American Harvest Food Dehydrator – Review

The American Harvest® line of food dehydrators is produced by Nesco, and is their exclusive line of products. Nesco, which has been manufacturing kitchen appliances for over 70 years, acquired the assets of the American Harvest company of Chaska, MN early in 1997. Nesco now manufactures and markets their food dehydrators under the American Harvest® brand name.

Known for their increased speed and even drying, American Harvest food dehydrators are some of the best on the market, providing a well rounded line with models for every lifestyle and budget.

nesco dehydratorThe patented Converge-a-Flow® heating system in American Harvest food dehydrators produces even drying from top to bottom without tray rotation, which is often required with other food dehydrators. The top-mounted heating system and fan not only force air downward, evenly drying all trays, but also horizontally, speeding up the drying process through efficient air flow. This also ensures that flavors don’t mix and that no condensation drips into the heating unit, which is what happens with many standard food hydrators with bottom-mounted heaters.

Raw food dishes often depend on dried recipes for certain ‘gourmet’ elements like raw breads, crusts, crackers, chips, dates, and herbs, so speed and evenness are extremely important. Higher grade American Harvest Snackmaster and professional grade Gardenmaster food dehydrators are the most effective and efficient of the brand, helping raw foodists turn raw ingredients into sophisticated culinary concoctions.

The top of the line model is the FD-1020 Gardenmaster Digital Pro food dehydrator. It is digitally controlled, has 1000 watts of power, and expands to 20 trays – it is definitely a professional grade machine.

However, if your needs are not so grand and you want to get the most for your dollar, the FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro 700-watt food dehydrator is the way to go. There is no digital timer but you can expand to 9 trays and it comes with recipes and accessories that make drying food easy and fun – all with 700 watts of time reducing, even drying power. For the money, the American Harvest food dehydrators by Nesco are definitely a great buy.


Vita Mix Blender

vitamix blender

When people hear “vita mix blender” they think about the increased quality of living healthy. Vita mix offers a professional series of blenders for everyone from want-to-be chefs to big business restaurants. Whether it’s chopping, blending, pureeing, whipping, or grinding, Vita Mix has a blender to suit any combination of those tasks.

Vita Mix blenders offer more power than the average blender on the market today. They can help you create perfectly textured soups, sauces, smoothies and mixes unlike any other ordinary blender or processor currently on store shelves today. There are also more options, speeds and capacities available with Vita Mix than you get with standard blenders. These small appliances are also offered in a variety of colors to compliment any kitchen and the vita blender is becoming the dominating and most popular blender available.

While other blenders can do occasional easy tasks for the everyday consumer, Vita Mix allows consumers to use their appliances for heavier, consistent use. They will withstand heavy use against time, children, and other known abusers to our small appliances.

Vita Mix blenders are found in plenty of culinary schools. Their professional series can stand up to the rigors of constant blending of even the toughest of ingredients. Particularly, the Vita Mix 5000 professional blender is considered one of the most durable blenders on the market today. It has a powerful motor, and a large capacity carafe, which is made of virtually unbreakable plastic material. This blender is also known for being very easy to clean.

Another model from the Vita Mix family of blenders is the Vita Mix 4500. It has 1380 watts of power, and a large capacity carafe. It has a wet blade specifically designed for more efficient blending and pureeing a large variety of foods. This blender can turn vegetables into hot soup in seconds and turn yummy fruits into delicious smoothies with the touch of a button.

Vita Mix blenders have become extremely popular over the last few years and they are being endorsed by celebrity chefs such as Michael Symon and Jon Ashton. These chefs endorse the Vita Mix lines because they simply believe in the products. The value consumers get from the Vita Mix blenders compares to no other. If you’re looking for a machine that will endure constant and heavy use to aid in a healthier lifestyle, Vita Mix is a great solution. Some people say that once they try the Vita Mix blenders out, they never look back..the extra dollars spent are well worth it.

