“Eating soy will kill you!” Scan the media reports and surf the Internet, and you’re bound to come across scary claims that would lead you to believe this is true. You may have heard:
• Soy will give you breast cancer.
• Soy formula is dangerous to babies.
• Genetically modified soy foods may modify you.
• Soy foods block your thyroid function.
• Soy prevents the absorption of minerals and interferes with digestion.
• Tofu causes Alzheimer’s disease.
If you want an excellent, unbiased, scientifically sound review of all the relevant human data on soy, Dr. Hyman recommends reading the 100-page report from the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality entitled, The Effects of Soy on Health Outcomes, which reviewed thousands of studies based on rigorous criteria for scientific validity. Its conclusion was this: There is no evidence of significant benefit or harm based on the quality of evidence that exists today.
So what’s a confused consumer to do? Give up on soy until we know for sure? Or chow down on soy nuts? Don’t panic. There are some things we do know about soy, both good and bad. Read More
Back in August we leaked the news about the Great Debate between the meat-eating Sadie Nardini and the veggie-loving Sharon Gannon. After a delay in plans, our sources now tell us that theses yoginis will take their corners on October 8th at 12 noon (EDT) via The Huffington Post. More details to follow soon…
“Results of repeated measures analysis of variance showed that the odor of donors when on the nonmeat diet was judged as significantly more attractive, more pleasant, and less intense.”
So let’s celebrate the veggie mojo with the Smiths! Here’s this amazing document, the Smiths from their “Meat is Murder” era interviewed by Tony Wilson (remember our previous post on celebs “trying” ayahuasca??)
With summer upon us I have been updating my routine. My dry skin needs something heavy and thick during the winter but when it starts heating up my skin needs something light but equally moisturizing. My new favorite is:
It has 70% organic ingredients and is perfect for my extremely winter white legs and arms. It has a light coconuty smell and isn’t goopy on my skin. It is mineral oil/petrolatum and wax free, 100% vegetarian and is never tested on animals.
Even though the best cookbooks are usually the ones that make you drool over awesome flicks, How it all Vegan by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer is a must-have. Alas, the aspiring vegan or health buff must conjure up their own imagery to accompany the amazing recipes, however, those who persevere are amply rewarded. I have had my copy for a few years now and it smells like a heavily used cookbook should — an odd mix of all things spilled on it in the process of making wonderful food.
The Ginger Peanut Soup is one of my favorite recipes. I have adapted it a bit…
There is no relation to the President except that Barak sounds like the first part of broccoli. Just so you know.
Broccoli Peanut Soup
Barak-li Peanut Soup
Broccoli (stem and florets, chopped)
Onion if you have it, chopped
Ginger (fresh is best, but I used powder)
Garlic (as much as you can handle)
Can of tomatoes (diced, crushed, sauce, whatever you got. 28 oz is ideal. if you only have a small can, substitute water)
5 HEAPING tablespoons of peanut butter (organic and salmonella/partially hydrogenated soybean oil free)
In a big pot, saute broccoli, onions, ginger, garlic, cayenne, salt, and pepper in oil. Add everything else, bring to a boil, then simmer for 20-30 minutes. Garnish with peanuts.
My new favorite salad. Mix and match–the tasty possibilities are endless!
Citrus Red Cabbage Salad
Red Cabbage sliced thin
Red cabbage is great because it stays fresh much longer than green lettuce. If you are lazy, you don’t really have to wash it — simply peel away outside layers. Plus it helps boost your natural cancer-fighters.
Try grated beets too. And cucumbers. Yum!
Chop it into small pieces and try to stay away from the white parts (unless you really like them.)
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Or try peanuts.
Salt to taste
Might not be necessary if you use a beet and/or add pomegranate seeds.
Chop cabbage and add to bowl. Grate carrots and add. Chop green onions and add. Top with pepitas. Squeeze lemon juice over salad (fresh is best). Drizzle a little bit of olive oil, add some salt, and a drip or honey. Serve and enjoy!