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Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 691
Hello Friends,

(I'm wearing my red cardigan, neighbors!)

We love the raw meals offered up at Laughing Seed Cafe.
http://www.laughingse...­
They're usually around $12/plate, so if that's an issue, you'd be best picking up a salad at the Earthfare salad bar, where they make it a priority to put as much Organic food in the bar as possible. (Likewise, they tell you what is organic!)
http://www.earthfare....­

For Discount Organic Shopping Purposes
There's a place near Biltmore Village called "The Browse In Buy," or I think that's what it was called, or maybe that was a thrift shop we used to go to in Jackson Hole, Wy. Anywho, it's now called "Amazing Savings" and they have tons of Organic products for sale at a reduced cost. Both food based, and skin care, etc. My sense, from last time we shopped there was that they're very much wanting to help out families that have limited budgets.

Amazing Savings
(828) 277-0805
121 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Regarding Appliances:
http://asheville.crai...­
Check back here regularly, as people post daily items they're wanting to get rid of. Alot of times, you can find some amazing things for FREE!

We've been able to acquire these items in this format: Either through NC CList, or California CList.
Older Classic Bicycles
$2000 Valued Water Conditioner - To Soften Well Water
Lots o' Furniture
Bath Salts
Many more things ~

Also, the yoga group is a great idea!

Currently we're actually vacationing up here at the Grove Park Inn. We do Bikrams Yoga from inside our room. I've seen people doing yoga in the parks around town - over in Montford, as well as in this Charlotte St. Grove Park - Park.

Hope that helps all of you seeking these different avenues.

Cheers ~

Micah & Clare
Clare & Micah
Coco & Mico
Mico & Coco
310.593.1165
http://www.GrowAndVes...­
Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 692
Hey everybody,
Vicky Jorgensen is selling equipment at very fair prices. All prices include postage!
VitaMix 4500...$305
Green Star Juicer...$405
Champion Juicer Household...$230
Champion Juicer Commercial...$255
Excalibur 4 tray...$110
Excalibur 5 tray...$180
Excalibur 9 tray...219
Paraflexx Ultra...$10/$11
Paraflexx Premium...$6/$8
Paraflexx disposables...$5/$12/$13
NC tax 6.75%
All orders pre-paid.
For more info, contact Vicky directly at 828.649.3976
Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 751
Can we eat raw food in the cold climate?

By Victoria Boutenko



This is one of the most frequently asked questions about eating raw. People commonly believe that without a bowl of cooked food on a chilly winter day they would not be able to stay warm. I know many persons who quit the raw food lifestyle because they were afraid that they would become too cold during the winter.
Let us take a closer look at this situation. Would a quarter pound of rice physically keep a 160 lbs body warm? In order to get warmed by it, one would have to fill a bathtub with warm rice and sit in it for 20 minutes.

So why do we feel warmer after consuming cooked food?

A hot meal, a cup of coffee or an ice-cold shot of vodka warm our body in the same manner. When any impure substances get into our blood through the walls of the intestines, they irritate our adrenals, the endocrine glands located above the kidneys. The adrenals immediately begin to produce epinephrine, norepinephrine and a variety of steroid hormones. These hormones stimulate our sympathetic nervous system, which is why we feel awake at first. They also force our heart to beat faster and to pump larger amounts of blood through our body, which makes us feel warm. This feeling doesn?t last long and we pay a high price for it. After 10-15 minutes our body gets exhausted from performing extra work, the heart requires rest, the nervous system becomes inhibited, and we feel tired, sleepy and even colder than before. However we remember only the feeling of getting warmer after eating cooked food and repeat such stimulation again and again. This harmful practice wears the body out and by the end of the winter many people feel exhausted and depleted.

Winter after winter of eating quantities of cooked food doesn?t help the human body to withstand cold weather better. On the contrary, weakened adrenals eventually won?t be able to work properly even at warm temperatures. For example, most older people feel cold even in the middle of the summer. Wool socks and sweaters become necessity to them.

