Woes to wins: Willpower

I don’t eat dairy – at least not when I’m wide awake. Because I’ve made a lifestyle choice to eliminate dairy from my diet, storing the ice cream sandwiches that my grandchildren love in the door of my freezer doesn’t faze me a bit. I can open up the freezer, see them in there and…

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Tofu-Couscous-Peanut Protein Wrap

I crave plant protein these days. Number one because I’m weight-lifting now, and working on building muscle while I work on my weight-loss journey. Number two because I’m a night shift certified nursing assistant who needs the filling qualities of protein so that I don’t eat my way through 12 hours. But the best reason…

Black beans in brownies?

I’ve been a vegetarian for 20-plus years; and I’ve followed a dairy-free, low to no processed food, plant-based eating plan for the last two years – and I’ve seen black bean brownie recipes in passing but I was skeptical about trying to create them. It wasn’t the black beans. I love them! Black beans were…

Patience: peace within life’s struggles

I’m a writer; a runner; a budding artist; a blogger; a novelist hopeful; a weight-training newbie; and I’m on a weight-loss journey. In short, I’m blessed with a laundry list of labels in my life that all require a level of patience for me to stick it out and make them work. But most of…

No to Keto; I’d rather run!

I was curious about the pill. I bought the pill. I took the recommended dosage. I dropped the pill. What pill? Keto Rapid Max. I had no proof that it wasn’t working. I didn’t feel any negative effects from it to make me want to stop. So why did I stop taking the pill instead…

Zoodles, zandalas, and zoll-ups oh my!

When I was a kid, the only squash I knew about was the yellow squash my Dad would pan fry with potato and onions. I don’t recall him ever making zucchini and since my cooking style mirrored his, I didn’t raise my daughters with zucchini in my house either. Frankly I’m not sure when I…

Fitness near 60: fat loss; muscle gain

Seven years ago, age 50, when I simultaneously became a vegan and started running at least four times a week, I lost 35 pounds and just knewwww that I was fit!! My size small scrub pants still had room for me to move; my new diet plan nixed all the foods that I felt were…

Nix bread – Leafy green works!

Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with raw collard greens – washing them, trimming the stem, experimenting with flavors to fill them and then rolling them up. It’s my neurotic need to keep sandwiches in my life – without the bread. I love mixing flavors. When I was younger, I’d do some ccrrraaaazzzy flavor mixing:…

This not that: Healthy diet subs

Substituting a bad diet for an equally bad or (UGH!) even WORSE diet, will never promote healthy eating habits – and I’m living proof. Nearly 30 years ago when I decided to stop eating meat, I promptly increased my carbohydrate intake. No research on the health hazards (not to mention stupidity) of that – not…

Vegan or vegan wannabe?

When I stopped eating meat in the mid-1990’s (ANCIENT!:)), I had NO idea what a vegetarian or vegan was; I’d never heard of the terms and I wasn’t even trying to fit into a global lifestyle – I just wanted to poop without struggling. Today, going meatless not only means a mental shift from carnivore…