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Vegetables are the most nutrient dense foods available to
man! Unfortunately, the nutrients in vegetables are locked
inside sealed compartments called cells, and the human
digestive tract does not possess an enzyme capable of
dissolving these tough shells. As a result, unless a person
breaks these cells open before swallowing, little to none
of the nutrients can be released.
The better a person chews these vegetables the more
nutrients are made available, but sadly, most people do not
chew their vegetables well. This is where a high-speed
blender, such as a Vita Mix excels. When you blend
vegetables in a high-speed blender, maximum nutrients are
Rhonda and this editor used to consume a HUGE vegetable
salad each evening, made with lots of whole vegetables, but
in recent years we have switched almost totally to blending
these salads after we learned how many more nutrients were
made available when we blended our salads before eating.
Following is how we make a blended salad for the two of
us: First we place several tablespoons of our favorite
salad dressing (healthy) into our Vita Mix blender. Then we
add anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 cup of distilled water along
some all purpose herbs and dehydrated onions. If we have
organic tomatoes and/or cucumbers, the liquid can be
reduced to acquire the consistency desired.
Next we add a half to a whole avocado depending on size, a
floret of both broccoli and cauliflower, a large stalk of
celery cut in one inch pieces, a quarter to a half of a cut-
up carrot depending on size. Finally, a large handful of
spinach (or kale. The lid is placed on the blender, and all
vegetables pushed down with the tamper and blended until a
fine puree has been acquired. If you are not able to get
the blender to puree, slowly add more water until all
vegetables have been drawn into the blade.
Note: If you do not have a high-speed blender with a
tamper, instead of cutting up your stalk of celery, use the
celery stalk to push the veggies into the blades, and pulse
until all veggies have been pureed.
*ORGANIC INGREDIENTS ARE ALWAYS RECOMMENDED.
I’m releasing an online course for dancers that will help their performance by bringing them on a diet a lifestyle program. The working date of release is August 2008. Keep in touch and I’ll let you know when it is released.
Burrito Roll-Ups are: a whole grain tortilla, chopped spinach, finely grated carrots, green onions and salsa. (Mashed avocado can also be spread on the tortilla before adding vegetables.) I know it sounds kind of weird, but it is actually very good and fixes up quickly if you have the spinach already pre-packaged and washed. ENJOY!”
If a vegan resturant cannot be found or you are invited to a part that you have not chosen the restaurant, remembering these tips can help you stay healthy.
* 90% of restaurants have a house salad or a variation of some sort of salad. Try to include a salad in the meal. Stake houses and other buffets also sometimes have a salad bar. You could always order one of the featured salads less the meat. A good idea is to always have dressing on the side and prefferabley a vinegerette dressing.
* Try having an appetizer as a main course after the salad. Also look for the section of the menu that says “sides”. There are usually selections of seasonal veggies or a baked potato.
* Try to save drinking until after the meal in order to digest the food properly.
* Remember most desserts are full of sugar and animal products. If you have something like an apple pie, ask them to hold the ice cream.
* Have a happy Healthy Day!!!
This can help to relax the mind and body.
A relaxed state of stillness is a great way to start the day and make decisions in your life. Becoming aware of who you are beyond your thoughts can be very empowering.
* Find a quiet place where you cannot be disturbed. Sit in a chair or cross-legged on the a cushion on the floor. Close your eyes.
* Become aware of your breathing. The rush of air in and out of the nose. Be aware of how the chest rises up and down with each breath.
* If thoughts arise this is perfectly normal. Congrats you are meditating. Instead of fighting the thoughts or giving into them and thinking more about it, simply be aware of the thought. Acknowledge is presence and then turn awareness back to the breath.
* If you find that you are thinking about something for a few seconds or minutes, that is okay to. The moment you are ware that you are thinking of something is the moment you return to meditation. Again turn you attention to your breath.
* See if you can sense the inner feeling of the body. Starting with the hands. Say to yourself “How do I know I have hands?”. Without thinking about it, try to feel the hands. Do this with the rest of the body and see if you can eventually feel the whole body as one energy field.
* If emotions or feelings arise feel the sensations of the feelings. Try to just feel them and not make a story or connection in your mind to a person or situation. Try not to label it as anger, fear, anxiety… If that happens return to the breath and try to sense the sensations of the feeling.
* Start with about 5 minutes a day and then you may want to work up to 20-30 minutes per day.
My wife and I are now on our last day of a wonderful vacation in Beautiful Victoria, BC. I’m writing about this because we were surprised and excited to discover that Victoria is a very health conscious city. It is a fairly small place but there are a handful of healthy restaurants, stores and cafes. One of our favorites was “The Green Cuisine”. It has 100% vegan buffet and food including organic salad bar, burgers, hot food, deserts and even coffee latte alternatives. Very Cool. If you are looking for a great spot to vacation and not have to worry about finding a decent place to eat, Victoria is the place to be.
Have a Happy Healthy Day!
A feel great way to go green is to eat organic foods. They are certified and tested to be safe to the environment and your body.
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We use this website all the time. It tells us all the health food stores, vegan/vegetarian friendly resturaunts, and juice bars in all major cities all over the world. Great resource for some amazing finds for the traveler. You may even discover a new gem in your city or town.
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