Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DISCOVERING THE TRUTH: FRUGIVORES

I never once in my adolescence thought I would ever need to  educate myself on eating food that my body is biologically designed for/ proper food consumption for optimal health for human beings. Looking back I wonder why on earth I had never heard the term frugivore. When I mentally venture back to elementary school I can visualize the words herbivore, carnivore and omnivore in big white chalk on a blackboard but there was never any mention of what a frugivore is. Surely there is a such thing. Frugivores are one of the four classes of vertebrates. I had never been introduced to the term until I came across this information on my own. 

I don't believe that my teacher was the culprit in keeping this valuable information from me, she only taught us what she was "told" to teach. This tells me that the picture is much bigger than her and I and the school and the state and the country. 

I definitely don't blame my parents for feeding me the way they were fed. The blame deserved is much greater than any of us can imagine but I refuse to let it take away from my happiness. Although it does bother me I realize that the only thing I can do is further educate myself and my daughter and spark interest of this information in anyone else that wants to benefit from it. You can lead a human to knowledge, but you can't make him think.

Understanding Our Species

We must eat the foods that are biologically suited for our species. For me it makes the most sense to picture myself in nature, where we (humans) originated, before stores and kitchens and stoves. I can't picture myself bare handedly taking down a cow, ripping him apart and eating his flesh raw. Even with the use of tools this seems like a brutal process for both parties. I believe that when humans resorted to eating other animals it was by means of survival where plant food was not abundantly available. I can however picture myself climbing a tree and bare handedly pealing a banana. I loved climbing trees as a kid and bananas were and still are one of my favorite foods. My mom can certainly attest to these two facts. 


"The human is the only species that is confused about what to eat. As children we are instinctual in what we want to eat. I can fill a large table with every type of food that humans eat., and put a small child in front of the table. Guess which foods they will always go to? Fruits and flowers- the high energy, colorful foods. That is because we are frugivores., not omnivores. If a human were truly a carnivore, he or she would enjoy catching a live animal, ripping it apart, and eating it as is... and I don't know of too many people who enjoy this."


Anatomical and Physiological Difference of Vertebrates

CARNIVORES                                   OMNIVORES

Includes:                                                                        Includes: 
Cats, cheetahs, lions, etc.                                                   Birds (including chickens, turkeys, etc.),
                                                                                            hogs and dogs
Diet:                                                                               
Mainly meats, some vegetable, grass                                   Diet:                                    
     and herbs                                                                    Some meat, vegetables, fruits, roots and 
                                                                                             some barks 

Digestive System:                                                           Digestive system:
Tongue- very rough (for pulling                                        Tongue- moderate to rough 
and tearing                                                                       Salivary glands- underactive 
Salivary Glands- none                                                      Stomach- moderate gastric acids (HCL and 
Stomach- simple structure; small                                         pepsin
    round sacks; strong gastric juices                                   Small intestines- somewhat sacculated, which
Small intestine- smooth and short                                          accounts for their ability to eat vegetables 
Liver- 50 percent larger than that of                                   Liver- complex and larger proportionally than
    humans; very complex with five distinct                            that of humans
    chambers; heavy bile flowfor heavy                
    gastric juices                                                               Eliminative System:
                                                                                       Colon- shorter than human colon, with 
Eliminative System:                                                            minimal absorption
Colon- smooth, non-sacculated, minimal                             GI tract- ten times the length of the spine
   ability for absorption     
GI tract- three times the length of the spine                         Extremities (limbs):
                                                                                     Hands- hoofs, claws and paws
Extremities (limbs):                                                       Feet- hoofs, claws and paws
Hands (upper front)- claw type                                         Quadrupeds- walks on all four extremities; 
Feet (lower back)- claw type                                                 except for birds, which have and walk on 
Quadrupeds- walks on all four                                             two legs only 

Integumentary system:                                                   Integumentary system:
Skin- 100 percent covered with hair                                  Skin- smooth, oily, hair or feathers
Sweat glands- uses tongue, and has sweat                            Sweat glands- very minimal; only around 
    glands foot pads only                                                          snout (hogs) and foot pads (dogs) and 
                                                                                                none on birds
Skeletal System:
Teeth- incisor teeth in front, molars behind with                 Skeletal system:
    large canine for ripping                                                Teeth- tusk like canine teeth or beaks 
Jaws- undirectional, up-and-down- only                             Jaws- multi-directional 
Tail- yes                                                                         Tail- yes

