What’s In Your Mattress?

Hi Dear Ones,

Is your sleep environment toxin free? Sounds like a silly question, but one worth asking in today’s petrochemical laden world. Changes are, if you’re sleeping on a conventional mattress, you are sleeping on chemicals I promise you aren’t necessary or optimal to interact with.

Take a look at this brief video to gain more awareness, so next time you purchase a mattress, you’ll buy organic!

With love, light and green drinks,
Blythe

SuperFruit Leathers

SuperFruit Leathers

Blythe's Kiwi and Raspberry Chia Fruit Leathers

2 cups fruit, any kind. (I like kiwi, berries or apples best)

3  Tbsp organic chia seeds

1 1/4 cups water

In glass measuring cup, mix water and chia seeds. Stir and let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix dry organic chia seeds and water.
The chia mixture and fruit of choice go into the food processor until well mixed.

Purée fruit of choice and chia seed mixture in food processor or blender.

Chia and Fruit puree poured on dehydrator tray with teflex sheet, prior to dehydrating.
Pour chia and fruit mixture on dehydrator tray with teflex sheet, prior to dehydrating. Dehydrate 12-16 hours on 105. Remove by peeling the fruit leather off the teflex sheets. When it’s completely dry it will peel with ease. If it doesn’t peel with ease, dehydrate for another 4-7 hours. Drying times vary because the water volume in different fruits vary.
Blythe peeling the kiwi chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. Dried to perfection!
Peel the kiwi chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. Dried to perfection!
Blythe peeling the raspberry chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. It turned out perfect!
Blythe uses kitchen scissors to cut fruit leathers.
Use kitchen scissors to cut fruit leather strips to desired size.

This quick and delightful recipe serves your body with a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Blythe enjoys her Chia Seed Breakfast recipe. This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal type dish, and fruit leathers.
This recipe can be enjoyed as a yogurt, so if you don’t have a dehydrator yet, fear not, you can still enjoy this fabulous combination of power foods.
This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal type dish, and fruit leathers.
The three ways this recipe can be enjoyed.

                                                          SuperFruit Leathers

Blythe's Kiwi and Raspberry Chia Fruit Leathers

Blythe’s Kiwi and Raspberry Chia Fruit Leathers

2 cups fruit, any kind. (I like kiwi, berries or apples best)

3  Tbsp organic chia seeds

1 1/4 cups water

In glass measuring cup, mix water and chia seeds. Stir and let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix dry organic chia seeds and water.

Mix dry organic chia seeds and water.

The chia mixture and fruit of choice go into the food processor until well mixed.

The chia mixture and fruit of choice go into the food processor until well mixed.

Purée fruit  and chia seed mixture in food processor or blender.

Chia and Fruit puree poured on dehydrator tray with teflex sheet, prior to dehydrating.

Pour chia and fruit mixture on dehydrator tray with teflex sheet, prior to dehydrating.

Blythe peeling the kiwi chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. Dried to perfection!

Peel the kiwi chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. Dried to perfection!

Pour and spread on teflex sheet covered dehydrator tray.

Blythe peeling the raspberry chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. It turned out perfect!

Blythe peels the raspberry chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. It’s perfect!

Dehydrate 12 hours on 105. Remove by peeling the fruit leather off the teflex sheets. When it’s completely dry it will peel with ease. If it doesn’t peel with ease, dehydrate for another 4 hours.

Blythe uses kitchen scissors to cut fruit leathers.

Use kitchen scissors to cut fruit leather strips to desired size.

Cut into long strips and enjoy!

This quick and delightful recipe serves your body with a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Blythe enjoys her Chia Seed Breakfast recipe. This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal type dish, and fruit leathers.

Blythe enjoys her Chia Seed Breakfast recipe. This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal-type dish, and fruit leathers.

This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal type dish, and fruit leathers.

The three ways this recipe can be enjoyed.

This recipe can be enjoyed as a yogurt, so if you don’t have a dehydrator yet, fear not, you can still enjoy this fabulous combination of power foods.

