Thursday, February 26, 2009

LENT/DETOX!

All you Catholics and non-Catholics out there!!!! Use this LENT TIME to detox!!! I am going to attempt NO COFFEE AND a life SANS alcohol. Well, perhaps the occasional bottle, I mean glass, of red wine, but that's it. But truthfully, going to try to not drink until Easter! I could use a glass now after the day I've had, but instead will settle for a nice leaf of KALE to satisfy my alchy tooth. I kid, I kid. But, withdrawals are part of detoxing. I will just surround myself with good friends as a distraction instead. So tonight heading over to my friends, Farmer Jules' and Cait's house for a nice meal, SANS WINE (Lord give me the strength to resist!). I'm also going to attempt to not swear (I'm a sailor), which is like giving up oxygen for me. But it's worth an effing try. Want to beautify the soul, as well as my physical features.

:)

Red Wine and Marijuana Against Alzheimers

From Dr. Andrew Weil:

Sunday, February 22, 2009

JUICERS!

I've been getting a lot of people asking me what kind of juicer I think is the best juicer for them. I suggest Amazon.com as a great starting point to compare prices and read customer reviews. I love my Jack Lalanne Power Juicer. The price is great, it's a quality product and Jack Lalanne would not endorse a product that he didn't believe in. It's also very attractive and not as bulky as some juicers. Keep your juicer by a sink and makes cleaning it so much easier. If you're a clutter hater, then get rid of the other nonsense on your counter and make room for something that looks cool and enhances quality of life. Amazon has my exact model at great price. Remember that spending money on something that gives so much in return: vitamins, minerals, natural energy boost, youthful skin etc., is worth every penny. Find the best quality juicer that fits your budget. Here's mine:


Cucumber Apple Juice update..

I made this juice for some friends last night and learned that peeling the cucumber when making this juice is muy importante. The peels are too waxy for the juicer and bring a bitter taste to the juice. SO PEEL!

Here's the recipe again:

Cucumber Apple Juice (so damn good!)
1/2 - 1 cucumber, peeled
1 Fuji apple

(Juice in that order)

If I can't afford to buy organic vegetables and fruits, can I still be healthy?

From George Mateljan.

Daily Food Tip

If I can't afford to buy organic vegetables and fruits, can I still be healthy?

Yes, if you can't afford organic produce, you can still enjoy great health. If you can't buy organic produce, I would still encourage you to buy non-organic fruits and vegetables and enjoy a full array of different types.

However, I'd also recommend taking some additional steps with the non-organic produce that you purchase. It would be important to wash your non-organic fruit and vegetables well, using a natural bristle brush to lightly scrub the surface, so that you can remove some of the pesticide residues that may be present.

You may also want to peel conventionally grown cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, and apples. This peeling recommendation is due to two factors. First, the outermost surfaces of fruits and vegetables may be the most affected by pesticide spraying. Second, the above types of produce often have petroleum-based wax coatings that may work against your best health. (The situation with the peeling of non-organic produce is exactly opposite from the situation with organic fruits and vegetables. With organic produce, you almost always want to keep the peels and skins intact because they are among the most nutrient-rich parts of any food.)

Do you have a farmer's market near you? If so, you may want to buy your produce there. Even if the produce you find there is not certified organic, chances are that it may contain less pesticide residues than produce available in larger grocery stores that do not focus on locally grown foods. Many small farmers don't go through the process of organic certification but still grow their produce with minimal, if any, agricultural chemicals.

For more information on this topic, please see:

If you have any questions about today's Daily Tip Ask George Your Question

Friday, February 20, 2009

FOOD AND SLEEP...

Two Angry Moms



I went on Ann Cooper's BLOG and found a link to TWO ANGRY MOMS. Check it out!



Mavericks of Medicine

This might be an interesting read:

Mavericks of Medicine


Just read this excerpt from the Introduction:

What's Wrong With Modern Medicine

and

How Can We Improve It?

Almost everyone agrees that something is wrong with modern medicine. I recently attended a talk given by Andrew Weil, and when he announced his prediction that the healthcare system in America would soon collapse, everyone in the room vigorously applauded. However, although most people agree that something is wrong with modern medicine, not everyone agrees as to what it is and what to do about it.

On a most basic level, many patients simply feel that their physicians can't relate to what they're going through and that they're treated like a statistic. As a way to help remedy this situation, mind-body physician Bernie Siegel told me, "One simple suggestion would be to put every doctor into a hospital bed for a week as a patient. Put them in a hospital where they are not known, and have them admitted with a life-threatening illness as their diagnosis. Then let them stay there."

