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The Universal Language of Micro-Energy ®

There are not too many people like Nathalie Poulin Neylan on the planet. Actually there is only one,  and she is definitely unique. You can trust me on this one because I have had the chance to see her work for 17 years now. What is so special about Nathalie Poulin Neylan is not that she is a naturopath, a naturotherapist, a plant-based dietician and what not (she wears many, many hats), it is the fact that she is a true innovator in the field of Micro-Energy® which she created. Nathalie Poulin Neylan started her journey into quantum physics at a very young age, intuitively feeling the electro-magnetic fields of people. By the tender age of 12, she had already combined crystals and Bach flower remedies and had observed their effects.

There are no coincidences in life and it brought me into Nathalie Poulin Neylan’s office in Outremont in the spring of 2000. I have to say that at the time I had no idea what I was going to experience. And what an event it was and continues to be! I didn’t understand what was happening after I laid down on her massage table. First she ‘read‘ my energy with a spin tester (pendulum), then she covered me with these little round tools which she explained had different frequencies. All I know is that I went into a deep relaxation. I remember it was the first time that I was awake but that I had no thoughts – what a relief! I felt transported into another realm and when I came back from this vacation from myself, I had a general sense of peace and harmony. I wanted more! A vacation from my brain? A deep sense of serenity? I’m In!!  So I booked more appointments and there I went into my own personal  journey into Micro-Energy.

Through the years the sessions I received helped me in many ways. Again this is my experience. I felt that my mind was clearer and that I was less stressed. People around me noticed a change: they said I had a glow and that I was different yet they couldn’t figure out what it was. He he.. Of course I shared my secret with them and they too decided to try Micro-Energy and benefited from these sessions. I remember one time I had pain and swelling in an elbow that the doctors wanted to operate not knowing exactly what was wrong with it in the first place. I was frightened so what did I do?  I called Nathalie Poulin Neylan!  I will always remember that session like it was yesterday because it was so painful. It hurt so much I was crying but whatever was wrong with my elbow went away and never came back. The doctors were dumbfounded.  They couldn’t explain how it went away and let’s face it, neither did I.  I have come to the realization that my role here is not to understand Micro-Energy applications,  it is to learn how to use it for my own benefit.

Through the 25 years that Nathalie Poulin Neylan has been innovating in the field of natural health, music therapy, polarity, nutrition as well as different biofeedback systems therefore she applies different modes of frequencies in each session, which is specifically designed for each person. Micro-Energy can also be used on animals and in different environments.  Nathalie Poulin Neylan has always pushed and keeps pushing into new frontiers in the field of quantum physics. She has even trained her own little army of professional practitioners at her Micro-Institute and they now operate in their respective places.

Armed with tons of stories and interesting facts about her work with Micro-Energy, Nathalie Poulin Neylan is coming out with a book soon which will explain her technique and its application in more depth. There will also be some Webinars on different applications of Micro-Energy in the future.  For myself  I know that she just magically reappears in my life whenever I am at a crossroads. Nathalie Poulin Neylan has helped me not only to reconnect my heart to my head when it needed to but also helped me to re-direct my “antennas”, as she likes to say, in their right direction so I can make better and wiser decisions for myself.

I feel very blessed to have Nathalie Poulin Neylan in my life. I call her my “cosmic sister” and I thank the Universe for her because without her sessions my life would of been much harder and honestly, there probably would be no Forever Kindness. Thank you cosmic sister… I cannot wait to see you reach the stars once again with whatever new invention you will come up with. Just make sure I’m first on the list to try them out!

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Why Pilates?

I was introduced to Pilates a few years ago following an injury to my lower back. I had consulted a chiropractor as well as an osteopath but was never completely relieved of my back pain. I decided to try Pilates after hearing through the grapevine that it could help my lower back.  Although Pilates does not make any medical claims, I assure you that it was the best decision I ever made!

Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in Germany, in the early 20th century. It was then called  ‘contrology’ due to the control the practitioners must have during each movement.   Contrology was not meant to be a therapy  but rather a form of exercise which could help with the body’s alignment, strengthen core muscles, as well as improve coordination and balance. These exercices were done either on a mat or on a machine which Joseph Pilates himself built out of hospital beds. This machine, which was later refined, now holds the name of “Reformer”  and it is at the center of the Pilates workout.

