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How Eating Plants May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
November 3, 2016
File under: Diet, Greens, Healthy Eating

The Intake of saturated fats and added sugars, two of the primary components of a modern Western diet is linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Plant-derived foods contain thousands of compounds with antioxidant properties, some of which can traverse the blood-brain barrier and may have neuroprotective effects by assisting with antioxidant defense.

The concept of “brain rust” is that neurodegenerative diseases arise from excess oxidative stress. Nature has gifted humankind with a plethora of plants, fruits, vegetables and nuts, and the diverse array of bioactive nutrients present in these natural products may play a pivotal role in prevention and one day, perhaps, even the cure of various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Evidence suggests that naturally occurring plant compounds may potentially hinder neurodegeneration, and even improve memory and cognitive function. …read more of How Eating Plants May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease here

 
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Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Nutritious, Delicious and Vegan!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 23, 2016
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Superfoods, Vegan, Whole Grains

I like to usher in baking season with my very favorite brownie recipe.  A tribute to American’s favorite treat, these pumpkin brownies are moist, delicious and rich in healthful antioxidants.

Probably created at the beginning of the twentieth century in New England, brownie recipes traditionally call for lots of fat… as much as a full stick of butter (eight ounces) and squares of unsweetened baking chocolate, which is very high in saturated fat.

As a health conscious vegan, excess dietary fat is an issue of some concern, as most vegan desserts seem to contain high levels of fat.  In my kitchen, this is just not necessary!  …read more of Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Nutritious, Delicious and Vegan! here

 
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Best Vegan Breakfasts, Tasty and Satisfying

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
October 4, 2016
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Finding the right kind of healthy, simple and  delicious breakfast to keep you full and flying high until lunch without piling the on the pounds is a wonderful trick to have up your sleeve.

Some breakfasts, such as cold cereal can digest too quickly and leave you feeling light-headed and flighty by mid-morning. Adding a handful of raw nuts to your morning cereal bowl helps, but you will most likely still burn out before lunch.

Traditional breakfast foods, such as eggs, bacon and hash browns are so heavy that they bog you down, can make you sleepy and certainly don’t promote a healthy lifestyle. …read more of Best Vegan Breakfasts, Tasty and Satisfying here

 
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Braised Tofu Sriracha and Sesame Linguine

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 12, 2016
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Braised Tofu Sriracha and Sesame Linguine are complimentary in taste texture and eye appeal. In a marriage saucy spice and comfort food, this is perfect pairing for an intimate dinner or a scaled up for a dinner party.

Braising is a cooking technique that begins with browning the main ingredient. Seasonings, veggies liquid are added, and simmered over low heat in a covered pan.

A wonderful cooking method for tofu, tempeh, seitan and/or a wide variety of vegetables, braising does not require much attention after the main ingredient is browned. Braising is great for entertaining as, once the heat is reduced, the cook can attend to other preparations and have more time for guests. …read more of Braised Tofu Sriracha and Sesame Linguine here

 
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Amazing Plant-Based Skin Care

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
September 5, 2016
File under: Natural Products, Skin Care, Vegan

It is often said that that those who adhere to the plant based diet enjoy better health and are more youthful, so whenever I am asked about my skin care regime, it is a reminder of how beneficial the vegan diet has been for me.

If I had known the ease and low cost of my current skincare regime, I could have avoided decades of expensive hassle, numerous products and time consuming morning and nighttime rituals.

And how about sunscreen? That could be a whole separate article, but suffice it to say you don’t want those chemicals on your skin all day. Oh the years I struggled with choosing, using, and carrying around sunscreens. That is no longer an issue …

Once I went vegan, the facialist would skip the extraction process, telling me I no longer had blackheads or blemishes to remove. Gradually I stopped getting facials. Was it really dairy and meat that was clogging up my pores? Yes… yes it was! …read more of Amazing Plant-Based Skin Care here

 
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