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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. 

Honoring Anthony Bourdain: The Chef's Mission to Tell a Story with Food

Anthony Bourdain was a chef with a simple mission: Tell a story through food.  His death on June 8, 2018 was a shocking tragedy to many in the restaurant world. As a fellow chef and traveler, I felt deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Bourdain shed light on parts of the world that are often left in the dark: the food industry, exotic countries, and war-torn nations. Below the chivalry he showed a warmth and compassion for those who struggled. Let's take a moment to honor him and the power of his message.

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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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Is Your Resolution in Need of a Rehab? 4 Tips to Reset your Goals

Is your Resolution in need of a Rehab?  Healthy changes take time, and the road to wellness involves many challenges.  With advice from Lori Bumbaco (RDN, CSO, LDN, Oncology Dietician at the Cancer Wellness Center) and Chrissy Gonzalez (Sage Yoga Instructor), here are 4 tips to help you realign your goals.  Learn how to reset Compassion, Intention, Support, and Expectations for your plant-based, healthy lifestyle.

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How to Protect Yourself from a Bad Diet: 5 Practical Tips, Professional Advice, and Action Plan

Here are 5 Practical Tips to help protect you from a bad diet.  This guide will help you sift through overwhelming options from the health and fitness industry so that you make healthy, sustainable changes.  Use the simple Action plan and Professional Tips as reminders of the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle.

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Essential Kitchen Tools: Chef's Small Gear for Healthy, Budget-Friendly, Plant-Based Cooking

What are the best tools to get you started with healthy, plant-based eating?  These are the 10 essential kitchen gadgets chef's use to make cooking faster, easier, and more fun.  All affordable, at under $50, they will help save you time and money.  Whether you're an experienced vegan or a beginner trying gluten-free vegetarian recipes, get you kitchen stocked with this equipment and you're ready to get cooking!

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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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4 Simple Steps for a Healthy Life: Easy, Practical Advice for Small Change Toward a Plant-Based Diet

Here are 4 simple things you can do to instantly make your life healthier.  These easy, practical changes will help motivate you towards a plant-based lifestyle.  This sets the foundation for a healthy, vegan diet so that you can continue to change into the person you want to be.

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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 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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Marathon Memories: How a Plant-Based Diet Help Me Run Away from Food Addiction

For Chicago runners, October means one thing: Marathon.  The marathon has often been a source of bad memories for me, reminding me of my past life as a food addict.  I would over-exercise to the point of injury to fight off the effects of my sugar and dairy addictions.  A photo from the Lakefront path this summer offered me the opportunity to acknowledge the changes I've made.  Embracing a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet has allowed me to let go of food addiction and enjoy running for fun.

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6 Steps to Let Things Simmer: A Recipe and Life Lesson from a Broken Microwave

On Sunday morning, my microwave broke.  This disruption to my routine taught me a healthy life lesson in the importance of letting things simmer.  Sometimes it's best to put raw ideas and frantic creative energy into a pot, then calm down and walk away.  Here are 6 steps on how to simmer and delicious, plant-based recipes to savor the delicious outcome.

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Bavarian Pretzel Love: Warmth and Comfort Apprenticing in a German Bakery

The satisfying, chewy texture of a warm Bavarian Pretzel will always remind me of warm, German bakery where I apprenticed for one day.  The rich history of these "little arms" is reflected in the twisted dough.  The universal language of food came back to my Chicago kitchen with a healthy vegan salad recipe topped with Pretzel Croutons and German Mustard Dressing.

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The Salad That Traveled the World: A 10-Minute Healthy Solution for a Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo Diet while Traveling

This Salad has traveled the world.  It is my go-to healthy meal, that I can whip up anywhere in under 10 minutes.  It is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, Paleo, with ingredients I can find in markets from Chile to Germany.  My quick cooking video shows you how to make this plant-based recipe in no time.

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My First Food Tour: How the Universal Language of Food Welcomed me to Montreal

I took my first food tour recently during a trip to Montreal.  The 3 hours included 7 stops at local restaurants and cafe's that sampled delicious soups, salads, craft beers, and sweet treats.  Led by Local Montreal Food Tours, this travel experience was a healthy reminder of the universal language of food.  

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