Tuesday, July 5

Vitamin D & Me... And You!

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Vitamin D & Me... And You!

The sun is blazing into summer, how is it possible I live in California and still have a  vitamin D deficiency?!

Many Americans are vitamin D deficient and this is a big deal because side effects of D deficiency can be depression and brittle bones. People with a body mass index of 30 or greater often have low blood levels of vitamin D, and while melanin gives darker skin greater protection from harmful uv rays, it also inhibits the vitamins absorption.

I hate swallowing pills so here's 2 vitamin d-3 spray supplements to check out.
unless thy specifically state 'vegan' almost all vitamin d supplements are sourced form lanolin (sheep's wool oil) btw...

Garden of Life mykind Organics Vegan D3 Spray is vegan, sourced from Lichen, a moss. here's their website link. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, this is In a base of organic pumpkin and cranberry seed oil for absorption.


 For a non vegan source Fortivitum's D-3 spray comes in a super handy form. Here's the Amazon link. #FortiVitum is animal sourced from lanolin (sheep's wool oil).

Check out these two easy to swallow versions of a vitamin most of us take for granted. If you're feeling blue or down in the dumps try vitamin D-3 before embarking on more pharmaceutical option!

Tuesday, June 7

The skinny On Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Lately more and more sites are highlighting the negative side affects of sugar and how we were in fact terribly terribly wrong with the whole fat free  sugarfied Snackwell-y snacks of the 80's and 90's.

Lots of sites are practically declaring fat our new lord and savior and in some ways this is true. Fatty acids make up 80% of the weight of the brain and are necessary to maintain healthy cell membranes. The cell walls are made up to a large degree of lipids that need lipids on a daily basis. The brain needs fat to work at max potential.

Fats are  great for healthy skin and hair, any time I cut out all fats, I do lose a bit of weight, but I'm never happy with how unplump my skin looks and frizzy my hair becomes. That's why I recently added in an omega-3 supplement, more on the one I like at end of this post. Fish oils lower levels of fat in the blood which may help decrease strokes and heart attacks. It's so effective there's a high priced pharma version.

The main essential fatty acids in the human diet are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish oil & certain plant and nut oils, while omega-6 fatty acids can be found in palm, soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower oils. Omega-9 fatty acids, which are not considered essential, can be found in animal fat and olive oil.

Fish oil contains two omega-3 fatty acids called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Some nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which may be converted to DHA and EPA in the body.
Back in paleo times humans ate pretty equal ratios of Omega 3 to Omega-6. Our bodies were strong and lean. Unfortunately our American diet contains an imbalance of mostly Omega 6 fatty acids.

' The diet of many individuals today is at a ratio of about 16:1, mainly from vegetable oils.[28 Studies have suggested that omega-6 fatty acids should be consumed in a 1:1 ratio to omega-3.[28]'

That means for every 1 portion of Omega-3's in our diet,  we eat 16 portions of not as beneficial Omega6's.  That's all the fried yummy stuff Americans live on.
Back to fat in general for a moment- I see  paleo recipe after recipe online of coconut & nut meal snacks touted as weight lose aids. They're not they're yummy desserts... but not diet aids.

I know this because I LOVE nuts & seeds, but anytime I eat more that a handful, like say half or the whole Trader Joe's bag, I put on weight immediately. if you can eat all the nuts you like without gaining lbs., You're a lucky mo' fracker, my friend!

Btw, The cattle industry has played a big part in decreased omega-3 and increased the omega-6 content. The ripple effect of grain-feeding cattle. Meat raised on grass has a lower level of not so great omega-6, so if you do eat meat and can afford it, but grass fed!

How to get more Omega3's in your life


I never eat meat, though I follow a primarily vegan diet,  I do occasionally eat fish when I feel my body needs it, but not enough to really reap the omega-3 benefits.  So I've started taking Intelligent labs Ultra Pure Omega3.
intelligent labs

I like these Omegas because of their level of purity, they're sourced from a “Friends of the Sea” certified supplier,  using wild caught Mackerel, Anchovy and Sardine from Antarctic and there are no artificial additives. this is important as fish & the ocean have a lot of pollutants you wouldn't want to consume and they have higher levels of DHA & EPA, that's the good stuff.

I also like these a lot becuase they're easy to swallow & don't give a fishy after taste like some fish oils do...

  A supplement with a pedigree is important, a lot of over the counter supplements don't test for purity and sometimes aren't what they claim. Btw, each serving has a 1224mg of EPA and 816mg of DHA. 

I was never big on supplements in general until the last few years when I started thinking about preventative medicine. I try to get the nutrients I need from food, but sometimes that's not possible. I've incorporated Omega-3, vitamin D, wheat grass, and beet powder in supplement form, and I'm really pleased with the results.

