Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. - Hippocrates
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We’ll bring you suggestions and simple solutions to the everyday challenges of achieving overall health and wellness—in the kitchen and in your life.
The bottom line for better health: Eat a whole food, plant-based diet and eat as cleanly as possible. Avoid eating processed foods. If you consume animal products, they should be organic and hormone- and antibiotic-free.
“God, in his infinite wisdom, neglected nothing and if we would eat our food without trying to improve, change or refine it, thereby destroying its life-giving elements, it would meet all the requirements of the body.” - Jethro Kloss
Eating this way should be common sense. But managing to do so with our busy lifestyles and on-the-go food options can be a challenge. . . . That’s why there’s Soul Dish!
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I’m an omnivore, who has gradually shifted towards consuming a more and more healthful and clean diet.
I gave up coffee years ago. I now enjoy many varieties of tea. Most days, I wake up with a steaming mug of pu-ehr from China. When I want to detox and alkalize my diet, I start the day by drinking a cup of hot water with lemon. I don’t use sugar or artificial sweeteners of any kind, ever. I might use a touch of honey on a special occasion, but not regularly. I never drink soda. I’ll drink water, unsweetened iced tea, or sparkling water.
I do eat mainly veggies. Two favorites are kale and broccoli rabe. As you know, because I have been sharing some of my raw food recipes with you, I often eat raw fruits and vegetables. While I have not prepared red meat in my home in over 12 years, I sometimes prepare fish or chicken and I’ll eat those when I dine out, or order in—when I’m not ordering a veg dish on the menu. I do believe that preparing food at home, including veggies, is best. You can be sure that everything is fresh and organic, and that it’s not loaded down with heavy, fattening oils, cream or salt. But, I don’t always have time to prepare my own food. Who does? Thankfully, NYC has a tempting smorgasbord of restaurants, including healthy, affordable and even organic neighborhood joints.
I limit my intake of dairy products. I don’t drink milk. I use almond milk instead. I’ll have it with unsweetened, organic cereal, topped with raw maca root and ground flaxseeds, for breakfast. If I’m having fruit for breakfast, I’ll just stir the raw maca root powder into some almond milk and drink it down. Although I love cheese, I rarely eat it. Nut cheese is an interesting substitute. Do you know Dr. Cow’s Nut Cheese? My local natural food store carries it. Nut cheese is not cheap. A tiny round costs more than some of the finest imported French chevre. (Really, nothing about eating raw and organic is inexpensive.) On weekend mornings, the dairy ban in my diet sometimes gets lifted. My boyfriend, Bobby, makes me the most delicious omelets with real cheese. (Thanks, honey!) Likewise, a Sunday brunch in the city with friends might find me indulging in some not-so-light dish, such as Norwegian eggs benedict with smoked salmon. Yum!
I also admit that, at times, I break bad. (Yes, this is an homage to my favorite television series, Breaking Bad! In spite of its dark subject, the show is brilliantly written, directed and acted television!) When I do break bad in the diet department, I may give in to a juicy cheeseburger with fries at Molly’s Shabeen, in the Gramercy Area, or the lamb burger with sweet potato fries at the Bruckner Bar and Grill in the Bronx. Now and then I also enjoy a martini or a glass of wine. Yes, some bad things are SO good!
Yet, coming from a family of Hungarians, with a heavy meat-eating tradition, my brother, Louis, and I have fallen pretty far from the proverbial family tree. Lou has followed a vegan diet for more than 20 years, now. When he announced to our parents that he was an adherent of veganism, my father, in his native Hungarian tongue, said, “Mit fogs enni? Fa és dudva?” Rough English translation: “What will you eat? Twigs and weeds?” Hopefully, Lou, who is also passionate about food and health, will contribute some guest blog posts, or links to healthy eating web content, to this Soul Dish portion of my website. (You will, right, Lou? Yup.)
When we get together in NYC, my brother and I dine at our favorite vegetarian and raw food restaurants, which, if you don’t know them, are well worth exploring. Our faves include: Candle 79, Candle Cafe, Pure Food and Wine, Quintessence, and Caravan of Dreams.