The Easiest Vegan and Gluten Free Dessert Recipe

Hello everyone,

We are just days away from Thanksgiving and you may still be wondering what amazing, vegan dessert you can bring to your holiday meal.  Well, look no further!  This recipe is incredibly easy to make, involves no baking, and is gluten free.

*This recipe has been modified a bit.  The original is from Fresh Creations.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes (12 servings)

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups Raw Pecans
  • 1 cup Medjool Dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

 

  • 1 cup Cashews (soaked in hot water for 1 hour)
  • 1/2 cup Light Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree (BPA free can preferred)
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice

Directions:

  1. Soak the cashews for one hour and soak the dates for 10 minutes.
  2. Line a muffin tin with plastic wrap or liners.
  3. Make the crust in a food processor: blend the pecans until ground, then add the soft dates (without the pits), and sea salt.  Pulse well until combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture into the muffin tin and press down until crust is formed.  The crust is really sticky and it helps if you use your fingers to press it down.
  5. Place tin in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, prepare the filling.  In a high speed blender, blend all of the ingredients for the filling until smooth and creamy.
  7. Remove tin from the freezer and pour the filling over the pecan crust.
  8. Freeze the cheesecakes for about 3-4 hours, or until firm.
  9. Let them thaw for a few minutes before eating.
  10. Enjoy!

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How I Feel About Prop 12 and Why I Didn’t Vote on It

Hello everyone, happy post Election Day!  I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that it is over!!  The decisions, the signs and the anxiety are enough to drive anyone crazy!  I found this ballot to be pretty easy to make my mind up about, except for one proposition that we had here in California, proposition 12.

Proposition 12 “establishes minimum requirements for confining certain farm animals. Prohibits sales of meat and egg products from animals confined in noncomplying manner. Fiscal Impact: Potential decrease in state income tax revenues from farm businesses, likely not more than several million dollars annually. State costs up to $10 million annually to enforce the measure.”

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Having read the information you would probably wonder why, as an animal rights activist, I didn’t immediately jump on board with this proposition.  Here are my reasons why even today I am quite unsure….

My first thought when the prop came out was who is going to regulate this?  Many propositions have passed before and have not been regulated.  For example, cage free hens are absolutely not cage free and rarely see the light of day.  My worry is that people will think that these animals have a better life and better standards, when nothing has changed.  This will only encourage them to eat more meat without feeling guilty over their decisions (I used to do the same thing; I would buy the most expensive, organic, and humane meat thinking that it made a difference.  In reality, there is no difference other than the term that the industry uses to make us feel better about our choices).

Here was a CON on the proposition 12 page: “This outrageous sell-out to the egg industry betrays animals and voters. Californians already voted to ban cages by 2015. This cruel measure legalizes cages until at least 2022! And hens get just ONE SQUARE FOOT of space. Vote NO on farm animal cruelty by voting NO on Proposition 12.”

The other reason why I was confused by this proposition, was because so many people from the animal agriculture industry supported it while strong animal rights groups like PETA were against it.

While I completely understand that not everyone is going to stop eating meat and that animals should have a better life while they are here, I am not quite sure that this is the step in the right direction.  Are we just misinforming and lying to the public?

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Regardless, proposition 12 passed by a landslide!!!  And here is the positive side of this entire campaign trail.  The commercials opened people’s eyes about how animals are suffering and are being confined.  In addition, the “yes” vote shows how compassionate people truly are about animals (I am hoping someday that people realize that if they are so compassionate about animals, then they should stop eating them….). In addition, I have had some amazing conversations with people who are ready to be educated about where their “food” actually comes from and it’s opened their eyes.

Having said all of this, I completely admire and respect everyone who worked so hard to get this proposition passed and to fight for the animals!  You are all amazing and we have to do what we can to take steps in the right direction.

Baked Potato Nacho Recipe

Hello everyone,

Happy Food Friday!  Today I wanted to share one of my new, favorite recipes.  This recipe has been modified from Medical Medium’s Thyroid Healing book. I tried to make this for the first time this week and may now be making it every day!  It was absolutely, mouth-wateringly delicious!

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Makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced (optional)……I used the whole thing by accident.
  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup cashew cream (see recipe below)
  • a drop of olive oil/coconut oil to dust potatoes with

Cashew Cream (modified from The No Meat Athlete Cookbook)

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 1 hour, then drained
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ to 1 cup water
  • 1-2 teaspoons dill (we like a lot so I tend to just pour in a ton!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Slice the potatoes into “chips” that are 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick.  Lightly dust them with your choice of oil and add the sea salt.  Arrange the potatoes on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.  Bake the potatoes for 20 minutes, flip, and then bake for 10 more minutes (or until crispy to your liking).
  2. While the potatoes bake, combine the avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and the juice of both of the limes in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Make the cashew cream sauce by simply blending all of the ingredients together. Add more water to create your desired consistency.
  4. When the potatoes have finished cooking, arrange them on a plate/serving tray.  Top them with the salsa and add some cashew cream sauce.
  5. Enjoy!

 

My Lyme Disease Treatment (part 2)

Treating Lyme Disease can often be a complicated and discouraging process.  As you may have read in My Lyme Disease Treatment (part 1), I tried many different methods, all while depleting my savings account and finding little relief.  However, when I discovered Medical Medium’s protocols, things finally began to shift.

I started drinking celery juice every morning, removed gluten from my diet, and added in many of his “Life Changing Foods”.  I ultimately found that switching to a completely vegan diet eliminated most of my nagging symptoms.  My digestion and energy improved and my muscle pain was almost nonexistent.

I continued to experiment and to listen to my body.  In addition, I found some holistic remedies that really helped.  I do not know the science behind all of these but I am guessing that they all decreased the inflammation in my body and allowed it to start healing.  These are all things that I still do now, three years after my diagnosis.

Meditation:  meditation every night as well as throughout the day when I am feeling anxious.

Daily Movement:  most days I try to get in a vigorous workout, but some days my body only wants to walk or to do Yoga.

Turning the Wireless Router and All Devices off Before Bed: the lack of electronic waves going through our house at night has improved my sleep.

Eliminating Toxins: we have tried to eliminate as many toxins as possible throughout our house.  This includes buying organic fruit and vegetables, using non toxic and non fragrant cosmetics/beauty products, not using scented dryer sheets or laundry detergent and only using essential oils to make our house smell good (artificial fragrances and perfumes can wreak havoc on our bodies, even without Lyme Disease.  I will cover this in a future blog).

Sticking to a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet: okay, this one isn’t always!  But I really try my best to stick with whole plant based foods including legumes, fruits, veggies, and healthy fats.  I stay away from gluten and processed foods, as much as possible.  It is when I do this that I feel my best.

I realize that not everything works for every person.  With Lyme, the symptoms and best treatment will vary from person to person.  However, these holistic remedies worked best for healing my illness.  And I truly believe that even if a person isn’t sick, that he or she can benefit from implementing the above tools.  Give them a try and let me know how they work for you ❤

 

For more information on how I healed naturally from Lyme, check out my video.

 

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.

My Lyme Disease Journey (On My 3 Year Anniversary)

Hello everyone, I hope that you had an amazing weekend!  I cannot believe that it is Monday again and how fast time flies.

This morning I woke up and realized that today marks three years since I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.  This day and the three years since have been kind of a roller coaster but I wouldn’t change any part of it.

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When I got out of bed this morning, I felt incredibly grateful.  I slept through the night, was able to stand up without muscle pain, and could walk into the other room without extreme fatigue.  These were all things that I couldn’t do three years ago.  I was also extremely confused, angry and scared when I first got my diagnosis.

I remember the phone call from my doctor like it was yesterday.  We had been through months of various tests without any leads: blood, ultrasounds, urine, physical examinations.  After months of frustration (and years of pain!) my doctor said to me, “I don’t think you have it, but let’s test you for Lyme just incase.”  When he called on October 29, 2015 he was elated that we had finally found something!  He called it “acute Lyme” and thought it would be easy to treat.  It would require just one, maybe two, rounds of antibiotics and I would be good to go.

Unfortunately, this was not the case.  After a few rounds of antibiotics, I still had leg pain, digestive distress, severe fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and brain fog.  We tested my blood once more and the results for Lyme actually came back negative.  My doctor said this was great but that I would probably have symptoms for the remainder of my life.  I was extremely upset and discouraged.  I tried to shrug it off and ignore the pain but it only increased and it was becoming difficult to live my normal life (and to keep teaching fitness classes every day!).  Plus, I was extremely discouraged and lonely.  I would lay in bed crying every night.  Why did this happen to me? And how could one little tick change my whole life????

Luckily, I didn’t have to feel so alone.  I was able to find a vast online community who offered suggestions and support.   In addition, I met a woman in our neighborhood who had been struggling with Lyme for years.  She was able to offer some advice for treatment and we decided to start seeing the doctor that helped her cure her illness.  For the first time in a long time, I was hopeful for a positive outcome……

More tomorrow on how I treated Lyme Disease. Stay tuned ❤