Escaping New York / L.A. & Shacking Up With Some Chicks

escaping new york raising chickens 01 Escaping New York / L.A. & Shacking Up With Some ChicksPhotographer V Blak

The title of this post is really my own little person fantasy. As of now, I have just baby stepped out of L.A. and I am about to baby step into New York City and I already have one chick, but she isn’t the egg laying type. She is the egg eating type, if you know what I mean. In the near future, I would love love love to take a big step out of NYC / L.A. and land somewhere in the world, where having a bevy of chicks calling my name wouldn’t seem that unusual to the local folk.

For all those chick/canning dreamers out there, I present to you, two books sent to me out of the blue. Keeping Chickens and Canning Preserving with Ashley England. Two very well written and designed books about you guessed it, raising chickens and canning your own food for the urban dweller who thinks about escaping to a simpler life.

The author Ashley turns out to be a recent escapee. She is on her own adventure figuring this modern homesteading type of life out for herself and the books are a way of sharing that adventure. She even has a blog (small measures) and a few videos if your not the reading type. Her series of books which go for $14 each, would make a great gift. I thought the books were really well done. I give them two monkie stubs up…

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Best Place To Buy Your Veggies, Grocery Store, Farmers Market Or Maybe From A CSA

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Okay I hope I am not going to bore you with this post. This one is for all the monkies out there who have already drank the “G” kool-aid and are getting deeper into the lifestyle, like me. I know, a post about shopping for food might not be exciting, edgy or include any celeb gossip, but it’s something all of us fleshy’s have to do. Personally, I love Food Shopping Day: I have full on dreams about a lush full fridge, oozing with fresh veggies. So please, your going to have to bear with me as I explore the idea of joining a CSA.

The question in the title is a real one for me. Where is the best place to buy your veggies? I know some of you out there are shaking your heads at me. I guess if your blood runs green, you start by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and then go on down the line, farmers market, maybe a organic local grocery store and last resort the old big box grocery store. But not everyone is born with green blood pumping through their veins, believe me. Most of us grew up thinking Kraft was a food company? My own childhood was filled with things like Coke and Kraft deluxe mac n’ cheese. I remember our high end dinner option was the deluxe Kraft mac n’ cheese vs the powder mac and cheese. Hmmm… what to choose?

Maybe I don’t want onions, cabbage and so on, or maybe I do want things not in the box. Will I end up just composting it?

But now as an adult with all the buying options completely open to me, which option is best? Or maybe the real question is what mix of options is best. I understand the concept of the CSA and love it. For those of you out there who don’t know what a CSA is, here is the quick answer. A CSA is a members club basically and you pay a lump sum in advance to a farmer or a group of farms and in return, they deliver a box of veggies every week to your home or a pick up location for a certain number of weeks. The cost runs about $30 a week and you pay in advance for a certain number of weeks, 4, 8, 12 or even up to 52 weeks. All the boxes are the same. You don’t get to choose what is in the box, since the farmer can only give you what they are growing and what happens to be ripe that week.

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Thanksgiving Special: Why You Should Consider Organic, Homesteading, and Vegetarian Alternatives

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Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and this year we have a few green additions to our family. With my newly turned eco leaf and with one of our family members going vegetarian, this year Thanksgiving presents a whole new set of challenges.

But the idea of a green or even a vegetarian Thanksgiving seems like blasphemy to die hard turkey stuffers. To ease them into what will inevitably be a culture shock, I already started dropping the idea of a green feast that goes beyond just an organic turkey. When asked how they’d “green” their Thanksgiving, I got all sorts of responses from “add more plants to the dinner table” to “use green dye on the turkey”.

If we’re to be literalists, then I’d rather go cold turkey than sit across the table from a green turkey. There two options for ‘greening’ your thanksgiving: 1) by local turkeys 2) homestead/raise your own turkeys 3) go vegetarian.

Most people are immediately turned off when thinking of vegetarian alternatives to traditional meat dishes.

Rethinking the Main Course

A growing number of Americans are trying homesteading. In addition to healthier, steroid free livestock, you have done your part to substantially reduce your carbon footprint. Furthermore, you’ve reaffirmed a commitment to sustainable living and are likely to reap government benefits. A number of states allow homestead exemption to owners of principal, full-time residences. (see Office of Tax and Revenue) Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Rock Star and Raw Food GreenChef Star Judita Has A New Raw Food Recipe Book Coming Out Soon

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One of our very own, GreenChef Judita has authored her first Raw Food Recipe book coming out May 2011. The book is called “Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home” and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

I just wanted to give everyone a sneak peek at what Judita is up to and to feature her awesome video below. In the video Judita talks about her path from Rock Star, to GreenChef Food Star and now on to becoming the star of her very first book. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek. More to come in the next few months. We will even be featuring some of the books beautiful and fun recipes right here on G Living.

