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    • Vegan Vs Plant-Based, is there a difference?

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    •  4/27/2012 10:31:59 PM
    •  Vegan vs Plant-based, is there a difference? 


      YES! A HUGE one! I know this may seem silly to some who like to just just lump us all under the same title "weird". Lately, it seems there are more articles trying to debunk veganism, therefore turning people off from considering a plant-based lifestyle. I would like to attempt to clear up the confusion. 

      I just read an article by an ex- "fairly dedicated" vegetarian woman turned vegan hater. She claims that her diet is why she was so ill and now she publishes rubbish about vegans. I am not sure how she got this authority, but she is running with it. She has no real credentials, just a loud opinion. I am more trusting of scientific research than opinions. Being a fairly dedicated anything might make you ill! It's obvious that she was not getting proper nutrition being that she was fairly dedicated to not eat meat?! Nourishing our bodies properly is not a half-hearted job. It takes time and effort. We all know that. I am disappointed that her poor attempt at vegetarianism has the ability to effect so many people. 

      We got an email from a reader who was worried about feeding her children vegan, because she had read and article posted by this woman. I am in support of figuring out what works best for your body and spreading the love, but there is no one that has the authority to tear down others because of their beliefs. To this woman I say, tout your meat eating cookbook and leave us plant eaters out of it!!

      Phew, just needed to be a bit of a mama bear for a minute. Now to try and clear things up.

      The difference:

      According to Wikipedia:  Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products.

      Whole Food Plant-Based diet. (my def) The practice of eating mostly plants, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds in their whole,original form. (or very close to it)

      My focus has shifting from time to time between the two.  I find that when I eating vegan and only focusing on abstaining from animal items, it is very easy to gain weight and feel clouded. I then get frustrated thinking that I am eating well, but what is happening? I am getting better and better at recognizing these phases and they are getting less frequent. However this can be hard for kids because being vegan is trendy, and now there are so many "fun" foods being created to support vegans. Did you know Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch, Cracker Jacks,Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips,Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate, vanilla, Oatmeal Macaroon, and peanut butter flavors), Fritos, Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies, Teddy Grahams, Oreos, and Ruffles potato chips (all dressed, bbq, and plain flavors) are all VEGAN? This is about 10% of the list I found, all processed junk food, but no animals were harmed. (For a full list from PETA Click here.) Now if you are copying and pasting this to shopping list STOP!  ;)


       Not one of of these items is considered healthy from a plant-based approach! We want to put food into our bodies that it can recognize and use as fuel to heal and energize our cells. We want REAL food, the stuff that grows from the ground! I know that can be hard to find all seasons and in different locations around the world, but do your best. T

      A sample list of fruits and veggies in season: apricots, asparagus,artichokes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower,  carrots, chard and leafy GREENS (very important for a daily consumption), cherries, grapefruit, green onions, kiwis, leeks, lemons, oranges, peas, radishes, spinach, strawberries,sweet onions.The list is seemingly endless when you start to look around. Hang out in the produce section or at your local farmers markets. Spring is the best to time to fully commit to being plant-based. The local markets are full of fresh produce just waiting for us to enjoy!

      It is very easy to eat vegan and still be lacking vital nutrients that your body needs to function and optimal levels. Be very careful, do your research, and get to know your bodies and what it needs. There are a great number of resources out there. As whole food mommies we recommend reading ANY and ALL of Dr Joel Fuhrmans books. He has a great book called," Disease Proof your Child" that we highly recommend if you are raising children. We love Dr. Esselstyn and his son Rip. They both have so much great stuff going on. Then there is our beloved T Colin Campbell, author of The China Study (if you do not have this book, put it on your list!) Dr McDougall  has a great website, books,  and even has fabulous retreats (one my bucket list!). Dr Dean Ornish is another great guy with credible information. Don't get overwhelmed. Start with one book at a time. If you have not yet seen Forks Over Knives, please take the time to sit and watch this! It streams live on netflix and I know its available on amazon. There are so many great resources out there. 

      Being vegan means abstain from animal everything, being whole food plant-based means, you have a gigantic colorful list of foods you can and should be eating. People love to ask us, so you can't eat this or that? My husband is so great to respond with, "It's not about you can't eat, it's about what you should be eating". That usually stops them and gets them thinking. It's a paradigm shift, there are so many wonderful foods that we can and should be eating.  When we fill our plates with those, there is no room for the animal products that harm us and the animals. Its a WIN-WIN!! 

      One of the articles I referenced above. Its awful and makes me so angry that she could be so off! 

      The response from Dr McDougall to the article. Read this too!



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    • Spring Cleaning (for your body!)

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    •  4/19/2012 11:45:24 PM
    •  It's that time of year! We go through closets, cabinets, and our garages to clear out the clutter and brush off those winter blues. How often to go we think internally when it comes to spring cleaning?

      This year as the sun has started to come out, I have noticed my body craving fresh clean greens! I am amazed that as I listen to my body it really does tell me what it needs. Take the time to take care of yourself.


      The buzz word that seems to be everywhere is DETOX. I get emails daily about spring detoxing. Have you ever considered that your body may need a detox? When I first changed my diet I started hearing the term "detox", previously I had only heard the term accompanied with drugs or alcohol issues. I thought it was something very extreme and I knew I didn't need one. I have since learned that if you breathe and eat on a regular basis your body easily gets a toxic overload and would greatly benefit from a simple detox. It doesn't have to be something major, just like pressing the reset button on your computer to get everything running a little faster and more efficient.


