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~ Kurt Levin
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Boy oh boy do I ever have a recipe treat for you! This mustard greens and chard with lemon vinaigrette salad is beyond delish. I seriously did a face plant in it! It is the perfect – absolutely perfect! – spring and summer salad. This recipe comes from a girlfriend who is a real whiz in the kitchen and always comes up with the most delightful treats. Please enjoy this as much as I have
Have you ever had a friend or family member in your life who always knew just the right thing to say? During my time in “the pink bubble,” I always thought it would be great if my girlfriends could always be there for me – not just by a phone call, email or text message, but actually right there in the room with me – offering a caring hug when I was feeling horrible from my breast cancer treatment, or giving me a pat on the back when I did something well.
My friends were wonderful during my year in “Cancerville,” but I understood that they had their own families as well as other commitments to fulfill. So, in an effort to seek confidence and cheer during my dismal cancer days, I decided to collect clever, caring, and inspirational insights from them in the form of “shimmering,” positive quotations. Not only did I collect quotes from my girlfriends, but I also collected quotes from men and women who have achieved success and fame all over the world.
I realized where, how, and when I found my inspiration was less important than truly finding it every day. Sure wearing my diamonds every day gave me inner strength, but I realized reading a quotation every day gave me a way to rise above life’s challenges and disappointments. My quotations, especially my diamond quotations, helped me find my own special place under the sun. Why be a “Diamond in the Rough” when I can be a Crown Jewel; right?
Here are my top three favorite diamond quotes! If you have diamond quotes, please send them my way.
“You are at the moment standing, right in the middle of your own acres of diamonds.” ~ Earl Nightingale, U.S. Motivational Writer and Author, 1912-1989
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” ~ Leo Robin
“True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare.” ~ Author Unknown
Who is Andy Keller (a.k.a. The Bag Man or The Bag Monster)? Andy is a software salesman-turned activist who will do anything to rid the world of wasteful plastic bags. Even wear 500 of them.
Nine years ago, Andy Keller was an unfulfilled software salesman living in Chico, California. After doing a little landscaping in his backyard, he visited his local landfill, where the thousands of plastic bags hanging off barbed wire and blowing across mounds of trash changed the course of his life. It truly hit him at his core. That same day, he bought a sewing machine and made his first colorful, washable Chicobag, which folded into a convenient pocket-size pouch. He began selling his more stylish versions-made from materials like recycled plastic-at farmers’ markets and eventually in stores across North America, and now ships via his Web site to more than 80 countries.
But Keller didn’t stop there. Determined to halt plastic gluttony, which he says imperils about 267 marine species; he created an alter ego, “Bag Monster.” Dressed in 500 flimsy single use plastic bags-the number the average American discards each year (he affixes them to a jumpsuit with Velcro)-Keller protests lax environmental policies at city halls, festivals, and political events.
On his Bag Monster blog, Keller tracks the passing of plastic bag bans in places like Portland, Oregon, and Marin County (“All Bag Monster wants to do is a few minutes’ work, then be free to float down streams into the ocean! He writes, in mock outrage). Not everyone is amused: Three plastic bag manufactures have sued him for “irreparable harm” to their business.
To Keller, it’s just one more sign that things are getting desperate out there for his nemeses. “When you get sued for trying to make a difference in the world,” he says, “you must be doing something right.”
Source: Robbie Couch
If you’re a woman, breast cancer is probably right up there on your list of fears. It’s either the most common or second-most common cancer to affect women, depending on whose numbers you use. Since one out of every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her life, most of us probably know someone who has faced the disease.
That’s the bad news. The good news? There are some very simple things you can do right now that will reduce your risk of breast cancer or improve your chances of survival if you do develop it.
1) Do monthly self-exams and get an annual mammogram once you’re old enough. Forget the goofy cartoons showing women with pancaked breasts after getting a mammogram. The procedure doesn’t hurt.
It’s not the most fun thing ever, but I have a pain tolerance of a two year old. The worst part of the whole experience when I had my first one was having it done on a day temperatures in my city topped 100 degrees, because you have to skip deodorant on test day. It felt like wearing a too-tight sports bra more than anything else. I went because I found a lump (at the age of 33); it was terrifying, but most lumps are not breast cancer (mine wasn’t), and if it is, early detection can save your life. Many doctors recommend getting a mammogram at 40.
2) Limit alcohol consumption. Drinking raises the risk of breast cancer; your risk goes up by 7 percent with each drink you have per day. Shocking; isn’t it?
