Monthly Archives: February 2017

CLEANING YOUR HOME IN A “GREEN” WAY

posted by Caroline

I spent hours traveling in a train today. I heard sneezing, coughing and I was glad having some drops of essential oils with me. I had my Lemon Oil on my scarf and Eucalyptus on a small tissue which I could inhale during this long drive sheltering me from the cold bugs.

I also recommend this book below. Cleaning your home in a “green” way is the best way to avoid colds. Learn how to keep a clean green home and body and your family will thank you for keeping them healthy during this cold season.

Three Types of Reactions to Food

Posted by Colleen

Did you know that there are 3 types of reactions to food in which your immune system accidentally identifies the protein of that food and thinks it’s an enemy and attacks it?

A quote by Hippocrates “let food be thy medicine” I believe it’s true but sometimes a food we are eating can cause symptoms, worsen inflammation and end up making us feel bad.

The first type of reaction is the autoimmune response that can cause a lot of different symptoms and possible damage, as in celiac disease.

The second type is immediate the IgE, hypersensitivity immune response or food allergy, as in peanuts.

The third type is the delayed IgG and IgA response known as a food sensitivity or intolerance.  In this response it is more difficult to pin point exactly what foods are causing what reaction in the body because symptoms may not show up for hours or days after eating the food.

Why this is important to be aware of? Eating the same foods day after day can cause chronic inflammation in your body. Here are some symptoms of food sensitivity/intolerance; weight gain, bloating, gas, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, brain fog, itching, skin issues, congestion, constipation and diarrhea.

There are tests that can be performed at your doctor’s office for the above mentioned responses.  These tests can be used as a tool, a guideline to better health.

I will be posting a weekly “product spotlight” on different products that I have tried which may help people that are avoiding or  limiting their consumption of a certain food.

I have no affiliation with any of the companies and their products I spotlight.

 

A Celebrity and Her Mission

Posted by Colleen

I always liked the 1993 show “The Nanny”starring Fran Drescher, as Fran Fine playing the nanny. I remember when she announced she had uterine cancer, it is always inspiring to hear when a celebrity uses their celebrity status to bring a cause to the forefront.

Fran Drescher Stresses the Connections Between Diet, Health and the Environment

“My life mission is to leverage my fame to educate the public that we are what we eat.”

Fran Drescher, President of Cancer Schmancer, spoke at the third annual D.C. Food Tank Summit, Let’s Build a Better Food Policy, which was hosted in partnership with George Washington University and the World Resources Institute on February 2, 2017.

As founder, president, and visionary of the nonprofit Cancer Schmancer Movement, Fran focuses on three prongs to fight the disease: early detection, prevention, and advocacy. A 16-year uterine cancer survivor, her mission is to shift America’s focus toward proactive health care and healthy, toxin-free living. She believes that that the best cure for cancer is not getting it in the first place and wants to help those afflicted with terminal illnesses to improve their diets and wellbeing through sustainably sourced and produced foods.

Fran also played Miss Fine on CBS’s hit series The Nanny, which she both created and executive produced, earning two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations. Food Tank had the chance to speak with Ms. Drescher about her work emphasizing the important connections between diet, health and the environment.

Food Tank (FT): What originally inspired you to get involved in your work?

Fran Drescher (FD): I got famous, I got cancer, and I lived to talk about it. My life mission is to leverage my fame to educate the public that we are what we eat. Food is medicine, and medicine is food.

FT: What makes you continue to want to be involved in this kind of work?

FD: Because of my celebrity, I have the benefit of people from all over the world who reach out to me through social networks, and in person as well, telling me that my efforts, and that of Cancer Schmancer, changed their life—saved their life—and that keeps me going.

FT: Who inspired you as a kid?

FD: Phil Donahue, Julia Childs, Dinah Shore, Lucille Ball

FT: What do you see as the biggest opportunity to fix the food system?

FD: An exodus from industrial farms, and the return of the family farm that employs: biodynamic, regenerative, organic non-GMO sustainable practices.

FT: Can you share a story about a food hero who inspired you?

FD: Yes, several. Two of my heroes: Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, a systems biologist from MIT, taught me about the body as a system, and how we know what foods to eat, why we should eat them, and when. Also the ancient wisdom of foods as medicine from indigenous cultures. And Don Smith of Kiss the Ground Org.

