Sunday, November 30, 2008

Do you really want to give your kids Chicken McNuggets?

Written by Charlotte Gerson as featured in Food Matters
McDonalds chicken nuggets are a favourite with children in many families. Parents buy the ‘chicken nuggets' believing they are indeed made from just chicken. McDonalds even provides flyers titled "A Full Serving of Nutrition Facts: Choose the Best Meal for You." However as you can see from the ingredient list below, there is a lot more than just chicken.

Chicken, water, salt, modified cornstarch, sodium phosphates, chicken broth powder (chicken broth, salt, and natural flavoring (chicken source)), seasoning (vegetable oil, extracts of rosemary, mono, di- and triglycerides, lecithin). Battered and breaded with water, enriched bleached wheat flour (niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, modified corn starch, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dried whey, corn starch. Batter set in vegetable shortening. Cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, (may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated corn oil and/or partially hydrogenated canola oil and/or cottonseed oil and/or sunflower oil and/or corn oil). TBHQ and citric acid added to help preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent.

There are 38 ingredients in a McNugget; many of them made from corn. Further down the list there are the mono, diandtriglycerides, and the emulsifiers that keep the fats and the water from separating. More corn flour is used to make the batter, and the hydrogenated oil in which the nuggets are fried can come from soybeans, canola or cottonseed, depending on the market price.

It gets worse: a number of the ingredients come from petroleum products, to keep the items from spoiling or ‘looking strange' after months in the freezer or on the road. If you are truly worried, look up these ingredients: sodium aluminum phosphate; mono-calcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate. These are used to keep the animal and vegetable fats from turning rancid. Then there are "anti foaming" agents like dimethylpolysiloxene. According to the Handbook of Food Additives, this material is a suspected carcinogen and an established mutagen, tumorigenic, and reproductive effector. It is also flammable.

The most alarming ingredient in Chicken McNuggets is "tertiary butyl hydroquinone," or TBHQ, derived from petroleum. This is sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to "help preserve freshness." Again, according to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food. It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse." Ingesting five grams can be fatal.

Do you really want to give your kids Chicken McNuggets?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bananas for a Healthier Colon

We’re talking about B6. And science shows that simply getting your share of this nutrient could cut your risk of colon and rectal cancer. A lot.

Big Time B Benefits
In one of the largest studies to date on B6 and colon health, people with the highest intake of the
vitamin -- from food and supplements -- reduced their risk of colorectal cancer by 20 to 30 percent. And this study is just one of many showing a benefit. Researchers suspect that B6’s role in the metabolism of folate -- another colon-friendly B vitamin -- might explain the protective effects.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Prop 2 passes in California!!!

Voters in California approved a historic ballot measure to halt the inhumane confinement of animals on factory farms—by an overwhelming margin.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Flu shots are dangerous and increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

This is from the Hallelujah Acres newsletter I read this morning. Especially good to know this time of year when doctors and even supermarkets are "advertising" flu shots.

The Hallelujah Health Tip
Issue #571: Free Radicals and Antioxidants - What You Need To Know
October 28, 2008

Dr. Blaylock, in the June 2008 issue of The Blaylock Wellness Report, available by subscription only, by calling 1.800.485.4350, was asked the following question:

“My doctor orders flu shots for me supposedly containing no mercury. I have read the vaccine label and there is no mention of thimerosol [mercury]. Do you think this could be true?”

“Answer: While the mercury is dangerous and accumulates in the brain and other tissues and organs, the vaccine itself is dangerous. This is especially true in older individuals. This is because the chronic immune stimulation caused by the vaccine also activates the brain’s immune system, and this can accelerate and increase one’s risk of developing one of the neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. As I explain in an article appearing in the Journal Medical Veritas, there is compelling evidence that yearly flu vaccines, especially combined with other vaccines being recommended for older people, can trigger depression, anxiety, and even suicide. . . It is also important to appreciate that several large studies have shown just how ineffective the flu vaccine is for preventing the flu, flu complications, or flu-related deaths.”

(EDITORS NOTE: In a previous Blaylock report, Dr. Blaylock reported that if a senior citizen receives a flu shot containing thimerosol (mercury) for 10 consecutive years, they increase their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 1,000 percent.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hearty Bean & Veggie Soup

This is a great fall or cold weather soup. Warms you right up. We add fresh Kale at the end of the cooking time and let it simmer awhile. Just long enough to cook but still keep the vibrant green coloring.
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Medium onion
1 cup carrots, chopped or diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
Handful of barley, rinsed
4 cups water
1 can each of pinto, black beans, navy and garbanzo beans
(note: Eden Organics uses cans that are bpa-free)
1 cup sweet corn
1 can organic diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed bay leaf
1 teaspoon sea salt
Don't forget to add a bunch of Kale towards the end of cooking time :)

Heat oil in soup pot, saute garlic and onion. Add water, celery, carrot, barley, beans, corn, tomatoes and herbs. Add salt, cover and simmer, add Kale for last 10 min. or so. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

It's Time To Think Seriously About Food Storage

For the next several posts I will be talking mostly about food storage and emergency preparation. If you have been keeping up with current events or if you live anywhere where winter weather can be extreme, it is a good idea to be prepared. Right? :)
In the week ahead, between regular commitments, I am going to be drying a lot of fruit and veggies in the dehydrator. I store them in tightly sealed glass jars to maintain freshness and flavor. (hate the plastic taste). Here are some dried tomatoes and basil I did a few weeks ago.

Here is a cool link to calculate how much food you should store for the size of your family.

Remember to store food items that your family would actually eat. We are vegan so we can't really purchase from the companies that sell bulk foods stored in metal cans, etc. Most of the items are not organic and have dairy, meat and eggs. So we have to come up with our own type of food storage ideas. Think about the foods you buy from week to week and just buy a few more at a time and before you know it, you have a pretty good head start on winter or emergency storage.
Another Food Storage Preparation measure today was the delivery of a chest freezer.
You can store so many things in a freezer!!! It took me a few weeks of careful price shopping and looking at lots of freezers but I finally decided on this one. It is not a huge freezer but it is not the smallest model either. There are only two of us home now but I also wanted to make sure I had room to store extras for the kids if they happen to fall on hard times. Plus, they do love to eat stuff Mama makes for them as well. Here is the freezer that I decided on.

