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Kathy Freston Helps a Family Get Healthier

Ellen sent vegan expert Kathy Freston to a viewer's home to teach her how easy it is to live better and cook healthier. Watch to see some of her great tips, then be sure to check out Ellen's Life page for more great recipes and resources. You can also find Chef Tal Ronnen's book there.

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Hi Anu and Laura,I am grateful for this inmfooatirn. My daughter can and will eat only this cheese. I have been having a hard time with her. However Anu if you have a dairy allergy you might want to check the ingredients of the rice cheese which has casien , a milk protein. Cannot want to see Vegan Rella again.

Great post! I stumbled upon this blog and I'm relaly glad I did. Right now I'm working on a PhD in Nutrition and had the privilege of hearing both Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn speak this fall. It's amazing what a difference changing your diet can make! Everyone should read The China Study , relaly eye-opening stuff.

I am looking for a good rcpeie book but apparently the way I eat does not fall into a specific category so I am having trouble finding something. I eat Fruits, Vegetables, Beans, and Nuts. I do not eat animal products (meat, milk, eggs, etc ) I also do not eat any breads. Vegetarian has too much dairy, eggs, oils, etc and Vegan cookbooks have too much bread in them for me. The closest thing I can find is a raw cookbook but I enjoy cooked vegetables a lot so that is kind of useless. There are also tons of other classifications like fruitarian, nutritarian and i'm sure other things I've never heard of. Maybe one of those would be good?Also a lot of cookbooks in these categories have way too much info on why you should eat vegetarian/vegan/raw/whatever. I don't really care about that I just want the rcpeies. Also many of these same cookbooks have 50 super rare ingredients that are hard to find in each rcpeie. Simple rcpeies are better.Also a lot of them require tons of equipment. I have a Vita-mix blender (which is awesome by the way). I don't have a juicer, or dehydrator and I do not want to purchase them. Any input would be great. I feel like since I am not in some specific classification this is a lost cause but hopefully someone out there can help me. Thanks!Just some more info. That is my diet like 95% of the time. I do eat bread occasionally so if a rcpeie book has some bread in it that is fine. Maybe a vegan cookbook is best? I try to stay away from the processed food which is why I started looking at raw cookbooks.

Zucchini Fettuccine With Tomato SauceIngredients4large zucchini or yollew squashKosher salt5medium vine-ripened tomatoes1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil,plus more for drizzling1/2 clove garlic, chopped1teaspoon chopped jalapeno pepperFreshly ground pepper1/4cup chopped pine nuts,plus more for topping1/4 cup chopped fresh basil1 teaspoon chopped fresh oreganoDirectionsTrim and peel the zucchini, then use a mandoline or a vegetable peeler to thinly slice lengthwise into wide ribbons (stop when you get to the seeds). Cut the ribbons into 1/4-to-1/2-inch-wide strips to make them look like fettuccine. Transfer to a colander and toss with 3/4 teaspoon salt; let drain in the sink, tossing occasionally, about 30 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry.Meanwhile, peel the tomatoes using a sharp vegetable peeler, then halve horizontally and squeeze out the seeds. Puree 1 tomato with the olive oil, garlic, jalapeno, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. Transfer to a bowl. Chop the remaining 4 tomatoes and add to the bowl; add the pine nuts, basil, oregano, and salt to taste.Divide the zucchini among bowls and top with the tomato sauce. Top with more pine nuts and drizzle with olive oil.Wheat Berry SaladIngredients1 1/2 cups hard wheat berries3/4 cup chopped walnuts2 stalks celery, finely chopped1/2 cup tart dried cherries, chopped1 scallion, white and green parts, chopped1/2 cup finely chopped parsley leaves3 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons lemon juiceSalt and freshly ground black pepperDirectionsIn a large pot combine the wheat berries and enough water to come 2 inches over the wheat berries. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered for 1 hour, or until tender. Drain and let cool. Toast the walnuts in a medium dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.In a large bowl, combine the wheat berries, walnuts, celery, dried cherries, scallions, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.Chili OmeletIngredients1/2 pound breakfast sausage links1 (15-ounce) can vegetarian chili with beans1 (8-ounce) package 3-cheese Mexican shredded cheese2 tablespoons unsalted butter2 large eggs1/4 cup chopped chivesSour cream, for garnishDirectionsCut the sausage into 1/4-inch chunks. In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, brown the sausages. When brown, add the chili and heat through, about 5 minutes. For an extra-cheesy omelet, stir in a handful or 2 of the cheese.While this is cooking, heat an 8-inch skillet over medium-low heat and melt the butter. Beat the eggs with half the chives and pour into the pan. Cook until the egg forms a solid yollew circle. Cover half of the omelet with the sausage and chili mixture, reserving 1/4 cup. Add a layer of cheese, reserving 1/4 cup. Fold the omelet and top with the remaining chili and cheese. Slide the omelet onto a plate and garnish with a large dollop of sour cream and the remaining chives.