There are multiple speeds and blending options and they come with recipes booklets with easy to follow recipes. The Vita blenders come with warranties against defective parts and workmanship. Depending on the model, the number of years the warranty is good for will differ. Most also come with a one year service contract. Whatever the warranty, the quality of Vita Mix machines is top-notch and the company stands by their product 100%.


Professional Blender

empty blender

Professional blender is a term used to describe a series of blenders from the makers of the Vita-mix.

Professional blenders are given that label to imply a certain level of industrialism to the everyday consumer. Vita-mix produces a professional series of their blenders, offering their would-be chef-consumers the opportunity to own a blender that is capable of performing enormous blending tasks that a large-scale business, like a restaurant, might do. Vitamix professional blenders start with basic models for easy, light blending all the way to heavy, tough mixing and chopping.

Regular routine cooking that may require blending a few softer ingredients now and again could involve a simple commercial blender which could take care of soft or cooked ingredients usually without a problem. With the Vita-mix line, even the most basic model will not overheat when used properly. However, for more frequent and difficult uses, you definitely want to go to one of the higher end models that promises no overheating even with the troublesome ingredients.

Many people are looking to make life simpler and healthier with a raw food diet. For these people that will be chopping, mixing, and blending all kinds of tough, raw vegetables and greens, they’ll need a machine with a slightly more powerful motor. So if the chefs are looking for blenders that can handle more than just a consistent daily use, industrial blenders would be what they need.

For things like blending fruit and chopping ice, simple commercial smoothie blenders will most likely suffice. Most blenders will come with at least two options for speed of the blade(s), but a smoothie blender can be equipped with one level that allows best for the softer, smoother consistency involved in blending fruit. A commercial smoothie blender may also do the trick for pureeing fruit and vegetables well enough for baby food, which has become a popular cost-effective way to feed little ones.

If, however, the consumer is looking for an appliance to help with blending needs that are beyond the ordinary, the Vita-Prep 3 1005 is a great model that is capable of blending together just about anything a chef can come up with. With its powerful motor of 3 horsepower, it can handle most tough ingredients other blenders wouldn’t stand up to. It also has varying speeds which makes it easy to get just the right consistency even when blending more difficult ingredients. Many businesses have turned to the Vita-Prep line when a simple restaurant blender won’t do. It allows for simpler, quicker prep in the hub of any restaurant. The Vita-Prep 3 1005 can be also used effectively by the everyday consumer as well though, and even comes with a recipe book featuring all kinds of creative menu options. It also comes with a 3 year warranty, to ensure your product is free from manufacturer defects and any substandard parts and Vita-mix also provides a one-year service contract.

Regardless of the type of blender required, the Vita-mix line promises to have something for everyone, offering simpler models all the way from basic for the everyday consumer, to the industrial strength for non-stop rugged use.


Vitamin B12

round white fruit

B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin for the brain, and for neurological and other functions of the body. It is involved in many of the metabolic processes that occur within our bodies.

According to some studies, it is suggested that 2 out of 5 people are deficient in Vitamin B12. That’s almost 1 in every 2 people! These studies involved a mixed group of people, not just vegetarians and vegans, but meat eaters as well.

The only way to be certain if your B12 levels are optimal is to have them tested. You can take a serum B12 test and/or an MMA (methylmalonic acid) test. An MMA test is very important because although serum levels may seem to be at “ideal” levels, the serum test doesn’t show how B12 is being metabolized.

Worse, your doctor may not know what the optimum levels are… they may be basing it on old information.

Getting B12 Into Your System

B12 From Microbes On Unwashed Veggies

Some people feel that unwashed veggies straight from the garden, when consumed, will keep their B12 at acceptable levels. The theory is that the microbes that exist on the unwashed veggies contain the necessary B12, and if they remain unwashed, we will assimilate the B12. Others suggest that there isn’t sufficient evidence to support this, and a lot of people are forced (or decide to) get their vegetables from the grocery store anyways.

If you like the “microbes idea”, the best thing to probably do is test your levels, and if you are low, try the “unwashed veggies” theory, then test again after a certain period of time to see where you are at.

B12 From Algae And Spirulina

Another suggestion is that algae and spirulina have B12 and will raise your B12 levels to optimum levels. This has some merit because serum levels have been shown to have raised after consuming algaes. However, experts say that the real test is the MMA test, showing how much B12 is being metabolized, and in the case of algaes, MMA tests often still show a deficiency. The suggestion is that spirulina has “B12 like compounds” that do not work the same way real B12 does in the body. Hence the optimal serum levels, but the deficient metabolization.

It has been suggested that permanent neurological damage can occur from long term low levels of B12, so if you have been relying on the microbes and/or the algae, you may want to get tested to be sure your levels are where you think they are.

B12 From Nutritional Yeast

It’s true that nutritional yeast is a good source of B vitamins, plus it is usually fortified with B12 (meaning B12 is added to it). Unfortunately it is usually fortified with the inferior type cyanocobalamin rather than the superior type methylcobalamin. Also, when someone is deficient in B12, as mentioned in the following absorption section, ingesting B12 from supplements or food takes into account the “gastric intrinsic factor” (defined ahead).

This requires a significant amount of B12 to be ingested (whilst someone is deficient) for any to be absorbed.. and a good majority will be wasted. Bringing the B12 through the intestinal wall into the blood stream is not a simple task for the body when there is an existing deficiency and the intrinsic factor is low.

Eating Meat For B12

Organ meats and other meat products may raise Vitamin B12 levels but of course not everyone wants to consume meat products because of perhaps health and/or ethical reasons. Those that can look past the ethical reasons may have a hard time finding a source of meat that is clean and void of steroids and chemicals. Also, the sources of meat that are commonly available, sadly, are not safe to consume raw. Cooked meat, it has been suggested, is harder to assimilate and lacks digestive enzymes.

We also can’t forget the studies that have taken place, with some meat eaters in the test pool, that resulted in almost half being deficient in B12.

Raw B12 For Maintenance

Although getting B12 direct into the blood stream when deficient is suggested to be a more reasonable solution, this product can be ideal for maintaining healthy B12 levels.

Garden of Life’s RAW B-12 is a comprehensive, whole-food vitamin B12 formula made with RAW Food-Created Nutrients. Cultivated with their unique Code Factors intact, the RAW Food-Created Nutrients in Vitamin Code formulas enable natural recognition of nutrients by your body, just as nature intended.

Code Factors are the known and yet to be discovered synergistic compounds found in food and are necessary for proper nutrient delivery.

Providing these Code Factors infuses the essential elements of whole-foods that the body thrives upon. Vitamin Code RAW B-12 is RAW, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no binders or fillers.

Taking this RAW B-12 formula to the next level, Vitamin Code RAW B-12 also provides a RAW probiotic and enzyme blend along with a RAW organic fruit and vegetable blend for additional nutritional support.

You can order Raw B12 right now from Amazon – click HERE.

B12 Absorption

The multi-step process for Vitamin B12 absorption may result in a waste in some of the vitamin. In the stomach, B12 binds with a glycoprotein near the beginning of the B12 absorption stages. At this time another glycoprotein, called ‘gastric intrinsic factor’ or simply ‘intrinsic factor’ is being produced. These are then sent to the small intestine with all your food and then the B12 complex binds with the intrinsic factor to be brought across the intestinal lining then in to your blood stream.

Increasing the amount of Vitamin B12 can generally help achieve more absorption. However, when levels are low, less ‘intrinsic factor’ is produced, again, resulting in less absorption. So, as it seems, taking B12 orally, at least initially, doesn’t seem like the ideal option.

B12 Into The Bloodstream

Taking B12 into the bloodstream gives you the option to avoid the whole intrinsic factor process completely.

