What is Plant-Based Whole Food?

There are people out there, who can answer that question much better way than I can. Well, I could! But… 😀

Try this article for example!

https://eatplant-based.com/what-is-plant-based-whole-food/

This article gives you information on what to eat, links to other articles about health, videos and other suggestions where you can find more information.

The images below are not clickable. They are only screen-clips. You actually have to visit their site, EATPLANT-BASED, to get access to it all.

 

 

 


Already the sixth day

Before this decision, to take the last step to totally vegan – I was not some meat-eating, fast-food-eating slob that treated myself with candy, chips or McDonald-stuff. Yes! Earlier during my life, I have naturally had both sausages and hamburgers, french fries and sugary candy and cookies. But it has never been the main staple-food for me. It has been the “extra”, the scarcely eaten! And, I never ate such food as I grew up.

When I was little, we had only natural food at my home. We never used the word organic, everything was organic! Didn’t know of anything else! There were meat from the butcher’s, fish from the fish-store, eggs and milk from the farmers nearby, cheese, sausages and other stuff from the shop, and we had also veggies, berries and fruit.

We were living in a house outside the town which had a fairly big garden, and dad was – how shall I put it – a spare time-farmer. He came from a family of small farmers, and his parents – and their parents – and his siblings carried on with their own husbandry. A couple of cows, for the milk; a horse, for working in the fields; hens, for the eggs. The fields gave them potatoes… and I don’t know what more exactly, I was too little at that time to remember!

However, I think they must have had fields that gave them hay to the cattle, maybe wheat and/or rye. For the family they perhaps had – besides the potatoes – carrots, white cabbage, some apple trees for sure, and probably some kind of berries. I remember a huge cherry tree in one of my uncle’s garden. However, in this area where my dad’s family lived, life was mostly focused on producing milk, eggs and potatoes. Well, and meat. To simply – stay alive and go on with their duties!

My dad was born in 1910, so he grew up during two world wars, a fairly smooth post-war-fifties, and later the rise of industrialism. So there were huge changings in peoples lives during those decades. Not least here in Europe. A paradigm shift, I would say.

I knew nothing about fast-food in the fifties, we had none at home and I don’t think it even existed at that time. The “fastest” I remember, was when mum some time – not often – bought ready-cooked yellow pea-soup from the store, because that one tasted so good. Normally she cooked pea-soup herself.

Funny that pea-soup. When cooled it thickened and had been put in some bag (?), of waxed paper I think, so it was formed as a really thick sausage. When selling the soup it was cut in slices, and  the customer just had to point how big slice she wanted. Always a she. Never a he. hehe…

I think she also bought liver paté there, and sausages, and cheese. Yes cheese! And I remember once they had live crabs crawling around in a tank at the window. At least I think it was the same shop. Can´t be sure. I was so little she could well place me on the counter, and so little that I only have glimpses of memories from that time. The smell when you entered the shop. The pea-soup. The crabs. Sitting on the counter dangling my legs. All those things must have been extra ordinary. 😀

The time was, then, that house-wifes made all the things themselves. Mom cooked and baked. She preserved fruit, cooked jam and made syrup of the berries she picked in the garden or in the forest behind the house. In the forest she found mostly blueberries and lingonberries (cowberries, it seems that they actually and originally are called). Dad cropped mostly potatoes, but also sugar-peas, carrots, beetroots; strawberry, gooseberry, raspberry, black and red currant, green salad, parsley, dill… he cropped, and she cooked and in different ways preserved. And both had work to go to. Dad full-time daily, mom halftime. As I recall it, a couple of days a week. More as I grew older.

There was no internet way back then… no computers, hardly no television…
We had radio, and libraries – books!
And the nature, the forests, the fields, the lakes – all around

I don’t remember when, maybe already in the end of the fifties or maybe beginning of the sixties – she finally got a freezer. A big box that was installed in a room in the cellar. What a relief for her! No more need for the preservative-glasses and that huge special pot she used for this!

She baked a lot! All the bread we needed, and cakes and cookies. Way too much really, not healthy at all. Nevertheless, those were the times, and it’s understandable! World War two was ended, and with that the restrictions of butter and sugar. As time went by, especially sugar got more and more available, and also cheaper. Much cheaper!

In the south of Sweden sugar-beets took over more and more of the fields. Together with the industrializing and economic growth worldwide, corporations found new ways of earning money and I don’t think anyone at that time understood, what this would mean just a couple of decades later in meanings of health. And it wasn’t only the sugar-business that started to grow exponentially. Everything did!

Hence! Sugar drug addiction was on its rise.

My mom, as one of many, grew accustomed to have free access to cakes and cookies and ate it at least three times a day. 11AM-coffe! Afternoon-coffe! And a piece of sugary wheat-bread before bedtime. She really had a good time with that sugary wheat-bread.

Of course she eventually got diabetes type 2! And at a younger age than I am now. She then died at age 72 due to a stroke, quite obese, with diabetes, after a couple of minor heart-attacks and also at least one, possibly two minor strokes earlier.

Two years earlier my dad had died, also at age 72. He had gotten liver cancer. I was only 31 then. I wish I had had my parents around much longer.

