Greens on the Go…

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I eat my greens fresh, and every day; but, on occasion, I’ve had to go without because of a particular situation — travel/away from essentials, etc. Now, going without my greens for a day or two — well, I guess that’s not the end of the world, but if I don’t have to then why? ;^)

I do know many people are out all day long and don’t have access to a blender or space to make their smoothies, so they give up on them.

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Well, here are a few tips to get those essential daily greens:

Manual juicer — excellent! Absolutely indispensable for travel. Good for hotels or if staying with relatives or friends. Makes no noise, is small and can be used almost anywhere — all that’s  needed is a table or steady surface to attach it. Compared to electric juicers a real bargain, too. In fact, if one can’t afford a fancy juicer, a good-quality (stainless steel) manual is perfectly fine; and, in fact better than some of the expensive juicers, and should last decades.

Just crank and juice!

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You can also take a small blender, if you’re going to be somewhere with access to an oulet, but don’t want to lug your big blender and juicer. Low-noise and work well if not stuffed with too much at once, it’s best to add, blend, add, blend, etc.

Tribest Personal Blender

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Use Powdered greens

All over the internet; even in stores, there are all kinds of ground greens available now. There are also blends so you can buy just one item and have a bunch of greens in one scoop.

You can buy individual, too, such as spinach, watercress, etc.

Whole fruit/juice — even a stop at a mini-mart on the road will have some kind of fruit or juice

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Dried fruit/ fruit powders — internet and stores too.

You can always dry your own when you have an excess ;^)

Dried/powdered vegetables for savory versions, or blended soups.

pea microgreens

A portable blender sounds pretty good — it’s no Blend-tec, of course 😉 —  but  may work on soft leaves like mache, microgreens, and baby spinach — would work for powdered, anyway. Good for camping 😉

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If you add  nuts and seeds to yours, those are great traveling foods

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Spirulina


I haven’t tried any of the blends, and I like simple so I usually do, spirulina* or chlorella, some spinach and a scoop of Matcha. I like the green algaes in my GJGS’s, but don’t use them daily/as often as I used to. They are great traveling greens, though :^)

I like Glaser Farms Spirulina; its flavor is very fresh and clean. Comes in a nice glass jar, .*

Good quality from MRH’s Chlorella (and spirulina); and, I also recommend  HP’s chlorella

Algaes are very potent, so only small amounts are used.

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Algaes make your smoothies a deep rich dark green 😀

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But you do not need an appliance — blender, juicer or other gadget:

You can take bottled juice, shake in some dried green powders and have a delicious GS on the go or when staying in a hotel or as someone’s guest, perhaps.

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Another option I’ve read that some folks employ for short trips for the day — freeze a pre-made smoothie and take it with (I would freeze it in a solid block for slower melting); it would be melted but still icy cold to drink by feeding time.

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Eating your greens whole, or slurping them blended and juiced is ideal; and you don’t want to rely on powdered greens, of course. But, occasionally, we need alternative ways to get them. And, heck, if availability of leafy greens is scarce in your neck of the woods, dried or powdered is your ticket!

There is such a variety, too, that there are greens for everyone. The packaging for freshness is so good now, too; plus the freeze-drying method, sun drying or low-temp drying, etc. make them almost, if not as nutrient rich as their fresh form.

No excuses, Y’All ;^)

Beloved Broccoli forever stay - into my salad every day 😀

So small yet so powerful, the broccoli sprout!

*Remember this:

Greens are the *KEY* to destroying cravings.

Greens are what demolished my cravings. I have zero cravings. Really? Yep. Really.

They nourish you so well, that your body becomes what it was meant to be —

Cue “6 Million Dollar Man” theme  OR… 😉   

— a perfect self-healing, self-sufficient, most-awesome-living-thing-on-this-planet- M_A_C_H_I_N_E — going after what it needs to survive — nutrients — destroying deadly cancers and other evildoers in its path like a Green-inator, leaving in its wake, vital organs and nutrient-rich cells *intact* and thriving.  YOU, too, can be rebuilt —

better

stronger

faster! 😀

/cut music/  😉

AND your body won’t signal what you perceive as cravings “false hunger”). Why?  Because it does NOT want junk.

Greens are the oils that lubricate your gears! They’re the premium fuel that runs your engine, clean. They are the spinach to your inner Popeye.

Don’t have greens once in a while.

Don’t have a “handful” of greens in your smoothies

Don’t have greens as a phase —

Greens are a food you should  — no, have to —  eat daily for the rest of your life.

They are the ULTIMATE HEALING FOOD. Make no mistake. Get ENOUGH.

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Buckwheat Lettuce/Microgreens

Eat ’em raw, blended, juiced and stewed,

They aren’t sides or condiments, leafy greens are FOOD!

Slice ’em, dice ’em —  heck, chiffonade

Any way you can get ’em;  Don’t be a clod. :p

Simmered, creamed, chopped and steamed — they satisfy more than you ever dreamed.

Fill up with greens, and  get yourself lean.

Good for your body and the ol’ bean 😉

Flax Microgreens


Saturate your cells with nutrients galore

and strong mind and body will be yours evermore 😀

Let the healing begin!

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*Note the caution at the bottom MRH’s spirulina page. As always, do your research.

Some Green Stuff…and Photo Galleries…


Matcha

Matcha, goes into all my GJGS's. Too much goodness to babble on about it here. It's loaded with antioxidants and a high ORAC and that's just for starters.


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About the Dandelions

It’s not just a weed!


