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11:22 am

Workout Wednesday -- Trainer Josh

Loving Those "Love Handles"

Or Losing That "Muffin Top"

5-muffin-top e card Such adorable, loving names for a condition that may plague many of us.  Personally speaking, it does not matter how much I work out . . . even though my "love handles" may be shrinking - they're not shrinking fast enough.  Blame it on age (okay -- I will), blame it on not working out hard enough (okay -- I'll do that too), blame it on not targeting the right spot; blame it on not giving up my sweets (even though they're all raw and healthy) -- love handles or muffin tops (I don't even eat muffins) are one tough cookie to crumble . . . one tough egg to crack (love these food analogies)! I was sitting at my computer last week wondering "what would be the best exercises to do for muffin top"?  So I googled it.  The computer came up with quite a few pages on this topic, but I didn't want to do Boot Camp or anything extremely strenuous.  That's how I found Trainer Josh!!   The shortlink was called "10 Best Exercises to Lose Love Handles Fast".  Something about that title made me want to check it out more closely.  I'm glad I did. [caption id="attachment_1303" align="aligncenter" width="160"]Trainer Josh Trainer Josh[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1301" align="alignright" width="300"]Muffin Top Muffin Top[/caption] First of all -- his logo is animated which strangely made me think that perhaps the exercises are a little more doable for someone like me.  Don't ask me why I think that way - I just do.  And second of all -- when I watched his video, I realized that I probably can do his exercises and I also knew at that moment, that I would be sharing this workout on my Blog.   I knew that this would be a great site to share on "Workout Wednesday". If you're like me and just want to reduce what may spill over the top of your jeans, then maybe watching Trainer Josh's video is just for you as well.  No gym memberships required.  Just your trusty PC in the privacy of your own home.  Even if you don't have the dreaded muffin top, it looks to me as if these exercises will also help you achieve some nice rock-hard abs!  For whatever reason you may choose to do these exercises, the only thing that I ever will recommend is that you . . .


Michele ♥

And tell him Michele sent ya!

11:41 am

Raw Food Recipe: Portabello Kebabs with Asian Slaw | The Raw Chef - Raw Food Recipes

asian-kebabs-slaw russell james Snow-Pea-and-Shitaki

Russell James Said It Perfectly . . .

" Have you ever noticed that when you try to make a change for the better in your life there’s an abundance of people ready to tell you why you shouldn’t do it?
Touche!  Ever since I started alleviating grains, wheat, soy, dairy, legumes, processed sugar and alcohol -- most people around me told me how important those 6 (and maybe 7 if you include the alcohol) items were important to my daily diet and how I will suffer if I alleviate them from my diet.  They go on to tell me that everyone needs grains, dairy, legumes and even soy in their diet!!  And then comes "that look".  They look at me as if I've gone nuts!!  Well -- I have -- but mostly as a main staple  in my diet!! What I want to know is, how come, if you tell me you're allergic to strawberries or allergic to peanut butter or eggs, I do not tell you that it's mandatory that you eat it for health reasons????  I would never do that to someone with allergies or sensitivities.   But people feel compelled to constantly tell me this, perhaps because my symptoms do not show outwardly, but inwardly instead.  I do not break out in severe rashes or hives  -- but instead it makes my arthritis in my knees act up, or triggers a migraine or causes bloating.  So you may not be able to see rashes all over me, but you may see me  limping along from pain or see the ice pack on my head for my migraine.  Yes -- for most people grains and dairy may be very important to their diet, but for me, personally - it's not!  And that's what I tell these people. But I digress!!  I was looking for a relatively easy RAW meal to make that I can share with Rejuvenation And Wellness readers.  One that wouldn't turn them off to eating RAW or to  preparing a RAW meal.  That's when I came across Russell James Portabello Kebabs with Asian Slaw.  I LOVE eating marinated portabella mushrooms and I love, love, love Asian Cole Slaw.   I personally make both a lot and bring them for lunch, so when I saw that he made a kebab out of it -- it peaked my interest.  What I especially like about this recipe is that Russell gives you the option of eating it totally RAW or dehydrating the kebabs.  If you don't have a dehydrator, you can set you oven at the lowest temp and put the kebabs in the oven for a little while.  Keep in mind that the lowest temperature that an oven may go is 180°.  Most, I fear, don't go that low.   If you're using your oven and using wooden skewers to make the kebabs, please soak the skewers in water for 1/2 hour so they don't ignite! Russell James backed into great health and RAW eating,  just as I did . . . quite by accident.  The way he tells it goes as follows:
"I first came across raw foods in Koh Samui, Thailand, when I was on a 7 day detox fast a a spa there. I was on day 5 of the fast and can remember sitting in the beach-side restaurant reading a raw recipe book from their library. Now, it may have been the fact that I hadn’t eaten for 5 days but I was amazed by the recipes in there. One that particularly grabbed my attention was simply mango and avocado mixed together. It’s strange but I was really blown away that you could do that with mangoes and avos!  I read a description in that book of what raw food is and why it is beneficial, it made so much sense and I had one of those life-defining moments, an epiphany."
Fast forward, he has become one of the most sought-after Chefs of RAW Foods and a RAW Food Teacher, as well.  You can find more recipes from Russell James on his website or watch him (and learn) in action on his Youtube channel. Try this easy recipe and serve it to your family as well.   I think everyone will

