Thursday, December 30, 2010
Want a good Natural book to start with? Try this one. I loved it! It is a memoir of a family that lived off their land for a year. It is entertaining and infused with facts that will make you think about your food habits. It also has tons of links of ways to go Natural.
They also have a WEBSITE.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
#1 Secret to Growing Incredible Gardens"
November 4th, 2010
If you’re interested in growing incredible harvest producing gardens, you’re going to love this
class and it will prove highly valuable to you and your family!
What effective microorganisms are doing around the world.......
* EM grows green onions that are the size of a shovel handle
* Mammoth chives – yields increased 3 fold
* Hog farm threatened to be put out of business due to stench. School next door now claims to smell nothing.
* Denmark – Lake had clarity of 8 cm from surface and after treated with EM went to one meter
* Pakistan – Brackish water now able to grow rice in Pakistan, 30% of land irrigates with salt water.
* Chickens fed a diet of 50% EM treated dung had increased egg production.
* Indigenous bananas which are normally ½ finger long are now several fingers long
* In Japan oranges clustered on trees like grapes.
* North Korea. – EM fertilizer increased corn production two times.
* North Korea - 9-10 kilogram cabbage heads were unheard of before EM.
* 1 hectare of land now produces 9 tons of rice – twice it’s normal harvest.
* Fifteen hectares can now support 20 times its normal land use because the entire land can be used rather than needing to allow land to rest, and because the yields have increased.
* CHINA - 3 meters of snow pack does not stay on EM field which produces enough heat to keep round from freezing.
* North Korea can now grow wheat in winter because EM increased soil heat by 10 degrees Celsius
* One application of EM in pond water will remediate 50% of the dioxin
* Cotton grown in Arizona grew balls that were 50% normal size.
* Received medal of accomplishment from ministry of agriculture by Japanese government for reducing compost density by half and increasing harvest by 50%.
* Growth regulators are used in plants to encourage bottom buds to open. The use of EM caused bottom buds to open on even very tall plants
Reveals the Secrets of amazing Gardening in Arizona
Eric will share “double your harvest” technique which has received many heartfelt thanks and testimonials from gardeners who have doubled or tripled their annual yield.
Eric is going to share tried and tested growing techniques with EM.
if you do just these things, you will be miles ahead of other gardeners, and have one of your most amazing harvests to date. Most people don’t know these things, and do the OPPOSITE, making 3 big mistakes, getting poor, cracked fruit, dead and sick plants, or just not the yield they could have had.
10:00 - 12:00
4220 E McDowell Rd #103
Mesa, AZ 85215
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I made my title rhyme.
Anyhow, while I was enjoying my weekly stroll through my beloved Trader Joes I saw a marker board that read "All Trader Joes labeled products are from Non-GMO.
Ever since I watched Food Inc. I've been on the look out for Non-GMO food. It's hard to find because it doesn't have to be labeled.
I want to later do a post (or someone else can volunteer??) on Genetically Modified Organisms. You can get the basics HERE.
Basically the seeds are genetically modified. That's not natural. Often they are genetically modified for the purpose of compatibility with pesticides.
So as for ME I'm going to do my best to eat NATURALLY.
And apparently I'm going to be shopping more at Trader Joes.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
She made the buttons and I actually figured out how to make them work HERE. Then I learned how to make them available to you HERE.
Anyhow. Grab a button and put in on your blog!
How do you do that? It's also on that tutorial I linked. In blogger you add a HTML/Java script gadget. Then copy and paste the code. Make sure you get the whole code. That's it!
You can grab one right off our sidebar!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I use this laundry detergent now. I got it at Costco. I love it. It's actually as cheap as the Costco brand. I looked it up to see if it was truly a more natural-less toxic product. What I learned is that companies don't have to list all of the ingredients in detergents--so theirs aren't listed. So I can't truly tell what is in it. But most of the "eco" blogs all gave it a thumbs up as I good product because if what it DOES NOT have in it.
I think you should try it.
If you want to know more here are some reviews:
Monday, September 13, 2010
She's promoting a class on gardening. This is what my e-mail said:
It's time to get in a fall garden. Come learn how to do it simply, and how to be successful in producing great produce all winter long!
Tuesday evening, September 14
6:30-8:00 pm in Gilbert, Lindsey & Williamsfield Rd. area
Cost is $10 for the class which includes materials and tasters
Pass the information on to those interested in being a successful gardener!
Register at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address - and you will receive complete details!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Another post on Bento. So I researched and linked and googled and linked some more to find out more about it. I finally decided on the boxes above. They are BPA free and since most of these bento boxes are made in china I was concerned about their quality. So that is why I decided on these, they were more expensive, but I loved their design and they were the only ones I found that listed being BPA free.
I got them at Kir Devries. Best store ever. I have had the best customer service I've had in my entire life. Seriously. Shop them--they are great. While I was wandering around their site I also saw that they had these:
They have the bags that I use and love and others as well. So if you are going to buy, buy here. They are seriously fantastic!
So you start with a Bento Box (or you could use any sort of little container). How cute are these? I found them HERE.
Then you buy little cutters to cut your fruit or cheese or whatever.
Then you put your food on these cute little toothpick sort of things.
And get cupcake holders to divide your stuff like so:
Your kid would have the coolest, healthiest lunch. I'm currently searching the Phoenix/Metro area for this kind of stuff. I'll let you know what I find. You can also check this blog.. Or just google away.
Friday, August 20, 2010
OK Guys, it's time to start getting ready for fall gardening. Plan out your garden and buy your supplies, because September is the perfect month to start planting (in Arizona anyway!).
Here's what to do:
1) Build your box: 4' wide by as long as you want. Just make sure you can walk on all sides of your garden!
2) Fill it with the perfect soil mixture: 1/3 compost, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss.
3) Divide it into 1' x 1' squares.
4) Plan out what you want to plant. Each square can grow something different.
-Pick a flat area for your garden that gets at least 8 hours of daily sunshine.
-If you choose vegetables that need a trellis (peas, tomatoes, etc.), place them together on an outside row of your foot-by-foot garden.
And now, everything you need to know about September gardening:
Average: 0.66 inches
Record: 5.5 inches (1939)
Temperature (degrees F)...
Average High: 98.3 degrees
Lowest High: 66 degrees (1895)
Record High: 116 degrees (1950)
Average Low: 72.8 degrees
Highest Low: 90 degrees (1982, 1983)
Record Low: 47 degrees (1895, 1965)
Plant seeds: Snap Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (Head & Leaf), Leeks, Mustard, Green Onions, Peas, Radishes, Spinach, Turnips
Plant Transplants: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Lettuce (Head & Leaf)
***note from Jill:
The soil comes in big bags and can be expensive if you are planting a small garden, because you won't use it all. (I have 2' x 2' boxes I got from someone" The nursery on Baseline just west of Lindsay (I think it's A&P Nursery) has a pre-mixed bag of soil that has the exact mixture as above. It is the square foot gardening mix. Also, if you can't make your own box (which is the cheapest way) You can buy a square foot gardening set up at this same nursery.
--shout out to Amber for hooking us up with this info, I'm pretty stoked about it.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I have always wanted something like this. My friend Ashley sent this to me. It is a database of body care products. You can type in your favorite product and it will give it a rating of 1-10 on how harmful it is to your body. I am not shocked at all by the horrible ratings the products I use received. For my kids I use the Suave products because they are cheap. And every time I go to choose one at the store and I open it to smell it I think---chemicals. But it is what I can afford for now. But seriously. Looking this stuff up make me google all sorts of homemade shampoo and body wash recipes, which I am going to try next month. (I'm out of cash for the month).
So you should check it out HERE. It's very informative.
Let me know what you think, and if it makes you switch products or if you use products with a good rating, let us know in the comments. Let us know where you bought it if it was locally or online and the price--if you know it.
Monday, August 2, 2010
SO... Obviously I don't believe in evolution, but I do believe God put food on this Earth for us to eat because he knew it would benefit our bodies. Animals, Fish, Eggs, Veggies, Fruit, Nuts and Seeds. This video does a really good job of differentiating between life without processed food, and people who only consume processed food. Check it out if you have 5 1/2 minutes...
Sunday, August 1, 2010
To truly be "healthy" and as nutritious as possible one needs to get their body back to it's intended state. The state where all the sensors and triggers and survival mechanisms work properly. Our bodies are miracles and were designed to take on a mountain of circumstances. By eating overly processed foods in large quantities, we (usually) gain weight, increase our risk for Metabolic Syndrome (basically a precursor to multiple health problems) and all of those sensors are dulled and sometimes stop working all together.
If we can increase the amount WHOLE food we eat and get our blood sugar and cholesterol under control, those sensors will work again and we can stop stressing about diets and cravings and deprivation. Once we "reset" our bodies we can just listen to them. We can react to hunger pangs and feel full at the appropriate times. Cravings for processed, sugary foods will lessen, because our bodies will now know what food makes it feel good and what food makes it feel bad.
Even though many fruits have a moderate to high GL count due to their high sugar content, it's unlikely that one would eat enough to spike blood sugar levels the way even small amounts of processed carbs will. There are many fruits that are very low in GL and have little impact on blood sugar. A low-GL value is considered 10 or less, and one 4-ounce serving of the following fruits all have a GL value of less than 10.
Vegetables are a little less tricky than fruit when it comes to GL, so very few vegetables will send blood sugar levels soaring, except potatoes and foods made from potatoes such as chips and french fries. The following vegetables are ranked as having a GL value of 0:
Take On the Challenge! Report how you feel!Read more at Suite101: Low Glycemic Load Fruits and Vegetables: Nutrient Rich Foods with a Low-GL Value http://food-facts.suite101.com/article.cfm/low_glycemic_load_fruits_and_vegetables#ixzz0qlkr8zvz
Sunday, July 18, 2010
-Requires very little space; 80% less than conventional gardening.
-Can be done in as little as 4 feet by 4 feet, — or as large as you want.
-Your existing (bad) soil doesn’t matter because we don’t use it. Start with an ideal soil mix that is weed-free and requires no tilling.
-Uses much less water; only about 20% compared to conventional gardening.
-No fertilizers or pesticides to handle — it’s all natural!
-The planting method requires no thinning and very few seeds.
-All the hard work has been removed in the Square Foot method – only the enjoyable part remains.
-Can be started in any season.
-Produces 5 times the harvest of a conventional garden.
-Can be done by those with physical or mental limitations. If getting down is a problem, raise the boxes to a higher level.
-Makes a great family project, all ages can participate - kids love to garden.
-No Weeding! No Thinning! No Heavy Digging
Square-foot gardening really is SO easy! If you want to know EVERYTHING about square-foot gardening, go buy the book Square-foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. Otherwise stay tuned and I will get you started with the basics!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
The plastic bags used for produce bug me. Because usually I just put my produce in them at the store and then come home and empty it out into my fridge in bins and such. It seemed like such a waste. So I looked it up and I found Flip and Tumble Produce Bags. So I ordered them. I love them! I use them for potatoes, apples, citrus, onions, cucumbers etc. etc. I don't use them for lettuce or herbs--things that need to keep some moisture to stay fresh, because they won't work. But as for all of the other things they are perfect. I took this picture so you could see the size:
I found them cheapest at reuseablebags.com but you can also find them on Amazon, at Flip and Tumble, even at Target online. (I haven't seen them in a Target)
I give this product a THUMBS UP. Try them and come back and leave your opinion, good or bad. OR try one of the other similar products make by other companies and tell us what you think.
So I was looking at the floor of my bath tub and it was all brownish in spots from soap scum. I usually use Comet but I wanted to try something natural, so I googled it.
Baking Soda. That was one of the answers, so I tried it. MAGNIFICENT! It worked like a charm. I found it worked better if I wet my sponge and put it directly on there to form a paste versus when I just sprinkled it on the tub directly. It was great because my almost 2 year old was right next to me and usually I freak out and lock him out while I'm cleaning because if that nasty chemicals. But it was great, I even let him help. And at one point I somehow inhaled some of the powder and I didn't have any fear or thoughts in the back of my mind of how wrong it was. No more Comet for me!
Also, heated white vinegar works. I've used that before and it works, but I found it to be more difficult than the baking soda.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.
Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.
Try this at home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils.
In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
My philosophy is what I like to call 90/10. 90% of the time we should eat whole, non-processed food, Ex: veggies, fruit, lean meats, fish, and nuts and seeds. The other 10% is just because we can't change overnight and be hardcore in a blink. We live in a world of food that is horrible for us, but happens to taste so good.
I will be contributing recipes, tips, nutrition facts and myths, and restaurant reviews of places that actually serve or will serve you healthy food!! That's how I roll, welcome aboard :)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
4 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops/shakes grapefruit essential oil
Friday, June 18, 2010
I made this and we liked it. The kids totally ate it. I threw in some mushrooms and more spinach.
Click HERE FOR THE ORIGINAL RECIPE BY THE DAINTY VEGETARIAN
This recipe serves 4 (you can easily double and bake in a 9x12 dish)
1/2 lb. of ziti
1/2 eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes
tomato sauce, yours or my recipe
1 cup ricotta cheese
a couple handfuls of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
a few leaves of fresh basil, roughly sliced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
a handful of grated parmesan cheese
a sprinkle of dried oregano
What you'll do:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make your tomato sauce. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box until very al dente (chewy) The noodle will cook more in the oven and you don't want them to get too limp. When the noodles are done, toss them in some tomato sauce to coat. (this will prevent sticking) Lightly saute the eggplant cubes in some olive oil with a pinch of salt till they just begin to turn golden.
Now for assembly. Spread some tomato sauce at the bottom of the baking dish. (so the pasta doesn't stick) then put a couple spoonfuls of pasta down, the eggplant, the roughly chopped spinach, some chopped basil and the ricotta cheese. (for an extra surprise, sprinkle in some toasted pine nuts) Add another layer of ziti, then a little more sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and sprinkle with just a little dried oregano. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble and turn golden. Serve with some extra tomato sauce for people like me who love tons of sauce!
I had been wanting to make Ratatouille ever since I saw the movie. I found this recipe and I loved it! My husband loved it too, my kids . . hmmm ... not so much, but they'll have to deal.
Calli would say to nix the polenta, which I believe would make it more authentic anyway.
But it's delish how it is.
**My husband requested that we switch the portions of zucchini and eggplant.
CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE FROM EAT BETTER AMERICA
Ratatouille Polenta Bake
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 medium bell pepper, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
1 small unpeeled eggplant, (1 pound), diced (2 cups)
1 medium zucchini, diced (1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 tube (16 ounces) refrigerated plain polenta (or any flavor)
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Spray 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Cook onion and bell pepper in skillet 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in eggplant, zucchini, salt and pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomatoes, breaking up with spoon; reduce heat to low. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Spray rectangular baking dish, 11x7x1 1/2 inches, with cooking spray. Cut polenta into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange slices on bottom of dish, overlapping and cutting to fit where necessary. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Spoon vegetable mixture evenly over top.
3. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and parsley. Bake uncovered about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
1 Serving: Calories 260 (Calories from Fat 65 ); Total Fat 7 g (Saturated Fat 3 g); Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 830 mg; Total Carbohydrate 45 g (Dietary Fiber 6 g); Protein 10 g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 18 %; Vitamin C 26 %; Calcium 24 %; Iron 16 % Exchanges: 2 Starch; 3 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
I tried this recipe and it was good. I didn't add the tofu because I can't stand the texture of Tofu. My husband and two of my kids liked it.
I will definitely make this again.
**I doubled the recipe and it was just enough for our family (all of the kids are under age 8). But I will be tripling the recipe next time.
LINK HERE FOR THE RECIPE FROM EAT BETTER AMERICA
Stir-Fried Broccoli and Mushrooms with Tofu
1/3 cup Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-oz carton) or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon apricot all-fruit spread
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dry sherry
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large bunch broccoli, cut into small florets
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 cup halved cherry and/or yellow pear tomatoes
8 ounces firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/4” cubes
1.In a cup, whisk together the broth, all-fruit spread, soy sauce, sherry, and cornstarch. Set aside.
2.Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, or until tender-crisp and lightly browned.
3.Add the tomatoes and tofu and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to collapse.
4.Stir the cornstarch mixture and add to the skillet. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, or until the mixture boils and thickens.
I started this blog.
I live in Arizona.
I have a husband and 4 kids.
My recent favorite color is purple.
I'm only 5 feet tall.
I'm originally from a small town in Arizona called Heber.
I dye my hair to cover the gray.
I live in Converse and flip flops.
I dream of having enough money to shop at Anthropologie full price.
I visit the blogs how about orange and decor8 daily.
I'm trying to be vegetarian 5 days a week.
I'm trying to eat fish and chicken the other two.
I do still love beef but now I'm limiting myself to the grass fed expensive kind you can only purchase at places like Sprouts and Trader Joes.
I've recently taught myself to like mushrooms.
I don't fear heights nor public speaking.
I have a B.S. from ASU.
I'm super annoyed at the terms "Go Green" and "Carbon Footprint".
I stay at home with my kids.
I have a current obsession with mangoes and Indian cuisine.
I don't have cable TV or a cell phone.
I suck at crafts.
I'm trying to produce less trash and be less of a consumer of crap at the dollar store and McDonald's toys.
I'm going natural because:
I fear cancer
I get constipated when I eat too much meat
I watched Food Inc.
I need to better live my religion by following the Word of Wisdom
I possibly have Diabetes in my future
I think the earth is pissed at how we treat it
I want my kids to think eating healthy is normal
I want to learn more about holistic medicine, and prevention
I titled it SLOWLY going natural so as to not focus on those parts where I am full hypocrite--like dyeing my hair with chemicals and my love of Native New Yorker's honey-hot chicken wings. It's a process. We can all start small and slowly transition into a better lifestyle.
I've thought and thought about the categories I wanted to cover, so here they are:
Our Food--this includes recipes, nutrition, gardening, restaurants. Anything having to do with food
Our Home--Cleaning products, candles, bug control. Anything having to do with our daily home life.
Our Bodies--this includes deodorants, shampoos, clothes, facial products, lotions. Anything we may use on or next to our bodies.
Our Habits--Changing the stuff we know have become accustomed to. Reduce Reuse Recycle, Re-useable bags, crafts made from re-using stuff, etc. etc. You know--reducing, reusing, recycling.
We'd love your input. Do you have a good website you use? A product you recommend? A recipe for some sort of laundry soap? Whatever. Leave us a comment on the most recent post (we won't be checking old ones) and we'll check it out. Also, if you have some tip or something to add to a particular post, make sure to put it in the comments of that particular post, so others can benefit.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you like it here.