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The Fourth Of July, Hot Dogs & American Exceptionalism

The Fourth Of July, Hot Dogs & American Exceptionalism

The theory that the United States is inherently different from other nations is known as American Exceptionalism.  Many (especially political candidates and commentators) use the term to imply that we are superior to other countries. In this article I explore how the reaction by many Americans to a recent news event, the Chinese Dog Meat […]

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  July 2, 2017   No comments
The Protein Myth:  How Do Vegans Get Protein?

The Protein Myth: How Do Vegans Get Protein?

We are obsessed with protein in this country.  I could retire if I received a dollar for each time I have been asked, “where do you get your protein?”  I typically respond with two questions. First, I ask “how much protein do you need each day?”  I get a blank stare as nobody has ever […]

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  February 27, 2017   No comments
Getting Healthy with PFMT

Getting Healthy with PFMT

From late November through January holidays abound. That means the opportunity for lots of rich food, drink, parties – and less time than ever to exercise.  Overindulging in foods that are high in fat, sodium or sugar and drinking too much are paths to becoming overweight, out of shape and feeling badly about ourselves. We […]

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  December 27, 2016   No comments
A Meat Eater’s Vegan Diet Experiment

A Meat Eater’s Vegan Diet Experiment

Since I had my son Jack over 12 years ago (when I was 30), I have struggled with my weight, body image and subsequently self-esteem issues. Growing up and through my 20s, I had always been thin. When I was skinny, I observed as an impartial bystander how horribly much of society treats overweight people, […]

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  December 6, 2016   No comments
Mean Greens Cafe

Mean Greens Cafe

We recently traveled to Denton, Texas to visit my wife’s sister and her husband.  While there, we visited the University of North Texas’ (“UNT”) Maple Dormitory’s cafeteria “ Mean Greens”.  UNT’s mascot is a “Mean Green” Eagle.  The cafeteria just celebrated their fifth anniversary of being a Vegan dining hall on October 14, 2016.  The […]

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  November 14, 2016   No comments
Food, Elections and Fear

Food, Elections and Fear

Last night I went to an election party. (Ah, the election. …more on that later.) The hosts were meat-eaters, so that of course meant that I had to spend my afternoon making food that I could eat at the party. “How many times have I had to do this?” I asked myself as I packed […]

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  November 9, 2016   No comments
What Do Vegans Eat on Game Day?

What Do Vegans Eat on Game Day?

Game day delights need to score with everyone, no matter which team they support. These winning recipes will please vegans and non-vegans alike!   Cheesy Vegan Nachos If nachos are your ticket, make them with Cashew Cheddar Cheese Sauce or Nutvetta.  If  you prefer almonds to cashews, make your nachos using Not-So Cheese Sauce. For […]

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  October 24, 2016   No comments
What Do Vegans Eat?  You Might Be Surprised!

What Do Vegans Eat? You Might Be Surprised!

People unfamiliar with vegan diets often assume that they are restrictive and B-O-R-I-N-G.  For example, they think everyone who eats a vegan diet is thin and survives on seeds and salads. It is true that there are many thin vegans. And maybe there are some who survive on salads and seeds alone (although I don’t […]

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  July 28, 2016   No comments
Roasted Vegetables with Your Pasta Anyone?

Roasted Vegetables with Your Pasta Anyone?

Every vegan I know loves pasta. And most of my vegan friends love to roast vegetables. Roasting seems to bring out way more flavor in many vegetables than either steaming or sautéing. So, if you love both of these things, why not combine them? Here’s what I do… I make a very simple tomato sauce […]

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  July 17, 2016   No comments
Confessions of a Vegan Nutrition Student

Confessions of a Vegan Nutrition Student

The Summer prior to my senior year as a nutrition major, I found veganism.  I finally was living consistent with my beliefs about animals and I also felt better physically.  My digestion improved, my energy levels soared and the few extra pounds I was carrying fell off.  But when school resumed in the Fall, I […]

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  June 4, 2016   No comments