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Lemon & Salt Tonic

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There are many potential benefits of real sea salt and lemon. The sea salt has been proven throughout the years and through science that moderate levels of this is actually good for your heart health and does not negatively affect blood pressure.  Stephen Seifert wrote an article reviewing the benefits of sea salt combined with lemon.

At the start of our day, we all have that special health practice or routine to take us through the rest of the day that is vital to health and happiness.  How about trying a glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt? This simple little drink each morning may boost your health and wellness regimen, and it is so very easy to make. Many of the professional athletes and Olympians start their morning out with lemon and salt water.

Just a mere 10-ounce glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt can increase your immune function, improve digestion, decrease uric acid to fight inflammation and balance your overall body. 

As we all know, lemons are excellent for fighting inflammation as they can dissolve the uric acid in your joints and help to build and repair tendons, ligaments, and bone. The American College of Physicians study on osteoarthritis confirms that lemon may be especially beneficial for those with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

A glass of this mixture of lemon water with Himalayan salt might provide a better overall mineral balance that will promote proper food and water absorption in your body that will allow essential nutrients to get where they should be. The lemon has alkalizing effects and coupled with natural salt, are highly useful for managing your body’s pH balance, which is crucial for the optimal functioning of the body’s systems. A lemon will provide up to 139% of your daily value for vitamin C and could be an alternative to that vitamin C supplement you might be taking.

Other benefits are to use as a detox for your cells, reducing problematic cellulite, clearing up skin and adding a fresh glow, using for allergy season, paving the way for better sleep, helping to control blood sugar, detoxifying your liver, freshening your breath, helping you to chill out, reducing blood pressure and boosting your libido. This little drink in the morning may also get you hydrated right at the start, serve as an antioxidant powerhouse, improve your heart health and promote digestive health.

Why take the supplements when a very natural lemon and Himalayan salt may do the trick? Just look at all the benefits you may reap from adding this morning ritual to your daily routine.  Try it, you might like it!

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Meals Trigger Inflammation

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We are not only taking in nutrients when we eat we are also consuming a significant quantity of bacteria. That’s certainly not fun to think about! In order to fight these bacteria, our body is faced with the challenge of simultaneously distributing the ingested glucose and fighting these bacteria. An inflammatory response is triggered that activates the immune systems of healthy individuals and serves as protection. Doctors from the University and the University Hospital Basel have proven this for the first time. This inflammatory response fails dramatically in overweight individuals and can lead to diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is an adult-onset type that leads to chronic inflammation with many negative impacts.  Diabetes, by impeding the over-production of a substance involved in this process called interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), has been the treatment in a number of clinical studies.  This triggers chronic inflammation and causes insulin-producing beta cells to die off.

There are some positive sides of inflammation that was reported in the journal Nature Immunology.  Researchers from the Department of Biomedicine at the University and the University Hospital Basel have reported these findings. Short-term inflammatory responses play an important role in sugar uptake in healthy individuals and the activation of the immune system.

Professor Marc Donath, head of the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University Hospital Basel and his research team have demonstrated the number of acrophages, a type of immune cell around the intestines, increases during mealtime. These are called scavenger cells that produce the messenger substance IL-1beta in varying amounts. This depends upon the concentration of glucose in the blood and in turn, stimulates insulin production in pancreatic beta cells. The macrophages are then caused to increase IL-1beta production, while along with insulin, they work to regulate blood sugar levels and the messenger substance IL-1beta ensures that the immune system is supplied with glucose and remains active.

The mechanism of the metabolism and immune system is dependent on the bacteria and nutrients that are ingested during meals. The immune system is able to adequately combat foreign bacteria with sufficient nutrients, but when there is a lack of nutrients, the few remaining calories must be conserved for important life functions at the expense of an immune response.  This may help to explain why infectious diseases occur more frequently in times of famine.

Dr. Fredda Branyon


Benefits of Anise Oil

Anise oil has a licorice-flavored taste that offers body-wide benefits that were used by many ancient civilizations. Many of today’s pharmaceuticals take advantage of anise’s benefits by adding this herb to some drugs, like cough syrup and throat medications. These drugs are neither all natural nor safe according to pharmaceuticals. It needs to be used in its natural form for maximum benefits, or as anise oil.

