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It’s A Queens Thing.

30 Nov


Queens, New York holds a special place in my heart, in fact I know for fact that I am who I am because I lived, worked, loved and breathed in Queens. Jersey made me but Queens molded me.


So when I read that PS 244 in Queens was the first public school in the US to go full veg, it made my lips smile and my heart sing.

What started as a 3 day a week experiment has now turned into a full-time situation. All meals served at PS 244 are vegetarian and the kids are down. In fact they took it from a 3 day menu to a 5 day menu because they noticed that the children where actually gravitating towards the vegetarian meals.

PS 244 is an elementary school that deals with Pre-K thru 3rd Grade. How rad is it that these little ones are being exposed to vegetarian eating at least once a day? At school to boot. I think this is very bad ass and I applaud everyone involved. Including these kids who have shown to have stellar taste in food.

The best part of this story is that once the vegetarian diet was implemented at school, amazing results followed. Not only did attendance approve, teachers saw a jump in energy and excitement in the kids, as well as better focus and attention spans. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, their test results improved, all across the board.

In addition to their vegetarian lunches, the students of PS 244 also take weekly nutrition classes that teach them about healthy eating. In 1 semester the obesity rates of the children in the school dropped 2% and these days the children go home and teach their parents about healthy eating.

I cannot get behind anything more than I can get behind this. Beautiful all around.

Saving the planet, saving the children, saving the animals and saving some coin.

Principal Robert Groff is the mo-fo man.

And as L.L. Cool J said…It’s A Queens Thing.’


Stay Chizzle,





Read This: The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way to Lose Weight, Reduce Stress, and Stay Healthy for Life.

28 Dec


If you are into eating a well rounded, plant based diet and if you are into being athletic then this book is for you. If you just want to learn how to eat a well balanced, vegan diet then this book is for you too. And for those of you who are into maximizing their athletic performance, pushing themselves physically and mentally, this book is for you. It is also a great read for people who are just being introduced to a vegan diet because this is the proper way to eat, in my humble.

Health, fitness, wellness, Mr. Brazier touches upon it all in ‘The Thrive Diet.’ Not so much a diet, more a lifestyle, this book is so packed with information, it is hard to put it down. Brendan Brazier, the author, is an amazing athlete in his own right. A former Ironman Triathlete, he is also an ultra marathon runner as well as the creator of the awesome plant based supplement line, Vega. So needless to say, this guy knows his stuff.

Nothing is really left unsaid in this book. There are over 100 recipes including exercise specific ones, a 12 week detailed eating plan and some full on teachings about the way nutrition works. He literally covers all bases of the healthy, active, vegan lifestyle making it very easy for one to leave their meat laden diet behind, once and for all.

Get It On Amazon Below…



Achieving Toned Abs On A Busy Schedule.

11 Oct

Today’s post is brought to us by guest blogger Valerie Johnston from Texas 🙂

Achieving Toned Abs on a Busy Schedule

Even some of the most avid exercise enthusiasts struggle to lose the fat around their midsection. Belly fat typically fights to stay on the body longer than any other type of body fat. You may have carved out a portion of your daily schedule for a run or other type of exercise, but can’t seem to find enough time to hit those core muscles. The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours working on losing belly fat and toning your stomach muscles. There are several exercise techniques that you can perform throughout your day, in the midst of other daily activities, that will result in a toned stomach.

Morning Cup of Stomach Crunches

If you are like many people, it may take you a while to amp up your energy levels in the morning. A great way to kick-start your day into action is to perform a set of crunches. To perform a basic crunch, follow these steps:

  1. Lie on your back (use a yoga mat or other supportive, yet comfortable surface). Bend your knees while keeping your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart.
  2. Place your hands behind your head without lacing your fingers together. Your elbows should be out to the side but lifted up slightly.
  3. Leaving a few inches between your chest and your chin, tilt your chin slightly.
  4. Gently tighten your abs while curling upward and forward.
  5. Once your shoulder blades, neck, and head lift off the floor, hold this position for a second before gently lowering back to the floor.
  6. Perform 10-12 reps, followed by 2 additional sets of stomach crunches.

