Let me start by saying that I AM a meat eater, so this is not intended to condemn the consumption of meat in any way, only to keep you informed!

This disturbing films brings to light details about the dangers of feedlot raised cattle including info on Mad Cow disease – how it spread and what has and hasn’t been done to prevent further incidents. Also discussed is the widespread use of antibiotics in feedlot cattle. This is a must-see for all meat eaters so you can protect yourself and make informed choices about the meat you purchase.

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Surviving Take-out!

We all have those days when we’re so rushed we don’t have time to cook dinner, there are no leftovers to quickly heat up, and the cupboards are bare because tomorrow is grocery day! As a last resort we end up calling for take-out.

When you find yourself in this situation you can still eat a fairly healthy meal if you spend a little time doing some research. Check the online menus for a couple of restaurants and look for dishes with lots of veggies, whole grains, and quality proteins. Avoid processed and starchy ingredients such as white flour pastas, white breads, white rice, white potatoes and tortillas. Instead look for brown rice, whole wheat bread, and lettuce wraps. If the dish is made with a sauce, ask for it on the side so you can control the portioning, or if that’s not possible ask for 1/2 the regular amount of sauce. Also choose grilled instead of breaded and fried, steamed instead of stir-fried, and ask if you can get fresh fruit or veggies instead of the fries!

If I call for takeout without doing my research I’m likely to order one of the dishes I remember ordering in the past which may not be a healthy option. When you decide beforehand what you will be ordering it will prevent the spontaneous selection of lower quality options!


Genetic Chile

An up-close look at the impending introduction of GMOs into yet another crop, this film centers around New Mexico’s green chile and the controversy around genetically engineering this revered pepper that residents feel is part of their heritage. New Mexico State University received a government grant to produce GMO green chiles and is beginning research while the community is fighting back and the local farmers are trying to prevent these organisms from being introduced into the crops. Includes discussion around safety, crop production and health, and impact to local industry. Great info about GMOs that every needs to know!

Read more from the filmmaker here:

Also check out Genetic Roulette for more info on GMOs.

Sunday Breakfast Scramble

I love a big breakfast on Sunday morning! Sometimes it will be eggs, bacon (nitrite free of course) and fruit, sometimes whole wheat or buckwheat pancakes, but this scramble is one of my favorites!

1 pound baby red potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme

6 chicken sausage links (antibiotic, hormone free)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup broccoli florets, roughly chopped
1 small summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
2 green onions, cut in 1/4″ slices
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
5 large eggs
fresh ground pepper, to taste
pinch of sea salt

Add potatoes in small saucepan and cover with water, cover and heat on high until water starts to boil. Adjust heat to medium, vent cover, and boil for 10 minutes.

In large skillet heat sausage links on med until browned. Adjust heat to med-low and chop suasage links into 1/2″ chunks. Push sausage to the side and add olive oil and minced garlic. Chop broccoli and add to large skillet, then cut up summer squash and add to large skillet and stir to distribute oil and garlic. Cut up green onions and tomatoes and add to large skillet and stir veggies together.

Once potatoes finish boiling drain water off and carefully remove potatoes and cut in quarters. In large skillet push the veggies to the side with the sausage and add olive oil potatoes and thyme and stir to distribute oil and thyme. Let potatoes brown a bit then stir together with veggies and sausage.

Break eggs into a bowl and beat with a fork or wisk. Push all veggies and sausage to one half of the pan and pour eggs into the other half. Season eggs with fresh ground pepper and a pinch of sea salt. Stir eggs as they cook and break up any large pieces. Once eggs are full cooked stir everything together and serve!

Makes about 3-4 servings.



#3 Tip for Better Health

Follow the 90/10 rule! The reason so many diets don’t work is because they leave you feeling deprived, and deprivation will eventually lead to bingeing which leads to feelings of failure. Don’t focus on perfection – none of us are perfect, so that just sets you up for failure! Make healthy choices 90% of the time and leave yourself a 10% buffer to allow for occasional treats, dinners out with friends, or party snacks. It’s all about moderation – allow yourself the occasional indulgence to prevent cravings born from the “forbidden foods” mindset. It’s always easier to make the healthier choice when it feels like a choice – you might say to yourself, “I’ll choose the salad today, and maybe treat myself to a cone at that new ice cream parlor on Saturday!”


