Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Children learn to smile from their parents"

Quote above by : Shinichi Suzuki (violinist)
'There's a Native American belief that before we are born, we choose our parents. It actually ties in pretty nicely with the reincarnation idea that we prearrange certain circumstances before each life so as to learn different lessons. Either way, our parents teach us so much more than they ever mean to. Through their choices, circumstances, faults, talents and ability to show their love and support, they mold us.'
- excerpt from 'Choosing Our Parents' by Skye Thomas (Read full article in link below)
Choosing Our Parents
Why we have our parents 
Above: Photos from a drive into Mississauga (Port Credit Lakeshore) with my mom
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Cucumber Noodles With Spinach Pesto

"I'm strong to the finish, 'cause I eats me Spinach, I'm Popeye the sailor man" (from theme song). Spinach is rich in minerals and vitamins including vitamin K which is found in plant foods. It is concentrated in phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids which provide us with powerful antioxidants. Spinach also helps us maintain bone health since it is an excellent source of calcium and magnesium. Eat your organic spinach!
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=112

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Simple Avocado Soup

The wide range of nutrients found in avocados have been associated with cardiovascular benefits which consists of avocado fats. These fats contain large amounts of the monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, as well as the unusual phytosterols, including beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol. For summer time I like to make cold soups like Gazpacho and Avocado and Cucumber. I decided to try an Avocado Soup with a broth base instead of a cucumber and it's very tasty and simple to make. This soup is served at room temperature or slightly warm but not hot enough to kill the enzymes from the avocados or other raw ingredients. Check out my simple recipe below.
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5
Above: photos from today's weather (clear skies followed by rain, with a little hail in the morning...)
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Rooibos Tea and Date Ice Cream - Revisited

Dates contain nutrients such as fiber and potassium and are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3 and B5! Rooibos tea is caffeine-free and rich with minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, zinc and magnesium and antioxidants! For healthy dairy free ice cream, try out my recipe that includes Rooibos tea and dates. This recipe does not require an ice cream maker to create. Enjoy!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

'Red sky at night, sailors' delight'

“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
Photos from Wednesday night (balcony view) Enjoy!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cucumber Noodles With Cabbage And Pesto

Bell Peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, containing twice the amount than what is found in an average orange. They contain antioxidants such as Vitamin E which protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Bell peppers make a refreshing addition to your meals. I decided to make a light pesto sauce using yellow bell peppers and added them to some fresh cucumber noodles. I also threw in some cabbage to help bulk it up! Cabbage is great for the kidneys which will aid in your overall health. Try out my simple recipe below. Enjoy!
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=50&tname=foodspice
http://www.yourkidneys.com/kidney-education/Diet-and-nutrition/15-super-foods-for-kidney-health/2924


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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday At The Lakeshore

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship." Ralph Waldo Emerson

The weather has finally gotten warmer in the last couple days. I took a little trip down to Port Credit Lakeshore with a friend. Enjoy the pics below!
 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Leafy Greens With Avocado

Broccoli is great for the kidneys and provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification benefits. It contains calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and more! It is rich in vitamin C and repairs skin damage. Since our skin is known as the third kidney, having skin issues such as dark circles under our eyes and pimples, is a clear sign that we are having problems filtering our kidneys and it would be wise to detox and eat fruits and vegetables that can benefit them. Such foods include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bell peppers, grapes, strawberries and blueberries. Enjoy!
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=9
http://www.yourkidneys.com/kidney-education/Diet-and-nutrition/15-super-foods-for-kidney-health/2924
http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/5-health-benefits-of-broccoli/
http://www.kidneyservicechina.com/diet/1469.html

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Green Tea Latté With Sprouted Almond Milk

I love lattés! Once I found out about the dangers of cow's milk, I switched to homemade almond milk or coconut milk for my drinks. Processed almond milk that is sold in stores is not healthy due to the fact that they do not sprout their almonds before processing. All nuts must be pre-soaked in order to activate the nutrients and release the enzymes. Nuts that have not been pre-soaked contain enzyme inhibitors that are toxic to our bodies! Check out my simple recipe for a Green Tea Latté With Sprouted Almond Milk below! Enjoy good health!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cucumber Noodles with Pesto

