Middle Eastern Tabouli Salad

This wonderfully delicious Middle Eastern Tabouli Salad along with a lettuce salad and cooked green beans, broccoli, asparagus or brussel sprouts makes a simple, filling, nutrient-dense, plant-based meal.   The texture and secret of this dish is in the finely chopped vegetables. Leave your veggies too coarse and you won't get the same effect. So maintain patience while you chop and give them a small dice.   I always like to choose my own tomatoes in the store. If by chance I have tomatoes on the list and my husband or daughter shop for...

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Whole Grain Oatmeal Breakfast

For this dish you can use either Whole Oat Groats or Steel Cut Oats. Either way, you are getting the whole grain and both are delicious. The only difference is the whole groat is steel cut into thirds. Now, because there is a longer cook time, you can make a big batch of these the night before and refrigerate. Come morning, all you have to do is heat and eat. Also, you will have enough for several servings....

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Health Benefits of Lemons

I have a difficult time drinking just plain water. I know it’s good for me, but I have to really think about doing it. Instead, practically everyday, I will juice half a lemon and pour it into a cold glass of water and sip on it throughout the morning. When I think about the many health benefits of lemons, I will have two glasses of lemon juice in a day. Two glasses are best. It’s very cleansing and aids in removing impurities from the body. It also tends to dissolve uric...

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How it Happened

For me to change my way of eating to such a drastic extent of becoming vegan may and did seem a bit extreme to others. People have watched me from a distance perhaps not thinking I could sustain this way of eating as I loved eating meat, chicken, fish, ice cream and the like. ...

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Hara Hachi Bu

I learned a new principle last week. It’s a Japanese philosophy called Hara Hachi Bu. They have been following this principle for generations. They almost use it like a prayer and quietly recite it prior to their meals. It means you only eat until you are 80% full. It’s also a form of self-restraint and self-discipline for them. Some people have asked me, "How do you know when you're 80% full?" Well, I can't really say with any certainty, but I have a feeling it might be when you still might want...

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Parties Made Easy

Parties Made Easy are an absolute must if you want to enjoy your own party. With all the comings and goings, we schedule our lives to the limit, that sometimes meals are merely an afterthought. Or, we’re so busy we don’t have time to prepare a meal at home, so we go out, or bring foods in. For a change of pace, call your friends together in this order:...

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Healthy Dieting Tips

Healthy Dieting Tips are imperative for Weight Loss. As you know, weight loss is a HUGE topic as evidenced by the multi-million dollar industry: books, weight loss products, and the continual search of many on this quest. I know many women, in particular, who want to lose anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds, yet are unable to do so, for a myriad of reasons. The weight is stubborn and won’t come off, they get discouraged and don’t stick with a plan or they lose the weight on any number of diet...

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My Health History

Changing my way of eating had a lot to do with my health history –– my genetic predisposition toward disease per se. My health history is rife with heart disease, cancer and diabetes. You can read more here about Why I became Vegan. ...

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Why I Became Vegan

A glorious spring day in Naples, and I'm thinking about why I became vegan. As I sit here writing, the bougainvillea are in brilliant bloom and the scent of gardenias and jasmine are wafting about me. A truly magnificent day. Sigh! I’m content when I encounter nature such as this, and yet on the other hand, I'm dismayed....

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