Work Smarter, Not Harder

 

The prevailing mindset in modern society is to use pain and strain in order to make gains. But, what if you backed off from this strain and instead used your mind to “quiet unnecessary muscular holding patterns” which allow you to achieve more with less effort? In other words, why not switch the focus from “working harder” to working smarter’?

Only you can re-find your natural way of moving, so take time to look at how life’s habitual ways of moving have interfered with your ease and comfort. The good news is that you can relearn how to bend, roll and move side-to-side with ease in a way that can improve your agility, flexibility and balance to last a lifetime.

Become your own coach and prevent injuries. Learn how by attending an evening seminar called “Regain/Maintain Lifelong Agility” on July 31, with speaker Bonnie Kissam.

For more information, call 941-360-2248 (home) or 941-587-4535 (cell), email Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com or visitFeldenkraisInSarasota.com.

Posted in July 2015

Veggie Nation Revolution

 

In 1776, the stirring phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—became a rallying cry for American colonists seeking these inalienable rights of self-government. In 2015, those seeking a new way of eating for personal wellness, a more vibrant local economy and a healthier environment are fomenting their own kind of rebellion.

“You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own wellbeing, that of your family and your country,” according to former President Bill Clinton. In early 2010, suffering from heart disease, Clinton chose to radically change his meat-lover’s diet to a more plant-based focus. “I wanted to live to be a grandfather, so I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival,” he says.

Clinton is part of a growing leadership group that espouses a more vegetarian approach to eating, including a federally appointed panel of nutritionists. For the first time since its formation in 1983, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee this year elected to factor environmental sustainability into its recommendations, noting that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier, but has less of an environmental impact. The impetus toward plant-based foods is also stronger than in their last report in 2010.

Exciting Developments

A bold pioneer in the charge for plant-based eating is PlantPure Nation, a grassroots organization founded by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., the author of the bestselling The China Study, a book that helped persuade Clinton to make his own dietary change. Today, his son, Nelson Campbell, is at the forefront of this food revolution, most recently producing the independent documentary film PlantPure Nation, set to debut nationwide on July 4.

Those enticed by the delicious concept of better health for themselves and the planet can also turn toThe PlantPure Nation Cookbook, with more than 150 plant-based recipes by Kim Campbell, Nelson’s wife, whom he names “the chef in the family.”

“No issue is bigger than the one of plant-based nutrition,” says Nelson. “It’s at the root of our healthcare crisis, affecting the lives of millions of Americans, the vitality of our economy and the solvency of our government. The food we eat has enormous effects on climate, water and soil resources. Our food choices also affect the way in which food is produced and distributed in this country, equitably or not.”

Historically, political revolutions tend to be violently adversarial, but a food revolution can take a more nurturing and inclusive course. “The first step people can take is to change their own diet,” Nelson says. “The next step is to help others do the same. The third is to get involved in the movement.”

New Fourth of July Barbecue

A fun way to help ourselves and our friends and family consider making dietary changes is hosting a plantbased Fourth of July get-together. Kim’s recipes for a smoky “barbecue” sandwich, creamy potato salad and a zesty, colorful bean dish celebrate traditional picnic foods with a twist. They’re also perfect for potluck-style entertaining.

“We have often branded this idea of plant-based nutrition as such and such a ‘diet’, and then built these brands around personalities. But in order to make this a more mainstream idea, we need to frame it differently. This concept of plant-based nutrition is a fact of nature; a simple idea that’s accessible to all,” says Nelson.

In a 2012 Gallup poll, just 5 percent of U.S. adults identified themselves as vegetarians, plus 2 percent as vegans. It’s a start, Nelson contends, and there are other promising signs. “The local-food movement is blossoming, with farmers’ markets springing up all over the United States,” proclaims the National Geographic special publication The Future of Food (Food.NationalGeographic.com). The number has increased dramatically in the past five years. The editors point to the demand for fresh produce and a desire to invest in local economies as driving this growth.

“I love the idea of a movement involving millions of people fixing a problem that industry and government have largely caused,” says Nelson. “Our success may show a new way forward for solving other pressing social problems.”

Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

PlantPure Nation Recipes

BBQ Jackfruit

BBQ Jackfruit Vegetarian RecipeYields: 4 to 6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 to 7 hours

Green jackfruit, a native plant of Asia, is often termed the vegetarian’s meat. The hardest part of this recipe is finding canned green jackfruit (available in most Asian markets). Although fresh green jackfruit is occasionally available, it’s messy, sticky and difficult to cut.

Two 20-oz cans green jackfruit in water, drained
1½ cups barbecue sauce 1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced (medium pieces)

Rinse the green jackfruit thoroughly.

Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker at medium heat for 4 to 5 hours. Jackfruit will soften, begin to fall apart and take on the consistency of pulled pork. Use a fork to pull apart the fruit and stir thoroughly.

Turn the slow cooker to low heat and cook for another 1 to 2 hours.

Kim’s hints:
• Customize this recipe with a favorite barbecue sauce that has no added oils and a low sodium content.
• This recipe gets better the longer it’s cooked. Leftovers are good.
• Serve the barbecue on a whole-grain bun and top with coleslaw.

Creamy Potato Salad

Yields: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

This traditional potato salad has the perfect blend of celery, onions and seasonings.

2½ pounds red potatoes, unpeeled
4 organic celery stalks, thinly sliced
½ red onion, cut in half again and julienned
6 green onions, sliced
½ cup tofu cashew mayonnaise
4 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp agave nectar
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Creamy Potato Salad RecipeCut the potatoes into half- to one-inch chunks.

