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Compassion is at the Heart of Farm Sanctuary: Q&A with HHAS Presenter Gene Baur

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Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur (Photo courtesy of Farm Sanctuary)

The nation’s leading nonprofit farm animal protection organization, Farm Sanctuary, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. It was launched in spring 1986 by activists who investigated the treatment of animals at farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses and found conditions to be horrific and inhumane. One of these activists was Gene Baur.

Gene, who is the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, will make his Holistic Holiday at Sea debut with us this spring, and we couldn’t be more excited! He has spent decades speaking to people about where they are on their journeys, debunking myths about veganism, and encouraging everyone to take steps in the right direction.

In addition to saving animals from the cruelty of factory farming, Farm Sanctuary encourages all of us to think about the way we live and to make mindful choices. Small decisions can make a big difference. By shifting to a plant-based diet, each of us can have an enormous impact on animals, the planet, and our own health.

As author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (March 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day (April 2015), Gene will deliver three lectures during the cruise, which runs March 11–18, 2017. Read more about his lectures titled Living the Farm Sanctuary Life; Kindness on Your Plate; and Veganism 101.

Farm Sanctuary currently operates in three locations in Watkins Glen, NY; Orland, CA; and Acton, CA, near Los Angeles. Jon Stewart, formerly of The Daily Show, and wife Tracey are partnering with the organization to open a sanctuary in New Jersey. We recently caught up with Gene and asked him some questions about himself, the vegan movement, and what he’ll bring to the cruise:

How have you seen the vegan movement change and shift since 1985 when you first began adopting a vegan lifestyle?

The vegan movement has expanded significantly since 1985 when I went vegan. The idea of living without exploiting other animals has become more widely understood and respected in our society, and the movement is expanding with businesses recognizing and creating opportunities for vegan products in the marketplace. We are also seeing growing awareness and concern about a convergence of issues, including environmental, health, social justice, and animal rights, which are spurring more people to consider vegan lifestyles. I am excited and optimistic about the future.

You say that kindness and compassion to animals, ourselves, and to the planet are what the vegan movement is all about. Many people choose to adopt a vegan lifestyle out of health concerns (the cruise, for example, was launched with a strong nutritional focus). Why do you think it’s important for the vegan movement not to lose its roots in compassion for animals? How do you see those three areas of compassion that you mentioned above intersect? Do you believe it’s important to not just focus on one of these three areas?

To me, being vegan is an aspiration to live as kindly as possible, and to create mutually beneficial relationships. These principles apply to how we relate to other animals and the earth, and how we relate to our own bodies. Eating healthy food is a way of being kind to ourselves and creating a mutually beneficial relationship between our food and our bodies. Different people are motivated in different ways, so I am in favor of speaking about all issues related to food, animals (including humans), and the earth. I came to veganism because I didn’t want to support the abuses of factory farming and slaughter, but other people stop eating animal products for health or other reasons. I don’t think the animals care why we stop killing and eating them—they just don’t want to be abused, killed and eaten.

In recent years, I’ve become more aware of the health benefits of eating plants and have started eating more whole, fresh foods. I also know people who stopped eating animal products to improve their health, and over time, they have grown increasingly aware and concerned about the abuses animals experience to produce meat, milk, and eggs. I believe many issues are relevant and interconnected, and should be part of the conversation and process.

Many of the attendees in the group have been practicing a vegan lifestyle for many years now and enjoy attending the cruise because they don’t have to worry about food choices and can hear from many speakers whom they admire. Some guests, on the other hand, have only just recently adopted a vegan diet and the cruise is helping them reinforce their decision. They’re newer to the movement. In terms of the lectures you’ll be giving at Holistic Holiday at Sea, what do you most look forward to sharing with both of these groups about the impact of food choices?

I am excited to meet both long time vegans and those who are just starting to learn about this lifestyle, and I look forward to learning about their experiences and motivations. I believe that eating mindfully, and eating plants instead of animals is empowering and improves our lives, both physically and emotionally. It is liberating to eat food that improves our health instead of making us sick. It also feels good to consciously lessen the amount of suffering and violence in the world, and to eschew some of our planet’s most significant ecological threats. Being vegan is good for animals, the earth, and us. It’s a win, win, win.

