Fighting Lupus With Turmeric: Good as Gold

Watch this video about a study done that showed great results for lupus patients with untreatable kidney nephritis! You’ll never guess what helped… eating the whole spice “Turmeric”.

This video was produced by Dr. Greger of He’s a very smart guy, and creates videos that explain science and scientific studies in simple terms. I wasn’t so good at science in school, but I can always understand Dr. Greger’s videos.

He eats a whole food, vegan diet himself – just like the one I promote. This study sounds too good to be true – but it’s not an April Fools’s joke!

A “Ready When You Get Home” Meal

My kitchen smells wonderful as I write this to you.

You’re always asking for easy recipes… so I made
(and filmed) a Slow Cooker dish for you.

The stew cooked overnight for 8 hours, and my kitchen
smells like Grandmom’s used to… but with a lot less work!

Wait until you see how easy this Butternut Squash and
Lentil Stew is!  It can be hot and waiting for you when you
get home from work.

I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below if you
have questions – or if you have a good Veggie Slow Cooker
recipe to share.
Hugs,  Jill

Alison sent a photo of her creation! I told her we’re all coming over for lunch!
Try it, and send me yours!

Diet brings remarkable lupus turnaround – Video

Here’s more good news about Lupus and a plant-based diet!

In 2013, EarthSave took their Meals For Health program into the
Berkeley/Oakland area near San Francisco. They brought Meals For Health
into a church and showed families how to recover their health through
a healthy, plant-based diet.

There were lots of good results – but I thought you’d particularly like
to watch this short video from a woman with lupus who has kidney involvement.
She felt dramatically better after just three days!

She says,”I knew I could feel better (by changing my diet), but I
didn’t believe that I could feel this MUCH better.”

Watch this video! You’ll get goose bumps.

Remember – the book “The Lupus Recovery Diet” outlines this same
program! You have the details of what to do at your fingertips.
Believe it. Try it for Yourself. You deserve to feel good again.

Please let me know if I can help you in anyway.




Thanksgiving is next week, and I want to share how to make your meal delicious and healthy!

The video below not only shows you a great “middle of the plate” entree (Stuffed Acorn Squash), but also reminds you to not make Thanksgiving all about the “food” – but about giving thanks for our life, our friends and our family.

So, for the meal, you can serve lots of vegetables (steamed or roasted), brussell sprouts, green beans with almonds, mashed potatoes without butter or milk (use soy milk, veg broth or water), mashed sweet potatoes, and the stuffed acorn squash from the video. Make stuffing in a pan, and just don’t “stuff” it  😉

Then, for dessert, eat healthy versions of Pumpkin Pie and/or fresh Apple Pie!

I promise, you will feel GOOD after eating these foods, not passed out on the couch like most people!

(The apple pie recipe is from last week’s blog post.  You can see it at: )

Pumpkin Pie or Custard
1 1/2 cups soy mill
4 T corn starch
1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin
1/2 sugar  (or sucanat)
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
1/2 t salt
1/8 t ground cloves
1 – 9 inch pie unbaked crust

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine soymilk and corn starch in large bowl, and whisk until smooth.
Add in the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves.  Pour into
pie crust or a custard dish and bake for 45 minutes until firm.  Cool before slicing

If you really want to splurge, get some soy vanilla “ice cream” (it’s dairy-free).
It’s definitely NOT sugar free, but is dairy free.

So, try these recipes – and please send me photos of how yours
turned out – and I’ll post them for all to see!  Promise?

Thanksgiving can be meat and dairy free and still taste and look wonderful!

PS  If you want cooking tips and ideas like these every week, go visit me at and learn how.




Healthy Apple Pie Wins First Place in Pie Contest!

applepie3WooHoo! You’re not going to believe this…

Last weekend I went to a UPS Freight employee picnic with my boyfriend, and entered the pie contest. My healthy “Raw Apple Pie”, with a date and nut crust won first place!

I’ve won vegetarian cooking contests before with this pie, and some of my other favorite fruit and veggie recipes – but never a contest where I was pitted against gooey, fat and calorie laden desserts! This is proof that eating whole plant foods does not doom you to a life of tasteless, dull food.

Check out the competition!

Second place – Pecan Pie

Third Place – Lime Meringue

Second Place

So, to celebrate, I’ll share this amazing recipe with you!

Before I do that, just a thought… I’ve got a rough draft of my “Holiday Recipes” cookbook you may be interested in.

It hasn’t made it into print yet. But, if enough people want it now, I’ll finish it up into an eBook and make it available next week.  Still in time for Thanksgiving and all the December parties.

Comment below if you want me to get busy and finish it, and your wish is my command.  You can still eat delicious holiday food, and feel good afterwards!

Okay – the recipe:

“Jill’s Raw Apple Pie”

First, soak 4 large Medjool dates in a small glass for at least 4 hours. Add just enough water to cover the dates. This will eventually become the paste for the apple filling.