Place potato pieces in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil 5 to 10 minutes; then turn down the heat to medium and cook until tender.

Rinse the cooked potatoes in a colander with cold water until they are room temperature. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients to the potatoes and gently stir thoroughly.

Tofu-Cashew Mayonnaise

¼ cup raw cashews, soaked in water at least 2 to 3 hours, then dried
7 oz firm tofu
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp tahini
4 tsp lemon juice 1½ tsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 2½ tsp agave nectar
2 Tbsp water
¼ tsp xanthan gum (in grocery baking aisle)

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth and shiny. The key is to soak the cashews first.

Southwestern Bean Salad

Yields 4 to 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes

Southwest Bean Salad RecipeSeasoned for a Southwestern flavor, the beans, corn and avocado make this a satisfying salad everyone will like.

1 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 red bell pepper, seeded and medium diced
½ cup diced medium red onion
1 cup halved or quartered cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, pitted and diced
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup lime juice
1 Tbsp agave nectar
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp chili powder
2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine the beans and vegetables in a large bowl and feel free to add seasonal vegetables to taste.

Blend the vinegar, lime juice, agave, salt, cumin, chili powder and Sriracha in a small bowl. Add more chili powder and Sriracha for a spicier dish.

Drizzle over the beans and vegetables and toss to coat.

Refrigerate for an hour and then sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

Thai Tofu Wraps

Yields: 6 wraps
Prep time: 15 minutes

The tofu filling for these wraps is full of Thai flavors, with the perfect combination of peanuts, lime and cilantro.

1 14-oz block extra-firm tofu
¼ cup natural peanut butter (100 percent peanuts)
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1½ Tbsp lime juice
¼ tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce
1/3  cup small diced red bell pepper
¼ cup sliced green onion
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
6 whole-wheat tortilla wraps
2 cups sprouts

Thai Tofu Wraps RecipeDrain the tofu and gently press between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.

In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic powder and Sriracha.

Add the tofu, bell pepper, green onion and cilantro and stir with a fork until well mixed and the tofu is crumbly.

Place a portion of the tofu mixture in the center of a whole-wheat tortilla wrap, top with sprouts or favorite veggies and roll up the tortilla.

Kim’s hint:
• The Thai tofu filling can also be served in a sandwich (e.g., on toasted whole-wheat bread with fresh basil).

Caribbean Quinoa Bowl

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

½ cup quinoa
1 cup water
4 cups chopped kale
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp sea salt
¾ cup salsa (medium hot)
½ cup diced pineapple (fresh, canned or frozen)
¾ cup corn (fresh or frozen)
¾ cup diced avocado
¼ cup sliced green onions

Rinse the quinoa thoroughly, which can have a bitter taste otherwise.

Add the quinoa and the water to a pot, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until all liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Lightly steam the kale until bright green. Add to the bowl with quinoa.

Add the beans, cumin, chili powder, salt, salsa, pineapple and corn. Toss until the ingredients are well mixed.

Top with the avocado and green onions and serve immediately.

Source for all recipes: The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell.

Posted in July 2015

Unity Church Hosts Book Signing with Author Susan J. Slack

 

On July 19, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Susan J. Slack will sign copies of her latest historical fiction novel, Hidden from the Face of Humans: a Mystery of the Last Egyptian Dynasty, at the Unity Church bookstore.

This sweeping epic, set against the backdrop of 400 BCE, combines mysticism, political intrigue, authentic history and a murder from the era’s major Mediterranean civilizations.

In addition to becoming fully immersed and entertained by the exciting plot twists and character development, readers will also get a perspective into how human behavior remains largely unchanged over time.

Slack is well-known locally as a drummer, singer and leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. Her new book is also available via Amazon.

Visit Slack’s author blog at HiddenFromTheFaceOfHumans.com. Follow her on social media via Facebook.com/HiddenFromTheFaceOfHumans?fref=ts and Twitter.com/SlackSusan. Stay updated on her latest projects at SusanSlack.net.

Posted in July 2015

The Sarasota Mystic Faire is Back for Its Fifth Year Running

 

The largest psychic fair in Southwest Florida will take place on July 25 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and July 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.There will be 90-100 psychics, healers and vendors together under one roof, along with free lectures and raffle drawings all day.

You’ll find something here for everyone including astrology, tarot readings, Reiki, mediumship, pet communication (pet photos only, please), crystals, jewelry, clothing, healing tools and wonderful lectures on metaphysical subjects. All fees for services are set by the individual practitioner and are not included in the entrance fee.

Cost is $7 for one day and $10 for the whole weekend. You’ll receive a raffle ticket upon entry. Additional raffle tickets are for sale, and all proceeds from these tickets will benefit local charities. Refreshments are available all day long.

Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 Tamiami Trail N, Sarasota.

Posted in July 2015

Sparky Healthy Water Keeps Your Family’s Water Supply Clean and Safe

 

Ozone water purification technology has been used in Europe to treat well and city water for over 100 years. This process does not involve any salt or chemicals, and it is now available in Southwest Florida. Sparky Healthy Water is a company with over 35 years of experience in water purification and currently offers Ozone technology to purify your home’s water system without filter replacements.

Ozone has been approved by USDA and FDA for safe drinking water. Over 5 billion gallons of water are used per day in major cities and by bottled water companies, so make sure your family’s water consumption is clean and pure.

For more information, call 941-202-9050 or visit SparkyHealthyWater.com.

Posted in July 2015