Hiking in Washington state and RA update

We have been on some incredible hikes this week, and this also has been the summer my RA decided to revisit and remind me it’s not going away in such simple fashion. But first, the hiking adventures: Continue reading “Hiking in Washington state and RA update”


One Year of Eating Plant-Based

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A year ago today, I sent an email to Dr. John McDougall asking for help. I was sick, suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, and depressed. I had no idea how much my life would change in one year.  Continue reading “One Year of Eating Plant-Based”

Walking A Rheumatoid Tightrope While Watching Renoir Paint

The floating Renoir on my screensaver.
The floating Renoir on my screensaver.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir is one of my favorite artists, going all the way back to when I first saw his paintings in the “art” section of my family’s set of encyclopedias. “Two Sisters on the Terrace” is one of the screensavers on my Mac, as seen above. He finished it in 1881, same year as “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” which was the featured work of art in the encyclopedia from my childhood.  Continue reading “Walking A Rheumatoid Tightrope While Watching Renoir Paint”

More Plant-Based Diet Lessons from 2013 (With Links for More Information)

A winter meal of beans, greens and tofu.

Happy last day of 2013! I wrote a few days ago about lessons I’d learned going plant-based this year, and thought of even more things as we head into 2014. Here are more things I remember looking back at my year of eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Continue reading “More Plant-Based Diet Lessons from 2013 (With Links for More Information)”

Going Plant-Based in 2013 — Lessons I Learned

Some post-Christmas glow in our living room.

2013 was not the year I expected to have. At all. I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution to address anything about my health. Maybe I thought about exercising more, but that was it. All I knew was that I couldn’t stay on my arthritis medication forever, and little did I know how fast I’d give it up. My own story might help inspire you if you want to make changes for 2014. You could surprise yourself at having the best year ever. That’s not hyperbole, that is exactly what 2013 turned out to be health-wise for me. Continue reading “Going Plant-Based in 2013 — Lessons I Learned”

Back to the Mountain for a Hike and My Next Challenge: Multnomah Falls

mountain July 20Saturday was a gorgeous day at Mount Rainier. We left our house late, around 11 a.m., and by the time we got to Eatonville the clouds had dissipated, and it was soon a blue-sky day. We then set off for another challenging hike. Continue reading “Back to the Mountain for a Hike and My Next Challenge: Multnomah Falls”

Here’s to Phyllis — My Initial Inspiration for Going Plant-Based

Phyllis was one of the first people I came across who helped me when I started looking for more information about how nutrition affects rheumatoid arthritis. She doesn’t know me, and doesn’t even know how she helped me, but she did. Continue reading “Here’s to Phyllis — My Initial Inspiration for Going Plant-Based”

Science and Research to Bolster Your Plant-Based Diet Decisions

Jeff Novick posted this link on Facebook today.

Says Jeff: This is an “online library of peer-reviewed, scientific research papers & educational resources relevant to plant-based nutrition. Links to the abstract are included with every article, and links to the free full articles are included when possible! The library contains over 600 articles, tagged by category.”

This is such good news for those who want to read more about why certain nutritional elements absolutely make us feel better.

Recipe: Perfecting the Pain-Free Chocolate Smoothie

chocolate smoothieSo this has been my drink of choice every morning. I have taken Chef AJ’s chocolate smoothie and created something of my own that includes not only some anti-inflammatory ingredients but also a lot more greens.

I will say that since adding tumeric, cinnamon and walnuts to the recipe, I have felt noticeable improvement in hand strength for gripping when I first get up. The early morning hours are the worst if you have RA, and if you have any achy joints that is when they will hurt the most. The oats and walnuts also can help to fill you up and keep hunger at bay at least until lunch. So the following is my new chocolate smoothie recipe. Continue reading “Recipe: Perfecting the Pain-Free Chocolate Smoothie”

What is ‘Generally Recognized as Safe’ in a Processed World?

Lucky for us, a strawberry farm is across the street.

With this nation’s rapidly expanding waistlines, I wonder why everyone seems to struggle with weight and serious health issues all the time. We’ve all made jokes about things on food labels we cannot pronounce, let alone know what they are, but a recent article calls out why this stuff isn’t a joke. If you have runaway inflammation,  persistent allergy or weight issues, or chronic ANYTHING, you should probably start looking at food labels of things you buy and figuring out if you really need the 27+ mystery ingredients needed to make your morning cereal. There is a reason strawberries and other produce don’t come with ingredient labels (except eventually GMO distinctions, but that’s another issue). Continue reading “What is ‘Generally Recognized as Safe’ in a Processed World?”