Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Read: The Asain Diet- M.D. Perspective

Dear friends,
This is the most interesting post yet! A wonderful (MD) friend of mine has agreed to read the Asian diet and review it. We are inundated with ideas and tips on how to "live better, eat better, and be better"- it is also the new trend to be healthy and eat organically and read books like, The Asian Diet, however we must hear what other health professionals are saying. We must also bridge the gap and stop thinking there are two distinct sides or ways of thinking, life/health is not is not a competition between the East and the West. Lets be critical thinkers and really know how to think and talk about health!

Review: The Asian Diet

Perspectives from a skeptical but open-minded M.D. (with a specialty that is not directly related to this stuff by the way)

Chapter One

Balance as a philosophy of life? I like it. The idea that most Westerners are hopelessly out of balance in terms of their diet, lifestyle, and attitudes? I get that. So, that's a good start. In this chapter Bussell is just laying some ground work and I agree with most of what he's saying. There isn't too much controversy yet. I appreciate his take on the fact that there is no magic bullet; no particular food that most be consumed or ignored in order for us to be healthy but, instead, it is the combination and moderation of foods that can keep us in balance. Also, extreme diets that exclude or promote all carbs or protein, severe calorie restrictions, detox diets, and forgodssake colon cleansing... all of these can be abandoned as legitimate health regimens.

One thing that was barely mentioned but always touches a nerve with me is the idea that traditional medicine has a "conflict of interest" in that the food industry has it's talons in the training of physicians and educators. I don't deny that this is the case but it is implied here that Oriental Medicine lacks this conflict of interest.

On the contrary, the Alternative Medicine movement, at least in it's current form is grossly contaminated with the pursuit of profit. It is in the best interests of alternative medicine providers to stay just far enough outside the mainstream so that: #1 Profits soar as they convince people to pay cash for their services and not have to settle for the ridiculously unfair system of insurance & government reimbursement, and #2 So that they can take money from patients whose ailments are either psychological and/or unfixable but cannot accept that reality.

I think as a society we are uncomfortable with there being no answer, no pill, no quick fix for our troubles. Sometimes, when traditional medicine tries to tell us the truth (that we don't know everything and not every problem has a cure), it is unacceptable to us and we flock to alternative medicine with wallet in hand for the "treatment" that must exist somewhere.

It is the fact that the alternative medicine industry has painted itself as the patient's advocate while they disparage traditional medicine and rake in huge unregulated profits that makes me and others suspicious at the outset. That said, I've had accupuncture, I'm in favor of embracing thousands of years of Chinese knowledge, I'm cool with alternatives...

It will be an interesting book. On to chapter 2.

Go: Herb Garden Workshop

Spice Up Your Life—Grow Your Own Herbs

Spice Up Your Life—Grow Your Own Herbs

Fall Garden Workshops

November 14, 2009
10:00 AM – 12 Noon, at the Farm & Food Lab – Map
Free Parking & Admission

Imagine being able to harvest herbs as you need them right outside your kitchen door. . . or even from your kitchen counter. Learn about growing herbs in containers – even in a pumpkin! – for use in cooking or for enjoyment in your garden. From the mundane to the exotic, University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County are ready to teach you about herbs.

The Orange County Great Park presents a series of gardening education workshops in sustainable home gardening practices.

Learn everything you need to know about growing produce at home at the Orange County Great Park Food and Farm Lab Garden Workshop Series, on Saturdays, beginning September 26. The classes, led by certified University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County, will explore topics and activities like: “Cool Season Vegetables,” “Gardening in Small Spaces,” “The Busy Gardner,” “Spice up Your Life,” “Grow Your own Herbs,” and “Holiday Crafts from the Garden.” The workshop series is free to the public and runs through November 21, 2009.

For more information, please call (949) 724-7420.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Do:Wednesday Night! Learn about Going Green.
Hello Friends,
(From: Katie R.)
As some of you may know I'm back in school and studying sociology. My thesis topic concerns the environmental movement and how people attach meaning, process that meaning and then are moved or not moved to action. As I have been researching and meeting with my advisor I have been exposed to some really interesting information that I would love to share with all of you and hear what you think. Most recently I happened upon a Bill Moyers Journal segment called "Is God Green?" and I want to show it at my house wednesday night at 8 with a discussion to follow. It is a very well articulated program that seeks to understand the Christian's responsibility to take care of the environment and the movement in some churches that has followed. It also explores the tensions Christians face when balancing political views and Biblical principles.