Sublingual B12

A common route people take to get B12 into their system is to supplement. One of the cheapest routes for B12 supplementation is by taking it sublingually in the form of a lozenge or other small pill.

B12 taken sublingually (placed under the tongue), is absorbed through the membranes in your mouth, an indirect route into the bloodstream. This only allows for some absorption, and there are often additives in the lozenges that contribute to taste. Other supplement options are superior in terms of absorption and purity.

If you decide to take sublingual B12, supplements that contain methylcobalamin are the best choices over supplements that contain cyanocobalamin.

B12 Shots

B12 shots are popular for people that can afford the shots and that do not have a problem with needles. B12 shots raise B12 levels effectively and they do so quickly. Some people find this approach unnatural or simply don’t want to go this route, which brings to light B12 patches.

B12 Patches

B12 patches are small patches that you put behind your ear that allow your body to absorb the B12 transdermally. The benefits of the patch are that they are really inexpensive compared to shots and you get better absorption than you would if you just used the sublingual tablets.

It can also raise your levels faster than the tablets because you’re absorbing the nutrients into your skin, then blood, directly. Patches are a great way to get higher dosages of B12 without the hassle of pills, shots or spending large amounts of money.

It’s suggested that B12 shots and the patch are most effective overall.

Image Source:


Best Selling Blenders

gender filled with ice and fruit

Consumers demand quality for their money and most people know that just because something has the lowest price tag does not mean it is of best quality. What do you do when searching for a blender to buy online? Well, the merchants spend mass amounts to advertise and catch the eyes of consumers regardless of whether the products are of the “quality” we expect.

So, sure… mass amounts of low quality products are being sold and making their way onto some best selling blenders lists. But those same products are being returned for a refund or exchanged for a better quality blender. We took a snapshot of the best selling products taking into account high return rates. What’s left is this list of best selling blenders minus all the junk products!

Black & Decker BL10450HB Crush Master 10-Speed Blender with 42-Ounce Glass Jar

The Black & Decker BL10450HB is the best selling blender and happens to be the lowest priced as well, with the next cheapest being the Magic Bullet System.

This 450-watt countertop blender has multi-level stainless-steel blades, push-button controls, 10 speed settings, plus a pulse and ice-crush function. It comes with a 42-ounce heat-resistant glass blending jar with an interlock system for safety. It has a motor-overheat protection system, a fast-clean button and dishwasher-safe parts. It measures approximately 8-1/5 by 11 by 13 inches and comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Learn More (opens in new window)

KitchenAid 5-Speed Blenders with Polycarbonate Jars

This 5-speed blender offers .9 HP motor and Intelli-Speed electronic controls. It has a die-cast metal base, a steel-reinforced coupler and a 1-piece stainless-steel blade. The pitcher is dishwasher-safe and shatter-resistant and has a 56-ounce capacity and soft-grip handle. It comes with an automatic “crush ice” button, a Clean Touch control pad and cord storage for tidy countertops. It measures 7-1/4 by 9 by 15-1/5 inches and comes with a 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty.

Learn More (opens in new window)

Magic Bullet Express 17-Piece High-Speed Blender Mixing System

It comes with the power base, 2 blades, 2 bullet cups, 4 mugs with lip rings, 2 shaker/steamer tops, 2 lids, and a recipe book. It completely replaces a food processor, blender, and coffee grinder. It is simple to operate and can do virtually any job in the kitchen in 10 seconds or less. It comes with microwave and freezer-safe cups and mugs and dishwasher-safe parts. It measures approximately 4 by 4 by 10 inches and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Learn More (opens in new window)

Margaritaville DM1000 Frozen Concoction Maker

This frozen concoction maker shaves ice and blends up to 32 ounces. It automatically mixes the right proportion of ice with the ingredients. It has front-access controls, a stable footprint, a generous handle and drip-free spout. The accessories include a shot glass and salt rimmer. It boasts an easy-to-clean design and measures 15-2/3 by 11 by 21 inches and comes with a 1-year warranty.

