Hi everyone! Dhru here.
We Like It Raw is going to be a little quiet for the next few weeks. In the mean time though, I thought I'd share with you three websites that I've been spending a lot of time on recently:
Mind Body Green
Fantastic articles and quick tips on holistic living and yoga.
Crazy Sexy Life
Tons of great wellness guidance and advice from some of the worlds coolest people, including Kris Carr.
Monthly online magazine that is a study in living well. Created by Pressed Juicery in LA.
I can’t believe how fast the last 6 months have flown by! It seems like yesterday that I began writing for We Like It Raw! This past 6 months have been so rewarding and so growth filled for me! I have stretched myself so much. I have met and connected with so many awesome people. I have gotten to interview some very interesting and inspiring people doing amazing things!
Alas, It’s now time for me to be off to new adventures! I am also very excited for what the website has in store for it’s growth adventure of it’s own!
"What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly."
I am so filled with gratitude for all of you who have sent me the sweetest emails thanking me, or commenting or even letting me know I had spelling mishaps in my article! I truly love connecting, communicating and knowing that something I’ve written has inspired, helped or touched someone. I consider you all my family, my TRIBE! I will miss you all and writing here very much. However, I will now be focusing on my own blog on my website http://www.pureblisshealth.com and you can always connect with me there.
This song by John Denver is one of my favorites (and it’s a cute video) but it is MY song to YOU. Each one of you is a gift. We all have a miracle within us waiting to be expressed. You have allowed me to express my heart, You have ALL been a gift to ME.
So, what am off to do?
I’m so excited! I have so many things going on right now!! The Raw Food Community here in Utah is really active and thriving and I am getting more involved in it. I am also kick starting my Holistic Health Counseling business with a focus on raw and cooked vegan food.
I am working on my second eBook with several more outlined and on the way. My first was The Avocado Smoothie Book http://www.womengoraw.com/2011/10/19/avocado-smoothie-with-21-day-power-plan/ I co wrote with Dr Ariel Policano, NMD. The next book will be out in June and JUST in time for Summertime Parties (hint hint) ;)
I am also now offering Raw Food Personal Chef Services as well as Raw Food for pick up (coming soon)in the Salt Lake area. I specialize in raw desserts and offer single servings as well as full size cheesecakes, pies and a huge variety of specialty desserts. I offer “normal” raw food too such as juices, smoothies, entrees, crackers, kale chips, soups and salads.
"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."
I am looking for a partner to do retreats in the Utah area also. If you are into health, raw food, yoga, self improvement and outdoor adventures, are dedicated to helping others on the journey AND someone who is organized, dedicated and reliable, please message me for the details.
I will also be doing massage therapy and spa treatments in and around Salt Lake City, Utah. For info on any of these services please send a message to Sagestar@aol.com
Also, see my website for these services, classes, articles, recipes and health counseling services. http://www.Pureblisshealth.com
A time to shift!
This is a time of shifting, moving forward, tuning in, growth and new beginnings. We are on the edge of major transitions on our planet. Awesome things are happening! Are YOU following your highest call? Your highest desire? Your biggest passion?
It takes courage to follow your truest path. As Brian talks about in this video, “It takes a conscious choice to live your most authentic expressed life” For us it takes a conscious commitment and finding our center. I encourage you take ten and watch this awesome video of Brians.
For many people on the planet right now, at least many that I know, people are really feeling the shift. They feel that pull to create a bigger vision for their lives. To create a powerful and fully expressed life filled with passion and purpose. If this is you, the time is now. It’s time to find your own path and do that thing that needs to be done. That thing that only YOU can do! The world is waiting for you.
"The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason."
You are a seed!
Seeds for me are sacred and filled with the ultimate mystery. Each and every seed has a purpose which it was born with and never strays from. It is on a divine mission.
It waits for the right time to launch the mission. It needs soil, water and nutrients. It seeks them out. The Universe seems to conspire with the seed to create a perfect time and place for the mission to happen.
