The Basics

THE BASICS – The 5:1 Rule and the Hierarchy of Whole Grains

April 22, 2022 |

Today I offer you a couple of helpful guidelines for whole grains developed by two experts in plant-based living.  Michael Greger MD is a wonderful source of information on healthy lifestyles.  He runs a website called nutritionfacts.org where you can find short entertaining and educational videos covering a vast range of topics of interest to…

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THE BASICS – Stocking Up Your Pantry

April 8, 2022 |

Although it may seem overwhelming, preparing your kitchen for plant-based eating is easier than you might think.  As an added bonus, you just might find yourself saving money on your weekly food bill.  Staple foods such as beans (dried or canned), potatoes (white or sweet), squash and bags of brown rice have a low dollar…

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THE BASICS: The B12 Conundrum

February 11, 2022 |

The following article probably contains WAY more information than you might want to know about any single vitamin but vitamin B12 is an important vitamin for the consideration of those who are not eating meat.  The main point is that it is important to be sure that you are taking in a reliable source of…

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THE BASICS:  Where Do I Get My Protein? (and, Incidentally, My Fiber?)

August 13, 2021 |

This is without a doubt the most common question asked about plant-based diets….and no wonder.  Protein bars and drinks are available everywhere, advertised to provide boosts in protein that are touted to prevent fatigue and provide energy for exercise, to help recover from a workout and to rebuild damaged muscle fibers.  The disquieting thing is…

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THE BASICS: Adjusting to the Plant-Based Way of Life

July 30, 2021 |

The big question is – should I ease into a plant-based diet or just jump in with both feet?  The answer to this question really depends on you. Are you the type of person who only drinks alcohol when at a social occasion or only eats desserts when offered by someone else?  Do you need…

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My name is Debra Harley (BScPhm) and I welcome you to my retirement project, this website. Over the course of a life many lessons are learned, altering deeply-rooted ideas and creating new passions.