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Food is Becoming Boring

Food is Becoming Boring

 

There is so much talk about food, blogs about food, websites about food and controversy about food that I feel like I just want to step back.

I mean that in a way that there is some great sites and people doing some great things like Food Babe and Natural News informing us about what is really going on, making changes and exposing the truth about healthy real foods.

I am tired and disappointed of finding out stores like Whole Foods are becoming Whole Ripoffs after being know as Whole Pay Check……when does the profit over health or profit over people stop??

There are health products up the ying yang but when you look closer many are not what they claim to be.

Keep It Simple Sweetie

Eat as much real foods as possible – organic and non-gmo too!

Yet everyone is different and good things sometimes get pushed to the extreme as in the Ketosis way of eating – makes sense, good healthy fats and then I see people promoting all the hot dogs and bacon you can eat as it’s protein and fat…………I just shake my head.

And I feel like I get too preachy as I so want people to realize the lies, the untruths about food etc

I lost my mojo for creating recipes and I finally realized why – it became a job but I love being in the kitchen and creating – I don’t usually like measuring and recording what I am doing – it takes the fun the spontinanity out of it!

I’ve been asking lots of questions lately – like why if someone is healthy as in eating all the right foods and exercising do they drop dead?  Why do some people look super great and others don’t even though they are eating the same. And so on……..many questions

Why am I here?  What is my true purpose?  Ok yes I’ve been going deep.

Been doing more yoga, meditation – want to do more breath work, paying attention and listening to my body when it feels good and when it doesn’t, learning about energy and consciousness – which I keep coming back to over the last 5 years or so…….Quantum Physics fascinates me.  So does Human Design that I am diving into as it’s the first thing that has given me some answers to some of these questions.

What is a soul connection? How does my soul communicate with me? How do I wake up my heart more?

What about the struggles I’ve had in life and turned them around – should I be sharing that with people who may be struggling with some of the issues I’ve had mainly an eating disorder, low self esteem and a bad body image thoughts.

What direction do I want to move in?

Can I be the change in the world that is needed, how can I help and how can I be of service?

I am finding this more important than what I ate yesterday.

Another layer of healing and awareness is underway……..for me at least that is!!

 

When we can lose the addiction or any charge we have with anything or anyone then we know healing is happening…….speaking of healing – what about this pasts week’s elections??

 

Talk soon

xo

Jodi

 

 

 

Markets

Markets

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Fresh Foods at the Market

 

I know for many of us, markets could be a thing of the past with summer ending and well into fall!

I don’t know if you take the time to shop at markets or not but highly encourage you to do so.

I have been hearing from many people similar things like – ‘It must have been hard eating healthy while travelling?’

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Markets

 

And the answer is NO!!  (a post on that is coming soon too)

David and I live this lifestyle and it’s part of who we are.  We don’t just do it when it’s convenient, or get sloppy about our health – as once you lose it, it is so hard to get back.  And once you pass a certain point of eating, doing and being the health things you just can’t go back – basically you are awaken and you see the light and truth – there is no going back.

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Market Food

 

What does all that mean?

Many people think they are eating healthy because they shop at Whole Foods (watch this great video by the Health Ranger, it will open your eyes up and save you money!), or eat packaged foods labelled organic or gluten free, go to a yoga class several times a week, wear Lululemon and eat brunch on the weekend at the latest ‘in’ restaurant.  Now I’m being fairly general yet trying to paint a picture -to some it’s part of being in the trend.  To others it’s a lifestyle choice.

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Colorful Foods!!

 

That type of scenario people are doing better than most, but many do it to look cool…….does one really understand true health, eating healthy, thinking / meditating and being true health and empowered?

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Lots of colors!

 

What I am realizing is that it takes more than grabbing a juice at your favourite local bar (or off the shelf which to be honest is better than juices in general but for optimal nutrition – juice needs to be drank within an hour of it being pressed fyi for any optimal nutrition) or doing a couple of yoga classes a week – it’s not as much about the body or work out as it is a moving meditation where one takes the practice of non-judgment out in their every day world.

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Amazing Food Artisans

Most packaged foods are still processed even if the ingredients are healthier or organic.  Please don’t get me wrong, I eat them too, I am not up on a soap box here, real health still comes down to eating mostly real foods, raw and alive foods, natural foods that aren’t loaded with lead or sprayed with other poisonous things, and of course non-gmo, adding in superfoods, minerals (not isolated ones), eating high quality proteins (yet not too much) from conscious sources, just to name some things.

