I have decided to switch my blog over to Blogger. I think Blogger is a better “fit” for me. So, I decided to transition over there while I’m still in the beginning stages of my new blog. Here’s the link and I hope to see you over there! ps I’ve also decided to rename my blog to “Plant Based Mama”…I think it has a nice ring.
Burzynski The Movie is another very powerful and eye opening movie that everyone should watch, regardless of whether you’ve been touched by cancer or not. With cancer on the rise (30-40% of American’s will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and it’s going up) it is very important to know your options. Cut, burn, poison (aka surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy) are the “gold standard” of the American medical establishment for treatment of cancer. But could there be a better way? I don’t just think so, I KNOW so! I strongly believe that there IS a cure for cancer! It may not be one single therapy or magic bullet. But, I believe it is a combination of things…diet, lifestyle change and holistic natural cancer therapies that do not harm the body but instead harness the body’s innate ability to heal itself. How does this relate to Dr Burzyinski? Well, Dr B has discovered a non-toxic cancer therapy that has had amazing results. He specializes in treating the most difficult cancers, and his results blow the medical establishment’s cut, poison, burn approach out of the water. Unfortunately, the FDA and the “powers that be” have done their level best to put Dr B out of business…even going as far to to steal his drugs and illegally patent them (hmmmm, if Dr B’s drugs supposedly don’t work, why does the FDA want the patents???) Please take the time to watch this film. You can access it through Netflix and watch it instantly on your computer. If you don’t have Netflix you may be able to find it at any major movie rental store and if they don’t have it, ask them to carry it! You can also purchase it at Amazon.com. Dr B is a brilliant doctor who clearly desires to help people with cancer. The fact that the FDA and the Texas Medical Board have tried to shut him down shows that they do not care about precious human lives and are more concerned with making money.
My husband and I just finished watching the documentary Food Matters. It was extremely eye opening, even though I already knew about most of what was presented. If you are tired of popping pills or know of someone who is suffering through chemotherapy or their cancer just seems to come back no matter how much chemo they get. Or if you need more proof that a plant based diet is the best way to avoid chronic disease, this is the film for you. Like I’ve said before, you are the only one who can change your health. You are not a victim, you have the ability to feel good. If you are interested in preventing or reversing chronic disease, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this film…you will be astounded!
I really enjoy baking, definitely more than cooking. If I am making a soup for dinner I will try to whip up a batch of muffins to go with. This recipe is wheat free and sugar free. Here’s a favorite…
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup millet flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill or Arrowhead Mills)
2 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 egg (organic/cage free) to make this egg free mix 1 Tbls ground flax with 3 Tbls water, let sit for about 5-10 mins. and then add in lieu of egg.
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/4 tsp lemon flavored liquid stevia (can sub lemon extract)
zest of one lemon
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 400. Melt the coconut oil over low heat. Set aside. Next, in a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. Add wet to dry and then gently fold in the blueberries and zest. Be careful not to over mix. Spoon batter into muffin tin. Makes 12 muffins. Place in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 mins. Enjoy!
For Cranberry-Orange muffins: substitute fresh cranberries for blueberries and orange zest for lemon zest and orange flavored liquid stevia for lemon flavored.
When I’m craving something warm and chocolatey here’s what I whip up:
In a mug pour about one cup of unsweetened almond milk in a small sauce pan(rice milk will also work, but we avoid soy milk). Heat over low to medium heat until warm.
Next, add about 2 Tbls pure grade b maple syrup, stir.
Pour into your favorite mug…and enjoy!
*adjust cocoa powder and maple syrup to your own taste.
Variations: add a few drops of vanilla stevia for a vanilla twist or add a few drops of peppermint extract or a dash of cinnamon. Yum!
If you haven’t seen these two documentaries, then I highly recommend doing so NOW! The first one is Food Inc. It is a powerful documentary that reveals the industrial machine that produces the food that you eat everyday. You will never walk into a grocery store and see it the same way again. And, hopefully, it will change the way you eat and what you put into your body. If you think that the meat you are eating comes from happy cows that are grazing in green fields or the eggs you consume come from healthy chickens that live in a peaceful barnyard, then you are sadly mistaken. Check out the trailer.
The second documentary that I recommend is Forks Over Knives. If you have any doubts as to whether a whole foods plant based diet has validity or is actually backed up by science, then this is the movie is for you.
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960′s with producing “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.
These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn’t know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented – and in many cases reversed – by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.
Here’s the trailer to Forks Over Knives. I hope you take the time to view these documentaries. They will change the way you think about food and what you put into your body in a profound way!
Check out the story of Randy Hale, an Oklahoma man who dropped 40 lbs and was able to reverse his diabetes by following a vegan diet. My first thought was of all the men I know out there who’s worst nightmare would be to give up meat and dairy…especially meat. This should be inspiration for all of you who are struggling with chronic disease or obesity. You are not a victim, you have the power to change the course of your health. There are countless stories of people who have lost weight and been able to reverse chronic diseases by becoming vegan. After only 3 weeks of eating a plant based diet (following the plant based diet plan of Dr Neal Barnard) Randy Hale was able to reverse his diabetes!
Switching to a whole foods diet isn’t just about losing weight it is also about prevention. A vegan diet has also been shown to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and many other chronic diseases. If you are already thin, don’t think you are safe, being thin doesn’t mean you are healthy! Not sure where to start? In my sidebar I have many links to sites with amazing recipes! Being vegan does not mean you have to eat a “boring” diet.