Archive for the ‘conscious eating’ category

Food Matters

December 10, 2010

If you have seen Supersize Me and the other DVD’s  reminding us of the importance of what we eat, there is a new one that I just ordered called FOOD MATTERS. I invite you to take a look at the trailer and the responses others have had to this DVD. We embarked on a raw food diet last year after viewing Raw For Life, and for many of us who have clogged up our systems with too much of the wrong food AND prescription medications, this is a powerful message designed to assist us in realigning ourselves to what we can do to make sure we stay as healthy and vital as possible. It isn’t rocket science, but we do need to understand what is actually in our food chain and how it is feeding the pharmaceutical industry to take advantage of our insatiable desire for an easy way out.

We slipped back into bad eating habits as the year progressed, and this kind of DVD is just the thing to perk us up and get us back on track.

Here’s to everyone’s better health!!

http://www.foodmatters.tv/half_off

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Complexity and Simplicity

June 15, 2010

I’ve mentioned before that the raw food diet has been wonderful in many ways, but still the lingering health issues defy solution through eating properly alone. So, I’ve gone to other modes of investigation and in doing so, have found several books worth looking at for anyone who wants to find a health model that will be effective in helping make sense of the puzzle of our bodies.

As the step-daughter and granddaughter of physicians, I was brought up to have respect for medicine…but it was not the medicine that is practiced in today’s world. We did not use antibiotics indiscriminately, or drugs for every symptom in the book. I was brought up with onion syrup as a very effective cough medicine and herbal remedies for ear aches and other forms of tonics to assist with various ailments. In today’s world, there is a drug for any little thing we have, and as one of the books I’m exploring suggests, there are so many specialists that nobody is looking at the whole body to see how one ailment is affected by something else. We have become a society addicted to specialized fields of medicine and drugs that mask symptoms, but have nothing to do with healing. And it is the healing that interests me.

My uncle had a stroke a couple of years ago and is now on 13 different medications. He has all kinds of side effects from them, but stays on them because he’s been brainwashed that he must. Advertising on television, which used to be forbidden to drug companies, is now wide open – and for those who watch the evening news, you know it’s mostly commercials with the latest pill that will cure all ailments in spite of the hurriedly explained side effects. And the truth is, the number of deaths that occur from drug interaction are under-reported and a travesty in a system where most drug education for physicians comes from the drug salesmen! We have become so technological that medicine now really means drug or cut. Yet, it does not have to be that way.

In their brilliant book, Ultra-Prevention, Mark Hyman, M.D. and Mark Liponis, M.D., recount their own personal journeys through the medical system that brought each of them to the recognition that there had to be a better way to handle degenerative and chronic disease. They researched, studied, did self-healing, and as a result have put together a practice that is based on Integrative Medicine…meaning whole body, mind, and spirit. They’ve found remarkable “cures” come in ways that utilize the intelligence of the body and adaptive changes in what we eat, the minerals and vitamins we get, as well as exercise and mind calming techniques. They bust the myths we’ve all been brainwashed to believe, and it is a liberating experience to find this kind of insight coming out of two MD’s from the established medical community. I’ve seen work done by intrepid researchers, chiropractors, and bio-chemists that suggest there is a better way, but to have MD’s confirm it is a validation that appeals to the part of us that believes in the ultimate authority of doctors.

http://www.amazon.com/ULTRAPREVENTION-6-WEEK-PLAN-THAT-HEALTHY/dp/0743448839/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276637953&sr=1-1

Another important book, recommended by Dr. Joseph Mercola, ( http://www.mercola.com ), is The Metabolic Typing Diet, by William Wolcott, which does not look at symptoms or diseases, but rather gives an extensive quiz to determine the metabolic type of the patient. In so doing, there is a host of right and wrong foods, vitamins and minerals for particular metabolic types that can assist the health detective in finding out what is going on with the body and why. Beyond metabolism, the book addresses all the systems within the body, pinpointing more completely what is appropriate for one person while something else is better for another. You can read very generous excerpts from the book on Amazon by clicking on the cover of the book and going to the content section. Reading what is there is an education in itself.

http://www.amazon.com/Metabolic-Typing-Diet-William-Wolcott/dp/0767905644/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276637800&sr=8-1

We’ve made medicine out to be a complex industry of finding the right drugs for ailments, and yet the body has a remarkable ability to be a self-correcting universe when given the right ingredients. We just have to work with it intelligently and know how to do proactive self-care so that in the event that we really do need the help of a modern drug, it will be used effectively with discrimination. In the meantime, if we learn about what we put into our bodies and follow a healthy regimen of living, we may find ourselves drug free for life. I like that idea!! (KJ)

Fried Onion Rings No More!

