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Easy Cucumber Gazpacho with Creamy Almond Sauce

 

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I love this soup! It has been super hot and humid lately, so an easy gazpacho is a great way to have a satisfying meal and cool down. It’s very easy to make and very delicious. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Ingredients

Base

1 cucumber

The juice of 1 lime

½ cup grape tomatoes

¼ cup cilantro

¼ cup basil

1 clove of garlic

sea salt and black pepper to taste

 

Creamy Almond sauce

¼ cup of almonds (you can also add some walnuts as well)

¼ cup of water

1 tablespoon of miso paste

1 clove of garlic

1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional, but makes it taste a lot creamier!)

 

Garnish

Two slices of tomato, chopped

A few cilantro leaves

 

Blend the base ingredients together in a high power blender until the consistency is thick and smooth. If your blender is a bit weaker, you might need to add some water. Pour out the mixture into serving bowls and rinse out the blender. Blend ingredients for the creamy almond sauce, adding more water if necessary. Blend until very smooth. Using a tablespoon, place dime size drops of the creamy almond sauce into the individual bowls. Top it off by placing the chopped tomatoes and cilantro leaves in the center as a garnish.

 

Happy eating!

 

Cleanse Reviews

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I’ve tried a number of cleanses—juice cleanse, fruit fast, and I think I may have once fooled around with one of those cayenne pepper cleanses—and let me tell you, not all are created equal! While the right cleanse may give your body a true break from digestion, allowing it to heal itself, a bad cleanse can poison your body from the inside out. Fortunately for you, I’ve tested a bunch of these out on my own body to give you the real scoop on how these programs affect our health. Hopefully you can learn from my experiences—and mistakes…

 

Juice Fasting (Blueprint, Organic Ave., homemade, etc.)

I know there are some people who swear by juice cleanses, but I am not one of them. While the idea of having vitamins and nutrients go straight into your bloodstream is nice, that also means there’s a ton of fruit sugar going straight to your blood stream, giving you a sugar high followed by a crash. In addition, there is little to no fiber in a juice fast. So even if you’re waking up toxins in your system, there’s no way to “cleanse” them out. Supposedly, these toxins instead resurface, making you feel even sicker than you were to begin with unless you take laxatives or colonics to force them out. When I went on a juice fast, I felt horrible after 3 days. I constantly felt nauseous and dizzy. Even once I decided to stop fasting, it took awhile for the nausea to go away. I don’t see how anyone could benefit from this fast, unless they want to spend a ton of money on colonics or OD on laxatives. No thanks.

 

Fruit Fasting

I recently tried the 80-10-10 method, where 80% of your calories comes from fruits, 10% from leafy greens, and 10% from nuts and seeds. I learned about this diet off of a website called fullyraw, whose founder has been able to reverse her hypoglycemia by following the method. Clearly, the 80-10-10 method works for her, so I thought I should try it. While it was GREAT for cleansing (be ready to go to the bathroom frequently!) I was worried when I saw an old white vitiligo spot resurface on my hand—something that I haven’t seen since going wheat-free. I did some research and found some sources saying that the absorbic acid in certain fruits (oranges, pears, grapefruits, grapes, and even lemons) have been linked to decreased melanin production, so perhaps that could have been the cause–I was eating a ton of pears.  But who knows, maybe other factors could have affected the depigmentation–stress, lack of sleep, etc. I might try it again another time, taking out pears and citrus fruits.

The Clean Program

This one is the winner. I am currently doing it for a second time since I love it so much—stay tuned for details! It’s a program developed by physician Alejandro Junger that progresses in three stages. The first stage, called the elimination diet, removes wheat, dairy, added sugar, red meat (which I believe is beneficial to do anyway) certain fruits such as bananas, grapes, grapefruits, oranges, and nightshade vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes. The healthier eaters stay on the elimination diet for a couple of days, whereas others may need to stay on it for a week or more. The second stage is the actual cleanse, where breakfast and dinner is a liquid meal (either a smoothie or a soup) and lunch is a meal from the elimination diet. The official program comes with an expensive kit and packets, but the book says that you can benefit from the cleanse without the kit, which I am doing.  This diet allows just enough fiber to keep things moving while also allowing your digestive system an ample break for detoxification. In addition, it is the only cleanse that I have found that advocates for a significant consumption of healthful fats, which I need not only to support my skin, but also for the omegas that keep me focused since I am sitting through lectures all day. The diet focuses on eliminating inflammatory foods so that the body can focus its energy on healing itself for three weeks.

 

I was amazed with my results the first time I finished the cleanse. Most surprising was its effect on my joints. A couple of years ago, I had a minor injury where I fell down a full flight of subway stairs, face first, on my elbows. (Yes, I know I’m a huge klutz!) My elbow was sprained, and ever since I’ve always needed to twist/crack it in the mornings so that it doesn’t feel sore. It’s nothing huge, but a bit annoying. By my final week of the cleanse, I noticed that I stopped needing to crack my elbow into place. Many claim that the program helps those who suffer from arthritis by reducing inflammation—it must have had the same affect on my elbow. In addition, I had more energy, slept better, and felt more focused.

