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Nutritional Tips

Nutritional Tips.

Why go RAW?

A Raw diet is not for everyone but incorporating raw foods in your diet each day is very beneficial.  I did a 30 day RAW diet cleanse and it was amazing but very challenging. Within 30 days I noticed my skin texture had changed. My hair was shiny and my nails grew like crazy. I little muffin cup had shrunk to nothing and the little cellulite I had on my back side was gone, no seriously it was gone!!!!  The cellulite disappearing was one of the best benefits.  I had tons of energy and I was consuming fewer calories.  Clarity,Clarity, Clarity was amazing and a little scary.  My head was so clear, my mind was super sharp. So why did I not stay on this diet for life. Balance, for me this is not an ideal diet. My body’s make up needs warm foods, cooked foods. I digest gently cooked foods much better. I noticed that I was feeling very flighty after 14 days. I felt very dried out even though my skin looked amazing. My concentration after 21 days left me in an airy state. What I mean is I had too much clarity I was connected to every thing around me. I did not feel grounded. I had too much energy. 

I knew what I needed cooked foods, so within my 21 days of RAW  I made some quinoa with curry and a little clarified butter(ghee). I felt grounded and centered. I continue the rest of my RAW adventure but learned to add warmed spiced cooked veggies when I needed  to stay grounded.  I learned so much about myself and the bounty of this earth and how foods truly are our healers, if we use it properly.

Check out some of the pics below of RAW food I made over my 30 days of going RAW . I will do this again but will make sure I honor who I am within inside of a way of eating.

DAY 1 Eating RAW and vegetarian

So, a week ago I got this nasty virus and decided to heal myself naturally. So I went on a RAW diet cleanse. In 2 days I was back to normal. Here is a little history.  I have been chronically ill for 20 years with kidney disease. In 2007 my kidneys failed and I was on dialysis. In 2008 my husband gave me his kidney. Amazing story!! Indeed. So, why did I share that because for some people  a virus can last 2 – 7 days for me a virus can last for a month or put me in the hospital. So, I opt to naturally remedies when I get such things.  Eating raw for my health was not a biggie. So , I start doing the normal stuff juicin for veggies and fruit and eating salad.

Until eureka! I looked inside the bucket that held all my pulp and decide to do something with it. I thought maybe I can make burgers, but it did not look like a burger. I juiced carrots, a lemon, apples and some kale. All the pulp was pretty orange. Huh? What looks orange? Salmon. I remember growing up and my mom would make the best salmon croquettes. I was like I can make veggie croquettes. At the end of this blog will be the recipes.

So I took the pulp added some veggies, some spices and formed it into a patty. But it stilled looked orange, but salmon looks orange so why is there still a problem.  Where is that crispy outside my mom had on her croquettes and how could I make this. Eureka again!! I took the same spices some almonds and flax seeds and put them on blast in my Bella Cucuina Artful Food Rocket Blender. I pulse for a few time and there was my crispy topping. I tooked that patties and rolled them this yummy crust!! I put them on a bed of lettuce . Made a salsa to go on top. I thought now what can I have for dessert. I took some tropical fruit mixed it with lemon juice, basil and honey. I put the fruit in a  cup and topped it with some extra grounded almonds and flax seed but this time I seasoned the grounds with raw sugar and cinnamon. And so was created a tropical little cobbler pie.

That evening I was like what will I have for dinner. Now my family is not eating this diet with me, so I am making RAW food and cooked food for them. The kitchen becomes a big mess,  but it so much fun creating new dishes. Okay back to dinner that night. I made a RAW lasagne.I took my mandoline and sliced carrots, zuchini and squashed seasoned them real good and made a RAW tomatoe sauces with just crushed up tomatoes, basil and spices. I layered it just like a regular lasagne and top it with parmesan reggiano and flax seed grounds. I know the cheese, but hey it is  my first day.

