Welcome to the Food Rx app

Welcome to the Food Rx app. We are a program of the Seeding Greatness Foundation and Vegan R Us. Our tagline is Let food be Thy Medicine. That quote is from the Ancient Greek culture. It was penned by Hippocrates, considered the founder of Greek medicine.

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Eat well and be well. Eat plant-based, Vegetarian, or Vegan and you are on your way to saying goodbye to unhealthy Rx pills and unnecessary side effects, some a nuisance and some outright deadly.

What you choose to put into your body has profound effects on your overall health. Research shows that dietary habits influence disease risk and provide strong medicinal and protective wellness qualities.

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FoodRx is your Healthy Foods app for nutritional wellness. 

Hippocrates (400 BC) knew it, “Let food be thy medicine.”

Your grandmother knew it, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Your mom knew it, “Eat your vegetables!”Ancient wisdom never goes out of style.

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Functional Medicine

Our mission at FoodRx is to provide innovative nutrition tools and information to promote optimal physical and mental health and healing.

To work so no one in America, and globally goes hungry,

We believe in an integrative and functional approach to health and healing described by The Institute of Functional Medicine as personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms. Functional medicine is a science-based, solutions focused and compassionate field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:

Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals.

Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care,” following Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”

Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.

Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now support the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.

Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.

Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance healthspan.

Thus, many people argue that food is medicine.

Yet, diet alone cannot and should not replace medicine in all circumstances. Although many illnesses can be prevented, treated, or even cured by dietary and lifestyle changes, many others cannot.

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This article explains some of the medicinal effects of food on your body and mind

Many nutrients in food promote health and protect your body from disease.

Eating whole, nutritious foods is important because their unique substances work synergistically to create an effect that can’t be replicated by taking a supplement.

Vitamins and minerals

Although your body only needs small amounts of vitamins and minerals, they’re vital for your health. However, Western diets — high in processed foods and low in whole foods like fresh produce — are typically deficient in vitamins and minerals. Such deficiencies can substantially increase your risk of disease.

For example, insufficient intakes of vitamin C, vitamin D, and folate may harm your heart, cause immune dysfunction, and increase your risk of certain cancers, respectively

Beneficial plant compounds

Nutritious foods, including vegetables, fruits, beans, and grains, boast numerous beneficial compounds, such as antioxidants.

Antioxidants protect cells from damage that may otherwise lead to disease

In fact, studies demonstrate that people whose diets are rich in polyphenol antioxidants have lower rates of depression, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease

Fiber

Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. It not only promotes proper digestion and elimination but also feeds the gut. Thus, high-fiber foods like vegetables, beans, grains, and fruits help protect against disease, decrease inflammation, and boost your immune system.

On the other hand, low-fiber diets are associated with an increased risk of illnesses, including colon cancer and stroke

Protein and healthy fats

protein and fat in whole nutritious foods play various critical roles in your body. Amino acids — the building blocks of protein — aid immune function, muscle synthesis, metabolism, and growth, while fats provide fuel and help absorb nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in foods like fatty fish, help regulate inflammation and are linked to improved heart and immune health.

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Heart Benefits of Avocados

Heart Benefits of Avocados. Avocados are a great example of the power of healthy fats, and the mistake we made in villainizing them for so long. It followed more than 110,000 women and men for more than 30 years and found that higher avocado intake was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.

Even just half an avocado a week had protective qualities. Researchers also found that replacing a half serving of butter, cheese, and bacon with an equivalent amount of avocado was associated with a 22% lower risk of cardiovascular events. Nutritional science is always evolving and our stance on fats is one area I’m very pleased to see shifting. 

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Differences between plant-based Vegetarian and Vegan eating

Hey, Want to eat healthily, but a bit confused about the differences between plant-based Vegetarian and Vegan eating? Here is s chart to show the similarities and differences. From Steven Monahan’s wellness non-profit Vegan R Us. Follow us on Facebook or our site at www.VeaganRus.org


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Vegan for Peace. As Vegans, we deeply understand that humanity is many, but it is one. We are One with each other, the animals, and this Planet. Our hearts are saddened and go out to our fellow sentient beings in these terrible times in Ukrania.

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Black Vegan Brand

Black Vegan Brand. Nowhere has the vegan diet taken off more than in the African-American community. A Pew Research Center survey lists 8% of black Americans are strict vegans or vegetarians, compared to just 3% of the general population. Black-owned vegan food brands are growing.

Black Americans are almost three times as likely to be vegan and vegetarian than other Americans. Why is giving up meat so popular?

When Louis Hunter woke up on the morning of 31 May he didn’t know what to do.

His hometown of Minneapolis was in disarray after a week of protests following the death of George Floyd, and many businesses – including his own restaurant, Trio Plant-Based – were shut down.

“God just touched me and told me to go out and pass out all the food that I had prepared the day before,” he told the BBC.

In total, Mr. Hunter gave away 300 vegan meals and bottles of water to Black Lives Matter protesters. The cause and his restaurant are inextricable in his heart.

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In 2016 he was facing 20 years in jail on felony rioting charges after participating in a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of his cousin, Philando Castile.

Mr. Hunter has always maintained his innocence, and charges were eventually dismissed, but he lost his landscaping business and apartment while the sentence hung over his head for over a year.ADVERTISEMENT

Through his legal battle, he met white activist Sarah Woodcock, who introduced him to the concept of veganism.

He started reading about how reducing or eliminating animal products can help reduce the likelihood of developing chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure – illnesses that plague the black community in the US.

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He says he also started to connect how racial injustice contributes to the poor diet that many African Americans eat.

“At first I knew nothing about vegan, plant-based food at all,” he said. “After that, I started seeing the other ways we were being treated wrongly, as far as our eating habits.”

The pair went into business, and after a series of pop-ups, opened Trio in the autumn of 2018. Now he is the sole proprietor, making Trio the first black-owned vegan restaurant in the state.

The growth of Trio mirrors national trends, with everyone from athletes to pop stars jumping on board. But nowhere has the vegan diet taken off more than in the African-American community. 

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According to Pew Research Center survey, 8% of black Americans are strict vegans or vegetarians, compared to just 3% of the general of the population.

Those findings mirror a 2015 poll by the Vegetarian Resource Group, that found 8% of black people were strictly vegetarian, compared to 3.4% overall.

Recently, a January poll by Gallup found that 31% of non-white Americans had reduced their meat consumption in the past year, compared to only 19% of white Americans.

The trend is sparking a new generation of vegan influencers, like actress Tabitha Brown, who is getting her own cooking show after her vegan videos blew up on Tik Tok and Instagram (there is even an online petition to make Ms Brown the voice of Apple’s Siri).

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