Sweet and Savory Spiced Kale

January 16, 2012

Before we were vegan, neither Bua nor I had ever had kale. Now, 16 and 9 years later, respectively, our weekly farmers market purchase usually includes 4-10 bunches. And it's not just us vegans (though I do believe we are responsible for the trend). This deep, hearty green has become the new romaine apparently. Our basic raw kale salad recipe is still great, but if you're looking for a new variation, try this Indian-spiced dressing:

Coat chopped, raw kale with olive oil.
Add sea salt and Braggs to taste (or shoyu), and a good dose to taste of both turmeric and cinammon.
Mix and bruise until kale is soft, or mix and let sit to soften.

Turmeric is known in Ayurvedic and other natural medicine traditions for it's anti-cancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties (which applies to pretty much every disease or malady one might have)—all in all, a great thing to have in your spice pantry and weekly repertoire. Read a great description of the benefits here. Cinnamon as well is considered to have beneficial properties for the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems.

Bad Calcium!

January 4, 2012

Plaque? Calcium.
Cysts? Calcium.
Kidney Stones? Calcium.
Hardened arteries (atherosclerosis)? Calcium.

The list goes on...This isn't information you'll get from the medical and major food industries, which still insist that we need to drink milk and take calcium supplements to maintain healthy bones. But researchers like David Wofe who are on the forefront of health have found that bad calcium—from processed foods, coral, shell, or mined from the earth (calcium citrate and carbonate)—does extensive damage more than any good at all, essentially turning our bodies into coral reefs (you are what you eat!). And it makes sense...watch the elderly next time you're in public and observe the stiffness, the limping, the calcification.

-Processed foods like milk, butter, and cheese cause an acidic internal state. To compensate, the body pulls calcium out of your bones into your bloodstream to alkalize. Sound like osteoporosis? Studies by Dr. Hegsted have shown that the countries with the highest dairy consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporotic fractures (1, find Hegsted; 2 Amer. Journal Clinical Nutrition).

-Calcium supplements from coral, shell, bone, or mined from the earth carry a positive charge while plant calcium (dark, leafy greens) are negatively charged, making them ideal for consumption, detox, muscle relaxation, and creating alkalinity—all the good stuff good calcium is supposed to do.

-Calcium builds up in areas of damaged cells like breast tissue, arteries connected to the heart and brain, soft tissue, cartilage, and joints, for example. So if you've been damaging your insides and attracting disease with bad food and drugs, etc., you're creating a breeding ground for calcium deposits.

BUILDING BONES/GOOD CALCIUM (based on David Wolfe's comprehensive Longevity Now Program*):
-Silicon and magnesium have been shown to transmutate in the body to remineralize bones. Sources of silicon: horsetail, nettle, oatstraw. The best source of magnesium (good news!!!): cacao, raw chocolate. -Throw out your calcium supplements. You can sprinkle them on your lawn as the soil uses it differently than our bodies.

-Eat green, leafy vegetables to maintain your good calcium stores without calcifying your body: arugula, celery, cilantro, collards, dandelion, kale, lettuce, parsley, spinach, etc.

For more info about calcification, check out David Wolfe, whose Longevity Now program covers bad-calcium dissolving, immune boosting, rejuvenation, technology, and bodywork. Sneak peek here.

High Raw: Nori Rolls

December 7, 2011

Keep it simple.

Nori sheets rolled with avocado, mixed greens, Vegenaise, and a drizzle of tamari or Braggs.
Optional: raw sauerkraut adds a mock-tuna flavor and a dose of probiotics.

Seaweeds such as nori, hijiki, kelp, and arame are satisfying because they are highly-mineralized foods. Rich in trace minerals, B12, and iodine, they are excellent for the thyroid and protection against heavy metals, toxins, and radiation.