The power of Juicing

Juicing is the best way to ingest large amount of living dense foods and nutrients in your body. We live in an era where food isn’t as rich as it used to be, the soil has less nutrients because of intensive farming and production. To get all the nutrients needed we need more whole food. Raw, or not, you need a lot of living foods to feel your best, plus, juicing heals and has been proven to cure people with severe diseases. We are fortunate enough to have the technology to extract the nutrients from food and separate them from the insoluble fibers. This way you won’t eat and chew all day long to achieve your vitamins and minerals intake. There are some things you should know about juicing, and what not, to get the best results, so let’s discuss about it.

Fibers
There are two types of fibers found in fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber and insoluble. When you juice, the insoluble fiber is removed. This is the thicker fiber like the skin and the “filaments” just like in celery. The main objective of the insoluble fiber is to “trigger” the digestive system by chewing. Just like the smoothies, when you juice, you have to “chew” or swirl the liquid in your mouth to trigger the digestive system. The positive part about not having the insoluble fibers, in comparison with smoothies where you keep all the fibers, is that it’s easier on your system, you have less material in your gut and stay in a “fasting” state. Therefore, I highly suggest that a green juice should be your first “meal”. The soluble fiber is the pulp found in fruits and vegetables. This is what feeds the healthy bacteria in the gut, the probiotics. This is the fiber you need for digestion and to prevent all kind of digestive disorders. When you juice, you keep the soluble fiber.

Fruits
You should juice greens rather that fruits. You will have too much sugar as a result of juicing fruits. It’s still better than buying a commercial fruit juice of course. But if you do, mix it up with some water. The best fruits to juice are: Green apples with greens, Watermelon is good, organic is best; you should juice the skin of the watermelon which contains more nutrients than the red part! Otherwise, for best results and healing proprieties, juice greens.

Greens
Celery, cucumbers, wild greens and dark leafy greens, like Kale and Spinach, should be the base if you are juicing greens. Add ginger and lemon to a green juice will highly enhance flavours and medicinal proprieties in green juice.

Food combination
Some foods aren’t compatible with others and you should be careful. Leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables go with everything. Herbs, spices, citrus and ginger are neutral. Carrots should only be mixed with green apples and ginger. For the most part, stay in a category and do not go crazy with too much ingredients.

Buying a Juicer
There are a lot of different kind of juicers in the market and it can be a struggle to choose which one is best. Some are better to juice fruits, other greens. Some are versatile and you can use to also crunch ingredients like seeds and nuts or create dough out of sprouted buckwheat for exemple. Depending on your budget you can always find cheap ones. Personally I see it as an investment. I really like the Omega juicers because they are versatile and it’s not going to break easily, in fact, I might have it for the rest of my life! I have the model NC800 HDS which is a “masticating version” that slowly crunch the ingredients without damaging and creating oxydation. I also use it for many culinary options.

 

Recipes


Ginger Blast
50g of Ginger
1 Lemon (with skin if organic)
1 Head of Celery
2-3 Medium size Cucumbers
Handful of Parsley


Carrot “Mineralizer”
7 Carrots
3 Green apples


Chlorophyl Boost
4 cups of Spinach
Handful of Dandelion greens
Handful of Mint
1 Head of Celery
1 Lemon


Total Detox
1 Head of Cilantro
50g of ginger
1 Lime
2 -3 Green Apples
1 Head of Celery


Wild Energy
Handful of Dandelion greens
Handful of Plantains
Handful of Carrot Greens (wild)
3-4 Medium size Cucumbers
1 Lemon
40g of Ginger


Kale & Ginger Turmeric
1/2 a Head of Kale
1/2 a Head of Celery
2-3 Medium size Cucumbers
40g of Ginger
40g of fresh Turmeric
1 Lemon
Pinch of black pepper (highly improve absorption of Turmeric)


I hope you enjoyed this introduction to juicing. Please feel free to share some recipes in the comments and give it a like!

 

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Crispy Cheesy Kale Chips

Raw, dehydrated kale chips is a classic for vegans and raw foodists. It’s super easy to make your own. I’ll show you how to make them perfect! All you need is a dehydrator and a high speed blender / food processor for this recipe.

 

Ingredients:
  • 2 Heads of Kale
  • 300 – 350g of of nuts of your choice
  • 50g of Nutritional Yeast
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of filtered water

 

Recipe:

Soak you nuts over-night or for about 8 to 12 hours.

Wash your kale and remove the leaves from the large main stem. Cut your kale into small to medium bite-size. Put in a salad spinner to remove the water then in a large salad bowl.

In a high speed blender put all the ingredients. nuts, garlic, bell pepper nutritional yeast, lemon juice and the water. Blend until smooth but thick. 

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Make sure the leaves are well covered with the nut mixture.
Spread into dehydrator trays.

Put them in a dehydrator at 110° for 8 to 12 hours.

For conservation I suggest putting them in pot with a close lid, in the refrigerator. They stay crispy for a week.

*If you want them next level, add some Vegan fermented cheese to you mixture!

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Enjoy!

