Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
After a good ride on the mountain bike, one of the first things I look forward to is a good beer. I enjoy a refreshing, flavorful beer and my new favorite is Unibroue Ephemere. Unibroue doesn't use any preservatives and it is only partially filtered meaning that the lees remain in the bottle and serve as a natural source of vitamin B. All of this means, a smooth, flavorful replenishment. Cheers!
Information about my new favorite beer:
White ale brewed with apple must
Redolent of ripe Granny Smith apples, this
unique white ale pleases the palate with a
delicate balance of fruit and spice notes and
just a hint of sweetness.
Éphémère apple satisfies with each sip and
refreshes in all seasons, especially when
paired with an artisan cheddar cheese, pork
tenderloin served with apple chutney or Vidalia
We developed the Éphémère (Ephemeral)
series to feature a seasonal fruit in a
refreshing, lightly spiced white ale.
The label depicts a fairy, an ephemeral spirit
associated with fruits picked at the peak of
ripeness during each harvest season.
Éphémère apple flavor is brewed with apple
must, which consists of the freshly-pressed
juice from apples.
Enjoy this beer 'alfresco' while dining in the
afternoon sun, relaxing at a family gathering or
at a picnic in the back yard.
Winner of 3 Gold Medals from the Beverage
Testing Institute since 2002
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Reuse-A-Shoe: Worn out. Play on.
Every year, millions of pairs of athletic shoes are thrown away, clogging landfills and wasting a lot of good material. So we’ve created a solution to allow you to recycle your old shoes! Reuse-A-Shoe, part of our Let Me Play campaign, is one of Nike’s longest-running environmental and community programs, where worn-out athletic shoes of any brand are collected, processed and recycled into material used in sports surfaces like basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds for young people around the world. That’s right. You can turn your old kicks into new places to play your game. Since the birth of Reuse-A-Shoe, we’ve recycled more than 20 million pairs of athletic shoes and created more than 250 sport surfaces; giving thousands of young people access to new playgrounds and athletic facilities around the world. Find out how it works and donate your shoes »
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
State Representative Larry Liston
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Once you've made a commitment to healthier eating, cooking more of your meals at home and paying attention to healthy cooking methods becomes important. After all, even the most nutritious meal can be sabotaged if you fry it or douse it in trans-fat-laden oil.
Try experimenting with different types and flavors of oil. One of the best ways to really savor the flavor is to try the oil on a piece of crusty bread.
The type of oil you choose to cook with can also add or detract from the nutritional value of your meal. Here we've broken down some of the most popular cooking oils to clear up the confusion over which are great, and not-so-great, for cooking.
Vegetable Oils: Included in this category are soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, and others. Although these polyunsaturated fat are typically described as heart healthy -- they may help to reduce cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease -- they are often highly processed and are quite perishable.
This means that when you use them to cook with, the fats easily become rancid, and rancid oil may contribute to oxidative stress and damaging free radicals in your body. In general, any highly processed vegetable oil is not the best choice for a healthy diet.
Sesame Oil: Sesame oil is composed of primarily heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Sesame oil is also rich in antioxidants and very stable, meaning you can heat it to a relatively high temperature without damaging the oil.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which have been found to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. However, olive oil is very perishable, making it an ideal oil for salads, cold dishes and dipping bread, but not for cooking.
Alive in 5: Raw Gourmet Meals in Five Minutes is the perfect cooking companion for anyone who wants to get more fresh, healthy and great-tasting foods into their diet -- but doesn't have a lot of time to do it.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but don't let that scare you. This incredibly stable oil contains a type of saturated fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are actually great for your immune system, intestinal health and even may help to support weight management. And, because coconut oil is highly stable, it won't become damaged during cooking.
Avocado Oil: If you're looking for something a little unusual, avocado oil is a healthy choice. It's rich in monounsaturated fats (similar to olive oil) but is relatively heat-stable. Further, when used on salads, avocado oil has been found to increase your absorption of nutrients such as beta-carotene and lutein, making it an ideal base for salad dressings.
A Final Note About Choosing Healthy Cooking Oils
Cooking oils are not created equal, and you will find a wide variety of qualities, and price ranges, in your grocery store. Because of the fragile nature of oils, you should look for varieties with the following properties:
Minimal, gentle processing: Highly processed oils can become damaged before you even open the bottle. Look for expeller-pressed or cold-pressed oils to be sure you're getting high-quality, undamaged oil.
The absolute worst oil you can use is highly processed, low-quality vegetable oil. It will be devoid of nutrients and very susceptible to going rancid (and rancid oil should not be consumed).
Minimal refining: Refined oils have been stripped of their flavor, color and nutrients. Although they have a place if you'll be using them for high-temperature cooking (as they're processed to be made more stable), for other uses (particularly when flavor and nutrition are important) seek out unrefined oils.
Stored in a dark, glass bottle: Oil can become damaged by heat and light, which is why you'll find high-quality oils stored in dark-tinted bottles. It is also possible that the oil could leach potentially dangerous chemicals from a plastic storage bottle, which is why you should, ideally, seek out those stored in glass bottles.
Are You Ready for Mediterranean Food to Make a Big Splash in the U.S.?
Eating Raw: The Advantages and Disadvantages According to Various Experts
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
This Cambro RFSCW1 1 qt. round food storage container is made of crystal
clear, virtually unbreakable polycarbonate that won't be stained or harmed by
food acids, oils, and alcohol. This container can withstand temperature from -40
degrees Fahrenheit to 210 degrees Fahrenheit, so they can be used in
refrigerators and freezers.
