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Restaurant Review: The Pavilion Market Cafe – Union Square NYC

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Check it out! Guess who’s here! Dule Hill – Gus from Psych! I love that show!

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Simon Oren (Marseille, Nice Matin) resurrected Union Square’s neoclassical colonnade as a café before summer hit in 2014. With 200 indoor and outdoor seats, heat lamps and lots of umbrellas, the lovely oasis stays open all day, every day, rain or shine, until October or so. Rattan furniture, verdant plants and flowers bring Paris to mind, but since it’s in the midst of the famed and busy Union Square Greenmarket on one side and a lively playground on the other, it’s classic New York City. The American-Mediterranean menu is uncomplicated, featuring an appealing line-up of raw bar items, salads, sandwiches, short rib ravioli, hanger steak and organic salmon pot au feu. There are market-day specials, ingredients straight from the farmers’ tables and an emphasis put on local sourcing of alcohol, too, from New York Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker gin to Finger Lakes’ grüner veltliner from Dr. Konstantin Frank.
-nycgo.com

I had hummus for lunch and got to meet and shake hands with Dule Hill of Psych (recently cancelled) on USA (so much better and funnier than the mentalist!) anyway; the food wasn’t bad, the atmosphere was awesome! A great way to spend your lunch or evening on a warm or cool day! One thing I had a problem with was; I asked for raw vegetables to dip instead of the bread, and I didn’t mind paying extra. The waitress first said: no we can’t do that; then I asked another waiter and she came back and said: I asked the kitchen and they said they can only give you cucumber and it’s $3 extra. Really! WTF! Cucumber is the only vegetable in your entire kitchen? I find that hard to believe! You can’t chop up a couple peppers? A piece of celery and a carrot or something? It’s that hard to please your guests?

Anyway; if you want to go there for the atmosphere or a couple drinks, check it out! If you want to go for food: don’t expect to get it your way! Which is ridiculous considering the amount of competition just in Union Square alone! Not even the outlying areas of the square or the rest of the city!

Check it out! At least once! By the way that’s the first time in years I have been told no by any restaurant! Usually they say no substitutions and I say; look I didn’t say give it to me, make up a fair price and give me what I want and they say sure! This place well we only have cucumbers! (Which I hate lol)


Recipe: Ripped Recipes – Avocado Chocolate Protein Pudding

Recipe provided by Katherine Allen

Avocado Chocolate Protein Pudding
Serves 3 People, takes 00:04 to prep and 00:03 to cook.

This pudding has more than 10g protein per serving and you can’t taste any avocado! It’s filled with HEALTHY fats, and is delicious and easy to make!

Ingredients

1 avocado, NS as to Florida or California Avocados
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
1 serving (serving = 1 scoop) Jay Robb Chocolate Whey Protein
1.5 serving (serving = 1/4 cup) Walden Farms Calorie Free Pancake Syrup
1/4 serving (serving = 1 cup) Silk Pure Almond Milk – Unsweetened Original
10 serving (serving = 1 packet) SweetLeaf 100% Natural Stevia Sweetener
Directions

1 ripe avocado, 2 tbsp unsweetened cacao/cocoa powder, 2-3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk, 1 acoop chocolate whey protein, 1/2-3/4 cup of sweetener (I used 1/3 cup of stevia sweetener and around 1/3 cup sugarfree/calorie free maple syrup but honey would be good too).

I don’t remember exactly how much sweetener I used because I was just winging it but just adjust until you can’t taste the avocado anymore.

Mash up the avocado with a fork until completely smooth and creamy.
Then add in the other ingredients, along with almond milk to smooth out the consistency.
I wouldn’t recommend using a food processor if you’re only making a small amount because a lot of it will be stuck in the processor and some will go to waste.

Then once everything’s combined and tastes good put it in the fridge for a few hours if you want it to thicken a bit and be chilled.
NUTRITIONAL FACTS
per 1 serving size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 10.5316.20%
Saturated Fat 1.728.60%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.27
Monounsaturated Fat 6.86
Cholesterol 0.000.00%
Sodium 116.174.84%
Potassium 512.58
Total Carbohydrate 8.092.70%
Dietary Fiber 5.7823.12%
Sugars 0.50
Protein 10.46
Vitamin A 2.83%Vitamin C 11.33%
Calcium 15.08%Iron 4.83%
* Nutritional Values are estimated and may vary
-rippedrecipes.com

My girlfriend has a recipe from one lucky duck for a vegan version of this recipe stay tuned! Lets compare!


Controversy: Nickelodean cancels Sam & Cat allegedly over Bra & Panty pics

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Popular Nickelodeon show “Sam and Cat” will air it’s final episode on Saturday evening and many blame Jennette McCurdy for it’s cancellation. The starlet recently caused a bit of scandal when almost nude pictures surfaced on social media. According to Hollywood News Daily on Friday, McCurdy will be leaving Nickelodeon over the leaked picture scandal.

Back in April, pictures of Jennette McCurdy were leaked online. The near nude photos of Jennette show the star in just a bra and panties. She was not exposing anything x-rated but the photos still got people talking. McCurdy, who is very much an adult at 21-years old, plays a teenager on the “Sam and Cat.”

The pictures of McCurdy leaked just before the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Everyone assumed that was why she did not attend the event. Jennette even took to Twitter and told fans why she would not be in attendance. “I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing.”

In the aftermath of the picture scandal, news that “Sam and Cat” was cancelled was also announced. Although a reason for the cancellation was never made public, everyone knew it was because of the drama with Jennette McCurdy. There is just no other explanation for it. The show was one of Nickelodeon’s most popular teen sitcoms and the ratings were great.

Nickelodeon reps aren’t confirming or denying an actual cancellation at this point. They say they are taking an extended break in this released statement:

“We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of ‘Sam & Cat,’ and everyone is understandably tired. We are going into our production hiatus next week which will give everyone on the show a much needed rest.”
That much is true. The cast filmed 20 episodes of the popular show initially. It was so popular that they immediately shot 20 more and there was a much longer than normal production cycle for the show.

There are other rumors of internal issues with the cast of “Sam and Cat.” Ariana Grande, who co-stars with McCurdy, is seeing much success with her music career. It’s quite possible that she’s ready to move on as well. There have been rumors that McCurdy and Grande have not been getting along and this photo scandal might have just pushed everyone over the edge.
-examiner.com

Nick cancelled its number one rated show due to stupid pics! It’s not like she was nude! She is 21 years old! If she wants to post pics like that, which allegedly she didn’t, she could!

The fans are the ones that have to pay, because Nick is being ridiculous!

How about this pic of Ariana Grande?

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How bout side boob?

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How about Nathalia Ramos, star of Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis:

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Back to Ariana

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How about Victoria Justice

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Were Jeanette’s pics really that bad? Bad enough to cancel the number one show on the network? NO!!


Controversy: Hoarding: is it a disease? Why do people hoard? Get the inside truth!

Hoarding: what is it and why do people do it?

Compulsive hoarding (more accurately described as “hoarding disorder”) is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members. When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space so as to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also be dangerous if it puts the individual or others at risk from fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns.

Researchers have only recently begun to study hoarding, and it was first defined as a mental disorder in the 5th edition of the DSM in 2013. It is not clear whether “compulsive” hoarding is a separate, isolated disorder, or rather a symptom of another condition, such as OCD.[7] Prevalence rates have been estimated at 2-5% in adults,[8] though the condition typically manifests in childhood with symptoms worsening in advanced age when collected items have grown excessive and family members who would otherwise help to maintain and control the levels of clutter either die or move away. Hoarding appears to be more common in people with psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Other factors often associated with hoarding include alcohol dependence as well as paranoid, schizotypal, and avoidance traits. Family histories show strong positive correlations.

In 2008 a study was conducted to determine if there is a significant link between hoarding and interference in occupational and social functioning. Hoarding behavior is often severe because of poor insight of the hoarding patients in that they do not recognize it as a problem. Without this insight, it is much harder for behavioral therapy to be the key to the successful treatment of compulsive hoarders. The results found that hoarders were significantly less likely to see a problem in a hoarding situation than a friend or a relative might. This is independent of OCD symptoms as patients with OCD are often very aware of their disorder.
-Wikipedia

Hoarding is a general term for a behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items during periods of scarcity.

Civil unrest or natural disaster may lead people to hoard foodstuffs, water, gasoline and other essentials which they believe, rightly or wrongly, will soon be in short supply. Survivalists, also known as preppers, often stockpile large supplies of these items in anticipation of a large-scale disaster event.

Some hoarding in humans may be a form of an anxiety disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), where the perceived importance of the hoarded items far exceeds their true value.[citation needed]Humans may lose the desire to throw away unneeded items because of a feeling of attachment to these items. In severe cases, houses belonging to such people may become a fire hazard (due to blocked exits and stacked papers) or a health hazard (due to vermin infestation, excreta and detritus from excessive pets, hoarded food and garbage or the risk of stacks of items collapsing on the occupants and blocking exit routes).
-Wikipedia

That gives you a couple definitions. However; I believe there are 2 types of hoarders! Well maybe 3.

The 3rd being the Doomsday Prepper.
That’s a cool hoarder and not the topic of discussion!

The 2nd Hoarder is the popular Hoarder as of late: the Extreme Hoarder what they boil down to is a feeling of self worth! They believe everything is worth money and you can’t get rid of their possessions! The Super Extreme ones you see on tv on shows like Hoarders, American Pickers and occasional Storage Wars they get so extreme that they start collecting everything even junk like candy and food wrappers! That’s crazy and also not the topic of discussion, although it is sometimes fun to watch.

The Hoarder I am talking about is the average everyday Hoarder! What is that? Well it’s probably your mother or father or close relative! Why do they Hoard? What’s wrong with them? Why do they clutter up the house and hold on to junk? Will you please throw that crap out!

I have recently emptied my storage shed that I have had for many years. In doing so, I have learned the root cause of the Hoarding and why they do it! It wasn’t easy to do it, let me tell you!

First of all they are not hoarding junk! They are not hoarding garbage! They are not cluttering the house with useless stuff!

You say hold on! Yes they are! The place is a mess! I don’t believe you! I can see it with my own eyes! No, no you really can’t!

So; if they aren’t Hoarding junk what are they doing?

They are Hoarding Memories! I can tell you when emptying my storage shed except for all the empty boxes I had; (yes I had a bunch of empty boxes, I’ll get to that later lol) everything thing in there I can tell you a story about! “Do you see this Tshirt? I got it at the first concert my uncle took me to when I was a kid! We had a great time and he was actually like an older brother! I love him so much!”

You see they are Hoarding memories! So next time you want to yell at them, think about it first and ask them about their items! They may be able to tell you why they have it and in sharing the memory they may be able to let go of the item and throw it out.

