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The Vegan Diet and How to Make it Work

The diet is the main asset to the vegan lifestyle and is appealing to people for different reasons.

"Not only do I believe that it is the healthiest diet for our bodies, it is the healthiest thing for our mind," said sophomore dance major Lily Thongnuam. "Knowing that you aren't causing any torture or suffering to other beings as well as not contributing to the No. 1 industry to create pollution makes me feel like I'm doing something right for the world." >>MORE

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Germany launched the most vegan food products last year

Germany is a staunchly green-minded nation with widespread concerns about animal welfare, so reducing meat consumption is a natural extension of those values. How has Germany, long heralded as the land of meat and potatoes, become an unlikely leader in veganism, of all things?   >>MORE

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This is the diet we're all Googling

No, it's not Paleo.

Gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free diets are about as trendy as Gucci loafers and 90s fashion right now (that's to say, very) but the one diet we're all Googling, according to Hitwise's Clean Living report, is the vegan diet, which might not be a surprise if you too swear by soy-based snacks.

Blame the #cleaneating movement or those better-than-the-real-thing dessert recipes that flood our feeds, but cutting out all animal products (that's honey included, FYI) has become a much more popular option (to look into, anyway) than it was in 2014. Like, 217% more popular, according to the data published today.

Research shows that interest in veganism spiked in December 2016 and January 2017, with searches increasing by 28% over this period.

There are a host of reasons why people become vegan — >>MORE

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Go Vegan Today: Three Simple,
Delicious Bowl Recipes

by Rip Esselstyn

"We live in a time where we want everything to be easy, short, and streamlined," says Rip Esselstyn, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Engine 2 Diet. "To me, the bowl is the epitome of that: It's simple, hearty, with minimal cleanup." With his upcoming book, 7-Day Rescue Diet, out December 27, he lays out the equation for optimal bowls that you can customize with your favorite foods. Esselstyn believes the bowl is another entry point to embrace a plant-strong diet for those who find it too daunting or fear plant-based meals won't satiate hunger. We spoke to Esselstyn at the Seed Food and Wine Festival and got him to share his favorite, nutrient-rich combinations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of them serve two. >>MORE

Source: Men's Journal, Jessica Mahler

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How (and Why) You Should Become
a Vegan Regular

Find your home away from home and leverage support for plant-based options by frequenting your favorite eateries.

Despite New Year's resolutions to cook at home more often, by this time of the year, many of us have discovered that we don't have the time to roast winter vegetables or simmer a hearty vegan soup. Still, we need to eat, which means our hectic schedules often find us sitting in a booth at our favorite cafés and restaurants. And although there are a few reasons (money, health, you can eat in your pajamas) why home cooking is preferred to dining out, being a restaurant regular comes with its own advantages. >>MORE

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Fat-Free Vegan Diet:
Antidote for the Most Unwanted Acne

With around 40-50 million Americans experiencing it, Acne is considered as the universal skin problem.

Many who struggle with this disease may have tried a number of treatments that do not work. And with the recent study finding that some using Anti-pimple Antibiotics may be immune to them, concerns about acne management may rise again.

Twin sisters and famous Youtubers Nina and Randa suggested one formula that worked for them: Fat-Free Vegan diet.

When Nina and Randa reached their teenage years they suffered from cystic acne. After trying countless acne solutions and their leading dermatologist leaving them, they felt their situation is hopeless. Dr. McDougall's suggestions on their diet saved their faces. They were asked to discard all foods with oils and fats such as avocado, peanut butter, and all soy products. Their diet includes brown rice, vegetables, beans, oats and fruit smoothies. For their snacks they eat dates, rice cakes and dried fruits.

John A. McDougall, physician and vegan nutrition expert believes that the occurrence of Acne is highly attributed to what a person eats and consuming nutritious food helps in getting rid of them. "Acne develops when the pores in the skin (sebaceous follicles) become blocked with dead skin (hyperkeratinization); then fatty materials (sebum) accumulate within the blocked pore. This overstuffed pore then becomes infected by bacteria, resulting in inflammation - the pimple. As with all Western diseases, there is a better way - and that is attacking the cause and invoking the cure with a healthy diet," Dr. McDougall stated.

