If you follow me on Facebook (you really should, I post lots of interesting things there) you'll know that I post a lot of articles that tout the connection between a healthy gut microbiome and our health. Often, there's an explanation of how we came to have the particular microbial makeup that we do. Whether … Continue reading The care and feeding of your microbiome – a quick guide
In my pre-whole food, plant-based days I was very fond of fermented dairy products. I made my own yogurt and kefir from whole milk and I consumed plenty of it. I thought it was good for me, but more than that, I really loved it. It was my "but I could never give up x" … Continue reading Reunited and it feels soy good – yogurt and I are a thing again
A few years ago, I had a truly dreadful battle with some kind of gastrointestinal virus. It attacked me suddenly and within a few hours I found myself puking up blood into a garbage can at the triage desk of my local emergency room. It provided rather dramatic evidence that something was very wrong. I received some … Continue reading On quitting a club I never wanted to join; and is it better when a nurse feels sorry for you, or not?
Does this sound familiar? You bought a pretty decent chef's knife at some point and it came with a honing steel or you bought one of those handheld "knife sharpeners". You honed that knife pretty faithfully, but after a while, that knife didn't work very well anymore. You find yourself reaching for the serrated bread … Continue reading Why you’ll be more awesome when you have a sharp knife
I received an Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 programmable pressure cooker for Christmas this year (Thanks Mom and Dad!). To be honest, it wasn't something I thought I needed as I already had a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a yogurt maker and even a very fancy stove-top pressure cooker, which I had actually just sold because … Continue reading Do you need an Instant Pot?
Everybody knows that lung cancer patients with cirrhosis of the liver rank lower on the disease hierarchy scale than little kids with genetic illnesses like cystic fibrosis. There's an unspoken rule that the more self-inflicted your sickness is, the less sympathy you get from society at large. You've got the flu? Poor you. The clap? … Continue reading The double edged sword of being able to reverse chronic disease with diet
Many years ago, before the Food Network was really a thing, I used to watch a program on television called Two Fat Ladies. Every episode they would prepare a lavish meal for a group of nuns or gamekeepers or the officer's mess. Each dish was more decadent than the next and involved multiple kinds of … Continue reading Give yourself the gift of loving whole plant foods.
If you are embarking on a plant-based rejuvenation project or are planning to lose weight in the new year, it's a good idea to weigh yourself regularly. You can tell if you are on track, or whether that avocado and walnut smoothie recipe you started making every day is derailing your efforts. Even if weight … Continue reading How to weigh yourself without tears
A year ago today, I jumped into the whole food, plant-based (wfpb) lifestyle. I'm excited about this anniversary because it was literally a life-changing event for me. I've written before about how I completely reversed my debilitating angina and lost weight, but I thought I'd show my progress over the last year by the numbers. … Continue reading Happy Plantiversary to me!
Conventional wisdom says losing weight is hard. Most people at some point learn this for themselves through frustrating real world lessons. After a few failed dieting attempts a lot of people either give up or decide it's just not worth whatever restrictions they've subjected themselves to. I certainly had. My tolerance for dieting must be … Continue reading Plant-based weight loss: tales from the scales