Monday, December 29, 2008

Oh...

And one more thing...

I got a B in my anatomy class!!! And that's during this crazy transition period!!! WOO! Spring semester is for chemistry classes... and physiology classes... Oy vey!

Anyone want to trade tutoring for nutrition advice????
I'm serious. PAHLEASE!?

Gastroesophageal Reflux DISEASE!


I have a close family member who suffers from this dis-ease. Hi Mom! Anyway, she's had this terrible cough for about 5 - 6 years now. Doctors have put her on medication, food regimes, etc. Nothing seems to work. My mother, as some readers know, is a health nut, so she's fully aware of what she should and should not eat, but this seems to not be enough to get rid of her acid reflux! For her Christmas present, I decided to take it upon myself to buy her natural remedies and research more on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. I only know the basics, but keep your eyes peeled in the next couple weeks for tid bits of my research, etc. If not treated, it can become a serious condition. In the meantime, if you suffer from this or anything else, take yourself to Whole Foods or to a health food store and talk with someone in the vitamin/health section. I spent a good 20 min. with a wonderful girl at the Whole Foods on Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd. on Christmas Eve. She was so generous with her time and so knowledgeable about treatments on most any ailment.


Put your health and yourself first! Make that a New Year's resolution! Ok - I've just gotta go to bed!

I.V. Please...

I don't know about any of you, but I basically would really enjoy an IV of wheat grass or perhaps just raw foods injected into my jugular vein. I have eaten some of the yummiest foods, but I am in major need of detoxing. I am currently detoxing from coffee, which some of you may know is very hard. I have been up super late packing, moving, stressing, etc.-ing and felt the only way to function at work was to drink coffee, lattes, etc. So after drinking the equivalent of around 2-4 cups a day for the past three weeks, I finally used this holiday break to detox from the drug. The first two days were a little tough, but I feel 1000x more marvelous without that shizzle in my system. If you can believe even Mother Health has fits of gnarly eating habits, it's true. I'm human, but I always keep in mind - - MODERATION: 80% Good, 20% _____. :D In other words, these two weeks of Christmas - New Years Eve are the 20% and the rest of my life equals the 80%. I kid, I kid.

The holiday is not over, but bouncing back will be easy - - just enjoy life and the holidays and we'll detox in the new year with the Gillian McKeith plan from You Are What You Eat and of course, DETOX FROM ALCOHOL!! If you're really eating like crap, just make it a goal to eat a raw salad or raw dark leafy greens with most meals. At the very least, go by some lettuce and sprouts with a simple vinagrette, apple cider vinegar or lemon dressing. Your bowels will thank you! And drink warm water with lemon slice every morning to get your gastric juices flowing and digestion running smooth. Throw in a miso soup (get the packets from Trader Joe's) if possible, great stuff for constipation... AND, if you're near a Whole Foods (or as some love to call it, Whole Paycheck) grab the Digestion Tea ($5). Ask the nutritionist there where the heck you can find it. I get so lost in that area.

I must also comment that I have received a plethora of Mother Health emails! Really, I cannot believe it and I look forward to answering every single one! Keep the questions coming I will research away this new year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tummy Ache

Sunday night I went to a dinner party. I brought my delicious and well-received salad with apple cider vinegar dressing as well as a yummy, but not-so-nutritious, dairy-filled, homemade flan (SO INCREDIBLE). In addition, the main course included duck lasagna - yum, and tons of wine and champagne. Well, while the meal was deliciously rich and naughty, I suffered like a mad woman the following day, even having to go home early from work because of a terrible tummy ache. I don't think my body is used to so much dairy. As I got to my temporary home at my parents and lied down on their bed convinced I was dying, my father asked, "Have you had a shot of Fernet yet?" Fernet Branca is an Italian liquor that is filled with 40 different herbs. As a child, my parents always gave us a shot of this stuff and poof, our tummy ache would disappear. Now Child's Services may not be too thrilled at the idea of children drinking, but hey! what a perk! It is indeed a wonderful digestivo and I recommend it over any chemically filled antacid. The taste for many is gnarly, but can definitely become a favorite after drinking it a few hundred times. You can feel it work instantly. I love it so much that I always order it at a bar or post dinner.

