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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/

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Recipes to Warm Up Your Winter!

Now that we’ve passed the New Year we are well into the winter season. Depending on your location, it can be mighty frosty outside. Even if it’s not, we’d like to offer you some deliciously tasty vegan winter recipes that are guaranteed to satisfy your stomach and put a smile on your frigid face! Not to mention a hearty fall harvest offers up some of the most flavorsome veggies of the year. With the changing of the seasons, our taste buds eavesdrop on our body’s biological conversations and start begging for the specific seasonal fare. We’d like to help ease the tension and placate that persistent pining with the following recipes!

Produce and Palatable Portions

After some digging around, we came up with the following list of savory n’ sweet suggestions for your winter fare. Happy cooking!

1. Butternut squash
If you’re looking to scratch together some awesomely savory soups or stews, tryout this quick recipe! –

Coat 1 cup cubed butternut squash with 1 tablespoon melted Earth Balance buttery spread, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a couple dashes of salt; roast for 30 minutes at 350F.

2. Winter greens
Kale and collards, chicory and chard… These are a few of our favorite things! The author of this recipe had a bag of mixed baby greens leftover from their local farmer’s market Thanksgiving-run and decided to flash sautée them. –

In a hot skillet with 2 tablespoons canola oil sauté 2 tablespoons diced onion, 1 clove garlic smashed (fish it out later), 2 cups mixed greens, 1 teaspoon thyme and 1/4 cup white wine. Sauté for 4-7 minutes on medium high heat.

3. Potatoes


There’s nothing like fine red potatoes. Perfect for soups, as well as for breakfast fare, this recipe is dynamite! –

Place 2 large potatoes, chopped, in a hot skillet with 1/4 cup canola oil, cover and reduce to medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup diced onion, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, mix well, cover and cook for 3 -5 minutes. Remove cover and finish cooking until potatoes are crispy. Salt to taste.

For more on these delectable vegan recipes, as well as a slew of others, click here.

4. Tofu and Vegetable Soup with Cellophane Noodles
A perfect way to warm your bones and calm your soul, you’ll love the way the aroma from this recipe will fill your home. Or perhaps your snuggly cabin! –

Soak mushrooms in 10 cups boiling-hot water in a bowl, keeping them submerged with a small plate and turning mushrooms over occasionally, until softened and cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid from caps back into bowl and reserve liquid, then cut out and reserve stems from mushrooms. Quarter caps.

Transfer mushroom liquid and stems into a 5-quart large heavy pot and bring to a boil. Trim cilantro sprigs from stems and reserve sprigs for garnish. Add stems to pot with remaining stock ingredients. Gently boil, covered, for 30 minutes, then drain through a fine mesh sieve into a large heatproof bowl, pressing down hard on solids. Discard solids and return broth to pot (you should have 8 cups broth).

Make soup:
Meanwhile, soak noodles in cold water to cover until softened, about 5 minutes, then drain in colander and transfer to a bowl. Coarsely cut into 3-inch lengths with scissors.

Stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine, sugar, and salt to broth and season with salt to taste. Add mushroom caps and bring to a simmer.

Rinse and drain tofu, then cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Add cabbage and tofu to broth and simmer 10 minutes, gently stirring occasionally. Add noodles and peas and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and serve immediately.  Mmmm, can you smell that savory fragrance yet? Read more here!

5. Sautéed Broccoli Rabe
Not only is broccoli wholly healthy for you in a wide variety of ways, its unique flavor is easily adaptable to fit a range of yummy recipes. These instructions recommend blanching it to remove any bitterness and blending in some garlic and olive oil. –

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add broccoli rabe. Cook 5 minutes until just tender, then drain well in a colander.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until pale golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add broccoli rabe and toss with garlic until heated through, 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
More information concerning directions can be found here !

6. Hot Cereal with Quinoa, Oats and Flax

So, we’ve covered some piquant options, now it’s time for a sweet treat! A flavorful blend, this recipe makes for a delightfully warm way to start your morning! –

Place the quinoa in a small saucepan with 1½ cups of water. Bring to a boil and cover. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the center of each quinoa seed is almost translucent. Stir in the oats, flax, dates, ginger, cloves and salt. Cook 5 to 10 minutes more, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the oats are cooked through. Stir in the brown sugar and nuts, serve immediately.

