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Confessions of a Happy Foody


It’s almost like a magical “raw alarm” goes off inside me when the temperature hits 70 degrees. This week the weather has been so beautiful and it’s been so much easier to eat more raw. And that’s good…because I’ve been a bit off track as of late.

We have kind of an unwritten rule in our family that December is our “free month”. We are with our families and there tends to be A LOT of delicious foods that we love…but don’t necessarily eat year round. After the holidays, we hit it hard again and get back on track.

This year, however, it seemed especially hard to cut out the junk after the holidays were over. And by junk, I mean breads and sugars. For those of you who think I am Happy Foody superwoman and that I never eat “bad” foods, think again. I eat a cleaner diet than most people, but I have a serious sweet tooth. Except when I’m raw…hence the reason I love raw! 🙂 It balances me. I also apparently have a problem listening to authority. So when my my body was saying…”ok, enough is enough”…by mind was saying “whatever…it’s fine…leave me alone!”.

So…here is my confession. Up until this last week I was still regularly treating myself to a cookie at Starbucks, some chocolate chip cookies at friend’s houses, Hershey kisses or delicious vegan treats. You get the picture. Of course, I was still drinking a huge green smoothie daily and eating wholesome vegetarian meals, but the sugar is what really throws me off course.

 I don’t think it’s bad to have treats once in awhile…in fact, I encourage it. But it got to where I felt like I needed some sugar after every meal…and that is not normal. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

So many of you have written to me and told me about your love for sugar and how hard it is to kick. I totally relate. But I was sick of feeling gross. Every time I would eat sugar or breads, I would feel bloated, get a headache, feel sick to my stomach, or just feel “spacey”. There are symptoms of excessive sugar consumption that just seem like part of normal life…but they aren’t! Cravings for one thing. And forgetfulness…general brain fog. Definitely sugar related for me. I’ve also struggled with yeast issues for a long time…and let’s just say the yeast LOVES it when I eat sugar!

The way I motivate myself to quit doing something is to find really convincing reasons why I should stop. Just do a little bit of research on what excess sugar does to your body, and you will want to swear off of it right now. One of the reasons at the top of my list is compromised immune system. This is an excerpt from “The Scary Truth About Sugar” by Carolyn Dean, M.D.:

“Sugar compromises immune function. Two cans of soda (which contain 24 teaspoons of sugar) reduce the efficiency of white blood cells by 92 percent-an effect that lasts up to five hours, according to Kenneth Bock, M.D., an expert in nutritional and environmental health. Since white blood cells are an integral part of your immune system, if you happen to meet a nasty virus or bacteria within five hours of drinking a few colas, your immune system may be unable to fight off the invader.”

Ever wonder why so many people get sick with the flu and colds right around Halloween? Well there you have it.

The past 3-4 days I’ve been raw all day again until supper and have cut out processed sugar and breads. And what an amazing difference it has made. Two things really got my attention.

•    Headache. On day 2, I went to bed with a horrible headache. I was really confused because I never get headaches. Ever. The next morning, I woke up with the same headache. It persisted all day.
•    Acne. All of a sudden, I had 6-7 zits. Seriously? They weren’t big, but I pretty much never get them anymore. What was going on here?

And then it dawned on me. I’m TOTALLY DETOXING! It’s been so long since I let myself eat so much junk that I hadn’t recognized these obvious detox symptoms. It’s so to get into bad habits…because there don’t seem to be any immediate adverse effects when you’re adding junk slowly. But taking it away is another story.

So I’m back on track…ready to rock and roll. I’ve been eating TONS of greens. We went to a great farmer’s market here in Las Vegas and I bought almost all of their dino kale. It’s so fresh and yummy. I try to eat greens with every meal…in my green smoothie, in my salad at lunch, green lemonade in the afternoon, and steamed greens with my supper. I’m a nursing mama…so those greens are helping to make lots of milk for Lucy!

I have learned that my “happy place” is as raw as I can be all day with a meat/dairy free meal at night (I still do goat cheese on occasion and I do eat eggs…so not totally vegan). When I get too strict with myself and make all of these rules inside my head about my eating habits, I tend to make myself insane. And that’s not the goal.

