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Veganuary 2017 Survey Results Are In!

The Veganuary 2017 Survey results are in and are as follows:

  • 77% ate vegan food for all of January!*

Of the 23% who did not eat vegan food for the month, 75% were vegan over 50% of the time. And of that 75%, most ate a completely vegetarian diet for all of January. Also, many people are including small slip-ups as failing to complete the entire month, whereas we regard it as a natural part of transitioning. It’s a learning curve! It’s also worth mentioning that a high proportion of omnivores (76%) and pescetarians (75%) completed an entire vegan month. That’s a really fantastic effort by all.

  • 97% feel healthier after taking part!**

And 87% have noticed an increase in their energy levels, with another 87% also confirming some weight loss.

  • 67% are staying vegan!*

Such amazing news! This figure is made up of 59% of the meat-eaters who responded to our survey, 64% of the pescetarians, and a whopping 75% of vegetarians. Interestingly, 21% are unsure of whether they’re staying vegan or not… If you are one of them, then we recommend you join our Facebook group for kind chat, recipes, and ideas. It’s helped (and helping) a lot of people feel more relaxed during their transition to veganism.

  • A huge number are reducing their consumption of animal products!*

95% have stopped eating or reduced their consumption of meat from cows, 94% have stopped eating or reduced their consumption of pigs, and 92% have stopped eating or reduced consumption of chickens. This is life-changing news for animals like Rocky, Ernie and Little Eric!

  • 99% recommend Veganuary!*

Veganuary is very much a sum of its parts… We’re nothing without the people who take part. Thank you for trying vegan with us, and for recommending the experience to others. It will make a world of difference to the animals, and to our planet.

 

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*Of Veganuary 2017 Survey respondents.

**Of those who answered this question in the survey.

 

Veggie Awards 2015 Winners Listed

Veggie award 2015

Greeting everyone,

The 2015 Veggie Awards winners are out. VegNews Magazine takes a reader’s poll to determine the “best of” in the Vegan world.

Now, I will be the first to say that I don’t agree with some of the winners and did not vote for them but many that I did vote for won. I do enjoy seeing what most people think are the winners and a lot of times I see new products and businesses I did not know about. Also as you know there can only be one “winner” so that’s not to say that there are not other great products that were highly liked but were voted just slightly lower. So here they are for 2015.

Winners “of the year” Category

Person of the year: Moby (Richard Melville Hall)

Product of the year: Miyoko’s Creamery

Company of the year: Field Roast

Restaurant of the year: Modern Love Omaha

Cookbook of the year: Teff Love

Book of the year: Living The Farm Sanctuary Life

Comeback of the year: Pamela Anderson

Non-profit of the year: The Gentle Barn

Rookie Activist of the year: Renee King-Sonnen

Innovation of the year: Chickpea Meringue

Politician of the year: Cory Booker

Obsession of the year: Peanut Butter Cups

Now for the Winners of Single Categories 

CHOW Category

Favorite Ice Cream: Coconut Bliss

Favorite Cookie: Enjoy Life

Favorite Chocolate: Endangered Species Chocolate I did a review of Endangered Species Chocolate CLICK HERE

Favorite Milk: Almond

Favorite Milk Brand: Almond Breeze

Favorite Meat: Gardein

Favorite Tofu: Nasoya

Favorite Staple Cheese: Daiya

Favorite Artisanal Cheese: Miyoko’s Creamery

Favorite Energy Bar: Larabar

Favorite Snack Food: Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavored Squares

Favorite Candy: Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups

Favorite Condiment: Vegenaise

Favorite Fresh Juice: Naked Juice

Favorite Protein Powder: Yuve Vegan Nutritional Shake

STYLE Category

Favorite Hair Care: Aveda

Favorite Makeup: Urban Decay

GO Category

Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant: Candle 79 (New York City)

Favorite Casual Restaurant: Cracias Madre (Los Angeles & San Francisco)

Favorite Vegan Chain Food: Native Foods Cafe (Nationwide)

Favorite Bakery: Sticky Fingers (Washington, DC)

Favorite Online Bakery: Allison’s Gourmet

Favorite Store: Mooshoes (New York & Los Angeles)

Favorite Online Store: Vegan Essentials

Favorite Veg-friendly City: Portland ,OR

Favorite Animal Sanctuary: Farm Sanctuary (New York & California)

PEOPLE & MEDIA Category

Favorite Celebrity: Ellen Degeneres

Favorite Cookbook: Eat Like You Give A Damn

Favorite Website: Happycow.net

Favorite Blog: Oh She Glows I was sure I would win this category, not really. I voted for Oh She Glows.

Favorite Animal Organization: Farm Sanctuary

Favorite Vegan Organization: Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

So there you have it the winners for 2015. If you did not take part in the voting this year there is always next year. Just go the the VegNews Magazine website and sign up for their newsletter so you will know when voting starts. They also have a recipe newsletter as well.

Chow for now!

Meet The Healthy Voyager: Carolyn Scott-Hamilton

Greetings! I want to introduce to you; Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, The Healthy Voyager. Here is a quote from her own “About” page from her website.

Award winning healthy, special diet and green living and travel expert, cookbook author, media spokesperson, holistic nutritionist, vegan chef and television personality, Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is a respected figure in the world of healthy lifestyle as well as special diet cooking and nutrition. With a highly acclaimed cookbook and travel show to her credit, Carolyn has traveled the world for her show, site and brand as well as to offer her services as a health and nutrition expert, recipe developer, writer, speaker, consultant and media spokesperson. She is frequently quoted in national media and regularly appears on television and radio programs sharing healthy recipes, travel tips and all things healthy, green and happy living. Additionally, she works in both English and Spanish as she is bilingual being of Colombian decent.

She has many online sites, here are the ones I found. YouTube: Healthy Voyager TV, The Health Voyager Websites: carolynscotthamilton.comhealthyvoyager.com

She has a lot of information for you to look through and watch about health, food, travel, recipes and more. So much that I could not possibly list them all here. She is also on ALL the social media Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, Flickr and more.

I was introduced to her through the “Healthy Voyager Travel Show“. I was looking for vegan places to eat while on vacation in Portland Oregon. Click here to watch that video. In here travel series videos she travels to cities all across America and visits restaurants and vegan establishments giving us the lowdown on these cities, what to see, what to visit and most importantly were to eat. The videos are short but are packed with great information.

Check out her travel videos! In the top left corner of this video is a drop down menu of more of her travel videos

I hope you find The Healthy Voyager as fun and informative as I have. There is a lot of great information and fun to be had. So get to click’in and enjoy your travels with Carolyn Scott-Hamilton!

Soy & Cancer, what I have found

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In recent years I have talked to breast cancer survivors about getting them on a healthier life style and diet. As we spoke about diet, soy has always come to the surface as a hazardous food that they were told to avoid by their doctor.

I would ask why the doctor told them this and the reply was always something like this “Soy foods contain estrogen that could feed cancer cells in their body and thus start their cancer again.

The internet has not helped the issue either with anti-soy propaganda that is not scientific and lacks integrity.

Now, with that said I want to state that you should always follow your doctors treatment plan. I am not in anyway saying that you should ignore your doctor if they have told you not to consume soy products, but I am only presenting what I have found in my limited research about this subject.

I am seeing that this kind of prescription to stay away from soy foods is starting to go by the way side because there is a alot of scientific evidence now showing that whole soy foods are not only safe for cancer survivors but even healthful.

When eating soy it should always be eaten in its minimally processed forms like edamame, tempeh, tofu and unsweetened soy milk. Products containing unnaturally concentrated soy protein like protein powders and highly processed soy products lack the beneficial nutrients that are in the whole bean and in my opinion these products should be avoided. I also stay away from genetically modified soy (GMO). Choose “organic” soybean products, they are not genetically modified.

