Do you find yourself tossing in your sleep and waking up feeling exhausted? Or are you concerned about losing mental agility and physical stamina as you age?
You’re not alone!
A 2018 survey in Today’s Health News cited the top three health goals in our modern lifestyles to be:
1. Improved Mental performance
2. Better Quality of sleep
3. Enhanced Longevity
Given our perpetual time constraints, never-ending notifications and the unprecedented level of environmental toxins creeping into our food, clothing, and skin products, it’s no wonder we end the day feeling anxious, in pain, or exhausted.
If there was a natural remedy that could provide insurance against the long-term health impact of stress and toxins on your body, is that something you would be interested in finding out more about?
There’s a secret that the longest-living people on the planet have used for hundreds of years. An herbal formulation that was so closely guarded for centuries that only Chinese Emperors had access to it.
Intrigued? Me too. Herbal medicine has been one of the foundational tools assisting in my recovery from chronic Lyme disease, and I know just how profound medicinal plants can be for healing the body and bringing it back into balance.
So today I am so excited to share with you, two new holistic TCM Elixirs that my friends at Pique Tea have just released! Not only are they crafted by professional Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors, but they are also made with a patented plant technology, called JunCao, which maximizes the bioavailability and potency of the herbs. So you’re getting more nutritional value with every sip.
To begin they started with the most prized of the medicinal mushrooms: Reishi and Chaga. They are both known for their ability to enhance energy and promote longevity. Additionally, they increase your body’s resistance to environmental toxins and stress, which naturally supports its ability to renew and regenerate.
Yet these formulas contain much MORE than just mushrooms. You see, the full benefits of Reishi and Chaga can only be unlocked when they’re combined with complementary plants!
Chaga Energy Elixir = vitality, immune support, and calm energy
Chaga mushroom nourishes the adrenal glands, revitalizes the spirit and improves brain function. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which boosts immunity and resistance to viruses.
The effects of Chaga are supported in this formula with the inclusion of burdock root, which is traditionally used to assist with detoxification and elimination of heavy metals. The Chaga formula also includes North American ginseng, which boosts energy, strength, and stamina, as well as enhancing brain function.
This formula is best taken in the morning to provide sustainable energy throughout the day.
Reishi is a fundamental Shen tonic in Chinese medicine, which relates to its calming and regulating effect on the mind and spirit. It also offers immune, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral support.
In this formula, Reishi is supported by jujube date, goji berries and monk fruit, which act to alleviate stress, blood glucose balance and promote restful sleep.
The Reishi elixir is ideal to consume in the evening, to help you unwind at the end of the day.
These elixirs are so simple to incorporate into your daily routines. All you have to do is add water and you’ll be sipping your way to long-term vitality and longevity! With regular use, you will experience sharper mental performance, deeper and more restful sleep, and a youthful vibrancy.
These TCM elixirs are available for a limited so if you want to try them, I suggest you hurry before they sell out!
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Most of us tend to eat a heavier diet during winter and even those who eat predominantly raw foods often tend to include cooked items to some degree during the cooler weather. So when the first days of spring arrive, the change of season invites a return to a fresher and lighter approach.
Spring is the perfect time to adopt a more cleansing diet with an emphasis on a higher intake of raw foods, especially leafy greens, which help to wake up the liver a period of lower activity. Adding more fresh salads to your diet is one of the ways you can enjoy consuming an abundance of raw greens as the weather shifts to support detoxification of the body.
This salad recipe offers a healthy and nourishing way to usher in the early days of spring. The base is a combination of butter lettuce with other soft and tender leafy greens, which are easy to digest. For this salad, I like to use Organic Girl protein greens or mache blend, but any tender leafy greens like baby spinach or other types of lettuce are fine. It is supported by the addition of crisp cucumber and slivered carrots. I used white carrots when making this salad but any color you prefer will work.
The salad is then topped with sliced strawberries, which are generally just coming into season in March and April. Strawberries are also an excellent food for the liver. In traditional Chinese medicine, they are said to stimulate a sluggish liver and assist with the elimination of toxins. They are rich in vitamin C and can help enhance immunity during a seasonal transition.
I added fresh blackberries as well as goji berries, which are traditionally used to cleanse the liver and protect it from toxins, playing a protective role against liver cancer. They also add a nice chewy textural element to the salad.
To create a light and refreshing dressing, hempseeds are blended with lemon juice and fresh mint leaves. Hempseeds are a fantastic source of healthy fats containing a perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. They are also rich in protein and provide a wide range of key nutrients including vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc.
In fact, this recipe contains about 24 percent of your daily needs for calcium and 53 percent of the requirement for iron, along with a full complement of essential fatty acids that well exceeds the daily recommended intake. It also provides a generous 23 grams of protein in each serving.
