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Gluten Free, Sugar Free Angel Food Cupcakes

Gluten Free, Sugar Free Angel Food Cupcakes

I have this amazing Baba, and when I was young, she would make the most incredible Angel food cake. She’d make it for every ones birthday and what seemed like every special occasion in between (we had a pretty big family, so it actually seemed […]

5 life changing questions you need to ask yourself right now!

5 life changing questions you need to ask yourself right now!

How are you feeling today???? Happy? Sad? Stressed? Tired? Excited? Bloated? Hung Over? Calm? Anxious? Wonderful? Lonely? Energized? Exhausted? Lame? Loved? More often than not (& this is so sad) we are feeling less than Optimal. Many of us are exhausted (emotionally and physically), under […]

Put that lemon water down now!

Put that lemon water down now!

Are you sick of the morning lemon water but still want the health benefits of it….. Here are 5 alternative foods you can add to your morning water for your health and to boost your day! We’ve all heard the news about how incredible lemon […]

depression fighting lemonade

depression fighting lemonade

Summer’s coming and who doesn’t love a refreshing tall glass of lemonade? This year, why not add the power of #turmeric and help fight off the depression that can come out of the blue. Turmeric’s been known to encompass some of the best medicinal values […]

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 […]

The best best very best miso dressing ever.

The best best very best miso dressing ever.

I don’t think the title really captures how I feel about this dressing. I’ve made 3 batches in the last week & a half…. THREE!!! I’ve had to. It just goes so fast…. I put it on everything….. Salad…. Raw Veggies…… Crackers….. Bread…… Tried it […]

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 […]


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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Gluten Free, Sugar Free Angel Food Cupcakes

Gluten Free, Sugar Free Angel Food Cupcakes

I have this amazing Baba, and when I was young, she would make the most incredible Angel food cake. She’d make it for every ones birthday and what seemed like every special occasion in between (we had a pretty big family, so it actually seemed […]

5 life changing questions you need to ask yourself right now!

5 life changing questions you need to ask yourself right now!

How are you feeling today???? Happy? Sad? Stressed? Tired? Excited? Bloated? Hung Over? Calm? Anxious? Wonderful? Lonely? Energized? Exhausted? Lame? Loved? More often than not (& this is so sad) we are feeling less than Optimal. Many of us are exhausted (emotionally and physically), under […]

Put that lemon water down now!

Put that lemon water down now!

Are you sick of the morning lemon water but still want the health benefits of it….. Here are 5 alternative foods you can add to your morning water for your health and to boost your day! We’ve all heard the news about how incredible lemon […]

depression fighting lemonade

depression fighting lemonade

Summer’s coming and who doesn’t love a refreshing tall glass of lemonade? This year, why not add the power of #turmeric and help fight off the depression that can come out of the blue. Turmeric’s been known to encompass some of the best medicinal values […]

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 […]