Archive for March, 2011

March 27, 2011

The Benefits of Juicing (and eating raw).

After recently watching the documentary Food Matters (avilable to view on instant netflix!), I started to think a bit more about incorporating more raw foods in my diet. It has been said that if  51% of your diet is raw, you are consuming the optimal amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

You may be thinking, why do the fruits and vegetables I consume have to be raw? It’s pretty simple actually, our digestive systems are able to absorb every nutrient out of the produce much easier if it’s raw. When you cook vegetables, fruits, and nuts, the heat removes important digestive enzymes, bacteria, and antioxidants. Digestive enzymes are vital to easing digestion, breaking down fats, and maintaing a healthy pancreas. Bacteria is vital to helping your body breakdown foods, and keeping our immune systems strong. Antioxidants, especially in raw form, have the ability of not only keeping us from getting the common flu, but also build up as a defense to more serious illnesses.51% of our diets may seem like a substantial percentage, it’s actually not very difficult to get close to that. Daily juicing, eating a big salad, and filling in snacks with things like raw nuts (NOT ROASTED!), apples, pepper slices etc., can help you get pretty close to that 51% daily raw intake.

So, I decided to go for it and try juicing. Investing in a regular grade juicer is not too expensive ($150ish on Amazon), and what you get out of it is well worth it. After all, we SHOULD be investing in our health! I’ve been juicing a few times a week for the last 6 weeks or so, and love it! Some benefits I have noticed immediately are the energy boosts, regulating of the digestive system, and overall feeling strong to face common illnesses that go around this time of year. But bewared, just because you’re juicing does not mean you don’t have to get other fruit and vegetable intake. You also need to make sure you’re consuming the fiber from the produce. (Most juicers come with recipes to utilize the fibrous pulp in pies, meatloaf, breads, you name it). The regular juice in my house generally is carrots, apples, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, peach, lime, and berries. (I’m looking to start incorporating some more veggies soon). Juicing is a great way to get your vitamins and minerals in a way that you’re body can absorb more efficiently. Juicing diets are often used for cancer patients to boost immunity and cellular strength. To learn more about juicing diets I urge you to look into Gerson books and articles. In the meantime, Happy Gnashing!

Normal Juicing line-up

The Juicer ready to go.

Final Delicious Nutritious Drink!

March 23, 2011

Interactive Gnashing

So I’ve been grappling with where to start off talking about food. For me, food is interactive, hands-on and I think it’s valuable to explore the importance of that relationship. Okay, I know it may seem silly to think about having a relationship with food, but don’t be to quick to judge. Think about it this way, the food we prepare, are around and consume are the direct fuel for our lives. You know that feeling when you’ve had a greatly satisfying meal? There’s no better way to give back to your body then to give it the best food. The ability to connect our body and mind through food is a pretty phenomenal cycle in life.  Whether you’re religious or not, it’s beneficial to begin to think further about how the earth provides for us (which reinforces the importance of taking care of our earth). So today I urge you to self-reflect on what food means to you. How do you consume it? How are you connecting with the earth? What does feeding your body mean to you? These reflections are vital to maintain a healthy relationship with food. This all may seem a little vague, but take a few minutes to really think about it. After all, how you feed your body directly impacts your day-to-day life and long-term health.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”  -Native American Proverb


March 21, 2011

….All that matters is that we’re gnashing!

Hello World,

I woke up this morning and needed to get this up and running today. My life is food, I love to consume, observe, research, understand and be one with food. But I especially love gnashing  (I like a taste of everything, a girl can’t help it, trust). Food has been on my radar for 23 years now and it’s time to start discussing it. My hope is to bring some ideas, thoughts, alterations, creativity, and relationships to your gnashing. As I am pretty into nutrition, I will be talking a lot about other options, guidelines, and support to create some good refined gnashes. I will integrate a lot of the following topics as well: culture, health, holistic approaches, politics, access, community, fitness, do it your own ideas, visual art, music, and all things that involve life. My goals for this journey are beyond the web, with hopes of community building, and support. My favorite thing about food is the style, ritual, grove of the act of feeding your body, and my hope is to help everyone find this relationship to our bodies, the earth, and ourselves. Hope you can be part of the conversation.

Michelle

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