Most Americans choose to be unhealthy and overweight- no one forces us- we choose it with every bite we take. There are several reasons for this; confusion about what is really healthy food amidst so much conflicting information; the seduction of convenience foods and fast foods; unconscious eating where we are not really aware how our food is affecting us; and our own identification with a certain school or culture of food whether it be mid-west meat and potatoes or California vegan. And also, many of us assume that becoming overweight, unhealthy and unfit is the normal course of growing up- so why bother to fight it? Whatever the reasons, we are each making our choices- one bite at a time.
We are going to put some summer recipe that will blend right in with the traditional American Barbeque! Raw Barbeque Fare??? You bet.
With the warm weather, it’s always good to welcome guests with a drink so they can rehydrate Proper hydration is a super important for feeling your best and one overlooked by many, even those attentive to health.
Periodic spring cleaning can be a highly beneficial practice leading to enhanced energy, minimized or eradicated disease and longer life. Plus you know summer is just around the corner so it’s a great time to get into warm weather shape!
First of all, let me say that eating a raw food diet is in and of itself a cleansing and healing diet. So if you don’t normally eat a high percentage of raw, doing so is a form of fasting and will result in the above-mentioned benefits. Cooking and processing foods not only damage and destroy macro and micronutrients, but also can result in chemical reactions that create substances that are toxic to our bodies such as acrylamide.
When it comes to improving your health, ingesting a bunch of bacteria is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but, depending on the type, some bacteria actually have some impressive benefits for your body. Certain strains of bacteria, known as probiotics, play an important role in the way our bodies function. The most common of these strains are known as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which are naturally found in our bodies, and aid our immune system and digestive system, as well as treat ailments such as diarrhea, lactose intolerance, and skin ailments – pretty cool right?
So, where do you find these special little guys? There are actually several ways to get a healthy dose of the probs? Fermented Foods!!! Miso soup, made from fermented beans, rice, or barley, is one popular source of probiotics, but my personal favorite is Kefir Water or Kefirade. We take fresh coconut water straight from the coconut, then add a kefir culture to it. The culture eats some of the sugar and produces CO2 (sparkly) and Lactobacilli. This makes it a sort of Coconut Water Champagne without the alcohol. We make and sell it like that at our restaurant or we mix it with our amazing ginger lemonade to make our own Kefirade. Yummy!
What Are Probiotics?: Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep you healthy. The word PROBIOTIC comes from the Greek words “PRO” (in support of ) and “BIOTIC” (Life). The very definition of Probiotic is “in support of life”!
Heart-Health: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, and 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Mono- unsaturated fat, when added to a low-fat diet, can help to reduce high triglyceride levels, especially for persons with diabetes. They also contain arginine, which protects the inner lining of artery walls.
As the founder of Leaf Cuisine and as a person, I’ve experienced a kind of rebirth these past few weeks. And it is a rebirth in my connection with others, but not the traditional way. I’ve experienced a rebirth through my experience of social media. I know that sounds bizarre, but its true. And this has created a lot of energy, not yet in the cyber world, but in my own life.
Over the past months, I began to realize the extent to which social media has become an integral part of how the modern world interacts. Previously, I thought it was just something some people did for kicks, self-promotion or business promotion. I didn’t get it. I admit it.