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Disease is Not in Your Genes!

Disease is Not in Your Genes!

"Genetics" have become a scapegoat for all sorts of diseases - obesity, cardiovascular problems, digestive problems, allergies, arthritis - basically, if you can think of a disease, it is likely you have heard someone refer to it having a genetic link. Genes are really just the coding of our individual bodies. Of course, some of this information is passed from generation-to-generation. This is obvious when comparing a newborn child to his/her parents. 

While it is possible to share some of this "code" for diseases, in a vast majority of cases your genes do not define your performance in life. Just because your father and your grandfather have had histories of heart disease, does not mean you have to carry the torch like an Olympian. Most illnesses that can be chalked up to genes and "cured" by a doctors prescription are entirely avoidable through simple lifestyle changes. 

Chickpeas and Garlic for Hummus Instant Pot - Recipe from Vegan Under Pressure!

Chickpeas and Garlic for Hummus Instant Pot - Recipe from Vegan Under Pressure!

It can sometimes be difficult to tell if the food advertised in cookbooks is all it is made out to be. Food can be made to look good in pictures, but in real life might not taste so good. I thought it would be a neat idea to try putting the unique cookbook Vegan Under Pressure to the test, as I was so nicely provided with a free copy to send to one lucky winner of our Plant-Smart Living Giveaway. I am pleased to say that the end result of this hummus recipe is great!

The Starch-Plus Diet by Will Kriski - Book Review

The Starch-Plus Diet by Will Kriski - Book Review

The Starch-Plus Diet a great book created by Will Kriski, as a follow up to his first book The Potato Strong Recipe Guide. Will (you may know him just as Potato Strong) has been an excellent resource for us here at Plant-Smart Living, and this book is an extension of the knowledge he has passed on to us as we have come to know each other through email, Facebook, and phone conversations. As a result of this, of course there is some bias in my "review" of his book, but let me just say that I make an effort to only recommend products I personally enjoy and get something out of, and The Starch-Plus Diet is one of those things!

Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow - Book Review

Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow - Book Review

There are many vegan cookbooks on the market, but Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow (AKA: The Veggie Queen) stands out in my mind with its niche focus on making plant-based recipes in a pressure cooker. Immediately, the book title is gripping as this was not the expected implication; but rather the social aspects of veganism can sometimes make one feel, quite literally, “under pressure.” I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book to provide to the Plant-Smart Living audience (if you join in on our Plant-Smart Living Giveaway running until the end of June, 2016!). I quite enjoyed many of these recipes, which I make in my Instant Pot cooker.

V is for Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers - Book Review

V is for Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers - Book Review

V is For Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers (not to be confused with V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind) provides 150 vegan recipes with the intention of making veganism attractive to newcomers to a plant-based diet and healthier lifestyle. From the first glance at the included, high quality photographs (by photographer Jan Baldwin), one can tell that much of this food is meant to be the “comfort food” of the vegan world. The vegan recipes included in this cookbook is a great starting point for new vegans and non-vegans alike. It provides some easy starting points to expand your palette wherever you may be on your personal journey.

V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind by Ruby Roth - Book Review

V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind by Ruby Roth - Book Review

V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind by Ruby Roth is not a book I would have thought to pick up on my own, but I am glad it made it my way. The reason I can say this is because it is a book that would be attractive to my grandson with it's engaging art style and positive message. Not exactly grandpa reading material, but pretty perfect for the young ones among us!

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton - Book Review

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton - Book Review

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes is a plant-based cooking guide geared towards families and children. This is a unique selling point given that it can be difficult to even get adults excited and interested in eating vegan, but it is crucially important that we start to raise new generations to better appreciate the bounty nature provides for us time and time again.

Dining at The Ravens by Jeff and Joan Stanford - Book Review

Dining at The Ravens by Jeff and Joan Stanford  - Book Review

Dining at the Ravens is a unique vegan recipe book. The reason I can say this is because these recipes originated within the walls of the only vegan resort in the United States: The Ravens Restaurant at Stanford Inn by the Sea. The self-described goal of the establishment is to bring mindful, compassionate, and a sustainable sustainable dining experience in an enchanting and unforgettable setting. Like a fairy tale come to life, Dining at the Ravens provides exposure to plant-based meals that most of us will likely not be able to try ourselves, unless we run into the opportunity to visit this unique restaurant.

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