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world peace diet reviewed & renewed

In which I say a lil about this phenomenal book, The World Peace Diet by Dr. Will Tuttle.

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Kitten clip at the end.

*** from a review by Eve Spencer, Vegan Voice Magazine **
“The World Peace Diet is not a diet in the sense of a fad diet to lose weight, but the author illustrates clearly how the social, psychological and spiritual consequences of our meals “ripple through all aspects of our lives.”

“The book is systematically developed to reveal the connection between what we daily put on our plates, and peace in the world and in our lives. Some of the chapters covered include the power of food, the herding culture, the nature of intelligence, domination of the feminine, the metaphysics of food, science and religion, profiting from destruction, the journey of transformation, and in the final chapter—living the revolution—is ‘the last days of eating animal.'” …


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How To: Green Juice!

Vegans in the kitchen, making awesome green juice and acting silly with companion kitties. What more could you ask for?
My first attempt at editing the clips. Please comment, rate and sub if you like!! more to come!

** Recipe **
1 granny smith apple
several handfuls of spinach
handful of parsley
3 small carrots
3 stalks celery
lemon wedge

The Juicer used in this video is an auger type Samson GB 900-1 All-in-One juicer. **

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‘smart choices’ not so smart

Don’t be fooled by a stupid label. The foods that are best for you, generally don’t have any packaging or labels!! Fruits & Veggies!!! DUH.

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No babies kitty

Helllllloooo wide world of blogging. I’ve been guilty of neglecting you for more than two months and now have come to repent!
No babies kitty refers to the fact that I have discovered that my 6 year old cat likes to be carried around inside a hoodie (like a pregnant belly) so that he can be close to my warmth. It really seems to be the only way that he is happy because then he gets a break from following me around everywhere meowing and rolling around the floor provocatively. But there are no babies in there, only kitty!
OK that’s enought sillyness.
Some quick updates on a varity of subjects …
1) Health: was pretty stable until a colon-scope last week, from whcih I am still recovering. I switched to a new pharmaceutical (Lialda) the same as the Asacol, just a higher dose so I only take it twice a day; plus my immuno suppressant was upped to head off any inflammatory reaction I might have from the colonoscopy. Haven’t been able to get a hold of the naturopathic dr and hesitant to see an acupunturist given all the meds I am on.
2) Crafting: I’ll be in my first two craft shows this month selling all kinds of yummy and inedible crochet treats! Cookies, softies, freeform, you can check them all out at my flickr page.
the first one is the and the second is part of a pottery & art show put on by my good friend Natalie.
3) Relationship: The main one being marriage. I’ve taken on being masterful in the art of marriage, and learning as much as I can about what makes this relationship not just work, but flourish. So that is a great inquiry to be in , and any advice you have is welcome on one condition -No cynicism please! That is a really tired conversation – no wonder the divorce rate is so high!
We are moving this month to an airstream on a farm on the edge of town – a dream come true for a couple of DIY vegetarians trying to ‘get off the grid.’ We’ll let you know how it goes!

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     Finally someone at the New York Times put out a piece that talks some sense about the seriousness of our culture’s meat-guzzling addiction and its implications for the planet!! This is good to see in such a major media outlet.  Will people actually start talking about it? 


    Read it here:     Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler  by Mark Bittman


    For more straight talk about the meat industry and health, I’ve been picking up pieces of Skinny Bitch  by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnoui. It’s hilarious. And they pull no punches. I won’t quote it here b/c, quite frankly, the language is not kid-friendly and I don’t want to offend anyone.


    The part I love about it is that this non-diet ‘diet’ book, which happens to a NYT Bestseller, doesn’t promise fab results with no effort (we all know that’s bullsh*t anyway) – guess what people – you need to work a little to transform yourself and your life! If you don’t face up to that fact, you are deluding yourself.


    Seems like maybe some people in the mainstream media are waking up  


    OK One more good read, that again, I’ve only been getting bits and pieces of (this book lives in my bathroom), is The Exception to the Rulers by Amy Goodman and David Goodman of Democracy Now.  Just go to their website.



    Happy reading!!


    Also, this post is open to discussion for the 90+ people I sent the article to. Please, feel free to comment!  I want to hear what you think! 



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    Hand Talk

    Oh My! I haven’t written in quite a while, so an update is due.  Something is going on funky with my formatting here, so please ignore the lack of line breaks … 

     Though I spend some time here talking about alternative therapies, sometimes there is no replacement for good ole’ fashioned Western surgery … as was the case with my spouse, N, who sliced up his hand pretty good almost two weeks ago.  He managed to severe four tendons and a nerve in his right hand, and had reconstructive surgery last Friday for it. [Picture below illustrates where the cuts are]. I haven’t seen his hand since the surgery, since it’s been bound up in a giant bandage and I wasn’t able to go with him to the doctor’s today. Hand  So we’ve been pretty preoccupied with that. In the meantime, I had been crocheting up an excessive amount of fake food and small amigurumi animals … a new obsession.  And I sold my first handmade item – a crocheted veggie burger where all the pieces come apart (play food).   I’ll be putting pictures up on ravelry and etsy soon too, once I secure a camera.  Interestingly, I’ve noticed that my creativity/motivation waxes and wanes with the moon – no kidding.  The two weeks before my period are the most manic  productive for me.   Tonight is the night of my presentation on Living with and Healing Colitis/IBD Naturally.    In a few weeks, some friends and I will be putting on a food workshop covering a variety of topics – vegetarian meal planning, quick and easy foods, flatbread making, energy of herbs and spices, medicinal teas etc. My section will be on Sprouting and Live Foods and salad dressing method (yes there is a method). See the flyer here –>Food Workshop Flyer  This workshop has been a long time in the making, it seems, as it is some of the same group that had been meeting for about a year trying to get a co-op off the ground.We realized, I think, that the main thing we want to accomplish with that is the educate and expand people’s idea of food, and to be conscious about their eating.  Since eating permeates so much of our culture, food choices have a HUGE impact on the well being of individuals, communities and society as a whole. 

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    Delicious Tree Bark … Slippery Elm

    Slippery Elm
    Ulmus fulva
    Thanks to another healer friend of mine, I have discovered the wonderful and delicious slippery elm. I’m not sure why I think it’s delicious – it certainly doesn’t lend itself to much culinary creativity – but the healing properties of this herb are amazing.
    A few days ago I purchased said herb in powder form and have been making tea from it a few times a day, between meals. It has the interesting property, like flax, of becoming muciligenious (sp?) – mucus-like and um, slippery – when heated in water and has a distinctive nutty-sweet-earthy flavor. Its main property? To coat, soothe, and heal the GI tract, reducing many symptoms of IBS and colits. Because of it’s soothing properties, it’s also used for burns, ulcers, sore throats and respiratory ailments, among other things.
    Apparently, Native Americans used to use it as a ‘survival herb’ … not sure what that means, but it makes my tummy feel happy and full and calm, for which I am very grateful :).

    This same friend offered me some very good advice and insights and at his reccomendation, I have restarted enzymatic therapy more dilligently and increasing my raw intake again. What I found most interesting is that he mentioned that the gallbladder is the seat of your personal will. I had mine removed when I was 16 and have had digestive problems ever since due to the bile imbalance (something I didn’t know much about until about six months ago, and am still learning)… from that he accurately predicted that I also struggle to find my voice and assert my will in my own life. Amazing how everything is so interconnected like that.

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