The anise essential oil originally came from Asia and is prevalent in Mediterranean nations. Spain, France and Russia also produce it as well as being found in the wild of other countries. The Romans originally introduced anise to Europe and early settlers brought it to North America. One primary use was to promote digestive health and was often added with cumin and fennel in ancient Rome to a cake that was eaten after meals. The Egyptians used the herb as an ingredient in breads. There are many uses for anise oil that range from cooking to flavorings to medications.

Some uses of anise oil include:

  • Narcotic and sedative as easing epileptic and hysteric episodes
  • Pain reliever for relief of arthritic pain
  • Antiseptic to clean wounds and help protect against infections
  • Decongestant/expectorant to help eliminate congestion in the respiratory tract
  • Flavoring agent for food and beverages and as an ingredient in salads and soups
  • Food processing in meats like pepperoni, pizza toppings, Italian sausage and
    similar food products
  • Breast milk production as it has phytoestrogenic properties
  • Libido enhancer as a sex drive enhancer and as an aphrodisiac (in ancient times)
  • Natural head lice remover as a safer alternative to chemical lice treatments
  • Insecticide as it is toxic to insects
  • For oral health when added to toothpastes, mouthwashes and syrups
  • Fragrance when added to soaps, detergents, lotions and skin cream

Anise oil has antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, stimulant and expectorant properties and is added to medicines, such as cough syrups and lozenges. The antibacterial properties of this oil are useful against bacterial strains like Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, pyogenes, Escherichia coli and Corynebacterium ovis. It is useful against Candida albicans and fungal strains like Alternaria, Aspergilus, Cladosporium, Fusarium and Penicillin. Relieving indigestion, flatulence and acute chest pains are also benefits of anise oil as well as spasms, cramps, diarrhea, convulsions, muscle pain, acute chest pain and will also aid in promoting the elimination of excess gas in the digestive system. The oil will help to loosen mucus or phlegm and help ease breathing troubles as asthma and other respiratory issues.

Five drops of anise oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of almond oil that is massaged onto your stomach will relieve stomach cramps, mixing 1 to 2 drops with warm water to gargle with will freshen breath, using 2 to 3 drops in a diffuser helps respiratory conditions, a couple drops in a carrier oil and massaged in the affected area will ease menstrual pain. Anise oil will also help treat hiccups and treat nausea, migraine and vertigo.

Anise oil is deemed generally safe for human consumption and does not pose a threat when it is consumed or used in moderation. In heavy doses it can aggravate certain type of cancers. Pregnant and nursing women may benefit from its use. Avoid administering the oil directly on the delicate skin of infants and young children. Any side effect might be an allergic reaction, mouth or lip inflammation or nausea, vomiting or seizures. If any of these occur, call your doctor immediately.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Low Carb Food Swaps

healthy foodsCarbohydrates are mainstay for lots of people who say they love all those comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, donuts, white rice and bread.  These sure aren’t the foods for someone who has healthy eating on the mind. These carbohydrates are just plain bad for you.

Not all carbs are the same though.  A lot of the good ones provide nutrition, containing things like protein, iron, fiber and B-vitamins.  Simple and complex are the two types of carbohydrates. A good way to separate them is simply substandard and sinful or sketchy.  Just remember to avoid them, as they contain a lot of sugar. The complex carbs are the ones that are commendable, constructive and correct.  

Kim Larson, a registered dietitian from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, says that when it comes to carbs, the simple ones are composed of short-chain carbon molecules that basically head straight for your bloodstream and spike your blood sugar.  The complex carbs have longer chains of carbon molecules and take longer for your body to break them down, so the sugar isn’t dumped into our bloodstream.

As we have all learned, not all carbs are created equally!  Seven nutritionists were asked to submit their favorite low-carb “swaps” for those who want to lower their carb intake without giving up the flavor.  Some of their submissions were:

  • Sweet potato “toast”.  Skip the bread, peel the sweet potato, slice it up and pop the slices in the toaster.  Then you can top it with a number of flavors just to suit your own taste. Be inventive!
  • Mashed turnips.  They contain just 2/3rds of the calories and you get lots of fiber. Wash, peel and steam, or bake them like squash or traditional potatoes.
  • Fava bean flour.  These are known as broad beans and come in a pod similar to green beans.  Mature ones are bitter, so remove the pod and release the beans inside to use in many recipes, including salads. An excellent source of folic acid.
  • Lettuce wraps.  This process has been done for many years in restaurants, so individuals can do the same at home.  Cut down on the white bread and use the lettuce. Collard greens, kale, chard and lettuce leaves are a nutritious way to cut those calories on sandwiches.
  • Applewich.  Replace that bread with apple slices by cutting an apple so you have two circular slices ¼ inch thick, and spread each slice with nut butter.  Top with pumpkin seeds, cinnamon or cherries and press them together.
  • Whipped Cauliflower.  Potatoes have 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 21 grams of carbs.  Steamed cauliflower has 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and only 5 grams of carbs.  This yummy alternate to potatoes is the only option now for that mashed, buttery goodness.
  • Carrot “noodles”.  Carrot noodles work well as an alternative dish for a pasta substitute.  You get fewer carbs and the texture is crunchy.
  • Spaghetti Squash.  Another pasta option like this can cut carbs and provide you with potassium, folate and fiber.  Slice the squash length-wise, place with cut side up in baking dish with ½” of water. Salt and butter and bake for one hour at 350 degrees.
  • Broccoli “rice”.  Toss broccoli florets into the processor then steam or sauté with a little salt and butter.  This brings a good serving of fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin K to lessen your diabetes and heart disease risks.

Umm. Lets give it a try.

Dr Fredda Branyon

Foods to Eat for Quick Energy Boost

Looking for Foods to eat for quick energy boost? Next time you feel like you are dragging your feet, put down the cuppa’ Joe and instead, get a quick energy boost from these food selections. Believe it or not, food is the number one factor that affects your energy and knowing as much as you can about which food groups help maintain your energy throughout the day is a great life skill, to say the least.

Raw Sauerkraut

Yes you read that right. Not just the perfect pair for bratwurst, raw sauerkraut helps in keeping your energy even throughout the day. The cabbage is fermented and high in probiotics. This creates a more efficiently-digesting gut. Since the body does not need to work as hard to digest the food you eat, you end up with more energy. The spicy fermented Korean cabbage recipe called Kim chi works the same way. If you are craving  a hot dog from a street cart, go ahead and double up on the sauerkraut and you might be surprised at how much energy you are left with throughout the day.

Whole-Grain Toast

Sixty percent of energy you need to make your body grow is provided by carbohydrates. Whole grains are full of minerals, vitamins and packed with complex carbohydrates. If you want to prevent a giant surge of blood sugar before your next meal, eating whole grains should do the trick. This means that you don’t get a carbohydrate crash when you eat heavily processed snacks. Begin the day with high-fiber cereal or oatmeal so you stay full until lunchtime. You can also snack on whole-grain granola bars or crackers for a boost in the afternoon.

Dark Chocolate

When you nibble a dark chocolate square, this is something that is actually good for you. As a dessert after lunch, this contains theobromine, a natural stimulant like caffeine, which is both a mood-booster and an energy-booster.


Hazelnuts, almonds and cashews are rich in magnesium, which plays a big role in the conversion of sugar to energy. These nut varieties are also fiber-full to keep the level of your blood sugar on an even keel. Stave off hunger with protein. Keep a bag of trail mix or mixed nuts in your desk drawer or your purse to remain high on energy the entire day.

Fresh Fruit

In fruit, the natural sugar gives you quick energy when you feel you are dragging yourself through the day. Since fruit is packed with fiber, it helps keep the level of sugar in your blood at a steady pace. Make a breakfast smoothie that is super energizing with yogurt and fresh fruit. The yogurt is magnesium-rich, which helps in regulating energy release. Vitamin C-rich strawberries help in transforming fat into energy and blueberries, which help you focus. You can also take a pineapple, which is a tropical fruit that contains iodine to help in controlling how rapidly energy is burned by your body. Don’t feel like a smoothie today? More great choices you can take to work with you are apples and bananas, which work as quick pick-me-ups whenever you are on-the-go.