Enjoy! (it)

Michele ♥

1:10 pm

Fresh Pulp Flax Seed Crackers

Two For The Price Of One

Crackers AND Great Tasting Juice

My daughter absolutely LOVES flax seed crackers, and honestly, I can't see paying so much money for deliciously prepared 2-3 oz. of crackers, when I can make them. [caption id="attachment_1246" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Fresh Pulp Flax Crackers Fresh Pulp Flax Crackers[/caption] For the longest time, I wanted to try making flax crackers with the pulp left over from juicing; but for the most part, when I juice, I use a myriad of veggies AND fruit and the combined pulp, I fear, would not have made a good flax cracker.  So this time, I brought it upon myself to strictly pulp the ingredients I wanted to add into the cracker and they were - carrot, celery and red pepper.  After I juiced those items, I removed the pulp and then proceeded to juice one granny smith apple to sweeten up the juice that came from the carrots, celery and red peppers.  Let me tell you - - IT WAS DELICIOUS! [caption id="attachment_1258" align="aligncenter" width="99"]Carrot, Celery, Red Pepper and Granny Smith Juice Carrot, Celery, Red Pepper and Granny Smith Juice[/caption] So, from one flax cracker recipe, I got two delicious tasting recipes!  Below is the recipe for my Fresh Pulp Flax Seed Crackers! [caption id="attachment_1245" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Fresh Pulp Flax Seed Crackers Fresh Pulp Flax Seed Crackers[/caption]

Flax Seed Crackers with Fresh Pulp

Pulp from:

2 carrots 2 stalks celery ½ red pepper *(After I removed this pulp, I juiced 1 apple with it.  It made a wonderful glass of healthy juice)! ¼ cup sun-dried tomato (soaked for 1 hour and then chopped into pieces) ½ cup Raw Flax seed (soaked for 1 hour in enough water to cover) ¼ cup Raw Chia seed (soaked for 1 hour in enough water to cover) ½ cup Raw Sunflower seeds ¼ cup Raw Sesame seeds 1 tbsp. Fennel seeds 1 tbsp. Caraway seeds 1 tsp. sea salt Pinch pepper ½ tsp. rosemary ½ tsp. thyme 1 tsp. herbs de Provence ½ tsp. garlic powder [caption id="attachment_1253" align="alignleft" width="150"]Spread Flax Mixture out on Dehydrator Spread Flax Mixture out on
Dehydrator[/caption] Mix together and spread out on your “fruit roll-up sheet” as Nesco calls it or  Paraflexx™ sheet as Excalibur calls it and dehydrate at 104 degrees for 6-8 hours. Gently loosen the semi-hard crackers and flip over to tray and dehydrate another 6-8 hours.  Remove and break into nice size chips!    Or – before the flip, you can score your crackers with a knife for symmetrical crackers!  We personally just like to break ours! I know that dehydrating crackers (or anything raw) takes organization, time and patience, but I truly believe it's worth it if you have the equipment.  Whether you buy your flax crackers or make your flax crackers, the main thing is is that you just


Michele ♥

12:36 pm

New Years 2013 Special - Learn Raw Food Made Easy

A Promise Is A Promise . . .

[caption id="attachment_1227" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Jennifer Cornbleet's Raw Ramen Soup Jennifer Cornbleet's
Raw Ramen Soup[/caption]
"As promised in my previous post dated December 5, 2012, Jennifer Cornbleet has graciously agreed to offer a discount to all those who would like to "Learn Raw Foods Made Easy".
If you've been reading my blog and/or researching this topic on your own and feel you may want to get your feet wet and give "uncooking" a try, I guarantee that Jennifer's course is a great way to begin! Go to Jennifer's website and click on the link  "sign up for course" and then enter the promo code  "gootfood"  to  get your discount and start enjoying "Learn Raw Foods Made Easy". Eating RAW changed my life!  I am pain free and have more stamina, energy and clarity than I've ever had before!!!  Try eating Raw and see how it can change your life as well!!!


Michele ♥

12:13 pm

Raw Food is Self-Destructive

This was actually an email sent to me by Tonya Zavasta.  When I first read this title, I must admit it "peaked" my curiosity.  It made me wonder if what I have been doing over the past year was totally all wrong?   Well -- my perception was wrong.  Here's another reason why eating RAW is good for you.


Michele ♣

Well, you survived the apocalypse and the holidays - don't push your luck. Have another look at raw foods!

Alexander Ugolev, a famous Russian scientist who devoted his life to studying human digestive physiology, conducted an interesting experiment using two dead frogs: one cooked and one raw. He placed each into a beaker filled with a carnivore's stomach acid (principally hydrochloric acid, HCl) and recorded the results. The raw frog was completely dissolved, while the cooked frog underwent only a moderate surface change and remained largely intact.

The way most of us have conceived the digestive process since junior high school "health" classes is something like this: Food goes in...body's acidic gastric juices go to work...juices break down food...body absorbs the good stuff, expels the bad stuff. Implicit here is the notion that food itself is passive in all this, that food gets digested, but doesn't itself do anything. Ugolev showed that (apart from the most obvious mode of digestion via our own digestive enzymes) there is also a process of self-digestion of food-"autolysis" is the technical term-carried out by enzymes within the food itself. Here's the key: While ordinary digestion takes place no matterwhat we put into our mouths, autolysis happens only when the food we consume is raw. We do not digest by gastric juices alone. Every living cell is equipped to self-destruct when the conditions for that process are met. The agents of that self-destruction: those very enzymes which are part of every cell's makeup. A seed, for example, when soaked, uses its activated enzymes to digest the nutrients inside, providing the new seedling with the boost of energy it needs to grow. The seed itself ceases to exist, while the seedling takes off and becomes a new plant. Or think about the carcass of a dead animal: Give it some time, and it will be literally "digested" by its own enzymatic activity, initiated from within.
Tonya Zavasta, author of 7 books on achieving superb health and long lasting beauty through the raw food lifestyle.
So what, exactly, happened to the frogs? Once the raw frog made contact with the HCl, Ugolev noted, hydrogen ions from the acid immediately started permeating the animal's cells, destroying the cells' lysosomes and releasing the powerful enzymes within. Those enzymes got straight to work, digesting the frog's body-the very body of which they were part. Working together, the HCl and the animal's own enzymes were able to completely digest it. In the case of the cooked frog, its enzymes had been destroyed by heat, and thus the HCL could only affect the external tissues of the animal. When the HCl was chemically exhausted, that was the end of the digestive process. If the hydrochloric acid was solely responsible for digestion, then both frogs would have been totally digested. The raw frog underwent a total digestion thanks to the process of autolysis. The reason...When you eat raw, you're eating living food. Food whose enzymes remain ready to work and to extract the full measure of nutrition available in what you've so wisely chosen to consume. You'll enjoy eating nutritious raw foods. But moreover, by lessening your body's digestive load in this way, you'll also benefit from a feeling of lightness, bountiful energy, and an almost indescribable sensation of quiet comfort. It's a natural law-all life forms were meant to exist on live food. Humans are no exception. Though we're capable of using cooked food for our needs to some degree, we pay for this compromise in the currency of deteriorating health and hastened aging. Consider this: relentlessly consuming cooked meals is quite literally following the path of our own self-destruction. What we need instead: food that self-destructs! For more information about why raw plant  food is the best for our physiology see my first book Your Right to Be Beautiful.

