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Raw Food Adventures in Jamaica

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Rainbow at Natania's

Greetings from Jamaica… I wish you all could be here. As mentioned in earlier posts I am involved with a health and wellness retreat in Jamaica for most of January. So far the visit has proven to be quite an adventure. I’ve been staying at Natania’s Guest House in Westmoreland parish in the small town of Culloden. The place is right on the ocean front with a small sandy beach and Sandals Resort – Whitehouse as our neighbor across the water. I find it to be a bit ironic that we’d be teaching people how to eat for health and longevity across the water from a high end resort with little regard for any of these things.

ackeeAckee has been the big surprise of my visit. I was familiar with this food from a visit to Jamaica when I was 10 years old. What little I remember is that it looked like scrambled eggs when prepared and that it was poisonous if consumed unripe. “Can you eat it raw?” was the first question that came to mind and it turns out the answer is “yes” though most people don’t. Ackee is one of the few fruits with a high fat content (between 51-58%), 55% of the fat being linoleic acid (short chain omega-6 fats). Ackee has a neutral to savory taste and a firm, brittle texture when fresh that surrenders to mush over time. One of the yoga instructors at the retreat(Yoshi) had quite an affinity for raw ackee which he enjoyed eating with onion and Scotch bonnet peppers. His passion for ackee inspired me to create an ackee omelet with a Scotch bonnet pepper salsa. Enjoy the video and recipes… and Keep it Live!

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Breakfast of Champs

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2012 Here We Come

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The beginning of 2012 is only days away. Are you ready? Do you have your RAW 2012 Calendar? It’s loaded with 13 raw recipes from me.

It’s likely that 2012 will be the most over-hyped year I will see in my lifetime, second only to the uneventful year 2000 and all the Y2K foolishness. Anyone living above ground and keeping up with headlines is well aware that things are heating up on all fronts… economic, political, social, agricultural, spiritual… if you can name it, it’s likely that it’s changing dramatically for better or for worse. We all must do our best to see the big picture regarding the changes that are occurring. In isolation, the news headlines can be a bit scary and I believe that’s the whole point, to scare the public. We need to look beyond the manufactured headlines and try to see the whole picture. I see antiquated, exploitative, unsustainable, unbalanced, unhealthy, unfair and unethical systems being dismantled. The news media isn’t going to point this out because they’re an important part of this dysfunctional system that is on the way out. So it is our responsibility as conscious and accountable individuals to read between the lines and move in the direction of positive change. If you’re reading this then what I’m saying most likely resonates with you, and life is all about resonance and the vibration of things.

One of the best ways I’ve found to raise my vibration is by my food choices. We eat food for energy and energy is vibration so the foods with the highest vibration are the best sources of energy. These foods are fresh, naturally grown, whole foods which include fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds and sea veggies. Fermented foods like miso, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi are also high in vibration.

Things to avoid are low vibration foods or foods with dissonant vibrations. These foods stress the body and create imbalances that eventually lead to disease. To be avoided are flesh foods (meat, fish, eggs), dairy, fried foods, processed foods, white sugar, white flour, corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, synthetic drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, soft drinks and anything made with genetically modified ingredients. I like to say, “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.” Stress is a dissonant frequency that should be avoided as well. This is often easier said than done being that almost anything can be a potential stressor. Just remember to breath and be grateful. We are truly blessed. Thoughts and intention have been shown to have an effect on the vibration of things. With this in mind think positively and bless your food and drink with intention when ever possible.

Speaking of being blessed, I recently toured Los Angeles, California and visited an array of raw food restaurants. Here’s a rundown of some of the spots I visited:

Cru_raw_vegan_LA_cafeCru

1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 / tel: (323) 667-1551

Silverlake is a hip section of LA which is home to Cru, a raw vegan cafe featuring some fine raw cuisine.The decor inside Cru is minimal and sparse but the food is full of flavor and color. I dined that evening with my friend Robyn who was nursing a broken jaw. She ordered a fresh green juice while I enjoyed a young Thai coconut and ordered the evening special – Jicama Raviolis. The presentation was divine, price was right and the portion ample. Oh yeah and it delicious as well.

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I followed up the entree with a slice of blueberry/strawberry pie which was great… not a religious experience like pie at Cafe Gratitude, but good. In keeping with the minimal decor, the slice was decorated with a strawberry fraiche.  I’m not one to pass on dessert and I didn’t pass on this one, plate was licked clean.

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Nice Slice

Better Life Cuisine

717 Broadway Ave. Santa Monica, Ca 90401 / Tel: 310-458-7620

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Gigantoid Burrito

Better Life Cuisine is home of the “big a$$ burrito”. Enter with an appetite and leave satisfied and with a “to go” container. I enjoyed not only the fried bean burrito but also a durian smoothie, cinnamon bun and kale chips. Everything was fresh, tasty and well priced. The only challenge was finding the place. We had blindly followed the directions from the GPS which had us driving in circles in Venice. Fortunately we didn’t give up on our quest. Check out my video review below and remember to Keep It Live!

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Cooling off in Michigan

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Harvest Health, Hudsonville, MI

The chill is upon us in Michigan. The tomato and pepper plants are showing signs of frost damage so it’s time harvest everything off the vines. I finally got around to harvesting my sweet potatoes. Not too shabby for a first attempt. They’re a pretty low maintenance crop which I plan on doing again next year. It would be ideal to grow kale and onions in massive amounts next year so I can turn out kale chips and g’dunions for the markets.

The past few weeks have a been a whirlwind of events. There were book signings, demos, lectures, Gabriel Cousens, Will Tuttle, Art Prize, TV appearances and a raw yoga retreat. Pictures, videos and links are all below.

There is one last event on the Camp Rawnora schedule and that’s another Raw Food Yoga Camp from Oct. 14-16th. Don’t fret about the cold weather, last time we had warm butternut squash soup, pizza and hot apple pie.

Take Five – Grand Rapids – Bomb Dot Com Brownie

With things winding down here at Camp Rawnora in Michigan, it’s time for me to head back down south to Jacksonville, Florida. I’ll be there just in time for the 2nd annual Northeast Florida Vegetarian Festival. I’ll once again be doing a food demo. I’ll also have books and goodies available for purchase. What will the rest of fall and winter hold for me? Who knows at this point. Any suggestions out there? Have Vita-mix, will travel.

Enjoy this Chia In a Jar recipe featured in my book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox:

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