Celery Smoothie

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 10:51 Written by Flax Wednesday, 1 June 2011 08:48

In order to achieve optimal weight, a diet should be based around vegetables.  Unfortunately, most of us don’t eat nearly enough vegetables.  A great way to rectify this imbalance is to begin with a celery smoothie.   There are two steps in correcting a diet.   Increasing consumption of healthy foods while also decreasing consumption of un-healthy foods.  The celery  smoothie is ideal for this two pronged task.   Celery is the ideal diet food.  It helps to dry up dampness (phlegm/fat) caused by excess sugar consumption and it also helps us to curb our sugar cravings.  This  makes it easier to begin on our path towards healthier eating.

When I make a smoothie, I add a variety of other vegetables using a few different principles.  The  first thing that I am looking for is watery vegetables that will give it a more liquid texture.  Examples of these are cucumbers and sprouts.   The next thing I am looking for is a bit of sweetness, here I use a carrot.  After that I will add a bitter vegetable (like a radish) to help the celery clean out the dampness and toxins in the system.  On occasion, I will add a member of the onion family, I prefer scallions for their more gentle flavor.

The fact that it’s pureed helps for two reasons.  The smoothie is condensed and so a large amount of vegetables looks a lot smaller.  The second reason is because unfortunately, many of us have forgotten how to chew our food. (Each bite of food should be chewed between thirty to fifty times).   Starting a diet with a smoothie will help us to digest better, until we once again, relearn how to chew whole grains and firm vegetables.

I recommend making a batch of this in the morning, serve it on a bed of quinoa or brown rice and don’t eat anything else until it’s finished.  There should usually be enough for more than one meal.   Chances are, after finishing it all up,  you won’t be hungry for anything else.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head celery, leaves attached
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 package mung bean sprouts
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 radish
  • 1 scallion
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Atlantic grey sea salt

Puree all the ingredients in a food processor and serve on a bed of quinoa or brown rice.

Enjoy!

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Three Tips to Help Weight Loss

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:36 Written by Flax Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:40

For those of you who are dieting or trying to lose weight, here are three tips to help you out.
Personally, I don’t believe in dieting, I think it backfires and you wind up gaining more weight than you ever lost-but I know some of you out there are die-hard dieters. I believe in healing with whole foods, changing your diet to achieve balance, which in of itself regulates your weight.
Here are three tips, using whole foods which help to lose weight short-term and to keep it off long-term.

1. Switch to Atlantic Grey Sea Salt. Regular table salt is processed and lacks the minerals that salt should have. The average person eats 17% more salt than they should. Switching salt means that your body gets the minerals it craves and isn’t constantly looking to eat more salt. This translates into less salt in your diet. Less salt means less water retention and less desire for salty snacks such as potato chips and salty nuts. Also eating a lot of salt leads to cravings for sweet. Cutting salt also reduces sweet cravings.

2. Switch to olive oil with 0.5% acidity. Rancid fats and oils enter our liver and pollute it. An unhealthy liver leads not only to unhealthy food cravings but also disease. A simple way to start liver cleansing is to use only healthy oils that are not rancid. These are olive oil with 0.5% acidity and flax oil that has been refrigerated. Since flax oil is a fortune and not very tasty, I recommend olive oil. Be aware that olive oil turns rancid when heated to 200 c/ 450 f degrees. That mean you should never use it for frying, or if you do combine it with water, that will keep down the temperature, or do a quick stir fry, where the oil doesn’t get as hot.

3. Eat 5-15 gr. of seaweed a day. Sea vegetables perform wonders. One of which is that they remove fat from the body. If you are losing weight than you should definitely be eating seaweed because than the fat comes off and you don’t look like you are starving. If you are not losing weight than you should be eating seaweed as well. It will aid in regulating your body and it reduces cravings for unhealthy foods.

These are all small changes but they go a long way!

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