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America is Going Vegan, Exponentially

America is Going Vegan, Exponentially

Vegetarian diets have been considered healthy in the past few decades, but studies in recent years have questioned the validity of dairy & egg products being healthy as well. With a constant influx of undercover investigations appearing on facebook, youtube, and Netflix documentaries, more and more Americans are becoming aware of what really goes on in factory farms and food processing plants (and eventually into their food.) With heart disease & cancer being the leading causes of death in the United States, and continuing research by Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (1) and NutritionFacts.org (2), people are making the connection between diet and health.

Poor health is not just an adult problem. What children are fed at a young age will determine their health & eating habits as they grow up. Childhood Type II Diabetes has been on the rise, affecting 208,000 U.S. citizens under age 20 and continues to grow (3). 16 million Americans have gone vegan or vegetarian as of 2009 (8), and 100 million have mentioned they started making healthier choices like switching from cow’s milk to dairy-free products or cutting red meat from their diet. The demand for vegan products is higher than ever in 2014, that even schools & daycares are creating plant-based menus for kids! Oh, and did I mention McDonald’s sales dropped 3.8% this month (9)? Yes, America is Going Vegan!

America is Going Vegan, Really! The nation’s first vegetarian public elementary school was announced in May 2014 at Public School 244 in Queens, NY (4). Today, MUSE School CA near Los Angeles has been announced that they will be the first official VEGAN school in the country in 2015 (5). The 2014 Golden Carrot Award winners via PCRM for the most healthy school menus were MUSE School CA, Lincoln Public School District in Lincoln NE, and Desert Garden Montessori School in Phoenix! Yes, we officially have at least FIVE healthy plant-based schools in the U.S. now. And TWO are local!

In addition to Desert Garden Montessori, you can check out the Little Learner’s Group Daycare in Mesa for a fully plant-based menu. The owner, Clarissa, is a former client of mine who has gone vegan through my Nutrition Coaching services, and she now raises her son vegan and wants to ensure good health of the children in her daycare as well. She put together a fully plant-based menu on her own and after extensive efforts, has gotten it approved! Yes, America is Going Vegan! (Golden Carrot Award was given for the Top Vegan School Lunch program.) America is going vegan one school at a time.

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1. www.PCRM.org 2. www.NutritionFacts.org
3. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
4. http://school-stories.org/2014/05/inside-the-nations-first-vegetarian-public-school/
5. http://www.ecorazzi.com/2014/10/23/ca-school-to-become-first-vegan-school-in-the-country/#.VEmDVIOG5T8.facebook
6. http://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/10th-anniversary-of-the-golden-carrot-award/ 7. http://www.thelittlelearnersgroup.com/
8. http://news.therawfoodworld.com/16-million-people-us-now-vegan-vegetarian/?utm_content=buffer19afa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
9. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mcdonalds-profit-down-30-on-us-china-woes-2014-10-21

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Kelly’s Gluten-Free ThanksLiving Recipe Plans

pumpkin latte

ThanksLiving Is The New Thanksgiving!

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With all the amazing meat-free, vegan options out there today, why settle for Turkey as your main course when you could eat healthier and start a new Gluten-Free ThanksLiving tradition. As a vegan of 4 years, I still love to experiment with new foods!  I picked out a few recipes this year, and look forward to digging right in!

I plan on having a ThanksLiving celebration, with my vegan family and vegetarian friend Erica, with delicious plant-based foods! I also donated some help $$ to Mercy for Animals, who is currently doing a Million Dollar Challenge!! This ThanksLiving, give back!

Main ThanksLiving Course: Vegan Meatloaf made out of Lentils and Gluten-free Bread Crumbs, topped with cranberry sauce. (I’m the only one who has a gluten allergy, so the other three will be eating Tofurky as their main course.)

Delicious Plant-Based Sides:

  1. Mashed Potatoes mixed with Non-GMO Canned Corn and topped with a satsifying gluten-free gravy.
  2. Vegan Stuffing made with Gluten-Free Brown Rice Loaf (instead of wholegrain bread).

Amazing Beverages:

pumpkin latte
Delicious Latte from Pomegranate Cafe, AZ
  1. Pumpkin Spice Lattes with Vanilla Almond Milk and gelatin-free marshmallows; Hot Cocoa with marshmallows for Vinny 🙂
  2. Reisling for the adults; grape juice for the kid.

For Dessert:

I’m still debating between this Banana Cream Cake and the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with Almond Meal Crust.  I will have to post pictures of which dessert I end up making!!

Which one would you choose?  I was really eying down that cake… we ended up making both!

Happy Gluten-Free ThanksLiving to all of my vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan friends out there. GO YOU if you are working on reducing meats and introducing new plant-based meals! I would love to help you – just contact me for more info.

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The Signature St Patrick’s Day meal

Corned Beef and Cabbage has become the signature St Patrick’s Day meal. Why?

