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The 90 Day Vegan Adventure Comes to a Close.

It was an adventure and an educational journey that revealed much about myself and how I relate to food.  The most surprising revelation is that I am not a true Vegan.  Rather, I’m a vegetarian who limits fat to 10 gms per day and I eat nonfat dairy products which eliminates eggs.  Adding dairy takes me out of the strict Vegan diet.

There are two main reasons why I don’t eat meat.   I truly dislike the way animals are raised and slaughtered by the large producers and after eating nothing but vegetables, grains and fruit, even the smell of meat bothers me.  I’ve never noticed before that each animal tastes like it smells.  Beef has a bloody, manure taste, chicken tastes like the henhouse and goat, well I’ve not had goat meat, but I can’t get some of the cheese past my nose nor the milk.

The physical results of the Vegan adventure have been encouraging.  I’ve lost 15 pounds and one dress size; my total cholesterol is lower ( I’m also taking a statin) and I have more energy.  My knee pain is gone but I have to credit that to a Kenalog shot and also I know exactly what foods cause me to develop a migraine.  When I began the adventure I didn’t have a clue as to what triggered the headaches.

So the adventure was well worth the time and effort.  I will continue with the low-fat vegetarian diet.  Low fat because the Inherent Health Genetic Testing*  recommended it and it works for me.  I’ve also learned not to worry about what other people think or say and I’m not offended by carnivores.  My family is accepting and they are enjoying the new recipes, one of which will end this article.  The excitement of doing something new is over but I have confidence that this is a diet that I will be able to maintain over the rest of my life.  To all of you who have followed my blog you have my heart-felt thanks.  Reader response made a huge difference for me.  I will close this chapter with a new recipe, and keep checking the blog, I’m on to bigger and better things!

* Inherent Genetic Tests are available to order on www.like.mychoices.biz

Stir Fried Green Beans

Five handfuls of whole Green Beans, frozen are fine

1 tblsp of Olive Oil

1 tblsp of Tamari

1/2 tsp of Garlic powder

Wok for frying

Heat the Wok and add the oil.  When the oil is fragrant but not smoking add the green beans and sprinkle the garlic powder over them.  Stir fry the beans for 5 to 7 minutes then add the Tamari  and continue to stir until the liquid is absorbed.  Serve immediately, beans should be slightly crunchy.  Serves 4


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day 90 Return to the Beginning

The last day of the adventure and I find myself returning to the Juice Reboot.  Halloween with its mini-candy bars just about did me in.  I am now craving sugar and chocolate again.  So, the remedy is to Reboot.  At the end of the 90 day adventure I’m dusting off the juicer and enjoying at least one day of fasting to break the addictions and get back on track to healthy eating.

Fall fruit and vegetables make delicious juices.  The fresh kale is still growing in the garden and apples are available from the orchard.  Plus carrots have been recently harvested.  The two recipes using these seasonal ingredients are as follows:

Breakfast:  1 stick celery, 1 organic carrot, 2 Golden Delicious apples.

Lunch:  1 stick celery, 1 organic carrot, 1 Golden Delicious apple, handful fresh kale.

Enjoy!  Send me some of your favorite juices.  I welcome your comments.

 


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Nothing New Under The Sun

When I lived in Boulder, CO I was surrounded by vegetarian hippie friends who meditated, loved living in back to nature communities and were in my opinion aggressively mellow.  They preached tolerance, vegetarianism, and love until you disagreed with them.  Then they turned on you, sort of like a pit bull.

Reading blogs written by Vegans, who are the new vegetarians, remind me of the friends in Colorado.  They proselytize their way of eating, turning it into a religion that condemns meat eaters as evil, and themselves as the righteous ones.  Aggressive mellowness all over again.

Human beings never change.  When they decide on a way of life that works for them, they seek to evangelize everyone who doesn’t agree with them.  Instead of condemning the meat eaters to hell, why not enjoy Vegan eating and share your recipes and wellness with those that are seeking a healthier way of life.  Share your eating style with joy, love and peace.  Give the pit bull away to someone who needs him, maybe a politician.  What was it Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes, ” there’s nothing new under the sun”?


