Monday, March 31, 2008

Skin 101 - Lush products follow-up

So my skin is still an issue, much less of an issue, but still an issue nonetheless. So, last night I was looking at myself in the mirror as I brushed my teeth and just looked at my skin and spoke to it and said, "you've got to be kidding me." Seriously, so sick of this shizzle!!! So I took my Lush bar and decided to just lightly wet my face and then use the Lush bar as a mask. If you know Lush products, you know this is easy to do. It already has a clay consistency. Anyway, I left it on until it dried and then washed my face and sprayed some toner and went to bed. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Woke up this morning, the problem area EVEN BETTER than it was before. Obviously this is how I need to wash the face. Instead of thinking of it as soap, I am going to use it as a mask every night. I am also still drinking the green tea, still using the Tea Tree Oil Pads from Trader Jose's and the Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick too. I just tea tree oil pad prior to putting on the mask last night. So far so good. No makeup on today.

ACNE SUCKS! ACNE SUCKS! You all know what I mean by this. It's just like, "What the hell am I not doing right! GO AWAY!" But it seems like at least this is a step in the right direction.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

"KEEN-WAAAAAAAH!"

Thanks to Alice for the idea for this entry!

The pronunciation of the word "quinoa" is something everyone has had problems with, including me. Ki-no-ah is what most people say. So let's all say it the right way: Keen-wah.

Quinoa is a great, gluten-free grain substitute and has a much higher nutritional value than most grains including brown rice and couscous. Despite what you may think, quinoa is NOT a grain, it's a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard.

And for those who suffer from migraines, "quinoa is a good source of magnesium, a mineral that helps relax blood vessels, preventing the constriction and rebound dilation characteristic of migraines."

I took that quote from this great website called The World's Healthiest Foods and it's run by The George Mateljan Foundation and is basically the encyclopedia of healthy foods. You can sign up for their free weekly newsletter here.

For more information on quinoa, check out this video called "Quinoa 101:"

Friday, March 28, 2008

McKeith again...

Do not mess with her!

A word from Gillian!

Gillian McKeith, author of YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT and my guru (she doesn't know this yet):

Day 2 Detox: Confessions of a Detoxer...

How are we all doing!?!?!? It feels good, right!?

Well, one of the most important things I have learned so far about nutrition and the important characteristics about being a professional in this industry is to be non-judgemental. And absolutely, how can you help people if you judge them?! So that leads into my confession and please don't judge me - I think I have a pretty good excuse. But Amanda (me) made a no-no on her detox. Let me just begin by saying that I knew my anatomy test (the one that no matter what I got an A on) was going to be really hard. Let's just say I am barely surviving today on less than 15 hours of sleep all week! Let's not even discuss the all-nighter I pulled one week ago today for my speech class last Saturday (I had to deliver a speech - it went really well) because I was studying for Anatomy. Anyway, I've been smoking the crack - - well, not really. I call coffee crack. The night before last I slept 1.5 hours and had to go to work and the only thing to help me after I started to crash was the crack. Then last night after my test I went to bed at 1am and today I am feeling the pain, so more crack. I will be back to normal after my speech class tomorrow, which I have a quiz in. Going to school and working full time is HARD STUFF.

Still no excuse. I am sorry to those I let down, but don't let it discourage you - - I am still detoxing!!! And I was going to wait to confess my secret, but being honest is so important!!! So still definitely detoxing - just a little modified for these two days.

SAY NO TO CRACK and YES TO DETOXING!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Natural

So this doesn't necessarily fall under health, but it's natural!!!

Here is my boyfriend's (Michael Graham) music video for folk musician Jonathan Wilson. The song is "Natural Rhapsody."

Musician: Jonathan Wilson
Director: Michael Graham
DP: Matthias Koenigswieser

BLOW KLEENEX!


I am posting this from a bulletin I received on Myspace from Greenpeace:

Hey Friends,
did you know that it takes 90 years to grow a box of Kleenex?

That's right, every time you use a Kleenex tissue, you are blowing away ancient forests. And every time you use Scott or Cottonelle toilet paper, you’re flushing old growth trees down the toilet. And what’s worse, Kimberly-Clark, makers of Kleenex, Scott, and Cottonelle, is proud to use virgin wood fibers in their products.


It's D DAY!!


YAY! It's our first day of Detox! And we're all going to do just amazing and feel great! I am drinking my miso soup for breakfast right this second. It's going to be a great day.

Also, no matter what I am getting an A on my anatomy test!!!! Seriously!!! No matter what!!!! Isn't that exciting?!?

If you have any questions, post them in the comments so others can read it.

YAY FOR D DAY!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Babies

Who doesn't love 'em!?! Seriously! Anyway, just have to give a shout out to my sister, Cara! She just became an auntie to Miles Walsh Lucas!!! Just wait...they get so much cuter!

Diabetes - The Cure

I come from a family of diabetes. I don't mean a couple have diabetes, I mean a HUGE percentage have it. And if any of my family is currently reading this, this is not to be mean or rude, it's a fact. But you know what, there is a cure!!! Eating healthy is the cure. Watch this video. And when you watch it, remember that 62 million Americans suffer from this disease. 62 million!!!!!!

It's the dawning of the age of preservatives. Let's change that. Education is the key.

Eat Healthy Everywhere You Go!

People, how many times do you make excuses for not eating healthy because the place you are going won't necessarily have healthy food. That is such a farse! Look, everything I write in here is an "ideal way" to eat and live. I definitely have problems always following the right path, but it takes work and practice. Let's get perfect at this together.

So, when you go somewhere and you know there isn't an array of healthy, unpronounceable food, well, eat beforehand so that you aren't too hungry. Then you can have a small amount of the unhealthy grub OR you can try and make it a healthy dining experience. Easy.

One of my biggest pet peeves are people with different diets who complain that no place serves the kind of food they like. Remember it's a choice to be this way and we can't expect everyone to be in the same boat. I got this every time I went somewhere with a particular vegan and let me respond to that. Bring your own food and snacks everywhere you go. Always be prepared that most places you go to may not accommodate your changed lifestyle 100%. I like to bring with me carrots w/ raisins and almonds to snack on when I run errands. I try and carry tea bags with me and a packet of miso soup in the car. At work I keep a snack drawer with teas, nuts, dried fruit and miso soup. In the fridge I have a salad ingredients. On days when I forget my lunch I have my back up in the fridge. Today I had nut butter with toast and honey and some green tea. Not the best lunch, but definitely a better alternative to the cup o noodles in the work kitchen.

