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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Eat organic, heal...anything - by Emily Main

Eat organic, heal...anything

Diabetes, cancer, Parkinson's disease, infertility, obesity--there seems to be no end to the ill health effects attributed to the synthetic pesticides used on nonorganic food. And that's just on the adults who eat them. Pesticides have been linked to lower IQs and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, and there's some suspicion that pesticides on food may play a role in the development of autism. Then there's the planet: Organic farming sequesters more carbon from the atmosphere than chemical farming, and requires fewer greenhouse-gas-emitting petroleum-based fertilizers. So simply by looking for that telltale green-and-white USDA Organic seal, you're doing yourself and the planet a world of good.

Without a shadow of a doubt I am super familiar with organic foods healing anything and everything but there is one key thing that makes it challenging....what's that you ask? Money!  Organic veggies, fruits, etc. are super freaking expensive.  When you are on a tight budget because of all of your ailments how can one afford to fix the ailments with the food you eat.  It is a definite vicious cycle.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Prevent PMS with pork 'n' beans - by Emily Main

Prevent PMS with pork 'n' beans

Both are rich in thiamine and riboflavin, two B vitamins that could prevent you from developing PMS, according to research from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The study found that women who consumed 1.9 milligrams per day if thiamine and 2.5 milligrams of riboflavin per day had a 25 to 35 percent lower risk of developing PMS than women who consumed less, but they didn't see those same benefits when they took supplements. And pork and beans are your best sources of both vitamins. Eating a 3-ounce serving of the meat and a cup of cooked beans on a regular basis will provide you with the amount you need to keep those cramps away.

Now I think out of all of the cures that I have posted the past few days this one has to be the weirdest. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that Pork and 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Beat back a headache with beef liver - by Emily Main

Beat back a headache with beef liver.

Plagued by migraines? You may be suffering from a liver deficiency. Beef liver is one of the best dietary sources of the B vitamin riboflavin, which has shown some promise in reducing the frequency of migraine headaches. Of course, the effective dose is 400 milligrams of riboflavin per day, far more than you'd get from a serving of liver (about 3 milligrams). So eat your riboflavin-rich beef with other foods high in the vitamin, including dairy products and vegetables, and consider taking a supplement if you're plagued by bad headaches.

I am plagued with headaches on almost a daily basis.  I used to eat liver on a regular basis growing up but for some reason I don't eat it to much as an adult.  Maybe I need to change that.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eat pomegranates to ward off sunburn - by Emily Main

Eat pomegranates to ward off sunburn

Pomegranates are a rich source of ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from UVA- and UVB-induced cell damage, according to research from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University. Aim to get the health benefits of pomegranates from whole fruits, which are a more potent form of the skin-protecting acids than juices or supplements.
This is one of those posts that I will need to re-post in the summer time.  But wait I don't think that pomegranates are in season this.  So it might be kind of futile.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Prevent weight gain with red wine - by Emily Main

Prevent weight gain with red wine

As if you needed another reason to enjoy a good glass of red wine! Researchers from Purdue University have found that a compound called piceatannol found in red wine prevents or delays immature fat cells from developing into mature fat cells. Not a drinker? The same compound exists in the seeds and skin of red grapes and blueberries.
Ok so being who I am which is someone who feels a certain responsibility to readers and sharing all of the knowledge I gain from articles, research, etc.  I felt that it was my duty to do some digging piceatannol.  I'm not sure if it necessarily prevents weight gain but according to Pub med it has some serious agents that prevents other things.  I'm all about drinking the red wine.  I mean who could argue with all of these medical benefits. ;o)

Piceatannol (3, 3', 4, 5'-trans-trihydroxystilbene), a naturally occurring hydroxylated analogue of resveratrol, is less studied than resveratrol but displays a wide spectrum of biological activity. Piceatannol has been found in various plants, including grapes, passion fruit, white tea, and Japanese knotweed. Besides antioxidative effects, piceatannol exhibits potential anticancer properties as suggested by its ability to suppress proliferation of a wide variety of tumor cells, including leukemia, lymphoma; cancers of the breast, prostate, colon and melanoma. The growth-inhibitory and proapoptotic effects of piceatannol are mediated through cell-cycle arrest; upregulation of Bid, Bax. Bik, Bok, Fas: P21(WAF1) down-regulation of Bcl-xL; BCL-2, clAP, activation of caspases (-3, -7,- 8, -9), loss of mitochondrial potential, and release of cytochrome c. Piceatannol has been shown to suppress the activation of some transcription factors, including NF-kappaB, which plays a central role as a transcriptional regulator in response to cellular stress caused by free radicals, ultraviolet irradiation, cytokines, or microbial antigens.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ward off colds with yogurt - by Emily Main

Ward off colds with yogurt

Start bolstering your immune system for fall and winter by downing a cup of probiotic-rich yogurt every day. Those good bacteria strengthen your immunity and have been associated with a 42 percent lower risk of getting upper respiratory infections, such as colds. The strains of probiotics are found in fermented dairy products such as yogurt and kefir.  And while you're downing those, lay off the excess sugar, antibiotics, and stress, all of which can kill good bacteria in your gut and make you more susceptible to cold-weather ailments.

Here is another one of those items that we eat a lot of in my household.  Never knew that yogurt of all things could help prevent colds.  We eat quite a bit of it in my household which might be why we have yet to have gotten sick this year.  Oh boy maybe I should knock on some wood somewhere ;o)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain - Cardio: Bicycling

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Cardio: Bicycling

Whether you like indoor cycling classes, cycling solo in front of a TV or exploring the roads outdoors, you’ll burn about 544 calories an hour while strengthening your legs (and taking the pressure off your joints). If you don’t have a bike, ask your local cycle shop about rental programs for a low-cost introduction to the sport.

Drink coffee, defeat depression - by Emily Main

Drink coffee, defeat depression

Here's a disturbing stat: More than 10 percent of the U.S. population is now on expensive antidepressant medications. But researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health are wondering if a few cups of coffee couldn't render those drugs unnecessary. In a study published last year, they found that women who drank an average of four cups of coffee per day were 20 percent less likely to develop depression than people who didn't drink coffee, or any other caffeinated drinks, for that matter. Caffeine may protect the brain against certain neurotoxins that can cause depression, the authors wrote, or it could be nothing more than the energy lift you get from chronic, low-level exposures to the stimulant. Either way, drink up! And make sure your morning joe is certified organic.
I suffer from depression and I drink coffee; however I don't drink 4 cups I could barely get through 1 each day.  But I can see how this could help defeat it.  Maybe I need to start drinking more cokes and eating more chocolate which is loaded with caffeine.  Oh wait that is how I got into this mess in the first place in terms of being obese.  Caffeine might be a cure for some but I don't see it being a cure for me. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain - Cardio: Swimming

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Cardio: Swimming

Perfect for beating the summertime heat (or escaping the cold in winter), the pool is not only impact-free, but the water is also soothing on sore joints. Swimming requires you to use many major muscle groups including your shoulders, abs, back and legs, and the resistance you overcome when moving through the water helps to build strength. Ease in slowly, and build up to a 30-minute workout five times a week. And don’t forget your goggles!

Cure kidney stones with lemonade - by Emily Main

Cure kidney stones with lemonade 

Kidney stones have become a more common health complaint than heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, according to figures released this year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of people suffering from them has doubled in the past 13 years. If you fall into that crowd, start downing lemonade. Lemon juice has the highest levels of citrate of any citrus juice, and that citrate helps dissolve any calcium deposits that will eventually turn into kidney stones. Squeeze your own fresh lemons to make lemonade, or buy a commercial mix. Doctors say that you can get as much citrate as you need from regular old lemonade, without having to make your teeth curl by sucking on a raw lemon.
Kidney Stones is the one problem I don't seem to have; however, if lemonade is something that prevents them that could be why.  We love lemonade and lemon in my household especially my daughter.  That could be why she hasn't gotten them as well.  It's amazing how our maker has created things that we use in our day to day can prevent and cure ailments.  

Friday, November 23, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain - Cardio: Walking

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Cardio: Walking 

It’s tough to find a much simpler exercise than walking. While you can walk indoors or out, on a treadmill, sidewalk, track or nature trail, all you really need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Aim to walk at a brisk pace that gets your heart pumping, but still allows you to carry on a conversation. Aim for 30 minutes a day at first, and try to work up to 60 minutes a day.

Eat asparagus, prevent a hangover - Emily Main

Eat asparagus, prevent a hangover.

The leaves and shoots of this super-veggie contain enzymes that break down alcohol after heavy drinking, preventing a hangover, and even eating it the day after can tame one that is already making you miserable, according to Korean scientists. The best way to prevent a hangover, of course, is to avoid overindulging. Munch on some stalks before you head out or during your bar visit, though, and not only will you get the beneficial enzymes but your stomach will be full of food, which slows down your body's absorption of alcohol in the first place.

Wow I totally find this interesting.  Who knew that asparagus, which I love, helped cure hangovers.   There was a time in my life where a Sunday or sometimes a Saturday did not pass me by without a hangover.  Now with all of the meds I take I don't do much drinking but I sure will place this piece of information in my internal data bank ;o)

Turkey Lumpia

I have always been one to love just about any type of Asian food to include Filipino.  I have had regular Lumpia which if I'm not mistaken they are made with Pork.  So these I found on Manila Spoon and they are made with Turkey.  I'm not sure how healthy they are but, I'm all about using leftovers and turning them into something pretty yummy and this totally fits the bill.

Turkey Spring Rolls


2 tbsp olive oil
3-4 cups cooked turkey, shredded
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
2 cups cabbage, chopped
1 cup carrots, finely chopped (Baby carrots are handy!)
1 cup bean sprouts
1 tub water chestnuts, chopped (optional)
Salt and Pepper, to taste
A few drops of Sesame oil (optional)
Lumpia Skin (Spring Roll Wrappers) - may be found at any Asian store (use the Filipino brand - the paper-thin variety, if you can find them)

For the Sauce to use for the Stir-Fry

Choices: Hoisin sauce (about 4 Tbsp or to taste), Soy Sauce (beging with 2 Tbsp), Oyster Sauce (begin with 1 Tbsp) or a Soy-Oyster combo. I usually eyeball the sauce so let this serve as a mere guide. Follow your taste buds!

I usually pre-cook all the ingredients before I fry or bake them but it’s not difficult to do so provided you’ve got all the ingredients ready.


Heat the oil in a wok or a deep frying  pan in medium heat.

Season the oil by adding the garlic and frying it until aromatic, less than a minute. Add the onion and stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes.

Place the shredded turkey in the pan and stir-fry just until heated, 2 minutes more or less.

Raise the heat and add the vegetables and continue to stir-fry until tender, roughly 2-3 mins.

Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo

I have always loved Monte Cristo sandwiches and this looks like such an easy recipe again to use with all of those Thanksgiving day leftovers.

Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo brought to us by Real Mom Kitchen

8 slices soft bread such as challah or potato bread
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
8 or so slices of leftover turkey
½ leftover cranberry sauce
3 eggs
⅓ cup of milk
dash of nutmeg
2 Tbsp butter

Lay out 4 slices of the bread and top each slice with 2 Tbsp of the grated cheese, 2 slices of turkey, and 2 Tbsp cranberry sauce. Top the 4 sandwiches evenly with the remain cheese followed by the remaining 4 slices of bread.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and nutmeg until well blended.  Melt butter in a skillet.  Dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture coating both sides and place in the skillet.  Cook until both sides are golden brown.  Remove from pan and serve

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Need2behealthy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kale and Seaweed Salad by Lauren Amerson

Ok so I have been so bad, really really bad by posting all of these super unhealthy recipes I had to post one good one this evening. 

Kale and Seaweed Salad by Lauren Amerson 

6 leaves curly kale
1/2 cup dulse seaweed
1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon nama shoyu, tamari or coconut aminos
1/2 teaspoon ginger root, grated fine
1/4 cup carrot, shredded
De-stem kale and roughly chop.
In a large mixing bowl, add chopped kale, nama shoyu and olive oil. Massage kale until soft and bright green.
Soak dulse in water for one minute.
Add the remaining ingredients and combine.
Spoon into bowl or plate, and sprinkle with a few more sesame seeds and shredded carrot

Turkey and Cranberry Panini

The only thing to be said with this recipe is that it definitely looks all kinds of yummy!  Again easy? Check! Thank you to Following In My Shoes for what looks like a super incredible recipe

Perfect “Turkey Sandwich” to use up your yummy, after-Thanksgiving leftovers.


    Ciabatta Rolls (one per person)
    Leftover Turkey (dark, white or combination), chopped
    Cranberry Sauce (2-4 TB per sandwich)
    Havarti Cheese (one slice per sandwich)
    Spinach and Arugula (I used bagged Spinach/Arugula salad mix)
    2-3 tablespoons of Olive Oil or Melted Butter
    1-2 cloves of garlic, minced


In a small bowl, combine the olive oil (or melted butter, if preferred) with   the minced garlic. Set aside. If you have a panini press, use it. If not, place a large skillet or panini griddle on your stove, over medium heat.
Slice the ciabatta roll(s). Take the bottom half of the roll and, using a pastry or basting brush, brush the exterior side with the oil and garlic mixture.

Place the oiled side of bread on the skillet and then top it with the rest of the ingredients in the following order*: cheese, turkey, spinach/arugula, and then cranberry sauce.

Brush the exterior side of the remaining half of ciabatta roll and then place it on the sandwich, using a heavy saucepan or stock pot to “press down” on the panini (if you aren’t using a panini press).

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain - Calorie Crunching Cardio

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Calorie Crunching Cardio

While targeted stretching and strengthening moves are a good start for warding off back pain, aerobic exercise is also important for maintaining head-to-toe mobility and helping you to achieve — and maintain — a healthy weight. While some back pain sufferers are able to run without problems, others find that high impact activities put too much stress on their joints. Here are three low-impact calorie burners to try.

Tangy Turkey Salad - La Phemmephoodie

My kind of makings for a great recipe Easy and inexpensive.

Tangy Turkey Salad
Brought to us by La Phemmephoodie

1 cup shredded turkey or chicken
2 medium Granny Smith apples, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup 2% Greek yogurt (or you can substitute with mayonnaise)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon yellow mustard


In a serving bowl combine the turkey, apples, celery, and cranberries. In a small bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, sugar, lemon juice and mustard; mix well. Mix the dressing over the apple/cranberry mixture; toss well to combine.

