When I was 23 I had terrible eczema all over my legs. It was devastating and nothing could get rid of it - not even cuttting-edge steroid creams (I had a connection to some expensive creams that weren't even on the market yet). Basically, there was nothing I could do and I was never going to wear skirts or shorts again. At least that's what the doctors told me.One day I came across Juliano's Raw cookbook and being the chef that I am, took some serious interest in this creative, beautiful way of "cooking". The pictures looked so appetizing, so healthy, yet so cutting edge from the culinary aspect of things. I was intrigued and being such a health nut, I thought "wow, somebody is healthier than me??" I had to buy the book. I thought this guy might just be a total genius and I was suspicious.So I decided to do raw foods for a whole week, then one week turned into two. I was committed 100% to the whole lifestyle and had fun getting creative with the recipes. The ingredients were all organic and fresh from the Farmer's Markets - so tasty, pretty, colorful, plump, and tasty - but not baked, not cooked, not fried. Minus the initial "hot" food cravings, I LOVED IT.I stuck with it and slowly my body started transforming. My face was glowing, I shed 5 lbs (not that I was even trying to lose weight), my brain was clear, my vision was clear, I was happy and positive, full of life and energy (sometimes running twice in one day). It was NUTS! I was constantly feeding my face and enjoying every bite.But, the most amazing part of it all - my eczema was disappearing. And after about 2 weeks, it was completely gone. What an amazing side-effect of this fun way of living, eating, and cooking.I couldn't believe that I had cured my own skin disorder. Not one doctor I had seen could have done this for me.At this point I realized that I HAD to find a way to spread this type of food and eating and health to everybody around me. At this time however, raw foods, vegans and even vegetarians were all hippies and activists. I wanted to modernize it, make it seem less "weird" and "creepy".That was the day I decided to start Kookie Karma!
Ok, so I didn't go into that much detail at the bank, but during the midst of my story all of the tellers were engaged and stopped what they are doing to listen. By the end I was bombarded with questions: "What about protein? How do you get enough?" and "I don't like meat, how can I not eat so many carbs?" "What is sprouted grains? Should my bread be sprouted?" "How can I learn more about this?"
The one thing I tell everybody is GREENS!!! Whether or not you eat meat, doesn't matter, just balance the sugar and the meat with GREEN FOODS.
Greens are so powerful; They alkalize the body, contain high amounts of minerals, vitamins, iron, protein and phytonutrients as well. By green foods I don't mean steamed broccoli, apples and zucchini per se, I'm talking about raw kale, romaine, arugula, parsley, and even ocean greens like seaweed, algae and Spirulina.
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Acid Alkaline Diet
Vegetables: Raw and fresh vegetables are another healthy way to give the body certain things it needs such as folate, potassium, fiber and vitamins A and C. If these crunchy colorful delectables are combined with other high fiber foods, they can also assist in warding off other serious and chronic illnesses especially for pregnant mothers.
GREEN POWER INDEED! We all need lots of greens.
I'm glad I found your blog. I saw you on Gliving a long time ago but didn't know about this site. Congrats on your pregnancy. You're so lucky!!!!!
Oops, I see you gave birth to Roman. Congrats on an awesome birth (seems it was unassisted, right?). Awesome.
Right, thanks Acid Alkaline Diet. You are right, but a lot of people often forget about greens. You can add them to stuff like smoothies. But thanks, did you also see our post on Ph Balance? Check it out and I'd like to hear what you have to say!! Thanks again.