March 2011 Newsletter
March 21, 2011 By Billy
Optimal Spring Nutrition
This health tip can be considered timely because the spring season is here . . .
Increase the content of raw foods in your diet! Why? Well, remember in the past how I talk about eating right for the particular season and climate. The principle in a nutshell is simply this: Cooked foods have a warming effect on the body’s temperature, and raw foods have a cooling effect. And for optimal nutrition, we need to have the correct balance of raw and cooked foods depending on the outdoor temperatures. This is a timeless piece of wisdom from Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic nutrition. And it can help you to appropriately gauge how much raw versus cooked food to have in your diet.
Now that we are coming into a warmer season we need to increase our intake of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and cold-pressed oils. First, let’s talk about what the benefits will be.
- Consider that you will be consuming more nutrients with raw foods. When we cook foods many nutrients are lost, particularly with vegetables. And so eating more raw fruits and vegetables will deliver more of the crucial nutrients that make a difference in your health that you can see and feel. You’ve heard me talk about how nutrient rich foods deeply satisfy our bodies with the vitamins and minerals that our bodies are truly hungry for.
- Raw fruits and vegetables are high water content foods and are rich in enzymes. This quality makes them cleansing for the body, especially the gastro-intestinal tract.
- More raw, unheated fats from nuts, seeds, and cold-pressed oils helps with weight loss. Remember that many cooked fats suppress the thyroid function, which in turn slows the metabolism. So as we add more of these raw fats, it will naturally displace so many cooked fats (i.e. fried foods, cooked oils, cooked meats). I have some wonderful salad dressing recipes that will help with this and I will include them below.
As for how much raw versus cooked foods to have in your diet, it needs to be an individualized thing. First consider the outdoor temperatures. If you’re in Southern California, Texas or Florida and the daytime temperatures are in the 70’s and 80’s, then your diet could be 80% raw or more. However if you’re in Montana or North Dakota and daytime temperatures are in the 40s and 50s, then too many raw foods could be a disadvantage. Raw foods that have a cooling reaction with the body in cold environment can dampen the spleen and lower the body’s metabolism.
So how do we personalize it and figure out what is right for each individual need? You gotta feel it! I believe that we have an instinctive sense of what is best. Here’s how it works. If you’re often cold (i.e. cold hands, feet, get cold easy outside, etc.) then you likely need more cooked foods that have a warming reaction with the body. And so naturally the opposite is true if you’re often too hot . . . more raw foods is the answer for you.
A consideration when transitioning to more raw foods
Using the Infinity Greens superfood formula intensively can be extremely helpful. Here’s how . . .
- Probiotics and enzymes help to more effectively digest otherwise tough to digest raw foods and are the building blocks of a healthy digestive system.
- The chlorophyll content from Spirulina, Klamath Algae, and Chlorella is revered as the ultimate detoxifier. Any time we transition to a healthier diet/lifestyle the body releases old toxins stored in fat cells; this is often accompanied by a temporary unpleasant detox sensation. This is where chlorophyll is so effective. It absorbs and eliminates these toxins from the body without that unpleasant feeling often associated with detoxification.
- The nutrient density of the stinging nettles, kelp, dulse, and antioxidant blend from the formula deeply nourishes the body with the crucial nutrients, which tend to be deficient in many diets. This helps to more thoroughly satisfy the appetite and protect the body from overeating.
- Maca, Ginger and Cayenne rev up the spleen which helps boost the metabolism. Naturally, metabolism slows down during the colder seasons and this powerful trio brings it back up to speed for healthy metabolic rate.
- Nopal cactus and aloe vera are vital for gastrointestinal health when making changes in the diet. They lubricate the intestines to assure that digested foods are properly eliminated.
- The Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids from Flax and Chia Seed reduce low-density-lipids and cholesterols in the body that are produced from cooked fats often consumed in colder climates.
This information is will show to be extremely effective, and it is my sincere hope that it is applicable for you. Please visit my website below for more information and cutting edge products that are intended to make a real difference in your health. It is always a pleasure to support you on your continued journey of well being!
3 super easy recipes that can make a real difference!
The Ultimate Spring Shake – A perfect breakfast
Blend in Blender:
1 pear (sliced)
1 handful of ice
1 cup water
3 round teaspoons Infinity Greens . . . enough to make a real difference!
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon flax seed oil
1 tablespoon raw honey
Lemon Ginger Dressing
Blend in Blender:
1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt . . . or add to taste
1 round tablespoon hemp seeds for added creaminess
2 round teaspoons Infinity Greens
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Raw Thai Coconut Curry Soup
Blend in Blender:
1 Thai coconut (1 cup water and all of meat scooped out from coconut)
2 leaves collard greens
Juice from half lemon
1 round teaspoon Infinity Greens
Sea salt to taste
1 round teaspoon Thai curry paste
This one is delicious! Many raw vegetables can be tough for the body to digest because of the tough and course nature of cell walls in plants. And one of my favorite strategies is to puree raw vegetables into dip, sauces and soups. That way it makes them easy to digest and very palatable and also maintains that nutrient/enzyme rich quality.
If you enjoy these recipes, then please check out more on my recipes page!