Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sweet Potato Soup

This is a great winter warm up.
Serves 6-8

2 pounds sweet potatoes (make sure they're not yams!)
2 ounces (4 tbs) unsalted butter
1/2 pound shallots, minced (about 1 cup)
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/4 cup rum (not necessary unless you want to kick it up a notch!)
3 to 4 cups vegetable stock (depending on how thick you like your soup)
1/2 cup cooked wild rice
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
zest and juice of 1 lime

1. Bake potatoes in a 400 degree oven until they are tender and can be easily pierce with a fork. Let cool.

2. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the shallots and saute until soft. Add the garlic and jalapeno and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the rum if desired and cook for about 2 minutes, or until alcohol has evaporated. Add the stock and bring to a simmer.

3. Cut the sweet potatoes in half and scrape out the flesh. Add to the stock, stirring until the potaotes are broken up. Add the cooked rice. Remove from heat and working in batches, prue in a blender until smooth.

4. Return the mixture to the pot, and place over low heat. Add stock as needed to adjust the consistency of the soup, then season with salt and pepper.

For the topping: stir the cilantro, lime zest and 1 tsp of the juice.

Ladel the soup into bowels and top with cilantro lime topping.

Christmas Spaghetti

I call this Christmas Spaghetti because when it's all done, it's red from the tomatoes and green for the chard, hence the name Christmas Spaghetti!'s actually a pure delight from the heavy baked dishes that come along with the season. A friend of mine gave me a bunch of organic red chard the other day. It looked fabulous, i thought to myself i need to find something really special to make out of this chard. It's been a "cooked" holiday season this year as opposed to a "raw" holiday last year. People seem to really enjoy the sights and smells better coming for a kitchen stove and oven rather that a dehyrdrater and vita mixer! Nevetheless, this is a great side dish or main dish if you will...

This is also a quick and easy dish that fills you up and is healthy to boot!

Makes 4 servings.

2 tbs pine nuts
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil (Bariani is preferred)
2 organic onions, thinly sliced
2 bunches red chard, trimmed and chopped (about 14 cups)
4 garlic cloves, minced
5 diced organic tomatoes with their juice
1/4 cup cooking sherry (or dry white wine)
1/4 tsp crushed dried red pepper flakes
salt (himalyan pink is preferred)
8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, coarsly chopped
2 tbs freshly grated parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place pine nuts on a heavy baking sheet to tast in oven for approx. 10 minutes. Keep checking so they don't get too dark. Set aside to cool when done.

2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Add the chard and sauted until it wilts, about 2-4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stire in the tomates with their juice, the sherry or wine, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to break down and the chard is very tender, about 7 minutes. Season the chard to taste with salt and pepper.

3. while performing step 2, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring often to prevent tghe pasta from sticking together, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8-10 minutes. Drain. Add the spaghetti to the chard mixture and toss to combine.

4. Transfer the pasta to bowls, sprinkle with the pine bnuts, olives and cheese on top and serve.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Think Green! Green Beans, that is....

Are you ready for this? Green Beans are probably healthier than you may think! They are full of beta carotene (which converts to vitamin A in our bodies), Vitamin C, potassium, folate, magnesium, riboflavin and fiber.

Here is why this is exciting….

Beta carotene and vitamin C together have strong anti-inflammatory effects, which helps to protect the heart and can reduce the severity of other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. They also work together to stop cholesterol from building up in the arterial walls and both are important antioxidants. Here’s something you might not have known, though…vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant and beta carotene is a fat-soluble antioxidant which works to stop cholesterol from becoming oxidized (potentially cancer-causing).

The magnesium and potassium of green beans work together to help lower high blood pressure and regulate heart beat. The folate helps to prevent mutation in colon cells. Along with the content fiber of green beans, this is a powerful health protecting combination.

Here’s a great Green Bean Casserole Recipe you can serve on Thanksgiving that will wow the relatives and keep ‘em alive a little longer, if you wish!

Hippocrates Green Bean Casserole
Thanksgiving 2007

1 pound of fresh, organic green beans
1 chopped organic small onion
Grated rind of an organic lemon
¼ tsp fresh organic dill weed
1 cup of plain, organic yogurt
1 cup of whole wheat, unsalted bread crumbs
Organic Vegetable or Chicken Broth

Chop green beans into bite-size pieces and steam for 2-5 minutes. Sautee onion in broth, then add lemon rind, dill and yogurt. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Put green beans in a glass casserole dish and cover with the sauce. Top with bread crumbs if desired and bake at 350F for 15-30 minutes until bubbly.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Take Note about Canola Oil's Misperceptions.

Nutritionists seem to love canola oil. Every time fat is discussed on the Today show by their resident nutritionist she mentions Canola oil as a healthy alternative. I read about it in books and magazines. I think it's time to set the record straight. Here is a quote from a book Good Fats and Oil by Siegfried Gursche. Siegfried is an expert on fats and oils. Another book published by Siegfried is Fats that Heal Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus.

"Canola oil is a fairly recent newcomer on the market. It has gained popularity for two reasons: First because of a well funded advertising campaign touting it as a "heart healthy" oil, and second because of its low price, by which it has gained a huge market share...

Canola oil is actually the product of genetically engineered rape seeds. Rape seed oil is unsuited for human consumption because it contains erucic acid, a very long chain fatty acid which can cause fibrotic heart lesions. By modifying the rape seeds it was hoped to create an oil rich in healthy fatty acids. However, in the refining and deodorizing process, which is done with high heat (450-500 F), some of the good fats are turned into trans-fatty acids (bad fats). Recent studies also show that refined canola oil actually causes a deficiency in vitamin E, a vitamin required for a healthy heart, and contains traces of the erucic acid that causes heart lesions, especially when the diet is low in saturated fats. Canola oil and other refined oils have no place in a whole-foods kitchen as they have been stripped of all valuable life elements and contain dangerous fats as a result of processing."

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Coffee Anyone?

I've had the pleasure to experience recently the joys of an "upside down" coffee as some may call it...i spent a weekend at the Gerson Institute in San Diego learning how to be a caregiver for someone who's either ill or has cancer. It was quite an eye opener. The coffee enema is without question the most unusual part of the Gerson combined regime, and often evokes astonishment in pesons who have never experienced an enema and who emphatically prefer to drink their coffee. From the patients' point of view the coffee enema means relief from various syjmptoms of detoxifciation including headaches, anxiety, bloating and depression. Most importantly, coffee enemas are highly effective for pain management.

The coffee enema has a very specific purpose: lowering serum (blood) toxins. Coffee enemas have a defined effect on the colon which can be observed with an endoscope. The palmitic acid found in coffee promotes the activity of glutathione S-Transerase. This enzyme group is responsible primarly for the conjugation of free electrophile radicals, which the gall bladder will then release. Caffeine enemas cause dilation of the bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of the toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver and dialysis of toxic products form blood across the colonic wall.

The introduction of the 32 fluid oz of coffee solution into the colon will dilute portal blood and subsequently, the bile. Theophylline and theobromine, major constituites of coffee, dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut. The palmitates of coffee and enhanced glutathione S-transferase are responsible for the removal of many toxic radicals from the serum. Finally, the fluid of the enema itself stimulates the visceral nvervous system, promoting peristalsis and the transit of diluted toxic bile from the duodenum out of the rectum.

Because clinical practice has shown coffee enemas to be well tolerated by patients when used as frequently as every four hours, the coffee enema may be classed as the only non-reabsorbed, effective, repeatable choleretic (any agent that increases excretion of bile by the liver) in the medical literature.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Chicken and egg facts.

Chickens lay eggs and excrete their waste (poop and pee) all from the same place. Because of this contact with fecal material, you can see how the outside of the egg contains viruses and bacteria that you might not want to contact yourself.

The majority of germs related to eggs exist on the outside on the eggshell. When you crack an eggshell open to use the egg, the germs are easily transferred. Knowing this, it is easy to handle.

What to do: Empty a new carton of eggs into a colander or sieve for rinsing. Dump the egg carton as it is generally contaminated. After giving your eggs a thorough shower, place them in one quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide to soak for about half an hour. Make sure to store eggs after this point in the refrigerator.

Your eggs are now good to eat!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hormone Replacement Facts to Know.

For those of you currently on a medical prescription for hormone replacement, the way you take the hormones is crucial to your health. When research has compared the oral route versus transdermal or through the skin, the oral route has far greater health risks.

Your MD can have your oral hormone prescription changed to a cream and made up at a compounding pharmacy. (To compound is to create by mixing or combining.) Tell your MD that you would like 2 things written into your prescription due to your “sensitivity to chemicals”:

1) Hormones are sent to the pharmacy as crystalline powders that they initially mix with a small amount of propylene glycol (solvent used to make anti-freeze, and in the paint and plastic industries). Request that olive oil be used instead as the initial substance to “pick up” the hormone.

2) After this, it is combined with a lotion. The lotion or cream that the pharmacy will use has very toxic preservatives and ingredients in it which is their usual operating basis. Request that the compounding pharmacy use your own healthy organic lotion that you provide them with before they begin their process. To save yourself trips, you can ask them to make up a 3-month supply.

Your primary job is to find an MD who is willing to help you with your best health interests. The rest is easy.

Good luck!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

More on MSG. This is too important not to repeat!

Most processed vegetarian foods contain these flavorings. The list of ingredients in vegetarian hamburgers, hot dogs, bacon, baloney, etc., often includes "hydrolyzed protein" (another name for MSG) and other "natural" flavorings. Almost all soy-based foods contain large amounts of MSG.

In 1957 scientists found that mice became blind and obese when given MSG. In 1969, MSG was found to cause damage in specific regions of the brain. Subsequent studies confirmed this.

MSG is a substance that has a toxic effect on nerves and the nervous system that causes a wide range of reactions, from temporary headaches to permanent brain damage.

We are experiencing today a huge increase in Alzheimer's, brain cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis, and diseases of the nervous system. One of the chief contributors are these flavorings in our food.

Ninety-five percent of processed foods contain MSG!

In the late 1950's it was added to baby food. After some congressional hearings on this subject, the baby food manufacturers stated they had taken it out of the baby food, but they didn't really remove it. They just called it by another name - "hydrolyzed protein"!

Anything that you buy that says "spices" or "natural flavors" contains MSG! The food industry avoids putting MSG on the label by putting MSG in spice mixes. Legally, if the mix is less than 50% MSG, manufacturers don't have to put it on the label.

The phrase "No MSG" on food labels has virtually disappeared. That's because MSG is in all the spice mixes.

This substance is so harmful to your body that you want to avoid all foods containing MSG!

To do this successfully you must take the time when shopping to read the ingredients labels on the foods you buy!

To help you to determine what foods actually contain MSG we have compiled a list of ingredients (in alphabetical order) that ALWAYS contain MSG!

Autolyzed plant protein, Autolyzed yeast, Calcium caseinate, Gelatin Glutamate, Textured protein, Glutamic acid, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP) (any protein that is hydrolyzed), Hydrolyzed protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), Monopotassium glutamate, Monosodium glutamate, MSG Natural flavors, Sodium caseinate, Spices, Textured protein, Yeast extract, Yeast food, Yeast food nutrient.

By eliminating as much MSG as possible from your diet, it will result in greatly improved health for you and your family, both now and in the future!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Managing Emotional Stress Effectively (Part 2)

Emotional stress is immensely harmful to your health because your body reacts to it in the same way that it would react if you came upon a wild mountain lion. Not always to the same degree, of course, but there's no question that your sympathetic nervous system increases its output whenever you feel anxious, tense, frustrated, or angry. In other words, whenever you feel stressed.

There's really no need to provide a list of health conditions that are partly caused by emotional stress, because every health condition is partly caused by emotional stress. Emotional stress always equals increased output by the sympathetic nervous system, which always equals accelerated aging and breakdown of your tissues.

So what can you do to effectively manage emotional stressors in your life and prevent them from creating health problems?

1. Breathe deeply and regularlyDoing so can actually decrease the tone of your sympathetic nervous system and increase the tone of your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the portion of your nervous system that promotes relaxation and good digestion.

2. Spend some quiet time every day in prayer, meditation, or a purposeful relaxation sessionAll three have been scientifically proven to facilitate a relaxation response in your body that can decrease blood pressure, decrease pulse rate, and improve blood circulation. Meditation and relaxation sessions can be greatly enhanced by listening to any number of audio CDs that are designed to facilitate optimal relaxation and mental clarity.

3. Practice visualizationAlmost all great athletes practice some form of visualization. As author Wayne Dyer says, "you'll see it when you believe it." Spend some time each day visualizing yourself going about your day in a balanced and emotionally poised manner. You can include visualization in your prayer/meditation/relaxation session.

4. Make sure that you are getting the nutrients that you need for a healthy nervous systemYour nutritional status can make all the difference between being able to handle a certain amount of stress without breaking down vs. quickly suffering health problems when faced with stress.
While it's important to your overall health that you eat a well balanced and nutrient-dense diet, for emotional health specifically, it is important to ensure adequate intake of B Vitamins, Vitamin D, and two long chain omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Be honest about your feelingsThere's a reason why know thyself is a wise proverb/saying in virtually every culture of our world. Striving to know yourself and what you are truly feeling on a daily basis is absolutely essential to preventing unpleasant but genuine emotions from becoming chronic states. Anger, frustration, and anxiousness can all help to fuel personal growth and character development if you are honest with yourself and seek their root cause(s).

One of the best methods I can recommend to increase your awareness of what you are truly feeling is journal writing. The rules are simple: no censorship, no possibility of another set of eyes being able to read your thoughts, just pure flow of thoughts from your mind and heart onto a piece of paper or your computer screen. Regular journal writing in this manner can be extremely beneficial to your emotional health.

6. Move your bodyIt's a well established fact that regular exercise is one of the best habits you can adopt that will help you avoid depression and stay emotionally balanced. It doesn't matter what kind of exercise you do. What's important is to be active and use your joints and muscles on a regular basis.

Don't make the mistake that many health conscious people make and fret over the percentages of carbs, protein, fat, raw food, and cooked food in your diet while neglecting the emotional stressors in your life.

Yes, eating fresh, nutrient-dense foods is good for your health.

But eating fresh, nutrient-dense foods while feeling emotionally balanced and at peace is even better.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Learning how to manage emotional stress effectively. (Part I)

I am convinced that no other factor has more influence over your health. If you ask someone that has just been diagnosed with cancer, for instance, if they’ve been under stress recently they will more than likely say, “why as a matter of fact, yes!”. It's important to keep in mind cancer does not appear overnight, it is always with us, it just manifests itself from constant stress.

You may be wondering, why is emotional stress one of the most significant causes of all chronic health challenges? Well simply put, because your body cannot defend itself against the damage that emotional stress creates quietly over time. Your body pays a heavy physiological price for every single moment that you feel anxious, tense, frustrated, and angry.

I'm not suggesting that you should strive to never feel these emotions. Anxiety, tension, frustration, and anger all serve important purposes when they first arise. The danger is in experiencing these emotions on a chronic basis.

Emotional stress sets off a series of reactions in your body that involve your sympathetic nervous system, the portion of your nervous system that would increase your chance of surviving if you were to run into a mountain lion during a hike. In such a situation, your sympathetic nervous system would:
· Speed up and intensify your heart and breathing rates, so that you could have more oxygen and nutrients available to your muscles to run or fight.
· Divert the bulk of your blood supply to your large muscles groups to run or fight.
· Slow or even shut down your digestive system so as to not waste blood, nutrients, and oxygen that could be used to run or fight.
· Stimulate the release of extra glucose into your blood to give you a burst of energy, just as a cheetah's spleen gushes extra blood into its circulation when it needs a burst of acceleration.
· Cause your adrenal glands to release epinephrine and norepinephrine into your system to increase cardiac output and increase blood sugar.
· Stimulate the release of cortisol from your adrenal glands to increase blood sugar and energy.
· Increase the diameter of your pupils to allow for more light to enter your eyes and more acute vision for fighting and running quickly on any type of terrain.

Clearly, it is to your advantage to have a healthy sympathetic nervous system, one that is capable of providing all of the functions listed above during physical emergencies.

What you don't want is for your body to experience all of the above on a continuous, low-grade level because of emotional stress.

And this is exactly what many of us are suffering from in today's hectic world.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sake Colada

The happy colada!

2 cups chopped pineapple
1/2 cup coconut meat (use baby coconut meat for a smoother flavor)
1/2 cup coconut water (of course from the baby coconut)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tbs lime juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups ice
3/4 cup sake (think quality, not quantity)
pinch of sea salt

In a blender, puree all the ingredients and serve immediately.

Plum-Passion Fruit Long Island Ice Tea

This is a great summer soother, instead of the old traditional favorite Long Island Ice Tea with the 5 types of alcohol and splash of coke, we have a fruit-tea sake inspired beverage that is just downright sinful!

Here's how to make it.

1 1/2 cups steeped and chilled plum-passion fruit tea
1 cup sake (think quality, not quantity)
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup agave nectar
Lemon or lime wedges for garnish

In a large pitcher, combine the tea, sake, lime juice and agave nectar and stir well. Pour into cocktail glasses or tall glasses full of ice and garnish with lemon or lime wedges.

Carrot Soup, nummies!

Today, I'll show you how to make a lovely summer chilled, raw, creamy carrot soup. If you've never tried a chilled soup before, I really recommend you try at least one of them. It's so easy to make, much easier than regular, hot soup, and much better for you!

3 large organic tomatoes, chopped
2 Tablespoons green onions, chopped
Small handful fresh basil, chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pit removed
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
Approx 1 1/2 cups freshly-juiced carrots
Approx 1/3 teaspoon cumin

Place tomatoes, green onions, basil and avocado into large mixing bowl if using immersion blender (or large blender or food processor).
Pour in carrot juice.
Add cumin.
Add lemon juice.
Whiz up with immersion blender (or blend in blender or food processor) until smooth.

You may think it's a funny color, but fear not. The taste is superb! If you'd like, you can strain it before serving, but I like mine a bit chunky, with the veggies left in.

A fantastic, chilled, raw, summer soup that's really good for you and your family. I'm sure you'll all love it! Nummies!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Renee in Wonderland....

I'm sitting here wondering, wondering why people don't pay attention to their health until it's too late! Even then they don't.

Every day I get a phone call of someone telling me that "so and so" has just been diagnosed with cancer. This cancer, that cancer. It's such a commonplace these days it's incredible. Usually it's third stage, whatever cancer it happens to be. How is this possible? How can so many people be so completely unaware of what is happening in their body? Are they so tied up with daily living? Too afraid to go to the doctor early on? If they go to the doctor early on, does the doctor dismiss their concerns as "stress" related?

What amazes me is even after someone has been diagnosed with cancer, goes in for surgery, even has to decide if they want chemotherapy or not in some cases, the person still trys to eat the same way they ate before.

Nutrition plays such an important role in our health. Do salads really taste that bad? I suppose if your taste buds have become so coated that you cannot experience the taste of "real" food, it really doesn't matter. Except for the fact that the fried food you just ate is creating a mucoid plaque in your intestines that will cause you harm down the road. Maybe because you cannot see it, it's not like it's really there? Well, you can't see gravity but we all know it's there. I guess that's what keeps us from jumping off of bridges and things like that!

It may seem difficult or expensive to begin a natural healthy eating lifestyle and taste "funky" at first. But believe you me the benefits will be great in the near and distant future. What will be difficult is not being able to sleep and have to pay for expensive operations and medicines! and have to have your relatives take care of you. How much fun can that be?

It's time to wake up and smell the wheat grass juice! Take responsibility for your health and let the government take care of the others that just can't seem to get past their aspartame riddled diet cokes and trans fat laden french fries.

It's a known fact there will not be enough heart surgeons to facilitate all the heart bypass surgery's that are going to be needed in the next 10 years!

The aging population is actually living longer, yet with ill health...just more medication. When you suppress an illness with medication the illness actually reverts inward towards your internal organs. This is the philosopy and knowlege of Homeopathic Medicine.

When the TV commercials are telling you to "ask your doctor" for this or that medication, it's gotta make you wonder once again, "who's agenda is it anyways?" I really don't think it's yours. Unless you really pay attention to the dislaimer "may cause heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, etc." your cholesterol is under control, but your kidney's are failing?

You be the judge.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Book Review: The Balanced Plate, by Renee Loux

This book is chock full of recipes and ingredients the author has wonderfully combined in such a way that encourages people to make healthier choices in food and meal decisions.

Interestingly enough, her use of seemingly unusual ingredients really aren’t that unusual as it turns out. They can all be found at your local grocery or health food store. More than likely you just didn’t know what it was called or what the heck to do with it! Take for instance a “Daikon radish”. Most people have never heard of what that is, let alone know what to do with it. Renee has a tea recipe that incorporates this truly amazing vegetable to help dissolve fat! She also has little explanations throughout the book on why something is good for you, that information can have a lot of merit in deciding what to or not to eat.

She reviews different styles of eating from Ayureveda, to Macrobiotics to Raw, with a few in between. Discussing the merits of each. There is detailed information of the seasonings and spices a lot of her recipes call for that identify the origin, benefit, uses, and much more. It really is a complete novel for the cook looking to bring in some new ideas to the table and delight their culinary taste buds for themselves, their family and/or their friends.

In conclusion, I was impressed in the food and recipe variations she has put together. I imagine largely due to her experience being in the field of nutrition and culinary arts for the past 12 years. Considering she is also a teacher of incorporating whole foods into a balanced lifestyle, she has a way that comes across to the reader that is informative enough that gets you to try recipes with ingredients you may normally not have tried like the wild rice with carmelized onion broth. Especially if you’re not a big onion fan! Note: I left out the brussel sprouts and leeks, but everyone loved it anyways.

Coconut Macaroon Recipe

These little guys are the bomb! bet you can't eat just one...

3 cups dried coconut
2 tbs raw almond butter
2 tbs coconut butter
4 tbs agave nectar
2 tbs raw honey
2 tbs maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

In a food processor, grind 1 cup of the coconut into a powder.

Add the almond butter, coconut butter, agave, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and blend until well mixed.

Fold in the remaining coconut by hand.

Roll 2 tbs of the dough into a ball and flatten on one side with the palm of your hand. Continue until you've used all the dough.

Freeze until firm. Transfer to a sealable containger and stor in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Noninvasive methods for treating heart disease

Dr. Dean Ornish found that heart disease could be relieved and in some cases reversed when patients made significant changes in diet and exercise and used meditation and support groups to help relieve stress. In his latest book, Love and Survival, Ornish concluded that it was the love that heart patients felt through intimately opening their hearts in support groups that had the greatest stress relief and healing benefit.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Why I love Baby Coconut Water, read on....

It's a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It's the fluid of life, so to speak." In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water - siphoned directly from the nut - to give emergency plasma trasfusions to wounded soldiers.

Milk vs. Water

Coconut milk is the liquid obtained by pressing grated coconut meat. The term 'milk' was erroneously given to the fluid found inside the cavity of the coconut fruit. This fluid is properly called 'water'. Coconut water from mature nuts (not all mature nuts will have water) is opalescent or cloudy causing many to refer to it as 'milk'.

Coconut water from immature nuts (Young Coconut Water), technically the liquid endosperm, is perhaps one of the most pure, nutritious, and wholesome natural beverages that nature supplies. The water is found in the central, almost spherical hollow of the coconut fruit. Enclosing this body of water of between 200-750ml is the hard shell, well lined inside with an 8-10mm layer of coconut meat.

The Bite:
Natural coconut water offers the same electrolytes and potassium as conventional sports drinks, with fewer calories and none of the artificial additives.

The Benefits
Delicious, refreshing alternative to the neon-colored sports drinks.
No artificial colors or preservatives (such as cancer-linked benzene).
Fewer calories. 8 oz of Gatorade has 63 calories; the same serving of coconut water has just 46.

Leg cramps bothering you?

Stay Hydrated! It is not well known exactly how dehydration and muscle cramping are related, but it is known that dehydration can predispose to leg cramps. Drink at least three full glasses of water each day, including one before bedtime. Also drink plenty of fluid before, during, and after exercise.

Certain drugs, such as diuretics have also been cited as a cause of leg cramps.

Stretching your calves regularly during the day and at night will help. You can often prevent night cramps by exhausting the stretch reflex before you go to bed by stretching your calf muscles with wall pushups and applying a heating pad for 10 minutes before going to bed. Keeping blankets loose at the foot of the bed will help prevent unnatural positioning of your feet and toes which can cause night time cramping.

There is some information suggesting that milk may make leg cramps worse due to an underlying calcium deficiency. Milk does not make a good calcium replacement source because of the amount of phosphorus it contains.

It's also worth noting that vitamin D is required in order for calcium to be absorbed into bone. We make our own vitamin D in response to bright sunlight passing through the skin ... minimum of one hour a day is required. This is fine in the summer, but if you're indoors a lot in winter, or there's little sunshine ... you might consider taking a supplement, such as cod liver oil. Vitamin D is added to liquid milk products, and dry skim milk powder, but milk is too high in carbs for a sufficient amount of the vitamin to be consumed. And cheese, cream, yogurt ... other dairy products ... do NOT have vit. D added. Adults up to age 50 need 200 units per day; over 50 yrs, the recommendation is 400 units.


This is a GREAT tasting addition to your Cleansing Program. It will FLUSH your Body of TOXINS, Poisons and UNWANTED Salts and Acids, while giving you a CONCENTRATED amount of Vitamins and Minerals.

1. Fill a LARGE pot with 25% Potato peelings, 25% Carrot peelings and WHOLE chopped Beets, 25% chopped Onions, including 50 cloves of Garlic, 25% Celery and DARK Greens.

2. Add HOT Peppers to taste.

3. Add enough Distilled Water to cover the Vegetables and simmer on very LOW temperature for 1-2 hours.

4. Strain, or just dip your mug in, and drink ONLY the Broth.

5. Make enough for 2 days, refrigerating the leftover Broth.

It is IMPORTANT, that you use ORGANIC Vegetables, because you do NOT want to consume ANY Toxic Insecticides, Pesticides or Inorganic Chemical Fertilizers, while you're doing a Cleansing and Detoxification Program!

NOTE: Since the Potassium Broth is a POWERFUL Electrolyte BALANCER, it must to be taken by SICK People ONLY, otherwise the Electrolytes, but especially Potassium, will QUICKLY become OUT-OF-BALANCE in the Body!

MSG- The Slow Poisoning Of America, by Robban Sica, MD


MSG Hides Behind 25+ Names, Such As "Natural Flavoring". MSG Is Also In Your Favorite Coffee Shops And Drive-Ups. I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called "The Slow Poisoning of America". In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates; causing rats (and humans?) to become obese. They even have a title for the fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats". I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking the cupboards and the fridge. MSG was in everything: The Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the 'healthy low fat' ones. The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product label had something called ''Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein'', which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who carefully read the ingredient list, so they don't catch on. (Other names for MSG: 'Accent' - 'Agino moto' - 'Natural Meet Tenderizer', etc) But it didn't stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere: Burger King McDonalds Wendy's Taco Bell And every restaurant like: TGIF, Chili's, Applebee's and Denny's use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in EVERY chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin, their secret spice was MSG. So, why is MSG in so many of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative or a vitamin?? Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote, an expose of the food additive industry called "The Slow Poisoning of America" he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body. Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG at: http://www.msgfactscom/facts/msgfact12.html explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people EAT MORE OF THEIR PRODUCTS.

A study of the elderly showed that people eat more of the foods it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more benefits the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us? 'Betcha can't eat just one', takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight?

The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added.

Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance! Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.

The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount. How can they claim it safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these? :- 'The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity'. GobattoCA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA.ResCommun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002. 'Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats'. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug. 'Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors'. Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, IchikawaK, Shino hara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar. 'Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity'. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct. Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written in 1978. Both the "medical research community" and "food manufacturers" have known about MSG's side effects for decades! Many more studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to Diabetes, Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimer's.

But what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see? Even as you read this, G. W. Bush and his corporate supporters are pushing a Bill through Congress called the "Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" also known as the "Cheeseburger Bill", this sweeping law bans anyone from suing food manufacturers, sellers and distributors. Even if it comes out that they purposely added an addictive chemical to their foods.

Read about it for yourself at: The Bill has already been rushed through the House of Representatives, and is due for the same rubber stamp at Senate level. It is important that Bush and his corporate supporters get it through before the media lets everyone know about 'MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food'. Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada. While sitting in the Government office, the official told him "Sure, I know how bad MSG is, I wouldn't touch the stuff." But this top level government official refused to tell the public what he knew. The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing legal issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive. But what can I do about it?... I'm just one voice.

What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while our governments are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us. This e-mail is going out to everyone I know in an attempt to tell you the truth that the corporate owned politicians and media won't tell you .

