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Sunday, August 12, 2018

CBD Oil and Brain Health






Taking care of our brain health is more urgent now than ever.  Every aspect of our lives affects our brain.  The standard american diet (SAD), environmental toxins, lack of exercise, "burning both ends" and poor sleep habits can often lead to chronic illness.  According to the Alzheimer's Association, by the year 2050 the U.S. alone will have 14 million people in need of full time care for Alzheimer's disease.  Additionally, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting 40 million adults.

If you look at the benefits of CBD oil (see last month's post: What Exactly is CBD Oil?), you will find a very long list of health benefits.  I personally have slept better than ever before since taking it,  feeling the results the very first dose.  I wake up feeling rested and with a clear mind.  Everyone we know personally who has used CBD oil has benefited from lower blood pressure, reduction of "hot flashes", muscle spasms, less anxiety etc. This is because it activates the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which can optimize overall health.
Here are some benefits:


Studies have shown that CBD oil has the ability to prevent free radical damage, reduce inflammation and protect our brain cells.  Other studies have demonstrated the role of the cannabinoids in adult neurogenesis which is science-y way of saying "growing new brain cells".

We already know CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, so it's an all around healthy ingredient to add to your wellness routine. 

For  a must listen to podcast on the importance of healthy living and eating, listen to: Dr.'s Dean & Ayesha Sherzai on Optimizing Brain Health, "The Alzheimer's Solution".


For all your CBD oil needs, we are here to help!
Please check out our webstore: http://kristenlee.hempworx.com/
and if you have any question: kristenleehempworx@gmail.com


BELIEVE IN
KINDNESS.
Have a great week.
Judd

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Recommended Reading 08/05/18


It's time for August Recommended Reading.
I hope you all enjoy these selections.

We all know it's very hot outside now.  It is August!  I am outside working in the elements all week long and it can be brutal.  You MUST stay hydrated!  Here is a earlier post on Thirsty?  With climate change being true, we don't want to become a statistic, Heat waves are deadly.

We all want to live longer and healthy.  Most of us have heard about areas around the world where they have the longest living cultures called Blue Zones.  This a great article from Conde Nast Traveller about Blue Zone of Sardinia

Here is a interesting article from Bloomberg on How America Uses Its Land,  the largest area is for pasture/range land and most cropland is for feeding animals.  Yet the area for growing food for us is only the size of Indiana, Illinois and half of Iowa!  Animal agriculture is not sustainable.  Please watch: How Not to Die, by Dr. Michael Greger.  

Want strong bones?  Quit chugging milk!

I know you've had this happen before: Arm fall asleep?

This is very cool!  Puerto Rico could have used this after Hurricane Irma rolled thru. A company, in the U.K. has started producing a rapid roll solar panel.  Check out this video from Renovagen.

I remember my Grandmother making banana creme pie,  Here is a great article on 15 Vegan Vintage Desserts

If you are feeling run down, stressed or pain, check out our CBD oil. "All the health without the high"
www.kristenlee.hempworx.com

Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Importance of Nitric Oxide



I'm not talking about Nitrous Oxide or "laughing gas".
Nitric Oxide is a small molecule which is produced by every cell in our body and helps keeps blood vessels healthy and regulates blood pressure.  It also helps in the immune and nervous systems and lessens diseases such as chronic inflammation, cancer, etc.  Nitric oxide is released from the inner layers of cells (endothelium) of our blood vessels. By relaxing the vessels it  keeps them flexible, allowing them to dilate, which boosts blood flow and controls blood pressure.  As we age, our cells produce less nitric oxide, which contributes to higher risk of chronic diseases.  That's why it is important to consume foods high in nitrates.  Recent lab research has shown that nitric oxide is involved in the respiratory system by helping red blood cells to release the oxygen they carry to the body's tissues.  Because it increases blood flow, it delivers more oxygen to our muscles for increased stamina, improving work production, etc.

