Don't weed it! Eat it! Or....Sample the lawn!

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Yesterday I shared with you my top 5 Wild Edibles, so I thought for the next few days I’d share some recipes for using these awesome “weeds”!  

In California we had a perfectly manicured and weed free yard...boring... :) So when I moved to Utah, I was lucky enough to have a yard full of dandelions! Yeah! One day I realized the gardeners were coming to mow the lawn and I hadn’t gone out to harvest my greens! Yikes! So as I sat outside picking them, the gardeners sat there watching me in bewilderment. I’m sure I have cemented myself as the neighborhood kook! But, I have invited many of the folks here over for green smoothies and salads with my lawn treasures! 

I went to take my son to his Grandmas house, she has an enormous garden and she was weeding literally pounds and pounds of purslane and throwing it out! NOOOOOOO! So, once again solidifying in her mind that I was a nut case, I took it all and helped her weed the rest. It's awesome in juices, smoothies, stir fries and salads. 

One of the tricks to making greens more palatable is to add a fat like avocado or olive oil. It coats the bitter receptors on your tongue, brings out the flavor of the greens and helps the nutrients become easily assimilated.

So before you go out and WEED your lawn, go out and SAMPLE your lawn! Many of those weeds are tasty and healthy!!!

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Dandelion Salad

  • 3 cups dandelion leaves, chopped
  • 1 red apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion,sliced
  • 2 cups red leaf lettuce, torn
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped

Toss well. 

Dressing 

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger, fresh grated
  • pinch salt

Blend well and drizzle on  salad.

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Mediterranean Purslane Salad

  • 1 cucumber, sliced in half moons
  • 1 med tomato, chopped
  • 1-2 cups purslane
  • 1/2 cup mint, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • Kalamata olives, opt
  • Feta or goat cheese, opt

 

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup yogurt, coconut or greek (dairy) or blend 1/2 cup cashews with 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons agave or honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons coriander
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch black pepper

Blend well and drizzle on salad

Do YOU have a favorite wild edible recipe??? Share it with us!!! 

Happy Grazing!

In love and health, 

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

My Top 5 Favorite Wild Edibles!

Harvesting wild edibles is a fun and rewarding practice. I had the pleasure of meeting Willy Pink, an Ethnobotanist at Pechanga Indian Reservation in California and learning some of the basics from him. 

Pick up a good wild edible book with clear pictures before you go out foraging. Always make sure you know what you are eating and that it hasn't been sprayed. There are all kinds of wild edible nature hikes available also. 

I found a hand cranked greens juicer a year ago at the Natural Expo Show and I often take it hiking and camping with me! 

There are many amazing edible plants in the wild! Here are some of my top favorites! 

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Nettles

As a child growing up camping  in Utah, I can’t say that nettles were exactly my favorite plant. After running through many, many patches of these stinging plants in shorts I learned I better watch where I was going. However, now I have learned the amazing properties of this plant and have no issues picking and eating it with my bare hands. You just have to know how....As David explains in the video below, you pick the leaves from the bottom up and "taco" them and eat them. I will add here that as you "taco" them I squeeze the leaves between my fingers to neutralize the stinging compounds.

I harvest nettles in the spring when they are young and dry them for tea. I also use them in soups, sauteed as a side dish, make pesto out of them...really any green can be substituted for nettles. Try them in smoothies too! 

Nettle is one of the best arthritic pain relievers in the herbal world. Tinctures and teas have been used for treating skin disorders such as eczema and nail fungus and for stimulating milk production. Nettle acts as an expectorant and has been used to treat bronchitis, colds, asthma and other lung disorders. It has antibiotic properties and is especially good for bladder, kidney and other urinary tract disorders. 

  

Mullein

Mullein contains expectorants, antispasmodic, antiasthmatic compounds. It has been used to treat coughs, pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis. The flowers have been used as a sedative and sleep aid. Has also been used as a laxative and to treat bleeding bowels as well as to treat hay fever and swollen glands. 

  

 

Red Clover 

Red Clover contains many immune system enhancers, cancer fighting agents and preventatives. Used in auto immune diseases, chronic fatigue and AIDS. Red Clover has been shown to be an effective antibiotic for bacteria. It also acts as a blood purifier, appetite suppressant and has sedative properties. 

 

 

Dandelion

Dandelion is, I think, my favorite wild edible ever! You can find this everywhere! This is a common lawn “weed” and you CAN use it straight from your yard as long as you have not sprayed your lawn with any chemicals. When I go hiking, I find dandelion everywhere, and it’s often over a foot tall! Dandelion is a favorite of mine in smoothies and juices. 

Dandelion is a powerful liver cleanser and detoxifier. It is also beneficial for the kidneys, spleen, stomach, pancreas and gallbladder. It is also a diuretic. It’s been used for anemia, rheumatism, cirrhosis, edema and constipation.  