Join Gene at HHAS

Inspired by Gene’s words and actions? Book your spot aboard Holistic Holiday at Sea today! Click here to view a full program schedule and explore our wonderful line-up of influencers and experts on plant-based living.

Vegan Cuisine at Its Finest

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Vegan Pad Thai on Holistic Holiday at Sea cruiseNow in its 14th year, Holistic Holiday at Sea’s seven-day cruise experience, March 11–18, 2017, includes presentations by leading authorities in holistic and alternative health, offboard excursions at four exotic ports of call, workshops, and restorative activities such as yoga, Pilates, and meditation. From cooking classes to poolside socials, vegan cuisine is at the heart of the cruise, bringing people together to share delicious, healthy food with loved ones and new friends made aboard.

Guests enjoy meals in a continental atmosphere. Elegant dining rooms are staffed with attentive servers and food is expertly prepared under the supervision of Mark Hanna, an internationally known natural food chef who has cooked at yoga retreats, meditation centers, and macrobiotic and vegan conferences around the world. Head chef since Holistic Holiday at Sea’s debut in 2004, Hanna has designed the menu to feature dishes that are nutritious, delicious, and 100% vegan.

Options for Everyone

Chef Mark Hanna

Chef Mark Hanna

Cruise goers love that there are so many option to fit their dietary needs. “Over the years we’ve found that to happily include everybody, there needs to be options,” says Hanna. “We offer gluten-free and oil-free options in every case when the dish includes oil or gluten.” Please inform us of your dietary needs and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. The ship’s menu is also available on request.

For lunch and dinner, four-course meals (plus dessert) await you. Menus are often themed and work with innovative twists on traditional styles of cooking, such as Italian and Caribbean. Hanna shares, “My favorite menu over the last few years is the Thai-themed meal including Pad Thai—a tempeh dish, peanut sauce, etc. It’s a little bit spicy.” If you’re looking for a more informal, faster meal, buffet options are available for breakfast and lunch.

Desserts are sugar and dairy free and prepared by pastry chefs. The key lime pie and chocolate cake are among guests’ favorites. The menu changes each year, says Hanna, as people’s tastes change and there are always new trends to keep up with. Themes may be mixed and matched so that whole grains, vegan proteins, cooked and raw greens, and vegetables can be evenly incorporated over the course of the week.

Macrobiotic foods (such as seaweed, umeboshi, tamari, and miso) are also used in several dishes, and many macrobiotic principles are applied in the preparation, says Hanna.

Collaborations in the Kitchen

Chef Mark Reinfeld (Photo by Megan Sorel)

Chef Mark Reinfeld (Photo by Megan Sorel)

This year, Mark Reinfeld joins the team as a menu and recipe consultant. “I am excited to be sharing some of my Vegan Fusion recipes with the guests of the Holistic Holiday at Sea,” he says. Reinfeld is an award-winning chef and the author of seven books, including the best-selling 30 Minute Vegan series and his latest, Healing the Vegan Way. He has more than 20 years of experience preparing creative vegan and raw food cuisine.

One of the hopes of Holistic Holiday at Sea is that guests can learn new techniques to promote a healthier lifestyle. Reinfeld will be teaching a discussion and Q&A session titled “Food Activism: Bridging the Gap Between Nutritional Knowledge and Life-Changing Action.”

In his session, Reinfeld says he will “discuss the importance of creating plant-based food that tastes amazing, with tips and tricks on how to create world-class cuisine to share with others.”  

He will also present a template-recipe format that “allows you to break out of the recipe trap to create hundreds of variations of recipes.”

Why Wait? Our Recipe for Kale Salad

Vegan Kale Salad on Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise

Want to try one one of Mark Hanna’s dishes for yourself at home? Check out these steps to prepare a crowd pleasing Kale Salad as featured in Greens and Grains on the Deep Blue Sea Cookbook by Sandy Pukel and Mark Hanna.

