Stella McCartney, fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, has been a lifelong vegetarian and a pioneer in non leather shoes and bags. She has now gone a step further by answering the fur craze with fake fur that looks so much like the real thing. All the garments being made are so authentic looking that a special band on the wrist or nape of the neck will read “Fur Free Fur” to make it perfectly clear to the customer that no animal was used in the making of the garment.
Chronic stress is damaging to every part of our body. Few of us may be aware that even if we are having a stress free period, our environment may be disrupting our calm state of mind. Our brain is hardwired to detect stress in other people. This goes back to prehistoric times when our flight response was necessary for survival. We are extremely sensitive to anothers heavy stressed out breathing which can release a number of unnecessary hormones. In our world filled with so much technology, stress can even be transferred via e-mail, texting and social media in general. If the message is curt it will be absorbed by us at an unconscious level. On the other hand if we are extremely stressed, holding or even petting an animal can lower blood pressure. Most animals have an extremely calm energy field which can easily be transferred to a person just by mere closeness. Studies have shown a strong interaction between the two energies resulting in a lowering of the heart rate for the individual.
Ordering in a Restaurant…
Ordering a meal in a restaurant can be a difficult task especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy diet. Some menus are laden with so many choices, some of which can be quite unhealthy. Staying on track can be even more difficult if you are dining with a group. An easy way around this is to scan the menu, pick out those items that you feel are the most nutritious and be the first to order when the waiter arrives. Being last to order after having listened to everyone’s choices can become a tremendous distraction especially if you are hungry. You may find yourself swayed into ordering a meal or items that you would have avoided in the first place.
Farro is considered an ancient grain. “Ancient Grain” is a term used by the Whole Grain Council to indicate that a particular grain has remained largely intact from the time of our ancestors. I am referring to a time period of as much as thousands of years, as opposed to grains that have been modified or cross-bred. It is also known as emmer wheat which has been passed down to us from the Eqyptians and later given the name farro by the Italians who cultivated it and also used it as a daily staple. It continues to be used in Italy for risotto dishes because of its ability to remain firm and keep an al dente quality. This is not the case for most other countries where it was replaced with durum wheat. High fiber content make it a complex carbohydrate that breaks down and supplies energy very slowly. Farro, like most ancient grains, also has a good supply of protein. If you feel you may have a sensitivity to our present day wheat, it may be worth trying Farro. It is also lower in gluten, although not suitable for people with Celiac disease. Try substituting it for brown rice dishes whether it be cold salads or stuffed peppers.