Sunday, June 24, 2012

Dr. Aris LaTham: The "Sunfired Gourmet" Grand Master Raw Food Chef

He's the promoter of 10-day mango mono feasts...10-day watermelon cleanses, which he claims are better than artificial colonics and enemas, that sometimes remove the friendly bacteria. He's a DYNAMIC proponent of the raw, living movement! He's a beautiful spirit from Panama. He has been thriving and revitalized since 1979! He is the father of raw, gourmet food.

Oh, and by the is summer so he says drink cucumber juice and cleanse yourself. It will cleanse the bad starches out of your colon and intestines and fill your blood with electrolytes and solar energy from the sun. 

Hear him speak here:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

How Not To Be A Vegan

Please understand that feeding this garbage to your children is only killing them slowly. Aspartame is poisonous and white sugar actually breaks down in the body like cocaine. It is literally a drug. It gives no life and no sustenance, just a high, followed by a deep crash. Artificial coloring and dyes have long term effects like rendering the liver and kidney inept. EAT REAL FOOD! This means that if it doesn't grow on a tree, vine, from the sea floor, or have seeds, it is NOT food. If you cannot readily identify the ingredients on the labels, this may not be the best thing to feed your children or yourself.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Raw Vegan Pasta

Made with zucchini and a curry-sesame sauce

Courtesy HerStories Photography

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Heal Thyself for once & for all: Herbs to Treat Specific Diseases

Appetite (Herbs to Improve): Agrimony, beech, calamus, chamomile,
colombo, gentain root, ginseng, golden seal, origanum, strawberry, woodsage,
wormwood, balomy, and marjoram.

Aches: Scullcap, motherwort, valerian, catnip, peppermint, and angelica.

Adenoids: Bayberry bark, bloodroot, golden seal, myrrh, echinacea, and red root.

Ague: Gentain root, sorrel, tansy, vervain, willow, broom, and chamomile.

Appendicitis: Buckthorn bark, vervain, water pepper, lady's slipper,
body cleansers and laxative.

Astringents: Bistort root, fire weed, white oak bark, wild alum root, and bayberry bark.

Abscesses: Carrot (poultice), lobelia, mugwort, slippery elem, charcoal, potato (poultice).

Anemia: Comfrey, dandelion, fenugreek, bayberry bark, agrimony,
century, raspberry leaves, and quassia chips.

Apoplexy: Masterwort, black cohosh, hyssop, vervain, blue cohosh,
catnip, antispasmodic tincture, and scullcap.

Asthma: Black cohosh, comfrey, coltsfoot, horehound, hyssop, Indian hemp,
lobelia, masterwort, milkweed, mullein, myrrh, pleurisy root, prickly ash,
saw palmetto berries, skunk cabbage, thyme, vervain, wild cherry, flaxseed,
masterwort, balm of Gilead, red root, red sage, boneset, cubeb berries,
and elecampane.

Bladder: Celandine, aloes, juniper berries, comfrey, apple tree bark, balm, beech,
broom, carrot, camomile, cleavers, corn silk, cubeb berries, fleabane, golden seal,
hydrangea, hyssop, nettle, peach leaves, birch, buchu, pimpernel, queen of meadow,
sassafras, slippery elm, spearmint, sweet balm, uva ursi, valerian, water pepper,
white pond lily, wild alum root (pus in bladder), wintergreen, wood sage, yarrow,
hemlock, and bethroot.

Breasts (Sore, Swollen, and Caked): Comfrey, parsley, St. John's Wort (caked),
and poke root (caked).

Bowel Troubles: Water pepper, white pond lily, wintergreen, dandelion, wood sanicle,
bethroot, chickweed, myrrh, witch hazel, echinacea, bayberry bark, birch,
bitterroot, blue violet, caraway seed (expels wind), catnip (for acids),
chickweed, comfrey coriander, cubeb berries, fenugreek, golden seal,
 gum arbic, hyssop, magnolia, masterwort,
milkweed, mugwort, mullein, organum, pileworth, thubarb, rue, safe, sanicle,
sassafras, slippery elm, spearmint, strawberry, sumach berries, tansy,
vervain, and marshmallow.

Biliousness: Apple tree bark, senna, poke root, camomile, red sage,
wood betony, queen of the meadow, hyssop, and agrimony.

Bed Sores: Plantain, blam of Gilead, bayberry bark, bloodroot,
witch hazel, and golden seal.

Bright's Disease: Golden seal, Indian hemp, queen of the meadow,
saw palmetto berries, uva ursi, wild alum root, yarrow, peach leaves,
blossoms, or twigs, and peppermint.

Bed-Wetting: Plantin, St. John's Wort, buchu, corn silk, cubeb berries,
fennel seed, milkweed, and wood betony.

Bile: Bitterroot (increases secretion), hops (increases secretion),
casacara sagrada, fringe tree, and celandine.

Backache: Nettle, pennyroyal, tansy, uva ursi, buchu, and wood betony.

Bleeding: Self-heal, mullein (stops bleeding from lungs),
shepherd's purse (for lungs, stomach, bowels, and kidneys), and wild alum root.

Bruises and Cuts: Buglewood (for internal bruises), comfrey, hyssop,
lobelia, mugwort, giant Solomon seal, St. John's Wort, bittersweet, pennyroyal,
tansy, balm of Gilead, and burnet.

Blood Poisoning:
 Chickweed, plantain, echinacea, golden seal, myrrh,
burdock, bloodroot, and smart weed and charcoal poultice.

Burns: Bittersweet, burdock, calamus, chickweed, elder, poplar, onions (bruised),
comfrey, liniment.

Bronchitis: Chickweed, coltsfoot, cubeb berries, golden seal, lungwort, mullein,
myrrh, white pine, pleurisy, sanicle, saw palmetto berries, skunk cabbage,
slippery elm, white pond lily, yerba santa, bloodroot, ginger, blue violet,
bethroot, red root, red sage, and elecampane.

Boils:  Balm poultice, powdered bayberry bark, poultice, burdock, chickweed,
comfrey, coral, flaxseed, hops, lobelia, origanum, slippery elm, sorrel,
St. John's wort, turkey corn, white clover, white water lily,
wintergreen, wood sage, echinacea, birch bark, plantain, and wild cherry.

Cancer: Blue violet (with rock rose and red clover blossoms), chickweed,
cleavers, coral, slippery elm, sorrel, virgin's bower, willow, wood sage, y
ellow dock, poplar, golden seal, poke root, comfrey, and blue flag.

Cramps: Blue cohos, cayenne (stomach cramps), coral, fennel,
motherwort, rue, thyme, twin leaf, wood betony, masterwort, and pennyroyal.

Corns and Callouses: Bittersweet and camomile ointment.

Coughs: Blue violet, comfrey, coltsfoot, ginseng, horehound, hyssop, lungwort,
myrrh, origanum, white pine, water pepper, black cohosh, bloodroot, borage,
flaxseed, marjoram, rosemary, spikenard, blam of Gildead, bethroot, and red sage.

Chest Troubles: Ginseng, hops, hyssop, myrrh, pimpernel, white pine,
sassafras, giant Solomon seal, vervain, wahoo, wild cherry, spikenard,
comfrey, sheperd's purse, yarrow, elecampane, and horehound.

Convulsions: Black cohosh, catnip, fit root, rue, scullcap, self-heal, s
kunk cabbage, valerian, gentain, pennyroyal, mistletoe, antispamodic tincture,
wild yam, lady's slipper, peppermint, fennel seed, sweet balm,
sweet weed, and hyssop.

Colds: Bayberry bark with yarrow, catnip, sage, peppermint, wood beony,
angelica, blue violet, butternut bark, ginseng, Indian hemp, lungwort, nettle,
white pine, pleurisy root, prickly ash, rosemary, saffron, summer savory,
sweet balm, tansy, valerian, vervain, water pepper, wood sage, yarrow,
blood root, elder, ginger, gentain, golden seal, hyssop, masterwort,
pennyroyal, sarsaparilla, saw palmetto berries, spikenard, and wild cherry.

Childbirth (To Make Easy):
 Black cohosh (brings on labour pains at the time),
shepherd's purse, spikenard (taken before shortens labour), squaw vine (shortens),
 red raspberry leaves (a teacupful with the jucie of one orange;
three cups daily though last month, and angelica (to expel afterbirth).

Balomy, buckthorn bark, cascara sagrada, chickweed, ginger,
mandrake, organum, psylla, white ash, elder, blue flag, wild Oreon grape,
rhubarb root, and butternut bark.

Beech, blue cohosh, golden seal, Indian hemp, white pine,
poplar, queen of meadow, saw palmetto berries, sumach berries,
uva ursi, wild alum root, wintergreen, yarrow, buchu (first stages),
dandelion root, and bittersweet.

Dizziness: Peppermint, catnip, rue, and wood betony.

Nettle (bull), safe, and burdock.

Diarrhea: Bayberry bark, birch, bistort root, comfrey, colombo, elder, marshmallow,
mullein, nettle, peppermint, pilewort, poplar, red raspberry, rhubarb, St. John's wort,
slipper elm, strawberry, thyme, white pond lily, witch hazel, yarrow, wormwood,
ginger, rock rose, hemlock, cinnamon, blackberry root, and bethroot.

Earache: Hops, origanum, pimpernel, lemon jucie (pure), and burnet.

Fever: Catnip, sage, shepherd's purse, sumach berries, sweet balm,
tansy, thyme, valerian, vervain, wahoo, wild cherry, willow, wintergreen,
wood sage, wormwood, yarrow, borage, dandelion, Peruvlan bark,
apple tree bark, camomile, elder, fire weed, lobelia, mugwort, and angelica.

Fainting: Lavender (prevents), cayenne, peppermint, and motherwort.

Female Trouble: 
Black cohosh, milkweed, motherwort, mugwort,
parsley, prickly ash, queen of the meadow, ragwort, rosemary, slipper elm,
Solomon's seal, squaw vine, sweet balm, vervain, yarrow, comfrey,
dandelion root, gentain root, red sage, and bethroot.

Gallstones: Bitterroot, cascara sagrada, milkweed, camomile, parsley,
fringe tree, mandrake, goose grass and sweet week, cherry bark, rhubarb,
and wood betony.

Gout: Blue violet, birch, burdock, gentain root, mugwort, rue, sarsaparilla,
broom, buckthorn bark, ginger, mugwort, pennyroyal, plantain,
blam of Gilead, and wood betony.

 Bittersweet, black willow, burdock, cleavers, cubeb berries,
golden seal, hops, parsley, rock rose, sanicle, squaw vine, uva ursi,
witch hazel, wintergreen, juniper berries, and poplar.

Prostate Gland: Corn silk, golden seal, saw palmetto berries,
white pond lily, buchu, and garlic.

Genitals (Itching and Burning):  
Raspberry leaves, marshmallow,
slippery elm, pleurisy root (take interally for itching),
and chickweed (internally and as a wash).

Hair:  Indian hemp (stimulates growth), nettle, rosemary (prevents hair loss), 
sage, peach, and burdock.

Hay Fever: Poplar, mullein, skunk cabbage, coltsfoot, and black cohosh.

Heartburn: Willow, wood betony, burnet, angelica, and origanum.

Hemorrhoids: Burdock, golden seal, myrrh, nettle, psylla, speherd's purse,
uva ursi, white oak bark, yarrow, aloes, bloodroot, bittersweet, and pilewort.

Blue violet, catnip, coltsfoot, peppermind, rhubarb, rosemary,
rue, sweet balm, thyme, vervain, feverfew, virgin's bower, wood bethony,
elder, marjoram, calamint, pennyroyal, fringe tree, red root, holy thistle,
mountain balm, yerba santa, tansy, and camomile.

Hoarsness: Marshmallow, golden seal, lobelia, wild cherry, hyssop,
horehound, mullein, coltsfoot, and skunk cabbage.

