There’s nothing wrong with you, you’re just traumatized

pexels-photo-54379.jpegMany people think that in order to have been traumatized emotionally that you must have been through a war, killed someone, been the victim of physical or sexual abuse.  Kidnapping is another horrible event that would leave any person traumatized.

Maybe you have never been through any of those events but you can still be traumatized.  First off I am not a Dr.  So please don’t get all scientific on me right away.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t have plenty of experience with traumatic events.  Well I have been traumatized many times during my life.  Too many to really count all of the times.  And I was never in a war or killed anyone.  But I experienced traumatic events daily at work as a Peace Officer.  Not all of them were physical.  Many of them were something I read about.  Reading about crimes repeatedly can do damage to your psyche.  Your brain does not realize that it did not happen to you.  It just knows that it’s processing it.

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Let’s also just say right away that many people are in denial about their trauma.  There is a real stigma to being traumatized.  You are damaged goods, crazy, something is wrong with you etc.  These are all of the stereotypes about people who have been traumatized.

So perhaps you did not work at a prison and just have a relatively peaceful life.  But maybe someone died in your family or you lost a pet.  A relationship ends suddenly.  All of these events even though they are routine such as death, are all traumatic events.  So people have to learn how to process the grief that they have been through.

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People think it’s so easy to just leave it in the past, let it go, move on, keep going, shut up and just get over it.  Well grief doesn’t work that way.  It needs to go through a process.  You know the 5 stages of grief: denial,depression, anger, bargaining and finally acceptance.

I tell you what going through the grief process is very difficult.  You really need a strong support system and kind, loving people who will be supportive of what you are going through.  But sometimes people act out and then they don’t get help and self medicate.  They end up rude alcoholics, drug addicts, rage monsters, assholes, sex addicts and  porn addicts.  Yikes that’s a lot.

Well I do have some good news and actually it’s kind of a short cut to the healing process.  I always like to figure out the fastest way to do something.  And the easiest way to get through this is to just accept what happened.  Get to the point where you can just say yes it happened, I am sorry it happened, I accept that it happened but now it’s time to rise above that.  What is the lesson and what can I do to get better?  Also the hardest part is forgiving the person or institution that harmed you.

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Then that’s where the real work starts.  Support groups, self-reflection, counseling, crying, feeling your feelings.  Nobody wants to do it because it’s difficult.  But once you get to the other side, you’re like that wasn’t so bad.  And you get really strong.  But you must have a support system.  If you are estranged from your family, go to a church and start making positive connections with people.

Also remember, everyone is dealing with some bull shit.  So don’t think you are the only one.  You are so not alone and people want to help you.  You might have to turn off the TV and the phone.  Just reach out to someone.  A friend, pastor, cop, hospital, teacher, nurse, Dr.   Find out what is available to you and also there are a ton of resources on-line.  You don’t have to stay stuck dear one.  But you must begin the work to heal.  And I am sorry it’s not beautiful at first.  But it is so worth it.
Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and yoga Instructor.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  Learn how Valerie is coping here.

10 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes

Originally Published on www.Peta.org on By PETA

Summer’s here, and that means that you’ve got to make the most of the sunny weather. Have all your friends and family over, and show them just how delicious vegan cookin’ can be. You’ll be sure to please any crowd with the following tasty recipes:

1. Creamy Dill Potato Salad

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2. Summer Pasta Salad

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3. Grilled Vegan Chicken With ‘Honey’ Lime and Chipotle Sauce

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4. Ultimate Sriracha Veggie Burger

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5. Black Bean Veggie Burger

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6. ‘Bacon’-Wrapped Vegan Pigs in a Blanket

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7. Grilled Garlic-Herb Corn

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8. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’

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9. Raspberry-Orange Popsicles

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10. Mint Watermelonade

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Now get grillin’!

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Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’

Originally Published on Peta.org on 2010 By Ashley Palmer

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings_

Looking for a healthier (and kinder) alternative to chicken wings? Try these juicy, tangy, and spicy buffalo cauliflower “wings”!