Then again you have the combo Borderline Hoarders like myself! Who I like to refer to are collectors! I have a few collections: Guns, Swords… Weapons that’s due to my military and martial art background. Popular collections such as: Star Wars toys, baseball cards, comic books, autographs etc… That stuff is the extreme hoarder side: it’s worth money!

I did however; learn a few things along the way: baseball cards and comic books are anal! It must look like it’s never been touched by human hands in order to be worth real money, so don’t go overboard! One little dinged corner and it’s shit! If it’s a little discolored… Shit! I hope you have an air tight vacuum sealed vault!

The solution is this: look at my previous posts for example the Restaurant Review: One Lucky Duck in there I share a quote: everything in moderation!

It’s ok to do all the above, but do it in moderation! Save some memories, save some monetary possessions and be a Doomsday Prepper! But, when it starts to consume your life, remember everything in moderation! Don’t go to extremes!

This goes for everything! Collections, sex, religion, politics, food all the taboo subjects lol

Anything and everything!

Remember what I learned from the Dalai Lama: compassion! Have compassion for the hoarder in your life! Try to understand why they do it and have a little patience! Share in the memories! Unless it’s a memory of a past lover, in that case you can ignore the Dalai Lama and kick their ass! Lol

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Bonus: Why was my storage shed loaded with empty boxes? Because; I am a little OCD and I knew I was going to be moving again, so I kept the original boxes to put it back in when I move so nothing gets damaged.


Supplement Review: Part Three – Stack Test Booster & Fat Burner – 360 Sport: 360lean 360test and 360Sport

360LEAN:

THERMOGENIC FORMULA

OPTIMAL FAT BURNING PERFORMANCE*
BOOSTS ENERGY PRODUCTION AND
EXERCISE ENDURANCE*
PROMOTES MENTAL FOCUS, MEMORY
AND POSITIVE MOOD*
BURN DOWN
TO YOUR BEST BODY!
Let’s be honest. Supplements will never replace a healthy diet and good old-fashioned sweat. But 360Lean’s safe, well-rounded blend of scientifically tested ingredients can kick-start your metabolism to help you burn more calories and shed fat faster. The result? Support a leaner, fitter physique with energy to spare.*

BENEFITS

Thermogenic formula stimulates optimal fat burning performance*
Boosts energy production and exercise endurance*
Promotes mental focus, memory and positive mood*
KEY INGREDIENTS

Glucuronolactone
a naturally occurring component in the body’s connective tissue, boosts energy, enhances mental alertness and memory and has been linked to significant improvements in aerobic performance.*

Caffeine
is a mild metabolic stimulant used to reduce physical fatigue and reinvigorate the mind and body while stimulating the breakdown of fatty tissue.*

White Willow Bark Extract
used throughout the centuries it is believed to help support a health inflammatory response after training.*

Cayenne Pepper
along with its many culinary uses, cayenne is a natural thermogenic that helps raise body temperature and heighten metabolism while promoting cardiovascular, circulatory and digestive health.*

Yohimbine
commonly used to enhance blood flow to the extremities, helps kick-start fat burning and weight loss.*

Sulbutiamine
effectively boosts energy, athletic performance, mental focus and mood.*

Theobromine
also found in chocolate and tea, helps improve focus and decrease appetite.*

7-Keto DHEA
production in the body gradually slows with age. When reintroduced as a supplement, this documented thermogenic is a metabolism booster that helps build lean body mass, support thyroid function, promote memory and healthy aging.*

Bioperine
a concentrated form of black pepper’s active ingredient (piperine), helps improve absorption of key nutrients in 360Lean.*

Toothed Clubmoss Herb Extract
has been suggested to support memory, learning and concentration.*

360TEST

TESTOSTERONE OPTIMIZER

PROMOTES TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTION*
SUPPORTS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND
PROMOTES SEXUAL HEALTH*
PROMOTES LEAN MUSCLE MASS / IMPROVED ENERGY*
LIFT. EAT. SLEEP. BOOST!
You lift weights. Get good sleep. Eat well. But if you’re only using these traditional methods of weight loss or muscle building, you’re missing out. Big. 360Test’s blend of naturally sourced nutrients builds on these strong, healthy habits to help your body boost healthy testosterone production and encourage sustainable gains.* The result? Promote lean muscle mass, sexual health and the energy you need to keep going and going.*

BENEFITS

Natural male performance formula promotes healthy testosterone production*
Supports reproductive health and promotes sexual health*
Promotes lean muscle mass and improved energy levels*
KEY INGREDIENTS

D-Aspartic Acid
Occurs naturally in the pituitary gland, testes and hypothalamus, has been shown to help stimulate the release of leutinizing hormone (LH) leading to boosts in testosterone production. Also supports increased muscle strength and healthy metabolic rates*

Maca Root
Long used by indigenous Peruvians to promote stamina and improve energy, supports hormonal balance and reproductive health.*

Epimedium Herb Extract
Suggested to increase circulating testosterone levels while supporting sexual health.*

Mucuna Pruriens Seed Extract
Boasts high concentrations of levodopa (L-Dopa) that help boost dopamine in the brain, elevate mood, and support healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels already in healthy range.* This supplement also encourages your body’s natural production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and testosterone.*

Long Jack Root Extract
Works to help increase free testosterone levels by inhibiting the testosterone-blocking hormone called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and has been shown to help enhance strength, lean muscle mass, sexual performance and general well-being.*

Indole-3 Carbinol
Found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and cauliflower, helps support a healthy hormone balance.*

Bulbine Natalensis Extract
Seen wide-spread use in traditional African medicine and has been suggested to help boost the body’s natural testosterone and support sexual health while promoting a healthy estrogen balance in the body.*

360SPORT

BCAA SPORT FORMULA

GREAT TASTING FORMULA BOOSTS ENERGY,
ENDURANCE AND MUSCLE RECOVERY*
ALL NATURAL MCT OIL PROMOTES LEAN
MUSCLE MASS PRODUCTION AND FAT BURNING*
ENERGY. ENDURANCE. VICTORY.
When you train, you train to win. To outrun, outpower and outlast. But to get the very best out of your body, you need to put the best in. That’s where 360Sport comes in. 360Sport is scientifically formulated to meet the specific physical demands of fierce competitors, delivering fast-absorbing fuel to hard-working muscles, improving blood flow for increased energy and endurance, and promoting rapid muscle repair and recovery.* All so you can push harder. Go longer. And win bigger than ever before.

BENEFITS

Great tasting formula promotes optimal athletic performance for men
and women*
All natural MCT oil promotes lean muscle mass production/fat burning*
Boosts energy, endurance and muscle recovery*
KEY INGREDIENTS

BCAAs (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine)
are the building blocks of protein and critical components in muscle recovery, growth, strength and overall athletic performance. They provide a readily available fuel source for muscles leading to greater endurance and improved mental focus.*

MCT Oil
a lower calorie fatty acid, has been suggested to increase the body’s calorie burning potential while helping improve the body’s ability to repair muscle tissue after a grueling workout.*

L-Citrulline Malate
has been suggested to promote nitric oxide production, which leads to improved blood flow to exercising muscles, reduced muscle fatigue and improved energy and endurance levels.*
-360cut.com

I took my first one pill dosage this morning to try it out and so far so good! I have plenty of energy and no side effects.

Their dosage is pretty weird: 2 pills am empty stomach, then one before lunch and one later on. But of course one at first to gauge tolerance.

That dosage schedule is the best for continued energy throughout the day. I am going to take the last pill preworkout to see if it helps pump up my workout, because I am working out much later than normal due to my commute.

The downside of that dosage schedule is: it may interfere with my sleep! Will my sleep schedule be thrown off due to the stimulants?

The white willow bark might have helped alleviate the pain in my shoulder from my Biceps & Shoulder workout

About to take my 2nd dosage!
No side effects seen! So far so good!

**Update** July 9th 2014
First dosage and 2nd down and plenty of energy with no side effects! Awaiting 3rd dosage later approx 5pm


Supplement Review: Fire Cider – Tweefontein Herb Farm

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Stimulate the senses and kickstart the immune system with Tweefontein’s housemade Fire Cider, a spicy blend of medicinal herbs, roots and Thai peppers infused in a base of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Fire Cider makes a tasty and nutritious salad dressing and an exquisite hot sauce. Enjoy Fire Cider as an alternative to alcohol based tinctures for a cold remedy or immune tonic, use about 1 TBS, 3-5 times daily for best results. Packaged in 5oz. bottles.
Ingredients: Organic Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root, Chives, Horseraddish Root, Garlic, Garlic Mustard Root, Thai Peppers, Oregano, Rosemary, Black Peppercorn
-tweeherbs.com

It’s pretty strong! The Apple cider vinegar, ginger and garlic are strong! People use it as a tonic for when the aren’t feeling good, I think it’s good to take every couple days! As a metabolic booster. I want to try to make my own and see how it is matched against theirs.

Recipe: Fire Cider
Have you heard of fire cider? The first time I encountered this traditional folk recipe, I have to admit I was terrified. Horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and hot peppers infused in vinegar? To drink? It took me years before I tried it, but you can be braver than me. It’s worth it! Plus you can use fire cider in so many ways — from cold cure to cooking to cocktails.

Hot, pungent, sour, and sweet, fire cider is certainly not for the faint of heart. Yet this fiery concoction has been revered for generations as a simple and effective remedy to relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, aid digestion, and increase circulation. Fire cider can be sipped neat on its own, mixed with other beverages, or used in cooking. (You might think of it like a savory shrub.) It’s especially useful to have fire cider on hand in cold weather.

As a folk remedy there are countless variations, but most fire cider recipes include ingredients like fresh horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and chile pepper. These are infused in apple cider vinegar (vinegar draws out many plant constituents), which is then strained and sweetened with honey. My recipe is based on the one popularized by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar (see her video and recipe here). In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, I like to add turmeric, citrus, and herbs like parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Together they form a potent punch that is immune-boosting, antibacterial, antiviral, congestion clearing, and warming.

I really encourage you to have fun and create your own fire cider according to your tastes and available ingredients. In fact, I make it a little different every time. In some batches I use spices like cinnamon and cardamom or add vitamin C-rich rose hips. Other times I use ground cayenne or dried chiles rather than fresh habaneros or jalapenos. If you use ground chile, start with a small pinch; you can always add more to taste after you strain the vinegar.

If you’re a fan of spicy foods, you might take to fire cider right away, tossing back shots to get your blood flowing on a cold winter day. If you have a more timid palate, you might want to dial back on the chile, sweeten with extra honey, and start with small dashes of fire cider in your food rather than drinking it straight.

