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fail fail fail barf fail… Day 61 of my Food Journey


What’s on my mind…? I want pizza and I want it now!!! Why is Pizza so hard for me?? Why am I having such a hard time with PIZZA!!!!!! I’m not even Italian for crying out loud.

Well – I bought the TJ fake cheese (barf) today in a fit of desperation, and looked up some “healthy” (barf) crust options and found one that said – and I quote – “You may never set foot in a Pizza Hut ever again. Trust me, after one taste, you’ll see why.”  I guess the Pizza Hut reference should have tipped me off, but I am desperate, so I made this CRUST (not – barf) and followed the recipe exactly (something I rarely do and now I am regretting this) and it was a HUGE fail fail fail.  It didn’t cook – I mean not at all – it was wet coconut flour underneath some very happy ingredients like sauteed mushrooms and onions, vegan sausages, yummy marinara…  None of that matters though if you mix it up with wet flour and have to pretend you are okay sucking it up and eating it anyway.  My husband (perfect angel that he is) ate it and said he loved it – he didn’t.  My Son, tried it and gave me some good, polite, constructive criticism as to how he thinks we could improve on it.  Love that kid.  I feel sick to my stomach because I kept trying to salvage it by reheating and eating it anyway.  Fail.

Seriously – I spent the last 2 hours trying to find new ways of apologizing for putting this dinner on plates, and I think I’m going to go barf it up now.  Tomorrow it’s back to basics.  Enough experimenting.  I need to know that what I’m about to eat is edible and won’t leave a lump in my stomach.

If you have a REAL healthy pizza crust substitute I might be willing to try again. Let me know. Until then – keep fighting the good fight and HAPPY healthy eating to you.

Husband Rating 1 star:gold-star: “I don’t know what you’re talking about – I really like it… (barf) really!”
Kid Rating 0 smiley faces: “Mommy – can I have desert now?”

This one’s for the Ladies… Day 33 of my Food Journey


Let’s get right to it… I’m totally PMSing!  I need-want-crave-will kill if I don’t have SUGAR (and pizza)!!

doughnut image by Arnold Inuyaki  Cookie image by Robyn lee  Pizza image by Nick Sherman

I am trying to remain strong, because I know that is a dead end road, but I think you ladies are probably with me here. When you have just commenced ovulation and your thyroid is sending dessert menus to your brain to get ready for a 3-5 day journey into Crankville… It’s F’ing hard to stay strong.  If any of you Male people are with me right now – frankly you just don’t get it.  So don’t try.  I would normally be more polite about that – but I don’t have the patience right now and my finger is on the ALL CAPS button like crazy to prove it.  This monthly drama is real and it’s powerful and I NEED some damn sugar (and pizza)!!!

Okay – so I posted to my Crossfit Thrice Food Journey group via on the almighty Facebook and they helped calm me down.  Thank you ladies – I appreciate you and your understanding.  I guess I’m really posting this just to say that sometimes I am crazy annoyed that I can’t just EAT – anything – everything – all of it!!!  I love food.  Everyone loves food.  As a matter a fact I think that anyone who claims they are “Foodies” are also semi-goofballs because the world as we know it exists because we are ALL foodies in every way!!  Sure some of you might believe that Cheese-wiz is a delicacy and call yourself a “Foodie”, but still – if that’s what makes your neurons connect and sends serotonin down your spinal cord to make your toes curl with happy vibes, well who I am to say you’re not a foodie for that?  (I’m pretty sure that’s not really the biological process, so don’t quote me on that.)

The problem is not that I am a “Foodie” or that I like food – it’s that all the EASY (and fun) food is shit.  That’s right – all the easy food is pretty much just shit for you and your body.  I said it.  Thanks to my cranky attitude – I just made that bold statement.  And because I am PMSing I’m totally annoyed by that absolute fact.  I just want to go to my pantry and eat a bag of potato chips (the fried kind) and another bag of cookies (the processed kind.)  And ANOTHER thing… I’m feeling pretty annoyed that THIS is the shit food I grew up on and subsequently WANT RIGHT NOW!!!  My son will never know these struggles.  He doesn’t even know that cookies can BE processed.  His are always removed from an oven, not a bag – and he only wants to eat them if they are warm.  Kid’s got style.

Okay – so while I’m here ranting away, my good friend Courtnee messaged me with this happy news link about Subway removing that toxic chemical Azodicarbonamide from their bread.  Remember I wrote about this same horror story back on Jan. 13th? This is huge!!!  I am happy about this happy news.  My mood is lifting.  It gives me hope that I am doing the right thing by trying, blogging, spreading the word and sharing the info that comes to me from all my health conscious friends back to other people who are searching for answers to how to avoid shit food.  We’re literally all in this together – and sometimes it really sucks.

Now can someone please bring me a glass of organic wine  or beer with a box of Assorted See’s Candies?
Wine and Beer image by Allie Cormin Sees Candy image by Robyn Lee




Yesterday was a dream come true…. Day 31 of my Food Journey


I can’t tell you how many times I have thought to myself… “I wish everything was just good for you. Then I wouldn’t have to think so hard, look so much, and worry about most things!” I find myself driving around from Natural Grocers, to Whole Foods, to Trader Joes… all in a two hour period on any given day just to get the everyday items I keep in my pantry.  Well yesterday my wildest dreams came true and I felt like I was in the “Heaven” that I hear so much about.

Two days ago I got a flyer from Costco about their “Organic” products being on sale.  This flyer was beautiful to me because it was ONLY about their organic food, (and more vaguely) why they believe in them, and what their standards are for procuring them.  Now anyone who is within 50 feet of me, my blog, Facebook page, or kitchen already knows that I am a firm believer in organic foods (and cleaning supplies, toiletries, bedding, furniture, rugs, etc…) so I probably don’t have to tell you that this promotion put on by Costco was VERY encouraging to me.  Costco is for the masses.  Period.  BUT they think outside of the box, whether you realize it or not.  They are a very progressive company and conscientious about just about every dollar that they bring into their store.  I worked there for 7 years- I was a manager and I was in on meetings with higher-ups and I can tell you that they take care of their customers, their employees and their footprint.  I am a huge Costco fan inside and out.  BUT I usually have to scour every single isle to find what is new and organic and healthy… Blah blah blah.  It’s not a quick run through the grocery store to grab what I need and know will be there – it’s a scavenger hunt that can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes.  Ugh.  Annoying, but I do it because they carry a lot of my staples that we eat on a regular basis, and I like to save money as much as the next guy (maybe more).

Getting back to my dreams coming true – yesterday Costco had their two most seasonal highly visible, heavy traffic center isles FULL from front to back of NOTHING but organic foods.  To make life even more wonderful they put all the signage for their organic foods in bright green sleeves so you didn’t even have to look for the buzz word on the tag to know that it was organic.  Ah ha!   I was SO happy – and frankly I was like a kid in a candy store.  My mom went with me and as usual she thinks I’m totally nuts and over the top, but I’m happy she was there so that it didn’t look like I was a crazy person talking to myself walking up and down those two isle shouting “this is so amazing!!  I’m so happy right now!  This is a dream come true!!”  I get a bit dramatic about things – what can I say.  I was born that way.

Kudos to Costco for once again leading the way in the mainstream markets.  I encourage everyone to go to their local Costco and look for the organic food isles and if they don’t have them yet put a comment in the suggestion box asking for it!  They not only read every comment, but the comments are supposed to get sent to the corporate office where your message is hear loud and clear.  I myself will be sending a letter to Craig Jelinek, the CEO of Costco thanking him for continuing the good work that Jim Sinegal started back in 1983.

Put your money where your mouth is, everyone!  Every dollar sends a message. Tell them you are IN!
Healthy, happy eating!

If you want to eat healthy, you should marry my husband. Day 29 of my Food Journey.


Well… when I started my 90 day Food Journey I had BIG plans to blog every single day, without fail, like the rockstar that I believe that I am. Even if it was just a short little blurb about what I ate or what my challenges are or what the scale is telling me, etc…  ha ha ha ha ha!  That was a hilarious overachievers delusion!!  I suffer deeply from that syndrome and I crack myself up that I never learn.  Not to mention that I couldn’t pull off a “short” “little” “blurb” to save my life. But seriously – I had no idea I was going to be sitting at my desk every day for 14 hours a day over the last few weeks trying to figure out how much the IRS is going to love us.  This happened to coincide with rehearsals and shows with my funk band, painting the Production Studio that is being built for our company, and my assistant leaving and me not having a back-up plan other than… me. Not to mention my regular workout schedule and that I still like the idea of spending time with my fantastically patient son, oh – and I’m still married too.  At least the last time I checked I was married.  Recently I have stopped putting my wedding ring back on everyday after lifting weights during workouts and also after trying to avoid ruining my conga heads while playing with my band. So there goes my little visual reminder that I still have a husband, too.

LUCKILY – not only do I still have a husband, but I have the greatest one ever, and HE hasn’t forgot that we are married.  He also hasn’t forgotten that we need to eat.  Or that we need to eat healthy. Here is picture of my beautiful boys in a tickle fight:

"My Happy Boys"       Photo (c) D.Kamm

“My Happy Boys”
Cel Phone Photo by D.Kamm (c)

Aren’t they cute?

For the past few years I have done most of the cooking for us and although my husband, Zeke, is a VERY good cook, it’s really just been mostly me taking care of the planning, shopping, cooking, and finding new things to eat that work for our lifestyle.  But here are a few reasons why my husband is super amazing and wonderful:

1. He’s really cute, and nice, and funny.
2. He knew I was on a very strict 90 Day Food Journey. No Sweets. No alcohol. No eating out (or very very very little.) No dairy (not even cheese – which is the Achilles Heal of our household.) No salt (I just added that one in last week. REALLY? You’re still adding stuff to STOP eating, Deena??? WTF??) No snacking.  And more…
3. He has happily supported it fully in every way including doing all the same things himself (for the most part.)
4. When he realized I was under water time-wise he didn’t hesitate for a moment. He stopped everything and took over the kitchen. And I mean TOOK OVER!
5. He treats me like a queen and tells me I’m beautiful even when the sun’s gone down and I still haven’t gotten around to brushing my teeth and have been in the same pair of Russian Sweatpants 5 days straight.

For the last few weeks, at around 6pm, when I come up for air simply because I’m noticing how dark it suddenly got, I am not panicking about what we are going to eat at 6:05pm for dinner because my husband has already gone to the store, prepped dinner, and is telling me that if and when I have time, it’s ready for me to eat. Then he also forces me to stop and eat. This a bad and very unhealthy habit I have yet to fully overcome in my adult life: not making time to eat until I am ravenously starving to death and have turned into a crabby low blood sugar angry bitch. But not if Zeke’s is around!!
Who’s the Rockstar now??

To make the jackpot even bigger, he has been making all new stuff – from cookbooks (which was a first for him – proud of you, Sweetie!) and finding amazing recipes and making some amazing food! I am so impressed, and inspired!
Here are a few of the beautiful, healthy, vegan dishes he has supplied me and my son with over the last few frantic weeks:

Lentil Loaf with cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (will be blogging this wonder)
veggie burgers
vegan meatballs and spaghetti (these came out amazing and I plan on blogging the recipe too – Don’t worry the title will not include the lame word: Amazeballs)
cashew based milkshakes (super healthy! who knew???)
cashew ricotta cheese pizza with greens (delicious – I will blog this eventually)
And just because he was on a roll… sugar-free dark chocolate vegan butterfingers (oh yes he did – and I even had one bite in spite of the maple syrup that I was not supposed to be eating. How could I resist such a refined retro dessert as this?)

I have managed to cook one or two meals myself, but I am so appreciative of his immense help and stepping up so that I could have this crazy time be just a little less stressful and a lot more nutritious!! Nothing makes eating healthy easier than a supportive household full of great cooks!! And nothing makes a happier household than a HEALTHY household! So get on the same page with your spouse/partner/roommate/goldfish or get him/her onto your page – whatever it takes!! Because it WILL get you through the rough and stressful times so much easier.

I plan on getting back to my every other day posts (I’m being a little more realistic now) and getting back into the kitchen so my husband can get moved into his new studio and get back to work. So hang in there with me – there are many more recipes and food ideas to come… Let’s keep getting healthy together!!

And to my husband – thank you for always treating me like a Queen.  You are my King and I love you.

TheQueen_and her King

“The Queen & her King”
Selfie Cel Phone Photo by D. Kamm


Subway To Hell – Day 9 on my journey to a healthier me


Subway to Hell

Ok – I admit it – before I got healthy and cleaned up my eating habits, I ate at Subway ALL THE TIME – I mean like practically every day. No seriously – I Fing loved that place! Cheap,”Healthy,” “Fresh,” and I could get vegetarian food that wasn’t french fries (not that I don’t LOVE some french fires now and then) and I could do it guilt free!
Well that was then – hmmm… my how times have changed.  A little knowledge goes a long flame ridden way.
My husband Zeke came across this lovely little Subway Sandwiches expose that I was pretty horrified to read. My precious Subway? E Tu Brute? I wish I could go into the bathroom and stick my finger down my throat and get rid of those 7300 sandwiches I ate between the ages of 12 and 32.
Here is the article link:
I encourage you STRONGLY to read it. It’s important that you know how food is marketed and the extreme contrast in what the food actually is = anything but healthy.

Poor poor Jared. I hope he’s okay with all of this. He must be sick to his stomach! OR he’s just literally sick and has no idea how it could have happened. I mean – he lost weight so he MUST be healthy, right??? Wrong. Very very wrong. Healthy is not about being skinny. Healthy is about not being sick, tired, bloated, dizzy, weak, rashy, itchy, scaly, crampy and all the other symptoms that start off your journey into disease, sickness, cancer, and untimely death.

You know what – I’m not going to take the chance that you don’t click on that link.  So I’m copying some the text here.  I originally posted the entire thing but my blogging husband gave me the Copyright lecture about how that’s a violation, along with the pictures I find online that I’m not crediting the photographers for – let alone asking their permission.  Ugh.  So many rules.  Here I was just thinking I was being generous, instead I’m on my way to internet prison.  So anyway – you only get a snippit, but read the whole thing!!  Go – Do – Read – Learn!

{Excerpt from 03 Mar 2013 by Clark Kent}
…Did you ever hear of a chemical ingredient called azodicarbonamide? Me either. It’s banned as a food additive in the U.K., Europe, and Australia. But not at Subway. Interestingly enough, if you get caught using it in Singapore you get up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $450,000.
And why? Because it’s primary use is in the production of foamed plastics. But in the good ole U S of A, it can be used as a food additive, a flour-bleaching agent, and a dough conditioner because it improves the elasticity of bread.
The U.K. has found that azodicarbonamide is a potential cause of asthma if inhaled, and for people that have sensitivity to food dyes and other allergens in food, this can increasingly aggravate the symptoms.
Somebody should inform Subway that to make real whole-wheat bread all you really need is whole-wheat flour, yeast, salt, water, and maybe some honey. But that doesn’t really do anything for shelf life or the fact that the stores do not bake their breads.
While all the sandwiches contain chemical additives, refined bleached flour, preservatives, artificial colors, MSG, refined sugars, GMOs, and over 50 ingredients, only three contain nitrates. Yea! Far out! Only three!
Those that contain the nitrates are the Ham Sandwich, the Subway Club, and the Turkey Breast and Ham. Basically, these are processed meat sandwiches and the nitrates contribute significantly to disease…

So there you go… disgusting so far, right?  Make sure you read the rest. And enjoy that little bit of info and get your ass out of fast food restaurants.  Even the Healthy ones.  Because I love you.



More science to back up healthy habits –


Please stop using your microwaves… It’s really not that hard. Just unplug it and throw it away.

Plant dead in 10 days when only given water that was microwaved… links to colon cancer…  permanent brain damage… killing breast milk nutrients…

ugh. It’s all so depressing.  Just don’t do it – please.


SUCH a downer – but facts are facts…


A note about my eating habits, and the eating habits I teach my son.

As a vegan/vegetarian I am signed up with every activist group you can imagine.  I LIKE every “Animal Rights” page on Facebook, I even get mail from non-for profit groups almost weekly.  So I see A LOT of awful stuff.  It keeps me feeling good about my decision not to partake in the animal industry in any way.  Animals should not be an industry of any kind.  That is my belief, and  live it with action.

Here is a video that is EXTREMELY difficult to watch.  I couldn’t watch more than a minute of it. I wanted to share it because it’s real.  Of course you don’t have to watch it, but I think it’s important to know what you support and where your money goes.  When you buy meat, milk, eggs, shoes, couches, belts, etc… YOU are supporting what you will see in this video.  YOU are the reason it continues. I know it’s not pleasant.  But it’s true. If we all stopped supporting it, and demanded responsible, humane practices from the people whom we choose to give our money to, things would change.  Money talks.   These animals have no voice, but they are real, feeling thinking, living beings. Do SOMETHING… because they can’t.

I promise, one of these days I will have some extra time to post some recipes.  It’s been madness in our house lately.  I am missing my food blog…



Martha rattles the cafeteria.


This is an interesting article about how quickly a school cleaned up it’s lunches (as much as a school lunch can be clean) thanks to a girl who started a blog and posted a picture of her lunch everyday.

You go girl.  Thanks for being a trailblazer at nine years old.


Updates and Amendments


Because I cook every single day – from scratch – things change a lot.  When I can tell people “oh, the recipe is already on my website” I feel so happy.  But THEN, I realize what they just ate is probably NOT actually on my website because I am constantly reading, researching, experimenting, changing my ingredients, and altering my mental “That’s OK” list.  So in an effort to update everything at once here are some of my new favorite healthy replacements and unhealthy findings.


COCONUT PALM SUGAR – it’s pricey, but you really shouldn’t be cooking things with so much sugar that you need CHEAP shity sugar anyway.  So when you DO need sugar this is a GREAT replacement and it’s low glycemic and not too heavily processed.  It’s very new to the market so there isn’t any real information as to long term health downsides, but so far, it’s working great for us and the only things we know about it are positive.  I use it as an exact replacement for sugar.  Period.  It has a rich full flavor so it also doubles perfectly as a blend of Brown and White sugar.  It burns a little faster than white sugar, so be careful if you are cooking it on the stove (I use it for caramel corn – amazing!) It’s also dark (a sign of minimal processing –  a very good thing!) so it messes with colors of pretty baked goods, but not the flavor.  I frequently grind it up in a coffee grinder or with a stone mortar and pestle to get a more powdery texture when I need it.  Can’t say enough about it – I just wish it was a bit more popular so that the price would come down.  Even in bulk – it’s steep.  Still not as healthy as Maple Syrup (B Grade – ORGANIC ONLY!!) but Maple is so expensive per ounce that this is actually more cost effective.

COCONUT OIL – No surprise here that this is a GREAT oil to cook with, but recently I read a book called “The Anti-Inflammation Diet” which clearly and simply broke down the bad news about oils.  Coconut Oil has no bad news.  It’s just good for you.  I’ve been replacing all my baking oils (especially Canola) and frying oils with this.  It is one of few oils that won’t deteriorate at a high heat point.  I suck at explaining technical stuff  but THIS is a good place to read about the oils you are using. And if you are interested in an Anti-Inflammation diet (it will eliminate all allergies, food reactions, skin issues, etc…) I highly recommend this simple little book.  It’s short ans sweet and gets right to the point.

YOUR COFFEE GRINDER!!! I recently discovered that you can use a coffee grinder to make flour.  It’s easy and cheaper than buying specialty flours like Quinoa, Oat,  Balrey flour, etc…  I rarely use white flour in anything anymore.  I like to mix at least two flours in any given recipe.  Whatever I have in the house is what I use.  It almost never changes the recipe and ALWAYS ups the nutritional value of what you are eating.  My son now eats Quinoa almost everyday because I grind it up and put it in pancakes, cookies, breads, etc… I also recently discovered that our Omgea Juicer has a grinder attachment!!  What??  Life just got a little bit better for the Kamm’s.  I LOVE making my own flours.  I even hooked my Mom on it who now is also grinding flours for her loaf breads that she makes weekly.  TRY IT!!!  Don’t be scared to buy whole grains from the bulk bin and mix it up when you are cooking.  IT’S JUST FOOD!!!  If you don’t like it you can try again next time.  And I also recommend that you don’t grind much more than you need for what you are cooking because the second you grind nuts, seeds and grains they immediately start losing their nutrients.  Get the most out the food you cook whenever possible.  We eat TOO MUCH dead food.  It’s killing us and depresses me terribly – so do it for me. Get Grinding… (by the way – you already know this but coffee is one of THE singular most unhealthy things you can drink and put in your body.  WHY it’s our nations drink of choice to “get us going” is maddening.  It is slowly contributing to the demise of your health, in every way.  So trade the beans for grains and watch how your whole body thanks you!)

