Common ‘setback’ causes

Time for a guest post. This guy posted this mind map on his instagram and I thought it was very relevant because I know so many of us struggle with overeating the fatty or salty foods. It’s like we just can’t stop…and I want to know why. Of course we eat to reward ourselves and release serotonin, but maybe we can get to the root of the issue and better serve ourselves. So here he is ladies and gents:

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Hi, Dave T-man here. Finally losing my blog post virginity. Below is a mind map of what I consider to be common causes of dietary lifestyle setbacks. To me, a setback is eating high fat or high salt food or any food that leaves you with a feeling of regret (does not apply to anorexics who consider any eating regrettable). Another common problem I thought about later that I did not include in the mindmap is social pressures/events. this could be considered under the branch I labeled “Busy/Inconvenienced”. It is up to you to plan for these occasions and decide your priorities. I am sure there are other setback triggers, these are just common ones that come to mind.

mind map

For people new to a high carbohydrate lifestyle, I recommend watching The Pleasure Trap
to understand why high fat is hard to give up.

Its a very digestible 17 minutes :)

Just for reference it took me about four months of back and forth before I ditched the fat habit for good, with ofcourse, the occasional setback. I am no one special, I hope you can do it sooner. The fat you eat is the fat you wear.


For the animals
For the planet
For your health
For your wallet

Feel free to ask me any questions by sending me an email.

Whole Wheat Vegan Pizza

I don’t know why I didn’t think to post this sooner. Every time I get together with my family I always make vegan pizza. It’s so aromatic and savory, your taste buds will thank you later!


Whole Wheat Vegan Pizza


2 cups whole wheat flour
1 package active dry yeast or instant yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
spices such as: 
red pepper
nutritional yeast
garlic powder
onion powder

Mix the yeast with the warm water, oil, and honey. Let activate. You should it bubbling and foaming a little when it’s ready. Add flour and salt and mix together in a mixer with a paddle attachment and mix for about 5-10 minutes. The dough should be elastic-y. Grease a bowl with olive oil and sprinkle with flour. Put the dough into the bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise.

Vegan pizza sauce (you can make your own if you’d like, but I like to use one with minimal ingredients)
Caramelized onions, garlic, + mushrooms (these can all be made together. Make sure the pan is hot first, add olive oil and then onions. Watch them because they will start to color quickly. Add garlic and mushrooms at the same time. The mushrooms should lose their water in 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat).
Roasted red pepper
Fresh basil, to be added after pizza comes out of the oven

For assembly: 
Par-bake the crust at 500 degrees for about 5-10 minutes. Set oven to 450 after crust comes out.
Add everything else, except fresh basil and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Add basil.
Eat it up!!

Sunflower Seed Truffles

Really there are no words. Just try them and I promise you will make friends instantly. These truffles are so velvety and smooth with a hint of nutty undertones.

sunflower seed truffles two

Sunflower Seed Truffles

(makes 10)


4 heaping T sunflower seed butter
3 T maple syrup, grade B
a glug of maple syrup (about oneish teaspoon)
3 T cocoa powder
2 t coconut oil, melted

cocoa powder, sifted (for coating)

Mix everything together.
Scoop chocolate, coat with cocoa.
Store in fridge.

*notes: these truffles came out soft, so I increased the coconut oil to help them set up more. If kept outside the fridge, they become very soft.


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