Live Superfoods

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Live Superfoods

An amazing purveyor of raw, organic, vegan foods. In addition to the Live Superfoods brand, they offer complementary foods, whole food supplements and personal care products from their industry’s finest suppliers.

Nutrition in its Purest Form:
As we’re sure you already know, most of our country’s food is grown using toxic chemicals, processed at high temperatures, irradiated or pasteurized to make sure no living organisms survive(!), and then “fortified” with ingredients that most of us can’t pronounce. In the process, much of the nutrients and enzymes that our bodies crave are lost, or at least severely compromised.

 

 

They’re here to assure you that it doesn’t have to be that way. Their goal is to provide their customers with a great selection of pure, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods. Their “Nutrition in its Purest Form” mantra is something they take very seriously.

 

Quality Products that support the Dr. Weston A. Price philosophy.

 

Organic:
Their company owns and operates a USDA-certified organic packaging facility in Bend Oregon. They purchase raw ingredients which they package in consumer-size packages and sell directly to the public. They pride themselves on having a very rapid inventory turnover, which ensures that their customers receive the freshest possible products. Their organic products are certified by Oregon Tilth.

Raw:
They start with the purest ingredients from 5 continents. Their ingredients come from farmers and processors, who all share our contempt for processed foods and have made the investment in, and commitment to, low temperature drying processes. The results is nutrient-dense foods with their enzymatic life force intact.

Kosher:
All of heir Live Superfoods products are kosher certified. Even if your diet isn’t kosher, you may still appreciate that their foods, facility and processes have undergone the scrutiny of kosher inspectors. Their kosher products are certified by Earth Kosher.

Vegan:
No animal flesh or fats are used in the production of their products.

Gluten-Free:
All Live Superfoods products are gluten-free and many of their third party products are too.

 

 

Wild Harvested:
Several of the products they offer are wild harvested from the Amazon jungle basin. These products are not USDA certified organic, but the importers provide them with a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) from a third-party testing facility which tests for herbicides, pesticides, ecolli, salmonella and other contaminants.

 

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Eco-Friendly:
100% of their shipping cartons and packaging materials are eco-friendly. They start with recyclable cartons that they assemble using recyclable paper tape. They’ve replaced bubble wrap with corrugated cardboarding fluting and fill the void with kraft paper and biodegradable starch peanuts. They reuse their suppliers’ cartons and packaging materials to further reduce waste and encourage them to join our eco-friendly initiative.

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The Goddess Garden

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The Goddess Garden Eco Resort located in the Caribbean coastline of Cost Rica is a Yoga Retreat and Paradise, this eco-resort is an intentional place for transformation.  The Goddess Garden is located in the town of Cahuita, a small community in the south of Costa Rica, 40 km south of Puerto Limon. Cahuita National Park is the main attraction here, where you can watch White Faced Monkeys, Howler monkeys, Iguanas and more, just a few steps away from its white sand beach.

JaquelineFounded by Jacqueline Burkler and Marcelo Ruiz and in conjunction with John Jairo Ocampo, this Yoga Retreat astounds all your senses. Jacqueline was born in Switzerland where she grew up and achieved a PH. D. in natural sciences from the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. She always liked to travel and in early years traveled through Europe, Asia and the continent of America. She lived 13 years in Colombia before changing her home to Costa Rica in 1999.

 

marcelobirdwebFounder Marcelo Ruiz was born in Ecuador and at the age of nineteen went to live in Chicago where he got a degree in Art. He also attended North-western University where he obtained a teaching certificate. He taught algebra and geometry.  Among his interests are spirituality, meditation, shamanism, films, poetry, indigenous tribes, community service and Argentine tango dancing. The serenity of the rain forest and the pristine beaches of the Caribbean Sea inspired the idea to create an intentional place for transformation.


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JohnJohn Jairo Ocampo made a point of helping others and sharing his healing gift with the people around him.  He moved to Switzerland at the age of 19 where he joined the First-Aid Association, eventually becoming president of the local branch.  He also enrolled in the volunteer fire fighters in his village at the age of 23.  During a short stay in the Indian sub-continent in 2002, he contacted the Ayurveda and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to this philosophy. Locals and visitors may now enjoy the great benefits of his Ayurvedic treatments.

The Goddess Garden Eco Resort is a magical place in the Rain forest and very close to the beautiful Caribbean Sea, the right environment to feel in touch with paradise and the essence of pure nature.   Their grandfather trees are the home of monkeys and sloths, iguanas, turtles, frogs, butterflies and hundreds of species of birds.

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They are 20km away from Puerto Viejo, where you may find boutiques filled with local handicrafts, its black beach or the famous Salsa Brava is 5 minutes away, the white beach of Cocles, and a surfer paradise.  10km further south you will enjoy the beautiful bay of Punta Uva and where the roads ends, starts Gandoca with the little fisher town of Manzanillo and its breath taking white beaches.

Cahuita’s ethnic base is of Jamaican origin but you can find Italians, Germans, Swiss, and North-Americans. As a result of this mélange, there is a great variety of good restaurants along the small unpaved streets of what seems more like a village than a town in the eye of a tourist.


The Goddess Garden is where the rain forest meets the Caribbean Sea.  The Goddess Garden is designed to help us to remember our true nature, our essence and the doors are open for people who want to feel in harmony with all that nature has to offer.

The yoga and meditation center is a spiritual center surrounded by huge jungle trees that follow the path of a small creek. Just a step away, you will find the oldest and most amazing tree in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Its roots, as tall as a man, will leave you breathless…in reality it is a temple and a perfect place to truly experience the force of Grounding Meditation.

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The Spiritual Center has two floors where the view of the rain forest expands to almost 360 degrees, designed to give you a wonderful feeling and putting you in a direct connection with nature during your sessions.

The conference room is designed for a 100 souls to enjoy the spectacular view of the rainforest. It has a stage for artists or speakers to perform. They offer the newest audio and video system. For your comfort, it is also equipped with air conditioning. In the back of the room you will find a built in waterfall with tropical plants that will delight your eyes.

In the healing spa they offer a variety of treatments tailored to your specific needs. They offer massages and therapies Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Reiki, Deep Issue, Hot Stone and Shaman cures using local healing plants.

The purpose of this work is to bring a re-balancing of your body and mind, bringing to you the ecstatic feeling, the “aha” moment of harmony.

Some of the amazing features of this beautiful resort include two Yoga centers that are used perfectly suited for retreats and Yoga teachings, a beautiful and elegant conference center where anyone can host spiritual seminars and unique gatherings dedicated to the world of healing and meditation.

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An Ayurvedic healing spa offering the most profound relaxation therapies for sore and aching bodies is located on site.  The guest rooms are rustically appointed with all your basic retreat needs where you can rest and relax to the natural sounds of the gardens that surround you. On their property you will also find a restaurant, a lovely bar and of course no influential Central American retreat would be complete without a Palapa.


There are swimming pools surrounded by lush natural gardens filled with a variety of plants and fauna, fruits and wildlife. Situated within the rain forest it is just a 2km walk to the beautiful Caribbean Sea where you can bask in the sunlight and sink your toes in warm, soft coral sand.

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Eco-Tours are available directly from the resort and gives your naturalist craving a sight to see with visits to the Bribri Indigenous Group lead by women for women.

The Goddess Eco Garden Resort, a favorite venue for weddings and special events.

For more illustrious information visit their website at The Goddess Garden Eco-Resort or you can simply call and dial direct to 506-2755-0055 or 506-2755-0541.

