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New dietary guidelines: Fruits and vegetables should dominate your plate

January 31st, 2011

Eat your veggies! And, while you’re at it, quit drinking so much soda.

The government’s new dietary guidelines issued today are unequivocal. Americans need to get serious about eating healthier. They need to put more produce on their plates and push out the sugar, saturated fats and sodium that have crept into the American diet in so many ways, via soda, packaged meals and sweet snacks.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (yes, it’s 2011, in case you’re reading in real time) are more explicit than ever, federal officials said, because the nation’s got big obesity issues.

So instead of just urging us to eat 5 to 7 “servings” of fruits and vegetables every day, the mantra of the last adjustment in the food pyramid, these new guidelines tell us to drink water instead of “sugary drinks”, switch to 1 percent milk, and fill half of our plates with fruits and vegetables.

But wait! Don’t overfill that plate. Portion size and exercise also are part of the equation.

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Clean Body: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself

May 6th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

You’d expect a book with “Zen Cleansing” in the title to emphasize pure and simple ingredients that clean and soothe.

What you might not realize is just how affordable, and effective, these ingredients can be. In Clean Body: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself, author Michael DeJong asks us to use just five common household products for our zen cleansing: Salt, vinegar, olive oil, baking soda and lemon juice. He mixes and matches and mashes these ingredients into formulas (or gives directions on how to use them individually) to wash our face, tamp down blemishes, shampoo and condition hair, smooth rough skin spots fight dandruff and even defeat head lice.

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