Thursday, October 30, 2008


Its that time of year again and you know there will be lots of candy lying around. So don't buy it!
Get out and bake something good and good for you, take your common cookies and make them better by using better ingredients.

Whole wheat flour or spelt flour.
Unrefined cane sugar, Turbinado.
Dark chocolate chips.
Coconut oil.
Baking soda.

Use the best and you will feel the best! Stop messing around with your health do your research and have a fun safe holiday without the extra weight.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008


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Healthy Mayo?

Today I wanted to feature an article from one of the best cooks I know as well as my best friend Tim Mallon. He addresses the problem with mayonnaise and why it is important to make it yourself. Enjoy!

Homemade mayonnaise is the way to go if you like mayonnaise. It is much better than anything you can buy in the store, including the ‘healthy’ brands. Many of the store versions contain all sorts of stuff that you don’t need to be consuming in your mayo like calcium disodium edta, xantham gum, vegetable oil, soybean oil, and other ‘’natural flavors” (which you have no clue what they are).

Making mayonnaise at home is rather simple and easy. The thing to remember is that it is an emulsion. You have to whisk a large amount of oil into a small amount of egg and lemon juice (you could use vinegar as well). There are so many variations to making mayonnaise and you can try all sorts of things till you find something you like but I will give you a general, basic mayonnaise recipe that I have used:

-Either 1 egg or 2 egg yolks (doesn’t matter. but it will be a different density depending which)
-2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
-sea salt to taste
-1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together the eggs, lemon juice, and salt till smooth and combined well. Then start pouring the olive oil in VERY SLOWLY. If you pour the oil in to fast it will break the emulsion and your mayonnaise will just be runny. Pouring the oil in slowly is the only thing that is tedious about making mayonnaise. As you continue to add the oil you can speed up a bit as long as you notice the emulsion staying together. When finished you should have a mayonnaise that is not runny and that will stay in place when you tip the jar.

There are many variations on mayonnaise and you should experiment till you get what you like. Many people like to add dijon mustard (like 2 teaspoons or a tablespoon). Some people add lots of pepper or cayenne pepper. Others like garlic and herbs. Once you get the basic recipe down you can pretty much rule the mayonnaise world. Once you rule the mayonnaise world you will never go back to store bought mayonnaise… well… you shouldn’t… cause that would be crazy.

Alas, I have no pictures to show from my last mayonnaise making extravaganza. I will have to take some pics for you the next time I make it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Old Pancake Mix and...Anaphylaxis?

Pancakes are probably not the foods you want to add to your diet to reach your perfect weight, but there is another reason to approach pancakes with caution—and that has to do with old pancake mix and allergic reactions.

It may be no surprise to you that 10 percent of the American population—about 27 million people—are allergic to penicillin or a related antibiotic. You may know, too, that an allergic reaction to penicillin can include anaphylaxis (a severe and life-threatening allergic response which can affect multiple organ systems of the body), and cause hives, rashes, asthma-like responses, and swelling. People who are allergic to penicillin simply avoid any penicillin-based antibiotics and, therefore, avoid an allergic response.

That is, at least, when they are aware of it.

What may surprise you, however, is that the mold spores (including penicillin ones) that can grow in exposed, aged, stale pancake mix can also contain penicillin spores (as well as other mold spores or even mites) that can cause an allergic response including anaphylaxis, the most severe allergic response.

While we all know that pancakes are not the most healthy foods on earth, people still eat them and many use boxed pancake mixes to prepare their pancakes. Take, for instance, the 19 year-old college student who succumbed to anaphylaxis from mold spores in his pancake mix. The young man had a history of allergies to mold and other allergens, was home on school break, made pancakes for himself and some friends—and ate two pancakes made from an old box of pancake mix. Shortly after ingesting the pancakes, the college student had trouble breathing and then died from cardiopulmonary arrest.

His cause of death? An allergic reaction to the following molds in his pancake mix: Penicillin, Fusarium, Mucor, and Aspergillus--four nasty molds that delivered toxic pancakes.

Now that’s not to say that pancake mixes are lethal. They’re not—under normal circumstances with normal people. And for those who are not allergic to mold, then there is no reason to be particularly on guard against old pancake mix.