APPLESAUCE – Really?  Applesauce?  So I stopped eating eggs a long time ago, but I never tried any other egg replacer except “Ener-G Egg Replacer” which works okay – it got me through.  But then my friend Madelyn (who feeds her family very much like I do) told me to try applesauce to replace eggs in baking.  My god – it works like a charm in everything!!  So much so that I can not understand why eggs are even IN recipes.  We are so accustomed to what we learned in childhood that we don’t even bother to think there could possibly be an alternative (at least I was).  Of course it can’t make a quiche or a souffle, but it makes one hell of a waffle and muffin!!  I now have applesauce in the fridge like I used to have eggs.  I ALWAYS have an open jar of (organic, no sugar added, plain old nothing but apples in it) Applesauce in my fridge and I use it constantly when I cook.  I also now know there are tons of great vegan replacements for almost every egg application.  Thanks to Madelyn, who might read more than I do about food.  Be brave – go to the library and get a book on vegan cooking or Google it and try something new – break out of your “shell!” (yes I did say it.)


STOP USING CANOLA OIL!!! – It’s thinning your blood and making you sick!  It’s made from a poisonous plant and is highly processed to be “edible” but it’s toxic!  It’s on the market because of our lovely culture that accepts currency in exchange for a FDA stamp of approval.  It’s no secret just kept very quiet – read all about it here: and there’s more here: and I’m sure if you want more info after those two sites you can Google away, or go to the library.  The Anita-Inflammation Diet book I mentioned and linked to above did a great job of breaking it down as well.  I was using Canola Oil all the time – I will never use it again.  There are SO many good oils out there – why use a bad one??

AGAVE – This is one of those news worthy findings that I still prefer not to believe.  I love Agave.  I was using it in everything for a while.  BUT it turns out it’s one of those really not so good for you foods that is being marketed as “Natural” “Low Glycemic” and worst of all “Raw.”  After doing a ton of research I found that not only is Agave NEVER raw, it is also highly refined and processed in very high heat.  What does this mean to you?  It basically has the same effect on your stomach, liver, kidneys, etc… that sugar has.  Because it is so highly refined and processed at such a high heat, anything that your stomach would normally have to filter out, before sending it to your stomach lining to dispurt to your digestive track, isn’t there.  SO it passes through the lining at a very fast rate which in turns taxes your liver and kidney from overload and causes your whole body to get thrown out of whack which throws off your hormones and causes a slew of bad things to happen.  Very much like sugar if not exactly like sugar. I retell things fuzy so here’s more info:  Boo Hoo – I miss Agave and because I had so much of it in my pantry before I stopped using it – I still have a ton, and I refuse to offer it to someone who I know likes it because I can’t be a party to that system.  I use it every once in a while still when I know it’s the perfect flavor for something.  But I use it sparingly and knowing that it’s bad, and I NEVER give it to my kid anymore.  I have basically replaced it with Coconut Palm Sugar, Maple Syrup and Brown Rice Syrup.  But I miss it – it was cheap and easy to find organic and tasted pretty good.  Oh well – live and learn.

I hope some this info makes you re-think  your options and maybe gives you more!!!  I’ll try to stay on top of my changes.  I know most of you reply and respond via Facebook, but feel free to post any info you have about this stuff or anything else in the comments.  I am always open to new info when it comes to my family and friend’s and the world’s health and food!!


ps – I have about 10 new recipes in the pipeline – I just don’t have time to get them up!  Too much music going on here in Bend!  No time to write.  Millet Skillet Stack, Yum Bowl, Vegan Calzones, Pumpkin Butter Cookies, Caramel-Corn… so many yummy dishes! Coming soon!


11 year old tells it like it is… better than I EVER could!!


If you aren’t convinced that you need to buy organic., maybe this little dude can help you.  I wish I was as cool as he is.

And I am happy to say that my 3 year old is already on the way to being as savy about his food as this little man.  WATCH IT!!!
…and please buy organic food whenever possible.  We’re all killing ourselves otherwise.  Stop acting like it’s not important and not real.  YOU ARE EATING poison and it’s destroying the world.


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