The cabbage in this light, bright-colored, fiber-rich salad is pressed in the traditional Japanese manner. It is a perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Yields 6 to 8 servings

2 cups shredded red cabbage

2 teaspoons umeboshi paste

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 ½ cups corn kernels

Pinch sea salt

5 cups finely chopped kale

1 cup julienne-cut carrots

1 cup red radishes, cut into thin half moons

1 cup julienne-cut daikon

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Vegetable salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

To prepare:

  1. Press the cabbage with the umeboshi paste and vinegar for 1 hour.
  2. While the cabbage is pressing, fill a 4-quart pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add the corn and quickly blanch for a minute or two. Remove the corn with a slotted spoon and place in a large salad bowl.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to the same water, then add the kale and blanch for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and spread on a tray to cool.
  4. Add the cooked kale to the corn, along with the carrots, radishes, daikon, pressed cabbage, olive oil, and lemon juice. Toss the ingredients, add salt and pepper, and toss again before serving.

Variations:

-Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

-Add ¼ cup toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds.

-Add sauerkraut or slivers of dill pickle.

12 Vegan Snack Ideas for Kids

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If there’s any time you’re likely to trip up on dietary decisions, it’s snack time. And the same is true – if not more so – for kids. Conventional snacks can be tricky: they often pack in loads of calories and fat and other nasty things to provide a quick fix and satisfy hunger. Why not make your own and keep your kitchen (and car and purse, etc) stocked with these healthy snacks. When snack time calls, you’ll be ready with a healthy answer. Some recipes involve a little prep work, but others require very little at all. Assembled from some of our favorite places online, here are our top picks. (more…)

Meet the Bad Ass Vegan: John Lewis

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Yaaay! We are so pumped for you to learn more about our second Special Guest for the cruise. We have the pleasure of welcoming a member of the vegan body building community.  John “Bad Ass Vegan” Lewis comes to us from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but is originally from Missouri, the “show me state.”  As a nationally certified fitness trainer, John Lewis has spent more than 8 years in the health and fitness industry and played Division I College basketball. John is decidedly passionate not only about his own health and fitness, but that of others as well.

In addition to his extensive knowledge in body sculpting and contouring, what makes John one of the top national fitness trainers is his creative ability to understand and live a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle while maintaining a highly commendable physique.  In essence, he is able to cater to a diverse group of individuals, masterfully creating and developing personalized, unique and healthy nutrition plans. Thus, his services are highly sought after.

Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to become a vegan?

I would have to say my most pivotal moment was when my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer.  I remember asking the doctors how do you get cancer or how did she get it? The doctor said too much animal protein contributed to this disease. So once I saw that it …I decided to choose the plant-based/vegan route.

What changes have you noticed in your body since you made the switch?

I have noticed that I have been able to train much harder in the gym and not have the fatigue and lack of energy that I had when I was consuming animal-based products. I can honestly train for hours and hours. The next day I have little to no fatigue or little to no pain and I am able to train just as hard as the day before. I have also noticed a rise in my mental clarity that may have not been there before.  I would have to say I am the king of multitasking and actually getting everything done without losing track. I have also noticed that my digestive system is working much better.

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What made you decide to go into bodybuilding?

My college career in basketball presented a need to stay in excellent shape because I always wanted to perform at my best on the court. Bodybuilding really came about because I just wanted to take it to the next level and challenge my body even more. I feel as if we should always challenge ourselves and never get too comfortable.  It’s okay to enjoy the moment but always look at how you can improve your life.

Do you have any specific goals for your future as a vegan athlete?

Right now I would have to say that my main goal as a vegan athlete is to show the world that you can be vegan and be powerful and strong, and push your body to the limits without any hesitation. There are so many people that are curious about the vegan lifestyle and culture; I want to make sure that they can see that they can accomplish great things with a vegan diet, no matter what your dietary background has been.  At one time in my life, I used to weigh 315 pounds, and, yes, that’s when I was eating poorly.  I want people to know about my past weight because I want them to know that they can take hold of their lives. People should understand that what we decide to eat is a choice.  We choose what to ingest.  Anyone can take control of their life, and anyone can take control of their health.  The choice is up to us to decide to live better or decide to live worse.

What is your favorite vegan desert?

I know this may sound biased but I can honestly say that the badass Power cookie is my favorite dessert/go to item. I am sort of a cookie monster so if I can have a good cookie then I am going to be happy! My Badass Power Cookie is not necessarily a desert, but it does have a lot of vital nutrients that can sustain a bodybuilder or somebody that’s just looking to stay in shape. The main ingredient in the cookie is Spirulina, but it also has the amino acids and proteins that help the body recover and also build muscle density.

