Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I feel good!

Today I partied with my first koala at the Melbourne Zoo. ha! While it was really exciting, I could not ignore the fact that my body was weak and tired. I have not had a proper sleep in a few days and the jetlag is starting to take it's toll on my body. Plus I've been fighting something for the past month. My body was aching yesterday and my wonderful cousin, Dean, treated me to a massage which did a world of good. To combat what might be a cold... or possibly Swine Flu. I'm kidding, but only sort of kidding. The Victorian newspaper, The Age wrote that 757 cases were reported overnight. The area is in "sustain period" which means they're treating patients with swine-flu-like symptoms. Freaky. No one is worried and the situation is definitely under control, but still. Anyway, back to preventative medicine, I've also been stuffing my face with lots of Zinc, vitamin C and other cold-fighting vitamins like Propolis (given to me by my cousin wife) and this Chinese herbal stuff called Fusion Health: Ancient Wisdom Modern Medicine for Cold, Flu and Cough; and of course, tons of green tea (major antioxidant). What I really should be doing is sleeping. I'm relaxing right writing this thing and wearing my very first, new pair of magically delicious Uggs. I'm in Australia after all.

Propolis. What is it? Propolis is what bees use to seal unwanted gaps in their beehives. It's believed that it has immune-boosting agents. Propolis also promotes a healthy heart, and fights off the allergies, sore throats and other ailments. I'm using a particular brand that is native to Australia, but it's probably best to try and find a brand that is native to where you live. If you can't find it, HERE is the Australian brand. Remember to research whatever vitamin you decide to take in order to make sure they are suitable for your body!!

Fusion Health is a Chinese herbal company and the Cold, Flu and Cough seems to be working really well. I feel so much better since I popped a few vitamins earlier today. Here is some information taken directly from the Fusion Health Website:
Fusion Health COLD FLU COUGH is a powerful modern Chinese herbal medicine used to stimulate the immune system.

COLD FLU COUGH contains the scientifically researched herbs Echinacea and Andrographis blended with seven other potent anti infection Chinese herbs including Forsythia, Lonicera and Isatis to provide antibacterial, antiviral, antiinflammatory, decongestant, expectorant, detoxifying and fever reducing actions.

COLD FLU COUGH helps relieve the symptoms of flu, cold, tonsillitis, laryngitis, including fever, pain, sore throat, cough and mucus congestion. May be taken at least 2 hours apart from antibiotics.
Then of course there's Zinc, probably the best preventative cold vitamin aside from the obvious Vitamin C. It's also a great vitamin for detoxing from alcohol. It promotes healthy bones, healthy brain and great for the skin - - but in my case it's fabulous to up the immune system and prevent colds. It's best when taken at the first signs of a cold... right when you don't feel totally right, TAKE IT! Works so well!

The last but not least remedy to prevent a cold... POSITIVE THINKING! I keep telling myself that I FEEL GOOD, I FEEL HEALTHY! I use positive words and don't allow myself to think that I will get ______! Don't want to even say it!

Anyway... off to dinner with my family! OZ IS THE GREATEST!

Nothing is Impossible

Inspiration!

Water Wise


Australians are very environmentally aware. Everyone has toilets that have a dual flush system. You can either have the 1/2 flush or full flush, depending on, you know, the amount you need to flush. Save water... we seriously need this in America.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Unbelievable

