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    • Why I still Eat Soy!

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    •  7/26/2013 2:29:40 PM


      There is probably more confusion on the earth now than ever before about what we should be eating!



      High-protein, low-protein? High-Carb, Low-Carb? Healthy fats, low-fat?  3 Meals a day, or 6 small meals? Dairy vs. Non-Dairy......and of course, to eat soy or not to eat soy....


      Hopefully you will be able to see where we stand on most of these issues by browsing through our site or reading our recommended books.


      When I find myself confused about a topic I generally go straight to the Doctors/Authors that I trust the most :


      • Dr. Fuhrman
      • Dr Barnard
      • Dr. Campbell
      • Dr. Esselstyn
      • Dr. McDougall
      • John Robbins, etc


      This is no different for the topic of soy.  Search out what the experts say....or I can summarize it for you :)


      To me soy is like a potato.  In my classes people will often ask if potatoes are good for you.  The answers is always "How are you eating them?"  Potatoes in their whole natural form are a HEALTH food, but often how we prepare them becomes the culprit (giving these superfoods a bad rap).


      Soy falls into that same category...."How are you eating it?"


      There seems to be a lot of confusion about soy in particular.  Here are the soy products that I consume without worries.  These are minimally processed and many studies tout them as HEALTH foods.  So not only are they NOT bad, they can actually help IMPROVE your health



      • Soy Milk
      • Tofu (milk is to cheese what soymilk is to tofu)
      • Edamame (all US grown Edamame is Non-GMO so no worries there
      • Tempeh (rarely eat it, but not because it's not good for you, I just don't love it)



      Here are the products that I generally avoid.  This is because these are highly processed foods and not whole foods.  These are the culprits (like the french fries and potato chips).  We already know that we should be avoiding processed foods.



      • "Fake Meat" made is soy protein isolates
      • Soy Protein Powders
      • Textured Vegetable Protein
      • Crackers, cookies, chips etc that are made from soy


      Want to know that the experts say?






      On Dr. Fuhrman's by John Robbins


      American Cancer Society:

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    • Curry Tuna Salad - Vegan Style

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    •  7/19/2013 6:07:28 PM

      We went up to Canada this week to visit my family and my sister made some yummy curry tuna sandwiches.

      I was excited to get home and try to "veganize" the same sort of thing.

      Well let me just say.....I'm in LOVE!......seriously.

      I am the kind of girl that reads recipe books like novels.  I will usually read through a recipe and decide right then and there if I think it will taste good or not.

      If this describes you....DON"T DO IT on this one.

      There really isn't anything that appealing about this recipe.  In fact, if I were to come across this recipe and read through it, it would probably not make the cut.

      That would be a mistake, because not only is it surprisingly kids ate it and thought it was great!!


      Curry Tuna Salad - Vegan Style


      1 can of garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained

      1 carrot, shredded

      1 celery stalk, finely chopped

      1/4 of a white onion, finely chopped

      2 TBS Vegenaise

      1 TBS stone ground mustard

      2 tsp curry powder

      a pinch of tumeric


      Using a potato masher, smash the beans.  Add the rest of the ingredients into and stir well.


      To spice it up I added Louisiana hot sauce, to make it a little sweeter (for the kids that don't like the spice), I added a little stevia.


      In the picture, the sandwiches are served open faced on Udi's gluten-free bread (topped with alfalfa sprouts).


      These also make great appetizers served on crackers (or rice crackers) topped with micro greens.



      • I tasted it and it was good but the mustard was a bit over powering. Could you have meant a tsp of mustard instead of a tbs?
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    • Gorgeously Green Salad w/ Perfect Peanut Dressing

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    •  7/12/2013 10:16:46 PM

      This is one of my new FAVORITES!!! Seriously, you NEED to try this.  It might be a little more work than your ordinary salad, but trust's WORTH it!


      It wasn't until recently that I started to develop my love for raw zucchini.  For those of you who have yet to try it, I can see you turning your nose at it already.  But honestly, it is NOT one of those eat-it-just-because-it-is-good-for-you-even-if-it-makes-you-gag kind of foods.  With the right topping or dressing it really is super scrumptious.  With it being zucchini season I have been on a little "zucchini kick" lately.  There is something about the texture of zucchini "noodles" that I love.  I stilled haven't purchased a Spiralizer (the fun kitchen gadget that turns your zucchini into "noodles") because I have a handy dandy SaladMaster that shreds the zucchini in seconds.  But I certainly would recommend one!



      I've had different green salads with pasta thrown in and I love the blending of the flavors and textures.  So why not try it with zucchini instead of pasta.  This recipe was inspired by one I saw on  I made a few little tweaks and fell in LOVE!  A few simple ingredients and Voila....deliciousness!


      Gorgeously Green Salad


      1 small zucchini, shredded or "sprialized" :)

      1 red pepper, thinly sliced

      1 cup of green peas

      1 small head of romaine, thinly chopped

      1 TBS of sesame seeds

      1 TBS of hemp seeds

      Combine the lettuce, peas, peppers and zucchini into a large salad bowl. Top with seeds and drizzle with the dressing.


      1 garlic clove

      2 TBS fresh lime juice

      2 TBS soy sauce

      2 TBS water

      2 TBS pure maple syrup (or other sweetener)

      3 TBS peanut butter (preferably an all natural kind)

      1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

      1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger


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    • Just for laughs (especially newbies)

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    •  7/5/2013 5:55:21 PM

      A friend of mine shared this with me and I laughed SO hard.

      I remember feeling on fire with enthusiasm as I transitioned to a plant-based diet.  I read EVERYTHING, tried EVERYTHING and tried to cut out everything that was bad for me.  I was convinced that the purer I ate the better I would feel (and let's be honest...hopefully look :).  This approach worked great....for a while.  And then little by little I started to feel burnt out.  So this video is to everyone that needs a little to reminder not to take life too seriously.  Life is about progress not perfection!

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