Mushroom Forager Finds Bounty Year Round: Health Benefits of Mushrooms are an Added Incentive of Foraging

“You can’t make firm rules about mushrooms,” says the 40-year-old naturalist, interviewed recently at his cottage surrounded by woods in New York’s Catskill Mountains. “Mushrooms defy any kind of generalization. They are much more mysterious and hard to pin down than almost anything else in this world.”

Mushrooms Can Be Foraged Anywhere Forests Exist

Wherever there are forests, there will be mushrooms, notes Guy, who has foraged in areas such as the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and Hillsborough State Park, north of Tampa, Fla. Any type of old-growth forests will have the greatest diversity of mushrooms, he explains. Tasty, edible mushrooms can also spring up in fields, pastures and unsprayed lawns. “They are found anywhere in the world; the dryer regions would have much less.” Some types of shelf mushrooms (those that grow on trees) don’t even need rain, he says. They take moisture out of the trees.
The best time to look for mushrooms is a few days after it rains, especially if it has been raining for many days. Those that pop out immediately, dry out just as quickly and are not the type one would want to eat, adds Guy. “They are made almost entirely of water and will disappear. Mushrooms that people like to eat take a little longer to grow because they have more substance to them.”
“Mushrooms add an extra dimension, a flavor enhancing quality to food,” he says. Among his favorites are porcini mushrooms, wonderful in soups and stews. The porcini is easily identifiable because its under section is characterized by a spongy texture rather than gills.

Health Benefits from Mushrooms

On the medicinal end, Guy eats hen of the woods mushrooms when he feels sick. They stimulate the immune system, he says, noting that research has shown mushrooms also have anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. “This is well known for thousands of years in Chinese and Japanese medicine.” Rich in minerals and vitamins such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and vitamins C, D and B, mushrooms provide additional health benefits including anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-oxidant qualities.
As to their other properties, mushrooms are usually seasonal, although some grow throughout the year, even into winter, Guy says. “I’ve sometimes found oyster mushrooms that will be frozen, ready to be picked and eaten.” Now, approaching spring, people begin looking for morels that grow almost exclusively at this time of year. Chanterelles and porcini mushrooms are typically found mid to late summer, while hen of the woods and chicken mushrooms are more available in fall and winter. But, again, he reminds us, these are all generalizations.
Although foraging on private property is usually prohibited, “It doesn’t stop me,” says Guy, whose foraging was inspired by his interest in “everything in this world, particularly the wild and mysterious things out there.”

Deadly Mushrooms

Guy says he has likely eaten more than 50 varieties of edible mushrooms found near his home. “I learned about them by reading about their characteristics. Some mushrooms are tricky, they’ll look like others, and some are deadly.” Before embarking on a foraging adventure, it’s important to know the few deadly ones, he says. They include the death cap and destroying angel, both closely related. Superficially, they can be confused with store-bought white mushrooms. “To me they have an almost ghostly appearance.” He says they grow out of what looks like an egg casing below the ground. The easiest way to identify them is to dig at their base and look for the egg-like form from which they emerged. “They really kind of hatch.”
Another deadly mushroom is the orange-colored lawn Galerina that grows on suburban lawns. Guy recommends a good guide, such as the “Audubon Field Guide for Mushrooms,” to familiarize oneself with the poisonous mushrooms. An alternate option, he suggests, is to forage with someone expert on this topic.
Despite his knowledge of mushrooms, Guy admits the identification of mushrooms is an elusive and impossible art to master. “If I had no idea what it was, I wouldn’t eat it,” he says. “There is a huge diversity of mushrooms, and they refuse to follow any type of rule. Most of them haven’t been studied well; their whole life cycle is unknown to science.”
Still, except for a very small number, mushrooms contain healthful properties for humans and add to the health of forests, says Guy. “They serve as pathways for water and nutrients to flow between all the parts of the forest, uniting it together beneath the soil.”
Note: Originally, the photo identifying the poisonous Fly Agaric mushroom was inadvertently mislabeled as yellow/gold chanterelle mushroom. This mistake has since been rectified.

