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Forks over Knives has a really good App with recipes. Search for it directly om App Store or via their homepage: http://www.forkesoverknives.com

Costs a bit to buy, but not much at all. And is well worth the money.

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I contemplate

For several days now, I have written this post – in my mind. AND as a couple of drafts. AND every time the post never stops! Words, words, words! Now I’ll try once more, let it be what it will be!!

Total vegan for one week now, well! – and a half… How has it been? How is it going?

The first days I felt energised. I walked and biked a bit more intense than usual for a couple of days, tried to weed between the stones on my patio – and then I crushed. I had overdone the exercising thing. But I think that weeding my tiny garden was the great fall. My back and around the hip got really, really stiff. Feels like big knots all over me. If a back can be uptight – then my back is!

However, that has nothing to do with eating vegan food, has it? And I couldn’t help but thinking – was that increased energy a mere coincidence? I have had bad days and good days before!

On the whole, I still consider eating vegan is a good thing to do, but there are some “buts” for me.

I have not lost any weight this week. Probably due to the fact I was almost-vegan from begin with. I can’t eat dairy-products without a protesting stomach so cheese and such, I haven’t had for years. I do get a lot of fruit and veggies, get the fibers I need, and when possible I choose organic. I’m used to, and love, to eat beans, lentils, green peas et cetera. Occasionally and rarely, I eat some meat or fish. I avoid eating processed food and never touch white refined sugar. Rarely, really rarely, I buy some cookie or have a piece of ordinary chocolate that is sugary, and I always think it’s way too sweet, but since I can’t eat wheat or anything at all with gluten, those occasions seldom occurs. I bake my own bread, cakes and cookies.

So what I had to do, was mainly to cut down on fat in general, skip butter and oils, and skip the eggs. I realized I eat too many eggs, and add too much fat in my cooking and baking. Also for the fat-reason I thought I had to cut down on nuts and seeds I also need to flearn mora how to cook the vegan way.

Total vegan is good, but here are some “buts” for me.

Since I can’t eat wheat or anything else with gluten, and vegans seem to eat quite a lot of wheat in different ways, I’m quite constrained by this. There are alternatives, but they don’t behave the same way as wheat when you cook and bake. And they are expensive!!! Many of the alternatives are really, really expensive compared to wheat!!! And Ibe a little limited economically as well. You see, if the alternative choices cost from twice to ten times more than the wheat (or even more sometimes), you just can’t stuff yourself with bread, pizza, pasta et cetera.

The cost of ordinary rice and maize/corn is reasonable, thank goodness. And now I won’t go into what kind of fruits and vegetables are available here, and what they cost. I’m tempted, but… Let’s just say, we can’t pick ripe avocados, pineapples, or mangos from the trees. Just to name a few.

So I ate as well as possible. Lots of veggies, tubers, rice and fruit. However, I soon got the feeling I stuffed myself with too much bread etc, though I actually didn’t. My stomach felt more than filled with that and not in a pleasant way. It was like a constant bread-taste in the mouth. After some time I was also bored to death with almost only eating beans for protein. Beans! Beans! Beans! I love beans, but not two-three times a day – every day!

I missed the eggs, but not even half as much as I missed being able to fry something in butter for dinner. One day I made bean-burgers in the oven. They were, honestly speaking, totally awful! I normally have one or two eggs in the batter, and then fry them in butter in an ordinary frying-pan. And they always taste really delicious!

I also got freaked out on having to cut down on the nuts and seeds. I got a bit… eh… paranoic (not the exact word I sought, but…), my mind twirled around with “did I add too many cashews in the salad now” and such… had difficulty to let that go.

Despite the fact I stuffed my stomach with volumes of valuable food – I got hungry quite soon after a meal. I kind of felt full and hungry at the same time! And it seemed like I cooked more! I didn’t want THAT to happen! I don’t like to spend that much time in front of the stove, and I hate the amount of dirty dishes it produces. Pots and pans, plates and spoons… ick! Icky-ick! (One reason why I like the idea of Raw Food. And I like salads)

The nice thing about this trial of mine, is that I realized (re-realized) that I actually eat healthy already. I admit I could reduce the amount of fat I use, and the number of eggs I eat, but I don’t have to leave them out of my diet totally! And I shouldn’t BOTHER about almonds and cashews and pumpkinseeds and sunflower seeds… Bothering and worrying about stuff is the worst thing one can do. That, can really hurt your health.

