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How To Lose Weight Without Being Hungry

Friday, August 27th, 2010

I wrote the following article for anyone who wishes some content for their blog or newsletter. I know how hard it is sometimes when life and writer’s block get in the way, so I thought I’d share this with my fellow authors and publishers. I hope it helps. All I ask, if you use it, is to include the entire article verbatim from Title on thru the “bio box,” keeping any links intact. Thanks and enjoy! :)

How To Lose Weight Without Being Hungry All The Time

Many people find it hard to stick to a diet. There are a lot reasons for this, including social pressure from friends and family urging you to indulge in a false sense of moderation. (You know, the “Just this one treat won’t hurt” line?) But, perhaps the biggest reason for giving up on a diet is feeling hungry. However, hunger is not a requirement to losing weight!

Now, you’re probably thinking I’m going to recommend sweating it all off in an exercising frenzy, but that’s not it at all. Instead, there’s a simple, healthy, trick to what you eat that ensures you won’t be hungry and yet still consume fewer calories than you currently do (which means weight loss will follow naturally).

The secret is to consume only whole foods in their original, unprocessed state. For example, instead of a slice of apple pie, grab an apple — or even two if you want! Instead of carrot cake, some carrots.

The thing is, in both cases, the sugars in the whole foods are carried along in a complete package of fiber and nutrients, thus slowing their absorption and leaving you satiated (i.e., feeling satisfied) versus loading you up with empty calories that do nothing to physically fill you up.

Better yet, eat LOTS of green, leafy vegetables, like kale and collard greens, and cruciferous veggies, like broccoli and cauliflower. These wonders of nature pack an even greater concentration of nutrients into still fewer calories, and their extra volume makes it almost impossible to overeat!

And, don’t just add them to your meals, start out your meals and snacks with these foods. Serve up a huge salad or a big bowl of bean soup with kale, and before you know it, you’ll be so stuffed you won’t even want to think about a greasy burger or sugary and fat-laden dessert. It really works. Give it a try!

By the way, you can even have “pasta” on a diet too. That’s because there exists such a thing as calorie free noodles made exclusively of fiber. They have zero net carbs and are very filling. Just add a hearty vegetable pasta sauce or stir-fried veggies and maybe some tofu for protein, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, healthy, and satisfying meal.

Erin Dame is the author of Vegan Done Light, a low-calorie, low-sodium cookbook and long-running monthly nutrition newsletter, as well as several guides on health and diet.

O’Soy, It’s Not Vegan

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Woopsy, just noticed something about one of my favorite soy yogurts…
it ain’t vegan!

It turns out, the probiotic cultures in Londonderry, NH-based :)
Stonyfield Farm’s O’Soy yogurt are grown in dairy.

So, here’s the question of the day for those of you who consider yourself vegan: Do you have any foods or drinks (ahem, Guinness anyone?) which you know aren’t technically vegan, but that you consider “close enough” to eat anyway?

NASA Scientist Resigns Over Monkey Experiments

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

In response NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Association) plans, announced late last year, to use squirrel monkeys in a series of new radiation tests, and after first attempting to get them halted, NASA engineer April Evans has resigned from a job she’s made clear she really enjoyed.

I think we can all applaud her self-sacrifice, especially in these hard economic times, and lend our voices to the cause in support.
(See below for a couple ways to do so.)

But first, I should mention, I also find myself applauding NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr.—at least in the following exchange. How he handled being interrupted, and at such close range, by an animal rights activist at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) earlier this year was admirable.

So true! The ACLU gets heat all the time for speaking up for those with whom many of us disagree, but they’re just seeing the bigger picture that we all have those rights and silencing and censorship are not the answer.

As for the tests, they would seem cruel and completely unnecessary; don’t we already know what happens to people due to radiation at a wide range of exposure levels?

Take action today, either thru PETA or the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Actually, the recipients of each are different, so let’s use both these routes!

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