Limelight: Leonardo Di Caprio’s Before The Flood

Film and Entertainment

By Star Noor

Photos courtesy of Before the Flood website, NASA, National Geographic, and the NRDC.

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While global warming is as the designation pronounces, a global problem, we Americans haven’t been fully informed as to the magnitude and even worst, with all the information out there and those tirelessly working to get the horrifying and very real data into the heads and hearts of our mostly uninformed citizenry, we refuse to believe it’s true.  We Americans are one of the leading nations in carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption (consumption altogether), however, we are not the top country for mass conversion from fossil fuels to clean energy nor one of the top contenders for unilateral government compliance in large and drastic efforts which must be made to correct and halt the death of our planet; the death of us.

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As the recently released documentary, “Before the Flood”, by Leonardo Di Caprio points out this and many other facts which we are shielded from and misinformed about by a mass network of Government, privately owned corporations; and Mainstream, Social, and Independent media, many of whom are re-reporting misguided information and mostly rebel rousing the masses in largely unproductive diversions meant to buy time for the profiteers. A chain which is important for us to start paying real attention to.  A chain we must break.

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With the present upsetting election of President Elect Donald Trump,  who is prone to such grossly misinformed and blind-sighted quotes as, “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!” (Tweeted on October 12, 2016); we are facing the brink of catastrophe in policy oversight and drastic reductions in governmental funding for programs that we are now actively a part of in the efforts to reduce global warming.  Even amidst the rallying cry of 97% of top scientists in the world studying the problem, as Leo narrates in the film, the President of the Free World resonate the ideals of the most under-informed of our society  instead of taking the time to truly surround himself with the informed and the advised (under-information to the public again, is largely by the cause and effect factor from the actions of these very same echelon of people who stand to profit for the time being).

We are no longer able to assign ourselves the luxury of time.  We are no longer able to be in the lull of ignorance and this film points this out in a most well done cumulative looks into a very broad and complex net of environmental pollution, bureaucracy, denial and profiteering at all costs, human consumption, and ultimately – global warming.

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The film begins with Leo recounting his first days on Earth, starring at the panels of a mural painting by artist Hieronymus Bosch titled, The Garden of Earthly Delights and how this work of art was forever engraved into his memory and the way it has fueled his passion for natural conservation since the days of first hearing about the looming global warming crisis at the time, through the insight of then Vice President Al Gore and how those decisive moments helped shape the rest of his life in regards to activism.  In this very personal search, Leo travels the world and ultimately to the White House and the U.N., to research and present a more focused look into global warming and where we are now, in “Before The Flood “.

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Before the screening in London began, DiCaprio took to the stage to introduce the film. He said:

“Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey that took place with my co-creator and director Fisher Stevens. We went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of climate change and questioned humanity’s ability to reverse what maybe the most catastrophic problem mankind has ever faced. There was a lot to take on. All that we witnessed on this journey shows us that our world’s climate is incredibly interconnected and that it is at urgent breaking point…I’ve been incredibly moved by so many climate change documentaries in the past, but I never felt that I saw one that articulated the science clearly to the public. I think people grasp it, but it seems something distant, far off, intangible and almost otherworldly. An individual doesn’t feel like they can make an impact. The journey for me was to try and make a modern-day film about climate change. I’ve been studying this issue for the past 15 years, I’ve been watching it very closely. What’s incredibly terrifying is that things are happening way ahead of the scientific projections, 15 or 20 years ago…We wanted to create a film that gave people a sense of urgency, that made them understand what particular things are going to solve this problem. We bring up the issue of a carbon tax, for example, which I haven’t seen in a lot of documentaries. Basically, sway a capitalist economy to try to invest in renewables, to bring less money and subsidies out of oil companies. These are the things that are really going to make a massive difference. It’s gone beyond, as we talk about in the film, simple, individual actions. We need to use our vote…We cannot afford to have political leaders out there that do not believe in modern science, or the scientific method, or empirical truths…We cannot afford to waste time having people in power that choose to believe in the 2% of the scientific community that is basically bought off by lobbyists and oil companies. They are living in the stone ages. They are living in the dark ages. We need to live in the future.”
Global warming might not be the most glamorous or socially acceptable issue (depending on what type of society you choose to surround yourself with), however, it is the most pressing in that without the space in which for all of us to survive and prosper in harmony with each other and with the Earth, we have no need of most any other issues for which we might stand.  Without Earth there is no us.  We must understand that very simple yet complex notion, and begin to individually rise to a collective effort to save our home and all of the bounty we have been granted upon it.  Bounty that we are now raping.