In two days I felt better from my virus. I had amazing energy and in 4 days or so I lost 5 lbs. I went into this thinking I am going to starve to death, but it has been the opposite. Well that is all for now. Come back and I will have DAY 2 Eating RAW and vegetarian.

Recipes

Veggie Croquette’s

5 carrots juiced and use the pulp

3 apples juiced and use the pulp

half of lemon use the zest

handful of kale

You can drink the juice with your meal

Take the pulp put it in a bowl

season with sea salt, black pepper, cumin, tumeric, chili powder, cayenne pepper

parsley and cilantro all to taste.

Form a patty

Next make your coating:

1/2 cup of almonds

1/2 cup of flax seed

half your coating before adding spices so you can use the other half later for dessert

Add all the spices you used for the patty  to your nuts and blend until you get

a rough cornmeal like consistency.

Roll patties into ground , place on a bed of herb lettuce. You can make a RAW dressing with this, just

take balsamic vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and mix. You can add it to your greens before yo place your patties on top.

Tropical Little cobbler

Cut bananas, mangos, pineapples, julienne basil and add, add lemon juice, honey

Take remain nut grounds and add raw sugar, cinnamon

Add fruit to a nice little bowl and top with nut grounds.

Raw Veggie Lasagne

YOu will need  Mandoline for this one

Use it to slice zuchini, squash and carrots use big veggies to get nice lasagne like shapes

Season the veggies to taste

Crushed 3 medium tomatoes or you can use organic can crushed tomatoes add spices( salt pepper garlic) and parsley, basil.

Grated parmesan reggiano( optional)

Layer in a deep glass dish. sauce , cheese, veggies, sauce, cheese , veggies until you are at the top with cheese and I also added some grounded flax seed.

That is all it took. Enjoy

Simple rule of thumb for good health

Eat clean, Drink Clean, Breath Clean .
Make your plate colorful. Do 70% veggies and fruits at least twice a day.

What’s for dinner- Beauty?

Ever since I was a little girl I always  loved dressing up and wearing make-up. I actually would sneak my mom’s red lipstick out of the house each morning before school. I would run in the girls bathroom and put it on.  You should have seen my face when I left the bathroom, you saw my lips before you saw me.  I had no idea how to apply make-up when I was 12 years old.  The funny things is I remember at 10 years old plucking roses off my rose bush in my backyard, putting it in a bottle with water and letting it sit for a few days. After about 3 days I would open up my bottle take a cotton swab and rub it all over my face. My goodness it felt so refreshing and cool. I loved how my skin felt afterwards, my mom and dad would get on me and tell me to stop messing up their rose bushes. They thought I was too young for this non sense.  Skincare has always been my passion. I learned it from my great aunt. She would take things out of her garden and make potions and elixirs. She had the most beautiful skin, even in her lat 7o’s she did not have one wrinkle.  So, it is no surprise that I started my own skincare company a couple of years ago. I believe you should feed your skin as well as you feed your body, naturally. So, hence the title of this blog, what’s for dinner- beauty.

Do you know in your fridge, pantry and cabinets, lies some of the oldest beauty secrets. Here is one I will share with you for younger looking skin:

Alpha Hydroxy wrinkle cream:

Take two egg whites place in a glass bowl

mix with 2 tbs of honey and 1/4 cup of red wine

Mix thoroughly and apply to face and let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off.

Apply moisturizer. I have a terrific multi-tea moisturizer infused with essential oils to tone, tighten and rejuvenate the skin. www.btyliskintherapies.com

Finding beauty in your kitchen is also more than mixing ingredient together and applying them topically. Eat beauty as well. Fish is great for the skin, hair and nails. Fish is packed with the essential fatty acids we need for health but also for beauty. If your skin is dry eat more potassium-rich foods, like leafy greens, bell peppers, bananas and sunflower seeds. Drink plenty of pure water.  One of the greatest ways to be a natural beauty is through nutrition. Eat to youth and vitality. Live well and beautifully.