Here's the link if you want to check it out.

Let me know if you want to come wednesday!!


Please RSVP by either emailing KR or commenting!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Do: Should we TALK about this?

Dear Friends,

The program is called Is God Green? and it's about Christian's responsibilities to take care of our planet. Its really interesting to think about the impact Christians could have on policy and the environmental movement, if we all realized that it is our responsibility and moved together. Christians are an incredible political force and an obviously large voting population. We could really change what's happening. This program is really inspiring and very well articulated. Hope your having a great day.


Check this out! If any of you want to get together and talk about this, lets plan it! Maybe Katie can lead the discussion. Please comment!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Go: Composting Class

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October 25 (sun), 3-5pm

This class is being held at a little eco-shop in Santa Ana called, The Road Less Traveled. I see this a perfect and easy way to learn about Mother Earth and visit a new place! Please come with me, it will be a blast!
Class: Learn the how, what, where and what of vermiculture, composting with earthworms, our hungry and efficient friends! Everything you need know plus product to buy to be successful at home!
$15, $10 w/friend
***Class fee can be applied to product!

The Road Less Traveled, it's worth checking out.

The Road Less Traveled Store
2204 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Be: Daily Encouragment: Calm

"To be calm is the highest achievement of the self."

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Experiment: Take these two small thoughts/verses with you as you walk through your day. Repeat them as your work or drive or just live. Share them with others without using any words- just by being patient and thoughtful. Be aware of what you worry about and how it effects your attitude, combat your worry with deliberate calmness. Make yourself take a moment (even if its 5 seconds) to be calm, to stop and think through your worry. Talk about what could change within yourself and your life before blaming work, friends, money, husbands, wives, lovers, teachers, homework... Worry turns into stress if not dealt with.

Have a wonderful day! I think about all you every time I see the follower list. Thank you!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Get:Vegan Dessert Cookbook
The " MODERATION BAKE OFF" is coming and Madonna thinks "Eric's macro desserts are so indulgent, you would think they are sinful…" and so will the judges. This is the perfect cookbook to buy before the holidays! Check it out and all the rest of the,love, series at Also spend some time and read about his wifes battle with cancer, its very interesting to hear about the healing powers of food.

PS- Eric and his wife have 2 cats and 4 dogs, what!?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Get: STEVIA, seed of the week!

Stevia Seeds (Stevia rebaudiana)

Buy at and grow your own! Better than sugar and fun to grow. Get tons of certified organic seeds from mountain rose herbs and enjoy a medicinal herb garden all year. They can be small, lovely and easy to care for.
Stevia Details:
Tender perennial shrub. Heat-dependent germinator. Sow in summer or in warm greenhouse(make a cold frame.) The plants thrive in rich garden soil, full sun to part shade, high temperature and humidity and plenty of water. The dried leaf is used for sweetening drinks and is 250 times sweeter than sugar. Medicinally, Stevia is a flavoring agent, a wound healer, a treatment for hypoglycemia and a digestive aid.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Read: The Asian Diet NEWS!

Great news! I passed my copy of, The Asian Diet, onto a wonderful (M.D.) friend of mine. He is willing to read the book and share his opinion/thoughts with us. I am always curious to hear what a western Doctor has to say about these types of books/Asian theories (truths). We must have moderation and balance even while reading about it! I will continue to summarize the "hot topics" for you to enjoy and hopefully learn from. I really encourage you to buy the book. The chapters are simple and easy to read, some of them are 2-4 pages and the book is very relaxing to read. I just purchased a new copy for $9.00 on

Friday, October 9, 2009

Do: Garden Group Event

Long Beach Garden Group Meeting.
Goals: To learn and explore together, how to grow organic produce.
Meeting will cover: The basics of organic gardening, getting started and cold frame building. Please research on your own about these topics and come with ideas and thoughts to share.
Expectations: My desire for this group- is for all of us to have a great time and learn from one another. This is a very low commitment group and open to suggestions. The emphasis of this group is more about the gardening and less about the group. I truly believe that being in harmony with the earth is part of our human make up, it will be nice to tap into that with you wonderful people.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 17th
Time: 11 am-12:15pm
Place: Kristinas
4244 E. Vermont Ave.
Bring: Gloves, sun hat, egg carton (recyclable), and please research the veggies that you would like to grow. Make sure that this is the right season for them and be willing to share your thoughts with the group.
Last words: Cant wait to see you all! I am going to make some really wonderful food and special drinks for our time together. There is one member spot left! Please contact me if you would like it, hope to hear from you! If you are a member, please RSVP by commenting.

