Shedding the kilos is easy when you avoid these weight loss traps.
As a society, we are obsessed with dieting. We are fed so
many conflicting messages on how to stay slim, trim and terrific, we
are inundated with images of stunning Hollywood celebrities in all their
finery, and the latest health crazes just keep getting crazier!
But the secret to maintaining a healthy body weight does
not lie in food deprivation or fly by night fads. In 2007, researchers
at the University of California examined 31 weight loss studies and
found that dieting doesn’t result in permanent weight loss and many
dieters regain the kilos they shed. So what is the answer?
Eating healthy, fresh, seasonal foods in moderation, get
lots of fresh air, exercise to your body type and get some good
nourishing sleep. Make this a way of life – not just a short lived diet
strategy and steer clear of the most common weight loss landmines.
Trap 1: Dieting
Fat free, calorie restriction, zero carb, cabbage diet,
water fast – how do all these sound? Pretty tortuous don’t they. And for
good reason too. Most are based in illogic. These are rigid, hard to
maintain – both mentally and physically for long periods of time. This
is one of the root causes of yo-yo dieting. Also, yo-yo dieting has been
linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and
compromised immunity. 
Instead, make eating well a lifetime goal, not just
something you do for a month or so every year. Learn to read the labels
at the grocery store. Additive Alert by Julie Eady is full of vital
information. You will also be surprised at how much sugar is hidden in
foods to make them more palatable!
Regularly shop at your local farmers market or organic
market. When your fridge is full of healthy food, you will want to eat
more healthy food.
Trap 2: Skipping Your Greens
We’ve all heard it before – eat your vegetables. Current
research being conducted (studies not yet released) suggests a minimum
of 10 cups of vegetables per day though the current daily Australian
guidelines suggest 2 fruit and 5 vegetable serves per day.
Green vegetables are the ones that are the most lacking
in our diets. These are key building blocks for successful weight loss,
giving strength and energy while helping to shed excess weight. A 2007
study supported by the National Institute of Health discovered that
people who eat more water rich foods like vegetables, reduce their
‘dietary energy density’ and lose a third more weight after six months
than those who only decrease their fat intake.
Trap 3: Skipping Meals
You woke up late and skipped breakfast and missed lunch
to finish that deadline. By 3pm, you’re ravenous and grab a chocolate
bar from the vending machine with a coffee to tide you over before
stopping for a gluten free vegetarian pizza on the way home. Been there,
done that. Whether you’re late, lazy or just trying to shave calories
from your bottom line, skipping meals is a bad idea. It leaves you more
vulnerable to overeating. As for the weekends, this is the time we are
prone to binge eating. A study published in the Autumn 2009 journal or
Public Policy & Marketing found people consume on average of 37 more
calories per meal on weekends and for those who overeat at all six
meals, could push that out to 400 extra calories!
People worry that if they eat regularly, they will gain more
weight yet that is often incorrect. By scheduling and planning healthy
meals and snacks, you will always be filled on the finest nutrition.
Trap 4: Diuretics
The use of diuretics will only result in water and fluid
weight loss, not fat loss, the ultimate aim of any weight loss program.
Diuretics have the potential to cause severe electrolyte imbalances, low
blood pressure and dehydration. Long term diuretic use often results in
the body’s ability to remove excess water being impaired and the person
will end up storing more water instead.
Foods such as cucumber and celery are natural diuretics
filled with life giving potassium. Next time you feel a bit bloated,
reach for a glass of celery and cucumber juice or nettle tea and feed
your cells instead.
Trap 5: Not Asking For Help
Have a support group around you. An accountability
partner is fabulous for helping to keep you on track and focussed on
your end goal – long term health and vitality. It is hard enough in this
life trying to have a successful career and family life without having
to be superwoman or superman when it comes to health and nutrition. Find
yourself a health coach or join a health membership program. It is
worth it for the support and knowledge you will gain
Blend all ingredients together until it forms a thick,
smooth ice cream consistency. If you don’t have a high powered blender
like a Vitamix or Vitacrush, you might want to add more water. Or try blending in parts
Everyone knows the word Superfoods. And everyone is aware of some of the more popular items such as acai, spirulina, cacao, chlorella
and other well known products. Those are all valid and important
superfoods, yet there are many others that have just as many amazing
health benefits that are not talked about in magazines or mainstream
media that I feel are just as important to our health.
These are my top 5 health ‘powerhouses’ that I love to use
in my clinic. I use them with men, women, children and even animals.
Having lived on a 2,000 acre farm in a rural setting, I’ve helped all
kinds of animals in the area: dogs, cats, horses, cows, even alpacas.
It really is worth giving these nutrients a try. Experiment
with them in your foods, your smoothies, your raw puddings, raw ‘ice
creams’, salads, on your kale chips, or other dehydrated foods, dips and
more. They are so versatile and only limited by your imagination. For
more ideas, remember to pop over to our Facebook page as we regularly post up meal ideas, nutritional information and more.
