August 2009 Newsletter
August 1, 2009 By Billy
Drinking pure water is considered to be one of the most important elements for overall health. We can’t survive without it for more than a few days. Because it is what we put most of in and on our bodies, it deserves thorough consideration.
Clean water is vital to the following:
- Function of vital organs
- Strong immune system to resist disease
- Level of energy
- Mood and mental clarity
- Detoxification of the body
Most water available today (tap and bottled) is far from being considered pure and is not the same water we were drinking 100 years or even 20 years ago. It is simply too contaminated with chlorine, fluoride, lead, mercury, pesticides, and bacteria to provide the benefits as mentioned above to the full potential . . . thus explaining why perhaps we get sick more than we think we should, or develop allergies due to a weak immune system, or often feel just OK instead of energized and really alive. Many of the different contaminants in water which is numbering in the hundreds have been linked to be health compromising themselves. For example, Fluoride has been named the cause of several types of cancer. For this reason many water districts in the US stopped putting fluoride in the water. However, the fluoride still remains in our water as it is difficult and expensive to remove.
How to get pure water
Good quality water filters in your home should now be considered basic household amenities in order to assure that you get the very cleanest water available. It is also important to be discerning with which types of filters to use. For example, a simple “Brita” filter or similar carbon filter that hooks onto the faucet can only do so much. It is most likely removing large sediment and chlorine. However there are many more health compromising contaminates including viruses that are not removed from water by these types of filters, making them inadequate or only a temporary solution at best.
From the research that I’ve done on the various types of filters, I’ve found two types that clean your water to sufficient purity in order to be health creating. One is a reverse osmosis purifier and the other is a distiller. I recommend the reverse osmosis filter as they are more common, less expensive, and smaller. The reverse osmosis filter works by squeezing the water through a pressurized filter membrane. Natural minerals are removed from the water too, but these are in our water in trace amounts compared to our fruits and veggies…so no need for concern with missing minerals. The pores in the membrane are the size of a water molecule allowing only pure water molecules to pass through. This system generally has three carbon pre-filters to remove the larger contaminants first. The filters generally need to be changed once a year and otherwise generally do not require any other maintenance. The cost to purchase a RO system is generally between $300 and $1,000. The RO system can also be rented for about $30 a month which includes the annual changing of filters. There are many companies offering installation and service all over the country. Culligan is a reputable and well-known plumbing company offering the RO service nationally, and the web site is culligan.com. Whatever the company, the reverse osmosis system is good one. I recommend renting since you are paying for regular service of the system. Installation involves drilling a separate faucet for drinking water into your kitchen counter top next to your regular tap. The rest of the system including filters and 1-3 gallon size water tank are installed under the sink. Do a little research yourself to see just what you’ll be getting. Regardless, it is completely worth the investment . . . because it’s your health! Buy a filter or be a filter . . . I opt for buying one.
What about bottled water?
There is the option of buying bottled water also. It is important to be discerning between the different bottled waters. Testing has shown that many bottled waters are little better than water out of the tap. This is due contaminated springs where the water is collected or low grade plastics used for bottling. One important note is that any water that is filtered and then bottled can easily become contaminated from the plastic even if it is a high grade plastic. This is because the water is demineralized from filtering thus allowing the water molecules to be small enough to penetrate the plastic and leach chemicals. In spring water the water molecules are still bonded to the minerals making most plastic a safe choice for storage. Filtered water is best stored in glass or metal. So if you are regularly filling water bottles from your home RO filter when you head out on the road or for a hike, it’s best to avoid plastic. Glass of course is not practical, thus making metal an ideal choice. “Sigg” water bottles are metal and are available from most outdoor shops. If plastic is your only choice, at the very least keep the bottle away from direct sunlight and heat. Heat softens the plastic leaching even more contaminants into your water . . . thus why your water tastes like plastic after sitting in your car. Yuck!
Enjoy the effects of pure water!
Once you have a high quality RO filter installed you will immediately notice that you drink more water. This is because the water tastes far better and you body intuitive sense recognizes the water as health creating. It is best to hydrate most in the early part of the day. Drink a tall glass of warm water (body temperature) first thing after waking and you will notice how this causes the bowels to move . . . thus starting your day with little mini-detox. You will find the effects of your pure water on tap to be most health creating! Enjoy!!!
The importance of clean water on the body, too
In addition to your RO filter it is important to consider filters for your shower heads. These are simple carbon filters mainly to remove chlorine. When unfiltered hot water is sprayed from a faucet, chlorine quickly turns to a gas. This chlorine gas is then inhaled. More chlorine is absorbed by the body during a ten minute shower than by drinking chlorinated water all day. Chlorine is damaging to the skin and immune system and dissolves the body’s natural vitamin c and other antioxidant reserves. The shower filters are inexpensive and can be purchased and installed by Culligan as well. Another option is a whole house carbon filter that does just that . . . it’s a basic filter that is installed where the water feeds into your home. They cost between $400 and $1,500 dollars and some require maintenance only once every 12 years. This will also preserve the life of your RO filter. A very good choice (better than individual shower filters) in my opinion. They also preserve the life of your appliances . . . ie. dishwasher, washing machine, ice maker, etc.Comments to this post
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June 17, 2009 By Billy
June 2009 Newsletter
June 1, 2009 By Billy
Nutrition of Algae
Superfoods are increasingly touted by nutritionists as being the most nourishing and health~forming food sources available. The term “superfood” . . . has a fairly broad definition depending upon whom you talk to or what you read. In essence, however, it generally refers to any food with a high concentration of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant-derived compounds that are acclaimed for their health-promoting benefits by nutritionists and scientific researchers alike.
