Category Archives: Plant Based Diet

Delicious Daniel’s Fast Recipes

One of my favourite dinners whilst on the Daniel fast was Carribean wild rice, which I can admit does not sound the most interesting but it was delicious. I got the recipe from Have a read through and you may decide that you would like to give it a try.


Caribbean Wild Rice

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 (8-ounce) can unsweetened pineapple tidbits, juice reserved

2 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or soy sauce

1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup chopped snow peas

1 cup chopped zucchini

½ cup chopped jarred roasted red bell peppers, drained

½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained

½ cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 cups cooked wild rice

Avocado slices

Chopped macadamia nuts

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions, and cook until soft and translucent. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly so garlic doesn’t burn. Add ½ cup pineapple juice, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and lime juice. Stir in carrots, snow peas, zucchini, red peppers, black beans, and chickpeas. Increase heat to medium high, stirring often. Cook 5 minutes, or until 3/4 of the liquid is absorbed and vegetables are slightly softened. Add wild rice and pineapple. Increase heat, and stir-fry until heated through. Serve immediately. Garnish with avocado slices and chopped macadamia nuts.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Recipe Notes

Use cooked brown rice instead of wild rice.

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is an alternative to soy sauce that has no added salt or preservatives. It’s a certified non-GMO (not genetically modified) liquid protein concentrate, derived from healthy soybeans, that contains 16 essential and non-essential amino acids.

One Week into the Daniel Fast & Loving It!

Just over a week ago my Church Pastor announced that he would be doing the Daniel fast for 21 days and asked the congregation to wave their hands if we would like to join. I decided that I would like to do the fast as I think it is an opportunity to deepen my spiritual journey, focus my mind and control what I put into my body; together with like-minded people.


 The Daniel Fast is described as a powerful spiritual experience to help followers of Jesus Christ develop a more intimate relationship with their Lord, seek answers to prayer, and grow in the love and knowledge of the Saviour.

It is a partial fast, meaning that you do not abstain from food, you eat a restricted diet where all meat, fish, sugars, dairy, animal products, fried and processed foods are eliminated from your diet. You are only allowed to eat fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, oats, wholemeal rice and pasta and minimal amounts of oil.

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I did some research on the fast and found that many health benefits have been recorded.  A few of them have been listed below:

    • Bloating (intestinal) – gone
    • Body- detoxified
    • Blood Pressure – improved
    • Concentration – enhanced
    • Cholesterol – lowered
    • Cravings (sugar, refined carbohydrates & savory) – overcome
    • Depression – lessened
    • Diabetes – improved
    • Energy levesl – better
    • Excessive night-time urination – disappeared
    • Fertility – increased
    • Fluid retention – gone
    • Food allergies and addictions – recognised and overcome
    • Good health – renewed and maintained
    • Hair and nail strength – improved
    • Headaches – disappeared
    • Hot flushes – disappeared
    • Immunity to recurring illness – strengthened
    • Insomnia – disappeared
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome and stomach complaints -disappeared
    • Menstrual problems and PMS – disappeared
    • Mind – clearer and sharper

After the fast my main aim is to keep processed food out of my diet along with sugar and white flour.  On the odd occasion I will have desserts or things that I fancy but I am not going to return to having the levels of sugar and chemicals that I was unconsciously consuming before.

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As I am vegetarian and I also do not eat any dairy productsI was expecting the most challenging thing in the fast to be that I could not have sugar and also that I would not be able to eat bread but surprisingly I have not been tempted to have either. I do not miss chocolate and sweets which has been a real eye opener.


I think this may be due to the fact that fruit contains natural sugars which satisfy my sweet tooth and the whole wheat rice and pasta is very filling. I am enjoying this 3 week journey and embracing each day. When the 3 weeks is over I am definitely going to continue some elements as I have been wanting to eliminate processed foods for sometime, but without taking small steps it can seem daunting.

The Daniel fast has certainly made me more conscious of my food choices when shopping and when preparing meals. Although many of my meals are cooked from scratch it has highlighted the fact that I also opt for quite a few sugar laden sauces. I have had to change my usual repertoire of recipes and look around for inspiration using natural ingredients.

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Over the next few days I am going to share some of the recipes that I found really tasty with you so that you can give them a try.

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If this level of clean eating is something that you fancy giving a try maybe set yourself the task of trying it for 3 days, and then when the 3 days are over you may want to push it to 5 and so on. Sometimes it is best just to start and think about each day as it comes rather than setting goals that we will not achieve. My reasons for this fast are religious but I have shared the details with you as I know that there are many of you would welcome the health benefits. If you decide to give it a go I would love to hear from you.

Vegan Power Plant-Based Diet Protein Myth Busted!

Since August 2013 I have eliminated meat and dairy from my diet and now follow a plant based diet.  I have really been enjoying it and I have found that it encourages me to be much more adventurous in the kitchen rather than just eating protein and carbs for dinner with a portion or two of veg. My decision to follow a plant based diet was made after researching some of the things that are contained in our everyday foods and how they effect our bodies. I came to the conclusion that a high percentage of the foods that I was eating were actually harmful to my body in the long run. I was also eating many of them out of habit, not because I particularly enjoyed them.

I have reposted this article by Eric Dubay from Happy Healthy Homepage as it is an interesting read and it contains all of the reasons why I have decided to follow a plant based diet. I hope that you enjoy reading the article as much as I did.


“The idea that humans must consume animal flesh and excretions (meat and dairy) as part of a balanced diet is a monstrous myth long symbolized and propagated by our unhealthy FDA food pyramid.

The entire top three levels of the regular pyramid (meat, dairy, refined fats/sugars) are not by any means necessary or conducive to good health. There is not a single vitamin, mineral, nutrient, phyto-nutrient, amino-acid, fatty-acid, protein-chain, omega, or any other such elusive vital ingredient to health, not a single thing found in meat or dairy products that cannot be found, in greater abundance and more optimally, in the plant kingdom. For instance there are more omegas in seaweed than in fish, over twice as much protein in spinach than steak, and four times more calcium in sesame seeds than in milk. An actual healthy food pyramid would look something like this picture.

Meat and dairy products are highly acidic, fattening, cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging, lymph-clotting, mucus-forming, constipating, difficult to digest, and full of worms, parasites, bacteria, metabolic waste, hormones, and chemicals. Eggs are actually unfertilized avian menstrual cycles, otherwise known as chicken periods. Milk is the puss and hormone-filled mammary excretions of a female cow and meant to nourish her young. None of these animal bits and pieces are beneficial or necessary for human consumption.

There is not a single chronic disease or deficiency exclusive to vegans. However, heart disease, cancer, tumours, cysts, MS, diabetes, and many other major health problems have all been cured by switching to a 100% vegan diet. Some of the strongest animals in nature like gorillas, elephants, moose, rhinos, hippos, and giraffes are all vegetarians. The idea that you need to eat another animal’s flesh to be strong is a ridiculous superstition. Shaolin martial monks, arguably the toughest men on the planet, are all strict vegetarians.
Our human anatomy is undeniably designed to subsist on plant foods and not on animal flesh; literally every aspect of our bodies proves we are herbivore/frugivores and not carnivore/omnivores
To begin with, humans and other natural vegetarians have 4x longer, convoluted intestinal tracts perfect for slow digesting fruits and starches, whereas omnivore/carnivores have 4x shorter intestines to quickly push out the acidic, putrefying animal flesh they eat.
Humans have alkaline saliva ptyalin to pre-digest grains, alkaline urine, and weak stomach acid whereas all omnivore/carnivores have acidic saliva, acidic urine, and 10-1000x stronger hydrochloric stomach acid essential for digesting meat.  
All natural flesh-eaters also secrete the enzyme “uricase” necessary to metabolize the uric acid in meat, but uricase is not produced by our human bodies.

