Health and Diet

I'm so excited about discovering the whole foods, plant based way of eating! So I'm going to share with you some of my adventures discovering the health benefits of eating a colorful, delicious vegan diet. Your comments and ideas are always welcome. My email address is

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Introduction: Today in America we are suffering an epidemic of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer because people are eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) which is loaded with fat, salt, sugar and chemicals. Instead of eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and beans we are eating a diet of "food like" products that are processed and prepackaged - loaded with chemicals, toxins, antibiotics and pesticides. The goal of our industrial food system is not to produce healthy food but to produce profits.

Six years ago I underwent triple bypass open heart surgery. I was obese with high blood pressure and blood chemistry that was way out of whack. Recently I discovered the whole foods, plant based, way of eating and am already making huge strides towards health. I currently take three different blood pressure medications and drugs to reduce cholesterol.

By making a few simple lifestyle changes my goals for this next year are:
  • Healthy weight
  • Healthy blood pressure without the use of prescription drugs
  • Healthy cholesterol levels without the use of prescription drugs
  • Healthy physical condition so that I can enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities
  • Strong immune system
So, join me on the journey.
Colorful, Tasty and Healthy Eating
My approach to cooking used to be: stick a frozen dinner in the microwave. I'm just discovering some tasty new dishes. You can bet all the recipes on this site are going to be pretty simple if a single guy like me can make them!
Rick's "World Famous" Vegetable Soup. Yum! (video)
Swiss Chard Chips: Easy, Healthy and Delicious! (video)
Tasty Meals Slide Show (video)
Welcome To My Kitchen (video)
Making Flax Meal is a Snap with the NutriBullet (video)
Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Calculating LDL Cholesterol (pdf)
Eating Raw
The Benefits of Eating Raw Foods (pdf)