Friday, March 25, 2016

Hoff's Red Lentil Soup (IP)

Hoff's Red Lentil Potato Soup
Yields: 6 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free

  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1 1/2 cup Red Lentils
  • 1 cup frozen sliced Carrots
  • 1 15 oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 small Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • Season with Sea Salt & Pepper

  1. Combine all the ingredients into the IP
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Set pressure valve to close
  4. Set Manual setting at High Pressure for 15 minutes
  5. Natural release steam
  6. Remove Bay Leaf
  7. Stir & serve

Friday, March 11, 2016

Naked Food Magazine...Tricky, Very Tricky the surface this looks like your typical magazine, but what lies beneath the cheeky name and sometimes racy covers is a wealth of whole-food, plant-based information aimed at preventing and reversing disease.

As I peeled back the cover and started reading some of the non-typical magazine articles (even for a vegan magazine) an air of familiarity washed over me.  I felt like I had been exposed to this information before, like I knew the authors and so I did...McDougall, Esselstyn, Campbell, Popper and the list goes on.

Disguised as the typical entertainment piece - coffee table literature was in fact a wealth of fact-based, plant-based knowledge; but not written in the typical medical blah, blah jargon, but rather in language that the average Joe can comprehend, absorb, relate to.  Quick hits of info as only a magazine format could deliver paired with the rich, glossy, eye candy photos.  Clever, Naked Food, very clever...

Still not convinced this is not your typical fluff magazine?

Check out the advisory board:
  • T. Colin Campbell PhD
  • Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. M.D.
  • John Robbins
  • John McDougall M.D.
  • Michael Greger M.D.
  • David Katz M.D.
  • Michael Kalper M.D.
  • Brian Clement PH.D
  • Anne Maria Clement PhD

These are some of the heaviest hitters in whole-food, plant-based movement.

The Winter 2016 addition featured such articles as:
  • The Ultimate Weight Loss Guide by PCRM
  • How To Really Read A Label by Amy Lucariello, BS, CNTP
  • Low Carb vs. High Carb by John McDougall M.D.
  • How To Fix Panic Disorder by Douglas Lisle, PhD 
  • Meat and Cancer by David Katz M.D.

Tasty, simple recipes accompany these easy to digest nuggets of information so you can put the plant-based lifestyle into practice ASAP.

As for the name, it actually stands for New American Kind and Enlightened Diet (Naked) to support the magazine's mission of switching people off the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).  Not so cheeky after all...

Check it out!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Diaper Rash Cream For Acne?

Apparently so.

I overheard someone saying that they use diaper rash cream as an overnight acne treatment and I thought they were joking.  That was until I hit the Internet to do a little recon...

Turns out a lot of people are onto this little beauty secret. 

I wanted to give this a try before passing it onto you.  I opted for Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm Zinc & Lanolin Free Calendula Herbal Diaper Cream (say that twice), which I found on Amazon (my favorite place to shop).  I was drawn to Earth Mama because it's certified organic, toxin-free verified by the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and of course vegan!

Because it's a blend of naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal organic herbs, Shea butter and pure essential oils it goes on the skin clear, so no walking around with white blotches like you get from traditional acne creams.  As it liquefies with your body heat, it glides on effortlessly and I just put it all over my face in a thin layer.  Bonus, this product also works on bug bites, scrapes, chicken pox, minor rashes, and burns.

So my results...

It works!  I can't believe it, I can't explain it, but I wake up in the morning with clear skin!  So, I'm sold.  Ironically, the Internet claims to credit the zinc oxide commonly found in most diaper rash creams to the clear skin and I accidentally picked up cream that doesn't contain zinc.  Yet, still got the results I was after.  Maybe zinc is the answer, but there's something else in this natural product that works just as well.  I don't know what to tell you other than, grab a small bottle and try for yourself, you never know what's going to work.

Check it out!