Sugar Addiction

Sugar Addiction

Now that we are in December and with Christmas right around the corner, I thought this short video would be appropriate in explaining what sugar does to us!

I know all the bake goods that come out as I did that for many years – but slowly I started changing that as come January – with the extra weight, or sluggishness it wasn’t worth it to me.  Don’t get me wrong – I still love the odd shortbread 🙂  but knowing what’s in it and what it does to my body isn’t a good enough pay off to eat them really for me.

Sugar really brings NO nutritional value to the body and steals from the body at the same time. Sugar really is an addiction.

I’m sharing this video with you today so maybe December will be easier with the plates full of baked goods AND I will be posting several healthy alternative, easy yet tasty raw / vegan deserts coming up – I promise you won’t be disappointed or feel like you are missing out on anything with these treats!!

Enjoy

Jodi

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How Much Raw Food is Enough?

How Much Raw Food is Enough?

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Raw Foods

There is a lot of debate surrounding this subject. Some people say that you should go 100%. Others disagree. There are those who say that the only way to get the best from raw food is if you take nothing else but it. Other people say that a diverse diet composed of 50% to 70% raw food will do just fine.

Many things are open to debate in the raw food world. Take cacao for example, some people advocate its use and say that it is the answer to your chocolate cravings. Then again, there are those who say it’s toxic and that it’s better to stay away from it.

Whether you take cacao or not depends on your own decision and whom you listen to. The same thing goes for how little or how much your diet is composed of raw food.

 I personally believe that there are no rules to what percentage of raw food you should be taking. However, if there is anything you should be listening to, it’s your body.  We are all different, we are all unique and there is NO one perfect way for everyone.

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Raw Foods

If your body is telling you that it can take more and that you can benefit from increasing your raw food intake, then go ahead. There are people who do well with 100% raw food diet. They see a great deal of improvement in their health from doing so. Many see it as a lifestyle, one that they cannot live without. It has become who they are and they cannot see anything other than taking it 100%.  AND chances are they live somewhere warm to hot and it’s easy to get fresh, raw (and probably totally organic) foods and its easier on the body when and where one is as far as warm weather is concerned!

On the other hand, some people benefit better from having a more diverse diet. It could be because their bodies cannot cope with some of the constraints of an all-raw food diet plan. Time and accessibility may also be an issue.

 If you are new to raw food and if you are wondering how much of it you should take, it is advised that you should only take the amounts that you are comfortable with. You can start with just a meal or two a day for a few days a week, or start the day with a green smoothie or substituting salads instead of fries. Some people need to ease into more- make little changes daily and build on it – don’t overwhelm yourself.

This is NOT a diet and should not appear to be restrictive – this IS a lifestyle – and one that will take you more in alignment with total health.

 Be sure to listen to how your body is reacting to your new diet. Take your energy levels into consideration. Figure out if you are getting a boost in your energy or if its making you feel bogged down.

Over time, your body will change and adjust. Soon, you may be able to live with a diet of up to 80% raw food. You may even be able to accommodate 100% on days.

The more clean foods you eat – even whole foods and or superfoods – the less dead, processed foods you will and your body will actually want or crave.

It’s better to have more real, natural food in your way of eating than not!  That is always the best choice over man made, processed, synthetic or chemical filled so called ‘food’s.  Think about that for a minute – what we now call food that was not around 20, 30 or 50 years ago

And now we have way more health problems…….it’s not rocket science!

Here’s a thought that may help you in choosing food – if it comes from a field, farm or forest choose it (with some exceptions of course like some mushrooms) and if it comes from a factory – stay away!!

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Raw Foods

Adjust your raw food intake based on how your body is reacting to it. It is your best compass and the best way of finding out how much raw food is right for you. Keep things as natural as possible. Even if you do not go for 100% raw food, ensure that you still make healthy choices. Organic food items  AND NON-GMO will work well.