The best way you can help to save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic, is to forward this email to everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before politicians can pass the legislation protecting those who are poisoning us. The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on Nicotine? If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us, and you don't believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine, at Type in the words "MSG Obese" and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.

We the public, do not want to be rats in one giant experiment and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food industry's bottom line, while waiting for the heart transplant, diabetic induced amputation, blindness or other obesity induced, life threatening disorders. With your help we can put an end to this poison. Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail or by distribution of this print-out to all your friends all over the world and stop this 'Slow Poisoning of Mankind' by the packaged food industry.

Blowing the whistle on MSG is our responsibility, get the word out.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Quote from Albert Einstein:

"Although I have been prevented by outward circumstances from observing a strictly vegetarian diet, I have long been an adherent to the cause in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind." Translation of letter to Hermann Huth, December 27, 1930. Einstein Archive 46-756

Hay is for horses, but cereal grass is for humans!

Nutritional grass, or cereal grass as it is also known, is the young green plant that soon grows into a cereal grain. It is important to note, however, that grasses are not a grain. If you are avoiding barley grass or wheat grass because you are avoiding the protein called gluten, these grasses are safe. They are totally gluten-free!

You've heard of them - barley grass, wheatgrass, oat grass, alfalfa. They're all part of the "healthy grass" family and have scores of vital nutrients.

In fact, the nutrient profile of cereal grass is similar to those of the most nutritious dark green vegetables.

Cereal grass has been used as a food supplement since the 1930's when it was observed that nutritional levels of milk took a dip when cows weren't munching away on young, green leaves. From that point on, the light bulb was lit and systematic research began on the benefits of nutritional grass.

What is it that Makes Nutritional Grass so Nutritious?
-Every single vitamin, amino acid, enzyme or mineral needed to support animal life is in grass.
-It is a total food in itself and needs no other food to complement or complete it.
-Very self-sufficient, don't you think?

If we check in with our innate wisdom, our bodies will tell us that nutritional grass and greens is just what we need for survival. Haven't you ever wondered why dogs and cats love chomping on a good field of healthy grass…especially when they don't feel well and need energy to heal?

For centuries, animals lived on nothing but this complete food.

It used to be that only your "strange" neighbor (that would be me!) who spent too much time at the health food store would grow and juice his own nutritional grass, but now everybody's doing it! Take a look some of the benefits and you'll see why juice from green grass and plants has become so popular:

Barley Grass -
Contains 11 times the calcium in cows' milk
Has nearly 5 times the iron in spinach
Holds 7 times the vitamin C in oranges
Packs 80mg of vitamin B12 per hundred grams

Wheat Grass -
Can improve the digestive system
Helps relieve constipation
Detoxifies the blood
Cleanses the liver

Oat Grass -
Has up to 30% protein
Loaded with vitamins, calcium, iron, lecithin, magnesium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus and potassium
Illuminated with rich chlorophyll - nature's blood cleanser

Alfalfa -
Rich in minerals and nutrients
Has 8 essential amino acids
Alkalizes and detoxifies the body (especially the liver!)
A natural anti-fungal

All it takes to grow your own green food is a small container, fresh water and healthy soil, a little sunshine and anywhere from 7-15 days before it's ready for juicing. A good juicer with blades specifically for cereal grass is the only tool you need to have fresh green juice every day!

Don't let your friends make fun of you! You'll be the only one not in the nursing home here soon!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Can olive oil be used to replace butter and margarine in recipes?

Yes! Butter and margarine have a pleasant taste, and there are certain uses of butter and margarine for which there is no satisfactory replacement in the American Diet--buttered toast at breakfast comes to mind. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been described as "buttery" by many consumers in taste tests. Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be used in place of butter or margarine in many recipes, such as on vegetables, rice, potatoes, and--yes--even corn on the cob!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Raw Sauerkraut Recipe - a lacto-fermented food

If I had only known when ate all those chili-cheese dogs at Der Wienershnitzel 25 years ago, I would've ordered the Kraut Dog with ketchup instead....however, I doubt it really would've made a difference since it was canned sauerkraut and canned ketchup! Hardly "lacto-fermented" in any way shape or form.

Interestingly enough, ketchup actually provides us with an excellent example of a condiment that was formerly fermented and therefore health promoting, but whose benefits where lost with large scale canning methods and a reliance on sugar rather than lactic acid as a preservative.

Studies have shown that lacto-fermented foods normalize the acidity in the stomach. If stomach acidity in insufficient, it stimulates the acid producing glands of the stomach, and in cases where acidity is too high it has the inverse effect. Lactic acid helps break down proteins and thus aids in their assimilation by the body.

Additionally, lactic acid activates the secretions of the pancreas, which is particularly important for diabetics...Sauerkraut contains large quantities of choline, a substance that lowers blood pressure and regulates the passage of nutrients in to the blood... choline has another interesting property in that it aids the body in the metabolsim of fats. If choline is lacking, fats accumulate in the liver.

Sauerkraut also contains acetylcholine which has a powerful effect on the parasympathetic nervous system. It helps reduce blood pressure, slows down the rate of heartbeat, and promotes calmness and sleep. It is important to be aware that Acetylcholin is destroyed by cooking, raw sauerkraut and its juice is preferable to cooked.

See below for the recipe.

Raw Sauerkraut Recipe:
1 medium cabbage, cored and shredded
1 tablespooon caraway seeds
2 tablespoons sea salt

In a bowl, mix cabbage, with caraway seeds and sea salt. Pound with a wooden pounder or a meat hammer for about 10 minutes to release juices. Place in a quart-sized, wide-mouth mason jar and press down firmly with a pound or meat hammer until juices come to the top of the cabbage. The top of the cabbage should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jar. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for about 3 days before transferring to cold storage. The sauerkraut may be eaten immediately, but it improves with age.

