How I Lost 25 Pounds in 2 Months

Today I am celebrating 2 months of great weight loss success eating a plant-based diet. I’ve lost 25 pounds, have toned muscles, and feel healthier than ever. On January 5, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It took me several weeks to understand why I have diabetes and to find my way to my…

The Search for My Ideal Diabetic Diet, Part 3

One month ago, I wrote Why Do I Have Diabetes? while struggling to find the ideal diet to help me reverse my diagnosis. Since transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet, I have lost 10 pounds and feel GREAT! I had previously had success on a whole food plant-based diet, so I attended a 2 Forks event (See what…

Is Popcorn Good for Weight Loss?

After documenting my Learnings from the Whole Food Plant-based “2 Forks” event this weekend, a few people have asked me about a comment made be celebrity Chef AJ. She said, “popcorn is not a weight loss food.” Why?  What about air-popped? Chef AJ explained the calorie density method for optimizing weight loss.  Calorie density is the number…

Learnings from the Whole Food Plant-based “2 Forks” Event

I am enjoying the 2 Forks event in Pasadena, California today. I’m learning a lot about healthy eating and “reversing” diabetes, so I want to share with others. Rosane Oliviera, DVM, PhD shared great information about how to maximize our health for a goal of being “100 and healthy.” She warned about simply using the…

Learning More about Healthy Eating from “2 Forks”

Today I am at an event called “2 Forks” which is based on the documentaries called “Forks Over Knives” and “Engine 2.”  I watched those documentaries a few years ago, and they were very enlightening. Now that I have diabetes, I’m re-focusing on the healthy way of eating that they promote. The event started this…

Eating Healthy in Hotels: 1 Week with a Kitchen

Eating healthy, home-cooked (vegetarian) meals while travelling can be challenging, but it’s easier with a kitchen!  Long-term hotels, vacation homes, and some resorts have a full-size kitchen that I am happy to utilize. The following shopping and recipe list provides 14 healthy meals (That’s 7 days of lunches and dinners for 1 person, or 7…

Citrus Potato Soup

As a participant of a Virtual Vegan Potluck, I have created a tasty, comforting, and nutritious soup.  It contains only fresh whole food plant-based ingredients. Because I eat for nutrition, I avoid using oil while cooking. Oil has minimal nutrition while being highly caloric and often toxic. (Check Happy Herbivore’s Say No to Oil blog for additional information and links, or…

My Top 10 Healthy Meals to Make

I have been cooking a lot lately given my new whole food, plant-based thoughtful eating lifestyle. I have been experimenting with a number of SIMPLE and HEALTHY vegetarian recipes.  The following meals are my favorites so far. Fresh Vegetarian Chili is especially delicious and comforting in the cooler weather. A SparkPeople buddy suggested adding pumpkin and green vegetables…

Fresh Vegetarian Chili

The cooler weather makes a great time for a hot bowl of chili. Until recently I didn’t know how delicious vegetarian chili could be! I found several basic recipes on the Internet; they all seemed to have the same ingredients, but they lacked some key components. I chose an easy vegetarian chili recipe from AllRecipes.com and tweaked…

Mega Vegetable Soup

My mega vegetable soup is made using a variety of 17 herbs and vegetables. Each nutrient-rich serving is only 86 calories. No processed or canned food is allowed; this soup demands only fresh ingredients, preferrably organic and locally-sourced. It is delicious, while it warms the chest, soothes the soul, and keeps us healthy. Although it has virtually no…

Delicious and Nutritious Smoothies

A smoothie is a wonderful, delicious, filling way to combine a variety of food for maximum nutrition and health benefits. I have created my own delicious and nutritious smoothie that I enjoy daily. At a minimum, my daily smoothie contains bananas, green, leafy vegetables, carrots, lemon (for digestion and nutrient absorption), and berries. I will vary…