Real deal, raw and healthy –

A CAFE with no coffee is a bit like a pub with no beer.

Native Feel Real has neither coffee nor beer on its menu. This Manly cafe also doesn’t have dairy, animal protein and refined sugar.

Coincidentally, the clumsily-named cafe has settled into the hole in the wall vacated by the sugar king himself Adriano Zumbo.

Instead this concept cafe, which opened 14 months ago, beats to a diet of beets, nuts, seeds, fruit and veg.

Native Feel Real is a raw food cafe and its menu takes food back right back to basics — or to extremes — depending on your viewpoint. It is chock-a-block with raw, unprocessed food. Native’s food philosophy focuses on food preparation using undressed, unrefined food not heated above 44 degrees.

media_cameraThe Raw Pizza at Native Feel Real cafe dedicated to Raw Veg in Manly. Picture: Braden Fastier

A raw food diet swaps acidic for alkaline food and keeps the nutrients and enzymes in the food, owner Betania Barkway says.

Native has evolved from studying hospitality at TAFE, attending raw food courses with local diet advocate Amanda Brocket and research at Cafe Gratitude in LA and in Bali.

Barkway eats what she preaches and claims that after three years she now has more energy and doesn’t have that bloated feeling.

After the colourful and crunchy Native salad bowl for lunch, I certainly felt lighter (as did my purse) and quite virtuous, although I’m not sure that I comfortably adopt such a strict regimen.

media_cameraRawsome spaghetti with pesto. Picture: Braden Fastier

The spiraliser gets a lunchtime workout for the rawsome spaghetti, which is made with zucchini, homemade basil pesto and cashew parmesan. The ‘cheesiness’ comes from nutritional yeast.

And a raw pizza will never replace the real thing — no matter how healthy it is.

Native has burgers too — there’s a sweet potato and bean patty served with activated cashew aioli and wrapped in iceberg lettuce.

One special — the rather tasty eggplant burger in a wholemeal roll with barbecue sauce — has been such a success that it is going to be on the menu over summer. The patty isn’t meat, but it should satisfy hungry carnivores.

media_cameraBetania Barkway outside her raw food cafe. Picture: Braden Fastier

Breakfast is more mainstream than extreme. Dehydrated 14-hour raw granola and homemade almond milk and coco yoghurt could appear on any trendy cafe’s menu.

For drinkies there are ginger shots, cleansing green juices sipped through bamboo straws, smoothies and turmeric lattes.

If you fancy a sneaky coffee, Barefoot Coffee Traders is next door when it reopens after renos. Alternatively if you want a craft beer, then 4 Pines is just around the corner.

media_cameraJuice time: The clean forest, Manly sunrise and berry lovers smoothie. Picture: Braden Fastier


What: Native Feel Real

Where: 1a/40 E Esplanade, Manly

Phone: 9977 1617

Open: Daily, from 7.30am — 5pm

Go for: rawsome spaghetti with basil pesto and cashew ‘parmesan’, $16; eggplant burger with barbecue sauce, $16.50; acai bowl with raw granola, $15.50; Mayan warrior smoothie with coconut milk, $9.50

Coffee: No

Vibe: Raw deal

Bottom line: $53


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The Benefits of Probiotic Foods – How Age-Old Cultured Foods Boost Immunity

We’ve approached a time in history when more people are taking responsibility for their own healing – seeking opinions from doctors and practitioners with a range of philosophies, discovering and treating the root-cause of illnesses, and remembering the wisdom behind the statement, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” stated by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine.

Throughout time, popular diseases have offered society a reflection of its own state of being. The predominant lifestyles, medicine, social issues, diets, etc. all amount to health challenges of those times. Quite often the insidious, debatable epidemics that affected large populations instigated societal growth and advancements.

One of today’s such diseases is Candidiasis, a fungal infection, caused by Candida albicans, that starts in the colon and can spread through the bloodstream affecting the immune system. Candida is caused by an imbalance of ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut, resulting in an overgrowth of fungus ranging from severe to mild. The long-term danger of overgrowth is a compromised immune system. Seventy to 80 percent of what controls our immunity is a result of the health of our gut. Candidiasis has been linked to many symptoms, including skin rashes, food allergies, chronic constipation, chronic vaginal yeast infections, PMS, reoccurring headaches, mental fuzziness and more. But the majority of people don’t associate their systems with this modern epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one genital “yeast infection” in their lifetime. In those with weakened immune systems, like AIDS or cancer, candida that leaks into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall can (and often does) become the actual cause of death.

