Food Guidelines For Basic Constitutional Types

Tridosha system

The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily humours or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Vata is the impulse principle necessary to mobilize the function of the nervous system.

Pitta is the energy principle which uses bile to direct digestion and hence metabolism into the venous system.

Kapha is the body fluid principle which relates to mucous, lubrication and the carrier of nutrients into the arterial system.

All Ayurvedic physicians believe that these ancient ideas, based in the knowledge discovered by the sages, exist in harmony with physical reality. These concepts allow physicians to examine the homeostasis of the whole system. People may be of a predominant dosha or constitution, but all doshas have the basic elements within them.

The philosophy of Ayurveda

The emergence of different schools of Sanskrit philosophy like Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Sankhya, Yoga, Vedanta and Mimamsa was another landmark in the history of Indian medicine. The principles expounded in these philosophies facilitated the development within Ayurveda of its theory of humoral pathology which propounds that the human body is composed of Tridoshas, the three humors – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When these are in equilibrium they are called the Tridhatus.

The body in which these three humors are in a state of equilibrium enjoys perfect health; their disequilibrium causes ill health.

Disease management in Ayurveda

The principles of pharmacology are fundamentally different from those of other systems of medicine, especially evidence-based medicine. Most medicines are prepared form herbs.

Shamana and Shodhana are the two concepts of disease management in Ayurveda. Shamana means alleviation. Shamana methods mitigate the disease and its symptoms. Shodhana means elimination and Shodhana methods aim at the elimination of the basic cause of disease.

Note: Guidelines provided here are general. Specific adjustments for individual requirements may need to be made, e.g., food allergies, strength of agni, season of the year and degree of dosha predominance or aggravation.

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FRUITS

VATA

o Avoid: Generally most dried fruit, Apples (raw), Cranberries, Dates (dry), Figs (dry), Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Raisins (dry), Prunes (dry), Watermelon

o Favor: Generally most sweet fruit, Apples (cooked), Applesauce, Apricots, Avocado, Bananas, Berries, Cherries, Coconut, Dates (fresh), Figs (fresh), Grapefruit, Grapes, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes , Melons, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pineapple, Plums, Prunes (soaked), Raisins (soaked), Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tamarind

PITTA

o Avoid: Generally most sour fruit, Apples (sour), Apricots (sour), Bananas, Berries (sour), Cherries (sour), Cranberries, Grapefruit, Grapes (green), Kiwi, Lemons, Mangoes (green), Oranges (sour), Peaches, Persimmons, Pineapple (sour), Plums (sour), Rhubarb, Tamarind

o Favor: Generally most sweet fruit, Apples (sweet), Applesauce, Apricots (sweet), Avocado, Berries (Sweet), Cherries (sweet), Coconut, Dates, Figs, Grapes (red & purple), Limes, Mangoes (ripe), Melons, oranges (sweet), Papaya, Pears, Pineapple (sweet), Plums (sweet), Pomegranates, Prunes, Raisins, Strawberries, Watermelon

KAPHA

o Avoid: Generally most sweet & sour fruit, Avocado, Bananas, Coconut, Dates, Figs (fresh), Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangos, Melons, Oranges, Papaya, Pineapple, Plums, Rhubarb, Tamarind, Watermelon

o Favor : Generally most astringent fruit, Apples, Applesauce, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs (dry), Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Prunes, Raisins, Strawberries

VEGETABLES

VATA

o Avoid: Generally frozen, raw or dried vegetables, Artichoke, Beet greens, Bitter melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Burdock root, Cabbage (raw), Cauliflower (raw), Celery, Corn (fresh), Dandelion greens, Eggplant, Horseradish, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mushrooms, Olives, green Onions (raw), Peas (raw), Peppers, sweet & hot Potatoes, white Prickly pear (fruit & leaves), Radish (raw), Squash, winter Tomatoes (cooked), Tomatoes (raw), Turnips, Wheat grass, sprouts

o Favor: In general, vegetables should be cooked Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage (cooked), Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Cucumber, Daikon radish, Fennel, (Anise), Garlic, Green beans, Green chilies, Jerusalem artichoke, Leafy greens, Leeks , Lettuce, Mustard greens, Okra, Olives, black Onions (cooked), Parsley, Parsnip, Peas (cooked), Potatoes, sweet, Pumpkin, Radishes (cooked), Rutabaga, Spaghetti Squash, Spinach (raw), Sprouts, Squash Summer, Taro Root, Turnip greens, Watercress, Zucchini

PITTA

o Avoid: In General pungent vegetables, Beet Greens, Beets (raw), Burdock root, Corn (fresh), Daikon Radish, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Chillies, Horseradish, Kohlrabi, Leeks (raw), Mustard greens, Olives green, Onion (raw), Peppers (hot), Turnip Greens, Watercress, Zucchini Prickly pear fruit, Radishes (raw, Spinach (cooked), Spinach (raw), Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Turnips

o Favor: In general, sweet & bitter vegetable, artichoke, Asparagus, Beets (cooked), Bitter Melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots (cooked), Carrots (raw), Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Cucumber, Dandelion greens, Fennel (Anise) Green Beans, Jerusalem, Artichoke, Kala, Leafy Greens, Leeks (cooked), Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Olives black, Onions (cooked), Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers sweet, Potatoes, sweet & white, Prickly pear (leaves), Pumpkin, Radishes (cooked)Rutabaga, Spaghetti Squash, Sprouts (not spicy), Squash, winter & summer, Taro root, Watercress, Wheat grass, sprouts, Zucchini

KAPHA

o Avoid: In general, Sweet & juicy vegetables, Cucumber, Olives, black or green, Parsnips, Potatoes sweet, Pumpkin, Squash summer, Taro root, Tomatoes (raw), Zucchini

o Favor: In general, most pungent & bitter Vegetables, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beet greens, Beets, Bitter melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Burdock root, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Corn, Daikon radish, Dandelion greens, Eggplant, Fennel (Anise), Garlic, Green beans, Green chilies, Horseradish, Jerusalem, artichoke, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leafy greens, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Okra, Onions, Parseley, Peas, Peppers, sweet & hot, Potatoes, White Prickly pear (fruit & leaves), Radishes, Rutabega, Spaghetti Squash, Spinach, Sprouts, Swaush, winter Tomatoes (cooked) Turnips, Watercress, Wheat grass

GRAINS

VATA

o Avoid: Barley, Bread (with yeast), Buckwheat, Cereals (cold, dry or puffed), Corn, Couscous, Crackers, Granola, Millet, Muesli, Oat bran, Oats (dry), Pasta, Polenta, Rice cakes, Rye, Sago, Spelt, Tapioca, Wheat bran

o Favor: Amaranth, Durham flour, Oats (cooked), Pancakes, Quinoa, Rice (all kinds), Seitan (wheat meat), Sprouted wheat, bread (Essene), Wheat

PITTA

o Avoid: Bread (with yeast), Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Muesli, Oats (dry), Polenta, Rice (brown), Rye

o Favor: Amaranth, Barley, Cereal, dry, Couscous, Crackers, Durham flour, Granola, Oat bran, Oats (cooked), Pancakes, Pasta, Quinoa, Rice (basmati, white, wild), Rice cakes, Seitan (wheat meat), Spelt, Sprouted wheat, bread (Essene), Tapioca, Wheat, Wheat bran

KAPHA

o Avoid: Bread (with yeast), Oats (cooked), Pancakes, Pasta, Rice (brown, white), Rice cakes, Wheat

o Favor: Amaranth , Barley, Buckwheat, Cereal (cold, dry or puffed), Corn, Couscous, Crackers, Durham flour, Granola, Millet, Muesli, Oat bran, Oats dry), Polenta, Quinoa, Rice (basmati, wild), Rye, Seitan (wheat meat), Spelt, Sprouted , wheat bread (Essene), Tapioca, Wheat bran

