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Every spring when the first batch of fresh strawberries hit the farmers' market, I make this delicious and simple vegan strawberry shortcake.
The other night I watched a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead that hasn't gotten nearly the airtime as some of the more popular diet films, but that has an equally inspiring message.
Joe Cross, the creator of the documentary, had a problem common to many others; he'd spent most of his adult life focusing on his career and neglecting his health. He'd been dealing with an autoimmune disease that caused a skin disorder for years and had gradually, but steadily, gotten quite overweight. The only solution doctors offered him was management of the itchiness through steroids and he decided he wanted to try another option- juicing.
Joe stopped eating junk food and started a 60-day juice fast. For those two months, he drove across the United States juicing and talking to people about food, hopefully getting others interested in changing their diets. I'm sure you can imagine what happens in the long run from him eating exclusively fruits and vegetables, but you should watch the film to get all the details.
The inspiring part comes about halfway through the film when he gets a call from a trucker he met along his journey who has the same autoimmune disorder as him and is even more overweight. This man, Phil Staples, is dangerously overweight and incredibly depressed and looking for a way out, so Joe helps him learn the juicing ropes and offers his support any time Phil is in need.
You absolutely have to see the before and after shots of both of these men. It's so incredible what a difference real food makes to the body.
Whenever I watch these types of documentaries, one of my favorite parts is when you start to see light in the person's eyes and a certain tautness and color in their cheeks. People come alive again when they start eating foods that nourish rather than deplete their natural vitality.
My biggest take away is that though it may be "common" to take cholesterol medicine to control high levels, or to develop type 2 diabetes, or even to have heart valve surgery to fix blockages, those things are all illnesses mostly caused by what we choose to eat. Just because many people have it does not mean we are not sick if we develop it as well. There is no safety in being one of the large numbers of people who are medicated to control problems we can fix with lifestyle adjustments.
Humans do not need to develop high blood pressure and cholesterol as we age, and we have ultimate control over many of these degenerative diseases. We just have to choose that the excuse of "we only live once, why not eat anything we want," is only sentencing us to a lifetime of illness.
My honest review of Chloes Kitchen, the first vegan cookbook by Chef Chloe, who first made a name for herself on Food Network's Cupcake Wars.
This is the best vegan potato salad recipe I've ever made, and it that tastes like the traditional picnic potato salad from your childhood. It's light on vegan mayonnaise and heavy on flavor.
Atlanta is home to a slew of good vegan restaurants that focus on Southern favorites, but it's all-time best is the classy and inexpensive Cafe Sunflower.
I'm 21, and I've been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for the past five years. My initial reasons for giving up the animals was for ethical reasons; I first gave
Plum Bistro Seattle is an elegant vegan restaurant perfect for impressing dates and special occasions. An absolute must is their famous mac 'n' yease appetizer.
I went vegetarian years ago because of how animals were treated, then slowly slipped back into animal consumption and continued to blindly consume animal
I am a fifty-year-old male. Last year I was diagnosed with stage three liver disease and my doctor told me I probably had for the last three decades from
I'm newly 24 and newly vegan. I joined a group on Facebook called Health Nut, as well as subscribing to Vegie Head. There were so many odd recipes with
I watched and Forks Over Knives, and Vegucated on the same afternoon about five weeks ago. Something clicked in my 52-year-old nurse brain connecting
My favorite nondairy ice cream is Raw Vegan Ice Cream Bars Covered In Raw Chocolate by World Class Raw Desserts. It's a small company based in South Florida.
Owned by the same owners as Roots, Heart and Soy in Louisville, Kentucky is a delicious and inexpensive Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant.
Read these inspiring vegan weight loss stories about real people who changed their lives by changing to a vegan diet.
I am trying to become and stay vegan because I watched Forks Over Knives. I had started P90X, and I was struggling with the nutrition aspect because the
I had been an lacto-ovo vegetarian for about 6 1/2 years, but for the past couple of months the idea of being a vegan really started to interest me. I
Wild Cow Nashville is the city's only fully vegetarian (and mostly vegan) restaurant. It's been open since 2009 and constantly grows in popularity.
Sloco Nashville is a sandwich shop started by Chef Jeremy Barlow, of Tayst Nashville, that uses all local, seasonal ingredients and they have three rotating vegan sandwiches on the menu.
The benefits of organic raw apple cider vinegar are numerous, including improved digestion, reducing inflammation and stiffness, and better skin, hair, and nails, among many other benefits.
A few amazing apple cider vinegar drink recipes are an important part of your arsenal so you can take advantage of the amazing health benefits of vinegar.
I picked up a large order to go from the Native Foods in Wicker Park, Chicago, and was really impressed by their salads, sandwiches, and homemade drinks. Best fake chicken I've ever had!
Lagustas Luscious is an adorable vegan chocolate shop that uses organic, fair trade ingredients and focuses on seasonal toppings and fillings.
There are numerous natural gas remedies that you can use to prevent and cure any embarassing odors. Here is a list of the most popular remedies.
Do you have a few favorite recipes but are still unsure how to put together good vegan meals? Try these tricks to creating a vegan menu plan that covers all the requirements of the vegan food pyramid.
Getting tired of the vegan FAQs like why don't vegans eat honey, how do you get enough protein, isn't it good for cows to be milked? Read our answers here.
My VitaMix reviews page tells the truth about the vita mix blenders and provide you with a vitamix promotion code. Do I like it, love it, or hate it?
We were thrilled with the quality of the raw food restaurant Vida de Cafe in St. Pete Beach. Every dish we ordered was more beautiful and tasty than the previous, and it was the perfect beach food.
Though not specifically a vegan restaurant, Kapalua Plantation House has a few amazing selections for vegans in Maui; local vegetables and any seafood entree can be made with tofu instead.
Ululanis Shave Ice is the highest ranking restaurant in Trip Advisor for a reason; it's the best! The ice is the fluffiest I've ever tasted, and they use real fruit to make their syrups.
My only regret in visiting Sansei Maui is that we went on the last night of our trip. Had I know it was going to be the best vegan sushi I'd ever had, I would have gone earlier.