Transition period... ALMOST OVER!

My current state of major transition is coming to an end. Thank the bloody Lord. I move into a new apt., my life will seem and feel way more stable than living out of boxes at my parents or surfing the couches of friends. I hate feeling like I'm imposing on others, but boy am I grateful for all the love I'm surrounded by. Once I'm settled, my blog entries will be far more consistent and more numerous than these past two months. Life is changing and it feels seriously WONDERFUL! I have purged and continue to purge all these negative toxins (vices, people, habits, etc.) and I'm ready for the next stage in my life. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! GET READY FOR A HEALTHY 2009! And get ready for some major detoxing after this holiday season. People are feeding their problems with really bad food and vices - that definitely includes me!!

Immunity Boosters

I got this from AllNaturalMe.com who got it from Shape Magazine:



Immunity Boosters

Posted: 22 Dec 2008 07:49 PM CST

This time of year, every one’s immune system can benefit from a boost. The January issue of SHAPE magazine offered these five “5 minute immunity boosters”, which I am shamelessly passing on to you and hopefully remembering them within my daily routine. But honestly, I really think Numero Dos should be more than five minutes. Don’t you? You’ll see what I mean…

Numero Uno: Eat more mushrooms and broccoli. Shrooms help you kill pathogens while the green stuff, along with cabbage, kale and cauliflower assist your white blood cells in defending your body from free radical damage. Hi - yah!

Numero Dos: Sneak off for a quickie! Have more sex to increase your levels of the antibody immunoglobulin (IgA) which binds to viruses and sends out the 911 to white blood cells to kill the viral mother F’rs.

Numero Tres: Log on to social networking websites. Having lots of friends to turn to, and being able to purge all your stress onto, can help you stay healthy. Unless of course, your friends suck.

Numero Cuatro: Drink tea to boost the effectiveness of your white blood cells. A couple cups a day is good and five is even better. Hooray for polyphenols!

Numero Cinco: Eat more nuts. Gotta get your Vitamin E. Snack on almonds, peanuts, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and kiwi fruit.

Don’t you just love do-able lists? Easy peasy ways to stay healthy that you can enjoy doing, especially Numero… Uno! You know how much I love broccoli.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Reward

I was so bummed about not seeing Oasis at Staples, but then, on a whim, I drove to Vegas with my friend Alice, met my friend Tita there, saw Oasis at the small (in comparison to the Staples) Pearl Theater at the Palms, and ended up hanging out with Oasis and friends until 4:30am. Don't ask how it happened, cause I'm really not sure - - it was cosmic. But what a great way to reward myself after surviving The 2008 Move.

Enjoy the photos.

Friday, December 5, 2008

I survived the 2008 move.

Ugh. I'm 90% done with my move. Went to bed at 5:30am and feel like a crack addict. I'm drinking coffee (don't judge) and loving it. It's casual day, but got super dressed up cause I can't remember which boxes I packed my jeans in. Unorganized? Totally. Ask anyone, I am a very organized person normally... just not with moving. Anyway - woah, do I have a lot of crap! Well, it's Friday....thank the bloody lord and there's no dead person's innards landing on my face.

Sleeeeeeep...

I'm sitting here in my empty apartment, still moving boxes in the 'wee small hours of the morning,' listening to Oasis, wishing I went to the concert tonight at Staples and wishing I was getting a massage all at the same time. Almost done now. I had anatomy class this evening. We looked at real live cadavers that were dissected. The professor went through all the systems in the body pulling out the organs as models. He pulled out the brain, the heart, the stomach and intestines, the lungs and then the liver. As he pulled out the liver, the largest gland in the body, a piece of this dead person's innards flies in the air and somehow manages to make it right onto my chin... Yeah.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Roasted/Toasted Almonds &Thyme

Mmm. I was hungry the other night as I was packing up my home, enjoying a glass of wine and thought, I need my protein. Of course at this point my fridge is totally empty minus a few contents in the freezer: cheap vodka, sprouted wheat bread, ice cubes and my nuts! Ha! I always keep my nuts in the freezer :). Keeps them cool. Am I the only one laughing here? Anyway, so I see almonds and remind myself of the yummy almond snacks that many wine bars provide. So I tried to make my own rendition and think I succeeded and possibly even surpassed their recipes!

