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Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
June 25, 2014
File under: Fruit, Healthy Eating, Pets, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Summer is now officially here and temperatures have already soared well into the 90’s in many areas of the country.

It is important to keep your pet hydrated, no matter the season however, in the dog days of summer proper hydration is crucial to protect your dog from heat stress and heat related illnesses.

Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. For instance, a darker coat will absorb more heat and an overweight dog will be at higher risk for dehydration. There are many added stresses on the body for the overweight pet, such as an increased risk of diabetes and joint pain.

The summertime heat and humidity only add to this stress; when an overweight dog suffers from the heat, it’s harder for him to cool off by panting. Cats cool themselves by licking their fur and though they do actually sweat through their paws, cats will also begin to pant when they become very overheated. …read more of Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too! here

 
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Raising Kids Vegan

By Deborah Elkins
June 15, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

My husband and I were not vegan or vegetarian when we met.  We have slowly evolved into vegans and continue to learn as we strive to be kinder and healthier for the planet and ourselves.

I was first inspired to become Vegan seven years ago when I read the book “Skinny Bitch,” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and learned about myths, such as. ‘Milk … It Does a Body Good.’

I have Crohn’s Disease, which is likely caused by a bacteria found in cow’s milk that is known to cause illness in cattle.[1] [2] Having been systematically indoctrinated to believe that I had to drink milk in order to get enough calcium and protein, it was news to me that I was never meant to drink the milk of another species.

I have since learned that my body was telling me something, that drinking milk was making me very sick. I told my husband about the diseases caused by milk and we were on our road to vegan, instantly. …read more of Raising Kids Vegan here

 
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Green Barbecue Tips

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 23, 2014
File under: Environment, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Backyard chefs believe that food cooked over an open fire is especially tasty because the juices stay concentrated in the middle and the surface becomes seared with smoky flavor. Cookouts may well be the quintessential summer pastime but can be unhealthy for people and the planet.

Charcoal Grills:

Burning charcoal briquettes pollutes the air. The smoky flavor in charcoal comes from charred wood and contributes to deforestation. Charcoal briquettes are made from sawdust bound with a type of glue and may also contain limestone, sodium nitrate and coal dust.

Lump Charcoal

Lump charcoal is made from natural hardwood and will generally produce far less ash. Natural wood charcoal will light very easily and does not contain fillers and are therefore free of chemical pollutants. …read more of Green Barbecue Tips here

 
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Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 21, 2014
File under: Climate Change, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Since 1970, Earth Day has become a global event that promotes environmental protection. For vegans, every day is Earth Day.

There are many good reasons to choose a plant-based lifestyle, with compassion for animals and concern for health and for the environment being cited most often.

Plant based-eating, AKA the vegan diet is an easy and economical way to reduce your environmental footprint. Research published in the journal Earth Interactions, was one of the first to report that the average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a vegan diet.[4]

Science has weighed in with a mountain of evidence associating meat-centered diets with numerous debilitating health conditions. From heart disease and hypertension to obesity and diabetes, the plant-based diet has been shown to prevent and even reverse disease. [1] [2] [3]

Being aware of the link between all living things and what we put on our plate, our health and the health of the planet helps us to make smart choices. Issues of health and sustainability are inextricably linked and for the thinking consumer, the answer lies in the content of our plate! …read more of Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies here

 
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Celebrating a Vegan Passover

By Marilyn Peterson
April 7, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

The eight-day festival of Passover celebrates the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery. The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the holiday in early spring and includes six foods displayed on the ceremonial Seder plate that symbolize the Hebrew struggle and escape from Egypt.

Except for the honey, which is easily replaced with agave nectar, four of these foods are vegan. For the vegan, a roasted beet is used to signify the blood of lamb sacrifice at the Temple.

Vegans can choose to contemplate compassion for the unnecessary sacrifice of animals and substitute the roasted beet, reminiscent of blood.  For the hard-boiled egg, a symbol of new beginnings after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the vegan can use roasted turnips or parsnips. Bitter herbs, such as horseradish and salted water for dipping parsley, celery leaves or boiled potato are also part of the Seder plate.

Religious Jews do not mix or eat meat and dairy at a same meal.  Of course this is not an issue for the Jewish vegan since they don’t eat meat or dairy at any meal. …read more of Celebrating a Vegan Passover here

 
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