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Self-Care Interview Series: Ally Walsh

October 29 2017 Golubka Kitchen 

Self-Care Interview Series: Ally Walsh Ally Walsh is a model and co-founder of Los Angeles-based organic coffee company, Canyon Coffee. Though we’ve never met, we love Ally’s easy-going approach to wellness, her beautiful instagram, and what her and her partner are doing over at Canyon. It’s an all-around girl crush :) In this interview, Ally tells us about her transition from a vegetarian diet to a feel-good, intuitive diet, the tonic she always takes before bed, the books she’s found to be instrumental to her well-being, exercise, beauty, and much more. Routine -- Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free? I love routine, but that probably has a lot do to with the fact that my schedule is constantly changing! I really enjoy my morning routine, waking up early and making coffee at home. But its always nice to switch things up and come back to that. -- What do your mornings look like? If they differ from day to day, describe your ideal morning.  I definitely try to ease into my morning. I used to grab my phone first thing when I woke up--now I keep it out of the bedroom. Instead, the first thing I do when I wake up (on a good day!) is sit upright and do a 20 minute meditation. To me, theres no better way to start off the day. Meditation is always followed by some Canyon Coffee. At home, I typically make a pour-over, which is another little opportunity to be mindful as I start my day. On a day off its so nice to sit outside on the porch with some friends and read and have coffee together. We get the New York Times delivered to our house on Sunday mornings and I could spend the whole day reading and relaxing outside in the sun. Its honestly one of my favorites things to do. If I’m shooting though, or out of town for a job, most days start early and end late. The schedule for modeling is often last minute--I sometimes dont know my schedule until the day or night before. In contrast, its nice to have Canyon, where I make my own schedule. -- Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well? I make a glass of calm/­­magnesium before bed every night! I take that with me wherever I go--security always pull me aside at the airport to ask about what this white powder is ha :) Aside from magnesium, Ill sometimes make a warm tonic with some ashwaganda. And reading always helps me to fall asleep. I guess I wouldn’t call it a ritual, but I do love watching a show or movie before sleep, too. Sustenance -- Describe your typical or ideal meal for each of these: Breakfast: I have a cup of black coffee and almond butter or avocado toast with gluten-free bread every morning. Im a creature of habit... I have my favorite go-tos, and Im happy eating them every day. If I have to work super early sometimes i like to make overnight chia seed oatmeal. Ill mix in some oats, chia seeds, almond milk, maca and flax seeds, and then in the morning top it off with some fruit and almond butter. Lunch:  Usually a salad with quinoa, avocado, kimchi, roasted seasonal vegetables, seeds, lemon and different oils like grapeseed, olive, and white wine vinegar. I would also be very happy with just roasted kabocha squash and pesto :) Snack: Cashews, pumpkin seeds, Dates and almond butter, green juice, avocado toast, and currently addicted to Honey Mamas Chocolate! -- Do you partake in caffeine and in what form? If not, what is your drink of choice in the morning? Well, it kind of comes with starting a coffee company ;) Some people are surprised to learn, though, that I only drink one cup of black coffee in the morning! Thats pretty much it. I cant do too much caffeine. Only on rare occasions, like when Im on vacation, will I have an afternoon espresso or cortado. I was in Copenhagen and Stockholm recently, and fell in love with oatmilk cortados! Definitely pushed my caffeine limit there! -- Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, how do you keep it in check? I honestly don’t! I love raw chocolate, but Im really sensitive to sugar! So Im kind of weird in that I really dont love sweets. -- Are there any particular supplements, herbs, or tinctures/­­tonics that you take regularly and find to be helpful with your energy level and general wellness? In addition to magnesium at night (for sleep), Ill take ashwaganda at any time of the day for my adrenals, and probiotics daily. I feel such a difference when I take b12, too. Exercise -- Do you exercise and do you have a particular exercise routine that you repeat weekly?  Yes. Yoga has been such an important practice to me, for years. I usually go to a class a couple times a week. I intersperse that with hiking in the Santa Monica mountains and walks on the beach. -- Do you find exercise to be pleasurable, torturous or perhaps a little of both? How do you put yourself in the right mindset in order to keep up with it? I actually look forward to exercise. I dont really partake in any forms of exercise that arent enjoyable. For example, Ive never really gotten into spinning or boot camp-style workouts. I love getting out in nature for hikes, and I find an hour-and-a-half in the yoga studio to be very meditative. After a long work day, I really look forward to being able to do something nice for my body. Beauty -- What is your idea of beauty – external, internal or both? I really think the most beautiful people are those that feel confident in their skin and are who they want to be--not what society expects them to be. Someone thats naturally comfortable in any setting. As a model, so much emphasis is put on the external, and thats important for a photograph or video. But in person, beauty really does come from within. -- What is your skincare approach – face and body? I think the most important thing for healthy skin is to eat and drink clean. Especially drinking lots of water. As for products, I use the most natural that I can find. I love Earth tu Face, True Botanicals, Osea and Linne! I use oils for moisturizing and just use water to wash my face in the morning. I love using Bodha and CAP Beauty rose water spray, too. Ill try to do a face mask once a week from Wildcare while taking a bath! Its very relaxing :) -- Are there any foods, herbs or supplements you find to be helpful to your skin/­­hair/­­general glow? Water! I also think getting a good night of sleep is just as important! -- Do you have any beauty tips/­­tricks you’ve found to be especially useful throughout the years? Family heirlooms are very much welcome. Stay hydrated. My mom is 59 & has the most beautiful skin – not one wrinklel! And she swears by drinking lots of water! Stress, etc. -- Do you practice any consistent routines in order to avoid stress? Im trying to get better at this, but acupuncture has been a life saver! Its a place to relax and reset. I see Maria at Elysia Life Care and she is life-changing! I think getting into a regular routine of acupuncture and meditation can help so much with stress. After having a consistent routine with both, you start to