Well Elephant

Lauren BWI haven’t posted here in a while and chances are, this will be the end of posts for My Non-Toxic Life. I have been creating a new website completely devoted to living a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle without oil. I welcome you to check it out and share the love. Thank you for following this blog, I appreciate you!

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Plant-based Grocery List

I know it’s cliche but the new year is a good time to begin better habits. There is no better habit to adopt than eating a plant-based diet. I’ve made it easy to get the staples that you will need. veggies

*MUST BE ORGANIC because it is on the dirty dozen list or may contain GMOs if it is not. Do you need your dirty dozen (most highly pesticided produce) and clean fifteen (can be conventional) list again? Don’t forget, that greens and hot peppers are super pesticided! https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

Produce (go crazy, these are the basics)

kale*Organic Kale

 

 

Onion

Garlic

Ginger

*Potatoes

Sweet potatoes

* Zucchini

* Cilantro

Lemons

*lettuce

Fruits – be sure to refer to the dirty dozen list! Continue reading “Plant-based Grocery List”

Berry Kale Smoothie

If you read this blog regularly, you know I am a huge proponent of juicing. I drink a green juice every morning because it provides micronutrients that go straight to the cells. Recently, I have added in a smoothie as part of my daily ritual. It provides fiber, macronutrients, vitamins and it goes a long way to keeping me satiated and full of energy.kale smoothie

Here are some of the ingredients that I use regularly. As always, USE ORGANIC only or you will be ingesting lots of pesticides.

WARNING: Consult your doctor if you are on a blood thinner, including aspirin because most of these ingredients are natural blood thinners. Continue reading “Berry Kale Smoothie”

Quinoa Stir Fry

Feeds 2-3 veggie-loving peopleQuinoa stir fry

This has the best cancer fighters; garlic, onion, broccoli and scallion plus fresh ginger to fight inflammation.

1 cup cooked organic quinoa

For Sauce:

1/3 cup of organic shoyu (soy sauce)

3 TBS rice wine vinegar

1TBS honey or agave

Red pepper flakes

1-2 tsp. grated fresh ginger

2-3 cloves of minced garlic

1 bag frozen organic broccoli

½ bag frozen organic cauliflower

Organic asparagus

½ of an onion

3 scallions

Continue reading “Quinoa Stir Fry”

Detox with Calcium Bentonite Clay

I hope your holidays were filled with lots of good friends, family, cheer, fantastic food and drink, laughter and that your guests have all vacated by now.clay

I’m not one to jump on the New Year’s resolution band wagon. I think it is important to try your best all year and to balance that with enjoyment. I actually did not mean for this to be a “clean up your act, it’s the new year,” kind of post. It just worked out that way. Sorry, I know you are bombarded with these kinds of messages.

However, this is my favorite new discovery in my arsenal of health. Detoxifying with Calcium Bentonite  Clay is nothing new, but it’s new to me.  The idea is to drink a little of the clay mixed with water upon rising in the morning and before bed for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks your digestive system, colon and liver will be cleansed. Trust me, you will know it has happened (insert gross thoughts here) and you will feel amazing. Continue reading “Detox with Calcium Bentonite Clay”

Hello, Carbs. I’ve Missed You

pizza beerMy husband and I recently returned from a vacation in Italy. I literally ate more carbohydrates in the two weeks in Italy than I have in the past year. And I’m not one bit sorry. It was fantastic. We ate pizza and or pasta every single day and washed it down with lots of red wine followed by gelato.

ravioliI took a cooking class where I learned to make homemade pasta. During the class we ate two different pasta courses with bread and cake. I’m not kidding. I would normally never do this and I almost stopped myself, but really? I’m in Rome at a cooking class and I’m going to monitor my carb intake? Nope. Not me. So I told myself to shut up and I did it.

You would think from this description that I would have had to buy a second seat on my return flight. I did not gain a single pound. I’ve covered this in prior posts so I won’t go crazy, but there is something here that is really important.

First of all, we walked everywhere in Italy. I live in Texas where the only place I walk is to my car. I have to take myself on a walk like a dog to get any exercise. It’s pitiful.

Second, we ate real food, cooked fresh that day, and ate only what was in season. Even when we were in the train station, there was no fast food; only a man and a Panini press and an espresso machine. I never saw once Sysco truck or the equivalent the whole time we were there. I did see a produce truck, lots of farms, vineyards and ladies rolling out dough and crushing tomatoes.

A couple of times I ordered something that I saw on the menu like spinach. I was told, “No spinach in season only eggplant, zucchini or red pepper.”

