Sunday, June 2, 2013

WOW Blackberries ward off cancer cells - Ridiculously Healthy pretty looking too.... Tastes Amazing

WOW Blackberries - Ridiculously Healthy pretty looking salad... 
There are many super foods in this salad but this is about the blackberry,

3 cups of Organic Spring Mix
1/2 cup of Blackberries 
4 large strawberries cut into slices
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup cherry tomatoes 
1/2 cup sliced sweet peppers
Sun dried cranberries 1/2 cup
small chopped red onion
crumbled feta chees

1/4 cup of Olive Oil
1/3 cup of Orange Juice
1/4 Apple cider vinegar
Sea Salt to taste 
fresh time and rosemary 
juice of half a lime

10 reasons to eat blackberries!!

Cancer Prevention
Anthocyanins, which give blackberries their dark color, are an antioxidant shown to reduce inflammation. As an antioxidant, they destroy free radicals in the body that harm cells and lead to cancer. Research has also shown that the ellagic acid in blackberries may have anti-cancer properties. One cup of blackberries contains half of the daily recommendation of the antioxidant vitamin C, which protects the immune system and may lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Researchers have found that blackberries may reduce esophageal cancer by relieving the oxidative stress caused by Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition usually brought about by gastroesophageal reflux disease. Perhaps the greatest benefit from eating blackberries is their high level of phenolic acids which, besides having many other potential health benefits, are antioxidant compounds known as powerful anti-carcinogenic agents. Because of these compounds, blackberries have been given an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of about 5350 per 100 grams, placing them near the top of ORAC fruits.
Cardiovascular Benefits
The anthocyanins that give blackberries their dark color are antioxidants shown to reduce inflammation by helping combat free radicals in the body that destroy cells and lead to heart disease. Vitamin C in blackberries acts as an antioxidant, and one cup of this delicious berry contains half of the daily recommendation of vitamin C. The immune system uses vitamin C to fight illness adequate vitamin C intake may lower the risk of developing heart disease. One cup of blackberries contains over thirty percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber, promoting healthy digestion and reducing the risk of heart disease.
Skin Health
As are all berries, blackberries are a great source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant shown to protect the skin from damage from ultraviolet light. Studies have also shown that ellagic acid may also repair skin damaged by the sun. Vitamin C helps heal wounds, and studies also show vitamin C may even lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Studies of cyanidin-3-glucoside, a compound found in blackberries showed it prevents skin cancer by inhibiting tumors from growing and spreading.
Eye Health
Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant in blackberries and one cup contains half of the daily recommendation of vitamin C. The body uses vitamin C for protection from immune system deficiencies, and may reduce the chances of macular degeneration, a condition in which fine vision deteriorates, resulting in central vision loss and is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50.
Women's Health
Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring plant estrogens found in blackberries that may help relieve the common symptoms of PMS like bloating, food cravings, and even menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.
Digestive Tract Health
Just one cup of blackberries contains over thirty percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber, which promotes healthy digestion and aids in maintaining bowel regularity by bulking up the feces and reducing the time it takes matter to pass all the way through the intestines. Bowel regularity is commonly associated with a decreased risk for colon cancer.
Thirty percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber is to be found in just one cup of blackberries. The steady movement of fiber through the digestive system allows for a measured breakdown of food into its component parts. This even breakdown of food helps to curtail extremes regarding simple sugar uptake from the digestive tract. An excess of simple sugar uptake all at once can produce an unwanted blood sugar spike. A lack of simple sugar uptake may produce a rapid blood sugar drop. Either extreme can upset blood sugar balance. The quantity of fiber in blackberries helps avoid both extremes.
Bone Health
Blackberries are a good source of vitamin K, offering 36% of the daily recommended amount of this nutrient used by the body for the clotting of blood and to aid the absorption of calcium.

Amazing Brain Healthy Smoky Vegetable Stew - AJavolte - My own recipe..

Amazing Brain Healthy Smoky Vegetable Stew - AJavolte (For you Marika )- My own recipe..

2- large eggplant 
2 Green squash
2- yellow squash 
1- medium Bag of chopped carrots
3 - Mild Chili peppers
3 - Parsmips
1- can chopped tomatoes
1- liter chicken broth
1-Salt  to taste 
1-Pepper to taste 
Smoked Chipolata Paprika to taste 
3 Garlic cloves
1- Olive Oil as needed 
1- can of Cannalini beans
Optional add Italian sausage or beef
Hint- You can substitute any veggies you like or dislike this works great with Mushrooms, Broccoli Rob, Spinach, any root veggie all different bean are also very good I change it up every time I make it so make it your own!!!  