Herbalist,Jessica Godino has to say about dandies:

“Worth eating for their nutritional value alone, the greens are extraordinarily high in Vitamins A and C, potassium, and calcium. They are also high in iron, phosphorous, and the b-complex, as well as other trace minerals. Tasty both fresh and cooked, try adding a chopped handful to your salad and put some in with your other steamed greens. “… And remember- the flowers are edible too!”

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All leafy greens are at the top of the food chain. It’s really odd to note how little greens are featured in recipes. When was the last time you saw greens on tv or heard them on a radio ad?

From About.com:

The following information is for 55 g ( 1 C ) raw dandelion greens

Macronutrients:

  • Water: 47.08 g
  • Calories: 25
  • Protein: 1.49 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.06 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Sugars: 2.12 g
  • Total Fat: 0.39 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.094 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.008 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.168 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Micronutrients:

  • Calcium: 103 mg
  • Iron: 1.71 mg
  • Magnesium: 20 mg
  • Phosphorus: 36 mg
  • Potassium: 218 mg
  • Sodium: 42 mg
  • Zinc: 0.23 mg
  • Vitamin C: 19.3 mg
  • Thiamin: 0.105 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.143 mg
  • Niacin: 0.443 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid: 0.046 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.138 mg
  • Vitamin B12: 0 mcg
  • Folate: 15 mcg
  • Vitamin A: 2712 IU
  • Vitamin E: 2.63 mg
  • Vitamin K: 150.5 mg

Phytonutrients:

  • beta Carotene: 1627 mcg
  • beta Cryptoxanthin: 0 mcg
  • Lycopene: 0 mcg
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin: 3656 mcg

Impressive!

Nutritional data‘s info indicates that just that one cup of fresh, raw dandies supplies 10% DV calcium.
Wow! Loaded with A and C…some K…also sounds like a beauty  prescription I can afford 🙂 And with that dash of sodium, all you need is some fruit and whywould anyone need to add electrolytes??
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I eat my dandelions raw and, mostly in my GJGS’s. I juice them — one of the few that go in stalk and all — and I throw them, whole, into the blender, too. I’ve not cooked them often, but they are terrific with beans. I also like that I get loads of juice out a small amount as compared to other leafy greens, and it’s all good.
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Although known as a “diuretic” it’s not like most  that drain the body of electrolytes and nutrients  like coffee, for example, (and you still wouldn’t want to overdo it); but they supply the nutrients which others deplete through the diuretic process. They are used medicinally for this sometimes, for a nutritious, safer way than diuretic pills for those who need it.
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Aren’t leafy greens just amazing?!
Also, dandelions are hardy looking and they grow like weeds 😉 but once picked, they seem to become delicate. Make sure are dry, store well, and use within a couple days of purchase.
Wash them leafies good ’cause dandelions tend to play in the dirt 😀
I love my calciyummy dandies. 🙂
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So…best way to enjoy all the goodies, is, of course, the blended greens.

With that, my  GJGS was…Lime-alicious ! 

I drop one (or two) ;^) whole in the blender

I love limes — and not just in my GJGS’s!

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Now those are the kinda roses I like receiving 😉

Stunning blackberries

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Oh, that unique, unmistakable flavor.

Raspberries, what else needs to be said?

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From MRH (BEST price on this superior quality of matcha you will ever find) Serious Green-ness!

A scoop of Matcha 

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I'm feeling all nutrified just lookin' at 'em 😀

And my latest affair — the Mighty Maqui.

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-Fresh dandelions

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Delicious Dino on the menu…

and…

Magical Mache!


Mmmm.. the wonderous Mache. Penultimate of the leafies in EFA’s superseded by the humble purslane, (aka portulaca — another so-called “weed”!) 😀

Ahh...Chia, my pet ;^)

White Chia Seeds

Yummy green goodness

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Product review: Frozen Artichoke Hearts

Artichokes, are amongst the elite, according to Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat Right America Foundation’s ANDI chart. (And did you know Whole Foods Markets have adopted the ANDI system? Check it out next time you’re there. 🙂 )

Who knew eating flowers was so good for you :^)

I’d rather have organic — and fresh florets, to be honest — but  rarely find them. When I do, they are about $7 a pop — utterly ridiculous, especially since So. Cali grows acres and acres of these thistly flowers. I’ve seen them; they’re beautiful!

So how  do they taste? Well they taste as good as they look. Really great flavor.Very nice, especially for frozen! Also, while there were a few with non-edible parts (leaves) still attached, overall, this was minimal, and probably unavoidable.

They are obviously pre-cooked and the texture is such that you can eat them straight from the bag, or cook them for a bit in a recipe and still have them be just fine.

Best thing about these is…

That’s it! Just artichokes. Isn’t that nice. Oh, and the price is great too.

So how about it? Add some awesome artichokes to the green of your rainbow!  I mean, just so many, may ways to eat these when all the cleaning and prep  has been done already.

Much to do with these — salads, soups, dips, dressings, straight! One can get creative, but they sure can stand alone.

I guess that’s a thumbs Up for TJ’s artichokes. Maybe they’ll get organic someday 😉

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Last week, I created a Photos section. Look over to your left and you’ll see it under “Pages.”  It’s a good way to get up my knitting, and sewing projects without having to make a post about each project — that would just never get done! So far only one slideshow is up, heh; But I’ll be uploading various galleries, such as a food pics gallery, sewing, whatever random pics. 🙂

Have a green stuff day (every day 😉 )!

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Product Review: White Wizard and Oxo-Brite…


Don’t you love the look of this? Haha. I love all things vintage, and this looks so 1950’s, ’60s to me. doesn’t it, though? Those  colors, too :)Even their site looks cheesy 😀 I love it!