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy eating on a budget

When looking at healthy eating on a budget and see it getting thinner as compared to one’s own waist line we ask ourselves, how can I continue to afford to feed my family and yet maintain my budget for groceries. As the years go by it seems that the costs for a healthy diet grows. Production in an alpha mind power environment costs more and more therefore the costs are passed onto the consumer.

 


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We buy the same things over and over and with wanting to thrive on healthy eating on a budget we scout for new recipes to try and combine the same ingredients and create a whole new dish. The choices are simple; we either change the ingredients or pay more for them. This leaves us in a whole new dynamic n how to stay either economically or physically healthy. Sacrificing in either has a dramatic effect in our health. There is a solution to at least lessen these two effects.

How can you save money yet not sacrificing quality?

If you are considering cost as an excuse to eat junk, take that excuse and forget about it. With a little organization and creativity you can have the best of both worlds. Here are a few basic ideas and tips you can slowly instill into your day to day and quiet the mind.


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Limit your intake of processed junk foods and alcohol and instead drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses of water a day will curb the appetite by hydrating you promotes healthy eating on a budget

Limit the intake of salty and sugary foods this will slowly eliminate cravings for more. Most importantly avoid eating foods high in saturated fats, processed foods are not only expensive due to the processing costs but also keep you coming back for more and more. Next keep variety to the forefront of your mind. Create a routine of different activities in your day to day keeping your mind focused on productive thoughts and positive results.


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Create a training workout for the entire family. The healthier you become the less prone you are to satisfy a craving for all the above. Set aside a regiment of times that you can sit and quiet the mind and plan your meals for the day, week or month. Make your grocery list and go shopping and take the time to read the labels to avoid what cost you more. This will save you money at the checkout but also save you time in the long run. Include healthy snack ideas, like eating a sweet apple instead of a candy bar.

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Creating healthy menu items for your lunch and dinner is your biggest expense. Generally the grocery store is least busy in the morning; remember to not go to the store hungry, this will lead to buying with your eyes instead of your pocketbook. When healthy eating on a budget, stock your cupboards with items that are quick and easy to cook and yet kind to your wallet. Keep an eye out for sale items and use coupons as much as possible. Keep in mind that coupons are created with a cost in mind and generally apply to more expensive, processed items. Coupons make manufacturers more money by getting you to think it’s a great buy when in fact they put disclaimers on them forcing you to buy more to get the savings.


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Some items that will benefit your health without gouging your pocketbook are listed as follows; Beans and Lentils are a great source of proteins that can replace a meal normally containing meats. Stay away from the canned versions and get it fresh. They make nutritious soups with the aid of fresh vegetables. Leave the canned broths and consumes out since their base is salt. The legumes have a natural tendency to release a broth as you cook them without draining.

Brown rice is a great addition and also helps replace the meat and veggie cravings. Although brown rice is slightly more expensive than white, the nutritional value is worth it. Pastas are a great substitute and be sure to look for whole grains or gluten free. Also pastas made with rice flour is another rice alternative for variety. Soups cannot be beat for their nutritional values and convenience. Think about making soups in a slow cooker as it tends to keep the values in the ingredients. Soups are a great way to use up leftovers and help with healthy eating on a budget.

Fresh vegetables and fruits are a must to curb the expense of snacking budgets. Most fruits like pineapples and oranges and apples are high in fructose and helps curb those sugar cravings. Make sure to purchase them regularly for freshness.


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Veggie patties are another source of replacing expensive ground beef and also aid in maintaining your health. Keep meats and fish as a last-minute meal, fresh tuna can be cooked and then frozen in individual packages instead of canned and that will also eliminate sodium intake. Remember that anything canned has preservatives, or a sodium alternative. Stay away from canned foods as much as possible.

Use as much natural herbs as possible to avoid buying processed spices. If possible keep an herb garden for an endless supply without the cost and besides the benefit of fresh herbs, tending the garden will help in keeping a quiet mind and relieving stress.

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Family Health

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Good health is critical for our sense of well-being and our ability to enjoy life. As adults we easily understand this. Yet many adults in our society still lean towards convenience rather than health. Even for their children, I see too many well to do parents in their fifty thousand dollar cars waiting in line at some fast food drive thru as their kids rustle impatiently in the back seat. They can’t seem to wait to get their mouths filled with processed by-products and saturated fats.

Sad to see that today’s parents as a personal choice would rather work long hours to earn enough to drive a nice car than to invest that time to feed their children what they need in order to thrive and nourish their mind and bodies.

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As time passes they scratch their heads wondering why their children get older quicker with deteriorating health, and in fact many adults cannot believe it when they see what appears to be a grown man in his 30’s be astounded at the fact this man is only 16 years old and suffering the consequences to such convenience.

In reading the outstanding reporting on health and multitudes of sites on this internet talking about how our youth is suffering major complications, ranging from diabetes to cancer to even experiencing odd growth defects such as hair loss at age eighteen or having urinary dysfunctions in their 20’s really does not surprise me.

I am no doctor by any means, however it is not brain surgery or an eight year degree that it takes to figure out what is disabling the health of our future society, it all boils down to the simplistic nature that if we take life as a convenience and not slowing down in order to keep up with lifestyles and technology, our future generations will end up with a lifespan of 40yrs and not 80yrs as we have in our current generation.

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Today we get amazed at the oldest living person reaching only 100yrs, but if we look back at when our life was “Natural” our race lived to be over 200yrs old.

Day to day and hour to hour our human health is becoming less and less immune to viruses and infections, and for some reason we are believing that the viruses are the ones getting stronger. In reality it’s both, we as a society health is getting weaker and thus the viruses are in fact getting stronger.

As we continue to produce more and more with less and less, there is a dynamic in health we are overlooking or simply choosing to ignore. That dynamic is that we are not taking the time to educate ourselves or even our children about health, or even bother with learning what it takes to grow and thrive in an ever deteriorating world.

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We all stand in awe and ask, what is happening? And why is it happening? And yet ignore the real question, Why is it important?

We get hypnotized and desensitized all at the same time. We sympathize with the parent that is having trouble with a sick child and yet the next thing we do is take our children out for a processed pizza pie and wash it all down with corn syrup and phosphoric acid (soda).

Sometimes I just want to walk over to them and ask what they feel when they hear about someone suffering from diabetes or cancer, and just watch them as they answer while continuing to feed their kids this garbage. My next question I’d ask is how you would react if you had to deal with the same health issue only with your children being the ones affected?

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Would I be surprised at the answer to that question? Probably not, because it would most likely be one leaning towards the fact they believe it won’t happen to them. Sad but true, and in all honesty my goal is to routinely educate and promote a healthy lifestyle and well-being.

Of course I am one to be the first to admit that I was once in their shoes. I remember there were many times I couldn’t wait to get out of school and rush over to our afterschool hangout and get me a four pattied burger, fries and a chocolate dairy shake to wash it all down with, an American tradition right?

All I can say now is I am glad I wised up. And to think I’d ever want to drink down a large cup of carbonated phosphoric acid sweetened with corn syrup and caramel coloring added for appearance just twists my stomach to the point I lose my appetite anyways.

Why is it Important?

Good health is everything as the saying goes, we are given one home to live in for the rest of our lives, one place to dwell in spiritually and emotionally, and if someone were to compliment me that I look good, I always know that it’s not the clothes I’m wearing but the hanger I hang them on.

So many ways to gauge the importance of healthy living, another important misconception that I would like to mention is that when I am told the old adage “You only live once so enjoy!” I am now able to respond, “I’m sorry but I live every day and enjoy every minute, and I will only die once.”

