Asparagus

Today’s featured food was one that I previously ate only when it was smothered in cheese sauce. Since ditching the dairy, I’ve come to appreciate how delicious fresh organic asparagus is, raw or lightly cooked. And there is more to appreciate about this beneficial vegetable.

Asparagus

Asparagus contains phytochemical compounds such as chlorophyll and lutein that are crucial organ cleansers. They go deeply into the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys, scrubbing out the toxins there. Chlorophyll also binds to amino acids such as glutamine and threonine to help remove heavy metals.

Some of the phytochemicals in asparagus actually inhibit toxins. After driving out pesticides and heavy metals from the organs, these specialized phytochemicals stay behind, repelling new toxins. This makes asparagus an amazing tool for battling all varieties of cancer.

Asparagus

This vegetable is high in easily absorbable B vitamins, silica, iron, zinc, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. It supports the adrenal glands, and alkalizes the body by flushing out unproductive acids.

Asparagus really shines as an anti-aging wonder. In Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William, he writes that every spear of asparagus that we eat was once on its way to becoming a small tree! While all vegetables have value, most can’t claim this hidden potential. When we consume young asparagus shoots their propulsive energy is transferred to us, keeping us young and and helping in the recovery and prevention of neurological disorders.

Asparagus

Bring more asparagus into your life if you suffer from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, cancer, migraines, Menieres, diabetes, shingles, Epstein Barr and other viruses, thyroid disorders, Lyme, infertility, sleep apnea, skin issues, muscle spasms and stiffness, joint pain and menopause symptoms.

Asparagus can be eaten raw as a snack or chopped and included in salads, juiced with other vegetables, steamed or grilled, or made into a luscious and nourishing soup.

I picked up a couple of bunches of organic asparagus today, with the intention of making soup this weekend. I’ll juice any leftover spears. I also plan to bring more asparagus into my life. Spring is the perfect season for rejuvenation.

Asparagus

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Apple Porridge

I’ve been wanting to try this breakfast recipe since purchasing Thyroid Healing by Anthony William. Most mornings my day begins with fresh celery juice followed by a fruit smoothie. I don’t eat again until lunch. However, occasionally I’ll swap out the smoothie for a healthy alternative. On this beautiful and warm spring day, I opted to try Apple Porridge for the first time.

Apple Porridge

This recipe requires a food processor or a powerful blender.

Apple Porridge

I doubled the recipe. And since the organic apples I had were small, I used eight of them.

Apple Porridge

Apple Porridge

I had all the ingredients on hand, except for raisins. I topped my porridge with walnuts and the unsweetened shredded coconut. Any topping could be used. I have dried wild blueberries and considered using those. Other dried or fresh fruits would make fun toppings. Get creative.

Apple Porridge Apple Porridge without the toppings.

This was such a simple recipe that only took minutes to prepare. It is full of the healthy goodness of apples, dates and raw honey. And it tasted SO good. This recipe not only makes a wonderfully healthy breakfast, apple porridge would be excellent as an accompaniment to afternoon tea time, as a light dinner, or a tasty dessert. A bowlful was very filling.

I carried my breakfast out into the garden. I am trusting that these warmer days ahead will coax my flowers and plants into making an appearance. The sunshine felt good on my skin and I got yo wear short sleeves today, at last.

My shirt from Solgave Clothing has printed across the front, NO REGRETS. That’s my heart today, and my life. I certainly have no regrets about adopting a plant based lifestyle and embarking on a healing journey. How can I, when I am spooning up such a delightful breakfast! I know I am nourishing my body and supporting it as it heals. No regrets, indeed.

Apple Porridge

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Burdock Root

The benefits of this root, which can be taken as a supplement, drank as a tea or eaten as a vegetable, are many. Burdock root has a grounding ability that comes from anchoring deeply in the ground. When it comes to rehabilitating the liver, there is nothing better than this root.

Burdock Root

The liver can become filled with viruses such as Epstein Barr, shingles, HHV-6 and cytomegalovirus, and with unproductive bacteria, parasites, fungi or other pathogens. It can also become dense and harden. Burdock root strengthens and revitalizes the liver so that it can fight off pathogens. It also softens a dense stagnant liver.

