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These days, it seems like everyone is telling us to drink more water and the importance of staying hydrated. The more water you drink, the more energy you have and the better you feel, even increasing productivity at work. There are apps for your smart phone and stickers for your water bottle that help you drink more water and gauge how hydrated you are. However, no matter how much we try, it can be hard to know how much water is the right amount to drink. While there is no magic number or perfect number of glasses to have per day, here are the top 5 healthy hydration tips to help you throughout your day.
When I was growing up, my family had a large garden in our backyard. One of the flavors I remember that makes my mouth salivate even now is the taste of my mom’s rhubarb crunch! Rhubarb, when prepared as a dessert, has a sweet, tangy flavor that makes your taste buds tingle! We had two large rhubarb plants that came up every year that we would use to make wonderful family favorites. I still see rhubarb at some grocery stores and farmer’s markets, but many people have never tasted it and have no idea what to do with it. It has a beautiful crimson, red stalk and large green leaves. The edible portion is the stalk as the leaves are...
Staying plant-based on birthdays can be tricky! First, if you are the parent of a child and it is their birthday, you may not want to dictate a whole food, plant-based dinner. But, if it is you or a loved one who is already plant-based, then it is both easy and fun to create a special celebration. Here are several ideas to try:
As you begin to make whole food, plant-based (WFPB) eating part of your new lifestyle, a key skill that needs to be sharpened is learning to plan. In the past as a SAD (Standard American Diet) eater, you might have run to a drive-thru or popped a frozen pizza in the microwave when you were hungry. The problem is that these habits harm your health and well-being.
Whether you were a picky eater as a child or not, chances are if you are a parent, you have dealt with the struggle of trying to get a child to eat a certain food. If your kids have grown up eating the Standard American Diet or basically any other diet besides a whole food plant-based one, chances are that they will be at least a little reluctant to try some of the new foods and this new way of eating.
As you transition to a plant-based diet, you may be asked “tough” questions by your friends and family about your new way of eating. The good news is that after the transition, these questions often begin to disappear. Plus, with all of the information on the benefits of plant-based eating penetrating deeper into the mainstream, these types of questions seem to be diminishing.
Three years ago, Mark and I decided to live a plant-based lifestyle... and we did it overnight. We are so passionate about what we have learned, that we want to do our part in spreading this information. This is why we started Plant-Based University (http://www.plant-baseduniversity.com). Our hope is to help those who wish to learn and transition into the plant-based lifestyle.