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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marvelous Mustard Greens with Spinach (Sarson ka Saag) from Anupy Singla's "The Indian Slow Cooker" book. Snatch up one of Anupy's New Stainless Spice Tiffins!

Another incredible recipe from Anupy Singla's "The Indian Slow Cooker" book.
So can you believe I actually pulled up a lot of my mustard and had to buy mustard for this recipe??
It was crowding my kale, and wasn't working in my fruit smoothies.
Little did I know that it grows everywhere in Punjab and according to Anupy, "synonymous with being Punjabi".
Of course I had to buy the spinach.  Those mean slugs and 100 degree weeks bit my spinach.
The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes

Yes, I am lazy.  I do recycle the plastic & prefer to buy the brand that has compostable plastic.  So often the loose spinach is "soggy" because it is constantly sprayed with water at the supermarket.

Garlic, Onions, Ginger.  Spices.  The plate courtesy of my very mild mannered (I had to hide the ethnicity or she would be "outed" )  Friend who wants to keep me "urban".  I know, I need new plates.  Thankfully my mother doesn't actually read my blog!! These plates were gifts to my husband and I.  Guess what she got for her gift??  "The Indian Slow Cooker"   book and a slow cooker, of course.  Apparently it made it's way to a nudist gathering (she was on assignment-she does NOT frequent these places, which made it even funnier).
A lot of garlic!!  But it cooks for hours, so it doesn't "seem" over garlicky in the end. 

Finally I am using my Thai Chiles!! We only planted one this year because last year I used so few of them.  With all the Indian food, we have nearly picked the plant dry!

And the greens totally overflowing in the slow cooker!!  The lid barely stayed on!

After several hours cooking.  Before hitting the Vita-Mix!  

Urad Dal with the Mustard Greens with Spinach.

Wow!!  We loved this dish.  I preferred this over the Palak (sin Paneer).  I liked the Palak as well but was just totally blown away by the flavor of the Mustard Greens.   And it's not a dish that is always served at "the restaurant".  And if it is served out, usually greens have way too much oil.  But this dish, ZERO.  No oil.  Nada.  Anupy mentioned it was addictive, and I would have to concur.  I believe that my husband and I  ate the entire recipe (10 cups of food) in one evening-and most of that was me.  I have a renewed love of Mustard Greens (just not in my fruit smoothies).  

And I have turned into such a Punjabi Wanna-Be Princess in the kitchen, that I am counting the days (okay, not days as I have no publication date) until Anupy's ALL VEGAN book comes out in 2012!!  Check her Indian As Apple Pie Blog to see what she may include in her next masterpiece.  And check out her beautiful new spice tiffin!

Spice Box: Stainless steel masala dabba holds Indian spice, seasoning
"The Spice Tiffin" 
photos by "Brave New Pictures".

Indian cooking: Spices and seasonings in The Spice Tiffin (masala dabba)

Anupy created this beautiful stainless steel spice tiffin and it comes with standard size measuring spoons.  Although she loved her old tiffin, it drove her crazy to have to use a knife to get level spoonfuls.   I was thrilled when one came to my doorstep (Anupy gifted one to me maybe because I am just slightly crazy about her book!!).  Honestly, I just kept waiting for them to come out because we actually hadn't purchased them at the market yet because I knew hers was going to rock!!  It has space for 7 spices.  A beautiful wedding or housewarming gift.  For anyone!  As Anupy has several at home and uses tiffins for her Indian spices, but also for cinnamon and toppings for morning breakfast.  Meaning, you can put whatever spices you like in it!  They are beautiful & going quickly!  Order them through her website.  Williams-Sonoma online & at stores as well-but call first because demand is high!!  I would order through her website & then pick up an extra copy of her book (to gift) as well!

Don't come between me and my mustard.  This stuff has protection  :)
 Why should you buy Anupy's book?  Why might you want to consider eating plants??  Hmmm.....Watch Sanjay's interview with Bill Clinton.  It is only the tip of the iceberg! (The iceberg that is melting too quickly if we don't start eating plants!  :)

And the very short video above, just more evidence that eating a whole foods, plant based diet may be more powerful than drugs or surgery. From Dean Ornish's study and on The Amazing Dr. Greger's (see my post about Dr. Greger) Nutrition Facts Website. Hours of not so mindless entertainment!