Don’t be so hard on yourself when it comes to making this decision. Keep in mind that you should always listen to your body. There are no fixed rules except nurturing and nourishment. Do what is best for you and the benefits are going to follow.

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Here’s to YOUR Health and an amazing day!!

Jodi

Healthy Eating Made Easy

FREE Kindle Recipe Book

FREE Kindle Recipe Book

Healthy Eating Made Easy by Jodi Burke

Healthy Eating Made Easy by Jodi Burke

Healthy Eating Made Easy with Tasty & Amazing Raw & Vegan Recipes

All 3 books together in one to help make eating healthier easier, tastier and more convenient!! 
Learn how eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard, complicated or boring along with recipes that will tantalize your taste buds, are easy to make and you won’t believe that they are vegan or raw.

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Have an awesome happy healthy day!!

Jodi

Healthy Food And Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

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Real Food

You are probably familiar with the Standard American Diet (SAD) or one or possibly many of the several hundred diets. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself or wonder why there are so many of them? The word alone should scare you off, lol.

What I am talking about for healthy eating is a lifestyle – it doesn’t have a stop and start date, it doesn’t consist of only a couple of foods, healthy products or eating a ton of a protein or carbs or counting how many calories or carbs or anything like that, it’s about real, whole foods, healthy foods – unprocessed, variety, tasty and nutritious.

A lot of people want to start eating better, but it may be confusing or overwhelming these days on really where to begin or what to believe. There are so many labels and choices that it seems the in thing to either be a ‘foodie’ or have some sort of label being raw, vegan, gluten free or…what about just plain healthy, natural, real food eating??
Who cares really?The best line I heard when someone asked if they were 100% raw – she replied “I’m a 100% raw except when I’m not”!

We really aren’t taught the truth about food and people are led to think that it is more convenient and healthy to eat what companies are telling us is ‘food’. Convenient, maybe, but it is not going to be the healthy choice in most cases. The best line I have heard recently is – “if it’s made in a plant – don’t eat it and if it comes from a plant -eat it’! Pretty simple isn’t it?

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Hemp Hummus

There are approximately 180 000 species in the world and only 1 eats a processed cooked diet, the rest eat a natural raw diet yet raw and natural is consider radical and by some even not normal or unhealthy…

We have been programmed for example – fast food is considered at the drive thru or fast ‘ fake’ food as it’s well fast fake food. What about a bunch of cherry tomatoes, some kalamata olives, an avocado and some cucumber – now isn’t that fast food, I mean no preparing or cooking? See how we are easily programmed and not always for the best?

Even the so-called ‘Enriched’ foods are not natural. They are still man-made and synthetic, you are better off with the real deal. Think about it, why would you need to enrich your food with the nutrients that were leached out of it when it was processed in the first place? If you only took your food in its real state, there will be no need to enrich anything or read labels for that matter.

There is also more to healthy eating than following a set of rules. In fact, I think that there should be no rules other than following what is good for you. The trouble with things like SAD is that when we perceive that the advice we get is handed out by someone or some group we consider as experts, we tend to suspend our own judgment. That should never be the case.

What you should do instead is to listen to your body. Keep yourself as subjective as possible. Do what is best for yourself. The more real and natural you eat, the cleaner you are and the easier it gets and the better you feel. Adhering to certain guidelines can be very stressful and it creates unnecessary pressure on ourselves. Instead of worrying over not being able to meet certain standards in a meal plan, focus on getting real foods into your body, loving your body, appreciating the food and energy it is bringing to your body and eat without distractions like tv, computers, being on the phone, having arguments etc.
Go organic and raw whenever possible. Do your best to get the best quality foods that you can get – this includes your water and even spices and herbs and of course superfoods.

Healthy eating is going to vary from one person to another to some degree. I believe there is no one perfect way to eat that fits everyone – but since the rise of processed foods and fast foods so has obesity, diabetes, heart disease etc grown. Make your diet as healthy, real and natural as possible. Do what works for you. Doing that is going to give the body more of the right nutrition, enzymes, real vitamins and minerals and you will feel the difference. And avoid GMO’s as much as possible.