LEGUMES

VATA

o Avoid: Aduki beans, Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Chick peas (garbanzo beans), Kidney beans, Lentils (brown), Lima beans , Miso, Navy beans, Peas (dried), Pinto beans, Soy beans, Soy flour, Soy powder, Split peas, Tempeh, White beans

o Favor: Lentils (red), Mung beans, Mung dal, Soy cheese, Soy milk, Soy sauce, Soy sausages, Tofu, Tur dal, Urad dal

PITTA

o Avoid: Miso, Soy sauce, Soy sausages, Tur dal, Urad dal

o Favor: Aduki beans, Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Chick peas (garbanzo beans), Kidney beans, Lentils, brown & red, Lima beans, Mung beans, Mung dal, Navy beans, Peas (dried), Pinto beans, Soy beans, Soy cheese, Soy flour, Soy milk, Soy powder, Split peas, Tempeh, Tofu, White beans

KAPHA

o Avoid: Kidney beans, Soy beans, Soy cheese, Soy flour, Soy powder, Soy sauce, Tofu (cold), Urad dal, Miso

o Favor: Aduki beans, Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Chick peas (garbanzo beans), Lentils (red & brown), Lima beans, Mung beans, Mung dal, Navy beans, Peas (dried), Pinto beans, Soy milk, Soy sausages, Split peas, Tempeh, Tofu (hot), Tur dal, White beans

DAIRY

VATA

o Avoid: Cow’s milk (powdered), Goat’s milk (powdered), Yogurt (plain, frozen or w/ fruit)

o Favor: Most dairy is good!, Butter, Buttermilk, Butter Cheese (hard), Cheese (soft), Cottage cheese, Cow’s milk, Ghee, Goat’s cheese, Goat’s milk, Ice cream, Sour cream, Yogurt (diluted & spiced)

PITTA

o Avoid: Butter (salted), Buttermilk, Cheese (hard), Sour cream, Yogurt (plain, frozen or w/fruit)

o Favor: Butter (unsalted), Cheese (soft, not aged, unsalted), Cottage cheese, Cow’s milk, Ghee, Goat’s milk, Goat’s cheese (soft, unsalted), Ice cream, Yogurt (freshly made & diluted)

KAPHA

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Avoid: Butter (salted), Butter (unsalted), Cheese (soft & hard), Cow’s milk, Ice cream, Sour cream, Yogurt (plain, frozen or w/fruit)

o Favor: Buttermilk, Cottage cheese (from skimmed goat’s milk), Ghee, Goat’s cheese (unsalted & not aged), Goat’s milk, skim, Yogurt (diluted)

ANIMAL FOODS

VATA

o Avoid: Lamb, Pork, Rabbit, Venison, Turkey (white)

o Favor: Beef, Buffalo, Chicken (dark), Chicken (white), Duck, Eggs, Fish (freshwater or sea), Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Shrimp, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark)

PITTA

o Avoid: Beef, Chicken (dark), Duck, Eggs (yolk), Fish (sea), Lamb, Pork, Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark)

o Favor: Buffalo, Chicken (white), Eggs (albumen or white only), Fish (freshwater), Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white), Venison

KAPHA

o Avoid: Beef, Buffalo, Chicken (dark), Duck, Fish (sea), Lamb, Pork, Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark)

o Favor: Chicken (white), Eggs, Fish (freshwater), Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white), Venison

CONDIMENTS

VATA

o Avoid: Chocolate, Horseradish

o Favor: Black pepper, Chutney, mango (sweet or spicy), Chili peppers, Coriander leaves, Dulse, Gomasio, Hijiki, Kelp, Ketchup, Kombu, Lemon, Lime, Lime pickle, Mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Pickles, Salt, Scallions, Seaweed, Soy sauce, Sprouts, Tamari, Vinegar

PITTA

o Avoid: Chili pepper, Chocolate, Chutney, mango (spicy), Gomasio, Horseradish, Kelp, Ketchup, Mustard, Lemon, Lime pickle, Mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Pickles, Salt (in excess), Scallions, Soy sauce, Vinegar

o Favor: Black pepper, Chutney, mango, (sweet), Coriander leaves, Dulse, Hijiki, Kombu , Lime, Sprouts, Salt, Seaweed, Tamari

KAPHA

o Avoid: Chocolate, Chutney, mango (sweet), Gomasio, Kelp, Ketchup, Lime, Lime pickle, Mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Pickles, Salt, Soy sauce, Tamari, Vinegar

o Favor: Black pepper, Chili Peppers, Chutney, mango (spicy), Coriander leaves, Dulse, Hijiki, Horseradish, Lemon, Mustard (without vinegar), Scallions, Seaweed, Sprouts

NUTS

VATA

o Avoid: None

o Favor: In moderation: Almonds, Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Charole, Coconut, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts

PITTA

o Avoid: Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts

o Favor: Charole, Coconut

KAPHA

o Avoid: Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Coconut, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts

o Favor: None

SEEDS

VATA

o Avoid: Popcorn, Psyllium

o Favor: Chia, Flax, Halva, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower, Tahini

PITTA

o Avoid: Chia, Sesame, Tahini

o Favor: Flax, Halva, Popcorn (no salt, buttered), Psyllium, Pumpkin, Sunflower

KAPHA

o Avoid: Halva, Psyllium, Sesame, Tahini

o Favour : Chia, Flax, Popcorn (no salt, no butter), Pumpkin, Sunflower

OILS

VATA

o Avoid: Flax seed

o Favor: For internal & external use: (most suitable at top of list), Sesame, Ghee, Olive, Most other oils

o External use only: Coconut, Avocado

PITTA

o Avoid: Almond, Apricot, Corn , Safflower, Sesame

o Favor: For internal & external use: (most suitable at top of list), Sunflower, Ghee, Canola, Olive, Soy, Flax seed, Primrose, Walnut

o External use only: Avocado, Coconut

KAPHA

o Avoid: Avocado, Apricot, Coconut, Flax seed, Olive, Primrose, Safflower, Sesame (internal), Soy, Walnut

o Favor: For internal & external use in small amounts: (Most suitable at top of list), Corn, Canola, Sesame (external), Sunflower, Ghee, Almond

BEVERAGES

VATA

o Avoid: Alcohol (hard; red wine), Apple juice , Black tea, Caffeinated, beverages, Carbonated drinks, Chocolate milk, Coffee, Cold dairy drinks , Cranberry juice, Iced tea, Icy cold drinks, Pear juice, Pomegranate juice, Prune juice, Soy milk (cold), Tomato juice, V-8 Juice, Herb Teas: Alfalfa, Barley, Basil, Blackberry, Borage, Burdock, Cinnamon, Cornsilk, Dandelion, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Hops, Jasmine, Lemon balm, Mormon tea, Nettle, Passion flower, Red clover, Red Zinger, Violet, Yarrow, Yerba Mate

o Favor: Alcohol (beer; white wine), Almond milk, Aloe vera juice, Apple cider, Apricot juice, Berry juice (except for cranberry), Carob, Carrot juice, Chai (hot spiced milk), Cherry juice, Grain “coffee”, Grape juice, Grapefruit juice, Lemonade, Mango juice, Miso broth, Orange juice, Papaya juice, Peach nectar, Pineapple juice, Rice milk, Sour juices, Soy milk (hot & well-spiced), Vegetable bouillon

o Herb Teas: Ajwan, Bancha, Catnip, Chamomile, Chicory, Chrysanthemum, Clove, Comfrey, Elder Flower, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fenugreek, Ginger (fresh), Hawthorne, Juniper berry, Kukicha, Lavender, Lemon grass, Licorice, Marshmallow, Oat straw, Orange peel, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Raspberry, Rosehips, Saffron, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Spearmint, Strawberry, Wintergreen

