Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Hello everyone,

Happy Fall!  I don’t know about you but this is my favorite time of the year for food.  I love warm meals and the comfort of pumpkin and squash recipes. It is a wonderful time to try new recipes and to turn on those ovens to warm the house.

We made this incredible recipe, originally from the Forks Over Knives Magazine (and altered it a bit), and I wanted to share it with you.  This will be going on my favorite list to eat time and time again.  I hope you enjoy it at much as we did.

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Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Lentil Marinara (serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash halved and seeds removed
  • 12 oz. brown lentils, rinsed and drained (canned)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 6 oz. Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, unflavored plant-milk (I used almond)
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced (the more garlic, the better, in my opinion)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper, ground
  • 1 Tbsp. of fresh basil leaves, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat.  Place the squash halves, cut side down, on the baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until tender.
  2. In the meantime, in a bowl, stir together the lentils and marinara.
  3. Place potatoes in a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water to saucepan and bring to a boil.  Steam the potatoes, covered, for approximately 10 minutes or until tender.  Let the potatoes cool.
  4. Place the cooled potatoes in a blender.  Add the plant milk, nutritional yeast, white wine vinegar, garlic, sea salt and pepper.  Cover and blend until you reach the desired, sauce consistency. Set the sauce aside.
  5. Remove the squash from the oven.  Turn squash halves over, scrape squash strands with a fork, and spoon in the lentil mixture.  Bake for another 20 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Warm the potato sauce and poor it on top of the squash halves.  Add the basil as a garnish or mix it in.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

 

My First Ebook is Now Online!

Hello everyone,

Happy Monday!

I am so excited to share with you that my first ebook has officially been published and is now online!  Ahhhhh (Imagine me jumping for joy!)!

I receive numerous messages from people every day who are suffering from Lyme Disease and who want to know how I improved my health.  So, I thought that I would put my entire journey into one, short ebook.  It truly makes me sad that many people suffer from this disease and have no one to turn to.  I truly hope that I can help people through my story and through my failed attempts to heal.

Note: this ebook is not just for those who are suffering from Lyme.  It may be beneficial for anyone with a chronic illness, or even for those who just want to live a healthier life.

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What’s Included in My Ebook:  

  • My Personal Lyme Story: from my diagnosis to remission
  • My Lyme Symptoms
  • The Failed Treatments that I Tried
  • What Treatment Finally Worked
  • How I Healed Naturally
  • Tips for Living a Healthy Life
  • My Lyme Diet
  • My Favorite Resources
  • And So Much More………

I truly hope that you will check it out.  Please click here for more information and please share with any family/friends who may be interested.  

Thank you SO much for your support! ❤

 

 

My Lyme Disease Treatment (part 1)

Lyme Disease can be extremely difficult to diagnosis, but what is worse is trying to figure out how to treat it.  The symptoms can vary from person to person and not all treatment fits all.  Most people will try many different options and at a huge cost (since insurance does not cover treatment past the initial round of antibiotics).

What I found was that healing holistically worked the best for my body.  But before we get into that, let me tell you where my treatment began….

When I first received my initial diagnosis, my doctor prescribed one round of doxycycline.  Although I normally do everything I can to avoid antibiotics, there was no hesitation to get started immediately.  I was on this for three weeks and I believe that we tried one more dose as well.  When my symptoms were still present, my family doctor basically told me that I would have symptoms for the remainder of my life (read more details about this in yesterday’s blog).  This was simply not an option.

At this point, I was referred to a holistic chiropractor who had helped a friend “heal” from her debilitating Lyme Disease (I use quotations here because I don’t know that you can truly ever completely heal, but she was close).  He was a wonderful man and did help my symptoms a bit.  However, I was paying close to $1000.00 per visit and was taking 90+ supplements per day.  In addition, the recommended diet consisted of chicken, eggs, wild rice, some veggies and very little fruit.  I saw him for 3-4 months before I was no longer able to financially support this treatment option.  When I left, I was still struggling with constant muscle pain, digestive distress, fatigue and anxiety.

From there I was on my own…..until the Universe stepped in…….

A good friend of mine happened to stumble upon a radio show about Lyme Disease from a man who was referred to as Medical Medium.  He discussed foods that you could use to heal from Lyme including celery juice, cilantro, and wild blueberries.  He recommended mostly a plant based diet (definitely not any chicken or any eggs!).  So I started doing some research, found that there was a vast community of people who had been successful with his methods, and I dove right in.  Within thirty days, I felt so much better than I had in years.

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*Holding Medical Medium’s Life Changing Foods Book

 

Medical Medium and his books were definitely a step in the right direction.  There were some other methods that helped speed up my recovery but I will save those for tomorrow…..

