There is the popular saying that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Lets just say there is no one prescription or time frame for all. When it comes to our health, it’s important to recognize that creating good habits is a process.
When forming a new habit, the brain actually creates new neural pathways. These neural pathways become stronger the longer you hold a habit, eventually turning a habit into a natural practice.
Lets say you have been wanting to create healthier eating habits. Look at the individual actions around your eating and create one simple plan at a time.
If eating more raw living foods is something that interests you, commit to making raw foods one of your daily meals. Over several weeks that raw meal will begin to feel normal. Preparing it, eating it and digesting it will no longer feel new. Something very cool happens when we commit to doing the same thing over and over again, it becomes just a part of how we live.
Sometimes having the knowledge to do what we want isn’t always enough. We need tools to take an idea and turn it into a practice. You can apply this to all areas of your life.
Forming a better relationship with the foods you eat requires three things: Knowledge, Good Habits and Commitment.
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Perhaps, you’ve noticed that suddenly cold pressed, raw, organic juice is EVERYWHERE. The raw juice trend speaks of our growing consciousness towards food and our desire to feed ourselves more wisely. It’s exciting to have so many juice options! But not all juice is created equal. Know what you are drinking and why. Here are some things to know if you are new to the practice!
Pasteurized Juice uses high temperatures to kill any bacteria in the juice. The process of pasteurization comes in handy for big food company that distributes their foods across the country. In this way, juice can be preserved and last for a long time. The majority of juices sold in grocery stores have all been pasteurized. The problem with pasteurized juice is that it maintains its sugar content, but lacks its original nutrient content. Pasteurized juice is the lowest quality of juice in terms of nutritional benefits. It is focused on preservation not health.
HPP (High Pressure Processed)
HPP juice does not use heat but instead high pressure which inactivates certain enzymes by slowing down their chemical processes. This causes the food to deteriorate. The nutrients of the juice are not completely diminished by this process, so it allows the juice to maintain a partial natural state but keeps the juice safe for short shelf life. HPP is a great option for those on the go without daily access to cold-pressed juices.
Cold Pressed Juice
Cold Press Juice extracts juice by first crushing fruits and vegetables and then pressing. This process does not interfere with the natural state of the juice and keeps all nutrients in tact. This juice has a very limited shelf life and should be enjoyed within a few days of being pressed. You are getting raw, unprocessed juice that is full of nutrients. If you don’t have a juicer or don’t have time to juice at home, cold pressed is your best friend.
When it comes to juicing, Fresh is best!
When juice is first pressed the quality of nutrients within the juice are at their highest. Consuming juice as fresh as possible will offer the greatest benefits. If you think you are getting away with a great deal on a pasteurized green juice from the grocery store, think again. The amount of healing nutrients that go into a fresh juice are unmatched. You can spend half the money, and your wallet will benefit, but your body won’t. Choose organic cold pressed whenever you can.
Here’s a tip for How to Start Juicing!
Before you go out and buy the right juicer, put yourself on a one month juice plan. Get your body used to drinking raw juice regularly. If you decide you really want to commit to juicing, then go buy the juicer. Begin gradually… Juicing is a time consuming, messy process, so don’t overwhelm yourself. Try juicing at home 2 days a week and then treat yourself to a cold-pressed juice the other days. Do your best and let Urban Remedy support you with the rest.
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.
People avoid gluten for a variety of reasons: celiac disease, intolerance, or for general good health. Eliminating such an ubiquitous ingredient from your diet can be challenging, so a number of food producers have begun manufacturing alternatives to traditionally wheat-based foods.
These products don’t appeal to everyone, however, due to their higher cost and processed content. Fortunately, there are a number of simple, affordable substitutes you can create using only vegetables.
Instead of noodles: Zucchini or Spaghetti Squash
- Using a julienne slicer, create long shreds of zucchini. These can be stir-fried, or briefly boiled (one minute) and topped with sauce.
- Instead of lasagna noodles, use a mandoline slicer to create thin slices of zucchini. Layer as you would noodles in lasagna or casseroles.
- Tip: To reduce the moisture in the zucchini “noodles” before you cook, lightly salt them and place between paper towels or cheesecloth for 15 minutes.
- Instead of spaghetti noodles, simply bake a spaghetti squash and top with the sauce of your choice.
Instead of bread: Leafy Greens
- Use lettuce, kale, or other greens to wrap burgers instead of using buns.
How to create a perfect lettuce (or kale) burger wrap
- Use large-leaf greens to create wraps in lieu of sandwiches and tacos.
Instead of crackers or chips: Vegetable slices
- Skip the rice crackers or corn chips and dunk slices of cucumber, carrot, or other vegetables into the dip of your choice.
- If you have a dehydrator, you can create crispy chips from sliced sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, parsnips. Simply slice, lightly salt, and dehydrate.
Instead of croutons: Nuts
- To add some crunch to your salad, opt for high-protein nuts instead.
With a few simple swaps you will be well on your way to eating a lighter, healthier, less processed gluten-free diet. Have any clever substitutions of your own? Share them in the comments!