Here are some foods to boost Nitric Oxide;
*Arugula, This bitter, peppery green is the highest source of nitrates known!
*Beets, beetroots are loaded with nitrates.
*Spinach, want to be strong like Popeye? eat yours fresh!
*Citrus, containing high amounts of Vitamin C, they protect your nitric oxide molecules from free radicals.
*Pomegranate, the polyphenols boost nitric oxide and as a anti-inflammatory it reduces oxidative stress.
*Walnuts, being high in Vitamin E they keep the blood flowing.
*Watermelon,  loaded with the amino acid L-citrulline,  which is ultimately converted into nitric oxide.  The rind is where you find the most amount of l-citrulline.

This is a great video from Dr. Michael Greger on creating your own "V8" juice smoothie for a daily way to boost your nitric oxide production. See: Dr. Greger In The Kitchen

Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd

Sunday, July 22, 2018

What The Heck is Tempeh?


That is the question I get asked most every time I am eating a meal that includes Tempeh.  Most everyone has heard of tofu but not so much of tempeh.  It's only after they sample a bite or two when they say "that's pretty good".  Like tofu, tempeh takes on the flavor of the spices you use when preparing it.  Tempeh is a fermented soybean product that originated in Indonesia.  It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that includes a tempeh "starter" which is a mix of live mold.  The same way kombuchaKimchi or Sauerkraut is fermented.

Tempeh Benefits:

*Rich in probiotics.
*Lowers cholesterol.
*High in protein.
*High in calcium for bone strength. 
*Balances blood sugar.
*Reduces menopause symptoms.

Tempeh is a good source of protein, iron, magnesium, manganese and calcium.  It is also low in carbs and sodium. Being rich in probiotics helps in a strong gut health.  Tempeh can be eaten right from the package, but is a lot more tasty when prepared with that right spices.  Search the blog for recipes using tempeh.  This is one of my favorites: Tempeh Reuben Sandwich or here's an easy quick one.

Tempeh "Chikin" Salad

1 package of organic tempeh.
1 stalk organic celery minced.
1 diced dill pickle.
1/4 cup diced onions.
1 tbs parsley.
1/2 cup vegan mayo.
1 tbs yellow mustard.
1 ts lemon juice.
Salt and pepper.

Cube the tempeh and place in salted boiling water.  Simmer for 10-12 minutes, drain and let cool.
Combine all other ingredients in mixing bowl.  Add cooled tempeh cubes and fold together.
Serve with lettuce, tomatoes on a wrap, pita or by itself.


Image result for trader joe's tempeh

Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Love Has No Labels

This week's post is a little different than usual.  There are a lot of crazy things going on in the world.  People need to put their differences aside and come together.   Bob Marley's "One Love"says it all:

One Love! What about the one heart? One Heart!  What about? Let's get together and feel all right, as it was in the beginning. One Love So shall it be in the end. One Heart. All right Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right.  Let's get together and feel all right.

I saw an ad that the NFL and the Ad Council put out in February.  Please watch:



Please check out our website if you or your pets are in pain, stressed or just want to feel better.  We are now a distributor for the best CBD oil products. 

Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd




Sunday, July 8, 2018

What Exactly is CBD Oil?




Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD oil, is helping to relieve many common ailments. The FDA just approved a form of cannabidiol called Epidiolex for childhood epilepsy, transforming the way the medical industry is looking at this natural alternative.  CBD oil helps with ailments such as anxiety, pain, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.  Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid compound that is found in both hemp and marijuana.  The main difference is the level of THC.  THC is the most well-known cannabinoid and is associated with the "high" you get from marijuana.  CBD is derived from the hemp plant has a very low to zero amount of THC and is non-psychoactive, and is legal in all 50 states.

While there are many different positive health benefits of CBD oil, the center of its amazing abilities seems to be it is a very effective natural anti-inflammatory.  Chronic inflammation is the common thread between most of all chronic health problems we face today as a modern society.  Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, digestive issues and hormonal problems are all inflammatory in nature.  Research is showing that anxiety, depression, brain fog, ADD, ADHD and autism are influenced by inflammation.  CBD oil has been shown to calm anxiety naturally without the potential side effects of pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medications.   