Dive! Living Off America’s Waste

An astonishing amount of food gets thrown away everyday by supermarkets all across the country. This film is about a few individuals who regularly visit supermarket dumpsters to retrieve some of the wasted food. With millions in LA still going hungry, they work with food rescue organizations to try to get more supermarkets involved and less food into the dumpsters. This is an important topic that needs more visibility to reduce the disturbing volume of food that is ending up in dumpsters when it could be going to those in need. Search “food rescue” to find organizations in your area so you can get involved!

View the trailer here:


Orange Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry

This is a delicious dish with lots of wonderful veggies! The chicken has a light orange flavor, but you can amp it up by pouring some of the orange juice into the veggies along with the chicken and simmering it a bit.

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
14 oz pkg. chicken tenders, cut in strips
1 orange

2 tbsp peanut oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cup broccoli florets, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cup cauliflower florets, roughly chopped
2 cups snow peas, cut in short strips
2 tbsp shoyu
2 tbsp mirin
2 green onions, chopped in 1/4″ pieces
8 oz white mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch chard, stems removed, cut in strips
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

Add sesame oil in 12″ skillet and turn heat on med-low. Add chicken strips, then cut orange in half and squeeze juice from entire orange over the chicken. Grate a bit of the peel over the chicken (about 1 tsp) and cover.

Add peanut oil in 16″ skillet and turn heat on med-low. Add minced garlic, then chop up broccoli and cauliflower florets and add to large skillet. Cut up snow peas discarding stem ends and add to large skillet. Add shoyu and mirin in large skillet and stir to distribute. Turn over chicken strips, turn on low to simmer and cover. Cut up green onions and add to large skillet, then slice up mushrooms and add to large skillet, stirring each into veggies to distribute flavors. Remove all stems from chard and cut leaves into strips, add into large skillet, stir, and cover. Cook until leaves start to wilt, then add chicken strips (and a bit of the orange juice if desired), stir, turn heat to low and cover. Cook chicken and veggies together for a couple minutes, then serve!

Makes about 3-4 servings.



The Everything Juicing Book

A great book for all juicing enthusiasts, beginners and veterans! Informational topics covered include Nutrients, Benefits of Juicing, Choosing a Juicer, and Ingredients. Next the recipes are grouped into chapters such as Juicing for Detoxing and Cleansing, Juicing for Energy and Stamina, Fighting Infections, and Helping Your Digestive Disorders. Well organized content makes this book fun to read! Pick it up and browse through it a bit and you will soon find yourself in front of the juicer trying a delicious new concoction!


Be Your Own Ray of Sunshine!

Think positive! Remember what your mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, or teacher always told you about the power of positive thinking – they were absolutely right! Negativity attracts negativity, and positivity attracts positivity, so choose to have a positive outlook and see how your life begins to change. When you expect good things to happen you start to see opportunities where previously you may not have. Not only will you see the benefits in your own life, but in others around you as well – positivity, like laughter, is contagious! Spread the joy!

There are so many great quotes out there that you can use to remind and inspire yourself! Write down a few of the quotes below or find some that resonate with you – just search “quotes for positive thinking” or something similar and you will have an enormous selection to choose from! Search Google images and choose a few with cheerful or calming backgrounds and print them out for even greater impact. Place them in prominent areas where you can see them as constant reminders to focus on the good!

Change your thoughts and you change your world – Norman Vincent Peale
A positive attitude brings strength, energy and initiative – Kamari aka Lyrikal
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude – Maya Angelou
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference – Winston Churchill defines positivity as “the state or character of being positive: a positivity that accepts the world as it is.” So remember to accept what is, recognize all the good parts, and make a conscious decision to be happy!


A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms

A must-see about the damage to the environment being caused by factory farms (also known as CAFOs – Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and their dangerous practices, and how our regulations compare with the rest of the world. US practices and regulations are given Report Card ratings in areas such as arsenic, ammonia, antibiotics, hormones, waste disposal, and animal welfare and are compared against ratings in the same categories for European countries, showing an enormous disparity. It is truly frightening to see the results of the damage caused by the pollution of the air and water, including young lives lost by sudden onset of terminal diseases after exposure to this hazardous pollution. The current standards are not sustainable and must be changed to give us an opportunity to reverse the damage that has been done.

View the trailer here: