What is Veganism?

Veganism is a new age dietary approach that has been very popular with millennials and celebrities (Bill Clinton, Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, and Ellen Degeneres to name a few). Vegans often get a bad wrap for their diet because of associations with hyper-political animal rights organizations like PETA and NRDC, but inherently the diet is a sound approach to eating non-processed foods, so put down the Snickers bar and “vegan” twinkies.

What is Veganism?

The dr sebi diet includes only foods from plants: fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried beans and peas), grains, seeds and nuts.  People become vegan for various reasons which can include, but are not limited to; environmental implications, animal rights, health issues relating to meat digestion, religious or spiritual beliefs, taste or simple personal preference.

 

What Veganism Is Not

Veganism is not a diet that lacks flavor and diversity.  There are many ways vegans mix and match ingredient pairings with simple cooking methods to keep their food clean and bodies fueled. Veganism also does not automatically equate health. Health requires a holistic approach to food and exercise and simply eliminating some foods doesn’t solve all chronic or acute health issues. However, with a whole food approach to veganism, there is no shortage of vital nutrients, such as protein, calcium, and vitamins to maintain good health.

How We Define Veganism

A Vegan diet contains zero animal flesh or animal bi-products, including eggs, dairy or products like fish sauce (unlike vegetarianism). Tasteful emphasizes quality over anything else, so a great restaurant will serve higher quality (organic, local, seasonal) and minimally processed food.

Do’s and Dont’s of Veganism

Do gradually work your way into veganism. Allow your body to adjust to the dietary changes gradually. Do take a Vitamin B12 supplement as the body gains most B12 from meat. Do hydrate because increased fiber and whole grain intake requires more water to digest these foods. Do source quality, organic, non-gmo ingredients. Do incorporate protein (nuts, soy, peas, etc.) to each meal.

Don’t forget protein all together. Protein is needed to maintain body tissue, muscle, and hormones, while also providing energy. Don’t fill up on vegan junk food. It exists and it is highly processed with added sugar, chemicals and preservatives. Don’t avoid dining out all together. Many restaurants cater specifically to vegan diets or a willing to make vegan substitutions to seemingly otherwise non-vegan options.

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What is Real Food?

Real Food is the movement America has been needing. It has developed in many forms and extends beyond the buzzwords organic, farm to table, non-GMO, etc. The Real Food Movement relies on sustainable practices so that food itself acts as both fuel and medicine for the human body. If a restaurant values a real food approach, they’ll say it everywhere.

What is Real Food?

Real Food defines the current movement of turning the food industries focus away from processed and refined “food like substances” and back to whole, nutritious foods that our great grandparents would have eaten.  As Ann Wigmore, famed holistic health practitioner said, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”

Real Food is a way of nurturing the body with whole, unprocessed ingredients that help it function at its maximum potential.

What Real Food Is Not

Real Food is not the most recent ploy or gimmick for quick weight loss. While weight loss is a common added bonus, it is not the main draw to a Real Food Approach. Real Food is a way to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle by giving your body a chance for optimum health. Real food is not a product of industry, but rather a product of the earth. It’s the anti-industry diet.

How We Define Real Food

Real Food is defined as whole ingredients that have been minimally processed or refined.  Real food is that which respects human dignity, animal welfare, social justice, environmental sustainability, and most importantly: health. Tasteful values local products from farms and ranches that are organic, pasture raised and free of antibiotics and hormones.

Do’s and Dont’s of Real Food

Do eat whole food that has not been refined or processed. Do eat foods high in vitamins and minerals and healthy fats (vegetables, meats, fish and poultry, fruits, nuts and seeds). Do eat whole foods that represent the colors of the rainbow, as these foods will give you the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients to support the healthy function of your body systems. Do eat fermented and raw dairy. The milk you buy in the store has been pasteurized, homogenized and treated to remove pathogens and healthy bacteria, which results in decreased enzyme activity. Milk from factory raised farm animals is indeed unhealthy and risky to drink raw, however milk from grass-fed, pasture raised animals has far more health benefits than its pasteurized counterpart. Do eat whole grains that have been minimally processed. Do eat food in its natural form (i.e. an apple should look like an apple and a steak should be just that, a steak).

Do not eat food with any added ingredients and preservatives. Avoid packaged food all together. Avoid chemically altered foods that have been manufactured by food scientists.

A Real Food Diet

Eat a diet filled with whole, nutritious food. Eat organic and local when possible, avoid GMOs, eat hormone and antibiotic free meats and dairy. Eat food as medicine and nourishment for the body. Eating food that has been over processed leads to disease and decreased overall health.

Whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, and some preferably organic, dairy, also preferably organic, whole grains, wild caught fish (which are free of harmful chemicals), organic or grass feed meat (which are free of hormones and antibiotics), organic poultry, legumes, nuts, seeds, unrefined sweeteners (like raw honey and maple syrup), whole grains (like brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta). Real food is whole foods which is unrefined and unprocessed and does not contain added ingredients, such as salt, simple carbohydrates, or fat.

 

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What is Vegetarianism?

Vegetarians often get mislabeled as bleeding-heart pacifists that only eat a plate full of dry, organic, non-GMO lettuce while wearing Uggs and drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte (with soy milk of course). While vegetarianism does carry specific ideological beliefs as an approach to health and wellness, it isn’t so simple to judge.

What is Vegetarianism?

Vegetarianism is a diet where people abstain from eating animal meat (red meat, poultry, seafood and the flesh of any other animal) and, for some, animal bi-products. People become vegetarian for many reasons, such as environmental sustainability, animal rights, health implications, religious and/or spiritual restrictions or simply a distaste for meat.

What Vegetarianism Is Not

Vegetarianism is not an I-only-eat-salad diet, nor is it the OK to live off Twinkies and chocolate bars just because they don’t contain meat. Gastronomically speaking, people are all very different, with unique dietary needs.

How We Define Vegetarianism

Living a Vegetarian lifestyle requires users to make conscious decisions. A vegetarian diet requires people do not eat meat, but animal bi-products (milk, eggs, honey, etc.) are okay to consume. Tasteful emphasizes quality over anything else, so a great restaurant will serve higher quality and minimally processed foods (organic, local, seasonal) for vegetarians.

Do’s and Dont’s of Vegetarianism

Do eat a diet full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. Be sure to consume ample amounts of protein from sources like legumes, lentils, yogurt and nuts. Do consume organic, non-GMO soy.

If you are new to vegetarianism, the sudden withdrawal from animal products can leave your body craving more protein. Substitute with higher quantities of vegetables and avoid processed sugars. Cheese can be a great source of protein for vegetarians, but consume in small quantities. Cheese can have excessive salt and calories which can lead to weight gain.

Do not eat prepackaged or processed goods. Just because they do not contain meat does not mean they should be consumed on a vegetarian diet. Avoid any and all processed foods.

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What is Gluten Free?

It’s not just a diet buzzword. Gluten and Gluten Free have, in the last couple years, become an incredibly popular discussion topic. Initially, most people had no idea what gluten actually was. Gluten is a protein found in the endosperm of wheat and other grains such as rye and barley, that is responsible for the “chewy” texture in breads and doughs.

A Gluten Free diet is one of the most recent health trends and is often seen as just the latest fad diet. However, for people with gluten intolerance, eating gluten can cause severe health issues.

What is Gluten Free?

Gluten Free is a dietary approach to food that causes gastronomical inflammation. Some with gluten sensitivities like Celiac Disease or autoimmune issues can benefit from avoiding this protein. Inherently gluten, if consumed by those without sensitivities, will not cause any major side effects.

The degree to which one is gluten sensitive can range from mild sensitivity to full blown Celiac Disease (extreme sensitivity). In individuals with Celiac Disease, consumption of gluten can cause many health issues and nutrient deficiencies. Individuals with Celiac Disease, consumption of gluten causes an autoimmune response in which the body attacks and debilitates villi (which are responsible for nutrient absorption) on the small intestine. Lack of absorption can lead to a myriad of health issues and therefore individuals with Celiac Disease must be very careful to avoid gluten and cross contamination with gluten products.

What Gluten Free Is Not

Gluten Free is not just the latest fad diet. Going Gluten Free also does not guarantee better overall health or weight loss. Eating gluten free will improve digestive health of those who have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, but is not actually advantageous to those without such sensitivities. Many Gluten Free products substitute with processed ingredients which for someone without a gluten sensitivity, ultimately, is worse than consuming gluten.

How We Define Gluten Free

Tasteful emphasizes quality and wholeness of ingredients in all foods one cosumes. When excluding gluten from your diet, be sure to not fill the void with excessively processed replacement foods. Focus on whole, organic, unprocessed foods.

There are three types of Gluten Free restaurants we highlight. Restaurants that have a 100% Gluten Free Kitchen, restaurants with dedicated Gluten Free Prep areas and restaurants with Gluten Free Menu options. Depending on one’s sensitivity the level of different restaurants will help to ensure that gluten free meals will be the best to consume.