A few serving suggestions:
Straight up: Rosemary Gladstar recommends taking 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold, and then repeating every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside. Some people also take fire cider as a preventative during cold and flu season.
Mix with lemonade or orange juice
Mix with hot water and extra honey to make a tea
Use in place of vinegar in salad dressings and condiments (like this fire cider honey mustard at Salt+Fat+Whiskey)
Drizzle on steamed vegetables or sautéed greens
Use in marinades for meat, tofu, and tempeh
Add to soups and chilis
Try a couple of dashes in a cocktail, such as a Bloody Mary

Are you inspired to make fire cider now? I’d love to hear what you put in yours and how you use it.

Note: As with any health concern you should, of course, listen to your own body and the advice of your health practitioner. If you’re curious about the research associated with some of these ingredients, check out the University of Maryland Medical Center’s guides to garlic, ginger, and cayenne/capsaicin.

Fire Cider
Makes 1 pint or more

1/2 cup peeled and diced horseradish
1/2 cup peeled and diced garlic
1/2 cup peeled and diced onion
1/4 cup peeled and diced ginger
1/4 cup peeled and diced turmeric
1 habanero chile, split in half
1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 lemon, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 to 3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (at least 5% acidity)
1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste

Place all of the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices in a clean 1-quart jar. Fill the jar with vinegar, covering all the ingredients and making sure there are no air bubbles. Cap the jar. If using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the jar and the lid to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well.

Let the jar sit for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking daily (or as often as you remember).

Strain the vinegar into a clean jar. Add honey to taste. Refrigerate and use within a year.
-Thekitchn.com

Sounds pretty good! Lets give this a whirl! Stay tuned!


Restaurant Review: Organic Avenue – cold-pressed juices to grab and go plus!

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Organic Avenue is the only organic plant-based grab-and-go brand in the U.S., providing fresh breakfast, lunch and light dinner entrees and cold-pressed juices that make healthy eating easily accessible and delicious. With an engaging community atmosphere across 12 New York City stores, including a new flagship at 5 Bryant Park, Organic Avenue offers flavor-focused hot and cold wraps, hot grain bowls, soups, oatmeals and juices that blend tasty options with optimal nutritional benefits. Customers are encouraged to interact with Wellness Concierges and knowledgeable store advisors, who provide a welcoming experience with their nutritional and lifestyle information and interactive community events. Organic Avenue is owned by Weld North, an investment company concentrating on education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing businesses.
Follow Organic Avenue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Denise Mari, Founder

Denise founded Organic Avenue in 2000, combining her passion for whole foods, healing, vegetarianism and entrepreneurship. She is the author of Organic Avenue: Recipes for Life, Made with LOVE* and continues to be inspired by the implications of a Live, Organic, Vegan, Experience.

I was surprised at how delicious all the food was! The coconut yogurt (fake yogurt like substance) tasted like yogurt even though the wasn’t any dairy in it! The Chocolate Mousse didn’t taste like Chocolate Mousse but it was delicious and the base ingredient is avocado! Which is a staple in my current diet! The Matcha Tea and Chia seed was also delicious! It’s flavors were layered nicely! At $6-8 I would buy all of the products again, but not too often!

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The Dragon’s Breath was $4 and wasn’t bad the flavors were layered first the lemon then the ginger and pow the cayenne! I saved it for preworkout and it was nice!
I want to try to reverse engineer it for myself! It seems easy enough to make.


Restaurant Review: Liquiteria – smoothies plus!

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In 1996 Liquiteria pioneered the original cold pressed juice in
New York City, delivering health and balance to our devoted guests
who quickly become a part of the Liquiteria extended family.

Our cold pressed juice is packed with easily digestible raw vitamins, minerals and enzymes from fresh fruits and vegetables, flooding your body with wholesome nutrition and the nourishment you crave.

We are committed to offering the finest nutritional options available. Our stores are a healthy oasis, delivering a fun, vibrant, and comfortable atmosphere. Sit back and relax with friends, hang out with our team, or just pop in, grab and go—we’ve got something for everyone.

Our Cleansing Coaches and Ambassadors are energetic, approachable and knowledgeable. This passionate team strives to personalize your Liquiteria experience; they’re always on hand to guide you and answer your questions, no matter your health goals or lifestyle.

The Liquiteria menu offers a wide range of cold pressed juices, cleansing options, superfood smoothies, herbal supplements, healthy snacks and remarkably fresh and wholesome grab and go options. Our menu is custom designed to ensure that you don’t just survive, you thrive.

Liquiteria is about inclusion—we welcome everyone. We believe balance and not extremism is the key to reaching your full potential. No matter your current lifestyle, our mission is simply to inspire you to live a life filled with health and vitality.

What is Cleansing?
The cleansing process allows your digestive system to rest while fully nourishing your body with live enzymes and nutrients. Our cleanse programs are designed to rejuvenate and alkalize your body. The reward of a successful cleanse is enhanced well-being at all levels: you will feel leaner, have a glowing complexion and live each day with increased vitality and energy.

The duration of a cleanse varies based on your current level of health and prior experience with cleansing and cold pressed juice. We offer four options for beginners and expert cleansers alike. In addition, our Cleansing Coaches are available to personalize a program to suit your individual needs.

Why Cleanse?
Is your body functioning at its optimum health? We can all benefit from recharging our systems by eliminating toxins and flooding our bodies with nutrients. During a fresh juice cleanse, your digestive system has the opportunity to rest, allowing your body to utilize the energy normally required for digestion to restore your entire system.

Positive effects of a cold pressed juice cleanse include:

Increased energy
Improved mental clarity
Reduced bloating
Boosted immune system
Heightened senses
Rejuvenated skin
Normalized digestion
Reduced inflammation
Improved metabolic function
Deeper and more restful sleep
Weight loss
Reduced cravings for unhealthy foods
Restored alkalinity
Toxin release
Before a Cleanse
To ensure you get the best results from your cleanse, we suggest modifying your diet up to a week before you begin.

We recommend eliminating:

Caffeine
Alcohol
Nicotine
Refined Sugar
Wheat
Processed Foods
In place of these items, we suggest consuming 80% raw foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables and an ample amount of water to keep you hydrated. To introduce the juices to your system before cleansing, you can also drink two to four cold pressed juices during the day and enjoy a dinner consisting of salad, steamed vegetables and a serving of lean protein.

During
Drinking a juice every two to three hours ensures that you flood your body with rich nutrition throughout the day.

Water is extremely important during your cleanse as it flushes your organs and blood system of toxins. Juices drench your body with live nutrients, encouraging your cells to release toxins and allowing the water to carry them away.

As you become a more experienced cleanser, you will learn how your body responds best. The process of periodic cleansing will become easier over time and your results will enhance every time you cleanse.

For the best results during your cleanse:

Drink all of your daily cold-pressed juices in the order as directed
Drink your bodyweight in ounces of water daily
Drink one juice every 2½ to 3 hours
Rest when you’re tired
Exercise lightly to promote blood circulation; try yoga, deep breathing and gentle cardio
Exfoliate your skin, take saunas and hot baths
Post
Coming off your cleanse properly is important. The first day after a cold pressed juice cleanse, drink juices and smoothies, eat soups and consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. At this point, your body will feel deeply rejuvenated—take this new experience to build momentum toward a healthier lifestyle.

Lifestyle
Cleansing is a remarkable and effective process that heals and nourishes your body. Once you have achieved your desired results, maintaining is simple if you follow what you learned during your cleanse.

The best maintenance program includes keeping your diet clean:

Drink 2 to 3 fresh cold-pressed juices daily
Keep your food intake at 80% fresh fruits and vegetables
Drink your body weight in ounces of water daily
Exercise regularly
Exfoliate your skin regularly
Alkalinity
We suggest your dietary goal be to maintain an alkalinity of 7.36, as your body performs best when the blood is slightly alkaline.

The body’s pH is measured on a scale of 0–14. At 7.36 your pH is balanced and anything below 7.36 too acidic. An acidic body is prone to fatigue, stress and inflammation, and can experience a loss of lean muscle mass and weight gain. Keeping your body’s alkalinity at 7.36 or above is optimal and achievable with a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruit and cold pressed green juice.

Alkalization is the process of alkalizing your body, allowing it to thrive and ward off disease.

To achieve an optimal alkaline balance:

Drink nutrient-dense, live green juices full of chlorophyll
Drink your body weight in ounces of pure water per day
Maintain 80% of your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables
The paramount way to reset your alkalinity is to complete a 3 to 5 day cleanse with fresh cold pressed juice.

our menu
we deliver in new york city

Smoothies
Liquiteria smoothies deliver dense nutrition to your body; they are rich and velvety—a pleasing result of fresh fruits, vegetables and superfoods.

MEAN GREEN
kale, spinach, mango, bananas, golden pineapple & fresh golden pineapple juice

Benefits: The only smoothie on the menu with fresh leafy greens blended inside! Great source of vitamin C and packs a big energy boost.

PEACHES AND DREAM
peaches, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, aloe vera, energy memory & cinnamon

Benefits: This smoothie has aloe used for detoxifying the digestive tract and skin, energy memory for a boost in mental energy and clarity plus cinnamon for circulation.

BERRY POWERFUL
blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, vanilla almond milk, vanilla whey protein & flax seeds

Benefits: This smoothie is packed with antioxidants from the berries to build muscle and burn fat. It’s a great meal replacement!

HANGOVER CURE
papaya, peaches, bananas, apple cider, vanilla almond milk, coconut, vitamin c, liver-kidney-lymph detox & honey

Benefits: Papayas are high in enzymes that aid in digestion.

BULLDOZER
bananas, peanut butter, vanilla almond milk & chocolate whey protein

Benefits: Our highest protein content smoothie. Very filling.

POWER PIÑA COLADA
golden pineapple, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, coconut & bee pollen

Benefits: Bee pollen is one of nature’s perfect foods, high in amino acids and protein. This smoothie is also high in vitamin C.

COFFEE AND CACAO
fair-trade coffee, raw cacao, almond butter, bananas, chocolate almond milk, chocolate whey protein & raw coconut sugar

Benefits: One of the healthiest smoothies on the menu. This combination of high quality, raw ingredients ensures you are receiving the most nutrient-rich smoothie possible.

DEEP BLUE AÇAÍ
acai, blueberries, mango, vanilla almond milk, orange juice, ginger, vitamin c & raw coconut sugar

Benefits: High in antioxidants and vitamin C, this smoothie has anti-inflammatory properties and boosts the immune system.

“GREEN” MONSTER
blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, super green food & vegan protein

Benefits: Super Green Food – chock-full of vegetable, grass and sprout powders, high in nutrients and amino acids. Vegan protein, berries and apple cider make it incredibly nutritious yet light enough before exercise.

MUDSLIDE
blueberries, bananas, vegan protein, spirulina & vanilla almond milk

Benefits: High in protein, vitamins and amino acids. Recommended for building muscle and boosting the immune system. Our lowest calorie smoothie.

SKINNY
bananas, strawberries, apple cider, fat burner & vegan protein

Benefits: Great way to start the day and burn fat. Rich in vitamin C and a solid meal replacement.

