For the last few weeks, I’ve been volunteering at a food bank called FeedingHK to help start a cooking class. The purpose is to teach basic cooking skills and ways to prepare healthful meals with donated food. Professional chefs submit their creative recipes incorporating commonly donated foods and my role is to add nutritional tips to the wonderful recipes. My biggest concern with shelf stable products is that they may not be the most healthful. So in an effort to promote healthier pantry items, I want to share with you some of the most valuable and nutritious items that can be donated to food banks. If you’re thinking about donating food or want to start a Food Drive, I encourage you to collect the following nutritious foods.
In this post, I want to focus on mental well-being. Many times, negative self talk prevent us from achieving our goals. Let’s talk about how to get what we want by changing the way we think and feel about ourselves.
1) The first step is taking 100% responsibility for your life. Be accountable and don’t blame everything and everyone around you. If you feel that things are not going the way you want, you are the only one that can change the outcome. No excuses. Take a step back and think to yourself:
If my life were a book, and I the author, how would I want this story to go? -Amy Purdy
My childhood years in Taiwan was short and sweet. I remember drinking fresh soy milk, eating lots of fruits and veggies, a little bit of meat and all meals were cooked by my aunt. After moving back to New York, everything changed. My parents worked long hours so I was given $10 for lunch and dinner. McDonalds was down the street from me and other fast food chains were conveniently located around my neighborhood. I learned early on that the less money I spend on my meals, the more I can spend on what I really wanted, which was candy, chips and sodas. Some days, I would eat ramen for lunch and dinner. Since ramen cost only 30 cents a pack, I was raking in the dough. More money to spend on the latest snack advertised to me on TV (i.e. Gushers, Fruit by the Foot, Oreos and Poptarts come to mind) .
It was a pleasure to have contributed some of my favorite food remedies to the April 2013 issue of Foodie Hong Kong. Foodie offers great recipes, honest restaurant reviews, awesome cooking tips and great nutrition tidbits (*wink*). Stop by any one of the 600+ locations to pick up a free copy for yourself or check out the online version here.
What better way to honor Earth Hour 2013 than to release a vegan menugraphic that supports environmental sustainability. According to the Environmental Working Group, animal-based foods have very high carbon footprints. They state that if every American stopped eating meat and cheese for one day a week, it would be the same as not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road. Pretty powerful, huh?
The purpose of this menugraphic is to show you the variety of foods you can enjoy on a vegan diet. I included foods that can be purchased at restaurants, are readily available at your local supermarket and are relatively fast and easy to prepare. I hope you find this infographic fun and useful. Remember that going meatless just once a week can have a great impact on the future of planet earth.
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