The following article is an excerpt from Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD’s book Conscious Eating.
IN ORDER TO BEST SERVE YOU IN YOUR LIVE-FOOD PREPARATION, I would like to provide a brief introduction to the optimal live-food kitchen for preparing the following recipes. This includes both general and specific information about equipment, produce, and basic food preparation techniques.
I recommend always using fresh, raw, organic produce. The fresher the better. Garden fresh, like we have at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center is ideal; however, high-quality organic produce is available through whole food
stores, farmer’s markets, co-ops, mail order and in some conventional grocery stores. Although organic produce is generally more expensive than commercially grown produce, as discussed earlier, it’s significantly higher
in its content of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and enzymes. In addition to avoiding the detrimental effects of pesticides, irradiation, and produce waxes you actually get a lot more nutrition for your money.
There are some important things to remember about specific foods and how they are incorporated into the Conscious Eating Kitchen. The Conscious Eating kitchen aims to support and enhance spiritual growth as well as your personal constitution.
As discussed earlier, the Ayurvedic system classifies food according to the influence upon one’s consciousness as well as physical body. Onions and garlic, although beneficial medicinally, often have an over-stimulating effect on the mind. For this reason I do not use onion, but substitute hing, also known as asafoetida. Garlic is used sparingly or in moderation with appreciation for its strong medicinal properties.
I do not include Braggs Liquid Amino Acids or other salty tasting preparations in the Conscious Eating recipes; instead, I generally recommend Celtic salt, which is live. Celtic salt is a sun-dried sea salt that is very high in minerals. It is superior to many other sea salts, which are heat processed. Celtic salt can be purchased in some whole-food stores or from The Grain and Salt Society: 800-867-7258.
In some of the recipes stevia is recommended as a sweetener. Stevia rebaudiana is a South American herb that adds a very sweet taste to foods, yet paradoxically doesn’t contain sugars. Some anecdotal cases suggest that
it may actually help the function of the pancreas. Stevia comes in several forms: clear liquid, dark liquid, white powder, green powder, and crushed leaf form. The green powder and the crushed leaf form are the least processed.
In order to reap the benefits of all the enzymes in our food, we recommend using fresh juices, ideally within thirty to sixty minutes of juicing. Packaged foods should be organic and/or raw. Some important foods to
keep in stock are tahini, tamari, miso, apple cider vinegar, nori sheets, and honey. Because these items are available in both cooked and raw forms, be sure to check the labels for “raw” and “organic.” Spices should be organic and non-irradiated.
For the best assimilation it is important to soak all nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes before consuming. Please refer to the Soaking and Sprouting section at the end of Part IV.
Recommended equipment for your live-food kitchen includes a Vita Mix® blender, the Champion Juicer, a nut/spice grinder, food dehydrator, food processor, and a Saladacco “veggie noodle maker.” The Vita-Mix® is a high-powered, heavy-duty blender that is good for just about anything that needs to be blended. It is excellent for blending seed sauces, salad dressings and soups. The Champion Juicer is not only a juicer, but can be used to
homogenize foods for dips, patés, spreads, breads, and dehydrated cookies.
Many of the recipes offered in this book rely on electrical appliances for preparation. Ultimately a live-food diet does not require any equipment other than your teeth. However, the electrical equipment makes food preparation far easier. My research has shown that in order to nullify the potential negative effects of AC 60-cycle electricity, the Tachyon Silica Disk applied directly to the electrical device, or covering the electrical fuse box of your building structure, completely neutralizes any negative electrical effects. Tachyon Silica
Disks can be purchased through the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center at 520-394-2533, or through our internet web site at www.treeoflife.nu.
With this information you are now empowered to embark upon a marvelous journey into the world of live-food preparation. I hope the following recipes are helpful in bringing health, harmony, and spirit into your kitchen and your life.
The above article is an excerpt from Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD’s book Conscious Eating.