So, does it work? Answer: A BIG YES! Shockingly, it does. Lookee here…

Carpet stain of who-knows-what…

Just a dab of White Wizard — not even rubbed in with any significant pressure — and within seconds…A closeup shot; you can see just a shadow of the stain…

… which disappeared a minute later. I couldn’t find the spot.

It’s a nice thick paste that’s not messy-ish.

Ahh, the panacea ;). While I cannot attest to all the claims on the label, but for spots on carpet — and, by the way, that stain was months old (I know I know) — it most certainly has wizar-ed its way into my heart.

Here’s another thing: This little container is years old! I bought this I-don’t-know-how-long-ago, opened it, used it for something, and haven’t seen it since! It reappeared and I thought I’d give it a shot. I  actually despise carpet, and have lived without it mostly; but have some at the moment in a few rooms. Ugh.

Favorite thing about this, too, is “Water Not Required”! Yay. something about dragging out a bucket of water, gloves, a sponge, some wet rags, some dry rags, yada-yada…just a big ta-do. Anyway, obviously this is for spot cleaning. For bigger jobs…

I picked up this Oxo-Brite which, I assume is an offshoot of the famed  “Oxy-Clean” product. It’s touted as a laundry additive, but I got it to try for my carpets since the back label …

said it works for them, which is what I was hoping.

This is also very good; however, it does produce a bleaching-type action; so it will “whiten” what you put it on, so be aware of that. For example, on a colored carpet or upholstery, it will, itself make a spot that you wouldn’t want. I would be cautious about using this on upholstery other than something that had a white background which needed brightening, and would be prepared to do the ENTIRE piece/area for uniformity.

I tried to get a shot of my carpet, but it doesn’t show up too well in my pics…

Small pics show it best; here’s another look…

Can you see? Well, trust me, there is a very noticeable cleaned spot. I am planning on cleaning my whole carpet, so this isn’t an issue, but, for spot cleaning, I’ll stick to the Wizard and use this for cleaning the entire carpet.

I used it for laundry, and it was so-so. It did brighten, but so far, none of the natural products I’ve tried are comparable to bleach, which is best not used at all.

So to sum up: White Wizard – Excellent at spot removal

Oxy-Brite – So far, great as a carpet cleaner; good choice for a safe “bleach.” As well, the product does say it works on laundry over time.

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Okay, on to more important things….

Greeeeeeeeeeeeen Things 😉


Today’s Green Juicie Green Smoothie was

Loaded ! 😀

Black Beauties…


Kohlrabi Greens

Strawberries:

Baby Choi

Oh, and nothin’ could be fin-a than to be with Spirulina in the mo-oh-oh’nin’..


Nut’n could be sweeta than this juicy green one-lita in the mo-oh-oh’nin’


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*A-hem* Okee Dokey, back to our regularly scheduled program…

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Pineapple…transforms any smoothie into an exotic nutritarian’s libation…

Mmmmm…Dandelions

Kumquats (ooh, remember the mania):

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While blendin’ with my swirlie, I spied a  pearly wormy  in the mo-OH-OH- ninYikes! Glad it was earleh in the morn…whew


Make sure to wash your greenies or you’ll  be wastin’ good time wishin’ in the moh-oh-ohnin’

Eek, sorry. I now predict you will not get that tune out your head 😛
Back to business…
Dino Kale, upon which our unfortunate wormy friend dared to feast…

And last but not least…Ginger
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…If I had Aladdin’s lamp for only a day I’d make a wish and here’s what I’d say:

Oh, Nothing could be fina than  GREENS  for yours and mina in da mohhhhh-rning. :D

Oh, heck, sing it with me, Y’All

Dreaming was meant for nighttime,
I live in dreams all the day;
I know it’s not the right time,
But still I dream away.
What could be sweeter than dreaming,
Just dreaming and drifting away

Strix

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Sex and the Green Smoothie…

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I saw a blurb on tv — don’t know if it was a show, a newscast segment, or what — in passing; I did not hear the whole report (if there was one). I guess an expert, was extolling leafy greens as aphrodisiacal foods! I thought, “Hmmm… Just got me thinkin’…

Is there a connection?

Last time I felt overly amorous was when I took maca for sports performance, of all things. All I can say is this stuff works — for the libido AND the sport-enhancing properties. So it’s certainly not a stretch to believe there are certain foods with certain — um, abilities.

So, I got to thinking…What about pleasure foods/drugs in lieu of sex? Certainly not a new concept; I think it’s pretty well established:

Food as substitute for sex.

I then read that high fatty foods, and high sugar foods, coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes — notice, all of these are always described as “comfort” foods/activities, or occupational habits, all bringing some sort of pleasure — diminish, not only one’s physical health, but sexual health: “…These “pleasure drugs” can dampen sexual desire and leech beneficial nutrients vital to our sexual health..”

What to eat to add spice from MSNBC – funny how the usual fatty fare, like chocolates and rich dairy “foods” are exactly what you DON’T want for amour filled nights!

I wonder how many of these activities are engaged, one, in lieu of pleasure (unhappiness/unfullfilled in life, etc.); and, two, as a means of denial of pleasure. In other words, some use these “pleasure” activities (eating, drinking, smoking, etc.) to suppress (what should be) a real pleasure, such as sex because of negative associations (?) — many eating disorders have roots in abuse. Or,  these “habits” are employed in lieu of pleasure (true pleasure) in their lives.

Maybe stuffing oneself is like chomping on ice cubes 😀  Okay, not to belittle it… What I mean is perhaps overeating is/food “issues” are  a non-sexual response to a sexual issue — a suppressive, or a substitute. Indulgence is indulgence…gluttony is gluttony, regardless for what reason. I imagine extreme exercise, extreme denial of X, etc., are various forms of denial of something, substitute for something, or punishment even.

