Thursday, March 29, 2012

Raw Food Movement

Since I've become vegetarian, I've became vegan. Since becoming vegan, I've been curious about raw food. Vegetarian was a gateway for me. I figure that most vegans venture down that road as being healthy becomes a obsession.

"Obsessed is what the weak and lazy call the Dedicated" <-- not my quote Raw food diets have been more mainstream over the years. This calls for 75% of the food you consume has to be raw (food that has not been cooked or when cooked under 104 degrees F.) To get as much nutritional value out of these foods, they also must be unprocessed and organic. People who ear mostly raw have reported to feel better, be more energized and weight loss.

Raw Food consists of the following:

~Fresh fruit
~Raw vegetables
~Nuts and seeds

Planning out meals works for me so that I don't have to hurry or stress about what will I eat tonight?

Food charts are easy and helpful when learning what you should eat, quantity, what to avoid, etc.

Source: Website is in the picture.

Overall, one should focus on these tips below:

~Lost of fruits and vegetables (the more variety, the better)
~Mostly green leafy veggies
~Include nuts, seeds, and other suitable protein sources into your meals
~Iron and calcium (dark leafy vegetables)
~Water & fresh juices (good idea to invest in a juicer)

There are plenty of websites out there to make research and finding sample meal plans efficient and easy.

Meal Ideas

~Adding lemon to water helps energize your body
~For snacks feast on raw almonds or other nuts or a piece of fruit
~Juice juice juice! Add 2 or 3 types of fruits and 4 or 5 vegetables for a fresh highly nutritious drink. I recommend The Juice Bible.
~Make salads! Using kale, spinach or dark lettuce mix with hemp seeds, nuts and a ton of other vegetables is a great way to feel full while enjoying a variety of foods.
~Raw snack bars. Not only do they taste great but they are affordable! I recommend "Raw Revolution" in any flavor!
~Mix in avocados whenever you can. They are regarded as a superfood and a complete food.

If you want to learn more about this incredible diet, a great resource (where I got some of my information here from) is:

Happy Raw fooding!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wheatgrass on the Brain

Lately, I have become overly excited about growing wheatgrass because of the benefits and well it just looks very pretty. I have been researching ideas about creative places and items to grow it in. I will post my own doings once the grass is a few inches.

I found this item to be modern, cool and clean. The white really makes the green grass pop and you can put these almost anywhere! At $25.00 a set plus shipping.


Another great affordable idea for displaying wheatgrass is in simple round and wooden pots.


This website has fabulous ideas on how to plant wheatgrass as well as other plants.


So here are a few of my favorite ideas. Let your imagination run wild!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Juicing for Life

As I grow older, I realize once I really started getting into fitness, my curiosity led me to look into how to fuel my body.

Watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead got the boyfriend and I thinking we should start juicing. The benefits are unbelievable. The body is able to digest the micro-nutrients easier and you are able to consume more fruits and vegetables rather than just eating them.

We purchased a Masticating Juicers / Single Gear / Single Auger Juicers.

Below is a recent juicing frenzy we went on. All of the ingredients are organic.

From left: pineapple, pears, gala apples, grapefruit, kiwis, limes, raspberries

From left: carrot juice, spinach, broccoli, apple pears, celery stalks, beets, fennel, asparagus, kale, cabbage, lacinto kale, potatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatos, carrots.

Making carrot juice

From left: cabbage, red cabbage, broccoli, kale, fennel & potatoes ready for juicing

From left: kale, apples, pears, celery, more kale in line

Cabbage cabbage everywhere

All of the juice from all of those yummy vegetables & fruits.

Each juice had it own flavor and of course we mixed flavors for a little excitement.
Juice is wonderful on your skin, digestive tract as well as your immune system.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


I've contracted a green thumb this past few weeks and I've started my indoor garden. I ordered a few varieties of vegetable seeds and I anticipate their arrival. So far I have herbs and wheatgrass growing. I never knew the benefits of herbs and I was aware of the benefits of wheatgrass. Below is a list of the benefits of the herbs I have so far.

Basil Benefits

Basil leaves contain many notable plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

Basil herb contains many polyphenolic flavonoids like orientin and vicenin. These compounds were tested in vitro laboratory studies for possible anti-oxidant protection against radiation-induced lipid per-oxidation in mouse liver.

Basil leaves contains many health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

The herbs parts are very low in calories and contain no cholesterol, but are very rich source of many essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

Basil herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease process.

Zeaxanthin, a yellow flavonoid carotenoid compound, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it found to filter harmful UV rays from reaching retina. Herbs, fruits, and vegetables that are rich in this compound help to protect from age related macular disease (AMRD), especially in the elderly.

Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A has been found to help body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Vitamin K in basil is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood and plays vital role in the bone strengthening function by helping mineralization process in the bones.

Basil herb contains good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Basil leaves are an excellent source of iron, contains 3.17 mg/100 g of fresh leaves (about 26% of RDA). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.


Cilantro Benefits

Cilantro herb contains no cholesterol; but is rich in anti-oxidants and dietary fiber which help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" while increasing HDL or "good cholesterol" levels.

The leaves and seeds contain many essential volatile oils such as borneol, linalool, cineole, cymene, terpineol, dipentene, phellandrene, pinene and terpinolene.

The leaves and stem tips are also rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and epigenin.

The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.

It is also rich in many vital vitamins including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C that are essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Cilantro leaves provides 30% of daily recommended levels of vitamin-C.

It provides 6748 IU of vitamin-A per 100 g, about 225% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin-A, an important fat soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids (carotenes) helps body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K; provides about 258% of DRI. Vitamin-K has potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.

This humble backyard herb provides (% of RDA/100g)-
15% of folates,
11% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
45% of vitamin C,
225% of vitamin A,
258% of vitamin K,
22% of iron and
18% of manganese.


Oregano Benefits

Oregano contains impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

The herb parts contain no cholesterol; but are rich source of dietary fiber, which helps to control blood cholesterol levels.

Oregano contains many health benefiting essential oils such as carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene. The leaves and flowering stems of the plant are strongly anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cholagogue (help gall bladder secretion), diaphoretic (sweat production), expectorant, stimulant, and mildly tonic properties. Its decoction is taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation.

Thymol is also been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal activities.
The herb is rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants (vitamin A, carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin) and has been rated as one of the plant source with highest anti-oxidant activities. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease process.

The active principles in the herb may increase the motility of the gastro-intestinal tract as well as increase the digestion power by increasing gastro-intestinal secretions.

This exotic herb is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure caused by high sodium. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron helps prevent anemia. Magnesium, and calcium are important minerals for bone metabolism.

Fresh herb is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin-C. Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.


Wheatgrass Benefits

1 Wheatgrass Juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available.

2 Chlorophyll is the first product of light and, therefore, contains more light energy than any other element.

3 Wheatgrass juice is a crude chlorophyll and can be taken orally and as a colon implant without toxic side effects.

4 Chlorophyll is the basis of all plant life.

5 Wheatgrass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.

6 Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer.

7 Dr. Bernard Jensen says that it only takes minutes to digest wheatgrass juice and uses up very little body energy.

8 Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.

9 Chlorophyll (wheatgrass) rebuilds the bloodstream. Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known to be extremely anemic or low in red cell count.

10 Farmers in the Midwest who have sterile cows and bulls put them on wheatgrass to restore fertility. (The high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones.)

11 Chlorophyll can be extracted from many plants, but wheatgrass is superior because it has been found to have over 100 elements needed by man. If grown in organic soil, it absorbs 92 of the known 102 minerals from the soil.

12 Wheatgrass has what is called the grass-juice factor, which has been shown to keep herbivorous animals alive indefinitely.

13 Dr. Ann Wigmore and institutes based on her teachings has been helping people get well from chronic disorders for 30 years using wheatgrass.

14 Liquid chlorophyll gets into the tissues, refines them and makes them over.

15 Wheatgrass Juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables. Dr Earp-Thomas, associate of Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of Wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrot, lettuce, celery, and so forth.

16 Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body.

17 Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body.

18 Chlorophyll helps purify the liver.

19 Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems.

20 In the American Journal of Surgery (1940), Benjamin Gruskin, M.D. recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll: to clear up foul smelling odors, neutralize Strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome chronic inner-ear inflammation and infection, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases.21 Wheatgrass Juice cures acne and even help to remove scars after it has been ingested for seven to eight months. The diet must be improved at the same time.

22 Wheatgrass juice acts as a detergent in the body and is used as a body deodorant.

23 A small amount of wheatgrass juice in the human diet helps prevents tooth decay.

24 Wheatgrass juice held in the mouth for 5 minutes will help eliminate toothaches. It pulls poisons from the gums.

25 Gargle Wheat grass Juice for a sore throat.

26 Drink Wheatgrass Juice for skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.

27 Wheat grass Juice keeps the hair from graying.

28 Pyorrhea of the mouth: lay pulp of wheatgrass soaked in juice on diseased area in mouth or chew wheat grass, spitting out the pulp.

29 By taking Wheat grass Juice, one may feel a difference in strength, endurance, health, and spirituality, and experience a sense of well-being.

30 Wheatgrass juice improves the digestion.

31 Wheat grass juice is high in enzymes.

32 Wheatgrass juice is an excellent skin cleanser and can be absorbed through the skin for nutrition. Pour green juice over your body in a tub of warm water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.

33 Wheatgrass implants (enemas) are great for healing and detoxifying the colon walls. The implants also heal and cleanse the internal organs. After an enema, wait 20 minutes, then implant 4 ounces of wheatgrass juice. Retain for 20 minutes.

34 Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open. It is high in magnesium.

35 Dr. Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll "concentrated sun power." He said, "chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs."

36 According to Dr. Birscher, nature uses chlorophyll (wheatgrass) as a body cleanser, rebuilder, and neutralizer of toxins.

37 Wheat grass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.

38 Wheatgrass Juice reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.

39 Wheat grass Juice can remove heavy metals from the body.

40 Wheatgrass juice is great for blood disorders of all kinds.