We are well into the Fall season now, so here in Maine that means the farmer's markets will be packing up for the season. We will have to wait until late Spring to visit them again.
I went to my favorite vendor today to buy some onions to store for the winter. These onions last a very long time if they are kept cool and dry. I just hang them on a nail in an unfinished room we have that is not heated, but doesn't get below freezing.

Clutter Free Diva

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quinoa Salad

2 Cups quinoa cooked per directions and cooled
1 bunch green onions finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped cucumber
1 finely chopped green or orange bell pepper
2/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 TBLS finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Sea salt to taste

Mix and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve and enjoy!
Quinoa is an excellent low calorie source of protein.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Harvest Time

Tomorrow I will spend the day dehydrating tomatoes and fresh basil from the garden so we can remember the smells and taste of our garden this winter when it is below zero outside!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Are Secret Vaccinations Killing Soldiers?

Tell Congress That Drilling Everywhere is Not a Solution

As you've probably heard in the news, the Bush Administration wants to hand over yet more land to the oil and gas companies for drilling. But what the Administration won't tell you is that with this plan Americans won't see even minor relief at the pump for decades. Should we really sacrifice public lands for nothing but a false promise? Can we afford the air and water pollution, and the risk to communities, wildlife and wilderness that a rush to drill would cause?

Take action today to tell Congress to protect our wild places - because no one can guarantee clean oil and gas development or lower gas prices.
Learn More and Take Action

Monday, August 4, 2008

Do It Now

If you have hard work to do, do it now. Today the skies are clear and blue, tomorrow clouds may come in view, Yesterday is not for you, do it now.

If you have a song to sing, sing it now. Let the tones of gladness ring, Clear as the song of the bird in spring, Let every day some music bring, sing it now.

If you have kind words to say, say them now. Tomorrow may not come your way, Do a kindness while you may, loved ones will not always stay, say them now.

If you have a smile to show, show it now. Make hearts happy, roses grow, Let the friends around you know the love you have before they go, show it now.

The Book Of Good Cheer, 1916

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Restaurant Review - The Green Elephant in Portland, Maine

My Daughter Jenn & I went to check out this new Vegetarian Bistro in Portland last night. All I can say is WOW!!! So delicious.
The atmosphere is very relaxing, clean and friendly. The menu is Asian-influenced cuisine.
We wanted to try everything but this is what we decided on:
Appetizers - Soy nuggets w/ sauce
Deep Fried Vegetarian Spring Rolls
stuffed w/ vegetable and shitake mushroom

Entrees - Tofu & Vegetable Teriyaki
broccoli, zuccini, carrots, mushrooms, and sweet corn in Teriyaki sauce
Served w/ mashed buttercup squash and brown rice.

Special for that day - bean noodles w/lots of veggies in a spicy sauce

Dessert - OF COURSE
Chocolate Orange Mousse Pie
Tofu Cheesecake

Everything we tried was absolutely delicious!!! They even have a raw food item on the menu - Green Leaves Wrap w/ Mango & Herbs
raw vegetables wrapped in green collard leaves w/ tamarind dipping sauce
They had several wheat free options and almost everything is completely VEGAN. If the item you want has egg you just ask for it without and they are great with preparing the food the way you want it. Another plus?! NO MICROWAVED FOOD :)

So, if you are in the Portland, Maine area do give the Green Elephant a try. You won't be sorry.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Book Review- Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

I am recommending that EVERYONE read this book. You can pick it up anywhere. The big box stores carry it, Barnes & Noble, Target, etc. You should always check with your local library first to save $$$ and so that you do not add to your clutter. :)
This book gets straight to the point. These girls do not sugarcoat anything. It is a great, simple read that explains why you should not eat meat, dairy, refined sugar or in general foods that, lets face it, are just not food anyway. Go grab a copy and get ready for a funny, no nonsense education that you are sure to enjoy. - Laura U.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Famous Vegetarians From The Past

Louisa May Alcott, writer
Clara Barton, nurse and the first president of the American Red Cross
Charles Darwin, author and scientist
Leonardo da Vinci, artist
Isadora Duncan, dancer
Thomas Edison, inventor
Albert Einstein, physicist
Ben Franklin, American statesman, philosopher and scientist
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence leader
Jerry Garcia, musician, member of Grateful Dead
Sylvester Graham, inventor
Doug Henning, magician
John Harvey Kellogg, physician and scientist
Linda McCartney
Bob Marley, musician
John Milton, writer
Sir Isaac Newton, physicist
River Phoenix, actor
Plato, physicist and writer
AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness)
Pythagoras, Greek philosopher
Swami Satchidananda, spiritual leader
Albert Schweitzer, musician, physician, Nobel Peace Prize winner
George Bernard Shaw, writer and Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly, English novelist
Percey Bysshe Shelley, English poet
Upton Sinclair, author
Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer & Nobel Prize winner
Socrates, Greek philosopher
Benjamin Spock, author and pediatrician
Henry David Thoreau, writer
Leo Tolstoy, author
Vincent Van Gogh, painter
Voltaire, French writer
HG Wells, author
John Wesley, religious leader

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Try This Link!!!

WalkScore allows you to put in your home address, then lists the services near your location in a bunch of different categories (grocery stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, movie theaters, schools, parks, libraries, bookstores, gyms, drug stores, hardware stores, and clothing stores). It also assigns a “score” which provides a rough numerical estimate of how good your house location is in terms of the resources available within reasonable walking distance.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sustainable Living Tip

Battery Facts

1. One rechargeable battery can replace up to 1,000 disposable batteries.
2. According to the EPA, Americans purchase 3,000,000,000 (three billion) batteries every year.
3. For pollution-free recharging, choose "green electricity" (made in Maine from hydropower and wind facilities). Or choose a battery charger with a built-in solar panel or adapters for plugging in to a solar panel.
4. Small disposable alkaline batteries (sizes AAA, AA, C and D) start at above 1.5 volts and drop unevenly to 1.0 volts during discharge, whereas nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries stay at a relatively constant 1.2 volts for most of their discharge cycle.
5. A nine volt battery is six smaller 1.5 volt batteries wired in series.
6. Older types of NiMH rechargeable batteries would self-discharge at about 1% per day, requiring frequent recharges. Newer NiMH batteries lose only about 0.07% of their charge per day, making them much more practical for many uses.
7. NiMH rechargeable batteries are qualified as non-hazardous.
8. Lithium ion rechargeable batteries (typically used in laptops and cell phones) are also qualified as non-hazardous.
9. The older nickel cadmium (NiCad) rechargeable batteries are hazardous and must be disposed of as household hazardous waste. Avoid this type of battery if possible.
10. Lead acid rechargeable batteries (typically used in cars and uninterruptible power supplies) are hazardous and should be recycled.
11. Disposable alkaline batteries manufactured before 1996 could contain mercury and should be considered potentially hazardous.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

Reversing Asthma, Diabetes and other Illnesses

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Maddy Is Walking!!!

My grandbaby Maddy started walking this past Tuesday. Isn't she sweet?!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Future of Food - Introduction

This short film talks about the genetically modified foods that have filled the grocery store shelves for the last decade. Very informative. Take charge and put in a small garden this year and when you buy, buy organic to avoid these frankenfoods.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Plants For Clean Air

Houseplants absorb common household gases like ammonia, benzene and formaldehyde. What an easy way to improve the quality of the air you breathe inside!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Welcome to the world Beau

My nephew Beau was born this morning.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Just Something Fun To Try
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Wood Seed Starter Boxes

My husband came up with these great seed starter boxes made from natural wood, they are an alternative to the usual plastic sectioned seedling trays. They have drainage slats in the bottom and should last for years.
Another way to say NO to plastic and keep it out of the landfills.
These are also available to purchase. For ordering info email

Friday, April 25, 2008

Give up bottled water - for good

Drink from a glass at home, take your own reusable jug or bottle to the gym, and encourage your office to get a water filter or a water service. Americans throw out over 40 million plastic bottles each year and over 80% end up in landfills. If everyone on your block stopped using bottled water you could probably cut out 5000 bottles each year.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Click on poster

50 ways

Bug Repellent Recipe

Here is a recipe for an all natural bug repellent to use while working in your yard
4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops rosemary essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
2 teaspoons witch hazel
8 teaspoons distilled water
Combine all essential oils and distilled water in a dark colored spray bottle and shake well. Spray mixture directly on exposed skin. Be careful to not spray near the eyes or mouth.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Celebrate Earth Day

Eco-friendly tips for Earth Day

1. Buy Seasonal Produce
2. Plant a garden or even a small pot of herbs on your windowsill
3. Fix leaking faucets
4. Reuse jars and other containers
5. Leave your car home when possible, ride with a friend or co-worker
6. Bring your own bags to the store
7. Turn off your computer when not in use
8. Use rechargeable batteries

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tomorrow is Earth Day - Here is a green tip

Catalog Choice (http://wwwwww. catalogchoice. org

Tired of junk mail? This link helps you to not receive
unwanted catalogs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring in Maine - Finally

20 Ways to Eliminate Stress From Your Life

Article shared and written by Leo Babauta. Thank you Leo, you are awesome.

You often see articles on ways to unwind and relax after a stressful day, which I always find useful, but for me the most important advice would be to get to the source of the problem, and cut stress out before it even happens.

By careful editing of your life, and changing certain habits, you can eliminate most (not all) sources of stress in your life.

I don’t believe that a stress-free life is possible. Stress is a response to challenges in life, and a life without challenges is too boring to contemplate. However, I do believe that most of the stress in our lives is unnecessary, and that it can be eliminated by taking some simple (and some not-so-simple) steps. It can’t be accomplished overnight — I’ve been eliminating stressors in my life for awhile now, and I’m still not done. But I think it’s a worthwhile goal.

Let’s first take a look at an example — it’s a little extreme, but it exemplifies the typical stressors in people’s lives. Let’s say Fred gets up in the morning, waking up late, and now has to rush to get ready. He’s so rushed that he spills his coffee on his shirt and has to change, a nicks himself shaving. He heads out the door and then has to go back in the house because he forgot his wallet. He gets in the car and realizes he forgot his keys.

Now he’s on the way in to work and is in the middle of rush-hour traffic — and his temper starts to flare after someone cuts him off. He’s honking at people, cursing, and arrives to work late and in a bad mood. He snaps at someone and is surly all morning. His desk is covered in piles of paper, and he can’t find that report he needs to work on. His inbox is overflowing and his email notification is going off, and he sees he has 36 messages to respond to. He knows he’s late on two projects and his boss isn’t happy. He’s got to finish 5 tasks before the 11 a.m. meeting, and he’s got meetings all afternoon.

You get the idea. His day does not go well, and he hits rush-hour traffic on the way home. He gets home late, exhausted, completely stressed, his mind still on his late and as-yet uncompleted projects, his still-full inbox and email inbox, and all the stuff piling up that he has to work on tomorrow. The house is a mess and he snaps at his family. His kids have not put things away exactly where he told them to put them away, so he begins to yell at them. He has a quick, greasy dinner in front of the TV and zones out before falling asleep late.

Again, this is a bit extreme, but you can see through this illustration some of the things that stress people out. There are many more, of course, and I won’t cover all of them here.

But these sources of stress can be eliminated with a little thought. Here’s how:

