Hi! I’m Chuck Underwood and I have a pretty unique job…..in that, I cook for thousands of people all over the world.
No, I don’t deliver sorry…..but I do cook, and then provide you with the recipe 🙂
I do this because people want to eat healthily, and thanks to documentaries like “Forks Over Knives” and “What The Health”, plant-based diets are finally becoming mainstream.
But… changing your diet overnight is not as easy as it looks. People usually have no idea where to start, or even how to cook for that matter….plus we are so
addicted used to all of our favorite foods.
From someone who has been there-done that – I know how difficult it can be.
So in 2013, I started this blog to provide the same healthy, plant-based recipes I used when I first got started so that anyone can eat healthy at home.
I make it easy by using common ingredients you can find in your grocery store and include simple instructions that anyone can follow.
Not only are my recipes 100% free, they are often based on our favorite comfort foods, so we’re really not giving up anything…. (except the fat and calories).
Low in fat, big in flavor.
That’s what brandnewvegan is all about.
As I was approaching my 50’s – I noticed everyone around me was getting sicker with one kind of chronic condition or another (and in some cases just downright fat).
It’s all a part of getting older – some would say.
And, at the time I would have agreed as I was pushing 225 pounds and had trouble tying my own shoes. But it was when my doctor started warning me that thanks to my standard American diet of cheeseburgers and fries I was becoming a high risk for a heart attack…… I stopped and took notice.
My cholesterol numbers were thru the roof, and I was pre-diabetic. It was time to change something or become a pill taker for life.
Books, Movies, and Doctors
Because I’m an internet junkie I started watching documentaries like Supersize Me, Food Inc., and Food Matters. I followed those up with books like You Can Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn and The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell.
Vegan? It was all pointing in the same direction, but I wasn’t sure I could do it.
Give up ALL meat?
No more bacon?
No more hot dogs?
Forget it. This was hopeless!
I walked around healthy grocery stores like Whole Foods and thought there’s no way I’m becoming some weird-ass, hippie vegan like these folks….
But I did.
And after watching more recent documentaries like Forks Over Knives and What the Health, I knew this would be the way I’d live my life forever.
Today my lipid numbers are all normal again.
My blood pressure is still coming down.
I have more energy than I know what to do with
And yes I can tie my shoes again – thank you very much.
At my lowest weight I had dropped almost 50 pounds and now hover in the 180’s as that’s where I’m the most comfortable. I may get down to 175 again, I may not. The point is I feel better. Another benefit is I no longer get sick with colds and flu (which makes a lot of my friends envious).
Most importantly, I can be the best grandpa in the world to my 5 yr old grandson. I can still crawl around on my hands and knees, and chase him all over the house, something I wouldn’t have been able to do if I hadn’t changed my lifestyle.
I’d probably be taking a fistful full of pills every day, be in a wheelchair, both, or worse.
And all around me, the sickness continues.
- Prostate Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Gall Bladder Disease
- Kidney Stones
- Stents & Bypasses
We spend more money on healthcare than any other country, but the answer to stopping and even reversing many of these diseases may be right in front of us.
My journey and all I have learned is chronicled throughout these pages.
A good place to start would be the START HERE page.
If you’re looking for some good recipes you can click here to go to the Recipe Section.
The point is START.
Do something before it becomes too late.
Even if you’re young and healthy, look around you….America is getting fatter and sicker and healthcare costs are skyrocketing. Take control of your own life and learn everything you can about the food you eat.
Food DOES matter.
I’m a fairly new Blogger who likes to create wholesome, plant-based Vegan Recipes that are not only healthy but also have that same comfort food taste of the foods we all grew up with and love.
When I’m not in my kitchen or in front of my computer, you can find me puttering somewhere around Portland, OR where I live with my wife, daughter, and grandson, or visiting any of the wonderful friends I have met along this really cool journey.