Please remember to check with your doctor before adding supplements and to follow the recommended dosage. Taking more can have side affects and not taking enough wastes your hard earned dosh.
I'm going to feature a VEGAN source of Omega3's soon, so check back! Rachel


Saturday, May 21


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Wednesday, February 2

hey 2011!

i've been thinking lately how pleased i am there wasn't the full force online social networking there is now when i was coming up...
don't get me wrong, i appreciate a lot of aspects of social sites, but, imho it seems a lot of great people are spending more time creating and living out 'fulfilling' relationships online than interacting with the tangible.

Maybe i'm sensitive because i now possess a court restraining order good till 2020 against a complete stranger who fixated me, aided by the immediacy of the internet...
 Indeed, what happens when someone starts thinking all your status updates are secret special messages for only them? Nothing fucking good, that's what.

it worries me when i see folks calling strangers their 'twi-families'. Or my friends following their ex's every move... to what end?
I'm glad i realized a long time ago, if my ex's want me to know what's up, they'll tell me; finding out through subterfuge usually always hurts, n'est pas?

So, I find myself more drawn to sites specific to my interests these days, a lot of your blogs, news sites, clever funny sites etc.. and the brevity of twitter i suppose.
And here... my little blog of inconsequence.
oh, and fashion sites! i devour them, and quite often it really does satiate the desire to shop... sometimes looking is enough for me, how about you? True

Thursday, November 25



Friday, October 29

To live & dye in L.A. ~ exhibit A

before the late night dye go round these were..
  1. nanette lepore skirt, was white w/  diff colour stripes...never wore because who needs a big white cloth ass right? will prob dye again for a deeper grey.
  2. old raw silk scarf, was dingy orange.
  3. skirt, was white w/ embroidered pink flowers.
  4. nanette lepore jacket, was a dated odd light green & white w/navy stripes... (stitching didn't dye, I'll work that out & replace buttons) found this at a resale store for $35, saw potential~ might re-dye for deeper colour.
  5. tulle velvet top, was a great shade of ecru, until time made it look just dirty ecru.
  6. silk dress was  light pink with white flowers.
  7. top, was a grungy white from age.. (and litle dee dees from Half & half)
to live & dye in L.A. ~exhibit A

I do so love clothes, but occasionally get really bored w/stuff, colors fade to dreary,or most likely, i've stained them, as i am a clumsy gal who forgets to dry clean in a timely fashion.

SO... rather than get rid of the offending garments a cheap easy wardrobe remake is to dye them! AT YOUR OWN RISK, might I add... I've absolutely dyed things to a muddy murky mess, at that point I usually just dye them black & hope for the best.

if you follow easy to find guides online on how to combine to achieve desired color it really helps. for these pieces i used reg ole rit dye found at local drug store. there are professional dyes w/ more staying power available online, but i wasn't feeling waiting.

I used a few diff dye combos like brown & wine for the darker maroon. another thing to consider is diff material takes dye diff ways...
sometimes it can really weaken a fabric, causing it to tear if you're not careful handling the wet item.(bye bye, never wore you anyways, Moschino dress)I rinsed stuff in machine, but will also pray it doesn't rain while I'm wearing.

oh and totally wear gloves cause my hands look like i been a working in a coal mine.
good luck, lemme know if you try it! xx True

Monday, October 11


now's here a view you don't get in Los Angeles...  for my pals birthday we rented a loft in Tribeca for the same price as 2 hotel rooms... brilliant week was had by all.  oh the stiries i could tell... but i wont, for I am a scorpio after all. xx True

Saturday, August 21


oh, i've been busy this summer! how bout you? i'd share but some things are best savored in silence...

1. a make up lady said the points of my lips are dated. he he he. i love my pointy filler 7 toxin free lips & tiny elf ears.

2. a friend asked why i put my cups in face down in the cupboard.... i gave i imagine a standard nyc lower east side kids answer.
cause that way the ROACHES might not get inside them. those bold, giant, egg sack carrying room mates were everywhere in that  cramped E.10th st apt. impervious to raid, and fond of running cross my face in the non solitude of night. thank god roaches in NYC seem less of a problem then when i was 5. now its bed bugs claiming the island.
  ps. why do we call 'killer bees' 'Africanized bees' and roaches just 'roaches', instead of german roaches? just saying...

3.i made this dress, not the jacket... then realized i'm am not particularly a
 fan of silk. even Nanette Lapore silk from mood fabrics. at leat it kinda looks like a piece of clothing. yeah!

4. be nice to the people you love, no matter how much they piss you off.
XO ~ True

Thursday, June 3

nerdy good kinda clean fun with fabric and ink!

realized i could put fabric ironed to freezer paper (carefully) through my wide formant printers...printed any image i found, w/ various results. fun!

pigment ink on textured linen and 100% cotton, largest print @17 by 22...











Thursday, April 15

to and fro i go...

turn off music player on right, or you won't hear anything!