Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happier and Healthier

The person you see in the first photo is very unhealthy and unhappy with her body image on all levels. That's me in the Spring of 2011.

Spring 2011

Fast forward a year to the second photo. I lost more than forty pounds!

Spring 2012

I was about to outgrow size 12 pants in the first photo. In the second photo, I'm comfortably wearing size 4 pants. 

In 2010, I averaged two migraines per week. I rarely have even a headache now and the inflammation of joints that caused pain with every movement is gone. The back ache that kept me from enjoying working in my flower gardens is gone. I no longer take medications of any kind. My lab test results are now perfect. 

Everyone who sees me for the first time in a few months is amazed at my transformation. The first question is "How did you lose so much weight so fast?" My answer is always "Read the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman" to learn what to eat and why.

I am happy to report that I have continued to maintain my weight for more than four years.

While doing research for the world's healthiest foods, I found that many of them were in what I have for breakfast every morning. This is a hot cereal breakfast that keeps me from thinking about food until late in the afternoon. I'm sharing the recipe along with my story in the hopes that I can inspire you to be a healthier happier more energetic person.

Susan's Power Porridge Breakfast

2 to 3 cups of Vanilla unsweetened Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon lentils (I add a teaspoon each of three colors)
1 Teaspoon fax seeds
1 Tablespoon Hemp Hearts
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon steel cut oats  
1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds and/or sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon natural raw walnuts
1 Tablespoon natural raw pecans
1 teaspoon of Red Star Nutritional Yeast (This is not brewers yeast.) It supplies B vitamins. 
1 Tablespoon unsweetened natural coconut flakes
4 Large dates (pits removed) cut in half
1 Tablespoon of organic Goji Berries 
1 Banana and/or other fresh fruit
Spices you might like to add, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg or ground cloves. 

 (You may find these items on or if they are not available in your area.)

Heat almond milk to a gentle boil add lentils, then add grains, seeds, and oats stir, turn down the heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer for about fifteen minutes until the lentils are tender. You may need to add more or less almond milk to keep the consistency creamy not runny.

Add the nuts and dried fruit, stir and cover to simmer only until the dried fruits have warmed. Cut fresh fruit to add on top. 

This recipe serves two or saves well or refrigerate to be reheated. I reheat with more almond milk in a saucepan and add the cold porridge to simmer for a few minutes until it is warm.

Packed with high nutrition this breakfast will help you feel satisfied well into the afternoon.

It's been almost five years since I began this journey. I haven't had so much as a cold since I started eating this breakfast followed by a large vegetable loaded salad late in the day. I drink a lot of water and eat fresh in season fruits and vegetables daily.

I still have desserts occasionally and I still have a glass of white wine with dinners out with Mr. Mickey a couple of  times a week. 90% of the time I eat whole real foods that have not been processed in any way other than perhaps being steamed. Mostly I just wash chop and eat. 

Countless people have asked me how do you continue to keep the weight off? This is my secret!

 Susan Street is the President of


jalex01 said...

Wow sounds great! Can you make a big batch and reheat all week long? I don't have alot of time in the morning...

Susan Street said...

I leave it simmering while I am doing other things in the kitchen but you can make it up in advance. It's even good at room temp.

Peacock Tres Chic said...

That's so wonderful Susan!!!!
I'm not sure I can get some of those things in this area, but there's a tiny organic foods store downtown I can check out.
Thanks for sharing =) I'm still looking to drop the last 10 baby pounds.

Susan Street said...

I found all of these items at local grocery stores. Fresh Market, Earth Fare and any good grocery store should have all of these ingredients. Good luck!

Anita said...

Congrats to you Susan!! There is nothing better than getting our minds and bodies healthy. Makes so many aspects of our lives so much better. You also look younger in the second photo. May I also add you are such a beautiful lady, inside and out.

Regina Rae said...

Thank you so much. I too, desire to lose weight, and feel better. I'm about to order the book, "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. We thank you Susan, your triumph is an inspiration, and is contagious ;-)

Susan Street said...

