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Here’s a post that will have a little bit of palates and a little bit of politics. So here’s the news that I’ve been paying attention to this month.


2013 will have a record number of women in Congress, 98 out of 535 members are now women. This may not seem like a lot, but it’s an improvement. Honestly, I won’t be content until Congress is representational of our population, so a half male and female Congress, but that is still far off. Until then I will be happy with our record number of women this year.  Also, in an interesting aside, New Hampshire now has complete female representation with their governor, representatives, and senators!

159965632.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-largeOn January 23, the Secretary of Defense removed the military’s ban on women serving in combat. It hasn’t been fully implemented yet, but it will be interesting to watch. Also, I wonder if this will eventually lead to women having to sign up for selective service.


Now, on to the palates section of this post! This month I did a cleanse. I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone and I’ll admit I accomplished that part. I got my cleanse offline and it consisted of 3 juices a day, and I could have any raw fruits of veggies as well. I definitely felt good after, some increases in energy, felt that I was watching my portions a lot more, and I’m still craving fruit (which is unusual for me).

The only bad part was, my tolerance to alcohol was gone, and when I finished the cleanse the next day was the first parade of the Mardi Gras season….let’s just say there was a video of me on stage singing the theme song to Green Acres (I wish I were kidding). Anyway this cleanse made me a lightweight, so  if I do it again, I need to be more conscious of events coming up that I will be drinking at…not so convenient in New Orleans. Other than that, it’s something I’d do again if I’m feeling the need to start fresh and give my body a break from all the bad foods I tend to eat.