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Using SMART Goals

In creating your own specific goals, an effective approach is to follow the SMART Goals model, a method widely used by clinicians and health educators to make goal setting more effective. The SMART acronym stands for: SpecificMeasurableActionableRelevant, and Time-limited. The Sustainable Diet program uses SMART Goals to help improve your accountability, organization, and therefore your success.

Plant-Based Convenience Cooking

PLANT-BASED PRACTICE:  Look at the ingredients list.  Select items in boxes, bags or packages with just a few whole plant ingredients listed, (like 5 or less), avoiding added sugars, fats and oils, additives like preservatives, colorings or protein powders, sodium or salt, or stuff that you can’t pronounce.  Keep it simple.

Careers in Plant-Based Nutrition: Options for Action in an Emerging Field

We need you. We have never before been faced with so much overweight, chronic disease, and associated emotional and financial ill effects of the standard American diet. We have much to do if we are to turn this situation around, and fortunately, many paths lead to positive change. If you feel an inner calling to get involved, responding effectively will both create personal fulfillment and allow you to make a crucial positive difference...

Fats - Clearing Up the Confusion

PLANT-BASED PRACTICE:  Find your fat in food – whole, plant food.   Eating a variety of whole food coming from all the different parts of the plant will provide all the fat needed in the right amounts.  From the bottom up this includes root vegetables, green stems and leaves, colorful vegetables and fruits, whole grains and seeds, and legumes – the things in pods.  Oil is not a whole food and the body has no need for it; all the fat that is needed can be found in the unprocessed food
The Good, Bad, and Ugly Fats

Kitchen Basics For Plant-Based Comfort in the Kitchen

In our culture of eating meals out and grabbing fast food, many of us have never been tutored in basic cooking skills, making even simple recipes and meal preparation daunting, let alone adopting a plant-based diet.  Creating delectable meals efficiency demands familiarity with utensils and devices, so here we’ll tackle those basics so you can become confident and creative in the kitchen!  This is really the basics, and all that you really need to succeed...

Achieving a Healthy Weight Demystified

Maintaining a healthy weight is a massive challenge for anyone living in the US today, and it becomes even harder to do when you cannot engage in rigorous exercise. This is the situation for many people who have mobility challenges, who are more at risk for the problems caused by weight issues. Overweight and obesity carry numerous implications for poor health – increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, sleep disorders, as well as poor energy levels...

Powders, Extracts, Oils, and Juices

They’re all around us — goji berries, chia seeds, maca, pomegranates, and the list goes on. Certain individual foods are labeled “superfoods” by the food industry and so the concentrated powders, extracts, oils, and juices of these foods are then marketed as beneficial because of their supposed special effects. The claims around these concentrated forms of certain foods include “improves vitality,” “wards off disease,” or even “boosts libido.” The modern shopper is hopelessly confused as he or she tries to match a host of products with a wide array of specific desired benefits.

Meeting Protein Needs Simply by Eating

Imagine running into a friend at the gym who was just finishing her aerobic workout. Sweaty and flushed, she downs a bottle of water and remarks, “Got to get my hydrogen!” While we may instinctively sense that there is something odd about that statement, in Western countries, and particularly the U.S., people make very similar comments on a regular basis. “Just getting my protein in!” someone will cheerfully report as they dig into General Tso’s chicken or crack open a hard-boiled egg.

Avoiding Rubber Numbers

Of all the challenges we face when sifting through the contradictory messages on nutrition and health, one of the most menacing is the influence of industry on academia and scientific research. What are we supposed to think when the National Dairy Council proclaims that milk aids in weight loss? Most people don’t know how to evaluate whether or not a research study was well-conducted and trustworthy. How are we supposed to react when our doctors tell us a certain pharmaceutical drug offers a big risk reduction for tumor growth?

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