Great on burgers, salads or eaten as a snack. These onion rings are better than their deep fried unhealthy cousins. Delicious, savoury and nutritious!
Great on burgers, salads or eaten as a snack. These onion rings are better than their deep fried unhealthy cousins. Delicious, savoury and nutritious!
Use Toasted Cinnamon Coconut to sprinkle over salads. Chop small and use as coating for chocolate dipped biscotti, raw truffles and nut, seed, fruit balls. Chop small and sprinkle on Fruit Crisps and open faced fruit Galettes. Add them to Raw Nut and Dried Fruit Nosh or just snack on them 🙂
Maitake, Reishi and Shitake Mushrooms show immune modulating and anti tumor properties. They help to increase the activity of natural killer cells and other immune cells.
Most supermarkets and health food stores carry several varieties of mushrooms in fresh or dried forms. Buy the whole fresh mushrooms and slice into salads or onto sandwiches. Dehydrated mushrooms can be refreshed in a little water, then sliced and added to soups, salads, casseroles or sandwiches.
Dried medicinal mushrooms like Shitake can be made into a tea, by crushing them in a mortar and pestle and pouring boiling water over them. Let steep at least twenty minutes.
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If you’re craving cheese and want to keep dairy out of your diet, try this simple and delicious recipe for Walnut Spread. Because raw Walnuts carry essential Omega 3 fats, raw protein and essential minerals like calcium and iron and vitamins, it satisfies your craving for cheese, by providing similar nutrients, in amounts that are very satiating.
A diet without refined sugar can bring amazing health benefits. Controlled blood sugar can help increase energy levels, boost your immunity and improve your weight-loss efforts immensely.
High blood sugar impairs many bodily systems, including immunity, digestion and hormone balance. It contributes to obesity, acne, allergies, digestive disturbances, eczema, cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, hyperactivity in children, mood swings, depression, nutrient deficiencies, addictions to alcohol and so many other dis-eases, syndromes and symptoms.
The transition from sugar to a diet without can seem next to impossible, especially if you have a long seated relationship with sweets like high fructose corn syrup in sodas and white sugar, refined from beets, in just about everything else.
Want my secret tricks to going sugarless?
“The prime cause of the plague is the plague bacillus, but secondary causes of the plague are filth, rats, and the fleas that transfer the plague bacillus from rats to man. By a prime cause of a disease I mean one that is found in every case of the disease. Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation. All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes. From the standpoint of the physics and chemistry of life this difference between normal and cancer cells is so great that one can scarcely picture a greater difference.”
Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg, 1969.
Heads Up: You’ll need a dehydrator for this very simple and very delicious raw vegan cookies recipe.
This is a very simple Frittata which can be made in less than one hour.
Dehydrating sweet peppers is a fantastic way to provide your family with the best quality nutrition and save money at the same time, all winter!
This recipe is super easy and fast. It can be eaten as salad or served as a side. Similar to Kale, Swiss Chard is a green nutrition powerhouse. Use an unrefined salt like Himilayan pink salt or Brittany grey salt for full-bodied mineral flavour and balancing nutrition.
Should you use the modified ketogenic diet with cancer?
Maybe! First though, you need to know more about how this diet works.
Scapes are the immature seeds heads of garlic bulbs. They are rich in nutrients, sweet and delicious. Garlic scapes make a flavorful pesto for stirring into pasta, as a topping for crudités (fresh vegetable appetizers), on sandwiches and Portabella mushroom burgers.
If you want nice plump garlic bulbs, you must remove the scape as soon as it emerges from the centre of the garlic plant. Just snap it off and the plant will put its energy into growing a large bulb instead of a seed head.
Here’s our favourite way to use up your fresh garlic scapes.
Hope you are enjoying the beautiful Spring weather 🙂
We’re deep in planting time in Southern Ontario right now. The black flies are humming and the garlic bulbs we planted last fall are already about 8 inches tall. They’ll be ready to harvest by mid to late July.
These spicy, smokey and delicious Mexican Mole Rice Rolls with Collard Greens have tons of healing nutrition, brilliant colors and taste galore! You can make lots and freeze them and cook from frozen. They make a great delicious, healthy and quick meal that way. They are served with fresh raw salsa and green Jalapeno sauce.
I love sharing delicious healing recipes with you and I have one request before I hand over this special recipe 🙂
Please use all organic foods whenever possible. Organic has all trace minerals – mono cropped non-organic vegetables are nutrient deficient and contaminated with pesticides, chemicals and heavy metals. Just say, ‘No’ to that!
Are you suffering from the following symptoms?
Cleanses are a great way to jump start your transformation. Once you are familiar with cleansing, and you’ve tried a few cleanses, you’ll know how great they make you feel and you’ll have a few favourites to fall back on whenever you need to. Would you like to know how to start right now, without buying expensive cleanses, using only groceries you would buy anyway?
In this short article, you will learn when it is time to cleanse, the symptoms you may be experiencing when in need of detoxification and the benefits you will receive when you do. Then I will show you two simple cleanses you can do right now at home and connect you with a fantastic cleansing resource for further study and practice.
Let’s get started!
This is a great recipe for dessert and a simple way to add healing fats from avocado and mineral rich cocoa and carob to your diet. Slice bananas into bowl, add two or three spoonfuls of chilled chocolate pudding and top with fresh or frozen berries or low sugar berry jam. Serve immediately.
If you look closely you’ll see baby leaves growing straight up out of the holes insects have made in this kale plant. We thought the kale looked like a face with two baby leaves protruding as eyes. This ability to affect repair and encourage vigorous growth is visible in the signature of kale.
All things have a ‘signature’, a way of affecting the world outside which is reflected in their appearance and way of being.
In plants we recognize the signature by appearance, fragrance, taste, colour, shape and form and by the affect plants have on us when we use them.
The signature and its properties give clues to the nature of the thing itself and it helps us determine whether the plant is helpful or harmful.
Your body uses raw healing fats for many biochemical processes and they are crucially important for your immune and nervous systems, including brain function. If no healthy fats are available in your diet and only cooked, fried, synthetic hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats are taken in, those are the only fats your body will be able to use for construction of cell walls, immune protection and other extremely important processes.
There is very clear evidence showing damage to neurons in the brain caused by mercury toxicity. Many scientists, researchers, doctors, dentists and nutritionists are concerned that mercury toxicity could be at the heart of increasing chronic, degenerative, nervous system disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Schizophrenia, Autism, depression and anxiety and even cancer.
Simple suggestions for retaining nutrients, improving overall health and accommodating food allergies/intolerances when preparing meals for large groups.
For 18 months Lori Lober tried to find an explanation as to why she intuitively felt something was wrong with her body. By the time she was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer, her tests showed HER 2 positive (breast cancer ‘oncogene’), Liver metastases as well as tumors throughout her lymphatic system. At only 36 years of age, and one month before her younger brother passed away from cancer, Lori started conventional chemotherapy treatments for Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Now twelve years later, after years of Herceptin treatments, multiple surgeries and a double mastectomy, Lori is ‘alive and thriving!’
Doctors gave Lori a two percent chance of living more than five years. Against the greatest odds, she dusted off the recesses of her spirit and broke through the shackles of one of the deadliest killers of women today.
Her message rings clear to teach us that no matter what odds you are given, no matter what trials and tribulations are placed on your path, your indomitable spirit will pull you through. Lori tells us: ”That’s why I wanted to live, I wanted to prove that there are survivors of every type and every stage of cancer.”
Lori shares intimate details in this interview, as she goes on record to explain her choices with respect to breast reconstruction surgery after a double mastectomy.
There is more information about Lori Lober’s story and links to Lori and husband John’s website below this movie, or go to: http://incrediblehealingjournals.com/lori-lober-on-healing-stage-iv-metastatic-breast-cancer-with-conventional-and-alternative-treatments/
Lori and John’s Website: WeLoveToLive.com
Lori on Facebook: LoriCLober
Lori is in Central Time Zone at 816-589-2333.
Hemp seeds have a plethora of nutrients necessary to the healing process which makes them one of the most nutritious foods on our planet. When we talk about hemp seeds we mean hulled seeds from the hemp plant. Although in the same genus of plants as Marijuana, Hemp does not possess high enough levels of the medicinal and analgesic (pain relieving) compound Tetrahydrocannabinol, also commonly known by its acronym THC, to be considered the same plant. This article is about the healing medicinal value of hulled hemp seeds with respect to their content of essential amino acids (raw protein) and highly unsaturated essential fatty acids.
RAW protein is ESSENTIAL to your body for the manufacture of glutathione. Glutathione is a tripeptide molecule, made of cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine, three amino acids of the twenty-two which comprise the building blocks of all known proteins.
