Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Feeling Grounded with Vitamineral Earth

As I sit here warm and cozy with my warm Earth soup, it seems appropriate that I write all about it and how it makes me feel.

No matter what kind of nutritional program you follow, as a human being, we all yearn for the feeling of balance. Some of us work to achieve it through the food we are eat, some take herbs or nutritional supplements to fill in deficiencies (possibly leading to feeling more balanced), others practice various kinds of yoga or meditate. All methods are very much worth incorporating into your life and have their role in the wellness circle. There's always more we can do, and you may find the sacred Superfood described below to be the one thing that really tips you in the right direction and fully supports your new healing lifestyle. For me, feeling grounded is one of the best feelings ever and absolutely worth the time and thought needed to fine tune your individual approach to fulfill this basic human need.

I am so much more productive, confident, and comfortable with the decisions I make when I start the day with a sense of balance. Balance means something different to each of us, but generally, we can say that when we are at an even keel, nothing is spiraling out of control and the emotional roller coaster ride has stopped. Do you find the same thing to be true for you? So then, now that we can relate even more, how do we work to make this happen every single day from here forward? It may seem like the question with the unknown answer, but actually, there is a solution that will provide peace from within and generously flow throughout our mind and body. Can you imagine?

This is where the powerful and transformative nature of Superfoods come into play. Superfoods are an exceptional source of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids) and can evoke a real sense of well-being. Consuming these foods that are so abundantly rich in life-giving nutrients will take you to an entirely different level of health. Guaranteed.

Now .. I introduce to you Earth, so appropriately named, the best Superfood blend on this planet that will provide the actual real (meaning deep from within, not flighting) feelings of being balanced. Earth is a roots and barks blend brought to us by Jameth Sheridan, of HealthForce Nutritionals. His standards for the products he creates are exceptionally high, and only he, as a Naturopathic Physician and creator of these blends, can explain the intricate detail and thought that goes into the production process and beyond (absurdly superior). In terms of what it contains, Vitamineral Earth consists of Earth below, Earth above, Earth seeds, Earth broth, Earthbiotics, actual food nutrient array, and energetics. It provides excellent fiber, essential fatty acids (VEGAN OMEGA 3s), massive amounts of probiotics, and is specific to the colon for detoxification. The ingredients: astragalus root, burdock root, nettle root, marshmallow root, yacon root, dandelion root, carrot, ginger, rhubarb root, red clover blossoms, slippery elm bark, watercress, white oak bark, cornsilk, kelp, cinnamon bark, blessed thistle, sheep sorrel, sprouted flax seeds, sprouted chia seeds, milk thistle seeds, miso, chili powder, paprika, sage leaf, massive amount of probiotics (43 billion per each tablespoon), and actual food nutrient array: chromium, selenium, molydbenum, manganese, B-vitamins, beta-glucans, and all necessary co-factors, plus, energetics: shilajit, magnetic, homeopathic, energetic and vibrational enhancements. AWESOME!

I see people benefit on a physical level all the time, but for me I notice a difference emotionally and psychologically - big time. It's the healthy fats (essential fatty acids) at work; I am feeling such a dramatic effect because of the 100% bio-availability of the product (there are no binders, fillers, additives, toxins, heavy metals, or unknown contaminants within Earth). I have no need for an additional fish oil supplement, but that's not my thing anyway. If I were to go with a fishy one, I'd choose Moxxor based upon the high personal recommendation by Mike Adams with

Earth is a sacred healing food without question. Earth is for those who want to bring it all together in one tasty bowl of broth. My method of taking it is to mix 2 tbsp (start with just 1 tsp and work your way up over several weeks) with clean pure water in a shaker jar. It blends amazingly well after just a few shakes. My winter favorite and another killer way to have it (brought to you by Jameth himself) is:

4 cups of purified water.
2-4 heaping tablespoons Earth version 3.
In pan, bring to a boil. Turn off and let sit for 30 or more minutes.