Creating Beauty from the Inside Out

The Quest for a Glowing Complexion

From using toothpaste to kill pimples to using baking soda to even out your self tanner gone awry or applying pepto bismol as a refreshing facial mask women have  tried a myriad of approaches to obtain a glowing, radiant and supple complexion. However, one of the best ways to a great complexion, as many vegans will tell you, is a good old fashioned plant based diet.

For example, Vitamin C is needed for collagen metabolism , which increases the elasticity of the skin, providing a smoother and less wrinkled complexion. Some vegan favorites high in C are kale, strawberries, garlic and radishes. Radishes are the only mainstream food high in both of the beauty minerals sulfur and silica, and one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin C. The three work synergistically to make your skin glow and help with healthy connective tissue formation.

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A Handful of Vegan Delights for Glorious Skin

Flax & Hemp Seeds: Both are complete proteins and sources of essential fatty acids like Omega 3s that help maintain cell membranes, allowing water and nutrients in, while simultaneously keeping toxins out. They also protect skin against sun damage and help prevent wrinkles.

Sea Vegetables: With a capacity to provide concentrated minerals in easily assimilated form like no other food out there, seaweeds will improve the texture and appearance of skin and hair. They also include alginic acid, a substance known to absorb and remove toxins from the body, making them a stellar detox food during cleansing.

Vegetables: Organic green-leafy and other vegetables are essential for maintaining great health overall, and that includes what radiates externally. A rotating veritable potpourri of local, colorful and organic vegetables will keep you radiant for a lifetime.

Cacao Beans (Raw Chocolate): All chocolate is made out of the cacao bean, or chocolate nut. It contains flavanols, a group of flavonoids, that have been shown to improve the skin’s appearance by decreasing sensitivity to light. Flavanols also increase blood flow to the skin, improving skin structure and texture. Dark chocolate also contains flavonoids, but not quite as much as pure cacao.

Spirulina: Rich in amino acids and beta carotene, this blue-green algae contains many of the B vitamins and trace minerals that may be depleted through illness or stress. Spirulina can be taken in capsules or as a powdered supplement mixed with water, juice or smoothies.

Papaya:  Containing a breadth of vitamins, antioxidants, trace minerals, folates, fiber and more, all the goodness in papayas combines synergistically for overall health.

Avocado: Rich in minerals and high in vitamin A, E and the Bs, avocado is an antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-wrinkle powerhouse that keeps skin nourished and young.

On the Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Cruise there will be many things to enhance your beauty, make your soul smile and enrich your lifestyle regimen. Our cruise is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to better your health while enjoying an incredible vacation!

Join us in 2014 for our 11th tasty all-veggie voyage!

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Tasty Vegan BBQ – Culinary Fireworks for Vegan Fare!

Summer Grillin’ Extravaganza

We vegans and macros love our veggies something fierce, and there’s no better time to show off our creative cuisine than the Fourth of July!  One of the best aspects of plant-based barbeque is firing up original recipes that are sure to please every palate.  This year, the nighttime fireworks won’t be the only thing attracting “Ooo’s” and “Ahh’s.”  We’d like to help make your grillin’ gathering a dazzling success, so, just to tempt your palate and get your creative juices flowing, here are four outstanding recipes featuring favorite summer fare.

Corn is a strong source of fiber, this wonder-veggie also helps to prevent digestive ailments. The antioxidants in corn also act as anti-cancer agents and prevent Alzheimer’s and heart disease! This yummy recipe for Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salsa is excellent as an appetizer on crostini or with chips and can be used as a topping on meat for non-vegans. It’s also very low in fat!

  • 2 large ears of corn, shucked
  • 1 cup(s) chopped seedless cucumber
  • 3/4 cup(s) black beans, rinsed
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Place the corn on the grill and char lightly on all sides. Cool slightly, cut the kernels from the cob, and place in a medium bowl. Toss in the remaining ingredients, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes. Serve over slices of toasted bread.

 

Pineapple is a good source of vitamins that can help in losing weight and boosting energy levels. The top health benefits pineapples offer are Vitamin C which is important for the body’s immune system and may help to prevent infection, manganese to regulate blood sugar and is needed for brain and nerve function, vitamin B which aids in metabolizing fats and protein as well as fiber which helps with the digestion of food and reduces the feeling of hunger by making you feel full. Studies indicate that fiber may play a big role in preventing diabetes and heart disease.

