Because the word holistic is so freely used these days, I find myself using finger quotes every time I say, “holistic.”
The term has earned its badge amongst wellness communities because it seeks to further our understanding of health. It challenges us to move beyond the, “treat the symptom,” model.
The holistic model is based upon healing at a whole level. When you give your body, mind and spirit what it needs to feel happy, whole and healthy, there is nothing else. There is the saying, “When the diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when the diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” Food as medicine connects us to our roots and invites us to have a deeper connection to the land and the foods we eat.
At Urban Remedy, we are more than a juice brand. We are a holistic lifestyle brand.
In choosing the word holistic, we are acknowledging that good health is built on wisdom, practice and commitment. Finding your path is not always easy. We understand that having the knowledge to make better choices is what empowers people. We love that our commitment to understanding health and healing at a core level is something we can share with you.
So when we toss that word, “holistic,” out there, we are really saying,… “Hey, there is a deeper relationship you can build with yourself, with the foods you eat and with the world around you. If you are committed to a truly holistic lifestyle we are committed to you.
There is a whole slew of information out about organic vs. conventional. For every reason not to opt for organic, there is a better reason why you should opt for it. Think about it for yourself…
Is organic food really better?
Yes! The idea behind conventional farming is that we are enhancing the growth of a plant with chemicals and then applying more chemicals so that the plant remains perfect until it is harvested. You may recall your mother saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There was no mention of organic in that line, right? That’s because we didn’t need to use the word organic. Food used to be grown much more simply. In other words, everything was organic without even being labeled as such.
Organic foods are growing in popularity.
Many conventional grocery stores now have their own organic section. Why? Because consumers have demanded it. This growing movement towards organic is basically stating that people care about what they put into their bodies. It is common sense to eat organic foods and juices.
Non Organic foods contain pesticides and toxins.
The body so beautifully and naturally filters out toxins, BUT the problem lies within the fact, that if your regular diet contains pesticides, you may be overloading your system with an accumulation of too many toxins. When this happens, the organs that function to detoxify the body become weakened. This can lead to a variety of health ailments. Even the EPA considers a high percentage of pesticides to be carcinogenic.
Organic Foods Help to Detoxify
Strengthen your liver, the powerhouse of detoxification. If you can’t commit to organic 100% of the time, create ways to help your body detox. Daily intake of organic juice is incredibly cleansing and alkalizing. Start your day with a raw green juice on an empty stomach to flush toxins, support your immune system and jumpstart your digestion each morning. A 5 day cleanse, once seasonally will help support your liver and overall health.
Know where your food is coming from and how its grown.
Visit a local organic farm. Research farm to table delivery services. Locate your nearest Farmer’s Market. Find out how to regularly access the best food for you and your family.
Grow your own food.
Explore how you can eat within your climate and season by growing your own foods. Perhaps down the road, you’ll be inspired to transform that (beautiful yet purposeless) lawn around your house into a garden space. Imagine driving through a neighborhood and seeing food growing everywhere. You can change the world by starting with how you live in your own little space.
Eating in Season is better for you. We’ve all heard eating seasonally is better for us, as well as better for the environment.But what does that really mean?
Here are some perfect reasons for why eating what’s fresh off the vine is a winning proposition:
9 Great Reasons to Eat Seasonally
- Ripe food is good food.
Plain and simple, it tastes better.
- The fresher your food, the more nutrients.
As days pass, nutrients diminish. When produce is straight from the earth, it’s bursting with living enzymes.
- Foods that travel across the globe are not kind to the environment.
Carrying produce from faraway farms to your local grocery store means a lot of additional miles and jet fuel.
- Say no to fake foods.
Part of the reason farmers spray, plump wax and irradiate foods is because people demand them out of their growing region, out of season. Stick to what’s local, natural and organic.
- Save money.
When things are abundantly grown locally they cost less.
- Support the local economy.
Personally, we’d rather support local farmers than big business.
- Farmer’s markets are fun.
It’s a great way to spend a weekend morning, tasting local bites and buying the freshest possible produce. Try it.
- Expand your cooking horizons.
If you go to a local market and buy what’s fresh, like peaches, corn and radishes, you might put them together in an interesting new salad. It’s a fun way to excite your palate.
- Seasonal foods meet our bodies’ needs.
In the summer, it’s hot, so we’re gifted with nature’s natural coolers: cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelons, nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots, sweet peppers, avocados, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes and chard.
We use food to satisfy.We use food to nourish. We use food to celebrate. We use food to honor.