Another big problem with modern medicine is expense. The skyrocketing costs of healthcare, and the lack of healthcare insurance by many, is a serious problem. According to Larry Dossey, the author of Space, Time, and Medicine, "We're nearing fifty million people in this country who don't have health insurance." So what does Dr. Dossey suggest? "We need government-financed, centralized healthcare for everybody," he said.

However, not everyone that I spoke with agrees that socialized healthcare is such a good idea. When I spoke with life extension researcher Durk Pearson he said, "The most dangerous possible thing I can think of—other than having a complete police state like Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia—is to have a national medical program. Because, believe me, they are not going to be acting in your interest—they're going to be acting in their interest. There's no such thing as a free lunch. When you have a government health system, you have a bunch of bureaucrats telling you when it's time to die. The reason is very simple. They'll never collect back from you as much tax money as they spend taking care of you, so it's time for you to die.
Read up on Nobel prize-winning economist James Buchanan's Public Choice Theory."

Ironically, many people also seriously question the safety of modern medicine—and for good reason. Dr. Dossey also told me that, "The death rate in American hospitals from medical mistakes, errors, and the side-effects of drugs now ranks as the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer." Although some people who have studied the statistics that Dr. Dossey is referring to disagree with this figures, they don't disagree by much, as even the most hard-nosed skeptics rank medical errors and drug side-effects as the fifth or sixth leading cause of death in American hospitals. Not a very comforting thought.

So the lack of trust that many people have toward modern medicine is understandable. However, an even greater cause for concern is that many people think that the medical establishment and the federal government are deliberately impeding medical advances that might divert profits away from pharmaceutical companies. For example, Durk Pearson—who won a landmark lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), charging the government agency with unconstitutionally restricting manufacturers from distributing truthful health information that could save people's lives--told me that he thought that the FDA was "the biggest barrier between life extension and people."

Pearson told me that this is simply because many people in the FDA are financially intertwined with the pharmaceutical companies. According to Pearson's partner, life extension researcher Sandy Shaw "... right now the FDA favors drug companies. There's no doubt about it. The drug companies are in bed with the FDA. The FDA is in bed with the drug companies." What this means is that the FDA generally supports patented drugs over natural dietary supplements—regardless of the scientific evidence—because the drug companies can't profit off them.

Pharmaceutical companies are seen by many as being motivated primarily by profit, and a lot of people are concerned that this motivation adversely effects their research agendas and marketing strategies. To help solve this problem, retrovirus researcher Peter Duesberg suggested that we "Generate a free market for scientific ideas in which funding depends on logic, scientific principles, and useful results, rather than on the approval ... of "peer-review." Since the "peers" represent the established scientific monopolies their self-interest demands "science" that confirms and extends the status quo—rather than innovation, which threatens their considerable scientific and commercial investments."

When I spoke with natural medicine advocate Jonathan Wright he offered some insight into why the research agendas of the pharmaceutical companies might be off track to begin with. He said, "So far as medicine in general goes, our very biggest mistake ... started in the early part of the twentieth century, and it continues to this day—and that is, relying on patent medicines to heal the body. This has been an enormous mistake, because the condition necessary to patent anything says that it can not occur in nature. But our bodies are made of materials that are entirely natural ... The best it's going to do is suppress symptoms, and yet the medical profession has gone along with this for over a century."

However, Dr. Wright told me that he thought that the solution to this problem was very simple. He said, "Everything we need to do can be summed up in these two words: copy nature." For example, research has shown that when engaging in hormone replacement therapy it is essential that one use hormones that are biologically identical to those found in the human body, if one wishes to avoid the potentially deadly side-effects from taking patented synthetic hormones. The scientific evidence certainly suggests that we should avoid that which is unnatural to the body, and that an important secret to health and longevity is simply to mimic what nature does. Others point out that this is a good place to start, but that we can also significantly improve upon nature.

Our conventional medical system is entirely oriented toward the treatment of disease, illness, and injury. Little attention is given to making healthy people healthier and for improving physical, sexual, and cognitive performance. However, there are now many drugs, herbs, and nutrients available that have been shown to improve physical endurance, cognitive abilities, memory, and sexual performance. In the pages that follow, I discuss these drugs and dietary supplements with Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, Jonathan Wright, Ray Kurzweil, and others.

These performance-enhancing supplements appear to compensate for some of the decline in performance caused by aging. If cognitive and sexual performance can be enhanced in the elderly then perhaps other consequences of aging can also be reversed. Understanding and reversing the aging process is another important theme in this book.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

What Are Healthy Bowels?

