Monday, December 31, 2007

Garden Lasagna



Garden Lasagna
I want to thank gliving.tv for this recipe by Chad Sarno.
(Pine Nut Ricotta, Olive Relish, Wild Mushroom, Sweet Pepper Coulis)
Serves 6-8

For the Lasagna:
3-4 round zucchini sliced into thin rounds, or long zucchini sliced thin in strips
4-6 black plum tomatoes, or roma, sliced in thin rounds
1 cup sliced mushrooms (portabella, chanterelle,
baby oyster), toss with 2 T shoyu and 2 T olive oil
1 cup Pine nut Ricotta (see recipe)
1/2 cup seeded and tomatoes tossed with T olive oil
1 cup olive relish (see recipe)
½ cup smoked red pepper puree (see recipe)
½ cup smoked yellow pepper puree (see recipe)
Course sea salt, smoked (for garnish on each plate)

To assemble:
Layer individual ‘lasagnas’ right before serving, by layering in the following order:
Sliced zucchini, ricotta, sliced tomato, marinated mushrooms, zucchini, olive relish, sliced tomato, finish the top layer with a small spoonful of ricotta. Garnish plate with pepper puree and diced tomatoes.

For the Pine Nut Ricotta:
1 cup cashews soaked 10-12 hours
1 cup pine nuts
2 TB flax or olive oil
2 TB lemon juice
1 TB Sea Salt
1 clove garlic
3 TB water
2 TB fresh chives minced
2 TB sage, or oregano minced

Step 1: In food processor, process all ingredients except the chives and sage until smooth.
Step 2: Hand-mix in the minced chives and sage. Serve as a layer in lasagna, or top crostini with this as a spread.

For the Fresh Olive Relish:
2 cup Sicilian green olives pitted and course chopped
2 cups kalamata olives pitted and course chopped
2 cloves of garlic fine minced
2 TB tarragon fine chopped
2 TB black truffle oil
For best consistency, course chop all ingredients by hand. Finish by drizzling truffle oil, tossing mixture well.
Serve as layer with lasagna, or with leftovers serve with crostini, or chips.

For the Sweet Pepper Puree:
1 cup fresh sweet peppers seeded and chopped
2 TB olive oil
1 TB lemon juice
1 tsp. smoked salt
In high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth, put through fine strainer for optimum consistency.

"There's a very positive relationship between people's ability to accomplish any task and the time they're willing to spend on it." - Joyce Brothers

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Something to look forward to



I am very excited because in two weeks I am going to Maine for a 5-day certification class on raw foods. This class will give me the knowledge and training to become a raw food chef and trainer. I will be able to teach others how to start and stay on a raw food diet. Not only will I learn food preparation, and more nutrition but I will also learn the mental and emotional aspects of a raw food diet. For example, how to deal with friends and family while on raw foods or traveling while raw. So far there is someone attending the class from Japan, Switzerland, Jamaica, Hawaii, California, Washington State, Upstate New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Arizona and Ottawa, Canada. This should be a great experience and I cannot wait.

"All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you" - Wayne Dyer

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What brought you where you are today with Raw Foods?


Someone today asked how I found out about raw foods and what brought me to where I am today. This was my answer. I found this way of living because I became a victim of life. I must say that now I make life happen and I am no longer a victim. About 3 years (1/20/5) I had an operation to remove a mass on the upper lobe of my right lung. It was diagnosed as cancer AND I was also diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. After the struggles of chemotherapy I went back to work and won an iPod. I found out about podcasts and the only subject that has always interested me was food. I started listening to vegan podcasts and then found one on raw foods. I became vegetarian in April of 2006 and started on my raw journey at the end of August 2007. I found Alissa Cohen’s web site and bought her book and DVD and I was on my way. I had felt a lot better being vegetarian but I made great strides becoming raw. If you read my profile or a few posts in this blog you will see the big changes that have occurred since I have gone raw.

"To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail." - Dorothea Brande

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Sunday, December 16, 2007

An apple a day...

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs, odors and bacteria. Hippocrates found and treated his patients with undistilled ACV. It is know as a powerful cleansing and healing elixir. Everyone was uninformed of the powerful health qualities of ACV.
And it was soon taken over by clear, pasteurized, refined and distilled vinegars. The reason for this is that consumers demanded a clear look. They did not find the brownish color and the "mother" floating as unappealing.
"Apples are a rich source of potassium, which is to the soft tissues of the body as calcium is to the bones and harder tissues. Potassium is the mineral of youthfulness; it is the "artery softener," keeping the arteries of the body flexible and resilient. It is a fighter of dangerous bacteria and viruses." This is quoted from Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System by Paul and Patricia Bragg. You can purchase this book under "My Favorite Books" on the right hand column of this blog.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Saturday, December 15, 2007

More on Wheatgrass

I have been drinking two to three shots of wheatgrass for 3 weeks now. I love it and I just finished reading Steve Meyerowitz’s Wheatgrass, Nature’s Finest Medicine. Yes another book on wheatgrass. I have to get other people’s opinions. Steve does give Ann Wigmore credit for starting the wheatgrass craze. Steve claims that cuts, bruises, rashes, burns and bangs are best treated by making a bandage from cloth dipped in wheatgrass juice. You can also use the grass pulp and put it under a bandage. Chlorophyll has been to increase the rate of healing wounds by 25%. Chlorophyll reduces swellings, takes the sting out of burns and is an anesthetic that soothes the pain and eases the shock of an accident.

Wheatgrass is not a cure all potion it is a healing food. It is probably the finest healing food but it takes time to heal, time to get your health to an optimum level so please give wheatgrass time to work on you.

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Raw food recipe of the week


This recipe comes from thedailyrawcafe.com. This recipe was so good that I had to post it for all my raw foodie followers.

Raw Fruitcake serves 4-6
Dried Fruit
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped into small pieces
1/4 cup dried pineapples, chopped into small pieces
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup golden raisins
Cake
4 cups walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dates
In a large bowl, whisk agave nectar and water together. Add all of dried fruit into bowl. Let set for one-two hours or until the fruit softens.In a food processor, combine walnuts, seasonings and sea salt. Add dates and continue to mix until you achieve a sticky dough.Transfer the walnut dough to a large bowl. Fold in the soaked fruit until distributed throughout the dough.Shape the fruitcake in a 5-inch round.
"Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become." - Jim Rohn
Celebrate Life,
Alma

Monday, December 10, 2007

Answering comments on Raw Foods

Hello,
This is one of the comments that was recently left on my blog. This was sent in by vasilisa. Please check out her blog. She has great healthy recipes. Anyway the comment: What kind of dehydrator do you have? I've been thinking about getting one, but haven't decided if it's necessary yet...What's nuplus?I'm thinking about incorporating coconuts into our diet, but they just seem a bit too sweet at this point. PS: my blender just arrived! A Vita Mix! I'm so excited! Any good ideas for yummy green smoothie?

