Plant-based Grocery List

I know it’s cliche but the new year is a good time to begin better habits. There is no better habit to adopt than eating a plant-based diet. I’ve made it easy to get the staples that you will need. veggies

*MUST BE ORGANIC because it is on the dirty dozen list or may contain GMOs if it is not. Do you need your dirty dozen (most highly pesticided produce) and clean fifteen (can be conventional) list again? Don’t forget, that greens and hot peppers are super pesticided! https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

Produce (go crazy, these are the basics)

kale*Organic Kale

 

 

Onion

Garlic

Ginger

*Potatoes

Sweet potatoes

* Zucchini

* Cilantro

Lemons

*lettuce

Fruits – be sure to refer to the dirty dozen list! Continue reading “Plant-based Grocery List”

Are Statins Bad for You?

You betcha. Statins are the most over-prescribed medication in the United States. MIT scientist, Dr. Raymond Francis says that statin users increase their risk of type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, muscle weakness, liver disease memory loss, and HEART FAILURE.

I am not a doctor. Please do not stop taking your statin without consulting your physician. You should however, do more research on a healthy plant-based diet. I recommend Dr. Esselstyn’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease book and website.

 

Real World Tips for Going Vegan

salad-healthy-diet-spinach-mediumThis is advice for those of you who are new to veganism or plant-based eating. I take it an extra step and omit oil, avocado and nuts because I am on the Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Diet by Dr. Esselstyn. www.dresselstyn.com  I do not stray from it so it takes some planning but the results have been worth it. I have dropped my cholesterol 100 points in a year and I have lost 20 pounds.

Going to Someone’s House Scenario 1

If you have civilized friends or family you can have this conversation when you are invited to someone’s home.

You: I have some serious dietary restrictions so I’ll just bring my own food, but I’d love your company. Let me know when you decide on your menu and I will bring something like that so it’s not so obvious.

Friend variation 1: Don’t be ridiculous. Tell me what you can eat and I’ll make something.

Friend variation 2 (lazy friend): Fine. And bring a bottle of wine while you’re at it. Continue reading “Real World Tips for Going Vegan”

Vegan Lentil Chili

Lentil ChiliThis is my new favorite recipe. You can eat it over a baked potato, shredded zucchini, tortilla chips or just in a bowl. Use organic ingredients if you can.

2 cups par-cooked lentils

3 cloves minced garlic

½ of a large onion

½ cup diced bell pepper

½ cup diced red, yellow or orange pepper

½ of a zucchini diced

1 carrot diced

 8 oz. package of mushrooms chopped

1 jalapeno diced (omit if you don’t like spicy food)

1 can of diced roasted tomatoes with green chiles

1 jar of diced tomatoes

2 TBS tomato paste Continue reading “Vegan Lentil Chili”

Guided Meditation with Oprah and Deepak Starts Today

meditationManifesting Grace Through Gratitude with Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra starts today. If you’ve ever wondered about meditation, this is a fantastic introduction. Deepak guides you with a suggestion and slowly eases you into a zone. You will come out of it feeling refreshed and focused. Register and participate for free https://chopracentermeditation.com/

Is Going Vegan Right for you?

Two months ago I switched to a 100% plant-based diet. I was dabbling in veganism, but I was definitely not a vegan. This transition was brought about by some health concerns. A plant-based diet has been scientifically proven to stave off chronic disease in general. Do you have any history of chronic disease in you family? Are you overweight or struggling with high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? If so, you might want to consider going vegan. That means no fish, meat, poultry, dairy, or eggs. As they say, anything with a face or a mother or came from anything with a face or a mother is off limits.

I have a long family history of heart disease. I have had high cholesterol for as long as I can remember. When I was 18 years old, my cholesterol was over 300. The doctor told me that I’d be lucky to live to be 30. I got the numbers down somewhat, but it was never below 250. Continue reading “Is Going Vegan Right for you?”