" I want to buy good quality food, but on a low budget. What tips do you have & what exactly should I be buying?"
This question has been plaguing my inbox, so I thought it would be a good time to address it. Eating healthy does NOT mean eating expensive and gourmet. It's quite the opposite. The type of diet I advocate is a pure vegetarian diet made of whole foods. Some call it Vegan, but I prefer to call it pure vegetarian (more on that another time).
A pure vegetarian, whole-food diet consists entirely of whole grains, beans, vegetables, seaweeds, nuts, seeds, and fruits. You can include high quality plant oils, but a very small amount. Eating this way does take more time, but you will save your money and your health.
Now, if you're going to be buying organic prepackaged soups, organic microwaveable meals, organic frozen pizzas, organic cereals, organic nut milks, organic cheeses, organic meats, and organic desserts you are going to spend a considerable amount more than the unprocessed foods I mentioned before.
There's a good reason for this: there's more energy in the box! Any company that wishes to be certified organic must spend much more money than a conventional food company for testing, evaluations, and any fines or penalties they may come across in the certification process. Organic, bulk products are the most inexpensive ways to eat healthy.
Organic oats in bulk are $1.79 per pound, while organic packaged oats are $4.49 per pound. One can (3 cups) of black beans is $2.79, while organic dried black beans are $2.49 per pound. If you take both of these figures into consideration, also realizing that 1 cup of black beans yields 3 cups cooked and there's nearly 3 cups of black beans in one pound bulk, you'll spend 4 times the amount on oatmeal and almost 3 times the amount on beans.
If you make grains and beans your staple, a single person would spend around $5 each week on just the grain and bean portion of each meal. This is not an ideally balanced diet, but it's a great start! Moving onto vegetables and fruits, there are certainly some that go a long way nutritionally, while still saving you money.
Potatoes (sweet and white)
At Sunflower Natural Foods in Woodstock, NY Broccoli is $3.49 for two bunches, sweet potatoes are $1.79 per pound, and apples are $1.69 per pound. If you figure you get 5 servings or more from the broccoli, and that one sweet potato is 1 pound and yields 2 servings you can see that a meal made of rice and beans with broccoli and potatoes costs less than $4.00. If steaming is too bland, you can even add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil ($10.99 per jar, 30 servings), and use one thin slice of an onion ($1.59 per 1 pound onion) and you're talking rice and beans with stir-fried vegetables for $4.69!
Broccoli is known to be one of the most cancer-preventing foods around. For 69 cents a serving, you can literally be cutting down your risk for cancer and many other degenerative conditions. For $1 per apple, you can take in heavy metal absorbing pectin and fiber that will help cleanse your bowels daily of industrial toxins and pollution. For 90 cents a serving (sweet potato), you can obtain your day's worth of Vitamin A which helps to rebuild your skin, cleanse your blood, and build your immune system. Unlike inorganic, "cheaper" produce you're getting nutrients that rebuild your body and immune system, rather than deplete it with pesticides, GMOs, and other chemicals that hurt your body when you're trying to eat healthy. It's really not saving you money to go to the doctor's office when you're sick from the cheap food you're eating. When you look at food this way and see it's true worth, you can see how inexpensive organic really is.
My partner and I mostly eat like this and we spend $50 a week or less on groceries. Eating this way is simple, healthy, and completely inexpensive. If you don't indulge, you can even spend the extra penny on almond butter, coconut oil, and a $6 pint of blueberries. The almond butter at $10.99 will last two weeks if you eat it in moderation, coming out to 78 cents per serving. The blueberries, well, those ARE expensive! But they're not too much more than a pint of ice cream. The difference is that the blueberries can help lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and lower your risk of cancers and strokes.
Organic food is a slower process. It involves growing foods in accordance to nature's laws and rhythms. This is exceptionally true for biodynamic farming. I like that organic food is more expensive than conventional food. It teaches us to value our Earth and her abundance over other things that may be draining our money and our Earth. Things like computers, endless Smartphone renditions, and tons of plastic packaging.
One can easily spend $500 per month on cable, smart phones, and health insurance alone. I say throw them all out, have more time with your own thoughts, do more creative things with your friends, and use your money to buy healthy food that may actually prevent you from ever needing to consider insurance. Still, you don't have to change your life that drastically. Simply eat oatmeal for breakfast, and rice and beans with vegetables for lunch or dinner. Watch how much money you save and how much better your feel!
Buying organic also helps you take a stand against destructive methods of making food. When you consider that a burger that comes from a cow raised in whatwas the rainforest, then shipped across the world by boats and planes, put between a bun that's full of genetically modified corn, which was processed in a lab by manipulating its genetic code to make it withstand tons of chemical fertilizers that were also made in a lab, then flown over hundreds of acres to be dropped over a large mono-crop of corn, soy, or wheat that pollutes all the drinking water in the area, then is harvested and packaged with preservatives, more chemicals, and endorsed by cartoon characters can be cheaper than something raised on water and sunshine. One of two things must be true: whoever is in charge of this system is either mad with greed or simply mad from all the genetically modified food they've been eating.
In any case, the consumer is really who is in charge. It is up to us to decide what to spend our money on and what we find to be most important and changing our systems in life. If you can't buy all organic, at least go to your local farm stand or farmer's market and get food that may not be organic but may be better than organic: local, home-grown, and chemical free! The best thing you can do is grow as much food yourself and truly gain control of your life and health.
I will be adding recipes on here that are inexpensive to make from bulk, organic ingredients. The recipe below is anti-viral, lymph activating, detoxifying, warming, and nourishing for the winter. You can add any additional green vegetables to this if you desire. Its also delicious with squash instead of sweet potatoes.
Coconut-Curried Cabbage Soup
1 red cabbage (2-3 cups chopped)
1 onion (diced)
1 can coconut milk - full fat
2 small, or 1 large, sweet potato
2 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. curry powder
1 tbsp. rosemary or thyme
1 pinch of sea salt
4-6 cups of water
1) Add oil, salt, curry, and onions to the bottom of a pot and fry for 3 minutes.
2) Add cabbage and sauté for an additional 4 minutes.
3) Add the entire can of coconut milk, diced sweet potato, and 4-6 cups of water depending on how rich you want the stock to be.
4) Bring to a boil, then simmer for 35- 45 minutes.
5) Serve with millet and sauerkraut.
Every morning I eat a bowl of oatmeal with fresh pears, dulse strips, and cinnamon. This simple, affordable, and delicious meal is full of healthy benefits. This is a staple breakfast for me and I usually recommend it to most everyone looking to optimize their health.
Beauty and Bones
Oats are rich in silicon, which promotes collagen growth in the body. Combine this with mineral-rich dulse and you are eating your way to healthy bones, hair, skin, and nails.
Pears contain a fiber called pectin which acts as a heavy metal chelator. Seaweed is also known for protecting the body from radioactive residues caused by environmental pollutants, radiation exposure, and cancer therapies.
Oats alone are good for blood sugar because, as a complex carb, they slowly turn into glucose for the brain - opposed to refined carbohydrates that dump glucose into the blood and wreak havoc on blood sugar levels. Furthermore, the cinnamon powder helps convert glucose into glycogen. Glycogen is the form of glucose that the body stores in the liver and muscles for later use. Seaweed, being rich in minerals, is also fantastic for balancing the blood sugar. Put all these three ingredients together and you have a potent medicinal food to balance your blood sugar, promote mental clarity, and nourish your pancreas.
Bile acids, a by-product of digesting fat, turn carcinogenic when left in the digestive tract for too long. The high fiber content of the oats, pears, and gel-like fiber form seaweed (algin) is a fantastic colon cleanser that will help keep you regular, as well as pull potentially hazardous compounds out of the colon before they become an issue.
