NOW, CHEW ON THIS! is written in response to the growing need for delicious food that is free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar, nuts, preservatives and additives. My aim is to bring together a collection of recipes that everyone can eat, while at the same time offer the vegetarian cook lots of freedom of choice when serving those with diverse dietary needs.
Enlightenment is a wonderful thing! More people are beginning to have a desire to learn about their relationship with food and disease. This is not a NEW concept, it is ancient wisdom, “Let your food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food,” Hippocrates (460-377 BC).
Does the song “Killing Me Softly” ring a bell? Replace the word softly with slowly. Eating processed, packaged, and refined foods that contain chemicals to preserve them on the shelves for months or even years means we are consuming synthetic so called “foods” with no nutritional value, all the while blocking and depriving the living cells and brain in our bodies of oxygen, circulation and clean systems leading to disease. In addition, foods with chemicals are no longer alive. Our bodies are meant to thrive on real foods that are alive and nutrient dense.
Weaning ourselves from emotional and habitual dependence on a diet high in refined sugar can be a long journey, but I hope it will be easier with the help of this book. My recipes use fruits and lower sugar options like honey, agave, dates, coconut sugar and seasonal fruit combinations.
~ Charmene Vega
DR. CHARMENE “Mama” VEGA is a Medical Nutrition Therapist (MNT) and a Cultritionist, keeping up her family tradition making her the fourth generation of creating natural food and herb concoctions known to improve health and well-being. Mama Vega has been featured on the Food Network and is the creator, manufacturer and purveyor of the award-winning products…Mama Vega’s Salsa and Mama Vega’s Wings & Things. As a former Learning Specialist, Charmene knows firsthand the needs of children and the abused. Now, as a philanthropist, she gives to over 30 plus nonprofit organizations in need of assistance to help these individuals. Charmene is a mom and grandmother.
MARION YOUNG is a retired college instructor of business and technology. She was a corporate secretary for many years and came full circle in the creation of this book, NOW, CHEW ON THIS! She served 20 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves, and was also the personal secretary for the world renowned “Pound for Pound” boxer, Sugar Ray Robinson. The years of neglecting her health took a toll on her. Through the nutritional guidance of Charmene Vega, she has reversed the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis, lung and stomach issues. Marion is also a mom and grandmother.