Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Are Americans Waging War with a Super Food

Click Here to Hear This Blog in Audio!

From yards in the city, to homes in the country, we all battle the pesky weed known as the dandelion. What is this weed that we adore as children when we blow off the frail seed tops and curse as adults for their evasive placement in our side walks? Where did it come from? Why was it brought here? Does it possess some hidden power that we are all over looking and what should I do with it to make it edible? Let's explore this little yellow beauty.

The dandelion originated in Asia as a food and medicine. It was brought to the United States by the Spanish and Germans. The name, dandelion, comes from the French language and is said "dents de lion" which means "teeth of the lion" and references the jagged leaves of the plant. This little plant is actually still grown as a crop in Belguim. (See more fun facts at simplesaurus.blogspot.com)

Here in the United States we have declared war on it and many products offer sure fire ways to rid your yard of the pesky plant. This war on the dandelion started after World War II when Americans began to spread out into suburban housing. A book called "A Lawn Without Dandelions" published in 1921 declared officially that the war had begun but are Americans fighting a plant that could be nourishing our bodies better than most other greens we eat?

Yes we are. The medical benefits of this plant are numerous and very underrated in this country. This plant is very well respected across the globe. It appears in the US National Formulatory and in the Pharmacopeias of Hungary, Poland, Switzerland and the Soviet Union. It is also, one of the top 6 herbs in Chinese herbal Medical Chests. It is a great source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, fiber, potassium, vitamin B, thiamine, riboflavin and protein. (Check out all the medical research and findings at leaflady.org)

Peter Gail states on the site, The Leaf Lady "Suppose your doctor tells you, on your next visit, that he has just discovered a miracle drug which, when eaten as a part of  your daily diet or taken as a beverage, could, depending on the peculiarities of your body chemistry: prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or jaundice; act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastrointestinal health; assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin and eliminate acne; improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea; prevent or lower high blood pressure; prevent or cure anemia; lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half; eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods; prevent or cure various forms of cancer; prevent or control diabetes mellitus; and, at the same time, have no negative side effects and selectively act on only what ails you. If he gave you a prescription for this miracle medicine, would you use it religiously at first to solve whatever the problem is and then consistently for preventative body maintenance?"

I sure would!  So now that we know this plant rocks and this war is a joke, what do we do with it. The whole plant is edible but there are some tricks to its preparation. The new green leaves, that haven't developed the saw toothed look, are best for salads. They can be a little bitter so they can be mixed with lettuce, corn, apples, or nuts. Additionally, they can be used in egg salad or potato salad. The older leaves (but not too old) can be sauteed and used with spinach (or as a spinach substitute) for recipes. People also pickle the leaves and use them to make kim chi. The flowers make great fritters, jam, can be used in stir fry, or as a coffee substitute and can also be made into wine. (See all the recipe details at motherearthnews.com)

So let's stop the war on dandelions and start appreciating them for the super food they are!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase Without Land
Purchase Day After Disaster


 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Go-Bag. What is it and why it's important for everyone to have one.

Click Here For An Audio Recording of This Blog
There are many recent examples of why a Go-Bag is essential for every individual to own. Looking back through the year we have had huge mudslides in Washington. Towns in states like Mississippi and Oklahoma continue to be devastated by tornadoes. Just this week we saw massive flooding in Florida and the rest of the south east. There are many more examples that we can discuss. Obviously, disaster can strike anywhere at anytime. It is each individual's responsibility to be ready and make sure their children are ready as well.

Your basic Go-Bag can be your best friend. It should be prepared immediately and stay ready to grab and go in two to five minutes notice. Short term survival should occupy the bulk of its contents but if the situation turns really bad the long term should not be forgotten. Items inside the bag should be streamlined to ensure they are lightweight and easy to carry. What you put in your Go-Bag will vary based on the region you live in and the temperature of that area. Also the contents will vary based on if you live in the city or the country. Finally the age and sex of the individual as well their medical condition will influence the contents. For example, babies will need cloth diapers, women will want to carry feminine hygiene products and anyone with a medical condition should have at least two extra months of their prescription medication.

