In My Mind's Zen Garden
  • Beast Burger
    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.

  • Why the Standard American Diet Simply Isn’t Sustainable

    Using Cron-o-meter, I tracked what could be a typical day eating a Standard American Diet. The SAD diet emphasizes lots of red meat and other animal meats as a protein source.

    And the Standard American Diet relies on fast food restaurants as a quick meal for busy Americans, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • Blendtec Total Blender
    The Blendtec Total Blender and My Goto Smoothie

    I’ll stop short of proclaiming myself a Smoothie King, but I have to say I’ve been drinking and making smoothies for a long, long time now.

    I even remember having smoothies back in junior and senior year of high school in the 1970s. Now that’s a long time ago.

  • Vegan Vegetarian
    Analyzing Yesterday’s Cron-o-meter Results on Vegan Diet

    Every once-in-a-while, I post my results to let people (and myself) know just how I’m doing on a vegan diet by posting my Cron-o-meter results.

    Cron-o-meter helps me stay on track with my vegan diet, letting me know if I’m eating too many calories or if I need to exercise and be more active.

  • My Annual Wellness Checkup 2017

    My Annual Wellness Checkup 2017 I just had my annual physical checkup today and I’m happy to say that I passed with flying colors! Yay me! Okay, my triglyceride levels were slightly borderline, but much much lower than before. So, extra points for the effort. I’m not diabetic, and

  • Rooney Mara
    Spotlight on Rooney Mara: Just What Does She Eat, Anyway?

    Rooney Mara: Just What Does She Eat, Anyway? Continuing my series on celebrities and what they eat—yes, this was an ongoing series which I kind of left in the dust—I thought I would finally focus on a celebrity who is actually vegan, since I’m vegan and also wondering who’s


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