Wednesday, April 11, 2012

North South Trail Preparations


I've been busy lately. This past week I have been making shopping trips and formulating recipes and preparing food and gear for a week long ramble on the North South Trail. 
The North South Trail is approximately 76 miles long, it starts in Charlestown, RI and makes its way north along the western half of the state and goes all the way to Burrillville where it connects with Massachusetts' Midstate Trail. The North South Trail is the longest hiking trail in Rhode Island, it travels through neighborhoods, on roads, along scenic forest trails, through farms, over glacial boulder fields and through a nice collection of Environmental Management areas and historic villages. 
A fantastic voyage! 
I made a similar excursion in 2010 after Rhode Island's little flood, however, this trip will be my first long distance hike as a raw foodist.
[Last year I hiked 3 of New Hampshire's 4000' mountains on a high raw diet, an amazing experience.]
Planning for this year's North South thru-hike has been really interesting (at least as far as my food bag is concerned) but I think I've found a good set up for myself. 

Nuts, seeds and dried fruit will reign supreme!

But will be supplemented with green juice powder and sprouted grain granola. 
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I'm excited to talk about another powder which I will be bringing, Health Force Vitamineral Earth, an amazing addition to any green juice. I have been using their zeolite for a while and recently decided to try this blend and I love it! It's loaded with all kinds of amazing things: 
Ingredients: 100% TruGanic™ 
Earth Below: Astragalus Root , Burdock Root, Nettle Root, Marshmallow Root, Yacon Root, Dandelion Root, Carrot, Ginger, Rhubarb Root. 
Earth Above: Red Clover Blossoms, Slippery Elm Bark, Watercress, White Oak Bark, Corn silk, Kelp, Cinnamon Bark, Blessed Thistle, Sheep Sorrel. 
Earth Seeds: Sprouted Flax Seeds, Sprouted Chia Seeds, Milk Thistle Seeds. 
Earth Broth: Miso, Chili Powder, Paprika, Sage Leaf. Providing essential organic sodium and grounding spices of life. 
Earthbiotics: Massive array of both implantable lactobacillus species and NSOs™ (Natural Soil Organisms™) 
Actual Food™ Nutrient Array: (containing 100% organically bound: Chromium, Selenium, Molybdenum, Manganese, B-Vitamins, Beta-Glucans, and all necessary cofactors)** 
**Grown on saccharomyces cerevisiae. 
Energetics: Shilajit + Magnetic, Homeopathic, Energetic, & Vibrational Enhancements.
Magnetically sanitized and purified. 
100% TruGanic: TruGanic™ is a purist, hard-core quality standard significantly beyond Organic. In addition to no pesticides being used anywhere in the growing process, TruGanic™ includes authentic standards for production, nontoxic cleaning agents and pest control, electromagnetic radiation, processing agents, additives, air quality, and actual verification of purity. 
** These statements have not been evaluated by the F.D.A. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. 
I've been using it, I like it and I recommend it.
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One of the little treats I came up with for the trail is a variety of date and nut bars, inspired by Larabar
I've got 4 different flavors: 
Apricot Almond, Apple Cinnamon, crazyCashewcrazyCookiecrazy and Coconut Cacao. 
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Oh hey, I'm going to share one of the recipes with you:
Apple Cinnamon Sherpa Bars
Ingredients: Date, Cashew, Apple, Cinnamon
Use a food processor to chop 1/4 cup Cashews • Then use it to process 1/4 cup Dried Apple Slices • Now process 1/2 cup Dates • Combine well • Add 1/2 tsp. or more Cinnamon • Knead till well combined.
Makes approximately (2) 4 oz. bars
Boom!

For more information on the North South Trail check out:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chocolate Protein Smoothie


Ingredients:
8 oz. Almond Milk
1 Packet Garden of Life Raw Protein
2 Frozen Sliced Bananas
3 Dates
1 Tbs. Coconut Oil
2 Tbs. Cacao Powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Cayenne
3 Cubes Spring Water Ice

The Benefits 

Almond Milk

• Almond milk is rich in protein and omega fatty acids. [1]
• Almonds milk does not contain cholesterol or saturated fats. [2]
• Almonds milk has high levels of vitamin E and unsaturated fats. [3]
• Almond milk contains minerals such as zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. [4]
• Almonds are a rich source of magnesium and Vitamin E, as well as selenium, and manganese. [5]
• It is a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. [6]

