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The 9 Phases of Clean Eating by CHRISTINA ELSAYED, Holistic Health Counselor and Vegan Coach
You may have heard the term ‘Clean Eating’, but what does it really mean? 1. Although it is best to eat only unprocessed whole foods, sometimes we crave prepared snacks and meals or we just don’t have the time to make them ourselves. Seek out health food stores or the healthy aisle of your local food store. You will find less damaging alternatives there. I found this to be a great way to transition to a healthier lifestyle. 2. Both are red flags for low quality foods. Artificial flavors are less expensive than natural flavors, so food manufacturers prefer them, but it’s not really food, is it? 3.
lean eating may mean different things to different people because we have varying beliefs about what it means to be healthy. To me, clean eating is a lifestyle where we put nothing unnatural in our bodies, only the best stuff to help us live a happy, healthy, long life. Ridding the body of toxins and fueling it with high quality foods is easy if it is done in phases. The hardest part will be changing your mind-set and reading labels when food shopping. The rest is easy and actually fun. You will discover delicious new foods that make you feel good!
Although sugar as a whole is not good for us, if you feel you need some sweetness in your life you are much better off with molasses, maple syrup (rich in zinc) and local honey (remedy for seasonal allergies). Even better, sweeten foods and beverages with natural Stevia and Xylitol. They can even be used in combinations! 4. Get plenty of healthy plant-based fat from avocado and coconut. Use flax and olive oils, rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6. Enjoy nuts and seeds. Your skin and hair will thank you! 5. Just say no to white bread and the like! Milled grains lose their protective bran and the protein-rich germ. These milled grains are also robbed of their vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. They simply become just another form of sugar. Stick with whole grains such as quinoa, millet, rice, teff, buckwheat, amaranth, spelt and sorghum for your breads, cereals, and meals.
The 9 Phases Of Clean Eating
THE DIRTY DOZEN LIST These foods are sprayed with pesticides more heavily and more often than most other edible plants.
7. Nectarines (imported) 1. Apples 8. Peaches 2. Celery 3. Cherry Tomatoes 9. Potatoes 4. Cucumbers 10. Spinach 5. Grapes 11. Strawberries 6. Peppers 12. Kale and Collards
Unlike canned and even frozen produce, fresh vegetables have more life and energy that you absorb when you eat them. As you probably know, but maybe sometimes forget, fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They have ample fiber to sweep your intestines clean. They are also made primarily of water to keep your organs, including your skin, hydrated, healthy and functioning properly.
According to the Environmental Working Group 2013 study.
These foods are the least likely contaminated by pesticides.
This applies to everything, but especially the most abundant of the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), corn and soy, which are in almost every packaged food. You will find these corn and soy derivatives in the form of high fructose corn syrup, corn chips, corn meal, tofu, tempeh and soy lecithin. Organic produce, dairy and meat gets a bad rep for being pricey, but understand that because herbicides and pesticides are not used, organic farmers produce and harvest less than those with conventional crops, so they need to charge more.
THE CLEAN 15 LIST
1. Corn* 2. Onions 3. Pineapples 4. Avocado 5. Cabbage 6. Sweet Peas 7. Papayas
9. Asparagus 10. Eggplant 11. Kiwi 12. Grapefruit 13. Cantaloupe 14. Sweet Potatoes 15. Mushrooms
According to the Environmental Working Group 2013 study.
8. Spices and grains that have been sitting in your cupboard for months are devoid of nutritional value and may be growing mold, worms and bugs...ewww! As for the stuff in your fridge, that has a shelf life too. Pay attention to expiration dates. And when in doubt, throw in out! 9. You can go ‘cold turkey’ and do all phases at once or you can do them one at a time. You can do the phases in any order you wish as long as you do them. Every little bit helps improve the quality of your life! Christina Elsayed is a Holistic Health Counselor and Vegan Coach in Andover, NJ. March/April 2014
*While corn is considered to be one of the least pesticide contaminated vegetables, author Christina Elsayed points out that corn is one of the most abundant GMO’s and feels that this item should be purchased organically.
From The Kitchen
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n easy, versatile and delicious cookie! This quickly became one of Christina’s favorite breakfast treats. She recommends personalizing the recipe by adding pecans, chopped walnuts, organic berries, coconut, cacao nibs, or whatever you like. Be creative. Adding varying textures and flavors each time you bake this cookie will keep your palate happy.
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 15 min
Mash bananas in medium sized mixing bowl. Add oats, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly until the oats are coated. Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy! The Banana Edition Banana plants are commonly called trees, but they are actually HERBS. The stem of the “tree” is actually made up of tightly twisted leaves, not woody tissue, which also makes the banana a BERRY not a fruit • Because bananas are rich in potassium, they are also slightly radioactive • The inside of a banana peel can be used to polish leather shoes and your silverware • The average American eats 27 pounds of bananas a year • David Evans Strickler invented the banana split in 1904 in Latrobe, PA • A single banana is called a finger, but a bunch is called a hand • Why do bananas wear suntan lotion? Because they peel!
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Craft! Just for the Health of It! Crafting is not only fun, it can have a positive impact on your mind. photos by Jenny Deuel
Painting, stringing beads, and molding shapes from clay are fun ways to develop fine motor skills in children. Developing fine motor skills has an added benefit; recent research has shown a connection between the development of strong motor skills and math and reading success. So, go and get your paint on!
Interested in learning a new hobby or craft? Check out Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ. They offer youth programs and adult workshops. If youâ€™re adventurous consider blacksmithing or metalworking. To find out more visit www.petersvalley.org 10â€˘INSPIRED
Craft! Just For The Health Of It!
Are you a master at DIY projects? Share your skills with others! When your work is admired and copied by others, it will increase your sense of self-worth and pride!
Select a recipient and then craft something you think they would love! A study by the director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California discovered that when we share with a purpose our brains release the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin increases trust, reduces fear and can help us feel happier!
Feeling angry or upset? Express yourself! Grab a canvas, watercolors, pencils, chalk, crayons, or pens. The images you create can help you release your negative thoughts by expressing what you’re feeling inside. Using bright colors can invoke a sense of hope and forward thinking.
Activities that involve repetitive motions, such as knitting and crocheting, cause the participant to experience a period of decreased blood pressure and heart rate causing a relaxation response. It’s like a form of mediation. It reduces tension and allows you to focus on the task at hand clearing your mind.
Kids Rock! Kids Rock! features children who are committed to giving back to their community through volunteerism, fundraising, and social service projects.
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Most people celebrate March 17th each year with corned beef, cabbage and soda bread. For two big-hearted boys, however, Saint Patrick’s Day means a great deal more.
eet John DeFazio and A.J. Debski, two younger “shavees” of the volunteer-driven head-shaving events that benefit the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation.
t all began 14 years ago with three friends, a lush head of hair, and a challenge. Could these three friends raise $17,000 for pediatric cancer research by convincing 17 people to shave their heads? The answer was a resounding YES! Not only did they meet their goal, they far exceeded their expectations.
John DeFazio may have just turned 12, but he’s already a veteran of the awe inspiring Shave-AThon fundraisers. At the age of two, John participated along side his father and grandmother at his very first event in Atlantic City, NJ.
By 2005, head-shaving events, called Shave-A-Thons, held across the coun“John wasn’t nervous the first time, but when he finally try had generated over $5 million in funds and the sat in the chair, the razor freaked him out. It took many, Saint Baldrick’s Foundation was born. Since this many months for him to time, $207 million has been raised for cut his hair again.” his childhood cancer reJohn and A.J. are EXTRAORDINARY boys that mother, Jennifer joked. search through the prove KIDS can make a BIG difference in the lives Even though the first dedication of of others through small meaningful actions. experience was a little 349,000 head-shavnerve-racking, John has ing volunteers from participated four addiaround the world. tional times over the past 10 years in Shave-A-Thon If the number of individuals willing to shave their events hosted by his school in Mountain Lakes, New heads to support the efforts of the Saint Baldrick’s Jersey. As part of the 4th Grade Baldies in 2012, John Foundation isn’t astounding enough, you may find it raised $345 which helped his classmates reach their surprising that the list of volunteers willing to shave goal of $28,000 and just last year John was proud to their heads includes over 40,000 women and raise $200 which helped achieve their 2013 goal of 14,540 children under the age of 18. $25,000. 12•INSPIRED
Going Bald For A Great Cause
Like John, 13-year-old A.J. Debski of Andover, New Jersey is also a veteran of the Saint Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraisers with three years under his belt. A.J., however, was excited for his first haircut and thought it was fun. Following in the founders footsteps he’s tried to convince his friends to join in the all of the excitement, but no one has been brave enough to accept his challenge. Going it alone, A.J. raised $460 during his previous fundraisers and this year raised an impressive $570. His efforts even earned him a top 10 ranking among registered participants for this year’s
1 A.J. admirs the barbers work. 2. John (age 2), John Sr., and grandmother Karin showing off their new haircuts. 3. A.J. goes green to show his support., while John (4) accessories with a shamrock.
