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There IS a Such Thing as a Free Lunch in NYC!

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Plant-based quick service establishment Terri Restaurant will be giving grub away for free this Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. in support of the “Great American Meatout.”

Every year since its introduction in 1985, animal lovers from across the nation have ushered in spring with the “Great American Meatout.” Dubbed the largest annual education campaign for compassionate living, Meatout’s mission is to share with the world the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet and, ideally, a vegan lifestyle. From human health to environmental responsibility, from feeling fitter to abstaining from animal abuse, eschewing animal-derived products is accompanied by countless advantages, both close to home and far reaching.So, with this in mind, Terri Restaurant will pay homage to this internationally recognized day of observance by giving away free food. This Thursday, at their Financial District location only (100 Maiden Lane), guests who mention “meatout” will receive up to $10 worth of complimentary cuisine. This deal is suitable for groups, too. (I.e., bring five friends and together receive $60 worth of free food.)So, why is Terri so eager to foot the tab? 

“Food advocacy has always been a passion of mine,” said Terri co-owner Craig Cochran. “For me, Terri’s role is to make healthy and delicious plant-based superfoods as accessible as traditional fast food. We change hearts and minds, one bite at a time.”Regarding the impact an event like this might have on their bottom line, Terri co-owner Michael Pease had this to say: “Are we taking a business risk in giving our food away? Sure. But, we’re so confident in our product and in people’s experiences when they visit Terri —vegans and omnivores alike — that we know a stunt like this will cultivate repeat patrons and, hopefully, inspire a few new vegans.”

The Great American Meatout is coordinated by the D.C.-based nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement (F.A.R.M.). Through outreach events, sampling and word-of-mouth, organizers raise awareness, encouraging individuals to make the pledge to be meat-, dairy- and egg-free for one day, one day a week (i.e., #MeatlessMonday) or every day.

What: Terri FiDi x Meatout – Anyone who mentions “meatout”  placing an in person order gets $10 worth of food for free
Where: 100 Maiden Lane (entrance on Pearl Street), NYC 10038 | 212.742.7901
Why: Because, love

Terri Restaurant can be found on Facebook & Twitter.

13 Ways To Help The Planet: Earth Day 2013

Brian Wiling and Steve Galdo co-founders of the Waste Not ProgramU.S. universities are adopting policies that reduce campus food waste and divert surplus waste for composting or food banks.  Brian Wilking and Steve Galdo co-founders of the Waste Not program at Pennsylvania State University which delivers food to the Erie City Mission (Behrend Magazine)
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As the world celebrates Earth Day, sustainable food and agriculture systems can play a big role in preserving the environment by helping to improve soil health, protecting biodiversity, and mitigating climate change.
 As eaters, from breakfast to lunch and dinner, we all can do our part to support systems that protect both human health and the planet.
This year Food Tank: The Food Think Tank is celebrating the ways everyone can protect the planet, on Earth Day, and every day this year.
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1. Eat more colors

The colors of fruits and vegetables are signs of nutritional content. A richly-colored red tomato has high levels of carotenoids such as lycopene, which the American Cancer Society reports can help prevent cancer, as well as heart disease. The relationship between nutrients and color is also true for other foods. Eggs that have brightly orange-colored yolks are also high in cancer-fighting carotenoids, and are more likely to be produced by healthier chickens.

2. Buy food with less packaging

Discarded packaging makes up around one-third of non-industrial solid waste in industrialized countries, with negative impacts on the climate, and air and water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s analysis of different packaging for tomatoes found that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) clamshell packaging increases tomatoes’ associated carbon emissions by 10 percent. The most effective way to limit the impact of packaging waste is to prevent it. Choosing foods with less packaging can also be better for our waistlines, since highly processed foods that are low in nutrients generally use more packaging than more healthful, less processed options.

3. Choose seasonal produce

Earth Day offers a great opportunity to bring more seasonal fruits and vegetables into diets. Many farmers markets, including the New York City Greenmarkets, offer guides about which products are in season. Locally sourced, seasonal products can also be found at major grocery stores. Another way to get seasonal foods is to sign up for a weekly CSA, which provides a mix of fresh, seasonal produce throughout the year. Other programs, such as Siren Fish Co.’s SeaSA in San Francisco, offer seasonal meats and seafood.  Here is Los Angeles, we have plenty of Farmers Markets that also support local business and farmers who “grow in season.”

4. Get in touch with agriculture

This time of year, many people are starting to plan vacations. A great way to skip the crowds, save money, and get both children and adults in touch with agriculture is to book a farm-stay through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). WWOOF runs networks in most countries around the world, offering individuals and families the opportunity to directly support small-scale family farmers. Participants spend a few days or weeks living with a host family and helping with tasks around the farm in exchange for free food and lodging.

5. Get creative in the kitchen

Shopping at farmers markets, which often have a wide selection of less-ordinary produce such as celeriac, sunchokes, or kohlrabi, can prevent “food ruts” by helping consumers try new foods. When looking for inspiration, many popular recipe blogs, such as smitten kitchen, allow users to search by ingredient, as well as season. Publications such as Diet for a Small Planet and The Boston Globe‘s new Sunday Supper and More e-cookbook series also offer tips on reusing leftovers to reduce food waste.

6. Invest in perennial crops

Perennial plants — plants that grow back every year — tend to hold water in soil more effectively than annuals and help prevent erosion. Their extensive roots also allow them to better access nutrients and water, reducing the need for artificial fertilizer. Researchers from the University of Illinois found that perennial prairie grasses are up to four times as water efficient as row crops such as corn and wheat.

7. Reclaim abandoned spaces

As populations continue to expand, especially in cities, reclaiming unused land and buildings for food production can help meet growing demand. One new model is The Plant, a former meatpacking plant in Chicago that has been converted into an indoor vertical farm. The Plant currently runs an aquaponics farm, growing plants without soil using waste from its manmade tilapia pools. It also offers shared kitchen space for small businesses, and other services.

8. Build local and global food communities

A great way to get involved in food and agriculture issues is with Slow Food International, an organization with more than 1,300 groups around the world called convivia. These groups support healthy, sustainable diets and traditional food cultures. In addition to local initiatives, Slow Food convivia also arrange regional and international events on important food and agriculture issues, such as Slow Food València’s recent conference on the influence of food in health and disease.

9. DIY

Many Do-It-Yourself (DIY) food projects are easy and fun. Turning old t-shirts into produce bags to save plastic, starting seeds in eggshells, which can then be crushed for transplanting into the soil, and DIY foods such as homemade oat or almond milk can all add a creative twist to healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. Plus, they are lots of fun for families.

10. Cook in batches and freeze for later

Planning meals in advance can help reduce stress around cooking. It also helps reduce food waste, which is a big problem in industrialized countries A great way to reduce waste and make planning easy is to cook large batches of a single meal, such as soups or curries, which can be frozen and reused on short notice later in the week. Preparing large amounts of food at once saves energy during cooking, while freezing helps prevent nutrient loss in fruits and vegetables. For those days when there is more time to cook, tools such as Love Food Hate Waste menu planner shopping list can help organize grocery trips.

11. Brighten your outlook

At the recent Warwick Economics Summit in February, Warwick University Economics Professor Dr. Andrew Oswald presented his research on health and happiness, focusing on the link between happiness and consumption of fruits and vegetables. His team of researchers found that eating more fruits and vegetables directly improves a person’s mental well-being, separate from other variables such as income level and how much meat a person ate. This research is supported by a similar study from the Harvard School of Public Health, which found a link between patients’ blood-level of carotenoids, compounds commonly found in colorful fruits and vegetables, and their feelings of optimism.

12. Use crop rotation

Crop rotation is an important way to preserve soil nutrients, prevent erosion, and protect against crop diseases and pests. In the central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, agronomists at Agronorte have developed new varieties of rice and dry beans that are well suited to the region’s tropical climate. By incorporating rice and beans into their yearly harvests, local soybean farmers can reduce the spread of soybean rust and nematodes, two of the biggest threats to their crops. The system also improves soil quality and provides jobs at times when soy and corn are not harvested.