notice things that used to stress you or make you upset no longer have the same power or effect on you. You can laugh it off, or just observe it and not be affected by it. -- If stress cannot be avoided, what are your ways of dealing with it? Going on a walk always helps. -- What measures do you take when you sense a cold/­­general feeling of being under the weather coming on? Lycopene vitamin C packets, lots of ginger and tea tree oil (usually just put it in my water!) -- Do you strive to maintain a healthy work/­­life balance or do those things overlap for you? What is your approach? This has been a learning process for me, how to balance everything. Modeling, Canyon Coffee, relationship with my partner, my friends, and time for myself. Especially with starting a company with your partner, that start-up grind can be all-consuming because theres always more work you can do! So weve had to learn how to turn off- and make sure to make time for a date night! Motivation -- Describe the actions you take or mindset you try to tap into in order to stay on track with your self-care practice and being nice to yourself? My goal is to maintain a state of love (as opposed to state of stress, or lack, or anger, etc.). I was lucky to learn from a qi gong master named George Falcon for a couple years before he passed, and I feel like his teachings provided me with tools to help stay in this mindset throughout the stressors and obstacles of daily life. One of the big ones is to take responsibility for our actions and state of being. Its easy for us to blame, to say he, she, or it made me feel this way. But really its our decision. Of course, we sometimes fall out of that consciousness of love. When Im not feeling well, my first step is to take a break. To meditate, listen to a recorded guided meditation of George, go on a walk or a hike. -- What do you consider to be the single most important change youve made to your routine or lifestyle in terms of wellness? Ive made different changes throughout my life that have been substantial in terms of my wellness. I stopped eating meat when I was 19, then introduced fish (mainly salmon!) back in years later. Acupuncture has perhaps been the most substantial in helping me maintain balance and wellness. All of these changes or decisions are really informed by just listening to my body. You can get caught up in the mindset and identity of, say, Im vegan. But its important to check in with yourself and ask, Am I feeling good? Is this helping live a balanced and vibrant life? If not, then its important to make a change! -- A book/­­movie/­­class that influenced your view of self-nourishment or self-care. So many books! If I had to pick two, Id say Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Anatomy really opened me to the power of our bodies to heal and self-nourishment. It helped me connect my mental and spiritual state to my health and well-being. Its a book you can go back to, re-read and continue to learn from over time. Big Magic was instrumental in motivating me to start Canyon Coffee. It made me feel like I had more to give, creatively, and pushed me to start something with a greater purpose. It brought clarity to the creative process for me, breaking it down in a way that makes it approachable and applicable to my own life. Its one of those books that really inspires you to follow your dreams, and what could be more important for self-nourishment? Knowlegde -- You run Canyon Coffee together with your boyfriend, Casey. What was your path to starting your own coffee company? Personally, I was feeling uninspired. I felt like I wasnt making the most of my creativity and talents. Ive always been grateful for my modeling career, but I had also always wanted to start something of my own, and I was feeling that itch. Casey and I had both fallen in love with coffee over the years... through making it at home together and visiting coffee shops in our travels and around LA. Casey actually started working in the coffee industry, and we became friends with a roaster, James. Eventually, our passion for it grew to the point that we had the thought: why not start our own company? It really was a natural culmination. The moment we decided we wanted to do it, we just never looked back. -- What is your process when choosing beans for Canyon Coffee? Are there certain growing practices, flavor profiles, or geographical locations that are important to you? The universal practice of tasting different beans is called cupping. It involves preparing small roasted samples of different beans exactly the same way and trying them at the same time. For Canyon, our parameters narrow down our options. We usually decide on a country first, and then see what organic, seasonal beans grown at high altitudes are available through the network of importers near us in California. Then we order samples, cup, and choose the bean that smells and tastes best to us. High altitude is important because the elevation makes the coffee plant grow slower and put more energy into producing cherries. The slow growth results in cherries (and coffee beans) that are much more flavorful and vibrant. To start Canyon, we focused on Latin American coffees and wanted to find amazing-tasting beans in the chocolatey /­­ caramel flavor profile. We went with beans from Guatemala and Colombia first, because theyre known for these flavor profiles and they have great infrastructure for small coffee producers to process and export their beans. Fun and Inspiration -- What do you do to unwind or treat yourself? I love going to the movies :) And a nice dinner out before or after. -- A book/­­song/­­movie/­­piece of art to feed the soul: Book – Anatomy of the Spirit .. anything from Krishnamurti & Ram Dass Song/­­Album – Paul Simon – Graceland, Feist – Let it Die, Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams Movie – Beginners Piece of Art – Robert Lango Men In the Cities, Alfred Stieglitz’ Portraits of Georgia OKeeffe -- What are your favorite places to eat in LA? Gjusta/­­ Gjelina, Honey Hi, Amara Kitchen, Pace, Botanica, Necco, Destroyer, Erewhon -- We are captivated by Joan Didion’s compact travel packing list. What are some essential objects that would be in yours? Im actually in the process of moving out of my house right now! Were taking advantage of the end of our lease to do some traveling and try out living in some new neighborhoods. As a result, Im having to put a lot of my stuff in storage. Its been really nice to get rid of a lot of things and simplify to the essentials. But as far as traveling goes, I always have with me.. – new book and magazines – headphones – Jesse Kamm pants – Nikes – journal – Bodha rose water spray – probiotics – magnesium and ashwaganda  – sparkling water – ursa major rings – eye mask – almond butter packets -- Is there anyone you would like to hear from next in this interview series? Emily LAmi of Bodha, and Lacy Phillips at Free & Native! Both these women are a constant inspiration! You might also like... 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1 Dough - 5 Waffles