Which brings me back to markets – this is where we can eat healthier – as most of it is real food.  We can get to choose how we spend our dollars, support local farmers, eat what is in season and enjoy the creativity of who is there with some of their healthy food creations (outside of farmers growing organic, non-com foods).  Connecting with people that love what they do (for the most part) , you can tell the difference by tasting their goods.

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A lot if not most of the food these days I am finding at the markets is organic – woohoo!!

While on our travels we got the privilege of catching a few markets in different states and they were all great.  All different, yet similar in that they have fresh foods grown by people who love what they do – they have to as not many will grow their own gardens – many also can’t today that I realize.

So if you live in an area where you can visit a market year round – do so!!

And for the ones that maybe missed the market this year – there’s next year – you won’t be disappointed.

We sampled (and bought) some of the best food I’ve ever tasted from the markets we went to while travelling and yes we have a cooler and I will post on ways to eat healthier  and to make it easier while travelling !

Thanks for stopping by!!

Jodi

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Some of the best greens I have ever tasted!!

 

Greens

Greens

They are tastier and easier than you think to eat!!

since being on the road there are a few things I am so grateful for!!

One is the preparing ahead of time and bringing some healthy foods / snacks with us as there was nothing and I mean NOTHING at any gas stations or stops to eat – yes there was a ton of junk or franken foods but NO REAL FOODS – how sad.

We even stopped by a grocery store in that had NO fresh food – their produce section was being fixed or redone – the whole thing – so nothing in that store was fresh or alive!!!

the other thing that has made travelling easy is our Purium products – yes I am definitely going to promote them here as not only are they alive, vegan ,organic and non-gmo when none of those things we could find, but also handy, dried (yes still live as they were dried at very low temperatures) but also convenient.

So instead of settling for the crap, fake processed foods on the shelves – we have been able to stick with Whole foods and Superfoods that are live and fresh – Purium and not as we planned ahead,more prepared, didn’t give into temptation, laziness, excuses plus we know how crappy, gassy and bloated we would feel eating anything but!!

its truly incredible when you really start feeding the body instead of just eating how good you can feel – most of us don’t know how good we can feel and its pretty amazing and keeps getting better!!!!

A quick and easy and oh my so tasty salad we threw together one night after attending the locals farmers market.

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– fresh mustard greens

– fresh mixed sprouts

– toasted fresh pecans in coconut oil (usually I use Tamari for roasting / toasting nuts) this was

the first time I used Coconut oil and it tasted amazing!!

– chopped dried black olives

– Coconut cheese – yes coconut – it was yummy

– Spirulina (sprinkled on – yes Purium)

– very high quality cold pressed olive oil and balsamic vinegar lightly poured over the salad

We also created a side dish of Guacamole with herbs, lemon juice, himalayan salt, garlic and spirulina.

Easy, quick, tasty and nutrient dense and oh yeah real whole foods – eating healthy made easy!!

 

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Here I am eating at Chocola Tree in Sedona Arizona – an amazing Raw / Vegan highly conscious, organic restaurant – all dressed in Green eating the Green Goddess salad (no I didn’t preplan it lol). Salad of romaine lettuce, kale, pulse, seaweed, cucumbers, avocados, sprouts and a little nut hummus – greens, tasty and nutrient dense!!

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As Hippocrates once said – ‘Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food’.

Here’s to your health!!

Jodi

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

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Real Foods

Met up with some friends today and headed out to the Non-Gmo and Gluten Free Expo in downtown Vancouver.

My eyes truly got opened up today holy crap!!  No wonder people truly are confused about healthy eating!!!

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It’s great to see people standing up and bringing out information on GMO’s and what they are about and products – whether packaged or fresh to the public.  If you don’t know much I highly recommend watching Genetic Roulette and GMO OMG – we truly need to be aware especially for our kids!!

You will see this sign on your food and it will appear on more foods in the future!

What really opened my eyes up today and actually sadden me for a bit until I realized wow I really am on a mission and love where I am at!!

image gluten freeThis Gluten free thing has gotten way out of hand, please don’t get me wrong – I know if someone has Celiac disease it is very serious.