And for all of you daring enough to make your own ketchup, here's the recipe:

3 cups canned tomato paste, preferably organic
1/4 cup whey (strained yogurt, whey is the liquid that drains in to the bowl)
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup commercial fish sauce (I don't recommend making this at home.)

Mix all ingredients until well blended. Place in a quart sized , wide-mouth mason jar. The top of the ketchup should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jar. Leave at room temperature for about 2 days before transferring to refrigerator.

The Digestive Process

The digestive process has two distinct features: one is the breaking down of ingested foods; the other is the building up of nutrients needed by the body. If the breaking down is incomplete, the building up cannot proceed correctly. In reality we nourish ourselves not by what we eat but by what we are capable of breaking down and transforming into nutrients the body can use.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Health Innovations

The fast-food industry is racing to deliver the first "better-for-you" french fry. The company who deserves to win is Wendy's. Wendy's, Americas No. 3 fast-food chain restaurant announced in August 2006 that the company is dumping its present cooking oil for a blend of non-hydrogenated corn and soy oil containing next-to-no artery-clogging Trans Fats. Well done Wendy's, it is indeed a small step in the right direction.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Pumpkin Tart with candied pumpkin seeds

For anyone getting ready for those scrumptious autumn recipes...this one is on the "high request" list....

For the tart crusts:
1/1/2 cups coarse almond flour
1/1/2 cups fine almond flour
3 tablespoons date paste
3/4 cup maple syrup powder
3/4 cup coconut butter
Large pinch of sea salt

In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients until very thoroughly combined. Line tart shells with squares of plastic wrap. Divide the dough between the shells and press evenly into the sides and bottom, to create an even thickness throughout. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour or more, and keep refrigerated until ready to fill.

For the filling:
1 cup raw cashews, soaked 4 hours or more
1 cup coconut meat
2 cups carrot juice
3/4 cup agave nectar
3/4 cup coconut butter
1/3 cup date paste
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon groug cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmet
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon sea salt

For serving:
1 cup Candied Pumpking Seeds as follows...
2 cups pumpkin seeds (Pepitas), soaked 4 hours or more
1 tablespoon gorund ginger
1/4 cup maple syrup powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Drain the pumpkin seeds very well and place in a medium bowl with the remaining ingredients. Toss well to combine. Spread on a dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 115F for 12 to 24 hours, or until dry and crisp.

Now it all goes together:
Carefully release the tarts from teh shells and discard the plastic. Top each tart with a few spiced candied pumpking seeds. If not serving immediately, store in the refrigerator. Ideally, le the tarts sit at room temperatrue for 15 to 20 minutes before serving, so they're not too cold.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Bunny Spice Carrot Smoothie

1 cup carrot ginger juice (run carrots through the juicer with a thumb-size knob of fresh ginger root)
1 cup almond milk or Brazil nut milk
2 cups frozen diced banana
Pinch of ground cinnamon

In a blender, pures all ingredients until smooth.

The best!

Baby Coconut's are in!

Baby coconut water is actually low in calories, carbs, and sugars and is almost completely fat-free. It is high in ascorbic acid, B vitamins, proteins and electrolytes (nature's answer to gatorade!)

Fans of baby coconut water rave about the beautifiying powers that range from restoring chapped lips to combating the appearance of freckles, sunspots, and skin cancers. Internally, the isotonic drink not only restores the body's electrolytic balance, it aids in the function of the gall bladder, kidney, liver, and thyroid.

Note: Do NOT purchase the canned pasteurized mature "coconut milk", this is actually the grated flesh of the mature coconut and the amount of ascorbic acid is reduced and the sugars have already begun to concentrate and increase.

The fat in coconut oil is made up of a medium chain fatty acids (which are good for you), and is much more likely to be used as an energy source rather than stored as fat. Many studies indicate that it is boost in metabolism of fat and thwrefore aids in weight loss. Delicioua as a flavor element, coconute oil/butter has other qualities and uses: It's terrific for removing eyemakeup, or for moisturizing the skin.

Brazil Nut Milk with Vanilla

1 cup raw Brazil Nuts soaked 2 hours or more
4 cups filtered Water
1/4 cup Agave Nectar or Raw Honey
2 tablespoons Coconut Butter
1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt

In a Vita-Mix or high-speed blender, blend the nuts and water on high speed for about 2 minutes, to make sure the nuts are thoroughly blended. Strain the milk through a nut milk bag. Rinse the blender cup and place the milk back in it with the remaining ingredients. Blend to combine thoroughly and taste for sweetness.

29-second Nut Milk

2 heaping tablespoons raw almond or cashew butter, or any other raw nut butter
2 cups filtered water
Pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coconut butter (optional)

In a blender, puree all ingredients until smooth.

Almond Nut Milk

1 cup raw almonds, soaked 4 hours or more
4 cups filtered water
1/4 cup agave nectar or raw honey
pinch of sea salt
a few drops of natural almond extract OR vanilla extract

In a Vita-Mix or high-speed blender, blend the nuts and water on high speed for about 2 minutes, to make sure the ntus are thoroughtly blended. Strain the milk through a nut milk bag. rinse the blender cup and place the milk back in it with the remaining ingredients. Blend to combine thoroughly and taste for sweetness.

Super Slow Exercise Facts

It's not how much exercise your body can withstand.
It's how little it actually requires.

It's not the calories burned DURING exercise.
It's the calories burned AS A RESULT OF exercise.

Exercise is not recreation, and recreation is not exercise.
Use good exercise to stay healthy, and use that good health to enjoy your recreation.

Fatigue each muscle group to failure - once - then stop and allow the body to recover and grow
More is NOT better.
Strength training delays aging factors.
Make your workouts intense, brief, and infrequent.

Super Slow Exercise increases HDL, Bone Mineral Density, and Glucose Tolerance.

Note: Several studies involving elderly nursing home patients 85-90 years old showed 30-50% strenth gains in the first 6 weeks, so age itself is certainly no contraindication.
It can be done ina very short period of time, usually about 15-20 minutes 1 - 2 times a week.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sardine Toast Topper

1 can Sardines in water or oil, drained (3.75 oz)
2 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp Capers, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp freshly ground Pepper
fresh whole grain Bread, toasted

Mash together the sardines, lemon juce, capers and pepper in a bowl until well combined. Spread equal amounts of the mixutre over the pieces of toast and serve with lemon wedges for drizzling.

Spaghetti with Sardines & Pine Nuts

Serve with Fish.

1/2 cup Pine Nuts
3 tbs Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup White or Red Wine, depending on your preference
3 tbs flat Parsley, chopped
2 cans sardines, drained (3.75 oz ea.)
8 oz. Spaghetti, freshly cooked

Dryfry the pine nuts in a hot frying pan for between 4 and 5 minutes until they are golden. Shaking often. Remove from heat.

Heat the Olive Oil in the same pan and fry the garlic for 1 minute. The add the wine and boil for 2 or 3 minutes until reduced by about half. Add the parsley, sardines and seasoning. (Italian or Greek blend.)

Cook for about 3 minutes stirring often.

Tip all this over the drained spaghetti . Toss and scatter wiht pine nuts.

Serves 6.

Italian Sardine Sandwiches

1 whole French Bread Loaf
3 tbs Olive Oil
1 Onion, sliced thinly
1 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Chili Powder
1 can cannelini beans, drained (14oz)
2 cans of sardines in oil, drained (3.75 oz)
1 Lemon, juiced
4 tbs Parsley, chopped fresh

Cut the French Bread Loaf into four-equal sized pieces. Slit them crossways almost all the way through. Remove most of the crum, leaving shells about 3/8 inch thick. Spread them lightly with olive oil.

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Heat the oil in a saucepan on low heat. Stir in the onion , paprika and chili powder and cook them gently until the onion is soft. Mix in the beans, sardines lemon juice and parsley.

Fill the pieces of bread with the beans and sardines.

Wrap each piece individually in foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 20 minutes.

Greek Sardine Pita Sandwich

2 tbs Olive Oil
1 tbs Red wine vinegar
3 tbs Crumbled Feta Cheese
1/4 tsp Oregano
Salt to taste
Black pepper, freshly ground to taste
2 cups loosley packed torn spinach leaves
1 sm Tomato sliced
2 slices Red Onion, separated into rings
1 Pita Pockets halved
3 3/4 oz. Norway sardines in oil (1 can drained)

In a small bowl comine oil, vinegar, cheese, oregano, salt and pepper; whisk to blend. Toss spinach, tomato and onion wiht dressing. Fill breads with spinach mixture and sardines, dividing equally.
Serves 2.

About Arthritis and Calcium

Arthritic deposits contain a large amount of phosphates combined with calcium. This calcium has come from other bones in your body, such as the base of your spine and/or wrist. The bones are weaker in these areas due to the calcium that was actually taken out of your bones for the simple purpose of neutralizing the excess phosphate in your diet. It is important to reduce phosphate consumption (meats, solda pop, grains) by half, eating fish, vegetables and fruit instead.

Tips and Tricks to Alkalinize yourself before bedtime

Take two oyster shell tablets, equaling 750 mg. of calcium plus a
magnesium oxide tablet, 300 mg.

Note: the magnesium helps the calcium dissolve and stay in solution. Taking more calcium at one time is not advised because it cannot be dissolved and absorbed anyway and might consitpate you.

Lemons Stuffed with Sardines

Appetizer to serve with Fish Dinner

6 lemons
1 1/2 tbs Butter
1 can Sardines
1 sm Onion, chopped
1 x 1" strip Green Pepper, chopped
1 rib Celery, hhopped
1/3 cup Mayonaise, divided
1 hard boiled Egg, chopped
6 springs Parsley
Melba Toast

Cut tops off lemons and scoop out well. See that lemons stand on plate by cutting off bottom. place butter ansd sardin oil in sauce pan. Cook with onion and green pepper. When cool,add celery, mayonnaise, cut up sardines and hard-boiled egg. Mix well and stuff individual lemons. Place enough mayonaisse on top ot round off lemon. Place a spring of parsley on top.

Chill. Serve with Melba Toast.
Serves 6

Why you need to learn to love SARDINES!

King Oscar brisling sardines are 100 per cent pure and free of preservatives. They also provide you with a daily source of essential protein, vitamins, minerals and Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats.
Good for your bones Adequate calcium intake is as important for adults as it is for children. Human bones are in a continuous state of renewal, and a daily supplement of 800 milligrams of calcium is generally recommended for adults. A 106-gram (3.8-ounce) can of King Oscar brisling sardines can provide 30 per cent of this amount, more than in a glass of milk. An ideal substitute for the protein in meat You can get 40 per cent of your recommended daily allowance of protein from one 106-gram (3.8-ounce) can of King Oscar brisling sardines. Sardines are an ideal substitute for such foods as meat and cheese which contain high levels of unhealthy saturated fats. These can raise blood cholesterol levelsWhat a few vitamin Ds and Bs can do for you. One can of brisling sardines will provide your full recommended daily allowance of vitamin D, essential for calcium absorption.This fish is also an excellent source of B vitamins, which benefit the nervous system and the skin.Iron strengthens the blood Brisling is rich in iron, which plays an important role in forming red blood cells and carrying oxygen in the blood to promote healthy tissue. Meat also contain a good quantity of iron, but brisling's protein count matches almost any form of meat while providing much lower levels of fat and cholesterol. Brisling also contains phosphorous and fluoride, which help to build bone, as well as significant amounts of magnesium, zinc and potassium. A weapon in the battle against heart disease Cold-water brisling are high in Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Every can, depending on size, contains 1.2-3.5 grams (0.04-0.12 ounces) of these substances.Many scientists now believe that Omega-3 fatty acids could be effective in the fight against coronary heart disease and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.