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Acne ~Understanding Root Causes and Eliminating Contributing Factors

By Michael Schwartz
September 17, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Skin Care

Summer’s has come to an end! Vacations are over and it’s back to full schedule and back to school. Acne is one of the problems that manifest during middle school and high school and can had an adverse affect on a child’s confidence and self esteem.

Acne is defined as skin eruptions; a breakout of pimples usually occurring in or near the oil glands of the face, neck, shoulders, or upper back. The exact medical cause is unknown and certain bacterium can exacerbate the condition.

Acne breakouts occur for many reasons. The skin is the largest eliminating organ as well as the largest consuming organ. Whatever you put on your skin will end up in the bloodstream circulating throughout your body, and if it’s chemicals then you’re corrupting cells, speeding up the aging process and laying the foundation for disease. Diet is another major contributor. …read more of Acne ~Understanding Root Causes and Eliminating Contributing Factors here

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Vegetable Protein vs Animal Protein …and the Winner is…

By Tammy Fry Kelly
September 14, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Most people still really believe that the only way you can get protein is from eating animal products. The common misconception is that vegans cannot be as strong as their meat-eating counterpart is a myth!

Proteins are made up of amino acids. There are nine essential amino acids that our body needs but cannot manufacture itself.  We need to get these amino acids from the food we eat.

When we consume protein, our body breaks down the protein into its components and then assembles the correct strands of protein for the body’s requirements.

It is critical to note that plant proteins contain all of nine of the essential amino acids and contain as much or more protein, calorie for calorie. Plant foods can easily supply all our protein needs. Vegetables are on average, around 22 percent protein by calorie, beans 28 percent, and grains 13 percent.

Animal Protein has in fact been shown many times over to be detrimental to human health. …read more of Vegetable Protein vs Animal Protein …and the Winner is… here

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Chill Out with Quick and Easy, Dairy-Free and Delicious Nice Cream

By Sherry Brooks
August 24, 2015
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

No treat is as satisfying on a hot summer day as ice cream. This creamy frozen delight can cool the body and soothe the soul, however ice cream is very high in calories, fat and saturated fat and can put a considerable crimp in your diet.

No worries! You can enjoy rich tasting ice cream even if you are going for a great beach body or eating a heart-healthy, cruelty-free, or raw, plant-based diet. If you find that hard to believe, check out my nice cream.  Made with only one ingredient, you can make nice cream in a few minutes in your food processor or power-blender.

Peel and slice at least six medium ripe bananas. Place them in a plastic freezer bag and freeze.  Blend frozen fruit just until smooth into a creamy, rich textured soft serve.  You can also place in a plastic container and freeze your “nice cream for a dessert the consistency of grocery store ice cream . . . all for a fraction of the cost!

Get creative: You can blend in a touch of maple syrup, Earth Balance vegan spread, and sea salt – then stir in chopped pecans for Butter Pecan Nice Cream. Add raw cacao powder to make Chocolate Nice Cream and you can then stir chopped vegan marshmallows and almonds in for Rocky Road Nice Cream. …read more of Chill Out with Quick and Easy, Dairy-Free and Delicious Nice Cream here

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California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
August 15, 2015
File under: Agriculture, Food Production, Water


Some scapegoat almonds, while ignoring the cow in the room.

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record. The Golden State is home to an agricultural industry with more than 400 commodities and produces nearly half of the vegetables, fruits and nuts gown in the country.  Across the nation, US consumers regularly purchase several crops that are produced exclusively in California.

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agricultural industry in the Golden State is the largest in the country ($46.4 billion for its output in 2013). California agriculture is also responsible for 69 percent of the nation’s commercially available fruits and nuts.

Only about four percent of California’s water footprint is the result of individual use, however California residents have been asked to be very vigilant and cut back drastically on household water use.

According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) a stunning 80 percent of California water goes to agriculture, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices. …read more of California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water? here

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Party for Less

By Sherry Brooks
August 3, 2015
File under: Entertaining, Party Food, Recipes, Saving Money, Vegan

Connections with others are truly important. Celebrating over a lovely meal is a great way to keep those connections thriving; however, entertaining can take a bite out of the budget.

Tips to entertain with style, affordably

Send electronic invitations for free with easy management of RSVPs at or Guests shine when they are meeting new people so encourage invitees to bring a friend or two along.

Think natural . . . natural colors and natural foods. Use fabric tablecloths or a roll of tan craft paper. Have children color on the paper or write guests’ names at each place.  Instead of flowers, consider green cuttings from trees and shrubs in several small vases or canning jars. …read more of Party for Less here

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