Do not be so shy! BOWELS ARE THE BASIS OF HEALTH! Yeah, poop. Poopers! So immature.

Anyway, jokes aside, you can learn a lot from your poop. Imagine if the sewers near your home got clogged and did not drain properly. Well, now imagine if the same were true for your own sewage system. The toxins getting into your bloodstream, the bloating, etc. Your sewage system is not to be ignored, but should be glorified. This is a great article for some basic information on what makes healthy bowels!

Wine Glass...

May I make a suggestion? When you make your juice, pour it in a wine glass to enjoy. It makes the whole experience so much more glamorous. We could all use a little more glamor in our lives, eh?

Strawberry Green Juice/ Kale Apple Juice

Well, sitting here in my apartment in workout clothes at 7:23am, drinking a cafe latte, yes I'm a crack addict today, watching my cat, Thunder, beg me for some scratches and trying to decide what juice to make right now. I am still under the weather, which we know drinking espresso isn't great for, but, like in the words of Auntie Mame, "I want to live, live, LIVE!" I'm rather enjoying being naughty today - - my latte is delish!

Anyway, yesterday I had two great juices, and I will say I prefer one over the other, but variety is the spice of life.

Strawberry Green Juice
(to be blended in this order)

1 bunch of nettle
2 stems of kale
4 strawberries
1 carrot

This was pretty good. Tasted like strawberries and I got all my vitamins. But my absolute favorite juice of the moment...

Kale Apple Juice
(to be blended in this order)

3 stems of kale
1 whole apple(Fuji is best)

While Kale is a rather bitter leaf, but blended with a Fuji apple, it turns into a plethora of sweetness, bringing out the flavor of the apple. OMG! It's a little bit of heaven on earth.

Ok, both juices cost MAYBE $1 each. MAYBE. That's worst case. How much would Robeks or Jamba Juice be? AND, they are filled with sugar, frozen products and give you brain freeze. Lame.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Some Info on Dandelion

I'm loving dandelion, but perhaps learning the benefits of this herb might encourage some of you to find some and make your own delicious dandelion dishes:

Experimental Dinner: Dandelion and Quinoa

So I'm a little under the weather, nothing to write home about, but no doubt I'm sick. Boo. Anyway, last night I wanted to make a nutritious, light and simple meal. I had quinoa pre-made from Sunday night. I try and make a big batch once a week so that I just have it around to throw in salads, or to reheat and make with a simple side dish.

So, I had some dandelion that I purchased from the farmer's market on Sunday. Most farmer's markets should have dandelion. In a pan, I put about 4 tbsp of water. I cut the dandelion in thirds and used the entire plant, stem to leaf in the pan and sauteed them until steamed, added pepper and the quinoa, stirred and voila! It was a delicious, simple, healthy dish. It took maybe 5 min. to make. And the cost of the meal, maybe $1. NO JOKE.

Can I be honest, that I am not sure how much of the nutrients from the dandelion is lost when prepared this way, but I look at it as, well, isn't this a crap load healthier than the dollar menu at Micky D's?!!!!!!!!! So enjoy!

BE CREATIVE AND COOK!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

MUST WATCH!!!!

I know, I know. I just posted this video two entries ago! But seriously people, WATCH THIS VIDEO. I just watched it for the third time. We can all learn SOMETHING from Ann Cooper. There is a serious problem in this country and we need to grab obesity, diabetes and other food-related diseases and health problems by the THROAT! They are destroying life for us and the future! HEALTH IS EVERYTHING. Without our health, we have nothing.

Let's educate ourselves.

WATCH THE VIDEO and share it with friends. Learn about what we can do to change this country's view of health and nutrition. Let's work together to make it A PRIORITY!

Ann Cooper, My New Hero

Reinventing the School Lunch

Watch this video. Ann Cooper makes some incredibly valid points. Her comparison of farmers and prisoners is GENIUS! WATCH! We are what we eat.

And since we're on the topic of NETTLE

Everything Green Juice

I woke up with what seems to be the beginning stages of the flu. My body is in major transition at the moment so, I'm not surprised. I woke up and somehow managed to make a fantastic juice. The Melrose Place farmer's market was especially loaded with the greens: dandelion, kale, etc. I even purchased some golden beets, they're not green, but whatever.

Everything Green Juice
(to be juiced in this order)
handful of all the Dandelion
3 stems of Kale
1/2 apple
1 golden beat with leaves attached

DELICIOUS. I feel good. I ate about 90% raw today. A healthy light dinner, a good night's sleep, some green tea with nettle - should do the trick.

Tomorrow I hope to blog about how to make fresh nettle tea! xo

PEACE, LOVE AND HEALTH!

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Who knew Tai chi had such wonderful benefits! THIS IS A MUST READ!

Tai chi and it's effects on:

Parkinson’s disease

Osteoporosis

Blood Pressure

Heart disease

Diabetes

Depression

Sleep

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Renee Loux: Sustainable Wine Tour...

For all your winos, check this out:

Renee Loux

A guy at my work had about a hundred of Renée Loux's book, The Balanced Plate, just sitting around (I think he's a friend of hers), so I did what any aspiring nutritionist would do - - took one! But it was only until recently that I opened the book and discovered the gems inside. BUY THIS BOOK, PEOPLE!!!!! It has everything from how to make natural household cleaners, to what plants and herbs are best for your home, to recipes, to everything having to do with being green and sustainable. Amazing. So get ready to hear more about her in the next few weeks.

Check out her website:

Renée Loux

Hippy Gourmet with Renee Loux

Quote of the Day!


The superior doctor prevents sickness;
The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness;
The inferior doctor treats actual sickness.

Chinese Proverb



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....

ORDER HERE

If you have any questions, email Jeremy directly at: Rendina@gmail.com!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Heart Attack Grill...

For your amusement:


Watch CBS Videos Online

History of Neti Pot


Living in LA with the pollution, pollen, dust, whatever, you realize how much your allergies, sinuses and overall body are effected and suffer. Even today I woke up with a terrible sinus headache right on my temples and behind my ears. Yuck. I believe it was last year that I discussed neti pots, but now I need to buy my own and get going on what seems to be the answer to all my respiratory problems. It appears to be the BEST natural way to get rid of the common cold, sinuse infections, etc.

Nasal irrigation has been used by practitioners of Ayurvedic and yoga in India for thousands of years. Jala Neti, or neti pot, is one of six purification techniques used to prepare the body for yoga. Jala Neti, though relatively less known in Western culture, is a common practice in parts of India and other areas in South Asia where it is as routine as brushing one's teeth and washing one's face. It is recommended to perform this nasal irrigation once in the morning and once at night, but I read it can be done up to four times a day. Of course, this varies from person to person cause well, if you haven't noticed by now, everyone is different. So do your own research!

The nasal passage is considered to be the doorway to many illnesses and diseases and keeping those passages clear and mucous membranes moist can help prevent these problems from plaguing your body including upper respiratory tract infections, fever, allergies, etc. The saline solution is a smooth and non-invasive procedure. I don't see any bad side effects from doing this, but if you know of any, COMMENT!

Ok, now a video: Spring Cleaning For Your Nose



Neti Pot - What and How?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN ON EARTH

OMFREAKINGG!!!!!!! Please Lord, keep a stash of this in heaven for me. Can you imagine what this must taste like?!


Salt-Baked Trout


A dear friend of mine gave me the newest issue of Food and Wine (March 2009) 40 Healthy and Delicious Recipes. BUY IT! Easiest, most delicious-looking recipes.

Anyway, this particular recipe caught my eye. Fish baked in salt? Perhaps it's familiar to you, but I, on the other hand, have never heard such a thing!


Pull My Finger: The Truth About Gas


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 or parsnips 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 and hurts your prostate. 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 easier 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 nacho ... mmmmmmm. There is even goat cheese brie! I love it. Find it at Trader Joe's. Seriously, it's goat heaven!

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!

Get Healthy

Ummmm, this makes me never want to eat anything bad, ever again...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mashed Parsnips (side dish)

Mmmmmmm. I went to Trader Joe's on Friday and decided to try something other than my normal weekly menu regime, so I decided to get some parsnips. Parsnips are a root vegetable and are a great source of fiber. From How Stuff Works:
Parsnips may seem like an exotic vegetable that is unfamiliar to many, but what they have to offer your diet is twofold: Their fiber content is great for digestion and their sweet taste is satisfying without being high in calories.

Parsnips shine as a fiber source. They're high in soluble fiber, the type that helps lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar on an even keel. They're a surprising source of folic acid, that B vitamin which women who are planning a family require to help reduce the risk of certain disabling birth defects. Folic acid also plays a role in reducing heart disease and may help prevent dementia and osteoporosis bone fractures. And potassium, an aid to blood pressure, is present in ample quantities. Unlike their carrot cousins, however, parsnips lack beta-carotene.

