Let's discuss fiber shall we? Did you know that most people need upwards of 32 grams of fiber a day? And quite frankly, we just don't eat enough with a typical Western diet.Fiber plays an essential role in your digestive, heart, and skin health, and may even improve blood sugar control and weight management. Loads of things are full of fiber but if you want the best (like the Dom Perignon of fibers) go for vegetables, nuts, and seeds as they are the most healthful source.
Why care about fiber? "If we don’t eat enough soluble fiber, our bile, instead of being ushered out of the body and then replaced with fresh bile produced by the liver, is repeatedly recirculated in our system. In the process, it becomes more concentrated with toxins, which, in turn, can lead to all sorts of inflammatory diseases such as gallbladder disease, intestinal inflammation, and even skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis."  Wait what? Ewwwwwwww.
And this is why we're all about full blend juices, by not extracting the fiber from your smoothie you get all the good stuff... lots of magic smoothie recipes here.
 

  The amazing maca, super loaded with over 60 micronutrients. It's 40% potassium, 10% zinc (which is a great cold-buster), high in iron, phosphorus, magnesium and silica. It has vitamin A, B, C, D, E, B12, B1, 2 and 3 and contains 18 amino acids. So in a nutshell, this plant will rock you. It's the strongest root on earth and has been around for over 10,000 years. Listen, it the Inca used it, it's gotta be good. Then again they also partook in some bizarre rituals so maybe they're not a great example. It's a potent plant*, so use sparingly, ideally mixed with sweet treats like cacao desserts or fruit shakes. *do we need to remind you it's for oral consumption only?

  Let's mix it up and pull the greens out of our green smoothies. Keep in mind leafy greens are essential but it's important to mix it up, variety is what really allows us to thrive on a plant based diet. This smoothie is loaded with veggies, it's delicious and a nice change. The Vortex Makes 1Ls 2 cups water 3 ice cubes 1/2 red beet 1/3 zucchini 1/2 organic apple, fuji or gala 1 organic oranges 1 organic carrot 1" ginger, peeled 1 tbsp hemp Peel the oranges, but leave the skin on everything else. Blend smooth and down all that veggie love. Thanks Gosi for the inspiration, as always.

most of the time As mentioned I spent the weekend listening to Dr. Gabriel Cousens discuss the impact of our food choices on everything from diabetes to spiritual progression to food and resource shortages around the globe. He's a dedicated man, it's so motivating to spend time in the presence of someone on their true path in life, especially when they're 70 and appear to be 50... Some interesting stats and tips, I don't have the supporting research as I jotted them down while he spoke, but here is a link to all Dr. Cousens' books if you want more: - We need 7 to 8 hours of sleep, 6 doesn't cut it - Men who watch 19+ hours of TV a week have a 150% greater chance of getting diabetes - Tryptophan helps with menopausal hot flashes - Every acre of organic farmland filters 3,700lb of carbon dioxide from the air - Fish is more inflammatory than chicken or dairy - 25-40% raw, plant fat daily is essential to a balanced vegan diet - Eat chia and flax with coconut oil to double the conversion rate in the body - Omega3s are essential to heart, brain and eye maintenance Going to eat an avocado now!  

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoTGMxgn1tg&w=420&h=315] Big thanks to one of our fav goodies for getting me all fired up about protein today. Listen. If you want to eat meat go for it, but not because you think you have to. Protein deficiencies are not an issue for most/all Westerners and looking to meat exclusively as a quality protein source is outdated. Sure animal products have protein but they have a lot of bad stuff too, and don't even get me started on the environmental impact or the animal suffering (life changing link, you've been warned). Our bodies are not designed like carnivores, we don't have the teeth, jaw or the short digestive tract of a carnivore. It's important to educate yourself and while I love posting about celebrities I think the best example are athletes. These people don't sit at a desk all day and more and more of them are switching to plant based diets as the results are easily tracked and tough to dispute. Eat what you want, just know why you're eating it.