March 25 2017 Veganpassion 

1 Dough - 5 Waffles Belgian waffles are a dream! They remind me of my days of childhood and they're classic "soulfood". In my vegan bakery these sweet little treats can't be missing. Whether classic, with chocolate or with fruits. I can't have enough different kinds of waffles. Have lots of fun with baking! For the dough 1 1/­­2 cup spelt flour 2 tbsp. soy flour 1/­­4 tsp. salt 1/­­3 cup + 1 tbsp. raw cane sugar 1/­­2 tsp. vanilla 1 pinch curcuma 1 tsp. bicarb soda or baking powder 1/­­2 cup vegan buttermilk or soy yoghurt 1 tbsp. cider vinegar or white wine vinegar 3/­­4 cup + 1 tbsp water 1 tbsp. + 2 tsp. oil vegan butter for the waffle maker Besides: dark chocolate couverture In a mixing bowl mix together flour, soy flour, salt, raw cane sugar, vanilla curcuma and bicarb soda. Add buttermilk, vinegar, water and oil and mix with a egg beater. Spread butter on the hot waffle maker and take one ladle of the dough and put it in the waffle maker. Bake until the waffles are golden. In a bain-marie melt chocolate and spread over the waffles. Chocolate Waffles Add 3 tbsp. cocoa and 1/­­4 cup dairy free milk to the dough. Blueberry Waffles Add blueberries to the dough before baking Chocolate Chip Waffles Add 1/­­2 cup chocolate chips to the waffle dough. Decorate the waffles with fruits, couverture, whip cream, peanut butter.