When I get overwhelmed and busy, the first thing to go is my attention to my physical well-being and in turn start a downward spiral, with less energy to take care of myself, leading to less care, and again to less energy. What I have seen to be the most beautiful thing in my life is finding ways to integrate taking care of my physical, mental, spiritual, and financial self all together.

Living in a place that I am able to walk to work, and stay connected to my family and organizations where I can volunteer that also serve my community and meet my need to contribute, while still nurturing friendships that feed my spiritual hunger is when all these things are connected. I find it easier to flow in life, and not only stop the downward spiral, but make it spiral up!

“True sense of health is being able to contribute to my longevity and healing while at the same time rejuvenate what I thought I’d lost.”

In short I can say that compared to most, in general I am living a healthier lifestyle with less and expect a longer life expectancy with a better self-reported health status. But not everyone can expect the same health advantages. Even knowing that all can slip out of control in an instant, I am continually grateful at the knowledge I have learned and give much pride to pass that knowledge onto others as a form of contribution to hopefully change a life for the better.

Not only is good health an immense value to me, I also help my community benefit with what I have learned. I can still say that I have not changed my habits, I just replaced my habits with better ones, and that has relieved the pressures of failing.

BestwaytoHealth.Com is a way for me to not only share these experiences but also to educate myself with all the tools I need to help promote a healthier lifestyle for my children and family and in turn help others do the same.

Since I began this site not more than seven months ago, I realized that there is a great lack of sites offering great information in a platform that is easy to navigate without getting bored reading lengthy articles that seem to go nowhere for the sole purpose of advertising products.

My desire is to give the gift of health, freedom and prosperity to the world. Our site has reached over 60 thousand readers in the last two months who genuinely prefer a healthy lifestyle, though most are still struggling in coping with life’s issues, they still seem to manage 10 minutes of their day to read thru these articles, and take the time to reward us with outstanding comments.

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“A site that I expect in 2013 to grow immensely with interactions, videos and more.”

It is you, our readers like yourself, who has helped us with the input we need to continue educating our society to live the bestway to health they possibly can and experience their path to a better you.

BestwaytoHealth.Com wants nothing but the best in a healthy society, by cooking up a perspective on health, well-being and physical fitness with overall mental health that includes a touch of alpha mind power, sexy and provocative muscle, exercises to relieve stress while at the same time taking you around the world by seeking out the best food, grounding meditation, equipment, exercise routines for women, leisure locations for quiet mind yoga and fitness practices.

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Indian Cuisine – Your Path to a Better You!

Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits.  Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices.

The development of these cuisines has been shaped by Hindu and Jain beliefs, in particular vegetarianism which is a common dietary trend in Indian society.  There has also been Arab influence on North Indian cuisine from the years of Mughal and Delhi Sultanate rule.

Indian cuisine has been and is still evolving, as a result of the nation’s cultural interactions with other societies.  Historical incidents such as foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism have also played a role in introducing certain foods to the country. For instance, potato, a staple of North Indian diet was brought to India by the Portuguese, who also introduced chilies and breadfruit.

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Indian cuisine has also shaped the history of international relations, the spice trade between India and Europe is often cited by historians as the primary catalyst for Europe’s Age of Discovery.  Spices were bought from India and traded around Europe and Asia. It has also influenced other cuisines across the world, especially those from Southeast Asia, the British Isles and the Caribbean.

Indian cuisine reflects a 5000-year history of various groups and cultures interacting with the subcontinent, leading to diversity of flavors and regional cuisines found in modern-day India. Later British and Portuguese influence added to the already diverse Indian Cuisine.

The beginnings of Indian Cuisine lie with the ancient Indian civilizations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro.  Since then, Indian Food has been influenced by a number of factors and each of these has made the food of India known the world over.

Experience yourself the diverse and wonderful dishes and experiment with cooking and tasting some of the most popular food recipes of the various regions of India. Hindu culture has a distinct style of cooking and eating.

The staples of Indian cuisine are rice, atta (a special type of whole wheat flour), and at least five dozen varieties of pulses, the most important of which are chana, toor, urad, and mung.  Chana is used in different forms, may be whole or processed in a mill that removes the skin. Most Indian curries are fried in vegetable oil, however many substitutes can be used such as coconut oil or even mustard seed oil.

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The most important spices in Indian cuisine are the chili pepper, black mustard seed, cumin, turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, coriander and hing.  Another very important spice is garam masala which is usually a powder of five or more spices comprising of cardamom, cinnamon and clove.  Some leaves that are widely used is the bay leaf, coriander leaf, and mint leaf.  Typically in south Indian cuisine, curry leaves are used commonly.  In sweet dishes, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron and essence of rose petal are used.

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Indian Chinese cuisine originated in the 19th century among the Chinese community of Calcutta, during the immigration of Hakka Chinese from Canton (present-day Guangzhou) seeking to escape the Opium Wars and political instability in the region. Exposure to local Indian cuisine, they incorporated many spices and cooking techniques into their own cuisine, thus creating a unique fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisine.

After 1947, many Cantonese immigrants fleeing political repression under Mao Zedong, opened their own restaurants in Calcutta, whose dishes combined aspects of Indian cuisine with Cantonese cuisine. Indian Chinese cuisine is heavily derived from traditional Chinese cuisine, it bears little resemblance to its Chinese counterpart. The dishes tend to be flavored with cumin, coriander seeds, and turmeric, which with a few regional exceptions, are not traditionally associated with Chinese cuisine. Chili, ginger, garlic and yogurt are also frequently used in dishes.

 

Popular dishes include Chicken Manchurian, Chicken lollipop, Chili chicken, Hakka noodles, Hunan chicken, and Szechwan fried rice. Soups such as man chow soup and sweet corn soup are very popular, whereas famous desserts include ice cream on honey-fried noodles and date pancakes. Indians consider a healthy breakfast (known in North India as nashta) important. They generally prefer to drink tea or coffee with breakfast, though food preferences vary regionally. North Indian people prefer roti, parathas, and a vegetable dish, accompanied by achar (pickles) and some curd. People of western India prefer dhokla and milk and South Indians prefer idlis and dosas, generally accompanied by various chutneys.

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Lunch in India usually consists of a main dish of rice in the south and east, or whole wheat rotis in the north and west. It typically includes two or three kinds of vegetables, and sometimes items such as kulcha, naan, or parathas. Along with dessert, paan (betel leaves), which aid digestion, are often eaten after lunch in parts of India. Indian families often gather for “evening breakfast,” similar to tea time to talk, drink tea and eat snacks. Dinner is considered as the main meal of the day.

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There are many dietary restrictions that people follow based on the religion or faith they profess. Muslims in India do not eat pork and many Hindu communities consider beef taboo. Since it is believed that Hindu scriptures condemn cow slaughter, beef consumption has been banned in many states in India. Followers of the Swaminarayan sect do not eat garlic and onions because they are advised against it in the Vachanamrut. Jains follow a strict form of vegetarianism, known as Jain vegetarianism, which in addition to being completely vegetarian, also excludes potatoes and other root vegetables because when the root is pulled up, organisms that live around the root also die.

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Traditionally, meals in India were eaten while seated either on the floor or on very low stools or cushions. Food is most often eaten with the right hand rather than cutlery. Often roti is used to scoop curry without allowing it to touch the hands. In the wheat-producing north, a piece of roti is gripped with the thumb and middle finger and ripped off while holding the roti down with the index finger. Traditional serving styles vary regionally throughout India. Contact with other cultures has affected Indian dining etiquette. For example, the Anglo-Indian middle class commonly uses spoons and forks, as is traditional in Western culture.