Pilates is a sort of medical gymnastics which is also meant to develop and strengthen the body-mind connection. Practitioners learn to re-condition deeper layers of muscles whom have become latent due to their lack of exercise. Doing Pilates requires mental focus; one must concentrate on a specific movement as well as on a particular muscle.  A Pilates workout, contrary to other exercices, requires both the concentric and the eccentric motion of muscles therefore enhances control. This increases the strength of the muscles around the joints, for example, which in turn decreases injuries and helps repair them as well. In Pilates there are many different accessories with strange names like spine corrector and the Wunda chair which sound kind of creepy but are actually designed to enhance the Pilates experience.

I spoke with Catherine Tremblay, the owner of Synergie Pilates on Nun’s Island in Montreal,  as to deepen my knowledge of what Pilates could or could not do. Tremblay, who has a background in gymnastics and dance, was also an occupational therapist so she is truly an expert in the human anatomy. While enthusiastically sharing the why and how she got involved in Pilates, her eyes got all fired up and I have to say that I understand why. Tremblay was introduced to Pilates when she was living in Texas in 2004 and fell in love with the practice. She explained that there were many approaches to Pilates but that she had chosen the Stott Pilates approach,  which was founded in the 80’s in Toronto, Canada.

Tremblay chose the Stott Pilates method because of its respect by health professionals throughout the world.  The Stott approach is basically a contemporary version of Joseph Pilate’s concept and is the result of the extensive scientific knowledge we now possess about the functions of the human body.  Stott Pilates consists of 500 systematic mat and equipment-based exercices which degrees of difficulty ranges from beginner to advanced, as well as being addressed to special populations such as pre-post natal, dance, post-rehabilitation etc.  Each Stott Pilates instructor has to be certified in the basics of its practice and, in order to keep their certification are required to attend workshops every year.

Stott Pilates studios offer a range of different classes from Reformer Essentials to Intermediate and Advanced, to Cardio-Jump (which is done in faster sequences as to raise the heartbeat) and also cater to special needs by offering private or semi-private sessions.  If you are interested in trying Stott Pilates I would urge you to read the biographies of the team of certified instructors which usually appears on the studio’s website as to see which instructor might best suit your needs. Of course I really enjoy the team at Synergie Pilates that’s why I joined and I am just loving it! After a few months my back is much better. I have not taken any pain medication or visited the E.R. for my back since which is quite an achievement! Although Pilates was never meant to be a therapy it is what worked for me and I hope you give it a try – wether it is to tone your muscles or heal an injury – it is truly a fun way to exercice.

There are many Stott Pilates studios in most cities so you will surely have your pick. Synergie Pilates is located at 7, Place du Commerce studio 202 in Nun’s Island, Montreal. Tel: 514.761.4001

**Stott Pilates is a trademark of Merrithew**

In Health and Wellness

Toxic chemicals in our products?

Why is it necessary to know the ingredients that make up a product? The answer is quite disturbing:  it’s because they contain toxic chemicals. From baby toys to cosmetics and to food, we are bombarded by these harmful chemicals every day sometimes without our knowledge. These toxic chemicals are not the first thing you think about when you apply your moisturizer in the morning, when you smell your boyfriend’s Cologne, or when you wash your clothes; yet there are thousands of these toxins that have fallen through the cracks of labelling and found residence in your laundry basket and in your bathroom.

According to a U.S. Researcher’s Report, 1/8 of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are either industrial chemicals, carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins or hormone disruptors. Some even include plasticizers which are chemicals that are used to keep concrete soft. Being vegan I care very much about what is absorbed through my pores and am very concerned about the carbon footprint of the products I buy. Putting money towards products that do not contain these chemicals is a no brainer to me, but I admit that I was sickened at the level of toxicity of some products.  The most common toxins,  known as ‘the dirty dozen’,  can be found in around 80% of personal care items and laundry detergents.  There is definitely a loophole in labelling laws, to say the least. I was surprised to find out that the detergent Tide was at the top of the toxic list. Tide has the highest level of 1,4 dioxane (63 PPM), a petrochemical found in paint and varnishes, which is a carcinogen. It is even considered dangerous when inhaled (like when you smell you clean clothes) and is absorbed by your body when you sweat.

