Sunday, October 21, 2012

Juicing ~ What Juicer Do I Need?

Juicer and produce...getting ready.
  Recently I posted about juicing - To Juice or Not To Juice - exploring the idea and facing my fears.  Since that post, my Sister Maggee emailed me with some tips and ideas and I have been continuing my research...starting with which juicer is the one for me. I actually had no idea Maggee had been juicing for the last 35 years.  Gee, do I feel silly.  I knew she was a vegetarian who concocted wonderful meals for many years...yep...I knew that much!  But juicing?  I may have a few brain cells missing at my age and just never connected the dots...or they somehow became unconnected in the last few years?  Turns out she is quite knowledgeable on the subject and I intend to pick her brain till she hollers "Uncle!"  I'll go into her suggestions in a future post. 
In progress...juicer to jar. 
 
In this post I want to talk a bit about the first step - deciding which juicer is the best fit for what I want to accomplish.  Ahem....do I even know yet what I hope to accomplish by juicing?  No, of course not.  But, weight loss appeals to me, as does better health and more energy.  If I can achieve any or all of those I'd be happy.  So, did I know there are several types of juicers?  No, of course not.  I have now  learned that there are citrus juicers, centrifugal juicers, single gear and twin gear juicers, masticating juicers - and each works a little differently to extract the juice.
 
Citrus juicers are as the name implies, for juicing citrus fruits.  Centrifugal machines get the juice separated by spinning at high speeds.  This causes heat which can deplete some of the nutrients, but works quicker that others.  The single and twin gear juicers work at a slower speed, thus no heating and more saved nutrients and vitamins.  Masticating juicers gnash the produce.  They all vary widely in price, so determining which one suits ones needs best is crucial for those on a budget (like most of us).
 
 

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After thinking about this awhile, I have come to the conclusion that price and health are my priorities, so I selected a Champion Home Juicer which is moderately priced and is a masticating type. I didn't know one brand from another, but Maggee has had this brand for years and it has served her well.  It had good testimonials and is very sturdily built.  (I get nothing for mentioning this, just wanted to let you know my selection.) 
 
Step One is done...it should arrive by the end of the week.  Once it is out of the box and on my counter, I am sure I will be emailing my Sister with a gazillion questions!  It is a relief to have finally made a decision.  Now I can take the next step and discover the benefits of juicing - as well as the dangers.  You see, HB (HoneyBunny) is diabetic and if he chooses to juice, the recipe will need to be strictly suited to his dietary needs.  The sugar in most fruits and some veggies would cause his blood glucose to spike and we don't want that to happen!  More research!
 
I hope you will follow me on my juicing journey and offer advice and suggestions as I travel this road.  I am learning as I go...on the "juice" training you might say!
 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday

My Pinterest addiction has not been cured and don't even think about intervention...I won't submit!  I love to get lost in all of the wonderful photos and quotes!  Here are more recycling and repurposing ideas I found...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
My pick of the week is the painted trash can made into a side table!  I love it!  What have you repurposed lately?


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

To Juice or Not To Juice?


The juicing craze is getting to me.  I am beginning to look at websites and facebook pages touting this and wondering if I can have before and after photos that look as good as theirs.  I am even looking at recipes and wondering if they will really, really taste as good as their promoter says they will.  I mean, it all looks good, but does green liquid actually taste tasty?  Or am I apt to gag at the first swallow attempt?


Fresh squeezed fruit juice is very good and healthy as well.  It is just that I am not sure about adding veggies that I have never eaten or even heard of to the mix.  The thought sort of frightens me.  Am I being silly?  Do juicing wimps eventually get over it and learn to enjoy the idea of fruits and veggies in liquid form?  Will I seriously be able to lose some weight and not want to eat everything in sight once I put the juice glass down?


I have friends who got into juicing a few months ago.  They lost weight and look great.  They look healthier and are certainly good role models for this idea.  I have wondered if I should talk to them about my fears and reservations.  You see, I love food...the kind you chew.  Can I be just a part-time juicer?  And, do I really need one of those fancy, schmancy expensive machines? 

Have you made your own juice drinks?  Do you have favorite recipes?  Did you begin with a 10-day juice fast?  Or start slowly?  Are you still juicing?  I need help!


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Prevent or Fight Flu with Vitamin D

 
 
Flu season is upon us.  Have you had your flu shot yet?  I got mine last week on a routine visit to my doctor.  We need to be prepared, you know!  I found some helpful tips for fighting the flu should you happen to feel it coming on.
 
You may have heard of fighting colds with Vitamin C, but how about fighting the flu with Vitamin D?  That’s a new one to me!  Exposure to sunshine helps the body manufacture Vitamin D, and Vitamin D boosts the body's own virus-fighting ability. This, along with other factors, is why colds and flu increase in the wintertime when there is less sunlight. If you want to use Vitamin D to prevent the flu this year, here is how.
 
1. Eat fish…lots of fish. (It's interesting to note that the diet of the Eskimos, who live in a part of the world where there is no sunshine at all for long periods, includes lots of fish oil and is therefore rich in Vitamin D.)  In descending order, some of the fish highest in Vitamin D are as follows:
 
* Herring
* Catfish
* Sockeye salmon
* Steelhead trout
* Halibut
* Sardines
* Mackerel
* Tuna packed in oil
 
You can also benefit by adding cod liver oil and fish oil supplements to your diet.
 
2. Two great sources of Vitamin D are tofu and soy milk.  Tofu has 124 IU (International Units) of Vitamin D per serving, and soy milk has 119 IU per cup.  Adding these to your diet will help with the flu battle.
 
3. An alternative or an addition is a good Vitamin D supplement. Some recommend Vitamin D3, as this is said to be the effective and the least likely to cause problems if taken in large amounts. Most supplements are in increments of 1000 IU - take up to 5000 IU per day. Children under the age of ten should have less; no more than 2000 IU is suggested for children aged two to four, and no more than 3000 for children under ten.
 
4. Increase your Vitamin D intake if you have been exposed to the flu. You can take up to 10,000 IU if you think you've been exposed. Make the appropriate  adjustments for children according to their ages.
 
5. Always a good healthy habit…Be sure to drink lots of water.  Large amounts of Vitamin D in your blood may raise your risk of developing kidney stones. Water helps flush out the excess vitamin.
 
6. Get outside in the sun when you can. Even in the wintertime.  Go outside as much as possible on sunny days.  While your face may be the only skin exposed to the sun, it's enough for you to benefit.
 
 
And, don't forget to get your flu shot if you are able to take them!  Have you done that yet?  If you like this post, be sure to follow this blog before you leave! It's easy peasy...just choose one or more of the options on the right sidebar!

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Did You Know These Common Chemicals Are Found in Our Perfumes?

 
 
 
Little did I know… and you may not realize that the perfume we wear has many chemicals in it, some of which may affect our health. If you are someone who has chemical sensitivities and/or allergies, you may find that perfume will activate the symptoms. Here is a list of some of the common chemicals found in perfumes and the health concerns that are linked to them.
 
* Benzaldehyde is used in many cleaning products and cosmetics such as deodorant, lotion, shaving cream, and shampoo.  It is said to depress the central nervous system and cause irritation in the respiratory and digestive tracts.  It might even cause kidney damage.  Really?  And I am spraying this on me in a closed-up bathroom daily?  Eew!
 
 
* Acetone, the chemical found in nail polish remover, is also in perfumes. The US Environmental Agency (EPA) lists acetone as a hazardous waste. (Huh?)  Breathing acetone can have a profound effect on the nervous system, causing dizziness, sleepiness, slurred speech, and possibly coma.  That doesn't sound so good.
 
* Benzyl alcohol (made from Benazldehyde) is found in perfume, air freshener, deodorant, and fabric softener (to name a few).  It can affect the respiratory tract and the central nervous system, causing headache, nausea, and respiratory irritation and even failure.  Hmmmm....I don't think I want to be sniffing this!
 
 
* Methylene chloride is a perfume ingredient that was banned by the FDA in the late 80s, but some claim the law is impossible to enforce.  The problem with this chemical is that it is stored in body fat (many chemicals are fat soluble) where it is metabolized by the body into carbon monoxide.  This can lead to symptoms of oxygen deprivation, such as headache, fatigue, and tingling in the extremities.  Just who put all of this stuff together in the first place and why are we all so addicted to it?
 
* Limonene is found in a lot of cleaning products as well as perfumes.  Cleaning products?  Are you kidding me?  It is considered carcinogenic, and is a skin and eye irritant. Inhaling the vapor of limonene is considered dangerous.
 
* Ethanol is also found in perfumes, as well as a host of other products. Ethanol is in so many products that it's hard to believe it's on the EPA's hazardous waste list.  Whether ingested or inhaled, ethanol can cause blurred vision, drowsiness, and disorders of the central nervous system.  I don't EVEN want to think about this.
 
 
These are only a few of the toxic chemicals found in perfumes.  Please do your own research on these chemicals to determine if you want to continue using them.  If you are concerned about the possible health effects of perfume but still want to apply some sort of scent, consider making your own scented spritzer or oil, or buy a commercially-prepared, non-toxic scent.
 
 
Mix a few drops of the essential oil of your choice with an ounce of rubbing alcohol and 2 ounces of water. Put in a small spray bottle and use as a spray-on scent.  For a safer blend, mix a few drops of your favorite  essential oils in a neutral carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, coconut or olive oil, that can be rubbed on the skin. 
 
As a matter of fact, I plan to mix up some "Pixie Parfume" (I made up that name) and give it a try!  If all goes well, I'll post about it!  How about you?  Have you made your own "smell sweet" stuff?
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Remedy Children's Colds the Natural Way



 
The best cure for colds is prevention. Good nutrition and hand washing are key to preventing a cold, especially in children. But despite our best efforts, all kids will occasionally come down with a cold.  
 
Natural remedies are generally safer than allopathic remedies.  They are usually less expensive and easier to administer, too. Some of the more common ways to help ease your child’s colds are listed below. 
 
If your child has a fever, hold back the urge to bring down his temperature. Fever can help to limit the course of an illness. Generally after a “good fever”, kids get better quickly. Unless your child is listless and not responding to you naturally, he’s probably fine. It is better to assist his body’s natural attempts to heal. Encourage your child to rest and avoid overstimulation with too much TV or electronic media. Make some quiet time, read a story, play card games and just hold him as much as possible. Your chores and other things to wait. 
 
 
If your child has a sore throat, you can ease it with warm salt water gargles. Honey lemon tea is also effective. Just squeeze a little fresh lemon juice into a mug of warm/hot water along with a teaspoon of honey. Homemade chicken broth is one of those “cure-all” remedies and at the same time it keeps your child hydrated and nourished. 
 
 
 
It is not always good to give your child decongestants and antihistamines when he has a cold. These have been proven to have little effect on colds, and may even be harmful. 
 
I have never tried this, but I have read that using acupressure may ease the symptoms of a cold and your child may also enjoy it. Consult a guidebook on acupressure and follow suggestions for targeting the bladder, large intestine and lung pressure points. You may even want to check with your Pediatrician before attempting this.
 
 
 
Vitamin C, Echinacea and Goldenseal are all traditional remedies for colds. Give your child weight and age appropriate doses of these remedies short term to boost his body’s efforts to heal. Personally, I swear by Echinacea to get rid of a cold!  A couple of capsules twice a day for a couple of days usually sends it packing!  (Just my little testimonial.) 
 
If your child has trouble breathing, try a cool mist humidifier. Be sure to keep it scrupulously clean. 
 
Keep away from sugars as much as possible when your child is ill. The same holds true for junk foods. (The most difficult thing for me!)  Supporting his body with good nutrition is very important during this time. Good things to include are fresh vegetable juices, homemade soups and other easy to digest foods that provide hydration.

I hope this is helpful in keeping your kiddos happy and healthy!  Do you have your own natural remedies you'd like to share in your comments?  I think is is great when we can help each other!


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ Recycled Bicycles

Today I thought it would be fun to see how bicycles are recycled.  Bet you are thinking they get smashed and sent to some scrap yard, right?  Well, not so fast...look what I found on Pinterest!












I have to admit, the bathroom bike is my favorite!  Which one do you like best?



