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Permanent Weight Control: The Healthy Alternative

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 16, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan, Weight Control

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For many people “dieting” is a constant battle. Most believe that in order to lose weight they must reduce calories dramatically. That often means starving until the diet is no longer tolerable. Undoubtedly, the weight comes right back and then some. Very low calorie diets are doomed because they lower the body’s metabolic rate, which makes losing weight even more difficult and often leads to bingeing.

Today, many popular diet plans are based on a high protein, low carbohydrate regimen. This type of fad diet has been around in one incarnation or another for decades. The focus here is to consume flesh foods and other products, which contain high levels of animal protein such as beef, poultry, fish and dairy, while avoiding carbohydrates.

In contrast, the plant-based regimen recommended by cutting edge medical and nutrition professionals is rich in complex carbohydrates and far lower in protein than the typical western diet. The hallmark of healthful plant based cooking is that it is very low in fat, high in fiber, rich in valuable phytonutrients and entirely dairy and cholesterol free.

Obesity is a health problem of epidemic proportions and the high fat cholesterol loaded Western diet is suspect. …read more of Permanent Weight Control: The Healthy Alternative here

 
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Easy Fruit Butters: Fat-free, Sugar-free and Delectable!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 9, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Fruit, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Fruit butter is a delightful treat that is wonderful on toast, muffins, waffles or pancakes and once took hours of slow cooking to produce the rich, velvety texture from fresh fruit. There is a better way to make these luscious spreads, which do a great job of replacing fatty butter or margarine.

High fat dairy products have more than artery clogging saturated fat and cholesterol on board. A number of environmental pollutants bioaccumulate, therefore the higher up you are eating on the food chain, the more concentrated the environmental toxins.1

There is not a drop of butter in fruit butter.  The name comes from the smooth, easy-spread consistency, much like room temperature butter. Traditional fruit butter recipes call for a full cup of sugar to two cups of fruit and were actually cooked twice. Not so with these terrific spreads! …read more of Easy Fruit Butters: Fat-free, Sugar-free and Delectable! here

 
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Increase Breast Cancer Survival Rate with Soy

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
July 25, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Eating Soy Boosts Breast Cancer Survival

Soy consumption for cancer patients has been the subject of some controversy. A new study has shown that breast cancer survivors who consume soyfoods reap important health benefits and found that eating soy can increase the rate of survival for breast cancer patients.

According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), women diagnosed with breast cancer and who consume soyfoods, such as tofu, soymilk or edamame reduce their risk of recurrence by 32 percent. 1

Previous Research Refuted

Previous research had produced contradictory results with some studies suggesting that soyfoods reduce the risk of breast cancer and others that compounds unique to soy may help breast cancer cells to grow. …read more of Increase Breast Cancer Survival Rate with Soy here

 
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Picnic Wraps

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
July 19, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Mention picnic and visions of blankets set out with colorful baskets filled with sandwiches, salads and lemonade comes to mind.

The picnic can be traced back to medieval times, when the ‘moveable feast’ was an elaborate outdoor banquet enjoyed by wealthy lords and nobleman.  These country banquets remained popular through the Renaissance era and continued on as the Victorian garden party, a popular social event that has turned into today’s informal al fresco dining.

A basket can make the perfect carrier and you can purchase baskets and backpacks fitted with everything from napkins, plates and flatware to wine glasses. However, a strong basket, tote or cooler will do and choosing something with a rectangular shape makes for a better fit. …read more of Picnic Wraps here

 
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Creamy Curry Low-fat and Luscious

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
July 13, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Spices, Vegan

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Turmeric has a warm, peppery flavor and mild aroma reminiscent of orange and ginger. Active ingredients in turmeric are credited with numerous health benefits and studies suggest that this ancient spice has a great deal to contribute to western medicine.

Curries can have an intensity ranging from mild to spicy and are common fare in Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Persian and Malay dishes. Curried Brussels Sprouts and Baby Carrots is a luscious dish that features chunks of baby carrots, tart currants and quartered Brussels sprouts bathed in a silky curry sauce made without fatty ingredients like cream, butter or coconut milk. …read more of Creamy Curry Low-fat and Luscious here

 
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