3 Simple Reasons A Plant-Based Diet Could Help With Weight-Loss

When I first decided to try a vegan diet I did lose weight, about 8 lbs. Here are a few of the reasons you might lose weight.

1. If you decided to try a Plant-Based diet for health reasons then you will be eating a lot of low-calorie fruits, veggies, and whole foods that have lots of fiber and are nutrient dense. This will keep you full longer.

2. You're not eating a lot of animal-based foods like meat, cheese, and dairy. Most of which have high calories saturated fats, and are not usually full of all the great nutrients that fruits, veggies, and whole foods have.

3. When your body is getting an abundance of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants then your body is less likely to have cravings!

This is really dependent on you eating plant-based whole-foods. There is vegan junk food too. So if you would like the benefit of weight-loss, then stick to the whole foods!

I don't believe there is a magic diet that will work for everyone. I think no matter what kind of diet you eat you need...

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Use This Stress Relief Method For Quick Results

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Try This Stress-Relief Method for Quick Results

 

Whenever I come across a stressful situation I use this method for instant relief. It's called the 478 Method by Dr. Andrew Weil.

 

It's very easy. You just take a deep breath in expanding your chest as much as you can in 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, and then exhale for 8 seconds. Do this a few times and you will feel calmer.

 

Just like any exercise, this will take some practice to master it but this will be a valuable tool for you to calm that stress quickly. And an added bonus, you can do this anywhere!

 

Learn more about Dr. Weil's Method and why it works HERE.

 

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Crunchy Chewy Vegan Granola

Crunchy Chewy Vegan Granola

 

I absolutely love making my own granola. You save a ton of money, you can customize it to fit what you like, and it tastes so much better.

When I say customize what I mean is you can pick what kind of nuts you mix in there and decide if you want raisins or dried cranberries or other dried fruit. You can also pick the spices you add like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice is yummy too. You can even get creative with adding different extracts instead of vanilla like almond or coconut.

I made this recipe vegan by swapping honey for maple syrup which changes the flavor a little, for the better as far as I'm concerned.

Once you make your own granola you won't go back, it tastes so much better, it's so fresh, and it's personalized!

Use this recipe as a base and customize it to make it yours!

Preheat oven to 350°

 

What You Will Need

 

4 Cups of old fashioned rolled oats.

1 Cup of pecans, chopped. Or nuts of your choice.

½ Cup...

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Vegan Black Eye Pea Chili with Quinoa and Greens

 

I know I'm a little late to the game this New Year. I was set back by a bad cold but now I'm back and ready!

This is my New Year Meal to bring health and prosperity to you!

Last year I made a soup and just wanted to do something different. I was in the mood for chili, so chili it was.

I'm very happy the way this came out and there was enough to freeze and share. As a matter of fact, I'm having this for lunch today.

So let me get to it!

What Do I Need?

 

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 large or 2 small Onions, diced

2 Peppers, diced. Whatever color your heart desires

5 Cloves of garlic, minced.

2 Carrots shredded.

2 15.5 oz of black eye peas, drained.

4 Cups of veggie broth.

28oz of Diced Tomatoes with liquid.

½ to ¾ Cup of uncooked, rinsed quinoa. Depends on how thick you would like it.

1 tsp Garlic powder.

1 tsp Onion powder.

2 tsp Cumin.

2 tsp Paprika.

3 tbsp Chili powder.

1/2 tsp Liquid smoke.

1 Small bag of fresh spinach, chopped.

1 Avocado for garnish,...

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Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake

This has always been one of my favorites. I got this recipe from Pinterest a while ago. I'm not quite sure who posted it. I tried to look it up but there are actually a lot of similar recipes on there.  The whole family likes this one! Sometimes I serve it with some tortilla chips and avocado, yum!!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED :

1 1/2-2 cups of cooked quinoa

2 Cups of water

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

3 cloves of garlic minced

1 jalapeño, seeds, and ribs removed diced

1 red pepper seeds removed, diced

1 orange pepper seeds removed, diced

1 cup of frozen corn

Juice of one small lime

1 Tsp of ground cumin

1 1/2  Tbsp of chili powder

1/3 cup of chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

1 15.5 oz cans of black beans drained and rinsed

2 cups of red enchilada sauce

2 1/2 cups of Daiya shredded pepper jack cheese

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 baking dish.

