Posts in Juicing

Benefits of Juicing/RawVegan Lifestyle

Juicing is an easy way to get tons of raw organic veggies and fruits into our bodies.  When we juice we assist our bodies in digestion to allow full assimilation of enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.  When our bodies receive this gift of Nature our immune systems boost, and our body’s vitality increases.  Once our bodies begin to realize that they are getting the nutrition they deserve they start to detox fat and toxic storages.  With the help of colon hydrotherapy to assist the intestines in releasing the sludge from processed foods that build up on the intestinal walls, our bodies begin to directly assimilate RawFood nutrients, and heal from leaky gut, and other life threatening dis-eases.  Chewing raw fruits and veggies is however very important in order to get nutrients from fiber, and a gift to our senses!  So unless you are planning a detox juicing program, give yourself the gift of textures, colors, and taste through chewing.  Juicing is an easy power packed way to get incredible health outcomes and hydration from fruits and veggies.  Juicing allows for variety and exploration of recipes and food combinations.  It is easy, colorful, and fun!

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Make your own NutMilks! RawFoods Recipe!

A healthy alternative to soy and cow milk products!  Processed almond and coconut milks in the grocery stores still have some strange and scary ingredients!   Making your own nut milks can offer you full awareness of all the ingredients you are ingesting. Making your own nut milks is also so much fun, and easy!  Having a good intention with preparation can also contribute to many health benefits.  There is something very empowering about living raw and preparing your own food.  It makes the whole experience sacred.  With all the environmental toxins we are now faced with, eating and preparing rawvegan foods is a way we can support our bodies in detoxing toxins and sustaining peace with our environment and other beings we share this planet with.

Recipe for Almond Milk (Use the same ratios for any nut milk, and hemp milk)

What you will need:

VitaMix/or Blender, Fine Strainer (optional), clean water and your choice of nut, maybe a date or two, or other super foods such as maca, cacao.

*Get bulk organic raw almonds or cashews or hemp seeds or any nut you would like to make milk out of.

*Soak Almonds for at least 8 hours in clean water (I like to soak almonds over night, and make my nut milks in the morning).  Perfect for my morning fruit smoothies!

*Peel off the brown shell coverings on almonds exposing the white meat of the nut. Soaking and peeling nuts can assist in digestion, so digestion is less rancid, and produces a better pH balance result.  Peeling the shell on almonds also allows for a smoother and creamier texture.  The peeling is fun too, the almonds will jump out of their shells, so be ready for some to fly!

*Use 2:1 ratio of water to nuts, for example 2 cups of water to 1 cup of soaked and peeled almonds.

*Place water and nuts in vitamix or blender and blend till smooth. I also sometimes add a pitted date for natural sweetening. I will sometimes add other superfoods such as cacao (my favorite!) or maca for taste and nutrients.  I use a heaping spoonful of cacao to make a chocolate nut milk.  Maca is a excellent superfood that is helpful for balancing hormones and is great for both women and men.

I personally like the gritty texture of having some bits of nuts in my milk. If you want a smooth and watery milk, strain the nut milk through a fine strainer, or use a cheese cloth. I personally feel using a cheese cloth is messy and time consuming.  But some people dig it.

I store my nut milk in mason jars and use it for other recipes and meals such as sauces, smoothies, etc. It is incredible!  I find that I make nut milk 2-3 times a week, and that they last for several days.

InJOY!

Love, Light, and Bliss Absolute,

Shannon

Agribusiness: Why did humans abandon their job to protect Nature? By: Shannon Connell

Introduction

The unethical practices of food production and its transportation, packaging, and sales are the major contributors to the environmental and health crisis humans now face (Lappe, 2010). This becomes evident as the U.S. Federal government offers only 3% of annual funding to public health interventions in disease prevention and community health education (Schneider, 2006). The depletion of soil, water, and air along with the production of low nutritionally content foods and their consumption are major contributors to environmental pollution and to the current chronic disease epidemic, known as Syndrome X (Monat, Lazarus, & Reevy, 2007). Corporate control of our food supply has not only created a disconnection to Earth and Spirit, but has created a capitalistic overtaking which is inconsiderate of human and environmental well being (Hammers, 2002). There is interconnection between stress and cortisol levels, eating behavior and food choices, human health and environmental health (Epel, Lapidus, McEwen, & Brownell, 2001). Understanding the interconnectedness between all beings and all things is a vital realization for conflict resolution.

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Shannon Connell