Dice all veggies and saute until slightly browned (I saute each veggie separate in some olive oil and salt and pepper and add to pot.  Then saute garlic in some Olive oil place in large pot.  Add chopped tomatoes and Chicken broth stir in some table spoon hot sauce and smoke paprika salt, pepper.  Let simmer 20 minutes enjoy with some whole grain Italian bread and Romano Cheese!  

Classified as a fruit and eaten as a vegetable, eggplant has derived its name from the early varieties cultivated. The initial breeds were smaller and white, resembling eggs; hence, were named eggplants. Historians and botanists credit India as the motherland of eggplant where it was grown in the wild. It was only in the 5th century BC that China started cultivating it as an edible plant. From there, it was introduced to Africa before the Middle Ages. However in the early Middle Ages, the Arabs and North Africans brought eggplants into the Mediterranean region from where, they spread throughout Europe and the Middle East. The Europeans considered eggplant to be more of a decorative garden plant than a food as it was thought to be poisonous, just like tomato. But with the development of new varieties in the 18th century, the eggplant lost its original bitter taste and bitter reputation, becoming an edible vegetable in many European cuisines. Today, it is a prized vegetable in the Italian, Greek, Turkish and French kitchens. Centuries later, European experimental botanist Thomas Jefferson took eggplant to the Western Hemisphere where it was initially used as a table ornament. And do you know that it was only in the 20th century that eggplant finally found a place in food preparations. Italy, Turkey, Egypt, China and Japan are the leading producers of eggplant currently.
Health Benefits of Baingan (Eggplant)
  • The presence of phytonutrients, nasunin and chlorogenic acid in considerate amounts provide eggplant with several antioxidant properties. Nasunin, found in the skin of the eggplant, effectively neutralizes the free radicals in the body. Apart from protecting at the cellular level, nasunin and chlorogenic acid protect lipids present in the brain cell membranes.
  • Studies reveal that eggplants are capable of improving the flexibility of blood vessels, resulting in the improvement of blood flow. Besides, the active nutrients, phytonutrients help in lowering bad cholesterol levels.
  • Eggplant is a good source of dietary fiber which contains many cardio-protective factors and helps in keeping blood sugar under control, lowering cholesterol, improving the digestive system and assisting weight management.
  • With a good amount of essential B-complex groups of vitamins, like pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, thiamin and niacin, eggplant helps the body to replenish the requirement of fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism.
  • The skin of eggplant has been found to contain high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins. These antioxidants have been researched to protect the body from health risks, like aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.
  • With the fiber content present in significant amounts, eggplant successfully helps in curing colon cancer. It is because of the fiber which moves through the digestive tract and absorbs toxins and chemicals that can otherwise lead to the development of colon cancer. As such, people, who wish to protect themselves from the risk of colon cancer, should consume the skin along with the flesh of the eggplant. Studies show that the skin contains more fiber than the flesh.
  • Besides the fiber content fighting against cancer, eggplant is a helpful tool for people trying to lose weight. Since fiber is a bulky food and occupies a lot of space in the stomach, consuming eggplant in a salad or appetizer before the main course gives feelings of satiety; thus, you are likely to consume fewer calories from other foods. Furthermore, fiber digests slowly and takes a long time to move from the stomach to the digestive tract. As such, eggplants give you feelings of fullness for longer durations, stopping you from eating in between meals.
  • With high water content, eggplant is found to be extremely significant for the maintenance of healthy skin and hair. By not keeping yourself hydrated, you are likely to exhibit thin, dry hair with split ends and flaky, dry skin. Your body can be hydrated by drinking lots of water or eating foods that contain water which can improve the texture of your skin and hair. It is recommended to eat eggplant in the raw form to extract the most benefits as cooking removes some of the water content.

Pistachio Milk this is so amazing from the Food Babe.

This is so amazing a must try and the coffee is out of this world delicious.
Health Benefits of Pistachios
Just a small handful of pistachios offer a healthy dose of fats, antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Antioxidants are essential for protecting skin and cells from aging and disease, and are involved with removing toxins from the body. Healthy fats are important for younger-looking skin and keeping the body in balance; getting enough dietary fat can reduce cravings and help suppress the appetite. Some studies suggest that pistachios can help manage high cholesterol levels by keeping arteries healthy. Researchers reported a positive effect on HDL levels in a study published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases (Vol. 16, pp. 202).
One cup of pistachios contains just over 700 calories and 57 grams of fat; it's not a low fat or low calorie food, but a little goes a long way. Pistachios contain plenty of dietary fiber and even protein, making them a valuable addition to your daily snack choices. Look for unsalted and organic varieties for the most nutritious and healthful choices.
Eating nuts on a regular basis can help keep your diet in balance, and pistachios are just one of many varieties that can help you achieve good health! Enjoy a small handful a few days per week and maximize the benefits of these exotic treats.
Food Babe’s Homemade Organic Pistachio Milk
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 6-10
  • 1 cup of raw shelled pistachios rinsed
  • 3 cups of water + 1 more cup or 4 cups water if you have a vitamin
  • 1 tsp ground caradmon seed (optional variation #1)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional variation #2)
  • 1 tsp almond extract (optional variation #3)
  1. Place pistachio nuts, 2 cups water in blender (and optional variation) in blender and blend on high
  2. Pour milk into a bowl using a fine mesh strainer, separating the pulp from the milk
  3. Place pistachio pulp back in blender, plus 1 cup water and blend
  4. Strain milk one more time using a fine mesh strainer
***Please buy all organic ingredients***

