Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Make Way For Whole Plant Foods
In the past, as human were busy collecting, cultivating, and eating the precious plants, the plants were giving back.
You might say the plants were “thanking” us for ensuring their offspring survived for years to come.
Their gift in return was good health.
Each plant contained compounds protecting it from sun, insects, and disease, and gave great health to its eater.
The plants nourished our vision, our skin, our brains, and our hearts.
Today, by eating plants in their whole natural form – the way they grow in nature – you can stoke your diet with all the good stuff: fiber, protein, healthy fats, slow-burning carbs, vitamins, and minerals.
Whether you’re omnivorous, pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan, you can benefit by eating more whole plant foods.
One thing is certain, a whole-foods, plant-based diet is your best defense against disease.
Recipe of the Day: Porcini Mushroom Gravy
This is an easy way to make rich-tasting gravy without relying on cholesterol-laden pan drippings.
It’s a delicious accompaniment to any protein, from poultry like turkey roulade to pork loin.
Feel free to substitute dried mushrooms like shiitakes or morels.
Makes 2 cups
1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
2 tablespoons warm water
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
2 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
Soften the mushrooms in the warm water for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a 2-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.
Whisk in the flour until blended and continue stirring until the roux is lightly browned and develops a nutty aroma, 2-3 minutes.
Whisk in the broth, onion powder, and salt, if desired.
Bring to a gentle boil, stirring, and cook until just thickened.
Cook and stir for 1 minute to remove the flour’s raw starchy flavor.
Remove from the heat and season with the pepper.
Add the softened mushrooms and any soaking liquid.
Scrape the mixture into a food processor or food mill and puree.
Return the mixture to the saucepan.
Heat just to a simmer and serve hot.
Per 1/4 cup: 50 calories, 3 g total fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 5 g total carbohydrates (0 g sugars), 2 g fiber, 1 g protein.
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from Plant-Powered For Life by Sharon Palmer, RDN