Friday, May 3, 2019

Now We're Cooking

Part of our journey toward a healthier lifestyle involves learning what to eat. Although we really enjoy eating out, we decided we should do that less often in order to be able to have better control over the ingredients in our meals. This meant that we had to find new recipes and new ways to cook.

Finding new recipes sometimes seems overwhelming. It's a lot of work! So, our plan is to come up with some "core" recipes, just a few basics that we can repeat over and over again or tweak to make them a bit different. We don't want this to be difficult.

Luckily, there are a lot of books and web sites out there with healthy recipes. Here are a few of our favorites. We hope they can help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease

Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!

The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less

The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film...with over 150 Plant-Based Recipes

Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer

Cuisinart CSB-75BC Smart Stick 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill
Great recipe blog!
8 ingredient vegan recipes

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Dear Earth...

Perhaps the biggest obstacle for us in our quest to not end up on our website as someone's dead ancestor is the health of our climate/planet.

Without a healthy planet, all our other efforts to become healthier won't matter.

 This is a list of climate/planet information that we have found helpful. We hope these things help you too. We are all in this together!

Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye | National Geographic

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World

The Polar Bears' Home: A Story About Global Warming

Reduce your electric bill. Help the environment. WIN/WIN!

Dear Body...

Here it is! These are the videos and websites that are helping us on our journey of health (and, hopefully, longevity). We want to share these with you in case they might help you too!

We are not doctors and this is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor, so please consult your doctor for medical information and advice. The point of this post is to offer you and your family things to consider and questions to ask. We believe that the more we learn and the more we ask, the better we can make decisions about our own health and lifestyle.

That being said, here's our list:

How Not To Die: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers

Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr , MD: Reversing Cardiovascular Disease with Plant Based Nutrition

John McDougall HealthFest 2017
Non-profit, evidence-based nutrition

How to Read a Food Label the Right Way
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD, UC Davis Integrative Medicine

PlantPure Nation - The Official YouTube Release

The Starch Solution - John McDougall MD
Why You Should Stop Counting Calories
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD, UC Davis Integrative Medicine

Dr. Barnard's Blog
Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine

Slaying the Protein Myth

No Oil -- Not Even Olive Oil! - Caldwell Esselstyn MD

Up The Wrong Butt, Colonoscopy – Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Prevention - John McDougall, MD

Who Says Eggs Aren't Healthy or Safe?

How Not To Die From Diabetes -

Preventing Arthritis -

Out of the Bed and into the Fire

The "common cold" really SUCKS! 

About two years ago, I was heading to see my son, Joe, in Seattle. When I first got on the plane, I felt a bit tired, but otherwise okay. As the flight went on, I started to feel like I was catching a cold. GREAT...  By the time, I landed in Seattle, I KNEW I was not doing well. I was hungry, but my throat was starting to hurt. Joe was not home, but I had a key to his apartment, so I was able to let myself in. 

I REALLY wanted to make dinner for Joe and his fiancee, Cheryl, that evening. My husband. Steve, and I also really needed to get lunch. So it was off to a local restaurant for a quick lunch, followed by a stop at the grocery store for ingredients for dinner. Dinner was quickly becoming a big pot of soup. Wonder why?

As it turns out, the grocery store carried "Fire Cider". I had heard about it and had wanted to try it, so I bought a small bottle. It seemed a bit expensive for the size of the bottle, but I read the ingredients and it seemed like they were quite good. 

We headed back to the apartment and I got started on the soup and the Fire Cider. The soup was quite tasty and we all enjoyed it, but the Fire Cider stole the show (at least for me). Every couple of hours, I took a spoonful of Fire Cider.  (If you are new to Fire Cider, you will either love the taste or find it absolutely disgusting. I happen to love it, so I was lucky.)

The next morning, I woke up feeling a bit better. That seemed strange to me because once I get a cold, it generally lasts for weeks. I kept up the Fire Cider regimen and by the second day, I felt completely fine. It might have been coincidence, but I credit Fire Cider for saving my vacation. Instead of spending the week on Joe's couch, I was able to walk around Seattle and enjoy the sights and sounds with Joe, Cheryl, and Steve.

NOTE: Since that time, several common colds have threatened to come my way. I will stand by my theory that Fire Cider wards them off. Take a spoonful or sprinkle it on your salad (yes, it can be salad dressing). During the winter, I try to take a spoonful every night before bed. As my grandmother used to say: "An ounce of prevention..."

Fire Cider - "...we toss a bunch of raw, organic, health-promoting ingredients like garlic, ginger, onions, horseradish, habanero peppers, turmeric, and citrus fruit to a base of raw organic apple cider vinegar. We let the vinegar extract all the plants’ beneficial compounds and flavors, then mix in raw, organic wildflower honey to balance all that spicy tartness. It’s a distinctive fresh-foods taste that’s potent and energizing..."

Tastes like CHEESE! (Sort of)

Have you ever heard of a crazy thing called "nutritional yeast?" Who would want to eat that?!

Well, it turns out that it's good for you and it tastes like cheese (sort of).

How is it good for you? Apparently, it has protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in it. We all want those, right? :-)

Does it REALLY taste like cheese? Yes, and no. If you think you can sprinkle it on pizza instead of cheese, you can, but don't expect it to be gooey like cheese. It is more powdery, sort of like the Parmesan cheese that comes in a can. Speaking of which, that might be the best way to use it. Use it the way you would use Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle it on popcorn, pasta, salads, etc. 

One of the best things I have found to do with nutritional yeast is this: Mix it with breadcrumbs (Panko works especially well). Then sprinkle it on things. This will add a nice crunchy texture to it. 

I no longer use regular Parmesan cheese out of a can. This seems like a much healthier alternative.

"Provides great-taste and nutrition when added to a wide variety of foods and recipes. Makes a healthy delicious seasoning when sprinkled on most foods..."