How to Find the Best Weight Loss Program for You

How to Find the Best Weight Loss Program for You

Are you looking to lose weight?  If you are, you may be interested in joining a weight loss program.  When it comes to joining a weight loss program, you will find that you have a number of different options.  If this is your first time joining a weight loss program, you may be unsure as to what you should look for in a weight loss program.  If that is the case, you will want to continue reading on.

One of the best ways to go about finding the perfect weight loss program for yourself is to ask yourself a number of important questions.  One of the first questions that you should ask yourself is how much time you have to devote to weight loss meetings.  If you were to join a local weight loss program, you would likely be required to attend weekly meeting.  Whether you are busy with your family or busy at work, you may not have the time to do so.  In that case, you should look into joining an online weight loss program, as they are often designed for those with busy schedules.

Another question that you will want to ask yourself, when looking to find the perfect weight loss program is your willpower.  Should you join an online weight loss program, you will be given more freedom, as you do not have to physically report to meetings and answer to group leaders. While this freedom is nice, it has allowed many hopeful individuals to go off track.  If you do not think that you can stick with your online weight loss program goals and instructions, it may be better to join a local weight loss program instead.

Another one of the many questions that you will want to ask yourself, when looking for a weight loss program to join, is how much money you have to spend.  While it is possible to find free weight loss programs, both locally or online, it is actually quite rare.  In your search for weight loss programs, you will find that they have a wide range of membership fees.  Commonly, you will find that online weight loss programs are cheaper than locally operated weight loss programs.  If you are on a budget, the cost of each weight loss program that you come across should play a large role in your decision.

You should also ask yourself if you are embarrassed with your current weight or your physical appearance. Although you should have nothing to be ashamed of, you may still feel that way.  If that is the case, you may be afraid of attending local weight loss meetings.  Of course, you need to remember that everyone else in your meetings is likely feeling the same way, but you dont have to put yourself in an awkward situation.  If you are concerned with your appearance or what others may think of you, you may want to look into joining an online weight loss program instead.

The above mentioned questions are just a few of the many that you should ask yourself if you are interested in joining a weight loss program. While there are a number of benefits to joining a locally operated weight loss program, as well as an online weight loss program, you need to make the decision that is best for you and your own needs.

Your Other Medicine Cabinet - by Emily Main

Your Other Medicine Cabinet

Way back when Hippocrates was telling his compatriots to "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food," he wasn't just talking about laying off the ancient Greek equivalent of Twinkies. Pretty much every day-to-day health ailment can be cured with a healthy diet. He knew it then, and we know it now--we just prefer to take the easy way out and reach for a pill bottle or make an appointment with an M.D. That gets expensive, not to mention inconvenient, especially when the answer for what ails you--whether it's PMS or a mild case of the blues--is no further than your refrigerator.
If you are a regular visit of my blog I am sure you are aware that my health is not at it's best.  I'm back up to take 14 pills a day.  Some are the same kind that I have to take three times a day or twice a day but in terms of placing medication in my mouth I have to take 14 pills a day.  I am a true believer in alternative medicines such as marijuana, vegetables, acupuncture but I believe that you must know what is wrong with you before you can take those routes.  Not only that but I believe that your alternative medicine should be advised by some type of holistic doctor which could be more expensive than a regular MD/

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain - Strength: Plank

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Strength: Plank

Get into a push-up position supported on your hands and toes, body in a straight line from your head to your heels. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, working up to 60 seconds.

Colon Cleanses to Lose Weight: Do They Really Work?

Colon Cleanses to Lose Weight: Do They Really Work?

Are you looking to lose weight?  If you are, you may have used the internet to research weight loss products. When many of us think of weight loss product, diet pill are often the first thing that comes to mind. While diet pills may be able to help you achieve your weight loss goals, diet pills are not the only weight loss product that you may want to look into.  A large number of individuals have successfully used colon cleanses, also commonly referred to as weight loss cleanses, to lose weight and you may want to think about doing the same.

When it comes to using colon cleanses to lose weight, there are many individuals, possibly just like you, who wonder how the whole process works. Before understanding how colon cleanses may help you lose weight, it is important to remember that there may be a variance. There are some colon cleanses that advertise that they are designed to help you lose weight. These types of colon cleanses are also commonly referred to as weight loss cleanses. With that in mind, there are colon cleanses that advertise that they are not guaranteed to help you lose weight, even though some of them may.

When using a colon cleanse, it is important that you follow all of the instructions given to you. For instance, there are some colon cleanses that require that you do not eat anything for one or two days.  These types of colon cleanses are often ones that are in liquid format.  The colon cleanses in pill format may request that you only eat and drink certain products, like fruits and vegetables.  If you buy a colon cleanse that asks to you restrict your diet, you are advised to do so.  This diet restriction is what makes it possible for you to lose weight, as well as allow the colon cleanse to properly work.