Hemorrhages: Bayberry bark, comfrey, fleabane (bowels and uterus),
golden seal (rectum), nettle, pilewort, sheperd's purse, sorrel, St. John's wort,
witch hazel, yarrow, and white oak bark.

Hysteria: Skunk cabbage, saffron, scullcap, valerian, mistletoe, peppermint,
vervain, catnip, black cohosh, blue cohosh, pennyroyal, rue, tansy, and motherwort.

Halitosis (bad breath): 
Rosemary, pepperment, chewing fennel seeds,
echinacea, and myrrh

High Blood Pressure: 
Garlic, broom, black cohosh, hyssop, wild cherry,
valerian, vervain, boneset, myrrh, and scullcap.

Indian hemp, white pine, poplar, and peppermint.

Insanity: Catnip, peppermint, rosemary, rue, vervain,
wood betony, scullcap, and holy thistle.

Insect Stings and Bites: Black cohosh, lobelia, parsley,
plantian, scullcap, blam, bistort root, borage, fennel, hyssop, marjoram,
pennyroyal, basil, and echinacea.

Jaundice: Balomy, bittersweet, buckbean, cleavers, dandelion,
gentain root, horehound, Indian hemp, mandrake, peach leaves, poplar,
sorrel, St. John's wort, tansy, wormwood, bloodroot, broom, sorrel,
chamomile, hyssop, and fennel.

Kidneys:  Cayenne, chicory, water pepper, birch, black cohosh, bloodroot,
masterwort, parsely, camomile, dandelion, sage.

Laxative: Golden seal, horehound, hyssop, mandrake, mullein, psylla,
rhubarb, sage, senna, wahoo, elder, aloes, and blue flag.

Measles: Cleavers, pleurisy root, saffron, valerian, yarrow, bistort root,
and raspberry leaves.

Menstruation (to Decrease flow): Bayberry bark, pilewort,
shepherd's purse, uva ursi, red raspberry, and witch hazel.

Menstruation (to Increase flow): 
Squaw vine, aloes, angelica, bittersweet,
black cohosh, chamomile, catnip, coral, ginger, horehound, mugwort,
pennyroyal, ragowot, rue, saffron, tansy, thyme, valerina, verain,
blue cohosh, and squaw mint.

Nausea: Ginger, lavender, mint, origanum,
pennyroal (not to be taken during pregnancy), peppermint, red raspberry,
anise, and sweet balm.

Nightmare: Bugleweed, thyme, lily of the valley, peppermint, and catnip.

 Camomile, celery, dill, lobelia, motherwort, red clvoer, rosemary,
rue, safe, and valerian.

Ovaries: Saw palmetto berries, pennyroyal, black cohos, blue cohosh,
bayberry bark, burdock and peach leaves.

Obesity (Weight Loss): Seawrack, white ash, fennel, Irish moss,
chickweed, lemon, sassafras, and burdock.

Pneumonia:  Marshmallow, vervain, bloodroot, sage, red sage,
black cohosh, willowm, comfrey, and horehound.

Pimples: Spikenard, valerian, gentain, plantian, and bistort root.

Piles: Bittersweet, chickweed, fire weed, hyssop, marschmallow, mustard,
slippery elm, virgin's bower, wintergreen, chickweed, poke root,
cayenne pepper, and flaxseed.

Pain: Catnip, fit root, mullein, scullcap, nettle, Solomon's slea, twin leafe,
camomile, dill, and wood betony.

Rheumatism: Buchu, balm of Gilead, blue flag, cayenne, birch, bitter root,
bittersweet, black cohosh, blue cohosh, buckbean, celery, elder, Indian hemp,
lobelia, mugwort, nettle, colombo, peppermint, white pine, poplar, scullcap,
sarsaparilla, and wormwood.

Stings: Plantain, barage, echinacea, marjoram, and cedron.

Skin Diseases: Beech, bittersweet, blue violet, buckthorn, burdock, chickweed,
coral, dandelion, elder, magnolia, saffron, and witch hazel.

