Long, Firm and Purple

Ode to the Eggplant- my purple friend.

A friend of mind, Monika Woolsey,  just sent a link about the health benefits of eggplant “Farmer’s Market Find: eggplant’s purple power may help hypertension, diabetes.”

I have always had a soft spot for eggplant, even if it is part of the Nightshade family (Solanaceae), which tends to get a bad name for food sensitivities. However, new research has shown many health benefits….

“Kwon YI, Apostolidis E, Shetty K. In vitro studies of eggplant (Solanum melongena) phenolics as inhibitors of key enzymes relevant for type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Bioresour Technol. 2008 May;99(8):2981-8. Epub 2007 Aug 13.”

“The National Diabetes Education Program of NIH, Mayo Clinic and American Diabetes Association recommend the eggplant-based diet as a choice for management of type 2 diabetes. The rationale for this suggestion is the high fiber and low soluble carbohydrate content of eggplant.

Another article list even more amazing benefits:  “benefits as anti-spasm, anticancer.  Nigerian society is also deify this plant because it can reduce the “disease” nervous. This ability has been scientifically proven to guinea pigs fed on raw eggplant juice.”…. eggplant contains strychnine, scopolamine, scopoletin, and which can inhibit the attack skoparon convulsions, nervous, or nerve spasms. So, this fruit can be used to prevent and treat epileptic seizures and other spastic diseases, such as who believed in traditional medicine.”
“In Korea,  dried eggplant is used to cure lumbago, rheumatism, stiff waist, and other pain. Empirically, this vegetable has been able to cure measles, chicken pox, alcohol dependence, gastritis, and burns.”  This article did not post the research behind all these claims but I did find this: An ingredient in common eggplant has been shown to cure cancer. The eggplant extract is a phytochemical called solasodine glycoside, or BEC5. Dr. Bill E. Cham discovered it, after hearing of a folk medicine cure from Australian farmers. plus several other article.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/027506_eggplant_skin_cancer.html#ixzz1T5mNWhjR

Here is one of my favorite recipes:

Barbecued Eggplant (Aubergine) Baguette or Lettuce Wrap 

2 long, thin eggplants

2 onions

2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing

2 tsp chopped fresh thyme

4 medium petite baguettes

1oz rocket or spring mix lettuce

 

Barbecue Sauce:

1 garlic clove crushed

5 tsp English mustard (powdered)

3 oz Ketchup (buy organic, High fructose corn syrup free!)

2 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp vinegar

splash of Tabasco

salt and pepper

1. Remove a thin slice from either side of the eggplant then slice length-wise ¼ inch thick.

2. Prepare the sauce: mix all the ingredients together till evenly combined and set aside.

3. Thinly slice the onions, heat oil in pan, add onions and chopped thyme and fry gently for 10-15 min until soft and golden, keep warm.

4. Brush the eggplant with oil and grill for 3-4 min. Turn over and grill for 2 min.

5. Brush eggplant with BBQ sauce and grill for 3 more min, turn brush with BBQ to grill for 3 more min.

6. Split the baguettes and fill each one two eggplants slices, onions, and lettuce. Serve (I don’t eat wheat so this is fab in a lettuce wrap or thrown on top of a bed of lettuce)

Enjoy!

“Say you want a Revolution!”

Hey, hey we all want to change the world some how…and in my case, I want to change the world by changing the health of the world both people and planet.

By now (after reading my ramblings) you should know that a large percentage of you food supply is genetically altered, sprayed with chemicals, given hormones, grown too fast in deficient/ nutrient poor soil. As Arlo would say our food gets “injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected, selected”  and much more.

I am thinking we need a revolution, not only to save our health but save the planet. Here is what I propose…. let us put an end to this crazy toxic cycle, now! We have more than enough statistic to show we have an increase of cancer, ADD, ADHD, Autism, food allergies, autoimmune disease, endocrine disorders, diabetes, etc. Instead of thinking about, cutting out, printing out all these fabulous Green articles, let’s get off our asses and DO something. “There are watchers and doers in this world.” Tired of sitting on the sidelines?

Let’s support the health/ green revolution…..let’s support organic farming- it is cheaper than a medical bill. Local farmer’s markets are then best deal plus there are CSA (community supported agriculture) To find a list of your nearest CSA click here. Not only do you get better food you help save the planet by reducing your carbon foot print because the food is not traveling from across the country or world for that matter, plus there is less packaging, bring your own bag that you can reuse and you will be my hero.

5 Ways to save your health and the planet– not any shocking new ideas just many more good reasons to do them!

1. STOP BUYING BOTTLED WATER– get a filter to instal on your sink and a reusable water bottle preferably stainless steel, glass, or BPA-free plastic bottle (still not my favorite choice). Water is very important- filtered water is better than many bottled water due to the high acidity level of many bottled waters. Maintaining a more alkaline pH is far healthier. From increased energy to the prevention of cancer, alkaline foods/drinks and a healthy pH balance have been revered as a universal remedy in modern culture. See how acidic bottled water is!

Which plastics are safe? learn more

Best of all we can help add to the pollution of our earth. See plastic islands in the Pacific ocean.

2. BUY LOCAL ORGANIC. Many farms offer subscriptions for weekly baskets of produce, flowers and many other farm products. Try a CSA this year! How to choose a CSA.

3. REUSE SHOPPING BAGS FOR ALL SHOPPING. So you can make a statement with a great bag for grocery shopping as well as shopping for a new pair of shoes. You can reuse a bag you have, buy a cool new one to use, or make one- there is no excuse not to have a bag. Hell, I will personally make you one if you email me a good reason why you want one and promise to use it every time you shop.

4. WALK, RIDE, SHARE– Ok it is freaking 113 degrees here! So I do love my A/C car, however, when the temperature drops I will be making my wee 2 mile commute via bike; for now I will be carpooling with my love. Not only will I be saving the environment by biking but improving my cardio health, sculpting my legs and backside too- not a bad deal.

5. NEW TO YOU- Buying gently used items is good for the earth, good for your finances and good for your health. Yes, it is good for your health because to poor guy who originally paid full price for the item also breathed in all the toxins that item off-gassed. New furniture, new clothes, new cars (that new car smell is toxic!) etc off-gas (the evaporation of volatile chemicals in non-metallic materials at normal atmospheric pressure). Many of the chemicals are carcinogenic, lung irritants, endocrine disruptors, and just plain nasty to you lovely bodies. So if you buy use you save money/reduce financial stress, keep your indoor pollution down, plus if you good to garage sales or use Craig’s list you help build community by meeting new people.

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This is my shopping bag that I purchased in a thrift store, which I go to via subway. You too can be this cool.

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