Adzuki Sprout: Best supplements for effective health Care
In today’s modern age it seems like everyone is becoming more and more health conscious. The health industry seems to be producing new products and supplements on a daily basis. These supplements claim that they will provide you with the nutrients and vitamins that you will need, to prepare for the day. Though some of these supplements are somewhat healthy, nothing beats the natural energy and vitamins of raw vegetables. One of the best sprouts to eat is the Adzuki sprout. The Adzuki sprout has a history of providing its users with energy and tons of health benefits. To better appreciate this sprout, you need to understand a little bit about its history, benefits, and growth.
The History of the Adzuki Sprout:
The Adzuki sprout has a long and vast history stemming from ancient East Asia. During this time these beans were being grown with other types of sprouts by Japanese and Korean people. As the sprout became more popularized it eventually found itself in China, where it was consumed for energy and vitality. Some of the earliest cultivated Adzuki Bean Sprouts can be traced back to 4000 BC. In some Eastern Asian countries there are specimens from 1000 BC on display.
The Health Benefits of Adzuki Sprout:
The Adzuki Sprouts was mostly consumed as an energy source by the early settlers of East Asia. These beans are a great source of carbohydrates (energy) and certain minerals such as: iron, magnesium and potassium.
The protein content of this sprout is extraordinary! The Adzuki Sprout has up to 17 grams of protein per serving. This is the same amount of protein found within a chicken thigh. This sprout also lowers LDL which is the bad form of cholesterol known to clog arteries and cause heart attacks.
Growth and Cultivation of the Seed:
Since the Adzuki Sprout has such a huge number of health benefits, it is treasured highly by vegetarians, vegans and others looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Growing these sprouts requires a certain level of patience and dedication. It typically takes up to three days for these sprouts to become mature, if the proper process has been followed. The first step is to soak these seeds in water for about 8-9 hours. Afterwards you will want to drain them and rinse them off again. For the next three days you will want to continue this process of rinsing and draining these seeds. After three days, you will have fully matured sprouts ready to be consumed.
A Look Back at the Adzuki Sprout:
The Adzuki Sprout is an awesome food source to have around the house. This is especially true, if you are interested in consuming living foods or going on a raw food diet. This bean is perfect for a raw food diet as it offers you a great mixture of all macronutrients and micronutrients. The Adzuki Sprout also does not take a long time to cultivate and grow if the proper steps are taken. Simply soak, drain, rinse and repeat for three days and they will be ready.
|(Published: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:18:00 -0400)|
The Awesome Benefits of Enjoying Sprouts in Your Diet
Raw foods just do not seem to have as much appeal as they should. They have been given the “short end of the stick”, so to speak. The fact of the matter is this: adding living food to your diet can not only be delicious and nutritious, but it can be fun. There are creative ways to add these vital nutrients to our daily diet without dread or boredom. The following details the various types of sprouts that one can add to their diet, and the benefits of each sprout as it applies to your bodies workings. I will also share a few creative ideas that will help you implement this into your routine with as little “pain” as possible! Read on.
Sprouts: What Are They? What Are Some Types I May Know?
Sprouts are exactly what they sound like: the sprout, or sprouting part of any plant. In the case of the sprouts we are referring to, the sprouts are edible to human beings and have an abundance of nutritional value. Some of these sprouts include sunflower, bean, millet, buckwheat, cabbage, onion, garlic, and alfalfa sprouts, among many, many others. These sprouts, when added to our diet in a balanced manner and eaten on a consistent basis will detoxify our bodies and provide a large amount of vitamins and minerals that we would otherwise be deficient of on a daily basis. You will also find your internal digestive system will regulate itself, giving you a greater sense of comfort and well being at all times.
While there are countless benefits of adding sprouts of various kinds to your diet, and while there are numerous reasons one might decide to do so, the point is it should be done by everyone for better health. Here are just a few of the outstanding benefits of using sprouts as a dietary supplement:
* Sprouts are a living food, and loaded with protein. Clover, radish, broccoli, and soybean sprouts are full of this vital nutrient, and will provide you with energy. They are also loaded with essential nutrients such as calcium, potassium, Vitamins A, C, B1, and B6, as well as various others, and their content of these nutrients are higher at the sprout stage than when full grown.
* Filled with enzymes, raw foods can provide our bodies with the enzymes that can be lost when we cook the foods we eat. It is a great way to replace the other types of vitamins and minerals that are lost in this process as well.
* Not only will the addition of sprouts strengthen and nourish your body as well as regulate your digestive system, but you can also count on this to assist you in losing weight. With the addition of the needed nutrients, as well as the intake of plenty of water and a proper regular diet, weight loss is inevitable to one who is beginning to use sprouts as a part of their regular lifestyle diet.
Some Quick Ideas for Adding Sprouts by Hippocrates Health Institute
You may have no idea exactly how to begin, but here are a few simple ideas that will get your imaginative juices flowing:
* Great addition to salads; just toss in!
* Great on sandwiches
* Works well mixed with other types of vegetables during a main course
Go ahead and be creative. Use with different dips, experiment with new types of salads and see what you can come up with. You will be able to find countless ideas on the Internet that will help you be creative and eat healthy by adding sprouts to your diet. Check it out today!
|(Published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:15:00 -0400)|
Acupuncture – Interro: Modern Acupuncture
Interro Testing is a modern approach to healing based on the ancient Chinese principles of acupuncture. Interro and similar technologies have been used extensively by the medical profession throughout Europe and Canada for over thirty years, but is just now gaining acceptance in the United States.
