Growing up in Wisconsin, we had a summer ritual. The family would pick buckets full of piecherries from Door County. Once we got them home we would pit, and pit, and pit them. Then my mom would bake some into cherry pies and freeze the rest for future pies and crisps. Here in Colorado I have a new ritual. Peaches.
We all know it as what happens when we cut a finger, get bit by a bug, or sprain an ankle. The area starts to swell up or turn red or both. Inflammation, defined as “a localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function,” happens to everyone. What we don’t often think of happening to us, is the inflammation that happens inside our bodies.
I learned how to be cheap at a young age. Well, maybe frugal. Whatever word you use for it, I learned from the best. My dad. He could do vacations cheap and tasty.
When we traveled, six of us crammed into a sedan pulling a tent-trailer that was full of everything we needed for two weeks, including food and block ice to keep it cold.
I just heard about a four-part series called Prescription: Nutrition on the powerful benefits of plant-based eating.
The first episode aired last week. It’s focused on nutrition and it is educational. Michael Greger, M.D., from NutritionFacts.org is a part of this series. The series explores the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and discusses the current cultural shift on how we approach our relationship with food.
June 21 is tall girl appreciation day. It’s also the longest day of the year. (You shorter gals have a day in December.)
I wasn’t able to find any history describing how this day came about, although apparently it has been celebrated for the last few years. As one blogger pointed out, we don’t need a day to appreciate tall women (or girls or short females or anyone) but someone recorded it, so there you are.
This is a three-part series. In Part 1 I covered allergies. In Part 2 I focused on four foods associated with cutting your risk of allergy in half and improving allergy symptoms. In this part, I will discuss asthma.
Asthma, chronic inflammation of the airways, causes coughing, chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath. Nearly 19 million American adults and 7.1 million children battle the disease, with more people added to that number every year.1
When starting on a whole-food, plant-based journey, feeling cynical is normal. I did and I’ve heard from some of my students that sometimes they do too.
For me, one area where I expressed cynicism was in the idea of “sauteeing” in water instead of oil. I complained the food didn’t smell as good as it cooked. That using water made me boil the food not saute it. That I was losing good flavor.
Another area was hunger. I’m a slow eater so it sometimes felt like I just finished breakfast and I’d
My 21 days of photos started today with this “Salad for Breakfast” post on Instagram. Follow me at Wholeplantbased to see them all.
But I’m not the only one working on 21 days of healthy eating. My students are as well.
One student commented on how she used to think a healthy meal included a diet soda and a white-flour tortilla wrapped around less than the ideal number of vegetables. But she said her brain is changing what she thinks about that, and she now looks for the healthier choice, even when