1. Identify stressors. This is the most important step of all, as identifying the things that stress you out in your life is the first step towards eliminating them. Take 10 minutes to think about what stresses you out during the day. What weekly occurrences stress you out? What people, activities, things cause stress in your life? Make a Top 10 list, and see which of them can be eliminated, and start to weed them out. For those that can’t, find ways to make them less stressful.
2. Eliminate unnecessary commitments. I did a post on editing your commitments before … apply those concepts here. We all have many commitments in our life, starting with work but also including commitments related to kids, our spouses, things to do at home, other family, civic, side work, religious, hobbies, online activities and more. Consider each of them, the amount of stress they provide, and the value you get out of them. Edit brutally, and take steps today to remove the ones that stress you out the most.
3. Procrastination. We all do this, of course. But allowing stuff to pile up will stress us out. Find ways to take care of stuff now (form a Do It Now habit) and keep your inbox and desk clear. See 20 Procrastination Hacks for more ideas.
4. Disorganization. We’re all disorganized to some extent. Even if we’ve organized something, and created a great system for keeping it that way, things tend to move towards chaos over time. But disorganization stresses us out, in terms of visual clutter, and in making it difficult to find stuff we need. Take time to get things in your life organized, starting with your desk and the papers in your home, and moving on to other areas.
5. Late. Being late always stresses us out. We have to rush to get ready, rush to get there, and stress out the whole time about looking bad and being late. Learn the habit of being early, and this stress disappears. Make a conscious effort to start getting ready earlier, and to leave earlier. This also makes driving less stressful. Time yourself to see how long it actually takes to get ready, and how long it actually takes to get somewhere. You’ve probably been underestimating these times. Once you know these times, you can plan backwards so that you show up 10 minutes early each time. It’s a good feeling.
6. Controlling. We are not the Master of this Universe. I know we sometimes wish we were, but acting as if we are is a sure way to get stressed out. Trying to control situations and people cannot work, and only serves to increase our anxiety when it doesn’t work. Learn to let go, and accept the way that other people do things, and accept what happens in different situations. The only thing you can control is yourself — work on that before you consider trying to control the world. Also learn to separate yourself from tasks and to delegate them. Learning to let go of our need to control others and the situations around us is a major step towards eliminating stress.
7. Multitasking. Having multiple tasks going on at the same time might seem productive, but in actuality it slows us down from actually focusing on a task and completing it — and it stresses us out in the meantime. Learn to single-task.
8. Eliminate energy drains. If you’ve analyzed your life (in Step 1) and found things that stress you out, you might have also noticed things that drain your energy. Certain things in our life just cause us to be more exhausted than others, with less value. Identify them, and cut them out. You’ll have much more energy and much less stress. Happiness ensues.
9. Avoid difficult people. You know who they are. If you take a minute to think about it, you can identify all the people in your life — bosses, coworkers, customers, friends, family, etc. — who make your life more difficult. Now, you could confront them and do battle with them, but that will most certainly be difficult. Just cut them out of your life.
10. Simplify life. Simplifying, of course, is a major theme of Zen Habits. Simplify your routines, your commitments, your information intake, your cluttered rooms, the mass of stuff going on in your life … and have less stress as a result. Start with Edit Your Life and then look through the other simplicity articles.
11. Unschedule. Create more open periods of time in your life. It’s not necessary to schedule every minute of our lives. Learn to avoid meetings, keep wide open blocks of time where we either work on our important tasks or batch process the smaller ones. When someone asks to schedule a meeting, first try to get it done through email or phone … if that doesn’t work, avoid having it scheduled. Ask them to call you and see if you’re free at that time. You will love having an open schedule.
12. Slow down. Instead of rushing through life, learn to take things slow. Enjoy your food, enjoy the people around you, enjoy nature. This step alone can save tons of stress.
13. Help others. It may sound contradictory to add more tasks to your life by trying to help other people (you’ve got enough to do), but if you were to add anything to your life, this should be it. Helping others, whether volunteering for a charity organization or just making an effort to be compassionate towards people you meet, not only gives you a very good feeling, it somehow lowers your stress level. Of course, this doesn’t work if you try to control others, or help others in a very rushed and frenetic way — learn to take it easy, enjoy yourself, and let things happen, as you work to make the lives of others better.
14. Relax throughout the day. It’s important to take mini-breaks during your work day. Stop what you’re doing, massage your shoulders and neck and head and hands and arms, get up and stretch, walk around, drink some water. Go outside and appreciate the fresh air and the beautiful sky. Talk to someone you like. Life doesn’t have to be all about productivity. You should also avoid using online activity too much as your de-stressing activity — get away from the computer to relax.
15. Quit work. This one’s drastic, and probably too drastic for most. But in most likelihood, your work is your absolute biggest stressor. Getting out of your 9-to-5, automating your income, and finding something you truly love to do, that you’re passionate about, will create a positive life and much less stressful one at that. Give it a little thought before dismissing it — there might be possibilities here you haven’t considered.
16. Simplify your to-do list. I’ve written about this before, but attempting to do everything on your long to-do list will definitely stress you out. Learn to simplify your to-do list down to the few essential tasks, and you will enjoy the process much more.
17. Exercise. This is common advice for stress relief, and that’s because it works … but it’s also a stress prevention method. Exercising helps relieve the stress buildup, it gives you some quiet time to contemplate and relax, and just as importantly, it makes you more fit. A fitter person is better equipped to handle stress. Another important factor: being unhealthy can be a major stressor (especially once you have to go to the hospital), and exercise can help prevent that.
18. Eat healthy. This goes hand-in-hand with exercise as a stress prevention method, of course. Become healthier and a major source of stress will disappear. Also, I’ve found that greasy food, for me, puts me in a worse mood and can contribute to stress levels immediately.
19. Be grateful. This might not be as obvious as some of the others, but developing an attitude of gratitude (I sound like a preacher with that rhyme!) is a way of thinking positive, eliminating negative thinking from your life, and thereby reducing stress. Learn to be grateful for what you have, for the people in your life, and see it as a gift. With this sort of outlook on life, stress will go down and happiness will go up. That’s a winning formula.
20. Zen-like environment. Take time to declutter your desk (as mentioned above) and even once you do that, continually edit your desk and working space, and the things in your home, until you’ve created a simple, peaceful, Zen-like environment. It will be much less stressful to work in an environment like that than a more cluttered and distracting one.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Red Lentil Soup

7 Cups water
2 1/2 Cups dried red lentils
1 large organic onion, minced
1 tsp. tumeric
Pinch of cayenne powder
2-4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. cumin
Sea salt to taste

Combine all but last three ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer unitl lentils have disintegrated. About 45 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, cumin & salt.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunday Morning Waffles

Our oldest daughter Jenn came home from college this weekend for a visit. Here she is having vegan waffles.

2 1/2 Cups Organic Oats
3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
3/4 Cup Organic Cornmeal
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 Cup Soymilk Powder
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 1/2 Cups Warm Water

Mix all ingredients & beat briefly by hand. Batter will be very thin; don't let it fool you. It is fine.
Ladle into hot waffle iron on dark setting for 8-10 minutes or until golden crisp. Do not check or peek for at least 8 minutes.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Why Babies Should NOT Eat Cereal

We have always believed that as soon as you start a baby on cereal they sleep better, grow better, etc. Sometimes it is important to question advice given to us by our family, well meaning friends, pediatricians, etc.

Babies have no ptyalin, the enzyme necessary to break down starches, until around the age of eighteen months. They cannot metabolize starches before this age. This also includes bread, cereal, potatoes, cookies and chips. All of these foods "clog up" our babies. These foods make excess mucous in children which is why you see so many little ones running around with runny noses!!! Babies over 6 months of age should be eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and of course mother's milk.

Great Vegan Site

A vegan is an individual whose diet omits any direct
animal products, such as meat, and also omits any
animal by products such as milk and eggs. Although it
seems impossible to form a healthy diet around these
limitations, Web sites such as show
individuals how simple it is to maintain a vegan

Excerpt from...
Saving the earth one bite at a time
By Carole Ann Kinnaw

Sunday, March 2, 2008

American's Sweet Tooth

Americans consume 53 teaspoons of caloric sweeteners per day, the equivalent of a 5 pound bag of sugar every week and a half - 75% more than in 1909. In Europe and North American, fat and sugar count for more than half of all caloric intake.

