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”

Olive Oil is NOT a Health Food

145px-Olive_oil_from_OnegliaThere is no shortage of information out there telling you that you should be eating olive oil and coconut oil. I used to believe that. I also used to be on the verge of having full blown heart disease. Anyone who knew me would have said that I was a clean eater. That’s because we are truly misinformed about what clean eating is.

If you have been following this blog from the beginning you will notice an evolution. I used to eat occasional meat, eggs and dairy. I gave that up. I now eat only a plant-based diet. On top of that, I have also given up oil and avocados. I have dropped my cholesterol 100 points without using any cholesterol lowering medicine. I VERY RARELY have nuts or seeds, they are my big splurge.

Read Dr. Furhman’s article that tells you emphatically why oil is not a health food.

Olive oil is not a healthy fat; it is not a whole food—it is a fattening, low-nutrient, processed food, consisting of 100 percent fat.

Source: Olive Oil is NOT a Health Food

A Good Explanation of the DARK Act

obama-signs-dark-actIt is important to understand how the organic label is being diluted. It is also imperative to understand the implications of the DARK Act that was just signed into law by President Obama.

The most harmful thing is this bill preempts any state labeling laws and reverses the Vermont GMO labeling law that was in effect for a matter of days before being reversed.

Living MaxWell is a great blog by Max Goldberg. He explains what this bill means to consumers. Please read and share.

http://livingmaxwell.com/obama-signs-gmo-labeling-bill-betrayal-organic

 

 

 

California Wines Test Positive for Round-up Weed Killer

California wines contain poison. According to Moms Across America, 100% of the wine they tested were positive for Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round-up weed killer; even the organic wine.

For this reason I recently switched to mostly French and Italian wines. The French wines take some getting used to but are completely worth changing your palate. I’ll take less drinkable over toxins any day.

Watch this short news report:

 

 

 

Creamy Cilantro Serrano Sauce (plant-based)

Cilantro serrano

A plant-based diet can be unbelievably delicious, satisfying and best of all, guilt-free. The key to a tasty plant-based meal is in the sauce. This is a versatile recipe that can be thinned out with water and used for a salad dressing, drizzled over enchiladas, tacos, greens or a quinoa bowl or used thick as a dip. Don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients to vary this sauce to your liking. Continue reading “Creamy Cilantro Serrano Sauce (plant-based)”

Easy Vegan BBQ Sandwich

BBQ spaghetti squash

This recipe has three ingredients: spaghetti squash, bottled organic BBQ sauce and a bun. It is a healthy meal that is perfect for a school/work night. You can pop the squash in the oven and tend to things around the house while it cooks.

Preheat the oven to 375. Cut a spaghetti squash in half length-wise and scoop the seeds out.

Roast the squash halves in the oven for about 40 minutes or until it is tender. I like to squish the skin with an oven mitt and if the middle pushes out into “spaghetti strips” you know it’s ready. Continue reading “Easy Vegan BBQ Sandwich”

Vegan Reuben Sandwich

sandwich 1The Reuben sandwich, you either love it or hate it. I loved it in my former meat-eating life. Here is my vegan take on it.

Ingredients:

Two to four slices of toasted bread, this will make enough for two sandwiches (I use Ezekiel bread)

whole grain mustard

half a container of sliced mushrooms (4 oz)

1/3 of a zucchini, sliced and cut into quarters

a few slices of onion Continue reading “Vegan Reuben Sandwich”