Friday, December 26, 2008
You can find more info. at the website: http://detroitevolution.com/ckclasses.html
But here are the basics and schedule:
Vegan and Raw Food Classes with Angela Kasmala
Angela's classes are about much more than just food preparation - learn how to reduce waste through composting and recycling, explore sustainability, meet like minded people, and share great food, information and resources. We will prepare a four-course meal from start to finish, and then sit down together to enjoy the fruits and veggies of our labor! We offer our students a unique experience and an opportunity not only learn, but also to connect with others and realize the importance of food in our lives and the world. The food you choose to eat can change the world! Space in these intimate classes is limited and full payment is required to register. Please call 313.316.1411 or email to arrange payment.
Angela Kasmala Vegan and Raw Food Chef
Detroit Evolution Laboratory's
January Class Schedule
Fundamentals of a Raw Vegan Diet - Sat, Jan 3rd, 4 - 7 pm - $45
Body Awareness and the Vegan Diet - Friday, Jan 9th, 7 - 9 pm - $30
Raw Express - The Importance of Greens - Wed, Jan 14th, 7 - 9 pm - $30
Winter Restoration - Sat, Jan 17th, 4 - 7 pm - $45
The Basics of a Healthy and Humane Vegan Diet Sat, Jan 24th, 4 - 7 pm - $45
Raw Express - Sprouting and Fermentation Wed, Jan 28th, 7 - 9 pm - $30
Register soon as these classes sell out quickly!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I'm on day three and haven't noticed any difference really, although I did have a little bit of a headache the first day. I am taking so many good things already and eating pretty healthy lately, so it's hard to tell if the detox is working. That's ok though, I still like it better than the drastic results promised by MMS Miracle. I may still try the MMS miracle if I can get more information on the long-term effects though. We'll see!
I also have been finding something that I can stick with for raw food. Lately I've been juicing and blending two meals a day, and the last one is a regular meal, although organic and healthy- just not raw. Two raw food meals a day, and one regular. I can do that! I've already lost 4 lbs doing this in only a few days (when I was working out it took me a week to lose just one pound) I think most of it is just water weight loss, but it's still a nice perk!
Monday, December 22, 2008
In a blender, mix up cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado (for the soup base-add more or less depending on how creamy you want the soup) with water. I added dill and mint for flavor, and sea salt. You can heat it up a little bit too if you want, and/or use it as a dip for celery or cucumbers.
I also mixed in Cordyceps, and Blue Green Algae. You can mix whatever superfoods or supplements you want. They weren't enough to taste, but it was a quick way to get them into my diet.
I'm sorry I don't have exact amounts, I never measure when I cook. I just put in what I think will work and somehow it works out lol
Or keep reading for more info. on the book:
Are you a 'comfort eater'? Do you feel at ease with your body and your relationship with food, or are there things you'd REALLY LIKE TO CHANGE?
Do you LONG to feel balanced, healthy, happy and peaceful?
Perhaps you've been eating raw already for a while and find you're still struggling with cravings...?
Have you tried 'Diet after Diet' - sometimes lost weight, then put it back on, and want to release that weight for good?
Why don't those diets work? Most 'weight loss' programmes just focus on the 'weight'.
RAW EMOTIONS looks at what can bring the weight on - and it's not just food ;)
Raw Emotions goes beyond the physical, to examine the emotional and spiritual factors that contribute to our eating patterns...and gives you PRACTICAL, solid insights into how to create LASTING CHANGE :)
Whatever your current relationship with food looks like, RAW EMOTIONS, has something to offer you.
You'll learn ways to:
# understand YOUR emotional connections with food
# release patterns that no longer serve you
# examine your history with eating AND create your optimal vision for yourself
# re-connect authentically with your emotions
# address cravings and let go of overeating
# choose inspiring activities and resources to keep on track
# find balance in your food choices and lifestyle
# feel more connected, loving and joyful
Combining proven 'self-help' techniques with a raw lifestyle, 'Raw Emotions' contains 60 specific tools and action tips for engaging YOUR transformation.
This truly unique book, based on personal experience and extensive research, is a 'first' in the raw foods movement: an invaluable guide on how to 'dance' with and heal emotions that 'come up' when we change how we eat for our health.
ANGELA STOKES, author of RAW EMOTIONS is renowned for her remarkable PHYSICAL transformation - a 160lb weight loss with a raw food lifestyle.
This book is inspired by something people have found even MORE REMARKABLE than her physical changes: the emotional and spiritual shifts in Angela's life.
In this new book, Angela shares the major tips and tools that helped her experience this dramatic shift from a lonely, moody, angry and defensive overeater to a life of genuine JOY, VIBRANCY, LOVE and BALANCE.
Click on the picture to get the book:
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Capuchin Soup Kitchen:
Meals on Wheels:
Thursday, December 18, 2008
50 Foods That Will Help You Feel and Look More Beautiful
By Alisa Miller
There is no denying that good nutrition is important to your health. Eating the right foods can not only help you feel better, but they can also help you look better too. Whether you want great overall health, healthy looking skin, or foods that really pack a punch with antioxidants, below you will find 50 great foods to help you look and feel your best.
For Your Overall Health
Eating foods that are good for your body will give you strength and energy so you feel and look better. The following foods are so packed with vitamins and minerals, you won’t want to say no to a serving of them.
1. Salmon. One of the best foods for your health, salmon is good for your body and your brain. This super food is high in omega-3 EFAs and protein, low in cholesterol and contains quite a few B vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium.
2. Mangos. Mangos are high in vitamin A and C, can help improve digestion, and eating them can help clear clogged skin pores.
3. Figs. For a huge calcium boost as well as a healthy way to sweeten food, try figs. Figs are also high in fiber, B vitamins, iron, and potassium.
4. Water. Water is one of the single-most important things to put in your body. Drinking water purifies your system and keeps you hydrated. Hydration is also important to keep your skin supple and healthy.
5. Kiwi. These tasty little fruits pack a punch with more vitamin C than an orange and are powerful protectors of DNA from oxygen, which means kiwis provide healing properties for your body.
6. Flax seed. Especially for women, this little seed is a great supplement. Flax seeds are high in omega-3 EFAs and lignans, an important type of fiber for women.
7. Kale. This much-overlooked green is full of the B vitamin, folate, as well as calcium, and vitamins A and C.
8. Pumpkin. Not just for pies, the beta-carotene in pumpkin helps your body repair its skin.
9. Butternut squash. Cook this baked, stuffed, or mashed or throw in a soup for a delicious vegetable high in beta-carotene. Butternut squash is an excellent food for preventing everything from cardiovascular disease to possibly inhibiting cancer growth.
10. Sweet potatoes. Don’t just eat these wonderful root vegetables at Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins A and C as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron. Substitute sweet potatoes for regular potatoes and you will get half the sugar and twice the vitamins and minerals.
11. Spinach. This vegetable is absolutely loaded with vitamins and minerals with especially high concentrations of vitamins K and A and manganese and folate. It also helps prevent against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and arthritis.
12. Broccoli. Your mama always said to eat your broccoli. It’s high in calcium, potassium, and B vitamins and may even help repair sun-damaged skin.
Eat These for Skin Health
Some foods help create beautiful and healthy skin when you incorporate them into your diet. Read this list of foods to find out what you can add to your menu.
13. Avocados. Avocados are not only delicious, they have lots of B-complex vitamins and are an anti-inflammatory, which is great for the skin.
14. Green tea. Green tea has polyphenols which are an anti-inflammatory and are full of antioxidants, which are good for both beauty and health.
15. Carrots. Carrots are famous for their vitamin A, which not only keeps your eyes healthy, but also helps your skin repair itself. This vegetable is also a great source of vitamins K, C and fiber.
16. Garlic. Besides being an antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent, garlic is also good for circulation and helps restore tissue and fight off wrinkles.
17. Cantaloupe. This great fruit has plenty of vitamins A and C–two vitamins your skin needs to keep healthy.
18. Citrus fruit. Oranges and grapefruit are full of vitamin C, which helps keep wrinkles at bay.
19. Sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds have lots of vitamin E, which is well-known for its healthy skin properties. Whether you eat it or put it on your skin, the health benefits of vitamin E are enormous.
20. Bananas. Bananas have the B vitamin biotin, which builds healthy skin, hair and nails and helps prevent skin irritations such as dermatitis.
21. Tomatoes. Like bananas, tomatoes have biotin for healthy skin and also contains lycopene, which helps prevent cancer.
22. Walnuts. These nuts are packed with omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs which promote skin repair and elasticity.
23. Hazelnuts. Another great source of vitamin E are hazelnuts, which may also offer protection against cancer and heart disease.
24. Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, which can reduce the chance of sunburn on the skin, slow down the aging process, and aid in the treatment of skin cancer.
25. Olives. Olives provide both vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties which help promote healthy skin. They are also very high in iron.
26. Cottage cheese. Eat cottage cheese to get lots of calcium and selenium for your skin. Use in place of ricotta in your recipes.
Put These on Your Skin
From cucumbers to yogurt, these foods work well on your skin to help you look healthy and beautiful.
27. Shea butter. Not usually a food found in the public eye, shea butter is often used as a cooking oil in Africa or as a substitute for cocoa butter in chocolate. It is also an ingredient often found in beauty products. Those who use shea butter on their skin swear by it’s amazing versatility and curative properties.
28. Cucumber. Cut a few thin rounds of cucumber and place or gently rub them under your eyes, then sit back and relax to help remove dark circles.
29. Green tea bags. Placing tea bags on your eyes can help eliminate dark circles and puffy eyes. Green tea, more so than other teas, can help with the puffiness as it contains an anti-inflammatory.
30. Coconut oil. Using this oil in its natural form moisturizes dry skin and helps healing. Coconut oil also benefits dry hair.
31. Mineral water. Splash some mineral water on your face. The mineral content in the water can reduce skin irritations and will help your skin absorb the moisture.
32. Avocado. These beauties work on the outside of your body as well as they do on the inside. Avocados work as an excellent moisturizer, help heal the skin, and can even reduce age spots.
33. Yogurt. Use yogurt (the full fat kind) on your skin to soothe a sunburn or mix with honey to create a great mask that works for all skin types.
Foods that are high in antioxidants help reverse the damaging effects of oxygen on the cells in your body. Not only are antioxidants great for your overall health, they are also a wonderful way to slow the effects of aging. All of these foods are great antioxidants to incorporate into your diet.
34. Kidney beans. These inexpensive beans provide plenty of protein, fiber, folate, magnesium, and iron. Try substituting kidney beans for meat in your next meal.
35. Blueberries. Full of vitamin C and potassium, these little berries are full of nutrition and are one of the foods most packed with antioxidants.
36. Artichokes. Get magnesium, folic acid, fiber, and vitamins A and C with artichokes, which can help prevent a host of medical problems.
37. Plums. Available almost year round, plums have plenty of vitamins A, B, C, fiber, and potassium.
38. Strawberries. For a fruit that can protect your heart, guard against cancer, provide anti-inflammatory properties, and help prevent age-related macular degeneration, strawberries are the way to go.
39. Honey. Chock full of antioxidants, this sweet treat also has antibacterial properties and also works well for sore throats and coughs.
40. Apples. Long associated with healthy nutrition, an apple a day can provide heart and brain health benefits.
41. Blackberries. These plump berries are full of vitamins B, C, and K as well as fiber and manganese.
42. Pecans. Full of vitamin E and great for lowering cholesterol, these nuts are great on their own or baked in cookies, brownies, or a pie.
43. Cherries. Rich red cherries are not only delicious, but are high in fiber and vitamins C and A. They are reported to help with arthritis, heart health, and sleep problems.
Some foods are so incredibly packed with important nutrients that they have become known as super foods. Eating these foods will surely help you feel much healthier.
44. Acai. Known as one of the most nutritious berries in the world, use acai juice in a smoothie, mixed with other juices, or drink it on its own.
45. Goji berries. One of these little Himalayan berries has more vitamin C than an orange and more beta carotene than carrots.
46. Cacao nibs. The heart of the cocoa bean, this little bit of raw chocolate is full of antioxidants as well as flavonoids that help your heart and have been reported to significantly elevate your mood.
47. Chili peppers. Packed with vitamin C, these hot little numbers also contain antioxidants and help burn fat.
48. Pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with phytosterols, which help lower cholesterol, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs and minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and iron. They are also good for strong hair and nails.
49. Cinnamon. Containing polyphenols, the same agent in green tea, cinnamon has been shown to reduce blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
50. Shallots. Replace garlic and onion with shallots (or use along with them) to help promote the good bacteria in your digestive tract and help eliminate toxins from your liver.
kindly wrote a review of the juicer for everyone:
Thanks again, Alison! When I came home from work yesterday, I was so happy to find my Lexen Wheatgrass Juicer waiting for me! Immediately, I put the juicer together, which was super easy-a nice change from other wheatgrass juicers and juicers in general, which can take forever to put together and take apart. I didn't have any wheatgrass, but much to my happiness, this juicer not only juices wheatgrass, but all sorts of leafy veggies! I got out my lacianto kale and sent it through....What I like most about this juicer is that it is not electronic, so there is no worry of overheating your juice. So, I turned the knob and out came delicious, deep green kale juice. The juice cup is large enough to hold 16 ounces of juice and even has a sieve to filter any excess pulp. Oh, and as someone who has A LOT of experience working in juice bars and using electronic wheatgrass juicers, I would usually have to send the pulp through the juicer multiple times just to get all the juice out, however, with this juicer, I didn't have to do that at all! All of the juice went in my cup on the first run-nice! Clean-up was a breeze, as well!
Needless to say, I am very happy with this juicer and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to get a wheatgrass juicer! It was super easy to use, easy set-up and clean-up, very efficient, and makes happy, "heat-free" juice-what more could you ask for? Happy juicing...
*Stacey's blog can be found at: shiningraininggrowing.blogspot.com
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I've never made alternative cheese or ice cream, but I've had it before and it's pretty good!
Almond Sunflower Seed "Cheese"
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 4-8 hours & drained
1/4 cup almond milk ( see recipe below or use store bought)
1-2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced
additional almond milk or water to blend as needed
Put sunflower seeds in large bowl. Cover with several inches of pure water. Let soak 4-8 hours. Pour water off. Cover again with cool tap water. Gently rub seeds between palms of hands to remove skins, which will float to surface. Pour most of the water and the floating skins off. Repeat process several times. Tip: Pour the skins and water through a strainer to catch the few seeds that escape.
When most of the skins are off, pour all the seeds through a strainer. Drain. Place seeds in blender
or food processor with almond milk or water, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, and salt. Blend, adding more liquid if necessary. If using a food processor, stop machine as needed to scrape down the seed cheese, and continue.
Transfer to a serving or storing container. Cover any leftovers and refrigerate for 2-3 days.
Variations: Add green onions or extra garlic, or use different seeds, fresh herbs, or spices, etc...
Eat with crakers or salads. Use as replacement for recipes that call for sour cream, cheese, or yoghurt. Lasts 2-3 days , tightly covered in the refrigerator.
This and more delicious low calorie recipes can be found in the cookbook Almond Essence by Janet Doane.
) Conquering Lion Cashew Cheez
2 cups cashews
1 cup filtered water
1/3 cup red bell pepper, diced
2½ tablespoon green onion, diced
2 tablespoon cilantro, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced (optional)
1 teaspoon Nama shoyu, or to taste
¼ teaspoon seat salt, or to taste
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Blend cashews with filtered water until very smooth. Place in a ½ gallon open-mouthed glass jar. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Cover with a towel and allow to sit in a warm place overnight. Pour cashew mixture into a large mixing bowl, combine with remaining ingredients and mix well.
Variations: Use macadamia nuts or pine nuts; or blend 1 cup of chopped red pepper with cultured cashew mixture, before adding the remaining ingredients; or replace cilantro with other fresh herbs; or add ¼ cup grated carrots or beets; or replace bell pepper with other fresh veggies.
Serve with crackers or salad.
This and more delicious low calorie recipes can be found in the cookbook, Vegan World Fusion Cuisine.
Dairy Free Chai Ice Cream
300ml nut milk
4 tablespoon coconut or sesame oil
1 cup almonds, soaked overnight and peeled
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
1 tablespoon pine or hemp nut
½ teaspoon fresh ginger juice or 1 teaspoon dried ginger pieces
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly ground if possible
1 clove, crushed
1 cardamom, crushed
nutmeg to taste (optional)
Place 200ml of nut milk in an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 4 hours. Remove and blend thoroughly with almonds, remaining nut milk, oil, and flavorings. Add small amount of water or extra milk if blender complains. Can be refrozen if too soft.
Options: Rosewater to taste. Add or exchange chai flavorings for your choice of nut, carob powder, pre-soaked dried fruit, sprouted seeds, vanilla essence, or coconut milk. Make up 25% of mixture witth nut milk and 1-2 tablespoon of a cold-pressed oil.
Ice Cream can also be made by blending frozen fruit. Always use banana as your creamy base. Blend with choice of berries. Use dried fruits, sprouted nuts and seeds such as poppy for your sprinkles.
This and more delicious low calorie recipes can be found in the cookbook Living Food Recipes for energy, beauty and longevity by Paul Betham.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Overall it seems like a really nicely designed sight, with a lot of variety and good prices. I like the many specials and discounts, and also that you can get a free hat if you order at least $125! The live help is also a nice feature, which not a lot of sites offer. When you are buying something as serious as police gear, it would be nice to probably get some help on what to pick out. It took me a little while to figure out where to go to buy the products though, so that could be maybe a little clearer.
I think if you are into the kind of things that the website sells, you would really enjoy it as they have a huge selection to pick from. I'm thinking of maybe getting a gas mask too, after all, you just never know when one would be necessary in this day and age! Part of the reason I eat healthy is I think eating healthy and building your immune system will help against any type of chemical warfare threat, but it can't hurt to have a gas mask also! This could also be a good site for a Christmas present for that police officer in your life! With the holiday coming up, it is always nice to get some ideas on where to go for a unique present, and this site would definitely qualify as a unique website for gifts! Again, if you would like to check out their website, it is at: Surefire
Now, these sites aren't terribly expensive, but everything add's up, and not to mention the time that goes into it. I also really like all of my affiliate programs, and don't just want to "sell" anything. I am more like recommending them, and if you want to buy something, than that helps us both out! But, I think it looks really cluttered! I do have a products section on my website, but unless you live in Michigan, you really have no reason to check out my website (it's mainly a directory and social networking site for Michigan raw foodists) The majority of my readers aren't even in Michigan.
So, I guess the point of this blog is...which ones do you like, and which ones should I get rid of?
I'm going to keep my bidvertiser, adsense, and blogging community badges. But what affiliate's do you think are unnecessary? Or do you not mind them?
I'm just curious what people think, although I've been known to do what I want anyways! lol
Friday, December 12, 2008
I just kind of want to show people the other side of the story. The hard-working "overpaid" people, how ingrained it is in the culture of this state. How hard those U.A.W. workers work.
Just want to show the "personal" side you don't get on the news. I'm not really blaming anyone. I feel the same way about the credit crisis. I'm angry at the credit card companies for screwing me over. But am I angry at the people who work on the phone? Who do their jobs every day? Do I want the whole industry to collapse on them? NO, of course not. But we don't hear that part.
Am I saying that I think the US Auto Industry is perfect? Definitely not.
What I am saying is if you don't think an entire state collapsing is a big deal...well, maybe you should move to another country?
I just want to get another side of information out there to people. The US Auto Industry needs to be helped...because it will impact EVERYONE in the US.
Please feel free to write your comments on what you think your solutions to the auto industry should be....and by solutions, I mean one's that would not cause millions of Americans to lose jobs! Check out my new blog, contribute if you have any stories, and pass it on to your friends :) Thanks everyone!
If you are like me, you love cities like Royal Oak and Ann Arbor because of the unique and vintage clothes. TJ's is definitely going to be must go to place. Here is more information if you want to check it out! Tell TJ Michigan Raw Food sent you :)
1600-02 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak, MI, 48067
New York Style Vintage and Collectables
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Tags: antiques, vintage store
Venue Type: Business / Retail Store
Hours: Wed-Friday 12n-7p Sat 11a-8p Sun 12p-5p
Accessible to persons with disabilities.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Congratulations Stacey! Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address where you want the juicer shipped.
You have 24 hours to respond, or else I will have to give the juicer away to the runner-up.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Ok, I worked in the news and tv for almost ten years. All I'm going to say on that is to take it with a grain of salt (sorry about the cliche, but it works here nicely so I'm sticking with it!)
I have to say I agree with the news reports though...VITAMINS manufactured in a plant that doesn't care about quality, or fillers....yeah, those are not going to do any good!!
The best way to get your vitamins is still from natural sources-organic if you can!
Get your vitamins from your food, not a pill! If you get it from a pill, make sure it's of only the highest quality (cold pressed, so it's not heated too much, and no fillers! Organic materials are best-no point in taking vitamins if they have chemicals also!)
I don't need a bunch of people sitting around researching whether fake vitamin pills will help me cure cancer.
I just KNOW that vitamins from QUALITY food will help me with cancer. It's just common sense.
You don't need to study that!
Just my opinion :)
My last post made me think about how I could make my own version of pop without all the sugar and additives. I did some research and I guess there is a new version of Pepsi that claims to be all natural ingredients, and I guess Redbull has a brand of natural cola also.
I doubt they would be at my standards though, as a raw foodist (ok, raw foodist wannabe! lol)what I consider "natural" is different I'm sure, than say, Pepsi or Redbull!
I'm not really picky about the pop tasting exactly like coke or pepsi, but if I was...I think that would be really hard to get it close!!
But anyways, if you weren't too set on getting the taste exact...you could probably make a really good drink with carbonated water for the fizz effect, maybe some vanilla and cinnamon,and other spices!
I want to play around with different spices when I get a chance. I'll let you guys know if any taste good!
Does anyone have any tips on what I should try??
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I know raw food is all about not heating your food up, so you may be wondering how I can have raw hot chocolate? Well, that is actually not true about raw food. Some food can still be heated, it is just that it can't go over a certain temperature. Being inMichigan, I still like to have some heated foods! I just don't microwave, cook, broil, etc. Whether raw food destroys enzymes or not, I'm not sure...but I mainly do it because of the maillard reaction. When food is heated too much, it causes a chemical reaction, and I think too much of that can change it's DNA structure..and well, that can't be good, right?!
I don't take any fancy thermometer or anything when I heat up soup or water-just as long as it's not boiling I think it's ok. I'm really not that picky, although I'm sure there are plenty of die-hard raw foodist who NEVER eat anything over a certain degree. If you have been following my blog, you know I'm not quite a raw foodist yet! lol I am just interested in it. Anyhows, now that I got that out of the way...here is my raw hot chocolate recipe:
3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder (I like the kind from https://www.noblelifeelements.com/maximumhealth
because it's not as bitter tasting as other's I've tried)
1 Coffee mug of whatever kind of water you like
Add 4 drops of stevia or agave for sweetening (while maybe not raw by some definitions, I still consider it better than sugar and you only use a little bit!)
Pour the hot water in (hot, but not boiling!) and add in a spoonful of raw honey! (I like Manuka, especially this time of year because of it's antibacterial properties)
The honey should melt into the hot water instead of clumping to the spoon, but if it doesn't you can leave the spoon in your cup while you drink to keep the honey in your drink!
*I didn't have these ingredients, but if you did...I'm betting that a little bit of natural vanilla, peppermint and/or cinnamon would be a nice addition
You may want to play around with the amount of sweeteners you add, based on the kind of raw cacao you have. I have had some raw cacao that is just plain disgusting, and bitter and others that is almost tolerable with no sweetener. Plus, I have a real sweet tooth, which you may not!
Either way, it's a great mood booster and comfort drink this year-without the guilt of regular hot chocolate!
This drink is also my "secret" morning power drink instead of coffee! It has all of the feel good ingredients, plus nutrients and caffeine. I don't think coffee is bad for you, but I prefer this drink for so many reasons! Some of the benefits of raw cacao according to https://www.noblelifeelements.com/maximumhealth
Cacao contains massive quantities of magnesium which builds strong bones and balances brain chemistry important for a natural optimistic outlook.* Cacao contains more magnesium than any other food known! This is likely the reason that women crave chocolate more during their menstrual cycle. Of all mineral deficiencies that arise on Standard American Diet (SAD), magnesium is the the most common, with over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in Magnesium!
Chocolate contains natural mild monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors). These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favorable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youthing and rejuvenation.
Chocolate contains Phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA can increases focus and alertness and helps us feel connected to others.* Our brains naturally produce a small amount of PEA al the time and much greater amounts when we are in love. This is no doubt why chocolate and love have such a deep correlation. PEA also plays a role in increasing focus and alertness.
Anandamide (The Bliss Chemical)
Cacao also contains a wonderful natural phyto-chemical called anandamide. Ananda is the Sanskrit word for BLISS and its no coincidence that our brains naturally produce anandamide when we are feeling bliss! Cacao also contains enzyme inhibitors that increase the amount of time that anandamide anandamide can stay in circulation in your body. This allows the wonderful effects of chocolate to last a longer time.
The Cacao tree grows in tropical regions around the globe and has been cultivated in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Central America, West Indies, Africa and South East Asia. Cacao has always been highly valued, its seeds sometimes serving as currency as they did during the Aztec period in Mexico.
According to http://www.benefitofmanukahoney.com/
Some of the benefits of manuka honey:
Manuka Honey Products by HoneymarkHoney has been used for medical purposes by the ancient Egyptians for thousands of years. However, with the advent of antibiotics, most people began to regard honey as merely a home remedy. Recent studies are now indicating that a special type of honey only found in the New Zealand region called, "Manuka Honey" actually has more healing properties than antibiotics and has been effective in treating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. This is a major breakthrough in the medical industry as Manuka Honey is now being recognized by medical professionals as an viable alternative to conventional forms of medicine.
Based on recent studies, Manuka Honey has been known to effectively treat the following symptoms and health conditions:
Athlete's Foot Ring Worm Insect Bites Cold & Flu Symptoms
Arthritis Wrinkles Acid Reflux Eczema & Dermatitis
Sore Throat Rashes IBS Wounds & Abrasions
Acne Burns Nail Fungus Aches & Pains
Blisters Ulcers Gastritis Staph Infections
Cold Sores Infections MRSA Psoriasis
Manuka Honey Benefits
The Benefits of Manuka Honey
1. Manuka Honey has natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties;
2. Manuka Honey creates a moist healing environment that allows new skin cells to grow across a healing wound flush with the surface of the wound, preventing deformity of the skin and scaring;
3. Manuka Honey rapidly clears infection by destroying bacteria;
4. Manuka Honey repairs damaged skin and regenerates new skin growth;
5. Manuka Honey hastens the healing process;
6. Manuka Honey eliminates malodor by destroying the bacteria that cause it;
7. Manuka Honey can heal Staph infections and destroy antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA and VRE;
8. The viscosity of Manuka Honey provides a protective barrier to prevent wounds from becoming infected;
9. Manuka Honey causes scabs and dead skin cells to lift off the surface of the wound, leaving a clean healthy wound bed in which the regeneration of skin tissue can occur;
10. Manuka Honey stimulates the growth of tissue involved in the healing process;
11. Manuka Honey stimulates the formation of new blood capillaries and the growth of fibroblasts that replace the connective tissue of the deeper layer of the skin and produce the collagen fibers that give strength to the repair;
12. Manuka Honey has an anti-inflammatory action that relieves pain;
13. Manuka Honey has antifungal properties that can cure ringworm and other fungal conditions such as athlete's foot, jock itch and nail fungus;
14. Manuka Honey is all-natural and organic;
15. Manuka Honey has no known side effects
And last, but not least...the benefits of Stevia according to http://www.happystomach.com/stevia.htm
It is estimated that over 500 scientific studies have been performed on stevia. Many scientistshave reported numerous health benefits to adding stevia to the daily diet.
* Scientific research indicates that stevia effectively regulates blood sugar in people with diabetes and hypoglycemia, bringing it toward more normal levels.
* Studies have indicated that stevia tends to lower elevated blood pressure while not affecting people with normal blood pressure.
* Stevia inhibits the growth and reproduction of oral bacteria and other infectious organisms. Regular users of stevia as a mouthwash or for brushing teeth
(added to toothpaste) have reported an improvement to bleeding gum problems. This inhibition of oral bacteria may explain why users of stevia-enhanced products
report a lower incidence of colds and flu. Subsequently, an increasing number of toothpaste manufacturers are now using stevia in their products.
* When applied externally stevia poultices and extracts have been observed to have therapeutic effect on acne, seborrhea, dermatitis and eczema. Extracts placed
directly in cuts and wounds, have demonstrated rapidly healing without scarring.
* Other benefits of adding stevia to the daily diet include improved digestion and soothed upset stomachs.
* Stevia is also an exceptional aid in weight loss management because it contains no calories and reduces the craving for sweets and fatty foods. Steviosides,
the principle sugar molecule component of stevia, pass through the human alimentary canal without being altered by digestive processes, demonstrating remarkable stability. They simply cannot be broken down into their metabolites under normal gastric conditions. As a result, the sugar molecules pass unchanged through the human gastrointestinal tract and are not absorbed into the blood, producing no calories. Preliminary research indicates that stevia may actually reset the hunger mechanism in people where the pathway between the hypothalamus and the stomach has become obstructed. In other words, it clears the communication pathway between the stomach and the brain, reducing hunger sensations faster
Saturday, December 6, 2008
1. Don't spend too much time worrying about copyright or people copying your idea! Just get the product and the idea out there and running. If anyone actually wants to buy it, than you can worry about the legal issues. Getting traffic to your site doesn't happen overnight! So, in other words, JUST DO SOMETHING! The rest will fall in to place!
2. If you don't know how to build traffic to your site, or you don't want to spend the time learning-make sure you devote the majority of your money to getting traffic and search engines. I know I said to just start your site and not worry about the details, and that is true-EXCEPT on this topic. You MUST know how to do this part! I don't want to say you shouldn't make an online business if you don't know how to do this as anything can happen and I don't want to discourage people's dreams-BUT, just be aware it's not likely and/or it would be extremely hard! Ideally it's better to do this yourself, but if you can't, you need to find someone you can trust who will do it. Don't just think your site will take off by word of mouth-this can happen, but it takes a long time and it's a full-time job! There are all kinds of tips and techniques to make your website noticed, and as you can tell...I am still learning!
3. If you are going to have employees, make sure you have a written contract. I can't tell you how many times my employees tried to go back on something we agreed on, but I had it in writing! Not to mention it will separate the ones who are serious about your agreement. Anyone can agree verbally to do something, but if it's in writing-it makes it more difficult to agree to do something you have no intention of really doing! Writing it down makes people think about what they are agreeing to!
4. If you expect things to happen overnight, than don't do it! Be prepared and embrace your mistakes! Let them motivate you, not discourage you (I need to remind myself of this one often!)
5. Don't waste time asking people what they think about your idea, unless maybe it's anonymous! Most people may genuinely like your idea, but that doesn't mean they'd actually use it. Or, they may be too nice to admit they wouldn't. If you think it's a good idea and it's been done before, than by all means go for it. If it's something completely new and you have nothing to compare it with, than it's a bit of a gamble and you can do all the research in the world...but again, the best way to learn is by doing! (which takes us back to tip #1 and 4)
That's all I can think of for now, but if anybody else has any ideas or advice, please feel free to share it with me!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I spoke to someone today (hi Mike, hope you get to check out my blog!) about changing your mindset and not allowing other people's negativity get you down. I think this is SO important. You NEED to learn how to block out other people's negativity when you are trying to change your eating habits, or if you are trying to accomplish anything really!!
Some great ways to change your thinking:
1. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) A very easy, fast way to take away the EMOTIONAL hurt in your life. It doesn't make you forget the emotions, it just makes them less intense. I don't know about you, but I definitely eat unhealthy foods when I'm upset! So, this has been a huge lifesaver for me! http://www.tapping.com/ is a great site to get started on learning this easy technique.
2. Surround yourself with positive people only! I don't care if this means staying away from family or even your best friends! You can only do so much for them! If they are negative, they are PHYSICALLY and EMOTIONALLY HURTING you. Even if they are friends or family!! I wish more people understood that you are not obligated to put up with someone's negative behavior, just because you love or care about them! You are doing them a favor in the long run by setting your boundaries. Some great ways to meet some positive people? Meetup.com!!! I also want to add, that you shouldn't just push people out of your life right away-I only meant people that you continually try to tell how you feel, and that continue to not listen to you or respect your feelings! I believe in giving people a chance and discussing things first-BUT there is only so much you can do with certain people!
3. Shielding. What does this mean? It is very simple-putting up a mental boundary around your body. We are energy and we are surrounded by energy! You don't have to understand how this works, just know that it is true. With Quantum physics progressing so rapidly, we are beginning to even understand this. How to shield? I love to either just imagine (after doing deep breathing for a few minutes to get relaxed-it helps if you SMILE also while you do this. A smile changes your mindset automatically) and imagining I have a shield around me, and I also have been adding lately mirrors. Why mirrors? If someone is trying to harm you, their negativity will reflect off of you and onto them! That is how the universe works-whatever you put out there, comes back to you. By visualizing these images in your mind, you are simply reminding yourself that no one's negativity can harm you, unless you LET it! You are reminding yourself that whatever someone tries to do you, ultimately comes back to them!
That's all I can think of for now, but I guarantee if you start doing these things you will notice a difference in your willpower and your mood.
The key, and this a HUGE thing that I learned the hard way-if you see positive results, you must do this on a continuous basis. I would get good results, but not continue to do the work. It doesn't work that way though-you have to make this a regular and DAILY habit, or it is all too easy to allow negativity back in your life! One little bit of negativity can spiral out of control. This must be a constant effort-but believe me, after awhile it does not feel like work at all, but rather a joy!!!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Yeah, I said it!
It's not the banks.
It's not the auto industry.
It's not the credit card companies.
It's not the mortgage companies either!
If I hear another person say,"Well, with the way the ECONOMY is...,"I may just scream!
I know it's hard to take responsibility, but we allowed this to happen. Whether conciously or unconciously, we did. We allow it to happen by doing nothing but saying, "the economy sucks."
What are you doing to fix it? We are responsible for the government we allow!!!!
I know it's overwhelming to think about what you can do since you are just one person-but you know how the saying goes...it only takes ONE person to change things!
How about just by starting with changing your attitude from one of a victim to one who has the power and the ability to have an effect. You may not know how yet, but I guarantee changing that victim attitude will bring ways you didn't see possible!
The same goes for eating healthier! When we say we are too busy, too broke, etc. to eat healthy, is that REALLY true? Is it really your career, your slowing metabolism, or your lack of time? Or is it something else that keeps you from really changing your diet habits???
I'm going to be posting more info. here about a 7 day detox program I'm going to try, and I'll post more info. up here for anyone who wants to participate in it with me(it's free) So check back for that-it always helps to have support when you are trying to change your diet/habits! :)
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Anyways, I almost lost everything but thankfully I remembered I did back up my blog!
When in doubt, I usually find solutions quicker on my own than asking for help!
Hope this helps someone though! Be careful about downloading a non-blogger template, I think a lot of sites can give you a virus.
www.michiganrawfood.com will be holding a contest for a FREE Healthy Juicer from Lexen Products. The Lexen Healthy Juicer is an amazing easy and effective wheatgrass and leafy green juicer, making it the most popular on the market.
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Here are the guidelines for the contest:
1. Simply leave a comment about why you like the juicer.
1. You must live in the US
2. Submission Deadline is December 12th(Just in time for Christmas!)
3. 1 winner will be selected by a random drawing. When the winner is announced, email me at: email@example.com with your name and shipping address and your juicer will be shipped out immediately!
Good luck, and pass the word out to your friends!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
If you are wondering where to get Green Barley at, I like:
Maybe this is why St. Patricks Day has so many green beers and they like the color Green so much? Hmm... wrong Holiday though, today is Thanksgiving :)
Since most of you probably can't just go out to the store and get Barley Grass today...another helpful tip is that Apple's are good for lung health. So, if you were in a place with a lot of cigarette smoke last night, make sure to have an extra Apple today! No, I didn't say Apple PIE! :)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Also, if you are in Detroit this Friday, Detroit Evolution will have raw food on Friday. According to their website:
"If you are going to shop this Friday, please consider our request to stay away from the big chains and head out in support of small independent local businesses. Detroit has a great many 'mom & pop shops' that would benefit from your attention in these tightening times. Please come down to the Lab for lunch and spend the day voting with your dollars. We will be happy to send you to all the special and unique places we support when we can't make it ourselves or simply do without!"
More details can be found at: http://detroitevolution.com/fridaymenu.html
While a raw food diet can be harmful if done incorrectly (can't everything?) so can eating regular, processed American favorites! You wouldn't say to someone at Thanksgiving,"Don't eat that food because it will give you a heart attack!" (although some I'm sure might! ha) So don't say to your fellow raw foodist, vegetarian or someone with different belief's on ANYTHING really: "Oh, you need to eat more. It's the holidays!" Or any other opinion that will make people feel bad or uncomfortable. Let's face it, it's not about concern during the holidays, it's about them being DIFFERENT and making you uncomfortable. It's a time to be thankful, not judgemental. Be happy they even chose to be with you on that day-or they may not in the future if they are serious about their eating habits!
And if you feel like you don't have something to be thankful this year, this site is kind of fun:
As November comes to an end, I just wanted to add that it's also Diabetes awareness month. For NATURAL cures of diabetes that don't get as much media attention (yet!), I recommend these excellent books. (Many cases of diabetes have been supposedly cured through raw food diets):
Happy Thanksgiving!!! :)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Check it out here, and if you haven't taken a class yet, I recommend it!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here is a recipe for one using potatos:
Mask 2. For Potato face pack you will need One teaspoon of potato and One teaspoon of multani mitti. Blend both the ingredients together and apply on the face. Leave it until it dries and wash off with lukewarm water.
I also used coconut as a hair conditioner, and maluka honey for a face mask! I LOVE how coconut smells-makes a great body lotion too!
My hair and skin felt amazing, all while using natural products I already had around the house!
I have also been doing dry skin brushing every day for two months, and my skin feels like velvet! If you can find two extra minutes to your morning routine, you have to try dry skin brushing!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Check out that link. I may have posted it before, but I think it's really funny! Anyone want to add their own observations about knowing when you are a raw foodist?
Soo, I haven't been updating the site much. I guess I have just been busy with other things! I was studying for a very difficult exam that many people don't pass on the first try, but I passed! So, I think the extra studying and sacrifices was worth it! I won't say what it is, because I don't want any negative energy on it to jinx it! lol
To update, I didn't do the marathon. It turns out it was all overbooked anyways, so I wouldn't have been able to register. I have, however, been busy working out six days a week and have been progressing losing one pound a week (which I've been told is the safest way to lose weight) I'm not sure if all the supplements have been helping BUT I can say it seems to help my reasoning skills. I am a bit of an airhead, but my ability to comprehend complex ideas is off the charts lately! My long-term memory is better also. I guess all the nutrients have been helping, although not in the way I had expected.
I'm not really on a raw food diet at the moment because of all my stress, but I'm still eating pretty healthy and I feel pretty good. It's hard to eat raw food when you are exercising a ton....anybody have any tips?? I would love to hear them!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Please Join Us
An informative one hour engagement with Ayurvedic Doctor Purnima Mehta
At Our Store October 18, 2008
from 2pm - 3pm
Dr. Purnima has practiced psychiatric and psychoanalytical care worldwide with people of all ages over the past 20 years. During this time she has helped resolve emotional pain by establishing a therapeutic relationship, allowing a safe space to identify conflicts, elucidating the family roots of dysfunctionality, and clarifying the current manifestations of these conflicts.These treatments have been used for many emotional difficulties including trauma and abuse and limiting the need for prescription medication.
Talk Salt with Dean Martens
Monday, November 10th, 2008
at the Quality Inn, 30375 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150
Seating Starts at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The Treehouse in Farmington also has some good dehydrated raw food bars and cookies!
I'm officially one month 80% (give or take!) raw! I have had no food cravings or detox symptoms as far as missing pop or caffeine! I really think adding superfoods have helped with the detox as well.
I am not 100% just because I've been exercising so much, that it's hard to get as much raw food as I would need with my new calorie needs. BUT most people don't work out as much as I do, so I don't think eating 100% raw has to be difficult!
So, I'm just getting situated after the move and enjoying eating healthier and exercising more!
I'm thinking raw food events will be slowing down in the winter time, but I'll still try to update when I find new things out!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
|Red Pepper Deli|
116 W. Main Street
Northville, MI 48167
Phone: (248) 773 - 7671
The menu is 100% vegetarian, highlighted by an 80-90% raw food selection. The menu includes salads and sandwiches made-to-order every day with fresh herbs, greens, and homemade dressings with special entrees, soups and desserts that change daily.
In addition to a selection of raw breads the Red Pepper Deli will also carry several Great Harvest Bread Company’s delicious selections.
The menu will also feature fresh juices, wheat grass, smoothies, raw desserts made from fruit & vegetables and raw cookies from Michigan’s health-food store, The Tree House. Health tonics made from fresh juices which are good for anything that ails you will also be sold.
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
It's very nicely decorated inside, the food was great, and the people working were very friendly. I'd definitely go back!
I also discovered the Treehouse in Farmington. I always thought it was just for potlucks, but turns out they have a restaurant!
22906 Mooney St
Farmington, MI 48336
I passed up Mooney St. a million times during rush hour-so in case you aren't familiar with the area-it's by a Zap Zone. They had a good selection of other things besides just food-fruits and vegetables, and supplements (I think they were supplements-didn't get a chance to look because I got there kind of late) Red Pepper's is more contemporary, this place is going more for the spiritual, hippy (I use that term in the best way possible lol) vibe...if you are a conservative, close-minded or other type of person with definite beliefs-you may not want to go here....they have certain beliefs and they are very open about them. I'm not the type of person who has a problem with listening to other people's viewpoints-but I know a lot of people do! So, if you think you can handle it, then by all means go visit-the smoothie I had was very good!
Ok,well packing tape is here...back to moving!!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
It sounds crazy, but if you are eating too much, you really need to eat less....than you will want less food! lol
The less you eat, the less you want. At least for me! But it depends what you eat....if you are eating poor quality, low nutrient food....you will ALWAYS be hungry. If you are eating high quality, nutrient rich food....you will not need to eat as much.
I'm almost wondering if I should force myself to eat though because I am running 5 miles....that's 300 calories alone according to the treadmill. It just doesn't seem healthy! But it's not like I'm starving myself-I have the food! Why doesn't my body want it if I HAVE to eat? When I wasn't on raw foods I used to eat ALL the time, especially if I exercised!!
I think the superfoods (www.noblelifeelements.com/maximumhealth) help, but I just didn't think superfoods plus all raw food would give me THIS much energy, and I wouldn't be hungry.
You know what's even crazier? I'm not really even losing weight! I mean, I was already kind of skinny, but I'm not getting too skinny doing this. Weird. Just weird!!
I'm not complaining, I mean it's nice to have more energy and only eating once a day definitely let's you get more done....but it's a huge adjustment!!!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Acidity: Immune Detox, Revitaphi
Anxiety: Gold Rush, Revitaphi, Cordyceps
B12 deficiency: Golden Inca Berries
Depression:Blue Green Algae, Cacao, Immune Detox, Revitaphi, Maca, Cacao
Diabetes (type 2): Marine Phytoplankton
Digestion: Island Fire
Fatigue: Immune Detox, Revitaphi, Maca, Cordyceps
Focus/Learning:Blue Green Algae, Gold Rush, Immune Detox, Marine
Heart/circulatory function:Marine Phytoplankton, Cordyceps, Cacao
Immune system: Immune Detox, Marine Phytoplankton, Maca, Cordyceps
Insomnia: Gold Rush, Cordyceps
Joint Pain: Marine Phytoplankton
Magnesium Deficiency: Cacao
Memory: Gold Rush, Marine Phytoplankton, Maca, Cordyceps
Metabolism:Blue Green Algae, Maca
Mood:Blue Green Algae, Gold Rush
Motivation: Gold Rush, Blue Green Algae
Overeating: Gold Rush
Physical Performance/exercise stamina: Gold Rush, Immune Detox, Maca, Cordyceps, Blue Green Algae,Phytoplankton,Revitaphi,Maca
Thyroid/Endocrine problems: Maca
Toxins: Immune Detox,
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Gold Rush
Stress: Gold Rush,Revitaphi, Cordyceps