event held at the Irish Cottage Inn located in Franklin, NJ. The amount of money both boys have raised is amazing, but their decision to participate represents something far greater. These EXTRAORDINARY boys prove that KIDS can make a BIG difference in the lives of others through small meaningful actions. Even though the events are fun, at the core of their participation is compassion. A.J. wants the children battling cancer to know he cares, “Stay strong! I’m here fighting for you!” Echoing A.J.’s sentiment, John’s says, “Stay strong! Your spirit is inspiring to everyone!”
According to the World Health Organization, 14 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year including 175,000 children. That means a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. This also means there is a strong probability that you know someone with cancer. “The first year we did it my mom's best friend was battling cancer at the time and lost all her hair. It was our way being there for her, but also raising money for a great charity. My mom's friend battled it on and off for years before finally passing away from it in 2012. “John’s father shared. For A.J.’s family, the 2013 fundraiser held a special place in their hearts. “Last year meant a little more to us. Our cousin was diagnosed with Leukemia.” said Kerry, A.J.’s mother. Today their cousin is in remission.” That was wonderful news.” she continued. Contribute to A.J.’s fundraiser by visiting: www.stbaldricks.org/participants/ mypage/673284/2014
Community Spotlight by JENNY DEUEL § photos by CLINTON HILL
In Andover, New Jersey a little garden is growing big within the community. ary, Mary quite contrary. How does your garden grow? Ask Mary this question today and she is likely to answer, “Organically, of course!” This is exactly how the gardeners at Sunset Vista Community Garden & Learning Center grow their gardens, too. What began as a unique child care service in Andover, New Jersey has developed into a non-profit organization offering 100 organic garden plots for public lease. Known as a CSG, or Community Supported Garden, gardeners of all ages and experience tend to 15 x 30 plots from early April through October 31. From the moment you pull into the meandering dirt drive and catch a glimpse of the bucolic setting and postcard like views, it’s easy to see the appeal of Sunset Vista (and how easy it must have been to select a name for the organization). The views are simply breathtaking! It’s interesting to look around and observe how each plot has been personalized by the gardeners. No two are alike. Wind chimes, flags, benches, and rustic gates are just some of the unique touches that welcome visitors at each plot.
Worn out work boots neatly placed at the entrance of Clinton Hill’s plot act as a whimsical planter for flowers and represent just one way he has personalized his plot. Unlike most of the current gardeners at Sunset Vista, Clinton has opted to build raised garden beds which maximize his seasonal harvests by making the most efficient use of space. Clinton makes the 25 minute trip from his home in Mount Arlington several times a week to tend his plot, mentoring less experienced gardeners, and volunteering to help maintain the grounds. When asked why he is willing to travel so far to garden, he said, “The soil here is good, the view is great and the gardeners are the best. The picnic/harvest dinner at the end of the season where we all get together is great, too.” Director, Linda Grinthal credits a core group of volunteers, such as Hill, for making her dream a reality. With their help, Linda was able to build a coop that houses the chickens that provide members with organic eggs, erect over 1000 feet of fencing around the CSG, and make necessary renovations to the activities barn where workshops are held throughout the season.
