Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Turtle Rock Farm

If anyone gets out to Red Rock, Oklahoma, take a rest at this lovely farm that's available for groups, retreats, workshops and for healing work.


is run by an Energy Kinesiology friend and associate of ours named Ann McFarron and her sister Pat Hoerth, and it's really beautiful! Take a look at their amazing land, farm and their projects including GREEN building. The land has been in their family for 111 years, and Ann and Pat have developed it into an amazing retreat center. This is truly inspiring.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cabbage Juice and Cancer

Cabbage has sinigrin-which is a glucosinolate that has received a lot of attention in cancer prevention research, especially colon, bladder and prostate cancers.

The best way are raw-cooked cabbage failed to really show measurable results. If you must cook, steam it and don't microwave it. Food Chart

British Scientists at the University of Leicestealso say that eating brussel sprouts and cabbage can kill cancer cells when combined with chemotherapy.

Indole-3-carbinol (13C) could be a powerful cancer fighter and were found to make breast cancer tumors more vulnerable to chemotherapy drugs. They fed cancer cells shopping carts worth of cabbage to get that result-but! JUICING will get more into you than eating.

Remember-cabbage juice will be very strong!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Eating raw vs. Being a raw foodist

I thought this was interesting and really, who wants labels?

I’ve eaten a mostly live-food/raw food diet for almost 9 years now. I must be honest with you, it has been wonderful and at the same time a
great challenge.

The challenge came from HOW to make it actually work for me and my body.
It turns out that the raw food diet is really NOT for everyone. It took
me a while to really learn this. Like many others, I identified with
BEING a “raw-foodist”.

And that’s where I would like to expose one of the biggest mistakes people make when getting on a raw food diet.

Here it is: You become a ‘Raw Foodist” as opposed to just eating raw foods.

Let me explain. The biggest crutch I see in the raw food community has
nothing to do with food, and everything to do with identity. This
happens in a lot of dietary communities. People identify with their
diets, and what happens is that their diets become a form of religion.

And or course, like any religion, if you question it, if you decide to
try something different, you are seen as if you’re sinning, as if what
you’re doing is just plain wrong.

I know this from experience. If you’re reading this article, I just want
to point this out so you don’t fall into this trap. Yes, this is a
trap. It’s a trap your Ego sets up for you. The Ego thrives on judgment.
If you can eat what is best for you at any given moment, drop the label
and identity that goes with a diet, you will experience more freedom
and inner peace.

Again, the biggest mistake I see people making when eating a raw food
diet is getting identified with BEING a “raw foodist”. I don’t want to
burst your bubble here, but I can assure you…this is NOT who you really
are. You are far beyond and prior to a label.

This is my calling to you, to be free to be WHO you really are.
Eat what is best for you in the moment. Step back from judging so much,
and simply allow. And if you’re criticized for this…it means you’re on
the right track. :)

Create a beautiful day!
Joshua BenAvides
"The High Vibe Coach"

Friday, September 24, 2010

Raw nut butters

Make your own raw nut butters in a blender or food processor. Buy the raw nuts in the bulk section of your grocery store; make sure the label on the bin states raw. Soak 1 cup of nuts in purified water overnight, drain, and dehydrate until dry (this is easiest to do in a dehydrator set at 105 degrees F, but you can also use your oven on the lowest setting with the door slightly open). Toss into the food processor with 1 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt and 1 tablespoon of raw agave nectar or - if you're not vegan - raw honey. Add as much water as necessary and blend until smooth. A little raw virgin coconut oil will also make it smoother and more spreadable.

from a posting I found:  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/379526/raw_foods_for_the_crayon_crowd.html?cat=25

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Living in A Dehydrator

As I'm getting ready to leave for Las Vegas for a few days I realize that the way the weather is there, and here too-it's like living IN a dehydrator! With raw food, you shouldn't heat the food above 105 degrees. That is the temperature there, even at night! So, leaving the food out overnight would do it really. I remember last year when I went in Oct, it was still 115 degrees at 10pm. I felt like I was inside an oven.

And you know, I was! If that heat is too high to cook in-because it kills the live enzymes-wondering what it does to the human body? To our skin, to our hair, to the outside of us, and what about to the inside of us? Our body has to work harder to maintain a core homeostasis. Fevers KILL viruses and bacteria, and cooking food does the same thing.

I made the raw cranberry cookies last night to take with us on the drive and I left them on the counter with a towel over them simply because I crashed and had to go to bed-and this morning they are absolutely perfect. That tells me if we live in a low humidity climate, dehydrator times may really vary. If the recipe calls for 12 hours perhaps we need to experiment? EVEN with simply covering and leaving out overnight.

Come to think of it, I've always dried my herbs by harvesting, washing and hanging them in bundles upside in my laundry room or laying them on clean window screens in the sunshine.

AND I recently cut the rind off of several lemons before juicing and I just put the peel on a tray in the sunshine and in 2 days it was absolutely dry. Who needs a dehydrator when you live in one!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cranberry Pecan Raw Cookies

The dry base:

1 cup oatmeal
1 cup pecans
I/2 cup coconut flakes
2 tbs maca
1/4 cup flax meal
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

To this add:
20 dried dates - pitted
1 cup fresh cranberries
(if you like it tart, add more)
honey to taste

remember cranberries are tart-so you might want to offset this with agave as well, to taste. Personally, I like the tart taste.

Using the fresh berries, these are wetter than if you would be if using dried.

1 cup pecans
1/2 c coconut
grind coarse

Make the dough into balls and then roll them in the coating and flatten. This will help with some of the added moisture if you used fresh cranberries.

You can put these in the dehydrator for 5 hours, or you can use dried cranberries and no dehydrator. AND if you live in Utah or Arizona-who needs a dehydrator! Leave them out overnight...

Buckwheat Crispy Treats

this is a recipe from Kyoko from San Francisco. She was the winner of The Raw Food Worlds contest of the month.

My essential raw food recipe is the 'Buckwheat Crispy' treats I eat as snacks and on my travels. I'm sure a lot of raw food eaters are familiar with this type of simple recipe.
All the ingredients are organic.

2 cups Hulled Buckwheat
1/2 C. pumpkin seeds
1/2 C. sunflower seeds
1/2 C. each of Golden raisins, Goji berries, and Inca berries
optional: seasonal fruits of your choice

Soak buckwheat and seeds in a bowl over night. Rinse it and drain the water. Let them sprout for a day or two as you rinse a few more times in between.

Soak the raisins and berries in a glass jar.

Put the sprouted mixture in the dehydrator for 5 - 8 hours depending on how dry you'd like. They will come out very crispy and crunchy. Offer a small portion to God (I call him, 'Baba'), and put it back in the big batch. Store the mixture in a glass jar.

For enjoying as a morning cereal or afternoon snack, I add the soaked raisins and berries on top, some protein powder, Chlorella, cinnamon powder (about a teaspoon!), some Himalayan salt, a banana or a ripe avocado (both if I am really in the mood) and some chunks of coconut butter. If I wanted to take more liquid in a day, I put warm water and let everything soak for half an hour or more. I mix everything and it looks like a big green goo which tastes more like an ice cream treat!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Ginger Walnut Raw Cookies

Make these simple raw cookies to take to lunch with you or have on hand with that afternoon cup of tea. One of the best things about raw food is it is guiltless. You can have that sweet treat because there is no processed sugar and no dairy or wheat.

1 cup oatmeal
1 cup walnuts (if you use almonds, soak them. I don't like to soak walnuts, but that's up to you)
15-20 soaked dates, (drain and reserve the water)
1/2 cup candied ginger slices (I like to use the candied ginger, but you can certainly use fresh ginger)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 Tbs maca
2 Tbs ground flax meal
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Into the food processor put all the ingredients, except the date water. Grind until it forms a nice dough, coarse, but sticks together. IF it doesn't, add a tsp of the date water at a time unitl the mixture will hold it's shape. Remove and form into cookies. You can roll into balls, or I use my 1 TBS measuring spoon to form the cookies.

I just bought a rubber candy mold from Michael' s that makes square shapes. You can fill the mold and then put in the fridge for awhile so the are firm.

Decorate the top with a sliver of ginger and a sprinkle of cinnamon! You do not need to use the dehydrator for these.

Essential oils

Okay as many of you know I have been using doTerra Essential Oils since Janurary and I have just been to convention, so naturally you get more motivated. Essential oils are just like the herbs Joy has been talking about. You can use the oils in your cooking you can use the topically, internally and you can defuse them. I will be outing some information together about the oils and posting it, but right now I want to tell you doTerra has now produced a non-chemical shampoo and creme rinse. The concerns we all have for the toxins we put in and on your body, so here is an option I have already tried it and I have to say I loved it. I remember when I eas a kid that my mom said that you know your hair is clean it will squeak, yes, I started to laugh in the shower my hair was squeaking. Oh, my gosh and the smells of the essential oils used..shampoo is citrus blends, creme rinse is peppermint and other oils. It is a aromatherapy treatment just by washing your hair. The bonus is non harmful ingredients.
I tried a wonderful stomach wake up this morning. I have read in aryvedic literature to drink warm water with raw honey first thing in the morning so I tried it today along with a few drops of lemon oil and a new oil lime, wow I think I could drink this all day long.
Lemon is a good internal cleanser as well as lime which also is good for the joints and for seasonal flu's.
I don't want to sound like a commercial but the new oils that doTerra has developed are huge for fighting virus's and it getting to be that time of year her is an alternative to staying healthy. Also skin issues, cuts, burns wounds.
The bug arsenal:
Melissa - kills virus's, elevates moods, and helps with stomach discomforts.
Lime - seasonal bugs

Skin issues:
Patchouli - wounds, tissue repair inside and out.
Clear Skin - facial blemishes, itchy scalp, unsightly nail beds

I have to say that a lady had two cuts on her finger at conference and they put the Clear Skin on and before then end of the day the cut they used the Clear Skin on was almost healed.

