Vegan lentil Chili Soup


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Vegan Lentil Chili Soup
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
  1. Sauté onions, celery, peppers, carrots in 1/2 cup broth with 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar until carmelized. Add garlic and cook 4 minutes until liquid evaporates.
  2. Add 8 cups vegetable broth, 1 bag lentils.
  3. Add large can no salt tomatoes and season with umami spice, ground pepper and chili spice. Bring to a rolling boil, and cover and cook on low for 1 hour.
  4. Add rinsed can of black beans, rinsed can of corn, 4 cups of fresh kale and season, cooking for 10 minutes on medium.
  5. Season to taste and mix in Trader Joe’s Vegan garlic spread. Enjoy
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We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.

Michael Greger


Happy Monday to all. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Last week I began my 35 days of a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle. I am vegan for the animals and planet, and wfpb for my health. It is a learning curve, but I am researching and really learning a lot. My plan is to do 35 days of my wfpb lifestyle, and allow one cheat day; then continue for another 35 days. It just so happens my cheat days coincide with holidays. My cheat days are as follows, St Patrick’s Day, Easter Sunday and Memorial day. I also will be off on all three days so that’s quite the lucky hand. I am hoping on one of those days we can drive to Austin TX and dine at one of their many vegan restaurants.

I plan on posting my grocery list, meals and recipes as I go forward. I am really feeling so energetic after just one week. Let me add, this is not difficult for me, feeling so well keeps me going. More to come in future posts. I also plan on weighing myself once a month, and have blood work done in three months. I am really curious how this will reflect in a cholesterol test.

This week I begin my cardio, yoga and stretching. I plan to start with speed walking and work my way back into running. I have more plans for March for my workouts, and I am taking the steps I need to get in the best shape I can be. February is all about nutrition and getting back to moving daily. It is heart healthy month and that is my motivation, to be heart healthy. I also have some exciting news to share soon. 

In the past on this blog I shared photos consistently, this time I am being a little more reserved. I will share photos when I feel it is time. At the moment I will be sharing the results that you cannot see. It is like Faith. I am keeping the faith and I wish you the same blessings.

Love and Light







It’s a Lifestyle

Happy Day after Valentine’s Day to all. I hope the special day brought you joy, whether you have a valentine or not. I work in a restaurant at night so my day was all work and no play. That’s ok, it’s my hump day and soon my my off days will be here. I’m working hard for the money and grateful for my blessings. 

It’s day 4 of my 30 day Whole Foods plant-based challenge. I’m vegan and I’m trying to lean more towards a cleaner way of taking care of my temple. Day 4 and I feel fabulous, not as fatigued from waiting tables. For a while I thought I was getting sick, or old, and now I realize I just wasn’t feeding my body correctly. I’m doing the challenge to help myself kick it into high gear, to be accountable. At the end I will have a delicious vegan cheat day and do another 30 day challenge. I’m going to do this plan going forward. I plan to check my cholesterol in a few months, to see how this is working for my body. Staying away from all oils is the biggest hurdle, but I’m sticking to it. In 30 days I will jump on the scale, and going forward I will only weigh myself once a month. 

We had a cat health scare with Max, but it was a false alarm. I will take him in to be safe soon, but it seems he was constipated. I found out today my Mom’s sister, my Aunt Elaine in Chicago had a stroke. I think she’s going to be ok, but send her lots of prayers. In life, challenges pop up when you least expect them. No matter what comes, I’m not deviating from my food plan. This is for my heath, period. My weight loss will be an added bonus. 

Next week I will post on my fitness plans, and more of what I’m eating. I’m going forward and not looking back. Onward and upward for me.

Love and Light 


Smoothie Prep


I bought these little containers to prep smoothies the night before. They are just simple containers, but it will be a huge factor in my success going forward. On my work days I need to be set up for success. This is my week one, and I’m beginning strong. I did a mini plant-based haul and I’m ready to rock it. My smoothie consists of spinach, kale, blueberries, banana, chia seeds plus soy milk and a little peanut butter with no salt. 

My 30 day challenge will actually be a few days longer than 30 days. I want my one cheat day to be on my day off. That will be the day I weigh in. In the next 30 or so days I will be posting what I’m eating and how it’s making me feel, including recipes. Day two and any heart burn I had from eating consistent processed food is gone.

I will also be going over my workouts, and what I’m doing this time to get in the best shape of my life. My week one is all about getting back to basics, finding my footing through clean eating nutrition. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday. It’s never too late to dream a new dream or revisit dreams you never were able to accomplish. As long as you are breathing there is time. 

30 Day Challenge

Good Day to all. Today is the first day of my wellness journey 2.0. I’m really starting over this time. I choose now because a lot of the struggles and stresses are quieting down, and I’m open for change. Sometimes you must wait until you are ready to commit to change. This is that moment for me. 

I am vegan for ethical beliefs, and I do believe it’s the healthy way to wellness. With that said, I’ve been kind of a vegan junk food addict.  I am happy all of my fave vegan comfort food exists, but I’m taking on the Whole Foods plant-based lifestyle again. My plan is to eat completely clean for 30 days, no oil with limited salt and sugar. To be honest the sugar will just be in my coffee each morning, that’s it.

I have so many reasons why I’m doing a 30 day wfpb challenge. I feel ill, my stomach aches. I’m bloated. I feel for me vegan convenience food should be rare treats like any convenience comfort food. In 30 days I will have one cheat day after my weigh in and I will do another 30 day wfpb challenge. Stay tuned for what I will be eating with recipes. I’m just starting new on this blog and finding my footing again after a long time of not being consistent. I’m starting my cardio this week with yoga and stretching. Workouts will follow, and daily updates on my blog. 

One of my favorite vegan influences I follow is Tabitha Brown. She said don’t wait until you are sick to make changes in your nutrition. That really resonated with me, so let my 30 day challenge begin. It’s the perfect way to start again on my blog.

This blog will be all about wellness, weight loss, veganism, plant-based life, workouts etc. Charities and giving back won’t be featured here anymore. I’m launching a brand new sister blog for all of that goodness. 

Let my challenge begin. 

Happy Brand New Beginnings 

Love, light, and good health to you






It seems I keep starting and stopping the second half of my weight loss journey due to mundane issues of life. I didn’t quit, I just was on a self-inflicted hiatus, with random moments of jumping back on here and claiming the rebirth of this blog. Robert Frost said it best, “The best way out is always through.” I made it through some of my struggles and with the Chinese New Year I am starting anew now. Right now my struggles are of the tech sort of issues, but I plan to sort through my lack of tech savvy and begin despite being just a little lost on this front. Join me on my brand new journey, where it will take me is up to me.





Today is the true beginning to my wellness journey. Last week I didn’t begin eating whole foods-plant based because we ended up with vegan holiday junk food left over from the holiday. We are on a very strict budget so we decided to finish what we had on hand rather than toss it into the trash. No guilt, we are grateful for the food and now we are moving towards plant based wellness. The plan was to begin fresh on Monday which is today.

I have a very long grocery list I will share soon, but to be painfully honest I am trying to pay off some of our bills and debt and we are on a food budget. I did get the necessities to begin with, and we plan on doing a small food haul today or tomorrow. We have the basic tools to begin. I may start posting my meals for each day so we can share this journey together. Each day is a day I go after my larger goals by eating for wellness and moving my body in fitness. Each day I take the necessary steps that are a part of every day living, like brushing my teeth. I am not worried about a quick fix to look skinnier. Each day I take a baby step to success. Big leaps will come later when I am fit enough to take them.

Today I began my day with two slices of gluten free bread with my coffee. After my coffee I indulged in a green smoothie and a green water chaser. You may be asking what a green water chaser is? First, let me share with you my green smoothie. Kale, spinach, hemp seeds, flax seeds, banana and one cup of organic soy milk. After I had my smoothie I blended two more cups of kale and spinach and water, and drank my green water. I know what you are thinking, but it doesn’t taste bad. I plan to get as many living foods into my temple as possible. I am getting my glow on from the inside out. This is what makes me feel alive, energetic and ageless. I love eating plants.

Tonight I am making spit pea soup, all homemade. I first make homemade vegetable broth. I am eating whole foods-plant based with minimum salt, oil and sugar. I will season my soup with back pepper, basil and a touch of sea salt. I will post the recipe soon. My hubby likes to eat his soup with bread so Ezekiel toast it is.

This is a brand new journey, and I am navigating this while working almost 40 hours serving in a restaurant. This is not easy, and on most days I may be doing my workouts after work around 11 pm. Today is my day off, so I will be working out earlier. I plan to revisit my Youtube channel as soon as I get a tripod, no one wants to watch videos in selfie mode. Baby steps.

I hope you are having a wonderful beginning to 2019. I have so many plans, but I am beginning with the basics. Like in the Sound of Music when Julie Andrews sings, let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start.

Begin with me, there is no day like today. Let’s do this. Love and Light.



Today was weigh in Wednesday, the first weigh in of the New Year. I gained 6 lbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that is ok. I am only going forward from this moment on. No longer will I be looking back at past successes and failures. This is a brand new journey starting in 2019. I will change my whole life this year, beginning with my health and fitness. I have weighed in at 186 lbs. My goal for the year is to be in the 150’s and possibly the 140’s.

I am keeping this short and sweet today, I have a full day. I will be posting my whole foods-plant based grocery list tomorrow. Happy New Beginnings to all.

Have a wonderful day



Happy New Year to all. Here I am starting over again. I know what you are thinking, here she goes again with a brand new beginning. It’s true, I have fallen off the wagon more times than I can count in the last year and a half. I am not here to speak about my past struggles and hardships, because I am ringing in the brand new year with positive vibes only. It’s a fresh new start, and I am in it to win it. No longer will I look back, I am not going that way.

I wrapped up my last two holiday charities. As I begin blogging again I am making major changes for this blog. No longer will I document my weight loss through charities. I plan to start a separate project to give back. I am starting a brand new vegan health and weight loss with fitness, and back to a mind-body connection. No longer will I be focusing on the scale as my only barometer as success. I will judge my successes by my fitness and health accomplishments and my artistic and personal goals. I will be making 2019 my best year ever, and documenting my process of changing my life on for the better on every level. This will still be a weight loss/fitness blog but so much more; a true lifestyle blog.

I am starting January off strong, and when the holidays begin next year I will be a better version of myself. I have big goals which I can share later, but I am starting off in January building the foundation for my goals. The basics, the cement that will keep my temple steady as I lean into my dreams. My first week of January begins like this.

January 1, 2019 Day one and week one.

1.After weigh in, we are doing a whole foods-plant-based grocery haul. It is a mini haul to get us started on the right path. My long-term plan is to try to only grocery shop twice a week. 

2.Which brings me into the next thing to do on my first week of 2019 to do list. We plan to really crack down on our budget, no longer will we go to the store at random times. Eating whole foods and plant-based will be better for both our health and financial budgets. I will share what we will be eating our first week in a later post. The less we spend on unhealthy vegan junk food, the more money we have for bills and debt. In 2019 I plan to tackle the ghosts of my past with zero fear. I am not saying I will never have vegan fun foods again, but my main nutrition will be whole foods-plant based with limited sodium, oil and sugar. Eating like this will help me save money and tackle past money mistakes. 

3.Daily workouts, cardio, stretching, running and yoga. It’s time to get strong again, beginning today. I have a gym in my building, and I can start doing Melissa Bender Fitness workouts and yoga. There is a little room in the gym, and I can do yoga with my phone on YouTube. Her motto is “Fitness Should Be Free.”

Free totally works for my budget. No excuses.


4.This week I plan to de-clutter my space, clear out my closet and clean our home from top to bottom. Think about it, you spend so much of your time at home, make it your sanctuary. There are some things I would like to do to improve our living space but we are starting with the basic essentials; getting rid of the chaos and stuff we no longer have a need for. Removing metaphorical trash that gets in my way. 

5.Get inspired,live with a positive mindset. Write down my dreams and goals, and start planning for my best year ever. I bought a lovely 2019 planner and I will put it to good use. I also want to research equipment for my YouTube channel which I plan to revisit in the future. Start studying my American Council of exercise book, and read ten pages a day from one of my many inspirational books I own. 

This is what my first week looks like.  As I wrap up my first blog post of 2019 I am incredibly grateful for life, living, loved ones near and far. I begin again in gratitude and grace. I choose joy and hope that anything is possible if you believe and take the time to take action.

With love and light

Happy New Year




It has been a while since I have posted. The Holidays hit both my husband James and I hard this year. The last few years were difficult due to the loss of multiple loved ones. On top of that we had some other personal struggles, which made Christmas and my Birthday  difficult. It’s a time you cannot escape the depression of missing a loved one. You can run, but on Christmas you cannot hide. We chose to just stay close to each other and our kitties and allow ourselves to feel the pain just a little. We also have been reflecting on how we can change our lives and live life to the utmost fullest. When you hit rock bottom, the only way out it up. That’s where the light is. I’m following the light.

With this relevation I have decided to start brand new( again). This time I plan to not only blog about my weight loss and fitness journey, but to blog on my journey to make my life more fulfilling. A true lifestyle blog on how to really improve your life and live your best life ever. I have never done this so I’m going to learn as I go. 2019 has 365 days to make a wrong a right, and to write about this new journey of mine. When Christmas hits next year, I’m going to be in a completely different mindset and place in my mind. I’ve been depressed for a few years, since my Mom died and the move away from California. My survivor Mom is inside of me and so is the spirit of California. I’m going to use the lessons I learned and go for it. 

I wrapped up my food drive and my toy drive, and 2018 is almost in the history books. I am grateful for so much even through the sorrow. I’m ready to take my sour lemons and turn them into sweet surprises. I do love lemonade and sharing it with anyone who needs a little extra sweetness in their life.