Boosters
Our boosters include a mix of superfoods and organic herbal blends designed to enhance your overall health.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

FAT BURNER
Accelerates the fat-burning process, increases energy and decreases sugar cravings.

IMMUNITY NOW
Strengthens the immune system.

FRESH GINGER
Relieves nausea and indigestion.

ENERGY MEMORY
Fights fatigue and rebuilds energy.

LIVER-KIDNEY-LYMPH DETOX
Increases rate at which your body removes toxins.

COLD & SINUS BLASTER
Increases immunity with a focus on the common cold and sinuses.

GRASS-FED WHEY PROTEIN
Burns fat and builds muscle, gluten and soy-free (choice of vanilla or chocolate).

PLANT BASED VEGAN PROTEIN
Rich in essential amino acids, gluten and soy-free.

SPIRULINA
Antioxidant rich, boosts energy and supports cellular health.

VITAMIN C
Strengthens Immune System.

ALOE VERA
Pure digestive healer

BEE POLLEN
Promotes vitality and stamina.

CAYENNE
Revitalizes respiratory system.

FLAX SEED OIL
Benefits cardiovascular system.

HONEY
Fights allergies and soothes sore throats.

SUPER GREEN FOOD
Blend of greens, fiber, enzymes and antioxidants.

Grab-n-Go
Our chef and nutritionist has developed a revolutionary menu based on solid, contemporary nutritional principles, using ingredients assured to energize and keep you balanced. Our menu appeals to everyone: vegans, vegetarians, carnivores – we have what your body craves. All items are prepared daily using only the freshest gluten and dairy-free ingredients. Our menu includes wholesome, nutritious soups, salads, entrees, snacks and desserts.

HOT OATMEAL
Your choice of milk: regular, rice or almond milk.
Choice of toppings: walnuts, cinnamon, raisins, honey, brown sugar, green apple, banana, strawberries, blueberries and honey.

PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL
Açaí blended blended with apple cider, almond milk and banana, topped with granola and a big scoop of peanut butter.

MEAN GREEN AÇAÍ BOWL
Açaí blended with spirulina, super green food, apple cider, vanilla almond milk and banana, topped with sliced banana, fresh blueberries & granola.

AÇAÍ TOPPINGS
Choice of additional toppings:
fresh berries
sliced banana
peanut or almond butter
boosters

-liquidteria.com

This place was really cool, fun and bright! But highly overpriced!

The Raw Chocolate Chia pudding was extremely tiny and about $8.00

The PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL was $7.50 and twice the size of the Chia pudding.

All that being said they were both delicious! The pudding was creamy and with the fresh raspberries the flavor just jumped out unexpectedly when you bit them. Would I get it again? Absolutely! But not very often due to the price!

The PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL was totally marketed wrong! I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting! It turned out to be like frozen yogurt. I wasn’t sure if it was hot or cold, or just a bowl of fruit in a bowl with peanut butter on top.

They also had almond butter for those that prefer that.

Overall; check this place out! There are numerous locations around NYC. If you are in the area stop by!

**Update** July 7th 2014
I had a fee products over the weekend. The Killer XX juice was potent and it’s kind of like fire cider, but it’s more gentle due to the apple in it, but the cayenne and ginger is still strong! I liked it a lot.

The quinoa brownie was dry and tasted like wood chips just like the carrot cake both I can do without!

Now comes the smoothie!
The Blue Velvet is amazing! The nut butter is strong and the berries enhance the flavor overall it’s probably one of the best tasting and healthiest shakes I have ever had! I love it and will definitely get it again! However; I want to see how much whey protein they add next time!


Attractions: Union Square NYC Farmer’s Market

Union Square in Manhattan has a year round Farmers Market. Yes; you heard it correctly! Year round! In the dead of winter they are still there freezing their butts off to bring you farm fresh products! They have a huge selection of products from bee pollen and honey to edible flowers! Yes edible flowers! They have all kinds of cheese, meats, and fish as well!

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Whatever your wants and needs, chances are you will find it here!


Restaurant Review: One Lucky Duck NYC – Raw Vegan

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Gramercy Menu:
savory

spicy thai lettuce wraps – 12
mango, carrot, cabbage, cashews, basil, mint, cilantro, pea shoots, tamarind sauce (3 wraps per order)

sushi rolls – 14
marinated shiitake, avocado, asparagus, red pepper, jicama rice, tamari NF

falafel with tabhouli – 16
over whole romaine leaves, lemon tahini, red pepper hot sauce

tortilla wraps – 19
spicy sun-dried tomato filling, corn cilantro guacamole, tomato-lime salsa, cashew sour cream

zucchini and tomato lasagna – 19
sun-dried tomato sauce, pistachio basil pesto, pumpkin seed macadamia ricotta

portabella and hemp seed burger – 15
sprouted manna bread*, lapsang tea smoked cashew cheese, house-made mustard, pickled pink onions, caraway kraut
(*manna bread is neither raw nor gluten free)

house-made chips & guacamole – 15
corn cilantro guacamole, chili-lime chips NF

side of guacamole Small (4oz) $5 – Medium (8oz) $9 – Large (16oz) $15

salads

caesar salad – 14
romaine lettuce, nori, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, lemon, caesar dressing
+ half an avocado $3

spicy sesame salad – 13
shredded cabbage, beets, jicama, daikon, cashew sesame crunch, wasabi aioli, cilantro, sesame dressing

pumpkin seed and herb salad – 14
greens, kale, parsley, cilantro, mint, hemp seeds, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, pumpkin seed lemon dressing

mediterranean salad – 15
arugula and kale, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette

tuscan kale and radicchio salad – 15
golden raisins, pine nuts, grapes, macadamia pumpkin seed parmesan, lemon caper dressing

falafel salad – 16
mixed greens, tabhouli, lemon tahini, red pepper hot sauce

s&m salad – 16
greens, avocado, hemp seeds, dulse, rosemary crackers, pumpkin seed lemon dressing

taco salad – 17
romaine lettuce, spicy taco crumble, pico de gallo, guacamole, cashew sour cream, cilantro-lime dressing

side of manna bread – 3
(*manna bread is neither raw nor gluten free)

add on salads

fresh organic greens – 7

- add ons -
beet, carrot, cucumber, daikon, jicama, mushrooms, scallions
(+ 1 each)

cashews, chewy dulse, cilantro, basil, dried cranberries, hijiki, kale, nori, parsley, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, sweet pea shoots, tomato, walnuts
(+ 2 each)

avocado, kale, cayenne-dulse almond crumbs, hemp seeds, kalamata olives, red pepper, taco crumble
(+ 3 each)

macadamia cheddar – 3.5 macadamia pumpkin seed parmesan – 4

- dressings –

all NF
pumpkin seed lemon – balsamic vinaigrette – caesar – flax italian – ginger tahini – sweet miso

sweets

tiramisu – 15
vanilla cream layered with coffee-sake almond cake

mallomar – 6
chocolate coated pecan cookie with vanilla cream

moon pie – 9
chocolate brownie vanilla cream sandwich

fig bar – 5
fig sandwich cookie NF (contains coconut)

lemon bar – 8
almond coconut crust, tart lemon custard

chocolate caramel bar – 5
chocolate dipped pecan caramel bar

chocolate ganache tart – 14
chocolate ganache filling, chocolate crust

orreo cookie – 3.5
vanilla cream filled chocolate cookie

thin mint cookie – 3.5
chocolate peppermint dipped cookie

linzer cookie – 5
spiced hazelnut and almond cookie sandwich, raspberry jam

rainbow cookie – 7
tri-colored almond cake, raspberry jam

raspberry cheesecake pop – 9
chocolate dipped, raspberry jam

snickers cupcake – 8
peanut butter frosting and cookies, caramel and ganache sauces

chewy chocolate honey bunches – 10
chocolate dipped buckwheat granola bar (contains coconut)

puddings – 10
mango, chocolate, vanilla – NF (contains coconut)

yogurt parfait – 11
buckwheat, hemp seed & dried fruit granola with seasonal fruit

ice cream

half pint / pint of ice cream – 8/16
vanilla – chocolate – almond buttercup – vanilla mint chip – strawberry – orreo cookie – special: cake and cream

classic sundae / ice cream sandwich – 16/11
vanilla and chocolate ice creams, chocolate and cherry framboise sauces, sliced bananas, candied almonds, and vanilla cream

mint sundae / ice cream sandwich– 16/11
chocolate, fresh mint, and mint chip ice creams, mint chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, and vanilla cream

juices

*Made-to-order drinks are only available until 10:30pm

lemonade – 6
house made, agave sweetened

fresh coconut water – 7/13
16oz / full 1L bottle

hot pink – 9
beet, pineapple, pear, ginger

fruit spice – 9
pineapple, pear, ginger

bunny brew – 10
carrot, apple, ginger

blue grape – 10
grapefruit, blue-green algae

green spice – 10
greens, lemon, ginger

thai green – 10
greens, pineapple, cilantro, lime

draft kombucha* – varies
seasonal flavors (*not available for take out)

wheatgrass – 2.5/4.5
1 oz or 2 oz

ginger shot – 4
2 oz

almond milk – 8/15
16 / 32 oz

cashew milk – 8/15
16 / 32 oz

cinnamon almond milk – 11
filtered water, almonds, cinnamon, dates, salt

pressed juices

green apple – 11
apple, cucumber, celery, mint, lime, spinach

mean greens – 11
kale, chard, celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley, ginger

red ginger – 11
apple, orange, grapefruit, ginger, beet, pineapple

swan greens – 11
cucumber, spinach, dandelion, pear, grapefruit, tarragon, spearmint, yuzu

orange or grapefruit juice – 8

shakes

*Made-to-order drinks are only available until 10:30

banana nut – 10
banana, cashew milk, vanilla, cinnamon

calypso – 11
mango, raspberry, lemonade, vanilla

avocolada – 11
avocado, pineapple, coconut water, lime, vanilla

cacao or carob latte – 11
banana, cashew milk, cacao or carob, vanilla

blue sunset – 11
pineapple, mango, banana, blueberry, coconut water, vanilla

strawberry blonde – 11
strawberries, pineapple, banana, coconut water, vanilla

green mango – 11
mango, cucumber, cilantro, coconut water, lime

goji high – 12
goji berries, blueberries, cashew milk, vanilla

piña colada – 12
fresh coconut, coconut water, pineapple

berry blue – 12
mixed berries, banana, coconut water, blue-green algae

spanking – 12
fresh coconut, blueberry, banana, cashew milk, cinnamon, vanilla

tropical snow – 13
fresh coconut, coconut water, vanilla

sarma’s favorite green shake – 14
grapefruit, pineapple, cucumber, chard, kale, cilantro, parsley, stevia, and a pinch of salt

the rich but not that rich milkshake – 12
almond or cashew milk with any half pint of ice cream

millionaire’s milkshake – 22
whole pint of ice cream, cashew milk

supplements & add-ins

- supplements –
ground flax (1),bee pollen (2), blue-green algae (2), green powder (2), hemp protein (2), maca powder (2), spirulina (2), tocos (2), moringa (3)

- additions -
cacao nibs (1), cacao powder (1), goji berries (2), coconut meat (3)

shakes are not sweetened – please ask if you would like stevia or agave nectar added!