Learn More (opens in new window)

Oster 4093 Classic Beehive Blender

This powerful 500 watt motor blends, chops, grinds, grates, and crushes ice. It has 2 speeds plus a low-speed pulse function. It has a 40-ounce, ribbed-and-tapered glass container, a classic beehive-shaped base clad in chrome. The rubber feet offer stability. It measures 16 by 7-1/4 inches and comes with a 1-year warranty.

Learn More (opens in new window)

HealthMaster LWHM Living Well/Montel 1100-Watt 2-Quart Fruit-and-Vegetable Emulsifier

This fruit-and-vegetable emulsifier is great for juicing, grating, making ice cream, cooking soup, and more. It has a 1100-watt motor and 8 speeds. The centrifugal friction “cooks” foods naturally. It has wet/dry culinary blades. It crushes up to 2 quarts of ice in seconds in the 70-ounce polycarbonate pitcher. It has an auto shut-off for safety and is dishwasher-safe (aside from the base). It comes with 4 recipe books and a healthy eating plan. It measures 21 by 12-3/4 by 16-1/2 inches and has a 100-year motor warranty.

Learn More (opens in new window)


Tribest Blender

tribest blender kit

The raw food diet is a movement that is continually growing in popularity. People are moving to a more natural, healthier diet regime. One way to make this lifestyle change easier is by using kitchen appliances like blenders and other mixing machines. Blending raw fruit and veggies into smoothies and drinks is a convenient way to make sure to get the full benefits offered by a raw food diet.

Tribest is a blender company that offers blenders to suit any blending need. The Tribest Personal Blender PB200 is a smaller sized, convenient blending machine that allows for a variety of single-serving food options.

Not only do these machines allow for making smoothies and drinks from a variety of fruits and vegetables, they also have the power to do a multitude of other small blending tasks. Puddings, salsas, dips and dressings are just a few examples of other ways to get good nutrition from a raw food diet and the Tribest Personal Blender line offers options for all of these food ideas and more. The Tribest PB 200 is even powerful enough to grind nuts, coffee beans, grains, and even ice. Without a lot of complicated buttons and switches, there are two options to make raw food to your liking. You can simply pulse the food items or press down for continuous blending for a smoother, more consistent texture.

The line of personal blenders by Tribest is convenient in operations and size as well. The blenders are lightweight and compact, allowing for quick easy storage. And the two eight-ounce containers or the two sixteen-ounce containers that are used to blend the food in, can come off and be used for a travel drink container (even equipped with travel lids to allow for sipping on the go). These containers are BPA free and are also stain and odor resistant. They are also dishwasher safe for a little added convenience. As far as a little more convenience goes, this line of Tribest blenders are also quite portable due to the size and weight of the products, so they are able to go wherever you go, allowing you to bring the raw food movement wherever it may take you. For in the kitchen, it is sure to take up very little counter space and will be easily cleaned and put away just as easily in any sized kitchen.

Specifications of the Tribest Personal Blender PB200 include a power consumption of 200 watts, a size of 3 lbs, with dimensions of 5 inches by 5 inches, by 12 inches high. It comes in white and includes the motor base, two 16 ounce containers, two 8 ounce containers, four lids, a blending blade, and a grinding blade. It also comes with a one-year warranty that will guarantee the product free from defects in workmanship and materials, effective from the date of purchase.

Consumers who purchased the Tribest PB 200 review that they love the convenience and easy storage of the unit. If you are considering a raw food diet and a healthier lifestyle change, Tribest may offer the perfect blender to assist with your new (or existing), healthy way of life.


Hurom Juicer

hurom juicer

Introducing… 2nd Generation Hurom Slow Juicer

The Hurom 2nd generations’ most significant improvement is the strainer. The pulp ejection outlet on the strainer now has a larger opening for improved pulp ejection.

The Hurom Slow juicer takes the single auger design a step further and makes it vertical. It juices fruits, vegetables, sprouts, leafy greens and even wheatgrass, slowly and efficiently. You can also use it to make raw banana ice cream.

Slow juicing – what and why?

Because of Hurom’s patented Low Speed Type Screw (LSTS) technology, the resultant juice retains more vitamins and antioxidants, making it more healthful and tasty. It will also increase storage time and result in less oxidation.

Slow juicing is done in two stages resulting in more juice and dryer pulp each time. It generally yields more juice than other juicing methods. The juice is generally less foamy and doesn’t separate.

Hurom juicer versatility

This faster, quieter, smaller machine… besides healthy juice, also makes almond milk, sesame milk, rice milk, chia seed milk, banana ice cream, wheatgrass juice and more.

Key benefits of the Hurom

  • More juice from the same amount of food
  • Less oxidation which means more nutrition
  • Quicker juice production
  • It makes nut milks and ice cream
  • It produces less noise
  • The Hurom juicer produces virtually no foam
  • Simple to keep clean
  • More portable, lighter and a smaller footprint
  • All in all, MORE juice and BETTER juice with the Hurom

You can order the Hurom juicer right now from Amazon – click HERE.

Hurom juicing tips

When using the Hurom juicer, although mostly an issue with the 1st generation machine, you can end up with quite a bit of pulp in the juice. This has mostly been rectified in the Hurom second generation juicer because the pulp ejection outlet on the strainer now has a larger opening. However, this can still be an issue depending on what you are juicing and how you are juicing it.

I find, that with the Hurom, you don’t need to shove food into it like with other juicers. In fact, shoving the food may result in the “pulp in juice” issues. This slow juicer wants the food to be put in a bit slower and with less force. You can even juice one leaf at a time for leafy greens and no need to “ball” up grasses anymore, just put small bunches in at a time for optimal juicing. Believe me, in the end, you still end up saving time (especially with cleanup).

It’s also a good idea to juice low-fiber fruits and veggies first and save the more stringy, fibrous plants for last, for better results.

If you still feel there is too much pulp in the juice (unless you like a little natural plant fiber), you can strain the juice through a nut milk bag, or even better, pour the juice back in for another round… it only takes a second.

Learn More About The Hurom Slow Juicer (2nd Gen), The Warranty, Features, Tech Specs, etc. By Clicking HERE


Chia milk kefir with honey

chia seeds

I’m still a fan of water kefir, but after introducing clean meats and some dairy back into my diet, I started to appreciate milk kefir more. If you don’t know about kefir, in short, it introduces “good bacteria” into your gut stream which is important for a strong immune system among other things.

Maybe you want to replace “standard” sour cream with home made or farm bought milk kefir, resulting in a double health benefit in one transaction, but for me, I add this stuff into foods that I might not have felt comfortable adding sour cream. So rather than slough this stuff on a heaping of my older sisters amazing, albeit sadly missed, perogies, I have started experimenting with it in chia gel.

Chia seeds have many health benefits and a ridiculous amount of healthy fats even when compared to salmon. The gel is formed when soaking chia seeds in water. This “soaking” is done to remove any anti-nutrients. These anti-nutrients are found in nuts, seeds, and beans. One of these so-called anti-nutrients will bind with minerals from the same meal and pull them straight through, i.e. no mineral gains from that particular meal which could lead to deficiencies, which we don’t want to encourage when looking to achieve higher states of health right?

Now, I eat chia gel often. I buy a bag of organic chia, dump it into a mason jar, add water, put the lid on and store it in the fridge and scoop as needed. It offers sustained energy and the much needed healthy fat as I pointed out. I add it to smoothies and I combine it to other foods to make a “cereal” of sorts. Today I am enjoying a bowlful of chia gel with some local milk kefir and local honey. It’s tasty and I feel good about my food choice. So far there hasn’t been any issues for me combining these foods.

I currently use honey as a sweetener to replace the unhealthy sugar choices. Other “sugar alternatives” for me include dry fruit (raisins, shredded coconut), raw agave syrup and coconut sugar. I also feed coconut sugar to my kefir grains when making the kefir beverages. Honey, from what I understand is slightly alkaline, and for an explanation of why alkalinity is important in the diet do a Google search for “acidic +cancer” without the quotes. It might look like an ugly picture but it doesn’t have to. There are plenty of alkaline forming foods that are tasty and nutritious, plus, acidic foods are encouraged in many a health regime so I imagine if not going overboard, your high alkaline diet will keep them in check.

Image source:


Is raw food convenient?

pears hanging from tree

When looking through the comments on blogs and Facebook pages related to raw foods, there were a great number of people that were talking about how they would consume more raw food meals, if only they were more convenient.

It made me think, is raw food convenient? I always considered it to be, but at the same time I could see how some might not look at it that way. Remembering back, I haven’t always felt like that.

Several years ago, I invited some vegan friends over for dinner, but I didn’t *normally* prep meals for more than just my small family. Normally eating conveniently and mostly grazing, I knew I had my work cut out for me.

Well, I have made full out meals for guests before but that was in my BBQ and stir fry days. Cooking “vegan” wasn’t entirely new either. Some of the stir fry’s were vegan, and I had prepared chili and soups without meat as well. But I just felt out of practice, and to be honest I was a little nervous.

I really wish I could remember what I had planned to cook, but I do remember getting up early to go shopping early, so that I could start preparing early. While shopping though, I remember I had a change of heart.

I had been doing all sorts of research about raw foods around that time, reading ebooks and taking online raw food courses, so I decided to call up our friends and ask if they would be interested in a raw vegan meal instead.

They were excited at the idea so I used my phone to hunt down some recipes and get my ingredient list together while I was at the store.

Again, I can’t for the life of me recall what I made but I do remember I prepared a raw apple pie for dessert. The whole house smelled like I had been baking apple pie all day. And I remember distinctly that dessert was a big hit and we all liked the meal as well, even the kids.

But… it took so long that I didn’t revisit raw foods again until sometime later. I did remember watching some of the videos that showed quick 10 and 15 raw meals, plus I was reading a lot more about green smoothies, so I decided to give those a try.

In fact, when I first moved in my own place, I was on green smoothies for almost 2 months exclusively! I got some advice direct from Matt Monarch on how to beef the smoothies up with high calorie additions so that I didn’t lose any weight, but I’ll tell you, those two months convinced me that raw food was in fact convenient. It was just so easy and became routine.

But I know, it’s much easier for a single person not having to feed an entire family right? Yeah probably, but I’ll tell you something… when my kids are here, I lay out healthy raw snacks (vegetables, fruit, sometimes sweets) and we graze, conveniently. And we also have smoothies and green juice. And on occasion we’ll head outside in the field and find some red clover and dandelion greens to munch on. Can’t get anymore convenient than that!

With that said, and as I mentioned, there are video courses that show you how to prepare convenient raw meals for the whole family. Granted, there are also meals for larger families or when guests are coming over, but there are many quick, easy, convenient meals as well.

Truth be told though, I’d pick a piece of fruit from a tree and call it the best of raw food convenience any day of the week.

Image source:


Raw Food Detox Diet

raw produce

The body is constantly going through some state of detoxification. The rate of detoxification plays a lot into what you are consuming and how much you are consuming.

Essentially the cleaner your diet becomes, the more your body will detox. Also, the less food you eat, the more your body will go through detox. The reason this happens is, when eating cleaner or fewer foods, your body has the time and resources to do the detoxifying. Whereas when your diet is poor and/or you consume a lot, your body has a lot of other functions to perform and unfortunately detoxifying may not be a priority.

