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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Kristen's Raw 25th Awesome giveaway

Kristen's Raw is giving away a full set of the newly updated Raw Vegan Recipe e-books! Win now at http://kristensraw.blogspot.com/2010/09/kristens-raw-25th-awesome-giveaway-free.html

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Green Smoothies

I have had so many people ask about what I put in my green smoothies I figured I'd put it in my blog so that if you want to try it, you can! 

I'm to the point now where I just throw things together in my blender. But my original ideas came from the green smoothie girl videos on youtube and by trial and error.

Start first with 1-2 cups cold purified water in the blender. If making it for one person or just one per day, use 1 cup, you can always add more. 
Veggies: I usually use 3-4 different leafy green veggies per smoothie
  • lacinato kale, aka dinosaur kale - Nugget Market by me almost always has organic lacinato kale so I use this type, but you could use curly kale also, just not the flowering kale type.
 

  • collard greens  (SOOOOOO good for you!)
  • spinach (If I do spinach I tend to throw in an orange or some OJ since the iron from spinach is more available when adding something with vitamin C (it’s the oxalic acid thing that prevents the iron from being absorbed well by the body)
  • romaine lettuce or red/green leafy lettuce (iceberg is not lettuce to me and has no nutritional value so I steer away from iceberg) 
  • beet greens (I love beets and buy mine with the greens attached, when you get them home cut off the greens about 1 inch from the beet and store them separately-keeps the beets fresher longer)
  • broccoli
  • celery

Fruit: 
I always use a frozen berry (blueberries are my fav, but I do sometimes add other frozen berries. You can use fresh, but the frozen one's keep the smoothie nice and cold!)
  •  1 cup of frozen blueberries (I always have bags of the frozen organic wild blueberries from Trader Joe's in my freezer)
  • 1/2 cucumber (yes, scientifically speaking the cucumber is actually a fruit!)
  • 1/2 frozen banana (I just chop them up and freeze them in little snack size bags so I always have them in my freezer and since I like bananas without spots, the one's that get spots work great for freezing, I just can't eat overripe bananas unless they are in a smoothie!)
  • 1 granny smith apple (or fuji, depending on what I have) 
  • 1-2 carrots
Extras: From my last blog you know I'm a hemp and chia seed freak!
  • heaping tablespoon of hemp seed
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • Depending on what my day is like, I might throw in some hemp protein powder
  • Or I might throw in a scoop of Vega (whole food optimizer, all vegan)

As to how much of each to add, for the greens it's probably about 4-5 large leaves each of kale, collard greens and a handful of lettuce or spinach. But I usually judge that based on how full the blender gets once things are all smooth and throw in more if needed.

If you aren't used to green smoothies, it might take a bit of time to get used to them so add more fruit to start. That way you get a lot of the sweetness of the fruit and less of the veggie taste. Then slowly add less fruit. It’s the combo of the veggies with the fruit that makes it taste good.


I know that many people will add in a squeeze of agave nectar to sweeten it a bit, but I don't do that. No need to add more sweetness in my view!

 I tried adding a bit of red pepper and orange pepper as they have good vitamin C content, but didn’t like that in the smoothie as it added a weird flavor.
I finally broke down and bought a Vita-Mix blender, it's the "lear-jet" of blenders and my smoothies are SUPER smooth now! Now go eat your veggies...in a smoothie!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Superfoods

Someone asked me recently what foods I include in my vegan diet that are considered superfoods, so I thought what a better topic to blog than my two favorite superfoods! 


Hemp seed - I know I have said it before and blogged it before, but it truly is a superfood.
  • Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids that the human body requires. 
  • Hemp is a good source of omega fatty acids and fiber. 
  • Hemp seeds also contain vitamin E and trace minerals. 
  • Hemp seed has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fatty acids, about a 1:3 ratio. This won’t help correct your omega fatty acid balance if it’s off, but it gives you the right balance to start with. 
  • The protein content of the hemp seed is very digestible and therefore it's a great protein powder to use instead of whey or soy. It really doesn't cause bloating or gas, like whey or soy protein powders can. 
  • Hemp seed does not contain phytic acid (soy does). High amounts of phytic acid can prevent us from absorbing minerals from foods. 