NF – nut free
*on site consumption only

View Our Chelsea Market Menu
everything at one lucky duck is prepared at pure food and wine, new york’s raw, vegan, and organic restaurant, and kept below 118 degrees to preserve nutrients and enzymes. all of our ingredients are gluten free with noted exceptions where manna bread is an option.
please inform us of any allergies!!
ask for daily specials!!

-oneluckyduck.com

This is the takeout for pure food and wine restaurant. Check out this site it also has an online store.

I went there today skeptical… And had the chocolate pudding: first off it’s not pudding! You vegans can’t steal our names and make your food ours!

Pudding is pudding! If you want to call yours pudding-like substance ok! Ps the same goes for yogurt, veggie burger, tiramisu, ice cream, moon pies and definitely Cheesecake! Make up your own names! No piggybacking!

That being said; I had the pudding like substance from One Lucky Duck and let me tell you it was amazing! That being said; I am not giving up meat! But I can add some of their products to my diet!

Does it taste like pudding? No! It was delicious and tastes totally different. Like nothing you have had. Does it have a pudding consistency? No! It’s slightly thicker. Does it look like pudding? Yes. Will I buy it again? Yes, but at $11 that’s crazy! Maybe once in a blue moon! Will I try to reengineer it? Yes!

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I’ll just have to sneak in a ziplock bag of grilled chicken to make these dishes perfect! 😝

Seriously; try it and you will be amazed at how delicious raw food can be!

If you think hard enough there are plenty of foods that are delicious, fruits, veggies, Nutbutters, coconut etc.. However; my body and lifestyle demands way more protein on a daily basis! 1-1.5g of protein per pound of bodyweight! At 250lbs It would cost me a fortune to eat enough protein, with vegan proteins normally come carbs, carbs for my body-type are the Devil! So for me; I couldn’t totally switch. Nor do I want to! But like I said; it won’t hurt for me to integrate a little in my diet.

Remember the phrase:
Everything in moderation! Too much of one thing isn’t good for you! The same goes for not enough of everything also isn’t good!

Check it out! And stay tuned for more from them!

The only problem with this place is the prices are insane! Not crazy…insane! If the pudding was a reasonable $6-6:50 each I would be in everyday!

That’s a guaranteed $32.50 a week! And I would most likely buy more stuff as I go and look. But at $11 each maybe one a week if they are lucky!

If only they were reasonable! I could probably get a lot more people to go! Even those of us that aren’t vegan!

**Update** July 7th 2014

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I got the infamous Mint Ice Cream sundae!

For being raw vegan and zero dairy it wasn’t that bad! The mint pseudo ice cream tasted like ice cream but the other flavor and the brownie chunks were noticeably different, but as a whole it was delicious and I would get it again. However; the chocolate pseudo pudding is by far my favorite! It tastes like real pudding and I wouldn’t mind eating it daily! If only it was more affordable!

**Update** July 10th 2014
Last night my girlfriend made the avocado Pseudo pudding recipe from here and she hit the nail on the head! She has all the cookbooks from Pure Food and Wine, so It was exactly the same consistency, color and flavor! It was delicious, lucky for me she made a big batch, so I can enjoy it for the next couple days! I had a little this morning for breakfast!

It’s great for battling a sweet tooth while staying on your diet! The best part is the recipe is raw, so how hard can it be! Avocados, cocoa and probably a few other ingredients together and boom yummy pudding like substance! It satisfies your healthy omega requirements and gives you a treat at the same time!

Check out Pure Food & Wine as well as One Lucky Duck! I promise you won’t be upset even though it’s raw vegan! If you happen to be raw vegan however; it may ruin your life! The products are soo good it may ruin other places for you and make you go broke only eating their food! I am not sure if they still sell cookbooks, but if they do, invest in them and take your raw vegan lifestyle to the next level! If you aren’t raw vegan like myself, some of the recipes will give you another tool for your toolbox on your way to a healthy balanced lifestyle!

Remember my catch phrase: Everything in moderation! That goes for anything and everything in life! If you can stick by that, you will have a happy, healthy and fun life! That’s my recipe for success!

It’s on my when we go to extremes that we get in trouble! Think about that!

**Note** Stay tuned July 19th for more!


Product Review: Kinoki Detox Foot Patches

Coming soon!

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Helps cleanse and energize body
May aid in dispelling toxins
Encourages muscle and tendon relaxation
Helps absorb odor
Can be applied overnight

Can Foot Pads ‘Absorb Toxic Materials’?

By JOHN STOSSEL Apr 12, 2008,

Did you know that your body may be crawling with poisons and toxins? Heavy metals like arsenic and mercury? Parasites, metabolic wastes, even cellulite? Maybe that’s why you’re tired or stressed out or your back hurts. Well, someone has a cure for you.

“Kinoki foot pads, the incredible detox system that naturally captures toxins from your body while you sleep!” That’s what the TV ads blare, and they’re persuasive. After all, we’ve been told that poisons are everywhere.

“Are you poisoning yourself with unavoidable toxins from the food, water and air we breathe?” the spokeswoman asks. The foot pads, they say, will drain toxins right out of you. “Kinoki foot pads collect heavy metals, metabolic wastes, toxins, parasites, cellulite and more, giving you back your vitality and health.”

How do they work? The pad is an adhesive patch with a small bag of ingredients that include things like wood vinegar. You apply this to your foot like a Band-Aid. Supposedly, the pad then drains the toxins out while you sleep.
The “after” pad shown in the ad is covered with what you’d expect toxins to look like — brown, muddy, kind of a mini-Superfund site. But don’t despair.

“Use a fresh pad each night until the pad becomes lighter and lighter,” the ads claim. It’s supposed to get lighter because after several days’ use, you have fewer toxins in your body.

The ads boast that an “independent study proves Kinoki foot pads absorb toxic materials from your body. Isn’t that amazing?”
Yes, and maybe that’s why the Internet is buzzing about Kinoki, with bloggers wondering if they really work. At TheMockDock.com (their motto: “Unloading a fresh load of scoff, daily!”) a blogger videotaped her test of Kinoki pads.

On the first night, she applied a pad to her foot, “and went to bed hoping for the best, wanting to see what happens in the morning and whether or not the pad was going to be as disgusting as the commercial promised and sure enough when I turned on the light and took this pad off… it was every bit as heinous as the commercials promised.”

‘Do They Work or Don’t They’?

We were curious too, so we ordered some Kinoki pads and similar ones made by Avon called “detoxifying patches,” and ran an ad asking for people who wanted to try them. We put together a group of people who had heard of detox foot pads — some had even tried them — and were willing to participate.

Lou Gregory had a professional interest in the pads. “I’m a chiropractor, and I have patients that ask me all the time about them,” he said. “So I wanted to know, do they work or don’t they?”

Veronica James is an actress who’d tried Kinoki pads before and hoped they would boost her immune system. Veronica thought the pads might have prevented a cold.

“I have not had a cold in a few months now, which is good, but I don’t know if it’s because I’m taking better vitamins or because of this.”

After trying the Avon pads, Kelly Dye, an administrative assistant, thought maybe she had more energy.

“I actually woke up and I have energy ’cause usually I wake up and I snooze like 10 times and I thought, OK, maybe this will be good for me,” she said. “I can get to work earlier … but no.”

Most of our volunteers, like boxing trainer Ricky Ray Taylor, observed no benefits.

“I’m on a relentless pursuit for more energy,” he said. “I got nothin’.”

Katie Sweeney, who used Avon pads on both feet for three days, said, “I had a headache and I felt dehydrated.”

The Placebo Effect

But what about all of those toxins that were supposedly pulled out of their feet? The ad promised, “Just like a tree draws energy in and toxins down its trunk,Kinoki foot pads work the same way.”

Dr. George Friedman-Jimenez, the director of the Bellevue / New York University Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic in New York City, said “I don’t think that they act by removing toxins from the body.”

A specialist in environmental medicine, Friedman-Jiminez fears that sick people will put off getting real treatment because they think detox pads will work.

I asked Friedman-Jiminez if it’s possible that the placebo effect caused people to think that they felt better after wearing the pads overnight.

“I think what we’re seeing with treatments like Kinoki footpads is that people are expecting them to help, and expecting to feel better, and some people feel better just by chance, and some people feel better because of the expectation,” he said. “The placebo effect contributes to the improvement in the symptoms.”

Avon doesn’t make the same extreme claims as Kinoki, but it does call its product “detoxifying patches,” containing “ingredients known for their detoxifying properties.”

“The idea that they’re drawing toxins through the skin out of the body in any significant amount, I think is just wrong,” said Friedman-Jimenez.

He said you cannot pull toxins out of the body through the feet — “not in any significant amount.”

Our volunteers also found that their pads didn’t get lighter with repeated use like the ads promised. “They just stayed dark every day,” said James.

The Smell and the Science

And one feature of the pads that the ads don’t tell you about but that our testers complained about was the smell.

“It smelled like a barbecue pit when I woke up,” said Dye.

Grad school student Sara Mascola said, “It smells like bacon and then it leaves this film on your foot.”

J Vanburen, a voiceover artist, said the pad smelled even worse than that. “Eeew. No, it didn’t smell like any bacon I’ve ever smelled. … I want to know what they found in the pad.”

The Kinoki ads’ claim that we’re brimming with things like heavy metals, toxins and parasites scares people. “20/20″ asked NMS Labs, a national laboratory in Willow Grove, Pa., that performs toxicology testing, to analyze the used Kinoki and Avon pads from eight of our group to see what we could find on the pads.

The lab tested for a lot of things, including heavy metals like arsenic and mercury and 23 solvents, including benzene, tolulene and styrene and found none of these on the used pads.

“I feel like it’s a scam,” said Sweeney. “It’s just the moisture in your feet that are darkening the pad.”

Bingo. There’s no evidence that it’s toxins. When I dropped distilled water on the pad, it turns dark in seconds.

I wish TV and radio stations would be more responsible about running these kinds of ads. Alan Handleman, a North Carolina radio host, says that when Kinoki proposed advertising on his program, he asked for samples of the pads. He eventually decided the company seemed “sleazy” and he turned the money down. But that’s unusual, I fear. Many in the media just take the money.

“I think it’s a scam, and I think they purposely put it on late at night for drunk, vulnerable people,” said Dye. ” You won’t even remember you ordered it until it comes in the mail.”

I agree.

Now of course our informal study was not definitive. In one later test we did found a trace of lead on five pads but Friedman-Jimenez believes it didn’t come from people.

“It could’ve been in the packaging of the pad, it could’ve been a contamination from dust on the floors. Many apartments that have lead paint have trace amounts of lead in the dust and if someone is walking around barefoot,” the doctor said, it could have gotten on our testers’ feet. “But the lead is not toxin that’s being drawn from the person’s body.”

Buyer Beware

We asked Avon and Kinoki for tests that would show that their products really work, but they offered no valid scientific studies to back up their detoxification claims. Nor would either company agree to a TV interview.

I think it’s revealing that Kinoki’s parent company, Xacta 3000 of Lakewood, N.J., also sells the Wrinkle Terminator, which makes wrinkles “disappear.”

Does this make you mad?

Thirty years ago, when I began consumer reporting, such scams used to enrage me.

I’d go to politicians demanding to know why they didn’t take action to protect consumers. I’d go to lawyers asking why they didn’t sue the cheaters out of business and get compensation for victims.

Now I know better.

I’ve learned that governments’ attempts to stifle consumer fraud usually lead to more paperwork, higher taxes, barriers to entry for new business, and the frauds continue anyway. Or new versions of them did.

The lawyers’ suing led to a few consumers getting some compensation, but higher costs for all consumers, more paperwork to fill out, long delays for everything, and fewer choices.

Today I think it’s sad, but there will always be consumer scams; some people will endlessly fall for pitches for breast and penis enlargers, hair growers, “natural” remedies and so on. It’s the media’s job to report on them to warn you, but to not call for government or legal intervention. Such intervention almost always makes things worse.

After all, the losses are usually not that severe. Eventually the public wises up, and the scam fades away. I assume that will happen with detox foot pads.

The money must pour in, after all, the ads keep running, telling us “Don’t delay, order Kinoki foot pads today!”

But our blogger won’t do that again. After six nights trying the Kinoki pads, she gave up.

“Did I feel better? No. Did I sleep better? Not really. Did I have more energy? No. The only thing I felt was hostility toward these pads. The bed smelled, my hands smelled after using them… So I’m left feeling duped by Mr. Kinoki.”

ABC News Producer Frank Mastropolo contributed to this report.
-abcnews.go.com


Product Review: Stuffitts – portable drying solutions – no more sweaty smelly gear! *

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What are Stuffitts Inserts?

Stuffitts® antimicrobial drying inserts combat moisture and kill odor in shoes, boots, skates, helmets, gloves and gear bags. Reuseable. 100% natural fill. Made with USA components.
-stuffitts.com

Stay tuned!

Ok so what are Stuffits and what do they do? They absorb the sweat and odor from your shoes and sneakers! I do not like wearing my shoes around NYC so I put them in my pack and wear my sneakers and then switch at work so my sneakers sit in my bag all day long and my shoes sit in the bag all night long well I switch out the Stuffits as pictured below:

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Not only do my shoes and sneakers stay fresh, but the Stuffits help keep the shape of my shoes when they are jammed in my bag, prolonging the life of my shoes!

My feet do not smell or sweat too badly, however; when my shoes are a year old the smell builds up! I have had ex-girlfriends in the past complain about the odor of my gym shoes! One went so far as to throw out my shoes and buy me a new pair!

It is so nice to have my girlfriend not complain about my shoes or gym bag smelling! That’s one less headache! Now if they only made a Stuffit for protein farts bahahaha! Nevermind; I wouldn’t like a cedar stuffed sock in my underwear lmao!

Ok seriously; I have the gym bag; in a gym bag! My Stuffits gym bag is inside the main compartment of my gym bag and it holds my Protec Athletics knee sleeves, under armor shirt and my Al1ve Magnetics wrist, elbow and calf sleeves. Did it dry them out and remove the odor; keeping my gym bag smelling fresh and not like a sweaty locker room?

Stay tuned!


Product Review: Infinity Pro – Shamballa bracelet ion bands and magnetic jewelry – holistic healing *

Coming Soon!

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History Channel’s Cross–Country Cookout hits Union Square in NYC

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HISTORY®’s Cross–Country Cookout hits the road again this summer with the 80–foot long Ultimate Smoker and Grill, bringing its tasty BBQ sausage to more summer festivals. The giant grill has the capacity to cook up to 2,000 pounds of meat at once! Finger lickin’ BBQ provided by pit master Trace “The Rib Whisperer” Arnold of 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House located in Frisco, TX.

Check out the schedule below and make your way to one of our events. This year we are bringing new games on tour–the American Pickers® Claw Game and the Swamp People® Gator Tag. Don’t miss your chance to win great prizes, taste free sausage, and enjoy HISTORY entertainment. You might event spot some of your favorite stars along the way.

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The event was awesome! Free sausage infused with spices and cheese. It was delicious! The Spicy flavor was quickly extinguished with the sweet cheese! There’s also the motorcycle giveaway, which I will hopefully win!

If you are nearby stop in and catch a free quick bite!

They even had a giant claw machine and ride on bull! But the lines were too long and it was lunch time!


Recipe: Low Calorie Low Carb Chicken Breast and Broccoli Slaw Stir-fry

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I saw this picture on Pinterest, it’s pretty simple! Get your chicken cut it I to cubes and add one bag of broccoli slaw and a little Braggs Liquid Aminos
And off you go! You can even add a little Rice Wine Vinegar to the stir-fry

Chicken breast – cubed
1 bag Broccoli Slaw
Braggs Liquid Aminos 1/4 cup I guess
Rice Wine Vinegar 1/4 cup (optional)

Delicious quick meal enjoy!


Supplement Review: Harvest Bay Coconut Water

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Nature’s Hydration
What makes our coconut water Nature’s Hydration? It’s simple. Harvest Bay is 100% not from concentrate, all-natural coconut water from young green coconuts. That’s it. Nothing extra, like added sugar or fat.
Our coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage. Simply put, that means it helps replace fluids and salts that are lost during exercise. And, each serving has more potassium — the natural muscle builder — than a banana.
Combine the natural isotonic qualities, no added sugars and only 35 calories per serving, and you have a perfect (and perfectly natural) beverage to get you through your workout … or your workday!
- harvest-bay.com

Let me tell you this: This is the first Coconut Water I have ever purchased that tastes like you actually drank it straight from the coconut! I have not enjoyed the many others I have tried over the years!

This stuff is by far the best!

I like drinking a half a glass a day post workout. It claims superior hydration, not sure if that is true, but it can’t hurt 😉

If you like coconut water, or you are looking for that extra edge or if you want an all natural product that will aid you in your weight-loss journey, try this product! You will not be disappointed!

I have been having a bunch of coconut water lately including Vitacoca and this stuff is light years better! Tastes like its fresh out if the coconut! I can’t stress that enough!

**Update** June 30th 2014
I just had Zico another one of the large manufacturers and it was pretty good, I would say it was 2nd place behind Harvest Bay. Zico tasted much more natural than Vitacoca! Harvest Bay still rules! I actually found it at a new Stop & Shop which has a larger Natural Foods section then the others. However; it was much more expensive than Green Life Market! It was I believe $5.35 to Green Life’s $4.00


Supplement Review: Noxygen – stimulant free blood flow & oxygen amplifier – by Purus Labs – wicked crazy pumps!! *

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NEW NOxygen by Purus Labs:

Stimulant-Free Blood Flow & Oxygen Amplifier!

Key Highlights:

Stimulant-free, unflavored pre-workout featuring Nitratene
& introducing HydroMax, water soluable glycerine!
Instant cell volumization through intramuscular water transport!
Increased N.O. production causing a prolonged spike in blood & oxygen delivery!
Use as a standalone preworkout or as an accelerative addition to any preworkout or creatine supplement!
Featuring:

New naturall occuring Oxygen NO3-TMG, preserving amino acid bound nitrate!
Naturally occuring vasodilatory Nitratene Nitrate form!
Intracellular volumizing, high mohydromax lecular weight glycerine!
New NOxygen™ by Purus Labs:
The Ultimate Pre-Workout Accelerant….Your cells will thank you!

Add one to two servings to your preworkout beverage 15-30 minutes before training for maximum blood and oxygen delivery. For endurance training, mix with your intraworkout or hydration beverage and consume throughout training.

NOxygen Supplement Facts
Serving Size: Scoop (2.8 grams)
Servings per Container: 40

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Carbohydrates 1.5 g <1%
Sugar Alcohol (as HydroMax glycerine) 1.5 g
Sodium 65 mg 3%
NO3-TMG Blend:

Beet Root Extract (std. min. 70% betaine nitrate), Nitratene (FCC-grade sodium nitrate) 740 mg **
-puruslabs.net

For a crazy stim-free wicked pump preworkout I am going to add this to Hemavol!

This stuff is amazing! Every manufacturer's new catch phrase is muscle splitting pumps and until this product I have never experienced it! And if you are a regular reader, you will know I have tried almost under the sun! This stuff is crazy! Whatever body part I train it gets really tight and feels like it's going to rip my shirt off!

I did biceps and shoulders both were crazy pumped my sleeves felt like they were going to rip!

I did chest and tris and my arms were popping! My tris hit my lats and I couldn't put my arms down!

I did back and my lats hit my triceps and I couldn't put my arms down!

Today is traps and legs and I'm afraid to see what will happen!

What will happen? Stay tuned!

My traps are sooo sore! I don’t know the last time my traps were this sore!!

Go buy this stuff! Buy Hemoval and mix them for the ultimate stim free preworkout!


Supplement Review: Farmer Jim’s Small Batch Ketchup *

Coming soon!!
Farmer Jim’s is a craft producer of ketchup, meaning we make it by hand.
Why Farmer Jim’s?
It’s the best ketchup in the world.
Slow cooked in small batches, it comes in two flavors – Original and Spicy Chipotle.
It’s made with pureed tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, honey, molasses, and a secret blend of spices.
It has only 55mg of sodium per serving, and 1g of sugar.
It’s proudly made in Montclair, New Jersey

-farmerjimsco.com

His website really sucks! But don’t hold that against him!

Stay tuned for review!


Gadgets: Noontec Cubee 10000mAh

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Noontec Cubee 10000mAh Portable Charger Dual USB External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, Moto X, PS Vita, most Smartphones, Tablets and other USB-charged devices

Noontec Cubee 10000mAh Portable Charger Dual USB External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, Moto X, PS Vita, most Smartphones, Tablets and other USB-charged devices

DESCRIPTION:

Battery capacity:10000mAh.
Voltage input : 5V/1.0A
Voltage output : 5V/2.1A
Available colors: Black / white
Product Dimension:111*74*22mm
weight: 290g
High efficiency, eco – friendly and fairly safe,
Up to 2.1A output current.
Simple and fashion design
In the box: Cubee mobile power bank; User Guide; 1 Micro USB cable

FEATURES:

MFI approval
Big capacity with small body size
High transfer effeciency
Easy to use
Simple & fashion design

-noontecusa.com

This battery is awesome especially for anyone that commutes via mass transit or works on a job-site with no access to power!

