Archive for April, 2014

My 100 Day Experiment: What Am I Doing and Why?

My 100 Day Experiment Start Date: May 1, 2014

The idea for this came about after I heard someone else speak of a product she was using that is good for the health of the teeth. I was curious and thought I would look up the product on Amazon.com as you can find just about everything there! I found it and read some of the reviews and then also checked out the company website. I put the product in my shopping cart on Amazon, as I was planning to purchase and start using it. I procrastinated a bit and I finally decided I would buy it, because I kept seeing/hearing more about the benefits. When I checked again on Amazon the price kept going up and up and I was disenchanted because I did not want to pay so much for it. I then went on the company website to read more about the product and saw that it was sold it a box of 100 packets and that is when a “lightbulb” went off in my head and the experiment was created.

I contacted the company to see if they would consider providing me with the product to conduct my experiment. They were actually intrigued with the idea and want to see/hear what results I get. So what is this product? You may have heard of it, but never knew that it can help prevent cavities, plaque formation, antibacterial, diabetic friendly and a host of other things. It is called xylitol and is derived from 100% North American Hardwood (not all/many companies claim/mention this so be sure to inquire before you purchase).

The plan is, that I will use 1 packet (which is 4g and safe to use up to that amount daily) daily for 100 days to see if I get any of results mentioned on the box. I went for my dental visit a couple of months ago and am not due for a cleaning till later in the year and by then will be finished with the experiment. I will have extra that I can use after I record my results and then will follow up again after my next dental visit to see if there are any significant changes they notice and I want to share.

How I will consume it, is at follows: I will have 1 packet a day spread throughout the day after a meal or snack and then after I brush my teeth before going to sleep, I will finish what is left in the packet, as it is safe to use and beneficial.

I am including some close up photos of what my teeth look like now and then throughout the experiment I will periodically share any of my results with photos, writings via this blog and also videos on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

I am also including some photos from the product packaging that tells you more about the product and the benefits mentioned.

To read more information about this company and where to buy their products, go to http://www.xylitolusa.com

Front of box, of Xyla (trade name of product)

Front of box, of Xyla (trade name of product)

Back of box of Xyla

Back of box of Xyla

Side panel of box mentioning benefits or xylitol

Side panel of box mentioning benefits or xylitol

My teeth prior to experiment  Taken 3/29/14

My teeth prior to experiment
Taken 3/29/14

Picture #2 Prior to experiment Taken 3/29/14

Picture #2
Prior to experiment
Taken 3/29/14

Picture #3 Prior to experiment Taken 3/29/14

Picture #3
Prior to experiment
Taken 3/29/14

Picture #4 Taken prior to experiment 3/29/14

Picture #4
Taken prior to experiment
3/29/14

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The Sale is On Again for Health Products from Frederic Patenaude

My friend, Frederic Patenaude has a great dental product on sale. It is only available for a short time, so don’t delay!

Here is the info from him:

Although the *precipitating* factor that creates problem
for raw-foodists is the introduction of more sugar, the
*real* problem are the underlying issues, so the bacteria
count!

The only way to prevent dental decay for life and reverse a
bad situation is to take active control of your oral
environment. Just controlling your diet does not address the
root of the problem.

That’s why I publish the best course available on the
topic, called “How to Heal and Prevent Dental Disasters.”

This program has been created by OraMedia and is the only
course I have discovered that tells you exactly how to avoid
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Other health products offered by Frederic, are on sale, as well, so check them out before the discounts are removed – which could be at any time, without notice! Remember to use the coupon code for those products where indicated to get the discounts.

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Company Review: Farmhouse Culture – Fine Fermented Foods

Farmhouse Culture Raw, Organic and Fresh refrigerated fermented Krauts and Kimchis in business since 2009

Tagline from their website: “We make the best darn kraut on the planet by infusing regional organic ingredients with wildly imaginative flavor profile.”

At the Natural Product Expo in Anaheim, CA I always find great new products to share with my readers and this company is definitely one of them. There are so many things to see and there is not enough time to see it all. I am glad I found this one. I love sauerkraut/fermented foods because it is yummy and also is great for your “gut” health. Our intestinal flora needs to be continually renewed and cultured food is a way to do it right! I would rather eat food then take a pill. It also helps if you are dealing with any issues of gluten/celiac (which we probably all have, even if we do not get tested) because it has to do with inflammation in the colon and high quality fermented foods help a lot!

