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Explore veggie meetup groups

02/05/2018 Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Some people from Winnipeg call our fair city “Vegcouver.” One good reason is that when we search the helpful, plant-based eating guide,, for Vancouver BC, we find no less than 244 listings. These include vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants, as well as other food outlets. If we narrow our filter just to vegan restaurants, we still end up with 25 listings. A significant number… Read More »Explore veggie meetup groups

Vancouver Restaurants

By Vesanto Melina with Nancy Callan Vancouver is the first Canadian city to embrace “Meatless Monday,” encouraging residents to forego meat one day a week for the sake of the planet and their health. Whether you choose an entirely vegetarian restaurant or one that includes plant-based options our fair city offers a lot to the adventurous and to those who prefer more familiar menu items on Monday or any day.… Read More »Vancouver Restaurants

Healthy Dining (encouraging restaurants to add vegan options)

We all love tasty food, enticing flavours and relaxing at restaurants with friends and family. We feel good about looking after our health, having compassion for animals and caring for the planet. What about doing all these things at the same time? Or is that combination virtually impossible? Vegetarian restaurants are an excellent option and many of us regularly refer to the ‘app’ on our cell phone to locate… Read More »Healthy Dining (encouraging restaurants to add vegan options)

My Two-week Water Diet

I recently underwent a fascinating, life-altering three weeks. For two of those weeks, my diet consisted of bread and water – without the bread. And I am not someone who has experienced anorexia. Quite the contrary – I was drawn to the field of nutrition because of my love for food (nutritious or not) and snacking has been a recurrent downfall. But fate flung at me an inflammatory sports-related condition… Read More »My Two-week Water Diet

Veggie Eating Gone Mainstream

Bill Clinton has gone vegan. Oprah had her 378 staffers go vegan for a week and they lost 444 pounds collectively. To celebrate nutrition month (March), plenty of people are shifting their diets toward plant foods and becoming vegan or near-vegan. However, does this automatically mean they will be eating healthier? Not necessarily. People often assume that becoming vegan means no more donuts, cheesecake, s’mores, gummy bears, ice cream bars,… Read More »Veggie Eating Gone Mainstream

Not So Happy Meals

Over a 15-year period, studies show a dramatic increase in the number of overweight (tripled) and obese (quadrupled) Canadian children. (1) In the US, which has similar statistics, the Centers for Disease Control states that one child in three born since the year 2000 will develop diabetes during his or her lifetime. In many families, even young children consume too many calories, too much fat and far too much sodium.… Read More »Not So Happy Meals

Food and Compassion

You have just dined and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Humans are magnificent creatures capable of achieving great heights. Although at times less than obvious, there is much goodness in humankind. Never before in history has any species invested so much time in helping other creatures. We love others. We try to remedy injustice. We feed people… Read More »Food and Compassion

Should You Go Raw?

Yet when we look at the science, what do we learn about those who follow raw food diets? Do raw food enthusiasts fare as well or better than those on well-balanced vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets? Is a raw diet appropriate for children? Must we be 100 percent raw to enjoy the benefits? When our diet is centred on fruits and veggies, can we get enough protein, iron and calcium? When… Read More »Should You Go Raw?

Sharing Mealtimes

Advice about healthy eating may be fine, but often our challenge is a matter of lifestyle and social support rather than a lack of knowledge about vitamins or protein. It’s not much fun creating nourishing meals when one sits alone at the table day after day. While ads might feature couples enjoying candlelit dinners together, when our partner is gone and family members live far away, many of us are… Read More »Sharing Mealtimes

Prevent Kidney Stones

Anyone who has ever had a kidney stone would probably say it is the worst pain they have ever experienced so it’s wise to prevent the formation of these little crystals. A kidney stone is a hard mass with sharp corners that forms from substances in the urine, one of which is typically calcium. A stone may be as tiny as a grain of sand or as large as or… Read More »Prevent Kidney Stones