A Changed Mind

Toward the end of December 2014, I decided that I needed to discontinue this blog. I began this blog to help me become Vegan and to see if it would improve my health, and it did in many ways. I had high hopes for my blog, but have been very busy with a second Masters degree.

Today I logged on to put an end to blogging my vegan thoughts for a few good reasons. First, there are tons of vegan bloggers today and lots. Second, there are lots of vegan recipes on the web and blogs. Third, my stats are horrid. So, even though I thought it was a great idea, I am going to stick with it!

Why? It makes me a better vegan! It keeps me aware, connected and wanting to do better. That and I haven’t tasted the ultimate vegan chili that soothes my soul.

2015 – it’s going to be an epic year!!!

Why – because I said so and it will be as good as we put our minds to be. So, let’s be E P I C ! ! !

4th of July Vegan Food

So, we often fear family or friend gatherings when we are not in the majority – Vegan pride hurts!! Not to mention the cruel jokes and chides at our diet/life style. No Fear!!!

Pack your grocery cart with veggies, fruit and whole grain wonders. Think of your favs, Red, White  & Blue, Independence and a darn great healthy time!

I  bought greek humus, red and blue fruit, red potatoes, mushrooms and a few more items – let’s see what I can create for our Independence Day!

Gotta go shuck corn…

Jim Lahey’s Pizza Crust

I know I said that I would talk about the Kickstart and I will.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I love pizza. I grew up with lots of allergies and often pizza was a safe food – fully cooked and yummy. Well, also allergic to dairy, so the pizza wasn’t much of a friend, but learned to love it without the dairy. I’ve been waiting for Jim Lahey’s My Pizza cookbook for a while and was delighted to purchase on my iPad. So, have salivated over the pictures (the pizza not the meat) and imagined all the Vegan alternative I could create, but avoiding the crust recipe. Feared it was loaded with milk and olive oil – why did I wait??? No dairy – No oil!! Vegan & Delightful!

In the Lahey tradition the recipe calls for mixing the ingredients, covering and waiting for atleast 18 hours. Easy

I have a batch mixed and cultivating on my counter.

Another Vegan’s Goals for 2012

2012 has arrived and that means I’m setting goals for this new glorious year.

Confession is good, right?!! Yes, I believe it is good. I began this blog to keep myself accountable for a diet I believed would improve my health, but I loved cheese and every time I would start previously I would fail. BECAUSE I LOVE CHEESE! I love the taste, the smell, the dense loveliness, the variety of flavors and the enhancement of foods…oh, it goes on. The major problem with my love of cheese if that I am allergic to cow’s milk and soy. So, after a lifetime of cutting out milk, eggs, soy…I still ate cheese. I was encroaching on 60 and having gut pain; hence realized that cheese could be a major problem (and it really isn’t a major food group – cheese in itself).

Whew, thanks for letting me get that off my Vegan chest!! So, in a way I am a selfish Vegan because I want to be Vegan for the health benefits. I’ve been a partial vegetarian for over 20 years and a vegetarian for 19 years. So, new chapter of being Vegan.

I feel wonderful, the gut pain is gone, and I believe this is the optimum way of life for me. I’ve spent those past years studying the work and research of Neal Barnard, M.D., John McDougall, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, Andrew Weil, M.D. and the Seventh Day Adventist Church (no, I am not a member – just a fan of their way of life). I love the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart plan and am currently enrolled in another of their kickstarts – new learning each time.

 

Now those goals:

1. Get a picture and more stuff on my About Me tab – I don’t want to be anonymous anymore.

2. Develop my Top Ten Fave Recipes.

     (It’s a process – pictures to follow)

3.  Find the balance between blogging and exercising – I need to exercise more.

 

 

 My goals ended on 3 for now – may be more later i.e.: travel more and worry less

21Day Vegan Kickstart

Horray – a new year and a new 21 Day Vegan Kickstart!!

Are you signed up for the new kickstart? I have joined several times and each time I learn more, strengthen my resolve, and become a healthier Vegan. Don’t forget to sign upon NutitionMD as well – this site is a lifesaver when recipes and grocery lists are needed.

Check back on my blog as I blog about cooking for one or two and have my own slant on cooking whole foods and working full-time.

Hope to meet lots of new people and familiar bloggers on the Kickstart’s Blog.

Healthy Cooking Process

I read a very interesting article this weekend at http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com regarding Healthy Cooking Methods and Advanced Glycated End Products by Nancy Appleton PhD and G.N. Jacobs. Definitely worth a read.

I have been a vegetarian for about 20 years and a vegan for almost a year. Back in the day when I ate meat I liked the sugary bake hams and char broiled crusted meats and highly cooked cinnamon rolls (I still like those on occasion baked with vegan margarine).

