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.

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.

Inflammation Part 2

Make sure to read Part 1, the causes of chronic inflammation. WHAT ABOUT DIET? How does diet impact chronic inflammation? What you eat can play both a positive and negative role in managing chronic inflammation. There are foods that can aggravate chronic inflammation (pro-inflammatory foods) and those that are anti-inflammatory.

Inflammation Part 1

INFLAMMATION occurs when the body is harmed in any way – from infections / injury / toxins – and is an immune response that the body initiates against local tissue damage. Inflammation is a necessary response from our immune system against a foreign body (or antigen). Poor diet and stress overwhelm the immune system , leading to excessive inflammation.