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Meg Wolff, a two-time cancer survivor and healthy food expert/promoter, lives in Maine. She’d like people to better understand how important a role healthy food plays in our lives. A longtime junk food junkie, Meg learned about this the hard way, and tries to make it easier for others to get this all-important message.

When Meg was 33, with an infant daughter and 4-year-old son, bone cancer required her leg to be amputated. She picked herself up, moved on with life, and then … wham! Seven years later, she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. After a mastectomy, chemo and radiation, doctors told her the cancer would be back within a year.

Meg had run out of other choices when she fortuitously learned that a plant-based diet might help her. Rather than follow her doctors’ advice to “make her peace with God,” Meg replaced everything unhealthy in her diet with whole grains, beans and vegetables. And … she started seeing fast improvements. As each month passed, she got healthier and stronger. Now 52, Meg continues to eat healthy, and has been cancer-free for nearly 12 years.

Meg’s first book "Becoming Whole" is the book she wishes had existed when she was going through her cancer fights. It tells her compelling story, explains the science behind a plant-based diet, and includes meal plans, recipes and tons of resources.

Meg’s first cookbook, "A Life in Balance: Healthy Recipes from Maine," will be published this fall by Down East Books. A variety of friends (famous and not-so famous) contributed to the book, including Olympic gold medalist and fellow Mainer Joan Benoit Samuelson, author/life coach Kathy Freston, Physicians for Responsible Medicine President Dr. Neal Barnard and NBA great John Salley.

Meg is now focusing on a second cookbook about easy 30-minute (or quicker!) healthy meals. Her website (megwolff.com) is full of helpful information, as is her blog (becomingwhole2.com). Meg lectures around the country, offers healthy lifestyle counseling and still teaches cooking classes. This summer, for example, Meg is doing a series of classes for Cole-Haan.

Entries by Meg Wolff

"Forbidden Rice" Food of the Emperors

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Most people don't realize that complex carbohydrates found in whole grains are one of the most important foods we can eat. This is where we get our energy and life force, and also our fiber, and B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, and phosphorus, a key mineral and brain food. This combination...

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Plant-Based Meals: 3 Super Salads for Any Occasion!

(11) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 12:31 PM

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These beautiful and nutritious salads are crowd pleasers and could be used to supplement any occasion! The first and second recipes are from my Life In Balance cookbook. The third is from my mother-in-law, Alice Wolff. Enjoy!

CONFETTI CARROT SALAD
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Plant-Based Meals: Simple Breakfasts

(15) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 11:38 AM

Good morning! Here's a little something to chew on...

Does anyone eat oatmeal for breakfast? That's great if you do!

Would you like a super easy warm weather idea (or cold, too)? Muesli (Bob's Red Mill Muesli is my favorite) with a little non-dairy milk like soy, rice, almond or...

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7 Tips to Help You Lose Weight on a Plant-Based Diet

(7) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 5:29 PM

Once in a while I get an email or a Facebook message from a reader or a friend saying that they've been following a plant-based way of eating, but they aren't losing the weight that they were hoping to lose. Here are a few tips to help you in this...

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Plant-Based Meals: Vegan Sandwiches, Anyone?!

(20) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 9:17 AM

Many people are looking for things that they can put in a sandwich when going plant-based. Tempeh is a good choice. Just saute some onions and cabbage, add the tempeh, which has a meat-like consistency, and a little sauerkraut. Place it between two slices of good quality rye...

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The Whole Food And Nothing But The Whole Food - So Help You, Good!

(14) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 9:08 AM

When I first start working with my clients in the kitchen, I'm always surprised at how much even the well-seasoned cook cuts off of a vegetable and throws away. When I forget to mention this and see the greens severed from the root, the top two inches lopped off the...

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Plant-Based Meals: Everyone Loves a Quickie

(68) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 4:10 PM

The most common question I get about healthy plant-based cooking is this: "Do you have some really quick recipes?" Everyone loves a quickie for different reasons, but when it comes to food prep, time and work are the biggest challenges for most people...and a close second is that many just...

