Idris Elba still hasn’t seen ‘Endgame’, but has his eyes on playing the all-seeing Heimdall for Marvel again

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ABC(NEW YORK) — (SPOILER ALERT) Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing movie of all time, but if you run into Marvel movie star Idris Elba, please don’t tell him how it ends.

“I have it seen it, so no spoilers!” the Hobbs & Shaw star admitted to ABC Radio.

Elba, who played the all-seeing Norse god Heimdall in the three Thor movies — as well as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War — had no real excuse. “I know, I know. I have no life,” he laughed, shaking his head.

Anyone who HAS seen Endgame knows that an argument could be made that Heimdall’s heroic sacrifice in the opening moments of Infinity War makes him the real savior of mankind.

Hear us out: just before Thanos executes an injured Heimdall, the Asguardian uses his dark magic to transport Hulk to earth.

No Hulk, no Smart Hulk. No Smart Hulk, no time travel, which sets Thanos’ downfall in motion.

Granted, Tony Stark perfects the tech, but Hulk did the, pardon pun, heavy lifting.

Idris doesn’t know all that, however.

He does know is that he’d love to play Heimdall again, whether it be in an origin story, or as part of Disney+’s upcoming Loki series. “Of course!” He enthuses. “Listen, Heimdall is essentially part of the god family. So you know, he essentially could be alive. I’m just saying! I’m just putting it out there!

“The Heimdall character goes way back into, you know, the Thor mythology…And I’m sure there will be an interesting way to bring that alive. Of course I would. Yes.”

Fast and the Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is now in theaters.

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Posted On 09 Aug 2019

Exercise during pregnancy helps not just mom but baby too, study finds

Eva-Katalin/iStock(NEW YORK) — Women who exercise while pregnant are not only helping themselves, but their babies too, according to a new study.

Newborns whose moms exercised during pregnancy may have improved heart health and reached movement milestones earlier than other babies, according to researchers at East Carolina State University.

The researchers compared the outcomes of 1-month-old babies from a group of 71 pregnant women who were randomly assigned to exercise or not exercise during their pregnancy. The women who exercised performed 50 minutes of moderate-intensity, supervised aerobic exercise, three times per week.

The researchers found that exercising during pregnancy resulted in babies who are more adept at movement, and possibly more likely to be active as they grow older throughout their lives.

“Because physical activity is a modifiable risk factor of childhood obesity, these findings suggest that exercise during pregnancy may potentially reduce childhood risk of obesity,” the researchers wrote in their study, published in August issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Exercise during pregnancy is already known to have benefits for moms that include stress relief, a lower risk of gestational diabetes, fewer c-sections and reduced risk of gestational diabetes.

Exercising before birth can also help with labor, research has shown. A study published last year found that women who exercise just three times per week during pregnancy have a shorter labor.

“I always say pregnancy, labor and delivery, they’re athletic events. We should train for them,” said Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News chief medical correspondent and a board-certified OBGYN.

Here are five questions answered about exercising during pregnancy:

1. How often do pregnant women need to exercise?

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week.

2. What types of workouts are good for pregnant women?

ACOG recommends women stay active with walking, swimming and water workouts, stationary bicycling and modified yoga and Pilates during pregnancy.

Women who were already runners may be able to keep running and jogging during their pregnancy, but should check with their healthcare provider first.

3. Are there any specific workouts to avoid?

Stay away from any sports or specific exercises that could harm yourself and the fetus if you fall, according to Ashton, who cites activities like skydiving, scuba diving and skiing.

ACOG recommends staying away from contact sports and sports that put you at risk of getting hit in the abdomen, like soccer and basketball, and “hot yoga” or “hot Pilates,” which may cause you to become overheated.

4. Are there are any reasons to not exercise during pregnancy?

Every woman should consult with their midwife or obstetrician on the types and amount of exercise they should do while pregnant.

Women who are at high risk for pre-term labor or who have severe anemia, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, placenta previa after 26 weeks of pregnancy, cervical insufficiency and certain types of heart and lung diseases should not exercise while pregnant, according to ACOG.

5. Are there precautions pregnant women should take during workouts?

Pregnant women should avoid standing still or lying flat on your backs as much as possible during exercise, according to ACOG.

ACOG also recommends drinking lots of water before, during and after a workout to stay hydrated, and wearing loose-fitting clothing and not exercising in heat to avoid becoming overheated.

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Husband and wife duo buy car to drive vets, children to doctor free of charge

Pamela Barry(GETTYSBURG, Pa.) — A couple in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is hoping to make life a little easier for some special citizens in their town.

