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29 Jun

Easy Minute Salad

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A Raw Mama’s Reality Check: We Need Supplements?

13 Dec

Our allergic reaction or sensitivities to supplements: my rough hands and my son's rashes. How do we supplement our diet properly if we react to the exact nutrients that we need?

Every year, around my birthday, I take my family to our naturopath to have an annual check up. What did we find this year? Not exactly the news I wanted to share with you.  I wish I could say that our families have all the nutrients they need in a Raw Vegan Diet, but this simply is not true.  I’m sharing what my family found out about our food deficiencies with you, because I think it is important for Vegan Mamas to know that we need to supplement our family’s diets.

The Good:

We are all healthier than last year. This was great news considering my kitchen turned fully Vegan this year and my husband and son now only eat Vegan at home ( and at least 50% of their diet still remains raw).

The Bad:

We all have difficulty in handling sugar.  And, we still need more B vitamins, iron, zinc, iodine and protein in our diet.

A Raw Mama’s Reality Check

1. Just because it’s raw doesn’t mean we can over-indulge. Too much of a good thing…

This means decreasing our fruit (in breakfast puddings, smoothies) and raw sweetener intake (honey, maple syrup, dates in our fave raw oatmeal).

A surprising and wonderful discovery: My son sipped his cup of Pooh Bear Smoothie clean without even noticing that the 2 additional dates were missing!

2. B Vitamins is a must!

Nutritional Yeast is back on our table.  We prefer the fortified Red Star brand.  I don’t know why but we react to Bragg’s.  I also have Hawaiian Spirulina sometimes with breakfast.  I’m on a mission to look for a supplement too that agrees with us – especially after reading that nutritional yeast should NOT be our only source of Vegan B12!

3. Trying to find Supplements

Our iron, zinc and iodine levels are low and have hardly improved since last year (and we were consciously eating foods high in these)… so we really need to supplement this time.  My big problem is finding the supplements that actually agree with us! We’ve been trying a few supplements and I have been suffering with rough hands and my son with eczema on his.

4. Protein

As for protein, I decided it would be best for me to add cooked legumes to my diet and cook more for my family.  Maybe this will help with our iron levels too!

Mama’s Supplement Information and Support from Gabriel Cousens

Mama’s Brainstorming

Oooh, I just looked at all the Vitamin Code products from Vitacost.  They’re very expensive and I don’t know if my family might be sensitive or react to them. But, they’re RAW.  I guess it’s the best bet we have in supplementing right now.

Load Up on B12!

12 Oct

Loading up on B12!

I have I recently bought Spirulina that boasted 150% DV of Vitamin B12 in just 1 teaspoon. I like to sprinkle it on my breakfast fruit puddings a lot. But today, I’ve just been enjoying digging into my salad bowl loaded with the easiest creamy B12 dressing. I actually prefer this dressing to the Raw Caesar I posted a while back… this is so much simpler, easier and quicker to prepare! Here it is:

Mix together:

2 tbspns nutritional yeast (I have Red Star in my pantry right now, but usually use Bragg’s)
2 tbspns raw tahini
1-2 tbspns raw apple cider vinegar
6 tbspns extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp to 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste

Toss with Romaine Lettuce or other greens. Top with seeds or nuts, as you please. This makes just enough for 1!

A comparison of B12 content:

Red Star Nutritional Yeast has 130% DV of Vitamin B12 per 1 1/2 tbspns

Bragg's Nutritional Yeast has 40% DV of Vitamin B12 per 1 tablespoon

How Food can Protect our Families from Radiation Exposure

29 Mar

 

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I have worried about my friends who live in Japan.  Yet at the same time, in the midst of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, I am inspired and awed by the great peace, power of community and strength of the Japanese people.

Today, trace levels of radiation from the explosion at Fukushima are now in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Nevada and other Western states. Despite the low levels found, the risk of radiation exposure hits home. Although we are exposed to significant amounts of radiation already in our daily lives (cell phone towers, microwaves, X-rays, CT scans, yes even cigarette smoking), the low levels of radioactive material leaking out from a nuclear plant on the other side of the earth makes it seem more significant.

What radioactive material should we be looking out for?

The byproducts of the recent nuclear explosion are Iodine-131, strontium-90 and cesium-137. Iodine-131 travels best (therefore the first material to be found in the US), but after 80 days, only less than 0.1% will remain.  Cesium-137 can travel too, but once it falls on the ground, it will stay there for 300 years with only 0.1% remaining.