Here are a few of the many benefits of CBD:


I lead a very active life working outdoors in extreme weather conditions, both hot and cold.  At the end of the day it takes a while for my body and mind to wind down; therefore at bedtime and throughout the night my muscles twitch, which in turn keeps Kris awake and does not promote a restful sleep for neither one of us.  I began taking CBD oil on Tuesday July 3rd and I have not twitched since!  I wake up rested and with a clear mind. 

After doing some research on this incredible natural alternative, Kris and I are now associates with Hempworx and can now offer you these CBD oil products for both you and your pets.
For more information and product lineup please see our website: www.kristenlee.hempworx.com.  You can also reach out to us via email at kristenleehempworx@gmail.com.  We are excited to be able to share such a great natural alternative for a healthy lifestyle.



Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd




Sunday, July 1, 2018

Recommended Reading 07/01/18


It is Recommended Reading time!

As we spend more time outside now it is very important to protect our largest organ: Our skin.

Contrary to belief, "most" sunscreens are not really that good for us: The Truth About Cancer.
With the high cost and/or  lack of of healthcare it is crucial we do anything possible that can helps us live a healthier lifestyle. In this article from Natural News: Meditation, Yoga and Prayer can reduce your healthcare services by 43%.
We all know when changing to a plant-based diet cheese is the hardest food to give up! I did a post on dairy a few years back, see it here for more info.  This article by on OneGreenPlanet shows how the dairy industry is changing their views on plant-based milks: Dairy-free yogurts.  And why does the United States let the Dairy Industry have so much power: Breaking The Dairy Addiction: Dr. Neal Barnard/Rich Roll.  Because of the growing interests in plant-based milks, the dairy industry has a surplus of unsold milk.  So they make cheese out it, and now have  1.39 Billion Pounds of surplus cheese.  Maybe stop producing so much milk and reduce some greenhouse gases?  You can always make your own delicious plant-based, dairy-free cheeses.

Eating healthy is too expensive! I hear that a lot, but it really isn't.  Here are two articles on Eating On a Budget  Eating Plant-based on $50 a Week.  Check out this video from 22 Days Nutrition on eating healthy.  
For a great 4th of July recipe try this  from Chef Chloe:
Chili Lime Street Corn
1 tb vegetable oil
1 lb frozen organic corn or fresh
1 jalapeno seeded and minced
1 ts sea salt
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
 1 tb vegan butter

Sriracha Mayo
1 cup vegan mayo
2 tb ketchup
2 tb agave
2 tb sriracha
1 ts salt
combine all ingredients until smooth

In a large skillet heat oil over med-high heat, add corn, jalapeno and salt.
Stirring for 8 to 10 minutes until corn is nicely charred.
Stir in lime juice, agave and butter. 
 Serve in small bowls or cups.
Top with Sriracha mayo, smoked paprika and pepper.


There are 4200 religions in the world. And while the details vary, the big themes remain the same. Be kind. Help others. Do good...  Joe De Sena

Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd


Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Greatness of Grapes


The Greatness of Grapes


Grapes were first cultivated in the Middle East over 8000 years ago.  Now over 72 million tons are grown worldwide every year,(producing 7.2 trillion gals of wine!)  They are a very good source of phtyonutrients, mainly phenols and polyphenols and also packed full of vitamins such as; vitamin C, K, a and B6. They are also rich in minerals such as; potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and salt. Being that they are high in fiber and have a high water content, they are the perfect food to eat during the hot summer months.  Throw some in the freezer and enjoy a frozen treat!

Here are a few reasons you should eat grapes:
*Helps cure asthma and migraines.
*Prevents heart attacks and lowers cholesterol levels.
*Strengths bones and helps to prevent osteoporosis.
*Provides relief from constipation and indigestion. 
*Boosts immune system and prevents fatigue.
*Reduces the risk of kidney stones.
*Prevents loss of vision and macular degeneration.
*Improves brain function and prevents Alzheimer's disease ( For an informative podcast on Alzheimer's solution PLEASE listen to)Dr's Dean and Ayesha Sherzai   

A diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables helps in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.  



Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Power Cookies

POWER COOKIES


As we go through the work day some of us need a little pick me up.  These "cookies" are just the solution.  The date paste is perfect for a long steady energy release.  These cookies are also high in fiber keeping you full and ready to tackle any situation that comes your way.  They are actually a great "breakfast"cookie and a way to start your day.  

Date Paste Topping:
8-10 pitted dates.
1-tb ground flax seeds.
1-2 tbs almond or peanut butter.
1/8 cup pumpkin, sunflower, hemp or peanuts.
In a food processor, pulse dates into a paste. 
Add flax, nut butter and seeds.
Mix until you have a "ball" of paste.

Breakfast Cookie:
In a bowl:
1 cup of whole wheat flour.
1/2 tsp baking soda.
1/2 tsp sea salt.
1 tb. chia seed.
Blend together.
Preheat oven to 350'
In a second bowl:
1/3 cup vegan butter or melted coconut oil.
2 tbs almond butter.
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract.
1/4 cup your choice:coconut palm sugar, honey, agave syrup or maple syrup.
2 tbs water.
Slowly beat with mixer.
Add dry mixture until you have a cookie batter. Add 1 tb.water if needed.
THE BEST PART: THIS COOKIE DOUGH CAN BE EATEN RAW!
Form into small thin 2" cookies and bake for 12 minutes.
Let cool.
 Top with date paste.
 ENJOY
This makes 12-14 cookies.


Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sweet Basil

Benefits of Basil
"King of Herbs"

Basil leaves health benefits

There is nothing like the sweet aroma of fresh basil.  With over 60 different varieties it has become one of the most recognizable herbs in the world.  Thought to have originated in the Hunan region of China around 800 BC, it quickly became popular and grown around the world.  The top exporters around the world are France, Italy, Morocco, India, Egypt, Thailand and Vietnam, each region having their own varieties with different flavors according to the richness of soil.  In the USA, California produces the majority of basil.  While most basil is sweet in taste, others offer unique tastes, such as; Lemon Basil, Anise Basil, Cinnamon Basil and Purple Basil, which has a unique clove taste. Each variety has their own aroma also. These can easily be found at local nurseries or online to purchase.   

Organic basil crop in South Florida:

When possible use fresh cut basil and since basil oils are highly volatile, it is best to add the herb near the end of cooking to retain its maximum essence and flavor.  You can store fresh basil in the refrigerator loosely wrapped in a damp paper towel.  You can even freeze fresh leaves covered in water in ice cube trays.  Then they are ready to use for soups or stews.  But why not have a few different basil plants growing nearby, either outdoors or even in your kitchen window sill. (It needs 6-8 hours of good sunlight and likes moisture.)



Basil Benefits:
*Reduces inflammation.
*Powerful antioxidant and anti-aging compounds.
*Fight bacterial infections.
*Relieves pain.
*Fights cancer.
*Reduces fever.
*Promotes cardiovascular health.
*Relieves stress and depression.
*Supports liver health.
*Improves digestion.
*Helps diabetes and metabolic syndrome. 

Basil is very high in Vitamin K, supporting strong health bones.
Here is some information on the uses of basil essential oil.



Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Recommended Reading 06/01/18


It's time for the June recommended reading suggestions.


  I come across a lot of articles, recipes, videos and tips for a healthy life.  I probably could spend my whole day just reading and watching all the interesting topics.  But, that in itself wouldn't be very productive.  You have to put your thoughts and ideas into action.
First up is a short quiz to give you an idea of your True Vitality,  if you haven't heard of the worlds Blue Zones, check it out here. Make sure you do the quiz first.
It is very important our bodies have a strong immune system.  That is why detoxing is important.  Our bodies are constantly in that process, especially at night while we are sleeping.  Here are two informative articles: 10 Signs Your Body is Screaming Detox,  This is How Your Body Detoxes.  For a simple easy answer to "how we should eat?' Eat For Sucess by Joe DeSena.  I did a post a few years back: Milk: Doesn't Do a Body Good, here's another great article: The Down and Dirty On Dairy-Free Living, by Kris Carr.  Now that summer has arrived, we might as well start preparing some tropical recipes: 10 Fresh Hawaiian-Inspired Recipes, by One Green Planet. 

