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Superfoods on a Mission

I am so proud to announce my latest project SUPERFOODS ON A MISSION. SFOAM’s mission is to bring nutrient dense food to those who need it most and subsequently educate others in the process.

It is our intention to receive donations of SUPERFOODS from various manufacturers of only the highest sources along with monetary donations and grants to be used for purchasing these foods and operating the organization.

Mission #1 is underway with donations from Victoria Boutenko and Passion For Life Nutrition (Mama Chelsea’s). Victoria personally donated several copies of her Green for Life Books and PFL donated several packages of their best selling RawGranola, which includes goji berries and cacao. Also included in the First Mission are GoPals nori snacks and Odwalla Superfood Bars, Spirulina & Wheatgrass.

Since this first mission wasn’t planned and needed to happen in a rush, the non profit is not yet officially running but it is expected to be up and going in the next 45 days.

This first batch of Educational materials and SUPERFOODS is making its way to Iraq for a team of 5 soldiers who are serving though the Holidays. Although SFOAM doesn’t support the war, we do support the need for everyone to benefit from the nutrition and healing power of SUPERFOODS.

We believe good health, fresh water and education should be available to all. Our current target is those serving in the military and those with weakened immune systems, or lacking food. We request that you participate with us in spreading the word and helping those in need.

Blessings,

RawMa

 

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Face Plant!

No, I didn’t just fall down. I was just thinking about my evening face mask. Sexy huh? I know you’re expecting me to tell you all about my Raw Food day, what I ate, how I planned the family meals, etc., but all I can think about is what I want on my face tonight.

If you don’t already know it, you will soon. RAW IS SEXY! Think about it…You are a living being, You were born perfect, You were born beautiful, You were born pure and ecstatic, full of life. Raw food, aka whole food, aka living food is what your living body needs. A ripe, red, plump apple grown on a tree in soil that is rich and untreated that you just picked from the tree. You wipe it off and take a bite…now that’s sexy! Or…

You drive to the market, push your cart down the dairy aisle to get your processed cheese slices wrapped in petroleum-based plastic for your sandwich on processed bread that has been “enriched” because the process of making the bread removed its original nutrients…need I say more? There is Nothing sexy about processed food. Not only is it not sexy, but it makes me fat, tired and miserable along with millions of other people.

Raw Food is food in its most natural, pure state grown with the warmth of the sun allowing it to mature naturally then consumed while it still has its life force in tact is simply amazing.

We are fast approaching a time of necessity for change in our thinking. No longer should we ask “how will it taste?” But rather “how will it heal?” We are all in need of healing. It may be physical, mental or emotional but we all need it. Face it, life is tough sometimes and we live in a fairly toxic world, but the healing power of food in its blissful living state can help us ward off some of the environmental damage.

This leads me to my weekly routine of the Face Plant. I’ve been not only drinking greens for some time, but I find that sometimes my body craves a soaking through my skin as well. Yes, I know that sounds bizarre, but I have seen improvement in my joint pain from soaking my feet in greens. It usually gives me a boost of energy as well.

Since our skin is our largest organ and absorbs whatever is placed on it, I use it to my advantage. It may be coconut oil on my legs and arms, greens on my feet, turmeric on a sore spot, but my favorite is my face. This is where I really get to play. Since I look at my face everyday, I can try different foods to see what my skin likes.

I know cacao is supposed to be amazing, but I haven’t tried it yet. I like to eat my cacao. What I do love on my face is a blend of aloe vera, acai and raw honey. They each have anti-inflamatory, antioxidant and medicinal properties.

I love the skin healing power of aloe and I’m hoping to fight off fine lines in the process. The acai pulp causes the skin to tighten and the raw honey has bacteria fighting power to keep blemishes away.

Slice an aloe leaf and blend the gel along with acai and raw honey. Smear it all over your face and leave it for at least 15 minutes.

You are beautiful!

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in antioxidants, Cacao, coconut oil, Uncategorized

 

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15 Green Smoothies

Here’s why I love the Boutenko’s. It couldn’t be an easier than this to get your greens in.

 

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July Raw Food Challenge

With the summer months heating up and making me feel so much better, I’m very motivated to get back to my Raw Routine. I lost my game this past winter but have taken on new life with the help of our friend the Sun, Green Drinks and exercise.

I have a sense of renewed motivation with my reaction to the scale last week along with the decline of Dad’s Health.

Some of you may remember he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in late 2009. He’s a great man, but very set in his ways and continues to be stubborn about his intake of whole foods. Of course it’s not just him, but my mother is the one who prepares the meals and even though I don’t like to point fingers I must say that it’s not that hard to “hide” the veggies in the food you make. In fact, I have found it really easy to incorporate tons of fruit and veggies in ways that my kids eat it with no problem.

It’s not all good. I have had my share of trial and error recipes with the Raw Food uncookbooks and my discerning family’s palate, but I’m not asking my dad to try elaborate raw meals. What I want here is WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION. You know…like what grows…can be picked….doesn’t have to be prepared much if at all. At the very least buying a bag of spinach and freeze it then blend up a handful with some frozen fruit. To me it’s simple. I know it’s not a cure but when you have almost zero fruits and vegetables daily, your energy, clarity and function shut down. In his case it’s worse because he is on medication that is causing severe side effects and he really needs all the help he can get. In the last 2 weeks, he has fallen and rushed to the Emergency room receiving a total of 10 stitches in his face. The falling is absolutely tragic to witness and humiliating and painful for him to endure. He is reluctantly now using a cane after much urging. His brain isn’t communicating with his limbs and so he begins to fall and with his arms by his sides he can not react to the fall until after it happens. So, with it progressing so quickly I really want to help any way I can aside from buying him a football helmet to wear ☺

Since I am still learning about how to help, I would love to hear any advice you may have for this journey. In the meantime, my Raw Food Challenge will last until the end of July. Who’s joining me?

♥RawMa

 

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What Color is your Carrot?

It’s fascinating to learn about the heritage of food and how it’s changed, evolved and sometimes dimished based on appearance. Making changes to your diet can be as simple as the carrot that you eat. Growing up on the West Coast, all I’ve ever known was the simple Orange Carrot. Little to my surprise, there is a whole new world waiting to be explored. I’ve heard you should eat the rainbow, so when I look for veggies, I always pick bright vibrant “real” colored food. Of course I try to buy local, but I may have to venture out to find my latest food crush….THE PURPLE CARROT

Being an Artist, I have an eye for beauty and from afar, this sexy  beast is sending me signals to come hither. I recently read about it’s startling nutritional density and outrageous antioxidant properties.

An Australian study has shown that Purple Carrots  are high in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. They are supposed to be the original carrots, from ancient Persia.

Compared with orange carrots, purple carrots have up to 28 times more anthocyanins – the antioxidant that creates the purple-red pigment in blueberries and raspberries, among other foods. Most people don’t know why we need antioxidants. We need them to fight off the free radicals that cause us so much damage. It’s a toxic world we live in, so eat your carrots! I’m planning on ordering seed packets today even though I’m a little late to start them in  garden.

Here are some spots for you to order your Purple Carrots from.

http://www.bountifulgardens.org/seeds-books-tools/vegetable-seed/cabbage.html

http://www.cottagegardener.com/

http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/cgi-bin/catview.cgi?_fn=Product&_category=8

http://homeharvestseeds.com/ferrymorsevegetableshealthsmart.htm

http://www.stellarseeds.com

~ RawMa