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10 American Cities That Are Paradise For Vegetarians

10 American Cities That Are Paradise For Vegetarians

There are many benefits to being a vegetarian, but there are some issues that come with it. Eating at a friend’s house, getting enough protein, getting numerous questions about your lifestyle, and eating out can all be factors when it comes to your vegetarian lifestyle.

With some locations, it can be a nightmare to live a meatless lifestyle, but there are some that can be a total paradise. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 cities in America where it’s a breeze to be vegetarian.

1. Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR

    This city has a long list of vegetarian and vegan-friendly establishments, from bed-and-breakfasts to a-la-carte restaurants. This city also has the world’s first-ever (and only) all-vegan strip mall. When in Portland, you might want to stop at Natural Selection, a European-style restaurant built on vegetables, fruits, and grains, featuring finely crafted meals paired with choice wines and spirits. Plus, their menu changes weekly so eating meat-free dishes is more exciting at this particular restaurant.

    2. New York, New York

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      Are you aware that the chances of stumbling into a vegetarian restaurant are highest when you are in New York? It’s no secret that restaurants in the city that never sleep are diverse. Some restaurants serve raw dishes, others have farm-to-table dishes, while still others prefer a mix of the two, resulting in such a creative and delectable dish. For starters, you can try Candle Cafe or Dirt Candy.

      3. Los Angeles, California

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        In the city of the stars you will not have any problems finding restaurants offering vegetarian dishes. The only problem you’ll face is the presence of too much paparazzi! At vegan restaurant, Crossroads, choose from a delectable menu of vegan pasta, sandwiches, and other vegetarian-friendly selections curated by vegan chef to the stars, Tal Ronnen.

        4. San Francisco, California

        San Francisco

          Of course, if you don’t feel like going to the city of the stars but still want to go to vegan paradise in California–visit SF. San Francisco has plenty of amazing restaurants and it’s rare to find one without a separate vegan menu for every budget and style. For starters you can try Flying Falafel or La Folie.

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          5. Denver, Colorado

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            Denver is known to have over 65 vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the city. What is even more amazing is that most of the restaurants have embraced and mastered the art of preparing healthy and delicious meals in anticipation of their vegetarian guests. You also get a breath-taking freebie: a perfect view of beautiful mountains.

            6. Asheville, North Carolina

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              For vegetarian southern-style cooking, visit Asheville, North Carolina. This place has at least 35 vegetarian-friendly restaurants. For example, you have the Rosetta’s Kitchen, a family favorite. This place is perfect for vegetarians who are still bound to be picky when it comes to their meals. The place has a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

              7. Austin, Texas

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                Austin in itself is a city flocked with restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines. Even though Texas has become famous for its love of meat, the city of Austin has somehow built a reputation for loving vegetables and offering cuisines that vegetarians would surely love. When visiting Austin, check out a local favorite, The Vegan Yacht, for a taste of true vegan comfort food.

                8. Chicago, Illinois

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                  Waving the banner of being “meat-free since ’83,” The Chicago Diner is just one of the examples of the sprouting vegetarian-friendly dinners in the area.  Chicago also has Greek, Indian, and Korean inspired dishes that are specially prepared for vegetarians. Another must-try restaurant with southern-style cooking is the Soul Vegan. You surely won’t regret doing so.

                  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

                  Minneapolis, MN

                    Hard Times Café, Heartland, and Ecopolitan are just three of the restaurants in Minneapolis, that are vegetarian-friendly. They use 100% raw food and some offer cooking classes and educational lectures. Thus, aside from enjoying their mouth-watering dishes, you also get to learn how to prepare a new favorite dish!

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                      10. Salt Lake City, Utah

                      VegNews proclaimed Salt Lake City as the “Next Great Vegan City” in 2012. This place also caught the attention of PETA due to the way they select their dishes. Check out several establishments around the city, including Vertical Diner (the country’s best), City Dogs, Sage’s Café, Buds, Brewvies Cinema Pub, and Omar’s Rawtopia.

                      Featured photo credit: AHealthierMI_Veggies/A Healthier Michigan via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                      Why you can’t sleep through the night

                      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                      Stress

                      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                      Eating close to bedtime

                      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                      Medical conditions

                      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                      The vicious sleep cycle

                      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                      You get a bad night’s sleep
                      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                        Here are a few suggestions:

                        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                        Sleep better form now on

                        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                        Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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