Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Salad Inspiration: Going Back In Time

Hello to you out there!

How have you been doing with your plant-based whole foods lifestyle? Me? Oh, my. I have been doing great! But with anything this amazing and life changing, comes a desire and curiosity to continue improving until you've reached your fullest potential. That is where I am today, and I seem to be lost in thought, very deep thoughts, about the funniest thing I have ever pondered in such a way. Salad!

Dr. Fuhrman tells us "The salad is the main dish!" and he is absolutely right. Big changes awaited me after I became focused on mastering this little challenge as a Nutritarian. I crave my salad each day, as funny and backwards as that sounds, and have developed many different nutritarian dressings to use with them. My Husband though, bless his culinary emblazoned soul, came up with the mother of all Nutritarian Dressings, and absolutely changed the way I ate salad.

I had to have that dressing every day or else I would feel something was missing; it caused me to eat a LOT more salad than I had been eating! Which was good until I actually noticed how much dressing I was consuming with salad being the staple in my diet! I know the dressing was nutritarian, but still, something in me was grossed out by it! The thought of consuming a whole tupperware of dressing every 1-2 weeks due to the massive amounts of greens I eat was really disturbing me until last night. I decided since I was running out at the end of the day, that I would attempt to eat my salad dry. Fancy that?! Now I am taking this to a new level. I shouldn't be surprised, I don't do anything half way!

So, right now, I am having my huge salad for lunch and have noticed a few very interesting things! I have spent the last 2 years honing in on my ability to taste the subtleties of natural whole foods like fruits and veggies without sugar, butter, oil or salt, but have absolutely denied myself the same opportunity with the salad leaves! Would our ancestors, scavenging around for the day, eating the greens they found along their journey, have had the time to get their vitamix and puree up nuts, seeds, dates and other things mixed together to make their salad palatable before eating it? There was my answer. Greens should be edible by themselves! We just don't give them a chance! Perhaps to be like this from day one of trying to change your life would be asking too much, but seriously. Why have we neglected the greens? Why do we not attempt to appreciate them for what they are like we do with the other veggies?

As I said, I am sitting here munching on my dry salad. I am amazed at how slowly I eat each bite compared to how I wolf down my typical salads with dressing. I ponder the taste of every leaf (it's a mix of varieties) and surprise myself by instinctively feeling a pull to put down the fork and reach with my hands, delicately. It feels so very natural to pause after grabbing a leaf, and smell it, before eating it! How amazing these small things are! I notice the purple leaves taste sweet with a hint of apple aroma, and others even taste like what I remember hard boiled eggs tasting like. Some are very crisp and almost, dare I say, juicy, and others are rich and dense. After eating a fraction of my bowl I am shockingly full and very satisfied. Leaving me to question.....

Am I on to something?

I'll leave you at that, and in the mean time I encourage you to conduct a little experiment of your own and report your findings! I look forward to hearing what kinds of experiences you all have :)

In health,

Thursday, April 7, 2011

No, make THESE Nutritarian Cookies! Oooh BABY!

Ok ok ok, so last time I posted about cookies and yes they were yummy but then, ooooh then, I found a recipe in my friend Nicole's cookbook (name? I forget) and tweaked it to make it a Nutritarian recipe and VOILA!

Jemoiselle's Awesome Nutritarian Spiced Banana Oat Cookies were born!

Everyone loves these bad boys, I mean everyone! They are easy to make, cause the kitchen to smell incredible and intoxicating, and please even the non-Nutritarian palate. I can't keep my Husband out of these! ;) Warning, I weigh my ingredients.


3 very ripe bananas
180g date paste/pitted dates pureed
160g jumbo oats (Quaker will work, but Jumbo make a HUGE difference)
84g Sesame Tahini (puree of sesame seeds)
1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract (mine is homemade, thus no HFCS or sugar)
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger Allspice & Clove to taste
Raisins, however many float your boat

Mash bananas in a large bowl with potato masher until smooth and creamy.
Mashing the nanas!

Weighing the date paste

Weigh all ingredients into a large bowl one by one, then stir until satisfied!
Pouring in the sesame tahini

 and allow to sit for approximately 20-30 minutes covered with plastic wrap at room temperature for oats to absorb liquid and firm up a bit. In this time, preheat the oven to 350f/180c.

My homemade vanilla extract, no sugar!