Such it is also with us. We are seeds. We were born with a divine mission inside us. We wait for proper cultivation to launch our mission. As Human Beings however, we sometimes fall into patterns of fear and doubt, of complacency and uncomfortable comfort. We fail to see how the Universe is conspiring around US to help us launch OUR Divine missions.
What is YOUR Divine Mission? Look around. If you chose to live a fully expressed life, filled with passion and purpose, what would it be? How would it benefit people? Look for the mysterious ways the Universe is conspiring around you to launch it! The world is waiting for your mission to launch!
(Don’t forget what happens to the seed that is unsuccessful at launching it’s mission. It dies and rots away.)
As a teaser for my NEW eBook coming out in June I’m leaving you with a recipe from the book!
Raspberry Pomegranate Ice Cream
For garnish, fresh or frozen raspberries and a mint leaf.
Add all ingredients to a blender, preferably a high speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer to either an ice cream maker and follow directions or a container and pop into the freezer. Stir a few times the first hour. To serve, unthaw for 10-15 minutes and scoop out. Enjoy!
I will miss you all very much. This has been an incredible journey for me. Thank you for sharing it with me! MUAH!
In love and health,
Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC
I’ve just gotten back to Utah from Eugene, Oregon and WOW what a trip it was! I was so blessed to be able to spend some quality time with my son Erik who is a vegan chef in Eugene hiking and site seeing.
Eugene is literally a MECA of vegan cafes! They are everywhere! He told me it’s harder to find meat in Eugene than it is vegan food. I chose to wait on the Cleanse America cleanse so he could take me to many of the vegan cafes in Eugene he loves!
We had a good time trying many of them out including the cafe he works at. So, it’s a good thing I am on the Cleanse program starting tomorrow!
I had lots of amazing food, I also had some not so amazing food. It brought me back to the fact that just because you are vegan does NOT mean you or your diet is actually healthy.
What do I mean by that?
Well, some of the biggest issues I see with many vegans are that they just don’t know what to eat or how to actually construct a nutritionally sound diet so they end up eating a lot of bread, french fries and junk food peanut butter.
The other thing I see, and honestly this one drives me bonkers, is the highly processed, packaged, expensive and chemical vegan food like fake meat and cheese products!
Read the labels people!
If you are on a vegan diet for health reasons, you have GOT to get this junk out of your diet. Perhaps you could use it temporarily as a transition food or very occasionally as a “treat” but as a staple in your diet it is BAD NEWS!
Fake meat usually contains wheat gluten or textured vegetable protein, which is not very digestible and is are highly allergenic foods.
Ingredients in one fake meat product: water, isolated soy protein, vital wheat gluten, natural flavors, modified vegetable gum, potato starch, expeller pressed canola oil, pea protein, carrot fiber, organic beet root fiber, organic evaporated cane juice, yeast extract, LOTS of salt.
“If you ask Dr. Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Furhman, Dr. Popper and the other plant-based scientific Doctors what we should be eating? They will tell you a low fat, unprocessed plant-based diet. You will not find dayia or tofurkey in their suggestion list, not even in moderation.”
Taken from the website: http://veganhope.com/2011/02/08/say-goodbye-to-vegan-junk-food/
Agave and margarine are also in my top 5 least favorite vegan foods. Agave was originally touted to be a low glycemic sweetener and everyone, including me, started slurping the stuff up like it was no ones business. It has now been show that is just NOT the case. Agave contains more concentrated fructose than high fructose corn syrup. Here are a few quotes by leading health experts on agave....
“Agave “nectar” is not made from the sap of the yucca or agave plant but from the starch of the giant pineapple-like, root bulb. The principal constituent of the agave root is starch, similar to the starch in corn or rice, and a complex carbohydrate called inulin, which is made up of chains of fructose molecules.Technically a highly indigestible fiber, inulin, which does not taste sweet, comprises about half of the carbohydrate content of agave.