Just one short story - two year old child having seizures, the doctors loaded her up with meds. Child then couldn't hardly walk or talk. The family was introduced to Frankincense, they began liberally applying it to her feet, within a short amount of time the child could once again walk and talk and no longer has seizures.
There is now tons of research on what Frankincense can do for Cancer, now we see that it can renew cells and change peoples lives. This is an oil that has been with us since ancient times and now science is proving the ancients knew what they were doing.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I was  curious about cumin since it isn't a spice I'm used to using. I DID have it in my cupboard though, in two forms; ground and whole seeds. I also have 3 different curry powders.

 The ancient Egyptians used cumin as did the Greeks, Lebanese and Romans. It's mentioned in the Bible, both old and new testaments and you could use it to pay your taxes!

*Cumin contains iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, sodium, riboflavin, niacin, C and A.
*Cumin is good for: digestive issues.
*Here's a recipe for insomnia: mix a tsp of cumin powder with mashed banana and take at bedtime.
*Take cumin and ginger for sore throats.
*Cumin improves the memory so it must be good for the brain.

Tabouleh Salad Recipe

I like these videos by Rita Heikenfeld. She has 77 of them on line and they are well made.
The quality is good, and although she isn't all raw, she has some great tips and information and recipes.
Here is one that is raw though:

Rinse your bulgar wheat three times, then let it sit until all the water is absorbed.
1 bunch Parsley
1 bunch green onions
fresh chopped tomatoes
bell pepper
english cucumber
chop them all fine, add wheat
add 2-3 tsp cumin,
fresh basil, fresh spearmint

Go on and watch some of her other videos-she has 77!

I added chopped garlic, sesame seeds and some chopped pine nuts to mine, and some cumin seeds. This is extremely good-and smells wonderful! Serve with crackers, melba toast rounds, or if you are raw, fill lettuce leaves with it, or sliced cucumbers instead of crackers.

Golden Green Juice

1 apple
3 carrots
1/2 yellow beetroot (without skin) optional-add greentops
1/2 bunch parsley
1/2 bunch of cilantro
chunk of ginger

This is a great detox juice and pick me up when you are feeling a bit punk. I love beets, and the yellow beetroot is yummy!  You can add 1/2  of wheatgrass too if you like.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Green Juice Recipe from Martha Stewart

Even Martha is on the raw wagon and notice she is mixing fruit and vegetables

1/2 pear
1/2 apple
handful of spinach
handful of parsley
1 celery
1/2 cucumber
little bit of ginger
wedge of papaya

she uses our Breville juicer!

Green Juice with Taylor Wells

Phoenix is now 3 and Taylor has just had twins! Phoenix is a raw baby, and her twins are also.

Here's her green juice recipe:

then add agave to sweeten (instead of apple)

Prana Cafe-

Check this out- this is Taylor! And this is her raw food restaurant.

More on SALT

We watched a documentary on salt the other night-coincidence? There is a restaurant that specializes in salt! I learned a lot. When we call in the information, it shows up in all sorts of ways.

While the spoke of table salt being refined and processed, they didn't mention that it is poisonous to the human body or detrimental in any way. I'm still not convinced that the bad publicity isn't a marketing ploy but hey, I like the taste of sea salt so we are experimenting.

My husband thought Morton's started around the 1930s. Do you know? The Umbrella girl first appeared in 1914-before our time. It's been around a long long time! And everyone knows that little symbol-that's a good one. BTW-it's registered, along with the slogan-when it rains it pours.

Even if you don't use it with your food, it has other uses so don't throw it out:
1. use it to clean. You can put it in your coffee pot with ice and lemon wedges and swish-we used to do this in the restaurants to make our coffee pots gleam.
2. freshen your cutting boards by sprinkling salt on them.
3. put salt in a large plastic bag and put your silk flowers in it. Close the bag and shake for awhile and the flowers will come out fresh!
4. If you are cooking fish and don't like that fish smell on your hands-rub salt on them to remove the smell.
5. Leave small dishes of salt in a room to absorb odors. You can add some essential oil or spice to it.
6. It's great at absorbing-pour it on spilled wine or on a dropped raw egg to make clean up fast and easy.
7. It removes rust-mix salt with lemon juice.
8. Mix with white vinegar to clean hard water deposits out of flower vases (white vinegar alone will do this too but you have to fill it)
9. you can even patch walls with it-mix with cornstarch. fill the hole, sand and paint.
10. we all remember salt dough don't we?
11. add a pinch to your coffee to cut the acid.

Just some of the ideas for what to do with table salt other than sprinkle it on your food.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms - Raw Recipe

I made a cooked version the other night and then thought it could be easily adapted to raw. I was right!

3-4 Large Portabello Mushrooms - stems removed (and reserved for something else)
In a bowl with a lid, layer the mushroom caps with olive oil, balsamic vinegar. Cover and turn every few minutes while making the stuffing. Allow to marinate at least an hour, or overnight.

Chop baby spinach leaves - a couple of handfuls
6 sprigs of fresh cilantro-chopped
4 leaves of basil - chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried cherries
(or you can use raisins)
Balsamic vinegar and olive oil
salt, pepper, sprinkle of red peppers or cayenne to taste
Allow to marinate about an hour
then add:
1/2 cup feta cheese

Stuff the mushroom caps, and add some fresh raspberries to the top and serve!
And this is great the next day for a lunch on the go.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Salty Thoughts

The other day I spilled some salt on the counter. I took a pinch and threw it over my shoulder, to which my husband looked aghast at me and said "WHAT are you doing?" I had done it without thinking, instinctively, reflexively. I always have. I think I have. I can't recall, but I did this time.

I said, "My grandmother always did it. And my mother. Didn't yours?" An old English belief was that spilled salt meant future tears-so you throw a pinch over your shoulder so the tears are behind you. My Grandmother was English. I don't think the Italians have the same belief.

Apparently, because I googled it, the French and Germans think that the spilled salt is the work of the devil so you throw the salt to hit him in the eye. The Norwegians felt it meant you would shed many tears, and most felt that it was bad luck. I'm Greek. The Greeks worshipped salt and used it to make friends by eating salty foods with them. Ok so I'm half Greek. I feed people and I throw it over my shoulder for good measure.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Pink Himalayan Salt – 250 million year old salt.

What About Table Salt?

Table salt or sodium chloride is extremely toxic. Some table salt contains aluminum hydroxide (a toxic metal and a known cause of Alzheimer's). Regular table salt is usually iodized. Naturally occurring iodine is essential, but added iodine is considered a toxic metal.

What About Sea Salt?

The problem with sea salt is that many of the oceans waters are polluted with heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury and more. Oil disasters and leaking tankers pollute our oceans even more. Today sea salt is not as good as it was in the past.

Himalayan Salt Contains Electrolytes

Electrolytes such as sodium, calcium and potassium help restore your bodies' fluids. Electrolytes are what your cells (especially nerve, heart and muscle) use to maintain voltages across cell membranes and to carry nerve impulses and muscle contractions across themselves and to other cells. Electrolytes have to be continually replaced whenever you sweat.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Healer In Your Spice Rack

Healthy spices in a market photo: SudamshuIn your spice rack you have an array of healing medicines. They have no harmful side effects and for the most part, will play nicely with others. You can cook with them, make teas and infusions, and you can add them to just about anything to boost your health.

Our Grandmothers were practical. They kept things on hand to take care of minor health imbalances and knew what they had on hand to help ease their children. We've forgotten so much of that simple wisdom. There were practical reasons for spicing foods besides flavor.

1. Bay leaves help with muscle aches and migraines. You can make a simple bay leaf olive oil by steeping 25-30 bay leaves in a small bottle of virgin olive oil and leaving it in a sunny window for a month. Smooth on joints and muscles to relieve pain.

2. Pour hot water over cinnamon sticks to make a medicinal tea to soothe an upset stomach and it aids with diabetes as it lowers blood sugar levels.

3. Garlic can lower cholesterol and is anti viral and anti bacterial.

4. Basil, oregano are powerful antioxidants and anti-parasiticals. They help with digestion, gas and bloating. Basil also benefits the brain and the heart as it increases blood circulation.

5. Turmeric has the ability to detox and support the liver. Turmeric is also a blood thinner. Curcumin is in curry powder and turmeric, and it is being studied for its ability to reduce brain plaque which causes among other things, Alzheimer's.

6. Sage is good for psoriasis. Steep into a tea and then put in a spray bottle and spray on.

7. Ginger can be made into a tea as a remedy for nausea and motion sickness. It's great if you are pregnant.

8. Peppermint is another good herb for indigestion as it soothes and relaxes the stomach. Make peppermint tea for nausea. Peppermint is also good for heartburn and for headaches.

