Thursday, July 31, 2008

Like Duh!

Forgot to brag about Summer Semester being over! Amanda, I am proud to say, kicked major butt this semester. One semester closer to nutritionist!

I've got three weeks off - - Let's party!

Bikes Not Cars!

I've taken up a new hobby -- bike riding. It's like my new favorite way to exercise at the moment, almost as much as ballet. It's getting my tush all toned n' shizzle. But aside from reasons of vanity, I feel good knowing that I can get places without giving into the bull shizzle that is high gas prices and not polluting Mother Earth. So, in attempts to get my hobby into a regular routine, I have vowed (beginning tomorrow) to bike ride to work on Fridays and bike to school on Saturdays. This one is a little tough considering I have to go all the way to Santa Monica - but it's doable. Baby steps, right? Don't want to overdo it and then give up on the idea. But I do want to challenge everyone to pick one day a week that we refuse to use our cars, but instead take public transportation, use our feet or ride a bike!

An Apple a Day...

Ever wonder where the phrase
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" comes from?
Oh you haven't? Whatever. Cause I have. : P

So here are a few historical facts & tid bits on the phrase and the fruit.
Make sure to click on all the links (*) below!

An apple a day lyrics:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Apple in the morning ,

apple at night,
starves the doctor outright

Eat an apple going to bed,
knock the doctor on the head

Three each day, seven days a
Ruddy apple, Ruddy cheek

Origins and history of the nursery rhyme
The simple history or meaning behind the words of this nursery rhyme lyrics is one to encourage the child or even baby of the family to
eat healthily! Although perhaps 'Doctor' should be replaced with 'Dentist' in this modern day and age
- *

*Apples At a Glance

"Although 'as all-American as apple pie' is a patriotic tribute, apples are not native to the United States. Archaeologists have discovered that apples were eaten during the Iron Age and were cultivated in Egypt 4,000 years ago."
- *

The marketing slogan [39] and proverb addresses the health effects of the fruit: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.[40] Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of Vitamin C as well as a several of other antioxidant compounds..[37] The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease,[41][42] weight loss[42] and controlling cholesterol,[42] as they do not have any cholesterol, have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption, and are bulky for their caloric content like most fruits and vegetables.[42]
- *Wikipedia

*9 Reasons why An Apple a Day
Really Keeps the Doctor away

*U.S. Apple Association: An Apple a Day

*An Apple a Day

"Men who ate at least five apples a week had better lung function than others, in a study published in Thorax. Apples were singled out as the fruit that could actually halve the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among smokers in a Netherlands study."
-*Always in Season: An Apple a Day

*An Apple a Day Keeps Alzheimer's Away!

*An Apple a Day LP

Seems like Eve had the right idea!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pahlease Vote For Me...

Pretty please. Only 4 people voted so far, including myself! I guess that's a start. :D

My site was nominated for Best Health Blog!

A Word From Brenda Watson...

I've briefly told you about nutritionist and digestive care expert, Brenda Watson, and posted a couple videos of her, but I subscribe to her newsletter and thought I would share it with you:

Welcome to Brenda Watson’s 2008 Webcast Series

Dear Friends,

You may have heard that natural digestive enzymes can help relieve the occasional discomfort of heartburn, indigestion, gas and bloating, but what exactly are enzymes? And where do they come from? Join me this month as we discuss the dietary and lifestyle habits that can lead to poor digestion, and discover why a daily enzyme supplement may be the key to improving digestive function and achieving vibrant health.

Health Store Retailers Consumers

Digestive Enzyme Supplements

Think you know everything there is to know about enzymes? Think again. July’s webcast will uncover the truth about digestive enzymes and dispel some of the biggest falsehoods concerning what your customers should look for in an effective enzyme supplement. Learn how enzymes are measured and what those measurements really reveal about the potency of an enzyme formula, and clear up the confusion once and for all about activity levels and pH. Most importantly, we’ll talk about why digestive enzymes are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to helping your customers improve their digestive function and achieve lasting health.

That Burning Sensation: Heartburn, GERD and More

Tired of that awful burning sensation every time you eat? Fed up with uncomfortable gas and bloating? The average diet is chock full of over-processed, high-fat and sugary foods that can wreak havoc on your insides, but what if there was a better way to improve digestion and end your suffering? July’s webcast will open your eyes to the power of natural digestive enzymes and explain why they may be the key to solving your digestive woes. Discover how digestive enzymes work in the body to help break down everything from carbohydrates and fats to sugars and protein, and learn why enzymes are essential to helping you absorb valuable nutrients from your food.