I intend to live till at least 94, staying healthy all that time. And then, at the time of my death, I’ll just calmly fall asleep, smiling in the arms of, after making love to, the love of my life. Whoever that might be.

(Poor him. Hopes he dies to at the same time.)


all good things can happen

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A bike-tour along the … seaside?

Some photos from my biking tour yesterday; day three of my whole-grain, low-fat, plant-based diet trial.

Words & Pics

Lovely weather yesterday! I entered my bike and for a couple of hours I spent time in this huge “Forest park”, Pålsjö skog.

These photos are from a part of a much longer path called Kattegattleden. In total 370 km, from Helsingborg where I live, to Gothenburg, and following the coast line all the way, for walking and biking.

Here with all the beautiful, lovely trees and bushes, and here and there some open spots, it was almost impossible to see anything properly. And by “anything” I mean the seashore. I saw green, green, green… (Isn’t that wonderful? 😀 ) But here and there, between all the trees and bushes and flowers climbing the side of the ridge, were glimpses of water, and later on the road and some of the houses along its way.

This part through Helsingborg follows a ridge that rises up between 20 and 40 meters…

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Salad for lunch is a must

I really missed it yesterday – afterwards – not having salad for lunch. Though the Kitchari was really nice at the time I ate it.

So today, back to normal. Kidneybeans, quinoa, a beetroot,  kale… and more…

Yummy!


Day three

We have had a lovely day today, especially from morning till a couple of hours along the afternoon. Sunny and a very blue sky. Then it slowly started to be cloudy. Unfortunately it was blowing, but that didn’t stop me from putting myself on the bike and made quite a nice tour for 2 hours. Despite the time period it wasn’t a particularly long tour, it ended on 16 kilometers, but I had walked for 1,6 and only been sitting on a bench for like 5 minutes or so. Or maybe 10. And I took quite a lot of photos.

This was the longest tour I have made this year. Not the most kilometers I’ve made in the same day, but as one single tour.
I felt stronger, and it was somehow easier to bike today, than it has been since… I don’t know when. Since too long, anyway.

No protesting muscles anywhere, and no feelings afterwards like if my legs would give up under me, and no extreme tiredness. Back, hips, ass and legs felt almost as the old me, when I biked like 30 to 40 km and just felt good about it. So even if 16 km isn’t what I would call a long tour – not according to my preferences – it’s still a victory that I have come this far now.

After lunch I got tired though, but it felt only like a normal, healthy tiredness. Can this lovely and sudden enhancement in strength and endurance be due to this diet? Probably too early to draw any assured conclusions, but I think I easily could bet on that – and win.

Usually – and mostly – I have salad for lunch. Today after my 2 hours in the woods, I didn’t feel like cutting and dicing a lot of veggies. I wanted something warm and gooey. Something comforting and easy to cook. Decided to make myself a bowl of kitchari. Simply speaking – Ayurvedic (Indian) risotto!

I cheated, often do that when I make kitchari. I cook basmati rice with the same amount of red lentils (should be mung dal), and I spiced it with yellow curry mix, instead of grounding this, and that, and that. But I added some extra turmeric and ginger. One can use any vegetable one likes to this – or none – but I added 2 small potatoes cut in pieces. Lazy cook today…

Then it just has to cook in water (of course!) until really well done, soft and gooey. And don’t forget some salt in the end.
So! Warm, comforting and simple to cook!

Then, I placed myself on the sofa for a while, and later in the afternoon I spent time on the patio reading.

As I said! A very lovely day!

And here: A Kitchari-recipe from ayurveda.com

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, müsli. 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…

This is so scaring!

It’s so utterly sad, that our world, our societies, has come to this. It’s evolving in the wrong direction!
We are devolving – when we can’t take care of ourselves and our children properly, to stay healthy and keep on staying healthy!.

And you, who are managing those Big-Food, Big-Pharma, et cetera, corporations that profit on this… and I don’t mean only the sugar-business …SHAME ON YOU!


The last supper

😀
Well, the last dinner with eggs anyway. Some kind of pancake-omelette thing, and afterwards I almost regretted choosing that for dinner. It would have been much tastier to have those two eggs in some kind of cake instead.

But now all eggs are gone! For ever? Probably. But I only plan for these first three weeks now. Three weeks with only low fat, high carb food – and see what happens. How I feel.

I’m planning on writing a bit more properly about what this way of eating actually means. I can’t just pop in videos about it, even though that helps a lot. And it certainly helps me a lot to keep on being pepped and to get recipes and such.

Yesterday was a beautiful day. I wanted to sit on the patio to write a blogpost, but my MaxBookPro needed a recharge so I brought the iPad instead. And I wrote! A medium long post, I would say. And I added a photo. All that went well. Then I added a featured image – and the wordpress app chrashed!!!

The entire post just vanished since wordpress has no automatic savings for the app.

I knew I hated to use the app for writing and publishing posts. Do it very rarely, and every time there is something….. that makes me irritated or even cross. This time I got really, really cross, since it was a good post!

Should I delete that app or not…

And doesn’t this looks really good. I took a screen clip from Forks over Knives on Instagram. They hav sooooo many delicious recipes! And good information
Do pay them a visit on their homepage: https://www.forksoverknives.com


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


The perils of Dairy

More cheese, anyone?