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Nutrition News & Research / Re: Sous Vide Cooking Method - nutrition and toxicity?
« Last post by diana_m on March 25, 2020, 11:54:25 PM »
Great question. I don't have the luxury of having a sous vide device at my home and I no longer work where I have access to one, so I couldn't test your theory out.

Since the concern with cooking in plastic came from the contact of fats and acids (both liquids), I see less of a concern if you want to cook dry ingredients in a plastic bag (what dry items are you cooking?) So maybe a way to do the dry cooking would be to coat your items in lots of dry ingredients (spices, nuts, flours, salt etc...) then just scrape off that extra portion of dried ingredients that came in contact with the plastic.

But since most sous vide foods have some kind of liquid (even if its their own) then I would stick with cooking with glass. Just be sure that the liquid has some kind of flavor (stock, wine, brine, butter, etc...) otherwise it will suck out the flavor of your foods and leave them bland. The good thing about this is that you are infusing flavors AND more nutrients into your foods (ie, sous vide broccoli in herbal green tea). Plus you can use this liquid multiple times getting more flavor and nutrients in each batch (this works well with fat).

There are a few more concerns when cooking this way.
-Since you are using a denser material (than plastic) cooking times will likely need to be raised and be different than other recommended cooking times (if you develop some good formulas, please share!)
-The jar/container acts like a heat sink and can cool the food. So if possible, completely submerge the jar (weigh it down). At minimum keep the level of the food at or below the level of the water.

Test this out...Try using the thinner sealable glass containers with plastic lid (not letting food touch the lid) then fully submerging them to cook.

Pura Sous Vida!

Sorry to revive this, but I was wondering - is plastic-free sous vide possible?

For example, could one use a glass container such as a mason jar, preferably about the size and shape of the food to be cooked sous vide? That is, put the food in the container, fill with a liquid to enable heat transfer between container and contents, seal (optionally with a vacuum, but perhaps it wouldn't be beneficial here), and then stick the container in the bath?

This will mean some loss of flavor to the liquid the jar is filled with, but if the glass container is about the size of the food and a flavorful liquid is used, presumably this wouldn't be such a problem?

So I found your post, blujay, and decided to ask if someone tried this method.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Cooking with Sea Vegatables (Seaweed)
« Last post by diana_m on March 25, 2020, 11:43:18 PM »
Hi all!
I am new to posting and new to cooking with seaweed!
I have just come to the end of NC101 and it has been brought to my attention that I need to incorporate more of the booster foods into my diet. I would like to start using more seaweed in my cooking routine but have very little experience on how to use it or what to pair it with so I am looking for any advice, recipes or inspiration!

Also I live in the mountains and I have scoured my local stores in search of different variety's but have been unable to find much aside from your standard snack sheets so information on where to source from would be helpful.

Thanks in advance for any tips.

Would like to add my two coins.
I do use Dulse in my raw fish meals, I cut it with a scissor in small slices and mix it with the raw fish, I love that. But Dulse is not good for making soaked seaweed me thinks. The best for that are Wakame, Kombu, Sea Spaghetti. The Dulse do not really get soft.
So I use different seaweeds a little different way.

I never cook my seaweed, only if I add it to broth. Otherwise I see no idea in cooking them, really. I think it might make them less healthy. That is why I also buy raw dried seaweeds, not roasted or dried with high heat.
Nutrition Talk / Re: diet changes during menstrual cycle
« Last post by diana_m on December 12, 2019, 10:50:29 PM »
I'm 39, when i was young i use to have very easy periods(menstrual cycle) those days i never bothered about diet during that period.but  after having a baby I started having painful periods. i feel very weak for those seven days. what kind of diet should i take during those days? please suggest

Personally, I believe that you must visit your OBGYN first since you've mentioned the changes after the birth.
I twice that teas - like camomile, raspberry leaf - might reduce the pain. Try to add more magnesium to your diet and watch for your iron levels (red meat, beans, tofu, and pumpkin seeds are all good sources of iron). Low iron level is usually what makes your weaker during the period. Stay healthy!
Nutrition Talk / Re: diet changes during menstrual cycle
« Last post by elainewestcott on November 24, 2019, 05:13:31 PM »
Hello! I'm just now seeing your post- hope you've found some relief since you first posted!

Despite what we've been told in our culture, PMS/period pain is *not normal*. Rather, all the "typical" PMS symptoms that we women have been told to solve with medication are really symptoms that something is out of balance within us--sometimes this is a nutrient deficiency that we can resolve by changing our diet, sometimes it's something else.

I would recommend reading Dr. Jolene Brighten's blog posts <> to help you find out what's going on, so you can solve it! She is an expert in women's hormones and has written a great book to help us demystify what's going on with all our symptoms. I'm currently reading her book "Beyond the Pill", and would recommend you check it out from the library/buy it!

I personally have found that making a tea with raspberry leaf is very helpful for cramps. You can find this at an herbalist, spice shop, apothecary or online.

In the meantime, here's what Dr. Brighten recommends for painful periods--though it's always good to figure out what is the underlying cause!
*Magnesium (glycinate or citrate): 300-600 mg daily
*Turmeric: 1 g daily (and/or use in food!)
*Cramp bark extract: 1 tsp 2-3x/day 2 days before your period and for the duration of cramps
Nutrition Talk / Re: Need a Nutrition Consultant or Naturopath in San Diego
« Last post by andrewburr on November 07, 2019, 06:40:41 PM »
Hello, so sorry to hear abour your cousin. I just recently graduated Bauman. I live in San Diego and I would be happy to try to help navigate your cousin through this process. I am still learning myself and building on my Bauman education. Let me know if you would be interested in talking and seeing if I could help you and your family through this!
Nutrition Talk / Need a Nutrition Consultant or Naturopath in San Diego
« Last post by Lisa Miller on November 07, 2019, 01:23:13 PM »
My cousin in San Diego is going through a combination of medical issues. Today I found out that she is extremely anemic and has a blockage in her colon and they are in a waiting game to get answers. So far they have done two x-rays and see the blockage and that there is air trapped above it. I'd like to get her in touch with a Naturopath or Nutrition Consultant that can see her and help her push through the medical community barriers she is facing.