11:59 am

Green Almond Milk

Green Almond Milk The Blender Girl shared this wonderful recipe for Green Almond Milk from Doctor Robert O. Young.  I love how she uses pantyhose as her milk bag!  Great tip!!

10:32 am

The Wheat Debate

The Wheat Debate Can Divide Families - - Literally  The ongoing debate on wheat can get more passionate and more personal than debating politics and/or religion, in my opinion.  In all fairness to the topic at hand -- I decided to google "the PRO's of wheat and gluten" so that I can present both sides of this continuing debate.  What showed up on my screen floored me.  Honestly, I was so surprised and totally taken aback by the lack of PRO sites regarding wheat.  The majority was about eliminating wheat from your diet.  I tried -- honestly -- I tried. Throughout my 40's, Doctors told me that "as a woman - I need to include soy, dairy and whole grain wheat breads into my diet" - yet I became increasingly sick with bloating and arthritis in my knees, joints and spine. I debate the whole grain/wheat theories with my husband and others who swear everyone needs whole wheat and grains in their everyday diet.  I respect their opinion and decided to change the word "everyone" to "everyone but me".   And even my husband, who has lived with me the past year, has seen changes in me which include no more bloating and no more arthritic pain paired with increased health, stamina, energy and clarity still is not convinced.  We have now agreed to agree that whole grains and whole wheat are just not good for me!  But they're fine for him!  Okay -- I'll settle for that for now. I can spot a wheat eater a mile away.  They have what we used to refer to as a beer-gut belly.  It is usually when someone's waistline is wider than 35 inches -- the danger number which is usually associated with the onset of diabetes and other health problems. From my research -- I have learned that the wheat we eat today, is not the same wheat that my parents and grandparents ate 50-100 years ago.  They actually ate real wheat.  The wheat we are eating is a form of genetically modified (GMO) wheat.  Genetically Modified Organisms is where the original DNA is modified to produce a greater harvest on less land to feed more people. And therefore, a majority of people today can not properly digest this new modified form of wheat.  Terms such as gluten intolerant, IBS and Celiac are becoming such a huge part of our language these days. Dr. William Davis wrote about it in his book  Wheat Belly:  Lose The Wheat, Lose The Weight And Find Your Path Back to Health.  My husband and I both read the book.  He still doesn't buy it.  I'm not endorsing this book.  I am including it so that you can read it and form your own opinions regarding wheat. Tonight, one of my favorite Bloggers "Wellness Mama" posted this article . . . Why You Should Stop Eating Wheat by George Dvorsky.  I truly got so excited when reading this article because it was written in such a way -- not condescending, not preachy -- just matter-of -fact! One proponent of wheat and whole grains, as well as legumes and potatoes is Dr.  Joel Fuhrman.  He has a huge following, especially after Alanis  Morissette lost all her weight and sang her praises of his EAT TO LIVE DIET.  I too, sang his praises and prepared all of his recipes and ate exactly like he suggested.  And that's when I found out that a lot of those foods that I was eating caused inflammation in my gut and joints.    This does not mean you shouldn't eat this way or follow a similar plan -- it's just not right for me.   Below is Dr. Fuhrman's EAT TO LIVE Nutrition Pyramid . . . I think, for the most part, if you can tolerate wheat, whole grains, legumes, and fat-free dairy -- then this way of eating is right for you. I am my own guinea pig . . . my own science experiment.  I do what's right for me, for my health and for my own well-being.  It's trial and error for me.  I share what I've learned along the way and don't preach (well, I try not to anyway.  There's a difference between being passionate about a topic and demanding that you eat a certain way.  I am passionate - not demanding).  It is up to you, the reader (or audience) to make your own decision therefore becoming your own guinea pig/science experiment.  I am still learning and will always be a work in progress as I read new research and material and try new recipes and I will keep sharing what I'm learning with you!

No matter how you view the topic of wheat and gluten -- whether you're for or against it, the most important thing in my book is that you just


Michele ♥

Happy New Year Everyone!!! 

Here's wishing everyone get's "Goot" Health in 2013!!!