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Fresh Foods

Healthy eating does not have to be hard, confusing, boring or time consuming, but it will take you making some changes and working towards a new way of eating – but aren’t you worth that? I think so!
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Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta

Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta

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Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta

Love creamy pasta dishes – the raw way – and my fav is the creamy spinach mushroom pasta one!!  If you have never tried it before you may be in for a surprise.  Feel free to change the herbs, leave out or even change the veggies if you are not into mushrooms, like use red peppers, or zucchini or kale for an example.

 Easy and quick to make and the best part is very little clean up!!

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Raw Spicy Seed Mix

 Raw Spicy Seed Mix

Spicey Nuts

This raw spicy seed mix is an easy recipe – it just takes a little time.  These kinds of snacks are handy to have on hand when you are busy, rushed or didn’t get a chance to eat properly, are over hungry or need a little snack. This is one of the raw vegan recipes that are easy to make unless you use the oven then it may not be raw.  When buying nuts or seeds always make sure that they say ‘raw’ otherwise they will not be and most of the nutrition is not there any longer.

Pumpkin seeds are great for you especially when they are raw or sprouted.  I like making mine a little more spicy than this recipe but not everyone does so this is a good place to start.  If you like it spicy add more or double this recipe (not the seeds though) and if you don’t like it spicy omit the Cayenne and cut back on the jalapenos.

If you time it right, it’s easy to do – i.e. soak your nuts all day then dehydrate them through the night or vice versa.  Don’t be afraid to play with the spices or spice it up even more!

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Do You Really Know About GMO’S??

Do You Really Know About GMO’S??

 

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Healthy Eating Made Easy

I will admit – I put my head in the same for quite awhile as life is busy and there is so much information out there on what to eat, not eat, what’s really healthy or natural and so on that it can be overwhelming – or so I thought.  Now GMO’s too? Seriously?

GMO’s have been around for about 30 years – so it’s nothing new BUT we do need to educate ourselves and if you take the time and watch the 17 minute trailer you will know why!

We are on a mission to educate and share – eating natural, real whole foods , healthy eating should be easy – we should  NOT be science experiments especially our kids – so I highly urge you to at least watch the trailer and decide for yourself!

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Plum Salsa – A Side Dish or a Salsa for Nacho Chips

Plum Salsa

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Plum Salsa

One of the great things with summer is all the fresh foods and the wonderful friends that share with you!!  I had a dear friend share a bunch of plums with me this past week and after eating some I had to create something different – I was pleasantly surprised and got good feedback from the friends that tried it.

Another easy and tasty dish that makes eating healthy easy.  totally vegan almost raw, if you decide to leave out the black beans then it is raw!!

Plum Salsa

–  12 – 16 smaller Plums

–  4 small Cucumbers

–  1 cup finely chopped Cilantro

–  juice of 1 Lime

–  ½ Jalapeno pepper finely chopped

–  ½ finely chopped purple Onion

–  1 Red Pepper finely chopped

–  ¾ tsp Himalayan Sea salt (adjust to taste)

–  1 can Black Beans drained

–  pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)

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Plum Salsa

Mix well all ingredients together in a bowl

Serve as a side relish dish or use as a salsa for nacho chips.

Thank you for stopping by, Happy Labor Day and please feel free to share this!!

Jodi

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Plum Salsa

Raw Chocolate Mousse Parfait

Chocolate Mousse Parfait

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RAw Chocolate Mousse Parfait

 

Finishing up another Transformation Cleanse and feeling fantastic – I wanted to stay with eating light, raw and healthy – especially since the weather is so hot – it’s easier to do this at this time of the year.