-World Watch Institute

The average American consumes 53 gallons of soda per year.
Americans drink more soda than any other beverage, including water.
Regular and diet cola are what Americans choose 69% of the time.

-CBS News

Saturday, February 23, 2008

USDA Orders Largest Meat Recall in U.S. History

When I wake up to a headline like this am so thankful that I made the decision to stop eating animals and animal products eight years ago. I am also thankful that my children are not in public school eating from cafeterias. Most of the meat that was recalled has already been consumed by children in the school lunch programs. Scary and so sad.

I don't think people understand how much of an impact this will have on people. Mad cow disease can be dormant for years.

About 37 million pounds of the meat -- cuts, ground
beef and prepared products such as meatballs and
burrito filling -- went to school lunch and other
public nutrition programs, and "almost all of this
product is likely to have been consumed," said Ron
Vogel, a USDA administrator.

Parents are so careful to protect their children from everything yet when it comes to food that the government has labeled "safe for human consumption" they don't give it a second thought.

Think twice about what goes into your child's body. We are not baby cows, we do not NEED milk. Cheese clogs the heart and dairy has been implicated in various cancers. Our bodies make all of the cholesterol we need to survive. Why burden our arteries with extra cholesterol? There is proof that this causes cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, digestive disorders, and on and on and on. What more do you need???

Try having a "Meatless Monday" or do 30 days without meat. Just do something. You life depends on it and your children depend on you.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Great Vaccine link - please read

Scroll all the way down to see great quotes from physicians and cartoons that will make you think twice about letting your precious child be injected with these horrible ingredients.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Play with a child. There are only 6,574 days between a child’s birth and their eighteenth birthday. Don’t waste a single one.
It takes courage to be healthy! It takes courage to experience the freedom that comes with this autonomy. It takes guts to choose something authentic over disapproval and to choose it time and time again. Have the courage to accept the responsibility for your own choice. Have the courage to be the very unique person you really are! We are always willing to pay someone to give us our health. We must instead, as Health Seekers, learn to do it for ourselves!! ~Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
I HAVE long and publicly taught the doctrine that, as a general proposition, man causes his own sickness and suffering-that in almost all cases, he is more or less to blame for being sick, and that he as truly owes society an apology for being sick as he does for being drunk.
--Sylvester Graham, July 13, 1884

Monday, February 4, 2008

How to Become a Vegetarian, the Easy Way

Written by, Leo Babauta of

While being a vegetarian isn’t for everyone (and neither is Pamela Anderson), I talk to lots of people every day who tell me they’d like to become vegetarian, but it seems like it would be too hard, and they don’t have the willpower.

But becoming a vegetarian, for me and for many others, is the easiest thing in the world.

If you’re not interested in becoming vegetarian or vegan, please skip this post (and don’t flame me in the comments). But I’ve had numerous people, just in the last week or so, ask me to post about becoming a vegetarian, as I seem to have become a poster boy for vegetarianism (move over, Pamela Anderson!).

So in this post we’ll look at some suggestions and tips for becoming a vegetarian without too much difficulty, and some reasons you might consider it.

Why Become Vegetarian?
Again, let me state that vegetarianism isn’t for everyone. If you are fanatically devoted to meat (and I was at one time, so I understand), you might not be interested. If you already eat healthy, or you’re not interested in your health, you might not be interested.

But there are some reasons, for the rest of us, to consider it (and these are just a few — see these 49 reasons or these 21 reasons for more):

  1. Cut the fat. While meat provides a lot of protein, it also provides a ton of fat — especially saturated fat. Which means that by cutting out meat, you’ll be cutting out a lot of bad fat, and replacing it with things that are probably not only lower in fat, but that contain some good fats. This greatly reduces your risk of heart disease, and in fact numerous studies have shown that vegetarians tend to have a lower risk of heart disease, as well as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. Read more here.
  2. Less food poisoning. Food poisoning gets millions of people each year — and many of them from meat, which is a good breeding ground for harmful bacteria, especially if not stored, prepared or cooked exactly right. Cut out meat and you lower your risk of food poisoning (especially if you also cut out eggs and dairy, but that’s optional).
  3. Reduce the suffering. You probably don’t want to hear about the horrific treatment of animals that are raised for food, even before they are slaughtered for our benefit. But suffice it to say, there are great amounts of suffering involved, and by cutting out meat, you are reducing your involvement in that. Read more here.
  4. Help the environment. There are actually numerous ways that the meat industry harms the environment, from a waste of our resources (animals raised for food eat enough grain to feed the world), to a waste of fuel, to the pollution caused by their waste matter, and much more. Read more about that here.
  5. Help your weight loss. It’s possible to be vegetarian and eat very unhealthy foods, including Coke and fries and fried stuff and pizza and chips. But it’s much more difficult. Studies repeatedly show that vegetarians are slimmer and are less likely to be obese than meat eaters. If you’re trying to lose weight, being a vegetarian can be a good part of your program.
  6. Get more nutrition. In general (though not necessarily), vegetarians replace meat with more nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and so on. If you do that, you will be getting more of the nutrients your body needs, giving you better health, less illness, and more energy.

20 Tips for Becoming a Vegetarian
So, if you’d like to become a vegetarian, without too much trouble, here are my suggestions:

  1. Have good reasons. If you just want to become vegetarian for kicks, you probably won’t stick with it for long — not because it’s hard, but because any lifestyle change or habit change requires a little bit of motivation. You need to first think about why you want to become vegetarian, and really believe in it. The rest is easy.
  2. Read up. Before starting anything new, I tend to read as much as possible about whatever it is that I’ll be doing. I suggest you do so with vegetarianism. Check out a couple of good books from the library (or better yet, borrow from vegetarian friends). And there are tons and tons of good sites on the Internet. One of my favorites is
  3. Find good recipes. You don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of new cookbooks, although that’s certainly an option. But again, there are many great recipes online. Try … another favorite of mine is Post Punk Kitchen (also see their forums). In fact, it can all be a little overwhelming … but don’t worry, you don’t need to decide on anything. Just look through the recipes, take note of a few that look really good, and decide to try a few of them. You have the rest of your life to test out other recipes!
  4. Try one recipe a week. My suggestion is just to try one new vegetarian recipe a week. If you like it, add it to your collection of staple recipes that you eat on a regular basis. If the recipe isn’t that great, try another next week. Soon, you’ll have a good list of 5-10 great recipes that you love to cook and eat. And really, whether you’re vegetarian or meat eater, that’s probably all you really eat on a regular basis anyway (for dinner, at least). Most people only have 7-10 recipes that they cook regularly. Once you have that many vegetarian recipes, you are good to go.
  5. Substitutions. Also try your regular recipes that you love, but instead of using meat, use a meatless substitute. So if you love to eat spaghetti or chili, for example, substitute a ground-beef alternative from Bocca or Morning Star and just cook it the way you normally would. There are alternatives for just about any kind of meat, and some of them are quite good. You can go on eating what you normally eat, but meatless.
  6. Start with red meat. I suggest a gradual transition into vegetarianism … although you can do it all at once, I’ve found that for many people, a gradual transition works better. There’s no need to give up all meat at once. Try a few new recipes, maybe eat one vegetarian meal for the first week, two for the second, and so on. If you do this, start with red meat, as it is typically the least healthy.
  7. Then the other meats. After a couple of weeks of going without red meat, try cutting out pork for a couple of weeks. Then cut out chicken, the seafood. With this two-week approach (and you can even make it 3 weeks or a month for each stage if you want to go more slowly), you’ll hardly notice the difference. I’ve found that I don’t crave meats anymore, although I did for about a week.
  8. Consider dairy & eggs. Vegetarians vary widely on this, so there’s no mandate to give up dairy or eggs if you’re giving up meat. Do what feels right for you. But if you go meatless for awhile, and want to try to go a little further (in terms of health, the environment, and helping animal suffering), consider these foods. For one thing, they are often high in saturated fat, especially compared to soy alternatives. It was easy for me to give up eggs, as I’ve never been a huge fan, but transitioning to soy milk took a few days to get used to … although I can’t stand the taste of milk now. :)
  9. Think about your staples. A useful exercise is to make a list of foods you regularly eat, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. Not meals, but ingredients. And then think about vegetarian alternatives, and make a new list. For example, instead of eating chicken in a stir-fry dish, you might try tofu. With a new list of staples, you should have no trouble stocking your fridge and pantry.
  10. All in one go. Some people prefer to give up meat all at once. While this takes a little more determination than the gradual solution I advocate, it’s not that hard, really. Just prepare yourself by taking some of the steps above (finding recipes, substitutes, a new list of staples, and reading as much as possible), and then give it a shot. It should only take a few days to get used to it, and then you’ll have very little trouble after that. The only issues you’ll have to work out, once you’re used to going without meat, are things like eating out, eating at others’ houses, and other similar issues. Read on for more on these.
  11. Adequate protein. One myth about vegetarianism is that you don’t get enough protein. Actually, meat eaters usually take in way more protein than they need. Protein requirements for the average adult are lower than people think. If you eat a varied diet (not just junk food, for example) that includes vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, soy protein and the like, you will be fine. It would hard to create an eating plan where you’re getting inadequate protein (the junk food example would be one). Another myth is that you need to eat different types of protein within a single meal (or even a single day) to get complete protein from plants … actually, as long as you eat varied proteins (such as those listed above) over a few days, you’ll be fine. And soy protein is a complete protein, just like meat.
  12. Junk food. Again, you can be a vegetarian and be very unhealthy, if you eat junk food. Being a vegetarian is not a license to eat junk food (although you can probably indulge yourself a little more often now that you’re not eating meat). Try to stick with fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, soy protein, low-fat dairy and other nutritious foods for the most part.
  13. Ethnic food. One of the great things about becoming a vegetarian is that it often spurs people to try new and interesting ethnic foods (or reminds them of foods they love but don’t eat much). Great vegetarian dishes can be found all over the world, from Italian pasta to many Indian dishes to spicy Thai food to Chinese, Ethiopian, Moroccan, Mexican, South American and more. It can be interesting to do a series of theme weeks, trying vegetarian dishes from a certain country for one week, and then moving around the world and sampling other great ethnic foods.
  14. Tell friends & family. If you’re really going to become a vegetarian, you’ll have to talk to the people you know and love about it. You’ll still be dining with them, at restaurants, at their homes, at social gatherings, at work, and so it’ll be better for everyone involved if they know what you’re doing (they might prepare a vegetarian dish for you, or you might bring one for them to try), and if they know the reasons why. Some people might have a hard time with it. Just try to explain it to them, without getting defensive or argumentative, and ask them to be understanding (and maybe to give some of your food a try). Don’t try to force vegetarianism on anyone, or sound preachy, but do give them more information if they’re interested.
  15. Have fun. Most of all, don’t make becoming a vegetarian be a restrictive, grueling ordeal. If you feel like you’re depriving yourself, you won’t last long. But if you feel like you’re doing something good, and trying out some great-tasting food, you’ll stick with it for much longer (for life, I hope). Have a great time along the way.
  16. Plan ahead. Often what gets in the way of new vegetarians is that they go somewhere, and don’t think of what they might have to eat. Going to a party or a dinner can be much better if you prepare a great dish and bring it along (let the host know about it first). An errands trip doesn’t have to result in you going to McDonalds, starving, if you pack a lunch or bring some snacks.
  17. Cook ahead. Another problem is when we don’t have any vegetarian food ready to eat, and so we resort to whatever is easiest (if we don’t feel like eating or are too hungry to wait). Instead, you could cook a big pot of vegetarian chili or soup or something, and have it in the fridge for when you’re hungry and don’t have time to cook.
  18. Vegetarian snacks. I love to eat fruits and cut-up veggies, but there are lots of other great snacks you can eat. Roasted (or raw) almonds, hummus and pitas or veggies, blue corn chips and salsa, low-fat granola, berries with soy yogurt, whole-grain cereals, Kashi crackers … dozens and dozens of snacks, actually, if you take a look around. Have plenty on hand, at home, at work, and on the road.
  19. Vegetarian restaurants. There’s only one vegetarian restaurant on Guam, and unfortunately it’s closed on nights and weekends (it’s a Seventh-Day Adventist joint, open for lunch on weekdays, and it’s great). But you might live in an area with dozens of great vegetarian restaurants. Give them a try! You might discover some wonderful food, and thank your lucky stars you decided to give vegetarianism a try. Otherwise, most restaurants will have some vegetarian options, or can cook you a vegetarian dish on request.
  20. Vegetarian convenience foods. In your supermarket’s frozen section, you’ll probably find a lot of vegetarian foods that can be microwaved. You might give some of these a try (I love the Amy’s brand). Beware that, like most convenience foods, these are more expensive than home-cooked stuff, and most likely not as healthy. But you can find some fairly healthy foods there too. At any rate, it’s always good to have a couple of convenience foods in the freezer, just in case.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Say NO to soda!!!