The History Revealed
The predecessor of the Interro was developed forty years ago by Dr. Reinholdt Voll, a German physician. Dr. Voll had traveled to China to study their healing systems and philosophies. He became fascinated with Chinese pulse diagnosis and acupuncture, and learned that the Chinese were able affect internal organs and glands by addressing points on the skin with either needles or pressure point manipulation.
Dr.Voll concluded that because we are electrical beings and electricity travels through our bodies via our nerves, he should be able to measure the flow of electricity at these “meridian nerve points.” He invented a simple instrument that measured what he called “Galvanic skin resistance,” the electrical flow in certain nerve groups that reflexes to and supports specific organs and glands.
Recently, Dr. Roy Curtain combined this technology with a sophisticated computer program and created the Interro. The addition of this computer technology allows the Interro operator to obtain a tremendous amount of precise information about the patient quickly and easily, and design a specific program for optimum health.
Why the Interro
The body has an intelligence beyond our conscious awareness. The same intelligence which makes our hearts beat and our stomachs digest food also controls our immune systems. Our bodies know how to expel toxins, viruses and bacteria, and do it quite well. But when overloaded with more than it can handle, the body will go out of balance and simply store toxins rather than expel them.
Modern man is plagued with a multitude of “new diseases” which weren’t around a couple of decades ago. Just think of the multitude of toxins we are exposed to that simply were not present in the environment a hundred years ago. There were very few factories spewing pollutants into our air and water, no cars, no pesticides and chemical fertilizers on the produce and no electrical or radioactive pollution! It only makes sense that “modern disease” is brought on by our modern toxic environment.
A body out of balance through constant physical and emotional stress can get back into balance by supporting its self-healing systems. With Interro testing, specific remedies and healing procedures can be recommended which will support the body’s natural healing processes.
Interro testing is far more thorough and exact than other forms of health screening, such as blood and urine testing or hair analysis. Blood testing can only reveal what is currently in the blood, not necessarily what is in the organ and glands. Often the levels of nutrients in the blood are considerably different than at the cellular levels. Often, toxins are stored in soft tissues and are rarely found in the blood before it becomes a chronic problem. Because the Interro tests directly into the tissues, the workup can show how the nutrient and toxic levels are affecting each organ and gland before it spills over into the blood.
The Procedure Explained
The procedure is non-invasive (no needles, no clothing removed) and performed by touching a pen-like probe to the acupuncture meridian points on the hands and feet. Through these points, nervous system responses to tiny electrical charges are tested and exact measurements read. These measurements reveal precise levels and locations of infections or toxic accumulations in specific organs and glands and how to heal and balance each of the systems.
A unique feature of the Interro system is the testing tray. Specific products or substances, i.e. vitamins, drugs, herbs, etc., can be placed on the try. By testing certain nerve groups, the operator can determine how the products will affect the patient. For example, it can show if a lotion or make-up will get an allergic response from the patient. Even more significant is that vitamins, supplements or medications can be placed in the tray to determine if they will bring the client’s systems back into balance. This is advantageous because product lines vary in quality and ingredients. By using the tray, the patient is assured that the product will work for him/her.
The current Interro computer program has over 3,500 test items stored in it. These items can be used to check for food allergies; heavy metal, pesticide and chemical accumulations; vitamin, mineral and hormonal levels; sensitivities to molds; Candidiasis; neurotransmitter levels and much more. This system can precisely determine which organs are affected and what the causes are without prior knowledge of a patients’ symptoms or medical history.
When All Else Fails
Many times even emotional or mental disturbances, such as depression or anxiety, can be cleared up when the physiological cause is pinpointed and treated. For example, many allergic responses and immune system suppressions are caused not by bacteria and viruses, but by the stress caused by accumulations of heavy metal, chemical and pesticide toxins in the body. The stored heavy metals, such as lead or mercury, can suppress the immune system’s ability to control systemic fungal (Candida), bacterial or viral infections.
Interro testing has helped people whom the established medical system has given up on. One woman recently came for an Interro work-up as a last resort for a solution to her frequent migraine headaches. She had been to a number of doctors and tried many alternative therapies. She was very conscientious about her health and diet, and brought with her a large bag of supplements (and knew exactly what each one was for). She was on the verge of tears because the doctors had told her that since they could not find anything wrong, her migraines must be all in her head! The Interro work-up showed that she had high levels of environmental and metabolic toxins which could be easily cleared with herbal and homeopathic remedies. Within two weeks, she had reduced the number of headaches by more than half, and today they are a thing of the past.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
Interro testing plays an important role in preventative medicine. Many chronic and degenerative diseases can be avoided when the causes for them are found and removed early. It is common in Interro work-ups to find precursors to diseases before they cause real damage to the cells and tissues of apparently healthy individuals.
As an illustration, a group of doctors did research on women with breast cancer. They compared the biopsies of breast tissue taken from women diagnosed with breast cancer to the tissue of women with healthy breasts. They discovered that in every case, the women with breast cancer had high levels of toxic accumulations in the tissues while the healthy ones had very little or no toxic residue. Fortunately, through an Interro test medications specific for each person can be recommended which will safely remove these toxins from the body.
