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Friday
May272016

3 ways the Plant-Based Prevention of Disease conference changed my eating style

Last week, I heard a torrent of talks on how eating a plant-based diet makes you feel great and helps you avoid many "diseases of affluence": cancer, diabetes, stroke, and more. I'll share more lessons from the Plant-Based Prevention of Disease conference later, but thought you'd like to know how I started eating better because of it. I'm already eating a plant-based diet, but if I hadn't been, this conference would have convinced me to drop the animal foods and eat whole grains, vegetables, fruit, seeds, and nuts. If you don't want to go that far, rejoice! Many of the researchers said even small changes in diet or lifestyle can make a big difference.

1) Include more variety

Dr. Milton Mills and others praised a varied, plant-based diet diet because it helps

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Friday
May062016

Mothers' Day menu with all plant-based, homemade recipes

I love that Mothers' Day comes during strawberry season. Here's an update to the Mothers' Day menu I did years ago, now with all vegan recipes and make-ahead tips.

banana pancakes

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Friday
Apr222016

Cocoa lingo: the difference between natural and Dutch-processed, cocoa and cacao

Most products with "natural" on the label are trying to pull a fast one on you. "Natural" usually doesn't mean anything except "buy me, I'm green." But with cocoa powder it can make a big difference in your baked goods. To add to the confusion, you can now find cacao powder as well as cocoa powder in the store, both of which come from pods of Theobroma cacao trees. Read on for the scoop.

What is the difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder?

I use them interchangeably in recipes, but there is a difference. They both come from fermented, ground

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Friday
Apr082016

Food news: toxins and kids' brains, a new video profile, more

The Effect of Toxins on Children's Developing Brains

This video scared the tar out of me by clearly showing the accumulative effect of toxins on children's developing brains. As scary as it is, it doesn't address the effects of combining toxins.

I found it through an insightful article by the David Suzuki Foundation, which recommends eating fresh and frozen foods and avoiding pesticides. That means not just pesticides on the food you eat but also pesticides sprayed to control insects inside and outdoors.

Food Evangelist Video Profile

Casey Toth manages to capture my mission in less than three minutes

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Thursday
Mar242016

DARK Act victory! But watch out on April 1st.

Great news! The Senate will let you know if your food is genetically modified. At least if your state requires labeling, as Vermont is set to do this July. Although the DARK act slipped through the Senate Agriculture committee, the Senate as a whole voted it down before it could reach a final vote on the floor. This is a huge victory. I heard from many of you who called to block this act. Thanks so much for working for safe food!

The vote was 48 to 49, far short of the 60 votes needed to proceed. The act's official name is the National Voluntary Bioengineered Food Labeling Standard (S. 2609),  but the acronym reflects its effect: Denying Americans the Right-to-Know. It would have blocked states' efforts to require labeling for genetically modified food. Common Dreams describes the importance of this victory.

Celebrate but then work against April 1 trick. See below for details:

  1. Thank your senators or work to replace them
  2. Ask Senator Debbie Stabenow to not introduce a compromise bill when the Senate returns on April 1
  3. Contact your senators to ask them not to support any compromise bill

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