Deliciously versatile and with just enough “kick,” these bite-sized pieces of cauliflower offer an eerily similar experience to eating chicken wings. With all the flavor and none of the guilt, this is a secret-weapon recipe that every vegan cook should have in his or her kitchen.

Enjoy!

1 cup water or soy milk
1 cup flour (any kind will work—even gluten-free!)
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
1 cup buffalo or hot sauce
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil or melted vegan butter

  •  Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Combine the water or soy milk, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place in a shallow baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes.
    While the cauliflower is baking, combine your buffalo sauce and olive oil or margarine in a small bowl.
  • Pour the hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and continue baking for an additional 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Serve alongside vegan blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

Makes 4 servings

Chickens are arguably the most abused animals on the planet. In the United States, approximately 9 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year, and 305 million hens are used for their eggs. The vast majority of these animals spend their lives in total confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they are killed.

But chickens raised on factory farms each year in the U.S. never have the chance to do anything that’s natural or important to them. A baby chick on a factory farm will never be allowed contact with his or her parents, let alone be raised by them. These chickens are deprived of the chance to take dust baths, feel the warmth of the sun on their backs, breathe fresh air, roost in trees, and build nests.

Now is the perfect time to pledge to go vegan!

How To Smell Fresh the Healthy Way

pexels-photo-207518.jpegI get it that we all want to smell good.  We want to cover up any evidence that we are human and that we sweat and sometimes get stinky.  This discussion is about antiperspirants and deodorant that is sold in many drug stores across the United States and world-wide.  I do not use anti-perspirant because there are so many toxic ingredients.

So what is the first reason that I don’t like it? That is because it has aluminum in the ingredients.  Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s.  So this article is not about that.  But there has been research done and I am not going to gamble on my life just so I can not sweat and also take the risk of Alzheimers.  So if you want to take that risk.  Knock yourself out.  We all have this wonderful thing called free will.  And you get to decide how you live your life and if that’s how you want to do it.  That’s your choice.  But I’m making a different decision.

The second reason is that it stops you from sweating.  What is the reason to sweat?  To rid our body of toxins. (more here on that subject).  We must be able to release this from our body and if our under arms are clogged, it can’t get out.  So where does it go?  Gee maybe to your lymph nodes which contributes to breast cancer.  So not only does it contribute to Alzheimer’s but also breast cancer.

Don’t worry dear ones you don’t have to  have to just suffer with the funk?  To be perfectly honest, I use this natural blend I came up with.  It’s actually this natural toothpaste.  I guess it has multiple uses.  I was on vacation and I had forgotten my deodorant at home so I used the toothpaste and it worked great.  I did not smell.

But I do have an actual spray on recipe, if that would make you feel better.  But I have not tried this.  The tooth paste does work but you have to try for you.wild-flowers-flowers-plant-macro-40797.jpeg

Also remember when you make your own products, you are being super eco-friendly.  Because you put it in your own jar and didn’t buy a plastic container. So you are not only saving yourself $$ big time.  But you’re saving the planet.  And that makes you a Super Hero.  And you are sticking up for yourself and refusing to use something that is harmful to your welfare.

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So before you put it all over do a little patch test.  Put a small amount on the inside of your forearm to test for a reaction.  If after a couple of hours you don’t see anything then you are golden to use it.

So here is the recipe for the spray on deodorant:

  • 4 ounces witch hazel
  • 20 drops therapeutic-grade tea tree essential oil
  • 20 drops therapeutic-grade lavender essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons organic coconut oil melted
  • glass spray bottle
  1. Boil a cup of hot water and put the hot water in a bowl.
  2. In a smaller cup or bowl (espresso mug) put the witch hazel in the bowl to warm up slightly.  Pour in glass bottle
  3. melt the coconut oil and pour in glass bottle (use a funnel)
  4. Add the essential oils, shake up and you are done.

I know it’s so much easier to just go shopping and buy it.  So there are natural alternatives to antiperspirants that you can purchase.  Here are some good suggestions for you to consider.  Just try to see the possibility of staying healthy.  You really have to be your own best advocate.  If you don’t look out for yourself, who else will do it?