The process by which agave glucose and inulin are converted into “nectar” is similar to the process by which corn starch is converted into HFCS. The agave starch is subject to an enzymatic and chemical process that converts the starch into a fructose-rich syrup—anywhere from 70 percent fructose and higher according to the agave nectar chemical profiles posted on agave nectar websites.” Ramiel Nagel
“ Agave is indeed made the same way, using a highly chemical process with genetically modified enzymes. They are also using caustic acids, clarifiers, filtration chemicals and so forth in the conversion of agave starches into highly refined fructose inulin that is even higher in fructose content than high fructose corn syrup.” Russ Bianchi, managing director and CEO of Adept Solutions, Inc.
Next up is margarine. Stop eating this toxic gunk vegans! Just stop!
Margarine is made from vegetable fats like soy and cottonseed. These vegetable oils are processed under extreme conditions: high heat, high pressure and using chemical solvents designed to extract the oil. Vegetable oils are largely made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids which breaks down easily without the added insult of extreme processing during the manufacture. The go rancid quickly thus contain high levels of free radicals that are extremely damaging to the human body.
For a full description of how margarine is made check this article out: http://www.stop-trans-fat.com/how-is-margarine-made.html
For health reasons alone I will never be fully vegan. I will always chose whole foods, high raw and butter over margarine and honey over agave.
When you are constructing your diet think:
Here are a few guidelines to get the nutrients you need on a vegan diet.
Protein: Plant foods can provide plenty of protien. You should eat a variety of foods, including whole grains, beans and nuts, to replace the proteins in meat, milk and eggs
Calcium: Dark, leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli and bok choy, contain quite a bit, but not as much as milk or cheese. Even figs, almonds and soy foods have some. Most vegans will need fortified foods (such as soy milk or orange juice) and a supplement to get enough. Although some vegans say they need less calcium because their overall diets are better for bones, the ADA says they need as much as anyone.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is good for bones, and research suggests it may also help prevent certain cancers and heart disease. The main source in the U.S. diet: milk. The sun is a good source, too, but not always in winter or for dark-skinned people. So many vegans will need fortified foods or supplements.
Vitamin B-12: This essential vitamin is only in animal foods. So vegans need a supplement or fortified foods.
As far as vegan cookbooks go, my very, very favorite of all time is the Veganomican.
If you are choosing a vegan diet or even a vegetarian or raw diet, it's SO important to educate yourself on what you are eating. What you eat becomes your body!
Happy Whole Food Eating! :)
In love and health,
Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC
It’s a chilly, rainy morning here in Oregon today. I’m longing for my Vitamix to make some warm raw veggie soup! I love raw soups! They are truly the comfort food of the raw world for me! I will have to settle for sending out recipes to all of you!
Even on a cleanse you can still make raw soups with just a few modifications. If your recipe calls for cashews or other nuts or nut milk you would leave out the nuts and swap the nut milk for water or coconut water.
Here are a few recipes I created with any modifications for cleansing listed. Sometimes if I am doing a cleanse and get into that challenging time where you feel hungry, making some warm raw soup will take me right out of that space!
Creamy Spinach Soup
I love spinach! This is an easy and simply yummy soup that satisfies me completely!
Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix until warm. If desired, add some chopped spinach, mushrooms or red peppers to garnish. Enjoy!
Tomato Basil Soup
Thick warm tomato soup just say COMFORT food to me! This is a thick, rich soup that will make you feel warm, nourished and cozy.
Blend for several minutes until warm. Enjoy!
Creamy Mushroom Soup
This recipe is from my Avocado Smoothie book and is definitely one of my favorites!
Blend In a high-speed blender for best results. Let the soup get warm. Pour into serving bowl and add chopped mushroom stems, chopped parsley and a dash of pepper.
Garden Veggie Soup
Delicious veggie soup that is nourishing, light and satisfying!
Blend in high-speed blender for best results. Blend until soup is nice and warm. Pour in a serving bowl and enjoy!
Hope you try a few of these raw soup recipes! Enjoy!
In love and health,
Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC