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Three Ways to a Heart Healthy and Eco-friendly Hanukkah

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 25, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Hanukkah is the winter festival of lights celebrated by Jews around the world and begins in accordance with the Jewish calender, which is primarily based on the lunar cycle causing the dates to fluctuate each year, which can fall anywhere from late November to late December.   This year the first candle  will be lit at sunset on Wednesday, November 27th.

The eight-day festival is marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles in the menorah and commemorates the re-dedication of the temple in ancient Jerusalem. A menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.

1.    Hanukkah decorations can deplete the budget and degrade the environment. Avoid plastics and other synthetics labeled as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and polyester. Purchase products made with renewable materials and look for alternative fibers such as cotton, hemp, bamboo and jute. …read more of Three Ways to a Heart Healthy and Eco-friendly Hanukkah here

 
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Delicious Curried Vegetable Bisque, Quick and Easy

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 21, 2013
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes

I have been making soymilk in my own kitchen for more than a decade and for me, there is nothing that compares to the flavor of fresh, delicious homemade soymilk.

Not even the premium refrigerator brands, such as Silk and Soy Dream come close to the flavor and texture of my homemade soymilk.

I have always used an automatic soymilkmaker and with my new SoyaJoy G4, I can make almost half a gallon of soymilk in about 20 minutes.  And it is heavenly!

Making creamy-rich soymilk that blows away anything you could buy is easy and economical; I simply add presoaked premium Laura Beans to the SoyaJoy canister with water and press start. It’s as easy as making coffee!

I generally soak soybeans overnight. If I don’t make milk in the morning, I just drain the beans and set them aside in a covered container in the refrigerator for a day or so until it is more convenient.

I have just discovered that I can make really amazing soup in my new SoyaJoy, equally effortlessly. …read more of Delicious Curried Vegetable Bisque, Quick and Easy here

 
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Typhoon Haiyan, Extreme Weather and Climate Change

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
November 19, 2013
File under: Climate Change, Vegan

On November eighth when the category-5 super typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, its devastating power and the sheer force of winds near 195 mph left incalculable loss, heartbreak and total devastation in its wake.

With thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless, Typhoon Haiyan has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land.

The devastation is immense. The death toll is nearing 4,000 and number of injured has reached almost 13,000. Entire communities have been flattened and nearly 2 million people displaced.

We desperately want to help. Countries around the world have pledged relief aid for those affected by the typhoon. If you are like me, you may have noticed that the frequency and ferocity of catastrophic weather seems to be on the rise …read more of Typhoon Haiyan, Extreme Weather and Climate Change here

 
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Tips for Recovering from Stomach Virus or Food Poisoning

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
November 14, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Natural Remedies

You have just been through a bout of food poisoning or stomach “bug” and you’re wondering why you still cannot eat a normal diet. The worst symptoms, vomiting and/or diarrhea are over, thankfully, but your stomach is still a bit gurgly and upset.

One potential cause could be the Norovirus, which is a highly contagious and easily contracted from an infected person, food, water, or a contaminated surface.

As you recover from your illness, it is important to consider whether your food poisoning either a virus, a parasite or bacteria caused the food poisoning. If you have a sensitive stomach, your condition may lead to a condition known as “Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

A viral “food poisoning” most often has a rapid, violent onset, reaching a peak of vomiting and diarrhea and resolves within 24 to 48 hours. Viral food poisoning can leave you feeling nauseous and unable to tolerate your normal diet. …read more of Tips for Recovering from Stomach Virus or Food Poisoning here

 
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A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 12, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Recipes, Vegan

Whether you are a longtime vegan, part-time vegetarian or health conscious cook accommodating guests, these plant-based dishes will fetch rave reviews. These dishes are low in fat, rich in antioxidants, entirely dairy and cholesterol free and can be made in advance.

Appetizers: Asparagus appetizer

Great Pumpkin Soup

Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos

Chilled Asparagus Creamy Dill Dressing

Cold Sesame Noodles Schzewan …read more of A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes here

 
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