You make the difference!

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Peace and Love!

Skai Juice here!

About 4 years ago, my family and I moved to Puerto Rico from Baltimore with one thing in mind…to get some land and create a farm with a purpose. I created a nonprofit organization called Muevete Puerto Rico and applied for government land for farming. The process has taken about 2 years. Excitedly we have been approved for an 80 acres abandoned Platano farm in the town we actually live in, which I have been eyeing for years. There is a little stream the flows by it and it is surrounded by several communities…one being very poor. We are about to start the process of getting established which includes paying for the land lease, insurance, and getting supplies. We also want to build some cabins to host guests, visitors, and volunteers. The faster we can get this accomplished the faster we can the ball rolling and start offering a list of programs that we have put together.

 

We already have a farm manager, a horticulturalist, a professional organic farmer who has grown naturally in Puerto Rico for over 40 years, and several others on our team. My job, as Director, naturally is to make sure we can be a sustainable entity….YAY! I have the hardest job…to make this a viable project. I created an Indiegogo campaign, under the advisement of my friend Poncho, and am pushing as hard as I can. As many people as I am connected with, one would think this would be easier. Well, its not. Just posting another campaign from Indiegogo doesnt connect with folks that much. Most people who see what I am doing and have been doing out there dont realize that is has been as a huge sacrifice…as Puerto Rico as rich in nature as it is…there is really a very small population that appreciates and loves the land like I do. So I consider this a global project…I see it as a doorway into something much bigger.

 

This is a grassroots project that has huge implications in the world. We want to create a sense of community with our neighbors. We want to teach visitors how to create a sustainable living system that can benefit their communities. We want to teach and feed the children of Puerto Rico. We want to create a connection between children of the world and children in Puerto Rico. We want to cultivate a humanistic attitude among our fellow compadres. This project is not about money…its about nurturing a lifestyle that has been forgotten because folks are out there trying to make that money. You know how it is…you can feel it. If only you had the time for living, would you be doing the job you are doing…most people said no. We really need to step away from that reality! So this is the connection I am trying to make with you. Yes, we do need money to get started, but we want you to know that this is bigger than that! I hope you feel me. And if you possible can help us get this party off the ground, we really would greatly appreciate it. In any way possible… Check out our campaign and do what you can! Ashe!

http://igg.me/at/SUSTAINPR/x/377687

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Eat your steak, I say!

No, I didnt!  I havent eaten meat, except maybe some fish, in over 25 years.  I dont have the desire for it at all.  I actually dont think I ever did. I was a starchatarian from birth…a potato couldnt walk by me.  But when I decided to become a vegetarian (never heard the word vegan till much later) when I was 14, I honestly only knew one thing…..Do not eat any meat!  That was it…but I really didnt know about nutrition at all.  Since then, I have read tons of books on diet, wellness, healing…and the amount of email I get everyday from all the health guru’s Im connected to is kinda insane!  You see I really want to know what is the latest info….its my passion!  I love reading about this.  I only buy health books…Im not really interested in anything else.

This obsession may have to do with the fact that most people in my family died from health reasons…specifically both of my parents died of Cancer by my 31st birthday.  I had to watch my mother wither away for a few years. When things like this happen to you…it is hard to shift gears. Anywho, it is very easy for me to say you REALLY shouldnt eat meat!…but the truth is…I believe…people really like how it tastes.  I know people who have told me that they cant live without it.  That is serious!

There was one time when I had decided to get off my box and tell people that you know, eating meat is okay…as long as you just eat a little.  But when I really analyze it, I have to go back to my radical views….without being too radical about it.  Why?  Well there are several reasons, which I will mention…but off the top.  I feel good eating vegetarian!  I mean, I dont know where it comes from, but I just have to say that I feel really amazing at this life choice I have made to become a non-meat eater.  It does something to my spirit. Not to mention, that I consider myself a spiritual person.  I was raised with dogs and cats…and I connected with them so much, they were my friends.  And, recently I was thinking…you know when you watch those videos about the men who raised the lion, they set the lion back out into the wilderness…and then when they went to visit the lion, he remembered his friends who had raised him.  I look at it like that.  I just think that the animals are our friends. And I just dont believe in eating them.  And I really dont even like to think of myself as an animal rights activist, because Im not…well, really I am.  But I never wanted to come off that way…or appear to be too, I dont know…nutty about things.  I still want to be cool…youknowwhatimsayin?

