- by Joanna Steven
The key to getting enough nutrition during pregnancy is to eat as many nutrient-dense foods as you can while avoiding foods that are filling but not that nutritious in comparison. For example, if you want some cooked food, go for quinoa, not white rice. If you want a drink, go for a green juice instead of plain water, although you definitely do need water as well.
Don’t shy away from nut butters, because they are high in protein, calories, and many nutrients. And, despite what some might say, there is a difference between good and bad fats, and it’s perfectly fine to have some olive oil and avocado. I already had stretch marks when I was 14, but my diet was dismal. When I was 8 months pregnant, however, I didn’t have a single visible stretch mark. I credit my diet that is full of hydrating juices, smoothies, and delicious healthy fats.
So what does a pregnant raw mama eat? Here are examples from my pregnancy…
Tags: green juice, raw pregnancy, raw vegan pregnancy, vegan nutrition, what to eat while pregnant
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- by Yitka Winn
Some people have a natural ability to hop out of bed and enjoy a pleasant morning jog. Let me begin by saying that, though I call myself a runner, I am not one of these people.
I am a woman with a finicky stomach that’s led me, over time, to resign myself to running solely in the afternoon or evening.
Conventional running and nutrition wisdom states that the ideal time to eat a pre-run meal is 3-4 hours before exercise. Short of setting an alarm clock to wolf down food in the middle of the night, what’s a tempestuous-tummied runner to do if she wants to knock out some miles before work?
Tags: Digestion, Exercise, fitness, green juice, healthy eating, running, tips
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- by Stacey Terry
Wow. Nothing burns my butter lettuce like fear-mongering. If you dropped by the Queen’s Facebook page this week, you may have noticed a video (see above) that our friend, Johanna, came across and shared with us. In it, Brian Clement makes some pretty disparaging claims saying that when you blend foods like green smoothies, “you’re killing 85 – 92% of the nutrients” due to oxidation.
After watching it, Johanna wrote, “Tell me what you think of this guy…I’m definitely taking his philosophies with a grain of salt but he is still bursting a few bubbles for me…”
While I can’t ever imagine being afraid of blended bananas and spinach, I know that trying to move forward and make decisions from a place of fear is never useful and always frustrating. Sometimes you need to relax, take another look at the fear, and then move forward from a place that feels good.
So, that said, here’s *my* feel-good and fearless Facebook reply to Brian Clement’s video, Think Green Smoothies Are Healthy? Not After Hearing this You Won’t
Tags: detoxification, fiber, green juice, oxidation, Stacey Terry, Victoria Boutenko, video
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These spring cleanse recipes were contributed by Elaina Love who will be teaching a Raw Food Chef Certification program in Bali this coming May. Please visit her website to check out more about this amazing opportunity!
3 Green Alkaline Recipes to Help You Cleanse for Spring
By Elaina Love
Tags: alkaline recipes, celery salad, creamy cilantro soup, Elaina Love, green juice, Raw Food
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- by Michelle Rankin
A shot of wheatgrass seemed so… sexy?, alternative?, healthy?, gross?.
I’d heard for years about people in big cities with juice bars drinking wheatgrass shots as if it was the finest breakfast tequila, but I had no idea just exactly what wheatgrass could be.
Then we moved to a slightly more metropolitan area and I actually saw wheatgrass for sale in my local organic grocer so I bought a little 4 inch square pot for $4.00, then realized I didn’t have an appropriate juicer. It didn’t matter anyway because my cat proceeded to help herself to the entire little square and I discovered it too near her litter box to reclaim.
I should have realized at that point that it was exactly the same stuff I bought, called Cat Grass at my local pet store, but we’ll get to my realizations about what wheatgrass is a little later. I needed a new juicer anyway, so I bought a sleek little Omega 8005 and vowed to figure out this wheatgrass stuff. Read more »
Tags: gluten, green juice, growing wheatgrass, healthy eating on a budget, juicing, Michelle Rankin, sprouting, sprouts, wheatgrass
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