Yummy Vegan Pasta Sauce

Vegan Pasta Sauce

Vegan Pasta Sauce

Makes approx.: 4 cups of sauce
Servings: varies
Serving size: varies

Ingredients:
6 organic sun-dried tomatoes soaked for 1 hour.
    (optional, used for adding richness and thickness).
6 large organic Roma tomatoes
10 fresh basil leaves
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 sprig of fresh
1 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbs. unsalted organic butter or extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 Tbs. minced or chopped garlic clove

Making It:
1.   Sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in the butter or oil until tender. (Unless you desire a raw sauce)
2.  Add the first five ingredients to the food processor. Pulse
until chunky.
3.  Add the onion/mushroom mixture to the food processor and pulse about 20-30 seconds. Serve on top of pasta or polenta.

There are so many variations to this sauce, cooked or all raw.

Have fun and enjoy!

Marie


Chewing Well: A New Concept to Wellness

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Category : Allergies , Arthritis , Diseases , News , Sleep

Do you eat on the run, in a hurry, just putting food in your mouth but barely, not even tasting it? When you finish eating your meal, how does your body really feel? Do you feel stuffed, bloated, gassiness, burping, bad breath, heartburn/reflux issues, acid stomach, intestinal issues, tired/letdown, pain issues in abdomen, joints and muscles? Do you ever eat so fast that some food sticks in your throat, or goes into your trachea, and you end up with a coughing fit? Do you end up so stuffed about a half-hour after you eat that you can’t button your pants? Do you have to stay in the bathroom because things just didn’t go down the way they should and it’s coming out all ‘wrong’? Does your stool contain the visibility of your meal?
Well, I have good news for you! First of all, you are not alone. The cause has a simple solution. Your food that you just ‘inhaled’, and barely chewed, is the cause of your problem. What I mean by that is, the insufficient chewing of the foods of your meal has created undigestible ‘chunks’, that cannot be digested and assimilated by your body in that state. The mechanical process of digestion starts with chewing, stimulates the saliva and enzymes as well as relaxing the esophagus and prepares the stomach for its entry. Well-chewed foods glides easily through your esophagus and into your stomach. Chewing relaxes the lower end of your stomach, the pylorus; this muscle must be relaxed in order for the food to leave your stomach and pass into the small intestine. So optimal chewing creates sufficient saliva to help your food through your digestive system in a healthy manner. Undigested foods can ‘leak’ (permeability) through your colon’s lining and end up in your body causing food allergies and autoimmune issues. The unchewed foods has a more difficult journey through the entire digestive and the metabolic chain process. So chewing your foods real well, giving yourself time to eat, relaxed, is going to help your digestive system function as it was created to do and your digestive problems will become a thing of the past. New habits start slow, conscious before unconscious, so thinking, relaxing and chewing; is the new pattern.

I’m rooting for you!

MARIE


Savory Cabbage and Caraway

Savory Cabbage and Caraway

Savory Cabbage and
Caraway

Servings: 6
Serving Size: 2 cups
Prep Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 head (large) cabbage, thinly sliced
1 carrot, shredded
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
3 Tbs. organic unsalted butter
1 medium organic onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp.sea salt
1-2 tsp. caraway seed
1 tsp. dill
dash pepper
1/2 tsp. lemon zest (optional)
2 Tbs. freshly squeezed organic
lemon.

Prep:
Prepare the cabbage, onions, carrots.and bell pepper. Squeeze the lemon juice.
Assemble the rest of the ingredients.

Making It:
1.  In a large pot, melt 1 Tbs. butter over medium heat.
Stir in onions, stirring frequently, for 5-10 minutes.
Onions should be very limp and beginning to brown.

2.  Stir in the remaining butter, allowing it to melt. Stir in
the cabbage. Raise the heat to medium high. Cook for
20 minutes, stirring frequently from top to bottom so
the cabbage wilts evenly.

3.  Stir in the caraway seed, dill, sea salt, pepper, and
lemon juice. Stir well for 1 minute and serve.
Serve with corn bread or unleavened bread.

Enjoy!

MARIE


How Does Stress Impact Your Digestion?

Category : Allergies , Arthritis , Diseases , News , Sleep

Stress will confront all of us at one time or another, but some people do live in the constant state of stress. This  article is to let you know what is at stake when you decide to eat andyou are dealing with a strong emotional issue. How does this affect your body? Eating under stress can be one of the worst things you can do. Under any type of stress, whether physical or emotional, the digestive processes are inhibited and digestion is always suspended. Indigestion will be the end result.
The reason that the digestion is halted during stress is because the manufacture and flow of the body’s secretions needed for the digestive process depends on nerve energy. Nerve energy is transmitted to all of the organs of the body through a intricate network of the nervous system. Stress causes this to fault.
The esophagus during stress may tend to spasm, sometimes so bad that it feels like a heart attack is occurring. Also the emotions can make the swallowing of foods difficult or increase the amount of air, thus bloating, burping, gassiness, or even reflux issues may become a problem.
The second part of the digestive tract is the stomach. Stress adds too much pressure on the digestive systems with any or all of the digestive secretions–enzymes, gastric juice, pancreatic juice, intestinal juice, bile–may be held up or even depleted, and the digestion while in process when this inhibition happens is temporarily suspended. Therefore, the undigested foods that are held up in the stomach undergoes fermentation and putrefaction. Next to overeating, mental influences cause most of the digestive impairments which people tend to suffer. During these stressful times it’s best to skip the meal and wait until the next one when you can be more comfortable and calm.
The bowel itself can become spasmodic when at the height of stress and digestion which can make it very painful. Gas production related to nutrient absorption can increase. There can be bouts of diarrhea and or constipation. Stress can make the intestinal walls weaker and allow gut bacteria to enter into the body. The immune system usually does its job cleaning, but when in the state of continual stress there becomes an overload which creates inflammation and chronic disease.
It’s time to reset our priorities and take better care of our bodies. Check out the other source on the stress related diseases.http://frombirthuntilsunset.com/about/

Relax, it’s good for the whole body’s systems work in harmony!

Marie


How Does Aluminum Impact Our Health?

Almost every person is poisoned by deposits of heavy metals in some form or another in our lifetime. They come from our environment, the foods that we ingest, cosmetics, body care products, household products, and vaccines. Aluminum also may come from cooking, preparing and storing foods in aluminum containers. ​  I gave up all aluminum cookware including foil when I realized its dangers. It is considered a heavy metal to our body and is accumulative; therefore it can be difficult to eliminate it from the body, as it will remain until a cleansing diet or fast is followed. While a detox is in effect one can sometimes taste the metal that is being excreted, along with other uncomfortable symptoms.  Aluminum is a known neurotoxin and any exposure to aluminum has been implicated in neurological disease, including Alzheimer’s disease and Autism. Aluminum tends to build up in the brain  and the fat cells of the body until it reaches its “toxic threshold”. When aluminum is combined with any other heavy metal such as mercury it can threaten a dangerous overload for the body which can be extremely toxic, especially to the neurons in the brain, to the point of their death.
Toxicity symptoms may include: confusion, muscle weakness, bone pain, deformities and fractures, seizures, speech problems. and in children slow growth. I did a Google search on ways of removing only aluminum from the body. One way, research studies have demonstrated, Silicon-rich mineral waters up to one-liter per day for twelve weeks effectively reduced aluminum via the urine without any harmful effects on the essential metals such as iron and copper. Fuji water is rich in Silica-rich water and contains 83mg of Silica per 
liter. I personally cannot contest this, but if it works? This is for just aluminum, do labs to check with any other heavy metal exposure. Those require other measures. 

Trustworthy Source,

Marie


Homemade Vegan Hummus

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Homemade Vegan Hummus

Homemade Vegan Hummus

This recipe has been altered from Hallelujah Acres version.
I use all organic ingredients for health as well as for flavor!

Serving Size: Makes approximately 2 cups
Servings: Varies
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:
16 oz. can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
3 Tbs.fresh almond butter
1/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1 Tbs. extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves (peeled)
1 tsp. Redmond Sea Salt
1/2 to 1 tsp. cumin
pinch white pepper
1 tsp. raw or dried chopped parsley (optional)

Making It:
1. In a food processor place the garlic and run until well  minced.
2.Then place the garbanzo beans and process for 20 seconds.
3. Scrape sides into the middle and add the rest of the ingredients.
4. Process until well mixed and creamy.
5. Transfer to glass bowl, sprinkle with parsley, cover and refrigerate until ready to  serve.
* Serve with a big plate of cut up raw fresh veggies.

Enjoy!

Marie


Banana Ice Cream

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Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream

For the sweetest results, be sure to
freeze bananas when they are at their ripest!

Servings:  Makes 4 1/2 cups
Serving Size: Varies
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
5 ripe organic bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen.
1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk.
(or you can use almond, cashew, or rice milk.)
1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla

Prep ahead:
Freeze bananas as least 24 hours in advance.

Making It:
1.  In food processor, combine the frozen bananas,
vanilla, and 1/4 cup of the milk. Cover and process
until smooth, add as much of the remaining milk
as needed.
2.  Serve immediately as a  soft-serve ice cream or
freeze for at least 4 hours for a scoopable ice cream.
Store in the freezer up to 3 weeks.

This recipe has been altered from “Forks Over Knives”
Magazine (Fall 2018) version, but it tastes just as yummy!

Most Delicious, Enjoy!

Marie


Enzymes Are They Life-Saving?

Enzymes make the whole body function and work efficiently. They are tiny protein chemicals that carry an essential energy source needed for every chemical action and reaction that happens within your body. All of life, plants or animal, requires enzymes to live. Enzymes mean life and are life.
There are three classes of enzymes.  First, there are the metabolic enzymes, which is your body’s life force, that means every action, reaction, and activity of your body depends on them. If you didn’t have these metabolic enzymes you couldn’t swallow, blink your eyes, or breathe. What about  blood circulation, heart beat,  digestion or processing of your food into blood, muscle, and bone, walking and talking or any other life giving process? Your immune and lymph system depends on these metabolic enzymes. Now, there is one very important fact about these enzymes that you must be made aware of. According to Harvey Diamond, ” The body can only produce an finite/limited number of these metabolic enzymes. That means your body can only produce a certain amount of metabolic enzymes and no more! When they run out and they will, it is called Death.”  So the fewer of these metabolic enzymes your body requires and uses the healthier you will be and the longer you will live.
The second type is called digestive enzymes. The digestive process begins in the mouth with amylase from the salivary glands to digest starches; and lingual lipase from the tongue starts the digestion of fats in the stomach. Pepsin is released in the stomach to begin protein digestion. Of course, the rest of the digestion secretes its designated enzymes.
We now come quickly to our last one, food enzymes. All raw foods contain their own active enzyme which allows some rest to the digestive system, since it doesn’t need help from the metabolic or digestive enzymes.  Foods help keep us alive; fact, stop eating and you will die.
Foods are held up in the upper portion of the stomach for about one hour before mixing with the stomach acids; giving all the digestive enzymes time to work as well as the food enzymes to begin digestion. But when the foods are cooked, the enzymes needed to break down the food in your body are destroyed.  Cooking the foods above 118 degrees destroys all of its enzymescompletely annihilates them. So the foods being held up in the stomach are without its food enzymes, the digestive enzymes cannot work in the digestion process. Therefore, the body won’t let the food just sit in the stomach so the body is forced to call on its mechanism to produce the metabolic enzymes to produce the digestive enzymes necessary to digest the foods. But, now remember, you then are using your reserve of your beloved metabolic enzymes that determines your health and days of your life. So the more cooked foods that you eat, the more depleted of your metabolic enzymes you become. This compromises your lymphatic system which becomes overburdened with accumulated waste thus challenging your immune system.
I am not advocating a raw food diet, and I won’t even try and convince you to do it. I eat my fresh fruit only in the morning  (which allows my body’s cleansing process to continue) and my salads that I get creative with for lunch, but I love my cooked foods which I look forward to at my evening meal.  I take ‘Live Plant Enzymes’ before eating any meal which will have been cooked. Processed foods are considered to be in the cooked category.
In 1999 when my husband developed (CLL) Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, I began a huge research project to get only the safest, purest, high-quality supplements for us. The supplements are to be made without using heat, solvents, or fluid granulation at any stage of their manufacturing process, in order for them to be effective for the body’s needs. They also had to be Non-GMO, Kosher and Vegan because this is an announcement of safety. So for the Live-Plant Enzymes that we were to take before any and every cooked foods we chose Enzymedica Digest Enzymes (complete enzyme formula) because they have high quality manufacturing and processing practices. These are the only ones we will take. We have taken this product since 2005 with trust in the referrals of this product from others as well as the company’s integrity. I know we sound like the sales-man, but we would rather take supplements instead of drugs, and not compromise our precious metabolic-enzyme capacity. These Digest Enzymes can be purchased at most health food stores nationwide.