Living Foods and Interro
Redesigning one’s diet to include a balance of fresh live foods and Wheatgrass juices is excellent for stimulating the body to release some metabolic waste and environmental toxins. It enhances the whole spectrum of enzyme production and cell respiration. Thousands of people have healed themselves of terminal illnesses just through clean living and a live food diet.
However, some metabolic processes are a little slower than others to come into balance and proper function. Certain environmental toxins can use an added push of a specifically designed program to accelerate the patient’s rise into excellent health and abundant energy. Through a live food diet and a specifically designed program from the Interro, people can attain excellent health in a remarkably short time and remain healthy for many years to come.
|(Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:54:17 -0400)|
A Balancing Act
Are you trying to juggle your time, career, family and perhaps your exercise regime? Well, rest assured; you’re certainly not alone! In the many stages of life, balance is a never-ending act. In fact, take a good look at your own daily tightrope. Life’s challenges come in all shapes and sizes and the delicate demands of work, family and relationships are always ongoing. So, what can you do when the scales of life tip over, leaving you stressed, unfulfilled and totally exhausted? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel the connection more often and deflect the stress from life’s overload?
Finding true balance with your professional and personal life is achieved by making the connection and building your “to-do” list into a healthy, well-rounded action plan. You can have it all, not necessarily at once, but in a balanced flow that tips the scales in your favor. Building this balance will help you break down your lifestyle, evaluate your priorities and make adjustments accordingly. But first, you need to make some self-prioritizing choices. Ask yourself, “What does organizational balance and self balance mean to you?” Take a look at some of the commitments that you make on a regular basis, including family, work, social, physical and spiritual. Next, examine your balancing act. Knowing that these are priorities in your life, do any of these categories need adjusting?
Unquestionably, the first priority must be your health. Many times, we take our health for granted and forget that our daily habits can enhance or erode our health over the years. All too often, there’s too much to do in too little time. The body and mind must work synergistically as a unit for you to feel balanced and connected. By taking care of both, you will have the tools to handle your daily overload. When you take care of your body, emotional and mental health will follow, allowing you to perform at your best. But remember, by maintaining such a balance, it manifests a work in progress.
Finding Organizational Balance:
Often, juggling the responsibilities of work and family life can be difficult There just never seems to be enough time to get it all done. So, how do you balance your 11.5 hours spent, on average per day, getting ready, commuting, working and so on with your scant bookends of life and time on either side? How do you meaningfully interact with your kids, significant other or pets more than a couple of hours each day? Can you somehow TIVO your daily cycles, removing all mundane catch-up conversations and chores, to optimally maximize your time? Can you leave work and really leave it there?
To make matters worse, too often, we sacrifice sleep, relaxation and recreation. What’s wrong with this picture? Trying to slow down the pace of your life is no simple matter. However, it’s crucial for you to take some time to rethink your priorities and evaluate how you use them. In some situations, it may take a great deal of energy to sort out and simplify, so you must continuously tweak your goals and priorities.
Often, work goals tend to be well-defined, and it’s easy to let them take priority over family and your own self-care. So you need to be your own boss when it comes to your family goals and self balance. It is important to remember that family activities are just as important as your work activities.
Therefore, your organizational plan must include “realistic expectations.” Can you fit everything in? If you’re like most people, then probably not! Are some of your expectations unachievable in your present situation? Can you change the situation? If not, you may need to adjust your expectations and bring them closer to reality.
Finding and maintaining a comfortable balance in life is a universal challenge. As a professional, you’re always aware that your success is up to you. It’s likely that you focus so much time and attention on your work that you sacrifice other areas of your life. Your responsibility for finances, products, services, customers and employees is time-
consuming and, often, overwhelming.
Part of the confusion about organizational balance comes from the belief that such balance means equal amounts of time. But instead, consider it as paying attention to every aspect of your life on a regular basis. Balance is about living with yourself so you can live with others. It’s about attending to your multi-dimensional self so you can make conscious choices about how you spend your time and energy at work and in life.
Consider the many aspects of your life that need your attention. Too little attention to any one area will create the feeling of being out of sync with yourself. But appropriate attention to each dimension will give you the power to find the right mix of priorities and actions for creating a balance between life and work. When you have balance in your life, you are more creative, more productive and can truly experience all aspects of life.
Examine some actions you can take that will assist in making the transition, and consider what’s right for you. When placed in identical situations, no two people will make the same choices. Each person has to evaluate the event and then make a decision based on what is right for him or her at the moment. You have to prioritize your own life and decide what is most important to you. Where do you want to spend your time and energy? How important is your career in the scheme of your life, and how will you define success?
These steps will help you ensure that you are achieving and maintaining the proper balance for yourself in your professional and personal life:
Keep focused on your mission. Make your decisions based on what your goals are, and set aside time to reflect. Spend time evaluating your vision, mission, goals and performance. Consider if you’re on the most appropriate path for you.
Determine if your daily activities are aligned with what you truly want to accomplish.Mentally plan your time, and be sure to include your personal appointments. Look for ways to eliminate time-bandits by using technology and saying no to requests that don’t fit with your master plan. Set reasonable timelines for project completion. In management, hire staff that enthusiastically supports the vision and mission of the organization. Delegate the work you don’t really need to be doing.
