Thursday, April 15, 2010

A delicious mash of orange root veggies

This morning, as I was savoring my coffee, I tossed into a pot:

unpeeled sweet potatoes, a butternut squash (seeded), yams, and carrots and a thumb size of fresh ginger and turned it on to boil.

When the veggies were soft, I poured them into a colander to cool, then easily skinned them and mashed them in a bowl (I removed the ginger, but in hindsight, I could have chopped some in the mixture).

This is how I left them so it would give me several options.

For lunch, I had a scoop with a sea salt mix which includes rosemary, basil and thyme. And I tossed in some fresh chopped cilantro. It had an earthy, savory taste.

For dinner tonight -- photo above, I used it more as a dessert sprinkled with Vietnamese cinnamon, and fresh grated nutmeg. For color, protein and crunch, I packed the other side of my dish with rinsed black beans, white corn with chipolte, and stewed tomatoes and chilies.

In the photo, you will see a slice of the raw "bread" I made in my dehydrator. It is made from flax seeds, sunflower seeds, onion, sun dried tomato, sesame seeds, olive oil, nama shoyu, rosemary and thyme. I spread the mixture on my dehydrator sheet and heated it for 24 hours. Unfortunately, in my excitement, I started at 3 p.m. and had to turn the mixture over at 3 a.m. (ahh, the dedicated chef that I am). With better planning -- a 8a.m. to 8p.m. to 8 a.m. drying cycle would be more humane.

This bread is really yummy with the mock/not tuna spread (recipe below) or with an Alfredo sauce (recipe below) and topped with olives and sun dried tomatoes as a pizza.

Next week, I will report the changes in my blood work to see the effects of this lifestyle. So far, I have lost 40 pounds, and that feels good; energy feels high; mood is lively.

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The Story Behind the Garden of Eden Vegan Blog

For those of you who knew me prior to December 30, 2009, I was a veteran of the fast food culinary institute. My son, when he lived with me would ask if I had ordered the "Shabbat pizza" yet as the sun was setting Friday nights.

My idea of a good meal was a McFish sandwich, fries with extra salt, and a medium diet coke.

Everything was better covered in a rich creamy sauce and the idea of a naked baked potato was as foreign to me as walking naked in Manhattan.

In June of 2009 I decided to formally become a vegetarian. Although I had dabbled with this, it was not until I read Skinny Bitch that the gauntlet was thrown.

Now being a vegetarian does not sign you up for good health. I was proof of that. Chubby when I started, I indulged in pizza, french fries, cheese, cheese, butter, cheese, pizza......and became very over weight, tipping the Toledos at 200 pounds at 5'4". And taking an assortment of meds for cholesterol and GERD and who knows what else.

As the decade was waning, and with my 60th birthday approaching in the year 2010, there was a perfect storm that snapped my beak and got me in gear. The same friend who gave me Skinny Bitch, turned me on to the John McDougall website. At the same time, there was a Grand Round lecture at the hospital where I work on the book Eat to Live, and at the same time, I was tired of how I looked and felt and needed to make a change.

I regret that I did not start this blog when I changed my lifestyle, but it is better late than never.

My weight is down about 35 pounds, my size has gone from a tight 16 to a loose 12. And I am on no meds, although my vegetarian doctor and I will review my blood work within this month to see if I need anything (like b12) boosted.

I began as a Vegan Minus. Or what I call a Garden of Eden Vegan.

As you know, a Vegan eats no animals nor animal products - none. But then I subtracted oil, sugar, and processed foods.

That is a big subtraction -- but it is this subtraction that helped with weight loss, lack of cravings, increased energy, health, and vibrancy.

Now I am dabbling in raw foods and have signed up to learn with Russell James (google him).

I like the taste and health aspect of raw foods, but worry about the increased calories. So I will (hopefully) use the raw creations as a supplement to my Gan (Hebrew for Garden -- I am in a Hebrew mood today) Eden Vegan lifestyle.

My doctor said that I should write a book about this since most of her patients need it. I said, "Who, or how many, would want to do this?" We shall see. It has been easy (no cravings) and exciting as life and energy unfold before me, just as it was meant to be. (It didn't unfold over a fried fish sandwich, extra tarter sauce.)

Join me or not. Walk with me the whole journey, day trips, part of it, or not. This is my 60th year -- buckle up life, here I come.