      Here a few tips to get your detox on!




      Drink a lot of it. Clean fresh real water!  Add one fresh squeezed lemon to your first glass of water every morning. Drink before eating anything. It will balance the pH level in your body and prepare you for a day a great eating!


      GO GREEN!


      If you don't green smoothie yet, start now. Make one for breakfast, we have a great basic recipe here.

      If you are a juicer, make it a goal to start your day with fresh green juice. 1/2 bunch kale,  3 stalks of celery, one cucumber, 1/2  bunch parsley,  one apple, one lemon is my fav! 

      Start adding fresh cilantro, parsley, dill, or chives to your DAILY SALAD! These fresh herbs and FULL of immune boosting antioxidants.

      In case you missed the bold DAILY SALAD above, add it to your regime.




      Take 10 minutes a day to just breathe. Clear your mind and take a slow full inhale and exhale. We eliminate about 70% of our bodies waste through our lungs. This makes breathing deep very important! If you have time, add yoga to your daily schedule. I know trying something new can be a little scary, but yoga has improved my ability to balance all that I have on my plate without feeling overwhelmed. 




      We set bedtimes for our kids so they can get the rest they need, do we forget to take care of ourselves? Set a bedtime. We function better when we go to bed early and wake up early. Instead of staying up late to finish those last minute projects, get up early. You will get more done and be prepared for all the day has for you.


      Try adding these few items to your daily routine. Set your goal, 2-3 weeks of adding these to your diet and eliminating all processed foods, especially SUGAR. Take notes and notice how your body feels. It may take 2-5 days to feel great depending on your toxic level. This is a base detox, there are many levels out there. if you want more intense email us!


      Loads of love,


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    • Food Revolution Summit (Join Free!)

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    •  4/16/2012 10:13:35 PM
    •   Greetings Friends,

      I just registered for the Food Revolution Summit.  It features bestselling author John Robbins personally interviewing 21 amazing leaders in movements for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food.  And you can join us -- for FREE!

      From April 28-May 6, there will be three interviews broadcast daily.  You'll get cutting edge disease-beating, health-activating, age-reversing information.  These tools can help you and your family to thrive and to make a difference in the world.

      Get more info and register today:

      Names you might recognize include NY Times best-selling authors Joel Fuhrman, MD (Eat To Live) and Marianne Williamson (Spiritual Principles for Weight Loss); expert doctors such as Dean Ornish, MD (Preventive Medicine Research Institute) and T. Colin Cambell, Ph.D (The China Study); culture-changers and icons such as Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) and Rory Freedman (Skinny Bitch); natural health pioneers such as Joseph Mercola ( and David Wolfe (Radiant Health Now); and food system innovators such as Vandana Shiva (Stolen Harvest) and Ronnie Cummins (Organic Consumers Association), and many more inspiring visionaries.

      Over seven days, you'll get training, inspiration and practical know-how from modern day heroes of health and sustainability.  You'll get answers to burning questions, tools for dealing with family and peers, and practically useful insights, ideas, motivation and tips, all from the comfort and convenience of your phone or computer.

      Get all this and more for free by clicking here.

      Welcome aboard!

      Much Love and Support


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    • Cool Beans Burrito

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    •  4/11/2012 10:45:19 PM
    •  Cool Beans Burrito          makes 10-12


      (*sorry for the iphone photo)



      1 cup quinoa

      2 cups veggie broth 

      1/2 cup finely chopped red cabbage

      1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

      1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

      1 cup black beans

      1/2 lime for juice

      1 can or two cups refried beans

      10 whole wheat tortillas (for soft chewy tortillas: wrap 5 in foil and place in oven on 350 for ten minutes, unwrap when ready to eat)

      Rinse quinoa, bring quinoa to a boil in broth. Turn to medium heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until all broth is absorbed. Mix cabbage, cilantro, sunflower seeds, black beans, and juice from 1/2 lime with quinoa.  Warm refried beans in a small pan on the stove until hot. Place one spoonful of refried beans in the center of wheat tortilla and scoop a spoonful of quinoa mixture on top. roll and enjoy! They are delicious topped with Creamy Tomatillo Dressing


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    • Couscous Confetti Salad

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    •  3/31/2012 12:24:32 AM
    •  If you are looking for extra motivation to get you on track or back on track to eating healthy, join PCRM's Kickstart program. The next 21-day KickStart begins MONDAY. They make it very easy to get the ball rolling by emailing recipes and grocery lists. One of my favorite recipes is there Couscous Confetti Salad

      I like to make it and pile on top of a bed of spinach. (I alter it depending on what I have on hand, I added beans and extra purple cabbage here)

      (A pic from my phone:)

      Couscous Salad

      Makes 6 servings

      Couscous has origins in northern Africa and is the world's smallest pasta. It cooks almost instantly and makes a beautiful and flavorful salad.

      1 cup dry couscous 
      1 cup boiling water 
      1/2 small red onion, finely chopped 
      1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 
      1 carrot, grated 
      1/2 cup finely shredded red cabbage 
      1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas 
      1/2 cup currants or raisins 
      1 tablespoon 
      balsamic vinegar 
      2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar 
      1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 
      1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce 
      1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
      1 teaspoon curry powder 

      Place couscous in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir to mix, then cover and let stand until cooled. Fluff with a fork. 

      Add onion, bell pepper, carrot, cabbage, green peas, and currants or raisins to the couscous. 

      In a small bowl, combine vinegars, oil, soy sauce, mustard, and curry powder and mix well. Pour over the salad and toss to mix. 

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