Natural Weight Loss? Drink Your Basil Seed Tea?

I had a bumper crop of sweet basil this summer and have been staring at a bowl of the dried herb for over a month. The reason I left it sitting there was because I thought the seeds might be bitter and didn’t know if I should separate them from the leaf before I stored it for my spice cabinet. Today I finally got around to doing a bit of research about the seeds and I see more than one source recommends basil seeds for weight loss. Are you kidding me? And I was going to throw them out? Could it be that simple? I doubt it but you can be sure I’ll save them and see if I enjoy the Thai style of basil seed tea that’s so popular within that culture.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Practical Ways to Be the Best You

I want to share with you, Sharon Vincello’s Practical Ways to Be the Best You. I love her attitude!

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The Beauty In Beans … They Are Nutritious … Easy and Inexpensive

Beans have got to be one of the cheapest foods available. Humans have cultivated them for thousands of years. Some of the beans we plant in our gardens are the same variety the ancients planted in theirs. I don’t doubt that cultures who eat a lot of beans also have nice skin, hair, bones, nails, etc., provided they’re other nutritional needs are met. Beans have the fiber we need, they have protein, no fat, no cholesterol and almost no salt unless added. One quarter cup of dried black beans has nine grams of protein and that can be increased if you eat corn or rice with it.  They’re delicious too. What’s not to like? I’m cooking black bean chili today. I’ll cook up the black beans then add some cumin spice, onions, basil, oregano, a little soy sauce and I’ll add some tomatoes as well. I leave it on the back burner all day and maybe I’ll toss a teaspoon of brown sugar into the pot to bring out the flavor. About an hour before dinner I’ll make some whole grain whole wheat corn bread. My husband will love it and I will too.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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Always Keep Curry Powder Around, Especially If It Contains Turmeric

Are you tired and want to make an easy dish? Take a couple cups of  leftover cooked brown rice and mix it with the same amount of cooked black beans and two or three raw eggs and a little curry powder to taste. Mix it well. Put it into a glass pie cooking dish and microwave it for about 20 minutes. If you microwave it you won’t need to oil the pie dish, thus making it fat free. Have it with a nice salad and some steamed zucchini and onions. Turmeric is being studied for numerous healing properties including slowing the onset of diabetes and Alzheimers. Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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What Does Calorie Really Mean?

The word calorie is used to explain the heat or energy producing value of food. Using honey as an example, it means that if one tablespoon contains 100 calories the body will release just that amount of energy to use in physical activities. Using computer lingo from the 1980’s, SISO (shit in – shit out) one might think of this with calories. Most of us are aware that if we don’t exert ourselves enough to burn off those 100 calories, the body will store it.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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Chubbiness Runs in my Family

When I went to New Orleans last summer to visit my father’s family, they all kept calling me “Chubby’s daughter.” Chubby this and Chubby that, even at one point my cousin said, “You don’t mind if we call him Chubby do you? That’s what we all called him.” No I didn’t mind except it made me feel a little chubby myself, after a fashion, but my father was a jolly guy, the good Lord didn’t make many like him and probably never will. But it kinda makes you wonder about the way chubbiness runs in families. “I don’t eat very much,” I hear family members say, to which I roll my eyes, after all, I’m the one that just saw them order at the last restaurant and after they ordered quite a bit they looked at me and said the same thing, “I don’t eat very much.” My father used to think it was hilarious the way my sister and I gobbed butter on our French bread when out in restaurants during the 1960’s, “You want bread on your butter?” he used to say teasingly, as if admiring our extravagant taste, either that or proud that we were just like him. But times have changed. Technology allows us to see what gobs of butter does to our heart. Bad habits are hard to break but when my husband went to the doctor and was diagnosed with high cholesterol, the doctor had some great advice, “Don’t eat butter.” So we don’t and ya know what, it took awhile to get used to it but olive oil works for me. But next time you see my brother, try to explain to him that just because those who consume olive oil tend to suffer less strokes, does not mean that you pour it all over your food … butter and all. Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

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Second Helpings May Be OK But Can Thirds Cause Mental Stress?

Sounds crazy but if extra calories stress your body why not your mind? Overload can lead to depression whether it be food or any of the other factors in life that wreck havoc on our well-being. Consult your doctor if you have depression, especially severe, but next time try avoiding eating that extra helping. If you’re full, walk away. If not, why not try having something else, something different? I suspect too much of one food might tax your mind.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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Sugar? Brings Out the Ugly Twin?

I know they have a book out called “Sugar Blues” but how about “Sugar Bitch”? I’ll tell ya, I have to stay away from the stuff as it brings out a nasty twin sister that dwells inside. If you don’t believe me you can ask my husband. Good thing I am into health foods. It really surprises me what an impact a little bit of sugar has on me. It makes my temper flare, makes me grind my teeth makes me impatient and yes it can bring about the blues. It’s too bad because it does a nice job on a hot cup of tea on a cold winter’s afternoon but this kid … no can do. That twin, she is NOT fun to hang out with.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose.

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Recession Grocery Shopping – You Can’t Win!

You absolutely can not win if you go grocery shopping, especially if you have a partner. If you spend too much, which you will, especially with prices so high (bread is four dollars in California) or if you don’t come home with anything interesting to eat. My husband went last night and of course spent more than we had agreed on. But he said, “I figure I’ll be in less trouble if I bring you something good to eat”. Smart man. I can remember years ago a very stressful shopping experience. We had this little tiny Subaru hatchback and I had the delightful experience of having only seventeen dollars. My list included a bale of hay, groceries and gas. Whew. But I did it. I shoved that hay into the hatchback, bought the least amount of gas I could and found groceries really cheap at the gas station mini-mart. I always thought those days were behind us but this recession has brought them back again. I am grateful I have all the frugal skills I acquired during lean times. These days… I need them.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Protein, Protein, Protein … but not too much

As a vegetarian if I don’t receive enough protein I will eat and eat and eat … and eat! Until my body receives the protein it needs, I’m hungry! Yet I cringe when I read about cancer being caused by a “protein” that runs amok. Eating too much protein can cause its problems and finding adequate protein without turning to animal sources is sometimes frustrating. But mixing the right amino acids together, which can mean beans and rice is crucial to satisfying hunger.

It’s very tempting to simplify things and think that because one is obese they are well-fed. Protein is expensive and many who are struggling financially eat a lot of starches (macaroni and cheese boxes) to get by. Higher quality starches like whole grain brown rice and whole grain pastas and breads, though they are more expensive, are a better bargain in the long run because of the nutrition they provide.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.