Now, unfortunately I was not surprised by this statement, but a little disappointed. After all, I do consume diet sodas, usually about one a day or every two days. I frequently chew orbit gum and put splenda in my coffee. I suspected all along that this news may come out, but buried my head in the sand and waited. Here it is.... The alternative, drink sodas with cane sugar (links below) and pray that Pepsi Raw makes it from the UK to the U.S. sooner than later. Sugary drinks and snacks are desserts and should be treated that way; I guess you can't always have your cake and eat it too.
News You Can Use: Regulating Your Saccharin Intake
With Saccharin's Weight-Control Benefits in Question, What Steps
Can You Take?
Feb. 11, 2008—
Is too much saccharin -- like the sweeteners used in diet soda -- a bad thing for weight loss? A study released over the weekend links consumption of artificial sweeteners to weight gain. Read
more about it and what you can do to limit your intake.
Click here for a press release from the American Psychological Association, which summarizes the latest Purdue University study on saccharin. Click here to read the full study. What steps should you take to cut back on your saccharin intake? Keith-Thomas Ayoob, a nutritionist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, offers the following suggestions below. Click here for his full opinion article on ABCNEWS.com. Keep the soda and soft drinks to one daily. Have water or seltzer at other times. Hold the sweetener packets to one or two in your drinks. Add more water to powdered drink mixes than is called for. Gradually add more until you get used to a half-strength mix
(this is more economical as well). Sweets are occasional treats, so once or twice a week is occasional. Much more than that and it's a lifestyle, not a treat. Try watery fruits for a sweet fix. Grapes and melons are even a great beverage substitute because they make you feel as if you're both drinking and eating. Click here to read about a July 2007 study in the journal Circulation. which links soda -- even diet soda -- to an increase in other risk factors for heart disease. The researchers of the study reported that "those who said they drank a soda or more per day had a 31 percent greater chance of becoming obese, a 30 percent increased risk for gaining inches around the waist, a 25 percent chance of
developing high blood sugar levels and a 32 percent greater chance of developing lower "good" cholesterol levels." Dietitian and nutrition writer Janet Helm reminds us that "A Calorie Is a Calorie" and cutting calories may be as effective in weight loss as a combination of exercising and dieting. How many excess calories should you be consuming as sugar? Fill in your information here to find out what you should be eating and what you might want to cut back on. Copyright ©
2008 ABC News Internet Ventures
Monday, February 11, 2008
I have decided to switch to Sugar in the Raw as my sweetener of choice for the following reasons listed on their website http://www.sugarintheraw.com/:
"On the island of Maui lie fertile tropical plantations where the rich volcanic soil is warmed by the Pacific sun, fed by mountain waters, and cooled by friendly tradewinds. Here the conditions are perfect for growing sugar cane, nature's own sweetener.Sugar In The Raw Premium Turbinado Sugar is made using 100% pure Hawaiian cane sugar from the initial pressing of the cane, allowing the natural molasses to remain in the crystals. The flavor is sweet and rich. The color is natural amber."
I like that its natural and uprocessed; I think these things lend themselves to being overall more healthy than processed offerings. I was able to order an entire case for $45.00 (shipping included) which seemed like a fair deal. I prefer to buy things (without expiration dates) in bulk to reduce packaging and transport. I bought mine here:
Sugar In The Raw Bulk - Case
12 boxes, 2 lbs each. 24 lbs net.Sugar In The Raw bulk contains the same degree of sweetness as ordinary refined sugar, but its hearty natural flavor remains untouched.Use it to enhance the flavor of fruit, complement a cup of coffee, or sweeten a bowl of cereal. Try it for cooking and baking, and savor the delicious, old fashioned taste!Serving size 1 tsp. Servings per container 227. Calories per serving 15.Buying a case saves you $33!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Ordinarily I would address a Representative with more respect, but after reading your latest comments I'd like you to know that I am shocked and offended. You do not represent me or my views and I personally feel that you should apologize for this disrespectful, uneducated commentary that you have recently made. According to reports you are quoted as saying:
"In my parents' day and age, they were sent away, they were shunned, they were called what they are. There was at least a sense of shame," Liston said of unmarried teen parents. "There's no sense of shame today. Society condones it. . . . I think it's wrong. They're sluts. And I don't mean just the women. I mean the men, too."
For the record, I am a thrity-year old mother of an 11-year old daughter. That's right sir, I was a teenage parent and unmarried. In fact, I was a teenage parent who went on to graduate from high school early, and with honors. I graduated from college with a dual degree while working full-time and caring for my much loved daughter. I am currently persuing a graduate degree and would consider myself to be an upstanding, voting citizen. I remain unmarried and a mother, althogh no longer a teenager. While I can think of several choice derogatory terms to invoke after reading your comments, I will direct none of them at you; because in my day, I was taught to respect others and always my elders. However, I ask, who are you sir to impose your morality on others? Who are you to call me names and imply that what I have done is wrong? What makes you think that your ideas of morality apply to me? How dare you speak publically in this manner and just in case you feel that the answer to any of my questions gives you the right, let me just remind you that you were given the power to speak for us, not about us. You were elected to voice our views; not yours.
I hope you will keep this in mind during future discussions and that you will use more educated verbiage going forward.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
- Computerized 60 Stitch Sewing Machine with Multiple Stitch Functions
- LCD Display for computerized stitch selection
- Automatic 1-step buttonholer with 7 styles of auto-size buttonholes
- Automatic Needle Threader
- Oversized Sewing Table included for Large Projects
Monday, February 4, 2008
Chronicling my adventures in proving that less is more. I'll learn to refashion/recycle clothes, prepare gourmet meals using as many natural/basic/raw ingredients as possible. I'll learn to spend less, live more, and reclaim those things that are truly valuable in my life.