Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brenda Watson: 10 Best Cleansing Foods

This is taken directly from digestive care expert, Brenda Watson's e-newsletter.

Eating for Your Health: The 10 Best Cleansing Foods

With every bite of food you eat, you have the power to help cleanse your body. The key is getting enough fiber and antioxidants.

Fiber -- found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains -- helps absorb and eliminate toxins from the bowel. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals (highly reactive molecules that can damage cells) and reduce oxidative stress, which has been linked to many degenerative diseases and certain types of cancer.

Antioxidant vitamins and minerals are readily available in the same foods that are high in fiber and helpful phytonutrients (the disease-resistant nutrients found naturally in many plants).

Because organic food is grown without pesticides or herbicides and is fed with natural fertilizers, you should eat organic foods whenever possible. In addition, studies have shown that organic food often contains higher levels of vitamins and minerals than food grown using conventional farming methods. The USDA recently ranked foods in order their antioxidant properties in a report released in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. After investigating more than 100 different foods, the following were found to contain the highest concentration of antioxidants.

They are also high in fiber.

1. Small red beans (dried)
2. Wild blueberries
3. Red kidney beans
4. Pinto beans
5. Blueberries (cultivated)
6. Cranberries
7. Artichokes (cooked)
8. Blackberries
9. Prunes
10. Raspberries

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Urban Farming... in your apartment!


New Snack...

I don't know what it is, but I have been eating non-stop for the past couple days. That can only mean one thing... my woman's time is coming up! I have brought a crap load of snacks to work that have been completely eaten by 3:00. Now looking for new things to munch on. Found something!

Repeat Video: Right Brain

Discover the beauty of the right brain.

I know I've posted this before. You'll learn more each time you watch it.


Anyone else suffering from major sinus headache today?????! It's awful.

Vitamin D - The New Acne Cure?

Ok, so my friend Noel (I call her Christmas) was recently told by her doctor that she is lacking the Vitamin D in her life. Bummer. So her doctor prescribed for her vitamin D capsules. Of course, she's taking prescription vitamin D so her dose is much larger than what is found over-the-counter. So this morning Christmas IM's me and tells me that her skin has never looked better. Blemish free, glowing, beautiful. She hasn't put an ounce of makeup on all week. Ummm, gimme!!!! I'm going to check this out and see if it helps my skin. Before you decide to do the same, consult your physician to get a consultation and see what dosage is right for you. Do your own research! Vitamins, if taken incorrectly can be as dangerous as prescription pills, and they're not FDA approved. Remember, I am no doctor, but sounds like Vitamin D might help the skin tremendously.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mayan Hot Chocolate

Not sure why, but I have a major sweet tooth - - it's not even a "woman's day" for me. Here is what I think could be possibly the most delicious hot chocolate EVER. I have yet to try it, but have the ingredients at home. Doing this tonight!


Just FYI - the blueberries at Trader Joe's right now are AWESOME!!!!!!!! I can only speak for Los Angeles, but I have a feeling this might be true most places.


Chicks With Knives Recipe: Carrot-Fennel Soup

Thank you Chicks With Knives for Sharing this incredible soup!!! This is one of the delicious plates I had Sunday night when volunteering for the supper club. Enjoy!

(Adapted from the New School of Cooking)
2 fennel bulbs, sliced thin
3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
3 lbs. carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups vegetable stock
Salt and white pepper
1 orange, juiced and zested

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium high heat and add oil. Sautee fennel, carrots, and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the stock, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until vegetables are extremely tender. Remove soup from the heat and add orange juice and zest and season to taste. Puree soup with an immersion blender until silky smooth.

Chicks With Knives

So just sitting here at my desk, tired as hell, drinking my lemon water, smelling the yumminess of my miso soup, trying to get my mind in WORK MODE! Anyhoot. I just had to share with you my experience on Sunday evening. I have brought to your attention before the supper club put on by Chicks With Knives. Pace Webb and Rachael Narins started this awesome sustainable supper club using only local and organic ingredients. I had the pleasure of volunteering for their last meal on Sunday for 54 people and the menu included:

Carrot-Fennel Soup with House-Made Crackers &
Black Olive Tapanade
Smoked Mushroom Salad with Red Mustard &
Cepe Oil Vinaigrette
Steamship Style Beef Short Ribs with
Root Vegetable Mash & Hash

Sticky Almond Cake with Blood Orange Curd &
Meyer Lemon Sugar Glass

It is worth every penny and more. The meal was INCREDIBLE!!!! And their dedication to serve quality food and their respect to Mother Nature by recycling, composting and reusing left over foods, plastics, foil, you name it, is an inspiration and reminds me to never get lazy when it comes to saving the planet. CHECK THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Two weeks ago I mentioned that in effort to help my mother, I would make it a goal to understand and learn all I can about GERD. I want to help her cure her chronic cough and her acid indigestion that has plagued her for about 5 years now. And like, duh, I'm gonna blog about it and share this with all of you. Let's start with this basic video:

Quote of the Day!

"Many believe smoking relieves boredom. This is a fallacy. Boredom is a frame of mind. There is nothing interesting about a cigarette."

- Allen Carr, author of The Easy Way to Stop Smoking

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fresh Start

Kerry, thank you for sharing this awesome article! Get the food in your kitchen in order! That's an order! Read this article to get inspired.

2009 Lunar Calendars!!!

Check out this radness! My friend Jeremy Rendina made these, and you can own one, two or three or just grab all of them! They make excellent gifts...
And they glow in the dark.

The calendars are $15 postage paid
(overseas need write for quotes)

All calendars are hand pulled silkscreen prints
and are in Universal time....


If you have any questions, email Jeremy directly at:!

Another Year, Another Wrinkle

Tuesday, January 6, 2009