Using a small melon baller, scoop onto non-stick cookie sheets, please don't add any "fat free scam artist 100% pure fat spray" or anything else besides maybe silpat sheets or parchment, they will stick a little but with a little love you'll be fine.  Now get in touch with your inner passive aggressive and bang the pans on the counter to help the cookies spread into the classic "cookie" shape! There, don't we feel better?

I like to think about slow moving cars and sales that happen the day after purchase for my cookie banging session!

 Sprinkle with flax seed or place raisins or chopped nuts on top. Whatever! Be creative! And for gosh sakes, don't eat the whole batch thank you very much!
Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how crisp around the edges you like them! 

Plain Variation

Flax Seed Topped and Raisin Spice

And that's it. Seriously, this is not a Lay's potato chip day, you don't HAVE to eat the whole batch! Take it easy, have your greens and beans before these puppies, and enjoy being thin AND eating your cookies too. Kind of like having your cake and eating it too, only I haven't made a nutritarian cake recipe so....I digress!

See ya!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Nutritarian Cookies Anyone?

This is a temporary post and will be edited to include more photos and some rambling I just know you will be in tears without...but for the sake of my friends back home wanting to try this out here it is! This is a recipe I made as an experiment one day and found edible, hehe. It is a good way to use up the extra almond pulp from making almond milk! I liked the fruit version better than the raisin version but for the sake of experimenting here are both variations:

Jemoiselle's Nutritarian Almond Cookies (Variations for fruit based or "Spiced Oatmeal Raisin")

1/2c. Oat Flour
1/2c. Almond Pulp (make almond milk and save the meat for these cookies)
1/4c. Almond Milk  (opt Vanilla Bean Infused Almond Milk, scrape seeds into milk 24hrs ahead)
1/4c fresh or frozen fruit, or raisins
1 tsp. nutritarian vanilla (Store bought has corn syrup, bleck!)
1-2 Tbsp date paste/puree
Optional of any or all: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg to taste

Stir together ingredients in medium sized bowl and taste to see if it needs anything else. Cinnamon is fun,
so are "pumpkin pie-esque spices" with raisins, go wild, you could use pumpkin puree or chunks for soft pumpkin cookies, who knows! When I make these into "Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies" I use twice as much almond milk to get the dough a preferable texture.

Scoop with a tiny melon baller (1oz/2oz) onto a parchment lined baking sheet close together (they don't spread) and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes. I have tried making them flat, but they seem best to me in little balls.  They would also be fun with a macadamia nut or something pressed into the top perhaps? Oh the possibilities!


PS Almond Milk: 1/3c Blanched Almonds to 2c. Milk, Vitamix or puree, strain in nut milk bag, enjoy. Save almond pulp (left over after squeezing out milk) for these cookies.

Future post? Hmmm...

Children as Nutritarians?

3 year old Skye seeing fresh nutritarian spiced oatmeal-almond raisin cookies

Should Children Be Nutritarians?

I have been a nutritarian now for coming up on two years. This April will be my 2 year anniversary, in fact. I also have a toddler of 3 years old, whom at this very moment is determined to intervene on my writing this blog! Heh. Toddlers, right? All this time I have been in turmoil with regards to his eating. My Husband is not a nutritarian, and with that brings many challenges when it comes to what's for dinner and what my toddler prefers. I will also add that he is very supportive of me and of feeding Skye like I do myself! After my lifestyle revolution, certificate courses at Cornell University in Plant-based Nutrition, and of course the most amazing, reading Dr. Fuhrman's books, I've felt irresponsible to NOT be feeding my son in a manner that will allow him to avoid the common "Diseases of Affluence" now plaguing most Americans in their middle age where they should be just enjoying life and freedom.

"I've felt irresponsible to NOT be feeding my son in a manner that will allow him to avoid the common "Diseases of Affluence"

I am talking about heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. Instead they are having heart attacks in their 30's and 40's and on blood pressure meds and statins, feeling broken, afraid and stressed. Not only that, but it is expensive! Those meds add up and only lead to more meds. Ever wonder how much those bypass surgeries cost? Ever heard how they place a stent? You could buy a VERY nice car for the price! Forget the retirement dream home, you have to pay for the bypasses to come. Just like the chip slogan "Betcha can't have only one".

Heart problems just get worse and worse, like a ticking time bomb. Not my idea of what I want to be doing at that time in my life! Also and more importantly in turn, not my idea of what I want for my child. The authorities are saying for the first time in history children today are not expected to outlive their parents. Seriously! Look it up. But it is so hard, especially with him getting more and more aware of junk food and all it's "pleasures".  I am intoxicated by his smile, how can I rob him of that which gives him joy? I want to give him everything he wants and more! I'd give him the moon if I could.

