Carbs

Question for the What Would Julieanna Do? Q&A:

Aren’t carbs bad?

Answer:

Related Links:

Harvard School of Public Health on Carbohydrates

CDC on Carbohydrates 

Simple vs. Complex Carbs from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition

Dr. McDougall on Carbohydrates

Dr. McDougall on the Paleo Diet

Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s opinion on a low-carb diet

Mayo Clinic: Benefits of Fiber

The Plant-Based Food Guide Pyramid and Plate

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5 Ways to Avoid Cardiovascular Disease Without Medication

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of both men and women globally, killing approximately 17 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization. Recently, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new guidelines for cardiac prevention guidelines, emphasizing the use of one of the most prescribed classes of medications – statins. However, statins have potentially serious and uncomfortable side effects like memory loss, liver damage, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and muscle damage. But what about diet? Yes, diet…one of the most critical and often ignored components to heart and vascular health. Physicians like Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Nathan Pritikin, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn have reversed heart disease with food. Bonus: there are no negative side effects to eating a heart-healthy diet. Instead, there are only benefits like weight management, healthy digestive function, and increased energy. Here are 5 easy ways to avoid cardiovascular disease without the harmful use of prescription medication:
  1. Make at least half of your diet fruits and vegetables. Nutrients found in raw and cooked produce provide a plethora of antioxidants that keep your immune system ready to fight against oxidation and inflammation…two hugely critical components that cause atherosclerosis and CVD.
  2. Minimize saturated fat intake. Saturated fats – found mostly in animal products (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy), but also in tropical plant oils (coconut, palm, and palm kernel) – promote atherosclerosis, clog arteries, and set the stage for elevated cholesterol levels and CVD.
  3. Eat a high-fiber diet. Fiber is your friend when it comes to lowering total and LDL- cholesterol levels, decreasing C-reactive protein levels (a marker for inflammation in the body), and the only foods high in fiber (plants) also come packaged along with blood vessel supportive antioxidants and phytochemicals. Base your diet on the Plant-Based Food Guide Pyramid and Plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and a small dose of nuts and/or seeds for the most fiber-rich and nutritional bang for your caloric buck.
  4. Mind your (food-sources of) B vitamins to keep homocysteine levels in check. High homocysteine levels have (albeit controversially) been associated with increased risk of CVD. Eating plenty of whole plant foods, especially leafy greens, legumes, and seeds for folate, vitamin B6, and riboflavin, along with supplementing with vitamin B12 will help temper blood homocysteine levels.
  5. Exercise consistently. Your heart is a muscle that requires regular challenges to maintain and improve its efficiency and efficacy at pumping blood throughout your body. Move often in casual, informal ways in addition to committing to daily intense exercise. Walk, run, swim, bike, jump rope, dance, hit the cardio equipment at the gym. Just make it happen. Your heart and every other system in your body will thank you.

Juicing vs. Blending

Question for the What Would Julieanna Do? Q&A:

What’s better…juicing or blending?

Answer:


Related Links:

Long Live the Green Smoothie

Dreena Burton: Plant-Powered Kitchen’s Green Smoothies 101

FREE Shipping & Handling on a Vitamix Blender

AICR’s Foods That Fight Cancer

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Synergistic Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Beating Sugar Addiction

The average American consumes 22 teaspoons (355 calories worth) of sugar daily. Sugar is inflammatory, elevates triglycerides, blood sugar, and adrenaline. It promotes cancer growth, diabetes, excess weight and obesity, metabolic syndrome, gastrointestinal illnesses, premature aging, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, tooth and gum decay, gout, and acne. Most importantly, it is physiologically addictive.

As a transformed cookie and candy junky and as someone who has worked with dozens, if not hundreds, of people professionally, I can tell you that stopping the cycle of sugar addiction is possible. Your taste buds are constantly regenerating, so you have a continuous opportunity to modify your diet and end cravings.

 

Here are the 5 steps to liberating yourself from sugar addiction:

1. Choose a three-week period where you can dedicate yourself to revolutionizing your diet. Enlist your loved ones as support and prepare activities and non-food rewards to indulge in during that period (especially the first week).

2. Completely eliminate the following ingredients from every food and beverage you consume:

      • refined sugars: white sugar, sugar in the raw, invert sugar, confectioners sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, palm sugar, corn syrup, agave, cane juice, evaporated cane juice, high-fructose corn syrup
      • sugar alcohols: sorbitol, erythritol, maltitol, glycerol, mannitol, sorbital, xylitol
      • non-nutritive (non-caloric) sweeteners: sucralose, aspartame, neotame, acesulfame-K, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, stevia

3. Choose only whole food sweeteners like fruit and vegetable purees, dates, date paste*, date syrup, pure maple syrup and use fruit or whole food-sweetened desserts only.

