barley bean burgers & roasted beets with fresh thyme :)
Here are some awesome facts about avocados!
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Avocados provide all of the essential amino acids, with 18 amino acids in all, plus 7 fatty acids, including Omega 3 and 6. Avocados contain more protein than cow’s milk. A small avocado will provide more usable protein then a steak because cooked protein in meat is denatured and mostly unavailable to our liver, the organ that makes all of our body’s protein.
Ripe, raw avocados furnish all the elements we need to build the highest quality protein in our bodies. Avocado is an enzymatically-alive fruit, it ranks as the most easily digested rich source of fats and proteins in whole food form. The ripening action “predigests” complex proteins into simple, easily digested amino acids. (From Living Nutrition Magazine Vol. 11 http://www.livingnutrition.com)
Other than avocados, where can a person get their protein?
Out of the 22 amino aids found in the body, 8 must be derived from food. All 8 are abundantly available in raw plant food, especially greens. As suggested by David Wolfe, “green leafed veggies are the true body builders.”
Examples of animals who build enormous musculature on green leafy vegetation include: gorilla, giraffe, hippo, elephant, horse. People think they need flesh protein to build flesh protein. If that were true then cows would need to eat flesh to get protein. Usable protein is the key.
Cooking denatures protein molecular structure and creating free radicals, which destroy enzymes, amino acids & other cellular elements.
Peeling the banana.
Tossing the salad.
Squeezing the melons.
Zeroing in on a grown man’s nuts and nutsack.
Putting Monsanto in yoursanto.
Ordering the split pea soup.
Sorry, that’s got ham.
1. You haven’t reached the magic 2-year mark yet. (Or if you have, then you haven’t reached the 11-year mark yet…) If you aren’t getting results, you simply haven’t been on the program long enough. Just hang in there awhile longer. (After all, natural methods take more time.)
2. You aren’t sick, you’re just going through a healing or detox crisis. There is no such thing as being sick if you’re doing the program right. When you are getting better the body has more energy for “toxic elimination episodes.” Be patient, wait it out some more. (And some more, and some more…)
3. If you are feeling bad, that’s actually good. It means your body is making needed adjustments and detoxifying years of bad habits that have gunked your body up. Do you really expect that to feel good? The worse you feel the better you are getting, and the more it means needed good things are happening to set your body straight.
4. You aren’t trying hard enough. You just gotta have more discipline and be more pure! Even one chocolate bar a year could be too much junk and block your body from succeeding.
5. You’re trying TOO hard. You could be doing everything right, but if your mental attitude is too uptight your body won’t be given the chance to heal properly.
6. You’ve got bad heredity or weren’t breastfed long enough. The damage has been done. (You poor sucker.)
7. If your body is adversely reacting to things more than before, it is only because you are becoming more refined and sensitive. Don’t forget, the more cleaned-out you get, the less your body can handle the bad stuff—which is as it should be. Your body is trying to tell you something: you should take the hint and move to Guam where you won’t have to be bothered by anything at all.
8. You’re not doing things the RIGHT WAY (which is the ONE TRUE WAY I subscribe to). You should be eating more fruit in your diet—humans were originally fruitarian, you know. And fasting for 7 days really isn’t long enough—you’ve got to go for at least 10 to 14 days to get into the truly rejuvenative phase. Also, you’re eating too many dead, cooked foods—gotta eat more live, raw stuff. But some people should try LESS fruit in their diet—too much can wreak havoc with your blood sugar making you tired all the time. Or DON’T fast at all—perhaps your reserves are too low and you need to rebuild your body first before you ought to attempt any fasting. Or maybe you need to try MORE cooked foods like potatoes and squashes in your diet—you can’t get enough energy from an all-raw diet, the calories just aren’t there.
9. You need to be combining your proteins correctly. All essential amino acids have to be present at the same meal to ensure utilization. Combine beans with rice, potatoes with pasta, papayas with pumpkins, andso on.
10. Nope, don’t do that, because if you are combining proteins with starches like potatoes and pasta, none of it will digest efficiently. Different foods require different digestive secretions which are sometimes incompatible. You need to be combining foods for best DIGESTION, not for PROTEIN complementarity. Besides, more modern research has shown the existence of a recirculating amino acid pool in the body that makes protein combining obsolete.
11. You’re not getting enough trace minerals. Modern farming methods have eroded and stripped our topsoil and depleted it of essential elements. Spend more money on premium-priced organic foods raised with regenerative agriculture.
12. Grow your own SPROUTS! It’s the only way you can ensure you’re getting REALLY live, unadulterated foods with a high vitamin content.
13. No, you should eat ALGAE instead! Sprouts grown in jars aren’t getting the benefit of minerals in soil or if they are grown in trays the soil is probably depleted. Algae is the richest source of all known elements since everything drains into the lakes and oceans including the topsoil destroyed by modern farming.
14. Pollution. You can’t expect to feel perfect if you live in a city.
15. You need to move to the tropics. The human species originally evolved there and is not suited for the temperate zones everyone lives in now.
16. You’re overlooking the crucial importance of vigorous exercise. Get out and walk, run, bicycle, swim, do aerobics, whatever. (But don’t breathe the city air if you live there.) You can’t expect to have energy if you don’t exert it.
