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Arthur Prelle How to Go Vegan

How to Go Vegan

Arthur Prelle How to Go VeganIt’s all the rage these days to forgo all animal products in favor of raw totally plant-based diets. Different from being a vegetarian, which still allows dieters to consume foods and goods that come from animals like eggs, honey, and wool, being vegan means abstaining from all animal products or byproducts, including but certainly not limited to sugars refined with animal fats, anything dairy-based, meat broth-based soups, and much more. Veganism has come into vogue lately as documentaries like Fed Up have explored the ugly underbelly of the food industry in the United States and turned up some stomach-turning truths about how foods are processed and manufactured.

The dawn of social media, particularly the likes of Instagram, has also made the community of raw, healthy eaters even more enticing both for the good of the environment and for the body. Naturally, given how much meat and other animal products Americans consume regularly, you may think it’s nearly impossible to be an American vegan, but a little bit of forethought can go a long way in making veganism an invaluable experience of mindful and healthful living. Here are some starting tips:

Load up on local veggies | Best diet practices indicate that even non-vegans should make vegetables the star of their meals. They’re less calorically dense and fill up a tummy on fibers and water so that there’s less room for unhealthful stuff like junk foods. As you meal prep and hunt on Pinterest for good recipes, always plan around your vegetables. Invest in spices, herbs, olive oils, and balsamic vinegars to add flavors from across the globe to your veggies of choice. Before you know it, your cravings for meat will be gone in favor of some flavorful greens!

Research Plant-based proteins | A major concern of those aspiring to veganism is how they’ll take in the appropriate amount of protein, given that the main sources of protein for Americans are meat- or egg-based. Rather than reaching for cheese or a hard-boiled egg when you need protein, opt for something in the bean, legume, or nut family. From soybeans to almonds, these foods are chock-full of proteins in that they have a lot of the nutrients needed to sprout into a full-grown plant someday. As you transition, ensure that there are beans spilling out all your cabinets.

Read the Labels | Unfortunately, shoppers are wont to conflate labels like “vegan” or “gluten-free” with “healthful,” and that’s not necessarily the case all the time. Packaged vegan foods can often be laden with extra fats that make them just as damaging to your arteries as non-vegan foods. Don’t let your guard down just because a food item claims to have no animal products in it. Continue to seek out vegetables above all else.

Get in your iron and B-12 | Dieticians warn vegans about some proteins that humans truly cannot get except through meat. Make sure that your new diet contains some precious metals and minerals. B-12, for example, helps our bodies break down foods, but we get it exclusively from meats. Humans’ main source of iron is usually red meats. You can usually be crafty about finding supplements or fortified cereals and nut milks that will help you reach your daily recommended dosage of these invaluable substances.

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Take a Dance Class

Arthur Prelle Dance ClassFor people who are conscious about staying in shape and staying in touch with their bodies, there are lots of options outside the traditional hour of dumbbells at the local Planet Fitness. I’ve written before about all the benefits of hiking, as well as the benefits of yoga specifically for men. But if you’re looking for something fresh, fun, and out of the ordinary, consider taking a dance class.

The kind of dance class you take is totally up to you. Maybe you’ve always harbored a secret dream of taking a ballroom dance class with your significant other. Maybe you loved dancing as a child and have been pining to take it back up ever since you quit at age 12. Maybe you’ve always been a little jealous of the Latin American competitors on Dancing with the Stars and would revel in a Salsa class. Whichever kind of dancing you desire to learn, there are numerous physical and mental benefits to getting your groove on.

Balance | Dancing requires you to be light on your toes for great lengths of time and to shift your weight, sometimes rapidly, from foot to foot. As such, dancing will improve your balance as you become more comfortable moving and keeping stride with your partner.

Leadership | Especially for dances that are done with a partner, including but not limited to swing dancing and bachata dancing, you and your partner will have to communicate. Men in partner dances are tasked with leading the pace and motions of the pair, and many of the skills necessary translate well to the workplace. You need to direct your partner clearly and firmly, but not demandingly or demeaningly. You and your partner should work in tandem, not as a leader-follower pair. It’s your job simply to guide your partner through the dance.

Confidence | Unlike many other forms of exercise, dancing is inherently done to show off and be done in a social setting surrounded by onlookers. The more you practice dancing and working with your partner, the more your confidence in your body and your motions will grow. You’ll be able to flaunt at parties in no time.

Cardio | If you’ve ever watched professional dancing competitions or even watched on at a wedding as the dancing wore late into the night, you’ll know first hand that dancers sweat a lot — it’s a high-intensity workout! All the motion, time on your feet, and keeping up with the music works a lot of muscles, but in such a way that you enjoy it the whole entire time.

A Good Time | Dancing is big fun! From the music to the time with your partner to the sheer energy, dancing is one of the most fun ways to burn a lot of calories while moving to your favorite tunes with some of your favorite people.