Food as punishment.

Normally, indulgence is seen as “comforting” oneself; I wonder how much is actually punishment. Or perhaps all of it is, with “comfort” being the guise.

Living in denial…Maybe some of the discomfort or un-comfortableness  of becoming more healthful (“detox” symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, etc.)  is from lack of dealing with sexual issues or, more generally, life pleasure/life dissatisfaction and issues related to those…In other words, a general fear is activated when one becomes uncomfy, and specific ones come barreling through too: Hard to deal with on any given day; probably moreso when there’s no sugar/cigs/booze around…

Food as distraction from fear of…?

I don’t know; maybe no one understands what I’m trying to get at here. Am I rambling nonsensically? (again 😀 )

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There is obviously a psychological boost, a self esteem enhancement from thinning and looking “good,” which usually increases one’s self image, which may express itself in more confidence and include sexual confidence; but, physically/organically/biologically, becoming thin (not overly) seems to also be associated with healthy libido, and being overweight is a killer of libido:

WebMD has info on how weight effects sex — surprise, lose weight, eat fruit and vegetables, and exercise are mentioned as positive toward sex issues! The more healthy you become, the more sexual health is gained…Are ETLers sex fiends??!! 🙂

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So what do you think? Has your your sexual health/associations improved via healthful foods? Jacob seems to believe so!

Are greens the Nutritarian’s oysters? 😀 One thing’s for sure, my mantra has always been, and remains: EAT GREENS, Eat More Greens…then go eat some greens ;^)

Strix

*This post is actually a couple years old! Decided to post it because I’m slurpin’ my Green Juicie Green Smoothie  :). Got so many unposted drafts. Ack! I have so many, I don’t even need to write anything new for a while; I can just post all these oldies. They need editing, though, and, probably have lots of dead links…

Maybe I’ll get back to this blog…hmmm. Time, time — where does it go?!!

How Green Was My Smoothie…

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Pretty darned green! Another Super Cruciferrific GJGS

Ahh, never do my GJGS’s fail me. My 36-ounce Green Juicie Green Smoothie consisted of…

Waterbless

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Collard me green

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Dino-mo Kale

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Bok’s Choice (Grade A)…

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Fruit:

Pome granted

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I got them Blues…(the good kind, Y’All)

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Rasps (Red American Splendor Princesses)…

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Oh, Meyers

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No-Flaws berries

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HarbinGinger (of health-wealth)

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and, of course 😉 …

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YUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUM

Greens are  green_moneybag4

Strix

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To ‘Poo Or Not To ‘Poo…Plus, Henna…

I may give this another try…sometime. Anyone tried going NO ‘POO? I did this several years ago after someone on a discussion board mentioned it. Of course, I had to try it; I’m just too curious for my own good sometimes 😉 My results were less than stellar; however, it could be I did not give it long enough to work…I couldn’t afford “to wait a few weeks” with nasty hair to see if this works!

I did the baking soda thing, followed by apple cider vinegar (no, I did not create a sizzling foam reaction!) The vinegar is great as a conditioner, by the way, whether or not you ‘Poo. It leaves hair nice and soft.

My hair just didn’t respond in the — four days? something like that — time I did it.

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I’m as paranoid about putting poisons in and on my body as any other loon, so I prefer to use Morrocco Method shampoos and conditioner, by Five Elements.

Sometimes you wonder about the “natural” part on the advertising of products, but one look at this stuff and there’s no doubt, Lol! This is serious mud:

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I read about it online and the ingredients list sold me; This is for the “Sea Essence Shampoo”:

Our Simply Pure Fair Trade Ingredients

kelp; nori; kombu; fucus; sea silk & Irish moss; red, brown & white algae
:: revitalizes, stimulates hair growth
Klamath Lake blue green algae
:: nourishes heals
natural soapbark from Chile, Chinese green tea from Shanghai, cactus from Mexico, & yucca
:: 100% natural foaming botanicals
aloe vera, organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
:: enlivened enzymes
92 trace minerals
:: natural preservative
essential oils of frankincense and myrrh

This synergistic blend of enlivened, charged botanicals and hand-picked herbs are mixed, blended, and bottled according to the moon cycles used by ancient farmers.

Animal cruelty free.

All Morrocco Method 5 Elements products are gluten free.

Now, admittedly this will take some getting used to. When I first tried this it disappeared into my hair! It felt like I was putting nothing on, and so I added more and more until it felt like I might get a tiny bubble or two. This is not a sudsing shampoo. Of course, I was irritated. This stuff ain’t drugstore-priced junk! It seemed like I couldn’t get it throughout my hair and I was sure my hair wasn’t clean. But it was. It took a few more times to realize I did not need so much of it — maybe a bit more than others — but, really, the need for it is probably just in my head (ha!) It will not lather up like you’re used to; but you find out quickly, you don’t need it. Some of that foaming action in regular shampoos, comes from SLS, “sodium laureth sulfate”), which some say is carcinogenic; while others aren’t so sure. Even Dr. Fuhrman’s response to a question on the Dr. Fuhrman.com Forums to its safety, “… likely to be safe enough to be used on your skin, but not safe enough to eat ” is rather dubious. Hmmm…not very comforting!  I’ll stick with the natural stuff, for now. Anyway, have you read the list of ingredients on some of these things? Too many “glycols” such as propylene glycol which comes from petroleum, and other questionable additives. No thanky.

Here is the back of the Apple Cider Vinegar. You see it says to shampoo twice! I did this for a short time, but not for long. You don’t need to. Maybe it’s just to put people at ease when first trying it — I don’t know, but I certainly do not need to shampoo twice, nor use a lot like I used to.

