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Why this veteran Marine and police officer went vegan.
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Very important life lesson here. Ain't nobody got time for underripe/overripe avocado sadness.

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A useful guide for produce storage! ...and now I'm hungry Must be lunch time!

Never knew that you shouldn't store potatoes and onions together! Anyone know why?

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Dreena Burton

How long will spinach stay fresh? What about carrots?... spuds? This PRODUCE SHELF LIFE chart is pretty handy - click to enlarge and print!

Real talk: eat your (whole) grains!!

Headlines and fitness magazines warn that eating grains can make you fat and sick. When you look at the facts, however, whole grains are health-promoting.
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HUGE CONGRATS TO SCOTT JUREK!!!! Powered by plants, he just set a new speed record for the Appalachian Trail!

Cheers!!! #SJAT15 #GeorgiaToMaine #EatAndRun A photo posted by Scott Jurek (@scottjurek) on Jul 12, 2015 at 11:14am PDT Vegan ultra running legend Scott Jurek just ran 2,200 miles to complete his m...
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This is awesome!! Great story.

A trucker proves that life on the road isn't a reason to be unhealthy. In a year, he lost 65 pounds cooking his own meals out of his truck.
today.com

Wise advice from one of the best doctors that we know!

Dr. Garth Davis

We had such a great support group meeting last night at the office. For those that don't know, we look at surgery as just a tool. Obesity is caused by many th...ings, not the least of which is a strong genetic predisposition. Top that off with behavioral habits ingrained since childhood, and you have a very difficult problem to fix. All of my patients have done multiple diets in the past, some even went to "fat camps" as a child.

I am in the blessed position to see people absolutely change their lives and have learned from them the tools that it takes to become healthy. Here are a few.

1) Life is a journey, not a destination. This is not about getting to a weight and that is it. It is about constantly striving to improve yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually.
2) Goals are vital. I learned last night that many people fear setting goals because they have failed them so many times before. We discussed the importance of setting small goals and large goals. Without goals you are simply floating through life. Goals motivate you and anchor you. Write them down. Constantly remind yourself.
3) If you do what you have always done you will get what you always got. Goals should be aimed at making you change. Status quo is no growth. Surgery helps with weight loss but if you go back to the same diet and exercise patterns that you used prep, then success will be limited.
4) Journal! We do everything so subconsciously. Most people cannot even tell me what they ate yesterday. Journaling helps keep you conscious and accountable. People tell stories about how they were reaching for a cookie but then stopped and thought, "do I really want to write down cookie in my journal?" "Is it worth it? Does it it with my goals?"
5) Quantify yourself. This goes with journaling but keeping track of vital statistics is very helpful. Using a pedometer for example is a great tool for quantifying how much you move in a day. Following the above recommendations you should set a goal for movement and let the pedometer measure and keep you on track. I am not a huge fan of weighing yourself but many of my patients note that keeping accurate weight measures helps warn them when things may be going wrong.
6) Get moving. Weight loss is often associated with slowed metabolism. Our beautiful bodies are made for movement. Constant movement, not just zumba 3 days a week. Take the stairs, park further away, MOVE.
7) Fruits, veggies, beans, grains. I have been sooooo impressed with the benefits of plants on decreasing weight. Fiber fuels you up and slows sugar absorption.
8) Get support. People who attend support groups do so much better. Studies show that your weight will reflect who you hang out with. Try and find supportive environments.

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Dreena Burton's daughter delivered a heartfelt speech to her classmates at school--and our hearts smiled Happy Sunday, everyone. Enjoy this dose of goodness to end your day on a positive note.

Why We Shouldn’t Eat Meat and Dairy: From 10 Year-Old June 28, 2015 By: Dreenacomment With school coming to a close this week, I want to share something pretty remarkable that took place this year. In the spring, our 10 year old, Bridget, came to me after school about speeches taking place in her cl…
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Love is the most powerful thing in the world. Celebrating this monumental victory today #lovewins #marriageequality

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Some Tuesday wisdom - we are aspiring to live by these rules in order to do the most good for the world, while also reducing our negative footprint as much as possible

Minor changes in lifestyle can make a big difference!
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Have you been following the Iron Cowboy in his 50/50/50 challenge? He's attempting to do 50 ironman distance triathlons, in 50 states, in 50 days. Sounds crazy, but he's already on day ten and going strong!! Yesterday, Craig joined him for his marathon run in Pueblo, CO for day 9.

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Share share share!! Please This is so important. Something MUST change.

"Something good could come from the California drought if it could push this revolution a bit further, by forcing a reallocation of water to the most efficient uses. But remember that the central challenge can’t be solved by a good rain because the larger problem is an irrational industrial food system."

While we associate extravagant water use with swimming pools and verdant lawns, the biggest consumer is agriculture.
nytimes.com

From the Mayo Clinic itself! There are many risks of NOT going meatless, and hardly any risks to going meatless. BOOM.

A column about reducing or eliminating meat from the diet
healthletter.mayoclinic.com

Taco night! Corn tortillas; canned oil-free refried beans; sauteed onions, mushrooms, red peppers, bok choy, and red cabbage; diced tomatoes; and avocado! Topped with salsa, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce SO quick and simple - and SO tasty!!

Hope you all enjoyed the extended weekend!

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"Black Americans who switched to a high-fiber African diet [i.e. majorly plant-based] for just two weeks saw a dramatic drop in risk factors for colon cancer, a study published on Tuesday found.

A group of Africans who went the other way and started eating American food rich in animal proteins and fats saw their risks rise over the same short period, according to the paper in the journal Nature Communications.

Researchers said they were not surprised that eating more fiber ap...peared to lower colon cancer risk, but were struck by how quickly and dramatically the effects showed."

Fiber is found only in plants. Eat more plants, please

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Black Americans who switched to a high-fiber African diet for just two weeks saw a dramatic drop in risk factors for colon cancer, a study published on Tuesday found.
yahoo.com

dinner outside in the sunshine, making a delicious meal even tastier!

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From the United Nations itself! Eat plants for the planet!!

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