This happened a couple of times until I realized they keep the vegetables on the menu but people know what is in season (except Americans who are used to getting things year round).

fruit storeTheir grocery stores are not the behemoth eyesores we have in the states. They are small, charming and have only this: produce, meat, fish, fowl, cheese, milk, eggs, flour, sugar, wine, baguettes, pasta and a small amount of cereal and chips.” That’s it. No ridiculous frozen sections, not twenty types of cereal, not twelve varieties of bread, soda, crackers, goldfish, pop tarts etc.

Furthermore, they don’t have the guilt associated with food that us Americans have. They eat and enjoy. They talk and linger and drink. Oh yeah and they get to have the wonderful oblivion that comes with living in a country where there are no GMOs and chemicals in your food.

So cheers or cin cin to you, Italy! I’ll be back. Until then, I’ll be rolling out the ravioli at home.

The Benefits of Juicing

juice veg farI touched on juicing in the blog, “Big Girl Steps to Health” and in other posts. I get a lot of questions about juicing from my friends so I wanted to address it again.

In the past year I have made a lot of changes for the good of my health. The biggest and best change has been juicing in the morning instead of eating breakfast. I generally don’t eat from dinner the night before until noon the next day. I juice in the morning. If I’m absolutely starving and cannot wait until noon to eat, I eat an avocado; the whole avocado straight out of its little skin.

This gives my body a chance to really digest whatever I have eaten the day before. I am not hungry throughout the day in a way that I was a year ago. I truly believe it is because my body is actually getting nutrients. It is nourished. It is a new feeling.

There are a lot of different theories and preferences when it comes to juicing. There is the whole Vitamix versus juicer controversy; well, hardly a controversy, but two different camps. The Vitamix keeps the fiber in the drink. The juicers remove the fiber. We all know that fiber is good for us, so why remove it? From what I have read, it is better to remove the fiber so the body does not have to do any digesting. The nutrients are quickly absorbed from the juice. Don’t get me wrong, I eat my share of veggies and get my fiber that way. But in the morning, I go straight for the nutrients.

YOU MUST USE ALL ORGANIC PRODUCE WHEN YOU JUICE. If not, you are grinding up and ingesting pesticides. I mainly juice vegetables. Sometimes I will juice grapefruits or cherries. Cherries have incredible anti-inflammatory properties. If you know anyone who suffers from gout, have them juice cherries.

This is the juice that I make 9 times out of 10. I have listed the benefits to each ingredient:

4 celery stalks (8 anti-cancer compounds, fights tumors, lowers the risk of stomach cancer, lowers blood pressure, neutralizes pH, lowers cholesterol, cools your body, reduces constipation, acts as a diuretic, breaks up kidney stones, aids in kidney function Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celery
http://cancer.stanford.edu/patient_care/services/nutrition/recipes/juicingRecipes.html

Health Benefits of Celery

1 cucumber Contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, contains Lignans which have been shown to reduce cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus, and prostate, high in vitamins K and C. Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=42#healthbenefis
Either chard or Kale (about 4 stalks) Benefits of chard: regulates blood sugar, supports bone health, high in vitamins K, A and C. Source http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=16
Benefits of Kale: Anti-inflammatory, reduces risk of cancer, reduces cholesterol, reduces bone loss, and reduces the risk of macular degeneration. Source http://fitlife.tv/5-health-benefits-of-kale/
A handful of cilantro Huge cleaning properties, removes heavy metals and toxins, may lower blood sugar, may reduce cardiovascular incidence, a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Source http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-cilantro/
A handful of parsley Inhibits tumor growth and neutralizes carcinogens, protects against rheumatoid arthritis and promotes cardiovascular health. Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=100
4 carrots Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells and other cancers, high in antioxidants, and of course, it promotes eye health. Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=21
1-2 beets reduces high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It increases stamina and blood flow. It protects your liver. Source: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/benefits-beet-juice
1/2 inch of ginger (ginger is very strong so be careful the first time you use it) – This is a super star: Anti-cancer, anti-fungal, antibiotic, diabetes prevention, repairs ulcers, aids in digestion, anti-inflammatory, aids in reversing toxicity, and new evidence shows that it corrects non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (fructose damage). Yes, this is a new disease state from using fructose as a sweetener. Source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/node/83545
½ of a Granny Smith apple – Green apples are lower in sugar, but red is okay too in a pinch. High in antioxidants reduces the risk for many cancers including pancreatic, liver, colon and breast, lowers blood sugar, prevents cardiovascular disease. It has many benefits for your lungs. Source: http://www.whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=15

Moreover, this juice is highly alkaline versus acidic. You should try to keep a ratio of foods and drink at 70% alkaline and 30% acidic to keep your body functioning at an optimal level. You can Google more information on alkaline versus acidic foods. Basically, disease thrives in an acidic environment.

Drink your veggies and avoid disease. Cheers!