Do’s and Dont’s of Gluten Free

Do avoid gluten containing foods such as breads, crackers and pastas. Do check ingredient lists for other gluten-containing items such as soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, malt, semolina, and barley to name a few. Do substitute wheat flour with other types of flours, such as coconut flour, tapioca flour, buckwheat flour and rice flour.

Do not dine out unprepared.  Ask restaurants about cross contamination and how they prepare gluten free items. Do not replace breads and other gluten containing substances with processed, non-real food substitutes. Do not consume large portions of gluten-free items or confuse all gluten-free items for healthy. Portion sizes are still important when eating gluten free. Gluten free cake is still cake.

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What is the Paleo Diet?

Speaking plainly, thousands of articles and posts publish each day relating to food. Cuisine and Nutrition alone are multibillion dollar industries. Eat this; don’t eat that. With the average person forced to make over 200 decisions about food each day, it can all be overwhelming.

The word paleo often gets thrown into the category and we’re here to draw a line in the sand, cut through the noise, and resonate as one clear and simple resource for healthy, nutritious food.

What is Paleo?

Paleo is a framework for living and eating, viewed through the lens of evolutionary biology, applied to modern humans. Paleo is founded on a real food approach which includes whole, unprocessed, high-quality, nutritious foods. Paleo leaves the processed, packaged food behind and replaces it with natural, nutrient rich options that the human body was evolutionarily engineered to consume.

What Paleo Is Not

Paleo is not a diet, a cleanse or a weight loss gimmick. It is not a historical reenactment, nor should it be considered a “one-size fits all” approach. Gastronomically speaking, people are all very different, with unique dietary needs. And yet, there is room for everyone at the Paleo table. Paleo is not the end of “delicious,” and no, Paleo isn’t just an excuse to eat unlimited steak and bacon.

How We Define Paleo

Living and eating Paleo is a lifestyle that, nutritionally, balances proteins and healthy fats with nutrient rich vegetables. Most paleo dishes will feature a variety of simple ingredients and cooking processes that help you eat the rainbow.

Paleo Do’s

Animal protein: beef, lamb, poultry, pork, seafood, eggs, etc. that is grass-fed, pastured or wild-caught whenever possible. Organ meats (heart, liver, etc) are excellent as well. 

Good quality fats: Coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter or ghee are great paleo ingredients for cooking.

Vegetables: eat the rainbow of vegetables with a focus on “Non-Starchy” vegetables. “Starchy” vegetables like potatoes (sweet & white), beets should be eaten sparingly or in moderation.

Fermented Foods: Kimchi, raw sauerkraut, kombucha, etc. are great.

Fruit: focus on low sugar fruit – berries and melon are good options! Higher sugar fruit (dates, figs, bananas) should be eaten in moderation.

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, macadamias, cashews, walnuts and various seeds should be eaten in moderation.

Grass-fed & lacto-fermented dairy: ghee, kefir, grass-fed butter are paleo compliant for cooking.

Hydrate!: drink plenty of water and, in moderation, tea or coffee is acceptable.

Paleo Dont’s

Grains: all grains, wheat and other gluten containing grains, rice, corn, quinoa, etc.

Beans and legumes: peanuts, lentils, soy, etc

Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, conventional butter or cream

Refined Sugars and sodas

Refined Oils: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, “vegetable” oil

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A Tasteful Nation

Founded by people on individual journeys to live a healthier life, Tasteful Inc. has grown quite a bit. Today we are excited to announce the national launch of Tasteful, an all-inclusive table where everyone can find and eat healthy food, no matter what their dietary preference.

Vegan in Vegas? We’ve got you covered.

Vegetarian on a business trip to Seattle? No problem.

Paleo and vacationing in Denver? We’ve got your back.

Gluten Free in NYC? You too.

Low Carb in Miami? For real, we’ve got you.

Just want to eat healthy, better quality food? Us too.

In an attempt to lead the Real Food Movement – a national trend championed by celebrity chefs, food entrepreneurs, and healthy lifestyle people across the nation – Tasteful invites you to eat clean. We’re taking a stand against factory farming, GMO food and processed ingredients.

Where are we exactly? We are everywhere!

Tasteful boasts a database of over 100,000 healthy restaurants and over 200,000 dishes in over 1,000 cities across the country. And the number grows every single day thanks to our amazingly passionate healthy users. If there isn’t much coverage in your area, be the first to recommend great places to eat Real Food and we’ll help grow the tribe!

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