Why Eat Protein

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There are three nutrients that the body requires in large amounts, and one of them is protein. The other two are carbohydrates and fat. These are all essential for the human body.

Small compounds called amino acid make up proteins. Hundreds of amino acids exit in nature, but the human body only utilizes 22 of them. Our bodies can produce all but nine of the amino acids that it needs. We consume nine of these essential amino acids through our food.

A balanced diet is essential as all foods contain differing combinations of amino acid. Animal proteins like meat, dairy and eggs contain all the essential amino acids. Plant-based proteins from foods like beans, grains, nuts and soy are rich in some amino acids but may be lacking in others. This underlines the need for a well-balanced diet with plenty of variety.

The way proteins work is by building and maintaining tissue. Protein is the major building block of the human body. More protein is required during periods of growth such as infancy, childhood and pregnancy. Certain people also require increased protein, namely those who have undergone surgery and active people who are consistently breaking down muscle during exercise.

How protein is spread out over the day is much more important than the amount of protein consumed. Usually, for a typical day of eating, the recommended is 10 grams of protein or less at breakfast, 25 grams at lunch and 40 grams at dinner. Since the body can only absorb and use a certain amount of protein at one time it is better to spread the 60 grams of protein over three or four meals of 15-20 grams each. The actual amount of protein needed depends on the person’s body size and how active they are. The 20-30 grams per meal is the protein goal for most people, but again this will depend on the size and activity of the person. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. This is the minimum, not the maximum.

Endurance athletes generally need 1.2 to 1.4 grams per kilogram of body weight. Strength training or power athletes require 1.2 to 1.7 per day. As much as 2 grams per kilogram of body weight to prevent muscle loss in athletes or those who want to lose weight has been recommended by research. Some common protein foods are:
Chicken, 3 ounces has 20 grams, Ground beef, 3 ounces has 21 grams, Milk, 1 cup has 9 grams, egg, 1 has 6 grams, black beans, ¾ cup has 11.43 grams, peanut butter, 2 tablespoons has 8 grams and tofu, ½ block has 18 grams.

Risks and precautions for consuming proteins are consuming more than 2.5 grams per day. Some risks would be dehydration, fatigue, taking in too many calories and passing out higher levels of the nutrient calcium in the urine. Eating more than 200 to 400 grams of protein per day can exceed the liver’s ability to convert excess nitrogen to a waste product called urea, which can lead to nausea, diarrhea and other adverse side effect. Evaluate and calculate your own need for the intake of protein and adjust your diet accordingly. Remember that protein is necessary for a healthy body!

Dr Fredda Branyon

Cancer Fighting Foods

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Evidence shows that the foods we eat weigh heavily in the war against cancer. For instance, Curcumin’s protective effect may extend to bladder and gastrointestinal cancers. Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD biochemist at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center tells WebMD that inflammation is the mediator for most cancers. It has been said by some that among all the cancers that have been examined, no cancer has yet been found that is not affected by Curcumin. Curcumin is the main ingredient in curry powder and very popular in Indian dishes.

Sprinkle curcumin into your favorite dishes, adding more than a little zest to your meat along with adding years to your life. Experts give credit to curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects for its ability to fight cancer. According to Aggarwal, studies have shown curcumin to interfere with cell-signaling pathways, thereby suppressing the transformation, proliferation and invasion of cancerous cells.

Ginger is a popular spice that has been used for a long time to quell nausea and may soon be used to fight cancer, too. Researchers working directly on cancer cells have discovered ginger’s ability to kill cancer in two ways. J. Rebecca Liu, Assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor explains that in apoptosis, the cancer cells essentially commit suicide without harming surrounding cells. In autophagy the cells are tricked into digesting themselves. This theory must still be proven in animal and human trials and ongoing research is taking aim against ovary cancer.

Ginger’s effect on cancer hasn’t been tested, therefore researchers can’t yet offer specific dietary recommendations. It’s not yet known how it’s metabolized but it is known that it’s relatively nontoxic. Ginger can be used like sipping ginger ale and eating gingerbread cookies. Wouldn’t that be a hardship? There are also countless soups, marinades and zesty sauces that call for ginger.

