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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!

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,

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!

Natural Treatments for Lupus

Are you looking for a natural way to control lupus? Some people feel a significant difference in their lupus symptoms when they make diet changes.

What? How can something as serious as lupus be helped by something as simple as diet?

Well, the medical profession does say that they don’t know what causes lupus – and they help you try to control the symptoms. Gout is an autoimmune disease, and doctors know it is definitely triggered by diet!

If one autoimmune disease can be triggered by food, doesn’t it seem reasonable that other autoimmune diseases can also be triggered by diet?

I think lupus is a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. I have the genes for lupus – but found a way to control my symptoms through environmental factors – the foods I eat (and the foods I avoid) and sleep. I’ve been free of systemic lupus symptoms since 1995! All from diet and lifestyle changes.

When I started eating a whole foods, plant based diet – my joint pain and exhaustion melted away.

It helped me so much that I wrote a book about it – “The Lupus Recovery Diet”. Since then I’ve heard back from hundreds of people who’ve shared how much better they feel.

Why not try it for yourself? Eating healthy plant rich foods won’t hurt you, and you’ll soon find out if it helps you. Nothing is more natural than eating good food from the earth.