Litter Break Down

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Great motivation to reduce the amount of stuff we consume, recycle everything we do use and pick up trash and put it in it’s place… like up the can of the a-hole who was rude enough to litter.

No, no silly.  I really mean, put the litter in the trash can, so it can go to the landfill and sit and sit and sit and sit and sit and sit and sit…for a really long time.

What is Acupuncture?

Simple Balance Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China more than 3,000 years ago and is used to treat illness, prevent disease, and improve total well-being. By inserting sterile, disposable needles in designated points in the body, the practitioner stimulates and balances the flow of Qi (“chee”), which is the body’s natural energy.  Acupuncture not only helps correct chronic conditions, but it also helps prevent disease by strengthening the natural immune system.

Over 20 million Americans turned to Acupuncture in 2007. How can such an “ancient” medicine be at the forefront of the new millennium? Simple, Acupuncture works.

Acupuncture can be used to alleviate muscular and internal issues. It is also effective as preventive maintenance. In other words, it is an exceptional way to correct current ailments and maintain balanced health.

How does Acupuncture work?

If a person has any imbalance in the body, symptoms may manifest as headaches, fatigue, constipation, PMS, insomnia, depression, pain, etc. Each symptom correlates to its own meridian or Qi pathway. Acupuncture is used to stimulate the Qi in the meridian connected to the imbalance, helping achieve alleviation of the symptom by removing blockages and encouraging the free flow of energy.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Most people feel nothing when the needle is inserted. Acupuncture needles are solid and as thin as a human hair. In Acupuncture, we administer needles with caution, avoiding arteries and nerves. Thus, the treatment is mostly painless, but, since stimulation needs to be achieved, you may feel a heaviness or warm sensation around the needle or traveling up and down the meridian. Any kind of discomfort from the stimulation of the needle disappears in seconds.

What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?

-Addiction
-Anxiety*
-Arthritis
-Asthma
-Bronchitis
-Carpal tunnel syndrome
-Colitis
-Common cold
-Constipation
-Depression
-Diarrhea
-Digestive trouble*
-Dizziness*
-Emotional duress*
-Eye problems
-Facial palsy
-Fatigue*
-Fibromyalgia
-Gingivitis
-Headache*
-Incontinence
-Indigestion*
-Infertility
-Insomnia*
-Irritable bowel syndrome
-Joint pain*
-Low back pain*
-Menopause
-Menstrual irregularities
-Migraine
-Morning sickness*
-Nausea*
-Osteoarthritis
-PMS
-Pneumonia
-Sciatica
-Shoulder pain*
-Sinusitis
-Sore throat*
-Stress*
-Tennis elbow
-Tooth pain*
-Urinary tract infections

* Marks all the conditions that Sadie would like addressed in her next appointment.

Umm… Make that appointments, with her good friends at Simple Balance.

Funky Feet

Nice weather is here and everyone wants to ditch the socks.

Good – air those piggies out, I know mine are begging for attention. Make time to pretty up those gators who’ve been neglected all winter and do some maintenance like cutting back your claws, sanding down your inch thick callouses and digging out the funky goop hiding under your nails. Your sandals will appreciate it.

Then grab a friend for some deluxe funky feet pampering!

D.I.Y. Minty Lime Pedicure – Soak & Scrub

Soak Recipe

Add the following to a basin filled with warm water:

* 1/2 cup sea salts
* 3 slices lime
* 5-10 fresh mint leaves
* 5 drops of essential oil of Lime

Scrub Recipe

3 limes – quarter them and pulse pieces to a chunky pulp in a blender
Place lime pulp into a small bowl and add:

* 2-3 Tablespoons of white sugar
* 1 Tablespoon of sweet almond oil
* 13 fresh mint leaves (chopped)
* 5 drops of essential oil of Lime

Minty Lime Pedicure Directions

1. Soak each foot for 5-10 minutes in the basin.
2. Apply scrub with circular movements around your foot, ankle & calf.
3. Rinse scrub and remove with a cloth.
4. Dry with a towel and apply your favorite all natural lotion.

All done.  Wiggle your pretty piggies and sing this little piggy went to market… You are ready to run around barefoot.

Make Every Day Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!

We’ve been living eco-friendly every day since last year – how about you?

Hey, I have a great idea! Since I’ve been busting my green ass for 365 days in a row, I think I’m going to take one off. Now that sounds like a REAL holiday!

But the question is, could I get through one day without picking up trash, stirring my compost and condemning folks for not living naturally? Hmmm… On second thought, I guess I won’t be taking a day off after all.

And you know what – I wouldn’t want to anyways!

Celebrate Green and Have a Great Earth Day!

Online Resources for Earth Day

Too Tired to Save The World

With Earth Day right around the corner, you’d think I would be on a manic hippie high just waiting for my turn to hug a tree. But I have to confess that all the commercial hoopla and green bandwagon jumping has me a little zapped. Don’t get me wrong, the more green folks, the better. I just wish it was more participating quality and not just mindless quantity.

There are so many people that desperately need to get a clue about green issues and natural living that I shouldn’t complain about how hypocritical Walmart’s green initiatives are or whine about how shopping in general can’t truly help support the environment. I should just be thankful that eco-issues are kinda being presented to our country of Wal-tards and hope that green inspiration grabs hold of them and not just their checkbooks.

Is Earth Day the New Christmas?

It wouldn’t be a bad idea if we were all giving each other gifts of dandelion necklaces and sweet Earth Day caroling. Unfortunately, most supporting “green” business owners just want you to buy – buy – buy! And are even ready to plant a f’n tree just as soon as you purchase their new blah – blah – blah. It’s almost too silly. And just for fair warning, only click the f’n tree link if you are very brave and have a strong stomach for naughty words.

So what do you do when green exhaustion strikes you?

Really, I would love to know! Personally, I just lumber along and keep doing all the green things that are always on auto pilot for me until I can purge myself of my sourness. Usually one or two abusive blog posts will do it. Then it’s time for re-inspiration and there’s nothing better then hanging out with the wild bunch in the All Natural Me Myspace group.

If that disappoints, then I’ll read my favorite email that I got from The Universe this week.

Rainbows and butterflies, cattails and dandelions, waterfalls and rainforests, puppy dogs and dragonflies, sea foam and orcas, sunshine and comets, snowflakes and ice cycles, wildflowers and Sadie Cherico….

Did I think of everything, or what?

Crazy, sexy, cool,
The Universe

Nothing like some Unconditional Love from The Universe to remind you how wonderfully important you are. Then abracadabra! I’m ready to save the world again.

Green Your… [fill in the blank]

What pops into your head? I typed in soap.

Green Your

You can be way more adventurous than me and type in anything! Cars, toothpaste, batteries, beer, cleaning, gardening, feminine hygiene, condoms… You can learn how to green everything!

Green Your….. [then fill in the blank my friend]

I spotted this fun website over at the geeky good green space at TreeHugger.com who of course, gave a solid and thorough review including an invitation to all the Green Your [blank] Smarty Pants to participate and share their Eco-knowledge and contribute to the website. Very cool.

If this Eco-geeky girl didn’t have so many time restraints and commitment issues, I would definitely participate.  But until I clear those up, I think I’ll go type in soap again.

Green Taxes Can Make You Smile

Hey Friend!

Spring is here – Hooray!

Warm weather puts me in such a good mood. This morning when I awoke to some black bear vandalism on the back porch, I didn’t even mind that the furry little f’er knocked over the gardening shelf, upset the compost and completely busted the new bird feeder. I just felt happy that the bear had fun and smiled as I cleaned up the mess. Then, since I was on such a jolly roll, I went over to my lazy neighbors and picked up all the litter in their yard, as it truly is my favorite springtime thing to do.

What’s your least favorite thing to do in the spring?

I bet it has something to do with the IRS. Yes, filing those taxes is a drag, even with the sun shining. Our new Naturally Us Comic offers a great suggestion how the IRS can become more green.
Check out the Damn Taxes comic…

A monthly reward for the Top Commentator is also new at the All Natural Me Blog. Each month, we are sending out a goodie bag to the lucky person with the most comments. Yeah, it’s nothing but dirty bribery for you to visit us more often, but you have to admit, it’s pretty fun.

Speaking of fun, Karma Kards are back in production! And it’s so easy to get hooked up with the fantastic things now that you can send a S.A.S.E. to our P.O. Box or make a supportive donation to get a deluxe Karma Kard mailing sent ASAP in a handmade Recyclope.

Read more at… http://allnaturalme.com/free-karma-kards/

Now enough of the fun stuff, April 15th is only days away so get on your taxes. Remember that lots of tax incentives are available for the green folk who made their home more energy efficient. Credits are also available to buyers of hybrid gasoline-electric, diesel, battery-electric, alternative fuel, and fuel cell vehicles. More info… http://www.energytaxincentives.org/consumers/

Have fun today!

Sadie from allnaturalme.com
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Get the Antioxidants, Lose the Crap

We just got some really great spam in the Natural Me Myspace Group about antioxidants. It was from a jii jiii juice pusher and it’s amazing how much you can learn from a spammer if you take the time to listen in between the sales pitch.

For real, it was like high school science class except with a financial motive but, what a great review.

Let me copy & paste all these wonderful nerdy words to know:

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions by being oxidized themselves.

