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Skinny Bitch author Kim Barnouin will be meeting fans and signing books at the Kaeng Raeng Detox booth (5438 in Hall E), Saturday, March 12, 1-3 pm Kim recently endorsed the popular detox supplement on Healthy Bitch Daily, saying “I swear by vegan detox meal replacement program Kaeng Raeng. Kaeng Raeng helps to peel off pounds, relieve bloating, improve digestion, bolster immunity, enhance energy, and give you that natural vegan glow – without depriving you.” Kim is thrilled to meet fans and talk about her new book – her first solo project and cookbook filled with recipes and tips on how to eat healthier. Stop by, meet Kim, and try some delicious Kaeng Raeng!

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Eat More Fiber, Live Longer

FROM HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

CHICAGO — Eat more fiber and you just may live longer.

That’s the message from the largest study of its kind to find a link between high-fiber diets and lower risks of death not only from heart disease, but from infectious and respiratory illnesses as well.

The government study also ties fiber with a lower risk of cancer deaths in men, but not women, possibly because men are more likely to die from cancers related to diet, like cancers of the esophagus. And it finds the overall benefit to be strongest for diets high in fiber from grains.

Most Americans aren’t getting enough roughage in their diets. The average American eats only about 15 grams of fiber each day, much less than the current daily recommendation of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men, or 14 grams per 1,000 calories. For example, a slice of whole wheat bread contains 2 to 4 grams of fiber.

In the new study, the people who met the guidelines were less likely to die during a nine-year follow-up period.

The men and women who ate the highest amount of fiber were 22 percent less likely to die from any cause compared to those who ate the lowest amount, said lead author Dr. Yikyung Park of the National Cancer Institute.

The study, appearing in Monday’s Archives of Internal Medicine, included more than 388,000 adults, ages 50 to 71, who participated in a diet and health study conducted by the National Institutes of Health and AARP.

They filled out a questionnaire in 1995 or 1996 about their eating habits. It asked them to estimate how often they ate 124 food items. After nine years, more than 31,000 of the participants had died. National records were used to find out who died and the cause of death.

The researchers took into account other risk factors including weight, education level, smoking and health status and still saw lower risks of death in people who ate more fiber.

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BY Lindsay Reinsmith, Founder and CEO of Kaeng Raeng

One of the things I enjoy least is going to a restaurant the night of Valentine’s Day.  What a nightmare.  Mediocre food.  High prices.  Elbow to elbow with other patrons.  AWFUL service.  Yet everyone flocks to the nearest restaurant slightly more expensive than they’re used to and stuffs their faces with prix fixe menus only to go home and fall into a food coma.

Not us!  My boyfriend, Jason, and I have never made a big deal out of Valentine’s Day (since we love each other the other 364 days of the year…), but we do like to stay in and cook together to honor the occasion.  In past years, I’ve made a mostly vegan meal with a meat entree for him.  But this year, as part of his (and mine) dedication to staying healthy, we did a total vegan dinner.  What did he think of it?  Drum roll….

He loved it!  As a runner (and generally busy guy), Jason needs wholesome, filling meals and often gets hungry about an hour after eating an all-veggie salad.  So I had to get creative to make him a great vegan meal that wasn’t a bunch of carbs. He was full before we even got to the entree!

Here was the menu (I apologize for the grainy photos – I took these pictures with my phone in low light and the quality isn’t great)

Appetizer

Organic asparagus, sauteed in a pan with a small amount of organic extra virgin olive oil, lemon pepper, and sea salt.

This is a super easy dish to make – just pick up asparagus at your local farmer’s market or grocery store, throw it in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil on medium heat.  After you’ve cooked them for a little while, just drizzle some lemon pepper (or lemon juice plus pepper), and lightly salt to taste.  You can also have it raw – just don’t heat above 118 degrees.

Salad

This is my go-to dish when I’m dining alone, but it also makes a great starter.  Salads can be ruined by 1. not enough awesome ingredients, and 2. too much dressing.  Our salad had spinach, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, walnuts, and organic avocado.  I added 1 tbsp of light balsamic dressing (Newmans) to the ENTIRE bowl of salad (not just my serving).  The key to dressing is to always always always measure it out.  Don’t just pour it all over the salad.  You only need a light taste!  Not salad soup!

Entree

Stuffed peppers!  You can see the original recipe for this dish, but I usually just wing it. I made 4 of these so we could have two as left overs but one pepper serves one person just fine.  The original recipe has many more ingredients – it’s totally up to you!

You’ll need:
-4 red peppers (or however many people you’re serving)

-1 orange pepper

-1 yellow pepper

-mushrooms

-squash or zucchini

-onions

-“butter” (I use earth balance)

-olive oil

-sea salt

-pepper

-garlic

-tomato sauce

-brown rice

-wok

-sauce pan

-baking pan (bread size)

-large mixing bowl

Cook 1 cup of organic brown rice (a great whole grain!) with 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp of Earth Balance “butter,” and some sea salt in the sauce pan. This can take up to 45 minutes to cook, so start this early!

Cut out the tops of the red peppers, wash them, set them in a cooking pan (a bread sized pan is fine).  Set your oven to 350 degrees (this dish cannot be served raw).

In a wok, saute the olive oil, onions, squash (finely cut), mushrooms (finely cut), peppers (finely cut), garlic, and drizzle on salt and pepper for taste.

Pour the sauteed veggie mix in a bowl with the brown rice and stir.  Using a spoon, scoop the mixture into the stuffed peppers.  Cover with tomato sauce.

Heat in the oven for 35-45 minutes (this is really for heat preference, all of the ingredients are already cooked or can be eaten raw).

While the peppers are heating, enjoy your appetizer and salad!

Dessert

I try to stay away from sugar (fruit) after noon, but I like to make an exception for holidays. I cut up organic strawberries, put tooth picks in them, and had them for dipping in Whole Foods vegan chocolate pudding.  The pudding is pretty cocoa forward (I’m sure you can make your own but I got lazy) but it was delicious!

Overall a very successful vegan dinner – boyfriend approved!

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From HEALTH.COM

Mix and match the workouts below for a total of five to six cardio sessions a week. The mix of routines will help your body burn fat more efficiently and build endurance. Combined with our strength workout, you’ll see pounds melt away!

In each cardio workout, you want to move among four zones that represent how much effort you’re putting in. Here’s how to tell which zone you’re in.

Zone 1 = Easy
Zone 2 = Challenging but comfortable (you’re breathing
hard but could still hold a conversation)
Zone 3 = Challenging and uncomfortable (you’re breathing hard, difficult to hold a conversation)
Zone 4 = Breathless, really hard!

New-mom modification: If you’re a new mom (or are very out of shape), keep your intensity easy to moderate. Avoid Zone 4 until you’re three to four months postpartum.

Intense Interval Bursts (30 minutes)
Do this while walking outside on a long, steep hill or on the stairs, treadmill, or elliptical trainer.
1. Warm up with 2 minutes in Zone 1, then 3 minutes in Zone 2
2. Uphill, 1 minute in Zone 4
3. Downhill, 1 minute in Zone 2
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 nine more times
5. Cool down with 5 minutes in Zone 1

Middle-Ground Mix-It-Up (40 minutes)
Do it as a walk or run outdoors or on the treadmill, bike, stairs, or elliptical trainer.
1. Warm up for 5 minutes in Zone 1
2. Spend 8 minutes in Zone 3
3. Do 2 minutes in Zone 2
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 two more times
5. Cool down with 5 minutes in Zone 1

Long, Strong, and Steady (60 minutes)
Bike, hike, walk, or skate outside, or mix it up at the gym by choosing three cardio machines and doing 20 minutes on each.
1. Warm up for 5 minutes in Zone 1
2. Work out 45–50 minutes in Zone 2
3. Cool down for 5 minutes in Zone 1

Good luck, healthy girl!

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What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is 100% natural and a highly nutritious micro salt water plant. This spiral shaped algae is a rich food source. For a long time (centuries) this algae has constituted a significant part of the diet of many communities. Since the 1970’s, Spirulina has been well known and widely used as a dietary supplement.

Spirulina contains rich vegetable protein (60~ 63 %, 3~4 times higher than fish or beef ), multi Vitamins (Vitamin B 12 is 3~4 times higher than animal liver), which is particularly lacking in a vegetarian diet. It contains a wide range of minerals (including Iron, Potassium, Magnesium Sodium, Phosphorus, Calcium etc.), a high volume of Beta- carotene which protects cells (5 time more than carrots, 40 time more than spinach), high volumes of gamma-Linolein acid (which can reduce cholesterol and prevent heart disease).