For years many, it’s been said one of our top and most effective efforts globally will be personal responsibility and effort to reduce our own carbon footprints in any way that we can.   As Leo points out in the film and I personally concede, for example, if we reduce our waste of red meat which produces different sources of waste which largely impact the environment, we can reduce our carbon footprint drastically.  There is such vast amounts of change necessary that not only does personal effort count enormously, but it is paramount to us winning the battle of saving the tiny little space in which we have been granted life.

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I believe that Dr. Sunita Narian said it best in her chat with Leo in one of the most poignant scenes in the film, “I’m sorry to say this, I know you’re an American, and please don’t take this amiss but your consumption is gonna really put a hole in the planet; and I think that’s the conversation we need to have.  I’ll show you charts from this perspective. [Shows page from a book.] Electricity consumed by one American at home is equivalent to 1.5 citizens of France, 2.2 citizens of Japan and 10 citizens of China, 34 of India and 61 of Nigeria. Why? Because you’re building bigger, you’re building more and using much more than before. The fact is we need to put the issue of lifestyle and consumption at the center of climate negotiations.”

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To that I say, any action, is better than no action at all.

Figures from the Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eater’s Guide and the EPA’s Guide to Passenger Vehicle Emissions.

Rank

Food CO2 Kilos Equivalent Car Miles Equivalent

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Lamb

39.2

91

2

Beef

27.0

63

3

Cheese

13.5

31

4

Pork

12.1

28

5

Turkey

10.9

25

6

Chicken

6.9

16

7

Tuna

6.1

14

8

Eggs

4.8

11

9

Potatoes

2.9

7

10

Rice

2.7

6

11

Nuts

2.3

5

12

Beans/tofu

2.0

4.5

13

Vegetables

2.0

4.5

14

Milk

1.9

4

15

Fruit

1.1

2.5

16

Lentils

0.9

2

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Being Eco-Land

Fashion

By Star Noor, Features Editor

Photos: Courtesy of Beezee EcoLand

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO MAGAZINE, ONLINE

Fast fashion has come into our world of consumerism and has quickly taken ahold with our everyday practice of buy more, save more – a mantra that first began with the high savings super-stores that bring the global market to everyone’s doorstep with seemingly affordable prices for everything under the sun – a practice that soon became a part of the fashion world in order to bring a seasonal, trend driven market to every household, enticing fashionistas everywhere to buy, buy, buy!

A trend to let us keep up with the trends soon became the rising star and nearly everyone bought in. Giant bags of low-priced and often on-clearance styles (due to mass turnover and over-production) left giant storefronts in enthusiastic march to become closet-clutter-mashups compiled of everything the owners forgot they ever had, thanks to over-consumerism. These were the first days when we started accepting low-craftsmanship, high industrial pollution, low humanitarian, ethical working standards, and a surge in consumption and waste production rates as acceptable norms. BUY MORE, WASTE MORE, BE MORE…WHATERVER THAT MEANS.

Fast fashion – once a downfall of fashion expressionism altogether due to misguided consumer demand and short-sighted shareholders, has now begun to transform into the new dawn of the style world; the forward progression of conscious-consumerism and ethical production practices of the 21st century which will undoubtedly change the way we see the face of fashion forever.

We have finally come to realize that the past mode of fashion is not only heavier on the collective wallet in the long-run but also far more damaging to our environment and poor working nations than we had been falsely led to believe. We have come to resist the pragmatism of the past eras and revolt against a set system (as we humans often love to do), and begin to reshape our world (in fashion or otherwise) in many creative and conscious ways. One example of this change is BeeZee EcoLand, a label that is aware of its impact in every aspect of their business practices, even at the cost of profitability. I recently chat with Bianca Zvorc Morris about her post-traumatic creation, unique and proactive rather than ‘cookie cutter’ and reactive in its model; an approach which lends to the brand’s very unique personality in many ways.hollyecowood_wed_50ad92f99e16b

A brand that is truly noteworthy due to the wisdom and empathetic nature of its founder-designer, who above all else makes it her life’s mission to stay true to her ideals as an eco-preneur. In our discussions, the veteran PR executive turned designer and clean-living advocate had this to say:

Coco Eco: What brought you to BeeZee EcoLand?

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BZM: While living in NYC in 2009 the economic crisis moved to the EU and a lot of women I know lost their jobs in the textile industry in my birth town in Slovenia. I wanted to do something more in tune with my general ethical convictions and start a project that would use all of my skills to help others and make this planet a better place for all of us. In 2010 we moved to Germany and I got a job in an advertising agency working as an AD/CD [advertising director/creative director for H&M, C&A and Zara. That was the first time I learned how “fast fashion” is toxic and harmful. I left my job and started focusing on BeeZee EcoLand, a project that is supporting three single mothers in Slovenia with earned income.

Coco Eco: Your business model is designed with growth projections purposefully mindful of your brand’s mission as geared towards your personal purpose; why did you choose this model for your brand?

All of my life I was interested in ecology and a healthy, compassionate lifestyle. I like to think global, but wanted to act local. My time on Earth is short so I want to help and make this planet better for all of us – especially the future generations that are inheriting what is unfortunately a truly sad planet. My biggest happiness in life (and a privilege) is to be able to help others – especially children, animals and nature. When I learned about the cruelty and dangers behind fast fashion I had to do something. The topic has received some, but unfortunately not nearly enough, attention in the media. Organic fabrics with the lowest carbon foot print do not cause sickness in people or wildlife with herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, GMO seeds. Fair-trade where people get paid well and work in truly safe conditions were extremely important to me.  Only happy people can make clothes that are full of positive energy and love – I like to think they work as a protection shield in many ways for those who wear them.

Coco Eco: How much of an impact, in your opinion, does the dying process of textiles have on the environment?

BZM: The chemicals that we use to produce dyes are highly toxic, carcinogenic or even explosive! Chemical Aniline in AZO dyes are considered to be deadly poisons. Other harmful chemicals are dioxin (hormone disrupter), toxic heavy metals (chrome, zinc, copper…) and formaldehyde that is a carcinogen. They are dangerous for dye workers, cause environmental pollution around these facilities (dump water) [mainly] in underground water – many people in the undeveloped world even drink this kind of water – and the chemicals are not safe for those who wear these clothes – the final consumer! 

 

Email your order to info@beezeeecoland.com, and code “BeeZeeEcoLand-ModernRebel” for a 5% discount.

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Aquafonics: The Global Water Crisis

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Opening The Flood Gates

By Star Noor, Features Editor, Coco Eco Magazine

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO, 2015

Water is life. It is as essential to our global survival as is oxygen.  Yet, very little is being said about the alarming growth in water scarcity  around the world. Many are ill-informed about a problem that knows  no nationality, race, religion or creed—it will effect us all, it does affect  us all. In this feature series we aim to open the flood gates and take a  candid look at one of the most pressing issues of our time.
“Water scarcity will rival sea level rise as one of the most serious consequences of global climate disruption,” explains Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Distinguished Professor in Sustainability Management at Presidio Graduate School and a 26-year veteran Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Freshwater shortages are already a global concern in Africa, India, and China, and in the southwest U.S. they are inevitable. In southern Spain, farmers and developers are so desperate for water that they are buying and selling water obtained from illegal wells on the black market. In the developing world, almost 3 billion people, or about one-half of the world’s population, already live in areas of severe water stress—virtually no water, 3 billion people—and an additional 1 billion people are approaching that situation,”  Dr. Hershkowitz posits.
In regards to the U.S., Dr. Hershkowitz iterates, “Our fastest growing regions have become our driest: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Southern California. The flow of the Colorado River is at its lowest levels since measurements began at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, more than 90 years ago. Thirty million people in seven states and parts of Mexico depend on the Colorado River for water. The level of water in the Lake Mead reservoir behind the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, the largest reservoir in the USA, has not been this low since 1937, when it was being filled for the first time. Lake Mead supplies virtually all the water used by Las Vegas.  It is more than half empty, will never be full again, and has  a 50 percent chance of running dry by 2021, less than ten  years away.” And this is only the tip of the melting iceberg.

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So what do drought conditions mean? According to the CDC, drought conditions (shortage or lack of water) can not only affect the public in health and sanitation declines and increases of infectious disease, but also cause food and nutritional deficiencies as well as, according to CDC’s Climate and Health Program Director Dr. George Luber, “…Reduce air quality and compromise the health of people with certain conditions.”

