Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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)
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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),
Sunday, April 11, 2010
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.
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!
Friday, March 26, 2010
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,
Friday, March 5, 2010
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.
Oh yeah, I am now up to 19 inches lost overall!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
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,
Sunday, January 31, 2010
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!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The truth about sugar/fructose, etc.