Once the pantry and fridge are well stocked with fresh, colorful, healthy foods and staple ingredients, eating plant-based becomes easier. Find a complete list of staples here.
I learned to appreciate eating the Mediterranean way when I visited Egypt, Spain, and Greece many years ago. Throughout my life, I have enjoyed the best health and found it easier to maintain my ideal weight when eating primarily fresh vegetables and drinking lots of water. The food/lifestyle pyramid I mostly follow includes a variety of fresh seasonal plant-based food with some wild-caught fish/seafood and occasional organic chicken or turkey. I don’t eat red meat.
I stock lots of fresh leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans, and other vegetables for salads in summer. In addition, onions, garlic, potatoes, grains/seeds such as farro, beans, hulled barley, and quinoa are almost always in my pantry and on my counter. I use them to make soups, stews, and as side dishes with steamed broccoli and other vegetables in the winter. Click here for some great soup recipes!
I have one cup of coffee each morning, then I heat a pot of filtered water and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into an 8 oz cup twice. Lemons contain about 53 mg of vitamin C per 100 g of liquid, more than apples, honeydew melons, raspberries, or mangoes. I drink lots of water in the morning and then taper off in the afternoon, so I don’t have to get up at night.
The freezer is stocked with wild-caught salmon, organic vegetables, and soup I made in large batches.
My daily oatmeal starts with brown lentils simmered in filtered water for about twenty minutes. Next, I add cut-up dates, prunes, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, blackstrap molasses, and nutmeg before adding the rolled oats. An occasional piece of dark chocolate satisfies a sweet tooth.
Mounted behind the pantry door is the best-ever storage rack, allowing for easy viewing and access to canned goods, pasta, grains, and coffee. I found a similar rack here.
An earlier post about what I eat is here. I have avoided all red meat, processed, and fast foods for over a decade. When people learn that I do not eat red meat and rarely have dairy products or chicken, someone will always ask, “How do you get protein?” The truth is animal products are not the only source of protein. Read more about protein sources here.
This post shares what I keep on hand, some recipes I use, and other general information from trusted sources. My lab results are consistently excellent, and I do not take any medications or supplements. However, please consult your doctor before changing your diet or exercise routine.