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I like the conditioners, too. I’ve used the conditioner and the sprays; I have not tried their styling gel or Hair and Scalp Therapy. I do have their oil, but I only used it a couple times because I make my own; and don’t really need it, anyway.

I get a little worried when a product gets “big” and then starts to expand: They’ve got these new Elixirs I’ve not tried, but I get antsy when I read about such dramatic claims, such as “Grow luxurious hair in 90 days!” You know? On the other hand, so far, the Morrocco Method has not disappointed…there goes my curiosity gene 🙂 Maybe, I’ll try it (!) And then there’s cutting your hair by the moon lol well, hey, who knows?

Before this product came to my attention, I hadn’t even thought of shampoo as a possible cause for gluten sensitivities! I wonder if there is gluten in some products like this that people don’t know about and are suffering needlessly. I swear you have to be Sherlock-friggin’ Holmes nowadays!

Back to their ‘poos, they are also a very nice face wash; my skin is left very soft,clean, and never dry or oily. It’s gentle and has a very soft exfoliation action, which I like because I don’t like those harsh ones that feel like you’re scraping your skin raw with corn kernels or something! I like the cider vinegar best for that. I feel much safer with ingredients like seaweed rather than diethanolamine (DEA).

I like this stuff now, and am used to it. Even with long hair, I don’t use loads of it. My hair also seems to not need to be washed often; which makes me wonder if I’ve sort of done a semi-No’Poo, since this stuff does not contain what other shampoos do.  My hair is left clean without perfumes or feeling weighted down by who-knows-what, nor stripped of all its oils.

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Hennaing for the body can be quite beautiful. It can be extravagant, as in for weddings, or quite simple in design.

I’ve always liked the look on feet…

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"Becky's Henna Feet" on FlickR

Perhaps this summer 😉

But there is also hennaing for hair. I’ve never colored my hair, but, wanted to try the henna; So, I bought some once and never did use it! I did some internet surfing and found some cautions about henna being dangerous…Sigh…then I read that only *certain* henna products, made with some cheap, substitute, posing as real henna is what to avoid…Sigh, some more…so, back and forth, back and forth. I admit it, I was propogandized! I really didn’t know what to believe. Normally, since henna has been used for the ages, and there has been no major warnings about it, that I know about, then I would try it (though, having been used for centuries doesn’t always = safe, of course!) However, the whole thing about not knowing what is the good  henna, and which is the bad, well, it just gets ugly ( 🙂 ) — will the real henna please stand up? More sighs.

Anyone have experience with henna? I’d love to know your experience. If you know about the controversy (or maybe it’s all phooey ??)  and/or know a good source for the “good” henna, please, do tell!

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Final word on all this “No ‘Poo” business — no one mentions smell!  Many moons ago, I worked my way through school and supported myself in restaurants. Let me tell you, you *will* smell like the blue plate special at the end of your shift, whether you like it or not. Still, I rarely cook now, and I still get the smell of food in my hair! Plus, isn’t the hair absorbing a lot of the junk in the environment? Just going into downtown makes me feel like a good shower when I get home.

Perhaps the baking soda method would be enough. The vinegar, I’m sure rids most of the smell…but some of these methods say you need never wash your hair, only rinse with water!

I had a friend who never washed his face, only rinsed with water twice a day. Never would have known! He had great skin. Hmmm…Sure would be nicer on the wallet…Maybe I’ll go no-‘poo sometime, but I’m thoroughly happy with my Morrocco Method.

Anyone try going No ‘Poo or willing to to give it a try? 😉

O, and, lest ye thinks me remiss me smoothies, I shall leave thee with today’s GJGS — Dino Kale-Collards-Baby Spinach-Strawberry-Lemon Green Jucie Green Smoothie 😀
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Suggestion – Digestion and a Blast From the Past …

Digestive system from, Diet and Health.net

A healthful environment in the body at the cellular level is crucial to health, according to Dr. Fuhrman. Here is an excerption in response to someone at his forum struggling with letting go of processed foods and not losing weight right off the bat (it takes time!):

“Its not the calories we want to change or reduce it is the digestive and cellular environment right now and have your body really get a cellular cleaning.”

Of course, this was referring to a specific case; nevertheless, a proper environment is important. This is just an example. Clearly, this person needed some time to get her body “clean” and functioning properly. Only way — and I mean, the ONLY way — is to eat the nutrient-dense way; in other words, Eat To Live. When you eat your Nutrients high you cannot help but get healthier. The wonderful side benefit is…

Eating for nutritional excellence will protect your precious health, and it just so happens, when you eat so healthfully you will lose weight until you achieve your ideal weight.”

One of the more profound things I’ve learned from Dr. Fuhrman is that yo-yo dieting is extremely DANGEROUS:

It has been observed by scientific studies that overweight people who go on and off diets and yo-yo their weight lay down more atherosclerosis than those who did not diet and kept their overweight condition stable.”

That was a REAL EYE OPENER for me. I  used to yo-yo a LOT; and I thought just “getting back on track later” was good. Mama, Mia….

Remember: H = N/C. Period! End of argument. Do IT 😀

Okay…SO, eating properly is first and foremost. To help you along…

Some helpful things for creating a positive, healthy body ecology — VEGAN way, of course 😉 — I know of and some I like (These are based on my personal experience with these foods and are by no means meant to be taken as general “truths” for everyone):

Raw Cultured Vegetables: Sauerkraut, Kim Chi, etc., are examples of cultured veggies. Easily made at home, it’s next on my list; soon to be posted 😉  Rejuvenative Foods is SOoooo convenient, and I’m glad it’s still around! I get the unsalted, of course, and I use it in my dressings. I don’t consume straight vinegar in my salads because it would be too much direct contact with my teeth for good oral health. For some reason, the kim chi, while “vinegary,” does not affect my teeth (make them hurt) when blended into my dressings; I do, however, avoid eating it straight. It’s savory and delicious in dressings, acting very much as the vinegar. Makes an excellent Asian soup broth base, too: think hot and sour soup, raw or cooked ;^)  Remember you want, raw, unpasteurized for this and all the food/beverage probiotics. This is excellent for the digestion and stomach flora. Love it.

