Why Healthy Eating Is So Good for Hypermobility Syndrome Sufferers

So, we all know that eating healthily is good for us. We hear it enough times. It’s something we ‘should’ do. But I want to give you a personal take; make it real to you. I want you to know how much of a difference eating healthily has made to me as a Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS) sufferer and I want to give you some tips on how you can start to feel this health and vitality in your own life.

Let’s look at the facts first:

Why eating healthily is particularly good for HMS sufferers:

When our body is clean on the inside we are healthier on the outside.

Our organs of detoxification, including the liver and the kidneys, work 24/7 to keep our bodies clean. The more we eat natural food the less they have to work. This is great for two reasons: 1 – we look and feel better; 2 – our detoxification system can then spend its time doing internal ‘housework’ making sure every part of our body functions the very best it can. This means our joints can be kept healthy and recover from injury more quickly.

Eating healthily can satisfy us with fewer calories.

The more healthily we eat the more weight we’ll drop. That’s great for general health but also really important for us HMS sufferers.

Fresh food delivers us vitamins and minerals in abundance in a way that processed food cannot.

It’s very easy to be over-fed yet under-nourished when we eat a lot of processed food. If we enjoy plentiful fruit and vegetables we’ll be ensuring we deliver quality to our bodies. Vitamins and minerals are essential to ensure optimal health and functioning of our joints, tissues, bones and muscles.

• Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly greens can improve our digestion.

It’s all about having the right level of hydrochloric acid in your tummy – have a look at the writing of Victoria Boutenko for the details. Having efficient digestion is not just something that means we feel better – it also ensures we absorb more of the goodness from the food that we do eat. A double whammy!

Because our body is working less, we have more energy.

We look better and we feel better – a great way to make sure we are experiencing life in the best possible way we can at any given time.

• Because we have more energy and look better, we feel better. I know how easy it is to feel down when you have HMS. Feeling brighter on a daily basis and being happier when we look in the mirror are two all-important factors when it comes to feeling better every day.

We have less allergic response.

There are many, less healthy, foodstuffs that can cause allergies. (You can find out about the more common of these – wheat and dairy – by googling them or reading an author like Patrick Holford.) Allergies do not just show up as skin or breathing problems, they also clog up all the processes of our bodies, along with lowering our health and vitality generally. If we give our body a break from these we can function at a much more healthy level.

The body was designed for the natural sugar in fruit.

Eating less processed sugar and replacing it with natural sugar puts so much less stress on the body. Our system was not meant handle processed sugar and getting it cleaned out of the body day in day out really takes its toll. Noticed how you get more spots when you eat a lot of chocolate? It’s because the skin is an organ of detoxification and if the other organs in the body that clear unnatural foodstuffs are over-loaded then the toxins will be pushed out through your skin.

Natural water without having to remember to carry a bottle with you everywhere!

Our bodies need water to function properly. Without it, all our vital systems lack oxygen and just can’t work properly. It affects our joints, muscles and connective tissues too – all those things that we want to keep in the best state possible. If we eat more fruit and vegetables we’ll get water in its natural state – packaged inside some beautifully sweet-tasting fruit!

Now perhaps you are asking: “How does she know all this?” Well, that’s because eating healthily has literally changed my life.

I had my hypermobility diagnosed in 2008, but I’d been suffering for many years; RSI making my academic life hell, lower back problems putting me out of action over and over again while neck and shoulder problems plagued me from a very early age.

2008 was the worst I’d been. A problem with my neck and shoulder was so bad I had to leave the course of study I was on. I couldn’t hold my head up for long without muscle spasm and immense pain. I spent months in bed and became very depressed.

After what was a very long, dark time I was finally diagnosed with EDS and got to work with a great physiotherapist.

I decided that I wanted to do everything I could to improve my health. I started researching diet and was amazed at what I found. I learnt about how many of the food stuffs we take as normal (e.g. bread, milk, soy) can be highly allergenic. I learnt how our body is constantly detoxifying, and how, if we put unnatural substances into it, it has to work really to get rid of them. I learnt how many of the animal products we eat are full of chemicals and hormones that have been routinely used to treat the animals. I learnt how natural, raw foods are not only choc full of vitamins and minerals, but also include enzymes which make them easier to digest than processed food. I learnt how greens are a wonder food – not only providing minerals in abundance, but also actually improving the way our body digests.

There are plenty of resources, freely available online, written by doctors and enthusiasts alike, which provide evidence and experience to champion healthy eating.

I decided to become my own tester. It’s simple and cheap – I’d recommend giving it a go! ‘Try on’ a healthy diet for a few meals, a few days and see what it does for you. I did just that and I’ve never looked back.

I started to make changes to the way I ate. I cut down on the amount of animal produce and included a lot more fruit and vegetables. I found not only did I love it, but I felt and looked so much healthier. Without trying, I lost weight I never thought I’d lose, my skin cleared up and my eyes started to sparkle. I had more energy and slept better. I got ill with colds and passing bugs much less frequently. Importantly, along with the physiotherapy, the state of my joints and muscles improved. They hurt less often and with less intensity, and when I had a setback it was shorter and I healed more quickly.

I was so sold that I continued to work on my diet. I now eat a diet very high in fresh fruit and vegetables. I don’t eat any animal produce and I don’t cook my food.

You might think this is extreme, but, boy, it works for me! I feel the best I have ever done. I haven’t had a cold for over 2 years. I love the shape of my body. Even better, I love the food I am eating. Our taste buds are amazingly flexible. They adjust to new flavours very easily. For example, once I took processed sugar out of my diet I really started to taste the sweetness of natural produce. Now I can get my sugar kick from apples, oranges, pineapple and mango with no guilt!