When someone goes on a water fast, they are giving their body a great chance to detoxify. With very little stress from digestion, the body has a chance to purge toxins from the cells. Likewise, when on a 100% raw food plant based diet, the body is essentially taking in mostly water, again giving the body ample opportunity to purge toxic buildup.

Water fasting or a raw food detox could potentially bring on significant detox to the point of making you feel extremely uncomfortable. Lots of detox symptoms can occur like: skin breakouts, headaches, nausea, fatigue and a whole slew of others. Sometimes, it is necessary to slow things down a bit if the cleansing becomes too uncomfortable.

I liken detoxing to road construction. When there is less traffic (food), the workers (the body) are less distracted and have more “opportunity” to do their job. Additionally, when vehicles, i.e. traffic (food) is used that offer assistance (and less resistance) to the workers, more work can be done. Vehicles such as bulldozers, etc. (food like raw fruits and vegetables, smoothies, green juices, nuts, seeds and water) are ideal for the given situation, but regular traffic isn’t. The non-essential traffic (and food) will still exist, but it can just be diverted down someone else’s road for the time being 🙂 Also, during construction (detox), it may look and feel like a messy chaos, but the end result is often beautiful and more functional.

Often, herbs can be added to your daily regime to go deeper into detoxification. Some herbs are specific to the organ that it helps to detox, for example, milk thistle can help further detox the liver. It is often suggested to clean organs one at a time when going through a deliberate detox. Some people feel that it is only suggested to be done this way unethically so that people feel obligated to purchase all products (sometimes half a dozen or more) in order to feel fully clean. Others feel strongly that there is a purpose for organ detoxes to be done in stages. Different companies suggest different orders for detoxing, but it is the general consensus that the colon, and therefore going on a colon cleansing diet should be the first course of action. Full body cleanses are still very popular, effective, and some might argue, way less complicated.

There are ways to help the detox along, alleviating some of the onslaught of symptoms. Colon cleansing is often suggested during a water fast, a raw food detox diet, a juice fast (or feast), or a green smoothie fast. This helps to quickly eliminate toxins from your body that are dumped into the colon. Colon cleansing can also help clean the colon walls, which in turn reveals the villi, which are the little hairs that pull in nutrients from your food into the bloodstream as it passes through the digestive tract, resulting in greater assimilation of nutrients.

When looking at various protocols at several healing centers, specifically raw food healing centers, I noticed a pattern in what is to be removed from the diet and what is added to the diet in order to encourage healing. Patients are to remove meat, dairy, fish, eggs, bread, pasta, pizza, sugar, salt, coffee, alcohol and cooked food from their diets, essentially leaving only raw, organic, gluten-free, sugar-free, caffeine-free foods during healing. Eliminating the stress from digestion and in some cases, the poisons, is one battle defeated. Another important factor is giving your body the proper tools and resources, i.e. the right foods. Also.. what they commonly do is assist the detox by way of colonics and enemas. Other important factors may be to incorporate light exercise (walking and rebounding), and perhaps group therapy sessions, as well as ‘measuring’.

Measuring is important so that you know where you’ve been, where you are and how close you are to your goals. Many things might be “measured”, such as blood glucose levels for diabetics, vitamin & mineral & nutrient levels (in order to avoid deficiencies), weight, and more.

As mentioned, light exercise such as walking and/or rebounding is sometimes incorporated in the quest to becoming healthier during a detox. Rebounding is essentially jumping up and down on a mini-trampoline. Doing this assists the bodies lymphatic system to move around and do it’s job (move toxins out). Unlike other “systems” in the body, the lymphatic systems does not have a pump to help it “move” so exercise and massage is required so that it doesn’t get sluggish and begin to harbour toxins, bacteria and parasites. Using a rebounder is arguably the best way to get your lymphatic system movin’ and eliminatin’ 🙂

Possibly the best “non-food” way to detox is to bounce on a rebounder AND THEN hop in the sauna. Apparently this process flushes toxins and fat from the cells at a rapid pace!

Image source: