Meatless Monday: A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Spread

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When I first gave up meat, my mother would panic when trying to plan holiday meals. What could a vegetarian possibly eat at Thanksgiving? My answer­: plenty! Skipping the carne doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Thanksgiving. I personally never feel like I miss out on my favorite holiday tastes because it’s not the turkey alone but the combination […]

American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: 6 Healthy Habits to Reduce Your Risk

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Diabetes is an urgent health issue in the Hispanic community–1 in 10 Latinos has diabetes and it is estimated that 1 out of 2 Hispanic children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. This disease causes blood sugar levels (glucose) to spike which over time can harm your heart, nerves, skin, mouth, kidneys, eyes, and feet, even causing […]

VIDEO: Latino Voters and Election 2013, 2014, and the BIGGIE 2016 or What I Said on MSNBC

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Although it’s Election 2013, the media have been talking non-stop about 2016. On the Democratic side, Hillary is right now the strongest Democratic candidate for President and a fundraising juggernaut–if she chooses to run. But remember what happened with all that infallibility talk on 2008. A certain junior Senator from Illinois with barely any grass […]

American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Pasta Recipe

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November is American Diabetes Month. Reduce your risk of developing diabetes, a disease 26 million Americans live with, by getting regular exercise and eating well. Committing to a healthy diet is the best way to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes–the most common form of the disease. Blocking enough or the effective use of insulin, type 2 diabetes results in excess glucose in the body which can cause increased […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: Cancer-Fighting Salad Recipe

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Breast cancer runs in my family, recently losing an aunt to this terrible disease. This personal loss reminds me that it is imperative to be proactive about breast health which is why this last Meatless Monday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I recommend filling your plate with a healthy cancer-fighting salad. Many cancer risk factors are out of our control, such as genes, […]

Education Wednesday: New Opportunities to Diversify Medical Schools

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Today more resources than ever are available to help students of color pursue careers in the medical field. Opportunities stem from our nation’s expanding health care system and the urgent need for doctors with cultural understanding such as language, religion, and taboos. To increase the presence of minorities in medicine, we must educate ourselves on these new initiatives. We […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: 5 Food Choices to Reduce your Risk

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While there is no way to prevent breast cancer,  we can adopt simple habits that will reduce our risk, beginning with what we eat. One in eight women will develop breast cancer, the most common cancer among Latinas and women worldwide. While some factors which increase risk like age, gender, and family history […]

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Colombian Ajiaco Soup Recipe

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As fall approaches and temperatures drop, stay warm with a hot dish. I’m celebrating the final week of Hispanic Heritage Month with a vegetarian version of sabroso Colombian Ajiaco soup. Popular in Bogotá, the traditional recipe features chicken, three kinds of potatoes and guascas, an herb originally from the Andes. To make the soup meatless without […]