Netflix it! 5 Great Documentaries On Food and Nutrition

I’ve found Netflix and Youtube to be an exceptional tool for finding documentaries on health and nutrition to watch. Netflix has a great selection of these types of documentaries that you may find useful on your quest for better health. As with all documentaries, there is often a bias, I try to keep this in mind and try to be as open to all points of view as possible. Nevertheless, Netflix makes it easy for me to watch some of these documentaries while I am working, as opposed to watching the toxic news or political shows I used to be addicted to. Hope this list helps you out! I have included a brief synopsis or trailer of each documentary and any links to the respective websites, but you can view these directly on Netflix, Metcafe or Youtube.

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

This documentary explores the journey of Joe Cross and his experiment to switch to a juicing diet for 2 months, eliminating his chronic illnesses, adopting a healthy lifestyle, losing weight and influencing others. This movie does a great job both entertaining and informing as he takes a journey through the United States on his 60 day venture, meeting a few people who are willing to try out his experiment as well. Along the way he meets a man named Phil Staples who was a ticking time bomb as his obesity was close to claiming his life. Phil adopts Joe’s lifestyle and reverses his conditions and weight. Very inspirational!


Food Inc.

In this ground breaking documentary, filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.


Food Matters

In a collection of interviews with leading Nutritionists, Naturopaths, Scientists, M.D.’s and Medical Journalists you will discover scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally. Food Matters also explores the politics behind the pharmeceutical industry and the possibilities of healing through natural vitamins and whole foods. This documentary brings to light the much controversial work of Dr Max Gerson (Gerson Therapy).

 Forks Over Knives 

This documentary gives a compelling look at the protein Caisin found in many meat products and its implications on cancer and other chronic disease. This movie gave me good reason to focus on eating a plant based whole foods diet such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. Forks over Knives uses several studies (including The China Study) to make the case for reducing or eliminating animal based foods such as eggs, dairy and meats from your diet as well as processed foods.

King Corn

King Corn takes a look at the industrial power and politics behind the rise of the corn industry in the United States. Two young individuals explore what it takes to grow corn in the middle of America, documenting the subsidies behind this industry as well as its ties with GMO’s, herbicides and insecticides. The film also shows the many effects that the politics behind the corn lobby has that spills into our every day lives in ways we never imagined. Of course the documentary covers the production of High Fructose Corn Syrup as well.


Must See Video: Defeating MS Without Drugs


In 2003 Terry Wahls, M.D., an active Tae Kwon Do enthisiast, was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and soon became dependent upon a tilt-recline wheelchair. After spending considerable time researching both conventional and holistic therapies, she developed what is called the Wahls Protocol, she is now able to walk through the hospital and commute to work by bicycle. She now uses intensive directed nutrition in her primary care and traumatic brain injury clinics. Dr. Wahls is the lead scientist in a clinical trial testing her protocol in others with progressive MS.

Please view this TED/MD video to see her remarkable recovery and the steps she took to achieve this. Dr. Wahls recommends utilizing the healing power of eating a clean diet full of healthy fruits and vegetables as well as avoiding our chemical laden processed foods. In the video, Dr. Wahls talks about her research of the complex reactions within our body and how nutrients derived from what we eat affects our bodies.

Dr. Wahls Website

Citrus Shrimp Ceviche Salad

Citrus Shrimp Ceviche Salad

Want something tangy, light and full of flavor? Try this Citrus Shrimp Ceviche Salad (say that three times fast). Ceviche is a popular dish in Central and South America that is made by marinating seafood such as fish, shrimp, scallops, squid and octopus with lemon or lime juice along with seasoning such as salt, pepper,  oinion, cilantro. Ceviche makes an intriguing dish because the fish is soaked in the citrus juices, typically overnight, and the acid from the juices actually cooks the fish without heat.

For this version, the raw shrimp can be marinated over night or you can use cooked ‘cocktail’ shrimp instead and soak for 10 minutes in lime juice and salt before adding the rest of the ingredients if you would like a faster dish. This ceviche salad is extremely healthy with an amazingly fresh and crisp taste, but the best part is it is dairy, soy, gluten, and corn free so this dish can be enjoyed by many. This makes an excellent main course, lunch, starter salad or appetizer.


  • 1 pound of peeled small shrimp (pre-cooked for fast ceviche or raw for authentic)
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 small jalepeno
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and diced
  • 1 large tomato
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 ripe avocado


Put the shimp in a medium glass bowl and add the lime juice and salt, tossing to coat. For pre-cooked shrimp, set to the side and allow 10 minutes while prepping the rest of the ingredients. For traditional ceviche, let the raw shrimp marinate in the lime juice and salt overnight in the refrigerator to allow the citrus juices to cook the meat.

Use a food processor or finely dice the onion and jalepeno, if using a food processor add the cucumber in and pulse to evenly chop until the three have a ‘relish’ type consistency. Now add in the diced tomatoes, oranges and chopped cilantro, stir and then pour over the marinated shrimp. Serve over a bed of romaine lettuce (as shown) or your favorite greens, if you like a dash of spice then top with a little Sriracha sauce.



“Natural” vs “Organic” labeling: Are you getting the Bait and Switch?

Don't confuse "Natural" with "Organic"

Understanding the difference between “natural” and “organic” labeling can make a big difference in the quality of food that you eat as well as helping you sort out the ‘big food’ companies that are trying to cash in on the trend for eating healthier foods, shortcut the stricter regulations of ‘organic’ labeling and in some cases willfully misleading consumers. Many of the food industry’s heavyweight companies are using the term “natural” to market their products in a way that may be confusing to some consumers, if not blatantly misleading. Many consumers are under the impression that the two terms are the same, and that products marketed as ‘natural’ are free of pesticides or genetically modified ingredients, which is not the case.

The term ‘Natural’ can be used in a much looser way than the ‘organic’ label. Unlike organic labeling, no government agency, certification group, or other independent entity defines the term “natural”, which can be used to undermine the strict regulations that have been put forth to ensure that you are receiving products free of pesticides and GMO’s. The video below, called “Cereal Crimes” has been put together by the Cornucopia Institute, an Organic industry watchdog, to help consumers understand the difference between the two terms and how to protect yourself from being sold products that you may not want.

The Cornucopia Institute makes some implications that may be startling to some, finding companies such as Kashi (owned by Kellogg’s), Mothers (Pepsico), Nutritious Living, Barbara’s Bakery (weetabix) and 365 (Whole Foods) to be marketing “Natural” cereals that contain high levels of genetically modified ingredients. The Cornucopia Institute highlights a brand called “Peace Cereal” and uses this as an example of “bait and switch” marketing. Cornucopia claims that Peace Cereal, who used to use organic ingredients, switched to lower quality and cheaper conventional ingredients while maintaining sales and marketing in natural food stores. The Cornucopia Institute brings to light the struggle that organic food producers must overcome to compete with multinational companies such as Kellogg’s & Kraft.

If you would like to read more about this please read the Cereal Crimes press release, which contains great information on this topic.

Cereal Crimes Press Release

Understanding the Difference between “Organic” and “Natural”

For us to continue to be able to have access to the highest quality foods available, free of pesticides and GMO’s, we must educate ourselves and do what we can to protect producers of organic foods. Please to your best to spread the word and educate others. Here is a quick guide that explains the difference between the two terms:

Organic is the most heavily regulated food system. By purchasing USDA certified organic products it guarantees no toxic synthetic pesticides, toxic synthetic herbicides, or chemical NPK fertilizers are used in production, and no antibiotics or growth hormones are given to animals. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents or chemical additives. Organic producers and processors also are subject to rigorous announced – and unannounced – certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that they are producing and processing organic products in a manner you and your family can trust.

Natural foods are often assumed to be foods that are minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibiotics or artificial flavors. In the United States, however, neither the FDA nor the USDA has rules or regulations for products labeled “natural.” As a result, food manufacturers often place a “natural” label on foods containing heavily processed ingredients. The term “natural” is more like a guideline placed on a company by company basis, with no third party regulation.

A food labeled “all natural” can contain:

  • pesticides
  • herbicides
  • toxic heavy metals
  • trace amounts of PCBs
  • toxic fluoride
  • hidden MSG
  • high-temperature cooking byproducts
  • synthetic chemical vitamins
  • other non-natural substances

 For more information on Organic and Natural Foods please visit the following links:

Chia Seeds: Natures own “5 Hour Energy”

Chia Seeds: Great for energy, hydration and endurance!

Chia seeds, also known as Salvia Hispanica, is a species of flowering plant that is native to southern Mexico and Latin America and has a long history as a supplement for the ancient Aztec warriors. The seed of this plant, looks similar to black poppyseeds and had a crunchy texture when uncooked or not soaked. The flavor is mild, to me it reminded me of the flavor of a sesame seed. Chia seeds are extremely versatile for eating, in a section below we will show many ways you can use them in your every day cooking to improve your health or supplement your workouts. Who needs 5 Hour Energy anymore?

Chia Seeds: A superfood?

This seed is rich in anti-oxidants, omega 3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid) and fiber not to mention an excellent source of protein, manganese, calcium, potassium  and sodium. In just one ounce of dried chia seeds you will find 9% of your daily recommended value of protien, 13% fat (most of which is alpha-linolenic acid) and 42% of your fiber. The high content of fiber in Chia seeds helps to regulate food cravings, and unlike flax seeds they are more easily digested and do not need to be ground up to be digested.

A great tool for endurance athletes:

Aside from the nutrition, Chia seeds make an excellent tool for endurance athletes. Not only do Chia seeds give you a boost of energy that lasts, they also provide stamina and endurance. It is said that a single tablespoon of chia could sustain Aztec warriors for an entire day of working and hunting. The biggest benefit of chia seeds is they absorb so much water and have high soluble fiber levels, they help release natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream. This helps to keep athletes hydrated for longer, and when soaked in an electrolyte rich source such as coconut water will maximize the potential endurance benefits.

As mentioned above, Chia seeds are extremely versatile. The can easily be added to:

  • Oatmeal, granola, cold or hot cereals
  • Sprinkled over pudding or yogurts
  • Sprinkled over salads
  • Blended with your favorite protein or smoothie drink
  • Baked into muffins, cookies or breads
  • Chia pudding (see below)
  • Try using chia seeds as a replacement for flax seeds

When soaked in water overnight, the chia seeds lose their crunchy texture and form a gel-like substance so add or soak depend on your preference.

Chia Pudding with Berries and Cocoa

Chia pudding with strawberries, cocoa and blueberries

A Simple Chia Pudding:

This simple Chia pudding is fast, easy, delicious and energy packed. Takes just a few minutes to put together and a couple hours to overnight to soak the chia seeds, depending on your desired consistency. This not only makes a great breakfast or snack, but a light dessert as well!

1 cup soy, almond, coconut milk; coconut water (vanilla flavored gives an excellent taste)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp maple syrup, honey, brown sugar or agave nectar
optional: cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa
optional: fruit slices, berries

Pour the seeds into the base liquid along with any optional ingredients, stir and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or overnight for a more ‘tapioca’ like consistency.

Here is another awesome recipe for a Chia Pudding by Evan Riling:


2 cups Water
1 cup Cashews
½ cup Nutiva Hempseeds
½ cup Coconut Sugar
¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ cup Nutiva Coconut Oil
2 ½ tablespoons Nutiva Chia Seeds

Soak the cashews in water for 4-6 hours. Then rinse the cashews with water and strain.

If coconut oil is solid, place in a pan or double boiler on the lowest temperature possible. Once oil becomes a clear liquid, turn the heat off. Coconut oil should melt at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the water, the soaked cashews, the hemp seeds, the coconut sugar, the salt and the vanilla extract in a high-speed blender. Blend on high until you have a nice creamy consistency.

Turn the blender on low and, while it’s running slowly, pour in the melted coconut oil. Place the lid back on and run the blender on high for a few seconds.

Turn the blender on low and slowly pour in the chia seeds. You will want to make sure the chia seeds stay whole.

Place mixture in a sealed container (a quart size mason jar works great) and refrigerate over night. Super Food Chia Pudding is great topped with cacao nibs and hemp seeds or fresh berries.

Recipe Credit: Evan Rilling

Where to find chia seeds:

  • Can be ordered online
  • From your local health or natural foods store (I found them in the bulk foods section of Whole Foods).

Chia seeds from Spectrum.

While chia seeds have many overwhelming benefits, here are some things that certain people may need to take into consideration:

  • Chia seeds may cause a drop in blood pressure so people who are taking blood pressure lowering medications may need to avoid chia seeds.
  • Chia seeds can possibly trigger allergic reactions in some people. For this reason, one should exercise caution when consuming Chia seeds or when using them as an additive in certain foods and drinks.
  • Since Chia seeds can create excessive bloating and gas for some people since they are high in soluble fiber.
Great links:

Superfast Veggies

Super fast, easy to make, filling and tasty!

Easy, Fast, Cheap and Filling. Steamed broccoli, butternut squash and portabello mushroom topped with Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash pasta sauce. Only 220 calories and extremely filling!


Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce:

Daves' Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

We found this pasta sauce at Costco, this makes an excellent topping for steamed vegetables and tastes amazing.


Adult Tonsillectomy

Well, my super healthy significant other, Angela, is having her tonsils out at the age of 35, so I thought I would share some information about this process in case anyone was interested in knowing more about this proceedure. Ill keep this post running and update it before, during and after in hopes that some of this information might help others out.

Diagram of your tonsils

Angela maintains a whole foods, detox friendly diet throughout the year, exercises and is a master of supplementation. With all that, we noticed that she would come down with illness quite often including sore throats and strep throat. A visit to the doctor uncovered a hole in her tonsils “bigger than he has ever seen”. The doctor mentioned that this could be a big factor in her overall health, and by removing them she would likely see improvements in so many other areas.

Removing the Tonsils

What exactly are tonsils? They are located in your oral cavity and play a role in fighting off inhaled and or ingested pathogens. In Angela’s case, the ‘crater’ in her tonsils would allow food particles to get stuck and pave the way for infections. Her body would seem to be fighting a low grade infection for most of the year and leave her feeling run down, not to mention prey to colds and flu. For much of Angela’s youth she was plagued from chronic fatigue, which may also be caused by her tonsil crater.

As Angela worked on finding out a good time where she could get this procedure done and how much time she would need to get off work, she asked family members and friends who had their tonsils removed as an adult about the experience, and most of them remarked about how unpleasant this was. Most of them said it would lay her out for about a week, however when researching several sites on the subject we came across this article:

Introduction:There is a MAJOR difference between a child having a tonsillectomy and an adult having a tonsillectomy, and no it’s not that adults are bigger babies. The reality is that the older you are, the longer it takes for the body to heal; that adult tonsils are much larger than children’s and deeper rooted. Therefore there is more skin removed and more trauma. Even though they are the same surgery, DO NOT begin to compare the adult procedure to the child’s. If you start off recognizing that this is surgery and a traumatic experience to the body then your loved one will feel much more supported and it will HELP their healing process.There are a lot of commonalities in the healing process. I’m hoping that other people who have had a tonsillectomy as an adult can add to this thread…Here is a quick run down on the very general healing process: There are 3 STAGES:STAGE 1: MODERATE PAINDays 1-3 (or thereabouts) are painful – Pain is usually in the moderate to severe stage. Doctors generally prescribe codeine, percocets, vicadin, or morphine, etc. and somtimes an antibiotic to help fight off infection. The most common form of tonsillectomy is to cut them out and cauterize the wounds. Drinking water is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. The blood vessels that have been sealed are directly connected to the main artery in your neck. Sometimes there is nausea after the surgery (within the first 3 days). This is often from medication and the anesthetic leaving the body. Vomiting during this stage is very traumatic. Keep pushing water – no matter how painful it is for the patient to drink – have popsicles and crushed ice available to supplement the water. Usually the patient can eat some foods, even though it ranges from uncomfortable to outright painful. Tomato based products and anything else that contains acid (even bananas!) need to be avoided. Cold temperature and luke warm temp. are preferred. Some people have swollen uvulas and tongues and this makes sleep, breathing and functioning in general very difficult. Constipation from the medication can often be a problem, and constipation can increase the pain and discomfort for the patient and can increase the risk of hemorraging because of the strain put on the body. The patient may experience some mild to moderate referred ear pain during this stage. The white marks on the tonsil holes ARE the scabs – they are white because they are wet – keep them wet- aim for 100oz of water a day (even if they can’t consume that much, keep it as a goal). Swallowing is painful but by not getting enough water the pain becomes worse, thus less water intake, therefore higher risk of increased pain and hemorraging. Avoid Ice Cream – the dairy produces mucus that sits on the wounds – not a good feeling. The patient may need to sleep sitting up for the first few days due to the swelling of the mouth/throat. Get the recliner all cozy with blankets and pillows with a side table for water and meds. Surrender the remote control!Things to keep on hand and remember for STAGE ONE:
1) cold water – see if you can find water fortified with electrolytes.
2) ice chips, popsycles – NOT RED – can make it difficult to determine if there’s bleeding;
3) soup broth, oatmeal, cream of wheat, jello, ensure, pudding, mashed potatoes and gravy, other purreed or soft foods.
3) stool softeners - give to patient right from the get-go to avoid it becoming a problem.
4) humidifier – to keep the throat moist while the patient sleeps
5) rent movies – have their favorite books and magazines, crossword puzzles.
6) keep visitors to a minimum
7) recognize that they might not need a lot of assistance in this stage – so take your cue from them.
8) ask them at least 3-4 times a day how they are doing and if there is anything you can do for them.
9) YOU DO the laundry
, dishes, etc., if they say they can handle a chore, then let them, but don’t assume that if they can do the dusting one day, they can handle it the next day.


Days 4-9 Just when you think your loved one is on the mend (and believe me, they’ll think so too!) the scabs start to come off. The pain this causes pretty much pushes the patient to and beyond their pain threshhold. The pain is not only in the throat, but in the ears – and is EXTREMELY painful – the patient will not be able to eat much – cold HURTS so warm tea and soup broth is generally preferred at this stage and this is generally when the patient becomes an emotional basket case, crying at the drop of a hat (which just further aggravates the throat). This stage is so disheartening and discouraging. The patient may have been in the process of trying to ween off pain meds, when all of a sudden they are hit by this awful stage. Please be very nurturing and understanding to the patient during this time – as you can imagine, there is nothing like feeling like you’ve had a major set back in your healing process. The good news is, this excruciating pain is a sign of healing – very gently remind the patient of this – chose your words carefully because remember, they are miserable and in agony and can be a little touchy and over sensative – whatever you do, do not minimize their discomfort or express confusion over the sudden decline. When you have already been suffering a significant decrease in food intake, constant discomfort – ranging in moderate to severe pain, disrupted sleep and lots of potent medication, it can only be expected to be emotionally at your worse during this stage. I remember crying four times a day and just desperately wanting a 5 minute reprieve from the pain that was so extreme and was so nauseas from the lack of food and constantly tensing all my muscles in an attempt to manage the pain. RISK OF HEMMORAGING at this stage is high. Drinking water is very painful – therefore increasing the risk of dehydration and hemorraging. This is when you lay down the law and make sure the patient is drinking at 18 oz of water every hour and a half. The scabs can come off in big chunks and if the loved one bleeds more than two teaspoons, get them to emerg. ASAP. Have them spit the blood into a cup (gross I know) but the doctor will need to know how much blood has been lost. This stage feels stagnant with regard to high degree of pain – it can last around five days so brace yourself and try to remember how brutal this is for the patient. Even though the patient is aware that it gets worse before it gets better, it’s still a major shock to the system when you hit rock bottom, and stay there.

Things to keep on hand and remember for STAGE TWO:
see list for stage one in addition to:
1) WATER – room temp.
2) warm liquids – tea, broth.
3)) kleenex – for the crying fits
4) anti-nausea medication
5) peroxide and water – to gargle if bleeding starts; also ICE cold water to gargle to seal the wounds
6) mineral or baby oil to heat and place in the ear canal and sealed with a cotton ball for the ear pain – which gives the throat pain a run for its money.
7) more movies
8) lots of hugs and kisses and validation of pain and discomfort.
9) keep visitors away – send a fresh flowers to your loved one – remember this stage is extremely depressing and feels like it lasts forever.
10) let them vent their little hearts out – they need to get it out. Remember “This too shall pass in the fullness of time”


Day 10 (or thereabouts) - The patient tends to experience a significant improvement that almost catches them off guard on day 10 or a few days afterwards. Their hope is recharged and they feel better emotionally. They can eat more and therefore have more energy. They tend to steadily progress from this point on. Although there will continue to be some minor discomfort and possible residual affects for weeks to come. Just because the pain is gone, doesn’t mean the throat is done healing.

Things to keep on hand and remember for STAGE THREE:
1) things are looking up! Keep pushing the water.
2) do not seek sex (seriously let them tell you when they’re ready)
3) encourage light activity – going for a walk, etc.

The surgery may also cause trauma to the taste buds. This will affect the way foods tastes for a while – sometimes a few months.

Angelas whole food strategy:

(Avoiding dairy, gluten, soy, corn)


·         No aspirin or anti-inflammatory, 10 days prior to surgery (or after surgery).

·         No food or water after midnight. Follow any additional directions your physician gives to avoid complications during surgery. If you feel your throat is extremely dry, rinse with water, but do not swallow.


·         No food or water until anesthesia wears off (usually 4 hours). Do not drink any fluids until approved by a medical professional.

Clear Liquids (24 hours)

·         Water (room temp)

·         Ice chips (crushed ice from Sonic)

·         Coconut water pops

Once given the okay, start with clear liquid served at room temperature. Do not drink ice-cold beverages or hot beverages, which will irritate the throat. The first few days after surgery, you will not likely feel like eating or drinking anything; however, it is very important that you start drinking fluids as soon as possible to avoid dehydration. Aim to drink 4 oz. of fluids every 30 minutes, to avoid dehydration. Furthermore, drinking and swallowing frequently speed your recovery. Until you are more comfortable drinking fluids, serve beverages at room temperature. You should avoid hot beverages in the first few days following surgery.

Ice chips and ice pops are encouraged. Do not drink dairy-based beverages for at least 24 hours after surgery as milk often creates phlegm or thick saliva that will irritate the throat. Avoid acidic juices from citrus or tomato drinks and carbonated beverages because they create a painful, burning sensation in the back of the throat. These include orange and tomato juice.

Full Liquids

·         Rice protein with green superfoods and borage oil.  (pops?)

·         Vegetable broth (pops?)

·         Good Belly probiotic beverage (pops?)

·         Chocolate almond milk pops

·         Coconut milk pops & smoothies

·         Sleepytime tea (room temp)

After the clear liquid diet, your doctor will advance you to a full liquid diet. This diet consists of liquids and foods that turn into liquids at room temperature. Foods allowed on the full liquid diet after the removal of your tonsils include juice, water, tea, milk, ice cream, ice pops, fruit ice, gelatin, milkshakes, strained soups, broth and pudding. A full liquid diet is more adequate in calories and protein than the clear liquid diet. It may provide inadequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, however, and if you need to continue on a full liquid diet for several days owing to issues with swallowing after tonsil removal, your doctor may suggest a vitamin and mineral supplement. You can also consume nutritional supplement drinks on a full liquid diet, and these can provide the missing vitamins and minerals.

Soft Foods

·         Mashed sweet potatoes

·         Mashed butternut squash

·         Pumpkin Pudding

·         Pureed: Berries, bananas

·         Avocado

·         Applesauce

·         Coconut yogurt

·         Coconut ice cream

When you feel ready, you can begin a soft food diet. Traditional soft foods include gelatin dessert, pudding and ice cream. However, if you would like to have something a bit more substantial, eat a noodle soup, scrambled eggs or mashed potatoes. Be careful about adding too much seasoning, as a lot of spice may irritate the throat making eating difficult. While this diet of soft foods seems to lack basic nutrition, this is fine for a couple of weeks as you heal; weight loss is common during this time.

Broths and Soups

Broths, such as chicken, vegetables and plain broths, provide your body with important nutrients. You should start with plain broths and progress to broth-based vegetable soups later in your recovery process. This ensures that any surgical site stitches are not disturbed during the digestion process. For best results, blend or chop your soup vegetables into small pieces for easier swallowing.


It is important to consume fruits after tonsil removal because they contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which are important during the recovery process. You can puree fruits in a blender or food processor to achieve a smooth texture. You also can buy pureed peaches, bananas, papayas, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches and pears. Applesauce also is a good option. Avoid citrus fruits as they may irritate the throat.


Probiotics, or “good bacteria,” are found in fermented and unfermented milk, kefir, miso, soy drinks, yogurt products and several cultured dairy products. Including probiotics in your diet might strengthen your immune system, promote digestion and assist in the recovery process. Choose products that contain “live and active cultures” for best results.


Soft-Solid Foods

·         Scrambled eggs

·         Steel cut or rolled oats

·         Brown rice

·         Quinoa

·         Steamed veggies

·         Salmon Sashimi

·         Creamy peanut butter


After the body tolerates the initial soft foods, add more nutritionally dense items such as pasta, oatmeal, rice or steamed vegetables

Solid Foods

 You should avoid eating solid foods in the first week of recovery. Solid foods, especially like popcorn and cold cereal, may scratch or irritate the throat, potentially causing pain and bleeding. After a week or two, you can resume eating normally. It is important to ask your doctor what she suggests after tonsil surgery. You should also ask when she suggests introducing solid foods, as some doctors prefer to do a follow-up appointment first.

