Archive for April 2010

Body/Mind/Spirit and The Tapping Solution

April 28, 2010

It’s fascinating how things work. We are a combination of body/mind/spirit. We’ve heard it before, we know it intellectually, but when it comes right down to the every day actions we take, most of us are living lives that are out of balance. We are either overly involved in mental pursuits, spend too much time focusing on our physical bodies, or have turned our back on the physical world to be connected to our spiritual link. The point being, we are busy striving for physical perfection, for knowledge, or for a space in an afterlife that keeps our focus way out there rather than right here now.

What I’ve noticed about doing more raw food is that it gets me to the raw emotions that run my life. I’m seeing where I’ve been hard wired for fight/flight, and how that has affected my health and my choices in life. As an offshoot to choosing new ways of eating, I’m suddenly finding different mental constructs lighting up things from my past. And as I open myself to meditating again after not doing it for years, my insights trigger new behavior patterns that are doing for my mind and spiritual life what the raw food diet is doing for my body. It all goes hand in hand. Also, I’m seeing the continuous flow of synchronicity as books or DVD’s begin to come across my screen that are pertinent to where I am in the current moment and offer what I might need to get me to the next step.

A DVD that I found VERY helpful is The Tapping Solution. It’s all about digging in to the hidden statements that are running a subconscious program we aren’t consciously aware of. As we   make statements that reflect what is going on in the moment while tapping on body meridians at the same time, changes take place. Moreover, one statement leads to another and another, plumbing the depth of an issue that has heretofore been out of reach. It’s a valuable process, and I recommend going to the website to look at the DVD trailer and the interviews provided.    (http://www.thetappingsolution.com/index1.php )                                         As much as the production company’s DVD  on Raw for Life  http://www.rawfor30days.com/index4.html  got me to concentrate more on a raw food diet, this one has brought insights that have helped me release hard wired ways of being that have had a negative impact on my health.

What I thought was a Journey into exploration of raw food has become a much more profound journey into fullness of life and wellbeing that exceeds my expectations and offers a doorway into much more vibrant living that is open to all of us. It’s about finding balance, creating harmony, and being fully alive regardless of our age. This journey offers incredible rewards…it is actually a hero’s journey that I wrote about in my novel, Vision of the Grail. (www.grailvision.com) The only criteria is that we need to be ready and willing to give up habits that have left us disillusioned and been self-destructive.

As Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome.”  We have the tools. We can make this a fun process, and by embarking on this different path, we might be surprised and amazed at what shows up for us. Anything and everything is possible! (KJ)

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Journey to the Health Club

April 26, 2010
What I imagine myself to look like...

Imagining a bright future...

Last Saturday Kathleen and I decided that as part of our new health regimen we would go and check out a new fitness club that had just started up. It was built into the local community college but was open to the public. And since the same community college also hosted a Saturday farmers market we decided to kill two birds with one stone. After gathering up our organic greens and such we decided to check out the new health club.

The new club had just been opened April first and they were still applying fresh coats of paint. It was quite impressive. They had all the latest equipment in spades. They even had two pools! One pool was Olympic sized. They had Pilates rooms and yoga rooms and spin rooms galore! They even had a special room with workout equipment for the disabled. This was of special interest to me since I work with the disabled on a daily basis.

After the tour the nice tour guide girl showed us the price list that she had kept so closely guarded throughout the tour. When we first walked in we had asked the cost and she said that she did not know. But she obviously did.  Sweet girl.  She did not pressure us to join so we left to think it over. The prices were a just a bit below what 24 Hour Fitness had quoted us in the past. But there was the issue of parking. It would cost an additional $7.50 per month.

We were intending to also check out a brand new 24 Hour Fitness which was just a block from my workplace. I knew it would be more expensive.  Being in our sixties, and not having the income we once enjoyed, we decided to think it over. Why did we want to join a health club?  For health reasons of course. How much would we actually utilize the club once joined? If my past history is any guide, the answer would be perhaps once a week or less.  As an example, several years ago we joined a health club that gave us a fantastic rate – something like $190 per each for the entire year. I think we went twice!

