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Prescription for LIFE

Prescription for LIFE

What if your doctor told you there was a prescription to dramatically lower your risk of cancer? Or increase your chances of survival if diagnosed? All the while lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes. What would you say? And what if that same prescription was food? Food that was delicious and simple to prepare. That is what we call Food for Life.

We now know that 35-60% of cancers are diet related. We also know that a plant-based diet high in fiber, low in saturated fats, and rich in whole foods is the best prescription for cancer prevention. By the way, this same way of eating will lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk for heart attack and diabetes, and lower your weight. Sounds like a prescription with side effects you want, right?

So what does this look like on your plate? You start with the new four food groups and build your plate from there. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes form the Power Plate, our answer to the food pyramid. Breakfast may be cinnamon apple oatmeal, lunch could be a veggie wrap with soup, and dinner may be pasta marinara, a salad with chocolate mousse for dessert. How does that sound? Pretty delicious, right? It is! This is what we call Food For Life.

Want to know more? Check out our website at http://www.cancerproject.org or sign up for one of our local Food for Life classes. During a Food for Life class, our goal is to empower the participants and their families with easy to implement cooking skills to help them turn every meal into a healthy dose of nutrition. You learn more of the how and why about how food fight cancer and get to sample all the food made during the class. Healthy made easy for everyone.

Feed your body, fuel your life.
NOURISH

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Summer is here and my posts have been, well…

Except for my upcoming classes (which I really hope you will all check out!!!) I have not been writing. It is summer vacation and I am having a wonderful break with my family! So no excuses here but not much time for posting as of late.  I did just complete another amazing program and my next post will have all the exciting details. That will be coming soon.

In the meantime, let me share a new little indulgence of mine. One small scoop of Coconut Ice Cream (Vanilla Bean flavor) with a handful of pecans topped with a dash of maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon. I know what you’re thinking, one scoop of ice cream, really? My answer is YES! That is all you need because with the nuts and maple syrup, it’s heaven in a bowl. It’s also scrumptious with fresh berries! So when it’a really hot and everyone else is eating ice cream, treat yourself to this little gem. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Feed your body, fuel your life!

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PCRM | Food for Life Cooking Class Detail

Join us in exploring how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes can enhance your health and support your overall wellness goals. Learn how to gain control of your health through simple steps in the kitchen.

Please join me for the single introductory class of How Foods Fight Cancer. Click on link below for details.

PCRM | Food for Life Cooking Class Detail.

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PCRM | Food for Life Cooking Class Detail

Join us in exploring how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes can enhance your health and support your overall wellness goals. Learn how to gain control of your health through simple steps in the kitchen.

This four series class for The Cancer Project is being offered at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Please visit link below for details.

PCRM | Food for Life Cooking Class Detail.

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Easy Vegan Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Sunday morning SUCCESS!!! I have to say I think I found one of the best vegan pancake recipes out there. I changed it a little, see below. You can find the original recipe here:

http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2010/03/02/fatfree-pancakes-or-waffles/

So here are the changes I made to the recipe. The flour I used was whole wheat and the milk was oat milk rather than soy. You could try oat flour or even buckwheat flour. The milk could also be any milk substitute (almond, rice). I added some vanilla and cinnamon to the mix then a touch of coconut oil to my griddle. One thing I learned is that you really need to let the batter rest as the recipe states so it gets fluffy, that’s part of what makes them so good. Also, make the batter fresh each time. They don’t taste the same if you store it for the next day, the consistency changes.

Now after I make the pancakes, I chop up whatever fruit I have and make a pancake sandwich! Sometimes I use a little maple syrup, sometimes I add toasted walnuts or pecans, but they are always delicious! You could make this fun for the kids by making a “pancake bar” for them. Think sundae bar with toppings but use fresh fruit and maple syrup instead of sprinkles and chocolate. Kids love to have a say in what goes into their food and they love to make things, so it’s perfect!  I think pineapple, bananas, and strawberries are my favorite, what are yours?

Another simple, quick, delicious and healthy recipe your whole family can enjoy.

Feed your body, fuel your life.

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back to RAW…

Why is it everytime I feel a little off course with my eating, I go to my raw foods to feel better? Why everytime I feel sick or run down do I turn to my raw foods?  Maybe the answer is this simple, raw foods are fundamentally different than any other answer to my nutritional woes. Eating raw food is not just about the food but making the connection with and nourishing your body, mind, and spirit. Raw food is not complicated; it’s simply raw, uncooked food. The diet combines fresh fruits and vegetables with nuts, grains, beans, and seeds to provide maximum nutrition for your body. And the food is delicious!

Raw foods:

  • have more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber than cooked foods.
  • are digested quickly and easily
  • nourish your body with the vitamins, minerals, oxygen, and enzymes that whole, raw foods provide that your body needs
  • give you increased energy
  • provide you the life force of fresh, organic foods
  • are full of enzymes that are usually destroyed by heating the food, the enzymes are raw and active
  • strengthen the immune system
  • create a more alkaline state in your body
  • slow aging, help maintain optimal weight while skin and muscle tone improve

So what do you think? Give it a try! Feed your body with living, raw foods for a meal a day and see how you feel. It could be as simple as a yummy salad for lunch or you could try some raw recipes for yourself. The internet is loaded with raw food sites. Here’s a very simple, tasty recipe to start. You may just be amazed at the results!

Walnut Tacos

1 cup walnuts- finely ground in food processor

Put in a mixing bowl and add 1.5 Tablespoons Nama Shoyu (raw soy sauce), 1.5 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, dash of cayenne. Mix well.

This is my variation of several walnut taco recipes- there are many to choose from out there. You should play with the spices until you get them where you like. I toss some of this in a green salad for extra flavor and protein, make wraps with romaine lettuce and salsa, or tacos with flax seed shells, nut cheese, lettuce, and salsa. It’s very versatile and tasty!! Enjoy!

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