Macaroni with Tomato Sauce

15 Aug

020Everyone loves macaroni, but it’s fattening, isn’t it? I mean, you shouldn’t just have a huge container of it at a time (the photo shows four cups’ worth), should you?

If you add in the baby food designed by God for baby animals, then the answer is no, you shouldn’t have it very often (or maybe never at all), because it will contribute to your becoming or remaining sick and fat (or just sick if you have an unusually robust metabolism).

The version shown here, you could eat ’til the cows come home, and unless you’re eating fat (meat, dairy, or oil) in something else, you’ll end up trim, and most if not all of your chronic diseases will start to disappear.

  • 100% whole wheat macaroni (non-GMO)
  • Tomato sauce (contains no oil)
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Hot sauce (if you like it spicy!)
  • Salt? I didn’t add any, because there’s more than enough in this particular tomato sauce

I know, where’s the veggies? Well, while I usually have vegetables with my meals, this one was a quickie, and, since it’s whole grains, it’s full of great nutrition. Delicious!

Too Expensive to Eat Healthy?

14 Aug

save_moneyCan’t afford to eat highly nutritious, all natural, healthful food? Guess what: Jen and I have been saving around $300/month just for the two of us by eating better food! And personally, I’ve lost 10 pounds so far, in just 4 weeks, and my blood sugar is more stable (I have Type 1 Diabetes) and my insulin usage has gone down significantly. We both feel better. And our future hospital bills have just taken a nose dive.

You don’t have to buy tons of organic vegetables and take fistfuls of supplements. This is what we’ve been eating:

  • Brown rice
  • 100% Whole wheat pasta
  • Tomato and spaghetti sauce with NO OIL in the ingredients
  • Red, white, and sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Various types of beans (variety is awesome)
  • Fresh fruits (such as cantaloupe and bananas)
  • Frozen vegetables (such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, green peas, various mixed veggies, squash and zucchini, and so-on)
  • Oatmeal
  • Sea salt (for a little bit of seasoning)
  • Various spices (such as oregano, garlic powder, chili powder, curry, etc)

We also get the following, which aren’t cheap, but we (especially my wife) sometimes like to have a bowl of cereal as part of our breakfast:

  • Almond milk (unsweetened)
  • Cereal (read the ingredients carefully! 100% whole grains, no oils, no preservatives, nothing you can’t pronounce or wouldn’t see growing in a field)

We eat as much as we want, and don’t have a calorie ceiling, but a calorie FLOOR (I make sure I never eat less than 2,000 per day, and I’ve eaten as much as 4,000) to make sure our bodies get what they need to burn fat and think and function and to avoid food cravings.

The Vitamin B-12 we take (since we consume no animal products) costs $16 for a 6-month supply.

Organics?

If you CAN buy a few organic items, some are more important than others. If you can swing the few extra bucks (which you probably can once you stop spending all that money on meat, oil, dairy, and pre-packaged foods), try to get the following organic, since the non-organic versions of these items tend to contain high amounts of pesticides:

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Coffee (make sure you’re not adding real or artificial creamer! try almond milk instead)
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines (Imported)
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes (except sweet potatoes)
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Wine
  • Zucchini

Here are some that are considered “clean,” and if you need to limit the amount of organic food you purchase, here are some you can get non-organic without risk of excess pesticide and herbicide residue:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas (make sure they’re not GMO!)
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (make sure it’s not GMO!)
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Watermelon

Final Notes

As much as possible, get all the ingredients and make your own food! And when you do buy something already put together, read the ingredients, and don’t buy anything with MSG, oil, casein, isolates, any form of meat or dairy (including fish and eggs), artificial flavors or colors, and any of the things you don’t recognize and can’t pronounce.

By eating this way, your cholesterol will drop, your blood pressure will normalize, your Type 2 Diabetes will resolve itself (sometimes in a matter of days, so beware of taking your medications and injecting insulin!), your cardiovascular issues (including E.D.) will start to heal, your excess weight will start to melt away, and you’ll take yourself off the list of Americans who will end up in the hospital, nursing home, or morgue because they eat the rich western diet.

Here’s to life and wonderful food!

Dining with Rulers

14 Aug

king“When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you; and put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.” (Proverbs 23:1-2 NKJV)

Most of what we eat and with which we fill our tables when we feed others is the food of the kings and queens throughout history — lots of meats and cheeses, and lots of rich, refined foods. It’s like going to someone’s house or… gathering, and discovering they’re serving beer or wine. Is that evil? According to Scriptures, no. But if you are “a man given to appetite” for too much alcohol, you should “put a knife to your throat” so to speak.

Many churches teach and preach that consumption of alcohol is evil, and that if you’re given to alcoholism, but you never drink, you’ll never become an alcoholic. While that reasoning has merit, what about the food of rulers that fills our cupboards and refrigerators, and dominates our social gatherings? Then we pray for our brothers and sisters who are fat and sick from eating and drinking every day and night from a ruler’s table. And if the truth be told, we all are raised to be “men (and women) of great appetite,” partially because we’re eating foods that make us fat and/or sick, while not meeting our nutritional needs.