Water scarcity means further depletion of resources, which does more than touch the already volatile lives of those in third world countries. It means millions of people not having access to uncontaminated water or the dignity of a toilet. It means millions of lives tied up every day to the simple task of water acquirement, and an increased risk for disease and pandemic outbreaks. It means millions living in regions growing more and more unstable due to the lack of perhaps the single most important resource on earth. It means black markets and inhumane privatization. It means that more people have died from lack of water accessibility and water contamination than in all of the wars combined, and the numbers will only grow.

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Mark Twain once wrote, “The whiskey is for drinking. The water is for fighting over,” and it seems he wasn’t just waxing poetic. Reductions in water and food resources combined with public health issues is an amalgamated recipe for political disaster with its implications already visible, however not widely spoken about, in countries like Syria, Palestine, and Iran. In March, a report from the office of the US Director  of National Intelligence said the risk of conflict would grow  as water demand is set to outstrip sustainable supplies by  40 percent by 2030.  “These threats are real and they do raise serious national security concerns,” Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of State, said after the report’s release. Strategists from Israel to Central Asia are preparing for strife.
Water shortage is not just an inconvenience. It is obvious that water availability and aquatic health are intensely important subjects mired in multi-faceted issues which make resolution and sustainability politically, economically, and socially complicated. More pressing than the threat of nuclear war or terrorist attack, this is an impending problem we will all have to face within our lifetimes or within our children’s lifetimes—no matter from which corner of the world we hail. In the following parts to this series we will continue to touch upon each level of threat to our water health and sustainability, shedding light on a global problem. The answer to the complex issue of water scarcity can begin in small steps like first remembering the next time we turn on the faucet that an American taking a shower uses more water than the average person in the rest of the world uses in an entire day, and then acting to change that statistic. This is a problem hastened by the waste of humans, and we must collectively work toward a solution—after all, our survival depends on it.

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Limelight: The Keeper, The Legend of Omar Khayyam

Film and Entertainment, Uncategorized

By Star Noor

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While this film is in no way new, it is important for so many reasons.

As a Persian-American woman, I find myself dismayed by the lack of real information in our media and entertainment sectors when it comes to the Persian culture.  We hear so much about the façade of politics in Iran, but not much is known by the Western world about the culture that has influenced the world for thousands of years.  An ancient land with many stories to tell, “The Keeper, The Legend of Omar Khayyam,” is a masterpiece which embraces the beauty and the complexities of a time gone by through the art of storytelling, making use of a life’s journey of a world renowned figure.

The story goes like this: Kamran is a 12 year old boy in the present day who discovers that his ancestor is the 11th Century Mathematician, Astronomer, Poet of Persia, Omar Khayyam. The story has been passed down in his family from one generation to another, and now it is his responsibility to keep the story alive for future generations. The film takes us from the modern day to the epic past where the relationship between Omar Khayyam, Hassan Sabbah (the original creator of the sect of Assassins) and their mutual love for a beautiful woman separate them from their eternal bond of friendship. Filmed almost entirely on location in Samarkand and Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

A masterpiece of its time, it is a beautifully told tale of love, revenge, survival, passion, forgiveness, and poetry.  Open the door to the mysterious and romantic world of Persia, now, and then.

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The Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam – Poem by Omar Khayyam

Translated into English in 1859 by Edward FitzGerald

I.
Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.

II.
Dreaming when Dawn’s Left Hand was in the Sky
I heard a voice within the Tavern cry,
‘Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup
Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.’

III.
And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
The Tavern shouted – ‘Open then the Door!
You know how little while we have to stay,
And, once departed, may return no more.’

IV.
Now the New Year reviving old Desires,
The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires,
Where the White Hand of Moses on the Bough
Puts out, and Jesus from the Ground suspires.

 

 

Get the film on Netflix:

https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Keeper-The-Legend-of-Omar-Khayyam/70043415

Released by Hannover House, copyright 2005

 

 

Butterscotch Chicken and Vegetables with Aromatic Brown Rice and Quinoa, Served with Cucumber and Cherry Tomato Salad

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By Star Noor, Culinary Editor for Coco Eco Magazine

 Photos by Star Noor

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO MAGAZINE, 2016

When you’re single, you sometimes have great aspirations, but not enough things. Take me for example, I live in a spacious three-bedroom house that is mostly empty. Between a crazy schedule, and a social life that bustles to say the least and other goings on, I have very little in the way of those amenities that most folks would consider cozy. My dishes are mismatched, my furniture is scarce, heck, I don’t even have a dining room table; but no matter because a lady can still have dinner with friends and make it classy without all those things.

