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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day 310

Thoughts: Hello beautiful beings!

When I started on my quest to create a Earth Diet cafe, I thought what are the benefits of a cafe that sells authentic healthy options...

• Eating healthy is just as important as regular exercise – they go hand in hand with one another.

•Food has power. It can be used for good or bad, ugly or fat, unhealthy and healthy, love, hate, nutrition or malnutrition – we want people to feel good, empowered when they leave the gym or after they have had a juice – that feeling will have them coming back and wanting their friends and family to also experience that rush. The healthier the people, the healthier the earth.

•The more handling, processing, human interference, cooking, machinery package, the more the food is stripped of its natural vitamins and minerals. Food on The Earth Diet menu are made from whole foods, no sugar, no processed artificial anythings, no chemicals and no preservatives, no wheat, no dairy.

•All of the ingredients are provided naturally from the earth and are also whole foods complete with all their rich natural endowment of nutrients. These foods and juices have also been selected because they are among the richest sources of many of the essential nutrients needed for optimal health.

-When we digest the food we eat, new blood cells are created. From there, new cells and new tissue. Food is the building block of who we will become. What we have eaten in the past is who we are in the present moment.

•All the foods on the menu are RAW. Benefits of Raw: Scientific evidence shows that raw diets decrease toxic products in the colon. Burn your finger and skin tissue dies. Overly apply heat to food and nutrients are progressively destroyed. Fresh food prior to wilting or rotting sustains life to a high degree of wellness.

Harvested food from field and orchard provides raw materials to replenish your cells and tissues. Overly cooking food destroys live plant and animal tissue whose nutrients no longer bear any relationship to your living body.

A diet containing an abundance of raw, unfired food maximizes well being.

One of the best things about raw is there are less calories in each meal, so you can eat more and enjoy more! Processed foods are high in calories and so you have to eat less of them to maintain and lose weight. Also see Blog Day 71 on being raw.

•People go to the gym to transform their bodies and health. When people are shedding their old identity, often they lack typical energy, feel out of sorts, and perhaps are angry and confused. With the assistance of nutrient high foods and only after they begin to wear their new skin, their new identity, then they will have the clarity of vision to better understand the test and the growth that has occurred.

•In order for our body to function at the optimal level, it is important that our daily intake is made of foods that are nourishing, rich in vitamins and minerals, free of pesticides, and prepared with natural ingredients. Such foods are full of life force, which will keep the body in a balanced state. On the contrary, foods that are processed with chemicals, refined, genetically engineered, are “dead” (a.k.a. Frankenfoods), and lack the vitality that we need to absorb from them.

The Sweets available at the new cafe will be: (RAW)

• Chocolate Balls (with whole nuts; almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews and macadamia)
• Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls
• Chocolate Brownies
• Cookie Dough Balls
- Manny's Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

The juices available were posted in yesterdays Blog Day 309!

Benefits of raw organic sweets: No dairy; milk, eggs, sugar, flour, no cooking, artificial flavourings, chemicals or preservatives!

A natural alternative to sweets and chocolate – guilt free. Natural, organic and from the earth. Chocolate comes from the fermented, roasted, and ground beans of the cacao or cocoa tree. Here we make foods from cacao – real chocolate! And Nuts; Eating Nuts Lowers Risk of Weight Gain!

The Benefits of the Ingredients:

Walnuts: tonifies kidneys, strengthens back, astringes lungs, relieves asthma, lubricates intestines, aids erratic, rebellious chi.

Brazil Nuts: good source of magnesium and thiamine, and are perhaps the richest dietary source of selenium.

Almonds: ventilates lungs, relieves cough and asthma, lubricates intestines.

Peanuts: improves appetite, strengthens spleen, regulates blood, lubricates lungs, promotes diuresis, aids in lactation.

Hazelnuts: composition of fats (primarily oleic acid), protein, carbohydrates, vitamins (vitamin E), minerals, dietary fibres, phytosterol (beta-cytosterol) and antioxidant phenolics.

Cacao: Cacoa solids contain alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body. It has been linked to serotonin levels in the brain. aphrodisiac

Cashews: hey contain healthy mono-unsaturated fats, magnesium, and copper which help prevent heart disease, promote strong bones, and give you energy. Eating cashews may also reduce your risk of getting Colon Cancer.
Oats: strengthens spleen, stops diarrhea, lowers blood pressure, aids spontaneous sweating.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla is used as a medicine to be drunk as an infusion for increasing male potency. It can be used for preventing cancer, improves digestion, It can be used for manufacturing medicines that are used for strengthening the immune power of the body, helps to prevent memory loss. It is used as a stimulating agent and balances and increases the secretion of some hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

Agave Syrup: replaces sugar. Natural syrup from a plant. Agave contains saponins and fructans. have anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties, including antimicrobial capability. In fact, the Aztecs used agave syrup to treat wounds because of its antibacterial properties.

Dates: Powerhouse of energy. Dates are one of the best natural sources of potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral your body needs to maintain muscle contractions including the vital heart muscle. Potassium is needed to maintain a healthy nervous system and to balance the body’s metabolism as well.

Coconut Oil: hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength.

Olive Oil: A natural oil. Olive oil is very well tolerated by the stomach. In fact, olive oil's protective function has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than prescribed drugs. Consequently, it lowers the incidence of gallstone formation.

Honey: a most assimilable carbohydrate compound, is a singularly acceptable, practical and most effective aliment to generate heat, create and replace energy, and furthermore, to form certain tissues

Coconut: highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content.

Cinnamon: induces sweating, strengthens stomach, warms any coldness in the body

For details on The Earth Diet Cafe and how to find it in New York visit here.

Quotes: Words are merely utterances: noises that stand for feelings, thoughts, and experience. They are symbols. Signs. Insignias. They are not Truth. They are not the real thing. - Neale Donald Walsch

What I Ate Today:

Meal 1: A grapefruit juice! Grapefruit is one of the best fat blaster foods and in a juice goes right to the cells :) One of the juices on The Earth Diet Cafe menu :)

Meal 2: My favourite Green Salad! Loaded with green, herbs, mmm and so tasty! It is filling and also light - so you feel like you could even go for a run after. Created with avocado, baby spinach, green lettuce leafs, garlic, spring onion (shallots), coriander (cilantro), green chilli, cucumber and lime. I also added brazil nuts to make it meatier :)

Meal 3: A ginger and lemon tea; which is chunks of raw ginger and lemon in boiled water :)

Meal 4: Thai Green Curry with Basil & Almond. Created with prawns (shrimp), basil, almonds, coconut milk, green beans, onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, rice and olive oil.

Meal 5: Mum's Raw Cheesecake! Mmm! I named it after my mum who loves cheesecake and inspired me to make it :) This is made with macadamia nuts, cashew nuts, dates, coconut, coconut oil, lime juice, agave, vanilla bean and mixed berries blueberries and raspberries and blackberries! Oh yum!

Hard to imagine something so yummy like cheesecake could be substituted with a healthy and raw option that is delicious and creamy oh my yum yum! :)

Recipe: The recipe for Green Salad, Thai Green Curry with Basil & Almond, and Mum's Raw Cheesecake are available free on The Earth Diet website

Exercise: A one hour yoga class with the beautiful Regina McGowan! I always feel more connected, alive, awake, open, free and stretched after yoga :)

55 days to go!!!

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