Author Archives: Joan Young

About Joan Young

Joan Young has been a teacher, systems analyst, and manager at several companies, including those in the pharmaceutical industry. However, it wasn’t until her dramatic recovery from ITP that she embarked on her most rewarding career: helping others improve their health. After an overwhelming response to a small ITP web site she created, she founded the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) in 1998. The organization now reaches thousands of people in more than 130 countries. Since retiring from PDSA in 2008, Joan continues to educate and inspire others. She is an associate editor and wrote "Caught in the Middle:The Divide Between Conventional and Alternative Medicine" for the inaugural issue of the International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare and wrote the lead chapter, "A Healing Journey with a Thousand Echoes," for the medical textbook, User-Driven Healthcare and Narrative Medicine: Utilizing Collaborative Social Networks and Technologies. Joan lives in Sedona, Arizona.

Quick Healthy Solo Meals

There you are, home alone, wanting to eat something healthy, but not in the mood to pour through the cookbooks.  You are tired of canned soups, lettuce, and sandwiches. Your mind goes to drive-through take-out, but you know the price your health pays for fast food. What to do?

It’s easier than you think to cook something simple, nourishing, and without a lot of fuss. Here are 10 meal variations, assembled in four steps. All of them include vegetables, grains, and beans: a well-balanced, complete-protein, nutrient-rich combination.groceries

Step 1 – Veggies:  Find the vegetables lurking on the shelves and in the drawers of your refrigerator.  Hopefully you always have some onions, carrots, and something green and leafy besides lettuce, plus whatever is in season and looks good at the store.

Step 2 – Beans:  These can be leftover beans, a can of beans, or beans you don’t have to soak (lentils, black-eyed peas, split peas or small red beans you just add to water and boil until tender. This is not a plan-ahead effort.  Include frozen edamame, tofu, or tempeh (a soybean product with the texture of meat) on your bean list. Continue reading