In South India, cleaned banana leaves, which can be disposed of after meals, are used for serving food. When hot food is served on banana leaves, the leaves add distinctive aromas and taste to the food. Leaf plates are less common today, except on special occasions.


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Decadent and Lustful

Chocolate-FigsW1Don’t we all want a little more lust and passion in our lustful lives? If you answered no to this question you were either lying, or you were just lying. Of course we’re all looking for lust and passion in our lives. Sure, you could turn to the movies for some titillating ideas. Or there’s books, for the more cerebral folks out there. Maybe some toys or costumes (or both) are your go to things. The lustful accounts for specialty, just the fact of celebrating this in 2013 is justifiable reason in itself! Who would have thought that the Mayan’s would ever think up this incredible recipe?

My Man’s Belly has a better idea. Hit the kitchen! These lusty figs contain everything you need to get those passion juices flowing. A little sweet, a little alcohol and a whole lotta chocolate. The sexy fig recipe can be found here.

 

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I happen to go with these lines of thought for this “Lustful holiday of hearts.” But I do like to use it as a reminder that we all need a little kick in the butt sometimes to re-calibrate our lust-o-meter, and any day is just as good.

Also if your idea of fig recipes starts and ends with Fig Newtons or cheese stuffed figs wrapped in bacon, prepare to have your mind blown! In my world, fig recipes will begin and end with this one.

Valentines chocolate is one of those aphrodisiac food items that simply oozes sexiness. I’m pretty sure there’s not one other ingredient that I would deem worthy of causing me to be photographed naked for. Remember my chocolate recipe for the charity book Nudie Foodies? Calling these lusty figs, chocolate figs, just does not do this little bite of decadence justice.

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We start with a curvaceous fruit, the fig, which is soft and supple. Once opened, the soft center reveals an almost honey scented and flavored flesh. The rich chocolate ganache filling adds a bit of firmness to the soft fig as well as a fullness that escapes into your mouth immediately upon biting into this delicacy. Of course there needs to be a touch of spirits in this treat.

After all, spirits add to seduction….don’t they? So the sexy little figs are soaked in a bath of ruby Port. Not only does the Port add a nice bit of red fruits flavor to the confection, but it helps to soften the dried fig as well. And how are these little treats finished off? They’re enrobed in a thin coat of chocolate so you get a bit of a crunch to go along with all of the softer decadence. Are you drooling yet?

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These chocolate figs aren’t your cutesy little Valentine’s Day recipes that you’re probably finding all over the internets or Pinterest. No, these are for grownups. Sexy, lustful grownups that appreciate the art of seduction.

Nothing about this recipe is difficult, it just takes some time to put all the steps together. Think of it as kitchen foreplay.

Oh, and you’ll have plenty of the chocolate ganache left over after filling these chocolate figs. Wondering what to do with it? My suggestion is to take it into the bedroom with you and use it as a unbelievably delicious body paint.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Recipe and Blog Courtesy of Pamela Braun “My Man’s Belly”


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Dairy Free Pasta Alfredo

Dairy Free Alfredo!A little about the history of Alfredo Sauce. Alfredo sauce also known as Fettuccine Alfredo, is a very rich and creamy, dairy based sauce blended with Butter, Heavy Whipping Cream and Parmesan cheese. A dairy lover’s delight, it is usually served over a bed of Fettuccine. Various combinations of Chicken, even occasionally served with ham or bacon. Either way it does not have to include meat. A great variation is shrimp or even steamed clams.

 

 

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The dilemma however is, what can a non-dairy person like me do to enjoy the wonderful flavor of this culinary wonderland? Well many variations of non-dairy are out there for the culinary appetites but none of them come close to satisfying the essence of a true Alfredo sauce, until now.

I have been an avid consumer of dairy products for some time. With a passionate love for milk, cheese, and ricotta and of course Parmesan and mozzarella, I have countless number of recipes that include one or more of the various types of cheeses, creams, butter and milk.

Since my recent discovery on how milk and dairy affects the digestive system, and since the increasing need to use antibiotics in dairy cows, I have lost the taste or even desire to consume anything to do with milk products.

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However my desire for a rich and creamy sauce has not gone away and I spent hours and hours trying to formulate a copy that comes close to the richness and flavor of this Italian staple.

Many trial and errors and countless disappointments I finally managed to create a “Non-Dairy” version of Alfredo Sauce with the same texture and essence. I trust you will enjoy this substitute as much as I.

Please try this at home!

Ingredients;

1 Cup of Almond Milk
½ Cup of Coconut Milk
2 Egg Whites
2 Tbs. of Olive Oil
½ Cup of Finely Crushed Pine Nuts
2 Tbs. of finely chopped Garlic
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
¼ Tsp. Cream of Tartar
½ Tsp. of Ground Cumin
¼ Tsp. Nutmeg
½ Tsp. Salt

Preparation;

In a glass bowl add 1 Tbs. of Olive Oil, Egg Whites and Cream of Tartar. Whisk rapidly together until egg whites come to a rich froth. Add the coconut milk and whisk some more until well blended, add the almond milk and continue to whisk until the mixture is very well blended.

Heat a saucepan to medium heat, add the remaining olive oil and chopped garlic. Cook the garlic just prior to browning and add the blended egg white mixture from the bowl. In the saucepan whisk until mixture thickens slightly and add the finely crushed pine nuts and dry spices. This will cause the foam of the heated sauce to settle.

Cook until the sauce thickens and serve over pasta or your choice. Add desired pasta toppings and you’re done!

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Dinner is served, and sauce is enough for pasta to serve 6 hungry, lactose intolerant guests who have been craving pasta Alfredo for years!

We trust you enjoy this creation and hope to see your comments below as to how you like it. I have served it to many and they all seemed to enjoy it very much.

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Broiled Basa Fillet with Cashew

Basa and BeetThe Basa fish, Pangasius bocourti, is a type of catfish in the family Pangasiidae. Basa are native to the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Chao Phraya basin located in Thailand. These fish are important food fish with an international market. They are often labeled in North America and Australia as “basa fish” or bocourti”. In the UK, the species is known mainly as “river cobbler”,with “basa” also being used on occasion. In Europe, these fish are commonly marketed as “pangasius” or “panga”

 

Even fish aren’t safe from bureaucracy;

In 2002, the United States accused Vietnam of dumping catfish, namely Pangasius bocourti and Pangasius hypophthalmus, on the American market, charging the Vietnamese importers, who are subsidized by Vietnam’s government, of unfair competition.

With pressures from the U.S. catfish industry, the United States Congress passed a law in 2003 preventing the imported fish from being labeled as catfish, as well as imposing additional tariffs on the imported fish. Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruling, only species from the family Ictaluridae can be sold as true catfish. As a result, the Vietnamese exporters of this fish now label their products sold in the U.S. as Basa fish or Bocourti.

With all this said, the United Sates Food and Drug Administration is now allowing Genetically Modified Salmon to endanger the wildlife population.  This fish rightfully labeled “Frankenfish” is going to add to the ever so great GMO Labeling issues we are now being faced with.  Not only is the bureaucracy adding to lawmakers job security, the health risks being uncovered from GMO’s being linked to cancer and other life threatening disease is securing the jobs of countless doctors and hospitals, giving the U.S population more issues to deal with.

Personally I’d rather eat a mislabeled catfish than consume what the FDA deems to be a species that’s man made vs. created by our mother earth.

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So to continue this, Please enjoy this recipe, Broiled Basa Fillet and Cashew Nut/Egg Topper served over organic brown rice and plated with a cilantro beet salad and blood orange.

