The popular story of how low-carb diets work goes something like this: Reducing your carbohydrate...
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While there is a time and place for everything, when it comes to fruit salad my motto is keep it simple! This means no sugar – brown, granulated, confectioner’s, caster or otherwise. No simple syrup. No cream cheese, heavy cream or mayonnaise. No mustard (yes, some recipes call for mustard). No granola or marshmallows. No whipped cream. No gelatin. No instant vanilla pudding. No sour cream. And no shrimp paste. Whew! Am I forgetting anything? Oh, yeah. No canned fruit! Who needs all this nonsense when you can enjoy delectable, naturally-sweet, fresh fruit on its own. Let the fruit shine, people!
I was surprised to find how difficult it was to track down a simple fruit salad that wasn’t marred by the addition of so many superfluous ingredients. This one comes close. (I’d personally add some fresh blueberries and raspberries.) Enjoy!
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We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday!
Here are three healthy, soothing herbal infusions you can make at home. Herbal teas, of course, are not technically “tea”, but the combinations of herbs, fruit and spices promote many aspects of wellness. These are some of our favorites:
Cleansing & Rejuvenation
Recovering from illness? Or maybe a little too much festivity? Here’s a refreshing, stimulating blend.
1 or 2 strips fresh sliced ginger
2 teaspoons peppermint leaves (basil can work, as well, but won’t be as tasty)
1 teaspoon dried lavender
This herbaceous, spicy blend is wonderful for the stomach and digestion. For an extra herbal note you can add a dash of oregano or a sprig of rosemary.
Feeling ragged and overwhelmed? On edge? This infusion is guaranteed to relax.
1 teaspoon linden flowers
1 teaspoon chamomile flowers
This gentle, sweet blend will help you sleep and promote calm. Add an orange peel twist for extra interest.
Why did I eat that? Here’s a natural tonic that will relieve cramps, gas and digestive complaints.
1 heaping tablespoon blueberries (boil and mash – don’t just use jam!)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 sprig peppermint
This tasty, light syrup will have you feeling settled and restored in no time.
Infusion confusion? Here’s how to do it:
Infusion is very simple. You’ll generally want to use about 1 teaspoon of each herb to 1 cup of water, but if you are using dried herbs you may need an extra teaspoon or so. Add the herbs or flowers to water you’ve just boiled (wait for the boiling to settle down before adding the herbage). Cover and wait 10 minutes – presto, infusion! Strain and enjoy.
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Everywhere we look, it’s China in the news. Talk about growing pains. China, get it together!
First, the head of the State Food and Drug Administration accepted upwards of $850 thousand dollars in bribes to approve drugs. He was sentenced to death (imagine if we did that here).
Next, it turns out Beijing officials pressured the World Bank to cover up a very dirty fact: smog in China kills hundreds of thousands of people every year.
How has globalization affected you, for better or for worse?
Some conversation starters: drugs from Canada, AIDS in Africa, food from afar, and dare we say it? Wal-Mart.
[tags] China, globalization, food supply pet food, toothpaste, product scares [/tags]
Did you know that many flowers are edible? Of course you knew that. But they are also nutritious. And tasty.
Even though we don’t “do” bread around here, we sure love that Wise Bread blog. They always have excellent articles ranging from consumer concerns to saving money to nifty foods. Though we don’t recommend deep-fried food, baked or grilled zucchini flowers would be delicious. Check it out!
You can also eat…
Yep, broccoli is actually a flower and not, in fact, a little tree. And one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
A little bit spicy, but sweet underneath. 😉
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So we’re beating a dead llama here, but it’s just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I’m just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dangerous, c) embarrassing, d) expensive, and e) a retread of an old drug nobody wanted. As you may well know, the blogosphere is having a lot of tawdry fun with this. Here are the best (and – relatively – cleanest) links.
Is this our world?
9. GSK Asks You: “Are You Losing It?”
GlaxoSmithKline wants to know if you are losing it . Hmm. This appears to be a case of psychological projection. Glaxo, call us. We know a great therapist.
8. The Gift That Keeps on Giving
After ruining your social life, thrashing your digestive tract, and depleting critical vitamins from your body, alli increases your risk of colon cancer . Just ‘cuz.
7. But, But…It Comes with a Shiny Book!
Would you really want this on your coffee table?
6. “It’s Gonna Take Work on Your Part Too.”
Because our part doesn’t work .
5. In Case You Needed Convincing, the FDA Really Does Not Give a…
But, boy oh boy, you sure will. Do not eat any fat if you take alli (k. d. lang must be excited about GSK’s super-trendy capitalization choice). Avoiding fat is a smart way to get diabetes and depression, but at least you won’t have any trouble with regularity. The results of fat + alli = not pretty. Oh, and alli depletes vitamins from your body. So just like the sailors of yesteryear, you too can experience the joys of rickets. And we can all agree there’s nothing better than experiencing history first-hand.
4. Why Did They Have to Ruin Pizza Forever?
Thanks, Glaxo. Thanks a lot . “You’re probably curious about what alli does in your body.” Why would you draw a pizza comparison to your disgusting drug? What did pizza ever do to you? That’s just rude.
3. So You Want to Take Alli?
Terrific! You’ll just need to diet, exercise, get healthy, and then wait six months. You’ll (maybe) lose five whoppin’ pounds beyond what all that regular exercising and dieting would yield you after six months. People, those five whole pounds will only cost you $360 bucks, your health, and your dignity, so what’s not to love? Come on, you wanted a new wardrobe anyway.
2. When Your Drug Is a Bust…Slap a New Name on It!
Alli is just a lower dosage of xenical (generic orlistat). This weight loss drug bombed as an Rx – apparently people got sick of having to keep an extra pair of dark clothing on hand. Babies.
1. With Allis Like This, Who Needs Enemas?
The Bitter Pill Award goes to Alli, your partner in oily spotting. The incredible thing is that GSK is totally upfront about how terrible alli is…and they’re still selling it. What a world.
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