This exercise will only take you about 5 minutes to perform in the morning. If you make this a regular part of your morning routine, you are sure to notice a dramatic difference in the strength and appearance of your abdominal area.

Stomach Exercises to Perform While Stuck in a Chair

People with desk jobs spend hours at a time using very few of their muscles. If you work a desk job, it’s important to get up now and again even if it’s just for a short walk around the office. You can also work on toning your stomach muscles right at your desk. Whether you are sitting at a desk or at home on the couch, stomach toning exercises can be performed without getting up. All you have to do is tighten your abdominal muscles and then lift your feet up, either with straight or bent legs. Anytime you get an extra moment at work, perform a few of these very effective sitting stomach crunches.

Walking and Sitting Your Way to a Toned Stomach

When walking around your home, to your car, at the office, or anywhere else, stay conscious of your posture and your stomach muscles. As you walk, straighten your posture and tighten your abs. You can also keep your stomach muscles gently tightened when sitting in a chair. If you make this a habit, it will soon become second nature to you. The end result will be a stomach area that is toned and much stronger.

Don’t Forget About Nutrition

Of course, there’s no way to achieved toned abs if you are eating the wrong foods. Get into the habit of eating a healthy diet—fresh veggies, fruit, whole grains, unprocessed foods—so that you can manage your weight and feed your muscles. If you have put on a little extra weight, work on shedding those extra pounds while performing the above stomach exercises on a daily basis. All it takes is time and dedication, and you will be on your way to achieving the toned stomach you’ve always wanted.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon and writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

Read This: The Compassionate Diet.

30 Aug

The Compassionate Diet is a book written by Mr. Arran Stephens. Mr. Stephens also happens to be the owner of Natures Path Organics, a wonderful company who we have spoke about a couple times here on VeggieFitness. A vegetarian his whole adult like, Mr. Stephens examines a plant based diet through and through in this book. Leaving no stone unturned, he teaches us how our diet not only effects us and our bodies but the Earth and everything on it as well.

This is no shock tactic book, it is factual based in study and research and it is presented to the reader in a non-judgmental manner. Being that Mr. Stephens is a pioneer of the organic foods movement and an active participant in the holistic health movement, I think it is safe to say he may know what he is talking about. The Compassionate Diet is a great book to give someone who is interested in making the switch to a vegetarian diet. It will not scare them off but it will inform them enough to help them reach the right decision 🙂

http://www.naturespath.com/company/arrans-musings/compassionate-diet More About The Book Here.

This Is What Happens When A Fashion Magazine Thinks They Should Dole Out Nutrition Advice.

2 Aug

I personally don’t read any fashion magazines anymore. Vogue had to go, too much entitlement between those pages, not to mention dead animals being sold for thousands of dollars. Lucky just didn’t do it for me, maybe I am not trendy enough and now Marie Claire is gone with the wind too. Bye Bye. Didn’t like them that much to begin with.

Why am I so upset? Simply because this fashion magazine has balls and I am over it. Why the felt to add their 2 cents about the vegan diet is beyond me. What did they say about it? Basically that it sucks, you will get fat and you will have no energy. Yeah, ok. Let’s go to Venus and Serena Williams and see what they have to say. Regardless, this article full of pure nonsense made it to the front page of Yahoo, so their piss poor advice and ‘research’ can and will be seen by the masses. Can’t we sue for slander or something 😉

The issue truly is that the vegan diet and lifestyle are TAKING OVER and if you are not down with the movement, you are left in the cold, dead animals in hand and stomach. Then you feel guilty. So in return you take a couple of examples of people who didn’t thrive on a vegan diet and call it the ‘SCARY TRUTH’, get it published and spread it to the public. Who knows if those people even ate well? One can be vegan and live off Oreos, french fries and pasta, not healthy at all but that does not make the vegan diet itself unhealthy. It is the people who are unhealthy and who make unhealthy choices. Period. Funny how they did not even attempt to switch hit and show proponents of the vegan diet, to in turn publish a creditable, well-rounded piece of information. Instead we got an all out slander fest. Heavy on the assumptions light on the facts.

