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

Letter to the Editor of The Shuttle, Weaver’s Way Co-Op, Philadelphia

Dear Editor of the Shuttle newsletter:

This is in response to the article written by Norman Weiss (Suggestions), Weaver’s Way Co-op (Phila., PA) purchasing manager, in the Aug addition of The Shuttle (pg 19)?   Quite an interesting read. I was all in except for his disturbing answer to Devon’s question. For some reason, the energy that the first part of the article was written was absolutely opposite the last part.  Granted Weaver’s Way is a business and when it comes to making business decisions…the bottom dollar always wins when it comes to making conscious choices about the health and welfare of our community and the earth in general. I just thought that his answer to her was a bit harsh…and I could even read into it more deeply to say…that the entire reason of creating a community based food co-operative was just flushed down the toilet with his answer.  Let me dig deeper:

Norman says: “Stop persecuting GMO items.” Why? How are we going to change the system if we don’t stand up for what is absolutely wrong on all fronts.  Why are other (entire) countries burning down crops of GMO foods and refusing GMO food donations even though most of their people are hungry?  There is something to be said of the little staffer girl in a small community who speaks up for the entire world. (Give her a raise!)

Norman says: “We are and inclusive, tolerant and diverse organization that welcomes all God’s children.” <<< Is Weaver’s Way a church?  And if this is the sentiment of all of God’s children…then recognize that GMO foods are not from God.  So I could argue that they are not of God’s children but of Man’s children…or like some people like to call GMO…the Devil…which is far worst.

Norman says: “We have to have some white sugar or the shoppers will rebel.”  <<< No they won’t! Most folks know where to get cheap GMO white sugar…Acme, Shop Rite and any other corporate conglomerate that doesn’t care about the people, just their bottom line.  Like was mentioned in the article, Weaver’s Way doesn’t have the resources to do a full on investigation of all the products it sells, however the mission of Weaver’s Way clearly states that it strives to educate its members and community about consumer issues and the cooperative movement. Not to mention that the mission also states that WW is committed to the Environment…in these words: We work to sustain a healthy planet, promote environmentally sound products and practices, encourage and support local and organic farming, and try to act with environmental consciousness in all our endeavors.   Im sure the members will be grateful to know that their co-op supports the earth rather than the profit.

Norman further states: “I don’t know of a non-GMO sugar-beet-cheap white sugar we can get.”  Um…is this the purchasing manager speaking here?  There are plenty of non GMO sugars out here: Agave, Coconut Nectar, Stevia, etc…But if someone wants cheap white sugar, there are other places to go….Shop Rite.  Here is where education is needed…folks need to really stop buying it altogether.

Oh yeah, and this is the part that inspired me to write this. Norman finally ends his answer to Devon about her post on the GMO Hellman’s Mayonnaise (and white sugar) that Weaver’s Way sells:

“Please remember that exploitation of the Earth and its people is what helped make this country great and allows us in the middle class (read: privileged) to enjoy a lifestyle we’ve all come to cherish.” <<< When in history does the exploitation of people and its lands benefit a country? Thoughts come to my mind: Slavery, “Third” World Debt, China, Indentured Servitude, Walmart…you get it! Someone saying that exploitation is what gives us this comfortable cushy life where we can buy Hellman’s GMO Mayonnaise and Cheap GMO white sugar if we choose to is great and something to cherish is…all I can think of…Scary!

So how did this article get passed the Editor? Doesn’t Norman’s answer to Devon come as a red flag to the integrity of the organization? To the community?  To others (non-middle class)? To members and non-members who appreciate the fact that this awesome organization offers something more? Hey! I’m not interested in Norman’s head on a platter… but I am just responding to the contradictions that his answer implies to the mission of the entire organization. Im just wondering why, when a simple and profound statement is brought up to the purchasing manager of a small (yet revolutionary) organization answers like this are acceptable…and printed. Plain and simple, Norman’s answer was absolutely horrible! I hope this letter connects to the members and inspires to raise awareness not about the fact that Weaver’s Way sells Hellman’s and other GMO brands (well, yes, that too), but to realize that this is the type of organization that is pivotal in creating change in this society and to use these types of opportunities to educate and advocate for our community, our environment and our world in general. Hopefully something wonderful can come out of this!

Yours truly,

Skai Juice
THE CHEF
http://www.skaijuice.com

Things you needs to eliminate from your diet…PERMANENTLY!

8 surprising sources of refined sugar
Warning: Your marinara sauce may have as much sugar as two Twinkies.

