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What Does Raw Food Really Mean?

Sorry, peeps!

I’m off to a late start today. If you’ve ever spent a weekend in Las Vegas, you know Monday can be rough!

I didn’t have a chance to write today, but I do have a pretty awesome video to share. It’s a clip from last Thursday’s UW Radio show with Yuri Elkaim, author of Eating for Energy.

Yuri and I talked about all kinds of stuff! I especially liked our segment about a few of his Top 12 Superfoods, which included:

* Spirulina – a non-animal source of complete protein
* Avocado – known as the “testicle tree” in ancient Aztec dialect
* Olives – they have an aphrodisiac effect
* Parsley – it was a medicine before it was a food!
* Cacao – it literally means “the food of the gods”

In this clip, we talk about what exactly it means to be a raw food as well as the importance of consuming foods that still have their enzymes intact.

Nature is so cool! It actually provides us with food in its own health-providing package.

LISTEN to the entire show HERE!

ORDER Yuri’s outstanding e-book Eating for Energy HERE! It’s UW-Certified!!

See you tomorrow! I’m reading Maria Rodale’s Organic Manifesto. Looking forward to sharing it with you!

I’m out!

Sean


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FFD Workout: I Want the Juice!!!

by Sean Croxton & Kirk Hensler

What a week!

This has definitely been the most productive week I’ve had in a long time. So sad to see it end.

BUT it’s time to take a break and have some FUN!

Today, we’re kicking off the weekend with another Friday Fun Day workout.

Personal trainer, martial artist, and organic farmer, Kirk Hensler of Hale Holistic makes his Underground Wellness debut as he puts me through this grueling 4-minute challenge.

Definitely the longest 4 minutes of my life!

Let’s see what you got! Here are the movements.

* 10 Jumping Jacks
* 10 Push Ups
* 10 Squats
* 10 High/Low Planks

See how many times you can go through the circuit in 4 minutes. The first round is easy, but don’t be fooled. It gets harder!

Be sure to watch the entire video. Kirk and I have a yummy organic treat for you.

Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Grow Your Own organic gardening video series. Kirk and I are going to show YOU step-by-step how to grow your own food. Audience participation is highly encouraged!

Check out Hale Holistic on Facebook.

And be sure to download last night’s UW Radio show to learn the facts about osteoporosis. Another great show!

Happy Friday!

See you next week.

Sean


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Detox Salad: The Garden of Goodness!

by Sean Croxton & Melissa Henig

I know! I know!

I was supposed to blog about glutathione, your most powerful antioxidant enzyme, today.

BUT I have a bunch of little stuff to do around the office, including preparation for tomorrow’s radio show. Come back tomorrow and I’ll drop some more antioxidant truth bombs on you.

In the meantime, get a load of this yummy Detox Salad courtesy of our favorite Raw Food Stylist, Melissa Henig.

The main detoxifying ingredient is cilantro. It pulls out all kinds of nasty toxins, including heavy metals like mercury.

Personally, I like to have cilantro as a garnish when I’m chowing down on fish due to the mercury issue. I also like it on my eggs along with turmeric, of course!

It’s great on tacos, too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

* Food Processor w/Shredder Blade
* Cilantro
* Red Peppers
* Green Onions
* Ginger
* Cold Press XV Olive Oil
* Lemon
* Apple Cider Vinegar
* Maple Syrup

Just mix them all up, put ‘em on a plate, and throw down!!

This a great excuse to stop by your local Farmers Market this weekend. Get to know your farmers. Go organic. And get your detox on with this Real Food Fantastic dish!

Post your thoughts, videos, and Detox Salad pics on our NEW Just Eat Real Food Facebook fan page. Lots of great stuff on there!

See you tomorrow!

See you next week.

Sean


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Nutrigenomics: Hittin’ Switches!

by Sean Croxton

“I’m hittin’ switches all day…”

That first line from one of my favorite gangsta rap songs perfectly captures the spirit of today’s blog.

Nutrigenomics is a topic that sparked my interest almost two years ago when I began skeptically investigating a certain supplement and its claims. Eventually, it led me to such classic books as Deep Nutrition, The Primal Blueprint, Genetic Nutritioneering, and now Forever Young by Dr. Nicholas Perricone.

Nutrigenomics is exactly as it sounds. It is the combination of nutrition and genomics. In other words, it is the study of how nutrients and other substances influence the expression of our genes.

For some, genetics unfortunately hold us hostage. Many of us erroneously assume that our genes are all-powerful, leaving our health at the mercy of our genetic blueprints. For example, my father and his mother both died of pancreatic cancer. Two generations of such a ruthless disease should have me quaking in my Nikes.

But what should I do? Should I just count down the days, months, or years until I get the formal diagnosis?

Hell no.

I hit switches.

Music, please!!

The switches I hit turn my good protective genes ON and my bad genes that cause cancer and other diseases OFF.

You can do it too! And we can all do it through the foods we eat and/or the supplements we take.

The public, media, and medical professionals always tend to lag about twenty years behind the scientific research. One thing that we haven’t quite caught on to is the fact that the benefits of foods go well beyond ORAC values, antioxidant profiles, and macronutrient ratios. Nutrients like catechins, polyphenols, and stilbenes actually affect gene expression.


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I Like it RAW: Sun Dried Zucchini Pasta!

by Sean Croxton & Melissa Henig

Who knew zucchini could taste just like spaghetti?

Melissa Henig, The Raw Food Stylist, is back for another non-cooking lesson.

Today, we’re making Raw Spaghetti with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce. The stuff is BOMB! I wouldn’t B.S. you!

Melissa also gives us the scoop on the benefits of raw foods. No, I’m not becoming a die-hard raw foodist. I love me some bacon! But I can appreciate the incorporation of raw fruits and vegetables into the diet.

So, try this one out at home. It’s super fun and the kids will LOVE it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

* Spiralizer or Potato Peeler
* Zucchini
* Sun Dried Tomato (soaked for 20 min)
* 1 Roma Tomato
* 2 Tablespoons Red Onion
* 4 Fresh Basil Leaves
* 2 Dates (soaked and pitted)
* 2 garlic cloves pressed in
* 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
* Dash of Celtic Sea Salt

I’m out! Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow. I’m bringing a friend.

Sean


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Juiced: The Green Smoothie!

This was YUMMY!

Today, Melissa Henig aka The Raw Food Stylist stopped by the Underground Wellness kitchen to give me a lesson in juicing.

I must admit that I’m new to juicing. I’ve been meaning to buy a Vitamix for at least a year now, but just haven’t pulled the trigger. Probably because I’m not the biggest fan of veggies. Yes, I eat them. But I’d rather eat a thousand other foods before munching on kale.

After today’s session, I now understand why people are so into it. It actually makes the vegetables taste good! And it’s much easier to get them down the hatch when they’re served in a cup.

Check out today’s video. We filmed three today. Be on the lookout for Melissa’s Sun Dried Tomato Spaghetti and Detox Salad recipes coming up later on this week.

If you’d like to try The Green Smoothie recipe, here’s what you’ll need:

* handful of spinach
* handful of kale
* 1 banana
* 1/2 cup frozen mango
* 1 inch ginger
* 1 piece of lemon
* 1 apple
* 1 cup of ice
* 1 cup of water
* sweetener of choice….dates, figs, honey, maple

See you tomorrow! Gonna blog about cell phones. You’re not gonna believe this!

Sean