Maybe I should just ‘Get Over It’ and guess what? I already am. But as someone who stands for what they know is right and for what they believe is right, Marie Claire can Go. Pound. Salt. How 1 or 2 people having issues with the diet makes it bad for the masses is beyond me. Everyone I know on a veg diet is kicking ass and taking names. Plus they are slimmer, have less health issues and just look good, better and healthier then the rest. So you can run and tell that, Maire Claire.

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/scary-truth-vegan-diets-153100998.html The Jibberish Is Here.


19 Jul

NuGo stands for Nutrition To Go and they offer soy free, dairy free, high fiber, high protein, low sugar and kid friendly bars, so needless to say, you will find what you are looking for. NuGo offers 8 different types of nutritional energy/protein bars. They are all natural, Kosher and some are even vegan, every time I find a new vegan protein bar I jump for joy so I was psyched when I found out NuGo bars taste as good as they sound.

I have personally chowed on a few NuGo bars recently and I loved them. I tried a dark chocolate mint one and also a dark chocolate crunch soy free dairy free protein bar, would buy them both again with no hesitation. The big plus about NuGo’s chocolate options is that they are made with real dark chocolate 😉 You can find these tasty bars at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe and Food Town to name a few. I personally came across them at the counter of a vegetarian restaurant so you never know…

http://www.nugonutrition.com/ NuGo Nutrition Homepage.

Vegetarianism In America.

13 Jun

Vegetarian Times published this study called, ‘Vegetarianism In America’ and I wanted to share it with you all…

Vegetarianism In America

Vegetarian Times Study Shows 7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians and an additional 22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet.

Vegetarian Times Study Shows
7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians

Additional 22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet

The just-released “Vegetarianism in America” study, published by Vegetarian Times (vegetariantimes.com), shows that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all. In addition, 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.

Data for this survey were collected by the Harris Interactive Service Bureau on behalf of Vegetarian Times. The poll surveyed 5,050 respondents, a statistically representative sample of the total U.S. population. Vegetarian Times commissioned RRC Associates, a research firm in Boulder, Colo., to perform the data analysis.

The 2008 study also indicates that of the non-vegetarians surveyed 5.2 percent, or 11.9 million people, are “definitely interested” in following a vegetarian-based diet in the future.

The study also collected data on age, gender and other demographic factors. Of the vegetarians surveyed:

  • 59 percent are female; 41 percent are male.
  • 42.0  percent are age 18 to 34 years old; 40.7 percent are 35 to 54; and 17.4  percent are over 55.
  • 57.1 percent have followed a vegetarian diet for more than 10 years; 18 percent for 5 to 10 years; 10.8  percent for 2 to 5 years, 14.1 percent for less than 2 years.

The 2008 study also indicated that over half (53 percent) of current vegetarians eat a vegetarian diet to improve their overall health. Environmental concerns were cited by 47 percent ; 39 percent cited “ natural approaches to wellness” ; 31 percent cited food-safety concerns; 54 percent cited animal welfare; 25 percent cited weight loss; and 24 percent weight maintenance.

“The vegetarian sector is one of the fastest-growing categories in food publishing,” says Elizabeth Turner, Vegetarian Times’ editor in chief. “It’s a dedicated group of consumers that is growing daily.”

“A vast number of people are seeking to reduce their meat intake, creating a rapidly growing market for all things vegetarian,” says Bill Harper, vice president and publisher of Vegetarian Times. That trend is reflected in the growth of the magazine, which saw July through December 2007 newsstand sales increase 19.4 percent over the same period in 2006.

About Vegetarian Times:
For over 30 years, Vegetarian Times has been at the forefront of the healthful-living movement, providing recipes, expert wellness information, and environmentally sound lifestyle solutions to vegetarians, vegans, and non-vegetarians alike.

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/vegetarianism-in-america/ Where I Stole This Post From.

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