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Vitamix Sale News

For those of you who have been asking, we have more Vitamix 7500’s on the way, and you, too, can reserve a black, white or red one at the extraordinary price of $479.  Call today so we put your name on your new whirlwind of a machine.  This is a great price, and Vitamix has promised they will honor it at least until the end of the year. 

Thoughts about Eden Foods

Eden Foods Puts Their Money Where Their Mouth Is, and Now We Wish They’d Put Their Foot Where Their Mouth Is, But We Still Will Not Boycott Eden Foods

In our industry, there’s a very, very short list of companies that have stood the test of time, managing to grow large and successful without compromising their founding values. Equal Exchange. Organic Valley. Gaia Herbs. Jarrow Formulas. W.S. Badger. Amy’s Kitchen. Traditional Medicinals. Nutiva. Dr. Bronner’s.

These companies were founded by women and men with a vision. For the most part, the same women and men are still there, carrying that vision forward. These are the companies that were formed, not to make a profit, but to make the world a better place. These are the companies that do the right thing, not because it’s good publicity, or a tax write-off, but because it would be unthinkable for them not to. These are the companies that make us proud.

I believe that Eden Foods is one such company.

“Eat Well Be Happy” is television too!!!

Eat Well Be Happy, our great new cooking show on Public Access TV is airing happily in many towns.  Now in Concord (showing Monday at 5:00, Wednesday at 9:00, Thursday at 2:00 and Saturday at 4:00), Littleton (showing Tuesday at 12:30, Thursday at 5:30, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00), Lexington (showing Monday at 1:30, Wednesday at 5:30, Friday at 1:30, and Saturday at 5:30)

Boston has said yes, and other towns are coming on shortly too.  You can help us!  In order to air in Groton, Wellesley and Billerica, we need a town resident to sponsor us.  If you live in one of those towns, would you help us?  Please email me at Debra@DebrasNaturalGourmet.com.
 
We shoot eight more shows in September. 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Did you know that flower growers have used molasses to feed the blooms for decades in order to get stronger and longer lasting blossoms?  Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars to feed the plant immediately.   

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Ethiopian Injera Made with Teff

Did you know that it takes 150 grains of teff, which grows mainly in the highlands of Ethiopia, to equal the size of a kernel of wheat?  Teff is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in calcium, iron, fiber and protein. Because teff is also one of the gluten-free grains, along with amaranth, buckwheat, millet, and quinoa, injera (which is a sourdough bread) doesn’t rise, but once fermented becomes a spongy, interesting flatbread often used as an edible tablecloth to scoop up vegetable stews, meat and juice from tomatoes! 

Pink Stevia Lemonade with Pink Hibiscus Tea

Thanks to Adam, we’ve been enjoying this recipe for some years now.  For those of you who’ve been asking because you can’t find your copy, here it is again.  And, yes, it can also be found in our third cookbook, Blue Ribbon Edition, from our kitchen to yours.

If you don’t know, stevia is a South American herb that tastes much sweeter than sugar.  The good thing is that stevia doesn’t affect blood sugar, is safe for diabetics and contains virtually no calories.  An 8-oz cup of Pink Stevia Lemonade yields roughly 3 calories.  You can live it up, baby! 

Raw Green Soup with Avocado

Greens alkalize the body and detox, always a good thing.  This magical, light raw soup can be eaten room temp, but I like it best cold from the frig.  It’s fun to garnish with nasturtiums or purple broccoli….  Do you need the garlic and lemon?  Well, they help detox, and they also make the soup taste bright.  Why a pear?  It lends a little sweetness without much sugar, a lot of fiber. 

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Stay Sharp: PART 1: Prevention

Natural Medicine to Prevent and Treat Age-Related Cognitive Decline and Dementia

This is one of those topics I’ve shied away from writing about for a long time, mostly because it’s hard to write about without either oversimplifying on one hand, or getting lost in the details on the other. 

There are mountains and mountains of research out there.  And that research is, for the most part, highly nuanced, and still inconclusive.  It’s nuanced because there are so many different kinds of dementia, with dozens if not hundreds of etiologies, and such a complicated matrix of risk factors, it’s enough to make you dizzy.  And it’s inconclusive because of the inherent difficulties in drawing solid conclusions from studies that track people, sometimes for decades, in the messy, confounder-filled Real World. 

Part 2, next month, will talk about treatment.  And it will be easier to write about.

So I’ll do my best.  I’ll talk about five things that I believe can prevent dementia.  I’m going to talk about general health, omega-3 fats, vitamin D, and using your brain.

Natural Medicine for Gout

About five years ago, the New York Times published an article chronicling the rising tide of gout in America.  The paper took great pains to point out that this erstwhile “disease of kings” is no longer limited to the kingly, i.e. the wealthy.  Now that the poor and middle classes have access to plentiful rich foods and copious alcohol, gout is well within the reach of the rest of us.  And even among the thin, young, and clean-living, gout appears to be on the rise. 

Ain’t egalitarianism grand?

We get gout when a substance called uric acid, normally dissolved in the blood, crystallizes out of solution on and near the joints.  These crystals are sharp.  One of the first goals of gout sufferers, then, is to reduce uric acid in the blood.