B Vitamins

B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. Though these vitamins share similar names, research shows that they are chemically distinct vitamins that often coexist in the same foods. In general, supplements containing all eight are referred to as a vitamin B complex. Individual B vitamin supplements are referred to by the specific name of each vitamin. We will go over each of these generally below. Vitamin B1: Thiamine Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, is classified as a B-complex vitamin. Very small amounts of vitamin B1 are found in virtually all foods, and many […]

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Cinnamon

Chances are you have a bottle of cinnamon in your spice cupboard. And chances are you never thought of cinnamon as medicine.  However, cinnamon has been used medicinally since ancient times. This popular spice was used in ancient Egypt, China, and India for culinary and medicinal purposes, and its use has also been documented in the Bible. Most people think of cinnamon as a flavoring for desserts or as a warm, robust scent for candles and potpourri. But this spice may do more than make your house smell good.  Cinnamon is packed with a variety of protective antioxidants that reduce […]

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Basil

Basil now grows in many regions throughout the world, but it was first native to India, Asia and Africa. It is prominently featured in varied cuisines throughout the world including Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian. The name “basil” is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, which means “royal,” reflecting that ancient culture’s attitudes towards an herb that they held to be very noble and sacred. The tradition of reverence of basil has continued in other cultures. In India, basil was cherished as an icon of hospitality, while in Italy, it was a symbol of love. Although more than 60 […]

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Taste Balancing

Taste balancing is a major key in preparing delicious food. It supports holistic food preparation that celebrates the balance of flavors and the balance of feeding each body, from the emotional body to the spiritual body, with intention. When we feed people’s physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies with comforting food, it creates balance in a variety of ways. In each of our foods we like to have a taste base. That based, a balance in each dish of a sweet, salt, acid, and fat taste, give us a foundation for making almost any ethnic dish. Again, the base components all […]

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Cayenne

Native to Central and South America, today cayenne is widely used in Mexican, Cajun, and some Asian cuisines. Hot and spicy, it has a very noticeable warming effect when consumed – thanks to the high concentrations of the active compound capsaicin. Widely studied, cayenne is decidedly warming and has numerous potential health benefits including increasing metabolism and core body temperatures. Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens), is a member of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) Family. It is rich in vitamin C, and helps relieve chills, coughs and congestion. Its trademark heat and warming effects, which greatly exceed that of most other red peppers, is […]

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Turmeric

It’s important to know that the vast majority of studies on turmeric have not examined the spice itself, but rather one of its constituents called curcumin. When you hear about the benefits of turmeric on a website or on a health news report on television, you are mostly likely hearing about the benefits of curcumin. This aspect of the health research can be very confusing! The dried powdered spice that many people use in recipes comes from the root (rhizome) portion of the plant Curcuma longa. The unprocessed form of this root bears a strong resemblance to ginger root, and […]

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Chakras and the Rainbow Diet

Taken from Dr. Cousens book, Spiritual Nutrition It is useful to think about the multi-colored rainbow diet from a phytonutrient point of view. In my book Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, I correlate these colors with the chakras, beginning with red and the root chakra. Some of the phytonutrients that are associated with the red color are reservatrol, ellagic acid, and quercitin. These are found in tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and cherries. For the color orange, we have the carotenes. They are found in mangoes, carrots, apricots, cantaloupe, peppers, squash, sweet potatoes, yams, and pumpkins. Yellow is limonene, found […]

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Understanding Chakras

Taken from Spiritual Nutrition by Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD To more fully understand the process of Kundalini awakening and to understand the process of energy assimilation so we can create a diet that supports the Kundalini unfoldment, we must explore the chakra system as one of three main subtle energy systems of the human organism.. This lays the foundation for understanding the awakening of consciousness and relationship of nutrition to spiritual development. The chakra system is a subtle energy system that has been described for thousands of years in spiritual traditions. In Sanskrit, the word chakra means wheel. It has […]

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Instructions for Sprouting

Excerpt from Dr. Cousens’ book, Conscious Eating: There are several methods for sprouting, including using a glass jar, a sprouting tube, sprouting basket, sprouting bag, or organic soil. Generally, I recommend the glass jar method or organic soil, depending on the type of sprout. The glass jar method works well with all of the sprouts in the Conscious Eating recipes, except for buckwheat and sunflower sprouts (greens). These, as well as wheatgrass, are best grown in an organic soil base. People often enjoy growing a variety of sprouts in the same jar. Alfalfa and clover is one combination; fenugreek and […]

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Lavender

Most of us know that this little purple plant is good for one thing or another, but what are those amazing health benefits of lavender that people always rave about? Here you go. Ancient texts tell us that lavender essential oil has been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years. The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume. The Romans used it for bathing, cooking and for scenting the air. What are we using lavender for today? Breathing in the smell of lavender has been rumored to have a calming effect; turns out, it’s true. Research […]

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