We found a scrumptious recipe for a simple dessert that will please all who simply love flavor and great taste combinations.

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 or 5 slices fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Preparation:

Whisk together the agave nectar, rum and lemon juice in a wide dish. Add the pineapple and coat well. Allow the pineapple to marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator. Lightly grease your grill and fire up to a medium heat. Coat the pineapple with coconut on both sides, pressing the coconut into the pineapple to get it to stick.

Grill on both sides for about 8 to 10 minutes. Yummy to the tummy! Feeling good and satisified!

So Much Good Stuff

We found so many recipes to choose from we figured we would entice you with a couple of pics and share the links to find those recipes and more.

Cilantro Lime Marinated Veggie Kabobs w/ Barley Kale Salad

http://naturallyella.com/2012/08/03/cilantro-lime-marinated-veggie-kabobs-with-barley-kale-salad/

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Chargrilled Eggplant

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Fire it Up!

The summer season offers yet another fantastic opportunity to whip-up some mind-blowing vegan munchies that’ll give meat-eaters a taste of what they’ve been missing out on. Let your friends and family feel like Lucky Lincoln’s and Joyful Jefferson’s with the best vegan barbeque this side of the Revolution! As ol’ Uncle Sam would say, “It’s your patriotic duty as citizens of this great nation… to totally veg-out!”

Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to stay healthy while enjoying an incredible vacation! Join us in 2014 for our 11th tasty all-veggie voyage!

 

Food For Thought: Advantages of Macro and Vegan Diets

Ponder This

It certainly goes without saying that the typical Western diet could use an upgrade. A diet heavy in meat, dairy products, eggs, and various highly fatty, preserved and processed foods can be linked to high cholesterol and a host of health problems and concerns. But what are the alternatives?

The famous author and activist Michael Pollan put it simply:

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

That’s good, sound advice, but what do plant-based diets offer in terms of health and wellness? As it turns out, a lot! Let’s take a look at two popular plant-based diets you may be interested in trying, or exploring further, with a roundup of some of the amazing health benefits for each.

Maximizing Your Health with Macrobiotics

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The word “macrobiotic” is derived from the Greek “macro” meaning “long,” and “bio” meaning life. The macrobiotic diet has shown itself to be a possible treatment, and even a cure, for a host of medical illnesses, possibly even cancer. It’s worth noting that this dietary lifestyle, which is by and large high in fiber and complex carbohydrates, and low in fat, is similar to the diet recommended by the American Cancer Society. The macrobiotic approach and philosophy seeks to balance your perspective on food, nutrition and healing.

The Basics

• Organic food is vital in macrobiotics, and organically grown food decreases pesticide exposure, which is associated with cancer and infertility. Also, low fat, high fiber food helps lower the risk diabetes, as well as colorectal, ovarian, and prostate cancer.

• Wholegrain cereals and flour are rich with vitamin B. A diet rich in whole grains decreases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. A wholegrain diet also helps maintain healthy bowel functions and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria.

• Consuming algae regularly improves overall health. Algae is nutrient-rich and dense in minerals, vitamins, proteins, amino acids, chlorophyll, and fiber. The iron, calcium, and magnesium in algae helps maintain strong bones and a healthy blood system. It also helps reduce anxiety and sleep disorders.

• Nuts help lower the risk of heart disease. Nuts are rich with fiber, omega 3, vitamin E, and selenium, and also contain many antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help boost the immune system. Omega 3 essential fatty acids,also known as “good fats,” helps lower LDL—low density lipoproteins—or “bad” cholesterol.

Vegging-Out with Veganism

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Partaking in a vegan diet lowers the risks of high cholesterol and blood pressure and has been shown to prevent a variety of diseases, some of which include colon, breast and prostate cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, arthritis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. It’s also been noted that a vegan diet can assist in weight loss, heighten energy levels, promote healthier skin, hair and nails, and offer relief from migraines and allergies— even reduce body odor and bad breath!

Take a peek at just a few of the benefits from an all-vegan diet:

• Potassium balances water and acidity in your body and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate toxins. Diets high in potassium have shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. There are a lots of yummy fruits and vegetables high in potassium such as dried apricots, figs and coconut, avocados, spinach, mushrooms and sweet potatoes.

