Vegan vs. Paleo: Finding the Middle Way

Vegan and Paleo diets are the two fastest growing styles of eating in the U.S. these days. Why?  Because we are realizing that our Standard American Diet (a.k.a. “SAD”) is sorely devoid of many vital nutrients, while being full of processed and chemical ingredients that harm our bodies, promoting chronic illness. Both camps, vegan and…

Chocolate Decadence Smoothie

(recipe:  vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free) Sometimes you just have to have some Chocolate!  This green smoothie is a great way to quell your worst chocolate cravings AND have your body thank you! Chocolate Decadence: 3 large handfuls spinach, romaine or leaf lettuce 1 apple, core removed 1 cup almond milk 2 Tbsp cacao powder (raw, if…

Apple Pie Smoothie

Recipe (vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar) If you’ve been enjoying apple season like I have, try this green smoothie that is a new twist on an old favorite…. Ain’t Your Grandma’s Apple Pie: 2 apples, cores removed 2 handfuls kale, spinach or other greens 1/4 cup raisins 1/8 cup almonds (about 6 to 8 almonds) 1…

Everything Cookies

Recipe (Vegan, no refined sugar, low fat, can be made gluten-free) When you just need a cookie, these are the favorite around our house.  We don’t make them often, because we avoid sugar, flour and oil.  But I adapted this recipe to reduce the amount of oil needed, and to replace the white sugar.  This…

Awesome Asian Kale Salad

Recipe (vegan, sugar-free & gluten-free) I have made this salad several times, doubling the recipe, and taken it to parties.  Amazingly, even though most people would say they don’t like kale, (especially raw kale), this salad is completely devoured within an hour of setting it out.  And many people demand to know the recipe.  So,…

Plant-Based Meal Ideas

As I teach my patients the benefits of a more plant-based diet, many are at a loss for how to create plant-based meals.  Below are some meal suggestions that may make this transition easier. For health, we need to increase vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, fiber and water, and to decrease processed foods, refined…

Nutrition, Part 3: Animal Foods in the Diet

excerpts published in Tampa Bay Wellness, June 2011 Nutrition, Part 2 discussed Nutrition from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) viewpoint.  The TCM recommended diet is: Whole foods with about 75-85% of the diet as vegetables, whole grains and beans/legumes; 10-15% fruit and nuts, and 5- 10% animal-based foods. Animal-based foods in TCM: The TCM recommended…