Prepare the Crust:
2 cups dates (dry, pits removed) (or 2 1/2 cups dates, and omit the nuts for a low-fat version)
1 1/2 cup walnuts (or cashews, pecans, macademias, almonds)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Run these 3 ingredients in a food processor with the “S blade” until thoroughly chopped
Press this “dough” into a pie plate, and refridgerate

Next, the pie filling:
4 apples, with skin (Fujis are my favorite)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice
1/2 cup walnuts  (optional)
1/2 cup raisins

Drain the dates, and keep the soaked water (the paste may be too thick).
Add the lemon juice and spice, and then blend. It helps to have a very small blender to do this.

Next, use a food processor to grate the apples.
Place the grated apples in a large bowl and fold in the date paste.
Stir in raisins and walnuts.
Spoon this into the date crust, and garnish with some extra walnuts.

This is an unbelievably simple and delicious and healthy apple pie.
Blue Ribbon guaranteed to be loved by all!

Also – if you don’t want to hassle with the crust. This still makes a delicious dessert without the crust.

Remember – if you want me to finish up an electronic holiday cookbook in time for the year’s holidays, email me or reply up above, before the post!

Gooey Hugs,

Banana Dessert Contest

The results to the Banana Sauce contest are in!

Last week I gave you a simple recipe: blend bananas
with a little water to make a creamy sauce… perfect
to pour over fruit.

I asked you to send me photos of your dessert, promising
a copy of my DVD “Healthy Cooking Made Easy and Delicious”
to the winning entry.

Here are three amazing desserts, with just fruit and
banana creme sauce.

I love all three entries so much that they each have
won a copy of my DVD “Healthy Cooking Made Easy
and Delicious”.

The Winners are:
Carol Day from Michigan
Tiesha Birdsong from Maryland
Vicki Moss from Australia  (one of her fruits is pawpaw)

Vicki Moss's PawPaw Delight

Tiesa Birdsong's Fruit with Banana Sauce

Carol Day's Frozen Banana Mango Swirl

Playing with your food isn’t just for kids  😉

Remember, fruits and veggies don’t have to be boring,
or bland tasting!

Have fun!

A Healthy Dessert

Last night I did something easy to make a bowl of
fruit taste creamy… and thought you’d like it.

I’ll share what I did… then keep reading…
you can win a free cooking DVD  😉

Ok, the recipe: just blend a banana with a
tiny bit of water until it’s smooth.

Then pour this sauce over sliced fruit. It tastes
so creamy and rich!

You can also add a drop of vanilla
flavoring if you want…

Try it!  Then send me a photo of your dessert.
I’ll post them on my blog for everyone to see.

Let’s make it a fun contest!

Whoever sends in the most creative/delicious
looking fruit dessert with banana sauce
will win a copy of my “Healthy Cooking Made Easy and
Delicious” DVD.

(You can see clips from the DVD here: )

Today is Thursday, October 11th. Deadline is
Thursday, October 18th.  That will give you the
weekend to play with it.

Email me your photos- everyone will get to see it!

If you don’t know how to email a photo, get
you kid or grandchild to help you.

Have fun with this!

Venus helps autoimmune disease with Diet

Do you know that Venus Williams, a highly ranked women’s tennis player, has
an autoimmune disease?

She withdrew from the 2011 US Open because of extreme fatigue from
Sjogren’s syndrome.

Extreme fatigue… I remember that feeling. It’s impossible to explain it to
someone who hasn’t been there. Do you know what she’s feeling?

Well, Venus was recently interviewed on CBS, and says she is now eating a
mostly raw-food, vegan diet.

She also said that “changing my diet made a big difference” in how she feels.

Wow. A world class athlete eating mostly fruits and raw vegetables. Big news.
She was back playing in the 2012 US Open. Go girl!

I thought you’d like to know about Venus, and that it might motivate you to
either start-up or stick-with the “Lupus Recovery Diet”.

As a note – a 100% raw food diet is one vegan option, but I and others have
gotten good results with eating 50% or more raw, not necessarily all raw.

If diet changes can help a professional athlete, imagine what it could do for you.

Here’s the video of the CBS interview if you’d like to watch it:

The Lupus Diet

Is there a “diet” that can affect lupus?

I know it sounds hard to believe that something as simple as what you eat can affect something as serious as lupus. However, for many people the foods they eat (or don’t eat) make a big difference in how they feel.

When some people eat a whole foods, unprocessed diet – free of meat, dairy, oil and sometimes also gluten-free… amazing things have happened. It’s sure done wonders for me.

Don’t worry – there’s still lots of yummy foods to eat. How about fresh apple pie, with a date and walnut crust? Delicious!

Lupus and Heart Disease both helped by diet

Scroll down and you’ll see a CNN video featuring former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Esselstyn, who both recently appeared on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN show. Share this information with everyone you care about – diet can reverse and prevent heart disease… even people who have severly clogged arteries!

The show doesn’t portray Dr. Esselstyn or his work all that well, though President Clinton’s health recovery story is very good (he’s almost back to his high school weight of 185). 

I highly recommend that you read Esselstyn’s book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Naturally”. He has years of experience of helping heart patients who were basically told to “get their affairs in order”, because there was nothing else medically that could be done for them. 

The diet that produces these “miraculous results” is the same one that I eat and promote in my book “The Lupus Recovery Diet” – a whole, foods plant based diet with no added oil. After watching this video, you’ll see how valuable it is for your whole family to eat this way – not just people with autoimmune disease.