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Plant-Based Nutrition

Chef AJ’s Plant-Based Diet for Food Addiction

Plant-based diet food freedom journal entry number 3 I have wanted to stay on a plant-based healthy diet and get off my processed vegetarian diet for a long time. I knew it would be better for my health and for the environment. After learning about the concept of processed food addiction I tried a lot

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Safer Beauty

Safer Beauty and Personal Care Products

The Ugly Truth about the cosmetic industry The US has not passed a federal law regulating the cosmetic industry since 1938 The Food and Drug Administration does not require that cosmetics ingredients or products be approved before they go on the market, and FDA has no power to recall a product from the market The European Union has banned

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Cultivating Happiness

What is Spiritual Awakening?

Have you  have had some kind of shift or waking-up-experience or are you are curious about the experiences of people who have had awakenings? It can be hard to find honest spiritual teachers when you are on a spiritual path. You have to be cautious and do your own reserach rather than just accept what

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Holistic Health Topics

How to Eat Organic on a Budget

Alternatives to eating SAD food without breaking the bank SAD it the acronym for the Standard American Diet, and sad is how a lot of us feel after eating the standard fare we find at our local grocery stores and restaurants. It’s difficult but not impossible to eat a healthy diet in an unhealthy world

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Gut Health

Are Your Gut Bacteria Making You Fat?

For years I was being pushed around by tiny microscopic bacteria that lived in my gut, but I didn’t know it I used to have a craving for sweets every night after dinner and sometimes during the day too. After a healthy lunch or dinner, I would get this craving for more food even though

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Holistic Health Topics

Supplements and Vitamins Pros and Cons

Some of the plant-based nutrition experts like the Blue Zone Diet, T. Collin Campbell who wrote Whole and, Dr. McDougall say you don’t need supplements on a plant-based diet except for, perhaps B12 which is a must if you are vegan for more than a few months. They feel that eating whole foods should be enough. After all humans lived without

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Cultivating Happiness

Empowering Girls and Giving Time Back to Women

I had only the vaguest idea that women and girls all over the world are still spending many hours every day walking miles to bring water home in Jerry Cans and jugs. I had no idea that with all the technology we have there were still many schools without running water and that this was

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Gut Health

How to Prevent Gas and Bloating on a Plant-Based Diet

Ok, I know gas and bloating isn’t the nicest subject to talk about. It can be really embarrassing to have uncontrollable gas and bloating when you start a new plant-based diet. But it is important to talk about this embarrassing subject if you want to be successful on a plant-based diet! A whole food plant-based

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Plant-Based Weight Loss

How to End a Weight Loss Plateau on a Plant-Based Diet

When I first started my whole-foods weight loss diet using Chef AJ’s book I lost 30 pounds in a couple of months. I was elated. It was easy and  I didn’t have any cravings or hunger. I was happily stuffed on delicious high-fiber plant foods and hoped the next 30 pounds would come off just

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