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A Double Case of Back Injuries

A day at the park with my family turned into one of pain due to an injury. My grandfather slipped and fell, causing him to have pain in his back that prevented him from walking. Our outing had to be cut short so we could find one of the Petaluma chiropractors to treat him. While trying to carry my grandfather back to the car, I injured my own back. The pain interfered with my ability to walk as well, so my wife had to take both of us to the chiropractor. We should have just gone to the amusement park like I suggested in the first place.

The chiropractor examined us and determined that nothing in our backs were broken. We just needed to stay off our feet for a few days while our injuries had a chance to heal. For the next week, my wife essentially took the role of caregiver for the both of us. She had to prepare meals for us, help us get in and out of the bathroom, and even helped us change clothes.

Easy Vegan Snack Idea

Fresh Fruit

The health benefits of eating fresh fruit daily should not be minimized. So make sure that you enjoy some in-season fruit as one of your daily vegan snacks. Chop your favorite fruit and make a fast and easy fruit salad, adding some squeezed orange juice to make a nice juicy dressing. Serve with some soy or coconut milk yogurt or vegan ice-cream if desired, and top with some tasty walnuts or toasted slithered almonds to make it a sustaining snack.

Vegan Cake

If you are tired or very busy during the week, I recommend you set aside a few hours on the weekends to do your baking. Bake one or two yummy vegan snack recipes to last you the week, and freeze them in portions. Find some easy (or gourmet if you wish) vegan cake recipes, muffin recipes, brownie recipes or slice recipes that look delicious, and that you know will satisfy your snack cravings during the week. You should look online or purchase some vegan recipe e-books to find some beautiful vegan baking recipes

Nutritional Factors Involved with Vegan Diet

The nutritional implications of the vegan diet extend even further than that of the vegetarian diet. If not properly planned the vegan diet can be low in vitamin D, zinc, iron, vitamins B2 and B12, and omega-3 fatty acids. That is why it is imperative for anyone starting on a vegan diet plan to consult a physician and dietician. That way they can be sure the change will not bring on any unforeseen health issues. Next the diet must be planned out so all the nutritional requirements are met. Fortunately today we have come a long way in understanding nutritional balance, and with the use of supplements we are able to fill any gaps in nutritional deficiencies.

So if you make sure your diet is up to speed nutritionally with your vegan diet, what are the benefits? The American Dietetic Association concludes that a well-planned diet is healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may help in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases, including cancer. People on a vegan diet have been tested to have lower

Vegan Diet Healthy Or Unhealthy

Some studies indicate that eaters of red meat are more likely to die prematurely than those who eat little to no red meat. One US-based study of 120,000 people determined that eaters of red meat are 20% more likely to die younger. Those who ate processed meats regularly boosted this premature death rate to a further 20% higher.

On the other hand, Michael F. Roizen, MD, concludes that those who switch from eating meat products to vegetarian foods could easily add at least 13 years to their life. Why? Vegetarians eat less animal fat and cholesterol, whilst vegans consume no animal fat or cholesterol. Professor T. Colin. Campbell (raised on a dairy farm) concludes from his experimental research program that a meat and dairy-free diet can both prevent and reverse 70-80% of disease!

Fact: most meat and dairy products are high in fat and calorie content. For example, 100g of lamb contains approximately 294 calories and 21g of fat (9% saturated) whilst 100g of cooked lentils contains only 128 calories and 6.5g of fat (0.8g saturated). Lamb has 0g dietary fiber, whilst 100g of lentils contains 7.5g dietary fiber. Fiber helps you

Prevent Breast Cancer With Vegan Diet

Studies have shown that a diet high in animal products and dairy- which is full of hormones and saturated fat- can cause breast cancer, while vegan diets can help prevent and even reverse it. A vegan diet is a plant-based diet where all animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy are avoided.

There are several ways that a vegan diet reduces the risk of breast cancer. When our body is overloaded with toxins, it is unable to fight off disease. However, the body naturally wants to heal itself and we can help it do that by eating the proper nutrition. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “People consuming a low-fat vegetarian diet tend to have higher levels of natural killer cells, which appear to make the immune system more effective in destroying tumors.”

A diet high in animal fat, especially the carcinogens found in cooked red meat, and the fat-soluble hormones found in milk from cows can be toxic to your system. According to Arthur Upton, former Director of The National Cancer Institute, “Both breast cancer and colon cancer have been generally associated with the level of consumption of animal

Tofu Is Nutritional For Vegans

Tofu is commonly viewed as an exclusive vegan or vegetarian meat replacement. That is unfortunate since it can be used in so many different dishes and it is a healthy and highly-nutritional meat substitute.

Besides being a close replacement in taste, tofu is a smart nutritional choice when it comes to eliminating meat from your diet. When it comes to eating tofu, vegetarians and vegans alike know the dietary value of tofu dishes.