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Manage your Snacking

Arthur Prelle manage your snackiingFor many individuals, the urge to grab a snack is often born of boredom or sloth, and not necessarily the need to take in more energy. Americans by and large use food as a means of entertainment, from dates to enhancing the quality of a movie-going experience. However, mindless eating can quickly lead to sneaky weight gain since snackers may put food in their mouths less than consciously. If you’re trying to get healthy, catching yourself with your hand in the cookie jar and finding other ways to cure your boredom could lead to almost instant weight loss. Here are some ways to monitor your actual hunger.

Actually determine if you’re hungry. Figuring out why you find yourself reaching for a fresh bag of Doritos will help you determine how to end the habit. Every time you consider snacking, go through a little checklist in your head: when was the last time you’ve eaten? When is the next time you plan on eating a meal? Has your tummy rumbled recently? Taking stock of what your body really needs will help you determine whether you need to take in some energy in the form of food.

Drink some water and then wait a little bit. Sometimes, all you need to do is perform the act of putting food in your mouth and see how your body reacts. If you’re bored, drinking water will suppress the urge to eat as it gives your hands and lips something to do. If you’re hungry, though, all that liquid in your tummy will exacerbate the hunger, and you’ll know that it’s time to refuel.

If you are indeed hungry, opt for a healthful, low calorie snack. As I’ve written about before, there are ways to “trick” your body into opting for more healthful snacks. For example, most people leave their junk foods on the counter and keep their fruits in the refrigerators, so naturally, when you get the urge to snack, you’ll reach for the foods your eyes rest on. Try instead to keep your healthful snacks in plain sight and make your junk food more inconvenient.

If you find yourself hungry a lot, re-evaluate your meals and eating schedule. You may be eating calorically-dense meals that your body burns through quickly. Breads, for example, don’t keep you full the same way that proteins do, so carb-heavy diets will results in more frequent snacking. Instead, opt for more smaller meals full of proteins to keep you full.

If you’re bored, do something more productive than eating. If the issue is boredom, there are nearly infinite cures to that particular issue. One blogger wrote that she paints her nails — that way, her hands are busy and her nails are too wet to reach into a bag of salty, oily snacks. Others suggest hopping on the phone with a friend, taking a walk, chewing on ice, or cleaning your house.

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Healthy Summer Desserts

Arthur Prelle Healthy Summer DessertsMaple Berry Parfait: This parfait is a simple and attractive way to enjoy seasonal berries. The maple syrup sweetens the fruit in a delicious, healthful way.

Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream: This dish is as classy as it is simple. The balsamic vinegar brings out the flavor in the strawberries, and the ricotta cheese is cool and lightly sweet.

Sorbet: This unbelievably simple sorbet uses only three ingredients with marvelous results. The recipe suggests strawberries, but you can use any fruit you like. I’d recommend making a double recipe and storing some in the freezer for later. Bonus: for a dairy-free option, you can simply replace the yogurt with silken tofu.

Sautéed Grape Napoleons: If you’re really looking to impress, this sophisticated dessert uses crispy phyllo dough, tangy goat cheese, and sweet port to create a delicious, complex dish.

Cherry-Hazelnut Cake with Streusel Topping: This cake is fantastic for coffee with friends or an afternoon picnic. It’s sweet, hearty, and absolutely satisfying.

Grilled Bananas: If you’re having a barbeque, slap a couple of bananas, halved the long way, on the grill before closing up shop. The caramelized bananas are surprisingly sweet, easy, and about as healthy as you can get. The recipe here suggests using creme fraiche and fresh berries to garnish, but you can throw on nuts, balsamic vinegar, or anything else you like.

Chocolate Raspberry Tofu Pie: This decadent pie gets its rich, silky texture from tofu–but no one will need to know. Easier than it looks and healthier than you’d expect, this is a great pie for family get-togethers.

Blueberry-Lavender Pops: Who knew ice pops could be so classy? These pops use plain yogurt for an almost ice cream-like texture, and sweeten almost entirely with fruit and honey. The recipe makes ten, so you can have them in the freezer for whenever you get a craving for something cold and sweet.

Chocolate Mousse Pie: If you’re craving chocolate, chef Bobby Deen’s chocolate mousse pie is only 244 calories per slice. By using dark chocolate and low-fat milk, it stays light while maintaining a delicious, rich, chocolate cake. Plus, you don’t have to bake it! A great way to impress guests.

Cantaloupe-Balsamic Sorbet: Because you can never have too many types of sorbet. This creamy dish is slightly more complicated than the previous one (although still incredibly easy!) but it makes up for the extra five minutes by being unbelievably low calorie and delicious.

Thai Fruit Salad: For something delightfully different, this simple tropical fruit salad combines mango, pineapple, coconut milk, and just a little bit of hot sauce to create something sweet and slightly spicy.

