Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: Artisana & An Ulimana Giveaway

Jaisan with Artisana Nut Butters was kind enough to allow me the chance to review some of their wonderful products. Here is a little information about them. They are fresh, organic and raw! We all know the benefits of raw food eating and there aren't too many "butters" out there that are raw. All of their products are peanut, gluten and dairy free! They have an awesome variety of butters as you can see above. They have coconut butter, cashew butter, macadamia butter, pecan butter, walnut butter, almond butter, tahini butter, cacao bliss, cashini and more! I can honestly say that it was so hard to chose my favorites! I LOVED the macadamia, pecan and cacao bliss the best though. The coconut butter is also so tasty and sweet. Great for making dessert bars! They were seriously ALL so good. You guys NEED to try this brand out. Seriously, you will not regret it!

They have some great looking recipes on their site HERE. There is a recipe HERE for macadamia nut butter ball cookies that sounds so good and can easily be veganized! I see this brand in every health food store I go to, so it should not be hard for you to find. If you can't find it near you though, not to worry, they sell Artisana online on many different sites! Thank you again Artisana for allowing me the chance to try out all your awesome butters! I am now hooked and will definitely be loading up on some more on my next trip to Whole Foods :)

As always, I was not paid for this review and Artisana sent me these products for free to sample. 

Want to win some raw truffles and a sticker or two? Of course you do! UliMana was nice enough to send me some truffles that I could use for a giveaway. I asked for some coconut nectar ones as those are the ones that you guys seemed to be the most intrigued with :)

To win:
*Become a follower on my site.
*Post that you would like to win these raw truffles.
*For an extra entry, post a link to my blog contest on your Facebook and leave me the link.
That's it!

Contest ends:
April 10th
I wanted to give everyone a shot at winning.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Quick Post

Hey everyone! Sorry it has been a while. I just wanted you to know I wasn't dead. For those of you who read my last post, I ended up having to go to the dentist. I had my three wisdom teeth pulled. There was a bad cavity in one of them, but I refused to have it filled and decided to just get them all pulled. I don't need them anyway.

Smoothie from McFosters with mint, pineapple, tempeh milk, tahini and agave.

Fresh mango snack

 Spankopita with tofu scramble, no egg agave hollandaise and hash browns from McFosters.

Yam tempura from Wasabi

This is what I have been working on. I have been getting all my herbs organized. 

They are all labeled now!

My Nano and his new homemade catnip toy.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tooth decay

Hello all! I recently have developed a bad tooth ache due to the fact that I have a wisdom tooth growing in as well as a cavity in that wisdom tooth. Has anyone read this book:

I am very interested in it, but it is about $30 so I have not purchased it yet. I am going to look for it in some used book stores though. I am against getting fillings because of the high levels of mercury in them. Just for those who aren't familiar, here are a few facts about fillings that I have copied and pasted:
"For years, dental patients have assumed that the materials being used in dentistry are safe. It is now becoming widely believed that this is not the case. With the recent rise in awareness about amalgam (mercury-based) fillings and how they continuously offgas highly toxic mercury vapor into the mouth, dental consumers are becoming more choosy about what materials they decide to have placed the the highly-volatile environment of their mouths. A close look at the materials used in dentistry show that there may be no such thing as a perfect filling material.

Although porcelain/ceramic fillings have been used for years, they often contain a substantial amount of aluminum, normally in the form of aluminum oxide. In some cases, they contain 45% aluminum oxide. Some manufacturers claim that only very minute amounts of aluminum leach from these fillings, however, medical professionals have claimed to have witnessed aluminum toxicity allegedly caused by this type of filling material. The general belief is that aluminum toxicity leads to immune system issues and neurological disorders. It has also been reported that porcelain fillings contain various other metals such as cobalt, barium and cadmium, each of which can be harmful to your health. Some manufacturers of porcelain fillings utilize chemicals like acrylate, formaldehyde, hexane, hydroquinone, phenol, polyurethane, silane, strontium, toluene and xylene which can be present in the final filling material.