Urinary system:                                                            Urinary system:
Kidneys-  (urine) acid                                                     Kidneys- (urine) acid




HERBIVORES                                     FRUGIVORES

Includes:                                                                       Includes:
Horses, cows, sheep, elephants, deer, girraffes                    Humans and primates (apes, chimpanzees,
                                                                                                monkeys)
Diet:                                                                                  
Vegetables, herbs and some roots and barks                       Diet:
                                                                                     Mainly fruits, nuts, seeds, sweet vegetables
Digestive system:                                                                and herbs
Tongue- moderately rough
Salivary glands- alkaline digestion starts here                    Digestive System:
Stomach- Oblong, ringed, and the most complex               Tongue- smooth, used mail as a shovel
     (as a rule, has four or more pouches or                       Salivary glands- alkaline digestive energies
     stomachs); weak stomach acids                                          start here
Small intestines- long and sacculated for                          Stomach- oblong with two compartments
     extensive absorption                                                  Small intestines- sacculated for extensive 
Liver- similar to humans (slightly larger                                  absorption
     in capacity)                                                               Liver- simple and average size, not large and
                                                                                                 complex, like carnivores
Eliminative system:
Colon- long and sacculated (ringed) for                            Eliminative system:
     extensive absorption                                                   Colon- sacculated for extensive absorption
GI tract- thirty times the length of the spine                        GI tract- twelve times the length of the spine

Extremities (limbs):                                                     Extremities (limbs): 
Hands (upper)- hoofs                                                     Hands (upper)- fingers for picking, peeling
Feet (lower)- hoofs                                                                   and tearing
Quadrupeds- walks on all four extremities                         Feet (lower)- toes
                                                                                    Walks upright on two extremities 
Integumentary system:
Skin- pores with extensive hair covering                          Integumentary system:
     entire body                                                                Skin- pores, with minimal hair 
Sweat glands- includes millions of persperation                 Sweat glands- includes millions of 
     ducts                                                                                 perspiration ducts

Skeletal system:                                                           Skeletal system:
Teeth- twenty- four molar, five on each side of                Teeth- thirty- two teeth: four incisors (cutting)
     each jaw and eight incisors (cutting teeth)                       two cuspids (pointed), four small molars (bi-
     in the front part of the jaws                                           cuspids), and six molars (no long canine or 
Jaws- multi-directional, up-and-down,                                  tusk type teeth)
     side-to-side, forward and backward creating                Jaws- multi-motional, dimensional,
     a grinding effect                                                             up-and-down, backward and forward, 
Tail- yes                                                                              side-to-side, etc.
                                                                                    Tail- some
Urinary System:                                                          
Kidneys- (urine) alkaline                                                 Urinary system:
                                                                                     Kidneys- (urine) alkaline





"After dissecting and observing different species' anatomical structures and physiological processes we come to the same conclusion: Humans are frugivores, like it or not."

"It is not difficult to understand that we need to start eating as our biological makeup demands. On top of this we need to realize that no animal cooks its food before eating it. Zoo-keepers learned years ago never to feed cooked foods to any animal, as this will cause them to sicken and die. I don't know of any veterinarians who encourage people to feed their house pets from the table. Why? Simple. Our pets will get the same diseases we have. Cooking your food destroys it. It changes the chemistry and severely reduces its electrical energy."


We eat food to keep us alive, how ironic that the typical diet eaten today is killing us slowly. What we choose to eat can make us sick or can set us free. It is always our choice. We can retrain ourselves to enjoy the simplicity of eating raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, I'm living proof. When I felt and saw the difference in my body and mind is when I was convinced that this is whats right, that this is good. I still struggle with cravings and I believe foods like pizza and cookies are just as addictive as any drug. Sometimes I just want them and I don't care how bad it is for me, I'm not happy until I get it and then I feel super crappy afterwards.  

Its so important to change these generational patterns. Just because this is how its been for so long doesn't mean its ok. If we look at the grand scheme of human life on earth it hasn't really been that long since the development of processed foods, meat factories and supermarkets. Compare this timeline to the rise in cancer rates, the similarity is no coincidence. 

The best way in my opinion to make a change is starting our babies off right. My best friends baby drinks green smoothies and green juices, even with ginger, like a champ. It is much easier for little ones to enjoy natural flavors and sugars found in fruits before they've tasted processed foods and sugars. Theres no competition to the chemical reaction going off in our brain when sitting down to a bowl of fruit loops compared to a bowl of fruit salad. Our taste buds will choose the processed sugar every time if we don't know better. We need to be wise for our babies. 