 

I hope to experience even greater healing this time around—my goal this time around is to further heal the few vitiligo patches that I have left—and maybe even recruit some more cleanse buddies? Who’s with me?!?

Healthful Dishes For Your Valentine

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Hey all!

 

I have to admit that my diet is one for an acquired taste. I’ve often been called a rabbit for feasting on greens and nuts all day.  But I wasn’t always that way. When my boyfriend I first started dating while I was in college, the two of us were both all about Chinese food, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I had some pretty bad habits, and devoured everything from bagels to chocolate cake. Unfortunately for me, that way of living completely took a toll on my health and body. My beloved boo, however, continues to enjoy a lot of these foods guilt-free. And while he is more than supportive of my lifestyle, it definitely does not fit his palate–he usually makes a “yuk” face at most everything I eat. However, I have been able to find a few things that are wholesome and nutritious that we can enjoy together. Not going to lie, the list is short! But I plan to continue adding to these every time I find something new. Hopefully you can use some of these dishes to con your loved one into eating healthy too 😉

 

Mom’s no marinara pasta

This is definitely an all-time favorite—everyone loves it!

 

Vegan Pizza

I adopted this recipe from foodbabe.com and made it both vegan and gluten free. Just switch out the eziekel bread for food for life brown rice tortillas and have it with nut cheese or no cheese at all.

 

Alana’s Modified coco mocha

This treat is perfect for someone with a sweet tooth. I switch it up a little bit to make it even sweeter by adding banana and berries instead of avocado.

 

Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette

Yes—anyone can enjoy salad! Here’s a quick and easy salad dressing recipe that’s delicious and nutritious

–       olive oil

–       nutritional yeast

–       dulse flakes

–       minced garlic

–       sprinkle of adobo

–       apple cider vinegar

Whisk together in a small dish and pour it over any salad.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Best Diet For You

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There are a ton of diets out there. From low fat, to low carb, to raw, vegan, paleo—the list goes on. On one diet, fats are the devil. On another, oil is a magical elixir. Every diet has some accomplished physician backing it up or some story about how it’s backed by human evolution. So what are we supposed to believe? Don’t worry. I’m not here to tell you that my way is the answer. It might be. It certainly is for me. But eating is a very personal thing. Every piece of food you eat has a story—a personal reaction with your body, a relationship to the earth, to those who cultivated it, and to the life cycle of living things. The right diet for you depends on you and your body’s interpretation of that story. Here are my keys to a good diet:

 

A good diet…

Keeps the doctor away

If you’re getting sick all the time, look at your diet. I used to constantly be sick—sinus infections, coughs, stomachaches and so forth—but since giving up dairy and wheat, I haven’t felt healthier. It’s been over a year since my last cold! Clearly, a vegan, gluten-free diet works for me. But it doesn’t work for everyone. Some people go vegan and their bodies can’t handle it—no matter what the studies or I or anyone else says. So listen to your body and decide what it really wants from your food.

 

Is full of vegetables and water

From the very first health class we all took, we’re told to eat our vegetables and drink tons of water. There is no conflict on this. Absent some rare disease-specific diets, every mainstream diet out there advocates eating lots of vegetables. They are low calorie, sugar, carb, high fiber, high vitamins, antioxidants, water-content, cancer-fighting; basically they contain all the good with none of the bad. And water is the best detoxifier there is. So eat your veggies and drink up, because this stamp of approval is here to stay!

 

Keeps your conscience clear

Ever since I was a child, the thought of eating animals was very difficult for me, even without knowing about poor farming practices. However, I was always told that eating meat was the right thing to do, so I did it. It wasn’t until I went to college and learned about factory farming my first year that I finally gave it up altogether, and my conscience never felt clearer. And while for the first 4 years of my diet I was extremely unhealthy (I ate a ton of processed/fake meats and sugar), I felt much better than I did when eating meat. Even though my body hadn’t started healing, my conscience had. There’s something about me that strongly empathizes with animals—sometimes more so than with humans—and I just can’t eat them. That’s what my gut tells me—both figuratively and literally. Your gut though, may tell you something different. It may tell you not to eat GMOs, not to eat exported food, or to be very cognizant of the labor going into your meals. The point is that you need to live with it. Find out what’s important to you, and stick with it.

And keeps something else clear too…

Alright— I have to be at least a little blunt here. If you’re not having regular, solid bowel movements, something is wrong with your diet. And keep in mind that a lot more goes into a good poo than you think—check out Dr. Oz’s segment to get a better idea!

 

Above all, it’s important to remember that you are the best judge of your own health. Listen to your body and your brain!