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Tabouli….Mmmmmm. Crunchy, fresh, raw, tart salad that fills. Eat parsley–it’s wonderful for your health. Since I quit eating sugar, I coincidentally began making tabouli–lots of it. I’m excited for you to try this easy, delicious, super-healthy recipe.
1 bunch of parsley chopped finely (if I had a food processor, I’d use it)
2 tomatoes cut into small pieces
1 bunch green onions, chopped
juice of 2 fresh-squeezed lemons
olive oil (I don’t measure! Just coat the ingredients….1/4-1/2 C., maybe?)
1 cup bulgar
1/4-1/2 tsp. sumac
pinch sea salt
(You can add finely chopped cucumbers, and most recipes call for chopped fresh mint. I don’t care for the taste of mint in my tabouli, which is why it is not listed. Experiment!)
Soak one cup bulgar in one cup water for approximately 30-60 minutes. Transfer to bigger bowl and mix in parsley, tomatoes, onions, olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkle with sumac and salt.
Combine well so the olive oil and lemon juice coat all the ingredients.
One reason I love this recipe so much is that my meat-eating, sugar-consuming, fruit-and-vegetable-negligent-husband happens to love it and devour it. We eat it several times a week.
I learned from a Lebanese friend that you can use sumac in this Middle Eastern salad, although typically sumac is used in recipes like spinach pie… You can find this wonderfully tart ingredient at international grocery stores.
Bulgar is a whole grain packed with protein and iron. It’s delicious in all sorts of recipes after soaking in water. Try using it in place of white rice or pasta, or add it to salads of all types.
Parsley is an amazing herb. When I worked at a health food grocery store 10 years ago, I learned a lot about this plant. Though I worked in the vitamin and mineral section of the store, and customers came in looking for a magic pill for all types of maladies, I constantly brought the sick and weary over to the produce and explained the benefits of parsley. One bunch of parsley is so much cheaper, fresher and more natural than a bottle of this or that. Fighting fatigue? Eat parsley. Gassy? Halitosis? High blood pressure? Parsley is indicated for these and many other problems.
According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by James and Phyllis Balch (excellent comprehensive guide to drug-free remedies) the actions and uses of parsley are as follows:
“Contains a substance that prevents the multiplication of tumor cells. Expels worms, relieves gas, stimulates normal activity of the digestive system, and freshens breath. Helps bladder, kidney, liver, lung, stomach, and thyroid function. Good for bed-wetting, fluid retention, gas, halitosis, high blood pressure, indigestion, kidney disease, obesity, and prostrate disorders. Contains more vitamin C than oranges, by weight.“
I don’t love the flavor of parsley, in fact it’s a little bitter for me, but in Tabouli I could eat bunches and bunches…
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“IS SUGAR ADDICTIVE?” is the title of Marion Nestle’s blog post dated January 7, 2010, on her wonderful, most informative blog, Food Politics.
Either way you flip it, both sides of the coin are extremely interesting here:
Say there is such a thing as sugar addiction (I know most of you reading this believe there is, and that is why you are here). What is going to happen to the multitudes of people with this addiction?! How are food suppliers/manufacturer’s/FDA/USDA going to respond, not to mention nutritionists, dietitians, naturopath doctors and M.D.’s? Not only do we have a national eating disorder (preoccupation with food, food used as entertainment, overeating, etc.) but a possible national sugar addiction?
What is at stake? Health, money and politics, in my opinion.
- HEALTH: Being addicted to a non-nutritive substance related to diabetes, heart disease, overweight, and other health issues. What are the national and individual implications?
- MONEY: The trade-off for food suppliers to supply us with food is to make money. When we buy food at the grocery store we are surrounded by obvious junk foods/beverages but also foods with “hidden” sugars, like salt, pepper, bread, sauce, etc. With every purchase of food we are casting a vote in the system of supply and demand. Though in some cases the supply creates the demand, for the most part suppliers follow demand trends. Because we love our goodies so much and continue to buy them, we are putting money in the pockets of those who are creating the goodies.
- POLITICS: Ever heard of the Snack Food Association? (I can’t help myself from picking on them). In part, they: “Serve as the voice for the snack food industry before government,” among other things.
