IS EATING EMOTIONAL? Advantages to a vegan lifestyle

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Whenever I talk in social gatherings about diet, nutrition or detoxing I get everyone’s full attention. We are obsessed with image, quick fixes, sugar and prescription drugs. Majority wants to know how to set themselves free from all bad feeding habits. We tend to hold on to things we value the most. Eating is such an emotional act and letting go of some favorite unhealthy dishes can cause some psychological chaos. We are sugar addicts with set rules for devouring food. It has become a hot topic. Those who take huge effort to maintain a good quality of life will be repaid with turning clocks and enjoy more youthful vigor. Statistics tell us that those who drink, smoke, eat meat, lack sleep and rest, overwork, and stress prematurely meet the early grave. And those who manage to survive significantly reduce their quality of life.

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I felt compelled to try this kinder, healthier lifestyle change to improve my health, well being and I must say the transition to living foods diet was noticeably smooth. It wasn’t a sacrifice at all. I decided to be in charge of my own rules what I could eat. It opened a new exciting window of pursuing life and its manifestations. At the heart of Veganism is compassion, it is simply an attempt to reduce the suffering of animals and understanding that they are not source of vital nutrients. I love animals but not on my plate. Life is sweet right now! In fact, it is so sweet that I am once again avoiding sugar, or rather I guess I find creative way to make it sweet vegan way.

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Giving up all animal products including meat, milk, eggs, yogurt and cheese at first seemed impossible. Just imagine spending few months in la Cote Basque, France where its all about eating world’s best cheeses, rabuggo and pata negra hams and freshly baked baguettes that tempt you from every farmer’s corner. I was asking myself how can I let go of these deceiving my health “goodies”.  Fortunately I found huge abundance of fresh organic non-GMO locally produced tasty fruits, legumes, and nuts that build full powerful immune spectrum. I turn my focus to strengthening the longevity and superior health with yoga, fitness, meditation, pure air, sunshine, oxygen rich forests, breath taking mountains, ocean waves and beautiful nature. I focus on gratitude and appreciation. Few undesired pounds just came off, energy increased, clothes fit better and seemed more colorful then usual. Its been blue print of mind reprogramming and took more then dietary changes.

A common misconception about vegan diets is that it is impossible to consume healthful levels of protein. One can easily derive more than enough protein from a vegan diet. (like sprouts and see vegetables that are protein rich) Human body thrives wholly on plant based vitamins and minerals. Most foods that you regularly eat can be made vegan with little effort. For example, you can still enjoy burritos, but instead of meat and cheese, you may substitute with nuts, beans, salsa and nut cheese with pinch of sesame and sea salt. If you have a sweet attack frozen banana or nut icecream are great solution to satisfy your sweet tooth.BOOK-PROJECT-38
We all have a responsibility to listen to our own souls and each of us desires something different and that’s a good thing. As I continue to “Vegucate” myself I am planning to  compensate fully vegan lifestyle by staying within vegan vortex, explore new recipes, throw vegan dinner parties and share this message with the world!

P.S. As always i would like to hear from you if eating is emotional for you? How does it effect your life. Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

KASIA

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Why Food combining matters

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Just last weekend I visited annual NY Life Expo where different natural holistic vendors, doctors and health experts offer their services, products and conduct educational lectures. I love to check out who and what’s new, what’s exciting on the market and listen to some educational presentations. There is always something to learn, be curious about, rise questions observe and experience. My favorite booth to tour is always Vitamix. There is continuous abundance of interesting recipes, new colorful upgraded machines with fancy buttons to press and turn. This is one piece of equipment I truly can’t live without in my kitchen. As I was passing by the Vitamix station the pitch man was demonstrating how easy it was to make delicious icecream. He have put to his mix: some carrots, spinach, bananas, berries, strawberries, peaches and I almost fainted when I saw that food combo being blended. After being lectured at Hippocrates Health Institute on the right food combining I couldn’t remain silent and pointed out to him that he was poorly combining all ingredients. He lifted his paused face from the pitcher not understanding what I was talking about. He answered firmly that once you have your own Vitamix you can put and mix whatever you wish. Immediately I was rushed to the side by another Vitamix representative who informed me that I was making to much co-motion for other potential clients who were being programed how to make a “booz”.

Lack of proper information or ignorance can cause a lot of unnecessary suffering and discomfort in our body. For years that was my main concern. I didn’t understand why did I have fireworks effect in my stomach. I felt bloated after each meal despite my conviction that I was eating healthy diet. I didn’t know that fruits and nuts didn’t belong together in cereals. I had no clue that fruits shouldn’t be mixed with vegetables. I wasn’t aware that tomato is a fruit and does not belong in a salad. For a short time I was designed by a nutritionist a “nutritional” atomic bomb smoothie that consisted of the following: banana, spinach, peach, pineapple, coconut meat, strawberries, avocado, spiritualina, 1tbs of coconut oil or olive oil, 1 tbs of macca powder, 1 glass of almond milk, 1 date. Just imagine how poorly it was combined. Additionally it was overloaded with extremely high caloric content. I was to scared to count. I felt heavy and bloated all day after drinking it. At the time I didn’t understand why my weight was sky rocketing.