Tea is another food that shows a link between consuming flavonoids and reducing the risk of breast cancer. After an analysis of nearly 3,000 postmenopausal women who get the most flavonoids, 46% were less likely to develop breast cancer. However, flavonoid consumption had no effect on breast cancer risk among premenopausal women. Drinking hot tea and ice tea offers refreshment year-round to boost cancer prevention.

These may not have been your favorite food as a child but cruciferous vegetables (members of the cabbage family) can help you ward off cancer. These would include kale, turnip greens, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts. Cutting or chewing cruciferous vegetables produces cancer-killing effects. They also promise results against prostate and colon cancers. The antioxidant called sulforaphane is released when chewing cruciferous vegetables. Swallowing whole doesn’t do it. The protective effect seems to occur when cut or chewed. Try them in stir-fry, as side dishes or tossed into salads raw. They are great and even better with a little lemon or garlic.

Vitamin D helps absorb calcium to build strong teeth and bone and may also build protection against cancer as it curbs the growth of cancerous cells. Try some high concentrations in cod, shrimp and Chinook salmon. Eggs are another good source as well as that good old sunshine for 10 minutes a day.

In conclusion, researchers continue to wage war against cancer and many have begun to focus on what could be the most promising ammunition to date: DIET! The diet should consist of a predominately plant-based diet. Try at least adding some of these foods into your diet in lieu of those foods less likely to fight against cancer and other health problems as well.

Dr Fredda Branyon

The Laughter Prescription

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Have you ever heard the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” I bet you have but did you ever think that it possibly could be true? Well, I invite you into a new world of adventure. Let’s pretend we are back to being a kid again. Can you remember a time that you laughed so hard, tears came in your eyes or your side hurt? I hope you can. If you can, I’m sure you can remember that the laughing episode actually gave you a little more energy and a good memory of it for a long time. I would like to try to explain to you how wonderful that episode of laughter did for your immune system.

A recent study performed by the University of Maryland had two sets of people watching movies. One set of people watched serious movies and programming while the other set of people watched funny movies.

It turned out that the set of people who watched the funny movies showed their arteries dilated and their blood pressure went down. As we all know, high blood pressure leads to serious problems.

It is found that when we laugh, there are 15 different muscles in our face that participate in our joy. Our respiratory system gets involved as well, which is why we can sometimes find our selves having a tiny breathing difficulty. We can also get the hiccups while laughing because the epiglottis is vibrating and half-closing over the larynx. This can make it more difficult to breathe. As our air intake ebbs and flows, so will our laughter. If our struggle for oxygen is strong enough, this will activate our tear ducts and cause us to tear up. The force of laughter causes us to have muscle contractions throughout our body. Our arms and legs, back, and diaphragm are involved in the contractions too.

Wow! I know what you are thinking, all of that sounds pretty serious. It sounds like laughter could be too hard on the body. Well, I have never heard of anyone laughing themselves to death. However, I have heard of people getting happy and changing their lives for the good benefits and in turn, they lived longer healthier lives. I have even heard of people going into remission from cancer or some other serious disease, just from making themselves laugh and putting laughter into their lives. The human body is an amazing machine which God created! This reaction to laughter causes the immune system to become stimulated and enhanced to come alive and work better for us.

Strange sounding, I know. But think about it. What if laughter worked? We’ll never know unless we try it. I think we all will agree, its much more fun to laugh than to cry, worry, or be angry. However, we all probably will agree that its harder than you would think to make it a habit to laugh. Maybe that’s where writing an affirmation on 3×5 cards and placing them around the house where you can see them so as to be a gentle reminder. Instead of watching a horror movie on TV, try to find a light-hearted movie to watch instead. Do what ever it takes. The main thing is to try to lighten your emotional load. Get those monkeys off your back. Your health depends on you.