Commonly recognized superfoods include organic berries, dark leafy greens, sprouts, and broccoli. Other well-known and often-written-about superfoods include maca root, aloe vera, goji berries and flax seeds, to mention a few.
Notably, some of the superfoods that have garnered the most attention over the past few decades are green superfoods particularly algaes: spirulina, blue-green algae, and chlorella. Each of these foods is extremely high in protein, chlorophyll and other transformative nutrients.
Here are some details about what each of these algae can offer in terms of nutrition and health benefits:
- Spirulina. Spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein – between 55% and 77% by dry weight, depending upon where it was grown and harvested. In fact, spirulina contains more protein per gram than any other food! Furthermore, spirulina contains a complete form of protein, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids. It is considered to offer protein that is superior to typical plant proteins, like that of legumes. Spirulina is also one of the richest sources of beta-carotene known. Beta carotene is an organic compound that is a precursor to Vitamin A, an essential nutrient important for vision and bone health. And it is the highest source of the B vitamin complex, B12 included, thus why this one is known as a real energizer.
- Blue-Green Algae. Blue-green algae is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, containing glycoproteins. Blue-green algae is harvested in pristine lakes such as Upper Klamath Lake in south-central Oregon. Blue-green algae also contains one of the most concentrated forms of phenylethylamine, which is an important component of neurotransmitters in the brain and contributes toward balancing and soothing the neurological system.
- Chlorella. Chlorella is a single-cell algae that can contain up to 50% protein, and is the richest source of chlorophyll of any food, that names chlorella as the ultimate detox food. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in most plants and algae. It is known to have a number of health benefits, including growth and repair of tissues, neutralization of pollutants in the body, assisting the blood in carrying oxygen to cells and tissues, and neutralizing free radicals that do damage to healthy cells.
Together these three green superfoods: spirulina, blue-green algae, and chlorella represent a robust and powerful source of nutrients for the body. Together, they offer an abundance of protein for healthy muscles, phenylethylamine for a balanced neurological system, beta-carotene for eye and bone health, and chlorophyll for tissue repair and overall detoxification. When looking for a power-punch green food combination for your health, an algae-based formula is the most promising option for wonderfully effective nourishment.
We all know that what we consume is directly correlated with how we feel: to feel our best, we have to eat well. Many people often complain about feeling drained and sluggish half way through the day, which can be a direct result of having skipped a wholesome breakfast.
Neglecting breakfast has become the norm for most people. Most of us become extremely busy as we prepare for our day. As a crutch, we often go for the quick and simple solution in an effort to save time, making choices that favor convenience over health. Anything less than a super~nutritious breakfast can lead to overeating during snacking, lunch, and dinner – which if sustained is then of course reflected in our overall health.
Breakfast is our first meal after a long night’s rest, so taking the time to choose the best energy sources is a wise and prudent thing. By having a healthy breakfast, you will provide yourself with the fuel necessary to maintain a high-energy day. A good breakfast also means better concentration and mood.
This fall, for a healthy alternative, try a superfood smoothie to jumpstart your day. Superfood smoothies are easy to make and can be conveniently stored for later during work, school or play.Comments to this post
February 2009 Newsletter
February 1, 2009 By Billy
Fat in the diet is essential for life. It is vital to many of the body’s functions. Fat is needed in order for the body to absorb many nutrients, commonly referrerd to as fat-soluble nutrients. Fats are needed for healthy joints and strong connective tissues. Consider that the human brain is 80% fat; this alone makes proper fats in the diet critical. Most importantly, fat is needed for fueling the body and balancing the your metabolism.
However fat has also been named the “culprit” of obesity and other diseases. This certainly can be true, but truly it’s the lack of understanding fats that is the real problem. As a general rule, excessive cooked fats tend to the primary cause of excessive weight gain. This is because most fats break down under high temperatures. Even at room temperature, fats break down over time, and heating the fat simply accelerates this process. Some fats are more heat stable than others, thus making them more suitable for cooking, and I’ll discuss that later. As a simple law of nature, when any fat is heated whether nut, seed, meat or pure oil, electrons break off of atoms that are referred to as free radicals. We ingest free radicals constantly as they are produced from many sources other than food including direct sunlight, environmental toxicity, and even stress. Our bodies can deal with these free radicals via antioxidants in the diet, fresh air, pure water, and rest. However in general we consume too many fats containing these free radicals. The excess of free radicals in the body is costly to one’s health in several ways. One, it suppresses the immune system. It can also be the cause of mutated cell growth leading to cancer. But mainly, free radicals suppress the body’s thyroid function, which is a primary cause of obesity.
We can easily reduce our intake of these free radicals by being more discerning of what kinds of fats we consume. The basic principle is to add more raw fats to the diet thus consuming less cooked fats. Examples: avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and cold-pressed oils. It is especially important to reduce intake of hydrogenated vegetable oils. Food production companies selling products at conventional grocery stores use this oil in nearly everything as a cheap butter alternative. The hydrogenated vegetable oil is produced by heating the oil to 700 degrees and then mixing it with hydrogen gas. The oil becoming unstable at such high temperatures allows the hydrogen atoms to bond with the oil. The oil now becomes a solid at room temperature like butter. Any time we consume hydrogenated oils we are essentially ingesting buckets of health compromising free radicals. Yuck! Become a food label reader and protect yourself from consuming this low grade product.
The best oils are cold-pressed organic oils. Cold-pressing means what the name implies; the oil is extracted under cool temperatures, thus protecting the potential health creating quality of the oil. In general the healthiest oils are oils high in essential fatty acids. This is fatty molecule in the oil that literally dissolves excess saturated fat out of the body. Some of these oils include: olive, flax, hemp, and almond. These oils are not at all heat stable and quickly lose their healthy qualities once heated that feels too hot to touch with your hand. And since all oils break down slowly even at room temperature, no oil has a shelf life longer than a few months. After such time the oil will be rancid (although undetectable by smell) and should be thrown away.
Coconut oil and ghee (also known as clarified butter) are the two exceptions to the heating rule. These oils are far more heat stable than all others making them the best choice for any cooking. Ghee is a pure oil made from butter that is completely heat stable making it perfect for stir frying. And it contains much less cholesterol than butter. Ghee is generally available at any natural food store. Coconut oil deserves special attention as well as a place in
every kitchen pantry. In addition to being very heat stable, it has a tremendous healing effect on the Thyroid. If you suspect that you are overweight due in part to a suppressed Thyroid, then try taking raw, cold pressed, organic coconut oil. It may sound counter-intuitive that a saturated fat such as coconut can help with weight loss, so try it for yourself! Take 1-2 tablespoons daily in a smoothie or by melting the oil into a warm bowl of food. It also lubricates the joints, helps the bowels move, and is an anti-inflammatory to all the body’s tissues.
Implement more raw, cold-pressed, organic oils in place of cooked oils and fats and feel the amazing difference for yourself!Comments to this post
January 2009 Newsletter
January 1, 2009 By Billy
Optimal Winter Nutrition
A classic tip that I have emphasized again and again is adding more nutrient dense foods to the diet . . . i.e. raw veggies, whole grains, superfoods. Highly nutritious/enzyme rich foods will absolutely be reflected through better overall health. You may remember from my newsletters or classes that I explain how highly nutritious foods really give the body a satisfied feeling and abate cravings that help to protect us from overeating.
Since I have explained this one before, I’ll keep this point brief. However, it is an extremely effective principle, and reflecting back on this idea from time to time will prove to be helpful. The principle that I want you to understand here is very simple and is a good one to understand as we are getting into the colder season. And it’s simply this . . . have the right cooked foods in the diet that have a warming effect on the body. This idea may be a surprise to some of you . . . you likely remember how I emphasize adding more raw (uncooked) foods to your lifestyle. And so it would seem there is a little conflict here, but here’s the bottom line . . . raw foods in general have a cooling effect on the body, and cooked foods have a warming effect. This is a timeless piece of wisdom from Chinese medicine and deserves to be considered. And keep in mind that a large percentage of those eating a primarily raw diet live in warmer climates like southern California, Arizona, and Hawaii. Naturally a diet that is cooling for the body works better in a warm climate.
If you’re in a colder climate, having some warming cooked foods in the diet is important. And we’re definitely not talking burgers, fried chicken, pizza, and potato chips . . . no! Yes, they may be warming but it would come with a price . . . other elements of your health, like your waistline.
We’re talking organic whole grains (like quinoa, brown rice, millet, oats) and organic veggies (winter favorites: pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, kale, spinach, broccoli). Essentially what happens is these cooked foods fire up the spleen, which boosts the metabolic function, thus enabling the body to more effectively generate heat. And it goes far beyond just feeling warm too! As mentioned it keeps the metabolism up which is helpful as the metabolism generally slows down in the cooler season. Keeping a healthy warm temperature also keeps the immune system strong and energy levels up.
We’re looking for a healthy balance here. In general many people need to be adding more raw fruits and vegetables to their lifestyle. But we can have more of both – raw foods and the right cooked foods. And changing the diet with the changing of seasons to give ourselves what feels good in the body is natural and easy.
One important consideration is that certain nutrients are lost in the heating/cooking process that could be especially beneficial this time of year like immune boosting vitamin C, beta-carotene, and enzymes. But also some nutrients are heat stable and can actually become more available, particularly minerals. And especially having the green superfood formula on a daily basis assures that any potential gaps in your nutrition are thoroughly filled.
More good news. I’ve got some wonderful new recipes for you to try. These are designed to satisfy the winter palate by keeping you warm and cozy, yet still maintain optimal nutrient content. Enjoy!
SOME OF MY FAVORITE WINTER RECIPES:
Chillied Red Quinoa with Spinach Salsa Dressing
Red Quinoa (regular quinoa is fine also)
1/2 pound spinach
chili powder blend
Celtic sea salt
1 jalapeno pepper
bunch of cilantro
2 juicy Roma tomatoes
Into pot (best if you do this first step earlier in the day – then it can just sit at room temperature, and the Quinoa partially sprouts and becomes more protein available, and it cooks faster):
1 cup red quinoa
3 cups water
1/2 cup shelled edemame
Cook covered at low boil for 10-12 minutes are until water is nearly absorbed. Do not stir.
Sprinkle into pot heaping tablespoon chili powder blend, teaspoon sea salt, round tablespoon coconut oil. Cook for 2-3 more minutes. Squeeze half of lemon into pot, give it a stir and turn of heat.
