Black-Eyed Pea Stew

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DSC03769 570x299 Black Eyed Pea StewI love to share the art of Indian cooking I learned in my mother’s kitchen in India. My food is a fusion of Indian cuisine and other styles of cooking from around the world. Please enjoy my recipe for Black-Eyed Pea Stew.

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How I Overcame Crippling Arthritis and Returned to Elite-Level Fitness

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JonHindsPowerWheel 570x299 How I Overcame Crippling Arthritis and Returned to Elite Level FitnessThe time was August 2000, I had just won a Gold Medal in two of the biggest Brazilian Ju-jitsu tournaments in the world and opened my first Monkey Bar Gymnasium. Needless to say I was feeling pretty darn good!

Three years later and things had changed dramatically. Although my gym was doing great, I could barely train ju-jitsu anymore or workout. Why? I had severe pain in my hands and feet, plus severe knee and back pain! I never had a problem like this before. Why would this happen to me? I ate the perfect athlete diet: oatmeal, raw nuts, whey protein and a banana for breakfast; whey protein bar for a snack; chicken breast sandwich on whole wheat bun with veggies for lunch; smoothie with whey protein for an after workout recovery drink; and salmon, broccoli and potato for dinner. Perfect!

At least that’s what I thought.

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Do Potatoes Cause Diabetes?

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DoPotatoesCauseDiabetes 570x299 Do Potatoes Cause Diabetes?Are potatoes dangerous? Do potatoes cause diabetes?

You might think so if you followed the headlines. In 2006, the media was full of reports making these claims, some of which are still being made today. All of this attention was based on the results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.1

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Cajun Cornbread Casserole

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CajunCornbreadCAsserole 570x299 Cajun Cornbread CasseroleAny excuse to eat cornbread is a good one in my book. This delicious and spicy cornbread-topped casserole is a complete meal with grains, beans and vegetables all in one dish, and can be found in Everyday Happy Herbivore.

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Mighty Muffins for Mother’s Day

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MightyMuffins 570x299 Mighty Muffins for Mothers DayThese muffins are the brainchild of my friend Bridget’s brother, Michael, who is an amazing cook. This recipe is great to serve Mom for breakfast-in-bed this Mother’s Day! Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts Video: Skim Milk and Acne

This video looks at three Harvard studies that found a link between dairy consumption and acne in adolescent boys and girls.

Polenta with Black Beans and Mango Salsa from the Newly-Released Book, “The Starch Solution”

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This savory Polenta with Black Beans and Mango Salsa recipe is from Mary McDougall, who is co-author of the newly-released book, The Starch Solution.  The book, which includes more than 100 recipes from Mary, is based on Dr. John McDougall’s eating plan of fueling the body primarily on carbohydrates rather than protein and fats.

The Starch Solution is available on, where it is on sale for 15% off our regular price through Monday.


Polenta with Black Beans
Serves 6-8

Cooked polenta packaged in rolls makes an easy base for this and other dishes. Look for polenta that is fat-free and contains cornmeal, water, and few if any other ingredients other than herbs and spices.

Sidebar: Sliced, packaged polenta can be baked in the oven, as it is here, or cooked on a nonstick griddle until golden on both sides. Polenta is not difficult to make from scratch; use a good quality dry polenta (coarse cornmeal) and follow the package directions. The finished polenta should be thick enough that the mixing spoon stands up when you plunge it into the pan. To slice it, you will need to form it into rolls or press it into a pan and allow it to cool until it is firm enough to cut.

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Why Moms Should Want Vegan Children

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The vegan diet based in whole-foods has been proven to prevent death from heart disease, reduce “bad” cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure. It’s also associated with lower body weight, lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

Sounds like the solution to most of America’s health problems, doesn’t it? While the science is consistent on these benefits, “experts” in the media are instilling fear in parents by warning them not to omit the meat and dairy products that have made people – and children – sick for generations.

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Plant-Strong on The Road!

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RipEsselstynTravel 570x299 Plant Strong on The Road!Staying plant-strong while you’re traveling on planes, trains, and automobiles is a piece of cake (or even better, a piece of kale!). I’ve been traveling a ton lately. In fact, in February I was on the road 22 out of 29 days! I was plant-strong and ripping it up day after day after day.

Here are some of my tips for staying fabulously plant- strong — no matter where you are.  You can remember these with the acronym F.A.B.:

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Following My Passion: How I Grew into a Plant-Based Chef

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CathyFisher New for blog Following My Passion: How I Grew into a Plant Based ChefIn 2006, having resigned from a stressful position in publishing, I found myself sitting across from a career coach I found in one of those free New Age magazines. Halfway through our first session he blurts out, “You are such a number seven!”

“OK, now we’re getting somewhere,” I thought. As a person who’s had more jobs than socks, I was really hoping he could help me figure out my “life’s work,” as they say.

He explained that the Enneagram, a tool used for personal development, places people into one of nine personality groups. Sevens, he said, thrive on change and versatility, and seek out adventure as if it were water; they are the quintessential “Renaissance” people.

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