"This is the time to shape him for the rest of his life, but is it worth it and fair to make a three year old a nutritarian? That was my question..."

I had to put forth a lot of effort to free myself from food addiction and a host of medical problems in my early 20's. Actually my medical problems started around 9 with strange bumps on my arms that wouldn't go away, followed at 15 with acne, then by 17 migraines,  20 joint problems, depression, anxiety and high cholesterol to name a few. I had to fight for what I am now! Free from these ailments and more.

"Two years ago when I looked in the mirror I saw a shell of a person who was not a reflection of what was kept inside."

 Now, I see ME. Inside and out, healthy and fit, what I want to be---in control, free. When I think back to when I started eating this way, I remember wishing I had just always been served this kind of food from a young age so that it wasn't so hard adjusting and coming down from the sugar/salt cravings. I remember thinking how lucky Dr. Fuhrman's kids are to not have had to go through this pain and searching and battling. Then I think of my young little son, again, and wonder why I am allowing him to follow in my painful footsteps, allowing him to eat whatever he wants instead of teaching him without compromise. Come to think of it, growing up my Mom used to feed me cheerios instead of fruit loops, which I detested, but it was how it was, and I dealt with it. Was she a bad Mom for depriving me of sugary cereals? No, just trying to set me up in the best way she knew how, for success later in life. Nevermind that they were cheerios. She made boundaries, I followed. Why should I be any different?

"I've reflected on birthdays I've had in the past full of delicious cakes, frosting on noses, fresh warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies from Momma's oven..."

I've tossed and turned over whether having a child eat as a nutritarian (for health) is cruel, depriving them of experiences or not, and over the top. I've reflected on birthdays I've had in the past full of delicious cakes, frosting on noses, fresh warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies from Momma's oven...all things that are precious memories. I've wondered how on Earth I could live with myself if I took all that away, would that make me a bad Mom? Would he resent me for it later? Would I steal those precious moments I got to enjoy, nevermind the consequences and the many years of pain and tears it ended up causing? I couldn't figure out where I stood, so I opted for allowing him to choose and living by example. My three year old son, thank goodness, did choose a lot of my foods over Daddy's foods. He developed a preference for my foods that lasted for a while but started waning as he grew older, more aware of culinary possibilities and being able to remember what we have behind closed cabinet doors, and outside at our favorite cafes. He started to stray more and more from eating some of both of our menus and more eating towards Daddy's menu, and then worse. You can imagine my stress levels started rising, and the winds of change came upon us.

"A new day has come indeed..."

It was four nights ago that I got my final wake up call. It came in the form of an email from www.diseaseproof.com  Dr. Fuhrman's blog. The article was written by Emily Boller, one of Dr. Fuhrman's most publicized success stories, and someone I am proud to know even if it is only through the internet hehe. That article can be found at the link above. It really hit a nerve with me, I made a comment at the end of it, and then decided I had answered my own question. Food is just food, it's the PEOPLE that make it special and memorable.

I can't control everything in his life. There will still be birthdays with cake at friend's houses in the future I am sure. Halloween will come and go, easter baskets will be found, candy canes will be eaten...but his "normal" will be the same things I eat. End of story. We will make beautiful nutritarian Thanksgivings he will never forget (or know any different). I am not willing to sacrifice his health and longevity for the false and temporary "happiness" disease promoting foods bring with them. When he gets older, when the time comes, he may choose for himself what to eat away from home.  By then, he will feel the difference for himself when he eats those other foods and can make his own educated decision. I said "Tomorrow was a new day" in my comment on that post, and indeed it was. The first day my son, age three, became a nutritarian.

"Food is just food, it's the PEOPLE that make it special and memorable..."

The funny thing is, of all things I worried about: Telling him no when he sees a donut at the cafe, wants french fries for lunch, wants a lollipop for going potty (we're potty training) seeing food at a friend's house he can't have, asking for eggs at breakfast etc). All of them have been so easy to handle, and really,  he is happy to eat whatever he is given and is enthusiastic about it even and easily accepts my guidance without tantrums. The things I feared the most have been so easy, I cannot believe I let those fears eat me up all those years!

