Monday, February 18, 2019

Where Do You Get Your Protein? From Seeds!

"Where do you get your protein? "  That is a question vegans, vegetarians, and raw foodies get asked ALL THE TIME!  Of course, the answer to that question is....from plants, but nevertheless, protein is of interest to me as I am aging and losing muscle tone. So I did some research, and here is what I learned.

Amino acids form proteins and they are important as they regulate the biochemical reactions in the body. They are the building blocks of life.  75% of our body weight, 95% of our muscles (including the heart), and 100% of our hormones, neurotransmitters, and neuropeptides are made up of amino acids. Neuropeptides are used by the neurons to communicate with each other.

There are 20 amino acids that make up the proteins the cells need to function and maintain good health.  The body can create 11 of the 20, but the other 9 must come from the diet.  The nine essential amino acids are: leucine, isoleucine, lysine, methione, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine, and histidine.

Everyone, of these amino acids can be supplied in a raw food diet by including chia seeds, pepitas, and sunflower seeds daily.  Isn't that amazing....chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds!  The next time someone asks me, "Where do you get your protein?", my answer will be, "From seeds".

A raw food diet can easily meet the requirements for these amino acids by including the following foods:

Leucine - seeds, nuts
Isoleucine - cashews, almonds, chia seeds
Lysine - chia seeds, spirulina, parsley, avocados, almonds, cashews
Methione - seeds, chia seeds, Brazil nuts, figs, onions, cacao
Phenylalanine - spirulina, seaweed, pumpkin, avocado, almonds, peanuts, figs, raisins, leafy greens, most berries, olives, seeds
Threonine - nuts, seeds, watercress, spirulina, pumpkin, leafy greens, hemp seeds, chia seeds, almonds, figs, raisins.
Tryptophan - chocolate, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepita, spirulina, bananas, peanuts
Valine - nuts, spinach, broccoli, seeds, chia seeds, figs, avocado apples, blueberries, cranberries, oranges, apricots
Histidine - chia seeds

Food for the day:
Morning:  32 oz water with 2 Tbsp chia seeds, pepitas and sunflower seeds

Lunch:  banana, coconut, chago mushroom tea
Tao Wild Harvested Canadian Chaga Mushrooms

Dinner:  Salad (romaine, asparagus, onion, mushrooms, mung bean sprouts, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper); dressing made from coconut yogurt; nori sheet; Bubbies dill pickle, kimchi; dandelion-chicory-burdock tea; peanuts

Coconut Yogurt Dressing recipe:
1 cup coconut yogurt (purchased from Whole Foods)
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/2 tsp rosemary leaves
1 tsp salt
coconut water or water to consistency
     -Blend in Nutribullet  
Dandelion, Chicory, and Burdock

I am looking forward to reading this book that arrived today!  We have a lot to learn about the microbiome. For every one of the cells that make up our bodies, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. The microbes influence our weight, immune system, and mental health. Many of our modern diseases have their root in our poor relationship with our microbes. The book is written by biologist Alanna Collen.

To health and happiness.







Saturday, February 16, 2019

Detoxing Today

I am having some detox symptoms day, which is to be expected.  Feeling a little nausea and a bit of a headache.

I heard someone say yesterday that virtually everyone is dehydrated at the cellular level.  I am not sure if that is true or not, since there is not much data on line other than articles written by people with something to sell.  Dr. Fielder told me there is no need to predetermine a set amount of water to drink, but to just drink when thirsty; however, if I am dehydrated at the cellular level I would like to remedy that.

Food prep today;
Green juice (apples, celery, collard greens, dill, parsley, mint, and ginger).  My intention was to also include lemon and jalapeno, but got distracted and left them out.  This made a pitcher that will last us 2 or 3 days.
Grapefruit juice for 2 made with 4 large grapefruit.
Shredded a fresh coconut.
Green Smoothies (kale, papaya, pineapple, coconut water, bananas, kiwi, chia seeds, lemon, raspberries, dates, water)

Breakfast was a glass of the green juice and some watermelon.
Lunch was about 3:00 - Avocado with shredded coconut and a large green smoothies.
Dinner:  I was not hungry but ate some grapes, a glass of grapefruit juice, and some peanuts.



Green juice
Grapefruit Juice



Shredded Coconut.
The kitchen after the whirlwind!  The green smoothie is on the end of the counter pre-blend.

To health and happiness.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Meditation is the Center Point




Toasting with kombucha at our raw foods potluck.
The bio-photons in the food are small units of life that have information for your cells that won't be found anywhere else.  This is the fire that cooks your food in the proper way and will awaken your intuition and open pathways of healing.

When I was ill, Dr. John Fielder, my biogenic lifestyle teacher, gave me a short list of things to do if I wanted to get well.  They were: eat only raw foods, drink only water, access fresh air and sunlight every day, exercise by walking every day if  possible, remove all forms of stress, meditate positively expecting healing and full recover.

The meditation practice is the center point of this protocol because it requires a discipline, commitment, and intention that anchors the other practices.   All you do will come out from that place. Branching off of that you have on the one hand what you take in (diet, information, revelation, environment), and on the other hand you have what you give out (exercise, service, teaching).  This is the path to health and happiness.  This  the balance of the yin and yang  with stillness at the center.

Begin with a practice of prayer and meditation, and then balance your life with diet and exercise, studying and teaching, receiving and giving.

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Food prep today:  grapefruit juice and a dinner salad

Breakfast:  2 bananas
Lunch:  Green smoothie, watermelon, raw peanuts, turmeric tea
Dinner:  Blended salad (I made it a couple of days ago) and a dinner salad, dandelion chicory burdock tea

To health and happiness.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Eating Sunlight



God is the light which I see. Light reflects life...an aspect of creation. Light & life must go together.

Biophotons are photons of light that are produced by a biological system. They emanate spontaneously from all living systems....including humans. They are small units of light which are stored in biological organisms.

Raw foods are important to us because of the biophotons. The energy from the sun enters our cells via the food we eat.  The biophotons contain important information which orders and regulates our body processes to a higher order.  When you increase the light energy into your body, you increase the level of order.  The result is a feeling of vitality and well-being.

Since every living organism emits biophotons, we should want the highest level of light energy available to us.  The more light a food is able to store, the more nutrients it has. Fresh organic vegetables and sun-ripened fruits are our best source for light energy.  Eat the light.

Eat raw foods for the biophotons because without light there is no life. Since we absorb the energy from the sun through our skin and our food, quality food that is rich in biophotons will be the best choice to build or restore health.

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I did not do a lot of food prep today.  I made green smoothies for lunch and a dinner salad in the evening.


What I ate today:
Glass of Green Juice made a couple of days ago.
Green Smoothie, Avocado with Shredded Coconut, Raw Peanuts
Dinner Salad with Coconut Yogurt, Glass of Green Juice, Goody Ball Mix, Dandelion Burdock Chicory Tea

New haircut!


To Health and Happiness.






Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Coming Home


Today is my seventh day back on all raw foods.  It feels like a homecoming.  This past year has been a difficult one, health wise, which led me to experiment with different diets, but I could not get to the place where I felt good.  I felt like raw foods were not working for me any more until I realized it had been quite some time since I had even been totally raw, so seven days ago I began juicing and calling on Dan McDonald's YouTube videos for inspiration.  I like Dan, The Life Regenerator, because he understands the importance of fats and fasting.  There is so much information out there now about the importance of fats and brain health, so I want to be mindful of that.

On my birthday, in twelve days, I will be 71 years old!.  How well can a septuagenarian recover and regenerate on raw foods.  We are going to find out!

My plan is simple.  I plan to share my daily food, as a record, but it will be the same every day for the most part with only slight variations.  It will mostly be food I can buy at my local Walmart, but I will need to travel to Whole Foods in Little Rock to get some organic items. I will depend on Amazon on other things, but the priority is to eat the best foods possible while keeping it affordable.

I am able to be totally raw by depending on juices, smoothies, and salads.


The food for the day: Green Juice, Orange Juice, Green Smoothie, Blended Salad, Salad, Goodie Ball Mix.  I did not process the goodie ball mix to make goodie balls, instead I sprinkled it on my salad and ate it with a spoon.

Daily Green Juice:
6 apples
1 bunch celery
1 cucumber
1 lemon
Herbs I have available - Today I had dill and cilantro
Ginger
1/2 jalapeno
Leafy greens - today I had beet greens
     *Cilantro is a heavy metal detoxifier.

This juice is an energy drink.  It will clean and detoxify you.

Green Smoothie:  Spring mix, 1/4 pineapple, 1/4 papaya, 2 kiwi, 2 bananas, 1 lemon, 2 Tbsp chia seeds, frozen blueberries or raspberries, Holy Basil tincture, Brain and Nerve tincture, Bee Pollen

Blended Salad:
2 tomatoes
1 cucumber
1 bell pepper
1 lemon, juiced
4 Tbsp sauerkraut
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 bunch celery hearts
1 head romaine or other lettuce
1/2 jalapeno pepper (optional)
     Blend.
Add:
2 Tbsp flax seed oil.
     Gently blend.  Store in refrigerator.

Beet Carrot Celery Juice:
1 beet
1 lb carrots
1 bunch celery
1 apple
1 pc ginger


Dinner Salad:  Romaine, tomato, cucumber, veggies on hand, onion, raisins and seeds (or goodie ball mix), avocado, mushrooms, salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil.  I also added on the side some live coconut yogurt I bought at Whole Foods.

Goodie Ball Trail Mix:
Mix equal parts of the following (I used 250 grams each)...
sesame seed, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, raisins, dried mulberries, dates, dried mango, dried persimmon

During the morning I had a glass of green juice and an orange juice.
Lunch:  Green Smoothie, 1/2 mango, 1/2 avocado with fresh coconut.  Try to include coconut in the diet everyday.
Dinner: Blended Salad, Dinner Salad.
Snack: Goodie Ball Trail Mix, raw peanuts

To health and happiness.


Friday, March 23, 2018

40 Day Challenge Day 1


It's easy to slip into the practice of other people and deviate from your own. I know that happens with me. It's easier and more social to live that way. It takes more focus to think for yourself and follow your own heart. That is my experience.
Have you noticed that when we squash down the parts of ourselves we don't think we want, that they find a way of manifesting themselves at the mist inopportune times? Until we learn to accept ourselves the way we are, we will continue to sabotage ourselves and then run to our distractions and comforts to numb and deny ourselves.
I want to live the rest of my days with the most health, happiness, and authenticity available for me, whatever that may be. The best way to do that is by elimination. Getting better is a process of subtraction, not addition.
I have created for myself a 40 day challenge to eliminate the things that hinder. I am calling this challenge The 40 Day Clohesy River Health Farm Challenge. The goal is to take the principles taught and practiced by Dr. John Fielder at his farm on the Clohesy River in Australia and reclaim them as my own.
Today is Day 1 of 40 for me. Feel free to join in if you desire.
Day 1: Here is my food for the day.
Jnatik Mayan Coffee Alternative with a spoonful of coconut sugar.
Smoothie (coconut water, chia seeds, banana, spring mix greens, kiwi, papaya, pineapple, coconut, frozen blueberries, frozen mixed fruit)
Fruit available to choose from: cutie orange, naval orange, grapefruit, avocado, mangoes, apples, and grapes.
Salad to choose from: spring mix, cucumber, tomato, celery, avocado.
Sauerkraut
Pecans. Dates. Raw bars.
Kombucha.
The food will basically be this everyday. The fruits may change, and there may be some refining.
To health and happiness.

Natural Living As Activism

Once you are able to see that clean and wholesome living is normal and that accepting the widespread junk food society is a social disease, many of us become somewhat radical...activists..in order to help us heal and to overcome the role of victim.

We have all been conditioned...programmed...and in order to overcome the conditioning we substitute activism. It is a healthy alternative. It keeps us from feeling helpless.

When we speak out against the destructive effects of our culture, it helps us affirm our resolve to stop harming ourselves by living in such a way, and if, by chance, we can make a change in the environment around us, it makes our healthy lifestyle easier to maintain and live by.

My own interest in food and hygienic living has involved learning to deal with social pressures to conform to traditions. All of us that decide to follow a hygienic way of living will find it necessary to adopt somewhat of an activist stance in order to initiate and maintain change.  It's not necessary to make your activism an obsession, even though our addiction to habit and tradition is quite obsessive.  There is a better way of freedom.

Keki Sidwha gave us some suggestions on how we can be advocates for Natural Hygiene while creating a healthy environment for our healthy habits as we try to change ingrained habits from years of conditioning.

You are an activist when you speak out to the waiter in the restaurant about the quality of the food that is being served.

You are an activist when you offer to bring the fruits, nuts, and nut butters to the party.

Remember when the  activists fought for and won the right for unpolluted air.  Thanks to them we now have smoke free public places and cleaner cities.  It was a major battle won for our lifestyle.  We can follow their lead and work to make healthy food a choice. We don't have to assume that foodless food addiction is our cross to bear.  We can assert the fact that processed junk food is bad for everyone and irreparable harm to the nation.  Ask that junk food be eliminated and quality food be offered instead. When enough people do this, we will build a healthier society.

Once you are able to see that clean and wholesome living is normal and that accepting the widespread junk food society is a social disease, many of us become somewhat radical...activists..in order to help us heal and to overcome the role of victim.

We have all been conditioned...programmed...and in order to overcome the conditioning we substitute activism. It is a healthy alternative. It keeps us from feeling helpless.

When we speak out against the destructive effects of our Western culture, it helps us affirm our resolve to stop harming ourselves by living in such a way, and if, by chance, we can make a change in the environment around us, it makes our healthy lifestyle easier to maintain and live by.

My own interest in food and hygienic living has involved learning to deal with social pressures to conform to traditions. All of us that decide to follow a hygienic way of living will find it necessary to adopt somewhat of an activist stance in order to initiate and maintain change.  It's not necessary to make your activism an obsession, even though our addiction to habit and tradition is quite obsessive.  There is a better way of freedom.

Keki Sidwha gave us some suggestions on how we can be advocates for Natural Hygiene while creating a healthy environment for our healthy habits as we try to change ingrained habits from years of conditioning.

You are an activist when you speak out to the waiter in the restaurant about the quality of the food that is being served.

You are an activist when you offer to bring the fruits, nuts, and nut butters to the party.

Remember when the  activists fought for and won the right for unpolluted air.  Thanks to them we now have smoke free public places and cleaner cities.  It was a major battle won for our lifestyle.  We can follow their lead and work to make healthy food a choice. We don't have to assume that unhealthy and disease producing food addiction is our cross to bear.  We can assert the fact that processed junk food is bad for everyone and irreparable harm to the nation.  We can ask that junk food be replaced with whole, ripe, fresh food.  When enough people do this, we will build a healthier society.