Antioxidants are found in many natural foods – from berries to broccoli, and even coffee and chocolate! They offer super protection for the body against all types of diseases and problems – especially those caused by free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules which have separated in awkward manners, leaving an free unpaired electron floating around (free radicals). These “free radicals” are unstable, and they can react with other compounds, trying to get back their lost electron. This can cause unhealthy issues with everyday metabolic task.

Free radicals tend to attack the nearest stable molecule in an attempt to take an electron from it. This causes that molecule to become a free radical, which will then attack other molecules. This process would be left to grow exponentially if it were not for something to neutralize the process.

Eventually, this can lead to conditions such as cancer. Antioxidants help protect against damage from free radicals.

Antioxidants can actually give one of their electrons to a free radical, ending the cycle of reaction! The great thing about antioxidants is that they are stable, even if they lose an electron. Its a win/win situation.

So they can protect the body, without causing additional damage. There are several types of antioxidants that we know of, and there may be dozens, or even hundreds that we haven’t yet discovered.

Lycopene is a potent antioxidant that was not even discovered until the 1980s. Before then, we had no idea just how great tomatoes could actually be for us!

This is why it’s so important to eat a balanced diet. You can take vitamin supplements that contain antioxidants, but what about those that haven’t yet been discovered?

And that’s when he slipped in the sales pitch but hey, wasn’t he doing so good up until then? I was eating it up. He also gifted us with two bonus “Top 10” Lists (which I just love as I adore lists) and the second one is actually a Top 15 – whoo hooo!

Antioxidants are rated by an ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). The higher the ORAC the more successful the free radical protection.

10 Ways to Get More Antioxidants into your daily diet!

1. Eat dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate should be at least 75% cocoa.
2. Drink low sugar juices or tea instead of soda.
3. Add Acai berries or Acai juice to baked goods or smoothies. (go figure!)
4. Have fresh berries on your ice cream or cereal.
5. Add fresh spinach leaves to your salads.
6. Eat sprouts on your sandwiches instead of lettuce.
7. Add shredded carrots and squash to soups, stews, spaghetti sauce, and baked goods.
8. Spread roasted garlic onto whole wheat toast for an amazing snack.
9. Blend fresh fruits into delicious smoothies. Freeze the fruit before blending for a thicker, colder smoothie.
10. Use fresh and dried fruits in savory dishes. Add mango salsa to fish, pears to beef dishes, and raisins to ham.

Foods High In Antioxidants
These are some of the best antioxidant rich foods:

1. Acai Berries Highest ORAC Value
(hint hint, please buy my shit and sign up under me as a jiii jiii juice distributor)
2. Red Grapes
3. Chocolate (especially dark chocolate)
4. Black raspberries & blackberries
5. Prunes
6. Bilberry
7. Pomegranate
8. Blueberries
9. Strawberries
10. Raisins
11. Noni fruit
12. Garlic
13. Spinach
14. Carrots
15. Bell peppers

With a healthy daily intake of these antioxidant powerhouses (after you purchase the crap that I am selling), you are sure to lead a much healthier life. Enjoy!!!

Enjoy? You betcha!

Hell, after those super duper lists, I was almost ready to buy a case of the preservative enriched rain forest jiii jii berry juice.

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Damn Taxes

Damn Taxes

It’s tax time and Dreg’s exhausted from pulling an all nighter getting the damn things done.

Maybe next year Dreg will go for the tax deduction and finally buy Sadie the vehicle she really wants. And maybe if Dreg is lucky, the IRS will adopt his fabulously green suggestion.

 

 

Agro-Monster Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto is an excellent documentary by Marie-Monique Robin.

Get cozy with a cup of Non-GMO Soy Chai and watch this incredibly frightening documentary on the huge agro-monster Monsanto. These earth polluting bastards produce the herbicide Round Up and also make loads of money from its transgenic seed sales. Their decevious green website does not surprise me after seeing their lack of global ethics toward the small farmers in India and South America. Don’t worry, there are not excluding the crops in the United States, as they are screwing us too. Sometimes you have to watch out for those companies with pretty websites laced with green words, Ghandi quotes and philanthropic outreach programs. Do not just swallow the bologna with a glass of rGH milk, as Monsanto is definitely a case of a wolf behind a sheep’s mask.

Tune in to learn fabulous new vocab words such as transgenic contamination, BT Genes and political Revolving Doors. Awareness will also be made of the nasty effects that Round Up chemicals have on innocent families, independent farms and food dependence. You will never look at soybeans, corn or cotton the same way ever again.

What can you do? Ummm… pray for the survival of genetic diversity? Seriously, the best step is to keep buying organic and non genetically modified products. For the green thumbs, when you are growing your gardens and food, do not purchase GM seeds from these a-holes, as they are Seeds of Suicide! Stay away from hybrid seeds and make safe purchases from small seed companies like Heirloom Seeds and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

And of course, the most fun All Natural Me thing to do is Spread The Word!