The research has overwhelmingly shown that the consumption of whole or minimally processed soy foods as discussed above is healthful and provides many nutritional benefits.

The research shows that these foods protect against breast cancer. A study done in 2009 meta-analysis on soy and prostate cancer found that a higher intake of soy was associated with a 26% reduction in risk.- (1)

Also it appears that isoflavones found in whole soy foods have anti-cancer effects that are not related to their ability to bind the estrogen receptor. Soy foods are not only associated with decreased risk of hormonal cancers, but also lung, stomach, and colorectal cancers. – (2-4) 

Here is a quote from Dr. McCullough who is strategic director of nutritional epidemiology for the American Cancer Society on soy:

 “More research is needed to understand the relationship between specific forms of soy and doses of isoflavones on cancer risk and recurrence. We also need to learn more about childhood exposure to isoflavones and risk of cancer. Until more is known, if you enjoy eating soy foods, the evidence indicates that this is safe, and may be beneficial (but note that miso, a fermented soy product, is high in sodium.)  It is prudent to avoid high doses of isolated soy compounds found specifically in supplements, as less is known about their health effects. As for other “hidden” sources of soy proteins, the evidence to date does not suggest harm or benefit. However, if you are concerned about these products, you can choose to avoid them.”  4/8/14 Link to complete and original quote

Here is a quote from the American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention:

Can soy-based foods reduce cancer risk? As with other beans or legumes, soy and foods derived from soy are an excellent source of protein and a good alternative to meat. Soy contains several phytochemicals, including isoflavones, which have weak estrogen-like activity and may help protect against hormone-dependent cancers. There is growing evidence that eating traditional soy foods such as tofu may lower the risk of cancers of the breast, prostate, or endometrium (lining of the uterus), and there is some evidence it may lower the risk of other cancers. Whether this applies to foods that contain soy protein isolates or textured vegetable protein derived from soy is not known. There is little data to support the use of supplements of isolated soy phytochemicals for reducing cancer risk.” Link to the entire document in PDF

They have observed many times the connection between minimally processed soy intake and the reduced risk of cancers.

This is not to say or do I promote eating a lot of soy foods in the detriment of leaving out other foods from your diet. All whole foods work together for our health and there is no magical super-food that on its own will be the “One”, but on the contrary, you need them all to be wholly healthy. (Here is a bonus tip at no extra charge. An outstanding book to read on the subject of how whole foods work together for optimal nutrition is the book “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” by T. Colin Campbell. PhD)

Not only are soy beans healthy but all beans eaten in variety, along with other fruits and vegetable are health promoting as they work together, not alone.

In conclusion, I am avoiding highly processed soy foods and I try to eat a variety of whole natural plant foods including all types of beans as well as some edamame, tofu and tempeh.

Referencese
1. Hwang YW, Kim SY, Jee SH, et al: Soy food consumption and risk of prostate cancer: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Nutr Cancer 2009;61:598-606.
2. Yang WS, Va P, Wong MY, et al: Soy intake is associated with lower lung cancer risk: results from a meta-analysis of epidemiologic studies. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;94:1575-1583.
3. Kim J, Kang M, Lee JS, et al: Fermented and non-fermented soy food consumption and gastric cancer in Japanese and Korean populations: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Cancer Sci 2011;102:231-244.
4. Yan L, Spitznagel EL, Bosland MC: Soy consumption and colorectal cancer risk in humans: a meta-analysis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2010;19:148-158.

Photo Credit: Will Curran

10 Ways to Avoid GMOs

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10 ways to avoid GMOs

1. Buy USDA-certified organic food. This is the best way to assure your food is GMO-free. Genetic engineering (GE) foods cannot be labeled as “certified organic” or “made with organic ingredients” It’s the law.

