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Tuesday, 12 June


Tell your Senators to support small farmers in the Farm Bill "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Although the House voted down the Farm Bill last month, that is far from the end of the story!  The House bill is expected to be reconsidered later this month and in the meantime, the Senate is moving ahead with its own version.

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the Farm Bill this Wednesday, June 13, and the full Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this month.

The Senate draft fails to include several significant opportunities for reform.  Three Senate bills have been introduced that would significantly help independent farmers if they were included in the Farm Bill:

         The PRIME Act, S. 1232, which would allow states to set their own standards for selling meat within their states from custom slaughterhouses, addressing one of the biggest problems for local meat producers the lack of small-scale processing options.

         The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act, S. 741, to reform the Checkoffs.  While the Checkoffs would remain mandatory, S. 741 would prevent Big Ag trade organizations from pocketing the money and using it against our farmers interests.

         The New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act, S. 2814, which would allow meat processed in state-inspected slaughterhouses to be sold across state lines. Even though state-inspected slaughterhouses have to meet all the federal standards, meat processed in them can only be sold in-state under current law, posing a significant problem for small producers who live near state lines.

Can you help get these reforms included in the Farm Bill?  See the next section with the details on calling your Senators.


Call both of your U.S. Senators and urge them to include theses three bills as amendments to the Farm Bill.

You can find out who represents you by going to this list or by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121....


5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist "IndyWatch Feed Food"

It makes sense to want to get the most out of a visit to the dentist when you manage to fit a check-up into your busy schedule. If youve recently started visiting a new East Bentleigh dental clinic, its therefore recommended that you go to your next appointment equipped with some questions that can assist []


Angels and Demons: How to Get in Touch with Your Spiritual Side "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Getting in touch with your spiritual side is a personal journey that can leave you feeling enlightened and at peace with the world. Every person has the potential to make a spiritual connectionall that you need to do is pay attention to the signs and know how to look within. In my experience, messages from []


What do green bananas and raw white potatoes have in common? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Raw white potatoes and green bananas are natural, often readily available, and inexpensive sources of prebiotic fibers.

Raw white potatoes are rich in prebiotic fiberwith 10 to 12 grams per one-half medium (3 12 inches in diameter) potatoand contain zero sugar. (Sweet potatoes and yams have far less prebiotic fibers). Some people become so accustomed to the taste that they eat them just like an apple, although they are most commonly added to a smoothie. You can also ferment them, which gives them a slightly tangy flavor great for adding to salads.

Green bananas and plantainsand I mean green. Not green-yellow, or a little green at one end, but green. So green that they are difficult to peel and virtually inedible, so slice them lengthwise, shell out the pulp, chop it coarsely, and then use it in your prebiotic shake.

Prebiotic fibers are essentially the water and fertilizer that nourish your bowel flora. These are fibers that you ingest but cannot digest, leaving them for microorganisms in the intestines to consume. Some call prebiotic fibers resistant starch since they are impervious to human digestion and digested by microorganisms. Getting prebiotic fibers is crucial to your health and the success of your diet.

The average (unhealthy) American obtains between 3 and 8 grams of prebiotic fibers per day, about half from grains. Measurable health benefits begin at a prebiotic fiber intake of around 8 grams per day, while maximum benefits occur at an intake of 20 grams per day. We therefore aim to obtain 20 grams each and every day, including replacing the modest deficit left by grain elimination, to stack the odds in favor of cultivating a successful bowel flora garden. As with eating fermented foods, this practice should be continued for the rest of your life. Most people make a daily shake or smoothie that includes one or more of the foods richest in prebiotic fibers, especially a raw white potato, green unripe banana, or 1 to 2 teaspoons of inulin/FOS.

Try to include prebiotic fiber choices from the following list every day:



Urban Agriculture Incentive Program Seeks to Increase Farming Opportunities in Local Communities "IndyWatch Feed Food"

In September 2013, California passed Assembly Bill 551 (AB551), Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones (UAIZ), which allows cities and counties within the state to incentivize land owners to donate vacant or undeveloped land for urban agriculture use over a ... Read More


Signs That You or Someone You Love Has an Addiction "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Theres no doubt that the best way to deal with an addiction is to enter treatment. According to Northeast Addictions Treatment Center, Drug rehab or alcohol rehab programs provide the opportunity to escape addiction for good and to embrace a healthy lifestyle free of substance abuse and its accompanying problems. The trouble is, a treatment []


Best Fitness Tips For Overweight Teenagers "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Overweight teens are often teased and ridiculed about their weight. Not only does teasing hurt the self-esteem, but it also pushes the teen into isolation. Thankfully, there are techniques and supplements that have proven to help fight obesity and being overweight. While none of these are miracle cures, it is possible to combine them to []


The Path To Natural Pain Relief "IndyWatch Feed Food"

When it comes to experiencing heavy pain, its okay if you feel that sucking it up isnt enough to handle the issue. Data shows that 25.3 million adults (11.2 percent) experience chronic pain on some level, chronic pain being defined as pain every day for three months. This can play out in a variety of []

Monday, 11 June


Roasted Garlic and Porcini Mushroom Goat Cheese Butter "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Roasted Garlic and Porcini Mushroom Goat Cheese Butter
As simple compound butter that's just packed with umami flavour with dried porcini mushrooms, thyme and goat cheese; yum!