Emotionally monitor what you feel. Take time to process what you observe, and take a break before dealing with an emotionally charged situation so you can respond in an appropriate manner. At the end of the work day, release all of your concerns so you can be ready for time outside of work. At least try to! Leave work at work, and take time for yourself. This allows you to become comfortable with who you are outside of your title and occupation.
Physically live your life, and add elements of enjoyable fitness. Rest figures into the equation as well. Pay attention to what you are doing and the people you are with. This will help reduce feelings of stress and unproductive thoughts. This is your healthy life! Learn to laugh … it’s painless!
|(Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:58:00 -0400)|
Three Free Tips to Thrive
Combining my nursing education and raw and living foods training and experience, I’ve come up with three simple tips that will help you help yourself function more optimally.
1. Before you start eating a meal or snack, pause to stop everything else going on and acknowledge that you will eat. Consider what you will eat, focusing on your food. If you feel like it, give thanks that you have food when so many do not have enough to eat. Imagine that the food will digest easily and satisfy you completely. Notice that you begin to salivate just reading this! Yes, in order to digest your food properly, you need to get your digestive juices going before you eat. Many times we eat while driving, walking, talking, reading or even fighting with someone or ourselves. Obviously this is not ideal for digestion, yet we are all guilty of doing it. All this tips takes is a few seconds of your time. Take a deep breath, let it out and be conscious that you are about to eat. Notice your mouth starts to water.
2. Intentionally chew your food until there are no lumps, clumps or chunks left in your mouth, then swallow. You might be amazed to find how much better everything works when you chew your food adequately. Four or five chews are not enough. Mishio Kushi, the founder of Macrobiotics recommended chewing 100 times. I say, experiment for yourself. Count and be aware of chewing! Food should be chewed until is it liquefied. Digestion begins in the mouth. Notice how the food changes. Consciously chewing takes practice but it’s worth the effort. Break yourself of the habit of swallowing chunks of food.
Your digestive tube is about 35-45 feet long. It is winding back and forth between your other organs from your mouth to your anus. Most of it is around your belly. Your GI tract is not like a donut or drinking straw, with a large hole through the middle.
It is more like a long, soft balloon that a magician hasn’t blown up yet. Do you think that unchewed chunks of food might be hung up somewhere in all these yards of intestines?
Chewing your food will allow the saliva in your mouth to mix with the food. This is important, since saliva contains enzymes that begin the digestion of carbohydrates.
Chewing well will liquefy your food so you are not swallowing chunks that can stay inside of you and ferment, putrefy, or become the home to bad bacteria and parasites. Chewing your food might help you stop eating when you are full, rather than eating so fast, you eat past your full spot!
3. Stay Hydrated. According to Dr. Batmangali, 80% of hunger is really thirst. Every cell in your body has to be hydrated to function. When we are born we are 80% water content and as we age we frequently dry out. This leaves us vulnerable not only to looking old and dried out, but to feeling tired, headachy, and worse. Often headaches or constipation are healed by drinking a large glass of pure water or two. Aches, pains and/or stiffness are most often relieved by staying hydrated. Coffee, tea, soda and carbonated or alcoholic beverages are dehydrating. Pure water or pure water with a spritz of fresh lemon or lime to taste is the best hydration you can get! Drink at least 1 & 2 ounce of water for every pound of body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink at least 75 ounces of pure water daily. Liquids are best consumed between meals rather than with meals.
Drink before meals and never during ingestion, as this dilutes your digestive enzymes.
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|(Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:07:00 -0400)|
How to Grow Awesome Organic Tomatoes
Tomatoes are America’s favorite garden vegetable. Be sure to choose an organic heirloom variety for the best flavor and nutrition. I like Brandywine and Cherokee Purple. If stating from seeds begin indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the average last frost. Sow the seeds ¼ inch deep and 1 inch apart in potting mix in well-drained flats. Water every other day and feed with compost tea once a week. Thin any weak plants. It takes about four plants to keep one person in tomatoes.
When the second set of leaves appear, transplant to larger individual pots burying the stems half way up to the leaves. Place the pots in front of a sunny window. Continue to water regularly but less often. After any danger of frost has past, transplant your plants to a sunny location in your outdoor garden. Make the hole twice the size of the plant and backfill with a mix of sifted compost, a pinch of rock dust, and bone meal. Plant your tomato seedlings up to the first true leaves. New roots will quickly sprout on the stems. More roots means more fruits.
Immediately water well. Water the base of the plants, not on top of the leaves. Use a drip irrigation such as a soaker hose. Continue to water deeply but infrequently to encourage a hardy plant with deep roots. Soak your tomato bed once a week, or every five days at the height of summer. Use tomato cages or train them on trellises. Fertilize weekly with liquid seaweed or Ocean Solution for better yields and for stronger plants. Use a side dressing of compost around the base of your plants once a month during the growing season.
|(Published: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:24:00 -0400)|
Living Foods for Cold Days
Wintering in Florida is balmy, sunny and green, but for those of us in places where winter means cold mornings, snow and ice, keeping up with a raw foods diet can be a daunting endeavor. The trick, I’ve found, is to consume more warmed foods (kept under 110 degrees), and add foods with a bit more density like root veggies, nuts or sprouted grains to my salads. I’m into easy food prep, so here are a few ideas that you can expand upon in your own kitchen. Experiment with these recipes when you’re feeling the winter chill. Enjoy!
