It’s the early 2000s, I had a candy bar cell phone, still printed maps before driving, and two beautiful towers still stood in New York City. It was a simpler time compared to the woes of our current ecosystem. It was a time of bunny ears on your tv, written checks, and the world’s best infomercials at 3am.
If you were up at 3am, you’d have the pleasure of seeing Cleo the psychic, Suzanne Somers with her ThighMaster, SoloFlex, and my personal favorite, Chef Tony and the Miracle Blade kitchen knife wondershow (ok, maybe I made that last bit up…).
I never called Cleo or her friends, but I do believe my mother bought a ThighMaster and let me tell you, that contraption will pull your groin muscle out before it ever tightens your thighs. We can’t all be Suzanne.
But Chef Tony was a man of his own making, the world’s best salesman and watching him do anything made you want it. Purposefully I would watch his show Sunday mornings, running to the kitchen to try and slice bread with my knife. I’d simultaneously be disappointed with my own useless blade and wowed by his.
He could throw pineapples in the air and slice them in half (a feat I've never been able to replicate), then cut an exhaust pipe from a car, and after wiping off the blade, smoothly cut a tomato or sliced bread.
I was hooked and too broke to actually call the 1-800 number and order myself a set. But I watched every weekend like an old lady watches her soap opera shows. Maybe it was because I was a cook at the time, maybe it was the enthusiasm of Chef Tony’s cutting, slicing, and dicing skills. Whatever the reason, I fantasized about owning my own set of Miracle Blades. Oh, all the things I would cut, slice and dice…I’d have to start buying more pineapple and uncut bread. But wait, if I acted now, I could get a genuine wooden knife holder perfect for displaying these gleaming sharp beauties.
So I know you’re asking yourself, if I’m this excited about those knives nearly 20 years later, then I surely must of bought them, right?
No, my dearest reader, I did not. Some things are just better left as fantasies, like staying in Disney’s castle, owning your own pony, or yes, slicing pineapples in half like a ninja.
Alas, the days of spray on hair, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Chef Tony’s knives are past, as are my dreams of owning my own Pony named Bubblegum (what? I named her!).
So since we can’t sit down at 7am on a Sunday and be wowed by a man cutting a leather shoe in half....
Here are the 3 knives everyone needs in their kitchen
8-inch Chef Knife
Smaller knife used to peel, trim and/or slice smaller produce or score meat.
Tip: Create a flat surface so your food (or your fingers) don’t get away from you.
It does what it says it does.
Tip: A bread knife is also good for cutting thin skinned produce like tomatoes or eggplant.
Even if you’ll never get to experience the glory of sawing an exhaust pipe in half, if you have these three knives- you’ll be a pro in the kitchen in no time.
Just like Chef Tony, make sure you have an organized work space and clean as you go (but don’t throw all the cut produce in the sink, why’d he do that?).
Never put your knives in the dishwasher, and instead, wash right after use and dry them! If you take care of them, your knives can last a lifetime, even if it’s not a lifetime guarantee by the Miracle Blade Master himself.
Besides the boxed dinners and jars of pickled beets, what’s in your pantry?
Most of us have some canola oil, salt, a bag of sugar and maybe a spray can of Pam. But right when you feel enthused about starting a recipe or trying to eat better, you realize that your pantry is woefully unprepared for your cooking expedition.
This article is going to cover the basics, while also teaching some old dogs as new tricks in the kitchen.
You need more than just Canola to get through. Everyone should have at least 2 types of oils on hand for various recipes.
High Heat Oil
Smoking point is when the temperature reaches it’s hottest levels and literally begins to smoke. When this happens, the oil releases toxic free radicals into your food, kills the taste, and kills whatever nutritional value there was in it.
All oils will get bitter as they age so toss out the old dusty bottles that’ve been there for over a year.
Salt & Spices
Sugars you should keep around
Nuts & Seeds
Some grains to try:
Arborio Rice (for Risotta)
Barley (not for those with food sensitivities) Great in soups, beer, and meats, but not everyone’s body likes barley, so use with awareness.
Quinoa (Technically a fruit, but we eat it as a grain)
Basmati Rice (More flavorful and colorful)
Whole Steel-cut oats
Like everything we do at Eat2Live2Love, I encourage you to start small, start where you are, and try new things the next time you’re at the store!
“Being a writer means you’ve got to bare your soul…”, I once heard. To write, is to pour emotion, with all it’s brilliant colors and swirls, into black font on white page.
But that’s not what this article is about.
No, what I should have been told is “Being a writer means you’ve got to bare your ho-ha, your lady parts, your va-jay-jay, your….”