The Health Benefits of Spirulina

 

  • Boost the Immune System
  • Improve Digestion
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Build Endurance
  • Nature’s Detoxifier – Cleanse the body
  • Boost Energy Levels
  • Control Appetite
  • Maintain Healthy Cardiovascular function
  • Support the Liver and Kidneys
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Benefit People Who Suffer from Allergies

Protein in Spirulina

As a protien supplement spirulina has a distinct advantage over other forms of supplement. Because of the important role proteins play in our overall health and well being, they are often referred to as the building blocks of life.

Proteins are complex molecules consisting of chains of amino acids and are best known for their role in the formation and repair of structures such as muscle and bone. However, proteins and their aminos’ have numerous other vital functions, such as insulin management, immune system regeneration, mineral transport and anti-hypertensive properties.

Proteins are made up of 22 identified amino acids. Nine of these are essential yet the body cannot produce them, so they must be provided by the diet. Non-essential amino acids are needed also, but the body can produce these itself. Essential amino acids, plus sufficient nitrogen in foods, are needed to synthesize the non-essential amino acids.

The quality of the protein depends on the amounts of amino acids contained in a protein. The more closely the protein matches the body’s requirements the higher the quality. Spirulina is known as a ‘complete protein’ due to the fact that it contains all the essential amino acids. This means we can get our necessary intake of protein without subjecting our digestive system to the hard work of processing animal products.

Digestable Protein Unlike other forms of protein, the protein in Spirulina is 85-95% digestible, one of the highest available. In fact, Spirulina is second only to a dried egg supplment with regards to usable protein, and higher than any of the common foods in the form in which they are usually purchased.

Being composed of soft mucopolysaccharides, Spirulina has no cellulose in its cell walls making it easy for the body to digest and assimilate.

Its amino acids are delivered to the body for almost instant absorption.

Protein digestibility is important for many people and especially important for people suffering from intestinal malabsorption or digestive disorders. Typically, many older people have difficulty digesting complex proteins and are on restricted diets. They find Spirulina’s protein an ideal way of ensuring they receive the nourishment needed. Spirulina is an effective supplment for sufferers of malnutrition diseases where the ability of intestinal absorption has been damaged. Given to malnourished children, it is more effective than milk powders because milk’s lactic acid can be difficult to absorb.

How to Consume Spirulina

Powder (great for smoothies, juices, drinks): 100% pure powder is a uniformly dark green or blue-green color and has no other colored particles. Your body feels energy within minutes because the powder is naturally digestible. It provides quick energy and nourishment between meals or in place of a meal. Some have asked whether you can take too much. It is a perfectly safe natural food. Some people take two tablespoons or more each day. The most popular way to enjoy it at home is to add it to your favorite fruit or vegetable juice in a blender. Start with one teaspoon (5 grams) and add flavors or spices to suit your taste. Later on you can increase the amount. Many regular users take one heaping tablespoon (10 grams) per drink.

Tablets:

Quality tablets can be made without sugar, starch, fillers, animal parts, preservatives, stabilizers, colors, coatings, and with only a minimum of vegetable tableting agents. Made in this way, the color of the tablet should be a uniform dark green without light colored spots or specks. Capsules should also be free of excess fillers or additives, and now, vegetable capsules are available.

Many bottles provide nutritional information for a six tablet serving (3 grams), but you can take more if you like. Often, people take 10, 15 or 20 tablets or capsules a day. Twenty 500 mg tablets are equal to a heaping tablespoon of powder (10 grams).

Tablets deliver the same benefits as powder, but digestion takes about an hour. For faster results, some people chew or dissolve the tablets in the mouth. Because it is a natural whole food, you can take tablets by themselves between meals.

If you are using spirulina to balance your diet and help eat lighter meals, take tablets or capsules an hour before you eat. If there is a time of day when your energy runs low, take some tablets and see how your body feels one or two hours later. Both tablets and capsules are helpful with water after coffee or alcohol.

Who Shouldn’t Consume Spirulina?

  1. People with hyperparathyroidism
  2. People who have serious allergies to seafood or seaweed.
  3. Patients current experiencing high fever.

Spirulina has a strong taste, so for beginners, it’s best to blend with juice or fruit, preferably fresh pressed juice that has not been heated.  It is also dark green in color and can stain clothing, so be careful not to spill!

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From The Kind Life

This is fantastic news: Oprah and 378 of her staffers are committing to a vegan diet for a one-week “vegan challenge”! Even better, Oprah is going to devote today’s episode of “The Oprah Show” to talking about veganism, including interviews with vegan activist Kathy Freston and food writer Michael Pollan, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at a meat-processing plant with Lisa Ling.

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