• Many researchers believe that antioxidants help protect your body against forming some types of cancer. When we are eating kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts and onions we are increasing the anti- oxidants in our bloodstream.

• A diet high in grains, nuts, and dark leafy greens is full of Vitamin E. New research shows Vitamin E can fight Alzheimer’s disease, and that Vitamin E levels can diagnose Alzheimer’s. You must get enough of this important vitamin to prevent the illness. New exciting research shows that it’s possible to prevent Alzheimer’s with Vitamin E. The more Vitamin E you have in your blood, the better. Your Vitamin E levels will predict if you will get Alzheimer’s.

• Plant-based foods provide phytochemicals, which help to prevent and heal the body from cancer, boost protective enzymes, and work with antioxidants in the body.

Choices, Choices, Choices…

Both of these dietary lifestyles offer their own intrinsically unique advantages and guidelines. Identifying your body’s specific needs first should act as a compass in guiding your dietary decisions. As always, it’s best to gather the opinions of trusted health professionals before embarking on your veggie voyage to improved health.

Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to stay healthy while enjoying an incredible vacation! Join us in 2014 for our 11th tasty voyage!

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Indulge in Your Taste for Travel – Vegan Style!

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In spite of the progress being made these days, there are still quite a few challenges that vegans face while traveling. While trekking from town to town and dining out along the way, sometimes you’ll find that you’re the only vegan in the group. Often times the only available vegan options are sadly underwhelming, and eventually you begin to wonder if people even know what a healthy head of lettuce looks like!

While not every city on this big, beautiful globe of ours can brag a culture that’s up-to-snuff on the riches of a plant-based diet, there is a way for vegans and non-vegans alike to peruse the world together and enjoy dazzling entertainment, savor world-class vegan fare and receive the remarkable opportunity to learn about the rewards of going all-veggie from the world’s leading health authorities. Allow us to give you a little nudge in the right direction: We’ve created an all-vegan floating city of our very own!

Ahh…Plant-Based Paradise

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A truly one of a kind avenue for vegan travel, Holistic Holiday at Sea is an island of friends that fosters a supportive community of open-minded and welcoming individuals who are zealous for healthy, happy living. Voyage across the shimmering Caribbean Sea to exotic destinations, and sink into luxury. With full relaxation and pampering of your mind, body and soul, you’ll soak up the sun, the sights, and plenty of inspiration to help you live your best life through natural health. Choose from a host of educational lectures, workshops, and private consultations by leading natural health authorities on board, to inspire your journey—at sea, and at home.

At Holistic Holiday at Sea, you can revel in all of this and more while:

  • Dining on personally prepared all-natural, energizing vegan and macrobiotic food

 

  • Lounging in saunas and sunbathing poolside

 

  • Awakening your mind and body through daily guided yoga, meditation and integrative relaxation classes

 

  • Strengthening your physique through a variety of thoughtfully instructed fitness classes at the beautiful on board fitness center

 

  • Expanding your palate and culinary repertoire thanks to inspirational, instructional and interactive cooking classes

 

  • Opening your eyes to the bountiful benefits of plant-based living through mind-blowing lectures, seminars, and panels hosted by world-renowned doctors, authors, scientists, athletes, and chefs

 

  • Enjoying nightly concerts, parties, and vegan social events where you’ll make new friendships for life

 

  • Exploring exciting ports of call in beautiful Philipsburg, St. Maarten, historic San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the private island paradise of Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

 

Take the Plunge with Us in 2014!

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Holistic Holiday at Sea offers a truly unique opportunity to experience a plant-based paradise on the trip of a lifetime. Not a vegan or a macrobiotic life-styler, or worried that your meat-loving partner will be looking for a lifeboat? Well fear not, carnivorous comrades! Non-vegans will enjoy the exquisitely prepared food just as much as their vegan counterparts, and will delight in the rich and varied flavors of the fresh, plant-based bounty. Having witnessed a fun, wide-open, and enticing new approach to food and healthy living, we’ve received numerous testimonies about family members adopting a healthier diet back home, and, in many cases, investing themselves fully in a plant-based lifestyle. “A tree is known by its fruit,” a cause is known by the effect.  While attending our annual sea-faring festival of vegan travel, non-vegans can witness the brilliant benefits of a plant-based diet while better understanding the scientific repercussions of eating animal products. Come reap the rewards of plant-based nutrition with us in 2014 as we continue to help change lives and hearts for the better!

 

Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to stay healthy while enjoying an incredible vacation! Join us in 2014 for our 11th tasty all-veggie voyage!

 

Does a Plant-Based Diet Leave Your Body Deserted of Nutrients?

Myths, Misunderstandings & Miscommunications

The words “vegan,” “macrobiotic” and even “vegetarian” can sometimes carry a negative connotation such as diets lacking in real sustenance, deprived of nutrition and dispossessed of any real value. However, these fears are generated more from the concerns of a misled public and not from the decisions of well-educated individuals serious about health.

Continuously faced with questions like “But where do you get your protein from,” vegetarians and vegans alike can experience frustration.  The dominating confusion surrounding protein and its function in our diet is extremely common, despite the fact that these amino acids can be found and eaten almost ubiquitously (most amply in lentils, beans and quinoa.)  In fact, many researchers posit that too much protein is actually harmful for your body, a rarely discussed perspective in Western culture.

American society is slowly making strides toward understanding, accepting and accommodating plant-based diets, but there’s still a lot of hubbub around the vegan/macro grub. While many of us are informed and passionate about dietary nutrition, it never hurts to regroup and ground ourselves with up to date research.   Simply following a plant-based diet does not necessarily mean that you are eating healthy. The challenges of finding nutrient-rich food options may lead us to rely more heavily on carbs or processed foods to sustain and fill us.  Other times we may unknowingly eat foods which are normally healthy, yet were unfortunately grown, harvested or produced in an unwholesome manner. As Lily McCann pens in KwikMed.org’s article ‘Avoiding Common Vegetarian and Vegan Dietary Deficiencies’:

“In essence, all vitamins and minerals necessary for the human body to be healthy and vibrant can be found from natural, non-animal sources; however certain nutrients are more difficult to source due to the production methods of modern food.

The best way to avoid encountering dietary deficiencies when eating a vegetarian or vegan diet is to consume an abundant amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts. Eating a balanced and varied diet consisting of foods which are naturally abundant in vitamins and minerals will give your body a high level of nutrition.”


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The Dirt on Dietary Deficiencies

Are you absolutely positive you’re not nutritionally deficient? Thanks to KwikMed.org, here’s a brief rundown on commonly lacking, yet highly necessary nutrients in plant-based diets and all food regimens –

  • Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is one of the most common deficiencies that can occur from eating a vegan or vegetarian diet. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in rich, non-depleted soil, and consequently it is absorbed into the food chain when animals eat the grass etc.

The best way to avoid a vitamin B12 deficiency is by taking whole food supplements that have been tested for safety and efficacy.

  • Zinc

Zinc is a vital mineral for the immune system, neurological system, and skin. A Zinc deficiency is linked to numerous health conditions as the immune system is not able to function correctly and consequently cannot fight off infection as it should.

Zinc can be found in a whole host of natural plant based foods, and adapting your diet to include many more of these foods will certainly assist in raising zinc levels. Nuts, whole grains, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, lentils, swiss chard, beans, tahini and tofu all contain high amounts of zinc.

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

There is often a large amount of confusion surrounding omega 3 fatty acids. In fact, a considerable number of people, vegetarian or not, are deficient in these vital nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acids play a key role in the nervous system, fighting infection and inflammation. They also help to lower blood pressure, treat depression, and prevent heart disease.

Flax seeds are considered to be one of the best sources of omega 3 in a vegetarian diet, containing many other fantastic health benefits as well. Walnuts are another great source of omega 3 fatty acids that can be added into your diet to keep omega 3’s at a healthy level.

  • Iron

Iron is essential for a healthy body as it is an integral part of hemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen around the body. Vegetarians and vegans need to be especially careful to ensure that they are consuming an iron rich diet. As well as monitoring iron intake, it is important to ensure that you are getting enough vitamin C in the diet, as this aids the body to absorb and use iron effectively.

There are an abundance of plant-based sources of iron, including lentils, tofu, potatoes, beans, spinach, kale, quinoa, green beans, oats and many other plant-based sources.

  • Calcium

There are an abundance of excellent plant-based sources of calcium available, though many people are simply not eating enough of them on a regular basis to ensure an adequate calcium intake.