Go:Fuego restaurant in Long Beach, What?!


"Latin coastal" in Long Beach: Fuego restaurant is now open in the new Hotel Maya in Long Beach, with a menu that's "coastal Latin American." The executive chef is Jesse Perez. The indoor-outdoor dining room overlooks the waterfront of Long Beach, with 360-degree views. On the menu: shrimp ceviche with chile roja; duck al pastor tacos; chile relleño with pork carnitas; Yucatan-style pork “two ways"; and ancho chile grilled rib eye. Tequila tastings are delivered on a vintage dumb waiter to guests seated in the lower bar area (where there are leather and mohair tequila chairs). Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, (562) 481-3910,

Review: $$

Nathan and I made a night of going to Fruego. In order to get the full experience we invited three wonderful friends, who have a history of good taste. In my opinion I order the most flavorful entree, White Corn Sopes, Masa 'Boats' with Black Beans, Summer Squash, Guacamole, Romaine, Lime Vinaigrette, Queso Fresco & Mexican Crema and as a side their Spicy Green Rice. To translate; two small corn-meal pancakes (in the shape of rubber boats) filled with a variety of lightly sautéed veggies and black beans, topped with fresh salsa, avo, and chopped red and white cabbage. I nearly cried, every flavor was perfect and I could taste every ingredient. Everyone was very impressed.
Our table was packed with the, Guacamole Trio and White Corn Chips and their Mexican Shrimp Ceviche w/ Chile Roja and Plantain Chips. Nathan ordered the Mexican Shrimp Brochettes w/ Guajillo and Chile Chorizo-Potato Enchiladas (die for this!), one of our friends chose the, Bone-In Chicken Poblano served with Saffron Arroz & Poblano Mole de Oaxaca.
The service was excellent and the environment- just begs you to sit and enjoy your evening. I was shocked when I walked up the stairs and saw a blazing fire roaring on the patio and the Queen Mary and all her glory starring at the Sea and me. Talk about a vacation! For Long Beach, the decor is nothing less than decadent, so lavish that I laughed out loud. Please go! I need others to see this place and believe that it exists. You will be shocked!

Go: Seed in Venice


Seed Kitchen - New Vegan Café in Venice

Eric Lechasseur and Sanae Suzuki opened a new restaurant named Seed Kitchen which they describe as Vegan, Organic, Macrobiotic, Japanese, American, Fusion, Take-out.

The varied menu features sandwiches and paninis, hot bowls, salads, pastries, Japanese teas, and more.

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Seed Kitchen
1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, California (at Windward)

Go, go ,go! Lets go together!

Be: Daily Encouragment

"A kindhearted women [person] earns respect."

Today's Experiment:
-Go out of your way to be kindhearted.
-Think: To be kind and to have a kind heart- are two different things. Define a kind heart? What type of heart do you have? Anxious heart? Sad heart? Patient heart and motives?
-Meditate on: The concept of, a kind heart earning respect vs. a great job earning respect or a perfect marriage earning respect or having a clear life path earning respect. Its about what type of heart and motives that we have as we live life and interact with our boyfriends, classmates, co-workers, other drivers, husbands and moms...etc.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Do: Lean Arms and Tight Onion

I know, I know that picture is silly. But this workout method/DVD is really good. The workout is broken up into 6, 5-7 mins workouts. They each work a different part of your body, which I love because I don't have to do the whole DVD. Most days I do 5 mins of abs and 7 mins of arms. She is a dancer so her moves are very catchy and I feel like I am dancing rather than working out. This is a great workout to add to your daily cardio routine. I can already see a difference in my arms and abs. TA is all about lean arms and legs.
Make sure to visit to purchase Tracy’s new webisodes that benefit Raising Malawi! You can get a webisode to see if you vibe with her before purchasing the DVD.
To get more of Tracy visit Amazon.

PS- She is Madonnas and G. Paltrows trainer. They swear by her workouts. One funny thing, TA only plays Madonnas music while she works out! love it.

Be: Daily Encouragment

"Always be pure, simple and honest."

