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Very Tasty Recipe for a Bean and Pineapple Mix

As I further adapt to the Esselstyn nutrition plan, I’ve been developing a few recipes that are quick and easy to make. I like to have lots of options in the fridge and I like those options to be spicy. This chilled salad is my latest favorite. It’s colorful and makes a great impression on the table. The recipe makes about 5 large servings.


1 can of  Black Beans

1 bag of frozen black eyed peas (about 12 oz, I think, got mine from Kroger)

2 cans of chunked pineapple or 2 cups of fresh pineapple

1 cup of frozen Peg Corn

1 red pepper diced

1 orange or yellow pepper diced

1 -3 green onions diced (add according to your own onion preference)

Jar of Pico de Gallo salsa from Pace

Wash and drain the black beans. Microwave the black eyed peas until tender.  Microwave the corn until tender. Combine in bowl.

Wash and dice the peppers and onions. Combine with the other ingredients.

Wash the pineapple chunks and combine with the other ingredients.

Add 1/2 jar of Pace Pico de Gallo salsa. Mix well and store overnight in the fridge.

This makes a quick and easy chilled salad that can be served as a main course for lunch.

July 6, 2011   No Comments

Finally, I’m in the land of Esselstyn

I’ve been exploring more controlled and directed ways of eating for several years. I’ve tried, monitored, created my own, monitored, etc. Finally, I’ve settled on my forever way of eating and it is the plan promoted by Caldwell Esselstyn. It’s taken me about one year to fully transform my habits to make eating this way second nature. Most people eat what they eat out of habit and I’m no different. Today’s milestone was giving up my beloved Quorn Naked Filets. Goodbye sweet fungus. I loved you.

I’ve had a great deal of self-doubt during this transition. Could I maintain this way of eating? I fell off the wagon twice in the last 6 months but it wasn’t a serious fall. The better I felt, the easier it was to maintain.  Yesterday, I was watching three young men from the Destination Imagination gathering ordering up their foot longs at Subway and I felt a gagging physical revulsion as I watched their sandwiches being prepared. I had made it over the hill and I don’t ever need to turn back again.

During the transition period, I have had several bouts of acute allergic dermatitis.  It was so bad at one point that I had to visit a physician and get an injection of ‘roids.  Tracking down the culprit was made easier because I was gradually eliminating things from the diet. The first hypothesis was a new lotion I was using but, on retest, it was not the problem. The problem was Fage yogurt. It was the last dairy product that I was eating. I am mildly allergic to milk (not intolerant, really allergic) but I had never had problems with hives from milk. Perhaps it was something in the live culture but I was a red itchy mess on and off for two months. No more dairy ever for me.

I’ve felt for many years that my body was a ticking bomb. My brother had a heart attack at a relatively early age.  He didn’t have any of the danger signs. I’ve never eaten as badly as he has during his life but I fear it could happen to me, too.  I don’t want that.  It is too late for him but it isn’t too late for me to change. Change is good.

If anyone out there is considering eating this way, it’s not that hard to do. This plan got some press when Bill Clinton said he was following it. It was difficult for most of the planet to think of Bill Clinton as a vegan but Bill Clinton is a smart guy and he read the literature. He knew he could die or he could change. He changed.

I can tell you this:  I feel much much better. My only health issue is osteoarthritis in my knees.  Curiously, after the elimination of dairy, my knees started to feel better. This could be coincidence but it is something I recorded in my notebook.  I didn’t have blood pressure or cholesterol problems when I started to transition. I’m going to get a blood panel done in about six months after I have been absolutely true to the Saint Esselstyn.

A new documentary on this plan is in theaters now. It’s called Forks Over Knives. Go watch it but, please, don’t eat the theater food.

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May 28, 2011   No Comments

Religion – Making Women Disappear

The goal of religion is to justify the domination of women. It’s disgusting. It’s even more disgusting that some women go along for the ride. Get a brain.

Here is a perfect example on the disgusting deceit of a Hasidic newspaper reporting on the elimination of Osama Bin Laden.  They are so hateful that they could not allow a woman to appear in a photograph. The women in the operations room in the now famous photo were photoshopped out of the picture. The fantasy must be maintained by any means. Such doctoring of Whitehouse photos is specifically prohibited but that didn’t matter. Truth in reporting didn’t matter. What mattered most was eliminating the women.

Read the story here.

May 9, 2011   No Comments

Atheist Quote of the Day

I’m thinking about blogging again and I can’t think of a better way to begin than to share the Atheist Quote of the Day. This one is new to me and I love it.

“If it looks like shit, sounds like shit, smells like shit, is worth shit and all the evidence points towards it being shit: it’s most definitely religion.”– Bob Hope

Happy NFL draft day!

April 28, 2011   No Comments

WordPress Pharma Hack

Did the WordPress Pharma hack hit you? It hit me on all of my sites and it’s been a nightmare. The clearest and simplest set of directions that I’ve found to fix this is from Pearsonified.

I want to suggest that anyone trying to fight this also install the WordPress “Clean Options” plugin.  I wish I had found it earlier. Using this plugin greatly simplifies recovering from the Pharma Hack.

May 25, 2010   No Comments

Harry Markopolos Testimony before Congress – CNN Missed It

I hope everyone listened to Harry Markopolos yesterday testify about Madoff before Congress. He was brilliant. He was exactly right about what to do with the SEC. He said put all 3500 employees on the street and let the New York State Attoney General enforce securities law. He said there had been no federal enforcement for the last eight years. He had lots to say and he said it all well. The entire testimony is available on CSPN3.

No one can deny that this was an important bit of history. Markopolos was testifying about the biggest bilking of investors in the history of the world. Every news organization covered it. MSNBC broadcast the event live. Tell me why this event did not exist for CNN. There was no coverage. It’s as if it never happened. I find this very strange and a very disturbing editing of world events.

February 5, 2009   No Comments

Why Would Anyone on the Planet Invest One Penny in the USA after Madoff

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I hope the next Congress regulates these criminals in every way possible. From the BBC:

Nicola Horlick, boss of Bramdean investments, told the BBC: “I think now it is very difficult for people to invest in things that are meant to be regulated in America, because they have fallen down on the job.”

December 15, 2008   No Comments

Lee Atwater – Evil Man and His Boy, Karl Rove

How did we get here? Who is responsible for the Republican coup that lasted all of these years? The stretegist of our great national nightmare was Lee Atwater. He was a man without morals. He started out with Karl Rove and lost election. He ended his life fearing he was going to hell. If you don’t know about this monster, then you don’t understand how the Republicans have been running their campaigns and the country.

A new movie has been made on this evil man, “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story“.  The movie is reviewed on NPR by John Powers and discussed on Talk of the Nation. You can listen to these pieces here:

A “guitar-picking rascal from South Carolina,” in the words of documentary filmmaker Stefan Forbes, Atwater could seem like a conundrum: He could share a nightclub stage with legendary bluesman B.B. King on the one hand while masterminding “vile and racist” political dirty tricks on the other.

This man did terrible harm to our country. His legacy lived on in John McCain’s campaign.

November 10, 2008   No Comments

Quoting Gerald Ford

When Gerald Ford became president and pardoned Tricky Dick Nixon he said, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

He was wrong. It was only beginning. The Republicans at that time started to put Richard Nixon’s southern strategy into practice with a vengance. Divide and conquer was their theme. Who do you hate? We’ll hate them with you. Give us your vote. The culmination of this building horror was the Bush presidency. The same creepy crew from from Nixon and Ford’s era were with Bush.

Let’s hope, with Obama, that we are finally waking from our long national nightmare at last.

November 5, 2008   No Comments

Claymation Chess — Clay Stop Motion Animated Chess

I saw this in the humor section of the New York Times today. It’s great. It’s like Wizard’s Chess.

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October 24, 2008   No Comments