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The Perfect Low Calorie, Diabetic Friendly, Gluten Free Pasta Substitute… ZUCCHINI 🍝🍝

One of the hardest parts when changing our diet often is missing our favorite dishes!

Whether its going Raw or Plant Based… the world of pasta has changed for you….

Who doesnt love a bowl of savory noodles in marinara or garlic tomato sauce…. mmmmmm sooooo delicious

Look no further! Heres a health based tasty alternative for you…. ZUCCHINI 🎉

Zucchinis are one of the best foods for weight loss. They are extremely low in calories, easy to digest, can be cooked or eaten raw, super filling and also very hydrating

Zucchini aids in digestion, helping to keep us regular and things moving

Rich in potassium helping to lower blood pressure and help filter our kidneys as well

And of course, they help prevent cancer and are diabetic friendly! 

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If wanting to make zucchini noodles you can order a SPIRALIZER online or purchase one in store, they are usually under $10!

Totally worth the buy, the uses you will find make it an awesome kitchen accessory

Whether its Zucchini, Carrot, Cucumber, Radish, or another Veggie. There are so many ways to have fun with it!

Raw or Cooked Pasta Recipe (2 Versions in 1)
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Zucchini spiralized
Marinate some Veggies such as Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Garlic in Olive Oil with Herbs (Saute if desired)

or simply just chop and do them raw if you would like an Raw and Oil free dish

Sauce can be store bought or follow the recipe below

Raw Pasta Sauce
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2 Tomatoes
1/3 cup Dried Tomates
2 or 3 Dried Apricots or a Date
3in Chunk Carrot
Few Slices Bell Pepper
1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
OPTIONAL
Slice Onion
Garlic Clove
Salt or Season to Taste
Can also add some Olive oil to make it richer if desired!

For more Raw Recipes and Health Based Alternatives

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Holistic Health Coach & Nutritionist, Specializing in Detox, Diet, Reversing Cancer & Illness

Cooked Food is Simply… Comfort Food.

Its time to talk about what we choose to eat and how it can begin to shed some light on our emotional state of being and inner drives.

We are so often being driven by our subconscious that we fail to realize just how far it has driven us somewhere. We keep eating or fueling ourselves ignoring the facts we are actually tired, overwhelmed, or in another difficult state of being. Its no wonder weight problems and food difficulties have become an issue to much of society.

Its amazing what I learned about food and the body these past few years. Its no wonder a huge bowl of greens surrounded by color makes me smile inside and out.

When we decide to make the leap from a Standard Diet to Vegan and then Raw Vegan… it becomes very interesting how differently we begin to view food.

Our senses awakening and body becoming more aware of the increase in energy and vitality. It can be felt almost instantly mentally and physically. Meal by meal, growing more and more at each stage of our diet change. Especially if we reach the point where we are primarily consuming raw fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and sprouts.

Who doesn’t spring forward from a smoothie bowl or cup of fresh fruits, salad, amazing mixed veggie platter or lettuce wrapped sandwich…?!? I believe we can almost all relate to this! Yet how often do we find ourselves still drawn to cooked, denser foods, or dishes we grew up with?

When eating cooked foods, a sauteed pan of veggies, burger, falafels, pasta, stir-fry or pizza all taste and sound absolutely amazing… butttttt….. and a big BUTTTTTT….

Have you ever looked back at the photos of your food? Ingredients become a bit undefined, if ya know what I mean. The vegetables colors are lost, a lack of luster and the entire dishes ingredients are often faded completely…. our veggies looked so much prettier before we cooked and killed them

What I mean is.. pizza is just straight comfort food…. you can receive so many more benefits from these vegetables and components when they are not cooked and withered away to some nostalgic memory and meal. We are literally cooking the life out of our foods and we can see it happening. The colors change as the nutrients become lost.

“Life comes from Life” not a Lifeless bowl of food… its no wonder we find ourselves tired after eating sometimes!

I heard a statement once, well two statements that got me thinking alot…..

First…
If youre not hungry enough to eat an apple, youre not hungry 😉

Second…
All cooked foods are comfort foods… hmmm right? 🤔

So I started to pay attention to my thoughts behind my cravings… and I noticed some things….

I cut out cooked foods…. but randomly I crave certain things. So in my head I always repeat those two statements followed by asking myself…. Am I feeding my body, or feeding an emotional need?

If the body, then I ask, what is it in this food that I am craving? Fats, protein, carbs? Breaking it down to try to understand what lies beneath this “fried rice” craving I’m experiencing… since our body just wants nutrients. NOT fried rice, a burrito, or that slice of pizza 🤪

Roman Jack Pizza, Zest Ubud, Bali

Alot of times its for fatty foods but also sometimes for carbs…

When I am in tune with my body, eating raw foods has always targeted my craving I am having. Immediately the hunger passes and I am left satiated.

Although sometimes I have found myself eating and still my mind and body could not find satiation, my stomach felt like a bottomless pit. Who else has been here?!? 🙋‍♀️

It was in these moments where I was still hungry, knowing I just ate more than enough… I realized it was an emotional calling…

I begun taking conscious awareness of these times and working actively on the issue. Asking myself in these moments I was hit with cravings, why this food? What or when does it remind me of?

Food can be a source of comfort I began realizing. We grow up gathered around a kitchen table, enjoying food with loved ones, these cherished memories then become programmed into us. Our subsonscious minds often storing and associating the food with the emotional or joyous state of being.

We also all have a memory or two of coming home as a child hurt or upset to having our parent make us our favorite meal. Its no wonder how these two can become so quickly and closely related. Food and Pleasure. Comfort and Happiness.

When we’re having a bad day we are often seeking comfort or seeking a feeling of relief to our circumstances. And we all need to eat to live… hence how these two easily fall together hand in hand.

Our subconscious mind driving us, we may find that we are drawn to crave a particular dish. Your “favorite meal” growing up? The one your mom always cooked when you werent feeling well for example. We have so much attachment to food emotionally sometimes we do not even realize its affects or take this moment of conscious awareness. We just simply have this “craving” driving us.

The most important thing I think I learned eating as a Raw Vegan was learning to cope with emotional eating and most importantly understanding my connection to foods and my own cravings on a more deeper level.

At the end of the day… all cooked foods are basically just comfort foods. If we find ourselves starved and we have a banana yet dont want the banana.. look deeper at whats driving these thoughts. You might be surprised!

Instead enjoy those colorful fruits and veggies!! Its not only a way to balance ourselves emotionally, but physically as well. It can be seen within a few days just how much more energy we can have and clarity of thinking when we are filled with living foods versus cooked.

When we are committing ourselves to connecting to actual hunger we can truly help heal and eliminate emotional issues and help to balance our inner beings. While Im sure you can very well do this on any diet. The amount of clarity you can gain, vitality, and energy is unmatched in comparison to what we can receive from eating raw foods.

Again Life comes from Life… not a Lifeless bowl of food… keep rereading that 😉

Raw Vietnamese Rolls, Alchemy, Ubud, Bali

Mangos… a Pregnancy Superfood! 🥭🥭

Did you know that Mangos are a pregnancy superfood?!?

Besides the fact they are absolutely delicious and grow like crazy all over Bali!!

These have become a serious staple in my pregnancy

Mangos can be a great cure for morning sickness. They are super hydrating and full of electrolytes

They are super rich in Vitamin C which helps prevent anemia by increasing iron absorption while serving as a powerful antioxidant

Folic Acid?! No worries, mangos got you covered! What a perfect natural source!

Folic acid is required in pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in development of the brain and stem

Feeling back up?! 😳 Oh mango can help with that too!

Great source of fiber that keeps your digestive track hydrated and moving

The Vitamin A content aids in eye development as well as the babys teeth, bones, heart lungs and kidneys

Its also abundant in B6 which another essential vitamin for brain development

Talk about amazingness right?!?

Third trimester preclampsia… no stress… the Magnesium and Vitamin E found in Mangos help prevent and aid in this

If youre interested in more food facts and information feel free to follow me!

As a Raw Vegan and primarily fruit based I love sharing my journey about my pregnancy on Instagram

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Hydrating Fruit “Veggies”! Say what?!? 🥒🍅🥑🌶

We all know the magical powers of fruits and how hydrating things like watermelon, grapes, oranges and cantelope can be…

But rarely do we think about non-sweet fruits when we hear this

Did you know that all the “veggies” you see in this dish, besides the carrot and mushrooms, are all ACTUALLY FRUITS?!?!

Avocado, Bell Pepper, Yellow Squash, and Tomatoes are all botanically fruits not vegetables!

Fruits contain the highest amount of readily absorbing energy in comparison to other produce and foods

Partially because they carry the ability to recreate, having contain seeds, which is what classifies them as fruits

This can be seen by measuring the Angstroms or amount of energy that is being held by different types of food

Besides the fact fruit is the ultimate energizer… 🤪💃🤸‍♀️

Its also another great way to increase water intake and keep that lymph system moving!!!

Did you know that our lymphatic system is over 90% fluid?!?!

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that collect the fluids and waste constantly be removed from our blood, organs, and entire body

By hydrating we ensure our bodies health highway can stay clear and free of congestion

Preventing illness, edema, and keeping our mind and body in peak performance

Around 2 liters of fluid leak from the cardiovascular system into body tissues every day

Hence where the suggested 2 liters of water a day comes from 🙃

Find yourself looking for a quick easy way to hydrate now that we see how vital it is?!?

Without having to go out of your way or live chained to a waterbottle or energy drink

Try this salad!!!

Another easy and great way to getting your nutrients in, filling the belly, staying hydrated and still leaving the table feeling light!!

ENERGIZING SALAD
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Fresh Garden Greens
Cucumber or Zucchini Noodles
Tomatoes
Bell Peppers
Onion
And Hemp Seeds or Pumpkin/Sunflower is great too!

Dressing
Avocado
Mango
Cilantro
Lime

GRAPES ~ Natural Lymphatic Cleanser

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Anti-Fungal, Anti Viral, Anti Bacterial… NEED I SAY MORE?!?!

I sometimes live on grapes and many times its the only thing I seem to want to eat. While I don’t dedicate a specific amount of time or set a routine to anything food related… I do sometimes intuitively finding my body singling out a specific fruit. GRAPES OFTEN FIND THEIR WAY TO THE TOP OF MY LIST ❤

Grapes are extremely rich in iron and are Natures finest natural tonic in the world. Tonic?!? Whats that mean?

Because of their molecular properties, Grapes have an important and vital relationship to the protein base of the protoplasm of the cell…. say what?!?

Simply put… Our cells sometimes store waste

This happens since our bodies need to take care of the most important and vital pressing bodily function first in order to keep us running smoothly and a few tiny toxins isn’t enough to halt the whole system

Eventually these build ups are what leads to Disease and other health issues. When we don’t recognize the signs, the body continues to try to get our attention, eventually draining our energy or becoming visibly sick, making it impossible to ignore

Grapes due to their molecular make up can easily access and clean toxins from our cells, buildups and poor/unhealthy cells which may have been damaged or replicated by our body

Because of this ability, Grapes stand alone among the foods of nature as a true builder and repairer! The Greeks and Romans were on to something!!

And lets not forget to talk about RESVERATROL, a compound found in Grapes with LONG LENGTHY LIST OF BENEFITS!!!

Individuals with painful GOUT!! Look no further!! This natural acidity of Grapes also works by removing inorganic deposits and buildups in our joints due! Hallelujah!!!

This also includes build ups in the Kidneys and Gallbladder as well!!! Making them a great natural Diuretic for those struggling with Kidney Health or Fluid Retention!

Want to know why Nature is so amazing? It Mirrors our own bodies… As above, So Below, or should I say Beside?!?

Having Problems breathing lately?!?!

Looking at Grapes and how they grow, we may find it almost resembles our LUNGS… Each Grape like a pocket of bronchioles…

Well its no surprise that Grapes have a significant effect on the lungs and aiding in removing mucus and build up of toxins in our Bronchiole Tubes

HEART HEALTH?! Atherosclerosis is a type of heart disease resulting in the buildup in artery walls, especially those of the heart and brain of LDL or best known as…. cholesterol This is what can cause and often leads to a heart attack or stroke

The polyphenols in grapes act as a VASODILATOR, which relaxes the blood vessels

This in combination with grapes natural acids can help to protect from heart disease by breaking down build ups and cleaning the artery walls all while relaxing the blood vessels allowing the waste to be transported through the system!!! Successfully helping to reverse the process of atherosclerosis

Another amazing component are the Proanthocyanidins, found in grape seeds These work as powerful antioxidants that can block the action of free radicals and reduce oxidative stress

They also contain QUERCETIN which is well known for its amazing anti-inflammatory effects! Did you know thats its a major component in St. Johns Wort and other Pain Killers!?! So lets skip those chemicals and go straight to the source!!!

Want to know the most amazing thing about Grapes?!?!

Grapes purify the blood from all sorts of ailments and aid in reversing disease Making them an EXCELLENT AND SUCCESSFUL CANCER FIGHTER!!!

While I can dive deep into this I think it’s best for those interested more in this topic… Check out “the Grape Cure” by Johanna Brandt whom reversed and cured her cancer through GRAPE FASTING

The Grape Cure has since been studied and proved to be extremely beneficial to individuals battling serious health concerns

With all the health benefits mentioned above its no wonder it’s currently prescribed for those with Cancer, Diseases of the Liver, Kidney Disease or Filtration Issues, Early Stages of Tuberculosis, Lung Problems such as asthma, allergies or COPD, Gout, Anemia and the list goes on

How is it possible?!?! Well lets check what these amazing things are made of?!

Grapes are a great source of phytonutrient and Polyphenols. Vitamins K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C as well as a long list of body healing and cellular functioning B VITAMINS

B1 – THIAMINE – helps prevent complications in the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, and intestines by aiding in regulating the flow of electrolytes into and out of muscle and nerve cells

B2 – RIBOFLAVIN – crucial for breaking down food components, absorbing other nutrients, and maintaining tissues

B3 – NIACIN -maintaining proper blood circulation,  boosting memory power, aids the digestive tract in absorbing minerals, regulates Cholesterol

B6 – PYRODOXINE – important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy

B9 – FOLATE – synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA, aids in rapid cell division and growth making it extremely important for brain health

Grapes also contain important minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium, and Sodium

It should go without having to say, the high water content of grapes also make them amazing for hydration!! And the best part… they just taste so delicious!!!! 💖💗💖

Sounds amazing right?!? Give it a try 😜😊😁💗

How about a Grape Challenge?! Whats that?! Giving the system a deep cleanse and break from your standard diet and eating nothing but grapes for a period of time

Even one day will surely reap benefits!!! Longer is always better of course!!! Start small if needed and build your way up!!

The darker the color the higher the antioxidant properties!! And of course SEEDED!!!

Nature never intended fruit to not bare seeds and be able to reproduce…. Meaning anything not seeded is tampered with by human hands and we have all seen how that goes 😜😱😱

SAY NO to SEEDLESS ✋✋✋

Watermelon

Did you know that watermelon is NATURES VIAGRA?!?!😳

What?!?! Yes you heard that right!!!

Watermelon naturally works to dilate our circulatory system and increase blood flow….. no wonder theres always so much “Summer Love” happening 😂😂😜

Watermelon helps us hydrate with its 92% water content, is super rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Magnesium, Potassium, Carotenoids, Lycopene and B Vitamins such as B1, B5 and B6

Why are these important?!

B1 (Thiamine)- enables the body to use carbohydrates as energy. It is essential for glucose metabolism, and it plays a key role in nerve, muscle, and heart function

B5 (Pantothenic Acid­) Helps produce energy by breaking down fats and carbohydrates

B6 (Pyrodoxine) – Important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy

Watermelon also is rich in Cucurbitacin E which has amazing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body

Like Tomatoes, Watermelon has lycopene giving it its RED color,
which makes it great for Heart Health!!
Oh nature youre so clever 😊💕

Lycopene helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure by acting as a Vasodilator helping loosen up stiff and/or thicken blood vessels

Lycopene also helps to protect the eyes and prevent Macular Degeneration or Eye Sight Damage as we age, so make sure to share some with your Grandparents ❤

Eeek, Attention Athletes!!!
Did you know Watermelon possesses a very amazing AMINO ACID!! CITRULLINE!!!

Citrulline helps the body recover and reduces oxidative stress/muscle soreness!! Making watermelon the perfect post work out treat!!

And the best part… Its Low in Calories and Super Filling!!

Makes a perfect breakfast!! Getting your hydration in for the day and filled with tons of nutrients!