Todays Experiment:
Spend some time during your day to relax and think about being an honest person. What does that mean? What would my life look like, if I was always striving to be honest with myself and the people that I love? Would my actions change?
So many of us have a hard time realizing how our actions effect others and how our pride or lack of awareness for what we are going through can hurt others. Be honest, let people go, let people in, take advice, give advice willing, admit our expectations, admit if you have been mean or selfish and apologize. In your heart, if you have any type of small grudge or stand off with a friend- face it and move on. I have been miserable at this, I allow my desire to get into school to over take me, I call it ambition and drive but when it gets in the way of being kind or taking time for others, I have failed to be honest.

Get: Yogi Kombucha Green Tea

Yogi Tea Organic Green Tea Blends

Yogi Tea

Yogi says, "Our Green Tea Kombucha was inspired by a remedy that dates back to ancient Russia. Updated for today’s lifestyle, Yogi’s special formula of kombucha with organic green tea is designed to support your immune system, fight fatigue and detoxify your body. Spearmint naturally aids digestion, and plum and lemongrass combine to create a fragrant tea with a light, fruity flavor.* Once the steeping process has released the benefits of these ingredients, you are ready to enjoy a delicious, delightful and soothing cup of tea—one that is naturally rich in antioxidants and other health boosters."

Personal Review: Never... have I tasted a better tea. I love it with a splash of Rice milk and cinnamon. Please try this tea, just pop by Whole Foods and buy a box. It is refreshing and cozy! You can taste each ingredient and enjoy the benefits of green tea all day. It will change your mornings!

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Natural Flavors

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Read: Green Tea after every meal

Review 3: The Asian Diet, Beverages.
Main points in this chapter:
1. Your first and most important fluid intake should be water. Use only Spring or filtered water if possible. Most municipal water supplies use chemicals, some are intentional and some just end up in our water supply due to pollution or inappropriate disposal. Soft drinks, will make you soft.
2. Coffee is a fine occasional drink. The energy of coffee is unbalanced. Overexposure to coffee can make people anxious, irritable and impede attention level and sleep. Be careful and wise with the amount of coffee that you are drinking.
3. The good news, Green Tea is the greatest beverage in the World! The worst green tea is still better than the best coffee. The author suggests that we should drink GT after every meal, it helps dissolve fat and can dissolve cholesterol in the stomach before it even enters the blood stream. Please visit the link that I provided and read about the benefits of green tea.
4. Remember everything is OK in moderation. Fruit juice, soft drinks, energy drinks, etc; contain too may concentrates to be moderate in way.

Make:Replace Maple Syrup and make this!

Its hard to find a sweet sub for any type of syrup or dessert sauce. I love this little number! I use it over rice flour pancakes, muffins, in my tea, over yams, on baked apples and fruit. It's especially good if you have taken to a wheat free, gluten free and sugar free lifestyle. Nathan thinks its "to die for" and I have tested it time and time again with real syrup lovers and its always a winner!
Agave, Vanilla Extract, Olive Oil, Lemon or Lavender Extract (optional) Syrup:
If you need more double the recipe or triple it!
1. Use any bowl and make sure you have a whisk, much better if its whisked! Add all ingreds in one bowl
2. 1/2 tbs of olive oil
3. 1/2 tbs agave
4. 1 tsp of any type of extract (vanilla, lemon, lav)
5. 1 tsp of water
6. whisk away, if the syrup is too thick and clumps, add water...just a little
7. optional: if you a lemon laying around, grade a bit of the lemon and toss that in. Enjoy with everything and anything!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Get: Skin:Sun Screen

Winter is coming, but please do not forget to wear your sunscreen! I know we are all young and wild now... but the years will march across our faces in no time and the rays from the sun are glad to help! From years of seeing sun damaged skin and having clients beg for help, I learned that, rain or shine I never walk out of the house without sunscreen on.

We need to get over a few myths 1) foundation with sunscreen is all we need 2) the sun helps keep your skin clear from acne 3) sunscreen is only necessary when we go to the beach or spending the day outside. All not true, sunscreen should be worn under your make up and a good sunscreen can be your daily moisturizer. Here are a few wonderful products that I know you will love and can safely use. The first is made by Epicuren. (

Epicuren Zinc Sunscreen SPF 20 (2.5 fl oz)

Price: $34
A zinc sunscreen that is formulated with no toxins, chemicals or oils and works to heal, soothe and diminish the signs of aging. Will not clog pores. (Size: 2.5 fl oz)

Epicuren, is the like the mother of holistic skin care and products. If you have free time please research and read up on Epicuren. They are a fascinating company and have paved the way for health and beauty to be one.

