Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
Vilsack might not be a bad choice for Secretary of Agriculture after all. According to Michael Markarian (featured through Wayne Parcelle’s Blog of The Humane Society):
Vilsack has a solid record on animal protection, and he was the top choice of HSUS and HSLF to lead the USDA, the agency that oversees our federal laws on animal welfare, humane slaughter and transport, horse protection, animal fighting, and others. Nearly 90,000 animal advocates contacted the transition team through our website, expressing how important it was to pick an animal-friendly Agriculture Secretary and recommending Vilsack as an excellent choice. The Obama Administration listened to your views, and this appointment demonstrates what an important voice animal advocates can have as a political constituency.Read more here.
And, according to the Washington Post… Vilsack pledged that the agriculture department would play a role in “providing American leadership on climate change and making America a nation truly dedicated to health and nutrition.”
I’m relieved he’s animal friendly – that’s for sure. I just hope he smartens up about organics, too. It’s his job to follow Obama’s lead, which according to his campaign – Obama is pro-organic!
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
Interesting News to Peruse
You Look Fat In That Pesticide
Colorado Schools Ban Soda
FDA: Mercury Fillings… BAD! Glad I had mine removed in preparation for having a baby in the future.
Monday, December 15th, 2008
Today is turning out to be somewhat of a lazy day for me… I have work to do that I’m putting off, but I’ll get to it eventually – probably in the middle of the night :) I’m also taking the day off (plus yesterday and the day before) from the gym. Uuugghhh! I need to get back there. “Will do tomorrow, Kristen!”
Right now, I’m drinking my Super Shake – I really love this thing! Then, we’re off to our weekly dinner at my momma-in-law’s house where we play games, read by the fire, have dinner and hang out. I’m bringing a few “Raw” goods to complement the dinner she makes us (flax crackers to dip in the hummus and dates for dessert – I love dates… this week I ordered over 5 pounds online – nature’s candy indeed!!!!!).
aaaahhhhh! How sweet is this… in the middle of writing this blog, my husband steps away from his desk and comes over to me unexpectedly. He kneels down by my chair and gives me a huge hug and says, “I want you to always be happy, baby.” Then, he got up and went back to his work. He is so sweet and romantic, it warms me from head to toe – *grin!*
Daily Conversation Question:
What would you most like to do for someone else if you had the money and time?
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
This post is short and sweet, because the bulk of the details are in the link I provide at the end. I saw a post featured on Raw Food, Right Now!’s blog and wanted to pass it along. This is good stuff!!! It’s important information whether you have diabetes yourself or not (if you don’t have it, it’ll inspire you to keep the Raw vegan lifestyle a priority). Or, maybe you know a friend or family member with it. Again, this is great information to learn and pass along. Visit this link, watch the video, and see for yourself.
Monday, December 1st, 2008
It’s that time again… my monthly giveaway. This month’s gift? A copy of my newly published book in print, Kristen Suzanne’s Easy Raw Vegan Holidays. And, GREAT NEWS – This month’s contest is not limited to people living in the continental United States, because if someone wins who lives outside the continental U.S., I will send you the ebook version instead.
A little info about the gift:
This great little book gives you fabulous Raw recipes, tips and tricks for navigating the fall and winter holidays. On one hand, holidays are very social occasions that usually focus around food, which can raise issues for Raw food enthusiasts, such as how to explain your food preferences to family, hosts, and visitors, and how to deal with temptations to stray from healthful habits.
On the other hand, again, the holidays are about FOOD. This presents a fantastic opportunity to try some super fun and delicious, seasonal recipes! There is perhaps no better way to start dabbling in Raw or to introduce the cuisine to others… the sheer novelty of Raw holiday food is certain to stimulate conversation. You’d be amazed how some people’s ears perk up when they hear how great, fun, delicious and cool the Raw vegan lifestyle is.
Excited? Want the chance to win? Simply answer the following question in the comment section for this post. At the end of three days (Wednesday night, Dec. 3rd @ 11:59pm) I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Thursday.
From the following “types” of Raw vegan foods, which is your favorite to eat?
a) Beverages (smoothies, juice, elixirs)
e) Entree-like foods (pate, lasagna, burritos, quiche, etc)
f) Sides/Snacks (cheese dip, hummus, veggie crudite, etc)
Friday, November 28th, 2008
One of my happiest times of the year is when persimmons become available. They are a delicious fruit that is slightly sweet, with a little crunch. I love them.
After working out the other night, we took a trip to Whole Foods where they were “singing me to them” (a line from the movie, Australia – loved that movie, it took my breath away!). Anyway… I bought a bunch of them and could clearly not wait until I got home to eat one. I dove right into the bag my husband was carrying before we even got to the car. I pulled one out, smelled it, adored it, and basically worshiped it right then and there. Crazy, I know. But, when you’re hungry and one of your favorite treats is in your hands – well, I just couldn’t help myself. I started chowing down, moaning, no napkin to wipe the juice dripping down my face and hands, just using my sleeve and pants.
I was finished in seconds, literally. And, after a moment of sadness that it was already gone I glanced over at my husband with a dazed look in my eyes (by now, we’re in the car driving to another store in the next complex). He was cracking up at my behavior. Crazed as I was, like a vampire after having only a little taste (huge Twilight fan girl here), I threw off my seat belt and was diving into the back seat of the car after another persimmon. Ahhhh… persimmons.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Last week I blogged about President-Elect Obama considering Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture. Well…
CHECK IT OUT!!! Here is what Organic Consumers Association reported:
In last week’s Organic Bytes, the OCA alerted readers that President-elect Obama was considering former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for USDA Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack has been an ardent supporter of Monsanto, genetically engineered crops, and corn and soy-based biofuels. Thanks to vocal opposition from thousands of you in the OCA network, Vilksack’s nomination has now been withdrawn. Although Vilsack told the Des Moines Register he didn’t want to comment on why he had been sacked, sources at the Obama transition headquarters reported “a flood of calls and emails” from organic consumers opposing Vilsack’s nomination. Thanks to your participation, the OCA office in Washington, DC is submitting a petition with 8,000 signatures to Obama’s transition team this week, urging Obama to take a strong stand in support of organic food and farming.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Fruit Fly Death Trap
As Raw vegans, we have lots of fresh produce in our kitchen and I’m sure you do, too. Thankfully, we don’t have a problem with fruit flies, but I’ve been asked on more than one occasion about how to deal with them. So, for all of you out there battling fruit flies —> no more! Check this link out for a fruit fly death trap. I know, I know, vegans shouldn’t harm anything that can run, swim, fly, or hop away from us. (That didn’t really include fruit flies, did it?)
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
According to the Organic Consumers Association:
It has been widely reported that former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is being considered for the Secretary of Agriculture position in the Obama Administration. (WTF???) Vilsack is no friend of organic food and farming and his appointment would represent a major disappointment for the organic movement.
But there is still time to make your voice heard.
Speak your mind! If you agree that Vilsack would be a bad choice for secretary of agriculture, then sign the petition here right away. Or, you can tell President-Elect Obama your views on his website here. Heck, while you’re at it, give him a call at (202) 540-3000!
Take this another step beyond signing the petition and pass it on! I posted this on the Crazy Sexy Cancer forum and it’s getting a lot of play, so if you know of somewhere else to post (including your own blogs), then let’s do it!
Monday, November 17th, 2008
10 Healthiest Supermarkets in the U.S.
Living in Arizona, we have 5 of them near us – gotta love that – with Whole Foods being my favorite, of course. We also have some excellent farmer’s markets (with many of them year round) so I can score some locally grown goods. You may be surprised to learn that Safeway’s “O Organics” brand is the largest organic brand in the country. That’s an excellent sign of things to come.
Vitamineral Green Loading (experiment)
Back in my bodybuilding days, we used to do a thing called “loading” with certain supplements (it was usually in reference to loading up with creatine – an OTC supplement popular amongst athletes). When we loaded up on a supplement, it usually involved a set period of days, say 7 days, in which you consumed a lot of the supplement in that period of time. Some people would gradually increase the amount each day of loading and some people did the same amount each day. Then, the process usually involved taking a few days off from the supplement and then getting back on a loading phase.
Well, the holiday season is around the corner which means that many people (family, friends, co-workers, etc) will likely fall prey to the flu and disease begins to run rampant. This is something that my husband and I want no part of. So, we’re eager to consume more greens (lots more) and fight back with super power alkaline immune systems. My plan of attack for us to easily do this is with “Vitamineral Green Loading.” We’re going to double our daily doses, and in some cases triple – starting this week and going through the holidays. Every Sunday we’ll take a break from it. This will be a fun experiment. I’ll keep you posted as to our progress and how we’re feeling as a result.