 

Why should we be concerned?

Because these radioactive materials can enter our bodies through ingesting, absorption through the skin or inhalation.  Moreover, they have been shown to cause different types of cancer.

 

What can Mamas do to protect their families?

Before going out to buy Potassium Iodide, Mamas can simply use Raw Food to:

1. protect our family’s bodies by filling up our cells with good minerals  and thereby keeping radioactive materials out, and

2. detoxify in order to get rid of any radioactive materials already present.


How can we use Raw Food to protect our families from radiation exposure?

From Gabriel Cousens’ A Comprehensive Holistic Approach to the Plague of Radiation and What To Do:

 

1. Serve up foods that protect the body from radiation exposure:

MINERAL PROTECTS FROM
 

Iodine (found in kelp and strawberries)

 

 

thyroid and gonads

 

iodine-131

 

Potassium (found in chard, crimini mushrooms and spinach)

 

 

muscles, kidneys, liver, and reproductive organs

 

cesium-137

 

Calcium (found in spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens and collard greens)

 

 

bones

 

strontium-90

Other excellent foods that protect against radiation are:

– garlic, onion, ginseng

– echinacea, rosemary

green tea – 20 cups gives 97% more protection against radiation

chlorophyll-rich foods: cabbage, leafy greens, spirulina (decreases side effects of radiation by 50%), wheatgrass, sprouts, blue green algae

beets can lessen cesium-137 absorption by 97-100%

bee pollen contains 15% lecithin which protects against all 3 radioactive materials: iodine-131, strontium-90 and cesium-137

 

2. Serve up foods that bind to radioactive material, turning them into harmless salts and then ridding the body of them:

CHELATES (foods that bind) DETOXIFIES BODY OF
 

Kelp family (kelp, arame, wakame, kombu, hijiki) contains sodium alginate

 

 

Strontium-90

 

Green algae (chlorella)

 

 

Cesium-137

Other excellent chelates:

apples, sunflowers seeds, miso, grains, beans, peas

 

3. Serve up alkalizing foods that are low in the food chain protect the body against radiation:

raw vegan foods because they have lower concentrations of radioactive materials:

avoid animal products because they contain up to 15 x (milk) and 30 x (beef) more radioactive materials

More Resources:

Nuclear Plants Near You (USA)

Radiation

What is raw vegan food?

What are Raw Vegan ingredients?

What do Raw Vegans avoid?

My Fast-Food Energizer Salad

25 Mar

It’s been a long week.

I don’t know how many times this week or today we had to tell our 4 year old that: 1. kicking and scratching someone is rude, 2. doing something out of spite is also rude, 3. please listen, and 4. YES, I think you knew all that.  Tonight after another purposeful rude behavior, he said sorry in tears: “I’m really sorry Mama!!!” But then, he looks at me before sleeping and says: “Mama, if you sleep with me all night, I promise to be good.  But if you don’t, then I won’t be good.” What? It doesn’t help that he doesn’t feel all that well either.

Needless to say, I haven’t had much energy to spare these days.

Mamas with young children don’t really have a lot of time in the kitchen.  And when things come up last minute, the importance of good nutrition usually takes a step back. I’ve heard people complain that “Raw is too difficult.  It takes too much time and preparation.”

Well, you know what?  Raw is super easy and quick. It’s the perfect food for anyone who is lazy.  No waiting for something to be cooked, no washing extra pots and pans, and sometimes, hardly any prepping.  AND you get loads of health benefits.

 

Spirulina in Salad

 

With this ‘fast-food’ energizer salad, you’ll be eating and energized in less than 5 minutes. This is great when you are out and about too.  I just mix everything in the container the salad mix came in, shut it and shake it.  Voila!  No lunch box either.  Place in a big bowl:

5 oz packet of organic baby lettuce

5 oz packet of organic herb salad mix

1 pint packet of organic cherry tomatoes, just spritz with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and rinse

2 avocados, chopped (I just spoon the flesh out into my bowl or container – no need for chopping board)

2 tsp sea salt

2 tbspns raw apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp or more spirulina (did you know per volume, spirulina beats any animal product in B vitamins and protein?)

Mix all together and get ready to feel energized!

I feel better already!