17. Huh-uh. You’re doing TOO MUCH exercise! Anything more than slow walking is excessive. The body wasn’t meant to run long distances or do unnatural exercises like bicycling that weren’t around when the species was evolving. Too much peak performance depletes you and siphons off energy the body could be using for healing purposes. Walking is better than running, sitting better than standing (causes varicose veins), reclining or frequent napping best of all. (Remember, cats sleep 18 to 20 hours a day, and look at the bursts of energy they are capable of.) Be nice to yourself, slow down, relax, sleep more, do nothing.
18. Modern life is too stressful. Quit your job, learn to meditate. In general, tune in, turn on, drop out, and trust things to come to you. If you love enough, the universe will support you. If it won’t, it’s proof you’re selfish and thinking about yourself too much.
19. Insecticides and herbicides are poisoning you. Make sure to wash your produce carefully!
20. You might be low on vitamin B-12 so DON’T wash your produce! When eating natural unwashed produce you get B-12 from the microorganisms in the dirt on it. Since vegetarians don’t get B-12 from animal sources, and all B-12 is ultimately manufactured by bacteria anyway, it’s important not to wash your food TOO carefully.
21. Drink only distilled water. Even bottled spring water has inorganic minerals dissolved in it that the body can’t assimilate and that will only clog up your system. Distilled water leaches out toxins and helps purify your system.
22. No, no, no! You shouldn’t be drinking ANY distilled water! It’s artificially man-made and like a solvent that ROBS your body of important minerals. Drink spring water!
23. Wait! Don’t drink any water at all—eat a high-water-content diet! Humans are NOT drinking animals. (Do we lap like dogs? Of course not!) Having to drink any water at all is a pathological sign. If you eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables you will get all the water your body needs, and in a purified form perfect for your body.
24. You might be getting too much protein at the expense of carbohydrates in your diet. Protein doesn’t give you energy—carbohydrates do! Human breast milk is only 5% protein—and growing babies do fine on it! Too much protein requires calcium to metabolize the excess, which robs your bone reserves and leads to osteoporosis anyway. Don’t worry about protein, focus on carbs!
25. You may need to add several ounces of nuts or seeds to your diet since you might NOT be getting adequate protein. Vegetarians have pooh-poohed protein for too long. Newer research shows it really is important after all. Nuts and seeds are the only ALL-RAW high-protein source.
26. You shouldn’t be eating ANY nuts and seeds. Actually, you can get enough protein without them if you are doing other things right. And in addition to causing all that bad mucus, nuts and seeds overstimulate the sexual system, leading to excessive sexual activity (any is probably too much) which drains your energy.
27. You’re eating too much. Overeating is the worst dietary sin and overwhelms the digestive system so it can’t absorb nutrients efficiently. Also, since even the best of nature’s foods have naturally occurring levels of toxins, you should eat as little as you possibly can of them to make sure you aren’t ingesting anything more than is absolutely necessary.
28. You’re probably not eating enough. Many vegetarians get too few calories because they don’t eat enough. If you eat mostly all raw foods, it is impossible to overeat anyway.
29. You aren’t spiritual enough. Finally, never forget that vegetarianism is an entire way of life. You can’t focus just on food and expect to get complete results. Only people who are really evolved can be vegetarians.
A former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist has come forward with a startling tale of how a substance known as “pink slime” has been embedded in about 70 percent of ground beef sold in the U.S. — a topic ABC News investigated for a segment Wednesday night.
“Pink slime” is largely made up of connective tissue that used to be reserved only for dog foods. It was not classified as “meat” because it was largely seen as unfit for human consumption. It also contains ammonia, which is used to kill off bacteria so people who eat it do not get sick.
But in the early 90s, former undersecretary of agriculture Joann Smith decided that it was meat, allowing it to enter the human food chain. When she left her post in 1993, she immediately took a job with Beef Products, Inc. on their board of directors.
The meat industry now refers to it as “lean finely textured beef,” but in a government memo USDA scientist Gerald Zirnstein coined the term “pink slime,” which now appears to have stuck. Zirnstein and fellow former USDA scientist Carl Custer told ABC News that it has become so prolific, “pink slime” can now be found in approximately 70 percent of U.S. ground beef.
Unsurprising. Why do you think meat is so cheap in America? What makes burgers so cheap? What makes it such a staple? Cheapened production by all these means improves output and satisfies the huge demand (brought in turn by the low price). The rest of the developed world cannot compare in its price of meat to what is normal in America. The industry feeds demand, keeps price low, and is allowed to out whatever crap in the meat to make more of it.
Can you tell I prefer higher meat prices? Meat shouldn’t be a staple food to Americans. The price to the consumer should reflect the importance of it in the human diet. As it is, the industry provides the choice between expensive steaks and cheap burgers, which decides the issue for the majority of Americans who live from paycheck to paycheck.
looool. This just reminds me of all those times people ask me if I “miss meat.” Not really, son. Not fucking really.
Jamie Kilstein: Vegans (Live From The Steve Allen Theatre) (by jamiekilstein)