I do have a small traditional dehydrator but not one where I can make fruit leathers or breads, crackers or meals but I know exactly which one I am going to get. I am getting the Excalibur 9 tray that you can purchase at my link above for Amazon. It is not necessary to get one but there are times when I would like to make certain desserts or dishes that I am not able to because an oven cannot do what a dehydrator does. So in time when you want a variety of dishes you may want to consider a dehydrator.

Nuplus is a balanced herbal formula based on the Chinese tradition that serves as a foundation on which to build a healthy diet and to fill in nutritional gaps. I can give you more information if you would like.

Vitamix - a blender with a car motor. :)
I love
spinach and mango smoothies
2 to 3 big handsful of spinach
1 mango
(Actually any greens with mango are good.)

I also love
celery and apple juice
1 large stalk of celery
2 apples
1 cup of water
blend

I definately recommend Victoria Boutenko's Green for Life book for green smoothie recipes. It is my favorite green smoothie book. It was my inspiration for drinking them too. (Save 12% by clicking on the link above.)

Raw nutrients of the day:
1 oz wheatgrass
16 oz green smoothie
8 oz herbal tea
kale hemp seed salad
8 oz herbal tea
1/2 slice cheesecake
1 sunbar
1 nuplus
1 quinary
1 vitadolphilis
32 oz apple-celery juice
2 bananas

"If one advances confidently in the direction ofhis dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." - H.D. Thoreau

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Sunday, December 9, 2007

What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Someone recently asked me what Pulmonary Fibrois was. I sat down and wrote out my understanding of this disease and this is what I wrote. Pulmonary fibrosis is the stiffening of lung tissue. In the classic cases of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) the lung tissue usually forms into honeycombs at the edges. I do not have the honeycombing. When you look at the film of a cat scan of my lungs they show spots that look sort of like cotton candy. Almost like what a freezer burn looks like on meat.


The effect this disease has on my body is that I cannot supply enough oxygen when I exert myself. So if I were to walk at my normal speed, let’s say 100 yards, I would probably need my oxygen, because my body could not product enough oxygen for my efforts. If I do not have my oxygen on and I exert myself I will cough until my blood oxygen level goes back to normal. I am told that I am at the acute stages of this disease and that my body recovers from the lack of oxygenvery fast. Given perfect weather, I could probably take this walk without any problems and I would be fine but those days are few throughout the year. Another effect of PF is a lot of mucous production in the lungs. This is one of the reasons why I started watching what I ate. I know that many foods produce mucous like dairy products.
I basically do everything I used to just perhaps a bit slower. I actually started exercising more and watching what I ate after surving lung cancer and finding out about my PF. So in many ways I have better health and fitness now than before. Changing my diet and becoming vegetarian has helped me out tremendously. Before the dietary changes I would need my O2 to go to the restroom, the mailroom or cafeteria at work. Now I really do not use the O2 at work unless it is an extremely humid day. I also need oxygen if I have to carry anything over a couple of pounds. Now after going raw my health has gone up to another level. I am now able to run under the ball at volleyball and I even jogged ½ mile out on the street last month. That is what the ticker on my blog signifies.

Trust me I have gone through a lot of turmoil over my PF. This past summer I learned to embrace this disease after years of anger and madness. Now I say, given pulmonary fibrosis what is possible. I learned to trust my lungs and relax my shoulders. I do not guard my lungs like I used to. I could actually touch inbetween my arm socket and chest and feel sore. I did not know what it was until I was told that I was holding my shoulders rigid in order to protect my lungs. This was stopping me from deep breathing because I used to guard myself from coughing. Now I can breath down into my stomach. I guess I could go on and on huh? Anyway overcoming this has become my total focus.
"There's only one way to succeed in anythingand that is to give everything." - Vince Lombardi
Celebrate Life,
Alma

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A higly functional human being

I went to the doctor's office and my test results were favorable. I had pulmonary function tests got better than 6 months ago when the numbers had declined some and then we compared the numbers to my first test in August of 05 and the numbers were pretty much the same. So my disease has been stable for over 2.5 years. I do not want to seem ungrateful but I can say that I was not thrilled with the results. I want improvement and I want it now. Or should I say I want drastic improvements and I want them now. I did improve back to my baseline of 8/05. I go again in 6 months so we will see. I know that 3.5 months of raw foods is not going to turn back time so quickly. I will focus on some progress for June's 2008 tests.

When I told my doctor that at times I feel like I am not doing enough for my health he said he thinks that I do. He said that there are many patients that have the same results as I have in their pulmonary tests that do not do anything. He says you are a highly functional human being and you are doing everything you can. He just gets a big smile when I tell him I play volleyball 3 times a week. I have to practice more compassion for myself.

Nutrients of the day:
1 oz wheatgrass
1 oz E3Live algae
6 oz fresh squeezed OJ 1 sunbar
8 oz herbal tea
16 oz vegetable soup
1/4 sandwich with Life Force Rye Bread (yummy) and raw turkey salad
8 oz herbal tea
1 nuplus
1/2 slice raw cheesecake
8 oz herbal tea
1 oz E3Live
20 oz green smoothie with sprouts, coconut water, kale, blueberries, banana
32 oz apple-celery juice with Evergreen and Electrosport
7 slices of Yacun fruit
2 oz wheatgrass

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Ghandi

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Monday, December 3, 2007

New Raw Food Recipes

Today I tried a few new recipes. Two are from Alissa Cohen's book and two I created. I created my version of macaroon after making coconut milk from old coconuts (not young Thai coconuts). I had bought 2 coconuts but the flesh on these is hard not like the young ones where the flesh is just forming and it is very soft. There was so much fiber in the coconut milk that I decided to take it out so I could drink the coconut milk on its own. Well when I saw the fiber I thought of a macaroon. So I added some honey and I was going to roll it up into a ball and dehydrate it. Well it really did not have much texture. So I took some more coconut and grated it. I added this to my mixture and then formed them into a ball and dehydrated them. Now they had texture and tasted pretty good. They are not done yet but I will let you know how they come out. I can say right now that 2 of the 6 broke apart as I turned them over in the dehydrator.
I also made a banana-mango pie and carob covered bananas with coconuts and nuts.

