Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Mark your calendars! For the 8th consecutive year, I will be asking all my friends, followers, family and acquaintances to Pledge to Go Vegan for one whole day in honor of my birthday. This is the greatest gift you can give me and it is also a great day to start my 28-day Vegan Challenge and Karinna's Plant Based Body Renewal!
The consumption of Meat, Dairy, and all animal by-products has been found to be a direct cause of Coronary Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Atherosclerosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer, Male Reproductive problems, and many other preventable diseases. You may have heard about many celebrities going on Vegan Diets to lose weight, and how 400 million fewer animals were killed in 2014 because of the reduced consumption of meat and meat products and the amount of people going Vegan or Vegetarian.
Today, the World Health Organization released their latest research which shows that consuming red meat and processed meats such as bacon, sausages, and hot dogs increases your chances of contracting Colorectal Cancer by 18%. This letter, by the International Agency on the Research of Cancer, a World Health Organization Agency, can be found for online viewing at: https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf
After thoroughly reviewing the accumulated scientific literature, a Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by the IARC Monographs Programme classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A), based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect. This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.
Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.
Meat Consumption and Its Effects
The consumption of meat varies greatly between countries, with from a few percent up to 100% of people eating red meat, depending on the country, and somewhat lower proportions eating processed meat. The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. "
There are so many bacon, sausage, beef, and hot dog substitutes out there now, there is really no reason to continue to eat dead animals. Eat life, eat a garden, eat a rainbow of colors instead.
In 2007, I made the decision to Go Vegan for ethical reasons, I have continued to consume a plant-based diet for these healthy and amazing 8 years and I'd love to share my health tips with you. I believe we can all reach optimal health and live long, healthy, med-free, disease-free lives.
It is never too late to start and November 5th can be your starting point on a journey that will bring peace to your mind, your body, your plate, and ultimately our PLANET.
If you are interested in my 28-Day Vegan Challenge, Body Renewal, or my consulting services, please visit: http://karinnazarate.com/contact/ and send me your contact information.
Cheers to your Health!
Monday, April 27, 2015
You may be using this powerful herb in your favorite Mediterranean dishes or growing it in your garden, but Oregano Oil is also a powerful antimicrobial. A few drops taken daily can boost your immune system and help you fight infection!
Oil of Oregano is derived from the perennial herb which is part of the Mint Family (Lamiaceae). It is native to Europe but grows well here in Southern California as well. The word, Oregano, comes from the Greek "oros," mountain, and "ganos," brightness/joy.
Oil of Oregano can fight against:
* Sinus infections and colds,
* Parasitic infections,
* Foot and Nail fungus
* Respiratory infections
* Staphylococcus A
* E. Coli
* Insects and insect bites
Oil of Oregano has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It also contains antioxidant phytochemical compounds called phenols, including Thymol, and Carvacrol.
Try 2-4 drops on your tongue or diluted into water or juice. Oil of Oregano is very strong and spicy; be careful if you are sensitive to strong flavors. You can also create an Oil of Oregano rub for skin infections or rashes, or just to keep your hands sanitized. Mix a few drops of Oil of Oregano into a carrier like Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and blend together with a ratio of 1 part Oregano oil to 3 parts Coconut Oil. This mixture can be as effective as your typical Hand Sanitizer.
It is important to note that Oil of Oregano is not recommended for children or pregnant women. Always consult a healthcare professional before using any new wellness routine.
Stay healthy and boost your immune system this season!
Monday, January 26, 2015
Over a year ago, Chipotle Mexican Grill began offering a marinated, braised tofu "meat" option which could be substituted for chicken or pork in their salads, burritos, or bowls. It is SO delicious, by early 2014, I had already taken a few of my carnivore friends to taste it!
Today, January 26th, 2015, Chipotle offered a Sofritas special: Purchase one Tofu Sofritas menu item, and get one free burrito, salad, or bowl on your next visit! Using Social Media posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, Chipotle Mexican Grill created a plant-based publicity storm around the United States and Canada!
I'm excited about what this means for Vegans who typically have to search everywhere for vegan-friendly options! Chipotle restaurants are everywhere here in SoCal. The years of searching for the nearest Veggie Grill, Native Foods Cafe, Loving Hut, or M Cafe (only in Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood now), or calling around to Pho or Sushi restaurants to make sure they are veg-friendly-- are OVER! A plant-based executive fast-casual lunch can be just around the corner at your nearest Chipotle Mexican Grill! YES! Thank you, Chipotle, for making strides to accommodate plant-based diets for years!
Now that millions of consumers have tried Chipotle's Tofu Sofritas, let's take a look a their Tofu supplier. Chipotle has always made an effort to source from sustainable and responsible suppliers, and the Tofu is no exception.
