Monthly Archives: October 2012

Thanks SO much!

The Sunshine Award

I received an award recently, the Sunshine Award from Lilly Sue’s Bites and Brews.  I love her blog!  It’s about Food and Beer!  Does it get better than that?..  Thank You Lilly Sue, for thinking of PBDA, I am flattered and honored 🙂

If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you. You must answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them!

Here are the questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher?

2. What is your favorite number?

3. What is your favorite animal?
A dog 🙂

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?

5. What is your favorite time of day?

6. What was your favorite vacation?
That’s a toughy….Probably Perth, Australia or Galway, Ireland, and there’s still so much to see!

7. What is your favorite physical activity?
Surfing or white water rafting or kayaking…bicycling..rock climbing…cross country skiing…hiking…how to choose a fave?!!!

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
lol water?….

9. What is your favorite flower?
Yellow roses with orange tips….tulips….gerbera daisies….they’re so happy!

10. What is your passion?
My family

My Ten Nominees:











Broken Hearts

A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell

‘…Put your hand on your chest and feel your heart beat.  Now put your hand where you can feel your pulse.  Your heart, creating that pulse’ is working for you every minute of the day, every day of the year, and every year of your entire life.  If you live an average lifetime, your heart will beat about 3 billion times.

Now take a moment to realize that during the time it took you to read the above paragraph an artery in the heart of roughly one American clogged up, cut off blood flow and started a rapid process of tissue and cell death.  This process is better known, of course, as a heart attack.  By the time you finish reading this page, four Americans will have fallen prey to stroke or heart failure.  Over the next 24 hours, 3000 Americans will have attacks, roughly the same number of people who perished 9/11, 2001.

The heart is the centerpiece of life and, more often than not in America, it is the centerpiece of death.  Malfunction of the heart and/or circulation system will kill 40% of Americans, more than those killed by any other ailment, including cancer.  This disease does not recognize gender or race boundaries; all are affected.  If you were to ask most women what disease poses the greatest risk to them, heart disease or breast cancer, many women would undoubtedly say breast cancer.  They would be wrong.  Women’s death rate from heart disease is eight times higher than their death rate from breast cancer.

If there is an “American” game, it is baseball; an “American” dessert, apple pie.  If there is an “American” disease, it is heart disease…’

To Be Continued..

More China Study clips Here

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Dipped Pretzels

YUM!!  What a treat!  I LOVE salty sweet….like chocolate covered pretzels..and Starbucks Salted Caramel Mochas…Mmmmmm..I’ll be having one of those mochas tomorrow, when I leave at 4am, to drive to Charlotte for a test I’ve been studying a month for…wish me luck!

Anyway, these pretzels…

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Dipped Pretzels

MmmMmmmm…such a treat…

A little indulgence..Enjoy 😉

The Recipe is Here


Mongolian “Beef”

This is hands down the best homemade Mongolian “Beef” I’ve ever had, vegan style of course 😉 It’s a recipe from CookingLight that I tweaked a little bit for vegan purposes.  Hats off to the creators of it, Bruce and Mark!

Mongolian "Beef"

You can see that the ‘beef’ is actually thinly sliced portobella mushroom caps and whole baby button mushrooms.  I served mine over brown rice noodles, though brown basmati rice would soak up all the wonderfulness of the sauce all the better.  You choose, Enjoy!

The Recipe is Here

Diseases Of Affluence

A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell:

‘…Here in America, we are affluent, and we die certain deaths because of it.  We eat like feasting kings and queens, and it kills us.  You probably know people who suffer from heart disease, cancer stroke, Alzheimer’s, obesity or diabetes.  There’s a good chance that you yourself suffer from one of these problems, or it runs in your family.  As we have seen these diseases are relatively unknown in traditional cultures that subsist mostly on whole plant foods.  But these ailments arrive when a traditional culture starts accumulating wealth and starts eating more and more meat, dairy and refined plant products (like crackers, cookies, and soda).

Chances are that you yourself have a question about a specific disease and diet.  Chances are too that this specific disease is a disease of affluence, because that’s what we die of here in America.

There is no such thing as a special diet for cancer, and a different, equally special diet for heart disease.  The evidence now amassed from researchers around the world shows that the same diet that is good for the prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease, as well as obesity, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, cognitive dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and other diseases.  Furthermore, this diet can only benefit everyone, regardless of his or her  genes or personal dispositions.

All of these diseases, and others, spring forth from the same influence: an unhealthy, largely toxic diet and lifestyle that has an excess of sickness-promoting factors and a deficiency of health-promoting factors.  In other words, the Western diet.  Conversely, there is one diet to counteract all of these diseases: a whole foods, plant-based diet.

The following chapters are organized by disease.  You will begin to see the breadth and depth of the astonishing scientific argument favoring a whole foods, plant-based diet.  The consistency of evidence regarding such a disparate group of diseases has been the most convincing aspect of this argument.  When this diet is demonstrably beneficial for such a wide variety of diseases, is it possible that humans were meant to consume any other diet?  I say no, and I think you’ll agree.

America and most other Western nations have gotten it wrong when it comes to diet and health, and we have paid a grave price.  We are sick, over weight and confused.  Most unfortunately, the unsuspecting public has paid the ultimate price.  As you will come to see in the following chapters, from heart disease to cancer, and from obesity to blindness, there is a better path to optimal health…’

To be continued.

More China Study clips Here


Kale, Carmelized Onions and Maple Syrup Skillet Roasted Parsnips over Quinoa

This is a fabulous combination of flavors, such a treat, inspired by a little cooking the other day with a great guy…..(btw, I need your Butternut Squash soup recipe…It was SO good!)

Kale Carmelized Onions Maple Syrup Parsnips over Quinoa

Root veggies roasted, then drizzled with some maple syrup, roasted a little more, combined with slow carmelized onions, wilt in some kale, sea salt, pepper, thyme, white wine, homemade vegetable broth (I didn’t home-make it, but I was happy to be given some :)) all over quinoa….SO Tasty..YUM

The Recipe is Here, Bon Appetit 😉

Circling Back and Pulling it Together

A Clip From The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell

‘…Almost all of us in the United States will die of diseases of affluence.  In our China Study, we saw that nutrition has a very strong effect on these diseases.  Plant based foods are linked to lower blood cholesterol; animal-based foods are linked to higher blood cholesterol; Animal-based foods are linked to higher breast cancer rates; plant-based foods are linked to lower rates.  Fiber and antioxidants from plants are linked to a lower risk of cancers of the digestive tract.  Plant-based diets and active lifestyles result in a healthy weight, yet permit people to become big and strong.  Our study was comprehensive in design and comprehensive in its findings.  From the labs of Virginia Tech and Cornell University to the far reaches of China, science was painting a clear, consistent picture: we can minimize our risk of contracting deadly diseases just by eating the right food.

The most important point of this book: Everything in food works together to create health or disease.  Do these findings provide enough information to inform some practical decision-making?  Absolutely.  Few other dietary choices, if any, can offer the incredible benefits of looking good, growing tall and avoiding the vast majority of premature diseases in our culture.  The result of my research findings has told me to wake up.  From a boyhood of drinking at least two quarts of milk a day to an early professional career of scoffing at vegetarians, I have taken an unusual turn in my life.  My cholesterol has dropped, even as I’ve aged; I am more physically fit now than when I was 25; and I am 45 pounds lighter now than when I was 30 years old.  I am now at an ideal weight for my height.  As we continue through this book, it is nothing short of astonishing…’

More China Study Clips Here