9. Thyme is for coughs as it breaks up mucus. Did you know it's an ingredient in Vick's vapo rub?

10. Honey and cinnamon has so many positive benefits. Best to keep it on hand and use it all the time. Insect bites, blood thinner, arthritis pain, helps the immune system, helps the stomach. Add it to any of the teas above. Let's put it this way-honey is medicinal and white sugar does nothing positive for us.

Explore the world of herbs and understand what you have available at your fingertips. Enjoy learning about this amazing world! And it's so tasty too :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Nectar of the Gods

I love this smoothie. I would have one everyday if I could handle that much sugar.

One ripe fresh peach
One frozen ripe banana
One cup homemade almond milk
TBL of sweetener if not sweet enough from banana and peach

Blend until everything is smooth.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Zucchini Chips

It's the zucchini time of year!
Day before yesterday I made three different recipes with zucchini. So this is why I over planted zucchini this year! Two of them need to be tweaked a bit but these chips were really good.

Zucchini Chips

Slice two or three medium sized zucchinis in thin slices. Thick enough that there is meat all the way through but still quite thin. Spread on dehydrator trays and brush with the following mixture.

Olive oil
chili powder
small amount of cayenne (leave out for kids BBQ chips)
small amount of sweetener, I used coconut sugar from Essential Living Foods. You can purchase at Whole Foods.

As you can see I don't have the amounts down yet. I cook by feel and that works best for me. Maybe in the future I will get the amounts down.

Dry until crispy and put in an air tight jar or container as soon as they are dry. If you leave them out they will get soggy.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sunflower seed recipe

Health Benefits Of Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are power-packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibers, minerals, vitamin E, and phytochemicals - all important to the nutritional quality of the diet and of fundamental importance to human health.

I sprouted raw sunflower seeds that had been hulled in a jar for about six hours. Drained, rinse well and dry in dehydrator until dry.

Half of the seeds I coated in coconut syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and a little water.

The other half I put on a little oil, mixed well, and then added salt, cumin, chili power, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Put back in the dehydrator on 108 until very dry.

The kids like the flavored seeds and eat them up.

The spicey seeds can be ground into a "taco meat".

My favorite green juice right now

I have made this juice a couple of times and enjoy it. This would be a great juice to make in the winter as the hot pepper and ginger heat the body up.

2 apples
1 to 3" piece of ginger
1 lemon
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch parsley
1 bunch spinach
1 small hot pepper, no seeds (optional)
1 cucumber

Chia Seeds

I have been buying a lot of products from: www.therawfoodworld.com Below is what they have posted for chia seeds.

I want to try the chia seeds milk, the recipe is below.

Chia Seeds 1 lb (Chemical Free)

Product 3/26


Add to Cart:

No Gluten No Flour

The Chia Seed is an amazing food. For centuries many have used the seeds for a host of different reasons. Native Americans would take a pouch of seeds and a gourd of water on their trips. The seeds were their food source and taken with the water they would hydrate their bodies for endurance. When you hydrate the seeds in water the seeds shell opens up and absorbs up to nine times its volume in water. This then forms a gel, which is called Chia Seed Gel. The gel helps keep your body hydrated. The gel is also 90% soluble fiber, which is beneficial for your digestive track. People use the seeds when they are involved in sports or physical activities for endurance.

The seeds have twice the protein of any other seed or grain, five times the calcium of milk, boron which is trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones, omega 3 and omega 6 which are essential oils for the body. They also have a very long list of valuable nutrients in them naturally. The soluble fiber in the gel forms a wall between carbohydrates and the body, releasing them slowly into the body. This has been found to be very helpful for people who have trouble controlling their sugar levels like Diabetics. Dieters love the seeds because it can be added to any food or drink in a ratio of 75% to the volume of food or drink and will not change the taste. Because the carbohydrates are released slowly you will get the feeling of being full. Many use the seeds as a way to control their appetites. The gel has no taste.

The best way to use the seeds is to take the seeds already hydrated so they will not absorb your own body fluids to hydrate. The seeds may be added to anything from water to juice and any food. Any age bracket could benefit from adding the seeds to their diet. Whether it is for physical activity, added nutrition, controlling weight or sugar levels, the seeds have been known to help all of these The most unique part is that it is only a seed, nothing artificial and the cost is minimal. I have many satisfied customers who swear by the Chia seeds. The seeds speak for themselves. When you receive the seeds, first hydrate them and store them in the refrigerator. They will last for three weeks, just use as needed and add to any food or liquid. They may be taken plain as well. Some of my customers will take the dry seeds to work with them and then add them to their drinks or food if they aren’t able to store the gel. If you take the seeds dry make sure you use some kind of liquid so that you wont use the liquids from your own body. I can’t say enough about the seeds and just how beneficial they can really be. I have seen my customer’s response to the seeds and it has been very overwhelming. Finally, there seems to be a way to help your body stay hydrated, control sugar levels, maintain or lose weight and supply your body with the much-needed nutrients all naturally and at a low cost.

I personally take the seeds to help with hydration and my digestive tract. I also feel better now that I am getting the nutrients my body needs without all the additives it doesn’t need. I hope you will try the seeds for yourself. Once you try them you will be able to judge for yourself the benefits. You do not need too much protein or omega 3 and 6 so the maximum of the gel you will need is three tablespoonfuls three times a day of the gel. Once a day you may substitute one tablespoon of dry seeds in place of the three tablespoons of gel. Along with the seeds you will receive directions on how to make the gel and their nutritional values. Directions for using Chia Seeds

Put 1/3 cup dry seeds into two cups of warm water whisk, wait fifteen mins then whisk again then store gel in refridgerator .Use three tablespoons three times a day of the gel (seeds hydrated). You can mix them into any drink or food and may even just take the gel. Once a day you can take up to one tablespoon of the dry seeds and add them to fluid or sprinkle them on food and drink fluid at the same time so the seeds hydrate from the fluid. Depending on the reason you are taking the seeds you may choose the time to take the one-tablespoon of dry seeds. Either before a workout or meal or in the morning. If you are taking the one-tablespoon daily in fluid you can do what I do with mine. So not to have to mix it every day and wait for the seeds to hydrate I take seven bottles (20oz.Size) of purified water, and seven tablespoons of dry seeds and mix in a bowl. Whisk and then fifteen mins. whisk again. Pour back into bottles and refrigerate. If you want to have juice added to your bottle just add two cans of juice concentrate into the water and seed gel and mix before you place back into bottles. (You will need two empty bottles for the extra due to the juice concentrate) Every day I just take out the bottle already prepared and drink it. The rest of the day I take three tablespoons of gel at lunchtime and at dinnertime. You will know your body and what is right for you. The most you need to take is three tablespoons three times a day of the gel with one serving being replaced with one tablespoon of dry seeds with liquid if wanted.

Uses For Chia Seeds

You can mix the chia gel with: Fruit juices, smoothies, milk, shakes, jams, jellies, preserves, syrups, lemonade, yogurt, nut butters, hot cereal, cold cereal, polenta, grits, pancake and waffle mix (use 1 tablespoon per pancake), mustard, bbq sauce, tarter sauce, dips, soups, mayonnaise, salad dressings, or used instead of oil or shortening in baking. Up to 75%, by weight, of the gel may be added to anything without loss of flavor while enhancing texture and cutting fat calories 30 to 50 percent. Add to anything you wish for reducing calories, saturated fat and sugar amounts without compromising sensory appeal. It is a dieters dream food and its use is limitless.

Digestive aid; Use of 2-3 tablespoons chia gel with each meal for better assimilation of food, increases nutrient absorption and encourages better elimination. It also prevents indigestion and heartburn without risk of harmful side effects. An exceptional food for Diabetics as it slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar which stabilizes blood sugar and regulates the body’s absorption of fluids, i.e. electrolyte balance, more efficiently.

Incorporating chia seeds into your daily diet will enhance the nutrient absorption of all foods, including nutritional supplements. As an Aid in GERD, Ulcers, Gastritis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

I myself have Gerd (Gastro Esophagus Reflux Disease), acute gastritis, a gastric ulcer and IBS. I have dealt with these conditions for almost 20 years. I have taken all the medications from Tagament to Prevacid. In using the Chia Seeds myself, I always told my customers not to use the Chia Seeds without a fluid because it would hydrate from the fluid in your stomach.

One day my stomach was hurting real bad because of the acid. I took one tablespoon of dried seeds with just enough water to get them down. I waited for five minutes and then I drank more water to finish hydrating the seeds. It worked! The seeds hydrated from the acid in my stomach. The pain stopped. :)

The part that impressed me the most was that I was relieving the pain as well as getting all the benefits the seeds have to offer. Now I do recommend taking the Chia Seeds dry only if you have a lot of acid in your stomach. At 10 cents a serving it is a natural alternative to high price prescription drugs. A lot of my customers have used the seeds this way. I also recommend them to my customers who have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) because of the high soluble fiber in the Chia Seed gel. Only if you have a lot of acid in your stomach, should you take them dry with no water till five minutes later.

Chia Milk (makes full blender jar — 5 cups)

4 Tbsp. Chia seeds 2 Tbsp. Walnuts 2 Tbsp. Raw sesame tahini 2 Tbsp. Unheated, unfiltered honey, dash of vanilla (optional) 5 cups water. In a jar or glass, soak seeds and walnuts overnight in 3 cups of water. Pour into blender jar, add 1 cup of water, and turn on blender, running it at medium speed. With blender running, add tahini, honey, and vanilla, and then add 1 more cup of water. Blend only until smooth.

Chia milk is rich in EFAs and protein. Because of the soaking, it is also particularly rich in enzymes. Because of chia seeds' antioxidants, it will keep well in your refrigerator. Use it within a week as a substitute for other forms of milk. (Maybe you'll decide that chia milk isn't a substitute for anything; rather, other forms of milk are a substitute for chia milk.)

Chia Seeds for pets: I have had many customers also give their pets the Chia seeds and have been approached by companies who sell animal food and snacks with Chia Seeds added. They will do the same for your animals as they do for you. You can take the information to your vet and he will advise you.

Some of our Q&A:
where do you get your chia seed? Mexico
How is it processed? Goes thru a shaking process to clean.
Does it see any heat treatment? no
Is the soil it's farmed on naturally rich or fortified with fertilizers? no fertilizers or chemicals used is naturally rich.
Where did you get the information regarding the nutritional factors in the comparisons you gave in the items description? from supplier. Also ours go thru testing from fda at customs and have coa along with each shipment.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

HEMP protein powder to get your protein in

If you check at Whole Foods, they have a HEMP protein powder now that is pretty darn good by Nutiva, and loaded with protein. If you have trouble with whey protein, try it. I add it to my oatmeal. 2 Tbs equals 15 grams of protein-more than 2 eggs!

And for the record: hemp is not cannabis. Hemp has been cultivated for paper products since the Egyptian days, and the US Constitution was written on Hemp paper. The male cannabis plant has no THC, and it's used for paper. The female plants...those have a different use entirely!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Liver Detox and Emotions

We have such fear of our emotional body but it's just a feeling. Really. It's doesn't mean anything UNLESS we let our mind assign meaning and that's what the intellect does. It wants to explain everything. Sometimes a feeling is just a feeling.

I have been drinking really dark green juice every day for a week now. Two big glasses a day. Yesterday I stood in the shower and felt deep sadness, grief really. I just let it wash over me and down the drain. I almost wanted to cry. I found it interesting, and just noticed it welling up and washing down. I didn't engage, nor did I block it.

Then I found that when I went to pick my clothes for the day, the only things that attracted me were all black. Yes, I felt like I was in mourning! I noticed it, and then made myself choose a color instead, in this case soft peach. I felt fake in the peach on the outside when the inside felt so black, but I just noticed it and went on.

I couldn't smile without conscious effort. It did abate during the day, but it was a pervasive sort of sadness by the afternoon instead of grief. By the evening the feeling was gone and I could mention it in a past tense. "Wow, this morning I felt so sad when I got up, but now it's gone."

That was all.

I resisted the trap of "I wonder why?" which would have engaged the mind's energy fruitlessly in a search for meaning.

Remember when you are detoxing and juicing, particularly greens, you are going to release OLD stuff, OLD feelings, just as the intestines will release left over food toxins. It's important not to assign meaning, or try and explain it. It's just stuff. If you were sloughing off intestinal stuff you wouldn't analyze it for when you ate it. (or would you??? Let it go! ) It is just old stuff that got stuck inside and you are clearing it out! Good bye gunk.

Past is past, and now is now. The mind mixes that up if we let it. Don't let your mind over analyze your feelings when you are detoxing.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Endocrine Disrupter info

Why You Can't Lose Those Last 10 Pounds

Last 10 pounds! - I would love to get 10 pounds off! C.A.

by The Staff at wowOwow.com, on Wed Jul 7, 2010 7:24am PDT
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by: Stephen Perrine and Heather Hurlock

On May 11, the White House announced it was targeting a new threat to America’s health and security. It wasn’t some rogue nation or terrorist organization, or a newfound disease or environmental threat. It was a class of chemicals that are making Americans fat. They’re called endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. And chances are you’re eating or drinking them right now.

The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity released a report called "Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation." In the report they list endocrine-disrupting chemicals as a possible reason for increased obesity in the country and describe how scientists have coined a new term for these chemicals — "obesogens" — because they "may promote weight gain and obesity."

What does this mean for you? It means that weight gain is not just about calories-in versus calories-out.

No, America’s obesity crisis can’t entirely be blamed on too much fast food and too little exercise. We have to consider a third factor: the obesogens. They’re natural and synthetic compounds, and many of these chemicals work by mimicking estrogen — the very hormone that doctors DON’T want women taking anymore (as a large clinical trial linked hormone therapy to increased risk of heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, blood clots and abnormal mammograms).

Why traditional diets don’t work anymore

Because high school biology was likely a while back, here’s a quick refresher: The endocrine system is made up of all the glands and cells that produce the hormones that regulate our bodies. Growth and development, sexual function, reproductive processes, mood, sleep, hunger, stress, metabolism and the way our bodies use food — it’s all controlled by hormones. So whether you’re tall or short, lean or heavy — that’s all determined in a big way by your endocrine system.

But your endocrine system is a finely tuned instrument that can easily be thrown off-kilter. "Obesogens are thought to act by hijacking the regulatory systems that control body weight," says Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., curators’ professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri. That’s why endocrine disruptors are so good at making us fat — and that’s why diet advice doesn’t always work — because even strictly following the smartest traditional advice won’t lower your obesogen exposure. See, an apple a day may have kept the doctor away 250 years ago when Benjamin Franklin included the phrase in his almanac. But if that apple comes loaded with obesity-promoting chemicals — nine of the ten most commonly used pesticides are obesogens, and apples are one of the most pesticide-laden foods out there — then Ben’s advice is way out of date.

The obesogen effect is the reason why traditional diet advice — choose chicken over beef, eat more fish, load up on fruits and vegetables — may not work anymore. This is why we’re calling for a New American Diet.

See, while digging up all of this research on obesogens we’ve discovered some good news: There’s no reason why all of our favorite foods — from steak to burgers, from pasta to ice cream — can’t be part of a reasonable weight-loss program. We just need to get rid of old thinking. We can reverse the obesogen effect if we simply adopt these four simple laws of leanness:

Leanness Law No. 1: Know When to Go Organic
The average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different pesticides through food, beverages and drinking water every day and nine of the ten most common pesticides are EDCs. But according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, eating an organic diet for just five days can reduce circulating pesticide EDCs to non-detectable or near non-detectable levels.

Of course, organic foods can be expensive. But not all organics are created equal—many foods have such low levels of pesticides that buying organic just isn’t worth it. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calculated that you can reduce your pesticide exposure nearly 80 percent simply by choosing organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables shown in their tests to contain the highest levels of pesticides. They call them "The Dirty Dozen," and (starting with the worst) they are celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries (domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale/collard greens, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported). And you can feel good about buying the following 15 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that the EWG dubbed "The Clean Fifteen," because they were shown to have little pesticide residue: onions, avocado, sweet corn (frozen), pineapples, mango, sweet peas (frozen), asparagus, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe (domestic), watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and honeydew melon.

Leanness Law No. 2: Don’t Eat Plastic
This ought to be a no-brainer. Indeed, you’re probably already thinking, Well, I don’t generally eat plastic. Ah, but you do. Chances are that you’re among the 93 percent of Americans with detectable levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) in their bodies, and that you’re also among the 75 percent of Americans with detectable levels of phthalates. Both are synthetic chemicals found in plastics that mimic estrogen — essentially, artificial female hormones. And like pesticides, these plastic-based chemicals trick our bodies into storing fat and not building or retaining muscle. Decreasing your exposure to plastic-based obesogens will maximize your chances both of losing unwanted flab and of building lean muscle mass. Here’s how: 1) Never heat food in plastic containers or put plastic items in the dishwasher, which can damage them and increase leaching. BPA leaches from polycarbonate sports bottles 55 times faster when exposed to boiling liquids as opposed to cold ones, according to a study in the journal Toxicology Letters. 2) Avoid buying fatty foods like meats that are packaged in plastic wrap because EDCs are stored in fatty tissue. The plastic wrap used at the supermarket is mostly PVC, whereas the plastic wrap you buy to wrap things at home is increasingly made from polyethylene. 3) Cut down on canned goods by choosing tuna in a pouch over canned tuna. And get any canned and jarred foods from Eden Organic, one of the only companies that doesn’t have BPA in its cans.

Leanness Law No. 3: Go Lean
Always choose pasture-raised meats, which, studies show, have less fat than their confined, grain-fed counterparts and none of the weight-promoting hormones. Plus, grass-fed beef contains 60 percent more omega-3s, 200 percent more vitamin E and two to three times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA, a near-magic nutrient that helps ward off heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and can help you lose weight, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) than conventional beef. If you must choose a conventional cut of beef, choose lean cuts top sirloin, 95 percent lean ground beef, bottom round roast, eye round roast, top round roast or sirloin tip steak. Bison burgers and veggie burgers are also great substitutes when grass-fed beef isn’t available. And select sustainable lean fish with low toxic loads (meaning low levels of toxins like mercury and PCBs). A study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that even though the pesticide DDT was banned in 1973, the chemical and its breakdown product DDE can still be found today in fatty fish. Bigger fish eat smaller fish, and so carry a much higher toxic load.

Avoid ahi or bigeye tuna, tilefish, swordfish, shark, king mackerel, marlin and orange roughy — and focus on smaller fish like anchovies, Atlantic herring and mackerel, and wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Choose farmed rainbow trout, farmed mussels, anchovies, scallops (bay, farmed), Pacific cod, Pacific Halibut, Tuna (canned light) and mahimahi. Also, when you cook the fish, broil, poach, grill, boil or bake instead of pan-frying — this will allow contaminants from the fatty portions of fish to drain out.

Leanness Law No. 4: Filter Your Water
The best way to eliminate EDCs from your tap water is an activated carbon water filter. Available for faucets and pitchers, and as under-the-sink units, these filters remove most pesticides and industrial pollutants. Check the label to make sure the filter meets the NSF/American National Standards Institute’s standard 53, indicating that it treats water for both health and aesthetic concerns. Try The Brita Aqualux ($28, brita.com), Pur Horizontal faucet filter ($49, purwaterfilter.com) and Kenmore’s under-sink system ($60, kenmore.com). However, if you have perchlorate (a component of rocket fuel!) in your water (you can find out by asking your municipal water supplier for a copy of its most recent water-quality report) you’ll need a reverse osmosis filter. But for every five gallons of treated water they create per day, they discharge 40 to 90 gallons of wastewater, so make sure it’s necessary before purchasing one.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Remember Simplicity

It's a beautiful cool mountain morning. The air is crisp still and breezy.

I have made my breakfast:: half an avocado that has been drenched in lemon juice and sprinkled with cayenne pepper. I have a glass of hot water and the juice of half a lemon. I have a pile of grapefruit pieces that have also been sprinkled with cayenne pepper. I like to peel the grapefruit and eat it like an orange.

One of the best things for me in switching to raw-ish living was easing up on the way I thought about food, cooking, eating, preparing. I eased up on the way I judged myself. I stopped worrying. The Hawaiians have a term "no worries". Try it.

I look at my plate this morning, fresh, raw and vibrantly alive and think "so am I!"

We are what we eat, just like we are what we think, we are what we do, we are what we express. We are a continual expression in and out of life, and as we exhale we say yes, and as we inhale we say thank you. That's it.

If you can keep it that simple what else is there but 'no worries'?  Yes, thank you. Smile.

Colors are brighter, life is cleaner. Slow down, breathe, say thank you and say yes to life. Taste it again. It's pretty good! And it doesn't need fancy sauces, or fancy preparations.

Chop with a sharp knife, tear it apart with your fingers and lick the juice, get into it again, both your food, and your life! Be well and remember "no worries".

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sweetner: Lucuma Powder

I haven't tried the lucuma powder yet, but I think I will.

Lucuma Powder –

Try "The Gold of the Incas"!!

This is one of the BEST low-glycemic sweeteners we use...

Lucuma Powder (pronounced Loo- Ku- Mah) is a raw, gourmet, organic, low-glycemic sweetener that creates a rich and creamy texture and imparts a subtle maple flavor. A sign of truly raw Lucuma is its brilliant bright yellow color. (Unfortunately not all Lucuma Powder is so radiant in color and nutrients.)

Lucuma is an exotic Peruvian fruit once known as the "Gold of the Incas." The round or ovaloid fruits are green, with a bright yellow flesh that is often fibrous. It has been honored spiritually and culinarily since ancient times. Within the Peruvian culture, lucuma is often part of celebrations and banquet settings because of its distinct and fragrant flavor. Although it grows in other tropical regions, fruits grown in the Peruvian highlands are considered to be of superior flavor, and are culturally revered.

The Peruvians savor the taste of it in ice cream, as it is one of their most popular flavors. We love to use it in raw ice creams. And we are so inspired by the rich, low-glycemic flavor of Lucuma we have created a new flavor of our popular Coconut Créme - Lucuma-Vanilla.

Power of Lucuma:
Lucuma is low in acid, low in sugar and contains an excellent source of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, especially B3, and minerals. It is especially abundant in beta-carotene, niacin and iron with significant amounts of calcium and phosphorus.

Suggested Uses:

Use Lucuma Powder in place of agave nectar (which is a highly processed sweetener)
Substitute for maple, butterscotch, or toffee flavors in your favorite desserts.
Mix into tea for a creamy texture and sweet, rich flavor.
Sprinkle on top of your favorite granola.
Also try our Lucuma-Vanilla Coconut Creme!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Alkaline Food Chart

Here is a link http://www.tao-garden.com/5elements/Taoist5ElementsNutrition.ABC.html to an amazingly informative chart for those of us that have been wondering about how to raise our alkaline, and it correlates to blood type and to the five elements. It may be more information than some of you want, but on the other hand it's all in one place and you can refer to it as needed.

Of course, when I go to Chipotles, I get the black beans-and right off the bat I see they are the acidic ones!:)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Other People's Rules for Me

I've never really been very good at following other people's rules for me.
Well, let me take that back.

I'm very good at following rules. I was trained to. I have really had to work hard to let myself break rules and experiment.

But where I have trouble is when there are rules and other people tell me I can't break them, but they do.
THAT gets to me.

I think that goes back to kindergarden. It's not fair! How come you get to tell me when I break the rule, but it's ok for you to break the rule and I can't tell you?

Here's a recent example. I got some homeopathic HCG in a spray. It's supposed to reset your hypothalamus so you burn fat. It comes in shots or drops, or in this case, a homeopathic spray. There were 3 of us that were going to do it together. One of the women IS a homeopath-she lasted 3 days.

Rules were eat alot for the first two days, load up 4000 calories a day, then 500 calories a day for the next 26 days. Spray every day, including the load days.
No sugar, limited fat. 1 small apple a day, and no other fruit.
Smack the bottle against the base of your hand 2x before spraying. That's called sucussing.
Spray 2x a day, am and pm.

So, I am having trouble with the loading, I can't eat that much, because of the surgery, but they are both eating cookies and ice cream and stuff. I say "hey I thought it was no sugar?"
Oh no. You can have sugar. I look down at my notes that say no sugar. Really? Maybe I took the notes wrong?

Then I go to spray and I forget the 2x to sucuss and I hit it 10x which is what we do with the flower essences. It's automatic. One of the women is aghast and says 'what are you DOING?! You can't do that!" I say why not? She launches in to why it has to be just 2x. It makes it stronger the more you sucuss it. I'm thinking that's a good thing but ok. No shaking the bottle more than 2x and put it in the list of rules to not be broken. I did that wrong.

Then I see her pulling out her spray throughout the day, not sucussing at all and spraying 4, 5x and more...more than twice a day like the rules say. I say "hey, I thought it was only 2x a day, and only 2 sprays?"

She says, "oh I'm spraying every time I get hungry." and she sprays again to show me.

I say "it doesn't work that way, It isn't going to make you less hungry." She shrugs and sprays again.

In the morning I see her eating grapefruit. I say "I thought we could only have an apple?" She says "I decided I can have grapefruit to help me with the hunger. I read it on the internet somewhere."

Ok so how come she can make up her own rules and I can't? I petulantly stopped and started this morning now that I am home and no one is telling me what I can't do.

For the record-neither lasted the 26 days, but she did last 10 daysdidn't have that much to lose, but she said she was starving all the time-hence all the spraying. I think she might have lost 8 pounds at 500 calories anyway but I am going to give it a shot.

With my own rules, one being that I am spraying as much as I want and two, I am shaking the bottle 10x. And 3, I may or may not adhere to 500 calories. I am going to add the spray and eat what I normally do-which happens to be about 800 to 1200 calories. And I bought grapefruit-just in case. I want my hypothalamus to get the message to burn. I don't care how much I lose really as long as I start to burn. I'm going to do raw pretty much and see how it goes. I'll keep you posted.

Trusting Ourselves with Food AGAIN

Why is it so hard to just trust that if we eat natural, organic and whole foods, that our body CAN do what it  is designed to?

Why do we seem to have a basic distrust of ourselves?

I hate to point a finger at mom, but I think as a generation we were raised to be (and our parents too)
on a schedule
and to ignore and override our natural inclinations, likes and dislikes

We were supposed to poop and pee on demand and not pay attention to need. (the idea of sitting on the toilet for hours waiting? You don't know when you have to poop? But you know, many don't. And if they haven't gone first thing in the morning, they stay home and pace until it happens. Their day is ruined. SO much angst around poops...gotta be the original training imprints!)

We were supposed to eat on schedule and whatever was in front of us and not pay attention to our own wants, likes or desires, and eat it ALL.

We were supposed to sleep on a schedule and not recognize when we are tired or overdone. And every night the same with no variety.

We aren't supposed to ever get sick, need to slow down, or listen to ourselves, and if we do something is seriously wrong. Hey, a cold MEANS you are detoxing. It is a sign of overdone and sometimes it's the only way your body CAN get you to stop)

So is it no wonder that we, as a generation and a nation, are still turning to other people to be the experts of us?

Do you LIKE the green super foods? If you LIKE THEM, and they LIKE YOU your body will let you know.

IF you LIKE, oh, chia seeds for instance, or hemp or sunflower seeds, and they LIKE YOU, then eat them, add them to your food and enjoy,not because they are the new superfood, but because you LIKE THEM. And it agrees with you.

RAW food was and is an effort to get back to nature, back to basics, back to food that isn't over chemicaled and over processed.  It was an attempt to simplify, and the posts from other blogs while good information, never seem to say if they LIKE IT. Just what we should be doing and arguing about who has the best super food. I agree, adding them ALL is overkill. And I don't like gogi berries either much, and I don't like INKA berries at all. Ew. I tried them, and regardless of how good they are for me, I don't eat them. But it's good information, and it's worth trying for yourself. Remember when we all tried maca?!

In doing RAWish I discovered the tastes and smells and textures and joy of food again. We can go over intellectual with Raw, and we will miss the benefit. Eating should be a connection to your emotional body. It should satisfy us all the way through. Our body isn't a machine with food being the fuel. If that's what you think you are missing the vital component!

RAWish satisfies me emotionally and nurtures me. It makes me feel good. I feel listened to and I feel full on many levels. I like the cutting and the tasting, the mixing and the smells. It has become a whole process again of feeding myself inside.

I had gotten to a place where I hated to cook. I was overwhelmed with all the no-lists and all the suggested things I was supposed to be doing and I didn't feel good AND I didn't know why.

I was doing the right things and I wasn't feeling it. And I was also doing the wrong things, and worse yet feeling GUILTY about it.

GUILT is a toxic emotion and for many of us it's linked to food. Think about it.

When I started to simplify my foods, adding juicing, and big raw dishes, more vegetables and got back into raw nuts, seeds, grains and away from processed breads and pastas, my body responded. My sleep improved, my skin improved, my energy improved. I stopped worrying about if I was doing the right thing. When I got rid of the rules, and the restrictions and the beliefs that I had to be on a schedule, I got happy.

That concept if something is good for us, MORE is better doesn't apply. With food, less is better. Too much and our digestive system is overwhelmed. But with raw, consistent is good for us. Grazing. But maybe even that-not for everyone.

Eating when we need to, when we feel hungry, isn't something we were generally raised on. The fear of 'being hungry' is what I most often hear people say when they are switching to more raw. Hunger, REAL hunger-most of us have really never known.

A little hungry-good for us! The LDS culture promotes fasting once a week. I'm not mormon, but you know, it's a dang good idea! AND when they have an issue before them, they fast for 24 hours and then pray on it. ALSO a good idea. Get the belly empty to get more insight.

When we do raw, the body doesn't have to work so hard at digesting. We all felt more light, both inside and above. I'm not saying if you want to be spiritual you have to give up meat. LOL Please. If there is one thing we learned, it's the ISH. It all works.

But filling up with more of other people's rules for you isn't what it's about.  Finding out what really does work for you is. So, get into yourself. Really learn to listen, Pay attention to what feeds you! Not what they say you should be doing.

Get over doing it wrong, and experiment. For goodness sake folks, PLAY! And stop taking it all so seriously. I'm going to make my raw juice now. Celery, Romaine, cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger and a couple of carrots. That's breakfast for me!

David Wolfe on Superfoods

On youTube there are several videos of David Wolfe talking about superfoods. I haven't watched them yet, but I am planning on it.

They are David Wolfe at Exotic Superfoods in Queens.

Chia Seeds

I add chia seeds to my salads and the dressings. It makes the dressings thick and creamy. Look closely at the chia seeds and the design they have. Very shamanic! I keep mine in the frig and bought them in a sealed package from Good Earth. I'm sure you can get them at Whole Foods too.

I took this info from a site that sells chia seeds. There is more info on the site in an article.


Chia Seeds are THE BEST source of
Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids!

These seeds are perfect for diabetics &
people watching or trying to lose weight.

Chia Seeds are also very beneficial to the
heart and extremely high in fiber, calcium, high
quality protein, slowly processed carbohydrates
and loaded with vitamins & minerals and antioxidants!

The health benefits of Omega-3
fatty acids are becoming widely known.

What is not as well known is that the
chia seed is THE BEST source of Omega-3.


Chia seed is high in protein
and high in calcium. 5 times the calcium of milk, 631 mg per 100 grams of seed.

Chia seeds are also high in protein,
with 18 grams per 100 grams of seed.

The optimum ratio of Omega-3 to
Omega-6 should be 3:1.
Chia seed provides that ratio.

Chia seed is hydrophilic.
Absorbing up to 14 times
(Mix @ 9-10 times) its weight in water.
This helps extend energy and endurance.

Chia seed is rich in antioxidant oils.
Chia contains chlorogenic acid, and
caffeic acid as well as myricetin,
quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols.
These compounds are both primary and synergistic antioxidants that contribute
to the strong antioxidant activity of chia.

Chia seed is also low in sodium.
Only 19 mg per 100 grams.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Goji Berries

This is from the Edible Goddess Blog

I personally don't really like the taste of goji berries but if they are mixed in something I can eat them.

Top 24 Health Benefits of Goji Berries
June 24, 2010 by Edible Goddess · Leave a Comment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about goji berries. They are sweet little red scrumptious berries that comes to us mostly in dried form or in synergistic Superfood powder blends like Fruits of the Earth. If you’re looking for the ultimate complete raw protein that you can nibble on throughout the day, or, a nutrient-dense addition to your smoothie to start your day off Superhero-style, you’ve found it!
For everything you could ever want to know about the legendary goji berries, I suggest you check out the books: GOJI: The Himalayan Health Secret and David Wolfe’s book, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future!
In preparation for the Radiance and Beauty Superfood Tele-seminar, I read this book + others and feel like it’s my duty to share the top 24 benefits of goji berries (according the this book – and I concur). This is a direct excerpt from the book and just 1 page of reading pleasure about this gorgeous happy berry!
Top 24 Health Benefits of Goji!
1) Extends life, protecting your body from premature aging through its powerful antioxidant action
2) Increases your energy and strength, especially when fighting dis-ease
3) Makes you feel & look younger. Goji stimulates the secretion of hGH (human growth hormone), the ‘youth hormone.’
4) Maintains healthy blood pressure
5) Reduces cholesterol
6) Promotes normal blood sugar in early adult-onset diabetes
7) Enhances sexual function and treats sexual dysfunction
Helps you lose weight
9) Relieves headaches and dizziness
10) Relieves insomnia and improves quality of sleep
11) Supports eye health and improves your vision
12) Strengthens your heart
13) Improves dis-ease resistance
14) Builds strong blood, enhancing production of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets
15) Supports healthy liver function
16) Treats menopausal symptoms
17) Prevents morning sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy
18) Improves fertility
19) Strengthens your muscles and bones
20) Improves your memory and recall ability
21) Supports normal kidney function
22) Helps chronic dry cough
23) Alleviates anxiety and stress
24) Promotes cheerfulness and brightens your spirit
Now, I’m sure that there is at least 1 of the 24 benefits that resonates with you. Search out products that contain goji berries and be mindful of the sourcing – don’t buy sugar-laden goji berry juice that looks good on the front of the label but actually is just a bunch of concentrate and/or sugars when you check out the fine print. Buy dried goji berries (Ultimate Superfoods or Sunfood Nutrition) or pick them fresh if you are fortunate to do so.
You know, anyone can grow fresh goji berries… even indoors! To the right you’ll find fresh goji berries that I synchronistically found at the farmer’s market for the 1st time ever, just after I posted this blog. Amazing, right?

Spirulina and Chlorella


Chlorella has been touted as the perfect whole food. Aside from being a complete protein and containing all the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, and the major minerals (with zinc and iron in amounts large enough to be considered supplementary), it has been found to improve the immune system, improve digestion, detoxify the body, accelerate healing, protect against radiation, aid in the prevention of degenerative diseases, help in treatment of Candida albicans, relieve arthritis pain and, because of its nutritional content, aid in the success of numerous weight loss programs.
- Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible

Spirulina's predigested protein provides building material soon after ingestion, without the energy-draining side effects of meat protein; its mucopolysaccharides relax and strengthen connective tissue while reducing the possibility of inflammation; its simple carbohydrates yield immediate yet sustained energy; its GLA fatty acids improve hormonal balance; and its protein-bonded vitamins and minerals, as found in all whole foods, assimilate better than the synthetic variety. Spirulina can generally be considered an appropriate food for those who exercise vigorously, as evidenced by the many world-class athletes who use it
- Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Chlorella and spirulina have such strong health benefits that even well-known doctors and authors use these products and note their benefits:

It is possible that the GLA found in spirulina and possibly these other products accounts for some of the positive effects that people experience when using them, including decreased appetite, weight loss, and improved energy levels, especially mental energy. I personally have used all of these products and must say I have experienced a subtle increase in mental clarity and alertness (not like a nervous, caffeine-type stimulation). These algae must subtly stimulate our nervous systems or release certain internal neurochemicals that create this "up" feeling.
- Staying Healthy With Nutrition by Elson Haas, M.D.
In all, these two superfoods are effective in not just reversing a long list of serious diseases (discuss in far more detail below), they are powerful health enhancers that demonstrate phenomenal benefits even to people who are in "good" health

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More valuable info from Christian B.

This was posted on the raw meetup site by Vanessa J.

I love boosting my health through therapeutically nutritious elixirs, superfood drinks, and tonic herbs and occasionally doing a fast or cleanse on them, and I really hope you do to or will start to today.

And yet I see so many people doing the second best thing, which is trying get their trace nutrients from green vegetable juice only.