Ingredients;

4 Basa Fish Fillets
4 Beets
1 Cup finely chopped Cashews
1 (Hard Boiled) Egg Yolk
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup of Organic Brown Rice
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 Blood Orange
1 Tsp. Turmeric
1 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp. Salt


Preparation;

Cilantro/Beet salad;

Boil beets in water until soft, peel and quarter each one and place in a bowl, toss with One Tbsp. of Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar and Salt and Pepper to taste.  Plate with a sprinkle of finely chopped cilantro.

Organic Brown Rice;

Boil Two cups of water, add One cup of Organic Brown Rice reduce heat and simmer until done.

Cashew / Egg Topper;

In a food processor blend cashews, hard-boiled egg yolk, one tbsp. of coconut oil and add a small amount of water until forming a thick spreadable paste.

Basa Fillets;

Coat the fillets with salt, cayenne pepper, and turmeric.  Broil for 15 minutes each side.  Cover with Cashew topper and continue broiling until topper is slightly browned.

Plating;

Serve Cilantro Beet salad, three wedges of blood orange and plate a Basa fillet over two heaping tablespoons of brown rice.

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Pet Health 101

Dog n CatEvery pet requires different and specific needs. That’s why it is extremely important to select the right pet for you or your family. In this article we cover the different needs associated with certain pets. Though there are so many pets in our environment today, we will try to cover most of the most common. If for any reason you would like to see coverage on a specific pet that you may have that is out of the ordinary, simply comment below and we will attempt to publish one especially for you.

 

 

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Puppies and Dogs;
This section contains information about the things your dog needs to have a safe and comfortable environment.

The ideal environment for your puppy or dog;
To ensure dogs have a comfortable environment it is important for them to have their own dog bed where they can rest undisturbed. Poisonous or hazardous items in the home or garden should be kept safely out of reach. Safety when travelling in a vehicle is also important and dogs should ideally travel on the back seat with a seatbelt or secured behind a dog guard. It is also vital that all dogs get the opportunity to exercise on a daily basis.

A comfortable dog bed;
A cozy bed is important for dogs. This should be kept in a quiet, dry, draught-free area. Make sure you choose one that can be cleaned easily and thoroughly, and do this regularly.

Cleaning up after your dog;
Part of providing a suitable environment is making it clean and hygienic. Dog feces can transmit diseases, as well as parasites such as worms. Make sure you clean up after your dog using a plastic bag or ’pooper scooper‘, especially if there are children around. Dog owners and people responsible for dogs have a legal obligation to do this when in a public place, under the Clean Neighborhoods and Environment Act 2005.

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When it comes to a dog’s safe travel, the responses are not as positive. 19% of owners state that their dog travels on the back seat without a seat belt and 18% that their dog is in the boot without a dog guard.

62% of dog owners ensure their dog sleeps in its own pet bed, but 17% of owners allow their dog to sleep either on their bed or on that of a family member.


When it comes to exercise, results indicate that dog owners are good at keeping their pets fairly active. 75% of dogs get taken for a walk at least once a day and 87% play in the garden daily. A further 69% play with toys daily. 58% of dog owner’s state that three or more exercise activities as well as walking is available to their dog every day – whether this is play in the garden, playing with toys, agility training or swimming.

The ideal diet for your puppy or dog;
Commercial dog food is preferable to a homemade diet. It is not easy to achieve the correct balance of nutrients if you make a dog’s diet yourself. Treats should only be given for training purposes or on a very occasional basis, and on days when a treat is fed, the amount of food given in the dog’s main meal should be reduced. Life stage (i.e. whether puppy, junior, adult or senior) and packet guidelines as well as weight and body shape should be taken into account when choosing what and how much to feed a dog.

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Puppies

When should a puppy start to eat solid food?
Puppies are usually ready to eat solid food when they are about five weeks old.

How often should I feed my puppy?
Initially, puppies need four meals a day but this can be reduced to three a day at about 12 weeks. At six months, they can have two meals a day, which can continue for the rest of their life.

Dogs

What should I feed my dog?
Your dog needs a healthy, balanced diet that meets all their nutritional needs.
Feeding a complete, commercial dog food is normally preferable to a homemade diet. It’s not easy to achieve the correct balance of nutrients if you make your dog’s diet yourself.

Do dogs of different ages need different food?
One of the best ways of making sure you give your dog the necessary nutrients is to feed according to ‘life stage’. This means feeding a different diet depending on whether your dog is a puppy, adult or senior dog, because dogs of different ages have different nutrient requirements. For example, puppies need more calories in their food because they are so energetic. Several leading brands of commercially available dog food offer different foods for different life stages.

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How much food should I give my dog?
Follow the packet feeding guidelines so that you know how much to feed. Weigh the food out to check you’re getting it right. Feeding the right amount of food is important because obesity is the commonest nutritional problem seen by vets and causes health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

How often should I feed my dog?
It’s generally best to feed an adult dog twice a day. Avoid feeding your dog immediately before travelling, to avoid travel sickness, or within an hour before or after vigorous exercise as this can lead to a dangerous condition called ’bloat’.

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What treats can I give my dog?
Most dog foods these days are complete, meaning they contain all the nutrients that a dog needs, in the right amounts. If extra food is given, as treats, your dog must do something with the extra calories. If your dog isn’t being exercised enough, the calories will be turned into fat.

Kittens and Cats;
Kittens and cats, like all animals, need five things to be healthy and happy; these are called the five welfare needs. Under the Animal Welfare Act (2006) all owners need to provide these five things for the pets they keep. The sections below give information on how to meet the five welfare needs for kittens and cats.

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The ideal environment for your kitten or cat;
Cats need somewhere comfortable to sleep and rest undisturbed, as well as constant access to safe hiding places. Cats often feel most secure when they are high up, so they should be given safe access to resting places on top of furniture such as cupboards or shelves. If cats are living together in the same household they must be provided with enough of the things they need (e.g. food and water bowls, litter trays, cat beds etc.).

A general rule is that owners should provide as many of these items as the number of cats, plus one (so a two-cat household should have three litter trays). They should be positioned around the house so that the cats do not have to come in to contact with each other if they do not want to.

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A comfortable place to sleep and rest;

What type of bed does my cat need?
Cats need a cozy bed in a quiet, dry, draught-free area. Some cats prefer soft beds with a roof – especially suitable for a shy cat – whereas others prefer an open basket lined with soft bedding. The bedding should be easily cleaned and washed weekly.

I have more than one cat – how many beds do they need?
If you have more than one cat you will need to provide separate beds for each cat, which are well apart from each other in your house. A good general rule is to provide one more sleeping area than the number of cats – so if you have two cats, provide three beds.

Do cats need access to high places?
Cats feel safest when they are high up, and this gives them a sense of security in their living environment. They should have safe access to places like shelves or tops of cupboards.

Do cats need somewhere to hide?
Cats like places where they can go to hide. If they don’t have anywhere suitable they can become stressed. Ideally they need an enclosed bed or box, or safe access to underneath a chair or bed.

The ideal diet for your kitten or cat;
Cats are true carnivores, meaning they have to eat certain nutrients that are only found in meat or commercial cat food. It is preferable to feed a complete commercial cat food to achieve the correct balance of nutrients. Cats do not need treats and should only be given healthy treats occasionally, if at all, to avoid becoming obese. A cat’s age, weight and shape, alongside packet feeding guidelines and veterinary advice, should be taken into account when deciding how much to feed a cat.

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Kittens

When should a kitten start to eat solid food?
Kittens start to eat solid foods from about three weeks and are fully weaned at about eight weeks.