The goal is TOTAL HEALTH. And health is so much more than just eating. It’s getting enough sleep. Exercising. Breating clean, fresh air. Having healthy relationships and being full of love and joy! And sometimes joy makes me want some warm, crusty bread with my soup. And that’s ok. 🙂

The thing I am really looking forward to is watermelon season. It’s so close. I can feel it. I’ve been in watermelon withdrawal since last summer. Even when I can find it down south, it’s still not the same as summer watermelon! So…I’m counting the days!

I will hopefully update my food journal a few more times this month. Here is today’s entry.

Have a wonderful day…and eat your greens!

February 20, 2010 at 3:38 am 22 comments

High Fructose Corn Syrup = Bad

So…you might have heard that high fructose corn syrup is bad for you. And it is. But do you know why? I hope to clear that up for you today.

Almost Fit has a good series detailing why we shouldn’t eat HFCS.
More reasons from the Washington Post to abstain.

But even more importantly, a new study came out this week with yet ANOTHER reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup…it contains mercury! Mercury is a toxic metal that can exist as a pure element or in a variety of inorganic and organic forms and can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions similar to traits defining or associated with autism (autism.com).

Minneapolis – Mercury was found in nearly 50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), according to a new article published today in the scientific journal, Environmental Health. A separate study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brandname food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient-including products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.

HFCS use has skyrocketed in recent decades as the sweetener has replaced sugar in many processed foods. HFCS is found in sweetened beverages, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS. Consumption by teenagers and other high consumers can be up to 80 percent above average levels.

Read that last line. This is truly disturbing to me. And I know it’s true…I’ve seen how much Mountain Dew my brother drinks. And the stat about an “average” American consuming 12 teaspoons a day? Blech.

Oooh but Sara! I just saw a commercial that said it’s not bad for me! It’s just like honey! Oh my friends…don’t believe those insane commercials paid for by the Corn Refiners of America (aka…the people that profit from HFCS sales)…their claims are downright lies in my opinion. If you haven’t seen it, here you  go:

My favorite part is when they say it’s “fine in moderation”…which is a very trendy thing to say these days. However, if you are eating the standard American diet, you are getting much more than “moderation” with your HFCS intake. It’s in EVERYTHING. It’s in your bread. Your vitamins. Your ketchup. Your cereal. Your energy bars. Your “natural” strawberry jelly. (FYI…the word “natural” is not regulated). Your canned goods. And pretty much everything you’re feeding your kids…which is even more disturbing now that they’ve tested it for mercury.

Oh, and my other favorite part of the commericals? When the moms are talking about HFCS being so safe, and then they are giving their kids red juice on top of it. Red #40 is my arch enemy 🙂 Stay away from it mamas! Bella doesn’t have a strong reaction to it like some children do…but just the fact that red dye #40 has been banned for use in children’s products in some countries, yet it has been allowed as “safe” for use here in America is not very comforting. I choose to avoid it whenever possible. Here is a little article about why women should avoid it as well.

Anywhoo…this is the end of my rant. But please, please be aware of what you are putting into your bodies (and into your little one’s bodies). Sometimes, it’s unavoidable…when you’re at a restaurant and you can’t be sure of what is in everything…but you do have a choice when you’re at home. I challenge you to go through your cupboards and your fridge and get rid of everything that has it. Eat clean and your body will thank you for it!

January 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm 73 comments

Feelin’ The Raw Love

You might have noticed that I have been posting a lot about raw fruits and veggies these days. I’ve become rather excited about them 🙂 yum. When I made my resolution to exercise this year, an added benefit was that I didn’t feel like eating bad food anymore. So I decided to cut out all processed foods, including sugar and bread. I also decided to cut out cheese. That lasted about a week and then I decided that the raw food revolution was calling me once again 🙂

I have always been partial to a raw food lifestyle…ever since I tried it out for a couple of months in 2005. I felt incredible and I couldn’t deny the benefits a raw food diet provided. But that first time around, I focused a lot on creating more “gourmet” raw dishes that were heavy on the nuts and fats. I leaned heavily on “transitional” foods that are great to help you get started eating 100% raw, but then I just kept eating them. This just made it hard to continue it because it was expensive, time consuming, and not great on my digestive system.

