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"Vegetarians in Paradise Diet" Appears
After 25 Years of Extensive Research
Tons of diet books make their debut at the beginning of the year because publishers know the inevitable--so many people have added pounds during the year-end festivities. Most diet books promise a new, slimmed-down you that will be the envy of all your friends.
The number of people staying on these diet plans for any length of time is amazingly low, yet not surprising. Most of these diets fail because people feel deprived by the limited calories and smaller portions that leave them hungry and unsatisfied.
Discover Dining Pleasure that Lasts All Year Long
Celebrate Your Independence All Month
With a Bang-Up Vegan Barbecue
Though people unfamiliar with the vegan table consider it very limited, it's actually quite the opposite. With so many possible choices of excellent dishes, the host and hostess have the challenge of narrowing them down to just a few special recipes that take advantage of the outdoor grill. The vegan choices for the barbecue can also include succulent hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs, sausages, and shrimp made from plant-based ingredients. But we've departed from the ordinary to offer an extraordinary festive meal. Here's what we've chosen for this year's barbecue menu:
PlantPure Nation Launches Diet Revolution
The film details the battle Nelson Campbell faced in trying to bring a plant-pure diet to the state of Kentucky, a state where the citizenry faced numerous health issues triggered by poor diet. He encouraged his father Professor T. Colin Campbell, author of the famed The China Study, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, to present their health-promoting lifestyle diet to the Kentucky Legislature where the two received enthusiastic applause.
Go Vegan to Guard Against Memory Loss
A new study has suggested that eating green leafy vegetables can help keep mental abilities sharp.
Something as easy as adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to your diet could help slow cognitive decline, according to Rush University Medical Center's research, which also examined the nutrients responsible for the effect, linking vitamin K consumption to slower cognitive decline for the first time.
One Veg World Brings
International Cuisine to Pasadena
How wonderful it was to welcome One Veg World to its shiny new digs in Pasadena. Opened May 30, 2015, this casual, cheery, totally vegan café is located on Colorado Boulevard just east of Lake Avenue.
The colorful menu reflects many of the same international dishes that make their West Covina restaurant a popular dining spot. Reading the menu is like taking a culinary trip to distant lands like Japan, India, Thailand, Korea, Mexico, Italy, and Jamaica while dining at the friendly little eatery in an area of Pasadena destined to become a go-to locale.
How About the Ultimate Guide to Vegan Sex?
As any dedicated vegan knows, sex can present a variety of unexpected issues. While food products are clearly marked these days, the same cannot be said for sex products. Sex product packaging standards often donŐt contain ingredient lists or testing policy. Contacting customer service in pharmacies and groceries stores to help sort through the confusion often results in blank stares from workers who are just as unsure about the poorly labelled products as consumers.
The Springs Emerges as an Oasis in DTLA
A vibrant oasis of delicious dining, The Springs introduces delectable vegan raw cuisine, tasteful musical entertainment, and a wellness center offering yoga plus an impressive array of healing specialties. This stunning oasis is in the heart of the burgeoning Arts District in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) and is becoming the ultra-cool go-to spot.
Opened in October 2014, this charming, all raw vegan restaurant is located on Mateo Street just south of East 6th Street. The building was once a paper factory and wears the remnants of an industrial warehouse artfully transformed into a go-to place to dine and relax to the musical stylings of various bands in the evenings.
Tree Nut and Seed Oils--a Benefit to Some--
a Vicious Tiger to Others
I began to research the plaguing issue of allergic reactions from nut-derived ingredients, like tree nut oils, in body care and beauty products. What seems like a benign moisturizing lotion designed to soothe and comfort dry skin just might be the hidden culprit of a miserably itchy rash.
Milder reactions to tree nuts may result in itchy rashes or pesty eczema that people might not readily trace back to nuts or nut products. After all, nuts are healthy foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and a host of antioxidants. Sufferers of these nasty, and sometimes very ugly, rashes may be applying beauty and body care products regularly without realizing they are THE PROBLEM. Another puzzler is allergic symptoms that show up after long-time use of a nut-or nut-oil-containing product.
Aunt Nettie Keeps Her Cool with a Goya Extravaganza Salad
An' when y'all put them veggies inter the bowl so nice an' purty, why you'd swear it was painted by one o' them famous artists like Goya or Van Gogh!
So now, all's ya need is a nice Tangy Tarragon & Garlic Dressin' an' yer all set fer an easy summer supper with hardly any fussin'. Now, if'n this recipe makes too much salad ta finish in one meal, don'tcha fret none. Why jes put them leftovers in one o' them nice heavy plastic zipper bags an' tuck the bag in the fridge fer the next day. Long as ya don't add dressin' ta the whole salad bowl, why that salad oughter keep nice an' perky like a puppy with a new toy.
Samurai Chef Wields Knife to Create Super Salads
Veteran cookbook author Terry Hope Romero wields a sharp knife to morph into a Salad Samurai, the witty title of her new cookbook that centers on salads with verve and vitality. Her compelling approach makes one rethink the standard, uninspired clump of greens tossed with sparse shreds of carrot and purple cabbage.
This author is just plain tired of salads that suck and is unrestrained about expressing her views with flip, unapologetic humor. As remedy, she took up the knife and skillfully created 100 sensational salads focused on the four seasons, though some of her recipes can become year-round delights.
Medical Schools Flunk Doctor Nutrition Training
It's a national scandal! Doctors who are treating people for obesity and a host of chronic diseases resulting from excess weight have received very little or no training in nutrition.
It's shameful that doctors are not given these basic yet valuable tools. It's also disappointing that patients suffer needlessly from preventable chronic diseases and could benefit greatly from medical professionals equipped with today's nutrition research.
Delicious Surprises Face Visitors in the Los Angeles Arts District
You might say Downtown Los Angeles is wearing a very chic new dress and a shiny new pair of shoes! Historically, the changes in the downtown region, which are happening rapidly, are dramatic and delightful.
Where large industrial buildings were abandoned and dilapidated, they're now getting a long-awaited facelift. We spent an adventurous Sunday exploring the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, known as DTLA, to see what vegan offerings we could find and to rediscover an area of the city that was neglected for decades and is now in impressive redevelopment.
Travel the Back Roads to Ethiopia for Some Teff Love
Super-star blogger Kittee Berns has logged a mountain of cyber miles and more than a few physical miles to create Teff Love, a stunning cookbook that makes exotic Ethiopian food easily accessible to the American kitchen.
The exceptional feature that makes Ethiopian dining stand apart is that it brings people together at a special basket table called messob. Everyone usually eats with the hands by tearing off portions of injera and using the injera to scoop up bits of tasty stew. The dining experience becomes more than a meal--it's a delightful and delicious social gathering.
Vegan Diet Reduces Type 2 Diabetes Nerve Pain
The combination of a low-fat and vegan diet can reduce nerve pain in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes.
Past research has shown that a plant-based diet has other benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, including stabilizing blood glucose levels, reducing weight, and lowering cholesterol. "We wondered if the diet would have an impact for those with type 2 diabetes who also suffer from diabetic neuropathy," says Cameron Wells, MPH, RD, acting director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which undertook the study.
Brenda Davis Receive 24 Carrot Award
Amy's Kitchen Launches 1st Vegan Drive Thru
Amy's hopes to change all of that, giving people who choose to eschew animal ingredients plenty of things to choose from when they're on the go. Honestly, how cool is that? Listen, it gets cooler. With their flagship store set to open in over the summer of 2015, Amy's plans to be 100 percent egg and nut free as well as vegetarian, 95 percent organic, and will allow many of their offerings to be ordered vegan--aside from the already dedicated vegan menu items. What items are those, you might ask. Well, vegan shakes made the list.
VegggieTaster Returns with Three Veg Delights
Give Yourself a Spicy Treat
Been searching for the perfect prepared burger? Eureka! I found it--and it's delicious! Chipotle Chili Lime with Black Beans made by Giv Foods practically jumped off the freezer shelf and begged me to give it a try. Am I glad I did! This little burger comes three to a package and has outrageous flavor, great texture, and the perfect level of smoky-flavored chipotle spice. And it's damn healthy, too. Made from brown rice, black beans, red quinoa, and veggies, each patty has only 120 calories, 2g fat, 3g fiber, and 8g protein. It was so tasty I didn't even put a sauce or salsa on it. Here's the bonus--the company will donate 50% to your favorite cause--that's a plus for social consciousness!
We stole VeggieTaster's job to rave about a plant-based meal delivery service that's so savvy we felt it deserved praise galore. Fresh n' Lean http://www.freshnlean.com shipped a week of hearty meals directly to our house, and they arrived fresh and surprisingly still quite chilled. They came ready to pop in the microwave or the oven and were so damn delicious we were shocked at how low the sodium was.
Dressed for the Occasion--a Date with a Yummy Salad
Was hunting for a salad dressing without oil and one that's not loaded with salt and came across Victoria's Garden Grown Beet Vinaigrette online at http://www.victoriasgardengrown.com What a neat way to dress a salad! This one is light, yet packs plenty of flavor. It's has zero fat and is really, really low in sodium and surprisingly still tastes great. What a treat, and it's Non GMO and gluten free! And the calories are so low that 2 tablespoons have only 15!
Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support
If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.
The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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What's Happening in Vegetarian Los Angeles?
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