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Monday, September 17, 2012

Vinegar ~ It's Not Just For Cooking - Again

 
This was first posted in April.  It is always helpful to know how everyday products can be used in so many different ways, so I am putting it out there again for you!  I use vinegar regularly instead of Jet Dry in the dishwasher and instead of liquid fabric softener in my laundry.  It is a main ingredient in my All Purpose Cleaner as well.  I love it!
 
Vinegar has many uses.  Some may surprise you.  Some may bring back memories of your Mother or Grandmother.  Some may become a way of life for you.  I love these simple solutions to everyday problems!

Ten Uses For Vinegar You May Not Know:

1.  Paint brush softener - A vinegar and water mixture will revive stiff   paint brushes.  After soaking, wash in a heavy detergent to clean.

2.  Get the stink off your hands - Rid your hands of onion or fishy smells by rinsing with vinegar.  Easy peasy!


3. Tea kettle cleaner - Get lime deposits out of your tea kettles with equal parts of vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and let is stand overnight.

4.  Poached egg container -  Keep that poached egg together by adding one teaspoon vinegar to the water.  (I need this one!)

5.  Hair Rinse -  Use a mix of two cups water and one cup vinegar and rinse hair after shampooing.  Rinse again with clear water.

6.  Decal remover - Loosen decals with a heavy dose of vinegar and they will peel right off.  (Sorry, this won't work on tattoos - giggle)

7.  Pain reliever -  Use hot vinegar compresses on strain or sprain when ice isn't doing the job.


8.  Iron cleaner -  Remove mineral deposits in your iron with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water.  Fill steam iron and let it steam until dry.  Rinse out with plain water, refill and shake water out through the steam holes.

9.  Crease setter - Before ironing in creases, apply solution of one part vinegar to one part water to the crease area.  Be sure to test small area of your fabric first.

10. Rust remover - Place rusty bolt in small container of vinegar and let soak for several days or until rust begins to dissolve.

There you have it...ten useful uses for using vinegar!  What are some ways that you use vinegar in your household?



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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ DIY Fun!

Get in touch with your inner child...or your grandchild...and let's have some fun!


Source: curbly.com via Pat on Pinterest






Have a wonderful WasteLESS Wednesday!





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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WasteLESS Wednesday ~ Repurposing Fun Stuff

I confess...I have been Pinning again!  I found some really fun things that are repurposed and I want to share them with you!  Which one is your favorite?





Source: mlkshk.com via Pat on Pinterest


Source: via Pat on Pinterest


My personal fav is the flamingo chandi!  Whaddaya think? 





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Monday, September 3, 2012

10 Uses For Shower Curtains ~ Again

 
This is a repost from April 23, 2012 - of one of my first blog posts.  It is also one of the most popular posts to-date.  I thought, while I am having health issues and waiting for answers from the doctors, I would put it out there again.  There are some really good ideas here!  Enjoy...
 


Ever wonder what to do with shower curtains you are no longer using?  Here are ten ideas for recycling them!

1.  Paint cloth - they are wonderful for catching those paint spills while you recolor a wall or door.

2.  Car window defroster - cover your vehicle windshield to protect against frost and ice.  Use the magnetic hem to help hold it in place.

3.  Tarp - cover tools, garden equipment, and/or your wood pile!



4.  Raincoat - a crafty seamstress could stitch up a quick slicker for the kiddos, or a cover for the grill.


5. Food catcher for kids - place under table or in the middle of the floor if you are having an indoor picnic, to catch the goop and crumbs that miss those little mouths. 6.  Mulch - Place under gravel or bark chips when you are landscaping to keep the weeks at bay.


6.  Poncho - Yep!  Just fold in half, clip an opening so you can slip it over your head, and presto (!) you have a poncho.  Trim the length if you are height-challenged like I am./div>

7.  Ground cover - Use under a tent or sleeping bag when camping to keep moisture away.

8.  Apron - Use pinking shears to style into an apron with a bib and fasten ties at the top of the bib and at the waist.  Great for messy tasks around the house.


9.  Tablecloth - toss over the picnic table and voila (!) you are covered!


10. Mulch - use under gravel or bark chips when landscaping to keep out those pesky weeds.


How have you repurposed your old shower curtains? 



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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Composting ~ It's Looking Gooey

Not too long ago, I wrote about starting to compost in our backyard.  We started with this bin and each week we are faithfully adding our grass clippings, shredded paper and cardboard, dog hair and kitchen waste to it.  We add water as needed and keep turning it.  It's amazing...I even notice the heat, so I know it is cooking in there!


The bin is about one quarter full by now, but we are in no hurry to have compost as yet.  There are things to be done in our jungle...er...yard before we have a need for it.  We are just about finished with our annual "Monsoon" season here in Arizona, and until that is gone and dry weather is the norm again, we have weeds growing at the rate of inches per day!  Those need to be pulled and the yard tidied up, and then we will be ready to prepare for next Spring's garden. 

 
 
Well, we may not get this ambitious with a garden, but we will be planting something in the Spring. We'll see if we can clear enough space in our sunniest spot and grow a few veggies and perhaps some herbs!  It will be a challenge with bad backs and two dogs, but perhaps we can make it workable! 
 
What does your garden grow?
 
 
 
 
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Whole Food Market Recipes ~ iPhone App



 

Whole Food Market Recipes is an iPhone app designed to give you all the recipes you need to live a healthy lifestyle. The app is 90% useful content, though about 10% of the app’s content pertains only to using Whole Foods stores.
On this app, you can:
  • Find recipes based on your diet
  • Find recipes based on meal type
  • Find recipes based on what you’re trying to cook
  • Find recipes based on what you have on hand
  • Easily construct shopping lists
  • Find Whole Foods stores near you
  • Bookmark your favorite recipes

Here’s how to use Whole Food Market Recipes.


Step 1: Searching for Recipes

The basic search functionality allows you to search by course, category of food and any special diet you’re on.

Just select the filters you want to apply. A scroll wheel with all your choices will appear.

If you want to search for a specific kind of food, you can also type that in beneath the filters.

Your search results will be displayed on the next page.

Note: The “G” and “W” tags show what diets the recipe is good for. The “W” for example stands for “Wheat Free” and the “G” stands for “Gluten Free.”


Step 2: Recipe Details

Once you select a recipe, you’ll be presented with all of that recipe’s details. You’ll start at the overview page, which will give you a succulent description of the food. It’ll also give you the nutritional breakdown.


Step 3: Ingredients

To access the ingredients tab, click the “Ingredients” button at the top.
Here you’ll be able to see everything you need to buy to cook the dish. You can also add recipe to your favorites, add it to your shopping list or share it with a friend.


Step 4: Cooking Method

For directions on how to cook the dish, click the “Method” button at the top.

You’ll be presented with detailed instructions on exactly how to prepare the dish.


Step 5: How Favorites Work

To add a dish to your favorites, click the “Add to Favorites” button on the ingredients page.

To access your favorites, click the “Favorites” button in the bottom navigation bar.


Step 6: How the Shopping List Works

To add all the ingredients you need to cook a dish to your shopping list, click the “Add to Shopping List” button.

Then navigate to the “List” button in the lower navigation bar to view your shopping list.

Take this list with you to the grocery store. Click the checkmark boxes on the left on the items that you’ve picked up. This feature makes buying the things you need to shop for the foods you want to cook a piece of cake.

Step 7: Search by What You Have on Hand

Want to cook something with just what you already have in your kitchen? Just use the “On Hand” feature.
Click the “On Hand” button at the bottom of the lower navigation bar. Then type in the ingredients you have.

Whole Foods Market Recipes will display all the items that you could cook up with what you have on hand. Just select the recipe from the results screen. The recipe details page works the same as the recipes detailed above.


Step 8: Using the Store Locator

To use the store locator, click the “Locations” button at the bottom. By default, the app will display all the Whole Foods stores near you on Google Maps.

To see a list of locations instead, along with addresses of each store, click the “List” button at the top.

You now know how to find recipes by ingredients, by meal type, by diet or by what you have in your kitchen. You know how to bookmark your favorite recipes and access them at anytime. You know how to build a shopping list. Finally, you know how to find any Whole Foods store near you. 
Now, get hopping...go shopping for that special meal that will be healthy for the entire family!  And, don't forget to have fun!

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