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7 Easy Steps to a Healthy Life!

So, you’re ready to take the plunge into being a recovering carnivore and don’t know where to start.

Great, I can help with that! To begin, let’s keep the recipes and meal planning very basic. Don’t over think, appreciate.

1. Green smoothie for breakfast.

  • It’s like a regular smoothie, only you add kale.

2. 4-5 smaller veggie, nut, seed and grain filled meals per day.

  • Keep the engine burning all day long. Watch your gut vanish and your energy rocket up, up and away.

3. Get a juicer or find a juice bar and drink fresh juice everyday.

  • Shock your system with raw, nutrient-rich fruits and veggies in a glass. Nature makes the best energy drink out there.

4. Don’t eat first thing in the morning and don’t eat within a couple of hours of going to bed.

  • Your stomach will fool you in the morning by groaning and moaning. Hold off until after getting a light workout in. We also drink a cup of hot lemon water to help with digestion.
  • As for bedtime, your body stops breaking down calories as soon as you fall asleep. You will also feel better in the morning if you don’t have that late night snack.

5. Listen to your body: Eat only when you’re hungry, stop eating when you’re full.

  • Simple, but effective.

6. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.

  • 6 to 8 glasses per day and make sure it’s filtered.

7. Cook the food yourself.

  • You will definitely know where your food comes from and how it is prepared if you do it yourself. Plus, it is so much more rewarding when you can say that you made it from scratch.

After these simple steps, the rest is downhill.

Recommended reading to simplify your life and your health. Why should eating healthy be so complicated anyway??

Pick up a copy of Food Rules by Michael Pollan. It is a quick read and will fundamentally change the way you approach food.

What vegans eat… Coconut.

Coconut is everywhere. Until I became vegan, I had no idea. My only real experience with it as a carnivore was in my cocktails. Can anyone say, Pina Colada?? There is just so much more to the coconut than a fruity drink with an umbrella.

Coconut has many redeeming qualities besides it’s delicious taste. Fresh coconut juice is a great source of electrolytes. Forget gatorade and grab a coconut water the next time you are feeling parched.

Coconut Water

Amy and Brian's Coconut Water - Our favorite, next to cracking a young coconut ourselves!

Other redeeming qualities of consuming coconut as listed by CookyCoconuts.com includes:

  • Help you lose weight, or maintain your already good weight
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Improve conditions in those with diabetes and chronic fatigue
  • Improve Crohn’s, IBS, and other digestive disorders
  • Prevent other disease and routine illness with its powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
  • Increase metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function
  • Boost your daily energy
  • Rejuvenate your skin and prevent wrinkles

We consume coconut through all of these other sources as well:

Coconut milk

Coconut Ice Cream

Nada Moo is the best--made here in Austin, Texas

Coconut Oil

Coconut flavored mineral water 

La Croix Coconut Sparkling Water is very hard to find. Whole Foods has it on occasion. It's not even listed on the La Croix's website

For a complete and much better review of the benefits of coconut water, check out a post by The Nutrition Diva; Is Coconut Water good for you?

And yes, real men read great blog entries on girly websites.

Disclaimer: I am very particular about my coconut water. I have tried them all and I only like two brands–Amy and Brian’s and O.N.E. DO NOT buy Zico coconut water. It tastes horrible and is made from concentrate, thus loosing all it’s nutritional value. Everything else is pretty much crap too. (If you are reading this and make coconut water and disagree with my opinion, kindly send me a case of your product and I will reconsider–this does not go for Zico).

Real men… eat pumpkin seeds.

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to begin the ritual of carving those pumpkins.

The picture below is the best efforts of some of my friends. I carved the cat pumpkin in the middle for Melody.

Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are highly nutritional and easy to prepare. When you’re scooping out all those pumpkin guts, separate out the seeds. Rise them off in a strainer. Then toss them in a bowl with some olive oil and whatever seasoning you have around. We were at a friends house and used their steak seasoning (sans the steak).

Think about chips or corn nuts and the different ways they are seasoned… now apply to pumpkin seeds.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, spread the seeds over a cook sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Not only do the seeds provide a great mid-day snack, they are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants.

Now… more pictures of the pumpkins. And yes, real men carve pumpkins too.