When a life is brought into this world and when a life leaves this world we bring food to others’ tables.
Creating a beneficial relationship with food changes us. Food is one of the biggest parts of life, because it sustains life. Food is medicine. Lovingly preparing food to soothe and nourish others is a wonderful gift. This simple snack recipe happens to be well loved by children and adults alike.
The Raw Crispy Treat was created as a balancing snack. It has been used to tame hungry children, to soothe anxiety attacks and to mend broken hearts. It has been used for athletes who need quick yet sustainable energy. It has been enjoyed time and again for the simple fact that it tastes so good. Fortified with loads of protein and nutritional benefits, it just might be the yummiest protein bar ever created!
Raw Crispy Treat Proten Bar
Author: Urban Remedy
Recipe type: Snack
- 2 cups of Almond Butter
- ½ cup of Raw Honey
- 1 cup Puffed Quinoa
- Himalayan Pink Salt
- Lemon Zest or Shredded Coconut
- Combine 2 cups of Almond Butter (or preferred nut/seed butter) with ½ cup of raw honey.
- Mix in 1 cup of puffed quinoa (gently heat raw quinoa in a skillet until quinoa becomes crispy).
- Spread evenly into a small square pan.
- Drizzle honey over the top and generously sprinkle with hemp seeds or chia seeds.
- Finish with a dusting of Himalayan pink salt.
- *Optional* add freshly lemon zest or shredded coconut
- Let set in the freezer until firm, then cut into squares and serve.
No matter your vantage point, we can all agree that water is a vital resource. The fact that we can turn on the faucet and get clean water is a luxury which we should take the time to be grateful for! It can easily be overlooked.
But even more overlooked, is the idea that the clean water we take for granted may be more and more exposed to environmental pollutants.
We encourage you to drink enough water and to live healthy. But, as traces of pesticides, metals and pharmaceutical drugs are showing up in our tap water, we implore you not only to drink enough, but to make sure you are drinking enough pure water without all the extras.
Here are some healthy tips for better drinking water.
- Set up a water filtration system to help purify your tap water
- Tap into the National Drinking Water Database to learn more about the drinking water in your area
- Choose safe reusable water bottles
- Detox, squeeze a little lemon into your drinking water or infuse your water with fruit
- Be aware, the quality of bottled water is often no better than tap water and bottled water unnecessarily contributes to more waste
Water runs through all of life and knowing that our bodies consist of mostly water, we ought think about preserving the quality and quantity of water here on earth. As we face a water deficit, think of ways that you can reduce the amount of water you use and improve the quality of the water you do use.
So often we encounter products to put onto our bodies that promote better skin, but it is also important to consider what we are putting into our bodies.
If we neglect to honor the needs of our body, if we neglect to nourish our whole self, the tell-tale signs appear on our skin. Our skin communicates our internal health.
It has many functions, but it so importantly holds everything together; Literally, it is what protects our internal body from the external world. The skin, although it is a superficial organ, draws its health from our overall health. When you begin paying attention to your body’s needs and understand how to care for your skin from that vantage point, you can also begin to delve into the other arenas of your life that contribute to the quality of your skin.
Focus on the things you love about your skin, on what purpose it serves, and create healthier habits to promote vibrant skin from the inside out.
5 Tips for Gorgeous Summer Skin:
- Nourish! This summer is an ideal time to create a daily juice habit or opt for a juice cleanse. The living nutrients in juice supply your internal organs with a potent dose of vitamins and minerals. Getting gorgeous skin starts with what you put in your body.
- Commit to H2O! Drink half of your body weight in ounces each day.
- Put on a Mask! Try one of these simple at home recipes: Raw Honey, Papaya and Lemon -or- Avocado, Lemon and Coconut oil. These at home masks are perfectly hydrating and balancing for the needs of your skin this summer.
- Move! Boosting circulation through exercise helps to support a that glow.
- Breath! Healthy glowing skin requires oxygen rich blood. Oxygen rich blood can also be promoted through a living foods diet, which raw juice easily offers.
Although cucumbers hold the reputation of being a vegetable, they are in fact a fruit. A fruit with a big wow factor. They contain most of the daily required vitamins and minerals your body needs. These edible powerhouses will help trim your waistline, nourish your internal health at a cellular level and brighten your complexion.
Get your cucumber fix with a 16 ounce dose of our Brainiac.
Watermelon is incredibly cleansing and cooling. Help your body flush out toxins and remain hydrated especially on hot days. Don’t miss the return of our seasonal Watermelon Cucumber Juice – in stores now!
