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Archive for March, 2010

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

This is what I’m talking about! People following their passions – living their heart’s desire, but working and molding those desires to move us ALL towards change. There’s so many role models out there now – it’s hard NOT to be inspired!

What am I onto today? Let me fill you in. Working in the nutrition industry for the past several years has allowed me privy to the lastest and the greatest health news and supplements. In the past, it was all about SELLING, but in recent years, I’ve seen a shift towards mission-driven ideas and actions. Many people and their companies are looking both forward towards innovation and science as well as “back” to basics, towards nature and common sense – for instance, more and more supplement choices are coming from REAL FOOD, albeit packaged to be convenient for consumers. Well, now the packaging itself is part of the plan —

Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti, loves mushrooms. So he studies, harvests sells them and their healing powers for humans and for the planet. But there’s more. This from his recent press release:

“PAUL STAMETS ANNOUNCES THE LIFE BOX SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE ONE CARDBOARD BOX AT A TIME. Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti and author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, announces the Life Box. The Life Box re-invents the cardboard box. Within the corrugations of the Life Box are hundreds of tree seeds and thousands of friendly spores of mycorrihizal fungi. Once a customer receives whatever is shipped inside, the box is torn up, planted and tree seedlings emerge….Of the ten species of trees each Life Box hosts – approximately 25% will survive in 90% of the continental United All the space you need for the first two years is that of two lap tops.

It takes up to two years for a transplant ready baby tree to emerge, so you have that time to decide where to plant them. The Life Box Company also hosts a web site where you can enter your GPS coordinates – Wow. Cool.

We’re a smart, motivated a passionate species. Full steam ahead everyone.

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Monday, March 8th, 2010

Little things, little things, right? We can and should keep moving forward towards less energy use and less CO2 emissions individually, collectively, and as consumers. So, caught my attention. As in, “I do 30degrees C when I use a washing machine – the cold setting. I’ve been doing this for years, but I didn’t know that I was saving a LOT of energy use. Almost 80% of the energy use of a washing machine comes from heating the water. Wow. Get everyone on board and that’s some math equation.

Did you know:

Enzymes have been used to improve the cleaning efficiency of detergents for more than 35 years, and are now well accepted as ingredients in powder and liquid detergents, stain removers/laundry pre-spotters, automatic dishwashing detergents and industrial/institutional cleaning products. Industrial/Institutional Detergents Industrial and institutional laundries have traditionally used strongly alkaline detergents and high temperature washing. However, because of increasing wastewater treatment and energy costs, many industrial and institutional laundries have opted to use enzyme-containing detergents as an effective means of reducing costs and maintaining cleaning performance at lower temperatures and alkalinity.

35 years? Where have I been? This information needs to spread faster and farther. So many people still assume they need to use hot water to get things clean. Join the group on Facebook or just pass on the info. to friends.

Yep, this group is sponsored by an enzyme company called, NOVOZYMES. But, you know, it needs to come from the source and bringing consumers and other environmental organizations into the loop is more than fine by me.

In fact, they’re not hard-selling because I couldn’t figure out where/how to buy their products or what to look for in my current detergents. If anyone else has luck, let me know?

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Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Some days it’s just hard to remain inspired and hopeful – when the disturbing sad and bad news takes over. The big things – like earthquakes – loom, but sometimes it’s an image of a dog purposely starved to death by a cruel person that pushes me into despair. Which happened yesterday. I struggled most of the day. I even abandoned a post – being positive felt pointless.

I went to bed in this state, expecting horrific images to occupy my sleep. But, the Universe is sometimes kind and, instead, I had the coolest dream…I do believe it was “sent” to me.

It was very specific and clear:

It began with a friend coming to my house to tell me a vision/message that she “received” from the Universe. She was told about the difficult future humans were going to face – and what we needed to do to survive it. I asked if it was going to be very hard and she replied that, “It was going to be very difficult at first but it would turn out well if we followed the instructions provided.”