Bee pollen is the most complete superfood found in nature. It contains all 22 essential amino acids.
One little known fact about bee pollen is that it has high
antioxidant levels that help increase longevity by neutralising free
For women who are looking to either increase their
fertility or optimise their hormones would benefit from consuming bee
Bee pollen is amazing at building up the stress defence
shield and increasing longevity in humans and animals. The most famous
record of bee pollen use in animals demonstrating enhanced longevity is
with Bluey the cattle dog who lived to 29 years of age. This was
reportedly due to the fact that Bluey regularly consumed wild harvested
organic honey and bee pollen. If it works in our animals friends, it
certainly works for us humans.
Bee pollen is a source of 18 vitamins, including nearly all
the B vitamins (except B12), C, D, E, rutin, carotene, beta carotene,
lecithin/choline, the 22 essential amino acids, 14 fatty acids, 11
carbohydrates, RNA & DNA, a plant hormone similar to the human
pituitary called gonadotropin and there is still more being discovered!
Pollen contains up to 11 major enzymes such as diatase,
phosphatase and transferase, high amounts of catalase, amylase and
pectase – all of which aid in digestion. Just 130mg of bee pollen can
assist in the digestion of 1.5kg of food.
According to research by doctors in France, Italy and USSR,
pollen is one of the richest sources of bio-available protein in nature
being approximately 25% protein.
Always start off slowly with the smallest amount of bee pollen and build up your use.
Warning: on first trying pollen, some people and animals may
occasionally experience minor gastro-intestinal irritation and a
laxative effect due to the richness of the product. Please cut back use
of the pollen, and if need be, cease for a few days and then try again.
IF symptoms persist, it may indicate an allergy to bee pollen.
Another potential yet RARE allergic reaction can involve
swelling, heart palpitations, and minor to moderate difficulty in
breathing. For those who are new to using bee pollen, it is wise to
start out with a SMALL dosage – about 1/8 of a teaspoon and work up from
is an under-used superfood. It is especially abundant in beta-carotene,
niacin and iron with significant amounts of calcium and phosphorus.
The beauty of lucuma is its versatility. I love to use it
in combination with mesquite to create a divine maple like caramel
flavouring in my smoothies, raw ‘ice creams’ and raw chia puddings. It
is naturally sweet, often used as a sweetener.
The State University of New Jersey reported a study that
evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of lucuma extract on wound
healing and skin aging. Results of the trial determined that lucuma
significantly increased wound closure and promoted tissue regeneration.
The report of the study concluded that lucuma may have
anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin-repair effects on human skin.
has been used safely by diabetics as it has a low glycemic indext of
25. Because its sugar is in the form of fructose, which does not require
insulin for metabolism, mesquite helps maintain a constant blood sugar
level for a sustained period of time.
Some of my clients have used mesquite in breads, biscuits,
pie crusts, and other raw or baked goods. I’ve even had some report
using it in coffee and tea to provide a delicious molasses caramel like
Mesquite is rich in Lysine, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc
Maqui berry (pronounced mock-ee) is a relatively new superfood to the Western World though it has been consumed by the Chileans for thousands of years.
There is limited but continued research showing enormous
potential in many areas of health such as an anti oxidant, in cancer
prevention, diabetes, as an anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, in heart
health and even in weight loss.
Maqui berry has been reported to increase metabolism. To
keep you energized and going, you will need something to keep you up
with all your activities. Maqui berry can help in boosting the energy
levels of a person to help them become physically active.
people are familiar with Wheat Grass powder, chlorella or chlorophyll
and often overlook barely grass powder. Barley grass is an intensely
enzyme rich live food with naturally occurring co-factors and
synergistic compounds. It’s a life giving whole food containing hundreds
of nutrients with more being discovered constantly.
Nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron,
copper, manganese, beta carotene, phosphorus, vitamins B1, B2, B5 and
B6, Vitamin C, folic acid.
Barely grass is very high in organic sodium which dissolves
calcium deposits on the joints. It also replenishes organic sodium in
the lining of the stomach. This is valuable because it aids digestion by
improving the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. When you
have the correct ratio of hydrochloric acid, heart burn disappears.
Barley grass contains 18 amino acids, of which it contains
the 8 essential amino acids. It is also extremely alkaline. A body that
is alkaline has a greater resistance to disease.
Organic cold pressed Apricot kernal Oil or cold pressed avocado oil for garnish
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor – blend
until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle apricot kernal/avocado oil
on top. Dip veggies and enjoy!
Try adding some lucuma and mesquite to your smoothies
with some frozen bananas, some cold pressed avocado oil and or cold
pressed virgin coconut oil, a cup of mixed berries (frozen is fine), a
dash of coconut nectar and the flesh & water of one young drinking
EVENT - Brisbane, Gold Coast & Canberra
Dr Gabriel Cousens 'Enduring, Radiant Health'
Gabriel Cousens, MD, at 70 years, is the picture of enduring, radiant health.
