Focus on Food Essays and Recipes – Part 5

In 2012 I created a series of ‘essays’, which I scrapbooked and included in our family photo album to chart the changes we were making in our life then. For 2013 I did the same thing, but our focus has shifted slightly. We’ve done all we can at the moment to alter our behaviors when it comes to using too much electricity, or chemicals around the house, or simplifying life, so last year our whole focus was on food, and trying different ways of eating until we found one that stuck. So here is Part Five of the Seven Part series…

We watched Forks Over Knives in the summer of 2012 along with all the other eye opening movies about plastics, chemicals, electric cars, farming practices, and how modern food is killing us. This was actually the first one we saw regarding going vegan and eating a plant based diet. Knowing that a burger and chocolate cake is “unhealthy” in theory, is different than seeing what a plant based diet can do, even reversing heart disease and diabetes. It was shocking at the time, we absorbed what we were able to, decided to attempt to eat less meat, and then continued watching more documentaries. Our resolve to eat less meat continued, and now that we have achieved a 99% meat free life, with very little dairy, we decided to watch it again. As we watched the movie again, now with a different mindset, we could enjoy better how much sense the movie makes. We also noticed that the “healthy food” they were eating looked so much better than the last time we watched it. Dishes and platters of food that before looked alien and worrying, now were making us hungry! It firmed our resolve to finish out the year focused on food, and solidifying the eating habits that are finally really coming together for us!

Blackberry Smothered Peaches
8 oz. peaches
8 oz. blackberries
Slice peaches into a bowl.
Blend blackberries into a sauce and pour onto the slices.

Chocolate Oatmeal
Serves 4

2 cups gluten free rolled oats
2 cups almond milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 banana, sliced thinly
2 TBSP. chocolate or carob powder
3 apple, chopped into very small squares

In a saucepan combine 2 cups of oats, 2 cups of almond milk, and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cook for about eight minutes, stirring frequently. Add vanilla, bananas, and powder. Stir well. Cook for several more minutes, or until desired consistency, do not overcook. Top with bits of apple.

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