Friday, October 28, 2011

Benefits of Juice Fasting for Crohn's, Colitis, IBS, and Celiac desease.

I enjoy a good meal and a glass of red wine as much as the next person – so forgoing those two things has never been very high on my to-do list!  But when you get sick with ulcerative colitis (like I did), you get so desperate, you’ll try anything.
I knew that, for years supervised fasting has been used with great success as part of European medical treatments. The first time I personally tried fasting was in a few month ago. 10 days of juice fasting together with nutritional supplements and herbs stopped my IBS and joint pain.   I felt energetic and excited about being alive. Juice fasting will save my life I know that now.  I realized Hippocrates, the father of Western Medicine was right: fasting allows the body to heal itself.

Why Does Fasting Work?

When we stop eating our usual 3 meals a day, and start consuming live, raw juices our bodies spend all that extra energy (used to digest food) on detoxification, including purging from drugs, chemicals from personal care products, mucus, bacteria, parasites in our intestines, and food additives and preservatives.

The Benefits of Fasting

Fasting allows our major organs (e.g. colon, liver, kidney, lungs, and skin) to release and eliminate toxins. Fasting promotes the formation of new, healthy cells. It can be used as a method of healing from acute and chronic illness or as a disease prevention tool for healthy people. Fasting can reverse the aging process for the middle-aged and elderly. Your body has a built-in mechanism of breaking down and digesting diseased tissues and damaged cells. After all the garbage in our system is disposed of, the body starts building new, healthy organs and tissues. The raw power of juice also purifies the blood, removes the waste from large intestine, and rejuvenates the endocrine system.
Fasting is highly effective for the following conditions:
  • Food allergies/Sensitivities
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • IBS/Celiac Disease/IBD
  • Flus/Colds/Fever
  • Constipation
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Skin problems (eczema, psoriasis)
  • Back problems (sciatica, low back pain)

How Often Should You Do Juice Fasting?

Juice fast 1x/week for one month, then expand to 2 days/week, once a month. Seven day fasts can be done 4 times/year, at the beginning of each season: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

How to Juice Fast

To prepare for a fast longer than 24 hours, eat vegetables and some low-sugar fruits for at least 3 days before embarking on 3-14 days fast. While fasting, consume hot herbal teas and hot vegetable broths, in addition to fresh vegetable juice. To improve the absorption of the juice, I would recommend diluting fresh juice with some water in a ration of 75% juice and 25% water.

Juice Fasting vs. Water Fasting

Juice fasting is much easier than water fasting. A water fast puts more stress on your vital organs (kidney, liver, heart and intestines) by promoting a faster release of acids (eg. uric acids) and toxins.  This process itself could be overwhelming for a person who is doing fasting for the first time. Raw juices supply much needed vitamins, minerals and enzymes, improves cell oxygenation and promotes recovery from sickness.

Side Effects of a Juice Fast

Be aware that during a fast, as a part of the body’s tissue cleansing process, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
  • Coated tongue
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Headaches/Dizziness
  • Mucus discharge from sinuses and bowel
  • Diarrhea/Fever/Fatigue
  • Dark, foul smelling urine and feces
  • Joint aches and pain
Do not be alarmed – this is a part of the internal detoxification process. Those symptoms are not dangerous and should go away after couple of days. Using colon therapy for the first 3-5 days will help you to minimize all those unpleasant physical symptoms. Stop fasting if your experience vomiting and diarrhea for more than a day! The possibility of dehydration is too high and might become dangerous for the faster.

Who Should Avoid Fasting?

Individuals with the following health conditions should avoid juice fasting:
  • Anorexia
  • Malnutrition
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Tuberculosis
  • After Surgery
  • HIV an Chronic Infections
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Advanced Stage of Cancer
  • Pregnant and Lactating Women
  • Acute or Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Patients taking prescription medications should consult their doctor
Another very helpful step - is to add raw vegetable juices to some of your meals. try drinking a few ounces of vegetable - followed by a few ounces of pure water, 15 to 20 minutes before your meal. drinking a few ounces of vegetable - followed by a few ounces of pure water, 15 to 20 minutes before your meal.
The living enzymes are invaluable to your whole system and the vitamins and minerals are completely bio-available to you. The juices will give you a much needed nutritional and enzyme boost and help begin the healing process.
Keep in mind, the "American Cancer Society" has recommended that people eat more of the cabbage/broccoli family of vegetables because of their protective effects against cancer.

