To Cook or Not To Cook Your Veggies

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After successfully completing my 30-day plant-based experiment, the masochist inside me was whispering: “go Raw”. Sure, there’s nothing like a crunchy sugar snap, ripe avocado or a bowl full of arugula drizzled with olive oil balsamic. How hard could it be?

On the hard side, if you ask me.

I know I’d miss steamed Brussels sprouts, lightly blanched asparagus, roasted pumpkin — or in fact, any warm vegetable. So, imagine my delight when recent studies supported my gut instinct (or lack of guts, depending how you look at it): that there are health advantages to eating a combination of raw and cooked vegetables.

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Eat Better During National Nutrition Month

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I know what you’re thinking. It seems every month is National Something Month, whether we’re celebrating women’s history, black history or pediculosis prevention. But the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has officially declared March the month to reevaluate your nutritional habits, so that’s what we’re going to do.

It’s not a bad idea really; rather than just “celebrating” something (like, say, Irish American heritage), National Nutrition Month encourages you to be proactive and actually do something that might result in a change for the better. It makes a hell of a lot more sense than Library Awareness Month. After all, I’m aware of the library every time I go there. Which is often. But to spend an entire month focusing on it when something potentially life saving like condoms are only given a week’s worth of awareness seems ridiculous and greedy. But I digress.

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