I eat little if any tofu. That inculdes the fake meats that many love to have as a main staple to their diet that is soy based.I eat pretty much what I have always eaten, but make it without the meat. Sounds difficult? It isn't.Something like a stuffed bell pepper is usually stuffed with meat. I instead go for rice and veggies with a tomato base sauce over it.Soups are no problem. Vegetable soups are easy. Go just with the veggies or add grains such as barley to them to add more nutritional value to them. There are also tomato based soups.A baked potato is not just a side dish. You can add all sorts of things on top of it. Broccoli, sauteed veggies of all sorts bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, onions, cilantro, parsley only limited by your imagination or personal tastes. You can even bake them ahead of time which saves on wasted energy and have them ready for you when you get home from work or school to be warmed up.I even have a traditional Italian sauce that is carrot based for pasta dishes. Vareity is not a problem.Kabobs that have veggies, mushrooms that you like on them a total treat that I have never had any to refuse.Mushrooms are fabulous, the variety is more than many people know. Stuff them, broil them, add them to other things. With the things that they have found out recently about capers, you might want to think about adding them to your salad or other dishes.Cold salads with pasta, grains, or just the veggies another wonderful experience for the palate.The things that you can do with a rice dish again only limited by your personal taste. You can go from main dish to dessert with this versitile grain.Baked apples, fruit salads, or just plain fruit a healthy addition to a balanced diet.Whole grain breads of different variety of grains is something else that I would suggest. Pumpernickle, rye, sour dough are great. Something as simple as switching over to a pita bread can bring variety to something that you may not have considered.You can juice, you can make fruit smoothies for quick fixes and treats. My suggestion is always for people to go with what they eat now and see how they can adapt and adjust what they already know and like to fit within a healthy diet. Reason that I suggest this is because you already have most if not all of what you need on hand and the outlay of money is not going to be a big bite out of the budget.If such is more than you can handle, or you just are not convident enough to do such I strongly suggest talking to a good dietician/nutritionist and getting their helpful insights. They not only will help you to know if what you are eating is meeting all your dietary needs, they can help you with formating a grocery list to make sure that you get all the things that you will need to have a healthy diet.Last but not least know that spices are your best friend. Learning about them and how to best use them in cooking is something that is going to make what you eat either something that you really enjoy or something that you just do and make do with. When you get comfortable, start trying new things. Add to what you already know. I suggest going to the library and getting cookbooks to see if the cookbook is something that you want to invest your hard earned money in buying. If it is filled with ingredients that are hard to find, foods that you really are not suited to your personal taste matters not if everyone else loves it.There are websites but I have found that many of the sites will rave about some dish that many times comes from an ethnic taste that you might not be familiar with and ingredients that are not easy to find. So make sure when searching such sites on the web that they are things that you can find easy or at least order.Again, can't say it enough. At first, I would suggest going with what you know. Helps to keep the budget down. Add the ingredients that you think that you might need as you need them easier than a massive outlay of monies on things all at once.

Thank you Ellen, Kathy and everyone involved for highlighting such an important topic. Although challenging the status quo is scary for most people, and subsiquently there is some negative feeback, I thought that your segment was very approachable, classy and done in good taste. Job well done tackling a tough issue on so many levels.

First, It took me five minutes (on an old computer) to go to the USDA Web site to find the actual amounts of cholesterol in eggs and fat in chicken. It was in no way confusing or overwhelming. A person appearing on television who is disseminating "facts" and figures has a responsibility to do five minutes' worth of research before going on the air. Second, the amount of cholesterol in a chicken egg has been revised, due to chickens receiving better quality feed than in past years. That fact was recently broadcast on TV news and added to the USDA site. Third, you can be healthy on a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore diet. The key to weight loss is eating fewer calories than you burn. I have known overweight vegans and vegetarians, and also skinny people who rarely ate anything other than junk food.

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Madam Banda

great to be a vegan..but it not for all everybody who can be able to AFFORD to eat health or being vegan. yeah great.. thanks for the tips! i love to eat health.. sorry cant afford it..

The fact about Eggs containing cholesterol...Yes they do but there are different kinds of cholesterol. Eggs have the good kind of cholesterol that helps your body to have the correct amount. Television is so full of facts that can be misleading. People always think of the poor chickens...well maybe your eating from unhappy chickens. I know here in australia the laws for free range chickens is RIDICULOUS. The amount of birds/hectre is like an over crowded room, the fact there water has to be treated (whats wrong with natural rain water), they have to be kept away from other birds and many more. Does this sound free range to you. Its a contolled giant globe over them. It has put my parents out of business because they didn't want to comply by the laws. Free range is not what it used to be.

Wow, everyone is upset about the accuracy of the chicken facts. So what? Fact of the matter is, yes it does cut out the fat intake as well as caloric. So, she was off by a few numbers? Now, everyone chooses their lifestyle as they see fit, wether to lose weight or due to serious illness they must find a new dietary lifestyle, or just not worry about it at all. I went purely vegan two months ago due to serious medical issues with my digestive system and am virtually surprised at how much of a difference this has caused. Yes, the cravings are still there, sometimes in a VERY bad way, and YES I have cheated (and paid the price) but I am thrilled I have lost weight, have more energy than I have had in a long time, and most importantly I am not hurting anymore. Why be so upset about some facts and figures rather than take part in learning about different lifestyle choices? So what a mistake was made, could it be that she had so much information she was trying to give out that she miscalculated? Everyone makes mistakes, so why rake one over the coals for a slight one? It at least got people to read up on it to learn more did it not? I think there are a lot more things to worry about in this world rather than one tidbit of misinformation. Anyways, thanks Ellen for having that segment on the show, it helped me :)

I'm not here to argue with anyone. We all have the right to make our own choices. I choose to be vegetarian, although I also avoid dairy. A lot of the meat eaters that have posted seem angry...calm down...if that's what you choose, great...don't attack others for what they choose...its ridiculous! The main reason I wanted to post was to make a comment towards what Kathy said. I enjoy her book, although as many of you mentioned, her comments about the fat % of skinless chicken was just false! BUT a large egg does have about 210 mg of cholesterol, which is more than ANYTHING on McDonalds menu! Go to their nutrition page online to see before you all say she's wrong on that!

*and to the lady asking for Ellen to send you a free book, go to your local library and check one out...it's free!!!

Vegan? Sorry Ellen. Just not going to happen . By the end of the second week I'd be ready to kill someone for a burger. I'm afraid I'm an unapologetic carnivore.

Kathy Freston told that family that, in a skinless chicken breast, 20% of calories are from fat and 29% of those calories are saturated fat. When I looked this up for myself because those numbers seemed awfully high, I found a source saying that, of 118 calories in skinless chicken breast, 11% is fat, with 1.4 grams of fat, only 0.4 grams from saturated fat. I think that Kathy is giving false information, and I would like to know where she got her numbers. 0.4 grams of saturated fat is a very small number.

Ellen- I have been trying to lose weight for 5 yrs now. i am comfortable with Weight watchers but I am the only one in the house that needs to lose weight and it is so hard when you have a family to feed. Please help me out with some advice. I did send you a few emails.

hi just wondering all that food that looks like meat how is it made?

I may be recruiting a vegetarian but nothing is sure yet. I love being a vegetarian now. maybe in a few years, i'll even change to vegan. I have never felt better in my life, 15, since i became a vegetarian. My friends think i'm crazy but they admire me for it too. Its awesome.
This is my 157th comment going towards my goal of getting a comment back from you.
This is so automatic now. Its like my blog now where i write what i saw on Ellen that day or the day before.
Also Ellen if you would like to check out my Facebook profile. I follow you so you would be able to find it. Look at the profile i bet you'll like it.

To each their own if someone wants to be vegan, but stop acting like those of us that aren't are bad people! You are worried about killing chickens, but it is not like they know the difference. Besides, what about the animal farmers that make a living selling meat and animal products? Do you think the animals are more important than these PEOPLE? I will end with a quote by Suzanne Somers, "If you can pick it, pluck it, milk it, or shoot it, you can eat it."

I just watched this segment. I don't mind people promoting veganism. As long as they have accurate information on what they're saying on live tv. Where did she get her facts about the cholesterol in an egg and the saturated fat of a "skinless" chicken?! (I'm putting quotes on skinless because she put air quotes on it when she was talking about it on tv. lol)

Veganism is a personal choice and people need to figure out what their goals are when changing health lifestyles. But becoming a vegan doesn't mean it's the ultimate way to being healthy.
There are lots of ways like exercising, cut down on junk/fatty foods, etc. Just eat in moderation or watch what you eat!

People are really quick to make imperious remarks. Everyone has their own way of living, whether its the type of food they eat, what kind of music they listen to, what their favorite color is etc... So to post comments putting someone down on the way they live and choices they make are extremely disrespectful. I watch Ellen faithfully everyday, and as I am reading the comments made towards Kathy, makes me think that society is very creul. Kathy chooses to be a vegan, and so does Ellen, therefore to those of you who are putting Kathy down, you are also putting Ellen down, as she chooses to be a vegan because thats how she decided to live.

I came on to review the information from the show as I enjoy experiencing new things, as I value life long learning. Instead of being judgemental I am going to compare the difference of vegan vs. "regular food" and look into the experience. I may like it, I may not.

Thank-you Ellen and Kathy for opening this opportunity to society who would like to eat healthy as a lot of people don't know how or what the following ingredients mean or how to determine what is good or bad, (sodium, fat,and carbs, etc)

-Keep Smiling-
Sara Jane

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