Phytochemicals in burdock help to reduce the growth of cysts and adhesions in the liver, repair scar tissue and cleanse the lobes. It detoxifies the core of the liver, removing toxicity caused by metals, plastics, herbicides, and fungicides, which allows the liver to breathe.

Burdock Root The burdock plant. It is the root that is most beneficial.

Burdock root has potent antibacterial, antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. It contains almost every known trace mineral plus vitamins A, B, C and K. It is excellent for cleansing the lymphatic system and the blood, and enhancing white blood cells to keep the lymph nodes strong so they can do their work of killing pathogens and cancer cells. Burdock also detoxifies heavy metals.

The root of the burdock can be juiced along with other vegetables, peeled like a carrot and sliced into sticks to eat raw, or chopped and added to soups. The root has a sweet, earthy taste.

Burdock Root

Or the root can be dried and finely chopped and used to make hot tea. Anthony suggests drinking a cup of burdock root tea after a massage, to enhance lymphatic drainage. And to offer burdock root tea to those who might be in need of cleansing from physical or emotional toxins. Burdock root can be taken in capsule form also.

I enjoy burdock root tea. Organic dried root can be purchased by the ounce in health food stores or health conscious grocery stores, or ordered through the links below. I add two teaspoons of the dried root to a cup of boiling water, cover, and let the tea steep for 15 minutes. The soothing tea has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.

This afternoon I paired a cup of hot burdock root tea with a bowl of fresh papaya and strawberries mixed with frozen wild blueberries. What a nourishing tea time. I know my liver thanks me for it!

Burdock Root

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Dandelions

One of the first signs of spring, even when the season itself seems confused, is the appearance of dandelions. These cheerful, bright yellow flowers dot lawns, fill ditches and dance across fields. Most consider the dandelion a weed to be eradicated. Children see them as wish granters and essentials for flower necklaces. My friend Marva appreciates their musical abilities and has taught the whole world how to make a dandelion horn. Her charming and folksy video went viral! (Enjoy the dandelion horn video HERE)

For me, this magical plant that still delights the artistic child that dwells within me has become a source of healing.

Dandelions

Anthony William, author of Life Changing Foods, writes that the defining characteristic of dandelions is bitterness. It is this quality that lends this wild food restorative properties. Dandelions get your blood pumping and your organs spring cleaning, clearing away radiation, toxic heavy metals, DDT, and other poisons.

Every part of this plant is edible and useful…root, leaves, flower and even the stem. And every part varies in its degree of bitterness and targets different areas of the body.

Dandelions

The sunny yellow blossoms are the least bitter, and they cleanse the stomach and intestinal tract. The leaves, which are more bitter, contain phytochemicals that purify the blood, help with circulation and remove toxins from the lymphatic system, making them helpful for those with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, swollen lymph nodes and edema.

The even more bitter stem of the dandelion cleanses dense organs such as the spleen, liver and brain. And the root, the most bitter part of the plant, forces organs to purge at a deep level. As Anthony says, dandelion root is not for the faint of heart!

Full of nutrients such as vitamins A and B, manganese, iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, silica and chlorophyll, dandelions energize the entire body, preventing illnesses and fighting off diseases.

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Dandelion leaves can be consumed raw in a salad, cooked like other greens, run through a juicer with fruits and veggies or steeped in hot water for a refreshing and cleansing tea. The flowers make a wonderful cold tea. Pick fresh blooms and let them steep in cold water overnight. Sweeten the drink with raw honey if desired. And the roots can be dried and finely chopped for hot tea, or roasted and used as a substitute for coffee. Roasting takes the edge off of the bitterness.

Dandelions are readily available from spring until fall. They can be picked fresh from any area that has not been treated with chemicals for weed control. Also avoid the strips of land along roads as these tend to be contaminated with pollutants.

My favorite place to harvest dandelions is in my own backyard, where I have a very healthy crop growing. I enjoy using the fresh flowers and leaves to create a flavorful hot tea. I’ll be daring and try the root very soon.

Dandelions

Broccoli

Today’s featured food, broccoli, is a member of the cruciferous vegetables group, along with cabbage, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, arugula, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Cruciferous veggies have amazing cleansing and healing abilities, especially when combined with other foods.