Why The Popularity Of Matcha Green Tea Is Increasing In South Africa

If you are a tea drinker located in South Africa, there is a good chance that you have heard about Matcha green tea. This finely milled green tea was once only utilized in traditional Japanese tea drinking ceremonies during the 12th century, but it has since spread throughout the world, including South Africa. So, why all this Matcha Green Tea South Africa Buzz?

Let me explain…

Matcha Slowly Spreading Through South Africa

Matcha is slowly spreading through South Africa. It is now possible to purchase this type of tea through various stores, including Lady Bonin, El Camino, Dear Me, Plant Café and Clarkes Bar and Dining Room. In Joburg and all nearby areas, you can purchase Matcha from Fruits and Roots, Leafy Greens Café, and even myMatcha.

Shops throughout South Africa are beginning to stock green tea. This is definitely a good thing for those wishing to boost their health.

Whether you’re looking for a cup or a matcha ice cream, you shouldn’t have to look too far. Matcha green tea South Africa is on the verge of becoming the latest health craze.

Antioxidants And Immune System

South Africans are quickly adopting matcha tea, because of its enormous health benefits. Two of the most notable benefits is that it is high in antioxidants and it can help strengthen the immune system. If you’ve been sick or just want to avoid getting sick, drinking a cup of matcha is a good idea. It could make a major difference in your life.

Increased Awareness

As more and more Chinese immigrants flood into South Africa, the locals are becoming more aware of their cultures. While matcha tea is believed to originate from Japan, it dates back in Chinese history to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). Americans and Europeans were introduced to matcha tea many years ago. And, now it is classified as one of the most popular teas in these countries.

Awareness of the many health benefits of matcha tea is increasing at an alarming rate. Just like Americans and Europeans, South Africans desire to live long and healthy lives. Of course, some locals are still hesitant about incorporating the tea into their daily diet, but this has not stopped them from researching its many health benefits. As with the old saying, “curiosity killed a cat”, it will not be long before it becomes as popular in South Africa, as Europe and the United States

Matcha Tea is Visually Appealing

To start off, matcha green tea has a visual appeal that cannot be matched by any competitor on the market. If you are familiar with most teas, you probably know that once brewed they have a dull, brown appearance. Fortunately, that is not the case with matcha tea, as it gives off a vibrant green appearance. This is thanks to the chlorophyll in the leaves. When they are extracted during the brewing process they give this amazing tea its powerful looks. And, that is not the only thing chlorophyll provides this amazing tea with.

The Matcha Powder Taste Is Unlike Any Other

When you first taste matcha tea, you will truly understand why it is so popular in South Africa and why it cost so much more than other teas. Due to the extraction process of the chlorophyll in the leaves, this tea comes off with a creamy, vegetal taste that has an alluring sweetness that comes coupled with an aftertaste that really stands out.

The Mystery of Medicine Wheels

Over 70 medicine wheels in the plains states and southern Canada have been found.The most well-known medicine wheel is located on high atop a ridge of Medicine Mountain in Big Horn, Wyoming. Accessible only in the summer months, or else with snowshoes, it is built from local rock, has an 80 foot diameter with 28 spokes radiating from the center to the outer rim. There is a central cairn (pile of rocks) and six additional cairns around the outside. This ancient architecture has been dated to 700 years old.
Sky Maps

The Big Horn medicine wheel is astrologically aligned, with four of the outer cairns accurately lined up with the sun in the summer solstice and the others to major dawn-rising stars. The spokes correspond with the days of the lunar month. As an aboriginal saying goes, “As above, so below,” which provides six directions of the wheel: north, south, east, west, up, and down.
Several ancient cultures used the night sky as a model for land survey. According to Alice C. Fletcher’s study of the Pawnee of Nebraska, the tribe “geographically located their villages according to the stars in the heavens.” This method of using astronomy, a fixed and known “map” applied to the earth was used on every continent.