This article is for all women, whom I bravely share my girly-bits with to touch on a subject that nearly all women face, but nearly all women avoid. And I’m not talking “avoid” in the polite sense, oh no, I’m mean the “won’t even give me eye contact” kinda avoid.
So if you’re a man, as much as I love you as a reader, you’ll need to slowly back outta the room now… or just stand quietly in the corner like you normally do when she’s at the ob/gyn….because this article, ain’t got no time to be explaining to you the complications of a woman’s body....
Statistically speaking, right now, 30% of women have a bacterial infection like bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection, and about 75% of us have had at least one in recent history. If 75% of any group all had one thing in common, you’d think we’d hear about it more often. But we don’t. Why is that?
Well, from my observations, the va-jay-jay is strictly to be spoken of only when we’re leading up to sex. I mean, what would happen if we openly talked about it like we talk about a sinus infection or a bad migraine? Well, I suppose it wouldn’t be as attractive anymore, and if that’s the case, then what are hoo-ha’s for if not to delight the senses?
The vagina is one of the most remarkable parts of the anatomy. It’s a hell of a lot more than a pleasure zone, and today we will learn about how to help your honey pot stay healthy.
Let’s play a little game shall we? All your answers are private, so answer honestly and see what other women have to say!
So? What did you choose?
So? What did you choose? A? C?
If you guessed B you are correct! Then again, if you chose A you’d be right too, or C.
No matter the choice you made, these are the top 3 responses to BV or a yeast infection.
Keep in mind, I’m not against medicine, I’m against bad patient care and unnecessarily prescribing drugs.
More than likely, you’ll be diagnosed with bacteria, then given an antibacterial and told it will be better soon, and of course to “come back if you need anything else.”
So, on your way home you stop and pick up your prescription at the local drive thru pharmacy. You take your goo or pills as prescribed and in about 7 days, just as your doctor said, you’re better. That's the end of it, right?
The antibiotics your doctor prescribed can cure “symptoms” of BV in about 80% of patients. But 50% of women say symptoms come back 3 to 12 months after treatment.
And yeast infections? They say that only 5-8% of women have them recurrently, but based on my own life experiences, I’d say the number is much higher than that.
Now, in this article we aren’t going to get into great depth on prevention, maintenance and upkeep of the pink fortress, but instead, I’d like to give you a few tips you can implement TODAY to get you feeling more like a pretty princess.
Some Reasons You’d Get Recurrent bacterial/yeast infections that your doctor might not tell you about are (and have nothing to do with wet bikini bottoms):
Auto Immune Diseases
Extreme Sugar Intake
Auto Immune Diseases
If you have an auto immune disease, then by it’s very nature, your entire system is at risk for parasites, bacterial or fungal infections. These can manifest not only in recurrent bacterial/yeast infections but also athletes foot, nail fungus, skin infections, recurrent sinus infections, IBS, Colitis, and more. Bacteria and other pathogens start out in the intestines and colon where over 90% of your immune system lives. The first sign is generally impacted fecal matter along the inside walls of the intestinal lining which then leaks into the bloodstream and later affects the liver, then kidneys, and the bladder last when the body has reached it’s limits on toxicity. Everything works together, or falls together, especially when you have a limited immune system.
Bacteria feeds on sugar, and, as a matter of fact, sugar is bacteria’s main source of food. The more sugar you eat, the more you feed the bacterial cells and diminish you bodies ability to fight back. Excess sugar alters your bodies pH balance and makes it vulnerable to attack. Girls may be made of sugar, and spice and everything nice, but the sugar doesn’t like us and especially not our bajingo!
Antibiotics do serve a purpose in the medical community but because they are so highly overused, they’re now doing the opposite of their intended purpose. Antibiotics kill bacteria. All bacteria. Good bacteria, and bad. Think of it as a nuke for your flower tunnel; sure, all the bad bacteria are gone (pretty much), but so are all the good. You’ve laid waste to your front bottom, and now need to repair the damages before more bacteria arrive and thrive in your va-jay-jay.
But most of us don’t do that do we? We take our prescription, killing every last living thing in our tissue tunnels and then go right back to kitkats and Starbucks.
If you’re having intercourse, or have had intercourse in your lifetime, then you’ll know that it’s a messy process that requires towels and sometimes showers directly after. So there’s a lot going on here that changes a woman’s pH levels.
Any time you have guests over, there’s always a chance of bacteria to be transmitted. If you’ve just treated your infection with a prescription, then you’ve nuked your grounds and will surely flare up again within a week or so.
If you have an auto immune disease then you are more than likely already used to this cycle.
That’s generally followed up with typical advice we all already know. “Just make sure you change out of your workout clothes quickly and try to take showers instead of baths.”
