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Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes one man’s encouraging story of newfound health and well-being after fifty, an eye-opening discussion on how eating disorders effect young men, the most envy-inducing recipe for versatile vegan quiche, a tutorial on how to boost your immune system in time for flu season, an easy way to contribute to our planet with your online purchases, the secret list of sneaky inflammation-causing foods that no one talks about, and a guide to minimizing food waste by learning the potential in what we think of as scraps. Enjoy!

1. It’s never too late to turn over a new leaf. Experience Life shared late-bloomer Scott Johnson’s encouraging struggle to leave his life-long vocation as a bartender in his fifties, find fulfilling work in a natural food co-op, and radically overhaul his health.

2. Think eating disorders only affect young women? Think again. Blisstree reminded us how body image issues shape teenage guys too, with some startling stats about how being masculine and conforming to social stereotypes weigh on males just as often as their female counterparts.

3. Folks who think eating vegan or vegetarian is boring just don’t know what they’re missing! This scrumptous and versatile Spinach & Tofu Vegan Quiche from Yogi Times is made with tofu instead of eggs, and soy cheese instead of traditional, but can easily be modified to your unique tastes and preferences.

4.  As winter weather sets in and we spend more time indoors, fighting off the viruses and bacteria that lurk there with a strong immune system becomes more critican. MightyNest wages war on germs by preparing your immune system to battle and succeed, naturally.

5. The Organic Whey wants to make a difference, and is proud to contribute 1% of its sales to 1% for the Planet.Look for their logo when you shop, and consider membership for your company!

6.  Heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and acne are just some of the possible consequences of too much inflammation in the body. Well-known offenders include dairy, booze, and trans-fat-filled fried fare, but inflammation can sneak up on you via lots of seemingly innocent foods. This Well and Good NYC slideshow shows us six surprising sources you might want to approach with caution.

7. Too much of what we call food waste are actually delicious, versatile ingredients waiting to be discovered, like carrot tops, for example. EcoSalon‘s Foodie Underground column explores how to utilize those bits and pieces to reduce your carbon footprint and maximize flavor.

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