Importantly, my hypermobility has improved immeasurably – I couldn’t even pick up a book two years ago and was in constant pain, now I frequently walk home from the shops with several shopping bags. I can exercise, engage in most pursuits and live relatively normally. A lot of this success is due to my wonderful physiotherapist and my own determination to strengthen, but I don’t doubt that a substantial part of my recovery has been due to my dietary changes.

My improved health and increased vitality has sky-rocketed my self confidence and general happiness. I’ve had the confidence to be able to start pursuing the things I’ve always wanted to – I’m much more creative in my everyday life and I’ve even moved to a different country, something I’d wanted to do from a very young age!

Who knows what it could do for you?

It’s super easy and tasty to ‘healthify’ your diet. How about trying a fruit smoothie? They are easy to make with a regular blender.

So, if you’ve got a blender get it out of the cupboard. Put it on the work surface in your kitchen. Then it’s there, ready to make you gorgeous fruit-based smoothies that your body will thank you for every day – loads of vitamins and minerals and natural hydration. If you’re up for it add some greens too – they’ll make it a wicked colour and you’ll send your mineral quota shooting up for the day.

Try this recipe for size:

• Get two really ripe pears. Quarter them and remove the cores. Then dice them roughly and put them in your blender. Pop the lid on the blender and pulse the blades until the pear is liquid.

• Chop a third of a medium cucumber and add in with the pears. Do the same thing with the pulse button to liquidise the cucumber.

• Take two large handfuls of spinach and add them to the blender. Blend again until the spinach is incorporated and you have a nice smooth liquid.

• Pour all this into a glass and sit back and enjoy the taste!

You can watch me showing you how to make this delicious and easy smoothie here: http://www.pathlesstrodden.com/pear-spinach-smoothie/

For more information on my diet and hypermobility journey, as well as recipes and a chance to sign up to my ezine check out my website.

Give your body a break and the chance to work the way it was intended to work!

Jameth Sheridan on Vitamin Deficiencies, Dental Health and Solutions

In this article, Jameth Sheridan shares on challenges like vitamin deficiencies and dental health and offers solutions as well. Jameth Sheridan is the co-author of Uncooking with Jameth and Kim and the co-founder of the superfoods company HealthForce Nutritionals.

Kevin: You mentioned teeth issues. We really haven’t talked about teeth issues with anyone from this program. And some people on a raw diet do experience hot and cold sensitivity, and is that the sign of teeth starting to rot? What’s happening there?

Jameth: Yes it can be, and many a raw fooder has had dental problems, it’s actually the group that has the most dental problems in my experience, and especially in the years past, because there’s more awareness of that, has been raw fooders, which is ironic. The worst dental health I’ve seen is in raw fooders.

Kevin: Whoa.

Jameth: Now when I was mostly a fruitarian, I had a few cavities when I was a kid, I think four, and when I was mostly fruitarian, my teeth started rotting out of my mouth. I got many, many cavities, and that was during that similar time of athletics when I was eating so much sugar. Now, someone would say, “Well, I’m eating this raw food, vital, healthy, magnificent fruit,” and I’m not at all an anti-fruit person, but by no means do I recommend fruitarianism either.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: I was eating more sugar then I was when I was a regular junk food kid at Halloween and so forth. A regular person, if they eat junk foods and sugars, they’ll have a candy bar here, there, maybe once a day, something like that, maybe twice a day. So, two times a day you have sugar passing by your teeth. When you’re a raw fooder and eating lots of fruit, you are having sugar pass by your teeth a dozen times a day. I’ll have a piece of fruit now. Have a piece of fruit later. And, fruit’s so low calorie, you actually have more contact time with sugar on your teeth. And, it’s ironic that a regular candy bar has a very limited ability to feed your cells because it’s white sugar, it’s preservatives, there’s very little nutrients in it, it’s just absolute crap , and you cannot sustain cellular life very well whatsoever. And, the bacteria that live under your gums, when they get a candy bar, they can grow from that. But, they can’t grow nearly as well as they can from fruit sugar because fruit sugar is live, it’s vital, it has enzymes, it has life force. The water in fruits and vegetables is a low surface tension structured water which feeds our cells phenomenally better than a candy bar. That’s one of the reasons raw foods and whole foods are so good for us. Bacteria under your teeth thrive on fruit sugar like nothing else because it’s more vital for them, too. And, they get stronger.

Kevin: Right. Vital for us and them.

Jameth: They grow like crazy because it’s a better source of food for them and they’re getting it constantly. So, you’re more likely, actually, to have dental problems if you’re eating lots of fruit versus if you’re eating a lesser quantity of refined processed foods.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Not that I’m recommending that.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Now dates, for example, for your gums, are the worst of all possible worlds because dates are vital, they’re live, but they’re also gooey so they stick on your teeth.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Dates and dried fruits would apply to that. And the answer to that is don’t eat that much fruit because there’s another component I want to talk about in a minute. And also, make sure your dental hygiene is supreme. Because dental health and just having things go wrong with your teeth is clearly associated with having things go wrong with other organs and systems in the body stemming from the teeth as a source. You don’t want to have rotten teeth in your mouth. You’ve got to get that addressed. And, because I’ve had some serious dental issues in the past coming from largely fruitarian diets, I floss twice a day, brush twice a day, I floss sometimes more than twice a day, never let anything get stuck in my teeth, and I have a healthy essential oil type mouthwash that I usually use in rinse after I have things with sugar or other things. And, that’s prevented any further dental decay.

Kevin: Really? And, what kind of mouthwash is it?

Jameth: Right now, I tend to use one from Eco-Dent. It’s just an organic essential oil-based mouthwash, something healthy without sodium, lauryl sulfate or any preservatives. There’s other ones out there, I’m sure.

