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12 Easy Snacks that are McDougall Diet Approved to Take to Work

12 Easy Snacks that are McDougall Diet Approved to Take to Work

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. 

30 Ways How You can Create a Better You in 2017

30 Ways How You can Create a Better You in 2017

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.

Top 18 Stereotypes, Misconceptions, and Myths About Vegans

Top 18 Stereotypes, Misconceptions, and Myths About Vegans

Vegans sometimes get a bad rep - and sometimes they happen to bring it upon themselves. For one reason or another, stereotypes have really started to dictate how your average person views the vegan lifestyle - and they can be powerful. For vegans who don't fit the mold, it can be increasingly difficult to have a conversation about veganism, healthy eating, and lifestyle politics (such as environment preservation and animal cruelty). 

The 24 Biggest Lies About Weight Loss You Need to Know About! 


The 24 Biggest Lies About Weight Loss You Need to Know About! 


The result of having a massive industry dedicated to promoting weight loss supplements and fad diets is the prevalence of many half-truths and downright lies that pervade our perception of losing weight.

The struggle to lose weight is a real one, and one I experienced first-hand myself. Do not get caught up in the lies about how you can lose weight quickly, but instead opt to learn about the simple, natural ways you can trim the fat from your body with some simple lifestyle changes and a whole foods, plant-based diet.

10 Great Vegan Milk Substitutes to Support Your Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet

10 Great Vegan Milk Substitutes to Support Your Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet

One of the most significant changes in the modern diet has been a relatively recent trend by companies to produce vegan milk substitutes. This is great for many reasons – whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or not at all. The simple ability to vary the taste of what you are consuming is great, and has likely led to some people simply exploring a vegan milk brand out of curiosity. A person may ask, “How does this taste compared to regular dairy milk?” While I have tasted some different varieties, and the taste can be distinctly different, I have come to enjoy the taste for what it is. Of course, for the vegans among us, you may be well aware of the negative effects of dairy milk, as well as the dairy industry which goes out of its way to lobby the government to promote its product. Social and environmental change starts with the purchases we make. If you have not moved away from dairy products, now is a great time to do so, especially given the many options that are becoming more and more readily available at your local supermarket.

The China Study - 8 Principles of Food and Health and How to Eat Right

The China Study - 8 Principles of Food and Health and How to Eat Right

I have been rereading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD as it is a dense book that I seem to be able to pull valuable information from each time I refer to it. Chapter 11 is titled: "Eating Right: Eight Principles of Food and Health." In the process of reviewing this chapter, I felt it would be conducive to a simple article for the website where we can have a conversation about these 8 Principles and how they apply to our lives. Having the educated insights of The China Study paired with my own personal story of how I changed my life on a whole foods, plant-based diet will hopefully be fuel for your own changes towards a healthier you!

The Top 5 Easiest Foods to Ease Into a Vegan Diet

The Top 5 Easiest Foods to Ease Into a Vegan Diet

Simplicity is the key to your success when it comes to adhering to a vegan diet plan. I admit, it can be difficult to sit at a table with family and friends as a lone vegan while you are surrounded by others seemingly enjoying dishes considered "off limits," but that you remember the sweet tastes and aromas from your past life of partaking in unhealthy meats and artificially processed foods. Remember: the pleasure these foods may bring will not be long lasting, as research is beginning to show the negative impact the modern, Western diet is having on human beings today. From significant weight gain to mental disorders, the food we eat impacts our brains and bodies at their very core. 

I can also admit that switching over to only eating vegan foods is not always the easiest. I made the change because it was vital to my survival. I was starting to see and feel the negative effects of overeating and other poor lifestyle choices. Though during the early stages of my plant based diet I had doubt in my self and my ability to "stay the course," I have kept with it for quite some time now, and am reaping the benefits in my health. 

7 Items to Avoid During Your Next Vegan Starbucks Trip


7 Items to Avoid During Your Next Vegan Starbucks Trip


It can be difficult at times to maintain a plant smart, vegan diet when going to restaurants. Starbucks, the international coffee chain, is one of the more unassuming places that you would expect to have trouble maintaining your vegan diet. I think the reason for this stems from the simple fact that coffee in its purest form is a plant-based food source. It is not the simple black coffee that we struggle with, but the larger reality that many of us do not just enjoy a black cup of joe. Rather, once we begin exploring lattes, Frappuccino’s, and other mixed drinks found on the rather large menu, we begin to notice how little ingredients used here and there go against our vegan lifestyles. While it isn’t too difficult to have a vegan Starbucks outing with a little bit of educating beforehand, as identified in our article, The Best Vegan Starbucks Options to Keep You Plant Smart, we have also put together a little list of definite no-no’s for when you visit Starbucks next here for your convenience.