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No matter how much you dream about meeting your goals, no matter how often you wake up Monday morning with a goal in mind, and no matter how often you say today is a new day–discipline is a big portion of the accomplishment picture. Self discipline can do a lot to send you in whatever direction you deem fit and no matter how cheesy it may sound, you can do whatever you set your mind to if you work hard enough.
My new goal is to eat at least one serving of dark leafy greens everyday. It’s worth the effort considering that dark leafy greens are good sources of vitamins A, C, K and folate as well as minerals like iron and calcium. Research suggests that the nutrients found in dark green vegetables may prevent certain types of cancers and promote heart health. As a general rule, you should eat five servings of vegetables daily and dark leafy greens are among the most nutritionally dense.
I’ve never been one for labels but many call themselves vegetarians when they eat fish once in a while. It’s not because they are dishonest or because they are holier than thou. But in a many parts of the country, a vegetarian is an understandable term while a pescatarian is still unclear. That’s why I stick with the term plant-based diet: someone who eats plant-based ingredients most of the time. But is eating fish really that bad for your health? Let’s take a closer look.
I’ve spoken broadly about the benefits of a plant based diet. It makes you look and feel good, it reduces aging, and fights the free radicals that break our bodies down. Additionally, according to a number of different studies referenced below, it shields the body against cancer growth. But even still, we’re left wondering how exactly the body is better able to fight cancer on a plant-based diet. That’s where Dr. Neil Barnard and Michael Greger come in to explain it in terms we’re better able to understand.
Prepping for a week of healthy foods in the Novak house means making whole grains ahead of time so when you need them they’re already prepared and ready to eat. I make quinoa for three days at a time, starting on Monday. This is a standard lunch on week days when I don’t have time to drop everything and cook. I’ve perfected the quinoa salad to be salty, sweet, and rich all in the same bite.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Cobb salad, probably because it’s one of the furthest things from a salad in the first place. Dump a little ranch on there and you might as well eat a burger, fries, and a coke. The bleu cheese, chicken, and bacon make for a seriously caloric meal. But it turns out the Cobb doesn’t have to be fatty at all.
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The idea of ingesting arsenic in the food supply is a scary phenomenon, especially in a seemingly healthy food like rice. It got even more heated when brown rice syrup, a staple sweetener known as a healthier alternative to high fructose corn syrup, turned out to be the culprit.