Tuesday, December 21, 2010
As a member of PETA I wanted to share this with you. Please read it and absorb the message.
Dear Fellow Friend of PETA,
I have a confession: I used to eat foie gras.
However, when I saw PETA's video footage on foie gras production and the deadly force-feeding of ducks and geese, I felt compelled to do something to help stop this cruel "delicacy".
Once my eyes were opened, I become a passionate campaigner against foie gras –volunteering to narrate PETA's documentary about the barbarity of its production, writing to every member of the House of Commons asking them to help end foie gras sales in the UK and penning pieces for national publications to spread the word against this repugnant practice.
I also joined forces with PETA on a relentless two-year campaign to convince the Selfridges department store chain to pull foie gras from its shelves, mobilising concerned individuals to bombard the company with thousands of e-mails, phone calls and letters.
The day Selfridges announced that they would no longer carry foie gras was one of the proudest of my life. And of the many honours that have been bestowed upon me over the years, few have moved me as much as being awarded the PETA UK 2009 Person of the Year award for my work. I am most humbled that my passion has helped make a positive difference in the lives of these animals.
However, despite our victories, the battle to outlaw foie gras in the UK, across Europe and around the world is far from won. Our success will only come through the continued commitment of compassionate people like you.
Thank you for standing with PETA to protect ducks, geese and other animals from suffering and death. May this Christmas period bring you and your family happiness and good health.
Sir Roger Moore
Thursday, December 9, 2010
This issue is all about being positive as we move into 2011. It is packed full of people who exude positivity and as the magazine continues to grow, so does the momentom of positivity.
We reject negativity, we reject anything that stops us living our life the way we want and we want you to reject this too.
Enjoy it and spread the word!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Coming up in our next issue of International Lifestyle Magazine, we are looking at the cost of cheap milk and at the same time looking at some of the best kept cows in the world and the milk they produce.
When you buy milk try to opt for organic or maybe look at trying soy milk as an alternative because when you see milk that is low in price you can be sure that there is a factory farm somewhere exploiting a herd of cows, making them produce much more milk than they should be in order to line the fat cats pockets with money.
Any food that is super cheap comes with a cost, even when you see incredibly cheap clothes you know that someone, somewhere is working very long hours with very little pay so try to shop with a conscious.
Consider also the amount of drugs that are pumped into these poor animals to protect them from disease which they would never even have to worry about if they were allowed to graze and live correctly in the right environment, so even if you could nto care less about the cows who produce the milk, at least care about yourself and your family and what you are drinking.
Food for thought.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
This is the time of year that we start to see the wonderful Brussels Sprout appearing and I have to say I just love them. I love to take my fork, collect one or two and then dip them straight into the cranberry sauce for the most fantastic taste of winter. I shall be cooking them today having just written that, I am craving them as we speak.
People often say they just hate them, but I really believe that this is down to how they are prepared, if you buy frozen ones and then boil them for a couple of days, or even fresh boiled this way, they will be horrific.
That said, I could wrap them in chocolate and my son would not eat them, so in some cases you simply cannot make them great, but each year I try again in the hope that his taste buds will one day kick in to this fab little vegetable.
The best way to cook them, in my opinion, is to simply steam them until they are just cooked through and then they taste awesome. I could eat these just on their own with a little olive oil and a sprinkling of seasoning. You can even slice them and put them into a wok with a little sesame oil and cook for a couple of minutes, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and you have a wonderful side dish.+
How you cook and prepare them also dictates how good they are for you.
Not only do they taste fantastic, they hold incredible health benefits with 3 times more vitamin C, weight for weight, than an orange, which is why Mother Nature produces them now to help protect against colds and flu, plus they help protect against certain cancers so well worth finding away that you can enjoy them.
I strongly suggest you buy fresh, look for smaller ones and try these, go on you never know you may actually like them now.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I see that we are now being bombarded with information on how to get rid of those extra pounds before Christmas, how to deal with a hangover, how to deal with overeating, how to get into that little black dress etc etc and I have to ask why?
Why do people need to wait until Christmas or a holiday to get into shape, why do people need to wait to be inspired to get rid of any extra weight, why do people need to drink to the point that they need help to get over it, I mean, these articles are directed at adults aren´t they?
If you live your life in a healthy way you can enjoy everything in moderation and feel great all year. Weight loss for example is incredibly difficult to achieve, well, if you are stressed about the whole process. This generally results in some crazy diet which leaves you feeling fed up, spotty and so as soon as the bell strikes and Christmas arrives you stuff your face to cheer yourself up, back to square one again, and then start reading articles about how to get the ´new you´in 10 minutes in the new year publications.
If you want to look and feel great, brilliant, but do it right, do it for you and do it because you want to, not because you have purchased a dress too small with the view that one way or another you will fit in it. As a nutritionist I work with many people who want to make a difference to how they look and feel and it can be a long journey, but in the end, living well becomes so easy, no stress, just positivity and a very positive outlook.