Diet (nutrition)

A Vegan Diet Is Not Only About Giving Up On Meat, It’s More Than That!

Ever wondered what it would be like only eat plant-based foods and completely remove any type of meat from your diet? Then ask a vegan! Veganism is a term that does not really refer to a diet, but rather a lifestyle as being a vegan does not only mean you are avoiding any animal-derived food, but it also means that you are completely avoiding the use of any products that are derived from animals. While veganism and vegetarianism are often associated with one another, it is vital to realize that there is a distinct different between the two. Where vegetarians solely avoid eating meat, vegans completely remove any animal products and animal derived products from their daily lifestyle – this does not only extend to meat and food sources, but also to non-consumable products such as leather handbags. In this post, we’ll discuss what veganism is, where it came from, what you can eat and, of course, what can’t vegans eat.

The original Vegan Society was founded in 1944, but the first traces of veganism dates back to approximately 500 BCE, as reported by The Vegan Society.1 At this time, the traces refer to a diet that is more similar to a vegetarian diet, but mentioning this discovery is important as it marks an entry point for the development of the vegan lifestyle. In 1806 CE, the vegan lifestyle became more developed when the lifestyle was promoted to be free of dairy products and eggs. The vegan lifestyle as we know it today, however, was developed in 1944 by Donald Watson – this is also now referred to as the modern-day vegan lifestyle. This lifestyle now includes a healthy diet plan, along with the removal of any items in your life that are made from any kind of material derived from animals.2 This includes leather, feathers and much more.

The vegan diet has received quite a lot of attention in recent years. Similar to how people have adapted their lives to becoming vegetarian or following particular diet plans, such as the paleo diet, many people have discovered that veganism is a healthy way of living and plant-based foods are still able to provide the human body with essential nutrients that are needed to promote overall wellbeing and longevity.3 It is reported that at least 2.5% of the entire American population are now following a vegan lifestyle and the consumption of meat are…

You Don’t Need An Extreme Weight Loss Diet, You Need Healthy Eating!

The weight loss industry is trending more than ever before. With the fact that over 66% of American adults are overweight and many of them considered as obese, it is no wonder that people are always looking for ways to lose weight.1 One particular problem that many people face is the fact that they want to lose as much weight as possible so that they can regain their confidence, look good and feel better about themselves. Unfortunately, rapid and extreme weight loss is not beneficial for the human body and can actually lead to many adverse effects, which, in some cases, could even be fatal to a person’s overall health. In this post, we’d like to focus on the dangers of an extreme weight loss diet, why you should avoid it and what you should do instead.2

How dangerous can extreme weight loss be?

There are numerous types of extreme and rapid weight loss diets out there. Each of them will give you a set of instructions to follow, and many of them will have their own unique “technique” to help you shed pounds quickly and rapidly. These programs often combine a calorie restrict diet with a series of effective weight loss exercises – the exercises are not the problem in the case of an extreme weight loss diet, but rather the idea of restricting your food intake to a point where your body is not obtaining the nutrition it needs to function properly.3

Food Talk explains that rapid weight loss can put a person at a higher risk of experiencing gout attacks, bladder pain and also lead to a lack of energy.4 When energy levels become low due to the restricted diet you are following, then you will not be able to participate in an adequate level of physical activity, including both cardio and strength training exercises, to ensure your muscles are kept strong.

Furthermore, such a diet can cause a deficiency in essential minerals and vitamins, also known as malnutrition. Malnutrition is a dangerous condition that can cause…

You Need Fat! These Are The Food With Good Fat That You Should Eat!

Many people have undergone training of taking in low-fat foods1 and avoid high-fat foods. Many people have given fat a description as a dietary enemy. It becomes confusing when you find doctors now telling people about consuming healthy fats. The market has many high-fat foods that you need to be taking alongside your snacks and meals regularly.

Healthy fats 2 refer to polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that have heart-health benefits and reduce LDL cholesterol that usually clogs in the arteries. These fats help in decreasing blood sugar 3 and insulin thus bringing down risks of type 2 diabetes. Monounsaturated fats are the healthiest as they contribute to reducing risks of getting cardiovascular diseases, have healthy nutrients, and act as an anti-inflammatory. Polyunsaturated fats, on the other hand, are mainly omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids that are responsible for cell growth and brain function. Omega-3 is crucial for the health of the heart. Below are the foods that you should take that have healthy fats.

Olives

A cup of olives contains fifteen grams of monounsaturated fats. The variety of olives you consume does not matter because the olives come with different beneficial nutrients like phytonutrient and hydroxytyrosol which is linked to prevention of cancer. The phytonutrient also plays a role in reducing the loss of bones. Olives will be your solution in the event you have allergies as they act as antihistamines. However, you need to be keen on the level of sodium found in the olives. Do not consume more than ten small or five fat olives.

Ground Flax seed

A cup of ground flax seed contains 48 grams of unsaturated fat. You only require one to two tablespoons of these fats to get the benefits. Flax seed is an inordinate source of omega-3 fats and provides an excellent avenue for vegetarians to balance their diet. These seeds also contain more than 800 times of lignans than all other plant foods. They have antioxidant and estrogen properties that are helpful in preventing some cancer types. They also contain soluble and insoluble fiber which helps you to feel full for long thus reducing cholesterol and promoting heart health.

