body building, in fact, I think many or most body builders do ENORMOUS damage to their body in the pursuit of the single minded goal of bulking up, not to mention stress injuries and other common sports injuries that are a risk factor in any athletic pursuit.  I (Suzi) am not a physical trainer, but I have clocked several hours in Rehab medicine, assisted on many studies, read many protocols for treatment and do a  lot of research.  Therefore, I can say it is likely POSSIBLE to be a bodybuilder, maybe even a competitive one, and to be healthy while doing it.  I don’t have the answer, but what I do know is that going vegan responsibly would go a LONG WAY to addressing some of the health concerns that would be generated by ingesting that much saturated fat, and animal protein.

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Lab GROWN- Vegan Tech triumph or disaster?

labmeatShmeat. Frankenmeat. Some vegans may consider this the holy grail, real cheese and real meat without the animal cruelty. Oddly enough, vegans may be more excited about this than meat eaters,  already having been adjusted to substitutions and mock-meats for decades. Omnivores may have a more difficult time adjusting to the idea of food science (despite having been fed a diet of processed food-like materials for years).

So is frankenmeat the answer, or just another attempt we humans are making to justify our bad drug addictions?

First, lets explore how they are making, and intend to make Shmeat.

The Shmeat is created through a process similar to how we repair, and bulk up, our muscle tissue.  They take muscle tissue core samples from a cow neck (kind of like a syringe biopsy) and then feed it fetal calf serum. Then they starve the cells, causing them to divide and then combine into muscle fibers called myotubes, and then it replicates again and again until they have enough.  See VIDEO about how its made.

They seem to be coming from a good place, these scientists: “What people need to realize is that it will have a positive effect on many things, including animal welfare, because we would need to slaughter fewer animals, our efficiency with certain resources, and the environment,” (Professor Mark Post, Maastricht University).

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Food IQ

One of the biggest obstacles towards a healthy lifestyle (not to mention an ethical one!) is sifting through all the misinformation.  We grow up with one set of food traditions, and encounter a million different messages: low-fat, low-cost, low-carb, brain food, organic etc etc.  Many people describe being told contradictory messaging from one group or era and some conclude “well everything will kill you, so just eat what tastes good”

What if what tastes good, also looked good, was good for you, and didn’t break your bank?

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Plant Pure Nation

One of the best things about going to conferences like IPBNHC is how quickly people can introduce you to new things!  I was very excited to heat about an initiative called Plant Pure Nation:

“a “grassroots,” community-based strategy that engages millions of people everywhere to bring the message of plant-based nutrition to family, friends and neighbors. This effort demonstrates how millions of people working together at the local level can solve a social problem that industry and government have failed to solve.”

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