Last night I, along with a few of my good friends, had dinner at my place. It was an eventful time, full of surprises and neighborhood happenings, which highly shifted the mood throughout the evening. But, hey that’s what happens when you put a bunch of folks in a small patch of land, or in a room for that matter. Add animals to that mix and well, you have a party.

On the menu was a simple fall dinner, full of flavor and the hearty goodness our bodies crave this time of year. As always, the ingredients were all nutritious, and the fats were all good and necessary. I even added a surprise ingredient in the mix – the underutilized, almost forgotten, crabapple.

Crabapple comes in a large array. There are over 35 species and 700 cultivated varieties. The small trees are grown for the brightly colored flowers in the spring ranging from pink or red buds when they first bloom, then paling to lighter shades after they’ve opened, creating the illusion of a fluffy pink cloud which last for weeks. These resilient trees are absolutely remarkable as they can withstand the cold and harsh winter climates and heavy soil of the North and Midwest. Crabapples are fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, and a great source for vitamin C. In the Middle Ages, crabapple juice was used much the same way that we use vinegar today. You can make jams, jellies, preserves, and butters out of them. You can dehydrate them for some apple crisps. You can bake them, boil them, mash them, grill them. More than just ornament, they should be utilized as a food source in a world which begs for food and consumes GMO’s and processing preservatives.

That’s why I used this resourceful fruit in this scrumptious recipe, which I’m sharing for you to enjoy. I hope you too have the chance to share it with loved ones as I did. Though, even if you have to make a small pot dinner for yourself, enjoy! Life is too short to eat bad food, or feel alone. Make your heart warm by making your home warm and there ain’t nothing that can harm you.

There’s an Italian saying that goes: Figliuole e frittelle, quante piu se ne fa, piu vegon belle (Children and fried food: The more you make the better they come out) – practice makes perfect. A foody truth, which goes beyond the kitchen, indeed.

Mangiare! And remember, when eating, the first deep breath is your body telling you, you’re done.

 

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INGREDIENTS & INSTRUCTIONS:

This recipe serves four 

Entrée

*1 cup chicken stock

* 1 cup butterscotch, pureed

* 1 onion, sliced

* 1 heaping tsp. garlic, minced

* 7 petit sweet bell peppers

* 1 Shitake mushroom, peeled and diced

* 1 cup baby carrots

*1 large jalapeno, de-seeded, chopped

* 1 cup crabapples, destemmed, cut in half, deseeded.

* 1 bunch basil, chopped

* 1 spring rosemary, leaves taken off of stem

* ½ cup artichokes

* ½ cup grape seed oil, hemp oil, or olive oil

* 1 lb. chicken thighs, or any cut preferred

*Himalayan pink salt, or sea salt, and red pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large oven-safe deep frying pan, heat oil to glistening hot. Sear the chicken on both sides until golden.

Meanwhile, chop all of the vegetables and herbs for the casserole.

Add the stock and puree into the pan. Add the herbs and vegetables to the pan as well. Salt and pepper to season, stir so that vegetables are submerged in the liquid. Cover and place in the oven. Bake for one hour.

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Side

* ½ cup quinoa

* 1 cup brown rice

* 1 tbsp. cumin

* ½ tsp. ginger, minced

* 1 tbsp. olive oil, or any previously mentioned healthy alternative oils

* 2 ½ – 3 cups of boiling water

* Salt and pepper to taste (stay away from table salt)

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Meanwhile, was the rice and submerge in enough water to cover it.

When water is at a rolling boil, drain the rice in bowl and add to the pan. Boil for about 15-20 minutes, making sure that the rice does not become fully cooked.

Drain rice when the brown rice can be pierced with your nail. Use a spatula to get a few grains out while doing it, and make sure your hands are washed.

In the colander or a mixing bowl, use a spatula to fold in the cumin and some salt and pepper to taste. Add the oil in the same fashion. Place oil and water in the saucepan. Place the rice mixture into the saucepan. Cover with a lid and steam rice on low heat until rice is cooked through.

salad

 

Salad

* 1 ½ heads Artisan lettuce, chopped

* 2 cucumbers, diced

* 1 cup cherry tomatoes, yellow – sliced in half

* Small pinch of garlic, minced

* Cranberry Chevre Cheese

* 1 cup Greek yogurt

* 1 large lemon, juiced

* ½ cup grapeseed or olive oil

Chop the lettuce. Using your knife, slice through the lettuce heads horizontally, then chop the lettuce without removing the ends. This will ensure easy and even chopping.

Add all of the vegetables for the salad in your serving dish. Using a tong, toss the salad well. Sprinkle with dots of cranberry goat cheese. Cover and keep in the refrigerator.

Add all other ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk well, until the dressing is smooth. Pour in terrine and cover. Also, put aside in the fridge.

Plating

Serve this meal family style, using a platter or large deep bowl for the rice mixture, heaped in the center; and, a large bowl or casserole dish for the chicken and veggies. A meal served as such is felt more shared and brings about togetherness more so than a buffet style, or a pre-plated service.

Dig in and enjoy!

 

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Men We Love: Dr. Do Good Doctor Mike, More Than Just A Pretty Face

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By Star Noor, Features Editor, Coco Eco Magazine

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO MAGAZINE, 2016

 

Hunky doctors with a great smile, and a lovely disposition is well, the stuff dreams are made of for most of us gals; so, it’s no wonder that when Dr. Mikhail Varshavski D.O. (aka Dr. Mike) started his Instagram account, we paid attention. His social media fame has brought him media attention, but it is his winning spirit and giving nature that has many of us wanting to know more.

He is tall, dark, and handsome – that is already established, but more importantly he is using his new found fame and his skilled mind to do good for the rest of the human community by volunteering his time, and starting a foundation that helps people reach their goals and dreams as well. As the old adage goes, teaching a person to fish is after-all the greatest gift we can give to each other – time, skill, and belief are the ultimate forms of love bestowed upon others and Dr. Mike has no problem offering that to others as is evident both in his social media outreach and in his latest venture, The Limitless Tomorrow Foundation.

Being a doctor for him, was like being in the family business. He explains, “My family and I immigrated to the states when I was just 6 years old.  My father was a physician back in Russia but in coming to America he had to start medical training from scratch and in a foreign language to boot. I watched him work his way through medical school and residency, an incredibly difficult feat for someone in their 40’s. Because of this I was exposed to medicine at an early age. I witnessed how he interacted with his patients. They were more than patients. They came to him for health advice, life advice and even love advice at times. I grew enamored with the thought that I can go into a career where I didn’t have clients but Instead had friends, friends who trust me with their lives and the lives of their loved ones.”

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This way of thinking is indicative in all that Dr. Mike does.  His life philosophy is a simple and noble notion, as he states; “”Know thyself”. In any endeavor that you set out upon the first step will always be to be able to understand who you are. You must know your strengths, your limitations, your likes and your dislikes.  I see people in horrible jobs or in horrible relationships all the time and it’s not because they aren’t smart, it’s because they forgot to know who they are as individuals first. There are so many people out there chasing dreams that aren’t their own. You have to step outside your comfort zone, explore the world around you, and only then can you have some sense about who you are and where you should be going. “

In knowing himself, he is a humble man who in regards to his popularity has this to say, “I’m still in awe of the term “Instagram-Fame”. I don’t understand how it came about that I am now recognizable on the street in countries all around the world. I’m so grateful for all the doors it has opened in my career. I’ve always been incredibly passionate about helping others and educating on medical topics. Now instead of teaching one patient in my office I’m able to reach over 2 million people right at home.  I am a realist and understand that most follow me because they find me attractive. I don’t shy away from that kind of attention. I think that if I can catch a young girl’s attention with my looks and in the process convince her to come in for her cancer screening or teach her something about her health, my mission as a doctor has been accomplished. Being popular on social media allows an individual great amount of influence and I intend on using mine to make everyone in the world healthier and excited about staying that way. “

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Helping the world be healthier is a multi-faceted ordeal as being happy, as many of us have found, is directly correlated to being and staying healthy.  As such, Dr. Mike and The Limitless Tomorrow Foundation are in fact helping people realize themselves and live happy healthy lives by making the playing ground a bit more leveled for those who might otherwise fall through the cracks despite their dreams, skills, and tireless efforts. “Ever since I gained my popularity on social media I’ve been trying to find a way to use my influence for the greater good. I looked at my own situation and saw a loophole in our system. I was always one of the top 20 or so students in my classes, I was involved in many extracurricular projects, but it was always the top 5 students who got the scholarships. I thought that was ludicrous. I do not believe that grades are the sole aspect that students should be based on when distributing scholarships. As a physician I treat my patients as a whole, so why wouldn’t I treat students the same? Now my foundation can gift scholarships and funding based on the whole student and not just their grades. The future world leaders will need to be well-rounded and that’s precisely the type of applicants we are looking for. We want to give money to those who have a great vision for the world ahead of them.”