2. Avoid all non-organic soy products. Products like non-organic veggie burgers, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and miso products. Soy unless certified organic, these soy foods are likely to be GMO: miso, soy sauce/tamari/shoyu, teriyaki marinades, soy milk, tempeh, textured vegetable protein (TVP), soy protein isolate, lecithin and soy lecithin. Be aware that margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressings may also include lecithin.

3. Don’t buy anything that claims to be “non-dairy” that isn’t organic. Soy is used to create everything from Cool Whip to Coffee-Mate…in addition to the obvious non-dairy soy treats in your health-food store freezer.

4. Milk and dairy: Dairy cattle often feed on alfalfa hay, which can be genetically engineered. So, non-organic dairy is likely to contain GMOs. Cows that produce non-organic milk also may be treated with a GE growth hormone called rBGH.

Oils: Avoid canola or cottonseed oils unless they’re organic or non-GMO.

5. Don’t eat anything with corn in it that isn’t organic. Unless certified organic, these corn-based ingredients are likely to be GMO: corn oil, corn starch, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, food starch/modified food starch, sorbitol, malt, dextrin, mono- and diglycerides, baking powder (try the corn-free “Featherweight”), confectioners’ sugar, monosodium glutamate, and vitamins that do not state “corn-free.”That means corn chips, cereals with corn popcorn ect.

6. Do not eat anything with high-fructose corn syrup also anything labeled “corn sugar”

7. Don’t eat any meat, fish, poultry, or eggs unless they’re certified organic. Because farmers feed their animals GMO grown feed.

8. Look for the Non-GMO verified seal.  nongmo seal

The Non-GMO Project is the first independent, third-party certifier to establish Best Practices and testing throughout the supply chain to ensure non-GMO product claims. Look for the Project’s butterfly seal on food &product packages.

9. Beware of ingredients such as sugar.

Unless a product is organic or specifically lists “pure cane sugar” or “dehydrated cane juice,” it may contain sugar from GE sugar beets.

10. Get involved & make others aware! Post on the social media sites. Post this on your Facebook page. Fight for a change and promote organic!!!! Vote YES on I-522 November 2013.

New Book Alert!! “The End Of Diabetes” By Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Book releases on December 26th!

Now available for pre-order!

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Amazon.com quote:

“Despite what you might have heard, diabetes is not a lifelong condition.

It does not have to shorten your life span or result in high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, or other life-threatening ailments. In fact, most diabetics can get off medication and become 100 percent healthy in just a few simple steps. In The End of Diabetes, Dr. Joel Fuhrman shows how you can prevent and reverse diabetes and its related symptoms and lose weight in the process.

The End of Diabetes is a radical idea wrapped in a simple plan: Eat Better, End Diabetes. While the established medical protocol aims to control diabetes by limiting your carbohydrate intake, monitoring glucose levels, and prescribing bottomless doses of medicine, Dr. Fuhrman believes this long-standing approach to fighting diabetes is wrong—and possibly fatal.

Designed for anyone ready to enjoy a healthier and longer life, Dr. Fuhrman’s plan is based on a single formula: Your Health Future (H) = Nutrients (N) / Calories (C). Foods with a high nutrient density, according to Dr. Fuhrman, turn our bodies into the miraculous, self-healing machines they can be, which results in significant weight loss, improved health, and, ultimately, the end of diabetes and other diseases.”

  • An eating plan with menus and recipes to revive the health of all diabetics – type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
  • Melt away fat and reverse type 2, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetics can live a long and happy life, disease-free, without drugs
  • Type 1 diabetics can use much less insulin, achieve a normal, healthy lifespan and dramatically reduce risk of complications
This book is not just for health professionals and all diabetics and pre-diabetics, but for all interested in the futility of medical care and all overweight people since they are prone to diabetes. Hundreds of diabetic individuals who have followed my dietary recommendations have achieved dramatic results. This book is important for our country, with 85 percent of our population now overweight, and 40 percent of adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes, our unhealthy eating habits will bankrupt our nation. Diabetes care costs over $200 billion per year, representing not just needless costs, but tremendous human suffering. I invite you to be one of the first to read my new book by pre-ordering it now!

