Ever since I completed my course in plant based nutrition T. Colin Campbell sends me these emails once a month from the Center of Nutrition Studies. This month features a lovely young lady named Becka Kelley that has given a majority to her life to find inward peace through a plant based diet, yoga and helping others to conquer the daily struggles of eating for health and not for the countless other reasons we decide to indulge.
It is worth clicking on the link below and hearing out some of the strategies she has come up with to help us have peace and strength through what we eat and the time we take on our bodies.
Kimberly Snyder’s book “The Beauty Detox Foods” has to be one of my favorite go to sources to keep up the motivation to make good healthy choices. It was given to be by a very special person that has made the choice to eat a vegan diet after concurring cancer. I am very glad that she shared this book with me, I have added new and rewarding upgrades to my diet. If your like me I go back and forth to different books to get my inspiration back and this would be a good addition to for everyone.
One of the things that I have changed in my diet since reading her book is coconut oil. I had heard some negative ideas about it raising cholesterol and being a bad fat, so I never really gave it a second look. Kimberly encourages the use of this fruit in all it’s forms. From using it as a beauty aid to drinking it’s water which is the number one hydrating fluid. In some cultures it is believed to have healing and youth promoting qualities. It actually disrupts the lipid membranes of viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi which helps destroy them. So all in all it’s a great source of nutrition.
I love to bake with it instead of using butters and shortenings. I have had a hard time finding a good way to make pie crust since going vegan and coconut oil make the best pie crust. Here is the recipe I use:
Coconut Pie Crust
1 1/2 cups un-bleached flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c coconut oil, room temp
4-7 tbsp water, cold
Mix dry ingredients together and add the oil mix till the dough is in pea size pieces. Slowly add water with fork until a ball of dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and wait 60 minutes to use. I let it sit out of the fridge for a time to let it warm up before rolling it out in order for it not to be as difficult to work.
Here are a couple other sites by Prevention and Dr. Oz that give some more info and tips on coconuts and their wide range of uses.
Tanner the kids and I just got done watching Rip Esselstyn’s, the son of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn who was on “Forks over Knives”, documentary on eating a whole plant based diet (Available on Netflix or Amazon). He is a Texas firefighter who wants to change the way people look at food. In his documentary he takes two different families, goes through what they currently eat, takes them to the grocery store and shows them what to eat, then brings them home and cooks it for them.
It was worth watching and seeing how we can think that something is good for us and it really isn’t. For example he uses no oils, instead he uses a nonstick pan. That is going to be difficult for me, but I’m going to try a couple of his recipes on his website http://engine2diet.com/. They look really good and fresh. He uses a few things I haven’t tried yet like nutritional yeast, which I picked up today, like cheese on pizza. It was educational to say the least and I would recommend watching it if you have a chance.