Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Juicy Ladies

Went to Hollywood last weekend to visit my favorite cousin, Brooks Wachtel. When comming back for Solstice festival I decided to stop by Juicy Ladies on the way for lunch.

My face is all shiny because it was scorching in Los Angeles. So much more hotter than it is in Santa Barbara!

Whats in the Un-Tuna?

besides mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes, and side of tahini dressing,
the Un-Tuna consists of a blend of raw nuts and vegitables.

an example of and Un-Tuna recipe:
if you decide to look into it!

this is the link to Juicy Ladies!

Juicy Ladies
22423 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

PK, "London"

PK is a band from Paso Robles, California
I have seen their shows live before and their really awesome!
So amazed on how well they did this video! Its so freaking cool!
So I really wanted to post this up on the blog site!
Hope you guys enjoy it

This video is called "London" from their album called
"Into the Roaring"

Check out their pages!

With Love,

Monday, June 21, 2010

Coconut Oil's anti-viral effect with HIV and AIDS!

HIV and AIDS are a serious deal concerning people of Africa and some numbers around the world.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the causative agent of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

HIV primarily infects and kills Helper T cells, which are an essential component of the immune system.

Usually, the treatment of AIDS includes antiviral drugs to inhibit viral replication
and also conventional drugs to treat further infections such as pneumonia, shingles, thrush and taxoplasmosis.

what if we can use natural resources to help treat people with AIDS?

"A minimum of 50 ml of coconut oil would contain 20 to 25 grams of lauric acid, which indicates that the oil is metabolized in the body to release monolaurin which is an antibiotic and an antiviral agent. Among the saturated fatty acids, lauric acid has the maximum antiviral activity, he said. Based on this research, the first clinical trial using monolaurin as monotherapy on some of the HIV patients was conducted recently. Dr. Dayrit's conclusions after the study: "This initial trial confirmed the anecdotal reports that coconut oil does have an anti-viral effect and can beneficially reduce the viral load of HIV patients. The positive anti-viral action was seen not only with the monoglyceride of lauric acid but with coconut oil itself. This indicates that coconut oil is metabolized to monoglyceride forms of C-8, C-10, C- 12 to which it must owe its anti-pathogenic activity."
-Dr. Dayrit

Dr. Mary Enig, biochemist and nutritionist, was quoted in an article published in The HINDU, India’s National Newspaper as stating that coconut oil is converted by the body into “Monolaurin” a fatty acid with anti-viral properties that might be useful in the treatment of AIDS. The staff reporter for The HINDU wrote about Enig’s presentation at a press conference in Kochi and wrote the following:

“There was an instance in the US in which an infant tested HIV positive had become HIV negative. That it was fed with an infant formula with a high coconut oil content gains significance in this context and at present an effort was on to find out how the 'viral load' of an HIV infected baby came down when fed a diet that helped in the generation of Monolaurin in the body.”

“Monolaurin helped in inactivating other viruses such as measles, herpes, vesicular stomatitis and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and that research undertaken so far on coconut oil also indicated that it offered a certain measure of protection against cancer-inducing substances."

She wrote: “Of the saturated fatty acids, lauric acid has greater antiviral activity than either caprylic acid (C-10) or myristic acid (C-14). The action attributed to Monol
aurin is that of solubilising the lipids the envelope of the virus causing the disintegration of the virus envelope.”

In a July 1997 newsletter entitled "Keep Hope Alive" an interview with Chris Dafoe was recorded. Chris Dafoe of Cloverdale, IN who, based on his lab numbers, thought the end was near in September, 1996. His HIV viral load was over 600,000, CD4 count was 10 and CD8 at 300. He prepaid his funeral and decided to take his last vacation in the jungles of South America with an Indian tribe in the Republic of Surinam. Around October 14, 1996, he began eating daily a dish of cooked coconut which was prepared by the local Indians. By Dec. 27th, 1996, a mere 2 and 1/2 months later, his viral load was at non-detectable levels and he had gained 32 lbs and was feeling great. He had some other people he knew with HIV try using coconuts in their diet, and they experienced the same results. The entire interview can be found here.

Recently the PATA International-Potato and Products Aid Alliance To Africa committed to purchase and send several hundred container loads of Virgin Coconut Oil to Africa for distribution among HIV - AIDS sufferers.They state:

"AIDS is the modern day Black Plague. Millions have all ready died from this disease, leaving behind millions of orphans. Millions more will follow in death, unless a low cost way of controlling this illness is found quickly.

various health organizations have found that the high content of lauric acid in unrefined coconut oil can prolong the lives of AIDS patients by dissolving the covering of the virus itself. This same action has been found effective against other infectious, tropical based diseases as well.

to see the whole article, check out this page!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Madness!

the cupcakes!

still waiting on more pictures from Stevie Love

I'm kinda akward?

Follow Your Heart,
1825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, California, 91303

recipe from Alice Silverstone's Kinda Diet book!

30% higher protein than wheat, and richer in magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E!

Good source of Dietary Fiber and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Manganese!

sulfated polysaccharides extracted from red seaweeds.
rich in carotenes, vitamin C, higher proportion of essential fatty acids than land plants, high fiber content

Nutritional Yeast
good source of Protein, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid and Zinc.

derived from achiote trees of tropical regions of the Americas
It is a chemotherapeutic agent and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant agent

P.S. Monday Madness at Sandbar tonight in Santa Barbara! woo! Come out tonight!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

benefits of Blackberries

last night after using blackberries as the topping of the cupcakes, i decided to spontaneously make chocolate covered blackberries. I had extra chocolate chips, so it was like, "why not?"

what I did was put the blackberries in the freezer, while I heated the chocolate chips. I added coconut oil for taste and some hemp milk. Once I had melted the chocolate I took the blackberries out of the freezer, mixed it all in, then put it back in the freezer until harden. Lets also say that I've never made chocolate covered anything before and this was pure fun experiment that was once going to be tried with my guests. haha. Once my faithful friends came to visit the blackberries were good. And they successfully became great fingerfood! What a healthy alternative to MMs. haha!

But lets take a looksie on the health benefits of this mysterious fruit that seems so hidden behind Strawberries and Blueberries.
I mean, where do you hear of chocolate covered blackberries? Sometimes they are included in some fruit bowls and recipes, and they definatly are a great topping on treats!

Blackberries are a good source of phenolic acids, which are an effective anti-carcinogenic agent. Its pretty much a pretty good source of antioxidants!

They contain both vitamins A and C

Vitamin A plays a significant role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division. It helps maintain the immune system (prevents and or fights off infections by producing white blood cells that eliminates harmful bacteria and viruses).

Vitamin C keeps collagen ( a fibrous protein) to hold together the blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bones. It also takes part in the role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are important for brain function and also affects mood. Vitamin C calls upon synthesis of carnitine- which is a molecule that is necessary for the transport of fat into mitochondria, where fat is converted to energy and metabolism of cholesterol to bile salts (which is probable to control blood cholesterol levels and the appearance of gallstones)

eating blackberries can protect you against:
- pleurisy & lung inflammation
-anti-thrombosis (inhibition of blood clotting)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I can't believe its Vegan

preparation for Cupcakes and Cocktail party

1 cup + 2 tbsp hempmilk, bag of carob chips, 1/3 cup canola oil

I'm excited !

Thursday, June 3, 2010

4 ways to lose weight

since its now summer. we'll be heading out to the pool or beach soon!

and there are some pretty easy breezy ways to slim ourselves up and add some confidence to ourselves.

one, drink water. and i mean lots of water. distilled, cold water straight from the refrigerator with ice. why? water is the most important thing to have on a daily basis. you are supposed to be drinking about 8 glasses of water a day. and drinking lots of water flushes out your system and keeps you hydrated.
Ice cold water helps burn fat also. your body is a heating system trying to keep warm and drinking cold water will definatly be the force against it and calories will be burn in that process.

two, meaning. keep away from salty foods. and never ever drink water afterwards. that would result in water weight.

three, workouts that make you sweat.
working out so hard means that you are sweating out the toxins from your body. in that case, you are also burning fat!
Some ways are making a dance party in your room.
Jumping jacks! And even incorporate them into the dance party! woo hoo, double speed!
bike rides from here to there.
you get the idea!

four, limit starchy carbohydrates and stick to protein rich foods. And eat lots of fruits and vegitables!. basic.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hunny Bunny Love

So I'm finally back! I've just been relaxing and all! Its so nice to finally do that. Just been hanging out at the apartment and doing nothing. Just last weekend I brought my best friends from Santa Barbara to my town of San Luis Obispo county. This made me happy, its like bringing your boyfriend to meet your parents. Haha! But it was all good!
MGMT was playing at the Avila Beach Golf Resort that friday. it was a must we had to go.

We all were hungry so we stopped at Steamers restaurant in Pismo to get some lunch.

While my friends Stevie & Shauna got the classic Clam Chowder,
my roomate and I split the Veggie Lover's Dream

we got ready at my house in Atascadero and dressed as rockstars.
picked up a friend and off we went to Avila Beach!
We were early, and we went across the street to Avila's farmer's market! Everyone looked at us wierd. Because of how we dressed. But it was fun.

it was a blast! They even played the song "Kids"!

We all were tired from the trip and ended up going to bed early to wake up early enough to get breakfast in downtown SLO
What did we have? Jamba Juice. There isn't one in Santa Barbara, just Blenders in the Grass. So this was exciting to my Santa Barbara friends. And i've missed getting one as well.
I got the Chocolate Chai Latte with soy milk. Was muy delicioso.
we took a walk downtown. Checked out my friend Jeff Claassen's gallery. my friends loved his work! I have collection of his work on my keychain and in my house.
here is a link to his gallery!

Afterwards went to MorroBay for some Sunshine Cafe food!

Had the Tempeh Salad. Soo good. I just absolutely love their food!
Sunshine Cafe in Morro Bay is a healthfood grocery store/vegan & raw restaurant. I absolutly love everything on their menu, especially the raw desserts that they have there! Always makes me happy to go there. Whenever I come home, I must visit this place.

We were just in time for Morro Bay's farmers Market. They don't have farmers like this in Santa Barbara.
Walked into the antique shops and book store. My friends definatly want to come back here for a visit. Its great.
Love Morro Bay.

I really want to go back to San Luis Obispo for their farmers market. Its always a pleasure to go to these. Its pretty much the biggest farmer's market in California. I just love the energy of Farmer's Market, especially in San Luis Obispo. Because of all the food that they have, the live entertainment, free shows/concerts, etc. Gotta love it there.

Friday June 4th, my friend Richard Fusillo is exhibiting his artwork at the Creamery downtown San Luis Obispo.
Picking Daisies Cloth Napkins/Gallery
The Creamery
570 Higuera, Suite 120

You should totally check it out, he is such an admirable, amazing photographer and artist. He's one of my most favorites!.
Here is the link to the event!
Also, this is his link to his work:
Go and check out some fantastic artwork!

Vacation is nice :)

thanks to Stevie Martinez for the photos
and Google for photos aside from that.