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MACA on Michelle O’s Garden Case

No. . . .This isn’t about Maca the food herb used for enhancing your sexuality, but MACA the Mid America CropLife Association and the ‘vegetable root’ they had to pick with Michelle Obama’s organic garden. Amazing how many gardening discussions are going on now. People doing community gardens, family gardens, looking at creative ways to use space in a sustainable way for adding to a local, accessible food supply. How good is it to walk out your door and within a few feet pick and consume that luscious tomato or tangy dill? 

So who in their right, or left humanitarian mind would want to find fault with Michelle Obama’s organic garden at the white house? Hmm. . . . MACA, that wanted to point out that Michelle was modeling an outdated model for society. That surely, it is not economical for each family to provide for its sustenance in their backyards. 

http://www.croplife.com/news/index.php?storyid=1657 MACA’s letter to Michelle a few weeks back pointed out to her the error of her ways. A bit of a pen slashing to remind her of where all our “safe” food comes from that feeds the many. While they acknowledged Michelle for bringing a focus to agriculture, they requested she acknowledge the role that conventional agriculture plays in feeding America. They included a convenient bulleted list to Ms. Obama about the features of current agriculture that allow for safe, economic food for us all. What about having a goal towards agriculture that is truly safe and pure to the nature of the living plants without pesticides, injections, and use of genetic alterations?

“Fresh foods grown conventionally are wholesome and flavorful yet more economical.”  Comment: Wonder what their definition of wholesome is?

Two of their bullets that do not address the effect on the animals and humans ability to thrive, but rather the economic efficiencies of their technology:

“Sophisticated Global Positioning Systems can be specifically designed for spraying pesticides. A weed detector equipped with infrared light identifies specific plants by the different rates of light they reflect and then sends a signal to a pump to spray a preset amount of herbicide onto the weed.

Biogenetics allows a particular trait to be implanted directly into the seed to protect the seed against certain pests.”

So, whose garden would you rather eat veggies from? Michelle’s or what agribusiness is pushing your way? Personally, I’d love to sit over lunch with Michelle enjoying the real foods from her garden or at least, to emulate what she’s modeled for us. Maybe if agribusiness would focus its lens on what’s possible for truly wholesome food, they’d come up with a different crop!

Surgeries to go….globally!

Medical Tourism seems to be on the rise where people frustrated with U.S. prices for medical treatment travel to foreign countries to get their medical treatments…and a bit of vacationing while they’re at it if possible. I did the same last year, getting about $2,000 of dental work for what would have been about $12,000 in the good old U.S.A. I was already going to be spending time in India and found a teaching dentist much sought after for his specialties.

$7300 including airfare for angioplasty in Poland! hmm….may be better places to vacation, but it takes first place in pricing since the price posted for India doesn’t include airfare. 

Just think, if more people would change their diets to living foods, get some exercise, practice deep breathing, take supplements to fill in for what they can’t get from foods, then they’d have the energy and resources to just vacation in these places instead of traveling as a last resort to avoid bankruptcy and get inexpensive mending!

Pricing chart from http://www.medicaltourismassociation.com. You too can get a bypass for $9,300! I think I’ll bypass that bypass!

Medical Tourism Sample Surgery Cost Chart
USA
India
Thailand
Singapore
Costa Rica
Korea
Heart Bypass
$130,000
$9,300
$11,000
$16,500
$24,000
$34,150

Heart Valve Replacement

$160,000
$9,000
$10,000
$12,500
$15,000
$29,500
Angioplasty
$57,000
$7,500
$13,000
$11,200
$9,000
$19,600
Hip Replacement
$43,000
$7,100
$12,000
$9,200
$12,000
$11,400
Hysterectomy
$20,000
$6,000
$4,500
$6,000
$4,000
$12,700
Knee Replacement
$40,000
$8,500
$10,000
$11,100
$11,000
$24,100

And the Forecast is Green!

So many people these days have coaches– coaches for fitness, weight loss, finances, etc. Here’s a great addition: a Green Coach!

I have a Living Food Coach, Dr. RitaMarie Loscalzo who specializes in teaching people how to eat and drink more greens for their health. She’s super creative and fun to learn with. I dropped 20 pounds in a few months when I started doing green smoothies with a special glyconutrient powder added–we call it a MannaSmoothie. Actually, we’re able to enhance that with our clients now with a new peptide technology that really gets those inches coming off fast! It’s fun to see people buy smaller sizes and get more active and feeling better and stronger!