Let's say you're with a group of people and going out to dinner at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. What's the solution? Well, let's look at an online menu of the place: http://www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com/


Assuming you want to be healthy, there are plenty of options on the menu that would be ok! Now, keep in mind, the mentality is wanting to do the best that you can.

SO!

Here are a list of things I would suggest eating at Roscoe's:

1. Like I said try and eat a salad or something similar before you go.
2. I believe they have chicken there that is not fried (sadly not organic, most likely - but like I said you do the best you can) . Take off the skin if it is fried and try and make it white meat.
3. candy yams - mmmm and yams are good for you and this is a sweet touch!
4. dinner salad
5. collared greens (you can't do better in nutrients than that and so tastey!)
6. red beans
7. I think you can get eggs there too any style - so get them poached if possible. This is done by boiling the raw egg in water. So it's very healthy, but sadly, most likely not organic. But you're doing the best you can.
8. If the chicken was organic, I would suggest chicken livers, especially for small children. Great source of nutrients and is very delicious sauteed and then spread over a piece of wheat toast. I don't eat chicken, but when I did, it was easily one of my favorite delicatessens my mother made. Since it's not organic, save it for another time. You don't want to eat the liver of a non-organic chicken.
9. Chef's salad
10. Chicken burger and ignore the potato salad and fries. They don't do substitutions, so you're outta luck in that department.

You see. This is one of the least healthiest restaurants around and I just found you the best things to eat there. It's easy. You need discipline and a little creativity and make sure you're not starving. We make bad decisions on an empty stomach...

Lesson to be learned: You can find the healthy in everything.

Trader Jose's Products.

Just on a general note, there are three things I just love love love from Trader Jose's:

1. Sunflowerseed butter - it's cheaper than any of the other peanut butters and far tastier. It's so healthy too. Nut butter is not bad for you. That is good fat. Eat it with celery, on toast with honey, or with pickles in a sandwhich (don't dis until you try).

2. Quinoa bread - For you gluten free people out there. This is a new item at Trader Jose's and it's delish! Check it out and it's better than wheat!

3. Miso soup packets - Mmmmmmmmiso happy. Miso soup is such a healthy delicious snack. If you eat right than the sodium intake is not too much. It's fine and it's the easiest and healthiest quick snack. So good!

Peace, love and health!

Grocery List

So here's the grocery list I am getting at Trader Jose's. Sadly because of school I have not had a second to stop at a Farmer's Market. So for cost effectiveness, go to Trader Joe's and just try and purchase as many organic items as you can. For things that are not organic, you're going to hell. Juuuust kidding. Just wash them thoroughly.

A whole lot of Lemons (good for dressing and the lemon with warm water)

3 containers of blueberries (most amount of antioxidants)

2 boxes miso soup (amazing for breakfast and a snack)

2 bags of celery (for juicing)

1 bag of shredded carrots (so easy to put in a salad)

1 bag of cut broccoli (so easy to put in a salad)

2 bags organic herb mix lettuce (love this kind)

1 bag of apples

pears

bag of avocadoes

3 containers of sprouts (use it like it's going out of style)

2 boxes quinoa

1 bag roatsted/unsalted sunflower seeds (makes salads taste mmmmm good)

zucchini

bell peppers

mint (great with fruit juice or sprinkle on top of a fruit bowl)

asparagus

Organic 100% Pomegranate juice ($5 - $7) (great to give your veggie juices a little kick - especially if it's kale)

1 bag Brussels sprouts

1 bag Walnuts

Guacamole with salsa (This comes in a pack of 2 and is delicious. I love love love to eat it with carrots (that's a Heather creation) and it's amazing to add on salads after you have added your dressing.

**** Disclaimer ****

You know, I just realized last night that I have yet to do a disclaimer for my blog. I think for legal reasons I better. So let me all remind you that I am a student of nutrition, not yet a professional with a license. Everything I post is not always my own research, I use other people's research too, but for the things like skin care products, etc. I will try and give you my personal testimony and thoughts. So make sure that if you decide to try what I am doing, then please read read read information to make sure that it is right for you. I cannot stress that enough. If you have any conditions or ailments, make sure none of the suggestions I give you are going to interfere with them or predispose you to something else. Like for the detox, as an example, if you have low blood pressure, be careful and eat enough and keep a little baggie of sea salt with you in case you feel dizzy. I will say I do read a ton on nutrition and try to be as thorough as possible, but be careful anyway.

That's all.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Why Detox?

So, for those of you interested in losing weight and getting back in shape (most of us are even a little overweight because there is not time to exercise - we're gonna change that soon) I suggest you begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle with this detox I just posted. All I ask is that you try it for just 2 days. Now, even though you can eat, it's still hard because you are eliminating synthetic sugars, caffeine, some protein, and the bad carbs not the good carbs - - we like good carbs.

If you have a coffee habit, break the habit first to prepare for the detox. You don't want to deal with withdrawls of caffeine when you do this. You shouldn't have any reasons holding you back from detoxing or reasons to break the detox. So prepare by stopping coffee 4 days prior to the detox. I would say it takes about 4 - 7 days to get over your coffee withdrawls. Seriously, I know because I too was a HARDCORE coffee addict. I cannot stress that I was the biggest slave to coffee. If you realize you need to do this first, still join us this Thursday for our D Day, only make it your C Day. Then next week can be your D Day.

Anyway, I like to start the detox on a Thursday. It's towards the end of the week, so you can handle any lethargy. You're going to get A LOT out of you. You're gonna feel thin and light and really good. It's such a great way to start getting back on the healthy track. You can detox for up to 7 days. I recommend for your first time 2 - 4 days.

Remember, when you decide you're ready to lose weight - it's not about dieting. Dieting does not work permanently and it's the worst thing you can do to your body. If you get the book, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! and you do Gillian McKeith's method, just remember: It's not a diet, It's a change in lifestyle. You will love this new lifestyle. Heather, I am using you as an example because here is a girl from Michigan - wuh wuh. Michigan is a lovely place, but unlike Los Angeles, it doesn't really offer much of the healthy lifestyle accomodations as a follower of Gillian McKeith would like. Soy? What's that? So here comes a girl who was not familiar with any of these alternative eating patterns, foods, etc. - she didn't even like green tea! (GASP!) But you know what!?!?! After seeing the results on me when I first followed McKeith's plan, she took matter into her own hands and learned how to make her own "CHANGE IN LIFESTYLE" and girl - - you are lookin' so fine! Heather now eats stuff that you can't even pronounce - cause most healthy food you can't pronounce, right!? hahaha.

