Monthly Archives: January 2011

So Fabulous….

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(Well Everyone is Effing Fabulous..) But these picks are my top Eff’ing fabulous.

Number 1 Rule to being Fablous: STOP BEING  BORING! I love when people stand out and rock a style that is loud, elaborate, and unique!

Golden Globes: Fierce

What a difference some lippy makes: January Jones arrives at the Golden Globes at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles

And Fabulous things from Random Places 🙂

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Lovely

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The word for this Saturday is LOVELY, as in you are lovely inside and out! Embrace  your imperfections and declare your strengths!

 

Tid Bits for Yooouuuu!!!!

 

 

 

The Dangers of Soy!

Seriously, read this. SO many people are switching to Soy products, but it’s not all that great. Thanks to Jillian Michaels for this great article. For the article in its entirety you can find it here:   http://www.mercola.com/article/soy/avoid_soy.htmby Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.

Cinderella’s Dark Side

The propaganda that has created the soy sales miracle is all the more remarkable because, only a few decades ago, the soybean was considered unfit to eat – even in Asia. During the Chou Dynasty (1134-246 BC) the soybean was designated one of the five sacred grains, along with barley, wheat, millet and rice.

However, the pictograph for the soybean, which dates from earlier times, indicates that it was not first used as a food; for whereas the pictographs for the other four grains show the seed and stem structure of the plant, the pictograph for the soybean emphasizes the root structure. Agricultural literature of the period speaks frequently of the soybean and its use in crop rotation. Apparently the soy plant was initially used as a method of fixing nitrogen.13

The soybean did not serve as a food until the discovery of fermentation techniques, some time during the Chou Dynasty. The first soy foods were fermented products like tempeh, natto, miso and soy sauce.

At a later date, possibly in the 2nd century BC, Chinese scientists discovered that a purĂ©e of cooked soybeans could be precipitated with calcium sulfate or magnesium sulfate (plaster of Paris or Epsom salts) to make a smooth, pale curd – tofu or bean curd. The use of fermented and precipitated soy products soon spread to other parts of the Orient, notably Japan and Indonesia.

The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans as they did other legumes such as lentils because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients”. First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.

These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer.14

Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.

Trypsin inhibitors and haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors. Weanling rats fed soy containing these antinutrients fail to grow normally. Growth-depressant compounds are deactivated during the process of fermentation, so once the Chinese discovered how to ferment the soybean, they began to incorporate soy foods into their diets.

In precipitated products, enzyme inhibitors concentrate in the soaking liquid rather than in the curd. Thus, in tofu and bean curd, growth depressants are reduced in quantity but not completely eliminated.

Soy also contains goitrogens – substances that depress thyroid function.

Additionally 99% a very large percentage of soy is genetically modified and it also has one of the highest percentages contamination by pesticides of any of our foods.

Soybeans are high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds. It’s a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract.

Although not a household word, phytic acid has been extensively studied; there are literally hundreds of articles on the effects of phytic acid in the current scientific literature. Scientists are in general agreement that grain- and legume-based diets high in phytates contribute to widespread mineral deficiencies in third world countries.15

Analysis shows that calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc are present in the plant foods eaten in these areas, but the high phytate content of soy- and grain-based diets prevents their absorption.

The soybean has one of the highest phytate levels of any grain or legume that has been studied,16 and the phytates in soy are highly resistant to normal phytate-reducing techniques such as long, slow cooking.17 Only a long period of fermentation will significantly reduce the phytate content of soybeans.

When precipitated soy products like tofu are consumed with meat, the mineral-blocking effects of the phytates are reduced.18 The Japanese traditionally eat a small amount of tofu or miso as part of a mineral-rich fish broth, followed by a serving of meat or fish.

Vegetarians who consume tofu and bean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies. The results of calcium, magnesium and iron deficiency are well known; those of zinc are less so.

Zinc is called the intelligence mineral because it is needed for optimal development and functioning of the brain and nervous system. It plays a role in protein synthesis and collagen formation; it is involved in the blood-sugar control mechanism and thus protects against diabetes; it is needed for a healthy reproductive system.