Another thing that happens with people when they eat a lot of fruit is fruit is high in antioxidants, it’s high in vitamins, it’s high in a lot of magnificent things. And actually, I think that people that say that they eat no fruit, they’re throwing the baby out with the bath water. I don’t think that’s healthy. And, we can talk more about that later. But, fruit is extremely low in minerals. That’s just not what fruit contributes to your body, to your diet. That’s not what it’s there for. It just genetically can’t have a lot of minerals in it. Two and three percent, sometimes four percent, whereas the average vegetable might have ten percent. The average superfood vegetable like nettles has about twenty percent minerals. Dramatically different. Even spirulina has about ten percent minerals. Fruit is just really low. When you have that much sugar and that little minerals, it actually starts to de-mineralize your teeth and your bones. And sometimes people’s teeth can

become sensitive just from that alone, and they can start to become transparent, too.

Kevin: OK.

Jameth: And, that’s not a healthy situation to have. I’ve actually never met a long term fruitarian who is healthy or who didn’t cheat.

Kevin: OK.

Jameth: That’s my experience. After 22 years of being in raw, I’ve never seen that. And there’s some famous fruitarian emphasis types speaking today who aren’t telling people everything they do.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: I see B-12 being rampant in people who are fruitarian. If someone is a fruitarian, I recommend they don’t be, but if they are, they’ve absolutely got to take a B-12 supplement. I’ve seen so many fruitarians be B-12 deficient. And then, I’ve talked to a few of them and said, “Listen, let’s get you on some superfoods with probiotics, and grasses, and spirulina,” combinations of which have been proven to raise people’s B-12 levels without taking a B-12 supplement.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: What I’ve almost invariably heard from them is “Hey, that’s a little bit outside of my box. I don’t think that’s really natural.. I don’t think I can do that.” But, they go ahead and take a supplement or take injectable B-12, and I’m thinking, that isn’t outside your box? That’s not unnatural?

Kevin: Yeah.

Jameth: But it’s this philosophy. Now, there have been a few fruitarian types who have taken me up on my offer to help them with superfoods become B-12 sufficient and blood tests have shown they have become B-12 sufficient by taking various superfood complexes.

Kevin: Really? Plant based, or no?

Jameth: Completely plant based. Completely plant based. And, these are …

Kevin: But, with probiotics?

Jameth: With probiotics in them. Now, I don’t know is it the spiraling or the chlorella or some of the other things in the superfood that I’m talking about, or it is the probiotics in there because probiotics make B-12 on their own. Or, is it the combination of all of them because I haven’t dissected the 30 different ingredients and just given to someone in a clinical trial.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: But I know the totality of it does it. B-12 is somewhat of an important issue because it can just ruin someone’s health. Everything else in their health can be great , and if their B-12 is deficient, they start to get weak, they can start to get numbness and tingling, they can start to have brain and mental disorders. And, approximately 40% of the average human population in America, 40% of the average Americans are B-12 deficient on a meat-eating diet, on a carnivorous diet. This is not a vegan or a raw issue. If you’re fruitarian, it definitely is magnified tremendously. So, if someone has to take a B-12 supplement, it doesn’t mean that their life or their lifestyle is failing, it just means that they’re taking care of their need, they’re doing what they need to be healthy.

And, the reason that I got into raw, and the reason that pretty much everybody gets into raw, is to be healthy. So, if something’s not healthy, then you shouldn’t do it. And, getting stuck in the philosophy or the various philosophies of raw can get people into trouble.

I don’t take a B-12 supplement and I’ve been a vegan for 22 years. I take my B-12 levels, and they’re optimum. But if they weren’t, I think it’s because I take superfoods and probiotics, if they weren’t, I would have not problem taking a B-12 supplement. And, it’s like when you’re a vegan, also you’re on trial with a lot of the rest of the world.

Kevin: Interesting.

ITP – 15 Steps to Help Low Blood Platelets With Food, Supplements and Lifestyle Changes

I and many other natural practitioners firmly believe that ITP and cancer are all related to a degree. The all stem from chronic inflammation and a breakdown of the immune system. The body is a complete organism and it takes an all out war on any possible offending culprit or culprits. Besides taking things to increase our health and increase platelets, we also have to remove those things out of our life that may be causing us harm, and then give the body a chance to heal itself. We are a pretty amazing self healing organism given half the chance.

Here is a simple list of 15 steps you can take to help heal your ITP

Get rid of as many chemical toxins as I possibly could from my body care products and my home. The toxic burden the human race is carrying is at epic proportions and we were not designed to tolerate all of these chemicals.

Increase your uptake of high quality supplements especially Coenzyme Q10, selenium, zinc, melatonin, vitamin a,d and e. Take a separate Vitamin B3 (Niacinimide) supplement. B3 has anticancer/anti inflammation properties.

I would take a mega daily dose of ascorbic acid – 12 grams if you can tolerate it. Ascorbic acid protects plasma lipids against oxidative damage, destroying free radicals. Ascorbic acid also decreases the toxicity of drugs used in chemo and reduces the effects of radiation.

Eliminate all dairy products from your diet

Eat at least three RAW cloves of garlic a day. (chop it up and put on everything)

Avoid sugar like the plague. That also means any thing with high fructose corn syrup in it. It is actually poison to your system. Use honey sparingly or use stevia.

Eliminate all refined grains from your diet. Eg: processed breads, cereals, white rice etc. Totally eliminate all wheat products either refined or unrefined.

Avoid all food additives

Take a good probiotic supplement

Eat at least 60% of your diet in raw foods. Preferably organic. (In other words eat as close to natural as you possibly can. If it’s processed steer clear! Eat simple food combinations. EG: a green salad, with a piece of grilled chicken or lean meat with some brown rice or a steamed vegetable. Keep it simple and easy on your digestion.

