RECIPE: Easy Delicious Grains and Greens Salad

Long ago I ordered an entree by this name at Besaws in Portland, I loved the idea, so I hijacked the title from them.  Besaws used chard instead of kale and tahini sauce instead of humus.  I think mine has a little more zip.  Wouldn’t’a eaten this 10 years ago. Now I’m diggin’ it.  Hope you do too. (BTW I got most of these ingredients … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Delicious Grains and Greens Salad

RULE: Crowd Out

If you’re like me, forcing myself to eat salads or fish, results in me NOT wanting salads and fish. (And then my eating lots of other things I enjoy because I’d felt I’d been depriving myself of them.)  Opting to eat something “because I know I should” robs you of the delicious meal experience.  Sound strange? It’s like if your mom sets you up on a … Continue reading RULE: Crowd Out

RECIPE: Cauliflower & Spinach Smoothie — Trust Me It’s Good

Cauliflower?  In a smoothie!? Whaaat!?! Trust me, this is sure to be the next micro-trend in juicing. Cauliflower creates a creamy, dessert-like treat that puts a smack-down on cancer, sugar cravings, and ramps up your healing. Packed with vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate and numerous more micronutrients, cauliflower gives your body a trifold boost in cancer prevention.  It aids in detoxification (you know, how the body gets rid … Continue reading RECIPE: Cauliflower & Spinach Smoothie — Trust Me It’s Good

RULE: Chew Your Food

There’s this great thing called chewing. If you’re like me, you’ve done very little chewing and much more inhaling of food over the years. Usually I’m shoveling in enormous bites, in between patients or while driving. Not good. We all forget food is not for entertainment or even for taste.  We eat to stay alive and to nurture and heal our bodies. As we enter … Continue reading RULE: Chew Your Food

Surround Yourself with Healthy People

The next time you are out to eat, look around you. Notice the number of fit vs obese people in the restaurant -observe both patrons and employees.  This is a good indicator of whether the restaurant you’ve chosen will support your health. If you frequent overweight feeding spots, you are likely on your way to joining the millions of hefty Americans – because guess what packs on the … Continue reading Surround Yourself with Healthy People

RULE: Surround Yourself with Healthy People

The next time you are out to eat, look around you.  Notice the number of obese people in the restaurant patrons and employees.  This is a good indicator of whether obese people like this restaurant you’ve chosen.  If you frequent overweight feeding spots, you are likely on your way to joining the millions of hefty Americans, because guess what packs on the pounds? Unhealthy, processed starchy, salty, sugary foods. … Continue reading RULE: Surround Yourself with Healthy People

RANT: 5 Living Clean Tips

It blew my mind in medical school when I learned that drugs could be delivered through the skin and vaccines delivered through a nasal spray.  So cool that you could absorb things through the mucous membranes (as they’re called), breath and skin.  Until I realized that the same is true for pollutants.  The black exhaust billowing out of the dump truck in front of you also … Continue reading RANT: 5 Living Clean Tips

RANT: Psychological Tricks

Did you know that restaurants actually hire food psychologists to help craft menus?  The appetizers a menu offers are carefully selected items that actually trigger increased food consumption. These little traps are always high fat, high sodium items that have been scientifically proven to make people order more food, which in turn make the restaurants more money. While we are talking about psychological tricks…. There … Continue reading RANT: Psychological Tricks

RECIPE: Easy Tangy Chicken and Bean Dish

Ain’t nuthin this tasty and healthy on a chinese buffet! Try this deliciously easy dinner. Packed with protein and FLA-VA-FLAV-VA! Serve it with brown rice or as is….serve it hot and IF there are any left-overs, bring ’em with you to work/school or eat ’em for lunch the next day! I do hope you enjoy… 4 cups or 1 bag (~ 20 oz) raw string … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Tangy Chicken and Bean Dish

RECIPE: Black Bean Chili

Fall is in the air and nuthin’ warms you up like a nice bowl of Chili!  It’s a crowd pleaser at tailgates too! Other than some basic choppin’ this recipe’s pretty simple 2 cans black beans (I used 3 cups of dried beans, soaked ’em over night, but canned ok) 2 cups water (filtered) 1 cup red quinoa (or brown rice) 1 cup grape tomatoes, … Continue reading RECIPE: Black Bean Chili

RULE: Freeze Everything

If a friendly neighbor drops off a pound cake, and you don’t want the extra pounds its sure to give, and you can’t refuse it or toss it. Freeze it.  If you make cookies and don’t want to eat all 22 of them in one sitting (it can be done). Freeze ’em.  You don’t want the fresh whole grain bread you bought (instead of the processed junk … Continue reading RULE: Freeze Everything

RULE: Brown is Better

Brown is better. I tell my African-American patients this and they nod approvingly. But it’s true.  The more processed a food is (white bread, chips, macaroni, mashed potatoes) the more stripped it is of its original nutrients, and thus, the worse it is for our body. I grew up on grilled cheeses made with Kraft singles (not real cheese BTW) and white bread, and got … Continue reading RULE: Brown is Better

RULE: Stop Making Excuses

EXCUSES                                                 MY HARSH RESPONSE “I don’t like vegetables”         “I don’t like wearing a seat belt, but I hear it’s good for me” “my knees hurt when I run”       “the heavier you are the more they’ll … Continue reading RULE: Stop Making Excuses