The county border of Perthshire, Scotland still precisely reflects the star shape of the constellation Perseus, and this was demonstrated by the shape of a megalith found there at Fowlis Wester. The Giza pyramids of Egypt were constructed in a set of three, corresponding to the position of the three stars comprising the belt in the Orion constellation. Additionally, the relative position of these pyramids to the meridian axis of the Nile River measures up with the Orion constellation and its relative position to the meridian axis of the Milky Way.
Prehistoric cultures have relied on the heavens to provide earthly landmarks and borders, whether by use of intentionally shaped megaliths like Stonehenge and Avebury and the Malta Temples or by geoliths like the medicine wheels.
Ancient Calendars

A related theory is the use of these constructions as calendars. Why was it so important for these cultures to determine the solstices and equinoxes? Archaeologists still do not know for sure, but it appears that the primary purpose was to mark the seasons to prepare for planting crops.
Sacred Circles
Medicine wheels are now protected historic sites allowing visitors. This comes as a disturbance to the tribes who continue to use the circles for sacred ceremonies, destinations for vision quests, and other rituals. New Agers flock to the old “temples” with hopes of divining increased energy emanating from the earth, uniting with spirits, or in search of personal totems.
Tribal members and visitors alike leave prayer offerings in the form of tied ribbons or necklaces on the rope fences now surrounding the wheels. The original purpose still a question, the curious medicine wheels continue to meet peoples’ spiritual needs centuries after their construction.

Roasted Eggplant Artichoke Crostini: Oven Caramelized and Herb Marinated Vegetables Over Crisp Bread

Here is a recipe to try that is low in fat but full with flavor. Start by spooning a spread made of roasted eggplant, tomatoes and red onions over crostini and top with marinated artichokes made with a dressing of fresh lemon juice and herbs. Super easy and great for any event.

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Crostini Topping

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil, for brushing or use olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 red onion, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 eggplant, about 1 lb., sliced about 1/2 inch thick, unpeeled
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. Brush oil or spray surface of two half sheet pans, or pans measuring about 13” x 18” with sides. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If not using two ovens, arrange two racks in the oven.
  2. In one pan, layer onion evenly. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar evenly over the top. Layer the tomatoes over the onions. In the second pan layer the eggplant evenly. Lightly brush olive oil over the top of the vegetables or spray the surface with olive oil spray.
  3. Place in preheated oven and bake until vegetables are browned and soft, about 30 to 40 minutes for the eggplant and 45 to 55 minutes for the onions and tomatoes.
  4. Remove and allow to cool slightly at room temperature. Using a food processor, pulse to coarsely puree the vegetables together. If chopping by hand, mince with a chef’s knife together. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and season with salt and pepper, adding any juices that have formed from the baking dish and serve.

Lemon Herb Marinated Artichokes

Ingredients:

  • 2 14-oz cans of undrained artichoke bottoms
  • 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 t dried Mexican oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 t dried basil, crushed
  • Garlic powder, dash to taste

Procedure:

  1. Drain artichokes and reserve the liquid. Cut in to quarters or eighths, depending on desired size.
  2. Mix liquid from artichokes with fresh lemon juice, sugar, herbs and a pinch of garlic powder to taste.
  3. Pour over the artichokes and stir to cover. Marinate covered in the refrigerator for about 6 to 8 hours to blend flavors. Stir to ensure marinade coverage.
  4. For serving, drain marinade and transfer to a dish.

Crostini for the Eggplant and Tomato Spread and Marinated Artichokes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf thin French bread, sliced about 1/2 inch thick

Procedure

  1. Arrange single layer on a sheet pan and place under broiler until golden. Turn over and toast other side. Cool and top with Eggplant and Tomato Spread and Marinated Artichokes.

Review of Michael Pollan’s Book Food Rules: Food Guru Michael Pollan Shares Easy Healthy Eating Tips

Michael Pollan, author of the New York Times best seller In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma has released Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (Penguin Books). This little book is an eating manifesto that answers two simple questions about eating that have somehow become extremely complex. These questions are, “what should people eat?” and “how should people eat?”

Healthy Eating Habits Begin With Whole Foods

In his no nonsense guide, Pollan urges his readers to avoid the processed foods that line the aisles in the grocery store. These foods have, sadly, become the staple of many American diets. And, if you go to the grocery store and walk the aisles, it is no wonder. The bulk of the products sold in grocery stores these days are processed.