Toxic ingredients have found their way in our products and in turn pollute the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. I thought of naming a few but there are really thousands. Here is a list of a few TOXIC INGREDIENTS you want to avoid at all costs:

  1. Phenols: found in laundry detergents….  Banned in the E.U. Known to cause damage to lungs, heart, kidneys and liver. According to the U.S. National Institute of Health it can cause serious health condition and even death in extra-sensitive people.
  2. Optical Brighteners: found in laundry products in order to alter ultra-violet wave lengths to make clothes look whiter. It is highly toxic to fishes in the sea where it ends up, causes mutation in bacteria and can trigger strong allergic reactions in humans when exposed to sunlight.
  3. Parabens: used in products for preservation purposes by blocking the growth of bacteria, yeast and mold. PARABENS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN BIOPSY SAMPLES FROM BREAST TUMORS. It can be found in make-up, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, facial cleansers, food and pharmaceutical products.
  4. Triclosan: an anti-microbial chemical found in toothpaste and anti-bacterial soaps and gels. Considered an endocrine disruptor therefore can alter the thyroid gland and replicate hormones. Is causing us to become resistant to antibiotics and has been called for a ban from the Canadian Medical Association. It is highly toxic to aquatic organisms. Even more troubling is that it can be found in many items such as: garbage bags, toys, linens, mattresses,toilet fixture, clothing, furniture fabric, paints, laundry detergent, facial tissues ans cosmetics.
  5. Phatlates: Increases the flexibility and softness of plastics. Found in nail polish, perfumes, lotions,hair spray, deodorants. Also an endocrine disruptor which has been linked to breast cancer.
  6. Sunscreen Chemicals: Benzophenone, PABA, ethoxycinnate. They are all endocrine disruptors and have been known to cause cellular damage as well as cancer.
  7. Sodium Laureth Sulfate/ Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Found in more than 90% of personal care products as well as cleaning products. They are a skin, lung and eye irritant and when bound with other chemicals can become carcinogen and have been known to cause damage to kidneys. Found in shampoos, body washes, moisturizers, mascara, and acne treatments.

Faced with this information what is one to do?? I have compiled a list of suggestions as to avoid toxic ingredients:

. Limit the amounts of toxins you expose yourself to.

. Avoid chemical-laden, processed foods.

. Drink lots of filtered water.

. Buy safer and more natural products.

There are many companies that do not believe in poisoning their clientèle in the name of profit. One of them is Arbonne and I sat with one of its Consultants, Rusiana Tiju, a friend of mine who truly believes in Arbonne’s vision and whom was completely shocked when I told her she needed to stop using Tide!   I mention this company because I do use their products and like them. Arbonne is 100% Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free, GMO-Free, and Kosher. I was very impressed when she announced to me that their supplements which are nutrition based products were just labeled Drug- Free which means that they remain 100% accountable when it comes to their ingredients. Arbonne has cosmetics, personal care , spa and wellness, men’s and baby products as well as a whole array of nutritional items.

There are many other companies worth mentioning such as Tom’s of Maine, Green Beaver, Druide and Kiss My Face to name a few. I think it’s important to put our money where it really counts. There is no need to expose ourselves and destroy our beautiful planet as well since there are many other safer alternatives to choose from.

For more information on Arbonne contact:

Rusiana Tiju

http://rusianatiju.arbonne.com

 

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In Health and Wellness

Dear Stress – I’m breaking up with you.

 

The review of ‘Dear Stress -I’m breaking up with you’, which is a part of  ‘Dear Women Guide Book Series’,  couldn’t of come in my life at a better time. I myself am at a turning point with my work, my relationships and with mid-life issues so it is without saying that I am experiencing a significant amount of stress. Can we say: THE S WORD?? Stress, a norm in our everyday lives,  has become more of a subjective term then a scientific one.  Here, well-known author Ky-Lee Hanson presents an amalgam of stories for women written by a selection of 17 women co-authors who, by sharing their own life experiences dealing with stress, help and inspire other women to do so.

This book is not only an easy read, it is cleverly divided into 5 sections making it easier for the reader to understand the different types of stress and how to either eliminate or deal with it. Wether read linearly or picked at by story, it definitely delivers many realizable solutions. These are creatively put forward in each individual story in the form of suggestions, recommendations, explanations, lists, poems and quotes from everyday women that are easy to relate to. From teachers,  mothers,  business women, to physicians these women have suffered from stress, wether internal or external, and they each offer their unique perspective on how to overcome its grip.