Check out the video below with Sergei Boukento for an amazing Dandelion Pesto Recipe!

 

Purslane

I discovered purslane by accident after coming home to my garden after being at the Raw Spirit Festival one year. I discovered a "weed" that had taken over the garden was the same weed I had had in the most amazing salad I'd ever had at the festival. 

Purslane is very high in Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It's a wonderful addition to salads, soups, juices and smoothies!  

 

 

What are YOUR favorite wild edibles? What grows in YOUR part of the world you love to forage for?

Leave a comment below and let us all know!

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

Featuring the Incredible Stacy Stowers!

I have been inspired by so many people in the raw food community, but one amazing woman has really been particularly inspiring to me. I love her mission! I'm honored she has taken the time to do this interview for us, while she was on vacation in the Bahamas no less....

The amazing, talented, loving..Stacy Stowers!

 

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

....think “Super Nanny” meets Raw Food Nutrition! I travel our country living with a new family each week. My job is to show my families how to add more raw nutritionally rich foods into their diets while providing plenty of yumminess for a supremely enjoyable eating experience.

I help my families form their own plans for healthy living, a personal plan designed to work for them as unique individuals. Each week I look forward to the challenge of recreating my family’s favorite foods like my Bush family’s Lasagna, my Cioffi family’s favorite “Sarah Bernhardt Cookies” to Miguel’s “Cheatos”!!! 

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How did you get involved in raw foods? 

At 22 years old I was struck with Valley Fever, a fungal infection that attack’s the body’s immune system. I dealt with the debilitating aftermath of this for 16 years to the point of not being able to get out of bed, on pain medications, sleeping pills, coffee and alcohol daily to deal with the chronic pain and fatigue. In 2007  I realized a remarkable recovery though eating raw foods.

My plan was to only eat raw foods and water for one week as a cleanse. I felt the pain leaving my skin and kept going until day 10 when I found myself pain free and touring my city of Chicago on foot with my best friend Susie. By the end of the day only my SMILE muscles were hurting!!! 

What inspired you to create your business?

I didn’t come to this amazing life looking for a “business”.  I simply set about selling my home full of possessions and packing my car to travel our country sharing freely with others the healing powers of raw foods.  I began my tour January 1, 2010 and by the end of the year, when the finances would run out, I was supposed to settle in one spot and get a J O B.

My tour was so successful that families started to hire me for in home instruction.  I am so happy I followed my heart and went with the flow of doing exactly what I love....feeding people and most importantly, teaching people how to feed themselves. Now I will never work another day of my life.

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How do you come up with recipes?

My families are who inspire my recipes. I look through the kitchen cabinets, listen to them carefully about what they like and begin the recreation of their favorite sauces, dressings, dinners, desserts and snack foods. Then I carry those creations to my next families and I perfect the taste with each new family’s input. It is very important for me to keep my recipes simple with as few ingredients as possible, while keeping everything rich and flavorful. 

What's the best way for a raw newbie to get into raw or vegan foods?

So many people have made their own changes towards a healthier direction by simply adding in one thing to their diets....the “Happy Shake”! The Happy Shake is a Super Food SALAD in disguise as chocolate soft serve ice cream. Best part.....it makes you HAPPY. The recipe can be found at http://stacystowers.com/. Feel free to make your own adjustments to fit your personal taste.

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What is your typical day like and what would you eat?

I don’t think I ever have a typical day. I am either in travel, meeting my new family or visiting my dear husband....who happens to be my strongest advocate. Even the times I am home, feels like a special occasion. I adapt well to every environment which means, I can always make happiness and good food happen wherever I am. 

A favorite day would start with a “Happy Shake” for breakfast, a little work done in the “office”, organizing and throwing away stuff (always gives me a sense of accomplishment), a yummy salad “creation” for lunch, a fresh green juice, a good walk through my city and some seared tuna or salmon with a fluffy green salad for dinner, accompanied by great company and good conversation.

What's one thing that most people don't know about you?

Most people find it odd that I did not know my way around the kitchen before coming to raw foods. I failed homemaking in high school and I was known in my past as the “microwave bandit”.

When I did come to raw food, I found the recipes all very daunting or they just tasted too “healthy”.  I had to watch a DVD three times before I could work my food processor.  I did however find my creative chef side when I started playing with all these new foods that gave me back my health and vitality. Today it is hard to keep me out of the kitchen!

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Do you think it's vital to be 100% raw or 100% vegan?

NO & NO.....with all the food controversy out there about food, I have come to believe 2 things: 

1. We must get ourselves and our children off of processed foods.

2. Raw Food Heals.....so add in more raw foods, especially GREENS!

Most of us know this, but the problem is after you have purchased that bag of kale......what do you do with it???? This is where I come into my family’s lives. I show them how to do this in easy and tasty ways, so no one has to feel deprived or miss their favorite comfort foods.

