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A Day In the Life of a Vegan

What does it mean to be vegan? How are vegans different than vegetarians, exactly? How do vegans get protein? And what the heck is riboflavin? If you’ve ever had these questions rattling around in your brain, grab your hemp backpack and organic granola, because we’re going vegan! At least for one day… You subscribe to the vegan philosophy As a vegan, you don’t just have a diet. You have a philosophy. As a vegan, you do not believe in the …

Getting Salty: Different Kinds of Salt and its Effect on You

Given the bad press around salt and its potential negative health impacts, it’s easy to overlook that it’s an indispensable ingredient in most kitchens. While most of us reach for table salt when cooking and baking, you can also find a range of gourmet salts in supermarket aisles, each with a different mineral make-up, sodium content and taste profile. Also known as sodium chloride, salt is a crystalline compound made up of two elements: sodium and chlorine. These elements are …

Vegan Alternatives to Honey

It’s well-known that vegans steer clear of animal products like meat, eggs, dairy and seafood. But what about honey? Within the vegan community, it’s a hotly debated topic. Some believe that they should avoid it, as honey is meant to be food for bees, keeping them alive over winter, while other vegans include honey in their plant-based diets. It’s not like bees are slaughtered during commercial honey production, or that honey is directly part of the reproductive process. The argument …

Giving Up Caffeine: A Survival Guide

Life in the fast lane can often demand frequent doses of caffeine. The burst of alertness and energy you get from a cup of coffee or an energy drink is something many of us just can’t live without – least of all when we’ve worked that overtime shift, or been up late finishing a project. These days it’s also extremely easy and convenient to get a caffeine fix at any time of the day – corner coffee shops are open …

Paleo – It’s a “No Grainer”

Do you ever want to get back to nature? Do you dream about making fire with sticks and stalking deer with a bow and arrow? You’re in luck! In recent years, the Paleolithic diet, better known as paleo, has got foodies nixing dairy and cereal grains and replacing them with berries, nuts, veggies and other foods our Flintstonian ancestors (may have) chowed down on. But is this prehistoric meal plan as healthy as it’s cracked up to be? First, some …

Gluten-Free = Guilt-Free?

Gluten-free diets have well and truly entered the mainstream, to the point where you can now find gluten-free alternatives in chain supermarkets. Fans of gluten-free rave about how it has improved their moods, given them more energy and a better skin complexion, reduced bloatedness and improved their digestion, among other perceived benefits. But the movement’s detractors call it nothing more than a fad diet that makes light of those who have coeliac disease, a serious medical condition that causes adverse …