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Bike to Work This Summer

National Bike to Work Day is May 19, and advocates for more greener transportation are encouraging all who can to give up their cars for a day and commute exclusively with their pedals. Philadelphia especially has made a huge push for greener commutes either on your own bicycle or on one of the public bikes available for rent throughout the city. There are lots of good reasons why you should give up your gas guzzler in favor of a more sustainable vehicle.

Reduced Traffic. If you’re stuck in stop-and-go traffic, you’ll likely call your significant other to say “I’m stuck in traffic,” when in fact, you are the traffic. The fact that you, too, are in a car taking up space means that you’re contributing to the traffic that everyone on the road is experiencing. On a bike, though, you won’t be taking up the space your car does, so you won’t have to deal with the effects of the traffic you would have helped create. Fewer cars on the road means less traffic for everyone. Win win.

Save Money. As costly as gasoline is, you can save significant money by choosing to ride a bike to work. As the old saying goes, cars run on money and make you fat — bikes run on fat and save you money! Just make sure you pack some baby wipes and business clothes so you don’t make a big presentation drenched in sweat.

Much-needed You Time. Especially if your commute has a tendency to be trafficky, you might be starting your day way more stressed than you need to. Studies have demonstrated that spending more time in nature will literally help you destress and find more peace. So, if you need to start your day with less ajida, hop on your bike and pedal your way to some pre-work tranquility.

Let your subconscious do the leg work. Cognition studies have shown that often, walking or biking help people solve problems they’ve been stuck on for a while. If you push some of your pressing issues to your subconscious while you walk or bike, you might be able to figure out what’s been plaguing you while you’re focused on your bike ride.

See Your Neighborhood. If you’re whizzing by on your daily commute, you may have no idea what shops you pass, the landmarks you’re missing, or the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that may become your next favorite. Biking will give you the opportunity to view your neighborhood at a more leisurely pace.

Winter Camping

Winter Camping

QuoteIf you’re a camping enthusiast, there’s no need to quit going on adventures just because of the cold weather. In fact, you may enjoy the solitude of your campsite more away from peak camping times and be able to explore deeper peace of mind. If you plan on continuing to camp throughout the winter months, make you’re prepared, informed, and warm.

The cardinal rule of camping at any time but during winter in particular is never to go alone. In case of a medical emergency, a planning error, or some other unforeseen incident, it’s important to have someone with you. It’s a bit of a tough sell to convince someone to join you on a winter hike, but there’s some fun angles and rhetorical gymnastics that may persuade some people. Sell the riskiness to your friends who crave adventure. Sell the “it’ll make a great story” aspect to your creative friends. Sell the “cool winter camping technology” bit to your gearhead buddies or techies. No matter how you try to convince people, the end goal is a buddy to accompany you on a tiring and rewarding journey through the wilderness.

Speaking of winter camping technology, there are some essentials you don’t want to leave home without for your trip. At the most basic, you need to stay protected from the weather, know where you are, and pump your body with nutrients and calories. Staying protected from the cold calls for heavy-duty down jackets, wool socks, goggles, and moisture-wicking garments. If there’s snow, you’ll be fighting an additional enemy — the sun. Keep sun-block, lip-balm with SPF, and sunglasses on hand if you’ll be in the snow.

It’s also important to research the place you’re going and the weather when you’re going. Depending on where you’re going, you may have more or fewer safety nets in case of emergency regarding shelter, rangers, or “escape routes.” Knowing the terrain, flora, fauna, and general feel of your location will help you decide what kinds of equipment you’ll need and how rigorously you’ll need to prepare physically and mentally for what your trip holds.

When it comes to equipment, every trip is going to vary, but some of the staples are timeless, including sleeping bags, tents, thermoses, fire starting equipment, etc., but you don’t have to break the bank to make sure your bases are covered and you’ll be safe on your trip. There are some websites full of life hacks that include using windshield reflectors to maintain some heat and adding large keyrings to zippers to make them easier to pull up while your hands are in gloves. Some companies also offer the ability to rent camping gear rather than buying it, since it can be pricy.

Eric Larson, professional outdoorsman, recommends adding 40 grams of butter to each meal to get in plenty of calories. In addition to keeping your body supplied with plenty of calories, Larson names the arch enemy of the winter camper: sweat. Your body can still sweat while hiking in the dead of winter, and the moisture on your body will make you feel all the colder as it tries to evaporate. To counteract this, Larson suggests preventing sweat in the first place. If you feel yourself getting warm, stop and cool down. If you can’t catch the sweat in time, though, unzip your jacket and let your boot liners dry. Even in your sleep, it’s important to avoid sleeping with your face in the pillow so you don’t lose insulation from the moisture you create from your breath. The key is to avoid moisture at all costs.

As long as you’ve taken the time to plan, collect the necessary items, and thought through your in-case-of-emergency protocol, wintertime hiking and camping will prove a mind-cleansing adventure that you’ll remember for a long time to come.