Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Writing Accountability

Is there like a service for this?!

I have none.

I 'want' to, but I don't...

I checked my contributor page...6 articles for all of 2011 and only 2 so far for 2012.  Jeez, slack!














So, based on these figures...I need to write at least 38 more articles before the end of the calendar year in order to have a 'more successful' year than my previous most successful in 2010.














That works out to 1.8 articles/week...so, if I can do 2 articles/week:












...it doesn't make a big difference...

However...3 articles/week:












...looks pretty good ;)

It all sounds good in theory...I just need to do some...period!

My first Competwition

I must say, it went well considering I really didn't know what the heck I was doing!

I received a total of 8 entries...so I put those in a 'random' generator...

Here are the results:

List Randomizer
There were 8 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
1.     6
2.     3
3.     4
4.     2
5.     1
6.     5
7.     7
8.     8
Timestamp: 2012-07-31 15:08:17 UTC

So, the winner...#6 is:


Congratulations!  Sending you a message on Twitter!

Tuesday Trivia--Vegan Celebrity Quotes

First, let's talk about last week's question:

Do you know what vitamin Vegans do not get through their diet and must be supplemented either with fortified foods or a supplement?

If you said, B-12...You got it!!

Unfortunately, the best place to get B-12 is in animal products.  So, if you're Vegan, this is obviously a problem.

For Vegans, the best way to get B-12 is through enriched and/or fortified foods (such as non-dairy milk and yogurt) and supplements.  I also like Nutritional Yeast to get some extra B vitamins ;)

If supplementing, I recommend a complex B vitamin.  It will be good for your mental health and metabolism. Don't worry, excess B vitamins are excreted through urine!  Our bodies are wonderfully made.

On to this week, thought we could have some fun with trying to identify the Vegan Celebrity that said the following:

  • "I read Skinny Bitch first and then I forced myself to watch a documentary called Earthlings.  It's inside footage of factory farms and dairy farms.  And you just see that and you go 'I can't participate in that, I can't be a part of something that is suffering'."
  • "I'm healthier for it, I'm happier for it.  I can't imagine that if you're putting something in your body that is filled with fear or anxiety or pain, that that isn't somehow going to be inside of you."
  • "I'm not an activist; I don't look for controversy.  I'm not a political person, but I'm a person with compassion.  I care passionately about equal rights.  I care about human rights.  I care about animal rights.  Above all, I strive to be the best I can --  to be better than I was yesterday and better tomorrow."
  • "I want everybody to be happier.  I would love for the world to be happier.  I think it's our one thing that we all share.  We focus so much on our differences and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world.  And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common --which is--we all want to be happy."

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Fact--Protein Choices?!

I enjoyed the visual from last week and I think many of you did as well, so I'm trying it again.

Here's a great side-by-side comparison of your protein choices.  I know what I choose!  Glad it's the right one!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday Tidbit--Ticks turning people Vegetarian

Okay, that headline caught your attention, right?  I thought it was pretty interesting myself.

Now, you can read the article here.

It's a sign...it's got to be!

Go Vegan ;)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wellness Wednesday--Health Assessment

This opportunity is now closed, but you can still get your health assessment here.

Followers on my Facebook, Twitter, and this blog...and yes my audience varies.

So, I didn't wanna leave anyone out!

Win your personalized health assessment here!

I also recommend all you business owners try that site out!

Here's to your health!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday Trivia--Supplements

Who got last weeks question?  If you said 'B--1/2 cup tofu'...you got it!
1/2 cup cooked broccoli:  35 mg calcium
1/2 cup tofu:  258 mg calcium
1/2 cup whole milk:  150 mg calcium
1/2 cup cooked kale:  61 mg calcium

Do you know what vitamin Vegans do not get through their diet and must be supplemented either with fortified foods or a supplement?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Facts--Why Vegan?

There are various reasons why people go Vegan.

Lots of people learn with pictures too!  Just thought I'd share ;)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday Tidbit--Vegan Stories

It's really wonderful to read about how people transform their lives.  People are addicted to makeover type shows, so the desire to know and to learn these things is there.

I enjoy watching and learning about other people in many aspects.

The link below shares a few stories about the profound health effects that Veganism had on these peoples lives.  I just thought that I would share that with you.

Veganism Saved My Life!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wellness Wednesday--Cinnamon

Quick list of the health benefits of cinnamon:

Health benefits of cinnamon:
  • Anti-inflammatory food
  • Prevents unwanted clumping of platelets in the body
  • Anti-microbial
  • Blood sugar control-slows the rate that the stomach empties after meals which reduce the rise in blood sugar after eating
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Scent can boost brain activity
  • Calcium and fiber in cinnamon can help with colon and heart health

Here is the full article:  Healthy Spices:  Cinnamon


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Trivia--Calcium

Okay...who got last week's question on protein? If you said 'A--One cup of peas'...you got it right!
One cup of peas:  9 g protein
1/3 cup walnuts:  5 g protein
1 oz cheddar cheese:  7 g protein
2 TBS peanut butter:  8 g protein

Which of the following has the most calcium per serving?

