This past Saturday, I braved the rain and donned my snazzy rainboots to hit up the second annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, founded by co-founders, Nira Paliwoda and Sarah Gross, and produced by the U.S. Veg Corp. The line was literally wrapping around the block, so I was pleased to have my press pass to by-pass the line. Although, I would have waited. It was my very first time at the festival, so I was psyched to sample delicious new veggie treats, listen to experts, watch cooking demos, listen to live music, and meet other fellow foodies, vegetarians, vegans, locavores, flexitarians.
Daiya, a dairy-free cheese made with tapioca and/or arrowroot flour, was the first to hit my tongue. The yummy flavors include: Jalapeño Garlic Havarti, Jack, and Cheddar, but they must be melted to enjoy.
Eager to listen to Gena Hamshaw's lecture on how raw diets and plant-based nutrition improves health, I sped past the other vendors and grabbed a seat just in the nick o' time. Gena shared some helpful tips and recipes for those in the raw. I especially loved her tips for better digestion:
What are your top tips for better digestion?
- Adopt a vegan diet.
- Focus on getting a high portion of raw vegetables and fruits.
- Try to strike a balance between soluble and insoluble fiber.
- Don’t chug water with your meals; sip water with meals, and drink more plentiful amounts 30 minutes before and after.
- Chew your food thoroughly.
- Explore an acidophilus+bifidus supplement (vegan, of course).
You can read more about her lecture on her blog: Choosing Raw.
Next up, I listened to Ironman triathlete, and author of The Thrive Diet, Brendan Brazier, share his secrets to achieving goals on a plant-based diet. For the athletes out there, here's a rule of thumb to follow for your workouts:
Brendan Brazier's Exercise Tip: Before a workout, eat carbs = fuel. After a workout, eat protein = building blocks. Carbs burn clean, protein burns dirty, before a workout.
Needless to say, my tummy was gurgling for some grub after two back to back lectures, so I ventured onto the expo floor to try some more treats. BAM! I hit The V-Spot, (a vegan restaurant located in Park Slope, Brooklyn), without much searching... I was immediately sold on a vegan empanada.
|Dr. Fred Bisci AKA|
The Godfather of Nutrition.
|Me rockin' my new|
Vaute Couture tee!
Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP