Saturday, July 30, 2011

Waste Not, Want Not

This year, along with giving up meat (including fish) and dairy (including cheese), I gave up eating microwave meals and began cooking a large part of my meals from actual whole foods (not the grocery store)...unfortunately, I have been finding that on shopping day, I buy all these yummy wonderful fresh fruits and veggies with the best intention of making all these wonderful new recipes and then a week later I'm cleaning out a bunch of rotten food from my fridge. Not to worry, I am definitely eating my plant foods, I just need to scale back (just a tad) on my enthusiasm (for now) and shopping list so I'm not wasting as much. After all, it's only me that I'm cooking for (yes, you can pull out your tiny violin now) and I'm not so organized as to cook a bunch of food and freeze it for later...nor do I really have the freezer space to do that.

So all that said, the following article (link below) about creating less waste came through my "stream" on Google+ and wanted to share it with you. Of course, I now have a whole new level of 'waste not, want not' to strive for. Please feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about this in the comments. Enjoy!

P.S. If you're on Google+, please look me (Suzanne Burke) up! And if you haven't been able to get in yet, let me know and I'll slip you a pass. ;^)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tax Soda, Subsidize Vegetables? Yes Please.

I read and felt the need to share this great article by Mark Bittman that was in the New York Times this weekend. It is about creating a healthier America.

Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Reblog: Nutrition Over Medicine

Nutrition over Medicine: Why Diet is Most Important

Another informative article, which includes the following quote by Thomas Edison...
“Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. Medicine is played out. Every new discovery of bacteria shows us all the more convincingly that we have been wrong and that the million tons of stuff we have taken was all useless.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. They may even discover the germ of old age. I don’t predict it, but it might be by the sacrifice of animal life human life could be prolonged.
Surgery, diet, antiseptics — these three are the vital things of the future in preserving the health of humanity. There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of diseases as now, and all their discoveries are tending to the simple truth — that you can’t improve on nature.”
I think it's finally time to follow Mr. Edison's sage we got so off-track is beyond me.

Reblog: Building Strong Bones The Vegan Way

I found this article pretty informative since I am not yet accustomed to eating the necessary leafy greens and I need to continually be aware that I am getting enough calcium in my diet. I'm definitely finding a whole foods plant-strong diet - while enjoyable - to be a work in progress...but such is life, right?

Building Strong Bones The Vegan Way by Ginny Messina

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

An Imperfect Vegan

"The wonderful thing about food is you get three votes a day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world." - Michael Pollan
I love this quote. I have slip-ups sometimes. I'm not perfect. Yesterday, I had a moment of weakness in Rite Aid...and bought a box of PEEPS. But I know that one box of PEEPS does not destroy my ultimate mission to lead a plant-strong, environmentally-friendly life. I can make a better choice next time...and as my vegan mentor says it's "Plant strong not plant perfect" although honestly...she would cringe to know I ate a box of PEEPS.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

60 Year Old Vegan: Forks Over must see this movie!

I met Charlene Nolan a little more than 6 months ago at a local coffeehouse viewing of this film. She works at my local Whole Foods and has been a huge support in my transition into a plant-strong (not plant-perfect) diet...thanks Char!

60 Year Old Vegan: Forks Over must see this movie!: "I was in New York this week for the NYC premiere of Forks Over Knives. My close friends know that I am a movie lover and that one of the ..."