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5th Annual Food Revolution Summit 2016 April 30th – May 8th Its FREE!!

The 5th Annual 2016 Food Revolution Summit is just two days away! If you want to be informed and empowered and if you want to find out how you can prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, fatigue, poor sleep and other heath issues with food as well as improve your over all life then the Food Revolution Summit is for you. The best part is that it is completely FREE!!!! And you don’t have to leave your home to take advantage of it!!

Listen, watch and learn right in front of your home computer!

Click Here To Go To The Website And Register

You will learn from 24 speakers and topics:

  • Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. – The Four Pillars Of Lasting Health
  • Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. – How to Eat And Live
  • Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. – How to kickstart Your Health
  • Dr. Dan amen, M.D. – The Brain Warriors way
  • Dr. Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE – Sowing The Seeds Of Hope
  • Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. – Foods That Harm & Foods That Heal
  • Senator Cory Booker – Sane Food Policy: We Can Do it!!
  • Vani Hari – Protect Your Family From Toxic Food
  • Andrew Kimbrell – The Truth About Genetically Engineered Food
  • Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC, CCN – Healthy Digestion for a Healthy Life
  • Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. – Affordable Super Foods For Lasting Super Health
  • Dr. Susan Peirce, Ph.D. – How To Achieve Permanent Weight Loss
  • Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D. – The Gut-Brain Connection
  • Gene Baur – How Compassion Can Change Your Life
  • Dr. David Katz, M.D. – The Optimal Diet For Human Beings
  • Ron Finley – Growing Healthy Food & Communities
  • Chris Wark – Use Nutrition To Fight Cancer
  • Ronnie Cummins – Cook Organic, Not The Planet
  • Marion Nestle – Taking On Big Soda (And Winning!)
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva, Ph.D – Stand Up For Your Planet
  • Dr. Mimi Guarneri, M.D. – Putting Integrative Heath To Work For You
  • Dr. Michael Klaper, M.D. – Our Best Hope For A livable World
  • Robyn O’Brien – Food Safety: What You Need To Know
  • Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D. – Goddesses Never Age

Take advantage of these great minds in health, I know I am!

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Suja “Mighty Greens” Juice Review

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The green juice craze has been going on for some time now and I don’t see any signs of it slowing down anytime soon and there is good reason for that.

Juicing, especially green juice can be a healthy part of your diet. The best way to get your green juice is by freshly making your own, at home, as you need it.

But sometimes our busy life gets too busy and time isn’t always on our side. That is why I was happy to find Suja Mighty Greens juice at my local Costco store in the 59 Fl Oz Costco size bottle, it easily fills in when I don’t have time to fire up that juicer. I also use it as my base liquid in my smoothies.

Suja, meaning long, beautiful life and is a juice company that has “a mission to get the best quality organic and Non-GMO juice into as many hands as possible.” That’s not all that makes this a great juice. Suja uses a breakthrough displacement technology called High Pressure Processing (HPP) to preserve and sterilize the juice.

What about the taste? The mighty Greens Juice has a lemonade cutting the grass while eating a piece of ginger kinda taste, with a hint of celery & cucumber. It’s lightly sweet and has a pleasant taste and not as green a taste as I had expected by the dark green color of the juice.

Suja has many other juices that they produce as well which I have not tried. They have also produced a book “The Suja Juice Solution”. Suja also has a Blog that covers topics like Events, Fitness, Lifestyle, Nutrition and Recipes.

So what’s it got in it? The following is from their website for the Mighty Green juice.

Mighty Greens contains apple, celery, cucumber, kale, collard greens, lemon, peppermint tea, spearmint tea, spinach, ginger, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass & alfalfa grass.

  • 12oz
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Kosher certified
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free
  • No added sweeteners

INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC APPLE JUICE, ORGANIC CELERY JUICE, ORGANIC CUCUMBER JUICE, ORGANIC KALE JUICE, ORGANIC COLLARD GREENS JUICE, ORGANIC LEMON JUICE, ORGANIC TEA (PURIFIED WATER, ORGANIC PEPPERMINT TEA, ORGANIC SPEARMINT TEA), ORGANIC SPINACH JUICE, ORGANIC GINGER JUICE, ORGANIC SPIRULINA POWDER, ORGANIC CHLORELLA POWDER, ORGANIC BARLEY GRASS POWDER, ORGANIC ALFALFA GRASS POWDER

So, if you’re going to drink juices, we all know it’s best to freshly juice them yourself and drink them as soon as possible but if you can’t for whatever reason that life gets the best of your time. I have found that Mighty Greens nicely fills the gap and also makes a great base liquid for smoothies.

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

Endangered Species Chocolate

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Do you enjoy good chocolate? I know I do and I must admit that I am a bit of a chocolate snob. I guess that goes along with the title of “Vegan Gourmand” now doesn’t it?

Well I had some of this Endangered Species Chocolate the other day. Ok I had quite a bit of this chocolate the other day and I have been so impressed with the flavor and high quality that I just had to share it with all of you.

They offer many different chocolate bar flavors / ingredient combinations here are their 3oz natural Vegan dark chocolate combinations.

72% with Sea Salt & Almonds (This is my personal favorite) 

72% with Mint

72% with Cranberries & Almonds

72% with Blueberries & Almonds

72% with Raspberries

72% with Cherries

72% with Espresso Beans

72% with Cacao Nibs

They also have the plain 72% & 88% dark for those chocolate purest out there.

And during the holidays they come out with some special flavors like 72% with vanilla chai, peppermint and pumpkin spice with almonds.

Although this chocolate is outstanding in quality and taste it is also much much more, let me explain. Its not everyday that you find a product that is outstanding and a company who is just as outstanding behind it.

Endangered Species Chocolate Company has taken action and money put it where their mouth is.

Most all of their dark chocolate selections are Certified Vegan by Vegan Action. This certification provides vegans an easy-to-recognize symbol signifying that an item contains no animal products and is not tested on animals.

The company gives 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts.

Here is a list of some of the organizations they give or have given too.

The African Wildlife Foundation

The Xerces Society

SEE Turtles

Chimp Haven

The Ocean Conservancy

The National Wildlife Federation

Their selection process happens every three years. Here is how they select their 10% GiveBack partners. this is a quote from their website.

“Endangered Species Chocolate commits to a three year partnership with each 10% GiveBack Partner. At the end of each three year period, we begin a search for new conservation nonprofits to support. Applications are accepted from June – August during each search year. Our Marketing team carefully reviews all applications and determines the top 8- 10 that best fit our mission. The entire staff of Endangered Species Chocolate then gets involved! The top 8-10 applications are passed along to our staff for extensive review, evaluation, and discussion. A company-wide vote is then held to determine the next 10% GiveBack Partners. New partnerships are usually announced in October of each search year.”

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Wow, if that is not enough they have gotten their products certified on many levels.

All of their products are certified by the following:

Certified USDA Organic

Certified by the NON GMO Project

Certified gluten free from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization

Rain Forest Alliance certified

OTCO Oregon Tilth certified

Certified Kosher by OU Kosher

Did I mention that their office, warehouse and production facility is powered by 100% wind power. The wind energy is purchased through Indianapolis Power & Light’s Green Power Option, which enables them to purchase power harvested from local wind farms.

Another thing they do that I think is outstanding is they use the inside of their outside wrapper of each bar to tell you about the endangered animal on the front of the wrapper.

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Endangered Species also runs a blog by the name of “Involved” to promote the discussion on species, habitat, humanity and chocolate.

For the same price as any other premium chocolate bar of the same size you can enjoy great, healthy, ethical chocolate and feel great knowing that 10% of the money you just spent will help another living creature. It’s a win win if you ask me!

The Vegan Zombie Tour at Natural Products Expo West 2014

The Vegan Zombie takes you on a tour of the Natural Products Expo West 2014.

He is entertaining, fun and best of all you get a sneak peak of some of the new product from some of my favorite vegan companies. Enjoy the tour!!!

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.

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