Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Truth About Cereal


I used to regret living my youth devoid of cereals like Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms, Raisin Bran, etc. I had Lucky Charms for the first time in college and LOVED it. I was bitter at the world for appointing me a health-conscious mother who forced me to live without the simple luxury of synthetic sugars. I was the child who was force-fed organic shredded wheat and yearned from afar the Frosted-Mini Wheats my peers were enjoying. The selection of cereals that were healthy and tasted decent in my day were rare. I remember sitting in the shopping cart as a little girl, watching in absolute horror my mother grab the most boring and tasteless of the healthy cereals off the shelves at Mrs. Gooch's and I moaned in pain as the boxes were placed in the cart knowing that I would be consuming that crap the next morning. Despite every plea and all my tears, my mother almost never gave into my synthetic sugar craving. Instead she would hand me an orange and hope that would cure my sweet tooth... and it usually did.

Now I am so grateful to my mother.
THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME TO EAT RIGHT!

Cereal-sly, now that I know better and know the Truth about cereal, I cannot believe parents feed this stuff to their kids on a regular basis!

So, on that note:

3 Steps to Choosing Healthy Cereals


And check out this video:



BEWARE: Medicine Interaction with Grapefruit and Other News...


I have never been so jet lagged in my life. I got back from NYC two Sunday's ago and have received roughly 40 hours of sleep since two Friday's ago.

Anyway, my brief New York trip was fantastic: Friends, delicious food, Georgia O'Keeffe, getting plenty lost on the ever-confusing subways, strolls through Central Park and even learned a thing or two about nutrition... While sipping mimosas with a dear friend in Brooklyn and considering ordering another round of the drink with grapefruit juice instead of orange juice, I was told about medicine interactions with grapefruit.

What is a medicine interaction? This occurs when the effects of a particular drug are altered by another drug or food. Basically, certain foods and drugs cannot be mixed with certain drugs or they will cease to work and may cause harm.

So how does grapefruit cause interactions with drugs?

An enzyme called P-450 located in the intestinal wall breaks down various medications. Grapefruit prevents P-450 from performing this function. So basically the side effects of the medication are gonna hit you. GASP! There's more to it... but that's the gist.

Just so you're aware.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Eating Seasonally...


Why is it best to eat seasonally?

Eating seasonally means eating locally because obviously seasons are relative to where you live. The basic reasons to eat seasonal foods are: A: Far more nutrients in something that grows naturally during it's designated time of year. B: Environmentally friendly. Eating locally/seasonally does not require shipping foods across the country or overseas. C: A lifestyle that emphasizes variety is way healthier than a lifestyle consisting of eating the same foods all the time. Your body needs all kinds of nutrients from all varieties of foods and sometimes eating the same thing over and over again builds a tolerance in your body so that you develop allergies and cannot absorb nutrients properly and efficiently. Read more on World's Healthiest Foods...





This Eat Well Guide is a fantastic way to find out which foods are seasonal in your area. And below is a general Seasonal Produce Chart:




In Season Produce Chart

Winter

Spring

Summer

Fall

Year Round

Apples
Belgian Endive
Bok Choy
Brussels Sprouts
Cherimoya
Chestnuts
Coconuts
Dates
Grapefruit
Kale
Leeks
Mushrooms
Oranges
Parsnips
Pear
Persimmons
Pummelo
Radicchio
Red Currents
Rutabagas
Sweet Potatoes
Tangerines
Turnips
Winter Squash
Yams

Apricots
Artichokes
Asparagus
Broccoli
Chives
Collard Greens
English Peas
Fava Beans
Fennel
Fiddlehead
Green Beans
Honeydew
Mango
Morel Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Oranges
Limes
Pea Pods
Pineapple
Ramps
Rhubarb
Snow Peas
Sorrel
Spinach
Spring Baby Lettuce
Strawberries
Sweet Corn
Sugar Snap Peas
Swiss Chard
Vidalia Onions
Watercress

Apricots
Beets
Bell Peppers
Blackberries
Blueberries
Boysenberries
Cantaloupe
Casaba Melon
Cherries
Crenshaw Melon
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Figs
Garlic
Grapefruit
Grapes
Green Beans
Green Peas
Honeydew Melons
Kiwifruit
Lima Beans
Limes
Loganberries
Nectarines
Okra
Peaches
Persian Melons
Plums
Radishes
Raspberries
Strawberries
Sweet Corn
Summer Squash
Tomatillo
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Zucchini

Acorn Squash
Apples
Belgian Endive
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Butternut Squash
Cauliflower
Celery Root
Chayote Squash
Cherimoya
Coconuts
Cranberries
Diakon Radish
Garlic
Ginger
Grapes
Guava
Huckleberries
Kohlrabi
Kumquats
Mushrooms
Parsnips
Pear
Persimmons
Pineapple
Pommegranate
Pumpkin
Quince
Rutabagas
Sweet Potatoes
Swish Chard
Turnips
Winter Squash
Yams

Avocados
Bananas
Cabbage
Carrots
Celery
Lemons
Lettuce
Onions
Papayas
Bell Peppers
Potatoes




Quinoa Veggie Burgers


Damn this looks good. Turn up the volume.