******BREAKING NEWS******
This just in... 

My daughter Bree just brought me some Hawaiian inspired banana-pineapple "Nice" cream.

2-3 frozen bananas.
3/4-1 cup frozen pineapple bits.
1/2 cup non-dairy(pref-canned coconut milk)milk.
Blend in Vitamix or high speed blender.
Top with shredded organic coconut shreds.
NOM NOM!



On the environmental side: The High Cost of Oil, a long but interesting read on what was once pristine landscape is now unrecognizable.  
After all the suggestions this month; Why Choose Vegan?



Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd

P.S. Just remember,
  You can't make everyone happy, you're not an avocado!


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Got Hemp?

Got Hemp?  It does a body good.
Cultivation of hemp dates back over 10,000 years!  It was first used as food in ancient China and India.  For nearly 3000 years it was the planet's largest agricultural crop and most important industry producing fiber, paper, clothing, lighting fuel and medicine used by much of humanity.  

In the 17th century, American farmers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia were ordered by law to grow Indian Hemp.  By the early 18th century, a person could be sentenced to jail if they weren't growing hemp.   Hemp can be farmed without herbicides/pesticides, without field rotation, and in a variety of soils and climates.  Modern technologies have made possible over 20,000 products from hemp.  We should be growing more.   
It is and always has been Earths' most sustainable resource. 

Hemp seeds are a "Super Food", a gift of nature.  They are one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Containing a complete protein, They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes then any other food.

Here are a few benefits;
*Promotes heart health: with a perfect 3:1 balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
*High in fiber: has both indigestible and digestible fibers.
*Contains 20 amino acids: but also the 9 essential amino acids our bodies cannot produce, which makes it the perfect protein.
*Rich in GLA: which helps in inflammation reduction, balancing hormones, fighting cancer and MS.
*High in Vitamin E: also potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.

For more information on hemp see here: Pure Healing FoodsHistory of Hemp

An easy way to get a daily dose of hemp seeds is to top your morning oatmeal.


You can get an 8 oz bag from Trader Joe's for under $5.



Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Honey, Sweet Nectar of the Gods

In Ancient Greece it was known as the food of Gods.

Image result for honey

The first story of honey goes back over 8000 years ago, traced back to a cave painting of honey harvesting.  Archaeologists discovered honey combs in Egypt, buried with Pharaohs in tombs, still preserved and edible!  Honey is mentioned in the Bible, Koran, Talmud and scrolls from the Orient.  In Hinduism,  honey is viewed as one of the five elixirs of immortality.  The Romans used honey to heal their wounds after battle.
Honey is a blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids that has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and high in anti-oxidants. Because these of these properties, unprocessed raw honey helps in treating cuts, wounds and skin infections.
We should all know by now that a healthy and diverse gut biome is the key to a healthy happy life. Helping your gut breed healthy bacteria through the use of probiotics is the answer.  But those probiotics bacteria need prebiotics, (food for the good bacteria to kick the ass of the bad bacteria). The most common prebiotics are non-digestible oligosaccharides. Raw unpasteurized  honey is one of those.

Many other benefits include:
*Counters pollen allergies: raw honey contains Bee pollen, which is a natural antihistamine.
*Natural energy source: being 80% natural sugars,it provides an easily absorbed glycogen.
*Antioxidant powerhouse: boosting the immune system.
*Sleep promoter: by restocking the glycogen levels it prevents the brain searching for fuel, which can wake you up. Also it helps in releasing tryptophan which converts to serotonin and melatonin., helping in better sleep.
*Wound and Ulcer healer: Not only a natural antibacterial it reacts to the body's fluids to make hydrogen peroxide to create an inhospitable environment for bacterial growth.
*Diabetes aid: The combination of honey and cinnamon is beneficial for healthy blood sugar management, gingivitis and acne.
*Natural Cough Syrup: a half of tsp.to 2 tsp helps to control coughing and the healing properties of honey eliminate the causes.