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Watch the full CNN show "The Last Heart Attack" with Sanjay Gupta, Bill Clinton, and Caldwell Esselstyn. Save Lives.

Finally, "The Last Heart Attack" show played on CNN!! It was only because I am on 4 gazillion healthy living "lists" that I actually knew when it was going to appear. Although I have always liked Sanjay (who doesn't?), I never really was super excited about  him just because he seems afraid to "test" the waters too much. But I think when an ex-prez tries to save his life with diet, when a meat & potatoes guy who used to jog to McDonald's, is eating quinoa & chickpeas now- it's hard to "ignore" anymore. This special comes at a time when more Americans then ever are losing their health insurance. I remember hearing years ago, that when Cuba was cut off from receiving a lot of financial help & foodstuffs, that their health actually got better.  They had to eat a mostly plant based diet and their heart disease rates plummeted.   While it is terrible that we are losing health insurance, I wonder if there will be some sort of movement to become proactive in our health (if we have no other choice). I am all for diagnostic testing, using the technology to see what issues we have. However, when regular doctors say it's radical to ask Americans to change their diet, they have lost my faith. These are the same doctors that are doing open heart surgeries on a daily basis! What about heart surgery isn't radical? And when you really start looking into people who have had bypass surgery, that usually isn't the end of their heart issues. It won't "fix" the problem unless you fix the cause. The cause? The food the government subsidizes. According to Esselstyn, Campbell, and countless others, it's the meat and dairy that are killing us. Esselstyn suggests to make ourselves "heart attack proof" that we eat a low-fat, whole foods, plant based diet. Do you douse everything with olive oil? Don't!! Yep. Olive oil is only helpful to you if you are using it instead of butter. But to someone eating a wholefoods, plant based diet, olive oil doesn't help you a bit! The "Forks Over Knives", "Engine 2 diet", and Esselstyn, and Campbell's diet promotes avocados & raw nuts for your oils, and Esselstyn is even stingy with those, suggesting that if you are at risk for heart disease-skip even the nuts.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure

Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

sThe China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

Radical? Well, if you are a mother or father, and you are trying to stay alive to see your kids get married and hang out with your grandkids-I don't think eating differently is "radical". I feel like fruit loops, McDonalds, heart surgery, countless drugs, and the entire country getting diabetes by 2020 (if we don't make any changes) is a whole lot more radical than eating foods in their natural form.
Like I said in my last post, my early years were spent on a primarily plant based diet because my folks got married at 19 and 20. They had nothing! They used a plant based diet because it was the cheapest way to nourish themselves. White Rice was basically not allowed in our home. Although I would come home begging my mom for "Minute Rice" after I was at my Bolivian friend's house (she is still up for grabs by the way), my mum wouldn't cave. And I am very grateful for that. Fast Food french fries?? Not after my dad saw in a science zine, over twenty years ago, that they were cooked in BEEF tallow!! Plant based is old school. White bread, Hostess, Little Debbie, packaged lunch meats are wonder products from the late 40's and we are still paying for their convenience. Yep, convenient at the time, but when you watch a relative take a last breath because of an accumulation of this type of food, ya might change your mind.

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!
(Kris Carr and her holistic way of dealing with a rare cancer.  Lifestyle tips for everyone!!)