We must also lead by example. Our children will be interested in what they see us eating. We have a choice everyday what we put on our plate. Make it fun for them, make it taste good. They will want to do what mommy and daddy are doing. I can imagine older kids would be a bit more difficult to convince after years of eating for pure enjoyment rather health. Even if we are shown the light when our children are older and decide to make changes after they already love pizza and cookies, there is still hope <3 Small steps, never forcing. Explaining that you ate a certain way for a long time not knowing the damage it was doing to your bodies but you've learned something that will help your family and improve the way they feel. Hopefully there is a strong loving bond and they can trust what you are trying to teach them. Learning with them and creating delicious recipes together is key.

We have a true vote without a ballot every time we purchase food. If everyone buys more fruits and vegetables there will be a higher demand for them and less room for the other non worthy foods in our carts.


Eat love, Live love <3
-Letitia


*Quotes and Chart are taken directly from The Detox Miracle Sourcebook by Robert Morse, N.D.






Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Live Love

Of course we cannot acheive true health if we eat like crap, but food is just a spoke on the wheel. You can eat the best of the best diet but without adequate sunshine and good water, deep breaths of fresh air and daily activity in your life you will never completely get there. Grounding and balancing our energies just by standing with our feet on the earth everyday is also huge! Enjoy these four elements to achieve true health; Earth(grounding), Wind(fresh air), Fire(sun), Water(good clean drinking water). Add to that clean eating, daily exercise and lots of love and see what happens <3

One of my favorite forms of exercise is yoga. Every morning sometime between lemon water and green juice I always stretch it out. In practicing yoga focusing on deep breathing is essential. It never fails to give me an amazing sense of relaxation and calmness. I've found that on days that I stretch in the morning I do much better with my diet. I keep my eye on the prize and my focus is much clearer.


One way I like to get all of the above (fresh air, daily activity, lots of sunshine, good water and good food) accomplished at the same time is walks to the park. I pack up Kierstens wagon or jogging stroller with tons of fruit, a blanket and with our pup on a leash off we go. It's almost a mile walk there, pulling or pushing a 4 year old I am sure to get a good workout. These are definitely our best days.


I've also found this to be the best way to get Kiersten to want to eat fruit. With what I packed being the only options she has no problem. She of course spends most of her time at the park playing resulting in her only coming for something to eat when she is truly hungry. It's not that she doesn't enjoy these foods when we are home, but with other foods available to her she is more likely to pick and choose and also want to eat out of boredom.  So with her only eating when she is hungry and enjoying great food full of life and expending energy I am a happy mom <3


Love is always number one in my book and I believe it should be a main priority. Without it everything else is irrelevant. Give love, receive love. Don't point fingers. Don't act out of anger. Just breathe. Don't put energy into negative situations. Accept everyone. Forgive all. We're all fighting some sort of battle.

Eat love, Live love
-Letitia

Thursday, April 4, 2013

DIY- Toothpaste



Last night I made a fresh batch of an amazing home made sweet orange toothpaste. While in Mexico, for 35 pesos, I was able to buy a similar product that was made with cinnamon. That was so convenient that I forgot how simple it is to make myself. 
It leaves my mouth so clean and teeth so polished. Once I got over the "no sudsing" fact I knew I would never look back. It never takes me long to adapt to something if I know its worth the change. With very few all natural/ non toxic ingredients, its super easy to make, way cheaper than tubes and no fluoride!...I am sold for life!

To try your own you will need:


Baking soda and Coconut oil- Equal parts, I used 2 Tbsp each
Xylitol- 1 tsp
Colloidal silver- 25 drops
Essential oil of your choice (peppermint, sweet orange, spearmint) or cinnamon powder- I used about 30 drops of

Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal! Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is actually good for your teeth. Baking soda polishes every little crevasse of your teeth. Colloidal silver is a natural antiseptic. Don't be afraid to try something new <3


Here are a couple links about colloidal silver that I found interesting <3 

http://www.naturalnews.com/027474_colloidal_silver_antibiotics.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/035219_colloidal_silver_blue_man_skin.html