Oats provide nourishment for our nerves. They are loaded with B vitamins and have a soothing effect on the entire body. Seaweed help to nourish the nerves by providing adequate minerals to the whole body so that it can assimilate the B vitamins in the oats.
In addition to all of these amazing benefits, this bowl of oats can increase fertility in men, heal an underactive thyroid, relieve leg cramps, relieve most digestive issues, and help lose weight. If oats make you bloated, you may find that adding the seaweed to them breaks down the phytic acids which usually contribute to gas and discomfort.
Here's the recipe:
1/2C organic rolled oats (steel cut may be used, but rolled are better for those with weak digestion)
1 and 1/2C water
1 pear (diced)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 handful of dulse (tear up in pieces)
Bring everything to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes covered.
Tahini sauce is made from taking sesame butter and mixing it with water and spices. The recipe is simple and sweet:
3 tbsp. of tahini
1 tsp. of tamari, umeboshi plum, or a pinch of sea salt (Or substitute salt with one capful of apple cider vinegar)
1) Add tahini, water, and salt choice to a pot and bring to a boil.
2) As soon as it begins bubbling, turn off the heat and mix until all the tahini is mixed into the water.
3) You can add lemon, dill, or any other spice you prefer - fresh ginger is fantastic too!
Now that you know the ratios and instructions for tahini sauce, you can keep a jar full in your refrigerator as a base for any kind of condiment you're looking for. I recently made "healthy" junk food for Aemen and I when we were craving something more processed. I put sunshine burgers on millet bread from food for life, tahini sauce with some organic ketchup mixed in it, and ruby sauerkraut from Hawthorne Valley to make a mock tempeh ruben. It was absolutely delicious!
Tahini sauce serves as a condiment on its own, or as a base for salad dressings, creams, mustards, etc. It's a perfect replacement for mayonnaise and dairy-based sauces. It is an important component to any macrobiotic household, or just for anyone looking for a healthy, and delicious alternative to processed dressings.
Tahini sauce is loaded in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It is especially high in calcium and iron. It is a good blood builder, warming to the body, and slightly alkaline. It helps strengthen the liver, kidneys, and lubricates the intestines.
My current favorite dish is my millet and black bean bowl. I put the cooked millet in a bowl first, then top with freshly cooked, cumin-spiced black beans, then freshly steamed sweet potatoes, a big forkful of sauerkraut, and I drizzle warm tahini all over it. It's like a warm taco bowl - just absolutely nourishing and delicious! We usually serve it with a side of broccoli and brussell sprouts.
How do YOU use your tahini sauce?
If you have inflammation, want to become more alkaline, want clearer skin, or are trying to balance your blood sugar look no further than to the humble, sweet almond.
Delicious, meaty, sweet, and full of nutrients almonds are the most ideal snack. They are portable, shelf stable, and versatile. I'm actually eating some right now.
Almonds are beneficial in so many ways, but I'm just going to list a few of my favorites.
Every other nut is acidic, but not almonds! Almonds alkalize the body's pH which helps to maintain our mineral balance, ward off illness, reduce inflammation, and increase blood oxygen.
Almonds are ideal for anyone dealing with chronic yeast infections and candida overgrowths. Almonds are satisfying to the taste, but have no sugar. The fact that they alkalize and fight fungus makes them an ideal food for preventing and treating fungal conditions.
Most almonds, even "raw", are pasteurized with steam or some other heat method to kill a portion of bacteria that they may be carrying. Sicilian almonds are the only true raw source and they contain good levels of B-17. B-17 is an amazing nutrient that has been known to kill cancer cells and starve tumors. More on that here.
Almonds have been known to help rehabilitate and strengthen the lungs. Specifically when they are ground and made into a drink (homemade almond milk).
Almonds are loaded in highly available protein, protective fats, fiber, vitamin E, antioxidants, selenium, and other minerals. All of this means that they are perfect packages of nutrition - much better than synthetic supplements and vitamins.
How does one use almonds? The possibilities are almost endless. Start by soaking them to reduce their phytic acid content and improve their digestibility. Soak as many as you desire overnight in water. Rinse and drain them in the morning. To make them sweeter AND even more digestible, squeeze them between your fingers to make them pop out of their skins. You can eat them right away, or you can do any of the following:
Raw and Soaked
Simply let them sit on a cloth or paper towel until they air dry and store in the refrigerator, or in a pantry that doesn't get too hot. Eat within a few days.
One can roast almonds on a baking sheet at 350 for about 12 minutes, or until brown and popping. You can mix the roasted almonds in a bowl and add a few drops of tamari, sea salt, and spices like rosemary or curry.
Add 1C of soaked, skinned almonds to 2-4C of water. Blend on high and strain through a cheesecloth or fine metal strainer. Add a pinch of salt and a drop of maple syrup if desired. Store in a sealed container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
"What about the meal?" Save the meal from the strained milk and add salt and rosemary. Bake in the oven, or dehydrate, to make crackers. You can also add the meal to smoothies, porridges, or eat alone. It's mildly decadent and contains valuable nutrients and fibers.
Instead of snacking on processed foods, enjoy some homemade soaked and roasted almonds and know that you're doing your body a favor.
Buckwheat porridge is often looked at as a tasteless gruel, reserved for peasants in Russia. I happen to think that "peasant food" is the most beautifying, nourishing food on the planet. After all, the peasants always outlived the gouty kings.
Buckwheat is amazing for so many reasons. One major reason is that it contains the bioflavonoid Rutin. Rutin, among many things, helps to:
- Builds and strengthens blood vessels and capillaries.
- Improves circulation, which helps maintain warmth during the colder seasons.
- Reduces skin inflammation, a common symptom of Rosacea
- Protects the body from radiation (cell phones, x-rays, and smart meters are but a few common causes)
- Can help to lower blood pressure.
- Cleans the intestines.
This recipe, adapted from Cookus Interuptus, will make your body beautiful from the inside out. Potatoes deliver healthy minerals for the blood and skin, onions provide sulfur for collagen growth, and mushrooms provide selenium as a powerful anti-cancer compound. When you add this to rutin-rich Kasha and top with sauerkraut (high in vitamin C and enzymes) you have an incredible breakfast that will clean the blood, rebuild the immune system, strengthen your circulatory system, and make your skin glow.
1C kasha (roasted buckwheat)
2-4C water (Start with 2 cups and add more if you want it soupier)
1 small red skinned potato (finely diced or grated)
1/4 - 1/2C finely chopped shiitake mushrooms
1 tbsp. of sesame oil
1) Saute onions with a little sea salt for 5-10 minutes until they become nicely browned.
2) Add the potatoes and the mushrooms and let saute for an additional 3-5 minutes, covered.
3) Throw in the kasha and let that also saute for another 2-3 minutes, covered.
4) Add water, bring to a boil, and let simmer while covered until the water is soaked up.
5) Serve with sauerkraut and steamed vegetables.
I like mine with brussel sprouts and diced carrots. You can add rosemary to increase its blood strengthening and warming properties.
Exhaustion, swollen eyes, adrenal fatigue, lower back pain, crashing energy - these are all signs of weak kidneys. I'm seen a handful of people over the past few weeks who have rehabilitated from these symptoms by nourishing their kidneys.
Our kidneys are very small organs - about the size of our ears. Their job, however, is anything but small. They filter up to 1000 pints of our blood daily. They also regulate our qi energy, build courage and will, and deal with emotions of fear and insecurity.
I often find that most people with adrenal issues also have underlying kidney issues. The adrenal glands are on top of the kidneys and they both influence one another in a number of ways. The good news is, once kidney function is optimized the adrenals become stronger, as does your energy, nervous system, and will power. I also see improved kidney function result in a happier emotional state. Interestingly enough, vitamin D from the Summer is stored in the kidneys for the Winter time.