Almond, Hemp or Buckwheat Milk:
A good cup of warm almond or hemp milk with a dash of cinnamon and a drop of stevia is always a treat that offers protein, calcium and warmth on a cold morning. The kids love this, too!
Almond milk: Soak almonds overnight; drain, rinse, and blend with 2 times the quantity of water. (Ex: 2 cups almonds to 4 cups water).
Hemp milk: Hemp seeds can be blended without soaking (so it’s great when you want quick milk); same ratio of seed to water as for the almond milk.
Buckwheat milk: Sprout buckwheat groats for 2 days or use dehydrated sprouted buckwheat. Same ratio of grain to water as for the almond milk.
Once blended, place mesh bag over a bowl, pour in the almond, hemp or buckwheat and water mixture and squeeze through the bag. The milk will keep in the fridge for 3 – 4 days. Keep the remaining pulp as it can be used in cracker, cookie and burger recipes. I love my milk plain, but you can add a drop of stevia and a dash of cinnamon to taste.
I warm my almond, buckwheat and hemp milks by putting them in a small pan and stirring with my finger over a low heat until my finger says it’s hot, which happens at about 105 degrees.
Favorite Winter Salad:
Prepare a large bowl of salad greens and sprouts, and add veggies of choice such as:
- 1⁄2 chopped red pepper
- 1⁄4 purple onion sliced thin
- A few thin slices of purple cabbage
- 1⁄2 sliced zucchini
- 2 veggie/nut burgers, warmed and cut into cubes, crouton sized. You can find a great recipe for veggie burgers in Hippocrates’ Healthful Cuisine.
Toss all with your favorite dressing and add the warmed burger cubes just before serving. Here’s a quick trick I discovered the other day: I had a few dehydrated veggie/nut burgers in the fridge, and when I was ready to serve my salad, I took two of the burgers and popped them into my toaster for 30 seconds (luckily they didn’t fall apart!). Voila! Warm morsels to add to my salad that really warmed up the meal and made that salad into a hearty and satisfying raw winter meal. You can also use your dehydrator to warm up your burgers.
Roasted Veggie Salad:
Cut veggies (red peppers, red onions, zucchini, mushrooms, kale) into chunks or cubes and toss with:
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 1⁄2 Tbsp Braggs
- Sprinkle of dulse
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
- 1⁄2 tsp of Italian herbs
- Dehydrate for 3 hours or until tender. Add to your favorite green and sprout salad and serve while the veggies are still warm. These do not go in the toaster!
Warm and Creamy Morning Cereal:
- Serves 2
- 3 T. 2-day sprouted quinoa
- 4 T. 2-day sprouted buckwheat groats or dehydrated ‘buckwheaties’
- 2 T. freshly ground flax seeds, chia seeds or hemp seeds, or a mixture of all three
- 1 Tsp. lemon juice
- 1⁄3 C. warm water or warm buckwheat milk (add more liquid as needed for personal preference as chia and flax seeds will thicken within minutes of blending).
- Optional: one small apple chopped, dash of cinnamon and/or 2 drops of stevia, and a drizzle of Hippocrates PhysNeur oil.
- Blend until creamy and serve warm.
Another cold-weather trick is to leave most of the veggies you’ll consume in the day out in a bowl on the counter. Room-temperature veggies are easier to eat on a winter day than cold food straight from the fridge. This does not work well with salad greens; keep those in the fridge, but most everything else keeps very well for 12 hours at room temp.
|(Published: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:07:00 -0400)|
Recapture Your Self
More often than not, the mystics tell us to be selfless. Unfortunately, there is a little truth and a lot of problems in this thinking. When losing self, one loses meaning. Meaning is the central reason for our existence. It may be the fundamental act of procreation, the desired act of fulfilling ourselves with meaningful work, or the spectacular joy of achieving happiness in all that we do. These viable, real world happenings demand self. Without a committed conviction and achievable plan, one cannot bring about her/his inherent greatness. Selflessness should be restated as humility. In the act of achieving your own maximum benefit, it is being humble that allows it to be without ego. Anything that is achieved with maximum effort and not used as a shallow representation of who we are is God’s work. It is only ego that creates the wedge between harmony and disharmony.
Infants act out of purity and focus. It is not the same focus that we develop as we mature and systematically put together the formula for refinement. Rather, the infant’s focus is in the moment and overwhelmingly necessitated by that reality. We must destroy our poorly developed sense of priority, and like the youngest among us, react to the demands of our instinct.
Recapturing your self is, in a way, an oxymoron because to do so we must release ourselves from the burden of our own conditioning. We have been taught how to speak, how to act, and how to present rather than how to truly express our feelings. Of course, we cannot cry out when we are hungry or run freely through the streets with no concerns. We must speak with defined passion and move freely without fear. Our restrictions have been laboriously learned and awkwardly applied, manifesting far less than a whole person. Bring your self back to the very beginning when limitation was not life threatening.
To live fully, is to live without disease. A fully engaged life is like a wide and deep river that rapidly moves forward and carries with it an abundance of life and vitality. This river never waivers, although it changes shape, route and dimension. Its purpose is clear, and most importantly, it is part of a greater system that is interconnected. When you truly equate yourself with this river and live as harmoniously, you will flourish in your future and find favor at every turn.
