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WOW, Newsletter number 150 already… ;O
More than anything, may we wish you j0y today as we expl0re…:
Twenty Tips For Healthy Raw Eating – Part 2
Last week I shared the first ten tips from the “Twenty Tips For Healthy Raw Eating” section of my book “Raw Emotions”. This week we shall dive into the remaining ten tips; N.B. these tips are in NO particular order – enjoy
*Be Cautious of ‘Overlapping’
After consuming anything, leave time to finish digesting that before ingesting more. Otherwise, if you’re still digesting some mango then eat a nut burger, you overlap digest!ve tasks and create issues. Ideally, eat fruit or drink veggie juice before a meal, on an empty stomach (for better absorption), then eat about thirty minutes later. Avoid fruit as dessert, or it gets stuck behind other foods and ferments.
*Avoid Eating Late at Night
Evening time is commonly recognised as the time of weakest digestion, in Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, etc. Aim to stop eating at least three hours before you sleep, to give the body time to digest. Consider having your biggest meal of the day in the middle of the day. In terms of weight loss too, eating complex food combinations late at night makes releasing fat more challenging.
*Find Your Balance
Maintain a good balance of fruit, greens and fats in your intake, for optimal health. Fruits are ‘aggressive’ cleansers; eating lots of fruit can foster mood swings, anger, spaciness, ungroundedness etc., especially if you’re not very active. Understand what you’re doing to your body. Read Matt Monarch’s book Raw Success (especially ‘The Blo0d Gas Theory’) for more on balance and detox.
Be open to trying new foods. If you’ve never tried barberries before, how will you know if you like them, or if your body ‘needs’ anything in them? Find satisfying new alternatives for your old favourites: e.g. cheese & crackers = dip & flax crackers now. Try out one or two new foods weekly. You may find that foods you didn’t like before now taste nice to you, as your taste buds change.
If you’re releasing fat, you’re releasing toxins. You might feel weighed down/spacey/out of energy/depressed, etc., as toxins enter the bloodstream and potentially ‘re-tox’ you. You can help your body move the waste out with colon cleansing, powdered enzymes, daily green juices and maybe even taking zeolites. Consuming plenty of greens helps the body balance, so it can release even those common ‘stubborn last ten pounds’.
*Organic and Wild
Organic foods have a much higher nutrient and enzyme content. Using non-organic produce is actually harmful for you and the environment. Choose organic whenever possible, especially with water-rich produce like lettuce/celery/strawberries. Foraging your own wild food for free is a fabulous skill to develop. The vitality in fresh wild greens far exceeds sh0p-bought greens, even if they are organic.
Healthy raw foods and juices can be your ‘medicine’ now. There are also a few supplements you may find beneficial. Here are four I take regularly: probiotics to support my intestinal flora; enzymes to support every process of my body; kelp to support my thyroid; B-12 tablets as a ‘back-up’ in case my food/intestinal flora aren’t providing plenty of this vitamin. All these products are available from the RawReform Store.
*Raw Food Tr@vel
On trips, take heavier/dense/dried foods like nuts, seeds, flax crackers, goji berries, seaweed, chia seeds and so on. Then grab fresh produce and juices as and when you can. You might also want to tr@vel with a little ‘mag!c bullet’ blender, to make dips/sauces/dressings. Tr@vel with green powder, such as the product ‘Greener Grasses’. It’s always good to have green powders on hand, especially if you can’t find fresh organic greens.
It’s rare to see raw foodists drink alcoh0l, coffee, black tea or colas/sodas. These items all sap the body’s natural energy flow. Caffeine stimulates our adrenals, generating a false energy boost that ultimately drains us more. Alcoh0l places a huge strain on the whole body. Ceasing/minimising the use of these, along with other drugs – both recreational and prescribed – can greatly enhance health.
*Bless Your Food
The things you eat are about to literally ‘become you’ – try saying ‘hello’ first! If you pause before eating to bless your meal, give gratitude and visualise where it came from, this helps make the food less anonymous. It can also help you to centre, become present and relax, instead of ‘diving in’ to a meal, barely noticing the contents and eating quickly. Raise the vibration of your food with love and blessings.
If you don’t yet have your own copy of Raw Emotions, you can get either an e-book or printed book version HERE – enjoy
Twenty Tips For Healthy Raw Eating – Part 1
Last week saw the end of the recent Raw Emotions Study Group, after 14 weeks of weekly readings and discussions together. I personally really enjoyed the process – thanks SO much to all of you who participated
(The next upcoming Raw Emotions course is with the Academy for Optimal Living – read on below…)
One of the very last sections that we read in the Study Group struck me as smthg potentially very useful to share here with y’all. It is an appendix of the book called “Twenty Tips For Healthy Raw Eating” and my intention is to share the first ten tips on the list this week, followed by the second half next week (N.B. the tips are in NO particular order) – enjoy
There are many ways to eat raw and the following is merely a simple set of guidelines that you may find useful. It is always wise to experiment for yourself and see what feels good to you. There are plenty of other resources out there to tap into for more information on these matters. For example, Matt Monarch’s book Raw Success gives an excellent overview on how eating raw affects the phys!cal body.
*Don’t Eat Anything That Doesn’t Rot
Processed foods, made with all kinds of preservatives and chemicals to prolong their ‘shelf life’, may take many years to break down, if ever. See shocking evidence of this on YouTube.com, where the ‘Bionic Burger’ video shows anscreen shot 2011-09-12 at 9.40.42 am.png intact collecti0n of fast-food burgers dating back to 1989. These ‘foods’ haven’t rotted, e ven after years. Imagine what things like this do inside your body.
*Choose Gluten-Free Foods
Wheat, rye, barley and oats – as well as spelt, couscous and kamut, to a lesser degree – all contain gluten. The protein gluten is a common food allergen; it clogs you up, slows digestion and is an intestinal irritant. Wheat flour mixed with water becomes glue paste – do you want to eat that…? Healthy alternatives include amaranth, buckwheat, corn/maize, rice, quinoa and millet, if you eat grains at all.
It’s not necessary to be vegan to benefit from being raw. People can feel healthy on animal products, provided they’re raw – it’s cooked/pasteurised animal foods that really cause a lot of damage. Eating cooked meat is like eating leather; it’s very dense to digest. Pasteurised dairy is highly mucus-forming, acidifying and mineral-leaching. All ‘ethics’ aside, it’s the life force of raw animal foods that can nourish people.
*Eat Whole Foods
Processed starches, refined sugars, trans-fats (manufactured, partially hydrogenated fats with long shelf lives, e.g. margarine) and so on cannot be easily recognised or used by the body. Aim for whole foods straight from the Earth instead (cooked if you like). Many vegetarians/vegans don’t look so healthy, as they replace animal products with processed foods like pastas, bread etc. Remember: ‘The middle aisles will kill you’!
Drink veggie juice daily for optimal health. Use a range of vegetables, especially leafy greens. Veggie juice helps our body become more alkaline and offers incredibly fresh, highly absorbable nutrients. See Norman Walker’s Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices book for more info. Drink at least one green veggie drink daily – preferably fresh juice – maybe a green smoothie, or even just green powder in water/coconut water.
Most people are chronically demineralised, a resu1t of both poor food choices and topsoil erosion. To balance out, consume lots of foods like seaweeds, seeds and nuts, chia, maca, dark green leafy vegetables, green powders, sprouts/greens grown with ocean water solution, etc. You can also supplement minerals if a blo0d/hair analysis shows a deficiency – take the angstrom or colloidal forms.
*Sprouts and Seaweeds
These are two major health keys for a modern raw foodist. Sprouts are packed with enzymes, are very easy and cheap to grow and give year-round fresh nourishment, anywhere. Seaweeds contain all the ocean minerals, including plenty of iodine, helping balance low thyroid activity. Nori and dulse are popular; I also love Sea Spaghetti and wakame. We sell many seaweed products in the RawReform Store.
*At Least 50% Raw
If at least half of what you eat is fresh raw food, you’ll be on a healing path. That’s 50% by the weight of the food and not the volume. (A salad weighs much less than pasta with meatballs, though they may cover half a plate each.) Of the raw foods you consume, also aim for at least 50% of those to be fresh/living raw foods, rather than dehydrated/packaged products.
For digest!ve ease, eat simple combinations. Wild animals usually eat mono-meals. If we use five ingredients or fewer in meals, it’s easier to digest. This can be refined over time. A few basic ideas: don’t eat nuts and seeds, avocadoes, etc. (fats) with your fruits (sugars), or starchy veggies (e.g. yams) with either. Green leafy veggies combine well with everything. Keep melons separate from all other food.
Some people find raw foods hard to digest; they may have weak stomach acid or not be used to much fibre. Sweet or savoury ‘pre-digested’ blended meals help, by breaking fibre down, making nutrient access easier. Few people chew well; blending food is like having the blender chew for you. Be sure to still chew smoothies in your mouth, though. Drinking celery juice daily is also great for raising up stomach acid.
If you don’t yet have your own copy of Raw Emotions, you can get either an e-book or printed book version HERE – http://www.therawfoodworld.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=0&keyword=raw+emotions&x=34&y=16
How vibrantly you shine today – may we add to your radiance with some explorations of the following…?:
OUR Top 25 T!ps For Radiant Skin Health
Today we picked the winner of last month’s Giveaway Contest Pr!ze of some luscious skin care products from Living Libations. You can see who was the blessed winner in the section below…
For now, we wanted to share some of the GREAT skin care t!ps y’all sent in – we asked you to send in your As to the following Q:
“Your skin is your biggest organ; what is your top suggestion for vibrant skin health?”
…and you sent in so many wonderful responses that we wanted to share 25 of the top t!ps here (in no particular order) – enjoy
1. I drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of Sole water (you make sole by soaking himalayan salt rocks in 8oz of pure water) first thing in the morning. Then wait 30 minutes before I eat or drink anything else.
The Sole mineralizes the water and ads tons of electrolytes, your body absorbs it completely giving room for cell regeneration and well as toxin elimination to occur. Ever since I started to do this my skin glows more more every day
2. Drink lots of water! I always imagine it flushing out my pores from the inside out
3. A ten day juice feast! – that is four liters a day of freshly juiced fruits and vegetables!
4. You are what you eat and it shows from the inside and out Eat Raw!!!
5. Coconut Butter! Inside and out, it provides great nourishment and moisturizes beautifully for radient and glowing skin.
6. “Never put anything on your skin that you could not put in your eyes or mouth”
7. The most important thing one can do for one’s largest organ of detoxification is brush, brush, brush your skin:) I use a natural bristle brush everyday before showering. My skin looks and feels better, and I don’t get colds and flus as easily.
8. Himalayan salt mixed in coconut oil (cooling) or in the winter sesame oil (warming) with some drops of lavender and frankincense….I use it for face and body..stand in the shower scrub it on and let it just melt EVERYTHING away It is my “soap”.
9. Colon hydrotherapy—cleanse from the inside.
10. Eat whole unprocessed foods. The more raw the better.
Garbage in, garbage out. Good food in = glowing radiant skin!
11. Lots of green juicing!!!!
12. Never use skin/beauty products with ingredients you cannot pronounce!
13. FIR sauna! Every night, when my wee ones are tucked in bed, I take myself into the sauna (a most generous gift post colon cancer) and usually listen to some fabulous audio interv!ew (Maya Angelou tonght) and slather on the coconut oil.
Bliss, inside and out.
14. Sleep…in all its rejuvenating goodness!
15. Exercise through running and other activities…my skin always looks its best after a good morning workout.
16. Hot/cold showers, or jumping between hot tubs and cold pools. All of the pores of our skin are actually muscles, and require being “worked out” just like all our other muscles, to keep our skin supple and alive. The only way I know of to exercise these many little muscles is through opening them with warm water, then quickly closing them with cold water, then doing it a few more times. Plus, I feel super energized from doing this!
17. Spraying your body down with food grade hydrogen peroxide will remove a lot of dry skin and return your skin to the proper balance. It works great!!!!!
18. Drink half your weight in ounces of water everyday.
19. I believe the number one most powerful daily skin regime that anyone can implement for radiant, vibrant and healthy skin is self-love and skin-nurturance. This means directing your conscious attention to your skin and sending it love. Telling your skin that it is soo beautiful and that you are so grateful for everything that your skin does for you. Letting your skin know how much you appreciate it and that you are going to do whatever you can to help support it and keep it healthy!
20. Sweat and l@ugh everyday.
21. Get a little sunshine every day.
22. 1 TBSP of MSM in your smoothie everyday!
23. I have found that doing a bentonite clay mask a couple times a month does wonders for my skin–you can tell it pulls out impurities and leaves my skin so smooth, bright and balanced.
24. Daub on witch hazel (plain or blended with rose water) every evening before going to sleep.
25. Having a good time is a must – doing what you love surrounding yourself with positive people and most importantly showering yourself with love. The results are immediate you can feel the tingly sensation of love and happiness straight away on your skin ))). Its not actually as corny as it sounds when you feel the results.
WOW, thanks everyone for all your wonderful suggestions – here’s to vibrant skin health for all
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a couple tips about the Blendtec:
- Put all the liquid ingredients on the bottom, moving towards the hardest things on top – ice, frozen fruit, etc… (just like any blender).
-If you want something a little more blended, but don’t want to run through the whole cycle again, just press “Pulse.”
-Use a couple drops of dish soap in a cup of water to pulse and cleanse the blender when through.
The Ayurvedic Diet: Rules for Taking Food
By Dr. Sonica Krishan
Ayurveda justifies natural well being and longevity with significant following of everyday aahara (diet) and vihara (lifestyle) rules and regulations.
These rules have been laid down in the ancient wisdom text thousands of years back, yet are truly pertinent when we make a conscious effort so as to understand the logic underneath.
Ayurveda philosophy has tips on the right eating habits one should embrace in their daily lifestyle.
Ayurveda Eating Habits & Tips
There are some conventional and methodological suggestions that are mentioned in Ayurveda text. These need to be consciously interpreted and followed for our own well being and self awareness.
* Smiling Woman Eating SaladWhile taking food, we need to be mentally in the state of happiness and tranquility.
* Physical hygiene and mental (spiritual) purity enhance the nourishing property of the meal.
* Ayurveda advocates taking of the meal to be analogous to performing a sacred act. Therefore enchanting of mantras and offering of prayers before commencing eating the meal is considered auspicious as well as mandatory.
* Another indication that most of us would be ignoring nowadays is not to preheat the food. This means that the food that is to be taken should be cooked freshly just prior to the time of having the same.
* Food that is very hot or has been somehow burnt needs to be simply avoided. At the same time, it has been indicated that the food should be suitably cooked.
* As for the right time for taking a meal is concerned, Ayurveda imparts that taking of a meal in wee hours of the morning and also late at night needs is to be discouraged.
* Ayurveda counsels proficient mannerism while taking of a meal. The practice of eating food should not be very slow, nor very fast. Also, while eating you need to concentrate on every single morsel that you are taking in. This means you need to evade talking and laughing during the act of eating.
* Ayurveda indicates concentrating on the food that you are having. This means that you need to be consciously aware of the optimum levels of your natural hunger and contentment, and to be vigilant about your own digestion.
* The food that is warm, unctuous, and light is believed to be well digested and nourishing for the body as well as mind. This kind of food tends to invigorate your gastric fire—which is essential in proper digestion of the meal—is nicely digested and assimilated within the body, and helps to settle down the gas formation in the abdomen.
The Right Approach to Diet
According to Ayurveda text, the basics of the right diet that is actually nourishing for an individual is contemplating and forbearing for the body, mind, and also the soul.
Ayurveda recommends starting a meal with liquid diet and thereafter whatever dry diet constituents you have included in your meal. Also, food that is sweet, heavy and unctuous should be taken prior to the rest of the meal.
Family Smiling While EatingIn the middle of the meal all the salty and sour ingredients need to be devoured. And at the end when you are completing your meal, Ayurveda has instated that you can consume the food items which have a dominance of bitter, pungent or astringent taste. Thus Ayurveda approach to every single meal in your diet is inclusive of all six tastes viz. sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, and astringent.
It has been rightly stated in Ayurveda text that the right diet and diet habits reasons natural nourishing and glow to the body, harmony to the mind, and gratification to the soul.
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Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Ayurveda and Natural Lifestyle Consultant, freelance health writer, and book author based in Chandigarh, India. She has authored the natural home cure books Herbal Healers and Home Remedies, and is presently writing for national and international publications. She may be contacted at email@example.com or visit www.herboveda.co.in.
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