Friday, October, 31st, 2014

GO VEGAN, GUYS!

Men make the same poor choices every Thanksgiving, stuffing their bellies beyond belief and leaving them wishing they could turn back time and opt for two courses instead of four.

They might not be filled with so much regret — and turkey — had they gone the vegan route. (Vegan: An antioxidant-rich diet full of whole fruits and vegetables that can help men lose weight and reduce inflammation.)

We know what you guys are thinking: “Isn't that a skinny girl's diet?”

Historically speaking, yes, but if Atlanta Falcons' tight end Tony Gonzalez can be a manly vegan trendsetter, then why not jump on the plant-based bandwagon?

He recently talked up the diet to the Wall Street Journal, raving about the anti-inflammatory properties of acai, strawberries and other fruits. Just one look at his rippling muscles is enough evidence to squash the myth that you can't get enough protein on the diet.

Rebecca Gilbert, former competitive figure skater, healed from a knee injury by switching to a vegan diet. This month she launched a new website, www.yummyplants.com, for the millions of Americans who want to improve their health with a plant-based regimen — or those who simply want to add more veggies on their plates.

Yummy Plants features recipes from Alexandra Jamieson, author of “Vegan Cooking for Dummies”; Executive Chef Russell Svoboda of the all-vegan restaurant Great Sage; Chef Charlie Ayers of Calafia in Palo Alto; Christy Morgan, author of “Blissful Bites”; and Dr. Joel Fuhrman of Diseaseproof.com.

What kind of meals are we talking? Kamut berries with porcini mushrooms and butternut squash (pictured), pumpkin pie "cheesecake" or asparagus with Cannellini beans, to name a few.

Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, gave Yummy Plants three reasons why vegans rule and carnivores drool:

Vegans love their heart. Because there is no animal fat in a vegan diet, there is no cholesterol.

(Don't) got milk? A vegan diet eliminates casein, the dairy protein found in milk. Casein is a dietary enemy because it tends to trigger rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain. People often find that their pain disappears when they refrain from eating dairy products.

Pack in the fiber and vitamins. If you're overweight, going vegan can mean a leaner waistline and lower blood pressure.

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