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Losing Weight for Foodies

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 21:51

By Patrice Lockert Anthony

portion-controlDo you ever feel like fate is directing your course? Or that maybe Benjamin Franklin was wrong, and a divine Being is intimately involved with our day-to-day existence?

I've been rummaging through old boxes filled with even older paperwork. One of the boxes burped up an old copy of Food and Wine magazine. Nothing life altering in that ... until I noticed that pretty much the entire issue was devoted to losing weight and living a healthier existence. And to whom did the magazine turn to delve into the matter? The ultimate foodies: chefs. Why was I leaping for joy, you ask?

Most of us are under the delusion that to lose weight — to be healthy — we have to give up our pleasure in food. We think (believe) we must give ourselves over to the bland, the blah-ness of calorie counting, sauce-less veggies, and ho-hum food prep. It's a lie — a myth! Gather round while I share the 411 of weight loss for foodies. It's about flavor. Where there is flavor — real flavor — there is satisfaction. Where there is satiety, you'll find portion control. Where you find portion control, you'll discover lost inches and pounds.

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Keep Your Brain Healthy

Sunday, 01 September 2013 22:05

By Anne Salazar-Dunbar, 

Master Herbalist

ginkgoKeeping the brain vital and elastic is a topic of major concern these days. With a focus on Alzheimer's and with the baby boomers heading into their later years, more and more people are looking for ways to keep their mental capacities and abilities strong and viable.

Fortunately, a lot of information and research findings on this topic are readily available. There are many herbs known to be helpful, as well as nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle practices, all of which go hand in hand. With some solid information and a bit of self-discipline, keeping your brain and cognitive abilities strong is not difficult.

First, let's talk about herbs that are great for brain health.

• Gingko biloba: This is a well-known herb used for the purpose of increasing blood supply to the brain. In addition, it neutralizes several kinds of dangerous free radicals that can damage brain cells. Gingko acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, increases neurotransmitter activity, increases sugar metabolism in the brain, increases alpha brain waves associated with mental alertness, and works as an antioxidant to protect the brain.

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Gaia Herbs: Rooted in Integrity

Sunday, 01 September 2013 20:33

Interview with Mariah Rose Dahl
by Joe Romano, 
Marketing Manager

mariah-gaiaEarlier this year, GreenStar Marketing employee Mariah Rose Dahl entered GreenStar in a contest for the best display highlighting the mission of Gaia Herbs. Her display was picked as a winner, and she and others were invited to the Gaia Farm to see their operations. In the interview below, she shares some of what she experienced there.

Tell us about Gaia Farm.

The Farm is on 550 acres in Brevard, North Carolina. They grow about thirty-five different herbs on the farm, which supplies 25 percent of their crop needs. They were certified organic in 1997. Every year, they're recertified under the Oregon Tilth program, which looks at the supply chain from seed to equipment, how they manage the borders around the farm, crop rotation, pest management, what they use for winter crops, and soil test results. One interesting aspect that reflects the balance they're trying to create is the way they deal with pest management. Instead of trying to chemically wipe out Japanese beetles, which had become a serious pest, they brought in Tiphia wasps, which lay parasitic eggs in the beetle grub. The larvae consume the entire grub, and in the spring the wasps emerge and fly up into the tulip poplar trees, which I thought was a beautiful image of a natural cycle.

What did you notice about the day in the life of a farmer there?

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New in Wellness

Local Toothpaste!

Anna Stratton,
Wellness Manager

dragonfly effect toothpasteDetox your mouth with a new locally made toothpaste, or try a new organic mouth rinse to leave your teeth sparkling clean.

If you're doing some spring cleaning this month, why not put your money where your mouth is? We've got a new locally made "detox" toothpaste from Dragonfly Effect out of Oneonta. How can a toothpaste be detoxifying, you ask? A blend of bentonite clay, diotamaceous earth, and other pure ingredients, this paste is meant to be swallowed, functioning as both tooth cleanser and internal cleanser. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, it's available in three fresh flavors. Also for squeaky-clean teeth, we're happy to introduce Essential Oxygen's Organic Brushing Rinse. It can be used as a mouthwash, of course, but it also doubles as a liquid toothpaste. Simply squirt it into your mouth, swish, brush, and spit! The makers recommend using it first thing in the morning to rid yourself of the bad bacteria that builds up in the mouth overnight. It's good not only for your teeth but for your entire immune system.

  • By Kristie Snyder,
    GreenLeaf Editor

    In April, “going green” is on all of our minds as we prepare to celebrate the 39th annual Earth Day, mindful of the urgent threats of climate change and the challenges we face in creating a sustainable society. Being “green” is a central part of what GreenStar is all about — it’s right there in our name —  and we’ve long used the color green to express who we are, a tradition continued with our new logo.

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