Zinc is a key component in numerous vital enzymes and plays a role in the immune system. Phytates found in soy products interfere with zinc absorption more completely than with other minerals.19 Zinc deficiency can cause a “spacey” feeling that some vegetarians may mistake for the “high” of spiritual enlightenment.

Milk drinking is given as the reason why second-generation Japanese in America grow taller than their native ancestors. Some investigators postulate that the reduced phytate content of the American diet – whatever may be its other deficiencies – is the true explanation, pointing out that both Asian and Western children who do not get enough meat and fish products to counteract the effects of a high phytate diet, frequently suffer rickets, stunting and other growth problems.20

Soy Protein Isolate: Not So Friendly

Soy processors have worked hard to get these antinutrients out of the finished product, particularly soy protein isolate (SPI) which is the key ingredient in most soy foods that imitate meat and dairy products, including baby formulas and some brands of soy milk.

SPI is not something you can make in your own kitchen. Production takes place in industrial factories where a slurry of soy beans is first mixed with an alkaline solution to remove fiber, then precipitated and separated using an acid wash and, finally, neutralized in an alkaline solution.

Acid washing in aluminum tanks leaches high levels of aluminum into the final product. The resultant curds are spray- dried at high temperatures to produce a high-protein powder. A final indignity to the original soybean is high-temperature, high-pressure extrusion processing of soy protein isolate to produce textured vegetable protein (TVP).

Much of the trypsin inhibitor content can be removed through high-temperature processing, but not all. Trypsin inhibitor content of soy protein isolate can vary as much as fivefold.21 (In rats, even low-level trypsin inhibitor SPI feeding results in reduced weight gain compared to controls.22)

But high-temperature processing has the unfortunate side-effect of so denaturing the other proteins in soy that they are rendered largely ineffective.23 That’s why animals on soy feed need lysine supplements for normal growth.

Nitrites, which are potent carcinogens, are formed during spray-drying, and a toxin called lysinoalanine is formed during alkaline processing.24 Numerous artificial flavorings, particularly MSG, are added to soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein products to mask their strong “beany” taste and to impart the flavor of meat.25

In feeding experiments, the use of SPI increased requirements for vitamins E, K, D and B12 and created deficiency symptoms of calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, copper, iron and zinc.26 Phytic acid remaining in these soy products greatly inhibits zinc and iron absorption; test animals fed SPI develop enlarged organs, particularly the pancreas and thyroid gland, and increased deposition of fatty acids in the liver.27

Yet soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein are used extensively in school lunch programs, commercial baked goods, diet beverages and fast food products. They are heavily promoted in third world countries and form the basis of many food giveaway programs.

In spite of poor results in animal feeding trials, the soy industry has sponsored a number of studies designed to show that soy protein products can be used in human diets as a replacement for traditional foods.

An example is “Nutritional Quality of Soy Bean Protein Isolates: Studies in Children of Preschool Age”, sponsored by the Ralston Purina Company.28 A group of Central American children suffering from malnutrition was first stabilized and brought into better health by feeding them native foods, including meat and dairy products. Then, for a two-week period, these traditional foods were replaced by a drink made of soy protein isolate and sugar.

All nitrogen taken in and all nitrogen excreted was measured in truly Orwellian fashion: the children were weighed naked every morning, and all excrement and vomit gathered up for analysis. The researchers found that the children retained nitrogen and that their growth was “adequate”, so the experiment was declared a success.

Whether the children were actually healthy on such a diet, or could remain so over a long period, is another matter. The researchers noted that the children vomited “occasionally”, usually after finishing a meal; that over half suffered from periods of moderate diarrhea; that some had upper respiratory infections; and that others suffered from rash and fever.

It should be noted that the researchers did not dare to use soy products to help the children recover from malnutrition, and were obliged to supplement the soy-sugar mixture with nutrients largely absent in soy products – notably, vitamins A, D and B12, iron, iodine and zinc.

 

A Little Bit of Beauty for This Frosty Tuesday!

