Saturday, December 28, 2013

Your 2014 Resolution. LOSE WEIGHT

If you're anything like me, you find something that's supposed to be good for you, and you take it to a place where it isn't. Almonds are a great example. Almonds are 7 calories EACH! This super food that is great for you can turn into a caloric enemy in only 30 bites. If you are over weight and trying to start your year out right, I recommend the good old fashioned method of counting calories. Calories have been the basic fundamental of every weight loss program since losing weight deliberately was invented. Here's the deal about calories and the "experts." Many experts advise people against counting calories. They claim that counting calories takes your attention off of the most important thing which is nutrition. In fact, a lot of these experts are trying to sell you a system where the nutrients are already measured and spelled out for you. I have nothing against these systems except for the fact that not everybody who needs to lose weight has the time or the money to meet with their coach every day to analyze what they ate. In addition, isn't eating a limited number of daily calories of any type better than eating 6,000 calories of fast food? Overall? Carrying 50 pounds of extra weight is far worse for your body than anything that you could eat. Period.

My opinion is not that you should only eat 1,200 calories of anything, I'm just saying that it's a good place to start. I am a lying dieter. Here's how; If I am in a restaurant and french fries are an option, I don't take it. I'll have a baked potato or salad instead. In fact, a baked potato isn't that many fewer calories than fries, but then I go in for the kill. "I can have dessert because I didn't have fries." The LIE! If you're truly trying to lose weight, the baked potato would be better served with vegetables on the top, not with a steak and salad with Ranch dressing. Knowing how many calories are in each food will definitely keep you within a parameter, then you can build on the nutritional part. A balanced diet is your ultimate goal once you get past the bull and are truly in the mindset to drop the extra weight. How can you get into the mindset? FOCUS! This is the year that you should fulfill all of the promises that you've made to your body. Lower your cholesterol without toxic drugs, get a cool pair of skinny jeans and look at them every day. Do whatever it takes. If you have lost weight before, you know what mindset to get in to. I use an app called I have it on my iPad and my phone. I keep track of everything that I eat. If I'm in a restaurant, it's really easy to go to my phone and check something. My goal weight loss is 53 pounds. My deadline is May 1, and I'm at 16 pounds so far. There are many apps and websites that include nutritional information, or you can simply follow the USDA food pyramid. A fun website called has many nutritional pyramids to follow according to your heritage. Join me. Get it together this year. If living long and well is your goal, there is no better time than now to begin.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Food Democracy NOW - Please Read, Please Donate

Monsanto has enough money destroy the worlds seeds, food, and more. Please read the email that I received this week and if you can, please write, call, or donate to the contacts shown in the messages below. The organizations that are involved are credible and I have worked with them in the past regarding the safety of our food supply. They are passionate and do a lot on the behalf of all of us at no charge. Thanks for anything that you can do!
Kathy D.
Attached please find information from:
 1.  Food Democracy Now, and
2. Organic Consumer Association.
 Please forward far and wide.
Thank you!

1.  Food Democracy Now - you can sign the letter at the link below to try to stop this from passing.
 Dear Friend,
We regret to inform you, but this morning Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill.
We need you to contact President Obama before he signs it and HR 933 becomes law.
 With the passage of the Monsanto Protection Act in Congress, biotech lobbyists are one step closer to making sure that their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.
 This dangerous provision, which we're calling the Monsanto Protection Act, strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.
We are asking that you take action here and then call President Obama and Congress to shut down their email and phone lines until Section 735 is removed from the continuing resolution. Join us in putting a stop to the Monsanto Protection Act!
 2.  Organic Consumers Association
 Dear Organic Consumer,
 As if the existing threats to our health and environment weren’t enough reason to fight for labels on food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Monsanto just gave us one more.
Three days ago, bowing down to Monsanto’s well-funded lobbyists, Congress voted to allow Monsanto to grow GMO crops that could be harmful to human health and the environment - even if a federal court or a regulatory agency rules that the planting of those crops is illegal. Under this new law, sneaked in at the last moment as a rider to the federal appropriations bill, not even the federal courts will be able to stop Monsanto from introducing a slew of new, potentially poisonous GMO crops into our food supply.
It’s just one more reason to pass a statewide GMO labeling law, one with real teeth.

In November, voters in Washington State will decide on I-522, a citizens’ ballot initiative to label GMOs. The OCA has pledged $500,000 to the I-522 campaign. If we raise half of that - $250,000 – by April 1, a generous donor will match those funds so we can fulfill our pledge. Can you help us reach our goal by April 1 with a donation today? You can donate online with a credit card or Paypal. Or you can mail a check. Or phone in your donation

If you’ve already contributed to this campaign, thank you! Perhaps you can pass this message along to friends and family? If you haven’t donated yet, please consider a donation today. Every dollar counts toward this critical matching gift.

We’ve heard it many times, from food retailers and manufacturers, and especially from politicians, that what we need is a federal GMO labeling law. State laws would be too confusing, too difficult to enforce. But you and I both know that a law written in Washington D.C., where Monsanto lobbyists have politicians in their back pockets, will do more to protect Big Biotech and Big Food than it will to protect consumers.

I-522 is a citizens’ ballot initiative, written to protect consumers, not industry.

If you’re reading this letter, you probably supported a similar initiative last year, Prop 37, the California Right to Know GMO labeling law. And like me, you were deeply disappointed that we lost that fight.

You may be wondering, is it worth raising all this money again, for another, similar initiative? Yes. And here’s why.
  • This initiative stands an excellent chance of passing. With the FDA about to approve the first genetically engineered salmon, Washington State fishermen and consumers are fiercely determined to pass this law.
  • If we force food producers to label GMOs in Washington State, they may as well label in every other state.
  • Thanks to the groundwork we laid in California, the I-522 campaign is off to an early start and better able to anticipate the opposition’s strategy.
  • Thanks to your hammering of the food manufacturers who contributed millions to defeat Prop 37, those companies won’t likely throw more money at defeating I-522.
  • The advertising market in Washington is much smaller than the California market. Monsanto will no doubt saturate it. But because advertising there costs so much less, we will be able to reach every voter with our message, well before November. And at a far lower cost than it took to reach far fewer voters in California, where we couldn’t begin to compete until the final week of the campaign.
But the most compelling reason to support I-522 is that we must not throw away our investment in Prop 37, we must not let the momentum die, we must not give up the fight for a right so basic that it’s the law in 61 other countries.

Between today and April 1, your donation to the I-522 campaign will be worth twice as much, as long as we reach our goal of $250,000 and earn a matching gift. Every cent we raise will go directly to support the I-522 campaign. Please help us keep this fight alive with your donation today.

I’ve heard from so many people who were inspired by the work we did in California last year on this issue. I always tell them that we couldn’t have done it without our dedicated, determined, rabble-rousing supporters. You are not only the reason we do this work, you are the engine that drives this movement. Thank you.
    In solidarity,

     Ronnie Cummins
    National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund

    P.S. Prop 37 would never have had the impact it had, without your support. Our $1.5 million donation to the campaign came from individual donations, from people like you. If you still believe in this fight, please donate today.Help us show Monsanto that we intend to win the GMO labeling battle!
    Paid for by the Organic Consumers Fund Committee to Label GMOs in Washington State.  
     Lin Silvan
    Founder and Executive DirectorEugene Veg Education Network (EVEN)1574 Coburg Rd., #120Eugene OR 97401
    Eugene Veg Education Network
    ---EVEN - serving as a vegan resource since 2005---
    The Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Eugene serving as a resource for those seeking information on a healthful, vegan lifestyle. EVEN's emphasis is one of non-violence, compassion and sustainability. Focus is on theinterconnectedness of all life and how a plant-based diet benefits the earth, non-human animals, and the individual. EVEN's Mission Statement isto inform, educate & encourage our members--- as well as the larger community ---by providing pertinent information on veganism and its positive impact on the health of the planet and all its inhabitants. Peace.

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    Another Vegan Product Review. Horseradish Sauce.

    I love to dip raw vegetables, spring rolls, and my garden burgers in something that makes me feel like I'm having a saucy treat. I was disappointed to learn that one of my favorite horseradish sauces contained milk and eggs. Recently, I discovered a new and delicious horseradish sauce that contains none of the above. It's called "Bubbies" Prepared Horseradish and contains horseradish, water, white vinegar, sugar, salt, and natural mustard oil. They also make a beet horseradish that's delicious!

    You can find this product at Natural Grocers, or check them out online at 

    I've been working in Aspen (a 70 mile commute) for the past couple of months, so blogging when I get a chance. I'll be back in April when I plant my garden and will be back to blogging on a more regular basis then. Can't wait. It's a long, snowy commute, but I'll be back!

    What IS next?

     It seems like the Covid 19 Vaccinations are going faster than expected, but states are opening up equally as fast. I want to get out again!...