Food For Thought: 2014 Resolutions

Hello Readers,

This year I think we should focus on building a better immune system so that diseases will not surface. Less drinking, less smoking, more nutritional foods.

Nuts Containing Amino Acids

Try to incorporate ginger, amino acids, probiotics/live cultures (contains good bacteria to fight off bad bacteria and boost your immune system) , Omega 3′s, fiber and lots of water into your current diet.

GingerProbiotics /Live Cultures

These are health tips for the general public and not solely for vegans. I want to see everyone living longer because our death rate is increasing whilst the average death age is decreasing quickly. If we want to live longer than our grandparents and parents I suggest everyone be mindful of what they consume.

Earth foods are not the enemy. We need them in order to survive this era of Genetically Modified Society. Food Commercials are there to make you think that their preservative, artificial and Genetically Modified Food is actually good for you. How can you be healthy internally eating sandwiches, soda, sweets etc. made with ingredients you can’t even pronounce?

Think about it.

Let’s try to open our eyes this year and start reading the ingredients on the back of our products so we that we can make conscious decisions when we make food purchases. Next week I will break down some nutrition & vegan myths and bring you facts to help you out if you’re struggling to incorporate a vegan diet into your busy schedule.

Probiotics /Live CulturesKimchi

My Palate Craves Dao Palate

I’ve been searching for places in New York City with flavorful vegan dishes. It just so happens I work in Park Slope, Brooklyn where there are a plethora of restaurants to choose ranging from Thai food, Mediterranean and Organic / Vegan food. I came across a place called Dao Palate on 7th Avenue. I took my younger sister here since she’s never had vegan food before.
Dao Palate has a tranquil, romantic dimmed-light setting when you enter the restaurant. The menu consists of appetizers, entrees, smoothies, Chinese herbal teas, freshly squeeze juices, sake and vegan desserts. I decided to get the Soy Cheese & Watercress Vegan Wontons w/ mango sauce appetizer. When I say DELECTABLE , I mean it!
Soy Cheese & Watercress Vegan Wontons w/ mango sauce
This was so amazing; I’ve never had anything like this before and I instantaneously fell in LOVE with this dish. It was cheesy and filled with my one of my favorite greens, watercress. The mango sauce was clearly made with LOVE. It wasn’t overly sweet nor overpoweringly sour. It was a perfect mixture and every time I come here this is the first thing I order. Next, I ordered my entree and prior to this I received a delicious miso soup in a small Chinese bowl with a white miso soup spoon. YUMMMMM!!!
miso soup
Afterwards, I received a vegetable pad Thai and my sister ordered spicy glass noodles with shrimp. On another occasion I did order the black pepper seitan w/ Chinese broccoli and brown rice. This was absolutely delicious and if you decide to come here, get this dish. I wasn’t crazy about the brown rice but the rest of the food was great.
Glass noodles
Vegetable Pad Thai & Chinese Glass Noodles
Black Pepper Seitan w/Chinese Broccoli & Brown Rice
Black Pepper Seitan w/Chinese Broccoli & Brown Rice
I personally would recommend this restaurant because the food is delicious and the service was great as well!!!!!!!

Eat Healthy & Live Life

It’s been a year and four months since I’ve become or classified myself as a vegan. This may have been the best decision thus far in my life. Being vegan is fun. It helps me enhance my creativity. I’m able to take a variety of foods and create something with pizzazz and spice.

VEGAN FOOD IS NOT BORING!

Vegans can create healthier alternatives of your favorite junk foods, for instance: bacon cheeseburgers, chicken and waffles and ice cream.

Veggie Burger
Veggie Burger This photo is not property of The Vegan Diva
Veggie Chicken and Waffles
Veggie Chicken & Waffles” This photo is not property of The Vegan Diva

 

In this day and age, people aren’t getting enough nutrients due to their poor eating habits (especially in America). Americans love eating fast food, thus having the highest heart disease rate in the world. So what can we do to prevent this?

Tomatoes

Suggestions:

  • Monitor what you eat daily/weekly
  • Incorporate more vegetables and fruits in your daily diet.
  • If you do eat meat/fish: try baking instead of frying. Add natural spices and herbs (not Sazón)
  • Go to the doctor monthly to test your blood sugar levels, heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Beware of foods that are high in fat and very greasy.
  • Exercise to keep the body, blood and heart healthy.

In reference to exercising: Don’t think just because you exercise and still eat fast food it won’t affect you. What you consume and the artificial ingredients will still latch onto your organs, slowly making them sick.

Let’s start eating healthier so that we will live longer and breed a healthier generation.

Fruits, Veggies

Welcome To The Vegan Diva: What Is Veganism?

Vegan is Healthy
Veganism

 

What does it mean to be a vegan?

– A vegan is an individual whose diet doesn’t consist of any animal products whatsoever. Someone who consider themselves as a vegan has a diet that consists of Earth foods and whole grains that contribute to a holistic lifestyle.

What inspired you to become a vegan?

– I became very sick in 2011 and I began transitioning to vegetarianism and eating fibrous foods. I then had a conversation with my best friend Troy who has been a vegan for a few years already and I’ve always wanted to stop eating meat. I felt like I couldn’t do it. From February 2011 to October 2012 I would get sick because I started eating more and more greasy food. I was addicted! That October I was hospitalized and I became a pescatarian. One day in January of this year I woke up one day with this strong feeling and said that’s it I am tired of consuming junk that constantly makes me sick. The rest is history……

I want to become a vegan but I am not sure if I have the will-power to commit to a meat-less lifestyle; any tips?

– I suggest reading a few enlightenment books, practicing yoga and meditating. Why do I suggest this? I suggest this because it will help you clear your mind of negative thoughts whilst you are trying to enter into a holistic lifestyle. Before doing anything I would recommend mentally preparing yourself for the next step you are going to make. This helped me so much while I was transitioning to pescatarian and prior to me waking up and deciding I want to become a vegan; I was preparing myself on a weekly basis.

 

Peace in Nature
Peace in Nature