Stomach, Indigestion, and Gas: Angelica, strawberry, thyme, Valerian, vervain,
wild cherry, willow, and peppermint.

Syphilis: Bitter root, bittersweet, bloodroot, buglewood (for syphilitic sores),
elder, golden seal, prickly ash, rock rose, blue violet, echinacea, blue flag,
milkweed, parsley, and poke root.

Sprains: Comfrey, lobelia, origanum, wormwood, bittersweet and
camomile ointment.

Sore Throat:
 Bayberry bark, bistort root, bloodroot, blue violet,
cayenne, fenugreek, ginger, horehound, hops, hyssop, mullein,
sassafras, and echinacea.

Sleep Inducer: Hops, motherwort,  mullein, vervain, scullcap, and peppermint.

Sores: Peach, pimpernel, poplar, blue violet, hemock, echinachea, poke root, cayenne,
camomile, and witch hazel.

 Blue cohosh, catnip, fit root, masterwort, red clover, rue, sassafras, spearmint,
wild yam, red root, cedron, and fennel.

Sore Gums: Black cohosh, scullcap, fennel, hyssop, marjoram, pennyroyal,
wood betony, echinacea, and basil sweet.

Scalds and Burns: Bittersweet, chickweed, elder, and onions (bruised).

Scarlet Fever: Cayenne, cleavers, golden seal, pleurisy root,
saffron, red sage, and valerian.

Testes: Chickweed, mullein, and saw palmetto berries.

Toothache: Hops, origanum (essence), sassafras (oil), clovers (oil),
summer savory, balm, broom, marjoram, mullein, pennyroyal, plaintain,
pimpernel, and tansy.

To Dry Up Milk in Nursing Mothers:
 Sage, camphore (applied to breast),
and wild alum root (strong tea rubbed over breast.)

Uterus (Prolapsed): Witch hazel, black cohosh,
white oak bark (used in a douche), slippery elm (douche),
and bayberry bark (douche).

Ulcers: bistort root, borage, lungwort, pennyroyal, poplar, blue violet, hemlock,
angelica, cayenne, hops, mullein, myrrh, pilewort, sage, sorrel, and virgin's bower.

Varicose Veins: White oak bark, witch hazel, bayberry bark,
wild alum root, and burnet.

Vaginal Douche: Fit root and fennel, gum arabic, marshmallow, slippery elm,
uva ursi, white oak bark, white pond lily, fenugreek, and bayberry bark.

Vomiting (Preventive): Basil sweet, colombo, peach leaves, clover, and spearmint.

Womb Troubles: Slippery elm, bayberry bark (douche), black cohosh,
blue cohosh, gum arabic (for inflammation of the uterus), mandrake,
peach leaves, rue, squaw vine,
St. John's wort, witch hazel, shepherd's purse (to stop excessive flow),
yarrow (increases menses), and smartweed.

Whooping Cough: 
Black cohosh, blue violet, coltsfoot, lobelia, red clover,
skunk cabbage, thyme, blue cohosh, bloodroot, slippery elm, and elecampane.

Warts: Buckthorn, mullein, and celandine.

Burdock, carrot (poultice), camomile, chickweed, comfrey,
fenugreek, prickly ash, yarro, pilewort, pimpernel, and poplar.

Worms: Birch, bitterrroot, buckthorn, butternut bark, carrot, chamomile,
hops, horehound, nettle, quassia, rue, sage, sorrel, tansy, vervain (take three days),
senna, wormwood, bistort root, catnip, hyssop, poplar, aloes, wood betony,
and motherwort.


The Herb Family


Alternative herbs are used to slow down the action of all herbs used as curatives. In many dis-ease states an abrupt cure would shock the body and cause a secondary illness. Dis-eases are often developed slowly and consequently require a slow exit from the body. In some cases a dis-ease can require emergency action. 

Alternatives are usually combined with bitter tonics, astringents, aromatics, demulcents, expectorants and stimulants. Alternatives include:

Spikenard root, Sarsaparilla root, bittersweet twigs, Black Cohosh root, Burdock root, Chaparral, Echinacea root, Red Clover flower, Nettle root, Garlic, Anise, Allspice, Caraway, Catnip, celery seed, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seed, eucalyptus, Ginger, Valerian, fennel, nutmeg, peppermint


Anthelmintics or vermifuges remove intestinal worms which inhabit the body. These include:

Areca nuts, elecampane, pomegranate root, pumpkin seed, Uva ursi, senna (bark, seeds or juice), Balomy leaves, male fern, wormwood leaves, horseradish, Wild Violet


Antiperiodics are herbs that reduce seizures caused by fevers or nervous disorders (epilepsy). They include:

Vervain, arnica, Cinchona bark, red raspberry, Scullcap, Eucalyptus, senna, Rue, Peruvian bark


Antyhologistics are herbs used in reducing or stopping inflammatory disease states, but are never to be used on partially damaged tissue. They include:

Arnica, Blue Cohosh, Cayenne, Lobelia, Wormwood, Hops, Burdock, Chaparral, Garlic, Slippery elm


These herbs are used to excite and stimulate the body through the organs of smell and taste. The fragrance of the herbs creates a feeling of warmth and alerts the senses. they stimulate the stomach and transmit a feeling of relaxation to the body. They include:

Valerian, Hops, Chamomile, Catnip, Scullcap, Nerve root

An alternative to potato chips


Herbs that kill or retard the growth of germs, bacteria or virus which affect rotten internal flesh. They all kill germs. They include:

Anise, Myrrh, Wormwood, Cassia, Thyme, peppermint, clove, garlic, cayenne, comfrey, Eucalyptus, Witch hazel


Expectorants cause one to spit out phlegm (mucous) from the lungs and nasal passages. Subsequently, they are food for bronchitis, stuffy nose, chest colds, and irritated lungs.These herbs speed up the cleansing of excess toxins from the nasal passages and lungs. They include:

Blood root, Balsam, Yerba, Marshmallow, Seneca, Elecampane, Skunk Cabbage, Asafetida, Horehound, Mullein, comfrey.

Dragon Fruit

What microwaves do to your food and your body

This is your body. This is your body on microwaved foods.

Hard Labor Creek Blueberry Farm

an antioxidant oasis

Photo Courtesy HerStories Photography

Photo Courtesy HerStories Photography

Photo Courtesy HerStories Photography

Photo Courtesy HerStories Photography

Photo Courtesy HerStories Photography

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Juice Fast 2012 (The 60 day Vegan Wasted Juice Feast)

The 1st rule of juice fast is: You do not talk about Juice Fast.

Whether you're a professional, mean, lean, green juice machine juice fast novice or if this is your 1st time juicing, this is sure to pack a punch (no pun intended). The benefits of juicing are too many to name and vary from person. Juicing is one of the most healthiest and safest way to detoxify and give your body's cells the highest vibrational fuel available because they are full of raw, living enzymes and alkaline, electric vitamins and minerals!

A 60-day fast will: 

Reboot your system and completely wipe you clean. 

It will:

Enable you to shed the most weight, the fastest, naturally. It will heal sickness and disease, perhaps even help to usher you off of many synthetic, chemical drugs by curing you from the inside out.

If you don't have the willpower to follow through with a complete 60-day juice fast, try a 30-day, or 3-week, or 3-day juice fast. Take it one day at a time. It can be grueling, but the rewards are worth it.

Here is a snapshot from The Vegan Wasted Juice Fast Plan:

These are ingredients from a few of the recipes (all organic-grown, fresh as possible, unless you're cheating with smoothies, you can use frozen fruit for those). Juice enough to last the entire day. Refrigerating the fruit beforehand yields cool juices. Be sure to store them in glass jars.

NO cheap, ghetto Wal*Mart juicers...invest in a quality juicer, like a Juice Man. Personally, we have a DeLonghi, and it works great.

  • 1. Kale/Granny Smith apples/celery (Kale Yeah)
  • 2. McIntosh apples (Just Call Me A Mac)
  • 3. Watermelon/strawberries/Irish moss
  • 4. Grapefruit/Ginger/Blackberries
  • 5. Blueberries/lemons/pineapples (From the Blue Lagoon)
  • 6. Blood oranges/mangoes/peaches (Sex on South Beach)
  • 7. Beets/strawberries/rhubarb/spirulina (Bloody Mary)
  • 8. Kale/cucumber/celery/green tomatoes/asparagus/Irish moss (Green Hornet)
  • 9. Fennel/celery/Fuji apples (So Fresh & So Clean)
  • 10. Limes/ginger/acai berries (Super Bad)
  • 11. Strawberries/mangosteen/Blueberries/Acai/Plums (Happy Time)
  • 12. Pineapple/ginger/Irish moss/sorrel (Jamaica Funk)
  • 13. Honeydew melon/watermelon/cantaloupe (Melon-E)
  • 14. Cilantro/green leaf lettuce/yellow peppers/ habanero peppers/jalapeno peppers** (The Cabo San Lucas) 
  • 15. Broccoli/cucumber/celery/Granny Smith Apples (Metu Neter)
  • 16. Oranges carrots/yellow carrots/purple carrots (The Better Carotene)
  • 17. Roma tomatoes/basil/spinach (The Michael Corleon)
  • 18. Coconut/flax/raw almond milk (Deez Nuts)
  • 19. Tomatoes/green peppers/noni/cilantro (Portuguese Love)
  • 20. Blueberries/blackberries/acai/strawberries (Berry White)
  • 21. Tangerines/starfruit/guava (Ommm)
  • 22. Aloe meat (gel from aloe plant/celery/fennel (Electric Boogaloo)
  • 23. Peaches/strawberries/apricots/mango/ginger (Sweet & Low)
  • 24. Papaya/guavas/pineapples/mangoes (Fiji Island)
  • 25. Limes/strawberries/peaches (Lime Sunrise)
  • 26. Blueberries/kumquats (Blue Magic)
  • 27. Celery/Kale/Spinach/Spirulina/pears (Green Goddess)
  • 28. Goji/acai/blueberries (Power to the People)
  • 29. Pears/Washington apples (The Obama)
  • 30. Moringa/ginger/coconut/pineapple (Nights over Maui)

Sorrel juice

The darker the berry...

While at their peak season, indulge in blackberries for a nutritious snack or dessert. One cup of fresh blackberries has 62 calories, 1 gram of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and only 1 mg of sodium. Here are the top 10 health benefits of eating blackberries:

  • 1. Blackberries are one of the top ten foods containing antioxidants.
  • 2. Blackberries are packed with polyphenols helping to prevent cancer and heart disease.
  • 3. Blackberries are filled with anthocyanins (antioxidants which give blackberries their deep purple color) which help in memory retention and the risk of hypertension.
  • 4. Blackberries are said to strengthen blood vessels, help fight heart disease and help improve eyesight.
  • 5. The high tannin content of blackberries help tighten tissue, relieve intestinal inflammation, and help reduce hemorrhoids and stomach disorders.
  • 6. Ohio State University found that blackberries may protect against esophageal cancer, a cancer caused by gastric reflux disease.
  • 7. Blackberries have shown to protect against other types of cancers. They contain phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), a compound believed to play a vital role in preventing breast and cervical cancer.
  • 8. Blackberries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Manganese and fiber.
  • 9. The high fiber content of blackberries help reduce risk of intestinal disease and the risk of developing diabetes.
  • 10. Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring plant estrogens found in blackberries that may help relieve the common symptoms of PMS like bloating, food cravings, and even menopausal symptoms including hot flashes. Anthocyanins, which give blackberries their dark color, are an antioxidant shown to reduce inflammation. As an antioxidant, they destroy free radicals in the body that harm cells and lead to cancer. Research has also shown that the ellagic acid in blackberries may have anti-cancer properties. One cup of blackberries contains half of the daily recommendation of the antioxidant vitamin C, which protects the immune system and may lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Picking wild blackberries

Vegan Wasted in the park

Write positive affirmations on your smoothie cup & your water. It changes the vibrational frequency.

How to have a raw lunch on a dime...oh, and that's a smoothie made with MAX GREENS!


Photo Courtesy HerStories Photography  

Photo Courtesy HerStories Photography

Photo Courtesy HerStories Photography
This is no Taco Bell garbage. This is made with organic corn tortillas, lightly sauteed in olive oil (you can use corn oil too), Daiya cheddar, organic avocados & Himalayan salt, Smart Ground for the filling, organic green leaf lettuce, and chopped Roma tomatoes, fresh, organic-grown cilantro, and green onions, lightly seasoned with cayenne pepper and garlic. Comes with "make-you-want-to-slap-someone-pineapple salsa"

Vegetarian Paradise

Who says you can't get full on salad? This zinger kept us full ALL DAY! It is packed with red onions, spinach, romaine lettuce, baby arugula, broccoli, black olives, Kalamata olives, buckwheat croutons, baby spinach, carrots, sunflower seeds, cucumber, red and yellow peppers, raw sweet peas, soaked beets, quinoa noodles, and cornbread...all topped with raspberry vinaigrette.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Alcohol...and the silent killer

After many years of clinical trials we now know that excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages puts one at risk of increased blood pressure, and that people who are already hypertensive are especially vulnerable. 

More significantly, for certain people alcohol elevates blood pressure on its own, independent of other causes (such as extra weight or poor diet). If you are sensitive in this way, all you need do is down three or four drinks and presto, your systolic blood pressure shoots up 4 or 5 points, your diastolic 2 or 3. It's been estimated that up to 5 percent of people with hypertension suffer from high blood pressure strictly because if their drinking habits. The ailment is known as alcoholic hypertension.

Although only a small percentage of hypertensives suffer from alcoholic hypertension, there are secondary problems related to drinking that make it a danger to anyone with volatile blood pressure. Alcohol is high in empty calories, for instance, and for many drinkers these calories are quickly transformed into added weight. Extra poundage, we know, increases blood pressure.

Alcohol use often goes hand in hand with snacking--especially consuming salty snacks like peanuts, pretzels, and popcorn. If you're salt-sensitive, a bout of heavy drinking mixed with high salt intake can be disastrous to blood pressure readings.

Note too that commercial alcoholic drinks are filled with salty additives. One can of beer contains preservatives, fermenting agents, artificial colorings, foam inhibitors, and more, many of which are laden with salt. 

Alcohol, we also know, stimulates the hormone cortisol. Increased amounts of this chemical trigger salt retention and potassium loss in the body. Both are serious reactions for anyone suffering with high blood pressure.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, in other words, you are cautioned not to push the drinking envelope too far, and to keep your alcohol intake modest. This means no more than one or two drinks a day. For people with serious hypertension, complete abstention is best. 

Heart failure is still the deadliest killer...but it doesn't have to take you!

Noel Vegan Fitness Star: Vegan Spartacus

Loco for LOCAL!

  • Local produce is more nutritious: The less time that passes between farm and table, the fewer nutrients fresh produce will lose. Locally grown fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients because they are picked at their peak freshness, transported shorter distances and sold directly to the consumer.
  • Local food travels fewer miles to land on your plate: "Local food" does not have a specific definition, but these foods have been grown within a 100-mile radius (some even say up to 225 miles). The farther food travels, the more energy and gasoline must be used to get the food to your plate. Buying local will save energy costs and valuable non-renewable resources
  • Local food preserves genetic diversity: While conventional farming practices mono-cropping with limited plant varieties, smaller local farms often grow many different varieties and rotate their crops to provide a long harvest season with an array of different colors and flavors.
  • Local food connects you to the land through the farmers who grow your food: There is something exciting about engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Talking to the very farmer who grew and picked your food gives you insight into the relationship between the seasons, the land, and your food.
    Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.