Category Archives: Go Vegan

It’s Never Too Late To Become A Vegan

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A BIG Thanks goes to Jess Walter for submitting this excellent post!

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about going vegan for years but still haven’t taken the plunge. Maybe you think you’ve waited too long, and worry that it’s too late for you to make the switch. After all, only about 4% of American adults over the age of 55 are vegan or vegetarian — does this small number mean that it’s not a good idea? In a word, no. Older adults have plenty to gain from a plant-based diet. Here’s what you should know about going vegan as a senior.

Eating Made Simple

Many older adults end up adjusting their diets because eating becomes more difficult as we get older. A plant-based diet might be easier to chew than a meat-based one. Though not all vegan foods are healthy, if you maintain a good vegan diet that’s loaded with fruits and veggies, you’ll be sure to get plenty of nutrients while aiding your digestion. Vegan meals are also generally easier to prepare and waste less food, which is why it’s ideal for seniors who’d rather not spend extended amounts of time preparing elaborate meals.

The Perks Of Going Meatless

Aging is inevitable, our bodies will change and decline as we get older. Over time, our immune system will stop functioning properly, our joints will start aching, and our senses will begin to dull. But our diet can hold off the aging process. Research has found that vegans have the most antioxidants in their bodies compared to lacto-ovo vegetarians, pescatarians, semi-vegetarians, and non-vegetarians. Antioxidants protect cells from damage, potentially holding off the signs of aging for longer.

No matter what your diet, it’s important that you consume a varied range of foods. If you ensure that you’re consuming the nutrients your body needs, you can lower the risk of developing many conditions common to seniors. For example, vegans and vegetarians are less likely to have diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Your Changing Dietary Needs

As we age, our bodies need less calories to function, which means we can easily get our daily calorie requirements from a non-meat diet. However, just because your caloric requirements have decreased doesn’t mean you need less nutrients. Senior vegans should ensure that they’re getting enough vitamins and minerals to keep their bodies healthy.

Thankfully, there are plenty of plant-based sources for the nutrients our bodies need. For example, we can get calcium from soy milk and dark green leafy vegetables. Nuts and legumes are excellent sources of protein. And as you get older, it’s probably a good idea to supplement your diet with doctor-recommended multivitamins suitable for your needs — whether you’re vegan or not.

Do Your Research

Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you can’t go vegan. Switching to a plant-based diet shouldn’t sacrifice your health; in fact, if done right, it should make you even healthier. If you’re seriously considering going vegan, read up on how you can make sure that you’re giving your body all the nutrients it needs.

Shifting to a new diet can be difficult, but you don’t have to rush into things. Start slowly by adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet and lessening your meat intake. And, of course, make sure to set an appointment with your doctor and a nutritionist so you can get advice on how you can safely transition to the vegan lifestyle.

 

Thanks again, Jess! You Rock!!!  Happy Summer, Everyone! ~Nina

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Farmacy – Let Food Be Thy Medicine

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Last night I went out to a wine tasting event and talked to a man and his wife who has some serious heart problems…I mean serious to the point that he’s already died once on the operating table. He’s only in his early seventies. His wife doesn’t cook and they eat out all the time because neither of them knows how to cook. This man was relatively healthy looking. Not overweight. Nor was his wife, but still. As I was talking to them it became very clear that their ideas about what was healthy was what the general population thinks is healthy, such as, “Chicken is healthy!” and “Olive oil is healthy, isn’t it?” NO, to both! These are not health foods! They are both disease producing! One is full of hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol and other problematic things. The other is artery clogging…just think about when you spill olive oil on the table and/or you get it on your hands. It’s hard to get rid of and it sticks. Now imagine what it does to the inside of your arteries. It sticks and clogs! NOT heart healthy by any means! (Watch one of Dr. Esselstyn’s talks on YouTube about it!) Today I watched Dr. Garth Davis on YouTube. He’s a Bariatric medical doctor and he delivers this brilliant and humorous speech. Check it out:

Listen, anyone can learn how to cook! I’m with Dr. Davis. I wasn’t a brilliant chef before I embarked on this adventure, but I knew how to cook a few things well. However, plant-based vegan cooking has changed my life and the way I look at food for life! It is not only exciting to cook with so many different ingredients and choices, but it is tasty and nourishing. I feel full longer. I don’t feel sluggish. My skin glows. I feel younger than my age! I will never go back to a Standard American Diet nor a Danish diet for that matter! Both are not healthy. Although a Danish diet may have a bit more fiber in it via the darker more grainier breads, but still it is laden with meat, salt, and dairy. Greens are expensive and there’s not as much of a selection over there as we have here. We really have no excuse, in this country, for why we’re not eating more greens! 

