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Kindred Connectivity in the Adirondacks
Woodstock Fruit Festival 2012
by Jenee Hallick
The second Woodstock Fruit Festival was held from August 20 to 28 at Camp Walden in the Adirondacks, about four hours from New York City.
Three hundred and eighty-two fruit eaters of all ages from around the world gathered to celebrate health and the abundance that nature has so generously provided. This event will help change the way people live their lives.
I have never met so many happy, healthy and energetic people before. The power of nature, which heals our bodies and makes us radiantly beautiful inside and out, was so evident. It showed on the faces of all who attended, especially those who have been dedicated to a low-fat, raw, vegan lifestyle.
There were over 120 delicious varieties of fresh, tropical fruits and vegetables, of which 90 were organic. They were available all day—you could simply go and help yourself and eat as much your heart and body desired. Among the many delicacies were 3000 durians, 8000 mangoes, 18 000 tomatoes and hundreds of pounds of watermelon.
There was also the La Fruit Fine Dining Restaurant. Head chef Alicia Ojeda provided three-course, gourmet, low-fat, raw, vegan dinners. It was booked up almost every night.
A 10-Step Program for Sustaining Health-Promoting Habits
by Alan Goldhamer, D.C., Director of TrueNorth Health Center
Adopting a health-promoting diet and lifestyle is one of the most difficult tasks facing modern human beings. Even people who are health-conscious have a difficult time implementing a health-promoting diet, designing and sticking to a regular exercise program, and getting proper rest and sleep. This article outlines a strategy that can help you achieve your health goals.
Step 1: Determine your goals
It is important that you identify what your goals are. Eliminating pain, restoring function, improving capacity, losing excess fat or delaying death are examples of achievable goals. Most of us can rattle off a few goals without having to stop and think much. They can be vague or precise but, whatever they are, start by writing them down. Then arrange your goals in the order of importance to you.
Step 2: Objectify your problems
Establish an objective baseline so you will be able to determine progress or deterioration. For example, if your goal is to lose weight it is helpful to know what your weight is and what a realistic goal weight is. In addition, determining your percentage of body fat and specific measurements such as waist circumference may prove useful in determining if your strategies are being effective. Perhaps your goal is to reduce your risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease. Knowing your blood pressure, functional blood vessel health, blood measurements such as cholesterol, triglycerides, hemoglobin A1c, C-reactive protein, etc. will give you an objective basis to evaluate the progress of your health-promoting strategy. Working with a doctor who focuses on health promotion may prove extremely helpful. The doctor may be able to provide you with information on the underlying cause(s) of your problems.
Exercise For Health Enrichment
by Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D.
We all know exercise is a key component of vibrant health. Yet statistics reveal that only about 25% of Americans make exercise a regular part of their lifestyle. My hope is that after reading this article, if you're not already a fitness enthusiast, you'll be helping to increase the percentage. Whether you have several children and are busy with them from morning to night or you are CEO of a Fortune 500 company working 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week, you must find time to exercise.
If you can't carve out an hour a day to exercise, or even thirty minutes, then break the time up into 10- or 15-minute allotments. I don't believe in gimmicks and potions and magic pills, and I promise you there is no substitute for exercise. The old “I don't have time to exercise” excuse just doesn't work with me. You must make fitness a priority—a nonnegotiable part of your day.
We all need to find some type of physical activity that fits into our lifestyle, one that exercises not only your body but also your mind and spirit. If there is one self-help idea that has really caught on and that I'm sure will stay with us, it's the idea that physical fitness transcends the physical body to benefit your mental and spiritual fitness as well.
Deep Breathing Exercise for Health
by Charlie Abel
In our modern world full of labor-saving devices, few of us ever perform physical exercise strenuous enough that it causes us to breathe deeply enough that we are forced to stop and catch our breath. We could all use such exercise and the resulting deep breathing offers health benefits. I will discuss here the mechanism of deep breathing, the reasons why deep breathing is desirable, and how to incorporate it into an exercise program.
