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On the last Tuesday of 2013 and to celebrate the End of the Year, here is the second half of this year's round-up of Better Raw's Try This Tuesday - from August to December 2013. To see the first half - from January to July 2013 - click here.
If you eat oranges (and you should), then why not create roses out of peels and make a potpourri or a centrepiece for the most citrus fresh and naturally fragrant environment.
Add more fibre to your diet! It increases stool weight and promotes speedy bowel movements, helps cure high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, IBS, constipation and colon related conditions, as well as promotes weight loss! Excellent raw food fibre sources come from psyllium husks, sprouted whole grains, oats, carrots, apples, pears and tomatoes.
Four life changing words you can say to another person are 'I believe in you'.
Make sure you say them to yourself too.
Do you ever plan your meals for the week ahead? Do you ever wish menu planning was easy?
Check out this excellent example of a fun and breezy menu planning DIY board...
Simply write the names of your favourite dishes and their recipes on the back of each card, pick out 7 cards at the beginning of every week, and take them shopping, so you have the ingredients list and all of your food can be purchased for the week ahead. Genius!
Be the reason someone smiles today.
Aloe Vera plants propagate quickly, so buy yourself a plant and it will keep on giving. I took the offspring (left pic) and potted it into an old candle pot (right pic)- here's what 10 months on a windowsill did.
When I posted my 'effective moth repellent' question last week- this suggestion came up a few times. Definitely doing this!
Recycle Recycle Recycle!
Just check out how many gorgeous uses an old crate has for furniture.
Clean out your fridge and pantry and get rid of every expired jar or ingredient that hasn't served you. Replace with fresh, vibrant and nutritious food. If you keep good food, you will eat good food.
Guys - want to prevent baldness?
Ladies - need iron to combat fatigue & anaemia?
There's a herb you want to try! It grows wild and free for all:
26 seconds is all it takes for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your blood stream. If you won't eat it, then don't put it on your skin. I dare you to do a 21 day challenge of using nothing but edible natural products, like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Essential Oils, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Water, Avocado, Baking Soda, Seaweed, Volcanic Clay and my personal favourite- Aloe Vera!
Add Acai berry powder to your smoothies, cereals, crackers, salads, soups, and anything else you fancy. This superfood is a potent source of Vitamin C and many immune boosting qualities to help you ace through winter, it's packed with antioxidants to protect from many things, especially cell and skin damage, it's a great energy booster and digestive aid also.
It tastes delicious and my shake here has 2 cups almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 5 soaked dates and 1 heaped tablespoon Acai.
I'm excited and super proud to announce that I haven't had either a cold or a flu in over FIVE years now! Diet is the biggest contributor in my case but also due to the variety of foods that I continuously try. I wanted to tell you about 5 of them. Here are the superfoods that my body is loving this winter:
Make your favourite raw food ice-cream, smoothie or cheesecake recipe and freeze it in ice-pop moulds. This way your freezer will always be stocked with delicious healthy desserts, anytime you have that sweet tooth craving.
Are you eating the World's 15 Healthiest Foods? Do you know what they are and how to incorporate them into your meals? This little eBook is a completely free resource, which I've created for you to say thanks for trusting me with your email address and your passion for healthier living. You can download it in seconds, but not for much longer, as very soon- I will change it forever. Get yours here: www.BetterRaw.com
Take a break from work for a fun puzzle or a mini challenge like this one. Then watch your productivity, creativity and problem solving abilities soar. Ok so try it and tell me the missing number in the comments, but don't read the comments for clues...
Colloidal Silver is your immune system's best friend. It's a liquid solution in which microscopic, electrically charged particles of Silver are in suspension. It's known to kill 650 different kinds of pathogens, such as bacteria, fungus, viruses, streptococcus and many others, by inhibiting the enzymes which allow their oxygen metabolism. And it does so in minutes, safely, with no side effect. It doesn't even taste of anything. I remember my parents putting a silver coin in a jug of our drinking water when I was little and some may remember their grandparents putting silver coins in milk to preserve it. Now you can 'preserve' yourself by taking a teaspoon of Colloidal Silver a day
There are lots of places to get it now, just google. One example is this great brand:
Act without expectation...
Add 1/4 cup white vinegar or 1/2 cup baking soda to your wash cycle. Not only is it a natural fabric softener, it will also eliminate static cling.
Rub a walnut over dings and scratches in your furniture to hide them. Now that's really thinking beyond food as medicine!
Master 1 daily raw food meal....
It’s easy to add raw foods to your meals and you probably already have salad with your potatoes, fresh fruit with your yoghurt or raw snack bars with your coffee. But what about having a full meal per day, which is 100% raw? Food combining can be tricky for the body, as different nutrients require different parts of your digestive tract to be properly broken down. That’s why even when you add raw foods to your meals, they don’t necessary go well together and some people experience indigestion or bloating. When you have a meal that is totally raw, the benefits are pretty impressive and in most cases immediate. I suggest mastering your breakfast. It’s usually super easy and there are so many options of what you can make, like green smoothies, veggie juices, living chia seed porridge, nut milk and granola, coconut yoghurt with blueberries, dehydrated energy/muesli bars, superfood shakes, fruit salads and more. When you master your breakfast, it will set the tone for the rest of the day.
- See more tips to going raw at:www.betterraw.com/2013/09/raw-food-diet-in-four-steps.html
The pumpkin season is among us, but don't go throwing out all those precious seeds which you scoop out! Sprinkle a bit of soil on tray, top with seeds and cover with a little more soil. Water daily and watch them sprout in 7-10 days when you can add the ready sprouts to salads, smoothies and juices.
Stand on your head for a few minutes each day to rebalance. It's a cure for everything. David Wolfe even has a great example about how the only two mammals which don't get arthritis- bats and possums- have their 'hanging upside down to thank for that.
Practice hydrotherapy. There is no better way to wake up and renew every cell in your body and get energised for detoxification, than taking a really hot shower to thoroughly warm up, then switching to cold for 30 seconds, repeating 3 times. Try it! It's the best energy boost ever.
Christmas parties aren't exactly known for their healthy feasts, but the issue is not in indulging once in a while, it's in overindulging and on the wrong things. You can still have a delicious merry time with raw foods (and without the immune system crash), so why not bring a plate to your next Christmas work party or social gathering and surprise everybody? You may even changesomeone's life with this simple idea. If you are after recipes, you already know that I have a whole eBook 'Festive-The Best Raw Food Christmas Recipes' on special now (25% off), but what's more is that I have a bunch of free recipes online too! Start with this collection:www.betterraw.com/2010/12/christmas-in-raw-no-dehydrator-needed.html
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