The most commonly served improper food combining is protein with starches. (meat and potatoes most of us grew up on)  The after thoughts cause gas, heartburn and uncomfortable bloating. Various digestion process of wrongly combined foods enables the food to get digested and body can’t adept to assimilate the nutrients. Our digestive system gets sluggish and can’t eliminate waste deposits.  It creates various gases in the body, including sulfur. The more ingredients goes into our stomachs the more chances of creating Digestive explosions. Combining starch and avocado is another example of bad food combining that can only contribute more sparks to the flamed stomach. We digest food at various time frames in various acid/alkaline environments.

Here is a list of food-combining groups

protein: seeds, nuts – digest on average within 4 hrs

starches: sprouted grains, sprouted legumes, hard winter squashes, sweet potatoes & yams – digest on average 3 hrs

vegetables: sprouted greens, fruits vegetables, leafy greens, low starches root vegetables – digest on average within 2.5hrs

fruits: acid (grapefruits, lemons, oranges, strawberries), sub-acid – apples, apricots, most berries, grapes, kiwis, mango, pears, peaches, sweet – bananas, all dried fruit, persimmons – digest on average within 2hrs

melons have excellent benefits when eaten alone  digest on average within 15-30mins

tomatoes are fruits not vegetables contrary to general understanding. Eaten alone they are beneficial to cleanse your liver of deposited fats.

One of my favorite breakfast meal used to be oatmeal or granola with almond milk and massive amount of fruits and nuts. Little did I know that this combination of starch and sweet fruit created fermentation and alcohol in my body. Basically I was boozed.

Nutritious combinations of foods are avocado and greens, avocado and sub-acid fruit, protein and sprouts with leafy greens, starches and sprouts with vegetables.

Here are properly food combined healthy delicious breakfast suggestions and smoothie recipes for you:

1. banana, peach, berries, sprouts like alfalfa sprout, with or without splash of coconut water. 

2. Pineapple, peach, berries, avocado, alfalfa sprout with or without splash of coconut water.

3.  1 glass of raw almond milk, 1 date,  1 tbs of chia seeds. Blend all in Vitamix or other blender until creamy smooth. For being super duper you can add digestive enzymes, probiotic and blue green algae to any of the above smoothies and cerals. 

4. Sprouted dehydrated buckwheat mixed with water or buckwheat milk. You can add pumpkin pie spice, pinch of cinnamon, or a drop of stevia. 

If you ever make a mistake or poorly food combine just take some digestive enzymes and it will help you to speed up your digestion process.

Enjoy

P.S. As always i would like to hear from you about your breakfast choices and food combining. Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

KASIA

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Drink green juices on your way to the top

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With each day spent at Hippocrates Health Institute I m getting seriously veggicated. More and more I m realizing that we are going back to basics. Eating real fresh organic non GMO food, nourishing our body and mind serves best purpose our relationship with food. Being healthy is not about deprivation or clueless dieting. True vibrant health is a natural state. Food should come from our mother nature not microwave, or frying pans. Its our fuel of energy, nourishment and optimum health. Above everything it is our madison and answer to health challenges we face. I discovered that sprouts are hot stuff. They contain solar energy in the most digested form available. They are more delicious and nutritious (around 30-40 times) then kale, spinach or any other vegetable. The protein content is around 20-30% and is easily absorbed by the body. They also provide an abundance of antioxidants and balanced supply of vitamins and minerals. Sprouts make fantastic delicious base of a green juices.

Its my morning daily ritual since I have learned about amazing benefits of drinking green juice. Its quick, easy and economical to start a day. I have been getting into the instinctive habit of impatiently checking my watch at 10am and 4pm when green juice is served daily at Hippocrates Institute.

Contrary to what you may think juicing isn’t boring. It provides so many varieties for creating your own super tasty favorite recipes. I love to indulge in Hippocrates green juice formula as it proved to me to be the most nutritious and delicious and the same time. I m still in process of mastering its taste perfection when I visit home on the weekend. I rested the case of experimenting with different veggies and sticked to this dainty green juice formula. At home I prepare them fresh daily to maximize on its nutritional value. My first morning serving is 16oz and another patch of afternoon 16oz to follow. Its my “pm siesta” green latte without gig-erring side effects. The formula that I most enjoy and you may like as well is:

Hippocrates Institute Green Juice Formula

1-1.5 cucumber

2 stalks of celery

1 handful of pea sprouts

1 handful of sunflower sprouts

To make it even more special I like to add 1 oz of ginger and 1 oz of blue green algae. (Super Blue-Green Algae is a complete and balanced protein and has been found to be effective in reducing radiation and heavy metal exposure in the body. It also adds minerals to our systems, especially trace minerals, lacking because of the depleted state of the soil.) You may also add 1 oz of garlic. Just be mindful to others when you consume garlic.