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

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Vegalicious October

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What’s new in your world? Well, here in mine I’ve been up over my ears in grading papers and doing report cards. If I was a full time write or blogger…and paid to do so, you’d be hearing a lot more from me! I work A LOT just like most of you who take the time to read my lil’ blog. Thank you for that! I really appreciate it!

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That could have been me in the comic…except I have 508 students at the moment which came out to about 2,540 entries!

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I’ve also managed to squeeze in and teach a free introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer. Here’s a shot of me from the beginning of class. Don’t I just have the coolest classroom/work space? I think so! Very grateful for it!

Well, it hasn’t all been work and no play in this month of October. I’ve also been out and had some amazing food. Listened to some great music around town. Plus a new vegan restaurant opened up in my city, so of course I had to go. My friend Matthew invited me and this is what we had for dinner. First the appetizer.

Appetizer

These are Mushroom “Scallops” served atop a delicious pine nut dill spread. Very Yummy! After that we share two main dishes. First the Portobella & Tofu Tacos. It’s Three handmade purple corn tortillas filled with a savory sautéed portobella & tofu mix, cabbage, avocado, salsa fresca, & cashew sour cream.

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We also had the veggie pizza, which was oh so delicious! We both hadn’t had pizza in a very long time. He went vegan over a month ago and was really missing pizza. Well, Pizza we got and YUM, it was so good!

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After all this food you would think that we couldn’t fit another bite in, but we had to sample their dessert.

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Someone…AHEM, me….got a little too excited and ate the front of this amazing piece of mocha and peanut butter vegan cheesecake delight before Matthew could snap a photo! This cheesecake was absolutely divine!

Tonight a friend of a friend is making dinner! I love it when a man wants to cook for me! That’s very attractive! He’s even sent me full details of what he’s making. Do you think he might be trying to impress me? Listen to this! Here’s what he wrote:

Here is the menu:

1st Course

-Crispy kale and mixed green salad with cranberries, roasted acorn squash seeds and petite yam cubes all dressed with aged balsamic vinegar.

2nd Course

-wok seared spicy green beans with pickled ginger – roasted acorn squash, caramelized sweet onions and red peppers green curry served over jasmine rice with raw leek shaving garnish.

Wine pairings will be a New Zealand sauv blanc for 1st course. 2nd course will be a pinot noir that runs a little spicy to keep up with the curry.

Well, I’m excited to see what this turns into. He did have some thoughts about changing the second course to something else. Either way, this is delightful! My friend Matthew and this man definitely knows that…

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Happy Saturday, everyone!

Veggie Lovers Growing In US

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Exciting news! According to The Raw Food World there are now 16 million people in the US who are vegan or vegetarian! That’s awesome! I really enjoyed reading the article about it, which includes the numbers and why the United States is going more veg. Well, the time is NOW! It’s capital F U N and DELICIOUS…and exciting to be a veg head, if I may say so! If someone had taught me what I know now twenty years ago, I would have gone vegan in a heartbeat! I just didn’t know!

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Well now there’s SO much information and help out there if you’re considering going vegan! If I had known about PCRM’s cooking classes I would have signed up in a heart beat! There are instructors ALL over this country (the United States) and even in some outside the US. These classes are reasonably priced and not only do you get to learn about staying healthy, but you get to learn while watching the instructor cook, then sample the food (or eat a full meal) and at the end you take the recipes home! What’s not to love about that? Anyone who can read can do this! We need to get away from eating out all the time and take the power back to our own kitchens! Not only will it save you a lot of money, but it will save your health. You will know exactly what goes into your food! When you eat out at a restaurant you really don’t know unless you of course work there or run the restaurant!

 

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In Sweden they’re even further ahead than the United States with one in ten Swedes being either vegetarian or vegan! Way to go! This positive trend is not going away, that’s a fact! There’s a massive shift going on towards Veganism with greater awareness of it being better for ones health, for the planet and for the animals! It is so exciting to watch! Here’s to hoping that it will occur sooner than later, especially for the sake of future generation and for the planets survival!

 

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Here’s a link to the articles:

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/16-million-people-us-now-vegan-vegetarian/

 

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/one-in-ten-swedes-is-vegetarian-or-vegan-according-to-study-9212176.html

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Find a PCRM instructor in your area – go to:

http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/ffl/ffl-the-power-of-food-for-health