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Plant Based Dairy Alternatives

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 0 comments

Plant Based Dairy Alternatives

We’ve all heard through relentless ad campaigns that we should drink milk or eat dairy products to boost our calcium and keep our bones healthy and strong. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that animal proteins actually cause calcium to be leached from the bones and excreted in the urine. As a result, animal protein contributes to the acceleration of osteoporosis because keeping blood and tissues at a neutral Ph balance always takes priority over keeping calcium phosphate in the bones. The US National...

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Egg Free Substitutes

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 6 comments

Egg Free Substitutes

Did you know that we don’t need eggs in our diet to stay fit and healthy?  In fact, I just learned yesterday that the Harvard Physicians Health Study, which followed 20,000 doctors for over twenty years and found that those doctors consuming at least one egg a day had a significantly higher mortality risk, which essentially suggests that consuming even just one egg a day is significantly associated with a shorter lifespan.  This is not great news for those who like their omelets in the morning but when it comes to taste, I recently...

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Get Vegucated!

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 2 comments

Get Vegucated!

I found the documentary Vegucated to be a great starting point when I began learning and gathering information last year about the vegetarian and vegan diet. This film raised my awareness of the horrors of the factory farm industry without being too overwhelming, graphic or radical. Whether you are considering a vegetarian lifestyle or taking the full plunge into veganism, this documentary provides plenty of food for thought without being preachy, rigid or dogmatic.   I highly recommend this documentary if you are just beginning your quest...

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Overcoming Speciesism

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 0 comments

Overcoming Speciesism

What is Speciesism? According to the Oxford Dictionary, speciesism is the assumption of human superiority leading to the exploitation of animals. To raise awareness of how speciesism plays a major role in today’s society, I am going to share Jay Quigley’s TED Talk on “Overcoming Speciesism.” In this sixteen minute presentation, Jay Quigley provides hope and some practical advice on how to end animal suffering. He also offers some practical ways to bring our food choices more in alignment with our values. (For more information you can...

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101 Reasons To Go Vegan

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 4 comments

101 Reasons To Go Vegan

Last week we talked about what it means to become a conscious vegan eater. Many of us are drawn to a vegan lifestyle for various  reasons. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do our part to reduce pollution on the planet. Others have made the switch because we want to preserve Earth’s natural resources or because we’ve always loved animals and are ethically opposed to eating them. In any case, being a vegan and/or a vegetarian requires commitment, discipline and awareness. Eating with conscious awareness is a decision...

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Becoming a Conscious Vegan Eater

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 4 comments

Becoming a Conscious Vegan Eater

Last week we talked about becoming a vegetarian/vegan and how friends and family members might react to your decision. The transition to this lifestyle has gained some serious momentum over the past several years and will continue to evolve as more and more people increase their awareness. Many of us have been blissfully ignoring where our food comes from for decades and we are only now beginning to realize that what we choose to buy and eat has a tremendous impact on our environment, on our health, on other human beings and on the welfare of...

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What will my friends and family members think if I become a vegetarian/vegan?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 4 comments

What will my friends and family members think if I become a vegetarian/vegan?

Last week, we explored the different varieties of vegetarian lifestyles. If you have made the decision to become a vegetarian/vegan, not everyone is going to support your decision. Sometimes these social and family pressures make being a vegetarian/vegan very challenging. It is likely that you will receive some opposition in the beginning of this journey. Often attempting to convince every person who gives you grief for becoming a vegetarian/vegan, will be a huge emotional drain. Arguing and defending the issues that you have come to care...

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Exploring the Varieties of Vegetarian Lifestyles

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 4 comments

Exploring the Varieties of Vegetarian Lifestyles

In last weeks article (Becoming a Vegetarian: Overcoming the Fear of the Unknown), I mentioned that there are slight variations between a vegetarian lifestyle, a vegan lifestyle and a whole foods/plant based lifestyle.   Today, I’m going to help you understand the differences. There are “five” different types of vegetarians based on the extent to which they exclude animal products. Below shows the slight differences between the vegetarian categories and the food choices I currently enjoy as well. Semi-Vegetarian – Eats...

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Becoming a Vegetarian: Overcoming the Fear of the Unknown

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in GL News, Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 2 comments

Becoming a Vegetarian: Overcoming the Fear of the Unknown

As I mentioned in my article (Getting Started with a Whole Food, Plant Based Lifestyle) last week, I have come to realize that our relationship with food can have a tremendous impact on our well-being, health and spiritual growth. All food contains and gives life. We humans are also life giving and life containing. All plants, animals and humans depend on the elements of the sun, the earth, soil, water and air to live and thrive. As we deepen our Spiritual Awareness we also acknowledge the interdependence and connection among plants, animals,...

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Getting Started with a Whole Food, Plant Based Lifestyle

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Nutrition, On My Mind! Gena's Blog | 0 comments

Getting Started with a Whole Food, Plant Based Lifestyle

Over the years I have come to realize that our relationship with food can have a tremendous impact on our spiritual growth and although we are more than our body, it is the vessel that we travel with in this life. If you are familiar with my work you’ve heard me say; The beginning of spiritual freedom is taking inventory of how we live our life and the choices we make on a daily basis. When I made the decision last year to adopt a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle I immediately felt lighter in my mind, body and spirit because I’m living,...

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