Acid and Alkaline and also diet sodas

February 26, 2010

Check out this video on an explanation of acid and alkaline foods. (Being too acidic leads to disease). And also why diet soda can cause weight gain.

Problem: Most people today are too acidic due to eating meat, fish, nuts, sodas, dairy, coffee, processed foods, etc.

Solution: Find out what your Ph level is so you can know if you are too acidic or not. Get some Ph test strips and then start eating more alkaline foods such as veggies.

Also if you’re addicted to acidic drinks like coffee, diet soda, soft drinks, etc. then try to find alternatives. For example, instead of coffee drink Teeccino a non-acidic coffee alternative or drink water.

Good link: Acid/Alkaline food list


Raw dishes – february

February 24, 2010

As you might know from my recent post on raw foods, I’m now eating a 100% vegan raw food diet. Here’s some Vegan Raw Food dishes I ate over the past week:


Raw Spaghetti (uses zucchini)


Raw Canneloni with salad


Mock Salmon Salad with lettuce


Raw Soft Taco with spanish rice, cherry tomatoes and guacamole
(also had some black-eyed peas)


Raw Romaine Salad with carrots, almonds and herb vinagrette dressing.


Raw Fettucini Alfredo (uses zucchini for noodles)

closeup of raw fettucini alfredo. It was fantastic.


Raw Vegan Caesar Salad with croutons


and organic Fruit and salad.


I tried starfruit too which reminded me of a mild orange.
Overall all the food was great and I ordered some raw food “cook” books so I can eat more raw dishes full of enzymes and other nutrients. I also ordered a vegetable spiral slicer so zucchini can be sliced into yummy noodles. Much healthier.


Update on Weight Watchers

February 19, 2010

I got weighed again last night at my Weight Watchers meeting and I’m down another 6 pounds. So since 1/9/09, I’m down -47.2 pounds. (I was down 50 in october last year but I gained a little during my halloween bahamas cruise (damn buffets) and also dealing with buying a home). But now I’m losing again so I’m happy. Back on track. =)


Cleansing inside

February 17, 2010

Problem: Over 90% of all the toxins you take in enter through the intestinal lining. Most people aren’t clean inside and an unhealthy digestive system can trigger a lot of health problems. Also every day, 3,400 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. They were most likely brewing with toxins for years.

Solution: I’m doing a fruit fast to try to detoxify. (trying to follow “Dr. Group’s 6 day advanced oxygen colon cleanse“). The side benefit of that is that I also lose some weight. (I’ve done this cleanse before about a year ago and it uses OxyPowder which is great for getting the garbage out of you that you didn’t know you had. And I also lost 6 pounds in one week last time. Personally I think everyone should take that product to cleanse.)


Sleep longer

February 15, 2010
Problem: Heart disease is the #1 killer in America.
Solution: Learn about health and do what you can to prolong your life. (I also recommend eating a vegan diet since cholesterol is in animal products and animals.) But also here’s another interesting article…
“People who try to get by with a minimum amount of sleep are more likely to develop hardening of their arteries – a precursor of heart disease.
Researchers found calcified arteries in nearly a third of people who slept five or fewer hours a night. But this figure dropped to around one in 10 for those who slept just an extra hour, according to a Journal of the American Medical Association study of 495 adults.
The results might be down to high blood pressure, which increases the likelihood of calcification. A good night’s rest, which ideally, should be eight hours, makes a difference because blood pressure levels are often lower during sleep.” So get a good night’s rest.

Visiting organic garden

February 12, 2010

I’ll be visiting an organic garden this weekend called “Garden of Eden”.

“The Garden of Eden, a compact farm owned and operated by Eden Autism Services of Florida, produces organic vegetables and tropical fruits for sale to area restaurants and farm markets. With help from community volunteers, the produce is farmed by Eden’s K-12 students and adults with autism.”

Should be fun. I am interested in seeing what food they are growing locally in sw florida.


Raw food

February 12, 2010

I’m curious about the raw food movement/diet. I’m going to try to eat more raw food and incorporate more organic unprocessed natural food full of nutrients.