Glutathione is your body’s premier biochemical antioxidant. Present in all cells, it plays a critical role in cell-defense. Your glutathione antioxidant system is the way your cells protect themselves, their own tiny immune system. Glutathione destroys reactive oxygen compounds, those nasty free radicals that bounce around damaging critical DNA structures, and causing mutations. It also plays a key role in defending your body against infections by bacteria, viruses and fungi and protects cells against the damaging effects from foreign chemicals, pollutants and xenobiotics (Somersall & Bounous, 2001).
“As I dissected the animals that morning, I was blown away. The results absolutely stunned me. Livers of the first two groups of mice were spotted with gray, cancerous tumors, but the big surprise was the whey-fed group’s livers. They remained completely unspotted . . . they were pink . . . and obviously normal. Colon tumors were significantly less too.” Dr. Gustavo Bounous
Normal levels of glutathione inside your spleen and immune cells are essential for the continuous multiplication of lymphocytes and the production of antibodies. Glutathione maintains other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E, to protect your body against disease. Studies show that glutathione levels in the body do not increase when it is taken in oral supplement form (Somersall & Bounous, 2001).
Excellent quality whey proteins are made from raw, organic cow’s milk. Keeping the whey raw preserves all nutrients, including the delicate amino acid cysteine, which your body uses to make protective glutathione. The humoral (mediated by B cells, a bodily defense reaction that recognizes virus, fungi, or bacteria and produces specific antibodies against them) immune response in mice fed raw whey protein was almost 500% higher than mice fed a casein diet, even when the casein diet was enriched with cysteine. The raw whey protein was the key. Some cases improved the life span of mice by thirty percent. (Somersall & Bounous, 2001).
“It was demonstrated that this immune enhancing activity of the whey protein concentrate was related to greater production of splenic glutathione during oxygen-requiring, antigen-driven clonal expansion of the lymphocyte pool. In addition, mice fed the whey protein concentrate exhibited higher levels of tissue glutathione which was believed to account for observed anti-tumor effects and even favorable effects on natural aging.” Dr. Gustavo Bounous
Dr. Bounous’ discovery sounds very similar to Johanna Budwig’s cottage cheese protocol, minus the immune boosting flax oil. Both therapies use high quality protein in its most active form that is not denatured by the pasteurization process, to provide the body with amino acids, the precursor raw materials for the production of glutathione and other active components of the immune system.
Organic, raw, nuts, seeds and avocados are a rich source of nutrients, including immune boosting fats. They feed every cell in your body and are an integral part of your brain, joints, glands, and sensory organs. Omega 3 fat or linolenic acid boosts immunity, improves your metabolism, fortifies cell integrity, expands your brain power and heightens your sense of wellbeing.
Flax seeds and wild fish liver oils are rich in Omega 3 fats and cofactor nutrients that feed your immune system and stabilize your blood sugar levels. Flax seeds are a valuable source of lignans, or phytoestrogens, important plant hormones which balance your glandular and reproductive systems, keeping you calm, happy and healthy (Erasmus, 1993).
Until her death in 2003, at the age of ninety-five, Johanna Budwig, a German born scientist and biochemist, was considered the world’s leading expert on dietary fats and oils. In 1952, she was the central government’s senior expert both for fats and pharmaceutical drugs.
On November 2, 1959, Johanna delivered a lecture, which was later printed in a book, and became an international bestseller, Flax Oil As A True Aid For Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases. The front cover of her book states that she was nominated for the Nobel prize seven times for her scientific work with highly unsaturated fats and the human body. She claimed thousands of patients, some at the brink of death, were cured by her Flax Oil and Cottage Cheese protocol (Budwig, 1994).
Dr. Budwig suggests that improper fat metabolism is at the crux of all chronic illness, and when processed, solidified or heat-treated oils are removed from the diet, glandular secretion improves dramatically and quickly, as do all functions of the body.
Saturated, hydrogenated and damaged fats no longer have their field of electrons, necessary for recharging the cells of your body, brain and nerves. When we ingest heated, solidified, otherwise damaged fats and do not eat the essential, highly unsaturated fats, like flax and hemp oil, our cells do not function properly and we become congested and diseased (Budwig, 1994).
Essential highly unsaturated fats in unprocessed, raw, liquid plant and fish oils contain highly reactive electrons, as they are alive. They are also essential for oxygen metabolism, tissue repair and rebuilding (Budwig, 1994).
Mixing cottage cheese, rich in amino acids (protein building blocks) with highly unsaturated vegetable and seed oils, such as flax oil, facilitates the water solubility of fats, enabling them to combine with protein, thus raising the level of vital functioning throughout every one of your body’s trillions of cells (Budwig, 1994).
“The oil and protein intake which I advise consists of mainly the most active fat I know – flax seed oil – in easily digestible form accompanied by cottage cheese . . . This simple food revises the stagnated growth processes thereby naturally causing the tumour or tumours present to dissolve and the whole range of symptoms which indicate a “dead battery” are cured. In a short time the patient feels well again. It is preferable however, not to wait until three or four doctors have pronounced a tumour as incurable – but rather your principle task is to recover your health completely by optimal nutrition.” Budwig, 1994.
Flax Oil As A True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases (3rd Edition), Johanna Budwig
The Budwig Cancer & Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Diet: The Revolutionary Diet from Dr. Johanna Budwig, the Woman Who Discovered Omega 3s
The Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook, Johanna Budwig
Flax Seed Oil & Cottage Cheese Protocol
Buy fresh flax seed oil, from the refrigerator section of your Health Food Store. Check the date to be sure it is current. (If it smells distasteful, it is not fresh – Your nose knows). Johanna’s protocol mixed two tablespoons of quark or cottage cheese to one tablespoon of oil. The mixture was stirred until smooth and well combined. She recommended taking two to three times per day, depending on the severity of condition.
Tip: Quark does not keep long, but you can freeze tiny cubes of it. Try to get Quark or Cottage Cheese made from raw unpasteurized milk products. It is difficult to source but the undamaged cysteine (protein) is of the highest quality and very beneficial in manufacturing glutathione, the ‘master’ antioxidant responsible for cell defense.
From Fats that Heal Fats that Kill: Some important points about fat from the guru of fats, Udo Erasmus, and his unequalled and exhaustive resource and best-selling book.
All fats are made of a backbone of glycerol. Our body can join two glycerol molecules to form glucose, or our body can split a glucose molecule into two glycerol molecules to make fat. Saturated fats form a part of all membranes but are mostly used by the body as fuel. In order for fats to be burnt as fuel inside the mitochondria of your muscle cells, it must be carried into the cell first by a molecule of carnitine. Carnitine is an amino acid manufactured by your body from precursor amino acids, lysine and methionine, both readily available in meat, dairy and plant proteins.
Butter and coconut burn quicker and easier because they are mostly short chain fatty acids, unlike beef and pork which are mostly comprised of long chain fatty acids, which take longer to burn (Erasmus, 1993).
When you eat too much sugar or too many carbohydrates, there will be too many glucose molecules floating in your blood. To get the sugar out of your blood and safely stored away, your body will quickly separate these glucose molecules and transform them into saturated fat, storing them away in blatantly obvious places, like your abdomen, thighs and upper arms . . .
Humans lack the ability to process saturated fats into alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, the omega 3 and 6 fats, so they must be taken in directly from foods, and this is why they are referred to as essential fatty acids. They are essential to our diets because we cannot produce them ourselves.
Essential Fatty Acids, or EFA’s stimulate your metabolism and speed up the rate at which your body burns fat and glucose. Udo Erasmus suggests using upwards of three tablespoons per day to burn off excess fats, and help your body retain an optimal weight. Monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil, are used in cell membranes, and as fuel for your body (Erasmus, 1993).
Vitamins and minerals are cofactors for fat metabolism. Your body needs them to burn fat for energy. If you are deficient in any of these additional nutrients, certain functions cannot be performed and many organs and systems in your body will suffer, leading to illness and disease.
“Cancer, the enigma of our time, eludes every attempt to pinpoint a single cause. It often involves fatty degeneration, something gone haywire with the way cells handle fats and energy production . . . There may be changes in the fat composition of cell membranes, there may be fat droplets within cells, there may be fats surrounding tumors.” Udo Erasmus, 1993.
Trans fats are produced in the processing of fats and oils, which causes a twist in the molecule into an unnatural shape, or trans-configuration. Udo Erasmus says, “now the molecule has its head on backwards, which causes significant effects on the properties and functions of these trans fatty molecules.” The twisted shape can only partially fit into enzyme and cell membrane structures, blocking out natural fats, while not performing the important work needed by the fat molecules.
