Uno Mas

Alright, one more food photo/idea for the road. This is plant-based sausage (meatless) beyond sausage with brown rice/quinoa combo, baked sweet potato fries, baby kale salad with sesame seeds, almond, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts from my friend Regina:

Doesn’t that look fantastic! Wait, I think I see some avocado in there too.

Well, looks like we’ll all be goin’ to Regina’s house for dinner. See you there!

Food Ideas

Greetings,

Here are a few ideas for veg snacks and ideas for creation!

Veg Mex:

These sprouted corn tortillas are excellent! They are organic corn and happen to be low sodium also. They are excellent lightly browned in the skillet and made into a tostada with guacamole and pinto or black beans and Pico on top. Yum, yum.

Mushrooms, like onions and garlic are a staple for veg cooking. They add so much flavor to everything. Note that they are also a staple in diet recommendations of Disease Prevention Specialist, Dr. Joel Fuhrman regarding nutrient density. Mushrooms have anti cancer, and anti-microbial properties and they taste fantastic! Several mushroom types can be purchased for food, Portobellos, shitake and crimini being among the most common. It makes sense why Dr. Fuhrman suggests their frequent use and includes them in the nutrient density recommendations of G-BOMBS. You can read more about the benefits of mushrooms on Dr. Fuhrman’s blog here:
Benefits of Mushrooms

I found these dried organic mushrooms at the health food store. They make a broth that is simply fabulous. Just put them in about 1/2 C of water and steam them on medium for about 10 minutes.

“Should I use the mushrooms too?” You might ask: The answer is YES! Not only do they make a broth that is something else, but they also taste fantastic and they add a thick ‘meaty’ texture almost like tofu. Mushrooms are filling. Simply add your favorite seasoning to taste. I do a little salt and pepper that is all.

These are a great veg snack for… well, students always on the go. 🙂 They are low in sodium for any with salt sensitivities, are non-GMO, gluten free and added flax and Chia for omega 3’s. They taste like kale for sure. 🙂 I like kale, so no problem for me, but I think you’ll like them too.

Never forget for a snack, your rice cakes with almond butter on top too.

Y’know that many things Native American are sacred and full of substance-good stuff. I recently discovered these Anasazi beans. These prepared with the tortillas are an excellent combination! The cooking time is not as long as for black beans, which is very nice!

Stay well in the sun, rain, snow and with excellent nutrient dense, plant foods!
-Owen

Dog Pack Updates

By nature, dogs are pack animals. They love to be with their own kind and be dogs. One of the best things you can do for your dog is to let them be a dog and get them together to play rough and wrestle in a way they wouldn’t be allowed to do at home. Not only does this fulfill a need for the dog and helps to make them happy, but this brings people together also. Humans are social animals too.

Below are some photos of my dog with his best buddy Zuma, an English mastiff. Watching the two together is a hoot. She will forever do circles around him, and he will forever try his best to keep up…







Exercise and Dogs



Greetings,

Does this apply to you too? We are more likely to brave winter’s cold, (or Utah air for that matter) when we have a dog as an exercise partner. Without a dog it is easy to find an excuse especially during winter to stay penned up in the warmth of staying indoors. Dogs provide an excellent incentive to go outside and be more active. Dogs even help people to go beyond their comfort zone some and be more social. We are more likely to engage in a conversation with a stranger when we are with our dog.

Although not as active as in the warmer months, winter in the cold and snow is a beautiful time to get outside. Hiking in the mountains or walking a nature trail winter or otherwise is an excellent way to receive natural light, observe nature and animals and (hopefully depending on where you live) get some fresh air.

Happy exercise and natural light time to you. Enjoy the rain, sun or snow wherever you are!
Owen

Health Education Roles

Greetings,

My role as a health educator is not to keep you locked in to spending a lot of time or money at the health food store or the gym. Instead, it is to provide guidelines and help you to sort through the clutter and steer clear of the bogus health claims, of which there are plenty so that you can get on with your life and your pursuit of happiness.

I am insisting that it is much easier to be happy when you are healthy. However, I want health and happiness to be n a t u r a l for you and me both. Enjoying one’s journey, being healthy and happy should be affordable in both time and money. The healthful choice (and the eco choice for that matter) should not be outrageously expensive. We have on our side a wave of great people who are facilitating this. Helping people to see and overcome the barriers to their health-individual, community and societal is an essential part of this process. Among these are Dr. Pam Popper of Wellness Forum Health, Dr. McDougall, Dr.Fuhrman, Dr. Neal Barnard etc.