This time around I have discovered a new way of “doing raw” and I couldn’t be happier. It’s about as simple as it gets and is so easy to maintain. The basic idea behind is that you eat sweet fruits all day long…to include smoothies if you like. And for supper, you have a huge green salad with lots of green stuff and veggies…but very little fat. When I would normally make a salad, I would put at least 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup walnuts, hemp seeds, flax…you name it. Plus, the vinaigrette. VERY high in fat. Being that this time I’m looking to lower the fat content, I only put ONE of those things on my salad per day. 🙂 It’s actually helped me appreciate each one of those wonderful things even more. I have modified my original dressing recipes…cutting way back on the olive oil and adding more water. It tastes just as yummy!

The concept comes from a chiropractor, Dr. Douglas Graham…he calls it the 80/10/10 diet (also referred to as 811rv…the rv stands for raw vegan). He proposes that a diet of 80% carbs, 10% protein, and 10% fats is the optimal ratio for our bodies. He has a book and a website. But I do hate to call it a “diet” because that’s not what it is. It’s just new way of thinking about food. I didn’t want to have a list of rules. Just a simple way of eating natural, whole fruits and veggies. This idea was a radical change from what I had been doing on raw…my fat content was probably more in the range of 50-80%. And while this is ok for awhile, it’s not something that I feel should be maintained. The most interesting thing I have been reading is that the level of fat in your diet is responsible for yeast overgrowth (candida)…not necessarily the level of sugar you’re eating. I’ve always struggled with yeast, and even after just a few days…it was completely gone! And it was gone without cutting fruits and other yummy natural sweets. I was sold. 🙂

In addition to eating whole, raw fruits and veggies, I have added at least one green smoothie a day. I was turned onto this little secret by my friend, Deanna, who sent me the book “Green For Life” by Victoria Boutenko. I had read Victoria’s “Ode to Green Smoothies” awhile back, but never really got into it. I read this book in 2 days and immediately started making smoothies every day. I saw a radical difference in my energy and cravings. The smoothies also contain all the fibers in the fruits/veggies…so it’s a little different than juicing. I’ve been having my green lemonade in the mornings too.

A typical day for me looks like this:

Breakfast:
Green Lemonade (apples, kale, lemon, romaine) or Green Smoothie
3-4 Bananas
Tea

Snack:
4 Bananas
1-2 apples with 10 dates
Tea

Lunch:
16 oz. Green Smoothie (some favorites have been blueberry/banana/kale and pear/mint/kale)

Snack:
3-4 oranges
Handful of raw sunflower seeds

Supper:
Huge green salad with mixed greens, spinach, romaine, carrot, tomato, broccoli, cucumbers, sprouts, with a small serving of one of the following: avocado/hemp seeds/sunflower seeds/walnuts

Evening: Herbal Tea

Totals: Carbs 80% Fats 12% Proteins 8% (even at 8% I am at 38g of protein and my ideal is between 27-50 g)
Calories: 2314

Considering I am nursing a toddler, my caloric need to maintain my current weight is between 2,000 – 2,500 calories a day depending on my work out for that day. I usually try to average it out over the week…it can vary per day. I’ve been tracking on FitDay just to get an idea of how much I’m taking in, and I’ve been fine. I wouldn’t recommend tracking every single day (you’ll drive yourself crazy)…use this just to get an idea of what you’re truly eating and where your calories come from.