When you use a colon cleanse, you are essentially detoxifying, your body.  The colon cleanse will work to push toxins out from your colon and sometimes even your intestines.  This is not only ideal to promote a healthy wellbeing, but it can also help you lose weight.  It has been said that the average person has anywhere from four to eight pounds of stored waste in their body. When using a colon cleanse, that extra waste will be expelled from your body. This is why many individuals are able to lose weight with a colon cleanse.

If you are able to use a rapid colon cleanse, like one that works in three to seven days, you may notice a rapid weight loss. There are some individuals who use colon cleanses to quickly lose weight before a special event like a wedding or a vacation. While you may be able to achieve rapid weight loss with a colon cleanse, it is important that you proceed with caution.  If you do not change the way that you eat or add exercise to your daily activities, you may see your weight add back on it as little as a few weeks or a few days. This typically happens if you were asked to restrict your diet when using a colon cleanse.  While you do not have to keep up with your restricted diet, you are advised to reduce your junk food intake and start a daily or at least a weekly exercise program.

Since it is more than possible for you to lose weight with a colon cleanse, you may be interested in giving one a try. When looking to buy a colon cleanse, you may be able to find them available for sale in traditional department stores, fitness stores, and health stores, both on and offline.  Before buying a colon cleanse, you may want to search for product reviews online or speak with a healthcare professional.  This will help to ensure that you if you do buy a colon cleanse that your money is well spent.

Monday, November 19, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain - Strength: Superman

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Strength: Superman

Lie on your stomach, arms extended straight forward, legs extended back. Simultaneously lift your arms and your legs about 6 to 12 inches off the floor. Lower, and repeat 10 times. For a gentler exercise, keep your arms at your sides.

No Bake Egg Free Pumpkin Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

I'm not exactly sure how healthy this is but the best part of this recipe is No Bake and I love the flavor of Pumpkin.  This could definitely be a great addition to my Thanksgiving dinner.

No Bake Egg Free Pumpkin Cheesecake with Praline Sauce        

Author: Carla Cardello (
Serves: 16-25 squares

    1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    4 Tbsp butter, melted
    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
    2 tsp powdered sugar
    1/2 cup sugar
    16 ounces cream cheese, softened
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 tsp ground allspice

Praline Sauce

    1/2 cup brown sugar
    3 Tbsp butter, cut into tablespoons
    1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    Few drops of vanilla extract
    Pinch of salt
    1/2 cup pecans, chopped


Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9×9 pan. Refrigerate while you prepare the batter.

In a medium bowl, beat the cream until it thickens. Slowly add the powdered sugar then beat until stiff peaks form (pull beaters straight up and the peaks should not fall). Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla. Beat until smooth then beat in the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

For the sauce: Place brown sugar in a deep saucepan and heat over medium heat. As the sugar melts, start whisking. As soon as all of the sugar is melted, carefully add the butter and whisk until melted. Remove from the heat and slowly add the cream. Once it settles down, whisk until smooth then whisk in the vanilla and salt. Stir in pecans. Serve over cheesecake.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain - Strength: Bridges

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Strength: Bridges 

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet planted on the floor. Abs tight, lift hips until your body is in a straight line from your knees to your shoulders, supported on your feet and upper back. Hold for five seconds, then slowly lower to start. Do 10 reps. For a greater challenge, extend one leg straight as you lift and lower, working to keep your hips level (don’t let hips dip to one side or the other).

Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I've never been much of a mashed potatoes fan unlike my husband who cannot stop himself from eating a whole pot of mashed potatoes.  He does not care if it is instant or made from scratch all it has to be is mashed and potatoes.  Me I can take it or leave it; however, I happen to love Garlic Mashed potatoes, which is why when I saw this recipe on The Comfort of Cooking I had to share.

Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Yields 4 servings


3 cups quartered peeled potatoes (about 3 pounds)
2 ounces fat-free cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 Tbsp. chopped chives or herbs, such as parsley or thyme


Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and mash, or blend with a handheld mixer. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, milk, salt, garlic powder and pepper; beat until smooth. Top with chopped chives or herbs, if desired.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain - Strength: Leg Raises

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Strength: Leg Raises

Lie on your back with your right knee bent, foot flat and your left leg extended straight. With your abs tight, raise your left leg 6 to 12 inches off the floor and hold for 5 seconds. Slowly lower, and repeat 10 times before switching legs. For a greater challenge, don’t touch your leg to the floor between reps

Red Cabbage Asian Slaw

When I lived in California (which was at least 16 years ago) there was a restaurant that my co-workers and I frequented.  All I remember was that it was not to far from the city of Rosemead, well anyway at this restaurant they served this amazing purple cabbage cole slaw.  It had quite a bite to it but it was oh so yummy.  I came across this recipe from Reckless Abandon and thought hmmmm this might be pretty close.  I'm definitely going to have to give a try here soon!!!