13. Embrace conviviality around the table

Talking and laughing while sharing food is a uniquely human experience. Conviviality, joyful and friendly interaction, is found at markets and around the dinner table, and it supports healthy relationships and healthy bodies. The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition considers convivial food culture one of the most critical aspects of food and agriculture, alongside health, hunger alleviation, and sustainable development. Researchers from Cornell University and the University of Minnesota agree, reporting that the reported benefits of family dinners on children’s mental health and achievement levels depend on engagement with their parents at these meals.

Standing up for the future of people and the planet is important on Earth Day and every day. 

Earth Balance For The Holidays – Plant Based Foods Go “O” Sunday, November 18th!

One of our favorite plant based food friends is back with some really exciting news to share this season.

The  Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread has been  selected by Oprah for her 2012 Favorite Things List!  The Holiday issue of O Magazine has hit newsstands, and a special two-hour TV segment will air on Oprah’s OWN Network on Sunday, November 18th.

Why we LOVE this at Gia On The Move:  Plant based diets have become a personal favorite especially when cooking – coconut is totally yummy; and gluten free keeps our tummy super slim.  No more bloat.  This season is all about what’s new, what’s crafty, what’s easy to serve your holiday guests and better gift basket alternatives that still feel “holiday” special.  And ultimately, the price is right!

In Oprah’s words I am passionate about this coconut and peanut spread. Vegan, gluten-free, beyond delicious-it’s virtuous and sinful all at the same time.”

To support this promotion, Earth Balance has created a special Holiday gift pack which includes:
-One jar of creamy Earth Balance® Coconut & Peanut Spread
-One jar of crunchy Earth Balance® Coconut & Peanut Spread
-A holiday cookie recipe card
-A star-shaped cookie-cutter
-A reusable Earth Balance-branded bamboo spreaderThis gift pack is the most delicious way to show someone you care this Holiday season!
*While supplies last.

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Building Muscle on a Raw Food Diet – a re-post written by Sun Warrior

Below is an in part re-post of an article I read this morning from one of my Twitter friends.  As a big supporter of raw foods, I really thought it was worth reading an alternative idea about fitness and the body.  To read more about Sun Warrior, I also added a link to the blog at the end of the article.

Building Muscle on a Raw Food Diet

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Building Muscle on a Raw Food Diet

Unlike most people putting on muscle with a raw food diet, my story is a little different. I actually came from a competitive bodybuilding background. I had a bit of an edge, or so I thought. During my competitive career, I was misled to believe that the only way to put on muscle size was to consume large amounts of animal protein. Aesthetically I looked good, but as I got older my body physically began to suffer the consequences. When I reached my mid forties, my joints began to ache and I didn’t seem to recuperate from my workouts as easily. Instinctively I reverted back to a plant based diet and immediately felt the difference. I was determined to cleanse and detoxify my body while increasing muscle size. Today on a raw food diet, I feel better and more vibrant than I did in my mid forties.

While embarking on a raw food diet, your body will go through various cleansing phases. You may notice your strength levels decrease. That is nature’s healing process paving the way to a higher level of health and vitality. I went through several stages of cleansing before my body started to respond by putting on clean healthy muscle through raw plant based foods. I truly believe an athlete can add years on to their career by adopting a raw plant based diet. But most are afraid of the unknown and unwilling to change the socially accepted norms.

Gaining muscle comes from three components:

1.) Adaptation through heavy weight training with good form. There is a direct correlation between strength and muscle size. You should always aim at increasing your workload from previous workouts. You can change the type of exercise you do, the length, the amount of weight lifted or the number or reps

2.) Rest. If you are not getting stronger from your previous training sessions chances are you are not recuperating sufficiently. Take extra rest days before hitting that muscle group again. Short naps during the day are great if you can fit them in.

3.) Diet. Diet and nutrition comprise of 85% of your health and fitness results. Eat as much raw nutrient dense foods as possible and make your post workout meal a fundamental part of your training routine. The best way to put on muscle is to have a good raw plant based protein, a raw slow burning carbohydrate, and healthy fats like seeds and nuts or oils (coconut, hemp, flax seed, etc). My key to muscle growth is placing my body in a state of positive nitrogen retention by consuming protein every three hours. I prefer to have 5-6 small feedings a day.

Building muscle on a plant based diet is possible! Stay tuned for more information on building a strong well-sculpted body naturally!

Yours in health,
Natureboy

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