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90 Day Vegan Adventure, Day 87 Carmen’s Shake

Here is a new recipe inspired by my granddaughter, Carmen.  She is just a year old and is being introduced slowly to adult foods.  Every morning Grandma makes a breakfast shake for me and she has to share it.   She is allergic to strawberries but bananas are safe so the following recipe is a shake that she loves and is good for her growing tummy.

Carmen’s Shake:    1 cup of soymilk, 1 banana, 1 scoop Nutrilite Protein Powder, a few drops of vanilla and a shake of cinnamon.  Place ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  Share it with those you love.


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Cooking for Carnivores

The baby boy is home from college and he is building muscle for wrestling season.  My daughters and husband are looking at me with big puppy dog eyes when I mention cooking a meal with meat while he is home.  The truth is, they enjoy the vegetarian cooking but they never signed on to the Vegan lifestyle.  So, tomorrow I’m making Carolina BBQ for them.  The dilemma is, what do I cook for me?  Do I cave and go back to old ways of eating for one day? Or do I sit righteously at the end of the table with my cup of tea and pretend I’m not hungry?  Actually, I decided to make mushroom sliders with slices of onion and a homemade tomato based BBQ sauce.  The sides will be of course cole slaw with low-fat dressing and baked potato skins.  Pear sauce and nonfat molasses cookies for dessert.   The key to cooking for carnivores is to make my own preferences for vegetables just as important as their preference for meat.

Any of you have similar dilemmas?  Send me a comment or questions and we will talk.


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Supplements, Nutritional Backup

Dietary supplements have been a part of my daily diet for 28 years.  With a nursing background and owning a nutrition business I’ve read a lot of research, opinions and books on wellness and disease prevention.  The supplements that we have chosen to market are produced by the Nutrilite Corporation with farms in Washington, California, Mexico and Brazil.  They produce a whole food supplement called Double X.  When taken twice per day it provides a back up to my diet.  Eating the recommended 9 fruits and vegetables per day from 5 different color groups is darn near impossible.  So, Double X is the most complete back up system that I’ve found.

The biggest physical results from taking Double X  are more energy and fewer colds.  When I take the recommended dose I have energy that lasts for 12 hours.  When I take it everyday without missing more than 3 days I don’t get colds.  At 57 years of age my health is good, I have just begun taking a Statin drug to lower cholesterol which is a genetic predisposition in my family and that’s all.  I attribute some of my wellness to taking Double X.

For more information on the Nutrilite Corporation and how they grow the ingredients for their supplements visit their website,  http://nutrilite.com           Or  if you live near Buena Park, CA visit the Nutrilite Health Institute Center for Optimal Health.   If you like what you see and want to order Nutrilite supplements visit our website, www.like.mychoices.biz , we’ve got your back!


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day #65 Lower Weight, Lower Cholesterol

Since the 90 Day Vegan Adventure began I have not eaten any red meat, hot dogs, pork, dark meat poultry or eggs.  There have been isolated incidents where certain recipes have contained a small amt of ground turkey or chicken breast and full fat cheddar cheese.  Also, we live in an apple  growing area and cheddar cheese with fresh apples is a lunch that I have chosen to enjoy.  The only nonfat dairy that I want to add to the Vegan diet is yogurt, however, my food choices have been less than perfect.

You must be asking why I’m giving you the background.  Yesterday, I visited my Family Physician to discuss the effect of the imperfect vegan diet, supplementation, exercise and Statin medication.  I’ve lost weight according to the Doctor’s scales, and it’s been a lot of years since that has happened.  My Total Cholesterol reading is 34 points lower and my blood pressure is lower, in the healthy range.   Plus I’m fitting into one dress size smaller.  The combination of an imperfect Vegan diet, exercise, supplementation and Statins is producing healthier results.