A common centerpiece. Mangoes, accidentally bought non-organic this time because usually the sale is 10 for $10 organic, I thought!
Are you in a "Mixed Marriage"? A marriage where one you is trying to stay on a healthy, plant based, high raw foods diet that includes cooked, whole grain, unprocessed foods? And your spouse just isn't into it? It's a little different than other hobbies. You share the kitchen so not only does it either destroy you by leading you to temptation, and this time it isn't Eve's organic apple, it's Doritos!-Or, it makes you one smart raw vegan cookie.
I also bought the last of the Organic Red Kale last time. There were only 2 bunches left. Most the the Kale at Whole Foods was "Conventional" last week. Even "mainstreamers" like Dr. Oz suggest you eat organic greens. Very odd for Whole Foods though, because they usually have at least 3 types of Organic Kale. I used an entire bunch (2.49) for my Magical Mango Green Smoothie.
There are many approaches to all of this. Recently I heard a mom say that she had to have her own cupboard because dad wasn't going to quit eating garbage and it was hard for mom to stay away. So they split the kitchen territory up! Another way is to just bring your whole family along, right away, and quit cooking garbage or buying garbage and put up with a few weeks of whining. Or you can do it little by little, sneaking in more veggies & whole grains. Serving smaller portions of the bad food and bigger portions of the good food. The mom in the video below started serving salads (real salads, not a bowl of iceberg lettuce) before dinner, so hubby and son had no other option. They were hungry and basically they would eat the salad while they waited for their other food to be done. After a few weeks the kid wised up and just told dad that they had better just eat their salad because he knew mom wasn't serving any other food until those salad bowls were empty!
Red Kale is so beautiful!
Hallelujah Acres is a Biblically Based Nutrition and Healing Organization that has it's roots based in scripture. They believe that certain scriptures make it very clear that we are supposed to be eating plants to heal (and to prevent illnesses). It all began (Hallelujah Acres, not the beginning of time) when George Malkmus was told he had colon cancer. He was a Reverend in New York at the time and he was leery of radiation and chemo. His mother died of colon cancer, despite having had chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. One of his friends, Lester Roloff, was an evangelist who encouraged him to eat lots of raw foods and pound the carrot juice. He started to heal. After searching the Bible for information about this very simple way of eating, he found his answers in Genesis 1:20. After one year, his baseball sized tumor was gone.
Now there are actually MD's that have experience in Holistic Healing. They can't legally "treat" you for cancer or say they you may be able to "cure" something (at least not within the US border), but they can counsel you on a more healthy lifestyle. Sometimes your insurance will cover this, other times it will depend if you go to that particular doctor for "Traditional" or "Holistic" medicine. As there is so much red tape attached to a Doctor giving Holistic advice and then billing an insurance company. So it takes a plunge of faith if you actually have to pay out of pocket to see either a Regular MD that specializes in Holistic Health or to see someone without the letters, but that is also supporting healthy lifestyle choices. Even though I believe these types of visits would actually save a bazillion dollars in the long run, our Insurance Industry needs a medical code for each problem, even if you don't know what the problem is yet! You can't just say you don't feel right, you actually need something that will have a matching number. Your symptoms need a code for a visit and a script for a drug to be be "covered". And Kale isn't usually on the script. A juicer isn't usually on it either. Although all of them are far more economical than prescription drugs. Even if you count the organic produce!
So One bunch of Kale, 2 Champagne Mangoes.
I signed up for the Hallelujah Acres mailing list years ago when my mom told me some of the peeps in her neck of the woods loosely followed this diet. Also, they had some cool published studies about different juicers. Basically Norwalk kept juices longest, but for a lot less & basically the same result, you could buy a Champion or Green Star and a People's Press. This was at a time when I was looking into juicers as "Carrot Chemo". Something that might turn your skin orange, but it won't actually take your life just because you have some microscopic cancer cells hanging around. Do I sound bitter? Bitter like Arugula. Bitter like my Bold Volunteer Mustard Plants.
And a Monster Blender. A.K.A., Vita-Mix. Although don't fret if you don't have one! There are lots of power blenders out there that will make a great green smoothie.
The "God" part is very complimentary to the "Carrot Chemo" though, as if you ever decide to go against the "grain" of a regular MD, you will need all of the faith that is within you. Most likely they will question you and perhaps even be condescending towards you. They might "strongly encourage" you to get the only treatment available, the only treatment they offer, the only treatment that your Insurance Company will cover. They will make you doubt yourself and you will really have to dig deep to try to sort it all out. You may want to get more opinions and most of the ones that your insurance company will pay for, will offer you similar scenarios. Maybe slightly different types of chemo. Some more targeted than others. Some may offer an experimental vaccine that may not cause the same type of ravage to your body. If you are into God & Greens, then check out all of the different Hallelujah Acres programs! What's cool about them is that they even have "Villages" where you can buy a house & live in a community of like minded folk (In North Carolina). But if you aren't up for that yet, they have lots of events (even close to Branson, Missouri!) all over the country. Hitting lots of places that traditionally are not known for being super into health-the Bible & Cattle Belt. They keep the Bible part and replace Cattle with Collards. Or more like Barley Greens Powder! If you are curious, then sign up for their free mailing list. Always full of lots of inspirational stories of people who have overcome lots of dis-ease. And the free 'zine includes some recipes (same kinds of ideas as "Forks Over Knives" for you folks you have just heard about the Power of Plants from Dr. Oz) and it always include several pages that tell you what foods are on "the plan" and what foods to avoid.
About a minute in the blender. I usually add some Stevia and recently I have a new love. Coconut Syrup. It's supposed to be raw and low glycemic and it makes a freakin' mess. My husband freaked when he saw I was buying it again while it was all over the kitchen from the last bottle! The stuff is like sap and it's hard to get a "clean pour". It doesn't have all the controversy surrounding it like Agave. Who knows. But it works.
So while a lot of people might think of raw foodies and health nuts as being hippie, boho types-that's not exactly how it started. Think about it. Before processed food came along, we just ate stuff that came from plants. There are raw foodies that date back to Iran & India! So it didn't start with Whole Foods or David Wolfe's Raw Cacao Smoothies! It was just food. Then food evolved into chemicals and plastic packaging. And now it's apparently "yuppie" to just want "food" again. There are a lot of Christian, Essene, and other "Spiritual" folk out there that are on a Plant Strong Journey and get their Mojo from texts say that we already have all that we need from the earth. It's actually really old, not some new yuppie thing. And if you grow your own, frequent your local farmer's markets, join a CSA, or even buy your fruits & veggies from Whole Foods (if you quit buying junk in packages!), you will find an economic savings in addition to better health.
Kale Mango Smoothie.
Starting some Peas, Cilantro, Basil, Greens, Greens, Greens, Greens & more Greens!
Take a look at this short Hallelujah Acres video that talks about a common problem and one wife/mother's way of fixing it little by little. The Wonder Wife who slowly transformed her family's health!