Corned beef and cabbage isn’t actually the national dish of Ireland. You wouldn’t eat it for a St Patrick’s Day meal in Dublin, nor would you be likely to find it in County Cork. So how did Corned Beef and Cabbage become synonymous with the Irish?

Cabbage

During the time of the Irish immigration to the U.S., the first generation of Irish-Americans were in search of the comforting tastes of their homeland. A St Patrick’s Day meal meant boiled bacon. But the immigrants were too poor to afford the high price of pork and bacon products. Instead, they turned to the cheapest cut of meat available: beef brisket. Given that New York City was a melting pot for immigrants from around the world, rather than boil the beef, the Irish adopted cooking methods from other cultures. Brining was a technique of the Eastern Europeans, which is a way of salt-curing meat.

And the corn? Well, “corned” has nothing to do with corn but instead refers to the corn-sized salt crystals used during the brining process. The corned beef was paired with cabbage, as it was one of the cheapest vegetables available to the Irish immigrants.  So are you really celebrating Irish heritage from the old country or wanting to somehow feel connected to an ancestors’ heritage?

corned beef nutrition facts

Image Source: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beef-products/3488/2

The corned beef and cabbage was an alternative to an already unhealthy meal. It’s also an unhealthy option for you, your family and our planet as it is extremely high in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium.  Let new traditions of eating ethical plant-based options start now so future generations can be celebrate your legacy of being compassionate.  Pair your cabbage dinner with a meatless alternative like my delicious Glazed Lentil Apple Walnut Loaf.  Also be sure to visit Kelly’s Meanest Greenest Juice Recipe for breakfast and Derek’s Raw Broccoli Soup Recipe for a healthy St Patrick’s Day meal!
Article written by: John Bergdoll, guest writer from the Vegan Energy blog.
Article edited & posted by: Kelly Gibson, 3-year Vegan Personal Trainer and Plant-Based Nutrition Coach from Kelly Athletics LLC
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USDA Contradicts Itself

USDA Contradicts Itself

The USDA has proposed $160 million toward marketing funds for beef promotion in 2014. Since production and sales of beef have declined, the USDA contradicts itself and takes it into their own hands to support growth. Physicians, researchers, and several medical organizations have recommending a reduction in red meat consumption, but the USDA is still determined to boost sales of meat! If people gave up beef for health reasons, will millions of dollars’ worth of marketing change their minds or go to waste?

Red meat is linked to a plethora of health problems, such as increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancers. Ironically, the USDA recommends reducing intake of cholesterol and saturated fat in 2010… but now encourages meat consumption? Check out my 7 Reasons to Ditch Meat article to learn why eliminating meat has been trending over the past decade. It’s never too late to make the switch and sub out red meat for low-fat and cholesterol-free proteins such as quinoa, beans, lentils, non-gmo tempeh or tofu. Plant-based proteins are recognized as healthful sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals with NO risk of developing chronic disease. Make the change and save your life. Don’t allow the USDA or the media to control your health. The USDA contradicts itself just like many media outlets do, and it may be better to take nutritional counseling from a more credible source.

Written by Kelly Gibson on Dec 8, 2014

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Resource: http://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/usda-beefing-up-special-interest-marketing-funds/

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Drinking Cows Milk Weakens Bones

Drinking Cows Milk Weakens Bones

Hip fractures can be caused by osteoporosis. Can you believe cows milk weakens bones?

Milk is aggressively promoted to Americans as the best & only source of calcium for improved bone health and reduced risk of osteoporosis. It is time we look at the scientific facts before believing in these false marketing claims. A new study by the British Medical Journal shows a link between milk consumption and increased hip fractures and a higher mortality rate. Specifically, three or more glasses of milk per day lead to 93% higher death rate in women. This wasn’t just ANY study; and there have been multiple studies indicative of milk causing osteoporosis in recent years (for example, The China Study). This was an 11-year multivariable study that examined the effects of drinking milk in over 60,000 women and 45,000 men. The science shows that lactose in milk create compounds in the body that inflame blood vessels and increase oxidative stress on our cells. Inflammation can lead to heart disease, stroke, and cancer, all of which could be the reason the death rates are higher in those who consume more milk. So, how does milk cause osteoporosis? The answer is calcium carbonate (the end result of pasteurization). This compound causes the body to pull calcium from bones and other tissues of the body in order to filter calcium carbonate from our blood. So all that calcium we think we’re getting? We’re not. It turns out that cows milk weakens bones.

What we know now: Milk has a deteriorating effect on human health. It is time America takes the appropriate steps to change our nutrition paradigm to exclude dairy products from the American Diet, and replace with healthy alternatives. Just because a food contains healthful nutrients like calcium, it does not mean that our bodies can metabolize the whole food containing specific nutrients without harmful side effects. If you are concerned about getting enough calcium in your diet, worry no more because you can get more than enough calcium in your diet from beans, nuts, leafy greens, and even non-dairy milks. Some alternatives to try include soy milk, hemp milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or hazelnut milk. Be sure to start reading food labels as milk is a leading ingredient in most processed foods. Contact me for more information on how to transition to a dairy-free diet.

Written by Kelly Gibson, Online Vegan Coach and Plant Based Trainer, on Oct 31, 2014

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Resources for Cows Milk Weakens Bones:
1. http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6015
2. http://pcrm.org/health/medNews/drinking-milk-associated-with-fractures-and-death
3. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/does-milk-really-do-the-body-good/
4. http://www.realfarmacy.com/100000-person-study-reveals-pasteurized-milk-people-drink-likely-die/

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Vegan Daycares and Schools Going Vegan

Schools Going Vegan across the U.S.

Vegetarian diets have been considered healthy in the past few decades, but studies in recent years have questioned the validity of dairy & egg products being healthy as well.  With constant influx of undercover investigations appearing on facebook, youtube, and Netflix documentaries, more and more Americans are becoming aware of what really goes on in factory farms and food processing plants.  With heart disease & cancer being the leading causes of death in the United States, people are making the connection between diet and health. Schools Going Vegan is the new trend, and as a vegan and vegetarian trainer I am happy to share this!

A child’s brain doubles in size it’s first year, and reaches 80% of it’s adult volume by age 3 (1).  Learning begins at birth, and Children develops 85% of it’s core structure by age 3 (2). This is a strong indicator that what children are fed at a young age will determine their eating habits later in life. Childhood Type II Diabetes has been on the rise, affecting 208,000 U.S. citizens under age 20 and continues to grow (3).  Millions of Americans have gone vegan, started feeding their kids vegan meals at home, and many others have started making healthier choices by switching from cow’s milk to dairy-free products or cutting red meat from their diet. The demand for vegan products is higher than ever, and now schools going vegan & daycares are creating plant-based menus for kids!

The trend started with the nation’s first vegetarian public elementary school in May 2014 at Public School 244 in Queens, NY (4). Locally, you might be able to find an In-home Daycare now offering a fully plant-based menu. Some private daycares, such as Bright Horizons, will allow parents to pack vegan lunches for their children, although most facilities are nut-free.  In public daycares, your child’s pediatrician most likely needs to provide a note recommending soy milk otherwise will be required to serve cow’s milk. In May of this year, Dr. Barnard of PCRM announced that vegan lunches are coming to all L.A. Unified School District schools! It’s amazing, all of these schools going vegan!

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Resources: 1. http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain

2. http://www.finebynine.org/uploaded/file/Briefing%20Paper%201.pdf

3. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/

4. http://school-stories.org/2014/05/inside-the-nations-first-vegetarian-public-school/

5. http://www.thelittlelearnersgroup.com/

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Do Physicians Recommend a Plant-Based Diet

If you’re Concerned about how your diet impacts your health…

You might be wondering, Do Physicians Recommend a Plant-Based Diet?

 

According to Kaiser Permanente, a well-known company that publishes medical journals to physicians, has encouraged medical doctors over the past year to reconsider the types of diets they recommend to their patients.  Specifically, this article discusses proper diet MD should recommend for diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.  They say “Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meat, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.”  The article discusses the positive effects of eating a plant-based diet to reduce cholesterol, BMI, high blood pressure, and glycated haemoglobin (a protein with red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.) The vegan diets used in this study included nutrient dense plant-based foods, encouraging lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, lentils, peas, seeds, and soybeans, among other beans. It was amazing to read through the results found in a 16-week study, showing that plant-based diets improved ALL of these medical issues better than a combination of medication and exercise. So, do physicians recommend a plant-based diet or are they neglecting to stay up to date on current nutritional research?  Turns out, there are quite a few MDs recommending a plant-based diet including the President of the American College of Cardiology!  Here is a list of other plant-based doctors.

In this article by The Permanente Journal, I concur with their conclusion that those on a vegan diet need to focus on planning, reading labels, and discipline.  As a Vegan Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach in Phoenix area, I am sometimes overwhelmed (in a good way) with the abundance of new vegan options at restaurants and health food stores.  But then, I become stumped at the majority of restaurants and grocery chains who still offer 98% animal-based products.  I just took my first trip to Winco Foods in Gilbert AZ today, hoping to find yummy vegan grub, but I left with none other than avocados, green tea, oil-free frozen hash browns, gluten-free cupcake mix for Halloween, and Gardein vegan chicken for my husband to try. I read every ingredient on the labels and leave behind anything containing animal products (this definitely takes discipline.) No worries though, we are fortunate to live in Chandler where there are loads of great vegan options at health food stores, and nearby vegan restaurants in Tempe & Phoenix.  As always, we have the world wide web to find a plethora of homemade plant-based recipes to try.

Written by Kelly Gibson, October 12 2014

 

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Source: http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2013/spring/5117-nutrition.html, photo from www.natural-health-cafe.org

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