Atlantic Sea Dulse

Although I think of Atlantic Sea Dulse as one of my supplements, in reality dulse is considered a wild food. It is a seaweed, and it is a very powerful food that rids the body of toxic heavy metals.

Atlantic Sea Dulse

According to Anthony William, author of Life Changing Foods, one of the reasons heavy metals can be so damaging to the body is because they are neuro-antagonists. They disrupt electrical nerve impulses and cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate. In the process, neurotransmitters burn out, which can create anxiety and depression.

Seaweed’s job, in the ocean, is to absorb toxic heavy metals, radiation and other toxins, and render them harmless. They sponge up poisons, deactivate them, and then release them back into the ocean in an inactive state.

When we consume Atlantic Sea Dulse, or Bladderwrack or kelp, that same sponge-like ability to absorb poisons works for us. Except, instead of releasing the toxins, pesticides, or radiation back into our bodies, the dulse lock on to the poisons and don’t release them, moving them out of the body instead.

The only thing dulse leaves behind in the body is nutrition. Dulse contains more than 50 health boosting minerals that nourish all the systems of the body.

Dulse helps bring healing during any type of illness. It reconstructs damaged DNA, aids the endocrine system by eliminating radiation, and provides active iodine to the thyroid to protect against viruses such as Epstein-Barr. It is also beneficial for bones, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue and teeth and helps with toxic metal induced illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, ADHD and brain fog.

I purchase Atlantic Sea Dulse dried, in flake form. I add a spoonful to morning smoothies. When combined with a banana, wild blueberries, cilantro, Hawaiian spirulina and barley grass juice powder it creates a powerful detox smoothie. I drink several of those a week. Last year, when I made two cross Atlantic flights, I drank detox smoothies every morning for 30 days prior to the trips. I didn’t experience restless legs syndrome at all, and haven’t since. Restless legs can be a symptom of having too much toxic heavy metals in the body.

Atlantic Sea Dulse

Dulse can also be added to rice, soups, veggies, nori rolls, or any other dish, for a health boost. It has been an ingredient in the healing broth Ive been consuming as part of the 90 Day Thyroid Rehab.

And I know you are wondering…does it have a fishy taste or a strong smell? The answer is, not at all! The scent is mild, and non-fishy. And I can’t taste it in my smoothies or broth. I’ve seen Anthony add dulse to his drinking water, on live videos. I want to try this!

Dulse has become an important part of my diet. Two years ago, I had never heard of it. Now, I regularly include it in my smoothies. Atlantic sea vegetables have a wonderful grounding effect on the body. I appreciate this remarkable food, and knowing that it is helping me to live a healthier life as it supports and grounds my body.

Atlantic Sea Dulse

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Cilantro

I had always considered today’s featured food as a garnish or a flavorful addition to salsa and Mexican food. When I switched to a plant based lifestyle, I discovered this herb has amazing health benefits.

Cilantro is a powerfully cleansing food, removing toxic heavy metals from the brain, organs and other body systems. With its mineral salts comprised of sodium, potassium and chloride, cilantro can pass through the blood-brain barrier, pulling toxins from the brain and freeing neurons from toxic metal oxidized residue.

Cilantro is a valuable liver detoxifier and supports the adrenal glands. This herb also balances blood glucose levels, warding off weight gain, brain fog and memory problems. It’s antiviral, making it an effective weapon against Epstein-Barr, shingles and herpetic viruses. Cilantro’s antibacterial properties kill off every form of bacteria and flushes their waste from the body. For any type of chronic or mystery illness, cilantro is an important addition to the diet.

Some people dislike cilantro, experiencing a bad taste when they eat it. Anthony William, author of Life Changing Foods, writes that people who perceive a bitter or harsh flavor when eating cilantro have a higher rate of heavy metal oxidation going on. The heavy metals in their bodies are corroding at a more rapid rate, creating toxic runoff. This runoff makes its way into the lymphatic system and saliva, which results in the bad taste when cilantro is eaten, as it binds onto the oxidative debris. If someone dislikes the taste of cilantro, that could be an indicator that he or she really needs its healing benefits.

To best remove toxic heavy metals from the body, consume fresh cilantro. It is so much more than a garnish for guacamole. Try adding it to smoothies, juices, chopped in salads and salsas, and sprinkling it on vegetables, curries, and soups.

I had suffered from restless leg syndrome for years. There are several causes for this condition, including a build up of heavy metals in the body. My restless legs made extended trips by car or airplane very uncomfortable. Last year, facing long flights across the Atlantic, I decided to try detox smoothies as a way of easing my legs. Every morning, for 30 days before flying, I drank a detox smoothie, made from 1 banana, 1 cup of wild blueberries, 1 cup of frozen mango chunks, 1 orange, 1 bunch of cilantro, and a teaspoon each of hemp seeds, Atlantic dulse and Hawaiian spirulina. I did not experience restless legs at all on the flight to and from Italy, nor did I later on my UK trip. I drink a detox smoothie at least twice a week, and I have not had restless legs since.