Garden of Life Raw Protein [7]


"Offering high quality, plant-based protein plus live probiotics and enzymes, fat-soluble vitamins and nutrient Code Factors™ such as Beta-glucans, SOD, glutathione and CoQ10 for overall health and vitality,† RAW Protein provides the following benefits:
• Provides RAW organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
• Excellent source of protein – 17 grams and 33% Daily Value 
• Contains Vitamin Code RAW Food-Created Nutrients™ with their unique Code Factors™ intact, enabling natural recognition by your body
• Increases the protein content of meals – just add to food or beverages
• Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets
• Good for those on low carbohydrate diets
• Alternative to soy and animal protein powders
• Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey, soy and other protein sources
• Easily digested – supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes†
• Mixes well – great in shakes, smoothies and other beverages
It’s not only what RAW Protein contains, it’s also about what it doesn’t contain – there are no fillers, no artificial flavors and no synthetic ingredients and it's gluten-free and dairy-free.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."

Banana

"A medium-sized banana contains about 422 mg of potassium, an essential mineral for cell function and tissue and organ development, function and growth. Potassium is also necessary for healthy hearts and bones, muscle contraction and digestion, and is an electrolyte, providing the means for electrical impulses to travel along the nerves." [8] 
"A banana supplies about 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin B-6, one of the important B-complex vitamins. Vitamin B6 is essential to protein and red blood cell metabolism, the nervous system, and the conversion of the amino acid tryptophan to the vitamin niacin. It supports the thymus, lymph nodes and spleen, which manufacture the white blood cells necessary for a healthy immune system. Vitamin B-6 is not synthesized by the body, so you must get it from dietary sources like bananas." [9]

Dates

"In terms of nutrition, dates are a tremendous source of minerals such as potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium. Potassium promotes a healthy nervous system and is a well-known agent for offsetting diarrhea. Iron is essential for good blood formation and calcium for bone formation and strength. Dates health benefits also include high amounts of antioxidants which neutralize the free radicals in the body that are linked to cancers and other diseases. Additionally, dates contain many vitamins such as A and C which support good vision and strong immune systems respectively. They also have several B-complex vitamins that help in fighting infections and creating overall health." [10]

Coconut Oil

"Coconut is 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. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness." [11]
For a big intense list of coconut's health benefits and other useful information check out 

Cacao [12]

"Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system. Health benefits of chocolate when it is in the form of raw cacao beans, butter, nibs and/or the powder include; weight loss (because of its high chromium and coumarin content), prevention of cavities (theobromine actually kills streptococci mutans one of the strains of bacteria that cause tooth decay) and regulation of blood sugar which is beneficial for diabetes (chromium can naturally regulate blood sugar). Also raw cacao benefits the heart and the entire cardiovascular system as a whole.
An Array of Nutrients:
• Vitamin A
• Vitamin B (1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
• Vitamin C

• Vitamin E

• Magnesium

• Copper

• Calcium

• Manganese

• Zinc
• Sulphur
• Iron
• Chromium
• Phosphorus

• Omega 6 Fatty Acids
• Saturated Fats

• Amino Acids
• Carbohydrates
• Soluble Fiber (which is the type people need more of)

• Enzymes (including catalase, lipase and amylase)
Phytonutrients 
 • Anandamide (the only food that contains this neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of "bliss")

• N-linoleoylethanolamine (prevents the re-uptake of anandamide)

• Phenethylamine (PEA, a neurotransmitter known as the "love molecule")

• Serotonin (a neurotransmitter that acts as a "stress defense shield" by making you feel good)
• Dopamine (a neurotransmitter that boosts motivation and pleasure)

• MAO Inhibitors (prevents the re-uptake of serotonin and dopamine)
• Coumarin (has appetite suppressant, blood thinner and anti-tumor properties)

• Theobromine (controversial but actually quite beneficial for humans, see last section)
• Asparaginase (an enzyme that has anti-leukemia properties)

• Ergosterol (a precursor to vitamin D)

• Sitosterol (decreases LDL cholesterol)"

Cinnamon

"Cinnamon has extremely high anti-oxidant activity, and the oil of cinnamon has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium." [13]
"In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It's also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation and be particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet. In Ayurveda, cinnamon is used as a remedy for diabetes, indigestion, and colds, and it is often recommended for people with the kapha Ayurvedic type." [14]

