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Don’t be a statistic on Turkey Day

November 18, 2010

Turkey?  Check.  Fixin’s?  Check. Centerpiece?  Check.  Salmonella?  Let’s keep that one off the menu.

Being the perfect host or hostess is not just about a beautiful table or delicious food.  It’s also about keeping your family and friends food safe – you don’t want to be remembered as the host or hostess who sent their guests to the hospital at the holidays. 

Every year there are 78 million reported cases of food borne illness – 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.  On Thanksgiving day alone, an average of 200,000 people will get food poisoning.  Who wants to spend the day on their days praying to the ceramic altar?  We’ll pass.

Tune in Monday, 11/21 and watch ‘The Fit Foody’ show how to host a healthy, food safe holiday

The Fit Foody– food and safety expert Mareya Ibrahim of Eat Cleaner has a few simple tricks of the trade to show how to keep the holiday season happy and worry free. 

–        Don’t let fowl go foul:  For your main event, taking measures to clean and prep your turkey properly can help your table be Salmonella-free.

–        Pick and clean fixin’s properly: Before your produce reaches you, it has been touched by around 20 different sets of hands and has traveled at least 1,500 miles.  Preparation and handling is key to producing food borne illness-free results.

–        Cook it done:  You can’t always judge a food by it’s color, simple tricks to tell you when your bird is really cooked.

–        Keep it cool:  Don’t let the tryptophan kick in, why it’s important to clean up now rather than later and just how much later.

Mareya Ibrahim is The Fit Foody and the Founder of the Cleaner Plate Club.  She is a food safety expert and advocate based in Orange County, CA.

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The 411 on Lunchbox Fun

November 1, 2010

Balance – that elusive apple pie in the sky.  Work, family, friends, exercise, phone calls, emails, soccer practice, walks with fido, drop-offs, pick-ups, party planning…it’s a precarious juggling act.  Now that school’s back in session, making it through the year in one piece will require you to keep your family healthy starting with what they put in their mouth. 

It clicked when I found out my Kindergartner get 10 minutes to eat and my grade schooler gets a whopping 20.  If they’re standing in line for 10 minutes waiting in the lunch line, they’re practically jamming food down their gullet and swallowing it whole.   If I don’t make every bit count, who will?  And did they get to even wash their hands before they eat?

The sad reality is childhood obesity has grown to epidemic proportions, literally and figuratively.  According to the Center for Disease Control, in the last 30 years, the prevalence of obesity has tripled. It’s not about being heavy.  It’s about the chronic disease that can takes years from their otherwise healthy lives – heart disease, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, sleep apnea – this list goes on. 

It would be very easy to succumb to those non-descript, pre-packed wrapped lunch meals and neon-colored ‘phood’ snacks.  But you know better than to slap that super processed, phony baloney onto your kid’s buns. You’ve bought them school supplies.  Now get them food wise, starting with what’s for lunch. I mean, white bread and fluorescent snacks are so 1982. 

 

5 Reasons Why Packing a Lunch For You and Your Family Makes So Much Sense (Cents):

  1. It’s bound to be cheaper than what’s on the menu
  2. No waiting  in the lunch line, so they have time to chew
  3. You can clean your foods of bacteria, hormones and pesticide residue
  4. Peace of mind that their meal has been given the stamp of approval by you
  5. We hear packing a lunch is what the cool kids do

Save your wallets and waistlines by getting ahead of the yellow food bus with this 411 on lunchbox fun.  Check out our great main events and super sides grown up enough for you AND your kid’s that pack a nutritious punch and take you through the week.  Mama tested, kid approved.

Main Event

  • Roll on: Layer sliced chicken breast, lettuce or sprouts and chopped tomato onto a sprouted grain tortilla with a dab of stone ground mustard.  Roll and slice into pinwheel pieces.
  • Pita the Pocket:  Fill a sprouted grain pita with tuna salad seasoned with lite mayo and studded with celery and raisins.
  • Rasta Pasta Salad:  With a vegetable peeler, create long ribbons of carrot and zucchini.  Steam and add to brown rice pasta (let them pick their fave shape).  Season with a little grated cheese and butter and heat up in the morning before they head out the door.
  • Veggie Grilled Cheese: Cheddar, red bell pepper and steamed broccoli get cooked between two pieces of sprouted grain bread.  Grill in an oil-free pan and use a Panini press and seal it all in for one-handed eating ease.
  • Simple Sushi:  Sushi rolls are no longer a snooty snack.  Grab some Sea Snax olive oil toasted seaweed and roll up some vinegar-seasoned brown rice, avocado and cucumber hand rolls. 
  • The A+: Most classrooms are peanut free, so opt for almond butter and sliced apples onto a warm sprouted wheat tortilla and fold in half.  Give it a quick glow in the pan for a nice nutty flavor. An A+ in our book!

