Slim Without Starving

The arrival of warmer weather means that many of us have set our sights on losing weight. The good news is that it is possible – and much healthier – to slim down without starving yourself! Misinformation abounds in the media. So what is one of the healthiest and most sustainable way to obtain and maintain a healthy weight?

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Mango Banana Soy Smoothie

This simple smoothie recipe brings together soy and tropical fruit with mouthwatering results.

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Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating With PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Plant-based eating can offer several benefits for individuals with PCOS.

While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of a plant-based diet on PCOS specifically, adopting a plant-based eating pattern can contribute to overall health improvements, which may help manage PCOS symptoms. Some potential benefits of following a plant-based diet in treatment of PCOS include the following:

PCOS – POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. In fact, PCOS is the most common endocrine condition in women of reproductive age. It is characterized by a combination of symptoms, including irregular menstrual periods, excess androgen (male hormone) levels, and enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid (follicles), located in each ovary as seen during an ultrasound exam.

PCOS is associated with long term metabolic and psychological conditions such as diabetes, depression, and CVD (cardiovascular disease). It is a chronic condition with potential long lasting effects on a woman’s life.

Plant-Based Lifestyles: Brain Health

Prevent or slow down the progression of dementia/age-related cognitive decline. Dementia is a general term used to describe a decline in cognitive abilities (such as memory, language, and decision-making) that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily life. It is not a specific disease but rather a group of symptoms that are caused by various underlying conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and others.

Diet, Lifestyle, Genetics and Health

A simple overview of how diet and lifestyle changes can positively influence gene expression which in turn can have important effects on health and disease risks. Ever heard of the term EPIGENETICS? Epigenetics refers to changes in gene expression that occur without changes to the underlying DNA sequence. These changes can be hereditary and can be influenced by environmental factors, such as diet, lifestyle and environment.

Good Health and Happiness

How can good lifestyle and plant-based dietary choices help combat depression? A mind-blowing statistic (published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience) grabbed my attention: Higher consumption of vegetables may cut the odds of developing depression by as much as 62 percent! This review article concluded that, in general, eating LOTS of fruits and vegetables may present “a non-invasive, natural, and inexpensive therapeutic means to support a healthy brain.”

The Humble Soybean

The soybean is a humble, yet powerful legume that has been cultivated for centuries. With over 200 soy-related peer-reviewed articles published annually and research spanning 25 years, the soybean is a nutritional powerhouse that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Let’s take a closer look and discover all the incredible things it can do.

Hypertension

High blood pressure is one of the risk factors for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD);  a chronic lifestyle disease.  CHD is a slow process and starts with fatty deposit build up on the inner walls of the arteries of the heart and the brain.  This may lead to narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart and the brain with oxygen, and this may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Soy and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS)

Genetic modification, also known as “genetic engineering,” is a technologically advanced way to select desirable traits in crops. While selective breeding has existed for thousands of years, modern biotechnology is more efficient and effective because seed developers are able to directly modify the genome of the crop.