Collins Street - John Brack

There is truly nothing so amazing as Melbourne, Australia... I mean, of course there is, but right now, for me, this is it. It's winter here, pouring rain at the moment and it's so beautiful and clean and I can't think of any other place I would want to be. My cousins, who I am staying with, are off at the gym and I thought I'd stay behind to write in my journal and share with all of you my thoughts on travel. The beauty of traveling and seeing things beyond the comfort of our familiar horizons is so important. Get outside and see the world and all it has to offer... there's a LOT it offers! It isn't necessary to travel a million miles away in order to do this. I think when we get out of our zones we are able to live life to the fullest, we gain more perspective, we are able to objectively see what we can improve in our lives by seeing how others live theirs. I don't mean we should emulate and try to copy others, but sometimes we need other people to really see ourselves. I'm realizing that people all over the world are similar to us, going through similar circumstances and motions just like us. People over here struggle with economic tragedies, deaths, sickness, pms (haha), etc. yet how they deal with it is the example I wish more people would follow. If I were to never leave Los Angeles, I would only be familiar with the superficial, unrealistic way of life. Let's be honest, there is not many places in the world like LA -- you cannot deny the "Hollywood" aspect of it. I was born and raised dead center to this way of life. It's so nice to be in a place like Melbourne where no one cares what other people think. People don't feel the need to brag about how much money they have. There is hardly a homeless population, health care is way better, food is not run by big business, you know exactly where it comes from... and these are just a few things to look at. How amazing would it be if you could walk into a market and not worry about what you're buying, where it came from, what the heck is in it. Is it organic? Is it really chicken? How great would it be for the government to pay for health care, but also have the option of going to private institutions. Gosh, I would just love it if these things were available where I live... but I'm only aware that these are possibilies because I've now seen it exist elsewhere. Anyway... enough of my thoughts. But I cannot deny I am totally effected by the Aussie way of life, and definitely cannot ignore how much I love it here - - it's so chill!

I went to the Ian Potter Museum to see the Aboriginal (Indigenous Australians - like our Native Americans) ART, and other famous local artists like John Brack, who I fell in love with... and I just realized it's probably because we share the same birthday. What a joy. For breakfast, I walked to the quaintest, Parisian-like cafe from where I'm staying in Toorak, Victoria and had myself a 'skinny' or non-fat latte and croissant. For lunch I enjoyed a beautiful broccoli soup at another cafe that I can't remember the name of. Tonight I head to the Crown Casino, Can't wait. So much rich culture here. The atmosphere is serene, pure air to breathe, people so friendly it's almost awkward. I'm just loving it. BLOODY WONDERFUL! :D

Friday, June 19, 2009

AND...

I'M OFF! I'M OFF TO THE WONDERFUL LAND OF OZ (AUSTRALIA)!!!!!

XO


Oh Dear -

GREEN AUSSIE!

To go with today's theme:

A U S T R A L I A!

Eeeeeek! I cannot believe I am leaving tonight for AUSTRALIA! Can't wait. I will be checking out lots of farms and doing all the touristy stuff every place I go... and I'm going ALL OVER!

This means that I will most likely not blog for about 2 weeks. :( But, will definitely try!!!!!!

Can you handle the cuteness above!?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Waxman-Markey Bill

Criminalizing Organic Farming

Quote of the Day!



"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far."


~Thomas Jefferson



Ummmmm

Sleepy Vitamin D


Was in my old hood last night in Eagle Rock, CA where I lived while attending Occidental College (where Obama went for two years). I too went there only 2 years after realizing art history and comparative literature, while fascinating, were not my calling. Anyway, ate at Casa Bianca, a great pizza house and then saw the BRILLIANT bands Entrance and Sleepy Sun at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts with my friends Cait, Summer, Maya and Titian. Both bands are REAL performers. I got tickets for free by winning a blog contest for funniest joke. Damn!

Here's my joke:

A screw driver walks into a bar, sits down, leans over the counter and yells "Hey 'keep, can I get a drink over here?" The bartender nods and walks down and says, "You know, Screwdriver, we have a drink named after you." The Screwdriver says, "You have a drink named GARY!?"

HA! Yeah, keep reading it until it gets funny.
Get Sleepy Sun's new album Embrace - - out now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Word From Chef Ann Cooper

Meal Planning Continued....

Mmmmmkay. So this is the second follow up to the Meal Planning entry I wrote before. We had a couple comments from people that said spending $200 a month on 2 people is a lot. They actually spend less. I have yet to hear from them, but I'm hoping to get their grocery lists so I can share with you how to save money. Hopefully we'll hear soon. But, if you think about it, spending money on our health should be the most important thing and at the same level as rent, tuition, bills, etc. Now, let's be realistic, not everyone can afford that, so yes, compromises can be made... but I hope we're not sacrificing our health for shopping, etc. In this economy, no matter what we must be FRUGAL and smart about our money.

