Friday, December 24, 2010

Healthy Holiday Egg Nog!

I love egg nog and was excited to find soy nog in the store which is super low fat and much healthier for those of you, like me, who can guzzle the stuff...
Here is a raw nog, I haven't tried but I wonder if the dates and avos would make the flavor funky...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Osteoporosis and Calcium

 I read some interesting thoughts and figures about osteoporosis and where to get your calcium I thought I should share seeing as I have so many people in my life who suffer from this issue.
John Robbins, in Diet for a New America reports:
The National Dairy Council has spent tens of millions of dollars to make us believe that osteoporosis can be prevented by drinking more milk and eating more dairy products. Yet throughout the world, he reports, the incidence of osteoporosis correlates directly with protein intake. Recent research has shown that with a greater intake of meat and diary products, there is a higher rate of osteoporosis…not the other way around! In fact, the world health statistics show that osteoporosis is more common in precisely those countries where dairy products are consumed in large quantities: the United States, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

In his book, Living Foods for Optimal Health, Brian Clement agrees: “Unfortunately the meat and dairy industries speak louder then medical journals. Their multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns ignore what even the most conservative medical investigators no longer deny - excess protein robs our bodies of strength. With their high protein content, milk and meat actually contribute to the accelerating development of osteoporosis. Certainly most people do not know that one teaspoon of sea kelp mixed in a glass of water gives approximately a thousand times more calcium (without animal protein) then an eight ounce glass of milk. You can bet you won’t hear that information pop up in a catchy jingle.

The more protein in our diets, the more calcium we lose. Eating a high protein diet rich in dairy products is not a good way to get your calcium. Your best sources are green, leafy vegetables such as collards, kale, cabbage, lettuce, along with apricots, figs, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and other raw foods.
~ Alissa Cohen in Living on Live Food

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that calcium supplementation has no effect on the rate osteoporosis occurs as compared to women who took no supplementation.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pine Pollen

Interesting sounding new poduct: Pine Pollen.
Considered a superfood, pine product is available through many health food stores such as The Raw Food World.

December Monthly Herbal

So...executive decision...PINE will be the Herb of the month.
Thank you everyone who voted!

Definition: any evergreen, coniferous tree of the genus Pinus,  having long, needle-shaped leaves, certain species of which yield timber, turpentine, tar, pitch, etc.
More than 100 different types of pine trees are currently known to the world, with 35 different varieties grown in the United States.
Pine trees can grow up to 60 feet high and 30 feet across. Full sun and little water is needed for growth and they can survive in  any type of soil. Fertilizing a healthy tree could actually be detrimental to the tree's health ad should only be done to a tree who's needles are yellowing as a sign of nutrient deficiency.
They are the only plant whose seeds are produced within a cone.
Pine trees are usually only harvest for  reasons: decoration (both indoors and out) and as raw material for furniture.

Consider these interesting facts when you are looking for your Christmas tree this season!