Tips For Living A Pegan Lifestyle

What is pegan? In short, it’s the combination of the words “paleo” and “vegan.” It is a term Dr. Hyman, functional medicine doctor and author, came up with to describe a dietary lifestyle that combines the two lifestyles.

Both lifestyles focus on eating real, whole, fresh food that is sustainably raised. And actually, both lifestyles have many things in common, such as: eating lots of veggies and fruits; eating food that is clean, organic, fresh, local and free of pesticides and hormones; food without chemicals; food that isn’t highly processed; eating good quality fats like avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds;  consuming sustainably raised and grass fed animals and eggs (if part of your diet); eating adequate protein; eating food with a very low glycemic load, so low in sugar, flour and refined carbohydrates of all kinds.

Here’s a full explanation of pegan: http://drhyman.com/blog/2014/11/07/pegan-paleo-vegan/

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Health Update 12.14.16

I’m 10 months into my healing journey and thought I’d share a health update!

I saw my DAOM today. It’s always a nice experience going to see her every month. It makes a huge difference when it comes to health and wellness to know you have someone on your team, who takes the time to listen to you and spend the time to talk with you and remembers all the details without notes in front of her!

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Sweet Potato and Vegetable Quiche (Vegetarian and Paleo-Friendly)

Makes one 9″x13″ quiche
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 80 minutes

Sweet Potato and Veggie Quiche
Sweet Potato and Veggie Quiche

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly (the slices should be thin enough to bend easily)
  • 10 eggs, beaten
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 ounce package of mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3  ounces fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Health Update – Endocrinologist Appointment 11.17.16 and A1c Result 5.6%

A couple days ago I went in for some blood work to check my latest A1c percentage. The previous test in August came back at 5.9%, which I was really pleased with.

This current test is being taken 9 months into my journey as a T1 diabetic on a journey to heal my body and continue to live insulin free. I was diagnosed in February 2016.

Today I met with my endocrinologist to review this result and have my follow-up appointment. He’s asked to see me twice a year, which I do.

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Grainless Granola

Grainless Granol After Baking

This paleo granola is grain free and lightly sweetened with low-glycemic coconut nectar and is perfect for snacking. I love it as a topping on homemade acai bowls and it also goes great with coconut whipped cream and berries mixed together as a snack! Most granola recipes in general call for raisins, cranberries, dates or other dried fruits I try to avoid as a diabetic, so I created one of my own that has none other than coconut flakes, which contain healthy fats so I kept them in. Feel free to omit them if you’d like.

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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili Prep
Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili Prep
Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili Prep
Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili with Avocado and Paleo Biscuit from the “Celebrations” Cookbook

4 servings
Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium or large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
1-2 carrots, diced
1  8 ounce package of mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups of water
2 (15) oz cans of organic black beans (or 1 can and 2 chopped zucchinis instead)
1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

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Danielle Walker “Celebrations” Cookbook Signing at Williams Sonoma, Pasadena 10.19.16

Danielle Walker Cookbook Signing
Danielle Walker Cookbook Signing

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Danielle Walker. If you don’t know who she is, Danielle has several beautiful cookbooks demonstrating wholesome recipes she’s created on a paleo diet (grain-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, gluten-free and unprocessed foods).

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