Category Archives: Fitness

Dr. Neal Barnard Visits San Diego

Finally, I met Dr. Neal Barnard in person. Dr. Neal Barnard is one of the vegan doctors who advocates for a 100% whole-foods plant-based diet. I first saw him on the documentary Forks Over Knives. I also saw him on Plant Based News. In addition, I would watch a lot of his videos on Youtube. If it weren’t for Dr. Barnard, I probably would not be vegan and I would not be informed about the health benefits of a vegan diet. When I heard he was coming down to San Diego and that his seminar is free, I was more than excited to go see him. Not only did I learned a lot from his lecture, but I was able to meet him and take a picture with him. I want to thank him for his advocacy and knowledge of a healthy, whole-foods vegan diet. He also had a book signing for his new book Your Body In Balance, which anyone could get on Amazon, the UCSD Bookstore, and Barnes And Noble’s

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Even A Little Bit Of Running Reduces The Risk Of Early Death

Any Amount Of Running Linked To Reduced Risk Of Early Death

So according to this study, even a little bit of running can reduce your risk of early death. In other words, you do not have to run fast or run far to reap the health benefits of running. All you simply need to do is run. Whether you are a casual runner or a hardcore endurance runner like me, you will still reduce your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Anyone who is new to running knows that your first run is 1 mile or 2 miles. Of course you have to build up mileage. Nevertheless, that 1 mile or 2 miles reduces your risk of dying early from chronic diseases.

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Nick’s Kitchen Proves You Can Be Vegan And Filipino

My dad cooked this vegan pancit. This shows you can be vegan and connect to your Filipino roots at the same time.

Vegan Filipino Restaurant Opens In San Francisco

I have never tried Nick’s Kitchen yet, but I have heard that the restaurant serves vegan Filipino dishes. You can expect to eat vegan versions of lumpia, pancit, sisig, and leche flan. The restaurant originally opened in Daly City and it used to be a Filipino restaurant owned by a Filipino family that served a meat-heavy menu. Founders Reina Montenegro and Kenny Annis transformed it into a vegan Filipino restaurant. After experiencing success, they opened another Nick’s in South San Francisco in 2018. Finally, they opened their most recent restaurant in the center of SoMa Pilipinas, San Francisco’s Filipino cultural heritage district.

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So Vegans Are Individualistic and Egalitarian?

Targeting Deeply Held Values Crucial For Inspiring Pro-Environmental Behavior

According to this study, our deeply-held values can predict whether we take action to protect the environment or not. These values align with our political leanings, whether we are liberal or conservative. It said that because we have different values, we must tailor the message inspiring the need to protect our planet in different ways. Our cultural values are how we process information and how we view the world.

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Why We Need To Be Vegan

No.1 Reason To Become A Vegan

Although health is one of the reasons to be vegan, this article states that the environment is the number 1 reason to be a vegan. The article cited a 2018 study of 40,000 farms in 119 countries published in the journal Science, saying that cutting out meat and dairy is the single effective way to reduce our impact on our planet. The article further said that livestock comprises 83% of our farmland and uses 60% of greenhouse gases. Lead researcher Joseph Poore of the University of Oxford said,

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Tai Chi: Yang Style 24 Form

Here is the style of Tai Chi I’ve been practicing every Sunday in Tai Chi Class (YMCA).

It’s a bit advanced, since there are specific foot, leg, arm, and hand movements to this style of Tai Chi. Other options include movement of the entire body and head movements.

What I found even more challenging is that it’s best to keep low with knees bent throughout the form (this would be the more advanced version).

But, ultimately it should be flowing as in the video demonstration, and this is a more martial arts oriented style of Tai Chi, as opposed to more meditative styles.

Does That Mean Vegans Are Conscientious?

Conscientiousness leads to healthy behaviors

According to this study, people who are conscientious exercise a lot and exhibit healthier behaviors than those who do not plan. This study took place at the University of Oregon. Rita M. Ludwig and colleagues found this by analyzing the gym attendance of 282 participants over a 20-week period. The researchers tracked the number of times the participants went to the campus gym after enrolling at the start of the 2018 winter semester. They also collected data on gym attendance back in the 2017 fall semester. The participants completed written descriptions of their exercise plans and completed measures about grit and self-control. Participants who rated themselves high on conscientiousness went to the gym more often during both semesters. I wonder if high conscientiousness is also related to following a healthy vegan diet.

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