Pamela and Steve Barry bought a new car to help young cancer patients and veterans get free rides to the hospital.

The couple bought a Chevy Equinox with their own money earlier this year and worked with local artist Marvis Greene to decorate it.

From Captain America and famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle to local children who passed from cancer, the vehicle is an homage to fictional and everyday superheroes.

“We just really wanted to help critically ill children and wounded warriors,” Pamela Barry told ABC News’ Good Morning America.

The small business owner and her husband also host an annual benefit called the Gettysburg Battlefield Bash, where they unveiled the vehicle on July 27.

“Hundreds of people were clapping,” Pamela Barry said.

The car model’s name, “Equinox,” is fitting the couple said, because the definition worked well for their mission: the start of a new era and sign of hope for the future.

Although they have yet to have any rides, the couple are eager to start their service, in which they will personally shuttle people around to treatment centers and hospitals.

The Barrys want their “Equinox” to offer “hope and healing” to anyone who needs it in their community and “empower each other” to help those who need it.

“We want to be a small part in making people’s lives better,” Pamela Barry said.

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Philadelphia Eagles build room for fans with sensory needs

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ablokhin/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — A brand-new “state of the art” sensory room has landed at the Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field.

The 500-foot room, according to the Eagles website, is one part of a sensory inclusion certification by Kulture City, a nonprofit “dedicated to fight for inclusion and acceptance of ALL individuals regardless of their unique abilities.” Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was also a collaborator on the project.

The sensory inclusive certification process entailed training for Eagles employees and Lincoln Financial Field staff including on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory issues are often found in, but not limited to, people with autism and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sensory bags equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads are made available to all guests as part of their experience in the new room.

“It is truly heartwarming to know that this state-of-the-art sensory room will now provide a sense of ease and comfort for families and loved ones who may be experiencing sensory challenges at Lincoln Financial Field,” Jeffrey Lurie, chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles, said in a statement.

Lincoln Financial Field is one of three NFL teams Kulture City has worked with to designate a sensory room. The others are the Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium and the Jacksonville Jaguars TIAA Stadium, opening Aug. 16 and 17, respectively.

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Posted On 09 Aug 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 8/8/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
NY Yankees 12, Toronto 6
Boston 3, LA Angels 0
Detroit 10, Kansas City 8
Cleveland 7, Minnesota 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 9, Atlanta 2
Chi Cubs 12, Cincinnati 5
San Francisco 5, Philadelphia 0
San Diego 9, Colorado 3

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 91, Indiana 78
LA Sparks 84, Phoenix 74
Seattle 69, Dallas 57

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON
Buffalo 24, Indianapolis 16
NY Giants 31, NY Jets 22
Cleveland 30, Washington 10
Baltimore 29, Jacksonville 0
New England 31, Detroit 3
Tennessee 27, Philadelphia 10
Miami 34, Atlanta 27
Green Bay 28, Houston 26
Carolina 23, Chicago 13
Arizona 17, LA Chargers 13
Seattle 22, Denver 14

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York City 3, Houston 2

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Fishermen rescue passengers on life raft after plane crashes in the Bahamas

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Provided(NEW YORK) — Three people are not only lucky to survive a plane crash on Thursday, they also have a fishing boat to thank for plucking them out of the Atlantic Ocean.

The single-engine plane, with a pilot and two passengers, went down about 20 miles east of Bimini, the westernmost island in the Bahamas, on Thursday while traveling from Great Harbour Cay Airport to Miami Executive Airport.

The passengers inflated a yellow emergency raft and alerted the Coast Guard. But the professionals ended up not being needed.

A group of fishermen out for a day on their boat made the rescue instead.

“We were about 25 miles from Cat Cay on our way to Great Harbour, when we came across the life raft with three guys in it,” Tim Hampson, one of the fishermen, told ABC News. “And we pulled up to them, asked what was up, and they were like, ‘We just scratched our airplane like an hour ago.'”

“No one was hurt, they were just all in a little bit of shock,” he continued. “One gentleman was 80 years old, which gave us some concern, but he was a real trooper — probably the toughest one of the group, for sure.”

The fishermen ended up taking the rescued trio to Cat Cay in the Bahamas.

“It was a gift from God for sure,” Hampson said. “And things can go wrong really quickly, and lucky for them that it didn’t, for sure.”

The Piper PA-34 aircraft can be seen on the shallow bottom of the clear blue-green waters in video released by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The crash is still under investigation.