Don’t miss your chance to sign up today!
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Unclog Drains Sans Chemicals!

This is where I get so frustruated - - finding a natural solution to unclog drains. I had such a terrible clog a few weeks ago that I was ready to pull my hair out and got Drano (sadly) to cure the problem after trying everything!! How terrible to throw chemicals like that down the drain (I won't ever do that again). But, come to find out after calling the plumber, he discovered the problem. After handwashing my delicates a week prior, one of my delicates got away (so sneaky!) and sank down tub drain. How lovely. Problem solved, but still I used all those chemicals! Shame on me!!!!

So, if you need to know how to unclog your drain naturally, check out this article from Mother Earth News.

It's a Miracle! - - No Fast Food...

Thank you Tita for sending me this article!

L.A.: No new fast-food outlets in poor area

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I was nominated (shhh - I nominated myself) for Best Health Blog of 2008! Wow, what an honor! Now, you have to sign up for the website in order to vote, but what is 2 min. of your time??? Pahlease! Just click on the image below.

My site was nominated for Best Health Blog!

Thank you!!

200th POST

YAY! I made it to 200 posts!!!! Who can I thank!?! Everyone! Of course I always would like to thank my health nut of a mother who is a huge inspiration.

And, to celebrate: I know I have posted this Youtube video twice before, what can I say I'm obsessed. It's just so amazing to see the effects good nutrition has on the body! People, please watch this, even if you've seen it before.


Watch This Tonight

So my former physical therapist, fellow nutrition nut and friend, Roger, just sent me an email about a webinar (web seminar) tonight on nutrition by Dr. Paul Williams. It's totally free, just register to reserve a seat... a cyber seat. Check for details below.


I failed to mention that while writing the previous entry, I was drinking a decaf coffee with one of those vanilla creamers (which I never have!). Anyway, but on a good note, my friend and lovely coworker and fellow health nut (except at this moment), Heather, just called and said she was at Coffee Bean and asked if I wanted an Ultimate. I said "NO!" The sugar devil even uses loved ones to get you to take a bite of the sugar apple.

Pause.... ummm earthquake just now. 5.8!

Confessions of a Sugar Addict...

People, I have a major confession. Major. It's a little tough for me to say since I feel like such a hypocrite, but we have such a close relationship and all, that I feel the need to be brutally honest.

Hi, my name is Amanda, and I'm a sugar/ soy latte addict. Well, I've been one since July 4th weekend and I need help! Yes, for the most part I eat really well, but since that weekend I cannot seem to be able to shake my need for more sugar and caffeine! So take yesterday, for example, I woke up after being up quite late writing my final paper for my Interpersonal Communication class (take this class if you want to learn how to communicate and solve disagreements amicably with loved ones... and take it with Danielle Parks at Santa Monica College - best prof. ever!). Anyway, so I was exhausted from writing a paper and found that to justify my need to get a soy latte, but not just a soy latte, a vanilla soy latte, adding that extra sugar to my day! Then I got to work, forgetting to bring my breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, and instead grabbed a bowl of Kashi Mountain Medley from work's kitchen. Now, to some granola seems healthy, but granola actually has no real beneficial substance and so the carbs are just turning into sugar in my stomach. So for lunch I had a salad, hooray. And for dinner I went to my favorite place, the Vegan Joint, had my Chef's Salad with brown rice and a whole coconut to drink and eat and then went home and realized that we had cookies, big cookies! And had to eat two. I couldn't even control myself. Now, this may not seem so bad. But try over the weekend when I got so weak in the knees I could hardly speak after passing a candy store. I just HAD to get chocolate covered gummi bears, and for those of you who have had the pleasure of sampling such delightful pieces of heaven, know and understand that temptation is too strong to resist their divine taste. Oh and that's in addition to having four cookies an Ultimate from Coffee Bean (at least I shared that with Michael), a strawberry margarita, nachos, let's not even mention my vanilla soy lattes everyday last week (it was a hard week)and the list embarrassingly goes on.

It's just proof that it is so easy to get addicted to sugar. I mean, this has been going on since the 4th of July weekend and it's so hard to stop. MAKE IT STOP! So I gave away my copy of Sugar Blues, so just reordered it for only $0.90 and will reread it to remind myself what sugar does to my body. To help remedy the withdrawal in the next couple weeks, I have purchased more fruit than I normally would and plan to excavate my fridge for any unwanted friends like my cookies. Another very important key to remember is, BRING SNACKS WITH YOU EVERYWHERE. This significantly cuts down my need to go searching for something to eat when I get bored, when I start to get a little hungry or even a sugar craving.

