My Husband Michael’s Progress

This afternoon Michael leaned against the back hallway doorway talking to me and I marveled at how SLIM he is now! More than that was how healthy he is. He had just taken his blood pressure with our automatic monitor and it was great. He’s been off the blood pressure medication for over a year now. He doesn’t dwell on “giving up” foods/food-like substances that harmed his body. He is happy and thriving on nutrient-rich, whole plant foods and is able to run with increasing speed and endurance. I’m so proud of Michael for his commitment to health for himself and his family!😍❤️




Keeping It Moving

Keeping It Moving!

First, Nini got her groove back. She got up, got dressed, and announced she was going to start running again. I went downstairs to check on her and heard her giggling while jogging.

Michael went to run practice with a great group of sighted guides from Achilles International Boston.

After starting a large pot of Bean stew and turning off the stove, I headed out to the yard and ran 40 minutes straight, slow and steady. I used metronome music and beats to help with my breath, cadence and steady pace increase like Michael suggested. It was awesome!

Michael came back from running practice when I was about 30 minutes in and encouraged me the rest of the way. Since I didn’t run all summer because of an injury, I’ve been a little nervous for next Saturday’s 5K downtown but Michael helped me in coming up with a plan to boost my performance by then.








Dashing Diva 5K

My husband thought we were going to the park to just do some running training. But since my bling arrived today, I thought we may as well run/walk the Diva Dash 5K. The Missing Rolls had a Virtual 5K challenge thanks to Lisa F. who organized it and this evening was perfect to do it.

Michael is fast but slowed his pace considerably so we could do a guided run with the tether. We went over—about 3.75 Miles—and felt great. We used the running/walking path in the park near my mom’s house while the kids had dinner with my mom. We had an awesome plant based dinner of course afterwards.




Deprive your kids of junk food and they can happily be deprived of obesity and poor health

If you think it’s hard to be an obese adult, imagine how hard it is to be an obese child. I’ve been both. I was the “fat” child and I was bullied.

Yesterday I posted this picture collage on my Plant-Based, God’s Grace: Nalida’s Journey to Health and Fitness page. Someone asked, “Were you pregnant in that red dress?”

My answer: “No. I was a recent high school graduate at the time. Only a teen starting college believe it or not. I was very obese then and for many years until I made big changes in 2013.”

I was not offended. I LOOKED pregnant. I had been that big for several years before that then many years—decades afterwards. Childhood obesity is now sadly a bigger epidemic now.

It really hurts me to hear people say that they won’t remove junk food from their kids’ diets because they don’t want to “deprive” them of their childhood and what other children are eating. I respectfully ask you to reconsider. That is the big food industry lie that it’s a right of passage to eat all the junk food and packaged foods that the commercials brainwash us into buying then the sugar-oil-salt-chemical combos keep us trapped into continually eating. And sometimes WE adults are so addicted to these food-like substances that we use that as an excuse to keep the junk in the house. I know. I’ve been there sadly.

Sometimes people say, I want to give them a choice to choose how to eat. Would you give your young children a choice on whether or not to snort cocaine or shoot up heroin and essentially lead them into addiction? Believe it or not, the food industry PAYS chemists to find the right combination of chemicals to make people addicted to their products (see the documentary In Defense Of Food and read the research by Michael Pollen as well as former FDA Commissioner David Kessler and countless other documentaries and research).

It hurts to be that child that people ask if your pregnant but you never even had a boyfriend. It hurts to be that child that is embarrassed because someone stood up to give you a seat on the train because they thought you really was pregnant. It hurts to be that child embarrassed in gym class. It hurts to be that child not able to fully run and play like all children should. THAT is what an obese child is deprived of—a normal childhood in a comfortably fit body that can do what children should be doing, running and playing effortlessly.

Before, we didn’t know better. But now we do. Please, please, try to get out of the mindset that you’re depriving your child of a normal childhood by not allowing all the processed and junk foods in the house. It’s a marketing ploy that we’ve all been deceived by and there are people making beaucoup bucks at our expense. I refuse to be used that way anymore or to allow my kids to be used that way.

Free yourselves and free your children! We all love our kids. FIGHT for them and their health. They deserve it!! Replace the junk with fruits, cut up veggies with hummus and nut/seed butters (plain with no added anything). Make them fruit-sweetened cookies. There are now TONS of resources to show you how. Let your taste buds and theirs heal. Trust me, when you’re healed of many chronic conditions, feeling lighter and able to move with ease—both you and your children—you won’t have any regrets. My husband and I definitely don’t have any and our children have adapted for the better. Please consider this.

In love,


Anniversary Run!

Anniversary run! 🏃🏾‍♀️First pic before running. Rest after—hair tied up halfway through. Lol. 25 minutes straight running, by God’s Grace. First longer run in MONTHS since recovering from my injury!! Made sure to really stretch afterwards. Squats too!




Our 23rd Anniversary!

I’ve been married 23 years to this man with a gentle soul who is a great husband to me and wonderful father to our three children. We’ve grown (and shrunk 😂) a lot over the years. Last Spring he committed to his health and the health of his family 100% and I’m so proud of his commitment and hard work!

Happy anniversary Michaël! ❤️💓❤️🙏🏿❤️💓❤️

Lesson 7: Fruits, Veggies, and A Healthy Lifestyle

Lesson 7: Fruits, Veggies, and A Healthy Lifestyle

Last Tuesday was the last session of the plant based A Taste Of African Heritage cooking class with the youth of The Boston Project Ministries! We made a fruit salad with pineapples, chopped apples, bananas, and frozen blueberries.

We talked about the rainbow colors of fruits and vegetables and how they are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that keep us healthy (and regular). All fruits and veggies help reduce risks of cancer. Red colored produce like watermelon, cherries, beets, and tomatoes also help the heart, immune system, and vision (as does orange and yellow produce). Green produce like avocado, green apples, broccoli, leafy greens, and green peppers help with vision. Purple and blue such as blueberries, plums, purple cabbage, and purple flesh potatoes help with aging and improved memory. White, tan/beige, and brown like pears, bananas, dates, cauliflower, mushrooms, jicama, and onions help the heart. They ALL help with a host of other health benefits and disease prevention and treatment. One student declared, “I’m gonna eat ALL of these now!” To reap the benefits, we should eat several servings of fruits and vegetables DAILY and be especially sure to add a lot of leafy greens (both raw and cooked).

Since it was our last class, I made the students and our class assistant my famous oat-date-sweetened SOS-free (sugar, oil, salt free) chocolate cake with coconut icing! (Pages 37–39 of my book). They LOVED it and couldn’t believe that it was made without sugar and without white flour! We sat in the dining room, chatted, laughed, and ate the fruit salad and cake.

I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to teach this class to youth in my neighborhood! They were engaged and learned that healthy plant foods ARE part of our heritage AND can taste good. My hopes are that they continue to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diets, share this information with their families to help improve the dire health outcomes in our community, and to maintain an active lifestyle.