There are some basics for your Go-Bag that everyone should have. Everyone should carry their own first aid kit. The more kits the merrier. In your Go-Bag you should also have some food. Not too much because you don't want the weight but think about thinks like beef jerky, power bars, canned meat, bag of rice and beans. Think about things that will give you the most nutrition for the least amount of weight. Your Go-Bag should also contain a fire starting kit, a tarp, and a sleeping bag. Finally, you will need tools. Tools can make weapons, catch food, take apart mechanical things that can be of use, and unscrew potential water sources in the city.

The time is now! Get it together so you are not carrying a garbage bag down the street if something were to happen to your town.


For a full list of "The Go-Bag Essentials" sign up for "The Changing Earth Newsletter" on the right hand bar and down-load it for free!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase Without Land
Purchase Day After Disaster


 

Hiking and the Importance of Your Feet





When you go out hiking, most people take their feet for granted. We all know a supportive and comfortable boot is the key but how do you find that boot? When you try on a boot you should practice using that boot on a variety of surface angles. You never know how your toes are going to feel when they are stuffed into the front of your boot going down hill unless you try it. Another very important tip is you want your boot to be about half a size too big. This is because once you start hiking your foot will swell and you may find that the boot has become too small all of a sudden. When you buy the boot allow for swelling.

A bigger boot will also give you enough room for seasonal socks. In the winter months you will want a thin sock to wick away moisture with a natural fiber sock (like wool, or alpaca) over the top to provide warmth. In the summer you will just want the thin sock. The boot must be able to accommodate both. Once you choose a boot and you are out using them, retie your boots after a half hour. It is worth the time and effort to make sure your feet stay comfortable. After all a car isn't going very far without good tires and your body won't be going very far without well cared for feet.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase Without Land
Purchase Day After Disaster


 

Why did I write my novel, Day After Disaster?

Day After Disaster was written to cause readers to reflect on two main points. The first thing this novel causes readers to ask themselves is what if our way of life was drastically altered in a snap. Anyone alive on 9-11 remembers exactly where they were when the world was changed, this novel causes the reader to ask where will I be when the world changes again? What would I be willing to do to save my family or myself? Would I even know how to survive in the natural world of our ancestors?

The next issue Day After Disaster causes the reader to ponder is an appreciation for the now. Modern humans live at such a fast paced speed that the special moments of gratitude for the people surrounding you can be lost. So many things designed to make life easier or more entertaining may be drastically altering our basic social relationships and this book causes readers to consider the simplicity of the life that our society gave up in return for the conveniences of modern gadgets.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase Without Land
Purchase Day After Disaster


 

While Doing Research For My Next Novel I Came Across This Interesting Read


I've been researching material for my next book. While I was at a gun show looking for military material I could reference, the owner of an antique book stand took and interest in me and gave me a book called, The Rape of Kuwait by Jean P. Sasson, to read. I found this a little odd but I read it anyway. It details stories of the people of Kuwait and the atrocities they faced when the Iraqis invaded. It was very interesting to hear the stories of the people and the choices they had to face when an intolerant regime invaded. The soldiers performing the horrors on these people were religious men who probably had families of their own. It was so incredible to see how fast soldiers turn into animals. The book describes the soldiers throwing hospital patients from their beds and steeling the very equipment that sustained their lives. Some of the Kuwaiti families had occupied a residence for generations and had to pack everything up into one suitcase, take their families, and go. Where was the question and anyway they went they were bound to run into soldiers ready to take everything from including their husbands and sons. Very interesting read. I highly suggest taking a look at it.
Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase Without Land
Purchase Day After Disaster


 

Are you ready for the gardening season?

It is so easy to grow a small garden that will provide you with fresh veggies. Plus, with a little investment into canning materials you can preserve the goodies to eat off of year round. This year taking these two little steps may be more important than ever. With the drout in California and the virus killing the baby pigs that provide us with the bacon we cherish so much, grocery prices will be skyrocketing. In addition upcoming inflation that will hit our country may be most noticeable at the grocery store. Whether you live in the city or in the country a garden can be grown. Or if you really don't like gardening check out the deals you can get on bulk produce and take the time to preserve it for the year. You may be happy you did.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase Without Land
Purchase Day After Disaster