Ok.... but that being said, I received an email from my friend Kristin who gave me the idea to blog about Meal Planning and I find her input very insightful. People, what we put in our bodies is SO important. You cannot cheat the system... in this case the human body system.

Here's what Kristin wrote:

Hey Ladybug (hehe - I love that she calls me that!),

so i was just reading your blog and i guess i never saw the original post about my $200 budget. anyway, i went back and read it and started to think - - why that may still seem too expensive for some people, i think i have some more answers in addition to your awesome bottom line answer which is: buying organic healthy food that must be prepared!!

1) it's important to eat a variety of food...to build up the immune system and fight off allergies. not to mention eating what's in season. my boyfriend reminded me that since we moved in together, i have not cooked the same thing twice! (i have no staples except my guilty pleasure of Trader Joe's Organic 3-Cheese pizza). But still, if I want to cook Moroccan, Greek, or Brazilian food, I will find a way to do it as inexpensively as possible. But perhaps I spend a little more on Saffron or organic meat. It is dirt cheap to eat spaghetti, PB'nJ, soup and cereal every day of your life but BLAH...i think the lycopene in the tomato sauce is the only decent ingredient!

2) spending extra on cancer fighting foods. i can't deny that i believe in the power-foods that fight off cancer: berries, salmon, leafy greens. though they are expensive, i always shift money around so I can eat berries every single day (even when they aren't in season - -which means a little more $$$$). and i only eat wild caught fish, never farm raised.

you are so right dahling, you must pay for what you put inside your temple!!

xoxo,

Kristin



THAT'S MY GIRL! And that's the truth. Think of food/nutrition as a monthly bill that if you skip out on will HURT your credit. Listen, we're all in a bunch... but try and rearrange your budget to make your body your #1 priority.

:D

7:10am


So woke up late this morning at 7:10am - eeeeek, but still managed to get to the bus stop on time, but did not manage to get to work on time. The bus driver apparently likes the number 20... 20 miles per hour, I mean. He drove slower than my 98 year old grandfather drove his Caddy. I was annoyed, clearly. But, what can you do? I mean when the fastest line, the 920, is getting passed by the 720 line which stops every 10 seconds, you know there's a problem.

I just keep focusing on the fact that in 2 days I will be on a plane to Australia! YAY!

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww

Monday, June 15, 2009

PROSTATE CANCER

... MEN, you must be careful and take care of your prostate. Preventative medicine is the BEST medicine. Take some advice from Dr. Weil.



I'm a GIRL GONE WEIL!

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE

What a great tool to learn about how to improve our children's lunches with menu ideas, ways you can demand healthier cafeterias, etc. GO NOW! Save our children from obesity and food-related diseases. Don't let the food industry dictate what our children eat and certainly do not allow your children decide what they are going to eat. Parents are in charge and have the power to make a huge difference!!!

CAFETERIA



Food...


I had a couple people comment on my menu planning post a few posts back. I talked about how my friend Kristin plans her entire meal for the week and has now cut her costs to $200 for two people per month. I had two comments that that seemed like a lot of money. So I asked these the people who commented what they do for their grocery lists. If any of you have ways of cutting costs on groceries without cutting the nutritional value in your diet, please email me to let me know. I would love to learn to spend less on food than I already do. And I realize that gardens are the best way to do this, but I live in a studio and have no garden. I grow some things inside. Remember, I am looking for organic, quality, HEALTHY food. I realize that we can spend nearly nothing if we purchase instant this, condensed that, etc. I'm talking REAL foods that fill you up and keep you healthy! I find it important to spend my money on the food that goes in my body. This is a far more important aspect of my life than entertainment or shopping, for example. So without sacrificing our health, how do you save your money on groceries?????

Remember food is everything. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! Therefore, making sacrifices with our health is NEVER an option.

MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR FOOD INC. IN TO UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO BUY QUALITY, ORGANIC FOODS!



Thanks!!!

FOOD INC.



Green Jobs!

From Mother Earth News:



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Some Facts About Hemp Milk


This data is taken from PittsburghPost-Gazette.com from an article by Bob Batz Jr.:

The "milk," which just began to be sold this year, is made from the "nuts" or seeds of the industrial hemp plant, which is illegal for U.S. farmers to grow.

That hasn't been allowed, except for an experimental stint in Hawaii, since the late 1950s. This though the seeds and fibers from the industrial plant contain only trace amounts of the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is what makes the leaves and flowering tops of regular Cannabis sativa marijuana.

Indeed, the nutrition facts breakdown for one cup (8 ounces) can make you feel as if you're hallucinating: 46 percent of your daily calcium and 43 percent of your phosphorus?

The beverage is fortified with other vitamins and minerals, including D2 (25 percent), B12 (25 percent) and riboflavin (31).

What it doesn't present is any allergic reactions for those who can't consume dairy, tree nuts or soy, and no cholesterol or cane sugar. The manufacturer says unlike soy protein, hemp protein doesn't contain high levels of enzyme inhibitors, phytates ("which can interfere with the proper assimilation of essential minerals") or oligosaccharides ("which cause flatulence and stomach distress").


Thanks Bob! Now check out the NUTRITION FACTS.

Hmmm.

Hmmm. Well ------ I tried the hot cocoa. I used honey to sweeten. I don't like things too sweet, so added just a little bit. The hemp milk is very chalky. I like it, but haven't decided if it's a good combo with the unsweetened cocoa powder. Trial and error. Perhaps the vanilla hemp milk would be better?

Anyway, that's what learning to enjoy nutritious tasting food is about - - Experimentation!

Hemp Milk?

I was all prepared to take the bus home today, until I got a call from my mother insisting to pick me up. :D What a good woman. I was actually excited to exercise, but spending time with my mom sounded pretty nice. So we went to Whole Paycheck, I kid, I kid. Whole Foods can be cheap if you know what to buy. Anyway, I felt like treating myself to some yummy cocoa powder and some rice milk. Cocoa powder is as delicate to the pallet as wine. Chose wisely your cocoa powder, so that you can REALLY enjoy it. I figured a place like Whole Foods would have great quality and I would be able to get organic, fair trade. So I purchased Green & Black's Organic Cocoa Powder for about $5. There is no sweetener in this cocoa powder, so you must add your own. Looks good. I'm putting it to the test in a min. :D

While then looking for rice milk, I found Hemp Milk! I know you can make milk out of just about anything, but never thought they would box something like hemp milk. I purchased Living Harvest Hemp Milk Unsweetened for $3.99. Now I'm listening to White Lightning by The Babys while waiting for my milk to heat up! I'll give you an update on the hot cocoa in a bit.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Weil Lifestyle Channel

Woah, I'm literally the first person to watch this. Brand new channel on YouTube for Dr. Andrew Weil!!!

I'm a GIRL GONE WEIL!

Jazzercise!


AAAAAAAAAH! I just LOVE exercise now. How many of you love to exercise!? Ok, quite a lot of you. But then there are those of us who just have a hard time doing it. It makes you feel wonderful, happy, good about yourself... but for those of us who, let's just be honest, find exercise to be... for lack of a better word, tedious, we need a better plan of action. Typically, the type of personalities that are not big fans of exercising are those who love to procrastinate and can't see projects from finish to end. These are indeed my weaknesses, and for the most part, I have outgrown these challenges. Iit was until something actually forced me to exercise that I find myself exercising on a regular basis. Take my car accident, for example, I am without a car, and now see the joy in walking most places, squeezing my buns together for that extra workout!