Ok...so Roasted/Toasted Almonds with Thyme.

I took two handfuls of almonds and threw them on a hot skillet. No oil. I toasted them over the pan for maybe 5 min., shaking the skillet frequently, moving the almonds around so they roast evenly. Roasting can damage some of the good fats and other nutrients in nuts, so the more raw, the more nutritional benefits. So toast them enough to bring out a bit of the flavor of the almonds. Just before you take it off the stove, add sea salt - just a few pinches and mix. Take the skillet off the fire and dribble extra virgin olive oil over the almonds - just enough to glaze over all the almonds. Pour over a paper towel and pat dry. Put in a serving bowl. Add more salt, as desired, and then sprinkle on thyme - just enough for a hint of flavor and mix. OMfreakingG! It's delicious and yummy, especially with some wine.

Next time I'll take a picture!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Transitioning with Blue Corn Pancakes...

One of the most delightful things about life transitions are mothers. Mothers provide warmth, happiness and in my case, blue corn pancakes, the healthy alternative to other types of pancakes... and they're DELICIOUS! Blue corn contains about 30% more protein and 8% less starch (lower glycemic index) than other corns, the texture is far more scrumptious, they sometimes tend to help with issues of constipation (in case you needed help in that area), they're flavor is sweeter than regular corn and blue corn is just prettier to look at. I've talked about blue corn pancakes before! But tis the season to eat down to earth meals. The healthier your choices, the less weight you gain during the holidays! ENJOY!

Check out this website on BLUE CORN!

I buy my blue corn pancake mix from WAR EAGLE MILLS.

The Healthy Gift Basket....

Who doesn't love See's Candy, Mrs. Fields, Mrs. Beasley's, etc.!?! Yeah, they're alright. Frankly, Godiva is really the only thing worth the calories... and homemade cookies. But one of the favorite things to receive at work is EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS. Organic? - no. Sugar free? - not completely. A healthier alternative to the normal holiday crap baskets? - definitely.

Fast Food and Alzheimer's...

This is what happens when moderation doesn't come into play. If this doesn't scare the beJesus out of you, then I'm not sure what will. Fast food is cheap, but not so healthy! Health food can be cheap too, and way healthy. I mean, give me a break - do people really think that you can have a full meal at $0.99 that hasn't been tampered with chemically, messing up your body in astronomical ways?

Anyway, just READ THIS.

PULL MY FINGER!


Not really. But tis the season to be jolly, merry and gloriously....full. I say this is the time of year we all get a little too friendly with the fattiest foods... and why shouldn't we? It's the best time of year! What health advice can I give you for this time of year - - MODERATION. Moderation is always choice, no matter the time of year.

So what is the food devil every holiday? - - DAIRY (amongst other things)! Keep the dairy intake to a minimum. Realize that everywhere you go there's eggnog, etc. YUM! So cut out the dairy from the other areas of your life - cheese with your wine, milk from your tea or coffee (switch to goat's milk products - yogurt, milk, etc.). Just an idea. And bloating and gas!? Well, that's just inevitable... so for some easy tricks of the gas trade, refer to one of my first blogs ever on FOOD COMBINATION!

Bottom line, enjoy the holidays to their fullest!

Ajax and Bleach!?!?!

Ok... I'm in the middle of moving and restoring my home back to its original state and I realized that I have purchased every eco-friendly ajax and bleach-type products available and I'm sorry but they DO NOT WORK! So, anyone out there have suggestions on how I can be more earth friendly in those areas. Something that's easy!!!! BRING ON THE SUGGESTIONS and I'll post them.