Veganize It!

February 8 2017 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Veganize It! My new cookbook is called VEGANIZE IT! Easy DIY Recipes for a Plant-Based Kitchen.  It officially hits the shelves on March 7, so I wanted to give you a sneak peek of whats inside. My goal in writing this book was to provide the ultimate guide for making homemade vegan foods from everyday ingredients — and share great ways to use those ingredients.  Like all my cookbooks, the recipes are geared to busy home cooks who want to get a great dinner on the table but dont want to spend all day in the kitchen.  With VEGANIZE IT, you can be as DIY as you want to be, or not.  For example, if you want to make lasagna completely from scratch, there are recipes for homemade ricotta, a melty mozzarella-like cheese, homemade pasta, and a wonderful baked tomato sauce.  If you dont have time to make all the components, you can simply pick and choose what you want to make from scratch and what you prefer to buy ready-made - such as making homemade ricotta and tomato sauce, but using storebought lasagna noodles and vegan mozzarella. In that sense, VEGANIZE IT is really two cookbooks in one:  all the DIY vegan basics such as dairy-free sour cream, mayonnaise, butter, and plant-based meats and seafood made from wheat, soy, beans, and vegetables.  But what makes this book really special is that each chapter goes one step further to include recipes that incorporate one or more of those basic recipes, all made inexpensively, using simple cooking methods and easy-to-find ingredients — so, for example, you can use the cashew cream cheese to make Spinach-Artichoke Dip or Chocolate Cheesecake.  Make the andouille sausage, and youre just one step away from a great jambalaya. Im really excited about VEGANIZE IT and I hope you will be too.  Sample recipes (and a blog tour!) are coming soon.  For now, though, Id like to give you a brief tour around the recipe chapters with a list of just some of the recipes youll find inside along with a few of the gorgeous photos by William and Susan Brinson. DIY DAIRY-FREE AND EGGLESS... Cheesy Broccoli Soup Spinach and Mushroom-Bacon Quiche Chickpea Flour Omelets Breakfast Nachos with Smoky Queso Sauce Bacon-Topped Mac UnCheese  PLANT-BASED MEATS... BBQ Seitan Ribs Burmese Tofu Iron Kettle Chili Better Made Tacos with Avocado Crema Seitan Oscar with Béarnaise Sauce       FLOUR POWER... Cheesy Crackers Handcrafted Lasagna Perfect Pot Pie Cheesy Sausage Biscuits Benedict Pizza VEGAN CHARCUTERIE... Maple Breakfast Sausage DIY Jerky Banh Mi Sandwich Haute Dogs Wellington Join the Club Sandwich       INSTEAD OF SEAFOOD... Lobster Mushroom Bisque Clam-Free Chowder Vegan Crab Louis Fish-Free Tacos Tof-ish and Chips with Tartar Sauce       SWEETS FROM SCRATCH... Luscious Lava Cakes Strawberry Shortcake Lemon Meringue Pie Tiramisu Bellini Trifle         VEGANIZE IT is available for pre-order now…. The post Veganize It! appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Men’s Health Month Hero: Kimatni D. Rawlins of Fit Fathers

