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Pesto Delight

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Pesto is one of my favorite foods. So easy to prepare, lasts for weeks, and can be spread on a slice of bread, used as a pasta sauce or as a tasty dip.

It's a hit with adults and kids but how do you make sure you don't spend a fortune in the preparation? Here is the secret: 

1. Roast 1/2 a cup of walnuts on a pan (continue to next steps but come back to stir the walnuts making sure they don't burn)

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2. Throw one clove of garlic into the food processor while its on so it gets sliced into bits.

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3. Wash your basil (two large bunches) and place inside

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4. Add some sea salt, splash of olive oil, 1/4 cup of parmesan, and the secret ingredient 2 tbsp of tahini (make sure you shake your jar well to mix before scooping it out, otherwise it will be too oily) 

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5. Throw walnuts and blend! 

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6. Place in a bowl, cover, chill, and serve! 

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Coconut Cream Goodness

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One thing that hasn't changed since I started eating healthy food, is my desire for delectable luscious sweets. 

While I never deprive myself, what I have committed to, is creating sweet treats that nourish my whole being, not just by mind at the cost of my body. 

The other day I was scouring my kitchen for something tasty. The only thing I was clear on was a desire for some sort to cream consistency. 

I was out of yogurt and didn't have any cream, but I did have some coconut milk in the fridge saved in a jar--I use it in my smoothies at times. 

I looked up online how to make coconut cream, and found that if coconut milk sits in the fridge for 24 hours it begins to separate.

I took out my jar and indeed it was true. I poured the liquid out into another jar and was left with amazing whipped cream. 

My mind then started rolling. I took out a bowl, cut up a banana, scooped in two tablespoons of fresh--yes its messy and takes too much time--pomegranate seeds, a teaspoon of local raw mango infused honey, my coconut cream, and finished it off with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice (the cinnamon and fat from the coconut cream balance out the sugar from the fruit and honey to not throw blood sugar levels way off).

All I can say, is that first bite was absolute, HEAVEN!!! 

Please indulge responsibly :)

 

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Dip Time

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I have always enjoyed cooking, but having a cooking group forces me to get creative and experiment in the kitchen. 

For my last group I made one of my all times favorites. Black bean, walnut, miso dip. Here we go step by step! 

1. Chop 1 onion and caramelize (this will take several minutes so start some of the other steps and come back to stir your onions).

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2. Turn food processor on and drop in one clove of garlic.  

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3. Drain and rinse a 29 oz (or two 15 oz) can of black beans (BPA free can) and put in food processor 

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4. Add in caramelized onions, and then put 1/2 a cup of walnuts on the pan (continue to next steps but come back to stir walnuts every minute or so) 

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5. Add 1/3 cup of olive oil, some ground pepper, and 2 tbs of red miso to the mix

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6. Add walnuts and blend! 

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7. If the mixture is too thick add some water, but slowly as you don't want to make soup! Also if your dip is not salty enough add more miso and blend again. 

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8. Garnish with a few broken walnuts, cover, chill for an hour or more and then serve with veggies or tortilla chips.

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The Peanut

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One of my favorite snacks is slices of deliciously sweet apple with crunchy peanut butter. While I am a fan of all nuts, there are spurts of time when I crave the peanut, and must gratify my urge.

Peanuts have been around for a long time, originating in South America before migrating all around the world.

They are actually a legume and are a more on the acidic side of the alkaline/acid scale—which means I don’t eat them all the time.

  • When I do, I can celebrate many of their important health benefits:
  • Like other legumes they provide long lasting energy
  • Have mono saturated fat emphasized in the medeterianan style diet
  • Help promote heart health
  • Great source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, and protein
  • Contain the antioxidant resveratrol, also found in red grapes/red wine

BUT wait! It isn't all such good news. The majority of peanuts, 99%, are produced conventionally, which means they are heavily sprayed--every 8-10 days in their growing season--with toxic pesticides.

Furthermore, they are grown in rotation in the same soil used for cotton--which is also heavily sprayed.

Since the peanut shell is very porous it absorbs everything, increasing residue and potential unhealthy fungus levels.

Besides the peanuts being low quality, conventional peanut butters contain hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, conventional soy, and salt.

But watch out, just because it says "organic" does'nt mean they aren't adding salt, sugar, or extra oils.

Peanuts are sweet by themselves, have natural oils, and if you want them salted sprinkle some sea salt on them.

Peanut allergies are a whole other story, but many believe it is the consumption of extremely low quality sprayed peanuts in combination with other added lifeless ingredients that has triggered so many people's bodies to reject this tasty legume.

One last note: like all nuts once they are out of their shell the chances of them going rancid--spoiled--is increased dramatically.

Avoid buying those grind-your-own nut butters at the store as those nuts have been sitting out. Ensure you purchase a  jar and refrigerate once you get home. And please recycle or reuse your jar!

As for bulk nuts, ask someone at your store how quickly they move through and how long they have been sitting out.

To the peanut!   

 

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Precious

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Over the last several weeks I have been hearing some pretty challenging stories around unexpected life events.

One of my dear friend's brother had an unexpected brain hemorrhage and luckily survived.

Another friend of a friend who was healthy and fit, had a stroke and died at 45.

And in my own family my aunt had to be hospitalized after struggling with her own intense depression over the last several months.

While it would get frustrating to wake up every morning and contemplate the struggles which many people face in daily life, for me its a reminder of compassion and how important it is to pause and reflect at how precious every moment truly is.

From my tasty smoothie, the freedom I feel on my bike, time spent with my adorable nephew, tasty meals with family, to feeling creativity, catching up with an old friend, receiving a card in the mail, seeing a radiant butterfly or going on a first date and living in possibility, precious moments strung together to create real fulfillment.

If life where to end tomorrow, I want to be able to reflect and know that I have lived fully, done my best, and that instead of getting caught up in the stress of it all I was able to step back and appreciate this absolutely astounding gift, of being human.      

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Antioxidants in a Pinch

Who would have imagined how much bang a little herb or spice has to offer.

Pumpkin pie mix has ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove all together!  

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Limitations

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Psychology has always been one of my interests growing up. I find human action, motivation, thoughts, and beliefs absolutely fascinating. 

In this light, I am so grateful yoga landed on my path as it has served as a brilliant lens to explore my inner workings and the larger world. 

One of the realities I have observed through my own life and the lives of others, is the concept of limitation. 

We all have blind spots, and unlike what many traditions claim, there will never be a time or a state where we know or see it all. 

The key, is that our limited state is not a problem to be solved as in reality it actually gives us the opportunity for further growth. 

Limitations are often individually based like when someone doesn't recognize their passive aggressive behavior, when a person is occluded to the impact of their bad breath, or when debt keeps on mounting but we pretend everything is still on track.

While we all experience these blind spots they are not confined to the individual experience as society's become embroiled in mass delusion with relative ease.

Hitler was an expert in his crafting of such a narrow and limited view for the German people that they fell in line with all of his treacherous plans of genocide. In today's world, marketing companies are the driving force of using images and words to make us buy and believe certain things which are not always to our advantage.

The good news is that even with these broader cultural limitations often someone wakes up, a movement gets started and we see pockets of progress. Slavery was abolished, women can now vote, environmental issues began to be addressed in the early 70's and GLBTQ rights are slowly becoming a reality.

But wait, the guarantee is that there is always more limitation, so what are we not seeing?

It is an enormous blind spot which has been systematically ignored by corporations and politicians--and yes we the public are partly responsible. 

Its been 25 years since scientists began to sound the alarm on increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which is responsible for climate change. 

Why hasn't much been done?

The fossil fuel industry is an obvious culprit, lack of political action is another, but the biggest reason brings us back to basic human psychology. 

Researchers term it the "finite pool of worry." It basically reminds us that our animal brain--when it comes to this issue--is one of our most profound limitations.

Humans are designed to troubleshoot present moment emergencies, so anything that doesn't pose an immediate threat doesn't receive much attention. 

This is the reason why in particular, Americans rank addressing climate change as one of their lowest priorities.

Carbon dioxide build up after all is invisible. Yes we've had some intense hurricanes and mind boggling typhoons and tsunamis, but they simply don't happen often enough or close enough to feel like an immediate threat.

A second psychological trick we play on ourselves is termed the "single action bias." When we take one step like recycling, voting for a green politician, or brining a recycled bag to the grocery store and then believe we have done enough. Small steps are important, but we have to do more! 

Incase you just became depressed take a deep breath. Look at the opportunity before us. The gift of awareness is the ability to step back, slow down our reactions, take in the data, recognize our limitations, and step back in with renewed skillful action.

The reality is that change is possible. We can take on this enormous blind spot and stand up for what is right. 

It only takes a few brave souls to help create a big shift as Maragaret Mead beautifully reminds us: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 

September 21 is my birthday. International Day of Peace, and this year it is the start of the UN Climate Summit in NYC.

Most climate summits have yielded little concrete shifts, but there is hope. President Obama and the US EPA finally took some long needed steps to move us closer to action steps other countries have been taking, but each of our voices is needed. 

I have never marched in anything, but on the 21st that is going to change.  

Climate disruption disproportionately effects developing nations, people of color, and the young. What kind of world do I want to leave my nephew, little siblings, and my cousin's kids? 

Shift can happen, but it requires us to recognize our limitation and act differently!

On September 21, march for possibility! 

If you live in NYC or if you are looking for a local march check out http://peoplesclimate.org

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Ginger Baby!

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On the last couple of days of my trip in Israel my stomach was giving me a bit of trouble.

Besides other supports like eating mostly simple cooked foods, taking some oregano oil,  and adding in probiotics, I started putting ginger in my morning smoothie once I returned home.

I always have ginger in my freezer, but I'll be honest, I seldom use it.  

I'm lazy to cut it and peel the skin--even though it literally takes 10 seconds. Yes even when frozen its still easy to cut. 

Well, the good news is that I have fallen back in love. Not only is the taste of this beautiful yellow root a wonderful addition to my blueberries and cranberries, its a powerhouse of nutritional potency. 

No wonder, it's the cousin of a smiler looking root colored orange. Turmeric stop stealing all the spotlight! 

Here is why ginger is a root you might want to use more often:

  • Helps relive motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Is a potent anti-inflammatory due to compounds called gingerols and can help reduce pain for those suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Has potent antioxidants which have been shown to kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion).
  • Zingerone another compound found in the root has shown to have protective benefits against radiation. 
  • It helps with blood sugar imbalances by increasing insulin release and sensitivity. 
  • Contains a metabolism boosting substance which helps the body burn stored up fat and improve overall metabolism.
  • Gives enhanced protection against respiratory viruses. 

So what are you waiting for? Throw some ginger in your smoothie, grate it into a coconut oil and tamari stir fry, use it next time you bake a healthy sweet treat, make warm tea, cook a ginger carrot soup--yum, or use it in a marinade for fish (garlic, grated ginger, chopped jalapeño, cilantro, white wine, tamari, and unrefined sesame oil blended together).

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Slow Motion

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I went to a yoga class with mom the other day called "Yoga Therapy."

It was a sweet experience of many basic movements, but what I appreciated even more was the very very slow pace of the practice. 

In our fast moving culture even much of yoga has jumped on the bandwagon of high speed.

Slowing down in my body was so soothing, it built ample heat, and it brought so much increased awareness to various parts of my body. 

Many people find a slower practice much more rigorous on both their body and mind in their ability to remain attentive and present, but boy do we need it.

Carl Honore author of In Praise of Slowness was inspired to challenge the cult of speed after he found himself about to buy a collection of one-minute bedtime stories for his kids.

Our rushed culture is obsessed with productivity which leads to overwork that then results in ramped consumerism and an often false perception of true gratification.

With the hunger not satiated the cycle continues and the faster it gets the less people are able to step back and evaluate whether this model of living is even working or meeting any of their deep seated needs. 

The obsession with speed creates lower quality products which can threaten our safety (think car recalls), superficial connections that only skim the surface and less time to connect with family, friends, and partners.  

As a culture we get 90 minutes less sleep per night than those living a century ago and our entanglement with activity has reduced the pocket of time for people to simply be. What happened to gazing out the window of a car or train or staring at the night sky to remember how we fit into the grand scheme of things?

Fast is not inherently "bad" as there are examples of conscious rapid movement which makes sense and has intelligence and consciousness behind it. The problem occurs when mindless fast takes the reins and we find ourselves overly busy, controlling, aggressive, hurried, overly analytical, stressed, superficial, impatient, and valuing quantity-over-quality.

When we turn down the speed we can become more spacious, carefree, receptive, composed, intuitive, relaxed, unhurried, deep, patient, reflective, and value quality-over-quantity. As a result of these states we can increase immune functionality, have healthier digestion, feel less guilt, live with a more honed and toned nervous system, increase our time spent in "feel good" states, have more moments of gratitude and appreciation, and boost the level of intimacy present in the day-to-day. 

From this reclaimed place we can choose when to turn up the pace in a conscious way instead of letting speed overrun our lives. 

How you do anything is how you do everything, so especially if you have a regular asana practice explore slowing it down and observe what shifts.

Also, look into the slow food or slow money movement, go for a slow motion walking meditation, and next time you make love with your beloved--yes its hard to believe but people are now replying to texts or checking Facebook even during this activity--carve out a large chunk of time, slow it down, and savor more!

Take back the reins! It's time, before this high speed world takes your life for an unwanted ride.

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Easy Sauce

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If you ever visit Israel, one of the most memorable aspects of this little country is the farmer's market style fruits and veggies found everywhere.

Tasty, fresh, and very nutritious!

One morning during my visit I went for a run in the hot sun filled landscape. On my return I was caving something cooling and fresh.

While I love juice, I am sensitive to sugar and prefer to get my fiber when consuming fruit.

I decided to experiment by blending one red apple, one plum, half a lemon juiced, and 1/4 cup of water all together.  

What came out was raw apple sauce, sweet with a bit of tang. Absolutely delicious.

According to Michael Greger M.D. apples can help reduce breast, oral, colon, and ovarian cancer--but keep the peel on! Apples seem to be full of antioxidants, are antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory, and help bolster the immune system. 

Apples are now in their harvest season so stock up and make raw (or if you wish cook and can) sauce. 

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Astounding

WARNING: You might experience warmth, sweetness, connection, awe, and remembrance in the next three minutes. 

 

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Arab-Israeli Salad

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War is a terrible thing, which tends to create even more distance, fear, and hate between people, who at the end of the day are simply people. 

Food is a wonderful thing, which tends to bring people together to celebrate, replenish, and take part in nature's bounty. 

I've always found it interesting that what is called an Israeli salad is also known as an Arab salad. 

The base ingredients of tomatoes, persian cucumbers, olive oil, lemon, salt (use sea salt please), pepper and either parsley, mint or both are the same (at times I add a bit of flare with red or yellow bell peppers, pitted green olives, middle eastern pickles (easy to find at any Israeli or Arab store), and heat of palm).

Simple, cooling, hydrating, alkalizing, and extremely tasty. 

So stop fighting, make peace, remember we are all composed out of the same stardust, and have some Arab-Israeli Salad. 

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Thyroid Troubles

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At a recent short talk on the basics of nutrition I asked how many people know someone with a thyroid problem.

Out of 20 people about 13 raised their hands. 

The thyroid is a complex arena and as usual it seems that conventional medicine is slightly behind the times. 

Here are some key points from Mary Shomon who has been writing and guiding people on holistic thyroid care since 1995:

  • Women are affected eight to ten times more than men often during or after pregnancy, pre-menopause and menopause 
  • Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, hair loss, depression, and sudden weight gain despite healthy eating and consistent movement
  • Thyroid testing is not part of an annual physical, you have to ask for it
  • TSH is the most commonly used test for the Thyroid but doesn't provide a complete picture of thyroid health
  • It is vital to utilize several tests (Free T3  Triiodothyronine & thyroid antibody handle for autoimmune disease) get a number result, and understand the range of what is healthy, what is borderline, and what is unhealthy
  • Thyroid disorders are often linked to autoimmune disorders 
  • To reduce chances of triggering an autoimmune disorder it is vital to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, be mindful of external toxins, and keep stress in check
  • The thyroid is part of the endocrine system and can be effected by malfunctions in other parts the body like sex hormones, adrenal glands, digestive process, and immune system
  • Additional clues your thyroid is out of balance include irregularity in thyroid shape, very slow or very quick reflexes, puffiness under the eyes or swelling of hands/feet, unusually low blood pressure, and thinning outer edge of the eyebrows
  • It is important to find out if there is a family history of thyroid troubles as this increases risk

If hypothyroidism is present what are some effective strategies to support the thyroid gland?

  • Some degree of medication for a temporary time
  • Ensure iodine is not too high or not too low
  • Make sure cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, spinach, and cauliflower are steamed or cooked well as in their raw form they slow down the thyroid
  • Manage stress
  • Reduce inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten, and overly processed junk
  • Create a movement routine which doesn't exhaust and helps shed the pounds while keeping the body relaxed
  • Explore additional supplements like vitamin D, B complex, and selenium

If the thyroid is malfunctioning it can create an immense amount of havoc for the body.

If you have thyroid troubles read more and get educated @ http://thyroid.about.com 

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Pigeonhole

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I'm not sure why my inspirations have been coming to me in cars over these last few weeks but there you have it. 

While driving with my family to lunch in Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway we noticed the heavy traffic on the other side of the road. 

Comments where made how on the way back we'll take a different route to avoid the standstill. 

After a delicious meal at a farm-to-table restaurant at the tip of the Malibu pier we went for a stunning 45 minute hike full of sun, sand, and a cool ocean breeze.

Back in the car about three hours later we were heading back.

I pulled up Waze and Google Maps to checkout the traffic situation.  PCH was flowing and completely clear.

I informed the driver and was surprised that even with this new data she choose to alter our route incase there was traffic.

I knew the new way would take us substantially longer--and it did--but I decided not to insist.  

What it made me think of is the idea of the pigeonhole. How we often use past experience and old data to confine people in the present.

Even if someone who has acted one way in the past is trying to show up in a different way we don't receive it. 

We stay so stuck dwelling on old outdated information and miss an opportunity to reignite a more nourishing connection. 

In various relationships--family, friends, dating--I find myself thinking, "You always" do this or that when in reality its not true. The way they acted one or two times became inflated in a successful attempt to pigeonhole.

Where in your life and relationships have you confined someone because they acted in a certain way a few times? Where are you so caught up in the story bolstering your case with old data that you are actually closing the door on something magical?

The pigeonhole. 

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Space

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I drove to big-sur today, one of my favorite places on the planet. 

The combination of beautiful ocean views, towering trees, and rolling hills makes it truly breathtaking. 

As my journey progressed from Los Angeles, the roads continually shrunk from a vast California freeway, to a two lane road, to finally a one lane road with twisting turns.

With each vigorous turn I dove more deeply into my focus, but at one point I stepped back in my awareness to realize an excessive feeling of crunch. 

In front, a trail of six or so cars and behind another three. 

I felt stuck, held back by the speed of those before me and pressured by the car in my rear view. 

My mind chimed in, "Take some space at the next turn off," but I didn't listen. 

I continued to struggle with the winding road and then decided I was being ridiculous. I'm not in a rush and I love driving, so why am I choosing misery?

I turned off at the next chance I had and watched the cars trail away. 

As I stretched my body a gift appeared.

For a few moments cars disappeared, nothing from both directions. 

In my taking space traffic paused and the sounds of nature emerged; wind, crashing waves, a bird on the horizon. 

I felt refueled and as I got back on the road no car in front and no car behind. I flowed with a sense of freedom and ease. 

A little space. Going a very long way. 

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Grateful

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I spent the last week with my family from Florida who is visiting Los Angeles. 

I love hanging out with my younger siblings as they help me to remember to have fun and take time off to play.

When I got back home yesterday I felt my mood shift as I was entering the reality of my 'real world' once more. 

As I noticed a slight dip in my feeling state I decided to take a moment to honor all that I am grateful for, as I know from past experience it always works to help me put everything in perspective. 

When I begin to generate my list I am always amazed at how much abundance I have in my life.

I am grateful for...my family, sunshine, clean air, creative freedom, the plants in my room, nourishing food, close friendships, my car, financial stability, my love for writing, my pillow, the rapid way my body heals, love, connection, teaching, being in nature, writing, dancing, dance music, riding my bike, going for a run, my little nephew, video games with my younger brother, pool time, and so much more! 

What are you grateful for today? 

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Criminal

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After a very pleasant Sunday meal it was time to go home and get some rest.

My friend and I took the elevator down from our other friend's place and started walking to our cars. 

Suddenly, I realized I had forgot my cell phone upstairs. 

