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Milk may increase prostate cancer risk

If you grew up in the 50’s to 70’s, chances are you heard the constant refrain of “drink your milk, it’s good for your bones.” Starting in the 1930’s, dairy companies started adding vitamins to milk as well as it began to become a morning breakfast staple. For those of us over 45, milk was always there. Along with Apple Jacks, SugarCrisp and all those other sugary cereals we wouldn’t go near today! Some new research indicates that milk can also increase the risk of prostate cancer. The new study comes out of Loma Linda University in California. They conducted a long-term study to investigate the links between diet, lifestyle and disease focused on members in the Seventh-day adventist church. And that’s not the only study. Another was done in 2016 by the American Cancer Association. The advantage with studying this particular group of men is that around 40% of

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Longevity

Ube: The new superfood?

If you think the picture for this article is blackberry ice cream, it’s not! It’s a very old and extremely popular dessert made in the Philippines from Ube, called Ube Halaya. Ube is in the sweet potato family and it’s naturally purple. Ube is sweeter than it’s orange companion and has a more nutty and vanilla like taste. Sometimes it is confused with Taro, another root vegetable. Ube is often used for sweets and doesn’t hit your glycemic index so it won’t spike your sugars badly. “Ube is the Tagalog [Filipino dialect] word for tuber that comes for the Dioscorea alata L. plant. The tuber is bright lavender in color,” Richelle Rada, RD, LD, a nutrition coach, says. “In my culture, it is commonly made into a jam called ube halaya, then added to foods like Halo-Halo…

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Switching to a plant-based diet over 65

From plant-based burgers to plant-based sausages we keep hearing more and more about the benefits of a plant-based diet and eating this way is becoming increasingly popular amon all age groups. If you’re over 65, you’ll want to consider the following. As we age, our nutritional requirements also change. It’s a reason that taking supplements when we turn 50 is important as part of our overall health. Here’s what to think about moving to plant based. It’s also important to note that you don’t have to suddenly switch over to pure plant based. Most people have greater success when they take their time. Ease into more plant-based meals by cutting down on the number of meat meals you have per week. You don’t need meat in three meals a day. The concept of meat with every meal is because of the mass marketing of processed foods over the past 50

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Healthy Recipes

Mac and Queso Dinner

This recipe uses our favourite Plant Powered Queso recipe mixed with cooked macaroni. It’s a delicious accompaniment to any dish. Spicy, creamy and totally cheesy, you won’t believe this queso is vegan and veggie based! Plant Powered Queso Inspired by: Clean Food Dirty Girl’s 5- Minute Instant Pot Cheesy Sauce Ingredients: 2 cups peeled and chopped potatoes (or about 3 medium-sized potatoes) 1 cup chopped carrots (1 large carrot) 1 small onion, chopped 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and roughly chopped 1 Teaspoon ground turmeric, or 1 Tablespoon chopped turmeric root if available 2 cups vegetable stock or water 1/2 cup soaked and drained raw cashews (or substitute 1/4 cup sunflower seeds or and 1/4 cup ground flax seed) 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder 1 teaspoon salt Directions: 1. Soak cashews in hot water for 15-20 minutes, drain, rinse and set aside.

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Healthy Recipes

Delightful Alfredo Pasta

This dish is so creamy and delicious that you will swear it has cheese in it.  But it doesn’t! And it doesn’t have oil either. Ingredients: -1 cauliflower cut into large chunks -2 Onions quartered -4-6 cloves of garlic ¼ cup of nutritional yeast 1-2 Tbsp of dried tarragon ½ Tsp of ground black pepper ½ tsp of hot sauce (optional) ½ tsp of ground Himalayan salt 2 – 2.1/2 cups of organic veggie broth 1 package of rice fettucini pasta Directions: Put all the ingredients into a large pot except the pasta and nutritional yeast.  Bring to a boil and cook on medium high until the cauliflower is a bit soft.  Dump the entire contents of the pot into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.  Add in the nutritional yeast ,blend a little bit more, and serve on top of cooked rice fettucini. RECIPE (based on 5 servings):

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Health

Considerations for going vegan

CAN YOU GET ALL ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS FROM DIET ALONE? The answer is generally not, but it depends on the individual. Consult your healthcare provider for help. A vegetarian lifestyle can be healthy, no question. But like all dietary trends, it is up to the individual to make sure they attain a balanced diet. This is especially true for vegans, who consume no dairy or seafood. The key is to monitor your own levels of key nutrients, especially those you may be lacking. Work with your health care provider to make sure your diet is balanced and to source additional healthy food or supplements if needed. Experts agree that it is important that all vegans get enough vitamin B12, which can also be a problem for those who eat meat. Fortified foods or a vitamin B12 supplement can help. Levels of vitamin B6 may also be low. It is difficult for

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Treating arthritis with diet and exercise

Seeking options to treat her painful psoriatic arthritis, Johanna Legge, 57, says she found something “by mistake.” Her find was the Paddison Program, which she claims is the sole reason she has returned to good health. Rewind Johanna’s story to early 2013 when she lived in Vancouver. “I would have swollen ankles, which appeared like sprained ankles, and the medical community couldn’t figure out how I could sprain my ankles so badly, and not know when and where I did it,” she recalls. “I had no answer.” The pain was excruciating. “It felt like you put a vice-grip on my ankle. I also didn’t sleep when I had the worst flare-ups.” Legge was an environmental enforcement officer, which required her to do a lot of ladder climbing. Saw mills and pulp mills were among her many industry job sites. “I would go to work and shove ice packs in my

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Healthy Recipes

Ultimate green taco wraps

Makes 8 servings | Takes 60 mins A perfect mid-week vegan recipe for the whole family! Toss in some vegetable soup and you’re all set! Vegan Taco Wraps Recipe Get ready to pack a ton of veggies into one irresistible, healthy meal! If you haven’t tried my lentil-walnut taco meat, this is a great recipe to do so. It’s high in protein and the taco seasonings and chewy texture create a realistic-tasting taco base. Feel free to use tortilla wraps or corn shells instead of lettuce wraps to change it up, or you can make this recipe into a big salad, too. You can save time by cooking the lentils and prepping the taco meat in advance (or simply, by using canned lentils). Ingredients Lentil-walnut taco meat filling: 1 cup uncooked French green lentils (you will use 1 3/4 cups cooked lentils)* 1 cup walnut pieces, toasted 1 ½ tsp

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Healthy Recipes

Smoky Jackfruit “chicken” salad

A delicious spring or summer vegan recipe…you can make it winter too if you want to feel more like summer. I recently started experimenting with jackfruit recipes, and I discovered that jackfruit makes a fantastic sub for chicken in a traditional chicken salad. My goodness, it’s delicious (and not only is jackfruit delicious, it’s rich in vitamin C too)! Because jackfruit has such a mild flavour, it takes on all the wonderful flavours in this dish—tangy lemon and dill, creamy eggless mayo, savoury garlic, and smoky paprika. I’ve added fresh vegetables like celery, green onion, and bell peppers to give it a great crunch and loads of fibre. Serve this salad in pieces of Boston or Bibb lettuce, in a wrap, sandwich, or on crackers. To boost the protein, I like adding hemp hearts. You can find canned jackfruit online, in health food stores, Asian grocery stores, or in the

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