Fad diets sell the empty promise of helping you shed pounds "in just days." But did you know, some fad diets are really bad for your health, and can even have severely negative impacts on your body - the most extreme of which is death? It is, hands down, a very frightening thing to think that some companies are so irresponsible in the marketing of their fad diet craze that they ignore the real life impacts.
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One of the biggest fears many men have is something happening to them that they would never expect. As uncomfortable as it may be for some to talk about, prostate cancer is relatively common - effecting 1 in 7 men in their lifetime. Most of these cases occur in men as they reach old age - almost ironically, just in time for the average person to retire. While some good news can be taken away from this given that prostate cancer is highly treatable - with an almost 100% survival rate in the Western world - it comes at quite a cost like all forms of cancer.
I was inspired by a recent comment on Facebook to explore ways in which a simple plant-based diet has evolved into a significant worldwide movement. While at it's core, a person's decision to adopt a plant-based diet is a personal one, and requires personal decisions to stick to daily despite temptations to waver - it has managed to become a shared experience for people who like the sense of community.
Going into the office can provide a number of temptations. Some days your boss might bring in donuts or other sugary snacks, or you might even get stuck trying to figure out how not to seem "weird" at a pizza party. We know it's all meant to be good-natured and fun, but it can be a real challenge for those trying to get their health under control.
If the food that is available doesn't seem like it would be compliant with your diet, it is sometimes best to come prepared. Below are 12 easy snacks that are McDougall Diet compliant - courtesy of the McDougall Friend's Facebook group.
I find it fascinating how a plant-based diet can influence people around the world in different ways.
Late last year, I began chatting with Katie Simmons, "Chicago's Best Personal Chef," after stumbling across one of her excellent vegan recipes online and getting to know just by reading up on her background on her website - Plants-Rule.
Her story is a powerful one that has the ability to promote change - if you need some inspiration to make diet and lifestyle changes, seeing her own transition, loss of 50 pounds, and reclaiming her health is truly great. The "journey," as you will see, even comes with some scale not unlike the Lord of the Rings!
But, the story does not stop there.
Most of us have a basic desire to become "better" with the New Year. It's really the basis of so many people around the world making New Year's resolutions, and with the change of the year from 2016 to 2017, the same thing will happen as has happened for centuries. We all hope to shed some of the tough times and bad experiences of the past year, and look forward to making changes in the new one. You probably have a list of things you'd like to improve on - as do I!
Creating a better you in the new year is entirely possible if you can really commit to making changes. It can be difficult, but if you stick with it, you may find your entire life has changed for the better!
What follows are 30 ways to create a better you as you head out into the new year. Keep in mind, while not all of these may be relative to you, they are some great suggestions to get you going in the right direction.
Let us face the facts - changing your diet can be tough. Just like moving across country to a new, foreign city, can cause some anxiety and pose challenges - both expected and unexpected - changing to a plant-based diet can be as equally frustrating.
Fortunately, much like the analogy of someone moving across country, we have to keep in mind all of the positives that come from such a move - expanded horizons, potential for better jobs, ability to experience new things, and the ability to feel like you are making the best out of your life (just to name a few). Adopting a plant-based diet provides similar results - you can experiment with new foods, expand your taste pallet, and reap positive nutritional benefits that impact your body and mind for years to come.
Sometimes in all of the excitement to share what the plant-based diet is all about with others, we can forget how difficult it can be at times to make this change. Much of this is personal as I only recently (in the past few years) have been adhering to a plant-based diet - for the majority of my life, the "Standard American Diet" was par for the course.