Evelyn Chats with Mitch Mitchell (Video)

Happy Friday!

Mitch Mitchell, of I’m Just Sharing interviewed me on Google Hangouts. Mitch is a long-time blogging friend who blogs about social media, blogging, motivation, and general topics for which he does commentary. I have  learned and continue to learn a lot from Mitch.

I have never used Google Hangouts, but after downloading the Google Voice and Video Setup file, I was able to use it without any problems.  Google Hangouts is a cool feature on Google Plus that I will use more in the future.

This interview is not scripted and I did not know what questions Mitch would ask me.  I had fun, but I was very nervous.  My built-in webcam is awful which resulted in bad lighting and I apologize for that in advance.

I’m just being me and chatting with Mitch like I’ve known him for years.

Please take the time to watch my interview with Mitch to learn more about me and why I do what I do.

Thank you,


Egg-Less Egg Salad: Mindful Meals (book review & video)


Egg-Less Egg Salad on a Bed of Greens

Carolyn Akens, author of Mindful Meals:  Recipes for a Healthier Spirit, Soul and Body, sent me her recipe book to review.   Thank you Ms. Carolyn for sending me your recipe book.

The Mindful Meals recipe book is for those who:

  •  eat a plant-based diet
  •  need raw vegan recipes
  •  eat a clean, whole food plant-based diet
  •  anyone interested in eating healthier foods

What’s In The Mindful Meals Recipe Book

The Mindful Meals recipe book has the following:

  • Entrees
  • Soups
  • Side Dishes
  • Salads
  • Dressings
  • Desserts
  • Breads
  • Goodies
  • Smoothies

The recipes do not have any faux vegan food as ingredients.  Every recipe has healthy, whole food ingredients listed.

The Mindful Meals recipe book also has raw vegan recipes as well as cooked vegan recipes.  There are also beautiful photos of Carolyn’s creations.

Egg-Less Egg Salad

I prepared the Egg-Less Egg Salad recipe with some reservation, because I did not know what to expect.

I have had Carolyn’s food in the past and it was delicious, but it was me making the recipe and not Chef Carolyn.

I also had reservations because I tried recipes from other books and was sometimes disappointed.

I am happy to say that Carolyn’s Egg-Less Egg Salad is a hit. The first bite had my taste buds dancing for joy.

I could not believe how much it tasted like traditional egg salad.  I look forward to trying other recipes from the Mindful Meals recipe book.

How To Make Egg-Less Egg Salad

This recipe is easy and the preparation time is around 15 minutes or less.  I served the Egg-Less Egg Salad on a bed of herb salad with sliced tomato, and sprinkled with a few chopped red bell pepper.

See how I made Carolyn’s Egg-Less Egg Salad in the video below.  If you cannot view the video below, click here.

10 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Surely you have heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”  While you won’t turn into a hot dog just because you eat them, there is some truth to this saying; what you eat affects your health and your appearance, so in essence, you are what you eat.

While it’s obvious that your diet affects your physical health and well being, many forget that skin is also greatly affected by what we put into our bodies. That said, if you want to have healthy, glowing, and radiant skin, spending tons of money on super expensive creams and washes is not always the best solution; instead, try changing your diet. The next time you go to the grocery store, pick up these 10 items; you’ll be doing more than just your body good, you’ll be doing your skin good, too.


Greek Yogurt:  If you want to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free, try eating Greek yogurt. The protein found in all yogurt is great for firming up your skin, but because Greek yogurt has almost double the amount of protein, it has even more of a positive effect on decreasing the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles.

Salmon:  Although most know that salmon is a super brain food, you might be surprised to learn that it also has fantastic effects on the skin. Since this fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, it helps to promote the development of strong and healthy membranes in the skin cells. The result? Skin that looks younger, healthier and more radiant.

Note from the Editor:  If you eat a plant-based diet, you can get Omega-3 fatty acids from eating walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds and other plant-based foods.