Red Cabbage Asian Slaw



-1/2 head red cabbage
-1 carrot julienned (or 1 small bag thinly sliced carrots)
-1/2 bunch cilantro
-1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
-1/2 cup slivered almonds
-2 Tbsp sesame seeds
-2 Tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
-1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
-1/8 cup white vinegar
-1 cup vegetable oil
-3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
-1 Tbsp ground cumin
-juice from 1 lime

First, halve the red cabbage and save half for a later use.  With the half you are going to use, cut in half again and then remove the lower, white stalk by cutting a 'V' in the cabbage. Thinly slice the cabbage and place in a large bowl.

Next, thinly slice your carrot, roughly chop 1/2 bunch cilantro, and thinly slice 1/2 bunch green onions. Add to the large bowl of cabbage with 1/2 cup of almonds and 2 Tbsp sesame seeds.  In a food processor or blender, puree together 2 Tbsp agave nectar (or honey), 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/8 cup white vinegar, 1 cup vegetable oil, 3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1 Tbsp cumin, and juice from one lime. Add to the cabbage mixture and toss until evenly coated.  Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy now or later!

Friday, November 16, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Strength: Wall Slides

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Strength: Wall Slides

Stand with your back against a wall, feet hip width apart and about 12 inches away from the wall. Keeping your abs tight and your back against the wall, bend your knees to about 45 degrees. Hold for 5 seconds, then return to standing. Do 10 reps. For a greater challenge, work up to bending your knees to 90 degrees as though sitting in a chair.

Can GMOs Help End World Hunger? - Author John Robbins

Can genetically engineered foods help feed the hungry? Are anti-GMO activists and over-zealous environmentalists standing in the way of the hungry being fed?

The hope that GMO foods might bring solutions to malnutrition and world hunger was never more dramatically illustrated than when Time magazine ran a cover story titled “Grains of Hope.” The article joyfully announced the development of a genetically engineered “golden rice.” This new strain of GM rice has genes from viruses and daffodils spliced into its genetic instructions. The result is a form of rice that is a golden-yellow color (much like daffodil flowers), and that produces beta-carotene, which the human body normally converts into Vitamin A.
Nearly a million children die every year because they are weakened by Vitamin A deficiencies and an additional 350,000 go blind. Golden rice, said Time, will be a godsend for the half of humanity that depends on rice for its major staple. Merely eating this rice could prevent blindness and death.

The development of golden rice was, it seemed, compelling and inspiring evidence that GM crops are the answer to malnutrition and hunger. Time quoted former U.S. President Jimmy Carter: “Responsible biotechnology is not the enemy, starvation is.”

Shortly after the Time cover story, Monsanto and other biotechnology companies launched a $50 million marketing campaign, including $32 million in TV and print advertising. The ads, complete with soft focus fields and smiling children, said that “biotech foods could help end world hunger.”
Other ad campaigns have followed. One Monsanto ad tells the public: “Biotechnology is one of tomorrow’s tools in our hands today. Slowing its acceptance is a luxury our hungry world cannot afford.”

Within a few months, the biotech industry had spent far more on these ads than it had on developing golden rice. Their purpose? “Unless I’m missing something,” wrote Michael Pollan in The New York Times Magazine, “the aim of this audacious new advertising campaign is to impale people like me — well-off first-worlders dubious about genetically engineered food — on the horns of a moral dilemma … If we don’t get over our queasiness about eating genetically modified food, kids in the third world will go blind.”

The implication of the ads is that lifesaving food is being held hostage by anti-science activists.

In the years since Time proclaimed the promises of golden rice, however, we’ve learned a few things.

For one thing, we’ve learned that golden rice will not grow in the kinds of soil that it must to be of value to the world’s hungry. To grow properly, it requires heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides — expensive inputs unaffordable to the very people that the variety is supposed to help. And we’ve also learned that golden rice requires large amounts of water — water that might not be available in precisely those areas where Vitamin A deficiency is a problem, and where farmers cannot afford costly irrigation projects.

And one more thing — it turns out that golden rice doesn’t work, even in theory. Malnourished people are not able to absorb Vitamin A in this form. And even if they could, they’d have to eat an awful lot of the stuff. An 11-year-old boy would have to eat 27 bowls of golden rice a day in order to satisfy his minimum requirement for the vitamin.

I’m sure that given enough time and enough money, some viable genetically modified (GM) crops could be developed that contain more nutrients or have higher yields. But I’m not sure that even if that were to happen, it would actually benefit the world’s poor. Monsanto and the other biotech companies aren’t developing these seeds with the intention of giving them away. If people can’t afford to buy GM seeds, or if they can’t afford the fertilizers, pesticides and water the seeds require, they’ll be left out.

Poverty is at the root of the problem of hunger. As Peter Rosset, director of Food First, reminds us, “People do not have Vitamin A deficiency because rice contains too little Vitamin A, but because their diet has been reduced to rice and almost nothing else.”

