Gourmet and Fast Food

  by: Michiana Vegfest Vegan food is now available in two new venues: fine dining and fast food. Why vegan food matters: The most effective approach to lower one’s carbon footprint is to eat less meat and dairy. Popularizing meatless meals may now help reduce meat consumption in the US. Plant-based diets are gaining popularity. […]

The Connection Between Food and Mood

  by: Michiana Vegfest While it’s common knowledge that nutrition is important for one’s physical health, what one eats can also have a direct impact on one’s mental well-being. The tight interaction between your brain and your gastrointestinal (GI) system, commonly referred to as the “second brain,” explains the link between nutrition and emotions. The […]

Food Combinations using Plants and Culinary Medicine

Food Combinations using Plants and Culinary Medicine Sherri Isaak, RD, CDE, CDCES, BC-ADM, DipACLMShelby Huse, MS in Nutrition and Wellness Student Culinary medicine is an emerging field that examines the interaction between food and cooking with science and medicine.1 Emerging evidence-based research has shown that combining culinary medicine with nature can greatly enhance nutrient bioavailability […]

What Yoga Means To Me

By:  Karen K. Sommers, Michiana VegFest Chair and Yoga Instructor I have been practicing and teaching yoga in the Michiana area for close to 20 years.  I can honestly say that yoga has kept me going both physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually! Yoga originated in India and has been around for thousands of years.  It […]

Inflammation and Arthritis

By: Sherri Isaak, MS,RD,CDE,BC-ADM, Jessica Grzybowski, Dietetic Intern Nutrition Tips for Arthritis Although there are several different types of arthritis, the tips below may help to decrease inflammation and help you live an overall healthier lifestyle.  Choose more anti-inflammatory and less inflammatory foods. No one specific food can eliminate arthritis pain, however, aiming for less […]

Omega-3’s and Plant-based Diets

Written by Sherri Isaak MS,RD,CDE,BC-ADM, DipACLM Jessica Grzybowski and Julianne Calhoun, Dietetic Interns Omega-3 fatty acids are a polyunsaturated fat that is often referred to as a “healthy fat”. Consuming an adequate amount is important as they play a valuable role in cardiovascular health, growth and development,  immune health and possibly other disease states. 1 […]

Jeanne Blad, Co-Chair of Michiana VegFest: “Why I’m Vegan”

Why become a vegan?  Like many of us, I grew up with a typical American diet, meat, eggs, poultry, fish, and vegetables.  When I married, our family continued that way of eating. My doctor started talking about my high cholesterol when I was in my early 40’s.  I had a family history of early heart […]

VegFest Sponsor Gratitude: The University of Notre Dame

The Microbiome – A Critical Player in Whole Body Health By Jocelyn Antonelli, Nutrition Services Program Director, University of Notre Dame As we greet 2021 with renewed hope of turning the corner on this coronavirus pandemic, consideration for the health of our gut microbiome takes on added importance. The gut microbiome is emerging as one […]

A Personal Story of Healing through Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

A Personal Story of Healing: Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ transforms retired pastor’s life Complications from high blood pressure, diabetes and weight control caught up with Eldon Stoltzfus, Goshen, when he was standing in a buffet line in March. He collapsed and was taken to Goshen Hospital’s Emergency Room. Eldon needed three stents to open blocked arteries and restore […]

Sponsors Appreciation December 2020

Presenting Sponsor: Philanthropist Arthur J. Decio Co-Sponsor: Goshen Heart & Vascular Center Recipe Agave Sriracha Sauce Recipe  from Chef Samantha Moore Goshen Health & Vascular Center ¼ cup Agave Syrup 2-3 Tablespoons Siracha Sauce 2  Tablespoons Soy Sauce 2-3 Tablespoons Water 1 Tablespoon Mirin 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic 1 Tablespoon Minced Ginger 1 Teaspoon Sesame […]