Feb
19

Ayush Herbs, an excellent vitamins brand

Greenista Girl Shivani

Ayush Herbs vitamins

I personally take these vitamins daily, and like the quality of them.  I additionally take a Vitamin D by Solgar, because most of us do not get enough D.  Check out Ayush.com - a great website that can show you their entire line of products.   This vitamins and herbs line was created by Dr. Sodhi, who I have met in the Ayurvedic circles and who was a mentor for a close family member.  My family member went and stayed with Dr. Sodhi, did a full detox, and saw great benefits from the program.

I have visited detox/health centers in India, like Jindal NatureCare Center in Bangalore, India and Dr. Tambe in Lonavala, India, as well as the heavenly blissful ultimate spa in the world - Ananda Spa in Hrishikesh, India.

My parents turned us into spa, health, detox-loving sisters and we are fortunate enough to have tried out so many great places - each one leaving nuggets of new healthy habits in us.

Check out Ayush Herbs, they are the vitamin line I trust for myself and my family.

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Feb
10

Preparation for the Cleanse

Greenista Girl Shivani

In preparation for the cleanse, I went to my local farmer’s market and bought tons of homegrown veggies, fruit, and herbs.  I’m excited to try some new healthy recipes to put in rotation here - and I’ll share them with you as I try them.  I also did a quick trip to Whole Foods where I picked up additional healthy items for the cleanse.

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Feb
10

A New Year’s Cleanse for Optimum Health

Greenista Girl Shivani

So I know it’s February, but I’m officially ready to do a cleanse.  I have met this most WONDERFUL acupuncturist, her name is Susan Schiff, she owns Acupuncture Associates in Delray Beach, FL.

I have been seeing her the last few weeks in my new plan for: Optimum Health - I’ll tell you more about that later.

She recommended I do a cleanse by Standard Process - so I took the challenge and I’m ready to go!  I thought, if I am committing to this for 21 days, what better place to share what I learn than on Greenista.com!

A few years ago, 2 different Ayurvedic doctors told me I had a weakness in my liver, and for the last few years I have not been able to drink red wine, or any alcohol very happily, my body hasn’t tolerated it well, so I thought, might as well finally listen when the 3rd holistic healer says this is something that needs to be done.

21 days of gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, living, this should be interesting!

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Worried about making the full commitment? Try starting out with just Meatless Mondays.
Apr
28

Mushroom Tacos with Salsa Verde

Brianne

Thinking about getting your veggie diet on but think you’ll miss meat too much? Well, Vegetarianized.com won’t make you give it a second thought with their mouth-watering recipes like the Grilled Cheese Elvis full of gooey goodness and bananas, asparagus muffin pudding, pretzel cheese soup, and more! The site gives step-by-step instructions along with photos. Right now we’re salivating over the Mushroom Tacos with Salsa Verde. Try whipping it up this weekend — it only takes 30 minutes!

Mushroom Tacos with Salsa Verde
Adapted from a recipe in Vegetarian Times April 2010
Servings: 6
Time: 15 minutes active; 20 minutes total
Price: About $17.75 total; about $3.00 per serving
Nutrition (per serving):
Calories: 387.1
Protein: 11.5g
Fat: 16.1g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Carbohydrates: 57.7g
Fiber: 12.1g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 241.2mg

Marinade:
1 Tbsp canola oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp black pepper

Tacos:
6 large portobello caps, washed and stems removed
18 6″ corn tortillas
2 avocados, sliced
3 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 head of cabbage, sliced

Salsa Verde:
12oz can of tomatillos, drained
1 large poblano pepper, roughly chopped
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, leaves only
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp SnP, each

1. Preheat grill or grill pan. Meanwhile marinate mushrooms by mixing canola oil, balsamic and pepper in a shallow dish. Place mushrooms in marinade and coat. Set aside.

2. To make salsa verde, put all the ingredients in a processor and process until smooth.

3. When grill is hot, grill mushrooms for 3-5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and let cool. Slice.

4. Lay out three tortillas per person and divide sliced mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes and cabbage evenly  between each. Top with several spoonfuls of salsa verde.

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Animals take up and require a lot of resources to grow and prepare them for food. They also emit harmful gases which you'll cut back on if you switch to a vegetarian diet.
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The average American is consuming 12 teaspoons of HFCS daily.
Mar
21

What’s the Deal with High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Brianne

So you’ve seen the commercials with the ladies talking about how HFCS is just like sugar and it’s fine in moderation. But did you also see the SNL skit mocking them? Hilarious! But it got us thinking … what’s really the deal with HFCS?

Basically, along with the HFCS you’re also getting helpings of caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, alpha-amylase, gluco-amylase, isomerase, filter aid, powdered carbon, calcium chloride and magnesium sulfate. Phew!

The one you have to watch out for is hydrochloric acid. It’s a necessary chemical in the creation of HFCS that yields traces of the heavy metal mercury at levels that are high enough to cause some serious damage.

Plus, HFCS can lead to diabetes, obesity and other heart conditions. So Greenista Girls, don’t fall for those “it’s fine in moderation” HFCS commercials.

Mercury is a neurotoxic chemical and has been linked to brain damage, heart disease and a slew of other diseases.
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