I include this wonder food in my diet as often as I can. For lunch today I sprinkled it on my orange/avocado salad. Tonight I’ll juice it with celery, apple, and ginger. I am grateful for the healing cilantro brings into my body.

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Onions

I have not previously been a fan of today’s featured food. When ordering salads or burgers in a restaurant I would request “no onions, please”. However, that was my old way of eating. As I have embraced a plant based lifestyle wholeheartedly, I have come to appreciate the many health benefits of onions.

My opinion about onions shifted when I read about them in Life Changing Foods by Anthony William. The info I am sharing comes from the section on this versatile vegetable.

Onions are highly medicinal. They are one of the best foods available for keeping down bacterial overgrowth in the body, making them an important choice for anyone struggling with SIBO, small intestinal bacteria overgrowth.

Onions enhance the body’s production of B12. The sulfur they contain makes them naturally antibiotic. They also help to rid the body of radiation, viruses, pesticides, herbicides and toxic heavy metals. In addition onions ease joint pain, degeneration and discomfort, and help to repair tendons and connective tissue. The sulfur in onions also helps to slow iron loss.

High in the trace minerals zinc, manganese, iodine and selenium, onions rejuvenate the skin and protect the lungs. They help to combat colds and flus that cause bronchitis and bacterial pneumonia. And finally, the anti-inflammatory properties of the onion is good for the intestines, healing ulcers and soothing the intestinal tract.

This powerful veggie has gone from being a food I avoid to one that I include in my meals as often as possible. Almost every dish I prepare starts with sautéed chopped onions. They go into soups, rice and lentil dishes, curries and chili. I combine them with green peppers, carrots and celery to make veggie bowls. The huge shift for me is that I now include raw chopped or sliced red onions in salads and salsas. I even run them through the juicer occasionally along with other fresh veggies.

My attitude toward onions has changed so much that I now keep a good supply of them on hand in my kitchen. I know that if I have an onion, some vegetables, rice, and herbs or spices I can quickly prepare a wholesome, nutritious meal in minutes. I look forward to trying new recipes incorporating this wonder food.

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Apples

For many of us, an apple is one of the first fruits we remember eating as a child. They conjure up warm feelings and fond memories…crisp apples on a cool autumn day, picking apples in an orchard, bobbing for apples at a fall party, toting apple slices to school in a lunchbox. They symbolize family values, as in apple pie and gifts for school teachers. And, they represent health. We can all recite the old adage, An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

It’s good to know that apples can promote health and well being. Because that saying is more that a cute rhyme. I’ve discovered in the past couple of years just how incredibly powerful this little fruit is!

Apples play a crucial role in fighting inflammation of all kinds. They calm the systems of the body by reducing viral and bacterial loads that inflame the body. In addition, the phytochemicals in apples feed the neurons of the brain and increase electrical activity. That makes them brain food!

Red skinned apples are especially beneficial. The pigments that create that rosy color have anti-obesity properties and strengthen the digestive system. They are the best colon cleanser. Pectin from an apple rids the intestinal tract of bacteria, viruses, yeast and mold. It also helps to eliminate debris that clogs pockets in the intestines.

This powerhouse of a fruit helps to pull heavy metals from the body and detoxifies the brain of MSG. They hydrate the body at a cellular level, providing trace minerals and salts and electrolytes, making them ideal to consume after exercise or a stressful day.

There are so many flavorful ways to enjoy the healing benefits of apples, without baking them in a pie or covering them with sticky caramel.

Slice them up and eat them plain, or pair with celery sticks and dates for a snack that supports the adrenal glands. I like to dip apple slices in organic, no sugar added peanut butter, for a mid afternoon treat, or make a healthy “caramel” dip by combining 6 dates, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a little water in the blender. Yum!

Chopped apples can be added to any salad, for extra flavor and a crisp texture. And they are great for juicing. Apples add sweetness naturally to juices and can be added to other fruits or greens for a refreshing drink. One of my favorite hot beverages combines apple juice with spices, orange slices and cranberries for a soothing cider. Or, if craving something sweet, apples can be sliced in two, cored, and the center filled with walnuts and a dollop of 100% pure maple syrup. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake about 20 minutes, then serve warm. What a delicious and satisfying dessert.

Try adding an apple a day, or two or three, to your diet and see how your body and health responds.

Apple slices with a sauce of blended dates and cinnamon.

