Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I've made a discovery this past winter that drives home the principle of paying attention to one's body and how certain foods affect it. Many times, when visiting friends or meeting up for tea at a cafe, I've forgotten my little packets of stevia. At those times, I've often just used the sugar in the raw or white table sugar that is offered. The next day, without fail, I've noticed tiny white pimples (about the size of a pin head) on various parts of my face. They go away when I wash my face but they are there and they only appear the day after I've eaten sugar. This has happened at least four times.
I notice this doesn't happen at home because I use stevia and, in baking, I use turbinado sugar. Something about regular sugar being dissolved in hot liquid does something to my skin. If only I had realized this when I was a teenager I could have saved myself a lot of grief!
So now I will make every effort to take stevia with me in a little tin and keep it in my bag. I buy stevia at Nutri-Foods in downtown Royal Oak.
It got me thinking about how many people I know suffer from ailments (aches and pains, migraines, etc.) and may not realize that what they're eating could have an affect. It certainly can't hurt to omit certain foods from the diet that are known for being "triggers." It's also funny to me that food omissions are seen as drastic while the use of drugs are not. How did we get to this place? Why did my father choose to have surgery over changing what he eats to lower his blood pressure? I'll never know.
I picked up Dr. Neal Barnard's book, Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings at the library to help me understand more. In it, he describes the effects of dairy, particularly cheese on the body. Did you know that dairy contains morphine, which is of course known as being addicting? Research has shown that cows actually produce morphine! No wonder people tell me that they could never give up cheese! It's a drug. Who knew? Crazy. I had also heard about this in one of the lectures at the vegan retreat I attended last November.
It is still an amazing revelation to me how food affects the body even after two years of being vegan. But it makes sense.
Jim made this beautiful stir-fry last night for dinner. We bought this pretty bright green bunch of baby broccoli at Whole Foods on Saturday that I just couldn't resist, and he added red cabbage, onion, carrots, chickpeas, and tofu in a sauce of ginger, maple syrup, and tamari (a soy sauce alternative that you can find in any market). The tofu and chickpeas were marinated in the sauce for about 30 minutes then added to the onion, broccoli, and carrots in a light saute with olive oil. The cabbage was added last. Gorgeous and delicious! I could eat stuff like this almost every day.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
1 pound of new red potatoes (or any waxy potatoes)
1 bunch of cauliflower, cut into florets/chunks
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground ginger (or 1 tbsp fresh grated)
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp curry powder
2-3 tbsp water
Sea salt & pepper to taste
I just boiled the potatoes until fork tender then cooled them. I then cut them into 1-inch cubes. I steamed the cauliflower in a sieve over a saucepan with about a 1/4 inch boiling water until tender. Since I work afternoons, I did this in the morning. Jim then had everything ready to cook when he got home from work.
Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add cauliflower and fry for a few minutes until it starts to brown. Cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes over low heat.
Then add potatoes, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, curry, and water. This is a dry curry--there's no sauce--so the water is enough to moisten the mixture so it shouldn't stick to the pan. Stir and cook until potatoes are heated throughout and vegetables are coated in the spices.
We served it with some steamed kale on the side; if we had had time, I also would have added a grain dish to this meal.