Divine Eating and Health
Lola loves chocolate, and making healthy chocolate candy at home is quick, easy, and less expensive for the quality you get. Eat small quantities of sweets so you don't develop a sweet tooth. Too much sugar upsets the balance of your entire system, messes up the insulin response, and is one reason why so many Americans are obese, have diabetes, colon problems, thyroid problems, etc.
Lola makes great chocolate morsels in minutes, like this:
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey
Stir in 2 Tbsp unsweetened chocolate powder. You can use Ghiradelli chocolate powder (it's cooked at high temperatures,) or raw cacao powder cooked at low temperatures to preserve its huge antioxidant and nutrient superfood content.
Add a Tbsp of cinnamon.
Add crushed nuts to taste. Lola likes almonds and walnuts.
Optional: Add shredded coconut.
Mix it all up in a bowl and chill it till it solidifies.
Roll in balls, or spread it out thin on a sheet of waxed paper and put it in a cool spot to harden just a bit, then into the frig to chill it till it solidifies.
All these ingredients are superfoods, not junk food at all. Eating these foods is so good for you in so many ways, this is a great way to get them all in daily!
Break in pieces, eat, share, and enjoy!
Lola's tried eating just any old junk like most people do, but doesn't want to feel or look like that makes you feel and look! She wants to be vital, healthy, energetic, lean, and fit. She comes back to being a health nut every time she strays, looking for the short cut. Feeling good is more important to her than gorging on junk.
The rewards of exercise are just too great to cop out!
Lola loves juicing, finding it a great way to get all five daily servings of fruits and veggies in one meal. The energy pop is quick and long-lasting. Then if friends want to go eat fun food, she's got her nutrition handled.
In cold weather you'll want to eat some cooked foods to warm you up, and in hot weather juices are more ideal.
When the body is hungry, it's often because it's getting plenty of calories but not enough actual nutrients. When the person eats more empty calories, the body still wants more, so they eat more empty calories, but the body will never be satisfied with that.
Juicing has too many health and energy benefits to mention here. There are plenty of sites that specialize in juicing and raw foods. Some sites are strict or fanatical, but that's not required. You don't have to give up living in the regular world with your friends. Just ADD juicing to your happy, balanced life in the way that feels good to YOU. Lola eats some raw food and lots of cooked food too.
Lola's favorite juicing tips:
If you have a juicer, add about 1/4 to 1/2 of the pulp back into the juice so the food is balanced and not all sugar (yes, pure fruit and veggie juice acts like sugar in your body.) If you juice a few times a week your blood sugar can actually balance out and stop rollercoastering.
If you can, get a VitaMix or a Nutrabullet machine, which pulverizes it all into a juice, pulp and all.
Lola's favorite ingredients, which she mixes and matches for variety:
- Orange for sweetness
- Apples for sweetness
- Green apples for sweetness and tartness
- Carrots for sweetness and substance
- Some kind of dark greens--kale, lacinato kale, purple kale, any Swiss chard, spinach with hard stems trimmed off (beet greens can taste too earthy, so go easy on those)
- Half a lemon for tartness
- A slice of fresh ginger occassionally
Lola's favorite current recipe:
1 orange, 2 little green apples, 2 carrots, 4 stalks of greens, kale is the most nutrition-packed
Lola's favorite luxury citrus juice made in a regular juicer:
1 grapefruit, 1 orange, 1 apple, 1 banana.
Put the banana in last and it foams up.
Add some pulp back in--delicious!
Breville makes a great juicer for about $88.
Vitamix is the best and uses the whole fruit or veggie.
Other healthy tips:
Drink high quality greens powders between meals.
Buy organic when you can. Pesticides just aren't good for you.
Fast one day a week to give your gut time off to repair itself and clean out.
Do a liver cleanse, a parasite cleanse, and a colon cleanse occasionally.