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Potatoes

At some point in my adult life, as I followed one diet fad after another, I accepted the belief that potatoes were bad for me. They have been blamed for all kinds of health disorders, from inflammation to diabetes to cancer. I’ve read that they are a nightshade plant and not good for consumption. And the potato gets classified as a “white” food, placing it in the group of such foods as white rice, sugar, white bread and dairy products. I learned you aren’t supposed to eat foods in that group, as they don’t have nutritional value.

I am so grateful to discover that potatoes are in fact a very nutritious food and that they have many healing benefits.

In Life Changing Foods, Anthony William writes that it’s not potatoes that are unhealthy. It is the oil they are often fried in or the cheese, butter and cream loaded onto them that causes health problems.

The entire potato is edible, with the skin being very high in nutrients. Because they develop underground, potatoes draw trace minerals from the earth. They are high in potassium, B6 and amino acids…in particular Lysine in its bioactive form. Lysine fights against cancers, viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles, liver disease and inflammation.

Potatoes strengthen the kidneys and liver, soothe over excited nerves and help the digestive system to heal from Crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers. They are antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial, relieving stress, supporting the brain and helping us to feel centered and grounded.

When I switched to a plant based lifestyle, potatoes became a staple of my diet. I quickly learned that I could top a plain baked potato with other veggies, such as black eyed peas, green beans, sliced carrots, or vegan chili, and enjoy a satisfying meal.

Eating out in restaurants became easier, as I could request a plain potato and a simple veggie on the side. People used to look at my plate and ask, “Is that all you are going to eat?” However, it was wonderful to me to dine on a potato.

I include potatoes with my lunch or dinner several times a week. Cubed they add nutritional value to brown rice and lentils, form the base for plant based Indian recipes and pair well with legumes. I appreciate adding a plain baked potato to a Buddha bowl. I still love to pile other veggies on top of them and season with sea salt and pepper.

In fact, dinner tonight was a baked potato, combined with brown rice and black eyed peas. What a homey, delicious meal. And it was good for my health!

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Avocados

Today’s featured food is one of my favorites! In his book Life Changing Foods, Anthony William calls the avocado the mother fruit. He writes, “It’s vital to appreciate avocado as the foundation of the pantry, the conductor of the symphony, the strongest link in the chain, the landmark, the soul of all other foods.”

The avocado is a tree that is thought to have originated in central Mexico. The fruit, which contains a single large seed, has a textured inedible skin and yellow-green flesh that is smooth and creamy.

Avocados are easy to digest, making them helpful for soothing and healing the digestive tract. They have anti-inflammatory properties that behave like aspirin, without thinning out the blood. This reduces narrowing and swelling in the linings of the stomach and intestines.

Because they are a healthy source of omega-6 fatty acids, avocados help to heal the brain and central nervous system, alleviating dementia and Alzheimer’s. They also reduce the effects of aging on the skin.

Avocados are high in fiber, nutrients, vitamins and minerals, containing more potassium than bananas. Combined with other plants, this amazing fruit increases the nutrient value and absorption of those foods.

Eat more avocados to help combat heart disease, infertility, kidney disease, stroke, digestive disorders, sciatica, memory loss, muscle cramps, shingles, thyroid disease, food allergies and sensitivities, and cancers.

I love how versatile avocados are. I use them to create more than guacamole. They can be chopped and added to salads, soups and chilies, combined with other fruits in smoothies, and blended to create nutritious salad dressings. One of my favorite ways to enjoy avocados is to slice them and combine with other foods in a Buddha bowl, also known as a hippie bowl, creating a simple, healthy meal. Tonight I added them to black bean and corn salsa (using non GMO corn).

Avocados have so many powerful health benefits, it is vital to incorporate them into a plant based diet daily. I don’t find that difficult to do at all!

Pears

Today’s featured food is a close relative of the apple, they just don’t seem to get the same attention. We have sayings about apples, such as An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and the association of gifting a favorite teacher with a perfectly polished apple. I can’t think of one famous quote about a pear. I have always liked sweet juicy pears though. I often crave them. The more I learn about their amazing health benefits, the more I realize how important it is to include them regularly in my diet.

I was happy to see pears as one of the featured foods in Anthony William’s book, Life Changing Foods. The granules in pears are full of phytochemicals, trace minerals and amino acids. Those minerals and amino acids help to expel poisons, such as DDT, from the body. The juice from a pear is high in electrolytes, which stabilizes blood sugar. Plus pears help to cleanse and purify the liver.

This amazing fruit aids digestion in other ways as well. It is antispasmodic, helping to soothe the linings of the stomach and intestinal tract. They alleviate food poisoning and calm an upset stomach. Pears feed beneficial bacteria while starving out unproductive bacteria, fungus and parasites. And pears help to prevent stomach and intestinal cancers.

