Monthly Archives: May 2010



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The great Juicer Debate

Since one of the internal pieces broke on my Jack LaLane Juicer, I’ve been using the Vita Mix every day to get my juicy life moving. I love the Vita Mix, but when I use the juicer, the drinks are so smoothe and I drink more. I miss my juicer, so I’m comparing notes so I can purchase a new one. Yes, I have designated juicer money. I LOVE treating myself with new kitchen gadgets, but really I only need a couple of things to really enjoy it. I haven’t been in the market for a while, so I’ll have to spend some time evaluating this so I get the most for the money. I had my last juicer for two years and used it almost daily. I think I spent around $100 for it, so I’d like to upgrade the juicer but not the price. I’ll get back to you with my findings, but in the meantime, let me know which juicer you prefer.



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Getting the “Glow” LIVING RAW FOOD

I Just got my latest Raw/Living Uncook Book in the mail and I am so excited. I’ve been wanting to get this one for months now. Sometimes I loiter around Barnes & Noble, or Bloomsbury Books in Ashland reading through the Health section, or flipping through raw books that I don’t already have. Since I’m on a bartering, exchange kick right now, I’ve decided not to purchase anything new unless I can trade for it. I’ve always enjoyed a good bargain, but this is a new level of creativity for me.

Here’s a perfect example- Since we’re prepping for an upcoming move, I’m in clean out – purge mode. We just don’t need some of the items we have. I had been wanting a cruiser bicycle for some time. I decided to post a barter trade on Craigslist and to my suprise, I had a new beach cruiser within 48 hours! My son and I went for a nice early ride this morning. I haven’t owned a bike in over 15 years, so this is really a treat for me.

Back to the book…I sold some books on Amazon and used that money to get this new book. YEAH! Sarma Melngailis writes in a way that makes you feel like Raw is easy, which it is but sometimes it looks complicated in how it’s presented. I haven’t been to New York, but when I go I will definately grab some food at her restaurant PURE FOOD AND WINE. I’m looking forward to making some of her Congo Bars and Coconut-Lime Cookies. I’ve lent out my dehydrator to a friend, so in the meantime, I’ll be making her KEY LIME PIE SHAKE for breakfast. Try it with me.

1 1/2 cups fresh apple juice (3 apples any variety)
1/2 c fresh squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
1 ripe avocado
2 bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract (or fresh vanilla bean seeds)
2 Tbsp agave

Puree all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!


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KFC and The Cure for Breast Cancer

Ok, I almost had a heart attack last night…no, not from the KFC, but from a commercial that ran so quickly, my little mind almost missed it. I was just sitting there watching TV with my husband minding my own business when I saw a Pink Bucket of KFC and the OMG Pink Ribbon?! My first thought was WTF? Then I thought for an instant that it must be a joke? But it wasn’t. It was a real commercial. I couldn’t quite grasp the idea of these two joining forces for good. One is already clearly good, even angelic, but the other in my opinion…that should be obvious. NOT GOOD! NOT HEALTHY! NOT ETHICAL, HONORABLE or NOBLE. I could go on, but you get the point. I’m not a fan.

I’m not an idiot either. I believe they mean well here and have probably raised a ton of money for the cause as well. The problem I’m having with it is the connection between eating fried foods and cancer in general. I know it’s not KFC’s place to educate you against eating poorly, after all they WANT to sell you their food to make money. That’s the business they’re in, but isn’t there some kind of responsibility here to give the public the right information?

Although I LOVE the Foundation for the Cure, I don’t think this is the right affiliation to raise the funds. Overall health and wellness begins with choices that are the starting point for healing. Encouraging people to eat crappy so called food in exchange for money is not the way to go. Help us find a cure and get clogged arteries and gain weight in the process. Thank you for giving to us…Seriously, the general public will catch on, but I hope they don’t have to eat buckets of KFC before figuring it out.

I know everyone does their best to use common sense, but I was really offended by the commercial and the mere thought of these two working towards the cure without KFC making serious changes to the health of the food they are selling. The responsibility and honesty of the food should be everyone’s concern. If it’s a change you want, then go to the heart of the matter.

In MY opinion and I’m no expert here, this is a bad idea and sets a scary precedence for future fundraising efforts.

There are many things that contribute to cancer, but I really don’t want to see mixed messages in the future. Seriously, if I want to raise money for an Alzheimer’s cure, do you think I’m going to team up C&H or another large sugar grower knowing what sugar does to the brain.



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