The fact that tofu is made from steamed and compressed soy beans and offers low-fat, low cholesterol and low calorie content once again means that it provides an important part of a vegetarians nutrition. Soy beans are noted for their protein content, which is something vegans commonly lack in their diet. Soy is known to be a heart healthy food with links to a decreased risk in cancer.

As well as being served as a meat alternative, tofu is frequently served in many spicy and ethnic dishes. A number of Eastern Indian meals have sizeable quantities of tofu cooked and spiced in a variety of ways.

Vegan Lifestyle

Expanded Palate
Vegans learn to enjoy a very wide range of vegetables which leads to an expanded palate. Recipes abound for cooking every vegetable imaginable. When veggies are just a side dish, it’s convenient to settle for a few of them to complement meat, such as potato salad, peas and carrots, or corn. Once veggies are the main dish, however, one starts to appreciate many more ingredients enriching the dining experience.

Global Impact
The vegan lifestyle is much more than food. It’s about the environment, climate, sustainable development, efficient allocation of food sources, and animal welfare. Many of the themes associated with going green are linked to veganism. When one chooses to be a vegan, one participates and supports these themes. The impact of eating vegan is so powerful, that if everyone did it constantly or even occasionally, many of these issues would resolve themselves.

Increased Mobility
Nutritionists, dietitians, and health scientists are confirming the health benefits of a plant-based diet over a meat-based one. Lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, and longer life spans are possible outcomes with a vegan diet. Fewer health problems mean that one is more active and

Vegan Omega 3

Some of the best vegan omega 3 sources are nuts, like walnuts and almonds, soy products, like tofu and other soy proteins (soybean oil, however, generally has the omega 6 aspects of the soybean in much more prevalence than the omega 3). Broccoli and several other oils, like flaxseed oil and olive oil will also be a good source of omega 3.

You can also get supplements that are completely vegan in order to get enough omega 3. These include flax supplements. You should make sure that you check the fine print on any supplement and know exactly what it is made out of before you assume that the product is vegan, however.

Most omega 3 supplements are unfortunately made out of fish oil, so if you are a vegan and cannot eat any animal products, you will have to be careful which supplements you take.

Vegan omega 3 sources include primarily ALA, which is the alpha-linoleic fatty acid. This fatty acid is essential for your health and can be made into EPA by the body. (EPA is another essential fatty acid that you can get primarily through eating eggs and fish). However, your body

Vegan Smoothies Diet

Vegan simple means there is no animal products included. No milk, cheese, or honey. Everything you need was growing on a plant somewhere and is now waiting for you to enjoy. Every day there is a new diet plan being marketed, a new “secret” weight loss formula selling books, or another diet guru on TV. The fads come and go like the weather. Many people are drawn in by these fad diets, promising weight loss results if you just buy all the things they are selling.

The vegan smoothie diet requires no guru, no secret formula, and no expensive meal replacements bars. All you need is a fridge full of fruits and vegetables, a good blender, and a desire to be your best. Rather than some new fad diet, this is the way humans were eating for millions of years. Our ancestors ran on fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural form, and how many overweight, sluggish cavemen do you think survived the harsh conditions?

For some, these fad diets may work at first. Water weight loss or burning of excess fat is common. Unfortunately, it all comes back once you stop the fad dieting. And

Stay Away From Vegan Junk Food

If you are hoping to lose weight on the vegan diet, then eating too many of the above foods is a definite NO-NO. Store-bought packet foods are notoriously high in calories and fat, and are generally not waist-line friendly. Also, these foods are addictive and most people find that once they start eating one or two pieces, they cannot stop. This is because of the high sugar, salt and oil content that many of these foods contain, so STAY CLEAR if you want to lose weight on the vegan diet.

There are often terrible ingredients in store-bought junk food. For example: msg, excessive amounts of salt, sugar and fat, preservatives, flavorings, the list goes on. So eating lots of these foods will likely make your skin bad, your energy low, and you will find that you are addicted to them – whether you like it or not.

Eating these foods really defeat the whole purpose of why many people go on the vegan diet. Many folk become vegan for health benefits such as weight loss, lovely hair, skin and nails, and also in an endeavor to reverse or reduce the effects of serious health problems. Vegan junk food will put an

Tasty Vegan Meals

No matter which city you live in, you’re bound to have a wide variety of vegan or vegan friendly restaurants to choose from to have a lovely meal. All you have to do is a quick Google, ask Siri, or check your local Yelp listings. Once you’ve chosen a place, you can go on a friend date or something more intimate with your sweetie and have a delicious pad Thai with tofu, or a delicious Vietnamese seitan creation.

These foods are not only rich in vegetables and other health foods, but the lack of animal products means that they’re lower in fat, absent in cholesterol, and still piping with wonderful flavors!

Once you’ve tasted of vegan splendors out on the town, you could (and should!) hit up the local health food store to pick up some ingredients for your own vegan feast. Maybe you’ll make it into a dinner party for work associates, or maybe you’ll bring a dish to a family dinner, but either way, you’ll be showing others that meatless, animal friendly meals are still yummy to the tummy!

Finding a recipe to work with is easy. The internet is a wonderful resource

Super Health Food

  • Have you ever tried coconut water? Well if you haven’t you are missing out on a drink that has some of the most essential electrolytes that the body needs to keep the nerves on the go, the muscles in action and stress under control. It contains a whole lot more potassium than bananas. A doctor once told me that the water from 2 tender coconuts is the equivalent of a bottle of intravenous fluid. Not sure about you but I’d rather drink the coconut water!
  • Rambutans if you can get them are a fruit from South East Asia; you have to peel open the spiny outside to reach the white, jelly like fruit inside. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it – it may not look very nice on the outside but the fruit is simply yummy! It is full of manganese, copper and vitamin C, with trace amounts of calcium, potassium and iron.
  • Beetroot is one of the most interesting of all vegetables, its juice is used as a general tonic; it has therapeutic properties to help with kidney, prostate, liver, gall bladder, kidney stones and even sexual weakness problems.
  • Canned carrots and pumpkin are simply chock-full of

Vegan Supplements for Better Health

Vegan supplements are ideal for many people who are trying to find effective supplements to include in their diet and exercise. There are a number of vegan supplements that may really make a difference in a person’s goal of becoming healthier and feeling younger. Vegan products are a lot better in countless ways.

One main reason why people choose them over other products is they make use of a lot of plant based ingredients that are more natural and effective compared to synthesized ingredients found in the majority of the supplements being sold today. The greater ingredients within vegan supplements are simply as effective, if not more, and will not cause one of the problems that synthesized and chemical ingredients could very well cause with long term use. Two brands that have become very popular among vegan supplement supporters are VEGA and Lorna Vanderhaeghe.

VEGA’s Whole Food Health Optimizer is one great vegan product, and is a good meal replacement. The VEGA Whole Food Health Optimizer may also be used as a dietary supplement that maximizes your body’s functions. This supplement contains different proteins, in addition to essential fatty acids, quality carbohydrates, and a lot of

Become Healthy Vegan

Becoming a healthy vegan is easy, because the diet itself is so healthful. Don’t be swayed by those who are shocked by your decision or try to convince you that becoming vegan is an extreme lifestyle. You’ll find that within a few months of becoming vegan you will feel better and even lose weight plus have more energy. A healthy vegan diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts make you feel full faster while needing to eat less. With veganism, there is a much more efficient use of calories and it shows in your looks, health and energy.

Meat and other animal by-products are not necessary for the human diet. Most cultures in the world eat largely vegetarian diets, and their average life spans are generally much longer than American ones (See ‘The China Study’ for more statistics). Nature provides solutions for getting protein in the form of nuts and legumes. Modern technology has also made convenient substitutes for animal products like hamburgers, eggs, milk, and cheese that are healthier and don’t involve the harming of any animal.

Though most of the changes involved in becoming vegan are about what you eat, you have

Build Muscle on Vegan Diet

A Goal That Is Realizable

Therefore, the idea of building muscle on a vegan diet is realizable if you know the nutrient information for various kinds of vegan foods. Therefore, the idea that vegetarians and vegans exhibit scrawny, weakly physiques could not be further from the truth, especially when those physiques have been sculpted through weight-training activities.

Just a year ago, a vegan strongman proved that vegans could be exceptionally strong as he hoisted an impressive, record-breaking 1,212.54 pounds over an area of almost three yards (32.8 feet to be exact).

Because protein is the key ingredient needed for gaining and maintaining muscular strength, bodybuilders and weight trainers require regular intake of protein to feed muscle the nutrition it needs to grow strong and get bigger. Therefore, you can follow a vegan diet and meal plan that features protein-rich foods as a part of your weight training and bodybuilding regimen.

Break Up Meals

It is best to break up meal times into several small meals during the day. Include macronutrients, such as fats and carbs, to maintain the energy needed for intense workouts and activities.

In order to achieve bodybuilding goals, experts

Gluten Free Vegan Diet

If you’ve been diagnosed with or suspect celiac disease or a wheat allergy, the severity of your symptoms will determine how much you change your diet. For celiacs, ingestion of proteins (glutens) found in cereal grains damage the small intestines and can result in abdominal cramping, anemia, low bone density and body weight, lupus, fatigue, depression, and a host of other ills. The only known treatment for celiac disease is a lifelong avoidance of all glutens. On the other hand, people who suffer wheat or gluten sensitivity usually feel better on a gluten-free diet, but they may grow to tolerate some forms of “forbidden grains.” For example, eating durum or semolina pasta gives me an excruciating migraine headache, yet I have no problem eating sprouted Ezekiel bread.

Glutens can affect our health in surprising ways. Particularly if you have unsuccessfully “tried everything” to treat a health issue, you might want to try a gluten-elimination diet. When you reintroduce glutens, observe your reactions. Acne, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, constipation, and asthma are some of the many problems occasionally relieved by avoiding gluten.

Unfortunately, wheat and its gluten-containing cousins appear in more foods than you might expect.

Start A Vegan Diet

1. Start with Cutting out Red Meat

The first step needs to be fairly easy. And for many people that starts with cutting red meat (we’re not as attached to it as we are to our cheese it seems).

Start by cutting out all pork, beef, lamb, and other red meat from your diet. Still allow yourself white meat like fish, chicken, and seafood.

You can also start trying meat-free versions of bacon and other meats that you can find in your local grocery or health food store, just to see which versions you like. When you begin feeling comfortable from not eating red meat, you can move to the next stage.

2. Chop the Chicken

Cut out the chicken – but still include seafood and fish like tuna, salmon, shrimp etc.

You can also start to try preparing some vegan meal recipes (you can find a lot online – and many times they are also reviewed by other vegans – so you can find the ones that REALLY taste good).

3. Cut out Seafood and Fish

By now, you’re pretty much at the vegetarian stage – congratulations! Now it’s

Easy Vegan Lunch

Sandwich, Wrap or Bread roll
Purchase your vegan bread from the supermarket or your local health shop and freeze it to ensure an easy vegan lunch. Make your sandwich with avocado, bean sprouts, and any salad ingredient you fancy. For protein, enjoy tinned legumes such as lentils, four-bean mix or chickpeas. Otherwise you can add to your sandwich some cooked vegan bacon, scrambled “eggs” (tofu), grated vegan cheese, hummus spread or you could fry a vegan patty and put it on your sandwich or bread roll. You have many options for a delicious and nutritious vegan sandwich, wrap or bread roll. Don’t make the same sandwich every day – it’s important to have variety in your diet.

Salads
Salads can either be low-calorie or very sustaining, whichever you fancy or fulfills your current needs. Salads are actually one of the most popular vegan lunches because they are healthy, versatile, and often very quick and easy to make. Make your own garden salad with tomatoes, olives, lettuce, onions, cucumber, balsamic dressing and chickpeas. Or for a high-protein salad, mix together in a bowl four-been mix or chickpeas, cubed capsicum, red onion, chopped cucumber, parsley, and balsamic dressing. Add some cubed avocado to make your salad more sustaining if

Nutrition of Vegan Athletes

Athletic Benefits of Vegan Diets

In his paper, Dr. Fuhrman contends that high level athletes compromise their immune systems through hard training, leaving them more susceptible to upper respiratory infections. These infections disrupt their training programs. He believes that following a nutrient rich vegan diet bolsters the athletes’ immune systems, reducing their viral infections and loss of training time. Furthermore, Dr. Fuhrman asserts that consuming high-antioxidant plant foods may abate the effects of oxidative stress that occurs from exercising.

Nutrient Supplementation

He then addresses whether specific micronutrients can be adequately acquired in a vegan diet. Regarding calcium and iron, he suggests that sufficient amounts of these nutrients can be found in a thoughtful plant-based diet. Other nutrients may require supplementation, however. These include zinc, iodine, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids, which tend to run low in vegans and vegetarians. Vitamin D levels are often deficient, even in the general population. Finally, taurine supplements appear to boost athletic performance and also tend to be lacking in vegans.

Protein Requirements

Athletes require an increased amount of protein to synthesize intramuscular protein and reduce muscle damage from exercise. Yet the actual amount of protein needed

Must know about Vegetarian with Vegan

So a vegetarian path would be a good one to live out the results of this study in pursuit of better health and longevity. It might include yogurt, cheese, eggs and other dairy products. Some consider themselves vegetarian who also eat fish and sometimes chicken. Others say they don’t eat anything with “legs.” One must follow one’s own conscience and beliefs to create an individualized expression of vegetarianism. If animal products are consumed they ought best be organic, void of added hormones, free range vegetarian; if you have any doubt about how important it is to pay the little extra for organic dairy products, rent the movie “The Corporation.” It will cure you forever of eating non-organic dairy products.

Ah yes, the gentle vegans. This is the path of St. Francis of Assisi – a true vegan eats nothing of animal origin, wears nothing of animal origin. So does this mean they wear petroleum made shoes? Many vegans are proponents of hemp – an excellent resource for making everything from clothes to shoes; and the hemp seed is an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids greatly enjoyed by many vegans.

As we journey on