Another raw and vegan recipe that is easy to make, tasty and can be loaded with lots of nutrition making eating healthy much easier, so much so I had it for breakfast 🙂

 

Raw Chocolate Mousse Parfait

 

–  2 large Avocados

–  1/4 cup Raw Cacao Powder

–  1/4 cup Agave

–  1 tsp Vanilla

Optional ingredients (and only suggestions but these can really increase nutritional value since these foods are very nutrient dense and therefore will stay with you much longer as in not getting hungry soon after) 1 tsp Spirulina,  1 tbsp Rice Bran Solubles, 2 tbsp Hemp, 1 tbsp Maca – you could  use all of them together and it would still taste amazing and really be filling!!

 

Throw all ingredients into a processor and process until smooth – adjust for taste.

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Nut Crunch

–  1 tbsp Coconut Oil

–  1/4 cup Coconut sugar

–  1 tbsp Hemp

–  1 tsp Chia seeds

–  2 tbsp chopped Walnuts

In a frying pan, on medium heat, melt the coconut oil then add in the coconut sugar and stir until it thickens.

Then add in the rest of the ingredients to well mixed and continue to stir for about a min.

Remove from heat and spread on a cookie sheet. I like to keep my in the fridge but you don’t have to, once cool break it up into smaller pieces.

(this can be eaten on it’s own, add into salads, as topping on deserts or mixed into this chocolate mousse parfait)

 

Take some of the Chocolate Mousse mixture and put into a glass or bowl, then some nut crunch, then some fruit and keep layering 2 or 3 times.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

This will make two good servings or 4 smaller ones.

Please feel free to share this and let me know if you made it how it went!

Jodi

Choc Mousse

 

 

Creating a Health Movement to Make a Difference

Creating a Health Movement

Take a  step to a healthier mind and body. Join the health movement.  Take a stand on eating healthy, organic and Non-GMO foods.  Together we can make the world healthier and happier. Thank you for taking the time to watch this video and please feel free to share it with anyone who you think could benefit! Maybe this is something for you – get ahead of the wave as we are going to do it!.

Eat Well

Be & Feel Healthy

Create a Life YOU Love

Never Give Up on Your Dreams.

Jodi

Spirulina Wraps – Healthy On The Go Snacks!

Spirulina Wraps

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Spirulina Wraps

I keep posting lately recipes with Spirulina as it is considered a Superfood and if you google the health benefits of spirulina you will see why!!  Just look at the dark green color –  loaded with nutrients and chlorphyll just to name a couple of things.

Not always pleasant tasting on it’s own but when you can mix it into things, you are only increasing the nutritional value and eating healthier which is cool by the way 🙂

This recipe looks a little funky, but makes a great snack and one you can carry for on the go! Totally raw and vegan, unless you need to use an oven – again still better than many other options when one is trying to eat healthy.  This recipe makes approx 8 – 10 rolls so you can always double it and put in sealed container (once they are dehydrated).

Spirulina Wraps

–         1 small Onion chopped

–         1 cup raw Sunflower seeds (soaked or unsoaked)

–         ½ cup raw Sesame seeds

–         ½ cup fresh Cilantro

–         ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast

–         juice of 1 Lemon

–         pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

–         1 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)

–         Spices (optional)

Throw all ingredients in a processor and process until desired consistency (either a little chunky or rather smooth)

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Spirulina Wraps

Approximately 5 Raw Nori sheets – yes you can buy Nori sheets raw – it will say right on the package, a little harder to find and if you can’t then of course you can use regular Nori sheets (not raw but still healthy).

Cut into 3 pieces as even ½ a sheet will be too much.

Put a line of the mixture on each piece and roll up (I used a Sushi mat to help with the rolling).

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Spirulina Wraps

Put in dehydrator and dehydrate for approximately 12 – 14 hours.

Keep in a sealed container and it will keep for a couple of weeks.

Great for a quick on the go snack and loaded with nutrition!!

Enjoy and please feel free to share – thanks for stopping by!!

Jodi