The great thing is this diet is ultra cheap. No, don't go to Whole Foods and buy packaged foods!! Then it is expensive!!! BUT, you can go to Whole Foods, and hit the bulk aisle. You can find endless beans & grains, organic, for very little money.  That is what Whole Foods started out as, it wasn't always a mega store with every type of "boxed", frozen, processed food!! It was "built" on beans, grains, veggies, and YOU can still used it like that!  A co-op is great too, but we don't all have that.   Quinoa cooks up in just a few minutes. If you eat wheat, well, bulgur wheat also is a super quick meal. Beans & Greens offer a ton of protein. And if you eat organic tofu or tempeh, just throw some on a bed of a whole grain or in a salad. And beans & grains if you don't buy organic-even cheaper! Although at WF, most beans and grains (dried) run about 1.70 to 3.00 a pound. Cheap kitchen tools to make your life easier are rice cookers and slow cookers. I have a Miracle Rice Cooker, which makes a stellar batch of Brown Basmati Rice (yes, you can buy organic BROWN basmati!). The Miracle has a stainless interior. But you can pick up other brands of rice cookers for next to nothing in nearly any "box" store, or of course online. Crockpots are a very inexpensive, unscary way to cook dried beans.

Stainless Steel Rice Cooker Model ME81 (Formerly ME8) - by Miracle Exclusives
This is what I bought when my other rice cooker broke.  It is pricer than others,  but we don't go out to eat much and we use it all the time!  But any rice cooker will do.  I bought this brand because it was stainless on the inside and I try to avoid plastics.

Crock-Pot 3060-W 6-Quart Round Slow Cooker, White

What's so "shocking"?  That if we have the knowledge to end heart attacks, that we aren't actually promoting that knowledge and using it.  I just wish that the grandfather that I never got to meet because he died at 42 from a heart attack, well, I wish that he would have gotten to use it.  It really is a difference between life or death.  

I know cholesterol has become a real hot button issue these days.  Many people say now it doesn't matter.  In my opinion, it is because we are doing an incomplete cholesterol test.  It seems that the plant based docs say if you are below 150 then you are safe.  But we also need to do an actual cholesterol test that matters.  That tells us the size of our particles.  One name for this type of test is the VAP test-a very comprehensive test.  If you have small dense particles, you are in trouble. (But you can still change!).  You want big fluffy pretty particles.  Even if you want to take medicine, apparently this test will help navigate which medicine would actually work for the type of cholesterol you are trying to treat.  I went to a preventive doctor, who ordered this test when I became a new patient, and it's awesome!  If your doctor writes the script for it, and you have just "normal" insurance, it should be covered.  But check!  I have had several friends & family members have a difficult time getting tests written, because doctors don't ever want to put up a red flag to their insurance, so either go to a different doctor and ask or go to Any Lab Test Now.  Any Lab Test Now doesn't deal with insurance at all but you can get tests done for very cheap.  So you pay out of pocket, but this may allow you to take tests that your insurance won't cover, or if you don't have insurance.  And ya know what, you don't even need a doctor to write a script if you use Any Lab Test Now.   Remember, you are a consumer of the health care industry.  Doctors aren't Gods and don't really want to be Gods.  But you are the customer.  There are good doctors out there, so if you are not "being heard" then make an appointment with someone else.  If you have insurance, you are only out your co-pay.  But it's important to find doctors that you feel like you can trust.  If you don't have a good relationship with your doctor, then you just may blow off ever going-so find doctors what will work with you.  You are the customer and it is ultimately up to you to be your own advocate.

Sunflower Power Balls

Raw Vegan Poppyseed Pastry.

Raw Vegan Spinach Dip.

**The entire "The Last Heart Attack" show with Sanjay Gupta will be REPLAYED on CNN this Saturday Night, twice.  Please check your local listings.  I believe it will be 8:00 pm and 11:00 CENTRAL time.  But check and just set your DVRs for the whole night!!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sanjay Gupta's Shocking Letter. What's more radical, Beans or Bypass Surgery? Drugs couldn't help Bill Clinton, Plants Could. Time to stop ignoring the evidence.