I make my own now — see these blogs about it:  Cultured Veggie-A “How To” and More on Cultured Vegetables

Coconut Kefir: I could go on an on! MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE — no contest! Better than kombucha, way better than any of the rejuvelacs, it’s made from the water of young coconuts and kefir starter, coconut kefir is the best probiotic drink one can consume. It’s so unfortunate that it is not widely available. I’m lucky to have been exposed to it from a health market nearby which carries one of the very few brands available, “Tonix” Coconut KefirDelicious stuff. BUT, as you imagine, very expensive. I decided to make my own; post soon to follow ;^) I kid you not: This is my go-to beverage of choice for any unwellness, especially with the tummy. If struggling with going off plan and eating poorly, I  suggest to call it a day and drink kefir before bed and first thing in the morning — new day, new start, fresh tummy back in order and quickly! 😀 Post on my own coconut kefir to follow! Whoo Hoo!

Kombucha; Kombucha has been around for ages, too, but it sort of becoming — yep, trendy!  Reputed to be a powerful detoxifier, it’s all the rage. I drink it only occasionally. I like Millenium GTS’s, Multi-Green Kombucha (of course 😉 ) but there are some yummy flavors too, such as ginger. It is started with tea and some tea remains, but not a lot, so very little caffeine in the resultant product. It is made with sugar, which is consumed by the mother spore, “SCOBY,” and so, again, not much remains as a result. I like this, but don’t find it particularly advantageous enough for me to include it regularly. Many claim it does wonders for them, though; so, I think occasional consumption is okay. Most are raw and are labeled as such.

Rejuvelac: Either love it or hate it! I’ve had success with mine :^).I think it depends on how it turns out rather than the drink itself. It’s a fermented, fizzy grain beverage — like a light effervescent drink; referred to as the “champagne” of raw foodists :). It can be flavored as such; makes a nice substitute with some experimentation.  I like the traditional wheat okay, but soft spring wheat is what I would make for myself, nowadays; but, I lprefer the combination of rye and spelt best. I can drink it straight, but, it’s usually summertime when I get a hankering for rejuv, so I usually add lemon or lime, bit of fresh ginger, and some stevia. It’s fairly verstatile: it can be used to make really excellent raw vegan “cheeses,” and can be used as a base for dressings as well. Choosing the right grains for you and your taste is also important. It’s easy to make rejuvelac, too.

(It’s interesting that this company recommends it for weekly consumption, as opposed to companies, hawking a product, which always seem to over-sell and have very high recommendations for consumption.)

Coconut Vinegar: Raw coconut vinegar would be similar to the apple cider in its effects, just better ;^) It is an interesting flavor; I love it.  It is both very mild yet flavorful at once…I think I would say, it is “mild” more because of the acidity — very low; and there is a flavor that comes through, and it can alter a recipe’s results. It’s great in a vegan mayo or dressing. I also use it as a between meals drink to help with tummy issues, such as is recommended with raw apple cider vinegar. One tablespoon in a glass of water; or you can start with less, if you like.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: What can be said?! This stuff is and has been purported to be the panacea, lol. Great-great-infinitum Grandmothers used this stuff 😀 It is good for heartburn, gas, digestion, appetite suppression — these, as far as my experience; but the claims go far beyond! I have no knowledge of them other than my own experience and utilizations of RACV. It’s good in-between meals or 20 minutes before to aid digestion of those meals. One Tablespoon in a glass of water. Of course used in recipes too.

Miso – It’s a healthful food used for the Ages; however, it is high in sodium; but, if one is going to use salt, this would be a healthier choice. I really love(d) miso, but definitely preferred a high-quality such as South River Miso. If I were to go back to consuming salt, it’d be miso all the way ;^) Miso is a living food; not a “raw” food.

Natto: A Japanese fermented soybeans condiment. It’s not caught on with the Western palate! The viscousy — very — and mucousy texture is what seems to be the offputting element — well, for me, I would say. One could blend this into things, if desired, as well. I don’t like it, myself.

Food Combining: Some folks take this to a strict level and employ it as their way of eating. It is based on the varying times which foods digest;  and which should and should not be combined so as to facilitate the most efficient digestion.  I don’t follow it strictly; but, rather, I do find that some of the “rules” apply to me. So I follow those signals. For example, I will not eat fruit, especially a melon, after a meal. It causes a lot of bloating and, inevitably gas; some fruits are worse than others. If I were to have fruit later, it would be at least 4 hours after a meal. I do prefer eating fruits as a mono-meal, but not necessarily mono-fruit meals. So, in other words, I’ll have a bowl of mixed fruit, whereas a mono-fruit eater would consume only a bowl of one type of fruit. Whatever works for ya ;^) For me, fruit is best before a meal or as a meal by itself, or 4 hours after a meal. Dried fruit is another big gas producer, it seems, and for me it certainly is. And its challenge, compounded when mixed with fresh fruits and/or vegetation. Dried fruit is best eaten alone. Soaking and blending helps; so, add it this way to a dressing, soup, or sauce. It’s not in my diet (with the exception of goji berries in small amounts on a rare occasion in a smoothie) and I don’t miss them (or the wind!)

