Plant-Based Nutrition: Episode # 3 – Vitamins

Are you wondering how to optimize your vitamin intake on a plant-based diet?  Our previous episode of the Plant-Based Nutrition series focused on all-things Omega-3’s! In this episode we focus on how to optimize your vitamin intake, specifically vitamins B12 and D, on a plant-based diet!  Although plant-based diets are rich in many vitamins, they often tend to be lower in vitamins B12 and D [1,2]. For this reason many people find it challenging to get enough of these nutrients in their diet from just plant-based sources. But it doesn’t have to be hard! Read below to learn more about vitamin B12 and vitamin D and how to easily overcome these nutrient deficiencies!    What are Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D?...

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7 Tried-and-true Ways to Live More Mindfully

Mindfulness is defined as the “quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment.” It is all about awareness, and being free from distraction. It has been proven that when practiced regularly, mindfulness reduces stress and enhances mental capacity. Meditate According to Heaspace.com, meditation “is the training ground for learning mindfulness.” If you have never tried meditation, try adding it into your routine slowly, for even just a couple of minutes a day. When you are meditating, focus on your breathing. When you become aware of your breath and the movement of your body as air moves in and out of your lungs. If you feel like you need some extra guidance, there are plenty of...

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Plant-Based Nutrition: Episode # 2 – Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In our first episode of this Plant-Based Nutrition series we tackled the pseudoscience surrounding plant-based protein. For this episode we will dive into all-things omega-3’s! Omega-3 fatty acids are indisputably an important part of a healthy diet. But can you get enough omega-3 fatty acids from just plant-based sources? This week, let’s explore the role of omega-3’s in plant-based diets and the related health outcomes!  What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids? Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy essential fatty acids that are obtained from our diet. The 3 main types of omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Our bodies cannot make ALA, which means that you must get it from the foods you consume...

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8 Canadian Vegan Youtubers you Need to Follow

Need some plant-based meal inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of some awesome Canadian Youtubers who are sharing plenty of vegan recipes and more! Cheap Lazy Vegan Rose, otherwise known as the ‘Cheap Lazy Vegan’, is a Canadian youtuber whose focus is to promote a vegan lifestyle in a way that is both approachable and affordable. Some of her most popular videos are her $20 Vegan Meal Prep for 7 days of food. And she even has ebooks for affordable vegan recipes!   The Viet Vegan   Lisa, known on Youtube as The Viet Vegan, is a self-proclaimed “vegan, feminist, and nerdy Vietnamese Canadian.” She resides just outside of Toronto, and her content focuses on making vegan food...

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Plant-Based Nutrition: Episode #1 – Protein

Tackling plant-based protein pseudoscience In the past, many people have relied on meat as their main source of protein. So it’s not surprising that the most concerning part about adopting a plant-based diet for a lot of people is whether they’ll get sufficient levels of protein. But does the source of protein (plant vs. animal) really matter? The short answer is: Not really! With careful dietary planning, you can obtain adequate protein intake from solely plant-based foods! So let’s dive into all things protein and take a deeper look at its role in plant-based nutrition! What exactly is protein?  Protein is a macronutrient (just like carbohydrates and fats), which means that our bodies require it in relatively large amounts, hence the term “macro” [1]....

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