Uses for hemp seeds: 
  • grind into hemp seed butter to make a substitute for almond butter or peanut butter.
  • sprinkle onto or into anything
  • add water and make hemp milk


 
Chia Seeds - Yep, ch...ch...ch...chia. But don't buy the chia pet to get your chia seeds.


What makes the Chia Seed the super food that many claim it to be?

  • 30% of the chia seed’s oil is Omega 3 oil. 40% of its oil is Omega 6 oil. The chia seed has a dense percentage of alpha-linolenic fatty acid.
  • You do not need to grind the Chia Seeds to digest it. It is a relatively easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not. Often, one has to grind flax seeds to be able to process them in their digestive system. That is not the case with chia seeds.
  • Chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic, which means they absord large amounts of water. Chia Seeds can absorb over 10 times their weight in water making them a great in helping keep our bodies hydrated. They absorb the water we drink holding it in our system longer.
  • Scientists also have found that eating chia seed slows down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This may be a great benefit for people living with diabetes.
  • Chia seeds are full of antioxidants and are high in fiber. 
  • The chia seed has been around for centuries and are now only starting to get recognition as the super food that many health gurus have always known it to be. 
  • Chia is even more nutritious than flax, doesn't have to be ground, and lasts a much longer time without going rancid. 



 Uses for Chia Seeds - 

  • Mix Chia seeds into yogurt (non-dairy, please!), sprinkle them on cereal in the morning, add to salads, or even add them to your baking. There are many ways to add chia seeds into your daily routine


Eat your veggies (hemp seed and chia seeds too), 


Karen

Sunday, April 11, 2010

You are what you eat

You are what you eat, sounds familiar right? No offense to Q'doba, but if I have one more naked burrito with grilled veggies (hold the cheese and sour cream) at the airport in Seattle, I am pretty sure I will turn into one! 

So I decided to go to Anthony's where I used to always eat in my pre-vegan days. Nothing there is vegetarian, let alone vegan. So I ordered the shrimp mango salad, hold the shrimp, hold the bacon and hold the blue cheese please! Seems like I should get a discount on that salad doesn't it! It was actually delicious! But those are the difficulties vegans face. I try not to get picky about it because I really don't want someone adding a special "yellow" seasoning back in the kitchen when I ask for things slightly differently! 


Airports are the worst for vegans, wait, I take that back, the worst place is the cafeteria at the VA hospital in Seattle! The choice there is brownish iceberg lettuce, ick! At least the coffee cart does soy lattes! 

Luckily, I was in Portland part of this past week and got to eat at my favorite spot, Blossoming Lotus. I had the live soup (apple/squash) and the live pizza. At home I have been integrating more raw food recipes into my meals. 

I bought books from Kristen's Raw, she's a raw vegan chef. Had some great things so far. Just started reading the book "Becoming Raw". I'm not totally jumping on the raw food bandwagon because there are just some things that I like cooked and research has shown that there are some vegetables that are better eaten cooked or slightly cooked. 

 
So why raw?  

Well, I have noticed that when I eat about 50-75% raw everyday that I have so much more energy, even if I miss my workout. So at home, I'm trying to do mainly raw, not 100%, but about 75% raw.



Right now, in my dehydrator (Excalibur) I have my raw granola bars and raw chocolate hemp bars dehydrating. My kitchen smells so good, I can smell the chocolate! I'm going to make some hemp seed/chia seed crackers next for some homemade hummus! I made some great flax/hemp sun dried tomato crackers about 2 weeks ago that were awesome. I'm making up some goodies to take with me this coming weekend for my Virginia City 3 day paranormal ghost hunt! 

