The Long Awaited Post About the Tasty (or Not) Tofurky!!

We finally had our Tofurky.  So, this is the long awaited post about the tasty (or not) Tofurky!  The reason I say it like that is from everybody I have talked to, either you like it or not.  Now, I am really NOT a tofu lover…I am still trying to learn to like it.  Maybe I don’t have it often enough, maybe not, who knows!

Anyhow, I finally made the Tofurky, and my family wasn’t sure what to think! I added far more veggies than the box recommended, I ALWAYS add extra veggies to recipes.  Once the Tofurky was done and we sat down to eat…I did get a few snickers from the kids.  My oldest daughter (21) thought it was quite tasty as did my 12 yr old daughter.  I knew my 13 yr old wouldn’t even give it a chance, as well as my 8 yr old.  Anyhow, Brian (my hubby) tried it and he also liked it!!  I thought it was pretty good as well.  It was NOT chewy as people mock about tofu.  I thought it had a great balance of spices and it melded well with the tofu.  In my opinion, it was a great alternative to the usual Turkey on Thanksgiving Day.  Well, in my house, 4 out of 6 isn’t bad!!

Personally, I think it was unanimous that the gravy was delicious!!  That will definitely be purchased again since I have had a difficult time making gravy that is vegan and yummy.  Even my pickiest liked the gravy!!

So, that is my experience with the Tofurky.  Don’t knock it ’til you try it!!  You just might be pleasantly surprised! 🙂

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With Type 2 Diabetes on the Rise, Isn’t Your Life Worth More…Change Your Life by Changing Your Diet!

With type 2 diabetes on the rise, isn’t your life worth more than the temporary taste of certain foods?  Change your life by changing your diet!! 

I am sure you know someone who has type 2 diabetes.  Whether it is you, or a family member or friend, we all know someone this terrible disease has affected.  Personally, I know many who have type 2 diabetes and others who are borderline diabetic.  Do people really think food does NOT affect whether or not you have diabetes?  Most of those I know don’t exactly have a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.  Many times I have heard people say that they need to be careful of fruit…because of the sugar in it, but they go and eat a bag of potato chips or cakes and such.  Something just doesn’t make sense with that scenario, not sure what it is though!

These people can save their lives and those around them, if they adopt a vegan diet…one low in fat but high in fruit and vegetables.  It is hard to grasp but there are more than 20 million Americans with diabetes…a number that is on the rise.  A vegan diet  is a healing tool that diabetics AND their doctors can use to fight such a terrible disease.  This diet will help with weight loss and with lowering cholesterol..as well as getting you off your medications.  Do not take yourself off your medications, talk to your doctor about it.  You should see within a month of adopting a vegan diet that you will soon be off your medications!!

Check you Dr. Neal Barnard, lead researcher for PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) for some great resources for diabetes and cooking…as well as adopting a wonderful plant strong diet.  Here, you can find some great information on incorporating a vegetarian diet…check it out, it will not be as hard as you think!!!

Don’t take my word for it….take the word of many people who have reversed their diabetes when they adopted a vegan diet, high in plant strong foods~not processed foods that say they are healthy!!

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Kids Today Don’t Know Their Vegetables…Parents Should be Held More Accountable!

Kids Today Don’t Know Their Vegetables…Parents Should be Held More Accountable!  OK, I don’t mean that children should be taken away from their parents if they are overweight or obese as one child was recently.  But, I think parents today really need to take responsibility of their own actions.  The government wants to discontinue toys in kids meals at restaurants…it is not the toy that causes the child to be unhealthy.  The parents are the ones going through the drive through…or letting the child run the house!

We have a family consisting of dad, daughter and grandfather living nearby.  When the mom came to visit one day this past summer, she told me that the daughter (who is 6, mind you) grabs whatever she wants off the shelf at the grocery store and that is what she is fed.  Are you kidding me?!  I have a picky eater but no way would I let her or any of my 4 kids decide what is going in the cart!!

My oldest daughter babysits for a few children.  Today, she took a pic of what the children eat on a daily basis.  Their lunch consists of Chef Boyardee ravioli and a fruit cup (probably filled with syrup)!!  She said that they do eat bananas and apples but that there are no vegetables in the house.  They eat all processed foods…either from the cupboard or the freezer.  Sure, for busy families convenience foods are great…right?  No way, not great on the wallet but even worse for your health!!  These processed foods are loaded with sugar and salt and additives and preservatives…there is really no nutrition at all!!  I didn’t tell my daughter but I think a great idea for her is to buy a few ingredients and make something different for the kids…at least give them an opportunity to try something.

One last story that I am almost saddened to tell is from my mom.  A while back she was at her local grocery store and she had in her cart a bundle of carrots…the “real” ones with the greens still on them.  A grown lady approached her and asked her what they were (being serious!).  My mom told her they were carrots, then the lady asked my mom how does she prepare them…this lady didn’t know what a carrot really looks like.  All she buys are the baby carrots that are already peeled (and really pretty yucky, if you ask me!)!!  I am sure you have some of your own stories…either personal or someone you know.  There are no dumb questions…I am certainly not saying anything bad about the lady who didn’t know her carrots, but it is sad that she has not had any teachings in nutrition.

Please if you have any questions about nutrition….anything, please ask away.  If I don’t know the answer, I will definitely find it for you!!  It is our responsibility as adults to teach those we are responsible for about nutrition…and not only teach them, but be a model to them!!  Our children are going to do as we do…if we eat junk on a regular basis, they will grow up to do the same.  Look back at how you were raised, do you see any similarities?  Let’s get educated in nutrition together!!!

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What Was the Average Calorie Intake for Americans in 2011 and What Did We Eat? You Just Might Be Shocked!

What Was the Average Calorie Intake for Americans in 2011 and What Did We Eat? You Just Might Be Shocked!!  This is an interactive chart showing how our country has “grown”…not in numbers but in size!!!  This is extremely sad but true!!

Americans are eating cheese, sweets, potatoes and grains…and LOTS of them!  Lets start with our calorie count…the USDA says we eat an estimate of over 2,000 calories a day, but realistically it is much closer to 2,500-3,000.   That alone is an alarming number but…With this number, it is equivalent to almost a TON of food we consume in a year (this is per person…estimated)!  Let’s see what all  those calories consist of (per the US Department of Agriculture):

Dairy~probably the largest industry in America!!!  We Americans have consumed approximately 630 pounds of Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream and Yogurt (again, this is per person in the year 2011).  Does that disturb you?  Well, it sure does disturb me knowing how very much fat and cholesterol is in milk and especially cheese!!  Cheese is probably the worst food for us…my opinion but do your own research!!  This number alone makes me think that it is no wonder why Americans have gotten so large.  Please take the time to watch this very informative video by Dr. Neal Barnard on how certain foods are addictive…

Americans have consumed about 200 pounds of wheat and grains in 2011 and just under 200 pounds of meat (chicken, turkey, beef, and pork).

Yes, we did consume about 400 pounds of vegetables and just under 300 pounds of fruit, but the fruit is usually water based and the vegetables that are most consumed are potatoes and corn!!  Where are your green leafy vegetables??  I work for a party center and we serve our weddings and such dinner, it amazes me how many people say no to the vegetable.  My mom was buying carrots in the store (with the greens on them) and a lady actually approached her and asked her what they were and how do you prepare them!!!  This is our society.  Kids these days will not know what a vegetable is…they are all in tune with opening a can or popping a meal in the microwave….very sad.

Americans consumed about 140 pounds of sweeteners including 40 pounds of those were corn syrup.  This is disturbing….more and more people I know are consuming artificial sweeteners even though they know they are the worst thing for them!

We also have consumed almost 100 lbs of fat!!  Wow…although it is really no shocking, with the amounts of peanuts we eat…but also the way we use olive oils and other oils.

Red meat is on the downward spiral in consumption but people are eating more and more chicken, turkey and fish.  I think these are just as bad as that red meat….why don’t you do a comparison.

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