Tangy Home Pickles

This is a great way to use up those extra cucumbers from the garden! These pickle slices are tangy and crisp – a terrific summer treat!

In a small saucepan add the following ingredients, stir and heat on high to bring to a boil:
3 cups water
2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp turmeric

While brine is heating, prepare and add the following ingredients into 2 – 20 oz. jars (layer onion and cucumber slices to mix it up):
4 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (2 tbsp per jar)
4-6 garlic cloves, sliced (2-3 cloves per jar)
2 large cucumbers, sliced thin (divided between 2 jars)
1/2 red onion, sliced (divided between 2 jars)

Once brine starts to boil turn off the heat and let it cool a bit while you finish preparing the jars. Pour brine over contents in jars – fill to 1/2″ – 1″ below the top, or at least enough to cover the veggies. Let cool before covering, then store in the refrigerator. Allow pickles to sit a few days before enjoying.

Mmmmmm… Delicious!

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#4 Tip for Better Health

Drink plenty of water! Many people are dehydrated and they don’t even know it! Common signs that you may be dehydrated include dry mouth, dizzyness, weakness, headache, decreased or dark yellow urine, constipation, and severe thirst. Your body is made up of approximately 60% water and the processes in your body require a steady supply of fresh water to replenish water used to excrete waste and toxins, so drinking water is essential to all systems to keep them functioning optimally.

Water provides many benefits to your health! Water can provide weight-loss benefits for a couple of reasons. One reason is that many people mistake their thirst for hunger so by quenching your thirst food intake is usually decreased. Another reason is because when you are drinking enough water your body is able to release the toxins that were stored in your fat cells, and your body is then able to use that stored energy. Water can also help kill cravings. When a craving strikes try drinking a glass of water. Many times the craving will go away! Water is also very beneficial for your brain, joints and skin. When you are well hydrated brain fog is reduced allowing you to think more clearly, joints are lubricated reducing wear and tear, and your skin will have a more healthy, radiant appearance.

How much water should you drink? There are many differing opinions on this – most say 8 glasses a day or your weight in ounces per day, and of course more with vigorous exercise! I think these are great guidelines to start with – get yourself on a regular regimine to get back in the habit of drinking water and rediscover your thirst. Eventually you will likely find that your thirst will guide you to consume the proper amount of water for YOUR body.

Also, be aware that you CAN drink too much water. This is one area where more is not better! Too much water will throw off your blood sodium levels and interrupt your electrolyte balance and is potentially fatal. Signs of overhydration include blurred vision, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and bloating.

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Save the Farm

After the LA riots the city gave the citizens of LA a plot of land in South Central LA to set up a community garden. Over 300 families used the land to grown organic produce to feed their families for over a decade, and were then given notice to vacate the land. This is about their fight to keep the land that the city sold back to the developer it was originally purchased from. This film shows how the community gardens changed their life for the better and you feel their heartbreak as their gardens are taken away.

To learn more about community gardens or to find or start one near you visit http://www.communitygarden.org/

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Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss

Best selling author Jonny Bowden provides detailed info on the history of low carb eating (it didn’t start with Atkins!), how your body processes carbs and why carbs cause some people to gain more weight than others, and addresses some of the myths about low carb eating. Also included are reviews of 38 of the most well known low carb plans with an overview of the plan, the general rules of what you can and cannot eat on the plan, and who may and may not benefit from the plan. Other topics include supplements and diet drugs and how to incorporate low carb eating into your life. Very informative book with a lot of information for anyone eating low carb or interested in eating low carb.

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The Gerson Miracle

Featuring Charlotte Gerson (daughter of Max Gerson) and her work. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy which has been used to treat and cure many patients diagnosed as terminal (they report a 50% success rate). This therapy uses a plant-based diet, high nutrient juices, supplements, and detoxifying enemas to re-build the immune system and flush toxins out of the body. Charlotte has continued her father’s work along with her son and is the founder of the Gerson Institute in California and the first Gerson clinic in Mexico (it is illegal in the US to treat cancer with any method other than chemotherapy, radiation or surgery). Includes interviews with patients who have reversed their diseases and are now back to full health!

Related reading:
The Gerson Therapy: Information on how to apply the therapy for different conditions
A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy: Max Gerson’s final book with info on how the therapy works including 50 case histories

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Walleye with Yams, Salad and Tomatoes

This is a wonderful way to serve fish with a variety of delicious veggies. The yams are a great side dish for just about any other meal and the salad with dill dressing is a fun change from my typical basil based dressings. And the heirloom tomatoes – what can I say but YUM!

2-3 yams, cut in 1/2″ thick round and then in half
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp sea salt

4 walleye fillets
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon
fresh ground pepper
pinch of sea salt

1 head romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
1/2 cucumber, sliced and quartered

1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp fresh dill, roughly chopped

2 large heirloom tomatoes

Preheat oven to 375. Add the yams, oil, and all seasonings into a large bowl and stir with you hands to coat all yam pieces. Spread yams out on a large jellyroll pan so they are not overlapping. Bake for 40 minutes turning over halfway.

While yams are baking prepare salad and tomatoes: Add romaine and cucumber into a large bowl. Add dressing ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together until honey is dissolved and oil is emulsified. Drizzle dressing over lettuce and cucumbers and then toss to distribute dressing. Cut tomatoes in half and then slice.

After yams have been turned over start preparing the fish: Turn stove on medium-low and add olive oil into 12″ skillet. Lay fish fillets flat in the skillet trying not to overlap. (You may need a larger skillet if you have larger fillets.) Squeeze lemon over the fish and then add fresh ground pepper and sea salt. After about 5 minutes turn fish over and season with more fresh ground pepper and sea salt. Cook until fish flakes apart easily with a fork. If yams are not yet done, take off the burner and cover to keep warm.

Add fish, yams, salad, and tomatoes onto large plates and enjoy!

Serves 4

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Runner’s World The Runner’s Body

An in-depth look at how the runner’s body works including an explanation of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), different theories on what causes cramping and how your body uses different types of fuel. A great read for anyone looking to improve their running performance or anyone trying to resolve nagging injuries or other issues. Includes tips, exercises and detailed scientific information that is present in a very user-friendly way.

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