The most amazing thing that I have learned about pears is how crucial they are in maintaining a healthy pancreas. My father died of pancreatic cancer, as did my best friend Laurie. In fact, pancreatic cancer seems to be on the rise. The pancreas reacts to the body’s stress. We abuse this vital organ by eating too much fried food and rich, sugary desserts.

Anthony suggests that heartbreak, betrayal and fear are hard on the pancreas as well. For pancreas protection and to heal this overworked gland and prevent pancreatic cancer, we must eat more pears.

I enjoy slicing up a pear and eating it raw, or combining it with other fruits for afternoon tea. This delicious and simple to prepare recipe from Life Changing Foods is wonderful for special occasions. I typically prepare apples together with pears when I make this recipe.

Cinnamon Baked Pears

• 4 pears, any variety

• 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice pears in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Arrange pear halves face up on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Drizzle each pear half with maple syrup, leaving some inside each center. Divide walnuts evenly into centers of pears and sprinkle cinnamon over the top of each. Bake 20 – 30 minutes, until pears are tender.

The pears, and apples if included, smell wonderful as they bake. Eaten warm from the oven, baked pears make a healthy, nutritious and comforting special treat.

Pears have become much more important to me, since embracing a plant based lifestyle. And, losing my dad and friend to pancreatic cancer creates a desire in me to be mindful of caring for myself and fostering a healthy pancreas and liver.

Writing this post, my pear craving has intensified. Time for a juicy, health boosting pear!

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Lentils

It’s important, on a plant based diet, to consume plant protein. Lentils, available in a variety of colors, are one of the best sources of protein. Plus, these little legumes are packed with other nutrients and health benefits.

Lentils are an excellent source of iron, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese and potassium.

A cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein, less than one gram of fat, and no cholesterol, making them a much healthier choice than chicken, beef or fish. Lentils’ lean protein can help lower the risk of all diseases, including cancer and heart disease.

Lentils also contain 16 grams of dietary fiber per cup. They are a crucial source of insoluble fiber, which helps to regulate the digestive system and decreases the risk of colon, breast, throat and esophageal cancers. Additionally, fiber rich lentils help to prevent stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.

I include lentils regularly in my diet. Two of my favorite meals are Lentil Chili, easily fixed in 30 minutes on the stove top, and Lentils and Brown Rice, a pressure pot recipe that also contains potatoes, rosemary and thyme.

Lentils are versatile, economical and full of health boosting benefits, making them an essential part of any diet. They can added to soups, salads, and rice dishes, or eaten alone. Pinterest and the app Yummly have many delicious, easy to prepare recipes. I have so many yet to try!

Going Bananas

When I switched to a plant based lifestyle, bananas very quickly became foundational to my diet. My day typically begins with a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and a couple of bananas go into the blender first.

And no wonder this powerful antiviral food is an important part of my diet. According to Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William, bananas are high in the amino acid trptophan, and help to ease sleep disorders, reduce anxiety and alleviate depression. They destroy fungus and remove unproductive bacteria in the intestinal tract, while enhancing B12.

Bananas are antispasmodic for hyperactive colons, relieve gastric cramps and help to reverse colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s disease. They are also wonderful blood sugar stabilizers.

Although bananas have been blamed for being too high in sugar, in reality the sugar in the ripe fruit is completely different from processed sweeteners in desserts. The fruit sugar in bananas is bonded to crucial minerals such as manganese, selenium, potassium and copper. The rich supply of antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients in bananas is the reason they are able to help fight diseases.

Not only do I add bananas to my daily smoothie, I include them in my meals in a variety of other ways. I purchase very ripe bananas at the market, slice them up and freeze them in gallon sized bags in a single layer. The frozen bananas are great to add to smoothies, if I am out of fresh fruit, and blended in a food processor or high speed blender, they transform into a cold and creamy dessert with the texture of ice cream.

I chop them up to add to fruit salads, and grab a banana to take with me when I am on the go. They are the best before and after workout food available and make perfect travel snacks. I have tried several drink recipes, with frozen or fresh bananas as the base. This afternoon, I sampled a new one!

Banana Milk

In a blender combine 1 fresh banana, 1 cup of unsweetened non dairy milk, 2 tablespoons of gluten free oats, 1 teaspoon raw organic honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Blend until smooth.

This cold, frothy drink makes a great late afternoon pick me up. I savored it. Using a frozen banana would create a milkshake like consistency.

Bananas are at the optimal stage for eating when the skin is yellow, with brown speckles. Purchase them before they are completely ripe, and consume them as they reach peak nutrition.

Anthony writes that on an emotional level, bananas strengthen the core of who we are, encouraging us to peel back our false layers and reveal our true selves. They help reverse a state of mind that is saturated with fear and help us to release unproductive behaviors.

What an incredibly beneficial fruit. Going bananas? Yes, I think I will!