Good for you Regina! Please share your success story. I'll be cheering for you!

Lindalw said...

I think you look great in both photos!

Susan Street said...

Thanks, you are sweet to say that.

Beetique said...

I think you do too but I'm glad you're feeling better. I am struggling to lose some weight and think I'll look for that book too.

Susan Street said...

I wish you the best Beetique!

Beetique said...

I did buy the book. In my area it is hard to find all the ingredients. I may have to drive 50 miles to get some of these things but I'll make out my list. :)

Sandra said... has these items.

Susan Street said...

Thank you Sandra!

Sandra said...

I had it today and all I can say is YUMMMMM!!!! Also very filling.

Jan said...

I read your post last week and began creating my own breakfast porridge. I did not have all of the ingredients on hand so I simply increased the amount of the grains I did have. I also added a tablespoon of coconut oil and a sprinkle of cinnamon! Very yummy......very filling!

Jan said...

Last week I read your blog about losing weight and was grateful for the inspiration. I did not have all the ingredients for this wonderful breakfast so I used what I had, increasing the grains that I did have. I also added a tablespoon of coconut oil and a sprinkle of cinnamon. .....yummy and very filling! Now all I have to do is make my salad-in-a-jar and I am good to go! Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe!

Helene Bludman said...

You are such an inspiration. I am making my shopping list right now. Thank you so much for sharing.

Christie said...

Hi, Susan! This certainly sounds wonderful, although this size will probably serve me for 3 days!

I'd like to ask if there's a difference health-wise or in terms of helping to lose weight between simmering the ingredients or mixing most of them and putting in the fridge overnight. I prefer to add nuts and grind and add flax seed just before eating though.

Susan Street said...

It's perfectly OK to customize the recipe to fit your needs and your own taste preferences. I also like to add millet. As I discover more grains and seeds that I like, I add those to the mix also. Enjoy!

JaneB said...

Susan, how do you get your protein in this food lifestyle (not saying diet LOL)


Susan Street said...

There are many ways to get protein without eating any animal products. Whole grains are a great source of protein, but the queen of whole grains when it comes to protein content is quinoa. All beans, lentils, and peas are an excellent vegetarian and vegan source of protein. Tofu and other soy products as well as nuts, seeds and nut butters have lots of protein. Tempeh is one of my favorite things to brown with onion and mushrooms to toss with my salads.

Cathy said...

It must be working because you look absolutely marvelous. Great post and great inspiration!

Claudia Schmidt said...

I recently started Dr. Furhman's Eat to Live program as well, and love it! This breakfast looks delicious, I've been making steel cut oats with fresh fruit but will try this as well.

Claudia Schmidt said...

I recently started Dr. Furhman's Eat to Live program as well, and love it! This breakfast looks delicious, I've been making steel cut oats with fresh fruit but will try this as well.

Angie said...

Do you happen to know what the calorie count for this would be? Thanks!

Susan Street said...

I'm sorry, but I don't know the calorie count. I never worry about calories or anything like carbs, etc. I just eat until I am comfortably full and eat mostly fresh fruits, veggies, grains, seeds, and nuts.

anniw said...

PLEASE don't reheat ANYTHING in a microwave, it changes the nutritional structure of food to something the body cannot recognise or use. I can't bear to think of you making this great-sounding porridge, only to blast it in a microwave. Read the research, and throw your microwave in the trash!

squarefeet said...

Dear Susan,

I found your blog about a year ago and you have been an inspiration to me. Thank you.

I wondered if you ever made the porridge in a slow cooker. I'm thinking about starting it at night for me to enjoy in the morning before work. What do you think?


Susan Street said...

I've never tried making the porridge in a slow cooker but it might turn out well.

Darlene O'Hara said...

Susan you are truly an inspiration. I am going to succeed at losing the weight this go round. Thank you and I hope to meet you someday!

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