Butter has to be one of the most amazing foods around and it took me a while to catch onto this, but you can easily add extra flavours to it! A compound butter is a butter with extra ingredients added to it and this roasted garlic and porcini mushroom goat cheese butter is my current favourite! I really can't get enough roasted garlic and you combine them with dried porcini mushrooms, a flavour/umami powerhouse, and cheese, goat cheese none the less, and you have a butter that is simply divine! This roasted garlic and porcini mushroom goat cheese butter is so easy to make and you can use it on so many different things! Steak is my number one way to enjoy this butter as all of the flavours just go so well together. In addition to using it yourself, it makes for a great gift, especially for dad this Fathers Day!

Read the recipe


LA Compost Breaks through Concrete Jungle to Connect People with Soil "IndyWatch Feed Food"

For LA Compost, responsible food use and consumption doesnt end with farm-to-table practices. The Los Angeles-based non-profit organization supports maintaining the total loop within the story of food, which largely includes compost.

Healthy soil translates into ... Read More


Low-Carb Diets DO Work, Says Doctor "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Dr. Michael Mosley says low-carb diets do work and explains why.

I have recently returned from a trip to Taiwan where everyone seemed obsessed by the Keto Diet. For those not familiar, this diet, favoured by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox, is a high-fat, very low-carb regime. Read more


The Paleo Diet for Gout "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Gout is caused by hyperuricemia, too much uric acid in the blood. Sharp needlelike crystals of urate (uric acid salts) form and deposit in joints, especially in the cooler areas of the body, such as the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe. The symptoms include joint swelling, redness and pain, especially in lower-body joints, and inflammatory arthritis (called gouty arthritis) which can affect any joint. Gout affects about 2% of people in Western countries at some point in their lives with an estimated 3 million new cases annually in the USA.

Gout is associated with other chronic health problems and is frequently comorbid with hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.


Should I avoid meat if I have gout?

Because purines are metabolized into uric acid, gout is typically blamed on eating too much meat which is high in purines.  Purines are uricogenic nucleic acidsthat is, nucleic acids (components of DNA and RNA) that elevate uric acid levels in the blood. Purines are considered antinutrients because they bind to iron. High-purine foods include meat, fish, shellfish, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, grains, and legumes. Low-purine diets have traditionally been recommended for those with gout and hyperuricaemia (high blood levels of uric acid); however, more recent scientific research shows that refined sugar, and especially fructose, is the more likely culprit.


The Gout-Fructose Connection



Why Your Medicinal Herb Kit Should Have Yarrow "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Tis the season to gather up some yarrow. Yes, Ready Nutrition Readers! Lets delve into it and see what this articles herbal focus has to offer. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is an aromatic perennial herb found primarily in Western North America. If you cant find it in your home state, you can easily obtain it in a store selling herbs or naturopathic supplements.

If you can find it in your state, youre in luck! Youll be able to gather it for free. Yarrow is a multipurpose medicinal herb and has been used for many thousands of years. Yarrow can be used to treat:

  • burns
  • boils
  • blisters
  • ear infections
  • sores
  • bug bites

Yarrow treatments can be made in the form of a tea and then wiped on as an astringent or applying the leaves directly to the afflicted area.

Taken internally as a tea, it can be used against fever, diarrhea, and colds. The herb should not be used in people subject to excessive clotting in the blood, or with pregnant women and nursing mothers. The really great value in yarrow, however, is not with all of these, but with its styptic properties: it stops bleeding.

It derives its name from the Greek warrior-hero Achilles, who it was said stopped bleeding of fellow warriors and saved many lives with the application of this plant to the wound. Yarrow contains an alkaloid that is named achilleine that has been proven in lab experiments to reduce clotting time in blood.

The leaves resemble ferns. When it is in the flower, the flowers are small and white-petaled with a yellow center that grows in clusters. So, heres what you do:

Gather your herb, taking care to not take everything from a given arealeave the hardiest plants to propagate and replenish the area. You can string them together in the manner of a bouquet of about 3 to 5 plants, either tied off or rubber-banded together. Its the leaves youre after. Take these bunches, and hang them in the sun from a wire coat hanger.

In this manner, its easy to string about 4 to 5 bundles on a coat hanger. Then just wait to dry the herb, and screed the leaves or pluck them off and store them in a jar, plastic bag, or whatever you choose. Voila! Instant first-aid quick clot right from the ground! Learn to spot it, harvest it, and use it. This is not to say abandon the quick clot or any of your first-aid gear. On the contrary: this supplements that gear. It is also excellent training for the time when there may not be a happy Wal-Mart or other smiling...

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