Monday, September 5, 2016

Make a Change, Let's Get Healthy!

Make a Change, Let's Get Healthy!

It seems like every commercial on TV wants to sell you a new automobile or a big pharma has the next best drug to help you with what ails you.   Most physicians are quick to write a new prescription to solve your woes.   Instead of going to the pharmacy, we should head to the "farmacy" for a real dose of medicine.   The United States is in a major health and environmental crisis.  The Standard American Diet (yes it is "SAD") is the leading cause!   It isn't just killing people its also killing our planet.  Whether you want to believe or not, industrialized animal agriculture is the number 1 issue to almost every environmental problem we are having.  From fertilizer induced algae blooms to the loss of  oxygen producing rain forests. Mass clearings for crop feed production for animal agriculture are dwindling our precious life-giving resources.
One way we can help do our part to stop this insanity is to start eating a plant-based diet.  Heart disease, obesity and diabetes are the number one killers in America.  They can be prevented and even reversed through a plant-based diet.  According to Kaiser Permanente it's not hype, it's a proven fact.  

On the latest Rich Roll podcast he talks with Alexis Fox and Micah Risk from Lighter.
Lighter is a powerful tool to help us eat better.   By answering a few questions about yourself you will then get a weekly menu with daily recipes.  All of it is plant-based and helps us to know what to eat, how to prepare it and even what groceries to buy.  Soon they will even offer grocery delivery to your door!  I have already tried many recipes and they are awesome.

Here is a quick snack I made today:

Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
 1/3 tsp smoked paprika.
1 1/2 tsps olive oil.
1 1/2 pinches salt
1 15oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed.

Preheat oven to 425'
Pat dry chickpeas (dry=crispy).
Toss in olive oil, paprika and salt.
Spread in one layer on a baking sheet.
Bake 30-40 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
For more info on Chickpeas.

It's up to us to make a change.  Let's get healthy, the planet needs us.

Have a great week.
Be kind.

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