I think though it’s the new way to sell package foods – it doesn’t matter that it has copious amounts of sugar, palm oil, canola oil to name just a few but so much is being labelled gluten free is kind of a joke.  I mean I know there is wheat in so many products that really shouldn’t be BUT they are processed products – I don’t care how much ‘natural’, ‘organic’ or other label they slap on it – it’s still processed even when labelled ‘Gluten Free’ and that is a good part of the problem.

Yes i know our crops are sprayed with Round Up – what you didn’t know that?? Watch the documentaries.  The best way to deal with that is eat way more whole foods, real foods and super foods from Mother Nature – notice there are no labels?  The more fresh and whole the better.

It’s been a busy start to the New Year for me but after today it has only shown me that I need to stand up and be louder – people are being fooled and their health is more important than that!!

Eat, Live & Be Real!!

Here’s to YOUR health

Jodi

Healthy Eating Made Easy

FREE Kindle Recipe Book

FREE Kindle Recipe Book

Healthy Eating Made Easy by Jodi Burke

Healthy Eating Made Easy by Jodi Burke

Healthy Eating Made Easy with Tasty & Amazing Raw & Vegan Recipes

All 3 books together in one to help make eating healthier easier, tastier and more convenient!! 
Learn how eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard, complicated or boring along with recipes that will tantalize your taste buds, are easy to make and you won’t believe that they are vegan or raw.

Please feel free to share and enjoy!!

Have an awesome happy healthy day!!

Jodi

Why Vegan or Raw?

Why Vegan or Raw??

Why Vegan or Raw

Let’s start off by defining what Vegan  & Raw are, found on line –

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products.   Ethical vegans reject the commodity status of animals and the use of animal products for any purpose, while dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) eliminate them from their diet only

In other words they don’t eat (and for some use) anything from an animal……no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and sometimes honey.

Raw Foods- firstly Purely Raw Food is purely plant foods. Fruits, Vegetables, Greens, Nuts, Seeds, Grains, etc. No foods from animal sources. This means no dairy, eggs, or flesh. Raw food has never been subjected to heat over 38 degrees Celsius. This is also our body temperature. Anything that has been heated to above our own body temperature is dying because the enzymes, vitamins and minerals begin to deform and die at this temperature. Our bodies do not recognize cooked food as food at all. Instead cooked food is treated by our system as a toxin.

For some people that is just way too out there, doesn’t make sense or those types of people are just weird.

I am only going to talk about dietary things here, but if you think about this for example we are the only species that drinks another species milk…..why?

For meat we need to use a knife and fork, if we looked at animals in nature who are true carnivores, they teeth, mouths and digestive systems are set up completely different.

I could go on into ethical, environmental and in way more detail about health in general, but I will let some of the resources listed at the end of this blog do so as they will do it much better, I just wanted to present some info to you to maybe start you questioning some things along the way.

If we have all these diseases like stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and I could go on, related to diet…….why not fix it with diet as well?

Instead we have all these medications which mask it.  Now I am not bashing things here and I do believe that there is a time and place for that, but the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over yet expecting different results.

Why would someone who has one of those issues not want to take responsibility or empower themselves and learn what they could about treating and fueling the body better, get to the root cause instead of putting a bandaid on it?

In my  teens I used to drink a ton of milk, I loved milk, that is what I drank at every meal.  I also had an ulcer by the time I was 18.  Now I can’t blame it on milk, but I was living with my Aunt at the time inToronto, as I was in college and she took me to aNature Path Dr.who got me off milk immediately (I had to drink Goat’s milk instead and that actually cured me of drinking milk altogether) and in a short time my stomach settled way down, my ulcer healed.  I have never been one to eat yogart, I just don’t like it.  Cheese on the other hand I have liked, and good cheese has been a weakness for me, but I also know that it clogs me up, weighs me down and now that I really know what is in dairy, where it comes from……..I don’t miss it at all.

Have a look to see what you are really putting into your body, where it comes from?

Our bodies after all are our best instruments and we should take great care of them if we want them to be around for a long time and living fully – it’s proven more of a whole foods, plant based diet rocks!!!

K, I will get off my soap box now, but I hope maybe this left you with some questions.

Here are a couple of films that you can probably get at your local video store and I highly recommend checking them out.

Forks over Knives

Hungry for Change

Food Inc

Food Matters

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

Doesn’t that nice, juicy fresh orange look great?? It tasted that way too!!!

Have a healthy day!!

JB