Are you physically motivated enough to reach your goals?
This time of the year we will all start to think about what we want out of 2017. For some of you your health may be at the top of the list. Too often we set these goals and we don’t achieve them. We say I will start the diet on Monday, I will pay the credit card next month, take the dog for a walk tomorrow, empty the cupboard next week. Goals are usually not achieved because we procrastinate.
What if there was a hormone that we had in our body that kept you motivated, goal orientated and focused?
Well, this hormone actually exists – it is called dopamine!
Dopamine is often referred to as the “feel good” chemical. When it is low the person is more likely to feel depressed, lack pleasure, be unmotivated or lethargic. Those with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) usually lack dopamine. Most people have heard of serotonin because many anti-depressants work on serotonin, but many have not heard of dopamine even though it is critical in clarity, happiness, focus and wellbeing.
So how can you increase dopamine levels naturally?
Are you suffering with digestive problem? It is critical that your gut is healthy, as all good health starts in the gut. Your stomach is the beginning of protein digestion, where protein is broken down into amino acids. To make dopamine your body needs plenty of the amino acid tyrosine. If you have reflux, bloating, food sensitivities or indigestion it may mean that you are not digesting your proteins efficiently. So digestive dysfunction needs to be addressed.
Dopamine is made from protein and a cocktail of other important nutrients like vitamin C, iron, magnesium, B vitamins and zinc. It is also wise to consider increasing foods high in tyrosine such as almonds, avocado, bananas and poultry. You need to make sure your diet has plenty of colour too. If any of the dopamine cofactors from the diet are missing it makes it very difficult for the body to produce dopamine.
A study published in 2008 in the Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism demonstrated that low dopamine levels are associated with an inability to control portion sizes, so you are more likely to overeat. So if your goal is to shed some weight we need to get those dopamine levels up!
So how do you know if you are low in dopamine? There are clinical pathology tests as simple as a urine test that can determine your neurotransmitter levels.
If you know you procrastinate and put your goals on hold, you may be in need of more dopamine!
A lot of clients ask about coffee – “is it bad?” “is it good?” “how much should I have?” It can be a bit of a complex discussion, however generally we recommend no more than 2 cups per day.
Coffee contains a lot of compounds that exert different effects in the body. One of the most talked about compounds in coffee is caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which is why people generally feel ‘jittery’ or ‘a rush of energy’ after a cup of coffee. Most people can tolerate this extra stimulation, however, for others, such as those with anxiety or chronic stress problems, this may not be ideal. Another reminder that each person is different.
On the positive side, some research supports the idea that regular coffee consumption may have beneficial effects on health, such as assisting with weight management and weight loss, and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Though more research is needed to confirm this.
Many of our practitioners in the clinic enjoy coffee. We like to use these simple guidelines for our coffee consumption:
✔️ Drink coffee because you genuinely feel like it, not so much to increase your energy
✔️ Avoid coffee if you are already feeling anxious / nervous
✔️ Avoid coffee at times of the day when you know it will have an impact on your sleep that night
✔️ Ditch adding sugar if you can (try to gradually reduce it so you adjust to the taste)
✔️ For a coffee alternative, we love herbal teas, dandelion tea, chai (avoid chia syrups and powders), and turmeric lattes.
Happy & Healthy Coffee Drinking ????
A raw food detox diet is a way to detoxify the body. If you do it well, it removes toxins or other contaminants that are stored in our body fat and cells. Detoxing improves health, energy, immune system, memory and digestion.
Most people are low in minerals such as: calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphor, sodium, iron. In order to detoxify, you need alkaline minerals. An important role of calcium is to aid in detoxification. It is an alkaline mineral and will “catch” the toxic acids that your body releases.
If the acids can’t be “bound” because your body lacks (alkaline) minerals, the chance is high that you will feel seriously ill during your detox, that your body refuses to release the toxins (you won’t be able to lose weight, since acids and toxins are often stored in your body fat), or that your body re-absorbs the released toxins again.
You may also replenish your minerals by adding a tablespoon of spirulina, blue green algae (i.e. from the “E3 Live” brand) or wheat grass powder in your purified drinking water. These have highly available amino acids and minerals. And they alkalize you.
Once you’ve remineralized, your raw food detox will be much more effective and easier.
You may also want to get activated zeolites or bentonite clay. The zeolites especially, are incredibly effective in attaching themselves to toxins, making them harmless and guiding them out of your body. The tiny zeolites neutralize the most toxic elements from our body such as arsenic, mercury.
Clay is much cheaper and is fine too but usually not strong enough. These zeolites will help you get rid of the toxins in an easy, safe and effective way. They also avoid that you reabsorb the toxins your body tries to get rid of. Highly recommended for use during the detox. Zeolites come in a tiny bottle and are pretty expensive, but I highly recommend then when you detox.
Also make sure that you drink enough alkaline and pure water during the process and that you get enough rest.
On this website you’ll find many raw food recipes that you can use during your detox. Go to the Vegetable Juice Recipe, How To Juice Veggies page or check out some Super Foods to see if there are some that might work for you. For all juice recipes visit the Recipe Index page.
Enjoy the detox and be amazed at the results!
Try the best green smoothie recipe ever! I drink about two full blender jars of these drinks a day. They are healthy, easy and quick to make and absolutely delicious.
Each green smoothie recipe below is chuck full of healthy minerals (e.g. calcium and iron), vitamins, co-factors, life force, fiber. And very important, they arealkalizing. Green smoothies are critical for health.
To make these recipes, all you need are the ingredients and a blender. A high speed blender such as Vitamix or Blendtec is best because they break the cell wall. This way you absorb the nutrients easily. But if you’re just starting a raw vegetable diet, any other blender will do too. My first year on raw food, I just used a hand blender (Cuisine art, 700 Watt).
All recipes serve about 2-3 people and can be kept for up to 12 hours as long as you add enough water (great when traveling).
2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
1 bag of frozen blue berries
2.5 cups pure water
1 teaspoon super foods of choice (optional)
5 leafs of kale
This is a great way to add (wild edible greens) to your raw food diet. You won’t even notice it. My 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son absolutely love it. My not raw husband loves it.
I can easily give my daughter three of these drinks a day. Her friends love them too.
And I feel great that I give my kids a smoothie full of important minerals, vitamins, healthy omega three fats, fiber, protein, enzymes, that is hydrating and easy to digest!
2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
1 bag of frozen raspberries
2.5 cups pure water
1 teaspoon super foods of choice
small bunch of arugula lettuce leafs
Liquid stevia to taste
Arugula lettuce and pear are an excellent combination. Very delicious and nutritious smoothie. You might try this combo in a salad too.
This yummy recipes is another favorite of mine. It’s great with spinach too. Just replace the dandelion with spinach.
1 bunch dandelion greens
1 lemon (peeled)
2 large apples
2 teaspoons flax seeds (optional)Spring or distilled water
1 bunch of carrots with some of its greens
About 1/3 inch fresh ginger
Pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepperSpring or distilled water
The best green smoothie recipe is the one you make yourself.It’s very easy and the options are endless. Just have a ration of about 50% fruits and 50% vegetables (or try some wild greens such as nettles) and your smoothie will always be delicious. If not sweet enough, add some liquid. You’ll hardly taste the vegetables. (Read How To Make Smoothies for more info.)
1 bunch green leafy vegetable of choice (50% of total)
Fruit of choice (50% of total)
1-2 Bananas or 1 avocado to emulsify (make creamy)
ginger, lemon, parsley or, stevia to taste
Here you’ll find the healthiest and best tasting vegetable juice recipes.
Here’s my favorite carrot juice recipe. I make this juice almost every morning. Very quick and easy:
1 lbs large carrots (washed and peeled)
1/2 lemon (peeled)
few green leafs such as red lettuce or carrot greens
Put all ingredients in your juicer. (A centrifuge juicer is easiest for carrots.) Mix. Drink immediately.
I peel the carrot for taste (otherwise it tastes too earthy). I find this recipe sweet enough, but if you’re a beginner juicer or have a sweet tooth, add an apple for extra sweetness.
The health benefits of carrot juice? It provides Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin E and many minerals (including calcium). Great for pregnant and nursing mothers, eyesight, bones and teeth, liver and nails, skin and hair as well as helping in breast and skin cancer prevention.
Are you looking for the best of all tomato juice recipes! This one is! You canjuice the tomatoes in a juicer but if you have a high speed blender – such as a Vitamix or Blendec Blender – and you like more “body” to your juice, you might like to use the blender in stead.
Here’s the recipe for your own V8 juice: quick, easy and yummy!
3 cups chopped tomatoes
1 stalk celery
3 drops stevia (optional)
1/2 teaspoon himalaya sea salt
Juice the tomatoes, celery, cucumber in your juicer.
Add drops stevia if you like a sweeter taste, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste.
If you like you can also add a 1/4 onion, fresh oregano and basil and red bell pepper
Mmmmm so good!
This juice recipe is perfect for starters of veggie juicing. It’s soft and sweet. Very tasty. Not bitter or strong at all.
1 bunch spinach
1/2 lemon, peeled (optional)
Put all ingredients in your juicer. A twin gear juicer such as the Green Star Juicer is best for extracting greens.
Mix well and enjoy.
You don’t have to add the lemon, it’s good enough without it. But I just love lemon, so I always add a little.
Jamba Juice has a great wheat grass juice recipe: They serve their wheat grass with a slice of orange. I really like that idea. It makes the wheat grass a little fancier. And in case you don’t like the taste of wheat grass – after finishing your juice, you can take a bite of the orange!