And what, pray tell, has reduced these people to such poverty and their diets to such meager fare? In the words of the British writer George Monbiot:
The world has a surplus of food, but still people go hungry. They go hungry because they cannot afford to buy it. They cannot afford to buy it because the sources of wealth and the means of production have been captured and in some cases monopolized by landowners and corporations. The purpose of the biotech industry is to capture and monopolize the sources of wealth and the means of production …GM technology permits companies to ensure that everything we eat is owned by them. They can patent the seeds and the processes which give rise to them. They can make sure that crops can’t be grown without their patented chemicals. They can prevent seeds from reproducing themselves. By buying up competing seed companies and closing them down, they can capture the food market, the biggest and most diverse market of all.

No one in her right mind would welcome this, so the corporations must persuade us to focus on something else … We are told that … by refusing to eat GM products, we are threatening the developing world with starvation, an argument that is, shall we say, imaginative …

With rare exceptions, genetically engineered crops are being created not because they’re productive or because they address real human needs, but because they’re patentable.

The biotech companies have invested billions of dollars because they sense in this technology the potential for enormous profit and the means to gain control over the world’s food supply. Their goal is not to help subsistence farmers feed themselves. Their goal is maximum profit.

While Monsanto would like us to believe they are seeking to alleviate world hunger, there is actually a very dark side to the company’s efforts. For countless centuries farmers have fed humanity by saving the seed from one years crop to plant the following year. But Monsanto, the company that claims its motives are to help feed the hungry, has developed what it calls a “Technology Protection System” that renders seeds sterile. Commonly known as “terminator technology” and developed with taxpayer funding by the USDA and Delta & Pine Land Company (an affiliate of Monsanto), the process genetically alters seeds so that their offspring will be sterile for all time. If employed, this technology would ensure that farmers cannot save their own seeds, but would have to come back to Monsanto year after year to purchase new ones.

Critics refer to these genetically engineered seeds as suicide seeds. “By peddling suicide seeds, the biotechnology multinationals will lock the world’s poorest farmers into a new form of genetic serfdom,” says Emma Must of the World Development Movement. “Currently 80 percent of crops in developing countries are grown using farm-saved seed. Being unable to save seeds from sterile crops could mean the difference between surviving and going under.”

To Monsanto and other GMO companies, the terminator and other seed sterilizing technologies are simply business ventures that are designed to enhance profits. In this case, there is not even the implication of benefit to consumers.

I wish I could speak more highly of GM foods and their potential. But the technology is now held tightly in the hands of corporations whose motives are, I’m afraid, very different from what they would have us believe.

Despite the PR, Monsanto’s goal is not to make hunger history. It’s to control the staple crops that feed the world.

Will GMOs help end world hunger? I don’t think so.
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Kale Salad on the Thanksgiving Menu?

I should think so.  I am a huge fan of Kale and would never have thought that Kale salad would be an appropriate side dish for Thanksgiving.  But as Jess of CookSmarts so eloquently states

"Kale salads are not like typical salads. They need time to brine and marinate, like a turkey. They feel substantive and hearty, like a Thanksgiving dish."

Kale Salad with Apples, Fennel, and Candied Pecans

Prep time   10 mins
Total time   10 mins

Author: Jess Dang
Recipe type: Salads
Serves: 6

Ingredients for Kale Salad

    Kale – 1 bunch
    Balsamic vinegar – 3 tbs.
    Dijon mustard – 1 tbs.
    Maple syrup – 1 tbs.
    Olive oil – 6 tbs.
    Apples (my favorite are Honey Crisp) – 1 to 2
    Fennel – 1 bulb
    Candied pecans (or just regular) – 1 cup
    Lemon – ½

Ingredients for candied pecans (makes 2 cups)

    Pecans – 2 cups
    Egg whites – 1
    Water – 1 tbs.
    Sugar – ½ cup

Make – Kale Salad
Tear leaves off of kale. Wash, dry, and place in a large bowl that will fit into your fridge
Whisk together vinegar, mustard, syrup, a generous pinch of salt, and olive oil. Toss with your kale leaves and then cover bowl with a lid or plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for at least an hour (or even overnight, but no longer than a day)
Right before serving, thinly slice fennel and chop apples. Toss marinated kale with fennel, apples, pecans (candied or not), and the juice of half a lemon. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Make – Candied Pecans

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees
Whisk egg white with water and coat the pecans in mixture. Toss pecans in sugar. Spread out onto a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, turning every 20 minutes


Thursday, November 15, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Strength: Belly Button to Spine

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Strength: Belly Button to Spine

Lie on your back in a comfortable place (you can even do this exercise in bed!). Place your hands on your belly, below your ribs. Contract your abs as though pulling your ribs toward your back, making sure to continue breathing. Hold for five seconds (still breathing), and then relax. Repeat 10 times

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Muscle Strengtheners

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Muscle Strengtheners

Weak muscles, especially in the postural muscles of the midsection (including your abs, back and upper legs) can contribute to back pain — these muscles are the primary support system for your spine. Here are six muscle-strengthening exercises to try. Aim to do them three times through, every other day. If any of the exercises aggravate existing back pain, discuss with your doctor before continuing that move.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Flexibility: Cat/Cow Stretch

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Flexibility: Cat/Cow Stretch

Get into tabletop position on your hands and knees, with your hands directly under your shoulders and knees under your hips. First, round your back, pulling your abdomen toward the ceiling. Slowly return to start. Now, let your abdomen sag toward the floor, arching downward. Repeat five times.

Monday, November 12, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Flexibility: Twist and Stretch

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Flexibility: Twist and Stretch

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Grasping the fronts of your knees, pull legs in toward chest, then release, and extend arms out to both sides, resting on the floor like a “T.” With your knees still bent, lower both legs to right side, keeping shoulders anchored on the floor, and look left. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds, then return to center. Lower to left side and hold.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Flexibility: Figure Four Stretch

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Flexibility: Figure Four Stretch

Lie on your back with your left knee bent and your left foot flat on the floor. Bend your right knee so that your right ankle is resting across your left knee. Reaching through legs, grasp the back of your left thigh and pull your legs in toward your chest to feel a stretch in your backside.

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Flexibility: Hamstring Stretch

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Flexibility: Hamstring Stretch

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Extend your right leg and grasp the back of your thigh with both hands. Straighten your leg as much as you can to feel a stretch in the back of your thigh. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, then switch leg

Saturday, November 10, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Flexibility: Knee to Chest Stretch

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 Flexibility: Knee to Chest Stretch

Lie on your back with both knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Grasp the front of your right shin with both hands and pull your knee toward your chest, as far as is comfortable. Leave your left foot planted, or extend it straight out if it’s comfortable to do so. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, then release to start position. Repeat on the opposite side.

Health Essential #5: Minimized Toxins

Supporting the body's own ability to permanently remove toxins from the cells.

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By minimizing your exposure to toxins, you are keeping your body free from the unknown risks that are associated with trying to cover up symptoms such as headaches, weight gain, nausea, and depression. The reality of toxicity is a very tangible danger. Between everyday household cleaning products, our own consumption of known carcinogens such as cigarettes and industries that use coal fired plants, our environment is a loaded toxic gun and our bodies are the target. Toxins wreak havoc on our bodies and also cause disease and suffering. Even when we choose to eat organically, there are still toxins lurking everywhere that mean us harm. A quality detoxification system is our best defense against the veritable arsenal of toxins in our environment.

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 Maximized Living’s DailyDetox™ is a simple two part system: Cell Detox and Body Detox. CellDetox™ (Included in Daily Detox) contains powerful ingredients that work synergistically to raise your body’s natural antioxidant and detoxifier, glutathione, which helps your body to remove toxins from the body at a cellular level. BodyDetox™ works hand in hand with Cell Detox to collect the toxins released by your body and safely and permanently removes them. Together these elements are designed to enhance your body’s natural detoxification system, and permanently remove accumulated toxins from your body.

Friday, November 9, 2012

14 Moves to Beat Back Pain Series - Flexibility Fixers

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Flexibility Fixers

Often, low back pain is caused — or aggravated — by inflexible muscles throughout the body. One of the most common culprits are tight hips as a result of sitting at a desk all day, though stiffness throughout the body can be a trigger (after all, the hip bone's connected to the leg bone, and so on). Here are five stretches to improve flexibility. Aim to do each exercise two to three times daily.

Health Essential #4: Maximized Oxygen & Lean Muscle

Cutting edge exercise programs that work to facilitate optimum fitness in minimal time.

The best method for intake, usage and storage of oxygen is through movement and the best method for movement is exercise!

Oxygen is one of the most essential elements that you need to intake for survival. If you take in low levels of oxygen, you enable your body to accumulate toxins, develop disease and possibly cause early cell death. Exercise optimizes your oxygen intake and helps your body to produce muscle. Many poor health conditions, symptoms, of illnesses and diseases are caused by a body with a low-muscle-to-high-fat ratio. While there is a minimum level of fat that each of us needs in order to stay healthy, the more muscle and the less extra fat that you have, the healthier you are.

Research done on both elite and novice athletes shows that the benefits of low-intensity, long duration activity are far outweighed by the benefits of high-intensity, short -duration exercise. This type of exercise actually increases your human growth hormone, testosterone and beta endorphins, thus turning your body into a muscle-building, fat-burning machine. Maximized Living has created a system in which you can achieve your peak fitness using these principles in the fastest and most effective way possible. We call it MaxT3.

Complete Fitness System

MaxT3 is based on the most cutting-edge exercise science. This exercise system elicits a very unique hormonal response in the body and ultimately it is your hormones that influence your metabolism. This type of exercise is called “metabolic conditioning.” Metabolic conditioning is characterized by short bursts of high intensity exercise. Therefore, in just minutes a day you can build muscle and burn fat like never before. Twelve minutes a day is all it takes to get in the shape of your life.

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