Well, I found this article that Frederick Patenaude wrote and I though it was fitting to add it here, because he sums up amazingly why eating a vegetarian/vegan diet is the way.  Tell me what you think?  (I like hearing from you)… And here is a salad I made last night…I grew the sprouts too!

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Why are so many vegans unhealthy?
Before I answer this question, I must clarify that I no longer consider myself a “vegan” in the true sense of the word.
The typical vegan is primarily motivated by the welfare of animals and obsessed with only one aspect of healthful living: not eating animal products.
In that sense, I don’t consider myself a vegan.
I have no problem with other people eating meat, if that’s their choice. I don’t complain of the “horrible smell of dead carcasses” when my neighbors barbecue some steak, but I know a lot of vegans who are very vocal about these things.
I also don’t try to make my lifestyle completely vegan. The best underwear I have ever found are made from wool (from ethically raised sheep), and I wouldn’t consider wearing anything else.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy a leather jacket, but I wouldn’t also throw away a perfectly good pair of jeans if it has a bit of leather on a tag.
I focus on my overall lifestyle and not just one aspect of my health. I remain convinced that animal products are NOT the answer.
Why are Some Vegans So Sick?
When I was reading “The Vegetarian Myth”, I was surprised at how not convincing the book was at making a case against the vegan diet.
At best, you could consider that book to be a painful therapy session for a tortured author who thinks that the vegan diet destroyed her life. At worst it’s the least convincing “meat” manifesto you’ll ever read.
In my experience, these are the following most common mistakes people make on a vegan diet that bring them to a low state of health and give such bad rap to the vegan diet.
1. Not enough calories
A healthy vegan diet is easily explained: eat enough fruits, vegetables and starch-based foods to maintain your weight and energy, and minimize concentrated foods such as nuts and seeds or oils.
Vegan foods, especially fruits and vegetables, are very nutrient dense, but not calorie-dense. That means you need to eat a lot more of these foods to give you enough energy and maintain your weight and your health.
Many vegans are “weak” and scrawny simply because they don’t eat enough. Not getting enough calories will also mean that you’re not getting enough vitamins, minerals and protein.
If someone is not thriving on their diet and has little energy, the first thing to do is to increase the total amount of calories consumed. But there’s a caveat: these calories must come from whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, and not from oil and fatty foods. Which brings me to my next point.
2. Not enough carbs
It’s funny because most ex-vegans specifically blame the carbs for their health problems, when it’s actually one type of food they were under-eating.
Under-eating carbs means that you’ll eat too much fat, too much protein and that you won’t get enough energy to function.
That is why so many vegans feel tired all the time. It’s important to get enough calories, but also to eat enough calories in the right proportion.
In spite of what is incorrectly claimed in many anti-vegetarian books, carbohydrates are the preferred food for the human body.
How do you know that? The actual research behind this point is very extensive, but you only need to look at one thing: top athletes.
Every single winning marathon runner or Tour de France athlete thrives on a high-carb diet. Why? Because it works, and carbs are the preferred foods for the human body. Top athletes don’t eat a lot of carbs because they are philosophical vegans (most of them are not), but because that’s what they need to eat to win.
For optimal health and energy, your diet should be composed of at least 70% carbohydrates by total calories. Which leaves less than 30% for protein and fat.
3. Too much fat
Most vegans use unhealthy amounts of plant oils and fat. This is the primary reason why some vegans suffer from hypoglycemia and other blood sugar issues. It’s well documented that a high-fat diet has a negative impact on insulin sensitivity.
For optimal health, ALL oils should be avoided. That includes all olive oil, hemp seed oils, and even so-called healthy oils such as flax seed oil.
Instead, you should get all of your fat from whole foods such as nuts, seeds and avocados in minimal quantities. For most people who are not very athletic, a very small handful of nuts OR half an avocado is about the maximum you should eat in one day.
This is the number one way to improve a vegan diet. Get rid of all the fat and learn to prepare foods without fat. At the same time, eat more of the “good” stuff such as fruits and vegetables. Remember that green vegetables have no calories, so as a vegan you will have to get your calories from the following foods:
Fruits
Root vegetables (potatoes, yams, etc.)
Starches (whole grains, beans, etc.
If you follow a raw approach like I do most of the time, then the majority of your calories will come from fruit.
Getting a significant proportion of your calories from fatty foods such as oils is a big mistake and one that will quickly destroy your health. (A lot of people make large salads every day drenched in olive oil and believe this is part of a healthy diet.)