Cayenne

"The purported health benefits of cayenne are almost too unbelieveable, but its reputation keeps growing among medical researchers as well as alternative health afficionados and deservedly so. It can do everything from kill cancer cells in the prostate, lungs, and pancreas to immediately stop a heart attack within 30 seconds." [15] 
"Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb. It is a very high source of Vitamins A and C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic calcium, potassium and antioxidants which help the body combat free radicals." [16]

For more information on the miraculous benefits of cayenne check out these links:
Advanced Alternatives Center
CayennePepper.info
Healthier Talk


[1-4 ]http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/almond-milk-1414.html
[5]http://eyeopening.xomba.com/the_tremendous_health_benefits_of_almond_milk

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gingumber Hempear Juice

Organic Ingredients:
• Hemp Leaf (double handful)
• 1 Pear
• 4" Cucumber
• 2" Ginger

 This delicious beverage is full of radiant goodness! Every ingredient brings tremendous benefits to the table. When juiced, raw there are no psychoactive properties in the hemp leaf, just medicinal health benefits! [1]

Hemp Leaf (Cannabis sativa

Raw Hemp Leaves are high in CBD (Cannabidiol) which has anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant, sedative, and immunomodulatory properties. CBD has been shown to relieve inflammation, anxiety, nausea, convulsions and it has even been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body. [2]
In fact, there are a whole myriad of medicinal benefits attributed to non-psychotropic cannabinoids, just check out this chart!


 Also, according to Cannabis International:
"Cannabis is the sole source of a patented lipophillic anti-oxidants and neuroprotectants, a broad terpenoid profile with complementary immunologic activity as well as altering CB2 binding affinity through allosteric modulation. In addition cannabis is the unique source of the essential cannabinoid acids that aid in down regulation of the inflammatory arm of the immune system, mitigating oxidative associated diseases ranging from diabetes, cancer, CNS and myocardial degenerative and ischemic conditions and autoimmune disorders."
If you want even more information about the medicinal benefits of juicing hemp leaf, watch this film.

Pear (Pyrus communis)

According to Juicing for Health:
"Pears are excellent source of water-soluble fiber. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid and niacin. Pears are rich in copper, phosphorus and potassium, with lesser amounts of calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, sodium and sulfur."
[Pears are hypo-allergenic and anti-inflammatory. Pears also contain glutathione (an anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogen) as well as boron (which helps the body retain calcium.)]

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus

According to Juicing for Health:
"The cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals and is an excellent source of vitamin C and A (anti-oxidants), folate, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, silica, sulfur, and lesser amounts of vitamin B complex, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and chlorine." "The excellent source of silica contributes to the proper construction of connective tissues in our body as in the bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons." "The silicon and sulfur content in cucumber juice makes it especially helpful in promoting hair growth."

 Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

"Ginger is used all over the world to treat indigestion, gas and bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome."[4]
According to Juicing for Health:
"Ginger is known to have more than twelve types of anti-oxidants, making it useful for treatment of many disorders. Like other spices, it has aphrodisiac properties and is used widely for medicinal purposes." "This herb contains essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, choline, folic acid, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon, and a small amount of vitamin B3." "The anti-inflammatory (gingerols) and anti-oxidant properties in ginger help relieve various inflammatory disorders like gout, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It provides substantial relief in pain caused by inflammation and help decrease swelling and morning stiffness."
Most importantly this juice is an extremely delicious way to get all this wonderful health benefit!
"For your health!" 

[1]https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/blog/medical-marijuana/Juicing-Raw-Cannabis-Part-I
[2]https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/blog/medical-marijuana/Juicing-Raw-Cannabis-Part-I
[3](Chart)http://www.cannabisinternational.org/about.php
[4]http://www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/1424/

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I have decided to return to the blog! Since I have been away for so long I have decided to start fresh, I deleted all of the old posts and I even spruced up the design a little bit. The past few months have been a time of personal growth and during that time I have experienced many wonderful changes in lifestyle. My plan is to bring some of that new energy to life on this page. My hope is that this page will be a positive place for new ideas as well as a window into my world, a place to share all of the exciting things that I happen to be occupying myself with. This blog will go hand and hand with my YouTube page NSOLUTIONSOL where you will find natural solutions for personal health and wellness, this blog will allow me to provide detailed recipes and nutritional information following the videos. Please, follow me, as this blog develops and we find center in ourselves, In This Body, In This World.