If you drink this, you will have an awesome life and all of your problems will go away.

A lot of times I end up talking to people about all sorts of ‘amazing and exciting new health drinks’. Drinks like MonaVie, Zrii, Frutaiga, Goji juice, Noni Juice, Genesis, Xango, Mandura, Vemma, and the list goes on and on.

First, let me say that I think a lot of these products are good, and there are some good manufacturers of them, and some are done well and can be beneficial for people. Buuuuuut, I’m gonna go with my gut on this one…

I do not care for the spirit of all of these companies and drinks. Let me explain. Far too many people are looking for a quick fix or a miracle drug or one thing that they can do so they do not have to change their life. The mindset, whether spoken or not, is ‘let me do whatever I want and just take this drink to keep me healthy’ or ‘taking this product is going to cure my ills’ or ‘I am going to use this combined with whatever to help me stay young forever’ or… whatever else is here it bothers me. It’s like the mindset that says, ‘I can eat this terrible thing, I will just exercise a little more to work it off’.

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Article roundup (1/19)

Yeah, that sounds about right.

1. Russia Bans U.S. Poultry over Chlorine
Chicken frequently gets a chlorine bath… and ammonia baths too! Yay!

2. California Firm Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination
No surprise here.

3. Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure, Study Reveals

I have mentioned a little bit about Monsanto previously here.

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Now that’s a marriage!

If you want to talk about a good marriage, then let’s talk about apples and cheese. First, I see an apple and I don’t get that excited anymore. I mean, I know they have excellent phytonutrients (basically, natural plant chemicals that are not nutrients but protect the plants immune system) and flavonoids (basically water-soluble plant pigments) which provide antioxidant protection. Sure they have good dietary fiber and some vitamin C. Yada yada yada, they are good for you… but in the end it’s just a lonely organic pink lady sitting on a plate:

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BPA, Babies, Bum-outs, and… Tomato Sauce?

Just recently I was having a conversation with my sister and brother-in-law and the subject of BPA came up (Bisphenol A). We were discussing it since I am about to be an uncle for the third time : ) and they are making sure to get BPA free bottles and

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Cookies. This is a first.

Cookies? On this blog? Shocking, shocking, shocking, I know. I don’t make cookies very often but since I made some for Christmas recently I thought I would post them. Of the cookies I made, these were my favorite: Apricot coconut cookies.

These cookies were regulars in my family’s celebrations whether it be Thanksgiving or Christmas. For some reason, I have the hardest time remembering exactly what they looked like or how they tasted. As I was looking through recipes, they caught my eye… and I am glad they did.

The recipe is adapted from my mom and my aunt. I modified it a bit (of course, I do that with everything). And I am sure they could just as easily be made gluten-free and casein-free (ahem) using ghee or coconut oil instead of butter and using buckwheat flour instead of spelt. In fact, all of those would be better options, I just used what I had and was acceptable to me.

For some strange reason I enjoy trying different flours and different brands of the same flour. This time I used spelt flour from Vita-Spelt. I had only used it once before and I am not sure what I think of it. Hey, I’m honest. I really don’t know. I was not particularly impressed. But it was fine and I was not disappointed either. Also, usually I would use a whole grain spelt flour but for these I used white spelt flour. It was Christmas.

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