By chance the book is closed on the issue and it is concluded by experts that there is no such thing as sugar addiction. What do we call it, then, when someone (like myself, back in the days of sugar consumption) obsesses all day about where to get sugar, and then eats it in unnatural proportions to fulfill the “sweet tooth”?
Whether there will ever be a clinical term coined for sugar addiction, there exists a problem. I had it, and I see it, hear about it and read about it every day.
If you have the time, jump over to Food Politics to read the post and the very interesting comments that follow. “Mason” put it best: “So is sugar physically and chemically addictive, or is that dependence purely psychological? I don’t think it matters. Either way, we’re so addicted to our lifestyles and our rabid-overconsumption that arguing the point seems trival. Who cares if the lights don’t work when the plane is crashing?”
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TRIA Beauty, the leader in light-based therapeutic beauty devices, today announced it received over-the-counter (OTC) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a hand-held blue light device designed for at-home use. The patented blue light technology is FDA-cleared for the treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory acne.
“This new platform validates TRIA Beauty’s heritage of harnessing technology previously available only in a professional setting so that it is safe and effective for daily at-home use,” said Robert Grove, Ph.D. and CTO of TRIA Beauty. “We believe this technology is far superior to any blue light device currently on the market and are confident consumers will agree.”
Developed by the same scientists who designed the TRIA Laser Hair Removal System, the first and only at-home laser for hair removal on the market, the new blue light device will be launched as the foundation of a dermatologist-validated system for clear skin.
Blue light is scientifically proven to eliminate acne-causing bacteria gently and effectively without harsh side effects. Using advanced engineering and rigorous clinical testing, TRIA Beauty developed a blue light technology that is 10 times more powerful than other OTC blue light devices. The proprietary design allows the TRIA blue light to deliver an effective dose of blue light in much shorter treatment times, and to achieve faster clearance of breakouts. In multiple clinical studies conducted by leading dermatologists, the TRIA blue light technology, used two to three minutes, twice a day, cleared breakouts as quickly and effectively as professional blue light treatments as well as the leading prescription drug therapy, and more effectively than any other OTC option.
“Our new FDA-cleared technology paves the way for a brand new proposition in the skincare category which will ultimately redefine clear, calm and healthy-looking skin,” said Kevin Appelbaum, CEO of TRIA Beauty. “This strengthens our product portfolio and positions TRIA Beauty for continued growth.”
The new TRIA system will be available in Spring 2010 on TRIABeauty.com and select retailers.
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An acne prone skin can give a lot of trouble and to find the best moisturizer for acne prone skin becomes a difficult task. When one ventures into the market they will find that they are many moisturizer acne prone skin available. There are different lotions, rubs, masks etc.
The whole idea to find the best moisturizer for acne prone skin of all available becomes a difficult task. Every person who has an acne prone skin will surely have tried some of the moisturizer for acne prone skin. One knows the advantages of the products they have used. When research is taken there are some products which come in the category of best moisturizer acne prone skin. Finding the best moisturizer acne prone skin is possible when one knows what all to look out for in the product they are considering to use and also what are he claims made by the company. When looking at moisturizer acne prone skin one should make sure that the cleanser that one uses should be gentle on the skin and not cause any damage to it.
The moisturizer acne prone skin should be the one which is specifically made for acne prone skin. There are certain ingredients which should be present in a moisturizer acne prone skin like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which are very helpful in treating acne and also reducing their occurrence. The best product is one which will not cause any irritation to the delicate skin. A heavy base is not recommended as it will fill the pores and increase chances of acne. If one wished to do make up one can use tinted moisturizer for acne prone skin. The tinted moisturizer for acne prone skin are very helpful as they are light and work like a foundation and make up base and are made for an acne prone skin. These are mostly oil free and avoid break outs.
When one considers the moisturizer for acne prone skin they should keep these simple tips in mind and this will not only save money and time but also will result in an improvement in the skin. Just like acne laser skin treatments, if there is confusion while choosing moisturizer acne prone skin one can also consult a dermatologist who can recommend the ideal product. With simple tips and precautions any one can have the flawless and glowing skin they always desired for.
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