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Waffles, a Wedding and a Happy Ending (Wheat- and Gluten-Free, Vegan)

(12) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:49 PM

If you want a luscious waffle that is both wheat- and gluten-free, and as close to a whole grain as you can get, then this waffle recipe is the very best! I get excited just thinking about these waffles as they remind me of the Belgian waffles that I used...

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Heart-Healthy Grain, Greens, Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole With Benefits

(52) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 4:05 PM

What we eat really does matter. Studies show that real, whole, plant-based foods are best for fueling our bodies, preventing the likes of heart disease, diabetes -- and, yes, even cancer. The Heart-Healthy Grain, Greens, Bean and Sweet Potato Casserole below is one delicious...

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Plant-Based Holiday Recipes Worth Celebrating! Part II (Gluten-Free)

(24) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:22 AM

For our holiday meals, I go all out on in both variety and number, when it comes to vegetable dishes -- and this year was no exception! I prepared my beloved, tried and true favorites... but also added some new and totally delicious fare to the mix.

I am sharing...

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Plant-Based Holiday Recipes Worth Celebrating, Part I (Gluten-Free)

(73) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Because I follow a whole-foods, plant-based way of eating, many people want to know if I eat turkey on Thanksgiving or at Christmas. My honest answer is that I do not. For Thanksgiving, I always go to my in-laws' on Cape Cod, and though they do cook a turkey and...

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The Recipe for Better Health Doesn't Always Begin in the Kitchen

(5) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 8:40 AM

I'm stepping out of the kitchen today to address how the recipe for better health doesn't always begin there. In speaking with others, it would seem that many of us simply have too many pots to watch at any one given time, and that's not a healthy kitchen -- it's...

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Comforting Hot and Sour Soup (Vegan-, Oil-, Wheat- and Gluten-Free)

(14) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:00 PM

I have had many variations on this comforting vegetable soup, each one a winner, with the common theme being vegetables in a kudzu or arrowroot-thickened clear broth. I find this type of soup a welcome respite, a warm and soothing combination of vegetables and thickened broth packed with powerful nutrients,...

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Support Solutions to Going Plant-Based

(17) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 11:14 AM

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This week I held a vegan/macrobiotic/plant-based potluck at my home. I call it this today, but it was just a macrobiotic potluck when I started hosting potlucks about 14 years ago. I usually offer to have a gathering of this type once...

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Support: What We Need Most When Life Is Sabotaged, Part III

(26) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 8:20 AM

The third and final blog of this three-part series.

Previously, I addressed some of the issues accompanying major lifestyle changes when life is sabotaged. Whether choosing to implement dramatic changes in your lifestyle or being asked to provide the support needed for these changes to another -- your...

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Plant-Based Meals: Make Your Vacation a Picnic

(51) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 3:06 PM

I am on vacation this week at Sebago Lake, a place where I came to swim with my family every day of the summer while growing up in Maine. It's like going home or back in time to a place filled with happy memories of picnic meals, sand and rocks, sparkling...

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Support: What We Need Most When Life Is Sabotaged, Part II

(12) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 6:10 PM

The second blog in a three-part series.

In the first blog of this three-part series, I asked, "What threatens to sabotage your life at this very moment?" Being forced to face any life-changing event or condition can threaten to sabotage life as we know it. Those of you not facing...

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Support: What We Need Most When Life Is Sabotaged

(34) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 5:46 PM

The first blog in a three-part series.

What threatens to sabotage your life at this very moment? Whatever you may be going through, having the support of others can be what you need most when difficulties come your way. Unfortunately, often without even realizing it, those closest to you can...

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Plant-Based Meals: A Quick Warm-Weather Recipe Kids Love (Wheat- and Gluten-Free)

(53) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 4:27 PM

How many times have you heard yourself say, "It's too hot to cook"? I know I've said it myself a zillion times, especially in this unseasonably warm weather, or on many a hot and steamy August evening. And let's face it, we all don't live in New York City or...

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Plant-Based Meals: A Good Place to Start

(56) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 1:36 PM

My husband loves any dish with white beans in it. If there is added pasta, that's even better. Having traveled to Italy over the years, Tom frequently enjoyed bean dishes like pasta e fagioli made with white cannellini beans, or just simple white beans served with a drizzle...

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