Documentary from Food Revolution Day 2014

Just to tell you a bit about FRD 2014 and why I have posted this video.  I became a Food Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s food revolution in January 2014.  We get monthly food and education/awareness challenges, and we are encouraged to get out into our communities and educate others about healthy, fresh food.  About 150,000 participants and 1,000 ambassadors from over 105 countries get involved on 1 day, May16th, to run food awareness campaigns across the globe.  My awareness event was geared towards adults and the understanding of where processed foods came from and how it has changed our diets so quickly and adversely.  This is just the start of many years that I hope Food Revolution continues to bring food awareness, and if you want to get involved please visit the Food Revolution website US or Britain for more information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6nGlLUBkOQ

Please go to the link above to watch “The men who made us fat”, a really eye-opening look into how we got to where we are today in the food industry.  Really makes you think about how brain-washed we really are in relation to food, and crap food at that!  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Postoperative Pain Management through Music Therapy: 2 articles

Article.1 link: Pain management using music therapy, postoperative breast cancer patients study 1

Article.2 link: Pain management, music therapy, cardiac patients study 2

Click on the above links to read some very insightful studies into how music therapy can help ease the pain after invasive surgery.  Music therapy is just one of many alternative techniques to using pain drugs, or in combination.  Obviously invasive surgery puts a toll on ones body, but music therapy can be a great way to ease the mind, which was a great effect on the physiological symptoms of pain and anxiety. Always be informed, and read, read, read, because knowledge is power!  Enjoy! Be aware and eat with care 🙂

REF:

Article.1: Li, X, Yan, H, Zhou, K, Dang, S, Wang, D, & Zhang, Y 2011, ‘Effects of music therapy on pain among female breast cancer patients after radical mastectomy: results from a randomized controlled trial’, Breast Cancer Research & Treatment, 128, 2, p. 411, Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File, EBSCOhost, viewed 15 July 2015.

Article.2: Cutshall, S, Anderson, P, Prinsen, S, Wentworth, L, Olney, T, Messner, P, Brekke, K, Zhuo, L, Sundt III, T, Kelly, R, & Bauer, B 2011, ‘Effect of the Combination of Music and Nature Sounds on Pain and Anxiety in Cardiac Surgical Patients: A Randomized Study’,Alternative Therapies In Health & Medicine, 17, 4, pp. 16-23, Alt HealthWatch, EBSCOhost, viewed 15 July 2015.

Granolishious!!

granola recipe

 

Granolishious!!:

Tasty and simple Granola recipe:

-5 cups of old fashion rolled oats

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 cup of almonds (chopped fine by food processor)

-1/2 cup of maple syrup (Canadian please!)

-pinch of salt

-1/2 cup of coconut oil (heat in small pot until liquid if solid) + another 1 tbsp for baking tray surface

-3 tsp of vanilla extract

-1/2 cup of mixed dried fruit

Pre-heat oven to 165 Celcius. While waiting, in a large mixing bowl add the wet ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.  Also, add the cinnamon and salt.  Give this a quick mix. Add in the oats and almonds and mix with your hands (washed first please!), mix until oats are covered with wet ingredients.  Wash hands off.  On a large baking sheet, add the 1 tbsp of coconut oil and wipe around (this will make sure the granola doesn’t stick).  Add contents of bowl on to the baking sheet, spread the mixture out evenly and press it down with a spatula so it becomes slightly compact on the tray.  Then place in middle of oven rack.  Bake for 20 mins, then rotate pan, bake for another 20 mins.  Granola should turn a golden brown. Take it out and let it cool for about 30 mins. Use a spatula to break up the granola and transfer into a bowl, add the mixed dried fruit. Have fun trying to not eat this when its come out of the oven, it smells amazing!!  Store in an air-tight container for weeks!  Add yogurt, berries, milk, or just have it on its own as a snack.  The mixed dried fruit can be any you prefer, add different nuts if you don’t want almonds, its a mix and match recipe!  I made this for my family and friends for a Christmas present last year and they loved it.  You can make it with gluten free oats as well!  Hope you enjoy this recipe.  Thanks and be aware and eat with care 🙂