A doctor discovers the heart-smart joys of eating vegan

by Carolyn Thomas  @HeartSisters

Dr. John Henning Schumann, who blogs at the always-intriguing Glass Hospital, is a general internist and medical educator at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. This year, he made a personal New Year’s resolution to become a vegetarian. Or a ‘mostly vegetarian’, as he calls it.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, but with young children who love meat and don’t have the broadest palates, I think it’s important to feed them protein any way I can get it in them. Having passed 40, I’ve finally realized that I can no longer eat what I want with impunity. Further, as a doctor, I believe in practicing what I preach, and my legs could no longer straddle the gap between action and rhetoric.

“That, and I hit 192 pounds on the gym scale.  Continue reading “A doctor discovers the heart-smart joys of eating vegan”

Terrified of tofu? Here are seven heart-smart meat alternatives you’ll love

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by Carolyn Thomas  @HeartSisters

I still remember the summer day I spent lying on Kitsilano Beach back in 1973 reading the landmark book called Diet For A Small Planet, when I discovered for the first time that the DFaSP healthy version of potato latkes could actually contain as much protein as a greasy lamb chop. Revolutionary! According to DFaSP, cutting back – waaaaay back! – on red meat consumption is a smart thing to do to protect your coronary arteries, and the planet as well.

In case you think eating less red meat means an endless round of bland blocks of boring tofu, think again. Here are seven options from Eco Salon that – like my potato latke recipe –  just might make it onto your new list of favourites:   Continue reading “Terrified of tofu? Here are seven heart-smart meat alternatives you’ll love”