All Posts for January 2017

Reports from Thrive Market

Monday, January 30th, 2017

My friend Honey sent this email with a list of issues, some of which may resonate with your philsophy.  When you click on the title, the link should appear right below it and click on that. IF that does not work, try posting the title in the search box of your internet service provider (ISP). (Note: Photos will bllede into right hand margin.)

Why You Should Use Paraben-Free Products

Why You Should Use Paraben-Free Products

Think you know what’s in your cosmetics? Learn about paraben-free products that are free of toxic chemicals and allow you to live a healthier life.

 

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Why You Should Always, Always, Always Buy Organic Strawberries

Why You Should Always, Always, Always Buy Organic Strawberries

 

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget: 8 Tips

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget: 8 Tips

 

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The 5 Key Components of the Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Board

The 5 Key Components of the Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Board

 

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What Restaurants Are Trying to Hide From You

What Restaurants Are Trying to Hide From You

 

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Gold Medal Workout: How to Train Like An Olympic Sprinter

Gold Medal Workout: How to Train Like An Olympic Sprinter

 

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Good News for Caffeine Addicts: Coffee May Help Extend Your Life

Good News for Caffeine Addicts: Coffee May Help Extend Your Life

 

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Get to the Bottom of Diaper Rashes With This Natural, DIY Cream

Get to the Bottom of Diaper Rashes With This Natural, DIY Cream

 

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Ask A Health Coach: Eat These Foods to Fall In Love on V-Day!

Ask A Health Coach: Eat These Foods to Fall In Love on V-Day!

 

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    These liniks take you to products that Thrive Market sells, just in case one of the articles appeals to you and you want to purchase an item. I could have deleted this section, but felt that somoe one might beinterested enough to know about these products that are available.

PALEO

GLUTEN-FREE

VEGAN

NON-GMO

ORGANIC

RAW

 

 

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Politics, Food & MenuPause: My Position

Friday, January 27th, 2017

When I started this blog-turned-website in March 2003, my intention was to promote a healthy lifestyle for women in midlife and beyond. The subtitle was “Recipes & Remedies for the Zest of Your Life,” with an emphasis on food and nutrition to promote post-menopausal zest. Over time this concept morphed into some additional topics, such as book reviews on health, environmental issues surrounding Planet Earth, profiles of women (mostly), travel tales, exercise, etc., going somewhat beyond the original sub-title, but never delving into politics per se, unless they had to do with food, nutrition, the environment, and women’s issues or topics women might find helpful. (Men also read my postings, which I love!)

With the 2016 presidential campaign, the election, and its aftermath, I received not only online petitions and solicitations about the topics above from, for example,  Friends of the Earth and Center for Science in the Public Interest, but also those related specifically to issues surrounding The White House cabinet appointees, boycotting the inauguration, and other controversial topics not related to MenuPause’s profile.

I respond to almost all the petitions, and especially to those that align themselves with MenuPause topics. However, even though some of the other food blogs have become more political about the election and Donald Trump’s presidency, I have decided to stay with my original philosophy when I blog. If a hot White House topic, ex. choosing a new member of the Supreme Court, comes in my email, I may forward it to my family and close friends, but I do not feel MenuPause is the right venue. So almost all of what you will read has to do with recipes & remedies for the zest of your life, with recipes including food ideas and issues as well as actual recipes, and remedies incorporating suggestions for a healthier body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle.

Below is a sample of what I mean. It is a rhyme I wrote when I co-owned a health food store and realized that most corporate food companies’ main criterion was their bottom line profit, with little or no regard for our health. Lobbies that push for these values create a “politics of food” issue, and that I feel is appropriate for posting on MenuPause. I hope this distinction is clear and acceptable. Comments welcome!

 

 

REAL FOOD

We eat food all day long and
often it’s food that’s very wrong.

Too much (bad) fat
Too much salt
Too little fiber
Who’s at fault?

Companies often hide
What the box holds inside
Misleading labels that say “fat-free”
With loads of sugar—just as bad, you see!

What we need is food that’s real.
Skip the chemicals–too easy to conceal.

Eating overly processed food—
Playing with fire.
Diet-related diseases
Grow higher & higher.

Real food for breakfast
Fresh salad for lunch
More greens at dinner
& natural snacks to munch.

Nothing more need I say.
Why not try Real Food today?

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