 

My Experience at Earthaven Ecovillage Part 2

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Day 3

9:00AM
The morning was planned to visit the Gateway Barn where Chris built his Micro Hut and gave us lessons about Biochar. Biochar is a charcoal-like material that is produced by pyrolysis of biomass and is often used in permaculture as a soil amendment because of

Biochar-En-page-001.jpgits unique characteristics such as it’s water-holding capacity and is an ideal environment for bacterias to thrive and creating a soil rich in nutrients for the plants. He was explaining all this while cooking a soup on a T-Lud, an eco-friendly stove used to transform wood scrap into charcoal while cooking. He’ll use that charcoal as a fertilizer. Genius! Now just imagine that at a larger scale, you can cook, heat, and make fertilizer for the cost of nothing! Companies now offer this approach, like: Rocket Stove and Champion Stove. There is more information about this on the internet. I recommend this- Youtube channel -to learn more about biochar, and organic gardening:

11:00AM
We then moved to the Council Hall for a little course 101 about renewable energy/electricity with Chris. It was about technics and methods used in solar panel and water turbine system. I can’t say it wasn’t interesting, but it was technics and theories.

12:30PM

After dinner was a presentation about sustainability offered by Lee Warren. She gave us informations about the economy and the economic situation of Earthaven. She explains that being off-grid might be a struggle to some, depending of their financial situation. You might be free of loan and electricity bills, but you still have taxes, some may have depts or need medical services, or need repairs and external needs or luxury.  However, there is no large employers within 20 miles, and local service jobs are mostly 10-15 miles away over winding mountain roads. Jobs must be available onsite nearby. Many community members offer labor to other members and neighbors or the community itself. Several members work offsite. They also have their own local money as well.
She spoke about the decision making process. At Earthaven there is no “leader”. It’s community, everyone is equal. Female and male, black or white (they use the term “Y’all” not “You guys” as equity). They all have the same privilege. The vote has to be almost the unanimity. I don’t know the exact numbers though. If there is members that vote against a decision, there will be a revote and discussions to find an agreement.

3:00PM
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Nature connection with Kimchi. We went for a walk in the Village Terraces. A family-friendly cohousing neighborhood. She offered us some meditation time with nature to reconnect. She brought us to a great kept river and offered that we separate and find a peaceful spot to rest and meditate with the sounds that surround us. “Down by the river you may often have auditory alucinations, some say it’s the ancestors” she said. So I found my spot, dive my feet on the cold water, closed my eyes and meditated. It took only a few seconds until I found my true inner peace. like never before. I felt free.

 

5:30PM

Dinner, then free time. I decided to take it cool, talk , write and go to bed soon. I played some guitar with Dylan, one of the student and we had great conversation in a gazebo-library. And soon I was to bed.

Day 4

7:00AM

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It was my turn with two others in the group to clean up for the next three days, so I had to wake-up earlier. It was nice to participate. Then what was planned for the morning until din013 Earthaven SOIL 2016.JPGner was a Garlic Harvest at the Yellow Farm with Andy. We first did a little Check-in with NikiAnne, went to the farm where we met Andy, a super nice guy. He explained the process for harvesting. Pretty simple but physical.

Then NikiAnne went back at Earthaven wishing us good luck and said that we should interact with each others while working. “Sing, talk and interact with the  person close to you. It’s great to work while having fun!” she said. And so we did! It was amazing experience and we had a BIG harvest. The ole field was done in a little more than two hours. It was a hot sunny day and it was hard work, but we made it pleasant, we had conversations, jokes and signing. Then we went at the farm to prepare the garlic to dry. So basically, we take a bunch and we tie them with a rope to hang them upside down. It was a lengthy process but we did it quite fast after we found our pace.

1:00PM
We were hungry, but first, we had to jump on water. We needed a river, it was so hot! We found a river not that far. It was ice cold, but whatever. I jumped without a doubt. It was soo good. It felt awesome after that. Then we went for dinner. Everyone looked exhaust. I was. I relaxed a bit, as soon as I was able after cleaning-up, I just lied on a bench for 15 minutes. The day was far from done.

2:00PM

For the next part of the day we walked with Kimchi to Hidden Valley in the direction of the Full Circle Farm. Once there we met Leon. Leon is incredible. He has a huge land094 Earthaven SOIL 2016.JPG with multiple buildings. One of them was a beautiful local for meditation. Working 7 days a week and his mind never stops. So when he needs a little brake, he takes some time to meditate. He also has bees, grow mushrooms, has free goats (he doesn’t kill them) and greenhouses everywhere. One acre was used for wild plants and flowers that grow freely for the bees. We learned so much with him, he shared his uniques technics with us. I found funny when he told us what was the best fertilizer. Bee poo. Yep, I know, that’s weird, but it’s real. He dig a hole to show us how rich was the soil made with his own biochar and compost.
He believes that growing food is what we are meant to do on earth. We are a unique specie with hands, a logical mind and abilities to do so. And we are greatly rewarded by doing so. He says he often has visitor that just came back from vacancies by the beach and the only thing he has in mind, and he yells: “NOOO, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GROWING FOOOOOD!” Haha, that was funny. This visit was awesome, it was one of my favourite activity considering the fact that it opened my eyes knowing what a simple family farm can achieve and the possibilities are endless. I learned so much you have no idea.

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6:30PM
Dinner and independent time. We had great conversations with the group, all satisfied ofMead the day. I was also offered some amazing local mead by NikiAnne. The bottle had spiritual design with the Flower Of Life and were identified: Prosperity; Love. I opened a bottle that night and shared with everyone. It was a full moon and some of us decided to take a walk and find a cozy spot to gaze the moon and stars and tell stories. Despite the huge day. I ended up going to sleep late that night, with gratitude for the past day.

 

 

 

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