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Herbs: Benefits of Thyme and Oregano


When folks want to eat healthy, I tell them to add herbs to their dishes to avoid “boring” food. Herbs at the store can be expensive and take planning. You need fresh herbs usually the same day you make your dish. But why not grow them in a container or in the ground? You will have them when you need them.

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In Season: Artichokes

My artichoke plant in the front yard.

In all honesty, artichokes are probably a spring crop, but here in So Cal, they are ready for me to eat 🙂

A single artichoke is actually an unopened flower bud from a thistle-like plant, Cynara scolymus.  It’s a member of the daisy family.

They were avidly cultivated in the fifteenth century in Florence and was reputedly taken to France by Catherine de Médicis, wife of Henry II.  The French, Italians, and the Spanish continue to be the leading growers and consumers of artichokes.  It was European immigrants who brought artichokes to the United States in the nineteenth century to Louisiana and then later to the mid-coastal regions of California, where the cool, foggy climate is ideal for growing.

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Parental Rights Questioned Due to Diet

I belong to an on-line vegetarian group.  I have access to a wonderful group of professional folks who know how to plan well-balanced vegetarian meals.  But recently, a few members have stated that they have been approached by a vegetarian parent to help them establish that vegetarian diets are healthy in an effort for that parent to obtain custody of their child.  Evidently, the meat-eating parent thinks that the diet is unhealthy for their child.

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Journaling: Writing Your Way to Better Health

Are you stuck in the same exercise routine? Are you struggling to eat better?

A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that writing exercises (aka journaling) can help alleviate symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. This is why writing or journaling is one of the foundations of weight loss and health. I have a friend you says that some of the hardest writing she has done is about her health. I can’t disagree; this is a tough process for some.

But don’t fear: there are several types of journaling that might be beneficial for you to meet your health goals:

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Master Food Preserver

Do you live in Los Angeles County?

Do you want to know more about food preservation and share that with the
larger community?

Los Angeles County Cooperative Extension is now accepting applications for its Master Food Preserver class. The course runs Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 9:30 pm from March 20, 2012 through June 5,2012. Successful graduates will be expected to share and expand their knowledge through community service and ongoing education. To apply to the program, complete the following online application:

For more details about the program, and to access the course announcement, please visit the MFP website:

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Natural Beauty: Inside and Out

As winter approaches, we want to be eating healthier food options. Eating a variety of foods will help boost our immune system and reduce the signs of aging. There is more research out there that what we eat is better for our skin than all the makeup and moisturizer we use. So here is a list of foods that are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight the free radicals that can contribute to cancer inside our bodies.

Greens – spinach, kale, mustard greens, collards, bok choy and beet greens can provide a lot of Vitamin A to help with our skin. But they are a good source of calcium and B vitamins, as well.

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Eat Well Now!

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We will post tips to eating healthy and explore ways you and your family can do this while having fun!

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