• 16Mar

    In a blender, blend:
    1 c. fresh pineapple
    2 drops olive oil
    1/4 cacao pdr. (I mixed mine half with carob powder)
    dash water
    dash of raw honey or agave, if preferred. Taste it first.
    Blend until creamy. Wayyyyy better than using a cup of oil or cacao butter in your recipe. It’s delicious!
    Pour it over your fruit bowl!

  • 25Jan

    A Fun, Non-Alcoholic Mimosa Replacement : The Renegade Health Show Episode #751

    http://renegadehealth.com/blog/2011/01/25/a-fun-non-alcoholic-mimosa-replacement/

    More from our tribute to Jack LaLanne this week…

    Take a look…

    Your question of the day: Do you drink champagne at a toast or do you have something else

    Here’s the juice recipe:

    Fruit Fizz (From the Jack LaLanne juice recipe book that came with the juicer!)
    1/2 pound raspberries
    1 medium orange, peeled
    1/4 lime, peeled
    1/2 pineapple, skinned
    splash of sparkling water

    Juice all the fruit, then add water. Enjoy!

    Live Awesome!
    Kev

  • 26Nov

    New Proof that Fruit Juice and Soda Increase Risk of Gout
    Posted By Dr. Mercola

    Too much soda or fruit juice will increase your risk of developing gout, a painful form of arthritis, according to a new study.

    Women who drank two cans or more of non-diet soda a day, or 12 ounces or more of orange juice a day, were more than twice as likely to develop gout. Women who drank just one soda or 6-ounce glass of juice per day were at 74 percent and 41 percent greater risk, respectively.

    CNN reports:

    “The culprit appears to be fructose … [F]ructose increases levels of the chemical uric acid, which causes gout. When uric acid levels in the body get too high, the acid hardens into sharp crystals that are deposited in joints.”

    Sources:
    CNN November 10, 2010

    Journal of the American Medical Association November 10, 2010;
    Dr. Mercola’s Comment:
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    Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by painful, stiff and inflamed joints. It can occur in any joint of your body, but most commonly occurs in your big toe.

    The stiffness and swelling are a result of excess uric acid forming crystals in your joints, and the pain associated with this disease is caused by your body’s inflammatory response to the uric acid crystals.

    Gout affects between 2 million and 5 million Americans, and the prevalence is increasing, both in the US and other developing countries.

    This comes as no surprise, because the principal reason for the rising incidence of this painful type of arthritis stems from our modern diet, which is chockfull of fructose, mainly in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

    New Evidence Confirms Fructose/Uric Acid/Gout Connection

    The latest JAMA study, cited above, used data from the 22-year long Nurses’ Health Study, which included nearly 79,000 women.

    The analysis showed that women who drank more than two cans of soda per day were more than twice as likely to develop gout, compared with women who rarely drank soda.

    Drinking 12 ounces or more of orange juice daily had the roughly the same effect.

    Additionally, as reported by CNN:

    “Women who had just one soda or 6-ounce glass of OJ per day were at 74 percent and 41 percent greater risk, respectively, compared with women who rarely drank either.

    The culprit appears to be fructose, says the lead author of the study, Dr. Hyon Choi, M.D., a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.”

    A similar study on men was published two years ag0.

    In that study, men who drank two or more sugary soft drinks a day had an 85 percent higher risk of gout than those who drank less than one a month.

    The risk significantly increased among men who drank five to six servings of sugary soft drinks a week. Fruit juice and fructose-rich fruits such as oranges and apples also increased the risk.

    This is why I always recommend paying equal attention to the fructose consumed in the form of fruit juices and even whole fruits, and not just that from soda and processed foods. For a helpful chart showing the fructose content of common fruits, please see this link.

    As a general rule, I recommend limiting your total fructose intake to 25 grams per day, from ALL sources.

    Since virtually all processed foods contain HFCS, it’s a wise move for most people to also limit total fructose from fruit to 15 grams per day. You could easily exceed the max of 25 grams due to this ‘hidden’ fructose in your diet, even if you consumed no soda or fruit…

    Fructose is the ONLY Sugar that Raises Uric Acid

    I became fully aware of the dramatic and devastating impact fructose has on your uric acid levels when I interviewed Dr. Richard Johnson on this topic, earlier this year.

    Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on how fructose — which is the number one source of calories in the American diet – causes obesity, diabetes, and a number of other common diseases, including:

    * Gout
    * High blood pressure
    * High cholesterol and high triglycerides
    * Kidney disease
    * Heart disease
    * Fatty liver disease

    As it turns out, a major component of all of these diseases is elevated uric acid, and more recent research shows that fructose is the ONLY type of sugar that will raise your uric acid levels!

    Fructose is distinctly different from other sugars as it’s metabolized through very specific pathways that differ from those of glucose, for example, and it is through this distinct metabolic action that uric acid is generated.

    In fact, fructose typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion.

    However… Glucose Boosts Harmful Effects of Fructose!

    Yes, although glucose will not increase uric acid levels, it will accelerate fructose absorption! So when you MIX glucose and fructose together, you actually absorb more fructose than if you consumed fructose alone.

    This is an important piece of information for people who want to make a better effort at controlling their weight and prevent disease.

    At What Point Does Uric Acid Start Creating Disease?

    According to Dr. Johnson’s research, uric acid appears to take on a lead role in creating health problems when it reaches levels in your body of 5.5 mg per dl or higher.

    At this level, uric acid is associated with an increased risk for developing high blood pressure, as well as diabetes, obesity and kidney disease.

    Dr. Johnson believes the ideal range for uric acid lies between 3 to 5.5 mg per dl.

    How to Limit Your Fructose Consumption

    According to Dr. Johnson’s research, a quarter of the US population consumes a whopping 134 grams of fructose a day. This is a staggering amount of fructose when you consider the fact that you need to restrict your fructose intake to below 25 grams a day in order to maintain good health.

    This makes it pretty easy to see how so many fructose-related diseases have peaked to such unfathomable levels.

    For example, this statistic dovetails nicely with the statistics showing that one in four Americans is also either pre-diabetic or has type 2 diabetes.

    So, just how much fructose are you consuming every day?

    I strongly advise you take a look at all the labels of everything you put in your mouth, and make sure you’re taking the serving size into account…

    In his book, The Sugar Fix, Dr. Johnson provides detailed tables showing the content of fructose in different foods – an information base that isn’t readily available when you’re trying to find out exactly how much fructose is in various foods.

    I do realize that reducing sugar/fructose in your diet can be tough for some people. After all, sugar is just as addictive as cocaine

    ! But it is possible, and Dr. Johnson provides helpful guidelines for doing so in his book.

    It calls for following a very low fructose diet for two weeks, which has the effect of “rebooting” your system and re-sensitizing your body to the fructose.

    Additional Guidelines for Preventing and Treating Gout

    If left untreated gout can become increasingly painful and lead to joint damage. So if you experience sudden, intense pain in your joints, especially your big toe, it’s important to seek help.

    However, I strongly recommend avoiding drug therapies for gout, and drugs specifically designed to reduce uric acid levels. It makes little sense to gamble with side effects when most people can successfully reduce their uric acid levels simply by limiting or eliminating excessive fructose from their diet!

    In addition, the following strategies can help you successfully address (or prevent) gout:

    1. Modify your diet to fit your nutritional type. To help determine your nutritional type, take my free online nutritional typing test. We have charged thousands of people $29 for this test in the past, but now we’re able to offer the test entirely free of charge, so please, take advantage of this beneficial tool.
    2. Avoid drinking soda, fruit juice and other sweet beverages. As discussed above, these types of drinks are a primary source of excessive fructose. Instead, drink plenty of pure water, as the fluids will help to remove uric acid from your body. Cutting back on all forms of sugar and grain in your diet is also important.
    3. Limit or eliminate alcohol consumption, particularly beer. Alcohol in general, and beer specifically, may also raise the levels of uric acid in your blood.
    4. Exercise. Being overweight increases your risk of gout, and regular exercise will help you to maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health.
    5. Try tart cherries or concentrated tart cherry juice. Tart cherries contain two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids. Both of these compounds slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxyygenase-1 and -2, which helps to relieve and prevent arthritis and gout in your body.

    Interestingly, we have had many readers state that alfalfa tablets have provided a fair measure of relief and improvement from gout as well. I have no experience with this but it would certainly seem another avenue to explore since it is a natural product with virtually no downside or side effects.
    Nutmeg has also shown promise for relieving gout symptoms, so if you enjoy this spice feel free to add it liberally to your diet.
    For even more information about gout and how to treat it without resorting to potentially dangerous drugs, please see my article Five Steps to Overcoming Gout Naturally.
    Related Links:
    Sugar May Be Bad, But This Sweetener is Far More Deadly
    How to Eliminate Gout Without Dangerous Drugs
    Surge In Gout Blamed On Sweet Drinks

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Dr. Mercola

  • 15Oct

    How to get high on chocolate
    via The Sweet Beet by Michelle on 9/27/10

    http://www.thesweetbeet.com/raw-chocolate/

    I was given a gift the other day that I promptly eliminated. I ate it. Even up until the last bite I thought I had self-control, but empty packages don’t lie.

    The gift was raw chocolate – or to be more specific, a magical concoction whose main ingredient is raw chocolate.

    Here’s why I think the control part was difficult – I was on a serotonin high. The chocolate we usually eat is roasted – neutered of its nutritional powers. Raw chocolate is nutritionally “intact”. One chemical found in abundance in raw chocolate is tryptophan, a neurotransmitter which creates serotonin, the feel-good chemical that courses through our blood. We think of serotonin as being a brain chemical, but 80% is produced in the gut. It’s not in your head – eating well does directly affect your mood! (Other “high” inducing foods endowed with tryptophan, are dates and bananas.)

    And while chocolate is making you happy, it’s also nourishing your cells. Cocao is a fruit and raw cocao is the number one food-based antioxidant – far higher than blueberries or strawberries. (Oxidation is what naturally happens to cells, and over time this wears out your body, and contributes to disease. There is strong evidence that consuming anti-oxidants helps to control this.) Dark chocolate has gotten a lot of attention as a “health” food, but raw dark chocolate is in another league.

    But buyer beware, some raw chocolate bars are horrific and taste like sawdust. (Leave a note in the comment section if you’d like to know the one I’d recommend avoiding and I’ll email you the answer). The one I devoured was gnosis chocolate – specifically Fleur de Sel – sold at Whole Foods in NYC, in the raw section (you won’t find anything raw in the Chocolate section). Raw chocolate is not mass yet, so brands tend to be pretty local. (Update: Here is the link to all the US stores where you can buy Gnosis) . Price-wise, it’s higher than roasted chocolate but it’s cheaper than drugs and as far as I know still legal.

    Photo: A bite taken out of my “gnosis chocolate” bar before being devoured. Copyright ©Michelle Madden

  • 07Sep

    10 Foods That Detox The Body
    Category: Healthy Foods,Natural Health,Organic Living
    Author: Dr. Edward Group @ 4:37 pm

    http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/foods-that-detox-the-body/

    When it comes to detoxing your body, there are many techniques you can follow and supplements you can take. But, the best way, is to eat lots of foods that detox the body. Below is a list of detox foods that I thought would be an great addition to everybody’s diet.

    Detox Foods Apple
    1. Fruits

    Fruits are extremely high in liquid-content, helping the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and are high in antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and many important vitamins like vitamin C.
    2. Green Foods

    Detox Foods Spinach

    When you are ready to detox your body, fill your refrigerator with blue green algae, barley, wheatgrass, kale, spinach, spirulina, alfalfa, chard, arugula or other organic leafy greens. These plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract.

    Chlorophyll rids the body of harmful environmental toxins from smog, heavy metals, herbicides, cleaning products and pesticides. They also aid the liver in detoxification.

    3. Lemons, Oranges & Limes

    Detox Foods Lemon

    These citrus-wonders aid the body in flushing out toxins, as well as jump-start the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. They also aid the liver in its cleansing processes. To increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.

    Remember, vitamin C is one of the best detox vitamins around, as it transforms toxins into digestible material.

    Detox Foods Garlic
    4. Garlic

    This pungent bulb stimulates the liver in producing detoxification enzymes that help filter out toxic residues in the digestive system. Adding sliced or cooked garlic to any dish, will help aid any detox diet.

    Broccoli
    5. Broccoli Sprouts

    Extremely high in antioxidants, broccoli sprouts can help stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestive tract like none-other. The sprouts are actually more effective than the fully-grown vegetable, despite the picture on the right.

    Green Tea Detox
    6. Green Tea

    Packed full of antioxidants, green tea not only washes toxins out of the system through its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, known to increase liver function.
    7. Mung Beans

    Mung Beans

    The mighty mung bean has been used by Ayurvedic doctors for thousands of years. It is incredibly easy to digest, and absorbs toxic residue on the sides of the intestinal walls.
    8. Raw Vegetables

    Detox Foods

    Best for juicing detox regimens or eaten raw: Onions, carrots, artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.
    9. Seeds & Nuts

    Walnuts

    Incorporate more of the easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. This include flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts and sunflower seeds. While detoxing, avoid nut butters.

    Avocados
    10. Omega-3 Oils

    Use hemp, flax-seed, avocado or olive oils while detoxing. This will help lubricate the intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, and eliminated by the body.
    Other Detox Methods:
    Below is a list of recommended detox methods, besides the foods listed above.

    * Colon Cleanse
    * Liver Cleanse

    * Heavy Metal Cleanse
    * Harmful Organism Cleanse

    Do you have any suggestions for foods that detox the body? If so, please drop them in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    ~Dr. G

  • 01Sep

    This fruit leather is from a boiled concotion – so it’s not raw. But you get the idea, and the pics are nice! You can make this applesauce/apple leather by blending the fruit with raw sweetener of choice, then dehydrating as described!
    How-To: Make Fruit Leather

    http://www.bloombakecreate.com/2010/08/making-fruit-leather/

    via CRAFT

    by Natalie Zee Drieu on 8/10/10

  • 31Aug

    Avocado Dressing and Dip

    http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/recipe-creamy-tangy-avocado-dressing-125010?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+apartmenttherapy%2Fthekitchn+%28The+Kitchn%29

    makes about 2 cups

    1 perfectly ripe avocado
    1 cup plain yogurt, nut or seed yogurt
    1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
    2 to 3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 small garlic clove, chopped
    1 teaspoon dried dill or about 1 tablespoon fresh
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    dash of cayenne pepper

    Place everything in a blender or food processor bowl and blend until creamy and smooth. You can also use a stick blender. Check for seasonings and add more lemon juice, salt or cayenne as needed. Will keep up to 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.

    For the salad pictured above, inspired by dinner last night at San Francisco’s Foreign Cinema: Toss lettuce (I used Little Gems), roasted and diced beets, finely sliced radish and croutons with avocado dressing. Serve immediately.

  • 02Aug

    Surprising Health Benefits of Watermelon
    posted by Terri Hall-Jackson Aug 1, 2010 4:03 pm

    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/health-benefits-of-watermelon.html

    Surprising Health Benefits of Watermelon

    Some foods are fun to eat, and watermelon is definitely one of them. That triangular wedge of bright red/white/green, sweet juiciness forbids us to take life too seriously and shouts, “SUMMER!!!” As if that weren’t enough, watermelon is packed full of nutrition, hydrates and is low-fat. While many of us think of watermelon as a great snack option, when you tally up its nutritive value, you might consider making this all-star a feature player in your cuisine.

    Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.

    Tomatoes have been highly touted as a great source for lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight heart disease and several types of cancer — prostate cancer in particular. Watermelon, however, has the highest concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable.

    If your little ones don’t dig into their swiss chard, lima beans or spinach — all great sources of potassium — consider offering them a serving of watermelon instead. It is a great source of potassium, which helps muscle and nerve function, helps maintain the body’s proper electrolyte and acid-base balance, and helps lower the risk of high blood pressure.

    Watermelon also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which can help maintain arteries, blood flow and overall cardiovascular function.

    Alone or in a fruit salad are the most common ways many of us eat watermelon. While eating the meat of the fruit is the best way to take advantage of all of its nutrients, this is one of my favorite bits of summer refreshment. I get a version of this from my local burrito truck. The key to making this great: don’t oversweeten it. With just a touch of sweetness, it’s heavenly.

    Watermelon Agua Fresca (Fresh Water)

    * 3 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
    * 1 1/2 cups water
    * juice from 2-3 limes
    * natural sweetner, to taste

    In a blender, puree the watermelon, then strain it through a fine sieve. In a pitcher, mix the strained juice with water. Add lime juice and natural sweetener to taste. Serve cold over ice.

    Related:
    Watermelon Mint Smoothie
    Watermelon Rose-Punch
    Secrets of Cutting a Watermelon

  • 07Apr
    Ingredients
    1 medium papaya, diced
    1 medium avocado, diced
    3/4 cup diced jicama
    2 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts
    2 tablespoons cherry chia dressing  – 1 c. cherries, 1 T. chia, 1 T. raw honey, 1 T. apple cider vinegar, 1 T lemon juice
  • 07Apr

    For this sweet and tart salad, sprouted quinoa are blended with cranberries, apples and pecans and tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette – a winning combination. Serve over a bed of  arugula for lunch or a light supper.

    Servings: 6 servings, about 1 cup each
    Prep: 20 mins
    Ingredients
    1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    1/3 cup dried cranberries
    3 cups sprouted quinoa (see blog recipe)
    1 large Fuji apple, unpeeled, diced
    1/2 cup pecan halves, raw and coarsely chopped
    3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    Directions
    1. Combine orange juice and cranberries in a small bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes.
    2. Combine quinoa, apple and pecans in a large bowl; stir gently. Drain the cranberries, reserving the juice. Stir the cranberries into the quinoa mixture.
    3. Whisk the reserved orange juice, vinegar and oil in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and stir gently to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.

    MAKE AHEAD TIP:   Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.