Find out more here !

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://main.kitchendaily.com/winter-recipes/vegan/

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2011/12/15/3-easy-winter-vegan-vegetable-recipes%E2%80%A6

 

 

Swipes Lovin Wipes

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Lovin’ Never Needs to be a Labor

Hell hath no fury like a woman ignored, and when it comes to intimate cleanliness, Swipes, Inc., is speaking up boldly, yet thoughtfully clear. Testifying a hygienic solution to those, well, somewhat messy, intimate moments from a woman’s perspective, Swipes offers cleanliness where other options end up making ‘clean-up duty’ a less-than-romantic hassle.

It’s no secret that personal cleanliness is a no-brainer, especially when it comes to sex. Where tissue paper, towels and baby wipes successfully kill the passion, Swipes offer refreshingly simple solution.  Efficiently hygienic, all-natural, entirely biodegradable, septic-safe, compostable and flushable, Swipes covers all bases and intimate places! As safe for you as they are for the environment, and made with pure water, aloe and vitamin E, Swipes are alcohol and chlorine-free, providing gentle cleanliness with a soothing cucumber fragrance, or, for those more subtle opportunities, an unscented option as well.

 

Free Samples Gifted On Board!

Along with the other special gifts which we’ll be providing our passengers, thoughtfully arranged on your bed will be two Swipes per room on our 10th Anniversary cruise in 2013.

“Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of all invention – and nothing has ever been more necessary than the creation of a wipe designed specifically for adult needs. And, besides, just knowing you have a solution to that age-old problem might just make intimacy happen a little more often.”

That being said, we’re proud to carry Swipes products on our cruise, but rest assured – When the boat starts a’rockin’, we won’t come a’knockin’!

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.swipes.com

Macrobiotics –Symmetry in Mind, Body and Soul

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To properly enjoy the full benefits of your macrobiotic lifestyle, be sure to note the necessity of symmetry and steadiness in your diet. One can easily become out of balance with oneself by taking in foods that are dynamically off balance with your yin and yang stability. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to regain regularity through your nutrition, and many of them taste delicious!

Find Your Balance

“Foods should be consumed in their most natural state and processed foods are not recommended. Other excluded foods are fatty meats, most dairy, sugars, coffee, caffeinated tea, stimulating beverages, alcohol, chocolate, refined flour, very hot spices, chemicals and preservatives, poultry, potatoes, and zucchini… Excluded foods are considered to be extreme, over stimulating, or too concentrated and therefore not capable of achieving balance.”

Macrobiotics engages the Eastern mindset of utilizing foods to obtain and maintain a finely tuned balance of yin and yang with dietary pairings of sweet, salty, sharp, sour and bitter individualities of taste. Generally, it is instituted that yang-foods are salty, hot and aggressive, whereas yin-foods are sweet, cold and passive. Barred foods are those that possess toxins, falling heavily on either far-side of the pairing gamut, endangering one’s Zen-food balance.  So, it’s not that a macrobiotic diet is strict, per se. It simply relies on the basics of quality, quantity, regularity and equilibrium.

Health Benefits Experts Cannot Deny

The scientific health facts concerning a macrobiotic lifestyle are profound, as Zelman notes:

“A well-managed macrobiotic diet can be nutritionally sound. The ADA approves of carefully planned and monitored vegetarian diets for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancybreastfeeding, childhood, and adolescence. The macrobiotic diet is low in fat and high in fiber. Because of all the soy products, it is also rich in phytoestrogens, which may reduce the risk of estrogen-related cancers, such as breast cancer. There is no scientific evidence that a macrobiotic diet will reduce breast cancer, however eating a diet low in fat, high in fiber, and rich in plant foods containing phytochemicals may offer disease protection.”

Macrobiotics calls for a lifelong commitment to gradually accruing health benefits, and one of the many gifts in maintaining this dietary rubric, along with spiritual calm, increased awareness and heightened bodily function, involves fortification from common, yet serious ailments. But a beginner’s journey, just like their diet, should be well and evenly paced.

“The macrobiotic diet focuses on foods typically lacking in most American diets. Eating more natural foods, whole grains, vegetables, and beans could be beneficial to most people. Adopting it, however, may prove to be much more difficult because it often requires major lifestyle changes. If you’re interested in trying a macrobiotic diet, start slowly. First, incorporate just a few concepts, such as eating less unprocessed foods. Then add more whole grains and so on.”