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Have you experienced any deficiencies on the raw food diet? 

YES. Two and a half years into following a raw vegan diet, I felt my energy begin to decline. With just a little investigation, I found I was becoming deficient in vitamin B12. Since I did not come to raw foods to belong to a group of people or save the animals.....although I do love animals, adding some eggs and fish to my diet was an easy decision for me to make. Today my vitamin B levels and energy are great without taking a supplement!

What does the optimum raw diet consist of and do you take any supplements?

I think the optimum raw diet is what works best for YOU. What makes YOU feel ALIVE??? For me, I feel really happy when I am adding in plenty of green leaves, raw sauerkraut, sprouts, algae, sea vegetables and fresh juices. I don’t fill up on to many nuts or dried fruits. I love fresh juicy fruits....berries are my favorite. Even though I feel really really great, I do regularly get my blood tested. I do supplement with a Vitamin D.....which most of us in our country, raw, vegan or not, are deficient in.

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Do you ever get sick?

In my past if anyone sneezed next to me I knew I was headed for the worst flu and a trip to the emergency room. I caught every “bug” in my vicinity and my reproductive system was shut down, so no chances of ever conceiving. Since coming to raw foods, the only time I have been sick was one evening last year while throwing a dinner party. By the time the last guest left I had 101 fever and into bed I went. I spent the whole next day resting and drinking coconut water.

The following night, I was down in Manhattan for a dinner party with friends and had a great time! Today at 44 I could have plenty of babies.  But right now I have a lot I want to accomplish with my new amazing life!I learned from this experience good health is not simply dependent on good food. It also has to do with a life style and stress. Even the good stress of letting go and falling in love.

How is your spiritual life in conjunction with the raw foods lifestyle? How does it all relate for you?

I feel there is a balance in caring for ourselves spiritually, physically and emotionally. I am always striving to keep this balance. I don’t feel raw food makes you a more spiritual person. Although, I personally have become more aware of our environment through learning about and eating raw foods. 

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If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Growing up, “Jeanie” was my favorite super hero in PINK!!! I would have the power to wish for coconuts, go “bink” and voila.....two island coconuts in hand! 

If aliens came by, (ya know the aliens that have "never" been to Earth before), what would you feed them first? 

That’s easy.....the first thing I feed all my new friends, the “Happy Shake”! Because we do want HAPPY Aliens : )))

 

What’s in store for Stacy Stowers 2012?

I have some really amazing families lined up for 2012 from the east to the west coast.  Much FUN to be had! I also am so very excited to share with your family, a book filled with all of my favorite recipes and the families who have tasted, tested and inspired them! Coming by the end of this year.

I would love to invite you to come meet the families who feed my soul.  I just created a new “fan page” on Facebook where I will be featuring my weeks with each new family and the foods we create together. I hope you “like me” : )))

To find out more about Stacy check out her website: http://stacystowers.com/

 

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

Introducing Angelena Bosco

Am I delighted to be featuring a very dear friend of mine today, Angelena Bosco. Several years ago when I was just getting into raw foods, Angelena was my first teacher! We have since become close friends and I just admire her so much for what she brings to the community, who she is as a woman and for the dear friend she is. She lives on a huge orange and avocado orchard and since moving to Utah I really miss her deliveries of oranges! So if you are in the So Cal area and want the best oranges around, give her a call!
So, it is my great pleasure to introduce you all to Angelena Bosco!~~ Lori
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Angelena Bosco
What inspired you to create Simply Raw Inspiration?
I grew up knowing about vegetarian foods and juicing because my father, a chiropractor, learned when he was a young man about eating for health.  in 2003 he wrote an article for Vibrance Magazine and shared it with me.  The magazine was all about the raw food diet, something I had never heard of.  As I read it cover to cover I knew that this was the proper way for humans to eat.  It just made perfect sense. 
However, it took me 2 years of reading and studying it before I took the plunge and tried it for myself.  After 11 days of eating raw foods (mainly juicing) I felt the best I had ever felt in my 36 years!  I couldn't keep it to myself.  I told my neighbors and friends to come and hear what I had learned and to try some raw food I prepared for them and that was the beginning. 
Since then I have had the opportunity to teach many others the benefit and ease of preparing raw foods.  I have also written a few booklets about health and happy living, Fall In Love With Feeling Good, How to Build a Raised Bed Garden, & 10 Simple Vegetarian Recipes and I have more on the way.    
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Angelena, Samuel and Daddy Bill
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a new mom to Samuel who just turned 1.  He is such a bright light in our lives.  Feeding Samuel good foods is so important to me and Bill. Bill and I knew we would be making his food from day one. He enjoys raw fruits and steamed vegetables as well as green smoothies and green juices.  He growls after he takes a bite and that let's me know he loves it! He is precious.  
I will be teaching baby food classes beginning April this year.  It is super quick and simple to prepare wholesome foods for the baby.    
 