Sunset Vista Community Garden & Learning Center
“Our workshops are designed to give step-by-step instruction with an opportunity for the attendees to share their experiences with the group. There is time to tour the farm and Community Garden and to interact and get acquainted with other like-minded people from our community.” added Linda. n addition to the workshops, Kindness Kitchen, a group of individuals who prepare and serve community dinners free of cost to those in need, will host instructional classes on growing gardens on the three plots they will be leasing this season. The plots will provide the Kitchen and local food pantries with fresh, natural food. In fact, Sustainable Andover, a volunteer group on a mission to "bring people, businesses and the community together to develop policies and practices to create a sustainable Andover Township for all to enjoy" also leases plots at the CSG to supply the Bodhi Monastery food pantry in Andover with fresh produce. Building upon the efforts of Sustainable Andover, Linda began The Garden Plot Sponsorship Program in 2013. This program raises funds to allow low-income families and individuals from within the community to obtain their own plots free of charge.
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Although the garden is not organically certified, only organic gardening practices (growing without the use of herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or fungicides)are permitted. Don’t let this intimidate you though. You don’t need a green thumb to grow a great garden, just the desire and dedication. Those who still feel a little unsure can always rely on Mike Beese, CSG manager and Master Gardener. Mike is always available to answer questions or provide support. Beginners will also discover that the more experienced gardeners are always excited to share their knowledge and lend a hand whenever possible.
Linda Grinthal, Director/Owner
“We get better every year as we learn how to better integrate our gardeners and volunteers, and to be sure they feel rewarded with their efforts at the end of a day here. We are a growing community and we welcome newcomers each garden season.” Linda continued, “We welcome experienced gardeners as well as complete novices, and we welcome people from all types of backgrounds to come share in our vision and mission.” Sunset Vista Community Garden & Learning Center has truly put the COMMUNITY in gardening. If you are interested in learning more about workshops, programs, or leasing a plot at Sunset Vista Community Garden & Learning Center, please call Linda Grinthal at (973) 579-7382 or visit www.sunsetvista.org.
WORKSHOPS AT THE FARM Open to the Public. $10 fee at door, $7 paid in advance. All workshops are held from 11am - 12pm. April 12 - Planning Your Survival Garden May 10 - Building with Natural Materials June 14 - Cheese Making Demonstration July 12 - Surviving Without Electricity August 9 - Canning and Drying to Preserve the Harvest
400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown 908-852-1400 ext. 2345 6 pm. Centenary College will be hosting a Youth Art Month exhibition, displaying the artwork of many of Warren County's K-12 students.
One College Hill Road, Newton 973-875-2068 10:30 –11:30 am. Free screening of the documentary a true account of a tent city in Lakewood, NJ. Registration Required.
125 Morris Turnpike, Frankford 862-266-1754 4 pm– 6:30 pm. Bring your Pokemon Cards and or DS and learn how to play Pokemon in a safe, friendly environment. For kids grade school to junior high school age kids.
1243 Rte 23 North, Wantage 973-702-7770 (Drop off location only) 6 pm. Individuals can help by donating gently worn and new shoes. Funds raised will help maintain Operational Cost of the refuge while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills.
15 Wits End Road, Hardyston 973-209-9622 7:30 pm. Workshops taught by registered dietitians. Theme: "Virtual Shopping Tour."Held by Sussex County YMCA in partnership with Newton Medical Center's Community Health Department.
One College Hill Road, Newton 973-383-6847 7:30 - 9:00 pm. $40. This is a charity Past Life Regression lecture and experience event. Proceeds are to benefit Donna Scheibner, a local woman who was diagnosed with PVOD, and in need of a double lung transplant.
, 750 Waterloo Road, Stanhope 973-579-2694 8 am. $30. To benefit Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation and Boy Scout Troop 85. Free t-shirt, camping available for runners. BBQ lunch available for purchase. Registration begins @ 8 am. Races start promptly at 10:30.
60 Munsonhurst Road, Franklin 973-810-5617 12- 5 pm. Local artisans, crafters, will be vending, while the cafe serves up sweet treats and healthy meals. Enjoy the best area musicians, performing throughout the day while you chat, shop and indulge in all the local goodness.
1502 Route 57,Washington 908-689-7922 1 pm. April showers bring May flowers! Make your own rain stick at the Franklin Branch. For ages 5-8.
199 Goodale Road, Andover 973-786-6445 1-2 pm. $3 12 & up, $1 children 7-11. Pre-registration Required. For Adults & Children Ages 7 & Up. Learn all about New Jersey’s awesome amphibians, explore a vernal pool to meet its inhabitants. Discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource.
538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry 570-828-2319 1:00- 4:00 pm. $2. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits.
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400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown 973-579-2694 6 pm. $1-3 donation. "Mary Jane Barry & David Turrisi-Chung" Bonemarrow Match charity volleyball match. The match is College Staff vs. Jelena Markovic and Dinu Dan. Attendees will be asked to get swabbed as potential matches for those in need of a bone marrow transplant. Attendees will also be asked for a small donation of $3 at the door. All proceeds will go to the "Be the Match Foundation." Music and Giveaways will be available.
783 County Road 519, Belvidere 908-475-3671 12- 6 pm. $5 each trail. Travel the Triple Trail to Warren County wineries. Taste award-winning NJ wines and test your knowledge at each. You could win a Hot air Balloon ride at the Warren County Fair! Your tastebuds will be won over by the delicious wines at Brook Hollow Winey in Columbia, Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere and Villa Milagro Vineyards in Finesville. Receive a embossed wine glass from each winery.
69 Mackerley Road, Greendell 973-300-3800 4 pm. Join us for one the area's Largest Tricky Trays!! Hundreds of Baskets in four tiers, grand raffle and more! Doors open at 4pm / Calling starts at 6pm. Free Admission. For Pre-Sale Tickets, contact: Denise at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry 570-828-2319 10 - 4 pm. $5 per car. Help us celebrate the Earth! There will be handson learning stations, interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, animals, crafts, food, music, and much more! Pre-registration is NOT required
One College Hill Road, Newton 973-875-2068 10:50 - 12:05 pm. $12 public. Free to students and staff w/SCCC ID. This engaging and entertaining one-woman show deftly portrays the insidiousness, sometimes fun, but essentially devastating effects of alcoholism. Tara Handron tells the stories of over 15 women, some in active alcoholism and some in recovery.
199 Goodale Road, Andover 973-786-6445 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required. Note:For Adults Wind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. This Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.
Route 57, Washington 908-689-4800 10 - 4 pm. The Washington Business Improvement District is presenting its Third Annual "Warren County Arts Festival" in Downtown Washington this year on Saturday April 26 (rain date April 27)
234 Spring Street, Newton 973-383-3700 Box Office Mon-Sat 10 am - 4 pm 3 pm. $20 Adults / $10 Child. Over 20 acts from all genres will perform for a panel of judges for a chance to win great prizes! Join us for an entertaining afternoon great for the whole family! All proceeds will benefit Autism related organizations.
37 Plains Road, Augusta 973-882.0700 March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, fullterm pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. Register to walk at marchforbabies.org.
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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2014 APRIL 22 Join the world this April 22 by celebrating Earth Day. Reduce, reuse, recycle your way through the day with fun activities and projects that help reinforce the importance of keeping our planet clean! Make the day memorable by participating with friends to enhance your community and local surroundings. You can keep it simple by visiting a local state park for a hike or go big and build a rain garden with a group of volunteers.
The first Earth Day celebrated was on April 22, 1970. The event was organized by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. The first celebration led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency which passed the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. April 22, 1990 - Earth Day goes global. Earth Day is the third largest celebrated holiday in schools. Only Christmas and Halloween rank higher. The foil used to wrap the 20,000,000 Hersey’s Kisses made each day is recyclable. That adds up to 133 square miles of foil used each day. 18•INSPIRED
The average student produces 67 pounds of lunch waste a year. Try having everyone in your family pack a lunch that produces zero trash. Use recycled fast food containers, reusable stainless steel thermoses and silverware instead of plastic utensils. Now is the perfect time to “spring clean” your closets and sell your items at a local thrift shop, have a yard sale or donate your items to a local non-profit organization. Enjoy the fresh air. Plant a backyard garden filled with native plants. For a complete list of flowers, trees, bushes,and shrubs native to Sussex and Warren Counties visit The Native Plant Society of NJ at www.npsnj.org March/April 2014
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