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Nutrition, Education, and Motivation that remind us why Plants-Rule.  Supporting a plant-based, whole-foods diet with scientific evidence.  A chef's passion for ingredients with the realistic practicality of a home cook.  These articles offer insight into the benefits of a vegan diet with the humor to support a balanced healthy lifestyle. 

Plant-Based Doctor James Loomis Gives Hope for the Future of Healthcare

Dr. James Loomis is a plant-based physician working to change the future of healthcare.  He left a successful medical practice in St. Louis to join a team of revolutionaries at the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C. His story offers hope, inspiration, and insight into how vegan nutrition is gaining attention for treating chronic disease.

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Can We Fight Cancer with Food? Tips from Lori Bumbaco, Plant-Based Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist

Can We Fight Cancer with Food?  Lori Bumbaco, is a Plant-Based Registered Dietary Nutritionist who works specifically with oncology patients.  Her easy advice will help you embrace a healthy diet focused on all of the delicious fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and you can eat.  Essential for beginner vegans

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Is 90% Good Enough? What we can learn from the Reducetarian Approach and Blue Zones about Vegan Diets

Sometimes the idea of a 100% vegan diet can seem so overwhelming that it detracts us from the big picture.  The all-or-nothing approach might appeal to some, especially those of us who thrive off of extremes and set boundaries.  However, the totally plant-based lifestyle is foreign to our traditional Standard American Diet, and it may repel someone curious about a vegetarian lifestyle.  New science and recent discussions beg the questions:  

Do I really need to go 100% vegan?  

Is 90% good enough?

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Step Four: Ditch the Oil, An Easy Change Towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

My Fourth, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step:  Ditch the Oil

Oil is pure fat, full of empty calories that our bodies naturally crave.  Cutting oil from your diet can mean easy weight loss, without calorie counting or deprivation.  Here are my Chef's tips on how to use oil-free cooking techniques like roasting, grilling, and steam-saute to create delicious, fat-free recipes that are packed with flavor and nutrition.  Plus nutrition tips look at some of the common myths about oil's benefits.

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Step Three: Four Fruits a Day, An Easy Change Towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

My third, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: 4 Fruits a Day.  

Fruit is a healthy source of vitamins, fiber, and natural sweetness.  It can be a delicious treat any time of day, convenient for on-the-go snacking or an impressive healthy dessert.  With a rainbow of colors and flavors to choose from, fruit provides endless recipe possibilities.  My Chef's Guide will help give you new ideas on cooking fat-free, no-sugar-added recipes.  Plus, tons of vegan recipes and videos to get you inspired.  

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Step Two: Add Some Beans, An Easy Change towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

My second, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: Add Some Beans.  Beans are a healthy source of plant-based protein, loaded with heart-healthy fiber, and provide other key nutrients like iron and calcium.   Canned beans are still one of the cheapest proteins on the market, making healthy eating both affordable and convenient.  My Chef's Guide shows you how to cook the ultimate beans, by adding fat-free, oil-free flavor.  Plus, tons of vegan recipes to get you inspired.  

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Step One: Get Your Greens, An Easy Change towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

My first, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: Get Your Greens

Green vegetables are fundamental to healthy eating.  They are low in calories but high in nutrition.  They are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants, satisfying fiber, healthy Omega-3 fats, calcium, and plant-based protein.  They also offer a wider variety of flavor, texture, and tons of cooking options.  Eat them raw in a salad, wilt some spinach in your soup, steam some broccoli for your stir-fry, drink a green smoothie as an on-the-go breakfast.  Stew some collards, roast some Brussels, braise some chard…you get the idea.   Bottom line: Keep it simple.

Here’s my Ultimate Chef’s guide to Greens – how they taste, what to do with them, and why you need more.

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Cashews, Tofu, and Pumpkin Puree: When and How to Use Healthy Plant-Based Substitutes for Cheese and Dairy in Your Favorite Recipes

Cheese is an unhealthy food, high in saturated fat, salt, and cholesterol.  Americans are eating more every year, and it's challenging to find dairy-free alternatives.  With cashews, tofu, and pumpkin purees, you can replicate the same rich, creamy flavor of your favorite cheese.  Here are my Chef's Tips on how and when to use these plant-based vegan options.  Plus, answers to your common questions about soy, nut allergies, and GMO's.

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Why Addiction is Holding You Back from Permanent Transformation

True transformation must involve permanent change, yet often our goals for weightloss and healthy eating fall victim to old, addictive habits.  A recent story about The Biggest Loser contestants' struggles and a podcast on Plant Yourself with Howard Jacobson sparked a connection.  How can a plant-based vegan lifestyle help you break the addiction and embrace permanent transformation?

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What Does a Vegan Eat for Protein? Answers to your 7 Common Questions about Vegetarian Protein

One of the first concerns you might have about adopting a vegan diet is “Where will I get my protein?”  While we often think of animal products like chicken, beef, eggs, and seafood as our steady supply of protein, the truth is that vegetarian foods have plenty of protein.  Beyond beans and lentils, even strawberries have protein.  Here are answers to some of your most common plant-based protein questions.

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What Does a Vegan Eat? 9 Common Questions about a Plant-Based Diet Plus Healthy Vegan Recipes to Get you Started

What Does a Vegan Eat?  What’s the Difference between Vegetarian and Vegan?  How do vegans get protein?  Find answers to your basic questions about eating a plant-based diet, from what foods are included to advantages of eating less meat.  Get links to the best healthy recipes for breakfast, dinner, and dessert.  Whether you're a beginner cook, just trying to adopt Meatless Mondays or an experienced Quinoa chef, this is an essential, helpful resource.

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8 Heart Healthy Soy Recipes and Why It's Okay to Eat

Eating soy in its most whole forms, like edamame and tofu, has been shown to improve heart health.  Here are  8 delicious healthy soy recipes, loaded with vegetarian plant-based protein.  Plus, a guide to help you make the best choices when it comes to soy nutrition.

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4 Reasons to Love this Healthy Source of Vegetarian Protein…and no, it’s not Tofu

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear regarding my vegan diet is “Where do you get your protein?”  Here are 4 reasons why you'll love this healthy vegetarian protein

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New Dietary Guidelines Released: 5 Lessons We Can Learn From Them

On Thursday, January 7, 2016 the federal government released its new dietary guidelines.  Does anybody care?  Here are 5 lessons we can learn from these new guidelines, empowering us to be wiser consumers and healthier eaters.

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