What's the best way for a raw newbie to get into raw or vegan foods?
Begin by adding fresh raw foods to your current diet.  Get a few recipe books and learn as much as you want to about eating raw.  Most importantly  take it slow and enjoy it.  
Can you share with us a favorite recipe or dish?
I love sunflower seed pate.  It is simple, hearty and filling. 

  • 1 cup soaked sunflower seed
  • 1 Tbsp. tahini
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. red onion
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
1 Blend together in a food processor.  Use the pate to fill bell pepper slices, celery stalks, or top cucumber slices. 
 
How is your spiritual life in conjunction with the raw foods lifestyle? How does it all relate for you?
I was not a spiritual person.  I know I am not the only one that has had a shift in this area of my life after changing my diet to raw foods.  As I mentioned earlier, it was only 11 days of eating so clean that I really felt my best.  And I felt more connected to the earth on a such a different level.   When I chose to eat raw I had no idea it would affect my life on so many levels.  I thought I would feel better physically and hopefully I'd lose weight but to change my attitude, self confidence,  & how I viewed life was like night to day! 
How do you come up with recipes?
Honestly, I am not that good at coming up with raw recipes.  I have created a few out of necessity.  Cooked vegetarian meals are easy for me to create and Bill is very good at putting foods together on a whim and having them come out pretty tasty.  We are a good team in the kitchen. 
My favorite recipe creation is my zucchini walnut cookies.  Perfectly crisp from the dehydrator just like I like them. 
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Angelena and Bill
What's one thing that most people don't know about you? 
I failed PE in school and was always in parent conferences because I hated exercise and was so self conscience. 
I would love to be able to see those teachers now and let them know that all their hard work and frustration was not for nothing.  :)  I am now studying to be a certified personal fitness trainer.  I hope to have that finished by August and offer a complete program of nutrition and fitness.  Certainly something I have struggled with since I was a young person.  
Do you think it's vital to be 100% raw or 100% vegan? 
I think 100% fresh is vital.  Boxed and processed foods are bad news. 
IF you were to eat any cooked food you wanted what would you eat?
I love Chinese food. 

What is your typical day like and what would you eat?
My day is full like most people - I do however get to sleep in to 8.  We make a smoothie or juice.  If I am going to workout I will have oatmeal or a fruit salad with some tahini sauce (Tahini, almond butter, orange juice), We'll go outside  for an hour or so then come back and make lunch, usually a salad.  Then dinner may be a salad, steamed vegetables, or vegetable soup, with some quinoa on the side either sprouted or steamed.   Sam has blended fruit in the afternoon and I blend up vegetables that I've made for dinner for him.   He is still nursing in between. 
 
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Angelena and her Dad, Carl 
What made you go raw or go vegan?
I wanted to feel better.  I knew I had to change to a clean diet in order to feel good.  I had been sick with a cold for over three weeks. I also wanted to lose weight, which I did.  I lost 35 lbs in about 3 months eating raw and jogging.  I ran my first 5 k after training for only a short time.  I had boundless energy.  
What are some raw food staples in your current diet?
Apples and almonds.  I have them always available to snack on.  
Are you 100% raw?
No.  I do go on 6 week stints and I just finished a 10 day juice fast (which I led online) that was fun and renewing.  
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Angelena and Chef Cherie Soria of Living Light Culinary School
Not everyone can be a great chef or spend the time preparing food, what suggestions would you give for the simple person?
Raw foods in their truest sense are the simplest to prepare.  And to make it easy the best advice I can give is to plan your meals.  Find recipes that you like to make or want to make, plan ahead, shop and make time to prepare your meals.  Raw or not we need to get back in the kitchen and planning is going to be number 1. 

What is the last book you read?
Well... The last 2 movies I watched were Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Forks Over Knives.  Two very inspiring flicks.  
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would want to be able to care and cook for people so that they could eat well.  Many people don't have time to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families and I would like to help them make it fresh. 
If aliens came by, (ya know the aliens that have "never" been to Earth before), what would you feed them first? 
Green juice - Apples, spinach, ginger, celery, and cucumber.  My new fave.  
 For more about Angelena check out her website: http://simplyrawinspiration.com/

In love and health!

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/ 

 

Fasting To Regenerate Your Health!

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Fasting is one of natures greatest healing gifts. It allows the entire system to rest and regenerate, release impurities, cleanse the blood stream and reboot the immune system.. Just as when you over work your body and mind without enough rest, you eventually wear yourself down. The digestive system needs a little vacation from food. 

Many experts advocate a juice fast over a water fast, as water fasts tend to detoxify the body to quickly, causing a lot of unpleasant side effects. Also, often the body cannot release the toxins quickly enough causing a heavy load on the liver and kidneys.

