Tracy McQuirter Launches First African American Vegan Guide

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What is vegan? What is a plant-based diet? How do I eat healthier? Americans are asking these questions in their journeys towards healthier lifestyles. Tracye McQuirter, a long time animal rights activist, 30-year vegan, and nutritionist, just released a free vegan guide that answers all of these questions and more. She partnered with Farm Sanctuary, an animal rescue organization, to release this guide, which is targeted at the black community. Using inspiring figures in the vegan community, such as Russell Simmons, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Forest Whitaker, Angela Davis, and John Salley, McQuirter hopes empower people to reclaim their health.

 

Statistically, African-Americans have high rates of hypertension, obesity, smoking, stroke, and diabetes, with the leading causes of death being heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Only 3% of African-Americans are vegan, but McQuirter believes that African-Americans benefit most from eating plant-based diets, primarily because it is a part of their cultural heritage. Eating a plant-based diet, in combination with exercising 30-minutes a day and not smoking, can decrease a person’s risk of chronic disease and disability by up to 90%.

Most people grow up eating animal products and aren’t aware of the detrimental effects meat, dairy, and even processed foods can have on our health. This is what McQuirter’s vegan guide strives to do. The more you know, the healthier you can be. Switching to a vegan or more of a plant-based diet can be discouraging because you may not know what to buy at the grocery store, or even what to cook. It’s a lot easier than you think.

 

We have many vegetarian, vegan, and raw recipes that are all available in the Recipe Section. When you eat plant-based foods, you provide your body with all the nutrients it needs. If you eat more of these foods (fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes), you will definitely notice a difference in your overall health.

 

Sources:

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/media/2016-press-releases/new-african-american-vegan-starter-guide-revamps-the-plate-of-black-america/

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/black-health.htm

2016-10-06T15:34:40+00:00

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    Mon: HIIT

    Tues: Circuit training

    Wed: rest

    Thurs: HIIT

    Fri: Circuit training

    Sat: HIIT

    Sun: Rest

     

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    Upper: pushups

    Lower: Squats

    Core: Crunches

    Plyo: Burpees

    Upper: Clean and press or curl to press

    Lower: Alternating weighted lunges

    Core: Reverse crunches

    Plyo: Step ups 

     

    HIIT (can be done on almost any cardio machine)

    3 minute warmup

    -30 second sprint 

    -1 minute recovery

    *Repeat for 15 minutes to 30 minutes*

    3 minute cool down

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    Weight: Resting too long in between sets. Super sets are key here. Work one set while resting the other. Example of a superset is chest press and seated row together. Quad machine and ham machine. Pullup and shoulder press. 

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    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try meetup.org or 30bananasaday.com 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

    Bridge: raw bar, handful of nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

    Snack: Sorbet 

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI