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Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 28, 2015
File under: Dairy Free, Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

These wholesome and delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls come together quickly with just four ingredients and keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Puff pastry is light and airy with unique properties perfect in many elegant dishes on the party circuit. Easy to use and ready to bake, frozen puff pastry is undoubtedly the simplest route to an endless array of impressive dishes.

It is important to read labels. Some popular brands of puff pastry list unbleached enriched flour as the first ingredient. That is white flour with all of the bran removed, which then has some vitamins and minerals added back. It is best to avoid refined white, flour, bread and rice because they are empty carbs with all of the goodness discarded.

Most brands use lots of butter, which adds cholesterol, saturated fat and excess calories. Equally troubling are the hydrogenated oils and other additives listed on the label of the most popular brand of puff pastry. Hydrogenated oils are trans fats, which increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease good cholesterol (HDL) and also promote inflammation. …read more of Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients! here

 
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How Not to Die ~ There Was No Book… Until Now!

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
December 21, 2015
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating

How Not to Die – Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease is Dr Greger’s latest book.

People are more likely to die during December and January than any other time of the year. Fitting, then, that my new book, How Not to Die hit stores in the first week of December!

I have created a video tour throughout the book, highlighting the differences between what is in the book and what is up on my site, http://nutritionfacts.org/.

What I wanted to write was not just a reference book – one that compiles all the most compelling evidence in one place – but also a practical guide on how to translate the mountain of data into day-to-day decisions. …read more of How Not to Die ~ There Was No Book… Until Now! here

 
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Holiday Blues

By Michael Schwartz
December 14, 2015
File under: Alternative Therapies, Herbs, Natural Remedies

Joy to the world … one of many proclamations of the Holiday Season

For many, the Holiday Season is one of blues, not joy. It is during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s cycle that many people who are alone deal with depression, because of their isolation.

There are two causes for that. One of them is a pattern of behavior. The other is low blood sugar. Keeping the adrenal gland healthy with pantothenic acid and vitamin C will ensure proper monitoring of sugar in the blood stream.

One of the roles of the adrenal gland is that when glucose/sugar in the bloodstream drops to levels that are too low, it signals the liver to release glucose into the bloodstream. Now the cells will have fuel/food. …read more of Holiday Blues here

 
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Have Yourself a Sustainable Christmas… Let Your Heart Be Light!

By Tammy Fry Kelly
December 7, 2015
File under: Environment, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating

Walk into stores on the first weekend of November and you are faced with shelves and shelves of Christmas paraphernalia, baubles, tinsel, lights, nutcrackers and the list goes on and on!  With fully six weeks to go until Christmas retailers are all over the Christmas mayhem – let me reword that…the retailers are creating the Christmas mayhem!

Most of these items are of course “made in India” or “made in China.”  And although I do not have a problem with imported goods, I do have a problem with creating plastic junk that ends up in boxes in my house or in the trash.

I always try and look at the bright side of things, so I have decided to try to make sure that I have enough time to prepare for that one day and not give in to those last minute emergency gift buying sprees and think like the eco-conscious girl that I am! …read more of Have Yourself a Sustainable Christmas… Let Your Heart Be Light! here

 
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Sweet Potato Proteins vs Cancer

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
November 23, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Superfoods

Sweet potatoes are considered a superfood. They are one of the healthiest and most inexpensive vegetables on the planet. (And one day, perhaps, even off the planet, as NASA has chosen the sweet potato for space missions.) A study at the University of Washington aimed to identify which vegetables provided the most nutrients per dollar.

In my video, Anti-Cancer Potential of Sweet Potato Proteins, you can see a graph of affordability versus nutrition for different foods. The healthiest foods, like dark green leafy vegetables, may also be the cheapest, and the highest nutrient-rich food scores per dollar were obtained for sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are not just packed with nutrition but may also have special cancer-fighting properties. In 1931, a unique protein was discovered in sweet potatoes. It turns out that 80 percent of the protein in sweet potatoes is a type of protease inhibitor with potential anticancer effects. These proteins were originally tested against leukemia and appeared to suppress the growth of leukemia cells in a petri dish. …read more of Sweet Potato Proteins vs Cancer here

 
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