Drink a daily fresh juiced green drink of organic carrots, wheat grass and any other green vegetable that you may have. Celery is good but make sure that one is definitely organic as it retains any pesticides with in the membranes (in other words, the pesticides don’t wash off). Add some raw cacao to your drink.( It has 30 times the antioxidants of green tea.)

Drink half of your my body weight in ounces of pure water that has no fluoride or chlorine in it. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice in the water will help flush out the toxins and alkalize your system.

Take a very good quality cod liver oil or flax seed supplement in liquid form, not capsules (although there are some brands of fish oil capsules that are good – be sure to do your research though.)

Take a mushroom capsule supplement. Not any mushrooms though. Look for a supplement that contains the following:

Reishu

Maitake

Shiatake

Cloud (coriolus)

Agaricus

4 to 8 capsules a day with water. These mushrooms are extremely high in glyconutrients and are one of the true superfoods available. The help balance out the immune system, and have even been known to help heal cancer as well as other autoimmune disorders.

As a side note…the biggest problem about any of these auto immune diseases including itp and cancer is that if you don’t really find out what the root cause is, you’ll never be able to heal properly. All your good intentions may not be enough if you don’t know what it is that is causing the breakdown in your system. It is even possible that your body may just be intolerant to something that is perceived to be good for you. Nothing beats knowing That’s why I was so grateful that I found my naturopath who uses dna testing and heavy metal testing so I could get to the bottom of Viv’s ITP.

10 Vegan Celebrities and Why They Became Vegan

The vegan diet comes to the forefront of society with many vegan celebrities. Several reasons support their diet changes, such as choosing to not support animal cruelty. Another reason is because of their health and looks, a big issue for celebrities who are in television and movies.

  1. Ellen DeGeneres – both Ellen DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, are vegans because of their love for animals. Once they saw a documentary on caged animals, Ellen DeGeneres said it was an easy decision for them to quit eating meat and dairy products.
  2. Mike Tyson – Mike Tyson has recently gone to the vegan diet, slimming down in the process, while also spending hours in the gym to build up his strength. His reasoning was to remove “drama” from his life and become a better person through the vegan diet’s benefits.
  3. Demi Moore – for anyone who knows Demi Moore it should come as no surprise she is a vegan. What is a surprise is the fact she is one of the celebrities who is now part of the new raw vegan food movement that is entering mainstream America.
  4. Robin Williams – another popular celebrity who is part of the new raw vegan food movement is Robin Williams. Recently having heart surgery, going vegan is part of trying to avoid further heart attacks and staying healthy.
  5. Alicia Silverstone – Alicia has been quoted as saying “Going vegan is the single best thing I’ve done in my life. I am so much happier and more confident. I made a decision based on my moral beliefs.”
  6. Sandra Oh – one of the top doctors on Grey’s Anatomy, Sandra Oh is also a vegan and has promoted this diet with her co-stars by taking them out to a 100% cruelty free lunch at the “True Vegan” in Hollywood. She feels it is a lifestyle, not a dietary choice.
  7. Woody Harrelson – when Woody Harrelson went on his vegan diet, he saw an increase in energy and in a healthy glow to his skin. His diet included raw beans, nuts, and vegetables. When he was a teenager, he had terrible skin problems and gave up dairy products at the suggestion of a friend. From then on his health and skin improved.
  8. Joaquin Phoenix – a vegan actor who played Johnny Cash in “Walking the Line,” His sister Summer is married to Casey Affleck (Ben’s younger brother) who is also vegan and is planning on opening a vegan restaurant in L.A.
  9. KD Lang – a famous singer, KD Lang, was treated violently with bomb threats and burning pictures of her on her mother’s lawn when she went on a meat free diet. “Who would have thought people who slaughter cattle with their bare hands could be violent?”
  10. Tobey Maguire – Tobey has been meat free since 1992. When he had to bulk up for his role in Spiderman, he got his protein by eating lots of tofu.

The Breastfeeding Diet – Your Nutrition While Breastfeeding is Important

It is very important to focus on your nutrition while breastfeeding, both for your health and your baby’s! Here are my top 4 tips to follow while breastfeeding your baby:

1) Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables

2) Take a whole food prenatal vitamin (I take “Super Nutrition” Simply One Prenatal)

3) Drink enough fluids so that you are never thirsty

4) Avoid caffeine and alcohol

You should build your own nutritional plan based on the tips above, however here is an idea of what I eat. You will see that I follow a mostly raw vegan diet.  If you are not currently raw and vegan, it is not really a good time to switch to this diet while you are breastfeeding. This is because your body may go through detox and you want to avoid releasing any of these toxins through your breast milk. It won’t hurt to add extra fruits and veggies to your current diet though!!  My average daily menu is below. 

My Mostly Raw Vegan Breastfeeding Meal Plan

Upon waking (in this order)

Tall Glass of Lemon Water (with stevia)

Fruit (usually some papaya)

Bowl of Raw Granola (Sprouted and Dehydrated Buckwheat Groats and Sunflower Seeds, almonds, walnuts, and whatever else I crushed up and threw in that batch)

About 2 hours later

Big green smoothie – frozen bananas, leafy greens (I mix this up but a combo of spinach, kale, celery, sprouts, or any leafy green), chia seed gel, stevia. Those are the standard, but sometimes I will add raw carob, dates, blueberries, or some spices)

About an hour later if I am hungry

Fruit (usually an apple or some mango) and/or some dehydrated buckwheat groats

Around Lunch Time

A Salad (I usually have some sort of chopped salad prepared; if not, a greens with carrots, celery, asparagus, tomatoes and nutritional yeast)

About 3 hours later

Another Green Smoothie or Sprouted Buckwheat with a little granola depending on my mood

Around dinner time

Something more substantial like a nori or flax wrap sandwich full of sprouts and veggies or a raw burger.