Broccoli

In Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William, I learned that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli help to prevent a variety of cancers, including those that attack the brain, breasts, reproductive organs, lungs and intestinal tract. These veggies are especially beneficial for the lungs, due to their sulfur rich composition, stimulating the growth of lung tissue. Crucifers are a great source of vitamins B, A, C, E and K.

In particular, broccoli is like an all purpose multivitamin for the entire body. In addition it contains trace minerals and other nutrients that support the immune system and enhances all the systems of the body.

Broccoli

Eat more broccoli, and crucifers, to help heal liver disorders, nodules on bones and glands, adrenal fatigue, hypertension, depression and the herpes viruses. This green veggie also aids diabetes, migraines, anxiety, ADHD, Epstein Barr, shingles, aches and pains, joint pain and inflammation, leg cramps, menopause symptoms and heart palpitations.

When combined with asparagus, broccoli increases the cancer fighting compounds found in asparagus. It also strengthens the kidney cleansing phytochemicals in asparagus.

Broccoli

Broccoli can be eaten raw, added to salads, lightly steamed, stir fried or combined with other foods in casseroles. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this veggie is in a healthy macaroni and broccoli baked dish created by Anthony. You can find that recipe HERE.

I used to buy frozen vegetables most of the time, for convenience. Since going plant based, I rarely purchase bags of frozen veggies, preferring instead to buy fresh produce and spend the extra couple of minutes chopping or slicing in preparation for cooking. It’s a meditative experience, a hands on way of contributing to my health and wellbeing. Cutting my broccoli into florets tonight, for dinner, only took a minute. Long enough, though, to feel gratitude for all the health benefits it brings to me.

Broccoli

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Nettle Leaf

I first became aware of this plant as a youth. Brushing bare arms or legs against it could result in a temporary stinging sensation. Stinging nettles were something I learned to avoid. However, long before I switched to a plant based lifestyle, I discovered the surprising benefits of drinking nettle tea.

Nettle Leaf

This adaptogenic herb provides support for our bodies during times of stress. The leaves contain vast amounts of phytochemicals, anti-inflammatories and alkaloids. Nettle leaf is also full of bone building and bone protecting silica, 40+ trace minerals, and it contains a potent natural pain reliever.

This wild food, that many consider a weed, provides amazing support for the adrenal glands and the endocrine system that are often overburdened, overworked and fatigued. Adrenal fatigue can severely affect women in particular, causing reproductive system symptoms such as hormonal imbalance, infertility and perimenopause. The problem can be that the adrenals need help, rather than the reproductive system. Nettle helps to address multiple sources of hormone disruption.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf eases infections in the urinary tract, bladder and kidneys, and fights against cystitis and reproductive cancers. It’s a powerful ally against viruses such as Epstein Barr and shingles, and helps the body to recover from rheumatoid arthritis, post traumatic stress disorders, autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression and mood swings.

For the greatest benefit from this centering herb, use it in dried form to create tea. I buy dried nettle leaf by the ounce. It’s available in health food stores and health conscious grocery stores. Add a couple of teaspoons of dried nettle to a tea ball or mesh basket and drop into a tea cup or mug. Fill cup with boiling water, cover and steep for at least five minutes. Other dried herbs can be combined with nettle leaf, for unique blends. Raw organic honey or a squeeze of lemon can be added as well.

Nettle Leaf

I have gone from avoiding the plant to regularly drinking a cup of nettle tea during my afternoon tea time. The hot tea brings comfort and a sense of settling and centering to my busy mind.

Nettle brings that same sense of wellbeing to my body as it provides healing and restoration. When I’ve had a stressful day this is my go to herbal tea. I am extremely grateful for this incredible plant.

Nettle Leaf

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Grapes

Like bananas, grapes are often overlooked as a healthy food choice, due to their natural sweetness. They can be judged as being too high in calories, carbs or sugar and therefore they are eliminated from a health conscious diet. However, also like bananas, it is unwise to dismiss this juicy, powerful fruit.

Grapes

Grapes contain phytochemicals that are critical for kidney health. Those phytochemicals bind onto wastes that the kidneys have difficulty filtering. Grapes are excellent for the liver as well, helping to cleanse away debris, processed food and by products that can clog up lobules in the liver.