Super Star Sides

  • You don’t have to ‘sneak’ fruit and veggies into your meals anymore.  Earthbound Farm have made getting your delicious daily dose of F+V a snap with organically grown pre-cut produce.  Crisp apple slices from the sweetest apple varieties are harvested from premium organic orchards. Each 2oz bag equals about half an apple or one serving of fruitMini-Peeled Carrots & Carrot Dippers are an excellent source of vitamin A and other important antioxidant carotenoids, including beta carotene, alpha carotene, and lutein. Plus they’re great for your peepers.  Packaged with organic creamy ranch dip.  http://www.ebfarm.com/.

 

  • Most muffins, or what I like to call booty breakfast cake, pack a whopping 400+ calories!  All natural Vitalicious VitaTops give you all the flavor without in the kind of muffin top you can cuddle up to.  At just 100 calories and a gram and a half of fat each they’re a guilt-free choice for a delicious midday snack or a lunchtime dessert.  Plus they contain 9 grams of fiber 4 grams of protein. Because they don’t contain any preservatives, keep them frozen and by lunchtime your VitaTop is thawed and ready to eat.  Top that!  www.vitalicious.com.

 

  • Here’s the new skinny on crunchy snacks.  Pretzel Crisps are a tasty, thin, all-natural flat-baked pretzel and the world’s first spreadable pretzel cracker.  At only 110 calories per serving with no trans fats, saturated fat, or cholesterol, they’re packed with fiber and flavor that can handle the dip or stand alone on their own. Deli Style, available in the deli section of stores of course, and Modern Classic varieties.  Savory and sweet varieties include Sesame, Garlic Parmesan, Tuscan Three Cheese and Cinnamon Toast (yum, it’s like a churro but without the guilt).   Dig in.  www.pretzelcrisps.com.

 

  • The iconic moo cow just puts a smile on your face.  Horizon organic single serve milk comes in a variety of flavors – plain, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla – packed with calcium and protein to power through the day.  Cheese sticks in both Colby and Mozzarella flavors couldn’t be easier to pack. Horizon Organic believes that the choice for a healthy family and a healthy planet should be an easy one, offering nutritious products for families while supporting 500 family farmers across the U.S.  Raised without antibiotics or hormones, happy cows make happy humanshttp://www.horizondairy.com/.

 

  • Fruit is sprayed, waxed, trucked, touched and plucked by over 20 sets of hands.  A quick flash through the faucet just ain’t gonna’ cut it.  Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetables Wipes are a uniquely formulated to kill bacteria, clean wax, pesticides, agricultural dirt and fertilizer from the surface of your fruit to make it safer and healthier to eat.  Even fruit with a peel should be cleaned before you remove it.  Individually wrapped, slip one into your lunchbox and encourage the kids to clean their hands before they eat, since grimy hands can transmit bacteria.  www.eatcleaner.com.

5 more pennies for your thoughts: 

–         Make a list and buy it twice.  Take our tips, make your list and head to the store on the weekend and buy 2 weeks worth of supplies, twice a month so you’re stocked up.  Being prepared is half the sanity battle.

–         Have them do the work.  Get kids involved in shopping with you and making their own healthy lunches.  The connection to picking and making food builds a foundation for good eating habits and teaches them responsibility.  Have them make one for you while they’re at it.  It’ll save you $5-10 bucks a day which could go to your vacation fund or a non-profit you’ve been meaning to donate to.

–         The night before.  Prepare lunchboxes the night before and put them in an insulated lunch box to keep them cool longer. Add in an ice-pack if food is sitting for more than 3 hours. 

–         Chemical free is the way to be.  Always opt for BPA and thalate-free plastic storage containers.  Kid’s Konserve makes a great reusable water bottle and the Bento boxes at Pottery Barn make you want to pick one up for yourself!

–         Lunch love notes.  Slip them a caring, thoughtful note that lifts their spirits at lunchtime and let’s them know you care.  That little bit-o-love satiates a deeper appetite and will make them look forward to what’s in the bag.

You can get in front of the garbage food bus and protect your plates. When you take the wheel, you help chart their destiny and lead them down the right food lane.  Because you better believe, they’re like little sponges absorbing what you dish out.

 

 Mareya Ibrahim, Chief Executive Mom of EAT CLEANER, and the founder of The Cleaner Plate Club is a natural foods industry veteran and food safety education advocate based in Orange County, CA. http://www.eatcleaner.com

 
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Protect Your Melons with Fruit + Veggies

October 8, 2010
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables drastically reduces the risk of ever getting breast cancer and of having a recurrence. Scientists at the University of Hong Kong have just released more research findings adding to the growing pile of evidence that selections from the produce section are the best bet for keeping away this dreaded disease.

The association between vegetable and fruit intake and breast cancer risk was evaluated using a hospital-based, case-controlled study. Four hundred and thirty-eight breast cancer cases were matched with an equal number of controls by age and place of residency. Their dietary intake was assessed by face-to-face interviews using a food frequency questionnaire. Multivariate logistical regression was used to estimate odds ratios.

Total vegetable and fruit intake was found to be inversely associated with breast cancer risk. The odds ratios of the highest quartile relative to the lowest quartile of total vegetable and fruit intake were 0.28 and 0.53 respectively. This means that those eating the lowest amounts had a 47% increased risk of breast cancer. Consumption of individual vegetable and fruit groups such as dark green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, carrots, tomatoes, bananas, melons (watermelon, papaya, and cantaloupe) was inversely and significantly related to breast cancer risk. An inverse association was also observed for vitamin A, carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and fiber intake. (International Journal of Cancer, July)

Fruits and vegetables modulate the cell cycle to safeguard health

People were created to eat fruits and vegetables. Several systems in the body depend on constituents from nature’s garden for proper functioning. One of these is the cell cycle that regulates the growth and maintenance of all living things. During the cell cycle, chromosomes are duplicated, and one copy of each duplicated chromosome is transferred from the mother cell to the daughter cell. Proper regulation of this cycle is critical for the normal development and maintenance of health in multi-cellular organisms. If the cell cycle is not working as it should, cancer and other degenerative diseases may be the result.

The successful reproduction of new cells depends on two critical processes, the replication of DNA, and mitosis (the nuclear division of the daughter cell from the mother cell). Compounds from fruits and vegetables stand guard over this process and assure successful completion. (Frontiers in Bioscience, January, 2008)

In a world in which more and more genotoxins are constantly bombarding people, a greater intake of fruits and vegetables is necessary to modulate the effects of deregulation at cell cycle checkpoints and keep the cycle running smoothly creating new cells that are healthy. Up to ten servings of fruits and vegetables each day are now recommended by some health gurus.

Fruits and vegetables can reduce breast cancer recurrence by 40 percent

Scientists from the University of California examined the relationship between plasma carotenoid concentration as a biomarker of fruit and vegetable intake and the risk for a new breast cancer event in 1,550 women previously treated for early stage breast cancer. After 5 years of follow-up, those women with the highest plasma carotenoid concentrations had a 40% reduced risk for breast cancer recurrence. (Journal of Clinical Oncology, September, 2005).

Carotenoids are natural fat-soluble pigments found in certain plants. They provide the bright red, orange, yellow, blue and purple colorations found in the vegetable kingdom. Famous members of this family include beta-carotene found in carrots, spinach, kale and cantaloupe; lycopene found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, papaya, and apricots; and lutein, found in dark green leafy vegetables and blueberries.

Since carotenoids need lipids to become bioactive in the body, salads full of these colorful vegetables should always be eaten with some type of fat. The liberal use of extra virgin olive oil on a salad is a great way to bring its carotenoids to life. Fruits and nuts is another tasty combination. The healthy fats found in the nuts will bring to life all the carotenoids in the fruits. Snacking on dried fruits and nuts satisfies the sweet tooth while loading up the body with carotenoids. For best digestion, eat the fruits first and then the nuts rather than eating them together.

Fruits and vegetables with the highest anti-cancer activity

Almost all fruits and vegetables have anti-cancer activity. The superstars of the research labs are garlic and onions, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts and greens), unbelliferous vegetables (carrots, celery, cilantro, parsley and parsnips), tomatoes, peppers, flax seeds, citrus, and soy. However, soy should never be eaten unless it is fermented in the traditional oriental manner and eaten as a small part of a mineral and protein rich meal.

Spirulina and chlorella are heavily pigmented microalgae. They are a nutrient rich vegetable food source rich in beta carotene and many other carotenoids, each with power to keep away breast cancer. They contain fatty acids to speed these carotenoids to work in the body.

Compounds from fruits and vegetables that have shown to help regulate the cell cycle include diindolymethane (DIM) from broccoli, apigenin from celery and parsley, curcumin from turmeric, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) from green tea, resveratrol from red grapes and peanuts, genistein from soybeans, and silymarin from milk thistle. These are widely available as supplements.

For more information:
http://www.naturalnews.com/025810.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/024958_f…
http://www.naturalnews.com/025441_v…

About the author

Barbara is a school psychologist, a published author in the area of personal finance, a breast cancer survivor using “alternative” treatments, a born existentialist, and a student of nature and all things natural.

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Where can you find Eat Cleaner?

