• Ditch the Oil: Why Cutting Oil Can Help you Lose 25 Pounds in a Year

    Ready for some Math? 2 tbsp. of Olive Oil = 240 calories If you eat this just once a day,  that’s 87,600 calories in a year 1 pound body weight = 3,500 calories That means you need to burn 3,500 calories in order to lose 1 pound of body weight Or, if you just cut

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  • Step Three: 4 Fruits a Day, An Easy Change towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

    My third, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step:  4 Fruits a Day Pop question: Would you rather eat: 1 “Healthy” Energy Bar 200 calories 13g fat 15g carbs 6g fiber 6g protein Gone in 6 bites or: 4 Pieces of Fruit 230 calories 1g fat 58g carbs 11g fiber 3g protein 4 snacks you can spread

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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 Pop question: How many beans do you need to eat to live longer? 1/4 cup? 1 cup? 1 pound? Answer: For every 20g of beans you eat (that’s only about a tablespoon), you might live 6% longer. That’s because beans are a healthy source

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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 a no-brainer when it comes 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 even plant-based protein.  They also offer a wider variety of flavor, texture,

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  • Can Monotony Help Me Lose Weight? The Gray T-Shirt Approach to Healthy Eating

    Gray t-shirt and jeans. Gray t-shirt and jeans. Gray t-shirt and jeans. Gray t-shirt and jeans. Gray t-shirt and jeans. Imagine if you opened your closet every morning and these were the options for your work attire. You’d see the repeated choices, grab a set, and be on your way. Rather than spending time and

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  • Plant-Based 101 and the Essential Oil-Free Vegan Recipes You Need

    “I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic while it is medically conservative to cut people open or put them on powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs the rest of their lives.” – Dean Ornish, MD Maybe you’re curious what all the hype is about. Maybe you’re facing a frightening medical

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

    Is 90% Good Enough? 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

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  • My Responsibilities as a Chef Part Three: Pushing the Limits

    As a student in culinary school, I first learned how to develop delicious flavor.  I learned to let nothing go to waste, to honor history and location. I then learned about the environmental impact of our food choices and how to balance nutrition and budget. Now it’s time to take what I’ve learned as a

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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? Some of you are saying “Duh”. And some of you aren’t so sure. The debate over the relationship between diet and cancer-prevention has been going on for decades.  On one hand, you have doctors and scientists pointing to countless studies showing the correlation between poor nutrition and cancer cell

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