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Could Lentils Save Your Life? Meet the Man Who Became Vegan for a Month
Could Lentils Save Your Life? Meet the Man Who Became Vegan for a Month

Health & Wellness  (tags: vegan, Gwyneth Paltrow, vegetarian, london, overweight, cholesterol, lentil, starbucks, detox, alcohol, bloomsbury, jodie marsh, bupa )

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Fake bacon that tastes like shoes insoles. Meat-free hagggis and turkey made from tofu. When a devoted carnivore agreed to live as a vegan for a month, he was deeply apprehensive. But the effect on his health was simply astonishing.
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Posted: Jul 1, 2009 8:01am
Jun 25, 2009
Category: Seasonal - Summer
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: Less than 30 min
Special Considerations: Vegan

1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes (plain or w/ chiles)
8oz frozen corn
1 avocado
lime juice
10-16 your choice shells or wraps

Drain and rinse black beans
Drain and lightly rinse tomatoes
Combine beans, tomatoes, and frozen corn in a large bowl
Slice or dice avocado to preferred size, add to bowl
Add lime juice and cilantro to taste
Stir to coat and serve cold on shells/wraps

Depending on how big your shells/wraps are this should make about 10 to 16 servings.

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Posted: Jun 25, 2009 9:34am
Jun 24, 2009

My husband bought me a used 17' canoe for my birthday and we took it out for the first time last night. While I was unimpressed with the condition and clarity of the water on this lake, my husband was nice enough to paddle while I enjoyed the beautiful view and a bowl of cold gazpacho. That's what I call "going out to eat"!

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Posted: Jun 24, 2009 9:17am
Jun 23, 2009
Category: Seasonal - Summer
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: Less than 30 min
Special Considerations: Vegan

Gazpacho (non-traditional)

1 46oz can vegetable juice
1 can diced tomatoes (or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh tomatoes w/ juice)
1 cucumber
1 red, yellow, or green pepper
1 sm/med onion
3-5 cloves of garlic
1 T black pepper
3 T Lemon juice
3 shakes hot sauce (or more if you like it spicy)

~Dice or slice cucumber, pepper, and onion to preferred size.
~Combine first 5 ingredients in large pot/kettle.
~Add crushed garlic, black pepper, lemon juice, and hot sauce. *Caution: add these ingredients "to taste" only if you plan on eating this right away.
~The most important step: Place in fridge for at least 8 hours!

Notes: I prefer to use a yellow pepper and a red onion to add some nice color to this cold soup. If you prefer to try a more traditional version of this Spanish soup (in which there are no spices and everything is pureed) go to read the reviews and enjoy!

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Posted: Jun 23, 2009 8:58am
Jun 10, 2009
Category: Vegetables
Special Considerations: Vegetarian

I have found myself in the bad habit of not measuring anything when I whip something up in the kitchen. That said, you might not want to try this if you require exact measurements.

Green pepper
Cheese, shredded
Guacamole or salsa
Taco shells
Firm or extra firm tofu
White pepper
Cayenne pepper
Salt (optional)

~Chop the tomatoes and green pepper, set aside
~Shred the cheese if it's not shredded already, set aside
~Chop the onion and garlic, and crumble the tofu
~Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat
~Put onion, garlic, and tofu in skillet, and add seasonings to taste
~Fry until cooked through or golden brown (whichever your prefer)
~Heat taco shells as desired
~Spoon tofu mixture into taco shell, put cheese on top so it melts
~Put desired amount of green pepper, tomato, and guacamole or salsa into shell

NOTE: I made hard shell tacos (which I hate, but I bought the wrong shells) so I used the guacamole to "glue" everything into the shell.

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Posted: Jun 10, 2009 6:10pm
Jun 8, 2009

I wrote letters to the state representatives about animal abuse videos on YouTube. This is a response from State Representative Samantha J. Kerkman:

Thank you very much for contacting me to express your concerns with animal abuse being aired by YouTube. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me about this serious matter.

I find it absolutely appalling and horrific that certain individuals would abuse innocent animals purely for entertainment purposes on websites such as YouTube. As social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook have improved on monitoring activities by their visitors, so too should YouTube. In the meantime, Wisconsin does have laws in place that prohibit the abuse of animals. For your convenience, I have enclosed a copy of the statutes relating to animals abuse.

Thank you again for contacting me and please feel free to do so if I can ever be of assistance to you with state-related issues.

Samantha J. Kerkman
State Representative
66th Assembly District

I would like to note that there was nothing else in the envelope except the letter. I did not receive any copies of any statutes relating to anything. I will be writing to her again requesting more information.

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Posted: Jun 8, 2009 10:00am
Jun 4, 2009
Name: Ozzy
Type: Tribute (for the living)
To Honor: Pet(s)
Location: Salem, Wisconsin United States

No, he's not an American Pit Bull Terrier... In complete honesty I don't know what breed he is, but if you ask anyone on the street what he is and they'd say "pit bull". Everyone does, and that's okay with me. It gives me the chance to tell them he might look like a "pit bull", but he's an American Bulldog (or so the vet told me and I'm sticking to it so I can use it as a learning experience for ignorants).

Ozzy was a stray. He was found wandering the county roads during a week in Aug 2007 when the temperatures had been in the 90's-100's every day. My SIL actually picked him up and called me at work.
"I found a pit bull. Do you want him?"
A hundred things were racing through my head. I already have 4 dogs. I could just foster him. He'll need to go to the vet. If she takes him to the shelter they'll put him down just for what he is. My husband is going to be pissed. Screw it; I'm taking him. "Sure, I'll pick him up after work."

If you haven't figured it out, no one claimed him and no one adopted him. And I am BLESSED because of it.

Children are not safe around this dog... because they are short and it puts their faces close to the tongue that is ever-searching for someone to kiss. He's so full of love for people (and most dogs, too). It blows my mind that someone would just set him loose. Or if he got loose, that someone wouldn't look for him. I just don't understand.

He can be full of energy (which is dangerous to house plants, vases, and other breakable household object less than 4 feet off the floor) or he can be a couch potato. I hope, one day, that he is able to help people; sick children in a hospital or seniors in a nursing home would be ideal. Until then I shall continue to learn from him, teach others about him and his kind, and dote upon him as much love as I am capable of giving.

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Posted: Jun 4, 2009 8:00pm
Jun 2, 2009

I chose my own Daily Action today. Granted, I'll be missing that nice little butterfly, but that's okay.

The Good:
My husband needed a new stick of deodorant. After some research I decided that Crystal Body Deodorant was the best choice, not only because it's natural and healthy, but also because it's cruelty-free. I also discovered that Walgreens carries this product. How convenient! So I gave them some feedback via their online contact form thanking them for carrying the product, explaining about The Crystal's cruelty-free ways, and suggesting that they should carry more products by this company.

The Bad:
I stopped at Culvers today... You know, they don't have much no-meat choices on their menu... Anyway, I ordered their Seasoned Green Beans and some Broccoli & Cheese soup. I don't know how they cook or keep warm their Green Beans, but they were SO HOT that it melted the wax coating on the container, which caused the seam to leak scalding hot bean water all over me, and by the time I was done eating there was a hole in the bottom of the container. I didn't get hurt, but if they're not careful someone else might.

And The Ugly:
There really wasn't anything ugly that happened today, but it fit with The Good and The Bad so I figured I'd toss it in there for a laugh.

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Posted: Jun 2, 2009 7:38pm
May 11, 2009
Name: Igamoo
Type: Memorial (for the deceased)
To Honor: Pet(s)
Location: Webster, Wisconsin United States

Strays make the best pets, in my opinion. My first stray was a fat, lazy, gray cat named Smokey that my mom picked up when I was two. He was with us for about 10 years. My second stray was a fat, lazy, orange cat named Igamoo that showed up at our house 12-14 years ago. We don't know how young he was then, but he's old now. Old and sick, and my dad has to take him to the vet today because he's thin and too sick to eat. But I don't want to think about that...

It took a few days of feeding him on the porch before I could grab him and get him into the house. He slunk around the walls of the house before he ended up behind the toilet in the bathroom. I took a bowl of food in there and sat on the floor, talking quietly to him as he cautiously came out to eat. I stroked him and whispered to him and told him what a good kitty he was... He was mine forevermore.

Remember when I came home after a week in Florida? I just opened my bag to unpack, turned away for a moment, and when I turned back you were laying in it. Thanks for the help.

His favorite thing to do while he was being spoiled with luvvin's was the kitty head butt. Anyone with an affectionate cat knows what I'm talking about. Then there were days when he'd be lying there getting his luvvin's and he'd get that gleam in his eye... ATTACK! It was all in fun, of course, and kept me on my toes!

Remember the time that Sara was over and I accidentally locked you in the bathroom? You stuck your paw out under the door and waved it around like a crazed lunatic waving around a knife! I attempted to duplicate this with my arm over the back of the couch to show mom and Sara and we laughed so hard... We still laugh about that.

I left home and he stayed with my parents. I hated leaving him behind, but he wouldn't have liked the city. Visits home showed me his new favorite thing to do... Bathe my dad's dog's ears. Goofy cat. But he still liked those kitty head butts and I was more than happy to oblige.

I wish I could see you one more time... I'll be home in just two days, but I don't want you to suffer on account of me. Wait for me at the bridge, and I'll see you again Fat Cat.

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Posted: May 11, 2009 7:23am
May 6, 2009
Focus: Health
Action Request: None at this time
Location: United States

What is Polycystic Kidney Disease? Also known as PKD, it is a progresseive, genetic disorder of the kidneys. It occurs in humans and other organisms. PKD is characterized by the presence of multiple cysts (hence, "polycystic") in both kidneys. The disease can also damage the liver, pancreas, and rarely, the heart and brain.

How many people have PKD? PKD affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million children and adults, worldwide. There is no treatment or cure.

What can I do to help people with PKD? Donate money or... one of your kidneys.

My dad has PKD. His dad had PKD, and my brother will most likely develop PKD.

Fortunately for my Dad he has an Angel that is donating a kidney to him. He's having surgery on May 14th at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis. Please keep him in your thoughts and share this with your friends. My family appreciates it.

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Posted: May 6, 2009 9:15am


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