Kitchen Tools for Vegans Who Love to Cook!

We came up with the idea of writing about kitchen tools for vegans when I realized that preparing healthy, tasty vegan meals requires a set of tools that not everybody has in a typical kitchen. As you start preparing more whole-food, plant-based (and sometimes even raw!) meals, you’ll see how these tools are not gadgets but really helpful companions on your vegan journey.

We’ve all heard about the benefits of Omega-3, EPA and DHA. But we’ve also heard about potential mercury toxicity from fish, and possibly dioxins and polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs), as well. With all of the conflicting information available today, some may decide to just avoid fish altogether. But the research shows that this may do more …

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In honor of the incredible Women’s Marches that occurred around the world in January 2017, and International Women’s Day, this post is all about menstrual health. Periods impact half of the world’s population twelve times a year for four decades of their lives – that’s approximately 2,400 days of bleeding and that doesn’t count the …

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Does our microbiome and brain affect our mental health interchangeably? Increasing studies are showing that they do, in fact, play a pivotal role in anxiety disorders. Anxiety, a hidden burden that affects nearly 40 million people in the United States. Nearly seven million adults and one in eight children have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.1 …

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For many women, breast cancer is a bad guy lurking just around the corner. My grandmother had it; my mom had it; both of my husband’s grandmothers succumbed to it. I look at my young daughters and worry that, with such a strong family history, they will have to live through it too. It’s easy …

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Urtica dioica, or stinging nettles, grows in the wild throughout most of North America, Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. Found in shady areas with moist soil, such as along rivers, lakes, ditches, and fence-rows, dense clusters of nettles can grow to heights of eight feet at maturity. Their green leaves are jagged, with pointed tips …

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a practice by various cultures in a number of countries of Africa, Asia, and now immigrant locations including Europe and Australia. There are four types of FMG (also sometimes referred to as FGM/C where the C denotes that the mutilation has been done by cutting). Type I is the excision …

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We all see advertisements on a regular basis for products that can help regulate and aid in digestion (e.g. prebiotics, probiotics and fiber supplements). But you might also wonder why you should pay attention to these particular nutrients. What makes them so vital to our health? Eating fibrous foods regularly lowers LDL cholesterol, regulates elimination, …

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February is all about your heart and not only because it is the host month of Valentine’s Day. February is American Heart Month, a declaration that was made by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and one which serves as a perfect opportunity to check in on your heart’s health. Taking care of your heart …

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February isn’t just for Valentine’s Day; it is also National Heart Month. If you’ve already lost track of your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and live a happier and healthier lifestyle, then this is your time to recommit. But this shouldn’t be done just to look better; heart disease is the leading cause of death …

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Author: Amy Kurtz Does the holiday season, at times, leave you feeling a bit “Grinchy?” We all have expectations that our holiday season will reflect what we see in those greeting card commercials: everything is pristine with a blanket of fresh white snow; families are sitting at the holiday table enjoying an exquisite home-cooked meal; and …

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