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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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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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Knowledge is power!

I had an opportunity recently to get together with like minded individuals and brainstorm a little. We were trying to figure out the best way to help our community be a healthier one.  How do we help people take better care of themselves? How do we reach the people who are too busy to listen? How do we reach those who feel they don’t have the resources to lead a healthier life? How do we help people help their children do the same? It’s education, I’m sure of it. I’m not talking about a degree or level of schooling, I’m talking about practical, real life knowledge that can be put to work for anyone. I bet if I told you that cancer was the second leading cause of death in the U.S. you may not be surprised. I bet if I told you that 1/3 of cancer deaths are linked to diet you would be. How about the number one killer in this country is heart disease and it can be PREVENTED! Really. And if you have it, you can reverse the damage. Yes, really.

Have I peaked your curiosity yet? I hope so. What I just told you is that nutrition, what you eat, can prevent disease or at least, with cancer, reduce your risk. Here’s the thing, very few people are talking about it. Why? There’s no money in selling kale or collard greens. There are no sales reps, no lobbyists for greens and beans, there is just no money in this information. There are no drugs to be pushed, no sales to be made. But if I told you vegetarians lived longer and had a decreased risk of cancer, you might listen. If I told you to change your diet now rather than wait until your chest must be cracked open and your organs repaired, would you listen? I think most people would. I think if I told you that an obese child will live a shorter life than his parents, maybe you would care. If I told you an estimated 70% of diabetes could be prevented, you may listen. If you were obese, suffering form heart disease, taking medicine for diabetes, had an overweight child, you should know these things. Is anyone telling you? I don’t hear the screaming from the rooftops that we need.

So guess what? I’m about to start. Get ready because I plan to keep at it until I help people understand what it is they deserve to know. I can show people how to make healthy, delicious whole food meals for their families in 30 minutes that cost LESS than the meat and cheese filled entrees they are making now. I can help people understand how simple it makes life when you MAKE your own food. It’s cheaper than McDonald’s, tastes much better too. It is very empowering to know that  you are feeding your body to fuel your life and that of your family.

It’s time to get started, let the education of our community continue.  Nourish is now offering nutritional consulting.

Feed your body, fuel your life!

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Easy Vegan Red Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

 

Here’s another super easy, super fresh salad to add to your routine. This is almost a slaw, I think it would be really good as a side dish for just about anything. I actually ate it for lunch by itself so whatever you like.

Ingredients

Red Cabbage– shredded (about 1/2 a head)

Carrots– shredded (about 1 cup)

Cilantro– one bunch, stems removed and chopped

Green Onions– 3-4 chopped

Sesame seeds– 1 1/2 Tablespoons

Cashews– about 1/4 cup finely chopped

Mix all these together in a medium sized bowl.

Now for the Sauce

In a separate bowl combine

the following…

Peanut or almond butter (about 2 Tablespoons)

3-4 Tablespoons Braggs Aminos (or other soy sauce)

Crushed red pepper flakes (amount depends on your preference for heat)

A dash of lemon juice

A dash (or more) cayenne pepper

Use a whisk to mix it all well, I added some water to thin the sauce down a bit.

Add the sauce to the vegetables and your done. It’s quick, easy, and super fresh. You could definitely add some shredded zucchini or other vegetables. You could also use a different sauce for a completely different flavor. A lemon, vinegar dressing with some garlic might be tasty.

Give it a try, let me know what you think.

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Easy Vegan Sweet Delight

For those of you who know me, you know I am more of a savory eater. Given a choice, I prefer salty over sweet almost everytime. But every once in a while, I get a little itch for something yummy and sweet. So what’s a girl to do? I whip up this little magic potion to satisfy the sweet tooth inside us all.

In a small bowl, pour a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup then add raw cocoa powder to it. Add a little at a time and whip it together until you get the right consistency and flavor for you. That’s it.

It’s is so sinfully delicious, you won’t believe it. So only two ingredients stand between you and this brownie batter tasting sauce that you can put on about anything. I like it on raw pecans and walnuts or on strawberries. My son likes it on graham crackers and on top of his coconut ice cream. My husband dips bananas in it. Whatever you choose, you know it’s free of additives and artificial flavors. It’s real food so enjoy! Now, please remember maple syrup is naturally very sweet so don’t overdo it. I have never had anyone not LOVE this little gem.  I first saw this recipe in the Raw Food Detox Diet book by Natalia Rose. It is an outstanding book! It’s where I got my training wheels in raw foods, where that adventure began for me. For anyone looking to incorporate more raw into their diet, it is worth a look.

Give it a try, let me know what you think.

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Easy Vegan Chana Masala

Our new favorite place to eat is a small, family run Indian restaurant. For all the locals, it’s called Sitar of India in Hagertsown. We even have Willson asking to go there it’s so delicious. Indian food can be quite good for you, spices like turmeric have numerous health benefits. I never thought I would try to make Indian food myself but today I did…and it was awesome! I had a bunch of chickpeas I prepared earlier in the week so I needed to use them. I didn’t want hummus and the cold rain we are having made me really want something comforting and warm. So I started looking for recipes. I found a few that looked good but the coconut milk in this Chana masala just looked scrumptious! Here’s the link for the recipe

http://www.thegluttonousvegan.com/2010/03/chana-masala.html

I made the recipe almost exactly as written. It was a huge hit! The kitchen smelled fabulous, my husband ate two big bowls, and it was easy. That’s what makes it a new favorite for our family.

Thank you to Naomi Rose @ http://www.thegluttonousvegan.com for the great recipe!

Give it a try, let me know what you think!

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