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

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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/

Massive Zucchini

Posted August 1, 2010 by Steve
Categories: healing and health, Raw Food, Raw Food Restaurant

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Huge Raw Zucchini!

The other day, Steve was given a HUGE zucchini, and we decided we’d make several different recipes from it. For a while, we just left it on the dining room table as a great conversation piece, but yesterday we made our cooked veggie lasagna, and today will put together a raw version.

We were happy to see that our local Farmer’s Market has expanded to include some fabulous new organic farmers and vendors. One of them is La Vie from Santa Cruz. They used to be a restaurant and now are doing Farmer’s Markets. The quality of their food is very nice, and it is great to be able to go locally to find good raw food and organic produce. Another new vendor is Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut, also from the Santa Cruz area. If you are in S.F. Bay area, College of San Mateo has now got a really first class farmer’s market, including musician, every Saturday from 8-1 PM

Zucchini Casserole

Zucchini Casserole

One thing of interest that was a moment of synchronicity – I spoke with one of the gals from the La Vie booth, and she mentioned that she had been having stuffed up ears and earaches for a while as she’d gone back to cooked food. She got off the cooked food and went back to raw, and the ears cleared up. Interestingly enough, that’s what I’m dealing with now, as we have been falling off the raw wagon by eating more cooked meals with mixed results. I’ve mentioned before that when I eat mostly raw, I have felt great, and some health issues  have improved, including ear wax buildup, but one that has not improved is my blood pressure – which totally astounds me. When I eat mostly raw, it spikes quite high. Now that we’ve been eating cooked food, the blood pressure is normalized, but the ear issues are back, and I don’t have the same vitality.

I’ve gotten more books on health modalities, but I think once again it all boils down to our unique individual chemistry. Like snowflakes, we’re all a little bit different, and it’s the process of finding the clues to what works best for us. So…I’m still trying to find the perfect balance, but do find that I am revitalized when I eat mostly raw. (KJ)

Naturopaths and Oxalic Acid

Posted July 18, 2010 by Steve
Categories: green smoothies, healing and health, healthy medical models, Raw Food, smoothies

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Friday I went to a wonderful naturopath who also eats raw, although not exclusively. She mentioned something that I think is important to pass along, because it is partially what’s been going wrong with my body.

Spinach, swiss chard, and parsley have high levels of oxalic acid – parsley being the highest – and eating them raw can cause blockage of calcium absorption in the body. She said that for her green smoothies she lightly steams these particular greens until a hint of water on leaves appears. This allows for the calcium to be absorbed and still keeps the greens close to raw. She said that kale does not seem to be a problem, so that can be used without steaming, and although this may not affect everyone the same way, I have noted since being on the raw food diet that I am not absorbing calcium – and my smoothie greens have been mostly spinach. So, I’m going to try this new method and see what happens.

In the meantime, if you are looking for wonderful health care – try a naturopath. They have so much to offer in the way of alternative health remedies, and I’m thrilled to have found one who is open and aware of the many modalities that regular M.D.’s haven’t got a clue about. It’s very nice to talk to a health care professional who doesn’t get a  deer in the headlights expression when you mention things like cranial sacral, homeopathy, or raw food!! (KJ)