Pollan’s tips include shopping the periphery of the supermarket, where the fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats are sold. He also pushes readers to think beyond the grocery store. Farmer’s markets and farms sell the freshest produce, dairy and meats available. The food sold at these venues is local, tasty, healthy, and environmentally friendly.

Healthy Meals are Thoughtful and Downsized

After sharing his tips on what to eat, Pollan turns to how to eat. This section of his guide has two themes. The first is to downsize portions. Pollan suggests ending a meal before feeling full, leaving some morsels on the dinner plate, and even downsizing the plates and glasses used at the table.

The second theme involves eating mindfully. Eating carefully, with attention to the taste and texture of food is important. Enjoying a meal by sitting down at the table rather than grabbing it on the run and devouring it at the dashboard of a car helps avoid mindless eating, which is never satisfying.\

Michael Pollan’s Healthy Eating Tips are Easy to Follow

Unlike his previous books, which are dense and at times laboring, Food Rules can be consumed and digested in a single sitting. The tips are drawn from Pollan’s interviews with nutritionists, doctors, readers, as well as culture and tradition. They have a “back to basics” feel to them and many are humorous. Rule #57, “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does,” exemplifies the cheeky fun that he has in sharing rules he hopes will stick with his readers as they troll down the aisles at the grocery store.

Food Rules Offers Advice to Build Healthy Eating Habits

Pollan offers simplicity in an area that has become increasingly difficult to understand and navigate: what and how to eat for optimal health. Though it seems that such a basic function should be natural, it is clear that Americans need advice. While nutrition continually advances, offering many explanations about anti-oxidants, omega 3’s, and other super nutrients, Americans have become ever larger and ever more prone to food related disease and illness. In Food Rules, Pollan cuts through the hype to offer basic, easy tips for healthy eating.

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy: Nintendo Wii as a Game Fitness Leader

Wii games and interactive fitness videos can be used over the Internet. The video and fitness games can also be used with standard and high definition television sets. According to Nintendo’s official website, the suggested manufacturer retail price for a Wii at home entertainment system is $199.99.

Consumer interest in the game system continues to grow. As of March 2017, Nintendo had sold 19 million units of Wii, 12.9 million Wii remote controllers and 644,000 units of its top video game seller – Wii Fitness

Popular Nintendo Wii Video Games

Fast Food Panic, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Kamen Rider Dragon Knight are popular Nintendo Wii games designed for children. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, New Super Mario Brothers, Guitar Hero Van Halen and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney are favorite games played by people across ages.

One of Nintendo’s hottest video games is Wii Fitness. After users become fit enough to use Wii Fitness with ease, they can upgrade to Wii Fitness Plus for $19.99. Wii Fitness video games come with instructional videos that show users the proper way to do the associated exercises. One to nine people can play the games that come with up to 60 different exercises including skiing, bowling, soccer, baseball, tennis, boxing and dance.

For those who remember the video fitness craze of the 1980s, the Wii Fitness instructional videos are similar to the 1980s fitness videos that were led by exercise gurus like Jayne Fonda, Richard Simmons and Denise Austin. A key difference between the videos is that Wii Fitness game videos are interactive.

Learn More About Nintendo Wii Fitness

Users can create a personal profile on the game system so that they can discover and record features like their height, weight and body fat. Body index is taken by simply stepping on the balance board. As they continue to use the software, they can monitor their progress.

Other factors that the system measures are the number of calories users burn doing the exercises. Users can also measure their body control and the impact that their body index and fitness has on their age. A person might be surprised to learn that although their biological age is 40 years, their fitness level and body balance show them at 53 years of age. Of course, the longer a person uses the system, the more they can improve this and other fitness measurements.

Yoga, balance, strength training and aerobics are included in basic Wii Fitness game packages. Wii Fitness Plus comes with additional exercises that are designed for more experienced game players.

Virtual Workouts Made Fun

3D images let video game players observe their functionality from several angles. A virtual trainer is available to offer feedback, guidance and tips as users advance through the exercises. This can help game players to alter their balance, steps or energy early in an exercise so they finish the exercises strong.

People who want to combine exercise routines can do so by creating a custom workout. For example, a person can start their workout off with yoga then advance to strength training only to conclude their workout with several aerobics exercises. Save custom workouts so one can easily return to them one to two days later.

