Thursday, July 31, 2008
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" comes from?
Oh you haven't? Whatever. Cause I have. : P
Make sure to click on all the links (*) below!
An apple a day lyrics:
Apple in the morning ,
Roast 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 week
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  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. Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of Vitamin C as well as a several of other antioxidant compounds.. 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, weight loss and controlling cholesterol, 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.*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
|Welcome to Brenda Watson’s 2008 Webcast Series|
So, if you need to know how to unclog your drain naturally, check out this article from Mother Earth News.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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.
HAPPY 200th POST!
Pause.... ummm earthquake just now. 5.8!
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.
So get ready for more early morning ramblings and freak-outs. Ah, the joy of school!
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...
YAY RECYCLING - CLOSE THE LOOP PEOPLE!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD ON!!!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
So here's a great dessert for everyone to try... and it's freaking easy! mmmm
Friday, July 25, 2008
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.
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
Here's the website.
Gillian McKeith is the greatest!
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:
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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.
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, women with PMS have symptoms of "sufficient severity to interfere with some aspects of life". 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.Symptoms of PMS include but are not limited to:
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).
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal cramps
- Breast tenderness or swelling
- Stress or anxiety
- Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
- Joint or muscle pain
- Inability to finish thoughts
- 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!
MEN HAVE PERIODS TOO!
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 MediniceNet.com 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: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. : )
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.
Check out this video:
Friday, July 18, 2008
All you health freaks... add me.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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
8612 Melrose Ave.
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 tea...it 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:
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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!
That's all I was trying to convey. :) Love to all.
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
So until later! Happy Detox! Let me leave with some beautiful fireworks pictures I took while in Big Bear.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
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
... 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.