Berry Sorbet Gluten and Dairy Free

Did you get a Vita-Mix, Blendtec, or other high powered ‘blender’ for Christmas? A quick recipe: Berry Sorbet – with no dairy or gluten – 1/2 cup of raw cashews – 1/4 cup raw sunflower kernels, your favorite vanilla vegan protein – I use DoTerra’s vegan protein but use what you like. Cover the mix […]

Berry Sorbet – Frozen Dessert Dairy and gluten free

Did you get a Vita-Mix, Blendtec, or other high powered ‘blender’ for Christmas?   A quick frozen dessert recipe: Berry Sorbet – with no dairy or gluten – 1/2 cup of raw cashews – 1/4 cup raw sunflower kernels, your favorite vanilla vegan protein – I use DoTerra but use what you like – cover […]

Forks over Knives DVD

Buy it, watch it, share it, follow the principles and steps outlined in it!

Short and simple review –

When people ask me what movie and/or book they should read to learn about following a plant based lifestyle, I always recommend Forks over Knives first.  Since the movie came out they released a cookbook, books, smartphone app, and more to help you in your journey as you follow a plant based life style.  If you take the time, you can search the internet, your local bookstore, or library and you will find thousands of resources concerning a plant based diet.  From my experience, you will not find a better resource than Forks over knives if you are interested in learning more about a vegetarian diet.  The video discusses what many call the “diseases of affluence”.  The diseases that occur from injesting too many processed and/or animal based foods. As you watch the video, you will see the personal jouney of Dr T. Colin Cambell and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn and their commitment to helping the viewer improve their health and reverse the effects of poor eating habits.  “Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented – and in many cases reversed – by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.”

If you are struggling with excess weight and/or the diseases of affluence, please take the time and watch this video then follow its principles.

Many will list as a New Year’s resolution to improve their overall health and/or lose weight.  This is a great first step!

Watch it today on Amazon. 



Oil Free Lentil Soup | Stew

In March of 2015, I tossed oil from my diet.  (Not fat but oil.) Over the years, I read many articles and books on the subject of consuming oil (even ‘healthy’ oil) but ignored them and still used various oils in my diet.  e.g. Cold Pressed Virgin Olive Oil, Cold Pressed Safflower Oil for cooking, […]

Raspberry Lemonade with Ginger

I am always experimenting in an attempt to find the ‘next best’ summer refreshment without excessive cost or taking too much time in preparation.  There are three main ingredients to this raspberry lemonade with ginger recipe. Raspberry Lemonade with Ginger Raspberry tea bags – 2 Lemon Essential Oil – We use DoTerra Ginger Essential Oil […]

Quinoa & Black Bean Delight | Gluten Free and Vegan

  Quinoa & Black Bean Delight (A Gluten Free Recipe that satisfies most taste buds)   First, what is quinoa? According to Wikipedia, it is a grain like crop with edible seeds.  Quinoa is gluten free and is a tremendous substitute for barley, wheat, or many other grains.  I cook mine in the same manner […]

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health (Rodale Books, August 30, 2011)

I knelt down and placed my hands on the floor positioning my body for a set of push-ups and instantly felt pain shoot through my wrist up into my arm.  What did I do?  I attempted to massage my wrist but any amount of pressure sent sharp, knife like pain into my wrist.  I thought, maybe I pushed too hard and decided to give my wrist a break and not do any push-ups for a few days.  This didn’t help and thus my journey into a gluten free diet.

I enjoy doing pushups to strengthen my upper body. Not hundreds but sets of push-ups to give me a great rush of energy and keep the blood flowing to my mind. When I get tired and feel like I cannot sit at my desk any longer, I get up and do 10-20 push-ups. I enjoy doing this activity on the hour but too often I get busy and time slips by without a push-up rush.


In early 2012, any ‘standard’ push-up sent sharp pain into my wrist and one was more than I could handle. If I did a knuckle push up, then I was fine but I wanted to know why I couldn’t do the tried and true standard push-up.


Searching the INTERNET gave me many options including wearing a wrist brace (I tried multiple items with no success) but nothing seemed to help until one day while listening to Dan Miller’s 48 days to the work you love podcast I heard him mention a book entitled Wheat Belly and how he adopted some of the items in the book and found success in some health related issues in his life. This caused me to not only buy the book but research gluten and its related side effects.


Little did I know that my beloved ‘wheat’ and associated grain items like barley were targeted for removal out of my diet. As in everything I seem to do in life, I went ‘cold turkey’. Yes, I tossed out anything associated to gluten from my diet without hesitation and began to document my progress in my personal journal. Wow! Immediately, I noticed a change in my body and more important within a few weeks, the constant pain in my wrist subsided and the ability to do push-ups without wrist pain returned. Yes, I could drop and give you 20 without pain in my wrist. (However, since it was months since I did push-ups daily, the drop and give you 20 needed building up.)


Not only did I purchase the written version of the Wheat Belly but the audio (to burn it into my brain). The anecdotes and associated research in the book are tremendous but there are times when the technical side of the book caused me to desire studying my eyelids (sleeping). I went through the book twice gleaning tremendous information and an insight to the wheat industry.

Too often we associate gluten related issues to Celiac Disease but there are many people who struggle with gluten intolerance and its associated issues. If you struggle with your weight, have pains in your body, glucose intolerance, or many other health related issues, then you owe it to yourself and loved ones to read Wheat Belly.


William Davis has many recipes in the book and companion book. However, many contain items I cannot recommend including dairy and similar products.


“Aside from some extra fiber, eating two slices of whole wheat bread is really little different, and often worse, than drinking a can of sugar-sweetened soda or eating a sugary candy bar.”  ― William DavisWheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health

I highly recommend this book for everyone and suggest both the written and audio version for a different insight into the study.

Healthy black bean breakfast burrito

Pappy, what are you making today? My eldest granddaughter was asking about my newest experiment in the kitchen. As a child I observed my parents cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. My mom always made up recipes. A little of this and a little of that to make some of this. Although she had a […]

NutriBullet | Magic Bullet – Travel review

On a recent trip I decided to bring along the NutriBullet and test it as a traveler’s smoothie maker.  It travels light and I used a small camera bag I had to protect the NutriBullet from travel’s harm.  When I travel, I normally rent a room with a small kitchen and since the majority of […]

Strawberry Banana Popsicle | Summer Snack Ideas

Nutritious Summer Snack Ideas to get good food in your children We are always thinking of creative ways to get good food into our grandchildren and one of the best ways is via a tasty snack.  This is an easy recipe and substitute available fruit. What is interesting in when we use this same recipe […]