He has cultivated his health through a lifestyle he now shares with audiences around the world.
This is a lifestyle inclusive of organic,
plant-source foods in their live, natural state. It is a lifestyle that
includes regular prana-building exercise (yoga, qigong), service and
charity, spiritual inspiration, meditation, and shaktipat (energetic
transmission from a liberated teacher).
Listen as Dr. Cousens shares his wise perspectives
on how to integrate these components into a holistic lifestyle for a
length of days full of vitality and joy.
"Enduring, Radiant Health" offers gentle
instruction of how we can be like the biblical Moses, who, when he
passed on at 120, "his eyes had not dimmed, and his natural powers had
not left him".
I was inspired by the book written by Marci Shimoff, who
appeared in the world wide phenomenon movie The Secret. Being an NLP
Trainer and Hypnotist as well as a Naturopath, I would often find
clients expressing a deep sadness or unfulfillment within themselves.
They often expressed this as:
I just feel that there is something missing inside me
I don’t feel like I’m living my passion
I know there is more to life than what I have
Or the great big one: is this all there is to life?
I discovered that by incorporating certain foods and
supplements with a few psychological shifts, specific mental exercises,
somebelief changes and adding in specific exercise suited
to the individual, there were massive increases in the natural
happiness of people.
has been theorised by Dr David Lykken, a scientist at the University of
Minnesota USA, that our happiness set points (from the perspective of
how much is nature and how much is nuture), that approximately 50% of
our set point is genetic and 50% is learned! The latter is determined by
your thoughts, feelings and beliefs formed in response to your life’s
experiences. Further to this original study, 3 psychology researchers
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Kennon Sheldon and David Schkade discovered that the
50% learned happiness is broken down further into a 10% which is
determined by circumstances (such as wealth, marital status, job) and
the remaining 40% being determined by our habitual thoughts, feelings,
words and actions! This is fantastic news as this means it is within our
control! We all have the power to reprogram our own happiness set
points to a higher level of peace and well being!
There are multitudes of personal development courses,
workshops, seminars, retreats, books, DVD’s, CD’s, downloads and more
that can teach you to teach yourself tools, techniques and strategies to
increase your happiness. Even I have my own set of programs and
seminars that I have designed.
Yet, one thing that many of these miss out on, is the
nutrition component. By using specific foods and nutrients, you can
enhance the effect of all these programs. So many therapists and
practitioners forget that the body is a whole – mind, body and spirit.
They are all one. They cannot be separated. You need one to facilitate
optimum functioning of the other.
I have included a small list of everyday foods that you
can access to increase your happiness set point and listed some of the
reasons why they work
not talking about milk chocolate or confection chocolate that exists in
supermarkets & grocery stores. Quality raw organic dark chocolate
contains amazing compounds such as Anandamide, which literally means
“internal bliss,” is a lipid that binds to and activates cannabinoid
receptors within the brain, mimicking the psychoactive effects of
cannabinoid drugs, such as heightened sensitivity and euphoria.
Another group of compounds found in chocolate are the
biogenic amines, most notably tyramine and phenyl-ethylamine (PEA).
Biogenic amines are naturally occurring, biologically active compounds
that act primarily as neurotransmitters and are capable of affecting
mental functioning and regulating several bodily processes such as blood
pressure and body temperature.
PEA occurs naturally as a neurotransmitter in the brain
and is thought to stimulate the nervous system and produce feelings such
as those experienced when a person is “in love.” For that reason, PEA
has been touted as the “love drug” and has been credited for chocolate’s
Chocolate contains approximately 50% fat and close to 50%
carbohydrate; this combination of nutrients results in a powerful
effect whereby all brain chemicals (specifically serotonin, dopamine,
and opiate peptides) are positioned at optimal levels for positive mood
and euphoric feelings.
is often overlooked yet it contains a bucketload of magnesium.
Magnesium is used in scores of enzyme and biochemical processes within
the body. A study in 2009 in the “Australian and New Zealand Journal of
Psychiatry” discovered that lower magnesium levels were associated with
higher depression scores.
will find me often singing the praises of this versatile vegetable. It
happens to be one of my most favoured vegetables as it is so incredibly
nutritious. Asparagus has high levels of folate and tryptophan. Low
levels of folate have been linked to depression in half of all cases of
depression, according to recent research. Tryptophan is also used by the
brain to make serotonin, which is one of the human brain’s main
Some people complain is makes their urine smell. The best
way to avoid this is to ensure you are hydrated sufficiently before
hand. You can also try to drink a couple cups of nettle tea a day to
detox and cleanse the body.