She is 18 years old. Eats a healthy diet. She does pass some stools, though it's not regular. She has also experienced sudden weight gain over the past couple of weeks.

Does anyone have connections in San Diego?

Thanks for your help!
Nutrition Talk / Water, tap vs filtered? Best home options?
« Last post by andrewburr on November 06, 2019, 07:49:40 AM »
Hello all, as a recent Bauman graduate I am slowly incorporating many of the things we have learned. We spoke briefly of the importance of water and the risks involved in our water supply. I am currently living in california and I have been doing a lot of research trying to find a suitable drinking water system. I rent so finding something portable seems to be more difficult. I have used a Brita for years and the more i read of it the more it looks as if it really is not eliminating many of the toxins i would like to avoid. I really like the berkey system but they cannot sell or ship to anywhere in california so that appears to be out as well. If anyone has any information regarding home, portable water systems I would greatly appreciate any direciton you can point me in.
Thank you very much!!

Andrew B.
Community Calendar / Seminar 11/13 in Oakland on Graceful Aging
« Last post by Nori on October 25, 2019, 10:00:08 AM »
I will be leading a seminar in aging at Homestead Apothecary, Oakland.  Tickets and more information is available here:

You will get useful handouts and a yummy snack during this 1.5 hour seminar.  Ideal for those over 40 but anyone is welcome.  Hope to see you there!
Community Calendar / Relieve Back & Joint Pain with Natural Posture
« Last post by Dana Davis on October 14, 2019, 03:23:03 PM »
Are you tired of having back or joint pain? You can learn how to be free of pain! Learning what is the underlying cause of your pain will enable you to make changes that eliminate your pain. Almost everyone in highly industrialized countries has adopted a modern posture that is misaligned and so pervasive we can't even see it. Many treatments don't address the underlying cause of pain.

Learning a set of simple, specific guidelines can bring you relief from pain anytime, anywhere. The same guidelines that take away your pain also straighten your spine.

Come learn how at a Balance Method/"Spinefulness" workshop - "The 3 Myths That are Causing Your Back Pain".

IN PETALUMA: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:30-8 pm
OR Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 1:30-3 pm.

Tuition: $15

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Seating is limited. To register, call 707-278-8718 or visit

Why do people in some countries have no back pain? 80% of the population in the United States suffers from back pain, compared to only 5% in many other countries, such as Portugal and Greece. These healthy people move slightly differently than we do. The teaching of the Balance Center is based on more than 40 years of research on these healthy populations. When you stand, bend, sit, walk, and sleep as these people do, your pain can be significantly reduced or eliminated.


-Balance/Spinefulness is based on studying healthy people
-No special devices, special equipment or special chairs are needed
-No exercises or radical positions are required
-Balance/Spinefulness dramatically improves your posture
-You use this information immediately in your car, at work, even at the
-A slight shift in position brings relief


I have successfully used Balance Center instructions as part of a comprehensive treatment program for my patients with painful spinal conditions.
- William Firtch, M.D.

"This class was a revelation for me. It increased my awareness of being out of Balance and I learned simple changes I can make to become more balanced and pain free. It was powerful learning what I can do on a daily basis to avoid pain. Dana taught us simple techniques to use everyday to correct bad posture and live pain free. Its given me hope and has been a life changing experience that has put me back in control ."
- Julie Shapiro, Oakland, CA

"For 17 years I spent thousands of dollars for medical treatment and loss of work time to find a solution to relieve lower back pain due to an auto accident.  I sought treatment using acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, osteopathic and more. These treatments were helpful for a short time, but it did not teach me the proper body mechanics for lifelong relief. Surgery and continuous use of drugs was not a viable option.  The classes I took from Dana at Sonoma Body Balance were my saving grace. I learned how to properly sit, sleep, walk, drive, bend, lift, etc. I have not experienced any back pain since completing the classes."
- Wayland Lew

"Before I took the Balance class, I experienced chronic neck, low back, hip, and gluteal tension, in spite of the fact that I received weekly chiropractic adjustments. While taking the class, my tension decreased significantly. The tools I learned in the class also enabled me to teach basic sitting skills to patients which helped eliminate a major cause of recurring back pain for many of them."
-Jay Bunker, Chiropractor

Taught by Dana Davis, MA, Senior Certified Instructor by the Balance Center in Palo Alto and Certified Yoga Teacher. Class includes slides, practice sitting and bending in Balance, anatomy and individual hands-on guidance. Enrollment is limited. For more information, visit For information about Balance/Spinefulness, visit or

NPR story about spinefulness:

To register, call 707-278-8718 or visit

Nutrition Talk / Looking for a Client for Research Project
« Last post by kristaformosa on October 03, 2019, 08:45:03 PM »
Are you or someone you know battling with obesity or looking to lose weight on a plant-based diet?  I am currently a student in the Holistic Nutrition Consultant program at Bauman College and I am looking for a client to use for my final research project.  The participant can already be plant-based or looking to switch to a plant-based diet to help assist with weight loss.  Client will receive a free nutritional assessment for their participation.  Please email me if you or someone you know is interested in participating!

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