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No AniTein stands for No Animal Protein.  

There are many misconceptions about sourcing protein in our diets. The biggest one is that you can only get protein from animal based foods, like cows, chickens, fish and other members of the animal kingdom, and their byproducts like milk, cheese, and eggs. While it is true animals are a source of protein, it is equally true that plant-based foods are a great source of protein and a much healthier source of protein.

Research has shown that the consumption of animal protein is a major contributor to predisposing our bodies to cancer and other chronic conditions such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease.  The medical community has demonstrated that by eliminating animal protein from the Standard American Diet, these conditions can be reversed and related medications become unnecessary.  This is good news for those suffering from these conditions because the medications are very expensive.

Whole Food, Plant-Based (WFPB) eating is a lifestyle NOT a diet.  Diets suggest a temporary way of eating.  Adopting a WFPB lifestyle will have you Eating in the Black!  In finance, the term "In the Black" means that you are financially rich.  Eating in the Black will make your body rich in health.   Please enjoy our blog Eating in the Black for information to help make your body rich in health.

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This is a must have book by Adrian Miller on the history of Soul Food. Understanding its history will us understand how to recast its many recipes into healthier versions.

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Eat More Veggies !!!Eat More Veggies !!!
7 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables
Always skip the animal protein in any recipe to "vegan-ize" it.

No. 1:  Eat veggies for breakfast
Who are these people who dictate we should eat bacon and eggs for breakfast? There is nothing magical about this combination. In fact, it is harmful to consume these products at any meal of the day. Start a new breakfast tradition and add more veggies to your morning meal and get your day off to a truly healthy start.

No. 2:  Eat more veggie soup
This is such an easy way to get more veggies in your diet.  If you have a pot, some veggies, and a few extra ingredients.  You can have some piping hot soup by lunchtime.  The website 25 Drool-Worthy Vegan Soup Recipes has some amazing soup recipes that are super easy to make.

No. 3:  Snack on veggies
There are lots of ways to make great tasting veggie snacks. Check out the recipes at  10-Minute Vegan Snacks to Make When a Piece of Fruit Just Won't Cut It for some delicious vegan snack recipes.  The Pan-Fried Cinnamon Bananas are my favorite.

No. 4:  Turn veggies into noodles
Veggies noodles give new meaning and nutrition to the word "pasta."  Veggie noodles are lower in calories and higher in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin K, not to mention the fact they are tastier, easier to make, and guaranteed fresh with a handy home veggie spiral.  Kids will love them too because of their curly shape and texture.  Let them get into the act of making them and they will be even more excited to eat them!

No. 5:  Make wraps with veggies
Veggies wraps wrapped in a veggie is the fastest way to up the nutrition value of a sandwich wrap without sacrificing valuable fiber.  Try any of the following to wrap your favorite veggies:  Collard greens, lettuce, cabbage,  kale, spinach, beet greens, watercress, Swiss chard, endive, bok choy.  Read The 13 Healthiest Leafy Green Vegetables to learn more about the nutritional value of these leafy greens.

No. 6:  Use veggies for spaghetti.
Spaghetti squash can be easily transformed into any traditional spaghetti dish, from spaghetti and meatballs to Pad Thai noodles. I have tried almost every one of the 10 Delicious Vegan Spaghetti Squash Recipes and so far all of them are my favorite recipe.  Try one tonight.  There is nothing easier than a recipe that can be made in the oven!

No. 7:Turn your vegetables into chips
Leave that bag of potato chips on the supermarket shelf! You can make healthier chips at home in a few minutes and with NO artificial ingredients. You don't have to stop at potatoes for making chips. Try any of the following veggies for making chips: Beets, carrots, kale, sweet potatoes, parsnip, taro, radishes, zucchini, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, and seaweed. The 14 Vegetable Chip Recipes to Make Snacking Tasty and Healthy is a great guide to making fabulously healthy chips for you and your family.

Bonus Option:  Use your imagination and you will be surprised with the delicious pure veggie versions of meat dishes you can come up with.  Plus, any dish sans the animal protein is cheaper to make too!

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You really are what you eat. I am the picture of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. I sleep better. I am slimmer. I have clarity of mind, quicker reflexes, & great bio-metrics. My Total Cholesterol to HDL Ratio is less than 2.0. I have more energy than I have ever had in my life. I owe all these health benefits to Eating in the Black! Email me yours.

How do you get protein?

This is one of the most misunderstood concepts about protein. Protein is a "macronutrient."  It is one of three macronutrients that make up the bulk of all foods. The other macronutrients are carbohydrates and fat. This means protein is in just about every kind of food on the planet and makes up part of the bulk of plant based foods as well.

If we examine 500 calories of tomatoes, spinach, lima beans and potatoes in equal parts, we would find 33 grams of protein and no cholesterol, which is only contained in animal based foods. The following compares the nutrients in this serving to 500 calories of beef, pork, chicken and whole milk in equal parts: Protein (33g, 34g), Fat( 4g, 36g), Cholesterol (0mg, 137mg), Beta-carotene (29,919mcg, 17mcg), Dietary Fiber (32g, 0g), Vitamin C(29 mcg, 4mcg), Folate(1,168mcg, 19mcg), Vitamin E(11mg, 0.5mg), Iron(20mg, 2mg), Magnesium (548mg, 51mg), and Calcium(545mg, 252mg).

I Declare Plant Based Protein the Winner, Champ and Best Choice!!!


What do you do about eggs?

I get this question a lot and I always have to chuckle a bit.  Then I let out a big sigh and answer the question with the question, "From what plant do you pluck an egg?"  The reaction is always priceless.   The questioner then chuckles and responds "Oooooh, Ok."  This applies to cheese, butter, and animal based milks too.  As an aside, the next time you dine out, tell the waiter that you do not consume animal protein and then order a salad.  There is a high probabillity that it will be served with cheese sprinkled on it.  I always have to send it back, explaining to the waiter that the cheese sprinkled on the salad is animal protein. They apologize and bring me a fresh one without the cheese.  It is going to take some time for restaurants to clarify the use of anitein in their menu dishes.

Let's compare the nutrients in one cup of pea protein milk (plant based) vs. one cup of whole milk (animal based): Calories (100, 149), Fat (4.5g, 8g ), Protein (8g, 8g), Calcium (450mg, 276mg), Vitamin D(120IU, 124IU)

I Declare Pea-Protein Milk the Winner and Champ!!!


Are you hungry?

I am always shocked and amazed when I am asked this question.  Plant based foods provide more bulk on your plate than animal based foods for equal servings of calories.  To get the same amount of bulk on your plate from animal based foods as plant based foods provide, you may have to pile your plate twice as high and that means consuming many more calories to get the same sensation of fullness.  However, animal based foods can make you feel sluggish and lethargic, which most people mistake for a sensation for fullness.  I contend that if a meal makes you feel sluggish, lethargic and puts you to sleep after consumption, then you are eating the wrong foods. Food is supposed to be the fuel that gives you energy not put you in a coma.

Consume plant based foods for the fuel you need for an active and healthy life!      

How expensive is a whole food, plant-based diet?

What is more expensive a bunch of broccoli or a prescription for Amaryl, a diabetes medicine? I recently saw an analysis comparing the cost to prepare a whole food, plant based split pea soup recipe to a ham and split pea recipe. The link below will take you to the comparison. The plant based version cost $4.34 and the animal based version cost $12.78 to make, almost 3 times the cost of the plant based version. Both recipes serve eight people. Subtracting the animal protein from any dish will always save you money. You can add in more plant based foods to increase the fiber and nutrient content, and eliminate the adverse impacts of animal protein.

Conclusion: You can save money by adopting a plant based diet, and improve your health and the health of your loved ones at the same time, with all of you becoming rich in health.


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According to the African American Registry, soul food is

"the style of cooking [that] originated during American slavery. African slaves were given only the "leftover" and "undesirable" cuts of meat from their masters (while the white slave owners got the meatiest cuts of ham, roasts, etc.). We also had only vegetables grown for ourselves. After slavery, many, being poor, could afford only off-cuts of meat, along with offal. Farming, hunting and fishing provided fresh vegetables, fish and wild game, such as possum, rabbit, squirrel and sometimes waterfowl. The intersectionality of African food preparations preserved, class status, laws that prevented equal access and innovative survival prevailed. Africans living in America at the time (and since) more than made do with the food choices we had to work with."

Source:  Soul Food - A Brief History

We must change the definition of soul food from one ladened with butter, fat back, lard, hog intestines and other high-blood pressure, diabetes causing unhealthy animal proteins and revert back to the diets of our African ancestors. Adrian Miller, in his book, "Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time," discusses how a diet rich in plant agriculture transitioned to what we have today, one poisoned with animal protein.  In the black community, animal based diets are responsible for a myriad of chronic health conditons and an average life expectancy significantly less than that of non-black populations.  Per the The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, as of 2009, the racial and ethnic breakdown of life expectancy is Asian-American live on average 86.5 years, Latinos average 82.8 years, Whites average 78.9 years, Native Americans average 76.9 years, and African-Americans average 74.6 years.  Admittedly, factors other than diet affect these metrics, but when you consider the incidence rates of chronic diseases by race and ethnicity, African Americans lead the pack.  African Americans are first in chronic disease incidence and last in life expectancy.

This relationship can be reversed by a whole food, plant-based diet.

Source:  Chronic Diseases by Race and Ethnicity

The future of soul food must be whole food and plant-based. Veganized soul food recipes are abundantly available on the internet, especially YouTube. There are now many books are on the market that show how to veganize traditional soul food recipes. However, beware of the amount of oil, of any kind, and processed sugar these recipes call for. The top dish pictured is a traditional plate of fried chicken, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, macaroni and cheese made with eggs and butter, and okra fried in corn meal and animal fat. This dish is easily veganized by substituting tofu oven-encrusted in corn meal, cauliflower mash, collard greens cooked in onions and Indian spices, and grilled okra.

The second dish is a veganized version of the traditional southern Chicken & Waffles. This recipe comes from One Green Planet and it is 100% plant based. It is the perfect Sunday Brunch delicacy!!!

Recipe:  Vegan Chicken & Waffles

No More Animal Protein means a Longer Life Expectancy for African Americans.

Charlotte, NC

Santa Barbara School District is a 1st!

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Unified School District is being recognized for removing processed meat from all of its menus.
Food Service Director Nancy Weiss said she is committed to serving healthy foods to students. The district said the new policy is based on scientific research linking processed meat to cancer.

"This year, the district decided we are no longer going to be supporting known carcinogens, like pepperoni, hot dogs or processed deli meats," Weiss said.
Since Weiss took over as service director in 2007, SBUSD has switched to a food from scratch menu using whole grains and local organic produce.
The district also offers a plant-based option for every meal. According to the district, "of the 2 million meals SBUSD serves every year, approximately 50 percent of the meals are plant-based."

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit, gave SBUSD its "Golden Carrot Award" for making the commitment to serving healthy food three years ago. This week, the non-profit gave the district another honor for removing processed meats from its menus. The organization said SBUSD is the first known district in the country to remove all processed meats from the lunch line. Representatives for the non-profit, including registered dietician Maggie Neola, came to Santa Barbara to present the award.

"September is their first month without processed meats, and it will go on throughout the school year. So we are here to celebrate by teaching the kids about nutrition and presenting them with an award for going processed meat-free," said Physician's Committee member Maggie Neola.


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