15 Benefits of Going Vegan

Heard about the various of horror stories, deferring you away from making the decision of going vegan and you are not sure to make the leap?  Read on! Veganism, has been on a worldwide climb of the most searched word on Google since 2009, and it has doubled in the last 6 years.  Adopting a vegan diet, is growing in popularity amongst the youth and celebrities. However, If you are not sure if going on a vegan diet would be beneficial to your health as an individual, please consult a licensed naturopathic physician first before deciding to make the change. More research is glowing on the positives of veganism and there are 15 convincing reasons why going vegan is extremely worth it:

Animals

1. Better Treatment of Animals

A sad and gruesome reality lies ahead of chosen farm animals destined to be slaughtered. They spend most of their lives in a crowded and dark warehouse, so cramp they have to walk all over their own waste, a dead chicken, or can’t even spread a leg. According to the Vegan Society, sixty-billion land animals and over a million marine animals, are captured and to be used as food. This is not needed and there are a wide variety of delicious plant-based alternatives across the globe.  Animals are not harmed in order to provide the food on the table or the clothes on the backs of vegans. The more people who do not eat meat, there’s a less need for the farming of animals for food. This leads to a less need for extensive slaughtering methods as well!

Environment

2. Less Resources Used

As mentioned previously, switching to a vegan diet doesn’t require a need for slaughtering methods or warehouses.  According to the World Watch Institute, globally, fifty-one percent of the greenhouse emission of gas is due to the agriculture of animals and more than half of the water supply is used as well. The amount of animal waste produced by farm animals is through the roof, causing the run-off from their waste to contaminate our water supply. Animal waste is highly toxic and emits ammonia and hydrogen sulfide gases into our air supply and nitrous oxide and methane, which are huge contributors to global warming. Environmental Defense has made an interesting report on why going vegan would benefit our environment fully:

“If Every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than a half-million cars off U.S roads”.

To make room for these warehouses and crops to feed them, the cutting down of forest leads to the erosion of soil, destroying the habitat and the extinction of wildlife in startling high numbers. Around one-third of fossil fuels and raw materials are used to feed farm animals with seventy-percent of the grain, corn, and wheat consumed. This means, unnecessary resources and energy is being wasted just to cater to the world’s meat addiction. Growing vegetables requires less resources and going vegan can help reduce the stress on the environment.

3. Less Expensive

A person going vegan is expected to spend less money. Eating fruits and vegetables, does not require long hours of cooking, spending money on expensive meat, and wasting energy than our meat-eating counterparts.

Health and Convenience

4. Cardiovascular disease risk

Eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds while eliminating meat and dairy products, will reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. In a recent study, researchers have observed that a vegan diet reduces the risk of coronary artery disease.

5. Breast Cancer

In countries where women do not eat animal products or meat, have a lower rate of breast cancer than women in countries that do.  In certain areas, food products and meat are injected with hormones, disrupting the natural balance of hormones and causing tumor growth.

6. Reduced Absorption of Toxins from Seafood

Majority of the shellfish and fish consumed has mercury and other toxins. While some fish may have less than others, it is almost impossible not to be absorbing mercury into the body when not eating seafood while on a vegan diet.

7. Increased energy

When transitioning into a vegan diet, energy levels are at their optimum because plants are enriched with B-vitamin, nutrients to keep anyone going. Phil Collen, stated that being a rockstar takes a lot of energy. He has contributed his increased energy to a strict vegan diet.

