Hi everyone! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been able to post recently. My lovely nephew decided that it would be funny to give me a nasty case of bronchitis.
I’m starting to feel better and I promise I’ll have more great articles and videos to share soon!
An easy way to harness the power of raw foods!
Over the past week, I’ve seen the infomercial for the NutriBullet System at least twice and I’ve seen it being presented on HSN. This product’s statements have always resonated with me for some reason (I guess it’s because I can hear my mom telling me to eat my vegetables) and today I realized why: it’s called bioavailability.
I know that that term sounds complicated, but it’s really very simple. Think about how many times you’ve needed a sponge to clean something up. When it’s just spilled milk, it takes very little effort to get the sponge to soak up the milk; dried ketchup, on the other hand, takes considerably more effort to scrub and wipe up. That’s exactly how our digestive system works. If you drink a glass of pulp-free orange juice, your body can soak up the nutrients like a sponge, whereas whole foods, like broccoli, spinach or blueberries or spinach, your body has to scrub the foods (break them down) before it can absorb those nutrients.
In the infomercials, longevity expert and master nutritionist, David Wolfe (who also appear in “Simply Raw”) explains that when we prepare our vegetables, fruits and nuts in the NutriBullet, they are are turned into super foods they call nutriblasts. Here’s a video of how the NutriBullet makes the foods we eat super foods.
One nutriblast each day is the perfect way to incorporate the raw foods diet lauded in “Simply Raw,” especially if you have an extremely hectic schedule.
Y’all know I love to give you the scoop on the incredible foods nature has to offer us, and I’ll continue to do so, but I think I’ll start finding other sources of evidence besides articles on the web.
Over the weekend, I went to a screening of a documentary called “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days,” and to say was good is the understatement of the millennium! For the film, they found 5 subjects with Type 2 diabetes and 1 subject with Type 1.
All of the subjects met with a Dr. Cousens who introduced them to the raw food lifestyle and had them eat only raw for 30 days. As I’m sure you know, it wasn’t an easy thing to do because of all the sugar we Americans have in our diets: the average American consumes approximately 150 pounds of sugar per year!
One man’s story really made me want to break down in tears. Kirt was a 26-year-old African American man from Baltimore, Maryland. He shared a story about how one time he went to the emergency room and the doctors told him his blood sugar level was at 1200; the normal range for blood sugar is between 80-100!!
Kirt impressed me further when he adhered the most to the diet – he gave those 30 days 110% because he knew that that was what was required if he truly wanted to cure his diabetes.
On day one of the program, his blood sugar was about 346 and he was taking 4 to 6 insulin shots a day. By day 30, not only was he able to STOP his insulin, his blood sugar was down to 73! At the end of the movie, Kirt went to his doctor to get the results of some blood work and he was surprised to find that his doctor had reread his file and was going to rediagnose him as a type 1 diabetic and had plans to give him an insulin pump! I’m sure you all know that people with type 1 diabetes produce very little or no insulin – but after a strict 30-day diet of raw foods, his body was totally healed and started making its own insulin!
My moral of the story is, although many doctors mean well, they are definitely undereducated about the power of the food we have available to us. Granted, they take the Hippocratic Oath upon graduating from medical school, but the better musing from Hippocrates is “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”
If you’ve read any of my posts, you know that I’m a huge advocate of the natural and organic meal choices, not because it’s the current fad, but because I’ve experienced first-hand how these processed, pre-packaged foods are deleterious to our health.
I’m not going to force anyone to accept the message I am trying to get out there – I know that forcing yourself into something you don’t wholeheartedly believe will only lead to a more complicated life, and that’s not what I want for you guys. However, if you are truly open to the information and advice I plan to give you then please read this article carefully because it will impact your life.
A vast majority of Americans – about 93% – want food to be clearly labeled as concerns GMOs.
And ever since I changed my eating habits, I’ve become extremely skeptical of any product a big corporation tries to force down our throats because history has shown that their only motivation is the all mighty dollar. Monsanto perfectly epitomizes of this disgusting cycle. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a crucial part of Monsanto’s business model; they claim that GMOs offer health benefits, but reports from the Food and Drug Administration, the Institute of Responsible Technology and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine demonstrate the opposite.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has studied the effects of GMOs on several animals and these are the results:
- Mice had fewer and smaller babies when they ate modified corn,
- Rodents developed toxicity in their immune systems after a consistent diet of modified corn and soy
- Rats experienced excessive cell growth in their stomach linings, which is preliminary indication of caner, after being fed modified potatoes.
Even more shocking is that there are reports of animal deaths from modified foods. In India, thousands of buffalo, sheep and goats have died after grazing on modified cotton plants. Likewise, 12 cows in Germany died suddenly after eating modified corn.
The past few weeks money has been a little tight and I’ve been eating crappy boxed and processed foods because that’s what I could afford. I will NEVER make that foolhardy choice again!
The first week I bought the boxed/processed foods, I was pretty dismissive because I had finally changed over to a lifestyle where I no longer WANTED to eat things like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese or Oscar Meyer bacon; I preferred Greek yogurt with berries and granola. Boy, did I ever get hit with a metaphorical 2×4!! As one week turned into two weeks and then one month, two months, I got a nice little reminder of why I banished those crappy “foods” from my kitchen. At the beginning of the month, maybe around the 5th or 6th, I started sniffling a little bit and before I knew what hit me, I had my first head cold in two YEARS!!!
Earlier this week, I was able to afford better food and I made sure to buy a huge tub of Greek yogurt because I while I was sick, I found an article that indicated approximately 70% of our immune system is in our digestive tract!
As the old saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding!” and the only word that can describe Greek yogurt is “miracle cure.” That may sound a bit melodramatic, but it’s a perfect fit nonetheless. When my cold was at its worst, I couldn’t keep my head clear for more than 2 or 3 hours (I think I went through two boxes of tissue in one day!). Sleeping was next to impossible – I was lucky to get three straight hours at any given time.
After I bought my tub of Greek yogurt, I splurged and ate about 1½ cups and it took about four hours for my body to start repairing itself. About four days later, it was as if I’d never been sick!