More Plant Food

Anyone else like the taste of fennel?  I find it very unique and interesting.

Just discovered that you can eat snow peas raw, and added them to my last salad.  Snow peas might be an interesting way to eat a dip — use them to scoop some hummus.

The rage is to make your own salad dressing so that you avoid all that oil (a processed food really, with 120 calories per teaspoon that you can avoid) in commercial salad dressings.  Not that hard to do.  Check out the site below for ideas.

No Oil Salad Dressings

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Veggan

I am an ovo-vegetarian.  I eat a plant-based diet, but I also eat eggs.  I don’t eat eggs because I’m concerned with protein deficiency in a plant-based diet, although, unlike plants, an egg does provide a “complete” protein, i.e., all the essential amino acids.  If you eat a half-way decently diversified plant-based diet, you will also get all the essential amino acids.  That’s a non-issue to me.

I eat one hard-boiled egg every other day because of the known B12 deficiency in a vegetarian diet, but also because of the possible choline deficiency.  Choline is vital for several key metabolic processes in the body.

The recommended daily amount of choline for males is 550 mg, although some nutritionists argue this is an arbitrary number and should be higher.  I’m not at all sure a vegetarian diet provides 550 mg daily.  The problem is that, while many planted-based foods do contain choline, none contain it in a large quantity.  Not true of eggs — an egg is packed with choline.

I buy only Pete and Gerry’s free-range, organic, humane eggs.  In 10 days, I will have eaten exactly 5 hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with pepper.  Not a huge part of my diet, but a very strategic one.

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs

Choline

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Cinnamon

Make it a habit to eat a small amount of cinnamon every day, without fail, especially if you are diabetic or have high blood pressure.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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Taking Care of Your Microbiome

Ate a very consciously super health-promoting lunch for the gut bacteria.  Seaweed, fermented sauerkraut with cinnamon from the local Health Food Store freezer, and beets.  First, a probiotic pill from Natren Healthy Trinity and a B12 pill (I’m a vegetarian).  Handful of pecans as a chaser.  The seaweed came with olive oil so there was fat in there to promote digestion.

I wonder how many people regularly eat specific foods for the health of their gut bacteria?  And what might those foods be?  Do you know?  Fiber is a key ingredient.  The little devils love it.

Microbiota

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