Humans have lateral jaw movement and flat molars for grinding grains and vegetables whereas natural flesh eaters have no lateral jaw movement and scores of huge fangs for biting and ripping. Humans have short, weak fingernails whereas carnivores and omnivores have long, strong, sharp claws for cutting through skin and flesh. Humans must take in Vitamin C from our food whereas all carnivores and most omnivore’s bodies produce their own Vitamin C.  Natural omnivores and carnivores also have a microbial tolerance far higher than humans.  For example the botulinum toxin which is deadly to humans but is easily and safely digested by natural flesh-eaters.
Humans eating a high fat diet become obese, lazy, and diseased whereas natural flesh eaters stay trim, energetic and absolutely thrive on their high fat diet.  Human vision is easily able to differentiate various colors making it simple to discern ripe from unripe plant foods, whereas the color vision of most omnivore/carnivores is far less discerning. Humans sleep only 6-12 hours a day like most herbivore/frugivores, whereas most omnivore/carnivores sleep 18-20 hours a day. Humans sweat from pores all over our bodies whereas all carnivores and most omnivores release perspiration from their tongues. Humans have single births and two mammary glands whereas most all omnivores and carnivores birth litters of several babies have have rows upon rows of mammary glands.
Again, there is not a single chronic disease or deficiency exclusive to vegans, nor a single vitamin, mineral, nutrient, phyto-nutrient, amino-acid, fatty-acid, protein-chain, omega, or any other such elusive vital ingredient to health, not a single thing found in meat (or dairy) products that cannot be found, in greater abundance and more optimally, in the plant kingdom.  Put simply, humans are biologically built vegetarians.
In using comparative anatomy to determine what man was ‘meant’ to eat, we should look at the species most similar to man, namely the anthropoid apes – chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans. Of all animals, man’s digestive organs and teeth most closely resemble these apes. In captivity, some of these animals will eat meat if forced to rather than starve to death. But in the wild, all eat a vegetarian diet. Another strong clue that man is naturally a vegetarian is the fact that vegetarians in general are much healthier than omnivores. The American Dietetic Association has acknowledged that vegetarians are less at risk for a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease, some types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, and adult-onset diabetes … Eating a healthy diet goes far beyond cutting back a bit on red meat. In a recent study of 6,500 Chinese, Dr. T. Collin Campbell of Cornell found that even though the Chinese overall eat only a fraction of the animal protein Americans do, those who ate the least animal protein nonetheless had lower risk of disease than the average Chinese. Dr. Campbell concludes, ‘We’re basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a wide variety of plant foods and minimizing our intake of animal foods.‘” -Glen Kime, president, Vegetarian Society of Washington, D.C.

All omnivores and carnivores eat their meat raw, tearing through fur/skin, and lapping up the nutrient-rich blood with their tongues. A true omnivore like a bear will take a fish out of the water and swallow it whole, uncooked, scales, bones, fins, head and everything. When a lion kills an herbivore for food, it tears right into the stomach area to eat the raw stomach, liver, intestines, and other organs that are filled with blood and nutrients. They will NOT eat cooked meat. For most humans, the smell and taste of raw bloody meat is putrid, so in order to consume it they must first clean, cook, season and marinate the flesh in various vegetarian herbs and spices to make it palatable.

The final point I would like to make on how we as humans were not meant to eat meat is this. All omnivorous and carnivorous animals eat their meat raw. When a lion kills an herbivore for food, it tears right into the stomach area to eat the organs that are filled with blood (nutrients). While eating the stomach, liver, intestine, etc., the lion laps the blood in the process of eating the dead animals flesh. Even bears that are omnivores eat salmon raw. However, eating raw or bloody meat disgusts us as humans. Therefore, we must cook it and season it to buffer the taste of flesh. If a deer is burned in a forest fire, a carnivorous animal will NOT eat its flesh. Even circus lions have to be feed raw meat so that they will not starve to death. If humans were truly meant to eat meat, then we would eat all of our meat raw and bloody. The thought of eating such meat makes one’s stomach turn. This is my point on how we as humans are conditioned to believe that animal flesh is good for us and that we were meant to consume it for survival and health purposes. If we are true carnivores or omnivores, cooking our meat and seasoning it with salt, ketchup, or tabasco sauce would disguise and we as humans would refuse to eat our meat in this form.” -Dr. Akilah El


Finally, plain moral decency and ethics should be reason enough to end this animal holocaust. Can you imagine if aliens came to Earth and treated humans the way we treat cows, pigs, and chickens? If aliens kept us locked together in tight cages, fattened us up, cut our noses and balls off, raped our women, chained down our children, then killed and ate us when we were the most tasty, would you see anything wrong with that? And for the anti-war meat-eaters out there: Need I point out the hypocrisy? If you kill innocent, defenseless animals every day just because you like the taste, then go around pretending you’re “anti-war,” you’re only fooling yourself.”

 “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” -Leo Tolstoy

Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal” -Ingrid Newkirk

A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses” -George Bernard Shaw

A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral” -Leo Tolstoy

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages” -Thomas Edison