So how does one begin working to heal the kidneys? It's actually quite simple:
Excessive sodium can wreak havoc on our poor kidneys. It's often understood that salt is drying and that is why the kidneys suffer under its influence. I believe that that's part of the story. I also believe that the excessive water or beverages that are taken in due to dehydration from too much salt overwhelms and exhausts the kidneys. After all, they're only the size of our ears!
Eliminate Excess Proteins
Excess proteins from meats, protein powders, and cheeses create the by-product ammonia and urea which has to be dealt with by the kidneys. Most body builders that I've worked with have totally exhausted their kidneys through excessive proteins and chemical stimulants over the years. I recommend cutting out all animal products for 90 days, or as long as possible to begin giving your digestive system and kidneys a break.
Herbs are SO good for the kidneys. Herbs are SO good for our bodies. Herbs are SO good for everything! Nearly all plants and herbs have a positive effect on our kidneys, livers, etc. My triple root infusion will take care of most kidney, blood, and liver issues. Nettle tea is also known to rehabilitate the kidneys and act as a diuretic. Some herbalists even claim that their clients have been able to withdrawal from dialysis with strong Nettles infusions alone!
All plant foods flush out excess ammonia, urea, proteins, and sodium. Thus all plant foods are good for our kidneys. In particular black beans, mung beans, sweet potatoes, celery, and grapes are the best.
So there you have it. If you have puffiness under your eyes, pains in your lower back, total exhaustion, dark urine, fatigue, or dehydration you can try some of my suggestions above to see if it helps. Of course, I am not a doctor - thank Goddess! I am, however, a Certified Nutritional Counselor who has over 10 years experience watching people heal themselves without medicine. How rewarding and beautiful that process has been, and continues to be.
If you're ready to embark on a personal healing journey and would like some support or guidance, feel free to contact me.
Dandelions? You mean that weed that we wage wars on in synthetic green lawns throughout suburbia? You mean that prickly leaf that sprouts up through urban sidewalks? That humble yellow flower that makes us feel like Spring? That magickal plant that wishes were blown on?
Yes, that weed. Dandelions are such a part of our culture, yet how many of us grew up eating them? What we've been missing out on is incredible. Dandelions are, easily, the most nutritious, powerful green on our beloved planet. They help balance blood sugar with inulin, clear up liver issues, beautify the skin, help the body metabolize fats, and flush excess water weight from the body within a few hours of eating or drinking them.
In my person practice I have seen women who suffer from hormonal imbalances rebound almost over night from drinking dandelion root tea. I've seen a gentleman without a gallbladder drink 2 cups a day to cure his incessant loose bowels and violent digestive response to fats. I've seen a woman lose 15 pounds of excess water weight within 3 1/2 weeks of drinking a strong quart of dandelion for breakfast every day. I've also seen skin issues like eczema and acne dissolve over the course of several weeks when raw dandelion greens are added to the diet. You can also read two fantastic articles from the Leafy Lady here and from my love Aemen Bell here.
How should one use dandelions? Here are my recommendations:
Eat The Leaves!
Eat at least 10 raw dandelion leaves a day in salads, in smoothies, or between meals. I eat about half a bunch as a snack after dinner. Not only does it help digest my meal, it begins cleansing my blood and my liver before I sleep which then helps my liver cleanse itself better during the night at its normal cleansing time. Stick your tongue out after you eat them and you will see the darkest, most beautiful green color that you've ever seen. This is the magickal chlorophyll doing its work at cleansing your breath, flushing out fungus from the body, purifying the blood, and helping the body assimilate vitamin D from the Sun.
Steep The Roots!
