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Five powerful reasons to eat a plant-based diet

What we eat significantly impacts how healthy and happy we are, and moving towards a plant-based diet is one of the simplest ways to radically improve your health, your sleep and your mood.

If I could make a single dietary recommendation to people looking to establish vibrant living, it would be to eat more plants! Most people I talk to desire more energy, better sleep, clearer thinking and brighter moods. What we eat significantly impacts how healthy and happy we are, and moving towards a plant-based diet is one of the simplest ways to radically improve your health, your sleep and your mood.

Left Coast/Right Coast: It was just a football game

I respectfully suggest that some of us living in greater Seattle (and many other cities in the U.S.) are a wee bit too parochial. What do I mean? I mean we can take pride in where we live. We can promote the area as if we worked for the Chamber of Commerce. But let’s leave it there.

Now I know some of you reading this are going to be upset. Trust me on this one.

I respectfully suggest that some of us living in greater Seattle (and many other cities in the U.S.) are a wee bit too parochial. What do I mean? I mean we can take pride in where we live. We can promote the area as if we worked for the Chamber of Commerce. But let’s leave it there. To do much more makes us and the city look defensive about what we’re about and undermines the value of the area to those living elsewhere.

February 2014 News and Events from Mill Creek Garden Club

Mill Creek Garden Club is once again selling “Beautiful Bloomers”. They come in a variety of colors and are created for either a sunny or shady spot. Baskets are $34 which includes tax and free delivery before Mother’s Day in the Mill Creek area.

Your basket purchase gives back to the community by providing funds for our Giving through Gardening grants program which provides money for gardening projects in local grade schools.

Forever home cat of the week - Rainy

Rainy is a beautiful medium haired tortoiseshell kitty, about 10 months old. Rainy's family was homeless and living in their car. They had the opportunity to go to a homeless shelter, but they couldn't take their beloved companion.

Tired of the dreary, gray days? This sweet girl will bring some sunshine into your life.

Rainy is a beautiful medium haired tortoiseshell kitty, about 10 months old. Rainy's family was homeless and living in their car. They had the opportunity to go to a homeless shelter, but they couldn't take their beloved companion. They wanted to give Rainy a chance at a permanent home.

Ayurveda Nutrition: Understanding the Six Tastes

Taste, or rasa in Sanskrit, is the keys to understanding Ayurvedic nutrition. According to Ayurveda, the sense of taste is a natural guide towards proper nutrition. For ages, humans relied largely upon taste to discover healthy foods and avoid toxic ones.

The wisdom of Ayurvedic nutrition rests in your taste buds. Taste, or rasa in Sanskrit, is the keys to understanding Ayurvedic nutrition. According to Ayurveda, the sense of taste is a natural guide towards proper nutrition. For ages, humans relied largely upon taste to discover healthy foods and avoid toxic ones.

Our taste buds do much more than simply identify tastes; they unlock the nutritive value of foods and provide the initial spark to the entire digestive process.

Forever home dog of the week - Chubbie

Chubbie is a 15 week old Chihuahua mix boy that weighs 8-9 lbs. He was transferred to Seattle with his siblings from a high-kill shelter in California and just arrived in our rescue.

Chubbie is a 15 week old Chihuahua mix boy that weighs 8-9 lbs. He was transferred to Seattle with his siblings from a high-kill shelter in California and just arrived in our rescue.

Chubbie is a very social little guy to both other dogs and humans. He loves to be held and will very quickly jump on your lap once you sit down. He loves being around other dogs and enjoys playing with them.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Be Direct!

Mike Gold, a retired entrepreneur living the good life in the Northwest, explains how people can all be defined as either "Direct" or "Indirect." He contends that "Direct" people "get on with it."

There are basically two types of people in the world. Direct and Indirect.

Direct people, are most often found among these professional career people: fast food servers (you can’t have it your way), automobile mechanics (it’s broken and I can/can’t fix it), and doctors and dentists (you have six months to live and/or all your teeth are about to fall out).

Indirect people include: Lawyers (top of the list,) Politicians (tied with Lawyers), Civil Service employees (your license should arrive between 1 and 10 weeks!), and all Japanese people.

House plants do amazing things, from the Whistling Gardener

Back in the late 60’s when I was finishing up my undergraduate studies house plants were all the rage. In the trade we referred to them as foliage plants and had it not been for the draft and the Vietnam War my path might very well have been through the vast foliage growers of Encinitas California where range after range of greenhouses were packed with ferns, palms, golden pothos, snake plants, philodendrons, Swedish ivy and of course spider plants.

Back in the late 60’s when I was finishing up my undergraduate studies house plants were all the rage. In the trade we referred to them as foliage plants and had it not been for the draft and the Vietnam War my path might very well have been through the vast foliage growers of Encinitas California where range after range of greenhouses were packed with ferns, palms, golden pothos, snake plants, philodendrons, Swedish ivy and of course spider plants.

Forever home cat of the week - Alley

Alley is the sweetest girl cat you will ever meet. She loves people and attention. She loves to be brushed and will rub up against you to say thank you!

Alley is the sweetest girl you will ever meet. She loves people and attention. She loves to be brushed and will rub up against you to say thank you! She is a quiet cat except for her purring.

Alley is not finicky about her food and would never think of going potty outside her litter box! In fact, she loves her canned food. There is not a mean bone in her body. She will come to me when I call and sit in a big chair beside me and watch t.v. She likes the Animal Planet channel.

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