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19 Oct Kathi’s Story! Plus, a Waffle Recipe!

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“Two years ago, at only 39 years old, my cholesterol was 205.  I am 5’2″ and weight within my recommended range, 127#.  We follow Dr. Weil’s “Earth Gym” physical activity guidelines.  So the doctor said it was hereditary and I would probably be on medication eventually.

2011: We then went vegetarian.  (As you know, there can still be quite a high fat %.)
2012: Last April my cholesterol was 178, but I had x-rays of my toes, knees, hands for suspected arthritis and was in pain constantly.
We watched Forks Over Knives documentary in May 2012.
We began eliminating dairy & oil June -July 2012.
August – Sept 2012 we were fully no-oil vegan.
<smiling very big>
When I got my cholesterol rechecked last week it was: 126!
LDL 64
HDL 34
Tri 140
They tested me twice, and again the next day, they’d never seen numbers so low!  Worried, I looked through Dr. Esselstyne’s book to discover that
*Results are exactly what is clinically proven, on pages 33&49 of book.
Hallelujah !!! :) :) :) :)
Yes, this transition was tricky with our teenager, yet our 4 year old loves it.  Thank You, we use Engine2 PlantStrong Kids program which we tell others has effective & fun tips and activities to transition and broaden tastes.
As I have met people and shared the success of this diet-based health, I have also begun cooking and forwarding the website too.
Thank you again for all you do!”
Kindest Regards,
Kathi
P.S. Our former favorite recipe was Stony field Farm Yogurt Blender Waffles – high protein – so we have ALTERED IT TO BE E2 friendly, and here it is:
We now call them…
E2 Waffles
serves 2
*Triple for family
1 Tbsp. Flax seed, ground
1/2 C. Applesauce, unsweetened, natural
1/2 C. Tofu
1/2 C. Cannellini beans, pureed
1/2 C. Multi-grain pancake flours/Bob’s mix
1/2 tsp. Cornstarch
*add baking powder if not Bob’s mix
+ cinnamon
+ vanilla
Lightly spray waffle iron to avoid sticking or use a non stick iron.  Bake approx. 1/2 C. batter on hot waffle iron ~8 minutes until golden brown.
Top with FRESH FRUIT and it’s own fruit juices, or maple syrup.
Healthy Bon Apetit’!
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  • Martha

    Thanks for the waffle recipe! And a big congratulations!

  • shwermert

    Great story & inspiration (especially about transitioning a teenager!). But I’m unfamiliar with Dr. Weill’s Earth Gym – can you elaborate or point me in that direction?

  • Julu

    Congratulations Kathi! And those waffles look fabulous!

  • Ginger

    Hurray!

  • Bec

    I tried the waffle recipe this morning and it was a complete disaster as waffles go. The taste of the batter is great, but they were flat, didn’t raise at all and generally didn’t cook well in the waffle iron or as a pancake. However, all is not lost, I thinned out the batter and they made decent crepes that could be used as breakfast or dessert, savory or sweet. Thanks!

    • Kathi126

      Hi Bec, I just couldn’t leave you disenchanted with our favorite recipe so I made a couple more batches until I could ‘replicate results’ and Ah-ha – I figured it out: I tripled the recipe for family size. On the 3rd round/filling, they stuck and pulled in half. Is that what you meant?
      I think we should RE-SPRAY the waffle iron after 3 fillings for larger batches ;)
      I hope that helps. Have a great day! K-

  • Bec

    This recipe will also make a fabulous “flat bread”. Pour it in a skillet like you are going to make a pancake, but let it cook until it’s dark brown on both sides. Cool and fill with your favorite veggies and spread or dressing.

  • elizabeth

    Kathi- Do you eat any nuts/seeds?

    • Kathi126

      Hi Elizabeth :) I hardly eat any nuts because I wanted to give the method the best trial :)

  • Kathi126

    Hi E2 Friends,
    I understand about the waffles now because I formerly made them many times in our old waffle iron, but then when I bought a brand new one that had larger 4 square, my waffle recipe didn’t hold together either, just like Bec reported. Hmmm.
    My hypothesis is that the bean ratio might be too high so the waffles in the new iron didn’t solidify? FYI: When I make FOK BlackBeanBrownies or these E2 Waffles, I really mash the beans so they incorporate the flour & powders thorouoghly (we ate 3 batches of brownies at our church group, a Scrapbooking retreat and back home for my husband and kids :)
    I’m delighted to meet you all,
    Kindest Regards,
    Kathi

  • Kathi126

    Good Morning E2 Friends :)
    I just made our E2 Waffle Recipe again, and they worked just fine – delicious :)
    If this detail helps: I puree all ingredients in my Cuisinart.
    I had no problems this morning.
    Healthy Bon Apetit’! :)

    Kathi

  • Kathi126

    Ok, we cooked a triple batch to try and ‘replicate results’ Bec had, and after 3 fillings, they do begin to stick, and pull in half. Conclusion: re-spray waflle iron every 3 fillings ;) K-

  • Bec

    Kathi,

    Thanks for writing, but no sticking to the waffle iron is not what I meant. My recipe turned out very flat. They don’t rise at all, but like I said, it makes a great flat bread for sandwiches so I’ll be keeping the recipe anyway.