We decided to skip the tour of the 24 Hour Fitness and went home to mull things over. Once home we looked around and saw that we had a lot of piled up cardboard boxes in the garage that needed to be deconstructed and made ready for trash day. Next we noticed that certain areas of the garage had become cluttered and needed a decent clearing as well. In fact the entire garage needed a clearing! Then, thinking beyond the garage, we thought that it is Spring and the entire house could use a decent Spring cleaning, the patio needed a good sprucing up and the garden needed planting. The side yard fence needed to be rebuilt. Then there was the compost pile and worm farm I had just ordered. That would need to be set up next week.  I had been planning to clear out my computer shop in the basement and also my studio.

After careful consideration we decided that we already had a health club right here at home!  With a weekly bike ride and project after project lined up we should have enough physical activity to last through the entire year! And the cost? ZERO!

So why is it people join health clubs?  I figure that it is most likely younger people who want to look buff and attract a mate. They probably have desk jobs and have a tiny apartment and not a lot of actual real world chores to do.  We, being of Germanic descent have an ingrained work ethic burned into our DNA chip. So it makes no sense to go work out without actually accomplishing any real work! Now that I understand this, I can feel a whole lot better about not having joined a fancy health club! – Steve

Journeying Through Raw Food Into Spiritual Communion

April 23, 2010

Raw food that has been organically grown is great. It is as close to perfection as we can get in the physical form. We aren’t adulterating it, we aren’t modifying it, we are merely taking in the fully loaded gift of nature to our bodies – a partnership that was designed to work. In conjunction with eating raw, we find that as the body is cleansed and renewed through the aliveness of living food, we also begin to feel the stirring in our bodies of wanting to have a more fulfilling connection with our spiritual life. This may or may not be a religious life – but is the raw unadulterated connection to the Source of our Being.

Just as we appreciate living food, we search for spiritual sustenance that is alive and vibrant. And our diet is a first step in that direction. Sure, we can meet our Creator regardless, but there is something that happens when we get the junk out-of-the-way. By overloading our system with toxic elements, we’re bogged down. We become sluggish in body and mind, and when that happens, we often find ourselves with less interest and energy to give to the greater questions of our full purpose here and now.

The Journey to Raw is also a journey to the spiritual underpinnings of our lives. Raw food and raw connection to Source go hand in hand. They are unadulterated and designed to work in a beautiful symbiotic relationship. As we activate the electrical system in our body through the elements we put into it, we light up the grid that receives information from the non-physical plane, and in that field of possibilities, suddenly our purpose and path become clearer. Yes…it requires that we take the time in prayer and meditation, but that’s exactly what we do with raw food. We make up our minds to engage in an interchange with our body’s best friend – real food. And we do what it takes to prepare it, create something beautiful that we honor upon eating, and find ourselves suddenly feeling joy and vibrant health as a result. When we do the same thing with our spiritual life – putting that as the first thing on our daily agenda, the results are the same. We honor ourselves by honoring our food and our spiritual life – we light up all the cellular and ephemeral points in our bodies and become what we were designed to be in the first place – the living light of That Which created us! (KJ)

Raw Chocolate Ice-Creamy Drink

April 20, 2010

I had a hankerin for a nice cool smooth live Raw Chocolate Ice Cream Drink. Lately we have been making sorbets using mango, bananas and other fruits with good success and consistency. But I wanted something overwhelmingly CHOCOLATE!  I did a little research and found some ideas that I thought I could make use of to make a dynomite chocolate ice-creamy-like drink! And man o man did I ever!  Here’s how I constructed the best raw chocholatty drink ever!

Into the Vitamix I measured a half cup of cold water. To that I added a half cup of raw cashews. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla. You could also use a vanilla pod that will be pulverized. I blended this for about 30 seconds until smooth and creamy. Next I added another half cup of home-made chilled almond milk. You could probably get a way with commercial almond or hazelnut milk.

Next I added two pitted dates, a heaping tablespoon of mayan super-food (raw cacao) and a medium-sized frozen banana along with a handful of ice cubes. I hit blend on low for a while til the banana started blending. Don’t overdo it! Just blend until it becomes smooth and creamy.

That’s it! Pour yourself a tall one!  Freeze any left overs if you have any! Kathleen said it was the best raw chocolate drink ever! No dairy! It’s not only easy to make but  good for you also!

Chocolate Ice Creamy Drink

Chocolate Ice-Creamy Drink

Yummmo!

– Steve

Planet Raw in Bay Area!

April 16, 2010

We went for lunch to a new raw food restaurant located in Pleasant Hill, CA. This is a spinoff of Raw Food Chef and author Juliano’s successful Santa Monica location, and is managed by his co-owner sister, Carolynn Brotman who is also Executive Chef.  The consensus from all of us – it is a WINNER! www.planetraw.com  (This link will take you to the Santa Monica site, but there is a link from them to the new restaurant in Pleasant Hill.)

We had the most delicious raw coconut Thai soup and an appetizer of stunning raviolis with sun-dried tomato “cheese” filling on a layer of incredible spaghetti  that turned out to be kelp based. I was speechless. Kelp spaghetti?? Wow! And the desserts…..Oh, My!! Chocolate parfait on cookie crust with pomegranate seeds, apple pie with delicious topping on Brazil nut crust. The presentation was beautiful and the prices were very reasonable.

Next day we went to Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley, and there was no comparison in quality or flavor. Planet Raw wins hands down. So, if you are fortunate enough to be in the East Bay, give yourself an epicurean delight. Located across from Diablo Valley College in a small shopping mall, the food can be eaten there or taken out. They are open every day except Sunday, and my only complaint is that we live on the Peninsula and they are far away. However, I’m so motivated by good food that I will make a special trip for lunch when I’m over in the Berkeley area again. On a further note, if you can’t visit either Planet Raw location, get Juliano’s book, RAW, The UNcook Book

As for a request – OPEN PLANET RAW ON THE PENINSULA!!! (KJ)

Eating Right According to Our Personal Chemistry

April 11, 2010

We received a valuable e-mail from a friend who has been a lifelong proponent and researcher of good health options. As is stated in the following, we have to take into consideration our unique chemistry when choosing a diet that is right for us. We wanted to share this with you because there is a lot of good information that may be of value to you on your journey. (KJ)

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“The recommended diet and supplements I used to detoxify and regain my health were based on a simple blood test called “the red blood cell fatty acid test” offered through my doctor by Body Bio Lab (address/website below).  The test determines how one’s body is absorbing everything one eats, resulting in a recommended diet and supplement protocol to optimize anyone’s state of health.  The diet I was prescribed obviously applied specifically to me.  However, many of the dietary recommendations and cautions I became aware of apply to everyone.  What I learned may add to your journey the elements of detoxification and dietary protections from toxicity,–so helpful and necessary as we age in a society bombarding us with misguided mainstream medicine, polluted land, water and food.  How can we journey through all this and remain healthy?  I’m a believer, as you are, that we can find our way.  As you are doing, I’m continually adjusting, learning and exploring, at the same time maintaining a dietary base that I know is sound.  By the way, the Mercola website is a part of all this for me too – my doctor recommended it several years ago.
 
My comments are based upon an evolving and completely altered view of diet which I gained over the past 9 years after suffering from disabling mercury poisoning (diagnosed in 2001) and slowly recovering over the past 8-9 years.  I eat completely differently now than I did 10 years ago!  And the mercury is gone, I feel much healthier, my brain is working again, I have energy, etc.
 
 I’d like to offer a couple of useful medical ideas to protect you on your journey:
Assessing your Toxic Exposure
To assess your levels of toxic elements (if any) and other elements (minerals), get a hair analysis, prescribed by your doctor, through:
, 3755 Illinois Avenue St. Charles, IL 60174-2420, 1(800).323.2784 inquiries@doctorsdata.com – Highly regarded laboratory providing Hair Analysis (through an MD) to determine exposure to mercury and other toxic elements. Takes Medicare, other plans.Doctor’s Data Laboratories
Individualized Nutritional Supplement Assessment
To find out what supplements your body needs, the lab that developed my nutritional protocols now offers individualized supplement assessment on their website:: 
Body Bio Laboratories, 45 Reese Road, Millville, NJ 08332; custserv@bodybio.net 1(888) 320-8338. Using the results of a simple blood test prescribed by your doctor, you can order a chemistry and nutrient research report listing the nutritional supplements your body requires, $40.  Order online at:  http://www.bodybio.com/BodyBioReport.aspx?Test=Yes

For the raw food path you’re following, here a few of my original recipes–beverages, shakes and dressings:
Nightshade-free “V-8” Juice
Blend at high speed:
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1 cup water
1 stalk celery
1 chopped carrot
1 small garlic clove
1 tsp whole fresh ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric
Ginger Lemonade
Blend at high speed:
Juice of 2-3 lemons (strain seeds out)
1-2 cups water
1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
3/4 tsp Stevia
Grapefruit Ginger Ale
Blend at high speed:
Juice of 1 grapefruit (strain seeds out)
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 cup of water
1/4 tsp cinnamon 
High Protein Shake
A fantastic high-protein sweet shake can be Vitamix blended using:
–unsweetened cranberry juice (~1/2 cup)
–raw tahini or almond butter (~1/2 cup)
–peeled raw ginger (about a tablespoon)
–organic unsweetened yogurt (~1/4-1/2 cup)
–filtered water to achieve appropriate consistency
–Stevia to taste
If you can get ahold of it, add Vitol Egg Protein, a natural detoxifier also containing bee pollen and bromelain, to your desserts and sweet shakes.  You can order it through your natural food store), though lately the manufacturer has been out.
Unsweetened, High-Protein Shakes
 Experiment with unsweetened shakes–too many sweet shakes can raise blood sugar levels for some:
• Try making shakes with a lot less sugar – even fruit sugar isn’t necessary.  Examples:
–Blend an organic egg, Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, or walnuts, tahini, olive oil, unsweetened cranberry juice, raw spinach, some water
• Experiment with nut, egg, oil vegetable combinations until you come up with the best tasting combination.  From what I learned (the hard way), we do need this protein infusion, along with vegetables and healthy fats, at least once a day to keep our brain and nervous system healthy.
 
Cranberry “Vinaigrette” Dressing
High in protein and healthy fats.  
Makes ~3 cups sauce or dressing.
Blend in high-speed blender:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
1/4 cup half and half (optional)
3/4 cup water
Juice of 3 limes (strained to eliminate seeds)
2 heaping TBSP tahini (ground sesame seeds)
3 TBSP sour cream (optional)
3 tsp savory (or favorite spices)
2-3 cloves fresh, chopped garlic
1 tsp whole, fresh ginger
Salt to taste
Dash of Stevia* (or favorite sweetener)
Adjust ingredients to balance tangy, salty, sweet and oily tastes.  Adjust liquids for desired thickness.  Add to salad, vegetable or meat dishes.
 
Detox and Protection from Toxicity
If you are going to occasionally depart from the raw food path, try this info from Body Bio Lab and my alternative OMD.
The best detox (or toxicity protection) for body, brain, nervous system and organs involves the following three components in every meal:
1)  An animal protein free of hormones and antibiotics – I often choose organic eggs, Rocky chicken or Diestel  turkey.  The turkey and chicken are cooked of course.  
2)  Vegetables, raw, steamed or sauteed
3)  Healthy fats, which include (and are limited to):
–Extra virgin olive oil, never cooked (absolutely no canola oil as it contains very-long-chain fatty acids found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients!)
–Flax/sunflower oil combination with Omega 6:Omega 3, 4-to-1 ratio–never cooked
–Omega Nutrition coconut oil for sautees (contains medium- and short-chain fatty acids necessary for brain health)
–Organic butter (contains arachadonic acid necessary for brain health)
4)  My doctor and the lab also recommended avoiding soy, mustard, canola, peanut.  All contain very-long-chain fatty acids, terrible for the brain and immune system for reasons described in the test results.”

Some Yummy Vegetarian Food

April 9, 2010
Cute Seaside Home

Cute Seaside Home

The other day some clients invited me to lunch at their lovely home near the ocean. The food was delish so I took some photos so I could remember what I had and so I could also try to duplicate the dishes when I found the time.

Here’s what they served me. It was simple but very good!

Sauteed bell Peppers with Onion

Sautéed Bell Peppers with Mushrooms & Onion

My dish…

Sauteed Bell Peppers with Mushrooms, Onion  & Squash

My Sautéed Bell Peppers with Mushrooms, Onion & Squash

Oh yeah, I almost forgot! They served some yummy raw chocolate for dessert!

Raw Chocolate with Almonds

Raw Chocolate with Almonds

I tried to make raw chocolate but the best I could do is a chocolate-like raisin-walnut blend which I called a truffle!

My Raw "Chocolate" Truffle

My Raw "Chocolate" Truffle