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Juice fasting is a wonderful way to cleanse the body of toxins while at the same time nourishing, regenerating and rebuild the cells. Use primarily green veggies such as celery, cucumbers, broccoli, kale, chard, spinach, beet greens, parsley, cilantro, cabbage, sweetened with just a little fruit such as pineapple, green apple, pear.

Happy Simple Green Juice

  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2-3 big handfuls spinach or other green
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root 

Juice and drink immediately! 

 

“Yogis advocate occasional fasts, especially during sickness, in order to rest the stomach. The recuperative energy may then be directed toward casting out of the toxins and poisonous matter that have been causing trouble. Natures precaution of fasting to restore health is is to be noted even in animals. They stop eating while they are sick, and lie around until the are normal again, when they return to their food.” 

Swami Vishnu-devananda

 

Possible Side Effects

  • Headaches. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, resting and doing some form of deep breathing, lavender essential oil 
  • Nausea. Drink peppermint tea, peppermint essential oil
  • Coating on the tongue. Use a tongue scraper, rinse your mouth with water and fresh lemon juice
  • Constipation. Before beginning your fast, use fiber supplements, during the fast you can also do an enema each day
  • Chilled. Try warm baths, cozy blankets and warm herbal teas  
  • Hyper emotional. Try meditating, deep breathing or journaling, lavender essential oil
  • Light headed. Try adding some vegetable broth for the sodium 

 

After the third day you usually won’t feel hungry. However, if you do need to eat something try having some watermelon. You can also try adding some spirulina tablets or powder in a little juice or added to coconut water.

How you break your fast is very important. Resist the urge to eat too much, too fast or foods that are too heavy. Start with fresh fruits, raw veggie salads and steamed veggies.  Try to allow a few days to ease your way back into your normal diet. 

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During a fast, one of my favorite things to drink is Ginger tea. It’s warming, cleansing and is also good for nausea. Here are a few of my favorite recipes...

Simple Ginger Tea

  • 1 cup fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups water, filtered

Boil for 15 minute and let steep. Enjoy

Spicy Ginger Tea

  • 1/2 cup ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove powder or 4 whole cloves
  • sweeten with a bit of honey or sweetener of choice if desired

Boil for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Goji Lemon Ginger Drink

This recipe is not a tea or a juice, but it’s my favorite ginger drink on the planet, so I had to add it!

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup goji berries
  • 1 1/2 lemons, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup ginger juice (grate ginger and squeeze through a cloth or juice in a single auger juicer)
  • 1/4 honey or coconut nectar 
  • dash of cayenne

Blend in a high speed blender. Enjoy! 

 

This video is a of one of the recipes I created for our Avocado Smoothie eBook. While not a juice, its a great cleansing and balancing blend. Use to transition into or out of a fast or even during if you feel you need a little something more. For more info on the ebook: http://www.womengoraw.com/2011/10/19/avocado-smoothie-with-21-day-power-plan/

 

Happy Fasting! 

In love and health, 

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

Wanna Get Juicy?

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A juice fast is a fantastic way to jump start a spring cleanse, or any cleanse for that matter. Even just adding a juice or two throughout your day will give you awesome benefits. Everyone is in a different place when they begin so avoid, what my coach calls the "compare and despair" mindset. I know I for one didn't start off doing a 90 day juice fast. I started by swapping breakfast for a juice and built on from there. 

Just begin where you are. Improving your health doesn't happen in one day. But it is critical to do something.  Health is a positive and active way of being. Health is the way you live everyday. Hundreds of studies have shown that lifestyle has an enormous impact on health....or disease.

Here are a few juice recipes to get you going along with a fun exercise video. After all, health is a full body adventure, right? At east thats the way I choose to look at it, as an adventure.....

It's what you eat, what you think, what you do. Exercise,food, rest, positive thinking and de-stressing your life all come together to bring you health, or the flip side...."not health". 

There is no shortage of juice recipes on the internet. Look for some that sound good and give them a try. I do highly encourage you to stay with veggie based juices and mostly greens with a little bit of fruit to sweeten to avoid blood sugar spikes. Even carrot and beets are high in sugar so keep those on the minimal side as well.

Heres to staying JUICY!~~~Lori

 

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Youthfully Green Juice

  • 4-5 leaves kale
  • 2-3 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 apple

Process through juicer and enjoy! 

 

Green Cell Refresher

  • 4-5 chard leaves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 pear
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro

Process through juicer and enjoy!

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Afternoon Pick Me Up

  • 3 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 lemon
  • small piece of ginger

Process through juicer and enjoy!

 

Spicy Tomato Cocktail

  • 4 carrots
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 tbls red onion
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 2 tbls lemon juice
  • 1 tsp horseradish, grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch cayenne

Juice first 6 ingredients, add the rest and drink up! Opt: add 3-4 kale leaves. Makes 3 servings.

 

Drums Alive is such a fun way to exercise both your body and your mind. It takes some coordination! Get a Theraball, some drum sticks and something to stabilize the ball like a flipped trash can. Put on your favorite rockin' music, (close the curtains until your get some skill) and go for it! For more info or to purchase the at home DVD click here: http://www.drums-alive.com/ Have fun!!

  

 

 In love and health, 

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

It's Time for Spring Cleansing!

Spring is in the air! I see little buds emerging on the trees, the birds are singing and despite the occasional snow flurry, there is fresh green grass coming up! I have to say, moving from Southern California where we mostly get some variations of summer warmth, I have enjoyed the seasons here in Utah. (But I’m ready for some sunshine!)

Being indoors far more often than I’m used to and the chilly temps have caused me to not be as active outdoors and eat heavier foods than I’m used and consequently I’ve gained some weight. I’m ready for a Spring Cleanse. How about you?

Many of us do go on seasonal detox and cleanse programs and there are many to choose from. It’s not a complicated process with a little direction. 

In the Avocado Smoothie eBook I featured last week that Dr Ariel Policano and I released last November, we have a 21 Day Raw Food Menu with recipes PLUS an entire section for cleansing techniques with recipes for the body as well.

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You can read more about the ebook here: http://www.womengoraw.com/2011/10/19/avocado-smoothie-with-21-day-power-plan/

 

In this video Jane, from BlendItandMendit.com reviews a recipe from our eBook. This recipe is a great one for jump starting your cleanse!

 

 

As you launch into your Spring Cleanse, you may want to consider doing a Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse as well. I refer to MASTER Liver Cleanse Goddess, Elaina Love’s program. For the eBook that gives you very specific easy to follow instructions, click here: http://www.purejoyplanet.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=LGBF%2DEBOOK

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Another amazing cleanse I did a few months back is The Clean Program. This isn’t an all raw program but it rocks! There is a comprehensive protocol, supplements, probiotics and access to a team of wellness coaches for support. For info on this program, click here:  http://www.cleanprogram.com/cleanses/the-clean-program-cleanse.html

A few things you can do in the mean time.....

  • Cut back the amount of cooked and heavy foods in your diet and replace them with more raw fruits, veggies, salads and fresh green juices.
  • Get outside and go for a walk or hop on the rebounder to get your lymphatic system moving, which is critical in cleansing. 
  • Do some Skin Brushing to slough off dead skin cells, kick up your circulation and assist the lymph system.
  • Drink more water! Add fresh lemon, lime or some cucumbers.

 

What are YOUR favorite Spring Cleansing techniques? 

In love and health, 

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

Featuring Angela Elliot, Author of Alive in Five!

I'm so happy to be featuring my "Friday Person of the Week" again! This week, my dear friend Angela Elliot steps into the spotlight! I have to say Angela is one of the most energetic and adorable people I know! She has a beautiful out look on life and the cutest sense of humor! Her book Alive in Five has been a staple of mine for several years now. Every time I'm with Angela is a fun time! I'm honored to have her sharing her story of her journey in raw foods with us! One of my favorite answers was, to the question: 
"What does the optimum raw diet consist of and do you take any supplements?"
So, heeeeeeere's Angela.......!~~~Lori

Angela Elliott is the author of Alive in FiveHoliday Fare with AngelaThe Simple Gourmet, A Diva's Guide to Juices and Cocktails, and more books on the way! Angela is the creator of "Raw Nut-Free Cuisine" and "The Celestialwich™, and the owner and operator of She-Zen Ecological Cuisine 

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What inspired you to create She Zen Cuisine?
I have been known as Celestial Raw Goddess for about 12 years now and with the help of Tera Warner of THE RAW DIVAS, we decided to go in a new direction. I am all about Chinese herbs, life, the earth, being green, etc, so She-Zen represents that perfectly. SHIZEN means Mother Nature :-) SHE refers to the feminine divine linking me to women's health and my work with the raw divas. http://www.she-zencuisine.com/

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 
I am the author of Alive in Five, inventor of the Celestialwich, raw nut free cuisine, and I owned and operated the first vegan dog bakery. 

How did you get involved in raw foods?

I was first introduced to raw foods when I was a teenager. I worked in a fabulous health food restaurant making juice. The people who owned the restaurant were absolutely crazy about me, so they invested in my health by sending me through Dr. Norman Walker’s Nutrition Program and Ann Wigmore’s program, so before I was 20, I was already educated on natural living.

I love juicing and have been juicing every day since I started working in the health food restaurant.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t completely sold on the whole raw thing, as far as taste goes, so I didn’t stick to 100% raw. I did however go back into when I was dying. I had an infection next to my brain and the docs told me I only had 2 weeks left, so I went to 100% raw and have been there ever since

You are the Goddess of so many things! What are you MOST passionate about with your work? 
I've gone back to my roots as a Master Herbalist and enjoy making tonics more than anything else. 

