Imagine for a moment what your life would be like without chocolate. Pretty painful, right? That’s the way I felt when I realized that, after eliminating dairy, animal products (like eggs), sugar, and all forms of wheat, I had inadvertently eliminated chocolate, too. Hard to make it without those ingredients. Oh well. What’s a sugar-free, gluten-free, Vegan to do? Find a replacement, that’s what! Here's what I found:
When my wife and I began our journey to discover what was causing my health issues, we literally watched every food-related documentary on NetFlix. After each one, I researched the primary claims in the documentary, just to make sure that the person who produced the video wasn’t some crazy person who just didn’t like a certain food. I made sure to find the most reliable resource I could online as well, and read as many opposing arguments as I could. Then, we started making changes. Sugar? Out. Meat? Never again. Gluten? Buh-bye! Pre-packaged and processed foods? No thank you! From that point forward we didn’t just change our diet, we changed our entire lifestyle. And, though there is a chance that all of the information we found is bogus, to us, we no longer cared. We weren’t eliminating those items I listed (and a few others, too) because of some hyped-up rumor. We were changing our lifestyle to become what we wanted to be, which was to live as healthy as we could.
One of my favorite vegetables to eat as a child was broccoli. I couldn’t resist those tiny little trees, especially when they were doused with plenty of butter and salt. Now that I’m older, I still love eating broccoli – just without so much butter and salt. And I’ve learned a few new ways to enjoy it as well. I’ll be featuring one of those ways in the recipe I will be sharing tomorrow. Now, we all know we’re supposed to eat our dark green veggies, but most of the broccoli plant is light green. Only the cute, fuzzy tips get dark. Does that mean it’s not as healthy as other foods? Not at all. In fact, broccoli is one of the healthiest things you can eat. Here’s a list of some of the benefits you can get from eating broccoli:
Now that I’ve shared some of the dangers related to food and food production, and I’ve listed a few of my favorite supplements, I’m going to start taking time to talk about specific foods and why you would want to add them to your diet. And, there’s a bonus. I will be sharing a Vegan recipe that uses that food item on my Vegan Recipes page the very next day. I know! What a nice guy! lol
Next up in my series on supplements is spirulina. This wonder-plant - which grows naturally in warm, alkaline lakes in Africa, Central and South America - has amazing health benefits and is richly packed with beneficial micronutrients, vitamins and minerals. During the 16th century in Mexico, there is evidence that Aztec tribes harvested spirulina in locations around Lake Texcoco.
Alfalfa. An herb so mighty and powerful it’s been called “The Father of All Foods”. First discovered by nomadic Arabs, it was used primarily as feed for their horses, as they believed it made them faster and stronger. It wasn’t long before others began to use the leaves, sprouts and seeds for medicinal purposes with humans as well. They are a wonderful source of vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E and K; and also contain calcium, potassium, phosphorous, carotene, iron and zinc.
One of the most common things people say to me after learning about the super strict diet I’m on is “That must be hard.” They’re right. It is. At least, at first. However, once the bad stuff is out of your system, which can take a few weeks to a month or so, the funny thing is, the cravings go away. Not only do they stop, but you begin to look at the foods you used to eat with a bit of a sneer. They just don’t look appetizing anymore.
Okay. So if you read Essential Oils Part 1, and/or Essential Oils Part 2, then I think the only thing we have left to talk about is, what now? I mean, there are dozens and dozens of different oils available, and that’s only counting the single plant oils. Once you start mixing them into blends, well, that opens up a nearly infinite potential of oils. Which one is the best for you?
Last week in my blog (read it here) I talked about what essential oils are, and how they are extracted from the plants that they come from. I also shared a way you can make essential oils at home, using nothing more than water and a crockpot. So, why isn’t everyone making their own oils? Well, time is one factor. It takes quite a bit of time to process one batch of oils, and the amount you get from the time spent can be disappointing. But there is one other factor, and that’s purity.
If you haven’t heard the words Essential Oils in the past few months, you’re probably a scientist working in a remote facility somewhere in Antarctica. Seriously. Just about everyone who is anyone has been talking about these little miracle drops. But what exactly are they? Where do they come from? And what the heck do they do? And, most important, are they really worth the money? Let's be honest, some of those little vials of scented wonders can cost more than your first car.
That’s what we’re going to discover today! So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and let’s go on a little adventure…