Some of the calcium rich plant-based food sources include soybeans, broccoli, bok choy, grains, rice milk, tahini, beans, almonds, okra, mustard greens, and tempeh to name just a few.

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends and engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry.  2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.kwikmed.org/avoiding-common-vegetarian-vegan-deficiencies/

 

 

Wonderful Ways to Work-out During the Winter!

Now that the chilly season is in full swing we become more apt to stay inside, enjoy our hot meals and warm beverages, lounge in our snuggliest of blankets and allow ourselves to accidentally pack on the pounds. Now, there’s nothing wrong with keeping cozy, but we’re not grizzlies with a penchant for hibernating. It’s certainly worth your while to not let the winter-time blues get the best of you. We’re here to help promote some healthy, and FUN, exercises to keep you in shape. Cue the corny “Rocky IV” training montage!

Jogging:

Running or jogging is a perfect way to let your energy loose while staying warm. Whether you’re pumping-it through the snowy forest, down a trail, around the neighborhood or on a treadmill, this full-body exercise is an ideal way to shed the calories from all of those yummy winter-wonderland sweets.

Cross Country Skiing:

What could be more fun than gliding across snowy dunes on a sunny day? Improve your cardiovascular system in a way you may have never tried before, and if this is the case, be sure to start off slow. Give yourself time to enjoy the landscape and feel the weight slide right off of that gorgeous plant-eating body of yours!

Yoga:

Don’t let your flexibility and dedication go to waste! There are many, many forms of yoga that are impeccable for any time of year, but especially during the winter when your joints and muscles have a tendency to lockup. Whether you attend a local yoga studio, practice to a DVD at home or follow your own tried n’ true routine, yoga will keep your limbs warm and limber, not to mention set your body to balance and your mind at ease.

snowshoeing

Snowshoeing:

Strap on a pair of snowshoes, because you’re in for a fantastic treat-of-an-exercise! Hiking in the snow ideally targets your leg muscles, but this workout inevitably triggers your whole body to kick in gear. It’s important, however, that you pick your trails carefully and purchase comfortably, appropriately fitting snowshoes so as not to form sores or irritation. Just like jogging and skiing, this activity allows you to savor the sites while testing mind-over-matter. Endurance is the word, so stay tough and hang in there – This workout could be just what the doctor ordered!

Ice Skating:

An absolute classic winter activity, you can revel in this exercise at any age, not to mention the whole family can get in on the fun! Like snowshoeing, you’ll want to make sure you own a pair of well-fitting skates. If you’re lucky enough to have a lake or natural setting to skate nearby, make the most of it! If not, seek out a local rink and glide into a good time. A roller-skating rink can do the trick just as well.

Helpful Tips –

  • It’s good practice to schedule your workouts:

“Until you’ve mastered cold-weather fitness, start your workout at half your usual warm-weather distance; if you normally run four miles, start with two. Warm up indoors for five minutes before heading out. Running in place or jumping rope makes it less likely you’ll strain a muscle… Even if you thrive on early-morning workouts, on extremely cold days consider exercising later in the day, when temps are highest.”

  • Don’t ignore signs of sickness, and don’t allow yourself to get cold:

“Don’t ignore the warning signs that you may be cold. Symptoms of frostbite include numbness, loss of feeling or a stinging sensation. If you suspect frostbite, get out of the cold immediately and slowly warm the affected area. Avoid open spaces and paths near water to reduce exposure to biting winds, and get out of damp clothes as soon as possible, even if you cannot shower immediately, and change into dry clothes… Wear sunscreen, especially if you exercise near snow, which reflects sunlight. Even though the sun isn’t beating down on you with heat, it can still cause sunburn… Wear fewer, thinner layers of clothing you can peel off, rather than one single, heavy layer; cool down gradually after your workout by taking off a layer at a time. Choose breathable fabrics to avoid sweat build-up that makes you feel colder. A good choice for a breathable, wind-repellent fabric includes Gore-Tex.”

 If you’re unable to enjoy any of these outdoor winter activities, it’s also always great to join a gym and to have a workout buddy to keep yourselves mutually motivated and regular. Be sure to consistently get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water, cook-up a wide variety of veggies and stay warm until the Spring shines through.

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/946579/10-fitness-tips-for-winter-workouts

http://healthyvoyager.com/simple-winter-workout-ideas/

 

 

 

 

 

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