Once Again Sanjay Gupta's "The Last Heart Attack" is delayed due to the Hurricane Coverage! But here is another teaser video Clip and please click on these words regarding treatment for heart disease with Sanjay Gupta. It appears that Sanjay himself may have radically altered his very own diet, after learning about "The China Study", words with Caldwell Esselstyn, and other studies confirming what many have been claiming for decades. That plants can save lives. That you can go in for stent after stent, multiple by-pass surgeries, but the doctors are not Gods and cannot save you from yourself. But there is some very empowering news, well apparently news to CNN. According to many people, we can often (the numbers are actually alarming) save our friends and family from dying just by eating a low fat plant based diet. Not a vegetarian diet. No cheese, No meat, No fish, No dairy. No added oils. And the food can be cheap & delicious.   Sanjay Gupta seems like he is pretty convince that we need to stop ignoring what we already know.   Now we just have to get Anupy Singla on his show to show how cheap and easy Vegan Indian Food can be!!  As one of my gripes is that people say it's expensive or exclusive to be vegan.  Actually, I grew up with parents who were very frugal and we had very little meat in the house.  We ate food from the garden, dried beans, and whole grains.  Because it was cheap & healthy.  They wouldn't spend money on white rice because it had no nutrients.  It was only when I was a little older, and they were financially more comfortable, that they started to allow a lot more junk in the house.  Wealth does not always buy you health!!  But knowledge helps a lot.  They were smart and when they had only a little money, they knew how to use it.  And I am thankful for that upbringing, because if it hadn't been for them, I would probably be eating white rice & white pasta now!  I just wish they ate better now!!!

Tart Whole Pigeon Peas.

Kala Chana.  Black Chickpea Curry from "The Indian Slow Cooker Book". No cooking experience necessary.

Oil Free Humus from "Engine 2 Diet" book.

Eliminating the Number One Cause Of Death WITHOUT DRUGS!!!!.
Dr. Michael Greger's Addictive New Nutrition Facts Website/Blog.

My post on Dr. Greger with links to more books/info.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Magnificent Dr. Michael Greger's Nutritional Nuggets: No Need For Viagra with Vegan Hearthrobs!

I have seen a handful of vegan speakers, nutritionists, etc...and although I support them all, some are more entertaining than others!  Remember my John McDougall Post?  McDougall ("bean limiter") was hard for me to watch and then I am limited to one cup of beans a day when there is a slow cooker of Organic Dad's Rajmah on my countertop?   Just take me now.........Brenda Davis came to the St. Louis Whole Foods once & I went, reluctantly because the roads were supposed to get bad later, and she was extremely compelling & normal.  Some of Brenda's Books.  Brenda's books are the best, most comprehensive vegan nutrition books that I have come across.  Must have books.

Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets
Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet
  Defeating Diabetes
Defeating Diabetes

  Brenda uses the "normal" nutritional values and is very rational and I remember that she actually improved her bone density & had "SuperWoman Bones" past the age of 40.  She also talked about the treatment of animals at the end and I tried not to just start bawling right there (along with others I am sure).  But the funniest, wittiest speaker I have ever seen was at a MeatOut in St. Louis when Dr. Michael Greger came to town.  The talk was on Mad Cow Disease and honestly I wasn't expecting to be too terribly interested, as I was already vegan, so it wasn't like I was going to make any dietary changes.  Was I wrong!!  His vocal inflections are awesome and I was totally mesmerized.  See, Dr. Greger went through medical school, so he knows "both sides".  He has a conscience.  He is a total nutrition freak, reading almost a gazillion trade journals, nutrition news, every single day.  At this time, I think he was just doing speaking gigs, for next to nothing.  He just had to tell people about what he had learned, as there is an incredible urgency when you are studying something and then you realize how many people are dying of preventable causes.  And he was hilarious!  His incredibly dry, sarcastic humor makes the information totally entertaining, and you will less likely to slit your wrists afterwards.  Because, really, some of the information just makes you so depressed that our "Free Market" (which isn't truly free at all) is so okay with knowingly taking lives, and that it is okay.

My dad loaned me a DVD he put out, as he compiles the "new information" of each year and puts together a little "quiz show".  Low tech.  I kind of put off watching it because I assumed my husband would be bored, thinking, "I'm already vegan, why do we have to watch something when we already eat that way?".   So when nothing was on the hundreds of Uverse stations, and he was pretty consumed with Angrybirds or FruitNinja or some addicitve ipad game, I watched the DVD.  After a few of the facts, he turned off the video game that had consumed him prior, and stared at the screen.  We both watched the whole DVD and then he asked if there was another one.  We were addicts.  Now our favorite Michael Gregor (who has since been snatched up by the HSUS with a paying job) has an active blog and a website where he is putting every little video snippet online!  So you can watch AND spread the word!!  I am SO addicted to these little nuggets & want to buy all the DVD's as well so I can watch from beginning to end.

Carbophobia: The Scary Truth about America's Low-Carb Craze

Heart Failure: Diary of a Third Year Medical Student

Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

  This guy is for real.  He is not profit driven in the least and I truly believe this is his passion.  Like an artist or a musician, he has been "performing" his art since his "realizations" in medical school, whether he gets any money or not.  He does it because he has to.  I feel like Michael Greger sees the tragic & utterly ridiculous nature of our "American Way" and our "Health Care" system and he delivers relevant information in such a way that makes "bad medicine" consumable-the truth with a side of humor.  He also reads so many trade journals, FROM THE INDUSTRIES themselves, that it's virtually impossible not to find him compelling.  He is getting some of the "evidence" from reading journals of the Meat & Dairy industry themselves-so it's not like they can dispute their own facts!!  

So after all of my slamming some really pathetic politicians (Jay Nixon has been neuteredMissouri Dog Lovers, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" and why policitians are douchebagsGlen Beck and his full leather body suit: Why Al Gore should be Vegan,  Meat Eating Tea Partiers & Republicans. Why Meat Eaters have to pay for sex.) who seem to be only driven by sex, money & power, I have to pay tribute to these exceptional men who are changing the world.  Michael Greger, John Robbins, and RawRunner Tim VanOrden for the "Raw Team" (a newbie but also a big reader of nutritional information and not motivated by money).  These guys give me some hope for humanity.  Oh!  Can't forget Mike Anderson, who seems to be "quietly" blowing the lid off of the "Cancer Industry".  Also not profit driven. And Will Tuttle.  Thank you to these heroes.  I know there are many more, and to me, these are the true Warriors, another type of "Army" in which we truly need to invest our money in-as it is my feeling there is a lot of "Terrorism" going on in our own country that causes significantly more deaths than any bomb or outside act, thus far.  

What inspired Michael?  His Grandmother.  Instead of "losing" her when she got ill, he saw his grandmother get wheeled into the "Pritikin Center" and walk out.

Why not fix the "Terrorism" that's here?  What if it would save money economically?  What if it would help curb global warming?  What if it would save lives?  How many people do you know that have died from heart disease?  From Cancer?  From Diabetes?  How heartbreaking was it?  I just hear something about Cancer & it brings me to tears now.  It seems like it's "the flu" and everyone has come down with it. What if there is a better way to prevent and treat diseases than some "Ensure" meal replacement and artificially colored "Jello"?  

Vegan Hearthrob List (The Men's List)-the movers & shakers & information spreaders.  I am not a "star fucker" at all (but I did get chills hearing Art Garfunkel singing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" while  warming up before his show).......but these are the people who really give me shivers.  They are saving lives and fearless, even when there may be a lot of opposition to some of their research. 
And these men don't need Viagra!! But the cool thing is, that they may teach you, that you don't either!!
Michael Gregor
John Robbins
Mike Anderson
Colin Campbell
Caldwell Esselstyn
Tim Van Orden
Who are yours?  Who did I leave out??  And "The Last Heart Attack" with Sanjay Gupta on CNN is rescheduled for this Saturday evening!  Set your DVR's!

Food Revolution, The: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
Food Revolution, The: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World

The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less
The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less

Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples
Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples

Diet for a New America
Diet for a New America

Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing
Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing

Healing Cancer From Inside Out - 2nd Edition
 Mike Anderson

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Caldwell Esselstyn

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
 Colin Campbell

World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony
Will Tuttle

  And I have a "Get Skinny, Go Vegan" Blogroll.  Please let me know if you would like to be on it (and please exchange the favor if you have a blogroll or link list) and if your blog focuses on raw, cooked, baking, vegan fasion, or healing from cancer, diabetes, weight loss, etc......Just leave the information in the comments section! The food/fashion blogs have to be vegan (duh)!

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