Quinoa poses as a grain, but is actually a seed and is closely related to spinach, weird. It has tons of protein and is a great substitute for rice, cous-cous, and other grains.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cold Blooded: How to Get Your Circulation Movin'

I'm in New York - - and it's cold!!! I am sitting here in my bleached-stained sweat pants, t-shirt, sweatshirt, thick socks and Uggs and I am shivering. The ice cold Coors Light in my hand probably isn't helping, but in all seriousness, my circulation is very poor. I remember in an herbalism class I took last year, my teacher, Joanne Cohen at Santa Monica College (who is awesome!) said that ginger root and cayenne pepper are just a couple of foods that are great for circulation and, in addition, there are ways to prepare your body for fall/winter. I am not a candidate for cold weather. Put me in 120 degree weather in Death Valley and I feel right at home. I take super hot showers, lots of steaming hot baths, as I am sure many of you do - - but that is not good for the body!

I wish I had my notebook from that herbalism class, but it's back in Los Angeles, so my memory and Google will have to do for now. Ok, so preparing your body for the chilly weather takes work. But health takes work in general and people, it should take work to get something as complex as our body into shape. So get used to actually working hard to feel good. Anyway, starting at the end of Summer, gradually turn down the Hot knob in your shower every day so that by Fall you are taking cold showers. Cold water on the body actually gets the blood pumping away from the skin and towards the organs. Hot water does the opposite. If taking cold showers everyday sounds like an impossible task like it does for me, then perhaps the hot and cold shower method sounds more appealing.

Hot and Cold Treatments

Hot and cold showers or Hydrotherapy is a good way of improving your circulation. It is something you can do every day, concentrating on the effected area. When you get hot under a shower the blood rushes to the skin and feeds it. Then when you immediately put on the cold, the blood rushes to the internal organs. You shiver, but what is happening is that your blood is flushing out your skin and leaving it oxygenated. Then, again, a hot shower and the blood rushes from your internal organs, so flushing them, to your skin.

So think about it, if you take only hot showers, the blood rushes to your skin rather than to the organs to get them properly functioning. So check out the list of "malfunctions" your body can have with poor circulation (also taken from the same website):

Hypertension

Circulatory disorders are quite common in middle-aged and elderly folk. Hypertension is one of them. It is caused by cholesterol plaque deposits along the walls of the arteries, making them harden and constrict. Because the arteries are constricted, the blood exerts great force against the walls of the blood vessels, causing the blood pressure to rise.

Hardening of the Arteries

Hardening of the arteries is another consequence because the arteries narrow due to these same fatty deposits. Buergers disease, common to those who smoke, is a chronic inflammation of the veins and arteries in the lower extremities. Raynauds disease is marked by constriction and spasm of the blood vessels in the extremities. The fingers toes and tip of the nose. This disease if left untreated can lead to gangrene.

Varicose Veins

Additionally, poor circulation can result from varicose veins that develop because of a loss of elasticity if the walls of the veins. Circulatory problems are very prevalent in this age of bad food, little if any exercise and higher stress levels. This problem is quite common in a single leg or more often in both legs.


Check out this informative video(s) on Cayenne Pepper:




Oops, wrong one! :D




Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Captain Vegetable.

No time to post anything this week. Trying to get all my work done before my departure to New York City... again. So will leave you with this... :D

Friday, November 6, 2009

Quote of the Day!


"Treat food as though it was your eyesight,
as though it was that precious."


- Edward Espe Brown


Movie: How to Cook Your Life

Yesterday after leaving work, I felt the flu for the second day in a row creeping up on me. Mind over matter! One of my tonsils was swollen and started hurting. Ugh. I decided rather than taking 2 buses home, I would leisurely walk from work 2 miles to the bus stop on Wilshire Blvd. to get some fresh air and tire out my body so I could go straight to bed when I got home. Heading home on the 20 bus, I realized I was hungry and got off a few stops early at Baja Fresh to eat something hot like tortilla soup - no cheese, no chicken and added lots of spicy salsa and tons of fresh cilantro and squeezed in maybe 10 slices of lime. I devoured and felt instantly better. I walked the rest of the way home, took a really long hot shower, put on really ugly, but comfy sweat clothes with socks and was in bed by 9pm. Only I couldn't sleep. So I perused Netflix Instant Watch to see what seemed mellow and interesting... and I found this:



One of the most charming, pleasant, peaceful films about Zen and cooking! I really recommend!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chew on this... Bad Breath

Parsley


The older we get, the worse of a problem our breath is.

3 Ways to Prevent Bad Breath


Also, with all I have been reading about mucus lately from the Mucusless Diet by Arnold Ehret, if you have chronic bad breath, you may have a build-up of mucus in your digestive track. It might be worth doing a Candida-like cleanse.

Starting Your Day Right: Warm Water w/ Lemon


It's amazing how a cup of warm water w/ a fresh lemon juice every morning helps my digestion and cleans out unwanted mucus from my body. Lemons are a detoxifier and help eliminate all waste from the body. Trust. :)

Read HERE about the health benefits of lemons. Start your morning with a glass of warm water w/ lemon before you put anything else to your mouth. It makes a difference.

Now read this article:

Hot Knives: All Natural Nyquil


I loooooove Hot Knives, food blog and veggie catering company brought to you by Alex Brown and Evan George. Evan's latest entry, All Natural Nyquil is HILARIOUS and you know what, something I would try in a second! Check it out:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cover Girl Culture Continued...

Interview with Nicole Clark about her film Cover Girl Culture:

Cover Girl Culture...

CHECK OUT THIS MOVIE by friend, Nicole Clark, on November 7 at the Agape Center in Los Angeles!! (info below)



Monday, November 2, 2009

2010 LUNAR CALENDAR


It's almost the end of the year and my friend Jeremy Rendina has his lunar calendars all ready to go!