Blueberries and Strawberries: Fresh blueberries and strawberries are quite delightful to eat, and since they have a powerful effect on the skin, they are even more enjoyable. These berries are so skin-friendly because of their high concentration of antioxidants. Between exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants, skin cells are damaged each and every day. Antioxidants help to protect skin cells, preventing them from breaking down and keeping you looking younger longer.

Chocolate:  For those with a sweet tooth, this will be welcome news. While you may have grown up hearing that eating too much chocolate can cause you to break out, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the components found in chocolate help to hydrate the skin, which makes it stronger and firmer. Eat some dark chocolate and you’ll add the benefit of antioxidants, as well. So, the next time you have a chocolate craving, indulge and know that you are actually doing a great thing for your skin.


Pomegranates:  People have been buzzing about the amazing health benefits of pomegranates for some time. This super fruit is not only awesome for your physical health, it also improves your skin. Loaded with polyphenol antioxidants, pomegranates help maintain proper blood flow to the skin and protect the skin cells from damage.

Peppers:  Add some peppers to your diet. These veggies, especially the yellow and orange variety, are also high in antioxidants, which are proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So, spice up your favorite dishes with some raw or sautéed peppers.

Kidney Beans:  Tired of breaking out with blemishes? If so, instead of reaching for those harsh pimple creams that can dry your skin out, try eating some kidney beans. These legumes are bursting with zinc, which has been found to reduce blemishes.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Although not a food, per say, it is something that can be consumed and does wonders for the skin. Drink a spoonful of raw apple cider vinegar mixed with a glass of cold water each day and you will have less blemishes and a healthier glow.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal is packed with nutrients that heal the skin. Add some strawberries and blueberries and you’ve got the perfect meal for your skin.

Almonds:  Last but not least, don’t forget about almonds. These seeds (yep, they’re seeds) are loaded with vitamin E, which helps to combat the damaging effects of the sun and strengthens the skin cells.

In addition to adding these fabulous skin-friendly foods to your diet, arrange to have a spa treatment at least once a year. Such a treatment will deeply exfoliate, cleanse, and hydrate your skin, making it look its absolute best.


About the Author:  Tara Heath is a freelance writer in Southern California. She specializes in beauty and health topics, and is always on the lookout for foods to improve the look of her skin.

Liebster Award Nomination

liebsterTrinity, over at Victory – Overcoming Obstacles:  Becoming the Best You Can Be, nominated me for the Liebster Award.  Thank you Trinity, for considering this blog worthy of this award and I also appreciate your support.

The Libester Award is for bloggers who have less than 200 followers and are forthcoming in the blogosphere.

The Rules

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator.
  3. You must pick 11 bloggers, each with under 200 subscribers, to be nominated for the award.
  4. You must create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. You must visit the nominees and notify them.

Trinity’s Questions

1.  What is your favorite drink?

I really do not have a favorite drink.  If I had to choose one, it would be fresh carrot juice, with a touch of  juiced apple and ginger.

2.  What is your favorite food?

This is a hard because I like many foods.  I choose garbanzo beans.

3.  If you could travel to any place (all expenses paid), where would it be?


4.  If you knew you would be on a deserted island for a week, what beauty products would you take along?

I would have to have my Vaseline (cocoa butter).  I can’t have dry lips, feet, elbows and knees and this stuff works.  Conditioner to keep my hair moisturized.

5.  If you could spend the day doing anything you wanted to do, what would it be?

Hanging out with my nieces and nephews in Tennessee.

6.  What is your dream car?

BMW or Volvo 

7.  Do you prefer to go to the movies or do you prefer to wait until the movie is on DVD?

I prefer to wait.

8.  Do you like water icy cold or at room temperature?

Room temperature

9.  When it is cold do you prefer an extra blanket or thick pajamas?

Thick pajamas

10.  Hot or cold cereal?

Hot cereal

11.  Computer (online) or TV?

Computer (online)

The Nominees

These nominees probably have more than 200 followers, but these are the bloggers that I nominate for this award.  If you have time to participate that’s great, but if you don’t I totally understand.  I want you to know that I value the information that you share and what you do.

