Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

August 2015


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Can Certain Foods Boost Your Metabolism?

Certain foods have been found to activate our brown adipose (fat) tissue in such a way that it causes the generation of heat by the burning of fat.  Capsaisin, the compound that makes hot peppers hot, has been shown to have this effect.

Arginine-rich foods may also stimulate brown adipose tissue growth and development.  Arginine-rich foods include nuts, seeds, and beans, including soy.

So what is brown adipose tissue (BAT) and is this a reason to pack on a few extra pounds?  Unfortunately, no.  Brown adipose tissue is different from the fat we store around our bellies.  It is commonly located between our shoulder blades and in our neck.  It was once thought to be biologically active only in babies and small children.  Unlike the white fat in our bellies, BAT burns fat for heat.  It helps babies and small children with thermoregulation and has since been found to be active in adults as well.

However, before you start searching the Internet for capsaisin or arginine supplements, remember, the safest way to go is always by consuming the whole plant food.  In fact, in some cases, supplements have not been able to reproduce the same effect as the same nutrients in whole plant food and in some cases, have even caused harm.


Brown Fat: Losing Weight Through Thermogenesis

Boosting Brown Fat Through Diet

Barnard Medical Center
To Open This Fall

This Fall, we will have a new resource, the first of its kind, an entire medical center which holistically and seamlessly integrates a low-fat, whole food, plant-based lifestyle with conventional medical protocol.
The medical center will offer everything from wellness check-ups and physicals to more specific care in one of the following clinics:
Diabetes Clinic
Weight-Loss Clinic
Heart Health Clinic
Pain Clinic

They are located in Washington, D.C. and accept most major insurance plans.

For more information on the Barnard Medical Center, just click on the following link:

Barnard Medical Center

Easy Thai Noodles
By Chef Del Sroufe
From The Forks Over Knives Plan

Makes about 7 cups.
Ready in 30 minutes.

8 ounces brown rice noodles or other whole grain noodles

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, or to taste (try using coconut aminos if Bragg's Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce still creates a dish that is too salty) 

2 tablespoons brown rice syrup or agave nectar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1-2 limes)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 12-ounce package frozen Asian-style vegetables (about 3 cups)

1 cup mung bean sprouts

2 green onions, white and green parts chopped

3 tablespoons chopped, roasted, unsalted peanuts

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 lime, cut into wedeges

Cook the noodles according to the package instructions.  Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine soy sauce, brown rice syrup, lime juice, garlic, and 1/4 cup water.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Stir in the Asian mixed vegetables and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the cooked noodles and mung bean sprouts and toss to coat.  Cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Garnish the noodles with the green onions, chopped peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges.  Serve. 


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Looking for a Plant-Based Doctor?

This site was created by Happy Herbivore Lindsay Nixon, Meal Mentor, and Don't Lose the Cow.  It's an easy way to locate medical professionals in your area that are knowledgeable of the incredible impact that a plant-based lifestyle can have on our health and on chronic, degenerative diseases.  Choose to work with doctors that prescribe plant before pills!

One of the creators of the Plant-Based Doctor Directory, Don't Lose the Cow, demonstrates their "Chipotle Method" for creating healthy, plant-based meals in 5 minutes or less.  So if you're looking for something different, give this method a try!

The "Chipotle" Meal Method

Lifestyle WoRx Program

The lifestyle improvement program created by Cynthia West, MD and me focuses on enlightened food choices, increasing activity levels, and better managing stress.

We now accept Highmark, UPMC, Coventry/HealthAmerica/Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, and Medicare.

Email or call 724.469.0693 to be placed on the waiting list for the next series of workshops.

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