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Pristine Clean Intestines August 9, 2008

This may seem like an odd thing to say but, I like my intestines pristine clean! Yes, my intestines.  Why, may you ask, is this the first sentence of this post?  And my answer, ladies and gentlemen…who wouldn’t want pristine clean intestines?  And, in an effort to successfully obtain those pristine clean intestines, I undertook the task of a mono-fruit detox.  Oh yeah, baby! One fruit, well, actually 8 fruit, but of one kind.  I literally ate 8 apples over a 24 hour period.  And some organic apple juice and water…but you get my point.  A mono-fruit detox with apples as the mono-fruit!

Why apples?  Apples, as you know, have phenomenal health benefits.  We’ve all been told, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Well it aids in creating pristine clean intestines as well.  How?  Glad you asked.  Besides being an awesome source of dietary fiber, it reduces cholesterol, maintains healthy bowel function (now that’s what I’m talking about!), reduces the risk of stroke, Type II Diabetes and asthma. You can’t beat that with a stick!

Of course, you can complete a successful mono-fruit detox with just about any fruit, I just personally prefer the health benefits of apples.  Grapes (strangely enough, my favorite fruit), is another wonderful option for the mono-fruit detox.  In fact, grapes provide an enormous amount of Vitamins A, C, B6 and folate.  They’re also quite refreshing.  What more can you ask for? The list of acceptable fruit can go on and on, but we’re talking about pristine clean intestines and this mono-fruit detox…

Why pristine clean intestines? Now we’re getting down to business.  Cleaning the intestines contributes to ones health in many ways:

  • Rids the bowel of excess fecal matter 
  • Helps skin conditions
  • Reduces the risk of most cancers
  • Fights fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Reduces Blood Pressure
  • Assists with allergy relief

As the body detoxes, you may experience certain side effects, none of which are life-threatening. Side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Thirst
  • Mood Swings
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Body/joint aches 

Like I said, I like my intestines pristine clean and after reading the benefits, everyone should want to do an internal Roto-Rooter on themselves.  I chose the mono-fruit detox, however there are many types of detoxes out there to help you obtain pristine clean intestines.  Do a little research or check out more of my posts on healthy eating and weight loss.

 

Herbivore Nation – How To Deflate Your Spare Tire May 13, 2008

No, this is not a post on cool Auto-mechanic tips!  This is the ‘meat-n-potatoes’ (pardon the pun) of getting rid of that belly fat that has plagued you for years.   You’ve probably had it for as long as you can remember… those golden days of high school, the emancipating years of college, even early into your adulthood – you’ve always had your steady friend, the Spare Tire.  Well, no more.  Nothing lasts forever and considering the health and psychological detriment this ‘friend’ has caused over the years, I think it’s time we gave that hunk of burning fat it’s walking papers.

I know, I know, I know.  You wear your belly fat as a badge of honor for all the delicious and hearty meals you’ve eaten over your lifetime.  You accessorize it (the belly fat, that is) with all kinds of trendy belts and scarves.  You even slip that sucker into a bathing suit every once in a while, and why shouldn’t you?  Is it because your belly fat ‘friend’ increases your chances of getting diabetes?  Or is it because your belly fat ‘friend’ increases your chances of heart attack?  Perhaps, it’s because your belly fat ‘friend’ sometimes causes you embarrassment.  Maybe it’s all three and a host of additional major health related issues. You’ve worked hard to get that belly fat and you’re going to have to work extra hard to get rid of it.  It’ll be worth it though, because not only will you be healthier, you’ll be smokin’ hot!

More than likely, you have attempted to get rid of your spare tire.  You’ve exercised, you’ve dieted, you’ve done surgery, you’ve prayed and begged and pleaded with the big guy upstairs… to no avail.  So I guess you’ve realized that belly fat is one of the hardest spots to affect.  Why is that?  Glad you asked. Belly fat is a combination of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and genes.  The last one, can’t do a thing about, but, good news… the first two are in the bag.

Diet & Exercise

Now here’s where I can bore you with all the talk about glycemic indices and metabolic changes in ones system when ingesting all forms of fattening foods… but I’ll spare all of us that little piece.  The bottom line is, nothing can live if it’s not fed.  Thus your belly fat is being fed.  Fed by what?  Once again, I’m glad you asked.  Let’s take a walk through a hypothetical day of Mr. Belly Fat.

  • Morning – Mr. Belly Fat wakes up and does one of two things: he either inhales the coffee (with sugar & cream) and donut or other pastry; or he eats absolutely nothing (thinking this is going to get him on the path to belly fat loser-ville) not so.
  • Mid-Morning – Mr. Belly Fat is in his office and does one of two things: he either steamrolls down to the coffee shop, grill, or convenience store for his mid-morning snack (or picker-upper)- this usually consists of a muffin, omelet, etc.; or he eats absolutely nothing (thinking this is going to get him on the path to belly fat loser-ville) not so.
  • Lunch – Wooo hoooo!  Now this is where it all hits the fan (not that it didn’t already).  Mr. Belly Fat decides that since he’s been so good all morning (this is the ‘eats absolutely nothing’ belly fat), he deserves to go the extra mile with lunch, so he devours a steak w/ potatoes and lightly steamed veggies (because he’s dieting, couldn’t you tell?); or Mr. Belly Fat opts for a leafy green salad because he’s had so many fatty foods in the morning, he must redeem himself.
  • Mid-Afternoon – Mr. Belly Fat is on his downward spiral and needs another picker-upper.  He does one of two things: He picks up a piece of fruit from the nearest convenience store; or he opts for another coffee, just to make it through till he gets home.
  • Dinner – Mr. Belly Fat decides to really make an effort to not go overboard with the last meal of the day and does one of two things: He eats a portion of the leftover pot roast in the fridge w/ lightly steamed veggies (because he’s dieting, couldn’t you tell?); or he goes to bed without eating dinner (thinking this is going to get him on the path to belly fat loser-ville) not so.

This is how belly fat is fed.  The choices made with regard to what is eaten and when absolutely creates and maintains this unhealthy state.  Did you see any form of exercise in Mr. Belly Fat’s day?  Perhaps when he walked from his office to the convenience store and back… yeah, that’s exercise! There is no question why and how belly fat remains, it’s being fed.  You may wonder how belly fat remains with just one meal a day (like Mr. Belly Fat who ate only lunch) – once again, I could bore you to tears with the hard facts of how fat cells work, ecetera, ecetera… but I’ll spare us all that little piece.  Your body’s not stupid, if it sees that it’s not getting what it needs to survive, it’ll hold on to what it has and not let go. Sure, it’ll eat away at toxins and other unwanted residents, but starvation is probably the worst way to induce weight loss.

Let’s move on to how to deflate the spare tire now that it’s set up shop in your gut.  Here are some really cool tips on diet and exercise that will help you trade in that keg for a six pack.

  • Diet – No, don’t go on a diet, change your diet.  Start the old switch-r-roo from coffee and pastries in the morning to a more balanced and detoxifying eating style.  This will take some practice but you can do it.  You’ll want to work on your percentages.  For example of 100% of your meals for the day you’ll do something like this: 35% lean protein (beans, nuts, tofu, and plenty of leafy green veggies), 35% high fiber carbohydrates (flax, mustard greens, avocado, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, blackberries, zucchini squash, & strawberries), 30% healthy fats (flax seed, olive oil, most nuts, avocado, olives, most seeds).
  • Exercise – Yeah baby, you’ve got to burn that sucker off.  Instead of choosing to jog everyday for 30 minutes a day, why not mix it up a little?  Try 3-5 times a week with a varied bag of exercise choices (swimming, walking, jogging, pilates).  These exercises, when combined attack the whole body, not just the belly fat, which in turn will create a more harmonious weight loss effort.
  • Mental Constitution – Get your mind right!  You’ve got to let go of the stresses and embrace a more relaxed approach.  For some, when they get stressed out, they eat and they eat and they eat.  What does that equate to?  You’ve got it.  Belly Fat, in fact, it equates to ‘All Over Fat’, not just in the belly. So attempt to reduce the stress in your life by perhaps employing meditation, massage, visualization, prayer, whatever works for you. 

You are well aware that your belly fat is not doing you any favors by just hanging on.  You know that if you are to lead a healthy life, it’s got to go.  So, get on the road to getting it gone.  

Let me know what you think of this post by leaving me a comment.  Thanks.

 

Sell Your Stove – Raw Recipes April 17, 2008

I am not now, nor have I ever been a “chef”.  Cooking never really ‘lit my fire’, pun intended.  I know, I know… as a raw food eater, I should be promoting a raw diet because it is naturally better for you and the environment and etc. etc., but the truth is, I went raw simply out of pure laziness.  OK, I’ve admitted it.  This lifestyle has, however, rendered me some amazing health benefits that are well worth noting and that would prove to be beneficial to just about anyone willing to embark upon this unique journey.

Usually when people hear the term ‘Raw Food Diet’, they think that means chewing on carrots & celery all day.  This is not the case.  This particular type of diet is based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, dried fruit, and seaweed – YUM! When you heat food anywhere above 116 degrees F, it destroys enzymes in the food that assist in digestion and absorption of food.  Cooking also diminishes the nutritional value and “life” of most food.

Those who have implemented the Raw Foods Diet (75% raw/25% processed) boast of numerous health benefits:

  • Better Digestion – raw foods put the smackdown on IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Gastrointestinal Issues and Constipation
  • Weight Loss – when you reduce your caloric intake by chowing down on fresh, organic fruit & veggies as opposed to danish & hot dogs (let it be known, I have nothing against the Danish or dogs that are hot), you tend to see less inches in the waistline and the buttline and the thighline… you catch my drift??
  • Better Skin – some people wear their processed, oil & fat-filled diets on their skin.  You know those blotches and acne?  Not only is it hereditary, but your diet more than exaserbates the already delicate skin issue you’ve got going on.  Do your skin a favor and feed it properly, it’s the largest organ you have!
  • Increased Energy – you know that brisk morning walk you keep promising to do?  Well, you may actually want to do it with the loads of energy you’ll wake up with utilizing a raw food diet.  There are much fewer fats and bad carbs to weigh you down and tire you out.

Now that you know what the benefits are, I think I should provide you with a little bit of ammo to get your raw food experience started.  Remember, a raw food diet is not about just picking up a veggie or fruit and devouring it – the terms ‘organic’ and ‘local’ become mantras to you.  These terms usually ensure that the items were grown pesticide free and didn’t need a passport (i.e. having been transported from out of state or a location that’s relatively far from you) to get here – of course if you live near a toxic waste dump, you may want to consider ‘not-so-local’ fruit & veggies.  For the farmer’s markets, family farms, and the like in your area check out www.localharvest.org.  Now, onto the eats…

Recipes

Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of your favorite large mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup of Pine Nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup of fresh cilantro, packed leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of fresh basil, packed leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of tomato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of Braggs or to taste

Place all ingredients into a food processor, except the tomatoes, and pulse chop several times.  Stop to scrape down the sides and repeat.  Add the tomatoes and continue to pulse chop until just blended.  Keep a texture to apesto, it should not be a puree. Remove stems from mushrooms and stuff the filling into the cap of the mushroom.  Place on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 2-4 hours.

Cinnamon Date Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of soft wheat, sprouted 1 day
  • 1 cup of dates (pitted)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of raisins

Process wheat and dates in a champion juicer using the solid plate.  Add cinnamon and raisins to the mixture and mix well.  Form into 4 loaves of bread, place on a teflex sheet in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 5-6 hours, remove teflex sheets and turn bread over, continue dehydrating for 5-6 hours, or until desired moisture is obtained.

Raw Veggie Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 3 lettuce leaves, shredded
  • 1-2 zucchini, shredded in Food Processor
  • 1-2 carrots, shredded in Food Processor
  • Handful of alfalfa sprouts
  • Handful of cauliflower, bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced/diced
  • Handful of chopped red cabbage
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 2 carrots (whole)
  • Juice of one lemon

In a blender, blend: 2 tomatoes, 1 stalk of celery, 2 carrots (whole), and juice of one lemon

Then add soaked sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, almonds, or avocado to your desired thickness.  Pour this mixture over the casserole and mix thoroughly.

Raw Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of date paste (1 lb of dates=1 cup of date paste)
  • 1 1/4 cup of raw almond butter
  • 1 1/4 cup of raw carob powder
  • 1/3 cup of honey

Mix and press into 9×9 square pyrex pan/dish.  Refrigerate at least one hour.  Cut into squares.

As you can see, going raw will require a few extras.  A dehydrator is invaluable and a food processor gets the silver medal right behind it.  Planning and preparation is important, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be raw in no time.  For more raw recipes, check out living-foods.com.

If you have any questions or would like to share some of your delicious RAW recipes, please feel free to leave a comment.