Also make sure to check out Judita new site at rawjudita.com for all her latest news.

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Why The Today Show Is Driving Me Crazy This Morning. Out Dated Yogurt / Sweetener Health Information!

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I find myself often disappointed by the Today Show health updates. This morning was particularly frustrating. Watch the clip and then read my comments. It’s not that what Joy Bauer is saying is WRONG per se, it’s just that the information is not very fresh, new/current and there is so much research out there showing that most of what she is saying is not necessarily right anymore. For many reasons and factors that play a role in today’s farming and processing.

You’ll see what I mean…just keep reading…

1st, Joy believes yogurt to be the BEST source of calcium, “HANDS DOWN”. I don’t believe yogurt is the best source of calcium {a harvard health study also demonstrates this}. It might be the easiest to actually consume {because most kid and adults don’t like the taste of say, spinach} but because it’s DAIRY it’s not necessarily the BEST absorbed by the body, nor is it DIGESTED properly, which is HANDS DOWN the key to absorption and utilization of minerals and vitamins. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Is Agave Syrup Good Bad Or Just Kinda Tasty?

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Light your torches, there’s a new witch hunt in the grocery store. The target? Agave syrup. After hitting the mainstream several years ago as the new “healthy sweetener of choice,” agave recently has been under fire with negative backlash all across the health-food spectrum, with many companies even considering pulling agave from their products due to the extent of customer concern.

But is agave really that bad? Can it be compared to high fructose corn syrup? Should we go out of our way to avoid it? Let’s take a look.

q question interview Is Agave Syrup Good Bad Or Just Kinda Tasty? What happened with agave?

a answer interview Is Agave Syrup Good Bad Or Just Kinda Tasty?It really wasn’t all that long ago that many people were just beginning to fall in love with agave – using it often in the place of cane sugar, corn syrup and honey for its intense and clean-tasting sweetness. Agave’s brief history in the North American marketplace has relied upon being marketed as a “raw healthy sweetener.” This sweet syrup extracted from the agave cactus proved especially valuable to the diabetic community, who embraced agave’s low glycemic index. Then, suddenly, agave was everywhere – in recipes, in drinks, in packaged foods, in restaurants, and of course, in desserts. Between a solid stamp of approval from the health food community, and a new excuse to get simply get some sugary goodness on, the mantra of healthy sweet food became “no sugar . . . just agave.”

Most of us understand that high fructose corn syrup is something we should avoid entirely.

So when the story broke that agave was actually not healthy at all and was actually comparable to corn syrup, it’s no wonder there was a strong outrage. After all, agave was sold to us as a “healthy sweetener,” and we were paying a premium price tag to enjoy its benefits. Health advocate Dr. Mercola released this adamant and influential article, which was posted and reposted in just about every health-oriented nook and cranny. Suddenly agave was the bad guy, leaving consumers feel betrayed . . . and confused.
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The Down Under Pea, Fennel & Mint Soup By GreenChef Omid

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Photographer: Omid

I was at the Queen Victoria Market yesterday and I had a chat with an Organic farmer who is also obseesed with peas. Who would have thought? The coversation started off with how meditative it was to shell peas for an hour or so… and how it could also be agitating if you were a type that had no patience for shelling peas. I asked him if he had any tips for people who like to plant peas. He said: “Organic gardeners eager to plant vegetables after a long winter must add peas to the garden plot. Peas grow quickly and aren’t bothered by many pests or diseases.”

So, if you have the time and the space, go ahead and plant peas in your garden. As for me, I was lucky enough to pick some up from Prahan Market just in time to make lunch for my friends. Oh and guess what! It is a beautiful sunny day here in Melbourne Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

A Tea Party With Buttermilk Poppy Seed Or Chocolate Chip Scones And Grapefruit Curd By Julia Gartland

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I’ve had an extensive relationship with tea since I can remember. Not just the substance of tea, but more specifically the actual event of a tea. Thanks to my chic and antique-obsessed mother, we had a collection of old handmade teacups, vintage silver and dainty tea platters. Almost every special occasion was some extensive tea party with scones, quiche, sandwiches, etc. I have the best memories of these teas, and how far back in my life I had enjoyed them.

Even for my birthday 2 years ago, I had a tea party with my sister and mother while Nina Simone blasted in the background and gluten-free scones were aplenty. The tradition has not yet died in my family. So, when I first found Alexis of Teaspoons and Petals I was enriched with her delicious tea combinations, knowledge and quaintness. She is like the saint of twitter, posting things like, “Crisp fall air is streaming in through the windows. warming up with a cup of delicate, sweet sencha.” She makes me dream of rustic cabins, tea cups and fabulous tea blends. She is a talented writer (and consultant), so it’s nothing to her to create a complete tea-centric atmosphere just from a mere 140 characters (or less). Not to mention her unbelievably adorable Haiku Teacups combined with lyrics of Jazz Era vocalists. I’m a huge huge huge fan of singers like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Mamie Smith, Ida Cox, Dinah, etc. I almost died when I saw these adorable cups with lyrics from my favorite women. Her site includes her unique simple syrup blends, like Lavender Blossom. I can’t say enough about her, but needless to say, I have a huge crush.

I was so honored when she contacted me for an interview. Talking about tea with a tea goddess?! OF course. The interview and recipe were featured on her site last week, with the sweetest write-up. I did not deserve anything she said about me. I was so happy to collaborate with her, and I know we will continue to do so in the future.

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The Skinny Bitches Wants You To Look Hot

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Man, I missed those skinny bitches. Especially G Living pal, Rory Freedman, who along with former model, Kim Barnouin, have crafted a very tasty niche for themselves with their (how shall I put it) “unique” voice. After the outrageous success of Skinny Bitch — which with help from the Skinniest Bitch of all climbed its way stiletto after stiletto up the New York Times bestseller list and refused to budge — the girls are back with their follow-up, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.

The tone is set from their opening gambit: “What’s better than eating? (If you say ‘sex’ you’re either a liar or a pervert). The answer is: Nothing! There’s nothing better than eating!” The book then serves up 75+ healthy plant-based recipes including: the Big Ass Veggie Burrito, made with whole wheat tortillas and guaranteed not to give you one; and Chocolate Suicide Cake, which incorporates unsweetened apple sauce so as not to leave you depressed after eating it. (Preferably not whole thing.)

The recipes are broken up into handy sections with deliciously imaginative titles, everything from Bitchin’ Breakfasts to PMS (Pissy Mood Snacks), Down Home Cookin’ to Happy Endings (Desserts). While Rory and Kim consider their recipes to be pretty “normal”, you will need to stock up with some skinny bitch staples: Bragg’s Amino Acid (soy sans MSG), Coconut oil (as a substitute for Olive Oil) and Agave (nectar of the Gods).

So, take it from the SBs: stop cooking crap and start looking hot! It’s hard to argue with that.

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Creative Home Made Vitamins For Kids, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down!

home made vitamins 01 Creative Home Made Vitamins For Kids, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down!Photographer Juli Novotny

I’ve been on this darn candida cleanse for like 2 weeks now and my son saw me taking some enzymes, probiotics and so on the other day. He must have suddenly had a flashback of that time he was sick last year and got all kinds of fun medicines. He loved it because there was some sweet elderberry liquid stuff AND those sweet homeopathic tablets. He got very excited when he saw the jars, gave me a fake cough and then said he was sick and needed medicine!

SIGH!

I suddenly had an idea.

I got out {of the trash} a liquid supplement jar and cleaned it out really good, taking off the label as well. I then filled it with some flax oil, vita mineral greens, touch of honey {or yacon syrup}, liquid immune support, vitamin D and oil of oregano. Then I added my own label.

Genius, right?! I guess it’s not that ORIGINAL of an idea, remember that song, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down…? This idea has been around a long time, I guess. Try it for yourself.

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Bill Clinton Tells CNN, He Eat’s Only “G” Now To Heal Himself

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Why do people decided to add more plants to their diets or go completely vegan? Theres really many different reasons but a big one always seems to be, sickness. As soon as people actually feel what they have been doing to their body for years, they sometimes wake up and change everything. This is what President Bill Clinton is doing right now. No more dead cows… now its all about the nut milk, hmmmmm.

“I’m trying to be one of those experimenters,” said Clinton. “Since 1986, several hundred people who have tried essentially a plant-based diet, not ingesting any cholesterol from any source, has seen their bodies start to heal themselves — break up the arterial blockage, break up the calcium deposits around the heart. 82 percent of the people who have done this have had this result, so I want to see if I can be one of them.”

Clinton decided to adopt the diet in the early part of May 2010. While he does occasionally eat fish, the former president otherwise follows a strict vegan diet.

What made him go vegan? According to our source, Clinton has read many books on the topic, including books by T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish. Although losing weight was a benefit of the dietary change, the choice to go vegan was about more than just losing weight.

Introducing The Sassy NYC GreenChef Julie Gartland

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It’s true, I’m sassy. I definitely have never been one to keep my opinions to myself. But, something happened when I found my passion in food. I found that cooking soothes me like nothing else ever has. When I get in the kitchen, my mind quiets and I create. That is a very difficult thing to do for an anxious person like me, but food has literally changed my soul.

I didn’t always have the greatest relationship with food. I spent years with chronic stomach pain, where everything I ate made me ill. Not until I found my many food intolerances, was I re-invigorated by what I COULD eat, and how it could make me feel amazing. I fell in love with food all over again, and developed an entire different mindset. With any chronic illness, you become incredibly grateful for how nurturing and delicious food can be. Food seriously healed me, emotionally and physically.

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