Trans fats are more sticky than natural fats, they cause permeability problems in cell membranes, they burn slower in heart muscle which normally burns EFA’s, cause electrical short-circuits because of damaged electron fields, impair your energy flow and effect all functions of your body including your heartbeat, brain and nerve communication, your senses and mental ability and the vitality of your body (Erasmus, 1993).
Trans fatty acids are a hideous and secret killer, sucking the life out of you and every cell in your body. Where do they come from? Udo reports 95% of our trans fatty acid intake in Canada and the U.S. comes from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil products (Erasmus, 1993).
Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is used in margarine, shortening and partially or fully hydrogenated oils. In short, it is used in most packaged and processed foods like crackers, cookies, pastries, cakes and fast foods.
Check labels for names such as shortening, hydrogenated canola oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, modified palm oil, etc.
Use healthy fats every day, but stir them in after your dish is cooked, to avoid damaging the delicate fat molecules with heat. If you have to fry foods, add water or vegetables to the pan first to keep the temperature down, and protect the fats from extensive damage.
Cook with coconut fat, or a combination of olive with stock, broth or water or organic butter or ghee, or clarified butter.
Other healthy fats include avocado, unrefined flax, sesame, hemp, sunflower, walnut and pumpkin seed oils, and these delicate fats should never be heated.
Increase your essential fatty acid intake by making yourself fresh ‘Seed and Nut Milks’ and store in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for one or two days. Add delicious, creamy nut milk to raw oatmeal, use in coffee or tea, or add to cream soups or smoothies. Here: Hemp Milk and other Easy Seed and Nut Milks
Make yourself a sumptuous mocha with fresh coffee or grain coffee, fresh raw nut milk of your choice, one teaspoon of raw cocoa powder, and a tiny squirt of raw unpasteurized honey. Then sit back, relax and visualize yourself healthy!
Another simple way to add essential fats to your diet is to make your own nutritious and delicious salad dressings. Once you realize how quick and simple it is to make your own dressings, you will never go back to store bought! Here are some basic ideas and staple recipes . . . Salad Strategies. Here: Salad Strategies
Budwig, Johanna. (1994) Flax Oil As A True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer And Other Diseases. British Columbia: Apple Publishing Company Ltd.
Erasmus, Udo. (1993) Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill. British Columbia: Alive Books.
Manitoba Harvest. Retrieved from http://manitobaharvest.com/about_hemp/3774/Hemp-101.html, December 27, 2012.
My nine year old was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in hips, knees and feet, any ideas or natural remedies?
Rheumatoid Arthritis affects all connective tissue, especially cartilage and joint linings, and including bone, ligaments, tendons, dermis (underlying layer of skin), and joint membranes. It is associated with chronic inflammation especially in joints. RA is considered an auto immune hypersensitivity reaction so immune boosters will only exacerbate the underlying problem. Susceptibility to auto immune diseases can be increased by a weakened immune system, a poor diet and environmental pollutants. Rheumatoid Arthritis is most often diagnosed in adults and is less often diagnosed in children, when it can also be associated with enlargement of the spleen and swollen, tender lymph nodes. Very often, RA is attributed to leaky gut caused by dysbiosis. This can commonly be associated with poor digestion which allows toxins to enter the blood. Now the immune system is constantly circulating immune complexes which causes inflammation in joints and muscles. (Whillier, Stephney. Nutritional Pathology and the Health Care of The Future, CSNN Publishing, 2001.)
Leaky gut equals increased arthritic symptoms. (Retrieved December 19, 2012 from http://www.icnr.org/home-page/colostrum-a-autoimmune-disorders.html, CNR Center for Nutritional Research.)
Be careful to research any medications thoroughly. NSAIDS can increase leaky gut and cause bleeding gastric ulcers. Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory but can cause immune system suppression which can lead to susceptibility to infections and further confusion of the autoimmune process. Other side effects are mobilization of fat and protein (lean body mass) to form glucose, increased insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease. As lean body mass is lost, bone thinning can occur, as well as water retention, muscle weakness, easy bruising, peptic ulcers, excess facial hair, insomnia and blood clots. (Whillier, Stephney. Nutritional Pathology and the Health Care of The Future, CSNN Publishing, 2001.)
Tip: If you are craving dairy badly, go to the health-food section of your grocer or a dedicated health-food store and purchase unpasteurized or raw organic cheese. Eat enough until your craving is satisfied, then continue with no dairy.
“Arthritis sufferers with an associated severe dysbiosis have been found to react badly to many carbohydrates, like the many grains found in a vegetarian diet. This is because the destruction of the villi and the increased amount of mucus in the gut associated with all the inflammation in a dysbiosis also destroys disaccharidase production or prevents the disaccharidases, which are secreted from the tips of the villi, from getting to the disaccharide maltose and the body now no longer has the enzyme to digest the maltose. Same problem with sucrose and with lactose from dairy products.”
(Whillier, Stephney. Nutritional Pathology and the Health Care of The Future, CSNN Publishing, 2001.)
Follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, in Elaine Gottshall’s book, Breaking The Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet. It allows many meats, fish, cheeses, naturally fermented yogourt, vegetables, fruits, nuts and nut flours.
Whillier, Stephney. Nutritional Pathology and the Health Care of The Future, CSNN Publishing, 2001.
Modern Day Wheat Is A Chronic Poison, Natural News. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/037133_wheat_gluten_poison.html December 19, 2012.
Colostrum and Immune Disorders, CNR Center for Nutritional Research. Retrieved from http://www.icnr.org/home-page/colostrum-a-autoimmune-disorders.html December 19, 2012.
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Soak two cups of Wild Rice in water for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Rinse and drain.
Chop in one cup of fresh broccoli, 1/2 red onion slivered, 1/2 cup slivered almonds or other raw nuts or seeds, and 1/2 cup dried cranberries or elderberries.
Toss with homemade vinaigrette:
Stir together 1/3 cup white wine vinegar and 1/2 to 2/3 cup cold pressed unrefined olive oil, or use sunflower oil for a lighter flavour. Add a tablespoon or two or hemp or flax oil for immune boosting and healing essential fats. Add one heaping spoonful each of Dijon mustard and unpasteurized honey.
Use as much dressing as you need and store remainder in the refrigerator.
Tip: If you like your rice softer, just soak longer.
Kale is a super nutritious and very healing vegetable which is available from farmers and grocers. It’s very simple to dry if you have a dehydrator, otherwise you can put it in the oven on the lowest setting until dry. There’s not much water in kale so it takes a very short time to dehydrate.
Kale is one vegetable that won’t dry properly if left on the counter or hung up to dry. It will just deteriorate and turn yellow. It requires a quicker drying time to retain its nutrients and stay fresh.
When dry and cool, pack in a large glass jar. Whenever you need greens for a smoothie or veggies to mash into your potatoes or vegetable mashes, just toss in a handful of dried kale. It’s a very versatile and extremely nutritious addition to your healing kitchen.
Dried kale is so simple to do and mixes very well in smoothies when fresh greens aren’t available. Kale is also delicious mashed into potatoes, squash and carrots, with a pinch of unrefined sea salt, or mixed into Sweet Potato Biscuits. It’s a super nutritious and delicious green.
The Excalibur is our favourite tool for dehydrating fruits, fruit leathers, spiced nuts, soup mixes and green vegetables like kale. It makes your healthy lifestyle a whole lot easier … and cheaper. Consider it an essential tool for your healing kitchen.
Inspired by the Raw Family’s recipe for Gorilla Burgers, in their phenomenal uncookbook, Fresh, these burgers will both surprise and nourish you with deliciousness and vibrant health! Great for a little power-up lunch or quick dinner, you’ll soak up their energy and feel great for the rest of the day. Add all your favourite condiments like crunchy raw slices of onion, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, alfalfa or red clover sprouts, hot peppers, dijon mustard, relish or whatever topping you can rustle up. To make them even more delish and healthy (maybe we should leave out messy) serve them inside a collard, swiss chard, lettuce or spinach leaf. The burger at left has Dijon mustard and raw ketchup, also from Fresh.
Smoked Paprika gives these tasty burgers a slight barbecued flavour. If this is your first foray into a raw meal, you’ll love these quick little apps. You might want to double the recipe for company, because I promise you’ll want more than one! One recipe makes six small burgers or ten tiny appetizer burgers.
3 medium or 2 large carrots chopped in blender to a small coarse chop
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
2 small or 1 large onion, chopped small
1 teaspoon smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts chopped very small, or blended to a small coarse chop
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, blended to a small coarse chop
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Form into small round patties and refrigerate. When ready to serve your appetizers, place each ‘burger’ on a large green leaf and garnish. Place another leaf on top if needed, or roll up and eat.
by The Raw Family
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Our Common Roots: Unveiling Our Global Traditions of Healing With Plants, a quick and concise immersion in herbalism in an interesting and educational film. See the trailer below …
Our Common Roots: Unveiling Our Global Traditions of Healing With Plants. This is a beautiful film filled with understanding and wisdom. Herbalist Chad Cornell shares common and powerful medicinal plants found in forests and meadows, both local and non-local to Canada. He teaches simple ways to use the therapeutic qualities of natural remedies to help our bodies overcome discomfort, suffering and disease. An in-depth introduction and at-home study of the traditional uses of simple plants. Our Common Roots movie, watch online or order the DVD and Field Guide.