Another reason why it is hard for many of us to tolerate cold temperatures is because eating a cooked food diet severely impairs our capillary circulation. According to Dr. Alexander Zalmanoff, author of ?Sacred Wisdom of Human Body? (Paris, 1961) 80% of all blood in any human body is located in the capillaries and only 20% in arteries and veins. Tiny capillaries get clogged easily by unnaturally large particles of cooked food, and the blood no longer circulates adequately.

If you truly want to feel warm during the cold season, a raw food lifestyle is inevitable choice for you. During your first ?raw? winter you may experience some cold due to the weakened adrenals, so put on an extra sweater, take a hot bath, or do some pushups. If you will continue staying raw, your adrenals will rest and recover, your capillary circulation will improve, your nervous system and your heart will naturally strengthen without any artificial stimulation.

In a year you will tolerate cold better than ever before. My family is going now through our eleventh ?raw? winter. We do not feel any discomfort from cold. We jump in icy-cold mountain rivers year round for enjoyment. In fact that is how we celebrate Christmas and New Year?s Eve. We always sleep outside under the rain or snow. Sergei, my son, goes snowboarding sometimes wearing only shorts. My daughter Valya rarely wears socks. Igor, my husband, loves to take snow baths. We strongly believe that staying on a raw food diet has helped us to feel comfortable in any weather and not to feel the cold.

Victoria Boutenko is the author of many books on living raw. Visit her family's website: www.rawfamily.com.


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Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 752
Can we eat raw food in the cold climate?

By Victoria Boutenko



This is one of the most frequently asked questions about eating raw. People commonly believe that without a bowl of cooked food on a chilly winter day they would not be able to stay warm. I know many persons who quit the raw food lifestyle because they were afraid that they would become too cold during the winter.
Let us take a closer look at this situation. Would a quarter pound of rice physically keep a 160 lbs body warm? In order to get warmed by it, one would have to fill a bathtub with warm rice and sit in it for 20 minutes.

So why do we feel warmer after consuming cooked food?

A hot meal, a cup of coffee or an ice-cold shot of vodka warm our body in the same manner. When any impure substances get into our blood through the walls of the intestines, they irritate our adrenals, the endocrine glands located above the kidneys. The adrenals immediately begin to produce epinephrine, norepinephrine and a variety of steroid hormones. These hormones stimulate our sympathetic nervous system, which is why we feel awake at first. They also force our heart to beat faster and to pump larger amounts of blood through our body, which makes us feel warm. This feeling doesn?t last long and we pay a high price for it. After 10-15 minutes our body gets exhausted from performing extra work, the heart requires rest, the nervous system becomes inhibited, and we feel tired, sleepy and even colder than before. However we remember only the feeling of getting warmer after eating cooked food and repeat such stimulation again and again. This harmful practice wears the body out and by the end of the winter many people feel exhausted and depleted.

Winter after winter of eating quantities of cooked food doesn?t help the human body to withstand cold weather better. On the contrary, weakened adrenals eventually won?t be able to work properly even at warm temperatures. For example, most older people feel cold even in the middle of the summer. Wool socks and sweaters become necessity to them.

Another reason why it is hard for many of us to tolerate cold temperatures is because eating a cooked food diet severely impairs our capillary circulation. According to Dr. Alexander Zalmanoff, author of ?Sacred Wisdom of Human Body? (Paris, 1961) 80% of all blood in any human body is located in the capillaries and only 20% in arteries and veins. Tiny capillaries get clogged easily by unnaturally large particles of cooked food, and the blood no longer circulates adequately.

If you truly want to feel warm during the cold season, a raw food lifestyle is inevitable choice for you. During your first ?raw? winter you may experience some cold due to the weakened adrenals, so put on an extra sweater, take a hot bath, or do some pushups. If you will continue staying raw, your adrenals will rest and recover, your capillary circulation will improve, your nervous system and your heart will naturally strengthen without any artificial stimulation.

In a year you will tolerate cold better than ever before. My family is going now through our eleventh ?raw? winter. We do not feel any discomfort from cold. We jump in icy-cold mountain rivers year round for enjoyment. In fact that is how we celebrate Christmas and New Year?s Eve. We always sleep outside under the rain or snow. Sergei, my son, goes snowboarding sometimes wearing only shorts. My daughter Valya rarely wears socks. Igor, my husband, loves to take snow baths. We strongly believe that staying on a raw food diet has helped us to feel comfortable in any weather and not to feel the cold.

Victoria Boutenko is the author of many books on living raw. Visit her family's website: www.rawfamily.com.


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Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 813
Message from Paul Nison.......

Carob NOT Cacao!



Many people today are becoming addicted to chocolate because they are led to believe that it is good for them. Chocolate is a drug and harmful to the body. Although in small amounts, the body will adapt and be able to ingest a drug without immediate effects, but damage can still occur. I feel a need to let everyone know about the harmful effects of this popular drug. At one point, I was very excited about the raw version of chocolate. I ate it and enjoyed it, but noticed my health suffered every time I ate it. Finally, I gave it up. I wasn?t going to mention it to others because I wasn?t sure if it was just me or if it was the chocolate. As I lectured across the country and began to notice the growing popularity of chocolate amongst raw food eaters and health advocates, I started to hear many people complain to me about the same harmful effects I experienced. For a certain time, every talk I gave there was someone with a complaint. People were also emailing me asking why they were having these issues. That?s when I started to do some research and wrote two articles about the harmful effects of Cacoa. (You can see the article?s on my site www.rawlife.com under articles)



Of course exposing the harmful side to this addicting food didn?t make me a well-liked person amongst many of the people who have become so addicted to it. When a person is addicted to something, the last thing they want to hear is that it is not good for them.



Habit VS Addiction



A habit and an addiction are not the same thing. A habit is something you do on a regular basis, but you could stop if you found out it?s not good for you. An addiction is something you are compelled to do on a regular basis, something you must do, even when you know it is not good for you.

When it comes to eating harmful foods, we need to change those addictions to habits, and then break them.



One suggestion to help transition people off of chocolate is to use carob. But many people don't think carob tastes as good as chocolate. If you ate a carob pod right off of the tree, you might even like it more than eating a cacao bean right off the tree. However, mixing a bunch of sweet foods with the cacao bean creates an appetizing addiction. Mixing sweet foods with carob can taste just as good, without the side-effects. For anyone that doesn?t think that carob tastes as good as chocolate, try this great recipe using carob that tastes wonderful.



Carob Pudding



6 Medium Avocados

1 1/2 cups raw Agave

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups raw carob powder

1 cup cold filtered water



Blend in a food processor till smooth, top with, strawberries and/or bananas, mint leaves

And a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 814
A friend of mine was one of the first people to start making raw food chocolate bars that tasted out of this world. They were so good. But she received many complaints about the harmful effects of cocao it has on each person, so she then added a selection of the same candies made with carob instead of the chocolate.The carob version tasted just as good or even better. I am convinced that if she didn?t label the new version made with carob, most people would not have known the difference. Today, carob can be purchased in most health food stores in a raw or cooked form. Eating a roasted version of carob is not as harmful as eating cacao, cooked or raw.




After posting the article I wrote about the harmful effects of cacao, many people responded with their experiences. They say that they feel no harmful effects and it cannot be bad for us if others are promoting it as a "super-food." I am sure many people who promote and sell raw chocolate do not know or understand the harmful side effects, and if they did, they wouldn?t sell it. From my experience, most people selling it are good-hearted people who only want the best for people, and they are deceived to thinking it?s a super health-food. But please beware, because there are some who promote it and do know it is very addictive and not the ideal food to promote. They are making a good living off promoting this food and nothing seems to be able to convince them to stop selling it despite more and more people having issues with it. Below is a great example of the many emails I receive each day.



From CP in California:


Hey,

I ate a bunch of cacao last night because I kept hearing such great things about it from other raw foodists. I felt like I was on some serious drugs last night, and did not feel well at all!! I woke up at 6am with an awful headache and threw up. Now I feel so sick!! I know I don?t feel this way when I eat a bunch of fruit or veggies...even nuts!! I really hope I am ok. I totally agree with your article based off a not-so-good personal experience!!



I get many emails like this. People ask me why I am so against cacao. I am not interested in being the most popular raw food health promoter. I will not tell people a lie to gain popularity nor will I withhold the truth. I want to promote what is known to be healthy and not get people addicted to drugs.



It is not new information I am finding out about how harmful cacao is. Recently, I found a raw recipe book from the 1950?s. The author talks about the negative effects of cacao. Here is the article from the book ?Live Foods; Nature?s Perfect System of Human Nutrition" by George & Doris Fathman

Page 36 and 37.



Many people seem to have an incurable ?sweet tooth.? If you are one of those and you want to satisfy it, but without the harm that comes from using white sugar, which is the base of so much sweetening, then we recommend you substitute carob. It has a delicious chocolate taste and children as well as grown-ups love it.



Carob is made from grinding the pulp in the pods of the carob tree which grows in the Holy Land and in the Mediterranean regions. The pods are fed to animals. They are mentioned in the Bible, where ?he would fain have filled his belly with the husks they swine did eat.? It formed the food which John the Baptist ate in the wilderness, hence sometimes called ?St. John?s Bread.?



Carob has a fair amount of vitamins and minerals, but its chief virtue is as a chocolate substitute. Chocolate and cocoa, while rich in calcium, also contain considerable amounts of caffeine, theobromine and oxalic acid, stimulants the body can do without. The oxalic acid not only renders the calcium unavailable to the body, but also robs the body of its stored calcium. Many doctors feel chocolate is responsible in large measure for the adolescent problem of acne and forbid it to their patients. Like Sesame (or Tahini), Carob has a delicious flavor without the harmful qualities of chocolate. We highly recommend it as a substitute that all your family will enjoy. Carob can be purchased in health food or specialty food stores.
Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 815
This article was from a book written in the 1950?s and I am sure the more research I do, the more I can find. Once people are addicted to something, sometimes the only thing that will take them away from it is learning the hard way. Read my article on www.rawlife.com and see what Jeremy Saffron says, the first person to promote and introduce raw cacao to the raw food world years ago. Today Jeremy is so against it and wants to warn others. Hippocrates Health Institute had a big article in their magazine about how bad it is, and recently I heard an interview with one of the world's leading promoters speaking about cacao. The people interviewing him were not big fans of raw chocolate and instead of the average interview by people who were big fans of it, this time the truth started to come out. The questions were excellent and the person's answers were revealing that raw chocolate is not an ideal food for everyone, even admitting himself that is was a drug and in some situations needed to be eaten with caution.



Please don?t worry, but please do something. The body is amazing and can handle much abuse. If you enjoy chocolate cooked or raw, you won?t get sick every time you consume it. There are much worse things you can consume. I am not suggesting that everyone needs to give it up and never consume it again. You can eat chocolate on occasion and be fine. I am not writing this article to make you think it is an all or none deal. I just want you to be aware that is not the "super-food" that it?s promoted to be and to be careful with it. Like coffee, the first time someone drinks it, they may not even like the taste. But there is a drug in it that makes us want more and more. A un-educated person about health would think this is the body saying we need it because the body is craving it. Well, there are many street drugs that people crave, it doesn?t mean their body needs it. If you consume chocolate, you can enjoy it sometimes and be fine, but if you have gotten in the habit where you feel you need it everyday, being convinced emotionally, physically and mentally that it is the best food for your life and you can?t go a day without it, try to give it up for a week, and see if you experience withdrawal symptoms. That will reveal that there is an issue. These are the people this article is written for.



I have many friends that safely use and promote raw chocolate using and knowing it comes with a warning to be cautious of possible overdosing effects. I speak at stores that promote chocolate and have friends who sell it. I do not want to harm or lessen their business. I will not come to your business and speak hours about the harmful effects. In fact, unless someone asks, I usually don?t even bring it up.

So, for those of you out there who like my message, but you are worried about me coming to speak at your place of business because I do not agree with your views about cacao or some other items you may promote. Understand I respect every person who welcomes me to come and speak, and unless we agree on doing a lecture on the topic, I will not come in your place of business and disrespect you and what you sell. I say this because sometimes I get a call from someone saying "we would like you to speak here, but because you say this or that, it may not be the best place for you." This is nonsense. No people agree 100%.


Recently, I spoke at a potluck of one of the biggest promoters of raw chocolate. While setting up the event he told me his concerns, but was very open to having me speak because he liked my message. In all fairness to him, he asked me if the topic came up, to just tell everyone what I knew about chocolate if I wanted to, but to let people know the truth that I have personally never tried the raw chocolate he promotes. (there are different companies that promote cacao, each one claiming they know there are issues with the raw chocolate that other companies promote, but theirs is the best and safe) I was willing and fine to let people know that, but just like most of my lectures, the topic never came up. I am invited to speak at many places to promote chocolate, and after my lecture I am invited back many times. My mission is to teach everyone about health, have an open mind and get a long with everyone.



Bottom line is to educate yourself about any food you put in your body. Don?t believe someone because they call it a super food. As for chocolate, if you enjoy it, I suggest try making a few recipes with carob. If for some reason you do not like the taste as much, then go and enjoy your chocolate, but only once in a while. Not everyday. It is a natural food that grows in nature and is not going to kill someone if they enjoy a small amount once a week or so. But PLEASE don?t be misled to believe it is the best food ever. Because it is not, a better title would be the most addicting food ever.
Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 829
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Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 833
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"Our Thoughts Age or Rejuvenate Us"

by Peter Ragnar
If you enjoy life and it is fulfilling for you, you will stay alive as long as you want to. Celebrate your rarity; you are who you are. Let your body vibrate with luminous life and health. The body will follow luminous thoughts like an obedient servant. These thoughts keep you useful in life and as long as you have purpose, you will continue to live abundantly. A youthful open-ended longevity just may be possible.




"You can stay as long as life is pleasurable."


This pleasure response is triggered in the brain when you are achieving fulfillment and are excited. At these times of satisfaction, endorphins are produced, physical levels of pain decrease and our levels of contentment soar.

If life is not joyful and fulfilling, be prepared to leave this world. Our attitude makes all the difference. Humans cultivate philosophies of usefulness or they start to die.

We age by our thoughts, especially worry. A good thought strengthens and rejuvenates. Confused thinking and the anxieties of the ?what ifs? hold us back and will wear out the system quickly and age us on all cellular levels. Aging occurs when our DNA can?t give forth its messages. If DNA holds on, it is called cross-linking, and the cell dies. Two strands of sugar and phosphate molecules form the DNA double helix containing our genetic code. If they reach across the gap and share a hydrogen bond, they have cross-linked, or grabbed hands. For the DNA to be functional and replicate itself it must ?let go??otherwise the structure dies.

DNA repair is greatly influenced by our mental attitudes: Let go and live. Our thoughts are as important as the food we ingest. Thoughts activate the glands. Glandular production can make us more youthful, or it can age us.

In order to stay alive, love this life with passion?in the moment. The person who is focused and loves life stays alive. When people are confused, there is a problem, and the mind will not direct the immune system adequately.

Some don?t believe in the aging and dying process. They are indeed radical thinkers. Some who embrace the juice of life and who pursue living believe in a youthful and open-ended longevity. Of course, the proof must be observable. There is a story about a man who didn?t know he couldn?t live forever, so he went on to become immortal.

How can we water the seed of a youthful, open-ended longevity? One way is to keep growing. Keep evolving. This growth process allows the body to rejuvenate and live purposefully. Keep expanding and learning new things. That keeps us bright and youthful.

"Life is luminous when you have the courage to live it."

Growing old is not for wimps. Age does not matter as long as you are young at heart. It is the zest for life that makes for youth. Visualize a long life by always seeing yourself as young.

Much Love and Success,
Peter
Chef N.
GarDinSprite13
Group Organizer
Arden, NC
Post #: 863
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