Ask me questions - let's get healthy and looking FINE like Heather! Let me see if I can find a picture of her. Oh here's one: DANG GIRL!


Detox: Part 7 and 8


Detox: Part 5 and 6


Detox: Part 3 and 4

Detox: Part 1 and 2

Detox Day!


People, people, people. The day is coming. D DAY IS COMING! Thursday I am trying to rally a bunch of people to do a detox with me and Michael (my boyfriend). So far on the list, Heather! Christmas (aka Noel)! This is the detox directly from Gillian McKeith's book, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! I'm obsessed.

Here's the plan so you can prepare. My goal is to do the detox for four days possibly more or less. Heather will do for 2 days, Michael for probably 5 days, Noel maybe 4 days. Anyway, it's so much better to do it with other people. Support!

Anyway, so a little bit about the detox. Detoxing to me does not mean starving yourself for 10 - 20 days, or even just a couple days, it's really just about cleaning your system and your colon. You eat in this detox...

Ok...so for the detox I have tried for the past four hours to PDF it and then attach it somehow to this entry. But it looks like I have to do it individualy. Secondly, the scanning isn't that amazing. So if you cannot read something please email me or just get the darn book yourself. So check the next few entries for the detox.

You will feel so good. I promise!

Late Night Ramble...

Just a late night ramble note here. It's 1am and here I am studing for my anatomy test on Thursday, jealous as I watch my cat, Thunder, getting a little more enjoyment from my pillow than I am lately. But learning about muscle tissue, especially about their neuromuscular junctions is really exciting stuff.

So on a good note, I went into work today with a smile and I was pretty satisfied with the end result. It really helps to be positive, because even if the things around you aren't so positive, you still are.

And just want to give a shout out to my mother who is flying to Beijing, as we speak! Happy, safe travels. I love you.

Has anyone seen La Bamba? Greatest movie ever along with a few others. Well, I saw it as a wee child in Chico, CA at the local movie theatre there with my mom, twice in a row and I would just like to end with a quote from it, "Richie Valens and his fly-EENG gihtar."

Monday, March 24, 2008

More Recycling...

I'm here on the phone, on hold with the city of Los Angeles. I am trying to find a place to recycle our office's shredders. We've gone through two in the past year. Anyway, since I keep coming upon all these really informative websites about recycling, I figure might as well post them. Gee I am so ready to go home!

http://ladpw.org/epd/

LUSH-ous SKIN!

Happy Monday! YAY WORK!

I am so pleased with the Lush products! My acne is not 100% gone, but I would say 80% now. Not wearing makeup today. I am really really really really happy. On top of that I was over at my friends' Brett and Shae's last night. Shae's sis-in-law, Anna (who is sooooo beautiful with the most incredible skin ever) is a facialist and she said, "Take acidophilus and fiber and that should improve the area around your mouth. You get breakouts because your body has too much yeast." Acidophilus is a probiotic. It's great for women who suffer from yeast infections. Pop that stuff in your mouth and poof, your yeast infection is gone. So, in addition to the Lush products, I will implement her advice. I normally try and get all my nutrients through food first because taking supplements isn't always the best if you don't know what you're doing. But according to Anna, acidophilus is not bad to take. In fact, she said you can take as much as you want. I am going to look this up just in case. Secondly, the fiber I'll take in its capsule form Psyllium Husk. You can get this at any drug store. Just make sure if you're following this solution that you research this stuff. Everybody takes to things differently.

If you recall I mentioned in an earlier blog that Gillian McKeith (author of You Are What You Eat) mentions in her book that acne around the mouth is because of digestional problems. Anna emphasized that I stay away from dairy products, wheat and sugars of any kind. So, while I have the dairy products and sugars pretty much handled, the wheat is something I might try - which is another reason I am taking the Psyllium Husk in capsule form. A lot of fiber is found in wheat products, so if I am to stay away from wheat, I want to make sure I am getting enough fiber! Staying away from Gluten (wheat) is something many suggest. It is a very common food allergy, but many people don't either know or care. My sister, Miranda and my friend Kerry just gave up wheat. We can see if they feel a difference from this. More on that in the future.

Happy skin!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Earth Education...

Please watch these series of videos. It's really a very interesting commentary on how the natural resources of the earth are running out and how they need to be replenished if we continue using them. The Native American way of life is a key example of how we should treat the earth. They show a huge amount of respect for the earth's resources living simply and taking only what is necessary. It's a cycle of giving and receiving, not just receiving.










Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's Spring - LET'S REVAMP! Are you a SMOKER?!?

SPRING CLEANING FOR THE LUNGS!

This is just such a touchy subject for some people. Well, as an ex smoker, I just want to make it clear that it IS possible to quit smoking and never once look back. Seriously. I was not a social smoker, I was a smoker smoker, and had I continued I would still be smoking many many cigs per day and talking with a raspy voice.


QUITTING IS NOT HARD!


So you don't think I am serious!? I started smoking at the age of 9 years old. My step grandmother let me have a cigarette with her. I took to it so naturally, like a baby to a bottle. I loved it. I thought I was so adult smoking her Capris and soooooo soooophisticated, Daaahling. That's what she always said, "Hand me my cigs, Daaaahling." She's European (German) and of a different era, so I don't think she understood the implications of giving me my first cigarette had on me. I REALLY looked forward to visiting Grandpa and my step grandma. Of course I would run into their house after not seeing them for a few months and shout, "Hi Grandpa! Bye Grandpa!" And then dart to grandma's room and we would start smoking. By 13 I was chain smoking with her. I would smoke like 10 in a row really fast and get incredibly buzzed. I would go home smelling like smoke, but of course I would just blame grandma. haha. So easy! By 16 in high school, I felt so freaking cool in my James Dean attitude and Catholic school uniform, doc marten mary janes with knee high socks and a cigarette in my mouth. But I was too embarrassed to smoke where anyone could see me. So I saved my "coolness" for the mirror in my bedroom and smoked on the balcony. I really thought I loved smoking. I was smoking anywhere from 1 pack a week to 10 cigarettes a day.

By 18, after graduating high school, I went to London and was smoking 2 packs per day for 6 weeks straight. When I returned I was down to a pack. This continued until 2004 when my mother - God bless her - gave me a book (what a surprise) on how to quit smoking for my Christmas present. "Gee Ma, thanks. I love it. Really. Wow. Thanks. Yeah." Bssht. I wasn't about to quit smoking. I wasn't "ready." So by spring time the following year (2005) I decided to maaaaybe start thinking about it. I hated waking up every morning hacking and mucousy. It's gross. It's gross to hear someone doing it, but it's grosser when you're the one doing it. Anyway, I was at least thinking about it. I picked up the book late September after I had just got off the phone with an old friend, Miss Kimme, who said she decided to quit smoking. The book is called, "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by Allen Carr. I wasn't even sure I was ready to "quit," but by page 27 I stopped smoking. That was September 30, 2005 and I have not touched a cigarette since.

Allen has this way of making you realize that you never really liked smoking and that the act of smoking is really just the act of stopping the with drawl. READ IT AND LOVE IT!

FYI - YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE "READY" TO QUIT IN ORDER TO READ THIS BOOK!!! In fact he recommends people not "ready" to read it. Trust me, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE READY TO QUIT TO READ THIS BOOK! Can I stress that enough that you do not need to be ready to quit smoking in order to read this book???!

It was because of that book that I got here today. Had I not quit smoking cigarettes I would have never gained the weight I did and would never received the other wonderful book my mom gave me, "You Are What You Eat" aka my bible, and would never be so fascinated with nutrition.

GET THIS BOOK: THE EASY WAY TO QUIT SMOKING!!

Enough is enough with killing yourself. It is a known fact that your chances of getting lung cancer increases like a trillion times if you have smoked for ten years or more. It's never too late. If I could do it, and I am a creature of not habit, but addiction - - then you can too!

SPRING!

Happy Spring Everyone!

Spring is always a time to REVAMP!

As my cousin Tina and I always say,
"Let's paint the town
pastel!"

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sustainable Living for the Apartment: Compost

I just received this amazing article (see below) from my dear friend, Amy, known to many for her incredible jewelry line, Daughter of the Sun. Amy knows her gardening, sustainable-living and she's my fellow appreciator of Native American culture. So thanks Daughter!

Composting Solutions for Apartment Dwellers

Ways to Compost when You Live in an Apartment

By BuntingResources.com, published Mar 11, 2008
Rating: 4.3 of 5

One thing that is nice when you own a house is you can have a compost heap, if you are renting a house a lot of times landlords will give permission to allow you to have a compost heap, something that may seem impossible if you are renting an apartment. However there are a few solutions to composting in an apartment. Here are some questions I asked when I wanted to stop throwing away by biodegradable items.

What is Compost?

Remnants of organic materials that were aerobically decomposed is compost.

What is Composting?

Composting is the process in which you produce compost, containing your biodegradable organic matter to one area where aerobic decomposition and creatures like nematodes, ants and certain worms break down the matter naturally into soil.

Why Do You Need to Separate It From Trash?

Although composting in a natural process it does not occur in such hostile environments as within landfills because the microbes and other decomposers are prevented from thriving and generating compost.

I Live In an Apartment What Can I do?

Now from what I have discovered there are several things that one can do with the biodegradable matter.

Feed Your Food Scraps to Your Plants

If you have got a blender you are set, you can blend up all of your cores, peels and parts of fruits and vegetables that you don't eat and add water to the mixture to add to your plants. Don't feed your plants meat scrapings though, that is not recommended.

Use a Counter Top Composter

A nifty invention that allows anyone with limited space, such as someone who lives in an apartment compost efficiently. You can either conceal all of your scraps' odors in an air tight container until you have use for them or can transport them to a friend's outdoor compost heap.

Make a Compost Heap On Your Balcony

With permission from your landlord you can make a compost heap on your balcony or entrance to your yard area. Use a bin, so you will not attract stray animals or bother you neighbor apartment dwellers with any odors. Again transporting your compost to an outdoor heap can be done too.

Even when you live in an apartment you still have the option of turning your biodegradable materials into compost. By doing so you will be making less trash for yourself and you will be helping out the environment.

Living on $4,500 a year?

Is that really possible for one person to do so??? An entire family??? Apparently so! This article is pretty amazing. It's from the Mother Earth News website:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Modern-Homesteading/2007-10-01/Live-on-Less.aspx


Earth to your Mother Earth News

My three saving graces last night after my dreadful experience in my anatomy class were my friend Louise, her peanut butter and pickle sandwich and my new issue of Mother Earth News. I went over to Louise's and we talked all night about our crappy days, then watched the airplanes in the sky, followed by some fierce games of Rock Star. She made me a nut butter and pickle sandwich and I'm not sure if it's a Canadian thing (she's from Canada) or an Italian thing (she's also Italian), but I've certainly never heard of anyone mixing peanut butter and pickles (minus pregnant women). But don't dis. The stuff is tasty! Wheat bread, we used sunflower seed butter and pickles. TRY IT! It's delish.

Then I got home and for the past two weeks I have just been running home everyday waiting for my next issue of Mother Earth News to come in the mail...and yesterday it finally came! Even though it was already 1am when I got home, I still managed to open the magazine and get a little reading in. So second to Gillian McKeith's, "You Are What You Eat" I would say that Mother Earth News Magazine is my second Bible. Runner-up Bible. haha. I've been a subscriber for a little over a year after researching various magazines that cover health, environment, sustainable living, etc. It's the best and extremely informative about everything from how to grow the best tomatoes, to farming bills, how to live more green on a daily basis, just all around how to keep aware of important issues.

Check it out!!! And subscribe!!! only $10!!! Their website is fantastic: http://www.motherearthnews.com/

Anatomy is hard...

So I had my anatomy class last night and, for all my friends who are reading this, you know the hell that is my anatomy class. It's not really hell. My teacher Paul is a hard ass, but I do have to hand it to him, I am learning so much. And I seriously love his dry sense of humor. He has not cracked a smile during the 42 hours I have been in his classroom, but deep down I just know he's laughing. He's really funny and he wears braces. Anatomy is twice a week, 3 hours per class. Paul gives 2 quizzes per class - Now that I don't love so much. I certainly hated it the last two classes, and last night I let it show. After he said to us that our end of class quiz (which we have at every class on the material we JUST learned) would be graded on a group level: the lowest grade of the group would be the grade for the entire group, and if the lowest grade had more than four questions wrong than the next lowest grade, then the entire group got a zero. Just to give you an idea, I believe the class started with around 50 something students; we're down to 18. My group was me, then the smartest kid in the class, the smartest kid in the world, then the kid who can look at the skeletal structure of a dinosaur and remember all their parts in 5 min. So studying with these cats was just not working. I tried my hardest to be positive about the situation. We had 45 min. to study AS A GROUP and then we would take the quiz. Word to the Mthr Fer. Ain't happening Homie. So within about 5 seconds, 45 min. was up!! I just turned to my group and said, "you guys..." and then started to cry. I just felt terrible that I could not memorize the information fast enough. I could not memorize 50 muscles and their origin and insertion in 45 min. I'm slow, gimme a break! So at the end of class I went up to Paul and said, "Paul (queue crying), I just feel terrible that my grade is going to impact the other kids (who all got 10/10, btw) and it's just not fair that they have to suffer because my learning abilities are not quite up to par with theirs." He patted me on the back and said, "Amanda, that shows great character (queue blushing - but you can't see the redness since I am already red from crying). I only said that to get you guys motivated to do your best. Don't worry, no one will be effected." I was like, "WTF!?" I wasn't sure if I wanted to hug him or beat him down. But I like Paul. He's a great teacher. I just have to studying harder and better. Anyway, I was still effected after spending 45 min. stressing on the fact that I was not retaining information fast enough, and left the class still crying. I called my boyfriend Michael for comfort and cried all the way to my car. I couldn't find my car (typical) and just roamed around the parking lot, with everyone in their cars lined up to exit the structure, all staring at me. I finally found my car, put my 500 page text book on the top of the car so I could grab the keys out of my purse. Couldn't find my keys, but next thing I know, my textbook falls on the big toe of my foot. It was just one of those nights. I think most of my friends had pretty poopy days yesterday. Bummers.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

RECYCLING!


I am so pumped right now because I found #5613 labels that I needed for a project at work! So funny how the smallest things in life can make you so freaking happy! You know what else makes me happy? RECYCLING!

Before I begin this entry, let me just say that it is selfish of us to think that we have no impact on the future. Whether you will be here or not, taking care of the earth is extremely important. You are not the only life on this planet. It's important to allow the future to enjoy it's natural resources. Each person does in fact make a difference.

Are you aware that roughly 95% of the items you throw in your trash can are really recycleable? Bet you didn't. Some of you don't even recycle. Some of us are late bloomers. Most of you have your recycling bin next to your trash can - and it's probably a lot smaller than your trashcan. Well switch them! The majority of what you get rid of is recycleable. Instead of listing what can be recycled, let me just tell you what should not be - - food, used tea bags, dirt, hair, vaccuum waste, hmmmm. Make sense? Most of the things you buy are packaged in plastic - all that should be thrown in the recycling bin. Used paper towels go in the recycling bin - - anything paper, plastic, aluminum should go in the recycling bin. If there's some food on it, rinse it off. Easy. You get the idea?

For more information on the obscure items to recycle, check this site out: http://www.obviously.com/recycle/guides/hard.html

Here's another great site for your rechargeable batteries and cellphones: http://www.rbrc.org/call2recycle/

So let's talk a little history on recycling. Recycling goes all the way back to 400BC! Holy Shizzle! So there's no reason that we all shouldn't be recycling, especially because the technology nowadays (vs. BC times) is a bit more improved and makes recycling a hell of a lot easier.

So why recycle? Well, for one thing it saves our natural resources. But did you know that recycling saves energy? It takes less energy to make recycled products. Recycling saves clean air and water, saves landfill space, and best of all, it saves $ and creates more jobs!

Trust me, it's never to late to start. There are some very immediate family members who have yet to start recycling because it's too much of a hassel. Now, that's no excuse. It's EASY to recycle. Takes no extra time, just a little extra room to make for the recycling bin.

In addition, I am going to do a blog in the next week called "LOSE YOUR PAPER TOWELS!"

Now, if you want to get really savvy, take your trash pile and turn it into a compost pile. If you love to garden, this is a great tool for you. OR, you could make a little business out of it and post your beautiful compost on Craigslist, for those of us who live in apartments, but want to use compost in our gardens or house plants. Composting in an apartment isn't easy since the smell might disturb the neighbors. I am currently trying to figure out a smell free/disturb free compost pile at my apartment. If there's any success, I'll get back to you.

In the meantime, RECYCLE! It's so important to stop the loss of natural resources. How sad to go camping and not see anymore trees!

SLEEP = Medicine

Sleep, along with food, is the best medicine for the body. I certainly do not get enough of it. At night, our bodies release healing chemicals that have a restorative effect on our body's organs.

Food and Body Parts

Someone sent this to me in an email at work... pretty interesting:

A sliced carrot looks like the human eye The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes

A tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, bokchoy, rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Eggplant, avocados and pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of S perm a S we ll to overcome male sterility.

Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Grapefruits, oranges, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

Things don't just happen. Life is a series of decisions that ultimately determine your future.

Partners in crime...

I'm currently taking an anatomy course at Santa Monica College. It really gets me thinking as I study this shizzle how we all have millions and trillions of microorganisms working together inside our bodies. All the bones, muscles, tissues, nerves, blood vessels, cells, etc. are all different parts of a whole that make everything function and work properly. So in other words, your being is just one part of a multiplex of other microorganisms of your own body. Your being is just a part of that larger whole. So the whole point of this tangent is to realize that whatever you do to your body, it effects more than just you, your being. You have like a billion partners, so-to-speak, co owners, whatever you want to call your parts of the body to think of. You want all your body parts happy and working in happy, healthy, safe conditions so that your body functions at its peak! So when you eat something that's not so healthy, you're providing that as nutrients and fuel for the microorganisms and sadly, they just can't work in bad conditions, or a bad diet.

This is why I love nutrition. We have the ability to control all aspects of our body: mind and moods (that's right even depression), spirit, physical appearance, etc. Food is everything, so don't just put anything into your mouth. Think about the consequences. Seriously. Think of your army of microorganisms fighting for you. You have a big responsibility.

Peace, love and health! EAT WELL!

Monday, March 17, 2008

LUSH!

So, I bought the Lush products!!!!! They seem to work!! But let's not get ahead of ourselves, I'm going to keep monitoring it for a while. But I purchased them on Saturday (couldn't make it on Friday). This really "Lush-ous" guy René at the Beverly Hills location" helped me out. Love him. He was super knowledgeable on all the products and made the entire experience very entertaining. So purchased Fresh Farmacy Soap, Eau Roma Water and Imperialis Cream. The total came to about $73. But it's enough product to last a very long time.

Ok, so let's talk results. I started using the products the minute I got home, so around 7pm in the evening on Saturday. By 10 pm, I looked in the mirror and noticed the redness was noticeably gone from around my mouth. Sunday morning, I woke up and went to the mirror and started to scream out of joy. The redness was 100% gone. My acne was drying out too!! Today, Monday, I didn't even find the need to put on makeup. I can still see the acne area, but it is severely different, drastically improved. AMAZING!! I hope it keeps up the good work, but at this rate, I'm eventually not going to recognize myself anymore... "Hello, Gorgeous!"

I am still drinking my green tea. I love green tea though so not just drinking it for the skins results. My skin feels so soft. I hope Lush is really the cure.

If you're interested in trying the products and you live close by, go see René at the Beverly Hills location on Beverly Drive. Or order online: http://usa.lush.com/cgi-bin/lushdb
I am definitely checking out their other products.

Friday, March 14, 2008

AA for the Healthy


So I'm on this kick of not drinking. I'll only drink for special occassions, like my pet's birthday or something. For all of January and part of February I was psuedo AA. I did it for detox reasons, and I dropped about 7 pounds pretty easily. I didn't even expect to lose weight - - that was an added bonus! The magic of not drinking. And it felt good to go out and just be sober. It was still fun and no hangover. The key, I think, is to drink something with bubbles (Bubbles are festive) and if you drink soda, STOP! That would totally defeat the purpose of detoxing. So drink sparkling water - add a lemon for flavor. That's what I did. And through osmosis, I felt as tipsy as the people I was with!!! Heather did this with me. We broke our drink-fast a couple weeks ago and all I can say is, word to the wise, drink carefully your first time drinking again. I had the fortunate experience of having a few too many drinks (which was not many) directly in front of my boss, and lemme tell you, not cool.

Anyway, let's all try and be a pseudo AA for a couple weeks, shall we? Protect your liver, and your insides from the filthy toxins that alcohol contains. I promise you, there are still fun times and the detox experience is great - - your body will thank you. And... you can learn to feel confident without the alcohol...wow, who knew? It's really easy.

P.S. I am currently doing research on the fact that the negatives of alcohol outweigh the positives of the antioxidants found in red wine. I know I know. :(

Mountain Man...

Watch this! Inspiring!


A NEW KIND OF TACO TRUCK!!


Eeeeh, Greengos! This is pretty amazing, and probably something you'd only find in Los Angeles. It's the called the The Green Truck! And it serves only organic gourmet food. If you want to spy on the Truck, check out its schedule: http://www.greentruckonthego.com/

Mmm Mmmm. Que Rico Suave.

ProActiv... So not the acne cure

<---------- BAD!

I remember I had turned 21 and started to notice polka dots on my face. So not cool. I always had a very nice complexion, but then my body changed and my hormones went wacky and for whatever reason I started to get acne. It was probably the most horrible thing when I went to my dermatologist and they said, "Darlin' you've got adult acne." WHAT!? (FYI - more people suffer from acne as adults than as teenagers - 50% of all adult women are effected and 25% of all adult men). So of course they gave me prescription medicine that is probably like acid on your face. I didn't know any better. But it really didn't work. So then after a year or so of freaky skin, I purchased Proactiv Solutions. Within two months, my acne was 95% gone. Phew what a relief! But then I noticed how dry my skin was, so much redness around my nose, things just were not seeming right. Here I thought I had finally a cure, but in exchange for mostly clear skin, I realized that my healthy skin was not looking too good. So after about 2 years I stopped using. That was last November. It is now March and my acne took no time coming back. Proactiv is NOT a cure for acne, just a band aid (an an unhealthy/unnatural band aid). It is not your friend, treat it like your enemy.

Here is a link to a website that talks about the nasties of Benzoyl Peroxide, the leading ingredient in Proactiv: http://www.skintactix.com/benzoyl_peroxide_skin_damage.htm

THAT IS SCARY STUFF!!! Check out the part where the FDA took Benzoyl Peroxide from it's #1 spot as leading fighter of acne to #3 because it's long term effects are unknown and possibly unsafe: "In 1995 the FDA changed benzoyl peroxide from a Category I (safe) to a Category III (safety is uncertain) ingredient and stated this action (56 FR 37622) was based on new information that raised a safety concern regarding benzoyl peroxide as a tumor promoter in mice…"

It may even be linked to cancer!!! If you use it, get rid of it. Let's find a natural cure together!

When I gave up Proactiv, I immediately ordered an all natural product called Herbal Luxuries. I did some research to find it. You can purchase this on the web. At first I thought this product worked miracles. I was like, "Awesome! Here's my solution to kick my Proactiv addiction." But after one month, the product showed no results and my acne was all around my mouth. I then realized that the benzoyl peroxide from the Proactiv was still active in my skin and still hadn't worn off. So sorry Herbal Luxuries, at least for me, you no worky! :(

So what now? I don't know, but honestly I'm trying everything. You'd think diet would be the number one reason for acne. But I eat really well, mainly green veggies, a lot of Vitamin A rich foods (which is good for skin problems). I went to dermatologist recently to get a red dot removed from my nose, and I asked Dr. Lui (he's amazing BTW: http://www.csmc.edu/10781.html), "Hey Doc, What's wrong with me? Why do I have acne." He said, "All the pretty girls get it." Awwww. "But seriously: It's attributed to mainly ingrown hair." I'm part Latina so I've got some hairy areas. But, while I really believe that is true I think it's more than just that; however, I have decided come April, I'm getting Laser.

Green tea has been something I have fallen back on when my skin is really bad. I drink a ton of it plain. I am not sure if the decaf has the same amount of antioxidants as the caffeinated, but you can try it if you don't like drinking caffeine. What I have noticed is that when I drink a lot of it, my bad areas dry out and it seems my skin improves. Now, this used to be enough for my skin to clear up. But to maintain it, you have to always drink it. My skin is being stubborn and no, Green tea is not the total cure, but helps A LOT and is good for you in so many other ways. I will dedicate an entry to the GT soon.

But then last week I went to Trader Joe's, and per the suggestion of Heather Wade, you know my trusty sidekick, she told me to pick up the Dessert Essence products and the tea tree oil blemish stick. I knew that tea tree oil would be excellent for my face, but would it really be the answer? It's been about a week now and sure my skin seems to be a little better. It's not totally pimply but I still feel like a girl with herpes on her face, and no, I don't have herpes. I feel like I have leprosy, probably not even close to it, but you do not feel pretty when your face is like this. Not even with makeup, especially not with makeup because your skin is only worse when you take off the makeup. So thanks Heather for the suggestion. I will keep the blemish stick, but not sure the Dessert Essence face wash is really helping.

So I was at my friends Alice and Heather's house this past Monday after I went to Walgreen's to look at their selection of acne products (natural, of course) but to no avail, and like every girl I have come into contact with lately (who all seem to have perfect skin) I asked them, "What do you use for skin products??" So Heather began to tell me that in high school she did not have good skin (she does now). My ears perked up. Go on Heather, I'm listening. So she started to tell me that her skin cleared up after using Lush products and this stuff called The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. So immediately I googled Lush Acne and here's what I found: "Fresh Pharmacy Cleanser, by Lush" http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Farmacy-Cleanser-by-LUSH/dp/B000225ZL0

People, we may have found the answer. The reviews from everyone are extremely positive. And this stuff is ALL NATURAL! I'm actually going directly to the Lush store in Beverly Hills right after work to get a consultation and get this product along with one of their face lotions.

Here's the link to The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: http://www.amazon.com/Indian-Healing-Clay-Lb/dp/B00028O63W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1205515457&sr=1-2

So, I'm waiting for the Indian Healing Clay to arrive. And tonight I will be the proud owner of new Lush acne treatment!!! I can't wait. I feel like a kid in the candy store, but it's the acne cure store instead.

Good skin is everything. It makes you feel confident and beautiful. I am dying to get this resolved. I'll get back to you with the results! Until then, happy pimple-ridding.

Oh please Aztec people, GIMME YOUR SECRET!!



P.S. Try Vitex, aka agnuscastus. It's an herbal supplement that helps with acne. I'm currently taking it, even though I am not a big fan of ever taking supplements because you should get all your vitamins and nutrients from food, but I'll let you know the results.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

After Hours...


For you locals in Los Angeles, I know the hottest club in town that you can go to after hours. After work hours that is. It's called the Culver City Farmer's Market. Oh yeah. I work full time and go to school so the ability to get to a farmer's market is nearly impossible especially because most markets are during the day or in the morning. And unless you have an extremely generous boss, which most of us don't, there's no way you're getting there. So, to answer your prayers, there is a very good farmer's market in Culver City from 3 - 7pm. Excellent produce. In fact, it's one of my favorite markets along with Santa Monica (Wednesday mornings).

Here's some info! http://www.downtownculvercity.com/newpages/farmersmarket.shtml

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Dead Sea Salt

The TI think many of you have probably heard of Dead Sea products such as Ahava. These are fabulous skin exfoliates because these products use the actual salt from the Dead Sea. However, are you aware that these products are exhausting the sea's natural resources? YES! Salt is disappearing. My friend Nicole Gad recently informed me of this. She went to Israel I think about a year ago and said that the salt pillars usually found in the Dead Sea were severely low. People this is huge! I mean this is a very big deal. So let's do Mother Nature a favor and let others know about this. As wonderful as these products are we cannot deplete natural resources if we can't find a way to keep them there. It's a cycle and it's important to realize that we only take take and take, but when do we ever replenish? These resources are not forever. So let people know about these products and the consequences of using them. Hey, if we ever have the luxury of taking our kids to Israel, we want to still be able to float in the Dead Sea! Without salt, we can't do that.

In the meantime, I am researching to find great skin products and solutions, especially for those people suffering with adult acne. So have no fear, I will have your substitute for Ahava and other like-products very soon.

Blue Corn Heaven

Just a little note. Are you a pancake person? Waffle person? Muffin person? Here's the best solution to make your crap food a little healthier and far tastier.

Blue Corn Waffle Mix. If you haven't tried it, please do. They're far more interesting than buttermilk and the nutritional value is much higher. Sadly, you can only find the mix online. I prefer the War Eagle Mill brand:

https://wareaglemill.sslrx.com/shop/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=BCP20&sid=jvcv43u7jzlfgti7rri6869679959svp

And do yourself a favor - no Aunt Jemima. Use REAL maple syrup.

Peace, love and health!

Naturally Nachos

DON'T BE HORRIFIED! There is a solution!! Yes! Ti's true. You can enjoy a healthy version of greasy, sloppy nachos. I came up with this recipe about three weeks ago when I had an insane craving for cheese, chips and beans.

Warning: This does not really follow all the food combining rules. Tooting may not necessarily be avoided.

Naturally Nachos - like totally healthy!

Preheat your oven to 425 - 450 degrees

1. Get yourself a bag of Flax Seed Chips. Email me if you can't find where to get these. These are the only justifiably healthy chips that if you eat a ton you won't necessarily feel disgusting. Spread those chips in a roasting dish.

2. Pick up some soy cheddar cheese (shredded if possible) and goat's cheese. Get soy mozzarella too. Go crazy and make it a medley. Spread cheese all over those chips.

3. 1/2 can of black beans, 1/2 a can of garbanzo beans, and any other beans. Just scoop out and evenly put on top of the cheese. FYI - you want the cheese to melt onto the chips themselves.

4. Fresh vegetables cut up: I like orange peppers, broccoli (chopped very finely), or whatever else you like. Make sure they are cut small - they roast quicker that way. Sprinkle those veggies all over the top layer.

5. Ok...now, put that shizzle in the oven. Check after 8 min. And keep checking after that. Make sure the cheese has totally melted and then bring it out.

7. While the nachos are brewn', in a small sauté pan - sauté for a couple minutes pine nuts. What a treat to put on the top. Gives it a very nice flay-va. And don't stop there, you can throw on some roasted flax seeds. Good for digestion. And throw on some sprouts. Any kind, it's all good protein! The best kind of protein!

6. Fresh avocados (for more nutritional value) to make your own guacamole (just add fresh minced garlic, lime juice, sea salt and a little Mexican panache), or you can be lazy and get ready-made guacamole. Trader Joe's, I swear by their spicy guacamole. Put this on at the very end.

7. Tomatillo salsa is my absolute favorite. Trader Joe's has an excellent one. Add that to the mix or your salsa of choice!

Call me if you make it, I'm coming right over. : )

Enjoy - and if you have other suggestions of how to make my already perfect Naturally Nachos even more perfect... tell me about it. : D

Peace, love and health!

