SparkPeople Live, Organic, Vegetarian, Energy-LOVE-LIFESTYLE Team Messageboard A transformational way of life to rebuild your body mind, and spirit and achieve the highest level of personal success in all phases of your life. SparkPeople Live, Organic, Vegetarian, Energy-LOVE-LIFESTYLE Team Messageboard Thanksgiving and beyond. I'm continuing to do most of my exercising working on the farm in my internship program. I just decided to combine my Peak 8 (HIIT) with my Circuit Strength training program on the same day, starting with the strength training. It worked well this week on Tuesday and I plan to do the same this Sunday. This way, I hope to be able to get both activities accomplished twice in one week rather than on one time each for each week. My blood sugar has really gone down and so has my Cholesterol number... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 04:13:25 EST Recommitting to Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy food The joining of two household last year and my commitment to my continuing education about gardening, composting, permaculture, and my volunteer work, disrupted many of my healthy lifestyle practices such as a live food diet and daily exercise at the gym. I gained back 50 of the pounds that I had lost on the live food diet and my endurance and stamina suffered from the lack of going to the gym every day. On our annual family vacation this month, my son suggested that he and his French wife wou... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 03:06:11 EST July 2012 Time to get back to basics. My dietary choices have strayed from Live, Organic, and Vegetarian, but I'm finding my way back. I gained 45 pounds with this little detour over the last year and I can really feel how it limited my ability to do all that I want to do. Climbing mountains and steep hillsides is where it really hit home. Time to change! Today is the first day of the rest of my life! Let the L.O.V.E. begin! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 01:32:11 EST June has arrived! I hope that everyone is doing well. I'm enjoying working in the garden on these beautiful sunny days in San Diego. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 00:41:54 EST Welcome to May! My start for the month of May was interrupted by a mysterious illness. I think that it was sparked by an exposure to some environmental hazard, but I'm find now. I stopped exercising for a week as my muscles were very weak and I didn't think that I could safely do my Sprint 8 exercises. I resumed my new Energy Exercise program on Monday, May 9 and besides being really sore after taking off a weak to recover, I feel great. Since Spring is here, I'm spending more time in my garden and these jus... Wed, 11 May 2011 23:52:24 EST Natural Remedies What do you recommend for a sore throat and nasal congestion? <BR> <BR> When anyone in my family gets a sore throat, we immediately place a whole tooth of garlic in our mouth, crush it slightly with our teeth and suck on the juices. Garlic has wonderful antibiotic properties and makes the sore throat pain go away right away. I would not recommend lemon, it is an acid and can irritate the throat further. (Dr. Oz talked about this recently on one of his shows). He recommended slippery elm and ... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:40:29 EST Raw versus Cooked When we eat raw food, the nutrients are usually more available than in most cooked foods. This doesn't make cooking bad. Cooking food at lower temperatures is better that cooking a high temperatures such as deep frying.Too much heat can destroy some nutrients and oxidize oils, but cooking can make some more available such as the lycopene in tomatoes: "cooked tomatoes are preferable, since heat allows more desirable antioxidants in tomatoes to be made available to the body. And because lycopen... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 03:00:47 EST April's Tips and Notes <link><BR>he_raw/2011/04/how-to-get-out-of-a-raw<BR>-food-rut.html#more </link> <BR> <BR> This is a great article on how to get out of "The Raw Food Rut", a common challenge for many raw food, myself included. <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 18:35:25 EST Vegetarian Sources for Protein <link><BR>pdated-plant-based-sources-of-protein/ </link> <BR> <BR> What are the best plant based sources for Protein? <BR> <BR> Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green alga produced primarily from two species of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima, which is the main species cultivated as a human dietary supplement, a super food, and is available in tablet, flake and powder form. It is also used as a feed supplement in the aquacultu... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:08:17 EST Fat in Your Diet The Fat Solution for Diabetes [and everyone else] <BR> <BR> Not only can you have fat, but you should have fat. Some 30 years after low-fat eating became the “official” approach to a healthy diet, the medical profession is in agreement that they got it largely wrong. As people with diabetes know so well, refined carbs and sugars are the greater cause of damage to our health and weight. <BR> <BR> On a low-fat diet, you would typically get 20 percent or less of your calories from fat. Today,... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:27:16 EST Eating Raw on a Budget Eating raw can be either super-cheap or super-expensive, or anywhere in between - it depends on what kinds of foods you are buying, where you are buying them from as well as the all-important quality and quantity. The most expensive foods are typically the tropical fruits and out of season fruits, the speciality ingredients that are imported and of course organic foods are generally more expensive than non. The cheapest foods are of course going to be the ones you grow yourself, are given by ... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 01:58:28 EST How to Set-Up a Winning Raw Food Routine March 25, 2011 <BR> <BR> How to Set-Up a Winning Raw Food Routine <BR> <BR> Want to know one of the most critical things you need to establish to help you go and stay raw? It’s a RAW FOOD ROUTINE – a way of doing things that brings order to your world and fully supports you in eating the way you want to eat with as little fuss and hassle as possible. <BR> <BR> With increasingly busy lives, creating a winning routine that ticks all the boxes becomes more critical than ever – we’re all more ... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 22:55:20 EST IS PAUL NISON ON A 100% RAW VEGAN DIET? One of my favorite speakers on the subject of raw foods is Paul Nison. He has been a 100% Raw Vegan for 15 years for health reasons and he added back a small amount of cooked food and animal products last year. On the link below he makes the announcement on a 8 1/2 minute video that he is going back to 100% Raw Food. He also give a link to watch a 40 minute long video as to what he decided to go back to 100% raw food. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <em>26</em>... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:30:29 EST Essene Bread Essene bread is considered by many (including myself) to be the healthiest bread on the planet and yet it is little known about in the western world. Even within the field of raw foods it is possibly one of the least talked about raw foods even though it is super-delicious and versatile. This is one staple that I think should be in everyone's raw store cupboard. <BR> <BR> What Is Essene Bread? <BR> Essene bread (pronounced es-seen) is a flat loaf shaped mass made from sprouted wheat grains... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 03:17:29 EST Diabetes and Raw Food. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and prescribed Metformin. I read the package insert and went online to see the side effects of Metformin before I decided not to take it. Now, one should not do this lightly or ignore the diagnosis of Diabetes, it is a life threatening disease, so be proactive or follow your doctor's advice. <BR> <BR> I decided to be proactive and went on the web to find and alternative. I found and ordered a book called How to Halt Diabetes in 25 Days. I immediately sta... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:14:14 EST Exercise? @#%&@!!!! Do I have to do it? In addition to what we eat, physical exercise is very important to our overall health and weight goals. It is an essential part of our daily lives that is too often neglected in our busy lives with so many competing interest and sedentary activities to compete with it. <BR> <BR> Introduce exercise gradually. Walking is a great place to start. Walk someplace interesting or fun. I have a small lake in a park nearby that I used to walk around. I would meet a friend and talking and walking is mu... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:13:33 EST Do we need to count calories? I found SparkPeople because I wanted to find a more efficient way to keep track of calories and SparkPeople has the best calorie counter program of any site that I have seen, including some that I had to pay money to join. I no longer count calories, but it was a good exercise to go through because it helped me get a sense of what I was eating. <BR> <BR> If you are eating 100% organic raw vegan food, counting calories is a waste of your time. The whole concept that you need so many calories... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:48:24 EST 21 Raw Food Questions 1. Favorite Raw Vegan milk? Unsweetened vanilla almond milk by Almond Breeze. <BR> <BR> 2. What are the top 3 recipes you are planning to make? Corn & Jicama Salad, Broccoli, Cashews & Raisin salad, Daikon and Napa Cabbage Kimchi. <BR> <BR> 3. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? Raw Cauliflower "Popcorn" <BR> <BR> 4. How do you organize your recipes? In my compture <BR> <BR> 5. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? Compost. <BR> <BR> 6. If you were stranded on an island and could only br... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:19:31 EST How to prevent spoilage Food spoilage is common when we first switch to eating mostly raw foods. I've found that I have to buy less and more often. Instead of a large bag of spinach which is more economical, I buy smaller sizes, which cost more, but nothing spoils. I also am careful to buy small bags of bean sprouts as large ones never last. Instead of having a wide variety of greens, I usually purchase one or two at a time; I like baby spinach because it keeps better than lettuce. I almost never buy lettuce, becaus... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 14:01:45 EST Raw Food Tips for March Re: Sprouting <BR> <BR> Sprouting is easy, but you need to have the proper equipment and a place set aside to do it in. I used to have sprouting jars that I even took back packing and had fresh spouts growing in the car while I was driving to where I would begin the trail. Recently, I tried to improvise with colanders, steaming racks, etc to see if one could do it with what might be available in the normal kitchen. I had some successes and some failures , but I concluded that without setting... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 14:50:55 EST Protein? My Protein Plan: <BR> <BR> I eat a variety of greens, sprouts, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. I also eat a small amount of fruit. For breakfast, I drink a green smoothie most days with either spinach, mung bean sprouts, a banana, stevia to sweeten, and Super Green Powder. I sometimes add an apple and change the greens from spinach, to kale, collard, or today tiny baby bok choy. <BR> <BR> For lunch I have a salad with spinach, mache, pea sprouts, English pea sprouts, radish sprouts, alfalfa s... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:56:58 EST Recipes for Raw Feasts I saw this on FitSugar tonight and since I like Kale and love garlic, I thought that I would share it with you. <BR> <BR> Garlicky Kale Salad <BR> <BR> (Inspired by the Whole Foods salad bar) <BR> 1/2 bunch raw kale (washed, de-stemmed and dried) <BR> 1 T tahini <BR> 1 T water <BR> 1 T lemon juice <BR> 1 T liquid aminos (tamari or soy sauce would work too) <BR> 2 T nutritional yeast <BR> 1 tsp. minced garlic (1 -2 cloves of garlic) <BR> sesame seeds, to taste as garish (optional) <BR> Break... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:34:46 EST Raw and Frugal! Tips for being frugal and raw: <BR> <BR> 1. Grow your own sprouts. There is an abundance of information on the internet including instructional videos. Buy the highest quality, organic seeds for best results. The seeds are far less expensive than the sprouted foods. <BR> 2. Don't shop at Whole Foods unless it is the only place to find organic raw food. Brian Clement, known as a "purist" for raw food and the co-director of the Hippocrates Health Institute for over 25 years calls it "Whole Wal... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:57:07 EST Counting Calories? I found SparkPeople because I Googled "calorie counters" as I was doing it my hand with a note pad and a paperback. I thought, surely there must be a better way. I was counting calories because "they" said you should. I HATE counting calories, so I increased my exercise level to over an hour a day of continuous exercise. Even when I do strength training, I do a circuit, with a little waiting as possible between machines. <BR> <BR> I decided to experiment on myself to find a diet and lifesty... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 20:04:10 EST It's not important to be Perfect, just persistent Sometimes, people who are on a raw or live food diet strive so hard for perfection that they give up because perfection is too hard, if not impossible. While I think that the live food diet is very healthy and can address many health issues, it won't allow us "To eat our way into heaven." as Dennis Klocek once remarked to a very passionate biodynamic farmer. We strive to have the healthiest diet that we can follow and to eat it mindfully. But when our ego gets to attached to being raw, we be... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:16:59 EST Welcome to February! February is here. Time to regroup, think about the successes of last month and the areas we would like to improve upon. I am making my salad topping ahead of time so that it is easier and faster to eat a salad then to think about eating cooked food. I'm also making a green smoothie for breakfast with a blender full of greens, one banana, and a scoop of Trader Joe's Super Green Food powder. I exercise at the gym and have a salad for lunch. I'm having a very light late afternoon dinner of cut v... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:50:45 EST Recipe for a simple salad dressing My current salad dressing is extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, garlic, fresh squeezed lime juice, black pepper, Tajin (a Mexican spice), dulse, and a dash of cayenne. I dilute it with water and add it to my live vegetable salads. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:36:42 EST Celebrations One of the concepts that I recently heard was the concept of including celebrations in your lifestyle. Wednesday was our 32nd Anniversary and we went to Enema, a Japanese Buffet restaurant. I started out with their delicious salads and then had raw salmon and mixed raw fish as my protein. Proteins and salads are good protein combining which makes for good digestion and assimilation. I ate more than I should, but because of my choices for my celebration meal, i did not gain a single pound, eve... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:44:32 EST Discovering Green Drinks I've read that a number of very healthy people who are older and look much younger are drinking Green Drinks. Victoria Boutenko has written a lot about why Green Drinks are great for us and you can read her blogs at:<BR>amily-newsletter-archive-2010 <BR> <em>205</em> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 10:44:52 EST Struggles with Living Food Diet I've had great success with the living food diet and even on vacation, where I was hit and miss, I managed to lose weight. Recently, I have strayed further away from eating live food and added cooked food and watched my weight climb up 5 pounds. The solution is easy, go back to what was successful for me and eat mostly live vegetables, some fruit, and very little, no more than 20% of cooked food, if any. Simply eating raw food helped me to lose 40 pounds in 3 months, so that is the path to go... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 17:53:58 EST Success with living foods. Since June 1, 2010, I have lost 38 pounds following a living foods program, not perfectly, but to the best of my changing awareness of what the optimum eating program really it. As I have learned more, I have made some modifications and I have gone off my program to a certain extent when I was on vacation for a month, but I have still dropped from 314 pounds to 276 and I feel great! <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 12 Sep 2010 17:51:23 EST Where do I get my protein on a Living Foods Diet. According to Ann Wigmore, on a 100% raw diet, "Living greens grown at home, leafy green salads + rollups, energy soup, green smoothies, green juices, Sprouted Legumes - peas, beans, lentils, mung: alfalfa + clover (They're tiny beans-the smallest of legume family); raw green beans and peas." <BR> <em>301</em> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 01:13:17 EST How to move towards a Living Food Diet Although I experimented with a Living Food Diet many years ago, it has been 43 years since I first tried it. The last time, I just left the Standard American Diet (SAD) and jumped into a frugivarian diet, eating raw fruits, nuts, seeds, and rood vegetables. I had only a short conversation in a coffee shop with an Indian Yogi to start me on my path. It improved my health, I lost weight, I left behind bad habits, but I only had this short conversation to guide me. I read books from he health fo... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 01:15:32 EST My Journey to Living Foods 1967-2010 In 1967, I met a Yogi (Prince Natan) in a coffee shop in Hawthorne, California. I used to go there on my way home from working the night shift at Douglas Aircraft Company while I attended school in the day at USC. He started a conversation with me and after a short while convinced me of the superiority of the Frugivarian way of life. I immediately changed my eating habits, lost about 60 pounds from 225 to 165 and felt great. I gave up coffee, the reason that I originally went to the coffee sh... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 14:28:53 EST Welcome to the L.O.V.E. LIFESTYLE Team Welcome to L.O.V.E. LIFESTYLE Team. Thank you for joining. I will post more information about the L.O.V.E. LIFESTYLE and I suggest that you read Brian R. Clement's and Dr. Gabriel Cousins' books and watch their videos on YouTube as they are packed full of information, but before I had read anything, I started to practice the program as well as I could and I saw immediate results. My wife followed and is experiencing the same results. We are completely satisfied with our simple meals and afte... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 19:37:49 EST Living Foods for Optimum Health by Brian R. Clemen "In Phase 1, you rebuild and revitalize your physical being by nurturing the cells of your body with electrically charged, living foods and exercise. You come to understand the answer to the question, 'What am I made of?' Although complete physical wellness takes a full seven years to attain, within a few weeks you'll see physical changes that clearly show improvement in your health. You'll notice: <BR> • a stronger physique <BR> • a more flexible body <BR> • greater mobility and agility <BR>... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:22:33 EST