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Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Could Never...

This morning found this post to be interesting!  I thought I would just share the link.  So many times people think it is close to impossible to eat to fuel our bodies.  What is the alternative?  We are the ones that choose for ourselves!


I could never do that!

The following post was originally published on Disease Proof about two years ago. I thought it’d be helpful to dig it out of the archives for some inspiration again this time of year. Even now, I still hear, “Oh, I could never do that!” in response to the way I eat, and I’m sure that many of you do too. It’s good to be reminded on a regular basis of the many medical problems that we nutritarians get to bypass, and the many wonderful pleasures that we get to enjoy as a result! Some of the comments at the end are funny, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking all rolled into one. May they encourage and uplift heavy hearts, and cheer everyone on in the pursuit of excellent health. Cheers to all!

vegetablesIn the Fall of 2008, after I had dropped 40 lbs in three months, my peers started commenting and asking questions about the noticeable changes. By the next Spring, when 100 pounds were off, complete strangers such as clerks in stores would comment and ask questions as well.
Everyone’s question was, “How did you lose weight?” 
Of which my reply would always be, “By following Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live;. . . . basically eating lots of high nutrient, plant-based foods.” 
“You mean no meat? No cheese? No pizza? No McDonald’s? . . . . Oh, I could never do that!” 
Now, over 2 ½ years later, the majority still say to me, “Oh I could never do that!” in response to anything remotely related to the idea of eating meals primarily composed of plant based nutrition. 

Well, the following is what I think in response to, “I could never do that”:

  • I could never blow the family budget on unnecessary test strips, insulin, medications, doctor and hospital bills, or bypass surgery.
  • I could never carry around expensive medical supplies and meds while traveling.
  • I could never ask a loved one to mow the lawn for me due to fatigue and ill health.
  • I could never turn a child away from playing a game due to a migraine headache.
  • I could never miss out on the joy of a wedding celebration due to obesity and depression.
  • I could never ask someone to drive me to kidney dialysis three times a week.


Dr. Fuhrman added:

  • I could never have heartburn and burping half the night.
  • I could never sit in the bathroom for 15 minutes trying to painfully squeeze out a hard log.
  • I could never watch a volleyball game at the beach instead of playing in it.
  • I could never have rubber bands put on painful hemorrhoids by a rectal specialist.
  • I could never worry about running to catch a bus, for fear of having a heart attack. 
  • I could never have such severe stomach cramps that emergency room personnel would assume it was a heart attack. 
  • I could never fall down and fracture a hip because my blood pressure medications dropped my blood pressure too low.
  • I could never be intubated in the ER with a tube put down my throat and hooked up to a breathing machine after suffering a heart attack.
  • I could never be in a nursing home unable to talk after a stroke or move the left side of my body. 
 http://www.diseaseproof.com/ = link

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Homemade Black Bean Burgers

Here is a snack or meal that will give you 9 whopping grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein per burger.  Even my youngest gobbled her burger up with a side of organic ketchup!  This recipe made 10 patties and we cleaned the plate.  I made these with my homemade black beans made in my crock pot...easy peasy!  Here it is:

Black Bean Burgers
3 cups black beans or black refried beans (2 cans - if whole beans then rinse and drain)
2/3 cup onion
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup oats
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cumin
2 TBSP worcheshire sauce
3 tsp. garlic, minced

Combine ingredients in food processor. Add more oats if needed. Form Patties
Saute the patties in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray, over medium high heat for 7 minutes per side approx.

Serve with romaine lettuce to wrap them up in and top with mango salsa.
Notes :
Super Yummy! Family favorite!

do it

"whatever there be
of progress in life
comes not through adaptation
but through daring,
through obeying the blind urge."
----------------henry miller

"trust your gut
and jump."
----------------gail shingler

Sunday, March 10, 2013

the light of the world

if i am tempted 
to hold anything 
against anyone 
i will remind myself 
that my grievances 
hide the light of the world that is in me, 
from myself and from others.