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AHS13!!

 AHS Swag

I finally moved into my apartment at UNC and made it through my first week and a half of classes, so now I want to tell you guys about my weekend at the Ancestral Health Symposium! This was the first big conference I’ve ever been to, and it was amazing I drove down to Atlanta on Wednesday and drove back on Sunday, and my time there was absolutely jam-packed with people and speakers and events. And food.

This is going to be a really long post, because a) I want to remember in detail how awesome it was; b) I always write too much; and c) I’ve had to experience AHS and other similar conferences vicariously through others’ blog posts for the past few years, and I always appreciated it when they were long 😉 Read more →

Gelatin-Aloe Hair Gel

Gelatin-Aloe Hair Gel

Check out my recipe for Gelatin-Aloe Hair Gel over at Liz Wolfe’s Skintervetion blog! It’s cheap, it’s easy to make, it uses only natural ingredients, and it WORKS. Do yourself a favor and try it out, especially if you have curly hair like I do. If you do try it, or have any questions about it, post them here! I’d love to hear how it worked for you, and any modifications you made.

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

Salmon patties were a staple for me living in a college dorm. They’re awesome because they’re easy to make, freeze well in ziplock baggies and reheat quickly in a microwave, they’re a good source of both protein and ‘safe starch,’ they’re an inexpensive way to get your DHA, and you probably already have all the ingredients on hand. They also taste really good. Read on for the recipe!

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Is it Possible to be Healthy on a Vegan Diet? [Part Two]

Food or Supplements?

In part one, I discussed whether it’s possible to get enough vitamin D, calcium and vitamin K2 – three nutrients that are vital to bone health – on a vegan diet, without using supplements. We discovered that it is possible, but only if you get lots of sunlight, eat plenty of greens, properly prepare your nuts and seeds, and eat natto. In this post I’ll wrap it up by looking at iron, zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin B12. Then we can finally answer the question: Is it possible to be healthy on a vegan diet without the use of supplements? Read more →

Is it Possible to be Healthy on a Vegan Diet? [Part One]

Veggies!

In my last post in this series on veganism, I looked at anthropological evidence to establish that as a species in our natural habitats, humans are omnivores, and we thrive on an omnivorous diet. But although we are still humans (most of us, anyways), we don’t quite live in our natural habitats anymore, so what applied to the natives that Weston Price studied doesn’t necessarilyapply to us. In a modern-day setting with greater access to a variety of foods, can humans thrive on a vegan diet without needing to supplement? Is it biologically possible for humans to get what they need on a diet devoid of animal products?

In this two-part post, I’ll try to answer that question by looking at some of the nutrients that are hardest to come by on a vegan diet. In part one, we’ll look at three nutrients that are vital to bone health: vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin K2. Read more →

Yay! I’m a published author! (sorta)

First of all, I apologize for the cavernous, yawning time-gap between my last post and what will (eventually) be my next substantial post. (This one doesn’t count.) I’m just finishing up my freshman year of college, so I have papers to write and exams to study for, but after that the blogging will return! And I will finish my series on veganism. Promise.

But I wanted to do a quick celebratory post because I just found out that the research I did last semester will be published in the PIT journal, which is UNC’s undergraduate journal for peer-reviewed scholarly articles! It’s just a small, unknown university publication that nobody will ever read, but I’m still excited (: My article is called Are We Putting Our Eggs In The Wrong Basket?: Why we should question the USDA Dietary Guidelines, and I posted it on my blog a few months ago if you want to look at it! Note the excessively long title; apparently that’s the hip thing to do if you’re writing journal articles. I’m so hip.

The most amusing thing I found in doing my research is this: the studies that the Dietary Guidelines Committee decided to scrounge up to prove that cholesterol should be limited – wait for it – actually prove the exact opposite. Yes, all of the studies they cite show that cholesterol, especially from eggs, does not increase risk for CVD, and in many circumstances, actually decreases risk for CVD. So I guess now we can cite studies that prove the opposite of our point, and just hope that nobody actually looks at our references! Whew, that sure makes research a lot easier. It’s just so tedious trying to come up with conclusions based on the evidence, y’know?

In all seriousness, don’t take everything you read at face value. Even if you trust the source, it would behoove you to check their references to make sure nothing sneaky is going on. In fact, I strongly encourage you to check MY sources for things I write on here! I’ll always do my best to never lead you astray, but I can never guarantee I won’t miss something or make mistakes.

In other news, I just made an important realization: I don’t think I use the word ‘behoove’ enough. I think I’m going to insert it awkwardly strategically into the policy brief I have to write before Thursday.

Are Humans Herbivores?

Are Humans Herbivores?

This is part three of my series on veganism. Follow the links to read part one and part two!

One source of disagreement between vegans and meat eaters is the question of what humans are supposed to eat. Many vegans claim humans are herbivores, while meat-eaters assert that humans are omnivores. So what are we, anyways? Herbivores? Carnivores? Omnivores? Most of you probably know the answer to this already, but it doesn’t hurt to look at the evidence. To answer this question, it makes sense to start with what humans eat in their ‘natural habitat,’ when they’re completely undisturbed by modern civilization. As such, this post will look at what traditional hunter-gatherer cultures ate! Read more →

Plant-Based Diet or Plant-Based Diet?

Plant-based diet?

This is part two of a series on vegan diets. If you haven’t read part one, you can read it here!

Before diving into the meat main part of this series, I think some clarification is necessary. Not all vegan diets are created equal, and the type of vegan diet in question is going to have a huge impact on every topic I want to discuss: nutrition, sustainability, anthropology, and ethics, to name a few. Other than the fact that all vegan diets are devoid of animal products, they can be as different and varied as the people who choose to eat them. As with anything, it’s a sliding scale, but for my purposes I’ve split them into three main categories. I’ve also tried to give them names that will make it easier for me to reference that particular type in the future (: Read more →

Veg*n is Not a Curse Word

Food Love

Yesterday, Alex Jamieson told the world that she is no longer a vegan. If you don’t know who she is and really don’t care, just bear with me for a minute. Alex is best known from the documentary Super Size Me, where her then-boyfriend Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonalds for 30 days. Alex used a vegan approach to get Morgan’s health back on track after his 30 day McDiet, and she has since been a leading voice for health and nutrition in the vegan community. I would encourage you to read her post, but here’s the gist: Alex discovered that at this point in her life, her body needs some animal products to be healthy. Her post yesterday was the first time she’d publicly announced her decision to incorporate some animal products into her diet. Read more →

Fried Bananas (a dessert-free dessert)

Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve done a post! Life is crazy as usual, although not quite as crazy as NC weather. (It was 61 degrees yesterday, and now it’s snowing. You tell me how that makes sense.)

Anyways, I wanted to share this recipe with you! As usual, the term ‘recipe’ is used loosely here. I don’t usually eat ‘desserts,’ even ‘paleo’ desserts, because I don’t do well with excessive amounts of nut flour or sweetener, even if it’s honey or coconut sugar. I call this recipe a ‘dessert-free dessert’ because it feels like you’re eating this:

Bananas Foster

…when you’re really eating this:

AlmondsBanana

At least, that’s how I like to see it.

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