I add a spoonful of millet miso, a spoonful of nutritional yeast, and dulse - and it tastes heavenly. You can add gluten (wheat) - free tamari to taste in place of the miso (I really like the miso addition though). Try it and see what your taste buds prefer.
Put in glass (or to-go mug) and drink warm!

Tastes and feels very resonate, very earthy, deep and healing, and it is! Warm soup to feel cozy on a chilly winter day. Sounds nice right?

It is true: a spoonful or two a day will extend must past the physical balance and bring inner peace, calm, mental clarity, and that feeling of balance that each and every one of us strives for every single day. And, that's just the icing on the raw cake. Keep your feet rooted on the ground and order Vitamineral Earth, and then send in your amazing testimonial later via email (I want to hear!). Don't just start the New Year in balance, start every day with it!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter wonderland survival

Although many would believe that eating raw foods in the winter is a hard choice to make, I like to prove otherwise. Actually, my full commitment to raw and living foods kicked off in the middle of last year's cold blustery winter. The reasons many 'go raw' didn't apply to me at this time: the need to lose weight, regain health, increase energy, eliminate sickness .. the list goes on. For me, it was a deep emotional pull that blew me away; however, my body literally wouldn't allow anything else to enter it (doesn't it always know best?) during this time of deep emotional and life transition. I remember thinking what odd timing it was for my body to drag me into this (it was very much an unconscious decision). And so the journey began.

I really prefer not to focus on the percentage of food I, or anyone else, is eating raw, because from what I've observed (and mutually shared in conversation with many other women), is that this can create a sense of not doing enough, among feelings of guilt, frustration, and failure. Percentages, numbers, and counting anything in regard to food can also possibly lead to disordered eating, especially with women. You need to read labels for one reason only: know and understand the source of your food (what is in it?). The more you focus on a number, the more you become disconnected with your body (because it then becomes about something else), and it's innate wisdom of guiding you to the best choice. I've wondered how one arrives at a percentage anyway? For me, I just know that I eat mostly raw and living organic food, with some exceptions (so is that 95% .. 99%?!). It seems absurd to claim a percentage and feel obligation to stick to it. Rules need to go out the window; we need to be flexible and do what FEELS best - doesn't that make sense? I suppose it's easier to know your percentage of raw the closer you are to 100%, but that number scares a lot of non-raw foodists away, and I believe this may be a reason they don't embark on the raw roller coaster ride in the first place (this was one factor back in the old days that made me hesitant - it was a perception that if I didn't do 100% all the time, I wouldn't receive the powerful transformation). Now that I know otherwise, I like to share my opinion.

I've always been one of those people that feels cold, especially on my hands and feet. I could be on a warm sunny beach, the wind could blow, and I'll feel cold - that's just how it's always been. I've read this has to do with circulation and/or the thyroid, but I disregarded this because my weight is ideal and there's no reason to believe my circulation is suffering. If you are an expert reading this and are thinking, 'I know what that's all about!' - please get in touch. I've heard a few raw food teachers and well-known advocates talk about how after a few years on raw they were able to get through a cold winter very well adapted to the extremes, but I never heard an actual explanation as to why. It's simple really: the cleaner you are internally, the better your circulation, and the less you need heavy food to insulate you - thus allowing a raw food diet to be an easy lifestyle in all seasons. It seems that time is what's needed to walk around comfortably barefoot. I am still cold this winter though (it's in the upper 20s with recent snow storms) and I look forward to having such stellar circulation next winter that this temperature doesn't faze me.