Some of the benefits I have seen in the last 3 weeks on raw:

  • My skin is smooth and glowing.
  • Excess water/bloating has disappeared. I feel light and fit.
  • I wake up alert and energized. I need less sleep to feel rested.
  • My senses are all heightened, especially my sense of smell.
  • I have no cravings (I credit this to the green drinks/greens).
  • Ok, I take it back. I do have cravings…for fruit! I can’t get enough of it. It’s so fun to sit and eat all the fruit I want (combined correctly) until I’m full. Yum.
  • I have started to lose my taste for cooked foods…they just seem so dry and dead! So different than an apple or banana or crunchy greens.
  • Yeast problems disappeared.
  • My sweat doesn’t smell as much and my breath is sweeter and less rancid in the mornings.
  • I don’t have gas or other digestive problems. I used to just think that gas/bloating was part of being a vegetarian, but now I know that it doesn’t have to be that way.
  • By completely cleaning up the food I eat, my body has reacted very quickly to the exercise I’ve been doing for the last 4 weeks and I’m noticing amazing changes.

Another wonderful benefit is the fact that when you are eating so “clean”, you are much more in tune with your body. When you take away everything that is causing you ailments…it’s easy to pinpoint exactly what your problems are. I’ve figured out which foods trigger certain reactions, and know how to avoid them.

I am also working on not eating after 7:00 p.m. At first it was difficult, because I am such a night snacker. I love to snack, snack, snack…up until bedtime. But because I’ve been consuming so many greens, I don’t have those cravings anymore. My stomach works on getting everything from supper digested before I even go to sleep…and then when I am sleeping, it can work on healing and replenishing at the cellular level.

Going raw has acted as a natural detox for my system too. After all the processed foods we were eating while on the road, my body was craving a clean slate. You can tell a lot about your body by your poop. I can now poop 2-3 times a day…which means that my colon and the rest of digestive system is working wonderfully. If you want to figure out what is up with your body, examine your poop! 🙂 Here is a great post on Rawkin’ about poop.

Eating raw foods also has the ability to HEAL many, many diseases including diabetes and cancer. Here is a great video on how it can cure diabetes. Be sure to check out Alissa’s site for many stories of healing.

I know the first question you probably have in your mind is “what about protein!?”. The short answer is that it’s completely possible to get all the protein you need from greens, fruits, veggies, and nuts. If you don’t believe me, you may want to check out what the mighty apes eat (fruits, greens, nuts) and how muscular they on a plant based diet. Our protein needs are no where near as high as the dairy and meat industries want you to believe. Plus, plant based protein is processed much differently than when you eat an animal based protein. Here is a bit longer answer on this topic.

Overall, I am so excited to have started this again. I feel SO great…and that’s what matters. If I feel like having cooked food, I will make that choice. But it’s a choice. I’m much more conscious of all my food choices and how they affect my mood and my body. Will I eat pizza again? Yes. Will I drink a Soy Caramel Machiato again? Yes. But the majority of my eating will be raw. Will I stop posting yummy vegan recipes on Happy Foody? No. 🙂 Is it hard being around cooked food and yummy smells and all the deliciousness hard? Sometimes. But I honestly crave fresh foods now more than cooked, so it’s really not bad. Plus, considering how fabulous I feel, it would be hard to go back to a 100% cooked diet.

Raw is amazing!

Disclaimer: I am in no way saying that all of you who eat healthy, low fat vegan diets are going to die tomorrow 🙂 I don’t want anyone to feel bad about how they are eating now…I merely want to shed light. When you have more sources of knowledge, you are able to make better choices. This is based on my own personal findings of how I feel on cooked vs. raw foods. Even when I was eating very healthy cooked food, I still had some problems that disappear with a raw food diet. I would urge all of you who fall in that category to consider ADDING more fruits and greens into your diet and see how you feel. Peace and love 🙂

February 13, 2008 at 4:38 am 14 comments

How To Get Fat Without Really Trying

This is an interesting piece by Peter Jennings. It’s amazing to me how many people just don’t know how bad their diets really are… and this “syndrome” is helped along by slick advertising and our government. Be sure to watch the entire clip…it’s only 10 minutes…there are some startling facts at the end about children.

February 8, 2008 at 12:54 am 10 comments

Food by Design

My lovely friend, Liz, pointed me to this really cool listing of how whole foods align with our body. It’s been passed all around the web, but I’m sure that you will love it. Isn’t God completely amazing?

“You are what you eat, so eat well. A stupendous insight of civilizations past has now been confirmed by today’s investigative, nutritional sciences. They have shown that what was once called “The Doctrine of Signatures” (an ancient European philosophy that held that plants bearing parts that resembled human body parts, animals, or other objects, had useful relevancy to those parts, animals or objects) was astoundingly correct. It now contends that every whole food has a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the eater.”

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye…and science shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? …. It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well to overcom e male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Grapefruit s, Oranges, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like body cells. Today’s research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

February 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm 10 comments

Food Choices

Disclaimer:
I’m quite passionate about many things in my life…and food is no exception. And so, with GREAT PASSION, I tell you these things. Please try not to be offended, I’m just going to tell it like it is. 🙂 While most of the things I will say are proven scientifically, I suppose it could be considered “opinion”. But that’s why it’s MY blog.

Most people in our country have no idea what they are doing to their bodies with the food they eat. And there is no excuse for it. It’s completely possible to eat nutritious whole foods…even on a very limited budget. It just takes time and a little planning. Social pressure and habits are hard to overcome…but it’s not impossible. I would assume that much of it is just ignorance…people will believe whatever the TV tells them and it tells them to eat gross stuff. Another pitfall is that most people will eat what they have been fed growing up. And in this current generation, parents/grandparents were victims of the microwave dinner era. It was the “if I can make it faster, I will…regardless of my health” era. And unfortunately, that has continued as their “food legacy”.

It really boggles my mind when I glance around at my fellow grocery shoppers (when I’m at a conventional grocery store) and realize that 95% of their carts are filled to the brim with Mountain Dew, fake cheese, white bread, kool-aid, sugar cereals and factory farmed meats. It makes me really sad, actually, that they don’t even realize that the reason why they can’t poop and have chronic colds and runny noses…is related to the food they eat. Food is powerful stuff. It can kill you or heal you. It’s up to you to decide if you want to kill yourself with the food you eat. Just because it’s on the shelf at the grocery store does not mean that it’s safe or proven to be good for you.

I think there should be a mandatory “label reading class” before anyone is allowed to enter a grocery store. I am a compulsive label reader, so it horrifies me to think that people grocery shop without reading labels. If you are not in the habit of reading what these corporations are putting into your food…you should start today. Go to your pantry and get rid of anything that has “partially hydrogenated oil” and/or “high fructose corn syrup”. Check your crackers (especially graham crackers) and breads and any other convenience foods. Then move onto anything that has pretty colors in it. Red #40. Blue #1. You get the idea. Then start looking for preservatives and get rid of those. They will try to confuse you and it will read “to maintain freshness”…but this is really just a nice way of saying “a gross chemical preservative that will make you sick”. Then go through again and get rid of anything that has “enriched flour” in it. Take anything with aspartame or splenda in it and throw it far, far away. Diet soda addiction? Please stop. Sugar free gum? Needs to go. Next, the pretend healthy “whole grain” stuff. If it has “whole grain” and the next ingredient is high fructose corn syrup, it’s not good. C’mon…whole grain Lucky Charms? That has to be the funniest one I’ve seen. Or how about whole grain corn dogs? What?! Sodium nitrate on a stick with a “healthy” coating.

You also have to be careful with “health” foods. Just because it says it’s organic does not mean it’s healthy for you. Those organic cheese puffs are not good :). The organic pop tarts? Oooh they are tasty, but don’t eat them every day! Be careful with dried fruit…most of it is coated with sugar/sugar water. Watch the sodium content of “healthy” boxed foods.

That will be a good start to getting your kitchen to where it needs to be so you don’t die. Am I overreacting? I don’t think so. Do just a little bit of research and you will see for yourself how our country is dying because of the food we eat. One of my personal favorites is the article, “How to Give Yourself Cancer in 5 Easy Steps”. The sad thing is…most people don’t care. You can tell them that all of the above ingredients will give them heart disease, colon cancer, liver problems, hormone problems…and they will dismiss it as “well, I’m alive today so I don’t care”. Or, “it’s just habit and it tastes good”. Or, “My kids won’t eat ‘healthy’ foods”. For those people, it will take a radical problem in their life to make a change. Their child will have to get diabetes for them to wake up. They will have to have a heart attack to realize that “oh, maybe I should cut back on the animal fats”. But if that’s what it takes…so be it.

