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Karen Hauserman Lost 260 Pounds Eating Plants

Karen Hauserman lost 260 pounds and healed heart disease by switching to a vegan diet. Now Karen has shared her story with the world on Forks Over Knives to help inspire others seeking a permanent, safe, and healthy weight loss solution. For most of her life Karen was overweight or obese. She describes herself as  'an outcast in school' and says she was teased because of her weight. She writes, "I never had a boyfriend as a teenager and didn’t get invited to my prom. While my friends meant well, I was tired of hearing…

Gorillas With Heart Disease Healed By Eating More Plants

The heart-healing testimonies of two zoo-dwelling gorillas offer perspective about the easy natural cure for heart disease. In 2008 two Western lowland gorillas, Mokolo and Bebec, were in captivity at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and didn’t seem to be doing well. Bebac was 24 years old and Mokolo was 21—both still young considering gorillas can live up to 60 years in captivity. Despite their youth though both males were overweight and were displaying behaviors not typical of gorillas in the wild. The two had developed a…

Science Says: The Healthiest Diet for Human Beings Is Plants

What is the Healthiest Diet for Humans? Q: Dear HWP, I've been trying to eat healthier, but don't know exactly what foods are good for health. What are the healthiest foods to eat? Sincerely, Aspiring Healthy Eater A: Dear Aspiring, Firstly, congratulations on setting good and loving intentions for yourself to eat healthier. This is great to hear and here's to your health goals! Secondly, I can sympathize with your confusion over what food are good for the health. Ask google, a health magazine, your mom, your doctor, and…

Plant-Based | Vegan Sources of Vitamins and Minerals

OBTAINING MICRONUTRIENTS FROM PLANTS, SUN, AND SOIL If you are considering or new to a plant based / vegan diet and want to make sure you are getting proper nutrition, or if you are concerned that your vegan loved one may be suffering malnourishment, this article is for you. Plant based / vegan sources of vitamins and minerals are easy to obtain eating a variety of fresh whole plant foods. In this article I'll discuss what micronutrients are, what the recommended daily intake for each vitamin and mineral is, the role each…

Plant-Based Sources of Essential MacroNutrients

Food contains substances necessary for the healthy growth and development of the human body. The two basic categories of nutrients are macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients include the substances the human body requires in large amounts. Micronutrients include the substances the human body requires in relatively small amounts. The five basic macronutrients are sugar (aka carbohydrate), fat, protein, water, and fiber. These five ingredients make up the bulk of the food we consume and are each essential in varying…

The “Milk is Essential for Calcium” Myth

The dairy industry has spent mountains of money to convince us that "milk does a body good." Their main selling point: milk gives your body the calcium it needs. The message the dairy industry has sent is that no other food quite compares to the unique ability of cow milk to give humans this essential nutrient. The “Humans Need Cow Milk” Deception Any internet search for “Calcium” will reflect just how entrenched this myth is as almost all articles begin with describing dairy products as the main source of calcium. It is…

Plant-Based Sources of Calcium

If you are thinking of giving up meat and dairy but wondering how you would survive without the calcium, or want to better communicate with your loved ones about plant based sources of calcium, this is for you. So Just What is Calcium? Calcium is a mineral that is essential to human life. Calcium helps us build and maintain bones, contract muscles, helps nerves communicate, and helps our blood clot when we have an injury. Every day we lose calcium through our sweat, urine, feces, hair, skin, and nails and we must replenish…

7 Ways Schools Confuse Basic Nutrition for Students

For starters, I'm not pointing fingers at any school, teacher, or administration. Rather I seek to expose the hidden corruption in school nutrition that teachers and administration are themselves, either embarrassed of, frustrated with, or ignorant of depending on their own education on the subject. Teachers and schools are beholden to a larger authority if they would like to receive money to support school lunch. They must follow and promote strict food guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For many years…

Man Lost Half His Body Weight, Naturally, on a Vegan Diet

Benji Kurtz says that on Memorial Day weekend in 2013 the answer to his "lifelong quest for good health" found him. At the time he weighed 258 pounds and was determined to lose the weight. According to Benji's first person account: "At that point in time, my weight had ballooned up as it normally did in the Spring. I’d pack the pounds onto my 5’5″ frame, up to between 250 and 265 (my all time high was 278), then I’d “low-carb” it for several months, and exercise, get down to around 220 or 230 in the Fall, and then repeat the…

Is Milk a Healthy Food?

Milk is that one food that school tells our children should be consumed with every meal. In United States schools students don't even have a choice. Want to eat?  Get a milk. Even if they don't want milk, schools will force children to take a milk and throw it out because that's the rules handed down by the USDA. When my children were in preschool and kindergarten I volunteered in the kitchen at their school and so got a behind the scenes look at the rules and pressure school kitchen staff face. If menus don't follow the…