Vegetables That Promote Bone and Joint Health

Vegetables That Promote Bone and Joint Health      Fennel

Many people, especially those nearing their senior years, are now looking for effective ways to take good care of their bones and joints. This is very important, because as you reach your 30s, your bone mass will start to gradually decline.

Many think that the best way to stop or reverse bone loss is to take high doses of supplements, such as calcium. But here’s the truth: you can actually keep your bones strong and healthy simply by modifying your diet. You will be surprised and happy to know that there are natural substances that can help keep your joints and bones healthy even as you age.

The Potential Benefits of Fennel

According to one study in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine, eating fennel seeds may have a beneficial effect on the loss of bone mineral density, as well as on bone mineral content.

The research says that fennel helps reduce osteoclast differentiation and function, which helps to decrease bone turnover markers and offers a protective effect on the bones. Osteoclasts are cells that break down weakened bones, while osteoblasts are cells that build them back up.

Fennel, also called bronze fennel or common fennel, is a plant that produces both a seed-like fruit and a leafy growth used as an herb. It is actually a treasure trove of nutrients: it contains folate, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phytonutrients, and antioxidants.  

Try This Simple Fennel Recipe:

Fennel & Bok Choy Salad with Cilantro Miso Dressing      BNL-7857

Ingredients:

4 baby bok choy

2 fennel bulbs

½ cup feta (optional, grass fed organic is best)

Dressing:

5 sprigs cilantro

1 ½ Tbsp yellow miso paste

1 lemon~ juice only

¼ cup grapeseed oil

dash black pepper

{if you don’t have a food processor, blend the dressing ingredients together in blender and chop the fennel and bok choy, top and toss}. In food processor using the chop tool, puree together all the dressing ingredients. Remove the chop tool and put in the slice tool. Slice the fennel and bok choy on top of the dressing in the food processor. Remove the slice tool, and spoon contents into a large mixing bowl. Toss and serve.

This is a super quick and fabulous 1 “pot” meal. Top with hemp seeds or sunflower seeds if you want more protein. Remember, greens are very high in protein, a lot of people don’t realize that. Enjoy this!  (recipe from Blythe’s new book, The Gift Of Greens, released 2014)

Don’t Miss Out on Other Healthy Vegetables

Fennel is just one example of a vegetable that has beneficial effects for bone health. High vegetable intake is actually associated with positive effects on bone mineral status for many years. Vegetables supply your body with bone health-promoting nutrients, like potassium and vitamin K1.

Potassium is needed by your body to help keep your body fluid pH levels at an optimal range. Sufficient potassium intake can help optimize your sodium to potassium ratio, which is an important factor for ensuring optimal bone mass.

However, if you eat a diet loaded with processed foods (which are high in sodium but low in potassium), there’s a high chance that your potassium to sodium ratio will be far from optimal and will set the stage for many health ailments.

In conclusion, eating a diet rich in high-quality, organic, and locally-grown vegetables – while ditching high-sodium processed foods – will help you to increase your bone density and strength naturally, and will help decrease your risk of developing fractures.

Remember, though, that healthy eating is just one aspect of bone and joint health – you need to combine it with other natural lifestyle strategies, such as optimizing your vitamin D levels, exercising regularly, and getting enough  high-quality sleep.

About the Author

Elaine Rosales writes for Mercola.com. She is currently researching different treatment protocols for

joint pain, and how optimal joint health greatly depends on various natural lifestyle strategies such as

proper diet, exercise, and sufficient rest. She is a subscriber of the Mercola newsletter.

Eating Raw Foods To Help With Arthritis

285x285_fruits_veggiesEating Raw Food to Help with Arthritis by Valerie Johnston 

The raw diet is more than just a fad as people try to get healthier in the fast food world. In fact, it has real benefits for addressing real conditions, including severe arthritis. The raw food diet tends to be high in the nutrients that can help alleviate arthritis-related joint pain, meaning that the raw food diet can be a real solution to a condition that troubles millions of people.

Getting Started with the Raw Food Diet.

The raw food diet might seem a bit scary at first. The title of the diet indicates that no food should be prepared at heat above 116 degrees, as purists believe that cooking the food takes away some of the nutrients that make the raw food diet so valuable. In addition food should not be processed, although certain processed foods are generally accepted as parts of the raw food diet, included dehydrated legumes and sprouted grains.

VeggiesWhen you start with the raw food diet, you should expect to encounter a few issues at first. The diet is significantly different from the conventional diet, so you can expect to feel a bit of discomfort in the early weeks of the diet. To help yourself out, try to make clear notes of how much joint pain you are experiencing so that you can keep track of improvements over time. Other than that, you should treat the raw food diet like you would your normal diet. Don’t eat foods you don’t like, but do try to balance your diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. Also, make sure to pick up a blender and dehydrator to be fully equipped for preparing your food.

Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid.

Even limited by the constraints of this diet, there are plenty of meal options out there. But, for addressing symptoms of arthritis, there are certain foods that are especially effective and certain foods that will be counterproductive.

Fiber is one of the most important nutrients to consume in addressing the effects of arthritis. Fiber works to reduce the toxic chemicals that build up in the joints, thereby decreasing the amount of joint pain that the individual experiences. Raw vegetables tend to be very high in fiber, making the raw food diet a great way to get more fiber. In addition, certain raw foods (like garlic and asparagus) contain sulfur, which can help to repair tissue cells in the joints and bones. In general, foods that are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc are particularly effective for people that are dealing with arthritis, as antioxidants can help reverse damage to the cells that is caused by arthritis.

On the other hand, certain raw foods are ineffective for those working to address the effects of arthritis. Potatoes, eggplant, and certain other foods have high amounts of solanine, which can increase inflammation in the joints.

Cautionary Tales

As with all diets, it’s important for you to keep a balanced diet in mind. Raw foods can provide a lot of benefits, but you likely won’t pick foods that meet all of your dietary needs naturally.

There are a few nutrients that are commonly insufficient as part of a raw food diet.

Calcium, for example, is present in certain vegetables, like broccoli, but the amount of calcium you get from a raw food diet may be insufficient, leading to bone problems. In addition, vitamin B-12 is commonly low in raw food diets, and deficiencies of this nutrient can cause increased pain from arthritis. Protein is also an issue, although each of these nutrients can be added to the diet using supplements and the proper distribution of foods.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon,  writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

Health is Wealth. Raw Food & Gluten Free Cooking Classes for a Limited Time Only.

Raw WrapHealth is wealth!

For a limited time only Blythe will be offering RAW FOOD and GLUTEN FREE COOKING CLASSES in Los Angeles.
You will learn the staples for an easy, tasty and energizing diet for you and your family.

TIME: 60 minute class at a cooking school in the West Hollywood area ~ semi private
COST: $160
Organic food, recipe booklet and semi~private coaching included.
CONTACT: email info@blytheRaw.com if you are interested in scheduling a class.

This offer is for a limited time only, book your class now:)
#Eathealthy friends! We love you. IMG_7105

Building Muscle on a Raw Food Diet


Building Muscle on a Raw Food Diet: An Impossible Dream?

By: Lily Grayston   muscle-building-raw-foods-21430675

If you’ve been a raw foodie or vegan for any length of time then your glowing skin and shiny hair are probably all the evidence you need of the inexorable link between healthy eating, and beauty. But if you’re new to the raw food scene, you may find yourself having to defend yourself against allegations that raw foodism and veganism generate a gaunt, haggard look. Likewise, you may be an athlete who has always been attracted to the raw food diet, but perhaps your fear of losing the lovely, muscular frame you have worked so hard to achieve, has been stopping you from taking the next step.

Muscle Matters: Why We Need to Build it

Most of us wouldn’t mind losing a couple of pounds of fat, yet when it comes to muscle, growth, rather than loss, is key to looking young and feeling strong. The benefits of building muscle go beyond skin deep. Muscle protects your joints and bones, raises your metabolism, and even increases your lifespan.

The medical term for the decreased in muscle mass is sarcopenia, a condition that leads to impaired mobility, falls, fractures and higher mortality rates.  Sarcopenia also interferes with the proper mitochondrial functioning of your cells; mitochondria are the cells’ energy generators; without them, the body cannot repair cell damage or rid itself of toxins.

When we say ‘build muscle’, we aren’t necessarily talking about bulking up; we simply mean building and maintaining a healthy muscle mass that will support your bones and joints.

Protein Power to the Max Raw Wrap

One of the main (and unfounded) criticisms of raw food and vegan diets is that they fail to provide adequate protein intakes. The truth is quite the contrary; there are a myriad of excellent vegan protein sources. Moreover, quality is more relevant than quantity. Raw foodies and vegans who take the time to source quality organic produce will require about half the amount of protein a meat eater needs.

Raw food expert and body builder, Peter Ragnar (author of the book, How to Build Muscle on a Raw Food Diet) says that standard bodybuilding literature sets required levels of daily protein intake too high (at one to two grams of protein per pound of body weight); he recommends a daily intake of around 4o to 50 grams for women, and 50 to 60 grams a day for men (this amount can increase to a whopping 200 grams if your aim is to put on a pound of muscle every couple of weeks).

Excellent vegan proteins sources include nuts and seeds, soybean products, sprouted seeds, whole grains, beans and legumes and spirulina – by weight, spirulina comprises 60 to 70 per cent protein! It also contains all the essential amino acids your body needs to grow muscle.

Amazing Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and the body’s ability to assimilate them increases through exercise. Raw food bodybuilders usually take amino acids like arginine, ornithine and alpha-ketoglutarate one hour before they work out and one hour before going to sleep, to increase muscle growth. Ragnar recommends consuming them for 12 weeks then resting for six.

Nitrogen Balance: Aiming for Equilibrium

Nitrogen is another vital pillar when it comes to strengthening and growing muscles; it is one of the key elements of amino acids. To achieve a positive nitrogen balance, adequate protein intake is vital.

Heavenly Hormones

Testosterone, a hormone produced by both men and women, is one of the main muscle stimulators. Its production can be increased naturally by consuming foods that boost healthy cholesterol (HDL). These include wild salmon and other fatty fish, as well as berries and dark, raw chocolate.

Another vital ingredient of muscle generation is Growth Hormone (GH), which increases protein synthesis, promotes fat burning and protects against muscle breakdown and loss.

Growth Hormone also leads to the release of Insulin-like Growth Factor (known as IGF-1), which increases muscle size, strength and efficiency; so much so that it is thought to be the key factor in muscle growth.

To stimulate IGF-1 production, insulin and GH levels must be high at the same time. It is therefore best to consume a meal that is both high in carbohydrates and protein around 45 minutes after a tough workout. At this time, your GH levels are high so by raising your insulin levels as well, IGF-1 production will be stimulated. Potassium (found in beets, broccoli, kale, olives, spinach and many more raw foods) is likewise key to keeping GH and IGF-1 levels up.

One hormone to avoided is cortisol (since it breaks down muscle). Make sure to get at least eight hours’ sleep, keep workouts to between 30 and 45 minutes, don’t train for over two days in a row, avoid extreme diets and stressful situations, and ensure your diet is rich in micro- and macro-nutrients.

Don’t Get Worked Up, Work Out

The importance of regular exercise (and a proper strength training routine) can’t be stressed enough. All the protein consumption in the world won’t build muscle on its own; muscles need to be stressed in order to stimulate the generation of new tissue. Examples of strong sportsmen and women who follow vegan and/or raw food diets abound; some have bigger arms than the typical meat-eating bodybuilder; others sport a leaner look. It is somewhat strange to hear women occasionally express worry about starting a weights routine, fearing they will develop a bulky frame. Muscle is actually extremely hard to put on consistently, especially for women. To really bulk up, serious bodybuilders work on ‘strenuous overload’, which involves increasing the weight lifted until six-to-ten repetitions of a set become difficult to complete. They also aim to stress out the largest number of muscles at the same time, through exercises like squats, parallel bar dips, and rows. To facilitate muscle growth during your workout, make sure to eat a handful of dried fruit around half and hour before your workout, washed down with a delicious glass of freshly squeezed juice.

Crazy about Calcium Veggies

Organic calcium sources keep muscles from cramping and enables them to contract, a vital part of the building process. Make sure to stock up your pantry with kelp, wild greens, unrefined grains, nuts and seed, broccoli and avocados.