It's that time of the year when we plan for big holiday meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ok, so we don't eat the turkey or ham but many of the other dishes can certainly be plant based and good. For example, mashed potatoes, cranberry, pumpkin, stuffing, fruit salad, green beans and the list goes on. Just in time, Dr. McDougall has published a list of recipes for the holidays. Check them out and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Recently, in another blog post, I made the statement about lettuce, "Iceberg is worthless, it is mostly water and has very little nutritional value." But a kind reader (Robert) sent me a nice email response that he too thought iceberg lettuce was low nutritional value until he read this article. The article is written by Jeff Novick, a dietitian, and offers some wonderful insight to the benefits of iceberg lettuce......believe it or not, it competes with romaine!! So, I now consider iceberg lettuce one of my plant based friends.
Finally, a few months after starting a plant based diet I ran into a friend of mine who had recently experienced a heart attack. After some discussion, I shared my recent diet success and the affect on my cholesterol numbers. He listened to my story and decided to do some research into the diet by reading Dr. Esselstyn's Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease book and also the China Study. Dennis is now a strong plant based advocate and has seen some amazing success in his own life. Read his success story on his blog.
I've been going through my blog to-do's and came across two things that are long overdue for sharing. The first is a recipe from a plant based potluck we had earlier in the summer. The dish is called Soy Bean Chili and was brought by a good friend of mine Raj. He promised to get me the recipe, and he did, but I'm just getting around to posting it. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of his excellent chili but here's the recipe if you're interested!
The second to-do was to get a success story posted from a friend and fellow plant based advocate. Last summer I worked as an Interim IT Director for our Ridgecrest (Cerro Coso Community College) college campus. One of my good friends and employees was a man named Jeremy. During the first few weeks of me working at the college he learned about my diet (mainly because he watched me bring in all my healthy food). One night I got a call from Jeremy and he asked if I would come share my diet with his wife (Laura). I was a little reluctant because I didn't know if she was truly interested or whether he was pushing this on her. Well, when I showed up, she had a notepad and asked me to share my story. I did and she took notes the whole time. She started a plant based diet the very next day and here is her story. If you need motivation to stick with the diet or if you need motivation to get on the diet, read this story. Real results with a real person!!
If you have a success story from being on a plant based diet that you would like to share, please send it to me ande
About the Author
Hello, my name is Todd Coston. This site is a dedicated to my journey on a plant based diet. I'm passionate about the benefits of this diet and share my thoughts, resources and recipes through this site. I would love to hear from you, so drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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