The entertainment system is designed with a thin console (less than two inches thick) that can be placed flat on the floor next to a personal computer or television set. Total size of the compact console is 8.5 inches long and 6 inches wide. The console comes with a stand so people can place it atop their at-home entertainment cabinet or hutch.

How to Lose Weight with Wii Fit Plus: Using Video Games to Become Fit and Healthy

Wii Fit Plus gives busy (or shy) people the opportunity to work out in their own homes with the aid of a virtual personal trainer. In order to work out with the Wii Fit Plus, you will need a Wii Fit Plus board and a Wii Fit Plus compatible game. The Wii Fit Plus board is slightly larger than a bathroom scale, and works in conjunction with the Wii console. There are several ways a user can use the Wii Fit Plus in order to lose weight.

Play Balance Games on the Wii Fit Plus

Balance games on the Wii Fit Plus force the user to engage their core muscles. Most people don’t use their core muscles very often, and increasing the strength and mass of the core muscles will increase metabolism and help the user lose weight.

Play Strength Training Games on the Wii Fit Plus

Strength training games on the Wii Fit Plus teach the user –with the help of a virtual trainer– to do basic exercises that use the user’s own body weight to help increase their strength. Moves include exercises for legs, thighs, arms, back, and abs. Building these muscles helps to increase one’s metabolism, which leads to weight loss.

Practice Yoga with Wii Fit Plus

The Wii Fit Plus teaches basic yoga poses. Yoga helps to relax the mind and body. Those who suffer from stress-related diseases (such as adrenal fatigue) can lose weight once they eliminate or reduce the amount of stress in their lives.

Create Your Own Workout with the Wii Fit Plus

The Wii Fit Plus can be programmed to create a personalised workout. Choose from strength training or yoga moves, and create a workout that lasts up to an hour long. The Wii Fit Plus virtual trainer will help you make your way through the workout.

Heed the Advice of the Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus will remind the user to drink water every hour or so. Messages will also pop up telling the user to slow down or reduce the intensity of the workout.

Keep Track of Time and Calories on the Wii Fit Plus

Once you set up a profile on Wii Fit Plus, you can keep track of the amount of time you have spent on the Wii Fit Balance Board. This view can be altered to check time and calories per session, day, week, or month. Keeping track of this information can help you be aware of the amount of calories you are expending.

Transparent Review of The Secret Fat Burner

Right here is a sincere testimonial based on my very own experiences using The Secret Fat Burner.

We will start with the feature as well as web content of the secret to help give you a better understanding of the weight loss pill as well as just what it promises, along with my experiences. This will help you make a educated decision on whether you should use this diet pill or not.

Here are all the product details based on the insert brochure:

The Secret Fat Burner Maintenance Dosage:

Consume 1 capsule every day.

Crucial: Consume 3 liters of water per day (* this really is very important)

The secret fat burner is a fat burner & cravings suppressor. This diet pill combines well with a keto diet, aids to keep the weight off and aids to target stubborn belly fat.

Just how do I use The Secret Fat Burner?

Consume 1 capsule first thing every early morning on a empty tummy. Use it for 5 consecutive days and then miss 2 days. Repeat this process until bottle is empty.

Not suitable if:

  • Breast feeding
  • On antidepressants
  • Thyroid troubles
  • Hypertension

The Secret Ingredients:

L-Carnitine

If you are looking to get lean then this amino acid is a must. Carnitine has been shown to lower exhaustion and also act as a hunger suppressant.

Yerba Mate

A stimulant with an ingredient called mateine, which resembles caffeine. The mateine in yerba mate helps to speed up your metabolic rate and increase your power, shedding fat while doing so.

Bitter Orange Extract

Helps in shedding calories. It has been discovered to be among the very best weight loss ingredients available.

Chromium

Ingredient claims it could melt fat away, significantly reduce hunger, and boost metabolic rate.

Cassia Seed

Cassia seed is utilized as a laxative to deal with constipation. There is also evidence that it assists to reduce high blood pressure and also be used as an anti-inflammatory.

