21 Healthy Plant Based Dinners Ready in 45 Minutes or Less

WOW! I have tried some of her recipes and they are spot on. Give them a try.

Feeding Your Beauty

21 healthy and fast vegan dinners

Long time, no see, my friends! How is everyone doing? Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a food funk. I’m feeling very “meh” about food and cooking. And recipe creation? It’s not happening. I can’t really explain it, other than the events around the world and here in the states have been weighing heavily on my mind. Combine that with the quiet anxiety I’m having about my daughter starting preschool in a week, and the residual worry I sometimes carry around about the patients I work with at my “real job,” and well, this mama’s brain just doesn’t have any room for dreaming up new dishes and desserts.

Sometimes a break is in order. My hope is that by stepping away for a couple of weeks, some new inspiration will slowly start to float my way.  I’ve been jotting down a few ideas and hopefully will be testing and…

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Monsanto Knew Roundup was Cancer Causing

roundupThis is a big deal. Emails, text messages and company reports from Monsanto itself showing what has long been suspected; there is a cover up regarding the safety of Roundup, a key component in growing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Attorneys for Monsanto missed a deadline to submit documents that would keep these records confidential during a lawsuit. The deadline was July 31, 2017 and now the documents are public. I have read some, but I have many more to go. I just couldn’t wait to share this with you and I hope you will share it too.

According to the Organic Consumers Association website, “More than 75 documents, including intriguing text messages and discussions about payments to scientists, were posted for public viewing early Tuesday morning by attorneys who are suing Monsanto on behalf of people alleging Roundup caused them or their family members to become ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The attorneys posted the documents which total more than 700 pages on the website for the law firm Baum Hedlund Aristei, Goldman…”

Read and share.

https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/toxic-tort-law/monsanto-roundup-lawsuit/monsanto-secret-documents/

How to Select the Best Sunscreen

sunscreen2It is important to be informed when it comes to choosing a sunscreen. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer is on the rise. There is no conclusive evidence about why this is occurring, but there seems to be a link to UVA exposure over the years; especially getting sunburns as a child.

There are two types of rays, UVA and UVB. UVA or just UV rays are more damaging and penetrate deeper into the skin. They are responsible for accelerated aging, may suppress the immune system and may cause skin cancer. Continue reading “How to Select the Best Sunscreen”

Plant-based Diet: What I Eat in a Day

SOB burgerWhen I tell people I am a vegan, or that I eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, they always say to me, “What do you eat?”

I think they picture me chasing a lettuce leaf around my plate. Not so. They are surprised when I cook for them or I show up to a party with my own delicious looking/tasting meal. If you are willing, try one meal. Maybe that will turn into two or more.

A note about these meals; in addition to eating completely plant-based, I also eat a very low fat diet. I do not eat oil, avocados or nuts. I occasionally have some seeds. A plant-based, low-fat diet has been proven to ward off cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Anyone can benefit from this lifestyle. I follow Dr. Esselstyn’s Prevent and PRHD cookbookReverse Heart Disease (PRHD) plan.

I have frequently asked questions about supplements, protein etc. at the end of the menu planning.

What I eat in a day:

I am giving three examples from super easy-no time for preparation, medium preparation and full-out cooking. Obviously, these menus work best mixed and matched so you aren’t in the kitchen all day one day and not much the next.

Day 1 – Easy, little to no preparation (Think of these examples as entry level, transitional meals)

Breakfast:

Disclaimer, you are not supposed to have coffee on the PRHD plan, but this is where I draw the line. It is one of my favorite things in the world and I refuse to give it up! I have a cup of organic coffee with a little bit of Pacific brand oat milk. Remember, no nut or coconut milks, they are high in fat.oat-milk

Cereal combo of Eziekiel, raw organic rolled oats, and organic puffed kamut (you can use any cereal and it doesn’t have to be a combo, I just like this) with berries, ground flaxmeal, cinnamon and oat milk.

Tip: I keep frozen berries in my freezer and run them under hot water to defrost when berries are out of season. Continue reading “Plant-based Diet: What I Eat in a Day”

Special Seed Dressings and Sauces

These sauce/dressing recipes are from the legendary macrobiotic restaurant, Casa de Luz in cilantroAustin, TX. Use sparingly, especially if you are on a low-fat vegan plan. This is what I consider a treat and I mostly use these to top some steamed greens.

The Casa de Luz recipes are notorious for having to be tweaked, so taste and tweak. Thin out with water to use as salad dressing.

Pepita (pumpkin seed) Cilantro Sauce

1 c. pumpkin seeds toasted

2 c. cilantro leaves

1 – 1 ½ c. water

2 Tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed Continue reading “Special Seed Dressings and Sauces”

Non-toxic Health and Beauty Products 2017 Edition

beauty_products17I am always on the hunt for better, less toxic beauty and personal care products that work. This is the latest list of things I love. My friend Nicki recently spent the night and verified these products as “girlfriend sharing” worthy. It was evident that I had some winners when she placed an order to 100% Pure and Josie Maran before even leaving my house.

To find out how safe or toxic your favorite health and beauty products are, search for them here: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

I use a lot of products from Alba Botanica. They are free of parabens, phthalates and the company does not perform animal testing. They did not score the lowest that one can score on the toxicity scale at https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ but mainly because there is information missing.

Continue reading “Non-toxic Health and Beauty Products 2017 Edition”