So, how do I survive eating a raw food diet in a winter wonderland? The attempt to keep my diet the same has been mostly successful, with the most noticeable shift in breakfast, from fruit smoothies to superfood fresh green vegetable juices (Rainbow Magic). Here's how I've wrapped up 2008:

❅ Primarily raw and living foods, with a shift toward more more avocados, root vegetables, nuts, seeds, heavier sauces and hummus

❅ Organic and wildcrafted superfoods - can't survive any season without them

❅ Fresh green vegetable juices - seriously the best way to start the day (the rest of your food choices throughout the day will be more in alignment with your raw approach)

❅ Naval oranges! My cravings have often been for citrus .. bringing me an abundance of vitamin C (from real food - never ascorbic acid!); pieces of fruit as a snack replacing the morning fruit smoothie; Truly Vitamin C powder from HealthForce

Chocolate (green) superfood blendies - ridiculously nutritious and filling

❅ Green additions to most concoctions (juices, blendies, hummus, salad dressings, cacao desserts) - again, bumping up the greens and lessening the fruit

❅ Warm Earth soup (I'll post in more detail very soon) / miso soup with dulse and nutritional yeast

❅ Baked yams or squash - bite here, bite there (with cinnamon, agave, nutr yeast, or naked)

❅ Bikram hot yoga - there is nothing like heating your body at the core for 1.5 hours, especially during the chilly season

❅ Hiking (outdoors, yes in the snowy cold weather) - you really do warm up after just 15 minutes in the elements, and you get to feel so connected to the season vs. staying inside; go experience the cycles of nature!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fear, self-sabotage, and unlimited potential

When I do demos for HealthForce Nutritionals, there's a wide range of jaw-dropping experiences that happen throughout the day. I see all extremes, from hope, inspiration, serious positivity and excitement, to overwhelming doubt, desperation, and paralyzing fear. I watch like a bystander, observing the way people speak, carry themselves, and live their lives. I must look like a deer in headlights some of the time because the things people share with me can be absolutely shocking. What I find most interesting is that fear is typically the overriding emotion, second to those who are so jazzed about the hard-core offerings, that they want to drink up all the goodness AND take it home with them. That's the bright side of the rainbow .. we'll talk more about fear for now.

Have you ever been put in a situation and been forced to wonder, what are people so afraid of? Is it fear of living to their fullest potential, fear of failing, fear of succeeding, fear of improving their health and all that will have to change as a result? What this leads to is self-sabotage, whether it's intentional or not. Limiting the abundant possibilities because the secure comfort of routine, sickness, and misery are much too difficult to stray from.

The people I witness who are most fearful and furthest from living the pure, green, clean, organic way, are much more dramatic, and certainly less tactful in conversations. It's obvious to those around - even quite comical as they make hugely expressive faces and loud obnoxious noises and comments. I get curious if they saw themselves on a video playback, would they be embarrassed with how they handles themselves? Fear makes people do things they would 'normally' never do, but it is such a strong feeling that it takes control over all else, even good intentions. Some need is being met when this occurs, and it allows them to be 'right' and you be different, weird, crazy and gasp .. healthy! I get people who are SO concerned with my living foods lifestyle; they are so concerned that I'm seriously deprived, nutritionally deficient, and majorly mis-educated and confused .. but who is the certified holistic nutrition educator here? Yet, they ask dozens of prying questions, appear in awe at my energy and vitality, and want to know what on earth do I eat?! I think people honestly do want it for themselves, their just full of fear for what all that would entail and what would it really mean for them?

As I've mentioned in prior posts, it's a life theme of mine to want to really help and improve the lives of others, particularly those who are suffering unnecessarily and severely (why do I choose them? Or do they choose me?). On the days I do superfood demos, I come home knowing that it is indeed ONLY MYSELF for whom I have complete control over, no matter how much I have positively influenced everyone throughout the day. I can only make life changing, self-betterment choices for myself, as often as I want, and reap the abundant benefits. There is such a desire to share with others the potential for living and showing how good they can feel. Of course it's more complicated than that, but I wanted to try and put it into just one sentence. No matter how dark, down, sick, tired, hopeless, diseased, or negative someone is, if they are not ready or genuinely desiring change for themselves, I can do nothing (except the lesson below). That is near impossible for me to accept, but it's showing up every time I turn around, maybe to remind me of its' truth. The lesson: live your best life ever, share with others how you do it, and feel deep gratitude and good feelings as they come on board. This is what it's all about, for me anyway!