 

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.webmd.com/diet/features/macrobiotic-diet

We’re Thankful That It’s Finally Thanksgiving!

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 ‘Tis the Season for All Things Tasty – So, Toss that Turkey!

While the Thanksgiving holiday can prove a bit tricky for those of us adhering to a vegan or macrobiotic lifestyle, especially for newcomers, there’s a cornucopia of ways to squash your worries and have your taste buds sing with gratitude! Don’t get vexed over pleasing your carnivorous family members and friends, and never give up hope on discovering and creating deliciously inventive dishes! There are numerous recipes that bring out the full flavors of the seasonal harvest without resorting to eating a plain bowl of kale and an ear of corn (although that does sound pretty delicious!). After a little hunting of our own (for recipes, that is), we’d like to offer some tasty tips to help turn your holiday gathering from ‘turkey-terror’ into a festive ‘fresh-veggie feast’!

Don’t Let the Fowl Fluster You

Take a gander through the follow scrumptious seasonal vegan recipes, courtesy of Integrative Nutrition and Veg Kitchen, that’ll even have your non-vegan friends and family gobbling it up!

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.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/celebrate-a-vegan-holiday.aspx

http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/vegetarian-thanksgiving/

http://blog.integrativenutrition.com/2012/11/105-healthy-recipes-for-every-holiday-menu

Eating Well with Hilary – Hilary Brown, That Is!

The ‘World’s Best Veggie Burger’ – Seriously!
We’re more than just a little excited to be serving Hilary’s Eat Well “World’s Best Veggie Burger” on our 10th Anniversary Cruise! I know what you might be thinking… ‘I hate eating meat substitutes,’ or ‘I already have a veggie burger brand I love, and out of all the other disappointing versions there’s no way this one could be better.’ Well ladies and gentlemen, we’d strongly urge you to think again, and we’ll prove to you why!

Having scratched together the mouth-watering recipe back in 2005 as a creation for her own restaurant, Local Burger, and with special attention paid toward common food allergens, Hilary Brown cleared the table of all of the synthetic ingredients, leaving only the wholesome, the natural and the delicious to cook up something satisfyingly special. What are the ingredients used, you might ask? A delightful mix of quinoa, sweet potato, millet, onion, sunflower seed oil, arrowroot and a dash of other naturally beneficial gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO-free, corn-free, egg-free, soy-free, yeast-free and nut-free addition.

The ingenuity doesn’t stop with the burgers, folks. Along with a fantastic blog, the Hilary’s Eat Well website also features a fantastic recipe-generator where visitors can browse through recipe suggestions by checking off their dietary preferences, including gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO-free, corn-free, etc. We know, you’re starting to love Hilary already!

More Than Just About Burgers

What truly struck us the most about Hilary’s Eat Well was the organization’s dedication to quality, taste and global consciousness.

“This company brings Hilary’s creations to people who want to live healthy and sustainable lives while eating food that is easy to prepare and that tastes great! We at Hilary’s Eat Well™ promise that we have made every effort to ensure all ingredients in our products supports a healthy body, world, and economy. It is food you can feel good about, because it loves you back!”

Whether it be their delicious burgers or tasty Veggie Bites, the commitment and enthusiasm toward healthy eating remains the same. Their certifications as vegan and gluten-free, winning Ashley Koff and Non-GMO Project approval, the Naked Food Award, as well as Woman Owned Business recognition only gives us a few more reasons to be proud and very excited to have their food on board!

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.hilaryseatwell.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLJFPB451tM&feature=plcp

 

GMO Milk – Cloudy Results

A Breakthrough?

As if the list of dangers concerning the consumption of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) weren’t prevalent enough, research scientists in Beijing have declared the successful engineering of 300 dairy cattle for the purpose of producing what they claim to be an equivalent to human milk, as stated in the journal ‘Public Library of Science One’ (PLoS ONE). Professor Ning Li, lead researcher in the genetically modified bovine milk project based from the State Key Laboratory for Agro-Biotechnology at the China Agricultural University, explains in the journal how cloning technology allowed for the insertion of human genes into the DNA of dairy calf embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows. By enhancing the presence of lysozyme, an antimicrobial protein which protects human newborns from infections, the Chinese scientists are seeking to modify bovine milk to reach the 3,000 times more potent lysozyme levels contained within human milk.

