The Dangers of Protein Powder

Do you add protein powder to your smoothies, juices, or cereal? Many vegans and raw vegans consume protein powder regularly, believing it is healthy. The common misconceptions are that protein powder can improve weight loss, increase energy for workouts, and achieve solid abs. However, protein powder can be harmful to our bodies for a variety …

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Nutrients in Local Produce Versus Imported Produce

Where do you get your food? Do you head to the local farmers’ market or the local supermarket, where much of the food comes from distant places? Are there benefits to eating fresh, homegrown produce? Let’s begin by defining the term “local food.” “Local food” is generally defined as food that: was harvested within 100 …

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Getting Your Vitamin D

Karen recently informed me of the strangest phenomenon she encountered when visiting sunny climates, like Southern California: the people living in virtually constant sunshine severely lacked sufficient amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced by sunlight, so one would think inhabitants of sunny areas would possess an abundance of this disease-preventing vitamin. However, upon …

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The Top 5 Healthiest Places to Live in the World

What is the recipe for a healthy, long life? Researchers agree that there is no magic formula to guarantee longevity, but instead they have determined a combination of factors: Warm, Dry Climate: Warmer temperatures allow people to spend more time outside, in the fresh air and sun. In turn, more time outdoors leads to a …

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Are You and Your Children Getting the Right Amount of Sleep?

Are you getting enough sleep? In today’s plugged-in, contently busy society, sleep is harder to come by than ever. However, sleep is essential and affects all areas of our health. During sleep, the heart rate slows and blood pressure lowers. Cerebral spinal fluid cleans our brain more quickly while we sleep, literally giving us a …

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Vegan and Raw Vegan Manhattan Tour

On April 24th I took a group of raw food lovers to the Big Apple for a fun day of visiting some of the best vegan and raw food establishments in the plant strong movement. It was wonderful to spend the day getting to know the vegan cafes, restaurants, and stores available to us in …

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The Easiest Way to Open A Young Thai Coconut

For the raw food aficionado, a Young Thai Coconut is an absolute divine drink. I prefer to get mine in cases of 9 organic coconuts but we do occasionally get them from an international market. If you continue reading below, you’ll see how my daughter Gabriela brilliantly opens a young coconut so that you can …

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The Tropical Fruit King of Southern California

I went to California in March to experience the abundance of raw fruits and vegetables, and to speak on the benefits of raw vegan nutrition and the mistakes to avoid on March 20th at Mother’s Market in Costa Mesa. I was excited to be greeted by a full audience of motivated listeners. However, I did …

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Guiding Our Children to the Truth about Health, Compassion and the Environment

A new mom authored a vegan recipe book and an article I read. She wrote her recent blog article responding to the main question she’s been receiving since she gave birth to her first child: “Will you raise your child vegan?” Surprisingly, she expressed that it’s more important for her daughter to have open options …

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Athletes on Vegan Diets

Recently, Karen Ranzi did an interview with Matt Frazier for his radio podcast which focuses on all topics of nutrition. Matt Frazier wrote the book “No Meat Athlete” and he advocates plant- based diets, specifically for athletes. In the interview, Karen and Matt discussed raising children on vegan diets, making sure one has enough variety …

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