This post is really just an acknowledgement of the state in which Americans live. Check out for more enlightening information.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Rainbow Magic Juice w/ Superfoods to boot

The best way to start the day is with this phenomenal superfood juice. I had to share it!

Rainbow Magic

3 apples
1 lemon
lots of kale
2 stalks of celery
1 moderate size beet
small chunk of ginger
stalk & head of broccoli

Rainbow Magic keeps your blood sugar stable, is stimulating to the liver, cleansing on a cellular level, works as a diuretic (eliminating bloat, excess water), enhances digestion, absorption, and utilization of nutrients (allowing the nutrients you're consuming to get into those cells, detoxify, and rebuild the body from scratch - and begin to eliminate nutrient deficiencies by doing so), and according to Mike Adams, the Health Ranger with the super popular, happens to contain the most anti-cancer juice: broccoli (juice broccoli? YES, and you will LOVE it! You actually won't even taste it :) Just an ounce a day (or whenever you make the Rainbow Magic or any other juice).

Then, add: 1 spoonful (1 tbsp) of Vitamineral Green, Pure Synergy Superfood Formula, and Spirulina Azteca.
Add 1-2 tsp of Truly Vitamin C (by HealthForce) or Pure Radiance Vitamin C (by The Synergy Co.), and 1 tsp of E3 Live/Total Body Blend.

Juicing is easy and seriously fun; the hardest part about juicing is the prep ... washing and rinsing, over and over. However, I try not to over wash and my reason is for the B12. Am I making this up? I don't know, but according to David Wolfe, who we all know knows his stuff, he has admittedly eaten bugs and insects (not for dinner or anything) and confidently claims that they are a source of the depleted nutrient B12. So, I leave my farmer's market greens and veggies clean, but not squeaky clean. I never understood the idea of buying produce wash and cleaners. Maybe if it's conventional, then absolutely, but I only buy organic and never compromise on this. To answer those next questions you maybe asking, I prefer to buy local, organic, and seasonal produce (not an either/or situation). There's nothing challenging about it (shop at a farmer's market & you can easily have cheap access to local, organic and seasonal); it's a commitment to consuming the highest quality, highest energy, most nutrient-dense food available. And, I have no reason to compromise my values when they bring me to such euphoria.

I'm going to do the tedious, yet exciting task of listing every single ingredient you'll be consuming if you make this juice, so you can really see the abundant amount of nutrients that will be flooding your cells with goodness - it's really over the top!

Vitamineral Green: nettle leaf, barley grass, wheat grass, horsetail, moringa leaf, alfalfa leaf juice, dandelion leaf juice, barley grass juice, oat grass juice, nopal cactus, chickweed, ginger root, yacon root, beet root juice, broccoli juice, kale juice, spinach juice, parsley juice, amla berry, spirulina, chlorella, Icelandic kelp, dulse, laver, bladderwrack, alaria, nori, Irish moss, enzymes: protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, bromelain, papain, alpha-galactosidase, 43 billion different strains of probiotic cultures (equalling 43 billion probiotic cultures per tablespoon), shilajit, magnetic, homeopathic, energetic, and vibrational energies. WOW!

Pure Synergy: Synergized algae: pure spirulina crystals, pure Klamath crystals, pure chlorella, dunaliella, wakame, dumontiaceae, Synergized phytonutrients & enzymes: fresh freeze-dried enzymatically active sprouts of millet, quinoa, broccoli, apple fruit, fresh freeze-dried blueberry, raspberry, green papaya fruit, natural plant enzymes, Synergized Chinese Mushrooms & Herbal Extracts: reishi, shiitake, maitake, agaricus, cordyceps, herbal extracts of astragalus root, eleuthero root, lycium (wolfberry) fruit, tang-kuei root, schizandra fruit, atractylodes macrocephala root, fo-ti root, paeonia lactiflora root, rehmannia root, codonopsis root, licorice root, jujube fruit, poria, ginger rhizome, tangerine peel, polygala root, ligusticum wallichii root, Synergized Green Juices: wheat grass barley grass, oat grass, alfalfa grass, parsley grass, spinach leaf, kale leaf, collard leaf, Synergized Western Herbs: nettle leaf, red clover flower, burdock root, yellow dock root, skullcap flower and leaf, dandelion leaf, ginkgo leaf, rose hips, rosemary leaf, clove bud, sage leaf, natural vitamin E (sunflower). WOW!