June 13 2016 Meatless Monday 

Men’s Health Month Hero: Kimatni D. Rawlins of Fit FathersThis week Kimatni D. Rawlins takes our hero challenge to a new level--helping fathers become fit for their families. A former college athlete, Kimatni lost sight of his health goals in the early years of raising a young family, but later experienced a personal epiphany that inspired him to shed 50 pounds through a plant-based diet and daily workouts. The founder of the fitness and wellness website Fit Fathers, Kimatni today uses his knowledge as a certified fitness instructor and nutritionist to create programs that speak to men at all fitness levels. Learn more about his work and his enthusiasm for Meatless Monday in our recent interview below. You were a 250-pound running back in college. What stressors happened in those post-college years that turned you into a self-acclaimed couch potato? Work, partying, traveling, and entrepreneurship. After years of football at Georgia Tech I was a bit worn and didnt exert that same effort as I did on the field. Basically, I chose to let excuses run my life. Did you experience a specific wakeup call to get healthier? Was going meatless part of this change? At age 45 I actually wanted to relive my playing days at Tech, yet I lacked the energy and stamina needed to obtain the goal. I finally said, Enough is enough, and signed up for the Mens Health Urbanathlon in Chicago. I finished in the middle of the pack but was very exhausted after the 9-mile, 7-obstacle course. That moment I decided to study the body and how it metabolizes energy. It all led back to the foods we eat and those we choose to discard. Slowly I began eliminating chicken, fish, and dairy. Red meat and pork was never an option. Then, the icing on the cake was after my wife (also a vegan) and I watched the movies Forks Over Knives and Food, Inc. What are the positive changes youve experienced from being on a vegan diet? I have energy for days, my doctor says that my health numbers are that of an 18-year-old athlete, and I feel fluid and light on my feet after meals. I have since run a marathon and a few Urbanathlons, and every year I complete at least three half-marathons. I also train a few clients and lead group workout sessions for schools, non-profits, and work groups. Did getting into shape make you a better father? How? Yes, of course. Together my wife and I prepare well-balanced meals for the kids instead of relying on processed school lunches and fast foods. The girls (now 12 and 9) are little vegan chefs and also prepare plant-based meals for the family, especially when we have guests over. Additionally, I have the energy to expend with them after my workday is over. No longer do I let an excuse supersede our values, which are staying active, eating clean, and energizing our lives. What are the challenges men face that cause them to lose sight of their health? Do fathers in particular face special challenges in balancing home and work life? Far too often men continue to rely on the female of the household for shopping, cooking, and meal preparation. If she eats poorly, then most likely so will he. If she eats healthily but is often away, then dad is at a disadvantage if he doesnt know how to grocery shop or cook. Fit Fathers helps offset these behavioral patterns by providing recipes, nutrition tips, meal plans, etc. Today you are a physical trainer, active marathoner, and athlete. Can hard-core athletes really be successful without eating meat? Yes, thats me. Its amazing because I could barely run a mile when I was a meat-eating footballer. Keep in mind fruits, veggies, and grains are complex carbohydrates, which are humans main source of fuel, converted into glucose to be transported into every cell for energy. What repairs and accelerates the growth of cellular tissue is the macronutrient protein and its found in all foods. Beans, for example, provide needed protein, dietary fiber (which the majority of Americans lack), and various vitamins and minerals. Thus, veggies are also comprised of protein so a plant-based diet will never be devoid of any major food group. Moreover, we only need 5 to 10 per cent of our daily caloric intake to stem from proteins. Heard of Scott Jurek? He follows a pure vegan diet and is virtually unbeatable in 100-mile-plus ultra runs. Can you capsulize your health program in a few words? Yep! We have two key mantras. Lead by example so your child becomes the example and Eat Clean, Stay Active, and Energize Your Life. Why does Meatless Monday appeal to you? How do you incorporate it into your programs? We love Meatless Monday. It helps people let go of animal protein one step at a time while nourishing their bodies, reducing their carbon footprint, and ultimately giving animals another reason to breathe. Many of my close friends and followers have gone plant-based after starting their lifestyle change with a Meatless Monday. It works! Readers can follow the Fit Fathers movement at www.FitFathers.com and @FitFathers.    The post Men’s Health Month Hero: Kimatni D. Rawlins of Fit Fathers appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless MondayFights Global Obesity