Pistachios and almonds

Pistachios, almonds, cashews, and pecans have a lot of unsaturated healthy fats. Pistachios have zeaxanthin and lutein; almonds are rich in vitamin E and carotenoids which are crucial for eye health. You only need to take a quarter-a-cup serving on a daily basis for reaping maximum benefits. Why do you think a nutritionist would advise you to take Pistachios? Many nutritionists like pistachios because you need to shell them thus making you eat slowly and control the size of the…

Having a Hard time In The Toilet? No Worries! Here is A list of Foods and Recipes To Help You!

Constipation is one of the hardest stomach and bowel issues to….well…..stomach. It creates painful stomach and intestinal pain while leaving us with awful hemorrhoids to deal with. Constipation is the one health issue that targets everyone. It does not discriminate over gender or age. It is often due to a lack of hydration and not enough fiber in our diets However, taking care of the issue naturally is super easy with just a few additions to our diet! Here are some popular foods you can eat to get your bowels flowing healthily.

Water

you are recommended to drink 8 glasses of water per day.

Okay, so water is not technically a food but it does aid in digestion! When we load up on caffeine and sugary drinks, we dehydrate ourselves and just stop things up. Think of it like a water slide. The less water, the more you are going to get stuck and hurt on the way down. But with plenty of water, you will slide easy and with enjoyment. It’s recommended to increase your water up to 8 glasses a day if you are constipated

Prunes

you can go for dries ones or fresh ones!

Prunes are often given a bad rap as being identified as an “old person’s” snack. However, as we age, our systems do not function at top shape and a little help from prunes go a long way. Prunes contain fructans and sorbitol, naturally, and they are fermented sugars that have a laxative effect on the body. No matter how old you are, if you are constipated just grab a few prunes. If eating prunes is just too much, try drinking 2 glasses of prune juice in the day. Or add it to a smoothie!

Cherries

Be the cherry on top!

If you cannot bring yourself to eating prunes, try some dried cherries to help things move along. Cherries are packed with fiber and cause your intestines to move in a wavelike motion…

How to Eat Less Meat

There are about a million reasons why we should eat less meat, considering its effects on our own health as well as the environment. But most of us don’t want to go full-on vegetarian and quit cold turkey. That’s okay. That’s Brian Kateman’s message in his new book, The Reducetarian Solution.

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This Week’s Discussion

People adopt vegetarian and vegan diets for a lot of reasons. Some people are concerned primarily with animal welfare and the environment and others just want to eat a healthier diet. Most of us, the average omnivore, are aware of these benefits but don’t necessarily want to give up meat completely. Hey, life is short and I enjoy an occasional steak.

Brian Kateman understands this. He coined the term “reducetarian” with his friend Tyler Alterman to refer to people who are trying to cut the amount of meat in their diet for whatever reason, without the pressure of ever being a “lapsed” vegetarian. It’s not a controversial idea that we should all—particularly Americans—eat less meat. Factory farming produces significant carbon emissions, the conditions for the animals can be cruel, and of course, some people don’t want any animals to die…

Ancient dental plaque tells tales of Neandertal diet and disease

upper jaw from Neandertal
Calcified dental plaque from the upper jaw of a young Neandertal male from El Sidron cave in Spain reveals insights into his vegetarian diet and dental health problems.

Dental plaque preserved in fossilized teeth confirms that Neandertals were flexible eaters and may have self-medicated with an ancient equivalent of aspirin.

DNA recovered from calcified plaque on teeth from four Neandertal individuals suggest that those from the grasslands around Beligum’s Spy cave ate woolly rhinoceros and wild sheep, while their counterparts from the forested El Sidron cave in Spain consumed a menu of moss,…

Wild hamsters raised on corn eat their young alive

European hamster
European hamster

European hamsters in France often live in farm fields, where they may not be getting a balanced diet. That could cause problems. In the lab, hamsters fed a corn-based diet ate their young alive.

People who eat a diet dominated by corn can develop a deadly disease: pellagra. Now something similar has emerged in rodents. Wild European hamsters raised in the lab on a diet rich in corn showed odd behaviors. These included eating their babies! Such behaviors did now show up in hamsters that ate mostly wheat.

Pellagra (Peh-LAG-rah) is caused by a shortage of niacin (NY-uh-sin), which is also known as vitamin B3. The disease has four major symptoms: diarrhea, skin rashes, dementia — a type of mental illness characterized by forgetfulness — and death. Mathilde Tissier and her team at the University of Strasbourg in France never expected to see something similar among rodents in their lab.

As a conservation biologist, Tissier studies species that may face some risk of going extinct and how they might be saved. Her team had been working in the lab with European hamsters. This species was once common in France but has been quickly disappearing. There are now only about 1,000 of the animals left in the whole country. These hamsters also may be on the decline throughout the rest of their range in Europe and Asia.

These animals play an important role in local ecosystems by burrowing. That turning over of the soil as they excavate tunnels can promote soil health. But more than that, these hamsters are an umbrella species, Tissier notes. That means that safeguarding them and their habitat should give benefits to many other farmland species that may also be declining.

Most European hamsters still found in France live around corn and wheat fields. A typical corn field is some seven times larger than the home range for a female hamster. That means the animals that live on a farm will eat mostly corn — or whatever other crop is growing in its field. But not all crops provide the same level of nutrition. Tissier and her colleagues were curious about how that might affect the animals. Perhaps, they guessed, the number of pups in a litter size or how quickly a pup grew might differ if their moms ate different farm crops.

Corn fields
Many European…