8. Vegan recipes are cheap, tasty, plentiful, and fun to make!

Chloe Coscarelli took home the winning title in Food Network’s reality-competition series “Cupcake Wars” as the first vegan chef ever to win a culinary competition on national T.V! Chloe keeps on winning when her newly published cookbooks, “Chloe’s Vegan Desserts”, “Chloe’s Kitchen” and “Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen”, were featured on Amazon’s list of 100 Best-selling cookbooks. How do you make a vegan dish to be cheap, easy, and fun? Chloe’s colleague shares this useful tip “You can replace dairy and eggs in any recipe, if you know what you are looking for. Moisture and color? Try applesauce in your muffins. Lift and fluff? Use seltzer in place of milk in your cupcakes. Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache? Use a recipe without eggs, like the ones in my “Sticky Fingers Sweets! It’s not always about replacing dairy or eggs, but rather using science to recreate recipes so that you get the textures and flavors you crave without animal products.”

9. Healthy Bones

Bone health depends on more than just calcium and protein intake. Studies have shown, that bone health is influenced by micro and macronutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, and foods such as vegetables, soy, and fruits. Vegans do highly well in making sure they are taking on these important substances into their diet. With a healthy vegan diet, the individual can prevent conditions such as osteoporosis and other bone injuries.

10.Weight Loss

As a result of a proper vegan diet, the individual will have a healthy weight and low BMI. Eating vegan diet, eliminates most of the unhealthy foods that leads to weight gain.

11. Extensive support and resources to help in the transition

Online pages such as Meetup.com, Vegan Society, and online Facebook groups, makes it easy to meet with local vegans in order to encourage one another and have access to events across the globe. Living in a digital era, there are many tips, resources, and free kits offered online to help anyone make a healthy, easy, and exciting transition to veganism. The Vegucated challenge, provides email support daily and a plan that helps people to eat vegan for a month, eliminate certain foods per week. Another popular diet to help with the transition is the “28-day Engine 2 Diet”.

12. Sugar

More and more processed food products are filled with sugar, leading to addiction, poor dental health, and weight gain. Relying on other sweeteners that are not processed, synthetic, or derived from animal products is a healthier way to live. Many vegans do not consume refined sugar due to the fact that most of the sugar is refined through activated charcoal, most of which comes from animal bones.

13. More Nutritional Benefits

Vegans consume a diet consisting of high amounts of nuts and seeds, fruit and pungent vegetables, tomatoes, legumes, fiber, iron, phytochemicals, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamins C and E than those who consume meat. Vegans eat foods that are lower in saturated fats, calories, and cholesterol.  All those foods and nutrients are protective against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, and many cancers such as mouth, stomach, breast, lung, esophagus, and prostate.

14. Not a fad diet

Veganism, is dated as far as one-hundred years old in ancient Greece and India, and the backbone of many health and environmental movements. Veganism, is part of many religious beliefs such as Seventh Day Adventists and Buddhism

15. Longer Life

There’s extensive research out there, that indicates that those following a vegan lifestyle live an average of 3-6 years longer than those who are not vegan.

 

Every time someone makes the switch from consuming meat to a vegan lifestyle, are taking a stand and speaking up for farmed animals across the globe.  Transitioning into a vegan is easier than ever before with veganism becoming increasingly mainstream as more and more individuals from all walks of life discover the perks of living as a vegan.

 

 

References:

  1. Craig, Winston J. “Health effects of vegan diets.” The American journal of clinical nutrition5 (2009): 1627S-1633S.
  2. Vegan Society. https://www.vegansociety.com. Accessed July 21, 2016.
  3. Chef Chloe. http://chefchloe.com/. Accessed July 21, 2016.

Second Naturopathic Summer Giveaway!

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Before school comes around the corner, I am having our last naturopathic  summer giveaway. I am an herbal junkie so I wanted to have something fun, unique, and totally naturopathic as a prize.  I am giving away (2) small bags of soap nuts (5 seedless nuts in each bag, each bag is good for 10 loads if you are doing laundry) and digital recipes to one (1) lucky winner. I am in love with botanicals that consist of saponins. Saponins, are super cool and I have used these soap nuts in the past. They have made my clothes super clean and are gentle on my skin!  Here are the benefits of using natural soap nuts as compared to chemically-made