May I be frank and bold? There are countless raw food healing centers and raw food coaches that are promoting a diet that is basically just fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and therapeutic amounts of green vegetable juice. Their primary strategy for mineralization and cleansing comes from doing green vegetable juices. Let me explain why this “old school” method will give you some initial or short term results but will ultimately deprive you of vitality and common sense. In fact, it’s a downright short sighted approach. I will explain…

I have been an “all raw” raw foodist for over 7 years, and at one time I did 18 months of a half gallon of fresh vegetable juice every day. After the first 9 months of this, I hit my first “wall” where I just couldn’t do that much bulk intake of alkaline vegetable minerals. So, I started diluting my juices by putting herbal tea through my juicer after I ran the vegetables so that my juice was about 50% green juice (fresh pressed organic store-bought produce including celery, cucumbers, lemons, limes, parsley, cilantro, dandelion, ginger, grass, etc.) and about 50% tea (a few tonic herbs like reishi mushroom, yerbe mate, YogiTea blends). I did this unconsciously just as a way to help clean my juicer, not really realizing what I was doing and where I was headed with the tonic herbs approach. I also amended my green juices with green powders like Vitamineral Green and Crystal Manna.

After about 9 months of the 50/50 juice, I hit another “wall” where I just could not have more than a few sips before I felt loopy. I kept trying to drink lots of green juice but it only got me “stoned with alkalosis.” Had I continued, I might have developed an allergy to juiced store bought produce. What had happened is that I was putting myself into acute alkalosis: too much alkalinity from the juice lasting about two hours as my body had already become more neutral in pH normally (by detoxing the acids and restoring my alkaline mineral balance).

When you first get into organic styles of cleansing or go raw, you might be coming from a background (and we all come from this background) of eating poor food choices and being exposed to toxins that put an excess of acids in our body. So when we first do lots of green juice (alkaline minerals), we go from acidic to neutral pH for the few hours after having the drink. Our body should be approximately neutral in pH as a normal state of health when we wake up in the morning. If we do effectively detox and bring in the minerals as our long term protocol, then our body will eventually become more neutral in pH, and if we continue to do a lot of green vegetable juice, then eventually we will hit a “wall” like I did, and go from neutral to over-alkaline for the few hours after having the drink. We can see in this case that green juice is medicine, and should not necessarily be a “meal” we have every single day, forever.

The big issue with green vegetable juice is that it is only one “food group” and it is usually hybridized, store bought greens (cultivars that did not exist a thousand years ago) as opposed to wild greens. Therefore a store bought vegetable juicing person is still actively addicted to agriculture and domestication, which majorly lacks virility, certain minerals and immunomodulatory substances.

Enter > Longevity Elixirs. If I had to do the last 7 years all over again, I would have done a lot more longevity elixirs and about a fourth the vegetable juice that I did. These Superfood Beauty Elixirs contain any of the following deeply rejuvenating substances:

Aloe vera (fresh gel), algaes (blue green, chlorella, spirulina), acerola berry, amla berry, camu camu berry, cacao, coconut water kefir, goji berries, HealthForce Nutritionals blends like Vitamineral Green and Vitamineral Earth, maca, marine phytoplankton, medicinal mushroom extracts like Reishi, MSM, noni, sea vegetables like kelp, shilajit, spring water and a variety of tonic herb extracts or teas containing (asparagus root, cat’s claw, dandelion root, ginseng, gynostemma, he shou wu, horse tail, more of the many medicinal mushrooms like chaga, nettles, shizandra berry ~ all available from Mountain Rose Herbs).

These foods have a much richer variety of minerals and nutrients than green juice vegetables and do not have the overly-alkaline kick that green juice has, but do deliver alkaline minerals deep into your body. You will heal your tissues, immune system, nervous system, skin and organs much more profoundly with this “tonic elixir” approach.

To clarify, these foods and herbs that I mention are about a much more refined approach to nourishing each system of the body, and to promote longevity and clarity. If you are already doing a lot of green juice or sweet green smoothies, then consider this a wake up call from someone who has already gone down that road and who sees the capped health results in the “gurus” who promote these “simple raw diet” approaches. I hope you see the love behind my boldness on this issue; no judgement.

I recommend looking at the food you put in your body as something that should be more wild and medicinal. Pretend you are the shamans from each of the worlds multi-thousand-of-herbs ancient herbal systems (African traditions, Amazonian, Ayurvedic, Aboriginal….and that’s just the A’s). As a shaman, what would you advise people to heal themselves with? Juice of California-grown carrots? Not likely. You would prepare for them your top 3 to 7 exotic tonic herbs and foods that together work on the person’s body, mind and spirit.

If you were a Meso-American shaman, you might recommend a drink made from the local tonic goods: fresh aloe vera gel, blended with spring water, acerola berry, stevia to taste, sea salt, spirulina, and vanilla – all of which are foods that one can now easily acquire online and from their local natural food store and prepare in a blender. This drink (and we will unveil many more detailed recipes in our upcoming eBook on Superfood Beauty Elixirs) will restore the youthfulness of your skin and joints, boost your mood, create an outstanding immune system….and can be consumed daily – forever – without going into alkalosis.

In your health quest, keep doing what works for you. Just make sure to keep trying and adding in an evermore top quality variety of superfoods, herbs, wild foods and garden grown salads so that you will always be updating your protocol, staying innovative (which is what we do with everything else in our life, especially technology, and preparing food is a technology). By trying new things and displacing the old, you will never get stuck in health dogma, or be lured for very long by the less-than-healthiest teachers out there. I do support everyone on a raw-related path as our hearts are all in the right place. Let’s just make sure that we eschew last year’s or even last decade’s ideas and stay on the leading edge of health as we discover the secrets of longevity together!

Your Friend in Cutting Edge Health Mastery

This was written by Christian Bates who I met seven years ago at the beggining of his journey.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Is this really organic?

ABC news ran this rather interesting profile on Organic foods from China and Whole Foods and how they are NOT inspected the way one would think, and not to our standards even though they have the 'stamp of approval'. Buyer beware looms again.

The 365 label at Whole Foods-next time you go turn the packages over and in small print you'll find "product of china".

Thanks Kathy for sending this.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Benefits of Conscious Eating

One of the things that adding more raw to my daily food did was bring me to an awareness of my own eating patterns, and connected me to the language of my body. By that I mean that our body only has the means of physical signals to communicate with 'us' - the conscious self that thinks it knows or  can figure out everything. I realized I had used food to numb myself out to that communication forever.

When I began to eat with conscious awareness, I noticed how I felt both before and after I ate. I realized I really did have a reaction to wheat that made me congested and my nose feel swollen. I had NEVER noticed before. I no longer have that reaction with wheat, but I don't much care for it. I have CHOSEN to not eat it, rather than feeling like I can't eat it.

Now for some people that have never had food issues, that may well be normal for them. But, remember I used to weigh 300 pounds, and though it was 20 years ago now, it seems like yesterday sometimes, when  I am reminded of what it felt like to be overwhelmed by my own body, and feeling betrayed and confused by it as if it were a stranger to me and I was trapped inside.

I will see someone struggling in an airplane seat and instantly recall the feel of the armrests against my sides as I would attempt to make myself smaller so I didn't invade someone else's space, energetically apologizing for being me.By the same token,  I still marvel when I click a seatbelt around me in the airplane now and have to pull it tighter - that it really is me. When the gentleman in the aisle in front asked for a seatbelt extender I instantly remembered having to ask for one myself once and the shame that washed over me as I did. I was 8 months pregnant, but the withering look the flight attendant shot me, shaming to the bone.

So raw food is the first thing that seems to have freed me from so many of the misunderstandings I had about how and why I ate. I thought I was eating to numb out, but really I was eating to fill up a void that was an aching painful emptiness. I was already numb. I was trying to feel. I was trying to wake myself up and bring myself back in by chewing and crunching.

Notice for yourself as you eat more raw, and clear yourself out, and wake yourself up, how you really feel. And if I can suggest one thing: don't be afraid of the feelings. We are feeling beings. That's why we are here. LET yourself feel.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


If you haven't found hemp seeds yet, go get some on your next trip to Whole Foods. They are high in protein, 65% globulin and have ALL the amino acids. All of them. It's a balanced blend of omega 3 and 6, and the richest known source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. And they taste good too!

2 TBS of hemp seeds packs a whooping 11 grams of protein! 

I'm going to try hemp butter next time instead of peanut butter if I can find it.  

You can eat them raw, ground, sprouted or turned into milk like you do almond milk.
I made some raw snacks and rolled them in hemp seed for a nutty coating. They turned out great. I would post the recipe but it was a Sunday mess and who could repeat it? 

Get out the processor. Put into it any dried fruit and nut combo you want. i added peanut butter to moisten and then after processing it together formed into balls and rolled in hemp seed. Had them all week to take to work and to snack on. Easy!

More and More Rawness

I'm on the east coast at the moment, and every day someone comes in and says "I'm juicing" or "I'm doing green smoothies" or "I'm eating more organic".

Well well! Bit by bit we are waking up. People are fed up with feeling lousy. We are no longer willing to have low energy and low libido for life!

Truth is I can see it in the glow in their skin and the sparkle in their eyes. They come in lighter, and freer and they are becoming curious about this 'raw' stuff.

I'm enjoying these raw snacks I found at Whole foods. They are similar to what Catherine Ann has made. My favorite is called 'raisin brittle" and is sunflower seeds, raisins, pumpkin seeds and coconut. They are called "Smart Treat" and are vegan, gluten free and dairy free. So if you miss a crunchy something, they fit the bill, although not salty.

I've been doing more raw again while here. Taking lettuce rollups to work, and making various concoctions again. We all wonder why we stop when we do but I think it's because it feels so good when we get back to it again! We come to appreciate it even more.

We are retraining a lifetime of ingrained habits and traditions of generations! Be gentle with yourself.

Allow yourself to eat-and don't guilt. No need to get hungry. Throw out the rules about eating on a schedule and eat when your body tells you to. Trying to eat on a schedule is like trying to poop on a schedule. You poop when your body is done with the the processing, and not before.

By the way-same thing with issues. Just thought I would throw that in. Everything has it's right moment. No use sitting and straining over stuff that isn't ready to come out. Trust your body!

Pay attention to how you feel with every bite so you can let your body teach you what you've missed before! It's doing the best it can with what we were giving it and frankly it's been doing a great job under the toughest of circumstances. Talk about lack of recognition!

It's never too late to be who you've been waiting for!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Info about Sunfoods

February 25, 2010

Do you Buy From Sunfood.com? Better think

So I just got this today from my friend on Facebook Chef Believe,
evidently passed on from Vanessa Johansson
I never really trusted Sun Food and their over bloated prices this
comes to my inbox. Please read and repost as much as possible.____________________________________________________________________________
have been meaning to post this for a month now and finally have found a
moment to do so.
some of you know I have been investigating the raw cacao industry and
raw powder and butter in particular. You heard it here first that
basically every cacao product on the market today is actually cooked,
and as of right now Essential Living Foods, Big Tree Organics and the
paste from Ultimate Superfoods (not the powder) is actually a raw

Well, I have a grand finale to this story. After many
conversations and emails I have discovered some important info about
Sunfood, David Wolfes company.

First of all, it is not David
Wolfes company.

of at least 12 months ago, it has been owned by Doug Harbison, a non
raw foodist non superhero cooked wonder bread old school business
executive. David Wolfe makes no money off of Sunfood and owns no stock
in Sunfood. He tried to get Sunfood off of cooked chocolate products
and the owners would not listen to him. In fact, they have over 8
lawsuits against David Wolfe. I spoke to the current owner of

I spoke to the current owner of Sunfood multiple times and here is
what he told me:
does not care if the cacao powder and butter are agave and yacon are
cooked products. He said that I am the only person who has called to
complain so he thinks that people are still satisfied with these
products. Hmmm...
He also told me that he believes that Essential
living Foods is lying about their products being cooked. I asked him
why a company would self destruct like this and he said he didnt know
but he thought they were lying. I asked him why they would lose so many
accounts and jeopardize their own investment and he said he didn't know
but he really thought that their product was raw and they were making
up a story about it being cooked.


He finally
said that he was sending his buddy Brian from Sunfood down to
investigate himself. I asked him why he thought that they would be let
in to the manufacturing facility without being a customer, when
Essential Living Foods who is actually a customer was not allowed to
step foot into the facility. He could not answer me.
He promised
to get back to me over month ago with a resolution for one customer,
myself, who has spent a fortune on what I was told and promised was the
best of the best and come to find out it was cooked and fraudulently
sold to me. I havent had any reply.

They knew it was cooked. They
still know it is cooked. He doesn't care!

I have Doug Harbisons private email and cell phone number. I would like
all 286 members on this site to personally call this inflated buffoon
and let hm know that you do in fact care that his products are being
sold fraudulently, that his raw chocolate is not raw, and that you will
no longer support Sunfood nor will you purchase their products anymore.
Let him know that what could be the impetus for the tipping point on
this planet is being turned into a farce by a few corrupt and greedy
individuals such as himself, and that many curious and in need people
are being turned off of the raw food movement as a tool for health and
consciousness because they dont feel that it is trust worthy and
anything other than a hoax. Say whatever you want actually but let this
man know that you are not sheeple and will demand truth, integrity, and
quality ad will vote with your dollars. Lets not let one bad apple
spoil the beauty and truth of this lifestyle choice.

Fill up and
flood this mans email and voicemail with your voices!!!!

my opinion, Sunfood has lost the plot, and is completely out of
integrity and should not be supported in any manner and the word should
be spread like wild fire through the Superhero network.
I happily
provide you now with his private contact information.


Repost this on as
many forums as you can folks. Ready-Set-GO!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fresh Corn Salad

Fresh corn, taken off the cob. About 6 cobs worth or more.
Put in simmering water for a few minutes only, drain. (optional) I like the corn just a little softer than raw.

1 bunch cilantro, chopped fine
2 tsp garlic chopped fine, 2-3 cloves
2 peppers, one red, one orange, seeded and chopped fine
3 avocados, chopped chunky
2 limes, juiced
olive oil to taste

This is a lovely fresh salad that a friend just made. We've made it twice now-and it's great the next day for lunch too. You can wash big leaves of spinach and make little rollups if you want to go fancier for a luncheon.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Clearing the Large Intestine

Many people are encouraging the world to cleanse and detox, and if you decide to do it, be aware that we hold many emotions in our intestinal tract. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, angry, sad, or anxious while detoxing, it can be old emotions that are being revealed as you cleanse.

We used to call detoxing 'anger week' and realize that our feelings were not necessarily about anything in current time.

If you decide to cleanse and detox, allow yourself some grace and space. Don't do it on a busy stressful week. Do understand that as you cleanse inside your body, you are also stirring up emotions and feelings that have been buried. Tears and fears may come up. Let them roll through, and don't worry about what they are. Keep going.

You may also want to pay attention to your prescription meds. If you are on high blood pressure meds while juicing or cleansing your blood pressure may drop to normal so if you are taking meds you may then drop to LOW. Check with your doctor, and pay attention to how you feel.

Raw-ish Quinoa salad

Red Quinoa - prepare whole box as on box 
1 orange pepper, chopped 
1 yellow pepper chopped 
apricots chopped-fresh or dried. Dried will last longer if you want to keep this to use several nights.
currants, raisins or fresh dark grapes, chopped in 4ths-my favorite both for color and freshness 
1 bunch cilantro, chopped fine
lime juice-about 5 limes - fresh squeezed or juiced is best!
roasted pine nuts (lightly roasted in olive oil)
roasted sesame seeds (lightly roasted with pine nuts in olive oil)
chopped pecans (best if soaked and dried before chopping)

This is a great salad to make in volume and then put in smaller containers for lunch
Good consistency to use in lettuce rollups. It has a nice nutty flavor and texture.

I also like to use it with a dash of hot chili peppers for zip to the tongue

Friday, April 23, 2010

Juice for Health

3 carrots
1/2 a lemon
1 apple
(what's so green about this...? just wait)

3 stalks of celery
1/2 a head of lettuce
1/2 cucumber
2 leaves of cabbage
2 leaves of kale
1 cluster of spinach
a handful of cilantro
a twig of rosemary
an inch of ginger

I know this has alot of ingredients-I like variety. You definitely do NOT need all of it. The staples are the first 6 ingredients, and then wing it. It's all about experimenting.

People worry about combining fruit with vegetables: the rule doesn't count when juicing. You are juicing folks-juice all digests at the same rate. I have a friend that made wonderful juice with adding pear to her greens, and another made awesome green juice with mango.

I pour mine into two cups with lids and drink one on the way to work and keep the other on my desk for snacks. At lunch I am still full and have a power bar to snack on when I need a bite. I'm feeling high energy and satisfied and am almost ready to give up my coffee after being back on this for 2 weeks. I do also have two soft boiled eggs for breakfast, so it's not all raw for me. But this is a great way to transition into it. The more you have the more you want. I take a few lettuce leaves and some hummus with me for lunch too if I want more to eat. And I always keep an apple in my desk and some raw almonds. Sometimes they are soaked, sometimes not, but I have them there. Those are the staples.

Tips to starting raw:
keep the food handy
Do not let yourself get hungry
Be prepared
Eat any time you feel the urge. without guilt and without a schedule so you can begin to listen to your own body again

I think I'll go make some carrot juice for bedtime.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Stevia for panic attacks

This is from a woman who used Stevia to cure panic attacks.

She stumbled upon this as a cure--she had a friend who had no clue that his symptoms were "panic attacks" (he wasn't raw) and he ended up in the hospital several times with no help from the doctors--many times he was told "we can find nothing wrong with you" and yet he thought he was literally about to die. When my friend (who has been raw for over 8 years) heard my story she thought it sounded so similar. I literally thought I was clinging to my life for hours. I could tell that some weird hormone or chemical was "dumping" itself at an uncontrollable speed and just would not stop. It feels like the same kind of feeling you might have when you experience an allergic reaction--that kind of sick rushing feeling, only it was a hundred times worse and would not stop until I had been lying in the hospital for a couple of hours. Yet the doctors came in and said, "your blood is the most beautiful blood we have seen--it is pristine and we can find nothing wrong with you"...oh yeah? Then why do I feel like I am dying? So my friend said that she thinks there is a physiological sort of panic attack, where your mind seems to not be in any state of panic whatsoever, yet the body goes into a panic. (I had been asleep for an hour when this thing happened to me, not thinking panicky thoughts at all.) She told me to try the stevia and it worked like an absolute miracle! The results were immediate! She also said that when her daughter gets severe PMS symptoms, she gives her 1/2 tsp of stevia with about that much powdered dong quai and it takes the symptoms away quick.