Honey contains kaempferol and quercetin, which helps to
prevent depression (and keep your brain healthy) by reducing
inflammation in the brain. It also won’t send your body into
“fat-storage” mode, like regular sugar can, by having less of an impact
on blood-sugar levels.
are another favourite food of mine. They are extremely versatile and
nutritious. Look for young green drinking coconuts that you can also
utilise the flesh for. Drink the water it contains and eat the flesh.
Coconuts contain medium chain triglycerides. Medium-chain triglycerides
are special fats that fuel better moods and promote general
Being a Naturopath, I find that many of my clients cannot
get the nutrients they require for optimal functioning from food alone.
These are some of the nutrients/supplements I often recommend in my
clinic (most are Practitioner only products and you won’t find them on
health food store shelves – you need to ask a Certified Health
1. 5 HTP (Practitioner Product)
The nutrient 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), a derivative of
the amino acid tryptophan, is a precursor to serotonin that may help
support mood. It is also on the pathway of melatonin so those who cannot
take melatonin, 5 HTP is perfect. It also helps you sleep peacefully at
All living things contain SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine).
The body makes SAM-e from the amino acid methionine. However, you may
not be able to obtain sufficient methionine levels simply by ingesting
food. In addition, because of age or other factors, levels of SAM-e can
fluctuate or decline.
Supplementation with SAM-e is the easiest way to increase
intake. SAM-e is involved in over 35 biochemical reactions involving
enzymatic transmethylation.** (The methylation process is the mechanism
by which the body rids itself of potentially damaging compounds,
synthesizes neurotransmitters, makes components of cartilage, regulates
enzyme activity within the cell and maintains the flexibility of cell
Science has been looking into this remarkable supplement and
time after time clinical studies have drawn the same conclusions,
• Promotes healthy joint function and comfort**
• Boosts mood and emotional well-being**
3. Cognisense (Orthoplex)
Orthoplex Cognisense has been specifically formulated to
promote and maintain the functional integrity of the neural tissue and
to support general brain structure and functioning including stress
response, memory, cognition and neurotransmitter function.
Cognisense may be beneficial in a multitude of
situations. From simply maintaining optimal mental health to supporting
brain function in a range of areas from children’s learning and
behaviour, to stress, anxiety and depression and neurodegenerative
conditions in the elderly.
4. Glutamine (Optimal Control)
Glutamine is one of the principle fuels for the brain
cells. It stimulates mental alertness, improves intelligence, normalizes
physical equilibrium, detoxifies ammonia from the brain, improves and
soothes erratic behaviour in elderly patients, improves the ability to
learn, aids in retaining and recall in memory, helps with behavioural
problems and autism in children, stops sugar and alcohol cravings, may
improve IQ in mentally- deficient children, enhances peptic ulcer
healing, and may be used to treat schizophrenia and senility.
Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid found in
the muscles of the body. Because it can readily pass the blood-brain
barrier, it is known as brain fuel. In the brain, glutamine is converted
into glutamic acid—which is essential for cerebral function—and vice
versa. It also increases the amount of Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA),
which is needed to sustain proper brain function and mental activity. It
assists in maintaining the proper acid/alkaline balance in the body and
is the basis of the building blocks for the synthesis of RNA and DNA.
It promotes mental ability and the maintenance of a healthy digestive
5. Alpha GPC (Optimal Control)
Clinical Research in humans and animals has demonstrated
that GPC (l-alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine) helps support higher brain
function, mental acuity, and the release of human growth hormone. GPC is
a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and the membrane
constituent phosphatidylcholine. Research suggests that it is more
bioavailable than other forms of choline for the maintenance of learning
6. Bioactivated B Complex (Dr Vera’s)
B group Vitamins may help with depression, reducing
fatigue, reducing alcohol cravings, reducing the risk of stroke and
heart attack. Activated B Complex is a superior high potency mix of B
group vitamins. It contains the active forms of vitamins B2, B3, B6 and
folic acid making it one of the most advanced B group vitamins on the
The benefit of activated B group vitamins is that you
don’t have to rely on your liver to convert the inactive forms of B
group vitamins into their active form. This is beneficial for people
suffering from a sluggish liver or liver disease. Activated B group
vitamins also have the ability to bypass any metabolic abnormalities
that may contribute to low cellular levels of B group vitamins.
Adrenal gland support
Stamina and endurance
B Vitamin deficiency states
The active ingredients in Dr Vera's Pure Innovation
Activated B Complex, when professionally prescribed, may assist patients
suffering from specific health conditions.
7. Salmon Oil (Herbs of Gold)
Natural Salmon Oil is a natural source of the long chain
Omega-3 marine essential fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA play an integral role in many of
the body's metabolic functions and are also an important component of
8. Theanine (Strictly Practitioner Only)
Theanine is a miracle in a capsule. I use it for times of
stress, anxiety, nervousness, tension, inability to sleep and in most
of my clients on the Autism Spectrum.
Theanine is a naturally occurring amino acid often found in green tea.
L-theanine’s effect on the brain can be visualized on an
EEG. Brain waves are actually smoothed out—but not flattened out—by
supplemental L-theanine.16 The body is relaxed, the mind is calmed, but
no drowsiness occurs.5 This is exactly the type of relaxation prescribed
by sleep therapists. The person seeking help will be asked to listen to
music or engage in a similarly relaxing activity immediately before
retiring. Studies show that pre-sleep relaxation is very effective
against insomnia, even in tough cases.*
Falling asleep is one thing; staying asleep and getting
quality sleep is another. Researchers in Japan gave volunteers 200 mg of
L-theanine daily and recorded their sleep patterns on devices worn
around their wrists. The L-theanine didn’t cause the subjects to sleep
longer, but it did cause them to sleep better. It was documented that
sleep quality, recovery from exhaustion, and refreshed feelings were all
enhanced by L-theanine. Those taking L-theanine felt like they slept
longer than they actually did. This is good news for people who don’t
get enough sleep, or those who want to sleep less and do more.*
One of the other effects of the tea ceremony is that it
leaves people in a better mood. Knowing that L-theanine can cross the
blood-brain barrier and positively affect brain chemistry, scientists
investigated its mood-modulating effects. The results of those studies
have led to L-theanine being patented as a mood enhancer. How it works
is not completely understood, but one thing researchers have discovered
is that L-theanine changes levels of amino acids affecting serotonin and
other neurotransmitters in the brain.*
Theanine helps balance brain chemistry especially those associated with stress.
Being happy for no reason is a goal most of us wish to
attain. It can be done and it does take some work, personal commitment
and continued practise. The only person you ‘need’ to do it for is
Blend the raw soaked and drained cashews with the coconut
flesh until it is a paste. Add in the raw cacao powder, the lucuma
powder and the agave. Give another quick blend until well mixed. If the
‘ice cream’ is too thick, add in coconut water as desired and portion
off into small containers in the freezer until needed.
REMEMBER: HOLIDAY CLOSING TIMES
Our last shipment before Christmas will be on the morning
of Thursday December 20th so get your orders in before then! Our office
will then be closed for the holidays with shipping recommencing on
Monday January 7th.
CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE EBOOK
Third time lucky! The past two
newsletters have either had an incorrect or broken link to this great
eBook. Apologies to readers (and Pamela).
Get heaps of fantastic Christmas raw chocolate
recipes with Pamela Vinton's Amazing Guilt-free Chocolate ebooks. Over
80 amazing recipes.
We were so excited to receive the first newsletter contributions. We had a great time reading through them all and have posted the first recipe below - a beautiful Raw Banoffie Pie by Lou Dwan. We're sending Lou a $50 Raw Power Gift Certificate.
by Lou Dwan
There are always those flavours that instantly zip you straight back to childhood. For me, anything caramel was just the ticket. Staying at my Grandparents, our treats would always be salted peanuts and Caramello chocolate. Caramel Easter eggs were munched first.
The coveted dessert that my Mum would make on an occasion was Banoffie Pie - biscuit crumb base, ooey gooey caramel, bananas, cream and grated chocolate. I think these days I would be buzzing off the sugar in one of these bad boys, simply by sniffing it. My taste buds have definitely matured and evolved since my childhood sugar loving days. Refined sugar and me aren't really the best of friends at this stage in my life - I've turned to more natural sources when I indulge in a sweet treat.
It's amazing how, over time, you can "programme" your taste buds to appreciate the natural sweetness that is abundant in things like dates - the earth's caramel. Processed white sugar and high fructose corn syrup filled caramels? No way - here's my raw and refined sugar free version of my childhood favourite:
Are you a bit of a word-smith? A budding J.K. Rowling of the raw food community? :-) We would love to hear from you! We are looking for interesting articles, personal stories, recipes or product reviews written by our raw food community members. Anything that you think our 10,000-strong newsletter community would like to read about. We will be giving a $50 Raw Power Australia gift voucher for each contribution that we accept to include in the newsletter. So, get out your crayons, pencils, pens, keyboards or iPads and send your beautiful prose to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Great news! The Oscar Vital Max 900 Juicer has had a permanent price reduction from $495 to $449. Remember, it comes with a 20 year warranty on the motor and a 5 year warranty on parts!
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it reaches a doughy consistency.
Press into four mini tartlet pans with removable bottoms.
bases onto a mesh dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 115 degrees F (46C) for
six hours. They should now be firm enough to remove from the tart cases
so you can continue to dehydrate them for a further eight hours.
Place the tartlets on a cooling rack for three minutes before serving.
* Tart cases should be approx 11-cm wide and no more than about 1-cm.
make cashew flour, process the correct amount of cashews blender slowly
until flour-like. Please do not overblend as the oil from the cashews
will turn it to dough.
For the apples & raisins
Mix the apples and grape seed oil together and dehydrate for six hours.
Mix all other ingredients in a bowl with the apples and place them in the dehydrator for another two hours before serving.
For the infused yacon syrup cacao nib sauce
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass jar.
Place the bottle on top of the dehydrator for two hours to warm it up before service.
Crumble the tarts by hand followed by a spoonful of apples & raisins and drizzle infused yacon syrup cacao nib sauce.
One of the things that I missed most about running Raw Power was the process of discovering great new products and then testing them out before offering them to our loyal customers. Well I am happy to say that this has now changed. Valerie has kindly agreed to send me new products to test and review for Raw Power. (Please note I am not being paid to write these reviews, though Valerie is kindly linking to our Live Food Education website)
Lets begin with the Righteously Raw Cacao Bars. I have noticed that up until now the raw chocolates being offered in Australia were pretty straightforward and nothing too fancy. They were delicious, but not really gourmet. I wondered when a more sophisticated, soft centered raw chocolate would appear on the market. I even considered making them myself, but I am way too busy! The Righteously Raw Cacao Bars fill this niche perfectly.
I first tried the Lucuma Caramel Cacao Bar and was immediately impressed by the smooth texture of the chocolate and the soft lucuma/caramel centre. If you are expecting the sickly sweet taste of conventional caramel chocolates, this bar is not for you. The caramel/lucuma flavor is subtle and not at all too sweet which I prefer.
Next I opened the Maca Cacao Bar. Like all the Righteously Raw Cacao Bars it has a soft centre. This time filled with maca powder, mesquite and date. When I took a bite the predominant flavour (apart from the cacao) was delicious maca powder with a hint of salt. Yum! I really enjoyed this one.
The Acai Cacao Bar was next. The subtle flavour of Acai berry enhanced the taste of the creamy smooth rich cacao. Again a very good bar, packed full of antioxidants.
The Goji Caco Bar did not disappoint. The creamy centre has crunchy Goji seeds through it and this was my second favourite of the 5 bars.
My #1 favourite, however, was the Rose Maqui Cacao Bar. With Rose hips, Maqui Berry Powder, Red beet powder to name a few, it tasted exotically and delicious and is packed with great medicinal plants. You can have your chocolate and eat it too!
If you are looking for a different raw chocolate experience I recommend giving the Righteously Raw Bars a go. Try one of each and decide for yourself.
I also enjoyed the new Berry Trail Mix. I always thought Raw Power should offer a trail mix but I didn’t get around to making it when I was running the show. The mix Valerie has developed has an excellent balance of raw cashews and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) providing energy, good fats, zinc and tryptophan and the Inca Berries and Goji Berries giving it an antioxidant zing. A perfect healthy addition for kids lunches, hiking trips or a quick healthy snack.
One other product I found particularly good was the 600ml Shaker Bottle with ball whisk. Runi was using the blender and I wanted to make a quick Sunwarrior protein shake so I grabbed the Shaker Bottle put in 2 scoops of Sunwarrior with some coconut water and gave it a good shake. To may amazement the result was a very smooth and drinkable shake. Now when I am making shakes using just powders i.e. Sunwarrior, spirulina, maca etc., I more often than not choose the Shaker Bottle as it is so quick to make a shake and easy to clean. It would be ideal for travelling too.
I will let you know how Bodhi goes with the Mild Baby Wash and Shampoo in another newsletter.
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CHEMICAL FREE LIVING GROUP - BRISBANE
Recently formed, the Chemical Free Living Group is a meetup group in Brisbane for anyone who:
wants to talk about what toxic chemical free living means to them
would like to improve their health and that of their families
for anyone who is sensitive to toxic chemicals to learn about safe alternatives
has products they know about that can help others
has experiences to share that can help others
is aware of groups that can support others
understands organic foods and other chemical free products
is a natural therapies practitioner
is a speaker and trainer in this area
has upcoming programs and events in regards to the subject
the last day of 2011 and it certainly was a memorable year. We were
delighted to take over the reigns of Raw Power from Anand and Runi in
July and we intend on continuing to provide you with the best value
living foods products you can find in 2012.
New Year often brings resolutions. We have an article from the archives
on detoxing. If you're thinking of a cleanse then take a look at our
Ejuva range - we think it's the best raw body cleanse on the market
always think that resolutions endure the most when you are able to
balance them with rewards. We are delighted to announce the arrival of
the Righteously Raw Chocolate Bar range. These are the first
100% raw chocolate bars with a delicious superfood truffle centre and
they are absolutely scrumptious. Being 100% raw organic, vegan,
gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free you can enjoy these amazing bars
as a guilt-free reward for your resolution achievements.
In today’s world we are all at risk of toxic stress– our bodies
naturally create toxins as a by-product of metabolism. When you add to
this stress, contaminants in our food and water, poor exercise habits
and exposure to industrial pollutants our hardworking organ of
detoxification, the liver is under a tremendous load. If you are feeling
tired, lethargic, depressed have aches and pains or are having
digestive problems your liver may be having trouble keeping up waste
The idea that many health problems are caused by accumulated toxicity
is not new. Nearly all ancient healthcare systems including traditional
Chinese and Ayuvedic medicine were based on simple cleansing and
detoxifying rituals which were used to enhance the natural processes of
the body, give energy and clarity of thought.
Cleansing or detoxifying is about resting, cleaning and nourishing
the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then
feeding your body with healthy nutrients, cleansing can help protect you
from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health and
Since the end of World War II we have been exposed to an
ever-increasing amount of toxic man-made chemicals. Of the 85,000-plus
industrial chemicals now registered with the US federal government, most
are completely unstudied and literally hundreds end up in our body.
While the ancients understood the importance of cleansing while
living in a relatively unpolluted world, in today’s polluted world it
has become critical that we cleanse to maintain our health.
How Does Cleansing Work?
Simply put, cleansing is primarily about cleaning the blood. It does
this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where
toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins
through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when
our inner ecosystem is compromised and toxins aren't properly filtered
and every cell in the body can be adversely affected.
A cleansing program can assist the body's natural cleaning process by:
- Resting the organs through fasting;
- Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
- Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
- Improving circulation of the blood; and
- Refuelling the body with healthy nutrients.
Cleansing works because it addresses the needs of individual cells,
which are the smallest units of human life. Just as we need to change
the oil in our cars to keep them running smoothly our bodies need to be
cleansed to eliminate accumulated toxins and rebalance biochemical
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Are you deficient? How to get the most from your diet
Many leaders in the natural health movement agree that disease is caused by two things: toxicity and deficiency. Nutritional deficiencies are far more common than we may realise. Why?
Because our soils have become depleted in key nutrients from unsustainable farming practices and therefore the food grown in this soil is also deficient.
Our fruit and vegetables are often picked unripe and are gassed to artificially induce ripening. In most cases this practice drastically reduces the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients available.
Malabsorption. Malabsorption result from our body's inability to absorb and utilise vitamins, minerals and other nutrients contained in our food. This can be caused by the following:
Helicobacter infection in the stomach, (the bacterial infection that causes stomach ulcers).
Candida (Yeast infection), as a result of a bacterial imbalance in the gut due to a lack of probiotic bacteria.
Parasites acquired through the consumption of contaminated food and drink.
The inadequate production of stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) due to age degeneration, zinc deficiency, or the consumption of certain drugs.
Allergies to gluten, and lactose can result in a leaky gut wall, where food particles pass into the blood stream without being properly digested and utilised.
The consumption of certain food additives causes the body to excrete vitamins and minerals.
Exposure to heavy metals and other toxins
So what can we do to make sure our bodies are getting all the nutrients they need to thrive?
While most of us eating a balanced organic whole food diet can get a majority of our nutrients from the food itself, there are also circumstances when it is beneficial to use supplements and superfoods. But before we look at supplementing lets first see how we can obtain maximum nutrition from our food.
1. Eat fruits and vegetables that have been freshly picked as much as possible.
This means locally grown and in season. If I had the choice between eating a freshly picked conventionally grown orange or an organically grown orange that was picked 6 months ago 10 000 km away, I would choose the conventional orange. After 6 months in cold storage nearly all of the vitamin C disappears from fruit along with a whole host of other beneficial nutrients.
So how can you ensure that you are eating freshly harvested fruits and vegetables? Well nothing is fresher than harvesting from your own trees and veggie patch. We have recently become members of a wonderful project called Organic Farm Share which is a community owned organic farm in Northern NSW Australia. The farm is being designed to feed several hundred local families. If these are not options for you, sprouts can easily be grown in any home in either jars or special sprouting machines. Sprouts are the most alive of all living foods as they are still growing even in your fridge until the moment you eat them.
The next best option is to buy your produce from farmers or growers markets. If you are unable to buy organic, there are things you can do to clean the produce and minimise pesticide exposure like spraying with a solution on apple cider vinegar water and hydrogen peroxide.
2. Store your produce properly.
While harvesting and then eating organically grown produce straight from the plant is by far the best option for maximum nutrition it is not practical for many of us so knowing how to store your food is a very important factor in maximising its nutritional value.
Vegetables are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Unfortunately, after you pick vegetables, their nutrients start to break down. They continue to lose their nutrient value as time goes on. Light, heat and exposure to air can speed up that process, so it's important to eat vegetables as soon as you can after they're picked, or store them in a way that helps slow their nutrient loss.
Any type of storage results in some deterioration. Produce on store shelves has already begun to lose vitamins, and nutrient losses multiply each day. Wilting is a sure sign of nutrient loss, especially of climate-sensitive vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Lettuce, kale, silverbeet/chard and other leafy greens that are prone to wilting register a higher ascorbic acid reduction after several days of optimal cold storage than does cabbage, which is more resistant to wilting. Green beans lose 58 per cent of their original ascorbic acid during the first three days of refrigeration after harvesting.