January 12 2015 Meatless Monday 

Meatless MondayFights Global Obesity A recent study from Mckinsey Global Institute (MGI) has revealed obesity now accounts for approximately 5 percent of all deaths worldwide. The global cost of the disease has risen to about $2 trillion. MGI also estimated that more than 2 billion people, about one-third of the worlds population, are now obese or overweight. This trend is only increasing as emerging economies grow. Obesity is a complex, systemic issue with no single or simple solution. Write the authors of the study, The global discord surrounding how to move forward underscores the need for integrated assessments of potential solutions. Lack of progress on these fronts is obstructing efforts to address rising rates of obesity. Despite the complexity of the issue, the study does encourage several strategies toward combating obesity. While education and personal responsibility are critical elements of any program aiming to reduce obesity, they are insufficient on their own--changing societal norms is key. Subsidized school meals, calorie and nutrition labeling, restrictions on advertising high-calorie food and drinks, and public health campaigns could all help make a difference. Meatless Monday is one such public health initiative that could help. Reducing the meat in ones diet is an actionable way for an individual to combat obesity (and also related diseases such as diabetes.) Studies have demonstrated that people on plant-based, vegetarian diets tend to have a significantly lower body weight and body mass index. This may be in part because plant-based diets are rich in dietary fiber (which is not found in animal products) and fiber contributes to fullness, resulting in lower calorie intake and less overeating. Plus Meatless Monday is something you can start right now. If the trend continues at the current rate, almost half of the adult population is expected to be overweight by 2030. A true solution will come from a holistic approach--involving individuals, governments, restaurants, employers, media organizations, educators, and healthcare providers. But as an individual, you can start Meatless Monday today and put up a fight. The post Meatless Monday Fights Global Obesity appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Men’s Health Month Hero: Gabe Canales of Blue Cure