In doing so, the dangers run rampant, first specifically for the animals as researchers publicized that only 26 or the 42 genetically modified calves were born. The milk produced by the GMO cows contains unusual proteins to which humans have never been previously exposed. By injecting human genes into foreign DNA strands one can easily contrive the disastrous assumption in believing the resulting milk’s safe for human consumption. One would only have to review the research concerning animals being fed genetically modified food, consistently resulting in problems surrounding their hearts, spleens, livers, kidneys and adrenal glands.

Adding to the gradually increasing series of GMO foods, along with Flavr Savr’s initial rot-resistant tomato from 1994 and AquaBounty’s genetically altered salmon, which experienced heightened growth rates at twice the normal pace. It is questionable at the least if a positive outcome can be derived from these transgenic “advancements.”

The Facts Are Black & White

The real irony in even attempting the scientific venture of genetically modifying cow’s milk is the utter lack of biological necessity. In response to the importance of calcium being placed in the media’s dietary forefront, it has become increasingly obvious that the quantity and sourcing of calcium as recommended by the United States Recommended Daily Allowances (USRDA) is vastly misinforming. Without even wandering onto the moral/ethical tightrope of dairy farming and animal abuse, milk from other animals is scientifically proven as nutritionally too much for human consumption, and also highly dangerous in association with Hypertensive and Rheumatic Heart Disease, as well as various types of cancer, including stomach, brain, breast and cervix cancer.

The milk produced by each mammalian species is specifically formulated to fuel their infant’s growth rate and biological needs during the first weeks, months and/or early years. For instance, with bovine milk containing four times more calcium than human milk. Why would such a high concentration of calcium be a necessity for a human of any age, especially for human adults as our bones cease growing upon maturity? And what of the repercussions from consuming such large quantities of saturated fat and protein as found in cow’s milk?

The fact is that calcium, as well as other hyped forms of nutrition supposedly found in cow’s milk, can be found in a wholly nutritional plant-based diet. Such sources include: collards, spinach, blackeyed peas, broccoli, kale, oranges, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and almonds.

Sources

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/science/gmo-milk-another-genetically-modified-breakthrough/

Vegan Summer Skin Care

Summer is definitely a time of year were one’s exposure to the sun is always on the brain. Choosing a proper sunscreen which fits your needs can be quite the undertaking. For vegans, specifically it can be quite challenging. As a service to our community we offer some of the best choices for cruelty free sunscreens and other treatments we use daily when having fun in the sun! We have compiled this list from skin experts, vegans and avid sun worshipers. The truth of the matter is why not make the choice to pick up a cruelty free sunscreen, bug repellent or lip balm?

We have compiled a short list here for you, but to find out more check out the Environmental Working Group’s list. They update it every year…and they even have a Hall of Shame.

VegNews Faves

Sunscreen:  Loving Naturals Clear Vegan SPF 30+ Sunscreen- Smooth, clear, water resistant!

Sunless Tanner:  Lavera Sunless Tanning Lotion – Streak free and organic!

Sunglasses with a Conscience: Amy Sacks makes hot, hipster glasses where ALL proceeds go to an animal rescue organization called the Pixie Project!

Moisturizer: Earth Science Almond-Aloe Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 – Perfect for day or night!

Insect Repellent: Intelligent Nutrients Organic Bug Repellent Serum – Great smell, non-greasy and non-toxic!

Summer Lipstick: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Anime – go to lipstick shade for the summer!

Mineral Foundation: Everyday Minerals Original Glo Base – flawless coverage with light reflecting!

Luxurious Summer Skin Care

PETA Endorses the entire AVEDA Sun Care Line:

Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser – for removal of build-up, salt and chlorine.

Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque – to restore and moisturize hair after it’s been exposed to the sun.

Sun Care Protective Hair Veil – protects hair color from fading and drying and protects hair from the sun.

Rough and Rugged: Skin Care for Men

One Word…Bulldog

This natural grooming skin care line for men, has everything a guy could want to maintain a face that make the vegan babes go crazy!

