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Fast Food for Health

Teachers in our schools are supplied with a multitude of resources from the closely aligned meat and dairy industries. These materials are designed to establish in children’s minds the idea that we must eat meat to obtain iron and that cow’s milk is essential for bone building in humans. Neither of these industry-derived fabrications is true, but if you are still haunted by these rusty facts, read the solid update… Read More »Fast Food for Health

Healthy, Delicious, and Easy (Family Meals)

At last we can celebrate spring and spend more time in the outdoors! Here is a list of simple or collaborative meals for when you return home. These and similar ideas are from Raising Vegetarian Children by J. Stepaniak and V. Melina (McGraw-Hill 2003). 1. Create a spread of make-your-own-tacos. Set out taco shells or tortillas; chopped lettuce, onion, and tomatoes; sliced or mashed avocado; taco sauce; and warmed canned… Read More »Healthy, Delicious, and Easy (Family Meals)

Veggies for Vitality

If the word “vegetables” doesn’t conjure in your mind sensations of colour, fragrance, delicious flavour and bountiful health, it’s time to update your attitude about these amazing foods. When we have a savoury dip, crackers, and salad for lunch, and build our dinner around veggies, we consume a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other nutritious compounds. More than any other group of foods, vegetables have proven their worth as cancer… Read More »Veggies for Vitality

Obesity Through a Straw

Have you ever drank a 20-ounce soda? That’s the size many adults and teens are drinking today. Or would you ever sit down and eat 16 teaspoons of sugar from a sugar bowl, one spoonful after another? When you drink a 20-ounce soda, you’re consuming 16 teaspoons of sugar, the equivalent of a third of a cup. In the 1950s, the typical size of a serving of soda pop was… Read More »Obesity Through a Straw

Healthy Holiday Eating

Are you planning festive gatherings that will include food? Beyond the traditional fare, do you wonder how to nourish the range of dietary choices among your circle of friends and family? Does your group include vegetarians, vegans, raw foods enthusiasts, or someone whose health concerns require that he or she eat healthier food, instead of just loading up on cholesterol, fat, and sugar? Here are a few tips, plus two… Read More »Healthy Holiday Eating

Raw Food Revolution

The raw foods movement is making headlines. Why? Reasons include awareness about the environmental impacts of our food choices, interest in going organic and the desire to eat lower on the food chain. And across North America, people are viewing their expanding waistlines with horror. Centring one’s diet on raw plant foods offers a mighty appealing solution. Why is this a solution? One reason is that some of us consumers… Read More »Raw Food Revolution

Go for Green

Green is a big plus when it comes to nutrition. Whether it is a salad or vibrant florets of steamed broccoli, a green juice or a smoothie, the green derives from the chlorophyll molecule, with magnesium right in its centre. Greens are packed with a multitude of minerals and abundant vitamins. (See recipe below.) Green is also an outstanding choice when it comes to political parties. The Green Party, now rising to… Read More »Go for Green

Sample a Taste of Health

Vancouver’s healthy food festival, Taste of Health, has become a welcome September tradition and reflects the vegetarian festivals that are increasingly popular across North America. It’s a fun, inexpensive way for families to spend a day or weekend. It’s also a great way for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike to sample healthy foods and discover how small, dietary changes will impact climate change. Earthsave Canada’s 10th annual food festival includes cooking… Read More »Sample a Taste of Health

Climate Change: We Care

What’s responsible for all this climate change? Most Canadians will point to the closest SUV or freeway. As it turns out, our sky-high gas prices have a plus side; they are forcing us to reconsider our highly polluting transportation habits. Yet transportation isn’t the biggest contributor to global warming. Livestock generate even more global warming gases, including immense volumes of methane from enteric fermentation by ruminants (gas from both ends… Read More »Climate Change: We Care

Food and Special Needs

Each of us is unique in our food and nutrition needs and this is no less true for those of us with various disabilities. I’ve begun to discover some of the special challenges and solutions to be encountered while I’ve been working with a heart warming non-profit society in Abbotsford called the HOME Society. Food has often been used as a way of placating, distracting or rewarding people receiving special… Read More »Food and Special Needs