PITTA

o Avoid: Alcohol (hard; red & sweet wine) , Apple cider, Berry juice (sour), Caffeinated, beverages, Carbonated drinks, Carrot juice, Cherry juice (sour), Chocolate milk, Coffee, Cranberry juice, Grapefruit juice, Iced tea, Icy cold drinks, Lemonade, Papaya juice , Pineapple juice, Tomato juice, V-8 juice, Sour juices

o Herb Teas: Ajwan, Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Fenugreek, Ginger (dry), Ginseng, Hawthorne, Juniper berry, Mormon tea, Pennyroyal, Red Zinger , Rosehip, Sage, Sassafras, Yerba Mat

o Favor: Alcohol (beer; dry white wine), Almond milk , Aloe vera juice, Apple juice, Apricot juice, Berry juice (sweet), Black tea , Carob, Chai (hot, spiced milk) , Cherry juice (sweet), Cool dairy drinks, Grain “coffee”, Grape juice, Mango juice, Miso broth, Mixed veg. juice, Orange juice, Peach nectar, Pear juice, Pomegranate juice, Prune juice, Rice milk, Soy milk, Vegetable bouillon

o Herb Teas: Alfalfa, Bancha, Barley, Blackberry, Borage, Burdock, Catnip, Chamomile, Chicory, Comfrey, Dandelion, Fennel, Ginger (fresh), Hibiscus, Hops , Jasmine, Kukicha, Lavender, Lemon balm, Lemon grass, Licorice, Marshmallow, Nettle, Oat Straw, Passion flower, Peppermint, Raspberry, Red clover, Sarsaparilla, Spearmint, Strawberry, Violet, Wintergreen, Yarrow

KAPHA

o Avoid: Alcohol (hard; beer; sweet wine), Almond milk, Caffeinated , beverages, Carbonated drinks, Cherry juice (sour), Chocolate milk, Coffee, Cold dairy drinks, Grapefruit juice, Iced tea, Icy cold drinks, Lemonade, Miso broth, Orange Juice, Papaya juice, Rice milk ,Sour juices, Soy milk (cold), Tomato juice, V-8 Juice

o Herb Teas: Licorice, Marshmallow, Red Zinger, Rosehip, Bancha

o Favor: Alcohol (dry wine, red or white), loe vera juice, Apple cider, Apple juice, Apricot juice, Berry juice, Black tea (spiced), Carob, Carrot juice, Chai (hot, spiced milk), Cherry juice (sweet), Cranberry juice , Grain “coffee”, Grape juice, Mango juice, Peach nectar, Pear juice, Pineapple juice, Pomegranate juice, Prune juice, Soy milk (hot & well-spiced),

o Herb Teas: Alfalfa, Bancha, Barley, Blackberry, Burdock, Chamomile, Chicory, Cinnamon, Clove, Comfrey, Dandelion , Fennel, Fenugreek, Ginger , Ginseng, Hibiscus Jasmine, Juniper berry, Kukicha, Lavender, Lemon balm, Lemon grass, Mormon tea, Nettle, Passion flower, Peppermint, Raspberry, Red clover , Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Spearmint , Strawberry, Wintergreen, Yarrow, Yerba Mate

SPICES

VATA

o Avoid: None

o Favor: All spices are good Ajwan, Allspice, Almond extract, Anise, Asafoetida (hing), Basil, Bay leaf, Black pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard seeds, Nutmeg, Orange peel, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Peppermint, Pippali, Poppy seeds, Rosemary, Saffron, Salt, Savory, Spearmint, Star Anise, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric, Vanilla, Wintergreen

PITTA

o Avoid: Ajwan, Allspice, Almond extract, Anise, Asafoetida (hing), Basil (dry), Bay leaf, Cayenne, Cloves, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger (dry), Mace, Marjoram, Mustard seeds, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Pippali, Poppy seeds, Rosemary, Sage, Salt, Savory, Star anise, Thyme

o Favor: Basil (fresh), Black pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Ginger (fresh), Mint, Neem leaves, Orange peel, Parsley, Peppermint, Saffron, Spearmint, Tarragon, Turmeric, Vanilla, Wintergreen

KAPHA

o Avoid: Salt

o Favor: All spices are good Ajwan, Allspice, Almond extract, Anise, Asafoetida (hing), Basil, Bay leaf, Black pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel*, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard seeds, Neem leaves, Nutmeg, Orange peel, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Peppermint, Pippali, Poppy seeds, Rosemary, Saffron, Savory, Spearmint, Star Anise, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric, Vanilla, Wintergreen

SWEETENERS

VATA

o Avoid: Maple syrup, White Sugar

o Favor: Barley malt, Fructose, Fruit juice, concentrates, Honey, Jaggary, Molasses, Rice syrup, Dried or fresh sugar cane juice, Turbinado

PITTA

o Avoid: White Sugar, Honey, Jaggary, Molasses

o Favor: Barley malt, Fructose, Fruit juice, concentrates, Maple syrup, Rice syrup, Dried or fresh sugar cane juice, Turbinado

KAPHA

o Avoid: Barley malt, Fructose, Jaggary, Maple syrup, Molasses, Rice syrup, Dried or fresh sugar cane juice, Turbinado, White sugar

o Favor: Fruit juice, concentrates, Honey (raw & not processed)

FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

VATA

o Avoid: Barley green, Brewer’s yeast, Vitamin: K

o Favor: Aloe Vera juice, Bee pollen, Amino acids

o Minerals: Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, Royal jelly, Spirolina, Blue-green algae

o Vitamins: A, B1, B2,B6, B12, C, D, E, P and Folic acid

PITTA

o Avoid: Amino acid, Bee pollen, Royal jelly

o Minerals: copper, iron

o Vitamins: B2,B6,C,E, and Folic acid

o Favor: Aloe vera juice, Barley green, Brewer’s yeast

o Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, zinc, Spirolina, Blue-green algae

o Vitamins: A, B1, B12, D and K

KAPHA

o Avoid:

o Minerals: Potassium

o Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B12, C, D, and E

o Favor: Aloe vera juice, Amino acid, Barley green, Bee pollen, Brewer’s yeast

o Minerals: copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, Royal jelly, Spirolina, Blue-green algae

o Vitamins: B6, C, P and Folic Acid

Food, Porn, and Iggy Pop at Marilyn Minter’s Brooklyn Museum Retrospective – VICE (blog)

Marilyn Minter (American, b. 1948). Pop Rocks, 2009. Enamel on metal. Collection of Danielle and David Ganek

Earlier this year, legendary feminist artist Marilyn Minter teamed up with Miley Cyrus to raise money for women’s rights through softly sexy portraiture. And Jeremy Deller led a nude painting class last February at the New York Academy of Arts, featuring a naked Iggy Pop as the artists’ model. Though they make an anachronistic pair, the two artists now share a floor at the Brooklyn Museum: Minter on the last stop of her traveling first retrospective and Deller showing the finished products of Pop’s nude portraiture. The exhibitions kick off the museum’s A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of 10 exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Marilyn Minter (American, b. 1948). Coral Ridge Towers (Mom Smoking), 1969. Gelatin silver print, sheet. Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody

For more than 40 years, Minter has tackled cultural appetites in the open, holding up a mirror to modern obsessions and re-rendering them with biting, colorful glitz. On November 2, Minter guided viewers through Pretty/Dirty which includes her 1969 photos centered on femininity, her paintings linking cuisine to coitus from 1989–1990, and her multimedia studies of sex in the late-2000s. One of the highlights is 100 Food Porn, depictions of preparing raw food, like corn on the cob or lobster claws, imbued with sexual overtones. A 1990 commercial for the exhibition originally aired during The David Letterman Show.

Marilyn Minter (American, born 1948). 100 Food Porn #9, 1989–90. Enamel on metal. Hort Family Collection

While her food-focused work was mostly well received, a subsequent exploration of pornography was met with a barrage of critique. “This piece was inspired by seeing a Mike Kelley show at Metro Pictures in 1990,” she explains while paused in front of her work Porn Grid. “I realized, then, that only someone like Mike Kelley can explore an adolescent, 13-year-old girl’s bedroom filled with rainbows and stuffed animals and make that profound; if a woman did it, no one would have given it the time of day. It gave me my next idea: What is it that women never paint?”

The answer, it seems, was porn. “I asked myself, can I reclaim an abusive history and own the agency of it? It should be done. I couldn’t understand why artists had no idea what the porn industry was like, even when it’s this giant engine of culture. Plus, it looks like everyone is having a good time in these images, right?”