Deep breathing occurs spontaneously as a result of strenuous muscular activity. When we run as fast as we can up a hill, or chop wood with an axe (one of the most physically demanding activities there is), the muscles demand more oxygen and have more waste by-products to eliminate. The response is immediate: the heart quickens its pace and the breathing not only accelerates but become deeper utilizing all parts of the lungs, not just the smaller part used during passive activity. And this is something to keep in mind for those that do “cardio” exercise: it is impossible to exercise the heart and lungs by themselves - you can only increase the activity of the heart and lungs in response to muscular activity.
In raw food Natural Hygiene circles the topic of detoxification frequently comes up. However, I have never heard the topic of deep breathing come up with it. The cells of the body require both fresh nutrients and the removal of waste products, which is part of the process of detoxification. Cellular waste products are eliminated in several ways, and one of the main ones is from the lungs and out with the breath.
What Do You Want and How Badly Do You Want It?
by Brian Rossiter
At 6:30 the third Saturday night of every month, a crowd of 10 to 50 or more people gathers at Arnold’s Way in Lansdale, Pennsylvania for potluck dinners and speaker presentations. Sometimes they completely fill the room, as was the case in July, 2011 when Harley Johnstone of www.30BananasADay.com dropped in. The raw-vegan café, store and educational meeting space is one of perhaps just a few of its kind nationwide. Arnold Kauffman began hosting potlucks there 11 years ago, launching them during the final year at his original location, in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood. Now located in the quaint borough of Lansdale, 21 miles outside of the city, folks have been gathering ever since.
Every month, some new to the rawfoods world enjoy dinner with a cast of many rotating regulars. And every month. Arnold serves up spoonfuls of advice during his version of roll call, in which guests introduce themselves and explain why they’re at each potluck.
“It all boils down to—it’s not so much fruit and vegetables—what do you want and how badly do you want it?” Arnold says to Karen, who explains her challenges keeping raw to the dozen-plus who gathered on this late-January evening, hours after the region was blanketed by a meek snowstorm.
“What do you want and how badly do you want it?” has become Arnold’s go-to catchphrase, replacing “Your body never makes mistakes.” Arnold reveals during an interview earlier in the afternoon that by focusing on what people want, or a goal such as peak health or ramped-up energy, they are more likely to increase the amount of raw foods they consume.
The Passions of a Fruit Trekker
by Petr Cech
I live in Denmark and love to travel, to explore new worlds—new fruit worlds. Some people think I’m crazy to travel to places just to enjoy fruits. I simply prefer to travel because of fruit and not because of culture, music, shopping, events, retreats or anything else. However, it doesn’t mean that I don't experience and do other things than looking for and eating fruit all day long. My travels always bring some amazing stories. If you follow fruit, you will usually experience the unexpected. It not only fills your desires for food, it can influence your personal growth, too. I learned so much from trees, animals and people when I was looking for fruits or sharing them. I might say I have been studying Sweet Life at Fruit University.
I am always happy to see new exciting fruits, even if that brings the sad feeling of "so many fruits, so little time" to my mind, because it is quite incomprehensible how many different fruits and their varieties exist on this planet. And it is impossible in one lifetime to explore them all. There are always some that are becoming extinct and some new ones taking their place.
There are so many beautiful and amazing fruits in the world worth traveling long distances just for the sake of sight, touch, smell and taste of them. It’s quite surprising that there’s not greater interest for fruits in our society. Most people have probably only seen a few dozen of the many thousands fruits in the world.
Of course, you might say, why travel so far when I can get many exotic fruits in supermarkets or Chinatown? Yes, it is true today we can get amazing fruits delivered by plane, such as durian, mangosteen, pitahaya, etc. But, they are still only a few of the vast selections we can find compared to if we actually visit the places where they are grown.
