Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

June 2014


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Get Your Vitamin D
the Way Nature Intended

Whenever possible, we should get our nutrients from natural sources, perfectly packaged by Mother Nature with the right proportion of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, carbohydrate, protein, and fat.  Obtaining your nutrients from whole natural foods is also safer.  You don't have to worry about overdosing or creating nutrient imbalances.  So where do we get our vitamin D if it's not coming from a pill?  We get vitamin D naturally from the sun.

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T. Colin Campbell, PhD
"Fed Up" with Fed Up

T. Colin Campbell, PhD is one of the most respected leaders in the field of plant-based nutrition.  He is Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.  He has received more than seventy grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers.  He has been at the forefront of nutrition research for more than forty years.  His legacy, the China Study, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted.

Dr. Campbell provides an insightful, two-part review of the new documentary Fed Up.  It is definitely worth reading before you decide if you want to see the movie.  Here is the link to the review:

Black Beans and Rice Extravaganza!
From Engine 2 Diet

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup water or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon red chili powder
2 to 3 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, drained
1 cup corn, fresh, frozen, or canned and drained
2 red, yellow, or green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
3 cups cooked brown rice
salsa or tamari, to taste 

Heat the beans with the water or broth, Bragg's, and chili powder.  Chop the vegetables and place in individual bowls.  To serve, place several big spoonfuls of brown rice onto large plates and ladle beans on top.  Add generous handfuls of the chopped vegetables on top of the beans.  Sprinkle with cilantro.  Add salsa or tamai to taste.  Top with avocado slices.


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Save Time Reading Labels

When you first start test driving or transitioning to this lifestyle, it might seem like you spend a disproportionate amount of time reading labels, and you're right.  There is an investment of time and patience up front as you learn about new foods, try new recipes, and form new eating patterns.

During this time, any assistance can be extremely helpful.  A client of mine recommended the NxtNutrio app for my smart phone.  It costs $2.99 and can be used on both an iPhone and an Android, however, the creaters caution that consumers are experiencing barcode scanning issues with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The app enables users to indicate what characteristics of food they want to identify, such as if the product is vegan or not genetically modified.

Simply scan the bar code of the product and it will register with a green checkmark or a red x, depending upon its ingredients, saving you the time and aggravation of reading everything in the ingredients list.  You can then choose to save the scanned product to a customized list for future reference so that you don't have to rescan products each time you grocery shop.

They admit that not every product is in their database yet, but that they are working diligently to populate it, and they do provide users with the capability to add new products themselves.

When new to a plant-based lifestyle, you may not be familiar with the names of some of the ingredients that have an animal origin, and this app will help you to identify products containing animal ingredients that might otherwise have slipped under your radar.

Here is the link to the app.  If you decide to give it a try, please let me know what you think.

Just thought you might enjoy a little herbivorous humor!

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