Monday, January 3, 2011

Living Healthy in the New Year!

Most of us commit to making resolutions in December only to find ourselves off track by February. Some of the most popular resolutions are: exercising more and losing weight, eating less fatty foods or sugar, spending less and saving more, meeting business goals, or quitting unhealthy habits. Affecting change in order for resolutions to improve our lives requires making goals and then taking action!

One of my recommendations for living healthier in 2011, is to implement Meatless Mondays. This is a simple and realistic plan which can make a difference not only in your health and lifestyle, but also makes a positive impact on the environment and peace-promoting efforts.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is an organization founded in 1985 dedicated to promoting preventive medicine, and encouraging higher standards in ethical practices in research. Dr. Neal Barnard, President of PCRM is an advocate of health and provides a 21-day Vegan Kickstart program through the PCRM Website with informative links, articles and medical resources.

Eliminating meat and animal products from your diet can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. If you can't commit to going vegetarian or vegan, start out with Meatless Mondays. A plant-based diet provides all the nutrients you need to live a long, strong, healthy life. Vegan Diets are the healthiest of all, and furthermore, a Vegan diet helps eliminate a wide range of diseases and conditions that affect many people later in life.

Here are just a few examples of what you can eat on Meatless Mondays:

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal with ground flax, cinammon, agave nectar and soy, rice, or almond milk
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Whole wheat vegan pancakes
  • Berry Smoothies
  • Cereals with soy, rice, or almond milk
  • Breakfast Burritos with veggies and fresh salsa
  • Tofu Scramble

Lunch

  • Veggie wraps made with Vegenaise spread and Tofurky deli 'meats'
  • Tempeh 'tuna-style' salad
  • Portabello Mushroom or Boca Veggie Burgers with spinach, spring mix, tomatoes and avocado slices

Dinner

  • Pasta with veggie-packed Marinara
  • Gardein chik'n fajitas, spanish rice, black beans, salsa y guacamole
  • Quinoa stir fry with bok choy, bean sprouts, and Teriyaki Tofu
  • Vegetable Sushi Handrolls made with brown rice
  • Potato and chicken style seitan enchiladas

Live Smart, Live Healthy!

May you meet all your goals in the New Year!

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