When I tasted the krauts from Farmhouse Culture, I wanted more. They are so good and the flavors are so unique. Even more then that, is their packaging. It is not in a jar, as with most companies, they actually use a pouch that does not leach harmful chemicals (no BPA’s, PVC plasticizers or phthalates). It is commonly used in Europe and this company is the first to use it. What makes it special is the patented Ferment-O-Vent which releases the buildup of pressure without harmful bacteria entering and allows the healthful micro-organisms room to grow. Also, the pouch gas a lower carbon footprint and takes less energy to produce and transport then glass.

My Review

Overall impression: Love the colorful packaging/stand-up pouches with the peek-a-boo windows to see what is inside. All the products are great! It depends on your taste buds and how much “heat” you can handle whether you would try/like the spicier krauts and kimchi. I live the unique flavors/ingredients used as it perks up/excites your palate!

Krauts

1- Garlic Dill Pickle

This is my all time favorite! #1 for me! It reminds me of Gus Pickles, a company on the Lower East Side of NY where I used to go as a child with my Dad and siblings to get fresh pickles out of the barrels. This is better because it is organic, too. It is so good, I could eat the whole bag. I also love dill and the flavor is great! This is another really good one if you do not want a spicy kraut.

2- Ginger Beet

This is my 2nd favorite! I love the color of this product. It is also high in Vitamin C. Be careful because it may stain you since it has the red color from the beets. Since it is fermented, it actually smells like cooked beets. It also has ginger, which is warming to the body and has medicinal benefits. This flavor is very good and it not too strong for me to handle like the chili and jalepeño in the other products.

3- Classic Caraway

This is my 3rd favorite! This is really good with only a few ingredients. It is simply delicious. For those of you who do not want a spicy sauerkraut, this is a great option. They carry it in a larger pouch, 22 oz size, as it is probably one of the most popular and perhaps was their first product sold.

4- Horseradish Leek

This is my 4th favorite! High in Vitamin C and A. I am familiar with horseradish, as I eat it on Passover, called “marror” or bitter herbs. I like this flavor and it does not taste bitter to me. It has a slight “bite” and not overly strong where I can not eat it.

5- Smoked Jalapeño

This is my 5th favorite! High in Vitamin C. It has daikon radish which is a very good food for the body. It is known to “cut the fat” when eating fatty/oily animal foods – you would grate it finely and eat with your meal. It is also used medicinally – the greens are dried for a hip bath for feminine issues, the radish is also sun-dried and used in cooking. This flavor was spicy for me – hot! It is tasty and flavorful and has a nice crunch. After a short while I got used to it and wasn’t too hot for me.

Kimchi

Spicy Wakame Ginger

This is my 6th favorite! it is high in Vitamin C. It has wakame seaweed which is used in Japanese culture, mostly in miso soup and helps get rid of heavy metal toxicity in the body and high in minerals. It also has ginger which is warming and medicinal to the body. This one was Very Hot for me! The chili powder is more powerful in the heat index then is jalepeño, in my opinion. It is super intense and still is good. The way I can handle it, is by eating a little hit at a time.

Farmhouse Culture - Fine Fermented Foods

Farmhouse Culture – Fine Fermented Foods

Farmhouse Culture - Raw, Organic  Krauts and Kimchi

Farmhouse Culture – Raw, Organic Krauts and Kimchi

To check out more about this great company, their awesome products and where to buy them, go to: http://www.farmhouseculture.com

Also check out my youtube channel for a video review of all these products that I do a tasting of: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review: Living Tree Community Foods – Alive, Sundried, Wildcrafted, Organic and Kosher

Living Tree Community Foods

Here is some history about the company and the owner, taken from their website:

In 1979, Jesse Schwartz, a former college teacher and John Kozack a teacher and administrator with the BioDynamic Farming and Gardening Association of Southern California founded Living Tree Community in Marin County, California. We propagated historic and heirloom fruit trees, including over 80 varieties of old time apple varieties. Through the miracle of grafting we made “photocopies” and propagated them in quantity. We gathered many of these varieties on fruit exploring expeditions in Mendocino County, the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Sierra foothills. We were often guided by old timers who had grown up in the orchards and knew every tree. We brought back from near extinction several early California varieties including Hauer Pippin, Skinner’s Seedling and Pink Pearl, a pink fleshed variety.

We also introduced the Warren pear to California agriculture. It was discovered by T.O. Warren, a distinguished member of the North American Fruit Explorers. He found it in a rural area of Louisiana. He at once noticed something unusual despite the heat and humidity, it was free of fireblight. Its refreshingly sweet taste and fine texture were also exceptional. Family farmer Al Courchesne of Frog Hollow Farms in Brentwood commissioned us to transform an orchard of nondescript pears to Warren Pear. We did so over three years by a sophisticated grafting technique called frameworking, joining scions of Warren Pear onto the primary and secondary branches. By leaving the trees intact, we brought them back into full production in less than half the time it would have taken to plant an orchard anew.