  1. 100% Natural, Safe & Hypoallergenic
  2. Protects your family from being exposed to toxins, carcinogens, skin irritants and    endocrine disruptors.
  3. Chemical free and 100% certified
  4. Leaves no chemical residue on clothing
  5. Replace laundry soap & fabric softener
  6. Lower the cost per load of laundry
  7. Environmentally friendly- water from your washing machine can be used.
  8. Harvested and processed by hand
  9. 100% Fragrance Free
  10. Safe for Delicate Fibers
  11. Safe for Septic Systems
  12. Multi-purpose can be used to make liquid household cleaners, hair shampoo, and body wash!🙂
  13. Compostable

What are soap nuts?  These nuts, contain a natural compound called “Saponins”. The saponins found in a soap nut shell,  is a natural surfactant which allows the soap nuts to work like a detergent. The saponins from the soap nuts, are released when the shells become wet. Surfactants, work by breaking the surface water tension so it can penetrate into the fabrics, easily allowing the water to break up the dirt, grease, and grime from fabrics. During the wash cycle, the agitation shakes the dirt loose from the clothing. The saponin holds the dirt in suspension in water which prevents the dirt from being re-deposited onto the clothing.

How to Enter:

  1. Enter Here: Soap Nuts: Natural Soap Giveaway
  2. Answer the (1) question below.
  3. Go back to the rafflecopter to collect your entries.

*******Make sure to collect entries for your post to count!*********

  • Question #1: What is your favorite herb and what use does it have to you?

Good luck!❤

 

 

 

This entry was posted on July 19, 2016. 2 Comments

Welcome to Fourth Year: Last Year and Plans Ahead

Hello Everyone!

The year, has finally came. It is my last year in naturopathic medical school! Whoo! No More school after this (unless you are completing the acupuncture program or going back for another degree).This is the year to make sure all my requirements to graduate are all set. I will complete my nutrition masters courses this summer, so I am happy about that.  So far, I have finished:

Preceptorship
Community Service Hours
Secondary Competencies
Dispensary,Practice Management, and Hydrotherapy Shifts
Pass NPLEX I

What I have left are:

Thesis
Primary Competencies
Finish remaining courses
Think about Business Name
Make a decision where I want to practice
Set-up Business
NPLEX II
I’ve attended the required summer clinic shifts last year, so I don’t need to do it again. I didn’t want to take summer clinic this year because I had a lot that needed to be done at home. I am glad, because I was able to unwind, get so many things done, and renew my health. My recommendations are, if you have summer clinic or not, to take some time to plan your life.
Plan what you need to do and accomplish if you are going to run a practice, work with someone, practice overseas (chances are I am), or apply for a residency. If you are going to work with someone, practice overseas, or apply for residency, get your papers in order now, so you won’t have to worry about them during your fourth year. Your last year, is going to still be busy (especially with clinic, thesis, boards, preceptorship, etc). Update your resume, contact your supervisors to write you a letter of recommendation, write your personal statements, save up some money, etc. Do what you have to do the summer before in order to make things easy for you. I’ve seen my upperclassmen worry and scramble to get things done at the very last minute. Don’t be like that please, it will cause a lot of anxiety.
Cheers
Krystal

 

 

Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator product review

Do you want an alternative for a sinus rinse? Something easy and without side effects? Try Neilmed®, Naspira®, or Nasal-Oral Aspirator Products! For my two-hour required speaking project in naturopathic medical school, my presentation was held at a hair salon, where I talked about naturopathic medicine and the blood type diet. I gave goodie bags and free food! Included into these goodie bags, were the nasal products I was given because I am a Mom Blogger. Next time, I may donate these products in the naturopathic clinic or used them for my practice. I have rated these products below:

Neilmed:

Giving a sample to a friend, she experienced severe rhinitis and environmental allergies. She was amazed on how this product has worked for her! Once starting using the product, her breathing was better and nose felt less congested. She recommended, to using the NeilMed refills. Using the generic brands, it seems that she may had to use it more than three times day. The Neilmed brand, keeps her nasal passages clear with just a morning and nighttime use. Most importantly, she’s able to breath well throughout the night.
She was surprised to find a large amount of debris in the mucus, and said that this nasal product works better than any saline flush or mist she has tried in years. It is way easier to use than the Neti-pot as you squeeze the bottle and it forces the solution in. Rather than trying to turn your head upside down and using the product.

Naspira:

I don’t have children at the moment, but gave this to a friend and I’ve asked for a review. She was rather skeptical about this product, and the idea of using her own suction to remove mucus from her daughter’s nose, did NOT appeal to her at all. However, this product has been a lifesaver! Her child is almost two, and isn’t grasping the concept of how to blowing her nose just yet. While she still didn’t approve of having the bulb inserted into her nostril, the fact that her mom could provide constant and consistent suction was a lifesaver vs the constant push/pull/blow/suck of normal nasal aspirators. The bulb also opens up for easy cleaning, which is fabulous so you’re not stuck wondering what might be growing in your aspirator like more traditional options.

 

Try these two products today!

Cheers!🙂

 

***DISCLAIMER***: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet Program (greenmomsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

 

 

 

Naturopathic Giveaway!

I am giving away an awesome water bottle, “The Sun Bottle by Nalu”. I have one myself and I can honestly say, it’s the best ever!  One (1) winner will be selected randomly. View the features of this awesome water bottle. Answer the required  blog question below on my blog and earn more entries by clicking on the contest link below:

  • Glass Water Bottle
  • Fruit Infuser
  • Coffee Maker
  • Insulated tea tumbler with convertible 2-stage filter
  • Clear glass with bamboo cap and silicone stopper
  • NO PLASTIC TOUCHES YOUR WATER!
  • 16 ounces, so tons of deliciousness in a glass bottle!🙂
  • The perfect water bottle to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle!
  • $30 value, so this is a high quality product!

 

The Sun Bottle by Nalu: Glass Water Bottle, Fruit Infuser, Coffee Maker, & Insulated Tea Tumbler with Convertible 2-Stage Filter – Clear Glass with Bamboo Cap & Silicone Stopper so No Plastic Touches Your Water – 16 ounces

 

Question:

  1. What do you do in your daily life, in order to achieve living a healthier lifestyle?

 

Additional Entries Enter Here: Nalu Water Bottle Giveaway

 

Have fun and good luck!🙂

This entry was posted on May 28, 2016. 8 Comments

I’ve Passed NPLEX I!

 

Good Morning!

I writing to let you all know, I’ve passed my NPLEX I!!! Another milestone completed! I’ve took the February 2016 test and thank God the weather was right or I would’ve rescheduled! My mom came with me and we booked a hotel at the testing site. I had a blast with her! That was a really tough exam and I would have aged a million times over if I had to take that test again. This year, they were obsessed with neurology, and renal science, the two most dreaded topics for me. What I’ve used to study and tips were:

  1. *******IMPORTANT******TAKE THE TEST WHEN YOU ARE READY! You can take it during the summer (August) or winter (February), even after you graduate the program (I didn’t even know that!). NO RUSH! I have known some people who took the test three times or failed last summer and had to take it over in February. These people were not ready. I didn’t take the test last summer because I knew I was not ready. I was busy with summer clinic plus I had to preceptor. I’ve opted out of it. I didn’t want to re-take the test, travel, and spend more money. It adds up! Anyways, don’t let people pressure you in taking it for the summer. You take it on your own terms! This is your money and your time. Us as NDs, have the luxury of taking the boards anytime, so again, no rush. DOs and MDs don’t.
  2. We had a naturopathic resident, who did many sessions and broke down the USMLE. She broke it down in such a way, a child could comprehend it. The USMLE book, was an excellent book that was enough to pass NPLEX I. However, in some areas, it was dry (Biochemistry especially!) so she made it bearable and I appreciate it. She was awesome.
  3. I’ve made digital notecards from the USMLE
  4. I’ve studied three months before. The last month, was nothing but practice questions.
  5. I’ve made cheat sheets of amino acid derivatives,  eicosanoid synthesis, catecholamine synthesis, essential amino acids (also acidic, ketogenic, basic, and branched), end codons, and insertions/innervation/origins of the muscles.
  6. CRANIAL NERVES! CRANIAL NERVES! CRANIAL NERVES! Also, lesions.
  7. Again, USMLE was enough, at least for me because a lot of the information in there was on the boards.
  8. I didn’t use the Healing Mountain Study Guide (I’ve looked at my friend’s copy, it wasn’t enough, had a lot of mistakes, and wasn’t working for me), but the question book was good. Sadly, Healing Mountain maybe going out of business.😦
  9. Meditate and have a good time the day before! My test was in a hotel. My mom came with me and we had so much fun.
  10. When you complete the test, stay away from negative people or who talk about the answers. At this point, it doesn’t even matter. Spend that time enjoying life and focusing on school. It will get your mind off the test until you wait for the results. A month, is a long wait! Being surrounded by negativity, is taxing and you would need to rejuvenate from all the energy lost when taking the test.
    On the boards, you will have questions that can be more than one answer. CHOOSE THE BEST ANSWER! Like Dr. Hubscher, ND, DC said (Physical Medicine Professor here at UB) “On national boards, It’s not the right answer, but the BEST answer”.
  11. Just relax and breath when taking the test. Read the questions carefully. You have a lot of time. They will provide pencils for you and water if you need it (you can bring your own water bottle).

    ***This is a time to be excited! You are half-way there to becoming a licensed physician! Very exciting!

 

**NPLEX DIET:

NPLEX I Diet and Lifestyle:
Food and Drinks To Boost Brain Power:
  • Fish (wild caught salmon, anchovies, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers. These have less mercury in them. Mercury, can mess with memory.  Eat 2 ounces a week)
  • Snack on nuts and seeds ( flaxseeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, brazil nuts, etc. 2 cups/day)
  • Take in tons of flavonoids (berries, onions, garlic, apples, tomatoes, celery, grapes, bell peppers, etc 1 cup/day)
  • Vegetables! I ate at least two bowls of salad or one healthy stirfry a day. Especially cruciferous veggies
  • I reduced my intake of sugar, dairy, and bread (Dairy, sugar, and bread make me exhausted. It was hard to give up, but I did. Well worth it because I had tons of energy to study, remember, and stay up. )
  • Reduced caffeine intake and crappy food. I would drink a cup of coffee every three days. I avoided or limited sweets.
  • Herbs and supplements (GREEN TEA especially! Awesome for memory! I made a nice tea blend of green tea, gotu kola, golji berries, and hibiscus. All help boost memory. I’ve had an adaptogen tincture made at the UB clinic to aid the adrenals (dandelion leaf, schisandra, astragulus, and eleuthro). One dropperful a day in water. I was told by a colleague to take A LOT of supplements….no…just pick a few herbs, drink them as teas or make them as a tincture. Less is better and I hate swallowing supplements, especially too many. Too many supplements, can weigh you down, especially if you don’t need them. Get your vitamins through food.
  • Drink the appropriate amount of water to prevent dehydration

Lifestyle:

  • Mediate. Imagine passing! See yourself as passing! See yourself as knowing and picking the right answers because you’ve studied hard! Believe that you received all “Ps”.
  • Exercise!
  • Get a good night’s rest!
  • Practice deep breathing from the diaphragm. Helps you relax and to stay calm during testing.
  • Smell Rosemary, lavender, or sage. Helps with memory!🙂

 

I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during these stressful times. If there are anymore questions you have about NPLEX I, let me know!  On to NPLEX II!🙂

 

Cheers,

Krystal❤