Take 1 tablespoon of dried dandelion roots per 1 cup of hot water and steep overnight. Drink it first thing in the morning to flush fat and water from the body. Drinking dandelion root tea upon waking also helps optimize digestion throughout the day. I like to fast on 4 cups of this infusion for breakfast until noon during the Springtime to cleanse out anything stagnant from my Wintered body.
Make A Vinegar!
Pull out young dandelion plants - root and leaves - and add to a ball jar. Fill with apple cider vinegar and let it infuse into the vinegar for 3 days to several weeks. Use a tablespoon of the vinegar in warm water as a tonic, or dress your salads with it for a mineral-rich dressing.
I was going to close with an insightful poem, but I'm thinking this recent email from one of my clients is far more raw and poignant than anything I could come up with about the effectiveness of dandelion.
Luis!!!!!!!! I'm dancing around the house because not only am I shedding water weight and feeling lighter but MY PERIOD HAS RETURNED!!!!!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for helping me!!!!!! I was so stressed about the loss of my cycle and thought I was in perimenopause but you were TOTALLY right about me needing to detox my liver!!!!
Staying strong on my detox!!! See you April 7th!! A million thanks!!!!
Alkalize is a huge buzzword, and rightfully so. Maintaining a healthy, alkaline pH increases your blood oxygen, slows down aging, decreases inflammation, and prevents innumerable chronic diseases which thrive in an acidic environment. To become alkaline, we need to lower our stress levels, exposure to industrial toxins/pollution, and eat a diet rich in plant foods that supply adequate minerals and chlorophyll.
I led a fantastic workshop this past Saturday about alkalizing the body with foods, herbs, and supplements. For those of you who missed it, I'll let you in on some of the things we spoke about.
Bones lend their minerals to the blood when it becomes acidic. These minerals act as buffering agents to the blood, causing them to break down over the years. I firmly believe that osteoporosis and other bone-loss issues stem from a lack of minerals in the diet.
It is said that cancerous growths cannot survive in alkaline pH. One reason is because cancer cannot survive in a highly oxygenated environment. Once your pH is more alkaline, your blood and your cells are also full of more oxygen. In addition to preventing cancerous growths, more oxygen means less pathogens and fungi which is good news for those suffering from Candida and chronic yeast infections.
Mineral loss from acidic blood affects every tissue in the body that has minerals to spare. This, in turn, causes damage to organs and tissues in the body. The result? Inflammation! An alkalized body retains its mineral stores, allowing it to build stronger collagen structures - as well as repair and rebuild faster.
So, how does one alkalize???
That's a long story. I'll give you the short version:
1) Eat fruit for breakfast. Mainly apples, pears, berries, grapes, and melons (only when in season). Eat them alone on an empty stomach, and do not eat anything within one hour of the fruit. Fruit is extremely alkalizing and digests within a half hour in the small intestine. This gives your liver a rest, supplying you with more energy throughout the day.
2) Juice green vegetables or take a green powder. Chlorophyll, especially live and liquid from juices, is so rich in alkalizing, and blood cleansing properties. This is a speedier approach to become more alkaline and building your mineral stores faster.
3) Ditch the meat. Protein is the most acidic nutrient in the human body. Levels of 47 grams or more have been shown to cause significant calcium loss via the urine. Protein powders (even vegan), meats, dairy products, and other concentrated proteins are detrimental to your body if you're looking to alkalize, maintain bone density, and retain minerals. Minimize your meat intake to three 4oz servings each week and replace meat with rice and bean dishes, bean stews, and vegetable stir-fries.
There are endless other things you can do to alkalize your body. Eating smaller portions, making herbal infusions, and adding seaweeds are just some fantastic examples. An alkaline body is a calm, healthy, free flowing body. You will feel more in touch with it once the inflammation fades away. It makes it easier to check in with your body once yo achieve this level of health because you can actuallyfeel your body becoming more acidic with each meal.
Try some of my suggestions above and, hopefully, you will start to feel a big improvement.