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Have you ever found yourself reading a passage of literary art and literally stopped at the end to admire life as you know it? What is it about some string of words or some pairing of phrases that can elicit some question deep in our souls and lead us to look around our conscious and see similarities? I find this when I am reading Douglas Dunn’s poem I Am A Cameraman. It’s poetry at its finest (from my perspective). It is a series of words, strings of letters that convey one person’s thoughts, feelings, experiences, and observations in a way that can be read, interpreted, and questioned by outsiders in various ways and produce various meanings. Poetry should ignite something in our being. We don’t necessarily have to know what it is, but when we read it something just clicks. Something stays with us and we find ourselves repeating the lines asking how or why. Or we look at the sky in a different way, see that red cardinal resting against the sticks of a bare brown tree and wonder just what is it about that pairing that makes beauty.

The cameraman does just this. It’s about life and how it is just mere reflections that are open to constant criticisms and observations that may or may not be correct. The camera man does not capture the whole truth because the truth can only be experienced by the ones going through their own truths. It is a reminder that everyone has their own pain, their own sorrow, joys, and loves. It’s like telling a client ‘I understand’ when in reality you can not understand their dilemmas because each person’s dilemma is so personal only they can fully understand. This poem asks questions, makes conclusions, but we are not spoon fed. The author let’s us guess, leaves it open for interpretations. The content of the poem is not restricted to one thing, but can be applied to many. Oh, and it doesn’t rhyme (I am not too fond of rhyming poetry).

I Am A Cameraman

They suffer, and I catch only the surface.
The rest is inexpressible, beyond
What can be recorded. You can’t be them.
If they’d talk to you, you might guess
What pain is like though they might spit on you.

Film is just a reflection
Of the matchless despair of the century.
There have been twenty centuries since charity began.
Indignation is day-to-day stuff;
It keeps us off the streets, it keeps us watching.

Film has no words of its own.
It is a silent waste of things happening.
Without us, when it is too late to help.
What of the dignity of those caught suffering?
It hurts me. I robbed them of privacy.

My young friends think Film will be all of Art.
It will be revolutionary proof
Their films will not guess wrongly and will not lie.
They’ll film what is happening behind barbed wire.
They’ll always know the truth and be famous.

Politics softens everything.
Truth is known only to its victims.
All else is photographs– a documentary
The starving and the playboys perish in.
Life disguises itself with professionalism.

Life tells the biggest lies of all,
And draws wages from itself.
Truth is a landscape the saintly tribes live on,
And all the lenses of Japan and Germany
Wouldn’t know how to focus on it.

Life flickers on the frame like beautiful hummingbirds.
That is the film that always comes out blank.
The painting the artist can’t get shapes to fit.
The poem that shrugs off every word you try.
The music no one has ever heard.


For the Moment!

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Some of my favorite things…at least for the moment 🙂

Magazine Street-New Orleans some of the best shopping and oddity finds

Vegas-AHH, my happy place

People

Portia de Rossi-beautiful, intelligent, and a fighter

Wendy Williams- How You Doin’

Natalie Portman-strong, brillant, and Black Swan=Amazing

Re-Mix


Things


Beast Mode My Life.

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My Motto for 2011: BEAST MODE

Over my break I did alot of things…workout I did occasionally. So, to make up for it and ground I lost for taking a break, I whipped my butt into gear this past week and went into beast mode. I am currently sitting in my chair with sore thighs, abs, and arms. Needless to say, I covered my ground. I want to be the best possible me in 2011 and I’m starting it off right!!! What did you guys make as resolutions? Mine are as follows:

1. No Procrastination

2. Workouts Steady and Hardcore

3.Complete my first half-marathon

4.No Procrastination

5.Absolutley no processed foods

6.Rotate between Jillian Michaels 6 pack abs/30 day shred daily

7. Get up to 7 miles running

I know I shoot high and aim for many, but what is a life without aspirations??

 

The Beast Mode Workout I’ve been doing…. DUN DUN DUN

 

a.) The past two nights I’ve done Level 1 of Jillian Michaels 6 pack Abs in 6 Weeks, let me tell you it works! I did it with no added weight and was sore. It is a mixture of cardio/abs incorporating the entire body. AWESOME.

b.) 5 Stadium Snakes + Running Laps= Killer Cardio

c.) Hitting the Gym for whole body, esp. arms,back, and abs

—-repeating this daily on top of teaching dance beast mode, I believe so.

 

Happy New Year!

Fun TidBits!

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on New Years..

Kathy and……CHER in Hawaii!

Motivation

Umm…

AMAZING….

New Loves….YUMMY