I bought a really good hurom juicer and have been having fun making "plant blood". A whole mix of different veggies and fruits. Really yummy. I notice that my taste buds are much more active since going vegan. Not sure why, but it's amazing the flavors that I seem to pick up on now. 


So I'm 10 weeks in and loving my vegan life. Eat your veggies, try some raw!


Karen 

Friday, March 26, 2010

8 weeks

So it has officially been 8 weeks since going Vegan and I am loving this lifestyle. The funny thing is, it is moving me more towards a totally natural life style. Gone are any toxic cleaners, replaced by earth friendly and/or homemade safe cleaners. I even bought Soap Nuts for laundry. Soap nuts, what the heck? They are from a tree and they really do clean your clothes. I got them through www.greenvirginproducts.com. If I'm putting better things in my body, I might as well take it further and make sure that toxic crap is not going down my drain!

My dogs are vegan now too! They are eating Natural Balance Vegetarian dog food. They actually love their food and are getting in better shape after being overweight. They even help me eat some of my leftover veggies. Shadow likes veggies more than Truman, but once Truman sees Shadow eating it, he usually joins in. My cats aren't vegan and will not be going the vegan route as they are carnivores. Although Mondavi loves bananas (as long as they are still fairly green) and will come running into the room if he hears me peel the skin off them. Cats surely have bionic ears!


I have replaced almost all my skin/body care items with vegan, animal product free products which I am loving! My favorites so far are MyChelle Dermaceuticals (most are vegan), JulieGabriel Organic SkinCare and jeune d'age organics serum. I'm a total product junkie and love trying out new products, so this has been really fun. What wasn't fun was the 7 weeks it took my skin to detox. Woo, boy I thought I was going through puberty again! Now it's calming down and looking good!

I even detoxed my hair care routine and am using Morrocco Method products, all vegan and natural. It took about 2 weeks to detox my hair, but now it is SO soft and I love it. I even decided to try giving up my hair coloring. I know TOTAL shock huh peeps? I have highlighted my hair since those first irritating gray hairs started popping up in when I was in my mid 20s. So I used the Marigold shade of henna from Morrocco Method and it looks really good. Slowly I might add in some light brown/dark blonde to get back to my natural color, if I can figure out what that is. I was born a toe head blonde and slowly got darker into the light browns. It'll be a fun adventure. 

Getting more veggies into my body using green smoothies which rock! They are such a great way to get a bunch of veggies in one meal.


I had an awesome lunch the other day in Portland at Blossoming Lotus, it's an all vegan restaurant and it was packed. It is a small spot with only 15 tables or so, but on a Thursday at 11:45 am it was fully packed which I thought was just awesome! The ladies sitting next to me, probably in their mid 50's, were so excited they kept asking everyone what they were eating because it all looked so good! It was hard to choose what to eat, but I had the goddess bowl (kale, greens, quinoa, avocado goddess dressing, tempeh). They also do a lot of raw vegan foods which I will try next time I am up there. I'm trying out some different raw recipes at home this weekend and can't wait!

My ghost hunting, vegan buddy Veronica told me I'd feel lighter. And the weird thing is, I do. It is not the weight loss (which is great) but you just feel lighter, less sluggish and just overall better! It has been very interesting when I tell people I'm vegan. The responses have ranged from "Tell me it isn’t true, you aren't turning into a CRAZY?" to "That's awesome, I think that's so cool" to "Good for you". Why such a disparity? Still haven't figured that one out yet! I think it's lack of knowledge of how good a vegetarian or vegan diet can be for you. Or perhaps it is the old idea that the only people who are vegan are hippies. Simply not true. There are actually a lot of athletes who are vegan so when people ask how you can work out and be fit being vegan...let's see Carl Lewis, Olympic track gold medalist, Brendan Brazier Ironman Triathlete, and there are many more.

Even if this doesn't inspire someone to "go veg", maybe it'll make people think and cause them to incorporate more whole foods, veggies and less junky stuff into their diets. 