“We could have been looking the other way for just an instant and we might have not seen them,” Hampson told ABC News. “It could have been a little rough, and the waves could have hit ’em. So yeah, it was meant to be, and we’re glad we were there to help.”

“Just did what anyone else would really do and thankful we were able to help,” Hampson added.

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Experts: Asteroid whizzing by Earth this weekend won’t come close to impact

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Thanapol sinsrang/iStock(NEW YORK) — Residents of planet Earth fret not — a 1,000-foot asteroid whizzing by our planet this weekend won’t even come close to making impact.

In fact, while asteroid 2006 QQ23 is considered to be a “potentially hazardous asteroid,” its passage will be about 5 million miles away from Earth, “just barely into the zone that we start to keep closer track of these objects,” NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson told ABC News.

Johnson added that “there isn’t much significant” about the upcoming asteroid. Scientists have been aware of its existence since 2006, Paul Chodas, director of NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, told ABC News.

“There’s nothing really special about this,” Johnson said. “We have objects, asteroids of this size that pass within 5 million miles of the earth six, seven times out of the year.”

About 25 asteroids are expected to fly within 5 million miles of the earth in the next 60 days, and smaller asteroids pass even closer “all the time,” Johnson said.

“The bottom line is this happens all the time, which people don’t realize,” he said.

A larger object, asteroid 2000 QW7 is expected to pass even closer to the earth — at about 3.5 million miles away — on Sept. 14. The largest that asteroid could be is about 1,700 feet across — about the length of five football fields — but Johnson said he still considers it “not that large.” Asteroids can often be up to “several miles” in size.

Asteroids do not pose any danger to the Earth unless it is on track to hit it directly, Johnson said.

Scientists, using ground-based telescopes, can detect the asteroids as they near the planet, but the distance in which they are able to detect them depends on the size and brightness of the object.

“A large, dark asteroid would have to be a lot closer to us than an asteroid of the same size that is brighter,” Johnson said. “A bright one would be found sooner than a dark one.”

In addition, it’s difficult for astronomers to model an exact track due to forces like solar wind, aviation pressure and the uncertainty of the exact shape of the object, Pete Worden, adviser on space resources to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, told ABC News. Once the asteroid gets closer, the better scientists can track it, he added.

Ground-based telescopes have their limitations, so scientists are hoping to eventually utilize a space-based system to detect asteroids as far in advance as possible. Worden also expects a better telescope system to obtain “much better data from the ground” within two to four years.

Still, “we’re not gonna be surprised” by an asteroid, Johnson said. The better technology will simply allow experts to narrow in on all the asteroids that “would potentially hit the earth” and consider the means on how to remove them, Wordon said.

“We’ll figure out where they are, and if humanity decides that this is a big enough threat, we’ll go move them,” he said.

Scientists are currently devising ways to detract any asteroid that could potentially impact the earth.

In the summer of 2021, NASA’s DART mission, which stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test, will demonstrate a kinetic impactor technique on a double asteroid — essentially bumping the smaller asteroid — to see how much they can move it.

“The thing is, if you move something years in advance, you don’t have to move it very much,” Wordon said. “This is a rock that’s the size of a skyscraper. You would then hit it with a spacecraft kind of the size of a small car, and by impacting it, it impacts energy and momentum and will move it slightly off its orbit.”

The theory is that an asteroid that was expected to come within 2,000 miles of Earth will eventually miss it by hundreds of thousands of miles just from one bump, Wordon said.

Scientists are also considering essentially spray painting one side of an asteroid, which would cause it to be heated by the sun differently, Wordon said. As it heats, it emits radiation, which, over time, will push it off course a little, Wordon said.

Researchers have also considered building a “giant laser” to slightly push an asteroid out of the way, Wordon said.

Another idea would involve not even touching an asteroid but instead taking a “modest sized spacecraft” to use solar electric repulsion to move it over the course of years, Wordon said. The method involves the asteroid’s gravity attracting the spacecraft, situated about a mile or so away, which would hypothetically move it over time.

It’s just a matter of time before another asteroid is poised to hit the Earth, “so we need to be vigilant to detect and detract these objects,” Johnson said.

“Someday the earth will be impacted again,” he said. “The question is when, and we want to be prepared for that.”

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US calls China ‘thuggish regime’ after Beijing protests diplomat’s opposition meeting

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Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. accused China of behaving like a “thuggish regime” in a growing spat over the protests in Hong Kong that have seized the territory for weeks now.

