Fitness near 60: fat loss; muscle gain

Seven years ago, age 50, when I simultaneously became a vegan and started running at least four times a week, I lost 35 pounds and just knewwww that I was fit!! My size small scrub pants still had room for me to move; my new diet plan nixed all the foods that I felt were…

Nix bread – Leafy green works!

Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with raw collard greens – washing them, trimming the stem, experimenting with flavors to fill them and then rolling them up. It’s my neurotic need to keep sandwiches in my life – without the bread. I love mixing flavors. When I was younger, I’d do some ccrrraaaazzzy flavor mixing:…

Vegan or vegan wannabe?

When I stopped eating meat in the mid-1990’s (ANCIENT!:)), I had NO idea what a vegetarian or vegan was; I’d never heard of the terms and I wasn’t even trying to fit into a global lifestyle – I just wanted to poop without struggling. Today, going meatless not only means a mental shift from carnivore…

Cashew Creamy Veggie Blend

I’m a blender. Eating one food at a time is booorrrring to me. When I used to eat eggs, I’d usually prepare grits too and they usually wound up in one buttery, blended glob. A peanut butter and jam sandwich with banana on the side – what fun is that? The banana sliced and nestled…

Dirty Dozen Diet Decisions

This beautifully green breakfast smoothie was made with collard greens, frozen bananas, and the vegetable that ranks number two on the Dirty Dozen list of foods that retain the most pesticide residue: SPINACH. And it was delicious. By now, I assume most of us are aware that the Dirty Dozen I’m referring to here isn’t…

Ditch the challenge! Do it for life!

Challenges: weight loss, eating less fat; eating more veggies, exercising more; cutting out cookies, and cakes, and sodas, and salt for seven days; 30 days, and so on. I understand the basic concept of challenges: to jumpstart a change in eating or physical exercise lifestyle, hopefully forming a habit that will continue. But do they…

Water intake-tracking apps? I’ll take that!

Sometimes I have my issues with technology. I worry that it will keep the nation as a whole physically unhealthy – making it too easy to just push a button instead of getting off our butts, even while it’s increasing the ease with which we handle our daily affairs. HOWEVER … This app that I…

Sweet potato smoothie Monday!

I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I started with juicing not long after I gave up meat and enjoyed many combinations: apple, carrot and ginger; apple, celery and cucumber; carrot, cucumber, kale and banana; and cabbage and orange juice (courtesy of my Dad).  I segued to smoothies when I got a Magic Bullet,…

Resist. Give up. Cut out. No way!

Resist your cravings. Give up snacking. Cut out fats, sweets, and salt. Resist. Give up. Cut out. Well, what kind of foolishness is that? Actually, it’s the exact mantra I chanted to myself when I turned 50 five years ago. I’d just seen a website that challenged a 30-day vegan trial. Well, I don’t do…