whole foods and beyond....nourishing the body, spirit and soul

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

liquid gold

so why do i drink this "green juice" everyday? what do i put in my green juice? and how do i make it? no matter where you are in your health walk or what your goals or beliefs are, everyone will benefit from  having a diet rich in greens. you can eat as many fruits, nuts, seeds, superfoods or whatever else you want...but bottom line, you'll never achieve optimal nutrition without greens.

the body will always strive for perfection no matter what. our bodies function best and are meant to function in an alkaline environment. this means that inside our bodies our blood needs to be at a ph of 7 at all times for our survival. eating the standard american diet lowers the ph significantly putting the ph at an acid level. all diseases thrive in an acid environment. to really heal the body, one needs to focus on eating foods that will keep the body alkaline. and what foods do that best? greens! however, when your not feeding your body alkaline foods, it will strip your bones of nutrients and minerals to keep your body alkaline. after years and years of depleting its own resources it has nothing left...leaving people with symptoms that doctors have grouped and named osteoperosis. green leafy vegetables are available on every continent of the earth, growing virtually everywhere. this is obviously a vegetable meant to sustain mankind....even, dare i say it, be the center of our diets. 

genesis 1:29-30 helps put this into perspective. "then god said 'i give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. they will be yours for food. and to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-i give every green plant for food.' and it was so."

one for me and one for the man;)
so now that you know all this fancy stuff about greens lets get some in you! the best way to assimilate all the nutrients in greens is to juice them. by doing this, the body doesnt have to work to digest it....it will simply get absorbed through the intestines and straight into the blood stream. juicing your greens everyday will give you optimal energy, keep you alkaline and continue to clean out all the "dirt" thats been built up through out the years.  

(these are just guidelines, but on my perfect day this is what youll find in my glass)
2-3 carrots
2 stalks of celery
1 apple
1 big clove of garlic
1-2 handfuls of whatever dark leafy green i have...today it was turnip greens

run through the juicer and there you have it...liquid gold.

Monday, October 11, 2010

true transformation

day two of raw mom cooked dad summit is continuing to blow my mind. i love being inspired by where other people are and what they have gone through to get there. and i think i slightly have a crush on david wolfe now....

anyways...its always good to look back to the past and reflect on where we are and how far weve come. just yesterday as i was driving through the surreal transformations of autumn, i was thinking about all the stages of transformations ive gone through to be where i am right now. i remember when i first got into raw, id get upset or discouraged when the author of a raw book would say something like "you could be in transition for a few years," or even encourage people to transition for lengths of time because jumping into raw foods overnight would be too much for their bodies to handle. i think i was almost offended at these instructions because i had already cut all the bad things out of my diet and i would think "oh thats not me...i want to go completely raw right now!" i would get so excited about reading these inspirational books! well apparently the universe wasnt ready for me to be 100% raw yet, because it took me a year and a half to get there. and as im looking back at the many stages of my transitions, im happy to see that i did it in a step by step way with out every realizing it at the time. i was on whole foods for two and a half years, transitioned to high raw for a year and a half and then moved to 100% raw. its not the journey for everyone. and the one thing im learning is that my journey will never end...ill never say "ive arrived." there is always more to learn about my body and more to learn about keeping it running perfectly.

so if we all have different journeys, how do we make transformation work for us? easy...romans 12:2. "do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." no matter where your at in your health transformation, i can bet that your going against the patterns of this world. but we cant just renew our thoughts once and say "ok im good from here." we have to be RENEWING our minds...as in daily! everyday we have to make the conscious decision to go against the grain. when we make that decision and choose a green smoothie over starbucks, something happens in our bodies physically. our brain is filled with neurotransmitters. billions of them. every time you do something a certain way, the neurotransmitters make a path towards that action making it easier and easier for you to do it each time. this is how a habit is formed. now every time you choose to renew your mind, going for something healthful, your neurotransmitters are working hard establishing a path for your new actions, so that your old actions might fall away. taking it step by step, complete transformation is inevitable.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

world raw food day

happy world raw food day!!! what an exciting day to be a part of as this movement gets bigger and bigger, reaching more people to be liberated from the decay of western living. to continue the celebration of raw life ill be listening to the raw mom cooked dad summit happening over at rawmom.com. its a multitude of audio interviews with over 40 raw food specialists and top nutritionists. im so excited! i was pregnant the first time these lovely ladies put together a summit and it was super inspirational to sit listening to the interviews with my sister while we both enjoyed delicious raw treats. so if you havent checked out rawmom.com yet, get with it and head on over there for inspiration, articles, blogs and more!

Friday, October 8, 2010

the beginning

welcome to my blog! to start things off let me share with you a little about myself. i am 22 years old and have been gluten, dairy and sugar free for the past four years.  this wasnt always easy for me, considering i come from greek descent, where not eating something thats put in front of you is considered one of the seven deadly sins. after being sick with candida, flora imbalances, and a few parasites (from travels to third world countries) for most of my high school experience, i knew that if i didnt completely cut out these "drugs" i would never feel like myself again. oh how glorious the results to take these out of my diet!!! i lost the extra 15 pounds my body was holding on to, my acne disappeared, i had increased energy (actually having energy at all was new), was able to concentrate, noticed my work outs were better and even more enjoyable, and was finally comfortable in my own body again! if youre questioning taking these out of your diet...listen closer, your body is probably telling you to stay away from them.

when i got pregnant at the age of 20 i felt empowered to have an all natural pregnancy and all natural labor because of the lifestyle i was living. i took pregnancy in stride, looking and feeling great the whole time, and everything made total sense to me when i randomly attended a raw foods class at a local organic market. i had already been consciously eating more raw vegetables since my transition a few years earlier, but it truly blew my mind to eat avocado chocolate pudding! i knew this lifestyle was the next step for me. the next day i went to the library and checked out every book they had available on raw foods. i ate it all up! for the rest of my pregnancy (which ended great by the way! with the happiest baby boy being born after six hours of all natural labor) and up until now i have eaten a diet that consisted of about 80% raw foods.

do you ever notice how books just find you right when you need them? some how i cam across the book "twelve steps to raw food" by victoria boutenko about two weeks ago. whoah! this book slapped me in the face with every sentence i read! after reading so many books on nutrition and raw foods, its easy for us to think that we couldnt possibly learn any more. but, im learning that theres always more to learn. so i read her book, realized i had an addiction to cooked food, thought about going 100% raw, thought about how seemingly impossible that task seems, and then got confirmation through a prophetic meeting that "i was being called to swim against the crowd." so thats when i said, "ok god. ill take this next step deeper with you into true health and freedom." and thats what this blog is all about!! i love raw foods and the raw foods lifestyle...and im looking for people to share it with. so break free from the norms of this society, and lets go on some rawsome adventures! over the next year or so id love to share with you the ups and downs of committing to a 100% raw food diet, share with you what i eat everyday, show off pictures of the yummy recipes i create and throw in some cute pictures of my one year old baby boy along the way. to our health and to our freedom!