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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SPRINKLE AND STRETCH

Tightness even a few Spine Stretch Forwards doesn't fix ? Take a hint and knock back some Hintonia Latiflora.  Sometimes called "vegetable insulin" this herb native to Columbia and Mexico contains a neoflavinoid  that lowers blood glucose levels, blood fats and even blood pressure, in addition to relaixing muscles. Beyond Hintonia, two herbs mentioned in the Yoga Sutras that improve flexibility in the muscles and joints are at our fingertips-- turmeric and cinnamon bark. Both make great holiday teas!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

FORMALDEHYDE IN THE FLAME?

What's more sensual than a scented candle?  But nothing may be more dangerous at the same time. Heavily perfumed candles emit the chemical limonene that can react with ozone in the atmosphere to create the carcinogen formaldehyde. 100% beeswax candles may be pricer, but they are also safer to sniff!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

THE SAD DIET GETS SADDER

The Standard American Diet (SAD) isn't called that for nothing. Fewer than half of all Americans say they cook at an intermediate level and 16% of men between the ages of 20 and 39 admit they eat pizza every day! Our top sources of calories (besides pizza) s are baked goods, sugary drinks, chicken and alcohol, says the USDA. Go from sad to glad with a plate of steamed kale, dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little crushed garlic. Kale has more calcium than 6 ounces of milk and more fiber than 3 slices of whole wheat bread. Tasty tomorrow  as a leftover stirred into cooked rice.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

HALF A PLANTAIN FOR LOWER LDL

Besides that daily clove of garlic (delicious roasted with some heart healthy olive oil) , there are 5 more daily eats that can ease your high LDL cholesterol numbers down:

* Two or three apples (try a different variety every day. Had a Pink Lady or an Autumn Gold?)
* Three medium carrots (puree for a smoothie with kale and kefir, or lightly steam  carrot sticks and dip in fresh pesto)
*Half a whole green plantain (these tropical non-dessert fruits look like plus-size bananas  and need to be pan-fried or oven-roasted. Drizzle a little agave syrup on top),
*two cups of yogurt (dairy or nondairy) Tasty with that plantain above.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

HERBAL ALTERNATIVES TO STATINS

Heal with herbs. Did you know you  can lower your LDL cholesterol non-toxically with both lavender oil  and olive leaf extract ? Take the latter orally via tincture , and apply the former  (combining a few delightfully scented drops with a quarter cup of coconut oil) )  massaging into hands, arms and legs and feet where it also helps normalize blood pressure and circulation. No fear of liver damage or overdosing.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BREWSKY WITH A BITE

Sip your way into fall  with an ice-cold but spicy hot beer cocktail! Combine  1 oz fresh lime juice with 2 tsp Sriracha and 1/4. tsp Worcestershire sauce in a salt-rimmed mug filled with crushed ice.  Top with (to keep the theme) a Mexican lager such as Pacifico or a low or no alcohol brew like Sharp's or Bitburger Drive. Rather than beer nuts,  munch with  a bunch of garlic roasted walnuts. A handful give you protein,vitamin E, omega-3, folate, even melatonin which helps prevent premature aging, migraines and diabetes.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NOT SO SAME OLD SAME OLD SALAD


Update those sliced cucumbers and slivered radishes in your tossed greens.
Try rhubarb. Yes, really!  For a 4-person salad, slice 3 ribs of fresh rhubarb into half-inch chunks, then flash-roast at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool , toss with your favorite greens (Try frisee or radicchio for a change), dress with oil and vinegar. Instead of the same-old slivered, almonds or shredded cheese on top,  try lightly toasted hemp seeds for protein and omega-3's. Rhubarb is rich in Vitamins A, B and K for strong bones with fewer calories than almost any veg this side of celery.