Cauliflower Popcorn #8,400,001

Uncategorized Mar 15, 2021

Okay.  I’ll admit it.  I’ve been on a bit of a “cauliflower kick” lately.  This recipe is too good to keep to myself though.  (That would be selfish.)  So I’ll share.

If you google “Cauliflower Popcorn” you will get a lot of hits. A lot a lot a lot.   I can’t speak for the other 8,400,000 versions of this recipe , but this vegan version is goodReally good. OMG, my husband and I effortlessly polished off an entire head of cauliflower by ourselves in one sitting—popcorn style!

I can’t exactly remember where this recipe originated from, which is too bad because I really would like to thank the contributor.  Whoever you are out there— thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

First, a word about nutritional yeast:

It is a great source of B vitamins.  It’s got trace minerals needed for gene regulation, metabolism, growth, and immunity.  One tablespoon contains 2...

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LENT -- EVEN FOR THE NON-RELIGIOUS

Uncategorized Mar 06, 2021

As the Christian world immerses itself, or soon will, into the sacred season of Lent or Great Fast, I am fascinated by how science is suddenly catching up to this age-old tradition.  

Even if religion is not your thing—but caring for yourself is— you may wish to grab a page or two from this 40-day period of preparation leading up to the celebration of Easter, and some of the spiritual disciplines that rest at its foundation: silence and solitude, prayer and meditation, and fasting.  

 

SINKING INTO SILENCE AND SOLITUDE

It was customary, in the early Christian church, for the holy monks to retreat into the desert for the duration of Lent for some serious “alone time”.   

Maybe going forty days without seeing or talking to even one other person is “not your thing” either, but carving out some time each day for solitude and silence is a practice worth pursuing for the purpose of one’s physical  and mental health.

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WHOLE CAULIFLOWER ROAST

Uncategorized Feb 03, 2021

I never used to think of cauliflower as a “sexy” vegetable.  This recipe changed all that for me.  Roasting it whole with flavor-enhancing garlic, smoked paprika, and oregano transforms ordinary cauliflower into, well, let’s just say—VAVOOM!  Its cancer-fighting, immune-strengthening, health-promoting properties are a bonus.

First a word about oil.

Cooking with oil is a heated subject.  This is because we probably weren’t meant to get our oil intake from anything other than the whole foods from which the oil is extracted.  In order for oils to withstand high cooking temperatures, they require some degree of refining.  However, once oils are refined their nutrient quality diminishes.  That’s the sad truth.  The trick, therefore, is to select the healthiest version possible, use as little as possible in cooking, and to pair it with ingredients that offer the most nutrition possible.

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The Politics of Proof

Uncategorized Jan 29, 2021

I am asked, almost daily, whether or not I will be rolling up my sleeve for the vaccine when it becomes available to me. You know the one. 

Usually, I begin my response with a sigh.

Then I say, “You first”.

I’m in no hurry.

On the one hand, I get it. Over the past year, we all have  been “worried sick” about what this virus might do to us and to our loved ones.  We are weary of the restrictive lifestyle imposed by this pandemic.  The stress. The fear.  The uncertainty.

We just want “it” to be over!  We long for a return to a life of health, safety and normalcy.

Conventional thought among the medical profession, media, government officials, and the public at large is that no effective ways currently exist to stop the SARS-COV-2 virus except by healthy hygiene practices (hand-washing), wearing masks, social distancing—and now, vaccines.

Personally, I find the potential “unknowns” associated with...

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Your Immune System Explained

Uncategorized Jan 15, 2021

The following article has been reprinted with permission from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service.

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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 15, 2021

A Health Crisis Exposed by the COVID Pandemic

Commentary by Charles Bens

(OMNS Jan 15, 2021) Conventional medicine treats the symptoms of chronic disease, while functional medicine treats the root cause of the disease. There are over 40,000 clinical studies that support the conclusion that functional medicine is safer, more effective and less costly than conventional medicine, and yet very little movement in that direction has occurred in recent years. Dr. David Eddy confirmed this problem with his report on the lack of efficacy of conventional medicine. [1] This article explained that conventional medicine largely comprises "Medical...

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New Year! New Recipe!

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2021

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a fabulous holiday season despite any social restrictions that may have been imposed upon you by the pandemic-management guidelines.

If you compensated for the void with an overindulgence of Christmas cookies and too many Suits episodes on Netflix, your body may be telling you that it is READY for a return to your former-- and more sensible -- lifestyle and dietary habits.

I know mine is!  Really is.  So this week I am eating soup.  Favourful, satisfying, nourishing soup. 

Smoky Bean and Barley Soup

This Smoky Bean and Barley Soup is—to use the seasonal metaphor— “comfort and joy” in a bowl. It will extend that holiday spirit without giving you that holiday food hangover.

It is also chock-full of immune boosting onions, garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and peppers.  Barley is a source of potent antioxidants (tocotrienols and tocopherols, natural vitamin E). The grain and legume combination makes this...

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SOLVING SUGAR CRAVINGS--WITH MAGIC ICE CREAM

Uncategorized Jul 09, 2020

In last week’s blog you read about the six simple strategies that could help you to get closer to your ideal weight…

And your ideal health.

In other words,  strategies to help you become not only a lighter... but also a calmer... happier... and more energized you!  (Who wouldn't want that?)

But if you’re like most people, you probably struggle with that sixth strategy on that list: cutting out sugar.

Hey, I get it.

It’s not your fault!

We are genetically predisposed to prefer sweet tastes over sour and bitter. In prehistoric times, this contributed to human survival.

Sweet taste equalled a source of high calories from healthful fruits and vegetables.  This supplied the body with needed energy to stave off starvation.

By avoiding bitter, poisonous plants—and thereby avoiding death—our species instinctively knew that “sweet” meant “safe”.

Ironic, isn’t it?  Today over-consumption of sugar,...

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Want to Drop a Few Pounds This Summer?

Uncategorized Jul 03, 2020

If you are one of the 64 percent of Canadian adults (69 percent of Americans) who are overweight or obese and you are not happy about it, take heart!  Sometimes all it takes to get you on the path to your ideal weight are a few healthful lifestyle tweaks.  Whether your weight loss goal is to shed 5, 50, or 100+ pounds, the principles and practices that make it possible are fundamentally the same: water, sunshine, rest, air, exercise, and diet. 

WATER

  • Water acts as an appetite suppressant and assists in the breaking down and reduction of fat deposits.
  • Lipase, the enzyme that metabolizes fat, has significantly reduced function when the body isn’t fully hydrated. Even mild dehydration will slow metabolism by as much as 3 percent.
  • A mere 2 percent dehydration can reduce cognitive function by up to 30 percent. This can lead to poor decisions regarding food choices or lack of motivation to exercise, two additional factors in weight management.

 

SUNSHINE

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Delicious Vegan Dinner Ready in 30 Minutes: Butter Chickpeas

Uncategorized Mar 10, 2020

It happens to the best of us.

It happened to me yesterday.

Maybe it has happened to you too, at one time or another.

I'm talking about when it's 5:40 p.m.  Everyone in your household (including you!) is hungry.  Maybe even on the edge of "hangry".

But there are no fragrant culinary smells wafting from the vicinity of your kitchen stove. Not a single one.

No promise that "Dinner will be ready soon".

What's a person to do?

One could, I suppose, make a quick and desperate run to the local McFast food joint. (Not recommended.)

Or one could pull out this recipe for Butter Chickpeas. (Highly recommended!)

It's quick.  It's easy.  It's totally divine!

And so, so nourishing! 

Here are five fabulous anti-cancer reasons why:

1. SPINACH

  • Spinach contains lutein, which protects us against cell damage.
  • Spinach is one of the richest vegetarian sources of folate, a nutrient for which we develop an increased need during illness, injury, surgery, or any time of stress.
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Creamy Cherry Mousse

Uncategorized Feb 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'll be the first to admit it:  I'm a sucker for all things "Valentine's Day-ish": the cards, the flowers, the romance.  Everything!

Including the "red food" as part of the Valentine's Day Dinner menu.

This brings me to today's recipe.

It originated from a "Creamy Cherry Cheesecake" recipe that I occasionally make (non-dairy, of course).  It's quite wonderful too.

But then I got to thinking: The filling is really the best part of this dessert!  Then, as my "what if" wheels began to turn in my head, "Creamy Cherry Cheesecake" became "Creamy Cherry Mousse"!

This recipe will save you the time and the work of making a crust, without having to sacrifice any yumminess whatsoever.  Think of it as my Valentine's Day gift to you!  You're welcome.

 

Creamy Cherry Mousse

2 cups raw cashew nuts

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2-1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey (depending on tartness of fruit)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Grated zest of one lemon

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