I have already charged my iPhone 5 multiple times and I have 3 of 4 power indicator lights on the unit.

If you fit the description above or are just constantly on the go, this is a must! And at that Groupon price it was a no-brainer!

Check out the Noontec Cubee! You won’t be disappointed!


Holistic Healing: The Miracle of Wheatgrass

Benefits of Wheatgrass

Some of the superior qualities of wheatgrass and the juice that can be extracted from its blades include the following:
Increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris. Wheatgrass also stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. It also aids in reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body.
Stimulates the thyroid gland, correcting obesity, indigestion, and a host of other complaints.
Restores alkalinity to the blood. The juice’s abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over-acidity in the blood. It can be used to relieve many internal pains, and has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.
Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect us from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.
Fights tumors and neutralizes toxins. Recent studies show that wheatgrass juice has a powerful ability to fight tumors without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in grass juice cleanse the blood and neutralize and digest toxins in our cells.
Contains beneficial enzymes. Whether you have a cut finger you want to heal or you desire to lose five pounds…enzymes must do the actual work. The life and abilities of the enzymes found naturally in our bodies can be extended if we help them from the outside by adding exogenous enzymes, like the ones found in wheatgrass juice. Don’t cook it. We can only get the benefits of the many enzymes found in grass by eating it uncooked. Cooking destroys 100 percent of the enzymes in food.
Has remarkable similarity to our own blood. The second important nutritional aspect of chlorophyll is its remarkable similarity to hemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in the blood. Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, president of the Hagiwara Institute of Health in Japan, is a leading advocate for the use of grass as food and medicine. He reasons that since chlorophyll is soluble in fat particles, and fat particles are absorbed directly into the blood via the lymphatic system, that chlorophyll can also be absorbed in this way. In other words, when the “blood” of plants is absorbed in humans it is transformed into human blood, which transports nutrients to every cell of the body.
When used as a rectal implant, reverses damage from inside the lower bowel. An implant is a small amount of juice held in the lower bowel for about 20 minutes. In the case of illness, wheatgrass implants stimulate a rapid cleansing of the lower bowel and draw out accumulations of debris.
Externally applied to the skin can help eliminate itching almost immediately.
Will soothe sunburned skin and act as a disinfectant. Rubbed into the scalp before a shampoo, it will help mend damaged hair and alleviate itchy, scaly, scalp conditions.
Is soothing and healing for cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers, tumors, and so on. Use as a poultice and replace every two to four hours.
Works as a sleep aide. Merely place a tray of living wheatgrass near the head of your bed. It will enhance the oxygen in the air and generate healthful negative ions to help you sleep more soundly.
Enhances your bath. Add some to your bath water and settle in for a nice, long soak.
Sweetens the breath and firms up and tightens gums. Just gargle with the juice.
Neutralizes toxic substances like cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury, and polyvinyl chloride.
Offers the benefits of a liquid oxygen transfusion since the juice contains liquid oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes: it stimulates digestion (the oxidation of food), promotes clearer thinking (the brain utilizes 25% of the body’s oxygen supply), and protects the blood against anaerobic bacteria. Cancer cells cannot exist in the presence of oxygen.
Turns gray hair to its natural color again and greatly increases energy levels when consumed daily.
Is a beauty treatment that slows down the aging process when the juice is consumed. Wheatgrass will cleanse your blood and help rejuvenate aging cells, slowing the aging process way down, making you feel more alive right away. It will help tighten loose and sagging skin.
Lessens the effects of radiation. One enzyme found in wheatgrass, SOD, lessens the effects of radiation and acts as an anti-inflammatory compound that may prevent cellular damage following heart attacks or exposure to irritants.
Restores fertility and promotes youthfulness.
Can double your red blood cell count just by soaking in it. Renowned nutritionist Dr. Bernard Jensen found that no other blood builders are superior to green juices and wheatgrass. In his book “Health Magic Through Chlorophyll” he mentions several cases where he was able to double the red blood cell count in a matter of days merely by having patients soak in a chlorophyll-water bath. Blood building results occur even more rapidly when patients drink green juices and wheatgrass regularly.

-http://hippocratesinst.org/wheatgrass/benefits-of-wheatgrass

Here’s the powered wheatgrass that I have been using. The taste isn’t bad and it’s a good easy alternative to fresh wheatgrass.

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Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Union Square in Manhattan, NY there’s a farmers market currently going on. This past Friday I purchased a large life wheatgrass plant for only $9 not a bad deal! You can probably get 3-4 shots from one plant, add water and regrow for an additional 3-4 shots.

Check it out!

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Events: Raiders of the Lost Park Mud Run Mount Olive, NJ June 21st 2014 *

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Sign up join Team Mudivators and join me for the race! Come be on my team!

5k with 15 obstacles

**Update** June 17th 2014

It’s coming this Saturday! I can’t wait! Did you sign up for my team? Will I see you there? Don’t forget to say hi!

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Attractions: Bushkill Falls, Bushkill PA

Bushkill Falls
The “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State’s most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest.

History:
Centuries of Natural History
High in the uplands of the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, streams of crystal pure water bubble up through rifts in primeval rock. These are the headwaters of Bushkill Creek, a great marsh alive with the call of wild birds.

As the waters begin their descent toward the Delaware River far below, they move ever faster toward Bushkill Falls, rushing over Pennell Falls, then between rocky walls through the Upper Canyon and Laurel Glen.

Suddenly the stream drops over the edge of a 100-foot cliff, the majestic Main Falls. From the deep pool at the bottom, banked by ferns, mosses, and wild flowers, the creek now drops another seventy feet through a long and spectacular gorge strewn with gigantic boulders. Trails and bridges lace the area, affording splendid views.

Nature hikers are enthusiastic about the walk to the Bridal Veil Falls. Here you will follow a nice trail by the Pond Run stream. The stream soon flows into the Little Bushkill where the mountain path leads deep into the forest. Spring-fed waters tumble down the mountainside in a series of three lovely falls, so misty in their appearance they are named for brides of love.

Charles E. Peters first opened Bushkill Falls to the public in 1904, with a single path and a swinging bridge over the head of the main falls. Bushkill Falls is still owned by the Peters family.

Admission Rates
Adults: $12.50 / day
Seniors (Ages 62 and older): $11.50 / day
Children (Ages 4 through 10): $7 / day
Children (Ages 3 and younger): Free
Group Rates available – Contact Us for details.

Other Rates
Official Trail Guide w/ Map Adventure: $3.00
Additional Punch Cards for Map Adventure Program: $.50
Mining for Gemstones: Large Bag – $9.00, Small bag – $7.00
Miniature Golf: $5.00 includes souvenir golf ball
Paddleboat Rentals: $4.00 per person
Putt & Paddle Combo: $8.00
Fishing Permit: $5.00
Fishing Rentals: $20.00

Bushkill Falls provides families, friends, couples, and nature enthusiasts with an excellent opportunity to experience the splendor and beauty of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Bring some comfortable shoes for a walk over natural pathways. It’s only a short distance to view the Main Falls from the primary observation deck. Three additional hiking trails provide numerous viewing angles of all eight waterfalls. Our trails are designed to appeal to varying ages and physical conditioning. We’ll gladly advise as to the appropriateness of our trails depending upon your individual abilities or concerns.

Our trails vary in length and difficulty:

Green Trail – View the Main Falls from the green trail, which takes about 15 minutes to walk. No climbing is involved, however, there are steps.
Yellow Trail – View the Main Falls, as well as Lower Gorge Falls, Laurel Glen and Upper Canyon, which takes 45 minutes to walk.
Blue Trail – View Pennell Falls from the blue trail, which takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to walk.
Red Trail – View Bridal Veil Falls from the Red trail. This trail is for the avid hiker in that it spans almost 2 miles, includes all eight falls, and takes over 2 hours to hike.

As you hike the trails, or walk the grounds of Bushkill Falls, you’ll have a first-hand opportunity to see the wonders of nature close at hand. Whether you’re busy at a game of miniature golf on our 18-hole course, cooling off on a paddle boat ride, or feeding the wild ducks and geese, be sure to bring your camera to capture some memorable moments against the picturesque backdrop of Bushkill Falls.

Bird Watching on the Trails

The Pennsylvania Poconos are home to a wide variety of local and migratory bird species including song birds, ducks and geese, wild turkey, and birds of prey such as owls, hawks, and eagles. Other area wildlife include black bear, white-tail deer, bobcat, red and grey fox, coyote, raccoon, skunk, opossum, rabbit, squirrel, woodchuck, and chipmunks.

Pennsylania Wildlife Exhibit

The Pennsylvania Wildlife Exhibit, located at the entrance of Bushkill Falls, features fascinating displays about the area’s indigenous wildlife. From the mighty black bear to the timid chipmunk, the exhibit is an outstanding place to learn more about these creatures that are so integral a part of the Bushkill Falls natural environment.

Map Adventure Program

To enhance your hiking experience, you may want to take part in our Map Adventure program. An official trail map has been developed just for this adventure. The map, which is especially detailed and accurate, includes 20 “control points” that can be found on the trails. When five, ten, or twenty locations have been found and verified with a unique punch of your card by a park official, you will become eligible for a monthly prize drawing.

The Map Adventure map includes a handy tree guide, along with facts and trivia about Bushkill Falls. It is available for only $3.00 and includes 1 punch card, additional punch cards are $.50 a piece.

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That’s the front buildings with mining adventure, entrance, restaurant, gift shop, picnic area, bathrooms and fudge shop.

Check out some of the views complete with pictures of my sister, nephew, niece, girlfriend and Nala lol

Great for family trips or a romantic hike. However it’s highly populated and for those of you that enjoy hiking and looking for the next trail marker; you won’t have that here as the trail is much more commercial with bridges and walkways.

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Notice the picture of my nephew above: he was afraid of a black moth lol wussy :p

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Here is the restaurant combo menu:

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For some reason my nephew wanted a pic of the sweet baby rays bbq sauce pump lol so here it is:

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As you can see it is really pretty and a great day of fun for the family.

Down the street from Bushkill Falls is an indoor/outdoor flea market we stopped afterward for a couple of cool deals!

Feel free to check that out too!


Holistic Healing: Ear Candling – WTF is it and Why so much bad press?

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Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. Medical research has shown that the practice is both dangerous and ineffective and does not help remove earwax or toxicants. The claim by one manufacturer that ear candles originated with the Hopi tribe also has been disproven.

One end of a cylinder or cone of waxed cloth is lit, and the other is placed into the subject’s ear. The flame is cut back occasionally with scissors and extinguished between 5 and 10 centimeters (2-4 inches) from the subject.

