Foods

THE BASICS – The 5:1 Rule and the Hierarchy of Whole Grains

April 22, 2022 |

Today I offer you a couple of helpful guidelines for whole grains developed by two experts in plant-based living.  Michael Greger MD is a wonderful source of information on healthy lifestyles.  He runs a website called nutritionfacts.org where you can find short entertaining and educational videos covering a vast range of topics of interest to…

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THE BASICS – Stocking Up Your Pantry

April 8, 2022 |

Although it may seem overwhelming, preparing your kitchen for plant-based eating is easier than you might think.  As an added bonus, you just might find yourself saving money on your weekly food bill.  Staple foods such as beans (dried or canned), potatoes (white or sweet), squash and bags of brown rice have a low dollar…

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Leaving Calorie Counting Behind

March 25, 2022 |

Obesity has become a global epidemic among human beings, affecting over 20% of the population of most western countries and 68% of the US population (1,2).  Research over the last decade has been suggesting that the cause of this current problem may not be simply overeating but a mismatch between the foods we ate as…

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Can It Be True That Eating More Vegetables Does Little to Reduce Heart Risks?

March 11, 2022 |

Did you hear on the radio or read on-line about a new study that found little evidence of any link between higher vegetable intake and reduced risk of major cardiovascular disease?  The study was published on February 21, 2022 (1).  Its headlines were astonishing to say the least and were understandably the subject of much…

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Does Alcohol Offer Any Real Health Benefits?

January 28, 2022 |

Some interesting and useful background information before we start:    There is no clear consensus among countries on what constitutes one “standard drink” of alcohol.  For example, here is a sample of the number of grams of alcohol considered to be 1 standard alcoholic drink in countries around the world (1,2). 8 grams in the…

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My name is Debra Harley (BScPhm) and I welcome you to my retirement project, this website. Over the course of a life many lessons are learned, altering deeply-rooted ideas and creating new passions.