If you take a shower at night, you can put it on before bed because you never know what can happen after the lights go out.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor.  She is passionate about the environment and knowing that as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  Valerie is a dancer and is documenting her journey.  She also is recovering from a 26 year career in law enforcement.

These DIY Machines Let Anyone Recycle Plastic Into New Products

Originally Published on FastCompany.com on October 30, 2017 By Adele Peters

These DIY Machines Let Anyone Recycle Plastic Into New Products
Precious Plastic is giving instructions on how to build a series of simple machines that will let makers turn plastic trash into new material.

One low-cost machine that shreds plastic into flakes. [Photo: Precious Plastic]

In a workshop in downtown Chang Mai, Thailand, designers turn plastic trash–mostly plastic bags they collect from the street–into marble-like coasters and tabletops. In a maker space in Lviv, Ukraine, designers use DIY equipment hacked from old industrial parts and a shopping cart to recycle plastic trash into bowls. In Seoul, designers use a mobile plastic recycling cart for education.

The majority of the 300 million tons of plastic produced every year isn’t recycled, and recycling that does happen typically happens at an industrial scale in factories using equipment that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. But a growing number of designers are using a set of open-source, easy-to-build tools to recycle plastic and manufacture new plastic products on their own.

See how it works:

“We want to make small-scale plastic recycling accessible to everyone, as this can have an exponential effect on the amount of plastic recycled–eventually reducing the demand for new virgin plastic–and educate millions of people on plastic, plastic recycling, and how to handle it before it ends up in the environment,” says Dave Hakkens, the Dutch founder of Precious Plastic4, an organization that designed the machines now in use by the designers in Thailand and the Ukraine, and more than 200 others.

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One set of instructions explains how to build a low-cost machine that shreds plastic into flakes. Another modular machine extrudes plastic that can be used for 3D printing; an injection machine and a compression machine can form plastic into molds. A series of videos explain how to build the machines using basic materials and universal parts.

Designers around the world began using the machines to make recycled plastic products in 2016, and the organization is now sharing new instructions for building full recycling workshops inside shipping containers. They’ve also created a new map to connect people in the DIY recycling community.

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“This can have an exponential effect on the amount of plastic recycled–eventually reducing the demand for new virgin plastic.” [Photo: Precious Plastic]

“The map is intended to facilitate local collaboration among people to help the creation of hundreds more plastic recycling work spaces around the world as well as giving people a collaborative tool to fight plastic waste in creative ways–campaigning to pass laws, boycotting businesses, organizing protests, or any other form of action to end plastic pollution,” Hakkens says.

A new online marketplace called Bazar sells products made with the machines, in an attempt to help more people begin to make a living by recycling plastic.

While Hakkens says that the team is interested in building tools to recycle and use other materials, plastic is their priority. “Plastic is one of the most pressing issues facing the planet,” he says. “I think it will be our priority for many years to come.”

Rosemary Oil Uses and Benefits

Rosemary Oil Uses and Benefits

Considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is much more than an aromatic herb that tastes good on potatoes and roasted lamb. It’s also one of the most powerful herbs and essential oils on the planet.

Rosemary has a woody, evergreen like scent and is part of the mint family. In recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the healing of neurological tissue and brain function.

Native to the Mediterranean, the wooded evergreen has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years to:

  • Improve memory
  • Soothe digestive uses
  • Relieve muscle aches and pains

More recently, it has become a popular ingredient in many skin and hair care products due to its antiseptic properties and researchers are starting to dig deeper into its medicinal characteristics.

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Rosemary Nutrition Profile

Having an antioxidant ORAC value of 11,070, rosemary has the same free radical fighting power as goji berries! The chemical in rosemary primarily responsible for this is carnosol, a phenolic diterpene also found in mountain desert sage.

In addition to being a rich antioxidant, carnosol is also known for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, which help explain why rosemary essential oil is so potent. According to a recent article published in the journal Cancer Letters, “Carnosol has been evaluated for anti-cancer property in prostate, breast, skin, leukemia, and colon cancer with promising results!”

It has also been discovered that carnosol targets cells to reduce inflammation and can also:

  • Balance androgen and estrogen in the body
  • Lower DHT (dihyroxytestosterone) improving hair growth and prostate health
  • Reduce cancer risk
  • Increase nerve growth factor healing nerve tissue

According to researchers, “It has a selective toxicity towards cancer cells versus non-tumorigenic cells and is well tolerated when administered to animals.” In other words, carnosol acts like a military sniper who only takes out his enemy target and doesn’t damage neighboring cells like the chemotherapy nuclear-bomb approach, which kills everything along its path

Top 4 Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits

In addition to reversing inflammation and halting the growth of cancer cells, research has uncovered that rosemary essential oil is also highly effective in several other areas.

1. Rosemary Oil Benefits Hair Growth

When applied over the scalp rosemary essential oil helps stimulate hair growth. Many people also claim that it can prevent baldness, slows graying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp. After testing a hair lotion that he patented, Francesc Casadó Galcerá found that a mixture of hops, rosemary, and swertia and found some pretty remarkable results:

  • A 22.4% increase in new hair growth.
  • An increase in “rapid” hair growth.
  • An increase in microcirculation of the scalp, which promotes healing.
  • An improvement in the ability of hair to resist traction.
  • A decrease in hair loss after shampooing.

To experience how rosemary oil benefits hair growth try using this homemade DIY Rosemary Mint Shampoo recipe.

2. Rosemary Improves Memory

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray you love, remember.”

~ Ophelia (Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”)

Worn by Greek scholars to enhance their memory when taking exams, the mental strengthening ability of rosemary has been known for thousands of years. The International Journal of Neuroscience published a study highlighting this phenomenon.

Upon evaluating how the cognitive performance of 144 participants was affected by rosemary oil aromatherapy, lavender oil aromatherapy, and controls University of Northumbria, Newcastle researchers discovered that,

  • Probably due to its significant calming effect, “lavender produced a significant decrement in performance of working memory, and impaired reaction times for both memory and attention based tasks.”
  • “Rosemary produced a significant enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors.”
  • Rosemary helped people become more alert.
  • Lavender and rosemary helped produced a feeling of “contentment” in the volunteers.

Affecting much more than memory, studies have also known that rosemary essential oil can help treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Published in Psychogeriatrics, the effects of aromatherapy were tested on 28 elderly people with dementia (17 of whom had Alzheimer’s).

After inhaling the vapor of rosemary and lemon in the morning, and lavender and orange in the evening various functional assessments were conducted and all patients “patients showed significant improvement in personal orientation” and no one experienced any side effects.

3. Liver Detoxification and Gallbladder Function

Traditionally used for its ability to help with gastrointestinal complaints, rosemary is also a fantastic detoxifier. Studies have been done in India uncovering how supplementing with rosemary greatly enhances your body’s bile flow (which is essential for fat metabolism and detoxification) and reduces plasma liver enzymes (which has been linked to type II diabetes).

Essentially, by helping enhance the performance of the bile-producing gallbladder (as well as balancing out the microflora in your gut) proper peristaltic activity is promoted, which boosting nutrient absorption and helps reverse/prevent toxic overload.

4. Rosemary Lowers Cortisol

A study was conducted out of Meikai University, School of Dentistry in Japan that interestingly evaluated how 5 minutes of lavender and rosemary aromatherapy affected the salivary cortisol levels (the “stress” hormone) of 22 healthy volunteers.

Upon observing that both essential oils enhance free radical scavenging activity, they also discovered that both greatly reduced cortisol levels, which protects the body from chronic disease due to oxidative stress.
Best Rosemary Oil Uses

As you can see from the research, rosemary essential oil is effective and safe to use in a variety of ways. When it comes to implementing them into your natural health regimen, I recommend the following do-it-yourself recipes:

Improve Memory – Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and rub on upper neck or diffuse for 1 hour a day.

Hair Thickener – Put 5 drops of rosemary oil on scalp and massage in after showers or use my homemade rosemary mint shampoo recipe.

Heal Prostate – Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of carrier oil and rub beneath testicles.