FT: What’s the most pressing issue in food and agriculture that you’d like to see solved?

FD: Once the public re-learns that we are what we eat, they will understand that industrial farms is why we are such a sick nation. And then, we will end the consuming of animals and plants filled with pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics and GMO RoundUp Ready.

FT: What is one small change every person can make in their daily lives to make a big difference?

FD: Detox their home. Use your power of purchase to dictate more responsible manufacturing trends.

FT: What advice can you give to President Trump and the U.S. Congress on food and agriculture?

FD: Offer subsidies to farms that are organic, bio-dynamic, and non-GMO. And, incentivize RoundUp Ready farmers to, each year, take some acreage and dedicate it to growing plants for soil regeneration, biodynamic, and organic practices. Finally,  incentivize livestock farmers to raise all animals as pastured, hormone free, antibiotic free, non-GMO, grass-fed and on grazing diets.

By Kathryn Barr/Food Tank

February 9, 2017/alternet.org

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by Colleen

happy-valentines-day

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?  Well, to me it means showing a caring gesture to that special someone.  The usual Valentine caring gesture is a card, chocolates or flowers.  Does it really need to be something tangible?  For me it is the thought that counts.

If your with that special someone maybe they will prepare dinner that night or clean up the kitchen for you or just say “I love you.”

If a person does opt to buy chocolates indulge in a bit of dark chocolate.  As opposed to milk chocolate, darker chocolate contains higher amounts of flavanols.  Like most of the phytochemicals, flavonols are active antioxidants that may protect your health through their ability to fight inflammation and neutralize free radicals.

Spice up her life. Preparing a romantic dinner, add more herbs and spices  to the meal.  Fish for your lover’s heart.  Fish is a good choice for a romantic dinner and it’s good for the heart.  Those good omega-3 fatty acids in fish have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease.

Just enjoy the day, be kind to someone and smile – even to a stranger.

Shall We Meet

Posted by Linda

Koala Bears are cute little animals, but they also can be fierce. I think that what is going on in the United States today is bring out some of the ferocity. It’s also bringing rise to a lot of frustration. I am speaking for myself, but ever since the election, I haven’t felt the same. I may have disagreed with things in this country, but I have always felt pretty safe, like we would work it out. Now, I don’t know at all. Everyday I wake up wondering what new and devastating thing has happened, and much of it is due to the inexperience and volatile way matters are being handled. I fear that we are headed for a totalitarian government and that we can not get along with our allies, much less anyone else. School children in Canada are not being allowed to visit the US.When has this happened?

What can we do to make the changes that we want to and to feel more settled in our lives. I am offering a group meeting via conference call once a week to air our sadness and fear and figure out how we can best impact the future in a positive way. There will be a nominal fee. Please email me at linda.m.harris@gmail.com if interested in joining.

 

 

 

Cilantro & Lime Cauliflower

Posted by Colleen

cauliflower-rice

I enjoy preparing new dishes and one is getting away from the traditional rice dish.  Have you ever tried cauliflower “rice”?  This is a easy and healthy alternative to the grain rice.  I have prepared different versions of cauliflower rice but this the latest recipe I’ve tried and I liked it.  I used this as a side dish with fish and a green salad – it was yummy!

Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable and contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.  Cauliflower has vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, an much more.

You can eat cauliflower raw, add to salads, steam, bake, riced and mashed, a healthier version of “mashed potatoes.”  I have also made cauliflower pizza crust.

We all probably need a healthy dish tonight after indulging on Super Bowl Sunday.

Cilantro & Lime Cauliflower Rice

4 cups grated cauliflower (medium size head)

2 TBSP. coconut oil

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 lime, juiced

½ cup chopped cilantro

Salt and black pepper to taste

Wash and completely dry a medium size head of cauliflower. Cut the floweret in medium size pieces and put into a food processor and process until looks like rice.  Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and place the rice cauliflower into the hot oil.  Stir frequently so not to burn cauliflower cook approx. 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, salt and pepper and continue stirring frequently for approx. 3 minutes. Add the lime juice and cilantro and cook another 2 minutes.

Cooking time total approximately 10 minutes          4 servings