How often should I feed my kitten?
At first they need small meals often (about four or five a day) but by about six months, two meals a day are usually fine. This can continue throughout their adult life, depending on your cat’s preference.

 

Cats

What should I feed my cat?
Cats should be fed a healthy balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs. Cats are true carnivores, meaning they have to eat certain nutrients that are only found in meat or commercial cat food. Feeding a complete, commercial cat food is normally preferable to a homemade diet. It’s not easy to achieve the correct balance of nutrients if you make your cat’s diet yourself.

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Do cats of different ages need different food?
One of the best ways to achieve the correct balance of nutrients is to feed according to ‘life stage’. This means feeding a different diet according to whether your cat is a kitten, adult or senior cat. This is because cats of different ages have different nutritional requirements. For example, kittens need more calories in their food because they are so energetic. Several leading brands of commercially available cat food offer different foods for different life stages. Buying vs. making your own is a good way of ensuring your cat gets the right nutrients.

How much food should I give my cat?
Follow the packet feeding guidelines so you know how much to feed. Weigh the food out to check you’re getting it right. Feeding the right amount of food is important because obesity is the commonest nutritional problem seen by vets and causes health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

How often should I feed my cat?
It’s a good idea to weigh out your cat’s food at the start of the day, following the packet feeding guidelines. Then you can put the entire measured amount down at once, give it as several small meals or divide it into a meal for morning and one for evening. It depends on the cat’s preference and your lifestyle but you should try to cater for your cat’s preferences as far as you can.

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What treats can I give my cat?
Most cat foods these days are complete, meaning they contain all the nutrients that a cat needs, in the right amounts. If extra food is given, as treats, your cat must do something with the extra calories. If your cat isn’t exercising enough (which can be a problem with cats kept permanently indoors), the calories will be turned into fat.  Cat obesity is a big problem and causes health problems such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.

You can show your affection for your cat in ways other than food. Lots of cats enjoy playing games with their owners, as well as affection. You don’t need to use food to show cats that you love them. If you can’t resist feeding treats once in a while, give a small amount of lean meat. Reduce the amount of food in their main meals that day, so that the overall amount fed stays the same.

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Juicing For Health

NutritionThroughout the world, we all know that juicing is part of a beneficial way to a healthier life. Juicing on a regular basis has shown to increase energy, vitality and overall well-being. Juicing has become popular since the amount of Vegetables and Fruits the average person would need to consume for an improved lifestyle would be so immense that it would result on an ongoing regimen of eating all day long and every day. Constantly purchasing, preparing and masticating would require an all time consuming and tedious habit.

Most of our time is spent working, providing and fulfilling responsibilities for our employers and families. Leaving very little time in between for joyful activities we as individuals like to partake in much less eating healthy or even sleeping sleeping. So if we were to add in the necessary time to shop for, preparing and eating what our bodies need to become and stay healthy, it would simply not get done and eventually forgotten all together. Therefore we suffer the consequences thru debilitating our health.

That’s where the importance of juicing comes into the picture. Finding a juicer that not only is able to juice fruits but vegetables at the same time and combining these into an easy step can be a tedious task all together, so we took our time in reviewing some of the best juicers on the market and found one that fits all the categories we were looking for. Not only can this particular juicer take care of fruits and vegetables easily, it also gives you the added benefit of extracting the “MILK” from the most important aspects of your daily diet, favorite nuts and seeds.

Making your own home made Almond Milk, or butters is no easy task for most juicers available to the average consumer. A machine required to make nut milks and butters would mean stepping up to the industrialization area and have a machine that barely fits inside your garage. Now for the first time, you can experience all this in just a square foot of kitchen counter space.

Introducing the The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro, a BestwaytoHealth.Com favorite

The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro, revolutionizes juicing! Its patented new technology delivers more juice and nutrients per ounce of produce, stretching your food dollar. It’s a hybrid, using both extracting and grinding to deliver the best of both types of juicers. Delivers ease of use and speed of an extractor combined with the juice volume and juice quality of a grinder. Jay Kordich says, “I’m very excited to offer you my brand new juicer, The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro,. In all my years of teaching people about the power of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, this is the first time I’ve ever put my own name on any juicer”.

Jay’s 60 years of experience in sales and service of juicers has enabled him to create this superior juicer, better than any other on the market. The PowerGrind Pro uses a revolutionary 2-step process that both extracts and grinds for best results. Combined with its powerful low RPM motor, it gives you more nutrients and juice, delicious pulp-free concentrated nutrition, greater value from your food dollar, and it easily juices leafy green vegetables and Wheat grass. Unlike other juicers on the market, it even makes Almond, Soy and Rice milk.

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By Maxwell Johnson “Cook, Musician and Teacher”

Unlike many people who write juicer reviews, I am not a long-time juicer. In fact, despite being a graduate of one of the premier culinary schools in America and having worked as a professional chef, I have never juiced anything in my life. A friend who is very much into healthy eating persuaded me to try some of his various juice combinations and after a taste or two I knew I had to have one. Then followed lots of research to find the best choice for my pocketbook and my lifestyle. As a sometime kitchen professional, I have a fondness for “commercial” equipment and so I ended up lusting over a Norwalk. But $2500 for a juicer the size of Wrigley Field with a hydraulic press…too much.

I debated long and hard over centrifugal versus auger or gear driven machines. Now, I should stop here for a disclaimer. I do not drink juice to detoxify my liver or to prevent/treat cancer, heart disease, gallstones, or flat feet. I drink it because I like the taste and because it gets raw fruit and vegetables into my body in a way that has to be healthy. Please, I do not need any Gerson folks or other enthusiasts to comment telling me that I should…you-fill-in. Don’t take that as a put-down. I respect the choices people make for their health and, in fact, many juicing enthusiasts are doubtless much healthier than I.

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The implication of this is that I don’t seek out organic produce unless I can get it cheap, nor do I worry about how much of the good stuff is going to be lost to oxidation if there is foam in the juice. That just isn’t who I am.

Because I no longer have a scullery worker to wash up behind my efforts, I wanted something that was easy to clean. Because I enjoy the product a lot more than the process, I wanted a machine that didn’t require me to do a lot of food prep. Because I’m not wasteful by nature, I wanted a device that extracted as much juice as possible.

I was drawn to the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. It is hefty stainless steel and you can dump whole apples or beets into it without cutting or chopping. Fast. Easy. But only a one-year warranty, a well-documented tendency to throw food all over the kitchen and considerable commentary about its limited ability to extract maximum juice. I looked at juicers from Omega, Green Star, Kuvings, Champion, Hurom…the list goes on and on. While they got good reviews, there were also comments about durability, size, speed, and so on.

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I chose a lesser-known juicer, The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro, The description of the innards is a bit vague, even on Jay’s website so let me tell you exactly how it works. In essence, it is a centrifugal juicer. It shreds the fruit and vegetables and spins them against a fine, cone-shaped stainless steel filter, literally slinging out the juice. The difference is that surrounding the shredder disk is a grinding ring maybe 5/16″ wide which mates with a similar ring mounted on the top housing.

The motor runs at a substantially slower speed than most centrifugal juicers but much, much faster than an auger/gear machine. The produce is shredded and then ground between the two rings, which are positioned just a fraction of a millimeter apart. The result is very dry pulp. After juicing a bag of apples, a couple of pears, ginger, celery, and carrots, I found that I could pick up a handful of the pulp and squeeze really hard yielding only a few drops of unextracted juice.