Take a stand and gather together the important things that engage you and bring you motivation. You are now in control of the potential to fulfill your greatest dreams and dismiss your dogmatic demons. Self is the only element with the authenticity to create success and well being. All else is feeble in comparison. Self can answer every question with authority and never lose focus. It is essential for you to develop a renewed relationship with who you are and to take that “you” as far as you possibly can. One should never rely on the past to produce the present, yet it is the wise past that reveals those events that we wish to leave behind and those successes we wish to enhance. Your strength does not come from what happened, it comes from who you presently are. Recapture yourself and learn to wholeheartedly love, respect, and honor that boundless, fearless creature — you.
A series of interviews was conducted with people at the top of their field. Although there was a lot of discussion and haphazard questioning, the purpose of these talks was to find out how these gifted individuals achieved their outstanding status. One after another they repeated a similar story. Someone somehow touched them in their life and gave them confidence, support and encouragement. Most often it was a parent, family member, teacher or friend. Although in different words, each described the same pattern. No matter the challenges in their field, the supporters always shed positive light on their pursuit. Each described that their coach used cutting critiques that at times did not seem favorable, yet were always prefaced with the words “I know you will do better the next time.” If we are masterful in our own lives, we can be our best support, rewarding ourselves with consistent success.
Recapturing our self is a noble and important cause that will broaden our capacity to live in the fullest, most rewarding manner. This opportunity brings us the insightfulness required to denounce our own doubts. Not long ago, we worked with a young woman who had lost her child in an accident. That unfortunate incident, coupled with her diagnosis of cancer and her husband leaving, contributed to a powerful threesome that gathered negative forces creating a gigantic mountain of hardship. When she told her story she gained unanimous support for her state of depression. We may have been the first to tell her that all of this was a revelation and that she needed to interpret it properly. Thinking that we were making light of her disastrous circumstance, she rejected our suggestions. She only wanted more sympathy and had already determined she was going to die. After speaking with her several times, she came and asked why we were so mean. We responded by saying, “You are the mean one in this scenario; mean to yourself, mean to your remaining children, mean to your friends.” “How dare you!,” she responded. “Do you have no heart?” We questioned her by asking if she still had a heart. This further angered her. In a way, all she wanted us to do was tell her it was okay to roll over and die. After this uncomfortable encounter, she returned in a week and said, “You know? Maybe I can heal myself.” When asking what had made the change for her she stated, “I realized that I once again wanted to be the little girl with a dream rather than the broken woman with no future.”
We are always a child with a great dream and we never face irreversible doom. Benini in the movie “Life is Beautiful” represented this well. Although his circumstances were horrifying, he never allowed the so-called reality to penetrate his fearless happiness. His self perpetuating positivity was contagious and raised the spirits of all the lives he touched. He went to his death courageously smiling and laughing. Will we know ourselves well enough to live an unwavering life, with our first objective to be self acceptance? There is no doubt that within us we have the strength to do so. It is for us to rekindle the magnificent energy that the infant has and live a life as wisely and innocently as possible.
|(Published: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:00:00 -0400)|
The Green Juice Revolution
I am the founder of Grand Space, an artists, an artists’ residence and holistic health center in Brooklyn, New York. We recently hosted hosted an all-day workshop with Dr. Brian Clement and I learned many new things to incorporate into my health practice. After I told Dr. Clement about my unusually fast recovery after a recent shoulder condition, which I attribute to regular green juice fasting, he invited me to write an article for this newsletter.
As I write this, I am fasting on green juice made of freshly squeezed organic celery, cabbage, broccoli, kale, dandelion, sprouts and romaine lettuce accented with powdered wild grasses. I drink 2 liters of this juice every day, and on days when I eat no solid food, I drink 3 or more liters.
I’m 48 years old and have been on the path of raw food and holistic heath for 9 years. I was 100% raw for 5 years, and am now about 75% raw, I began juice fasting a year after going raw, and have slowly mastered the practice. My goal for 2007 was to play a juice fasting “game” in which I would fast — or “feast” — on only green juice for 5 to 10 days a month, with at least one fast of five or more consecutive days each month. As I write this, I have juice fasted a total of 87 days so far, or an average of eight or nine days per month. There have been ups and downs: one month I only fasted for three days, another month 13, but at this rate, by the end of the year, I will have juice fasted more than 100 days. This game is extraordinarily rewarding: I feel AMAZING!
There are at least five primary benefits that I experience from drinking large amounts of freshly juiced greens:
MINERALS. Dark leafy greens are a rich source of minerals. Lack of mineralization is a primary cause of disease.
- ALKALINITY. Greens are highly alkaline. Acidity is a primary cause of disease.
- LIVE ENZYMES. As I drink the juice, I can literally feel the life force flooding my body. It’s a natural high!
- PROTEIN. Dark leafy greens contain all nine linked amino acids required for building protein.
- HYDRATION. The water in the plants has been purified by the best system in the world — nature. When accompanied by minerals, the body assimilates and holds water more effectively than when it ingests straight water. Much of the water we regularly drink passes through us, washing out nutrients as it goes.
