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I'm happy to spread the word that Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D., President of Physician Committee For Responsible Medicine, will be coming to Portland, Maine, sponsored by the Center for Global Humanities, for a special lecture on "Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory." The lecture will take place next Monday, October 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine. Dr. Barnard has led several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health, including a recent study of dietary interventions in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at becomingwhole2
What students said about my 8 week "Life In Balance" teleseminar & forum: "I would recommend this class to anyone serious about improving their life and getting their health back. You explain everything in a simple way that is easy to understand and you encourage small sustainable steps." --Pricilla Goggin "The class exceeded my expectation. It was the motivation I needed to change my diet in attempt to save my life. I have eliminated meat, most sugar and processed foods and am trying so many new things! I definitely recommend this class to someone looking for a healthy lifestyle change.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at becomingwhole2
Most people don't realize that complex carbohydrates found in whole grains are one of the most important foods we can eat. This is where we get our energy and life force, and also our fiber, and B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, and phosphorus, a key mineral and brain food. This combination keeps our blood sugar stable and our appetites satiated from breakfast to lunch, and from lunch to dinner, and from dinner to breakfast the next day. In whole grains, the bran, germ and endosperm are not removed. Whole grains are made up of complex carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at becomingwhole2
This spring I'll be celebrating a milestone, it will be 15 years since I found a lump in my breast which turned out to be invasive breast cancer. Why celebrate? Because I was given a year before my cancer would return, even with conventional treatment, most of which I did. (A few things I didn't do, but that's another story.) When I felt that I no longer had hope from my conventional medicine resources, I decided to change to a healing plant-based way of eating. I started following a macrobiotic diet. The weight that I had struggled with for years... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at becomingwhole2
Mixed Berry Sauce 2 cups unfiltered apple juice or spring or filtered water pinch of sea salt ¼ cup fresh strawberries, quartered ¼ cup fresh blueberries ¼ cup fresh raspberries ¼ cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved 1 tablespoon kuzu, dissolved in 4 tablespoons cold water dash of pure vanilla extract Bring juice and salt to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in fruit and simmer over low heat 5-7 minutes, until fruit softens. Stir in dissolved kuzu and cook, stirring until mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Want the waffle recipe? Click here for my recipe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at becomingwhole2
A review of my book, A Life in Balance, on Amazon reads, “Dr. Campbell’s world-rocking book, The China Study, tells you WHY you should switch entirely to a plant-based diet, and Wolff’s book tell you HOW.” What an honor to be included in this reference to Dr. T. Collin Campbell. In my desperate need for better health (after the diagnosis of breast cancer), I was becoming more aware of how macrobiotics were being used for cancer, but I still had not connected the dots to my own health - until my Naturopath mentioned that “some women had been helped with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at becomingwhole2
Going back to a simpler way way of life – even simpler foods – can often provide some peace of mind in the midst of this chaotic world. Do you know the way to Tempeh? (Hint: It’s usually found in the refrigerated area of the produce section in stores that carry it.) Tempeh is a simple to use fermented bean product, typically made with soybeans, that has long been a staple food of Indonesia. Organic Tempeh produced by Lalibela Farm here in Portland, Maine, is also available created with black beans and – just coming to the market – Maine... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at becomingwhole2
You never know whom your story can inspire, the hope it may offer, or how lives will be changed once it is shared. I recently received this wonderful email from a friend of one of my clients that provided me much food for thought about what I do. "A group of Sarah’s friends are meeting for a pot luck lunch, each one bringing a dish made from recipes in your book Becoming Whole. I was so inspired when I read it and wanted to show support for what Sarah is experiencing by cooking for her and by knowing more of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at becomingwhole2
Being on crutches and a prosthetic leg (I lost my leg to bone cancer 20 years ago) forces me to keep it quick and easy when in the kitchen. For me, keeping it healthy while making quick and easy dishes is just a matter of streamlining and being creative. Sometime the more simple the foods - the more tasty the dishes. If you're leaning in a plant-based diet direction and would like to try creating and eating something healthier than a slice of pizza or a burger, there are many simple, delicious dishes that are easy to put together, fun... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at becomingwhole2
Here's another great vacation food recipe that we enjoyed at the lake this week! Chill Out Chili 3 cups of dried kidney beans 1 onion 1 cup cauliflower 1 cup sweet potatoes, diced 3 carrots, diced 2 cups of kale, shredded 1 cup broccoli 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon Crazy Dick's Cajun Spice water to cover beans water to cover vegetables Optional: 1 6-inch piece of Atlantic wakame Soak dried kidney beans overnight. In the morning drain off water, refill with new water to cover beans. If using optional wakame sea vegetable, add now. Heat on high in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at becomingwhole2
The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. (Statement provided by According to Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., one of the doctors featured in this film, “Heart disease is an absolutely toothless paper tiger that need never ever exist.” Dr. John McDougall states, “People who are raised in Japan, the Philippines, Korea and China…never had heart disease, prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple-sclerosis…” So, if this is true – why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at becomingwhole2
I'm happy to announce my affordable coaching program: 8 Week Life In Balance Group Coaching This program will start on May 9, 2012 and run for 8 Wednesdays from 7pm - 8pm ET. These group session will be done by phone. It will start with a thirty to forty minute lecture followed by a Q & A discussion. These sessions will include a forum, worksheets, plant-based recipes, grocery lists, menus, and other helpful handouts. Program Dates: May 9, 2012, May 16, 2012, May 23, 2012, May 30, 2012, June 6, 2012, June 13, 2012, June 20, 2012 June 27, 2012.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at becomingwhole2
