I’m not psychic but I can predict most of us will eat a delicious Thanksgiving meal and then feel like taking a nap.  We’ve gotten used to that overstuffed feeling after we overindulge in all the tasty offerings that will be on the table Thursday.

Did you know it’s possible to enjoy a big, satisfying holiday meal without the food coma that follows?  According to Island Heights author, Lisa McComsey there are some easy substitutions we can make with ingredients that are readily available at Ocean County’s supermarkets and health food stores.   She wrote “The Vegan Cheat Sheet” and “Seagan Eating: The Lure of a Healthy, Sustainable Seafood and Vegan Diet.”  Along with chef and co-author Amy Cramer, she’s encouraging readers to try adding more plant-based foods to our diets.

To eat Vegan means to eat only plant based foods.   To be vegetarian means to eat plant based plus also dairy and eggs.  The authors in their “Seagan Eating” book explain how also eating certain seafoods can be a good way to get essential omega-3 fatty acids.

Click the link to hear my conversation with McComsey.  She understands that many people may be reluctant to try veganism or seaganism.  She, herself, only tried the vegan lifestyle on a bet.  She surprised herself by loving the flavors and varieties of good foods and feels cleaner and more energetic as a result of consuming them.

Even though Ocean County does not yet have one of the big name healthy food stores, McComsey says it’s becoming easier to find the necessary ingredients at Ocean County’s existing supermarkets and health food stores.

Her holiday wish?  That we’ll all try incorporating some healthier foods into our diets.  There are lots of suggestions in her books and on the websites www.SeaganEating.com and www.VeganCheatSheet.com.

I hope you enjoy the brief interview and get inspired to have a happy and healthy holiday season.

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