Happy Herald - Healthy Living http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8533-1-healthy-living.html <![CDATA[Spices of Life]]> What are the two main components of food that create a heightened sensory and culinary experience? Texture and flavor! Of course, many foods have a fabulous flavor without a stitch of seasoning (mainly raw fruits and veggies). However, exposing oneself to the abundant variety of spices that translate to ethnic modalities such as Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Thai, Korean, Italian, Vietnamese, or any other international cuisine is truly a joy!]]> <![CDATA[Spiritual Living Through Ahimsa]]> For those who are unfamiliar with the word and philosophy of “Ahimsa”, it is a Sanskrit word (in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions), used for the principle of nonviolence toward all living things. We obviously need to eat to live, and perfection is an unattainable status. However, consuming plants – rather than sentient beings who can experience pain and a wide range of emotions – is energetically sound. ]]> <![CDATA[ Beyond the “Humane” Labels ]]> We are living in a viral information age. Unfortunately, that flood of information arrives in an array of truths, half-truths, sensationalist spins, marketing propaganda, as well as flat out falsehoods. It’s often hard to parse through this data wall and reach an educated and informed decision on any given issue. We must use a blend of our critical thinking, investigative research, as well as a healthy dose of our heart, compassion and conscience to reach the clearest conclusions.]]> <![CDATA[Countering the Stigmas of Animal Adoption]]> Many people are apprehensive about animal adoption. There is a commonly-held belief that rescue dogs might have “too much baggage” or that it is better to adopt a fresh-faced puppy who isn’t set in their ways. That apprehension would skyrocket in some when I would mention that we were looking to adopt a Pit Bull. I know with certainty that stigmatizing a dog based on her breed is unjust; just as it is unjust to place stigmas based on anyone’s appearance.]]> <![CDATA[It’s Summertime Bring on the Plant-Based Barbecue!]]> Summertime and barbecues go hand in hand. However, for those who adhere to a plant-based lifestyle, it can seem like something you have to avoid. There is no need to abstain from being social! Either throw your own 100% plant-based BBQ, where you set the terms - or dazzle the meat eaters with brilliant color, variety and flavor! Here are some suggestions for making your next barbecue a culinary delight.]]> <![CDATA[Vegan on the Road]]> A common concern regarding adopting a vegan lifestyle is how to eat while traveling, or on the road. There are a variety of options at every turn; it just takes a little preparedness. The Cooler If you are on a road trip, packing a cooler is the easiest and most affordable option. You never have to worry about what’s at the next rest stop, or where the nearest vegan-friendly restaurant is.]]> <![CDATA[Earth Day is Over… Now What?]]> We can combat world hunger! Animals raised for food actually consume as much as 80 percent of the global soybean crop, and 40-50 percent of the annual corn crop. It takes roughly 6.3 pounds of edible grain to produce just one pound of meat. If we fed plant crops to our human population directly, we would have more than enough food to feed the world several times over!]]> <![CDATA[The Plant-Based Cheese Renaissance Has Arrived!]]> As people are becoming increasingly more aware of the ethical implications of the dairy , industry - as well as the multiple health risks associated with consuming animal products, consumer demand has dramatically shifted towards plant-based alternatives. As a result, the plant-based cheese market has bloomed in diversity and availability. ]]> <![CDATA[Quick & Easy Plant-Based Food Prep]]> One of the common complaints I hear from people is that there isn’t enough time to prepare home cooked meals. One of the best ways to save time is using a food processor or chopper. In addition, here are some strategies to keep within your busy time constraints - and what you do to keep your produce fresh in the process!]]> <![CDATA[Plant-Based Food Shopping on a Budget]]> One of the common myths surrounding plant-based diets is that they are more costly than their meat-centric counterparts. If done properly, plant-based diets are affordable, easy and nutritionally sound. Here are some tips for the budget-conscious consumer on how to affordably fill your fridge and pantry with plant-based goodies.]]> <![CDATA[How do I go vegan? Get Started in 5 easy steps.]]> For those coming off a standard American diet, the plant-based meat and dairy alternatives will be key to getting away from animal-derived foods. As you experiment and expand your palate, your cravings will adapt, but these quick swaps will get your foot in the door right away and keep it easy. Note: In the long term, the processed foods will be treated more as a treat or a compliment to a nutrient-dense meal. Be kind to yourself. If you need to eat more processed food in the beginning, it’s ok. This is about long-term success!]]> <![CDATA[Per Capita Dairy Consumption Plunges By 22% As People Choose Plant Milk]]> Per capita consumption of dairy beverages in the U.S. has seen a 22 percent plunge between 2000 and 2016, according to new data. A new report by research firm Packaged Facts has shown that individuals living in the states have decreased their dairy consumption from 197 pounds to 154 pounds each throughout the 16-year period.]]> <![CDATA[Brooklyn School Adopts Fully Meat Free Menu]]> P.S.1 Bergen Elementary School has adopted a completely vegetarian menu, as part of a program which helps schools transition toward a plant-based diet. The decision to launch a meat-free menu was student-driven - therefore making the school the third public one in the city to switch to vegetarian food only. ]]> <![CDATA[Where Do You Get Yours? Why It’s Time To End The Obsession With Protein]]> In other words, if you’re moving around normally, chances are you’re getting a good amount. It sounds simplistic, but it makes one thing clear: the vast majority of vegans are getting enough protein - and as they all know, it is easy to do without consuming animal products.]]> <![CDATA[10 Amazing Vegan Protein Sources To Help]]> The fitness industry loves to bang on about protein. Guys in the gym will be chugging on their whey protein shakes: “Bruh this shake has 50 grams of protein and it’s going to make me mahoosive, yeah bruh totes about the gainz!” Personal trainers...]]> <![CDATA[4 Inspiring Ways A Family Saved Thousands By Going Vegan]]> You have probably heard that veganism has a reputation of being expensive. Because vegan-labeled snacks and candy can sometimes be pricier than similar products that are made with animal byproducts, some people mistakenly think that it’s expensive to be vegan.]]> <![CDATA[How to be an A Patient]]> At some point in our life, we all have to visit a doctor for health care maintenance or intervention. But, as a patient, you should make sure that you are receiving the best care possible and that you, as a patient, are giving 100% to your own health. After all, it is your body, you have to make sure it is treated well.]]> <![CDATA[Natural Ways to Lower Blood Sugar]]> There are some Type 2 Diabetic patients that can be managed with non-drug therapy. Dietary counseling and close monitoring of the blood sugar levels allow some diabetics to live a good quality of life.]]> <![CDATA[Natural ways to Lower Cholesterol]]> Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the blood. It is synthesized in the liver and is also derived from foods of animal origin. Cholesterol is essential for building healthy cell membranes. High concentration of cholesterol in the blood is one of the risk factors for heart disease.]]> <![CDATA[Early Signs of Diabetes]]> Diabetes, also called diabetes mellitus, is a metabolic disorder that results in an individual having high blood sugar levels over a period of time. Blood sugar or glucose comes from the foods we eat which if not diagnosed early and managed properly can be lifethreatening.]]>