My Plantcentric Journey

Our sons live across the country now, but my gift to my husband, Bill, was us re-watching the movie, Forks Over Knives.

It was about 3 years ago, when we watched it for the first time.  After it was done, my husband turned to me and firmly said, “I’m going vegan.  You don’t have to, but I am.”  I was filled with trepidation.  What would we eat?  But I shakily said with a gulp, “If you’re going to, I will to.”  Bill now says, that inside, he was so scared that he was silently screaming, “No! No!  I didn’t mean it!  I was only kidding!”  But he never shared that.  He said OK.  And from that moment on, we never looked back and changed our lives.

 

 

We got our copy of Forks Over Knives from the library, but you can watch it for a nominal fee on Netflix and YouTube.  Get more info at http://www.forkoverknives.com  There you can sign up for free newsletters with recipes, etc.

Show Dad how much you care.  Watch the movie with him (and Mom)!

Happy Father’s Day.

If you’re an avid reader of mine, you know that I am a religious Dr. Oz Show watcher.  Not having the time to watch during school, where I am a Health Communication major, I came back to 21 episodes taped on my DVR!  I am slowly getting through them.

I need to share with you an episode I saw: The guest was Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D. and her book is Radical Remission – the Nine Key Factors That Can Make a Real Difference – Surviving Cancer Against All Odds.  www.radicalremission.com.

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She found that there were certain people who beat cancer by NOT using conventional medicine.  She wondered what the common thread was that ran through all these different people.  It was quite intriguing.

I went right to my library and got her book.  I’m just in the first chapter, but it is so exciting that I’ve already contacted some acquaintances with cancer to tell them about it.  My next stop was to tell you.

Check out this book, and, as usual, I say don’t wait until you have cancer to make the changes!

 

Oh my gosh, this looks so good!  Can’t wait to make this.

 

 

roastedAsparagus

Tis the season for asparagus!  Here’s a really simple, 2 ingredient recipe for you:

Simply Healthy Asparagus

fresh asparagus

balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash asparagus and snap off thick ends.  Discard.  I use a baking sheet with a Silpat liner to prevent sticking.  You could use a nonstick baking sheet or parchment paper.  Line up the asparagus spears in a single layer and drizzle balsamic vinegar over them.  No oil or salt!  Bake at 350 until thicker ends are tender (about 30 min.). I eat them with my fingers as a healthy snack.  Enjoy!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post; sorry about that.  It’s due to a good reason though, and that is that I’ve made a big change in my life–I’ve gone back to college!  Yes, thirty years later!  There was no reason not to.  Both my sons moved across the country, so I knew I needed to get myself too busy to miss them much.  What I didn’t know was how being around students that were my own sons’ ages would also help me.

I chose to major in Nutrition in order to become a Registered Dietitian and help people prevent disease through a whole foods, plant based lifestyle, but as I sat through my Intro to the Profession class, I realized more and more that this was not for me.

I’ve known all along that the accrediting academy for Registered Dietitians, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, was in bed with “Big Food.”   Not sure what I mean?  Check out Andy Bellatti’s facebook page, Dietitians for Professional Integrity.   Also, please read, “I Went to the Nutritionist’s Annual Confab.  It Was Catered by McDonald’s.”  I was planning on just keeping quiet, memorizing the answers (like meat and dairy are healthy)  just to pass the classes and the Registered Dietitian exam. After I was registered, then I would be able to recommend a whole food, plant based diet to my clients.  But it became increasingly hard to keep quiet, especially when I began my Structure and Function Biology class and learned that we would be dissecting a cow’s eyeball, a sheep’s brain, and a fetal pig,  (I was told that I was lucky it wasn’t a cat this year.)  I didn’t want to be a part of the problem or the industry that perpetuates these killings.

So I dropped the Structure and Function class and changed my major to Health Communication, because that way, my message won’t be stifled.  After college, I will become a spokesperson for a whole foods, plant based lifestyle at a wellness program focusing on prevention.  I’ll keep you posted.

This was one of my most popular posts last year, so here it is again!

Me too!  Let me explain.  Robin Quivers, Howard Stern’s partner on his radio show, has a new cookbook out, “The Vegucation of Robin.”  No matter what you think of Howard, Robin tends to be universally liked.  Well, she has gone vegan and written a cookbook, but found herself sick with a terribly large cancerous tumor.  She credits her becoming healthy due to veganism with her flourishing through chemotherapy, radiation and now being declared cancer free!

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She was recently on the Rachael Ray show and they made her Cream of Mushroom Soup.  That’s when Rachael declared it the best cream of mushroom soup she’s ever tasted!  She declared that the use of fennel and coriander seeds was brilliant! I have to agree.

Check out the video and get the recipe here:  http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/16483_Robin_Quivers_Cream_of_Mushroom_Soup/index.html

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