The first section ‘The Weight Within’ deals mostly with the negative inner dialogue we women have. I found there many ways to change ‘stinking thinking’ into gratitude. Stress can make us or break us: that is our decision. We can accept to be victimized by stress by holding on to it and stay ridden by guilt and shame or we can see stress as a great teacher and learn from it.  Knowing this is not an easy task, this part of the book offers many ways that women can identify what is good stress vs. what is bad stress and in the second hand use self-development and learn how to turn negative experiences into positive ones.

Many women who juggle family life and work will find solace in the second section ‘Family Matters’, which helps women prioritize themselves and encourages them to give up their ‘limiting’ thinking. Living for yourself is not an easy task for mothers who often feel guilty by putting their needs first. In these stories women will find ways to prioritize and organize their lives as to lessen stress and be more joyful.

Next comes ‘Healing the Body with Knowledge’, which addresses the educational value of understanding internal and external stressors and their link to illnesses. There the reader understands the underlying causes of stress, such as fear, and that not all stress is detrimental to our health. Some types of stress are only problematic if they are at an unhealthy level. Here there are many examples of the relationship between stress and disease with solutions and even recipes which promote health and therefore reduce stress.

The book then moves on to ‘More than just a girl’, which deals with the injustices we face today,  just by being women. In this part of the book women share how they overcame stereotypes and limitations by accepting stress and how they found ways of letting it go –  forever. Although the unfortunate reality is that we are not socially and economically equal to our counterparts these women have found ways to break free from the ideas we have internalized as women either from the culture we grew up in, from injustices we have endured or from our parents belief system. It is an enigma that in 2017, wanting equality for women is seen as feminism and has a negative connotation. I just loved how these women cheer others on to stay true to themselves and to just go for it!! Why not? Are we not meant to be equal after all?

The last part of the book, ‘The break up with no return’,  is written by the author herself and digs deep into the importance of communication. Talking about our issues is the first step in moving away from them; and this fact is important in all areas of our lives. Women are encouraged to really connect with themselves: physically, emotionally and spiritually.  All in all, the author stresses how women often crippled by stress, miss the boat and realize that their lives are passing by them which leads to depression and low self-esteem. Hanson, by motivating women to ignite this change in their lives,  helps women move from a dark place into a place of light and peace.

Stress will always be an inevitable part of life but after having found so many ways to break up with it, I can say that I no longer have a reason to keep enduring it and, with a big smile smile on my face, I can dearly say: GOODBYE STRESS!

Dear Stress: I’m breaking up with you is available at all bookstores and online

 

In Health and Wellness

A guide to vegan bodybuilding – how is this possible?

Please watch the video it is full of information on how to transition into a Vegan Bodybuilder diet and maintain it as well!

Since I have been writing this blog I get asked this question mostly by men very frequently: how can a build muscle mass on a plant-based diet? This is not only possible it is actually better for your health, for the animals and for the environment as well. A plant-based diet reduces the risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and so on.

There is a vegan revolution going on and yes! it has entered the world of bodybuilding. Most athletes turn to foods that are rich in protein but are animal-based such as eggs and lean meats. A plant-based diet is less acidic and actually contains a lot more nutrients. The amount and type of fuel your body needs varies with the intensity of your workout therefore is different if you want to build muscle and lose weight, only build muscle mass or just maintain it.

Eating every 2 to 3 hours maintains your metabolism and helps you train better since you are giving your body nutrients to recover. What does this type of diet look like?

60% Carbohydrates: oatmeal, whole grains, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, whole corn, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and quinoa for example.

20% Proteins:  tofu, tempeh, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, soy beans and mushrooms and much more.

20% Fats (rich in monounsaturated fats) such as avocados, nuts and seeds, olives, hemp oil, coconut oil, tofu etc..

I recommend you visit the sites below in order to really understand your nutritional needs. A vegan diet is a great way to build muscle mass and if you are an animal activist then you will become a great role model for the animal rights cause.