He believes that Education is the greatest obstacle of our time.  He explains, “So many of our worldly conflicts are due to misunderstandings and poor communication. Education is lacking throughout the world. Most importantly the education of common sense. Don’t get me wrong, It’s incredibly important to have kids learn the basics in the classic subjects (language, mathematics, sciences, etc.). But we often overlook the importance of teaching children how to think on their own. We give them the knowledge that 2+2=4 but never teach them how to question that 2+2=5.”

The awe-inspiring physician assures that unlike many others, he did not set out to become web-famous, “I started sharing my journey throughout medical school in the hopes of showing all the naysayers out there that it is possible to get a great medical education while having fun at the same time. I always made sure my studies came first, but I never slacked off on my fitness or social activities. This shocked many. People thought I was just a model pretending to be a doctor on social media. I put myself out there to break that stigma that you do NOT have to give up your life to practice medicine.”

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When he’s not busy taking care of others, as his Instagram also indicates, he enjoys tennis and competitive training, and he loves to spend time with his dog Roxy.  “Roxy, my husky holds a special place in my heart. My father and I had a terrible loss several years ago of my mother and we were in a very negative place. With both of us being physicians it was hard to lose someone so close in our lives, especially so early in her life. My father and I needed a positive outlet. I decided that I would fulfill my father’s childhood dream of getting a husky. I still remember the tears rolling down his face when I brought her home as a puppy. Since Roxy came into our lives we have had something to look forward to every evening coming home from work. She means everything to us and I really do believe she carries my mom’s spirit within her.”

What else can be said after that?  Our hats off to you, Mikhail.

 

Artisan Fall Salad

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By Star Noor, Culinary Editor

FIRST PUBLISHED BY COCO ECO MAGAZINE

As the weather gets colder, it becomes harder it seems, for us to eat light healthy foods for our bodies crave warmth and comfort.  But eating healthily is essential to our well being, and in doing that organically and in a manner that is sustainable, is essential to the health of our world.  We must be conscious in the choices we make in the foods we eat, and where and how this food comes to us.

This recipe combines the health benefits of light cooking with the savory taste of sausage and the warm goodness of a medium poached egg.  Though there is some fat, due to the use of low fat oils, low fat sausage, and other ingredients, this recipe is still rather healthy.  Not to mention an overall well balanced diet, especially if organic and devout of all the toxins that normally bog down our unprepared digestive tracks, allows for a degree of good essential fats. The spicy fall sausage is packed full of protein and various nutrients which come from the various herbs used including red pepper, which is full of goodness such as keeping our hearts and immune system healthy.  Himalayan pink salt is also a much healthier and beneficial choice in sodium than even sea salt, and is much lower in sodium than ionized table salt.

In this recipe you may use any of either organic grapeseed, hemp, or olive oil you want but bear in mind that hemp oil has a nutty taste.  I used grapeseed oil in creating this recipe.  Please  note that all our recipes call for organic, sustainable, grass-fed, cruelty free, cage free food products.  We all have different tastes,  and here at Coco Eco we believe that we should embrace our differences and even celebrate them, consciously and respectfully.

Here’s the recipe . . . Bon appetite!

INGREDIENTS:

SALAD:

1 small head of Artisan lettuce

½ small onion, chopped

1 regular link of low-fat spicy sausage,  thinly sliced

¼ tbsp. garlic, minced

1 egg

Goat cheese for sprinkling

¼ cup white vinegar

2 cups water, boiling

1 tbsp. grapeseed or hemp oil

Himalayan pink salt and red crushed pepper to taste.

DRESSING

1 tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise

½ tbsp. white wine

1 tbsp. grapeseed,  hemp, otherwise olive oil

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Himalayan pink salt, and crushed red pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a small frying pan, sauté onions, garlic, and sausage until cooked through, about 7 minutes on medium high heat.   Make sure to add garlic last to avoid burning.

