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Raw Vegan Sham-Rawk Shake

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No waste in this shake

This month I caught a glimpse of a highway billboard featuring an over-sized Shamrock Shake and it made me think of the dark days when ignorance was bliss and industrial waste was food. Those days are gone but not forgotten and I imagine that the Shamrock Shake of my youth was actually a little healthier than the current incarnation. Regardless, I was inspired to make a recipe that is a tribute to the green minty sludge I was so eager to drink down in my youth. This version is made with all top shelf ingredients and is possibly a shake you could thrive on for the rest of your life.

Keep in mind I have switched out petro-chemical food coloring, polysorbate 80, wood pulp, sodium benzoate and mono/poly-glycerides with real food ingredients. Besides, I wouldn’t even know which aisles of the grocery store to find sodium benzoate and polysorbate 80.

I’d like to extend an open invitation for all of you out there to visit me at Camp Rawnora, a raw food wellness center in Watervliet, Michigan. Weekend retreats start in April. Find out all the details at the Camp Rawnora website.

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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:

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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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Coconut Cracking

Young Thai Coconut

For those of you out there curious about opening young Thai coconuts, here’s a little how to video demonstrating the “finesse” technique. Other techniques include the “whacking”, “hacking”, “cracking” and “smacking”… none of which are featured during this video. The Live Food Experience does not take any responsibility for those who sustain injuries while attempting to open a coconut. If attempting to open a coconut for the first time be sure to use a quality sharp knife. Coconuts eat cheap knives for breakfast. Also be sure to have some one standing by un case of a coco-mishap.

If you have a Young Thai Coconut Experience you wish to share, be sure to post it in the comments below.

Be safe, and Keep It Live!

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Coming off the Fast – Do it Right or Don't Fast

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Now that you’ve finished your fast, what do you do? What “not to do” is to return to business as usual. You’ve just honored your body and done some deep healing. Don’t blow the benefits with a thoughtless food binge.

Properly coming off the fast/feast is more important than doing the fast/feast itself. Great care must be taken not to undo all the benefits of the fast. Take an amount of days equal to the length of the fast/feast to reintroduce solid foods into your diet. A 1 day fast requires 1 day of reintroduction. Your stomach will have shrunk during the fast so start with small portions and listen to your body. A fast is meant to reset your body to its optimal functioning. If you force yourself to eat the way you ate prior to the fast you might as well not fast at all. Simple foods in small portions is your key to success whether coming off a fast or just living life. If you can apply this rule to your life you will experience health and longevity.

Heathy and I went 4 days and broke the fast on day 5 with citrus. We’ve continued having juice each day while eating fruit and doing green smoothies. The smoothie above was made with Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries, apple, lecithin and a superfood blend of maca, lucuma, mesquite, cinnamon and bee pollen. It was really creamy and smooth.

My Typical break-fast meals for 7 day fast – no fats until day 5:

  • Start each morning with hot water and lemon or  water and apple cider vinegar

Day 1 – water, tea and green juice through out day

Salud!
  • morning: 1/2 of a ripe papaya
  • mid-day: 1/2 of a ripe papaya or melon
  • evening: green juice or miso soup

Day 2 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • mid-day: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 3 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: melon
  • mid-day: green smoothie- apple, berries, spinach, maca, lucuma
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 4 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: miso soup and sea veggie salad with kimchi

Day 5 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with avocado and a light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: blended soup, gazpacho,with avocado

After day 5 you may slowly introduce oils into soups, sauces and dressings. It’s best to slowly reintroduce dehydrated foods, nuts, seeds and nut butters. Any heavy desserts like pies, chocolates and ice creams should be introduced after day 7. If you can’t hold out that long be sure the portion you eat is 1/3 of a serving and listen to how your body responds. Be conscious while eating and establish new health supporting eating habits.

Check out my next post when I share with you the details of our Liver/Gallbladder Flush… never a dull moment in Canada!