Guarana

Natural appetite suppressant, minimizes the need to eat. Promotes fat burning as well as activates the fat loss procedure, fights diarrhea, bloating as well as digestion problems.

Raspberry Ketones

Assists the body to burn fat faster. Additionally boostS levels of adiponectin, a hormonal agent that aids to manage the metabolic process.

The Secret Fat Burner Side Effects

You may struggle with the detoxification process as your body gets rid of contaminants. This is normal.

  • Sleeplessness (initial few days).
  • Impatience.
  • Slight migraine.
  • Completely dry mouth

Unmentioned The Secret Side Effects

* NOTE; These adverse effects are connected with being allergic to the active ingredient Aloe found in the secret fat burners unlisted ingredients.

  • sensitive skin reaction
  • dependence if utilized as a laxative
  • irregularity
  • abdominal cramping
  • dehydration
  • postponed injury healing
  • electrolyte inequality
  • diarrhea
  • excess bleeding
  • hardening of the skin
  • Henoch-Schönlein purpura
  • hives
  • liver toxicity
  • liver disease
  • increased danger of uneven heartbeat
  • kidney failing
  • boosted risk of intestines cancer cells
  • muscle weakness
  • inflammation of the skin as well as eyelids
  • skin dryness
  • reduced potassium in the blood
  • urinary system rock
  • skin inflammation from sun direct exposure
  • soreness
  • splitting of the skin
  • stinging
  • extensive inflammation of the skin
  • stomach pain
  • thyroid disorder
  • uterine contractionsa

* NOTE; These adverse effects are connected with being allergic to the active ingredient Evening primrose found in The Secrets unlisted ingredients.

  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • weight gain
  • acne
  • transformed body immune system function
  • anxiety
  • dizziness
  • belching (burping)
  • bloating
  • cellulitis (skin infection)
  • cervix ripening
  • throwing up
  • colic
  • bowel irregularity
  • coughing
  • cramping
  • depression

Benefits of Using The Secret Fat Burner

*Based upon my own experience

  • Rapid weight loss (The best benefit)
  • Hunger control
  • Lots of energy
  • A clear mind
  • Longer endurance to workout
  • Increased thirst (Ended up drinking more water)

Disadvantages of Using The Secret Fat Burner

*Based on my own experience

  • A LOT of urination
  • Extreme irritation the first 3 days
  • Feeling anxious
  • Nausea or vomiting (first 2 days)
  • Really feeling flustered one min and also getting chilly shivers the next
  • Mild tummy pain
  • Consistent unquenchable thirst

The Secret Fat Burner Success Stories

Based on my customer’s experiences and also my own, The Secret Fat Burner is user friendly, is of high quality as well as ideal for anybody.

I personally went from 80kg to 74 kg in simply 14 days. Please keep in mind that just like any form of supplementation it is always recommended to talk to your GP beforehand.

More Secret Fat Burner Success Stories

Megan Barnard; 36

“I was constantly scared of trying new things till I read about “The Secret Fat Burner” … In just 4 weeks I have actually lost 9kgs. The very best component is that not only have I lost weight but also in centimeters. I feel as well as look wonderful!”.

Sandy Koekemoor; 42

“I’ve been having a weight problem for a long time I could not lose any kind of weight, my weight increasing each day. After finding The Secret Fat Burner I had actually shed 7 kg within 2 weeks.”

My Final Thought on The Secret Fat Burner

The mild discomfort for the first few days are rapidly forgotten compared to the amazing results achieved. I love the Secret Fat Burner since it is natural as well as has no extreme active ingredients.

Saying that it can be dangerous as well as trigger problems among-st individuals that are obese. If you are obese I advise you to contact your local dr before trying The Secret Fat Burner. If you have ANY questions or concerns please contact me by leaving a message below.

 

Vegan and Vegetarian Diet Alternatives: Basic Ital Tips for Effective, Reliable Weight Loss

Various ethnic diets exclude meat or certain animal products, usually for religious or traditional reasons. I-tal (from the word “vital”) is a Rastafarian term that defines the diet of some members of that group. In its purest form, it excludes the consumption of flesh, and in its less stringent forms it is a generally pescetarian (fish-eating) diet, with the exclusion of shellfish.