E3 Live Total Body Blend: MSM, spirulina (more spirulina! - can you believe people say not eating animals will leave you protein deficient?!), camu camu, vitamin E tocopherol/tocotrienols, organic cayenne, organic blue green algae, organic AFAMend and BrainOn, PEA (blue green sea extracts), crystalloid electrolyte sea minerals (organic copper, iodine, manganese, zinc, potassium, cobalt, sodium, selenium, chromium, silica, and boron). WOW!

Now, imagine what you will feel like after consuming ALL this, in just 1 tasty glass of fresh juice! Be prepared to feel better than ever .. you may reach paradise. Try it and let me know what YOU think!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Creamy Dreamy Green Goddess Dressing

I really like to find recipes that are so nutrient-dense it's ridiculous, and so green, but sooo tasty that all you want is more. This is an ideal salad dressing for achieving smooth, silky, and radiant skin: it's packed full of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids (olive oil, hemp seeds, and avocado) & immense amounts of cleansing chlorophyll. Certainly a dream combo for your skin if you ask me: purifying, replenishing, and deeply nourishing!

Try saying Creamy Dreamy Green Dressing 5 times in a row.. you won't be able to do it without smiling and laughing at how silly it sounds - but it's so appropriate for this killer dressing! I took some time to name this one :) I got a basic idea for a new salad dressing from this lady I met at a HealthForce demo last week in Olympia; it was called 'Yummy Dressing' but was pretty simple and without much 'oomph' to it. I expanded on it and decided I wanted to green it up with superfoods ... this is the divine result:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 small cloves garlic
2 T hemp seeds
1 T Azteca Spirulina
1/2 ripe avocado
4 T nutritional yeast (optional)

Optional: toss some cilantro in there! Remove those heavy metals from your blood, brain, and bones! Cilantro and chlorella are the only 2 foods which draw out and remove heavy metals from these areas of your body, so when you combine Vitamineral Green (which contains chlorella) and add cilantro, you're golden.

Blend well & serve over a green salad, with chopped veggie sticks, in collard wraps, or add another 1/2 avocado for a super creamy dreamy green pudding. You can add more VMG and less Spirulina if you like, but if you get your hands on the Azteca Spirulina, even if you've never liked Spirulina ever before like me, you'll want to add it to everything (shocking!) ... it adds an element of taste that is dramatically different compared to any you've had before! The green magical powder so finely ground and mixes exceptionally well, which we all know is not a common trait for the clumpy Spirulina.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Super Special Superfood Skincare Offer!

I'll cut right to it folks~ I am looking for 5 lucky individuals to try out some of the products I handcraft and provide me with your honest opinions. You will receive some samples in the mail, and I'll send you a short survey via email, and I'll take your responses to heart and continue to refine my super pure offerings.

If you want to participate, please send me your request to and provide me with your name, email, mailing address, and the reason you want to receive all this amazing goodness without paying hardly anything. There's no 'catch' - I just want to generously share what I create and get your feedback based upon your experience with all aspects of the transaction (packing, shipping, 1st impression, consistency, aroma, application, results, etc). You pay the shipping, and that's it. I'll send you the details of when you'll receive these presents in the email I send to you with confirmation that you've been accepted. I AM OFFERING THIS TO THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE WHO CONTACT ME this week.

Plus, just for being so quick to act on this and because you obviously have a desire for stunning skin and a flawless appearance, I'll include a FREE TRIAL size of my absolute favorite superfood blend that I couldn't possibly live without (any guesses?). If you want a perfect combination of internal and external healing, then send me an email today and I'll be in touch tomorrow.

The gift of giving is really what the holiday season is all about, right?