Interesting Re-Grow Opportunity!

June 15th, 2014

Want to stretch your grocery money and grow your own veggies, organically? GMO Free USA tells us that re-growing veggies doesn’t cost a dime. It’s easy to cut off the bottom, re-root and grow your own lettuce, celery, green onions, bok choy, garlic, ginger, basil, potatoes & carrots.  The two articles below give more information — particularly regarding which veggies work best in a reasonable time frame.  I’m intrigued by the possibility that some of these might work in my Tower Garden!

Click here  for more on re-growing lettuce.
Click here  for more on re-growing other veggies.



Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne?

June 3rd, 2014

Here’s a helpful article from Natural News with lots of information and how-to instruction.  Click here, for the article.

Good Words to Remember

June 3rd, 2014

We are all saddened to hear of Maya Angelo’s passing.  I first heard of her via her appearances on Oprah, and felt that she had a lot of good and valuable things to say.  I like this quote, and feel that it pretty much covers a lot of what we need to remember for our lives.

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelo

The Harvard School of Public Health — Healthy Plate

May 11th, 2014

healthy-eating-plate-web575The Healthy Eating Plate was created by Harvard Health Publications and nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health.  It offers more specific and more accurate recommendations for following a healthy diet than “MyPlate,” developed by the U.S. Department of agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Service.  In addition, the Healthy Eating Plate is based on the most up-to-date nutrition research, and its is not influenced by the food industry or agriculture policy.  [Click graphic for full size pdf]

A Caution for Yogurt Lovers!

May 5th, 2014

It’s worth taking a minute to read this Natural News article on why and what we need to watch for when buying yogurt.  Reading the label is important, and Organic is a must here.  Additionally, watch the number of “servings per container” on the label.  You may find out that it’s more than one serving per container, and you’ll need to multiply the calories you’re consuming accordingly.

Dirt, the Movie

April 28th, 2014

If you haven’t already seen this, here’s an excellent documentary movie narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis.   …called “Dirt”!  There are a lot of high value concepts presented with both seriousness and humor.  …most importantly how we are “of the earth” ourselves.  The trailer here is only a couple minutes .  I just recently viewed the movie from the DVD, where I also had the opportunity to view several excellent extra scenes – the school program extra scenes was particularly good.  …might be worth renting the actual DVD.

Here’s the description….

“Dirt! The Movie is an astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet. Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Why do we humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource? Consider the results of such behavior – Mass starvation, drought, floods and global warming. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, Dirt! The Movie tells the story of humans trying to reconnect to dirt-the living skin of the earth. Traveling from the vineyards of California to the plains of Kenya, Dirt! Reveals how repairing our relationship with dirt can create new possibilities for all life on earth.”

“Fed Up” Film Examines Food Industry

April 13th, 2014

Fed Up,” a film that received a lot of attention at the Sundance Film Festival, focuses on the sugar industry and its effect on the health of Americans, and promises to change everything you thought you knew about food and exercise.  The film follows the lives of a group of children over the course of two years as they diet and exercise in an effort to become healthier.  “Fed Up” includes interviews with experts and some of the most powerful newsmakers in the nation, and examines the relationship between the food industry and the U.S. government.

It was executive produced by Laurie David, the Academy Award-winning producer of “An Inconvenient Truth,” executive produced and narrated by veteran broadcast journalist and Yahoo’s global anchor, Katie Couric, and directed by Stephanie Soechtig.

“Fed Up” opens in theaters nationwide on May 9.

If not Olive Oil, Why Butter over Margarine?

February 21st, 2014

I like this clear explanation from Andrew Weil regarding the olive oil vs. butter vs. margarine question that keeps cropping up each time we see a new “butter substitute” product on the shelves.  It’s so easy to doubt yourself when you see something new that appears to have all the right buzzwords on the label!  Here are Dr. Weil’s thoughts.  …good to remember!

Valentine’s Day and Lemon Olive Oil Cake

February 9th, 2014

Ok….  Valentine’s Day is almost here.  It’s pretty hard to miss it (right gentlemen?) with all of the ads and hoopla.  …and while I’m about to offer everyone a really great recipe, I do understand a lady’s looking forward to being pampered by her favorite guy — which may include not cooking dinner!  So-o-o, consider it a Valentine’s gift (from Dr. Weil) to be made when your ready for a special treat!

I’m including (below) links to the recipe and to a video of chef Michael Stebner putting it together. …he offers some great tips, I think you’ll find helpful.  Also, since olive oil is one of the components, you’ll also find links to Dr. Weil’s video, and a related article.


Recipe for Lemon Olive Oil
Video of Chef Stebner’s demonstration: How to Make Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Video: Dr. Weil explains what makes a good quality olive oil.  The best olive oil is extra virgin, organic, and cold pressed.  It is important to protect olive oil because the compounds (polyphenols) in the oil break down when exposed to light and air, decreasing the health benefits it provides.
Article: Dr. Weil writes about How to Choose a High Quality Olive Oil.


Health Care & Cell Phone Techology

February 4th, 2013

Here’s a video you’ll find interesting.  It addresses how cell phone technology will be able to reduce healthcare costs — i.e., addressing several aspects of existing illnesses.  Perhaps even more important is how it could address — before the fact — how people can be more aware of their own conditions, motivating them to take better care of themselves in the first place!  It’s not long, check it out.