Tuesday, February 13, 2018

80% Alkaline + 20% Acid = Balance

The Rule of 80/20: The body needs a balance of alkaline-forming and acid-forming natural vegetarian food. The following rule has evolved as a consequence of many years of research and clinical findings vis-a-vis the use of nutrition to heal disease.

To replenish and sustain your proper alkaline and acid reserves, eat 80% of your foods from the alkaline-forming list and 20% from the acid-forming list.

The following is an outline of the major vegetarian food groups and their chemical reaction tendencies in the body. All of the food items should be raw and organically grown (this collection of data from Hippocrates Health Institute).

  • sprouts of small seeds, beans and most grains
  • leafy and root vegetables
  • vine-ripened fruits/vegetables (cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc)
  • sea vegetables (dulse, nori, wakame)
  • fresh food herbs
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic and onions
  • tree-ripened fruits
  • small grains (amaranth, millet, quinoa, teff, etc)
  • fresh beans
  • fresh sweet corn
  • sesame seeds (soaked 3 hours)
  • nuts (soaked 12-24 hours) (most are acid-forming but exception to the rule -- almonds, fresh coconut with jelly, pine nuts
  • freshly-squeezed green vegetable juices, consumed on an empty stomach
ACID-FORMING (recommended)
  • fruits (most are alkaline-forming, exception to the rule) -- blueberries, cranberries, plums, prunes
  • grains (soaked 8-12 hours) most are not recommended, but buckwheat (slightly acid) and rye ok
  • dry beans (soaked 12-16 hours)
  • nuts (soaked 12-16 hours) filberts/hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts
  • seeds (soaked 5-8 hours) pumpkin, sunflower
Not recommended (listed for reference)
  • large grains -- barley, rice (basmati, brown, white), oats, wheat (slightly acid)
  • refined sugar
  • salt (all types)
  • alcoholic beverages
  • coffee
  • tobacco
  • vinegar
  • refined condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc)
BEWARE -- the following are not only acid-forming in the cell but also cause excessive mucous in the body:
  • meat
  • dairy products
  • wheat flour
  • eggs
  • salt
  •  refined sugars
  • alcohol
  • tobacco

  • moderate sunshine
  • proper food combining
  • rest--sleep
  • deep breathing of fresh air
  • fasting and eating less
  • relaxation
  • soothing music
  • moderate exercise
  • adequate water intake
Emotional and Mental
  • laughter
  • releasing processes
  • self-esteem

  • cooking and processing food
  • improper food combining
  • lack of rest -- lack of sleep
  • lack of oxygen
  • overeating (too much or too often)
  • stress
  • noise
  • excessive or no excercise
  • dehydration
Emotional and Mental
  • anger
  • denial
  • confusion
  • fear

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Allergy and Candida Cooking

While reading Allergy and Candida Cooking: Understanding and Implementing Plans for Healing by Lewis and Fink (Canary Connect Publications 2009), I found some particularly good insight on proactively helping the body to heal through careful dietary measures. 

Probiotics - What They Do:
  • (some kinds) produce lactase for the lactose intolerant
  • facilitate healing from IBS (inflammatory bowel syndrome)
  • reduce diarrhea and constipation
  • increase nutrient bioavailability, esp aids the absorption of calcium, zinc and iron (important in the treatment of candida)
  • reduce acid reflux
  • lower cholesterol
  • contribute to the prevention of cancer, esp colon cancer
  • properly balance yeast growth (vital for people with candida)

Natural probiotic food sources that promote friendly bacteria and prevent the spread of bacterial infections -- these foods are high in chlorophyll:
  • alfalfa
  • barley green
  • chlorella
  • spirulina
  • green Kamut
  • blue green algae

Anti-fungals for treating candida include:
  • B-complex
  • bentonite
  • capryllic acid
  • citrus seed extract (grapeseed)
  • coenzyme Q
  • garlic
  • grape extracts (with caution)
  • oil of oregano
  • olive leaf extract
  • psyllium
  • tanalbit
  • pau d'arco
  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • foods rich in chlorophyll are also anti-fungal:
  • kelp
  • seaweed
  • dulse

Essential Fatty Oils (EFAs)

These oils have Omega-3s and Omega-6s and are essential for reducing inflammation and rebuilding cells. They also reduce cholesterol, regulate hormones and fight infections:
  • flax seed oil
  • evening primrose oil
  • GLA
  • borage oil
  • fish oils
  • saw palmetto is important for men with prostatitis associated with yeast infection

Treatment That May Buffer Food Reactions
  • drink 1/4 t. baking soda in 1/2 cup purified water. You may need to repeat the dose
  • drink buffered, corn-free, citrus-free vitamin C powder dissolved in purified water
  • drink purchased salt preparations such as a combination of sodium and potassium bicarbonates

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Freshly-made Almond Milk

Freshly made almond milk -- hot or cold -- is a delight. I throw a huge handful of almost in about 2 cups of water and buzz them in my high-speed Blendtec blender for about a minute. The milk whips to a frothy creaminess. Once it's well-blended, I add whatever amount of water is necessary for the texture and flavor I want. While some people like drinking the milk chilled and without the froth, I like it warm.

And to, literally, spice it up a bit, I sometimes add a bit of vanilla bean that's been soaked to soften it, or a shake or two of cinnamon. Anyway, this is one of my favorite drinks in cold weather. Easy to make, low on calories, and high on both nutrition and flavor. 

freshly-made almond milk with a touch of vanilla bean and cinnamon -- super YUM!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

515 Chemicals Women Daily Put on Their Bodies

This infographic (published by Mind Body Green) on chemicals in beauty products takes 'Cosmetics Dirty Dozen' to a whole new level.

When I first got sick so many years ago, from my reading I became aware that not only foods that I put in my body were starkly affecting my health but the air I breathed was also a factor and what was absorbed through my skin was another huge factor. The skin is the largest "organ" of the human body. It keeps our blood and plasma within us; it acts as a barrier to eliminate contamination from our surroundings, but when we intentionally put chemicals on our skin (for the sake of beauty or health) we are (unwittingly perhaps) contaminating the barrier, which is permeable, and exposing ourselves directly to toxins that would only indirectly hurt us if they weren't in such direct contact.

Toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, perfume, things we never consider to be bad for our health need to be reconsidered.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Avocado Salad

Visiting people can be a bit rough, especially when I'm hungry and the kitchen is filled with fatty smells like cheesy quiche, fresh-made cinnamon rolls or hot bagels, and then of course coffee. Well, while the others were making quiche muffins wrapped in vegetarian "bacon" and toasting their breads and brewing their coffee, I was making my own breakfast ... a massive salad. But LOL, one of the others decided that the salad would be much more satisfying and asked for a bowl also ... to go along with a quiche muffin. 

Anyway, one thing about eating fresh whole foods, I don't have food cravings like other people. I've read about this and people who nourish their bodies with plant foods (which are rich in vitamins and minerals) are satisfying their bodies and therefore feeding their bodies. It's the "starved" body that has cravings! With all the avocado fat on the salad, I was very satisfied and didn't feel hungry until the next meal ... when of course everyone was hungry. I think they had pizza and I was back foraging in the fridge for another salad.

Now THAT is a salad!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

10 of the Most Powerful Herbs and Spices

Nature is filled with herbs and spices, and after reading about some of various herbs and spices healing qualities, I incorporated them into my diet to help me fight against the evil systemic candida. All of the 10 items on this list, except for fenugreek, were frequently used, and they sure did make my simple all-natural diet tasty. 

Ten of the Most Powerful Healing Herbs and Spices

Some of the most powerful healers can be found in the kitchen - herbs and spices. These wonderfully fragrant and flavor-enhancing additions to food also contain a wealth of natural healing properties that have a number of diverse benefits, from aiding digestion to reducing the risk of cancer.

All herbs and spices contain substances that promote healing, and here are just ten of the most powerful ones, and some reasons why you should be using them in cooking and as health-enhancers:
  • 1. Cinnamon - cinnamon bark contains an oil-like substance that kills a variety of illness causing bacteria, including E.coli and Salmonella, and research shows that cinnamon is able to stop the growth of the Asian flu virus. Cinnamon has a surprisingly strong effect on the brain and mood; its distinctive smell helps to reduce anxiety and stress, increase alertness, and prevent mood swings caused by fluctuating blood-sugar levels.
  • 2. Turmeric - turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant chemical that detoxifies carcinogens and calms inflammation, making it useful for easing auto-immune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and allergies. It appears to work just like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects. Turmeric is such as strong anti-inflammatory that only a small amount is enough to reduce the risk of illness. Curcumin, which gives this spice its vivid golden color, also helps to prevent the build up of fatty deposits in the arteries, and so may protect against conditions such as Alzheimer's and heart disease.
  • 3. Basil - basil contains volatile oils, which account for the medicinal properties of this herb. It relieves flatulence, is an aid to digestion and its antiseptic properties are said to benefit acne. This fragrant oil also has antimicrobial effects. Recent tests have found that basil oils can counteract the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, including those that cause food poisoning and others that infect wounds.
  • 4. Cloves - clove oil is 60 to 90 percent eugenol, a potent pain-relieving compound, effective for numbing the pain toothache, headaches, and other areas of pain, such as the joints. As well as their anesthetic effects, cloves combat the bacterial infection and inflammation that can lead to gum disease and the risk of further damage to teeth.
  • 5. Cumin - cumin seeds are valued for their digestive benefits. Cumin relieves wind and can prevent digestive upsets such as diarrhea. This is thought to be because these small seeds stimulate the production of pancreatic enzymes that help the body break down foods and absorb the nutrients. This fragrant spice is a source of iron and is rich in essential oils. Regularly eating cumin is associated with blood glucose-lowering effects.
    Chewing a few seeds of cumin sweetens the breath after eating a meal. End a meal by chewing a blend of cuminseedsfennelcloves and cardamom to enhance digestion.
  • 6. Fennel - Rich in volatile oils, fennel is a carminative herb, meaning that it can ease bloating, flatulence, and digestive spasms. As well as digestion, scientific research has demonstrated fennel's anti-cancer, intestinal health and eye health benefits. Fennel seeds can also reduce bad breath and body odor. The fennel bulb contains a significant amount of Vitamin C, and is a source of fiberfolate and potassium, making it a powerful antioxidant herb.
  • 7. Mint - mint is widely used as a highly effective digestive aid, and to counteract nausea and vomiting. Mint improves fat digestion and is an effective antacid, due to its essential oils. Peppermint oil is still the basis for many indigestion remedies, because it is extremely soothing to the stomach lining. Mint tea is not only beneficial for digestion; it is a simple treatment for stress-induced headaches. Chewing the leaves or drinking the tea stimulates the cortex of the brain to improve concentration and induce relaxation.
  • 8. Oregano - One tablespoon of oregano has about the same antioxidant capacity as one banana or a cup of string beans. Its antioxidant qualities combat the conditions of aging, especially heart disease and cancers. Oregano contains at least four compounds that soothe coughs and 19 chemicals with antibacterial action, which are associated with offering protection against food-borne diseases. Freshly-picked oregano leaves are the most effective.
  • 9. Parsley - parsley is rich in essential oils, and contains Vitamin A, C, and some iron and calcium. It is a diuretic and digestive herb, helping to prevent problems such as kidney stones and bladder infections, and keeping the body's plumbing running smoothly by causing it to produce more urine. It also aids in the elimination of uric acid - useful for arthritis, rheumatism or gout, and it is an effective breath freshener because it contains high levels of chlorophyll.
  • 10. Fenugreek - fenugreek is rich in vitamins A and C, and iron and phosphorus. Studies have shown that fenugreek is a potent stimulator of breast milk production in nursing mothers. Fenugreek seeds have also been found to protect against cancers of the colon and breast, and have anti-diabetic effects. The regular intake of fenugreek seeds helps to purify the blood, flush out harmful toxins and lowers the risk of a heart attack.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Three Salsas (raw)

These three salsa are great for parties, nights in front the TV, or even for packing in lunches. Guaranteed to be a family favorite!

Cucumber-onion Salsa

2 cucumbers diced
1 small onion thinly sliced
1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt and black pepper to taste
fresh dillweed

Sour Apple-onion Salsa

2 Granny Smith apples, cubed
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 t. cumin powder
2 t. freshly squeezed lemon juice
fresh cilantro
salt to taste

Parsley-tomato Salsa

1 thick bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1-2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Excellent for serving with hummus cups and chips for dipping. (Chips here are El Matador corn chips -- for some reason those corn chips don't bother me, black bean chips, and Cheeze its, which of course I can't eat but everyone else could.) 

Positively divine and so simple!