The Very First Organic Drive-Thru Restaurant Opens In California


(PCM) Creators of the popular Amy’s Kitchen frozen organic food brand found in grocery stores across the nation have branched out and opened the country’s very first organic drive-thru restaurant called Amy’s Restaurant in Rohnert Park, California. The results have completely exceeded the company’s expectations and they say the demand has honestly been a bit overwhelming.

Consumers can order their favorite Amy’s Kitchen items on the go such as Mac N’ Cheese and gluten-free pizza, however you had best have a bit of patience as it was reported that the drive-thru wait time during the restaurants first week of operation was “really long” at times exceeding 20 minutes. It was also said that the line to get into the actual restaurant to order was just as bad, as the line stretched all the way out the door.

All of the food served in Amy’s Restaurant is sustainably grown and employees are all paid a fair living wage with benefits. Given the success of the first restaurant the company now plans to open up additional locations throughout the Bay Area.

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FDA Calls For Trans Fat To Be Removed From All Products

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(PCM) The U.S. Food And Drug Administration has issued a statement that health advocates have been waiting for, for years. After many extensive studies about the use of trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils, the FDA has deemed them to be unsuited for human consumption and now manufacturers have three years to remove them from their products.

In their statement the FDA says “The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans.This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

If companies refuse to abide by the FDA’s new regulations in regards to the use of trans fat they will face penalty if they do not file for a special permit and be specifically approved by the FDA administration.

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THINX Panties Could Revolutionize The Way Women Deal With Their Period


(PCM) Period, “that time of the month”, a visit from Aunt Flo, on the rag, no matter how you describe it a monthly menstrual cycle is something that millions of women across the world deal with each and every single day. It is generally something that a lot of women dread and certainly not something that we choose to talk about very openly.

A company called THINX wants to change all that and have created an amazing new panties line that promise to be “stain and leak resistant, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support”. Could the days of shopping for endless tampons and maxi-pads be finally coming to an end?

According to their website, where you can order THINX panties in a variety of super-cute styles, “THINX is made up of THINX QuadTECH, super-thin high-performance materials that resist stains and leaks, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support. The first line of THINX can completely replace panty liners on days when you want light support or it can act as back up to your traditional disposable or washable/reusable methods on heavier days.” Sounds like an absolute dream come true!

THINX is the brain-child of Antonia Dunbar, Miki and Radha Agrawal and they come in three different styles. Hiphugger ($34), cheeky ($29), and thong ($24) and although the price is a bit high for panties, they are completely reusable and think of all the money you will be saving not having to purchase all those pads and tampons each and every month.  Thus far the feedback on the THINX panties has been fantastic and many of the reviews claim they actually work. THINX has also partnered up with the startup AFRIPads to give seven pads to a girl in the developing world for every pair of underwear sold.  Not a bad deal at all!

What do you think? Would you be willing to put THINX to the test?

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Could Sleeping Naked Make You Feel Better And Look Younger?


(PCM) The news about the benefits of sleeping naked have been circulating around for a good number of years now, however according to the National Sleep Foundation, only about 12% of people actually follow this advice. Research shows that a heft majority of people just out and out refuse to sleep in the nude for a variety of different reasons.

Experts claim that sleeping in the buff is both good for your body and good for your relationship with your partner, as well as a slew of other reasons which were recently complied in list by Good Housekeeping magazine.

It is known that your body temperature goes down as you sleep and several studies link insomnia with being too hot. According to GH, being naked helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep by keeping your body cooler.

The GH list also reveals that sleeping naked can make you look younger because when the body is cooled down properly, it releases anti-aging hormones (melatonin and growth hormone) and if the body temperature stays too high the regenerative power is blocked. Sleeping nude is ultimately a beauty blessing.

Also, sleeping in the nude can help increase the bond between you and your partner. Oxytocin, otherwise known as the love hormone,  is naturally release through skin to skin contact. It’s presence has been known to increase both bonding and emotional closeness in relationships. It can also boost self-esteem and overall confidence.

Finally, there can even be a immunity and physical fitness boost from sleeping in the nude. Skin to skin contact decreases the body’s production of cortisol, which suppresses the immune system. As cortisol levels go down at night than energy and hunger levels can stay balanced the following day.

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School Kitchen Manager Fired For Giving Hungry Students Free Meals


(PCM) The Cherry Creek School District in Colorado is receiving quite a bit of backlash after the news broke about the recent termination of elementary school kitchen manager Della Curry, who was fired because she gave out free school lunches to students that could not afford to pay for them.

Curry claims that she had a young first grade student standing in front of her crying that she was hungry and didn’t have enough money to pay for lunch, so Curry did what just about any one of us would do, which is, of course, give the child some lunch.

The school uses a lunch account program called PayPAMS and the student had no funds left in her account.  The student also did not qualify for the school districts free or reduced-price meal program. According to the application for the free or reduced-price meal program, a family of four must make less that $45,000 per year to qualify for reduced-price meals and less than $31,000 per year to qualify for the free meal program.

The Cherry Creek School District claims that they have a program in place to deal with a situation like the one that Curry faced where students are able to charge up to $8.00 at the elementary school level and $3.00 at the middle school level on their accounts. Anything beyond that charge level the students are only given a sandwich and milk until their meal account has been refilled.

Sources say that sandwich only consists of one piece of cheese on a hamburger bun and a small carton of milk.  The school district claims that the cheese sandwich and milk is only given to students after they have forgotten their lunch money three times and the first two times they are given a hot lunch.

Curry feels very strongly that the cheese sandwich meal is certainly not enough, as well as not healthy and balanced in the least. She has even in the past paid for hot lunches for hungry students out of her own pocket. The students that she assisted unfortunately did not qualify for either of the school district’s meal plans.

She hopes that her recent termination from the elementary school will help bring some much needed changes to the school district’s meal policies and perhaps open their eyes to the much larger problem as a whole. Curry is gaining a ton of support via social media with parents rallying to her defense, as all she was truly trying to do was help out students in need.

Curry plans to address the school board along with several parents to urge them to make some changes  to the policy. She also reveals that she would do it again in a heartbeat if it meant another student wouldn’t go hungry.

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Chipotle Announces They Are Now GMO-Free!


(PCM) In what is a huge move for the company, Chipotle has revealed that they are now using all GMO-free ingredients. The move has been years in the making and now the fast-food restaurant chain is using non-GMO corn which is major ingredient in many of their menu items. The company is also switching from soybean oil to now using non-GMO sunflower oil and rice bran oil for their cooking.

The company’s CEO, Steve Ells, waited patiently for non-GMO crops to be planted and harvested before making the major announcement. It is a first for any major fast-food chain.  Unfortunately, the companies pork and chicken will still be coming from animals which are fed GMO-feed, but the beef will all be pasture-raised cattle.

Ells said in a statement “Chipotle is really showing that there’s a better way to do fast food. They say these ingredients are safe, but I think we all know we’d rather have food that doesn’t contain them.”

Those budget conscious folks can also relax because the new non-GMO menu items will not increase in price, however the price for steak will go up about 4 to 6% this fall.

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