Exercise is Medicine

I usually talk about how food is medicine – but it’s not the only factor in being healthy – or getting healthy for that matter.  Exercise improves immune function, mental health, sleep quality, blood pressure, helps prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and osteoporosis, and increases your lifespan.  It’s at #5 on the list of factors causing mortality (death), behind diet at #1 and smoking at #2, but #5 is still worth giving some focus to.

Four Essentials to Managing Stress

Ever since Hans Selye published his book, The Stress of Life, in 1956, the word ‘stress’ has become a common word.  Selye, an endocrinologist, described stress as the physiological response of animals to a change in environment.  He knew that stress affected our bodies – it brought about actual physiological changes.  If not brought under control, this change can negatively affect our general health.

In this post are four practical things we can do to manage stress.

A Vegetarian in Japan

Last year I spent a week in Japan: a day in Tokyo, and 5 days in a country town by a ski resort 6 hours’ drive west of Tokyo.  We were celebrating my 50th birthday and this was my celebration of choice – and what a super-fabulous choice it turned out to be!

My Favourite Plant-Based Recipe Resources

If you didn’t grow up in a vegetarian family, learning to cook whole food plant-based meals can be quite a challenge at first.  You have to find foods that are actually plant-based (not laden with oils and dairy), that meet the taste criteria, that fill you up enough and that don’t take all day to prepare.  And for some of us – we have no one to ask advice from – just the Internet.

In this post I list four of my most relied upon recipe blogs/books and where to find oil-free recipes.  I hope you will find something on my list of tried and tested resources to add to your own growing list of favourites.

How to Avoid Weight Gain while Traveling

Most people put on weight while travelling.  Or if not while actually on the road (or air) then within  couple of weeks of getting home.

If you have one holiday every year or less often, this may be of little concern to you.  However, for many of us, it becomes a big concern as we rapidly undo the self discipline of many many months and have to spend another 3 – 4 months getting back to where we were before we went away.

In this article I share what I’ve learned to maintain weight when traveling.

A ‘Traditional’ Diet – Good or Bad?

In our fast-paced world, as we look around us we see so many people are sick.  It is easy to romanticise about the past and imagine, in a simpler, slower world, that people weren’t as sick.

If this seems a little naive to you, don’t laugh; this is the typical thinking of most people.  Whole books have been written glorifying the diets of our ancestors of only 100 – 150 years ago, and whole dietary movements are based upon imagined views of what our ancestors back at the dawn of human history apparently ate or did not eat.  Both opinions believe a more ‘traditional’ diet will produce better health.

Here are some facts about traditional diets for you to chew on:

A Vegan in Scandinavia

I recently (May 2015) returned from a whirlwind 10 day tour around some parts of Scandinavia, a wondrous part of the world.

As a whole-food vegan,  I try to avoid refined foods, vegan or not.  In Scandinavia I was able to eat mostly wholefood as well as vegan – but it took some thought.  Here are my experiences as a vegan traveling in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

American Vegan

Recently I travelled to LA for a work event with my husband.

The USA is a land of big things – big hopes, big opportunities, big cars, big meals and big people! Three years ago in the USA, I gained 3kg in 3 weeks.

As a 95% vegan*, and committed plant-based eater, I hoped to fare better this time.