He has eaten so much better too, more enthusiastic about the enjoyment aspect ("Mmmmm so yummy! Delicious Mimi!")  as he ate his orange this morning.  Asking for more and more salad for breakfast, having a blast making it himself (putting lettuce in bowl, sprinkling on beans, raisins and oranges and homemade nut and fruit dressing we made together)  jumping up and down and getting wide eyed at getting raisin boxes as treats for using the potty instead of the usual "balls of internal destruction" we call lollipops (lol that is humor there don't freak out!) So as you can see from my badly fragmented sentences (anyone wanna be my permanent editor? lol) this change has not deprived him of anything, but yet, actually has added to his enjoyment of life and time with his family.

We have had so much quality time making things together, talking about healthy foods, and enjoying them together. To top off the wonderfulness of the evening, we made my very own recipe for nutritarian spiced oatmeal-almond raisin cookies. As we sat there making cookies together, me watching his smoosh his face on the oven window to see them baking and sniff the air "Mmmmm Mimi it smells GOOD!" I couldn't help but smile. It's been three days since then, what an amazing and wonderful journey. Best yet, my heart feels light and that guilty burden is gone.

"My fears were absolutely relevant, but easily disproven.."

If you have thought about feeding your kids like you feed yourself, as a nutritarian, I urge you to just try it and allow the reality of the outcome guide you. My fears were absolutely relevant, but easily disproven. Making those cookies together was so special to me, it was truly the icing on my (nutritarian) cake. It showed me once and for all he can and will have a fulfilling and wonderful life filled with sweet memories, as much as a kid who eats tollhouse cookies with their parents on cold fall evenings, only we'll be eating my cookies instead...and that's a-ok.  I am what makes them special to him, so go ahead Moms, give yourself a little credit and realize that YOU are what makes those memories special and not the food. If your Grandma made nutritarian Thanksgiving Dinners all your life, you would grow up fondly remembering them instead of a bird.

It's all relative to perspective, life really IS what you make it.

In Health and For Wellness....


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Warm Apple Crepes for Breakfast!

Good Morning to all my friends out there!

It was a rough night here in Abu Dhabi for me, as we had a huge earthquake in a neighboring country, Pakistan, and we felt it here too. It started when my cuckoo clock's pendulum stopped swinging suddenly around 11:19pm. I thought it was odd, but I started it back up and went on with my nightly ritual of sitting at the kitchen table surfing the net! Hehe. What happened next, at 12:23AM was the equivalent of a boat ride, as I felt myself rocking and swaying side to side, dizzy and afraid. I ran for my three year old and went outside! I could hear screeching metal (never figured out what it was) and I could see my window panes shaking as we took it all in.
Why am I telling you this, dear reader, you wonder? Oh my gosh! COMFORT FOOD. I NEED comfort food today, of all days. So, what does a nutritarian do for comfort?


Ok, so I "invented" this dish out of ingredients everyone knows and loves, so technically I didn't invent anything lol. But this is my blog, and I'm the one typing...so it's mine! All mine! Before I became a nutritarian and when I was a little gal my Grandmother used to make us the most delectable Swedish pancakes, a crepe like pancake of sorts. Totally bad for you, but delicious. This is my nutritarian substitute, and I must say, the more I make it, the more it feels like "home".

Truly there is no real substitute for Grandma's Swedish pancakes/crepes, but then again, there is also no substitute for feeling confident with your body and happy with your health and energy levels. For me, it's just not an option. I will always and forever cherish the old memories despite it all, and I will still make those Swedish pancakes for my friends and family who are not nutritarians as bad as that is of me to do :D But, that is my compromise to make. If you won't join me in Eating to Live, I'll still cook for you with all my heart because I love you! That's why I've got a cake blog too. It's so funny that such a baker ended up such a health nut. Gotta love it. Have you any idea how hard it is to make a cake when you can't taste the batter to make sure it's just right? lol That is what Husbands are for, apparently.

So, the recipe.

APPLE CREPES (per person)

1-2 Apples, peeled and cored
Cinnamon, to taste
Allspice, to taste
Lemon Juice, a dash
Water, for steam
Homemade Vanilla Extract, a few dashes?

Note about the vanilla:
If you don't have homemade vanilla don't panic. Store bought is fine, but most brands contain sugar or corn syrup hidden in the label amongst other disgraceful ingredients so I prefer to make my own. It's so easy and the vanilla taste is so PURE! Another post, I promise.

Cast iron crepe pan or any frying pan, NO OIL OR SPRAY FOLKS
Mandolin Slicer (or a lot of patience and a very sharp knife!)


