People Who Eat High Fiber Diets Live Longer and Have Less Disease

Last night I heard a radio newscast that said that people who eat high fiber diets live longer and have less heart disease, diabetes and cancer. This is good news because food fiber is readily available, inexpensive, satisfying and can help with weight loss because it’s filling. How can we get more fiber? Fill your refrigerator with fresh carrots, apples, potatoes, sprouted wheatberry bread, broccoli, cabbage, grapes and other fruits and vegetables. Go to the natural foods store and purchase wheat bran and wheat germ. Add the wheat bran to your cornbread recipe and add the wheat germ to your favorite yogurt. Cook a lot of brown rice and stock up your cupboard with other grains like quinoa and polenta. Keep a wide variety of beans in your cupboard so you can make tasty vegetable soups. When you choose breakfast cereals, choose oats and if you go for packaged cereals, read the labels and only buy those with 100 percent whole grains and no added sugars or chemicals. These high fiber foods will leave you feeling full, give your body energy, and according to the radio newscaster… give you many more years of life.

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!

Suellen Ocean

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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Flour, Butter and Sugar … Until You Get to New Orleans

I’m reading an old cookbook written before WWII, showcasing different regions in the United States and sharing their traditional recipes with us. I’ve read pages and pages of recipes so far, and one thing most of the recipes have in common are flour, butter and sugar, over and over again. Until you get to the section on New Orleans. The various cultures who called Louisiana home (African, French, Spanish, Native American, etc.) combined with the availability of game in the swamps, a climate enabling early fruits and vegetables in great varieties and an array of seafoods, are why New Orleans became delightfully world famous for it’s delicious foods when a lot of the rest of America was figuring out twenty different ways to make flour, butter and sugar taste different. But we’ve been hearing for years that Americans eat too much sugar and how it isn’t good for us. Olive oil is being substituted a lot for butter and those on low carb diets desire cutting back on bread and flour. Butter and sugar are two ingredients we need to use moderately (some people not at all). It isn’t always easy but we’ll probably maintain better health if we do.

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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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260122

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If You Don’t Feel Good, Eat Beans! No Kidding!

My husband laughed when I said this to him but my bean and legume soups help him to cut firewood, build barns, repair cars and ride motorcycles in the cold. A big bowl of split pea soup will provide 11 grams of protein; eight percent of one’s daily Vitamin A, fifteen percent daily iron requirements and drum roll here… forty-four percent of daily fiber. Black beans provide nine grams of protein per serving and a whopping sixty-percent of daily fiber needs. Lentils provide eight grams of protein per serving and thirty-six percent daily fiber needs. AND there is absolutely NO fat or cholesterol in them, ZERO. If you need to go fat free, you can make delicious dishes with beans and legumes without adding any extra fat. If you don’t believe me, just ask my husband when he gets finished hefting that hay.

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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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260122

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A cookbook for poor people, rich people, starving artists, students, all people!

Eat Good Food and You’ll Have Good Energy

I feel great today. What did I eat in the last 24 hours? The answer was lots of healthy, wholesome foods. As a vegetarian I have to work at getting enough protein but spending a little time in the kitchen provides me with plenty of nutritious alternatives. If you’re dragging around, take stock of what you ate in the last 24 hours, it’s a little more work to prepare foods from scratch but fresh salads, whole grains, beans and legumes will provide better energy than fast foods, high fat microwavable dishes, etc.

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

eBook or computer download through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260122

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A cookbook for poor people, rich people, students, starving artists… all people.

There Are Both Good And Bad Mirrors … Really

My mother’s bathroom had a great mirror; made me and the six other women in the family look ten pounds thinner. I hadn’t known it worked for others until I mentioned it to my nieces. Before that, I had wishfully thought I was a little slimmer. We still laugh about that mirror. Some movie theaters have bad mirrors, they make one look ten pounds heavier and if there’s bad lighting … well … ask an actor what lighting will do for one’s looks.

People are like mirrors too. Some are good mirrors, others are not. Sometimes those who are bad mirrors are favorites of ours. What to do? Maybe it’s the lighting. Try shining a little brighter when around those bad mirror acquaintances. As for movie theatre mirrors? Don’t look?

Suellen Ocean is the author of the satirical novel Gone North. Available here:

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After the summer of love.

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:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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Hold out for your shade of crazy.

Motivation To Exercise (get off the couch)

Ah ha! You’re hoping I have the magic elixir, maybe I do. Maybe you do too. It’s called “action.” I don’t know who said it but a few years back I read the phrase, “Action precedes motivation.” And I found it works. Don’t make yourself any promises, motivation or not, just get up and start going through the motions. The motivation will come later. Your mind and body will experience a change. Your blood will get going and your mind will become stimulated. It begins when you first stand up. It’s hard when the weather is dreary, the news is bad, we’re recuperating from the flu or that it is just so comfortable to be on that couch. But whoever said, “Action proceeds motivation” was correct. You get active, you get motivated. Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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