If you have any weight to lose, you should consider avoiding all fatty foods temporarily until you lose the desired weight.
Why? Fats are stored by the body very easily, requiring less than 3% of the calories consumed to store. On the other hand, carbohydrates need an average of 30% of calories consumed to be turned into body fat.
As author John McDougall likes to say, “The fat you eat is the fat you wear”. So if you don’t want to “wear” any more fat, avoid it.
It’s fairly easy to get used to a low fat diet and it takes 30 to 60 days for your taste buds to fully adapt.
4. Too enough high-quality protein
This is more a problem for vegans who live on junk food, or raw foodists who only eat fruits and vegetables with no nuts and seeds.
Although protein deficiencies are almost non-existent in the Western world, if you lack high quality protein in the diet you could experience lack of energy, decreased muscle mass, lower bone density, and compromised immunity.
Fortunately, we don’t need a lot of protein to do the job. Greens contain high-quality protein, and adding some nuts and seeds in the diet will help. Vegans can eat traditional soy products and beans, while raw foodists should load up on greens and have some nuts and seeds every day. If you need more protein, raw hemp protein is a good addition to smoothies.
5. Too much junk food.
Many vegans also eat too much junk food, and you know what I’m talking about. French fries and potato chips may be vegan, but they are not healthy. Essentially if it comes from a restaurant or a factory, it should be seen as “fun” food and not as healthy sustenance for the human body. So use your judgement and base your diet on fruits and vegetables, not on junk foods.
6. Too much wheat
A lot of people in general, but especially vegans and vegetarians base their diet around wheat and bread products. Sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pizzas, pastas, muffins, cereals, are not necessary for health and are often highly processed with artificial vitamins added which can make it hard for the body to absorb real vitamins from whole fruits and vegetables.
Many people also have a wheat sensitivity or are allergic and can develop celiac disease. If you have frequent colds, breathing problems, stuffy nose, asthma, IBS, digestion issues etc., you could have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Cutting wheat out of your diet is fairly easy to do when you eat a diet of fruits and vegetables and non glutenous carbohydrates like potatoes and rice.
7. A Deficient Diet
Many vegans avoid supplementing with vitamin B12, and then run into trouble, thinking that the vegan diet is not healthy. There is no debate among vegan experts that you should absolutely take a vitamin B12 supplement.
Even meat-eaters are at risk, as B12 deficiencies are common. This is of particular concern to vegan mothers and young children.
A vitamin D supplement is also necessary if you live in a Northern climate, but that’s not just a vegan issue.
Too often, people don’t don’t their homework and then “blame” the vegan diet for not working.
Meat is NOT the Answer
It must be a strange fact of human nature that we tend to make the wrong associations based on what we perceive to be a direct cause-reaction relationship.
If you go vegan and your health declines, you’ll naturally believe that the vegan diet was to blame. Because a vegan diet is a diet that excludes animal products, you might be led to believe that not eating them is what caused you to be sick in the first place.
But in reality, a vegan diet can be anything. It can be a diet of fake meat products and oil and french fries, or it can be a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables consumed in sufficient quantity to make you thrive.
The fact that many vegans get sick does NOT mean that animal products are the answer. Some raw foodists are now including raw meat and
raw dairy into their diets and claiming these are the sole reasons they are surviving on a raw diet, because raw plant food alone are not enough to thrive on.  This is simply not true. They may be thriving in spite of the raw animal products they are eating.
Animal products are inherently bad for the human body, for very specific reasons:
1- They are very acidic and will drain your calcium reserves as the body uses calcium in your bones to balance the pH of the food in your digestive tract.
2- They contain too much protein. All excess protein has to be eliminated by the body which will wear down your kidneys and liver over time and accelerate the aging process. A diet rich in animal protein is also the number one dietary factor for cancer (see The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell).
3- Most animal products are high in fat. Excess fat is stored as body fat and results in surpluses in the body, leading to insulin-related products and everything related to overweight.
4- Animal products are rich in cholesterol, which accumulates in the body and contributes to vascular diseases.
5- Animal products are a concentrated source of toxins. Being high on the food chain, animals accumulate much more toxins, hormones and pesticides in their tissues. This is not mentioning the possible bacteria-related issues with factory produced animal products and cross contamination in the facilities.
Are some vegans unhealthy? Yes! But animal products are not the answer.<><><>
Truth!

peace and love
Continue on your journey
Pa’lante
Skai Juice
The Chef
http://www.skaijuice.com

WIN A TRIP TO PUERTO RICO!!

Win a Trip to Puerto Rico!
Win a Trip to Puerto Rico!

 

 

We have decided to up the gogofactor by offering another incentive to encourage folks to support our project.

All those who sponsor $100 or more will go into a pool at the end of the campaign.  We will draw one lucky winner to receive:

***If we meet our goal of $20,000: The winner will receive a TRIP TO PUERTO RICO, including Airfare from Miami for two people, Accommodations for three nights, an Island Tour, and Dinner by Chef Skai.

***If we meet at least 75% of our goal:  The winner will receive a TRIP TO PUERTO RICO, including Accommodations for 3 nights, an island tour, and Dinner by Chef Skai. Does not include airfare.

***If we meet at least 50% of our goal: The winner will receive a TRIP TO PUERTO RICO, including Accommodations for 2 nights, an island tour, and Dinner by Chef Skai. Does not include airfare.

Take advantage of this huge incentive!!  This helps us!  Thanks for EVERYTHING!!

(And for those of you who already live in PR, you can gift your prize to a friend of family member to come down and visit you!)

No Blackout Dates. Other rules may apply.  Check out the campaign HERE!

Help our farm!

We have just launched our fundraiser to raise capital for the startup of our huge farm in Luquillo!

We would greatly appreciate it if you can share this information to as many people you can.

And if you are able to fund we would appreciate it too! Anything helps! Peace! Skai

Check out the campaign here:  http://igg.me/at/SUSTAINPR/x/377687

Hold the Oil!

Limit your intake of fats on the Release the Grease  program
Limit your intake of fats on the Release the Grease program

Don’t get caught up eating high fat snacks and foods while eating your raw food program during this month. It is so easy.  Reason being is because folks get hungry.  And sometimes salads and fruits just don’t cut it. So what is the normal reaction…nuts.  Nuts are very fatty and seem to give you that comfort feeling that we are very familiar with.  Not to mention, when you add a dash of olive oil or coconut oil to your salads you are basically pouring your fat right on…and that actually can be devastating. You do want to use some fats but you want to keep your fat consumption as low as possible.

Frederic Patenaude talks about why eating too much fat affects the healing process of Candida… and this actually applies to most health challenges, especially diabetes:

When we eat too much fat, that excess fat in the bloodstream diminishes insulin sensitivity, so sugar isn’t carried out as fast as it should to the cells. It accumulates in the bloodstream, feeding the candida yeast that is naturally present there. The candida then proliferates to “eat up” the excess sugar. The answer isn’t to consume less sugar, or to try to kill the candida — but to go at the root of the problem, that is, to consume less fat.

Also, Dr Douglas Graham author of the book 80/10/10 says that consuming as many nuts and other fatty vegan foods has detrimental effects to your goals. When it comes to fat, it doesn’t matter so much its origin; fat is fat. Fat goes from the lymph system directly into the blood. Too much fat will thicken the blood, causing the red blood cells to clump together so they cannot deliver oxygen to the cells. Excess fat also blocks the action of insulin in bringing sugars to the cells, which leads to diabetes. It is better to eat small amounts of avocados, nuts and seeds, and not to eat them daily. There is more than adequate fat for the body from fruits, vegetables and leafy greens.

The basis of this program is to consume as much green leafy veggies and you can…with fruits…either blended or in salads.  You can consume a small amount of nuts and avocados…but I would recommend you eliminate the oils.  You will receive the maximum benefits in this way.  If you have any questions or concerns, let me know.  I can follow up with you if you have a specific concern.

And if you feel like you need more support you should check out the ONLINE WELLNESS CENTER that we have set up, where you can get tons of information, books, videos and of course feel a sense of community.  To join, message me and I will send you the link for the $29 Lifetime enrollment.  We are continuously updating the site and adding more content.  It is invaluable what you will receive.

Hope things are bright and lovely for you.

Stay tuned for more during the Sept Release the Grease 3: The Raw Treatment!

 

Peace and Love yall

Skai Juice

Release the Grease 3: THE RAW TREATMENT: More Recipes!

Happy Day Folks!  How are you loving the healing?  Im so impressed when folks send me the things that they have made.  Im like OMG…they actually made my recipe.  That is so HOT!  Anywho…I know that the secret to your success is knowing what to make…so here are three more recipes that will help you get through this raw food month!!

This one is if you like it spicy and HOT!

This one is a staple…you will most likely make this regularly!!

And here is another way to make Green Smoothies…you can never have too many recipes for this!

Let me know how they came out!  Love

How to do this raw cleanse…the basics!

First of all you are going to need to know how to make a good green smoothie!

 

 

Then getting some insight from Kristina of Fully raw is good….because this girl is really passionate…check her out!

 

Let’s do this!