Shortly after her lumpectomy the tumor grew back to the size of a small egg.
Elaine began painstaking research and put herself on a standard ketogenic diet. It didn’t work and Elaine’s tumor continued to grow. Finally after modifying the diet to exclude the allergenic foods including dairy, soy and wheat Elaine tells us: “After only two weeks the tumor had shrunk to the size of a chickpea and continued to shrink until it completely disappeared.”
At the time Elaine’s son was 15 years old and had been living with Type 1 Diabetes and insulin injections since he was only three years old. Elaine’s modified Ketogenic diet also helped her son and he was able to go off insulin as long as he stayed on the diet.
To see Elaine’s interview go to ‘Elaine Cantin On Breast Cancer and Type 1 Diabetes and her Modified Ketogenic Diet’.
Update Spring 2013: Elaine is battling breast cancer for the second time. We’ll keep you updated as she progresses through healing.
These spinach plants, which were planted in early Spring are bolting in the summer sun and will produce thousands of seeds. Some will be planted as soon as they are dry for an Autumn harvest of tender spinach, and the rest will be saved in glass jars or paper envelopes for next Spring. Allowing space for food plants to seed in your garden is a key technique used in Permaculture to quickly multiply your food. The abundant potential of seeding plants in the vegetable garden turns unsightly chaos into beautiful potential. Any one package of heirloom open-pollinated seeds will multiply into thousands of plants, capable of feeding many, many people, in only one season!
Sun bounces off and intensifies the fuzziness off these pretty pink Sumac berries. As hundreds of coral pink fuzzy berries ripen to brilliant red on each stem over the summer months, Vitamin C levels in the berries also deepen in their strength of antioxidant protection. Sumac berries store very well all year and when the cold winter wind whistles outside and snow piles up against your door, Sumac Lemonade offers a welcome reminder of the long-lost taste of the summer sun.
Before you harvest Sumac berries, you must be able to recognize the difference between edible Sumac and poison Sumac, because this is something that many people wonder and worry about. If you never taste pink lemonade from Sumac berries because you thought they were poisonous, that would be very sad. Staghorn Sumac grows as a shrub or tree with long jagged edged leaves that hang downward. It forms large upward growing clusters of fuzzy berries that go from lime green to coral pink to intense and brilliant red. The Staghorn grows in dry soil, and you’ll never see it growing beside Poison Sumac, which is also a shrub or tree. Poison Sumac also has compound leaves, however the leaves grow upward and have smooth edges. The white berries are smooth and hang downward, and don’t have the characteristic hairs of Staghorn berries. Poison Sumac grows in wet areas and in standing water in marshes, bogs and wooded swamps; quite an opposite habitat to its edible cousin. To make it very clear, when you see a Sumac with fuzzy red berries, that’s the kind we can eat!
Harvest Sumac berries from late July through August, after they have turned red. Don’t leave them too long on the tree because rain will eventually leach out all their surprising and delicious berry tartness. Cut each bunch of berries off the main stem. Leave them to dry in the open air and later roll inside cotton towels. When there is no moisture left, after one or two months, pack them in a large glass jar for storage over winter. Alternatively you can dry them in a dehydrator.
When you are ready to make a tall glass of refreshing pink lemonade in the long summer heat, or in the dead cold of winter, pull the berries (fresh or dried) off the stem and throw them into a large glass jug. Fill with fresh boiled water and let sit for 30 minutes or so. Add raw unpasteurized honey to taste if you wish but it’s not necessary if you enjoy the fresh tartness of lemon water. To serve the lemonade, pour it through three or four layers of cheesecloth into a large glass with ice. This removes the tiny hairs; but if you miss a few, they don’t hurt and you probably won’t even notice them because you’ll be enjoying your lemonade so much.
Slice peels in strips and place in jar. Pour entire jar of white vinegar over peels. Let sit for 2 weeks, in a fairly dark — not sunny place. Your kitchen counter is fine. Shake at least once every day. After two weeks, strain off the peels and compost.
Pour your Citrus Cleaner into a spray bottle and ‘go crazy!’, as Pat tells in the comments of the Lemon Fresh Cleaner here: Lemon Fresh Cleaner
Although I wrote this tribute last fall, our Spring weather reminded me about the White Peony, the Beautiful Plant Lady and our last, sad visit to her garden centre.
At my favourite garden centre, there is a beautiful woman who is always there, sometimes wandering around, but usually sitting on a chair at the cash register. She runs a thriving business, with many loyal and returning customers every year.
Every Spring, my gardening buddy Pat and I visit her greenhouses to choose the most beautiful flowers for our gardens. Her plants are incredibly healthy, with huge colourful blooms, bursting oranges, ravishing pinks and brilliant reds. It’s a feast for our eyes, but mostly our souls.
Two Springs ago, I noticed our lady was looking a bit peaked. As always, Pat and I spoke to her but this time she shared her story. She had been diagnosed with bowel cancer and was taking treatments. I immediately gave her my card and urged her to visit my website and consider what things she could do for herself, to make sure she was in control of the cancer. She smiled and took my card. I felt a little deflated, receiving her unspoken message. This happens often when I tell people with cancer that they can actually cure themselves, like many others have done.
This deeply ingrained belief (that we have no control over our health) has been falsely implanted in peoples’ minds. This mental block is not just from being stubborn or uninformed. It runs much deeper than that. For over a century we have been told that chemotherapy, surgery and radiation are the only ‘proven’ methods of ‘treating’ cancer; we are not to even think about alternative methods for curing cancer because they don’t work; they are looking for a cure (still); the rest are quacks and criminals and are not to be trusted . . .
This past Spring, like every Spring, Pat and I went on our excellent adventure, searching out the most beautiful plants for our gardens. Of course the first place we visited was our favourite lady’s greenhouse. There she sat, smiling faintly, looking more peaked then ever, a wig slightly slanted atop her head. My heart sank.
When we finally made our way to the cash area with our purchases, I attempted again to inject a bit of alternative healing. I asked her how she was doing. She made a little face and began to tell me about her treatments. Her doctor told her, that she has to be on low dose chemotherapy, for the rest of her life.
My heart sank . . . a lot further this time.
I asked her, “Didn’t I give you my card last year?”
She answered, “Yes, I think so.”
“Well, let me give it to you again, I’ve got it right here.” I searched through my purse until I pulled out the large, bright-green card.
We began talking about cancer, a very similar conversation to the one we had a year ago. I was hoping at the very least, to peak her interest, so she would go to the website and find the information about what she could do to help her body heal.
When our conversation was coming to an end she smiled and said, “You said it right.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“You said it right. You didn’t force it on me like so many other people do”, she said.
I smiled and thanked her and wished her well and we walked out of the garden centre.
That was in June.
Yesterday Pat called. She was crying.
Our favourite garden centre lady had died. Another one lost.
The hill is awash in autumn oranges, crisp reds and intense yellows. It is such a beautiful contrast to the world some people live in. It’s been just over four months since we were at the garden centre. The thing that keeps stabbing my mind with incessant chatter is: she had to go on low dose chemotherapy for the rest of her life. What, four months? She had to?
I would like to put some questions out there for discussion, for anyone who will join me in a conversation.
HOW can a constant dose of poison, heal a sick woman?
WHY do we allow ourselves to stay in denial of the truths about healing?
If many, many others have used natural therapies like cleansing, raw vegan diets and macrobiotic diets to cure themselves, why would anyone ever deny that evidence?
What real purpose does it serve anyone to deny that we all have a powerful and innate ability to heal, once we take certain steps to improve our health?
Of course it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to deny that we can heal our own bodies once we decide to do so.
I suspect our beautiful plant lady never did look at my information, even though I did, ‘Say it right.’
WHY are some people so closed to alternative methods?
Here’s a guess. In part, it has to do with the fact that conventional treatments and the environment people are in when they are engaged in conventional treatments, makes them feel very sick. The nature of conventional cancer treatment, fosters low energy, despair and resignation. Can you imagine reading a book about healing, or getting up to make a green smoothie when all you feel like doing is dying? Our lady was closed off to any options; in mind, in spirit and in body.
The Nocebo effect has a powerful role to play here. The nocebo is the opposite of placebo. Telling someone they are going to die, can actually have dire consequences.