Reduce Pain – Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub on sore muscles and painful joints.

Improve Gallbladder Function – Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/4 tsp of coconut oil and rub over gallbladder area 2x daily.

Heal Neuropathy and Neuralgia – Take 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of helichrysum oil, 2 drops of cypress oil and 1/2 tsp of a carrier oil and rub on area of neuropathy.

Note, it is also recommended that you do not use on children under 4 years of age. With children, we recommend you consider using frankincense oil instead for many conditions. Make sure that you consult with your natural healthcare provider before making it part of your kids’ routine.

Where to Buy Rosemary Oil

This is one of the most vital things you must know about essential oils… Not all essential oils are created equally. In fact, most of them are worthless to your health and often synthetic. When buying essential oils make sure they are therapeutic grade, preferably organic.

How about you? What are YOUR favorite ways to use rosemary essential oil?

Puppy Gets Excited by Dancing

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I am a dancer.  I dance at home with my puppy, Amber.  It has happened more than once.  The first time I wasn’t paying attention because I was doing a video dancing.  Amber wanted to dance too.  I do have it on video and I think it is pretty funny.

Today I was dancing in my room and just getting into it and not paying attention to my puppy, Amber.  Previously she was just laying there.  As soon as I started doing some fast hip shimmy’s, she went insane.  She started jumping up and then I realized she could feel my vibration.

So dogs feel energy and people feel your energy too (more on that later).    It was just amazing to discover this and I just had to share my new discovery.


Also remember that people can feel your energy too.  So it’s best to just try to wish the best for every person you see.  But if you have low energy, it’s difficult to do that because you are not feeling the best.  You are most likely in survival mode.

Anyway dear ones if you have low energy and you want to feel better, the easiest quickest way is just to focus on gratitude.  It really works but it’s a habit like anything else.pexels-photo-424517.jpeg

Diet is also very important but people don’t know what to eat and what not to eat.  It’s very confusing.  But many people are just stuck on their diet treadmill and can’t see any other possibilities.  But you can change your diet.  Just make sure you are hydrated.  And remember there are many people that would love to help you.  You just have to reach out to them.

OK dear one’s, that’s it for now.  Have a blessed day and know that you are so loved.  More than you realize.  XOXO

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy Amber.  You can learn more about Valerie here.

‘Plogging’ is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It’s making its way to the U.S.

Originally Published on Washingtonpost.com on February 23, 2018 By Allison Klein

‘Plogging_ is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It_s making its way to the U.S.
Have you recently spotted people toting trash bags while jogging? Or their hands filled with old plastic bottles? You might soon.

Across Europe, there are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and beyond. In the United States, it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers who are fed up with rubbish along their route.

“I’m not going to just let litter sit there. I’m not going to just walk past that plastic bottle,” said plogger and Alexandria resident Emily Wright. “It’s not that I don’t think it’s gross to pick it up. I do. But I also think it’s gross for a person to not take responsibility for it.”

Wright, 40, has been plogging for several months along the Alexandria waterfront, but just a few weeks ago learned that what she’s been doing has a name.

Her partner used to lovingly tease her about her habit of going out for a run-walk for about an hour with a trash bag and plastic gloves.

“He used to call it my trash runs,” said Wright, a writer and cellist. “A few weeks ago he said, ‘the Swedes have a name for your trash runs!’”

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Emily Wright out on a plog in Alexandria, Va. (Courtesy of Emily Wright/)

She mostly picks up cigarette butts, bits of foam containers, plastic bottles and bottle caps. “There are an alarming number of full diapers,” she said. “They turn my stomach the most.”

Plogging not only helps the environment, it’s quite good for your health. Think squats while jogging.

According to the Swedish-based fitness app Lifesum, which earlier this month made it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging plus picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone. A brisk walk will expend about 120.

“It makes me feel good for so many reasons,” Wright said. “My pants fit differently. I’m more nipped in at the waist. I think it’s because of balance and flexibility.”

Wright, 40, has been plogging for several months along the Alexandria waterfront, but just a few weeks ago learned that what she’s been doing has a name.