Gas...I don't mean the kind you put in your car.


Gas - it's everyone's worst and smelliest enemy. Most of you suffer from it all of your waking hours and have just dealt with the discomfort (I did). Some only get it after eating those frijoles, maybe after eating some fruit, granola, whatever - it's there. What feels like gas may be indigestion, cramps, constipation or diarreah, irritable bowel syndrome or worse! So, did you know there are ways to prevent and avoid all this discomfort!?!!! Well, food combining is the #1 way to get rid of all these intestinal problems. Eliminating dairy products is #2. There's really no #3, but if you have one, leave me a comment.

So let's learn about food combining. Food combining is something I learned from Gillian McKeith's, "You Are What You Eat" but there are many sources that talk about it. Food combining is figuring out which foods are compatible with each other for digestive chemistry - - in other words, what combinations of food will go down your digestive tract easiest and what combinations of foods will help nutrients be absorbed best. It's for the most part the same for everyone, but at the same time, everyone is different. So keep that in mind when putting food combination to use! Ok?

So the Rules of Food Combining:

There is a whole lot of chemistry involved when explaning this. I am giving you the lay person's explanation. I am not a chemist and most likely, neither are you.

Food is divided into four groups:

1. Proteins - poultry, meat, cheese, eggs, fish, milk, nuts, beans
2. Carboyhydrates
- bread, pasta, cereals, flour, starchy vegetables, potatoes, yams
3. Selective Veggies and other stuff - non-starchy veggies, roots, salads, nuts, seeds, herbs
4. Fruits

Never eat Groups 1 and 2 together. I know, I know. You can't eat mashed potatoes with meatloaf!!?! Or granola with milk!!?! Sure you can! (FART!) But you know the consequences. It's something about these groups requiring certain digestive enzymes that makes them just not mesh very well together. Who cares the reason why - - it works!

Eat Groups 3 with either Group 1 or Group 2.
Group 3 is excellent to mix with proteins or carbs, but not both! Make sure you leave 2 hours after eating a carbohydrate to eat protein.

Never eat Group 4 with any other group!
That's right, no more cereal with bananas. But listen, it's for your own good. Fruit is the fastest digesting food and needs to be eaten all by itself. In fact, it should be eaten before anything else so that the nutrients get absorbed properly. If you feel like a fruit snack while at work, eat it 30 min. after your last meal. One more thing, when eating grapes, eat them alone. Never eat grapes with other fruits. Get the book if you want to learn why (see Entry #1 for details). It's as simple as that.

Alternative Solutions:

So you're a little disappointed about the combination method. Well, let me offer some solutions, and if you have any, leave them in the comments!

So with your chicken dish, puree some carrots and they will mimic those mash potatoes. For cereal or granola, instead of milk use soy or nut milk. Men should be careful with soy products - gives you man boobs. Still drink it, just don't over do it. For additional suggestions, feel free to ask.


Eliminating Milk Products:

Most people are lactose intolerant. Yes, it's really true. Our bodies were not made to digest cow's milk. It begins with the body not having enough lactase to digest the lactose from cows. So your wine and cheese habit (FART!). It can stay, but just understand why intestinal discomfort is happening to you. Despite what you may think, goat's milk is an excellent alternative to cow's milk and is far more easy to digest. Goat's milk is most similar to human milk. The taste needs getting used to, but add goat cheese on your salad, in your stuffed peppers, on your nachos (I will give you an amazing healthy recipe for nachos!) ... mmmmmmm. There is even goat cheese brie! I love it. Find it at Trader Joe's. Seriously, it's goat heaven!

Other substitutes for milk products are soy and nut products. There are plenty of soy cheeses that taste like cheddar cheese or mozarella. I think even at Ralphs and other supermarkets sell shredded soy cheese for your convenience. Nut milks like almond make your tea or cereal so yummy! It's a nice sweet treat and its own nutritious value.

So, say "NO MORE GAS!" Eliminate the discomfort now. It's the best feeling to know that gas is not forever and ever and ever.

Peace, love and health!

"You Are What You Eat!"

That's definitely a true statement! This is the bible of my life. It's not just a catchy phrase, it's the reason for the season. Gillian McKeith (she's really as good as it gets), a Scottish nutritionist wrote this book and I, along with my trusty sidekick, Heather Wade (more on her later), have turned hundreds of thousands of people on to this new healthy lifestyle. Ok, so not hundreds of thousands, but probably nearly 30 people. That's a lot. Here, get a copy on Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0452287170/ref=dp_olp_1

Buy it used for less than $7 + $3.99 shipping. That shouldn't break your back and for something that will truly change your life and your way of thinking about food and health, $10.99 is worth it.

I quit smoking and gained 35 pounds. My mom, who's amazing at finding the perfect book as any solution to any and every problem, found this and gave it to me. "Gee mom, what are you saying?!" As hard as it was for an always skinny girl to gain so much weight, it was far more important to quit inhaling toxins daily into my lungs. It was worth putting on all the weight in the world. How I quit smoking will be dedicated to another entry. So mom got me the book. I read it two days before my 24 birthday and it absolutely changed my life. Gillian McKeith makes what seems impossible, very easy and fun! It took about 2 months to start losing the weight. It's been nearly two years and the weight is still off! Get the book, you'll see what I mean. I will be dedicating many blogs to concepts derived from this book. I will also write blogs that have nothing to do with the book. : )

This blog is dedicated to my own experiences with all kinds of wellness, health, nutrition, sprituality, sustainable living, etc. Nutrition is my forte. I believe that there is a cure to everything through food. I need a few more years of experience to prove that theory, but Hippocrates, the freaking Father of Medicine thought the same thing, "Let food be thy medicine." Let a nutritious lifestyle make create a beautiful temple within your body. Think of preserving your body to the best of your abilities by putting beautiful things in it; beautify it... and the rest falls into place. And when I say the rest, I mean you're gonna wanna beautify everything all around you.

I'm 25 years old. I'm working my way to a degree in Nutritional Sciences at Santa Monica College and then Cal State LA. I grew up with a health freak for a mother (who there will be many blogs dedicated to). I'm obsessed with nutrition, health, and oh so many other things dealing with the body, mind and way of life. I hope that my blog both helps and inspires.

See you next time! Hopefully by then you'll have the book and start making changes. You're gonna thank me later. And please remember: It's not a diet, it's a change in lifestyle.
... that's much easier than a diet.

Peace, love and health!