4. Be physically active every day and get adequate sleep so your body is in fighting mode, strong and sharp to make healthful choices.

5. Eat a well-rounded, whole food, plant-based diet, limiting or eliminating all processed foods for optimal nutrient intake and to avoid addiction.

*Date Paste Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates

2 cups unsweetened plant-based milk or water

Instructions:

1. Soak dates in liquid for several hours to soften. Add only enough liquid to cover dates so the paste is not too thin.

2. When dates appear flaky and swollen, pour off a little liquid. In a blender or food processor, process remaining liquid with dates for 1 or 2 minutes or until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

3. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days,

Resources:

A Guide to Vegan Sweeteners Plus 3 Tips to Keep Your Intake In Check

NutritionFacts.org’s Changing Our Taste Buds

USDA Sweeteners Resource

“Eat More Plants” Tee Shirt Campaign

You’ve been asking for tee shirts for years…and I have eagerly been working on coming up with (and scrapping) multiple ideas for what exactly to create. Finally, a solution popped into my message box. Teespring.com has helped me design a tee shirt that I am thrilled to offer and can officially test to see if you are as excited with it as I am…

Here they are…offered only for a limited time:

For just two weeks – from now until Monday, November 11th – you can order these limited edition “Eat More Plants” eco-friendly tees with the Plant-Based Plate, which are 50% organic cotton and 50% post-consumer P.E.T. recycled polyester…for just $20 each!

My goal is 50 shirts sold…

Please order now HERE if you want to tell your family, friends, and accidental passer-by’s to EAT MORE PLANTS!

Iron

Question for the What Would Julieanna Do? Q&A:

Do I have to worry about iron-deficiency anemia if I’m vegan?

Answer:

Related Links:

Iron in the Vegan Diet

Iron from VeganHealth.org

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets

Institute of Medicine DRI’s Elements

CDC Iron and Iron-Deficiency

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Holy Kale

More Reasons to Eat More Kale: 

  • Kale is a cruciferous vegetable that contains glucosinolates that convert to isothiocyantes, powerful cancer-fighting phytochemicals that assist with detoxification.
  • Two of the approximately 45 flavonoids in kale are kaempferol and quercetin, which are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-hypertensive, and protect DNA.
  • Kale is an excellent source of absorbable calcium, providing 179 mg per cooked cup.
  • Just one cup of cooked kale has 88% the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
  • Kale contains the powerful carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • There is 121 mg alpha-linolenic (essential omega-3) fatty acids in 1 cup of raw kale. We need approximately 1.1-1.6 grams per day for anti-inflammatory effects and brain and cardiovascular health.
  • There is 2.2 grams plant protein per 33 calories (1 cup) of raw kale.
  • Kale, especially when steamed, helps bind cholesterol for excretion, thereby helping lower blood cholesterol levels.


How to cook kale in just a few short minutes in a Pressure Cooker on The Chef and The Dietitian

 

Resources:

Leafy Greens MOFO Interview with Vegan Mainstream

Let Them Eat Greens, a Leafy Green Tutorial by Dreena Burton

Becoming Raw by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

World’s Healthiest Foods: Kale

VRG’s Calcium in the Vegan Diet

Kale Chips on The Chef and The Dietitian with Dr. T. Colin Campbell

 

Losing Weight on a Vegan Diet

Question for the What Would Julieanna Do? Q&A:

How do I lose weight on a vegan diet?

Answer:

Related Links:

Lose Those Last Sticky Pounds

A Guide to Vegan Sweeteners Plus 3 Tips to Keep Your Intake in Check

Sustainable Weight Loss

PCRM’s A Guide to Healthy Weight Loss 

Weight Control the Vegan Way by the Vegetarian Resource Group

NutritionFacts.org’s Changing Our Taste Buds

Great books on food addiction:

Vitamin D

Question for the What Would Julieanna Do? Q&A:

Do vegans have an increased incidence of vitamin D deficiency as omnivores?

 

Answer:

Related Links:

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet

IOM Dietary Reference Intakes Sheet for Vitamins

Vegetarian Resource Group FAQ’s About Vitamin D

NutritionFacts.org Optimum Nutrition Recommendations

Getting Personal

Question for the What Would Julieanna Do? Q&A:

Why are you so passionate about a plant-based diet?

 

Answer:

Related Links:

The Most Perfect Diet

US News Interview about a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet

Recent Interview with Sharon Palmer, RD

Reducing Your Dependency on Prescription Medications

Interview with HappyCow.net

Interview with EcoVeganGal

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