Are any readers out there having a problem??? Shall we start a weekly Sugar Anonymous meeting. I mean sugar is a drug... and a bad drug at that. But email me if you're having a problem and let's get rid of the sugar and caffeine (minus green tea).

So starting tomorrow I am going to just document my eating habits for all of you to see, and I will find ways to win my battle with sugar. Good luck to me.

Anatomy Take Two

So just paid my fees for Fall Semester of school. I'm so excited - - yes, seriously!! I am taking Anatomy - - yes, again! after dropping it in the Spring just one class shy of finishing. At least I got some major practice in with a VERY tough professor. Remember, I was getting a non-A and that's a no no. And I'm enrolled in Español. Let's just hope that being Latina, with 13 years of Spanish classes behind me and reading One Hundred Years of Solitude all the way through in Spanish would be enough training... but we'll see. I mean, I never said I understood the book - I only said I read it. ; )

So get ready for more early morning ramblings and freak-outs. Ah, the joy of school!

El Segundo Whole Foods E-Waste Drive

This is an email I received from my high school friend Cat!
Dear Friends:

This Saturday I will be at the El Segundo Whole Foods doing an E-Waste Drive with my work, the National Veterans Foundation. It is a great way to clean house and get rid of all the old electronics you have sitting around your home... & it raises money for the NVF!

When: Saturday, August 2nd
9 AM - 4 PM

Where: Whole Foods El Segundo Parking Lot
760 South Sepulveda Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245 - (310) 333-1900

E-waste generally consists of television sets, computer monitors, keyboards, hard drives, mice, scanners, fax machines, printers, photocopiers, cell phones, DVD players, camcorders, any telecommunications equipment including wiring, cameras and most electrical items that are plugged into the wall.... you get the idea...




Monday, July 28, 2008

Food Allergies Linked to ADHD!

Thank you Heather for sending me this article on ADHD and Food Allergies from front page of MSN!

Green Tea

Brought to you by Dr. Tea:


You know, I tried out that 5-Minute Grape with Honey and Lemon recipe from the previous entry and it's delicious! Don't just do it with grapes, but try it (per my mom's recipes) with strawberries, apples and/or even bananas - throw on some sliced almonds. YUM!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


I just first want to give a shout out to my boy George Mateljan who has taken so much of his time and energy to dedicate his life to bringing healthy food to all of us! His website, The World's Healthiest Foods, is an amazing resource of nutritional information and his recipes are easy and delicious! Thank you George!

So here's a great dessert for everyone to try... and it's freaking easy! mmmm

Friday, July 25, 2008


Tomorrow night experience a new kind of yoga... to the music of Pink Floyd!

Greetings Everyone,

The Yoga Side of the Moon is back !!! It was only over a year ago that I got the inspiration of having a Yoga Flow through the entire Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon as an experiment ; after three massive and successful Yoga Side of the Moon events, we have decided to bring it back this summer. If you haven't experienced the YSM, be prepared to let your whole being open up to a complete new dimension. This flow is created on the spot and you never know where will take you. Hope you can make it to this Fantastic and Unique event.

Yoga Side of the Moon
Saturday 7-26-08- 8:00pm
A yogic journey through the Pink Floyd
Album Dark Side of the Moon
Power Yoga 1410 2nd Street, Santa Monica
Suggested Donation $ 11.00



More Breastfeeding: What?

A woman that breastfeeds her 8 year old child!!!!!!!!!! I don't like passing judgement, buuuuuuuuuut. Yeah.

"I'd rather have breast milk than a million mellons!" hmmm... oookay.

Breastfeeding Cont...


One of my readers, Kimmy, ask me to do some research on the subject of breastfeeding. There's so much information, so it's taking me a while to gather it all, but in the meantime thought some Youtube videos would have some interesting facts. Breastfeeding is the best thing you can do for your baby.

You Are What You Eat Show!

Some of you might be privy to the fact that Gillian McKeith has her own television show on BBC America! I suggest you all watch it. I unfortunately (or fortunately) have a television for only movie watching so no access to tv, but Tivo the show for me, and I will come over and watch!

Here's the website.

Gillian McKeith is the greatest!


I've discussed Allen Carr's book, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking. This was a book my mother purchased for me when she was concerned about my smoking habits. I started at the age of 9 years old, was smoking a few times a week by 13 years old, full time smoking and was up to 2 packs a day at 18 (that was for a short period of time - went down to a pack a day). I quit at 23 (smoking anywhere from 2 - 12 cigarettes a day) without expecting to quit after reading only 27 pages of Allen Carr's book. I had no will power, I thought I loved smoking and thought I would never be able to quit - - but I did.

Allen Carr, who passed away from lung cancer in 2006, but was smoke free for over 20 years after being an addict and smoking 5 packs a day, found a way to make quitting smoking really easy. Check out his book even if you're a "social smoker." Social smokers are still smokers.

Also, here's a great video to give you an idea of his philosophy:


"The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn't. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks its doing are as different as night and day."

~ Hebert Lay, M.D., former FDA Commissioner

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Skin Update...

Wow, it's been a while since I last publicly obsessed over my skin. In case some of you are just reading this now, let me save you the time of finding old entries and give you a quick recap on the history of my skin. When I was 21, I got adult acne around my forehead and around my mouth - - this is of course after having no problems with my skin up until that point. When acne is around the forehead it is usually a sign of digestion problems. Now that I eat properly, I hardly get any around that area. Around the mouth is usually a sign of hormonal imbalances, and yes, I'm hormonal. It could be a indication of other things too (but working on finding out what they may be). So, after I stopped using proActiv, which worked on my skin and got rid of 95% of my acne while simultaneously destroying my skin, my problems came back immediately. Now I realize that I don't want something to only "cover up" and hide my acne - - I want to get to the root of the problem and get rid of my bad skin forever.

So, after stopping ProActiv, I did a number of organic, natural treatments that either irritated my skin more or just didn't work. So what do I do now, you ask? I only wash my face with a washcloth, warm or ice cold (for when I have puffy eyes), and for moisturizer and eye makeup remover I use virgin coconut oil around my eyes every night and morning. Nothing around the mouth (which I may change once I get my skin taken care of) and nothing around the forehead. This of course is not the case when I go to the beach - I buy face SPF from Whole Foods. Anyhoot. That's all I use. Outside of that, I drink warm green tea, anywhere from 4 - 10 cups daily and the antioxidants usually helps keep my skin pretty clear. I drink a ton of water and eat all raw when my skin gets REALLY bad. Seems to do the trick... for now.

Throw out your soaps and give a washcloth a try!

While I wish I had the funds to see see a nutritionist, herbalist, acupuncturist, anything-ist on a normal basis to help my skin, what a better way to get to know my body than to trial and error various methods to cure my problems naturally??!

Peace, love and health.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hot Knives...

Just received my OXY in the News, an email update from my semi-Alma Mater Occidental College. Anyway, it informed me that two former classmates, Evan George and Alex Brown were featured in the LA Times as health-conscious cooks!
Alex Brown -- cheesemonger by day -- and Evan George, a cook at Elf Cafe, unite slow food with blogging immediacy. Recipes and informative videos can be found on their website; contact them for veggie/vegan catering that's elegant and down-to-earth (for example, Chimay adds robust flavor to a crispy French-onion and Gruyere sandwich -- in lieu of meat).

Check out their blog Hot Knives.

The Canary Effect

This is definitely a movie to check out:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Psychedelic Nutrition

The First Stairmaster...

Just stumbled upon this article
about the first exercise machine.

If Men Could Menstruate:

Read this wonderful article by feminist Gloria Steinem.

If Men Could Menstruate

by Gloria Steinem

A white minority of the world has spent centuries conning us into thinking that a white skin makes people superior - even though the only thing it really does is make the more subject to ultraviolet rays and to wrinkles. Male human beings have built whole cultures around the idea that penis envy is "natural" to women - though having such an unprotected organ might be said to make men vulnerable, and the power to give birth makes womb envy at least as logical.

In short, the characteristics of the powerful, whatever they may be, are thought to be better than the characteristics of the powerless - and logic has nothing to do with it.

What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not?

The answer is clear - menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event:

Men would brag about how long and how much.

Boys would mark the onset of menses, that longed-for proof of manhood, with religious ritual and stag parties.

Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea to help stamp out monthly discomforts.

Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. (Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of commercial brands such as John Wayne Tampons, Muhammad Ali's Rope-a-dope Pads, Joe Namath Jock Shields - "For Those Light Bachelor Days," and Robert "Baretta" Blake Maxi-Pads.)

Military men, right-wing politicians, and religious fundamentalists would cite menstruation ("men-struation") as proof that only men could serve in the Army ("you have to give blood to take blood"), occupy political office ("can women be aggressive without that steadfast cycle governed by the planet Mars?"), be priest and ministers ("how could a woman give her blood for our sins?") or rabbis ("without the monthly loss of impurities, women remain unclean").

Male radicals, left-wing politicians, mystics, however, would insist that women are equal, just different, and that any woman could enter their ranks if she were willing to self-inflict a major wound every month ("you MUST give blood for the revolution"), recognize the preeminence of menstrual issues, or subordinate her selfness to all men in their Cycle of Enlightenment. Street guys would brag ("I'm a three pad man") or answer praise from a buddy ("Man, you lookin' good!") by giving fives and saying, "Yeah, man, I'm on the rag!" TV shows would treat the subject at length. ("Happy Days": Richie and Potsie try to convince Fonzie that he is still "The Fonz," though he has missed two periods in a row.) So would newspapers. (SHARK SCARE THREATENS MENSTRUATING MEN. JUDGE CITES MONTHLY STRESS IN PARDONING RAPIST.) And movies. (Newman and Redford in "Blood Brothers"!)

Men would convince women that intercourse was more pleasurable at "that time of the month." Lesbians would be said to fear blood and therefore life itself - though probably only because they needed a good menstruating man.

Of course, male intellectuals would offer the most moral and logical arguments. How could a woman master any discipline that demanded a sense of time, space, mathematics, or measurement, for instance, without that in-built gift for measuring the cycles of the moon and planets - and thus for measuring anything at all? In the rarefied fields of philosophy and religion, could women compensate for missing the rhythm of the universe? Or for their lack of symbolic death-and-resurrection every month?

Liberal males in every field would try to be kind: the fact that "these people" have no gift for measuring life or connecting to the universe, the liberals would explain, should be punishment enough.

And how would women be trained to react? One can imagine traditional women agreeing to all arguments with a staunch and smiling masochism. ("The ERA would force housewives to wound themselves every month": Phyllis Schlafly. "Your husband's blood is as sacred as that of Jesus - and so sexy, too!": Marabel Morgan.) Reformers and Queen Bees would try to imitate men, and pretend to have a monthly cycle. All feminists would explain endlessly that men, too, needed to be liberated from the false idea of Martian aggressiveness, just as women needed to escape the bonds of menses envy. Radical feminist would add that the oppression of the nonmenstrual was the pattern for all other oppressions ("Vampires were our first freedom fighters!") Cultural feminists would develop a bloodless imagery in art and literature. Socialist feminists would insist that only under capitalism would men be able to monopolize menstrual blood . . . .

In fact, if men could menstruate, the power justifications could probably go on forever.

If we let them.

Men Have Periods Too...

Please read the entire thing, however, for those of you who are excited to hear that men have periods too and need to read that section right away to feel good about yourself then scroll down below to the part that says: BUT NEWS FLASH PEOPLE - - MEN HAVE PERIODS TOO! and you will find all the information to back it up!

I am so tired of guys belittling the idea of a woman's period during a fight and using that as a reason for why we are "irrational," "overreacting," or even "raging." So I got into a little tiff with my boyfriend last night, a very innocent tiff, innocent until he said, "Go and have your period or something." But that was after he already said, "I'm not going to tip toe around you when you're PMSing." Excuse me??? (By the way, I have the best boyfriend in the world.)

Ok, first off, let's talk about PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome. Before it was called Premenstrual Syndrome it was called Premenstrual Tension. Woah. That's a warranted name - - inTense. PMS (as defined by Wikipedia):
... Is a collection of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms related to a woman's menstrual cycle. While most women of child-bearing age (about 80 percent) have some Premenstrual symptoms,[1] women with PMS have symptoms of "sufficient severity to interfere with some aspects of life".[2] Such symptoms are usually predictable and occur regularly during the two weeks prior to menses. The symptoms may vanish after the menstrual flow starts, but may continue even after the flow has begun.

For some women with PMS, the symptoms are so severe that they are considered disabling. This form of PMS has its own psychiatric designation: premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Symptoms of PMS include but are not limited to:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Inability to finish thoughts
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Acne
  • Extreme tearfulness
  • Mood swings
  • Worsening of existing skin disorders, and respiratory (eg, allergies, infection) or eye (bulbar disturbances, conjunctivitis) problems

Ok, so perhaps a guy has a right to say, "Oh get over it, you're just PMSing." Ok, fine. But understand that the physical, psychological changes that occur in our body warrant our emotions and complaints. Honestly, the male perspective and lack of knowledge of the PMS is not too surprising considering that not much public attention was given to it prior to the 1980's (wikipedia):
... Growing public attention was given to PMS starting in the 1980’s. Up until this point, there was little research done surrounding PMS and it was not seen as a social problem. Through clinical trials and the work of feminists, viewing PMS in a social context had begun to take place.
So what causes PMS? According to the Mayo Clinic:
...Exactly what causes premenstrual syndrome is unknown, but several factors may contribute to the condition. Cyclic changes in hormones seem to be an important cause, because signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome change with hormonal fluctuations and also disappear with pregnancy and menopause.

Chemical changes in the brain also may be involved. Fluctuations of serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that is thought to play a crucial role in mood states could trigger the symptoms. Insufficient amounts of serotonin may contribute to premenstrual depression, as well as to fatigue, food cravings and sleep problems

Not to mention there is also a large amount of blood loss which causes fatigue and leads to some emotional problems and major discomfort - - cramps!


Don't believe me? So I went and googled "Male periods," "Male Monthly Cycles," "Male Hormonal Cycles" and "Male Testosterone Cycles" and here are some of the resources I found:

According to this article on AltPenis, by Paul Aitken:

The idea that men experience a monthly cycle is not new. As early as the 17th century, the Italian physician Santorio Sanctorius, after carefully measuring the weight of his body, along with it's various excretions (Santorio was nothing if not thorough), discovered a monthly cycle in body weight of approximately two pounds. He noted that the peak of the cycle was accompanied by feelings of heaviness and lassitude.

In later centuries there were various attempts to establish the existence of a male cycle. The late decades of the 19th century were a particularly fruitful period for some reason, with a number of authors (Gall, Stephenson and Campbell, if you must know) finding evidence for monthly fluctuations in mood, energy and sex drive. Later in 1929, a study found that men have emotional cycles of about one-month to six-weeks in length (as my friend had suggested). During the low period of the cycle, men were reported to feel apathetic and indifferent. During the high period they reported more energy, a greater sense of well-being, and lower body weight.

There is a male period, but of course it's nothing like that of the female menstrual cycle in the sense that they don't have the physical attributes of a female period, but males experience hormonal shifts and imbalances during the month. A rise of testosterone which can lead to moodiness, increased sexual arousal, depression, etc. This is what we call the Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS). IMS is more similar to Menopause, but still proof that men have cycles. According to psychotherapist Jed Diamond in an article on IMS can be defined as:
a state of hypersensitivity, frustration, anxiety, and anger that occurs in males and is associated with biochemical changes, hormonal fluctuations, stress, and loss of male identity.

Diamond furthers that men are as hormonal as women:
... In fact, men have a number of hormonal cycles:

1) Men's testosterone, for instance, varies and goes up and down four or five times an hour.
2) There are daily cycles with testosterone being higher in the morning and lower at night.
3) Men have a monthly hormonal cycle that is unique to each man, but men can actually track their moods and recognize they are related to hormonal changes through the month.
4) We know that there are seasonal cycles with testosterone higher in November and lower in April.
5) We know about hormonal cycles with males during adolescence, but also the years between 40 and 55 have what we call male menopause or Andropause.
6) Finally, we know there are hormonal changes in men going through IMS, related to stress in a man's life.
Ha! And that's only touching the surface of this research! You see, it's not fair that men attempt to shut us up with some period excuse especially since both genders suffer from monthly hormonal cycles. Do we tell you that when you want dinner, sex or football that you must be going through your monthly? So how about a little EMPATHY on the man's part? Realize that just because we may be PMSing, doesn't disparage our feelings. Yes we may be more emotional or possibly irritable, but please don't throw that in our face and make us more upset and hurt. Instead, listen to what we have to say, and you can avoid so much anguish. During anytime of the month, a woman's feelings are warranted and it's cruel to associate and minimize them to something like our periods. But if you do decide to throw the period excuse in our face, you better pray it's not around that time of the month. : )

Check out this video:

Friday, July 18, 2008

Brenda Watson on Detoxing

Last week I told you a little bit about Brenda. Here are some really great videos of her discussing the importance of detoxing! These were supposed to be posted earlier...sorry! Watch them!!! She's actually super adorable!

My Milkshake Brings... MYSPACE

I could not sleep a wink last night and that was probably due to my late night stop at Swingers Diner where I can never resist their espresso milkshakes - - divine! It was worth the insomnia. So after falling asleep at 12:00, woke up at 2:40 and did not sleep a second after that so worked on my new myspace page for Mother Health.

All you health freaks... add me.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Well, what a weekend... that's all I'll say about that. : )

Anyway, my friend Cara asked me about bruises. How the heck do you get rid of bruises???

Well, I actually never thought of that question. I defintiely bruise a lot, and Cara has a nasty one. So what can you do to minimize the ugliness of a bruise? Check out these remedies. A hardboiled egg??? What the???

Friday, July 11, 2008

Dr. Tea's

Dr. Tea's
8612 Melrose Ave.
(Formerly Elixir)
West Hollywood, CA 90069

So a few years ago, I used to go to this tea place Elixir on Melrose where you sit in a Japanese garden sipping exotic teas. Well, over a year ago (I think) I went back to experience the wonder of Elixir only to find that it was under new ownership... it had become Dr. Tea's! What an amazing transformation this place made! Dr. Tea's is not new to Los Angeles, but was new to this location which I believe has boosted his popularity in a major way (especially since it's across for Urth Cafe) and because of the beautiful garden in the back. Not only was the tea even MORE exotic than Elixir with more delicious flavors, but there's also a tonic bar where I went when I started to feel sick. An herbalist made me a lovely concoction of herbs that made my cold disappear within a few hours. Experienced, kind and friendly people only work here.

My favorite ice-blended tea is the CapaTeano....tastes just like an ice-blended Cappuccino, but instead of coffee they use oolong tea that has been roasted in a coffee roaster. Delicious. Or perhaps you're feeling like a mint n' chip smells just like the real thing.

I just want to point out one more thing, that when I first started going to Dr. Tea's, Dr. Tea (Mark Ukra) himself was always behind the counter (I am sure he still is - haven't been there in a while) and let me tell you he is such a gentle, kind man and I witnessed him be so generous to every single homeless person that walked into his store, never turning them away, but treating them like any other guest and making them feel special by giving them free drinks and spreading the gospel of love. That's the kind of generosity this world needs more of.

Anyway, occasionally I will post some of his Tea Tips that I receive via email. Sign up for the mailing list here. Check this one out:

Restaurant Review: The Vegan Joint

The Vegan Joint has got to be the least expensive, best tasting vegan restaurant in West Los Angeles. Last night Michael (the boyfriend) and I shared their fresh spring rolls (which are raw and come with peanut sauce), vegetable curry, veggie wrap (which is all raw) with tahini sauce, vegan quesadillas and a raw whole coconut (freaking delicious!) for dessert and the total came to $25 for two people (without tip). We don't normally eat that much, so would be cheaper...but we were so freaking hungry! Amazing prices considering that most health food places are pretty expensive for the average Joe. Check out details below.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Brenda Watson:

So as many of you know, my mother is my source of inspiration for health. I am going to do an extensive interview with my mother and her past life in the health food world. But, that will come later. In any case, even though I grew up with my health freak of a mother eating the healthiest food like ever, it wasn't until she gave me "You Are What You Eat" by Gillian McKeith which changed my whole perspective on eating right.

Well, my mother has a new woman she's introducing me to: Brenda Watson. Tomorrow I will post more videos on her, but here's a video that tells you a little bit about her. I have yet to read her books, but they are on my list! More on her tomorrow!

Big Bear, Big People cont.

I just received a comment from Matt Amsden of RAWvolution. I just want to first say, wow! Seriously flattered! If you want to read his comment, please go here. I can completely see his point of view. And I want to apologize for offending anyone. So my comment, "Why the hell would you open up yet another health food restaurant on the same street (Main Street in Santa Monica) as 50 other health food restaurants and markets???" was just merely a way to make a generalization more coherent to my readers. Perhaps I should not have used profanity (hell) my apologies , and perhaps I should have kept it a generalization, vs. using specific names. It was not to be mean especially considering I have blogged about Matt before in praise of his successes. Anyway, what's done is done. I just want to make my point clear that I was merely saying that there are many (not 50 as I stated) health food restaurants and markets in the Santa Monica area...and not many in areas that need those options most and it does not seem like many nutritionist or healthcare professionals are making ventures outside their comfort zones besides a few non-profit organizations and charities. And yes, easier said than done, but I still don't see any efforts being made - - and I am not pointing fingers at anyone, it's a general critique.

That's all I was trying to convey. :) Love to all.

Big Bear, Big People

I'd like to take the time to elaborate on my trip to Big Bear for the 4th of July weekend. While it was fun, like REALLY fun, it was a definite eye opener to the problem of obesity in America. I forget how sheltered I am from really seeing the obesity epidemic in the USA. I live in Los Angeles, a very vain city...and honestly, I don't necessarily think that's a problem until you get into the issue of plastic surgery, botox, etc. But as far as health - everyone wants to look and feel beautiful here. The health food market is huge in most major cities, but especially Los Angeles; doesn't mean everyone eats really well, but they're more educated and more willing to make the changes to their diet than most other places in the country. It's so much easier to make those changes when more options are made available - - there is more variety of health food restaurants and markets than say Nebraska. It really makes me want to ask health food gurus like David Wolfe or Matt Amsden (who started Rawvolution), etc.: Why the hell would you open up yet another health food restaurant on the same street (Main Street in Santa Monica) as 50 other health food restaurants and markets??? Why would you keep health food so concentrated in one area where health food is already so freaking prevalent?? Yeah sure, the market for health food is huge in Santa Monica and there's money to be made there, but if you're so concerned with everyone's health, why exclude areas outside of Los Angeles that are far more needy for that sort of thing??

Going to Big Bear had a large impact on me and I have a mission to help these people - - but what do you do to educate and get people interested in their own health and get them off their addiction to sugar, processed foods, fast foods, etc.? I think the key is showing them how good one can feel when one takes care of themself. The majority of the country is like Big Bear, not Los Angeles. That's a lot of area to cover and I promise to make it my mission to red flag those places and help make changes. Can you imagine an Rawvolution in Compton? DREAM BIG!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mother Health

If only I REALLY was on the cover of Bazaar!
Photo and photoshop by Michael Graham.
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Lazy Dazy

That's my name for the past couple days... hence why there doesn't seem to be a new entry since before the 4th of July weekend. Honestly, I am still recuperating. I need a vacation from my vacation. I am hoping after school tonight that I will have the energy to write about some nutrition! I will I will. I feel guilty for neglecting my blog. But this weekend was too fun and my need for rest and my laziness have gotten the best of me.

So until later! Happy Detox! Let me leave with some beautiful fireworks pictures I took while in Big Bear.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


So sitting here very late, getting ready for my 4th of July weekend in Big Bear, just put on extra virgin coconut oil around my eyes and can now only see blurriness, but my OCD has kicked in at midnight and I suddenly have this burst of energy to organize my entire life. It seems I have saved my packing for last minute, but not intentionally (I've been without a car to run my errands since Saturday and had summer school two days this week). Anyhoot, I felt like it had been a while since a more personal blog entry, so here's to a nice break from being obsessive compulsive.

If we can all agree, this weekend (for most of us youthful party-goers) will be one of fun and frolicking and booze, followed by sleep, piggin out, more sleep, followed by possibly over-the-counter-really-bad-for-you hangover cure and a ton-of-sugar Gatorade, followed by more pigging out, more booze and possibly a Bloody Mary to detox from the whole experience. So, what does that mean? Need you guess? That means HARDCORE DETOX COME SUNDAY AFTERNOON! That's right, Sunday afternoon (because we most likely will indulge in that Bloody Mary) we start our cleansing and we shall recover and rejuvenate and fortify our bodies- - bring them back to life after torturing it with all the "red, white and blue" crap. So get ready to have a jovey ole time, and you need not fear - the detox is here. Make sure you scroll down to Detox Part 1 and 2 - Detox Part 7 and 8. I am gonna aim to do it the entire week - - but definitely at least four days.



Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Erica White...

So a couple weeks ago I was going through Wikipedia reading about all the nutritionists they had listed, printing out each one of their bios and reading them all. Very interesting. But one person in particular caught my attention: Erica White. I read about Erica and was firstly amazed at how she became a nutritionist. After dropping out of high school at 17 years old,
... she applied to the Institute of Optimum Nutrition to see if they would accept her, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother with no formal qualifications, for the diploma course in Nutritional Therapy. They accepted her, on account of her obvious interest, and her existing knowledge of candidiasis, but specified that she would have to take a science foundation course before starting the diploma. Her husband, who was a science teacher, helped her to reach the required entrance standard.
If Grandma can do it, we all can.

Raw Raw Raw! Goooooooooooo Raw! or Not?

Read this interesting article on raw vs. cooked food.