Excalibur Food Dehydrator Recipes

Today’s Healthy Diet Podcast is about our new Excalibur food dehydrator and we share a few of our recipes with you as well.

Show notes:

  • A food dehydrator removes the water from the food. The Excalibur circulates thermostatically controlled warm air around food that is laid out in single layers on stacked square trays.
  • Dehydration extends the shell life of perishable foods while conserving the nutritional value. Dehydration is the next best thing to eating raw living food.
  • The key to preserving the enzymes requires a process that keeps food temperature low enough so enzymes aren’t killed and air temperature is high enough to dry the food quickly.
  • We chose the Excalibur because it is used by leading raw foodist experts like Viktoras Kulvinskas, Anne Wigmore, the Hippocrates Health Institute and Hallelujah Acres.
  • We normally hear that food cooked over 118 degrees kills most enzymes. Studies have shown most enzymes don’t die until food temperature is above 145 degrees.
  • Enzymes are more susceptible to damage by heat when food is wet. Once moisture is removed, enzymes become more stable.
  • We are really happy with the crackers we have made in our dehydrator. The corn chips and wheat crackers came out thin and crispy.
  • The Corn chips recipe was adapted from a recipe from Eating Without Heating.
  • The wheat thins crackers were made from sprouted wheat, ground flax seed, soaked sunflower seeds, water, honey and sea salt.
  • The crackers were bursting with flavor and nutrition.
  • Having a good dehydrator has made a world of difference in being able to eat a nutritionally dense diet of mainly living food.
  • Good-bye packaged, processed corn chips!

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Alan

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Preventing Osteoporosis – What Your Dr Never Told You

Today the Healthy Diet podcast is more about osteoporosis and what you can do about it.

Show notes:

  • Last week we presented osteoporosis mainly as a women’s disease. Supposedly 58% women 50 and older have low bone mass.
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation: 1/2 women and 1/6 men age 50 + will have osteoporosis related fractures.
  • By the age of 65 or 70 men and women lose bone mass at about the same rate.
  • Diagnosing osteoporosis requires a bone mineral density test. BMD test is and Xray that determines bone bass in different areas of your body.
  • Alan asked his mother’s doctor about Fosamax, a drug designed to counter the effects of osteoporosis. The response was, ”This is in addition to what you can do naturally.”
  • Beware of this new mantra used by drug manufacturers and repeated by your doctors: “Although diet, exercise, and vitamins are important in maintaining your overall (bone, heart etc.) health, these alone may not be enough.”
  • Human nature is such that we find it easier to pop a pill than to eat right and exercise.
  • Stay away from foods that cause calcium loss and thus may lead to bone loss such as soda/caffeine.
  • Jean’s favorite alternatives to caffeinated/decaffeinated tea Ruby Chai by Numi Teas Yellow and Blue (Chamomile, Lavender and corn flowers) by Harney and Son
  • Bottom line take charge of your own health – if you won’t, no one else will

Raw Brownie recipe to share from one of our faithful listeners…Tara from Ontario

Raw Brownies:
1 c. date paste (or pitted dates and 2tbs water)
1 1/4 c. almond butter
1 1/4 c. organic cocoa/carob powder
1/3 c. raw honey -smush in 9 x 9 glass tray and freeze. How easy is that!

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Osteoporosis Prevention

Today the Healthy Diet Podacst is about osteoporosis prevention. Who gets it and why and what you can do about preventing osteoporosis.

Show notes:

