How to Detox The Easy Way

beautiful girl enjoying the summer sunThe calendar says that Spring is here.

Spring is a good time to do some detoxing to improve your health, boost your metabolism and help renew your energy.

“Why?” you ask.

Gently cleansing your body has the following benefits:

  • boost your metabolism
  • give your body a rest to allow it to repair itself
  • remove toxins and wastes from your body
  • improve your blood sugar levels

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A High Vibrational Salad

Food has energy.  Some food more than others. The more energy or Life Force that a food has, the more our body will absorb this energy and help us feel more vitality than before.

Read more about the concept of food and energy at The Tapping Choice where I wrote a guest post.

Foods that have a high vibration are:

  • Organic foods-develop very high vibrations. Pesticides have a very low life force energy.
  • Freshly picked ripe fruits and vegetables-learn to grow your own food
  • Sprouts-learn to make simple sprouts here-mung bean, alfalfa, radish, broccoli, clover
  • Edible flowers and weeds
  • Sea vegetables and algae
  • Plant sprouts-buckwheat, sunflower, pea shoots, wheatgrass

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5 Great Ways to Turn Your Salad into a Delicious Meal

IMG_0792I love to eat salad.  I really do.

When I make a basic salad, I think about including different types of vegetables; root vegetables (carrots, onions), round vegetables(broccoli, cauliflower) and leafy vegetables(lettuce, parlsey).  I also consider different colours of the rainbow.  Having a variety of types and colours of vegetables ensures that I will ingest a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Many people tell me that eating a salad is just not enough for them.  It doesn’t fill them up.   I think that it would help by making the salad the main thing, rather than the ‘side’, if you know what I mean.  Get a large dinner plate and pile it high with your favourite things.

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Curbing Carbs

veggie-platter

A friend recently mentioned to me that he has transitioned to a whole-foods, plant-based diet over the last year.  He is very happy with the change but finds himself reaching for snacks in the evening that he would rather not eat.  It seems that he is craving bread, chips, etc. and knows that these are not the best choices for his body.

I wrote a post in October with suggestions to ‘Outsmart Your Food Cravings’.

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The Miracle of Vitamin C Part II

camu

My previous post was full of information regarding the importance of Vitamin C.

When looking to increase  your Vitamin C intake, consider the following foods:

Foods High in Vitamin C
Camu Camu powder- 1 teaspoon=720mg
Chili peppers- 1/2 cup=107.8mg
Red bell pepper -1 cup=190mg
Kiwi – 2 fruits = 137.2mg
Broccoli – 1 cup= 132mg
Cauliflower -1 cup=127.7mg

Other excellent sources of Vitamin C are cabbage, sprouts, parsley, strawberries, citrus fruits and rose hips.

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The Miracle of Vitamin C Part I

chili

Vitamin C has long been known to be beneficial to our body.

Vitamin C is

  • A powerful antioxidant.
  • It prevents free-radical damage that contributes to aging and degenerative and age-related disease, including cancer and cardiovascular disorders.
  • Vitamin C keeps other antioxidants (such as Vitamin E and A) potent by preventing them from being oxidized.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Brain Power

After my recent concussion,  I am now especially interested in my brain and giving it extra special care to bring it back to its normal, healthy state.  Perhaps you have suffered a brain injury, or Alzheimers is a reality in your world or you feel your memory playing tricks on you or you just want to get through your exams with ease. I know that you will take something away from this information that will help you.

There are many ways to improve your brain power.  You can do a lot of research and find a lot of information.  I know.  I have done a lot of research.  For now, I will focus on your diet and things that you can easily add to take care of your noggin’.

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Oodles of Spicy Noodles

I made this easy, yummy raw ‘pasta’ dish the other night and wanted to share it with you.

When I prepared this, I was using my imagination and listening to what my body wanted to eat.  I encourage you to do the same.  Go with the flow.  Let your body guide you on this one.

The amounts listed here are approximately what I used.  I did not manage to eat it all as it was very filling.  I had enough leftover for lunch the next day.  I would consider making more than you can eat for this reason.  It is very portable for your lunch.

Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles

Ingredients:
pea tenders
2 or 3 carrots
1/2 cauliflower
3 celery
handful of arame, soaked
1 package wakame noodles or kelp noodles (I used a brand called Oodles)
2 Tablespoons tahini
1/4 teaspoon cayenne,  or more to taste (you may want to start with 1/8 teaspoon, taste it and add more if you wish)
1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
pinch of sea salt
water, as needed
minced celery leaves or parsley

Procedure:

  • On a dinner plate, place the pea tenders as a base.
  • Using your ‘potato’ peeler, make thin strips of carrots, enough to make another layer.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the celery thinly on the diagonal and make yet another layer.
  • Cut the cauliflower in bite size pieces and place around the edge of the plate.
  • Mix tahini, cayenne, lemon juice, sea salt and enough water to make a paste that is not too thick and not too runny.  If you make it too runny, add a little tahini at a time, until you get the right consistency.  Taste and adjust the salt or cayenne…that really means that you can only add more, not take away!  If it is too salty or too spicy, add more tahini, lemon and water.  You will have too much sauce but that’s ok because you can use it the next day for a different dish!
  • In a separate bowl, mix the sauce, the softened arame and the noodles together.  Place on the plate and garnish with minced celery leaves or parsley.
  • Devour!

Variations:
-Use vegetable noodles, such as zucchini, if you don’t have the wakame or kelp noodles.
-Use sunflower sprouts, cress or arugula instead of the pea tenders
-Try other combinations of vegetables…how about spinach, red cabbage, yellow pepper and cauliflower or red leaf lettuce, yams, daikon radish and parsley.  There are many more combinations of course.  Choose what you love!
-Instead of tahini, use almond butter and replace the cayenne with chinese 5-spice and finely grated ginger

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Oodles of Spicy Noodles
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Raw Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • pea tenders
  • 2 or 3 carrots
  • ½ cauliflower
  • 3 celery
  • handful of arame, soaked
  • 1 package wakame noodles or kelp noodles (I used a brand called Oodles)
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne,  or more to taste (you may want to start with ⅛ teaspoon, taste it and add more if you wish)
  • ½ lemon, freshly squeezed
  • pinch of sea salt
  • water, as needed
  • minced celery leaves or parsley
Instructions
  1. On a dinner plate, place the pea tenders as a base.
  2. Using your 'potato' peeler, make thin strips of carrots, enough to make another layer.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut the celery thinly on the diagonal and make yet another layer.
  4. Cut the cauliflower in bite size pieces and place around the edge of the plate.
  5. Mix tahini, cayenne, lemon juice, sea salt and enough water to make a paste that is not too thick and not too runny.  If you make it too runny, add a little tahini at a time, until you get the right consistency.  Taste and adjust the salt or cayenne...that really means that you can only add more, not take away!  If it is too salty or too spicy, add more tahini, lemon and water.  You will have too much sauce but that's ok because you can use it the next day for a different dish!
  6. In a separate bowl, mix the sauce, the softened arame and the noodles together.  Place on the plate and garnish with minced celery leaves or parsley.
  7. Devour!

Juicing Versus Blending

Fresh Vegetable Juice

Fresh Vegetable Juice

I am often asked ‘Why do I want to juice?  Why can’t I just make smoothies?’  So I thought that I would share with you what I know about this.

Don’t get me wrong, juicing is great and blending is great.  You just may want to know the difference so that you can get the most benefit, when you need it.

Juicing

When you juice fresh fruits and vegetables, you, essentially, squeeze the liquid out of the produce and separate it from the pulp (the fibrous part).  You only drink the juice and usually you can use the pulp for other recipes.

The great thing about drinking the pure juice is that your body does not have to work to digest it.  The juice goes straight to the blood stream and all the nutrients are quickly absorbed there.  You could say that it is a liquid supplement!  Juicing breaks down the ‘box’ that some minerals are kept in and allows our body to get at it easier.  Fresh juice is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and oxygen.   It is so wonderfully hydrating for your body as well, especially when you juice greens and sprouts.  Juicing helps our body easily get rid of toxins and other wastes.  A terrific way to start the day or enjoy a ‘pick me up’ or even end the day!

Blending

When you blend fruits and vegetables in a high speed blender, you get a nice smooth consistency and keep all of the fiber intact.  This is beneficial for easy bowel movements.  It is quick to prepare smoothies and for people who have difficulty chewing whole foods this would make eating them much easier.

For some people, juicing takes more time.  The clean up is the issue.  For me, juicing is more beneficial and it is worth it for me to juice and take the time to clean up.  When I drink a glass of green juice, I actually feel my body soaking it up.  It is incredible.

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The Powers of Sea Vegetables

seaveggiesFor thousands of years, the  powers of sea vegetables have been used for happier and longer lives by prolonging life, preventing disease and granting beauty and health.  An excellent source for food and medicine, sea vegetables contain 10-20 times more minerals than land plants as well as plenty of vitamins that are important for our metabolism.  Some even remove radioactive and toxic metal wastes from our bodies.

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