Forks Over Knives (DVD)

I just posted about the latest release, part two if you will of the movie Forks Over Knives it’s called “Forks Over Knives Extended Interviews”. And I realized that I have not posted about the first, original movie “Forks Over Knives” So here you go. This feature film; “Forks Over Knives” examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. If you are at all interested in your health this is the number one MUST SEE movie. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie. It could change your life. You can download it from Netflix or buy it online. Either way see this movie!

Forks Over Knives Extended Interviews (DVD)

Forks Over Knives Extended Interviews DVD is now out.

This is the part two of the original movie “Forks Over Knives”

A few more movies that are a must see

Please click the title of the movie to go to their official websites

“Got the facts on milk” Also known as “The Milk Documentary” is an entertaining, award winning feature documentary that dares to question the conventional wisdom of the much publicized health benefits of milk and dairy products. Addressing myth, truth and all in-between, the film is a humorous yet shocking exposition that provokes serious thought about this everyday staple.

“PLANEAT” is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones. With the help of some innovative farmers and chefs, PLANEAT shows how the problems we face today can be solved, without simply resorting to a diet of lentils and lettuce leaves.

“Vegucated” Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.

The Eating Healthy Mindset & Cycle

Eating healthy and changing your diet can be a difficult thing to do. For me it had to start with my mindset, what I thought about changing my diet, my self talk, my psyche and my education about what is healthy and what is not.  These were the first things that had to change and if they didn’t, I failed every time.

You can see these in people when you talk to them about a diet and them possibly changing their eating habits. These are comments from folks that are not ready for a change, they have the wrong mindset. You’ll hear comments & statements like “I could never eat that diet because I could never give up ______”  or they say things like “What do you eat?” or “If I had to eat like that you can just kill me now.” and “I love ________ to much, I could never give that up.

People who make these comments are not ready to make a life style change, they have the wrong mindset for change and would most likely fail.

I believe there are three main phases that a person goes through, these where the phases I went through. Education, Self Reflection & Transition

Education is the first phase. Too many people have too many misconceptions about diet and nutrition that these misconceptions keep them from change. Education allot of times, but not always comes when they are having some short of health issue and need some answers about it and they find out that their current diet is a huge contributing factor in their disease and that changing their diet can help them if not cure them.

They start to search and find all kinds of information that starts to change their paradigm about what is healthy and what really is not.  Their paradigm then begins to shift and more questions arise then further study. This is what I call the education phase. (Note: This is a stage that can be just as destructive as it can be helpful depending on the misinformation or good information the person finds and there is allot of both out there. This is why we see so many fad diets being followed today.)

This continues until they begin to reach a point of self reflection as it relates to their unhealthy and healthy habits and diet, they think about what changes need to be made in their life to have a positive change on their health, this is the self reflection stage.

Self reflection turns into conviction, they are convicted that they need to make this change and start to take steps toward making that change. Then positive change in their diet and life style begins to happen. They begin to make those little changes and maybe some big changes to transition to a healthier state. They start to see positive changes in their health and well being. This is what I call the transition phase.

These three phases will then cycle through in a circular movement as the person grows and evolves in their walk toward better health.

What I just explained is a picture of a physiologically healthy individual as they relate to food. There may be some other issues that need to be dealt with prior, during and after any and all of these phases.

For instance. What is your relationship to food? If you use food for comfort or to satisfy an addiction, your relationship with food is unhealthy and this will need to be dealt with especially during the transition phase.

I think we all have some degree of unhealthiness as it relates to food. We can overcome them usually by going through the three phases talked about earlier. But when these unhealthy relationships become overwhelming, uncontrollable or out of control this is when we need to seek professional help to become healthy again as it relates to our relationship to food.

Understanding this cycle can help us understand ourselves better and thus move us closer to our own health goals.

To your health!!

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