Marilyn Minter stands in front of her painting ‘Porn Grid’ (1989) at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo by the author

When her efforts were met with negative reviews, exclusion from shows, and criticism from The New Yorker, Minter was flagged as a traitor to feminism. “I was feeling beat-up—so I beat up my work,” she says of her next series of images. From broken lipstick tubes to jarring close-ups of physical imperfections, Minter transitioned to focus on that which “people never look at.” Her technique evolved into Photoshop-intensified works, with standouts like Plush, a series featuring women who don’t shave their pubic hair, commissioned by Playboy.

Marilyn Minter (American, b. 1948). Soiled, 2000. C-print, 60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Marilyn Minter (American, b. 1948). Blue Poles, 2007. Enamel on metal, 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm). Private collection, Switzerland

With reference to “orange junk food:”  Marilyn Minter (American, b. 1948). ‘Orange Crush,’ 2009. Enamel on metal. Private collection

While Minter explores gender and sexuality through many parts of many bodies, Jeremy Deller focuses on a single nude subject: Iggy Pop. Under the direction of the Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist, a class of 22 students spent several hours in a life class studying and drawing the musician-model. Though the class took place in February, the resulting works are being revealed now, for the first time.

Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, February 21, 2016. (Photo: Elena Olivo, © Brooklyn Museum)

Mike Kelley was a muse for both Deller and Minter. The artist was viewing Kelley’s work in the Louvre, when he had the idea to do a life class centered on Iggy Pop. Kelley was a huge fan of rock culture. “When I approached Iggy about this 10 years ago, at first he said, no,” Deller tells The Creators Project. “When I asked him a second time last year, he said yes, explaining he’d been too young to do it a decade ago. He’d been 60 at that time. But when you’re a life model, you’re very vulnerable. It takes a lot to put yourself in that position, even when you’re famous.”

Iggy Pop (left), Jeremy Deller (right), New York, February 2016. (Photo: Elena Olivo, © Brooklyn Museum)

The renderings of Pop’s form range from the erotic to regal, highlighting the perception of not just one icon, but of the naked male body over time. “When we first revealed the images from the class, the comments were the kind you might typically hear about a woman’s body: ‘That’s really disgusting,’ or ‘This person’s getting old.’ It’s strange isn’t it? His body is a culturally important one, and I felt that us documenting it in a different way actually aids in a better understanding of rock music and society,” Deller says.

Charlotte Segall (American, born 1983). Untitled (Lying pose), from Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller, 2016. Natural charcoal with white chalk on pink paper. Brooklyn Museum Collection, TL2016.8.19b. (Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum)

Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, February 21, 2016. (Photo: Elena Olivo, © Brooklyn Museum)

Levan Songulashvili (Georgian, born 1991). Untitled (Standing pose), from Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller, 2016. Black ink, brushed and blotted with scratching out, with black pencil on board. Brooklyn Museum Collection, TL2016.8.21c. (Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum)

Robert Reid (Trinidadian, born 1960). Untitled (Sitting pose), from Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller, 2016. Graphite pencil on paper.  Brooklyn Museum Collection, TL2016.8.15d. (Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum)

Kallyiah Merilus (American, born 1996). Untitled (Standing pose), from Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller, 2016. Natural charcoal and compressed charcoal with erasing on paper. Brooklyn Museum Collection, TL2016.8.11c. (Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum)

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An Inspirational Mesothelioma Success Story – How We Are Proving This Deadly Cancer Is Beatable

There are countless books & stories online of how people have beaten all types of cancer without the need for orthodox treatments, yet stories of success against mesothelioma remain relatively rare & hard to come by. This is the main reason for sharing our experiences & success, in the hope of reaching the attention of those who need to know that mesothelioma by no means has to be the equivalent of their death sentence.

The main cause of mesothelioma relates to exposure to asbestos, with 1 in 10 people having previous asbestos exposure at some time later in life developing pleural mesothelioma. Around 80% of all people diagnosed with mesothelioma can recall being exposed to asbestos at some time in their lives & it is the presence of these asbestos fibres within the body which makes this such an aggressive form of cancer & a complicated one to beat.

Anyone who has themselves been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or who may be supporting a loved one will be well aware that the medical prognosis is not good. The average life expectancy from diagnosis is around 9-18 months, with a sharp decline in health & quality of life to be expected. As far as the reason for this disease taking a hold so many years after asbestos exposure remains somewhat of a mystery, perhaps a decline in the strength of the immune system or certain nutrients within the body which assist in the protection of our cells, which comes with age? A fairly likely explanation, yet how come so many people who have worked daily with asbestos over such a long period of time never develop mesothelioma, when others whose contact with asbestos may have only been brief end up developing this deadly disease? Are those who do not get mesothelioma simply lucky, or healthier than those who do? Well in my opinion the underlying causes here run far deeper than medical understanding & whilst it is possible that lifestyle factors may play a big role in the cause, we must consider that everything happens for a reason in this life & as for the outcome, well there is always a choice.

Just because one person (your oncologist) tells you this is how your life is now going to be & that you must accept this & prepare for what lies ahead, such as booking into a home etc. does not mean that this has to be the case. Even if you go get a second, third or even fourth opinion from other doctors – remember they all studied from the same textbooks, so to speak. They may well deal with people every day in similar circumstances but they too are likely to only be as good as what these people tell them, they do not know where else to turn. The answers you seek do exist; they just lie elsewhere & are in fact far simpler than most people would care to believe.

Our story

Our story began on the 11th February 2010, when the confusion over what was actually wrong with my Dad came to a close. He had gone to the doctors a while before having had difficulty breathing & after being referred for further tests & scans had already been wrongly diagnosed twice. The first suspicion was lung cancer, but then they called him in & revealed that the growth was in fact in front of his lung & so posed much less of a threat as it should be much easier to treat. We, as his family had raised hopes, only for them to be crushed beyond belief. As all those in similar situations will well know, this is the most harrowing time, to discover that the person or one of the people you love most in this world & have so much respect for is to face such a horrific & tragic end. It just does not seem right or fair in any way whatsoever, plus it always seems to be the good people in the world that such things happen to. My Dad has always been very successful, worked hard all his life & most of all his family are the world to him, he would truly do anything for us, yet we were supposed to stand back & just watch him suffer until he became almost helpless. “I don’t think so!” After a week or so of being completely inconsolable, my anguish turned to determination. I became sure that there were answers out there somewhere, I just had to find them somehow & so I got to work. I spent full days, for weeks on end reading & learning all about cancer from various perspectives & mainly at cellular level & combined this with my own spiritual insight & guidance to gain an understanding of how this could be overcome. In the meantime my Dad had decided to go with the recommendation of his oncologist for a course of chemotherapy, a decision which he would come to regret somewhat. Apart from the awful suffering he had to undergo as part of the side effects of this treatment, it was completely unsuccessful & had no effect whatsoever on the growth of his tumour. After all he had been through this news left him feeling very down & depressed & in acceptance of what was to become his fate. To make matters worse fluid was building up on his lungs making him fell very tired & breathless & poorly. He was admitted to hospital for the removal of the fluid & at this point was in a very bad way. They removed 3 litres of fluid from his left lung & for the week following the procedure he was in immense pain & was unable to leave his hospital bed; it was a terrible time for us all as it was such an awful thing to witness. I think that having gone through all this was what made my Dad turn the corner; he had had enough pain & more than enough suffering now & was prepared to try anything if it meant he did not have to go through any more. The week after he came home from the hospital he began the protocol I had designed for him & the improvement began almost immediately.

The fundamental principles to success

Although mesothelioma, due to the presence of asbestos fibres in whichever area of the body where the cancer is located, is slightly more complicated than other types of cancer; it is still cancer & cancer cells of any kind function in the same way. They need a supportive environment in which to survive, they are alive & all living things can survive only in certain conditions, when these necessities for survival are removed, they will perish. It is rather like a plant; you put the plant in a closed cupboard, therefore denying it of sunlight & it will get weaker, even if you still water it, it cannot survive without sunlight as this provides a source of energy which the plant converts to chlorophyll. This is the process which enables the plant to function at optimal health & therefore allowing it to thrive.