June 3, 2010
Raw Onion Rings

Raw Onion Rings

Years ago, I used to love deep-fried onion rings, and would order them whenever we went to get a burger and fries. However, as we were more aware of the problems with deep-fried food, I didn’t have them anymore. That is, until now! But THESE onion rings are NOT deep-fried, they are dehydrated!

You might wrinkle your nose at that, but I had leftover sauce for the kale chips we make, and we’d made a lasagna a few nights before with lots of leftover raw onions, zucchini, and yellow squash. I got the idea to coat them all with the kale batter and see how they would taste after being dehydrated. I didn’t tell Steve as I wanted it to be a surprise. They were very tasty, and he liked the idea – deciding we should just do onion rings.

Kale Chips & Raw Onion Rings

Kale Chips & Raw Onion Rings

We made a large batch of them and dehydrated them for about 7 hours. I took them out before they were totally dried, and they were good, but put them back for another 8 hours and WOWIE ZOWIE!!! These are a winner, and naturally we are going to make more.

Now I’m thinking what else we can dehydrate with that sauce, like artichoke hearts and apple slices. There are endless possibilities – the world is our oyster….er, ‘scuse me…I mean, Cauliflower!!

Yum!!! (KJ)

Raw and Rumi

May 31, 2010
Panaramic View from Deck

Panaramic View from Deck

What a fabulous meetup we had last night at Table for Life in San Carlos.   We were treated to an inspired evening of poetry and music with Eric Rumi Schneider and cellist, Elaine Kreston.

Eric & Elaine

Eric & Elaine in Concert doing Rumi

Our hosts, Michael and Anna Coulter, have a gorgeous home in the hills that has a panoramic view of the Bay Area, and the food shared by all attending was truly delicious. Again it reminds us of how good we feel when we eat a raw diet, and reaffirms our commitment to doing more. Beyond that, how grateful we are for the opportunity to meet with like minded individuals who are also on a journey within the raw food lifestyle.

Even though we’re not all 100% raw, we are each making our way and finding the benefits and challenges through the process. The super thing about meetup groups is that there are people who can answer questions and who can share their own journey, as well as wonderful recipes that are healthy and delicious. These monthly gatherings affirm the journey and often lead to friendships and learning about other things of interest.

Most incredibly, you note the aliveness of everyone participating. There is something about raw food that creates a glow that emanates from within and shines on the faces of those who have found this way of eating. I think it is the cells within the body all playing in symphonic delight, grateful for being given food that is alive and vibrant so that renewal can take place in the healthiest of ways. Steve has taken pictures of the food, and even won second prize for his delicious onion/mushroom crackers with cashew “cheese” spread.

Mushroom Onion Crackers with MocKotta Cheese

Mushroom Onion Crackers with MocKotta Cheese

If you would like to join or start a group in your own area, check out http://www.meetup.com for information. Just enter raw food groups in their search dialogue box, and see what’s available. If the groups in your area are anything like the ones in ours, they are well worth attending! (KJ)

A Little This, A Little That

May 15, 2010

We haven’t written for a while, not because we haven’t been doing our raw food journey – just because we’ve been very busy. We’ve got several things to report. First, on the health front, I am still having to find a balance with my blood pressure, and an old problem re-emerged for a week as I felt constant gas and discomfort from eating raw. This has really surprised me since everyone is so complimentary about how much better you feel when you go raw, and for the first month I did feel that way. However, it has been explained to me that once the body starts getting used to being fed “real” food, it begins to let go of the toxins that have been stored up, and an inner housecleaning gets underway. Well, if that’s all it is, I don’t mind. But it really does annoy me to think I’m doing all this good stuff for my body, and the body is not responding as it’s “supposed” to.

We went to an interesting Raw Food Meetup Group meeting where the presentation was given by Dr. T – Dr. Tel-Oren – about what foods are good, and what is not. He said if we eat things that aren’t good for us, we need to be aware that we’re compromising. It’s not about justifying – just accepting that there are times when we do eat things that may not be the best for us. On his list of no-no’s, agave syrup and raw cacao. Shocker! Dr. T said that there are so many things floating around the raw food movement that are stated as gospel, when they are actually incorrect. He said cacao is poison, no matter what studies tell you. He said if we must eat chocolate, it is better to have it cooked than raw. And he had about the same thing to say about agave syrup related to poison. His recommendation for sweetener is date paste. He thinks honey should only be used in very small amounts. So…that was an interesting evening of information that we may not have wanted to hear in total, but it brings more awareness about the need for discretion AND for really checking out the research – not just reading what each of the “me too” books keep passing along as fact. Check out more about Dr. T. He is a fascinating man who has a raw restaurant called Ecopolitan in Minneapolis, and travels the world giving workshops and talks about foods that matter.

Que Seraw Seraw

Que Seraw Seraw

We found a wonderful raw food take-out place in Burlingame. For those of you on the S.F. Peninsula, this is good news. Que SeRaw SeRaw has been there for nine years next to Earthbeam Health Food Store on Broadway and Cappuccino. The owner, Alicia Parnell, is a vibrant and vital woman, having gotten into raw food herself to improve her health. She is a dynamo and is planning to expand to other sites further south on the Peninsula.

Que Seraw Seraw

Que Seraw Seraw

Since finding her take-out shop, we’ve been back several times, and there are several offerings I really like a lot. Sundried Miso Pate is yummy as are the sunflower crackers. Cranberry Scones appeal to my love of something not too sweet to go with an afternoon cup of tea (yes…I have not given that up yet). I’ve had the green olive pizza and the vegie lasagna – both really yummy, and my favorite – the beet salad is a wonderful zesty addition that would please anyone. In fact all the food

Que Seraw Seraw

Que Seraw Seraw

there is great whether you are a raw foodist, vegetarian, or omnivore. I’m so glad we have this close by so we can enjoy and support this kind of quality food offering. Oh…and then the other thing which was not available the last two times we went – the collard green wrap was SUPER. Parnall makes a “cream cheese” spread from cashews, lemon, and her own special spices that is just delicious, and all the fresh veggies and dried cranberries wrapped in the collard green were fresh, full of flavor, and just hit the spot. This is a thumbs up place for sure. Jamie Oliver ought to be promoting some of THIS food for schools! Here he is giving a Ted Talk! You can check out Que SeRaw SeRaw at: http://www.queserawseraw.com/index.htm

We’ve done 4 videos for You-Tube on non-cooking with Steve and Dave, sharing four recipes that our friends wanted to learn how to make. We decided to do the videos while the boys prepared the food, and they were fun and informative. We’ll have them up as soon as Steve is able to get them edited. He’s been inundated with editing jobs recently, so that’s another reason we haven’t been posting as he is our tech wizard with the pictures.

Thai Coconut Soup

Thai Coconut Soup

Our latest recipe was a delicious Thai coconut soup…very good. Here are two photos of recent Thai Coconut Soup creations… the latest recipes we’ve been playing with.

Thai Coconut Soup 2

Thai Coconut Soup 2

Finally, on the raw food front, I recently bought a DVD called Raw Food for Real People done by Rod Rotondi. It’s a 3 DVD set including step-by-step recipe demonstrations and a recipe booklet. I would have given this a 5 star rating except for the most annoying music that unfortunately plays throughout most of his demonstrations. We did a showing for a few friends, and two of them had to leave the room because the quality and choice of music was really almost completely opposite to what the raw food experience should be. Oh, well. Too bad they didn’t have a choice of subtitles so we could have turned off the sound. Other than that, the recipes are great, and he gives a lot of good tips. If you are interested, you can go check out the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU2XGFzLWFM I just saw that he has a recipe book by the same name, so that might be a good option for those of you who are sensitive to noise.

Hope you are having an enjoyable spring and trying new recipes and ways of increasing your joy with raw food. That’s it for now! (KJ)

Cooked Food Experiment

May 2, 2010

On Saturday we had my younger son over for a farewell lunch. He has been living nearby in San Jose for many years and was preparing to leave to live in Chicago. He’s a big meat-eater and would not even begin to accept eating raw food, so we decided to put on a minor feast consisting of grilled skirt steak marinated in garlic and spices, his favorite potato salad with bacon from a local grocery store, and cooked garlic broccoli, one of my specialties.

He loved it and we thought it was pretty good also. However, after he left we both fell into a sound coma-type sleep! That’s a far different reaction that what happens after a raw meal!  When eating raw we feel rejuvenated and alive! What an amazing difference!

Lately, on our Journey2Raw experience we have been experimenting with eating some raw and then some cooked foods. Going completely raw is starting to feel like a better and better option as we feel what happens with our energy levels after eating each way.

It would be an easier choice to go all raw if society and the food chain that has been constructed would favor raw fresh foods. One has to be extremely strong and committed to be 100% raw all the time. That’s not always realistic. And I am beginning to understand that some things may actually be better for you cooked such as broccoli? I will be looking into this subject more along the way.

Last evening Kathleen made a wonderful raw tomato sauce which we had on top of some beautiful spirilized raw spaghetti zucchini which Kathleen had made using our new Saladacco machine. I was surprised at how good it tasted and then how good we felt afterward as we recovered from our over-indulgent cooked meat and potato luncheon! Going raw seems like a better choice now than ever before!  – Steve

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)