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8001 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
the voice of integrative medicine
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by Therese Patterson, NC We all know by now that we need to be using all natural, organic skincare products to take care of our largest organ, our skin. Our skin is permeable. Every time we apply a skin care product, the chemicals in that potion—good and bad alike—are absorbed into our bodies through our skin. Additionally, “we are what eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to your complexion. Healthy skin happens when we eat good foods, exercise regularly, minimize stress and protect our skin from the harsh environment. So follow these proven tips to get the glowing skin... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at CommunityTable
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by Therese Patterson, NC Trying to eat from the rainbow but not sure what to do with eggplant? Here is a great tasting way to get your “purples” and “reds” – elegant enough to serve your vegetarian friends as well: Ingredients: 1 medium raw eggplant 2 large egg white(s), lightly beaten 1 1/2 cup(s) homemade marinara (preferably) or pizza sauce 1/3 cup(s) wholewheat bread crumbs 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/2 cup(s)Parmesan cheese, shredded (can be made vegan by using almond cheese) Olive oil or cooking spray to coat casserole dish Directions: Cut eggplant in ¼” slices,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Ingredients: 2 carrots, chopped 4 stalks celery, cut in half lengthwise, then chopped 1 onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, smashed and minced 1 teaspoon rosemary, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups organic chicken stock 2 organic chicken breasts, cooked and chopped in bite-size pieces 1 cup gluten-free noodles Directions: Heat a saucepan, then add the olive oil. Sautée the carrots, celery stalks, onion, and garlic together, on medium heat. Stir occasionally, making sure they do not burn. When the vegetables start to smell warm and autumnal, and the onion has become translucent, add the rosemary to the mix.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at CommunityTable
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by Joel Lopez, MD Hi everyone! A lot of things have happened since I last wrote. Globally, locally, as well as personally. With all the events that are going on around us, one wonders “how can I be safe, stay healthy and vibrant?” I don’t have all the answers but for starters, I would suggest not to worry. Indeed, the popular song, “Don't worry, be happy” is so appropriate for our times. Anyway, worry, anxiety or “stress” could affect our delicate systems especially our endocrine or hormonal system. In fact, stress is a major cause of chronic ailments or physical/mental... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 oz. fresh yeast 1/2 cup lukewarm water 1/2 cup soy milk 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds Directions: Lightly grease a baking sheet. Sift the flours and salt into a large bowl. Cream the yeast with a little of the water in a jug (pitcher). Stir in the remainder of the water and the soy milk. Pour this into the center of the flour and mix to a fairly soft dough. Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at CommunityTable
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We here at Community Table are excited to welcome Therese Patterson, NC, also known as the Naked Truth Nutritionist as a Featured Blogger on our site. Her knowledge in nutrition and homeopathics will be an excellent addition to our blog. About Therese Patterson, NC - My life-changing realization came soon after I had just graduated with my BA degree, was working in management in the corporate world, and realized I was unhappy at my job. I was stressed out and although I was a vegetarian at the time, my energy levels were low and I was completely addicted to caffeine.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Ingredients: 1/2 cup chia seeds 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup currant or raisins 1/2 cup chopped dehydrated apples 3 cups of almond milk Directions: Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes for the dry ingredients to become hydrated and the cereal to thicken. Serve and enjoy. Serving Suggestion: Top with fresh fruit before serving. Recipe by Ani Phyo, printed in Ani's Raw Food Essentials. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at CommunityTable
We've enjoyed countless posts from our friend Robb Dorf, CEO of Pure Fit, Inc. But this story may top them all! Read his amazing journey as a participant in the 2011 Herbalife L'Etape du California! What covered 75.8 miles, climbed over 10,000 vertical feet up Mt. Baldy twice, and pushed, punished, and pummeled 900 amateur cyclists to a level of pain I’m sure we’d all like to forget? L’Étape du California. The ride promoters said 1500 riders started. Why did only 900 finish? Multiple National Champions were on hand. Tinker Juarez was right in front of me. As we rolled... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at CommunityTable