Dr Fredda Branyon

How to Encourage Your Child to Eat Vegetables

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How to Encourage Your Child to Eat Vegetables

It is not easy to tell your child to eat vegetables especially if he is used to eating in fast food restaurants. He only knows fried chicken, burger, and fries. Worried because he is not eating healthy, you should begin including veggies in his daily meals. If you have no idea how, here are easy ways to encourage him:

1. Make a proper introduction.

The best way to let your child appreciate greens is to properly introduce each of them. Bring him to the vegetable section of the supermarket. Pick about 10 kinds and name them. Ask him to repeat what you say so he can easily remember. The next week, review him by picking the same pieces and asking him to identify them again. Do this until he is able to recognize most of the vegetables.

2. Offer him something whenever he eats your veggie specialties.
Tots love being rewarded so it may help if you tell him what he can get out of consuming greens. For instance, promise him that the family will go swimming or camping if he is able to consume every veggie that you prepare him for the whole month. Or, you will watch his favorite cartoon movie with him. Do this until he gets to enjoy eating them even without the rewards.

3. Inform your kid about the health benefits of eating vegetables.
Aside from rewarding him, you should also enlighten him about what vegetables can do to his body. Explain to him that his body needs good nutrition and these are the kinds of foods that will supply his body with the necessary nutrients. Educate him about obesity and its effects to his health, and more important, tell him that he can avoid being obese by eating veggies. Likewise, inform him that if he is healthy, he can expect to perform better in school because he is well nourished.

4. See to it that you and your spouse, as well as the other members of the household eat greens.
How will you make your child believe what you say if you or the other household members are not taking in veggies? Your rule should apply to everyone. Have everyone set as a good example.

5. Ask your child to help you in preparing your veggie recipes.
Each time you are cooking vegetables, request him to help you out in the preparation. Ask him to get everything you need in the fridge. Explain to him what you are doing and what it is for. Let him taste them while they are cooking. Always imply that both of you cooked them so he will feel proud and consequently eat them.

Remember not to force him to eat veggies because it is more likely that he will not like to eat them because he feels pressured. The proper word to guide you is “encourage”—not “scold” or “force”. Just act as normal as you can each time you serve him with these foods.

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Things You Need to Know before Going Vegan

Things You Need to Know before Going Vegan

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Being a vegan is not as difficult as you think. Only that, you have to ready yourself for it. You will have to move from eating meat to consuming greeneries and it can’t be that easy if you come unprepared. Below are the things that you should know before you make a decision to become a vegetarian:

Know your reasons.

You should not decide to go vegan all because your best friend is already one. You have to have your own reasons and they should be valid enough to motivate you. For one, you want to start taking better care of your health. Another good reason can be to contribute in saving the lives of animals being slaughtered for human consumption. If you are aware of your intentions, you can begin to focus to attain your goals.

Educate yourself about being vegetarian.
You must equip yourself with sufficient knowledge before shifting to flesh-free diet to avoid disaster. You must familiarize yourself with the entire process, from choosing what to buy in supermarket to learning how to cook them. You must also know the experiences, particularly the difficulties, of beginning vegans and how they are able to cope with these so you can easily picture yourself in their situation.

Broaden your information about vegan recipes.
One of the hardships that you can encounter with your change of diet is your limited knowledge on vegan recipes. Make an effort to learn more new ways to prepare and present your meals to encourage hearty eating. Watch cooking programs, surf the Internet for recipes, and buy cookbooks. Choose those that will not require you to spend much especially if you are on a budget.

See a nutritionist.
You have to see a nutritionist soon as you decide to go vegan. You have to make sure that your body is getting enough calcium, vitamins, protein, iron, and other essential nutrients. You have to identify the non-animal alternatives so you can come up with balanced meals.

Find supermarkets in your area that can give you easy access to ingredients and others.
It is also important that you know where to buy the ingredients that you need for your vegan recipes. This task may not be a hard one especially if you do not prepare those that require complicated components. But, you have to make sure of your accessibility to avoid future problems.

Look for someone who also wants to become a vegetarian.
If you know a family member, a friend or a neighbor who also want to go vegan, it may be a good idea to start together. Having someone who is taking the same journey as yours is an effective drive.

It may be a good idea if you go slower with your shift. Anyway, you have no reason to rush, right? You have a goal and you can attain it even by not working so fast. Becoming a vegetarian in stages will give your body enough time to adjust to your new lifestyle.

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