Although some studies suggest that fatty food do not cause break-outs, dermatologists revealed that some fats can stimulate the development of Acne. William Danby, a dermatologist, found by gathering his patients' dietary data, how removing or limiting dairy products in one's diet affects zit break outs. "It became obvious over the years that dairy consumers had greater acne," Danby said.

Some friends felt that Nina and Randa can only eat limited food but both of the girls felt satisfied with the results. After starting their fat-free vegan diet for many days, the twins noticed that their skins are improving. "It was a miracle," Nina stated. Now 22, the girls have Acne-free faces.

Source: Food World News/Jeanell Sumagpao

Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center
The McDougall Newsletter
Scientific American

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Reader View: Going vegan is being on the right side of history

By James Corcoran

Over the course of my lifetime, I have witnessed many societal changes here in the U.S. — from civil rights, to women's liberation, to the peace movement, Earth Day, smoking bans, gay rights — all are historically significant. Today we are on the verge of another enormous social change. The trend is clear and the momentum is building as educated and caring people, particularly millennials, are beginning to see non-human animals as feeling individuals with their own desires and rights. They are shifting away from seeing them as property and resources for food, clothing, experimentation or entertainment.

As baby boomers learned early on, we don't need a majority of Americans behind a cause to effect change; it occurs at a tipping point well below 50 percent. It actually requires almost single-digit percentage numbers to make change possible throughout the entire country. As cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead famously wrote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Animal agriculture is wreaking havoc on Earth. With 7 billion-plus humans inhabiting the planet, we are running out of land and resources to produce animal foods for the masses. As Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, says in the documentary Cowspiracy, our survival as a species depends on drastically reducing animal food consumption "to about two ounces a week."

Other reasons people are embracing veganism are to feed the world's hungry, preserve peace, conserve natural resources, improve health, achieve sustained weight loss, and to demonstrate love and compassion for all animals.

To illustrate the changes that are occurring, a few interesting way-markers include: the latest president of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Kim Williams, is vegan; vegan ultra-marathoner, Scott Jurak, smashed the record for supported traverse of the Appalachian Trail; White Castle offers vegan veggie sliders nationwide; Subway has vegan sandwiches available at 1,000 locations (more to come) nationwide; Wendy's is offering a black bean burger; IKEA introduced vegan meatless meatballs at all stores; Ben and Jerry's is making a vegan ice cream line; a California school became the first in the country to go entirely vegan; Jon Stewart and wife Tracey are opening a farm animal sanctuary; life-altering documentaries like Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives and Earthlings are streaming; U.S. meat consumption is down 10 percent in the last decade; and Stevie Wonder, Kalel Cullen, Bono, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus have gone vegan, joining dozens of other celebrities.

Social justice movements are tenacious, brazen and most importantly — successful. The number of vegans in the U.S., by one poll, is more than 22 million — relatively small in number but growing exponentially. Many of us baby boomers remember the enormous resistance we got from the "establishment" in the '60s and '70s. Today we are the establishment, and considering the far-reaching implications of our lifestyle choices, we now have to ask ourselves, what side of history do we want to be on?

James Corcoran lives in Santa Fe and is founder and co-organizer of Santa Fe Veg.

Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican

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If You Care About Animals,
You're Behind Veganism

by Sande Nosonowitz

We want you to know, and trust that when you do know, you will judge for yourself, that a vegan life is kinder toward the animals, better for your own health and gentler on our fragile ecosystem. Few of us were vegan from birth.   >>MORE

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Healthy Comfort Food:
Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Curry

This cozy curry—packed with cauliflower, Yukon gold potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, and plenty of spices—is pretty simple to make. The best part is that you can prepare it a day or two in advance, and it only gets better! It makes quite a lot, so you can serve it for a few meals during the week. And it's super versatile: serve it as a side dish, atop a mound of steaming basmati, or just heaped into a bowl on its own or with a side of warm naan or paratha bread.   >>MORE

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Anyone Can Be Vegan —
Even Cash-Strapped Students

"I figured that with my small kitchenette, equipped with microwave, kettle and toaster, I could somehow make it work."
- Zoe Thompson

Food blogging and Instagram have helped to raise awareness of the benefits of a vegan diet — and many students are embracing this new way of eating.

Zoe is a student studying English literature at the University of Bristol.

The ubiquity of kale chips, quinoa and juice fasts recently has led many to consider veganism as just another diet trend. But more and more people, including students, are recognising the real health and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet.   >>MORE

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