Posted in Good Eatin', Health & Beauty

Diabetic Treat: Sinfully Good

Okay, I’m about to drop a bomb on all my diabetic peeps!! My dad was a diabetic and one of the things he used to crave the most was sweets. Which was kinda funny, since, he never really ate sweets before he was diagnosed. But, anyway, for some reason he was REALLY craving them. So, being the awesome daughter that I am, I did some research on how to naturally quench his craving for sweets.

There are many different ways for diabetics to curb their desire for sweets, but here’s one that tastes truly sinful…DATES! Dates are sooooo sweet and you would think that they would be at the top on the no-no list for diabetic. But… let me break it down for ya….

Dates are:

  • Easily digested
  • High in fiber
  • Prevent LDL cholesterol absorbtion
  • High in iron, potassium, B-vitamins, vitamins A & K, copper, manganese, magnesium & niacin
  • They have a low glycemic index
  • Increase energy
  • Fat Free
  • Have a ton of antioxidants

So, here’s the thing. Each person is different, what works for one person, may not necessarily work for another. I know that some foods that were supposed to be good for diabetics, weren’t good for my dad. I would suggest that you start small, like, maybe, one date. See how you feel, if you don’t have a reaction, then, next time eat 2 dates.

I would like to point out also, that dates, should only be consumed as a snack, it’s not a meal replacement. That goes for anyone, not just those with diabetes. Dates are such a powerhouse of nutrients that only need to eat 3 or 4 of them to get their benefits.

Here are the ones I get from the regular grocery store:

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Here is an excellent recipe to curb your “candy” craving. It actually taste a lot like brownies 😀

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Chop up about 3 or 4 dates and put in a small food processor

ADD IN 1 Tablespoon each….

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2 T. Almond meal
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Cocoa powder
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Ground flax seeds *Flax seeds are much easier to digest when ground. Don’t buy them already ground, they loose their potency. Freshly grind them to get the most benefit. *The processor won’t grind them, you will need a coffee grinder.
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Sesame seeds

process in food processor…

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Add in 2 or 3 drops of flavoring. I love the combination of orange & chocolate so I add wild orange. Peppermint may be good too. I have never tried it.

process again until a ball forms

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remove from processor and shape into balls or whatever shape you like. Top with a little orange zest and enjoy!! So YUMMY 😀

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***If your “batter” comes out too thin, just add more almond meal. If it’s too thick add a tiny bit of water. Mine sometimes come out very sticky, but I don’t mind. If you don’t like the stickiness you can roll them in some cocoa powder or almond meal.

Thank you for stopping by 😀

With Love,

Sindy <3

Posted in Astrology

New Moon Report May 25

This new moon is a Super New Moon and will have everything to do with thinking and lower mind. This Moon phase is in Gemini, which is perfect for new beginnings, however , the key will be to keep your thoughts organized.

As you prepare for your new moon intentions it should be important to understand the energy that this particular New Moon will bring. There are no major aspects to the Moon right now so this is a pure energy, full of thoughts, and these thoughts can get the better if you. Remember that our thoughts are not our own they come from various outside influences and can cause you to pause unnecessarily. Thoughts are like a movie in our minds. We can speculate and anticipate how the ending will be, but, you will never know for sure what the true ending is until it happens.

Gemini New Moon wants to remind you that your thoughts are forever changing and you are not defined by them. They can be damaging or rejuvenating. I recently read something that really resonated “people do not cause you pain your thoughts do”.

Tonight as you meditate and set intentions for the this Moon Cycle, try to stay aware of your thoughts. The more positive and compassionate your thoughts are, the lighter and happier you will feel and project to the World.

Namaste
Activate Your Universe Today.

Posted in Home & Garden, lifestyle

Save Time & Money With e-cloth!

You can’t get anymore sustainable, organic or green than these e-cloths!

