Monthly Archives: August 2012

Why is your smoothie GREEN?

My breakfast of choice is always a green smoothie.  Because of this I often get looks ranging anywhere from admiration to complete and utter disgust.  So why do I drink such a weird looking substance every morning?

First off, I love starting my day off light.  Breakfast literally means to “break the fast.”  Why would I want to ruin eight hours or more of allowing my body to rest, regenerate and repair by immediately clogging it up again first thing in the morning and asking it to spend all day digesting???  Instead, I opt for a drink rich in fiber, antioxidants, live enzymes and phytonutrients that strengthen my immune system and are easily assimilated into my body.

As anyone who has sat down to eat a big bowl of Raw kale will tell you, greens are tough to chew and for some they are even tougher to digest.  This is where blending comes in.  Blending your food is a way of pre-digesting it in the sense that it breaks down food at the cellular level, unlocking nutrients for better absorption.  According to Dr. Ann Wigmore, “consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.”  Who couldn’t use a cleaner system?  And I KNOW we can all use more greens in our diet.  Blending allows you to get a vast amount of raw fruits and greens into your diet without even really having to think about it.  It’s as easy as pushing a button.

Some of the benefits you can expect to gain from drinking green smoothies are:

  • more energy
  • regular bowel movements
  • less aches and pains
  • better sleep quality
  • fewer cravings for sugary and salty processed foods
  • fewer mood swings
  • weight loss
  • clear skin
  • stronger, healthier hair and nails

All you need in order to get started is a Nutri-Bullet, Vitamix, or other high-speed blender.  For reasons that I do not understand, I was never able to get my boyfriend, Chris to drink my green smoothies when made in a Vitamix or our Ninja blender.  Out of sheer desperation after seeing the Nutri-Bullet infomercial, we went to a local retailer and picked one up.  SUCCESS!  Chris is FINALLY drinking 1-2 green smoothies a day.  Whichever blender you choose to use, make sure that your ingredients are fully blended.

So, what goes in a green smoothie?  Anything your heart desires, that’s what!  Just make sure you use 60% fruit, 40% greens and enough water to reach your desired consistency.  If you are a beginner, I would start with a milder green such as spinach and work your way up to kale, swiss chard, and bok choy to name a few.  If your first attempt is less than par, don’t give up!  Keep experimenting with different ingredients until you find something you like.  A favorite in my house is spinach, kale, peach and pineapple.  But don’t limit yourself to just that one …. vary your ingredients so that you are receiving the benefits from all varieties of fruits and greens.

Recently, I have also taken to adding Super-Boosts to my morning drinks, especially after a hard work-out.  What are Super-Boosts?  Some examples are almonds, cashews, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, gogi berries and acai berries.  I add about 1/8-1/4 of a cup of ONE of those ingredients to my morning drinks a few times per week.  These boosts provide additional fiber, nutrition and protein to an already super nutritious smoothie.

What are you waiting for????  Ditch the fruit smoothies and add some GREEN to your drink today!

-xo

E

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Why should I eat Raw foods?

Are you concerned with aging, lack of energy, low libido, poor digestion, allergies, or excess weight that just won’t seem to come off no matter what you do?  What if the answer were as simple as eating more Raw foods?

First off, I want to make it clear that I do not expect everyone on the planet to adopt a purely Raw foods diet.  I understand that not all people will find a vegan, plant based diet appealing, nor is it right for everyone.  I do, however, think that every last one of us can benefit from the addition of more Raw foods in their diet.  I hope that this post will both educate and encourage you to do just that.

Raw foods are vegan meals composed of uncooked veggies, fruits, sea vegetables, nuts, sprouts, herbs, oils and spices.  “Cooking” methods include dehydration, fermentation, sprouting and sun-drying.  A food is considered to be “Raw” if it is not heated over 118 degrees Fahrenheit.  Keeping the heat low allows the ingredients to maintain their optimal nutrients.  It was discovered in 1930 by Dr. Paul Kouchakoff that eating food cooked above a certain temperature would cause a state of digestive leukocytosis.  This reaction of an increase in the body’s white blood cell count is a sign that the body is in a state of emergency.  In this case, the foreign invader needing to be attacked is cooked or processed food.  Think about it.  When you heat a substance enough, it will change it’s chemical component.  Once a food is changed from it’s pure whole state, our bodies have to work that much harder to break down and digest that food.  Eating Raw food allows your body to free up energy from digestion and focus it on self-healing.  Trust that your body has all the tools that it needs to maintain optimum health.

Some of the benefits of eating Raw foods are:

  • Increased stamina
  • Improved mental focus and clarity
  • Lowered cholesterol
  • Reduction or reversal of “life threatening” disease and conditions
  • Healthier hair and skin
  • Improved vision
  • Youthful glowing complexion
  • Revitalization of overworked organs
  • Prevention of osteoporosis
  • Increased libido
  • Elimination of common allergies
  • Longevity
  • Stabilized moods and emotions
  • Weight loss
  • Elimination of the need for over-the-counter drugs
  • Improved digestion

You cannot tell me that there is not a single item on that list that wouldn’t make your life more enjoyable.  I can tell you from experience of eating a high raw diet that these statements are true.  I feel my best when I am eating whole, unprocessed organic food.  However, I have never reaped the benefits of a 100% Raw foods diet.  Because of this, I have decided to challenge myself with 60 days of entirely Raw foods.  In addition to that, I am also eliminating coffee, tea, and alcohol.  I am doing this so that I may fully experience and share with you the benefits of going completely Raw.  Day one was August 25th, 2012.  That makes day sixty October 23rd, 2012.  Wish me luck!

-xo

E