Rawpsiration is great. It is a cookbook, mini-auto-biography, lifestyle digital-party. It is down-to-earth, fun, easy and deeply healthy.
Written by a 25 year old starting out on her journey with a radically healthy lifestyle, it is written like she is your best friend, chatting, sharing what she’s discovered, her enthusiasm and passion resounding on every page. Rawspiration ($15 e-book) is the fruit of years of research, experimentation and play with a raw plant based diet, including recipes, make-up, kitchen utensils, brands and more. It is a crash course in going vegetarian, or vegan, or raw, or healthy, or sustainable, or all of them at once.
I first met the author, Anne Meinke, a couple years ago, then with a brand-new baby and a fire in her for personal transformation. Right away I was excited about what she was learning, what she was trying, and how she was putting it all together. She had already begun a vibrant online c...
A new study confirms the already well-documented link between eating a lot of meat and increased risk of disease and earlier death. That seems extreme, I know, but there's both good science behind it and a silver lining.
The bad news: red meat particularly is closely associated with a wide spectrum of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
The good news: replacing animal protein with plant protein is equally associated with a decreased risk of death. (Death is, of course, inevitable. But beefing up your plant intake can both forestall that inevitability and make the intervening years more pleasurable.)
An added benefit of relying more on plants for our nutritional needs is that, generally, the North American diet consumes way too much protein, and that generally comes from high meat intake. Plants do have protein (and not just beans or legumes), but they have less protein per volume than...
Fad diets and quick-weight-loss schemes are most often more trouble than they're worth - heading toward yo-yo weight gain, malnutrition and dehydration. (More on that in another post.) Needless to say, the most reliable and safest way to getting to and maintaining a healthy weight is changing your eating habits.
There is a lot of really valuable information in the field of nutrition, and the science is fascinating, and sometimes complex. Even with a degree in nutrition or with the help of personalized nutrition coaching, it can seem daunting. Especially starting out. (These six steps don't take the place of professional, science-based nutritional advice!)
These are my six guideposts to healthy eating. They aren't hard-and-fast rules or formulas. They don't require specialized knowledge or any specific measuring equipment. These are just my light-bulb moments: nuggets that stick with me and seemed "do-able" in my often-crazy life. H...