Cucumbers are fruit vegetables that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. They are 95 percent water so they help hydrate the body, as well as aid in digestion and in getting rid of toxins! They also contain Vitamins B, C and K. If you love zucchini noodles as an alternative to pasta, you should give cucumber noodles a try. They go great with pesto and tomato sauces. Top them off with some lemon, mushrooms and avocados and it makes for a wholesome meal. Be sure to include the skin because it contains a high source of vitamin C. Learn more about the health benefits of cucumbers in the links below. Enjoy!
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=42
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/cucumber.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Zucchini Spaghetti With Veggie "Meatballs" (rice)

I've been slowly implementing more cooked foods into my diet to test things out. I definitely feel the difference in digestion time. Raw is best! But if you want to keep cooked foods in your diet, there are still healthy ways to do it. When cooking rice, use organic brown rice that has been pre-soaked for at least 8 hours (overnight). When frying foods, always use coconut oil and cook at lower heat temperature. Although coconut oil can stand high temperatures, it's a matter of not cooking every bit of nutrition out of the food. Also, when making tomato sauces, keep it raw because tomatoes become acidic when cooked and will have no nutritional value for you. I came up with another simple recipe for veggie 'meatballs' using rice as the main component. I topped it off with Homemade tomato sauce. I'll be posting the recipe soon... Click Here for an older recipe of veggie meatballs made with eggplant and lentils.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bean Soup (Sopa De Frijoles) with Faux Sour Cream

Sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E - a potent antioxidant. It offers protection against damage to the fats that line the outside of every cell by traveling throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Why bother with dairy when there are plenty of healthy alternatives, such as faux sour cream made with organic pre-soaked sunflower seeds! It's a simple recipe that goes great with Bean Soup and Avocados, Bean Salads, Yam Gnocchi and more! Nuts, seeds and coconuts are amazing alternatives for those of us who grew up on dairy not knowing about the harmful effects. Some of our favorite foods are hard to give up and now we don't have to. I'll be posting more recipes with faux dairy ingredients so stay tuned.
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=57



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Monday, April 27, 2015

Green Beans Please

Green beans contain minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and also have anti-inflammatory benefits (carotenoid and flavonoid). They provide nutrients such as vitamin C and beta-carotene as well as the mineral manganese - all of which are antioxidant nutrients! Green beans are also an excellent source of vitamin K and are great for cardiovascular health. You can eat them raw or slightly cooked. Boil them in a small amount of water, drain and then chop into pieces (make sure to cut off the ends). Then add them to some of your favorite meals with some lemon and salt for extra flavor!
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=134
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/green_beans.html
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-raw-green-beans-5207.html

 
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mushroom, Cabbage and Red Lentils - Meal of the day

Our bodies have a 'clock' in which each organ is most active, having high and low energy levels. From 7-9 am, our body focuses on the stomach. It is important to have our biggest meal of the day by this time. I would recommend fruits (such as freshly squeezed orange juice) when you first wake up and then make sure that by 9am (no later than 11am if necessary), you've had your big meal of the day. It's not very often that I have cooked meals, especially with legumes, but I decided to give it a try after some time. The main ingredient for this meal is raw green cabbage (effective for cleaning the kidneys - purple is best). I prepared this delicious and simple meal using only 1/4 cup or so of red lentils (per person). Lentils are good for your heart due to the amount of fiber, folate and magnesium it supplies. Check out the recipe and give it a try for your big meal of the day!
http://www.foreverconscious.com/traditional-chinese-organ-body-clock
http://guardianlv.com/2013/07/times-of-day-influences-digestion-heart-health-and-more/
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-folate-vitamin-B9.php
http://www.byronbaydetoxretreats.com.au/natural-rhythm-meridianorgan-clock/

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Why are you drinking milk?

There are many claims that milk/dairy is good for our bodies, supposedly by providing us with Vitamin D and calcium. However, fruits give us as much or more calcium and vitamin D as they claim milk provides, and animal milk is actually not digestible by our bodies. After the age of 2, humans lose the enzymes needed to digest milk. It is logical to see that milk is not meant for human consumption after this age and that the only kind of milk that babies should be consuming is their mother's milk. It makes no sense to take milk from an animal (such as a cow) that has produced it for her calves. Even worse, most farmers separate the cows from their calves and continue to repeatedly milk the cows for mass production.
It is also important to take into consideration the negative effects of animal milk. Cow's milk has up to 200 times the safe levels measurable quantities of herbicides, pesticides, dioxins and up to 52 powerful antibiotics, blood, pus, feces, bacteria and viruses. Cow's milk can have traces of anything the cow ate, including radioactive fallout from nuke testing. If you don't find this disturbing, you are not very concerned for your health or the well being of others.
Milk causes mucus build up in our bodies because it cannot be digested and when the body builds up acids, it forms deficiencies and toxicities known as 'diseases'. Why would we want to put indigestible milk that does not in fact provide us with calcium and vitamin D inside our bodies, when we can get the calcium and vitamin D from living foods such as fruits and vegetables. Milk does not do a body good.
"Neither vitamins, minerals nor hormones can do any work - without enzymes." - Dr. Edward Howell

 


 

Information sources:

Alternative farming:

Anyone know of any dairy farmers who switched from producing milk to growing fruits and vegetables as an alternative, so they can still be farmers and not have to give up their livelihood? I would love to share those stories!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

How do we see ourselves?

Suffering that exists in this world is not something that we must go though. But as it is there, one must understand it and go beyond it. A mind that is incapable of suffering is religious in the true sense of the word. It becomes a passionate mind. A mind that is hurt, is not an innocent mind. An innocent mind is incapable of being hurt. From Latin innocent meaning 'not harming'. But the word has been misused.
From childhood, parents compare their child with another child. When we compare, we are hurting our child, yet we do it! Is it possible to educate a child without comparison, without images, so the child can never be hurt in that way? One is hurt because one has built an image about oneself. It's like placing a wall between you and others and if others extend upon that wall, you get hurt. A child can identify with a name, it does not need an image. Through education, through tradition, through propaganda, we have built an image of ourselves based on what others say. Can a child ever be educated to never get hurt? Professors and scholars say, a child must get hurt in order to live on the world. But when they are asked if they ever want their child to get hurt, they are silent.
Through education and the social structure of our society in which we live, we have been hurt. We have images about ourselves, made by comparison, which are inevitably going to be hurt. Is it possible to be rid of the image that has been created of ourselves and never to create one again?

Our higher mind is free of images and conditioning. Imagination is the key in the alignment of our physical and higher mind. It cannot be hurt. 'I' 'magi' 'nation' - we are a nation of magicians. Imagination is a powerful tool that can be used to allow and create the changes we prefer to create within our lives individually and/or collectively, globally.
Our imagination is the conduit between our physical and higher mind, through which our higher mind communicates with us in ways which are more reflective of our passion, our excitement and preference. If you are willing to use your imagination without filtering the communication from your higher mind through belief systems that contain fear (such as the image of ourselves placed by others of who we are and what our limited capabilities are), then you will find that the outcome can always be a positive one and you can always amplify and magnify that in any direction and area of your life. The higher mind can see all the pathways or possibilities we can take in life and it guides you towards the path of least resistance - the path that is most truly you. By following your excitement and true passion, you will always be completely and purely on the path that is most truly you - your core true natural self.
- excerpts from 2 videos, one with Jiddu Krishnamurti and the other on Imagination by Bashar. (see links below)
Video sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I54SH0IbpzQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM-FDqWkuAw


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

They are closely interconnected and interdependent

Currently re-reading 'The Turning Point' by Fritjof Capra, a must -read! Here's an excerpt from chapter one:
'It is a striking sign of our time that the people who are supposed to be experts in various fields can no longer deal with the urgent problems that have arisen in the areas of their expertise. Economists are unable to understand inflation, oncologists are totally confused about the causes of cancer, psychiatrists are mystified by schizophrenia, police are helpless in the face of rising crime, and the list goes on… the persistence of slums, poverty and crime.
None of them, however, identified the real problem that underlies our crisis of ideas: the fact that most academics subscribe to narrow perceptions of reality which are inadequate for dealing with the major problems of our time. These problems, as we shall see in detail, are systematic problems, which means that they are closely interconnected and interdependent. They cannot be understood within the fragmented methodology characteristic of our academic disciplines and government agencies.
Such an approach will never resolve any of our difficulties but will merely shift them around in the complex web of social and ecological relations. A resolution can be found only if the structure of the web itself changed, and this will involve profound transformations of our social institutions, values, and ideas. As we examine the sources of our cultural crisis it will become apparent that most of our leading thinkers are outdated conceptual models and irrelevant variables.'
- excerpt from 'The Turning Point' copyright © 1982

Photo by: Manolo Vílchez


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