How many people will die, before we will stand up and shout, ENOUGH!?
If our favourite garden lady had been receptive; if she had just opened up her world and let the truth flow in, it’s my guess, she would still be here, watering, pruning . . . Smiling.
It is my solemn vow, to our beautiful plant lady, to spend the rest of my life pounding on the doors of cancer-ridden minds, gushing truth wherever I can. WHY? Because, I owe it to myself. I owe it to my mother and my father and to his mother. I owe it our beautiful plant lady, but most of all, I owe it to our children and the concept of our future world without cancer.
If you are a person who needs to embrace receptivity to save your life, here is the truth. People have cured themselves of every type of cancer (and every other disease) you can imagine, no matter how deadly they were told it was. Did you get that? If not, please read it again.
Our body is completely adept, very skilled at healing itself. The problem is we continue to look outside of ourselves for an answer, but the answer still lies inside, in what our body needs to heal itself.
Know that this concept of self-healing is even more deeply ingrained in our bodies and our minds than the false beliefs about cancer. Once you shake off these false beliefs, the truth will bubble up inside you and permeate every part of your body and soul. Feeling the authenticity of this message will enable you to tap into the powerful healing ability you already have. This innate healing ability was given to you even before your birth and will stay with you your entire life, as your body ALWAYS strives to heal . . . ALWAYS.
5 GOLDEN STEPS TO HEALING YOURSELF
Until next time,
Celery is the ultimate cleanser. It is full of anti cancer compounds and can help to reduce excess fat and cholesterol and provides alkaline minerals.
A study at the National University of Singapore fed rats a high fat diet for eight weeks, then supplemented half of the rat’s diets with celery extract. A significant reduction in serum total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides was noted (1995, Tsi, Das, Tan).
Celery and its seeds have been used in Chinese Medicine for centuries, to lower high blood pressure. Phthalides are phytochemicals present in celery work to lower stress hormones and relax muscle tissue in your arteries, improving blood flow.
Celery has a high silicon content which makes it an important nutrient for rebuilding your bones, joints, connective tissues and arteries.
Celery is also high in acetylenics and phenolic acids, natural compounds, which reduce the growth of cancer cells and cancerous tumors (2007, Bowden).
The seeds and stalks are known to reduce uric acid levels, relieving symptoms of Gout, such as joint discomfort and immobility (1997, Duke).
Celery is rich in B-Complex vitamins, adding to its stress reducing and sedative qualities. It is rich in vitamins A and C, and is indicated in arthritis and kidney problems (1997, Balch).
Here is an easy and delicious way to use celery for all its incredible healing benefits:
Crunchy, tart and sweet, sprinkled with the gutsy heat of slivered shallots.
This salad has four simple and nutritious ingredients, which are most likely in your pantry right now: Celery, apple, shallot (substitute: red onion) and dried cranberries.
The dressing is a simple vinaigrette, its makeup can depend on your preferences and what you have on hand.
Apple Cider Vinegar (always with ‘Mother’ ~ having active beneficial bacterial culture ~ the fermenting stuff in the bottom of the jar!)
White Wine Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
Lemon or lime juice
Combine the oil and sour in a glass jar and shake. Add a squirt of raw Agave Nectar or a spoonful of unpasteurized honey to take the edge off the vinegar if desired.
The rule is two-thirds oil to one-third sour. Choose your oil (or mix two together), then choose your sour. For 1/3 cup of vinegar, use 2/3 cup of oil. The dressing will stay refrigerated for up to two weeks, sealed in a glass jar.
If you are making a salad for one, just sprinkle on your vinegar first, then sprinkle on, up to two times as much oil as vinegar, and toss your salad. That’s it!
Chop the celery and apple in very small chunks. Sliver the shallot. Toss together with dressing and scatter cranberries on top.
This quick salad refrigerates well and is a perfect lunch for packing and taking with you.
Tip about Flax and Hemp Oils
Flax and Hemp oils are very beneficial, highly unsaturated, essential oils which makes them a key ingredient in your healthy life.
Learn to use healing oils in your smoothies and salad dressings to improve the viscosity of your blood, rebuild your nervous system, improve the integrity of your cell walls, burn fat buildup, and fight cancer growth.
*Flax oil has a very short fresh span, once it is removed from its seed. If your flax oil has an off smell ~ don’t eat it ~ throw it out! Purchase your flax oil fresh from the refrigerator in your health food store or grocer. Mix two or three tablespoons of flax oil or hemp oil with olive oil in your dressings.
There are many delicious recipes, using ground flax and whole flax, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and raw nuts, like cashew, almond, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and macadamia which is an excellent way to get the fresh highly unsaturated fats on a regular basis. Eat them whole, add them to Raw Nut and Dried Fruit Nosh, sprinkle seeds or chop nuts into salads and throw a handful in smoothies – lots of ways to get these delicious healing foods into your body on a regular basis.
Balch, James F., M.D., Balch, Phyllis A., C.N.C. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. 1997. Avery Publishing Group, New York.
Bowden, Jonny., Ph.D., C.N.S. The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. 2007. Fair Winds, Massachusetts.
Duke, James A., Ph.D. The Green Pharmacy. 1997. Rodale Press, Pennsylvania.
Tsi, D., Das, N.P., Tan, B.K.H. Effects of Aqueous Celery (Apium graveolens) Extract on Lipid Parameters of Rats Fed a High Fat Diet. Thieme eJournals, Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, New York. Planta Med 1995; 61(1): 18-21. Accessed online March 8, 2011, at www.thieme-connect.com/ejournals/abstract/plantamedica/doi/10.1055/s-2006-957990
Have you ever tried to grow your own sprouts? It has to be one of the simplest easiest, and best ways to increase your nutrition.
It is also one of the cheapest! One small bag of Red Clover seeds costs less than $4.00 and will make close to 60 jars of fresh sprouts!
Growing your own sprouts is one of the secrets to Super Nutrition, a chapter and one of the 10 Key Healing Principles in, The Cancer Journal ~ Heal Yourself!
Your local health food store carries sprouting lids and many different kinds of seeds to grow peppery radish sprouts, crunchy broccoli sprouts and delicate red clover sprouts, nourishing alfalfa sprouts, perfect for eating straight out of the jar! You can add them to salads and sandwiches, toss them on top of canapés or curries, and throw them into smoothies.
Sprouts are loaded with phytonutrients that work to fight disease by cleansing, healing and protecting your body.
Broccoli and other cruciferous sprouts contain significant amounts of important cancer fighting compounds including sulforaphane and indole 3 carbinol, known for protecting against all cancers, but providing special protection against cancers in hormonal tissues, like breast, cervix and prostate. These natural chemicals are known to induce apoptosis (self-destruction) in cancer cells and increase the production of protective, free radical fighting enzymes. (Bowden, 2007)
A study on extracts of 3-day-old broccoli sprouts concluded they were highly effective in reducing the incidence, multiplication and development of chemically induced mammary tumors in rats. The authors stated, “Small quantities of crucifer sprouts may protect against the risk of cancer as effectively as much larger quantities of mature vegetables of the same variety.”
The study showed that 3-day-old broccoli and cauliflower sprouts contained anywhere from ten to one hundred times the levels of sulforaphane than whole plants of the same kind! (Fahey, Zhang, Talalay. 1997)
Many types of seeds are available at your local health food store: Various types of Radish, Broccoli, Alfalfa, Red Clover and Lentils.
You will need special sprouting lids that are designed with a mesh top, made of either metal screen or extruded plastic. They usually cost less than $3.00 each.
Once you have picked up your sprouting lids and seeds from the health food store, you will need to find short, large mouth jars to fit your lids.
Stores that sell canning and preserving supplies like grocers or hardware stores should carry the short, large mouth, glass jars you need.
Three or four jars should be enough to keep a family of four or five in sprouts all winter long. Start with one or two jars, you can always add more later.
Soak the seeds overnight in water inside the jar.
In the morning, rinse and drain the seeds and tilt the jar upside down, on a slant, so the water leaks out, but the sprouts stay moist.
Rinse and drain your sprouts every morning and every night until they are ready to eat.
Once they are ready, store them in your refrigerator until you eat them.
Some seeds take longer to grow than others. Once you soak Red Clover seeds you will have fresh delicious sprouts in exactly five days. Radish and broccoli sprouts take upwards of eight days. The general rule is, the smaller the seed, the quicker it sprouts.
You can stagger the growth to make sure you always have fresh sprouts on hand; one jar soaking, two jars sprouting and one jar in the fresh salad you just made!
Don’t stuff too many seeds in your jar because they will not have enough room to grow! Just cover the bottom of the glass jar only, do not layer the seeds. Over time you will get to know exactly how many seeds of each kind makes a perfectly full jar!