It is well known that mercury and aluminum are extremely toxic to the body when mixed. Dr. Boyd Haley states that the two metals together are 100-times more toxic to the body than either metal alone. It may be wise to consider this fact if you believe that aluminum leaches from fillings, especially if you're having amalgam (mercury-based) fillings removed just prior.

Resin fillings are often thought of as "plastic" fillings. They normally contain a mixture of glass and plastic with other substances. The health concern associated with resins are that they contain a class of chemicals known as bis-phenol (or BIS-GMAs). This substance has been shown—in some cases—to leach estrogen-mimicking compounds into the body. There are also reports that some brands of resin contain barium and/or aluminum. Some resins are based on another class of chemicals known as methacrylates and have properties that may make them hard on the liver and kidneys over an extended period of time.

Gold, in it's pure form, is not useful as a dental restoration material (in most cases) because it is too soft. For this reason, it is normally mixed with other metals including chromium, nickel, copper or palladium in order to increase its strength. The incidence of diagnosed nickel and copper toxicity is increasing rapidly as the awareness of the harmful physical effects of these metals is realized. Copper toxicity often has many of the same symptoms as does mercury toxicity.

Amalgam ("Silver")
Amalgam fillings contain up to 50% (more in some cases) of mercury. This mercury is well-known to offgass into the oral cavity constantly. Because the toxic properties of mercury are well-known, and considering mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive metal, amalgam fillings are virtually never considered an option by dentists who stay current with medical research. Most (or all) of the arguments promoted by the American Dental Association claiming amalgam safety have been successfully rebutted in the medical literature and by professional organizations.

Popular Materials
There are several trends in the dental industry as information about the possible toxic nature of fillings becomes apparent. One of these trends is the use of a filling material called DiamondLite. Many biological dentists are now considering this material to be one of the "safer" alternatives, although not perfect."

With all this being said, I really need your help if anyone has any in site into reversing cavities. I am researching as well. The biggest thing I found is that we need to eat less sugar and processed foods.Also, I am currently applying one drop of clove bud essential oil to my infected area daily.

Clove oil kills bacteria. Its main component is eugenol. Eugenol is a powerful phyochemical that anesthetizes, fights free radical oxidation, kills intestinal parasites and bacteria and fungi. Clove oil is antiseptic and antimicrobial which make it great for tooth infections I think. Just to warn you if you plan on trying this, clove oil is very strong! Also, do your research before hand. The best thing to do is to soak a cotton ball in olive oil and then add a couple drops of clove oil. Apply this directly to the infected tooth for as long as you can. Do not sleep with it on your tooth though!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pets & My Anniversary

It seems like everyones anniversary is at the beginning of the year huh? Well, my husband and I just celebrated our 6th year wedding anniversary. We celebrated the night before by going to get my favorite type of food, Thai. We tried out a new place called Thai Spice near our house. 

This is the fried tofu that we got as an appetizer. 
Tofu drunken noodles
Sticky rice with a vegetable curry
On the day of our anniversary, we went out for some mexican food at Hectors. I got the vegetarian fajitas. They were pretty tasty. My husband ate the dairy on the plate with rice. They also had jumbo margaritas which were over double the size of one regular margarita. Bingo! 
I was happy to get a picture sent to me on my phone of my turtle I had to leave in Hawaii. Noggin seems to get happy with his new home. He lives in an old bathtub outside so he has lots of space to swim and bask. I miss you Noggin!
Sonic got tired of begging while I was cooking and decided to take a nap.
Alright so...this is what I am attempting at the moment. I am attempting to potty train my cats. I will update you on the progress as I go. I am really hoping this works though, because that would save a lot of money on litter since having four cats is not cheep. My cats are smart though, so I don't see why they wouldn't be able to get this. The only one I am worried about is Panther, because he is naughty sometimes and might start peeing on things. Wish me luck!
Rahjah being cute
Thanks so much for the bandana Molly at Vegan Flower. I love it! Anything that I can have to represent being vegan I love :) Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

PS: I will be posting pictures of the finished kombucha soon!
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