For me, I choose to be proactive and take an active role in preventing disease. I want to fill my body with so many anti-oxidants, greens, and goodness that disease would have a really hard time finding me. It IS possible to reverse the effects of unhealthy eating. Think anti-oxidants!! Eating healthy foods is an investment…not a burden. Eating healthy foods is worth every penny you spend! If you really don’t know where to start…start here.

‘Eating healthy’ is a term that is debated over and over. No one can seem to agree on the best way to eat healthy. I feel that eating food that is ALIVE with nutrients…fresh fruits, veggies (especially GREENS!), sprouted grains… is the best way to maintain health and the studies will agree. But you’ll have to decide for yourself…and that’s the thing. It’s a decision. Whether you know it or not, you are making a decision every single day regarding your health. Regarding your children’s health.

Now, before anyone gets all crazy…please know that I am not perfect with my eating in any way shape or form. I am changing daily and making the best choices I can DAILY. Food is a very emotional and personal choice…and it’s probably the most difficult change one can make in their life. I have eaten candy bars. I have eaten LOTS of organic pop tarts. I’ve eaten all kinds of stuff that is bad for me. But in doing so, I have made the CHOICE to do so, and that is what this post is about…making choices. As long as the majority of your food choices are really good, you can have a few treats. I want people to learn and grow and expand their knowledge of what food can do.

One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to first, get all of the “bad stuff” out of the house. Don’t have it near you … and you won’t be tempted. If you happen to want a sweet treat while you’re out, let it be that. A “treat”.  Something that you indulge in with friends. Not an every day thing. Fill your house with nutritious (and delicious) foods and snacks…and start to re-train your body and mind to crave those healthy things. Your taste buds WILL change…you can do it!

Eat well and be happy!

January 30, 2008 at 2:46 am 25 comments

Get Healthy!

I am always on the look out for a great summary of my ideas on healthy living…and I came across this site. Here is the “Health Ranger’s” Health Tips. They coincide with mine perfectly…so I wanted to share them with you. I am in absolute AWE of how most of this country eats…and what they allow their children to eat. It’ s so saddening. Also, please check out this alternative to the traditional “Food Pyramid”.

Health Tips

  • Exercise regularly: some form of cardio at least three times a week!
  • Drink lots of water, it’s mother nature’s most versatile medicine
  • Get 6-9 hours of sleep daily
  • Meditate
  • Buy locally grown, organic goods, preferably in season, as often as you can
  • Nutritional supplements: whole food supplements, organic vitamins, Standard Process tablets, Alive! supplements, vitamin C
  • Rainforest herbs: Amazon herbs, chanca piedra, etc.
  • Enjoy one hour of full exposure to intense natural sunlight on a near-daily basis with no sunscreen (important for vibrational nutrition and essential for mental health, bone density, vitamin D production, etc.)
  • Take absolutely no prescription drugs or pharmaceuticals whatsoever
  • No visits to M.D.s or western medical doctors (visit naturopathic physicians only)
  • No following the USDA’s ridiculous Food Guide Pyramid
  • No steroids, andro supplements or other questionable bodybuilding supplements
  • No diet pills, stimulants or fat burning pills
  • No fad dieting.

The Health Ranger Avoid List

  • Sodium nitrite (causes cancer)
  • MSG / monosodium glutamate / yeast extract (causes obesity and nerve damage)
  • Hydrogenated oils (causes heart disease)
  • High-fructose corn syrup / sugar / sucrose (causes diabetes and obesity)
  • Artificial colors (causes behavioral disorders)
  • Aspartame (causes brain damage, optic nerve damage)
  • Homogenized milk fats (cause heart disease and cardiovascular disorders)
  • Red meat (absolutely no beef, pork, or other red meat)
  • Cows’ milk, cheese and dairy products
  • Soft drinks, junk foods, snack foods or fast foods
  • Processed foods such as cookies, crackers, frozen dinners, etc.
  • Fried foods
  • White flour and any foods containing white flour
  • Refined carbohydrates such as breads, cereals, pastries, pizza dough, etc.
  • Fruit juice drinks
  • Brand-name laundry detergents (loaded with toxic fragrance chemicals)
  • Popular deodorants (contain aluminum)
  • Fluoride toothpaste (fluoride is a dangerous ingredient)
  • Popular shampoos / soaps / conditioners (all contain harmful fragrance chemicals)
  • Dryer sheets (contain fragrance chemicals)

Top Picks

  • Chinese Herbs: Dragon Herbs
  • Multivitamins: Life Extension Mix
  • Superfood Supplement: Berry Green by New Chapter & Emerald Balance
  • Minerals Supplement: Catalyst Altered Trace from Baseline Nutritionals
  • Hemp Protein Shakes: Nutiva
  • Sea Salt: Himalayan Crystal Salt from Transition Nutrition
  • Face care: Amazon Herb’s Lluvia line
  • Personal care: Organix South & Pangea Organics
  • Pet products: OnlyNaturalPet.com
  • Agave nectar: Madhava, Sweet Cactus Farms or Good Cause Wellness
  • Spirulina: Cyanotech
  • House cleaning products: Amazon Herb’s Clean & Green & Dr. Bronner’s

The Health Ranger Recipe For Health

  • Juice Feasting
  • Quinoa (boiled, used as cereal or soup base)
  • Hemp products
  • Almond milk
  • Healthy oils from RAW: avocados, extra virgin coconut oil, macadamia nuts, cashews, almonds, peanuts, flax oil, olive oil
  • Daily breakfast with supergreens shake: 2 cups soymilk + 1 scoop supergreens powder + 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel + 1 tablespoon coconut oil + coral calcium powder + stevia + chocolate rice protein + natural peanut butter
  • Superfoods such as chlorella, spirulina, sea vegetables, broccoli sprouts, sunflower sprouts, wheat grass, and various greens powders
  • Massive quantities of vegetables: salad greens, cilantro, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, snow peas, okra, tomatoes, zucchini, etc.
  • Raw, fresh fruits, especially berries (massive quantities of blueberries)
  • Healing foods such as garlic, ginger, onions, etc.

January 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm 9 comments

Raw Inspiration

As many of you know, I ate a 100% raw diet a few years back and it lasted for a couple of months. I truly loved every minute of it…and felt healthier than I have in my entire life. And oh my…the food. So amazing. I haven’t ever gone back to 100% raw, but I love raw foods of all kinds and try to incorporate as many raw foods into my diet as possible. The benefits are amazing. Right now, I am probably at 50-60% raw (my goal is 80%+). I eat LOTS of fruits and veggies. Yum.

A typical day lately has been fruit or oatmeal and tea for breakfast, a big salad for lunch (with a simple homemade dressing) and then a healthy vegan supper with another salad. I have cut WAY back on my bread (even whole wheat), salt, and butter consumption and have seen a huge difference in how bloated I feel. It’s like a layer of myself peeled away. It’s hard to explain 🙂 I’ve stopped buying boxed “snack” foods for Bella as well. Nearly every one of them was made of “enriched” flour…even though they are organic. Blech. For snacks now, she eats raw fruits and veggies, dried fruit, or sprouted bread.

My friend, Tara, linked to a wonderful raw blog and I wanted to share it with you. I can’t wait to try the raw brownies she posted about…but I REALLY enjoyed checking out the entire blog. I especially loved the amazing before and after photos. You cannot deny the POWER raw food has to heal bodies and lives. It’s alive and powerful!

Be sure to check out this clip of a movie called Supercharge Me…it’s great!

January 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm 7 comments







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Words to Eat By

"It is easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet." -Margaret Mead

"I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol lowering drugs for the rest of their lives." - Dean Ornish, MD

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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