Welcome sprouts into your kitchen this winter (and every winter to come!) for the freshest, most nutritious indulgence, before fresh spring greens arrive!
Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., Jonny. The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. Gloucester, Massachusetts. 2007. Fair Winds Press.
Fahey, Jed W., Zhang, Yuesheng., Talalay, Paul. Broccoli sprouts: An exceptionally rich source of inducers of enzymes that protect against chemical carcinogens. PNAS Vol. 94 No. 19 10367-10372, September 16, 1997. The National Academy of Sciences of the USA.
For many years we have been focusing on creating dishes that taste delicious, and thankfully we are learning to prepare meals in a way that preserves their nutritional value as well; but what if we considered the personality exhibited by the foods we eat and the effects that personality has upon our bodies?
It wasn’t until I realized that each food has it’s own innate personality that I began to see the potential benefits of eating certain foods and avoiding others.
The way foods look, feel, grow and taste provides clues to their individual personalities, and in turn, to what effect those foods have on our bodies.
Consider the Reishi mushroom, it’s colour a rich, deep red, similar to our human heart. It is no coincidence that Reishi mushrooms are considered a valuable heart tonic in Chinese medicine, and are said to ‘mend the heart’ in ancient texts. Reishi mushrooms are a ‘heart tonic’, indicated in coronary heart disease because of their ability to remove excess cholesterol, improve blood flow, reduce blood pressure, ease the chest pain of angina, and prevent arrhythmia (1997, Duke).
Tip: To reap the cardiovascular benefits of Reishi mushrooms, purchase dried whole or powdered mushrooms. Make a tea by steeping for at least twenty minutes. Drink two cups per day.
Ayurvedic philosophy classifies foods into two distinct categories, Taste and Quality. The six Ayurvedic Tastes include:
Sweet – Rice, grains, milk, fruit – Cooling, heavy and oily, nourishing, hunger and thirst relieving
Sour – Lemon, sour greens, naturally fermented yogourt – Improves digestion and appetite
Pungent – Ginger, cloves, cayenne – Heating, light and dry
Bitter – Kale, collards, dandelions – Dry and purify secretions and increase appetite
Astringent – Turmeric, okra, vinegar – Make your mouth pucker, drying and shriveling energy
Salty – Sea salt, rock salt, seaweeds – Heavy and heating, increases digestive fire and helps your body cleanse out wastes
The six Ayurvedic Qualities are three opposite pairs. They include:
Heavy – Cheese, yogourt, meat, wheat
Light – Barley, spinach and apples
Oily – Dairy, fatty foods, avocados
Dry – Corn, potatoes, beans, barley
Hot – Hot tea, coffee, soup
Cold – Iced tea, water
The Chinese system of classification gives us further understanding of the way foods function in our bodies. It identifies five categories representing the medicinal qualities of foods; their flavour, energetic quality, their effect on specific glands and organs and the direct action they stimulate. The five Chinese Qualities consider Yin attributes (expansive, cool, thin, dilated and light) and Yang attributes (contractive, hot, fiery, dense and heavy).
The five Chinese Qualities include:
Cold energy – Very Yin – Banana, grapefruit, lettuce, sugar, watermelon
Cool energy – Slightly Yin – Apples, tofu, cucumbers, oranges, mangos, spinach, strawberries
Neutral energy – Balanced – Apricots, carrots, sesame seeds, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, sweet potatoes
Warm energy – Slightly Yang – White fish, miso, soy sauce, seaweeds, asparagus
Hot energy – Very Yang – Vinegar, salt, meat, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne
Although we do not have a classification system per se, we are beginning to understand how each food possesses qualities that exert specific affects on our bodies.
From a holistic nutrition viewpoint, dairy products are fundamentally congesting, contributing to acid buildup in joints, osteoporosis and arthritis; ear infections and asthma; an imbalance of calcium to magnesium (essential for many vital functions); fat buildup in liver and gallbladder, gallstones, fatty liver and skin problems; hormone imbalance and it’s many uncomfortable symptoms; improper fat metabolism and weight gain; and hormonal cancers, including breast, cervical, uterine and prostate cancer.
You can begin to see how overindulgence in dairy products can create large imbalances, which initiate and promote illness. In all understandings, too much of one food can cause imbalance and cravings for foods with opposite qualities. Consider a heavy, salty meal almost always induces cravings for foods with sweet tastes; polar opposites on the Ayurvedic scale.
Once we become familiar with the personalities inherent in the foods we eat, we can begin to use these qualities to cleanse out congestion, toxins and waste; and rebuild a new amazing body, with incredible energy levels, balanced hormones, a focused mind, a relaxed nervous system and a highly functioning immune system!
Now, back to Hummus.
The Hormonal Personality of Hummus
A good quality Hummus contains a few very simple and very powerful ingredients, which have very special personalities of their own.
Chick peas ~ Hormone balancing, low glycemic value, high fiber, insulin regulating
Unrefined, cold pressed Olive oil ~ Highly monounsaturated, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, protective antioxidants, cancer reducing, improving viscosity of blood
Unrefined, cold pressed Flax oil ~ Protective lignans, hormone balancing, cancer reducing, immune enhancing, improving viscosity of blood, calming, nourishing for brain and nervous system, reducing hormonal symptoms (we all know what those are!)
Sesame Seeds ~ High in protective antioxidants, lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, increasing oxidation of fat in your liver
Lemon Juice ~ Alkalizing, liver cleansing, increasing oxidation of fat, antioxidants, nourishing
Unrefined Sea Salt ~ Alkalizing, mineral rich, nourishing
Garlic ~ Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, Antipathogenic, cancer reducing, cholesterol reducing, improving viscosity of blood (2007, Bowden)
Hummus ~ A Girl’s Best Friend
Hummus is incredibly hormone balancing, calming, nourishing, protective and alkalizing; an all around health promoting food; AND it tastes so delicious! I mean your hummus made at home with fresh, quality ingredients! Alright, it’s good for men too … If we have to share …
Looking for a heavenly, garlicky Hummus recipe? What a coincidence! Go here: Heavenly Garlicky Hummus
I am almost positive this recipe will become a staple in your kitchen. It takes all of two minutes to make hummus, if you have pre-soaked and cooked your peas, or if you have canned peas on hand.
p.s. to make red pepper hummus like the picture above, just add one roasted red pepper to your blender or Vitamix before blending (you may need to add less oil). That’s it!
For information on how to soak and cook chick peas and other beans (which incidentally all have hormone balancing properties!), go to Soaking Beans and Peas.
Eggnog is one of the simplest recipes to turn raw.
Why buy fattening, artery clogging, thick, sweet, cooked eggnog from the store, if they have it in stock, when you can make it yourself anytime at home in 30 seconds?
Next time you are out shopping, pick up vanilla beans (or pure vanilla extract), and a nutmeg nut. Hopefully you will have eggs, dates and raw, slivered almonds or cashews on hand (from the all that raw nut milk you have been making lately). If this slipped by you, what I meant to say was, seed and nut milks are delicious, nutritious, filling, slimming, and generally knock out, health enhancing! See Hemp Milk and other easy Seed and Nut Milks.
Like Rich Chocolate Rumballs, this eggnog is made with raw nuts which feeeed your body, your nervous system, brain, immune system, and arteries; lowering cholesterol, burning off excess saturated fats, providing your trillions of cells with a rich pool of antioxidant protection and tools to repair and rebuild themselves.
Raw eggs add a rich creaminess and health enhancing nutrition. They transform the flavor to a more traditional nog. Just be sure to use very fresh eggs and keep the nog refrigerated until serving time.
Nuts fill you up with everything you need, extreme quality protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, highly unsaturated fats, phytochemicals … if you are craving food, eat nuts, they are one of the secrets to super nutrition! Find out more about Super Nutrition – it is one of the 10 Key Principles of Healing and takes up a lengthy chapter in The Cancer Journal ~ Heal Yourself!
½ cup raw cashews or slivered almonds
2 cups fresh water
½ vanilla pod
4 Medjool dates (or 6 normal dates but the sweetness of Medjool is better!)
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 fresh raw eggs (optional)
Throw the ingredients into the jar of your blender. Turn it to high and blend until the nog is smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds in a Vitamix, one to three minutes in a regular blender depending on its strength. Pour through a fine sieve into a tall glass with ice. Add a little rum or brandy for extra holiday cheer, and grate fresh nutmeg over the top.
Leave out the eggs — That’s it!
These rumballs are made with a blend of raw nuts, rich in health enhancing unsaturated fats that feed your trillions of cells and heighten the functioning of your brain and nervous system, which means you feel and think better! Your cells rebuild and protect themselves, viscosity of blood and pliability of artery walls is improved, excess saturated and damaged fats are burnt off lowering cholesterol, immunity is enhanced; every function in your body heightened and improved when you eat raw nuts and seeds regularly.
