Friday, July 27, 2012

My Shopping Guide & List

Hello everyone, I thought I would give you some ideas on what to go shopping for if you are trying to transition towards a more plant based unprocessed lifestyle, or just want healthier ideas, this will be updated as I find new things or if I forgot something, so check back periodically. These are just some basics, obviously feel free to include other healthy items :)

A few things to remember:
-Dry beans are cheaper than canned, and are better for you since a lot of cans contain the bpa lining, some are also higher in sodium than dried or have extra ingredients, some may not have used proper cooking methods and can cause tummy upset. Canned is ok if you need it for back up, I like to get a couple "no salt added, bpa free lining" cans just in case, for when you forget to soak your beans or need a quick meal.

-Frozen fruits and veggies can also make things easier and cheaper for you. I don't like the extra packaging but they are nice to have on hand if the regular produce isn't looking too fresh, or if you are too busy to get to the store again within the week. Obviously some are essential like frozen corn etc.

-Buy ingredients that you will only be using for the week, you don't have to buy everything on the list all at once, otherwise you wont be able to eat it before it goes bad, and will cost too much. Just think of staples like brown rice, and some fruits and veggies/leafy greens to last you about 3 days or so. It helps to plan out your meals so you get only what you need.

-Try to not buy roasted nuts/seeds, these are usually cooked at higher temperatures and/or with oils, and no longer have the nutritional enzymes, instead buy them raw, soak them over night, and dehydrate them at a lower temperature, or buy them sprouted.

-Buy organic when possible to reduce the amount of pesticides etc. You can also spray your produce with white distilled vinegar to help clean them before you rinse, or let them soak in vinegar and water for a few mins, this will help remove any residue and dirt, it will not alter the flavor, and just remember the pesticides and chemicals are also in the dirt and when the food grows it's inside and can't be washed off.

*Click Here to see what pesticides were found on certain foods and the harm they cause.

*Click here for a very informative website about the benefits of some foods, how to store them, and the nutritional information.

*Check out my favorite websites for more food and product info, also recipes, and cooking tips.

Shopping List:
Swiss Chard
Any other leafy green            
Sweet Potato
Red Potatoes
Other Potatoes
Frozen veggies
Bell Peppers
Brussels Sprouts

Dried apricots, preservative free

Brown Rice
Pasta, whole grain
Corn meal, no other ingredients
Whole wheat flour
Oats, old fashioned, or steel cut
Bread, sprouted, or whole grain (or make your own)

Kidney beans
Split Peas
Red Lentils
Pinto beans
Navy beans
Black beans

Sunflower seeds
Hemp seeds
Tahini (sesame seed paste)

Maple Syrup
Apple cider vinegar (unprocessed, with the "mother")
Hummus (I get wild garden brand when I don't make my own, it has the best ingredients)

Herbal Tea
Herbal natural coffee/tea like Teeccino or Pero

Italian seasoning
Bay leaf
Chili powder

Cocoa Powder
Carob Powder

Pre-Packaged Foods:
Tomato sauce, no salt added
Tomato diced, no salt added
Sprouted or whole grain tortillas
Milk substitute, I prefer westsoy unsweetened soy milk (I try to stay away from the ingredient carageenan, and fortified foods, better to make your own)
Corn tortillas
Other oil free tortillas
Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin)

  • Reusable bags, for produce and checking out
  • Jars
  • Other containers
  • Choose glass over plastic
  • Try to buy in bulk at a co-op to reduce waste, and you can get only what you need.
  • Don't forget the Farmers Market, great for fresh produce.
  • I rarely go outside the produce and organic/natural areas at a regular grocery store unless I'm getting something for someone else, my Kavli crackers, or some condiments like pickles or olives even though some pickles contain food coloring, so read labels on everything.
Disclaimer- I am not telling anyone what to eat or do, only showing you what I eat and do, you are following my ideas at your own will, always consult a doctor before taking supplements to make sure you need them.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Is sugar toxic 60 minutes 1 April 2012

Check out this CNN video, sorry but when I put the video directly on my blog it makes it scroll a lot slower but please check it out, it's very informative: Click Here

Also read:

Monday, July 16, 2012

How To Cook And/Or Freeze Dried Beans

Today I'm going to cook a big ole batch of black beans and freeze some for later, Yum!
Click Here for a super easy tutorial!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why I Live This Way

If you have an open mind, are concerned about your health, want to live as healthy of a lifestyle as you can, or are wondering about my choices, I highly recommend subscribing to You will get her detailed story, nutrition facts, and a lot of the the why's and how's. I agree with 99.9% of what she says and I strive to make the choices she suggests. If you don't want to subscribe you can read her Detailed Story, however you will get more information when you subscribe and download the free pdf. You can always unsubscribe afterwards. Wow I said subscribe a lot! However it is a lot to take in if you haven't done much research already, but very informative and backed by science. Everything she talks about is information that I have been trying to relay to you, she just does a much better job. It will not be a waste of your time I guarantee it, you don't have to read it all at once of course, her website is very informative as well, she interacts with her fans/viewers often and answers questions, her stories are amazing, heartfelt, and she is sincere in helping others. She does provide classes and support to those trying to transition to a plant based diet, and free information on the subject, just check out her site at , you will not be disappointed.

I hope I told you everything I meant to, and this is all coherent since I am up way too early and not sure about my brain function at the moment, but I felt compelled to give you this information a.s.a.p., apologies for misspelling's and such, I'll be editing this when I wake up more I'm sure, thanks for reading.

My "food pyramid" - The Power Plate