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[ Go Green Heart Healthy ]

The month of February celebrates the Heart,and reminds us to take care of our Hearts. In the United States, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by Heart Disease. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. Heart Disease can be prevented and managed when you make healthier choices.

Do a #1THING step further by Going Green Heart Healthy. You can do this w/ the foods you eat go for Organic options.  Exercise walking, running  and other outdoor activities that does the body good & Mama Earth.. All help w/ Heart Healthy Happiness.

Have you heard of the Jackfruit? A tropical fruit native to Asia that resembles pulled pork, and becoming one of the most popular meat alternatives for a healthier lifestyle. The Jackfruit is a rich source of vitamin, minerals, fiber, fat, protein and more. It contains calorie but no cholesterol or saturated fats.

Here are 10 of the 25 Amazing Benefits of Jackfruit:

1.) Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease: Jackfruit has Vitamin B6 that makes it very Heart-friendly
2.) Fights Wrinkles: Ground up seeds that are dipped in milk & applied on wrinkles helps reduce their appearance
3.) Promotes Hair Growth: Adds in healthy blood circulation, which helps w/ hair growth.
4.) Immunity: A great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which can strengthen your immune system.
5.) High in Protein: The seeds are high in protein.
6.) Improves Digestion: A rich source of dietary fiber.
7.) Improves Eyesite: Jackfruit has vital nutriets that help w/ eye health.
8.) Bone Health: Jackfruit contains calcium, which strengthens and promotes healthy bones
9.) Ulcers : Jackfruit has strong anti-ulcerative properties that can cure ulcers and many other digestive system disorders.
10.) Regulates Blood Sugar Levels: Jackfruit has a rich amount of manganese that helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body.

Find out all 25 Amazing Jackfruit Benefits and more!

Jackfruit is becoming 2018’s healthy meat replacer for many. Making Jackfruit Green Heart Healthy for you! Click here for Jackfruit Recipes!

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[ Green Thanksgiving Tips ]

Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to gather with family and friends. Your Thanksgiving meal and the activities that go along with it present many opportunities to be sustainable and eco-friendly:

  • When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, keep two words in mind: organic and local. These keywords will guarantee a fresher, more nutritious meal.
  • Set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often. Also save and reuse decorations.
  • After holiday festivities, put leftovers in recyclable containers, and share them with family, friends, or others.
  • Where possible, compost leftover food scraps, leaves, and grass clippings.
  • After the meal, fill your dishwasher to capacity before running it. You will run fewer cycles, which saves energy.
  • Wash and reuse empty glass and plastic jars, milk jugs, coffee cans, dairy tubs, and other similar containers that would otherwise get thrown away. These containers can be used to store leftovers.
  • Show your guests where to put recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers.
  • Avoid placing hard, thick, or waxy food scraps down the drain. These materials can clog the pipes or damage garbage disposal blades and send parts of your sink to the landfill before their time.
  • Buy products in concentrate, bulk, or in refillable containers. Many items are available in these sizes. They reduce packaging waste and can save you money! Combine waste reducing practices, such as buying coffee in bulk and storing it in your leftover empty coffee cans.
  • Instead of firmly planting yourself in front of the TV for the day, consider getting some fresh air or playing a board game. Take advantage of the time together with friends and family while decreasing your energy usage.
  • If you going away from home for the holidays, to save energy, turn down your thermostat and put lights on timers.
  • November is an excellent time of year to conduct neighborhood food or clothing drives to help those in need.
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[ October is Vegetarian Awareness Month ]

Happy Vegetarian Awareness Month!  If you’ve been toying with the idea of going meat-free, this month is the perfect time to start.  Vegetarian diets have proven health benefits, save animals’ lives and help to preserve the Earth.

VEGETARIAN DIETS:

  • Reduce the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer while cutting exposure to foodborne pathogens
  • Provide a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry through more efficient use of grains and other crops
  • Conserve vital but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources

If you are a vegetarian and want to educate those around you, Vegetarian Awareness Month is a great time to raise awareness and encourage friends and family to join you in adopting a vegetarian diet.  Here are some easy ways to do that:

  • Make a list of your favorite vegetarian restaurants, or those that serve favorite dishes, for your friends and family—or take them to one of them to see (and taste) for themselves.
  • Share some of your favorite vegetarian recipes with your friends and family members.  Give them a recipe list, or make them one of your favorites and attach the recipe to it.
  • Are you a gardener? Need to get rid of the last of your summer produce to make room for your cool season crops? If so, give those you love a basketful along with recipe and meal planning ideas. Not a gardener? Then shop at your local farmers’ market and give them a basketful from there.
  • You can also organize a produce swap. This can be with friends and family or with other gardeners, to increase their awareness about the number of produce varieties to choose from.

If you are not a vegetarian, here are some tips for you:

  • Observe Meatless Monday. This is a growing trend, and is a perfect way to kick off the month by eating meat-free for Vegetarian Awareness Day. You can also try to do this throughout the month and have a variety of vegetables to keep your diet interesting.
  • Educate yourself about the nutritional benefits of a vegetarian diet and find out the other ways that it can benefit you.
  • Go for one whole day as a vegetarian and tell friends and family you are doing this.
  • Host a meatless meal or potluck with your friends. This will help all of you get more tasty recipe ideas and become familiar with different veggies.
  • When you dine out, try the meatless options and encourage your friends to do the same.

The North American Vegetarian Society is giving non-vegetarians an added incentive to go meat-free.  Pledge to go meat-free during Vegetarian Awareness Month and you’ll have the chance to win up to $1,000.  Even just one day will make you eligible for the drawing. 

Non-vegetarians who pledge to abstain from all meat, fish and fowl will be entered in a random drawing for cash prizes.  Click here to find out all the details.

Source:  care2.com

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[ How to Make the Most of Your Autumn ]

The leaves outside may be red and gold, but autumn is a great time to be green.  The Sierra Club’s Green Your Autumn page has plenty of tips, recipes, and a nature slideshow to help inspire you to make the most of the season!

Here are a few fall activities to add to your list:

1.) Visit a farm. Take your family to the nearest organic farm to stock up on pumpkins and apples for Halloween. (Preserve biological diversity by supporting rare-fruit orchards whenever possible.)

2.) Enjoy seasonal recipes. It’s time to eat pumpkins, squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, leeks, cranberries, apples, and pears. Start with roasted pumpkin seeds and work your way to butternut squash enchiladas and homemade cranberry sauce.  If possible, shop your local farmer’s market.

3.) Make decorations. Autumn holidays offer a chance to entertain guests and show off your eco-friendly DIY style. Opt for crafts that utilize items you already have on hand or that serve a dual purpose, such as edible table displays.

4.) Take a hike. Gaze upon the brilliant fall foliage as you inhale the crisp, cool air. Or, if your region has more palm trees than poplars, get out there and enjoy the unique sights and smells of your corner of the world.

5.) Winterize the home. OK, this task might not sound as fun as eating a pumpkin pie, but saving money on heating bills during the colder months sure feels good.

6.)  Put on a sweater instead of turning up your heat.  Fall is the perfect season to feel comfortable in a sweater.  So, wait until winter to turn on the heat.  Be extra green and purchase a sweater from a thrift or vintage store instead of buying a new one. Recycling and reusing clothes save resources and cuts down on pollution.

7.) Buy Organic Candy and Avoid Palm Oil.   Since Halloween & Thanksgiving both occur in fall, this is the season of sweet treats.   We all know kids want candy come October 31st so read the labels on the candy you purchase. If possible and affordable, stick with organic candy that doesn’t contain palm oil or at least uses sustainably grown palm oil. For more information on palm oil, visit The Rainforest Action Network’s website.

Source:  The Sierra Club

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[ Honey Bee Health Coalition ]

Honey bees support billions of dollars in agriculture. But today, a major decline in honey bee health has put agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and worldwide food security at risk. Many of the nutritious fruits and vegetables we enjoy require honey bee pollination – approximately 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat! The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, growers, conservation groups, manufacturers, consumer brands and other key partners with the goal of reversing recent declines in honey bee health and ensuring the long-term health of honey bees and other pollinators.

 

More information is available at http://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/how-you-can-help-bees/

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[ No farms, no food. ]

No farms, no food. That’s the message of an organization called the American Farmland Trust.

35 years ago, visionary farmland conservationists founded American Farmland Trust.  It’s now part of a national movement to save the land, soil, water and people needed to feed America, and the world.

According to the organization, it’s an uphill battle. Every hour, more than 40 acres of farm or ranch land is lost to urban sprawl or development. Every year, 1.7 billion tons of topsoil is lost to erosion each year in the U.S. That’s enough to fill 1,200 Empire State buildings.

From the halls of Congress to local councils, the American Farmland Trust fights for programs and policies that protect farmland, food and the environment. By mobilizing partners and engaging citizens, they advocate for the changes needed to sustain America’s farmland and the farmers who grow our food.

Since AFT’s founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, the organization has helped save millions of acres of farmland, and led the way for establishing sound environmental practices on millions more.

Want to help? Find out more here. https://www.farmland.org/

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[ Meet up to eat up: Miami food clubs connect online communities in real life ]

  • Monthly gathering celebrates plant-based living
  • Guests bring their own prepared food or homegrown ingredients
  • No meat or dairy allowed
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/article43162602.html#storylink=cpy
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