I have recently started to eat cooked grains like quinoa, brown rice, and kasha. I season them with Himalayan Sea Salt.

Dessert

I know you should eat your fruit before anything else, but I like to finish off my dinner with a sweet treat like frozen banana ice cream. If you look at one of my earlier blog posts you will see that I have a recipe for this with carob powder. Sometimes I will sprinkle granola over it with some raw agave nectar for a heavenly treat!

Snacks

Yes! I eat all day so sometimes I am snacking on Raw Brazil Nuts, Frozen Grapes, a dehydrated bar that I might have made, carrot and celery sticks dipped in guacamole.

Easy Quick Recipes For Weight Loss – Baby Corn Delight

A healthy diet is one that is high in nutrients and low in fat, sugar, salt and cholesterol.

Fruits and Vegetables have very little calories and hence eating more fruits and vegetables instead of meats will quickly reduce your weight. Moreover, some fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, zucchini are best eaten raw. Other Vegetables also require less cooking time to preserve its original taste and nutrients.

Preparing a quick simple meal of vegetables can be equally nutritious and delicious. Below is a good example of a simple, yet delicious meal that only takes 10 minutes or preparation time and 15 minutes of cooking time.

Baby Corn Delight

Servings : 6

Preparation Time : 10 Minutes

Cooking Time : 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Baby corn- 200 gm
  • Green chilly (finely chopped) – 1 no
  • Ginger (finely chopped) – 11/2 tsp
  • Garlic (finely chopped) – 11/2 tsp
  • Soya sauce -1tsp
  • Tomato-chilly sauce – 2 tsp
  • Corn flour -1tsp
  • Capsicum – chopped -2 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt and pepper – to taste

Preparation

Mix together soy sauce, tomato-chilly sauce and corn flour with 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl and keep it aside. Heat the oil in non-stick pan and add the baby corn and sauté over a high flame for 5 minutes. Add the green chilly, ginger and garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes. Then add corn flour and sauce mixture. Mix well over a high flame till the sauce coats the baby corn. Toss in the capsicum, add salt and pepper and mix well. Serve hot. A great side dish to enjoy!

Note: The ingredients used above are not only low in calories but also have health beneficial values. Ginger is considered to have some cancer fighting properties and garlic may be slightly protective against heart disease. Adding ginger and garlic occasionally in our diet is quite useful for a healthy living. Tomatoes protect the heart and studies suggest that regular use of tomatoes can cause reductions in prostate and other cancers.

The Raw Milk Cure

Raw milk (from cows, goats, yaks, horses, sheep) has historically been considered a superfood. It has been used both in the daily diet (often fermented) and by special groups with extra nutritional needs, like the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, warriors, and sick people. An ancient Babylon text tells how raw milk was used to drive out the demons of sickness, “Bring milk and laban [curdled milk] that man become as pure as laban; like that milk may he become pure.”(1)

A portion of raw milk was drunk fresh and warm from the cow (or other animal), but a lot of it was fermented, or cultured, into a variety of delicious products – yoghurt, kefir, cheeses, lacto-fermented beverages, etc. – due to both the lack of refrigeration and primitive people’s knowledge of the health benefits of “probiotics”.

As early as the 1800’s, we have documented texts of medical doctors using a diet composed exclusively of raw milk to heal an incredible variety of diseases – ranging from asthma and diabetes to colitis, obesity and tuberculosis. How does raw milk work to heal such a variety of very different disorders?

Many of my readers who have gone on The IBD Remission Diet (an elemental diet used to induce disease remission) also found that a variety of other illnesses cleared up at the same time. This is one of the reasons I refer to the time on the Diet as a “healing spa”. If the digestive system is the foundation of health in the body, and natural healing heals the entire body holistically, then of course you are going to see positive results in all aspects of your health. All of your organs and systems will heal and balance, over time, given the necessary tools. An elemental diet – and raw milk is truly the first, original elemental diet, provides the body with the tools to heal holistically.

In his book, The Untold Story of Milk, naturopathic physician Ron Schmid writes:


“According to late 19th century proponents, the ‘secret’ of the milk cure lies in the fact good raw milk is a food the body easily turns into good blood. In illness there is one or both of two conditions in the blood: insufficient quantity, or abnormal quality. The milk diet corrects both and, acting through the blood and the circulation, heals the cells and thus the tissues and organs. The muscles on a milk diet harden, almost like an athlete’s, because they are pumped full of blood, as are the organs.”(2)

However, there are some rules that need to be followed. As with The IBD Remission Diet, there are some crucial guidelines that need to be implemented to have success with the raw milk cure. Some of the doctors who used the raw milk cure with patients in the 1800’s through to the 1930’s used raw milk in conjunction with mild, easily digestible foods like fruit. But the vast majority swore by the need to consume only fresh, raw milk, and vast quantities of it.

One of the most prolific of these doctors, Charles Sanford Porter MD, published a book called, Milk Diet as a Remedy for Chronic Disease in 1905. In the book he relates how at least 18,000 patients had been on the raw milk diet under his care in the last 37 years. This was not some fad diet, or quick-flash trend. This was a solid, scientifically proven method for healing mild to severe disorders. In 1929, one of the founders of the Mayo Foundation (forerunner to the Mayo Clinic), J.E. Crew MD reported that he had been successfully using the raw milk treatment for the last 15 years. He said, “The results obtained in various types of disease have been so uniformly excellent that one’s conception of disease and its alleviation is necessarily changed. When sick people are limited to a diet containing an excess of vitamins and all the elements necessary to growth and maintenance, they recover rapidly without the use of drugs and without bringing to bear all the complicated weapons of modern medicine.”(3)

The great thing is that many medical doctors in the U.S., Russia and Germany published their work and results using raw milk diets from the early 1800’s to early 1900’s, so we have good guidelines for implementation. Personally, from my experience with elemental diets and the rationale behind them, I agree with the majority of doctors who found that if you mixed other foods with the raw milk diet, it was not nearly as successful. The only other food I think you could mix with raw milk and perhaps see an added benefit from is clear homemade bone broths – boiled from organic meat and bones. I say this both because I have an intuitive sense that this would be okay (and perhaps add to the healing power of the regime), and because homemade bone broths have been very beneficial for people on The IBD Remission Diet.