Thanks Dr. Obvious, I’ll make a note of that.
There are several foods you can add into your diet to help prevent breakouts and keep your hoo-ha happy, like pineapple. You can stop using scented laundry soap and fabric softeners for your underwear. You can try the over the counter “probiotics” found right next to the maxi pads and the Monistat. But the very best thing you can do for your lady parts (and all your parts) is to eat a clean diet of fresh organic veggies, fruits, cultured foods, nuts and seeds.
Parasites/Pathogens don’t want to live in a clean environment that’s healthy and thriving with good bacteria. They look for unhealthy terrain to live in. If there’s no unhealthy terrain, there’s no real problems.
But let’s assume you’re doing the best you can and you can’t clear this infection, or you don’t have enough money for another copay and prescription, or, you’re on antibiotics frequently and can’t do anything about it. Then what?
Well, owning my own hooha, I can very happily tell you that I’ve found a product that helps treat and prevent BV and yeast infection flare-ups that actually 100% works AND, best of all- doesn’t hurt you like antibiotics can.
I have researched this product and tested it for over 6 months, while secretly waiting on something horrific to happen and was shocked and pleased beyond measure to find it holds up to it’s promise.
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If you’ve read my articles “What is juicing” and “I bought a juicer, now what?” then you’re ready to go on your first shopping trip to pick up your first week of juicing ingredients! But where do we start?
1. Decide How Often You'd Like to Juice
If you are healing from disease or trying to lose weight, I recommend juicing 2x a day; once in the morning, and once in the evening. Sound extreme? The Gerson Therapy, which has been around for nearly 80 years, recommends patients drink between 15-20lbs of fresh raw juice a day, breaking it up to 1 cup every hour, for a maximum of 13 hours. With that being said, I think you can conquer two a day.
2. Decide What Recipes To Use In The Beginning
It’s hard enough learning where the ginger is in the produce section, let alone trying to remember 45 different recipes. You can surely make this a difficult lifestyle if you want; but I’m here to make it an easier one for you. Remember that juicing will not only provide your body with living nutrients, but help reverse or alleviate a lot of health issues and detoxify your body.
Most of my Members prefer to start off with sweeter juices to acquire a taste, then slowly go greener as they can tolerate it. Assuming that you don’t have any allergies, there are two staple juices everyone should learn and use.
If you’re not sure what to start shoving down your juicer shoot, these two recipes are perfect for beginners.
3. Go Shopping!
If you’re ready to go shopping for the week, then click below to print out your shopping list! This shopping list will cover you for two juices a day for 1 week using the Anytime and Mean Green juices. This list will also give you the expected weekly cost of juicing and let you tweak it to your needs.
4. Prepare Your Juices
To learn how to put together juice containers, just click and print out above. The more you can prep at one time, the faster juicing will go on a daily basis helping to enrich your blood, promote energy and reduce symptoms from Fibromyalgia, CFS, and IBS (within as easily as a few days).
5. Creating The Habit
Juicing won’t work for you if you only do it every now and again. It must be a part of your day to day life when you’re healing…unless you intend on eating all those veggies? Didn’t think so.
Creating a juicing habit is about two things: time and discipline; well, so are most things when you think about it… Decide in advance what times of day will be easiest for you to juice, then stick with it! If you need more help creating your regimen, order Personal Reminders to receive full 24/7 juicing support. (ya, that’s a real thing, where have you been, under a rock?)
6. Branch Out To Try New Recipes
Once you’ve memorized these two juices and prioritized when you’d create them, it will be easier for you to explore new recipes to better meet your tastes or needs. Search Eat2Live2Love’s Juicing category online or ask Linda what she recommends you try next. There’s a plethora of juicing recipe books you can check into like Jason Vale’s Juice Master for more ideas. You can tailor our juices to your exact needs like speeding up your healing, fighting asthma, or reducing inflammation pain.
Juicing can literally save your life and I want to make it as easy for you as possible to get started! Everyone should be able to have quality of life and live pain free. As a Member you have 24/7 access to the Member Only Pages, and many services at your disposal like Meal Planning Sessions, Grocery Shopping Assistance and more. So, who’s ready to get juicy and get healthy?
Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman has been undoubtedly the most difficult book to get through and then recommend to my Members. Lindy West, author, is able to put into words the experiences of womanhood in a wistful and pragmatic way that leaves you laughing, crying, and profoundly touched.
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"Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible--like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you--writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.
From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.
With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps." ( Amazon)
I strongly recommend this book for ALL my female Members as mandatory reading. As of the date of this article, the Kindle price is $9.99, Paperback $11, and Audible $19.95 or 1 credit. It's a must-read!