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Cheeseless Parmesean? Sounds kinda delish. Don't Mind if I Do.

I’ve been considering dropping dairy for a spell. I’ve long been lactose intolerant, but since going gluten free years ago, I’ve found that I can now tolerate it (meaning my tummy doesn’t bloat up like a puffer fish when I eat it). And once I figured this out, I kinda went bonkers on the stuff. I must admit…I love it. But after reading up on what goes into dairy and how it affects our hormones, acne, etc., I started putting two and two together and realized that my precious dairy may be a culprit in my hormonally charged, acne laden dark self. Not positive, but I’m willing to test the theory.

After a lifetime of avoiding it, I know it won’t be too difficult to cut the stuff out yet again. I just found this recipe for a raw almond parmesean and it looks kinda delish. I’m going to make up a batch and sprinkle it on my salads. 

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Not All Salmon are Created Equal

A new study just came out proving that farm raised salmon contain more carcinogenic toxins than wild salmon. They even went so far as to say “consumption of more than one meal of farmed salmon per month could pose unacceptable cancer risks according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)”.

If you’re eating more salmon in an effort to be healthier, make sure it’s wild caught salmon.

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Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activists
This legislation could really jeopardize public health. I am a firm believer that we need whistle-blowers in order to maintain some semblance of moral behavior in the factory farms. If this legislation passes, incidences of corporations adjusting their food production practices, like we just witnessed with McDonald’s egg and “pink slime” usage, will disappear. C’mon people, didn’t you learn about the importance of checks and balances in middle school like me?
via mothernaturenetwork:

Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activistsThe Senate voted overwhelmingly to impose penalties on activists trying to get jobs at farms or production facilities to gather animal cruelty evidence.

Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activists

This legislation could really jeopardize public health. I am a firm believer that we need whistle-blowers in order to maintain some semblance of moral behavior in the factory farms. If this legislation passes, incidences of corporations adjusting their food production practices, like we just witnessed with McDonald’s egg and “pink slime” usage, will disappear. C’mon people, didn’t you learn about the importance of checks and balances in middle school like me?

via mothernaturenetwork:

Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activists
The Senate voted overwhelmingly to impose penalties on activists trying to get jobs at farms or production facilities to gather animal cruelty evidence.

Filed under factory farm legislation animal rights

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Two Reasons to Not Eat Shark Fin Soup

The despicable practice of cutting off shark fins and leaving the animals to die in order to make shark fin soup is bad enough to keep me away from the stuff. But, this article by The Sticky Tongue Project, a group dedicated to sharing information centered around biodiversity, wildlife and science news from around the world, has yet another reason to not eat shark fin soup. A new study by the University of Miami has found that shark fins actually have high concentrations of a neurotoxin called BMAA. This neurotoxin is linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

So, while Chinese tradition claims that shark fin soup can rejuvenate your health, I think it would be wise to steer clear of it and any supplements containing shark fins or shark cartilage. You’ll not only be doing a service to your brain by doing so, you’ll also be helping protect the already decimated shark populations and supporting the ecosystem of our oceans by not contributing to the shark hunting industry. Seems like a no brainer to me.

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Beware: Monsanto Owned Seeds for Your Garden

I just read this article which explains that many home garden centers carry Monsanto owned seeds for vegetable home gardens. (!!) If you don’t want to support this evil company, be sure to review & familiarize yourself with this list of seeds produced by Monsanto before you plant them into the soil in your own backyard! Not only would you be contributing to an awful evil in this world, but you most likely would be planting and growing genetically modified vegetables for you and your family.

If, somehow, you do not know anything about Monsanto…please educate yourself. Here is a link to an in depth article written for Vanity Fair that exposes Monsanto’s despicable practices. And here’s a site that gives an overview of the history of Monsanto’s dark history.

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Well, I’ll be damned. These are some really cool/helpful life hints that I’d never heard of before.

daedazer:

dangoodswen:

Lifehacks: 10 Tips To Make Life Easier

  1. Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod
 in a bowl - the concave shape amplifies the music.
  2. Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so
 much more fun and easier to eat.
  3. Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing
 sunburn relief.
  4. Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box
 by securing with a rubber band.
  5. Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough
 over the top and you have cookie bowls for ice-cream.
  6. Store bed linen sets
 inside one of their own pillowcases mean no more hunting through piles for a match.
  7. Pack shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty
 soles rubbing on your clothes - you can find them for free in just about every hotel.
  8. Baby powder
 gets sand off your skin easily - add it to your beach bag for a quick clean up!
  9. Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a
 stocking over the vacuum hose.
  10. Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting
 crosses into a box lid.

I JUST LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT LIFE!

mind=blown

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Franken-Gluten

I’ve been gluten free for about four years now. I decided to give it a try because of bad stomach issues that had plagued me my whole life. Since going gluten free, I rarely even pay attention to my inner workings…things are that good. And after reading this article about a new book entitled, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, written by Dr. William Davis, MD, I am more convinced than ever that going gluten free was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

Turns out, the wheat that we consume today is not the wholesome grain that it’s purported to be. Hybridization and chemical interventions have transformed our grandma’s wheat protein into something completely other. Dr. Davis claims that the newly evolved wheat protein, gliadin, can increase hunger, causing us to crave more. And because wheat is in nearly everything these days, we’re essentially training ourselves to overeat. It’s almost as though the “new wheat” of today has us hooked. We’re addicted to it without realizing it…and the results are dire. Obesity, diabetes, heart problems and inflammatory diseases are running rampant in recent generations. Could all of this be caused by a simple plant that was supposed to be the hero of an agricultural revolution that could feed the world? It seems it may be a top contender for our society’s health woes.

I, for one, am so glad that I have eliminated gluten from my diet. And if you suffer from any of the aforementioned ailments, my first suggestion to you would be to eliminate gluten from your diet. These days, it’s not that difficult. There are tons of good products available and restaurants are incredibly accommodating. Becoming gluten free may be the answer you’ve been looking for. It certainly won’t hurt you and it will definitely make you choose healthier food options which is always a win in my book.

(Source: healthnest)

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