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Thank God for Dr.Oz and so many others that are showing a vegan diet can be healthy and are encouraging people to give it a try!

Specifically, a few family members of mine are taking Dr.Oz's 28 day vegan challenge and I'm so happy for them! And so of course I want then to enjoy the food so very much that they don't miss what they thought they might. I have about a zillion ideas so let's see…

*While I don't own this book I have heard good things. And I like to keep meals easy so this book could be a good choice: The 30 Minute Vegan

*Books I know and love: Eat to Live and Skinny Bitch

*Website: Post Punk Kitchen  – Loads of free recipes!

*One of my personal favorite dishes from a local PDX vegan restaurant called Blossoming Lotus is called the Green Gaia which is steamed kale, mixed greens, sprouts & avocado tossed in garlic olive oil, topped with sesame seeds with a choice of rice or quinoa. Actually all of Blossoming Lotus's bowls are fantastic and you could make them at home. I highly recommend quinoa as a great rice substitute. Find it in the bulk bins at the grocery store and cook it up like this:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups filtered water
Rinse quinoa well and drain.
Add water and quinoa to sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook on low heat until all liquid is absorbed, approximately 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy. Makes about 2 generous servings.

*Doing a bit of research online is very helpful. Exploring a food shopping site like Food Fight will give you lots of ideas of things you might want to try to find and/or ask your grocer to carry.

*Field Roast and Gardein are amazing. My meat-eating husband likes them. Seriously. So Good! I would suggest Gardein's Santa Fe Good Stuff with a big spinach salad. (Husband even diced it up and put it in a whole wheat tortilla with salsa, guacamole and greens once). Yum! Or the Smoked Apple Sage sausage from Field Roast sliced onto mixed greens, chopped celery and use fresh salsa as dressing. Delish.

*And last but most importantly increasing fresh low sugar fruits, eating more greens then you ever imagined possible, eating colorful veggies, orange peppers, broccoli, red peppers, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers… explore the produce section like you never have before. When I first started eating more raw foods I was not shy about asking the produce man questions, and most of them were basic, like how do I cut this open? And again going on line really helps just omit the dairy and meat from whatever recipes you find and use the yummy Earth Balance butter and eat more greens and eat more greens and eat more greens. Can't say it enough.

*My personal dessert of choice is Endangered Species 88% dark chocolate. One square satisfies my sweet tooth. And another sweet craving curbing food for me is Kombucha. I adore Kombucha. Here's a link to my fav: 

Coming up I hope to share breakfast ideas, more greens recipes, and smoothies. Tell me what you need and I will do my best. I hope I can help. Much love and yummy food to you all. Love you!


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Food for thought today: I woke up to a chocolate shake that I loaded up with fruit- cherries, blueberries, and a banana. With goji berries and cacao nibs on top. That stuff gets me buzzy busy in my brain! But, before that I spent four minutes meditating on my purple pillow in front of my self portrait mediation painting I did months ago. Four minutes went by very quickly but I wanted to start simple and achievable. There was much brain chatter to quiet down and I enjoyed breathing deeply in that quiet sacred space. Now, on to food!

From the raw food success blog:

bok choy
green pep

This is a nutrient density list according to Dr.Joel Fuhrman. The above is the list of top foods with kale being the base for the comparison to all other foods. Missing are some of my current favorites like sea vegetables, cacao, goji berries, and bee products- pollen and raw honey. I'm wondering how these stack up.

Fuhrman's book, Eat to Live sent me down my happy vegan path a bit over a year ago. Before that book I thought you were pretty crazy to eat the vegan way. I felt like eating my own words with side of shame by the time I'd finished Eat to Live, Diet for a New America, and Skinny Bitch.

I love food, as I've mentioned many times before, and being vegan has opened up massive creativity and conscious eating. I totally stole that from Kathy Freston and Oprah, but hey, it really resonates with me. How about you?

The next weekend find from: An interview with John Hinds. I'm in a reading mood so I had to make note of this question. Hinds also talks about how he rid himself of arthritis in his hands by eating a vegan diet.

Name a few of the most influential books and resources that you hope other people will read or discover?
This could be long! I love to read☺
• The China Study
• The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (which actually has some great nutrition info in it as well).
• The Pleasure Trap (this book is great! And breaks down a lot more than just nutrition. I think I ear marked almost every page!)
• The Warrior Within (Bruce Lee book, his insights to life and martial arts are amazing!).
• Light on Life, by B,K.S. Iyengar, this is an incredible book that I re-read all the time.
• Laws of the Jungle, by Yossi Ghinsberg. Love this book, he really breaks down how we live and how nature lives.
• The Celestine Prophecy – great enlightening story on how we can live.
• How to Win Friends & Influence People – GREAT BOOK all should read!
• The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari – again great simple ways to live healthier mentally, physically, spiritually.
• Toward the Unknown – a martial arts book that makes one really look at why and how we teach. Very enlightening book!
A great book on teaching how to eat less and more☺ is The Warrior Diet by Ori Hofmekler

Another great question and answer to take note of:
If you were to create a great shake for an athlete what would be in it and when should they drink it? My favorite athlete shake for sure is a spinach smoothie! Mix a cup or so of frozen chopped spinach, half frozen banana, some rice or cashew milk and pea protein and a tablespoon of flax oil. Drink it right after a hard workout and your gonna feel great☺

What would a sample menu for one day be for you?
1. Morning tea – usually mate’ tea
2. Fresh Greens Juiced – w/20g plant protein
3. Snack – Apple and some brazil nuts
4. Maybe a ice coffee before my 1pm workout
5. After workout: Spinach smoothie – 40g pea protein
6. Snack – berries or fresh fruit or greens juiced
7. Dinner – Big salad, veggies, beans, nuts, maybe some avocados and sprouted mung beans on top☺
8. Late snack – raw cashew butter and a apple

Have a beautiful day!



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