5 Reasons to Vegan this Week

By, Kelly Behr

Native Foods Cafe


1.)Help to reverse or prevent diabetes.


November 14th was World Diabetes Day.  And the word of that day was vegan. Many people spoke out on how a vegan diet can prevent and even help reverse type 2 diabetes:

“A study led by Dr Neal Barnard, the president of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Washington, DC,  even showed that people with type 2 diabetes can significantly control the disease — and lose weight just by going vegan. Dr Barnard divided volunteers with diabetes into two groups — one was placed on the standard non-vegetarian diet prescribed by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the other was placed on a low-fat vegan diet.”

-        Excerpt from the article Go Vegan to prevent and reverse diabetes, see the full article http://health.india.com/fitness/go-vegan-to-prevent-and-reverse-diabetes-world-diabetes-day-2013/



Native Foods uses this image courtesy of http://health.india.com/fitness/go-vegan-to-prevent-and-reverse-diabetes-world-diabetes-day-2013/

We usually feature tasty snacks and cool products which we still do, below, but you cannot deny the health benefits of a plant based diet.


2.) Nasty Girl Off Duty Anorak.

This jacket combines three of my favorite things: it’s a jacket; it comes in army green and has vegan leather. This jacket is about as cool as being a vegan.

Nasty Girl features products that you are not going to find anywhere else. The founders search high and low for their perfectly cool pieces and type in “vegan” in the search button on their site and you have about 176 rad items to choose from. 



Native Foods uses this image courtesy of www.nastygal.com


3.)  Yum Earth Organics Fruit Snacks


These fruit snacks by Yum Earth are Fat Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free, Vegan and Organic. These things wouldn’t have mattered in the least bit when I was in elementary school, tearing through my lunch box looking to see if I was rewarded that day with my beloved Gushers. Gushers, a staple junk food item of the early 90s, were probably none of the above but the only thing that matters to a kid is how they taste. These fruit snacks by Yum Organic passed my taste test. They were just as delicious as the fruit snacks I remembered loving as a kid. Good work Yum Organics. 

4.)  Trader Joe’s Spa Lotion.

As I was perusing through Trader Joes on a mission to find lotion and avoid going to  Target and ending up with 3 more sweaters when all I needed was some hand lotion….bad. The windy city is not great for the skin especially in the winter months. I saw Trader Joe’s now has a spa lotion. And the best part (for me) is it’s lavender! Oh yeah and natural and vegan of course. 


Native Foods uses this image courtesy of http://handandbodylotion99.blogspot.com/2013/09/2-pack-trader-joes-spa-lavender-hand.html/


5.)  Zico Chocolate Coconut Water


Native Foods uses this image courtesy of zico.com. 

This is a product I am have become obsessed with over the years. It is tastes like ice-cold chocolate milk, but without the milk because it is water and nutritious and contains electrolytes. It is like magical chocolate milk with hydrating super powers. I like it so much that anyone who comes over I make them try it. My neighbor was being quite the naysayer one night claiming she hates coconut water; I do not take this as a valid argument because it doesn’t taste anything like normal coconut water. She eventually tried it and of course loved it.  In fact she loved it so much that I came home to a few bottles waiting for me outside my door as a thank you.





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