  1. Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Shave Gel – 8 essential oils, aloe vera, jojoba and konjac mannan for an incredibly smooth shave.
  2. Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Face Wash – 8 essential oils and green tea to gently cleanse your face of dirt and debris.
  3. Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Face Scrub – essential oils, pumice, coconut shell, rosehip oil and shea butter to gently exfoliate the skin.
  4. Bulldog Natural Skincare Original After Shave Balm – essential oils, green tea, konjac mannan, rosehip oil and vitamin E to help nourish and soothe the skin.
  5. Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Moisturizer – 8 essential oils, green tea, green algae, konjac mannan and vitamin E to help rehydrate the skin.

The best about this line is that it retails for less than a gluten free 12 pack of beer!

Surely you will need at least 2 or 3 of these items on your vegan travel holiday cruise! Don’t let sunburn get in the way of  your many opportunities to pamper yourself and mingle with other like-minded individuals on your vacation. Remember, on our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals 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.

Top 10 Plant Based Protein Sources

Awesome Plant Based Proteins

One of the most common misconceptions about adopting and/or living a vegan lifestyle is that your intake of protein will vastly diminish, leading to a host of possible negative side effects including weight loss, lethargy, muscle soreness and deterioration, heart problems and stomach pain. It is frequently assumed that one’s most potent source of protein exists in meat and other animal products considering that ground beef is roughly 24% protein, with pork at around 27% and chicken breast at 35%. Interestingly enough, however, cooked animal proteins also prove to be difficult on the kidneys, produces inflammation in tissues, generally saturated in hormones and antibiotics if it’s not organic, is generally clotted and actually very hard to digest. On the bright and leafy side, there are many plant-based sources of protein that are absolutely free of any negative side-effects!

Powerful Vegan Protein Packers

In comparison to the previously mentioned protein percentages present in various animal meats, get ready to meet the plant powerhouses of protein – Spinach at 30% protein, broccoli at 45% and Spirulina , a micro-algae taken as a nutritional supplement, offers a whopping 68%! What are the other percentages made of, you might ask? Primarily the remaining matter consists of phyto-nutrients which battle diseases, including cancer, and vitamins and minerals. The residual percentages of the animal-based sources of protein are comprised of saturated fat, clearly recognized as health hazardous.

The Ten Titans of Plant Based Protein

So, let’s cut to the chase! We’ve established the facts about plant-based proteins, and now it’s time to be introduced to your new daily food staples:

–  Quinoa
–  Tempeh
–  Almonds
–  Blue-Green Algae
–  Hemp seeds
–  Sprouts
–  Pumpkin seeds
–  Dark leafy greens, i.e. kale, cabbage, parsley and spinach
–  Maca
–  Spirulina/Chlorella

Each of these sources offer varying amounts of high-potency protein, and are completely animal product-free. Some of these items may be less recognizable than others, such as Chlorella and blue-green algae. Chlorella is single-celled green algae which grows in fresh water under direct sunlight, optimizing high levels of chlorophyll, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, vitamin C, B-12 and protein! Blue-green algae refers to a vast group of simple, plant-like organisms which are high in protein, B-vitamins, and iron, and are cultivated in salt water and large fresh water lakes. Blue-green algae has also shown to help increase energy, improve memory, boost the immune system, lower cholesterol and help heal wounds.

The Proof is in the Plant

Of course, there are even more plant-based sources of protein that are not on this list. In fact, there are even plant-based protein powders, such as Vega, that are principally made of hemp, rice and pea-based protein. So, when you’re faced with the tediously common question of where you obtain your protein by living a vegan lifestyle, the response should be pretty lengthy. With a whole world of healthier, leaner and cleaner sources of plant-based protein, you should be sharing this gift of knowledge to those who simply have not yet seen the leafy light! On the Holistic Holiday at Sea in 2013, your exploration into botanical benefits during your vegan travel will have you aware and prepared for a healthy, successful plant-policy, not simply in sourcing protein, but on expanding your ability to cook effectively and in creating unbelievably tasty dishes, all without the need to utilize or harm another living being!

Sources

http://www.youngandraw.com/top-10-plant-based-protein-sources/

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/top-ten-protein-sources/#axzz1wHhdy5nL


http://vegetarian.lovetoknow.com/Protein_Deficiency_Symptoms

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