May 29, 2010
California
 
Ralph’s
Stater Bros
Jimbo’s Naturally
Irvine Ranch Market
Farm Fresh to You
The Pump Station
Milkalicious
PC Greens
Erewhon
Vicente Foods
Full O’ Life
Coast Produce
Major Markets
Wholesome Choice
Pacific Ranch Market  
Farmers Market at Marbella Plaza
Farm to Market
7-Eleven (Select Stores)
 
Washington State
Lemongrass
 
 
East Coast
 
Wegman’s
Wellnest
 
Texas
 
Whole Foods Texas (20 stores)
 
 
Online
 
www.QVC.com
www.Greenthology.com
www.Alice.com
www.Amazon.com
www.Theecoluxelife.com
www.Shft.com
www.Worldofgreen.com
www.Eatcleaner.com
 
 Soon to come:
Vitamin Shoppe
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Think before you bite

March 21, 2009

Eat Cleaner The all Natural Fruit,Vegetable,Seafood and Poultry wash and spray

What happens to our food supply between the field and the fork? Most food has not only traveled thousands of miles, it’s been touched by dozens of hands and doused with who-knows-what, leaving the cleanliness of our meals questionable.
Why use EAT CLEANER™? Because rinsing with water alone is not enough to ensure your produce is as safe for your family’s food supply as it should be. Pesticides, waxes, organic residues and surface contaminants can wreak havoc on your health. Here’s the facts in a nutshell:
SOILS AND DIRT RESIDUE – According to the CDC, fresh manure used to fertilize vegetables can also contaminate them, as is practiced with organically grown foods. Animal feces are the source of many of today’s life-threatening foodborne illnesses, particularly E.coli. Because organic standards support the recycling of animal feces as a method of improving soil fertility in croplands, fecal residue on organically grown produce requires attention. EAT CLEANER™? thoroughly removes the soils and dirt residues that can carry these harmful pathogens. Even fruit with peels should be thoroughly cleaned, since those same fingers that touched the skin will be co-mingling with the inner flesh. Imagine getting your own crevices squeaky clean without a nice sudsy shower.
SURFACE CONTAMINANTS: Before your produce gets into your own two hands, it’s traveled an average of 1,500 miles and touched about 20 other people’s grimy mitts. If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, but always peel them first, you may be missing out on a source of fibre and other nutrients. Not only are most fruit and vegetable peels good for you, their bright colours add pizzazz to your meal. Playing it safe and washing thoroughly helps remove any unwanted residue. Even triple-washed bagged salad can be a pathogen playground, so giving them a good spray, soak and spin with the EAT CLEANER™? ‘3-S’ System is the clean way to go.
PESTICIDES: Data from the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) show 90 percent or more of conventionally produced apples, peaches, pears and strawberries have pesticide residues. Substances such as Azinphos methyl, a dangerous neurotoxin banned in Europe , commonly found on apples. There is growing scientific consensus that even very small doses of pesticides can adversely affect people, especially during the vulnerable periods of in utero and early childhood development when organ systems are maturing most quickly, when toxic defenses are least established, and when early programming of risks for chronic disease later in life takes place. Exposure to pesticides is linked to chronic diseases including Parkinson’s Disease, child and adult cancers and neurodevelopmental. The bottom line is many pesticides are water-resistant to help withstand the elements, so rinsing them under water just won’t get the job done.
WAXES: Edible wax is applied to trap moisture and keep produce fresh longer, but dirt and pesticide residues can get trapped underneath. Studies have found that American consumers are exposed to toxic chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants as many as 70 times a day. POP exposure has been associated with immune system suppression, nervous and hormonal system disorders, reproductive system damage, and various cancers, including breast cancer. I don’t know about you but I’d rather pass on the paraffin. Snacking on candle wax is overrated.
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Think Before You Bite

March 21, 2009

A labour of love 20 years in the making….and here we are. EAT CLEANER™ is here and the time is ripe for change, right now.
I founded EAT CLEANER™ with my dad, Dr. Shawki Ibrahim, Colorado State University Emeritus Professor and Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences. As a concerned grandfather and me, a doting mother of two, we set out to create a line of products that would help others that care about their families take food safety into their own hands.


Dr. Ibrahim (aka ‘dad’) has been an accomplished writer and professor for over 30 years, and began challenging government agencies to strengthen food safety procedures after receiving contaminated seafood at his local grocery store. I cut my teeth in the natural foods industry 15 years ago as the marketing manager and editor of Alfalfa’s Markets monthly magazine, “Healthy Choices,” I began my food and retail marketing career writing about sustainable agriculture and food safety issues (Food, not Phood) over 15 years ago. Dad’s brainchild and my love for all things culinary – coupled with our mutual love for my kids – fueled the fire for this joint venture.
When it comes to health, we all want to do the right thing but half-truths and inconclusive information can clutter an otherwise logical vision. Our eat cleaner ™ mission is to set the record straight on what’s on our plates. Join the Clean Plate Club and you’ll understand that a lot of food safety issues rest squarely in our hands. We can make all make a difference…So remember to…

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