Prevent Cancer by Eating These Vegetables

I love the website NutritionFacts.org. It actually analyses data and gives you real facts about food. This particular video gets to the heart of what we want to know; which vegetables really fight cancer?

 

 

Healthy, Homemade Dog Food – updated raw recipe

My dog, Bella is one of my favorite “people” in the world. She was a timid, mangy mess when we rescued her about 8 years ago.  She has become a funny, loyal, and loving companion to our family.

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Bella waiting for her dog food

She was still shy and cowering after a month or two of living with us, but was getting better every day. Around this time, my young son and I were playing Chutes and Ladders on the floor. She eyed us from the corner of the room for a few minutes. She slowly grabbed her bone, came over to us, laid her bone on the playing board and spun the spinner with her nose. I DID NOT DOCTOR THIS STORY IN ANY WAY. My son and I laughed until we cried and hugged Bella while we cooed, “Good doggie.”  She wagged her big tail in delight. It was a turning point.

I could go on and on with funny stories about her. But you get the point. She means the world to us. Anyone who has a dog or a pet that they love can relate.

Imagine my terror about a year ago when she suddenly couldn’t get up and down the stairs anymore. She would either fall, struggle, or simply stare at the stairs knowing that she couldn’t tackle them.

I knew that when we adopted her she was one to two years old, but that only made her nine at the most. Was she really that “old” all of a sudden? Continue reading “Healthy, Homemade Dog Food – updated raw recipe”

Are So-Called Nutrition Drinks Making us Sicker?

Is it possible that nutrition substitute drinks for diabetics actually contribute to type 2 diabetes?glucerna-shakes-product-image

A relative of mine has type 2 diabetes. His doctor told him to drink Glucerna shakes because it will help to balance his blood sugar and give him nutrients.

But as much as he drinks these shakes, he never seems to get better; only worse. I explained to his wife that he would do better to get nutrients from actual green vegetables like the ones I juice daily. She told me in horror that he just needs to do what his doctor told him.

From where did we get the idea that these drinks are a panacea? I believe from commercials that target trusting care givers, from drug reps that tell doctors that these shakes are actually nourishing and because they are handed out routinely in hospitals. The drug companies do a surprising and alarming amount of doctor education. As far as I know, there are no sales reps for the vegetable industry.

Today, I want to just address the Glucerna shake. Note that Abbott Laboratories makes Glucerna as well as Ensure, PediaSure, and a whole slew of other meal replacement and “nutrition” drinks.  Continue reading “Are So-Called Nutrition Drinks Making us Sicker?”

Super Food Snow Day Smoothie

It’s a snow day here in Austin (technically, an icy cold mess, but hey, no school).  My 13 year old son made this delicious, double-decker concoction. He also took this photo.  Yep, there’s not much to do when your steep driveway is iced over.  Of course, there is the obvious, go down said driveway on a knee-board all morning, crash many times, then make a smoothie.  smoothie

I realized this smoothie had 3 of the 8 most nutrient dense foods (hemp seed  – in this case hemp milk, chia seeds and berries) listed by Drew Canole; a juicing and health expert.

Ethan made this with our hand-held emersion blender. Continue reading “Super Food Snow Day Smoothie”

Detox with Calcium Bentonite Clay

I hope your holidays were filled with lots of good friends, family, cheer, fantastic food and drink, laughter and that your guests have all vacated by now.clay

I’m not one to jump on the New Year’s resolution band wagon. I think it is important to try your best all year and to balance that with enjoyment. I actually did not mean for this to be a “clean up your act, it’s the new year,” kind of post. It just worked out that way. Sorry, I know you are bombarded with these kinds of messages.

However, this is my favorite new discovery in my arsenal of health. Detoxifying with Calcium Bentonite  Clay is nothing new, but it’s new to me.  The idea is to drink a little of the clay mixed with water upon rising in the morning and before bed for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks your digestive system, colon and liver will be cleansed. Trust me, you will know it has happened (insert gross thoughts here) and you will feel amazing. Continue reading “Detox with Calcium Bentonite Clay”

The Good, the Bad and the Imposter Organic Brands

protest“No thanks, we’d rather not know what’s in that box of food stuff,” said the people of Washington state and California.