Both healthy cells & cancer cells need to produce energy to survive, they just happen to have complete opposite methods in achieving this. A healthy cell is aerobic, it uses oxygen to produce energy; a cancer cell in anaerobic & hates oxygen. Instead cancer cells produce energy through the intake of glucose. Already there is one clear method emerging through which we can weaken the cancer cells & boost the performance of our healthy cells; starve the cancer cells of glucose & get oxygen to our cells.

We can easily starve cancer cells of glucose by not eating any sugar! In practice, however, this is slightly more complicated than cutting out the two sugars in your coffee. Everything you buy which is pre-packaged contains sugar, from ready meals to baked beans -EVERYTHING! Anything such as fizzy drinks claiming to be sugar free should be avoided anyway for other reasons.

Cancer cells like high acidity levels, therefore foods which are acidic should also be avoided. The main area for confusion here exists around certain fruits, which may be loaded with cancer fighting nutrients, yet are acidic. My advice would be to cut out fruit for the first few weeks of your alternative treatment plan & then introduce it gradually. Blueberries & pomegranates are good ones, as are all berries due to their antioxidant properties. Bananas must be completely avoided though. An inexpensive way to neutralise the body’s pH levels is to dilute a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water & drink 1/2 hr. before meals. Be careful to ensure the baking soda you purchase does not contain aluminium.

The intake of cancer killing nutrients & the protection of healthy cells can also be achieved to a large extent through diet. It is advisable to compliment the diet with certain supplements which will help replace the nutrients known to be deficient in mesothelioma sufferers & to help boost the immune system, as well as overall health. When selecting your supplements please be careful; many supplements manufactured today are Genetically Modified, always try to find ones composed of completely natural ingredients. I have a list of recommended sources on my website.

It is vital that when attempting to beat mesothelioma, or any other type of cancer, that you are aware of everything you put into your body; it is either fighting cancer or feeding it. It is therefore essential that a cancer diet is strictly adhered to. There are many interpretations of what people consider to be the best foods to eat & avoid as part of the cancer diet, my advice would be to just be sensible about what you eat. Here are some basic guidelines to follow:

· NO SUGAR or artificial sweeteners – for the reasons mentioned above.

· Avoid acidic foods – the reasons for this I have already mentioned.

· No Dairy – There are a number of reasons for this; dairy produce is mucus forming & cancer cells love mucus, also the animals are injected/ fed with chemicals which enable them to produce milk all year round. (My Dad substitutes dairy with organic goat produce.)

· No Meat – A little organic chicken once per week is fine.

· No Bread – Contains sugar & yeast.

· Avoid Soya – Many health experts are advising to avoid soya due to the discovery that it is GM modified, in most cases.

· Eat Organic – I am sure most people are aware of the dangers imposed on our health through the use of pesticides & other additives for preservation purposes etc.

· Eat your Greens – Green, leafy vegetables are a good source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has so many benefits to our physical health & our connection with spirituality.

· Eat raw – Most of us have heard about how cooking destroys many of the valuable nutrients found in fruit & veg. Well this is true & even if a completely raw food diet does not appeal to you, try to at least achieve a substantial intake of raw vegetables each day. The best way to do this is to buy a good quality juicer, preferably one which also juices grasses. Carrots, beetroot & asparagus make excellent ingredients for your juices.

· Grasses – Wheatgrass & Baleygrass have a vast array of benefits for fighting cancer & can be added to your raw vegetable juices for increased potency. I would also recommend Chlorella Powder, as chlorella is the best source of chlorophyll that exists. In addition to this it contains every single nutrient in the human body in their natural form, its cells are almost identical to that of haemoglobin & it purifies the blood & is excellent for detoxification.

· Oils – Good quality oils such as extra virgin olive oil, not the regular cooking oils, can be used to dress salads & for cooking. They are an excellent source of good calories & are very good for those struggling with weight loss, as well as having various other health benefits.

The Budwig Diet

This should be an integral part of every cancer patient’s regime & it has been used to cure many cancer patients, even many with just weeks left, thanks to the work of Dr. Joanna Budwig, who dedicated her life to healing people with cancer through her discovery of the amazing benefits of organic cottage cheese & flax seed oil against this disease. She actually proved this recipe to be effective against many, many other diseases as well & her life’s work is still remembered & used by thousands of people with varying conditions worldwide today. The Budwig diet is well known about in Germany, the birth country of Dr. Joanna Budwig, but is less commonly known of in other parts of the world.

Preparation instructions

You will need:

Organic Cottage Cheese

Organic Flax Seed Oil

1 tsp Organic Honey

Blender

Preparation:

Spoon your organic cottage cheese into a blender & add the flax oil. The correct ratio for these ingredients is:

2 parts organic cottage cheese: 1 part organic flax seed oil

Add 1 tea spoon of organic honey to sweeten.

Blend for up to 5 mins. or until the ring of oil has completely disappeared from round the edge.

Serve.

Can be refrigerated to store.

Serving Suggestions: For a great cancer-fighting snack or dessert serve on a bed of fresh blueberries, raspberries or with dried acai berries.

The belief factor

We have discussed about the importance of diet & nutrition, the next thing which is equally important is “Belief!”

I can understand that initially it may be very difficult to have every faith in the renewal of your health, especially given the outlook from your oncologist’s perspective. I guarantee, though, that once you begin with your cancer diet & especially with the addition of some powerful healing & cancer fighting supplements the effects will be felt very quickly & then you may just begin to believe in your ability to overcome this.

Even the most sceptical people about alternative treatments, if they just give the diet & a few supplements a try, they will have to admit in the end that it is doing them good; I know this because my Dad was the ultimate skeptic on such forms of treatment, but now he would never stop what he is doing & is keen to do more & more of it.

Making plans for the future & starting projects are an excellent idea; you are accepting you will be here & in good enough health to see them through & ‘you are now believing!’

Emotional blockages to recovery

In addition to believing & having faith in your recovery, there are more often than not other emotional issues which need addressing.

Stress is the main obstacle here & in many cases of mesothelioma, more generally cancer, prolonged periods of intense stress & worry may have been a direct cause. When we suffer over a long period of time with such intense levels of stress & we see no way out, our immune system actually starts to shut down. It is almost like you are telling your body, through the intensity of your thoughts, that you see no escape from your circumstances & your body hears, as well as senses your anguish & so it answers your pleas & begins to provide you with a way out; it begins to shut down the effective functioning of your immune system & so disease has the door opened for its take-over. This will not be the case for everyone, yet it does give a viable explanation as to why 40 years or so after asbestos exposure, this disease may suddenly take a hold. The immune system has the ability to repair damage to cells & keep their healthy functioning in check, whether the cause is stress related or possibly due to poor lifestyle habits it does make perfect sense that in some way it has been compromised for cancer to begin to grow within the body.

Even if you do not believe that stress played any direct role in the cause of mesothelioma for you personally, the above does give a good indication of how negative its impact can be on your health & therefore all stress must be completely eliminated from everyday life.

Another possible emotional blockage can be one that relates to issues from childhood. Sometimes, even if this is rooted deep down in the subconscious, when life situations occur which reminds you of these issues from childhood they can cause emotional imbalance, which needs to be resolved.

A new start

You may find that being diagnosed with such a serious illness such as mesothelioma, especially if you choose an alternative treatment path, will cause you to address so many areas of your life & develop a completely new relationship with so many of the things you had previously never given a second thought about. The main one perhaps being food & just what a ‘treat’ may now be classed as; a chocolate role which can cause you so much harm or a fresh carrot juice, which will give you an almost instant lift & continued intake will be assisting in the saving of your life! It is time to realise the true purpose of food & its amazing potential for fighting disease & maintaining good all round health, not for just tasting nice for the time it is in your mouth!