Manuka  honey is made by bees that feed off the Manuka bush(a medicinal plant) which grows in New Zealand.  Clinical studies have found that this type of honey can eradicate more than 250 types of bacteria including MRSA. Thank you Mother Nature.

Try to purchase LOCAL raw honey as it will help with allergens that are common in your area.
Here is a great easy recipe for cough syrup:

     Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
Lemon helps promote health by quickly alkalinizing your body, and honey will kill most bacteria while soothing your throat. This is a perfect choice for a quick cough remedy.
  • Put a pint of raw honey in a pan on the stove on VERY low heat (Do not boil honey as this changes its medicinal properties).
  • Take a whole lemon and boil in some water in a separate pan for 2-3 minutes to both soften the lemon and kill any bacteria that may be on the lemon skin.
  • Let the lemon cool enough to handle then cut it in slices and add it to the pint of honey on the stove.
  • Let mixture cook on warm heat for about an hour.
  • Then strain the lemon from the honey making sure all lemon seeds are removed.
  • Let cool, then bottle in a jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
This syrup will keep for 2 months in the refrigerator. To soothe a cough, take 1/2 teaspoon for a 25 lb. child and 1 teaspoon for a 50 lb. child, about 4 times a day, or as often as needed. Adults can take 1-tablespoon doses.
Have great week.
Be kind.
Judd





Sunday, May 13, 2018

Blueberries

Blueberries


Just the saying the word makes you want to have a handful of juicy, sweet berries.  I probably eat blueberries at least 5 times a week!  It's a great way to start the day, oatmeal with blueberries, raspberries, ground flax seed, chia gel, cinnamon, organic honey and a handful of walnuts or pumpkin seeds.


Did you know that blueberries are they only fruit native to North America?  Native Indians enjoyed fresh blueberries for hundreds of years before anyone else even knew they existed.  It is crazy that the United States cultivates and supplies over half of the world's blueberries on a global basis.  It is important when buying, always try to purchase organic.  When not in season it is best to buy organic frozen blueberries.

Here are five reasons to eat more:
*Blueberries protect against cancer, heart disease and diabetes. They are full of antioxidants
*Blueberries turn back aging. Being full of antioxidants they reduce oxidative stress which is huge contributor of decreased organ function.
*Blueberries lower your blood pressure. 
*Blueberries protect against cognitive decline. Increased consumption of berries help to increase the clearing of toxic proteins from the brain. Which helps with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
*Blueberries are good for your bowels and bladder. Containing plenty of soluble and insoluble fibers they are very useful in treating constipation and diarrhea.  They also contain Tannins which are astringents which helps to reduce the ability of e.coli to adhere to the bladder wall.
Nutritional Value: 
36% RDA of Vitamin K 
25% RDA of Manganese
24% RDA of Vitamin C
14% RDA of Fiber

Here is a easy way to enjoy some delicious  blueberries:
Blueberry Chia Pudding:
1/2 cup chia seeds.
1 1/2 cups of almond milk.
1 tsp. agave nectar or honey.
1 tsp. vanilla extract.
1 tsp. cinnamon.
1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries.
Add all together in glass or ceramic container.
Stir until well mixed.
Refrigerate overnight.
ENJOY!  

You can even grow your own blueberries at home, see: How to Grow Blueberries at Home
If you want to learn more of the benefits: Beautiful Boosting Blueberries


Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Recommended Reading 05/06/18

It's recommended reading time again.  I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I do.

Last week I did not post anything as I was busy volunteering at the North Florida Spartan race.  The week before I volunteered to help build/setup the course, always a great time.  Last Sunday, only my grandson raced so I helped with the kid's race.  It was very rewarding seeing the determination and enjoyment those kids were having.  they were covered in sweat, plenty of mud and most had smiling faces.  This my grandson with a high five as he crossed the finish line.


