Focus on Food Essays and Recipes – Part 6

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 Six of the Seven Part series…

At the start of the year we tried to eat less meat & cheese, progressing to “vegan’ with the salads and icky tofu that implies. Next we tried going raw, when that didn’t work we tried the raw til four plan. Even that was too difficult for us to maintain, so we tried gluten free vegan for three weeks, but since that was also a no go, we’ve backed up a bit. People are having great results with just a basic whole food plant based vegan diet. Low fat, by only using small amounts of oil, and with a little bit of whole wheat, a bit of fruit for sweetness. It’s the type of menu used in the movie Forks Over Knives, and the book Food Over Medicine. This way of eating provides more variety of food than the other diets we were trying this year, and combined with some exercise is helping to heal and cure people. We’ve eaten this way for most of September, and for the first time all year we’ve been excited to cook healthy meals. Excited to eat what we cook, knowing that it will taste fabulous!

We have also lately been cutting way back on bread/wheat products. “The processing of many breads has led to it becoming addictive to many who find themselves craving the carbs inherent in wheat along with the salt and sugar additives. For many people, wheat is addictive, it meets all the criteria for an addictive product: People crave it, consuming it creates a desire for more, lacking it triggers a withdrawal phenomenon. If you try to quit smoking, you’ve got “crutches” like nicotine patches and gum. If you try and quit wheat, what have you got? Nothing, to my knowledge. Nothing but sheer will power to divorce yourself from this enormously destructive, diabetes-causing, inflammation-provoking, and addictive substance. Though food addiction can be a powerful and debilitating illness, like alcohol and drug addiction, grain addiction can be overcome.”

Burrito Bowl
-2-3 cups cooked rice
-1 can refried beans (no lard), warmed and thinned with a splash water
-1 15 oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed and warmed
-Corn, canned or frozen or fresh, warmed
-1 avocado, smashed up with a little lemon juice and salt added to it
-1 cup or so of Salsa Verde
Layer the above ingredients into some bowls, and enjoy!

Baja Bean Chip Salad
Serves 4
1 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 15 oz. can corn
1 green pepper, seeded and diced
2 small avocados, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
Salsa or Salsa Verde
Corn tortilla chips

Combine the diced tomatoes, black beans and corn in a colander in the sink and rinse well. Shake well to “dry.” Set out all food on the table, then layer the ingredients anyway you like over a plate of tortilla chips!

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