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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[Pic:]Child trying to cut off her baby fat looking at magazine picture from TessMunster

We've all been there and Tess Munster speaks up...

"this is a really powerful image that speaks a thousand words. poor body image starts very young in our world with the CONSTANT inundation from media about how we're never perfect enough, always too fat, never curvy enough, too tall, not flawless skin, blah blah blah. what the hell ever. protect the young people from hating themselves from childhood. tell them how perfect they are just the way they are. encourage them. be the person you needed when you were younger"

The Story of a 78-Year-Old Vegan Bodybuilder - Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness - Short Film

The Best Natural Sodas: Our Taste Test Results

"America's health-conscious crusade against soda has made it crystal clear that we're not supposed to drink the stuff -- it's bad for us, period. But it's important to note that not all sodas are the enemy; mostly just the type laden with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients. So when you're craving something sweet and sparkly, what to do?

The KitchenDaily editors gathered 16 different brands of all-natural sodas to find the best in a blind taste test. Not a single one of these brands contains high-fructose corn syrup -- most are flavored with cane syrup, agave nectar, or other noted natural sweeteners. With a few exceptions, we were pleasantly surprised by the whole pack of contenders -- and we were happy to find that the two winners (there was a tie!) were unknown to all of us. We're excited to help you discover some new favorites, too!"
Tied For #1: Reed's Ginger Brews
Tied For #1: Spindrift
#2: Boylan's
#3: Ginseng Up
#4: 365 Everyday Value
#5: Hansen's Natural
#6: Fizzy Lizzy
Tied for #7: Steaz Sparkling Green Tea
Tied For #7: Dry Soda
#8: Izze
#9: Jones Soda Co.
#10: GuS (Grown-up-Soda)
#11: Hot Lips
#12: Oogave
#13: Maine Root
#14: Zevia (With Stevia)
See descriptions and links to buy the sodas

Chloe Coscarelli's 5 Tips to Veganize Desserts

Alternative Sweeteners for (Raw) Recipes

Can be used in place of table sugar for anything, not just raw food recipes

"I’ve mentioned before that I am not much of a sweet tooth, but when it comes to raw desserts, there seems to be a little confusion as to what’s best to use for sweetening your cakes, cookies, puddings etc.
Agave has gotten a bit of a bad wrap over the last couple of years, after initially being touted as a ‘healthy’ product, then when Mercola came out with this article in 2010, plenty of people were up in arms about the sweetener. I wrote a bit about it here, but I still use a raw version myself now and then if I cannot find an an an alternative, however I’m usually veering towards maple syrup (not raw) if a recipe requires the same smooth texture (think cashew based cheesecakes) or one of the alternatives I’ve listed below, keeping in with the flavour and texture of the dessert or dish I am creating...."

Agave Nectar
Barley Malt Syrup
Coconut Nectar
Coconut Sugar
Maca Powder
Maple Syrup
Mesquite Powder
Yacon Syrup
See explanations @ robyn j law's blog