3) Control your weight. Obesity has a strong association with greater breast cancer risk, especially in post-menopausal women. It’s unclear whether or not losing weight helps lower risk, so the best prevention is to just avoid gaining in the first place. Easier said than done, right?
4) Exercise. Yes, it seems to be the fix for everything, but that’s because it practically is a magic bullet. With regard to breast cancer, working out hard at least four hours per week drops your risk up to 40 percent. Work it, ladies! Work it!
5) Know your family history. Having a first-degree relative (mother or sister) with breast cancer raises your risk of someday getting it, too. Being aware of your history could change your doctor’s recommendations for screening, so talk to your family now. However, most breast cancer occurs in women without a family history, so that’s not a free pass.
6) Consider saying no to hormone therapy. Estrogen-progestin therapies used to treat menopause raise the risk of breast cancer by 26 percent. Unless there is a compelling reason to use hormone therapy, think very carefully before you start popping pills.
Other things lower your risk too … early motherhood (before age 20) and breastfeeding have both been shown to reduce risk. But if the time for both of those has passed, you can still do other things to lower your chances of one day getting the disease.
What are you doing to prevent breast cancer?
Wanna feed your burger craving without the meat? These gluten-free, vegan burgers from Jen Brody of Domestic Divas are also free of soy, featuring chickpeas and crunchy pumpkin seeds for a plant-protein-heavy pattie. Not only is it nutritious, but it’s De-Lish as well! You can serve it without a bun if you want to cut down on carbs.
POKE several holes in the yam using a fork. Place the yam in a paper towel and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Flip the yam and microwave 5 minutes more, or until tender. Slip off the yam’s skin.
PLACE 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until it begins to soften. Add the carrot and bell pepper to the pan and cook 3-5 minutes more, or until the veggies are just tender.
TRANSFER the sautéed veggies to a food processor and pulse to chop. Add the spinach and pulse a few more times until combined. Transfer the veggies to a large mixing bowl.
ADD the chickpeas and tahini to the food processor and pulse until broken down and combined. Transfer to the mixing bowl with the veggies.
ADD the cooked quinoa, yam, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to the mixing bowl. Season the veggie quinoa mixture with the lemon juice, cumin and hot sauce, if using. Stir until well combined, taking care to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
SHAPE the veggie quinoa mixture into 8 patties using your hands. Dus-burgers
Read more: http://www.prevention.com/food/cook/meatless-monday-veggie-burgers/chickpea-quinoa-burgers#ixzz2QYaeeCmN
Photo: Womensday, John Miller
This recipe is a WOWZA and easy peasy to make. Heat oven to 400. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss 1 lb small seedless red grapes, 6 small sprigs fresh thyme, 1 Tbsp olive oil and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until the grapes begin to burst, 15 minutes. Scatter 1 bunch spinach (thick stems discarded) over the grapes and roast for 2 minutes more. Gently toss until spinach is beginning to wilt. Fold the mixture into 2 ½ to 3 cups cooked grain. I prefer wheat berries.
Pop Star’s Second Battle With Breast Cancer Forces Her to Cancel World Tour
Internationally successful pop star Anastacia, who you may recall battled breast cancer back in 2003, delivered some heart-wrenching news to the world several weeks ago … She has been diagnosed with the disease for the second time, and as a result, she has had to cancel her European tour, which had been scheduled to kick off April 6 in London. So sad.
It’s clear she’s shaken up by the news — and also by the idea of having to bail on her fans. She released a statement noting, “I feel so awful to be letting down all my amazing fans who were looking forward to It’s A Man’s World Tour. It just breaks my heart to disappoint them.” Still, taking care of herself has to be her priority now. Especially because battling breast cancer must be even more trying the second time around.
As strong as she’s proven herself to be and as determined as she is to live by her motto “Don’t ever let cancer get the best of you,” this news had to have felt utterly devastating. After beating the disease the first time around, I’m sure she’s never fully escaped the thought of recurrence. It’s a fear that haunts all cancer survivors. But to now actually have to contend with it, as a reality, it’s got to be unbelievably hard.
Still, you’ve gotta admire just how positive and strong Anastacia sounds. Her statement went on to note that she’s “a born survivor” and her “one goal … is to make a full recovery with the support of her family, friends, and everyone around her.” I don’t doubt that is completely possible, and that she’ll be surrounded by loved ones cheering for her every step of the way. After all, if you’ve beat it once, you already know you have it in you to do it again.
How do you feel about this news?