Wednesday, May 15, 2013



You need at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day (128 oz = 1 gallon) and more if you exercise. Most drinks like coffee, alcohol, tea and soda dehydrate you so your need an extra cup of water just to offset their dehydrating effects.  (This is Biscuit, our Mastiff Mix Pup after a long walk)

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Yummy Raw Brownies

Here is a yummy raw chocolate fudge brownie recipe that I have for a late night snack while I'm watching a movie on the couch. It's always made up in my freezer so I don't reach for other unhealthy snacks. It's healthy, stabilizes my blood sugar and excites my taste buds with just a small portion. This recipe is a slight variation from one in Jennifer Cornbleet's book "Raw Food Made Easy", she's awesome.

1 1/2 cups of walnuts
Dash of salt
11 Medjool dates
1/3 cup unsweetend cocoa powder (or carob powder if you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of water (or coconut milk, which I love!!!)

Put the walnuts and salt in the food processor using the "S" blade until finely ground. Add the dates, cocoa powder and vanilla and process until the mixture sticks together. Finally, add the water and process briefly. Transfer to a flat tupperware container and pat down into a flat fudge-like form with a spatula. I like rolling in balls, my kids love'em.  Keeps for about 4 days in the refrig or 2 weeks in the freezer.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

UNDERSTANDING What to Eat

After consuming a typical meal or snack, your stomach feels full, while your body craves nutrients. You see, chances are that meal was unhealthfully processed. An example of processed food would be a typical junk food like a Danish; you can’t just go out to your garden and pick a Danish off the vine, so therefore the Danish has been processed. White bread is less processed than a Danish, but still unhealthfully processed. You can go out to a field and harvest whole wheat berries, but when the fiber, most of the vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and nutritional value is striped away when making white flour; when a token few synthetic vitamins and minerals are added back; when artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and unhealthful oils are added you are definitely talking about a highly processed food! The same goes for white, refined sugar. Fresh whole fruit, on the other hand, which naturally contains sugar yet also contains a whole lot of nutrients (including fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar), is NOT a processed food.
You get the idea.
Processed food is food that has been drastically altered from its natural state. These fake foods distort your appetite too. It’s hard for you to exceed your caloric requirements with fruits and veggies because of the bulk and satiety you get from these foods, but over-eating unhealthfully processed foods like an entire bag of chips is no problem for some.
To further reduce their nutritional value most processed foods are cooked. When foods are overcooked much of their vitamins and minerals are damaged, or destroyed by heat, as well as their fiber. To make up for this, food manufacturers add nutrients back into the food, except these added vitamins & minerals are replicated in a lab. I’m sure you’ve seen the long list of vitamins and minerals on an unhealthfully processed box of cereal or carton of concentrated orange juice labeled “with calcium”. Adding individual vitamins or minerals can create imbalances with other nutritional factors in our body. The reason why nutrients are packaged the way they are in nature is because they require other nutrients in order to work properly in our body. That’s why they say to take your vitamins with food.
Can you imagine how foreign a single vitamin tablet is to your body? They call these added vitamins and minerals supplements. Just think of the word “supplement”. You are “supplementing ” your diet with something you are not getting enough of through whole food. For people who do not eat well, supplements will not make up for that any better
than “devoid of life” energy pills make up for lack of sleep.
Despite all of the modern advances, the best source of nutrients by far is whole food! It’s always better to correct your diet, than to supplement it. The ideal purpose of my plan (listed in full on my blog) to supply all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients one needs naturally in a readily available form enabling your body to function optimally without additional chemical supplements. More to come...

Copyright 2011 By Kathy Leveque. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

“Oh, and what about those diet pills?”

Please promise me that you’ll stay away from diet pills! Been there, got a tee shirt. These pills speed up your heart rate and give you extreme energy highs and lows. But, your heart muscle never gets a chance to rest! Other muscles in the body that are tired and overworked can rejuvenate with sleep. Therefore, any damage you do to your heart now, will be there for the rest of your life. Plus, something else, nothing you do to control your weight is more important than keeping your liver healthy. Your liver’s main function is to filter toxins from your blood, so diet pills tax the liver since they are full of chemicals your body tries to reject. This distracts the liver from doing its second job of metabolizing FAT and SUGAR. The minute you stop taking these pills, you’ll pack the pounds right back on and then some. No one wants a sluggish liver. Rather than wearing your body down with weight loss pills, take my well worn advice and follow this nutrition plan to radiant wellness and permanent fat loss. See, when the liver is toxic, it dumps toxins into your colon via bile. Then, if your colon is toxic these toxins get reabsorbed into the blood stream and much of them are sent back to the liver and then back to the colon via bile and then back to the liver, etc. . . but to your advantage, The nutrition plan I am posting on my blog supports both colon and liver health.
Copyright 2011 By Kathy Leveque. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Baby Nutrition

Some of my kid's favorite foods include: avocado, hummus, edamame, cheese, green beans, asparagus, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs and almost every variety of fresh fruit especially strawberries, mango, bananas and peaches. I do my best to buy all organic for her, especially her strawberries, potatoes, green vegetables, beets, carrots, free-range eggs and avocado. I peel the peach skin on conventional peaches since the fuzz hold a lot of pesticides. When my kids were 6-14 months old, I made them this smoothie for breakfast every morning. Here is the recipe (feel free to add or remove any ingredients):

2 tablespoons organic baby oatmeal (in box, I use Earth's Best)
1/2 cup whole milk organic yogurt, plain
1/2 banana
2 pieces each of fresh/frozen pineapple, peaches and/or mango
1 teaspoon whole flaxseeds (brain food for babies and helps with digestion)
1/4 avocado (brain food for babies)
1/2 tsp. Vitamineral Green (http://www.healthforce.com)
Dash of water and/or orange juice


Blend all ingredients in the blender or baby mixer until smooth and make sure the flaxseeds are ground very well. Pour it in the sippy cups with the straw attachment if your child is able to sip from a straw. If not, make half the recipe use less water and/or orange juice so it is a bit thicker and you can feed it to them with a spoon. This should be used as a staple in their diet. Avocado, by the way, is one of the healtiest foods for you little one, especially during their brain development, considering the brain is made up of mainly essential fatty acids.
If you have any questions on baby nutrition, I'll be glad to try and answer them. There is also a good book called "Super Baby Food" that you may want to check out.
Kathy

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Eat REAL food!

Processed food is food that has been drastically altered from its natural state. These fake foods distort your appetite too. It’s hard for you to exceed your caloric requirements with fruits and veggies because of the bulk and satiety you get from these foods, but over-eating unhealthfully processed foods like an entire bag of chips is no problem for some.
To further reduce their nutritional value most processed foods are cooked. When foods are overcooked much of their vitamins and minerals are damaged, or destroyed by heat, as well as their fiber. To make up for this, food manufacturers add nutrients & fiber back into the food, hence the term "enriched", except these added vitamins & minerals are replicated in a lab.  I’m sure you’ve seen the long list of vitamins and minerals on an processed box of cereal or carton of concentrated orange juice labeled “with calcium”.  Adding individual vitamins or minerals can create imbalances with other nutritional factors in our body. The reason why nutrients are packaged the way they are in nature is because they require other nutrients in order to work properly in our body. That’s why they say to take your vitamins with food. 
Can you imagine how foreign a single vitamin tablet is to your body? They call these added vitamins and minerals supplements. Just think of the word “supplement”. You are “supplementing ” your diet with something you are not getting enough of through whole food. For people who do not eat well, supplements will not make up for that any better than “devoid of life” energy pills make up for lack of sleep.
Despite all of the modern advances, the best source of nutrients by far is whole food! It’s always better to correct your diet, than to supplement it.