In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more about my story and about Medical Medium’s books, check out my Lyme Disease videos on Youtube.

Wellness Wednesday Spotlight: Dementia, Aggression and High Blood Pressure

Today’s Wellness Wednesday Spotlight is from my friend and fellow activist, Heather Priddy.  Please read this amazing story about how a plant based diet helped heal her mom’s dementia-related aggression and high blood pressure.

 

Name: Heather Priddy and Barbara Priddy (Mom)

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“Mom and I were Vegan 3 years (I went vegan when I switched her diet). The health benefits were that she no longer had borderline diabetes. Her high blood pressure had been a problem that required medication for years but within no time her blood pressure was normal. She had actually almost entirely stopped eating before the switch. After 2 bites of her favorite foods she’d say she was full and refuse to eat, but after switching her to a Vegan diet her appetite returned and she’d even often want seconds.

The biggest change that I really didn’t expect was that her aggression associated with her dementia (sundowning and such) disappeared 100%! Before feeding her a plant based diet she would get very mean and aggressive any time, a few times a week. All episodes lasted anywhere between 1 and 3 hours and often happened when she started screaming in the middle of the night, including getting out of bed and throwing my tarantula’s cage on the floor and smashing it, biting, punching, kicking…….. ALL OF THAT WENT AWAY!!!

She went back to her sweet self. A few months in, I gave her 2 meals with chicken (she could only feed herself if it was hand held food) and her aggression came back.  I never gave her animal products again. After her death earlier this year, my sister told me that Mom was lucky I was her caregiver, because I switched her diet since “every time she ate eggs or meat she got aggressive again”. My sister watched Mom when I went to ComicCon and had decided since she was her daughter too she could feed her what her family was eating. The aggression came right back so she fed her a Vegan diet the rest of her stay!”

Do you have a Wellness Wednesday story about how a vegan diet impacted your life?!  Please contact me.  I would love to feature you!

One of the easiest dinner recipes ever!

Hello everyone,

It has definitely turned into Fall in Southern California, and the temperature has started dropping in the evenings.  I am craving nothing but warm, comfort foods for dinner and this is one of our favorites.  I am not sure that there are many healthy, dinner recipes out there that are this easy.

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Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato (serves 2)

Ingredients:

*2 medium-sized sweet potatoes

*3/4 can of black beans

*Your choice of veggies (we prefer cherry tomatoes, carrots, spinach, bell pepper, zucchini, red onion)

*Optional: salsa, guacamole or vegan butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Poke holes in your sweet potatoes with a fork.
  3. Cook sweet potatoes until they are soft, all the way through (approximately 45 minutes).
  4. In the meantime, chop and saute your vegetables and black beans.
  5. When the sweet potatoes have finished cooking, pull them out of the oven.  Slice them open (length wise) and mash the insides with a fork.
  6. Add your veggies, black beans, salsa and guacamole.
  7. Enjoy!

*I will sometimes add guacamole, salsa or vegan butter to the sweet potato before piling on my veggies.  This helps take away from the dryness of the sweet potato.

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About Supplements

One of the first things you often hear as an argument against going vegan is that “vegans have to take too many supplements.”  I find this interesting considering that grocery stores are full of vitamins, protein shakes and other supplements that are marketed to non vegan customers.  One can absolutely get almost all of the nutrients that he or she needs on a whole food plant based diet.

However, let’s discuss some supplements that may be beneficial to include in your daily routine (these supplements are important for vegan and pre vegans as well).

Some vegans may argue against this one, but I think that everyone should be taking B12.  B12  comes from a bacteria found in our soil but because our soil is so depleted these days, we are not getting enough of it.  In addition, most of us wash the soil off of our fruits and veggies so the amount ingested is so small. Some would argue that you could not wash your produce and also not brush your teeth for awhile (ewwwww!) and you could get an adequate amount of B12.  I think I would rather take a supplement :).

Quick note about how omnivores get B12: did you know that animals are often given B12 supplements during their “production”.  So, people who are eating meat are also getting B12 through a supplement.  It is just secondary through the animal’s flesh.

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Other supplements that are commonly deficient in plant based diets, according to Dr. Fuhrman in Super Immunity, are Zinc, Iodine, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

I recommend getting a blood test to see if you have any deficiencies.  In addition, I love the Chronometer App and website.  It allows you to track your nutrition throughout the day and will tell you what nutrients you are missing from your diet.

For extra insurance I take a multi vitamin created by one of the most influential plant based doctors. **I do not sell this vitamin or get paid to endorse it.  Please check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.

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I hope that helps.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions about supplementation.  I always love to hear from you ❤