In a large skillet heat olive oil, medium heat. Add onion garlic and jalapeño. Sauté...

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Perfect Vegan Gingerbread

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I wanted to share the recipe I found for the gingerbread cookies I made and posted everywhere. It was not my recipe. I found it online at "I love vegan"

I usually use the same recipe I've been using forever and just veganize it. I just moved and couldn't find it. I'll keep looking but in the meantime, I found this recipe.

They came out great. The cookies I rolled thicker were a little chewy which I like but I also rolled some thinner so I could have some crispy ones too!

Visit I Love Vegan to get the recipe here!:

https://www.ilovevegan.com/perfect-vegan-gingerbread-cookies/

I hope you like them and enjoy!

 

Xo,

Tina

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10 REASONS TO TRY A PLANT-BASED LIFESTYLE

As labels like “organic,” “natural” and “local” get more popular, you may have also found yourself intrigued by the idea of a plant-based lifestyle. As Michael Pollan puts it in his book Food Rules, plant-based eating can be summed up in seven, simple words: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." 

Going plant-based doesn't mean you have to give up eating the occasional steak or wearing leather. It just means you are readjusting your lifestyle to be more focused on products derived from plants(vegetables, fruits, unrefined grains, legumes, nuts). 

The benefit? You'll be living a life that is healthier, balanced and more sustainable.

If you’re curious about learning more about the journey to a plant-based lifestyle, read on for 10 of our favorite benefits...

  1. YOU'LL AVOID HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

No matter how new you are to the idea of plant-based eating, you’re probably aware that eating more veggies is good...

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Vegan Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Chowder

 

I love the cooler months just because I can eat soup. My favorite during the cold months. This is one is an absolute gem,  I find it irresistible. I got this recipe a while back off of findingvegan.com and the author I believe is Veggie and the Beast. Be sure to show them some love.

WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO NEED

1 1/2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

3 Cloves of garlic minced

1 Bunch of green onions sliced and tops reserved for garnish

5 Celery stalks,  diced

1 Red bell pepper, diced

4 Sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes

1 Can of light coconut milk

1 Can of full-fat coconut milk

Salt to taste

1 Tablespoon of curry powder

1 1/2 Teaspoons of cumin

1/2 Teaspoon of chili powder

1/4 Teaspoon of ground cayenne

1/2  Lime juiced

1 Cup of water

2 Tablespoons of flour

WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO

Heat coconut oil on medium heat in a large stock pot and take all those veggies and toss them in, except for sweet potatoes. Cook for around 3-4 minutes and then add the...

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

I have a bunch of acorn squash from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) For Thanksgiving I'm going to be making a big casserole dish of these! Pretty easy to prepare and I think they taste better as they cool and become closer to room temps. This makes your planning easy if you have an oven full of stuff cooking.

Years back I used to make two Thanksgiving dinners to make the whole family happy. No more of that going on here. All plant-based stuff now. 

I hope you enjoy and have a great Holiday!

PREHEAT OVER TO 375

 

WHAT'S NEEDED:

 

Two acorn squash ends cut off, seeds removed, and then cut in half to make four circles.

 

FILLING:

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 med onion

1 pepper any color

2 cloves of garlic

1 can of diced tomatoes

Dash of liquid smoke(optional)

1 tablespoon of chili powder

½ cup of vegan sausage crumbles (also optional)

½ cup of vegan cheese

2 cups of cooked brown rice(cook in veggie stock)

Heat olive oil...

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3 Reasons To Move More, Stress Less

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1 - When you add in exercise and movement to your daily routine you improve your overall health and your sense of well-being, It's almost an instant mood booster. It gets those endorphins flowing in. Physical activity helps increase the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is sometimes referred to as a runner's high, It should refer to just about any movement exercise, even a stroll in the park. Let's call it movement high, get off your butt and check it out!

2 - It's meditation in motion. I often tell this to people who tell me they can't meditate. If you can lose yourself in an activity. Whether it's running, hiking, gardening you will see that you've forgotten your day's frustrations or found a solution to a problem that's been nagging at you after being physically active in some way.

3 – If you become involved with an activity it often can involve a class, group runs/hikes/walks, clubs, competitions, and...

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