Although there are a number of pills and creams being prescribed for this infection by allopathic doctors, some practitioners believe that unless the colon’s environment is altered and “friendly” bacteria reintroduced, while the foods perpetuating this imbalance are eliminated, the ‘yeast infection’ will persist. New solutions proving to be effective include colonics, intestinal cleanses, special diets, and probiotics, some of the most potent probiotics can be obtained through an age-old method of fermenting plant-source foods.

Following is an interview with Carly Balsz, founder of Healing Movement in Santa Monica, California

Jara Fairchild: Carly, your mission is to help people develop balanced inner ecosystems by supporting them to create healthy digestion. How did you get started on this journey?

Carly Balsz: My journey began as an R.N., but I wasn’t healthy. My problem was a severe Candida infection, which was weakening my immune system. I found the Body Ecology Diet book, a system of healing by Donna Gates, which emphasizes that we all have unique dietary needs depending on the state of our inner ecosystems. For example, we might all agree that an organic, whole foods diet is healthy. But wheat, dairy, or even natural sugars may not benefit you. I was on a raw food diet, but the dates and fruits that I was eating were making me sick! So not only did I eliminate certain foods, I began fermenting vegetables and the water from Young Thai coconuts, the probiotic foods suggested by the diet to replenish my colon with ‘friendly’ bacteria. That’s when my immune system kicked in, plus these raw cultured vegetables and coconut water kefir as they are called, helped curb my intense sugar cravings, a common symptom that seems insurmountable to Candida sufferers.

J: So you sensed that there were many others out there like you suffering from Candida and set out to help them too?

C: First I was inspired by colon hydrotherapy because it was the first thing I did that my body responded to. None of the anti-fungal medications prescribed by my doctor helped. At the time, I was working the UCLA Medical Center’s Liver Transplant ICU and was responsible for administering antibiotics, the very thing that may have contributed to my condition. I also remembered the mid-90s when pharmacies, overnight it seemed, added sections dedicated to vaginal suppositories to treat yeast infections. I had this moment when I realized how much I wasn’t alone in suffering from a systemic fungal infection, but rather it had reached epidemic proportions — that’s when I quit my job. Today I have so many success stories. I’ve worked with an 18-year-old boy with Crohn’s disease for about a year who was on steroids. The other day his mother said he’s was off the medications and symptom free. She attributes it to the colonics, the diet and the probiotic foods.

J: So are all ‘probiotic foods’ created equally? Are the new yogurts on the market with probiotics effective?

C: They are NOT created equally. Despite the large-budget ad campaigns that almost make yogurt a convincing choice as a probiotic, many yogurts are not effective. First, they are counterintuitive to healing because they add sugar. Also, for people with digestive issues, dairy tends to irritate the gut lining or cause allergic reactions. And often the microflora from yogurt isn’t strong enough to survive harsh stomach acid so they don’t get into the gut to colonize. Cultured foods, however, are permitted by all diets — vegan, raw, macrobiotic and others. The process alone of making them with “starter culture” introduces a hardy strain of beneficial bacteria, a robust bacterium called Lb. Plantarum, which is resistant to antibiotics. The veggies and kefir work quickly because they are alkaline-forming foods. Microbes love acidic environments because they have a lot to feast on. So the goal is to balance the body’s pH. These foods are also fibrous for stronger peristalsis, while the kefir is hydrating, and both contain a rich source of enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

J: Is it easy to make the veggies and kefir at home?

C: Yes. Cultured foods have been around for thousands of years, kimchi and sauerkraut are two examples. So they are affordable and easy to make. When I started making the veggies, I rallied together a small group and we did two big batches a month. If you do buy them at the store, look for brands that don’t add sea salt to the fermentation process, which is how traditional sauerkraut is made. Sea salt slows down bacterial growth. You can add sea salt once they’ve cultured, as well as dressings, oils and seasonings. The kefir can be made from Young Thai coconuts, but you can also ferment regular coconut water. Some people add stevia, cranberry juice, lemon, etc.

J: Is there a link between digestion and children who develop autism?

C: Yes. Each child is different, but improving digestion should be the starting point. There has been much evidence that these children have an overgrowth of fungus, which cause toxins to absorb through the gut wall, enter the bloodstream and are carried to the brain causing neurological dysfunctions. I work with a child who in the beginning was constipated, but what we’ve observed over the past year is that his behavior improved as his digestion did. There are many stories of children recovering from symptoms of autism when placed on sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free diets, and adding the cultured foods.

Mothers sometimes feel guilty when they understand the link, but it’s not their fault. However, education is important. Most women haven’t been given the right information about how to treat a Candida infection and most men who have it, don’t know it. I admire high-profile personalities with autistic children who speak out, like Jenny McCarthy, so we can spread the word about getting to the root-cause of this infection. So I’ve made it my mission to provide people with the tools that have worked for me. I’m planning to be a mom someday and I thank God I got sick. Now I know for sure that my body is ready.