There are several positive effects that I experience when I fast on green juice and abstain from all solid food. My skin gets clearer and softer. I breathe more fully and easily. As toxins are drained from muscles and joints, there is little if any stiffness in my limbs — my yoga practice feels exquisite. I feel light, calm and peaceful. I think clearly, and brilliant creative ideas seem to fall into my head. I am one with God, the planet and the universe. Exterior circumstances may not change, yet I feel whole and complete. All is well in my personal sphere, and therefore my attention shifts outward and I am of greater service to others.
I must acknowledge that the process of juice feasting has not always been so glorious. The first few years — during which I fasted well over 100 days, including fasts of 10, 21, 30 and 33 days — were very challenging. A lifetime of steroid toxins, anger and trauma came to the surface to be processed and released. There were periods of exhaustion, resignation and isolation. It was a roller coaster of bright peaks and dark valleys, but ultimately, it has been the greatest adventure of my life — a profound journey of self-discovery.
In January of my “Year of Fasting,” for no apparent reason, my right shoulder began to hurt. By February, I had to stop doing all upper body work at the gym. I began seeing doctors in March, but it was not until May that I was diagnosed with a “frozen shoulder” and a torn rotator cuff, which showed up on an MRI. The tear in my rotator cuff was a mystery, as there had been no single incident or moment when I experienced sudden pain. During this time, I moved from New York to West Palm Beach and switched doctors.
The literature my doctor gave me said, “the causes of frozen shoulder are not fully understood” and that “this condition affects about 2% of the population.” By this time, my arm was almost completely useless — I could barely open a car door or pick up a grocery bag with it. The pain was constant and interfered with my sleep. Even riding a bike was a challenge.
An orthopedic surgeon said the torn rotator cuff absolutely must be operated on, that “this will not heal itself,” but that first the frozen shoulder had to be reversed. The literature, from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, explained that the “frozen” stage would last 4 to 9 months, and the “thawing” stage can take anywhere from 5 to 26 months. Only then could I have the rotator cuff operation, and recovery from that was projected at one year. The whole ordeal could last two to three years.
By then it was July and my seventh month of juice fasting. I began physical therapy three times a week, and visited an acupuncturist weekly. On my first visit, the acupuncturist scanned my body and took a reading of all my organs, then told me that in his 15 years of practice, I was the healthiest 47 year old person he had ever worked on. I shared my regimen with him, and on my second visit, he told me he had resumed juicing greens and was feeling great. I shared my regimen with my physical therapist (PT), also 15 years into her practice. She had just begun to adopt a raw food diet, and during our sessions, we exchanged raw recipes.
The cause of my injury was still a mystery, and I wanted an answer. For many years, I have worked with mediums, and I now consult with one of the best. I was told that this was a “soul imprint” — a pattern carried through many years. I was told that my shoulder had been wounded in battle a long time ago, and that I had injured it originally even further back in history, throwing a discus. These injuries had become part of my identity. I used them to seek pity and attention: “poor me, look at my pain.” I asked what I needed to do to transcend this state, and was told I must release it with the affirmation: “I no longer need this as mart of my identity.”
My progress and recovery were stunning. After three weeks of physical therapy and acupuncture, I went back to the surgeon who conceded, “perhaps you won’t need surgery” — a reversal of his initial diagnosis. Two weeks later, my shoulder mobility had increased 50% and the pain had decreased significantly. After just two months, I had regained 90% mobility in my shoulder, felt almost no pain, and was lifting weights again. Both the PT and the acupuncturist told me this was the fastest recovery of a frozen shoulder they had ever seen. Both acknowledged my juicing regimen as the source of my recovery. The Wheatgrass juice fasting allowed the inflammation and fluid to consistently drain from the shoulder, sent a massive supply of minerals to rebuild tissue, and created the alkaline state optimal for healing.
Two weeks before my fourth and final visit to the surgeon, I watched as the NBC nightly news named Dara Torres “Person of the Week.” A nine-time medalist at four Olympic games, the now 40-year old swimmer is making a comeback after retiring six years ago. She had just won the US nationals, and is considered a shoo-in for the ’08 games, where she will be the oldest swimmer in Olympic history. I got chills when I saw her honored on TV, and immediately made her my exercise icon. As I cycled and lifted weights on my way back to peak condition, I told myself, “If Dara can do it, I can.”
When I walked into my surgeon’s office for that final visit, Dara Torres was standing there in front of me. We sat in the waiting room and talked about proper fuel and proper cleansing for the human body. I told her all about my injury and my green juice and raw food program. She told me her coaches are on a similar program and are trying to get her to fuel herself this way. When the surgeon finally saw me, he said “Get out of here and don’t come back!”
I’ve been back at the gym almost three months now. I juice fast an average of nine days a month, eat a mostly raw vegan diet, and I’m packing on muscle as fast as I ever did gorging on a meat and grain diet. There was a time in my life when the idea of eating raw food or fasting for even one day was impossible. What an amazing transformation!
I’ve been blessed to learn these practices. I feel wonderful, and I want everyone to feel as good as I do. It’s now enough for me to feel good — the real reward is is in giving away the gift. I envision a world where freshly juiced organic greens are served in our public schools, hospitals, shopping malls, nightclubs, airports — everywhere. My mission is to live it, speak it, and create projects to make it happen. If you are not already drinking green juice every day, I heartily encourage you to join the Green Juice Revolution!
|(Published: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:56:00 -0400)|
Grow a Wheatgrass Centerpiece
It’s spring and garden fever is in the air. In France, sprouted wheat is a symbol of abundance of the upcoming season. Wheat sprouts symbolize the rebirth of nature as spring emerges in the northern hemisphere.
