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Dextoxing with Raw Foods and Colon Hydrotherapy

Once you’ve spent any amount of time diving into improving your health, eventually you’ll realize that no matter what you put into your body, it all needs to come out as well.

A really good cleanse does a body good. I always do an annual cleanse almost like a spring cleaning but for my body. I love the way I feel so light after a cleanse. Last year I did several cleanses over a period of months that worked for certain parts of my body. I began with a liver cleanse that lasted for 2 weeks, then moved on to a heavy metal cleanse, kidney, gallbladder, lymph and colon. My thought on the order of the cleanse made sense to me at the time, but I began with the liver and ended with it as well since I knew I would be flushing it with more toxins as the cleanse continued for other parts of the body. I thought maybe if I did the liver first, it would be able to process out the series of toxins to follow easier.

I’m about to begin a new cleanse and this time, I am considering a good whole body cleanse, but my main intention is to cleanse and build my digestion in a way that will benefit me for a longer period of time. Naturally Raw Foods assists in cleansing the body from toxins. It’s high fiber content and enzymes act as a broom to sweep away toxins. I feel the need to help it further along, so I will also be going to see a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. I had a great once back in Valencia, CA but since I’m in Oregon now, I’ll have to do some homework on the local hydrotherapists and get a good referral ahead of time. DO NOT go to a therapist who isn’t certified in some manner for this process. If you haven’t been before, it can be a little intimidating and it’s nice to have someone with a good bedside manner who has the experience to back it up.

I’ve also heard about the coffee enema but haven’t tried it yet. Why not wheatgrass or spirulina? Just wondering why of all things a coffee enema? Guess I have some research to do.

I’ve been asked a lot about the Master Cleanse. I have friends who swear by it and certainly loose weight and toxins with the plan, but I personally haven’t been able to stick to it for more than a couple of days. Some people are more focused than me and can totally handle it. I prefer to cleanse a little daily as well with lots of lemon juice and I add cayenne to my water during winter months.

Here’s a handy tip for you. Last winter I had a nagging cough in the middle of the night and I was able to relieve it only with some liquid cayenne in warm water. I gargled then swallowed the water and it went away. It also warmed me up a bit. I get my liquid cayenne from HerbFarm. It’s available at most natural food stores. I love to use it in sauces also because it can blend easier than the powder but you have to be careful with how much you use since it’s so potent.

That’s it about the cleanse so…bottoms up!

~RawMa

 

Getting the “Glow” LIVING RAW FOOD

I Just got my latest Raw/Living Uncook Book in the mail and I am so excited. I’ve been wanting to get this one for months now. Sometimes I loiter around Barnes & Noble, or Bloomsbury Books in Ashland reading through the Health section, or flipping through raw books that I don’t already have. Since I’m on a bartering, exchange kick right now, I’ve decided not to purchase anything new unless I can trade for it. I’ve always enjoyed a good bargain, but this is a new level of creativity for me.

Here’s a perfect example- Since we’re prepping for an upcoming move, I’m in clean out – purge mode. We just don’t need some of the items we have. I had been wanting a cruiser bicycle for some time. I decided to post a barter trade on Craigslist and to my suprise, I had a new beach cruiser within 48 hours! My son and I went for a nice early ride this morning. I haven’t owned a bike in over 15 years, so this is really a treat for me.

Back to the book…I sold some books on Amazon and used that money to get this new book. YEAH! Sarma Melngailis writes in a way that makes you feel like Raw is easy, which it is but sometimes it looks complicated in how it’s presented. I haven’t been to New York, but when I go I will definately grab some food at her restaurant PURE FOOD AND WINE. I’m looking forward to making some of her Congo Bars and Coconut-Lime Cookies. I’ve lent out my dehydrator to a friend, so in the meantime, I’ll be making her KEY LIME PIE SHAKE for breakfast. Try it with me.

KEY LIME PIE SHAKE
1 1/2 cups fresh apple juice (3 apples any variety)
1/2 c fresh squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
1 ripe avocado
2 bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract (or fresh vanilla bean seeds)
2 Tbsp agave

Puree all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

 

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KFC and The Cure for Breast Cancer

Ok, I almost had a heart attack last night…no, not from the KFC, but from a commercial that ran so quickly, my little mind almost missed it. I was just sitting there watching TV with my husband minding my own business when I saw a Pink Bucket of KFC and the OMG Pink Ribbon?! My first thought was WTF? Then I thought for an instant that it must be a joke? But it wasn’t. It was a real commercial. I couldn’t quite grasp the idea of these two joining forces for good. One is already clearly good, even angelic, but the other in my opinion…that should be obvious. NOT GOOD! NOT HEALTHY! NOT ETHICAL, HONORABLE or NOBLE. I could go on, but you get the point. I’m not a fan.

I’m not an idiot either. I believe they mean well here and have probably raised a ton of money for the cause as well. The problem I’m having with it is the connection between eating fried foods and cancer in general. I know it’s not KFC’s place to educate you against eating poorly, after all they WANT to sell you their food to make money. That’s the business they’re in, but isn’t there some kind of responsibility here to give the public the right information?

Although I LOVE the Foundation for the Cure, I don’t think this is the right affiliation to raise the funds. Overall health and wellness begins with choices that are the starting point for healing. Encouraging people to eat crappy so called food in exchange for money is not the way to go. Help us find a cure and get clogged arteries and gain weight in the process. Thank you for giving to us…Seriously, the general public will catch on, but I hope they don’t have to eat buckets of KFC before figuring it out.

I know everyone does their best to use common sense, but I was really offended by the commercial and the mere thought of these two working towards the cure without KFC making serious changes to the health of the food they are selling. The responsibility and honesty of the food should be everyone’s concern. If it’s a change you want, then go to the heart of the matter.

In MY opinion and I’m no expert here, this is a bad idea and sets a scary precedence for future fundraising efforts.

There are many things that contribute to cancer, but I really don’t want to see mixed messages in the future. Seriously, if I want to raise money for an Alzheimer’s cure, do you think I’m going to team up C&H or another large sugar grower knowing what sugar does to the brain.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE CURE AND SEND THEM YOUR DONATIONS, BUT DON’T EAT FRIED CHICKEN TO CONTRIBUTE. BY DOING SO, YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR OWN POTENTIAL ILL HEALTH. One right and one wrong don’t cut it in my book.

~RawMa

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Animal products, Choices, concious, dog food, Fat

 

Sprouting Seeds

There are many different seeds you can sprout. Pick the ones you love and begin to play with your living food. The health benefits are tremendous when you eat sprouts of all kinds. I like to sprout sunflower seeds and lentils. After drying them out, I sprinkle with my favorite seasoning so I can snack on them throughout the day.

Directions to Sprout Sunflower Seeds
Here are the basic steps to sprout sunflower seeds.

Purchase sunflower seeds for sprouting: To make sunflower seed sprouts, you must start with organic, hulled sunflower seeds. The kind you can buy at the grocery store are usually roasted and salted or at the least, just roasted, which kills the enzymes inside the sprout, making them unable to grow. There are plenty of sources for sunflower seeds: Health food stores, grocery chains such as Whole Foods Markets and Fresh Fields, and online sources such as Sprout People.
Cull the bad seeds: After purchasing the seeds, go through the seeds and remove any that are discolored or look funny. Rinse the seeds under cool water. It may be helpful to place the seeds in a fine mesh strainer, rinse, then pour them into your bowl or sprouting jar.
Find a sprouting bowl or jar: Sunflower seeds sprouts can be sprouted in a plain ceramic or glass bowl, or you can use a Mason jar or sprouting jar. Because they soak rather than sprout, you will only need to keep them in water for a few hours before they’re ready to eat.
Pour about 1 cup of seeds into the bowl. If you think that will make too much for you to eat, reduce the amounts but keep the proportion of 1 to 3 (1 portion of seeds to 3 portions of water).
Add 3 cups of cool water.
Soak for two hours.
Drain the water.
Rinse with cool water
Enjoy…they’re ready to eat!
Sunflower seed sprouts should never develop leaves or roots. Look for sprouts that just have a bit peeking out from the seeds. That’s a sign of a good, wholesome, nutritious sprout.

Storage
If you must, you can store sunflower seed sprouts for a few days but they don’t store well. The secret to longer storage is to pat them dry and store them in a cool spot in the fridge. Cover the glass bowl or jar or pour the sprouts into a plastic bag to store them.

Enjoy!

 

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What is Gelatin?

I am totally grossed out right now. My son and I were going to make a healthy version of homemade vanilla ice cream and began looking on the web for some new ideas. We found one recipe that called for Gelatin.

That got me thinking…hmmm? What exactly is Gelatin? I did several searches and this response is the most frequent that came up.
“The gelatin you eat comes from the collagen in cow or pig bones, hooves, and connective tissues. To make gelatin, manufacturers grind up these various parts and pre-treat them with either a strong acid or a strong base to break down cellular structures and release proteins like collagen. After pre-treatment, the resulting mixture is boiled. During this process, the large collagen protein ends up being partially broken down, and the resulting product is called gelatin. The gelatin is easily extracted because it forms a layer on the surface of the boiling mixture.”

This sounds like a horror flick! Is this really what Gelatin is made from? Exactly who’s bright idea was this?

All I can say is if it’s true, it is wrong, evil and disgusting.

Once again I say, we ALL need to Re-Think about what we are putting into our bodies and serving our children. Jello – never again! This is yet one more argument for going the Whole Food route!

~RawMa

 

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SUPERBOWL BLUES TRUE TEST OF STRENGTH

So today was SUPERBOWL SUNDAY and in the past I have made very merry of myself. This year though, I had moments of clarity and what family and friends really mean to us. Here I was watching the not so creative (in my opinion) commercials and my mother hands me a plate of mini-pizzas, fried mozarella and greasy chips with cream cheese/chilli dip.

I think the look on my face must have scared her a little, but she still didn’t stop for one moment to think about what she was trying to feed me. Here I am her baby girl and she is showing her love by filling me up with artery stopping, pore clogging, weight gaining fatty “food”. HELP! I love my mom, but I really think she has selective hearing and maybe her vision isn’t so great either since – 1. I am Vegan and 2. I am always showing her healthier ways to eat. Is this a Test? Is it oblivion? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that I am happy to report that only a slight bit of this badness entered my body today along with a lot of water and enzymes to wash me out. I don’t mean to put you off by saying that I never eat this way. Many people do and that it their choice. I’m just saying that if one has spent a great deal of time educating and explaining her position to those around her, maybe, just maybe out of simple respect, someone could serve up a salad…or anything else resembling food?! Ok, enough about me…how was your SUPERBOWL?

 

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Raising money for a VitaMix

I have been on the raw path for 6 months and have made it this far without the Cadillac of all blenders. I can’t go on like this forever, so I decided to work on raising funds for my dream machine. All these months, I’ve been working with a super tiny food processor and personal blender that has no seal around it (I have to use saran wrap before twisting on the base so it doesn’t leak – pathetic). It’s no wonder I was so excited about the dehydrator. This time, it’s gonna really take some work to bring in the $499 needed for this wonderous kitchen appliance.

Here is where I need your help. I need useful practical ideas to raise these funds. No, I can’t get yet another job. Geez, there are only so many hours in a day! I want this to be a creative fundraising effort with Out-Of-The-Box thinking. Help me out here. I’m open to suggestions.

~RawMa

 

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