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”

Take Back Your Health

hospitalWe have a major health crisis in the United States of America.

Think about all of the families you know. I would venture to say that there is at least one person in each family who suffers from a chronic disease such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune disease or gastrointestinal disease.

If they do not suffer from those maladies they may have a condition such as infertility, asthma, allergies or ADHD.

From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: “As of 2012, about half of all adults – 117 million people- had one or more chronic health conditions.”

From the NIA (National Institutes of Health): “Approximately 69% of adults are overweight or obese, with 78 million adult Americans considered obese.”

Also from NIH: “Fifty-nine percent of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012. And 15 percent of them took five or more prescription drugs.”

We have come to accept this as normal. It is not. How can we accept that half of us have chronic disease, 59% of us are on prescription drugs and 69% of us are overweight? Continue reading “Take Back Your Health”