confessions

Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid

Just like so many people, I’ve been through the ringer. I’ve fallen prey to depression as a young girl, adolescent, single young woman, new wife, and run down mom. It seems that I’ve always been prone to depression. Post pardon, post breakup, mid-life crisis, and […]

Spring clean your bod

Spring clean your bod

It’s been a long cold winter…. …Long ass cold winter I’m sure it dragged on for everyone right? I mean, I feel like I’ve been stuck in the house forever making yet another stew to keep us warm and fed. I feel like I’ve binge […]

getting race ready

getting race ready

I just love Spring & the start of more frequent running races don’t you? I live in an area that (thankfully) has year~round races, but it’s always exciting in the Spring when there are more & more of them popping up all over the place. […]

plant based sort of life

plant based sort of life

There is a movement out there that is growing. Some days it seems to grow in leaps and bounds, other days more slowly. But the trend is undeniable, it’s a move towards a more Plant Based Existence. There are just as many reasons that people […]

Mega Dosing with Vitamins

Mega Dosing with Vitamins

There’s a quiet, almost secret movement out there of dedicated, vibrant supplement users that have gone way beyond what’s deemed normal in the amounts that they take of certain nutrients. These dedicated and educated individuals have done ‘experiments’ on themselves (although there are numerous studies […]

Candida Safe Red Pepper Dip

Candida Safe Red Pepper Dip

Welcome a new fav Red Pepper Dip! Ingredients: 3 red peppers (roasted) 1 small red onion ¾ cup walnuts 1-2 garlic cloves ¼ cup olive oil ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. chili pepper spice ¼ tsp. cumin Juice of ½ lemon Himalayan salt to […]

Kitchen Detox

Kitchen Detox

Are you tired of looking at the same dusty, unhealthy, uninspiring foods in your pantry? Do you cringe when you open the fridge and see perfectly good veggies going bad? Are you fed up trying to find new and exciting recipes? Do you get lost […]

Hair Analysis

Hair Analysis

Ever wonder what you’re really made of? Analysis of the hair tissue is a non-invasive method for determining just that. This system can measure the levels of essential Minerals in the body (Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc & more), as well as important mineral ratios. They also […]

Detox – Cleanse Info

Detox – Cleanse Info

So you’ve heard all about detoxing and cleanses. Your bff is doing a juice cleanse, your coworker is on a digital detox (maybe your brother is doing one too), they’re raving about the results and you want in! But what is it? how do you […]

Feb is the month for love!

Feb is the month for love!

It’s a well-known fact that February is the month of love. And whether you go giddy over the thought of flowers, chocolates, fancy dinner dates, dressing up & being pampered or not, I’m here to remind you not to forget about another type of love….. […]


My Diary

plant based sort of life

plant based sort of life

There is a movement out there that is growing. Some days it seems to grow in leaps and bounds, other days more slowly. But the trend is undeniable, it’s a move towards a more Plant Based Existence.

There are just as many reasons that people are taking on this type of lifestyle as is the variations of it. Labels like Vegan, Vegetarian, Lacto~Vegetarian, Pescatarian are all very definate. Strict. Unforgiving. I will not use them here. My family & I use to place ourselves in these categories, sometime jumping from one to another due to the strict rules, but found just the stress of that particular label as well as having to explain it, was just way too much. Thus we adopted a simple plant based life. No limits, no restrictions, no stress. (more on this later)

So why should you consider adopting this way of life?

Moving towards a more Plant Based way of eating is equal to moving towards a more healthier way of life (for both ourselves & the planet). Eating more clean vegetables keeps us alkaline, it nourishes our bodies with nutrient rich foods instead of empty calories (the traditional SAD ~ Standard American Diet), keeps us fuller, longer & saves our soils, our water & our air quality!

 

 

People have asked me time & time again.

“How can I move towards a more Plant Based way of eating”

 

 

There are a number of simple steps that you can incorporate into your families daily meals, to make them more plant based & healthier. First of all, I find that substituting or replacing certain ingredients is a much easier way of reducing your intake of meat & dairy items, the 2 most commonly dropped food groups ~ (Meat & Dairy have the highest negative impact on our bodies & our environment.)

Replace the ground meat in tacos with beans & rice or a variation of ‘ground~round’ (fake meat), tofu or just all veggies!

Use Tofu or Tempeh in place of meat. BBQ it, pan fry it, add it to stir fries, anything you do with meat, can be done with tofu or tempeh. Tofu has such a bland flavor that you can literally make it taste like anything you want (kind of like chicken)! And why not replace your beef burger with a PORTOBELLO mushroom.

 

As I mentioned earlier, we don’t categorize ourselves as Vegan, Pescatarian or otherwise. We are plant based & that is that! Why & what does that mean? It simply means that we live a no~stress kind of life. We eat Clean Food, mostly plants. We don’t eat meat, but occasionally have a bit of sushi with fresh fish. We don’t usually have dairy, but may buy fresh cheese for a special meal. We keep our meals as clean, organic & close to nature as possible.

Does this mean we don’t eat junk?

Of course not.

We have treat days & cheat meals just like the rest of them! A bag of chips, wine, chocolate, cookies, croissants or pizza all get their chances with us. But we remain Plant Based. No Stress. No Rules. No Strict Restrictions. We are not an all of nothing family.

Worried about your protein? There are ways to remedy that. First thing is first. You need to stop believing that you need a huge chunk of meat on your plate to be healthy. Of course we all need protein. We also all need healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, nuts) & we need complex carbs (like brown rice, sweet potatoes).

We need all 3 in a really cool crazy balance to maintain a healthy diet. You just don’t need SO much! A cup of quinoa, brown rice & lentils, even Kale, Chard & Spinach gives your body readily available protein. Check out the list of my top ten plant based proteins here (coming soon).


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Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid

Just like so many people, I’ve been through the ringer. I’ve fallen prey to depression as a young girl, adolescent, single young woman, new wife, and run down mom. It seems that I’ve always been prone to depression. Post pardon, post breakup, mid-life crisis, and […]

Spring clean your bod

Spring clean your bod

It’s been a long cold winter…. …Long ass cold winter I’m sure it dragged on for everyone right? I mean, I feel like I’ve been stuck in the house forever making yet another stew to keep us warm and fed. I feel like I’ve binge […]

getting race ready

getting race ready

I just love Spring & the start of more frequent running races don’t you? I live in an area that (thankfully) has year~round races, but it’s always exciting in the Spring when there are more & more of them popping up all over the place. […]

Mega Dosing with Vitamins

Mega Dosing with Vitamins

There’s a quiet, almost secret movement out there of dedicated, vibrant supplement users that have gone way beyond what’s deemed normal in the amounts that they take of certain nutrients. These dedicated and educated individuals have done ‘experiments’ on themselves (although there are numerous studies […]

Kitchen Detox

Kitchen Detox

Are you tired of looking at the same dusty, unhealthy, uninspiring foods in your pantry? Do you cringe when you open the fridge and see perfectly good veggies going bad? Are you fed up trying to find new and exciting recipes? Do you get lost […]