The friend with me asked if I wanted him to call our other friend, but I declined, as earlier that day I used the intercom successfully. 

When I got to the intercom and rang the line was busy. I tried it again but nothing. I waited for a moment and called again. 

After eight times of hearing the busy signal I noticed a slight frustration starting to arise in my usually mellow self. 

I began to run through my options. 

I could yell upstairs, find something light to throw at his window, ask the people at the restaurant downstairs if they had a key to the side door, or...

I had a thought. The front door works on a buzzer which retracts the locking mechanism, so in theory the old movie trick of using a card to push the locking mechanism back might work. 

I was feeling a sense of excitement as I embarked on a brief moment of being a secret agent. 

I took my car 2 go membership card and stuck it in the door. Moved it up and down, side to side, and boom, the door opened. 

I went upstairs retrieved my phone and was on my way.

I love it when instead of frustration I can remember how to use my resourcefulness, even when its technically a little criminal. 

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Wholesome Whey

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One of my main nutrition principles is moderation and rotation so after some time using a plant based protein powder I decided to experiment with whey. 

To my surprise it seems that I have been living in dark ages as every other person I talked to was already consuming whey protein. 

Even some holistic practitioners that don't advocate the use of dairy approve of the benefits of of this magical white powder. 

As usual in our wonderfully advanced culture most people consuming whey protein don't think twice about where their product comes from and as a result are using a denatured product full of unnecessary synthetic additives, heavy metals, and chemical detergents. 

In addition, it is vital to avoid whey protein isolate a similarly processed product like soy protein isolate, both or which are created in a lab. 

The bottom line is that the quality of the protein is going to depend on the how the cow is being fed, treated, and milked. 

A factory farm cow is full of stress hormones, consumes soy and corn, given antibiotics, and is over milked. 

A grass-fed cow is out on pasture, gets sun, and is less stressed.

It is also important to note that per the FDA, all powdered dairy products must undergo some level of pastuerization to be sold.

Any product that claims to be fully RAW is not telling the whole truth. 

This means that its up to the company selling whether they take extra steps to ensure low temperature pasteurization to maintain the full range of biologically active proteins that carry the benefits of whey. 

So now that we have quality down what is all the hype about?

  • Provides the body the building blocks for glutathione--a top notch antioxidant in the body which acts like sticky fly paper and helps remove free radicals and some heavy metals.  
  • It's a clean source of high quality protein to help boost energy levels. 
  • Supports better blood sugar regulation. 
  • Helps boost immune system functionality.
  • Supports healthy muscle building. 
  • Is a potent source of amino acids. 

With high quality as the first guiding principle here are a few brands committed to wholesome whey. 

 

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Delusion

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Delusion is a necessary part of life as knowing everything all at once would be a bit overwhelming. 

In a way deceiving ourselves in certain situations actually protects our sanity. 

On the other hand, living in fantasy can also create problems as we base our actions on preconceived notions that we think add up in a particular way but in reality don't. 

In the world of food it is easy to be deceived as a large part of food marketing is intended to confuse consumers. 

The other day I ran into an acquaintance at the grocery store and I noticed he had conventional strawberries in his cart. 

Now if I were a normal human being I would have kept my mouth shut. But alas, I'm not, I couldn't resist informing him that strawberries are one of the most sprayed fruits (# 2 on the Dirty Dozen list by EWG)

The next thing he said was were delusion comes in. "But I wash them." 

Believe it or not this is not an uncommon fantasy that understandably makes people feel better and more protected. 

But sadly this is where reality begins to pop the bubble. All the fruits and veggies where thoroughly washed before pesticide levels where measured. 

Moreover, strawberries in particular grow close to the soil and have many fans in the insect world so they are heavily treated with an aggressive regiment of chemicals.  

While it might make us feel cozy to believe washing harsh pesticides makes them clean, living in this delusion has consequences.

The majority of debilitating western diseases are linked to environmental toxicity--a large amount of which we are exposed to through our food. 

Yes, it will cost you a bit more $ in the short run to go organic with the most toxic fruits and veggies, but I would bet my savings account it will save you from heartache and cash in the long run. 

Study the list from above. Buy organic where its most important. Save $ with the clean produce. Create a win/win.

Stop the delusion...at least a little.  

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