I just received my e-Cloth Home Cleaning Set in the mail last week. The set comes with 8 pieces:

  • Kitchen cloth
  • Stainless Steel Cloth
  • Range & Stove-top Cloth
  • Bathroom Cloth
  • Window Cloth
  • 2-Glass & Polishing Cloths
  • Dusting Cloth

I have only used them a couple of times so far and I can already say, I LOVE THEM!! They have saved me time & money because there is no need for cleaning products. They work with just hot water, which means I don’t have to spend a fortune on harmful, chemical laden, products & I don’t have to carry around bunch of cleaning products to clean the house.

Every morning after my husband & I are done washing our face and brushing our teeth, I wipe down the bathroom sink. I have always just used a regular cloth and then once a week I would give the whole bathroom a thorough cleaning. Now, with e-cloth, when I wipe down the bathroom sink, IT’S CLEAN!! No having to go back and clean it again 😀 I wipe down my glass shower doors using the Window Cloth along with the Glass & Polishing Cloth at the end of the day, after the last shower has been taken, to keep them looking clean & clear. While the Bathroom Cloth keeps the shower walls squeaky clean.

It’s the same with my kitchen counters. Everyday I wipe down my kitchen counter at least 3-4 times. Then at night after washing our dinner dishes I would spray the counters down and give them a more thorough cleaning. Now, I don’t have to do that, using the Kitchen Cloth, my counters stay clean all the time, it’s a miracle!! The Range & Stove-top Cloth along with the Glass & Polishing Cloth has kept my stove-top looking shiny & and practically brand new.

Because I only need to wipe down the surface of my furniture, without have to drag out a bunch of cleaning products, it’s much easier to keep the dirt and grime from building up. I use the Dusting Cloth to give my furniture a quick swipe and I’m done and can move on with my day, making time for other, more important, FUN things!

I highly recommend getting a set of e-cloths. They really do save time & money and even though I have only used them a short time, I can already tell the difference. If you are skeptical like I was, I have added links below so you can read about the science behind these cloths and how they have such remarkable cleaning capabilities, removing 99% of the bacteria in your home!! WHAT?!

e-cloths have 3.1 million fibers per sq in. 480,000 fibers per cubic centimeter. By combining this unique fiber technology with water, the cloths break up, lift and hold grease, grime and bacteria, which normal cloths leave behind.

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Caring for your e-cloth is as simple as rinsing it with hot water in your day-to-day use. To ensure your e-cloths perform at their best you can machine wash them up to 300 times!! You only need a small amount of detergent, then either hang or tumble dry. That’s it!! I use Soap Nuts by NaturOli, you can read about them here.

Why choose e-cloth?

Research undertaken by Siliker (a leading scientific research organization, with 45 laboratories worldwide) has proven that e-cloths remove over 99% of bacteria. Get full details here.

Thanks for dropping by!!

With Love,

Sindy <3

 

Posted in Astrology

Full Moon in Scorpio May 10, 2017

Activate Your Universe!

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The phase of the full Moon is a time for rest and meditation after completing the work you have been doing since you set your New Moon intentions 14 days ago.  It is a time to let the energy work for you as you watch the story unfold in what you have been working so hard towards.

Full Moon in Scorpio is full of intense emotions, after all Scorpio is dark, deep and full of mystery.  You will have no doubt that the work will get done with this placement, however it may not be just as you envisioned.  Her beauty will shine in the 7th house of partnerships and one on one relationships. Commitments and agreements will feel heavy and hard to accomplish. Try not to focus on getting things done and focus on the way you feel about the work.  Does if serve you? Do you enjoy or “desire” to get it done? Does it drain your energy or will the satisfaction of fulfilling the task be best feeling in the world? Answering these questions will help you stay on task or understand it is not worth doing today.

Scorpio will require a deeper understanding of what you are looking for especially in the relationship department, demanding that you do the work to achieve a balance as the 7th house is the house of the scales and must be in balance and harmony. She is there to provide you with the ability to truly understand an emotional connection you want and deserve.  Scorpio Full Moon has the ability to tear down walls as much as it can slam the doors shut, so be open and honest to FEEL and DESIRE.  These are two key words for the Scorpio Mysteries. She will remind you to be thankful, however has a tenancy to fester resentment.  This Full Moon is sitting opposite the Aries Sun that will add fire to flame of passion. So be prepared for a steamy night ahead full of heat and intimacy.  There is a twist though the Male and Female aspects of this combinations are in a difficult position causing confusion and arguments.  But do not fret, help is on the way……

A trine between the Scorpio Moon and the Pisces Neptune will give you the ability to be sensitive to the situation. Intuitive Pisces at home with Neptune can snuff out the flame before it gets too intense. Your intuition will be on high alert so make sure you listen to it. Tapping into your creative abilities as an escape is another great way to use this aspect and create a calming environment.

Look for support from your Mother or a Mother figure at this time as the trine between the Moon and the Mid heaven creates a strong energy that is motherly and safe.  This is also a great energy to gain perspective to where your life is going and how to get there.  Meditate on finding your path to your ideal future and regaining the closeness of a long-lasting relationship.

Scorpio Moon, Intense, rebirth, feeling and desire are all the part of this energy.

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Posted in News, videos

Chewing On The Plastic Problem

Bacteria isolated from outside a bottle-recycling facility has been found to break down and metabolize plastic. The proliferation of plastics in consumer products, from bottles to clothing, has resulted in the release of countless tons of plastics into the environment. The findings, published in the academic journal ‘Science‘  show how the biodegradation of plastics by specialized bacteria could be a viable bioremediation strategy. The new species, Ideonella sakaiensis, breaks down the plastic by using two enzymes to hydrolyze, PET and a primary reaction intermediate, eventually yielding basic building blocks for growth.

Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) is used extensively worldwide in plastic products, and its accumulation in the environment has become a global concern. Because the ability to enzymatically degrade PET has been thought to be limited to a few fungal species, biodegradation is not yet a viable remediation or recycling strategy. By screening natural microbial communities exposed to PET in the environment, researchers have isolated a novel bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, that is able to use PET as its major energy and carbon source. When grown on PET, this strain produces two enzymes capable of hydrolyzing PET and the reaction intermediate, mono(2-hydroxyethyl) terephthalic acid. Both enzymes are required to enzymatically convert PET efficiently into its two environmentally benign monomers, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol.

 

Polyethylene (PE) has been considered nonbiodegradable for decades. Although the biodegradation of PE by bacterial cultures has been occasionally described, valid evidence of PE biodegradation has remained limited in the literature. We found that waxworms, or Indian mealmoths (the larvae of Plodia interpunctella), were capable of chewing and eating PE films. Two bacterial strains capable of degrading PE were isolated from this worm’s gut, Enterobacter asburiae YT1 and Bacillus sp. YP1.

Over a 28-day incubation period of the two strains on PE films, viable biofilms formed, and the PE films’ hydrophobicity decreased. Obvious damage, including pits and cavities, was observed on the surfaces of the PE films using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The formation of carbonyl groups was verified using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and microattenuated total reflectance/Fourier transform infrared (micro-ATR/FTIR) imaging microscope. Suspension cultures of YT1 and YP1 (108 cells/mL) were able to degrade the PE films over a 60-day incubation period.

The molecular weights of the residual PE films were lower, and the release of 12 water-soluble daughter products was also detected. The results demonstrated the presence of PE-degrading bacteria in the guts of waxworms and provided promising evidence for the biodegradation of PE in the environment.

While plastic eating bacteria and worms is promising, I would be remiss in saying that we need to curb our obsession with plastic. We need viable alternatives so that the issue of how to get rid of it is no longer a problem. The invention of plastic used to be seen as a miracle solution to making our lives easier. But, as it turns out plastic is becoming one of the biggest problems we face for the future of our planet and our children.

Follow me on Facebook and take the “reduce your waste” challenge!!

Everyday this month I will add a post showing how to reduce waste. As always I encourage you to SOW seeds for a healthier future <3

With Love,

Sindy <3