Powerful micronutrients in grape skins eliminate parasites, mold and unproductive fungus from the intestinal tract. And antioxidants enable grapes to help fight and prevent most forms of cancer.

Grapes

Additionally, grapes expel radiation from the body, draw out DDT and toxic heavy metals from the liver, kidneys, spleen and other organs, and they are a potent antiviral for autoimmune disorders. And finally, grapes are an amazing energy boosting food.

I had the joy and pleasure of visiting vineyards in Italy last year. Our tour group learned about the care and tasks involved in growing the best grapes, at Fattoria Il Poggio, near Montecarlo in the Tuscany region. What a beautiful sight, those rows and rows of grape vines, with the mountains in the background. After our al fresco dinner at Fattoria Il Poggio, complete with wines made from their carefully tended grapes, I left with a new appreciation for this fruit.

Grapes can be added to juices, smoothies and salads, dried into raisins, or…my favorite…lightly rinsed and eaten as a snack. In Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William, the chapter on grapes comes with a fun and simple recipe for grape slushies, using frozen grapes and coconut water. This cold drink reminds me of the snow cones I used to enjoy, in my favorite flavor, grape. This is a healthy, wholesome version of that summer treat.

Anthony has included a fresh grape jelly recipe as well, made in the food processor. It has the added health benefits of raw honey and a squeeze of lemon. I will be trying out this recipe for the first time on Tuesday. I think it will make a great topping for frozen banana ice cream!

Such an unpretentious food packed with healing properties. That’s the grape. Enjoy any of the varieties…concord, red or white….and reap good health.

Grapes

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Papayas

I have added frozen papaya to morning smoothies, and enjoyed it thawed in fruit salads. However, I have never purchased a fresh papaya and prepared it at home, until this week. This squatty fruit, plain looking on the outside, with sweet tender fruit inside, is a powerful food, especially for those with digestive issues.

Papayas Food Friday

Papaya is the most easily digested food available. Anthony William shares, in Life Changing Foods, that each papaya contains hundreds of powerful digestive enzymes that support the pancreas, aid digestion and mend the walls of the intestinal tract, reducing inflammation and preventing the formation of scar tissue.

This fruit’s amino acids and enzymes help to repel viruses while enhancing the alkalinity inside the intestinal tract. For those suffering from any kind of stomach or intestinal disorder, papayas are a blessing. They reverse colitis, Crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, diverticulitis, gastritis, gastric spasms, liver disease and pancreatitis. They also destroy unhealthy bacteria and parasites in the gut.

Papayas Food Friday

Additionally, papayas relieve constipation and they are soothing to the stomach when consumed after an illness or a time of fasting. Finally, papayas are great for the skin. This fruit has anti-wrinkle properties, due to its high content of vitamins, minerals and caratenoids. Besides creating a healthy glow, papayas help to clear up eczema, psoriasis and acne.

I decided to experience my first freshly prepared papaya by creating a papaya boat for dinner. The fruit, which has a mottled yellow skin when ripe, was extremely easy to cut in two. There are dark seeds within, that are edible. The spicy seeds are beneficial for eliminating parasites.

Papayas Food Friday

Using half the papaya, I scooped out the seeds, sampling a couple, and filled the center with thawed wild blueberries and freshly sliced strawberries. Dinner was ready!

This was a simple, delicious meal. The fruit of the papaya is reminiscent of cantaloupe, with a milder, sweeter flavor that I enjoyed. With every bite I took, I knew this humble fruit was bringing healing to my digestive system.

And this is important to me. I have had a lifetime of digestive problems. Drinking celery juice has helped me tremendously, easing a host of problems that I have suffered with since childhood. I know papaya is soothing and strengthening my stomach and intestinal tract even more. And it is crucial to me, that papaya supports the pancreas. I’ve lost my father and two friends to pancreatic cancer. I want to promote health and wellness in my pancreas and throughout my digestive system.

This fruit can do that for me. And right now, I have the other half of a papaya in the fridge, ready for me to enjoy.

Papayas Food Friday

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American Skullcap

Today’s featured supplement was unfamiliar to me, until recently. When my health mentor, Anthony William, shared a post about its benefits, I was eager to try it.

American Skullcap

American Skullcap is a hardy perennial herb, in the mint family. Scutellaria lateriflora, known as blue skullcap, mad dog skullcap, or simply skullcap, is native to North America. There is also a Chinese Skullcap, that has different properties. Be sure to purchase the American variety, for the health benefits discussed here.

This medicinal herb is helpful for relieving stress, depression, anxiety, headaches and exhaustion. It is healing to the central nervous system, and is especially beneficial in easing nerve pain, nervous tension, muscle spasms, twitches, tics and cramping muscles.

American Skullcap

Skullcap is helpful for those dealing with Parkinson’s, shingles, neuralgia, sciatica, migraines, PMS and menopause. It’s anti inflammatory properties help to stop histamine production, which can cause swelling and pain for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic sinusitis, asthma and fibromyalgia.

In addition, Skullcap helps to lower blood pressure, supports the cardiovascular system and promotes a good night’s sleep by easing insomnia.

American Skullcap can be taken as a capsule, tincture or in tea form. I take a capsule daily. This supplement is available in health food stores or you can click the link below and order it through Amazon.

This herb has been a blessing in my life. I have experienced a great deal of nerve pain and suffered with chronic sciatica for 22 years. There was a time when I walked with difficulty, due to inflamed sciatic nerves. I couldn’t even touch the backs of my legs without causing further pain. Following Anthony’s health protocol eliminated the shingles virus causing the sciatica, ending years of discomfort.

I will happily take American Skullcap to bring continued healing and restoration to those nerves, and health and wellness to my body.

American Skullcap

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Wild Blueberries

I have loved blueberries since my childhood. My dad’s favorite pie was blueberry pie, and that sweet dessert was my first experience with this little berry. Growing up I also enjoyed blueberry pancakes and blueberry cobbler. It wasn’t until my adult years that I ever tried eating the berries by themselves. It was fun to pick my own berries, at local farms, popping a few that were warmed by the sun into my mouth as I worked.

Wild Blueberries

Imagine my delight when I discovered that the wild blueberry, from Maine in the USA, is considered one of the most powerful foods on the earth. In Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William, he writes that cultivated blueberries, while still a nutritious food, don’t offer even a fraction of the health benefits that their wild cousins do.

Wild blueberries have learned to adapt to climate changes and they have learned how to thrive, like no other food on the planet. They have extremely high levels of antioxidants, bringing healing to any damaged part of the body. Wild blueberries are the most effective food for eradicating heavy metals and other toxins from the body. They are a powerful brain food and amazing at restoring the liver.

Wild Blueberries

Wild Blueberries

Wild blueberries can help prevent any type of cancer and they are so restorative that they are beneficial for any symptom, whether physical, emotional or spiritual. Anthony believes that in the future, the properties of the wild blueberry will be the key that unlocks the secrets of healing diseases.

This health altering berry is easy to incorporate into the diet. It is crucial to purchase wild blueberries, rather than regular berries, and the easiest way to find them is in the frozen foods section at the grocery store. I buy the largest bag available, at Walmart. Wild blueberries are readily found at most grocery and health food stores.

Wild Blueberries

Wild Blueberries

My favorite way to enjoy wild blueberries is by adding them to my morning smoothies or smoothie bowls. Combined with a banana, mangoes, cilantro and a spoonful each of Hawaiian spirulina, Atlantic dulse flakes and barley grass juice extract, these berries create a very effective heavy metal detox smoothie. I drink one of these at least three times a week.

I top pancakes, free from gluten, dairy, eggs and sugar, with thawed wild blueberries and organic maple syrup, for a healthy weekend breakfast. And for an easy and nutritious treat, combine frozen wild blueberries with frozen chunks of bananas and blend in food processor or blender until creamy. Yum!

Wild Blueberries

Add wild blueberries to water for a refreshing, fruity drink, to green salads or eat them plain, frozen or thawed. As one whose first experience with blueberries was in a pie, I love the recipe for raw wild blueberry pie, in the Life Changing Foods book. With its date, coconut and cashews crust and naturally sweet wild blueberries and mango filling, this luscious pie is simple to make and full of health boosting goodness. You can find my blog post with the wild blueberry pie recipe HERE.

This is one food I keep in the freezer at all times. I’m grateful for all that it offers to my health and well being. Thanks, Dad, for introducing me to blueberries!

Wild Blueberries

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