Yes! I’m going back to where I were. Almost vegan. After all, I have no diabetes, heart-issues or anything like that. I’m a little bit overweight – but not obese. On the whole, I’m healthy and don’t eat any medications. No drugs! (Did I mention I don’t smoke nor drink alcohol either?)

But if you are ill in someway, if you depend on daily doses of medicine to “stay on your own legs”, you really should consider going totally vegan. Maybe start with a juicing period? Or would it be easier to go slowly?

Check out the movie “Fat, sick and nearly dead” on Netflix. And there are others there on this topic. Really insightful ones!

The stiff muscles? I’m working on that issue.

 


all good things can happen

link to article if you click on the image above

 


Two days

Two days have gone with this new way of eating and I feel good!
Actually very good!

The first meals I had with this low-fat/no-animal-food, I was hungry sooner after eating then I was used to. But with more beans and starch – like rise or quinoa – I keep satisfied even longer than I used to.

Dinner to night – a warm quinoa chickpea sallad.

I warmed this in a frying pan – without oil or butter. 😀
  • Some red bell pepper – diced
  • One tomato – diced
  • Maize
  • Green peas
  • Chickpeas
  • One small clove of garlic – finely chopped
  • Quinoa – cooked yesterday
  • Some lemon juice, and lemon pepper – (take it easy on that one)
  • Some oregano and parsley
  • Had to have a pinch of seasalt as well

Just toss the ingredients around in the pan until everything is nice and warm – it doesn’t have to be actually cooked. Other then the quinoa and the chickpeas of course, and that you can do beforehand and store in the fridge or freezer until you need it.

Finally! Serve on a bed of green leaves.

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Also it feels so calm and well-balanced in my stomach, and it defininetely is okay for me now to eat oats again. I’m so glad about that, since it simplyfies my eating a lot. In bread and cakes, porridge, mĂŒsli. It’s so good and it so benefits the body.
The trickiest is to get used to not use any oil or butter. But not worse than I can handle it.

I’m so glad I got the impuls to do this finally – not only think I ought to do something about my eating habits, and also glad for my decision to actually follow this through. 😀

Thanks also to the pep I get from visiting sites, and watching movies and videos on Youtube that help me learn more, and keep me going for this,

Movies that you can watch on Netflix are f.ex:
  • Forks over Knives;
  • Engine2Kitchen rescue;
  • What the Health;
  • Foodmatters;
  • Fat, Sick and nearly Dead, 1 and 2;
  • Cowspiracy
  • and more…

What’s up, Doc?

One image says more than 1000 words, they say. So, what does a whole video say!
The right movie – a whole lot of important things, actually.
And thank Godness! There are quite many right things said, out there.

Makes you think, ehhh?


Getting afraid?

The movement towards a (more) plantbased eating is scaring the hell out of those industries that earns money on us who are hooked on these drugs that makes you Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (which is another eye-opening movie you can watch on Netflix).

Of course they don’t want us to go vegan! They’ll do anything and everything to keep the money-flow in to their pockets! But milk, cheese et cetera is NOT good for your heart! And you don’t get calcium that way either. Your body is unable to process that calcium and benefit from it.

Drugs? Yes! Dairy products, especially cheese since it’s highly concentrated, contains not only these fatty, salty, gooey tastes that we find so delicious and unresistable, but also hormones and something called casomorphines which is highly addictive.

This is not only good, it’s necessary when it comes to babies feeding, whether it’s a human baby or a calf. They have to eat, sleep and prosper, and are weaned in due time. Or is supposed to, but instead we humans jump to cows milk. We are actually feeding from cows! Can it be worse?

And I’m sure of, that you some time or another have been drinking warm milk at night to be able to fall asleep!

Watch these videos about Dairy products: here and here


Cayenne pepper

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the easiest things.
Like spicing your food to deliciousness AND health!
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Did you know this about Omega 3?