Raw nutrients of the day:
1 oz wheatgrass
32 oz apple-celery juice
1 evergreen
1 oz E3Live algae
1 raw revolution organic live food bar-chocolate & coconut
1 pt vegetable soup
1/2 spirulina energy bar
8 oz cafix
1 garlic-flax cracker
3 raweo cookies
8 oz herbal tea
1 oz wheatgrass
1 tsp bee pollen
2 oz E3Live algae
20 oz green smoothie with sprouts
2 bags nuplus
2 sunbars
1 oz wheatgrass

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Wheatgrass - green, green, green

I was able to buy a flat of wheatgrass at a local health food store. I have a hand crank wheatgrass juicer and I have been doing 3-1 oz shots of wheatgrass daily for over a week. I actually bought another flat of wheatgrass yesterday. I am on a chlorophyll kick! This was my next phase of raw foods. For me, I seem to get into something and then go deeper and deeper into it. For example, I started the vegetarian journey and then went vegan almost overnight. I then started incorporating green smoothies. After a while I decided to go into raw foods. As I read and educated myself more in this field I apply my learning’s. Now I am doing wheatgrass for it’s many benefits. The main benefit is chlorophyll because this helps build red blood cells, which in turn will brings more oxygen into my body. This will definitely help me attain my goal of reversing my pulmonary fibrosis and the use of oxygen at exertion. I believe my next phase in this diet will be to start going my own sprouts. I have started incorporating sprouts into my green smoothies daily. I have to read a couple of books on sprouting and be on my merry way.

Raw nutrients of the day:
1 oz wheatgrass
12 oz apple-celery juice
16 oz smoothie - kale, romaine lettuce, blueberries, bananas and snow pea shoots
8 oz carrot juice
4 oz kale and romaine lettuce juice
1/2 oz hunza dried pomegratnates
1 quinary
1 vitashake
7 olives
1 sunbar
1 oz wheatgrass
1 banana
1 quinary 1 vitashake

"You can't cross a sea by merely staring into the water." - Rabindranath Tagore

Celebrate Life,
Alma

You've come a long way baby...

I was really looking at the foods I ate the other day and I just grinned. My thoughts were along the lines of how far I have come. I am proud of what I have accomplished. I am proud of the person I have become and the lifestyle I have chosen. I do not think I would have been able to make those statements 3 years ago but the fact is that I can say them now. Years ago I did go through a craze for fast food but that was not what my diet was about. I had my basic standard American diet with a starch and protein and a vegetable at lunch and dinner with a diet soda. I ate deserts and had a breakfast of coffee with a bagel. Coffee with a sugar substitute as a snack and an appetite suppressor, or so I thought. Now I look at these foods like simple carbs (starch), dead animal meat (protein), acid forming drinks (coffee and diet soda), blood glue (bagel) and powdered carcinogen (sugar substitute).

Accomplishment of the week:

This past Thursday we only had 8 women show up for volleyball. In the past I attempted to play with 4 women on one side but I would get home and basically pass out and be non functioning the next day. It would take me 36 to 48 hours to get back to normal. Many times when we play I will always be on the side with the extra person because of the strain that it puts on my lungs, heart and body. I actually declined playing a few months ago because there would only be 4 players on my side. Well I realized this past Friday that I had played for 2 hours with 4 women on my side. I came home bathed, watched Survivor and went to bed after 11PM. I woke up Friday and everything was normal. I did not realize this accomplishment until I was speaking with my mom. I was so shocked that I could not talk. I really could not make a sentence when I realized how great I felt only 16 hours later. I am grateful for this and for raw foods. I know that my this lifestyle has helped me tremendously and I am going to continue to THRIVE.

Raw nutrients of the day:
1 oz wheatgrass
16 oz green smoothie
8oz fresh squeezed OJ with sprouts
1 oz E3Live algae
8 oz chocolate pudding
1 oz wheatgrass few pieces of mango
1 banana
1 sweet potato
1 carob coated banana with coconut and nuts
1 slice mango-banana pie
8 oz herbal tea
2 bags nuplus
1 oz wheatgrass

"There's only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything." - Vince Lombardi

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Comments on Raw Foods

I had an interesting comment on my blog the other day that I am sharing with all of you.

"I began making smoothies months ago because of Alma and her new way of living. I had a problem with the green drinks, but the fruit smoothies I create are just great! Each day Alma comes in with new products and in work on Tuesday I tasted two snack bars she now is showing on her blog here. I love them and now they are part of my everyday eating. I am very fortunate to have a friend with so much excitement about eating better, because she has turned me on to her way of thinking. Everyone needs to be tuned into Alma. All her research will be a benefit to your health. I thank you my friend for caring enough to share your world with me."

My reply:

Thanks DB, I appreciate your kind words. One of my goals in documenting my journey is to help people make better choices about what they eat. Your comments inspire me to keep researching, learning and sharing.

Today's raw nutrients
1 oz wheatgrass
12 oz apple-celery juice
16 oz smoothie - kale, romaine lettuce, blueberries, bananas and snow pea shoots
8 oz carrot juice
4 oz kale and romaine lettuce juice
1/2 oz hunza dried pomegratnates
1 quinary
1 vitashake
7 olives
1 sunbar
1 oz wheatgrass


"Success is not to be pursued; it is to beattracted by the person we become."- Jim Rohn

Live Life,
Alma

Testing Raw Foods - 1, 2, 3





I have not written in a week and I believe it was because I was eating cooked foods. Yes, I decided to eat 1 meal per day for a couple of weeks because of various reasons. Now I am claiming these two weeks as some kind of test. I must say that I started 100% raw again this past Monday. Many symptoms came back and if they disappear again I will know for sure that it is the raw food that is helping me. Now I have to ask why I do this? Why do we as humans have to test things? My quest this week and next will be to see if these so called symptoms disappear again. I started eating raw foods for my health and then when it started helping me beyond my expectations I had to stop. Just to test it and make sure. I started feeling like crap and had the need to start over again. So here I am. When these symptoms disappear again, as I know they will. I will let you know my before and after and my other before and after. :)
Tuesday's raw nutrients:
1 oz wheatgrass
1 live pumpkin bar http://www.goraw.com/
1 vitashake
1 quinary
16 oz Cafix
1 spirulina & cashew bar - by Raw Revolution -you can purchase from this blog under my My Favorite Snacks section on the right
32 oz apple-celery juice
1 oz wheatgrass
1/2 chewy almond bar
1 tsp bee pollen
2 oz e3live
1 oz evergreen chlorophll drink
20 oz apple-celery juice
2 bags of nutripuffs
1 oz wheatgrass

"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." - Arnold Palmer
Celebrate Life,
Alma

Monday, November 19, 2007

Look at all these Raw Food Goodies

I went shopping again at Dean's Natural Market and I found a few more raw items. It was not as good as Katrina's in New Hampshire but I am grateful for the selection they have. This is what I bought: Sweet pea shoots & Super Salad sprouts - alfalfa, radish, peas, garbanzo,k sufnlower, lental, azuki and wheat sprouts from http://thesproutman.com/


Oh So Fudgie Raweo Cookies by Alive and Radient Foods


































Kim Chi - A staple in the Korean diet is a mixture of vegetables left to culture for 5 to 7 days in stainless steel containers. This kind I bought has cabbage, carrots, onions, ginger, high mineral health salt and ground dried red pepper and










Fresh Raw Tahini - from:












Raw Revolution Organic Live Food Bars in Chocolate & Coconut, Spirulina & Cashew, Raspberry & Chocolate and Hazelnut & Chocolate by http://www.rawindulgence.com/





Raw Revolution Organic Live Food Bars in Chocolate & Coconut, Spirulina & Cashew, Raspberry & Chocolate and Hazelnut & Chocolate by http://www.rawindulgence.com/





























Almond Raisin Cookie & Pineapple Flax by http://www.gopalshealthfoods.com/nature_s_gift.html



"Simple" Flax Snax, Banana "Bread" Flax Bar, Live Pumpkin Bar & Spirulina Energy Bar - http://www.goraw.com/











Cocao powder by Navitas - http://www.nativasnaturals.com/









BIJA's Dark Chocolate covered Omega Truffles with 2.5 g of Omega 3 per serving by http://www.florahealth.com/flora/home/USA/Products/TGU8.htm#62008 . This product is not raw and it does contain cane sugar but I wanted to try it to see what it is all about.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Raw Foods for Kids - Yo Adrien, this one's for you!

A request has been made of me to assist a friend in incorporating vegetables into her kids meals. I love requests like this because I get to search new recipes, I get to share my wealth of raw foods and it helps me stay creative in my own kitchen. I have to get simple recipes and consider the equipment that my friend has. Since I am a child at heart I am sure I will enjoy the recipes as well. So Adrian, this one’s for you!

I found the following recipes at http://goneraw.com/ /

Nana Milk
Ingredients
1 banana, peeled
1 pinch sea salt
1 dash vanilla
3 ice cubes
¼ cup water
Preparation
Throw all in the blender and blend till frothy! High in Enzymes! Yeah Bananas!

Ants on a Log
Ingredients
2 stalks celery
raw almond butter
raisins

Preparation
Wash the celery stalks and trim the ends. Fill with raw almond butter. Cut into fourths. Top with raisin "ants".


I found the following recipe at http://karenknowler.typepad.com/

Real chocolate ice-cream
Serves 6 not-very-greedy people.
Ingredients:
4 Tbsp raw chocolate or carob powder
16 Medjool dates
600 ml of pure water
4 cups of cashews OR 4 Tbsp raw cashew butter

Preparations:
Blend the cashews (or cashew butter) with the water to create cashew milk.
Add in remaining ingredients and blend well.
Pour into an ice-cream maker and process until ready to eat OR pour into a freezable container with a lid and freeze.
When your ice-cream is ready, serve, salivate and enjoy!

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence...Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." - Calvin Coolidge


Celebrate Living,
Alma

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Memories of a Raw weekend in New Hampshire

While in New Hampshire this weekend I found an awesome organic health food store. It is called Katrina’s Organic Market & Cafe and it RAWKS! It is like walking into a Raw Foodist Paradise. They have superfoods, prepared meals, fresh juices and smoothies and lots more. They also have products from many of the food sites that I order from. It was just great to be able to shop for it all at one location. I was with three other friends and I was very grateful that they did not rush me out of the store. We all tried some raw chocolate made right there and we tried raw pumpkin pie. Thank my lucky stars I purchased a lot of products and if I had stayed in that store longer I would have had to apply for a job. Another reason to move to New England. Katrina is going to start an Internet site in the future and I for one cannot wait. She said I could order from her and she would ship out the product to me. You can reach her at naturesmarketnh@yahoo.com I cannot wait to try all the products!

I purchased:
Muesli and granola from Good Stuff
Sun-flax Italian bread from Life Force
Spirulina Bars and Sunflower Seed Bread from Lydia’s Organics
Maca and Greek Olives from Sunfoods
Carob Powder from Natural Zing
Coconut Butter and Black Sesame Tahini from Artisana
Himalyan Raw Honey from Heavenly Organics
Zambezi Honey from Zambia from ZAM-B-A Honey Inc.

Anyway, while in New Hampshire this weekend and I turned some friends on to some raw foods. I had told a friend about this apple-celery juice and she was curious because she does not like celery either. Sold her, she liked it very much. She loves coconut so I turned her on to young Thai coconut juice. I took 2 young coconuts and used all the juice and flesh and put it in my Vitamix with some stevia and cinnamon. She enjoyed that too along with another friend. They even tried some algae. I mixed that in some apple cider and they were okay with it. Another big hit was Banana Ice Cream. I tell you I have not met one person who has tried this that has not loved it! I also made some cole slaw and I added jimica and black sesame seeds and it all went.

So many people do like raw foods. They just don't know it. They need recipes or people to make it for them. I just would love others to embrace more raw foods so we could all enjoy health and great meals together.

I have enjoyed my day today although I am feeling a sugar high from an apple-celery juice I drank a few minutes ago. I bought some gala apples grown in upstate NY today and they are awesome. They are so sweet. My new kick lately has been apple-celery juice. I read that it is a great source for sodium and potassium and that you could not taste the celery in the juice. I am not a fan of celery and I know it is suppose to be very hydrating and very good for my lungs. Well now I have this juice daily and I love it.

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

40 Points about Wheatgrass and its Nutritional Values

Source: http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/40pointsofwheatgrass.htm
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 Wheatgrass Juice for a sore throat.
26 Drink Wheatgrass Juice for skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.
27 Wheatgrass 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 wheatgrass, spitting out the pulp.
29 By taking Wheatgrass 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 Wheatgrass 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 Wheatgrass 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 Wheatgrass Juice can remove heavy metals from the body.
40 Wheatgrass juice is great for blood disorders of all kinds

Quote of the day:
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Raw Foods Wealth 2 Health - Let's do a shot

Let's do a shot -- of WHEATGRASS!
I read in Ann Wigmore’s book The Wheatgrass Book that plants are to earth as the lungs are to humans. We inhale O2 and exhale CO2 while plants inhale CO2 and exhale O2. Human blood is practically identical to chlorophyll the only difference is the central nucleus. In blood it is iron and in chlorophyll it is magnesium. I have known this fact for a while now but you can see why I want to take my diet to another level and try eating more greens. I feel that if I really concentrate on providing my body with more chlorophyll it will provide me with more red blood cells hence more oxygen in my body. There have been tests done that prove that the animal body is capable of converting chlorophyll to hemoglobin. Actually some physicians used chlorophyll to treat anemia used. Wheatgrass juice contains liquid oxygen and I have heard chlorophyll called liquid energy, liquid sunshine and condensed solar energy.
This book made an interesting point and that is that no prescription drug heals a person. Our own immune system, our body is what heals us. So why don’t we spend time getting healthier so we can have a stronger mechanism to fight off ailments and diseases? Chlorophyll detoxifies the liver and bloodstream by neutralizing the polluting elements. This is probably the best way to protect us from pollutants.

Quote of the day:
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."- Abraham Lincoln

Vive la Vida,
Alma

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Raw Foods Wealth 2 Health - Another Level

I believe it is time for me to take this diet to another level. I really have to concentrate on greens now that I know I can follow a raw diet. I want to get a juicer and I am hoping that I win one from crazysexycancer.com. Either way, I am going to drink my E3Live, Evergreen, my celery and apple juice that is so yummy and other green juices. Currently I am reading a book by Ann Wigmore entitled The Wheatgrass Book and it seems like I will be growing and drinking wheatgrass. More on that later.

Here are some pictures of the flowers I gave my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago.



Quote of the day:
"Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus." - Oprah Winfrey


Celebrate Life,
Alma

Friday, November 2, 2007

Raw Food Day 65 - How to get started in Raw Foods

People have asked me how do they get started on a raw food diet and I usually give them two ideas. One is to incorporate live food in each meal. Like fruit for breakfast and either a salad and or raw vegetable with lunch. You can also start making raw deserts. The other way is to transform one meal at a time. For example, you can make fruit or vegetable smoothies for breakfast. (Don't forget to leave the dairy out.) You can eat fruit or make fruit juices or you can even make raw muesli. I suggest a good cookbook. Something like Alissa Cohen's Living on Live Food book and DVD, which you can purchase here.

Don't forget to drink a lot of water. Drink as much as you can to rehydrate your body. Coconut water, fruit juices and celery juice help in rehydrating your body as well.

Remember that raw foods is more about what you do not put into your body. Avoid processed foods and white sugar. There are many sugar substitutes like agave nectar, stevia, maple syrup or raw honey.

Once you are comfortable with raw breakfasts then you can start with lunch. You can use different vegetable leaves to make sandwich wraps. Like collard greens, nori sheets (used for sushi) or lettuce. You can have salads or make some guacamole.

Then you can start on snacks and deserts. Frozen bananas put in a blender is a great substitute for ice cream. You can flavor it with fruit too. You can eat raw nuts and dehydrated fruits. Little by little you keep adding more raw food. You can look into dehydrated foods, sprouting and superfoods. The list just grows and grows. The basic appliances you need are a blender and or a juicer, and or a food processor and or a dehydrator.

You should start off with easy recipes and as you get accustom to these foods then you can make nut chesses, dips or even pates.

Raw nutrients of the day:
4oz kombucha
32oz cafix
3 flaxseed crackers with almond butter and honey
32oz pineapple coconut juice
banana ice cream (2) with coconut meat and alomond butter and honey
16oz water

Quote of the day:
"It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly." - Isaac Asimov

Live life and enjoy your weekend,
Alma

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Raw Food Day 64 - Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

From raw gourmet chef Josephine Lee from Medford, Oregon. Her email:
WyJozU2@aol.com

So Lemony and the frosting so creamy!
Cake:
1 1/2 c ground/grated jicama
1 Granny Smith apple pealed & ground
2 c. almonds soaked/dehydrated ground fine
4 T golden flax ground fine
1/4 c agave
1 tsp vanilla
lemon juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 c poppy seeds.
Mix all Ingredients and form in any shape you want;
I made a 5 1/2 inch round dish lined with saran wrap. Then topped the first layer with Frosting. Then topped the 2nd layer/round. Flip out and place on a plate and frost the whole cake (top & sides)
Frosting:
1 c OMEGA NUTRITION coconut oil (it does not smell/taste coconuty) The one I used is just like Crisco! Beat/Whip this with beaters!
Add 1/4 c agave juice
1/2 lemon IF YOU LIKE MORE LEMON DO juice of 1 and or zest.
Whip again. Spread quickly as it starts to melt a little.Sprinkle Poppy Seeds on sides or designs if you make a different shape.Top with Lemon zest curls or slices.Place in Ref for an hour or so. Serve at room temperature!
This recipe is in the current Purely Delicious Magazine and is on the RAW 2008 Calendar Cover !
Raw nutrients of the day:
2# potatoes
10oz green smoothie
24oz cafix
raw sweet potato pie
1/2 raw chocolate brownie
1 nu puff
1 liter water
Quote of the day:
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Celebrate life,
Alma

Raw Food Day 62 & 63 - Rambling on




Eating raw foods has become a lifestyle choice for me. Although meals can be easily made eating raw can be very difficult to follow especially if you are going out to eat. You can easily isolate yourself because of the rules however you can free yourself of all worries if you plan ahead. Sometimes a meal for me could be eating 3 bananas or slicing up an avocado and adding a little salt and onions. There are times when I make complicated things like sweet potato pie or dehydrated foods which involve a lot of steps, ingredients and time. I suppose my biggest distraction in all this is when I crave something. I feel that I should not deny my body of something it craves. I believe the cravings come from my inner voice telling me that I need some kind of nutrient from the food I am craving. My only dicerning factor when I am having a craving is to decide whether or not it is that inner voice or hunger. If my cravings are from hunger I have to satiate the need and stuff something in my mouth, usually a fruit like a banana. Bananas have definitely helped me stay raw because those moments of despiration when I have waited too long to eat. You know those moments where you would eat almost anything and everything in site. I have reached out and eaten a banana or two or three and they have saved me. Many times while I am preparing a meal I will eat a banana just to hold me over. If my cravings are not from hunger than I try to eat that food. Sometimes there is a raw version available and sometimes there isn’t.


Take last night for example, I was craving all cooked foods. Long story short I roasted some potatos that I added some salt, pepper, garlic, herbs with spinach and parsley and some olive oil. It wasn’t raw but it was what my body wanted. I had some leftover so I had some for breakfast too. The great thing is that today I followed the potatos up with a green smoothie. So I am not one of those who breaks the raw food diet for a day or a week. I do it for a meal and sometimes it may be one item in a meal. I will always try to eat live foods with a meal if not 100% raw.

Monday’s Raw nutrients:
2oz E3Live algae
6oz herbal tea
4oz kambucha tea
turkey salad (prepared raw food)
1 flax seed cracker
20oz apple celery juice
4 fruit kabobs (pineapple, cantaloupe and grapes)
2 vitashake
2 quinary
2 vitalite sunbar
1 banana 1
nupuff
2oz E3Live algae
20oz celery apple juice
28oz fresh pineapple and coconut juice
1 raw pizza
1 small piece of fudge
48 oz water
Tuesday’s Raw nutrients:
2oz E3Live algae
8oz herbal tea
2 vitashake
2 quinary
Avocado goes Nuts recipe (nuts, onions, salt and sesame oil)
2 flaxseed crackers with almond butter and honey
1/2 sun burger
16oz cafix
16oz water
1.5 # potatos
2 nupuffs
Quote of the day:
"There's only one way to succeed in anythingand that is to give everything." - Vince Lombardi
Celebrate life,
Alma

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 26 & 27 - more Volleyball

What a great weekend I had. Friday night I stayed home and caught up on some blogging and computer searches on juicing. Saturday I had a few friends over for dinner and it was fun. I introduced them to some raw foods and they embraced the experience. Let me see if I can remember all that I made. We had fruit kabobs with cantaloupe, fresh cut pineapple and grapes; mango salsa with red peppers, onion, salt, pepper and olive oil; pomegranates, durian, nori rolls with avocado, apples, cilantro and lettuce; sweet potato pie; chocolate ice cream and my Avocado goes Nuts recipe with avocado, onions, olive oil and nuts.

Today I went to my co-ed league and played a lot of volleyball. It was awesome playing with 5 players on each side. As the weather gets colder the more people come to play. I really enjoy all the support and tips that the more experienced players offer.

I went back to Dean’s Natural Market and was able to buy some prepared raw foods from www.awesomefoods.com. I purchased some raw turkey salad, onion bread, fudge and pizza. I will let you know my reviews during the week. I already know that the raw turkey salad is totally awesome. It was the first meal that I felt total satisfaction from during my raw food journey. I also bought 4 other Synergy, kambucha teas. They did not have the mango flavor that I enjoyed but this opened up other flavors for me to try.

Saturday's Raw nutrients of the day:
2 oz E3Live algae
2oz fresh squeezed tangerine juice
20oz celery and apple juice
16 oz green smoothie
A buffet of snacks from my dinner party

Sunday's Raw nutrients of the day:
2 oz E3Live algae
2oz fresh squeezed tangerine juice
20oz celery and apple juice
16oz green smoothie
24oz young Thai coconut and fresh pineapple juice
1 veggie burger
1 cup jimica fries
1 slice sweet potato pie
12oz herbal tea
96 oz water

Quote of the day: "And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Celebrate life and be grateful,
Alma

Friday, October 26, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 24 & 25 - Fruits Lower Your Cholesterol Levels

I just learned how oatmeal lowers cholesterol. There are two main types of fiber and they are soluble and insoluble. Oat bran contains moderate solubile fiber while fruit has highly soluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and feeds the intestinal bacteria. These bacteria ferment to produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). As these SCFAs travel through the large intestines they nourish and stimulate healing. As they get absorbed they travel to the liver and decrease it’s production of cholesterol, hense lowering blood cholesterol levels. This means that fruits can lower your cholesterol more than oatmeal. However the fruit counsel does not have nearly the budget for advertising as the major corporations do so this is why you do not hear any of this in the media.



Thursday's Raw nutrients of the day:
My Purple Grape Juice
4oz fresh squeezed tangerine juice
Cabbage wraps with broccoli, onions, mushroom and carrots
20oz apple and celery juice
Flaxseed crackers with almond butter and honey
2 NuPlus
2 vitadophilis
2 quinary
20oz apple and celery juice
Friday's Raw nutrients of the day:
4oz fresh squeezed tangerine juice
16oz apple and celery juice
2oz E3Live algae
Flaxseed crackers with almond butter and honey
1 cocoa vitashakes
2 vitadophilis

1 quinary
Pesto stuffed mushrooms
2 garden salads
6oz fresh squeezed tangerine juice
20oz herbal tea
2 bags of NuPuffs

Quote of the day:
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo

Live life and be happy,
Alma

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 23 - Mostly Fruits - Creative Recipes

Hello, Today I have eaten mostly fruits all day long. It has been refreshing and I did not experience a sugar high at all. I started the day off with a bunch of grapes. I did not feel like eating them so I juiced them. I hope to create the same recipe tomorrow for breakfast because it was so yummy. :) It happened to be a creative day as far as recipes go. I created a few of them which I would like to share with you.

Today I got a very nice compliment from a nurse that calls me every 3 months. She is tied into my health benefits at work and we have been talking for about 5 to 6 years. Anyway she said that she does not know of anyone who could do more for their health than I am doing. It is nice to hear what people think of my efforts.


Purple Grape Juice
1 pt of organic red grapes
2 oz E3Live
1/4 tsp of enzymes
1/4 probiotics a
3gm acidophilis powder
6 oz of water
Ice
Blend it in the Vitamix. Pour and drink up! Yields about 24oz of juice.

Coconut Pear Pudding
meat of 1 Thai coconut
2 pears
stevia to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
a dash of molasses
Blend all ingredients in a blender. Pour into bowl. You can freeze some too. When serving let desert sit out for about 15 to soften. Yields about 1 cup of pudding.

Avocado goes Nuts
1/2 avocado
2 tbsp of nuts* (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, Brazilian nuts and sliced almonds)
1/8 cup sliced onions
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil cold pressed
*The nuts were soaked overnight and then dehydrated for 12 hours.
Slice the avocado, place onions on top, sprinkle the nuts and salt and then drizzle the olive oil and EAT UP!


Raw nutrients of the day:
12oz of Purple Grape Juice (see recipe above)
32oz cantaloupe juice (cantaloupe and water)
4oz fresh squeezed tangerine juice
4oz Coconut Pear Pudding
Avocado goes Nuts
(1/2 avocado with nuts and onions )
Flaxseed crackers with almond butter and honey
16oz green smoothie
3 strawberry vitashakes
3 vitadophilis
3 quinary

Quote of the day:
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not by strength but by perseverance." - H. Jackson Brown

Celebrate Life and be grateful,
Alma

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 23 - Reversing Diabetes Naturally

I just watched a trailer for a movie coming out called "Raw for 30 Days" and it is quite the opposite from "Supersize Me." It is just under 9 minutes. Take a look.

video



Raw nutrients of the day:
2oz E3Live
56oz water
fruit salad (cantoloupe, pineapple, honeydew)
24oz Cafix (water)
3 raw flax seed crackers w/ raw almond butter and raw honey 1/2 avocado, nuts, onion and himalayan salt
2 vitalite nutrition bars
2 bags nupuffs

Quote of the day:
"Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." - Dr. Joyce Brothers

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Monday, October 22, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 22 - Eat live foods at every meal

I am sure that many of you might think that eating 100% raw foods is extreme or nearly impossible for you but let me give you some guidance. Perhaps your first goal should be something like trying to incorporate something live at every meal. It could be fresh orange juice at breakfast or a fruit. You can have a fruit or small salad or vegetable for lunch and dinner. For many of you the challenge might be just to eat a fruit or vegetable on a daily basis, never mind at each meal. Maybe you would like raw deserts for a while. I have an awesome recipe for chocolate pudding and this week I am going t publish a recipe for persimmon pudding. Where ever you are at is fine but if you want to get healthier these are just a couple of ideas. Just remember to eat a variety of greens, vegetables and fruits. This will ensure you are getting different vitamins and minerals.

Tonight was my 2ND night of the new woman's league I joined. Tonight I felt more comfortable. #1 it was my second time so my nerves were more settled and #2 it was a bigger gym. I still could not do my "normal" serve but it was almost there. Next Monday we are back to a small gym. That I am not that keen on but we will see how it goes. Tonight we won 3 out of 4 games. We play the best out of 5 games. Although the main objective is to have fun tonight was better than last week when we lost 3 out of 3 games.



Raw nutrients of the day:
4oz fresh squeezed orange juice
2oz E3Live
16oz Cafix
1 tangerine
3 flax seed crackers with raw almond butter and raw honey
48oz Cali tea
20oz mineral water
64 oz water total
1 mango
1/2 avocado with nuts, onions, olive oil
juice of 1 young Thai coconut
2 bags NuPuffs
1 Vitalite Sunbar
2 quinary
2 vitadolphilis
2 strawberry vitashakes



Quote of the day:
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 21

I just finished by 2nd book by Victoria Boutenko. This woman was my main inspiration to going raw. The first book I read of her’s, Green for Life, and it taught me how to incorporate greens into my diet by making greens and fruit smoothies. It is a very easy way to increase nutrition into your diet. She had a clinical study showing that people could just add these green/fruit smoothies and not change anything else in their diet and their health will improve. Her book has testimonies and a lot of good information. The book I just finished is 12 Steps to Raw foods, How to End Your Dependency on Cooked Food. In this book she gives a lot of insight on enzymes and their importance in our bodies. The best chapter is how she explains to live in harmoney with people who eat cooked foods.



Here is some produce that I purchased today.





Raw nutrients of the day:
1 banana
Seaweed
Vegetable sushi rolls
2 vitalite sunbars
2 strawberry vitashakes
48oz Cali
NuPuffs
8 raw olives

Quote of the day:
"The belief in a thing makes it happen." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 20 Happy 50th Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Today I went to visit my parents and I took them out for dinner for their 50th wedding anniversary. We went out for dinner and spent the day looking at old family pictures. It was a lot of fun and we bathed in memories. Here are a few for you to enjoy.



Luigi had a great day today. He ran outside all afternoon and he is now exhausted. I just found his puppy picture on my dad’s computer.



Raw nutrients of the day:
8oz fresh squeezed orange juice with
2oz E3Live
1oz aloe vera juice
2 bananas
2 quinary
2 fortune delight
2 strawberry vitashake
1 garden salad
Steamed vegetables (mushrooms, onions, carrots, squash, broccoli, snap pea pods)
1 baked sweet potato

Quote of the day:
Be the change you want to see in the world. – Gandhi

Live and celebrate life,
Alma

Friday, October 19, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 18 & 19 Dehydration?

It is time to get back to writing about my journey with raw foods. I did my public service blogs on the environment and on pet foods.

I had a bout with dehydration last week and I had a slight one last night. I got a muscle cramp in my left calf while playing volleyball. I rubbed it and walked it off. Then when I got home and was preparing my young Thai coconut I got muscle cramps in my other leg. Well I am going to eliminate one detoxing tea from my diet for one or two weeks and see if that was it. If it was I will dilute it more than I already do and try it again. If I feel the effects of dehydration again I will have to seek help from a professional raw foodist.

Recipe of the Week:





I had some avocado on Wednesday and had some left over. I had seen this recipe and decided to look for it and try it out. It was really good. I have to admit that I thought that avocado was weird and not really something that I would match up with desert but it works. It gives the pudding a great consistency and texture. Try it out.

Chocolate Pudding:
1 avocado, diced
1/2 c agave nectar (or Medjools dates)
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c water
2 T vanilla extract
1/4 t sea salt
Place avocado, agave nectar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sea salt in a blender.
Gradually add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to achieve a creamy consistency.
Picture and recipe from http://www.thedailyrawcafe.com/


Thursday's Raw nutrients of the day:

8oz fresh squeezed orange juice with
2oz E3Live
1oz aloe vera juice
1 apple
1 pear
1 banana
2 quinary
1 chocolate vitashake
2 fortune delight
1 strawberry vitashake
Juice of 1 young Thai coconut
Meat of one young Thai coconut with water, vanilla extract, 1 banana and agave nectar
1+ gallons of water
1 NuPuff

Friday's Raw nutrients of the day:
16oz fresh squeezed orange juice with
2oz E3Live
1oz aloe vera juice
2 bananas
24oz Cafix
1 cup chocolate pudding (avocado, carob powder, vanilla extract and water
1 Sunbar
1 Rawies (dehydrated fresh mango, coconut and cashew) 1 NuPuff
48oz water
2 quinary
2 NuPlus
2 fortune delight
2 NuPuffs

Quote of the day:
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might...Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Celebrate Life and drink lots of water,
Alma

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 16 & 17 Raw Foods for Pets

A large number of vets are stating that the main cause of illness and premature death of our pets is due to processed pet foods. Yes it does the same to our animals as it does to us by suppressing our immune system. Please read the labels of your pet's food and find out what is in it.

Most pet owners recoil at the thought of feeding raw meat to their dog or cat, concerned about bacteria or parasites. However, dogs and cats don't get salmonella poisoning because their digestive system is so acidic (or at least it should be) that it kills everything. This is why a dog can bury a bone and dig it up two weeks later and eat the rotting meat. (http://www.living-foods.com/articles/rawpetfood.html)

If you would like to read some more on raw foods for pets here are a few web sites:
http://www.barfworld.com/ and http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/bybrawdiets.htm.
Here are some pics of my co-worker's pets. They all want more love, more food and more petting. So send them more via the web and enjoy these beautiful animals!




Tuesday's Raw nutrients of the day:
1 oz E3Live with fresh squeezed orange juice with aloe vera
24oz Cafix
3 NuPlus
3 Quinary
3 Fortune Delight
48oz Calli
Sprouts and red leaf lettuce salad
8oz Passionberry Bliss Kombucha drink
1 vege meatball and 1oz spaghetti (zucchini, carrots, squash and tomato)
1 piece of almond fudge
1 piece of coconut gogi berry fudge46 oz Calli
Flax seed crackers with almond butter and raw honey

Wednesday's Raw nutrients of the day:
8 oz Kambucha drink
6oz Fresh squeezed orange juice with aloe vera
3 NuPlus
3 Quinary
1 Fortune Delight
2 VitaShakes
60oz Calli
16oz pear juice
Chocolate pudding (avocado, carob powder, agave nectar and vanilla extract)
Watercress
2oz raw chocolate
Flax seed crackers with almond butter and raw honey

Quote of the day:
Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other. — Dr. Louis J. Camuti

Celebrate Life,
Alma

Monday, October 15, 2007

Raw Food Phase 2 Day 15 Green Minded People

Today most of our food is traveling thousands of miles before it hits our plates. So please support organic, Fair Trade and locally produced products and businesses. It is time to break the sweatshop driven economies. Fair trade certified food ensures a proper wage and working conditions for those who harvest and handle it.

 Local foods provide exceptional taste and freshness. It also cuts back on the climate-change impacts of transportation
 Local food also generally uses less packaging, is fresher and tastier, and comes in more varieties
 Local foods strengthen our local economy and supports endangered family farms.
 Along the way it losses nutrients, burns fossil fuels and contributes to global warming
 Food taste better because the fresher the produce the longer it holds it’s vitality and it’s nutrients
 Local foods preserve genetic diversity due to the large number of variety local farmers produce in order to provide a long harvest season
 Keeps the money in the neighborhood. For every 100 dollars spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into your community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store, only $14 comes back.

Small Changes You Can Make
 Enjoy raw fruits, vegetables and salads to reduce energy consumption.
 Clean produce in short water baths rather than with running water.
 Replace appliances with more energy efficient models. You’ll save energy and maybe even benefit from additional savings with an energy credit.
 Avoid plastic containers in favor of Eco-friendly storage.
 Switch to reusable stainless steel water bottles instead of plastic.
 Run your dishwasher only when full and on the lowest energy setting (for example – let the dishes air dry instead of using the heated dry setting).
 Consider composting. Use egg shells, coffee grounds and cover with torn pieces of cardboard to create a compost heap that yield rich soil.
 Buy minimally packaged foods.
 David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge suggests making one day a week meat-free. And yes, that small change will make a difference. Just as opting not to drive one day a week will make a difference. And as that one day grows into more days a week, we will start to see bigger differences. An analogy sometimes used to illustrate the relative effects of incremental dietary changes on the environment says that eating meat is like driving a huge SUV, eating a vegetarian diet is like driving a compact car, and eating a vegan diet is like riding a bicycle or walking.
 Composting leftovers will ease the burden on the landfill, give you great soil, and keep your kitchen wastebasket from smelling. Apartment dwellers and yardless wonders can do it too! And yes, a composting toilet can be part of the miraculous cycle as well.
 Meat is the most resource-intensive food on the table and eating less of it can be the single greenest move a person makes. Producing meat requires huge amounts of water, grain, land, and other inputs including hormones and antibiotics, and leads to pollution of soil, air, and water. A pound of beef requires around 12,000 gallons of water to produce, compared to 60 gallons for a pound of potatoes. If you’re a meat eater, for starters, try cutting out a serving of meat each week. Going vegetarian or vegan is a profoundly meaningful environmental choice.
 Eating a plant-based diet keeps the earth green. Each vegetarian saves one acre of trees a year by the food they eat. It is these trees which keep the planet alive by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. In addition, they provide a habitat for millions of species, many of whom are rapidly going extinct as their natural homes get eaten up by human greed.
 According to John Robbins, the average vegan uses about 1/6 of an acre of land to satisfy his or her food requirements for a year; the average vegetarian who consumes dairy products and eggs requires about three times that, and the average meat-eater requires about 20 times that much land.
 When you eat organic, don’t just picture the healthy food you are putting in your body, picture the healthy ecosystems which produced that food, the workers who are safer from chemicals, the land, water, and air that is being protected, and the wildlife that is being allowed to thrive. Organic vegetables, fruits, grains, juice, wine and beer are grown and processed in ways that support healthy people and a healthy planet.

Raw nutrients of the day:
1 oz E3Live with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon bee pollen
16oz Cafix
3 NuPlus
3Quinary
3 Fortune Delight
2 garden salads
Mushrooms with spinach and parsley
Sprouts and red leaf lettuce salad
2 oz E3Live with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon bee pollen
8oz Passionberry Bliss Kombucha drink
1 vege meatball and 1oz spaghetti (zuchinni, carrots, squash and tomato)
1 piece of almond fudge
1 piece of coconut gogi berry fudge
46 oz Calli

Below are some green photos.

Quote of the day:
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might...Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Celebrate Life and be green,
Alma




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