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BERMUDA BABY

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So this week I’m in Bermuda, long needed vacation… We stocked the fridge with delicious citrus fruit for a real vitamin C party. Ate this luscious orange yesterday after a long run on the old train tracks here in Hamilton. Other benefits from this fruit include…

  • Fiber (great for digestive system and also control blood sugar levels – we like, we like…)
  • Magnesium (which regulates high blood pressure – nice…)
  • Iron and Vitamin B6 (essential in the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to cells – hmmm def mucho importante. Did you know they can even help prevent lung cancer?)
  • Calcium (for strong shiny teeth. Smile)
  • Antioxidants (protect the skin from cell damage and free radicals. Who doesn’t want beautiful skin?)
  • Folate (an organge provides about 10% of the necessary daily folate intake and helps the brain develop. Come on smart people…)
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5 WAYS TO GET STARTED ON RAW

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It’s not always easy to make changes in life, especially when it come to your food. Your eating habits are so ingrained, some of them are even tradition, and social pressure is everywhere. Here are a few tips from one of my favorite raw foodists  Kimberly Snyder:

1. Clean out your closet: Before you even begin to change the way you eat, you have to set yourself up for success and get rid of temptations. Go through your pantry and clear out all refined and processed starches and sugars. Nix dairy, deli meats, soda, sugar, table salt, canned vegetables, and dusty old spices. In the future, look for spices that say on their label that they are “non-irradiated.” As a general guideline, you want to remove anything containing artificial preservatives, agave, artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. Get rid of  cereals like Special K (On a side note, the reason those cereals are crispy is because of a browning phenomenon called the Maillard reactions. These create aging free radicals in the body) which contain wheat, gluten and additives and are low-grade foods.  See a full list in her book The Beauty Detox Solution.

2. Grocery Shopping: The most positive way to reach your goals is by shopping responsibly. Your body is your temple! The act of eating and transforming those molecules into your own is a sacred exchange. Each and every thing that you put on and in your body has an effect on your vitality, health and beauty. Instead of iodized table salt, try out a high-quality sea salt such as Celtic or Himalayan. And instead of Splenda or sugar, try xylitol or stevia. At first, you want to strive to maximize alkaline foods (greens, ripe fruits, veggies) and minimize acidic foods (caffeine, processed foods, dairy).

3. Drink more water: Cut out the soda (yes, even diet varieties). It has absolutely no nutritional value and is loaded with empty calories. Additionally, soda is extremely acidic and will therefore contribute to premature aging, acne and dark under-eye circles. It will deplete our body of precious essential minerals that are important for our vitality. Our body is made up of 70% water! Water helps improve blood flow, promotes the metabolism and activates the bacterial enzymes and flora in the intestine, which helps promote the excretion of toxins and waste.

4. Go Green: Get thee to the farmer’s market! Add greens to the start of every lunch and dinner meal for healthy plant minerals and easy absorption. I encourage you to practice variety with your greens. Add veggies, avocado, and switch up the type of lettuce and kale to keep the textures fun and enticing, and to ensure a wide variety of mineral absorption.

5. Mold meals from smallest to largest: I am a fierce believer that it is not just what we eat that matters, but the order in which we eat our food. We want to understand the nutrients and absorption qualities of the foods we are consuming so that we can minimize gas, bloating and fermentation. Begin to order your meals from lightest to heaviest. For example, start your day out with some fruit followed by a Glowing Green Smoothie. For lunch, enjoy a full green salad with lots of veggies and for dinner, have a proper sit-down meal at least 3 (preferably 4) hours before you go to bed. This is the last meal before our bodies have 12+  hours plus to digest and move it through our bodies so this is the time to add cooked food, animal protein and a wide variety of veggies.

http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2011/08/09/5-easy-ways-to-transition-your-diet/

INDIANA NEXT STOP, THEN OHIO!

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So thanks to Hurricane Irene, we stayed in LA some extra time, flew to Chicago, and drove (yes for 17 hours) to NYC! For the record, there was nothing raw about this journey… had to make the best of it… Which I think is important. Don’t worry to much about being 100% raw, worry about taking care of your body. Eat the best possible option, wherever you may be. My best option on this road, happened to be a delicious veggie sandwich. Hope everyone is safe after this crazy storm… Bye bye Irene… until next time.

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