The point of this ramble is, for those of you like me who find it hard to exercise, find a reason to force yourself too. I make sure to get off the bus a few stops early so that I walk a mile home everyday. Then once you get in the hang of it, you can't help but continue your good habit. Really!

Try it.

Alexandra David Neel

This woman is my hero. A true inspiration and we always can use a little inspiration.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weekly Meal Planning

Listening to Duran Duran's Save a Prayer. Sigh. They make me so happy.

It's pretty late and I just returned home from grocery shopping at Ralph's. I purchased all organic produce, bought some pretty nail polish, miso soup, Oolong tea and sparkling water. I'm pooped, but ready for bed with my retainer in my mouth and just had the urge to say hello to you all and blog. I realize that after spending $70 on all my groceries without knowing what I will cook this week is sort of waste. I have to make sure that I use all my food so that nothing is thrown out.

Last week, my friend Kristin came over with yummy Indian food. I made a salad and we caught up on our lives. Kristin recently moved in with her lovely boyfriend and together they were looking for ways to save their money so they could save up for their future together. She told me one of the things that has saved her a tremendous amount of money is cooking every meal they eat. To do this efficiently she started to make weekly meal plans so that everything she buys will be used and nothing put to waste. While it seems tedious, she has a routine. The day before she goes grocery shopping, she researches her recipes and allocates them to the days she wishes to cook and eat them. Cooking takes patience and times, but it's a joy to be in the kitchen and create something from scratch. For two people she has managed to cut her food costs down to $50. That's only $200 a month! And she's eating right. She does not live near a farmer's market, so she shops at Whole Foods and finds produce that's on sale. I just spent $70 on food that will last me only a week and I'm just one person! Well, we won't count the nail polish.

One of my goal's as a future nutrition guru is to make people realize that eating right, staying healthy can be so inexpensive and easy. Let's learn from Kristin and try her method out! Pull out the cookbooks and expand our minds and get back in the kitchen!

How Bazaar, How Bazaar

Exciting news! I was contacted by the editor of a magazine and was asked to meet with him. YAY! I had the liberty of choosing the place to meet and decided upon Jose Andres' The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel on La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles (hehe). Anyway, so I ran home, well, bussed home on the 920 bus, which how the heck had I not discovered this line sooner. It's the Dash and gets me where I need to go in a dash! and way faster than the 720 I've been taking all this time. Anyway, I take the 920 to Fairfax Blvd. and walk the rest of the way home, sticking my stomach in and squeezing my buns tightly together for that extra workout. I walked in my door, quickly changed into fancier clothes, walked all the way back to Fairfax, took the 20 bus to La Cienega and walk from Wilshire Blvd. to the SLS Hotel... of course while squeezing my buns together for that extra workout! hahaha. I crack myself up.

I was early, so ordered a sparkling water and waited. I looked around at everything in this restaurant, the people - some totally Barbie-like and plastic, some totally stylish, some on their first date, some on business... and then there's me, who just got off the bus. The editor walked in and we talked over a dirty martini and delicious tapas. Anyway, he's interested in me possibly writing about health for his magazine, which I will not reveal the name of until I for sure have job! But, it's a step in the right direction of fulfilling my dreams. :D

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Where the heck have I been!?

I'll tell you where I've been! May has easily been the best month this year. So many birthday festivities and festivities in general. The weekend before last I spent three days in the beautiful wine country town, Santa Ynez, just north of Santa Barbara. WOW!... is really all I can say about that. I enjoyed delicious food and wine; most the wine from organic vineyards, of course. The food, all organic and locally grown. It was beautiful, delicious, fun, exciting, fabulous!!! This past weekend I went camping in Tehachapi, CA with a bunch of friends for one of my favorite people, Cait's birthday. The trip was hosted by Rich Mead, chef at Sage Restaurant in Newport Beach and Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms. The food for all our meals was prepared by Chef Mead, of course, and grown at the Weiser Farm. Can you imagine a camping trip in the most beautiful setting where you do nothing but eat and be merry with your friends. The best of times. Now back to reality.

xo