In My Mind's Zen Garden
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    A Week After the Gluten Incident: Feeling Much Better!

    It’s been almost a week since the gluten incident, when I thought I’d be okay eating the Beast Burger from Whole Foods. The thing is, it’s not the Beast Burger patty itself that was bad. That part was gluten-free, and it REALLy was heavy on the protein. And along with the gluten-filled hamburger buns, it was a double-whammy on my system.

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  • Simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie

    Here’s a simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie that can be the foundation for a variety of different smoothies.

    It’s important to get the basics of Smoothie making down.

    First, you need some kind of liquid starter, like orange juice or soy milk or almond milk.

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    Getting Slammed by the Gluten Beast

    At the beginning of 2017, I started going gluten-free, with signs in 2016 that I was developing a gluten-sensitivity.

    Sure enough, as the months progressed, I felt so much better as a vegan who was also avoiding gluten. The problem was that now I was avoiding many foods I loved, such as bread.

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    More Random Thoughts on a Vegan Lifestyle

    Overall, my journey through this vegan lifestyle is going pretty smoothly and with great success.

    Of course, I am well beyond all the meat cravings some newbies would have when they first start going vegan.

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    Recapping the Latest Vegan Recipes at the Zen Garden

    I’m not very good with cooking up elegant vegan dishes. I feel I’m still learning and have quite a ways to go. But there are some favorite vegan and raw vegan chefs who inspire me, and they have taken the art of food preparation to an artistic level. Matthew Kenney comes to mind.

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    Is This Vegetable Soy Tempura or Vegan KFC?

    I was experimenting in the kitchen yesterday, trying to make a vegan, gluten-free vegetable tempura. But what I got looked more like KFC, almost. Soy flour is brown colored, similar to brown sugar, so thus the result.

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