Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

September 2014


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Lifestyle WoRx Now Accepts Insurance!!!

We are happy to announce that Lifestyle WoRx now accepts the following insurance: Highmark, UPMC, Coventry/HealthAmerica/Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, and Medicare.

Cynthia West, MD and I have scheduled our next series of cutting edge workshops designed to assist you in reclaiming your health by helping you to implement healthy eating, activity, and stress management habits.

Please join us on October 29, November 5, and November 12 from 6:30-8 pm at our location in Bridgeville.  Advanced registration is required and seating is limited so register early by emailing or by calling 724.469.0693.


How Best to Store Your Vegetables and Fruits

Some vegetables and fruits emit a harmless, tasteless, and odorless gas called ethylene.  Some produce emits more of this gas than others.  Still other vegetables and fruits are sensitive to this gas and actually ripen faster in its presence.  To maximize the shelf life of those effected by ethylene, you may want to alter the way you put them away when you return from the grocery store or farmer's market.
Store your ethylene-producing vegetables and fruit separate from those that are ethylene-sensitive.  Here is a list you can place right in your refrigerator or inside a nearby cupboard:
Ethylene-Producing: apples, apricots, avocados, ripening bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, citrus fruit except grapefruit, figs, grapes, green onions, honeydew, ripe kiwi fruit, mangoes, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, peppers, pineapple, plums, prunes, tomatoes, and watermelon
Etheylene-Sensitive: asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, kale, kiwi fruit, leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, peas, peppers, potatoes, romaine lettuce, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, watercress, and yams
For more information about how best to store specific vegetables and fruits, check out my source article:
You can also use this knowledge to your advantage if you need to ripen an ethylene-sensitive vegetable or fruit faster by placing it close to ethylene-producers.
It may help but may not be enough to place the ethlene-producers in a separate produce drawer from those that are ethylene-sensitive as the primary purpose of the refrigerator is to circulate cold air everywhere within its walls, so there is a question as to how protected from this gas is the sensitive produce in a nearby compartment.
There are produce storage bags and sachets that absorb ethylene.  You may want to experiment with both to see which works best for you.  It does seem to be a common recommendation though not to store your vegetables and fruit in the plastic bags that you use to bring them home from the store.
One Green Planet reports that the average American family wastes almost 500 pounds of food a year.  By strategically storing our produce, perhaps we can decrease what we have to throw away.

Corn and Black Bean Salad
Cooking Demo


This salad doubles as a great appetizer for your Steeler parties and tail gates when paired with multi-grain tortilla chips.  Just make sure to chop your tomatoes.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil (I eliminate this completely and it tastes fine.)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 to 1 cup grape tomatoes or chopped tomatoes

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 8.75-ounce can sweet corn, drained

Mix balsamic vinegar, oil if using, salt, sugar, black pepper, cumin, and chili powder.

In a medium bowl, stir together grape tomatoes (if using chopped tomatoes, wait until just before serving to add), black beans, and corn.  Toss with dressing and garnish with cilantro.  Cover and refrigerate overnight. 


If My Information is Helpful to You, Please Like Me, Follow Me, and Share Me with Others

Please help me to expand the reach of my message.  People have the right to know about the powerfully protective effect of plants and the incredibly dangerous impact of animal products on their health so that they can make informed decisions in the best interest of themselves and their families.

Building on the success of the extremely informative Forks Over Knives documentary, Drs. Pulde and Lederman introduce their recently published Forks Over Knives Plan, phone app, and renovated web site:

Their four-week approach transitions one meal each week: breakfast in week one, lunch in week two, and dinner in week three.  Week four is spent evaluating what is working and tweeking what is not.
Sprinkled throughout the book are answers to commonly asked questions and excellent explanations why this lifestyle promotes health and an optimal weight.
There are many different ways to transition to a plant-based lifestyle, and this may be the way that works best for you.


Newsletter Archive

Every month, I try to accumulate the helpful hints and secret shortcuts that I've come across that I think will help to make this new way of living easier and more enjoyable for all of us.  I share them with you each month in this newsletter.

For this reason, I also keep an archive of my newsletters on my web site.  If you are relatively new to my mailing list, please take a look at past issues for other suggestions that I hope you find to be helpful.

You can find them at the following link:



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