Wheat grass is so good for you! It has most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human health. It is a complete protein with about 30 enzymes. It has up to 70% chlorophyll (which builds the blood). It’s an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. And it’s one of the best alkaline foods.
Cabbage juice is known for its ability to heal peptic ulcers. It’s is full of vitamin K, C, fiber, manganese, B6, Folic Acid, Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. And very low in calories.
Cabbage is so good for you. Recent studies show that people who eat most cabbage have a significantly lower risk of colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer. Even compared to other people that eat lots of veggies.
Red cabbage has even more nutrients and protects against Alzheimer’s disease (Food Science and Technology).
Juicing cabbage is a superb way to get the best out of your cabbage. Cabbage provides anti-carcinogenic glucosinolates (anti cancer fighters). When you cook cabbage, you kill the special myrosinase enzyme that makes the cabbage so healing, thus making cabbage less effective as anti cancer food.
Drinking it straight might be a little too much in the beginning. Then, simply mix it with carrot juice. Start with juicing carrots. Every day add some cabbage leafs until you’re used to the taste. (The taste isn’t that strong.)
You may also try other cruciferous family members of cabbage such as kale, broccoli, and collard greens.
Our bodies are similar to pools in two ways: pools and humans are both bodies of water (pun very much intended), and we both have a pH level that needs to be monitored and maintained. pH stands for power of Hydrogen and shows the levels of Hydrogen ions in a given body .
The human body wants to be balanced, and for us a balanced pH level is slightly alkaline. The scale ranges from 0 – 14, the lower end of the scale is acidic, leaving the higher end to be alkaline. The perfect spot for our bodies is 7.30-7.45. How do we incorporate alkalines into our diets?
An alkaline-diet helps you get up and go in the morning. It boosts your energy without a crash, and you feel more naturally awake in the morning. It’s also nearly impossible to lose weight if your body is over-acidic, which most of us are.
So I’ve compiled this comprehensive list of alkaline soups, salads, sides, snacks, and meals. Try as many as you’d like and share your favorite with us on Facebook.
Mushrooms help neutralize stomach acids and carrots are a great source of B-vitamins, and other minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium. Plus with a wonderful colour, texture, and taste, how could you say no to this soup?
A perfect summer soup. Avocados are the food most typically associated with an alkaline diet. They are rich in potassium which regulates blood pressure, and the fatty-acids lower your cholesterol.
All dark leafy greens are high on the alkaline scale, and broccoli is no exception. Mixed with avocado, you’ve got a soup that is high in alkaline-forming properties, and high is amazing-taste as well.
You’ll notice that avocado shows up in most of these recipes. Wild garlic is also a huge health-booster with more minerals than regular garlic, it is the healthiest choice for salads.
Always go fresh – fresh veggies for your salad, fresh herbs and cold-pressed oils for dressings will keep you feeling fresh all day long.
Cucumber, garlic, and sesame seed oil – that’s it here. Super easy, super alkaline, this simple salad is a great start to your alkaline dinner.
A mediterranean diet is one of the best. All fresh veggies help you live a happier, more holistic lifestyle.
Low in calories, high in vitamin C, folic acid, and beta carotene, bell peppers are a great alkaline food. Again, the mediterranean diet wins.
Brussels sprouts are super-high in alkaline salts and minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and other minerals including iron. This side is good for the whole family!
A popular appetizer with guests, you can also serve it without the potatoes as a dip.
Every ingredient in this will help balance your pH levels and fill you up! A great ease-in to the alkaline diet.
An alkaline diet doesn’t mean you need to give up pasta. Just remember to use quinoa or spelt pasta, always use lots of fresh veggies, and leave out the red meat.
The original recipe is from a family in Switzerland, and contains interesting herbs and rich alkaline veggies. Try it today, and let us know how it goes!
Traditionally a stewed French dish, this ratatouille is all alkaline forming, so dig in and bon apetit.
Pumpkins are high in alkaline forming properties and low in calories, which makes them a perfect potato patty pair.
Sounds weird, tastes great. Low in calories and totally alkaline, cucumbers are also great helps to your kidneys, bladder, and liver.
This anytime snack gives energizes you any time of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or beyond! Stay smooth with this Power Smoothie
Green shakes and smoothies are always jam-packed with vitamins, nutrients, and alkaline-forming foods. Give this drink a try when you need a power boost.
Don’t just sit around all day! Shake a leg, throw the ingredients in a blender, and you’re ready – ready for energy, a happy gut, and a healthy life.
Here’s a chart to quickly remember which foods are alkaline forming and which will give your body an excess of acid.
Vitamin C is necessary to support a strong immune system and maintain good cardiovascular health. It promotes eye health and helps prevent colds. Vitamin C is also a great flu-fighter. These Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies are made from fruits that contain lots of naturally-occurring vitamin C.