  • Researching Alan’s mother’s medications led us to discover the side effects of Fosamax, a drug used to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bone resulting in fractures. We have 1.5 million fractures each year in America – 300k are hip fractures.
  • Bones have cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts that continually remodel our bones. Osteoblasts build new bone and osteoclasts remove old bone. It’s a natural process.
  • Fosamax kills the osteoclasts, the cells that break down and remove bone. Manufacturer claims this makes bones stronger by preventing bone loss. Fosamax has lot of side effects such as stomach and digestive problems, eye problems and interferes with parathyroid hormone drugs. Also has lawsuits pending for jaw death.
  • Highest bone fracture rates occurs in countries like America, Australia and New Zealand who have high dairy intake.
  • Alaskan Eskimos have very high hip fracture rate – They eat lots of calcium (soft fish bones) but mainly through an animal protein and animal fat diet.
  • Women in India, Japan and Peru, who eat mainly an unrefined, vegetarian diet and consume only 300 mg/day have low rates of bone fractures and osteoporosis.
  • Ways to prevent bone loss naturally are to create an alkaline body system. Avoid foods that create an acid system which causes calcium to leach from bones. Avoid caffeine because it promotes calcium excretion. Avoid animal protein because it causes calcium leaching due to creating an acid body system.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, especially dark leafy green veggies. Get adequate Vitamin D (hormone) because it’s as important to bone health as calcium. Body makes Vitamin D when exposed to adequate sunlight each day.
  • Get Vitamin K (leafy green veggies) which plays a role in bone formation and calcium regulation.
  • Exercise is one of primary ways to prevent osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercise signals the bone to keep building and remodeling.
  • Great article on calcium and milk at Harvard School of Public Health
  • The answer to many health problems is eat healthy (i.e. whole food, largely raw diet) and exercise.

Alan

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The Cost Of Eating Healthy

On today’s Healthy Diet Podcast we ask the question, is it really that expensive to eat healthy?

Show notes:

  • The number one reason people don’t eat healthy is because they think it is more expensive that it really is.
  • Jean keeps meticulous records of what we spend and have broken down our food budget to indicate that we spend $2.50 per meal. That includes all the food we eat, snacks included, carrot juice as well.
  • Is the cost of groceries an accurate way to determine the cost of eating healthy? What is the cost when you add in the benefits?
  • Some of the things we don’t spend our money on because we eat healthy – prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, sick time, unscheduled visits to the doctor.
  • We cleaned out our medicine cabinet, a basket, on the podcast. It only had about 5 things in it. We threw out the Preparation H, expired Tylenol PM and Robitussin.
  • The only supplement we take on a regular basis is vitamin B-12
  • We ate some non vegan food this past Sunday. We were trapped at a church dinner with only bar-b-que to eat.
  • By the grace of God and our diet, fortunately we don’t get sick. How much does being sick cost you and your family?
  • Jean took an antibiotic a few year ago that we believe contributed to some persistent intestinal problems. It killed the good and bad bacteria in her system making it hard for her digestive tract to work as it needed to.
  • When you are talking about eating healthy versus being sick is it really that expensive to eat well? What are your spending priorities?
  • What is the cost of developing heart disease or cancer or diabetes?
  • Take charge of your health by choosing to eat healthy!

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Is Honey Vegan?

Today our healthydiet podcast is about Honey – Is it vegan? We give you the facts and let you decide. A listener challenged us with our referring to some of our recipes as vegan when they have honey as an ingredient.

Show notes:

  • The term veganism was developed by Donald Watson founder of Vegan Society of Great Britain. Hardcore vegans avoid using or eating animal products out of reverence for animal life
  • We primarily refer to vegan as a healthy way of eating that avoids all animal products because they have largely been connected with disease.
  • Eating a vegan diet won’t promote health if you are eating refined foods. Science points us to a whole food, largely raw diet for optimal health.
  • So is honey vegan – is it an animal product that we should avoid for health reasons? We found some great info at www.honeybee.org.au
  • Bees are fascinating. Each bee has a job to do – no bees swinging in a hammock. The bee collects flower nectar and places it in his honey pouch
  • Bee brings nectar to bees in hive and deposits nectar into the repository bees. The repository bees move the honey from bee to bee. This process adds enzymes that help remove moisture from the nectar honey.
  • When the honey is the right consistency, bees put honey in storage cells and cap with wax.
  • Bees can carry nearly their weight in nectar payload (most advanced aircraft only carry ¼)
  • Bees are animals called arthropods not anthropods. Honey is a product made by bees. In our opinion, honey is a product bees process, not produce versus the cow who produces milk whether he’s eating grain or grass
  • Bees transform nectar into honey. The nectar is required first.
  • As far as we know, honey is not linked to the disease process like other animal products, particularly those products that are in essence animal meat.
  • Honey has medicinal qualities – antibacterial, healing and absorption of fluid.
  • It takes 17-20 lbs of nectar to make 1 pound of honey.
  • Decide for yourself whether to eat honey, decide on your own philosophy of eating. Science points to importance of eating a whole food diet with lots of raw plant foods.

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Coffee, Decaf And Caffeine

Today’s Healthy Diet Podcast is about coffee, decaf coffee and caffeine. What’s the verdict? Is it good for you? Are there any health benefits?

Show notes:

  • A little of the history of coffee. Coffee is very much a social drink and is found in most cultures. Just check out all the coffee bars around.
  • Coffee was thought to originate in Ethiopia in the Kaffa area where shepherds noticed their goats were getting happy. It became popular in the United States after the War of 1812 when Brittan imposed restrictions on tea imports.
  • There are 2 kinds of coffee beans coffea arabica and coffea robusta. Coffea arabica is the more popular plant and used in most coffees. Coffea robusta has 40-50% more caffeine and is used in some espresso blends.
  • Coffee gets its taste from the roasting process.
  • Some articles tout the benefits of drinking coffee because it may have a few antioxidants in it and help with diabetes and cancers, but by the time you add cream, sugar, syrups and more, any health benefits are probably gone.
  • Negatives of coffee is that it contains acrlyamide a known carcinogen. Both caffeinated and decaf coffee has this ingredient. Decaf coffee isn’t that good because decaffeinating coffee can be done using chemical solvents unless your coffee uses the Swiss water process.
  • The food we eat is the fuel for our bodies so the bottom line is this, how many nutrients are in coffee? Coffee is really a drug, it isn’t a food.
  • We suggest eating the most nutrient dense foods possible and coffee isn’t on that list.

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Preventing Diverticulosis And Diverticulitis

Today’s Healthy Diet Podcast, the 50th podcast by the way, is about preventing diverticulosis and diverticulitis by getting more fiber in your diet.

Show notes:

  • We had out cholesterol tested and Jean’s came in at less than 120 and mine was in the high 150’s.
  • Half of people over 60 years of age have diverticulosis and it runs in Jean’s family. Jean’s father died of it.
  • Diverticulosis is a disease of the large intestine that forms pockets in the intestine. When those pockets become infected and inflamed this is diverticulitis.
  • If you have the symptoms of diverticulosis which are bloating, cramping and constipation, please see a health care practitioner.
  • Diverticulitis symptoms are abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, vomiting and cramping and you need to see a doctor or get to the hospital immediately!
  • The disease develops in people who eat a low fiber diet like in the United States and doesn’t show up in societies that eat a high fiber diet. It seems fairly simple to get to the root of the problem.
  • One of the first books Jean read on health was The Save Your Life Diet that suggested a high fiber diet was good for you.
  • Hospitals scare me because the typical way of treating a disease is a mix of prescription drugs and processed food. Alan’s criteria for going to the hospital – I must be unconscious and in more than one piece.
  • Fiber in whole grains is important because it contains the nutrition and the bulk, the good stuff.
  • Food needs to move through your intestines and colon so you will keep from getting constipated. That’s why we need fiber.
  • What can you do about getting enough fiber? Eat a whole food diet that contains fruits, vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, whole grains, flax seed and more.
  • When we make smoothies with our new Vita Mix you can add the whole seed because the Vita Mix grinds it up.

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We Love Our New Vita Mix Blender

On today’s Healthy Diet Podcast we talk about our new Vita Mix blender and why it’s important to take charge of your health.

Show notes:

  • It’s amazing what a hospital thinks is nutritionally sound food with Alan’s mom being sick. It’s a diet of medication and processed foods, yummy!
  • We want to take charge of our health so we bit the bullet and purchased a Vitamix Super 5000 blender. These are the blenders used in Starbucks, Barnes and Noble and many other places.
  • The Vita Mix came with 2 – 8 cup containers and can be used for making smoothies, frozen desserts, chopping vegetables, hot soups, grinding grain, making bread dough and more.
  • Features we like are the way the lid fits. It comes with a tamper that you use to push ingredients into the blades. It’s fast. It has an automatic overload protection so it doesn’t overheat.
  • Making green smoothies in the Vita Mix is great. Other blenders don’t chop the greens fine enough, the Vita Mix turns greens into liquids breaking down the cellular walls.
  • The blades on the Vita Mix rotate from 11 to 240 mph. The variable dial, only on the Super 5000, allows you to adjust the speed of the blades.
  • Tomatoes processed in a Vita Mix yield 3 times more lycopene than a whole tomato does when just chopped.
  • A recipe we’ve made with the Vitamix is tomatillo sauce. Ingredients are 5 tomatillas, 1 small onion, jalapeno slice, 2 teaspoons lime juice or apple cider vinegar and sea salt to taste. Put it in the blender and mix it up. Use it the way you would use any tomato based salsa.
  • The Vita Mix grinds grain superbly. What used to take us 3 to 5 minutes in a grain mill now takes us about 30 seconds.
  • You can even use this blender to cold compost. Grind up your kitchen scraps (vegan only) and you get non weed seed compost for your garden.

The Vita Mix can be purchased on eBay, that’s where we got ours.

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Cooking Oils And A Healthy Heart

We talk about cooking oils and heart health on this edition of the Healthy Diet Podcast and cover monounsaturated fats like olive oil and omega 3 oils.

Show notes:

  • We gave away 5 copies of Dr Esselstyn’s book Prevent And reverse Heart Disease and they went to Victoria from Maine, Bridget from Illinois, Kathy from Louisiana, Meagan from Texas and Sharon from Florida.
  • We cover more of Dr Esselstyn’s simple yet vigorous diet that prevents and reverses heart disease.
  • Dr E’s diet is based on science and research that he did for 12 years and a study he did for 20 years in which he interviewed participants every one to two weeks for 20 years.
  • What foods does Dr Esselstyn say to avoid?
    Anything with a face or mother even fish with omega 3 oils
    All dairy
    All refined grains
    Nuts
    All oils, every single drop
  • The verdict is still out on heart healthy oils. Sites the famous Lyon Diet Heart Study where the Mediterranean Diet became famous. Further examination of the study shows that the results may not have had anything to do with the olive oil, it was probably the fruits and veggies. The Mediterranean diet was not proven to arrest or reverse heart disease.
  • The difference between the Mediterranean Diet and the diet of rural Chinese peoples is the lack of oil in the Chinese diet.
  • No fat products may have hidden fat. Serving sizes are small enough that manufacturers can claim they have no fat.
  • We cover a good testimony about a quintuple bypass patient eating heart healthy oils.
  • Diet cheaters run into trouble when they eat high fat snacks.

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Heart Healthy Dietary Guidelines

On this week’s Healthy Diet Podcast, we discuss nutrition and dietary guidelines for having a healthy heart from Dr Esselstyn’s Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease.

Show notes:

  • Listen to the end of the podcast to learn how to win a free copy of Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease by Dr Cauldwell B Esselstyn
  • A quick review of past podcasts about Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease. If you have cholesterol below 150 your chances of getting a heart attack are almost zero.
  • C-reactive protein implications in heart disease that causes inflammation of coronary arteries.
  • The American Heart Association’s guidelines on cholesterol aren’t good enough. The level of 200 considered safe may not be that good and can be leading people to heart disease.
  • There are many issues surrounding the quality of our diet and health.
  • The USDA should not be setting dietary guidelines when they are looking out for the dairy, meat and poultry industries. They suggest eating low fat or fat free meats, but there aren’t any fat free meats!
  • Dr Esselstyn’s critique of the USDA’s food guidelines.
  • The kind of diet Dr Esselstyn recommends to prevent and reverse heart disease.

Go to our healthy diet web site and contact us about winning one of 5 copies of Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease. (US residents only) You must listen to the podcast to find out how to qualify.

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