millie says save the seeds

save the seeds. my long lost west coast piscean twin and post-feminist foodie friend Asha Rao first told me of local growers saving seeds on salt spring island back in 1994. coming from a family of tiny farm-ers, it struck me that organic agronomists and food activists had the early insight to preserve old strain produce species with exceptional nutrient levels and variety unmatched to the products of neo-experimental science junkies. with the intended proliferation of hybrid, genetically modified and accidental cross pollination of these new species with neighbouring organics, native varieties of fruits and vegetables have been threatened ubiquitously. only as a result of seed saving by frugal Italian grandmothers year after year for the past 50 years and above mentioned human forecasters do we have an abundant return of heirloom colorful goodies in every market place. wombman, do they taste good!



Seed Saving Resources:
http://www.yougrowgirl.com
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/save-your-seeds-how-to-directions.html
Book: Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardners by Suzanne Ashworth and Kent Whealy
http://www.seedsave
.org/

blog image courtesy of http://www.crowleyfamilyfarm.com/images/DSCN0106.JPG

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millie says know the ins and outs of bowel action

know the ‘ins’ and mostly ‘outs’ of bowel action.
1. it’s normal to have an easy well formed bowel movement 1-3 times per day, ideally corresponding with the number of time you’ve eaten.
2. it’s not normal to ‘miss’ a day
3. high impact exercise (walking, running, dancing, stair climbing) uses gravity to assist in the compacting of stool in the colon and rectum
4. relaxing on the toilet properly promotes liberation
5. straining not only breaks blood vessels on the skin but can cause bleeding at the anus.
6. fluids and fibre are needed in large amounts to promote proper bowel action. 8-10 cups of liquid (ideally water) and a minimum of 30 grams of fibre. the standard north american diet contains 5-8 grams per day.
7. constipation is the most common cause of hemorrhoids, fissures
8. constipation contributes to bowel and colon cancer.

check out the top twenty fibre foods and other info here:

http://www.wehealnewyork.org/healthinfo/dietaryfiber/index.html

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millie says get back on the bus

get back on the bus, gus. so you you had been thinking of fixing yourself a delicious dinner but when you get to the grocery store you realize how hungry you are and can only think about chips and cookies. so you manage to remember some of the items you need for dinner but take the first moment after paying to rip open the bag of sezchuan flavored ripple chips and bite into a german molasses cookie. while eating the junk on the way home you realize you had skipped breakfast that day and paid for it with a craving and a subsequent binge. dangerous. as a usual healthy eater who wants to care for yourself as best as possible, you a) call yourself a big fat pig and continue eating the big bag of chips as the world is hopeless anyway b) decide you dont deserve any dinner as you’ve clearly had enough calories for one day and drink water and tea for the rest of the evening c) forge on and make yourself a high protein and vegetable dinner with fish, lentils, tomoatos and cauliflower as you are obviously starving and really need to balance the sugar with some healthy food.

the answer is: (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))))(((((((((((((((())))))))))))))((((((C))))))))))))))))

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millie says calibrate the span of life and health

calibrate the span of life and health. currently north americans suffer most from preventable ‘illnesses of excess’ related to smoking, drinking, poor diets, stress and lack of exercise. Some of these conditions include metabolic syndrome, heart disease, depression, kidney diseases, diabetes type II, infertility and certain cancers. we are living longer but suffering more chronically resulting in a life though lengthy, not necessarily happy. Canada currently ranks 10th on the map of merriment while the land-of-the-free-home-of-the-brave is way down the list at number 23. trudging moderately through the wasteful mounds of temptation to find long-lasting wellbeing as lightness at the end of the tunnel can be achieved by OWNING this chart of science simplified. I said O-W-N it.

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millie says drink the bathwater

drink the bathwater. common knowledge it is that eating vegetables, legumes, whole grains, grass fed lean meats and wild fish is the terrain towards gathering good nutrition, but eating them all together in one liquid pot magnifies the benefits due to the concentration of nutrients left in the broth. the benefits of soups and stews vitamins and minerals go in the belly not down the drain as with steaming or boiling. to make a good flavorful soup from scratch rather than relying on oxo or other bouillon cubes boil leftover vegetables from the fridge or boil organic meat carcasses and bones for marrowing goodness. Keep in fridge or freezer until soup day. After browning onions, garlic, local grass fed lamb, a teaspoon of cumin, a cup of soaked pinto beans use this water in which to add the shiny new veggies from the farmer’s market. let cook in slow cooker for 6 hours, on stove top or in over for an hour or 4 depending on cut of meat and type of bean and recipe. to improve flavour of soups, add a strip of kombu instead of salt, use natural mineral salts such as fleurs de sel, himalayan, celtic or brittany sea salts, fry and pulverize seeds (dill, cumin, caraway, fennel) prior to adding water, use guiness, wine, chamomile or mint tea for stock, contribute fresh herbs and delicate leaves at the very end before serving (parlsey, basil, cilantro, mint), juice 1/4 lime into each bowl, dare a teaspoon of fresh chopped ginger, put a dollop of organic yogurt or sour cream before serving or remove some of the vegetables and bean and puree them before adding them back for more intense flavour and thicker consistency. when full, leave the noodles or rice but do not under any circumstances leave the broth.

use your best ingredients (fresh, local, organic, in season, grass-fed) to conquer some of these melodious harmonies.

http://www.thegutsygourmet.net/soup.html

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millie says cooks the reds

cook the reds. lycopene, a bright red phytochemical related to beta carotene (double-bond-vitamin A) has been singled out a quencher of radical oxygen species, surmounting those abilities in Vitamin E by 100 times. finally providing another benefit for mass-pasteurization of food, this juicey red pigment becomes bio-active only when cooked because it is not destroyed in boiling water, concentrates when water evaporates, binds to fibre and fat…so the more processed the tomato product theoretically the more lycopene available to the crimson-eater . while studies are up in the air as to its benefit for the following diseases: osteoporosis, cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer and male infertility, it remains a stable reason why red fruits and vegetables are encouraged eating material. though cooked watermelon pink grapefruit, pink guava and papaya might not be your thang, although delectable in jams, jellies and pasteurized juices, simmer red bell peppers and tomatoes in olive oil for assimilation is a strategic lycopene-heavy side dish or sauce. or have a cup of rosehip tea a day to keep the prostate at bay.