Into Blender: 1/2 pound spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 3 lemons
slightly round teaspoon Celtic sea salt
2 tomatoes (squeeze some of the juice out first and salsa will be thicker)
1 jalapeno pepper with seeds removed (otherwise will be too spicy!)
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
Blend until smooth. This is also a great dip!
Serve quinoa and drizzle desired amount of green salsa over top.
This could be your new favorite dish. Serves 3.
Curried Kale Soup – This one is super simple and it always satisfies!
1 sweet potato
2 cloves garlic
3 green kale leaves
1 head broccoli
Indian curry powder
Celtic sea salt
Blend in blender:
3 tomatoes and 2 cloves garlic
Add to pot with:
cubed sweet potato
chopped broccoli flowers
3 kale leaves finely chopped (first remove stems)
round tablespoon Indian curry powder
round tablespoon cold-pressed coconut oil
slightly round teaspoon Celtic sea salt or salt to taste
Cook at low boil for 10 minutes Add juice of 1 lemon. Scoop 1.5 cups of soup into blender and blend until smooth. Important: Hold dish towel over top of lid on blender. The steam from soup can potentially pop the lid off when you hit blend. Also helps to start on low speed.
Add blended soup back to pot and stir.
Add water if needed.
Classic Oatmeal – A timeless favorite!
Into pot: 1 cup rolled oats, 2 cups water, sprinkle Celtic sea salt.
Cook at low boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Do not stir.
Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1 round tablespoon coconut oil
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Stir, serve, and then sprinkle Billy’s Sprouted Almonds on top.
This is pure comfort in a bowl.
Ginger Lemon Honey Tea – A warming health tonicComments to this post
Piece of fresh ginger (the size of your thumb)*
Heaping tablespoon unfiltered raw honey
Juice of 1 lemon
4 cups water
*or you can just chop or grate the ginger and stir all the ingredients.
Blend, strain, heat, serve. Serves 3. Enjoy!
April 2008 Newsletter
April 1, 2008 By Billy
It’s that time of year to give ourselves a little jump start. Here are a few key ways to reactivate, lose weight, cleanse, and energize.
- Add more raw fruits, vegetables, and superfoods! During the cooler seasons the body will naturally crave more cooked foods that are warming for the body. Having enough cooked foods (i.e., whole grains, steamed veggies, etc.) in the winter helps the body to keep warm and regulate a comfortable temperature. Cooking does however result in a net loss of nutrients from our food, and so naturally we will consume more calories in order to get sufficient nutrients. And the body will gain some weight, but is not all bad since this is our natural insulation from the outdoor elements in winter! But now that spring is here we can supplement more raw, cooling foods into our diet. And since raw foods (again: fruits, veggies, superfoods) are more nutrient rich in general, you will find that the body is satisfied on fewer calories. Try it and see! If you have a big salad of leafy greens with sprouts, sliced tomato, avocado, carrot, and olives marinated in a tangy ginger dressing (sounds good doesn’t it?) you will absolutely feel deeply satisfied with these foods that are relatively low calorie density. Why? Because of the high nutrient density of these foods! Nutritious foods that provide vitamins, minerals, and enzymes do give the body that satisfied feeling. And of course satisfying the body with fewer calories will result in some kind of weight loss. Remember also that nutrients are components of energy which help to energize the body and help organs to function more effectively (i.e., the immune system, cardiovascular, endocrine glands, etc.).
- Add more Infinity Greens to your day. The chlorophyll in the greens cleans the blood making red blood cells better able to absorb oxygen. The aloe and nopal cactus clean out the digestive tract. The cayenne and Peruvian maca reactivate the thyroid and boost the metabolism. The spirulina and probiotics bacteria work synergistically to boost the vitamin B12 levels for more energy. And of course the nutrient density of the other foods in the formula helps to deeply satisfy the body on fewer calories in general.
- Drink more pure H20! A basic reverse osmosis filter in your home is the best. Then you have pure water at the tap all of the time. These filters do remove everything from the water including beneficial trace minerals. These can be easily replaced by adding a few drops of liquid minerals from the supplement department of your natural food store.
- Exercise at least 3 – 4 hours of physical exercise per week! Yup, time to come out of hibernation and stretch those legs. Walking is the best. I fast pace 45 minute power walk coupled with some stretching afterwards brings energy and mood up like nothing else. Try to take 2 or more yoga classes every week.
Here are a few easy recipes to make part of your healthy routine.
Tangy Ginger Dressing
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
1 round teaspoon sea salt
How could a dressing be so good? Apply liberally over mix of organic baby greens, sliced avocado and tomato, sprouts, and sundried olives.
Marinate your favorite leafy greens with olive oil and lemon juice. Or use your new tangy ginger dressing recipe. Sprinkle a little sea salt and cayenne pepper. Roll in sprouted Ezekiel tortilla with sliced avocado and grated carrot.
This is awesome!
Pear Almond Breakfast Shake
1 ripe pear quartered and frozen
1 small handful Billy’s Sprouted Almonds
2 tablespoons Infinity Greens
1.5 cups pure H20
1 tablespoon cold-pressed flax seed oil
1 tablespoon honey (or use sweet coconut water instead of water)
Totally energizing and lasting nourishment!
All the best to you on your continued journey into well-being!Comments to this post
December 2007 Newsletter
December 1, 2007 By Billy
Tis’ the season to keep the extra pounds off, yes?
Here is a simple tip that will help!
Add super-nutrient dense foods to your holiday diet. Some of you may remember from my previous classes, that this is a key to every facet of your health – strong immune system, feeling good, reduced stress, improved sleep, and yes, keeping extra pounds off, too. Foods that qualify to be in this category are primarily raw organic vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens and superfoods like goji berries, spirulina, maca root, and raw chocolate.
However because of the extra baked foods and dining out this time of year, the more nutritious foods tend to have a narrower margin in the diet. So essentially there is a compromise in the overall nutrient density of your diet; and because your body is not getting the nutrients needed in order to feel satisfied, we tend to consume more calories/bigger quantities, thus the waistline reflecting the same.
Now let’s pause just a moment. We’re not interested in forgoing proper indulgence in our holiday treats, that have long been an essential part of the holiday season! That would qualify as a compromise in joy rather than a compliment to health, yes?! What we are trying to achieve here is better health on all levels. So I say celebrate heartily; but keeping nutrient rich foods somewhere in your diet, will help balance your intake of holiday foods at the other end of the nutrient spectrum.
So the “how to” is simple. Sneak in nutritious foods whenever possible. There is no better way to set the tone for a day’s balanced diet than to have a nutritious breakfast like a fruit smoothie containing the previously mentioned superfoods that are contained in my green-power-foods formula. Have a salad of dark leafy greens with lunch and dinner and receive loads of basic nutrients thus satisfying your diet with fewer calories. Also Raw Chocolate taken as an afternoon snack will be helpful because of the high content in MAO enzyme inhibitors that have an effect of natural appetite reduction.
Even with a few additions of nutritious foods as simple as these, you will notice that you crave and eat less. And the bliss of this principle is that you are starting with being satisfied from getting the nutrients your body is really starving for; thus being free from the challenge of restraining yourself from having that second piece of pumpkin pie and potentially giving in to a landslide of sugar consumption. Alas you will know the freedom of being able to indulge rationally! To that I say pass the cake and ice cream!
Peppermint Chocolate Smoothie – the ultimate holiday pick-me-up!
Water and meat from inside one Thai coconut (or 2 peeled bananas)
1 round teaspoon Cacao Powder
1 teaspoon Billy’s Greens
1 tablespoon dark agave nectar
10 drops peppermint extract (or sprinkle of cayenne pepper)
A super-yum, nutritious, stress-melting, health transforming drink!
Holiday Power Nuggets – the ultimate treat!
Mix dry ingredients:
1 cup raw chocolate nibs
1 cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons Billy’s Greens
2 heaping tablespoon coconut oil, slightly melted for easy mixing.
4 tablespoons dark agave nectar
1 dropper full peppermint extract
Put in refrigerator for 15 minutes to set partially. Remove mix and shape into balls 1″ in diameter with fingers coated in coconut oil (to prevent sticking to fingers). Roll ball around in bowl of hemp seeds and place back in refrigerator for 30 minutes to set. This nugget is the ultimate treat, and it’s totally health forming, too.
Tangy Ginger DressingComments to this post
Blend in blender:
1 ripe tomato
5 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1 piece of fresh ginger (2″ long)
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
…tastes amazing over greens, steamed veggies or as a dip!
September 2007 Newsletter
September 1, 2007 By Billy
This is one of my new favorite recipes: you’ve gotta give this one a try!
Raw Non-Bean Burrito
Equipment needed: Food-processor
Foods: raw walnuts, olive oil, sea salt, cumin, lemon juice, chili powder, avocado, cucumber, chard leaves, tomato, sprouts
1) Soak 1 cup raw walnuts in pure water for at least 8 hours or overnight
2) Drain walnuts and place in food processor
3) Add: 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 round teaspoon chili powder, and juice of one lemon.
4) Blend until consistency is like that of refried beans. Note: you will need to stop the food processor and scrape the sides with a spatula and blend again to get the consistency smooth.and you may to add just a little water to keep things moving.
5) Slice tomato, cucumber, and avocado into thin slices (approx. 1/4″ thick)
6) Smear “non-refried-bean-like-walnut-yumminess” along middle vein of Chard Leaf. You will find that the chard leaf is circular in shape much like a flour tortilla. Stack tomato, cucumber, avocado, and spouts as you desire over the non-Beans. You may add any veggie you like; this one is fabulous and is a good place to start. You can also add extra sea salt to taste or a sprinkle of cayenne for extra spiciness.
7) Roll it up.
8) Enjoy! YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!! You will find that the taste, consistency, and texture closely replicate that of the ultimate Bean and Cheese Burrito. Not only does it taste far better, it leaves you feeling energized, vibrant, healthy, light, and deeply satisfied!
**You can also slice the chard leaves to a smaller size to make miniature burritos that are the perfect finger food for catering a party . . . not to mention that you will dazzle your friends.
Remember, the most important thing to improving the nutritional component of your health and well-being, is to add more of these raw, organic, unprocessed, natural foods to your lifestyle. My aim is to give you simple recipes like this one that are realistic to prepare for those of us who live busy lifestyles. Devoting just a little extra time each day to your well-being is hugely rewarding! It always shows up in ways to make it all worth it . . . like weight loss, increased energy, improved mood, better sleep, strong immune system, and in every organ, action, and function of your body.
As always, superfoods are always complimentary to your health and well-being regardless of your diet. Having your Infinity Greens in a smoothie first thing in the morning gives the body that deeply satisfied feeling from receiving all of the otherwise hard-to-get nutrients that are essential to building our health. It can be as easy as a frozen banana, a scoop of greens, and a little water in the blender and voila! And the greens in capsule form are useful for when we are on the go. Living an busy lifestyle does not have to interfere with caring for our health. Rather, allowing a little extra time for quality nutrition gives us the capacity to do and be more than we already are!
Wishing you all the best on your continued journey in to Life and Well-Being!Comments to this post
April 2007 Newsletter
April 1, 2007 By Billy
The Key Principle for a Healthy Diet:
For weight loss, a fit body, strong immune system, elevated moods, and even a satisfied palate! Yes, it’s all possible!
The theory in a nutshell is to add natural foods to the diet that are of exceptional nutrient density and have a health creating reaction with the body. These are foods that are grown organically and remain in a natural, unprocessed, raw state and are primarily fruits and vegetables. And at present, adequate consumption of these foods has fallen short in the average diet. Instead a large percentage of the modern diet is processed food like breads, pastas, sugar, etc. These foods are depleted of any significant nutritional quality, thus depriving the body of what it really needs . . . nutrients! Vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are what our bodies are really starving for, and there is no replacement for the optimum source, natural organic foods!
Dieting has fast become common practice in the world due to an all time high of obesity and related health problems. Most dieting is based on restraining the overall intake of calories to a specific amount based on body type, and pounds needing to be lost. And some diets even delve into percentages of calories in fat, protein, and carbohydrates. However this technique falls short in achieving better overall health because it is basically restraining a diet that is already nutrient deficient. The primary goal being weight loss may of course be achieved, but often at the expense of other qualities of overall health including simply feeling good. And dieting is only a temporary solution at best because the body’s metabolism slows down to compensate for reduced available energy. When regular eating continues the weight comes back due to a slowed metabolic rate, sometimes with a vengeance. Lastly, this kind of self-restraint is a strain for the psyche and is not healthy for the mind-spirit.
The recent trends in obesity and other health problems are due primarily to overeating and living a sedentary lifestyle. Overeating has become so common because processed foods that are nutrient depleted have become our mainstay. A diet of processed foods does not deliver what the body needs so the appetite remains unsatisfied. Our bodies are incredibly intelligent organisms that are aspiring toward survival at the level of optimal health. When we take in nutrient dense foods thus getting what we really need, our bodies know it. And because our appetite works in sync with getting the sustenance we need, once we get sufficient nutrients, our appetite is appeased.
As an experiment, when hungry eat several large leaves of raw, organic kale (a super nutrient dense food). This is only an experiment, so don’t despair . . . there are many palatable and tasty ways to prepare kale which I will mention later. Notice how your appetite is drastically reduced and you have no further craving despite being a light meal. Your body knows that it is getting exceptional health creating sustenance and reduces your appetite to protect you from unnecessary overeating. Now for the second part of the experiment: Have a plate of pasta with marinara sauce from a jar (a processed and nutrient depleted food). Notice that despite feeling full, you’re still craving something and maybe even feeling a bit tired. Generally we then have dessert . . . more nutrient depleted food that brings our energy down more. With or without the dessert the body isn’t getting the nutrition it really needs . . . thus the continued craving.
So the win, win solution to any diet, be it weight loss, increased energy, or healing from a health condition is to add the natural nutrient dense foods to your diet . . . eat your organic veggies! There is no substitute! Often clients ask, “What if I don’t have time to prepare my own food?” or “if I don’t like vegetables, can I take a multivitamin instead?” The human body has evolved over many thousands of years sustained all along with these natural foods. Only in recent years have we seen a departure from this vital relationship. There have been many attempts at devising substitutes be it a multivitamin, a supplement, or whatever. Most multivitamins are synthetically processed and are unrecognizable by the body thus offering no benefit. Furthermore, various minerals in such a concentrated form put a toxic load on the body. Better quality multivitamins do exist. The best are made from pure vegetable juices that are dried into a powder and then pressed into a pill. These are simply a food and can be complimentary to any diet. It is important to be discerning however with the brand you are choosing. Read the list of ingredients to make sure you are actually getting foods instead of cheap filler ingredients that dilute the better ones. “Supplements” is a broad term. Again it’s simply a matter of being discerning with what it is you’re actually getting. Is it something natural, like a food or herb?
As for “superfoods”: these are foods that are exceptional in nutrient quality or are extremely health creating in some way. Examples that are fast becoming more common foods are raw chocolate, maca root, spirulina, Klamath Algae, goji berries, and coconut oil. In the May newsletter these superfoods will be explained further. These are foods that have exceptional nutrient quality beyond the more common natural foods. Other more well known foods that also qualify as superfoods are kale, parsley, broccoli, ginger, pomegranate, strawberries, and blueberries…to mention a few. Superfoods have an incredibly energizing and health creating reaction with the body and deserve to be a regular part of anyone’s diet. These foods tend to be more expensive, but the superior health creating effects make them well worth it.
By simply adding natural organic foods to your diet, and especially the super-nutrient-dense foods, your health and well-being will literally be transformed. If weight loss is your goal, you will be able to sustain on fewer calories, thus loose pounds without the torture of self-denial. You will naturally gravitate toward these healthier foods over time (and faster than you think), because your taste buds are in fact nutrient preceptors. Again your body is an incredibly intelligent living organism that is aspiring toward survival at the optimal level of well-being. And your taste bud-nutrient perceptors are conspiring on your behalf in getting there . . . that is, in the realm of natural foods. With processed foods, it’s harder because in this realm our taste buds are only taste buds. With these foods that have only recently become “familiar” our bodies are confused with how much to eat . . . thus why we need count our calories and percentages of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. With the natural foods, mother nature has that one taken care of for us, making counting calories quite unnecessary.
I often get the question “how do I get enough protein?” Truthfully, with natural foods it is quite difficult to not get enough protein. Protein is made up of different amino acids. Amino acids exist in any and every food . . . even fruit. Even though there may not be all the amino acids for a complete protein, a healthy body sustained on health creating food can in fact produce the missing amino acids to create complete protein. Although we have been educated to believe our protein needs to be otherwise, modern nutrition and science have proven this to be true. A high protein diet has in fact been shown to be a leading cause of osteoporosis. This is because dense proteins tend to be extremely acid forming thus requiring the body’s mineral reserves to rebalance the body. And again our super-nutrient-dense foods are vital here, for they are primarily alkaline forming, thus help keep the body young, strong, disease free, and happy. Yippee!
So what to do, but add more of the aforementioned natural foods to your diet! Your diet is a powerful avenue for quality of life enhancement . . . it is also an ongoing life-journey . . . one that you never really get “there”. Its a matter of starting where you are and adding a few of these foods to your daily routine. We are not looking for a complete diet overhaul. Nice idea, however the body generally rejects this kind of rapid change. A few natural food additions to the diet will displace other less health forming ones. Your tastes will gradually change in the favor of health, and so your choices will snowball in the direction of your health. Remember that your intelligent taste bud-nutrient perceptors are in fact conspiring on your behalf for well-being when you give them a chance.
If this is new territory for you, then congratulations! Start simple. Even two mornings and evenings per week to give yourself time to prepare something easy is enough to begin with. Turning your quality of diet up a degree will immediately reward you with improved mood and increased energy. Breakfast can just be fruit and superfoods thrown in the blender. Starting your morning with such health creating foods sets the tone for the rest of the day. For dinner try cooking plain quinoa (a wonderful grain fast becoming popular) in water. While the quinoa is cooking you can throw your favorite raw veggies in the blender with lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt . . . to be used as a raw topping for the quinoa . . . no chopping required and super easy, yes? See the recipes below. You will quickly develop new favorites that will become your staples, thus familiar, easy, and even enjoyable to prepare. And you will see how life just makes way for the extra time and energy required for this basic path to quality of life enhancement. You will also experience how preparing food at home can in fact be more of a delightful ritual than a discipline.
Billy’s Green Smoothie:
1 fresh pear (cored and cut into quarters – frozen for ultimate smoothie-ness)
1.5 cups pure water
2 round tablespoons hemp seeds
1 round tablespoon Billy’s Infinity Greens
1 teaspoon raw unfiltered honey or agave nectar
Optional: 2 round tablespoons raw chocolate nibs
***Amazing! A super-potent alkalizer and body energizer!
Billy’s Green Power Nuggets
Mix in a bowl:
1 cup raw cacao nibs
1 cup hemp seeds
2 heaping tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons agave nectar
1 round tablespoon Billy’s Infinity Greens
**Makes 5 servings.
***Billy’s Green Power Nugget Variation: Form into balls 1″ diameter. Roll in hemp seeds and refrigerate… Yum! An easy to prepare super health creating treat!
Raw Kale Pesto:
1 full bunch of fresh black kale
2 whole Roma tomatoes
1 round tablespoon Billy’s Infinity Greens
Juice of 4 lemons
5 tablespoons olive oil and/or coconut oil
Sea salt to taste
A little water as needed to blend into sauce . . . approx. 1/2 cup
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Optional: fresh basil
**Serve over warm cooked quionoa.
***Quionoa for 2: add 1 cup quinoa, 3 cups water. Low boil until water absorbed.
***This is amazing as a dressing, dip, soup, or topping for any cooked whole grain. This is wonderfully easy and requires no chopping; just everything in the blender and hit go! Please try it . . . it tastes more amazing than you would ever imagine! Let this simple recipe be a staple that you put on every thing! And watch this amazing food transform your body!
Wishing your dietary journey into well being to be one of tremendous success!Comments to this post
March 2007 Newsletter
March 1, 2007 By Billy
Dearest Friends, Health Enthusiasts, and Green Drink Lovers:
I send my deepest thanks for all the support from your purchases, feedback, and words of encouragement that have helped tremendously in building the greens operation to what it is today.
Naturally there have been bumps along the way from which I have learned some good lessons! One of which was my nutrition newsletter.
A while back the number of subscribers exceeded what my e-mail account could handle, and so I attempted to upgrade to a more technical system by myself.failing to consider that my skills are not in the realm of computer science. When I tried to send a message it would send multiple messages of the wrong thing. At the time it felt like all hell had broken loose!
So anyway, I learned to “ask for help” when the task is out of the realm of super-food alchemy and nutrition theorizing. Ha! We finally got that one worked out and now my newsletters will continue to flow smoothly again . . . promise!
The intent of these letters is to give you the nutritional wisdom of how to effectively elevate the health and well being of your life. Generally I focus in the realm of nutrition since what you put in your body is one of the key determining factors and is reflected in every facet of your health. The topics of different letters in the past have been broad and comprehensive, and soon will be available for your review in the “new letter” link on my website. Inquiries of nutrition that I receive from you all will help direct the subject matter of future letters. I will always work to keep you up to speed with new cutting edge information on nutritional self improvement with proven easy to use concepts, techniques, and products.
A note for 2007
Many of us have made resolutions for self-improvement in the arena of health. The Universe sends its congratulations. Rest assured that Mother Nature and your body’s intuitive wisdom work well together and both conspire on your behalf for elevated health. This is seen if we look at the availability of health transforming nutrition from the abundance of exotic super-foods sourced from around the planet. Mother nature has been up to something . . . and it’s for all for your good!
Nutrients are gaining a new appreciation as we see the higher grade vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from super-foods enable a level of personal health not yet experienced.
Conventional thinking pertaining to nutrition tends to believe that even if we try harder/do better, our health will always be “middle of the road” in terms of immune system, energy level, weight, etc. And so the feedback I receive from customers using my greens formula is always one of surprise in how their improved nutrient intake shows up in such a significant degree in every facet of their health. The explanation is a chemical one. Vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are simply equations of energy that stimulate improved function of particular organs that over time, equates transforming the body’s inner atmosphere. An example is in how Stinging Nettles stimulate extra blood flow through the respiratory system, enabling the lungs to infuse the blood with more oxygen . . . or Herbal Horsetail beautifying the skin with added silica.
Because the difference of added nutrient support is felt and perceived, it produces an intuitive nutrition awakening in the body and a willingness to create further change in the favor of health. Such change compiles and snowballs in the direction of continued health for a lifetime. And we understand this to be a principle of all life to evolve and improve to it’s greatest yet to be.
While self improvement may start here, the continued improvement of your health is not limited to the realm of nutrition. The increased energy from better nutrition generates a willingness to exercise and move around more. Improved brain function from nutrients like phenalethlymene from Klamath Algae reflects in the more subtle realms of health like improved mood and sleep cycles. And while nutrition is not the end-all of health it absolutely does catalyze an improvement of every facet of health mentioned.energy levels, immune system, sexual function, mood, sleep cycle, weight loss, etc.
As you embark on the whole body luxury of elevated nutrition with superfoods lovingly provided by Mother Nature, you will achieve beyond your intended desire for improving your health. This is my heartfelt wish.
May you continue to elevate and inspire yourself and those around you on this life long journey of self-evolution. And may exquisite health be yours by nature!
Water from 1 Thai coconut
Meat scooped from inside coconut
2 round tablespoons dried Goji berries..found at any natural food store
1 round tablespoon Billy’s Infinity Greens
Zingity-Bling Pesto DipComments to this post
Big handful fresh spinach
1 ripe Roma tomato
Juice of 2 lemons
2 round tablespoons pine nuts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 round tablespoon Billy’s Greens
1 teaspoon sea salt
Dash of cayenne
February 2007 Newsletter
February 1, 2007 By Billy
Yahoooo!!!! I am excited to announce the release of Infinity Greens, my new superfood formula. This is the evolution of Power Foods, my previous formula; the difference being more of the foods that I have found to be most effective, like Spirulina, Maca Root, Stinging Nettles, and Probiotics. I have also added Aloe Vera Extract for the first time. The result for those of you who have been taking Power Foods on a regular basis, is that you will definitely feel even more of an energizing effect with this new formula. And if you are totally new to these superfoods, then for the first time you will be giving your body the highest level of nutrition possible, which is the foundation of your greatest health to be!
- Spirulina is the most concentrated protein of any food and is also the highest source of all the B Vitamins and Beta-Carotene which equates a more ageless and vibrant body.
- Maca Root provides intensive adrenal support that gives an energizing effect (like caffeine, but is not a stimulant) from concentrated nutrition. It also enhances thyroid function which helps the body lose unwanted weight.
- Stinging Nettles increases circulation in the respiratory system which helps to circulate more oxygen (the most alkaline forming thing!) throughout the body. It also builds the body’s resistance to allergens.
- Probiotics are health-forming bacteria that are the building blocks of a strong immune system!
- Aloe Vera is the ultimate food for improving digestive health, and works by eliminating toxins and mucus from the body. This allows for better nutrient absorption of the other superfoods in the formula thus enhancing the overall effects of Infinity Greens!
These are 5 of the 13 foods in the Infinity Greens formula. The other superfoods are E3 Klamath Algae, Chlorella, Burdock Root, Horsetail, Nopal Cactus, Sea Weeds: Icelandic Kelp and Nova Scotia Dulse, Flax Seed Meal, and Enzymes. Information about these other vitally important foods can be found on the Infinity Greens website.
Infinity Greens is also now available in easy to swallow capsule form for when you are traveling or do not have time to mix the powder into a drink or smoothie. And for those of us have an aversion to drinking green things, the capsules are the perfect alternative to still get this health transforming nutrition that your body needs!
This is relatively unheard of in the supplement industry. However I am so confident in the effectiveness of the Infinity Greens, that if you do not feel the difference after using this product every day for one week then I will give you a full refund.
Wishing you all the best!
Everyone should be taking Infinity Greens . . . since using your product for 2 months, I’ve lost 6 pounds, my skin looks the best ever, my energy has increased, and I really feel a difference. I love the greens!
Anastajah Stearns, Massage Therapist
Los Angeles, CA
My new favorite recipe that is sooo easy:
Blend or stir 1 round spoonful of the Infinity Greens into a tall glass of coconut water!Comments to this post
The coconut water is an added bonus because it is the most hydrating fluid that you can put into your body, even more than water! And so it helps to better deliver the nutrients right down to the cellular level!