First Steps


First Steps

No matter how you got to this page, Welcome! Perhaps your divine inner self just knows a good thing when it sees one and decided to explore! If you feel some changes are in order for yourself health-wise, here are the FIRST STEPS. It’s as easy as A B C !

Awareness – Awareness of where you are and where you would like to be. Awareness is always the first step, right? In the first podcast of this series I suggest you pay attention to where you shop and how. Next, take a look at health food stores you may not have noticed or did notice and passed by. How to venture into this new world is addressed in our podcast on whole grains and natural food stores. ‘A’ is also for Affirmation. Create one for yourself to use daily. Use this short affirmation as a template, if you would like.

Affirmation for Right Eating

Today I recognize I am responsible for the foods I put into my body.

Today I commit to healthy eating as I educate myself on just what that is.

Today I reject the foods that do not support my health goals — even if they are sanctioned by others (big business, FDA, well-meaning family, etc.).

Today I go forward with renewed enthusiasm knowing my better choices make for a better future for myself, my family and the planet.

Congratulations! You are on your way to healthier eating! (Print and repeat daily.)


Bless It All! – Yes, all of it. Where you have been, what you look like, what you have been through and even the fears of the future. Bless it all, that is, honor it as part of you once upon a time, but not defining you. Bless it all and Begin Anew… joyfully.

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. – M. Scott Peck

Cut out the crap! – Yes, that’s what I said. Fast food and drive-thru eats have got to go first and totally. This will get rid of most of the trans fats you have been consuming. If you haven’t already cut out the High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and processed foods, do that now. Crap includes white flour, white sugar and dead animals. Flexitarians will find themselves placated by organic meats that aren’t shot full of hormones and antibiotics, but we hope you will soon find that while that view may be better for you, not ingesting animals are better for ALL creatures. It’s a journey. Take the first steps and don’t worry about getting to a destination.

Cutting out the crap also means eating more foods that are fewer steps away from what they were originally. A baked potato looks more like a potato and oat cereals look more oats than pasta looks like wheat because the latter is more processed; there are more steps involved in taking it to the consumer. Wehani, brown or wild rices are in their original form, whereas white rice has been polished and much of the nutritive value has disappeared through processing. Give ingredients your attention and learn all you can about them — like in our program about whole grains and natural food stores! Learn to recognize what’s REAL FOOD and what’s not.

Dig In! – Going veggie is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle! A plant-based cuisine is also not a substitute for meat, per se, but an understanding that we don’t abuse fellow living creatures. Veggie eating opens up many more possibilities than most people think. It’s not a restrictive thing, it’s a conscious thing. Perhaps it’s takes a bit more thought at the beginning, but the options are myriad. Start with some of your favorite ethnic cooking! Buy a veggie cookbook! Check out recipes on the net and recipes we offer here. Dig in and get started on your new lifestyle! I’ll be here to help.

Experience and also Experiment and Educate! – Use your newly developing mindset to realize that vegetarian options do not even LOOK like the traditional Meat, Starch and Side dish Mentality, as I call it. The meals on your plate will meals will not look like the stereotype that you might have grown up with… and be thankful! Veggie cuisine is lighter, healthier and more creative… and soon you will be, too! Visit this slide show of veggie meals to help you recognize the diversity and distinctions in vegetarian meals.

I know you will find these steps tremendously satisfying! Until next time, think good thoughts, do good deeds and don’t forget to eat your vegetables!

Veggie Val