Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

December 2014


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100-Year Old Retired Surgeon Credits His Longevity and Vibrancy in Large Part to His Vegan Diet

100-year old Dr. Ellsworth Wareham credits his longevity and vibrancy to a healthy lifestyle including eating a vegan diet, being physically active, and effectively managing stress, the three tenets taught in the Lifestyle WoRx program.

Dr. Wareham operated on patients until the age of 74, 2 years older than the maximum retirement age of cardiothoracic surgeons at Loma Linda University.  He remained at the medical college assisting residents until the age of 95.  Now at 100, Dr. Wareham spends his time mowing his lawn, trimming his bushes, and still lives easily with his 86-year old wife in their two-story home.

Dr. Wareham adopted a plant-based lifestyle in his 50s after reading research of how consuming animal protein increases our cholesterol.  He also sites the work of Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD of the Cleveland Clinic, Dean Ornish, MD of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, and T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University as further inspiration for his dietary choice.

The links below will take you to an article written just this month about Dr. Wareham by Fox News and a 13-minute interview of Dr. Wareham at the age of 98.


A Physician's Review of the Latest Fad Diets

In case you are tempted to try one of the latest fad diets or worse yet, one of your loved ones plans to jump on one of the fad diet bandwagons, Neal Barnard, MD provides an informative review of what he refers to as dietary disasters in this insightful article:
The Secret Side of Food: How to Heal Yourself in the Kitchen
(Caution: This series may cause weight loss!)

Join Gianna Thomas, Julie Cerrone, and me at the beautiful Avani Institute in Peters Township next year for a workshop series you won't want to miss.
With the beginning of each year, we all aim to be healthier, but too often, we fall short of our goals.  Begin 2015 armed with the most powerful tool available - knowledge!
Learn about what foods you should avoid and why; how your food choices can impact your ability to prevent, arrest, reverse, or more effectively battle chronic, degenerative disease; find out what GMOs are and whether or not you should be concerned about their presence in our food system; and leave with the resources to apply what you've learned in your everyday life.

I highly recommend that you try to attend all 4 workshops as they build upon each other:

Monday, January 12, 2015 7-9 pm
Monday, January 26, 2015 7-9 pm
Monday, February 9, 2015 7-9 pm
Monday, February 23, 2015 7-9 pm 

The cost is $130 per person for the series or $35 per person for each class.

For more information and to register, visit Avani Institute's web site or call 724-941-7400.

It's Easy Being Green Smoothie
By Chef AJ

Still looking for a way to sneak kale into your family's meals?  This smoothie is a great way to start!

16 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice or 2-3 fresh oranges

1 bunch of kale, approximately 12 ounces

2 frozen, ripe bananas

2 cups frozen mango

fresh mint leaves to taste (optional)

In a blender, blend orange juice or oranges with kale and mint until smooth.  Add frozen fruit and blend until completely smooth and thick.

For a Creamsicle effect, use half unsweetened almond milk and half orange juice.  You can also substitute spinach for the kale. 


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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.

A Gem in Washington County...
Visit Fortuitea Cafe
If you find yourself shopping at Tanger Outlets, make sure to stop by Fortuitea Cafe, located nearby in the Shoppes at Quail Acres.
Owner Tiffany Ford does not advertise the Cafe as a vegan hot spot.  She wants to serve her patrons delicious food without calling unnecessary attention to the ingredients that are missing from her plates.
Everything that I have tried has been delicious and it's so refreshing to be able to order anything off of the menu and not have to worry if the item is 100% plant-based.
So make sure to stop in support Tiffany.  Here is a link to her web site:
A Vegan Novel Hits the Bookshelves!

The plant-based lifestyle is permeating more and more aspects of our culture and has recently found its way into a novel.  Off the Reservation was written by Glen Merzer, long-time vegan and contributor to Chef AJ's book Unprocessed as well as a host of other books advocating a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle.

It portrays a vegan Congressman who decides to make a bid for the White House.  It highlights many of the difficulties faced by modern day politics and proposes unique approaches to address them.

It is an enjoyable and thought provoking novel that I highly recommend and as an extra bonus, includes 20 plant-based recipes that are mentioned in the story.

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.

From December 2 until December 31, 2014, Vitamix is running a new promotion.  When you purchase any Vitamix machine using my affiliate code, 06-008273, Vitamix will give you a set of three spatulas.  Both orders made via the web site and by phone are eligible for this gift.

These spatulas, depicted above, were specially designed to fit into every corner of all Vitamix containers.  They are slim and lightweight for easy handling and are great at removing thick mixtures from the blades.  What a wonderful compliment to your blender purchase that will make using it even easier!

The spatulas will be shipped separately within 30 days of your purchase.  They will not appear on your order confirmation sheet.

I can save you $25 (US customers) or $35 (Canadian customers) off of your shipping expense if you use the following promotional code when ordering either online at or by calling 1.800.848.2649.  I do receive a small commission from Vitamix for every purchase made using my promotional code, but it wouldn't change my recommendation of this product even if I didn't.

Promotional Code: 06-008273
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