Friday, January 29, 2016

Are bigger and smaller Barbies a positive step forward?

You can read the article HERE.

  I have to admit that, as a child, I never owned or even played with a Barbie. I saw them on TV, in the Sears Christmas Catalog, and in stores but can't remember ever caring if I looked like her.

I do like the idea of a more realistic range of body types. I wonder how young girls will like these dolls?

If there's someone out there that felt pressured to be more Barbie-like as a child or pre-teen I'd love to hear your story.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Vegan for a day?

I saw this on Facebook. It shows the incredible impact of being a vegan. As I've said again and again, I'm not trying to convert vegans. But just think for a minute. If you chose to go vegan for a day or two a week you'd be giving the Earth and your body an amazing gift.

Every day a vegan saves:
1,100 gallons of water
45 pounds of grain
30 square feet of forested land
20 pounds of Co2 equivalent
One animal's life

Monday, January 4, 2016

Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen to Print

Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen

Beans ___  ___  ___  Serving = 1/4cup hummus or bean dip or 1/2 cup cooked beans, split peas, lentils, tofu, or tempeh or 1 cup fresh peas or sprouted lentils

Berries ___ Serving = 1/2 cup

Other Fruit ___ ___ ___ Serving = 1 medium fruit or 1cup cut up fruit or 1/4 dried fruit
Cruciferous Vegetables ___ ___ ___  Serving = 1/2 cup chopped or 1/4 cup Brussels or broccoli sprouts or 1 tablespoon horseradish (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, etc.)

Greens ___ ___ Serving = 1 cup raw, 1/2 cup cooked (kale, collards, romaine, leaf lettuce, etc.)

Other Vegetables ___ ___ Serving = 1 cup raw leafy veg, 1/2 cup raw cooked nonleafy, 1/2 cup vegetable juice or 1/4 cup dried mushrooms

Flaxseeds ___ Serving = 1 tablespoon ground

Nuts ___ Serving = 1/4 cup nuts or seeds, 2 tablespoons nut or seed butter (raw unsalted)

Spices - 1/4 tsp turmeric along other salt free herbs and spices

Whole Grains ___ ___ ___ Serving = 1/2 cup hot cereal, cooked grains, pasta, or corn kernals or, 1 cup cold cereal or 1 tortilla or slice of bread or 1/2 a bagel or English muffin or 3 cups popped popcorn (remember the label must say 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain)

Beverages ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Serving = 12 ounces (water, tea, etc.)

Exercise ___ Serving = 90 minutes moderate activities or 40 minutes vigorous activities

Check off your servings after each meal.
Note: You need not eat every food listed under every category. I listed them to provide ideas.

You can cut and paste this into a word document and print it. I couldn't figure out how to attach it. The app is easier but for folks authorised phones this works.

If you want to know why these foods are so healthy you can read Dr. Greger's book,  HOW NOT TO DIE.

Friday, January 1, 2016

You Need This App!

Dr. Greger put out an awesome, simple and free phone app. 

This thing makes nourishing your body foolproof! It's Dr. Greger's 12 daily go to foods and provides portions. You check them off as you eat them. We're making it a game to see how many we can get into a single meal. Our morning smoothie allowed us to check off four.

If you're not sure you want to totally change the way you eat just try for as many of the 12 foods as possible and eat them before you chow down on your normal fare or better yet add them to your recipes or as sides that you eat first. You will not believe how much better you'll be feeling a month from now!