Don’t You Just Love Vegetables?

In 2013 I explored adding more and more plant based foods to my diet and less animal based foods. The result after over 3 months is that I have fallen totally in LOVE with the amazing variety of plant based foods and the way they make me feel. I do not believe that everyone should be vegan, but if you are suffering from a serious or chronic condition, it would be worth looking into more plant based foods – and especially organic!

I have created many new and very exciting recipes as well as found many things I love in cookbooks! I just can’t get enough beans!! In California the farmers markets have many types of locally raised heirloom beans that I have never seen in a store and they are so amazing! I have not gone completely vegan as I really love goat and sheep cheese and I have had 2-3 servings of fish over the last 3 months and 1 serving of turkey. However I must say, I get more excited about my vegetarian dishes these days.

A quick and simple recipe for sweet potato is to peel and slice and steam until soft. Mash in canned crushed pineapple, sunflower seeds, garlic, organic soy sauce, some fresh chopped ginger root and enjoy! It tastes just like heaven!! For extra flavor add some coconut oil, either way you won’t be sorry!

Protein is a combination of amino acids found in most foods – vegetables – fruits – nuts and seeds – grains – legumes – oh yes and fish and animal products. Combining all the plant based foods in amazing meals is like creating a symphony for dinner! You can get a full array of amino acids with a large variety of plant based foods.

I also notice that my teeth do not get the abundant plaque and tarter that I got when I ate more animal products. My Dentist confirmed my finding with my easiest cleaning to date and only half the time since I saw him was I mostly vegetarian! There are direct correlations between plaque on teeth and plaque in hearts and veins – how amazing to reverse that process with just your food!

Eating a mostly plant based – whole food – diet costs less money, is heart healthy, gives you more energy, boosts the immune system and could just save your life! What are you waiting for??

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Greg and Charlotte

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a day of remembering and counting all our blessings – friends, family, and all life brings to us. Living in gratitude is one of the best ways to feel connected to our beautiful planet and all its inhabitants.

Take time today to tell someone you love them, take a walk out side and feel the sun, take a deep breath and know that this is a very abundant planet. We all have much with which to be grateful.

Have a blessed day!
Love,

Charlotte

 

PS  My recipes are on the page “Some of My Favorite Things”

These 5 Things Can Help Keep You Safe and Healthy

Many people want to know what simple things they can do to help keep and protect the health of their family, pets and loved ones. This list is by no means comprehensive – but is a fantastic start!

1. Drink good water. Tap water frequently is “made safe” using chemicals like chlorine, Chloramine, and fluoride. These chemicals are difficult for our liver, kidneys and brains to handle. Spring and uncontaminated well water are the best containing natural minerals and no toxic items. Reverse osmosis is a great way to get the chemicals out but strips necessary minerals so add minerals back to keep balanced. Many bottled waters are very pure and easy to obtain even in remote places. I bought good bottled water on the Great Wall of China! The best container to carry water is glass as it does not leach contaminates into your good water.

2. Stop microwaving anything you or those you love ingest. http://naturalsociety.com/microwaves/ You will hear a lot of miss-information regarding the use of micro-wave ovens, however I believe they alter the nutritional value of everything they heat and can inversely impact the nutritional value of the food. Using a simple steamer or convection oven is almost as fast the much safer.

3. Keep your teeth and mouth safe by stopping all products with fluoride and removing amalgam fillings. Fluoride and mercury are not safe for human bodies. Read the book the Fluoride Deception to understand the history and use of fluoride. And as for mercury – it is a hazardous material that requires special handling and masks for dental workers but it is fine in our mouth! Rubbish! It is still toxic. To remove these fillings you need to work with a dentist who uses special equipment so the residue is well contained. Biological or Holistic dentists will have mercury-free offices and be skilled at removing these items.

4. Look for organic and local whole foods and decrease your consumption of “prepared foods.”
 Everyone knows organic is more expensive – but in the long run, you stay healthier and probably have less medical costs. Farmers markets and natural food stores do their best to provide fresh, local, organic foods. By local – keep the money at home! Prepared foods are packed with chemicals to keep them on the shelf a loooong time. Unfortunately they do not help us to live a long time as they stress the bodies liver and kidneys and digestive tract so that we become toxic and have less energy.

5. Use natural laundry and personal care products. The highly scented products so popular today are actually neuro-toxins. These items can disrupt the neurotransmitters in our brain which could have many effects such as depression, manic behavior, brain fog, weight gain, and more. Clean clothes should have no scent – just not smell bad! Natural personal care products will help your kidney and liver not have to filter out toxic chemicals applied to our skin and hair. There are many natural products in all categories of personal care including hair dye!

Have a natural, safe, healthy and happy fall!

Take care,

Charlotte

 

Label GMO Is On The CA November Ballot!