Rules For The Raw Milk Cure

After perusing the writings of various doctors who worked extensively with raw milk treatments, here are the crucial implementation guidelines if you’d like to give the raw milk diet a try:

  • Use raw, untreated milk from pasture-fed cows only – milk has the highest curative value in spring and early summer when cows are eating new, high vitamin grass. Do not use milk from grain-fed or barn-bound cows.
  • Higher fat milk (from Jersey cows) is ideal. Be sure to use full-fat milk only (not 2% or skim).
  • The average adult must consume at least 3 – 4 quarts of raw milk per day. You can consume up to 10 quarts per day, if you wish (note: 4 cups = 1 quart).
  • Minimum duration of raw milk diet is 4 weeks to see good results. Follow with gradual food introduction of easily digested foods.
  • You must have complete rest during the diet – do not work, take care of family, go to school, etc. This is exactly what I advise people on The IBD Remission Diet, because healing takes a lot of energy.
  • Do not consume any other foods or beverages whilst on the diet, except filtered or spring water.

The importance of strictly adhering to these guidelines is summed up in the words of Dr. Charles Sanford Porter, MD:


“It is wrong, if not positively dangerous, to attempt the exclusive milk diet on any amount of milk less than that required to noticeably stimulate the circulation and promote body growth. There is no halfway method of taking the milk diet for people who have much the matter with them. Enough milk must be taken to create new circulation, new cells, and new tissue growth, and cause prompt elimination of the waste and dead matter that may be poisoning the system. With milk alone, digestion and assimilation may go on throughout practically the whole length of the alimentary canal. The addition of even a cracker to the milk seems to cause the stomach to hold all its contents for hours without discharging much into the intestine.”(4)

How Long Do I Stay On The Diet?

Now you may be wondering how long you can safely stay on a raw milk diet. Amazingly, there is no limit. Raw cow’s milk from pasture-fed cows is a complete, perfect food all by itself. In his book, The Untold Story of Milk, Ron Schmid ND, relates numerous stories of people who lived in perfect health for up to 50 years on raw milk alone. Here’s just one of many examples; this is a letter from a man in Burlington, Iowa in 1913:


“I have lived on a strictly milk diet for the past forty-two years, not as a matter of choice, but from the fact that I am unable to take solid food of any kind, even a crumb of bread. At the age of two I took a dose of concentrated lye, which caused a stricture of the food pipe and since then have lived on a milk diet. I believe I have gotten along better than the man who eats. I am five feet, six inches tall, weigh one hundred and forty pounds, and am married and have four strong, healthy children. I take one quart at each mealtime and none between meals. My health is good, in fact I have never been ill in forty-two years.”(5)

Dr. Schmid goes on to give many different examples of people who have had excellent health living on nothing but raw cow’s milk for 3 – 50 years. This is very liberating information! Imagine if elderly people in nursing homes were given raw milk instead of Boost, Ensure and processed foods? Imagine if people with obstructions and strictures were given raw milk, rather than surgery, or having their colon removed?

How To Introduce Raw Milk

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are often very hesitant to try raw milk due to bad experiences with pasteurized milk and sensitivity to milk proteins (keep in mind these proteins have been denatured by the pasteurization process). So what’s the best way to start and test whether you can take advantage of this amazing superfood? Here are the guidelines I’ve used with myself and my children (who were not allowed to drink pasteurized milk) to introduce raw milk and test for tolerance:

  • Make sure you only use untreated, full-fat, raw milk from pasture-fed cows
  • If you have been highly sensitive to milk in the past, then start by making yoghurt from the raw milk. Raw milk yoghurt is the most highly tolerated of all raw milk products. Eat a small amount of yoghurt each day and gradually build up (see Jini’s Raw Milk Yoghurt Recipe below).
  • If you like the yoghurt and tolerate it well, then you can make an Indian yoghurt drink called a lassi: Add a pinch of cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and your desired sweetener (stevia, maple syrup, honey) and stir to mix. Add some warm filtered water if the texture is too thick.
  • If you want to drink the raw milk straight, it’s best if you drink it in isolation from other foods. For example, have it first thing in the morning and don’t eat or drink anything else with it – consume it as you would an elemental shake (all by itself, on an empty stomach).
  • Warm the milk slightly to room temperature or lukewarm before drinking (but don’t make it hot/boiling or you will kill the good bacteria and enzymes that facilitate digestion). Cold milk can be a shock to the system and harder to digest.

Before we found a source of raw milk, my kids would occasionally have a glass of pasteurized milk at a friend’s house. And within half an hour they would have a bowel movement. Now keep in mind that my kids are perfectly healthy, with one formed bowel movement per day. If pasteurized milk affects them so negatively, imagine what it does to an already compromised digestive system? Raw milk is completely different. My kids drink as much raw milk per day as they wish and they still have only one formed bowel movement per day. I drink raw milk straight, eat raw milk cheeses, raw milk yoghurt, and make a shake from raw eggs and raw milk, and I’ve never felt better! If you’d like to source a raw milk supplier in your area go to: www.realmilk.com There are also lots of useful articles on the site if you’re worried about safety issues, legalities, etc.

