21-Day Vegan Kickstart / a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) site

The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart is about to begin – now they start the 1st of every month. Just goes to show that I haven’t done one for quite sometime. But it’s time to get back to basics and cleanse the palate and gut with new foods and spices.
Here’s the grocery list for the Kickstart – if you’re allergic to certain foods, don’t buy then just substitute a similar food plant based food from that food group. Organic is best cause we don’t want any extra chemicals or altered food in our body. Food is our medicine to help us live at optimal health.
Join me in 21 days of changing up our food choices and eating a plant based diet (I already do that). If the list looks too tough, then just start shopping (except for the fresh food) a bit at a time and start next month.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart / a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) site.


21 Vegan Kickstart India – Coming Soon

Another treat coming our way from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).  The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart India begins June 4th, so check out the site, join, and get ready for some amazing meal plans and food.

I will be traveling to a family wedding, although have signed up and plan to be as active as possible.

21 Day Vegan Kickstart – Did you Take the Challenge?

Awww. it’s always tough to make changes to our diets and our mindset. In case you didn’t sign up for the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart you could purchase the kickstart book or another book of interest by Neal Barnard, M.D..

I have had a very busy week at work and didn’t get my cooking done last Sunday. I will admit I was working on Jim Lahey’s pizza dough recipes and baking pizza. Vegan,  no oil… just didn’t get my kickstart food prepped.

Next week will be on the kickstart and following a modified plan, since I am allergic to soy and often cooking just for myself. I usually pick 2-3 recipes a week and that’s plenty for me. I have oatmeal every morning, so don’t need a lot of variety of breakfast.


VegFest 2012 – 1st Timer

I’ve been a Vegan for over a year and a Vegetarian for over 20 and last weekend was my first time at VegFest in Seattle. I arrived late for a number of reasons – won’t bore you with details. I really wanted to hear  and see Dr. Neal Bernard’s presentation. Actually could have stood outside and heard it all, because as I was walking past the back of the building could hear him very clearly though some vents – odd huh!!

I paid and rushed to the back of the large room as that is where he was presenting. I’ll write more later on his talk and the book I purchased.

After the lecture folks were taking down their booths, but still had time to talk to a few vendors, try a few samples and joined Vegetarians of Washington. I also purchased two books at their table: the Veg-Feasting Cookbook: favorite Recipes from Local Restaurants and Leading Chefs in the Pacific Northwest & Vegetarian Pacific Northwest: A Guide to Restaurants and Shopping. I need to get out more and discover the wonderful restaurants in the area and support Vegan restauranteurs and Chefs.

VegFest is definitely worth attending. Next time will attend earlier in the day and catch more of the lectures and cooking demonstrations.

I’ve already tried one of the recipes from the Veg-Feasting Cookbook: Lentil Pottage from Abou Karim in Oregon (p. 162)

My rendition of Lentil Pottage:

1/2 cup lentils

2+ c. low sodium vegetable broth

1/2 onion

1/8 tsp. cumin

dash of salt and pepper.

Rinse lentils then combine with  2 c. vegetable broth in a pan/pot (bring to a boil and then lower to simmer) cook for 15 minutes. Ten minutes into cooking saute onions with spices in a small amount of vegetable broth until cooked but crisp. Add to lentil mixture and continue cooking until Lentils are fully cooked – check every 5 minutes.

This recipes is very tasty, easy to prep and  quick.  I was drawn to it because it said it could be eaten hot or cold. Sometimes just don’t have time to heat!!

Seattle’s 2012 Vegfest

The Vegfest is slated for Vegetarians, but am sure there will be plenty for Vegans as well. I haven’t attended, but am hoping I will be able to make it this weekend. Sad that I lived in Seattle and didn’t take the time to attend.

Check out the line up of speakers.  Neal Barnard, M.D. will be there and I will be so happy if I am able to attend his session.

Chefs will be attending and cooking as well.

Just hop on over and check out the event. Sounds wonderful, empowering, and healthful.

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 India Grocery List is Live

21 Vegan Kickstart India is happening now!

Don’t miss out on this wonderful experience. We will learn not only a healthier way to eat, but also how to cook Vegan Indian recipes.

So, grab their grocery list and get shopping and cooking today so you will start eating healthier tomorrow.

http://www.21daykickstartindia.org/mealplan/index.cfm then click on Basic Grocery List.

Remember this is not an all or nothing – it took me three tries before I made it though the 21 days of going vegan. If you make it 21 days then your habits have changed and you palate is use to the change. What do you have to lose? Please join, try new recipes and hear from others also using the message board – you will find me there as Jump for Joy. You are not alone on your journey.

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.

21 Day Vegan Kickstart: India

You read it correct: the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart: India. Yes, it’s in English and it’s going to be super amazing. Get yourself signed up so we can do the newest kickstart together. Starts in 14 days so get signed up for learning about a vegan diet with amazing Indian food. I expect nothing less from the PCRM folks & Dr. Neal Barnard.

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.


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.