Overcoming cancer is an extremely spiritual process & you will likely find yourself rediscovering your faith in the spiritual, or perhaps discovering it for the first time. Prayer should be practiced every day & your bond with the powers greater than yourself will strengthen & assistance & guidance will granted to you through prayer.

Many things & aspects of your life will perhaps take on a new meaning, embrace this & know that it is all part of the learning experience you were given & that you will emerge all the wiser, stronger & happier when you can turn round & look back on all this with your health renewed.

Raw protein sources for dogs: Which is best? – Hamilton Spectator

At Dog-Gone Raw in Hamilton, the experts can help you ditch the kibble and design the perfect natural and balanced raw diet for your pet.

For optimum health, feed your dog as much variety as possible, which includes offering several different protein sources. Protein is essential for growth, cell repair, building muscle and healthy skin and blood.

Protein sources include muscle meat, bone and organ meat. Chicken is one of the best proteins to start with if you’re introducing a raw diet to your pet.

Each protein, in its natural form, offers a different set of benefits. Beef is loaded with essential amino acids and is a good source of iron. Lamb is a source of zinc, which is great for the immune system.

Organ meat is a nutrient-dense protein for dogs. Adding organ meats to your dog’s diet once or twice a week provides them with an excellent source of vitamin D and B.

Bones, whether ground or whole, are another important source of protein for your pet. When bones are raw, they don’t splinter like cooked ones. Their benefits include adding calcium to the diet and improving dental health.

Dog-Gone Raw makes it easy to feed your dog a healthy, natural diet by offering prepared raw frozen meals. Their top seller is Iron Will Raw, which offers a large selection of meat with tripe, organ meats and supplements. It’s also a good base for feline raw food.

Bulk food is available at a great price. The general rule for feeding is to give your dog two per cent of their adult body weight in raw food. Growing puppies will need more.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to switch your cat or dog to a raw diet, visit Dog-Gone Raw, located at 3149 Homestead Drive in the Mount Hope area of Hamilton. Opening hours are Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on raw dog food or cat food, please call 905-570-9414 or send an email to [email protected].

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Living a vegan lifestyle – Marietta Times

Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club.

Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club.

For many, meat is the main staple in their every day diet, but for those like Kaleigh Foreman, life is centered around a more animal-friendly diet.

The 18-year-old from Parkersburg has been a vegan for two years.

Foreman’s love for animals overpowered any craving for a deep-fried chicken sandwich or cheeseburger.

“I realized loving animals that I shared my home with and eating others because of a cultural norm was hypocritical of me,” said Foreman.

November is World Vegan Month, where vegans all over the world celebrate their vegan lifestyles.

Cinnamon-brown sugar sweet potato with Earth Balance Buttery Spread Butter.

Cinnamon-brown sugar sweet potato with Earth Balance Buttery Spread Butter.

A vegan diet is one that consists of only plant derived foods.

Vegans typically don’t use or consume any animals or animal products including flesh, milk, eggs or honey.

Whether it be seen as a fabulous food fad for the younger generation or a way to live a healthier lifestyle, veganism is on the rise.

According to The Raw Food World, 5 percent of  the United States eat absolutely no animal-based products, compared to the 1 percent of vegans in 2009.

Nicole Wires, manager at All-Pro Nutrition in Marietta, said she has noticed more teenagers and college students coming into the store, wanting to try out the vegan lifestyle.

Cilantro-Lime Vegan Taco.

Cilantro-Lime Vegan Taco.

“There will always be different trends when it comes to diet options,” said Wires. “Veganism is one of the ones that have been around longer.”

Becoming a vegan has several health benefits. In a vegan diet, saturated fats are highly reduced, improving cardiovascular health, according to the web site nursingdegree.net. Also, a high fiber diet helps fight against colon cancer, lower blood pressure and helps reduce Type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and arthritis, the web site said.

Wires said the nutrition store carries several vegan food items and products.

“We carry a plant-based protein powder that comes in four different flavors, as well as shelf-stable cookies and protein bars,” Wires said. “All of our smoothies are vegan friendly and we have a lot of bath and beauty products including local hand-made soaps, shampoos, face creams, body wash and toothpaste.”

With a wide variety of clientel, Wires said All-Pro Nutrition felt a need to accommodate to the vegan lifestyle.

There are different reasons why people decide to choose the specific lifestyle.

After researching the meat and dairy industry, Foreman knew she had to make a change in her diet.

“I researched all the horrible procedures animals endure in the slaughterhouses and went vegetarian,” she said. ” I was a vegetarian for a year and then went vegan. I realized how the dairy industry harms the cows and calfs.”

According to local vegans, there aren’t too many food options in the Mid-Ohio Valley specifically catered to the vegan diet.

Mother Earth Foods in Parkersburg is one of the only health food stores with a wide variety of vegan food items.

“We carry everything in any category,” said Rachel Collins, specialty food buyer for Mother Earth Foods. “We have pizza, butter, chips and cookies. We have anything in some form of vegan.”

For people who love their cheeses, meats, or butter, the vegan world makes the transition very easy. Popular vegan substitutes include Dr. Cow’s Nut Cheese, Vegan Rice Cheese Singles by Galaxy Nutritional Foods, and Daiya Cheese.

Some of the vegan substitutes for ground beef include a tasty black bean burger, a portobello burger, or a sweet potato burger.

For the bakers out there who feel it’s necessary to use “real” butter, the vegan world provides plenty of butter substitutes that will make any cake or cookie taste exactly the same. Some of those include, Earth Balance Buttery Spread, Nutiva Organic Superfood Shortening, or Purity Farms Organic Ghee Clarified Butter.

Collins has also been a vegan for six-and-a-half years and said she has noticed a tremendous improvement in her health after switching to a more plant-based diet.

“I feel a lot better about myself,” said Collins. “I am sensitive to a lot of food. Meat and dairy always made me feel bad. I would never feel energized after I ate, but now I do.”

Emanuel’s Bakery & Diner located on 286 Front St. in Marietta also has a wide variety of vegan food options.

David Labes, owner of the bakery, said he has always felt a need to carry these food options.

“We only opened a year ago, and I would say we have a steady amount of people coming in asking for these options,” said Labes.

The bakery’s menu even labels the vegan food items, along with vegetarian and gluten-free food items.

Some of Labes’ vegan options include hummus, seasoned rice with tofu, wok vegetable salad, yum woon sen, baba ganush and an Israeli salad.

Labes said the vegan dishes add variety to his menu.

“I will respect every person no matter the preference,” he said. “The vegan dishes are healthier and fresh. It’s nice to have a variety.”

Collins said becoming a vegan takes time, but is easier than most people think.

“Not everybody realizes that you can find something on Pinterest and make anything vegan,” said Collins. “It does take time, but you don’t have to beat yourself up if you accidentally mess up.”

Skeptics may believe a vegan diet is more expensive than a regular animal-based diet. But according to vegankit.com, becoming a vegan will not break your bank. Most vegans survive  on beans, rice, pasta, fruits, and vegetables, which can be some of the cheapest ingredients around.

For fruit and veggies shop at a local farmer’s market, and for beans and pasta, those ingredients can be found at a local grocery store for less than $4.

With help from social media sites such as Pinterest and the internet, there are thousands of recipes online, so vegans don’t have to get bored with their diet. There are also various sources of protein such as lentils, tofu, black beans and green peas.

Foreman said there are plenty of other ways to take in her daily nutrients.

“Iron. Calcium. The list goes on,” said Foreman. “I could honestly ask meat eaters the same thing because they are probably less aware of nutrients considering most vegans had researched how and where they can get what they need.”

For anyone looking to go vegan, Foreman and Collins say go for it.

“Many studies have proven vegan lifestyles decrease the likeliness of many health issues and increase life expectancy,” said Foreman. “It is also an act of kindness to living beings we share the earth with.”

Raw Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Sweet Potato

– Ingredients:

– Sweet Potato

– To make raw brown sugar mix one cup of white sugar and one tablespoon of molasses.

– Couple slices of Earth Balance Buttery Spread

– Cinnamon

Three-Minute Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake.

– Ingredients:

– Two tablespoons white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour

– Two tablespoons peanut butter (I used all-natural creamy peanut butter)

– Two tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

– One tablespoon pure maple syrup

– 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

– Half a teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)

– Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate mini chips

– Directions:

– Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips in eight-ounce mug.

– Use a fork to stir together until combined.

– Microwave on high until the cake has risen and springs back slightly when you poke it, about 60 seconds.

– Top with chocolate chips or chunks if desired.

Smashed White Bean and

Avocado Club

– Ingredients:

– One 15-ounce cans white beans, rinsed and drained

– Two tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

– Half a teaspoon kosher salt

– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Coupons

– Two slices multigrain bread

– One small red onion, thinly sliced

– One cucumber

– Two avocados, pitted and thinly sliced

– Directions:

– In a medium bowl, combine the beans, oil, salt, and pepper.

–  Roughly mash the mixture with the back of a fork.

– Place the bread slices on a work surface. Divide the mashed beans among them. Top with the onion, cucumber, sprouts, and avocado.

Cilantro-Lime Vegan Tacos

– Ingredients:

– Two cloves of garlic, mined

– 1/2 cup of chopped scallions

– One can of black beans, drained and rinsed

– One four ounce can of diced green chiles

– One and half cups of corn

– Three tablespoons of lime juice

– Half a cup of chopped cilantro

– Sea salt & pepper

– Olive oil

– One avocado, sliced

– One cup of classic hummus

– One soft tortilla

– Directions:

– In a large pan, add a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat.

– Add the scallions and garlic and saute for three to four minutes.

– Add the black beans, green chiles, corn, lime juice, and a dash of sea salt and pepper, and mix through.

– Saute for about five minutes, and then mix in the cilantro and saute for a few more minutes until everything is fully heated.

– Warm your tortillas in a separate pan, or in the oven.

– Spread each tortilla with hummus.

– Place the cilantro black bean mixture onto the center of each tortilla.

– Garnish with sliced avocado

 

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Anna Harouvis makes healthy foods and juices for athletes, rock stars, Fabulous Food Show – cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – In a dining scene dominated by carnivorous chefs, Anna Harouvis stands out.

Harouvis has made a name for herself by making healthy, organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and often raw juices and foods.

For 18 years she has operated the popular Good to Go Café in the IMG building downtown on East Ninth Street. The space is also home base to her Anna in the Raw raw food and juice line.

Many big names are taking notice. Harouvis supplies daily juices to both the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers in season, working with their trainers and chefs to come up with the most healthy, fresh combinations. During the playoffs she provided juices to visiting teams, too – except the Cubs.

“The baseball players like the ‘Hercules’,” she says, referring to blends made with organic apple, organic celery, organic cucumber, organic spinach, organic kale, organic parsley and organic lemon. “Packed with anti-oxidants, fiber, beta carotene, calcium, and Vitamin C.”

Visiting musicians often ask for Anna’s juices and cooking, too, including Travis Barker and some other names she’s too modest to share.

“I lost my dad to bad health,” says Harouvis of her cooking and juicing inspiration. “So I started doing healthy food and juicing. My legacy is to extend the lives of Clevelanders.”

She tries to so in an economical way, too. “I try to always make stuff you could go to Dave’s Supermarket for the ingredients for, you don’t to drive all over town and spend a fortune.”

This weekend Harouvis will take her mission to the Fabulous Food Show at the IX Center, where she will host several demos. They include:

Culinary Stage

Friday,7 p.m. Vegan Gluten Free Moussaka Burger with vegan Bechamel cheese sauce. 

Sunday, 11 a.m. Healthy Breakfast!  Chia seed pudding, Hercules Juice , chickpea pancakes with veggies.

Taste of the Neighborhood Stage

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Grilled avocado with roasted corn and tomatoes and quinoa salad.

Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Vegan and gluten free zucchini corn burgers with spicy vegan aioli

Baking Pavilion

Saturday, 2 p.m. Healthy snacks!  Kale chips vegan/raw/gf raw/vg/gf macaroons.

Vg/Raw/GF avocado pudding

The Fabulous Food Show is at the International Exposition Center, 1 I-X Center Drive (off Ohio 237), Cleveland. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

General admission tickets: $20 at Giant Eagle, $23 at Discount Drug Marts, $25 in advance on the food show’s website (fabulousfoodshow.com) and $30 at the door. Once again, those with general admission tickets will be given seats in unreserved seating areas of the theaters on a first-come, first-served basis. Live, on-site simulcast of those shows will not be offered this year. Most chef appearances are free of additional charge. Expect separate fees for some food, all drinks, parking ($10), reserved seating and some special events. Buy reserved seating and special events in advance at Discount Drug Mart, online and at the door.

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Health and Nutrition During Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a nine month journey… It is a time in your life to feel happy, excited, serene and joyful. However it is also quite normal to experience anxieties about the birth and worrying about whether you are nourishing yourself properly, exercising, keeping, calm, positive, loving thoughts and emotions within your being.

Pregnancy lasts 39 weeks or nine months from conception and is looked at in three stages.

Health & Nutrition During Pregnancy

To ensure that your baby develops in a healthy environment, you should keep your body as fit and well nourished as you possibly can. Do not think in terms of devising a special diet for pregnancy, it is more to do with eating a good variety of the right foods which are those that are rich in the essential nutrients.

Weight Gain

The amount of weight put on by women in pregnancy varies between 9 – 16 kilograms, with the most rapid gain usually between weeks 24 and 32.

Don’t “eat for two”. Some 46 percent of women gain too much weight during pregnancy.

Diet During Pregnancy

You ARE What You Eat therefore Your Baby Is What You Eat!

What You Eat affects your baby’s future. What you eat in the following nine months can impact your baby’s health, as well as your own, for decades to come.

A good diet is vital to health during pregnancy, and to the normal development of the baby. The time to pay attention to diet, and if necessary change it for the better, is several months prior to conception and not when pregnancy is confirmed.

During the critical early weeks the normal, healthy development of the embryo depends on the mother’s state of nutritional health and also her toxic state.

Mineral and vitamin imbalances which would probably go unnoticed in a child or adult can have a disastrous effect on the developing baby.

This is because the cells in the embryo are growing at such a rapid rate, causing an exaggerated response to any harmful influences.

A natural, organic, whole food diet is the only one which will adequately serve during pregnancy.

A high quality diet is needed to maintain your own health and the best possible conditions for the baby to develop.

As our environment becomes more polluted and the soils more depleted of nutrients, going 100% organic, if possible, is the best thing you can do for oneself, and for a developing fetus, and last but not least; the environment.

Pesticides, herbicides, and other forms of pollution interfere with the metabolic pathways of many nutrients and thus indirectly interfere with the development of the immune, endocrine, and neurological systems.

Eating as many of our foods in their live, raw form preserves 70 to 80% more vitamins and minerals, 50% more bioactive protein, and up to 96% more bioavailable vitamin B12.

Grains, nuts and seeds are the most potent health-building foods of all. Eaten raw or sprouted if possible (some grains need to be cooked), they contain all the essential nutrients for human growth, sustenance, and ongoing optimal health.

A well balanced diet is based on whole cereals and grains (brown bread, rice, pasta, buckwheat, rye, oats), nuts and seeds, pulses and beans, fresh fruit and vegetables, pure unrefined oils such as cold pressed olive oil, with some fish and eggs if required.

Fruit and vegetables are all excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and trace elements provided they are eaten in the right way.

They should be fresh, either raw or quickly cooked, steamed or stir-fried, and preferably consumed immediately after they are harvested.

Salt is needed to maintain the extra volume of blood, to supply enough placental blood, and to guard against dehydration and shock from blood loss at birth, (except in cases of kidney and heart problems) Suggested form of salt is Himalayan Pink Salt.

Proteins

• Form the basic building blocks of all our body tissues, cells, hormones, and antibodies.

• Food must fuel the growth of the uterus, which can grow to 30 times its original size over the nine months gestation period Add the development of breasts, placenta, development of breast milk, the baby’s body.

Proteins are divided into complete and incomplete:

Complete proteins contain significant amounts of all the essential amino acids, you find them in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk and soya bean products.

Vegetable proteins are incomplete and contain only some of the essential amino acids. Some vegetarian sources of complete protein are: buckwheat, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, and almonds.

Plant proteins are easier for our bodies to digest and produce less toxic waste than animal proteins. The fiber in plants also has a very beneficial effect on the bowel; it ensures healthy bowel movements and the correct bacterial population in the gut, and prevents the buildup of putrefactive bacteria produced by excess animal proteins.

Eating meat and meat products also carries the risk from chemical and hormonal residues found in intensively reared animals. Also soya beans or soy products are mostly genetically engineered, hence it is wise to stay clear of them.

Pregnant women need about 60 to 75 grams of protein a day.

The best and cleanest sources of protein are green vegetables, spirulina, seeds (hemp, flax, sesame, poppy, sunflower, chia, quinoa, amaranth ).

Real strength and building material comes from:

• green – leafy vegetables, seeds and superfoods. They contain all the amino acids we require.

Essential Fatty Acids are vital to :

• the development of the baby’s nervous and immune systems. They build the cell walls in all our tissues, and so that trace elements and fat-soluble vitamins (A,E,D, and K) can be absorbed.

• EFA’s are needed to make adrenal and sex hormones, and to maintain a healthy population of bacteria in the gut.

• They are also essential to the normal development of the fetus’s brain: 70 per cent of all EFAs go to the brain.

The Best Fatty Foods include:

Avocados, Borage Seed Oil, Raw Cacao Beans (Chocolate Nuts), Coconut oil/ butter, Flax seed and its oil, Grape seeds, Hemp seed and its oil (cold pressed), RAW Nuts of all types (cashews must be soft to be truly “raw”), Nut Butters (almond butter is excellent), Olives and their oil (stone pressed or cold pressed), Peanuts (must be certified aflatoxin free), Poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds and their oil (cold pressed), Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, tahini (sesame butter), or even better if you can get hold of it at a health food store unhulled tahini (an alkaline fat, high in calcium), Young Coconuts (young Thai coconuts are available in the US at Asian markets), Coconut milk, coconuts (mature).

SUPERFOODS

Superfoods are foods with extraordinary properties. Usually they contain all essential amino acids, high levels of minerals, and a wide array of unique, even rare, nutrients. I have included the superfoods in the nutritional tips below.

Some prominent superfoods to include:

1) Himalayan Pink Salt – offers 84 minerals exactly identical to the elements in your body.

2) Spirulina (a spiral algae consumed for thousands of years by indigenous people in Mexico and Africa)

-It has the highest concentration of protein on Earth. 60%

-It is also very high in Iron, and many other vitamins and minerals.

-It is one of the highest sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) on the planet. Only mother’s milk is higher.

-It is recommended to take more Spirulina during breastfeeding because of the GLA.

-Spirulina is very high in human-active B12.

3) Blue-Green Algae (Klamath lake algae wonderful brain food). It is high in protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals and enhances the immune system.

I value it in pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and lactation for its enhancing effect on brain function.

4) Bee Pollen (wild pollen, not orchard pollen, should be used and should come from ethically harvested sources where bees are treated respectfully. Bee Pollen is nature’s most complete food) All amino acids, immune system, brain, eyes.

5) Flax, Sunflower, Chia, Sesame and pumpkin seeds are the best to use. Flaxseeds are excellent and the highest vegetarian source of omega-3-essential fatty acids, important for the immune system, nervous system, and brain development. I recommend one to two tablespoons daily of the uncooked and unheated oil or three to six tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds. (Use a coffee grinder). You may also grind the other above mentioned seeds and add them to salads, and fruit salads.

6) Wild young coconuts (not be confused with white Thai coconuts found in markets, wild coconuts are one of the greatest foods on earth. The coconut water and soft inner flesh are strength enhancing, electrolyte-rich, mineral-rich, youthening and invigorating. Great in smoothies.

NUTRITION TIPS

Here Are Some Nutrition Tips that will help you both:

1) Get Enough Folic Acid. 400 micrograms (mcg) daily. Folic Acid reduces chance of birth defects such as spina bifida. Especially in the first 6 weeks of pregnancy.

2) Best Food Sources of Folic Acid are: RAW Green leafy vegetables, including spinach, kale, beet greens, beet root, chard, asparagus, and broccoli. Starchy vegetables containing folic acid are corn, lima beans, green peas, sweet peas, sweet potatoes, artichokes, okra, and parsnips. Oats are high in folic acid as well as whole wheat brown bread. Many fruits have folic acid such as oranges, cantaloupe, pineapple, banana, and many berries including loganberries, boysenberries, and strawberries. Also fresh sprouts such as lentil, mung bean sprouts are excellent sources. REMINDER: Folic acid is available from fresh, unprocessed food, which is why it is so common a deficient in our culture’s processed, cooked food diet.

3) Eat Your Fish. Getting enough DHA (found in abundance in seafood and flaxseed) is one of the most important things you can do for you and your developing baby’s health. DHA is the omega-3 fatty acid that can boost baby’s brain development before birth, leading to better vision, memory, motor skills and language comprehension in early childhood. Eat at least 12 ounces a week of low-mercury fish, or take a DHA supplement such as Krill Oil.

• Avoid large, predatory fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. (As big fish eat smaller fish, the larger, longer-living ones accumulate more mercury).

• Seaweed and Cilantro remove heavy metals and radioactive isotopes from the tissues.

4) Avoid Alcohol – The main risk of consuming alcohol during pregnancy is the development of “fetal alcohol syndrome” (FAS). mother.. NO AMOUNT IS SAFE. AVOID TOTALLY.

5) Avoid Caffeine: In high amounts causes birth defects and still births, miscarriages and premature delivery.

6) Avoid Drugs – As far as possible all orthodox drugs should be avoided during pregnancy, especially in the first three months. Consider natural alternatives and visiting a medical herbalist or nutritionist prior to conception.

FOODS THAT MAY CAUSE INFECTIONS

Although the chance of contracting one of these rare infections is limited, you will reduce this likelihood even further if you follow the basic guidelines given here.

Listeriosis – caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, this is a very rare infection. Its symptoms are similar to flu and gastroenteritis and it can cause still birth.

Toxoplasmosis – usually symptomless (apart from mild flu symptoms), this can cause serious problems for the baby. Caused by direct contact with the organism Toxoplasma Gondi, it is found in cat faeces, raw meat, and unpasteurized goats’ milk. Soil on fruit and vegetables may be contaminated.

Salmonella – Contamination with Salmonella bacterium can cause bacterial food poisoning. This doesn’t usually harm the baby directly, but any illness involving a high temperature, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration could cause a miscarriage or preterm labour.

HERBS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY.

Herbal remedies are for the most part quite safe to be taken during pregnancy; some are useful alternatives to drugs both in chronic illness and acute minor problems such as may arise during pregnancy. It is still preferable to take NO MEDICATION whatsoever in the first three months, unless there is a specific problem that needs treatment.

There are many Herbs which should never be taken in pregnancy – their emmonagogue or oxytocic properties may, in large amounts, cause uterine contractions and thereby risk miscarriage: I will only mention a few as there at least twenty on the list.

Nutmeg Myristica Fragrans

Thuja Thuja occidentalis

Calendula Calendula officinalis

Sage Salvia officinalis

Thyme Thymus vulgaris

Marjoram Origanum vulgare

Lovage Levisticum officinale

Rosemary Rosmarinus Officinalis

Rhubarb Rheum sp.

Herbs that are safe to eat to take in culinary doses but not as a medicine during pregnancy include:

celery seed, cinnamon, fennel, fenugreek, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and saffron.

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“The Doctor Of The Future Will Give No Medicines, But Will Interest His Patients In The Care Of The Human Frame, In Diet, And In The Causes Of Diseases.”

–Thomas Edison.