Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Friday, May 6, 2011

What I'm reading....Food Not Lawns!

Food Not Lawns combines practical wisdom on ecological design and community-building with a fresh, green perspective on an age-old subject. Activist and urban gardener Heather Flores shares her nine-step permaculture design to help farmsteaders and city dwellers alike build fertile soil, promote biodiversity, and increase natural habitat in their own "paradise gardens."
But Food Not Lawns doesn't begin and end in the seed bed. This joyful permaculture lifestyle manual inspires readers to apply the principles of the paradise garden—simplicity, resourcefulness, creativity, mindfulness, and community—to all aspects of life. Plant "guerilla gardens" in barren intersections and medians; organize community meals; start a street theater troupe or host a local art swap; free your kitchen from refrigeration and enjoy truly fresh, nourishing foods from your own plot of land; work with children to create garden play spaces.
Flores cares passionately about the damaged state of our environment and the ills of our throwaway society. In Food Not Lawns, she shows us how to reclaim the earth one garden at a time.

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Slimming tips...learn to love artichokes!

I am in love with artichokes..are you? 

The great thing an artichoke is that it takes a while to eat, and it is so incredibly low in calories it’s almost impossible to overindulge.  One medium artichoke is only 64 calories and you're getting 10 grams of waistline whittling appetite-reducing fiber. And half a cup of artichoke hearts has 45 calories and seven grams of fiber. Terrific over your favorite pasta for a light springtime main course.

Added benefit?  this springtime veggie also provides cynarin, a substance that naturally reduces cholesterol. Just be careful not to undo all the benefits by dipping the leaves in a super high calorie dip...try a little blend of olive oil, mayo and mustard..with some garlic, sea salt and spices like chives and turmeric added...or grill the steamed artichoke till you have grill marks and sprinkle it with olive oil and coarse sea salt...yum!