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Dinner with Amber and Test Results

This week just flew by! I had the pleasure of having dinner and finally meeting Amber Shea Ford of Almost Vegan blog while she was in Dallas. She is the most adorable and sweet raw food chef ever! We went to Bliss Raw Cafe. The food at Bliss is creative, rich, flavorful, good portions, and nice atmosphere.

I went with the Rawsagna this time which was layered mushrooms, spinach, and zucchini with a pesto sauce, a cashew cheese sauce and a tomato sauce which were all some of the tastiest raw sauces I've ever had!

Amber went with the Primavera Bowl, Jamey went with Amigo Wraps, and Amber's boyfriend Matt chose the Greek Pizza (pictured below). We were all in foodie heaven! Of course, Amber and I broke out our cameras to take photos of everything while the boys discussed how every dinner outing had to involve photos when dating chefs/bloggers. Hahaha, it's true! 

Also this week I finally got dad's blood work back from his doctor. We went a few weeks ago, and at that point dad was 2 months vegan. It was his 6 month check-up and his doctor wasn't even going to give him blood work, but I insisted. I had to know if this vegan thing was working, and how fast it was working if it was. I compared his previous blood tests with the current and everything that was low went up! His iron levels went into the healthy range, but his hemoglobin was still lower than it should be (but it went up on a totally plant-based diet, so take that doctors that think you need animal foods to build blood). 

The one thing I was pretty bummed about was that his PSA test, the one that measures the prostate cancer, did not go down even one point. Thankfully it didn't go up! I know that with 66 years of eating animal foods and crap, it's going to take longer than 2 months to reverse it, but I was really hoping for a miracle. Since we had proof that the diet was helping all his other numbers get into a healthy range I think my dad will stick with the vegan diet a while longer. And now I plan on cracking down and not letting him have so many vegan treats and snack food. Except the ones I make from scratch that are healthy. 

Here we are on my birthday at Spiral Diner before we saw Forks Over Knives. He knows that this diet is what's best and he loves the food. As long as I keep making delicious and fun things for him I think he will stick with it. Last night he helped me make raw truffles. It was really cute 🙂 I bought him Pluots (a hybrid of plums and apricots) at the store which he had never seen before and he was really excited about that. So we'll keep chugging a long and see how long he sticks with it. 

Thanks to everyone that has commented, asked about my dad, and sent good healing energy our way. I really appreciate it and I know with all your support we can beat this thing the natural way. 

Posted in My Blog on 06/10/2011 01:38 am


  1. I am glad for your dad!!


  2. Awe, I'm SO glad that for the most part his blood work is getting better! i think it can definitely take time and persistence when healing through food, but I am so hopeful that it will make a difference with his PSA test results with more time!



  3. I'm so glad to hear your dad is doing well! Keep up the great work.


  4. You and your dad are wonders. 


  5. Yay, so happy we finally got to meet and hang out!  Thanks again for going out to eat with us 😀


    And I'm glad to hear your dad's bloodwork is in the early stages of improvement!  It'll only get better from here.  🙂


  6. Christy, I have really enjoyed following along with your Dad's story. I am so proud of him. I know it is hard to make big lifestyle changes. He is very lucky to have such a loving daughter, who is also a master in the kitchen. I'm sure he is very appreciative of  your help and support.

    Your meal with Amber looked fabulous. I'm seriously impressed by your photos. I always struggle to take great shots at restaurants – the lighting is never ideal.



    • Thanks Lisa, I’m proud of him too. I know I sometimes wish he would do more, but I realize this stuff takes time and he is doing SO much. We are still having trouble with the exercise bit!

      Thank you re: my photos. I’m still learning how to use my camera! If there is good light I have no problem. But with bad light my photos are no good!


  7. Biggest, tightest hugs to you and your dad! You're rockin' it, girl. Such an inspiration! <3


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