The Doc Is In: Meat Free Meals Are Humane, Hearty and Healthy

The following article appeared in the Humane Society Guide To Meat-Free Meals, and was written by Doctor Michael Greger, Director of HSUS Public Health.

We don’t need to consume animals to be healthy – just the opposite.  Nutriton experts worldwide advise us to increase our consumption of plant-based foods and to cut down on saturated animal fat and cholesterol, which are found exclusively in meat, eggs, and dairy products.

Meat-free diets are recommended by the American Heart Association, National Cancer Institute, World Health Organization, and U.S. dietary guidelines.

The health benefits are clear.

  • People who eat fewer animal products have lower rates of obesity,dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, gallstones, hemorrhoids, constipation, diverticulosis, and appendicitis.
  • People who eat completely meatless diets are half as likely to become hospitalized or require medications, and they’re less likely to need emergency medical procedures.
  • Meat-free diets are even being used to reverse chronic diseases: opening clogged arteries, curing type 2 diabetes, and alleviated obesity.

Humane diets may also boost our longevity.  The population with the longest life expectancy isn’t the Okinawa Japanese or the Mediterranean Sardinians, but California Adventist vegetarians, who live up to 10 years longer than the average American and enjoy lower rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers.

Choosing animal-free foods is an easy, inexpensive way to shed unnecessary pounds, reduce cancer risk, and improve heart health.  Join millions of Americans in discovering the joys and benefits of leaving animal products off your plate.

Exercise Of The Month: December 2012


Pilates Upward Plank
Pilates Upward Plank

Type: Stabilization Bodyweight Exercise

Level: Intermediate.  Requires considerable strength when performed correctly.

Equipment: Non-skid mat.  Sneakers optional.

Correct Form

  • Shoulders are higher than the hips, while the hips are higher than the knees, and the knees are higher than the ankles.
  • Do not sag.  Maintain one long line from shoulders to ankles.

Variation: Turn palms outward if the inward position is uncomfortable for your wrists.


  • If you have carpel, or sensitivity in  your wrists, this exercise may feel very uncomfortable.
  • Do not attempt this exercise if you experience pain.
  • Do not throw your head back.

Muscles Worked: Triceps, Hip Flexors, Abdominals, Trapezius, Rhomboids, Teres Major, Latissimus Dorsi.

How To Perform Pilates Upward Plank

  • From a seated position, turn palms toward body.
  • Bring chin toward chest.
  • Exhale and lift up balancing on heels and hands.
  • Lower down to start position.
  • Repeat exercise for 8 to 10 repetitions.

The exercise described in this post is informational, and not meant to replace the guidance of a personal trainer in a live setting.  Exercises performed incorrectly may result in injury.

Copyright 2012 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Off The Grid Vegetable Juicer


When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, in late October 2012, a lot of us lost power.  So I decided to start an Off The Grid category for anyone interested in learning more about household appliances that are either battery, or manually operated.

In addition, Off The Grid posts will help you find out where to buy these products, without too much searching. Continue reading “Off The Grid Vegetable Juicer”