Organic Food Benefits

Organic Leaf

Organic Leaf

Organic or Non-Organic?

This seems to be quite the debate. I know people who will not buy anything but organic if they have a choice, and others that don’t feel its worth the extra money. A lot of people fall in between, picking and choosing based on selection and price.

There are certainly some foods that  buying organic based on their vulnerability to absorb the massive amounts of chemicals used on them.  There are some that are low for absorption (and subsequently ingestion by you) and would be low on the list to purchase organic.  Continue reading

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The China Study Book Review

The China Study

The China Study

The China Study is one of the classics on diet. It is a book on nutritional science developed from long-standing studies performed in China for 20 years by Colin Campbell, PhD. Colin noticed that specific regions in China had significantly lower incidences of diseases. These regions were primarily on a vegetarian diet.

When he looked into it further he noticed that the countries that ate a lot of protein in their diet had much higher incidences of certain diseases. The United States was one of them.  He then started a long term health study and this book was one of the results of the study.  Continue reading

Creamy Avocado Smoothie

The Creamy Avocado

The Creamy Avocado

Avocados are a staple for most veg nuts and raw foodists and for very good reasons. They are packed with nutrition, have healthy fats, and can be used as a thickener for smoothies and pudding. Not to mention a multitude of recipes that will satisfy the fat that we often crave in our foods without all the guilt.

The health promoting monounsaturated fats along with all of the other health benefits makes this an ideal, almost perfect food, to satisfy and even help prevent overeating.  One of my favorite ways to use the avocado is in a smoothie.  Who does not adore smoothies?

Avocado Smoothie Recipe Continue reading

February Heart Month

The month of February brings so many opportunities to celebrate.   Valentines Day is a top contender in the month of February as is all about celebrating love.
February is American Heart month.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention America’s heart disease burden is about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

  •     Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually.
  •   Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.3 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

To read more go to:  http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm   Continue reading

Veganic Gardening

Children harvesting kaleIn January 2014 I had the opportunity to attend a lecture on Veganic Gardening.  Such an interesting topic that I wanted to share the information so I interviewed a couple in the know for my radio program, the Fresh Cafe.  Greg & Stephanie Litus worked at an animal sanctuary called the Animal Place in northern California and they had a veganic 3 acre farm.

While listening to Stephanie talk about gardening, I realized how much of a novice I am on this subject!  My spouse is the avid gardener in our household.  He spends 7 days a week out in that garden prepping, amending, planting, weeding, watering, etc.  I talked Robert about the talk on veganic gardening and he was quite interested in this topic since it was on garden soil.

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Michael Greger, MD is one of my favorite MD doctors on the subject of nutrition.  He studies the thousands of Nutritional Journals every year.  In this short video he explains why plant-based protein is good for humans.  Dr. Greger also lives it by eating a plant-based diet over the past 25 years.

I met Dr. Greger at a Vegfest a couple of years ago in Denver.  I have attended several of his lectures  which are entertaining as he presents the material in a game like format. His work has been showing the direct links to health from what we eat.   Dr. Greger put out the documentary “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.”  To learn more you can check it out at his website at www.nutritionfacts.org

When I listen to all the benefits of plant-based foods from Dr. Greger’s short video’s, it confirms for me why being a Veg Nut is a good thing.  We are what we eat which should make us think of what we are putting on our forks every day.  

To a healthy and happy new year,

Rhonda

Rawsome! A Book Review

Rawsome!

Rawsome!

Rawsome!

This is a wonderful raw food book by Brigitte Mars.  The book is all about eating foods closest to their natural state which engenders a tremendous exchange of energy between food and the body.

Bridgette also points out the environmental benefits of a raw foods diet, making a strong case for eating raw foods as a means of reducing waste and reducing the human footprint.

There is a great section called the Raw Foods Encyclopedia that gives an overview of the benefits of raw fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.  This is where you can learn about the benefits of these individual foods and the nutrients that they contain.

This book has over 200 raw food recipes. From shakes, juices, dressings, salads, soups, yogurts, crackers, spreads, dips, vegetable burgers, curries, pastas, wraps, brownies, ice cream, lemon bars, fruit leathers, pies, cakes, puddings, and other culinary taste treats.

This book was published in 2004 and I think this it is a great read for people who want to incorporate more raw foods into their diet. I have enjoyed several of the recipes in this book and consider it a great addition to any raw food library.  Have a few good recipe books is a necessary to have on hand for when you want to implement more healthy foods in your kitchen repertoire.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Brigitte Mars on the Fresh Cafe in January of 2015. She is the author and co-author of 18 books and she is an inspiring lady to listen too.  I am impressed that at the age of 62 she is looking good in her bikini and teaching the benefits of wild edible foods, herbs, raw and natural health.

You can listen to the 25 minute interview with Brigitte here

I hope you get a copy of her Rawsome book and learn how to add in more of these super foods into your day.

Rhonda