Archive for February, 2009

Playlist #2


For those high energy days…

Britney Spears-Toy Soldier

Lady GaGa-Love Games

September-Cry For You

Plus 44-When Your Heart Stops Beating

Shiny Toy Guns-Le Disko

Petey Pablo-Show Me The Money

Flo Rida ft. Timbaland-Elevator

Pitbull-Move Shake Drop

Girltalk-Pure Magic

Joe Buddens-Fire

Prodigy-Breathe

Pink ft. Redman-Get The Party Started

Advertisements

BPA: The Hidden Chemical

 

Plastic water bottle

Plastic water bottle

By: Lara O’Keefe

 

For years now, water has been conveniently contained in a plastic container; ready to use whenever we choose.

 

Plastic water bottles were invented in 1947, but began to gain popularity during the 1960’s when they became more affordable.

 

A cheap material, plastic took over many glass containers and has been an overwhelming presence in our society since then.

 

From shampoo bottles to juice bottles, plastic can be found everywhere, and up until lately, this was never an issue.

 

Scientists recently discovered a chemical called BPA or Bisphenol A, a chemical predominantly used in polycarbonate plastic containers in order to make them hard and translucent.  

 

Though BPA may be handy in production lines, it is anything but healthy for our bodies.

 

Perhaps most disturbing of all, is the fact that not only has BPA been found in baby bottles, scientists also found that the toxic chemical is released fifty five times faster when exposed to heat.

 

If this statistic doesn’t give parents reason to pause before putting that baby bottle in the microwave, studies have already shown that BPA can disrupt the hormones and cause prostate cancer, not to mention contributing to ADHD, feminization of males and decreased sperm count.

 

There is good news though. With an increase in research, also comes an increase in alternative consumer products such as glass baby bottles. Websites such as www.newbornfree.com offer a number of different types of bottles, nipples and children’s cups, all BPA free.

 

Metal canisters are becoming popular as well, as they prove to be an equally convenient, yet safe way to carry water.

 

Though we can try to reduce the amount of BPA in our lives, it is near impossible to live an entirely BPA-free lifestyle. With so many popular products still using the chemical, it often ends up leaking into our water sources and unfortunately, into our bodies. 

For more information about bisphenol A, visit http://www.bisphenol-a.org/.

 

Vegan Mac and Cheese (gluten free)

Ingredients:
2 cups rice pasta shells
2 tbsp vegan margarine
½ cup vegan cream cheese
2 tsp of gluten free all-purpose flour
1/8th cup rice or soy milk
1 cup grated mozzarella
½ apple chopped into small pieces

Instructions:

Boil water and begin to cook rice pasta.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Should take about 7 to 10 minutes.  In a second pan on med-low heat melt margarine.  Once melted whisk in each tablespoon of flour separately.  Add milk and whisk.  Next add cream cheese, stirring with wooden spoon until it has melted into a thick cream sauce.  Add ½ a cup of grated vegan mozza stir in until melted.
Drain pasta and rinse with fresh water.  Add pasta to sauce pot and stir adding apples.  Put mixture into casserole dish cover with the second ½ cup of mozza and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until cheese starts to melt.

Playlist #1

10 fast paced songs that will get you moving.

All the Way – Ali Lohan

Say You Will – Ben Harper

Hummingbird – Born Ruffians

Help! – The Beatles

Circus – Britney Spears

Hollaback Boy – Cobra Starship

For the Girl – The Fratellis

This Promise – Girls Aloud

Run – Gnarls Barkley

All Jacked Up – Gretchen Wilson