It was an amazing journey, gathering signatures and educating the public on what is happening to our food and especially the seeds from which they grow. There is amazing passion out there regarding the pro’s and con’s of this issue and sadly many are not as well educated as they could be on this issue. The FDA did zero testing of this technology because “GMO corn looks and tastes just like Non-GMO corn” so it was considered GRAS – Generally Regarded As Safe (http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/GenerallyRecognizedasSafeGRAS/default.htm). Independent studies have shown anomalies in reproductive abilities among other alarming changes in physiology. Actual studies by the FDA would be prudent. If they are safe, this would be confirmed, and if not – we would actually understand more about how these things interact with nature. The loose cannon with this type of technology is plants are not contained in a laboratory – they cross pollinate in uncontrollable ways with unknown results. The current technology utilizes dangerous bacteria,  viruses, and antibiotic resistant genes to achieve DNA reprogramming. We are not clear on how these components affect current and future human immune systems.We will be ramping up for the November election by giving talks and movies to help people understand more about this important topic. If you want to know more about the changes to our food watch “The Future of Food” movie available on NetFlix (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Future_of_Food/70038794?trkid=2361637) and other sites. For more information on GMO technology see: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

Watch this amazing video on “You Tube” where an MD with secondary progressive MS took her health into her own hands and went from a wheel chair to mountain biking 8 miles a day by changing her diet.

Summer is just around the corner and the Farmers Markets are really ramping up. I recently purchased a Vita Mix and have been making glorious breakfasts and other dishes utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables in ways never before possible! This is the perfect fix for a mom with picky eaters – throw that vegetable they won’t eat (cabbage, broccoli, peas etc.) into a smoothie with fruits, juice and ice and you have a healthy sorbet that tastes great! This is the perfect quick breakfast or meal to take in the car or bike that is full of plant fiber and antioxidants. Your digestive and cardiovascular system will rejoice! I add some whey protein, flax or chia seeds, goji berries, coconut, and you have enough protein to keep you going for hours! A regular blender works well if you don’t have a Vita Mix – the Vita Mix actually blends the tiny seeds of raspberries to nothing and you don’t have to chop the fruits and veggies into small pieces because the industrial strength engine can plow through most anything. It also can cook soups and there is so much friction the foods heat up and steam comes off the top! Amazing! Perfect for a summer dinner of soup and salad – all fresh from your garden and farmers market!

And last for those who are not convinced that the “Western Diet” is all that harmful, I suggest watching the movie “Forks Over Knives” (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Forks_Over_Knives/70185045?trkid=2361638) as they explore the reality that with all our modern advances in science, medicine and food production, diabetes, obesity and cancer are modern day epidemics.

The weather is great these days so get out there and soak up some sunshine and enjoy your fruits and veggies!

Take care,

Charlottet

 

February 2012 – Smartmeters Can Be Removed!

Thanks to CPUC who voted recently to allow those who request and will pay to have their Smartmeters removed! I highly recommend this action as there is mounting evidence that these meters are sending microwave signals 24/7 which can be harmful to your health. Anyone with headaches, insomnia, or immune issues that are not resolving in a normal way – check your utility meters to see if they are analog or do they say “Smartmeter”.

New Leaf has opened a new store in San Jose! They are a Santa Cruz based health food store with very good standards for meats and vegetables. They always buy local and organic when possible and do not import “organic” food from China to sell in their stores. They work with local farmers to bring us the freshest and healthiest food possible. Please check out their website: http://www.newleaf.com for the store closest to you!

Another favorite store for me is Nob Hill on Grant Road in Mountain View. Nob Hill has a large organic produce section and sells orgainc eggs, dairy, and meats. Their produce is fresh and wonderful. They also have a large natural foods and vitamin section. The staff in this store are very helpful and friendly!

Do check “My Favorite Things” section as I have added more recipes. My best easy dinner recently was Tilapia breaded with cornmeal and fried in coconut oil, mashed sweetpotato with ginger and coconut, steamed artichokes with garlic and basil and a large salad.

The GMO petitions are almost ready for signatures. Please sign and support keeping engineered foods labeled so you know what you are eating. Engineered foods have herbicides and pesticides spliced into their DNA – it cannot be washed off and can combine with your intestinal flora to create herbicides and pesticides in your intestines. It is a HUGE health issue – not to mention it poisons the planet and kills insects.

Enjoy the fabulous light winter – we would love rain but always love sun!

Have a fabulous February!

Charlotte

Winter 2012

Happy 2012! This is looking like a very exciting year with many opportunities for growth and expansion. I am excited to be working on the “label GMO” project to get this issue on the November ballot. We need to know what we are eating! I am not in favor of engineered foods. Who could do better than Mother Nature after all!

I am also cautioning clients regarding the PG&E SmartMeter. It is not turning out to be as smart as we had hoped! This meter is constantly sending information to PG&E regarding our electric usage via radio waves. This is similar to having a cell tower on your house! They claim it is as harmless as many home appliances. But I can choose how often my microwave operates (never for food!) and whether I hold my cell phone and use speaker phone or not. I have no choice about my dumb SmartMeter. I have seen several people have serious immune challenges after these meters were installed. Consumers beware! Not all technology is biologically friendly! These machines send radiation all around the neighborhood and cities where they are installed.

We are having warmer weather than normal which means my garden still has a few green things growing! We are hoping for rain – it must be coming soon! Meanwhile, the Farmers Markets are still doing well.

My favorite markets are Cupertino on Fridays, Campbell and Menlo Park on Sundays. Cupertino and Campbell both have Orgainc Pastures Raw Dairy products. They are the best ever! Menlo Park has fantastic mushrooms, herbs, and so many organic vegetables! If you don’t know these markets, please check them out soon. You will be glad you did!

Happy organic eating!

Charlotte

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