A recent survey of 200 nutritionists revealed five health trends for 2012. Check out this article and stay on trend!
Probably one of the hardest things to do is eat healthy in an airport, especially if you have no time. Most restaurants are fast food chains and the fast casual dining options can be very expensive. Some of the smaller kiosks in the terminals offer fruit and veggie sandwiches, but that's about it. Sometimes you're better off eating nothing. Now, due to the demand for nutritious food, airports are adding more vegetarian options. This article talks about the trend and improvements at U.S. airports.
I hear it mentioned often that eating healthy is expensive. I think that this may apply to premium packaged goods that are targeted to consumers who want to pay a lot for ultra high quality goods. However, in general, I found that my grocery bill went down when I made the transition to a meatless lifestyle. I was also able to make what I bought go further. So I was happy with the change. If you find that buying vegetables does hurt your shopping budget, here are some shopping tips.
Also, I produced an audio cast on 10 tips to buying affordable vegetables and fruits that might be helpful as well. It can be found on the "Table of Contents & Audio Casts" page on this website Hope it helps!
I'm not big on cruises. In fact, I've never taken one. When I travel I prefer to go to a new country, rent a car, and explore on my own or with friends and family. However, taking a holistic vegan cruise through the Caribbean with gourmet meals, speakers talking about nutrition, and exercise every day is a very nice idea and thoroughly enriching. This article says that the demand for this type of service is booming. I contend that when you provide a nice environment for people to explore healthy living, they really enjoy and appreciate eating vegetarian or vegan meals. I know I do.
As mentioned in previous posts, the vegan lifestyle is more than just food. It's living in a way to protect and preserve the environment. Every aspect of our lives can be fine-tuned to increase the sustainability of our planet in a peaceful and enjoyable way. Now there are many affordable options for products that use bio-friendly materials. Even the mass retailers stock green products since consumers are behind the trend. This is a nice article about how to make your kitchen earth friendly!
I think there is a moment when you realize you have become a vegetarian or a vegan. For me it happened when I was a vegetarian and it propelled me to continue on the journey to become vegan. I woke up one morning and felt terrible about all of the animals that had lost their lives to put food on my plate before becoming vegetarian. In that moment I deeply understood the plight and terror of animals who are designated for food production around the world. I felt very sorry and it took a while to get over it.
It's somewhat like learning a language. One day, you can't figure out how to conjugate a verb, and then the next day you do it without even thinking about it. Suddenly it becomes natural and the gradual process of making the transition is over.
I hope that eating more vegetables becomes a natural part of your diet as well! This is a fun article about how you know you're a vegan.
A big question usually asked about people interested in vegan food and the lifestyle is usually about protein. Many times people who are physically active and work out often are unsure if vegan meals can supply the proper protein and nutrition necessary to build strength and keep up a rigorous exercise routine. This article is an interview with a vegan bodybuilder who talks about what he eats to stay physically competitive.
The vegan lifestyle is more than just about food. It's about maintaining a positive sustainable relationship with the environment. Food is one component, but there are others which means everyone can participate. For example, the products we use every day can be vegan such as clothes, furniture, and personal care products. Its important to know how they are made, to be used, and finally discarded. All three activities can have an impact on the environment. This article discusses vegan friendly cleaning products.
Flexitarians are people who eat vegetarian or vegan meals once in a while but haven't completely eliminated meat from their diet. It happens to be a growing trend in the U.S. It's a good sign, because the first step to becoming a true vegeterian or vegan is to simply start reducing the amount of meat eaten during the day or week. Also, any reduction in the consumption of meat, even for just one meal a week, improves health, supports animal welfare, and preserves the environment. This article talks about the flexitarian trend. Good news!
Sometimes when I talk about vegan cooking in general it seems to repel people who are not avidly into the cuisine. This is understandable to some degree since the roots of veganism and vegetarianism in America produce extreme images of people not part of the mainstream culture. I think this is changing rapidly due to the efforts of so many vegan and vegetarian chefs and writers and the entire 'green' movement with concerns about animal welfare and sustaining the environment.
However, would more people be interesting in eating less meat if the term 'vegan' was not part of the meal description? I've noticed in talking to people that they need some convincing that it's not a radical idea but a useful lifestyle that many can enjoy and still be socially relevant. Check out this article from the Washington Post.
Make Simple Vegan Meals