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millie says try the miraculous perimeter diet

try the miraculous perimeter diet. the internal aisles of the super store contain the filler- canned goods, pasta, crackers, cookies, chips, pop, condiments, marachino cherries, baking supplies, twinkies +. this long-dead food wouldn’t go bad if an elneno storm covered us in a blanket of snow for the winter, though the recent squall might have attempted to tempt stocking up on non-perishables, eating those foods creates an american health statistic. avoid filling the cart with an expanding middle by tracing the the border of the store for staples such as produce, fermented soy, meat, fish, dairy, and bread. the average american gains 7-10 pounds yearly over the holiday season. 16% of US adults have high cholesterol. 7 in 10 people do not exercise regularly. over 1/3 of red white and blues are obese. stick to the sidelines and avoid this fate since it’s not only american statistics of concern….haven’t you heard 1/11 Ontarioan adults over 20 have diabetes…but dont forget to sneak in for brown rice, lentils and beans.

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millie says on the 12 days of christmas

on the 12 days of christmas my true love gave to me 12 essential B vitamins. essential because they are necessarily consumed in order to thrive. while there are gaps between the Bs due to the fact that some were originally deemed as vitamins and later discovered are nucleotides, others are non essential- as the body doesn’t need them consumed since it or another organisms’ bodies synthesize them. a long list of 22 Bs plus an additional 7 bi-nomialed roster exists but the currently accepted by nutritional standards is this:

note: Left off this usual list of multi Bs are the following purposeful yet contraversial Bs: Inositol, Choline, Carnatine, Laetrile, Lipoic Acid and PABA each have their own therapeutic function though potentially have side effects greater than the those on the Bs of B complex.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_vitamins#List_of_B_vitamins


Vitamin

Name

Deficiency effects
Vitamin B1 Thiamine Deficiency causes Beriberi. Symptoms of this disease of the nervous systemWernicke’s encephalopathy irregular heartbeat, and edema (swelling of bodily tissues). Heart failure and death may occur in advanced cases. Chronic thiamine deficiency can also cause Korsakoff’s syndrome, an irreversible psychosis characterized by amnesia and confabulation. include weight loss, emotional disturbances, (impaired sensory perception), weakness and pain in the limbs, periods of
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin Deficiency causes Ariboflavinosis. Symptoms may include cheilosis (cracks in the lips), high sensitivity to sunlight, angular cheilitis, glossitis seborrheic dermatitis or pseudo-syphilisscrotum or labia majora and the mouth), pharyngitis, hyperemia, and edema of the pharyngeal and oral mucosa. (particularly affecting the (inflammation of the tongue),
Vitamin B3 Niacin Deficiency, along with a deficiency of tryptophan causes Pellagra. Symptoms include aggression, dermatitis, insomnia, weakness, mental confusion, and diarrhea. In advanced cases, pellagra may lead to dementia and death.
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic acid Deficiency can result in acne and Paresthesia, although it is uncommon.
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine Deficiency may lead to anemia, depression, dermatitis, high blood pressure (hypertension), water retention, and elevated levels of homocysteine.
Vitamin B7 Biotin Deficiency does not typically cause symptoms in adults but may lead to impaired growth and neurological disorders in infants.
Vitamin B9 Folic acid Deficiency results in a macrocytic anemia, and elevated levels of homocysteine. Deficiency in pregnant women can lead to birth defects. Supplementation is often recommended during pregnancy. Researchers have shown that folic acid might also slow the insidious effects of age on the brain.
Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin
Deficiency causes macrocytic anemia, elevated homocysteine, peripheral neuropathy, memory loss and other cognitive deficits. It is most likely to occur among elderly people as absorption through the gut declines with age; the autommune disease pernicious anemia is another common cause. In rare extreme cases, paralysis can result.

millie says practice makes good

practice makes good. making good choices, especially over the holidays can be a daily or hourly challenge on the to do list of dietary life. while restricting yourself is cruel, overindulging on empty calories day in day out will mess a body about, leaving nothing but regret and irritability to overcome at new year’s tone. move your health forward, now and all year ’round by resolving moment by moment to take the healthier choice like second helpings of green veggies and squash, the side salad, 1/2 a desert now and another half later, alternating a glass or two of water with the wine, the hazelnut not the jelly or mousse, the whole grain bread, a family walk, cranberries from scratch rather than a can, skipping a round of chocolates, the fish, the lentils…always choose the lentils for goodness sakes!!!

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millie says level off the edge

level off the edge. irregular eating habits can really throw blood sugar, insulin and serotonin into a spin. not only does starvation sabotage productivity and performance it also sends mixed messages to hold onto as much permanent energy as possible (fat) and lose the mind. slow down the whirl by eating regular meals. Studies show that eating every 2-3 hours, including a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks is an effective way avoid cravings, motor agitation, nervousness and emotional instability. a balanced one-plate meal consisting of protein (beans, sprouts, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese), complex carbohydrates (berries, greens, yellow-orange-red vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds) and healthy fats (cold water fish, olive, coconut, flax, nuts, seeds, avocado, nut butters) will provide a solid foundation for stress reduction. so buck up and eat.

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