A.  1/2 cup cooked broccoli

B.  1/2 cup tofu

C.  1/2 cup whole milk

D.  1/2 cup cooked kale

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Madness-Rambling

So, if you haven't noticed...I'm trying to post more.  Yeah, I'm not making any promises...my intentions are always good though!

I've got to figure out if I'm messing up 'scheduled' posts because Friday's didn't show up, and it happened once before too.  I'll figure all of this out!  So yes, I just posted Friday's post...whatever!

Today makes DAY 4 of my friggin HEADACHE!! Ridiculous.  I'm so over this!

No fun stuff to report for the weekend mainly due to working on Saturday and above mentioned headache.  I slept most of the weekend away, but I wasn't miserable then.  Win-Win I guess...catch up on some sleep and not feel miserable while doing so...maybe I shouldn't complain.

Saturday evening the kids and I did manage to go out to dinner and buy some groceries.  We had a good time.

On a totally random note...Hot and Spicy Claussen pickles are absolutely delicious and addicting...and they are almost gone...one pickle spear is a serving, ha!

Lately, I've had a lot of questions/concerns come up all around me...from my website survey and from family and friends.  I love being asked questions even if I don't immediately know the answer...having to research something is fun to me...nerdy, I know!  The satisfaction that brings me, to know that people really are curious and care...is simply wonderful.

So...Thank You!

I'm also going to come up with another survey!  Because...that was fun and feedback was wonderful!

Happy Monday Y'all!!

Friday Fact--Water

It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat, while growing 1 pound of wheat only requires 25 gallons. You save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you do by not showering for six months! A totally vegan diet requires only 300 gallons of water per day, while a typical meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursday Tidbits--Eating for Beauty

Today's post is brought to you as inspiration to get out there and try new things!  

Hungry for Change  is an inspiring documentary that you should watch!
On top of this, they are sharing inspiring information from others.

In the list below you can see some of the top ‘beautifying foods’ recommended by David Wolfe his book ‘Eating For Beauty:
Aloe Vera – Believed to be a food of long-lasting youth and rapid healing. The anti-inflammatory power in acute inflammation is one of it’s best known actions. The gel of the Aloe Vera can be used topically or add to your daily juice.
Coconut Oil – Contains a number of health giving properties including being high in antioxidants, control blood sugar levels, assist the thyroid gland and repair the skin. You can eat it straight, blend into smoothies, use in cooking and on the skin.
Cucumbers – Fantastic for cleansing our bodies. The skins of cucumbers are high in silicon although are often grown with pesticides and waxed in stores so it is best to choose organic.
Figs – Super high in calcium and other minerals. They are also contain large amounts of fiber and therefore beneficial for our digestive system. They have been described as being the most alkalizing if all dried fruits.
Hemp Seed – One of the most nutritionally complete foods containing all nine essential amino acids making them exceptionally high in protein whilst also high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and minerals. Eat them as a snack, add to a salad or use the hemp oil in your smoothie.
Macadamia Nuts – Contain high levels of selenium needed to build the body’s most powerful enzyme. The macadamia nut’s overall combination of fatty acids and zinc makes it wonderful skin beautifier.
Pumpkin Seeds – A wonderful source of B vitamins, many minerals (including zinc), phytonutrients and fatty oils. All of these contributing to their ability to produce clear and glowing skin. They also have anti-parasite properties.
Turmeric – Considered a restorative food, with strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-microbial characteristics. Well known for its ability to purify blood which is essential for clear skin.
Source: Eating For Beauty by David Wolfe - For the complete description of these beautifying foods and to see the rest of the list have a read of David Wolfe’s book ‘Eating For Beauty’. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wellness Wednesday--Garlic

Yeah, some of you don't like it...and I know the smell is pungent, but there are some health benefits to garlic!

Lowers blood pressure
Lots of vitamins and minerals

Let me know if you would like more information on this!

Tuesday Trivia--Infamous Protein

Sorry, it's a day late...not sure why this went to DRAFT?!

 How do you get your protein has got to be the MOST asked question EVER when people find out that I'm Vegan.

 No one asked me about my protein consumption before this ;)

 So, trivia question:

  Which of these foods has the most protein per serving shown? 
 A. 1 cup of peas 
 B. 1/3 c. walnuts 
 C. 1 oz. cheddar cheese 
 D. 2 TBS peanut butter

 Send me an e-mail with your thought or respond below.

I hope it makes you Google!

Knowledge is power!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Madness-Vegan Man with Guitar-Jason Mraz

The World As I See It... I'm Yours... I Won't Give Up... Beautifully written songs I love this post made by Jason Mraz and his reference to being on a plant-based diet. Kudos to you Jason! Just wanted to share.