Use the mandolin slicer to VERY thinly slice the whole peeled and cored apples into rounds. Arrange them in the cast iron pan in a scalloped spiral shape, starting with the outside edge and working your way towards the center. Only one layer of scalloped apples, per pan. The precise way about this doesn't matter. Just don't make more than one layer, we're trying to brown some of the apple here. If you add too many apples, they won't cook correctly, and won't all get browned but mushy instead.

Sprinkle apples with cinnamon, allspice, lemon juice water and vanilla. Cover with a clear glass lid, if you have one to help the steam penetrate the apples. Pan "fry" the apples undisturbed on medium high heat until the edges start to brown. With a spatula, flip the apples over and attempt to brown the other sides. They will no longer be arranged neat and pretty, hehe. They are done when slightly caramelized and soft.

Serve immediately! I am going to experiment with making a maple vanilla cashew cream sauce to go with these in the future, they are so good! They brought me so much comfort this morning ;)

I hope they bring you comfort as well! My son broke my digital camera so for now, you'll have to settle for cell phone pics. Uploading soon!


Sunday, January 16, 2011


Hello hello!

Ok, I am going to wrap this up with a simple recommendation. Get a Vitamix! What is a Vitamix? It is a super powerful food processor/whole food blender that allows you to fully assimilate any fruit, veggie, nut or seed into easily digestible components maximizing the nutrients you obtain from your food, and exponentially increasing your variety of foods you can make and enjoy, as a nutritarian. Many commercial establishments use Vitamix machines to make their fruit smoothies, blended coffee drinks etc that have become so popular today especially on the West Coast of the USA. You can puree, make frozen drinks, smoothies, grind your coffee and seeds, even make flour (although I don't eat bread as a nutritarian) if you so choose. It makes quick work of sauces, nut milks, even composting and fertilizing your garden with leftover scraps pureed into water at the end of each day and added directly to soil. It makes healthy whole fruit sorbets with ease, and can easily make into snow an entire container FULL of ice cubes. That was the stipulation we gave the sales lady who sold us ours, actually. We said we were going to take it home, load the entire container with solid cubes from our freezer. If it couldn't turn them all to snow with ease, it was coming right back. Obviously, we all know how that ended up.

I bought mine right after I found out I was pregnant with my first and only child, and it was worth every penny. My son is three now, for reference, and the Vitamix is still going strong. When we first saw the vitamix it was at a live demonstration in a store. Immediately, it lost rapport just based on that. However, as we half willingly watched the demo, we learned the Vitamix could do many many things a regular blender simply cannot, and thoroughly enjoyed the show! She made salsa, soups (it slightly warms as it processes) dips, and among other things, baby food. At the time, that is what sold us. We were pregnant and wanted to make our own baby food when the time came. I wasn't a nutritarian back then but became one shortly after my son was born and I packed on the pounds to the tune of 165! Eeek! Thank goodness for what I didn't know! The vitamix would become absolutely indispensable as I would later become a nutritarian and lose a TON of weight in no time flat using it every day thereafter.

The best thing it has over a regular blender? Simple. It just WORKS as you might hope it would, and it is super sturdy and dependable. I have used many blenders over the years, some of which have lasted pretty long but they were all disappointing when it came to actual performance. What good is a blender that makes it 20 years, if for those 20 years, it subjected you to mediocre performance? The vitamix isn't cheap, but for what it costs, it stays around, has an incredible 7 year warranty, a company that truly stands behind it's products and is ready and willing to help if you should need (my Husband didn't use the "tamp" guard when he made something once and sliced it into oblivion!) They replaced it for free, even knowing full well it was his (our) fault! Awesome customer service. Hands down, unbeatable. Great machine, great service, great lifestyle, skinny jeans...does it get any better?

By the way, speaking of skinny jeans have you bought your copy of Dr. Fuhrman's 2nd revision of Eat to Live? I am in it! No, no pics or fancy features, but I am quoted in the beginning of the book in the testimonials section, right before the Table of Contents. I am the first quote at the top of a page there. That quote being in that book is pure magic to me. Two years ago, I was just picking up that book and unaware that my entire life would change radically, and that I would be reading my name in the next revision two years later. Unbelievable to me, and very special too. PLEASE if you are not a nutritarian, or haven't read that life changing book,  Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman,  please go and get it? I just want you to feel as incredible about your body as I do. I want you to feel the spark of positivity that comes every time I drink a green smoothie and can feel my body thanking me for taking good care of it. I want you to have the confidence I do that I will NEVER fall victim to heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes or strokes...and relish in the peace it brings.