From a trustworthy source,

Marie


Addictions That Are Attached To Us

We all know of the alcoholic and drug addict and their dangerous habit. You say they have a problem and you are right, they do, they cannot quit their insidious habit…even though it is killing them. The human body cannot tolerate the chemicals that we put into it, it will become addicted to these poisons. Just as the alcoholic, drug addict feed their drugs in,  the drug then begins to take over all of the body’s chemistry. They can’t just stop just by sheer desire; the brain, the hormones, the cells have all been compromised to the point that the withdrawals are overwhelming. There is no stopping now, the drugs have control over the body. It’s like a sci-fi movie where the monster comes in and can’t be stopped, its tentacles are wrapped around everything  It is terrifying. The reality of the situation is that what the chemicals that are in our diet and environment is doing the same thing to us…to our bodies, we just don’t know that the enemy is in control.

Education is the clear factor, but when it is brought to the forefront, most often it is balked at because of the food cravings/addictions involved and of the profits of the food manufacturing companies. (you read that right…cravings and addictions are in the same category). We tend to feed our palates with these chemical based foods and not our bodies which will remain malnourished and sick. This also feeds and continues the addictive cycle. They are comforting to our body but the enemy still lurks inside of us…the chemicals.

These processed foods with their chemical content are creating the diseases that are overpowering us, to the point that the health care system is becoming overrun and cannot handle the overload.  We need to be aware and recognize what is going on with the dangers of these chemicals, ie. additives, refined sugars, flours, salt to our body. I heard a story that several women were asked if they would rather have raw, passionate sex or eat chocolate. They answered,”what kind of chocolate and how much?”

The chemicals tend to overload our bodies to the point of saturation and then it reaches the breaking point. Our bodies will start screaming out in pain thus starting into the disease process. The body needs a release of these chemicals, but our addictions to them keep us from that freedom. So we get caught up into the same squirrel cage as the alcoholic and drug addict, we NEED these foods, we won’t give them up, we can’t live without them, nor do we want to try. We have so many excuses why we can’t or won’t change our eating and living habits. So we cannot judge the alcoholic because we are the same…addicted to our sugars, flours, oils, salts, refined and processed chemical based foods. The list goes on, take a second look before you dip your hand into the bowl of ‘whatever’ or the drink that you pour down your throat..it will come back and bite your body with disease. We are powerless! We need to clean up our body of these chemical poisons. Let us work on our new mindset so we can free ourselves from the tentacles of these addictive poisons. Read more:  From Birth Until Sunset…Poisoned To Death and check out http://frombirthuntilsunset.com/

Still Releasing,
Marie​


Quinoa Mushroom Stuffing

Quinoa Mushroom Stuffing

Quinoa Mushroom Stuffing

For those allergic to breads this is a perfect substitute. Please use only organic ingredients for flavor and health.

Servings:   6-8
Serving Size: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: 
2-3 Tbs. unsalted organic butter
1/2 small onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
8 white mushrooms, chopped fine
1/2–1 cup green peas, or fresh
collard greens, chopped.
1-2 tsp ground sage
1 tsp Redmond Sea Salt
dash white pepper

Prep Ahead: Put in a medium size bowl,  1 cup multicolored Quinoa, and 2 1/2 cups filtered water. Soak for 1-2 hours.

Making It:
1. To cook quinoa, drain and rinse through a large mesh strainer, put the quinoa in a saucepan and add 2 1/2  cups of filtered water. Cover and bring to boil, turn heat to low and cook 20 minutes.
2.  While the quinoa is cooking, melt butter in a large skillet, put in the onions, garlic, and celery stir and cover a medium heat cook 5 minutes or until onions are soft.
3.  Add mushrooms, peas, sage, sea salt, and pepper. Cook another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the quinoa is finished cooking,  add it into the skillet ingredients. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

ENJOY!

MARIE