Eating for Happiness

Happiness centers around several important neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamaine, endorphins, phenylethylamine, and anandamide. Serotonin is popularly known as the “feel-good hormone,” or your body’s own natural tranquilizer, hence the happiness factor. This is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. Up to 90 percent of your body’s total serotonin is located in your gut, […]

Black-eyed peas, corn, and kale

Promoting Healthy Protein

Protein forms many body structures, including muscles, skin, and hair. It also forms enzymes that catalyze chemical reactions throughout your body. Protein molecules are composed of amino acids. How much protein do we need? During World War II, Lydia J. Roberts, Hazel Stiebeling, and Helen S. Mitchell were part of a committee established by the United States National Academy of […]

Steel-cut oats with blueberries, flax seeds, and grated brazil nut

Counting on Carbohydrates

Most carbohydrates contain four Calories per gram. They can be simple or complex, depending on the number of sugar units they contain. Simple carbohydrates (sugars) contain one sugar unit, while complex carbohydrates (starches and fiber) contain three or more. Simple sugars are absorbed quickly, and raise blood sugar levels rapidly. This spike in blood sugar […]

Understanding Human Nutrition (With a Side of Politics)

Where do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat? How do you get enough calcium without drinking milk? Most people, even otherwise educated people, don’t seem to know very much about nutrition. Sadly, that situation won’t change anytime soon unless you educate yourself and the people you care about. Why did most of […]

Welcome to Humane Living!

For all of you who are looking to live a healthier, more compassionate life, welcome. You probably know that fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts are good for you. But you may also think that eating nothing but vegetarian food would be difficult or boring. If so, you’re in for a great surprise. Eating healthy […]