I recommend that everyone reading this write down the following ingredients: soaked mung beans, brown rice, onions, garlic, ginger, and curry powder. Okay, the hard part is over. Now all you do is simply throw everything into a pot, simmer for 45 minutes, and eat it for three days. That's it? That's it!
Traditionally, it consists of yellow split mung beans, however I like to use green mung beans that are soaked and/or sprouted for deeper detoxification properties. I also find these more effective for the modern world than the split version (which yields less enzymes than the sprouted green beans) when it comes to cleansing.
Kitcheree is an ayurvedic and yogic traditional dish that works to balance the digestive system, detoxify the body, and cleanse the mind. It does this in very simple, yet profound ways.
The Trinity Roots
Garlic, ginger, and onions are powerful alone but when you combine them in a dish, you create a high sulfur, high selenium, and high antioxidant formula that helps to increase circulation, move out old lymphatic fluid and wastes, greatly reduce inflammation, and detoxifying the tissues in the body. When you combine curry powder, which contains turmeric, with these you amplify its ability to reduce inflammation. Sulfur is also a collagen generator which creates new beautiful skin, strong ligaments, and flexible bones - which you want!
Mung Beans and Brown Rice
Not only are mung beans highly detoxifying, they are also cooling for the body, good for your liver, they act as a diuretic, and are even good for recovering alcoholics (Paul Pitchford, Healing With Whole Foods). Mung beans are one of the easiest beans to digest, yielding no gas or bloating - especially when they're soaked and even more so when they're sprouted. Combine them with nourishing, cleansing, and pH balancing brown rice and you have yourself a complete protein that strengthens, heals, and detoxifies the body without messing with blood sugar levels. This is ideal for diabetics and hypoglycemics.
The foundation of a kitcheree cleanse is, essential, mono-dieting. This occurs when one eats only one type of food or one type of dish consistently for several days to several months. Mono-dieting allows the body's digestive organs to anticipate which enzymes need to be made so that digestion can become faster and more efficient. Once the body is used to eating the same food, those organs (liver, gallbladder, pancreas) can finish digesting early, get more rest, and turn more of their energy toward self-cleansing, restoration, and regeneration.
Cleansing The Palate
Eating simple food without salt, sugars, and oils cleanses the palate and, the longer the mono-diet is endured, the more sensitive your taste buds will become to these foods when they are included in your diet again. This is helpful, as it makes one less tolerant for overly fatty, salty, and sweet things.
Cleansing The Mind
This is, without a doubt, the most challenging aspect of any cleanse. When you're eating only kitcheree you are free from the distraction of what to cook, or what to eat, or what to buy. You're free from the constant nagging voice in your head that wants you to satisfy your sweet tooth, or snack on something to make it through a task you're working on. The freedom from these distractions sounds lovely, but it can be quite hard to deal with. When we're not distracted AND we're cleansing years of chemicals and feelings from our bodies we tend to become irritated, panicked, emotional, anxious, angry, and just about every other emotion one can think of.
For a successful cleanse, it is vital to have support from your friends and family. You have to set up something for yourself to focus on that isn't food oriented. Don't start a cleanse if you're about to embark on a stressful project, or are going away for one week to your favorite place with all your favorite foods. I love to cleanse when I have several days away from work and people, and I can just compose music all day, read books, hike, go on walks, and simply take it easy. Not being bound by time or aware of time is extremely helpful during a cleanse as well, since we're so time-programmed as to when we should eat and snack.
So, you think you're ready to try a kitcheree cleanse? I think you are too! It's so easy and delightful that you may become addicted to it, which is entirely perfect! One can do a kitcheree cleanse for several weeks to several months. Your body will tell you when it's craving something new. For my kitcheree recipe, go here. You can use the individual spices I have on that page, or you can simply use 1-2 tbsp. of curry powder instead. Either one will be beneficial. Just make sure your curry powder is salt-free.
Once you make your kitcheree, eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 3-10 days. You do not need to worry about coming off the cleanse in any specific fashion since you're already eating. Just be gentle and do not eat portions that are too filling for the first few days. To speed up the cleanse, replace breakfast with raw fruit or herbal tea and only eat kitcheree for lunch and dinner. Steamed vegetables or salads can be served on the side with kitcheree as long as you stick to the guidelines of no oil, no salt, and no sugar.
Eating your way to being more fit, creative, young, healthier, and energetic is certainly one of my favorite ways to transform my body. I hope this information helps to transform yours.
Yes, it's true. Not only are grains good for you - they're essential. They're the most economical, ecological, dependable food source on our planet. They are detoxifying, full of fiber, anti-cancer, good for blood sugar levels, good for protein and amino acids, good for building muscle, good for losing weight, good for maintaining weight, good for your teeth (all the chewing), good for your mind (B vitamins), and, need I mention again, very good for the planet and your wallet! Anyone who complains to me about organic, healthy eating being expensive always gets the same response from me: "eat more grains and beans".
Grains are the staff of life and have been for thousands of years. Grains allowed hunter-gatherers to stop hunting and gathering all the time and build homes, families, and communities. Grains are what led to art and poetry. Without having to run around searching for food, one was able to further their connection with the Earth through planting seeds, harvesting, cooking, and reflecting on the beauty of the land which yielded the nutritional grains and beans that make up nearly every traditional diet on every continent.
Grains are seeds of plants that have potent nutritional, mineral, and amino acid profiles.
Soak them and they will sprout into beautiful young plants that you can grow or eat.
Cook them with seaweed or a pinch of celtic grey sea salt and they become even easier to digest and absorb.
Add them with any bean of your choice and you have a complete protein that is non-acidic and actually cleansing for the liver and kidneys.
Mix fruit into them and you have an alkalizing porridge that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, carb head, AND actually help you lose weight.
Roll them into balls after they're cooled and wrap them in seaweed or crushed nuts for a delicious snack on the go.
Stuff them with vegetables, sauerkraut, umeboshi plums, fruit, or a delicious cashew/nut cheese for a gourmet platter for dinner parties or sacred road trips.
Just promise me one thing: only eat them in their whole form.
Don't grind them into flour then add oil, sugar, salt and water, and mix them into a batter, then pour them into muffin shapes, pancakes, bread molds, crackers, and tell yourself that you're eating a "whole grain".
A whole grain is one that has not been ground into flour. A whole grain is taken from the harvest, added to a pot of water with salt or seaweed, and boiled to perfection. It is then topped with delicious beans, steamed or sauteed vegetables, and sauerkraut. That is how we eat whole grains.
If you eat whole grains the traditional way you will not gain a pound, unless you're malnourished and underweight. Whole grains, like brown rice, are loaded with chromium, B vitamins, fiber, minerals, silica, and are low in calories. One cup of brown rice has, roughly, 200 calories. One cup of brown rice flour, however, has almost 600 calories. That's three times the amount of calories! This is why whole grains will undoubtedly fill you up AND function as a low calorie, high fiber food that is nutrient dense and actually helps to balance blood sugar and speed up metabolism.
Now, you don't have to never eat pancakes again. For me, personally, that would be a death sentence. For I love indulging in homemade buckwheat pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup - but only once in a while. Though I tricked myself into thinking I was getting health benefits from a daily breakfast of these pancakes for nearly a week straight, I was only satisfying my Sun-deprived brain that was yearning for warmth and stimulation. They, eventually, started exhausting me. So now I indulge once a week or less and feel perfectly fine with them.
When you eat remarkably healthy most of the time, I think it is perfectly fine, and even necessary, to indulge on occasion - especially when it brings you true joy. Hyper-vigilance is NOT an ideal picture of health, nor is it any way to properly digest and assimilate things. The beauty of whole grains is that they're, both, satisfying and really good for us. You can enjoy the without guilt and trust that you're doing your body well.