All juicers are not created equal, by any means. Just because a machine squashes and grinds up a vegetable or fruit to a certain degree and you are able to extract a bit of juice doesn't mean you are getting the enzymes and the nutrition you need for all your efforts. The better the quality of the machines used ... the better quality of the juices extracted. They will extract much more juice, thus ultimately saving you money when you buy your organic vegetables and fruits.

Here is one and it won't break the bank! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kiwi prevents Asthma

Eating kiwi fruit is clearly a healthy choice, and it is particularly useful in these cases:
  • Prevents Asthma
  • Prevents wheezing and coughing, especially in children
  • Protects our DNA from mutations
  • Provides a healthy amount of antioxidants and vitamins
  • Helps prevent colon cancer thanks to a high fiber content
Sorry everyone, I have been sick and just so depressed!  Life is a funny thing.  One day you think all is good and the next all things just can fall apart.  Well, I am sorry to let any of you down.  So here is a new recipe, yeah lol I did make a new one.  You know to be honest it can get very over whelming trying to come up with new recipes and drinking the same thing day after day.  But, the way you feel is worth it.  Just got to keep the will power and that is the HARD PART!  So, once again I will styart a new journey.  I did gain 7 pounds back :( but I will get it off! 

Celerey, carrot, Kiwi, Wheat Grass, apple and strawberry

You get a powerhouse of nutrition and antioxidants with this combo. 

Kiwi fruits are rich in many Vitamins, flavonoids and minerals. In particular, they contain a high amount of Vitamin C (more than oranges), as much potassium as bananas and a good amount of beta-carotene.
Studies in Italy, though, performed on 6-7 year old children, have also demonstrated additional health benefits to the respiratory tract. In particular, children that were fed 5-7 portions a week of citrus and kiwifruits had 44% less probability wheezing compared to children eating less than once a week.
Shortness of breath was reduced by 32%,night time cough by 27%, severe wheeze by 41%, chronic cough by 25%, and runny nose by 28%. This results is not only traceable to the content in Vitamin C or Potassium, but in substances which are still largely unknown contained in kiwi fruit.
These substances are most likely flavonoids that help protect our cells from oxidative damage, and are therefore considered very helpful in protecting our DNA from mutations and damage.

Protection from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

A series of studies published by the Archives of Ophthalmology have proven that consuming 3 or more servings of fruit per day (including kiwi fruits) can reduce by 36% the risk of developing an eye-related disease called ARMD (the primary cause of vision impairment in adults), if compared to people who only consume 1.5 servings of fruit per day.
The study was conducted on 110.000 women and men and lasted several decades. Surprisingly, the study found that while vegetables were not correlated with an improved resistance to the disease, fruits containing high amount of Vitamin C,A and E (the most common antioxidant vitamins) helped significantly in protecting against ARMD.

Anti Oxidant properties of Kiwi Fruit

It is important to note that kiwi fruits contain a remarkable amount of Vitamin C, E and A. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that has been proven to protect our body from free radicals, dramatically improving the health of individuals who consumed it regularly against all kinds of disease, from cardiovascular problems to cancer and obesity.
Vitamin E has been proven to have similar effects, but is fat-soluble and thus is complimentary to Vitamin C in its functions. Kiwi fruits contain both these vitamins in high amount, which help protect our body against free radicals from all fronts.

Kiwi fruits have a high fiber content

The high content in dietary fiber helps improving diseases such as diabetes, by controlling sugar levels, and colon cancer, since fiber binds to toxic compounds in the colon and helps us expel them.
Fiber has also been proven to reduce cholesterol levels, improving the conditions of patients with cardiovascular diseases and lowering the probability of heart attacks.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I did lose another 1.5 pounlds but Igoofed off lol

To tired to blog been running around like a turkey without  head lol so I figured these pictures are worth a thousands words lol Especially the onewith Chocolate milk lmao
I am still juicing but last tonigh I was so beat and had polo tropical the new chicken avocado wrap OMG it wasgood lol  But I did juice the est of the day earlier I had my wheatgrass and carrot juice today!
Total weight loss is 27 lbs so far so much more to goooooooooo. 

Massage and Health: Weight Loss For Izzy Fundraising Challenge ~ Day 1...

Massage and Health: Weight Loss For Izzy Fundraising Challenge ~ Day 1...: Ok. So this morning I was fretting because I have been juicing for almost a month and although I feel great and have made vast improvements ...