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Food of the Gods

I love cacao beans and eat them every day, blended in smoothies. My favourite smoothie is banana, carob, cinnamon, mesquite, with several cacao beans (all organic).

Googling for nutritional info on cacao in case it could help with inflammatory conditions led to this at TheSuperfoods.net:

The cacao bean is full of antioxidants, fat, carbohydrates, protein, polyphenols like flavanoids cacao nutritionthat are antioxidants, minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, iron, zinc and potassium, oleic acid which is a heart-healthy essential monounsaturated fat, fiber and vitamins E, B2, B1, B5, B3 and B9.

[The beans grow in a pod that weighs about 1 pound – containing half a dozen beans. Cacao trees grow in the Amazon Basic, Orinoco River Basin, Ghana, Philippines,  Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, Togo and a few Caribbean islands. Cacao is known as the Food of the Gods where it was first cultivated in the Americas.]

Both antioxidants and theobromine can improve blood flow, support healthy functioning of heart and reduce thickening of arterial walls and plaque build-up.  Theobromine can also improve mental and physical well-being by stimulating central nervous system, dilating blood vessels, increasing energy levels and relaxing tense muscles.

Other benefits offer include reducing PMS and menopause symptoms. The levels of antioxidants in raw cacao are higher than that of green tea and red wine.

Fiber content in cacao can help digestion by increasing digestive enzyme production. Fiber content keeps you feeling full for longer. This controls appetite and helps promote weight loss.

Essential Fatty Acids such as oleic acid found in cacao can lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels.  Oleic acid also possesses antioxidant properties and can fight free radicals.

It can strengthen cell membrane integrity, boost memory power, improve functioning of the heart, circulatory system and brain, increase energy levels, help with weight loss, reduce inflammatory conditions like arthritis, help to moisturize the skin and more.

Minerals especially magnesium found in raw cacao promotes heart health and is essential for proper brain functioning. Tryptophan and anandamide are other brain-boosting minerals found in cacao.

Vitamins found in raw cacao benefit the cardiovascular system. They have antioxidant benefits and promote longevity.

Precautions

Those who have chocolate allergies must avoid eating cacao nibs or beans. Polyphenols and other active substances found in them could trigger side effects like migraines and other allergic reactions.

Summary

Cacao beans and cacao nibs have many nutrients that can offer multiple health benefits.

Some of these nutrients get reduced or destroyed when they undergo heating process and are combined with milk and sugar to make chocolate. Hence, eating raw, unprocessed cacao beans offer more health benefits than processed chocolate.

Lime & honey pizzazz

This morning I got tired of trying to eke out a couple of drops from half of a hard lime, so instead I cut it in chunks and put it in the blender, added a tsp of turmeric, a Tsp of honey and Tsp of coconut oil. Pour in 1 cup of hot water and blend Read more…

It’s cheap, it’s easy to use, it works

A friend of ours swears by French green clay – calcium bentonite. He uses “green clay” for everything. Takes it internally. Uses it externally for anything that comes along – insect bites, mosquitoes, burns… pimples, itchy scalp, falling hair… Anything from a sore throat or a headache to a tumour and radiation.

What he likes best about it: it’s cheap, it’s easy to use and it works. He was so enthusiastic (and healthy) it got us interested and we’re now on our way to becoming committed living clay users!

Some ways to use it Read more…

Chia seed drinks

These are great to have in summer or all year long.

Basic recipe: Soak a couple of spoonfuls of organic chia seeds overnight in structured water. (I use black; some prefer white – use whatever is available, organic.) Use a wide-mouth glass jar so it’s easy to clean. In the morning, stir the mix and drink as is all day, adding water as needed.

Variations: Add any of the following to the basic recipe –

  • lemon or lime juice, sea salt and honey (great when you’re dehydrated)
  • organic grape juice
  • organic pomegranate juice

All these are tasty, healthy energizing drinks! An excellent substitute for commercial drinks of all kinds. Mid-afternoon energy dip? Drink chia! The Native Americans and the Tarajumara Indians traditionally use chia for powerful, long-lasting energy.

Water times of day

When is it best to drink structured water?

Morning: All health traditions seem to recommend starting off the day by drinking plenty of water (16 ozs or more). Avoid ice and refridgerated water. If you find it easier to drink, warm up the water slightly (especially in winter).

In traditional Chinese Acupuncture, each meridian is at its high point during two hours of the day. Water directly affects bowel movements and digestion, so it may help to drink water at the following times:

  • 5-7am Large Intestine Meridian high point: colon, bowel movements – drink plenty of water at this time
  • 7-9am Stomach Meridian high point: digestion – if you haven’t already, drink plenty of water and then have breakfast

Rule of thumb: Allow 1/2 hour before eating, after you’ve drunk water.

Afternoon, evening: The two Water Element Meridians are the Bladder and the Kidney. So you might want to experiment with drinking water at those times of day: Read more…

“Structured” water

Last week a friend wrote, asking for the link to the Structured Water site. Here it is: cnswater.com

The Clayton Nolte structured water units are one of those simple, brilliant inventions – a one-time investment, nothing to replace or clean out, and they soften any water and energize it via a double vortexing device.

Take a look in particular at the Before / After photos from a third-party European water testing laboratory. Pretty mind-blowing even for the laboratory technician – to get “pure spring water” quality out of ordinary toxic city water just by pouring it through a short length of pipe!

Victoria@cnswater.com (Tucson, AZ  520-325-3400) recently sent a message to say there is an exceptional sale on until Sept 5, 2014: you can get an “enhanced” house unit and travel unit for almost $400 off (20% discount).

She is in the know for these occasional discounts, so feel free to ask her.

I’ve been using the CN units for about 4 years now. Love the water. Use the enhanced travel unit in India and everywhere else I go (camping in California, travelling in UK and Europe…). I highly recommend them: you feel you are finally getting hydrated down to the organ/cellular level. Read more…

Fruit smoothies

Blueberry Ginger Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of blueberries (fresh or frozen organic)
  • A nub of ginger root
  • 1 medjool date
  • A little honey (if blueberries are tart)
  • Herb tea or plain water (hot in winter, cold in summer)
  • 1 tbsp of Isabgol (psyllium seed husks)

Blend for extra long to get a really smooth texture! You can up the quantities (2 bananas, 2-3 handfuls of blueberries) but I’m always surprised at how tasty and satisfying the simple version is.

Usually I have a blender of Green Smoothie in the morning and a fruit smoothie at night. Scroll down for more smoothie options. My favourite is the Wicked Nightcap 🙂 Read more…

Green smoothies

After reading Victoria Boutenko’s Green for Life, my family broke away from the “rule” of keeping veggies & fruits separate. Eating is very individual, so give this a try and see whether it suits you. Everything mentioned below must be organically grown so you get the high level of minerals and vitamins only present in fresh organic fruits & veggies.
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Basic Green Smoothie

  • Put a glass of pure (structured) water into the blender.
  • Add 1 organic banana. (I put at least 2, but it makes a larger quantity)
  • Add some other fruit – could be an apple or a “wheel” of pineapple (or both – makes a larger quantity).
  • [Some fruits I would not put in: melon – eat alone; and citrus, because it doesn’t mix with banana.]
  • Then add some green leafy veggies: a leaf of chard and/or kale, a little fresh parsley, a stalk or 2 of celery.
  • Depending on the time of year, you can use a variety of all sorts of other veggies Read more…

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