Nuts are a powerhouse of antioxidant protection, rich in Vitamin E’s, rebuilding proteins, phosphorus, magnesium and other important nutrients used by your body to rebuild and protect itself.
Nuts fill you up with everything you need, extreme quality protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, highly unsaturated fats, phytochemicals … if you are craving food, eat nuts, they one of the secrets to super nutrition! Find out more about Super Nutrition – it is one of the 10 Key Principles of Healing and a chapter in The Cancer Journal ~ Heal Yourself!
2 cups ground, raw, unsweetened coconut
3 cups ground, raw almonds
2 cups ground, raw pecans
¼ cup raw cocoa powder
½ cup amber rum
1 cup raw agave nectar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 ground, raw oat groats or steel cut oats
1 cup ground or whole raw, unsweetened coconut for rolling the balls in.
Grind the nuts into meal using a powerful blender or food processor. If you have a Vitamix, use the dry blending jar for this.
Mix the nuts thoroughly with cocoa powder, add agave nectar, vanilla and rum. When thoroughly blended together, sprinkle in the ground oats and work them in, giving them time to soak up the liquid and harden the mixture for rolling.
Make balls with your hands and roll them in coconut or cocoa.
Place in a container with a tight lid, in the refrigerator, until about 30 minutes before serving. If you are keeping them any longer than two days, pop them in the freezer to keep them fresh.
See the smiles on their faces? These women are extremely happy because after years of being sick and taking insulin injections they have finally found a cure for diabetes and more importantly they now have hope for a very healthy and energetic future!
Type 1 Diabetes can be life threatening with terrible complications in late stages, like blindness, loss of kidney function, heart attacks and cancer. We have come to believe that Type 1 Diabetes is not curable, but Gabriel Cousens, founder of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, (and one of our favourite authors), proves to us that diabetes is quite simple to reverse, once You have the right knowledge and take action on it.
After sixteen days without insulin injections, they learn the cure for type 1 diabetes at the Tree Of Life! The Tree Of Life teaches participants how to improve every aspect of health and focusses on a healing, raw food diet.
There stories are remarkable. Please share so everyone who needs this information will get this message of healing and hope.
Thank you so much to Anne and her bookstore family for helping us make The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself Book Launch such a success! Here are some pics of the fun we had at Titles Book Store in Peterborough last night!
Come party with us at the official launch of The Cancer Journal ~ Heal Yourself! We’ll be at Titles Bookstore at 379 George Street North in Peterborough, on Tuesday evening, November 29th. We’ll be serving delicious healing morsels from the book, Heather will most probably be in costume and Lauren will be playing her beautiful harp music for us.
There is a definite process to follow in the development of Fibromyalgia. Using Symptomatology, we can analyze the problems and quickly identify a solution.
Irritable bowel, colitis, Crohn’s disease, ileitis, ‘itis’ means inflammation, often from infection – These are all irritations just in different parts of your gut. So although they are separated into different diseases they often have similar causes and can respond to a natural, mostly raw and plant-based diet.
Toxins first enter your bowel, of course, by way of the food we take in, but also from the activity of pathogens inside your gut (meaning all of your digestive system). If you think in terms of what your body can use (healthy bacteria, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, proteins), as opposed to what is waste or pathogen (unhealthy bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins), the solution becomes clear.
Your gut is a busy place and has many important jobs to do, so mucking it up with toxins causes overload. If your gut can’t keep up with sorting the waste from the good stuff, the waste begins to build, the pathogens increase in number. They eat and excrete waste too – into your bowel. One of our most cancer causing substances is the waste from a fungus that lives on rotting grain and legumes, named aflatoxins.
Liver Gall Bladder Congestion
This overload directly extends to your liver and gall bladder where congestion can eventually become very, very serious, as in fatty liver, which can be fatal, and which I had, and completely relieved, by doing liver and gall bladder cleanses – personal experience here. If liver and gall bladder is involved, a person often develops an intolerance for fats, especially poor quality ones like shortening, hydrogenated fats and any heated or cooked fats, an aversion to eggs, pain under their right rib cage and in right shoulder area, irritability, insomnia, anger and depression. This is a very important component to consider because if there is gall bladder and liver congestion, not enough bile will be entering the digestive system. Bile is highly alkaline, hence the reason why we need bile to balance the pH of the chyme (stomach acid and food mixed together) entering the small intestine. Without enough bile getting through, acidy chyme flows through your digestive system burning all the way, up and down, hence acid reflux, ulcers, indigestion and ongoing damage to the delicate tissues of your gut, which can result in diagnosis of Irritable Bowel, Crohn’s disease, Ileitis, Acid Reflux and so on. To read more about liver and gall bladder involvement read ‘The Secrets To Gall Bladder and Liver Disease,’ at http://thegoodwitch.ca/secrects to liver and gall bladder disease.
Raising Pathogens and Nutrient Absorption Issues
One of the direct problems associated with this is, because the gut is congested, irritated, inflamed, sore, swollen and full of disease causing organisms, it cannot absorb much needed nutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and proteins that help your body to rebuild and heal itself. Instead the pathogens get to feed on all the good stuff there that we are unable to absorb!
Their favourite food is also our favourite food – sugar. They don’t care what form they get it in – glucose, sucrose, fructose, lactose from dairy, pasteurized honey, fruit, beer, wine, pastry, pasta, bread, corn, sticky buns …
Your nutrient absorbing intestines are full of little finger like projections to increase the absorbency rate – larger area – more absorption. These little tender fingers get all inflamed, sore, swollen just like an open sore on your skin – hence irritable bowel. Most people know their triggers, what makes them worse. Often its all the same sugars above, and add not being able to eat spicy or citrusy foods and of course over eating.
The lesson here is that we do NOT want any pathogen growing at its leisure, lazing around our gut, eating up our bodies, and raising humungous numbers of offspring, who grow up, leave the nest and set roots somewhere else!
Circulating Toxins and Kidneys
So the toxins are overloading your gut and liver, it only makes sense to realize they are circulating and recirculating, sometimes becoming lodged in joints and stuck in organs like kidneys which are covered with a vast network of tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny . . . Arteries. They are so tiny that only one red blood cell at a time can pass through them. Now you can imagine how easily they become congested with guck. You know the excess white sticky calcium in high-heat pasteurized, congealed dairy products? And all of those toxins you’ve been accumulating that stick to the guck inside your arteries?
If your kidneys are not functioning fully you must pay attention and cleanse them out. The fastest, easiest and cheapest way I know to cleanse arterial plaque is with two raw foods, celery and watermelon. I got rid of a kidney stone by eating lots of raw, fresh watermelon and celery for about three weeks. My friends sister’s dog, got off ‘doggy life support’ (her words not mine) from almost non-existent kidney function because his mom puts tiny chunks of watermelon in his food every day. I learned the watermelon cleanse from a Hawaiian Kahuna, a traditional healer. Also one of my clients was diagnosed with a kidney stone. She had shock wave therapy on the stone but it was still there after an ultrasound. She started to eat copious amounts of fresh, raw watermelon and celery and at her next ultrasound the stone was gone.
Pain in Muscles, Joints and Throughout
We’ve covered what congestion and toxins do to kidneys, bowel and liver/gall bladder, your three most important organs of absorption and detoxification. What we are left with is stiffness and pain in your muscles, joints and throughout your body.
It is now obvious where the pain and stiffness is coming from. Remember how the toxins and pathogens in your gut hurt it, cause inflammation and soreness? The same pathogens and toxins are circulating throughout your body causing the same pain everywhere, and the only way to get them out is to cleanse them out.
Another real cause of muscle pain is a lack of magnesium. If you are not absorbing nutrients because your gut is compromised, magnesium will not be absorbed properly, and you will be deficient. Magnesium deficiency is a broad spread problem in our world, and one of the main contributors to the development of cancer. Your muscles use calcium to contract or to tense up, and magnesium for the opposite function, to relax. Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency are sore muscles and joints, irritability and insomnia. Your body cannot relax properly without adequate magnesium, but taking magnesium and other vitamin and mineral pills will never solve your problem if you can’t absorb what’s inside them. Also many supplements cause further imbalance.
Fibro Fog and Mercury Poisoning
This one is easy to explain when you consider the fact that circulating toxins love to lodge inside our fat cells, our brain and our nervous system. However, another very serious consideration is mercury toxicity from mercury amalgam dental fillings. Recent research has shown that mercury toxicity causes symptoms identical to fibromyalgia and because it is a potent neurotoxin, some say the second most toxic element to humans, it is quite likely the symptom ‘fibro fog’ could be caused by the off-gassing of mercury amalgam dental fillings.
The last thing to cover is acid buildup because it is a very real cause of pain and stiffness in muscles, joints, ligaments and bones. I’ve already tackled this issue in, ‘How to easily balance pH levels in your body and remove acid buildup’ at http://thegoodwitch.ca/how-to-balance-your-ph-levels. This article will complete the picture for you and you can download a free pH chart to print out and stick to your refrigerator, through a link in the article.
The Brown Rice Cleanse (Cleanse Your Body download at http://thegoodwitch.ca/start-with-cleanses-first/) would be my favourite choice for a sore, inflamed gut, and it’s incredibly detoxifying. It’s also lists a huge variety of foods to eat, so it’s not like dieting at all. In fact, my brother who is not a ‘cleanser’ stayed on this diet for two months, it made him feel so great, and I used it to get rid of an annoying Roseacea problem. The report ‘Cleanse Your Body’ is twenty-four pages, with full colour pictures, detailing nine simple but very effective cleanses. Enter your details in the sidebar and you will be given access to the download page immediately.
Drinking Burdock root tea every day can gently detoxify and cleanse your blood, with a gentle drawing effect. It’s an alterative which promotes lymphatic and blood cleansing.
Make your juices, don’t buy them. Throw a handful of frozen or fresh fruit in a blender with water. Cranberry juice is so delicious and simple this way. You can add a bit of unpasteurized honey, to help with gut bacteria.
Drink lots, and I mean lots of water.
Check out this website for lots of healing recipes. Access our archive here: http://thegoodwitch.ca/category/nutrition
This is a most delicious rendition of pumpkin pie healtherized! These individual puddings have been prepared by Vegan Chef, and Champion Arm Wrestler Stefan, who says, “These pumpkin pies are healing, delicious and perfect for two.”
Preheat oven to 375oF. Combine pumpkin mash with remaining ingredients. Stir until well blended. Pour into oven-proof, individual serving dishes and bake until set through to the middle. If you jiggle the dish and the center moves, the pudding is not ready. Don’t overcook. Enjoy!
Substitute hemp milk for: Coconut, almond, cashew, pecan, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, walnut, macadamia or any other nut or seed you have on hand. Even brown rice, wild rice or oatmeal can be made into milk with water and a blender.
I recently found an old potato biscuit recipe I used to make when my children were small.
The original recipe uses potatoes, white flour, a tiny bit of sugar and milk.
These biscuits are transformed into a scrumptious powerhouse of nutrition by substituting potatoes with sweet potatoes, swapping the milk for water, dumping the refined sugar, using organic whole wheat flour and adding hearty kale and flavourful, nutrient rich herbs. Potatoes give biscuits a dense but moist consistency, somewhat like stuffing. I can already taste the comforting flavour of fragrant Rosemary, savoury Oregano and delicate green Parsley as they summon me from the spice cupboard.
These wonderful biscuits are quick to make and pair well with Quick Winter Vegetable Soup with Pasta and Chickpeas or a hearty vegetarian chili.
This recipe makes 16 large biscuits.
Before you begin to assemble the dry ingredients, peel the sweet potatoes and toss them into a pot of water. Bring to boil and let them simmer while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. When they are tender, strain them and mash them with a fork.
Toss dry ingredients until blended well:
2 tablespoons baking powder
3 cups organic Brown Rice or other whole grain flour
½ cup dried flaked kale
2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt
2 tablespoons ground Rosemary
1 tablespoon ground Oregano
1 tablespoon ground Parsley
2 shallots chopped fine
Combine wet ingredients until well mixed:
1 cup water
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
Oil for brushing tops of biscuits
Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix well, using a wooden spoon or your hand to knead the ingredients together.
Drop onto greased stones (require longer cooking time but cook evenly and never burn cookies or biscuits) or cookie sheets and bake at 375 degrees Farenheit, (190 Celcius, Gas Mark 5). Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and brush tops with oil, and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 10 or 15 minutes more, until golden and cooked through.
Serve warm from the oven. These biscuits are perfect for packing in lunches, and this large recipe will make sure you have lots left for the next day’s lunches.
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There is a huge raw food movement sweeping through our world right now as people realize they can cure almost any disease by eating properly. There are so many benefits to eating raw, like feeling more alive and having mounds of energy, thinking clearly with focus, staying calm and unreactive in stressful situations, skyrocketing your immunity and most importantly, increasing your nutrient intake exponentially!
Why do we choose to destroy the nutrients in our food by cooking it, then pay ridiculous prices for synthetic supplements in an attempt to replace them? I am not sure of the answer, but it probably has something to do with human psychology and marketing!
Cooked foods are hard to digest, and if you eat them all the time, require an exhausting and constant production of digestive enzymes from your poor worn out digestive system, aka your stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and small intestine. Easy raw food comes prepackaged with live digestive enzymes, which help to break down the food particles, releasing their nutrients without added stress on you or your digestive system. Raw foods have all nutrients intact; highly unsaturated essential fats, unbroken proteins and carbohydrates, useable vitamins and minerals, live beneficial enzymes and undamaged, protective phytochemicals.
Cooking food is a waste of nutrients, so why not eat your food raw wherever possible? Here are some simple tips on how to do just that.
1. Eat a salad every day!
Raw Wild Rice Salad. Soak 1 cup of wild rice in water for two days, changing soak water several times. Rinse off, drain and toss in bowl with ¼ cup unrefined sesame, sunflower, hemp or flax oil; the juice of one orange (or about 1/8 cup white wine vinegar, general vinaigrette rule of thumb is 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar); a handful of naturally dried cranberries; a handful of chopped apple with skin; and a handful of raw mixed nuts like brazil, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts or pecans. Throw in a few pumpkin seeds if you like for extra zinc!
Find indispensable recipes for Basic Vinaigrette, Basic Balsamic, Sweet Honey Dijon Vinaigrette, Vivacious Vinaigrette, Fabulous French; Gorgeous Greek Salad and Gorgeous Greek Pasta Salad, in Salad Strategies.
2. Make a smoothie for breakfast!
Try the Basic Green Smoothie.
Favorite variation on the basic green smoothie is the Chai Green Smoothie.
Or try the Orange Banana Smoothie.
When you get really good at making smoothies, you will be using a variety of fruits, green leafy vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, and highly unsaturated fats like hemp oil, flax oil or unrefined sesame oil, to give you a full range of nutrients.
3. Make your own juice!
Instead of pasteurized (cooked) cranberry juice from a carton or jar, try making your own raw refreshing, Cranberry Cleanser with your blender, or better yet, with your VITAMIX Blender = Serious Healing Requires Serious Blending!
You will never buy commercial cranberry juice again!
Add the juice of one fresh orange, lemon or grapefruit to a tall glass of water with ice for a refreshing drink.
4. Keep your herbs and vegetables raw!
Add your vegetables in the last couple minutes of cooking time, or chop them really tiny and add completely raw after cooking. Scrambled eggs are delicious with raw, finely chopped shallots, tomatoes, broccoli and coriander, added just before serving.
Roll baby kale and cut into thin ribbons. Toss into cooked potatoes just before mashing. Add chopped fresh raw garlic, slivered French shallots, a good pinch of unrefined sea salt and a quick swirl of olive oil.
Always add fresh raw herbs after cooking … always!
5. Try some new raw food recipes!
Raw Banana Spice Cookies. Mash two large or three small bananas in a bowl, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon each of powdered cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Drop from a spoon onto parchment paper and dehydrate into a delicious, healthy treat. Little people love these cookies. Don’t have a dehydrator? Place the cookies in the oven on the lowest setting with the door ajar, until the cookies are dry.
Learn from the masters of raw food preparation, The Raw Family (The book, Fresh is my personal favorite!) or Ani Phyo, from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. Many of my raw recipes are derived from their amazing, original creations.
The point is to make raw food more a part of your life. Gradually make the shift and tip the balance. No one has to be 100% raw but the more raw foods you eat, the better.
Raw food will make you feel healthy and look hot!
Many people have used raw foods to cure disease, including diabetes and cancer and other chronic, degenerative diseases. Here is more information about that:
Watch a trailer for the movie here, where Mariana Pina-Bergtold and Brenda Cobbs, talk about how they were pressured by doctors to have chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, but instead chose to heal themselves quickly and safely using raw foods.
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If you want to save tomato seeds for next year, squish them in a container and put a bit of water in it, leave it on the counter for four or five days.
Take off the mildew layer and rinse them, they will all be at the bottom.
Put them on a small plate to dry and move them around every once in a while so they don’t stick too much.
When they are dry put them in a glass jar or paper envelope and put them in a cool, dry place.
Label them or next year you’ll be like me ~ wondering what the heck you’ve got and you’ll have to label them ‘Mystery Seeds’.