Farmers Market Rawk! In my hand is an all natural organic soursop popsicle!
Farmers Market Rawk! In my hand is an all natural organic soursop popsicle!

Hi, my name is Abby Carson, and I’d like to welcome you to my blog and kitchen, where you will take a peek at what my family eats, along with some of my thoughts and feelings. I am a wife, mother, and registered nurse.  I am also certified in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University, have my Plant Based Professional Certificate from the Rouxbe Cooking School, and am a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  I worked for several years in the healthcare system, and, as a result of this experience, became aware of how our diet, health care, agricultural, and governmental systems are failing us.

I am truly saddened by the state of our country and its frenetic focus on money and profit at all costs. I don’t feel this was always the case. There has been a creeping corruption of once near pristine institutions to focus less on discovering the truth and serving mankind, and more on discovering what makes money.  A prime example of this is the research done at the National Academy of Sciences.

Twenty five years ago research done by the Academy was entirely publicly funded, and it’s focus was on utilizing science to the betterment of mankind.  This year, private funding will account for 49% of research funding, driving the research in directions to further profits for the companies providing the funding. Sadly, the focus is on short term wealth and profitability, with little or no focus on the bigger picture and longer term effects.

Another prime example is our healthcare system and it’s corruption by corporate interests and greed.  Instead of treating underlying diseases, symptoms are treated with a “pill for every ill”.  Patients with chronic diseases have become cash cows, being diagnosed into the system, and onto a lifetime of pharmaceutical drugs. Prevention and chronic disease management, largely through dietary changes and lifestyle modification are ignored due to lack of profitability.

Preventative measures such as lifestyle and nutrition have gone by the wayside, as the FDA, USDA, EPA, the CDC focus not on our well being, but instead on the profitability of the big agricultural and pharmaceutical interests. Why do other countries take steps to protect their citizens from GMOs, harmful foods and harmful additives, while our government is run by the same people who produce these poisons?

Grocery stores provide my final example of this creeping corruption.  They have become  hazardous waste dumps, requiring knowledgeable and informed shoppers to avoid the many dangers on the shelves. There are so many chemicals, preservatives, refined sugars, refined flours, toxins, and genetically engineered substances added to our food that it boggles the mind.  It’s critical to be vigilant in reading not just the calorie label, but the entire ingredient list. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.  Support organic and sustainable farming. If you have the ability, grow your own garden.  It’s been said that growing your own food is like printing your own money.

America was once a nation of farmers, builders, makers and doers.  We’ve found easier and cheaper ways to meet our needs, but in doing so I don’t feel we’ve advanced humanity.  Our biggest industries are a defense industry that benefits when there’s war and chaos, a medical industry that benefits when there’s illness and disease, an agricultural industry that benefits from the proliferation of factory-style animal agriculture, and overconsumption of resources, a media and entertainment industry that benefits when we are unfocussed, confused, unattentive and misinformed.  The common denominator to all of these modern industries is destruction.  Destruction of nutrition, health, environment, time, stability, lives and, most importantly, truth, all in the name of profit.

With all this corruption and destruction, one of the biggest actions still within your power is your choice of food.  Your food choices impact the well being of animals, the environment, the economy, and your fellow man.  I feel that choosing a whole foods plant based diet leaves a much smaller foot print on this planet, while at the same time reducing your risk of illness.

I encourage you to take charge of your own health. Take care of your loved ones by eating and feeding yourself and those you love real food, and not the food-like products that line store shelves. I’ll be sharing recipes, articles and videos that I find noteworthy. Please feel free to share what you learn with me too. Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to connecting with you also.

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  1. Wow! I had no idea you could make such yummy food without meat or dairy. Thanks for sharing your passion for cooking and healthy living!

  2. AH! I agree with much of what you’ve said here. Thank you for being honest and sharing your experiences with us all. I look forward to learning from you. I disagree with the GMO, over-processed, etc., etc., world we have now become consumed by, and look for ways in which I can change this, no matter how little the effect. At least it is a step in the right direction!
    Fantastic! : )

  3. Hi Abby, thanks so much for stopping by my blog, because this way, it made me discover yours!! Love it! So many nice recipe ideas with Superfoods that I will have to try! 😉 Love your philosophy about food too – totally agree! Thanks again & keep in touch, Sylvia

  4. Your about page is inspired! I’ve been following a plant-based diet for almost two years now, and when I go to the grocery store now I cringe! I can’t believe that I used to eat all the junk they sell in stores and that it’s the stuff that most people eat on a regular basis. It’s very sad! Anyway, I’m so glad that you started following me! I’ve been on your blog for maybe 15 minutes, and everything you write is speaking to me girlfriend! It’s a pleasure to e-meet you! Celeste 🙂

  5. Oh, and I love your about page so much, that I’d love to share it on my blog. We can just change the first couple of sentences so that it works as a guest post instead of an intro to your blog. Let me know if you’re interested! Celeste 🙂

  6. It’s a pleasure to e-meet you too, Celeste! I look forward to following your blog. It’s always nice to find people of like mind. Feel free to share whatever you want. That’s what this blog is here for. Just trying to encourage people to take charge of their own health by becoming knowledgeable consumers, avoiding foods that are destructive to their health, the animals, and the environment. A whole food plant based diet is the way to go, girlfriend 😉

    1. Thank you, Gator Woman! Oh, I just had a chance to visit your blog. I love what you’re doing, the compassion behind it all. I too agree with you that the human race is arrogant, and I will add, careless and greedy! Thank you for your labor of love. Will be checking out your how to get involved info. Thank you also for visiting my blog, and making it possible for me to discover yours!

    1. It’s the horrible food choices we make that contribute to the demise of the environment and it’s species!

      “Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.”
      — Lloyd Biggle Jr.

    1. So sweet of you to nominate me for this award, matchamochimoo! What an honor. I really appreciate it! Congratulations on your Sunshine Award also. I am so happy for you, my blogging friend 😀

    1. How sweet! Thank you. I really appreciate it!! Congratulations on your nomination for the VBA yourself! I have just nominated you for the Sunshine Award also. The info is posted on your about page. I know it’s quite a bit of work, but you seem to enjoy it 😀 I love your blog. Keep up the great work!

      1. Thank you so very much!
        This blogging stuff is relatively new to me and takes time, yet is so rewarding when I get messages like this one!
        Thanks a mill, I will fill it out as soon as I can 🙂

  7. Hey there. I found you through “The Talking Violin”, and I’m glad I did. Looking forward to receiving your posts, especially the recipes – I’m always searching for good, healthy recipes to experiment. I’m gonna check out your coconut curry chickpea and spinach now and try it out soon. Oh ya, also noticed you’re a Christian – me too (canadian missionary, living in brazil). blessing.

  8. Hi there Stacilys! Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to introduce yourself. I just took a peek into your blog and am excited to learn of your missionary work in Brazil. I believe God has a purpose and plan in everything in our life. I look forward to our fellowship together and I’ll be looking into the YWAM missionary site to learn more. God bless.

    1. Heyyyy Abby, thanks a ton. I too, believe that God has a purpose and plan in everything in our life too. At this point in my life I’ve got two little disciples with me in the morning (my aspie son, Caue and my very girly daughter, Hannah) and am trying to make a difference in this world through my blog and help my husband in his ministry in the afternoons. Did you by any chance see my post on his work (http://stacilys.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/the-power-of-faith-in-god-and-not-money/). I’m so proud of him.

        1. Hi Abby. Yes, definitely to God be the glory. It was totally Him that made it possible. We have made it available now for free online. You can watch it on our Vimeo site and the link to the film is here:

          Our second film, “Internal Mazes” is being edited right now and will be released before the world cup in May. It is to combat the issue of human sex trafficking and tourism. Hope you enjoy “The Value of a Dream”. Let me know what you think after ok.

  9. Hi Abby, thank you so much for all the lovely and kind words here and over at Superfoodista, they really mean the world to me! 😉 I replied to you there, but never know if they get transmitted or not. Anyways, wow, so nice you are coming to Miami!! Yes, please let me know through fb or the contact form, it would be really so lovely to meet you in person one day 😉 You know that I also absolutely adore your blog! So it would be great to hear more about it in person! hugs, Sylvia

  10. Blog of the year 2013! Wow! Thanks again, Fae! What an honor and a nice way to wrap up the year. Thanks for all your support and making it possible for us to meet fellow bloggers. Cheers!! 😀

  11. Sorry, Abby, I have something to change about the nomination that I just sent, it is the ‘Blog of The Year 2013 Award, 3 stars ☆ ☆ ☆, not the dragon loyalty award, sorry I made the mistake, wish you don’t mind! 🙁

  12. Thank you, Matchamochimoo!! I appreciate your nomination greatly! Blog of The Year 2013 is an awesome way to wrap up the year! Thanks again for thinking of me and congratulations on all your awards too. Keep on! I will check out the link and the applicable rules~ Cheers! 😀

  13. Congratulations Priya and thank you for your kind words. I loved going through your post. What a unique and fun way to do it. You’re so creative! Thanks for inviting me to your virtual Christmas dinner table. I am honored to be a part of your WordPress family! Keep up the awesome work. You’re an inspiration!!

    1. You’re a dear Elaine! I am honored to be part of your wordpress family!! I am grateful for all your support and encouragement too. A Happy & blessed New year to you my blogging friend 😀

    1. Thank you, Martine! So glad to e-meet you! I took a peek at your site just now and love it! I too will be following your blog, and am looking forward to your posts! A happy & blessed new year to you and your loved ones also 😀

    1. Likewise, Vicki! I’m delighted to have found yours also! Thanks for visiting my blog, and making it possible for me to discover yours. I was just musing through it and loving it. You’ve got some wonderful recipes too! Can’t wait to try some of them. Looking forward to your posts 😀

  14. Hi Abby, thank you for visiting and following my blog, it made me discover yours!! I do agree with you! And your recipes are amazing! Inspiring as your About page! Laura

    1. Congratulations to you dearest, Aspara, and thank you for the nomination! I’m honored! I love your blog & enjoyed reading the seven interesting facts about you. Love how your hobbies of gardening & cooking involve your kids. My kids are older now & our youngest will be off to college soon. I think it’s great that you’re spending quality time with them as they quickly grow up. Love the banana bread story! 😉

    1. Congrats to our wonderful hosts Mladen & Milica! Thanks for inspiring us with your lovely blog! I enjoyed reading your random facts & getting to know you more. You’re special! Would love to see a picture of you two in your wedding attire black/burgundy wine! Please share a photo 😉 Thanks for the nomination as well. I am truly honored & grateful <3

  15. Hi Abby, stopped by to say Hi! What an awesome blog!! “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food” can’t stop thinking of this 🙂 I am trying my level best with this. Looking forward on your posts 🙂

    1. Congrats, Ahila, and thanks for sharing that beautiful song with us! Although I don’t understand the words, the music & voice of that young girl is sweet & beautiful. Thanks also for the nomination. I am truly honored & grateful! <3

  16. Hi Abby!
    I hope you and Robert are doing well since the conference. How have you found life since? That conference has no doubt been a turning point for me, both personally and professionally. I’m enrolled in the Plant-Based Certificate and just started it today, which made me think of you guys 🙂
    Hope to hear from you. Would love to see some of those great conference pictures you took, too!
    All the best,
    Genevieve (Canada)

    1. Hi Genevieve! So glad to hear from you! What a great time we had. So glad to have met you! I hope you got a chance to read my summary post about the conference. I shared a few pictures of you in my gallery (one with Dr. McDougall, the other with Dr. Bassem Yousef). 😀 We never did get chance to take one with Dr. T. Colin Cambell. Bummer. 🙁 Enjoy your plant based course. I hope you find it beneficial. I know I did. I’ll be emailing you some pics soon.

      P.S Robert sends his warm regards! 😀

  17. Hey, Abby! Nice to find you in a new self-hosted site. I moved too, and went back to check why I have stopped getting posts from you. Glad to be in touch again!

    1. Hi Aspara! How are you? Thanks for taking the time and effort to locate me. I’m still here blogging away. Feel free to enter your email address to subscribe to my blog to receive notifications of new posts by email. I’ll be more than happy to subscribe to your new hosted site as well. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks again for staying in touch! 😀

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"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food" Hippocrates