It’s a good day all around, this post marks my 100th post since I started this blog in September 2012. I’m feeling all kinds of love and support! Thanks to all of you. Today I got twitter follows from Forks Over Knives, Dr. McDougall and a Hospital!?! I also got featured on the brand new site, Choose Veg. Feeling happy and blessed. Here’s a look back at 99 posts, in no particular order.
A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Film Director Julia Grayer asking me to review her movie, “Chow Down” on my blog. It’s not often I get an email from a film director (okay, so this was the first time). I was flattered and more than happy to take the time to share this review with you.
The Usual Suspects:
Prominent Authorities from the plant-based community star in this film
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Author of “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease“. Also known as the Physician that turned former President, Bill Clinton, into a vegan.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman, The Nutritarian Doctor. His book, “Eat to Live” may be the greatest weight loss book ever written.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Author of “The China Study“, the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted in relation to diet, cancer and disease.
Dr. Neal Barnard, President and founder of the PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) and author of many health books.
The Story Line:
Three very sick patients adopt a plant-based diet in order to overcome their serious health issues. I want you to watch the film, so I won’t give you the outcomes (you can guess it’s gonna be good, eh?) Let’s just say the evidence that diet can reverse disease is overwhelming to the affirmative.
Here’s some obstacles to eating plant-based that are brought up by characters in the film. I don’t feel like these obstacles were adequately addressed or solved when the film finished, to the point that those who watch the film may not be willing to give a plant-based diet a try. I thought you might like to chime in with me regarding these ideas:
1- Eating a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet is hard/doesn’t taste good/and is limiting.
I eat a greater variety of foods and prepare more flavorful meals then I have ever done in my life since adopting a plant-based diet. If it doesn’t taste good, you’re doing it wrong.
2- It costs too much.
Maybe. I admit I spend more on groceries now than I used to. However, the additional amount I’m spending costs me far less than the monthly medications I used to have to take. It also costs less than health care for cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
3- I can’t do it because I don’t have a support system.
Bull. Even if you don’t personally know anyone else following a plant-based diet, you can get online and find support groups. Hey, I even belong to two on facebook. Dr. McDougall and Dr. Barnard also have fantastic plans for starting out.
4- My family won’t eat a plant-based diet with me.
Um, my family does. Yours can too. Start with plant-based reproductions of the meals you’re used to eating. Help to educate your family about the benefits of eating a whole foods plant-based diet. My family begs me for green smoothies and even my youngest will eat most anything I prepare. We’re in it together and we love it. It may take some time, but your family can love it too.
Watch the Movie and Join the Conversation:
It’s available to watch free here on Hulu. Or you can watch it on Amazon Prime here without commercials for $2.99. It’s also available for purchase on Amazon here.
Vedged Out Calzone and a Welcome Party for George Monroy
How would you like to sink your teeth into that ooey gooey deliciousness? I’ve made some fantastic Calzones for a special welcome party today. I hope you’ll pull up a chair and join us!
Vedged Out Calzone
The No Rise Calzone Dough:
- 2 C. whole wheat flour
- 1 C. unbleached organic flour
- 1 T. active dry yeast
- 1 C. warm water (you may need up to 1/4 C. more water depending on your dough consistency)
- 1 t. sea salt
Method: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine all ingredients in your kneading apparatus (I use my bread maker) you can also use your hands 🙂 knead dough for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Let rest for 10 minutes. Divide into 6 or 8 pieces (I did 6 pieces and it made for a thick calzone crust, next time I’ll do 8) and roll out into very thin 8 inch rounds. I stick my dough between pieces of waxed or parchment paper to keep the dough rounds from sticking to each other while I work with the other pieces.
- 1/2 C. (1 can) tomato paste
- 1/2 C. tomato sauce
- 1 t. garlic salt
- 2 t. italian seasonings
- few grounds black pepper
- few dashes crushed red pepper (optional)
Mix all together and set aside.
- 1/2 C. chopped and de-seeded kalamata olives
- 1 can drained and rinsed quartered artichoke hearts in brine
- 1/4 C. dry pack sun dried tomatoes
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1/4 – 1/2 block of my Smoked Coconut Gouda (click for yesterday’s recipe), grated
Fill calzones like pictured above, dividing the fillings equally. Then wet the edges of the dough with a bit of water, fold over and crimp together with the tines of a fork.
Prick the top of the calzone all over with the tines of the fork to let steam escape. Scatter calzones so that they are a few inches apart on two baking trays sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Place trays in preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through the baking time.
These keep and travel well for next day leftovers in school or office lunches
Now that we’re all enjoying these delicious calzones that I’ve made for this Welcome Party, please offer a hearty welcome to the newest blogger on my blogroll, George Monroy. I ‘met’ George after my Forks Over Knives Testimonial went viral (as of today, it’s still on the front page of the Forks Over Knives Website). I’ve since learned that George had a heart attack in May of 2012, just 5 short months ago. His doctor advised him to watch Forks Over Knives and adopt a plant based diet to save his life and prevent future heart attacks.
George in the Hospital following his Heart Attack with his son Caine of Caine’s Arcade Fame
Here’s George today, as you can see he’s lost a fair amount of weight, he’s also inexplicably lost all his hair and turned all “vegan cool dude” Here’s what George said to me when I asked him how his health is doing now: “My Diabetes is almost gone now. My blood pressure is normal again. I’ve lost 10 additional pounds in the last three months without even watching what I eat. So far this plant based diet is a cure for everything!!!”
George posts incredible photos of what he is eating every day on his facebook page Smart Hearts Aftermarket
I recognized an incredible food blogger in the making and asked him to join our ranks and get a blog ASAP! He is going to have the final dessert post in the Virtual Vegan Potluck on Nov. 1st! I can’t wait to see what fantastic dish he comes up with. Please join me and follow George, on his new blog:
George’s Smart Hearts
If you haven’t all ready met his son Caine, please check him out now. If you have the time, watch both videos, they will inspire the crap out of you. Warning: ladies, have tissues handy.
A plant based diet has given George a new lease on life, to watch Caine grow and succeed. I wish him all the best, I hope you will too.