Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Blended Salad

Blended salad is a great way to get more greens into our bodies. The pre-digested nutrients are easier to assimilate than a regular salad and you will eat more greens this way than you can chew.

In a blender or VitaMix add:
cucumber and or tomato to create some liquid
add the greens....romaine, spinach, arugula, etc.
in this one I used spinach and arugula
last, add 1/4 to 1/2 avocado
season with lemon juice, sea salt and or Spike
makes a creamy, delicious salad
Good Health!!!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Karen Knowler

I have not yet met Karen Knowler, but I feel like I know her. Her informative and caring site is valuable. Full of pure, good, healthy raw food information. The following is her latest Feature Article. Sign up for her weekly, free eZine. Enjoy!

Food, S*ex, Power and Freedom
Last week I discussed raw foods and weight loss, and made a special mention about looking at things that, even though we might think we want to lose weight, can often subconsciously hold us back. This week I promised you “Food, s*ex, power and freedom”. Hmmm, I do like to set myself bold challenges!My first inspiration for this article actually came back in August last year. Some of you may recall that this was when American raw food educator and s*ex expert Roe Gallo (pictured) came to visit the UK, lecture at my home and stay with me for a few days. We had a ball. What a woman.Roe, I think, is a great role model. She’s in her 50’s but looks so much younger and her joy and enthusiasm for life are truly infectious and inspirational.I found it interesting that Roe was discussing s*ex so openly, or more specifically, beliefs about s*ex. I haven’t seen this done in raw foods so far and was interested to see what she had to say and how she delivered it.Well, she did an excellent job. And that’s probably not easy, because food, s*ex and power are all very emotive issues. So emotive (but potentially so incredibly transformational) that we have decided to run a class together at some point this year... Now, I’ll be completely honest with you when I say that putting fingers to keyboard to write this article has been slightly daunting! I know that because these issues are so emotive there may be a bigger response to this article than potentially any other so far. Plus it’s a subject I have never written or spoken about before. Well, I guess it’s time... it seems to come up for everyone eventually.Continue reading this article online

© 2007 Karen Knowler

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Avo, Carrot, Cashew Dressing, Nori Wrap

Cut nori sheet in half. Layer grated carrots, mashed avocado with sea salt, chopped scallions and cashew dressing. Wrap it up and devour it. Then do it again.

Cashew dressing:
soak handful of cashews
blend cashews & some of the soak water
little bit of orange juice or any other juice
1 date, pitted
few drops of orange essential oil
consistency should be creamy

I always have this dressing available. It goes with so many different things, salads and fruits. So delicious.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Skin Brushing -- Tongue Cleaning

As we take care of our inside body so should we take care of the outside body.

Body/Skin Brushing
The technique is a simple one. You will need a brush with a long handle. Skin brushing is done on dry skin. Start at bottom of your feet and work upwards, brushing the legs, then buttocks, then on to the chest and stomach. Brush more gently where the skin is thinnest and always brush towards the heart. For the arms, start at the fingers with raised arms. Brush down your arm, into your arm pits. Brushing your whole body in this way will take you between three and five minutes, depending on how many strokes you give to each area. Try to keep a rhythm going and brush for up to five minutes every day and preferably immediately before you have a bath or shower so that the dead cells are washed away. The acceleration of blood flow has quite an invigorating effect. You should be able to see the difference in your skin after just a few sessions - it will become very soft and develop an attractive rosy glow.

Good reasons for skin brushing:
Stimulates blood and lymph flow
Helps eliminate toxins from the body
Removes dead skin cells
Encourages cells to regenerate
Stimulates production of sebum
Helps combat cellulite
Results in smooth glowing skin

The body's largest organ is the skin. We now know that if the skin is not carrying out normal elimination, your lungs, kidneys and bowels will function poorly. Conversely, anything you can do to improve skin function will improve the function of the other elimination organs.

Face Brushing/Exfolliating
Tonya Zavasta, is a beautiful example on natural beauty. She practices her own teachings. Do read her suggestion on skin brushing. She has her own facial cream and offers a face brush too, Your Right to be Beautiful Cream. It is a beautiful cream and smells delicious.

Tonya also recommends to brush hair 50 times morning and evening.

I like to put pure rosemary essential oil onto my scalp 2 or 3 times a week. It is a hair strengthener and stimulator.

Tongue Cleaning/Scraping
This also is a very important practice. Here is the
tongue scraper that I use and recommend. Here is some more useful information on tongue cleaning.

Friday, February 2, 2007

A Raw Yogi Journal

It is important to get nutrients from different greens. This is a nice new addition. Arugula and mango pudding. Has a nice kick to it. Blend a handful of arugula and one mango. Manga in Portuguese. If the taste is too strong, mix with another green. Suggested by A Raw Yogi Journal. Love her site, she has some good raw ideas.