Warren Pears
In regard to bringing back heirloom varieties, Thomas Jefferson wisely said, “The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.”

In addition to growing trees, we began manufacturing almond butter, which we offered in our tree catalog.

After a decade of propagating trees, we closed the Nursery. Jesse Schwartz founded Living Tree Community Foods, Inc. in Berkeley and we have since devoted ourselves to manufacturing and distributing organic food. Wherever possible, we buy our ingredients from family farmers. In particular, our pistachios, calymirna figs, mission figs, dried peaches, apricots, nectarines, medjool dates and halawi dates are grown by family farmers here in California. We feel privileged to support them.

Read more here: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/store2/aboutus.asp

My Review

I’ve known the owner, Jesse Schwartz for a while and have seen the company grow from producing and selling a few nut butters to now selling seed butters, alive oils, alive chocolate, pestos, coconut products, dried fruit and vegetables, grains, seeds, etc. Their products are of the highest quality and the company has integrity and are concerned about the environment. They support family farmers and source the best ingredients.

Organic Alive Almond Butter

Info from their site: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/store2/product.asp?id=11&catid=40

I am a BIG fan of almond butter! I love the creamy texture and the fact that they make it in small batches and slice not grind the almonds gives it such a smooth yummy taste. I guess I would have to see it, to believe it! Perhaps, I will have to one day go to Berkeley, CA to do a video of the process, as it would be interesting to see and share. I do not know of any other company doing it this way. The product is certified organic, kosher and made from California almonds. They are high in calcium and iron. I eat it straight out of the jar because it is so good and I can! I also love to use as a dip and “dunk” my carrots in the jar. I like the balance of flavor between the two. I also put it on celery and pieces of cabbage for a wrap. You can also use it to make a sweet or savory sauce/dressing depending on the other ingredients you add to it and use on your salad, pasta (I make mine out of zucchini because I do not use any flour products), etc.

Organic and Alive Sesame Tahini

Info from their site: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/store2/product.asp?id=10&catid=44

Tahini is a versatile seed butter and can be used to prepare many different things. From sauces, dressings, dips, mayos, spreads, added to desserts, to make halvah, etc. It is high in calcium and iron, as it comes from sesame seeds. The seeds are sliced rather then ground, as I mentioned above regarding the almond butter. The product is certified organic and kosher. It also has a wonderfully creamy texture. Sometimes I simply add a bit of water to it and make a dressing with lemon, lime or orange juice and pour it on my salad – yum!

Organic Raw Black Sesame Tahini

Info from their site: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/store2/product.asp?id=53&catid=44

I do not know of any other company who is making this seed butter. It is an exclusive creation. It has a variety of medicinal benefits including: to nourish blood deficiencies, lubricate the intestines and help move the bowels. It is also high in calcium. The texture is different as it is drier and not “pourable” like the other tahini I mentioned above. The product is certified organic and kosher. Again, you can use it to make many different dished, as mentioned above. It actually looks like caviar. Black sesame seeds are utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine to nourish and fortify the liver and kidneys.

You can also check out my youtube review of these products, as I taste them “live.”
Living Tree Community Foods: Alive, Sundried, Wildcrafted, Organic and Kosher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52yGVhs40Iw

To read more about this company and their extensive product line, go to: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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The Dangers of Asbestos – Important Information!

I received this email from someone who was checking out my blog and wanted to share it. Please check out the links within the email for more information about asbestos and mesothelioma. I hope to have a Q and A up shortly with Heather. Stay tuned for that!

Hi Mindy,

Thanks for getting back to me! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I
wanted to reach out to you to share something very special to me. I
noticed your blog has a focus on the environment and living green and I
was wondering if you’d be willing to help me with a very important cause!

Eight years ago, my wife Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare
cancer that kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis. She had just
given birth to our daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live.
After undergoing a risky procedure, she beat the odds and we began our
mission to bring awareness to mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos
(the only known cause of it).

In honor of upcoming Asbestos Awareness Week (April 1-7), we’ve created
a webpage dedicated to raising awareness to this deadly carcinogen.
http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness

It would mean so much to Heather and I if you would be willing to share
the page on your blog to help educate and protect your readers from this
preventable disease. Let me know what you think!

Unfortunately when it comes to asbestos, people often think because there is no immediate affect, then it isn’t that really big of a problem. Just simply knowing what asbestos and how to protect yourself truly does make a difference in and saving lives.

Thank you so much,


Cameron Von St. James
http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/cameron/

Facts About Asbestos

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