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soda, soda pop, coca cola, coke, soft drinks, physical effects of drinking cokeDo you want to be healthy? Drinking soda is bad for your health in so many ways; science can't even state all the consequences. Here's what happens in your body when you assault it with a Coke:

Within the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don't vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

After 60 minutes, you'll start to have a sugar crash.

Read Dr. Mercola's Comments further on his page

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

“Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.” --Gertrude Stein

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Simple Living Simplified: 10 Things You Can Do Today to Simplify Your Life

Simplifying can sometimes be overwhelming. The amount of stuff you have in your life and the amount of things you have to do can be too big a mountain to tackle.

But you don’t have to simplify it all at once. Do one thing at a time, and take small steps. You’ll get there, and have fun doing it.

In fact, you can do little but important things today to start living the simple life.
I was criticized a few weeks ago when I published the Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life, because many people felt the list was too long. I heard this point, and this post is my response: just the 10 most important things.

And these are not 10 difficult things, but 10 simple things that you can do today. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month. Today. Choose one and do it today. Tomorrow, choose another.

If you do these 10 things, you’ll have made great strides with little effort.

1. Make a short list. Take out a sheet of paper and fold it into a small square, perhaps 3×5 inches. Or take out an index card. Now make a short list of the 4-5 most important things in your life. What’s most important to you? What do you value most? What 4-5 things do you most want to do in your life? Simplifying starts with these priorities, as you are trying to make room in your life so you have more time for these things.

2. Drop 1 commitment. Think about all the things in your life that you’re committed to doing, and try to find one that you dread doing. Something that takes up time but doesn’t give you much value. Perhaps you’re on a team, or coaching something, or on a board or committee, or whatever. Something that you do each day or week or month that you don’t really want to do. Now take action today to drop that commitment. Call someone, send an email, telling the appropriate person or people that you just don’t have the time. You will feel relief. I’d recommend dropping all commitments that don’t contribute to your short list (from Item #1), but for today, just drop 1 commitment.

3. Purge a drawer. Or a shelf, or a countertop, or a corner of a room. Not an entire room or even an entire closet. Just one small area. You can use that small area as your base of simplicity, and then expand from there. Here’s how to purge: 1) empty everything from the drawer or shelf or corner into a pile. 2) From this pile, pick out only the most important things, the stuff you use and love. 3) Get rid of the rest. Right now. Trash it, or put it in your car to give away or donate. 4) Put the stuff you love and use back, in a neat and orderly manner.

4. Set limits. Read Haiku Productivity for more. Basically, you set limits for things you do regularly: email, RSS posts, tasks, feeds, items in your life, etc. And try to stick with the limits. Today, all you have to do is set limits for a few things in your life. Tomorrow, try to stick with them.

5. Simplify your to-do list. Take a look at your to-do list. If it’s more than 10 items long, you can probably simplify it a bit. Try to find at least a few items that can be eliminated, delegated, automated, outsourced, or ignored. Shorten the list. This is a good habit to do once a week.

6. Free up time. Simplifying your life in general is a way to free up time to do the stuff you want to do. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find time to even think about how to simplify your life. If that’s the case, free up at least 30 minutes a day for thinking about simplifying. Or alternatively, free up a weekend and think about it then. How can you free up 30 minutes a day? Just a few ideas: wake earlier, watch less TV, eat lunch at your desk, take a walk for lunch, disconnect from the Internet, do email only once today, shut off your phones, do 1 less thing each day.

7. Clear your desk. I can personally attest to the amazing feeling that a clean desk can give you. It’s such a simple thing to do, and yet it does so much for you. If your desk is covered with papers and notes and gadgets and office supplies, you might not be able to get this done today. But here are the basic steps: 1) Clear everything off your desk and put it in a pile (either in your inbox or on the floor). 2) Process the pile from top to bottom, one item at a time. Do not defer decisions on any item — deal with them immediately and quickly. 3) For each item, either file it immediately, route it to someone else, trash it, or note it on your to-do list (and put it in an “action” folder). If it’s a gadget or office supply, find a place for it in your desk drawers (or get rid of it). 4) Repeat until your pile is empty and your desk is clear. Be sure to get rid of any knick knacks. Your desk should have your computer, your inbox, perhaps a notepad, and maybe a family photo (but not many). Ahh, a clear desk! 5) From now on, put everything in your inbox, and at least once a day, process it in the same way as above.

8. Clear out your email inbox. This has the same psychological effect as a clear desk. Is your email inbox always full of read and unread messages? That’s because you’re delaying decisions on your emails. If you have 50, let’s say, or fewer emails in your inbox, you can process them all today. If you have hundreds, you should put them in a temporary folder and get to them one chunk at a time (do 20 per day or something). Here’s how you process your inbox to empty — including emails already in your inbox, and all future incoming emails: 1) process them top to bottom, one at a time, deciding and disposing of each one immediately. 2) Your choices are to delete, archive, respond immediately (and archive or delete), forward (and archive or delete), or mark it with a star (or something like that) and note it on your to-do list to respond to later (and archive). 3) Process each email like that until the inbox is empty. 4) Each time you check your email, process to empty. Ahh, an empty inbox!

9. Move slower. We rush through the day, from one task to another, from one appointment to another, until we collapse on the couch, exhausted, at the end of the day. Instead, simplify your life by doing less (see Items 1, 4 and 5) and doing them more slowly. Eat slower, drive slower, walk slower, shower slower, work slower. Be more deliberate. Be present. This isn’t something you’re going to master today, but you can start practicing today.

10. Single-task. Instead of multi-tasking, do one thing at a time. Remove all distractions, resist any urge to check email or do some other habitual task like that while you’re doing the task at hand. Stick to that one task, until you’re done. It’ll make a huge difference in both your stress level and your productivity.

Leo Babauta, has graciously shared this info with us. Thank you Leo. :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2008

Banana Soy Muffins

  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soymilk

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. In a blender, puree the bananas; add the applesauce, honey, and soymilk. Mix well. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Fill paper muffin cups with the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

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    Friday, January 4, 2008

    Nationwide vegan, organic delivery service launches

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    nationwide vegan and organic meal delivery service.