The most disturbing thing for me was the effect on the body when we actually eat too much sugar and cook our foods a high heats. Makes me glad to be a Vegan and feel that I am making better choices now.

21 Day Vegan Kickstart, India, is almost here

Do you love Indian food – I do. I love the curries, bread…but cooking the vegan version has not worked very well for me. So if you are new to Veganism or just love Indian food, but want a healthier version the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart, India, is waiting for you.

November 7th – mark you calendars and get over to the kickstart page and sign up. I will be there and my screen name is Jump for Joy. Let’s fill this class and learn new ways to make our diets (yes, that is what you eat everyday) amazing. Amazingly Interesting!!!! Our bodies will thank us!

Tip: Sign up early so that you will have access to the forum, recipes, and shopping lists.

Yes, I will get back to my Vegan adventure in Walla Walla, WA.

Are you ready for a Vegan Diet

Kinda sends shivers up you spine, doesn’t it. I know it’s mind boggling, but it is worth the journey.

Tomorrow is another new beginning of the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart. It’s a great way to cleanse your body of the processed foods and begin a journey of whole foods minus the animal products.

This will be my 4th Kickstart and my 3rd one has been the most successful – I am arriving at the 4th 15 pounds lighter (since January 2011). No dieting – just whole foods (minimal processed) minus the animal products.  I do enjoy a Vegan process burger patty and a few other products, but my diet is mostly whole foods. I have learned to ask for pizza with no cheese – if it’s a good pizza place, the pizza will be delicious or you can make your own.

I will admit to french fries once in awhile, but know that is not a productive way to eat a potato. My other food group I love is desserts and I have had cake at work or a cupcake that called to me. I now have a few vegan cupcakes in the freezer at work, so I can have a treat and can celebrate with the best of them!!

I am happy to say that my birthday was last week and my staff had an ice cream sundae social at work for me. They had the big tub of vanilla ice cream and a small pint of Vegan ice cream with a Vegan cookie for me. I was honored!

Lesson Learned: Let people, who you are close to or work with, know that you are eating differantly. Perhaps they will try to sabotage your new change, but wait till they see and smell the food you will bring to work and the potlucks (we have lots of potlucks and salad bars where I work). They will also see your body shrinking – bonus!!

There are no failures when joining the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart – you will learn something, try new recipes, meet new people and try new foods. There are also blogs that you can join and get questions answered and talk to other people, just like you, who are exploring the benefits of a Vegan diet and a new lifestyle.

Enough said. Jump on over to PCRM’s 21 Day Vegan Kickstart and Nutrition MD. Sign up, print out or download the grocery list and get started.

Tryptophan isn’t just for Turkey lovers – It’s for Vegan lovers, too

Wow, that was a statement.

Vegans hear the statement around the fall holidays, “Too bad you don’t get Tryptophan, like us Turkey eaters!!” as they rub their bellies and flop on the couch for a post-meal rest.

Frankly, I feel a bit sleepy after preparing that huge meal for carnivores and vegans and consuming the charbohydrate laden vegan holiday meal. So, what’s up with that, Turkey!?!? Uh, we Vegans like our Turkeys roaming.

Uh, Neal Barnard, could you please explain this one – HELP!!

Well, he’s not really live here in my post, but I’ve been reading, Foods That Cause You To Lose Weight: The Negative Calorie Effect (1992) by Neal Barnard, M.D. and so feels like he is here to support my argument about Vegans being able to benefit from Trytophan during the holidays and other times of the year, i.e. 21 Day Vegan Kickstart.

Get your chemistry brain on now!

Chemistry Brain

Big Long Neal Barnard quote:

“…Carbohydrates break down in the body to sugars, which, in
turn, stimulate insulin secretion. Insulin is a hormone produced in the
pancreas. It helps get sugar out of the blood stream and into the cells of the
body. Now that is not all insulin does. It also helps amino acids, which are
the building blocks of protein, to get out of the  blood stream and into the cells.  So, after a carbohydrate-rich meal, insulin drives the sugar and the amino acids out of the blood and into the cells.

Now here is the interesting part: As the insulin drives the amino acids out of the blood, it leaves behind one particular amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan stays behind because it is stuck to the large carrier molecule. Without all the other amino acids around, tryptophan has less competition for getting into the brain. So the tryptophan passes into the brain, where it is converted to serotonin, which can alter moods, and cause sleepiness (Neal Barnard, M.D., 1992).”

So, there you go! Trypophan is for Vegan’s, too. If that was your 1st or 100th excuse for not joining PCRM’s 21 Vegan Kickstart – just join and drop the excuses.

Reference

Barnard, N.D., M.D., Brown, J., & Bates, D.R. (2009). Foods that cause you to lose weight: the negative calorie effect. McKinney, TX: Magni Group.