This movie looks amazing! Support your local farmers and demand sustainable, natural food! Farmageddon will be showing in Washington DC, June 17 -23, Los Angeles, June 24 - 30, Santa Barbara, June 23, San Diego, June 28, and NYC Cinema Village (near Union Square), July 8 - 15. E-mail: kristin@farmageddonmovie.com for screening information. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Ingredients: 9 oz. sea kale or curly kale 3 tablespoons light olive oil 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon agave syrup salt and ground black pepper Directions: Wash the kale, drain, then trim it and tear into pieces. Cook briefly if needed. Whisk the oil into the mustard in a bowl. When it is blended completely, whisk in the white wine vinegar. It should begin to thicken. Season the mustard dressing to taste with agave syrup, a little salt and plenty of ground black pepper. Toss the sea kale in the dressing and serve immediately. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Ingredients: 1 frozen (2 layer) vegan pie shell 1 to 2 potatoes, chopped 3 medium carrots, chopped variety of veggies, chopped (green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, etc.) 2 to 3 cups vegetable broth garlic powder, to taste cumin, to taste tarragon, to taste cornstarch or flour, as needed nondairy milk, to taste, optional veggie bouillon cubes, to taste, optional vegan grated or sliced cheddar to cover pan in 2 layers 1 (10-oz.) package frozen spinach, thawed Directions: Thaw pie shell and try really hard to take one of the two shells out of the tin without breaking it. Cook potatoes, carrots... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at CommunityTable
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We've waited a whole year for a new release from raw food goddess Ani Phyo and last week it finally arrived. Ani's Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way is Ani's fourth book featuring raw food recipes. In her latest book, Ani goes back to her roots in the first-ever Asian raw food cookbook. Along with recipes from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Hawaii including background information on traditional dishes, the book also offers essential tips on green living, well-being, longevity, fitness, beauty and entertaining as inspired by a healthy Asian lifestyle. Recipes... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Saturday, May 14 is the 3rd annual World Fair Trade Day. This holiday is the brainchild of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and is celebrated by thousands of people around the world. Let's take a moment to examine what fair trade is and how you can celebrate this extraordinary initiative not only this weekend, but all year round. Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equality in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers, especially in... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at CommunityTable
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May celebrates many holidays, Mother's Day, National Bike Month (as we blogged about earlier this week), Mental Health Month, and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The skin is our largest organ, adults carry about eight lbs. and 22 square-feet of it. We exercise and eat well to ensure our health, well it's important to protect our skin too! Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise 1 package lean ground turkey Spike seasoning to taste 1 jar Newman's Own Sockarooni Sauce 2 cups organic mixed salad greens 1 teaspoon organic olive oil 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar dash each salt and pepper Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Fill a shallow baking dish with about 2 inches of water. Place the squash halves face down in the dish and bake about 25 minutes. After cooling, use a fork to discard the seeds and loosen the spaghetti strands. Place the squash in a large bowl and set aside. Brown the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Happy National Bike Month! May marks the month we celebrate bicycles! The holiday is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. Not only did they name a whole month after the bicycle, but the organization went a step further by also naming May 16 - 20, Bike to Work Week, and Friday, May 20, Bike to Work Day. Will you jump on your bike a little more this month? Or will you ride your bike to work on the 20th? Here's some reasons why you should! Bike for your health! Our nation is facing a serious obesity epidemic. In the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at CommunityTable
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May 2nd - 8th, 2011 marks the second annual Hemp History Week. As you probably already know, many great products can be made from hemp: food, clothes, paper products and more. In honor of Hemp History Week, let's take a moment and look back at hemp's history and the promise it holds for our future. Back in the 1700s American colonies were required to grow hemp. It served as an important tool in ship building, specifically for sails and rope. Hemp fibers are known to be stronger and more practical than cotton and wood. Over 25,000 products can be made... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at CommunityTable
