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    •  3/31/2011 8:26:55 AM
    • Kale is going to become my best friend for the month of April (and hopefully forever). I already like eating kale, I just forget to share it with my family. I am good at steaming kale at the end of the day and eating it on my own, but for some reason I don't feed it to my children regularly. I am making April "KALE MONTH" at my house. My plan is to sneak it into one meal a day for the whole family for 30 days! 

      Why KALE you ask? Here are just a few amazing benefits from this gorgeously green veggie.


      Kale is a nutritional standout in three basic areas:


      1. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients: kale contains conventional antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese, and provides with the  about 45 recently discovered flavonoids like kaempferol and quercetin. Many of which function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.


      2. Macronutrients (average U.S. adult is currently deficient): Kale a good source of Fiber and omega-3s, two macronutrients deficient our western diet. It only takes 200 calories' worth of kale to provide 15 grams of fiber - substantially more than the average U.S. adult gets in an entire day after a diet of 2,000 calories.


      3. cancer-preventive nutrients called glucosinolates: This is of course my favorite thing about kale, if you could marry a veggie, kale would be my man (no offense to my sweet hubby) I think kale loves our bodies more than we do. "Kale's risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer. These types include cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in kale play a primary role in achieving these risk-lowering benefits."


       I could go on and on about the scientific research that has been done... I DO NOT want CANCER to affect my daily life or the life of any of my beautiful daughters. I will use kale as my sword and all the other cruciferous veggies as my shield to protect my family! I truly want the same for each person reading this. I want this information to be common conversation. Join me for KALE MONTH (even if it means just buying your first bunch of kale).



      There are two common options for kale curly (seen below)

       Kale: Main Image

      Dinosaur Kale, my favorite. (below)



      I am planning to just chop it small enough that my kids don't notice it too much. We also have several great recipes if you search "kale" in the search box. Please feel free to share your kale ideas with me.


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    • Agave nectar, is it really good for you?

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    •  3/27/2011 9:47:12 PM
    •                                                                     AGAVE NECTAR:


      I am currently working with a wellness chiropractic doctor to help my hips and back heal. The pain in my hips has stopped me from being able to run for the last few months... no fun. He was working on me last Thursday when he asked, "why is your blood sugar high?" It took me a by surprise because he had just started to adjust my hips. He asked if it had been a while since I had eaten anything. I just had lunch a couple of hours prior, but I did have a YUMMY vegan strawberry shortcake the night before. I made them at home with a crazy delicious frosting made with coconut oil and agave. As soon as I brought that up, he looked at me trying to decide if I was "open" to hear what he had to say about agave. I asked him what he take was on it. He asked if I have heard of HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Of course, thats bad stuff and is used in almost all processed foods as an added sweetener. It is linked in many cases to the rapid rise in obesity in the US as well as diabetes insulin resistance and heart disease. I avoid it as much as possible. To my unpleasant surprise Dr Jerry informed me that agave is 90% Fructose(the bad stuff when processed, good for you in the natural fruit form like an in apples etc) That is almost DOUBLE the amount of fructose in high fructose corn syrup. WHAT?? He then went on to tell me how hard it is for our kidneys to process. It makes them work extra hard. If we are putting our bodies under all this nutritional stress, it makes it very hard for us to heal any ailment we may have and it also makes us more susceptible to illness and injury.  It makes perfect sense to me. 

      I am not saying throw out the bottle,  just use wisely and do your research. I love to be well informed, but sometimes I find myself following trends. I'd love to hear what you have found that works for you or any research you have done on the subject.

      Other articles I found about agave:


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    • Apple Cinnamon Scones

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    •  3/19/2011 2:31:48 PM
    • Apple Cinnamon Scones                             Preheat oven to 350 degrees


      2 Cups of whole spelt flour (easy to find at any health food store in the bins)

      1 TBSP baking powder

      1/2 TSBP cinnamon

      1/3 cup coconut oil 

      1/3 cup agave nectar

      1 TBSP pure vanilla extract

      1/4 cup HOT water

      1 cup chopped apple (the smaller the better)


      Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.  Add the oil, agave nectar, and vanilla and stir together until it form a thick slightly dry batter.  Pour in the hot water and mix.  Then fold in the apples.

      Scoop about 1/3 cup batter onto baking sheet about an inch apart.  Bake for 14 minutes rotating the pan half way through. Brush with agave nectar. Allow them to cool for 15minutes before removing them carefully from the pan to a wire cooling rack.

      Will last for 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature. (if you can resist them that long)




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    • PCRM sues fed government for DECEPTIVE language in the new dietary guidelines!

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    •  3/5/2011 8:02:43 AM
    •  The new dietary guidelines came out the end of January,(read here).  It suggests more fruits and veggies and less meat and dairy, however you would never know that based on the terms they used.  I am always amazed at how deceptive they can be.  They do not have our best interest at heart! They have their lifestyle and deep pockets to keep filling.  



      Highlights from the article in the Washington post:


      Doctors Sue Federal Government for Deceptive Language on Meat, Dairy in New Dietary Guidelines

      "The Dietary Guidelines are meant to be read by the 'general public' and not by scientists, biochemists, Nobel Laureates, or others with particular expertise," PCRM's attorney wrote in today's filing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which names the departments' secretaries, Tom Vilsack and Kathleen Sebelius, as defendants.

      "Yet Defendants intentionally use inconsistent language, ambiguous phrases, and biochemical terminology to avoid providing clear dietary information and guidance for the general public regarding the health benefits of reducing consumption of meat and dairy products. This is due to Defendants’ conflicts of interest."

      "One job unfortunately has completely confused the other," Barnard says during a phone interview.


      "For example, the Dietary Guidelines specify foods to eat more frequently (e.g., fruits and vegetables), but avoid identifying foods that people need to eat less often (e.g., meat and cheese)," the lawsuit claims. "Instead, the Dietary Guidelines use biochemical terms unfamiliar to the general public, calling for limiting 'cholesterol,' 'saturated fats,' and 'solid fats' without clearly explaining that: meat, dairy products, and eggs are the only sources of cholesterol in the diet, dairy products are the number-one source of saturated fat, and meat and dairy products deliver the majority of solid fats in the American diet."

      AWCE is trying to get a response to the suit from the USDA. But it's worth noting that the guidelines actually do include numerous mentions to reduce meat consumption as well as references to the so-called Mediterranean diet, which promotes healthful living through low-fat foods, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains. To quote just one instance, the guidelines report:


      In addition to being a major contributor of solid fats, moderate evidence suggests an association between the increased intake of processed meats (e.g., franks, sausage, and bacon) and increased risk of colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease. To reduce the intake of solid fats, most Americans should limit their intake of those sources that are high in solid fats and/ or replace them with alternatives that are low in solid fats (e.g., fat-free milk).


      As for relief, PCRM is asking the court to order the agencies to "withdraw those portions of the Dietary Guidelines that use vague or ambiguous language to hide the ill effects of consuming meat and dairy products and reissue such portions with healthful recommendations based on the preponderance of current scientific and medical knowledge."

      Neal Bearnard closes with: The government, he notes, should not be telling people to just reduce meat consumption. He compares it to the 1960s when doctors were telling smokers to cut back on cigarettes.


      "Nobody says that anymore," Barnard says. "It's the idea that, 'A little bit is OK.' "



      PCRM is also asking them to change the current food pyramid and adopt The Power Plate  put together by PCRM.The USDA has a major conflict of interest going on, they need to keep the Ag business booming AND put out nutrition guidelines for the American people. There is no way to serve both sides without one losing out..... who do you think they chose to short change? We aren't paying them a dime for the guidelines.


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