“Do not be among heavy drinkers of wine, or among excessive eaters of meat” (Proverbs 23:20 KMV). That word translated “meat” is literally “(animal) flesh.” Drinking too much alcohol is listed side by side with eating too much meat. And “too much” and “excessive” are relative terms. It’s possible to drink too much water (although difficult to do), but is too much water the same quantity as too much wine?

Historically, the “non ruler” would eat meat from time to time, but not for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and meat was given by God for us to eat after the earth’s climate was drastically altered by the flood, and was given as food to replace the lack thereof. We don’t need it for nutrients (even many meat eaters are B-12 deficient, and B-12 supplements are very inexpensive and easy to obtain), and in the quantities we eat it today, it’s killing us.

Just some food for thought.

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Mixed Veggies

4 Aug

003This is a really fattening dish, right? All those potatoes (4 cups) covered with gravy? Well, if they were prepared with the ingredients most Americans use, the answer would be “yes.” But guess what…

Eating this way will make you LOSE EXCESS WEIGHT, heal from Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, heal your complexion, constipation, and ulcers, will lower your risk of cancer and gall and kidney stones, and will give you a long, healthy life.

Mashed potatoes: red-skinned potatoes cubed and steamed for 15 minutes, then mashed after being seasoned with black pepper and sea salt.

Gravy (as shown — see below for a much better recipe): several chopped mushrooms, a little bit of almond milk (non-dairy) and water, seasoned with black pepper, cumin, and tamari sauce, blended in a blender on high until creamy.

Gravy (much better recipe): 2 cups water, tamari or soy sauce to taste, dash of black pepper, nutritional yeast flakes (options), onion powder, either 1/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour or 2 tbsp of potato or non-GMO corn starch. The starch is easier to make, and can be slowly whisked into the water; the flour needs to be added to hot water very slowly while whisking. Continue to cook on medium heat while stirring. If using flour, cook for about 10 minutes until it no longer tastes underdone. If using starch, cook until the desired thickness is achieved.

Vegetables: from a frozen bag of peas, carrots, corn, baby lima beans, and green beans. Steamed for 8 minutes and seasoned with black pepper and sea salt to taste.

NOTE: Adding oil, meat, and/or dairy will cause this to be a fattening meal, and too much of those things, especially the meat and dairy, will completely negate all the benefits listed above. Without those things, you can eat as much of this type of whole, plant-based food as you want, and you’ll still get well and lean over time!

Spaghetti with Kimchi

3 Aug

005WARNING: Eating this way will make you LOSE EXCESS WEIGHT, heal from Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, heal your complexion, constipation, and ulcers, will lower your risk of cancer and gall and kidney stones, and will give you a long, healthy life.

Whole wheat spaghetti pasta: boiled and strained, nothing else added. Three cups’ worth.

Kimchi: raw, vegan, with live cultures (probiotics). Contains cabbage, carrots, red peppers, leeks, crushed red pepper, green onions, garlic, ginger, and sea salt.

Not Shown: a large side dish (2 cups) of brussel sprouts.

Before digging in, I’ll mix everything together. This is a quickly-thrown-together meal. The kimchi provides some vegetable content, live probiotics (for gut health), and a very spicy and vinegary taste. Delicious!

NOTE: Adding oil, meat, and/or dairy will cause this to be a fattening meal, and too much of those things, especially the meat and dairy, will completely negate all the benefits listed in the “warning” above. Without those things, you can eat as much of this type of whole, plant-based food as you want, and you’ll still get well and lean over time!

Mashed Potatoes, Refried Beans, and Tomatoes

3 Aug

002This is one of my favorite meals, and eating like this several times a day, I am losing weight and feeling great.

The recipe is slightly different from the last similar meal I posted, so here it is:

Mashed potatoes: cubed red potatoes steamed for 15 minutes and mixed with black pepper, hot sauce, and a little sea salt. Topped with mushrooms sautéed in water with garlic, black pepper, and a dash of tamari sauce.

Refried beans: mashed pinto beans with cumin, chili pepper, black pepper, hot sauce, and a dash of tamari sauce.

On the side: chopped tomato with diced red onion.

Absolutely no oil, no meat, and no dairy, since adding any of those would make this a fattening meal, not a trimming one. Eat this way for a few days and you’ll find you don’t need that stuff anyway.

Shredded Multigrain Cereal with Strawberries

3 Aug

001“Shredded Spoonfuls Multigrain” cereal by Barbara’s (contains: Whole Oat Flour, Yellow Corn Flour, Unsulphured Molasses, Whole Wheat Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Vitamin E, Vitamin C.)

NOTE: This does not contain any oil or any artificial ingredients including preservatives. It would not be pictured here if it did!

Unsweetened Almond Milk added and fresh Strawberries on top make this a delicious and nutritious breakfast that, combined with a whole food plant based eating lifestyle with no oils or animal products, will help you lose excess weight, prevent and heal from the numerous diet-caused diseases in today’s developed world, and feel great and full of life.