For those enraged at the possibility of the US pulling out of the Paris agreement, regardless of what the government does, YOU have the ability to make a positive, tangible impact today. There is one industry responsible for more climate change, rainforest deforestation, water pollution, air pollution, ocean deadzones, habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, fish depletion, human starvation, fertilizer run off, and much more than any other industry. We have the choice to support this industry three or more times every day. And we can choose not to. No, it's not oil and gas. Animal agriculture is the number one cause of climate change. Even if we went carbon neutral today in terms of transportation, fracking, etc, we'd still far exceed the 2° warming that will be catastrophic unless we address eating less or eliminating meat, dairy, eggs, and fish. This needs to happen as much or more than upholding the Paris agreement. We should be doing both simultaneously as a nation and this requires each and every one of us taking responsibility for our habits and the disastrous global impact of our desire for animal products. 70 billion animals (who are vastly inefficient to consume on a per calorie basis because they use exponentially more resources than if we were to just eat the plants we are feeding them) are raised for human consumption every single year. This is not sustainable and is unequivocally destroying our planet. We cannot wait for our government to take action. Even if they wanted to, they can do little to mitigate the damage if we do not take it upon ourselves to change our daily habits. For the generations to come, we the people need to take action. Not tomorrow, or next week, but today.
Chickpeas, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, kale, and red peppers all sautéed in an light lemon garlic broth tossed with whole wheat pasta 💖🌱 Cooking without oil may seem daunting, but it's easy when we view health as trying to maximize nutrients per calorie 🙌 All oil (including coconut & olive) is stripped of health promoting nutrients and is highly processed. It is 100% fat and promotes weight gain. Americans are consuming added oils that total 73,000 or more extra calories per year. That equals about 20 lbs of weight gain every year. Reducing oil is important not only to maintain a healthy weight but also for heart health. Our coronary arteries are affected within hours of consuming oil. "The endothelium (lining of our arteries) is directly involved in peripheral vascular disease, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, chronic kidney failure, tumor growth, metastases, venous thrombosis (blood clots), and severe viral infectious disease. Dysfunction of the vascular endothelium is thus a hallmark of human disease. Researchers found that low-fat meals tend to improve endothelial function, and high-fat meals tend to worsen endothelial function. And this goes for animal fat, as well as isolated plant fats," aka oils (Dr. Greger, nutritionfacts.org).
For a nation who's #1 killer is heart disease, it's important we recognize the affect fat has on our heart.
So, you want to cut down but don't know how? Not to worry, cooking without oil is incredibly easy 👌 Omitting oil works in some recipes. Sautéing veggies in broth or water is delicious. Roasting veggies with tahini makes them crisp up 😋 Replacing oil with nut butters, sweet potato, or bananas when baking is super simple 🍰 If you ever have a question about how to substitute oil in a recipe, let me know!
Moraccan Spiced Roasted Potatoes, Tomatoes & Peppers 😍🌱🍅
These bad boys are roasted in tahini, not oil 👌
Did you know that all oils are processed, stripped of basically all health promoting nutrients, 100% fat, have 120 calories per tablespoon, and are not a whole food? Sure, oil is healthier than butter or margarine, but that's not saying much. Oil is often touted as a health food, but when we examine the science, added oils promote disease, not health. In fact, all oil (including olive, coconut, flax, etc) promote weight gain, contribute to an imbalance of omega 6's, and contribute to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
The good news is there are easy and tasty ways to cook without oil! We definitely need healthy fats in our diet, but we should be getting them from whole plant sources such as nuts, seeds, and avocado! Ways to replace oil: use a cashew base for dressings, roast veggies with tahini (pictured above), replace oil in baked goods with bananas or flaxseed or applesauce, sautée veggies in broth, and more! If you have any questions, as always don't hesitate to reach out to me 😉💖✌
"I recently hired Chloe to cook for my film set for a duration of two weeks. Often on film sets, the food isn't very nutritional or diverse. Chloe was recommended through a friend, and at first I was very apprehensive. Being someone who is not vegetarian or vegan it seemed like this wouldn't be a good fit. Also, everyone except for one member of my cast and crew wasn't vegan or vegetarian. It didn't seem like it would work. However I was worried about our one vegetarian being comfortable for those two weeks so I decided to give this a try. My thoughts were, "if we don't like the food, at least we'll be healthy." It was a naive thought, but that's where I was at the time. Then we arrived on set and Chloe cooked her first meal. I was never more happy to have been wrong in my life. She cooked one of the best soups I've ever had. From there, Chloe introduced me to a new world of cuisine. Everything she would make, I would follow up with, "Is this healthy and how?" She made tacos, lasagna, chili, burgers, brownies, french fries and the list goes on. All of it beyond delicious and healthy. I felt more energized than I ever felt before. I had to wake up early everyday and go out into the hash winter cold of Idaho to film. Her food kept me warm and fueled for an intense two weeks of work. I never felt hungry or sluggish. The true surprise of her cooking came when close to the end of the trip I realized that my pants no longer fit me. I had lost weight on this trip. I looked at my partner and realized that he had lost weight. I then realized that the entire cast and crew had lost weight. I was shocked that we ate such amazing meals and were able to lose weight. At that point my thought process really changed. I am now back from my trip and reevaluating how I eat food. I am still in awe of the lasagna that she made. All of her food from the tacos to the burgers were jaw dropping, but the lasagna was out of this world."
Thank you @rezaghassemi for the amazing experience to be a part of such a talented crew! It was a pleasure watching everyone grow (while your waist lines shrank) 😉🌱💖
Red, white, & blue breakfast. Not for the inauguration, but what these colors are supposed to represent (but haven't since the inception of our country). This is for the women fighting for freedom and equality today and every single day. Freedom to decide what to do with THEIR bodies (not yours). Freedom from fear of being raped and assaulted everywhere we go, especially when alone, something most men constantly take for granted. Freedom from fear of reporting rape as our justice system and society blame the victim, stigmatized women who do report, and make it incredibly difficult to get a conviction even if it is reported. Freedom to be a part of creating laws that actually affect women (what a radical idea...). Freedom to choose birth control and family planning. Equality in the form of equal pay. Equality to be treated equal in the work place and free from constant harassment, belittling, and being overlooked for promotions. The right to be guaranteed paid maternity leave like every other developed nation. Free from constant objectification by every media outlet and aspect of our patriarchal society. And of course, I couldn't list all of these women's issues without addressing that women of color and marginalized women are by far more affected by these issues. This is too often overlooked and it is about damn time white feminism is addressed. As a white woman, I recognize my privilege and will leverage it every day to fight for equal rights for ALL.
It is absolutely ridiculous that women have to march today in 2017, but I am proud of each and every person (including the men) who are standing together against hate. Now more than ever we need less fear and more love, understanding, and compassion.