Not really, they were just bamboozled by brilliant and brilliantly deceptive ad campaigns costing $70 million dollars.

Last year Proposition 37 in California and just this month Ballot Initiative 522 in Washington State asked voters if they wanted mandatory labeling for foods containing GMOs in the respective states. Both states failed to pass labeling laws at about the same margin, 48% yes to 52% no. Continue reading “The Good, the Bad and the Imposter Organic Brands”

Toxic Thoughts and Words, Toxic Life

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Have you ever known someone who is toxic? This person’s life is always in crisis mode. You are afraid to ask him or her, “how is it going?” for fear you’ll have to sit through an inventory of problems or how they’ve been wronged lately. Oddly enough, they never see how they attract this turmoil into their life.

I was on the phone today with a family member whose life is always in shambles. She actually said these words to me, “Sometimes I just really hate people; they are all so sh*#%y.”

That is her take on the world. And it has become her truth; people are sh*#%y to her because she has come to expect it. Therefore she constantly has her defenses up so she ruffles people then they are not nice to her. Most people who are reading this are probably more in tune with the laws of the universe and realize you get what you expect and what you put out there.

Why don’t some people understand that? I’ve tried to gently share this with her. She just says things like, “yeah, that’s easy for you to say, your life is great.” And it is.

I explained to her that I expect my life to be great and then I take actions to make it so. I expect to be healthy, happy, have good relationships, enough money and enough time to enjoy it.

So what does this look like in action? I make my health a priority, I treat my family and friends with loving kindness; I make sure I show them how much I cherish them in small ways and big ways, I extend myself to those in need, I try to be encouraging, loyal, irreverent and light-hearted. Even though I have been hurt in the past, I don’t put that on new people that I meet. I expect that they will treat me well.

I am fortunate enough to have a husband whom I still adore after 23 years of marriage. We met and married young. I was about to turn 22 when we got married. We both grew up in homes with parents who fought constantly. When we had our first fight I went straight for the jugular, just like I had heard my mother and step-father do at my house.

He stopped and said, “Whoa, time out. What are you doing? We have an intimate relationship where I tell you my deepest stuff and you tell me your deepest stuff and now you are using that against me? You can’t do that. We can’t say things that we can never take back.”

It hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. I started to cry and apologize. I couldn’t even remember what we were fighting about originally. To this day, we do not fight dirty. And we do fight, believe me. But I can honestly say that we don’t say things that can never be taken back. And I believe that is one way we have been able to grow together and stay in love. Of course there are lots of other factors, but this one is one of the cornerstones of non-toxic marriage.

I have a job that I love. I work from home so I am independent. I make myself indispensible to my boss by doing my job above and beyond what he asks of me so that he never has to worry about what I am doing. I make my clients ecstatic by always doing more than I promise; by thinking of things to help them grow their businesses in ways that have nothing to do with what I have initially sold them. I always give more. It has served me well. It has cost me nothing but maybe a little time.

I believe with all my heart there is enough of everything good to go around. There is no need to be stingy or to keep others from having what I have. The other day I took a business “competitor” to lunch. I am lucky that he and I are on the same page and we both want to see each other succeed. We find ways to work together, to promote each other’s businesses. We are both doing well. I can’t understand the old model of business where competitors slam each other and lie and cheat and steal from one another. It takes so much more energy to operate that way.

My life has not been without bumps, hurts or disappointments, no one’s is. But when I hit a bump I try to learn from it, see it as a blessing, embrace, except it and be grateful for it. I shared all of this with the aforementioned family member whose life is always in disarray. She laughed and told me that was the stupidest thing she’d ever heard. I asked her to just consider it. Maybe it will come back to resonate with her later.

I don’t want to make myself out to be some kind of saint. That is laughable. I am the most real, mistake making, stick my foot in my mouth, party foul kind of person. But I have good intentions and right my wrongs.

So share the love; know if someone is being unkind to you they are wounded. Be a good influence when you can, but you do not have to surround yourself with toxic people and fix everyone. Hold good thoughts in your mind, be grateful, be kind, loving, dependable, and share the good things you know to be true with those who can use the message. They may not be ready to hear it today, but they may recall it in the future.