Her partner used to lovingly tease her about her habit of going out for a run-walk for about an hour with a trash bag and plastic gloves.

“He used to call it my trash runs,” said Wright, a writer and cellist. “A few weeks ago he said, ‘the Swedes have a name for your trash runs!’”

In Sweden, plogger Maja Tesch, 28, said she learned about plogging last year, when it became popular in the Scandinavian country. It spread through word-of-mouth, and the hashtag #plogging started popping up on social media. Tesch, a nurse, said she regularly organizes plogging events in which she and friends will pluck litter for a few hours, then spend time hanging outside together around a fire.

“I run a lot and I love to spend time in nature. When I find litter out in the woods or in the archipelago it makes me sad and a bit angry. When I heard about plogging it was a natural way to do something about that agitation,” Tesch said in an email. “It’s so easy to just bring the litter and put it in the nearest bin, and it makes you feel that you’re doing a difference!”

Laura Lindberg, who lives in Hoboken, N.J., said a few weeks ago she learned about plogging and had what she called an “aha moment.”

“It was a no-brainer. I knew I could incorporate it into my runs,” said Lindberg, 36, who runs four or five days a week. “I suddenly felt guilty for not doing it for all these years I’ve been running. All you need is a bag.”

She also takes along a pair of gardening gloves she stuffs into her pocket.

“I try to get in my first mile while I scope out where I see recyclables and garbage,” she said. On her second and third miles, she plucks litter off sidewalks and bushes.

“I’ve yet to look back,” said Lindberg, who works in sales for a health insurance company. “I’ve yet to return without a bag of recyclables and garbage.”

She said seeing litter on the street used to upset her.

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“I’d be frustrated by it,” she said. “Then it clicked, duh, I don’t have to be frustrated about it. I can do something about it.”

Lindberg said that while she thoroughly enjoys picking up trash in Hoboken, she wouldn’t attempt it where she works in New York City.

“With the pace on sidewalks, I’d be infuriating people if I started doing that here in Manhattan,” she said.

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In Sweden, some runners have taken up plogging, which is running while picking up trash. The fitness trend is starting to spread outside of the Scandinavian country. (YouTube/Run Fredrik Run!)

The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging as a way to encourage trash-free communities. Spokesman Mike Rosen said when the group put out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates, it got a surprising response.

“People started saying ‘we do things like this already,’” Rosen said. “In Tennessee they do an event called ‘Trashercize’ that combines exercising with cleaning up community.”

But he said for those people who love to jog, going for a plog in its place might not be realistic every time.

“I don’t think plogging replaces jogging as a daily activity,” Rosen said. “If you turn your jog into a plog once a week or once a month, or turn your walk into a palk or your hike into pike, you’ll get personal satisfaction. You’ll have an endorphin high from running, and you’ll know you’re helping your community.”

Spring Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette {Vegan}

Originally Published on Vibrantplate.com on June 26, 2017 By Kristina

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A simple vegan Spring Potato Salad with a delicious Balsamic Vinaigrette, the perfect use of new potatoes!

New potatoes must be one of the wonders of the world. We simply adore them! Soft and crispy, quickly baked and full of flavor, they are a legit main dish by themselves. It seems a sin to hide them in heavy sauces or with strong-flavored foods.

In late spring or early summer, when new potatoes are in season, we often eat them just plainly cooked with a side of salad, or – as in this case – in a salad, with a delicate balsamic vinaigrette.

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This Spring Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette doesn’t really need a lot of work to put on the table and is a great lunch or side to a barbecue. Just cook potatoes, prepare salad and dress everything with a simple and delicious balsamic vinaigrette. Potatoes, lettuce, cucumber and some radishes with a touch of dressing and herbs. Done!