In the next part of the dream, we organized a BIG conference and invited the entire world. Billions of people were showing up and they were all handed “worksheets” to tell them about their tasks. My friend and I were too shy to present at the conference, so we brought in a beautiful woman who had long curly black hair and sparkling blue eyes to share the message for us. The beautiful woman told me that it was good I wasn’t doing the presentation because no one would believe this if it came from a yoga teacher (that part cracked me up).

It’s afternoon now, and I’m still thinking about this dream. Unfortunately, the detailed “instructions” were not revealed in the dream, but at the same time, we already have a lot of the answers, don’t we? The next step really is to bring the world together and move ahead with purpose and without pause.

I will continue to worry enough about the bad news to do what I can to change things. But, I will also do my best to keep the hope alive. I guess it’s love it or leave it.

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I don’t know. Some things just seem so obvious by now. Like how wrong it is to captivate wild animals for zoos or circuses. There is no value to nature or humanity in this. And, there is certainly sadness and danger.

A whale in SeaWorld grabbed and killed a trainer recently. But Seaworld and places like it only exists because of the people willing to purchase tickets to see these animals  – while they are forced to live in unnatural circumstances for our entertainment. Parents interviewed in this article admitted that although they had conflicted feelings being brought to zoos when they were young, they found themselves doing the same thing with their own children years later, “following in their footsteps without thinking”, as one parent put it.

Why are we so unwilling to listen to our own wisdom voices, our intuition – both as individuals and culturally? I spoke of this with my yoga group just yesterday. First of all, it’s hard to hear it when we are awash in distraction. So we try to get quiet, but then how do we recognize our inner voices? Well, it’s simple. Our inner voice is the voice that contains no justifications or reasoning – no obvious agenda. Our inner voice does not rationalize, or even say “because”. Instead, it is the voice that simply, “knows”.

Being simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. Even if you hear it, ego and emotions often block out the message. There are other times that blocks in energy muffles it, or responsibilities covers it up, or cultural influences veils the clarity.

But it’s there. You can be certain of that much. Sometimes it is about something as mundane as what you are going to wear that day. But sometimes, it’s a matter of life…and death.


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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I know I’m giving away my animal geek status with all my pet-friendly posts lately, but I stumbled upon some useful stuff. I was never big on treats for training with my dogs, but I now have a very “independent-minded” Cattle Dog come to me as a rescue and it seems to be the thing that works when it comes to convincing her that chasing squirrels and rabbits is not the ONLY thing worth living for.

Since we hike in the woods every morning, I use a lot of treats. I need something really small, which is hard to find. I found one kind at Whole Foods, but they immediately made her skin itch – too much processing, I think. So, I bought the organic, high-protein stuff, which works fine, but is expensive. Then there’s the package to throw away, too.

So, despite the fact that I don’t enjoying baking, I decided to commit a couple hours to DYI treats.

Here’s a recipe I found on

Get Lick’d Organic Peanut Butter Carob Treats
Makes 48 muffins

2 cups organic brown rice flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup vegan carob chips
1 Tb organic peanut butter
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp organic vanilla
1 organic egg

Fill a pot with an inch of water. Heat on high. In a bowl, combine carob chips, peanut butter, and water. Place the bowl on top of the pot so the steam and heat melt the carob chips (a double boiler). Whisk occasionally for a minute or two until the carob chips are completely melted. Remove the bowl (careful, it’s hot), and whisk in the brown rice flour, baking powder, and vanilla. Once combined, whisk in an egg. Heat the oven to 350 degrees, and fill the mini muffin tin cups 3/4 of the way to the top. Bake for 12 minutes for the soft version, which lasts about a week (perfect for pooch parties). For a crunchy version that lasts three to four months, place the mini muffins on a cookie sheet and bake an additional three to four hours at 200 degrees.

(I make mine in tiny blobs on the cookie sheet so I have lots of bite-size training treats.)

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