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Leaders in Plant-Based Nutrition

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Leaders in Plant-Based Nutrition

   This past weekend I was with my tribe. Every so often, you are lucky to be surrounded by people who are entirely on the same page as you, sharing the same vision to change both themselves and the world. Sound a little overstated? I think not! If you've ever been lucky enough to be in the company of the Esselstyns, then you know what I mean. It is their mission to help others turn around their health. Jane, a registered nurse and sex educator (who I wish could teach in our kids' schools!), created the recent conference I attended...

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Root Down With Your Root Veggies

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Root Down With Your Root Veggies

Coming up soon is St. Patrick's Day. One of the iconic veggies in Irish history is the potato. Known for both famine and feast, the potato plays a central role in Irish foods. You may wonder why. Irish weather is wet and cold. Their growing season not so long. Root crops play an important role in survival in climates such as these. Potatoes are a nutrient dense, hardy, and shelf stable crop, important for peasant farmers. The potato famine struck Ireland between the years of 1845-9, when the potato crop was damaged by blight over the 4 years, a fungus...

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Jane Esselstyn on Women's Heart Health

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Jane Esselstyn on Women's Heart Health

So, it's heart month. We just celebrated the holiday that honors our loved ones, however, it's usually one filled with foods that aren't actually good for the heart.  I had the recent opportunity to sit down with Jane Esselstyn to discuss her conference, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease For Women, taking place Saturday, March 12, 2016 in Cleveland, OH.   Jane is a vivacious, easy to talk to woman, who shares my passion for plant-based foods and their ability to prevent and reverse disease.  Jane, a registered nurse, recently was a part of a pediatric study on obesity and high...

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Cacao For Your Loved Ones

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Cacao For Your Loved Ones

I just love saying the word "cacao"! I mean really, don't you?  But, more than saying it, we love to eat it!  This is the time of year you will be bombarded with loads of unhealthy chocolate recipes.  Those recipes are often loaded with heavy creams, refined sugars, and added fats.  Well, slow down missy! No need to add any of those ingredients to an otherwise healthy food!   You may be asking yourself, what is the difference between cacao and cocoa.  Well, I'm here to break it on down for you! Cacao vs. CocoaRaw cacao:  Cacao is the true...

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Healthy Superbowl Ideas

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Healthy Superbowl Ideas

The big game is coming up this weekend. As a Buffalonian, I've seen my fair share of Superbowl losses (why can't the Bills win?). So I get it, that sometimes the food is the best part of the gathering (and the commercials!). However, game day madness can work its way into your waistline.  Loaded with pizza, chicken wings, and dips galore, Superbowl parties are usually a day full of saturated fat and empty calories.  Many of us want to have a great time but suffer form temptation. There are some great strategies to avoid this. You can go to the party and...

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