In a medium saucepan, heat water and vinegar to rolling boil.  Carefully crack the eggs and pour content into water.  Using a slotted spoon, gather the whites onto the yolk until you have an oval white egg. Ta Cook to preferred temperature, for this recipe the egg was cooked to medium.  You may also use an electric egg poacher, if you have one. Take the egg out of the water and set aside on a towel lined plate.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing.  Set aside In the refrigerator.

Plating:

On a dinner plate, pile the lettuce in the center.  Top with sausage mixture. Carefully place an egg on top.  Sprinkle with pieces of goat cheese, and drizzle with dressing. Serve.

½ tbsp. white wine

1 tbsp. grapeseed,  hemp, otherwise olive oil

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Himalayan pink salt, and crushed red pepper to taste

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Revolutionary: Leonardo Di Caprio

Celebrity, Travel

By Star Noor

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO MAGAZINE, 2015

UPDATED NOVEMBER 14, 2016

By now, it’s not news that Leonardo DiCaprio is passionate about the environment. From being one of the first in Hollywood to embrace a hybrid vehicle to his ever-growing portfolio of ecological initiatives, this fearless trail-blazer continues to make his mark on the both the world of entertainment and the world as a whole. From raising the siren about the planet’s excessive carbon usage, to protecting elephants and fighting for our oceans, he is relentless in bringing pertinent knowledge to awaken the general public alongside his organization, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
His recent project is his collaboration with Tree Media, and the short films narrated called ‘Green World Rising.’ This four part series artfully tells the story of the world’s carbon emissions and the dangers we face as a direct result. Leo emphasizes, “97% of the world’s scientists agree: climate change is happening right now — and humans are responsible;” he furthers, “We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now.” Leonardo’s commitment to the planet brought him to the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit this September, where he was globally recognized for his participation. Not only walking the streets of NYC in the Climate March, he was designated as a UN Messenger of Peace (special focus on climate change) by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki moon, and brought down the house with a rousing and genuine speech, encouraging government and industry to take decisive widespread action to correct accelerating climate change.

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“I stand before you not as an expert but as a concerned citizen, one of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets of New York on Sunday, and the billions of others around the world who want to solve our climate crisis,” he said to the U.N., “As an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away. But I think we know better than that… I beg you to face it with courage. And honesty.”

Since then, Leonardo has had many other eco-conscious ventures, and some protests.  One of the most recent is a massive 104 acres off of the coast of Belize which he purchased  10 years ago for $1.75 million dollars, Blackdore Caye.  Waiting to find the right developer to start construction, he is currently building the eco-resort dreams are made of.  According to the NY Times, after a decade of patience, DiCaprio has brought Restorative Islands L.L.C. on to do the job, which is expected to be ready for guests in 2018.

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Lead design architect Jean-Michel Gathy, known for his work with Aman and One&Only, drew inspiration from Belize’s ancient Mayan ruins, with minimalist designs that subtly nod to Central American pyramids while remaining resolutely modern, and thatched roofs over plenty of natural materials such as wood and marble.

Paul Scialla, a partner at Blackadore Development Group, says the “goal is to create a development true to the history of the area.” Sustainability and environmental integrity will continue to remain top priorities during construction, which will start early next year,” he says.

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“From a materials standpoint, our plan is to source as much local materials as possible that support the local economy and minimize emissions.”

There will be 36 residential homes and 36 bungalows to rent spread over the island’s 104 acres.

 

And even more news as of this week, The History Channel has green lit Leo’s 8 hour docuseries ‘Frontiersmen’, which is producing in conjunction with his Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment.

“Frontiersmen” will follow stories of iconic pioneers, including Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson as they set forth across untamed land. The series will span across the first 75 years from the post-revolutionary war colonies through the California Gold Rush, highlighting a formative period in U.S. history that helped shape us from colonists into today’s Americans.

“During these years, America went from the opportunity of land to the land of opportunity and it was a bloody struggle throughout,” said Paul Cabana, History’s EVP and head of programming. “From Crockett to Boone, we’ll tell the bold stories of these adventurous trailblazers who explored the uncharted wilderness and became the icons we know today.”

From the very first of his career, Leo has shown the world what it means to care.  History, politics, worthwhile entertainment, sustainability and eco-consciousness – the list goes on and on, when it comes to how Leo helps the world; as if his talent and charms weren’t enough.  We love you #LeonardoDiCaprio, you handsome devil you.

 

Visit the #BlackdoreCaye website and learn more.

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