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Choices thru Consequence

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Choices thru Consequence

Good health is foundational for the sense of personal, societal, physical and mental well being. The ability to enjoy life means the necessity to evaluate every choice that is presented from the results of previous choices individuals have been taught or made for themselves thus learning. During the span of life, since birth society is conditioned to making choices. The consequences of the choices determine how to live life.

 

Seeing fire for the first time, the desired choices are to touch it, the consequence is getting burned, and from there on out we know that the next time fire is seen, the choice will not be to touch it and simply get burned.

Yet in certain aspects in life as transitioning to the various stages, from birth to death, learning to live life not based on the choice but rather determined by the consequence faced, therefore subjecting into a conditioning of living in fear of consequence. A perfect example of this is thru decisions made towards health and well being.

Over a lifetime, realizing that the consequence of not taking care of our health by subjecting our bodies to constant consumption of unhealthy food choices and deter from daily exercise has a detrimental consequence. Sickness, disease, obesity and the labels go on and on. Yet continuing to make poor choices based on a desire or given need and not the consequence.

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A family will tend to raise their children with the choices of the lack of fulfilled desires that as children themselves were not privileged too, by either a poor economic state of the parents or by the discipline of not getting everything they as children desired. In today’s technological world, children are subjected to a huge amount of information, so vast that the need for parental education has simply almost become obsolete.

A simple one word question a child would be to ask, is “why?” In today’s environment the answer to that very infamous word is simply typed into a search bar and alas, the consequence is that everything on that word pops up. We can find pages and pages of results linking more and more pages to more results and so on until eternity. So vast that it would boggle any educated mind.

So my question is, as an adult, educated and ever knowing as we consider ourselves to be. “Why?” do we continue to make poor choices in our diets knowing that the consequences are all the labels I mentioned prior?

If we are amazed after a doctor’s visit when we are told we are diabetic, yet not realize that the daily overdose of sugar and other various toxins induced into our pancreas causing it to shut down completely or excite it to the point of overproducing insulin, could have been caused by the everyday abuse we have become so accustomed too. Like eating processed products with high contents of corn syrups, caffeine and sugars, drinking a two liter of soda every day, or simply looking forward to consuming that caramel macchiato every morning at the local coffee house.

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You see, the consequence as a sick society, is the choices of learning that speeding would eventually lead to a costly ticket, how many of us still speed regardless? Yet we abuse our bodies daily while knowing the ramifications of disease. It astoundingly amazes me that as I sit and read a menu at a local restaurant, the choices that most people would order would be a two to three course meal or simply eat their favorite craving they have at the time that got them in there in the first place. While I on the other hand look at the same menu I have seen many times before with better choices and end up loosing my appetite just by imagining what is entering my body and the ramifications it may have as I age.

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Why do we deter from physical exercise or make the choices to stop the dieting, or simply give in to our cravings with consequence? To me the answer is simple. Because the consequence is how we make our choices. If we are ok with the inevitable consequence of poor health choices, the saying goes to justify “We only live once”, instead choosing to realize “We live every day, we only die once”. Thus changing the way we see things.

So here we are, we awake as the alarm clock sounds and get ready for our day to day knowing we have a set time to accomplish all we have to face. The mere idea of the choice of having to set the alarm clock one hour earlier to start our day with exercise makes the average Joe cringe. We know that if we do not exercise regularly the onset consequences of numerous health issues will eventually catch up with us in due time. So we tend to procrastinate regardless and make excuses why we can’t.

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This thinking can easily be changed by considering that after exercise we will be more energetic, and more awake as our bodies received a greater amount of oxygen. We can exchange the sugary morning cereal with Ugh! Dairy milk that we followed by a cup of coffee with pancakes and syrup along with a side of sausage and or bacon. Instead choose to drink a glass of fresh juiced beets, leaves and all, mixed with orange juice. Pour a nice glass of Almond milk and eat instead a boiled or poached egg with sprouted grain toast, and realize the fact that this has the same sugary satisfaction and natural energy while also being just as fulfilling.

Changing the way we think can and is obviously a healthier alternative to help keep us stay alive much longer and in a better state of mind to handle the day. If we look at this in such a way that if we don’t do it this way we will get a disease we subject to the fear and we can then easily procrastinate and say “odds are it won’t happen”.

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Swai Basil in Almond Milk

Swai Lemon and BasilLike many people interested in healthful eating, I strive to incorporate more fish into my diet, especially varieties like Swai, Salmon and Herring, which contain plenty of heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Problem is, fresh seafood costs a bundle.

When I visited my local fish monger. I couldn’t believe my eyes at nearly $20 a pound for swordfish, halibut, sole, and $9 for trout, Fresh Chilean Sea Bass at nearly $25 per pound! which in the past had always been tasty and less costly alternative.

I always opt for “wild caught”, I investigate the waters it came from and ascertain it has not been frozen. Fresh is key when it comes to great fish.

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The bestway to tell that fresh fish is not fishy smelling or tasting is simply buying it fresh caught and preferably whole.  The eyes are clear and it does not smell. When commercial fish has been caught, immediately frozen on the boat then de-thawed for processing, prepared and packaged and then again frozen for shipping to the consumer’s market, where it is once again de-thawed and sold is when you run the risk of getting poor quality, smelly fish and of course the price will reflect that.

Ever since prices started climbing, I’ve seen an influx of alien species, at least particularly at my neighborhood supermarkets, which cater to customers who, frankly, can’t afford to plunk down $20 a pound for fish.

One economical option popping up at many stores is Swai, which is native to Southeast Asia – Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia — and sells locally for around $3.99 a pound. Since I knew nothing about Swai, I searched it out on the internet and these are my findings. Swai, along with Basa and Tra, two related varieties also appearing at more and more stores, belong to what’s called the Pangasius family and they’re similar in character to catfish.


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In fact, sometimes simply referred to in the U.S. only as catfish, and farmed in the waters off the Mississippi. (Be sure to look for country of origin labeling at the fish counter to determine whether your catfish is from the Mekong Delta or the Mississippi Delta). Swai is a soft white-flesh fish (typically available in fillet form) with a sweet mild, taste and light flaky texture that can be broiled, grilled, or coated with bread crumbs and fried, according to experts.

It can be prepared simply, but also takes well to sauces. A 3.5-ounce serving of plain fish contains around 90 calories, 4 grams of fat (1.5 saturated), 45 grams of cholesterol and 50 milligrams of sodium. Since I found out from cooking a vast amount of Swai, it is a very light and delicate fish similar to the Orange Roughy and falls apart when handled too much during cooking. So I tend to take delicate fish and bake them in Almond Milk while using fresh herbs for seasoning.

Below is a great recipe for a few fillets, If you do the same, let me know what you think in a comment or email and describe your favorite way to prepare Swai. Happy Eating!

4 to 6 fillets of Fresh Caught Swai
6 to 10 Large Fresh Cinnamon Basil Leaves (Leave Whole)
2 Cups of Non-GMO Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Lemon, (Zested and Juiced)
1 Tsp. Fresh Himalayan Salt
1 Tsp. Turmeric
1 Tbs. Extra Virgin White Truffle Olive Oil

In a glass baking dish coat the bottom with the Olive Oil. Layer the fish fillets evenly along dish and sprinkle with salt to taste, placing the Basil in between the layers. Add the fresh squeezed Lemon Juice coating evenly the top layer. Cover and place in refrigerator for about half an hour.

Pre-Heat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit, remove the fish from the refrigerator and pour in the Almond Milk. Sprinkle with Turmeric and Zest of the Lemon. Bake for approximately 20 min. or until fish fillets flake easily with a fork. Serve over Organic Non-Seasoned Brown Rice.

