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RAW FOOD AS A HEALING TOOL!

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RAW FOOD AS A HEALING TOOL!

Dia de Los Muertos is the traditional Mexican holiday in early November with deep indigenous roots. It's big here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our home town. Activities go on all weekend. It ends on Sunday with a two hour parade where thousands of citizens from the community gather together in Day of the Dead make-up and clothing.

It's believed on this day your deceased relatives return so that you won't feel so alone, reminding us that the veil between this world and the next is thinner then we think.

 

 

This day I thought of my mother. She died of cancer when she was fifty-seven. She fought like a lioness, she so loved life. But she lost. I wished she had lived longer. I wished we could have worked things out. With age, she had grown kinder. With age, I may have been able to polish some of my rough edges and become more forgiving.

 

I like to think I would have brought my juicer to her house and would have made her fresh pressed juices, organic salads and yummy nutritious blender drinks. I would make her one of my Raw chocolate pies. She would love being fussed over. Perhaps we would have worked on a Raw Detox Plan that would have extended her life. I have now witnessed many miracles, including my own. So many people have great results when they use Raw Food as a healing tool.

I want to share some of the wonderful photos of the parade. It's the best in the Southwest.....

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NOT ALL AGAVE IS CREATED EQUAL!

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There is a lot of negative press about agave recently, calling it worse then high fructose corn syrup. With agave's popularity, big business has stepped in and made a mess of many agave products. In spite of manufacturer's claims, a lot of agave is not always raw or organic, and may have been produced with chemical extraction. We're all going to have to pay close attention and do our homework.

TRUE RAW ORGANIC AGAVE

We are great fans of true raw organic agave. This agave is processed at very low temps with no chemicals involved. Here at Diet For Living Center we use Madhava Organic Raw Agave Nectar. Their agave is subject only to low temperatures during the evaporation of excess water from the juice. The juice is evaporated in a vacuum evaporator, enabling the moisture to be drawn slowly out at low temperatures. "There are no chemicals whatsoever involved in the production of Madhava's Raw Agave Nectar, nor is it cooked", says Madhava's President, Craig Gerbore.

With a glycemic index (GI) of 30, we like true raw agave because it only takes a small amount to get the results you need. It dissolves in cold foods and it doesn't overpower the taste. For health benefits, it contains inulin, a healthy prebiotic which also promotes regularity. It boosts the immune system while increasing calcium absorption and bone density. All sweeteners should be used in moderation, but then that's my advice for everything in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We like to keep a few healthy, gluten-free snack foods around the house to keep us out of big trouble. Here is 'Our Raw Spicy n Sweet Pecan Treats' recipe. Its super super yummy!

RAW SPICY N SWEET PECAN TREATS

1 cup Raw Pecans, soaked over night and drained

3 tablespoons Raw Agave Nectar

3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup

1 tablespoon Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

¾ tablespoons Sea Salt

¼ teaspoon Hot Pepper

Place the drained raw pecans in a bowl. Pour the raw agave nectar and pure maple syrup over the nuts and toss till throughly covered. Add more sweetener if needed. Add palm sugar, sea salt and hot pepper and toss again. Lay out on a dehydrator sheet and dry for 24 hours at 115 degrees. Remove and eat, or store for later in a glass jar. Enjoy!

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YUMMY UNPASTEURIZED 'YOUNG' RAW MEAD!

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The history of unpasteurized mead is long and rich. Mead is thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverage known to humans. The ancient Greeks called mead 'Ambrosia', believing it to be the 'Drink of the Gods' and 'Dew from Heaven'.

Packed with healthy probiotics, the Greeks also believed that mead's healing properties would prolong life, bestow health and strength and bless one with creative power....wit, poetry, the gift of song. The history of Mead is also the history of pure, uncooked, unfiltered raw honey. It was believed that the bees themselves were driven to the sky to honor the goddess Aphrodite.

Worldwide, women are recognized as the original brewers of fermented drinks, made from fruits, roots, leaves, barks and grains. The 'Brewster', or ale wife, is a central figure from Africa to China, South America to Northern Europe. They make wild low tech fermentations, drunk young, not aged, when the probiotics are rich and pure, the taste mild and delightful, no artificial colorings, flavorings, preservatives or stabilizers. Just pure fruit and honey working with the natural microbes in the air.

So, of course, I was excited. I needed to make some. I wasn't looking to forget my own name. I just wanted to give this wonder drink a go and, if it gave me a little buzz, well maybe I could write great poetry or at least call myself a Brewster.

This is the best time of year to make apple mead. Fall is fresh apple season. Although you may make your own apple juice in an Omega juicer, you can also short cut and buy fresh, local pressed, 'straight from the orchard' unpasteurized apple cider at your health food store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not one of those mega projects where you invest hundreds of dollars in supplies and set up the garage. This is a small green kitchen operation. Just a quart or gallon of local pressed unpasteurized apple juice, one or two Ball jars and a dark closet to set it in. Fermentation begins spontaneously. It's so easy. Heres my recipe, let me know how yours comes out. We can compare notes.

Yummy Unpasteurized 'Young' Raw Mead

* Fill a one quart Ball jar ¾ full with fresh apple juice

* Add one heaping tablespoon of pure unpasteurized raw organic honey

* Stir gently

* Set cheese cloth across the top to keep the dust out.

* My kids gave me a great Ball jar size air lock, so I used that. If you want to get fancy you can  

  order one at PerfectPickler.com

* Set in a dark cabinet or closet and stir gently everyday.

* On Day Three give it a little taste to see how it's going.

* I was happy with my creation on Day Five. I put a Ball jar top on it and stored it in the fridge to

  slow the fermentation process. Ready to drink!

So amazing! A drink with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and rich probiotic cultures.

Cheers!

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SUPER YUMMY RAW ITALIAN APPETIZER!

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Crostinis are "Little Toasts", an Italian appetizer, served with toppings and garnishes. Crostinis are thought to originate in medieval times. Then it was typical for Italian peasants to eat their meals on slices of bread instead of ceramics. Here at Diet For Living Center, we love foods that act as a transporter of yummy Raw toppings and garnishes.

Typically, Crostinis are made with plain white bread. To make modern flour look clean and beautiful it is bleached with chlorination, which gives it its bright white appearance. Using mutating agents like chlorine and benzoyl peroxides are not allowed in the European Union and China but OK in the USA. I don't know about you, but when I hear China bans ingesting a chemical you get my red flag attention. Turns out these chemicals have been shown to be toxic to the human Beta-cell.

Most people think of flour in terms of wheat flour. In fact flour can be ground from a variety of nuts and seeds, making your food safe, gluten-free and far more nutritious, without empty calories.

 

 

Our Crostinis are made with organic raw hazel nuts. Hazel nuts are rich in unsaturated fats, the kind that are actually good for the heart. Hazel nuts contain almost half of our recommended daily amount of magnesium, a mineral that regulates calcium levels in the heart and muscles, as well contributing to bone growth and strength. Studies have found that the alpha-tocopherol type of Vit. E in hazel nuts is so rich that it may cut the risk of bladder cancer in half. And ,of course, these 'little toasts' are gluten free and low on calories. I like to serve them with a little bit of coconut butter on top with a warm cup of tea while I am snuggling in my pajamas in these autumn evenings. But they are a great healthy snack any time of day. Be sure to be creative with your toppings, so 'Old World Italian'.

OUR RAW HAZEL NUT CROSTINIS            

1 ½ cup Raw hazel nuts soaked over night

   and drained

1/3 cup ground flax seed meal

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tsp nutritional yeast

¾ tsp sea salt or mineral salt

1/3 cup filtered water

Feed the drained hazel nuts through an omega juicer with the blank on. Take the nut puree and place in a food processor with olive oil and water and pulse. Slowly add the ground flax seed meal, nutritional yeast and sea salt, and process till everything is well combined. Add a little more water if needed. Spread on a dehydrator sheet with a spatula. Use the spatula to score into little triangle toast points. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 3 hours. Flip the Crostinis and allow to dehydrate another 6-8 hours. Check for dryness. They should be crispy. Eat some right away for a yummy snack with topping. Store the rest in an air tight Mason jar for later. Enjoy!

BTW our next 'Albuquerque Raw Vegan MeetUp' is October 18 at 5 PM here at the Diet For Living Center. We would love to see you here.

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RAW MAC AND GREENS!

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Many people avoid eating macadamia nuts, thinking they are laden with 'bad' fats. Not true! Raw uncooked macadamias are rich in Omega 7 oil, which helps control appetite and reduce fat storage in the body. Hurray! We all need that.

This small, buttery flavored super nut, with its delicate flavor, works great in fresh pesto.

Pesto was originally invented as a frugal sauce to take advantage of the abundance of basil in Northern Italy as early as the Fourth Century BC. It's truly an 'Old World Raw Food'. Traditionally it was prepared in a stone mortar and reduced to cream with a wooden pestle. 'Pestle-pesto!' Get it?

It's tempting for me to use my wonderful mortar and pestle. It is very meditative and I feel 'Oh so Old World' using it. But I must admit that I usually jump the centuries and make it in my table top processor. So quick and easy and soooo healthy.

Here's my favorite 'Raw Mac and Greens' pesto recipe for the perfect Raw sumptuous and savory spread. Oh, and a little nutritional yeast gives it a cheesy taste for those of us missing cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAW MAC AND CHEESE PESTO-PESTO

½ cup macadamia nuts, soaked over night, then drained

2 cups tightly packed fresh basil

1-3 fresh garlic cloves

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Place garlic, olive oil and lemon juice in a tabletop food processor. Pulse to combine until the mixture is coarsely ground.

Add the macadamia nuts and nutritional yeast and pulse until everything is a fine cream. Add a bit more olive oil if you need it to keep things going.

Slowly add the basil leaves a small handful at a time. Blend everything until smooth. 'Presto pesto, you have pesto'. Enjoy on our Raw gluten-free crackers or tossed over fresh cucumbers for the perfect salad. You can keep the extra in a glass jar in the fridge for up to five days or put away in the freezer for longer storage.

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