Monday, March 28, 2011

The Best Lentil & Smoked Sausage Soup!

About 6 servings


2 tablespoons of olive oil or just enough to coat bottom of crock pot

1 cup of dry lentils

1 small onion, chopped (onions are on the “Clean 15” list, so does not have to be organic)

1.5 cup of shredded green cabbage, depending on preference (cabbage does not need to be organic as it is on the “Clean 15” list)

3 teaspoons of minced garlic

1 (14 ounce) smoked sausage, preferably without MSG, gluten or added nitrites

1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, preferably organic, natural or dice up 3 or 4 fresh tomatoes depending on size.

2 cubes of vegetable bouillon (I like Rapunzel Vegan with Sea Salt & Herbs because ingredients are organic & non-hydrogenated)

5 cups of water or depending on your preference

2 bay leaves

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salt & pepper to taste


Throw everything in the crock pot on high for 6 hours & enjoy!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Why Are Food Dyes Bad?

Among the list of harmful ingredients to avoid that my son's doctor told me to avoid are food dyes.

Food dyes or food coloring or artificial food colors are known to increase or trigger symptoms in those with autism or that have ADHD.

Europe requires food labels on any foods to have a warning label that says "consumption may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children”.  If it does this for all children in general, then how much more it can affect those with autism or those with ADHD.

Food dyes can cause severe allergic reactions and hyperactivity. Most importantly they contain a cancer causing compound that also increases free radicals in the body.

You will be amazed where these food dyes are found and how common they really are. Next time you buy groceries, read the ingredient list, if it has food dye, find an alternative that does not contain food dye or make it homemade from scratch.

Foods that contain food dye are: Cereals such as fruit loops (which are loaded with tons of sugar with little nutritional value), Mac n Cheese, Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches, popsicles, fruit roll-ups, Pop Tarts, Eggo Blueberry Waffles, pickles, salad dressings, many beverages (soft drinks, powdered drinks, sports drinks), candy, gum, pudding, ice cream, snack foods, dairy products such as yogurt (plus many contain aspartame as well), jelly, jam, condiments (mustard, horseradish, dips, marinades), powdered sauces, rice mixes, boxed potato mixes, instant soups, baked goods, canned fruits such as cherries, liquid antibiotics, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, cosmetics, and even your pet's food!

If you really must use food dye, buy natural food dyes. If you find that a food product you like has food dye find the alternative to it in natural or organic food sections. If you are worried about prices, check your grocer's ad for specials, go online to find coupons on their website or social media sites they use, or just do an online search for coupons on that product. Shop at a whole foods or natural foods stores like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Sprouts or at any local natural foods market. If you cook at home, you will always know what ingredients are in the foods you and your family eats.

What to do next? Prepare whole fresh foods at home. Eat foods rich in vitamins A, C and E as they are high in antioxidants that fight off free radicals. Free radicals destroy cells and multiply quickly. They damage DNA, and the mitochondria in cells are greatly damaged. The mitochondria cannot repair itself from this damage so easily. The mitochondria plays a large role in autism symptoms. Most children with autism do have high toxic metals in their body. The more toxic metals in a body, the more free radical activity because the heavy metals cause the free radicals to multiply even more rapidly. This is why chelation therapy is performed. Supplements that are beneficial to fighting off free radicals are Coenzyme Q10,  Maharishi Amrit Kalash, grape seed extract, and microhydrin. The body constantly repairs and replaces free radical damaged cells. However, pollution, foods and lifestyles overwhelm the body with more free radicals than our body can deal with. Thus it is necessary to use multivitamins and supplements to strengthen the body's ability to fight off free radicals. Agents that cause free radical problems besides heavy metals are pesticides, alcohol, cigarette smoke, air pollution, smog, soot, exhaust, toxic waste, herbicides, UV light, background radiation, drugs, cadmium, and ionizing radiation.

Free radicals increase heart disease, strokes, arthritis, allergies and cancer. Free radicals are known to speed up the aging process.

Did you notice in the picture above that even children's multivitamins include artificial coloring? My son's multivitamin does not contain artificial coloring, or for that matter... no artificial flavors or sweetners. Plus, the multivitamins are patent-pending with Oligo that "naturally binds minerals to organic compounds to protect the potency of antioxidants and to improve nutrient solubility." Thus nutrients are delivered in a form that "mirrors how they are naturally found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods for energy, vitality, and balanced nutriton." If you would like to learn more about Oligo, or the children's multivitamin my son uses, please feel free to go to, or if you would like to do your part in sharing with others about having safer, better, eco-friendly, and cost-effective products, feel free to "Get the Details."

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

An Obituary printed in the London Times - Interesting and sadly rather true

by Wolfe Gary

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

- Why the early bird gets the worm;

- Life isn't always fair;

- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights

I Want It Now

Someone Else Is To Blame

I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Yummiest Chicken Chili I have had!


1 1/2 pounds of skinless boneless chicken meat cut into bite-size pieces

1 (15 ounce) can of kidney beans, drained (retain half the liquid)

1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained (retain half the liquid)

1 large onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 (6 ounce) can of  tomato paste

1 (14.5 ounce) can of stewed tomatoes

1/2 cup mango salsa (I used All Natural Frontera Gourmet Mexican Salsa Mango Key Lime with roasted tomato and habanero- medium)

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon chili powder

ground black pepper to taste


Place all ingredients (the chicken meat, kidney beans with half their liquid, black beans with half their liquid, onion, green pepper, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes, mango salsa, rice vinegar, bay leaf, smoked paprika, salt, chili powder, and black pepper) into a slow cooker, and stir well to combine. Set the cooker to High, cover, and cook for 1 hour; stir the chili. Turn the cooker down to Low, and cook for 3 to 4 more hours.

Serving Size 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe 8
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 253
Calories from Fat 50
Total Fat 5.6g 9 %
Saturated Fat 1g 5 %
Cholesterol 36mg 12 %
Sodium 920mg 37 %
Potassium 657mg 18 %
Total Carbohydrates 33.5g 11 %
Dietary Fiber 9g 36 %
Protein 19.5g 39 %
Sugars 5.6g
Vitamin A 19 %
Vitamin C 40 %
Calcium 9 %
Iron 41 %
Thiamin 23 %
Niacin 64 %
Vitamin B6 23 %
Magnesium 18 %
Folate 23 %

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Top with green onions, cheese, add corn chips for those that like Frito pies or whatever you desire!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Laughing Baby!

... Because this is just too adorable & too cute! You can't help but laugh & smile!