Photo: ollyy/Shutterstock

There was a time, long ago, when sugar was a rare luxury, reserved in small quantities only for the rare few who could afford it. These days, we have it in such abundancethat it’s as if food manufacturers are sneaking it into anything they can just to get rid of it.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day for the average woman, and no more than nine teaspoons for the average man. Yet on average, American adults consume 22 teaspoons per day, while the kids are scarfing down a daily average of 32 teaspoons. (Note: Four grams of sugar is equivalent to one teaspoon.)
All the while, rates of obesity and diabetes have risen on a scale that corresponds neatly to our increasing consumption of sugar. There are a number of doctors and experts who suggest that sugar goes beyond the dangers of cavities and corpulence. In fact, they argue, sugar is a disruptive toxin that harms our organs and hormonal cycles, and most likely is mostly to blame for the obesity epidemic, as well as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
So how did we get here? Most of the added sugar we consume comes in packaged food; early on, manufacturers learned that the more sugar something contains, the better it seems to sell. And although we know to expect plenty of sugar in cookie dough ice cream, for example, who knew that many seemingly healthy foods are also chock full of it?
Naturally occurring sugars, like those in fruit and milk, are generally accompanied by nutrients; added sugars are the naughty ones that need to be minded. They come inmany disguises on the ingredient list. The Harvard School of Public Health cautions to look out for these code words for added sugar: agave nectar, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, crystalline fructose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar and syrup.
1. Barbecue sauce
You might as well be brushing your grilled foods with chocolate syrup. One popular brand of barbecue sauce offers 15 grams of sugar in two tablespoons; yes, that’s almost four teaspoons of sugar in two tablespoons of sauce. For comparison, chocolate syrup typically has about 19 grams of sugar in the same serving size.
2. Nutrition bars
What a great concept, the nutrition bar: a handy portable snack bursting with nutrients. But wait! In our survey of 7 nutrition bars that are worse than candy, we present one nutrition bar that has the audacity to include 32 grams of sugar — 8 teaspoons, that is — all in the name of “nutrition.” And there were many more that were found to be nearly as sinful.
3. Tomato sauce
Tomato sauce is a fantastic and low-fat source of lycopene, an important compound associated with reduced risk of cancer, as well as a bevy of other fetching vitamins and antioxidants. When you make a batch at home, you can add a pinch of sugar to a large pot of simmering sauce and it works wonders to enhance the flavor. But in one of the greater mysteries of the modern world, makers of tomato sauce feel compelled to pump it up with sugar; some leading brands have as much as 15 grams per half-cup serving, and few people only use half a cup of sauce. Can you imagine sprinkling more than four teaspoons of sugar on your dinner?
4. Flavored yogurt
The calcium, protein and beneficial probiotics in yogurt make it a great choice; the added sugar? Not so much. Typically, a 6-ounce container of plain yogurt has about 12 grams of naturally occurring sugar in the form of lactose – since nutrition labels don’t require the separation of naturally occurring and added sugars, the consumer has to do a little math to figure out the added sugar. So, for example, if you subtract 12 grams from the 28 grams of sugars listed on the Yoplait Thick and Creamy Blackberry Harvest label, you know that the product contains 16 grams of added sugar. That’s four teaspoons of added sugar in a six-ounce serving.
5. Fruit juice
Sometimes fruit juice isn’t really fruit juice; it may have some fruit in it, but it may also just be glorified sugar water. Again, since labels don’t differentiate between added and naturally occurring sugar, it may be hard to tell by the sugar grams alone. But you might suspect something is up with, for example, V8 Splash products, which ring in at the 18-grams-of-sugar range for an eight-ounce serving. (Four and a half teaspoons of sugar in a regular size glass of juice.) The smoking gun here is hidden in the ingredient list: the first two ingredients are water and high fructose corn syrup.
6. Grown-up breakfast cereal
Anyone with properly functioning neurons might deduce that a children’s breakfast cereal – let’s say, one that offers a rainbow of neon-colored loops and “fruity shaped marshmallows” (that’s almost as good as fruit, right?) – is fairly loaded with sugar. But some adult breakfast cereals are not much better; they may come in sedate boxes and be lacking in candy-colored hues, but don’t be fooled. Some of the leading brands that emanate health in their packaging contain at least 17 grams of sugar in one serving.
7. Vitamin drinks
Water infused with vitamins and antioxidants sounds like a good idea, but it seems that water infused with vitamins and antioxidants and eight teaspoons of sugar is an easier sell. Popular brands of vitamin and antioxidant water regularly deliver up to 32 grams of sugar in a 20-ounce bottle. While that’s less sugar than is found in most sodas, it’s still eight teaspoons of sugar in your “healthy” drink.
8. Muffins
Somewhere along the road, muffins swerved out of control and went from being responsible, bran-and-fruit packed snacks into cupcakes for grown ups. They may not have frosting and sprinkles, but other than that there may be little difference. For instance, let’s say you were to find yourself at a Dunkin Donuts and decided to opt for the healthier choice of a muffin over a donut. You might have a sneaking suspicion that the Coffee Cake muffin is really just coffee cake in a cup shape; and with its 51 grams of sugar — almost 13 teaspoons worth — you’d be correct. But would you suspect that the freshly baked Honey Bran Raisin muffin weighs in at 40 grams of sugar? 10 teaspoons? Three glazed donuts have one teaspoon less sugar than the Honey Bran Raisin muffin.
Source:  mnn.com