Growing wheat sprouts is not only decorative but also highly nutritional. Wheatgrass is full of vitamins B12, B6, K and C and beta-carotene. A study from the University of Texas Medical Center found that wheatgrass inhibited the cancer-causing effects of mutagens.
Sprouting your own wheatgrass is easy. Pots that have drainage holes are the easiest for beginning sprouters, but once you learn how much water wheat sprouts require you can sprout them in any container. Fill the container to one inch below the rim with soil; compost or potting mix, making sure the medium has no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Purchase food grade organic seed that is meant for sprouting. Sprinkle the top of your container with the wheat seed, press the seed into the soil and then cover lightly with the potting mix and water lightly. The soil in the container needs to be kept moist. In 3 to 4 days you will begin to see sprouts emerge. Move the container to a sunny location and sunshine makes the sprouts manufacture more chlorophyll. By about day 7 or 8, the sprouts are ready to harvest for juice or the perfect height to use as a centerpiece. If you plant several containers a few days apart, you will always have one ready for harvesting.
|(Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 04:25:00 -0400)|
The Living Dish: Organic, Authentic and Delicious
This week we have two great questions about getting enough and when enough is enough! Enjoy!
Q. Will I get enough protein on a raw, vegan diet?
A. Absolutely, unequivocally yes. The WHO (World Health Organization) says that to maintain optimal health, humans need about 5% of their daily caloric intake to come from protein. The USDA puts that figure at 6.5%. Sprouted seeds, beans, and grains contain about 10-25% protein while vegetables are 20-50% protein, far surpassing minimum daily requirements.
Actually, you can only get amino acids from plants, or from consuming animals that have consumed plants. The original plant was blue green algae, then seaweeds, and then, finally, land vegetables. Blue green algae is an excellent source of protein. Scientists report that Australia was the very first landmass where grasses started to grow. Early humans ate nothing else but grass and were in total health.
Q. If 4 oz of wheatgrass is good for me, will 8 oz be better?
A. For the average person with strong blood cells, 4 oz is the spillover point. Every week I tell one-third of the guests who have a health challenge to take 6 oz, if they have the ability to take 6 oz. I did a study on myself and took blood tests after 4 oz and after larger amounts, and we found there were no added benefits to taking more than 4 oz. Did I feel high? Heck yes, because the oxygen was running through my blood.
Hippocrates Health Institute: Benefits of Wheatgrass
|(Published: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:52:00 -0500)|
The Living Dish: Getting the Scoop on Living Foods
The Living Dish is culinary connection for people who want the scoop on topics related to cooking with living foods and preparing delicious enzyme-rich, organic meals. Living foods are so much more than a fad. They’re a vibrant and tasty element of a healthy lifestyle enjoyed by millions around the globe.
In this post, we’ll put a common myth on the table for discussion. Some people fear that they will lose too much weight by switching to a diet and lifestyle based on living foods. Healthy and nutritious living food will never put excess weight on the body. Advertisers and commercial interests have gotten us all to believe that our weight regulation is dependent upon calories acquired from food sources. This is both naïve and only part of the story. The human anatomy and physiology requires nutrients to keep the cells healthy and strong. It is equally important to acquire muscle/weight by consistently conducting weight-bearing exercise. For most readers, this is accomplished either with traditional free weights or the more user-friendly weight lifting equipment. Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Iyengar Yoga, water exercises with weight-bearing equipment as well as non-competitive and competitive gymnastics can all provide resistance and be part of your exercise program. Healthy people do not have excess weight; they have muscle weight which can only be achieved by the above-mentioned methods.
You can also incorporate more “rich foods” such as avocados, dehydrated nut or grain crackers, cookies sweetened with stevia, nut paté, soaked and sprouted nuts, seeds, beans or grains used in crackers, patés and other dehydrated recipes.
Consume non-sugary root vegetables, such as jicama, rutabaga, turnip, radish, etc. Using nut, olive, flax or hemp oil based salad dressings will encourage weight maintenance more than just lemon juice.
Enjoy lots of organic raw almond butter on celery or raw nut or flax crackers as a treat. Nut butters, as long as they are raw and not made of peanuts or cashews have a high fat content which will help maintain weight.
People often consume strained nut milk to adjust their metabolism and gain weight. Over 80 percent of muscle comes from fat and these foods all contribute to healthy fats in the body. The only weight that a body should maintain is muscle since all other provokes the potential for disease. Lean and muscular people contract fewer maladies and live a longer, healthier life span.
This week’s living recipe:
From Chef Ken’s Kitchen at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida
Yield: 4-6 servings
1 lb. Spinach chopped in food processor with “S” blade
1 ½ oz. Lemon Juice
5 oz. Water
1 ½ C. Pine nuts (Soaked and Rinsed)
1 ½ Cloves Garlic
½ T. Kelp Powder
1 Pinch Cayenne
1 Tsp. Oregano
1. Blend ingredients in sauce thoroughly until creamy.
2. Mix sauce in with spinach to desired texture.
3. Put in bowl and top with shredded yellow squash.
4. Sprinkle top with dehydrated almond meal.
|(Published: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 07:29:00 -0500)|
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