Hodo Soy Beanery, based out of Oakland, California, makes artisanal soy bean products with a strong emphasis on high quality and freshness. Not all soy is created equal!
Watch this video to see how much time and effort is put into creating this delicacy. Hodo Soy Beanery also produces "Yuba" a so-called "Tofu Skin" which I order when I dine at Nobu Malibu, Las Vegas, or West Hollywood. It is literally the "cream" that rises to the top...the highest quality tofu you can find. I hope that we will continue to see this type of awareness and consciousness elevating our quality of food to a more compassionate and responsible level.
Friday, January 23, 2015
|Faux Shrimp Won Ton soup at Wheel of Life Vegan - Irvine, CA|
I owe my love of Asian food to my parents! I can still remember the comforting feeling I would get as a child at our favorite Chinese food restaurant.slowly sipping my hot delicious Wor Wonton noodle soup with crunchy noodles on top.
Since I went Vegan in 2007, I avoided many of my favorite foods because plant-based cuisine was not as popular and definitely not understood. Now, thankfully, most Asian restaurants, especially Thai, Vietnamese, and Sushi, are vegan-friendly! I always recommend calling ahead to make sure they can accommodate a vegan diet, some restaurants make their broths and sauces with bones or fish flakes and may not be able to alter a recipe.
Remember to do your research before you go out. I have gone through many evenings driving around looking for the perfect Pho restaurant or Sushi spot that could accommodate my special requests.
Here are some tips for enjoying your favorite Asian food when dining out:
- Substitute Tofu for meat in any dish.
- Ask for No Egg in Fried Rice dishes and Pad Thai.
- Request vegetarian broth made with no meat.
- Ask for ingredients in sauces, make sure they don't use Fish flakes.
- Teppanyaki: ask for the chef to prepare your veggies first, without butter.
|Embracing my Asian heritage|
Suitable for Vegans:
- Salad dressings made with ginger and miso
- Vegetable Spring Rolls
- Tofu based dishes
- Vegetable chow mein
- Pad Thai with Tofu (specify No Egg)
- Steamed brown rice
- Sesame noodles
- Vegetable broth Pho
- Vegetable sushi rolls
- Miso soup (without fish flakes)
- Korean Soon Tofu with vegetarian broth
- Black bean sauce
- Boba Tea
- Green Tea
- Jasmine Tea
Sunday, January 4, 2015
The New Year is here, and the Winter Chill has no doubt kissed your garden with a layer of frost.
There is a beautiful serenity in nature at this time of year; we don't get to hear as many birds chirping, bees buzzing, or critters crawling. As peaceful as this seems, it also means our garden can go into an unrecoverable hibernation unless we put in a little effort.
If you're anything like me, you may like to plant seeds throughout the year, failing to pay attention to the ideal season for germination. Fortunately my California climate lends itself to this year-round-gardener mentality. The weather is not typically extreme. This New Year's Eve, however, the Southern California Wine Country had a generous snowfall which coated the region. Nature's confectioner dusted the mountains, vineyards, and rooftops with layer upon layer of powder.
As I grabbed my phone at 3:30 am on New Year's Eve to photograph the phenomenon (the last snowfall was 10 years ago), I immediately thought of my nursery and the tomato and herb babies I planted in the Fall. Thankfully I had brought them indoors and Nature is still on my side.
I developed a little Garden-Hack, a mini-makeshift Green House which may come in handy if your garden ever experiences a sudden chill. I call my plants my babies because that's what they are! My babies need the nurturing sunlight, but not the chill. I'm not sure how this sudden Winter chill will affect my nursery, but I'm hoping to share my luscious tomato and herb creations in a few months!
Mini-Nursery Green House
Old Screen Door or Window Screen
Plastic Wrap (reusable)
Pipe Cleaners or Wire
Find an old screen door or window screen which you can cut up, or purchase screen material at your local home improvement warehouse. Place your potted plants in a sunny area on a plastic saucer or large makeshift cachepot which can serve as an anchor for your screen. Cut a large piece of screen which will fully cover well over the top of your tallest plant. Use pipe cleaners or wire to connect the wire to the bottom of your planter: be creative! Now cut a piece of plastic wrap (can be reused) large enough to cover the entire screen. Your mini green house will protect your plants from pests and will retain soil warmth and allow your plants full access to the Sunlight. Be sure to bring your plants indoors or into your garage/storage space in order to avoid a freeze.
You can always purchase a pre-made greenhouse or make a more elaborate one with PVC or wood, but this is a quick lifehack when you don't have all weekend for a hands-on DIY project!