Monday, November 29, 2010

It's Over!

My dearest readers, I am closing down this blog and re-directing you over to my newly re-done website and blog all-in-one:

Gulp.  As I designed the website myself, this feels a bit like standing with my pants around my ankles hoping you think my underwear is cute.  But the good news is that I can write a statement like that and not worry what kind of wackos show up from Google searches of underwear and ankles because I won't be here.

On the new website you can:

1.  View the blog, past, present and future.  Yes, it's all there.  No one gets left behind (who remembers Billy Blazes??)

2.  All of the blog recipes are organized by title on their own Recipe Index page.  You're welcome.

3.  You can get more free health handouts and resources, with even more being added soon.

4.  You can purchase recipe e-books.  There is only one up now, but more to follow.

5.  You can purchase my 30-Day Detox as an e-book.

6.  You can subscribe to the blog via email so you'll always know when I post something new.

7.  You can learn about all of my programs, upcoming events and even find out what my favorite splurge foods are (that's your Where's Waldo challenge item).

8.  You can communicate with me directly by commenting on the blog or sending me a note through my contact page.

9.  You can sign up for a free 20-minute phone or Skype health consultation!

All and all, I think it'll be a pretty great time for all of us.

I ask just one thing.  I did this website for YOU, to serve you and to help a much wider audience get healthier, eat better and live happier lives.  So if there is something that does not work:  layout issues, pictures not loading right, broken links, or if you order something and don't get it or have a problem with the process, PLEASE let me know so I can fix it!  And if you do like what you see, forward it to your friends, your family, your boss, your neighbor.

And with that, Bye-Bye Blogger!  And Blogger, I sincerely hope this is the last time I will EVER have to log out of gmail just to log into my blog because your petty jealousies and control issues or whatever your deal was.  I have found someone new and his name is wordpress...

Come on over.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sweety Beety Meets the Sugar Queen

At some point in my life I will eventually learn that when I don't exercise, I feel like ca-ca and when I do exercise I feel like woo-hoo.  After that last depressing waaaaah post about being so frustrated, I got an email from a dear friend who said:

"Emily, did you skip the gym this morning by any chance?"

Um, yes.

And, I skipped it the day before too now that you mention it.


I went to Spinning on Thursday morning and like magic, everything was once again right with my world.  Live and learn and learn and learn and learn.

In other news, I read a FABULOUS book this weekend.  It's called The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen and it was as yummy as it sounds.  It's all about a young woman struggling to find her own life while stuffing all the scary bits back with a massive sweets stash in her closet.  Finally the day comes when she stops trying to plug up the holes in her heart with food and goes off in search of what she really needs.  So, basically it's the story of my life.  Ms Allen was clearly spying on me for years.  The book is romantic and sexy and funny and it made me cry and cry (but happy crying this time because I had gone to gym Friday morning too).

Highly, highly recommended.

Here are some other things I highly recommend:
Whipped Banana Oats (recipe here)
topped with Chia Seeds, Sesame Seeds and Poppy Seeds

Arugula, Tomatoes, Sun Dried Tomatoes, STRAWBERRIES, and toasted pecans
Yes, Strawberry Season has begun!

And finally I give you...

The Sweety Beety

Juice:  1 beet, 1 orange, 1 apple, and 4 carrots

Then buzz around on plant energy all day long!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I Climb the Learning Curve

There are days when I think the new website I am designing all by my little lonesome is almost ready and totally fantastic.  There are other days when I am so confused and down at heart that I feel like Harry Potter trying to unravel the riddle of the Horcruxs.  Today I am the latter.  Everything that can go wrong has and I am utterly lost and a bit hopeless.

Not me, but could be.

I generally feel there is a lesson in everything and I can't help but wonder if the lesson in this all is that we all feel confused, lost, and hopeless at times when scaling the learning curve of ANY new skill.

A couple of weeks ago I got the website process underway in earnest by attending a class in how to build a wordpress website.  Although the teacher was fabulous and very clear in her explanations, everything was new to me and very hard to understand.  I frantically scribbled lots of notes incomprehensible at the time, that I keep referring back to and truthfully, each time they make a bit more sense.  It occurred to me that maybe this is how some of my clients feel when they first come to me?  Maybe they are totally new to healthy eating and I, wanting to give tons of value, overload them with more information than they can even process.

When I think of it this way, that all of my struggles are just part of the learning process and that without the challenge of learning and accomplishing new things we stagnate and stew in our own mediocrity, I feel more energized to press on.

I also realized that, again, not unlike the weight loss process, it is very easy to want the end result without the work it takes to get there.  I have the dream of a successful online component to add to my business, enabling me to help even more people all around the world.  That's a pretty big goal and it makes me really, really excited...

But all the difficult-to-master steps I must make to get me to the end goal have me feeling frustrated and impatient.  Me thinks it's time to take a dose of my own medicine.

Post on patience here:

Post on practice here:

The best times in life are when the teacher becomes the student.  This process will help me treat people more compassionately.  It with enable me to understand that as confusing html is to me, so are aduki beans to others.  I now understand that I need to go slower sometimes.

Seven times today I emailed the teacher of my wordpress class and 7 times she patiently talked me off the ledge.  Another parallel for my own business.

And now my friends, I have burned those same aduki beans I just mentioned above because I was writing this post and not paying attention to the stove.

OK, OK, I get it!  Enough lessons for now please...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Three recipes for Vegan MoFo

First of all I want to thank Jenn for this Farm Sanctuary video. This is a little difficult to watch at the beginning but hang in there because at the mid-point you meet actual healthy, happy turkeys with adorable personalities.

I watch things like this because it helps me remember WHY I don't eat animals.  Sometimes meat looks and smells good and it's easy to forget the suffering behind the plate.  I personally don't ever want to forget!  I try not to get too "preachy" about animal rights because I don't want to turn people away.  My basic motto in all things is "Do the best you can."  It doesn't have to be perfect.  You don't have to go vegan tomorrow - just eat fewer animals.  You don't have to eat sprouts and tofu - just eat less junk and processed foods.  Every small step has a huge impact when viewed through the lens of time.

As promised, I've been cooking.  This cake was DIVINE!  It was made with spelt flour instead of white flour and maple syrup and agave nectar instead of sugar.  And of course no eggs or dairy to muck up your arteries!

Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Glaze
from Get It Ripe by Jae Steele

Curried Garbanzo Salad

Curried Garbanzo Salad
1 can Garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup leftover cooked grain (I used Israeli couscous, but brown rice or quinoa would be good)
1 tomato, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 cup cooked spinach, chopped (could substitute fresh parsley or cilantro)
2 T vegan mayonnaise
1 tsp mustard
1 T honey
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp curry powder
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Mix beans, grains and veggies in a bowl.  Mix remaining ingredients together in a small bowl to make a dressing.  Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss to combine.  Chill before serving.

Rose-Scented Wheat with Almonds & Pomegranates

Rose-Scented Wheat
This sounds a bit strange but is absolutely sublime!  Rose water can be food in any grocery store here in Israel and in Middle-Eastern shops the world over.  A little goes a long way!

1 1/2 cups dry wheat kernels (can use Kamut in North America.  Here it's called חיטה)
3 cups water
Rinse wheat thoroughly.  Add to a pot with water.  Bring to a boil.  Cover pot and cook 40-60 minutes until soft.  Let cool somewhat before mixing with:

Seeds of 1 whole pomegranate
4 dates, chopped
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted for a few minutes until lightly toasted
1/2 cup grape juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1-2 tsp rose water

Toss all together and serve immediately or chill for later serving.  Delish!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Where'd I go?

In the doghouse.  Literally.

Bloggies!  I'm here.  I have not abandoned you in the midst of Vegan MoFo!

My Excuse:  Every day this week I woke at the crack of dawn and journeyed by bus to far off Herzliya to attend a wordpress website building class with Kelli Brown of

So, is my website up and ready?

Um, no.

So have I cooked anything at all this entire week?

No again.

Is my family starving and neglected and do they finally understand all I do for them?

We're getting there.

I promise to cook more next week.  I promise to blog more next week.  And no promises, but I am going to work my little fingertips off and try to get this new website up and running asap!

So even though I'm a MoFo wash-up at the moment, lots of other fabulous cooks are letting it rip all over the web.  If you want to see some amazing creations and get some delicious new recipes, hit up the Round Up over at HQ:

And have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Should Eating Be Fun?

Vegan German Chocolate Cupcakes from

Last week I published a new ad to local email lists.  I personally thought the ad was a brilliant bit of copy-writing.  In the ad I used my delicious wit to describe my view of a healthy food as more than just the sum of it's calories, points, and macro-nutrients, but rather one that gives us pleasure on many levels.  I said that sometimes even mom's apple pie might be the healthiest thing in the world if it's made for you with love and enjoyed by you with happiness and free of guilt.

The ad totally tanked.  I didn't get even one click.

It got me thinking about how often I feel like I'm fighting an uphill battle:

  • I tell clients to stop dieting and start learning to eat and they tell me I'm nuts.

  • I say "Here are the keys to diet jail, free yourselves!"and they toss the keys back and lock themselves back in.

  • I tell new clients, let's ADD IN healthy foods before we even think about taking away the unhealthy ones.  They say "That's too easy, that will never work." and don't even give it a try.

  • I teach simple, doable sustainable changes, but some folks want the hardest strictest meal plan they can cling to until their white knuckles get numb and they fall into the sugar bowl.


OK, so if you don't want to listen to me, here are the words of a few of my clients who are un-dieting their way to permanent, sustainable weight loss:

"Dear Emily, 
I don't know where to begin.  You have taught me to listen to my body.  You have guided me towards healthful habits and smarter choices.  I feel as if I have a renewed lease on life.  I feel great and I am full of energy.  And it is fun to learn how to put different ingredients together to create a meal. I have to admit I never understood how food effects the body.  I guess I didn't want to know.  But it really does - you are what you eat!  Saying thank you isn't enough but I'm saying it anyway.  Words cannot express how much you have helped me and how you helped me to help myself.  I am so grateful for your wisdom, knowledge and kindness."                   -Anne G.

"Working with you, Emily, has been about the positive things, not deprivation.  I enjoy fresh healthy food more since meeting you and I feel better.  I see that this endlessly rich palette of food and the new recipes you have provided add freshness and excitement.  Most importantly, I reclaimed myself as a priority though this lesson about food which is really about so much more.  My life is better for having met you."  - Susan M.

(Both of those ladies have lost significant amounts of weight by the way).

Food is Fun.  Eating is a Pleasure.  There is no reason why losing weight and keeping it off should mean 100% abstention from your favorite foods for ever and ever.  Who can do that?  I certainly won't!
Cinnamon-Sesame Oats & Chai with Rice Milk

But healthy food is also fun and eating in moderation and for hunger, rather than for emotional reasons, is an even greater pleasure.  Getting appropriate physical exercise is one of the greatest pleasures of all!

BBQ Lentils & Eggplant and yes, that's a piece of challah and yes I ate it

Please don't think it's all or nothing - It's balance.

Please believe that you can make the simple changes that will greatly improve the quality of your life. - You can.

Please make peace with food. - It's not the enemy.

Please make peace with yourself. - It's not worth all this struggle and pain.

Macaroni with Garlic, Peas, Chickpeas, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Rosemary
No recipe there, just saute all in olive oil and toss together.  (It's gold because of the sunset)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

For the love of Schmukinuck

My friend Christy wrote me that lovely comment about what a great mom I am cooking my kids all this home-made food, and well, I've got to come clean:  When I excitedly announced to my family that I had joined Vegan MoFo....

...they GROANED.  Collectively.

And just last week in fact, before this Vegan MoFo business even began, my husband whined pathetically that I don't cook enough "Dude Food".

So although it might look all Happy Healthy Homemaker from the outside, I've got the same problems as the rest of you.  I perhaps, am just really good at ignoring them.

No but seriously, "how to get the kids/partner to eat healthy foods" is a question that comes up a lot with coaching clients.  So let's talk it through.

Many of you have already heard this story, but my mother says that my first word was Pop-Tart and my love of junk food and all things processed and packaged just grew from there.  Do you guys remember something called "Space Food Sticks"?

Mercy me, these things were a 1960's Space-crazed version of giant tootsie rolls to fuel us young astronauts through our busy days of moon rock collecting.  I actually became so addicted to them that my mom had to stage an intervention.  I am NOT kidding.  She had the entire family corroborate the lie that the company that made Space Food Sticks (Pillsbury) had gone out of business.  And because I always did the grocery shopping with her, she had to constantly invent growing subterfuge to keep me from wandering down that aisle and uncovering her deception.  I eventually did and have yet to forgive.

My mom was a gourmet cook and ahead of her time whole-foods wise (Pop tarts and space food sticks notwithstanding). I of course hated everything she made and invented a name for healthy veg-filled meals:  Schmuckinuck. Yes for real, and if any of my childhood friends are reading you are surely cracking up right now.  For about 15 years I subsisted on scrambled eggs, grilled cheese and tuna fish sandwiches with the crusts cut off.   The daily Schmuckinuck that appeared on our dinner table along with those objectionable bread crusts, rarely passed my lips.  When at age 16 I announced I would no longer be part of the animal cruelty machine and was from here on out Vegetarian, my mother chuckled and said "OK, good luck with that."  The only vegetables I ate were tomatoes, corn and potatoes. PB and J became my new stand-by although my discrimination of bread crusts continued.  Yet through all my pickiness and food-stage-weirdness, my mom kept cooking the healthy stuff and I got pretty used to seeing it there on the table.  Now I understand this was Brain Washing.

So what's the point of all this?  I just want to encourage you to keep cooking healthy meals despite your kids' grumbling.  They'll survive and may end up coming around eventually and be Schmuckinuck lovers just like me!  But if you NEVER introduce them to healthy food, then they don't stand a chance as adults.  I'd say that like 90% of my clients never ate veggies, not as kids and not as adults.  And now they're sick and overweight with 40 years of food habits to change.  Think of yourself as Jaimie Oliver and step forth boldly and with humor, involving the kids in your healthy kitchen experiments.  Tell them your afraid of Brussels Sprouts too but you'll try them if they will and then make edible green sprout snowmen and bite their heads off.

At the same time, keep up a steady stream of grilled cheese, PB and J, and tuna fish sandwiches with the crusts cut off.  You have to make some concessions to prevent all out rebellion.  Case in point:  Yesterday was my husband's birthday and I made him a Flan.  Eggs, butter, milk, sugar.  I am not veganizing it because I don't want to be divorced.  Or murdered.

Vegans, avert your eyes!
Birthday Flan (NOT Vegan)

But I'm also made this:
Egg-less Egg Salad (with the crusts cut off for old times sake)
THIS is Vegan!

Egg-less Egg Salad
1 container firm tofu, drained and crumbled with your hands
2-3 T vegan mayonnaise
1 T mustard
1 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
Mix it all up.  Easier than egg salad and just as tasty!