Easy to Follow 7 Day Vegan Diet Plan

As the new year approaches you may be thinking about making some changes to your diet. Perhaps you want to eat less processed foods, incorporate more whole grains, or up your intake of fruits and veggies. You may even be considering trying out a vegan diet. People are drawn to veganism for a variety of reasons. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives and do our part to reduce pollution and … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Granola

Who doesn’t love granola? It makes a great breakfast, a tasty bar, and parfaits would feel naked without it. A wholesome and nutritious food, right? Well, it can be, but granola is tricky. Most granolas feature oats at their primary ingredient and as a fiber-rich whole grain, oats offer many benefits. However, having oats as a main ingredient doesn’t automatically make granola a health food and it … [Read more...]

Super Sweet and Satisfying Raw Vegan Desserts

If you are considering moving towards a vegan or raw vegan diet but hate the thought of having to give up some of your favorite desserts, then I have good news! You don’t have too! It is amazingly easy to make raw vegan versions of many dessert recipes that are loaded with sugar, fat and calories. Even if you are not a vegan or going raw, trading in high-calorie desserts that offer little in terms … [Read more...]

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is one of those strange vegan foods that you may not know how to pronounce let alone how you are supposed to prepare and eat it. The first one is easy enough and it is simply pronounced: tem-pay. And for some, it is love at first bite, while for others this highly nutritious food can be an acquired taste.Tempeh is a fermented soy product that comes in patty form and it may be one you want … [Read more...]

Food For Fitness: Sweet Potato Pancakes

Regular physical activity is key to keeping your weight in check and your body in peak condition. But working out on a stomach full of processed foods or cutting calories by not eating before or after your workouts can lead to less than optimal results. Carbohydrates are an important macronutrient especially if you are active and sweet potatoes provide plenty of complex carbohydrates for energy … [Read more...]

7 Little-Known Benefits of Fermented Foods

Kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, miso, wine, beer, aged cheeses; all of these foods are considered to be fermented foods rich in health promoting friendly bacteria. Though the terms “fermented” and “bacteria” sound a bit distasteful, the results of this ancient preparation and preservation technique are actually delicious and good for you. So good in fact, that adding a serving or two … [Read more...]

How and Why to Rid Sugar From Your Diet

The bad news about sugar just keeps coming. Recent studies have linked consuming too much of the sweet stuff to a higher risk of dying from heart disease and an increased risk for tooth decay. Studies have also shown that people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages are more prone to developing obesity whether they are childrenor adults. Being obese increases the risk for developing hypertension, … [Read more...]

Yoga Shown to Boost Brain Function in Older Adults

If you want to boost your brain power well into old age, try doing hatha yoga a few times a week. A new studysuggests that hatha yoga not only helps you relax, but also may boost brain function in older adults.According to a new study by the University of Illinois, sedentary older adults who began practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks performed better on cognitive tasks than … [Read more...]

More Natural Light Exposure at the Office Enhances Health

Instead of artificially boosting workplace energy levels with caffeine and sugar-filled drinks, increase your productivity by getting more natural light throughout the day. A new study has indicated that more natural light exposure in the workplace could benefit workers’ mood and metabolism. Office workers with more natural light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep … [Read more...]

Physical Activity Can Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Physical activity is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain, and a new groundbreaking studyshows that even moderate amounts may help to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’sdisease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. It is a neurodegenerative disease, which means there is progressive brain cell … [Read more...]