Thursday, July 30, 2009
So, recycling wasn't too terribly difficult to create into a habit since the city I live in provides me with a recycling dumpster to fill that gets picked up once a week. Had that not been the case, that "green" change might have taken me a little longer to perfect.
Earth Day: Just a super fun hour of peace, quiet and candle light!
The cloth bags have been another animal all together. I found the most AMAZING reusable bags to use when lugging my groceries home. I actually found them on a home shopping channel and thought they were the greatest invention to cut back on plastic usage. However, it took time to answer, "I have my own" when asked, "paper or plastic?" Part of the reason this particular change took me so long is that, at the time, not many people were utilizing reusable bags for their grocery shopping. I was embarrassed that it might take the cashier a little longer to bag my items because I brought my own bag and the others in line behind me would get irritated. To my surprise, the first time I used my handy, dandy, cooler-than-any-other-bag, bags at the grocery store, it actually DID take me much longer in line. But not because supplying my own reusable bags slowed the cashier or the bagger's processes... it was because EVERYONE loved my bags and stopped to ask me where I got them. Well, I'm blogging today to fill everyone in on where you can get them for yourself and why you need to. These bags really are all that... AND a bag of chips!!!! First of all they fold up and secure with Velcro so that you can easily carry them in your purse. The plastic handle has a super nifty quarter holder for use at the grocery stores that require a 25 cent deposit to use the shopping carts (which is a GENIUS idea to ensure that your shopping carts get returned to the proper locations). These totally tubular (what?!? I'm a child of the 80's) bag handles also clip to the side of your shopping cart for easy loading and unloading. And finally, each of the bags holds approximately the equivalent of four of the grocer’s plastic bags (and I believe the manufacturer actually says that each bag holds up to 40 pounds). I love, love, love my shopping bags. I love that I'm one step closer to "green", and I certainly love all the attention I get because of these beauties. The handles on my reusable bags make carrying my groceries into my house WAY more comfortable since the plastic bags tend to painfully cut off the circulation to my fingers while trying to take in all my groceries with just one trip... you know you do it too! And I love never having to worry about bags ripping because the material the bags are made with almost feels like canvas.
These reusable shopping bags get a super high five from me... not just because of the amazingly smart design of these bags, but because they increase my popularity while at the same time get me a little closer to "green". Oh, and P.S., now that everyone is using reusable grocery bags, my local market gives me a 5 cent credit for each bag! Just another bonus. You can find these "high five" wonders on sale.... here!
Monday, July 27, 2009
I have honestly found that harmony is easier to find when I've completed the Master Cleanse. I read Stanley Burroughs' book, The Master Cleanser, paying attention to his thoughts on what he believes the human diet should be for optimum health. Could there REALLY be a correlation between the food we eat and our mental health? Absolutely!!! Feeling tired and dragged down effects everything in your life. If you too want harmony in your life you might want to give a little internal "house cleaning" a try and see how you feel. Certainly, clear it with your doctor first, but for me, the clearing of the digestive tract and just giving my body a break from having to process food for a while centers me. I get energy like I've never known and I get an unbelievable feeling of zen that I really can't properly put into words here, but I'll try to give you a little snippet. I have to make it through the first four days of the cleanse before zen sets in, but it's always worth the wait. The first three days of The Master Cleanse is always hard for me, but I make it through because of day four and that amazing feeling of serenity and relaxation and the feeling of really being awake in the mind, body and spirit. I also have a really incredible sense of optimism. Not that I'm a negative person, but zen brings with it a swollen heart that truly believes all things are possible. I personally believe that is why fasting and meditation are practiced in just about every religion known to man. God basically gave us a direct connection... hahahahaha... so to speak.
Now, be forewarned if you read The Master Cleanser to begin the cleanse... Mr. Burroughs believes in a raw diet once the cleanse is complete. I have got to be honest; an exclusively raw food diet DOES NOT appeal to me or my quest for harmony. I do think too much of a good thing is bad in that it creates deficits elsewhere. And meat is not bad! Leviticus 11: 1-23 gives a very clear description of animals we can eat and ones we shouldn't. What IS bad are the growth hormones and antibiotics and pesticides and alien additives and improper preparation for meat and vegetable. So I make sure that the fruit and veggies in my diet are ORGANIC raw foods post cleanse.
One of my favorite resources for learning about food and our overall health is from a Bible study course called Living in Divine Health: Wisdom of the Ages by Ted Broer. It makes sense to me that physical harmony with my food is basically a formula of cooking meat to kill what your body shouldn't have and not cooking fruit and veggies to keep alive what your body SHOULD have so that my body is only ever processing the very best of everything. And to keep this "machine" running properly, I "reset" it once a year (soon to be twice a year) with the cleanse. It's something that is working wonders for me and I can't see letting it go any time soon.
*** Holy Organic, Kosher, Raw Guacamole Batman! Where do I start? Well, if you're thinking about introducing organic raw foods into your diet, get the recipe book that contains the most dessert recipes! It's a great place to start and gets the support of the fam! Too funny!
Damage control: Healthy Pizza (it's what's for dinner! LOL!)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 C. of olive oil
Blend until smooth in the Magic Bullet. Expect to have some left over to store for future pizzas.
- 2 Mission Carb Balance tortilla shells (I use 2 small, but you can use 1 large)
- Thinly sliced mushrooms
- Thinly chopped bell peppers (all colors)
- Diced onion
- Thinly sliced zucchini
- Diced Cabbage (any color)
- Non Fat Mozorella cheese
- Any other vegetable that you prefer sliced thin... make sure not to use veggies that are too wet, as that will keep the tortilla from crisping. And be sure that you don't overload the tortilla, or you might have a hard time picking it up to eat... remember... it's a finger food!
- Turkey pepperoni
**Note: I always try to use organic vegetables.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place tortilla shells on non stick cookie sheet leaving about a 1 inch space between the two. Brush garlic/olive oil mixture over the top of the shells. Thinly spread a nice mixture of prepared veggies, enough to cover the surface of the shells. Top with thin layer of cheese and finally pepperoni. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the pizza are crispy, golden brown.
Ok folks... this pizza is better than the real thing! It is beyond tasty. It may not be a good substitute for those of you thick crust die-hards, but I LOVE a thin crispy crust, so these crunchy tortillas hit the spot. The cheese is every bit as gooey as the real thing and with all those fresh vegetables, this one is WAY better than any pizza take out I've ever had! :)
Time Savings Tip: At the beginning of every week, I rough chop/slice veggies to use throughout the week and store them in a deli saver container from Tupperware. It saves me a ton of time prepping in the kitchen throughout the week. For onions, I usually store slices, that way if a recipe calls for diced, chopped or long strip onions, I can spend the two seconds finishing them accordingly. Bell peppers I slice into long strips and store. I store zucchini in slices. Very rarely does zucchini ever need to be prepped any further than that. Those three veggies are my staples.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I have also noticed that my breathing has been shallow, and for how long, I don't know. I do know that it's been a while. But now I'm out in the forest, it's been raining the past couple of days, and the earthy smell is HEAVEN! I am really breathing it in.... and I'm noticing that I've been missing those deep breaths. The strong, invigorating breaths that only come from moments of calm and peace. I remembered today that I've been a little lax on taking that "down" time. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the day to day we forget how important it is to stop and find your peace. Maybe some of us don't EVER do that. Yah, I'm remembering today how desperately my body, my health and my life need that. So, that is what I will be working on next week. I'm "purposing" some time for myself to relax, hydrate, find my peace and take a few deep breaths. I hate it when I forget to breath. The hardest part will be remembering to do it AWAY from this beautiful and natural surrounding.... I just don't see how aromatherapy could get any better than this... those wonderful cool pines of the forest!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
This is my healthy Sweet & Spicy Chicken with Whole Wheat Pasta Salad. This turned out SOOOO much better than I expected. I hope everyone here loves it as much as I did.
Sweet & Spicy Chicken w/Whole Wheat Pasta Salad
- 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1/2 C. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp organic cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch of crushed red peppers (if you're sensitive to spice, you should omit)
- 2 tsp dried parsley flakes
- 1 Tbsp dried onion flakes
- Olive oil spray
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp water
- 4 Tbsp low calorie Sweet and Sour Sauce
Preheat oven to 365 degrees. In a flat dish combine dry ingredients and blend together with a fork. Create egg wash by whisking egg whites and water together. Dip a piece of chicken into the egg wash. Remove from egg wash and place in the flat dish to completely coat one side of the breast with the dry mixture. Place the piece of chicken on a cookie sheet with the coated side of the breast facing up. Lightly spray the top of the coated chicken with olive oil spray making sure the spray is not too close to the flour mixture coating. If the spray is too close, it will cause the coating to spray right off your chicken. I use a refillable MISTO oil spray can that I fill with olive oil, hold it about 10-12 inches above the chicken and spray lightly. Repeat with each piece and bake for 30 minutes. The last few minutes in the oven, turn the heat to broil until crispy golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool about 10 minutes before drizzling 1 Tbsp of sweet and sour sauce over each breast.Pasta Salad
- 1 box whole wheat pasta noodles (about 13 oz.)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Bell Pepper (all colors)
- Diced Cabbage
- 2-3 Tbsp of White Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dill
- Sea Salt and pepper to taste
I hope you all enjoy this super yummy, super healthy meal!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Aside from being addictive, coffee is damaging to the liver, which has to detoxify the caffeine in it. Decaffeinated coffee is not an a-okay replacement. Decaf also contains a variety of damaging chemicals, including the same cancer-causing agents found in barbecued foods. And the decaffeinating process itself often uses chemicals.Still, if the necessary organs can process moderate amounts of caffeine and related substances, why should we go cold turkey on coffee? Perhaps because daily doses of caffeine have been implicated in the following: gastrointestinal disease, sleep disorders, malnutrition (it drains the kidneys of the ability to hold onto calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc), headaches and depression. Plus, every cup of coffee is a glass of body-refreshing water you didn't drink.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I believe it is PAST time to take it back!
Here is the list of state NON REPRESENTING representatives in AZ: http://www.azdopcampaign.org/html/congress_address.html! Arizonans, to send the tea bags requires 10 bags, 10 envelopes and 10 stamps... small price to save your country!!!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Why, oh why, must I ALWAYS be in search of something better?!? I spent $20 on .5 fluid ounces of this clear nail growth stimulator hoping that it would be better than the VERY BEST nail growth stimulator I have ever used that was a fraction of the price... NAIL-AID. This $20 bottle of Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator gave me only part of the results that I get when I use my Nail-Aid Pink Natural Growth Therapy that I buy for $6.50 which is also .5 fluid ounces as well. AND Nail-Aid's growth therapy is a sweet clear pink that brightens my nails too. I should have just stayed with what I know works and saved my money. I REALLY should be doing a Nail-Aid review... OOOO! Guess what tomorrow's post will be!?! LOL! And as soon as this Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator is gone, I will be ordering my favorite of all faves... the Pink Natural Growth therapy! Tune in tomorrow... I'll tell you all about it!!!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
While Color Club (we all know and love them!) has an amazing line of nail polishes that are full of pigment and opacity, they also have a line of nail art paints that are just as wonderful and has brought the fun of nail stamping to a whole new level for me! So, what you see in the pic is OPI's Chapel of Love which is a GORGEOUS orangy-pink... almost a salmon and a little shimmery; two coats covered perfectly (you can click on the pic to enlarge). I then took Color Club's Art Club nail art paint in satin silver and painted random lines and squiggles. The brush is super, pin-stripe thin so it was really easy to do. I let it set up for about a minute and then stamped a beautiful asian symbol from Konad's image plate S4 with the Konad special polish in black. I added three little dots using the corner of an orange stick and viola! I am a freak for the asian theme, so I might be a little bias, but aren't these the most AMAZING nails you've ever seen?!? hahahaha! The dimension the nail art paint provided just made the stamp pop and the color combo is killer! I LOVE IT!
***Note: if you're interested in where I get my Konad from, I purchase all my supplies and image plates from http://store.ocnailart.com/. Use discount code "MENTAL" for 20% off. And as always, there's FREE shipping on orders over $20.