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Back to basics

Back after about a year of distancing myself from “distractions,” although I have probably simply replaced some distractions with others. As always, I return to writing with a reason, and, also as always, the reason is to regain clarity and focus, to become once again introspective through articulating what is emotionally confusing but linguistically accessible, with the hope to shed the clutter of stress, vanity, hastiness, that have made their way into my life again after months of no time to think. I expect that this time this blog may take on a richer, yet somewhat narrower perspective. Of course, it will remain true to the objective of preserving and advancing health–mental, or physical (to me they are largely the same thing) through simple, basic, whole nutrition, mostly raw and always vegan. But it will do more than that; it will at times focus on the many aspects of my life in which I find and invest value; the reasons for my work and aspirations, a summary of motives that drive me to continue to become my best self and live my best life. I will perhaps at times do things I have never done– discover and define wants and needs, the reasons to act and the reasons for beliefs.

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I start this new way of writing within a broader frame of returning to a simpler lifestyle. I feel a strong need to be minimalist, too see without complication, although not without complexity. I impose this on my diet as well, and begin the day with a liquidy mix of fresh, raw, nutritiously rich ingredients my body can readily absorb and utilize. A vegan smoothie from carrots, kale, blackberries, lime, and spinach for vitamins, iron, antioxidants, fiber, and carbohydrates. The texture is foamy and multi-colored, beautiful and pinkish-orange. Lovely.

 

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Amino acids, Beauty, Health, Science-based nutrition, Super foods, Uncategorized

On complete protein: food combinations, essential amino acids, and vegan sources

I have emphasized here the importance of understanding the specific nutritional benefits as well as limitations of a vegan diet. In 9/10 cases, we vegans get asked about protein consumption and supplementation. Although the majority of these questions target the apparently drastic decision to remove animal products from our diets, such as the commonly thought of as primary protein sources milk, cheese, and meat, some of these inquiries relay a better informed nutritional concern: what protein do we get?

Common vegan sources of protein are likely well known to all vegans. Some leafy greens, beans and nuts, are a regular component of most vegan diets. But the regular intake of protein-rich foods is not a sufficient condition to ensure adequate protein intake.

I’ve said this about fats, and it’s valid for protein: not all protein is created equal. Guaranteeing complete protein availability through food requires some combinatorial skills.

The links below outline, for vegans and vegetarians alike, complementary sources of different types of proteins. Be sure to combine protein-rich foods to supply your body with the full range of micro nutrients.

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php

http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/foods/Vegetarians.htm

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Why I eat this much

A while ago I blogged on what I eat on an average day. I am often told I consume incredible amounts, quite a lot for a person my size. Well, this 

http://www.artfido.com/blog/photographic-series-showing-what-200-calories-looks-like-in-different-foods/

gives an answer more eloquently than I ever will. Can we all agree that it’s smart to be vegan :)?

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Beauty, Carbohydrates, fiber, Raw, Smoothies, Uncategorized, Vitamin A, vitamin C, Well being

Almond-berry coconut frostie

It’s wonderful to be able to come home to a large sunny back yard, play with the pup and, as you are enjoying your brand new running monsters (new shoes–wooohooo!) and planning the route for your evening run, beat the heat with this:

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6 frozen strawberries

2 cups of frozen blueberries

1/2 cup of raw almonds

1/4 cup of coconut

1 cup of almond milk

1/2 lime

tadaaa! icy, thick, delicious, and very refreshing.

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