8 Tips on Becoming Plant-Strong by Ann Esselstyn

June 10, 2012

This information was just too good not to share.

Here are some of her tips for becoming plant-strong.

“I am not a chef. I don’t peel anything and if it looks even a little bit complicated, I don’t make it. What we have found is that eating plant based WITHOUT OIL is delicious, easy and above all magical.
Follow 8 principles and you may well find yourself becoming PLANT PERFECT!

1. Eat oats (Old Fashioned) for breakfast, any way you can as oatmeal, as a cold cereal as we do with alternative milk and fruit or in waffles or pancakes or just put your cereal bowl with oats, banana and alternative milk and a table spoon of flax seed into your waffle iron and you have your oat breakfast in waffle form. There are delicious ways to use steel cut oats too. Oats help lower cholesterol and also reduce artery inflammation. Find the breakfast with oats you love then eat it EVERY DAY!

2. Eat GREENS especially leafy greens as well as all the symphony of rainbow colored vegetables. Cooked or raw vegetables are king! Make leafy greens like Kale, collards and Swiss chard the nest on which you put your food, mix greens into your food or pile greens on the side of your plate. Make kale sandwiches, mix greens into soup, cook kale, etc. cut in small pieces into pasta 4 minutes before it is done, then drain and you have a meal in one or mix a bunch of greens into pasta sauce and spread on your whole wheat, no oil pizza crust and top with vegetables of your choice. Never cheese.

3. Eat Beans and Lentils instead of meat and dairy. All lentils are delicious. Try red lentils in soup. They cook quickly and make the soup a nice colour. Put beans in salads.  Hummus made without tahini or oil has become our mayonnaise as a sandwich spread or dip for vegetables and crackers and even part of our favorite salad dressing. Our main party dish is brown rice and black beans piled high with chopped tomatoes, thawed frozen corn, chopped green onions, water chestnuts, chopped cilantro, chopped arugula/rocket, chopped peppers, etc. and topped with salsa, low sodium tamari or if you don’t have heart disease with guacamole. AVOID all the highly processed fake soy meats and any of the vegan cheeses, which have lots of oil in them.

4. Eat WHOLE Grains. Be sure that the word WHOLE is in front of wheat or rye in the ingredient list. If not then it is just white flour fancied up to sound impressive. Check also to be sure that there is no added oil in the bread.  Tortilla wraps are excellent and useful for everyday or parties. Fill them with your choice and then roll them up and bake them for 10 minutes in a 200°C/450°F oven. Delicious! Use whole wheat pastry flour or barley flour in baking instead of white flour.

5. Eliminate oil! Empty all oil, even virgin olive oil out of your cupboards then you CAN’T use it. Instead any liquid works. Vegetable broth (no sodium), water, wine, beer, orange juice, carrot juice, vinegar all work in stir -frying. Instead of oil in baking, use applesauce, baby food prunes, bananas.  Finding a salad dressing you love is a challenge at first but there are so many possibilities out there you will soon never miss the oil filled ones.

6. Drink WATER! You can’t go wrong with water. You can flavour it with a splash of orange or apple, etc. juice occasionally. Never drink juices! And absolutely never drink pop, with or without added sugar.

7. Avoid sugar and salt as much as possible. Save sugar for birthdays or special holiday treats. Instead put grapes in your freezer for an amazing sweet treat or freeze bananas or mangoes and blend them in a strong blender for delicious “ice creams”. Look at the labels for the amount of salt in a product. No added salt is ideal or aim for the salt content being equal to the calorie content. Instead of salt add vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice or hot sauces. You will lose your taste for salt before you know it.

8. Read Labels, especially the ingredients (see the post on how to read food labels for more info – link). You will be surprised that often proclaimed zero fat products have oil listed in the ingredients.  Governments allows anything under .5 grams of fat to be called FAT FREE.
Fill up with all the great plant based food. Life is GOOD!”

Thanks Ann for the great tips!


Why I’m vegan

May 22, 2012

I found this very brief and interesting movie clip – movie.

It summarises so many aspects of being vegan succinctly.

Veganism is a way of life which recognises the right of all sentient animals to be treated with respect and justice.  It’s about doing the best we can to align our actions with these values.  This means not consuming, wearing or using animals, nor taking part in activities of their exploitation.  Being vegan is the most responsible and morally conscious thing each one of us can do.

Carnism – Why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows

April 15, 2012

Carnism: the psychology of eating meat

Dr Melanie Joy explains “Carnism,” the psychological phenomenon behind why we eat certain meat and reject others.  She fully describes Carnism and all its ramifications in her new book, “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows”


Overview of some information included in the movie clip

  • Standard agricultural practice
  • Not specific to one country
  • Same applies to free range and organic
  • Same applies to kosher slaughter of animals
  • Myths of meat – justifying the reasons to eat meat
  • Seeing animals as things not living beings
  • If you care enough, you need to face the truth/bear witness to the food choices you make

Link to Melanie Joy’s book on Amazon.com:  Link