Green juice is easy to absorb and gives the digestive system a much deserved rest. It regulates blood sugar bringing balance to food cravings. It oxygenates the body, removes toxins and rebuilds immune system.

Drinking green juices will get your juices flowing.

Cheers! To your health!

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KASIA

P.S. As always I would love to hear from you how do you prepare your green juices and what do you use in your recipe? Share your tips suggestions and formulas with the rest of us.

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Eat like a bird and crack the secret

SEEDS ARE NO LONGER JUST FOR BIRDS! 

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Canary grass, Chia, hemp, Mila seeds gaining a whole new generation of fans. Those who believe that the birdseed are only for “birds” do not know the properties and multiple  health benefits which are almost miraculous!  I must say I was intrigued when I discovered all benefits deriving from its daily consumption, and decided to start testing its greatness on my own.

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They are most nutritious and powerful on this planet. They are rich in high-quality vegetable protein.  Five tablespoons of canary grass seed contain about 9 grams of protein – which is superior when comparing it to 1lb of meat protein. Further more birdseed protein is not harmful or difficult to digest, and is very good stable amino acid assimilation.

They have always been around for thousands of years but we’re only beginning to discover their immense benefits. Very few know that it can be a great benefit for human consumption. The seeds which are very similar to flaxseeds are shiny brown, (Del Alpiste) human grade (silica free).  I buy them packaged whole grain then ground them in my magic bullet to sprinkle them over my salads, veggies or simply add them to my delicious smoothies and soups. They can be made into milk as well. (Recipe below on the page bottom)

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Canary grass seed is one of the most powerful and nutritious seeds on earth because of its high content of enzymes, vegetable protein, amino acids, and antioxidants. Its antioxidant properties are very close to those found in Vitamin C. It also contains many enzymes, of which lipase is the most abundant.

BENEFITS:

Because of its high enzymatic content, canary grass seed helps to reduce the inflammation of internal organs such as the liver, kidney and pancreas, which has proved to be of great help for people with diabetes and cirrhosis. I did some serious research and here is what I found out:

  1. Helpful in weight reduction.
  2. Helpful in sleeping problems
  3. helpful to clean veins and arteries from harmful fats.
  4. Very powerful pancreatic regenerator.
  5. Helps in cases of gout, edema, gastritis and stomach ulcers.
  6. Ideal for hypertension.
  7. Provides muscle tone.
  8. Gets rid of fat deposits in the body, leading to a reduction of obesity and cellulite.
  9. Kills bacteria in the urinary tracts, thus reducing UTI’s, as well as kidney and gall bladder infections.
  10. Refreshing.

Its important to consume it raw, otherwise it looses its all properties when cooked. I also like to make milk out of it and drink it twice a day. First thing in the morning 30 minutes before my breakfast, and at night after the dinner. No other food should be followed after drinking the milk at night.

MILK ALPISTE RECIPE

Ingredients:

Five spoons of alpiste seeds + 1liter of water (4 glasses)

Process:

Rinse alpiste.

Soak five tablespoons of canary grass seeds in pure water the night before. In the morning, remove the water that has been dipped, soaked and put the birdseed in the blender, you can add soy milk and fruit to taste or simply liquefy and birdseed’s milk sweetened with honey (no sugar), which is a nutritious milk and energy to start the day (morning) and to finish it.It is very important not to sweeten the milk with white sugar, which is very harmful and irritating on your body, besides destroying the enzymes and the powerful effect of this milk. You can add some cinnamon. Avoid refined sugar whenever you can, and if you have small children do not get used to the milk sugar or candy.

Eat and drink like a bird. Ready to give it a go?

KASIA

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Dorade Espagnole Simply delicious

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Impress your Friends & Family with this Simple Quick Delicious Fish, perfect for Lunch or Dinner and add some extra Gluten Free Natural Mila Omega 3

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You will need: Beautiful silver platter, fresh Dorade  and good appetite!

 Ingredients:

2 Fresh Dorade 600g per person (aprox.1.3lb per person).

You will loose some more weight when removing the bones. Make sure your fish is fresh, skin has a nice shine, sharp eye sight, and the head is easy to separate by knife. Also make sure the blood has a vibrant red color.

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parsley 1 small bunch

sherry vinegar 3-4tbs

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olive oil

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Espelette pepper (small spicy red pepper)

You can sprinkle your salad or veggies with MILA seeds rich in Omega 3. So far this is the best most natural way to enrich your diet in Omega 3 gluten-trans fat-sugar-free.

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Recipe

Flake and cut the fish in half with clean wiped belly without separating it.  Gently smear some olive oil all over and sprinkle with fleur de sel (big pieces salt) . Put into the baking tray to pre-heated oven for 7minutes on each side in 425F temperature.

Slice garlic and cook in 20cl (aprox 7oz almost one glass) olive oil over medium heat. The secret to not to burn garlic is it to start cooking it in cold oil. Add small piece of red spicy espelette pepper to add flavor as shown in the picture above. Cook gently until garlic will start to shrink due to the water absorption and will change into nice light brownish color. Remove garlic when ready and put it on paper towel to absorb access of oil. Keep the remaining cooked oil for the final sauce glaze.  Chop parsley into fine pieces.

Once Dorade is cooked. Its important to place it into metallic platter as shown.  (All fish should always be served on the metallic platters). Open and separate it to fillet throughly getting rid of all bones. Put more fleur de sel and sprinkle over Piment d’espellete powder, add parsley, sliced cooked garlic, sherry vinegar, and finally glaze and cover everything with warm olive oil of garlic to complete this delicious dish.

Dinner, lunch is served!

As always I would love to hear from you and let me know how it turned out for you? 

KASIA

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Rock your salad

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ALL SALADS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

What sets some salads apart? A fresh salad deserves earthy crisp produce ingredients, precision and attention to details that somehow seduce, come-hither sense.

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Want to learn how to throw the perfect salad if you are on the go? These beautiful salads created by Sylwia Wiesenberg come handy and easy to prepare. You don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get them. Just toss some stone crabs, water crest, pea shoots, add some radishes and turnips for a flavor.

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You can sprinkle some hemp seeds, drizzle with maple syrup and olive oil and foremost use your imagination for further garnishing with fleur de sel, pepper, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

HEMP-SEEDS+Its all about hospitality, and everyone absorbs the cuisine through their own unique taste preferences. However with salad this simple delicious you will take on this season refreshing effects.

 

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Serves 2-3

Ingredients

Bunch of stone crabs, water crest, pea shoots

2 radishes, 2 turnips

3 slices of tomatoes

1-2 tbs of hemp seeds or rosted pine nuts

1-2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs organic maple syrup

1/2 lemon

2 gluten free organic small crackers

Set all the greens in your own rustic way creating beautiful pyramid out of the greens.    Toss sliced radishes and turnips around. Add slices of tomatoes and place them on the side. Sprinkle some hemp seeds or pine-nuts and crunched crackers. Gently pour olive oil, maple syrup, and squeeze some fresh lemon juice around. Add salt and pepper for a better taste. SALAD+

AND C’EST MAGNIFIQUE!

LOVE AT FIRST SALAD

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Hands on Ostrich Frittata omelette Tuscan style gets served

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No need to travel to Italy when Italy comes to your kitchen!  Recently I have been on cooking spin. What can I say? Once you cooked you are hooked. One thing is sure. It becomes part of your every day routine and plays major part of everyone’s around well being.

xYYbrIF5oKZ8LCxdi9WqPZ3Cu7bHQJsCHu0UGAOwx8oI love to experiment with different flavors and textures teasing my pallet while improving my culinary skills. Even though its not always turning perfect the piece of mind I get from it rewards my serendipity. I savor at multiple course gourmet lunch with a big help from Sylwia Wiesenberg who always makes it easy and delicious.

K8A34IdYUW6hTmTxIyglwcv25-VgxJJNeiTk8-BUUHoShe taught me how to make a simple frittata from an ostrich egg transforming it to fine dining. She is my newest “kitchen shaman” teaching the craft of ostrich egg. She is a visionary coming out with as fresh ideas as her entrees. Back at underbelly that gaze translates on the plate as pan pre-sauteed with ramps and tomatoes, then baked in the oven frittata finished with seasonal micro greens, sprinkle of hemp seeds, maple syrup

Divalishious!  

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In the hands of Sylwia ostrich egg gets some serious handcrafting!

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RECIPE    

Serves 10

Ingredients:

1 ostrich egg

2tbs of extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs of cows grass unsalted fed butter

1 bunch of ramps

2 large tomatoes

Salt, peper

Sautee ramps on small heat with olive oil and butter.  Add some tomatoes. Stir well for few minutes until ramps start to shrink in size. Pour the egg liquid mixture to the pan and gently shake it.  Leave it for few minutes on the small heat until the consistence saddles down. Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Bake it for 15-20minutes.  Serve with your favorite seasonal micro greens, radishes, and salads.

YOUR TURN TO BE IRRESISTIBLE DIVALISHIOUS CHEF!

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