Monday, April 1, 2013

What I Ate Last Week

March 26-April 1


This marks the fourth week since I began a completely detailed weekly food journal and I've decided to keep it going for at least a little longer. I enjoy sharing what I eat in hopes to help anyone who is interested in trying out a raw vegan diet. I know it can be difficult at times but my biggest advice would be to make sure to eat enough whole fruit, for the fiber to keep you full and the carbs to keep you going.. and although you may stumble, we all do in one way or another but its important to not get too down on yourself and to keep moving forward. One step back, two steps ahead <3

Tuesday, March 26
10:30- 32 oz lemon water
12:30- 32 oz Our Daily Juice
2:30- berry bowl; strawberry blueberry raspberry
3:30- 2 bananas with almond butter honey mix
4:30- 32 oz lemon water
6:00- salad; romaine baby spinach arugula cucumber red onion carrot tomato, olive oil salt crushed red pepper
7:30: big bowl of chocolate Ice Cream

Berry Bowl



Wednesday
9:30- 32 oz lemon water
11:00- 2 oz wheat grass; 16 oz OJ
12:30- 1 orange, 16 oz smoothie; strawberry orange banana date pHresh greens
2:30- apple
3:30- berry bowl; blueberry blackberry raspberry
4:00- 16 oz OJ
7:30- flesh of 2 coconuts with juice of 1 lime and ground chili pepper; water of 1 coco
9:00- salad; romaine spring mix arugula cucumber tomato carrot red cabbage, olive oil salt & pepper



Thursday
9:30- 32 oz lemon water
1:30- 24 oz smoothie; orange banana strawberry blueberry raspberry blackberry date pHresh greens
4:00- 1 apple,1 orange
6:00- 24 oz green juice; orange grapefruit cucumber kale parsley cilantro ginger
8:00- flesh and water of 1 coconut 

Smoothies



Friday 
10:00- 32 oz lemon water
11:30- 32 oz juice; grapefruit orange lemon kale parsley cilantro ginger
2:30- Kiersten and I went for lunch at Layers Bakery for organic salads and a cookie, we LOVE this place <3
6:00- 1 big english cucumber
8:00- flesh of 1 coconut with lime and chili; coconut water
9:00- raw granola almond milk cereal;  crumbled Power Crunchies, sliced dates, blueberries (or bananas or both), raw honey, cinnamon 


Raw Cereal



Saturday- casino from 2pm- 8pm
10:00- 32 oz lemon water
11:00- 24 oz juice; orange grapefruit lemon ginger
1:30- 32 oz Our Daily Juice
3:00- 1 apple
4:00- 1 banana 
7:00- glass of cabernet 
9:00- Whole Food's pizza, special order organic cheese

Sunday 
10:00- 32 oz lemon water
11:00- 24 oz smoothie; cherry vanilla banana date almond milk
12:30- 2 oz wheat grass; coconut water
1:30- 1/2 FEARLESS Exploding Coconuts organic chocolate bar 
3:00- 32 oz Our Daily Juice 
6:00- salad and a banana 

Monday, April 1
10:30- 32 oz lemon water
12:30- 32 oz green juice; grapefruit celery cucumber dandelion greens kale parsley lemon ginger
2:00- 2 bananas
4:00- carmelized onion and goat cheese scones from Layers Bakery with organic ham cheese bacon lettuce tomato and mayo.. omg, so good. its so hard to not eat this stuff sometimes! 
6:00- 32 oz lemon water
8:00- 24 oz juice; orange grapefruit lemon


This mornings juice prep <3



On Saturdays I play poker and don't buy food from the casino, for obvious reasons, so I always bring something to eat, usually a piece of fruit or two. This is proving to not get the job done because by the time we leave I am super hungry and this past Saturday it resulted in a stop at Whole Foods for pizza. I don't want to keep giving in to cravings so I plan to prepare better next weekend.

This week I over indulged a bit and I'm looking forward to a much needed cleanse.


until next week..

-eat love, live love <3







OUR DAILY JUICE- Citrus Green


Orange 
Grapefruit
Lemon 
Cucumber 
Parsley
Ginger

This is becoming my favorite type of juice to have in the morning <3

OUR DAILY JUICE- Purple Spicy


Apple
Beet
Cucumber
Collard 
Kale 
Lemon
Ginger
Habanero


Yum! Be careful with the habanero though! This was prep for a 32 ounce juice and it was really spicy! I've been using habanero for a while in my juice and this was still a little much so I recommend using a half or using a whole if your making two full juices. If your not use to hot peppers and you like the sounds of a spicy juice you could also start off with cayenne. 


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What I Ate Last Week

On Sunday night I had hit a bump in the road... a big bump! Im not perfect and mistakes are our best teachers. 

March 19-25

Tuesday, March 19
10:30- lemon water
1:30- 32 oz. juice; apple carrot beet lemon parsley
3:00- 2 bananas
4:15- fresh pineapple chunks
6:00- 32 oz Our Daily Juice
8:00- 1/2 beet burger from Go Raw Cafe
9:00- 1 cucumber and 1/4 red onion chopped with a tbsp olive oil and himalayan pink salt
10:00- 2 oz wheat grass; coconut water
11:30- 24 oz juice- carrot apple romain lemon

Carrot Apple Lemon Romaine Juice Prep 



Wednesday
9:30- lemon water
10:30- 1 apple; 1 orange
12:30- smoothie; cherry vanilla banana coconut water & flesh date
3:00- cucumber onion avocado himalayan pink salt
4:30- veggie sushi from Go Raw Cafe (almond cheese, sprouts, carrots, avocado, tomato, cucumber, enoki mushrooms, yam rice, garlic and ginger)
6:00- berry bowl; blueberries raspberries
8- lemon water
9:30- 32 oz Our Daily Juice
Veggie Sushi


Thursday 
10:00- lemon water
12:00- 12 oz juice; grapefruit orange lemon
1:30- 16 oz Our Daily Juice
3:00- 16 oz Our Daily Juice- rest of jar from earlier
3:30- banana
5:00- 12 oz lemon water
6:30 Dinner at Go Raw Cafe; flax crackers with guacamole and salsa, tomato mushroom soup, half mediterranean pizza

Friday
10:30- water
11:30- 16 oz juice; orange grapefruit lemon
1:00- 8 oz orange juice with pHresh greens 
2:30- 32 oz Our Daily Juice; 2 oz wheat grass
From 3-6:30 we packed a lunch and went to the park- Cucumber tomato salad with himalayan pink salt; bananas; fruit salad-strawberry pineapple blackberries
7:30- Salad; romaine cucumber carrot tomato red onion; olive oil, salt and pepper

Cucumber Tomato Salad



Saturday- I was at the casino from 3pm- 10pm... I came home hungry 
10:30- lemon water
12:00- 12 oz smoothie; strawberry banana orange date pHresh greens 
1:00- 2 oz wheat grass; 8 oz juice orange grapefruit lemon 
3:00- 32 oz green juice; apple carrot kale cilantro parsley ginger turmeric lemon
5:00- apple
10:00- *clean cheat* steamed broccoli with sautéed garlic in coconut oil and unheated extra virgin olive oil drizzled afterwards; baked sweet potato with raw wild honey and cinnamon

Sunday
10:30- lemon water
12:30- 32 oz juice; grapefruit orange ginger parsley
2:30- 16 oz smoothie;  banana cherry cacao nutritional essentials vanilla flesh and water of 1 young thai coconut dates
5:00- carton of blueberries
10:30- *BUMP* I went too long without eating and caved to cravings.. After Kiersten was sleeping I ordered DOMINOS! a large cheese pizza and ate 4 slices. 

Monday, March 25
10:00- lemon water
12:00- 32 oz juice; grapefruit orange ginger parsley cilantro lemon
2:00- 12 oz lemon water
3:00- 32 oz juice; carrot apple spinach turmeric parsley lemon
5:30- 1 banana
6:30- fresh pineapple chunks
7:00- dinner at Go Raw Cafe; 2 oz e3Live shot, tomato mushroom soup, flax crackers with salsa and guacamole, half zucchini pasta, coconut, vanillabana


        Kiersten enjoying her zucchini pasta :)                       Tomato Mushroom Soup


 Coconut <3


Of course I didn't order Domino's when Kiersten was awake, I would never subject her to such poison. When she eats pizza its at least organic. 
I didn't feel good about eating it but its not good to eat in stress so I refused to let myself feel bad at the moment and enjoyed every bite. Although towards the end it started tasting pretty gross and I definitely will not be doing that again any time soon. <3 
Monday was not a good day for me I felt like crap most of the day, stomach pains and kind of depressed. I 100% contribute it to the massive amounts of chemicals I ate the night before. My body is definitely not use to that. 
Im pretty optimistic so I tend to find the good in every situation and like to think these bumps in the road will help me along my path and only make me stronger! 
One bad meal wont make you sick, just like one good meal wont make you healthy, and I plan on way more good than bad in my future. 

Until next week

-Eat love, Live love