1.  Carolyn – ChefCarolyn.com

2.  Alexandra & Kymberly – FunandFit.org

3.  Aqiyl – NaturalLifeEnergy.com

4.  Josie – YumYucky.com

5.  Jennifer – JenniferValerie.com

6.  Phil – Philips.com

7.  Preeti – HappyHeartandMind.com

8.  Tamara – FitKnitChick.com

9.  Alex – CalorieSecrets.net

10.  GiGi – GiGiEatsCelebrities.com

11.  Michelle – Radiant-Brown-Beauty.com

Your Questions

1.  What motivates you to blog/write?

2.  What is your favorite social media / social networking site?

3.  What is one of your pet peeves?

4.  If you were granted one wish, what would it be?

5.  What is your favorite exercise?

6.  What is your favorite movie of all time?

7.  If you were deserted on an island for a week and could only bring 3 foods, what would you bring?

8.  What book are you currently reading?

9.  What is your favorite season of the year?

10.  Do you prefer to eat at home or eat out?

11.  Book in hand or electronic reader (kindle, nook, etc)?

I enjoyed this and had fun.  Thanks again, Trinity!

Returning to a Raw Vegan Diet

Raw Stuffed Tomatoes

Tomato Stuffed with Pumpkin Seed Pate

I originally started this blog as a raw vegan.  I stopped eating a raw vegan diet because I lost too much weight.  I concluded that a raw vegan diet was not the best diet for me.

I spent most of this year experimenting with different plant-based diets, with my most recent experiment being the Starch Solution.

Finding the right plant-based diet took some time, but I finally know what works best for me.

The Starch Solution (Dr. McDougall)

The Starch Solution (McDougall Diet) is one of many good plant-based diets.   I started the Starch Solution diet in August and have recently decided to stop following this diet.  Below are a few reasons why I will no longer follow this diet:

  • White potatoes (nightshade vegetable) are not good for me.
  • Finger became stiff and sore (injury from my teen years).
  • Stopped eating white potatoes (unplanned, just happened) and inflammation in finger went away.

Note:  I enjoyed eating white potatoes before switching to a plant-based diet, but after switching I rarely ate white potatoes.  It wasn’t until I began following the Starch Solution diet that I realized that I cannot eat white potatoes.

The Starch Solution is not a bad diet.  I can easily continue following the diet while excluding white potatoes, but I fare better eating a higher percentage of raw fruits and vegetables.

The Starch Solution helped me understand the importance of including starchy plant-based foods in my diet and because of that I am comfortable returning to raw vegan diet.

High Raw Vegan Diet (80/20)

I decided to return to eating a raw vegan diet, but before making the change, I knew I had to figure out how I would make the diet work.

I contacted my raw food coach, Ms. Carolyn Akens.  Ms. Carolyn explained to me what a typical day looks like for a person eating 80% raw vegan food and 20% cooked food.

I understood things better and decided to proceed with my change.  Sometimes you need expert advice to help you do things the right way.

High Raw Vegan Diet Plan (80/20)

Most of my diet will consist of uncooked foods (80%)  and the remaining 20% is cooked foods.  The cooked portion of my diet includes:  whole grains, legumes/beans, and some vegetables.

My plan also includes adding healthy fats/oils (example:  coconut oil, flaxseed oil) back to my diet.   I will keep the amount of fat I consume low.

Here are the basic foods:

  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • legumes/beans
  • whole grains
  • seeds
  • nuts
  • green juice
  • smoothies

Final Words

Finding a best diet is challenging, especially when the diet is a plant-based diet.  If you need the help of an expert, do not hesitate get the help you need.

Plant-based diets are not created equal.  What works for one person, may not be the best option for the next person.

Listen to your body and do what works best for you and your situation.

Eyes wide open, moving forward!