EARWAX BUILDUP IS OFTEN A SIGN OF OMEGA-3 DEFICIENCY

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Read more at: Enlightened Consciousness
– the article written by Dr. Mercola

I quote:

While most people’s ears are self-cleaning, there are some who seem to have trouble with excess wax buildup on a regular basis. If this applies to you, you may want to regularly soften and remove your earwax using peroxide, or visit a specialist every six to 12 months for a routine preventive ear cleaning.

However, you will also want to be sure to increase your intake of omega-3 fats, as frequent excess buildup of earwax can oftentimes be traced back to an omega-3 deficiency.

Often, the remedy is quite simple: eat more omega-3s or take a high-quality animal-based omega-3 supplement like krill oil. Good dietary sources of omega-3 include sardines, anchovies, and wild-caught Alaskan salmon.

Once you’ve cleared out any excess buildup or impaction, and are making sure you’re getting sufficient amounts of omega-3, it will normally prevent a recurrence. If the wax does return, it’s a clue that you have a serious omega-3 fat deficiency, and you may want to consult with a natural health care practitioner who can help ensure you’re getting the proper daily dose.

– See more at: http://www.enlightened-consciousness.com/youll-never-clean-the-inside-of-your-ears-again-after-reading-this/#sthash.2ekHblPO.GsvOqEe7.dpuf

– See more at: http://www.enlightened-consciousness.com/youll-never-clean-the-inside-of-your-ears-again-after-reading-this/#sthash.2ekHblPO.dpuf


18015-1_nIf that’s so, I must have had Omega 3 deficiency most of my life.
No wonder then it has been as it has been… and still is.


Chia pudding with strawberries

Almost like a fruit yoghurt – though better! Way better! (No diaries in it – and no gluten.)

Better both in taste and nutritional values, and with no added chemical substances or any unnecessary sugar.

Chia seeds doesn’t taste anything at all in themselves, therefore you can do almost anything with them. When baking bread, in smoothies, as puddings – only your imagination can stop you from how to eat them.

They are high in Omega 3, fibres, protein, calcium, vitamins and much more, in fact they contain 5 times more calcium than milk, 8 times more Omega 3 than salmon, and 7 times more vitamin C than oranges .
AND they help keeping you satisfied for a long time.

I like to have chia seeds as my breakfast or in a afternoon smoothie. Either as here – a larger serving with some berries or fruit – or a smaller serving together with my morning-smoothie. Somedays I have difficulties how to chose between the opportunities.

Today with strawberries and coconut chips

1 serving

  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 – 2 dl liquid of some sort. Almond milk is perfect, I mostly have half-half water and creamy coconut milk. Any kind of milk or liquid will do – juice! Even plain water.
  • Some vanilla (optional)

Stir a couple of times and then put the bowl in the fridge.

I mostly prepare this before I go to bed in the evening, so I just have to take the bowl out of the fridge the next morning when I’m due for breakfast. But it doesn’t take that long to soak! I have never clocked exactly how long, but I estimate that half an hour is near the truth.

And in the morning I just add the chosen ingredients and enjoy my breakfast. A couple of days ago I had small cut pieces of plums and the last walnuts.
I sometimes season it with cinnamon or ginger or cardamon, add some lemon juice or sprinkle some honey on the top.

So far I haven’t tried any kind chocolate/cocoa, but that’s a very interesting idea…

Chia-breakfast

Here are some facts!

Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories

1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
And more….
  • Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
  • Almost All The Carbs in Them Are Fiber
  • Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
  • Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Chia Seeds May Improve Certain Blood Markers, Which Should Lower The Risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes
  • They Are High in Many Important Bone Nutrients, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein.
  • Chia Seeds Can Cause Major Improvements in Type 2 Diabetics
  • Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet
Chia seeds are among the few trendy “superfoods” that are actually worthy of that term.

These facts from: AuthorotyNutrition – read more….

Read also about it in Huffington Post

I also found a site with recipes called White Chia Seeds and this picture comes from that site. Looks delicious, doesn’t it!?

In this image taken on March 5, 2012, chia seeds take on a tapioca-like consistency when soaked in a liquid such as almond milk and result in a thick pudding deliciously spiked with a bit of cinnamon as shown here in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

In this image taken on March 5, 2012, chia seeds take on a tapioca-like consistency when soaked in a liquid such as almond milk and result in a thick pudding deliciously spiked with a bit of cinnamon as shown here in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)