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Dean Ornish: Eating for Health Not Weight

Last Saturday, I was incredibly please to read Dr. Dean Ornish’s opinion piece in the New Your Times entitled Eating for Health, Not Weight

In this piece, Ornish talks about one of the biggest dieting myths today:  it doesn’t matter what you eat as along as you lose pounds. Many of us equate thin and healthy; but it ain’t necessarily so! The food you eat matters. (more…)

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Low-Fat, Non-Dairy, Gluten-Free Vegetarian Enchiladas

My favorite food next to Italian is Mexican. I am not sure if it is the tomato or the comfort of pasta and tortillas.  Whatever it is, I am hooked.

I have not made Enchiladas in a long time.  They are messy and a little time consuming.  But I had the extra time today so I ended up making 2 medium size pans – one to eat now and one to freeze and eat later. (more…)

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Planeat, The Film

Over the weekend I watched last year’s festivals standout film – Planeat . Watched the streaming Video right to my iPad.; although you can buy a DVD or attend a screening in selected cities..

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A Quick Word about Vitamin B12

Everyday, I hear that a plant-based diet is dangerous!  Stories abound! There are urban legends about Jane or John or Joe Doe who eat a plant-based diet are sick and/or dying. No one actually knows someone who admits to being Vitamin B12 deficient but the danger still lurks around every corner.

Evidently we have all heard about vitamin B12 deficiency. The problem is that we have heardabout it.  Maybe one person in a hundred can come up with a single fact about vitamin B12. So here are a few facts about B12 to think about.


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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek

What makes Scott run? This was my overwhelming question when I picked up “Eat and Run.”

Admittedly, I have great fascination with people who push their limits – Olympic athletes, Prima Ballerinas and Rodeo Riders. There is something about using your mind and body to achieve excellence that inspires awe, respect and incredulity!

I have intense curiosity about the psychological makeup of such people. I want to know what makes someone willing to suffer cramps, black toenails, chaffing, and dehydration for a sport? Are they trying to outrun their psychic pain> Are they extremely obsessive-compulsive types? Or are they  “just crazy”? Probably a little of each! (more…)

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A Plant-based Fourth of July

No long weekend this year; the fourth is right in the middle of the week.  I hate when that happens.

Traditionally the 4th is a time for “All American” picnic foods.  Things like hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, pasta salad. strawberry shortcake and cherry pie.  I have the  Hamburgers, Baked Beans and corn on the cob covered. That just leaves the salad and dessert.


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Drowning. . .



OMG we are drowning in tomatoes! This is one morning and we are getting that much again in the evening.

Do you feel sorry for me?  I sincerely, hope not!  We have great food and our neighbors and friends love us since we keep giving tomatoes away.

Last year, our first year in this very harsh environment, we had lots of tomato troubles:  diseases, fungi and pests .  Because we got here in May, we rushed to get the garden in. Unfortunately, we did not do a good job of tracking which varieties were the best producers, the most disease resistant or the best tasting. (more…)

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Eggplant “Non-Parmesan”

FOOFET03My friend Beth gave me an assignment – create a vegan (non-dairy), gluten-free, fat-free (or close too it), additive-free Eggplant Parmesan to use in Sandwiches.

You know how I am, can’t resist a challenge. So I started experimenting. Many of the recipe components can be found on the Basic Recipes PagesTapioca Eggs, Cashew Cheese and Quick Italian Red Sauce. Please refer to that page for the specific recipe otherwise this post is going to be way to long.


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The Beef of Vegetables???

kaleOver the weekend I spent a couple of hours surfing the net. I was on a mission:  finding some good kale recipes. Almost immediately I saw an amazing article title: Kale, the Beef of Vegetables. Of all the odd titles I have stumbled across recently, this has to top the list!

My first thought. of course, was, “no wonder I don’t particularly like it!” Then I cracked up (I do tend to amuse myself, easily). Look, I’m really, really, really trying to eat it and like it. Damn it!  It is so good for my body that I should at least eat it and hopefully, learn to like it!

When I finally quit laughing at myself, I settled down and read the article.  It was yet one more in a long series of articles extolling the virtues and benefits of kale.  Did you know that it is full of : (more…)

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A Plant-Based Diet: Slow and Easy!

There is a tremendous body of research about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet.  The numerous benefits sound almost unbelievable! A list of the diseases that eating well can prevented and/or treated include :

  • allergies and autoimmune disorders (sinusitis, fibro-myalgia)
  • arthritis (osteo, Rheumatoid and Gout)
  • diabetes (type II)
  • heart disease (high blood pressure, coronary artery disease)
  • cancers (breast, prostate and colon)
  • high cholesterol
  • intestinal tract problems; specifically IBS and Gastro*esophageal Reflux
  • obesity

And that is just for starters. (more…)

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