Friday, July 31, 2009

Back to school

With school around the corner, I wanted to mention some nutrition advised for the school schedule.

It is vitally important to make sure that you are sending your children to school with a good head start. We make sure they are dressed, teeth brushed, and homework done, but do we make sure they have a complete and healthy breakfast? You want to make sure their day does not start laced with sugar, that can make it difficult to concentrate on task through the day. The average child does not even eat half of the fruits and vegetables needed on a daily schedule. It is important to make sure the breakfast has whole grains for substance, fruit for energy that last through the day, and maybe even yogurt for a great source of calcium.

I prefer to pack my kids lunch even though the Schools lunch schedule says they include a fruit and vegetable. They usually use processed meats, starches (mostly white flour), and the fruits and vegetables are not always fresh but out of a can. When you eat items that have been processed and stored in Aluminum cans then aluminum leaches into the foods, and that heavy metal can cause lots of damage in later years. It is one of the top causes of Alzheimer's. Also, when the fruits or vegetables are processed in aluminum cans they are lacking the enzymes needed for digestion. When the food does not digest correctly, it causes many imbalances and not to mention physical discomforts like cramps, constipation, or gas.

When I pack their lunches I try to have a three day diet. I make sure to be rotating the fruits and vegetables every three days. that way it is not the same thing everyday. Change it up. Be sure to have a vegetable or TWO in there, and a fruit. For the bread use a non enriched whole grain. I stay away from sweets in their lunch. These will cancel the good things you put in there to eat. Unfortunately, we do not see them at lunch and we do not want them to eat the sweets over the good whole foods. I also, like to put in some sides like a granola bar or wheat pretzels since these are a great source of fiber and they are also filling. If your child is in after school sports, be sure to pack a healthy snack to consume before they practice. Cottage cheese is another favorite for the lunch snack or after school time.

It breaks my heart sometimes to see children's lunch boxes with sugary treats and then you wonder why they are emotional or not able to concentrate. It's all about eating for A's and eating for health.

Try to stay away from the sugary cereals, bring more whole fruits and vegetables in to the daily diet. I also love to pack an extra water container because they are also not drinking enough water through the day. It is best to use a reusable watering container instead of the plastic water bottles. These leach the plastic toxins into the water they drink here look at the ads I have to the left if you are looking for great products to reuse and have for lunches.

Have a Healthy and Blessed Day!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Mighty Egg

Eggs are one of our favorite breakfast items. They are a great source of Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and riboflavin. They are considered to be complete protein and great way to start off the day. In my house we try to have a balanced breakfast with grains, fruit, and either eggs or yogurt. Be creative because kids like to have variety, but keep it healthy.

A lot of Americans research has come out that the yoke of the egg is high in cholesterol. The yoke of the egg does have cholesterol and they are taking eggs out of the diet even for children. This is a mistake because the body is able to metabolize this type of cholesterol. The body is able to transfer this into Vitamin D when out in the sun. As long as the children are not having any heart health problems than they should eggs in their diet. Maybe not everyday but at least 2 to 3 times a week.
The real issue of eggs should be the source of them. Although they are rich in nutrients, some are a produced in less than ideal living conditions. Today's chicken are being held in cages with no room for walking, in temperature controlled room with artificial lighting, and feed by machines. The way they live on a daily bases is sure to have an effect on their eggs. Chickens were meant to forage around for whole grains and incests that give their eggs the nutrients they need for development. What is just as alarming, if not more, is the chemicals added to the feed for assembly line chickens. These chemicals include hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and even tranquilizers. These are designed to produce eggs, with little concern for the chickens that are producing them. Think of them as biological egg producing machines. All the chemicals the chicken ingests is passed to the egg and then passed to us when consumed. If you consume an organic egg it will be better for you. By organic, I mean the chickens that have been free ranged, free from hormones, and antibiotics that the mass produced eggs have.

Some may wonder what is the difference with a brown egg from a white egg, or one with spots. Nutritionally, nothing different just the breed of chicken that has laid the egg.

Basic Crepes with peaches
1/3 cups whole wheat flour Yogurt and chopped peaches
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cups 2% milk, more if needed
3 large eggs room temperature
2 ounces of butter

In one bowl mix flour and salt together. In other bowl mix together milk and eggs. Pour liquid mixture in to dry bowl and whisk together. Mixture should be a buttermilk consistency. Let cool for about 30 minutes.
Warm the crepe pan , or 8 inch pan, brushing with butter and pour in 1/3 cup of batter on pan and move pan around until all batter reaches the outside of the pan coating bottom of pan evenly. Cook until top is set an bottom is golden brown (about 1 minute)
Use a spatula to loosen sides and flip quickly, allow the other side to brown to a golden color for about 45 seconds. Remove the crepe to another plate and cover. Repeat until all batter is gone. Remember to brush pan with butter between each crepe. Makes 15 large crepes.

I like to fill the inside of the crepe with yogurt and chopped peaches, or favorite fresh fruit.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chelation Therapy

Chelation Therapy has been seeing a great amount of popularity since it was started in 1948. It was started by a group of physicians in Detroit Michigan that started using it as an antidote to lead poisoning. It was then that they saw that it was doing a great amount of positive things. They noticed that it was improving vision, hearing, lowering and loss of angina, more mobility and function in walking, and reduction in arteriosclerosis.

Chelation has to be one of the most interesting therapies. I think that if it was being used more, thousands would not be suffering from heart problems. It has been used in treating strokes, diabetes, memory loss, cardiovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, damage due to long term smoking, abuse of alcohol, and MOST importantly heavy metal toxins.

The procedure used is done using an IV with a slow drip of a drug called ethylene diamine tetracetic acid, also known as EDTA. It is administered along with various nutrients in the arm. A client may receive up to 30 treatments the first year and ten decrease through the following years. Chelation is a Greek word meaning "CLAW". The heavy metals and excess calcium bind to the carrier molecules that are picked up by the claw and then removed through the kidneys. The body has to work way too hard to remove the foreign elements like heavy metals, excess calcium, and elements that harden the tissues. It is said in the natural health field that Chelation therapy can be an alternative to coronary bypass surgery. It has been successful in reducing the need for invasive procedures. Not to say that it is for every person, but it would be something to look at as an alternative to surgery. Most of the case studies show people that take the treatments change their diet and involved themselves in exercise.

For those who are in pain from angina and even have trouble walking may not be able to exercise. In most study cases the clients found such relief that they were able to start walking more and then exercises. It was interesting too, that in the case studies they did not only find relief of their arteriosclerosis, but also other areas like vision, carpal tunnel, blood pressure, memory improvements, and many more. In regard to the diet it was mentioned that most turned to a very low animal protein if at all.

Zucchini Tacos

3 Zucchinis sliced Julian
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp cumin whole seeds
1/2 yellow onion chopped
1 tbsp chili powder
10 soft taco shells

Pour oil in pan and warm. Add cumin and stir lightly brown. Add onions cook until translucent. Add Zucchini and chili powder, stir until zucchini is just cooked (but not mushy you still want some firmness in the vegetable). Ready to serve with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Don't forget the chopped cilantro as a garnish. Even the kids love this absolutely wonderful taco. For those of you that love meat, you can add some ground turkey or beef to the mixture at the end. I love to go veggie once a week, try it.

Have a Blessed and Healthy Day!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ayurveda, Continued

I had said that I would go a little more into the three types of Dosha for Ayurvedic Medicine. The three types consist of Pitta, Vata, and Kapha. Pitta are those individuals that seem to be excessively hot. Vatta are ones that have a tendency to be more restless than others. While Kapha types will be more lethargic.
So what does that mean?
Once you know your "Dosha" you can change the diet accordingly for optimal health.
If you find that you are more a "Pitta", you are a person with good digestion and metabolism. The fire in the process of digestion has a lot to do with the fire even in the personality of the person. They are known for a warm friendly manor and qualities of leadership. Pitta governs your digestion, assimilation, absorption, nutrition, temperature, and many other things. Pita give you vitality, ability to learn, and understanding. When Pitta is off balance it can cause physical and Psychological problems, like anger, negative emotions, criticism, hair loss, ulcers, heartburn, and skin problems. Knowing if you are a Pitta Dosha can be helpful by making sure you are in good physical and physiological balance.
Vata is the element of wind, to flow, move, or command. What that means is energy of wind and movements through the body and mind. Vata is the movement of mind and body responses. The contraction of muscles, breathing, pulse, blood flow, and every other movement. Vata also has a big playing in feeling like fear, anxiety, and nervousness. If vata is not balanced then you can also have physical and physiological effects like constipation, high blood pressure, anxiety, dry skin, insomnia, and cramps. You can cause an imbalance by staying up to late and eating before your last meal has been digested.
Kapha is known as water and energy of the body. Kapha is the glue that holds the body together. Your Kapha is all liquid parts of the body from blood, nose, stomach, sinuses, mouth, chest, joints, and mucus. Its main source of energy is the chest region. Your emotions effects by Kapha are calmness, forgiveness, love, envy, greed, possessiveness. Balanced physical effects can be great endurance, strength, calm and even speech. When out of balance you can suffer to be lethargy, weight gain, and allergies.
You can look into finding your stronger dosha and then you will know how to balance it.

I learned two new excellent dishes from my very good friends who are teaching me their culture and preparation of foods.

Cauliflower Dish
1 head of cauliflower into florets
1 cup flour
1 tbsp corn starch
1/2 tbsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups canola oil

First separate cauliflower into florets and boil briefly for 7 minutes. Drain water and cool. For batter pour flour into bowl and add corn starch, pepper, salt and enough water at a time until you have a thin paste, it resembled ranch dressing to me. Also had oil heating in a wok. Pour cauliflower into batter and cot evenly. Then take coated cauliflower and fry until slightly brown. Its a great taste if looking for something vegetarian and Delicious.

For the sauce, she took 1 onions and sauteed in pan. Then added 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp vinegar, and 1 tbsp red chili paste. Then added fried cauliflower to this sauce and coated evenly. It was amazing Delicious.
It is fried which I like to minimize, but everything in moderation.

Have a Blessed and Healthy day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

P90X what is it

P90x has been the best workout I have ever done. My husband bought it a few months back and I was very sceptical if it would work. I had already had my fourth baby and wanted to lose some of the extra baby weight. Good nutrition is vital in loosing weight but I know I need some toning and exercises.
So I went along with the 12 week challenge that they ask you to make. The package comes with 13 DVDs that has everything from Kenpo to yoga, my husband's favorite (I am laughing). Yoga Is really my favorite but I truly love all the DVDs. It come with a Fitness Guide that instructs you where to start and how to measure so you can see and feel the improvements.
It also comes with a nutritional guide to help you get the most out of the toning and weight loss. It has great recipes and I love the amount of veggies and fruits they have you eat.
You are probably wondering where I am with the program. I am on week 7 of 12 and have lost 21 lbs. I am still working to finish the program and hope to still lose an additional 10 lbs.
All workouts are great and Tony Horton is great to see everyday. The workout can be according to what you are looking for. There is the classic, Doubles, and lean. I am currently working on lean. The workouts are Chest & Back, Plyometrics, Shoulders & Arms, Yoga, Legs and Back, Kenpo, Stretch, Core, Cardio, Chest Shoulders & Triceps, Back and Biceps, Ab Ripper.
A little info about Ab Ripper its only 15 minutes, you will love it or hate it, but that one little workout has major results.
You can see the DVD set in the advertisements on the left, you can go view it in amazon.
If you are looking to loose weight or to get cut and toned, you want this workout.

Have a Blessed and Healthy Day!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Ayurvedic Nutrition

This is a very exciting topic for me and one that would take more than just one blog to truly cover correctly. It started in India were every selection of food and the preparation of that food is inseparable from health and treatment of disease. What that means is that they have always used food to treat themselves for disease.
Ayurveic means Life and science. (Ayur-Life and veda- science) There medical tradition dates back thousands of years and has continued today uninterrupted. They have practiced many forms of therapy from herbal medicine, surgeries, meditation, physical therapy and message, and many more. Ayurvedic physician have helped pave the way of practice for many areas of science. They have been using herbs in ways for blood pressure regulations, antibiotics, calm nerves, and much more. Many of the medications we take now, started as a herbal remedy an then PATENTED it to make it there own, and still using the synthetic form s of the original herb.
One thing to take in to account is the way Ayurveic medicine is used. The body is never separated from the MIND. When they look to remedy anything in the body they look at the whole body. So when they prepare the food they eat on a day to day bases, they look at the health they wish to obtain.
They use a system of the Dosha... TRIDOSHA. This is very difficult to explain and will take more time. I just wanted to give you an introduction to this amazing science of food. To break it down for you. They are taught the tridosha's from the beginning of birth. If you have a runny nose you add more drying foods. If its winter you add more herbs that are warming. If you have certain beans with the meal you add the peppers that will help to "fire" and fuel the digestion process.
I have mentioned one time before that my friends have been teaching me some of the meals, was very kind to write everything out for me to share with you. This happens to be my favorite meal, so far.
First I want to explain a little about some of the ingredients used in this dish.
Mustard seeds are a staple in most Indian dishes. They are warming to the body. As well as aid in digestion, and the discomforts of intestinal cramps and gas.
Turmeric is also very much used in Ayurveic meals. It is a anti-inflammatory, aids to detoxify the body, stimulated digestion, boost's the immunity, and aids in skin health.

Potato Dish
potato's 4 lbs- boiled
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp urad daal
1 tbsp channa daal
1 cup yellow onions chopped
1/4 cup to 1/2 green chilies
1 tsp turmeric
1tsp sea salt

Boil the potato's and peel and cool.
Heat oil in pan, once oil is warm add mustard seeds and wait till it splutter, or pops.
Add cumin seeds, urad daal (white one) and channa daal ( yellow one). Let the seeds just barely brown stiring the whole time.
Then add choped 1 cup yellow onions and 1/4 cup green chilies.
Saute till onions are clear, then add turmeric and sea salt.
Add Mashed potato and stir in well. Add chopper cilantro as garnish.

I absolutely love this dish.

Have a blessed and Healthy Day.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Menopause and Natural Hormone Replacement

If you are having difficulties with early menopause or in need of hormone replacement I have some great natural alternatives. The first and only place to look is your diet. You will not just be adding vitamins and minerals but the plants hormones are a natural alternative to the manufactured ones. The body absorbs them better.
First I want to mention a few things you can omit from the diet, because there are a few things in a typical America diet that are harmful to the body
1. Greatly reduce your amount of Sugar, try using a pure cane sugar or honey to sweeten things, but take out white processed sugar. This causes a nutrient debt to the body and also displaces estrogen.
2. Reduce your processed foods as well. There are a lot of hidden sugars and preservatives in things that are made to last on a shelf for more than a few months. These are things that really tax the body and cause undo stress on it.
3. Plastics, water bottles and food storage containers, should be reduces or omitted, they carry Xenoestrogens- which are a chemical estrogen that are a harmful, they contain more than double the estrogen found in plants. It should be noted that this chemical can do be processed out of the body by the Liver, and Xenoestrogen increases the chances of breast , liver, and other cancers.

Nutritionally we want to feed the body while nourishing certain systems to function better. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables to at least 7-9 servings a day. This should be slowly increased so you do not detoxify the body to quickly. You could be at this level of servings with in three months. Start with cooked vegetables and slowly increase serving. Then increase serving to all or mostly raw vegetables and fruits.
Make sure to increase certain highly beneficial produce which are grapefruit, oranges, apples, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. Also, flax seed, legumes ( soybeans, lentils, chickpeas), fennel, parsley, alfalfa, and sage. These specific foods will replace estrogen while also helping the liver to eliminate excess estrogen from the body. If the enzyme glucarate, is not in correct amounts then the excess estrogen will be reprocessed into the blood and through the body logging in places where cancer is increased. This will also tax the Liver. So you want to try an d increase these natural food sources before having a synthetic form of the enzyme so the body will uses all of it and eliminate any abundance on its own. Increasing use of raw carrots as well, they help to detoxify the Liver and blood.
For symptoms of most hormone replacement therapies, I have found one product out there that is all herbal and it the needed dosage of everyday use, Black cohosh, Ginseng, Green Tea, Primrose, and others. The name is Estrotone made by New Charter. It is not a replacement hormone!!!!! It helps to alleviate symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal discomforts, mood swings, and sleepless nights. It also aids the estrogen and progesterone to function correctly while relieving most symptoms of the hormone dysfunction.
If you are looking to replace a current medication always be advised by your Physician. Let them know that you want to make a alternative chose to the products that are out there. You can make this change but be sure to let your physician be aware of your plan and any questions.

Have a Blessed and Healthy Day!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Power of Ginger

Ginger is such as amazing little root. It will stop nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness. Its helps to relieve headaches and aches and pains. Known to alleviate the discomforts of colds and flues, because if its detoxification abilities. It even aids in the digestion of food, easies stomach and colon cramps, as well as constipation.
It contains Vitamin A, B-complex, and C. The minerals contained are Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium.
When you take Ginger along with other herbs, it acts as a transporter to the organs that are to be healed.
Ginger is used in making hard candies to sooth throats and even to make your own cough and cold tinctures.
Another great way Ginger is used is to increase the metabolism. Just one glass of ginger tea will
get the body running faster to digest and metabolise the food eaten through out the day.
You will see a favorite of mine that we buy for the house is Gin Gins. Its a hard candy made out of ginger that is refreshing to take after meals, in a cup of tea, or for a sore throat.

Ginger Tea
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
4 cups water
1 tbsp raw honey
Place ginger in a teacloth or tea bag, put water on to boil, once boiling, remove and pour water over grated ginger. Allow to seep for 5 minutes and remove tea bag, add honey and serve.

Have a Blessed and Healthy Day!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dirty Dozen

If you are looking at buying organic and worried about the price of it. I wanted to tell you about the "Dirty Dozen". What that means is that out of the fruit and vegetables we eat, these are the top 12 that you want to buy organic when and where available.
The reason these are "dirty" is that they have a soft skin and pesticides run all the way through to the center of that produce. You can not wash it off and we are taking those chemicals into our bodies.
These are the worst to the least affected...
Sweet Bell Peppers
Potatoes (12)
The other produce out there is great to buy organic, but it would be wiser to focus on these first. And remember to buy in season and your Farmers Market. Great way to get more for less and the produce is usually more nutritious as well, when in season.
The reason this is important, for you and your family, is that cancer is on the rise. When our bodies have to work to rid it of chemicals and toxins, it works to hard. It also has damaging effects on the brain and throughout the body. Everything you eat is an investment. How important is it to you to have great health, not only today but in the next 10, 20, 30, 40 years?
Even if you can not buy organic for all 12 and on, start with the top three and slowly increase to a organic kitchen within time. This is a life changing experience. Do it right and always do it stages. This helps to not feel overwhelmed and it helps the pocket book.

Today's recipe is from Sara Snows book, "Fresh Living". Not only does she talk about the dirty dozen but also how to convert every room in the house to a safe and organic house. There are also recipes for food and to make your own household cleaners and more.

Fresh Pesto
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice of Lemon
3 cups loosely packed fresh basil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp coarse sea salt
dash of pepper

In food processor pulse garlic, pine nuts, EVOO, and lemon juice until smooth. Add basil, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Pulse everything until blended and scrape down the sides and blend again until smooth. Then add over a nice bowl of whole grain pasta. I even add a little to sandwich's, taste great!!!!

Have a Blessed and Healthy day!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vitamin A

For those of you wanting to get more vitamins in your diet, lets take vitamin in to consideration. There are two ways you can take this very beneficial vitamin. One is in a fat soluble and the second is a water dispersible (beta-carotene, lemon grass). It is preferred to take water soluble for there are less chances of overdosing.

Vitamin A helps to counter acts night blindness and helps improve eye sight. Helps to build resistant to respiratory problems. It also plays a important role in nourishing skin, hair, nails, teeth, bones, gums. It also helps to fight against pollutants in the air we breath, keep that in mind for those of you how live in large cities.

These are great food sources to increase for your vitamin A, bright colored fruits and vegetables, green leafy vegetables, carrots, liver, milk, eggs, and fish liver oil.

Raw Juice sources are carrots, kale, parsley, escarole, spinach, sweet potatoes, watermelon, and turnip greens. These all taste great in a smoothie. If you have one veggie smoothie a day, you will be on a road to better health. You want 5-6 serving of vegetables a day, but a veggie shake will get you half way to that goal.

If you are looking for a great juicer, something with the power to juice sweet potatoes, spinach, beets, and wheat grass. You will want to look at the advertisement on the left, power juicer. Sold many places but amazon is the cheapest.

Carrot salad
1 pound carrots, grated
1/2 fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup organic raisins
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup plain yogurt (this is optional try with and without)

Combine carrots, pineapple, and raisins, then blend juice and yogurt in blender until smooth.
pour over the carrots and serve. Fun and can be a side, snack, or dessert.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Summer colds

A summer time cold is irritation, but there are ways to avoid one. So often we are out in the sun absorbing all the great vitamin D. The sun transforms cholesterol into vitamin D and we also use and transfer vitamins needed for the skin.
Vitamin F rejuvenates the skin. If you are out in the sun and end up getting a sunburn, the body will send whatever vitamin F is needed to replenish the skin. That is why you will see people put oils on after a nice shower after a day in the sun. It helps to restore the vitamins and condition the skin to heal. Coconut oil is my preference followed by safflower oil. The reason people feel tired after a long day of sun and fun is that the body is compensating for the changes in vitamins used and needed to restore, a lot is going on there. It would also be a great idea to eat a nice garden salad to replenish the used sodium supply. Sodium and Potassium are the two minerals that need to be restored on a daily basis. So, when you are out playing and glistening from the heat and exertion, you are losing lots of sodium and potassium. After being in the sun all day a wheat allergy may increase the risk of a summer cold. That is why people normally will eat fruits and salads to cool down, rice is great also. But, the wheat will use up the sulphur and cause the sulphur sacks in your throat to swell and create flem. When you are in the sun for extended periods of time, be sure to eat right after to keep from getting any of those silly summer colds.
If the cold comes on, just let it run its course. If you take over the counter meds you will slow down the healing process. Drink plenty of fluids, stick to water, teas, and juices. Avoid mucus causing foods like milk, dairy, and wheat. Allow the body to rest to be able to heal. By doing a little bid of exercising you can also help loosen any mucus that may have formed in the chest. Also, increase your salad and fruit intake. Our family also loves a certain raw egg smoothie that I will describe below the kids refer to it as the "Sunny D" Shake. It is delicious and easy to make. it helps to alleviate the symptoms of the cold and helps to cut down on healing time.

"Sunny D" Shake
1 Tbsp Raw Honey
1 Raw Egg
1 1/2 cups of Orange Juice
1/2 cup of ice

First blend the egg and honey together briefly until frothy. Then add juice and ice, whip until all blended and enjoy. You can also add your favorite berries and/or bananas. We drink this 3 times a day when we have a cold in the house and usually only have to continue for 2 days.

Have a Blessed and Healthy day!!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Increasing your vegetables and fruit

When you change your lifestyle to whole foods and natural diet, you bring more nutrients into it. You want to slowly work up a goal to have more fruits and vegetables into the daily routine. It is a fact that 1 in 4 people do not eat any fruit or vegetables a day. A potato chip does not count as a vegetable and apple popovers are a fruit. We have to rethink food and how its cooked and made. There is some produce that release vitamins and minerals after they have been coked, but we usually over cook food and strip it of the nutrients needs for daily consumption.
You also do not want to increase the fruits and vegetables to fast. You can detox your body too quickly and cause undesired discomfort, for example you may get headaches and colds. The body will help you rid itself of unwanted chemicals and junk in the body, so you want to work out a plan to increase the servings per day slowly. You want to have a serving of 5-6 raw vegetables a day and 3-4 servings of fruit a day.
Start with where you are and increase one serving a week with raw and cooked whether it's fruit or vegetables, and every week increase to one more serving. Continue to increase weekly, until the daily value is met. This will keep the body from detoxifying to quickly, removing any unwanted side effects.
So, start a journal and make yourself weekly and daily goals. Be sure to change up the items, you can get bored really quick so keep it interesting and don't shy away from things you think you won't like. Your taste buds will change and you will like things differently. Give everything time and your body will thank you for it.

Awesome Turkey Sandwich

I take whole wheat bread, (non enriched)
Few sliced of turkey and layer with bean sprouts, tomato, cucumbers, onions, spinach, and cheese. You can also use a oil and vinaigrette in stead of mayo.

Bean sprouts are great for B complex, carotene's, iron, calcium, potassium, Vitamin C , and phosphorus. Looking for other ways to have been sprouts in you daily diet look to "Nourishing Traditions", its the yellow book on the left hand advertisement's, in Amazon. This book had 600 pages of recipes and information on nutrition and history of food, great guide for every kitchen.

Have a Blessed and Healthy day!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Milk and Alternatives

Hey everyone I am back from a great week camping.

I had a friend ask me what I think about milk, and the alternatives that are out there. I think that it's something everyone should look into and find which one is right for them. It depends on the person, whether that milk is right for them. Here you will find information of the different types so you know you have options and then try which is right for you.
There are many forms of milk out there, cow's milk (pasteurized or raw), soy milk, goat's milk, rice and almond milk. So, which one should you chose.

First, not everyone has access to raw milk. It is actually difficult to get raw milk except if you are part of a Co-Op or farm. The reason they pasteurize milk is to keep it clean from bacteria and harmful pathogens, but it is important to mention with the machinery and stainless steal equipment that is used now the pasteurization process is unnecessary. The most important thing you want from your milk is for it to be hormone free. It would be great to have it un-pasteurized but we do not all live by a raw cow farm. Look into finding the closest one to you. So, if buying one in the store stay with a HM free and organic milk. Pasteurization does not only kill digestion enzymes but also amino acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 as well as 80% of water soluble vitamin's. When a digestion enzyme is destroyed you disrupt the body's absorption proces of body building vitamins like calcium. That is why some people that drink milk might still develop Osteoporosis. If you are looking for a company to provide you with un-pasteurized milk and pasture feed cows you can look at

Some people have been very pleased with raw goat's milk. This is easier to find as more and more people are raising their own goats for milk and find it is easier to digest and consume. The thing about raw milk is it has not been striped of the beneficial enzymes needed for digestion. That is why you will find so many lactose intolerant people. Those that are sensitive to cow's milk will enjoy goat's milk, the taste is not that different but might take getting use to. It also makes great cheese and yogurts. It is even a great alternative for babies that can not nurse for one reason or another, the canned goat's milk is not the same and should be avoided. My sister-n-law and family have enjoyed the change to goats milk so much that they now raise and milk their own goat's, making yogurts and cheeses as well.

Many people have tried the Rice, Soy, and almond milks also. These you can find in the cold sections and in boxed forms in the dry aisles as well. The Rice milk is made from the starches of brown rice, usually less allergic than soy. Soy is very beneficial and a great choice as a milk as well, but there has been controversy over whether soy is harmful to men. Some studies have shown that children raised on only soy milk have an increased risk of prostate problems and could become sterile. This is not completely proven, but soy is a natural estrogen and great for women that are looking for a natural hormone replacement. So, men can drink soy in moderation. Supplementing where needed will not cause these problems listed. You can also try the almond milk, this is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Almond milk is high in calcium and low in fat. Almond milk is also easy to digest. Please be advised that making alternatives are great, but when you change the diet do so rotating your intake of any one item. When people do straight soy or straight rice milk, you can develop allergies. When you rotate you rice, soy, almond, and goat's milk you get a rounded source of vitamins and minerals. I have a few recipes for making your own milks with the rice, soy, and almonds, if interested just email you request.

If you would like to try to make your own Rice milk

Vanilla Rice Milk
1 cup of brown rice
3 cups of pure water
1 drop of liquid lecithin
1/2 tsp vanilla - for taste
1 Tb sweetener (honey)
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp xanthan gum---found in health food stores

Cook rice with water in pan for about 20-30 minutes until thickened. ( Rice Base)
Mix 1/3 Rice Base with lecithin, vanilla, honey, sweetener, and sea salt. in blender and mix.
Add 1 quart of water, slowly, along with the xanthan gum while blending in blender. Add more water if too thick and more base if to thin. You can make just the way you desire. Store in glass jars in refrigerate. Shake before pouring. This should make about 4 1/2 cups.

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