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that support your immune system, nervous system and brain. Eat them fresh, put them in a smoothie or enjoy a satisfying meal replacement such as the Green Berry Shake, loaded with so much heath benefiting goodness.
Dark Leafy Greens
The vibrant dark green leaves of chard are packed full of phytonutrients that support your overall health. Chard helps to regulate your blood sugar, boosts immunity and promotes alkalinity. Add a daily Dynamo to your diet this week to get an extra dose of dark leafy greens!
Carrots and a glowing complexion go hand and hand. All that power of Vitamin C under the influence of Beta Carotene will totally rock your skin this summer. Got Beam?
With their subtle personality and bold benefits, avocados are the perfect food for your skin. The tender green meat of the avocado is loaded with Omega-9 fats, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Which basically means, avocados will help your skin maintain healthy moisture levels, promote the production of elastin and collagen and inevitably keep the wrinkles at bay. A mid-day salad filled with avocado makes the perfect summer lunch. Order your Zen Salad today!
What do you have planned this summer? There is a good chance you would like to look and feel your best for not only that, but for every day before and after.
Achieving optimal beauty and a fit body year round is always on our to do list, but summer seems to be the ideal motivator. At Urban Remedy, we want to give you the tools and resources to achieve your summer body.
Get a jump start with our summer promotion and save up to 25% on all juice cleanses, wellness kits, snacks, and more!
1) Visit https://www.urbanremedy.com
2) Choose your favorite certified organic juices, shakes, or raw snacks
3) Enter code “Summerbody” at check-out
There is a bit of fine print of course:
This offer is valid online only
“Summerbody” offer expires June 22, 2014
The discount is not applicable to shipping costs
We sweat, we hydrated, we noshed, and we had a blast with our friends at Soul Cycle!
Urban Remedy kicked-off summer at Soul Cycle Malibu with the Co-founders of SoulCycle, Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, special guest Cindy Crawford and Urban Remedy’s founder, Neka Pasquale L.Ac M.S.
The dynamic Malibu community came together to ride and munch on an assortment of Urban Remedy’s raw ready-to-eat meals, snacks and cold-pressed juices.
Summer health and wellness was top-of-mind as Neka Pasquale shared a few of her summer health and wellness tips to staying fit, lean and energized:
- Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate again. Fresh green juices have naturally occurring minerals and electrolytes to hydrate at a cellular level.
- Eat seasonal fresh organic summer foods that are high in antioxidants and help boost your metabolism like blueberries, acai and dark leafy greens. Look for foods with a vibrant color and you will know they are full of antioxidants – eat the rainbow!
- Watch-out for juices with a high glycemic index (keep your sugar intake low). The greener the better.
- Keep your body moving and mix up your routine: Soul Cycle, swim, jump rope and chase your kiddos at the park. Participate in an activity that makes you happy.
The fun filled day was as delicious at it was healthy. See more of our fun day below!
At Urban Remedy, we have noticed the negative stigma attached to salads, and are just curious: What gives?! Salads can be delicious, nutritious, fresh, and a great weapon against weight gain. Here are a few helpful hints for how to get the most out of your salads.
Bye Bye Bread: Eating bread is one of the worst ways you can start a meal. Packed with gluten (unless you are eating a gluten-free variety), bread expands in your stomach filling you up, but with simple carbohydrates that spike your metabolism. These simple carbs diminish your immediate appetite, but leave you starving 30 minutes later. Instead, starting your dinner with a salad course layers your stomach with leafy-green roughage, leaving you still hungry for the main event. Roughage is also rich in fiber (a mineral with laxative properties) to keep your regular digestion on track.
Oil-based Dressings: Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, meaning they dissolve in fat. So, if your diet eliminates all fats, these vitamins will have a hard, if not impossible, time absorbing into your body. The best way to combat this problem? Use oil-based salad dressings. Olive or nut oils are packed with omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind of cholesterol), and provide your body with the best kinds of fats to aid vitamin absorption.
Mix those Greens: Different kinds of leafy greens sport different benefits. Mixing a variety of different leafy greens into your bowl bumps up the number of vitamins and minerals your are getting out of one meal. Plus, having this variety of flavor keeps the palate interested, so your salad doesn’t taste boring. At Urban Remedy, our Zen Salad and Shredded Kale Salad apply this mixing method for ultimate health benefits and taste bud satisfaction.
Don’t dread your salad! Just keep is fun and fresh, and you’re sure to be weight-free and flavor-happy!