So my first article is on how kids need to get:outdoors as often as possible.
So with getting outdoors and exercising: Are Sports Drinks Safe and effective? 
I have done a few posts on the importance of staying hydrated: Thirsty?Drink Some Water


Most people don't have any idea how much food is wasted every year in the U.S., here is a way we can reduce that amount:10 multi-functional foods to reduce food waste.

Also on the environmental side, back in 2013 a young college dropout, came up with an idea on how to rid the oceans of plastic.  His idea The Ocean Cleanup,  is almost ready.  Five years in the making, its ready to set sail.  Here's another idea on cutting down on plastic bottles in our landfills.  This is the coolest idea ever, meet "Ooho"

The Vegan Junction just published a list of the Top 20 Plant-based Health Professionals to Follow
If you haven't heard of Gary Vaynerchuk, I encourage you to do so.  A hard-driving motivational, media giant he tells it like it is.  Check out a recent post from him: Cheering For Optimism and The Internet

Here's a great video recipe from Happy Pear: Creamy Vegan Casserole

I hope you enjoy the recommendations this month.
Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd




Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day


Today is Earth Day.
Everyday should be recognized as Earth Day.  We only have one.
We are rapidly destroying it and it is very disheartening.
There are many ways to help protect our beautiful planet. The single most effective way is to eat a plant-based diet.  Animal products and the needs for their production are monumentally resource intensive and contribute to massive amounts of pollution.  Eating a plant-based diet makes the most significant impact, far more than taking shorter showers(2400 gals of water to produce 1 lb of beef vs. 25 gals to produce 1 lb of wheat), driving electric vehicles and swapping out more efficient light bulbs. Granted these things do help, but we need to do more.

If you haven't watched Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret please do so.  It is available on Netflix, RedBox, etc.  There are many skeptics on Climate Change, but the facts are in: It's real and its getting worse everyday.  Here is a great article from Vox9 Questions About Climate Change.  For ways you can help the mission to save our planet see:1% For The Planet

Together, the people of the world can make the change.
We don't really have a choice, do we?


Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers

Here's a recipe for a quick, delicious hummus:

2-15 oz. cans of organic garbanzo beans.
1-6 oz. jar of roasted red peppers.
1/4 cup tahini.
1 garlic clove.
1 teaspoon salt.

Put all ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender. 
Blend until smooth and creamy.

Hummus topping:
1-6 oz. jar of roasted red peppers.
A handful of fresh basil.
A pinch of garlic powder or a fresh fat clove.
A dash of salt and pepper.
A dash of sugar.
A drizzle of white wine vinegar.
Combine all into a food processor until smooth.

 Enjoy with fresh veggies or pita chips!


Have a great week. 
Be kind.
Judd

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Eating In Season

Have you ever ate a huge red beefsteak tomato right off the vine?  There is no comparison between that and a half-ripe pale red tomato from the supermarket in the middle of winter. There is something about seasonal eating that seems natural and logical.  Most people would agree that a comforting stew full of root vegetables, like carrots, beets, sweet potatoes and onions goes better on a cold Winter or Fall evening than a big garden salad with tomatoes and cucumbers.  There is evidence that your body gets more out of certain fruits and vegetables at certain times of the year.  Your body needs more beta-carotene during the winter when there is a shorter amount of sunlight.  Carrots, sweet potatoes, etc help with this, all which are growing in this season.  Same goes for fruits like watermelon, berries, cucumbers,etc which are high in fluids, in which we need more during the hot summer months.  Nature has it together when it comes to knowing what we need with each season.  When foods are foods are picked at the peak of ripeness, when they are meant to be eaten, they taste different.  Seasonal eating brings the full flavor of fresh whole foods back to your diet.  We are blessed to have access to a couple of local farms in our area.  They have been producing excellent vegetables for over one hundred years!  Their produce is picked fresh and stays fresh until completely consumed. No waste!  What happens to your bagged greens mixed from the supermarket after only a few days?