Oh boy, I DIGRESS! Go get Eat to Live and see my quote, read the book and change your life! Then, go get a vitamix. Amen.

CLICK HERE to visit the Vitamix Website


PS If you're a DRFUHRMAN.COM member, he sells them there too ;)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

MY SECRET WEAPON SERIES: Worth your salt? (Part Two)

Oh. My. Goodness. Hello New Year's Resolution! Keep up with my blog! Sorry guys...I have so much to tell you but before I do I want to finish my secret weapon series, because it is so important to my lifestyle and I really want you to succeed like I have! If you've already succeeded, I want you to be extra happy! Hey, smiling never hurt anyone right?

So, after all this time I owe you both parts two and three of the series, the three things I cannot live without. Here we go!


Table Tasty Gourmet Salt-Substitute: Bliss on your tongue, no chemicals!

-Potassium Free
-Sodium Free
-All natural
-Heart friendly

No Potassium Salt Substitute Ingredients:
Nutritional yeast extract (No Candida Albicans, No Msg), carrot, red bell pepper, onion, lemon, arrowroot, garlic, celery, dill, paprika, allspice, sweet basil and parsley 

I found Table Tasty a long time ago on my favorite Nutritarian Forum at www.drfuhrman.com. I read the countless testimonies of how much people love this product and just had to order some and try it myself. They said it tasted very salty but also had an amazing flavor that really enhanced their food beyond just trying to get that "salt" flavor. I ordered it online and never saw what happened next coming from a mile away...

It absolutely blew my mind! It did taste INCREDIBLY salty, and actually tingled on my tongue with the flavors every salt-free substitute I had tried to date had lacked. This is coming from a gal that, prior to becoming a Nutritarian, considered a bouillon cube a healthy tasty snack! *eww* It satisfied my cravings for salt in the beginning of my nutritarian journey with ease. I use it to season soups, air-popped popcorn (misted with water to help it stick) and raw unsalted nuts. I was so impressed I ended up writing to Debbie Benson, the owner of the company, just to let her know how incredible I thought her product was and beg her to never stop making it lol. She was so kind and helpful, and personal. She remembered me when I went to re-order to boot, that really hit the home run for Benson's.

What more could you ask for in a company? Awesome product, personal service! Table Tasty seems expensive when you first see the price ($24.95 per 1lb bag /$4.99 for a shaker/$1.00 per sample), but take it from me, a lifetime of blood pressure and heart meds would be far worse. Table tasty helped me get off my salt habit in the beginning, and now I am able to use it a bit more sparingly to really accent my lifestyle. Hehe. I just adore my Table Tasty and don't ever want to have to live without it! It's THAT good. They have quite the lineup of spice blends beyond this one, but to me, nothing tops it. I am really excited to taste their entire line, but have to restrain myself! If I bought every single spice they sell I'd go broke and wouldn't have any money left for an internet connection, there are THAT many! Ok, I might have exaggerated just a bit. (Just a little!) Wink.

I could go on and on about how it tastes, but let's be frank. You won't be able to lick my description and taste it any better. I suggest if you are a Nutritarian or someone who values your health, blood pressure and heart, please CLICK HERE and purchase yourself some Table Tasty goodness. I don't get any compensation for this, by the way, I just love this product and think it is worth it's weight in Gold.

Table Tasty, finally a product that's definitely worth it's salt!   *snickering*

Yours Truly,


Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Secret Weapon Series: Like sugar a latte? (Part 1 of 3)

Hey you guys! I've missed you! Ok, as promised, here we go! I am so pumped up excited about this series, because it is going to introduce you to three products I use on a daily basis that make my life as a nutritarian absolutely blissful and joyous dare I say. Let's get to it! I want you all to know also, I received no incentives, free product of any kind, or rewards for this from Harney & Sons. I do hope they see it though! I love them so much, they add so much spice to my life! ;P

Secret Weapon #1 is:           (drumroll please)


I wrote a review many moons ago of this tea, after I first discovered it being sold in a local Mom & Pop coffee shop. I absolutely cannot promote this tea enough, because folks, it actually tastes like it has sugar in it flavor and texture wise, but it does NOT I assure you, nor does it contain any artificial sweeteners. It also goes by the name of Hot Cinnamon Sunset so don't be confused if you see two names on their website. It's taste is so incredible! It reminds me of a grown up version of a cinnamon jolly rancher, only, with incredible depth and a silky mouthfeel. I have tasted the green tea version and the black tea version and love them both equally. You can still read my full review of the teas on the product website pages. I go by Jemoiselle there, too. Wink.

It is au natural baby! Three types of cinnamon, sweet cloves, orange peel and your choice of black, green or herbal tea equals fabulous! You can also order it decaffeinated, but as many of you know, drinking decaf anything is a risky choice due to the chemicals that are used to remove the caffeine being potentially dangerous. When you go to such lengths to protect your health, one tends to err on the side of caution! The Herbal version is naturally caffeine free, by the way.

I have always appreciated tea, but honestly, did not consider myself a big tea drinker. When I go for a hot mug of something, I am seeking comfort. Before life as I am now, I would go for hot cocoa or mochas and completely snub my nose at the prospect of ordering tea over those creamy sweet drinks. Now, of course, mochas and hot cocoa are off the menu, and this tea really makes me feel treated and pampered when I miss the coffee shop routine. I still go to coffee shops, but instead of being tempted by liquid "I don't fit into my skinny jeans anymore" I bring along one of these:

A perfectly portable cutesy little round disk of deliciousness, it comes with 5 silken satchets of Hot Cinnamon Spice tea nestled inside. It fits easily in your purse, and you can refill it with their bulk bags like I do, so you always have a sweet hot beverage when you're out and temptation comes knocking on your door! Everyone will ooh and aah at the aroma, I guarantee it. In my first photo I actually used the empty tin to show off the loose tea version, but I need to stress it does NOT come with loose tea in it! I did that for display only. It comes like the photo immediately above this text. It is inexpensive also, so just in case you're not quite sure you are ready to buy a big bag you can try it with this! I promise you though, if you buy only this, you will go through all of it in a couple days and mope around until your bulk order arrives lol. Don't end up kicking yourself in the behind, just buy a pretty tin AND the tagalong!


I always wondered what the difference was between the Green Hot Cinnamon blend and the Hot Cinnamon Spice Black Tea blend. Well, here it is for your viewing pleasure! Note that they both really have the same amount of spice, orange peel bits and sweet cloves. My photo makes it look like the green tea has more, it doesn't! The back tea version is the one on the bottom, closest to the lens. The green tea is the one on top, of course right? Hehe. I love these teas so much, they are such a pleasure to brew loose. You'll also notice in my photo my loose tea filter, which I also got from Harney & Sons. It can be found here on their site. I love that it is made of stainless steel mesh, it can be used for coffee or tea, and is completely dishwasher safe. The lid doubles as a resting place for the strainer once done brewing. I adore it!

Handy Dandy Link List (Just in case you didn't see the ones in the text?)

I hope you enjoyed the first part of my Secret Weapon series! Stay tuned for the next two parts of the series, where I will reveal the ultimate way to enjoy living salt-free and talk about the machine every nutritarian shouldn't have to live without! 

Until next time,


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You just gotta get ANGRY.

"The world wants to be thin and healthy, but they don't want to earn it."

Not only that, they don't want to believe it is their choice, so they cover their eyes and plug their ears and scream "la-la-la-la-la-la-la I can't hear you!" and take another bite of that steak and wait for their red wine to save them.

Society will walk for a cure until the cows come home, but don't ask them to eat a veggie unless it is already 100% proven and guaranteed in writing to prevent cancer or forget it. But we'll throw back handfuls of experimental pills and shoddily produced new drugs rushed through the FDA's "safety" screening procedures as quickly as possible. We'll take packettes full of supplements and vitamins and extracts and mix isolates into sugar drinks for good health like they are going out of style...(which in most cases, isn't so far from the truth) even when the labels openly say they do NOT treat, cure or prevent anything.

"PROOF!...said the food genie. And all was well in candyland again. "

...and yet when confronted with living proof in lieu of scientific proof based on what the Average American *thinks* is scientific proof (read: aired on FOX News or some baloney like that) aka living proof like me for example, a person who has beat medical problems (acne, eczema, migraines, sleep disorder, severe allegies, back pain, IBS) and weight problems (-45 lbs in 5 mo!) alike after many devastating years of anguish and hopelessness (so I thought) I am dismissed because I don't PROVE anything. I am so sick of hearing the world "PROVE" in responses to my transformation and lifestyle choices!