Here’s some of RitaMarie’s latest tips:

“You should be eating like the chimps. 50% or more of your diet should be tender green leaves. There are many ways to prepare greens that are tasty and nutritious as well as easy to make. My favorite way to eat my greens is to drink them.

I love my green smoothies. My favorite ones are simple and quick –greens with cherries, pineapple, spinach and vanilla. Yummy.

I find green smoothies to be a great way to give my body a break from the daily rituals and work of digesting complex food combinations. Every couple of months, I take a break from my normal hectic life and just drink green smoothies for a full 7 days. It’s like hitting the pause button on your DVD. You can always come back to the hectic lifestyle, if you choose, but for a short while, you can enjoy the magic of a green smoothie break.

I’ve seen all sorts of magic happen during the 7 day process. (I forgot to mention that I don’t do the green smoothie cleanse by myself. I lead a group through it. We all take a short break from the day to day to chill out and drink green smoothies instead of all or most of our meals. It’s a blast.)

One woman let go of 12 pounds during the cleanse week. A diabetic cut his insulin does in 1/2 by the end of the week. A woman who’d been struggling with fibromyalgia was pain free for the first time in many years. Another felt more clear and energetic than she’d ever done before in her entire life.”

If you want to participate in a Green Smoothie Cleanse, visit
http://www.GreenSmoothieCleanse.com

Also, if you want recipe ideas, contact me!

Feed Off Your Chia Pet and Lose Inches

If you’re 30+  you probably remember the intense marketing around “chia pets” where you put chia seeds on a pottery pup and watched it grow for entertainment! If you haven’t tried eating the seeds, making gel, or using chia in drinks and food, you’re missing a great health booster and it’s been called a dieter’s dream!

What’s cool about chia? 

  • It’s a great source of protein with all the essential amino acids
  • You can eat a typical serving of food and consume about half the calories
  • The seeds are a great fiber source when soaked in water for about 15 minutes and slow the conversion of carbs to sugar down by creating a barrier between the carbs and the digestive enzymes
  • They’re gluten free!

So, to make a simple gel, simply put about 1/3 cup into 2 cups of water. (or fix whatever amount and ration you want.)

If you let it set up to 2-3 hours, you’ll get maximum gel and any lumps will have broken down. You can store in the fridge up to 2 weeks. If you’re in a hurry, just eat some seeds or soak some for about 15 minutes.

If you’re using a fat loss program such as a concentrated whey supplement (not like the meal replacement whey powders), this is a great thing to add to your mix! Low glycemic eating including green smoothies, the powder, and some chia seed gel! In case you haven’t heard of this new technology for fat loss (it’s just been released in the U.K.) but available for some months in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, it’s been clinically tested to help target fat loss and spare lean muscle when combined with low glycemic eating and proper exercise. Write to me for more scoop on this if you’re really keen on dropping inches and not just losing weight.

Athletes Trading Health for Money, or Not

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be  a famous, wealthy athlete–always covered in the news for your latest records and victories? I’m sure the glamour of the lifestyle is sometimes offset by daily life challenges and then there’s the big one: what pressures are there to compete with the all star, cream of the crop 24/7?

How many times are they offered steroids and other drugs to beef up their bodies and their performance? One only has to google the long term effects of steroids and find out all of the debilitating effects from depression to joint problems to impotence and sterility. That should be enough to drive any young person running in the opposite direction!

But the money and recognition for using steroids and other drugs is be a very strong motivator for so many athletes, pulling in athletes from the pros, college, and high school.There’s even web sites promoting steroids and arguing that they’re not all that dangerous…they claim it’s just a trick of the media to instill fear.

I’m not someone who follows professional sports, but  I happened to read a few articles this week highlighting the choices athletes make every day amidst the pressure to stay competitive and continue to perform at their peak. One was about Joe Torre and interviews about his new book The Yankee Years, covering his long history as Manager of the Yankees. The subject of steroids has come up big time! As Joe said in a Larry King interview,  ”In regards to steroids, I think we’re all to blame, all of baseball. I never realized how far reaching this problem has been.”

And what cost do these athletes bear with their choice of drugs? I found the http://www.TaylorHooton.org  site today featuring the foundation that one father began to respond to his son’s suicide after 3 years on steroids. Teaching kids there’s another choice. Typical to many teenagers striving to get to the top of the athletic ladder, his teenage son was trying to bulk up to be more competitive, when the long-term use of the drug took him down.

Then there’s “A-Rod”, Alex Rodriguez, a New York Yankee player who everyone in the sports world knows lots about. He kept his drug use under wraps for years.  He recently was interviewed by ESPN and apologized profusely for the years of misrepresenting himself and the serious mistakes he’d made for being naive and in giving in to the seduction of the drugs as a Texas ranger between 2001 and 2003.

He was giving himself injections, not knowing if he was even doing it right or if it was safe. Even, President Obama has jumped in with a comment on the news from Rodriguez: ”. . .if you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it tarnishes an entire era, to some degree,” Obama said. “And it’s unfortunate, because I think there were a lot of ballplayers who played it straight.” Now Rodriguez, to make amends for his mistakes has decided to join the Hooton foundation to educate youth about anabolic steroids.

Contrast all of this news with a press release about Nancy Lieberman who has played it straight and who at age 50 came back to play in the finals of the Detroit Shock last year and last week  in the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Friday, Feb. 13, on the winning East team.From  a press release on Febuary 17, http://tinyurl.com/c482cm “To make sure I was ready for the game, I stay in good shape with physical exercise, training and proper dietary supplementation with Mannatech products like BounceBack™ capsules, CardioBALANCE® heart care formula, Optimal Support Packets, SPORT™ capsules and ImmunoSTART® chewables that help me achieve and maintain optimal wellness.”

Lieberman is the youngest basketball player in Olympic history to win a medal, a three-time college all-American and inductee in the Basketball Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Team Mannatech program, a group of 195 athletes worldwide who utilize cutting-edge training techniques and proper nutrition while serving as educators preserving the integrity of sports competition and the health of all athletes.

“We are proud to have Nancy as part of our team and cheered her on as we watched her play and win last Friday,” said former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Butch Johnson, Mannatech’s senior director of community affairs and sports marketing. “Her accomplishments on and off the court and her dedication to health and nutrition make her the ideal role model for today’s wellness generation. We couldn’t be happier for her and look forward to her continued success.”

The Team Mannatech program aggressively supports the World Anti-Doping agency through its dedication to preserving the integrity of sports competition and health of all athletes. Mannatech products are formulated without any of the 4,000 substances banned by the International Olympic Committee’s 2009 world anti-doping list.

There’s always a choice in every moment. Choose for your well-being or pay many prices! 

Stupid Health Tips

Are you one of those who wants to shed inches and pounds, yet you can’t quite get to making your food taste good so you salivate when finding “great tips” from weight loss experts such as the recipe below that tempts you in to escaping your senses?

Get REAL! This is hypnosis and illusion to pretend to change your habits and then drench the good foods in your old fat stimulating habits! So, what can you do? Get a grip. Get creative and whip up a fabulous spinach salad with slices of beet and chia seeds and hemp nuts as garnish–throw in some  slices of golden peppers, maybe some sunflower sprouts?  and pine nuts and strawberries and serve with a dash of oil mixed with fruit infused vinegar. Sounds yummy to my taste buds! 

Have a chuckle with the recipe below. 

“Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 15: It’s all about the cheese.
When all else fails, you can always sprinkle a little grated, reduced-fat cheese over the top.(Note:THIS SHOULD READ, WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, GIVE UP AND DELUDE YOURSELF THAT YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING HEALTHY.) If cheese sauce is more your style, drizzle it over vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower and suddenly, it’s a whole different ball game. Here’s a recipe for Lower Fat 3-Cheese Sauce. (Note: There’s nothing wrong with fats…make them the good ones…like avocado, nuts, etc.)
3-Cheese Sauce 
Drizzle this creamy sauce over steamed veggies for a tasty change of pace.
Ingredients: 
2 tablespoons of flour
1 1/4 cups of low-fat milk or fat-free half-and-half
2 ounces of part-skim Jarlsberg (or reduced-fat Swiss) cheese, grated
2 1/2 ounces of reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
Preparation: 
1. In a small saucepan, blend flour with 2 tablespoons of the milk or half-and-half to form a smooth paste. Using a wire whisk, slowly blend in remaining milk until smooth. Simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
2. Reduce heat and add cheeses, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir until well blended and cheese has melted.
3. Remove from heat and use as desired.
Yield: 
6 servings
Nutritional Information: 
Per serving: 99 calories, 9 g protein, 5 g carbohydrate, 4.8 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 1.4 g monounsaturated fat, 0.2 g polyunsaturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 0.1 g fiber, 177 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 44%.”