Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hempseed Zucchini Pesto Pasta–Paleo and Vegan!

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This past weekend I got together with two of my girlfriends to have an impromptu healthful dinner. Although there were a  number of dietary restrictions between the three of us, we ended up creating a delicious meal that followed vegan, paleo, and ayurvedic principles. This dish digests very easily and is delicious. To check out some additional recipes (outside of my blog) you can check out my friend Dr. Karuna Sabnani’s blog. Here is the recipe that we came up with together!

Serves 3-4

Ingredients
Mushrooms
7 Zucchinis
Mint leaves
Cilantro
Spinach
hempseeds
some pine nuts (not too many)
olive oil
Salt to taste
The juice of one lime

Instructions 

Use a spiralizer to strand the zucchinis into spaghetti-like strands. If you prefer your zucchini cooked, you can cook it in boiling water for about 10 minutes. While the zucchini is cooking, saute mushrooms in olive oil at very low heat. To make the pesto sauce, take the remaining ingredients and blend with olive oil in a food processor. Pour the pesto over the zucchini strands and top off with sauteed mushrooms.

Frequently Asked Vitiligo Questions

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Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how I healed my vitiligo and I am so happy that you are reaching out! Vitiligo is a difficult condition to deal with, and I am happy to act as a support for those who also suffer from it. Here is some more information on the topic that might help you.

 

What dosage of probiotics/glutamine/NAC did you use? 

I started out with 1/4 teaspoon of probiotic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of glutamine powder in the morning and night with a tall glass of water. After a week or so, I increased the dosage to 1/2 teaspoon. I took 1 500mg capsule of NAC in the morning and 1 500 mg capsule at night.

 

What brands did you use? 

For probiotics, I used metagenics ultra flora plus DF powder. For glutamine, I used jarrow formulas. For NAC, I either used bluebonnet, jarrow formulas, or NOW–depending on what was cheapest at the time.

 

Do you have any other advice for me besides what you’ve talked about in your last vitiligo post? 

Yes! My first piece of advice is to JUICE YOUR GREENS. Most of us that suffer from vitiligo also are suffering from digestion. I believe that there is a connection between the two. Because we have problems digesting our food, our skin is not absorbing all the necessary nutrients it needs to heal. If we juice, we can bypass the digestion process and work our way to glowing skin. My second piece of advice is to seek out a holistic nutritionist or naturopathic doctor in your area. They can do a good job of getting down to the root of the issue.

 

Will you help me?

Of course! But remember, I am not a doctor, nutritionist, scientist, or anyone who has any official qualifications. Vitiligo also works in unexpected ways, so I can’t make any guarantees. I even still have a few spots left that I am working to eliminate.  But if you send me a list of the things you’re eating and the supplements you are taking, I can work with you to improve your diet in a way that will improve your digestion and overall health. If your body responds the way that mine did, your skin will likely heal as well.

 

Feel free to contact me with any further questions by clicking on the link on my about page.

A Busy Summer for Sustainable Food and Health

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This past summer there have been some important decisions going on in the legal world having to do with public health, organic labeling, and factory farming that I want to share with you. Here are some highlights.

 

In New York, an appeals court affirmed and overturned Mayor Bloomberg’s Soda Ban.

  •  What’s Next? The mayor has indicated that he will bring the case to the court of appeals, but for now, it has been put down. But he should act before the upcoming Mayoral elections, since we don’t know how our future Mayor will view this issue

 

The USDA has issued final interim rules restricting junk food in schools.

  •  What’s Next? Since the rule is “interim,” the USDA has 120 days to make any changes, and you can count on various lobbying groups to do their best to change this piece of legislation as much as possible.  

 

A California judge postponed proceedings in response to a proposed class action against Gruma Corp for advertising GMO tortilla chips as “all natural,” so that the FDA can answer the age-old question of whether non-organic food can be classified as natural.

  •  What’s Next? The FDA’s compliance has many implications; if its guidance surrounding trans fat proves informative, then its decision might not be enough.

 

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (CALM) struck a deal to pay $28 million to settle antitrust claims when Sodexo Inc. filed suit against them (and a number of other egg companies) alleging that they conspired to produce fewer eggs—by killing off more hens—in order to fix prices.

  •  What’s Next? These companies were able to use this scheme to create  a more “humane” facility for the remaining animals. Just goes to show that there is more to “humane” and “cage-free” than meets the eye.

 

Jarrod Barney Juarez was convicted of one count of animal cruelty following a trial this week for abusing a piglet at a factory farm that was supplying pigs to Tyson Foods. Juarez was sentenced to a fine, court costs, a suspended 30 day jail sentence, and six months of probation.

  •  What’s Next? Juarez’s guilty plea is one of many that comes from a series of undercover investigations undergone by the Humane Society. Hopefully, more of these individuals’ crimes will come to light.

 

That’s all for now. Make sure to follow future posts to stay informed!

 

Last Minute Flight Survival Tips

Greetings from Long Beach, CA!

Normally when I’m flying somewhere, I pre-prepare a whole bunch of meals and snacks for the plane, since I usually can’t eat a single thing there. But this time, I spent the whole morning and night before moving out of my apartment and into a new Brooklyn apartment that I didn’t have a second to spare. So I had to use my creative skills to work to find a way to fuel myself on this flight. Fortunately, JFK is a pretty resourceful airport, so here’s what I was able to find.

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JAMU Pineapple Juice

While a green juice would have been preferred, this juice was a pretty good option under the circumstances. During flights a lot of us tend to have indigestion, so I wanted to make sure I had something that would be able to prevent it. Pineapple is perfect for this reason because it has a great deal of enzymes that help in breaking down foods and curbing bloating. The juice also had curcumin and ginger, which also help with indigestion. In addition, this juice was extremely hydrating, which is important since flights can also contribute to dehydration!

 

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A Huge Bottle of Water—very important because we all know that those little cups are definitely NOT sufficient.

 

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A Desperate Salad Turned Delicious

Desperate times called for desperate measures. Here’s how I can usually find a meal almost anywhere.

 

  1. Get a plain packaged salad. I was lucky to find kale, but any type of lettuce will do.
  2. Throw out the dressing (if there is any) I can guarantee you it’s soy, sugar-filled, garbage.
  3. Find an avocado. I looked around the food court to see which restaurants had avocado-containing dishes. Then I went to the manager, put on my sweetest smile, and asked for an avocado. And I got one. In addition to a few laughs. 😉
  4. Bring a plastic fork and knife onto the flight (they likely won’t give you one unless you purchase food) and mash the whole avocado into your salad to make a dressing. VOILA!

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Brad’s Kale Chips

I was very luck to find these in the airport! These chips are dehydrated and sprinkled with raw nuts and spices to make a delicious and satisfying snack that beats the Lay’s and Planters snacks that are on the plane.

 

I hope this goes to show that eating a healthful, vegan diet can be done under ANY circumstance and even with little planning!