Regenerative Veganic Gardening for Pure Food and Health
by Don Weaver
Since a growing number of us care about human and animal well-being, as well as the fate of the whole Earth, we should look at all the ways that our caring, our compassion, can translate into actions that truly make a difference. Let’s explore how we can take local and “backyard” actions that will provide us with the highest quality pure vegan foods while contributing to the regeneration of the Earth’s soil and whole integrated system of life-support.
Our species has for millennia tried the way of exploitation. Life has too often been used and abused, consumed and depleted, stolen and enslaved, sold and eventually “dumped.” Global eco-climatic devastation and worldwide famine could be coming to teach us hard lessons. Is it possible we still have time to awaken our wiser and better selves, and break out of the old cycles of exploitation and disease and unnatural death? If so, I think we need to quickly become the consciously compassionate and generous species, so that our lives serve to help make the Earth more fertile, more beautiful, healthier, more alive, and in cooperation with our fellow seven billion human beings.
Why not start by resolving to obtain your nutritional needs from very healthy plants growing on pure, healthy, mineralized soils? If you want the freshest and most healthful and delicious foods possible, you can grow and harvest them yourself. Is there is anything you can do that is more important for your health and that of the Earth than to grow a garden? Whether large or small, whether you try to grow all your food or just a fraction, it can be your foundation to maximize your health and longevity potential.
Fruitopia on Maui
Walking & Talking Fruit at Stephan Reeve’s Fruitarian Habitat in Paradise
Video interview & photos by Dr. David Klein. Videography by Shakta Edmonds
Ten years after our first exposé of Stephan Reeve’s magnificent fruit farm homestead (Living Nutrition vol. 13) we returned with a video camera in hand and over-excited palates. His 11 acres near Hana, Maui make for the fruit-lover’s utopia.
With some 400 singular variety fruit trees (many producing exotic, euphoria-inducing tropical fruits), lush vegetable and flower gardens, bamboo groves, solar power plant, open-air bamboo frame kitchen and ocean views, this is the most inspiring model for sensible, self-sustaining eco-living we know of.
Via the tender loving care of its biologist/horticulturist/organic gardener steward and occasional help from friend Don Weaver, this farm thrives and produces the most nutritious and delicious harvests imaginable.
Health and sharing are obviously what it’s all about for Stephan. The locals are blessed; many have partaken of the farm’s “frubundance.”
Now kick back and see this real-life vision of your dreams for yourself! And no, you don’t have to go to heaven to connect with Stephan—he is right here.
Raw Vegan Nutrition for Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Karen Ranzi
Women who have eaten healthfully prior to conception have the opportunity for a much easier time during pregnancy and have a greater likelihood of experiencing a vibrantly healthy pregnancy as well as longer life expectancy and healthier babies. The food a pregnant woman consumes will set up the health for her child for the rest of his or her life.
The mother should create a clean internal environment for her unborn child even before becoming pregnant. If sick, the human body will not suddenly heal from drugs and/or a toxic diet. Rather, it takes a period of time to detoxify and heal the body. To make a dramatic change toward exclusively raw vegan foods during pregnancy could start a huge detoxification. A large amount of toxins suddenly released into the system could have a negative effect on the fetus, so it’s important to detoxify slowly and not switch to a 100% raw foods diet during pregnancy if the previous diet was toxic.
Some women have been successful at gradually transitioning during a period of two to three months after conception, but it would be more advisable to make this dietary change prior to pregnancy. For a woman who has not been eating mostly whole, cooked, organic, vegan foods, a move to 60 to 70 percent raw vegan foods during pregnancy is recommended. The remaining 30 to 40 percent should be the least harmful of the cooked foods: steamed vegetables, sweet potatoes and squash.
Rainbow Fruit Sorbet
by Christina Chadney
Frozen fruit sorbet (or “ice cream,” if you prefer) is a delight for children and anyone young at heart—especially on a hot summer’s day! If you have an excess of any kind of fruit in your kitchen, freeze it and save it for a future treat. Invite friends to your home and surprise them with a sorbet dish—they will be wowed when they learn that your creations have no cholesterol, no white sugar and no more than 1% fat!