Human beings have rather long intestinal tracts, a characteristic common to many herbivore species, and meat stays in our digestive systems for a relatively long time compared with most carnivorous animals. Clearly, if one wants to effectively lose weight but still maintain vitality and good energy levels, one must make their body cease metabolising food at its current rate, and having it sit in the digestive tract is no way to accomplish this.

Vegan and Vegetarian Nutritional Benefits

Animal protein sources are comparatively high in saturated and unsaturated fats. Additionally vegans and vegetarians consume higher levels of dietary fiber as a necessity, plant tissue containing large amounts of indigestible cellulose tissue that serves to flush out the digestive tract with comfortable regularity.

Dietary fiber helps reduce the amount of time food material is being absorbed to be stored as fatty tissue by increasing peristalsis, as reported by the US Gastroenterology Review. When the body is not used to having its digestive organs “stretched out” by being packed with food, hunger pangs are generally reduced. Protein sources like meat require more calories to break down, which can lead to increased metabolic rate, as analyzed by the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

What About Protein Sources?

A crucial weight loss and accumulation factor is the consumption of protein. Many people worry about where they will find protein sources when they switch to a vegan diet. Lean proteins such as lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes are often used to replace animal-based sources of proteins with combinations of incomplete proteins.

Getting Started with a New Diet

The first priority with dieting is to identify the largest source of undesired substances in our food, and switch it for something that will let us reach our goals. An ital diet is one of the best ways to get started healthily.

Here are some additional tips and easy changes that will guarantee noticeable, if not major results in short order.

  • Make a mental running list of what protein sources are eaten during the day. Keep track of how this affects the frequency of sugar cravings.
  • Transition easily. Try switching out a large portion of meat for a smaller portion of meat accompanied by lean proteins like lentils.
  • Remember, Ital is Vital! It is a good idea to pay attention to how much more energetic one feels when not eating heavy foods like red meat.
  • Branch out! Eating new foods is one of the best ways to explore the things that may be missing out on in our current diets.

Good luck, and happy eating!

The food guide pyramid: What has it done for you lately?

They used to sit it on our doorstep in the wee hours of the morning, they stock our grocer’s freezer with huge quantities of it, and they have been cutting it down to frying pan size for years. Every effort (in the past and present) has been made to make sure meat and dairy products are readily available for America to consume – and did we ever.

Steak was a staple, milk was devoured in its’ fattiest form and no breakfast was complete without a pile of bacon, ham or sausage on your plate.

But once the milkman went away and the butcher shop wasn’t a hot spot anymore, America started making healthier food choices. As heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases increased, so did America’s obsession with their hearts, arteries and waistlines. We started trimming the fat from our steaks, we cut out pork, we bought lean meats and skinless chicken and turkey, we opted for skim milk instead of whole and we started cutting down on snacks and calories.

In retaliation, we got pummeled with ad campaigns for the industries responsible for our formerly declining health… remember – “Pork! The other white meat?” or “Eat Beef?” and who could ever forget “cheese glorious cheese?” But the king of all ad campaigns has to be the ever famous, “got milk?”… launched by dairy farmers and backed 115% by the United States Department of Agriculture.

It’s impossible to forget the got milk campaign. It’s still alive and kicking today and it’s endorsed by seemingly clueless celebrities who don milk mustaches all over billboards, commercials and magazine pages everywhere. I don’t blame them though, I mean they are celebrities and it’s clear what their motives are. But what does the government have to gain by watching America’s health decline and their weight increase?

Let’s think about this for a second, for every attempt at trying to control our weight, the “food industry” does something to sabotage it and the government is there every step of the way either backing it or refusing to do anything to stop it. We trim the fat and cut calories – in return “fat free” is created. So now we get to eat all the fat-free cookies, cakes and chips we want. We cut our portions, then the fast food industry responds with “Super Size it.”

So again, what does the government gain from all this?

According to its mission statement, the U.S Department of Agriculture is charged with “enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting the production of Agriculture.” So basically, it’s their responsibility to assist the meat and dairy industry while promoting healthy dietary choices for Americans. Guess who gets the short end of the stick here?