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June 21st, 2016

It’s exhausting; I know. The dilemma of choices is in our face on a daily basis. Organic, non-organic, GMO, non-GMO; local, pasteured, grass-fed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free.

 

It could curl your hair!

 

Well, for me, The Cultivator has solved the dilemma once and for all in their latest newsletter and it’s a beautiful thing.

 

Answering most-asked questions, they addressed the issue or what organic is and what it isn’t. Their “research and education efforts support the integrity of the organic label.

 

In their own words (edited for...

June 15th, 2016

As the days heat up, so do our bodies. We sweat more easily to stay cool. We drink more water to stay hydrated. We rest more. We wear sunscreen.

 

But how do we protect our precious peepers in the hot, sometimes humid weather?

 

So easily…and naturally as well!

 

Cool as a Cucumber

Cucumber cools and relaxes eyes because of its rich water content. Keep a cucumber in the refrigerator all the time and when you feel the need to refresh your eyes, simply cut two slices and place one on each eye. Relax with the cool slices on your eyes...

June 14th, 2016

I know what you’re probably thinking. Vegetarian and grilling are like Romeo and Juliet…with the tragedy. They just…don’t…go…together. But, really, they do. From...

June 14th, 2016

Who knew this was a thing? Seems to me we need a day when we take a wee respite from it and hang out with Mother Nature, no gadgets, phones, tablets, e readers, televisions or computer.

 

And speaking of respites, for the months of July and August, I will be taking some time away from social media to recharge my own batteries. Now, don’t pout. I’m not going away entirely. I’ll just be posting a bit less often to allow us all to look up from our devices and enjoy the glorious abundance of beauty and deliciousness given us by our fragile planet.

 

It’s that glorious...

June 14th, 2016

As summer really heats up, we look to sweet, succulent fruits to help us keep our cool.  Cherries are the perfect summer treat (gee…do you think that’s why nature gives them to us?)…with their juicy flesh and rich mineral content…and they are oh, so yummy.

 

It is difficult to establish the country of origin of cherries, since they are cultivated in so many regions of the world…and since birds are so fond of cherries, it is believed that they carried...

June 14th, 2016

What? Is she telling us not to cook? Dream on, kids. I am asking you to explore a new idea to add to your repertoire of healthy eating…raw cuisine. I know; I know, the weather is cooling and winter is soon upon us, but that doesn’t mean that eating fresh, raw food has to fall by the wayside. Even in the coldest, greyest days of winter, you need some crisp, vital, lively food.

 

When I became a vegetarian (about a thousand years ago), raw food meant just that, raw. We ate raw fruit and veggies and that was about it, with some sprouts and juice on the side for variety (she said...

June 13th, 2016

As the first day of summer approaches (yippppeeeeeeeee…) we begin to think…picnic! There’s nothing more fun and relaxing, more leisurely and chill than a blanket on the grass with friends and loved ones than a picnic.

 

The keys to a great al fresco party are the food and the people. It’s no picnic being surrounded by people who are a drag (see what I did there?), so invite your best…and most fun-loving peeps to an outdoor party.

 

Then there’s the food. It has to stand up to the weather so no delicate munchies that day. I like to fix hearty sandwiches, robust...

June 13th, 2016

We all know the power and magic of a smile. We have all basked in the warmth that radiates from someone’s grin when directed at us.

A smile…that silent hello as you pass by a stranger leaves you feeling touched by love. A smile signals acceptance, encouragement and gratitude. A smile can calm anxieties and fears. A smile lets someone know that you care. A smile opens the door to your heart.

 

A smile tells people they’re valued and that you see them…really see them. Smiles are morale boosters and confidence builders.

 

Think of the times when you walk down...

June 13th, 2016

As summer moves into its hottest weeks, I think only of peaches…sensual, soft, rich in nutrients and so lush with juice that it runs over our fingers and drips down our chins, cooling us with their sweet, sunny character.  I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

 

Native to China, the peach is the fruit of a tree discovered in Persia by Westerners during the conquest of Alexander the Great.  Believing it to be native to that region, due to its abundance, they named it ‘perscia.’  The Chinese have cultivated the peach since earliest antiquity.  This sensual fruit so...

June 6th, 2016

I love the idea of this day. The official description of this lovely idea reads: “It is a day dedicated to encouraging and celebrating men and women who are making life beautiful.  Whether you’re creating beauty through building relationships or helping others achieve personal success, one small action can lead to a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for those around you, too.”

 

Think about it. We smile at a stranger (or they at us) and the day gets brighter. Open a door for someone (or have it opened) and everyone smiles to themselves at the...