4-6 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
2 cups ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and frozen
2 cups cherries, pitted and frozen
optional: substitute any ripe fruit of your choice
Install the blank plate in a Champion juicer. Place the entire spout and blade assembly in the freezer for 10 or more minutes before processing the fruit—the sorbet will be firmest this way. First run chunks of the frozen banana, then mango then cherries through the juicing machine. Rotate the receiving bowl to separate the fruit products. Scoop the sorbet as desired into serving cups and enjoy immediately!
You Should Know Jack!
by Ken Love
Jackfruit is a great creature found growing in tropical areas worldwide. Jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus, is a relative of breadfruit, marang, hirsutus, pedalai, lakocha, chempedek and a number of other fruits not often found outside of the native habitats. Thought to originate in the South Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the fruit was called “Chakka” in the Indian dialect Malayalam.
Pliny the Elder of Rome in 50 AD described jackfruit as “Whereof the Indian Sages and philosophers do ordinarily live.” In 1350 visiting Italian dignitary Giovanni de’ Marignolli wrote: “Inside it has a pulp of surpassing flavor, with the sweetness of honey and of the best Italian melon.” Traders from around the world who gathered in the early 1200s in Kochin on India’s West coast loved the fruit. Oral histories show movement from there to China, Philippines and the rest of South East Asia. Eventually Chakka became Jakka, giaca and Jack. Elsewhere it became Nanka, Lanka and khanun or khnor. In Sanskrit the name is Panasam and Pala Palam in Tamil.
It’s unclear where the first trees in Hawaii came from. Very large producing trees were reported in 1888. I often enjoy the fruit from a 5-story massive tree. I am extremely careful of it--I don't want a 60-pound fruit crashing down on my 60 year-old head.
Master “The Force” Like a Jedi
by Steven Sadleir
Whether you call it “The Force” as in Star Wars, innate intelligence, nature or spirit, we all recognize that there is "something" inside us animating us, and all that exists. This energy is flowing and intricate systems of organizing intelligence are all working together. We become more proficient in using this force, the more we connect with it. In time, you realize the true nature of your self. This is enlightenment. You are this spirit, and it is guiding you now to the full realization of the God in you, all the time and everywhere. As you tap into the wellspring of life itself, you tap into and are guided by the flow of love that guides and sustains you.
Use The Force: Take a deep breath and connect with the life force within you. Be present to your Inner Being that led you to these words. Feel the volition that is guiding you and us all to bring more light into this world. As you begin to connect and be guided by that indwelling spirit, you will also start to become aware of how this force works for the good of all, and you will know what actions to take in all situations. You are so much more powerful with this awareness, and as you learn to flow with it, you are guided to fulfillment of your life purpose.
Everything flows better the more you are on purpose. To the degree you are “off” you will find your life becomes more difficult and painful. Difficulty and pain is a sign of resistance; you just need to get back on track and rediscover your purpose and passion. Use your Jedi skills; use The Force. Where there is darkness bring the light.
Coming Back To Ourselves
by Marilyn Gordon, BCH, CI
There is a compass that points us back to ourselves and opens our higher centers. Often we find that we are “away from ourselves.” We feel depleted or abandoned or alone, and it seems sometimes as if we’re traveling in some dark forest with no idea how to get back home.
Fortunately there are tools and techniques that provide a compass, pointing us back to ourselves.
We can then open our higher centers, experience the fourth dimension, raise our vibration, and go beyond the appearance of things. We find our transcendent selves once again. When we do, we’re able to stand back and see from an expanded perspective.
We become centered, and our higher energy centers remember the experiences of ecstatic love, divine wisdom, deep compassion and radiant light.
An emotional alchemy happens as we transform our fear into love and faith, the fire of rage into light, our grief into compassion and connection.
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