His Eyes…

by Laurie on December 20, 2015

It is an interesting thing, this world that we live in. A world full of individual human beings, born in the same manner and with limitless potential but then worldly values and human failings lead many of us down a darker road. We leave the potential in search of elusive happiness through things, drugs, alcohol, and relationships that when they fail to give us what we so desperately seek after we go on to the next thing the world throws at us. Why? Why do we as humans go from being innocent little beings to lost souls never happy with what we have but always seeking more…even though deep down we know it will not fulfill the ache in our hearts. I have seen this EVERY SINGLE day in every clinic I have ever worked…patients who are depressed, ache, low feelings of self worth. Then I see clinicians who care but are burnt out because they too are human and do not know where to even begin to help these poor people.

I too, went through my life always seeking…struggling to fill the wholes in heart abandoned by “father figures”, broken friendships and family ties. But it was not until I began to see myself and others through God’s eyes that I really began to understand our dilemma. God created us, He loves us, He sent His son to die for us, He wants a relationship with us, and He has a plan for our lives!

When I began my journey helping people change their diets and regain their health I began to see and feel the joy of giving people hope! I mean people were crying over vegetables! When I tell them how they can feel better, improve their health and live the lives God intended for them…they light up! For me, this has become my addiction…seriously, I get an emotional high on people becoming well and finding hope! That is what God gives us through Jesus! Hope…simple but powerful just like foods I encourage my patients to eat. Simple but powerful.

When we see others and ourselves through God’s eyes…we are His creation, created in His image…we are all beautiful, have meaning and a purpose.
When we hear through God’s ears…we hear pain, love, laughter, struggles, joy and much more, we are pulled to listen more intently…to God’s creation.
When we feel through God’s hands…we feel the appreciation of a warm hug, a friendly pat on the back, and strong handshake knowing the person on the other end of that touch is His creation.
When we speak with God’s words…we see tears vanish, we build others up even when they don’t deserve it, we heal wounds that have broken hearts, we give wind to sails in lives that were moored at the dock, we hear ourselves speak and begin to believe our own words too…that we are God’s creation.
Finally, when we love through God’s heart…we desire to love those who are hurting, we have peace knowing God has a plan and it is all for the good of those who love Him.

Today…I pray you see, hear, feel, speak and love through God’s perspective and not yourself or the world’s. Only then will we see lives changed, do it today because we are not promised tomorrow.


I am a Legume…Get to Know Me!

by Laurie on December 13, 2015

Legumes are packed with protein and fiber. Let’s get to know those beans, peas and lentils.

Great Northern Beans
-Small, mild flavored white beans that are delicious in soups, stews, and casseroles.
Red Beans
-These lovelies have a hearty flavor and texture and are a must in chili. The also pair well with rice.
Cannellini Beans
-These are also called white kidney beans and have a more neutral flavor than the red kidney beans.
Garbanzo Beans
-Also known as chickpeas, are firmer than most cooked beans and have a nutty flavor. They are the main ingredient in hummus and can be found in soups like minestrone.
Black Beans
-Their nickname is turtle beans. They have a creamy white inside and are a staple in Latino and Mexican dishes. Oh, and who doesn’t love black bean soup!
Pinto Beans
-Another mainstay in Latino and Mexican cuisine they also form the base for bean dips and refried beans.
Brown Lentils
-These nutrient packed legumes are available in any supermarket and inexpensive. Brown lentils can get mushy if overcooked, so be careful and only cook them until tender. Lentils do not require presoaking.
Red and Yellow Lentils
-Don’t be distressed when the red lentils lose the reddish orange color after cooking…that is supposed to happen! Red lentils cook faster than any other lentils and are also have a sweeter taste.
Green and Yellow Split Peas
-These are also called field peas and grown specifically for drying. The name comes from the fact that the pea splits in half along a natural seam. They cook more quickly than other beans and do not require presoaking.

Yummy Black Bean Pan Stew

What you need.
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 TBS fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
12 cups chopped collard greens
2 TBS lime juice
Salted roasted pumpkin seeds (for topping)
Lime wedges (for topping)

What to do.
1. In an extra-large skillet heat 1/4 cup vegetable broth over medium heat.
2. Add the onion and sauté until soft.
3. Add beans, cilantro, and garlic.
4. Cook and stir until thoroughly heated.
5. Add vegetable broth, bring to boil then reduce to low-medium heat.
6. Boil gently, uncovered until reduced by half.
7. Gradually add the collard greens, stirring until wilted before adding more.
8. Cook and stir until all greens are slightly wilted and tender.
9. Add the lime juice and heat through.
10. Serve hot topped with salted roasted pumpkin seeds and lime wedges.

Tell me how you like the recipe.


Chili Variations for Cold Winter Months

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Chili is a wonderful and delicious food to warm the body and soul on cold winter nights. Try this basic recipe which is fantastic by itself but maybe you are in a mood for something different try these variations on the basic recipe. Basic Chili Recipe Boca Vegan Veggie Crumbles, 1 bag 3 cups chopped […]

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How to Make Soups Freezer Friendly

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365 Grateful Project

November 15, 2015

A friend of mine, Lonnie Northrup, wrote a book called Happiness First. It takes you through scientifically proven methods of increasing happiness. He graciously gave me rights to use it for my Lifestyle Medicine clinic that we are starting in January at my new job. You can find his book here. I strongly encourage you […]

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Why You Can’t Walk Away From Junk Food

November 15, 2015

You decide one day that you will finally lose that extra weight. You found the diet that you can stick to and your resolve is stronger than ever before. But then life happens…stress at work, lack of sleep, financial strains, kids won’t listen, your spouse is over working and tired too. You have one “cheat” […]

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Be Patient, and Let Tomorrow Take Care of Itself

June 8, 2015

Every day I work with patients who are struggling to lose weight by incorporating a whole foods plant based diet. After the initial 30 days I usually have them follow up so I can encourage them and give them accountability. I have begun to see a trend among most if not all of my patients…we […]

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How do you Define Nutrition?

March 8, 2015

We are constantly bombarded with headlines on TV and social media claiming the benefits of some new and radical diet. The number of diets is more than can be listed. So where should you start? What is the optimal diet that has been scientifically proven to reverse chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high […]

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The Doctor Weighs in on the Measles Vaccine

February 3, 2015

Measles, What You Need to Know It is hard to imagine that just over 50 years ago there was not a measles vaccine available in the United States and most children contracted measles by age 15. That means that approximately 3 to 4 million Americans were infected annually, that 400 to 500 died, 48,000 ended […]

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Skip the New Year’s Resolutions and Instead Focus on Lifetime Commitments

January 3, 2015

Who among us has not made a New Year’s resolution only to watch it drift away over a course of days to weeks, never accomplished? The gyms are full the first few days of the New Year only to be empty the following week. How do the few who make serious changes in their lives […]

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