Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sugar, honey.

I've been using honey to heal from a nasty cold. Then I read this. Bears get tooth decay? Honey decays teeth faster than sugar? Honey has more calories than table sugar? I'm going to need a honey detox, stat.


"Honey is a simple sugar

There are 4 classes of simple sugars which are regarded by most nutritionists as "harmful" to optimal health when prolonged consumption in amounts above 15% of the carbohydrate calories are ingested: Sucrose, fructose, honey, and malts.
Some of you may be surprised to find honey here. Although honey is a natural sweetener, it is considered a refined sugar because 96% of dry matter are simple sugars: fructose, glucose and sucrose. It is little wonder that the honey bear is the only animal found in nature with a problem with tooth-decay (honey decays teeth faster than table sugar). Honey has the highest calorie content of all sugars with 65 calories/tablespoon, compared to the 48 calories/tablespoon found in table sugar. The increased calories are bound to cause increased blood serum fatty acids, as well as weight gain, on top of the risk of more cavities.
sugar and honey
Pesticides used on farm crops and residential flowers have been found in commercial honey. Honey can be fatal to an infant whose immature digestive tracts are unable to deal effectively with Botulinum Spore growth. What nutrients or enzymes raw honey does contain are destroyed by manufacturers who heat it in order to give it a clear appearance to enhance sales. If you are going to consume honey, make sure it is raw, unheated honey. Good to use in special cures, but not as an every day food. It is not much better than white or brown sugar."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oh My Tempeh!

Tempeh + Sweet Potatoes = Heaven

Even tho I usually hate tempeh, 
I loved this.
Therefore, I am documenting my process 
so that I may replicate it 
for the second half 
of my tempeh block.

Tempeh de Stephanie

In a pan with a lid, add:
a lil' water
a few grinds of black pepper
a few drizzles of liquid smoke
a dash of maple syrup
a dollop of dijon mustard
a dash of poultry seasoning
a squirt of Braggs or shoyu
a pinch of celtic sea salt

Then add:
4-6 dried shitake mushrooms
1/2 block of tempeh, chopped to bite size

Medium heat for a few minutes, stirring frequently
Add water if needed (like if pan gets too dry and wants to burn)
Turn to low and cover for a few more minutes
Bon app├ętit!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


This is not a happy post.
It's an honest post.

[this is my plug for "Cowspiracy", the documentary, available full length on you tube]

I am seriously going to blow my brains out 
if people don't start acknowledging 
the impact of eating meat.

Likewise, every time you eat or drink, you are casting a vote. 
A vote for the environment, or a vote for your own pleasure.
A vote for environmental welfare, or a vote for global warming.
A vote for sustainability, or a vote for destruction.
A vote for solving world hunger, or a vote for solving our own gluttony.

What is happening?
Why don't more people care?
I don't get it.
It's not for you or me. It's for us. ALL of us.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Reaching for the life preserver

When I first became vegan, this blog saved me. Networking with other vegan bloggers, publishing my dietary intake, being accountable on the public forum, are some of the many ways that blogging kept me on track with a healthy and vegan diet.  Sometimes I've wondered if blogging was just some sort of narcissism or boredom buster. But it helped me meet my goals, so I did it.

Lacking anything inspiring or brag-worthy to post, I have not posted here for a while now.  Consequently, I've had little motivation to get back on track with a cleaner diet.

This blog post is my attempt at reclaiming my health, vitality, and youth.

My own health and wellness have ceased to motivate me. Having just finished my master's thesis, my adrenals are taxed, I often feel lazy and depressed (unless I'm running on adrenaline, like at work), and I am in a constant state of mild fatigue.

Just like I was waiting for my thesis to just write itself for months, I think I've been waiting for the health train to stop right at my doorstep and invite me on board.  But I need to take the first step. Pack my bags, buy the train ticket, and get to the station. I have to work my way out of this hole, not lazy my way out of it.

How about that produce drawer full of juice-able veggies? Should I just wait around for the motivation to juice? That hasn't worked for me before. I need to take the first step, uncomfortable as it is. Just stand up, face the kitchen, and walk toward it.

Now I remember why I blog. This post is already helping me see my patterns of being stuck. Lethargy and stagnancy won't disappear until I work against them. I'm going to walk to the kitchen, fill a tub with produce washing water, and just see what happens.

Update, 9:34am:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Back on the CSD (Crazy Sexy Diet)

I'm here for a brief visit...and based on my page views each week I know you're still out there!

While I don't promise to blog about it, I am starting the Kris Carr diet again.  Adding lifestyle components, rather than taking away my vices cold turkey, works better psychologically for me.


  • green juice
  • 60-80% raw food
  • more frequent exercise

  • sugar
  • white flour
  • caffeine
  • processed foods


  • vegan diet
  • supplements
  • striving for enough sleep

If you are interested in this diet and want to join me or follow me or talk about it, let me know! I'd love to talk about it.  Otherwise, I will continue to look at my own old blog posts about the CSD cleanse to motivate.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

time to get back on the wagon?

i was just reading my old posts about the crazy sexy diet...

i've been so tired...

i think getting back on that diet would fix many things. including my faltering energy level.

step one: think about it.
step two: blog about it
step three: maybe, just maybe, get motivated to actually do it.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday night excitement : )

This was a combination of leftovers that left me wanting seconds (which would have been easy since it only took five minutes to make:
Lightly sauteed kale, Gimme Lean sausage, tamarind chutney wrapped in a grilled tortilla.

Oh my new juicer is incredible. I bought it last weekend to nurse a cold since I broke my old one. I actually toted it out of town with us and halfway through our vacation it broke. Darn kale leaves are too dense!!!

So my new juicer is the Hurom Slow Juicer.   Why do I LOVE it???
So much juice. 
So easy to clean. 
Such dry pulp. 
I can juice so much without cleaning it in the middle of juicing like I did with my centrifugal. 
So quiet that I juiced while the twelve children were napping and not a single one woke up.

The only two cons of this juicer are:
1. The juice is just a tad "pulpier" than the juice from my centrifugal
2. One of the parts is a flimsy plastic piece that I'm just sure I will break within a year.
3. Food should be cut in smallish pieces. But that's not a huge con because I'd have to cut the veggies anyway. Whats another sixty seconds of cutting?

(If you can't see the marking, that's 32 ounces of juice right there)

The juicer poops the pulp right out as it's juicing. I dump this pulp right into my garden. I could put it into the compost bin but it looks so garden-ready...

My typical juice recipe:
1 head romaine
1 cucumber
1 head celery
1 green apple

A breakfast of champions!!!

Peace out, I'll be back again in another few months : )