Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Super Soup -- well, sorta

A new day in the life of this Garden of Eden Vegan -- YES, my juicer arrived yesterday and at 2 a.m. I had it all put together and awaiting dawn.

I sprang forth from my bed and tossed in two apples, one orange, a slice of watermelon that had been abandoned in the refrigerator and the last of some strawberries whose container buddies were turning white. Pushed a button, and voila -- nectar of (or perhaps "for") the gods!

Taste test: A+ yummy
Ease: my coffee had not even cooled and it was ready
The Gordon Test: "not bad, perhaps fewer flavors next time."

And lo and behold --- after a dash to the supermarket to get what looked like a lifetime supply of carrots (ahhh, for future juicing, my friends) I returned to plan lunch.

Lunch was practically as quick as breakfast, now that the food processor is dusted and within reach.

I tossed in: ergo, this would be The Recipe

1 undrained can of Green Giant Chipotle White Corn
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1 rib of celery, chopped
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 Tbs nama shoyo
1 clove minced garlic
1 hit chipotle ground (my new favorite seasoning)
1 hit ground ginger

Press the button -- and Soup

Taste Test -- B+ -- it was good, but nothing to shout about. If I were served this at a restaurant, I would be satisfied, but it was not scream and holler good.

Ease of Preparation: indeed, a snap

The Gordon Test -- Said with his lips tightly sealed, "fine" -- I think he used a fork and just dipped the tongs in. I knew this one would not be high on his list -- too many unknowns blended and not visible for inspection.

And moments ago -- as I am about to leave for the evening shift at the hospital -- I juiced up 3 carrots, 1/4 beet, and 2 celery sticks.

Rating -- I think it was a very large beet. Next time -- less beet.

As I was making ready to leave, my sweetheart, Gordon said, "Well, have we got the juicing out of our system yet?"

You guess my answer.

blessing you with health, vibrancy, joy and life!

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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.