While a certain amount of nutrient loss is inevitable, we can minimize it by purchasing the freshest possible produce and storing it under optimal conditions.
Refrigerate all leafy greens such as lettuce, dandelion, collards, mustard greens, chard, watercress and broccoli. They keep best when they are dry and wrapped in plastic or put in airtight plastic containers to prevent loss of moisture and vitamins. Cucumbers and eggplant, however, are best stored in paper bags in the crisper to protect against excess cold temperatures that cause the development of pitted, mushy spots.
Refrigerate carrots or store in a cool place in perforated bags or containers to allow air circulation. Protected from heat and light, carrots retain their nutrients for up to seven months. Their beta-carotene actually increases during the first five months of storage then remains stable for two months before decreasing.
Tomatoes tend to lose flavour if refrigerated. They are best stored loosely in a basket that permits air to circulate. Unripe tomatoes should be stored on a counter or on top of the fridge, which allows the ripening process to continue. Any type of produce that continues to ripen after picking, including unripe pears, peaches, and plums, must not be refrigerated. These should be stored in a brown paper bag at room temperature until ripe.
Citrus fruits may be stored at room temperature for several days and will last for up to two months if refrigerated. Apples must always be refrigerated. They will keep for several months, but gradual loss of nutrients, especially vitamin C, still occurs with lengthy storage. Store apples away from vegetables, or keep them in a plastic bag, as they give off ethylene gas as they ripen, promoting spoilage of other produce.
Here are a couple more tips on storing fresh produce
Store your vegetables whole. Don't slice them, as slicing vegetables exposed the flesh to air and light, which helps quickly break down the nutrients. Intact vegetable skins offer protection from light and air.
Store root vegetables in a dark, cool place like a cellar or low cabinet. Keep them in the crisper drawers, which are generally farthest away from the refrigerator lights and adjusted to be cooler than the rest of the refrigerator.
So as you can see when you bring your produce home, how you store it will make a huge difference to how long it will last and retain nutrients.
3. Nutrient dense superfoods
Another way to maximise you nutrient intake is to eat the most nutrient dense foods you can get your hands on.As you are probably already aware we consider fresh wild leafy greens to be the #1 superfood as they match human nutritional needs most completely. The second best would be more traditional leafy greens such as kale, spinach etc.
You may also like to take advantage of a wide range of dried and powdered superfoods which can be very high in certain nutrients and micronutrients. While fresh is always best it is still possible to benefit from some of these dried nutrient dense foods which are not commonly available fresh.
Here is a list of some of the more popular super foods.
AFA Blue Green Algae - 60% protein, long chain fatty acids, PEA. To detoxify body, increase mental focus and concentration, stabilize mood swings, balance blood sugar, decrease insulin requirement, decrease side effects of chemotherapy;
Spirulina – 60% protein, contains most of the essential minerals and vitamins, particularly iron and the B vitamins
Bee Pollen – rich source of high-quality protein since it contains all the essential amino acids plus quite a few more. Bee pollen contains vitamins A, B, C, and E, and is extraordinarily rich in most of the B vitamins, including folic acid (folate).
Chia Seeds – High in omega 3, 22% protein, a powerful source of the antioxidants that protect delicate essential fatty acids from oxidation
Cacao – high in antioxidants and magnesium and mood enhancing chemicals such as Anandamine
Maca – balances hormones, increases energy, full of minerals, vitamins, and protein, containing many of the essential amino acids, and particularly rich in calcium and magnesium,
Mesquite Meal – High in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, and is rich in the amino acid lysine
Purple Corn Extract – Powerful antioxidant with anti-mutagenic, antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Coconut Oil - Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal; great for skin; assists weight-loss; assists body to burn fat; lowers bad cholesterol; lauric acid; important in building and maintaining immune system; doesn’t go rancid at room temp; Good for thyroid
Acai Berry – extremely high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids
Goji Berries - They contain 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan). They also contain up to 21 trace minerals Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants on earth! They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth. Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.
2012 Probiotic superfood – Re-colonise the GI tract with the full spectrum of Lactobacillus (friendly) bacteria. Contains significant enzymes, vital amino acids and a broad spectrum of essential nutrients. Helps break down nutrients. Keeps the colon clean and healthy. Health effects of compromised probiotics: toxins in the GI tract - lupus & psoriasis, partially digested proteins - eczema, arthritis, & immune system disorders. Contains the complete Lactobacillus bacteria family.
Sea Vegetables – most sea vegetables including sea weeds such as kelp, Nori, dulse, arame and wakame to name a few contain highest levels of trace minerals and iodine that you will find in any foods. These important minerals are often found lacking even in organically grown produce.
There are many many more superfoods available with more arriving on the market all the time.
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