For those who are allergic to mold or know someone who is, however, here are some things you may need to know. First of all, if you have any old, unused pancake mix of any kind, then you might want to consider throwing it out. It may contain mold spores. Also, it is important to note that a food must be exposed to mold spores to harbor them—and pancake mix in unbleached wax paper, plastic or foil pouches should still be okay to use. Mixes unpouched in paper sacks or in cardboard boxes, however, could be at risk even if the boxes are unopened—because that packaging cannot keep dampness out, and mold thrives in dampness.

So, before you mix up those pancakes (even though they are not the best food choice), check out how long the mix has been on the shelf and how it is packaged.

Throw it out if it is old.

Otherwise, you could be getting a whole lot more than you bargained for—and why risk it?

Source:Jordan Rubin

Its about time

Hey Everyone,

Well I have had some terrible computer problems for the last two weeks, hard drive crashed. But I am back now and will be blogging my butt off for you. Today I wanted to leave you with something that I read yesterday, it was in proverbs.

"For man at his best is but a vapor"

I hope this makes you think of your life and how you are impacting others. It did for me I will no longer deny the name of the Lord in all that I do.
His name is great and worthy of Praise!!

Have a great day!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Do choosy moms read labels?

Nearly 80 percent of Americans insist that they read nutritional labels before they set the food item in their shopping carts, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll, but that number could be a bit high—especially when we know that two-thirds of American adults weigh too much in this country.

Or it could be that they don’t read the labels closely enough. For instance, some people are fooled by the phrase “made with whole wheat” on the label. Believe it or not, even the ingredient listed as “wheat flour” can be mostly white or unbleached white flour, not whole wheat.

There’s another “gotcha” in this food label game, and it’s called serving size.

Manufacturers will sometimes make their serving size as small as possible. Here’s a common example: a twenty-ounce popular brand of soda has a label stating that there are just 100 calories and 27 grams of sugar “per serving.” But it’s not until you read the fine print that you discover a “serving size” is eight ounces, meaning there are two-and-a-half servings in that bottle of soda pop.

That’s ridiculous since no one buys a soda with the intention of not drinking the entire bottle. Most consumers, who are in a hurry anyway, might glance at the nutritional label and say to themselves, “This soda has only a hundred calories,” when in fact, they’d be guzzling 250 calories and eighty-one grams of sugar after finishing the last sip.

But you know you shouldn’t be drinking soda anyway. Nor should you be falling for the latest marketing craze—100-calorie snack packs. Some companies dole out 100 calories worth of these snack packs in diminutive, individual portion packaging—which are targeted directly at parents and their children.

It’s not only a silly gimmick; it’s an expensive one, too. Don’t let the junk food companies fatten up their bottom lines at the expense of your health or your children’s health.

And what’s up with manufactured guacamole these days? You would think that guacamole is made from avocados, but apparently not in the Alice in Wonderland world we live in, where “guacamole” dip has either none or almost no avocado but plenty of modified food starches, partially hydrogenated soybean and coconut oils, corn syrup, whey, and artificial colors like yellow #5 and blue #1 to give their dip that “avocadoey” look.

A Los Angeles woman, Brenda Lifsey, was shocked to learn that a processed-foods giant like Kraft Foods would produce and sell a guacamole dip that contained less than 2 percent avocados. She filed a class-action lawsuit in 2006 to stop the company from marketing the dip as guacamole, as well as seeking unspecified punitive damages.

And Americans say they read food labels.

Actually, this could be proof that food conglomerates can put just about anything in a plastic tub and people will buy it, no questions asked!

That is, except for choosy moms like you. You know better and will get to the bottom of what’s on the label and what’s inside the package. After all, it’s your family’s health that is at stake.
(Dr. Jordan Rubin)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Big Pharma Ties Want to Shut Down Vaccine 'Conspiracy Theories'

A foundation populated by the giants of business, banking, government and military wants to “vet” websites and limit the spread of information that it says creates “conspiracy theories”.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) says it is worried about the way the web has been “used to spread disinformation”. They want to introduce a new system that would give websites a label for trustworthiness or unreliability.

One “damaging conspiracy theory” they want to shut down is the notion that MMR vaccines are harmful. Of course, this “conspiracy theory” stems not from paranoid forum postings and misquoted blog entries, but from scientific research into the mercury based preservative thimerosal.

Thimerosal was developed by Eli Lilly, and Merck is the world’s largest supplier of the MMR triple jab -- and it is little wonder W3C considers such information to be “damaging” given that Eli Lilly and Merck are both paid up and approved members of the Consortium! If anyone should be labeled with an “unreliable” rating, it is the WC3.

Prison Planet September 15, 2008
BBC News September 15, 2008