Amazake: Loved this stuff! I haven’t had it in years, actually, but it’s delicious. Better than any yogurt drinks or thick-dairy drink-stuffs! Known mostly in Macrobiotic circles, it’s a fermented rice beverage — no sugar or salt added; yet it’s delicious and lightly sweet. It’s thick and is satisfyingly filling. A very good drink for kids too, instead of say, a sugary yogurt drink or flavored milk! It originated in Japan, where it remains popular. Found in the fridge section of healthier markets in plain and various flavors. You can make your own amazake out of grains as well as rice — millet is a good one — with koji cultures. This is what’s used for fermentation to make sake, too. (I loved amazake so much I named an adopted dog “Koji” 😀 )

So instead of the new “yogurt for digestion/enzymes/health” trend so obnoxiously pounded into our heads as the vogue “health product du jour” right now and funded by the Dairy Industry, try some amazake :^) You might want to blend in some whole fruit for a fruity one, add stevia, or other flavorings to make substitutes for those yogurts so poplular now, or yogurt drinks. This, by the way, is not a raw food.

 

Probiotics, Supplement: Nature’s Way “OPTIMA” is the best I’ve tried. It is pricey, but good. Very effective. It’s in vegetable capsules and needs to be refrigerated. On the other hand, I don’t believe one would need this as some sort of life-long supplement if following a nutritious way of eating for life. I think it would be fine occasionally or as needed, or if someone needs to get their system healthy again or are starting a new healthful way of eating for life (Eat To Live) (and not just a crash diet), then this would be great. There is a less expensive one offered by Nature’s Way, “Primadophilus, Original,” but, in my experience I needed 2 capsules to get good effects, whereas the Optima required only one. But with time, when you reach a state of higher health, you don’t really need any ;^)

Dr. Fuhrman also has a probiotic, Favorite Flora. It tastes exactly like the Nature’s Way, Optima (Yes, I open the capsules 😉 ), it comes as a powder and must be refrigerated, as well.

Enzymes: Well, I don’t use them regularly; but when I needed them MRM Digest-All was the (only) one that worked for me.

Good Fruits and Herbs: Ginger and Tumeric are excellent. There are lots of herbs and spices such as fennel, anise, peppermint, etc., which are great for gas, bloating and other ramifications of a sluggish digestive system. A good example of sources for digestive enzymes from fruits would be papaya and pineapple. Add them to a Green JUICIE Green SMOOTHIE with a small piece of ginger and you’re good to go! I sometimes use the kefir in my GJGS’s too, as well as herbal tisanes; so that’s another way to get some in.

Chop Raw Food Well. When I slice my veggies, I like textures, but I also know, with the size of ETL salads, I’m going to be doing a LOT of chewing. So I find slicing very important in helping with digestion. I recall my mother telling me to chew each (modest) mouthful at least 25 times before swallowing; she probably learned that from Jack LaLanne, lol. Wow, he was a head of his time, no? Several months ago, I came across some of his old tv shows on YouTube. WOW. He is preaching very close to what Dr. Fuhrman’s research and experience has proved about health and nutrition. Almost. He was (still is?) a little high on the “more protein” thing (and recommends meat and a bit of dairy); but, then again, athletes seem to feel they need extra protein, (the myth that never dies…or at least you’ll die before it does, if you adhere to it) which, we all (should) know by now is NOT necessary. But, anyway, who can not respect Jack? What a fabulous man. Anyway…that was my little “Blast from the Past.” Watch some of these and be amazed yourself :^) Enjoy!

Now, back to chopping — If you have a food processor, USE IT! The shredder blade is great. You can get cabbages so thin and light, they are a pleasure to eat instead of a chomping exhibition! (Ever try to eat a humongous salad in front of guests?! How about a date? Lol.) So, think “slaw” for some of the gassier veggies like the cabbages; they are much easier chewed and digested shredded.

Sprouts/Living Foods: Another “light-bulb” for me recently was the discovery of how incredibly easy sprouts are to digest! Maybe because I have a healthy system by now, but I have to say, I imagine they would be easier to digest for anyone, simply because they are a living food. Anecdotally, I have also noted a marked increase in strength :^O Seriously. I am lifting more since adding them, feeling strong and fantastic! I’ve posted on them quite a bit here! Very easy to grow and you will save a bundle while becoming more healthful. Often people complain about the cost of good organic produce — heck, GROW YOUR OWN. You don’t need a garden or a balcony. You need a kitchen; if you don’t have a kitchen, I bet you at least have a sink/faucet somewhere in your dwelling. That’s all you need 😉 No EXCUSES.

Exercise: Speaking of NO Excuses 😀 Good for digestion too 😉

BREATHE!! 😀 Do remember to breathe correctly  while exercising: you should be inhaling (breathing IN) through the nose and exhaling (out) through the mouth. Now, here’s the rub: On the INHALE your tummy should extend (go out/get bigger) and on the EXHALE your tummy should go in…this is opposite of what we learn somewhere, somehow along the way to ‘adulthood.’ We are born breathing correctly 🙂 You know how when someone sticks their stomach in? Firstly, they hold their breath, but the also breathe in as they do it — WRONG! Should be breathing OUT. Okay, got it? 😀 Anyway, the point is, breathing incorrectly — in through the mouth — is bad for bloating and gas issues as well. If you do this while exercising, you exacerbate the problem. This goes for weightlifting — you should be EXHALING on the EXERTION, the lift; and inhaling on the letting down — as well as cardio <– very important. You swallow a lot of air when getting your heart rate up. And when you breathe — basically backwards! — you are taking air into the stomach. Eegads! So, BREATHE CORRECTLY all the time, and be especially mindful while exercising 😀

I’ve read that yogic exercises are also very good for digestion. I don’t do a lot; however I do streamline and do the most effective 😉 . That would be The Five Tibetan Rites — FABULOUS, and I’ve found many of the claims are true. (See animated demo here)

Beans: I could write a chapter. Even though I’m high-raw now, as a vegan “foodie” in the past, I certainly mastered the stove-top bean ;D  Here are some recommendations, if you eat beans. Remember, if you have issues with them, introduce them slowly, in small amounts to  your diet and increase them as your body acclimates. Here are some of my tips, with a primer on beans cooking 😀

What happens for most is that it takes a couple weeks of consistent eating to live to acclimate the body to the foods.
The gas will go away eventually.

