Waking Up

Enjoyed my espresso coffee with soy milk this morning. 🙂 

At this time, I’m drinking coffee, but in the past I’ve gone a few years without it. 
My long term goal is to eliminate coffee, but for the time being, I have greater mountains to climb on my plant-based health journey.

Wishing you health on your journey.


Eating for Health, Plant-based eating

Loving My Plants

I’ve been plant-based (attempt # ?) since Jan. 4, 2017.

Can you see the smile on my face?

I’m proud of myself because I’ve been trying, since Jan. 2010, to be fully plant-based.

I think this time, I’m more aware of the injustices happening to animals. I don’t want to contribute to animal cruelty.

Wish me well on my continued journey; and I wish you well on whatever journey you may be traveling.

Alison 🙂

Health and Wellness, Plant-based eating

Powerful Protein Myth

When a plant-based diet is discussed with a meat-eater, one of the most common concerns expressed is, “but what about protein?”

We’ve been tricked by Big Business…convincing generations that:

a) we need way more protein than we do, and

b) the protein must come from meat/dairy and eggs.

60 Second Video: The Protein Myth        by the Vegan Activist

Vegan bodybuilders can attest that our understanding of a great need for protein is in fact, a MYTH, as can animals who grow big and strong just with plants (elephants, rhinos, hippos, bison, and horses).

Find out for yourself…the facts about protein. Use education instead of fear to make your food choices.

Wishing you a healthy journey,



Things are changing…

My last post was four months ago, and even then, that post was nine months after my previous one. The post was a tough one for me because it was about the negative side of things.

I was at a low. For the last year and a half, my weight climbed about 20-25 lbs! How can that be when I was already overweight by 30 lbs or so?

I have tried for years to eat healthy consistently. That was the goal, and I figured the weight would figure itself out. Since January of 2010, when I read The China Study, I’ve wanted to eat a whole foods, plant-based diet.

The typical yo-yo success followed. For periods of time, I did great, and felt great! Then I would fall off eat crappy food (pizza, chips etc.).

But…things are changing.

I’ve finally found a program that I think I can stick to. I say, “think” because I am only 33 days in.

I haven’t “walked the talk” yet. I am still on my journey to my ideal weight.


  • Class #1 30 Day Whole Food Detox
  • Class # 6 Taste bud reprogramming and eliminating food cravings
  • Class #24 Food Obsessions
  • Class #32 Protective Diet Pantry Staples
  • Class #45 Weight-loss Average on a Protective Diet
  • Class # 60 Simple Meal Planning
  • Class #82 Mastering Label Reading
Wishing you a healthy journey!

Feeling like a Failure

I usually only write when I have positive ideas to share…mainly so others can benefit from my posts.

Today, I feel disappointed for falling back to eating unhealthy food…again. It has been weeks and even months. I read a post on a Facebook page today that inspired me and reminded me that I have been successful before.

Eating well can be difficult, long term. That’s my struggle.

I will keep at it. Maybe, I can get back up on that horse again. If I work at it. Stay tuned.

28 Day Raw Food Cleanse, Health and Wellness, Mental Strength, Weight-loss Record

Wrap up! 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse

I wanted to take a minute to recap how my 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse went (thanks for the reminder, Susan!).

Weight Loss

I felt it was a success, as I lost almost 15 pounds….BUT, I got sick at the tail end of it, so that last five pounds was not really related to the cleanse, I don’t think.

I am now up a few more pounds, but since the cleanse started on Jan. 1, I am still down about 8 pounds.

So, is it a good way to kick start your weight loss? Absolutely!

I think that a 2 or 3 week cleanse would do the same thing, however. It really just gives you a boost.

If I were to modify the 28 day cleanse, I might do something like this:

Week 1: Eliminate all animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) and processed food

Week 2: Continue with above, and also eliminate all added oils and sugar

Week 3: Keep going with above, and eat only raw fruits and vegetables

Week 4: Continue with above and eat only smoothies for the first 4-5 days, followed by fresh pressed juice for 2-3 days

Health and How I Felt on the Cleanse

Here is how my Year-long Goals Sheet looked at the end of January.


How did I do?

My top row, exercise/move everyday, was on track until I became sick.

My green row, the plant-based goal was solid, for every day of my cleanse!!

My cleanse goal, the third and yellow row, of eating only raw fruits and vegetables was awesome too. Four days I drank a homemade broth, when I was my sickest, and on the last day, I had chickpeas in my salad. Still…pretty good!

The last row is related to my mental health, which is to work on my blog. Now, I don’t expect to see that filled in every day, but I want to see some effort there. I can proudly say, that yes, I put forth an effort to either do research on blogging or health or to actually write a blog post.

I really felt terrific during my cleanse! In fact, as soon as I started to eat cooked food, and to eat some dairy, my mood altered…it dipped. I did not feel as good. Did that stop me from eating more unhealthy food? No.

It is amazing how easily I left the raw food that made me feel great, to eating food that I categorize as unhealthy (pizza, cheese etc.) What is up with that??

I think that as long as we eat unhealthy food, we just want more. It may be a cold turkey thing. Eat none of the crap, and you won’t crave it. I just haven’t been able to pull off the cold turkey thing yet!


Thanks to FoodCourtComics.com, for this great picture!

I continue to struggle to eat the way my mind and heart wants me to. I will not give up.

Wishing you, and me, a healthy journey!

Eating for Health, Mental Strength

How to Beat Cravings in 5 Easy Steps

I’ve been in a slump for the past couple of days, eating off track and not feeling great, mentally or physically.

Today, I typed in “struggling with eating healthy” on Google and found a nifty trick to help those of us who get cravings for the not-so-healthy stuff.

Psychologist, Katie Rickel, has a short video about the 5 Steps to help us deal with cravings. Check them out below if you prefer to see them in print, at a glance. Click here, if you prefer to go straight to her video. She calls them “The 5 D’s”.

5 Steps to Manage Cravings

1. DISTRACT: find something to distract you from the craving. Read, call a friend, do a crossword puzzle, clean up the house, tidy a drawer or your work area, or get online for some inspiration.

2. DELAY: Promise yourself you won’t give in to that craving for at least ten minutes (or pick a different amount of time). This gives you a chance for the craving to subside. If you give in after the delay, so be it, but at least you gave it a real shot! This step may work for you another time.

3. DISTANCE: Get away from wherever you are that is causing the craving. Go for a walk, go outside, go for a drive…just get away from the source of the craving.

4. DETERMINE: Take a second to think about why you are having that craving. What are you really seeking? Is it food you really need? Maybe you’re thirsty. Perhaps you are having an emotion-anger, sadness, loneliness, etc.-something that is telling you that comfort food will solve your problem.

5. DECIDE: Make a decision about whether you are willing to accept the consequences of eating that food-feeling guilty, feeling sick, delaying health or weight loss etc. Then decide. You are giving in, or you’re not. Don’t spend an hour debating it. Either give in, or get out!

These 5 steps sound interesting. I will give that a try next time. Good luck with your cravings…and beating them!

Wishing you a healthy joruney.