Saturday, November 20, 2010
The procedural vote has already PASSED 74-25. So what seems like a ridiculous act, could become law very soon. I mean, who would have thought that soybeans could be patented, and now look at MONSANTO.
Supporters of the bill are of course major food industry leaders, opponents are small farmers and organic food producers. Please learn more about this bill at:
To learn more about how so many of our government leaders are in bed, so to speak, with the huge food corporations, please watch Food, Inc.
Please call your senators' offices to oppose this bill. FYI Californians, Boxer and Feinstein SUPPORT this bill.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
- binders for paper money
- bonding for the tip of matches
- bakery products
- photographic film
- whipping agent in dairy products
- medicine emulsions
- hardening of jams and jellies
- treatment of wounds as a sponge
Basically it's a protein substance obtained by boiling animal bones and connective tissue. (Hey, you asked!) But where does the raw material for gelatin come from??? You guessed it! The meat industry where all that's left but the moo is converted to gelatin. The end result is a pale yellow, dry powder. The powder is about 85% protein, 13% water, and 2% mineral salts, free of additives and preservatives. Gelatin contains about 18 different amino acids joined together in a chain. Eventually a polymer in the shape of a triple helix (or triple spiral) is the complex form that gives gelatin its unique ability to, well, "gel" things.
I also did not want to MAKE marshmallows. I tried a "Martha" recipe years ago, and my little Easter Peeps looked like a big pink glob of sticky goo. Yuck!
So, I am happy to say, I found Vegan, Gluten-Free Marshmallows made by Chicago Soydairy called Dandies. They are made in a peanut/tree-nut free facility on dedicated vegan equipment. And, they taste really good! Our local market, Henry's carries them. Check out your local natural foods grocer and see if they have them. A great alternative!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Neither the preschool that my son went to, nor his elementary school allow plastic baggies in the students' lunch boxes. They have "trash-free" lunches. So, I put everything in reusable containers. Until recently, I had yet to find a sandwich container that is the right size to hold a sandwich, but is not too big so that it fills up the entire lunch box - leaving no room for anything else. I struggled with these awkward containers, and then I happened upon something called LunchSkins.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Someone very close to our family has been in the hospital for the past couple of days with a severe reaction to a chemical peel done by her dermatologist. First came the swelling, the anapyhlaxis, next heart problems, and then seizure-like spasms occuring every hour or so. This is rare and the doctors are getting to the bottom of it as we speak. They are expecting a full recovery, but nonetheless, this is very, very scary.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
A few months ago, my husband and I were running in the neighborhood, and saw several Amazon parrots perched upon an electric line. Now, as much I we may dream, we do not live in South America...we are in Southern California. Needless to say, this was a rare sight.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Over a decade ago, I had the honor of performing in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Rent." A predominant theme of the story is "No Day But Today," meaning "live today to the fullest - who knows what tomorrow may bring." Now, many years later, here I am...a mom, a wife, an actor, a teacher, a director, a writer, a homemaker, a "wake-up at 6:30-get the boy off to school-come home-feed the pets-pay bills-clean dishes-makes phone calls-memorize lines-return emails-research scripts-vacuum floors-pick up boy from school-help with homework-play Legos-fix dinner-go to the theatre for an 8:00 performance-come home at 11:00-crash on the couch" mama...it would have been easy to have let the theme "No Day But Today" evaporate from my daily life. But somehow, as I move through my third decade, that theme is resonating stronger than ever.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Yesterday, my son and I did some back-to-school shopping. Continuing in the tradition of his previous Montessori school, we stayed away from the Star Wars backpacks, Power Ranger lunch boxes, and logo-ed tee shirts. We allow him to play with these things at home, but have always kept the "commerciality" out of his learning experience at school. He willingly agreed to the more plain backpack - and actually really likes it because it looks like an "explorers" backpack.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
One of my favorite memories of my time spent in Central America is waking up to the smell of Gallo Pinto (rice and beans). The aroma wafts out of tiny kitchens and into the sidewalks and alleys of cobblestone streets. The strong scent even flows into the thickness of neighboring jungles. Somehow it thickens the air, even on the hottest, most humid mornings.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I have a friend who is very accomplished, beautiful dancer, originally from West Africa. She spent many of her formidable years in France and this worldly upbringing coupled with her free-spirited nature makes her a gem of a person.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
When I lived in Tokyo years ago, I heard about a man named Buseki-san (Mr. Buseki) who made beautiful baskets out of bamboo. His shop was in the old part of Tokyo, which, at that time, was rarely frequented by tourists, called Sendagi. So, one morning, I ventured out to Sendagi in search for a woven work of art made by Buseki-san.
Midori-Ya (tel. 03/3828-1746)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Here is the Sears recipe for a smoothie that Dr. Sears gives his own children:
- 3 cups milk or soy beverage
- 11/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
- 1-2 servings Juice Plus+® Complete or similar multinutrient supplement
- one frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup each of your favorite fruit, frozen (e.g., organic strawberries, papaya, mango)
- 2 tbsp. flax oil or 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 4 ounces tofu
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups organic 1% milk
- 3/4 cups organic low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 2 servings of Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood supplement - berry flavored
- 3/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen organic mangoes
- 3 tbsp. flax oil
- 3 oz. organic soft tofu
- 1 tbsp. psyllium husks
"Combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately after blending while the mixture still has a bubbly milkshake-like consistency.
We formulated this recipe based on the principle of "synergy." The nutrients consumed together enhance each other's benefits, so the whole nutritional effect is greater than the sum of its parts. I have prescribed this recipe for several hundred school-children and their parents, and we drink it ourselves four to five mornings a week. It's a powerful performance booster for working parents and school-children.
Because fiber steadies the absorption of carbohydrates and therefore contributes to a steadier blood sugar, we suggest using rich sources of fiber, such as flaxseed meal (i.e. ground flax seeds, containing both the oil and fiber), although flax oil has a more palatable consistency than flaxseed meal. For additional fiber, if you don't mind a grainier texture, add 1 tbsp. or more of oat bran."
The smoothie is yummy! My son will normally drink the whole thing. And, I love it, too! I must say, it has been a great way to start my day - I have only the smoothie and I don't get hungry before lunchtime - an added bonus, in that I have been trying to lose weight! (And I have! Yeah!!!)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Across the globe, it is catching on... in an effort to reduce our meat consumption by 15% and to improve the overall health of our planet, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and homes are going "meatless" each Monday in the "Meatless Mondays" campaign.
The U.N. also found that current meat production methods cause nearly half of all stream and river pollution. Meat also requires a great deal of fresh water to manufacture. The production of a pound of beef takes approximately 2,500 gallons of water, compared to a pound of soy, which requires only 220 gallons. By switching to soy on Mondays each individual could save about 890 gallons of water a week.
As of 2006, forty calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of U.S. feed lot beef (manufacture, transport and storage included). By comparison, a calorie of plant-based protein only requires 2.2 calories of fossil fuel. If the population of the United States went meatless every Monday for a year, 12 billion gallons of gasoline would be saved.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I recently read an article in Natural Home, entitled "Upgrade Your Life." Mentioned in the article are ways to improve the air quality in your home - by incorporating more house plants into your lifestyle. Here is a clip from the article:
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Remembering a favorite moment...
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
When I had my son, there were several Mommy and Me yoga classes around for new moms and infants. But, as he got older - it became impossible to find a yoga class for 3 year olds. Until, one day, I happened upon Next Generation Yoga and its owner/founder, Jodi Komitor. Founded in 1998, Jodi, a pioneer in the kids’ yoga movement, created the first yoga studio (in the world) just for kids! Jodi's take on yoga for kids: "The mission of Next Generation Yoga: joyful, playful self-expression for children." Her classes are incredible! She has family classes, which are a wonderful bonding experience to do with your kids. She sometimes even does classes on the beach. After my boy's first class, he said, in the car ride home, "I felt such peace while I was there." He was 3! So, if you are in the San Diego area, I would consider this a MUST!