The dressing is creamy and delicious, yet contains no added oils, which is important when your goal is to cleanse the liver and reduce the burden on your gallbladder. While healthy fats are important it is best to obtain them from whole foods, rather than processed oils, which are lacking in the complete spectrum of micronutrients necessary for their optimal utilization.
I love the addition of fresh mint leaves to the salad dressing, which adds a bright fragrance and gentle stimulation to the palate. It pairs beautifully with the strawberries for a refreshing salad to welcome the beginning of spring!
Sea vegetables are not generally a common feature in modern diets, with the exception of certain varieties that are used as thickeners in processed foods, most notably ice cream. However, we can do much to improve our nutrient intake by incorporating these greens from the sea in our diet on a regular basis. While your experience with sea vegetables may be limited to the nori that is used to make sushi rolls, there are actually quite a wide variety of sea vegetables available with a range of different flavors and textures.
Evidence of the important role that these foods may play in our diet can be seen in the research of Weston Price. He noticed that native people living in the mountains of the Andes would go to incredible lengths in order to obtain sea vegetables, even by risking their lives to trade with tribes living in the coastal regions. They always carried a small bag of seaweed with them and ate a little of it every day.
As with other greens, sea vegetables contain abundant chlorophyll and minerals and are especially rich in certain trace elements that may be in limited supply in our diets. They are a wonderful source of calcium and iron and may also play an important role in thyroid health because they contain iodine.
“Sea vegetables contain more minerals than any other kind of food,” claim doctors Seibin and Teruko Arasaki, authors of “Vegetables from the Sea”. They are especially valuable for vegans because they are rich in many trace elements and minerals including zinc, selenium and chromium that are often scarce in plant-based diets.
Sea vegetables in general provide all the essential amino acids so they can contribute to your daily protein requirement. They contain specific fibers that can help neutralize the effects of radiation and heavy metals, which makes them an excellent food for counteracting the negative effects of computers, cell phones and x-rays. They also contain a substance called alginic acid that helps to bind and draw toxins out of the body, so they can be a valuable addition to a detox diet.
Scientific studies show that sea vegetables may also reduce the risk of breast cancer and boost immunity. Sea vegetables, especially dulse, have even been shown to inhibit the growth of the herpes virus. They are also known for their ability to boost energy, balance hormones, accelerate wound healing, and for their anti-aging benefits.
Some sea vegetables such as nori and dulse are ready to eat without any preparation. Nori can be used as a substitute for bread to make raw wraps or raw vegan sushi rolls. Dulse is high in natural salt and makes a good salt substitute when added to savory meals. It can be purchased in flakes which are great to sprinkle on top of an avocado based raw soup and its unique flavor can help to increase the authenticity of a raw vegan ‘tuna’ salad.
Most other sea vegetables such as wakame, hijiki and arame need to be soaked in water for up to an hour or so before use. Wakame combines especially well with cucumber such as in this Wakame and Cucumber Salad. Hijiki and arame are great with carrots and an Asian inspired dressing such as sesame tahini with ginger.
Any of the sea vegetables can also be added to a green smoothie or raw soup to boost their nutritional value. About half to one teaspoon in a green smoothie is adequate and will not overpower the flavor of your smoothie.
Because they are such concentrated foods and their high iodine content can potentially influence thyroid function the recommended intake of sea vegetables is best limited to one or two ounces a week on average.
Note: Many commercially available seaweeds can become contaminated with pollutants including heavy metals and radioactive compounds. Their ability to bind with toxins actually means that they can accumulate these compounds. As such it is vital to ensure that the seaweeds you purchase are certified organic and free of pollutants.
One of my favorite brands is Seaweed Iceland, who dry all their seaweeds at temperatures below 90 degrees using hand harvesting and sustainable geothermal energy. The waters of iceland are remote and unpolluted and also have the advantage of being as far as possible away from Fukushima.
I’m also a fan of these Certified Organic Raw Nori Sheets, which are dried at under 85 degrees and tested daily for pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, radiation, and other contaminants.
Mitoku Company Ltd, Medicine from the Sea, Mitoku: http://www.mitoku.com/products/seavegetables/Seavege_health.html
Enzyme-Assisted Extraction of Bioactive Material from Chondrus crispus and Codium fragile and Its Effect on Herpes simplex Virus (HSV-1): http://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/13/1/558
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A raw food diet can be a transformational method for assisting the body to eliminate toxins and addressing chronic health concerns that may not respond to traditional medical approaches. One of the reasons why a raw food diet is generally so effective for reducing symptoms related to immunity and digestive challenges is because it eliminates many of the foods that act as inflammatory triggers in the body.
While nutritional deficiencies are generally not a concern when following a short-term detox program, it is possible to become deficient in key nutrients if you follow a restrictive plan for more than three to six months, or if you continue to experience poor digestion where you are not able to efficiently extract the nutrients from food to be absorbed. For the most part, those eating a raw vegan diet actually have a higher quality nutritional intake, however there are certain key nutrients that have the potential to become depleted if you aren’t paying close attention.
A well-planned raw vegan diet can avoid most issues but in some cases supplementation can be helpful. The most common deficiency is vitamin B-12, and not getting enough can potentially lead to serious health issues including permanent nerve damage and cognitive decline. Note that B-12 deficiency is not a problem only associated with a vegan diet and many omnivores also experience reduced levels.
It can take many years for the amount of B-12 in the body to become depleted but it is important to be aware of your B-12 status because by the time that symptoms become apparent it is often too late to reverse the damage. Also because B-12 doesn’t tell the whole story it is important to measure levels of homocysteine in the blood for a more accurate assessment of B-12 reserves in the body.
Some vegans, can become deficient in iron, especially those who do not consume an adequate intake of leafy green vegetables. There are also not that many sources of zinc on a raw vegan diet – and foods that are quoted as being good sources, such as pumpkin seeds – often contain high levels of phytic acid, which can limit their absorption.
Read more >>> Everything You Need To Know About Phytic Acid On A Raw Food Diet
If you have been following a vegan diet for a while and are concerned about whether you are getting enough nutrients you may be interested in a new test available on HealthLabs.com tailored specifically towards vegans.
The Vegan Nutritional Maintenance Panel is designed for those eating plant-based who want to ensure that their diet is adequate. This panel contains tests for eleven potential nutrient deficiencies that you may encounter if your diet is unbalanced or if you are not adequately absorbing the nutrients from your food.
Once you get the results if you find that you don’t have any deficiencies, this can give you assurance that you are on the right path. If the panel does identify deficiencies in key nutrients, then you can work with your health practitioner to adjust your diet and/or include targeted supplements to ensure you are getting what you need. After modifying your diet for at least eight weeks, you can then repeat the test again to ensure that your nutrient levels are in the ideal range.
If you are not yet vegan and are considering adopting a plant-based diet for its established health benefits they also offer “Should You be Vegan” testing panels, which look for food allergies that may be triggered by eating animal products. Foods high in protein have the greatest potential to cause food allergies and intolerances, so if you are still eating animal products and experiencing symptoms like stomach pains, sluggishness, headaches, or just generally feeling unwell, this is something to consider.
The Comprehensive Should You Be Vegan test panel can identify 38 different food allergies, looking for lactose intolerance as well as allergies to eggs, seafood, meat, and more. The Basic Should You Be Vegan test panels is a less extensive version and will look for the more common animal-derived food allergies.
Though it is possible to get all the nutrients you need from a plant-based diet with the exception of vitamin B-12, it’s always a good idea to see how you are going for peace of mind and to make sure you are on the right track.
These tests are available in the United States and can be ordered online at HealthLabs.com. Readers of Raw Food Solution can receive a 25 percent discount by calling their customer service (800-579-3914) and mentioning that they’re a reader of Raw Food Solution, which has a partnership with HealthLabs. Their customer service representatives will apply the discount over the phone. After ordering the tests you will then receive your results within one to three days.
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A raw food diet can be an ideal approach for overcoming Candida. However, even among some of the prominent leaders in the raw food movement there is a lot of debate about what is the best diet for treating Candida.
On the one hand, some raw food experts have the opinion that a high-sugar diet can be an important contributing factor in the development of Candida. They advise adhering to a low glycemic diet that completely eliminates fresh fruit in the primary stages of treatment.
While others believe that the true cause of Candida is unrelated to fruit intake but rather occurs when there is an excessive intake of fat. A high fat intake can reduce insulin sensitivity, causing sugars to remain in the blood for a longer time, thus exacerbating an overgrowth of yeast.
Everyone is different so a single dietary approach doesn’t work for all people. Some individuals do well on high-fruit regimes, while others still struggle with candida after months or years of following low-fat raw vegan diets. Others seem to do better on low-glycemic eating plans or on a vegan ketogenic diet. You may need to do a little experimentation or work with your health professional to discover the best dietary adjustments for you.
Just about everyone agrees that elimination of foods high in sugars is recommended including raw honey, agave nectar and dried fruits, especially in combination with concentrated fats, such as in the form of raw desserts.
It is also just as important to avoid overeating, late-night eating and complicated meals that contain a combination of protein and starch, because this has a negative impact on the function of the digestive system, which may ultimately support the growth of Candida.
What Are The Best Raw Foods For Candida?
Here is a selection of foods that you can incorporate into an anti-Candida regime. Aim to include a variety of these in your diet every day.
The majority of those who adopt a raw food diet to cure Candida don’t need to eliminate fruit entirely. Fruits are valuable for healing Candida because they cleanse the lymphatic system and enhance immunity. However it may be best to emphasize low-glycemic fruits, such as berries, citrus and apples, and avoid fruit juices and dried fruits, at least in the initial stages of treatment.
The non-sweet fruits including tomatoes, cucumber and peppers are ideal for a Candida diet as they are hydrating, cleansing and very low in sugar.
Leafy Green Vegetables
These are perhaps some of the most important foods to eat in abundance if you are struggling with Candida. Leafy greens are high in minerals and have an alkalizing effect that discourages the growth of yeast and bacteria.
Leafy greens provide you with the most benefits when consumed raw, especially when juiced or blended, such as in green smoothies. Examples include kale, spinach, arugula, lettuce, dandelion greens, parsley, bok choy and watercress.
Sprouts provide your body with life force energy and are regarded as being some of the greatest healing foods available. Some of the best sprouts in terms of flavor and nutrition include sunflower, clover and broccoli sprouts.
Onions and Garlic
These foods are yeast killers but many people are sensitive to them when they are consumed raw. If you do well with these foods add them liberally to your salads and other raw meals. Most people find red onion, green onion and chives easier to tolerate than raw garlic.
Another alternative is fresh ginger, which has different properties but has a very positive effect on digestion and inflammation, which can produce an improvement in Candida symptoms. Garlic, onions and ginger are also avery effective anti-parasitic foods.
Many fresh herbs – such as oregano and thyme – contain specific compounds that can limit the growth of yeast. You can add them to salads or sauces to enhance their flavor as well as taking advantage of their anti-microbial effect.
Herbs can be quite strong so it’s best to use them in small amounts, so they don’t overpower the flavor of your meal, or produce nausea and digestive discomfort due to a die-off reaction if the yeast are destroyed more quickly that your body is able to eliminate.
Coconut is a source of lauric acid, which is a well-known and very effective anti-fungal agent. Fresh coconut is best for a Candida diet because dried coconut can sometimes harbor mold, as well as being heated to high temperatures during processing.
If you can’t get fresh coconut a great alternative is extra-virgin coconut oil, or raw coconut butter, which is made from whole coconut, slowly ground at low temperatures to preserve its optimal nutrition.
Examples of cultured foods include raw sauerkraut, kimchi, and coconut kefir. These foods reintroduce healthy flora into the digestive system and establish a balanced microbiome.
In order to obtain the greatest benefits from these foods it is important that you purchase products that are guaranteed to be raw, or better yet, make your own.
Seeds are a valuable source of healthy fats and protein in a raw food diet and much easier to digest compared to nuts. It is best to emphasize those high in omega-3 fatty acids, which includes hemp seed, chia seed and flaxseed.
Omega-3 fats have been found to enhance insulin sensitivity, which results in better blood sugar balance, and they also have a positive effect on immunity, which allows your body to naturally overcome any infection, including Candida.
The Best Diet for Candida
A diet emphasizing a high intake of raw foods including leafy green vegetables, sprouts, raw seeds, cultured foods, coconut and fresh fruits in moderation can be very helpful as a component of a holistic program for overcoming Candida. However, in most cases it is not necessary to completely eliminate fruit, or even eat a fully raw diet in order to implement a way of eating that will produce beneficial results.
A diet containing at least 80% raw foods is recommended with an emphasis on those that will provide essential nutrients, while avoiding complicated meals and overeating. This approach will support the health of your digestive and immune systems, while simultaneously reducing the population of Candida, so as to support your goal of achieving a complete recovery.
Bali has become somewhat of a paradise for raw food enthusiasts in recent years. It has some of the best tropical fruit in the world and an ever-increasing number of restaurants and cafes catering to those following a plant-based diet.
However, while there are lots of fantastic choices for raw vegan food in the town of Ubud, it can be more difficult to find raw food options in the Canggu area, with the exception of smoothie bowls. So if you are planning a trip to the surfing mecca of Bali, here are some of the best places where you can find a satisfying raw vegan meal.
My number one find in our recent trip was this great cafe that offers a selection of raw vegan meals, as well as catering for all kinds of dietary preferences. This would be a place to go if you have friends or family who have not yet discovered how good plant-based food can be. They either can try some tasty raw vegan food or enjoy one of their gourmet burgers and everyone will be happy.
I recommend you start with a Super Green Goddess Juice containing celery, apples, kale, pineapple, cucumber, ginger and mint. My favorite dish on the menu is their Tangy Papaya Rolls, which is simply a wrap made from dehydrated papaya and filled with mango, herbs and crunchy veggies.
They also make more traditional spring rolls filled with crispy raw veggies and served with Balinese satay sauce. This is not a completely raw dish because it contains rice paper, roasted peanuts and the sauce is heated, but it is still very light and fresh.
Their raw vegan salad is also a good choice and comes with sunflower seed bread, mushroom and red pepper patty, smashed avocado, lettuce, tomato, beets, cucumber and a tangy mustard vinaigrette dressing.
They also offer zucchini noodles with a choice of two sauces. The highlight was their Creamy Coconut and Mushroom noodles with dill and nut parmesan.
If you are in the mood for something more hearty you can try the Sun-dried Tomato Marinara with Vegan Meatballs.
In The Raw
Despite what you might expect, In The Raw, only really has a few raw vegan dishes on offer. They specialize in cold-pressed juices and smoothies but also offer an eclectic western/Balinese fusion menu to suit all dietary preferences.
Their Raw Pad Thai is quite a hearty dish made with zucchini noodles, carrot, red pepper, mung bean sprouts and Asian greens with a rich peanut sauce.
My favorite dish on the menu is the Raw Vegan Sushi but it is a very small portion so I like to pair it with their crisp Green Salad. It comes in two varieties – Papaya & Avocado or Rainbow Vegetables with Shiitake Mushroom.
This is a little vegetarian cafe connected to a yoga center, which also hosts the Sunday farmer’s market in Canggu. There’s not a lot of raw food on the menu but they have a nice and lively Gazpacho, Fresh Spring Rolls as well as a Raw Lasagna. Unlike many raw lasagnas this one was not too heavy on the nuts and oils. They serve the pesto sauce on the side so you can choose to use all of it for more flavor, or just a little bit if you want to keep your fat intake lower.
Cafe Vida has a great atmosphere, which feels like a traditional Balinese home and is well worth a visit. They have a wide selection of health shots and fresh juices and their superfood smoothies are a work of art.
While they specialize in coffee you can also choose one of their alternative drinks..
I recently had the opportunity to interview Markus Rothkranz, a raw food enthusiast who has inspired people all over the world to transform their lives by using simple core laws of nature we inherently all know are true.
In this article he shares advice on how to succeed on the raw food diet, recommended techniques for detoxification and healing, as well as some of his favorite living foods for maintaining optimal health and wellbeing.
How did you become involved in the raw food lifestyle?
I wasn’t born healthy, I almost died when I was four. Although, I had prior struggles with health it really wasn’t until years ago I realized the profound effect raw foods have on your life. I was unhappy with my life. My job, my money situation I gave it all away. I took my clothes off and went into the desert and literally had forty days alone not knowing if I’d make it back alive.
What I learned out there in the desert was I had all the food I needed. I could survive off plants and raw food provided straight from the earth. This experience changed my life and committed me to a lifetime of raw veganism.
What elements do you attribute to your long-term success with this lifestyle?
Not being too extreme and having fun with life itself. Too many people become so extreme with their lifestyles they actually decrease their own health with stress, worry, etc. I don’t stop going out to restaurants just because they aren’t vegan friendly. I demonstrate in this video how to eat healthy when going out to any restaurant. I enjoy being raw vegan and it’s much more sustainable. But the real motivating factor is how I feel and look. At 55 I feel better and more alive than when I was 25!
What common mistakes may stop someone from receiving the potential benefits of a raw food diet?
That’s why I wrote my book “Heal Yourself 101” to outline the basic same mistakes people make. The main one is everyone naturally always goes for the sweet stuff and “comfort” versions. It’s all fruit, fruit juice, honey, agave, sweet smoothies, sweet deserts etc., and not a lot of greens or bitter stuff which is what we need more of to really be healthy.
Fruit juice for example is highly concentrated sugar and out of balance. We need that fiber! Fiber is the main food source of probiotics, which is 90 percent of our immune system. That’s why I recommend blending over juicing.
How important is detoxification for those wishing to heal chronic illness?
Super important! When you are trying heal something you have to be 100% or your body will be in defense mode and your body will not be able to heal properly. You need to be in the letting go mode, not in the tense mode. You have to be eating uncooked, raw plants. While detoxing, it helps to do enemas, juice fasting, green juice fasting, water fasting and a raw vegan vegetarian diet.
Do you recommend any specific techniques for cleansing the body?
Enemas are a great way to cleanse the body! Water is the universal solvent and with enough time can help cleanse away the body’s debris. I also recommend a parasite cleanse every three months. You need powerful herbs to blast parasites, shred them to bits, and kill them.
Can you tell us more about some of your favorite healing foods?
I love apple cider vinegar, it contains over ninety different healthy substances!
Also, pineapple – Pineapple has powerful enzymes that digest protein, like bromelain. Pineapple is an all natural sweetener fruit high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. Include it in your salads, meals, deserts, drinks and smoothies!
Healthy fats are also great, do not raise insulin and they give you enough energy for a long time so you don’t get hungry between meals and snack. Examples of healthy fats I like are avocados, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, etc.
Do you have any other advice for those who want to heal using natural methods?
Yes, there are so many methods to help. I recommend to visit my YouTube channel for more ideas.
Don’t get caught up in the hype of certain trends (for example: Himalayan sea salt, alkaline water, etc.) and follow tried and true methods. Don’t look at the diet change discomfort as bad, it is only short term discomfort for a long term gain. : )
I’ve already posted a few examples of some of the delicious raw and vegan meals I’ve been eating in Bali. There are so many options for healthy eating now and it has been fun to explore many of the local restaurants and cafes offering what has truly been some of the most amazing food I’ve eaten in my life.
This is more of an example of what I eat on a cleansing day when my intention is to detox and keep things simple. While I would love to eat gourmet raw food or vegan restaurant dishes every day, I’m not yet at the stage in my healing where my body can handle such complicated combinations all the time. I can get away with it for a little while but for the most part I feel more balanced keeping to fresh juices, fruits and light salads.
This day was quite low in calories, and remember I am only 4’11”, so my energy requirement is going to be much less than most people would require – especially if you are physically active. So again, please don’t take this as a recommendation on what you should eat because we are all unique and have different needs.
Without doubt I have consumed more coconuts in the last six months than ever before. In Bali they are abundant and inexpensive. We’ve had them delivered to our home in glass bottles at least several times a week, which is super-convenient because they can take a lot of effort to open. I love starting my day with fresh coconut water because it provides instant hydration and a boost of energy from electrolytes.
My first solid meal for the day was three guavas, which I bought from the organic farmer’s market that is on every Sunday morning in Canggu. These are seriously the best guavas I’ve ever had!
Their bright pink color is amazing, they are really sweet and have tons of flavor. The texture is a combination of creamy and grainy – kind of like a mixture of mango and pear but not as juicy. The seeds are really hard and I don’t love them but the taste of the fruit makes up for that. You just have to be careful not to bite down hard and to gently chew your fruit. They have one of the highest levels of vitamin C and are certainly a rich source of fiber!
In the tropical heat it is even more important to stay hydrated so I always have fresh juice every day. This one is called Blossoming Beet and has beets, cucumber, black grapes, celery, mint and lemongrass. It’s really refreshing and not too sweet.
This soursop is another fruit that I found at the organic market. Yes they are sour but there is enough sweetness to balance and the flavor is reminiscent of citrus and pineapple.
My favorite way to eat them is to simply remove the seeds, then blend and eat like a pudding. With this method I avoid any potential negative effects on the teeth because of the fruit acids but it’s also nice and creamy this way. They are quite a large fruit so half of one is a good amount for me.
Soursop has a lot of potential benefits including being anti-viral and anti-parasitic. In more recent years it has been touted as being a powerful anti-cancer fruit. After eating this one I felt a sudden boost of happiness. Obviously it was really good for my body at that moment but then I looked into it a bit more and discovered that soursop is also very concentrated in the amino acid tryptophan, which acts as a precursor to the “feel good” hormone serotonin.
Soursop is not a fruit that is always easy to find but definitely give it a try if you have the opportunity. They also make a fantastic smoothie blended with fresh coconut, raw honey and vanilla.
I very often enjoy eating fruit and drinking juice all day but towards the late afternoon I almost always crave something savory and that’s pretty normal for most people following a high-fruit diet. On this day I enjoyed a salad called “The Farmacy” from a local cafe. It’s a combination of watercress, herbs, raw veggies, sprouts and two kinds of fermented vegetables – red cabbage sauerkraut and curried carrot. It also came with a pumpkin seed butter dressing.
This is much smaller than the kind of salad I would normally make for myself and I was feeling a bit hungry a few hours later so I had some local tangerines that are also known as Siamese Oranges. They are really sweet and juicy with a thin skin that is easy to peel.
I normally don’t like to eat fruit after eating other foods but I have found that acid fruits like citrus and pineapple don’t cause any issues when eaten in small amounts with or after a salad based on raw veggies and healthy fats. I would never eat citrus for at least five or six hours after a high-starch meal like rice or potatoes because this is poor food combining and will most definitely lead to digestive distress.
While there is nothing I love more than a beautiful raw gourmet meal, I can also feel just as satisfied eating more simply as long as the food is high quality. Mono-meals containing just a single fruit at a time can often be the best approach overcoming chronic illness as there is less work required from your body for digestion. This means more energy is available for healing and regeneration. There is also no better way to truly appreciate each individual food in terms of its nuances of flavor and how it affects your body.
If you’ve been following my Instagram it’s no secret that I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with smoothie bowls since we’ve been in Bali. Almost every day of our trip I’ve enjoyed a smoothie bowl and I’m sure I’ve tried more than thirty different ones and well over a hundred in total. At this stage I think I can regard myself as a Bali smoothie bowl expert! So if you want to know where to find some of the best smoothie bowls in Bali then you are in the right place.
It was too difficult to choose just ten Bali smoothie bowls so I narrowed it down to my ten favorite spots where you can get the best smoothie bowls. While many travelers and expats enjoy eating smoothie bowls in the morning, almost all of these cafes and restaurants serve their bowls all day. I’ve eaten them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Just about every smoothie bowl will come topped with toasted granola, so I always order mine without to keep it raw and gluten-free. I like them much better this way as it allows for more ease of digestion and greater benefit from the health-promoting effects of the delicious tropical fruits.
We’ve been staying in the Canggu area, which is also the best part of Bali to be in if you love smoothie bowls. While I am sure there are some delicious bowls I’ve yet to discover, and there is always a new healthy cafe to explore, what follows are some of the Bali smoothie bowls that I have most enjoyed, in no particular order. They are all fantastic in their own way!
The Shady Shack
This vegetarian restaurant is one of the coolest hangouts in Canggu, which has a wide choice of vegan dishes and something to appeal to everyone. Their raw desserts are some of the best in the area, especially anything with chocolate.
They offer five different smoothie bowls that are all delicious and I’ve definitely enjoyed more bowls here than any other place in Bali. I love them all but I tend to most often go for the Berry Bush, pictured above, which is a combination of blueberries, red dragonfruit and banana blended with almond milk and topped with coconut, bee pollen, papaya and pineapple. I added extra goji berries as well.
If it is your first visit I would recommend the Lost Paradise – an icy blend of dragonfruit and banana, topped with coconut, chia and a selection of the best of the island’s tropical fruits. Their Cacao Dreams bowl is super-indulgent and gives you permission to eat a creamy raw chocolate dessert for breakfast.
Two Trees Eatery
This relative newcomer to the Canggu scene has recently become our number one option for Sunday brunch. Their selection of smoothie bowls are really unique including superfoods like moringa, mangosteen, activated charcoal, pumpkin seed butter, ashwaghanda, colloidal silver and rosella.
I really enjoyed the Sunny Days bowl – a blend of mango, banana, coconut oil, raw honey, turmeric, lime and coconut water and topped with cacao nibs – accompanied by their Evergreen juice containing pineapple, moringa, basil, mint, celery, cucumber, lime and apple.
Samadi Kitchen is connected to a popular yoga center and serves up healthy vegetarian food all day. Try to visit on Sunday morning when they have an organic market with fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other locally made products.
If you have a healthy appetite you can try the Glow Bowl made with pineapple, banana, fresh coconut cream, turmeric and cinnamon topped with coconut flakes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and sliced almonds. The Pink Is Punk bowl was a delightful blend of red dragonfruit, strawberries, banana and fresh coconut milk, topped with coconut flakes, chia and a generous helping of extra strawberries and banana.
This vegan cafe is one of the most popular in the area with some of the prettiest smoothie bowls like the Blue Island Bowl that comes decorated with dragonfruit dolphins and papaya palm trees. It is a blend of banana, blue majik spirulina, coconut milk, dates and cashew butter. However, my choice would be the Green Bowl – a combination of mango, banana, spirulina, moringa and coconut water.
This is one of the few places that only serves their smoothie bowls for breakfast, so make sure you arrive before noon. After that time they offer delicious fresh salads, raw tacos and veggie burgers, but if you are still craving breakfast you can get avocado toast all day.
In The Raw
Probably the biggest selection of smoothie bowls can be found at In The Raw. More Passion, Less Fashion is a combination of pineapple, papaya, passionfruit and coconut. The Bali passionfruit is super-sweet and an absolute must-try during your visit.
My favorite smoothie bowl on the menu is the Komodo Dragon, which has red dragonfruit, pineapple, mango and coconut. They also have an Acai bowl and their Chocoholic bowl lives up to it’s name. Additionally you can get your fix of cold-pressed juices here.
The bowls at Cafe Vida are like a work of art thanks to their very talented smoothie baristas. This is the Amazon Acai with mango, banana, blueberries, strawberry, acai topped with superfoods and grain-free granola. My favorite would probably be the Bali Bliss which has pineapple, papaya, banana, lime, spinach, moringa, matcha, basil seeds, turmeric, ginger and coconut milk topped with passionfruit, blueberries, shredded coconut and flaxseeds.
The Avocado Factory
There is only one smoothie bowl on the menu at the Avocado Factory but it is something special. The Avo Bliss is creamy blend of avocado, coconut yogurt, dates and banana topped with more avocado, strawberries, coconut, chia and sunflower seeds.
Kynd community is a cute little plant-based cafe located in Seminyak. It felt like one of those places where the cool kids go to be seen and snap photos for their social media. All the bowls come topped with words spelt out in mango letters like “Be Kynd”, “Self Love” or “Good Vibes” adding to the Instagram appeal.
I did enjoy their Berry Tropical smoothie bowl made from frozen dragonfruit, banana, berries and coconut water. It’s probably the only smoothie bowl I’ve had that didn’t contain any added fats like coconut so it was very light and refreshing. They also have a green bowl with banana, mango, spinach, spirulina, flax, maca and coconut water.
Here’s another example of what I eat in a day on the raw vegan diet. I can’t say it is a typical day, because what I eat varies all the time, but these are some of the foods that I often enjoy.
Remember that I’m not recommending that this is the perfect way of eating and what I eat may not be right for you. I’m simply sharing what works for me and hope to inspire you to include more fresh fruits and veggies in your life and to give yourself the opportunity to feel the positive effects of eating a plant-based diet.
I started my day with some herbal tea as usual. Normally I also have coconut water every morning but on this Sunday we decided to go out for an early breakfast at our new favorite healthy cafe called Two Trees Eatery. I began with their Evergreen juice – a refreshing combination of pineapple, cucumber, celery, mint, parsley, lime and moringa. Moringa leaves are well known to be a superfood and the trees thrive in the tropical climate of Bali.
I must confess I have become a bit of a smoothie bowl addict since we came to Bali and almost always that is what I choose for my first meal of the day. On this day I changed it up a bit with a chia pudding. It contained chia seeds soaked in fresh coconut milk topped with blended mango, fresh grated coconut and banana.
These bananas are called pisang susu – which translates as milk banana – and they are some of the creamiest I’ve ever tasted. If you’ve only ever eaten regular supermarket Cavendish bananas you are missing out! The bananas in Asia offer so many more nuances in flavor and texture and no doubt contain greater nutrition as well.
It was a really hot day so just a little bit later I was feeling the need for some hydrating fluids. One of my favorite drinks in the hot weather is the Detox Drink from Bali Buda. It’s a super-refreshing combination of mint, lime, aloe vera, ginger and honey.
Lujan and I also shared a Turmeric Elixir – which is a popular herbal remedy you will find all over in Bali and a very effective general health tonic.
Because it was so hot and the chia pudding was quite sustaining, I didn’t feel like eating a lot in the middle of the day but by early afternoon was craving something cool and sweet. It seems like I can’t get through the day without a smoothie bowl in Bali!
This is called the Pipeline Bowl and it contains a pineapple, banana and coconut milk blend topped with fresh mango, coconut and bee pollen. Bali smoothie bowls are the best! For the purists bee pollen isn’t vegan since it involves animals to be produced, so technically this is a plant-based smoothie bowl. I’m not opposed to using raw honey and pollen but I use these foods with restraint and with great respect for their powerful medicinal properties and the amount of work that it takes for the bees to produce them.
A few hours later was dinner which I began with a green juice. Well, actually this is more like a green smoothie because the ingredients are blended rather than put through a juicer. It contains pineapple, cucumber, mint, spinach, kale and lime.
I followed this with a Superfood Salad containing kale, spinach, grape tomato, cucumber, corn, quinoa, parsley, jicama, carrot, broccoli and pickled daikon radish with a herb ginger dressing. Everything was raw except for the corn and quinoa. The dressing tasted similar to pesto and I loved the large sprigs of parsley in the salad. It’s fantastic for kidney health.
Since early childhood I was attracted to parsley and even at that tender age I preferred to eat the parsley garnish rather than the party snacks. My instincts were intact as my little hands reached for the parsley sprigs on the plate, avoiding the cheese squares, deli meat and cocktail onions (it was the seventies), while all the adults were laughing at what they perceived as a very strange choice.
The salad also came with gluten-free bread on the side, which I didn’t eat. For quite a while I was enjoying gluten-free bread often, mostly as avocado toast, but I began to get the feeling that it wasn’t serving me well. I was finding my digestion was suffering and I was experiencing an increase in body pain and brain fog, especially in the morning. So I made the decision to completely remove all bread, as well as other cooked starches, from my diet and very quickly began to feel much better.
Personally I really am at my best when my diet is focused on fresh fruits , juices and raw vegetables. Observing my responses to various foods over the past months has made it clearly apparent that it is time to dig deeper again and focus more on detoxification. There is still much work to do on my own healing. Recovery from Lyme disease is a long road and in my case I was undiagnosed for seventeen years with a very severe case so there is a lot of damage to be undone.
Some people may do fine with a wider variety of foods but many of us who have been battling a long-term chronic illness need to maintain a greater vigilance when it comes to our personal dietary balance. Dr. Terry Wahls has stated that those who have overcome illness from following an anti-inflammatory diet free of grains and legumes probably should maintain that way of eating for the rest of their lives in order to avoid a potential relapse. I tend to agree, although with an effective detox, once the digestive system is healed and immunity is rebalanced, we should be able to get away with an occasional treat without any negative consequences.
I would say I am a foodie at heart and I love to try different foods, especially when I arrive at a new place, but when it comes to healing simplicity is always best. I really didn’t want to give up the avocado toast and sweet potatoes but it was getting to the point where the after-effects just weren’t worth the temporary enjoyment of eating those foods. It may just be a matter of finding the balance that works for you but if you are stuck on a plateau or have lingering symptoms then you too may benefit from focusing solely on raw fruits, fresh juices, and to a lesser degree, the vegetables for a time so as to allow your body to reset and eliminate toxins.
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