 

Here are some sites to visit to help you understand , get inspired and also get great tips and recipes:

www.veganbodybuilder.org

www.veganbodybuilding.com

www.vegansouls.com

www.consciousmuscle.net

 

In Health and Wellness

The Lov movement

Unless you had your head under a rock for the past few years you certainly have noticed that there is a big movement towards healthy dining. Restaurants such as Lov in Montreal are popping up everywhere around the world. It is with no surprise that Dominic Bujold, a key player in the restaurant business with many successes under his belt such as Sushi shop and M4 Burritos,  jumped on this train-wagon in March 2016 when he bought the notorious Crudessences two establishments in Montreal.  Armed with this knowledge Bujold knew exactly how to please this new trendy and health-conscious clientèle.

The concept of Lov is exactly how it sounds: charming. How can anyone resist its appeal? From its location in Montreal’s Old Port to the green-on-white flowery tapestry everything about Lov screams healthy.  Bujold’s vision is to offer a menu that is fresh, of quality, and within a reasonable price which  Lov definitely delivers. Add to the mix 5 star vegan chef Stéphanie Audet and voilà!  Lov’s light and stylish atmosphere is very inviting and so is its lunch and dinner menus which offer many choices of succulent entrées, salads and main dishes most having the option of being vegetarian,vegan or gluten-free. This botanical kitchen which employs as many local resources as possible is not only eco-conscious but by putting vegetables and other superfoods at the forefront is also purifying and energizing.

Chef  Stéphanie Audet, a rising star since her debut at Tofino in 2006,  creates real magic with the already favoured Roast Beets Salad with cashew cheese in a pastis vinaigrette, the Croquettes de Quinoa which are gently fried and accompanied with a curcuma mayonnaise, and the Sweet Potato buckwheat gnocchi with a hemp and basilic pesto just to name a few. Lov’s wine selection doesn’t disappoint either by offering an impressive list of organic wines well worth the try.

I so enjoyed dining at Lov I am not surprised that with its huge success I had difficulty booking another table. I suggest calling at least 3 days in advance if you want to dine at the peak hours. I was thrilled to find out that they will be adding a Menu du Jour and that Week-end Brunch will soon be offered.  With a take-out counter in the future as well the only problem I believe Lov will have is a traffic jam at their front door!

Lov is situated at 464 Mc Gill Street, Old Montreal and is open Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays 11:30 am to 11 pm and is closed on Sundays.

For more information and to book a table online visit www.lov.com or call 438 387-1326.

 

In Health and Wellness

Keep calm and go vegan! Some tips for your transition.

I understand that it’s a little scary when you decide to make such a change in your life. First I want to congratulate you on making a healthier choice for yourself. Remember to keep an open mind! Being a vegan is not a punishment it’s a great way to improve your health, be cruelty-free and protect the environment since you will be using less land and water to feed yourself.  Here are some tips that I would like to share with you on your new journey:

1) I suggest to take your time so as to not get discouraged. Reduce your amount of meat, fish, and dairy products slowly over a few months. As time goes by you will see that you will start craving healthier options.

2) Replace animal products with plant-based proteins such as quinoa, nuts, seeds, hummus and pita, rice and beans, and peanut butter sandwiches for example,  cheese with ‘faux-cheese’ (I like Daiya. They also have a great Mac & Cheese), or cashew cheese; milk with almond/coconut/soy/rice/cashew/hemp milk . Some of these can be found in most grocery stores but I do visit health food stores for more choices.

3) Stock your pantry and fridge with beans, potatoes, quinoa, rice, egg-free pasta, bread, bagels, leafy grains such as kale, spinach and collards, lots of fruits and vegetables, spices, seeds, sprouts, peanut and nut spreads.

4) Vitamin B12 can only be found in non-vegan foods therefore it is important to take a VitB12 supplement. I like to start my day with a vegan shake. I use coconut/almond milk, frozen berries and a vegan protein powder so I get 20 grams of plant-based protein, 22 essential vitamins and minerals (30% of VitB12), and a good source of fiber. You can make your own recipes – it tastes great and it’s a simple way to get lots of nutrition. Beware not all vegan powders are the same. I use the  Arbonne Meal Replacement because its very nutritious and I find it’s the best tasting also, the price is very reasonable.

5) Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. I live in Montreal so obviously we only have fresh fruits and veggies in the summer. I found an online site called Lufa Farms where they grow fruits and vegetables in greenhouses around the city. It’s an eco-friendly solution and they have lots of other vegan goodies on their site.

earthlings-26) Watch documentaries such as Earthlings, Cowspiracy  or Fork over Knives to keep you inspired. There are many films and books on this subject and lots of cookbooks and online recipes.

7) To help you to not get discouraged I suggest joining vegan groups on-line (on Facebook for example) so you can make new vegan friends that share the same values and you can exchange ideas and recipes.

8) Buy in bulk as much as you can. It’s cheaper and the packaging is more eco-friendly.

9) Check for hidden animal ingredients such as in mayonnaise (There is vegannaise that you can buy), butter (Earth Balance has a vegan butter, Becel has a vegan margarine), and chicken broth based soups for example.

10) Dine out! You can google Vegan Restaurants and you’ll be surprised how many there are! Also many restaurants now have vegan options so don’t be shy to ask. I find there are lots of vegan choices in Indian and Mexican restaurants. We even have a vegan sushi restaurant here in Montreal and it is the bomb!!

11) Enjoy the results! You will find that your hair and skin will look healthier and that you’ll have lots of energy throughout the day.  It’s also a great way to lose weight and to keep it off. Also your chances of having diabetes, coronary heart problems, cancer, and arthritis will be greatly diminished.

12) Don’t be a junk food vegan. Eating fries and onion rings in fast food restaurants might be vegan but it’s not very healthy.

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How to get healthier with a plant-based diet

The vegan diet has been around forever and has gained lots of momentum in the past decade due to the results of scientific studies as well as the endorsement of many influential doctors. Having always known that eating a plant-based diet had some health benefits,  I was still quite surprised while doing this research at the amount of studies correlating the vegan diet with a remarkable reduction of cardiovascular disease,  diabetes, inflammatory diseases such as lupus and arthritis,  prostate, colon, and breast cancer, muscular degeneration, cataracts, osteoporosis, and of course obesity.

According to Dr. Neal Barnard, a clinical researcher and Founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine in the United States, the knowledge that a plant-based diet was a healthier diet to follow has been around since the 1950’s but has not reached the mainstream due to the interest of big industries. Today there is even more scientific data available and it is of a remarkable consistency. There are many more Doctors that share this point of view solely in the United States.

dr-caldwell-esselstynAfter having obtaining his Medical Doctor’s degree, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. was practicing as a surgeon,  but grew more and more frustrated with the way he and his colleagues were treating cancer and heart disease. He noticed that the reliance on pills and procedures were not healing his patients but was merely managing  their diseases. After putting his wife and himself on a plant-based diet, he noticed how healthier they were becoming which became a life-changing experiment. After serving many years on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governor’s as well as Head of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery and Chair of the Breast Cancer Task Force, Dr. Esselstyn has published over 150 scientific publications. He is the author of books such as “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” where  he promotes the vegan diet as a better diet alternative in treating cancer and heart disease.

A vegan diet is full of foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and soy products. On a nutritional level I have chosen some examples of what this diet means:

Plant-based proteins: We need protein but according to these studies a plant-based diet contains all the proteins we need and does not come with the saturated fats found in  meat therefore they are healthier for your heart, for example.

High in Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates provide the energy your body needs so it doesn’t burn muscle tissue.

Less saturated fats: Meat and dairy products contain a large amount of saturated fats;  again better for your cardiovascular health. Also meat and dairy products have been linked to inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and lupus.

High in Fiber: A plant-based diet is higher in fiber so in turn leads to healthier bowel movements which helps prevent colon cancer.

High in Magnesium: Magnesium helps the absorption of calcium which is related to bone health.

High in Potassium: Balances the acidity of the body, helps the kidneys eliminate toxins, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Antioxidants: Protect against cell damage and cancer.

A vegan diet is full of health benefits especially if you compare it to the American Diet which is creating obesity and disease at an alarming rate. I myself believe in these benefits being vegan,  but I have to warn you that I did it over many months and I informed myself so as to not lack any nutrients, such as Vitamin B12. ( I take a supplement of B12 every day). I see the difference of this diet on my skin, my hair, my weight as well as an increased amount of energy throughout the day. My blood work has never been better so I believe that the vegan diet is working for me. I hope you will be open-minded enough and give it a try if you have never – what do you have to lose?