June 6 2016 Meatless Monday 

Men’s Health Month Hero: Gabe Canales of Blue CureWhat does it mean to be a hero? In Meatless Mondays terminology it means having the courage and wherewithal to turn challenge into change. Former marketing and PR exec Gabe Canales did just that. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 35, he set out to discover why and how he got sick, then brought those answers to thousands of men and boys across America. Today he is the founder and president of Blue Cure, an organization that empowers males to embrace an anti-cancer lifestyle, including Meatless Monday, as early as possible. Each year, another 240,000 of our brothers, husbands, and fathers are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Gabe Canales is making sure that number diminishes, one brother at a time. Check out our recent interview with him below. Gabe, you were diagnosed with prostate cancer at such an early age. It’s usually considered an “old man’s disease.” What was your first reaction? I thought: “Am I going to die? I dont have a family history of prostate cancer so I wondered, How did I get it?” What changes did you choose to make in your diet and lifestyle? I grew up in Texas where I ate lots of Mexican food, smoked barbecue, and country food like chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy. After I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, a doctor (one of many) in New York asked me to radically alter my dietary habits. So I ditched beef and pork, adopted a mainly plant-based diet with lots of cruciferous vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. I also eliminated dairy and reduced my sugar intake. I used to drive a big Chevy Tahoe but almost three years ago I got rid of it, bought a bicycle, and made a choice to walk, jog, and bike everywhere in Houston. It was the best decision for me. When its raining or if I have to dress in a suit, Ill take an Uber. In addition, I exercise at the gym five to six days a week for an hour. What motivated you to start Blue Cure and whats at the heart of the Blue Cure message? When I was diagnosed, I got active in more ways than one. Heres a short video about my story:   I started Blue Cure to be the blue side of the womens pink movement for breast cancer, but for prostate cancer. Most men dont start thinking about screenings till age 55, but Blue Cure reaches out to men and youth decades before screenings start. The substance behind our blue is education--to empower men, youth. and families with knowledge on ways to prevent, reduce risk, and improve outcomes of those diagnosed with prostate cancer. One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer, one in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer; however, only one in 10 cancers are due to an inherited genetic mutation. There is so much we can do to reduce our risk by changing diet and lifestyle habits, eliminating/­­reducing exposure to harmful chemicals, managing stress, and sleeping more. How is Meatless Monday part of your program? Blue Cure promotes Meatless Monday. That one day of the week has served me and the Blue Cure community well. Most guys and youth I meet love fast food, are big meat eaters, and have very little if any fresh fruits and vegetables. We have to meet people where they are without hitting them over the head with judgment. So I encourage them to consider Meatless Monday as an opportunity to make small changes which will lead to healthier habits. Behavioral modification doesnt happen overnight and Meatless Monday is a great jump-starter which can lead to bigger changes. Via Blue Cure, you have started youth sports camps and basketball teams (elementary, junior, and high school levels) across Texas to prevent and reduce prostate cancer through lifestyle changes. Why should youth be thinking so early about prostate cancer and how do you convince them to change their soda-guzzling, sugar-consuming, cigarette-smoking habits? Youth care about the NOW, so we let them know that by adopting healthier habits now, they can positively affect their athletic performance while reducing their risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The education is age-appropriate and varies. Blue Cure promotes physical activity, eating more plants, sleeping more, managing stress, and removing environmental toxins. Its important we plant these seeds at an earlier age. Young people often give us their attention when they realize we have support from professional boxers, football, basketball, and baseball players. They want to be like them! What are the obstacles men face (socially, culturally, physically) in eating less meat? Where I live (Texas), many friends celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions with a steak. A lot of marketing from restaurants and fast food hits us with the message of meat as a reward. Eating meat is part of our culture and identified with masculinity. We have to change perceptions. In 2012, the first year Blue Cure sponsored a Meatless Monday on a college campus, I made sure that college basketball players were involved in serving the meatless options we offered. The idea was to have more male students line up to try the delicious meatless options. Try Blue Cure’s “Bacon” and Ranch Salad Again, my encouragement to men and youth is to add fruits and vegetables to each meal. Would it surprise you to know that Ive spoken with many men on college campuses who share they dont eat any fruits and vegetables? Start off with Meatless Monday, and on another day, remove it from another meal, and so on. These small changes will lead to bigger changes and soon you will find that you are reducing meat consumption and eating more plants--easily. You have amazing support from athletes, civic leaders, corporations, major cancer centers, etc. Who are some of these entities and why have theyve signed on with you? I believe Blue Cure receives support from a growing number of influencers because they believe in the received support from professional athletes like NFL players JJ Watt, Owen Daniels, Chris Myers, celebrities like Roger Moore, Bob Saget, and Fran Drescher. Our #LightitBlue initiative has received support from cancer centers and hospitals like Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Memorial-Hermann Health System in Houston, and others. Im grateful for the support weve received from professional athletes, celebrities, business, and political leaders, and the growing number of advocates who support our mission. Whats your next biggest goal? We just launched our nationwide #LightitBlue initiative, with the goal of lighting blue 100 landmarks, city halls, stadiums, and cancer centers for one evening during Septembers National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. We are asking supporters to go to LightitBlue.org and  nominate a landmark in their city. We will work behind the scenes to secure a commitment. We would also like The White House to light blue one evening, just as The Peoples House has lit up pink one evening during Octobers Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We must change the conversation with a greater emphasis on prevention. Heres a recent television interview about #LightitBlue with me and former NFL player and Blue Cure board member Chris Myers.       The post Men’s Health Month Hero: Gabe Canales of Blue Cure appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Challenges

January 23 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

As many of you know, there are some challenges I face when doing my video recipes for you all. First of all, these videos are taped at my home kitchen, and Alex (my husband) is responsible for many things. He is the videographer, editor and essentially does everything aside from developing the recipes and cooking. With that said, my first challenge is him. I need to be ready when Alex has time. Alex also gets busy with his own work. There are many times where we are ready to tape with all the preparations done for the recipe and just then my next door neighbors dog decides to bark. This dog is very loud so we often have to wait until he calms down. Then there are the other disturbances like someone mowing their lawn or trash pickup! This can be frustrating especially when I am so eager to share my recipes and dishes with you. When I get upset, Alex will make me a cup of hot chai and try and make me laugh. He always knows how to put a smile on my face. I also spend a lot of time with my four grandchildren as they are my priority. Despite all these obstacles and time constraints, we always manage to do the videos, all the while laughing and have a great time doing so! Until next time….    


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