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by Group Owner on Jan. 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM


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by Group Owner on Jan. 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

The foods you should ALWAYS buy organic...


The foods you should ALWAYS buy organic...

Things are tough these days. The economy is terrible, everyone is stressed, and just making ends meet often feels almost impossible. Times like these, when we need to pinch every penny, also happen to be the times when we let our health slip. Buying food is expensive, and when there’s barely enough to go around, it’s tempting to buy the least expensive items in the grocery store, regardless of whether they’re the best option.

Usually, the "least expensive option" isn’t organic, but there are a select group of foods that it’s absolutely essential to pay a little bit more for.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certifies foods as organic if:

  • The ingredients used to produce them are at least 95% certified organic
  • Farmers limit the use of chemical pesticides
  • Animals used for food production are provided with natural feed

In a perfect world, all our meat would be free-range, our produce organic, and our dairy unpolluted by growth hormones or antibiotics. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world. Agribusiness earns billions of dollars a year and as demand goes up, companies are developing newer pesticides to create more resilient produce and hormones to fatten up poultry and cattle.

If you’re able to purchase all your groceries organic, I urge you to. And it is possible to find inexpensive organic food. If you’re strapped for time and cash and eating healthy is your goal, keep in mind the following foods that you should always buy organic.

  1. Apples: Everybody’s heard some variation of the joke about a worm in the apple. It’s both gross and an indication that people aren’t the only animals concerned with eating healthy food. Still, to combat the pests who want your Red Delicious, farmers spray apples with dozens of pesticides. Research has shown that apples are one of the most sprayed fruits out there, and it’s tough to remove all pesticides by washing.
  2. Leafy greens: Spinach and Kale, and other leafy greens, are diet staples for people dedicated to eating healthy meals. They also have a large surface area for pesticides to seep in. Plus, the class of pesticides most frequently used on leafy greens, organophosphates, have been shown to interfere with hormones and may even lower the IQ of children exposed to it.
  3. Bell peppers: Eating healthy approved? Check. Super absorbent? Check. Plus, many bell peppers are imported from countries with standards more lax than the US.
  4. Meat: It’s absolutely essential that you buy your meat organic. Not only do you have to worry about your family eating healthy foods, you also have to make sure the chicken and beef you buy was eating healthy too. Non-organic cattle and poultry—to take the two most common—are fed feed injected with growth hormone and antibiotics to keep them healthy and fat. These additives can be absorbed into the tissues of beef and chicken and can be impossible to get out. The same goes for animal products like eggs. If your eggs have pesticides, so does every meal you cook with them.

And finally...
  1. Baby food: This may not apply to everyone, but it’s important. Babies are particularly susceptible to pesticides in food. Add to that the fact they eat baby food exclusively, and it makes sense to go organic.
by Group Owner on Jan. 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Gluten Free Party Recipes: "Chips" and Guac


Gluten Free Party Recipes: "Chips" and Guac

Living on a gluten-free diet can be tough, especially at first. (Believe me – I remember!) Because wheat is such a staple in the American diet, transitioning to gluten-free foods can be difficult, since that often means abandoning many of your favorite dishes and snacks.

But a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be absolutely delicious! There are dozens of absolutely fantastic gluten-free snack recipes that even gluten lovers will adore. Here are two of my favorite gluten-free party snacks.

Baked Beet Chips


2 medium beets
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, brush your baking pan with a light coat of extra virgin olive oil. Using a mandoline, cut the beets into thin slices and arrange them in a single layer in the pan. (Wear kitchen gloves while handling the beets, or else your fingers may end up stained red!)

Bake for approximately 20 minutes, flipping at midpoint. Check the chips periodically, as beets can burn easily. Remove from oven and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar for an extra kick. (You can do this step when you flip the chips mid-way through baking, if you prefer. Either way, just make sure to do it while they’re still hot.)

These are a great gluten-free alternative to potato chips or pita chips. Keep in mind that the beets shrink while baking, so the large slices you cut won’t be the actual size of the cooked chip. Store any chips you don’t eat immediately in a paper bag, as the moisture that accumulates in a sealed plastic container will turn your beet chips into beet jerky.

Chunky Guacamole

Cut the avocados into cubes and put them in a bowl. Next, mix in the garlic, tomatoes, chives, and cilantro. Make sure you don’t mash the avocados, as the chunky consistency is part of what makes this guacamole unique. Sprinkle with lime juice and serve with an assortment of veggies for dipping.

This is one of my favorite gluten-free, diet-friendly party recipes. It’s so incredibly easy to make, and virtually everyone loves it. Another bonus: No preservatives! One minor potential drawback of that is that you’ll have to make this guac no earlier than the day before you plan to serve it.

Here’s a tip to keep guacamole fresh as long as possible: Rather than throwing the pit of the avocado away, place it in the container with the dip. The pit will help keep the avocado flesh greener longer – Who knew?!



by Group Owner on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Dolores en la parte baja de la espalda

El dolor en la parte baja de la espalda es uno que es sufrido por un gran porcentaje de las personas en alguna etapa de la vida y es causado por diferentes situaciones que van desde malas posturas hasta lesiones. Existen tres tipos de dolor de espalda baja que dependen de sus causas y de cómo se trate esta parte del cuerpo y son:

  • La mayoría de dolores de espalda duran menos de tres meses. En general el sesenta por ciento del dolor de espalda baja desaparece en una semana, el noventa por ciento en seis semanas y más del 95 por ciento se ha recuperado en doce semanas. Además en el 98 por ciento de los casos, este dolor se va en el lapso de un año.
  • Después de la primera vez que te has lastimado tu espalda, tienes más posibilidades de que ocurra nuevamente. Muchas personas que se recuperan de un dolor de espalda baja tienen un episodio repetitivo menos de un año después. La gran mayoría de estas personas lo tienen nuevamente en algún momento de sus vidas.
  • El dolor de larga duración o crónico no sólo hace que sientas cansancio, irritabilidad y que tengas una menor productividad y actividad, pero también puede traer otros problemas. Si tu dolor de espalda hace que utilices tu cuerpo de maneras diferentes, como por ejemplo que te haga cojear o sentarte en forma diferente, el dolor se puede extender a otras áreas de tu cuerpo. El dolor también puede causar cambios bioquímicos en el cuerpo que hacen que este continúe. Sin tratamiento especializado, el síndrome del dolor crónico puede incapacitar a quienes lo sufren.

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by Group Owner on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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