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What's the best way for a raw newbie to get into raw or vegan foods?
Start by making raw food FUN. Focus on the positive and focus on your goal. Get your hands on a good recipe book, that is simple and straight forward. Clean out your cupboards little by little and replace those items with raw nuts, seeds, a healthier sweetener, coconut oil, olive oil, and a healthier salt choice like Himalayan salt or real salt.
Join Meet-ups to find out where raw potlucks are in your area. Start an exercise program so you are more likely to stick with raw foods. Find support wherever possible. Just add raw to your existing diet and before you know it, you will be feeling more energetic than you ever thought possible and will be replacing more and more of your diet with raw food and this way, it won't be so intense.
Think about it this way, you eat a salad or a piece of fruit even when you are eating cooked food and you don't even think about it, but in that moment, you were eating raw! :-))
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Can you share with us a favorite recipe or dish?
This is a recipe from my book, Alive in Five and has been a favorite of everyone for years now. This is a classic recipe perfect for your holiday feasts and any day your family needs a healthy new twist on an old favorite!

Apple Pie Crust

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavor by Frontier
  • ½ cup pitted honey dates, soaked
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt

Filling Ingredients:
  • 6 Granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pitted and soaked honey dates
  • ½ cup agave
  • 1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt
Directions for the crust:
  • Place the walnuts, vanilla flavor, dates, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor, and process until the mixture holds together and forms dough. Press into a 9-inch pie pan to form a crust.

Directions for the filling:
  • Place the apples in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and 1 Tbs. of the cinnamon, and toss until evenly coated. Place the dates, agave, and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon, and salt in a blender. Add a very small amount of filtered water, just enough to facilitate blending, and process until smooth. Add to the apples, and toss until evenly distributed. Spoon into the prepared crust. Slice, and serve.
For more amazing recipes, please check out Alive in Five

How is your spiritual life in conjunction with the raw foods lifestyle? How does it all relate for you?
I've been spiritual all of my life. I started out as a Catholic and an Episcopalian and ended up as a Buddhist and for the last 8 years have been a Ramtha Student. I am no more spiritual as a raw foodist than I was as a life long vegan. 

How do you come up with recipes?
Most of them come to me in my dreams and the others stem from a craving for something new and exciting.
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What's one thing that most people don't know about you?  
I used to paint rocks and sell them on Mill Avenue out in front of my parent's shop and my dad was convinced that I was an entrepreneur at an early age.

Do you think it's vital to be 100% raw or 100% vegan?
I don't know anymore about 100% raw. I was 100% raw for over 12 years and just recently added some cooked whole foods to my diet. I definitely feel it is essential for people to be 100% vegan. 

IF you were to eat any cooked food you wanted what would you eat? 
Vegan Chinese food!
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What raw principles do you personally embrace?
I eat lots of fruits, vegetables, & greens. I drink at least 10 8oz glasses of pure spring water, I meditate, exercise, spend plenty of time in the sun, get plenty of fresh air and rest, and I dry body brush every day.

What is your typical day like and what would you eat?
I always start my morning out with fresh squeezed orange juice. Mid morning snack is green juice, and after my workout, I enjoy a green smoothie with raw protein and chia added. Lunch is usually a salad and dinner is something raw with a little cooked or just raw. 

Have you experienced any deficiencies on the raw food diet? 
No, never!  I only recently added in some cooked whole foods, because I felt a little lonely eating by myself all those years and thought it would be a little more social and fun to be able to have the option of going out with my family to eat or sharing a meal with them.
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What does the optimum raw diet consist of and do you take any supplements?
I think in order to have the most optimal raw food diet, one must get in enough calories. One of the problems with raw foods is they may be full of nutrients, which is AWESOME, but I really feel that it is impossible to get in enough calories unless you are striving to do that. With everyone constantly cleansing, a regular obsession in the raw world, people tend to just eat a salad or juice feast.
Then you have the raw junk food eaters, which at one time I fell into that category and all I wanted was dehydrated snacks, raw vegan ice cream, raw cakes, etc and even though there are quite a few calories there, it isn't a feel good diet at all-too much FAT. One of the ways we can obtain more calories is to make sure to eat enough.
My usual weight for my small bones is generally 98-105 pounds, but on raw foods I got down to 89 pounds-doesn't seem like that much of a weight difference, but it truly is and I just never felt like doing anything about it.
Now, I am on a plan where I actually count my calories to make sure I am consuming enough, I drink raw protein shakes, hike 7 miles daily and pump iron and I am starting to get excited about my results. Yes, I do take supplements-I supplement with my tonics, raw teas, MSM, superfoods, and medicinal mushroom blends.
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What are some raw food staples in your current diet?
Green smoothies, green juice, protein shakes, and superfoods.

Are you 100% raw?
No, but was for over 12 years

Do you ever get sick?
No

Not everyone can be a great chef or spend the time preparing food, what suggestions would you give for the simple person?
Buy my book, Alive in Five-it doesn't get any easier than that! It even has a 7 day meal plan. Eating raw doesn't have to be hard, but it does have to be fun or you won't stick to it. Start by adding in some fruit, then move to salads and green smoothies or start with juices daily and work your way to green smoothies. Adding little by little will be easier and then everything else that doesn't serve you will just fall away. 

What is the last book you read?
Markus Rothkrannz's book, heal your face
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If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be invincible

If aliens came by, (ya know the aliens that have "never" been to Earth before), what would you feed them first? 
I wouldn't, because I wouldn't want to accidentally kill them, not knowing what their weaknesses might be on a foreign planet. 

Thanks Angela for all your insight! (I LOVE the answer to the alien question! Good thinking!) For more info on Angela please see her website: http://www.she-zencuisine.com/

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/ 

Cleansing Recipes and Avo-Smoothies!

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Sunflower Fennel Joy

We are beginning to see the start of Spring! The air smells fresh, the birds are singing, tiny buds are forming on the trees.....I love Spring! This is usually when I realize I've let myself gain a few pounds from not being outside and as active as I am in the Summer. This year in particular has been a huge change for me. Moving to Utah from Southern California has kept me inside much more due the the chilly temperatures of Winter AND out of my normal very active routine!

So, now is the time to think about doing something to drop a few pounds and cleanse our bodies to have a fresh "Spring" start!

Dr Ariel Policano of Women Go Raw, and I recently released the ebook The Avocado Smoothie Power Plan! http://www.womengoraw.com/2011/10/19/avocado-smoothie-with-21-day-power-plan/  I may be a bit biased since I created all the recipes in the book, but it truly is an amazing book! Ariel realized that when you add the amazing AVO to the smoothies blood sugar stabilized and you felt fuller for longer. (Along with a ton of other benefits!)

The book is PACKED with info on fitness, spa treatment recipes, breathing techniques, a 21 Day menu plan, tons of recipes for all raw soups, smoothies, salads and more! 

So, if your like me and are realizing that Summer is around the corner and you want to look HOT in a bikini or if you simply want to do a cleanse and not be hungry for a month, check out the book! 

Jane, from Blend It and Mend It, did the program and made video's of the recipes. I've added a few here so you get a little taste of what's inside!

Enjoy! ~~~Lori

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Learn how to have abundant energy, stable blood sugar levels, lose weight and enjoy the most delicious smoothies on planet earth. This is the Re-Evolution of the smoothie! 

Get your avocado smoothie on and experience it for yourself! For more information or to buy the book:

http://www.womengoraw.com/2011/10/19/avocado-smoothie-with-21-day-power-plan/

 

 

Sunflower Fennel Joy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup fennel
  • ½ cup sunflower sprouts
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ½ cup apple, chopped
  • (or 1 small apple, chopped)
  • ¼ avocado
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

 (Option: for a little more sweetness, add 1/4 banana)

Directions:

  • Blend for about 30-45 seconds. 

 

 

 

Glorious Cleansing Greens

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 leaves, dandelion greens chopped
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup papaya, chopped
  • 1/2 banana
  • ¼ - ½ cup avocado
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 dates chopped (optional)

Directions:

  • Blend 30-45 seconds or until smooth. Refreshing! 

 

Just as cleansing our body is so important, so is cleansing other ares of our life. As you go through any cleansing practice this Spring, consider letting go of limiting beliefs, thought patterns, fears, doubts or sadness. This is my favorite poem on transitioning, The Trapeze.....Feel the feelings, thank them, release them and move on..Into more powerful ways of being! <3 L

 

Enjoy the journey!

In love and health, 

Lori Clayton, LMT,CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

Spring Cleaning!

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You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. 

-Jan Glidewell  

 

It's Spring! Time to Clean!  

As Humans, we like our “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. I'm not suggesting you get rid of the truly precious items. But there is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.”  If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future. Try these three ideas: 

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1. For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our physical homes and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, tools and random keepsakes, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out. 

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2. To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion. 

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3. While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring-clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter. 

 

Focus on Greens 

Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.  

How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free. Leafy greens are the vegetables most missing from the American diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Start with the very simple recipe below. Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them. 

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Shiitake and Kale 

Ingredients: 

1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms 

1 tablespoon olive oil  

1-2 cloves crushed garlic 

1 bunch kale, chopped 

pinch of salt 

Directions: 

1.  Warm oil in pan on medium heat with minced garlic until aromas of garlic are released, about 2-3 minutes. 

2.  Add chopped shiitake mushrooms, stir-fry for 5 minutes. 

3.  Add chopped kale, stir-fry for a couple of minutes.  

4.  Add a splash of water and pinch of salt to pan, cover and let steam for 4 minutes.  

  

 Take time to breathe into your heart. 

In love and health, 

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/