The subject is lying on one side with the treated ear uppermost and the candle vertical. The candle can be stuck through a paper plate or aluminium pie tin to protect against any hot wax or ash falling onto the subject. Another way to perform ear candling involves the subject lying face up with the ear candle extending out to the side with a 45-degree upward slant. A dish of water is placed next to the subject under the ear candle.

Proponents claim that the flame creates negative pressure, drawing wax and debris out of the ear canal, which appears as a dark residue.

An ear candling session lasts up to one hour, during which one or two ear candles may be burned for each ear.

Professor Edzard Ernst has published critically on the subject of ear candles, noting, “There are no data to suggest that it is effective for any condition. Furthermore, ear candles have been associated with ear injuries. The inescapable conclusion is that ear candles do more harm than good. Their use should be discouraged.”

A 2007 paper in the journal Canadian Family Physician concludes:

“Ear candling appears to be popular and is heavily advertised with claims that could seem scientific to lay people. However, its claimed mechanism of action has not been verified, no positive clinical effect has been reliably recorded, and it is associated with considerable risk. No evidence suggests that ear candling is an effective treatment for any condition. On this basis, we believe it can do more harm than good and we recommend that GPs discourage its use.”

A 2007 paper in American Family Physician had this to say:

“Ear candling also should be avoided. Ear candling is a practice in which a hollow candle is inserted into the external auditory canal and lit, with the patient lying on the opposite ear. In theory, the combination of heat and suction is supposed to remove earwax. However, in one trial, ear candles neither created suction nor removed wax and actually led to occlusion with candle wax in persons who previously had clean ear canals. Primary care physicians may see complications from ear candling including candle wax occlusion, local burns, and tympanic membrane perforation.”
The Spokane Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic conducted a research study in 1996 which concluded that ear candling does not produce negative pressure and was ineffective in removing wax from the ear canal. Several studies have shown that ear candles produce the same residue when burnt without ear insertion and that the residue is simply candle wax and soot.

In October 2007, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued an alert identifying ear candles (also known as ear cones or auricular candles) as “dangerous to health when used in the dosage or manner, or with the frequency or duration, prescribed, recommended, or suggested in the labeling thereof” … “since the use of a lit candle in the proximity of a person’s face would carry a high risk of causing potentially severe skin/hair burns and middle ear damage.”

Linda Dahlstrom, health editor for MSNBC, underwent the procedure, reporting that the experience (which included a massage) was relaxing, but did not report any other positive effects from her experience. She concluded: “I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone.”

As of 2008, there are at least two cases in which people have set their houses on fire while ear candling, one of which resulted in death. (That’s natural selection getting rid of dumbasses)

While ear candles are widely available in the U.S., selling or importing them with medical claims is illegal. This means that one cannot market ear candles as products that “Diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease”.

In a report, Health Canada states “There is no scientific proof to support claims that ear candling provides medical benefits. … However, there is plenty of proof that ear candling is dangerous.” It says that while some people claim to be selling the candles “for entertainment purposes only”, the Canadian government maintains that there is no reasonable non-medical use, and hence any sale of the devices is illegal in Canada.

Although Biosun, a manufacturer of ear candles, refers to them as “Hopi” ear candles, there is no such treatment within traditional Hopi healing practices. Vanessa Charles, public relations officer for the Hopi Tribal Council, has stated that ear candling “is not and has never been a practice conducted by the Hopi tribe or the Hopi people.” The Hopi tribe repeatedly has asked Biosun, the manufacturer of ‘Hopi Ear Candles’, to stop using the Hopi name. Biosun has not complied with this request and continues to claim that ear candles originated within the Hopi tribe.
-Wikipedia

Is ear candling a safe way to remove earwax?

Answers from Charles W. Beatty, M.D.

Ear candling — a technique that involves placing a lit, hollow, cone-shaped candle into the ear canal — can cause serious injury and isn’t considered an effective treatment for any condition.

The theory behind ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal auricular therapy, is that the heat from the flame will create suction that draws the earwax into the hollow candle. Ear candling has also been touted as a treatment for sinus infections and as a way to improve hearing.

Research shows, however, that ear candling is ineffective at removing earwax. In fact, the technique can actually push earwax deeper into the ear canal. Ear candling can also lead to:

Deposits of candle wax in the ear canal
Burns to the face, hair, scalp, ear canal, eardrum and middle ear
Puncture of the eardrum
If you develop an earwax blockage, avoid ear candling. Instead, consult your doctor about simple steps you can take to safely and effectively remove the wax.
-mayoclinic.com

Don’t Get Burned: Stay Away From Ear Candles

A lit “candle” that can drip hot wax into your ear, usually as you lie on your side.

Sound dangerous? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thinks so, and is warning consumers to steer clear of products being sold as ear candles.

These “candles”—hollow cones that are about 10 inches long and made from a fabric tube soaked in beeswax, paraffin, or a mixture of the two—are being marketed as treatments for a variety of conditions. These conditions include ear wax buildup, sinus infections, hearing loss, headaches, colds, flu, and sore throats.

Marketers of ear candles claim that warmth created by the lit device produces suction that draws wax and other impurities out of the ear canal.

“Some ear candles are offered as products that purify the blood, strengthen the brain, or even ‘cure’ cancer,” says Eric Mann, M.D., Ph.D., clinical deputy director of FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic, Neurological, and Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices.

He adds that some firms claim the candles are appropriate for use on children.

But FDA warns that ear candles can cause serious injuries, even when used in accordance to manufacturers’ directions. “Also,” says Mann, “FDA believes that there is no valid scientific evidence for any medical benefit from their use.”

Burns and Other Risks
Mann says that ear candling—the procedure is also called “ear coning” and “thermal auricular therapy”—exposes the recipient to risks such as

starting a fire
burns to the face, ear canal, eardrum, and middle ear
injury to the ear from dripping wax
ears plugged by candle wax
bleeding
puncture of the eardrum
delay in seeking needed medical care for underlying conditions such as sinus and ear infections, hearing loss, cancer, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. (TMJ disorders often cause headache and painful sensations in the area of the ear, jaw, and face).
Even many promoters of ear candles warn potential users to have the procedure done by an experienced “candler,” and to not use the candles on themselves.

Ear candling involves placing the candle in the outer ear, usually while the recipient lies on his or her side. It is also done with the recipient sitting upright.

Often, before being lit, the candle is placed through a hole located in the center of a plate. The plate is supposed to protect against hot wax or ash coming down the side of the device and onto the recipient.

Enforcement
FDA and the Canadian health regulatory agency Health Canada have acted against manufacturers of ear candles. These actions have included import alerts, seizures, injunctions, and warning letters. FDA import alerts identify products that are suspected of violating the law so that agency field personnel and U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff can stop these entries at the border prior to distribution in the United States.

In February 2010, FDA issued warning letters to three large manufacturers of ear candles. These firms were informed that FDA had determined that there was no agency approval or clearance, no manufacturing facility registration or device listing, and no adverse-event reporting systems in place in regard to their ear candles.

FDA will continue to take enforcement action when appropriate.

Concern for Children
Claims that ear candling is appropriate for kids have caused great concern at FDA. “Children of any age, including babies, are at increased risk for injuries and complications if they are exposed to ear candles,” says Mann.

He adds that small children and infants may move while the device is being used, increasing the likelihood of wax burns and ear candle wax plugging the ear canal. “Also, their smaller ear canal size may make children more susceptible than adults to injuries from ear candles,” he says.

Since FDA views ear candles as medical devices, manufacturers seeking approval to sell them must submit evidence to FDA that the products are safe and effective.

Reports of Injuries
FDA believes that injuries associated with ear candles are likely underreported, and encourages consumers and health care professionals to report such injuries to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program4.

Over the past decade, FDA has received reports of burns, punctured eardrums, and blockage of the ear canal which required outpatient surgery from the use of ear candles.

In its testing, Health Canada found that ear candles produce no measurable effect in the ear and have no therapeutic value.

And in a survey published in 1996, the medical journal Laryngoscope reported 13 cases of burns of the ear, seven cases of ear canal blockage due to wax, and one case of a punctured eardrum.

That study also reported that ear candles produced no measurable vacuum pressure or suction on a model of the ear, and that burning ear candles dripped candle wax onto the eardrum of test subjects and of the ear model.

For more information about topics for your health, visit the FDA Consumer Information Center (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm).
-webmd.com

Ok so I am going to get to the bottom of this! Is ear candling sooooo dangerous? Is ear candling worth the risk? Does it do anything?

I am not going to clean my ears for the next few days, I will conduct Ear Candling from an experienced used (not by myself so I don’t burn the house down, so stupid what do they walk around the house lit and bump into curtains? WTF?) afterward I will then clean my ear with Q-Tips and take a look!

If there’s standard gunk on the Q-Tips it’s a waste of time! If not then I guess it works! If I get wax in my ear, receive burns or perforate my ear drum and have to rush to the hospital then it’s an epic fail!

What I subject myself for you, my loyal readers!! I hope you appreciate it!

Also; stay tuned for the conclusion of Oil Pulling with essential oils

**Update** June 9th 2014
I just completed Ear Candling and it wasn’t bad. I don’t understand all the bad hype!

I purchased the candles for $7.99 from Greenlife Market in Butler, NJ

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Here’s the results of my left ear:

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Now on to my right ear with Nala on my lap

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Results of my right ear was almost double of my left!

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When you do it lie still and have an experienced person doing it. They trim the candle as it burns to stop it from falling in your ear. The paper plate is to protect your face from possible falling ash. The ash is cut into a cup of water to catch it. Note the ash is black and the beeswax candle is dripless. How can they say what’s left inside is residue from the candle and not your ear. The residue is also dry and powderlike.

You feel less pressure in your ear once it is complete and the ear not done feels more pressure.

After q-tipping my ears they may be correct the q-tip is filthy since I haven’t cleaned my ears for days before the procedure.

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You can make up your own mind whether or not it works from the evidence above.

Tell me what you think… Did it work?

Does the fact that the q-tip is still dirty after the treatment tell you the treatment is worthless?

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Does it work?


Supplement Review: VitaTops – Muffin Top Supplements – smothered in PB2 Sauce

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-vitalicious.com
The question everyone is wondering… How does it taste?

Not superb! It tastes like a Bisquick pancake.

However; they do have a sugar free option:

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When I put the PB2 sauce on it, it was good! Otherwise it was too dry.

PB2 Sauce:

PB2 mixed with skim milk

I am going to put that sauce on the Mancakes recipe, making a PB&J Mancakes Mancake lol

If it had triple to quadruple the protein it would be much better!

4g is ok but 12-16 would be good! Of course 20-25 would be optimal!

It makes a great cheat meal for someone craving muffins, is it a good daily breakfast? Not enough protein by itself. If eaten with egg whites and eating the sugar free version with PB2 sauce then it will rock!


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