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Vegan Bytes #65- Is Your Diet Killing You?
August 13, 2013
Vegan Bytes #65: Is Your Diet Killing You? Probably Not, If You're a Vegan!
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*Nutritional Spotlight: Avoiding the Trap of the Standard American Diet
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Nutritional Spotlight: Avoiding the Trap of the Standard American Diet
I recently overheard a group of women discussing how they eat yogurt to give themselves a healthy gut. Now, they didn't realize the irony of this statement because they meant it was helping their internal organs, not their external "gut," but it was funny anyway.
It made me think about how it's an innate part of our culture to follow certain food trends in an effort to stay healthy, and how certain foods become en vogue for a while and then fade away. Evidently the dairy industry is winning the battle right now with the perception that yogurt is healthy. Point them.
People like me are going to keep saying that a healthier way to live is to eat real food that came from the real ground and avoid animal products at all costs. All I can do is hope we rack up more points eventually.
No matter what big dairy, the salmon farmers, the other white meat companies or the potato industry say, those foods that are so typical in Western culture are not actually helping us stay healthy. In fact, those standard American (all Western nations actually) diet fads are killing us.
Vegan Travel: Eating Vegan on Florida's Gulf Coast
Last summer we took a little family vacation to Seaside in Florida. In the Southern United States I see quite a few people with 30-A bumper stickers so I know this is a popular destination for those of us land-locked in the middle of the country. It's popular for good reason-- that whole stretch of beaches is beautiful, the towns are quaint and old-fashioned (though brand new), and it's relatively laid back.
I like to bring a good amount of our own food on beach vacations rather than stock up on junk once we hit the first grocery store in town, but inevitably we end up needing more food once we're there. And, of course, I love to go out to eat, so that gives us a wide range of food review opportunities on these trips.
There's one special place for vegans in Seaside called Raw and Juicy, and then there's an assorted collection of restaurants that can accomodate us to some extent. If you're thinking of a trip to the gulf coast, you should check out my review of what's best to eat along the coast. And if you're a raw foodie with no plans to hit up Florida, I still recommend seeing what we ordered at Raw and Juicy, just for a nice break in your workday.
"Can I eat vegan without soy or gluten?"
Most vegans eat a lot of soy products... how can you maintain a balanced diet if you are allergic to soy? You all substitute butter and milk with soy butter, soy milk... what will I be able to eat and drink? I also cannot have wheat products because of my fibromyalgia. How can I benefit from a vegan diet when it appears I will not be able to maintain a proper diet?
Many people worry about the soy content in vegan foods and whether or not soy is even good for you. Some people take the position that all soy is bad, others differentiate between soys, and some think it's all incredibly healthy for you...
Read my full answer about eating vegan without soy or gluten here.
If you have any vegan questions and you want some guidance, feel free to send them in by following this link.
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Recipe of the Month: Vegan Italian Meatballs
My Sicilian grandma was known for her meatballs and secret spaghetti sauce, and the smell of that sauce still comes back to me sometimes. It's definitely one of those recipes that I've been trying to recreate for years, and I think I've come close on these vegan beanballs.
Vegan meatballs are popular in our household, probably because they're such a nostalgic dish and they're easy to heat up and eat any time of the day. Plus, since they're full of beans, they're protein packed and can be tossed with a variety of pastas, eaten on a hoagie, or just eaten plain.
Try my Italian Meatballs and let me know what you think.
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Book of the Month: On Being Vegan
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is one of the mega stars in the vegan world. She's written many vegan cookbooks, speaks at the most important animal rights conferences, and supplies the world with her enthusiasm and joy in living compassionately. She was probably the one most responsible for convincing me to stop eating dairy products and fish years ago, and I really want to share her spirit with you guys.
Her latest book is called On Being Vegan, and it's a collection of essays about veganism and her take on life. I've always felt that being negative and coming at people with a defensive/argumentative viewpoint will never persuade them to stop eating animal products, and her work exemplifies that belief system. This book is different from others you've read on choosing not to eat animals, and for that alone, it's worth a read.
I interviewed Colleen to find out more about her philosophies and I think it's a really cool, inspiring article. Learn more about Colleen here.
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That's all for this month!! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have a great month!
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