Forks over Knives – Watch the trailer here….

This film was one of the things that really started me off on my plant-based journey.

The film is available on DVD from Amazon (in UK format) for £11.35p a small price to pay for taking back the control of your health.

It is also available on Netflix in the UK.

I have just ordered 5 copies, to share with friends – message me if you cannot get to see this and would like to borrow a copy (UK only – due to postage and DVD region).

Please watch the trailer and let me know your thoughts, in the comments below.

If you have seen the film, please take this quick poll.

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Calorie Density – this is why a no added fat plant based lifestyle means you will lose weight

Jeff is one of my food heroes. This excerpt explains the important concept of Caloric Density and explains why there is no need to count calories rather choose foods based on their calorie density.

Take a look and please give me your feedback.

you tube clip of Jeff Novick.

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Dr Colin T. Cambell Lecture – Take an hour to view this and change your view of how you can manage your health

Dr T. Colin Campbell is probably the leading Nutritionist and Biochemist researcher in the world. He co-authored the China Study. See – http://www.amazon.co.uk/China-Study-Comprehensive-Nutrition-Implications/dp/1932100660
He is a scientist of the utmost integrity and in these days of “instant celebrity” he should be globally lauded and recognised for the work that he has done in human nutrition. He is my food hero!
I recently took his course at Cornell University – The Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition. It taught me a lot and changed my life.

Here is a lecture that he gave that really explains a lot about his work.
His work has implications for all of the chronic diseases we are facing in the world today including two of the biggest killers – cancer and coronary heart disease.
Please take time to review and share with those you know and love.

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Interview with Dr T Colin Campbell – take 30 mins to listen to this.

This podcast of an interview gives an overview of Dr T Colin Campbell’s work which is the basis of why I am doing what I am doing and eating as I am.

Check out this great Podcast:

podcast

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Disclaimer! Why? Because not everything is original.

I just wanted to clarify that I’m not sweating over a hot stove cooking dishes to develop all my blogged recipes. I use loads of books to inspire me and add my own twist or modify a recipe when I feel it needs it.

If a recipe is either a direct lift from someone else or closely resembles one I have read, I will of course credit the author and reference the source.

My purpose here is to share what I am doing as an inspiration and encouragement to others, whilst creating a record of what I’m up to. I have a dreadful memory so I can look up my own recipes! Cunning plan huh?

As I progress on my personal plant-based lifestyle I will be sharing my progress and details of my weight and health improvements or set backs!

So far in 8 weeks I’ve lost some weight, I’ve found my suit jackets will suddenly do up, I’m feeling great and full up. My blood pressure has dropped from High/Hypertensive to Low! I’m able to exercise more than I have in years. Yes, I’m still fat, after all this is after 8 weeks. This is no silver bullet and I’m in no hurry. What I want to do is to improve my health, my well-being, my physical appearance and make sure that I live to a ripe old age so I can annoy the heck out of all those who know me for as long as possible and be in the best possible shape I can be while doing it! With a history of heart disease in my Dad’s family and Asthma and Cancer in Mum’s I want to use the fuel that I place in my body to give me the best chance of a happy and healthy old age.

I have learned that a no added fat wholefood plant-based lifestyle can not only deliver what I am seeking but it can reverse the years of damage that I have done to my body. Particularly the arteries of my heart.

That’s why I’m doing this and if I can help and inspire others, then all well and good. Fred Honeycombe, my late father had a massive coronary aged 46. He died at 61. For me, that’s 10 years from now. Yes, I could be run over by a bus tomorrow (there are enough of them in London thanks to Ken Livingston – but that’s for another day…) what I am seeking is vibrant health that enables me to get out of the way of that bus and any and all of the chronic diseases that are linked to diet.

As Hippocrates said:

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
― Hippocrates

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Please comment especially if you try the recipes or have questions

If you have questions about this blog or any aspect of the whole food plant based lifestyle, or have questions or comments about the recipes, please leave a comment and I will reply as soon as I get time. The purpose of what I am doing is to share my enthusiasm for this subject and that will happen all the better through dialogue and input from those who read this.

Thank you.

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A cardiologist who prescribes lifestyle change over surgery.

Take a look at this article.

This is why I am doing this:

http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/planting_the_seeds_for_healthy_eating_471986255.html

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Kale for your health and the health of the environment. It really is the new BEEF!

Here is a link to an article on Kale, one of my favourite foods – http://www.undergroundhealth.com/kale-is-the-new-beef/

I really loved this article and it resonates with so much of the material that I learned on my e-Cornell course, both in terms of how nutritious Kale is and how the nutrients within it can have a positive effect on your body, and how a plant-based diet can have a positive effect on the environment, when the demands on our planet from a traditional diet are rapidly damaging our environment. (see the work of Dr Bruce Monger, http://www.geo.cornell.edu/ocean/EAS_OCEANOGRAPHY/people/monger.html

I have never described myself as a

greenie

but given all the kale I consume and my new found environmental awareness, I guess I am one!

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Prune and apple puree (use to replace sugar for breakfast and baking)

Who needs sugar?

Here’s an alternative to sugar for breakfasts and baking.

A lot of vegan recipes call for unsweetened apple sauce. I couldn’t find any so made this:

You will need a powerful blender such as a Vita Mix. If not then peel and core the apples and make this in a food processor.

In a vita mix blend 3-4 apples (washed and quartered) with 2/3rds of a container of pitted prunes in apple juice.

Blend till smooth and refrigerate.

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Garlic Courgettes (zucchini for my American friends)

Rather than frying in oil these are steam fried but are just as delicious.

I used 1 med-large per person. Adjust as needed.

2 courgettes (washed and topped and tailed)
2 cloves of garlic – peeled and crushed or finely chopped
1 tsp of marigold bouillon stock (or equivalent)
1/4 cup of water

Method
Either julienne the courgettes by hand or on a mandolin. I prefer the thicker setting as you don’t want them going to mush when cooked.

Heat a frying pan over a medium flam

Add the courgettes to the dry pan

Sprinkle over the stock powder

Let them cook for 1-2 minutes

Add the water and continue to cook for 2 mins until the water has evaporated and the courgettes are cooked.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve.

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