This recipe was a favorite of my kids. To introduce it, I started with half chicken and half tofu. They quickly got used to the taste of tofu and liked it, so at some point shortly after, we dropped the chicken. This became one of our weekly recipes! Tofu is a bean product that's high in vegetable protein and calcium, and low in fat. I like organic, firm Soy Boy or Woodstock Farms brand. They use no GMO's (genetically modified organisms). TOFU VEGETABLE STIR FRY 1 lb. tofu *homemade tofu marinade vegetables: onion, cabbage, carrots, brocoli or collards, sliced thin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at becomingwhole2
It's been a chowder kind of day for the last few days here in Los Angeles, where I'm spending a few more weeks. It's overcast and mere 57 degrees (cool for LA!) and I craved some hot soup. I had this warming vegan corn chowder at Real Food Daily (where everything is vegan), in Santa Monica, yesterday and I would have gone back for more today if it was on the menu again. It was yesterday's special, Chilpolte Corn Chowder, with a little zip, but not too spicey. I liked the addition of a few potatoes chopped into small pieces.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at becomingwhole2
That's what I did fourteen years ago! I knew what I had to do to get well and I hit the ground running. I put my time, energy and action towards making what I knew to be true work for me. Today I'm happy to be able to share my wisdom with you with my Becoming Whole Counseling & Coaching Program. It's a 6 month plan of personalized wellness counseling in the macrobiotic way (plant-based) which I wish had existed when I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer 14 years ago! My program includes the following: 1. A personalized initial... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at becomingwhole2
A facebook friend of mine posted this great two minute meditation from Kathy Freston which is a great quick centering tool to keep you on track. Love her voice. Here's the link! Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at becomingwhole2
Has anyone tried this easy, healthy plant-based recipe that I recently had on the Huffington Post? My quick Indian Chickpea Bowl, is one of my daughter's favorite wheat- & gluten-free dishes. I was thinking that it would be fun to come up with 100 ways to adapt this recipe. For example, my sister-in-law, Peg, tried it and she used 1 can of chickpeas and 1 can of lentils instead of 2 cans of chickpeas. Her husband loved it. Another commenter, who calls herself macro4u2, used squash instead of potatoes, dropped the spices I used, but included miso for flavoring. Such... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at becomingwhole2
When I was driving back from dropping my daughter off at the airport this morning I caught the *Dr. Lisa Belisle Radio Hour on WLOB 1310 (Portland, Maine). Lisa interviewed the visionary pioneer and the world's leading authority in the field of women's health and wellness, Christiane Northrup, M.D. What really resonated with me was that Dr. Northrup stresses the importance of doing WHAT YOU LOVE as an elixir for vibrant health. She says that family will follow suit and you'll help the world in ways that you could never imagine! I know that when I follow this prescription for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at becomingwhole2
Portland Press Herald's Natural Foodie, Avery Yale Kamila interviewed me for her recent article Go Ahead, Make The Change (January 4, 2012). Avery asked me to list two or three foods I would recommend that people should add to their plates and others that I would suggest people avoid. Here is my choice of three in each category: Foods to Add To You Plate 1. Veggies. Veggies, veggies and more veggies! Leafy greens like kale, collards and spinach. Mushrooms are also high on my list, shitakes are one type. I like Oyster Creek brand dried mushrooms grown in Damariscotta, Maine.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at becomingwhole2
Someone asked about steps to get started with plant-based eating. Here are mine ... 1. Add more fresh vegetables! I aim for 5-9 servings a day. Sound daunting? Start with 3 and work up. Do what works for you. Fresh organic is best, but if you can’t get organic don’t let this be the show-stopper. Frozen or canned are OK. 2. Eat fruit for dessert in place of junk or non-nutritive foods high in sugar and chemical additives. Whole fruits eaten in season are better choices than fruit juices. Locally in Maine, try blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears, watermelon, melons. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at becomingwhole2
Jake Castonia's Thank You Letter: From Overweight To Triathlete! Last May while doing a book signing with Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Whole Foods Market in Portland, Maine, I met Jake Castonia. I was surprised when this good looking young man he told me that he'd been following a plant-based way of eating and had lost lots of weight after reading Becoming Whole. We then became Facebook friends, I started reading his training posts, and recently he sent me this email. I think you will be inspired by Jake's story! Meg, I would like to take this opportunity to thank... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at becomingwhole2
This is from my fellow board member Amie Hamlin, executive director of the New York Coalition For Healthy School Food. I thought her message was well-timed and definitely worth sharing. The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food may be based in New York, but its resources and website are helping schools all over the country. Schools realize they need to make changes in the meals they serve children, and the changes most often focus on adding more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk. That’s great, but something’s missing. Entrées need to be addressed, too. Typical entrees are based... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at becomingwhole2
Chilled Corn Soup with a swirl of Radish-Basil Pesto & Roasted Corn Kernels. Photo: Celine Beitchman My daughter Cammie was part of the 198th National Gourmet Institute graduating class this summer. The graduation dinner was seriously one of the best meals I have ever had the pleasure of eating! I was so impressed! Take a look at the full album here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at becomingwhole2
Whether you're a woman hoping to just look 'normal' in one-piece or man wanting to stand out in a Speedo, most people are concerned about how they look in a bathing suit. Ladies: Want to forget about wearing shorts over your suit? Guys: Would you like to bare your chest with confidence? If I could market my weight-loss solution in the form of a pill, it would be headline news! Barring that, here's my tried-and-true (and easier-than-you-probably-think) method: Start eating a healthy, plant-based diet, rich in whole unprocessed grains, beans and bean products (like tofu and tempeh), vegetables and sea... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at becomingwhole2
Hip, hip hooray! Farmers' markets are opening again. Not sure where/when the famers' markets are near you? The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has a handy online directory. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at becomingwhole2