So now for the good stuff - - THE RECIPE!

MASHED PARSNIPS (so easy!!!)

1 bag of Parsnips from Trader Joe's - about 8 parsnips.

Peel the parsnips and then cut in half and boil in water until soft.
Put in the blender with some of the water boiled with the parsnips,
2 tbsp butter, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.
Blend all together until smooth.
If you're vegan, leave out the butter - it's still delicious!!!!!


Serves about 2 - 4, depending if you want second servings. Mmmmmmm.


Friday, February 6, 2009

PLANT PORN

LUNCH!

I made a freaking delicious lunch at work today. Didn't take pictures, but listen closely and you can make it just as easily.

This morning when I woke up, I steamed bok choy for about three minutes than sauteed it in a pan with butter salt and pepper. I put that in a container and took it to work. I also brought the Herb Salad Mix from Trader Joe's and Wild Rice (precooked) also from Trader Joe's. It comes in packets - ask someone there if you don't know where to find it.

For the salad, I just added some onion sprouts, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper and chicken seasoning (it's just a bunch of herbs thrown together, sans salt). I threw the wild rice and bok choy in the microwave to heat it up, added salt to the rice and grated goat cheese all over it (that I got from the farmer's market) and threw it altogether on a plate and gobbled it right up! Next time, pictures.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Quote of the Day!



"To eat is a necessity,
but to eat intelligently is an art."


~ La Rochefoucauld


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Easy Easy Easy Salad Dressings..

Now there's no excuse to eat your greens!!!!

Juice: Dandelion and Pear

I have a very upset stomach at the moment. I am not sure if it's from my dinner last night, or from my juicing this morning! Pear and Dandelion - - so much fiber! Just waiting for it to perform it's magic.


Pear and Dandelion Juice

1 handful of dandelion leaves and stems
2 pears
(in that order)

AND VOILA! It's delish!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Growing An Avocado Tree

It's a totally functional plant. Easy to care for, you can eat the fruit and can be grown inside! It's what's on the inside that counts! Anyway, my dear friend Lizzie gave me the book the Artful Avocado and I am totally inspired to grow my own. I just ate an avocado I purchased from the farmer's market yesterday, so I know it's a seed that's without nasty pesticides and has been given love n' care.

Garlic Collard Greens

On the note of dark leafy greens, check out this easy, amazing and super nutritious recipe from George Mateljan's website. Learn all about them and get the recipe below.

Dandelion Coffee

For those of us with our inability to quit coffee, "I can't quit you," check out this information on dandelion coffee posted on Wikipedia.

DEODORANTS!

I think I found a natural deodorant that actually works! A miracle. I have gone through about 3 different kinds since the New Year. Not all Nature's Gate deodorants work. This Asian Pear Red Tea one SUCKS! Used it for maybe a little less than a week during the time I was moving my apartment, and Lord... my poor brother-in-law!!! Anyway, I'm currently using Autumn Breeze. They have all the seasons (Spring, Summer, Winter), but the only one I can attest for is Autumn Breeze. Let's hope it keeps working!!!!

WELEDA TOOTHPASTE


My new favorite thing at the moment is Weleda Salt Toothpaste, which I picked up yesterday from Whole Foods. So far, my teeth feel amazing without having to floss (I still floss - not to worry). Normally I have to floss to get this clean feeling. And it naturally whitens and prevents tartar build up.

TRY IT! It was around $5, if not less.

Dandelion Apple Juice

Amazing. The last entry was the 400th post!!!!

I have been back into juicing and I mean REALLY BACK! Doing it all the time. I went to the farmer's market on Melrose Place (near La Cienega) yesterday and picked up some mighty fresh and organic dandelion weeds. I thought it would make a great spinach-like dish, or could be wonderful for juicing.

Dandelion, or "lion's tooth," is a common weed found mainly in the northern hemisphere, although I find it near dumpsters mid-city. But I wouldn't suggest using those. The leaves are an amazing source of Vitamin A and is amazing in the digestive department. In fact after my apple-dandelion juice this morning, my system was CLEANED OUT! It's great for constipation AND water retention. Read more about dandelion.



APPLE DANDELION JUICE
Juice them in the order below - soft items before hard items.

a handful of dandelion leaves w/ stems attached
2 apples (fuji has the most juice)

ENJOY!

Beating the Blues Naturally...

God, I could have so used this advice last Thursday when I was feeling sooooo down. I didn't realize just how effective these natural remedies could be!