Subsidize to Supersize

I've had multiple conversations over the last few weeks surrounding the topic of agricultural food subsidies- once during a group dinner with a few friends who were on a vegan documentary watching kick and another time as a friend was presenting her business idea for a social enterprise meant to improve the nutritional education and overall health of a particular community.  It's an important topic that few people know enough about and so one friend involved in said conversations asked me to write a blog post about it!

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Endurance Training: The Fruits of Your Labor

I was asked by a few people to write a blog post about training for endurance events, like a marathon, while following a plant-based lifestyle.  Coincidentally I happen to be training for my 26th marathon which I will run in Buenos Aires, Argentina this coming October!  I went 100% plant-based long before I developed my distance running addiction, which means all of my prior 25 marathons were fueled completely by plants.  It's worth noting that despite all this running, I have never endured a running related injury to which I credit my plant-based lifestyle (and smart training of course).  

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Flax (Health) Hacks

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may have recognized that my approach to health is all about what you can ADD to your lifestyle to increase your longevity and quality of life rather than providing you with a list of restrictions and off-limit foods.  

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3 Anti-Aging Foods You Should Add to Your Diet

However, food choices contribute significantly to the outward (and inward) aging process.  There may be cosmetic remedies, like botox, to make you appear younger, but this does nothing to affect the biological age of your organs!  The good news is you can save your botox money by choosing foods that slow down the aging process, both internally and externally.

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22 Days Nutrition

While I'm generally a fan of batch cooking (cook once, eat 3 times or more) to ease meal prep, I wanted to take a moment to mention a company my once carnivorous parents actually turned me on to: a meal delivery service called 22 Days Nutrition.  My parents raved about the meals and how much more energy they had after eating them.  They also both lost a substantial amount of weight despite always feeling satiated after eating. Most of all they loved the convenience.

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The Top 6 Foods to Combat Cancer

If you've been following my blog, it's probably no surprise to you that minimizing meat and dairy and opting for plant-based foods reduces your risk for all types of chronic disease, including The Big C (cancer).  Even among plants, not all foods are created equal.  In fact there are 6 superstars you can increase in your diet to reduce your cancer risk.  You get to eat AND prevent cancer simultaneously.  Win-win.  Read on and get eating.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Nutrition on the Road

I'm a realist.  Expecting that anyone (myself included) is going to refrain from any indulgences during vacation or travel is 100% unrealistic.  However, what you eat does significantly influence your immune system and your energy levels while traveling, so if you want to take on that new destination by storm and return home feeling healthy and energized, making even some minor tweaks to your intake will help.

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Translating Food Labels

Food labels are kind of a nightmare. Although meant to guide, they often seriously complicate the food decision making process. The best (and healthiest!) solution is to buy food WITHOUT labels and packaging like fruits and vegetables, but let's be real: some of your food comes from a box. Now by no means do I advocate running around antagonizing over every nutrition label.  My main reason for looking at food labels is not for calorie or carb counting, but rather to be more mindful of what I am using to fuel my body.  In my opinion the number of carbs or grams of sugar doesn't matter as much as WHERE those calories and carbs come from.  If you must eat food from a box, can, bag or jar there are three components of a nutrition label that are important to review.

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