One evening while flipping through channels I landed on Shark Tank and low and behold my prayers were answered. A man was pitching an easy way to open a coconut. He called it the Coco Jack. His target market was raw foodies. Needless to say the Sharks didn't invest, but I sure did!
I went online and purchased one right away. Before I would have the workers at the market I shopped at open the coconuts and pour it into a 1/2 gallon jug, but now I am so glad that I found a way to easily and quickly crack open coconuts.
I also get some help from my personal coconut jacker @chefEd... Thanks honey!
I know that most people purchase coconut water in the can, but canned coconut water is pasteurized and has lost much of its nutritional value just like most juices that have been pasteurized. Unless you are purchasing raw coconut water, which is uber expensive, I think you're wasting your money and might as well just drink filtered water.
It is generally agreed that coconut water is the most pure form of water on Earth. The water in the coconut is slowly filtered through the whole tree for nine months (sound familiar), making it a pure, sterile source of hydration.
Coconut water contains nature's perfect electrolyte balance, as well as enzymes and vitamins. The water is extremely similar to human blood -- it is virtually identical to the plasma, which, combined with hemoglobin (red blood cells), is blood.
I'm always reminding green smoothie enthusiasts of the importance of rotating your greens. There is more to life than spinach and kale.
This beauty right here is one of those best kept secret powerhouse greens.
Bok Choy is a cruciferous vegetable related to the cabbage, broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts and offers the same protective, rejuvenating properties.
The anticancer properties of cruciferous vegetables are well documented. Bok Choy contains a higher amount of vitamin A than other cabbages and protects the liver from aging damage from sugar, alcohol, and medications as it is stored in higher amounts in this organ.
It's high content of beta-carotene (2,682 mcg per 1 1/2 cups) that can be converted to vitamin A helps fight toxins and premature aging.
From where I'm sitting it's still the middle of winter.
Winter would be my favorite season if it weren’t for the fact that it is the time of year when fat cells decide that they want to accumulate and store themselves on my body (especially thighs, belly and buttocks) for insulation for the next 3 months.
So I'm reminding myself that I need to get prepared for my summer body with these tips:
1 - Eat your protein first - It helps reduce blood
sugar surge that usually occurs after eating refined carbs. But more
importantly, when you eat carbohydrates first, a “message” about a
potential lack of fat and protein is sent to your body’s digestive
system, and it will store more “fat” for use later. Why? Because your
body is worried that it will starve so it wants to maintain a reserve of
2 - Enjoy smaller meals - It makes a big difference to your energy when eating smaller meals more often.
3 - Make time for Exercise - Muy importante - no more excuses
4 - Get your Sleep - Ideally getting to bed by 10pm is the goal, but who does that?
5 - Fiber Intake - There is not enough time in the day to consume the amount of fiber the body needs for proper elimination. The average person needs 28-34 grams of fiber per day. I would be chewing all day to get that. That is why I created Clean Sweep. That way I can ensure I get enough fiber in my diet.
6 - Stay Hydrated - keep a 16oz bottle of water at your desk or near by and drink at least 3 per day.
7 - Take weekly Seaweed Baths - Seaweed has the ability to detox the body by removing heavy metals, radioactive chemicals, toxins and free radicals. It helps to tone the skin tissue and improves circulation to reduce cellulite. It acts as a catalyst to remove excess water from the body and help maintain your healthy weight loss program.
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I'm Lake Louise. I will be sharing with you the most
delicious and nutritious recipes that are designed to help your body
with its natural daily elimination process.
All of the recipes are gluten-free, super food focused and most of all delicious.