Some things to do:

Eat slowly

Eat with your mouth closed

Eat mindfully, chewing and tasting every bite

Chewing your food to or almost to liquidity before swallowing

Speak after you have thoroughly chewed and swallowed (in between bites); don’t talk with food in your mouth or talk and chew — ew! — you’ll swallow lots of air.

Do not drink with meals; drink before and after, if you do need to drink at all.

Try to manage stress if you have it

Try not to eat while upset

Try to eat as simply as possible (meaning don’t get too crazy with combinations of foods that give you problems…for now)

Do Green smoothies for getting your raw greens in (the chewing of raw veggies that is required causes air swallowing); the blending does all the work for you )

Take smaller bites

Try not to slurp or gulp drinks or soups

Avoid gum chewing (LOTS of unintended air swallowing)

Avoid gassier fruits — grapes, apples, etc.

Overeating — this is a HUGE contributor to gas, amongst other things…yikes.

Using a straw also causes air in the stomach; so limit use of them. (I use them for green smoothies, though, to keep the acid and/or green off my teeth. But I at least rinse right after ). For now, though, try not to use them. Eventually, if this is the only gas-producing thing you do, it will be pretty insignificant.

BEANS:

I always:

Soak for 24 hours (Overnight works too, but longer is better)
Drain/Rinse
Refill pot with fresh water
Add a 1- or 2-inch piece of konbu (kombu) and/or sprigs of epazote
Bring to a boil
Reduce to a simmer level
Cover
Cook til done

I never:

Bring to a rolling boil (breaks them up)
Do the quick-soak method
Simmer too high
Over-cook
Add salt (pre-ETL, this would only be added near the end of cooking — last 15 minutes or so, then cook till done so it can absorb it)
Add citrus (tomatoes) until they are almost or already done

The last two nevers (salt and citrus), are hotly disputed by cooks! However, I find it’s best to do this — better safe than wasteful.

Chew to Liquid: Don’t forget the most oft-neglected commandments: chew thoroughly! One also extracts more nutrients from foods through better, more efficient, thorough chewing, according to Dr. Fuhrman. Not only aids the body in digestion, but one avoids swallowing air which is probably one of the biggest contributors to bloating. Don’t eat mindlessly and hurriedly. Chew food to liquid, then swallow. You’ll be SO glad you did. Getting into the practice of this will do you good, I promise!

World’s Healthiest Foods has a nice read and animation about digestion.

Hara Hachi Bu: “Eat to 80 % fullness.” This has been one of the most wonderful most powerful, empowering things I’ve ever done for myself. If you get to a point of health where this is doable, meaning you  have overcome, completely, overeating and toxic hunger, this is a gift, really.  I employ it  myself and it is just another fabulous step toward optimal health and excellent digestive system. The body should never be overloaded with food to digest. This accelerates the aging process. Who wants that? And “aging” is not meant only in regard to aesthetics; this is not a vanity issue (though it could be, and so what?). One is aging the body’s organs by overworking them.

Hara Hachi Bu is also a very healthful exercise of control — control of mind, body, and self. Build a strong mind 😉 . Eventually, it becomes normal, though, and no longer something that takes effort or discipline, as your body and, probably more your mind, adapt. Also, always — whether practicing Hara Hachi Bu or not — take your time; don’t ever rush when eating.

For me, as my journey progresses into greater levels of health, I find that I have slowly, without realizing it at first, eaten less and less over time. Once you have saturated your cells with nutrients, it begins repairing whatever damage you did. It may take a while! Some folks take years of having to eat optimally to get to a level another, less toxic or maybe just less prone-to-damage person may be. It’s all up to the body AND how well you feed it. Dr. Fuhrman says the most important thing is CONSISTENCY. I agree. If one is constantly see-sawing and going off-and-on, bingeing, “falling off the wagon” — I always hated that expression — then you are actually setting yourself back further than if you’d never started the health journey to begin. And that’s a scientific truth; it’s not a psychological/mental  metaphor — refer back to my EYE OPENER quote from Dr. Fuhrman at the beginning of this post for the 4-1-1; or should I say, “the 9-1-1”?!!

Here is a quote from Dr. Fuhrman:

“As the nutritional quality of your diet improves and as your body’s nutrient levels increase, you can be satisfied with fewer calories.  The goal is to be satisfied nutritionally, physically, emotionally, getting pleasure from eating, not feeling deprived, while at the same time consuming less calories, but not wanting more.”

It happens, People! Believe me, it does.

Conquer overeating, get your digestion in good order, say goodbye to fake “hunger,” — all achieved through adherence to “nutritional excellence” via Eating To Live, and begin a hara hachi bu practice ;^) A similar practice was employed by the Israeli Essenes: Two thousand years ago the Essenes in Israel taught that we should, “Eat your fill at one meal, noting the quantity of food you consume. From that time on, eat a third less.”  Good advice!

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