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Infertility on the rise?

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Infertility rates haven’t changed much in 20 years.

Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES–It can seem like infertility is on the rise, especially in developed countries as women wait longer to start families. But according to a new analysis of 277 surveys, conducted by researchers at the World Health Organization and other institutions, infertility trends around the world stayed largely the same from 1990 to 2010.

Worldwide in 2010, 1.9 percent of women ages 20 to 44 who wanted to have babies were unable to give birth to a first child, wrote Gretchen Stevens of the World Health Organization and coauthors in a study in the journal PLOS Medicine. Among women who had already given birth, 10.5 percent were unable to have another child, the group reported.


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Those numbers were only slightly changed from 20 years earlier, when so-called primary infertility (inability to have a first child) was 2 percent worldwide and secondary infertility (inability to have a subsequent child) was 10.2 percent.

“Independent from population growth and worldwide declines in the preferred number of children, we found little evidence of changes in infertility over two decades,” the authors wrote.

The two exceptions were sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where infertility declined significantly. Stevens and her collaborators suggested that may be linked to reductions in rates of sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, which can cause infertility when left untreated.

Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, on the other hand, had relatively high rates of secondary infertility, which the coauthors suggested might be associated with the region’s higher incidence of abortion and the persistence of unsafe abortion practices that can cause complications that affect fertility.

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Estimating infertility is tricky, the team wrote, because few researchers have attempted to do comparative analysis of different countries’ health survey data in the past, and no one has applied a consistent method to all the sources of data. This group collected data from demographic and reproductive health surveys that had collected women’s ages, whether women were part of a couple, whether they were using contraception, time since first and last births, time since first union and desire to have a child. U.S. data came from the National Survey of Family and Growth, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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In all, they said, 48.5 million couples around the world are unable to have a child, up 6.5 million from 1990. They attributed the rise in absolute numbers to population growth.

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Apple Cider Marinated Pork Loin

Apple Cider Marinated Pork LoinThis Apple Cider Marinated Pork Loin dish is a very lean pork meat dish, combined with a cilantro fennel salad and cayenne roasted potatoes with summer squash, mushrooms and ginger, gives you a huge array of flavors that are perfect for a springtime dish to dazzle your guests and their taste buds. A very easy dish to prepare leaving you with ample time to mingle and talk about the beautiful weather or simply get a head start working on your favorite chardonnay.

When I select pork meat, I do not go to my local grocer and buy a packaged product…on the contrary, I tend to scout the internet for a local humane farmer that only vegan feeds his stock. Allowing the stock to graze on not only vegan (slop) mainly comprised of everything you would place in the compost bin, but also allow the herds to roam the lush green fields and play in the springtime mud patties usually found in rain saturated alfalfa fields. A social activity that swine love to partake in.


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Important when seeking the best meats, the loin is the cleanest and most flavorful portion. Allowing you a myriad of ways you can prepare it. However since we are seeking out vegan raised pork, this meat is the leanest you can find. Not the best source for bacon however the best source for chops, roasts, and loins. Priced at a premium it is by far the best choice for pork you can find. Most importantly the best choice for your health.

It’s called the other white meat because there are certain cuts of pork that qualify as a lean protein. Particularly this type of pork tenderloin, generally referred to as pork loin, is an excellent lean protein with fat burning properties. Forget what you think you know about pork, because pork loin nutrition facts reveal a much healthier option than you might have believed. Pork often gets a bad reputation, but lean cuts such as pork tenderloin offer surprising health benefits.


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One serving of pork loin is 4 ounces and has 121 calories per serving. Pork loin has a low fat count—just 4 grams per serving—no carbs and no fiber. But what it also shows is an amazing 22 grams of protein per 4 ounces of pork loin!

Pork loins also provide us with plenty of essential vitamins, with high levels of thiamine (52%), niacin (37%), vitamin B6 (30%), riboflavin (21%) and 8 percent of your daily value of vitamin B12. These vitamins are essential for successful fat loss as well as improved health.


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When it comes to minerals, pork loin nutrition facts are packed with them all. Phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc are found in large numbers in one serving of pork loin, while calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese. The health benefits of pork loin includes fat burning, because pork requires your body to work really hard just to digest it and lean pork like pork loin–with 22 grams of protein–allows greater fat burning. So unlike bacon and ham, lean pork actually does more to help your body burn excess fat.

So here you go to some healthy pork facts, and my Cider Marinated Pork recipe below will make your guests rant for more.

2 Lbs of Loin
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tsp Black Pepper
1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 large Zip-Loc Freezer Bag

Place whole loin in the freezer bag, cover with spices and add the Cider Vinegar. Place in refrigeration for two hours.

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2 Bulbs fresh Anise/Fennel
1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro
1/2 of a Sweet White Onion
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cut the Bulbs leaving the anise/fennel to form rings and cut them in half, save to green tops for juicing. Place the Fennel in a large glass salad bowl. Do not use metal since it can react with the cider vinegar leaving a metallic taste to the salad. Finely chop the onion and add to the bowl. Finely chop the cilantro, add to the bowl. Add the Salt and Pepper, Oil and Vinegar and Toss. Serve cold.

Roasted potatoes with Summer squash, mushrooms and ginger.

4 to 6 Red Potatoes
1/4 lb Shitake Mushrooms
2 Yellow Chili Peppers
1/2 Sweet White Onion
Fresh Ginger cut into this strips
2 Yellow summer squash
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In a glass backing dish large enough to accommodate the ingredients, chop and dice to your liking, top with cayenne pepper and add the olive oil. Remove the Cider Marinated Pork Loins from the fridge and evenly place the pork loins on top of the vegetables and cover with foil. Roast at 425 F. for 35 min.


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Remove from the oven, uncover and cut the thickest part of the Cider Marinated Pork in half, inspect the meat to be sure it is evenly white and no pink juices emerge. if so place back in the oven for an addition 15 minutes and cook until done.

This dish is best paired with a chilled chardonnay wine of choice.

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GINATAANG HIPON

ginataang hiponThe Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia with a tropical climate that grows a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, almost all of which find their way into the dishes of Filipino cuisine. Fruits and vegetables are prepared in a wide variety of ways depending on the dish and the region, but frying, boiling, steaming and pickling are favorite methods of preparation. There are also a few dishes that include the vegetables and fruits raw. Regardless of the cooking method used, Filipino cooks take great care to maximize the flavor and nutritional value of the food that is prepared.

 

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Philippine cuisine consists of the food and preparation methods including eating customs found in the Philippines. The style of cooking and the food associated with it have evolved over several centuries from its Austronesian origins to a mixed cuisine with many Malay, Arab, Chinese, Spanish, American, and other Asian and Latin influences adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate.

GINATAANG HIPON is a traditional Filipino stew that contains seafood such as shrimp and fish. Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Regularly consuming omega-3 fats can help reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve diabetic blood sugar control.

GINATAANG HIPON INGREDIENTS:

1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cayanne powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup lemon grass
1/3 cup fresh sliced ginger
1/3 cup green onions
2 cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 cup water
1Lb medium size whole shrimps (leave heads and shell intact)

GINATAANG HIPON PROCEDURES:

  1. In a skillet, heat olive oil and stir fry garlic, add onions and ginger simmer until onions are clear.
  2. Add the green onions, lemon grass and salt.  Stir fry lightly then add 1/4 cup coconut milk bring to boil.
  3. Add the remaining coconut milk, water, vinegar and fish sauce. Add dry spices and shrimp. Cook stirring over low heat until it thickens, for about 8-10 minutes. You may garnish with cilantro for added flavor.


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