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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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Demystifying Food Addictions

By Kristina Diener
November 7, 2013
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Weight Control

With nearly 300 pounds crushing her barely five-foot frame, Mary Jo, a 49-year old Bookkeeper from St. Louis understands her enemy is herself.

“I cannot blame my problems on fattening food. I have tried everything from diets and devices to surgery. I can’t simply eat something – I have to devour everything!”

According to recent statistics, weight directly impacts employment… for women, that is. Gallop Iceland interviewed 2000 Icelanders regarding diet, exercise, illness, stress, quality of life and work related issues and concluded that overweight women simply are not hired for employment.

This does not, however seem to apply to men. Oprah’s famous statement,  “My personality is not in my thighs,” apparently does not apply to female employment applicants!

It is estimated that seven million American women suffer from an eating disorder, with one in 200 American women with anorexia. Anorexia is considered the worst form of eating disorder, because of the high prevalence of death. …read more of Demystifying Food Addictions here

 
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Dew Puff – Ancient Asian Secret for Beautiful Skin!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 17, 2013
File under: Natural Products, Skin Care, Sustainability

There’s a new kind of deep cleansing facial sponge on the North American market that is extremely gentle, plant-based, biodegradable and compostable.

Dew PuffTM face and body cleansing sponges exfoliate and refresh with pure, naturally alkaline plant fibers that create a perfect pH balance in the skin and leave the skin smoother, softer and brighter.

Dew PuffTM have one ingredient, a potato-like root from Asia called konjac, which is both cultivated and grows wild at high altitudes.

While new to North America, konjac has been regarded for its health and medicinal properties for thousands of years in the East, where it is considered a health food.

The Japanese have used the konjac root for beautiful skin for hundreds of years. Originally introduced to Japan for medicinal use in the sixth century, konjac makes a perfect natural sponge and cleansing agent that biologically balances the skin’s impurities and acidity. …read more of Dew Puff – Ancient Asian Secret for Beautiful Skin! here

 
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Useful Phrases for Finding Your Way and Making Friends in China

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
October 2, 2013
File under: Travel

Before visiting a country, I have found that the trip will go more smoothly when learning or printing out some basic phrases in the spoken language.  This seemingly simple act can be invaluable when trying to find what you need in foreign culture and can also create a magical, spontaneous spark of friendship with the locals.

On our first night in China, we arrived very tired, but not enough to keep us from a nightcap in the hotel bar.  We had heard that the Chinese would be able to speak English, yet we were getting nowhere fast with our sleek, young cocktail waitress in the long skirt with the thigh-high slit.  My father repeatedly asked for ice in English.  She became measurably more frustrated and tried to let us know that she did not speak English.  He was, I must admit, a bit incredulous when she left in a huff.

This was my chance to explain to him the value in the lessons I was taking in multiple languages and that, “A local phrase can create an instant friendship.” …read more of Useful Phrases for Finding Your Way and Making Friends in China here

 
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The Calcium Myth

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 25, 2013
File under: Dairy, Diet, Health Concerns

 

Dairy products have been relentlessly promoted as healthful and particularly protective against osteoporosis, as evidenced in the ubiquitous ‘Got Milk’ campaign.

Generations of women have been led to believe that there is a connection between the inadequate intake of calcium, which is seemingly abundant in dairy foods and osteoporosis. While the calcium content in cow’s milk may seem high, only about 30 percent is bioavailable to the human body. [1]

Though widely promoted, “Drink milk in order to protect against osteoporosis” is misleading and the opposite is actually the case. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium is set at 1,000 mg from age four and 1,200 mg for postmenopausal women in an attempt to offset the effects of the typical American Diet which causes the bones to lose excessive calcium. …read more of The Calcium Myth here

 
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