China has accused Western countries and the U.S. in particular of orchestrating the movement, which protesters deny. But those allegations were fueled by a meeting between a senior U.S. diplomat and some pro-democracy activists.

A pro-Beijing newspaper published a report on Thursday, including photos and details, about Julie Eadeh, the political unit chief of the U.S. consulate general in Hong Kong, meeting with Joshua Wong, one of the protest movement’s leaders, and others. The article also included details about Julie Eadeh’s personal life, such as her various postings as a diplomat and her husband, a fellow U.S. diplomat, and their two sons.

After the report was published, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for Hong Kong blasted the U.S. for the meeting and called on Washington “to immediately make a clean break from anti-China forces who stir up trouble in Hong Kong,” “refrain from meddling with Hong Kong affairs, and avoid going further down the wrong path.”

China also issued a formal protest to the U.S. by summoning a senior official, according to the commissioner’s office.

The State Department confirmed that its diplomat met with activists, but said that U.S. diplomats regularly meet with government officials, opposition figures, business leaders and more.

“This literally happens in every single country in which an American embassy is present, so our diplomat was doing her job and we commend her for her work,” said spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

Ortagus then turned the tables on Beijing and accused the government of leaking the details and photos of the meeting in order to “harass” Eadeh.

“I don’t think that leaking an American diplomat’s private information, pictures, names of their children — I don’t think that that is a formal protest. That is what a thuggish regime would do. That’s not how a responsible would behave,” she said.

Since June, protests have rocked the territory — which is formally part of China but is governed by a special Beijing-selected council — over a controversial bill that would have allowed accused criminals to be extradited to mainland China. That sparked concern over potential human rights abuses and unearthed a deep-seated distrust for many in Hong Kong. While Hong Kong authorities eventually suspended the bill, protesters continue to demand an investigation into police abuses during demonstrations, a total withdrawal of the extradition bill and greater democratic rights for Hong Kong’s residents.

The early, peaceful protest marches in June, which attracted record numbers of Hong Kongers to the streets, have become smaller. But sizable battles between masked and hard hat-fitted protesters and police continue.

Hong Kong’s embattled and deeply unpopular leader, Carrie Lam, appeared in public for the first time in two weeks on Monday, condemning the protesters and saying that they had pushed the territory “to the verge of a very dangerous situation.”

Last Friday, on the sidelines of a major Asian summit in Thailand, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who on the subject of Hong Kong, “urged the U.S. side to respect the Chinese side’s core interests and major concerns, and be prudent in words and deeds,” according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The U.S. readout made no mention of Hong Kong.

But Pompeo has issued strong statements before, calling a senior Chinese official’s comments that the West was behind some protests “ludicrous.”

“These are the people of Hong Kong asking their government to listen to them, so it’s always appropriate for every government to listen to their people,” Pompeo told reporters while en route to Thailand.

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‘The Kitchen,’ ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ lead a busy box office weekend

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(L-R) Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in “The Kitchen”; Alison Cohen Rosa/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide on Friday:

* The Kitchen — This live-action adaptation of the DC comics miniseries of the same name stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in the 1970s, who take over their husbands’ rackets after they land in prison. Domhnall Gleeson, 13 Reasons Why’s Brian d’Arcy James, The Americans’ Margo Martindale, Common and The Leftovers’ Bill Camp also star. Rated R.

* Dora and the Lost City of Gold — This live-action adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon stars Isabela Moner as the titular character who, after spending most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, played by Eva Longoria and Michael Peña, now must navigate high school.  She ends up leading her CGI-animated pal Boots the monkey, voiced by Danny Trejo, her cousin Diego, played by Jeff Wahlberg, and a rag-tag group of teens on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold. Benicio del Toro provides the voice for Dora and Boots’ sneaky nemesis, Swiper the Fox. Rated PG.

* The Art of Racing in the Rain — This dramedy, based on Garth Stein’s 2008 novel of the same, features Kevin Costner as the voice of Enzo, a dog owned by Denny and Eve Swift, played respectively by Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried, who reflects on his relationship with his human family and being around in times of need. Rated PG.

* Brian Banks — This inspirational film, based on a true story, stars Straight Outta Compton and Hidden Figures‘ actor Aldis Hodge as the titular character, a high school football player whose career was sidelined in 2002 after he was falsely accused of committing rape. Banks spent close to six years in prison and five more on parole before his conviction was overturned in 2012. Also starring Greg Kinnear and Morgan Freeman, he latter in an uncredited role. Rated PG-13.

* Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Guillermo del Toro co-produced this horror film based on Alvin Schwartz’s children’s book series of the same name about a young girl named Sarah, whose book of scary stories written about her tortured life become all too real for a group of teenagers who discover them. Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows and Lorraine Toussaint star. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* After the Wedding — This remake of the 2006 Danish drama of the same name stars Michelle Williams as Isabel, a co-founder of an orphanage in Calcutta, India who travels to New York to meet potential benefactor, Theresa, played by Julianne Moore. When Isabel is unexpectedly invited to the wedding of Theresa’s daughter, portrayed by Abby Quinn, she’s forced to confront her past, including a man who turns out to be Theresa’s husband, played by Billy Crudup. Rated PG-13.

* The Peanut Butter Falcon — Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson star in this dramedy about a young boy with Down syndrome, played by newcomer Zack Gottsagen, who runs away to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Also starring Bruce Dern, Deadwood‘s John Hawkes and Thomas Haden Church. Rated PG-13.

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Altering global diets, food systems could help combat climate change: UN

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IrenaV/iStock(NEW YORK) — A United Nations panel says countries around the world need to adapt food systems to limit climate change, including adopting more sustainable agriculture practices and altering diets to eat less red meat.

Agriculture and other uses of land around the world contribute more than 23% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the report and warming from climate change could start to make food more expensive as heat, drought or extreme rains make crops less productive.

The report released on Thursday points out that some aspects of global food production are inefficient, including that 25 to 30% of food produced is lost or wasted. As populations grow in developing countries and those populations consume more meat and processed foods the demand for food will also increase and put more stress on resources like water and competition for land.

Representatives from the U.N. panel said they don’t tell people what to eat but that more plant-based diets and sustainably-produced meat can have benefits for both the climate and human health around the world.

“Balanced diets, featuring plant-based foods, such as those based on coarse grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and animal-sourced food produced in resilient, sustainable and low-GHG emission systems, present major opportunities for adaptation and mitigation while generating significant co-benefits in terms of human health,” the report says.

Climate and agriculture in the U.S. say the shift would have multiple benefits, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, improving health and providing new opportunities for farmers.

“The good news is that if you eat a more nutritious diet there’s a good likelihood that if you’re substituting legumes, and whole grains and vegetables and fruits for meat then you tend to also reap some real environmental benefits,” University of Minnesota Professor Jason Hill told ABC News.

Walter Willett, an epidemiology and nutrition professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said the way we use land in the U.S. is detrimental to our health because there’s so much emphasis on producing corn and soy for animal feed. He said the U.S. needs to produce massively more fruits, vegetables and nuts instead of crops for animal feed, processed foods and ethanol.

“That big 45 percent that we’re feeding to animals and is basically making us sick by too much beef and pork, it’s destroying our land and our resources at the same time,” Willett said. “We’re losing at both ends, we’re losing by the destruction of the environment and we’re losing by making people sick, so how can it get worse than that?”

Willett and other experts also said the U.S. would have to look at its system for supporting farmers, which heavily subsidizes crops like corn and soybeans, and incentivize sustainable farming practices and producing more healthy foods.

“We need to look at every foot of our land and think about how can we best use this to promote production of healthy food as well as do that in a sustainable way. These really are issues that are a collective responsibility, we can’t put it all on the farmer,” he said.

Amanda Shapiro, editor of Healthyish, Bon Appétit magazine’s wellness site, said they have already seen their readers asking for more vegetarian recipes or recipes that can be easily adapted to be vegetarian or vegan. She said people in the food space are more conscious now that you don’t have to label yourself “vegetarian” or “vegan” to reduce your consumption of meat.

“There’s really a much more broad idea of what health means and I think more and more the shift toward vegetarianism for climate reasons I think our readers are thinking about health not just in terms of their health but in terms of the health of the planet,” she told ABC.

But Shapiro said if people are willing to be creative with flavor and incorporate healthy fats, a plant-focused diet can be just as satisfying as one focused on meat. She said especially with so much seasonal produce this time of year, which has been the focus of the Healthyish “Farmer’s Market Challenge,” “there’s just no excuse not to feel inspired by plant based cooking.”

For practical tips, Shapiro said home cooks should think about recipes they already like or are excited to try and experiment with a plant-forward version, like making meatballs from mushrooms instead of pork or using less meat to complement the other ingredients instead of the main element of a meal. She also said playing with different spices and sauces, as well as healthy fats, can keep food interesting and filling without focusing on meat.

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