Green Tea & Ginkgo Moisturizer SPF 15

Green Tea & Ginkgo Moisturizer SPF 15 4oz

Price $16.28
Light daytime moisturizer protects skin from sun, pollution and the skin’s natural aging process and restores softness and elasticity. Wear it under or in place of makeup to keep skin healthy and well-hydrated. I buy it at whole foods. This is an incredible skin care line and the company has so much integrity when it comes to their ingredients. Please visit the site and read how skin care should be,

Make:Smoothie for days

This is a perfect before dinner smoothie. It is delightful and light (just like a good friend) and doesnt feel like a meal in a cup. Nathan loves this little ditty and it cuts down on the time it takes me to make dinner, consider it a creative appetizer.

Coconut milk (light), Papaya, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Nutmeg Smoothie with crushed Almonds:
Ingreds- listed above. I prefer TJ's frozen pap and light coconut milk.You can omit or add whatever you like but make sure to blend for 3 mins, you really get a smooth milky texture.
How to:Here are my tricks and i am telling you they count...
1. 1-1 1/2 cup frozen papaya in blender
2. add 1 cup coconut milk and 1/3 cup water. Let papaya soak and thaw in the milk for 5 mins or more. This allows the papaya to soften up and really makes a difference when it comes to texture.
3. add 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
4. cinna to your liking
5. pinch of nutmeg
6. (optional) honey or agave
7. 3 ice cubes. blend for 3 mins, if you see that more liquid is needed, slowly add some water while smoothie is still blending.
8. (if time permits) sprinkle 10 crushed almonds over the top.

You can win a heart with this drink! I love serving it before a light soup and salad dinner!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Make:Onion,Garlic,Sesame seed & Coconut Puree

This recipe takes 6 mins and it will knock your socks off you! If you need to impress or just de-stress, then this is the extra love that you need! Nathan adores this sauce and almost ask me to marry him all over again when I painted our veggie/yam dinner with it.

I suggest mixing or pouring this puree over coconut rice, baked yams, potatoes or mixed steamed veggies.
Indreds: 1 can of Coconut milk, make sure it has no additives or sugar ( I love the Trader Joes kind.) 1 white or red onion, 5 fresh garlic gloves and salted sesame seeds.
How to: You can double or reduce this recipe, be free and creative with it!
1. Use any small fryer/pan. Olive oil the pan and add a pinch of salt.
2. 1/2 cup diced onions, toss them into the heat and enjoy the smell of onion and olive oil.
3. smash or press garlic gloves and toss that into the pan.
4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
at this point the smell should be making you light headed with excitement! allow the ingreds to bathe one another and continue to stir.
5. add 1/2 cup or a handful of salted sesame seeds to the mix
6. allow the onions to slightly brown and the sesame seeds to fully warm
7. in a blender, blend 1/2-3/4 cup of coconut milk and your sauté for 3 mins. it must be 3 mins. (if you see that more liquid is needed, add a small amount of coco milk mixed with water.)
8. add salt if you need to. I dont.

Pour this sauce over anything. I love it with rice and black beans and yams!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Meditation Experiment: Week 2

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

A smaller verse to consider and meditate on is very refreshing and not so daunting.

Gentleness, is a fruit of the spirit, which is often over shadowed by Love and Kindness (both very important). When it's hard to love and be kind, gentleness can be a useful tool. Imagine if our gentleness was evident to everyone we came across. A gentle spirit is a rarity, but so beautiful and humble.


For 5 mins a day, whenever you can sit and be still, take the time to think about this small verse. Do not feel pressured to find the perfect spot, just practice being sweet and quiet.
-For minutes 1-2 repeat the verse over and over.
-minutes 2-3 be still for 1 minute and try to not let your mind wonder from the verse. But do not repeat the verse. Just meditate.
-minutes 3-4 turn your thoughts to what you think true gentleness is.
-minutes 4-5. Be quiet and relax.

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hair, Skin and Nails: Acne Scars and Wrinkles

These products are like Heaven on Earth to me. The Wild Rose Facial Oil has made a huge difference in the appearance and texture of my skin. I bought this oil to put under my eyes before I applied makeup. No joke, the wrinkles around my eyes have softened. Once I realized this was a reality and not a heavenly dream, I started using the oil as my night moisturizer. My brown spots on my upper lip are improving and my skin tone is balanced. (Nathan also used this oil on one his tattoos that was having a hard time healing, its a miracle worker! Thank you- Mother Earth.) be young again! More details below and heres the site,
Wild Rose Facial Oil:
This is a remarkable oil for rejuvenating and hydrating damaged skin, and was formulated specifically for the treatment of external damage to the outer epidermis. The Wild Rose Facial Oil contains beneficial botanical ingredients such as precious Helichrysum essential oil, Vitamin E oil, and organic Wild Rosehip Seed Oil.This oil is excellent for encouraging healthy skin growth, and for assisting with damage due to acne, scars, sun exposure, or other excessive damage. This is a very concentrated oil, and only a finger tip or two is needed.
Contains: Organic Calendula oil, organic Wild Rosehip Seed oil, organic Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil and essential oils of organic Lavender, Carrot seed and Helichrysum.

Urgent Prayer Request: For Katie R.

Please Pray for Katie and her family. Her cousins new born baby has been diagnosed with viral meningitis. To get a better feel for what that is check out the Mayo Clinics index,, and read up. This is very serious and is so hard on a new born. Please show Katie love and tenderness. Please pray for the baby's fever to go down and for complete healing. Today from 5pm to 5:02pm please stop and pray. Lets all share that moment and agree on this request, set your phone alarm or mark your hand.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Review 2: The Asian Diet, White rice vs. Brown

Yogi Tea Proverb: "Bliss should not be disturbed by loss or gain"
Important Term: Whole food- simple foods or foods that have not been altered or processed.
Introduction to Asian View on Diet (some theory for you):
Asian medicine and philosophy is all about finding and maintaining balance as the goal of life.The three greatest factors that get us out of balance are our: Diet, lifestyle and attitudes. The typical Westerner is almost out of balance in all three areas. Hippocrates, the father of Western Medicine wrote, "let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." We have lost the sense of connection between what we put in our bodies and how our bodies then function.The body's needs are very simple, requiring primarily a plant-based, varied, and mostly cooked diet. The keys are balance and moderation. There is not one thing that we all need to eat or avoid, it is finding the proper balance of all things. (In other words, DO NOT DIET and DO NOT STRESS about Islands fries, everyone needs a treat. This way of thinking creates so much freedom and a healthy way of thinking about food.)
The Author continues to build on many interesting Chinese theories. He also digs deep into how our, American, government dictates what we get to eat. He brakes down the corrupt relationship between our government and the diary board. He is also ashamed of all Western med schools, "bc for the entire 6 years of schooling, the average doctor receives 21 hours of education in nutrition." All of this, is to drive the point home that we need to be responsible and take care of ourselves bc our government has failed to encourage people to be or eat healthy. In fact, they have made it hard and expensive to eat healthy. Bussell pleads with is readers to not argue that "poor nutrition is one of the sacrifices of a modern lifestyle." (I can relate this, I sacrifice a good attitude, sleep and having a loving time with friends or my husband for my career.)
Most of our carbs should come from grains, fruits and veggies. Complex carbs come from whole food products and break down in our bodies. Refined grains, such as white flour, are stripped of their nutrients and deliver sugar too fast to our bodies.
Of the grains white rice is best (what!) White rice has been getting a lot of bad press compared to brown rice. Brown rice is white rice, with a thick coating or "shell" around it. When the shell is merely polished off of brown rice the product is white rice. Brown and white rice have roughly the same number of cals but brown has more fat. Eating brown rice can be compared to eating a walnut and not taking the shell off. A bit of brown rice can be good for some types of constipation- it bulks up stool due to the extra fiber; but too much can exacerbate constipation by slowing down the metabolism.
All foods and herbs have properties- some things are cooling, warming, moistening or drying, activating or sedating,etc. White rice is completely neutral, so you could eat it all day and it would not throw your internal energetic balance off. But like all things- we should never over consume. So white rice is best- but we should not eat it everyday.Every food has something that another cannot offer us. We need to eat a wide variety of foods and get comfortable with mixing up our diet and routines, for example, eating a salad for lunch and dinner everyday is not moderating your diet, it is not balanced and does not help your body to work for you. Too much of any one food is not a good idea. It is not surprising that gluten and wheat intolerance is a growing problem, in the US we are inundated with gluten and wheat. Also more and more products are using soy and wheat as fillers for processed foods, it is best to eat and cook with whole foods bc you know exactly what is in them.
General Rule: the more processed a food is , the more difficult it is the un-process. Rice is popped out of its shell and steamed; wheat it popped out of its shell, then ground, mixed, heated, kneaded, leavened and baked to make bread. You want to be aware of the amount steps that it takes for a food to be consumer ready. I cant imagine how many steps is involved in making a Twinkie or pasta.
Actions of Common Foods:
Sweet and Cool. Enters the lung and large intestine channels. Clears heat, moistens the intestine and counteracts toxins. Treats hemorrhoids, constipation, alcoholism and excessive thirst.

Have a great day! thank you for being patient and reading. Please remember that I am summarizing entire chapters and my paragraphs are going to be bit botched. Be the light and be joyful today!

Friday, September 25, 2009

I'll pray for you, you pray for me

This post is written with the intention to ask, does anyone need prayer? Big or small concerns, life or love thoughts, work or home needs, please comment your request. We all have a minute in our day to lift you up in our thoughts. There is time at work, home, while studying, running, eating or just sitting to remember a friend. Prayer is the most powerful way to help one another. With prayer and petition God promises to move in our lives. We forget that no matter how different or distant we are from one another, we have unity in the Lord...(its like all those people who love Dave Matthews- they don't all know or like each other but they unite together to sway to his music and get high.) I have 3 requests:
1. Recently 2 of my (our) friends announced that they are pregnant. It is truly a miracle to get pregnant, carry the baby full term and have a safe delivery. Please pray and be mindful of these women.
2. My older sister adopted a baby boy 3 years ago. The birth mother, of her son, is now pregnant again with a little girl (same dad, but they are not married or in love). The baby is due next week. Please pray for the situation, my sister in concerned and wants the best for her sons little sister.
3. Also, my sweet friends Erica and Amber, their aunt is fighting cancer. Wear a little ribbon around your wrist to remember this request. Thank you.
You are all in my thoughts, not kidding (especially the 8 "followers".) Keep in mind to say a little prayer for: the new marriages, old and steady relationships, boyfriends+girlfriends, needs for a job and the overall desire for peace within this group.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review 1: The Asian Diet

Yogi Tea Proverb for the day: "Travel light, live light, be the light, spread the light."
Important terms: Oriental Medicine, abbrev (OM)
Welcome to The Asian Diet. As you read I hope that you learn many things that will help you with the rest of your life.
There are more obese people in American than any other country and the problem is growing rapidly.This is a result of poor diet and inappropriate lifestyle. America is finally waking up to what the Asian culture can teach us in terms of health care (acupuncture, herbology, tia chi, etc.); lets learn what they have discovered about eating and living in balance.
Diet, lifestyle and attitude can easily be adjusted to improve your health and mood.

About the Author
Jason Bussell is an acupuncturist and herbalist, along with all of his US training, he completed advance training and an internship in China. He is the President of the Illinois Ass. of Acupuncture and OM. He and his wife have a private practice in Wilmette. Jason was a pre-med student but began to doubt his decision bc most of the doctors that he worked with and the students that he went to school with were so unhappy and unhealthy. Through a friend he heard about a local OM program. His skepticism about OM was short lived once he saw how effective the medicine was and how much sense the philosophy made. The author oozes with excitement and love for his practice. Jason is so proud to be part of the Chinese culture. It is important to note that the Chinese have been studying nutritional therapy for over 4,000 years, much longer than anyone else (US 200 years.)
What this book is and What this book is not.
This is not a weight loss book, but it is about getting into balance by eating appropriately. Being over or under weight, is in itself an imbalance. As you get into balance you will naturally shed or put on weight. Eating right will prevent or correct all types of disease and disorders. Chinese Dietary therapy is a highly developed science and many people spend their whole lives studying and practicing this. This book is to help us learn the basics of eating right and being well.
Action of common Food for the day:
noted a) taste and temp classification b) the channels that food's energy enters; and c) its known function and application.

Sweet and Neutral. Enters the lungs and large intestine channels. Moistens the lung, moves the stool. Treats panting and dry-type constipation.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wheat free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free Bake Off

I am terrible at baking but I love a good piece of carrot cake! Lets have a bake off!

