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Eco-Frying?

Choosing the right PAN is also important in your committment to good health.

Avoid non-stick cookware coated with Teflon (Chemical name: PFTE). Research has shown that when heated to more than 260o C, these pans can release toxic gases.

The green-pan uses Thermolon which is a ceramic coating that does not emit toxic fumes when cooking at high temperatures.  www.green-pan.com The non-stick properties allow you to use less oil in all of your dishes!

GreenPanTM products are made from recycled stainless steel and aluminium (only the handle has aluminum), the packaging is made of post-consumer paper in a bleach free process.  Because of its excellent thermal conductivity cooking is quicker and more energy efficient.

Green Pans

Green Pans!

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When our grandparents grew up they ate food that was grown or raised on their land.  The food was fresh  (no preservatives) and without pesticides or any chemicals.  If they wanted tomatoes, they had to wait until summer time to enjoy them..Our bodies are built to eat this way..we are all living creatures and when we start modifying the way “things are meant to be” into the way we “want them to be” this is where the problems begin. 

Besides bettering our health physically, eating seasonally and locally also has a direct effect on the environment.  Read the few paragraphs to the right of this page from the National Resources Defense Council..Does your food travel more than you do? and click on the drop down in the “Whats Fresh Near You?” section to find out what fruits and vegetables are in season in your area..

Try this recipe out for Pumpkin Soup!

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Here is a quick and simple way to clean  the clogs and bacteria in your sink and tub drains.

What you need:

Baking Soda, White Vinegar and an old Rag

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed immediately by 1 cup of white vinegar.  This combination will become very fizzy.   Cover the drain with the old rag and let sit for 5 minutes.   Pour HOT water down the drain to finish ( about a teapot of hot water)

Scrub strainer with warm soapy water and a toothbrush

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Greening your intentions is not all business; it can also involve a few cocktails with some friends and family!! 

Many bars and restaurants offer serval organic options for liquor, wine and beer.  Check out treehugger.com‘s Top Green Cocktails Tips to start Greening your Cocktail intentions now!!

Yummy and Organic!

Yummy and Organic!

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FIBER FIBER FIBER!!

I absolutely love Natures Path Organic Smart Bran with Psyllium & Oatbran!! (13 grams of fiber per serving!!)  I always heard that fiber was important to your diet, but I never knew how really good it could be..ahh!!

When you have a second read this article by Everyday Health about why they think that fiber should be an important part of everyones daily diet intake…

Since its alway hard to introduce new things to our diet, take a look at these great tips from  The Mayo Clinic about how to fit it in..

Need ideas for high-fiber meals and snacks? Try these suggestions: 

  • Start your day with a high-fiber breakfast cereal — 5 or more grams of fiber per serving. Opt for cereals with “bran” or “fiber” in the name. Or add a few tablespoons of unprocessed wheat bran to your favorite cereal.
  • Add crushed bran cereal or unprocessed wheat bran to baked products such as meatloaf, breads, muffins, casseroles, cakes and cookies. You can also use bran products as a crunchy topping for casseroles, salads or cooked vegetables.
  • Switch to whole-grain breads. These breads list whole wheat, whole-wheat flour or another whole grain as the first ingredient on the label. Look for a brand with at least 2 grams of dietary fiber per serving.
  • Substitute whole-grain flour for half or all of the white flour when baking bread. Whole-grain flour is heavier than white flour. In yeast breads, use a bit more yeast or let the dough rise longer. When using baking powder, increase it by 1 teaspoon for every 3 cups of whole-grain flour.
  • Eat more whole grains and whole-grain products. Experiment with brown rice, barley, whole-wheat pasta and bulgur.
  • Take advantage of ready-to-use vegetables. Mix chopped frozen broccoli into prepared spaghetti sauce. Snack on baby carrots.
  • Eat more beans, peas and lentils. Add kidney beans to canned soup or a green salad. Or make nachos with refried black beans, baked tortilla chips and salsa.
  • Eat fruit at every meal. Apples, bananas, oranges, pears and berries are good sources of fiber.
  • Make snacks count. Fresh and dried fruit, raw vegetables, and low-fat popcorn and whole-grain crackers are all good choices.

High-fiber foods are good for your health. But adding too much fiber too quickly can cause intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. Increase fiber in your diet gradually over a period of a few weeks. This allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust to the change. Also, drink plenty of water. Fiber works best when it absorbs water, making your stool soft and bulky. Without the added water, you could become constipated.

I know this subject can cause some people to shy away..but I’m telling you, increasing your fiber intake overtime can completely change the way your body feels..

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Fix leaky faucets and install faucets with water-saving aerators to save hundreds of gallons of water per year.

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When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

When brushing your teeth, don’t let the water run.

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Now that you are shopping for organic food, the next thing you want to look for is where is your food coming from geographically?  Its very important to buy all of your food as local as you can, so check the labels to see where your tomatoes come from..Mexico or NY?  Go NY..less miles to travel means smaller impact on the environment. 

There is a great website called Local Harvest that tells you where all of your local farmers markets, and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) are.  Just click on your state and city and find one that is closest to you..

P.S. This not only includes produce, but also meat, poultry and FLOWERS!!

Beautiful Lavendar

Beautiful Lavender

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