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Vesanto Melina

A variety of raw / uncooked sources of plant-based protein displayed neatly.

Plant Protein: getting it right!

by Vesanto Melina and Mio Lainchbury and Arooj Hayat, Moving towards a plant-based diet can initially raise questions about whether you’re getting enough protein—especially if you’re not up on the science. If you’ve been on a plant-based journey for some time, you’re already aware of the many rich protein sources available, especially legumes (beans, peas, […]

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Six different colorful plant-based dishes.

Making Plant-based Food Prep Fun

By Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian As a dietitian, I learned which foods rated highest in folate or vitamin C, and what made beans, peas and lentils the protein, iron, and B vitamin superstars they are. Earlier, my mother had enjoyed sharing time in the kitchen and food preparation skills. My birthdays featured participatory cookie-making

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The Kick Diabetes Cookbook

Defeating Type 2 Diabetes

Vesanto Melina, MS, RD “The diabetes time bomb has been ticking for 50 years, and it’s been getting louder. Martin Silink, President International Diabetes Federation Nine percent of Americans have diabetes, mainly Type 2 diabetes (the kind that can be reversed). Another 38 percent have prediabetes. So that’s almost half of Americans. Since 2000, the number

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A kale salad with red peppers arranged to look like a decorated wreath.

Celebrate with Compassion

Celebrate with Compassion By Vesanto Melina, MS, RD Across North America and Europe, people are choosing plant-based meals and the trend is accelerating, especially among young people. So you are likely to have at least one vegetarian or vegan at your holiday dinner table. They may be making this choice because they have learned from

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Happy & healthy senior couple sitting together on bench at park.

Reversing Chronic Disease: Magic!

Reversing Chronic Disease: Magic! By Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, with Agathe Mathieu People can be burdened with a chronic illness that they think will be their lifelong companion. Yet science is giving us strong indicators that simple lifestyle changes can rid us of rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and can decrease risk or

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Clock made of nuts and cinnamon sticks.

Who says you can’t turn back your biological clock?

Who says you can’t turn back your biological clock? Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian North Americans now live longer – yet our last decade may be spent suffering from serious illness. For example, on average, Canadians live to age 84. In Japan and Hong Kong, average lifespans are a little longer. In France, women live

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A healthy and colorful pasta dish.

Going Plant-based? By Leaps or by Baby Steps?

Going Plant-based? By Leaps or by Baby Steps? By Vesanto Melina MS, Registered Dietitian Have you been considering a shift towards a plant-based diet? Does a sudden leap towards an entirely vegan diet seem too overwhelming? Could you commit to eating one plant based dinner each week? How about a whole day of vegan meals?

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