A Cleanse and Fast leads Back to Raw Food

Posted January 31, 2015 by sofia777
Categories: Raw Food

Steve and I began this journey in 2010. As you scroll down to the bottom, you can travel with us through the many iterations of our investigation and participation in the raw food lifestyle. We went for a time back to a more normalized diet, off gluten, and finally ended up with more of a paleo approach. Recently we both embarked on a Fast…Steve through a colon cleanse fast and me through just a plain old liquid fast that was for seven days. I had been reluctant to do a fast because of contrary information, but was coached by my acupuncturist M.D. who assured me that a fast was a good thing and not to be feared. He suggested I use it as a spiritual retreat, and told me the importance of going into the fast slowly, recommending that I not take any medication while doing it. I countered with my fear about stopping blood pressure meds, and he told me to monitor my BP daily and see what came up. He bet it would be lower.

The fast was so much easier than I thought it would be, and as I embarked on it, I was sent an e-mail suggesting a very insightful teacher, Matt Kahn, who has loads of free video lectures on youtube. While I watched one of his talks each day and proceeded with the fast, I found myself becoming almost bouyant energetically with a feeling of lightness that I hadn’t felt in years.  I’m not an overweight person to begin with, but I could tell that my gut was in need of attention, and the Fast seemed to bring about a lot of beneficial changes. The funny thing to me was that I was never hungry. I drank watered down veggie juice, lots of water, and strained veggie broth at night. My one diversion was a cup of tea each day. When I prepared for the fast – a day of only veggies before the first day – I also took my blood pressure. I was taking my medication faithfully daily, and was curious. My starting point WITH meds was 176/70. Hmmm…that was high. Okay…so on to the Fast. Each day I took the BP and there was a drop of 20 points by day 4, so I decided to stop taking the meds and see what would happen. The next two days, the BP was 10 points less than before. On the fifth day it had dropped 40 points from the starting number and on the following day it was 129/64! To say I was amazed is an understatement.

This drop in blood pressure is something I was told would happen on a raw diet years ago when we started the journey. However, it didn’t. Insteady it got higher. However, when I told that to the doctor who coached me on the Fast, he said that often happens AT FIRST and that then it gradually goes down. Wish I’d known that then! This whole thing has been an amazing journey. I appear to have lost a lot of weight, but that has not been my intention. It’s the internal sense of weight that is important to me and the clearing my body of foods that are not meant to heal and nourish, but to appeal to addictions. It is amazing how food has become an addiction to most of us. We don’t even recognize how seductive the pull is and how we slide down the slippery slope of “just one snack,” “just one drink”, “just one fun journey to a fast food restaurant”….on and on. It can be the pull of the overgrowth of yeast that calls, or parasites, excess bacteria…who knows. The key is that when we want to be as clear as possible, we need to choose a journey that supports the body, not hinders it.

I don’t want to fall back into old patterns. As I make this journey a full integration of my mind, body, and spirit, I think it’s possible. As I recognize my body as an incredible conscious being that I am wedded to throughout life, recognizing that it is as much God as I am and all life is, I have a different attitude. I have been speaking to each cell as though they are the most wonderful team on the planet – that I love them and respect them and want to feed them what is important for optimum health.

We’ll keep you updated on how things unfold in this portion of the journey, and always appreciate your sharing your own experiences as well! KJ

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We’re Back!

Posted January 31, 2015 by sofia777
Categories: Raw Food

We are back! We have some amazing stories to share with you….this is QUITE a JOURNEY!!

Alternative Dairy Free and Gluten Free Tea and Coffee Creamer!

Posted November 16, 2013 by Steve
Categories: Gluten Free, Raw Food

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Lately we have decided to try to eliminate dairy products from our diet. We are big tea drinkers and I especially love strong black tea in the morning. This usually has to have tons of half and half or even cream to cut it enough to make it palatable to me.  This is basically a combination of two recipes I found.  The basic recipe uses a can of full-fat coconut milk. You don’t want Lite because you actually want as much coconut fat as possible for this to work.

This is so easy it’s almost laughable!  You simply take one can of Whole Foods 360 organic coconut milk (or any brand), dump it in a high-speed blender, then add one can’s worth (use the empty coconut milk can) of hemp milk or almond milk, flax or oat milk. (I prefer to use homemade hemp milk – see my recipe below.) You can add a teaspoon of vanilla and also some sweetener if you want it to taste great or you could add a good squirt of raw organic agave nectar or some other sweetener such as Xylitol. Whir for a minute or so and enjoy.

You can also easily make hemp milk at home. Take one cup of hemp hulled seeds (available at Whole Foods or online). Pre-grind a tablespoon or two of Chia Seeds into a powder. This will help make it more creamy. Add both to your Vita-Mix or other high speed blender. Add three cups of water. Blend for about a minute.

Use about a can full of the hemp-chia milk to your can of coconut milk mixture with the vanilla and sweetener. Blend all together for a minute or two, and voila, you have a fabulous tea or coffee creamer!  The first time I tried it I was amazed!  It was the best I have tried of all home-made recipes or store bought!

You can keep this in the fridge and use it all week long. It makes at least 2 – 3 cups worth.  Enjoy!

Needless to say I had a good amount of hemp milk left over, so no problem, I made delicious chocolate milk out of it!  Of course you could just have it straight too.

– Steve

Amazing Body Changes

Posted February 22, 2012 by Steve
Categories: Raw Food

I went for my monthlty cranial sacral treatment yesterday. My body has been off kilter in the last year and the past couple months were especially difficult. My jaw was out of alignment and I had to go twice within the month to get it straightened out.

Yesterday, my cranial sacral therapist was in a state of wonder. “What in the world have you been doing? Your body has made a complete shift and I have not seen the fluids moving this well or any of the other things we’ve been working with. It is amazing!” I told her that I’ve changed my diet and also added nitric oxide tablets – so I’m not sure what is doing what, but I can tell the difference in my body. Steve has gone further with his research and now finding a beyond paleo book and information about the importance of eating EVERYTHING raw…including meat. I’m not ready to go that far, but we did get raw milk, raw cream and raw butter. So…we’ll keep reporting on our progress! KJ

Beyond Raw

Posted February 19, 2012 by Steve
Categories: Raw Food

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We have been pretty quiet for over a year, but not because we haven’t been eating and exploring new diets, but because we’re not completely raw anymore. We went back to cooked food, eating a lot of brown rice and veggies and making gluten free breads, but what we’ve found since the beginning of this year is that grains of any type are not really doing us any favors.

I know about the dangers of gluten as I’ve described in other posts here, and finally Steve agreed not to eat it either. As he was curious about the non-gluten and started eating brown rice cereal and oatmeal in place of his daily toast and eggs, he found that it wasn’t really agreeing with him. As we researched further, we found that grains of all type are inflammatory to the body. We have tried so many different “diets” that I remained skeptical. I like rice! But, we decided to investigate further, and I found a couple books and video clips on the Paleo Diet, which at first I just rolled my eyes to. Another fad!

Then we saw a documentary on our local tv station about the paleo diet, and it was done based on studies that showed its effectiveness, including a study done by UCSF -a research oriented medical school I respect.  They had done two week studies with people who were suffering from various diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure, and found that of the three diets they had the people eating – Mediterranean, Vegetarian, and Paleo, the results were startling. Mediterranean didn’t do much, vegetarian did a little more, but the Paleo results showed dramatic drops in bad levels and increases in good for the participants, including reducing inflamation.

This program prompted me to look on Amazon for paleo diet books, and I found two that sounded good. The first is The Paleo Solution, by Robb Wolf, and the second is Paleo Comfort Foods, by Julie and Charles Mayfield. Both have been great purchases, and prompted Steve to get a kindle version of one of The Paleo Diet, by one of the forerunners of the movement, Professor Loren Cordain.

We’ve been on this diet for almost a month, and at first I didn’t notice any benefits. In fact, I felt a little worse. But I agreed to stay on the diet for 60 days, so continued with it, although I still have my chocolate and tea with half and half. What has happened within the last week and a half is that my energy level has increased dramatically as has my enthusiasm level. I am writing again whereas previously I’ve been in a fog. I’ve got creative ideas and the wherewithal to follow through, and this is a major plus as I was feeling as though my purpose in life was dwindling. Now I feel about 10 years younger and intend to feel even better than that –  ageless and timeless!

I heartily recommend that you go to Amazon and read the synopsis of each of these books and the many comments by readers. They are educational and add more information. There are also lots of paleo BLOG sites. What I’ve noted is that now we are eating more raw food again. Since we don’t have any grains, we rely on our wonderful dehydrated crackers that we make out of veggies and nuts – sometimes even without the nuts. We’re not fanatics on this diet. We had coconut ice cream with berries last night, and I feel that people need to experiment and explore with what works best for their own bodies. For me, this appears to be a viable program, but I am open to learning and also watching for proof positive.

The key with paleo, too, is that when you buy meat, make sure it is organic and grass fed/pasture raised if possible. The grain diets that our factory farms feed their livestock is not normal for them anymore than they are for us, and if we are going to eat meat, we want to make sure that the animals have been raised in the most humane environment so that the lives they do have are given dignity! KJ

Food Matters

Posted December 10, 2010 by Steve
Categories: conscious eating, healing and health, Junk Food, organic gardening, Raw Food

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

Remineralize the Earth!

Posted November 4, 2010 by Steve
Categories: healing and health, organic gardening, remineralize the earth

Don Weaver is a man with a mission. He has worked tirelessly to spread information about the importance of remineralization for the earth. Through years of bad soil management, important vital nutrients have been lost, and the quality of our food has suffered greatly. As the food chain goes, so go we, and with a lack of elements that are meant to work with our bodies to insure our health and the health of our planet, we see the results of a deteriorating and adulterated food supply. The natural world is being destroyed through greed, ignorance, and harmful policies that ignore the ecosystem’s natural rhythm. However, there is hope. Through use of glacial dust, the health of the soil can be restored and revitalized.  

We’ve been told that in order to have the best vegetables, we need to fertilize and spray for pests. We’ve been told that we need exterminators to eliminate insects from our gardens and our world. Yet, all the pesticides and herbicides do NOT bring about a healthy environment. Their products do not insure better crops or pest free living. They merely poison our food supply, deplete and poison our soil, and cause a weakening to the entire eco-system. Marketing and advertising are nothing more than forms of mass manipulation, and we’ve been sold a bill of goods that endanger the future of our planet and ourselves.

At Remineralize the Earth you can see what is being done and what you can do to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our planet and ourselves. I encourage you to take a look!  http://remineralize.org/site/