What Your Dog’s Poop Tells You – DogTime

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Dog owners have to have a high tolerance for being grossed out. We’re expected to clean up after our pups, and not many of them are trained to use a toilet. But picking up your dog’s poop isn’t just a courtesy or a matter of public health, it’s a chance for you to find out what’s going on inside your pup. Dog feces can tell you a lot about a dog’s health and what may be wrong with his diet. Here are a few things your dog’s stool can indicate.

Normal Stool

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Normal, healthy dog poop tends to be firm and a little moist. You should be familiar with your dog’s normal stool so that you can monitor any changes. The volume, color, and odor are important to note, too. Dogs that get too much fiber tend to produce high volume with a strong odor. This happens with certain dry food diets, as your dog can’t process all the nutrients and pushes them out. Raw food diets can result in smaller stool with a weaker smell. Any of these can be normal depending on your dog’s diet, so pay attention to what your pup’s poop usually looks and smells like.

White, Chalky Stool

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Dogs that eat a raw food diet that is high in calcium or bone might pass stool that is chalky and white. This can be a sign that your dog is at risk for obstipation, which is an inability to evacuate his bowels without outside help. This chronic constipation can lead to lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting. It requires help from a veterinarian, so save these stool samples and bring them in.

White Or Tan Specks

If you see white or tan specks in your dog’s stool, you should save a sample and bring it to your vet right away. These specks can indicate a parasite infestation, like roundworm or tapeworm. Your vet should be able to detect these things before you see evidence in your dog’s stool, which is why you should always go in for regular check-ups.

Black, Tarry, Green, Yellow, Or Red Stool

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Poop that is black, tarry, green, yellow, or red usually indicates bleeding and can be a sign that there are problems in the intestinal or anal area. It can mean anything from an injury to the GI tract to cancer. This will require a trip to the vet to determine exactly what the problem is, so again, save your dog’s stool sample so it can be tested.

Soft, Loose Stool

If your dog’s poop seems soft and loose, it may just be an indication of a change in diet, or it may mean your dog has been eating things he shouldn’t be eating. If you’ve changed your dog’s diet recently, monitor changes in poop. You may have to alter the diet if it doesn’t improve. A soft, loose stool can also indicate giardia or another intestinal parasite. Make a trip to the vet if the poop consistency doesn’t return to normal.

Greasy, Gray Stool

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Poop that looks gray and greasy can indicate that there is too much fat in your dog’s diet. It may be time for a dietary change because too much fat can lead to inflammatory conditions like pancreatitis. These conditions can be mild or life-threatening, so take your dog’s diet seriously.

Watery Diarrhea In High Volume

If your dog is having three to five bowel movements a day and producing a high volume of diarrhea every time, it is likely a problem in the small intestine. There can be any number of causes from injury, to a viral infection, to bacteria, to food allergies. Your vet will need to determine the cause, so bring in a sample of the stool for testing.

Watery Diarrhea In Low Volume

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If your dog is having more than five bowel movements a day and producing a low volume of diarrhea each time, the problem is probably in the large intestine. Again, there can be a range of causes, including worms, polyps, ulcers, or cancer. Your vet can determine the cause, so you should provide a sample of the stool for testing.

Soft Stool With Mucous

A soft stool with a coating of unusual mucous can be a sign that parvovirus or parasites are present. If you notice worms or eggs in soft or watery stool, this is also an indication of parasites. Your veterinarian should be able to catch many of these infestations before you see visible signs in your dog’s stool, so make sure to get regular check-ups.

Do you pay attention to your dog’s poop? Has it helped you find out if something is going wrong? Let us know in the comments below!


Pet food company of Manchester specializes in ‘raw’ deals – Wicked Local Rockport

Growing in size since it’s inception over two years ago, local company “Raw To Go” provides a unique option for pet owners in the northeast.

The membership-based buying club provides raw pet food for dogs and cats, delivering to neighborhoods from Gloucester to Saco, Maine. Located in Manchester-by-the-Sea, the business touts the benefits that a raw diet can provide for pets, offering raw beef, chicken, turkey tripe and bones in bulk to members.

“There are enzymes that are contained in the meat that help with digestion, and also help with the immune system,” said Steve Lai, one of the co-founders of Raw To Go. “I think you really lose that with the kibble that people feed their dogs. Also, the bones help with keeping their teeth healthy, there’s not as much tartar when they eat raw. They have shinier coats and much better teeth.”

A family member who has been a dog breeder for over fifty years convinced Steve and his wife, Stacey, of how their dogs might benefit from a raw diet. After making the switch and seeing the benefits in their own pets, Steve and Stacey decided to found the business so that others might have the opportunity to provide the same type of diet for their pets.

“We saw a company in North Carolina that did this, and we decided to put a model together on how to run the business,” Lai said.

The Lais are no strangers to running unique local businesses: The husband and wife team also oversee the Children’s Drop and Shop, a twice-a-year consignment event that draws large crowds with the promise of purchasing clothing and gear for children. They were able to pour their experience into the creation and implementation of Raw To Go.

Steve describes the company as adhering to the “Just-In-Time” business model: Members put in their orders a week before a pre-defined deadline, and a delivery spot, date and time are set up for each delivery area. The North Carolina-based company that provides the flash-frozen raw food will deliver to the Lai’s home on the date of delivery, which is then handed off to drivers who deliver to members. The amount of drivers hired to deliver the food is determined based on membership need and how many deliveries need to be made.

“We thought, ‘Can we get the product and deliver it on the same date so we don’t have to carry any inventory?’” Lai said. “We thought it was important for us to do that because the product is perishable; we are dealing with frozen meat.”

A large truck will deliver the complete inventory for the month between 6 – 7 a.m. the day of delivery. The company then organizes drivers and deliveries so that the last stop happens just before dinner time the same day, around 5:30 p.m.

Raw To Go started out small, delivering locally before eventually expanding to deliveries to Boston, the Metrowest area of Massachusetts and even southern New Hampshire and Maine. The company now boasts more than 100 members across New England.

“When we started it pretty much contained to the North Shore,” Lai said. “Since we started it, it has grown. We travel to the Needham area, the Metrowest of Boston; now we’re in Boston, Cambridge and further north as well. We’re in Georgetown, Southern New Hampshire and now, Southern Maine.”

Those interested in receiving deliveries of this type pay a $40 fee each year to become members, and can then order pet food in bulk on the company website.

“Our minimum is to buy a case of meat, which is 30 pounds, and they can get it at a great price,” he said.

For more information on Raw To Go, visit


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Indulge in a Wholesome Treat With These 15 Raw and Vegan Ready-Made Desserts! – One Green Planet

Chunkie Dunkies: Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies offer a unique experience for even the biggest chocolate chip cookie lover. While most cookies are made with flour, eggs, and milk, Chunkie Dunkies are made entirely from dehydrated, sprouted, organic, and vegan ingredients. Specifically, these cookies are made with whole raw almonds, whole raw cashews, sprouted buckwheat groats, dried unsulphured coconut, whole raw walnuts, vanilla beans, vegan chocolate chips, pure maple syrup, raw agave, cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil, and sea salt. Reviewers are saying that these cookies are good quality, have a nice texture, and are a healthier way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Use Oil Pulling During Chemotherapy

Oil pulling is a practice I learned about in 2008 from my raw food coach. I purchased unrefined sesame oil and started the practice each morning regularly as I transitioned into a raw food lifestyle. It is a practice that is simple and easy to start for good oral health and detoxification of the body.

The process of oil pulling involves putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swishing it around your teeth for about 2 to 5 minutes. Make sure you push, pull and draw the oil throughout the teeth. Then spit out the oil in the sink and rinse your mouth with water afterwards. When the oil in your mouth becomes white and foamy, it is an indicator that the toxins and bacteria have been removed. Make sure you do not swallow the oil mixture at any time.

Some benefits of oil pulling include:

  • whiter teeth
  • boost in energy
  • reduced joint pain
  • relieved bleeding or inflamed gums
  • preventing bad breath
  • complete body detoxification

It is an ancient technique with roots in Ayurvedic medicine that is used by many to deal with health ailments. Some common oils used for this practice include sesame or sunflower oil. Coconut or cold-pressed oils may be used as well. When the oil mixes with the saliva, it pulls out the bacteria and toxins from the body. I would suggest starting oil pulling on a regular basis for a couple of weeks. And then incorporate it into your lifestyle maybe a few days a week.

When you start gargling with oil for the first time, you will see results right away. The first sign of that the practice is working– is the build of mucous in the throat region. Mucous is easily expelled after a session of swishing oil in your mouth, along with a complete rinsing of the mouth with water.

The best time of day to do oil pulling is on an empty stomach and before breakfast. It is a activity you can do after you brush your teeth.

For those undergoing chemotherapy, I would highly recommend that you implement oil pulling about 3 times a day after a chemo session for about 3 days. When I was undergoing chemotherapy, oil pulling prevented mouth sores and removed all the toxins from the chemicals in my mouth right away. The traditional route after a chemo session is gargaling with salt water, but oil pulling is 10 times better and you will see amazing results.