    The service offers a new menu each week that includes
    12 different items ranging from comfort foods, such as
    winter chili, to gourmet selections, such as roulades.

    The food is shipped overnight or in two days. The
    shipments provide for about five to seven days of
    lunches and dinners.

    Leftovers can be frozen. The meals are ready to eat;
    customers just need to heat the items.

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    Thursday, January 3, 2008

    Nature's Medicine

    Apple peels contain twelve anti-cancer compounds
    called "triterpenoids"
    by David Gutierrez
    January 2 2008

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    Apple peels contain as many as a dozen cancer-fighting
    chemical compounds, according to a study conducted by
    researchers at Cornell University and published in the
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

    "We found that several compounds have potent
    anti-proliferative activities against human liver,
    colon and breast cancer cells, and may be partially
    responsible for the anti-cancer activities of whole
    apples," said Rui Hai Liu, an associate professor of
    food science.

    The researchers extracted each individual chemical
    compound found in the peels of 230 pounds of Red
    Delicious apples. They then tested these compounds
    individually against cultures of cancer cells in the
    laboratory. They identified 12 compounds, called
    triterpenoids, which inhibited the growth of cancer
    cells or even killed them.

    Previous research at Cornell has helped illuminate the
    health benefits of apples. Laboratory studies have
    shown that apples inhibit cancer cells and also reduce
    the growth and number of breast cancer tumors in rats.
    A number of phytochemicals, such as flavonoids and
    phenolic acids, have been isolated from apples and
    demonstrate similar effects. Some Cornell researchers
    have also hypothesized that apples may have a
    preventive effect against Alzheimer's disease.

    Like other fruits and vegetables, apples also improve
    general health and provide protection against a host
    of illnesses.

    "We believe that a recommendation that consumers eat
    five to twelve servings of a wide variety of fruits
    and vegetables daily is appropriate to reduce the
    risks of chronic diseases, including cancer, and to
    meet nutrient requirements for optimum health," Liu

    Apples are a highly popular fruit, with the average
    U.S. consumer eating 20 pounds (9 kilograms) per year,
    or about one every four days, and the average European
    consumer eating 44 pounds (20 kilograms) per year, or
    about 1.5 per day.

    However, the Environmental Working Group warns that
    apples rank second only to peaches in terms of highest
    concentration of pesticides in non-organically grown
    vegetables. Washing reduces but does not remove
    pesticide residue.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2008

    Chocolate Chip Bars

      • 3/4 cup brown sugar
      • 3/4 cup organic sugar
      • 1 cup oil
      • 1/3 cup tofu
      • 2 T water
      • 1 t vanilla
      • 3 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
      • 1 1/2 t baking powder
      • 1/2 t baking soda
      • 1/2 t salt
      • 1 cup chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350F

    Cream together brown sugar, white sugar and oil. In a blender, blend the tofu, water and vanilla, and add to the sugar and oil.

    In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix with the wet ingredients, and fold in the chocolate chips.

    Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan and bake 10-12 minutes (I had to bake them for much longer). Cool and cut into 24 bars.

    Tuesday, January 1, 2008


    Resolution: Be Green in 2008

    By Jana Ballinger
    Care2 Green Living Copy Editor and Producer

    With the holiday festivities pretty much behind us, it's time to
    start thinking about some New Year's resolutions. Self improvement
    seems to top the list for most—lose 10 pounds, get that promotion—but
    how about also resolving to do something good for the planet? You'll
    get something out of it too: Going green often means doing stuff
    that's healthier for the environment and healthier for you. And being
    a do-gooder feels good!

    So here are some ideas for resolutions for a greener new year:

    Be Naturally Beautiful.
    I hate to break it to you but that gook you put on your face and in
    your hair might be doing a lot more than making you feel pretty. It
    could make you feel sick.
    Take this quiz and check your products for dangerous chemicals such
    as phthalates or sodium laurel sulfate.
    Many everyday products such as shampoos, soaps, lotions and lipsticks
    contain them. Opt for organic products made of natural ingredients
    and thank Mother Nature for that radiant glow.

    Wake Up and Smell the Perfume.
    Don't let the pretty smell fool you: Most fragrances are just chock
    full of hazardous chemicals. But there are alternatives that will
    leave you smelling sweet as a rose.
    Get the scoop here.

    Eat Organic.
    No two ways about it, buying organic produce is tastier and also
    healthier, but it is more expensive because it's a lot cheaper to
    dump chemicals on a crop. If you can't afford to buy all organic,
    here's a list of the top 10 fruits and vegetables to eat organic.

    Buy Local.
    Common sense says that the farther away your food is grown, the more
    fossil fuels are required to get it to you. So look for local produce
    at your grocery store and make it a point to visit your community
    farmers market whenever possible.
    Defining local.

    Be a Bag Lady.
    Even if you're just bringing back all the paper and plastic bags
    stuffed in that bottom drawer of your kitchen, always BYOB.
    If you don't want to spend money on reusable grocery bags—although
    there are lots of really cute options out there—look around the house
    for old totes, beach bags, twine-handled fancy shopping bags or even
    large baskets. Keep lots in your trunk (and don't forget to put them
    back in the trunk after unloading your groceries!), plus one compact
    bag folded up in your purse so you're never without it.

    Clean Green.
    You don't even want to know all the gross chemicals that are in
    commercially made products. Not only are you breathing those
    chemicals, but then you end up pouring them down the drain.
    Not good for you, or the Earth.
    So what's the answer? Make your own non-toxic cleaning kit.

    Change a Light Bulb.
    If just one light bulb in every home in America were switched out for
    a compact fluorescent—aka CFLs—it would save enough energy to light
    more than 3 million homes for a year. CFLs are everywhere now, there
    are tons of different kinds to choose from and it's such an easy fix.
    Learn more.

    Sip, Don't Guzzle.
    Even if you don't plan to buy a hybrid, there are ways to make the
    car you have get the best possible gas mileage. A properly tuned
    engine will get between 6 and 20 percent higher mpg, for example.
    Here's a list of 12 things you can do to stretch a tank of gas.

    Be a Peddle Pusher.
    Sometimes a car is necessary, but just running errands around town?
    Ride your bike to the post office, the grocery store, the dentist,
    etc., and experience the true joy of being car-free for a while.
    Bonus: Hello, exercise!
    More benefits of biking here.

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