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Colchester, VT (PRWEB) May 04, 2011 According to MyWebGrocer, the leading provider of digital grocery solutions, shoppers are choosing healthier alternatives within many traditional food and cooking categories for Cinco de Mayo. Based on online sales data collected the week prior to Cinco de Mayo in 2008, 2009 and 2010, sales went up for many healthier food items: Sales of multi-grain and whole grain tortilla chips grew at a faster rate than the overall tortilla chip category: where sales of the multi-grain variety were up 15 percent last year over 2009, overall, sales in the tortilla chip category rose 8... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at CommunityTable
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By Josh Clark Too many people have been turned off of running simply by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel, and they wind up miserable, wondering why anyone would possibly want to do this to themselves. You should ease into your running program gradually. In fact, the beginners' program we outline here is less of a running regimen than a walking and jogging program. The idea is to transform you from couch potato to runner, getting you running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis in just two months. It's easy to get impatient, and you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at CommunityTable
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INGREDIENTS 1 (6 ounce) package vegan peach yogurt 1 cup frozen mango 1 cup frozen peaches 1 banana 2 teaspoons sweetener (I use pure via) 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup vanilla nondairy milk (I use soy) 1/4 cup vegan whipped cream, optional DIRECTIONS Blend ingredients, except whipped cream, together thoroughly in blender. Top with vegan whipped cream, if desired. Makes: 2 smoothies, Preparation time: 2 mins Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at CommunityTable
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INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks in unsweetened pineapple juice 1/3 cup oil 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Pour juice off can of pineapple into 1 cup measuring cup-it should be about 3/4 cup juice. Add water to make 1 cup. In a separate bowl, combine the pineapple juice, oil, and vinegar. Dump pineapple chunks into the bottom of a 12" spring form pan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at CommunityTable
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by Joel Lopez, MD, CNS There are different kinds and levels of radiation. It’s constant, high levels that could cause health problems. I won’t go into the kinds or signs or symptoms of radiation exposure coz there’s already an abundance of info on that on the internet. What I’d like to discuss today is how to protect yourself from radiation exposure. Of course, everybody knows that potassium iodide helps by primarily protecting the thyroid glands (from cancer eventually). However, there’s more that we can do to protect ourselves from radiation and it’s byproducts in our bodies. Radiation causes damage in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at CommunityTable
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By: Charles Poliquin Many individuals believe they are injury prone, and scientific research suggests that they may be right! A study in the April 2011 issue of the The British Journal of Sports Medicine studied 47 Cirque du Soleil performers for 16 weeks. During this period, over half of the athletes [note that I did not say “clowns”] developed injuries requiring treatment, with many suffering from several injuries. What the researchers found was that the performers with the highest levels of confidence in their abilities were less likely to be injured. One of the authors of this study, Dr. Madeleine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at CommunityTable
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INGREDIENTS 1 medium head broccoli, cut into tiny bite-sized pieces 1/2 large red onion, diced 3/4 cup roasted cashews, coarsely chopped 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, coarsely chopped 3/4 cup golden raisins 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 5 tablespoons brown sugar 5 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (I use Vegenaise) 1 teaspoon salt 8 ounces vegan bac'un bits DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, mix broccoli, red onion, cashews, water chestnuts, and golden raisins. In a medium bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, vegan mayonnaise, and salt to make a dressing. Add dressing mixture to the veggies, mix, and refrigerate for 2-3... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at CommunityTable
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For the past few weeks, Charlie Sheen’s train wreck of a story has played out across the media like a Greek tragedy. While this SNL parody cracked me up, the actor’s reality revealed through homemade videos and interviews seems much more bizarre. Perhaps Charlie is just coked up on life and an enormous ego instead of drugs at this very moment. Whatever the case, we can learn a lot about healthy living from the machete-wielding, faux tiger-blood drinking celebrity on the edge. You know, specifically what not to do. Here are a few key lessons: Denial is a bad thing.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at CommunityTable