Rules: All entries must be wheat free, gluten free and sugar free. Simply find your mouth watering recipe online and sign up asap, so no one takes your idea.
There can be teams of 2, so best friends- its time to unite and discover your skills at baking. This is going to be a real challenge if some one who has the initials NP signs up.
I will supply the right type of liquor and we will have 3 ruthless judges. If anyone is interested, let me know by commenting. More details on the bake off are coming- its going to be a great party and I think I will ask Carlos to make us a special musical mix.

For Amber (10 minute breakfast)

Thank you Amber for being the first follower of Moderation.

Mango, Avocado, Cinnamon, Rice Milk Smoothie. Recipe From: The Clean Detox. This is a great smoothie if you really aren't eating much during the day! It takes 5 mins to prep and about 25 mins to drink, not kidding! If made right, the smoothie has a heavenly consistency which I compare to the baby of Mango sorbet and a Coco's vanilla shake. If a smoothie is all you have time for, the avos really make this a good breakfast supplement. But remember, we should be eating like kings in the morning and paupers by night ( we will address the importance of breakfast in chapter 11).

Ingreds: frozen TJ mangos, avo,cinna and your choice of milk (non-dairy...if you can)

How to:

1. let mangos soften in your blender for about 3-4 mins.

2. add 1/4 to 1/2 avo, more avo makes for a smoother smoothie

3. add the rest of the ingreds to your liking. I go heavy on the cinna

4. Optional: honey or agave. I also like to add 2-4 ice cubs, adds crunch

2. Apples, Cinnamon, Honey, Olive Oil, Pine nuts and Raisin Bake
Amber, this is so fast, delicious and easy! I made it this morning after reading your comment. It was done in a flash and I ate it while studying.

How to: For 1 person, I like a lot
1. Oven to 450
2. get an oven safe whatever. take a handful of pine nuts and raisins throw them in
3. 1 tablespoon olive oil, toss it in (or less, i like a lot- it helps with clean bowel movements)
4. Optional: add honey (the juice from apples is so sweet, you almost don't need it)
5.2 apples. Cut them the quickest way you know how and throw them into your oven safe whatever
6. add your cinna

Bake for 8-10 mins. Let cool, I love to throw it all into a bowl and soak with a little soy milk. If i get really happy, I chop up a banana and eat is like a bowl of cereal- minus the wheat. Keep your metabolism going!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Nathans ideas

Moderation is the written account of how I am learning to balance and master the principles of eating right. In addition to the exploration of food and how its nutrients can determine our health, I also want Moderation to be a place that discusses the daily blessings that the Lord has for us.

My husband has been initiating conversations on the concept of meditation, not the modern day mediation but the concept of how to practice meditation and how to allow the practice to add peace to our daily living. We have had several good conversations and I am encouraged to meditate for 10 mins a day. Today was my first day and to guide my meditation I read Philippians 4:4-8. It was hard to only think about this passage and to stop my thoughts from wondering. I am going to meditate on the passage for 1 week. Please join me and tell me about your experience.

Passage: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The Asian Diet

I love a good detox. I not only love to "detox" but I adore detox books, I die for the day to day menu plans and the step by step programs. Just recently I spent 3 hours in a dreamy little book store reviewing every detox book I could get my hands on. I don't follow every plan perfectly or think that detoxing is the key to a healthy life or a perfect body. I am more interested in the science and the reasoning behind each detox. I want to make you all aware that the word "detox" has replaced the word "diet" and we all know that dieting is not the ideal way to live in balance with our body's or to enjoy the wonderful gift of food. Some programs I wont even attempt, however I still read the books and walk away with at least one great recipe. I just recently picked up a great book titled, The Asian Diet, this book has been very moving and I cant resist sharing it.
To summarize: How the ancient principles of moderation and balance will help you eat right, lose weight and live longer.
My plan: I will summarize each chapter as I read it, this will save you time and money and allow me to share this book. I will post recipes and wonderful little ideas on how to enjoy food and have a healthy relationship with what we eat ( I am still trying to find that balance and to be honest I am always struggling to keep my weight balanced). Please also read my post on meditation. I am learning that balance with food, joy, peace and fulfillment come from the Lord. To truly live a healthy and fit life we need the strength and the joy that comes from God.