Eat your veggies, 

Karen









Friday, March 5, 2010

6 weeks and still going!


What's new? hmmm...I didn't post my hemp milk journey on FB so if you missed it it's below this blog entry.

Still going strong on my vegan journey. It's really not hard and no, I'm not starving all the time. Veggies are really filling. I can't get enough collard greens and kale, I think they are my two favorites now. What do people think or say? Don't really care. Has someone said "you're crazy" - yep, heard that. 

So then my question was "why"? Why would you say someone is crazy because they don't eat meat, drink milk or use butter. Personally I think what is crazy is people going through the drive thru at a fast food restaurant several times a week when so much is known about how bad fast food is for you. Why is it crazy to eat wholesome food, but not crazy to eat crap that is soaked in oil, deep fried, full of salt, sugar, etc? I personally don't think it is and to be honest I was a little annoyed by the "crazy" statement. But then I realized that it's due to a lack of knowledge, a lack of knowing how good eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, etc. can be for you. And for that I feel bad. 

I'm not going to get on my soapbox and preach to that person about this, but maybe little by little they will see the difference. There is just too much evidence now to ignore the good that a vegan lifestyle can do. Read "The China Study", it's not a book written by some hack that is just trying to preach their ideas. It's not a diet book telling you how to eat for your blood type, how to lose 10 pounds over the weekend, or saying that you should live on lemon water and cabbage soup.

The China Study, www.thechinastudy.com
The science is clear. The results are unmistakable. Change your diet and dramatically reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Respected nutrition and health researcher, Dr. T. Colin Campbell reveals the truth behind special interest groups, government entities and scientists that have taken Americans down a deadly path.

I haven't gone totally vegan when it comes to my shoes, I simply have way too many pairs that I can't give them away and buy a whole new shoe wardrobe. But will I buy non-leather shoes in the future? Yes. I'll slowly replace things like that to fully embrace being vegan. I can't afford to go out and replace my shoe wardrobe. And oh, yeah those tight leather pants, well...get your mind out of the gutter- I don't have any leather pants. Gave those puppies up in the 80's! ;) But I did donate my leather jacket to goodwill! It was kind of time to anyway as it was getting a bit worn out, but still wearable. 

I read labels, there are a lot of hidden animal products in foods, so it does take a commitment if you buy a lot of processed foods, which I try to stay away from. I also look at what's in it. Is it whole foods or a bunch of things I can barely pronounce? If I can't pronounce it, perhaps I shouldn't eat it! 

I have totally stocked up on a bunch of vegan cookbooks, it's been a blast trying new recipes, so far almost all of them have been hits. There have been a few that I probably won't cook again, but that's the fun in cooking - finding what you like, what you love and what isn't your cup of tea. I'm not a huge tofu person, tempeh is good and I really like seitan. Seitan, what? Is Karen worshiping the devil (and she can't spell)? No! 

Seitan - Although it is made from wheat, seitan has little in common with flour or bread. Also called “wheat meat”, “wheat gluten” or simply “gluten”, seitan becomes surprisingly similar to the look and texture of meat when cooked, making it a popular meat substitute. Seitan is also high in protein, making it a popular protein source for vegetarians. Asian restaurants often use seitan as a vegetarian mock meat, and seitan is also the base for several commercially available products. It might look a little weird, but the texture is meat like so it works great in stir fry, spaghetti, stews, asian dishes, etc. And I can make my own which makes it dirt cheap! 

And do I feel better for not contributing to the horrible way that animals are treated that are used for meat and dairy?- yes I do. Maybe it took me a long time, but the fact that I am a huge animal lover should mean that I love all animals and not just dogs and cats. Why would I have one type as a pet and eat another, I guess that finally made sense to me - I shouldn't. So, I don't! 
There is a really great post by a 12 year old girl (yep, 12) about the environmental impact of a meat based diet, if you are interested, read on: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/features/ft_eco_living/574


Oh yeah, I am now up to 19 inches lost overall!

Eat your veggies, 

Karen

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

homemade hemp milk

I made homemade hemp milk. Now don't freak, it's free of THC...so no, you can't get high from hemp milk! It's really good, much better than the store bought stuff. 

Hemp is an extremely nutritious food. 

Hemp was first cultivated in China more than 6,000 years ago, and was used as a food source long before soy foods. Hempseed is considered by leading researchers to be one of the most nutritious super foods on the planet — packed with protein, vitamin E, Omega-3, and GLA.

Hemp contains pure, digestible protein, with a good balance of all eight essential amino acids. Hemp is not only delicious, but comprised of smaller-chain edestin and albumin protein, making it the gold standard of plant foods. Hemp has three times the vitamin E of flax and twice the iron and magnesium (a key mineral often depleted by industrial agriculture) contained in flax.

Strains of Cannabis approved for industrial hemp production produce only minute amounts of this psychoactive drug, not enough for any physical or psychological effects. Typically, hemp contains below 0.3% THC, while Cannabis grown for marijuana can contain anywhere from 6 or 7 % to 20% or even more.

Industrial hemp is produced in many countries around the world. Major producers include Canada, France, and China. While more hemp is exported to the United States than to any other country, the United States Government does not consistently distinguish between marijuana and the non-psychoactive Cannabis used for industrial and commercial purposes.

Unfortunately, the US will not allow hemp to be grown for food or industrial use, so the hemp seeds you buy at the store is from Canada. Maybe someday the US will catch on and cash in on this type of use of hemp. 
Anyway, it's great! I love it in my coffee or with my cereal. 

So for dinner tonight? Thai Tempeh with collard and mustard greens over Quinoa. 

Yum!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

what do I eat?

So the question of course comes up of "what do you eat". It may seem strange or too strict for some to grasp and that is totally fine by me. My reasons for going vegan are for me and me alone. While I would love to see more people give up meat and focus on a plant based diet, I am not trying to convert anyone. If anything I post or publish is intriguing, feel free to ask questions. If anything makes you go "huh?" then just ask. It's been an adventure learning and figuring this all out and I'm still learning, reading and investigating more. 

As I figured it would be a bit more difficult to be vegan on the road, but I have tried really hard to stick to it. I strayed a bit due to choices available, but not by choice, more by lack of choice. I am not willing to starve myself for this if faced with being vegetarian or vegan. Some places are just not vegan friendly. It was easy, of course, in Portland (the most vegan friendly place in the US). I had a great vegan lunch at a mediterranean restaurant and a vegan dinner at a local place in SE Portland. Thai the night before was vegie, not sure if it was completely vegan though. At home, I have been totally vegan. In Phoenix, a bit less vegan friendly, but tonight I had an awesome portobello mushroom with sides of broccoli, spaghetti squash and couscous. Delicious and so filling.

So why am I really doing this? Number one for me is my own health, it makes me feel healthier and better all around. Number two is to lessen the number of animals killed or raised for food sources. After researching things, one of the little facts I learned is that a large majority of greenhouse gases are caused by cows. Yep, cow's farting out their methane does more damage than cars! Scary, but true. Is one person going to change the world? No, but a lot of "one persons" making changes can help to make a change. 

People ask, "Why now, why at my age?" It started with my fitness program, just feeling better, eating better and feeling like now I could stick to it and do this. I feel SO much better, more energy, just better all around. I'm sure it's a combo of things, but so far it rocks! 

So food at home? I recently did a couple of green smoothies. I thought I would hate it but I blended water, spinach, kale, apple, 1/2 banana, mixed frozen berries and it was really good. An easy way to get my veggies in and actually really good.  The little bit of fruit compared to the greens gave it just the right sweetness.

So people ask, where do I get my nutrients, protein, minerals, calcium, etc. Well, many veggies are higher in nutrients, minerals, calcium, etc than meat or cows milk. Plants are totally nutrient dense. So I'm not missing anything, except maybe B-12. But B-12 comes from bacteria. So to get B-12 you eat meat that has been contaminated with B-12 from soil, poop, etc to get the B-12 onto the meat. Meat gets the majority of B-12 from the slaughtering facility. That freaked me out a bit. I can take B-12 once a week if I need to and get plenty! 

The calcium added to orange juice is actually better absorbed by the body than the calcium in cow's milk. After weaning, most people become lactose intolerant. That has been bred out of the Caucasian race and only 20% of Caucasians are lactose intolerant. If you look at other races it's up at 50-80% lactose intolerant. And why are we the only species that drink another animals milk after weaning? Hmm... makes you think a bit. 

Where does the protein come from? Did you know that grains such as Quinoa, Amaranth, Millet, etc. have so much protein and calcium that you can get almost all your calcium from one cup of cooked grain? And the protein levels are really high. Add also that Quinoa supplies all the essential amino acids your body needs and that's hard to beat. Only buy Bob's Red Mill Organic Quinoa though, it's the best and needs no rinsing. All other quinoa has to be rinsed before cooking to remove the bitter saponin that is on the outside of the grain. This quinoa rocks! Use it instead of rice and see how good it is. That was news to me before I started this, some grains are powerhouses of nutrition.  

What else is in my kitchen? 
Nuts, seeds, whole grains, lots of different veggies and fruits, the right kinds of oils such as olive oil, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, flax oil, tempeh, seitan, hemp milk, almond milk, non-dairy yogurt, hemp milk ice cream (Tempt Living Harvest really rocks!), veggie burgers, beans, chili, etc, etc, etc...


What's missing? Just meat, milk, butter, cheese. Do I miss it? Nope! 

Do I get hungry? Nope, not really, when I can eat right. I fill up so fast and stay satiated longer  eating lots of veggies and grains than I did with meat, dairy, etc. It's a bit harder on the road when your options are a bagel as a vegan item.


Can I keep it up? Hell ya, feeling like this? There's no stopping me! It really isn't that hard and it makes me feel better and that's all I need! 


Eat your veggies, 


Karen


Sunday, January 31, 2010

My dinner rocked!

I had leftover azuki beans with butternut squash, quinoa and made Sicilian collard greens with raisins and pumpkin seeds (recipe in "the kind diet" book) . First time I ever made collard greens and they were SO good. I think they might be my new favorite veggie! 


And for dessert I had just a few spoonfuls of Tempt mint chocolate chip ice cream (it's made with Hemp Milk) which surprisingly was so very tasty! 


Ahhh...so far so good!

What started it all?

So what started me down this path? Dec. 1, 2009 I started an exercise program that has changed my life. Literally changed my life. I am addicted to this workout and would shout it from the rooftop if I could, but I really don't want to fall off the roof! I feel so good, so strong and if I miss a workout, I feel bad. The workout is called Chalean Extreme.  In a nutshell it's doing slow paced weight lifting to fatigue within 10-12 reps (you use weights that make you fail by the 10th - 12th rep) and then waiting 10 seconds and doing 3 more very slow reps. That's 3-4 days a week and then the other days are intense cardio, either intervals for 2 minutes following by muscle endurance for 2 minutes (in 45 minutes) or fat burning anaerobic cardio. And so far 15 inches gone, I feel so good, have so much energy and just feel like my body needs clean, fresh foods.

