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Celebrating a Vegan Passover

By Marilyn Peterson
April 7, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

The eight-day festival of Passover celebrates the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery. The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the holiday in early spring and includes six foods displayed on the ceremonial Seder plate that symbolize the Hebrew struggle and escape from Egypt.

Except for the honey, which is easily replaced with agave nectar, four of these foods are vegan. For the vegan, a roasted beet is used to signify the blood of lamb sacrifice at the Temple.

Vegans can choose to contemplate compassion for the unnecessary sacrifice of animals and substitute the roasted beet, reminiscent of blood.  For the hard-boiled egg, a symbol of new beginnings after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the vegan can use roasted turnips or parsnips. Bitter herbs, such as horseradish and salted water for dipping parsley, celery leaves or boiled potato are also part of the Seder plate.

Religious Jews do not mix or eat meat and dairy at a same meal.  Of course this is not an issue for the Jewish vegan since they don’t eat meat or dairy at any meal. …read more of Celebrating a Vegan Passover here

 
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1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 26, 2014
File under: Alternative Therapies, Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Alternatives, Natural Products, Natural Remedies

 

The demands of modern life can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and physicians all too often prescribe medications with significant side effects that make it difficult to function.

Sales of antidepressants continue to rise and industry experts are forecasting that sales of these anti-stress medications will reach almost $6 billion by 2017. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) about one in every 10 Americans is taking a prescription antidepressant and among women from 40 to 50, the figure is one in four.[1]

Antidepressants most widely prescribed come from a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and include well-known antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Kava is a root that is best known for its relaxing qualities and has been used as a ceremonial beverage in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. Kava is said to produce a feeling of relaxation, elevate mood, wellbeing and contentment, and several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and related nervous disorders. …read more of 1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray here

 
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Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 22, 2014
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Natural Products, Organic, Shopping, Vegan

Every year, since 1981 manufacturers distributors and retail buyers of natural, organic and healthy products converge at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the country.

That first year there were 3,000 attendees and 234 exhibitors. This year more than 2,600 exhibiting companies played to an audience of over 67,000 industry members.

Companies from the US and around the world displayed all manner of food, beverage, supplement, beauty, household and pet products demonstrating the phenomenal growth of the global natural products industry.

Among industry veterans, there were 635 first-time exhibitors.  Many Natural Products Expo West first-time exhibitors are ‘home cooks,’ passionate moms and nutrition-focused athletes who have launched their own products. …read more of Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event here

 
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Louisiana Stuffed Potatoes and Cajun Cream Sauce for Mardi Gras

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 1, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Mardi Gras is actually a season that begins with festivities on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany continues through midnight on Fat Tuesday, which always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras is a weeks long celebration of parties, music, picnics, parades and excitement that gives revelers the opportunity to satisfy indulgences before Lent.

When we think of Mardi Gras, loads of plastic beads come to mind. The tradition of parade float riders toss (throwing) trinkets to the crowds began in the 1870s. Throws often include doubloons, beads, cups, stuffed animals, homemade trinkets, toys and more! …read more of Louisiana Stuffed Potatoes and Cajun Cream Sauce for Mardi Gras here

 
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Leaky Gut Syndrome, The Underlying Cause in Many Digestive Issues

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
February 26, 2014
File under: Health Concerns

You may have heard the term “leaky gut” and wondered what it means. Often referred to as increased intestinal permeability, Leaky Gut syndrome occurs when a part of the digestive tract gets damaged. When proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food particles that normally can’t pass into the blood do, it can cause an immune reaction.

If you experience frequent bloating, indigestion, alternating constipation and diarrhea, fatigue, headaches or migraines or weight gain you may have a leaky gut.

One of the functions of the intestines is to digest food, break it down into component parts and then absorb nutrients, while keeping out infectious organisms. …read more of Leaky Gut Syndrome, The Underlying Cause in Many Digestive Issues here

 
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