You can go to the health food store for brands you trust that are pure and uncontaminated (the organic, non-GMO brands, etc). But not everything you buy will need to come from here, and you will be able to know the difference, and make decisions yourself. This is why health education applies to everyone and should be an ongoing part of everybody’s learning. You can enjoy the gym too, but you won’t have to live there, and you will learn about balance.

This vegan pumpkin pie free of dairy & GMO’s is a specialty item for a treat and holidays that you will probably only find at the health food store. Tell me about it! It took me many days to track this one down and locate it, so I stocked up when I had the chance!

Enjoy the season,
Owen

Ideals

People who are addicted to substances should receive suitable treatment that comes from a place of compassion, not a place of addiction-another crime. The right view of addiction is that it is an illness that must be properly treated.

Raw Creature~photos

Greetings,

Here are some photos of a few creatures that everyone seems to fear: snakes, rodents, spiders and roaches. I just love em! Raw creatures at their best.
Admittedly, this took some working up to daring to hold the spider. Isn’t she fantastic? Her feet felt like tiny suction cups in my hands. This rose hair tarantula is not dangerous. Spiders bring fear to many people, and they did to me too at one time, but they are fascinating, and like all animals I know they are here for a purpose. Spiders and snakes are both beneficial to humans, helping with the natural balance of things, which helps to reduce reliance on toxic pesticides.

Remember that they are here for their own reasons and they are beneficial to people, so let them do their thing. Enjoy the photos!

Owen

Have You Thanked a Vegan Lately?

Greetings,

Vegan.

The word automatically causes an emotional response. This may be positive; it may be negative, but opinions stir and churn from both sides of the spectrum and everything in between. Fantastic it is to see how many ‘suitable for vegans’ options are now available.

While it may be true that a self-righteous, ‘in your face’ mindset is a less-effective way to educate others, and there should be less of that, people do seem to need reminders to open their eyes and to see clearly beyond their own backyard of fluorescent green (unnatural) lawns. Still, respect, politeness and emotional maturity should be at the forefront, not being nasty or vindictive. This goes for everyone. Sure, we vegans have work to do also. From that standpoint, maybe it is fair that people feel like they’re walking on egg shells (forgive the pun) around us. However, it seems like we are still the ones that people ‘love to hate’ and love to bash. Much of what is said about vegans from an outside perspective is often something unfavorable about how eating like that is unhealthy, etc.

At this time, how about a change in perspective: Have you thanked a vegan lately???

First… Maybe it is true that concerning human health, being a strict vegan is not for everyone. However, eating a Whole foods plant-based diet is… Your small intestine is the same length as mine etc, a very different length than a tiger, or a true carnivore, all that stuff I’ve said before so I won’t repeat it now. I dislike the fighting and the defense and self-righteous swings also. This is one reason why I use the vegan word selectively although I have adopted the lifestyle.

But there is more to eating consciously than perfect health and your own taste buds. Naturally, the aspects of environment and ethics is at front and center now. If the mainstream of humanity would change their eating habits to eating meat sparingly, (say a couple times per week is all), the state of the earth’s and human health would improve significantly.

Eat meat sparingly

What about all the good that vegans do for the planet, animals and human health? Merely by existing, our carbon footprint is much lower than that of the average person living in America. This is not said with attitude, but with an invitation to look, think differently and consider fairly. Every movement has examples of extremes, or those that go too far and the vegan movement has its fair share. However, what about the many of us who try to meet others half way? There are plenty of those also doing a lot of good. Sometimes we don’t get the same in return.

Live and let live but when the point is reached where what is called ‘living’ is at the expense of everything else, including the earth where we ‘live’ adaptations have to be made.
Try to see things from our perspective. Pick a social problem that ‘veganism’ (that word that nobody likes, maybe because it sounds like a religion) would not help to solve. Here are a few:

World hunger
Poverty
Eliminating violence
Environmental destruction
Better treatment of animals
Reducing human disease
Global warming

Not everyone has to go vegan to help. That is the beauty of it, but we are asking you (with a polite ‘please’) to reduce meat and animal product consumption.

“sparingly” Not “moringly” but sparingly.

So next time you see or hear of vegans doing their thing, instead of engaging in the energetic mud-sling, and verbal bashing, we would appreciate a ‘thank you’ for what we do for the earth and the animals. Look at yourself first. Be the good. Be the change. On this earth, where now all hands on deck is required, and every single living person has responsibility to accept and there is no sitting on the fence or burying one’s head in the sand any longer, it is time to choose.
Maybe the time is now to accept and embrace that not everything is an option for everyone. Maybe this is okay… Now is the time to choose while there are choices available. “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.”

Thank you for reading,

Owen