I have been doing GREAT with this workout and after about a month in, my eating habits changed. I felt the need to eat better and to figure out what I should cut out of my diet to keep my body healthy and give it the fuel for the workouts. I watched a presentation by an endocrinologist at UCSF who talked about sugar, sucrose, fructose, etc. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM ]. It kind of freaked me out that sucrose, fructose, etc. get processed by the liver in a way that is different than glucose the processing of sucrose/fructose leads to increased levels of LDL and cholesterol. And in turn, adds fat to your body. I decided to cut out sugar and processed foods (white sugar, white flour, etc.). That talk focused a lot on regular soda, which wasn't an issue for me since I gave up soda years ago and probably haven't had sugary soda for over 25 years. But it was freaky to see the size change in soda since Coke first came out from 6 oz to now supersize 64 ounce drinks. And people wonder why they are obese? Helloooo!!!

I was never a bad eater, but knew I could be better. So now I really read labels. That turn-around of cutting out the bad "white" food items wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. It took me only a couple of days. The other thing that changed was I stopped buying low-fat and non-fat items. For me it was just mainly yogurt, the non-fat and low-fat yogurts have so much more sugar to compensate for the fat removal.

Years ago after seeing the moving "supersize me" I swore off fast food. I really didn't eat much fast food anyway and always avoided McD's, but it was a gross expose on the fast food industry. So I stuck to the "fresher, better for you fast foods" when I just had to have a quick way to eat. Essentially Chipotle and Baja Fresh. Chipotle has a great philosophy, their pork is 100% natural free raised and most of their chicken is too. 

Then I watched Food, Inc. Ugh, gross, get me out of meat! I haven't really eaten red meat for many years, with maybe an occasional hamburger 2-3 times a year. So I stuck mostly to chicken, turkey, wild caught fish and on rare occasion pork (I love carnitas!). After watching that movie I saw that Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Diet" and Alicia Silverstone, actress/vegan, were going to be on Oprah. I rarely watch Oprah but decided to DVR it. I had read a magazine article last year about Alicia Silverstone in "Natural Health" in which she talked about being vegan and her new book, "The Kind Diet". I'm not a star seeker (okay, except for Chris Isaak who stops me dead in my tracks), so it wasn't that she was in "Clueless" that made me think she was an expert on this whole thing. I mean, c'mon, my friend Veronica is vegan and has been for years and years. I always thought it would be so hard to do. I could understand being vegetarian, but vegan? No milk? What am I supposed to put in my coffee?! How would I eat out since I travel so much, what choices would I be able to make. That will be challenged next week when I have to travel!

So Saturday morning I cleaned out the pantry, fridge/freezer. I didn't have too much stuff to get rid of and will donate the non-perishable items to the local Food Bank. So I made my shopping list and went shopping. I found a lot of stuff I needed at the local Nugget, but had to go to Whole Foods for some of the more "unique" stuff. Whole Foods is about 25 minutes away so I knew I had to get the "staples" so I wouldn't have to make that trek every week. 

Last night I made aduki beans with butternut squash and had lightly steamed leeks/cabbage with a light flax oil/vinegar sprinkle. I love veggies, but have always been bad about making different varieties, so I decided to venture out into the land of collard greens, kale, leeks, daikon, bok choy, etc. 

This morning, I have my cup of coffee here with some vanilla "So Delicious Coconut milk" in it. It's not bad at all. I'm not a big fan of soy milk, I love edamame, and tofu is so so, but soy milk just tastes weird to me. So I bought a couple different types of "milk" and will figure out which I like best. I got Hemp milk (great source of Omega 3/6 and no THC!), almond milk, soy/rice blend. It'll take some time to see which works best for me and fills my "milk" desires. Breakfast will be easy since I've been doing grains (oats, quinoa) for awhile now. Lunch, hmmmm....burritos sounds good! 

I have a feeling that due to my frequent work travel that I'll be vegan at home and have to stick to more of a vegetarian lifestyle on the road. But I'll try my best. I know that's not perfect, but sometimes it'll be tough to eat out as a Vegan so I may make a few compromises, but will try to avoid animal products to keep on track. 

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The truth about sugar, fructose, etc.

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.

The truth about sugar/fructose, etc.

Official Food, Inc. Movie Site - Hungry For Change?


Official Food, Inc. Movie Site - Hungry For Change?