Here's a few reasons for eating seasonal:
*Seasonal foods are often less expensive.  It takes a lot of energy and resources to manage, package and transport foods out of season.  Local framers markets are full of fresh fruits and vegetables and the cost is better.
*Seasonal eating is better for the environment.  Foods grown out of season take a tremendous amount of  resources, by recreating natural growing conditions or tremendous amount of fossil fuel in transporting foods from other in season areas around the world.
*Seasonal foods can be more nutritious. For foods to be grown out of season elsewhere in the world to be shipped to you, they must be picked green, before their peak ripeness and fully matured. Unless they are picked at ripeness and then frozen they lose most of their nutritional value. Frozen or Fresh? 
*Seasonal eating adds variety to your diet.  Variety is the foundation of a healthy diet.  By eating seasonally you can break the habit of eating the same food choices. Therefore, getting a more balanced nutritional meal.  The Seasonal Food Guide can help you find whats in season in your area.

Eat local. Eat what's in season. Eat organic.

For your viewing pleasure: How Not to Die 

Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Recommended Reading 04/01/18



It's time for Spring's 1st recommended reading list!
Here's a follow up on last week's post about "Gut Bomb", A video from Dr. Michael Gregor: Microbiome: We are what they eat
On the environmental side of news;  
Hopefully you are aware of the Dept. of Interior's pressing issue of reducing our National Monuments.  Read Protect Public Lands first, then check out the truths behind the reduction: The Cleanest Line.
Then for a real sh**ty article check out: There's Human Poop in Glacier Waters.
Just when you thought you were getting old and had no motivation to get off the couch, check out this video:100 & 102 year old's break world running records. For more on these two champions: Running Wisdom.
Have you ever wondered the origin of  certain vegetables?  I find it fascinating. The History of Each Vegetable will give some answers.
here's some great tips on How to Save Money On a Plant-Based Diet by Julieanna Hever
You can hear more wisdom on nutrition from  Julieanna and Ray Cronise on Everything Plant-Based Nutrition.

Have a great week. 
Be kind.
Judd


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gut Bomb!

Change your gut, change your life.
Did you know we have about ten trillion cells in our bodies.  But our microbiome, which consists of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live in and on our bodies, outnumber those cells by ten times!  Almost 100 trillion cells.  The bacteria that live in our "gut" breaks down our food so that the body can access the nutrients it needs.  But the microbes don't do it because they love us and want us to be healthy.  They are pretty selfish, it's how they survive also.  There are over five hundred different species of microbes living in our guts.  Each has its own agenda, specific function and nutritional needs.  Our gut flora makeup is directly influenced by our dietary choices.  These microbes actually influence our brains and suggest what we crave in our food choices!  We decide which microbes to feed or starve and by doing so we create the ecosystem for them. The decisions we make alter everything about us, from health, emotion and disease.  If we eat healthy, fiber rich nutrient dense foods, the microbes that thrive on them will be strong.  If we feed ourselves sugary, processed foods then those microbes will flourish and dominate our digestive system.  Which in turns creates weak immune systems and opens the door for disease. Remember the 2004 documentary called "Super Size Me" by Morgan Spurlock?  It showed how strengthening the "bad" microbes by diet change his overall health very quickly.  I did a 5-part series on  Gut Heath a few years ago which might be helpful in learning more about our digestive health. It talks about both probiotics and prebiotics that are needed for a strong healthy digestive system. 
One of the most common foods known by all for probiotics is yogurt.  But if you are consuming a plant-based diet you know that yogurt is dairy.  "Milk Doesn't Do A Body Good"  There are many foods that are rich in probiotics such as sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, etc.  Kris and I came across a product called "Coconut Cult", it is an awesome coconut yogurt that one serving contains 25 BILLION of 15 different strains of probiotics and 1 gram of sugar.  I take one spoonful in the morning and Kris puts a spoonful on her fresh fruit and nut bowl.  You can buy it online or if your lucky at a nearby health food store.  Check their website for availability.  The closest store to us was in Palm Beach Gardens (180 miles south) at Nutrition Smart.  I have been working in that area for the past several weeks and they held a jar for me until I was able to pick it up(it flies off the selves)  Shout out to Joseph, Thank you! 
A healthy gut is the most important part of living a healthy life.





Have a great week.
Be kind.
Judd