References:

1. Barton, George A. Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, pg 635.

2. Schmid, Ron The Untold Story of Milk, pg. 76

3. Crewe, J. E. Raw Milk Cures Many Diseases, article, 1929

4. Porter, S. Charles Milk Diet as a Remedy for Chronic Disease, 1905-1923

5. Schmid, Ron The Untold Story of Milk, pg. 75

JINI’S RAW MILK YOGHURT RECIPE

Traditional yoghurt recipes call for the milk to be heated to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, however, this destroys the beneficial enzymes present in raw milk. Therefore, I prefer to not heat the milk beyond 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43°C). However, this usually results in a runny yoghurt (not firm). If you’re going to use your yoghurt in shakes, smoothies or lassis, this is fine. However, if you prefer to eat firm yoghurt, you will need to add gelatin to help firm it up. So the recipe here includes gelatin, but if you’re okay with runny yoghurt, then follow the recipe as is, minus the gelatin.

  • 4 cups raw whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons of Natren Yogurt Starter
  • 1 glass quart jar with lid, sterilized
  • 1 teaspoon powdered gelatin

1. Pour 4 cups of milk into a saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over surface of milk. Let sit for 5 minutes while gelatin dissolves.

2. Over low heat, stirring constantly, slowly bring the milk to 110°F (43°C), or until you can keep your finger in the milk while you count to 10.

3. Put the yogurt starter into the wide-mouth quart-size sterilized glass jar. Pour in about 1/2 cup milk and stir to mix really well with the starter.

4. Fill the jar with the rest of the milk, stir lightly, and screw on the lid.

5. Wrap the jar in a towel and let sit in a warm place*, for eight hours.

6. Unwrap and place in the refrigerator. Allow yoghurt to set in fridge (about four hours). If you want an even firmer yoghurt, next time add 1.5 or 2 teaspoons of gelatin.

*If you don’t have a warm place, then put it inside your oven with the oven light on. Do not turn on the oven, just turn on the oven light and close the oven door. If you have a yoghurt-maker, use the recipe here and then follow instructions for your yoghurt-maker for incubation – but still best to incubate for 8 hours.

Note: Do not mix fruit or sweeteners directly into your main batch of yoghurt, as this will interfere negatively with probiotic activity and potency during storage. However, it is perfectly fine to scoop out a portion of yoghurt and mix in some fruit, jam, maple syrup or honey immediately prior to eating – just don’t mix these in with your main batch that remains in the fridge.

Raw Food Christmas Party

So, you’ve had enough of the conventional unhealthy food you’ve been eating on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day year in, year out? You want to be able to celebrate in style but you desire a different approach in the food department – a healthier approach.

You’ve decided to have a Raw Food Christmas party for a change but are not quite sure what you can make? Perhaps you are a raw foodist or just like the idea of eating fresh and healthy food for a change. You want to abandon the overcooked stodgy food that makes you feel tired and lethargic afterwards and reaching for the alcohol to digest it (well, acid is a corrosive force!)

The thing about raw food today is that it doesn’t have to just be lettuce and fruit. Of course, that is very healthy but in temperate climates your body will eventually demand something more satisfying and filling. The answer is ‘raw gourmet food’. There are numerous raw chefs and even novices out there creating a style of prepared raw food that is inventive, classy and delicious. Why not give it a try? All you need are a few basic ingredients: – fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and seasonings. You can elaborate later with raw cacao, coconut butter, raw sweeteners etc.

A raw fruit pie can be made by grinding 1 cup of whole nuts in a nut grinder or coffee grinder and then mixing with ½ cup soft dates. Press the mixture into a lined pie dish. For the filling, blend 2 bananas with ½ cup blueberries and ½ cup cashew nuts. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and blend until smooth. Pour the cream into your crust. Set in the fridge for up to an hour. You can also decorate the pie with fresh fruits. This is a very basic recipe but you would do well to get a raw food recipe book to master the art of creative gourmet raw food. You might also consider attending a raw food class where you will learn all the basics in raw cuisine. It’s really quite simple once you become familiar with the ingredients. You can even make your own raw chocolate!

As an experienced plant food eater, what will I be making for my Raw Food Christmas Party this year?

*Apple Spice Punch

*Cream of Parsnip Soup with Petit Pain

*Pecan Nutloaf with Garlic Mushrooms and Pine Nut Sauce

*Honey Walnuts

*Chocolate Torte with Cream

*Festive Mince Pies with (B)randy Sauce

Over the New Year, I will make Mushroom Tarts, Crispy Kale, Cheesy Flax Crackers with Seed Cheese, Scottish Shortbread and Chocolates.

Is your mouth watering yet? You too could also create your very own raw festive feast for you and your family this year. Why not make Christmas and Thanksgiving a healthier celebration for everyone involved and include some tantalizing life-giving raw food on the menu? Once you’ve tried raw gourmet food, you will see how easy it is to eat healthily and still enjoy your food. So go on, try some raw food today. You and your loved ones deserve to be healthy. Have a happy and healthy festive time!

List of Mucusless (Mucus-Free) Foods

The word “mucusless,” or mucus-free, refers to foods that are not pus or mucus-forming inside the human body. Such foods digest without leaving behind a thick, viscous, slimy substance called mucus in the gastrointestinal tract. These foods include all kinds of fat-free, and starchless, fruits and vegetables. The term was coined in the early 1900s by dietitian and healer Prof. Arnold Ehret in his book the Mucusless Diet Healing System. The Mucusless Diet consists of all kinds of raw and cooked fruits, starchless vegetables, and cooked or raw, mostly green-leaf vegetables. The Mucusless Diet as a Healing System is a combination of individually advised long and short-term fasts, menus that progressively change to non-mucus-forming raw foods, and other therepies such as sun-bathing, exercise, colon irrigation, etc. Ehret observes that the accumulation of uneliminated waste materials by eating pus, mucus, and acid-forming foods, is the foundation of human illness.

The following list is certainly not exhaustive, but these are some of the most common mucusless (mucus-free) foods. Eating more of these foods in the right combinations is an important part of transitioning toward a mucus-free diet.

ACID-BINDING, NON-MUCUS-FORMING, OR MUCUSLESS

(MUCUS-FREE) FOODS

GREEN LEAF VEGETABLES (MUCUSLESS)

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choi
  • Cabbage
  • Collard
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Kale
  • Leafy Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Rosemary, Thyme, etc.)
  • Lettuce (Green, Red, Romaine, Boston Bibb, Iceberg)
  • Mustard
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnip
  • Watercress

RAW VEGETABLES/ROOT, STEM, FRUIT (ALL OR RELATIVELY STARCHLESS/MUCUSLESS)

  • Asparagus
  • Black Radish, with skin
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion
  • Dill
  • Endives
  • Green Onions
  • Horse Radish, with skin
  • Leeks
  • Onions (mildly acidic but okay on the transition diet)
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, or Orange)
  • Red Beets
  • Red Cabbage
  • Rhubarb
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Sprouts (Alfalfa, Brassica, Green-Leaf, Radish)
  • Sugar Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Young Radish
  • Zucchini

BAKED VEGETABLES ROOT, STEM, FRUIT (ALL OR RELATIVELY STARCHLESS/MUCUSLESS)

  • Acorn Squash (Baked)
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli (Baked or Steamed)
  • Brussels Sprouts (Steamed)
  • Butternut Squash (Baked)
  • Carrots (Steamed)
  • Cauliflower (Steamed or Baked)
  • Green Peas (Steamed)
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, or Orange)
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, or Orange)
  • Pumpkins (Baked or Steamed)
  • Spaghetti Squash (Baked)
  • Sweet Potato (Baked)
  • Zucchini (Steamed or Baked)

RIPE FRUITS (MUCUSLESS)

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Banana
  • Black Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Blood Orange
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeybell Tangelos
  • Honeydew
  • Lemons
  • Mandarin
  • Mangos
  • Nectarine
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Sour Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Cherries
  • Sweet Cherries
  • Tangerines
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon

DRIED OR BAKED FRUITS (MUCUSLESS)

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Currants
  • Currants, (Dried)
  • Dates
  • Dates, (Dried)
  • Figs
  • Figs (Dried)
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums/prunes
  • Strawberries

100% FRUIT JELLIES, SYRUPS, AND HONEY

  • Agave Nectar
  • Fruit Jellies (no sugar added)
  • Maple Syrup (100%, no preservatives)
  • Molasses (no preservatives)
  • Honey (bee)

The Transition Diet

It is very important that people learn how to transition from the most harmful mucus-forming foods to the ones that leave behind the least amount of waste. Many people mistakenly believe that Ehret’s work is inherently, or only, raw-foodism or fruitarianism. Yet Ehret emphasizes moving away from all mucus-forming foods above all else. Although the highest levels of the Mucusless Diet are raw mucus-free foods, Ehret advocates using cooked mucusless foods, and even some mildly mucus-forming items, when necessary during the Transition Diet. To learn more about this transitional process, check out Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System: Annotated, Revised, and Edited by Prof. Spira.

Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Patients Should Avoid MSG and Stick to Raw Food

A healthy diet does not include monosodium glutamate (referred to as MSG). This fact holds true for everyone – especially Crohn’s Disease and Colitis patients. The primary source of MSG is processed foods. The Western diet of fats, sugars, and processed foods is believed to be the culprit responsible for the prevalence of Crohn’s Disease and Colitis in North American society.

Patients with these conditions do much better with a diet of fruits and vegetables. In fact, many people claim that they have found a way to manage (and even eliminate) their uncomfortable symptoms. Some patients say that taking part in a water fast followed by a regular raw food diet worked for them. Of course, nobody should start a fast or make drastic changes to their diet without checking with their medical proffessional.

Mostly, people do not have problems with a diet of fruit and vegetables. Yet the body has to go through a period of adjustment to its new “fuel.” People with multiple conditions may experience temporary challenges with a raw food diet. It is always better for patients to check with their own medical proffessional.

In almost every case, fruits and vegetables will be the best choice. A diet saturated with MSG is never the right choice. In fact, Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon and author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills,” names monosodium glutamate as “the taste that kills.” That designation makes a powerful statement.

Yet Dr. Blaylock insists that MSG deserves that disturbing title. According to this physician, monosodium glutamate use can result in brain damage. In addition, this harmful substance can worsen diseases including Lou Gehrig’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease as well as other serious conditions. The doctor even believes that MSG can increase the level of a learning disability.

MSG is thought to cause headaches, eye damage, and even depression. Monosodium glutamate has been linked to short-term and long-term effects. A series of complications has been attributed to MSG. Indeed, there are reports that MSG has led to death under certain circumstances.

Obviously, this unhealthy substance will hinder rather than help anyone with Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. These sufferers should be looking for the healthiest choice. Sticking to a raw food diet is the best way to avoid monosodium glutamate.

Sold originally decades ago in the US under the brand name ‘Accent’ (a meat tenderizer), today’s MSG can be harder to spot in foods at the supermarket. Monosodium glutamate shows up in salad dressings, canned soups, frozen dinners, and a variety of other products. The scariest fact about MSG is that it has been found on occasion in baby foods and formulas.

Monosodium glutamate must be listed on labels. Yet ‘free glutamic acid’ (a MSG component) does not have to appear on a list of ingredients. By choosing a raw food diet, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis sufferers can avoid this “MSG mess.” Even when dining out, everyone must still be vigilant about their consumption of MSG. When you choose fresh food over processed products, it becomes much easier to avoid substances with no health benefits but plenty of harmful effects.