Jalapeños anyone?

This huge bowl of jalapeños came fresh from the farmer’s market this morning.

$4 per bag is the best deal of the day.

What vegans eat… for breakfast

Breakfast is different everyday.

We eat cereal, sliced banana with almond milk, fresh fruit and kale smoothies, lots of granola and yogurt, toasted bread with peanut butter and the list goes on….

We do our best to make breakfast an energy boosting, strong start to the day.

I remember growing up and seeing my parents never eat a thing before rushing off for work. Dad’s breakfast was always instant coffee with a sweet-and-low. I know because I prepared it. Before my parents installed the instant hot water tap, I use to microwave his coffee in a styrofoam cup for 1 minute and 25 seconds. After zapping the water, you stir in the instant coffee and then the sweet-and-low. Basically chemically processed coffee followed by chemicals impersonating sugar. He might as well have eaten the styrofoam cup after he downed his coffee.

God bless my parents. I can only pray they change their ways. I know they are working it. I need them around to be grandparents someday.

I digress…

The inspiration for this post is a meal my darling wife whipped up on Monday morning. I think it only took her about 20 minutes and the only help she required was warming up the tortillas.

Melody made us an amazing tofu scramble. As best as I can describe this without this turning into a recipe blog:

She dried and then crumbled the tofu into a pan. Added a handful of spices, including turmeric (this is key for color) and then diced up some veggies into it. Peppers, onions and mushrooms. We poured some salsa on top and wrapped it up in some tortillas. Walla, your done…


BEST WAY TO BREAK THE FAST EVER!!!

Real Men Juice

Have you had your juice lately?

More importantly, have you had your homemade, fresh from the juicer juice lately?
Forget pills, multi-vitamins, diet plans, etc. Drink juice. It has everything you need in it. In fact, this guy lost a ton of weight and made a movie about it!

Click the pic to see his story.

 

Stream the movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime…

 

Need Energy? Drink juice.
Need to cleanse? Drink juice.
Want your skin to glow? Drink juice.

 

Here’s my favorite juice recipe right now:
  • 1 lemon, remove peel
  • celery
  • kale or spinach or both
  • cucumber
  • apple
  • carrots

 

It tastes like lemonade without all the sugar. Enjoy!

Chicken in my Thai

Today my wife and I had lunch at one of my favorite spots in our neck of the woods. It is a fast and furious Thai place called Hai Ky, with some of the best Thai food around.

I typically order off the back of the menu and one of my “go to” dishes is the Budhha Delight bowl with tofu and vermicelli noodles. It is chock full of veggies and loaded with perfectly seasoned and marinated tofu. I am getting hungry again just thinking about it.

We were in a bit of  hurry at lunch, so as soon as they threw down my bowl I started scarfing it down. One of the perks of being vegan—eating like a ravenous dog without the after affects of a food coma. When you’re vegan, everything is fuel and your body needs it.

Back to the story… as I was wolfing it all down, I grabbed what I thought was a veggie and it ended up being a piece of chicken.

This is the moment where I can picture a hard-core vegan actually loosing it. Heaven forbid, a piece of chicken in my food. I am going to die now… drama, drama, drama.

I don’t tend to have this reaction. Why, you ask. I use to eat chicken on a daily basis… it’s chicken. Get. Over. It.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do wonder where they get their chicken. I think about if it is cage-free (not likely) or farm raised, frozen or fresh (I’m going with frozen), am I going to get salmonella poisoning from this (let’s hope not) and how much crap they injected into the chicken so that it will grow twice as fast as normal (no kidding, read a book if you don’t believe me).

I’m sorry, my mind wanders like a 4th grader with ADD.

Most of you are thinking… at last, a piece of chicken. Finally, some flavor in a dull and boring dish. NOT HARDLY. The chicken was bland, bland, bland… double bland.

I use to laugh when I heard the phrase, “everything tastes like chicken”. Now it makes me think, everything tastes like cardboard.

If you say you like chicken, what you are really saying is, you like…

  • the butter it was glazed with
  • the marinade it was rubbed with
  • the batter it was fried in

and so on and so on…

What is the appeal of that? How is that different that frying, battering or glazing a piece of cardboard? Think about it.

Man do I sound like a hippy….