Then it hit me. The defensiveness that exists in this world is NOT the fault of the resister, it is the fault of the drug. The food.

"That people would stare living proof in the face and dismiss it and resent it even for existing to me, screams what a cupcake would say if it could talk."

Or maybe that was the pot roast oinking back, I don't know. LOL "You're crazy and I invalidate your attempt to exist amongst me because I haven't been PROVEN to hurt you! You love me, I taste great! I make you feel GOOOOOD! Moderation is key, right? They could have gotten their health problems to spontaneously resolve, all of them, by many variables none of which has been proven to be eating a plant-based diet."

I don't want to try to convince those who truly don't want to be healthy that they should be, nor do I insist that it is impossible for someone to be healthy if they eat whatever they want, hey, some people's bodies seem to do just fine no matter what they do to themselves! I do mind though, when those angry foods come back to haunt me in the form of people who eat them being defensive. I know it is my job to avoid that defensiveness and always present myself in a way that does not blame or shame, but sometimes it feels like no matter how hard I try to mingle with people who don't eat like I do, on the topic of food anyways, I end up getting bitten by the cupcake instead of the other way around! And folks, I am tired of those darn cupcakes biting at my ankles!

So, this letter is for all the food out there I shall personify and address, just because I want to and this is my blog and I can! hehehe


Dear SAD Food,  (Standard American Diet)

YOU are awful! You lure us in with unbelievable flavors that stimulate us like drugs, making us into legalized socially encouraged addicts. You have convinced us to defend you and teach even our children how nourishing you are even while you continue to hurt and injure us publicly, young and old alike, with a ferocious vigor I detest. You say you only want to make us feel good, but after we eat you, and feel overly full and uncomfy, get too fat for our clothes, develop medical problems and perhaps have a heart attack or two, we somehow cannot stop ourselves from indulging again and again. We cannot imagine a life without you, all the while, our lives are slipping through our fingers like sand because of you whether in the form of depleting health or you stealing our joy when we look in the mirror and feel disgust for what we see doesn't match who we feel we are inside...until even worse, it finally does. I am so ANGRY with you, I never want to see you again. You are like the abusive spouse who hits it's mate, apologizes, then tells their victim they dare not ever leave them because they'll never find anyone who will love them more. Bah.

Don't bother calling, I won't answer.
Your ex-lover,  ME



I remember the night I became a nutritarian so vividly. I cried for HOURS. I was very overweight, sad, a fraction of who I had the potential to be, in the prime of my youth and wasting it over cheeseburgers! I found a photo that night of myself in the past, when I was younger and thin, and just burst into tears. Then, I felt an answer to a prayer and the urge to go pick up a book that I had already owned for TWO YEARS and only had read the intro and closed it, knowing that it asked of me what I would not give up at that point in my journey. I felt a new strength. I WAS SPITTING MAD and ready to do something about it.

That's the hook line and sinker here, folks. You HAVE to get MAD! You have to get ANGRY! Then and only then, I believe, you will be ready to accept and embrace what is broken so that you may fix it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Secret Weapon Series: Coming Soon!

Hey everyone!

I've been thinking lately about a few products I simply cannot live without that have made my experience even more enjoyable and pleasant as a nutritarian. I think every nutritarian should know about these, and I'll be posting on each of them over the next few days depending on how my time goes. These products compliment my life as a nutritarian so much, in a lifestyle brimming full of benefits already. Pretty good, eh? Among them are:

--a salt-free seasoning that tastes salty and adds a ton of flavor to soups, raw nuts, broth, stock and even popcorn but has absolutely no salt whatsoever and no potassium or chemicals. It is all natural and blow-your-mind amazing. Nothing like it on the market! I promise you can't find anything like this at your local health food store. This is not Mrs. Dash or SPIKE, not even in the same universe!

--A delicious gourmet spice tea that naturally tastes as sweet as candy but contains NO sugar or artificial sweeteners of any kind. Period. Just tea leaves and spices! It is simply divine and calorie free, naturally. The same tea is available in three custom blends: black, green and herbal.

--A very versatile commercial quality machine (with a hefty price tag) whose functionality, incredible ease of use, quality and ability to withstand the test of time actually makes it worth the price for once!  I am no big spender either, but this one does so much for me it has paid for itself and I have owned it for 3 years plus. In addition, the company that makes it is as classy as they come, and takes GOOD care of their customers to the "nth" degree.

Keep an eye on the blog for those posts, coming soon!