Every now and then your body screams at you — “I need fuel”. Something more than a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit. It wants something solid and chewy. Which is why energy bars were created in the first place.
Unfortunately, commercial energy bars are almost always filled with strange ingredients, sugar and preservatives.
My solution, of course, is to make my own. I have tried all kinds of things. I wanted a basic recipe that could be adapted to various food plans and tastes. So with out further ado, here is my latest attempt. (more…)
I have been on a breakfast kick and trying new things. I have this little piece of me that every now and then craves have something sweet and a little gooey.
Here is my coffee cake cheat. . . I’m not sure it is exactly healthy but it tastes great and using nuts and chia seeds adds some food value in the way of protein. Eggs work best for this, but as noted you can use applesauce for a real vegan treat. (more…)
Last week when cleaning out the freezer we found a big bag of organic pitted cherries. We bought them at Costco intending to use them in smoothies, but somehow that didn’t happened. They were starting to get freezer burned so we needed to come up with a way to use them quickly.
Cherry pie? How about cherry ice cream,cobbler, compote, tart, chutney or some sort of sauce? After all our excess in New Orleans desert didn’t sound even remotely interesting, I am not a big chutney fan and sauce without a purpose seems like a waste of energy. (more…)
We are home! We had a wonderful time! And yet are glad to be home: be it ever so humble and all that. . .
We had fabulous ethnic food. Particularly Middle-Eastern and Vietnamese. The problem in those cases had to do with quantity. Evidently I (conveniently) left my “full button” at home and suddenly felt it absolutely necessary to consume every single morsel on my plate.
It has been a long time since I went to bed at night feeling “stuffed”! But that was almost a nightly occurrence.
Here is the last part of my husband David’s story about his retreat from heart disease and pre-diabetic condition. He used a plant-based diet regain his health.
I was fat. My belly was distended and my body fat index was over thirty so I qualified. I was more than fifty pounds overweight.
My blood sugar was over one hundred and at one point above one hundred and fifty. My triglycerides were also higher than they should be in a healthy human being. My doctor told me that I was definitely in the pre-diabetic class. He warned if I didn’t change my diet and lose weight I would be a full-blown type 2 diabetic within 2-3 years.
He stressed losing weight because fat is an early warning sign for diabetes. Curing it is the main concern if you are showing early symptoms as I was six years ago. And yes, it is possible to cure type two diabetes no matter what any “expert” has to say. (more…)
We all have specific comfort foods. Usually sweets like chocolate or starchy foods like bread, potatoes, rice, pasta.
Sugary foods taste great but they don’t seem to fill me up or leave me feeling full. It doesn’t take long for me to start craving more. For me, starches are the ticket. They taste good! And as an added benefit they actually make me feel full after I eat them. And as my Mom would say they “stick to my ribs.” (more…)
I have always been a plant-based eater; a vegetarian. Over the last year David and I decided to become vegans. It has been an incredible learning experience! Between now and the end of the years I will share some of the things I learned.
Many “Healthy” Vegan Recipes are NOT!
The decision to be vegan meant David gave up meat. And we gave up cheese and eggs. Meal planning became a challenge. I spent a couple of hundred dollars (all of it on used bookstores) and many hundreds of hours pouring over menu plans and recipes.
My biggest take is that many vegan recipes do not fit my definition of healthy food. Many of them contain ingredients that I wouldn’t eat on a bet: (more…)
At least once a week someone asks me how in the world I quit sugar. I can’t tell you how many people talk to me about quitting sugar in any given week. They have read Sugar Blues. They know it is an addiction. They can tell me all the reasons they should quit. But the actual quitting? That is a whole other thing! Most people try (and fail) many times before they actually do it.
I know I did! I decided to quit eating sugar 30+ years ago. It was one of those obvious sort of decisions. I was in terrible and chronic pain and finally at the point I was willing to do ANYTHING to feel better. So when this very old chiropractor told me that my pain would be considerably less if I quit sugar, I did it. At least for a few days. . . then for a week and then a couple of weeks. You get the idea. (more…)
When I talk about a whole-food plant based diet I mean:
Food based primarily on unprocessed (or minimally processed) vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes.
Food with little or not animal-based products such as eggs, dairy products, fish and meat
Food with little or no refined foods like white flour and white sugar
Food diet that is low in fats
Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Nutrition Advocate, Counselor and Coach
As a totally recovered Rheumatoid Arthritis patient, a life-long vegetarian, proficient cook, amateur gardener, certified health and fitness consultant and life coach I use by education and experience to help you move towards a plant based diet.
I love helping people develop a plan for tasty, balanced and budget conscious eating.
Together we create a simple guide to planning, shopping, cooking and even growing great food. With your work and my experience and encouragement you easily make the transition to eating a plant based diet.