For the record, here’s a somewhat “official” explanation of a raw food diet: “The raw food diet is a diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, sprouted grains, sprouted beans, nuts, dried fruit, and seaweed. Heating food above 116 degrees F is believed to destroy enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and ‘life force’ of food.”

I read that cooking food destroys or unables the use of up to 85% of the food’s nutrients. I don’t know about you but I want all my nutrients. (by the way I heard it’s 105 degrees not 116. Basically some things can be heated in a dehydrator at very low temperatures to get warm if needed.)

Today’s food I ate on 2/12/10…
Breakfast: 1 large organic peach
Lunch: “Vegan Sushi Rolls & Asian Sesame Seed Salad” (a raw dish at Food & thought’s cafe. A nori wrap with carrots, avocado, miso, veggies. And an asian salad with ginger dressing, sesame seeds, red and yellow peppers and carrots, etc. It was delicious.)
Snack/dessert: slice of lemon poppy seed cake (at food & thought)
Dinner: sweet potato, steamed greens (going to try to cut down or eliminate cooked food in the future, Goal: 75-100% raw)

I’ve been coming across several people online who have healed themselves of diseases/illnesses by going on a raw food diet.  I also read about a study where two people (a meat-eater and a vegan who ate cooked food) were put on a raw food diet for 6 months, then their blood was tested and the blood cells looked all separated from each other (the way a baby’s blood looks) and which show that cells can move independently to carry oxygen to the body efficiently.) But after the ate one meal with cooked food their blood cells were all clumped together and looked very differently. Carrying less oxygen to the body. Thought that was very interesting.

Here’s some links I found about raw food:
www.fromSadToRaw.com
www.rawFor30days.com (“Simply raw: Reversing diabetes in 30 days” film and “Raw for life”)
www.theBestOfRawFood.com
www.living-foods.com
Six reasons why you should eat more raw foods
www.kristensRaw.com

Raw recipe sites:
www.simplyrawrecipes.com
www.reallyrawfood.com/recipes
raw-food-diet-inspiration.com (raw pizza, raw mexican recipes, etc.)
raw food recipes on vegweb.com
rawguru.com’s recipes
rawketscience.com’s recipes (raw pizza, etc.)
therawtable.com’s recipes (has some good desserts)
raw food recipe videos on YouTube
rawgourmet.com’s recipes
theSunnyRawKitchen blog’s recipes for raw pizza crust and calzones
GLiving’s raw recipes (mostly desserts)
goneRaw.com (has lots of recipes and a forum)
All Raw Directory (many recipes and alot more)
-Raw girl scout cookies: here and here (also has other cookies)
RawMazing (falafel, flatbread, chocolate mousse, chocolate truffles, etc.)
Raw Epicurean
ChoosingRaw.com’s recipes (great list and pics)
Raw chef Ani Phyo’s recipes
DianaStobo.com
Some Zucchini Pasta recipes
JuliesRawAmbition

Online communities:
rawfu
rawfoodfriends.com
GiveItToMeRaw
Find a raw food event/group near you

Magazines:
Purely delicious magazine
Vibrance eZine
EightyPercentRaw eZine
Living Raw magazine (Australian)
Get Fresh magazine and eZine (UK)

Signup for free eNewsletter:
“Feel Light, Take Flight” at rawfoodsWitch.com

Great offer: For a Free digital copy of the book “Simple guide to Eating Raw” with over 100 raw recipes, click here.

For more raw food info and recipes, see the other sites listed in the Blogroll on the right of my blog. Or if you just want to see some photos of raw food then check out my “Photos of what I eat“.

or See my Recommendations for Books, dvd’s and products related to raw food.

or read my blog post that lists various foods for getting your nutritional needs met.

Read about various nuts. (also contains a link to info about soaking)

I’m also going to a raw food potluck and discussion on 2/15/10 by raw food author/chef and speaker Paul Nison. (he’s been on a raw diet for 15 years and healed himself of a disease). So we’ll see how that goes. (update: the talk and raw potluck was great)