Raw Judita - September Newsletter

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
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Deconstructing Cravings

The body is an amazing source of intelligence. It is always there for you, pumping blood, never skipping a heartbeat, digesting whatever food you put in it and maintaining homeostasis. Is this reliable, intelligent bio-computer making a mistake by craving ice cream or a hamburger or chocolate? Are cravings due to lack of will-power or discipline? I’d like to suggest that cravings are not a problem. They are critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs.

The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave. Perhaps your diet is too restrictive or devoid of essential nutrients. Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is too boring or stressful. Your body tries to correct the imbalance by sending you a message: a craving. A craving for something sweet could mean you need more protein, more exercise, more water or more love in your life. The key to stopping the sugar craving is to understand and deliver what your body really needs.

No book or theory can tell you what to eat. Only awareness of your body and its needs can tell you. Of all the relationships in our lives, the one with our body is the most essential. It takes communication, love and time to cultivate a relationship with your body. As you learn to decipher and respond to your body’s cravings, you will create a deep and lasting level of health and balance.
The next time you have a craving, treat it as a loving message from your body instead of a weakness. Try these tips to respond to your body:
  • Have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes.
  • Eat a healthier version of what you crave. For example, if you crave sweets, try eating more fruit and sweet or root vegetables.
  • What is out of balance in your life? Is there something you need to express, or is something being repressed? What happened in your life just before you had this craving?
  • When you eat the food you are craving, enjoy it, taste it, savor it; notice its effect. Then you will become more aware and free to decide if you really want it next time.

Raw Food 101 Class
Sept. 11th 1pm -4pm
Long Beach, CA

A 3 hour fun and informative class for those new to or just curious about the raw food lifestyle. Learn fast and easy recipes that not only taste exquisite but are nourishing, healing and beautifying. Topics covered include:
  • the basics of raw nutrition i.e. where do we get our protein and how much do we need?
  • eating for energy
  • superfoods
  • raw for detoxification
  • travel in the raw
  • raw on a budget
  • your health questions answered while eating the best food on the planet

Learn how to:

  • open coconuts
  • grow sprouts
  • make 8 delicious recipes that your family will love. (demonstration only)
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Recipe of the Month: Chocolate Chip Scones

Makes 8 servings
Soak time: 8-12 hours
Prep time: 10 minutes
Drying time: 7-8 hours

Equipment: Food processor and dehydrator
When these little delights come straight out of the dehydrator they taste just like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Absolute heaven. Hint: put them in the dehydrator before you go to bed so you have warm scones in the morning!
2 cups soaked oat groats (1 1/4 cups dry) , soaked 8-12 hours or overnight
3/4 cup soft medjool dates
1/2 cup unsweetened dessicated coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips*
pinch of salt (optional)

 *chop a raw chocolate bar into small chips (Fine & Raw is a good one) or use store bought organic chocolate chips. My favorite is Sunspire brand.

Place well drained oats into the food processor and process until oats break down and begin to stick. Scrape down sides with a spatula if needed.
Add dates, coconut and salt and process until mixture balls up into a dough.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and add in chocolate chips by hand. I suggest wearing disposable gloves for this so the chocolate chips don’t melt.
Place mixture in the center of a non stick surface and press dough into a  3/4” to 1” high round shape. A rolling pin is helpful for this.
Cut round into 8 wedges and separate pieces on a mesh dehydrator tray.
Dehydrate at 110 degrees for 7-8 hours. If you like a moist scone remove after 7 hours. If you like it chewier keep them in for 8 or more hours. 
Delicious served warmed.
Will keep for 5-7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or one month in  the freezer.

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