Foods to avoid include cookies, pizza, hard breads, crackers and nuts. Eating hard foods may scratch the back of the throat and cause bleeding. Do not eat pineapple, grapefruit or tomatoes. Choose easy-to-chew meats such as shredded chicken, tuna or sausage. If pain is associated with eating, take acetaminophen 30 minutes to an hour before your mealtime.

Stay tuned for more updates on Angela’s Tonsillectomy!




Cycling: A fun way to Lose Weight

Cycling is beyond my favorite sport. I’ve done it since i was a kid and more recently I have taken up bike racing. For most of my life though, cycling has provided me with a fast and fun way to burn calories without staring at a clock or grinding through bone jarring runs. During the summer, weather you ride casually or for sport, time goes by quicker on a bike and its one of the easiest ways to maintain an elevated heart rate without the wear and tear on your body that so many other activities can do.

One of my good friends named Greg Galloway, used a combination of cycling and running to go from 300lbs down to 185 and has kept it off for years now. I remember the first day of seeing him in the gym, talking with him and seeing his journey progress. It has been such a pleasure to see him use cycling as a major tool in his arsenal to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.

Greg kept a sensible diet and a consistent and sustainable training regimen that helped him lose weight and gain a love for cycling. Now, Greg is actively competitive in bicycle racing and we often train and race together.

Greg (right) and I racing in March 2011

Heres a very inspiring story of a man who’s life was in danger from obesity, who stared death in the face and changed his life around by learning to love the bike.

I Lost 320 Lbs Riding a Bike

Spicy Portabello Tostada

Spicy Portabello Tostada
Spicy Portabello Tostada

Last night I made a delicious mexican-’ish’ meal, all vegan, very tasteful and very filling. This meal took only about 10 minutes to prepare.

This flavorful and healthy main course blends several vegetables together for a spicy mexican dish using a baked portabello mushroom as the tostada, then topped with vegetarian refried beans and sauteed corn, garnished with cilantro, chopped green and red onion, salsa, avocado and sriracha sauce. This recipe looks as good as it tastes and will keep you filled up and is dairy, gluten and soy free.


  • Portabello Mushroom
  • Vegetarian Refried Beans (or desired)
  • Avocado
  • Red and Green Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet Corn (or desired)
  • Your favorite salsa
Set your oven to 350 degrees, wash the portabello and bake for 10 minutes. In the mean time heat your refried beans on the stove top while the portabello cooks, you can also start sauteing the corn as you chop your cilantro, avocado, green and red onions. Once the portabello is finished cooking, put it on your plate, top with refried beans, then corn, then garnish with the rest of the ingredients, adding several dabs of sriracha sauce around the plate for decoration and then top with your favorite salsa!
  • For those who are allergic to corn, try brown rice, spanish rice or quinoa
For the nutritional content and more info:

Learning To Eat Well

If you savor ‘the path’ more than the ‘destination’, life instantly becomes full of excitement and adventure that never bores. Keep the destination lofty and dont worry about failing, just hit the reset button and keep on going!


Life is an ever evolving experience where we achieve, we fail, we learn, we keep going, and we sometimes quit. I have always loved food, and for most of my life I have abused it. I used to always be jealous of those people who seemed to have more ‘self control’ than me when it came to food. Although I’ve never been (very) overweight or obese, staying lean and healthy has always been a challenge for me. I used to train excessively just to keep my weight down, going out and riding my bike hard for a couple of hours just to have an excuse to go get a fast food meal for dinner. Food has always been my weakness, but in time I’ve learned so many things that have helped my diet evolve into one where I could ‘Skip the Diet” and eat well, never feeling hungry, stay lean and most importantly be healthy!

This site is dedicated to all of us that have or had a hard time eating healthy, staying lean, learning about foods (and the politics behind our food industry), strategies and tips for sustainability, cutting through ‘fad’ diets, finding what works for each of us and what doesn’t. Remember that life is a journey, savor the path of learning and set your goals lofty, reach for the stars so that if you only end up on the moon you’ve still made an incredible procession.