Did you know that most supplements are made synthetically from GMO corn? Think about vitamin C for example. How do they make it? They use corn syrup to synthesize ascorbic acid. If you have a multivitamin at home check it out. Look at the labels. Most vitamins are not made from real food sources. Pretty disappointing isn’t it? They also contain lots of preservatives, added sugars, and in many cases artificial sweeteners.
I like to research everything. My husband thinks I am a little paranoid, but I can’t help it. There is always something new to learn and improve when it comes to our diets. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about vitamins. Even if you eat healthy, supplementation is essential in a world where industrial agriculture have depleted soils. Studies reveal that the nutritional values in food have declined significantly over the past 70 years.
The only multivitamins I have found in the market that are non-gmo and made from whole foods areGarden of Life Vitamins. This brand is a great alternative if you cannot make your own. They are also available for women and men. The problem with the kids multivitamins? they come in chewable teddy bears and not gummies. They are pretty expensive too. My 4 year old is not really excited about them but if you offer him gummies, oh then it is a different story. Kids love gummies! Please see Homemade Healthy Gummies for more ideas on how to make your own natural vitamins.
A good gelatin, one that comes from animals that were pastured raised, is also very important. The collagen in this type of gelatin along with the many amino acids help regulate our metabolisms, have anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens hair and nails, and regulates hormones.
I made these delicious gummies juicing organic clementines and oranges. I used my cold press juicer. Because they don’t produce as much heat, cold press juicers keep more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients intact. You can just juice one fruit or a combination, it is up to you. A clementine has about 36.1 mg of vitamin c and an orange 51.1 mg. I also added raw honey .
The molds I used for this recipe are the Freshware Super Star Gummy Mold and Freshware Toy, Car, Block and Bear Gummy Mold. Aren’t they adorable? They are made of good quality silicone and are so easy to use and clean. You don’t even need to oil the molds, the gummies will come right out! You will need a total of 3 molds for this recipe. You can also use vanilla extract but it is totally optional.
If you would like to add more vitamin C to these Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies, like for example if you are fighting a cold, or if you were buying a supplement but would like to make your own, I recommend adding Organic Vitamin C Powder. Each tablespoon has 500mg of vitamin C and it comes from organic whole fruits. I will let you do the math and determine how much you would like. Most multivitamins that need to be taken daily contain 60mg of vitamin C. The recipe will make about 45 gummies using my molds.
These Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies are made from fruits that contain lots of naturally-occurring vitamin C.
With the Australian diet becoming more and more entrenched in a mess of unhealthy, sugary foods and nutrient-lacking, processed by-products, weight gain is on the rise. It sucks, but it’s true. Every year brings with it more and more cases of diabetes and heart disease, both of which are commonly associated with imbalanced diets and lifestyles. At the same time, many of the people who suffer from weight gain are also at a loss for how they can burn fat.
But there are ways to do it.
Outside the benefits of exercising regularly and cutting out junk food, there’s another fat-burning tool that you can also use to drop a few pounds – drinking juice. Well not just juice, there are a few other drinks in the mix as well. So if you want to make a change, here are 3 fat burning drinks that you can use to lose some of that weight:
1. The Monster Detox Mix
– 1 celery stick
– ¼ of a beet
– 3-4 kale or spinach leaves
– 1 carrot
– 1 slice of ginger
How does it help with weight loss?
This particular mix of veggies actively work together to flush toxins out of your body. Many of these toxins make it more difficult for your body to burn off excess fat. By drinking this juice, you can up your metabolism and make it easier for your body to become an active fat burner. While it won’t directly have an effect on your fat content, it will help get your body to a state where it can slim down more easily.
2. Green Tea
Try drinking about 5 mugs of green tea a day for 1-2 weeks. The water content works to improve your metabolism, and the energy boost that you get from the tea can increase your heart rate. By increasing your heart rate, your body will work harder to pump blood throughout your body – burning more calories in the process.
3. Cold Water
It can really be this simple. Water on its own is a basic tool that people use to burn through their excess fat. Like the other drinks on this list, water can be used to increase your metabolism, which ups the rate at which your body burns through calories.
You can also drink water in between meals to help silence any cravings you have for extra food. One of the biggest causes of weight gain is overeating, so knowing how to put a stop to the urges is imperative if your goal is to take a few inches off of your waistline.
In general, you should try to drink enough water to fill half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 160 lbs, squeezing 80oz of water into your day should be a goal – maybe even more if you’re active. Just be careful not to drink too much, because there will eventually come a point where it becomes unhealthy.
All of the drinks on this list are primarily selected because of the effects that they have on your metabolism. By increasing your metabolic rate, your body will work harder to burn through calories and keep excess weight from sitting on your waist.