Spring Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette {Vegan}

Author: Kristina Jug
Yield: 1-2
Ingredients

  • 200 grams new potatoes
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cups of lettuce
  • 2 radishes
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • chives

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Instructions

1.Wash and dry new potatoes, then cut into smaller pieces, like pictured. Depending on the size of your potatoes, cut lengthwise and in half.
2.Heat a pan on medium and add 1 tbs of olive oil. Add new potatoes and season with a pinch of salt. Stir to coat the potatoes in oil and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly, until the potatoes soften and turn golden-brown.
3.While the potatoes are cooking, wash, drain and cut lettuce. Wash, dry and thinly slice radishes and cucumber. Place lettuce, radishes and cucumber into a bowl.
4.Make balsamic vinaigrette: pour 1/4 cup of olive oil in a cup, add balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. Add a finely diced clove of garlic and some finely chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk well until thoroughly combined.
5.When the potatoes are cooked, remove from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes, then add to the salad. Pour balsamic vinaigrette over potatoes and salad and mix well. Serve.

Nutrition information (per serving):

Calories: 817.09 kcal
Fat: 68.32 g
Saturated fat: 9.49 g
Carbs: 48.68 g
Protein: 7.3 g
Fiber: 7.15 g
Sugar: 8.48 g
Sodium: 1403.43 mg
Trans fat: 0.0 g
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Thrifty Tea Tree Cleaner

pexels-photo-255441.jpegThere’s nothing I love more than saving $$ on something.  I first started making natural cleaners a few years back when I read a book about how all of the chemicals that we breathe and that touch our skin get absorbed into our body. (Think about how the nicotine patch gets absorbed into your skin.)  So I decided to start researching recipes and I found one that works really well and it’s very affordable.

So a recently published a  blog post  on how you can use  Tea Tree Oil for your hair treatments.  So I’m on a bit of a Tea Tree roll.  Tea Tree has many benefits and it is a killer on germs.  And once you have the tea tree, the other ingredients are readily available.

Another benefit of the cleaner is that you can give it to your kids to clean  and don’t have to worry about them being poisoned.  You can buy a spray bottle or repurpose an empty hair spray bottle.  Take an empty hair spray bottle and clean it out with baking soda and vinegar and give it a good cleaning.  Rinse well.  You shouldn’t be able to smell anything in the bottle.  If you can still smell some of the hairspray then use more baking soda and vinegar, shake it up and rinse and repeat.  That way I’m repurposing something that would normally end up in the landfill.  (Note please purchase some labels or use squares of paper and tape it on the bottle to write what is in the bottle.) This would be called a General Purpose Cleaner.  You don’t want to think you are spraying hair spray but really it’s cleaner.  Or people will think you are insane when you are spraying hair spray on your counter.My my mom comes to visit, she would be asking me what is this?  So now I know better so that’s why I really label things because sometimes I forget too about what’s in the bottle.

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These kids are figuring out how to clean the planet.  They will be glad their parents use natural cleaners.

Here are the ingredients:

General Purpose Cleaner

  1. 1/4 cup vinegar
  2. 20-30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  3. 3/4 cup distilled water

And that’s it.  You can use this on your hands if you are in a hurry, counter tops, stoves, floors, microwave, refrigerator, bathroom etc.  It’s really good and it doesn’t have a bunch of ingredients.  I have another recipe that’s citrus which I’ll post as well in case you want to try that.  But it has so many more ingredients and I just like to keep things kind of basic and it’s also less expensive.

All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

  1. 1/2 cup vinegar
  2. 1/2 cup distilled water
  3. 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  4. 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  5. 5 drops orange essential oil
  6. 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

The Citrus Cleaner is really wonderful.  But I’m trying to help you guys out and not make you buy a bunch of stuff you don’t really need.  But it is a good one if you want to go that way.  Also with the added alcohol, you really get the feeling like everything is super clean.

My intention with these cleaners is that we can clean without injuring ourselves in the process.  Also the use of these products will not harm our planet or you or your kids so it’s definitely a win win situation.

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Thank you for following my Blog.  I am starting a campaign of asking people to give up the Big 4.  Plastic Water Bottles, Straws, Disposable Coffee Cups and plastic Bags.  Together we can clean up our planet, one thing at a time.  But we need to all work together for our future.

Remember as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  XOXO and Namaste!!!

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor, health and wellness coach who lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  You can learn more about Valerie
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