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Thriving on Raw on the Go! – Practical Raw Food Tips and Snacking Ideas

How to thrive on raw foods when attending business conferences or seminars that last the entire day!

Dear cherished readers, here are some practical raw food tips and snacking ideas that will help you make it through your next seminar with energy:

1. If you have no time to make a juice on the morning of the seminar, bring a pack of super green powders with you, or a bottle of marine phytoplankton, anything with a high concentration of good quality chlorophyll should work fine. We especially trust the Vitamineral Green and Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton. They are easy to transport around, easy to consume, and does the job of alkalising you immediately.

2. Bring at least 2 pieces of each – organic Apples, Kiwis, ripened Avocados, Bananas. Apples are easy to eat, kiwis can be eaten with their skin on – even if you wish to, you could peel off the skin without much effort or mess. Bananas are a gift from heaven to raw foodists. They are so easy to eat. And avocados are perfect to feed fats to the brains to keep them working!

3. Sprouted and dried Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds. Almonds are the most alkalising nuts of all, and easiest to digest too. We like to throw them into a bag with Cacao Nibs, Goji Berries and Organic Inca Berries.

4. A packet of Raw Cacao Powder for the tea break! While people make coffee, you can choose to make a heathy pick-me-up from raw cacao. It is good for the heart and saves you the crash afterwards! 

5. Bonus Tip - You can transport all your heavy stuff on day 1 of your seminar in a luggage trolley bag, and then ask for permission to deposit your foods with the premise fridge. In fact if it is air conditioned area, you could just store them at a cool corner table and label your name. That way you save some hassle for the next few days. 

Are these useful to you? Do write to us if you wish to have any raw food question answered and we can address that in our next newsletter. Big hugs!

Check out our Online Store HERE for quality superfoods!

(C) Linda Loo

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Eating Disorders – Walking through bulimia and becoming free – Part 1

“Addiction: the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.”

Some of you who read my bioautography would know, that I was addicted to bulimia for more than a good decade. The most intensive period of addiction I had was the initial years right after I switched my lifestyle. I cut out all cooked processed foods, alcohol, smoking and switched almost completely to raw foods.

The clarity that came along with a diet clean up was too overwhelming for me, and at that time, I had no defence against my emotions. Gave up bread, rice, sugar everything that numbs the senses, i was vibrating high, but my psyche was not ready to handle that.

So, for a good 3 years, i used bulimia as a tool to dull the senses while I did work on myself. The problem with bulimia is that, it can be unnoticed for years, sometimes for their entire lifetimes. Bulimics are clever people, and they good at covering their tracks.

For one, you often could not tell whether a person is bulimic unless he/she shares with you. With an above average intelligence, bulimics often KNOW deep down, that nobody can help them unless they do.

An addiction is an addiction. Whether it is to gambling, smoking, drugs, sex, food, binge-puke etc, it is still an addiction. The formula is the same:

Negative Emotion + Perfectionism + Destructive Behavior = Addiction

In the case of bulimia, there are a number of possible triggers, but most of them are rooted in self hatred.

The phrase ‘self hatred‘ itself is a big word. There are so many causal pathways, that could fill an entire book. In the case of bulimia, when bulimics take such a violent act of bingeing and throwing up, they are essentially punishing themselves, acting out of a loathing they secretly hide.

In this first article of Eating Disorders – Walking through bulimia and becoming free, let me first highlight the importance of walking through and getting out from eating disorders as early as possible, as loving as possible.

1. Health

Both bulimics and aneroxics (another common form of eating disorder that exhibits signs of food aversion, often to the point of starvation) are at high risk of heath breakdowns. Bulimics are especially prone to osteoporosis and tooth decay because of over acidity. Stomach acids are good for the stomach but not good in the mouth. The repeated action of throwing up renders the body in a constant acidic condition. Hormonal malfunctions are common because the adrenal glands secrete adrenaline every time you binge and puke. The body literally thinks it’s undergoing attack. This constant pumping of adrenaline racks your hormones. I’m not joking, if you can’t see life beyond the toilet bowl, you may not be alive for very long.

2. Relationships

Most often than not, bulimics have a tough experience when it comes to social, work and family relationships. Because their emotions are fluctuating between high and low, the experiences they have with others in their lives also fluctuate between passive aggressive. They are either:

- Feeling constantly overwhelmed, unduely stressed, over accommodating, over optimistic, even apologetic to the point of being a “doormat”; or

- Over domineering, overwhelming to others and have a compulsive impetus to high achieving.

Sometimes the bulimic feels the full spectrum of passive aggressive behavior over the course of a single day. This makes their working relationships especially challenging to manage, both for the bulimic and the colleagues.

3. Love Relationships

Before you can love others or give love to others, you first have to give love to yourself. Bulimics are people with great love, but unfortunately due to the causal pathways of addiction, their love is blocked. They are incapable of loving and caring for others authentically because they are in energy deficit everyday. Each time you do the act of binge purge, you are creating what is called an “energy dent“. With barely enough energy to get through the day, there is not much left to give to others. It is ironical because bulimics are often the people who desires most to give love to others. And it can be very sad, for the people around who loves them and wants to see them well.

4. Abundance and Success

We create our outer world experiences; we are responsible for every result we have. Every one of them. When a bulimic creates “energy dents” consistently, year after year, the energy they attract are far from pleasant. When they encounter good energies, or highly conscious people, this energy runs tangent to them. That means they don’t meet, or merge. At worst, they invite bullying abusive behaviors. And this is a huge stumbling block in personal success. It becomes literally a self fulfilling cycle of more self abuse, inability to achieve life goals, more self loathing, and then self abuse again.

(C) Linda Loo

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Thriving on Raw!

Dear cherished reader, 

have you ever encountered strange stares and questioning moments when you opt for healthy options e.g. salads at a social setting?

I was at a business conference last week, and for meal breaks, they had “fine catering”.

There were trays of fried “gourmet” stuff kept warm by candle flames beneath the trays.

As I scanned all the dishes for some signs of nutrition, I observed with dismay there is very little, almost zero life energy in the catered food. Minerals and vitamins are sparse, and chlorophyll is zilch.

Everyday in the seminar room, at about 1pm onwards, people struggled to stay awake. Even for those who had their eyes plastered wide open, I know they have stopped following the training slides.

When the speaker asked questions, most of the time, there were only less than 5 people who raised their hands or answered. Most of the time the room was in deathly silence.

So how do I keep myself energetic at conferences like this? Did I eat lunch; if yes, what? Did I bring my own raw foods? How did I handle all the strange questions from other course mates?

We will share with you in the next newsletter.

Human nature by default is resistant to changes, but most great shifts in our human evolution are caused by people who dared to think out of convention. We had the courage to ask ourselves “What is Food?” 7 years ago, and untill today, we are still enquiring. It is this enquiry process that helps us progress beyond merely eating for the sake of survival, for the sake of social company or for the sake of convenience and media conditioning. We eat to THRIVE, so that we can become our greatest potential.

Every great theory is ridiculed before it is accepted as a norm. Imagine if Columbus gave up after people ridiculed his theory, we would still be ignorantly thinking the world is flat isn’t it?

We are not saying there is something wrong with eating nutrient void, zero energy foods; but we are saying you have a choice! You can choose not to; you have an option to say no to lousy foods and say yes to good-for-you foods. You can make and eat healthy delicious variations of junk foods and feel great, look great, suffer less illnesses and have your brains outperform themselves. Sounds like a pretty good deal isn’t it?

Don’t believe us yet, come join us in RFTTC to learn how to prepare delicious living foods, snacks that will wow your loved ones, your neighbors and of course yourself.

Have you locked in your spot for our upcoming Raw Foods Teacher Course (RFTTC) in end Jan 2015? We have already registered Super Earlies who locked in their extremely valuable price. The Early Bird offer is available till 31st Dec 2014, don’t miss that too! This is a skill that saves lives, and stays with you for LIFE!

I hope to see you on the other side of your screen, hugs! :)

(C) Linda Loo

More Details on RFTTC : http://lightlovelaughteracademy.com/programmes/living-foods/raw-food-teacher-training-detail

To our Past TLC Graduates : 
Do you wish to refresh your raw foods skills and upgrade your certification? You can now do so at a special price of SGD 995 (U.P. SGD 4,375) for our upcoming RFTTC Jan 2015! Email us at contact@lightlovelaughteracademy.com or Call +65 6650 6028 to register or for more details.

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*Would you like to learn from the best what it takes to run the kitchen during one of our RFTTC?
*Are you a humble, loving, good-natured individual, who appreciates the Zen of simple yet important kitchen tasks?
*Do you enjoy working in a community of loving beings who are passionate about raw culinary arts?
*Can you take a few days to spend in pursuit of an opportunity that could change your life for the better?

If your answer to all these questions is YES, you are imvited to apply now! 
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We are Born to Be Well!

Great healers like Hippocrates, Ann Wigmore, and Max Gerson advocate something in common – their theory is that true healing means bringing back the body to its natural condition.

At Light Love Laughter, our philosophy is that there is nothing to cure; there is simply Restoration.

When you practice Yoga combined with living foods, super foods, fresh unprocessed quality nutrients, your body shines for you. It becomes beautiful, strong and supple. Mind becomes clear and focused. Spirit sings with joy. The physical body brings the first forms of transformation – less white hair, glowing skin and shining eyes.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouted nuts and seeds, mineral-dense super foods, medicinal herbs, and shrubs. They are grown from Earth, wholesome, and by eating them natural as they are, we preserve the Earth element. This Earth element is important because your body is made from Earth too. In case you are wondering, yes we (or rather our bodies) are bio decomposable.

Any processing, treatments or over cooking destroys and takes away the Earth element.

Innately we all have healing capabilities; our bodies are created to be strong healthy machines. The moment you treat the body rightly, you restore it back to its natural state. The natural state is wellness.

You don’t have to believe us. But try it first!

Here’s a challenge for you: Go raw for a weekend. Go high raw, if not full. Notice the differences. Observe the changes in your skin, hair, and eyes. Notice your sense of taste, smell, and hearing. Notice your shift to greater emotional awareness and mental clarity.

Cheers to youth, vitality and radiant health!

“Do you want to make your health transformation a 100% more effective, easier & tastier, in the comfort of your own home? Click HERE to find out how!

EMAIL contact@lightlovelaughteracademy.com or 
call +65 6650 6028 to register or for enquiries.

Join fellow health enthusiasts to discover a new body, achieve that new year resolution, get inspired by Linda’s passion and more!

An exciting group coaching program will be coming – just when you need it most! Stay tuned for details.”

(C) Linda Loo

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Pranayama Power! – Applications in Daily Life

Dear cherished reader, have you experienced pranayama practices before?

Pranayama Yoga refers to the practice of applying various breathing techniques to expand the Prana / Breath body - or the Aura / Presence / Energy Field of a person.

There are several ways you can use Pranayama to up sports performance and enhance daily life.

(*Disclaimer – the suggestions below are applicable for those who are athletically very active and generally fit people. Do not attempt the strenuous sports unless you already are doing so, or as advised by your health guru.) 

1. Swimming
In between the laps while resting, instead of just breathing normally to catch our breath, the Nadi Shodan can slow down the heart rate much faster. As you progressively make the laps, you will feel a renewed energy for powerful strokes.

Just 10 Nadi Shodans in between say 3-4 laps, can accelerate exercise stamina incredibly.

Normally it takes a few minutes before heart rate normalize; with Nadi Shodan, it gets significantly faster.

2. Interval Training for Stamina
This can be applied to both running, or strength training. One of the most effective ways to increase stamina for distance running is to engage in interval training. This means that we work our heart rate up fast, and then take a break to allow heart rate to drop. Just before the heart rate reaches below a certain cardio zone, we make the next dash.

Now, if we apply Ujayi (deep throat breathing) during the breaks, we recover faster (meaning we can cover more circuits in the same time), and there is more energy when we make the next sprint or interval.

When performing the Ujayi in between workouts, there is a natural tendency to rush because the lungs is calling out for oxygen. Make an effort to slow down the breathing, employing Ujayi technique, deep into the diaphragm, and then out through the nose. This method strengthens respiratory and lungs capacity, giving an edge to your interval training.

If you don’t believe this, experiment! Perform conscious Ujayis in between your next workouts, and watch how your heart calms down faster than before. Don’t forget to measure your running speed so you know how much your stamina progresses. 

3. Insomnia No More
A rarely used, but powerful way of breathing – called the Bhramari Breath, or the Bumble Bee / Humming Bee breath, works wonders to relief insomnia.

Inhale through the nose, and then exhale in a humming sound with the mouth closed. If you are to place your finger right below your nostrils, you will feel a soft gradual gust of breath flow out gently. You are using sound vibration to tone and massage the upper body organs.

To relief insomnia, just stick your forefingers into each side of your ears to close up the outer world sounds. Close your eyes, inhale and exhale in a nice long hum. Until you are totally out of breath, repeat again.

Perform this preferably in a private space, for 10 rounds, and then feel the deep sense of calm descend.

Yoga is an Art and Science so deep that would take more than one lifetime to master! The more we learn the more we realise there is more to discover. However, one thing that is proven which we already know for sure – it works wonders for the human body.

(C) Linda Loo

“Yoga is the dance between the light and the dark within you. The light is what brings you back to the mat, and the darkness is what you uncover there. Don’t be afraid of this darkness; these are only shadows and though you’ll have to walk down some pretty dark alleys, remember you are grounded in the light, and that light will set you free.”
- Amy Jirsa

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Why is Transformational Yoga Different?

Dear cherished readers, Transformational Yoga is based on the work of Sri Aurobindo, and created by Sri Swamiji Vidyananda. It has been used by practitioners and Yoga Masters all over the world for physical and spiritual progress. A single practice can be short, but if carefully designed, can bring about quick tangible results.

There are 3 fundamental reasons why our Yoga sessions leave practioners refreshed, light and happy without fail each time. 

1. Our Yoga sequence is planned in ascending order of Chakras. (The simplest explanation of Chakras is that they are vibrating wheels of energy, located along the nerve endings of the human spine.) We always begin with the lower Chakras and then work our way up. This is important because building a strong practice requires a strong foundation.

2. We see only our physical bodies – but there is more than meets the eye. We have subtle energy bodies too. Including emotional, mental and psychic bodies. A basic Transformational Yoga sessions work on all the above 4 bodies. That is why after each session, you feel happy, calm and a feeling of lightness.

3. Our teachers have the full picture. We don’t only teach Asana; we don’t only teach Pranayama; or Mantra or Meditation. We are well versed in all the 8 limbs and we are experienced with integrating them into a single practice. In other words, our Yoga students get the real deals when they practice with us. 

JOIN US for a session today to personally experience the power of authentic Yoga!

Yoga Wisdom to meditate on for the week:

“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

(C) Linda Loo

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Reduce Comatose during the Festive Season!

Dear cherished reader, if you have been following us for the past few years, you would have observed that we have a deeper agenda for driving the raw foods mission. Have you noticed that our slogan is “At first it’s all about food; and then it’s not about the food; it’s something deeper…”?

When the body is finally free from a constant state of comatose (that comes with eating cooked foods), consciousness has a chance to become aware of emotions and thoughts. You start to see how you emotionalise your world, your thinking processes. And if you embark on inner work, you can release old programming and install new “softwares” into your life.

Our deepest desire is to witness everyone of our raw food clients, students and program participants, self actualise their potential, through the use of Raw Foods, Inner Work and Yoga. Having good health is only the elementary level in self cultivation. Good health does not guarantee spiritual progress, but without good health it is extra difficult. 

“I’ve gained a deeper understanding about yoga as a way of life. I’m stronger physically, have a greater sense of self-awareness, and my propensity to be reactive to my surrounding stimuli has greatly reduced. I now approach issues and handle life’s stresses with much more calmness, clarity of mind and confidence. The food is excellent beyond expectations! I am truly inspired to be more conscious about the food I eat, the importance of being mindful about our own body, and incorporate raw food especially the green smoothies into my daily meals.”

So what is it about Light Love Laughter Academy’s Yoga that sets it apart from every commercial studio out there? Why does it always leave you happy, calm and spiritually connected to your faith of choice without fail? How are we so special? In the next post, we will share with you the top 3 things that makes every of our Yoga sessions work every time. 

And as promised, here is a useful tip to reduce or avoid having a comatose during the festive period:
Drink a glass of Chia gel
*Mix 2 heaping tablespoon of Chia Seeds in 300 ml water. Stir well and wait for 30 minutes until all the seeds have expanded into a gelatinous texture. Drink immediately before your festive dinner. This gel will help coat the less healthy foods you eat, and save you a fair bit of digestive disorders. Just make sure you have a washroom nearby 3 hours later! 

Bonus Tip: If salads are within the menu, and you are not averse to greens, fill up your plate with at least 51% of raw salads, vegetables leafy greens and fruits. Just make sure you eat the raw stuff before your festive dinner to avoid digestive gas. (Raw foods digest faster)

Do both, and you lower your chances of digestive blues even more. Definitely a great way to spend the festives!

Make your health transformation a 100% more effective, easier & tastier, in the comfort of your own home!

4 Modules, each with a pdf textbook and video tutorial that you can stream anytime and anywhere with internet connection. Clear Illustrations that you can follow easily, Delicious Recipes, 4 weekly Email Coaching to increase your success rate!

ENROL in our online “Introduction to Living Foods (ILF) Program” to Heal, Rejuvenate & Thrive your way to your most vibrant self now! 

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(C) Linda Loo

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How to Bond with your Family during Festive Sessions while Staying Raw?

Dear cherished reader, with Christmas and New Year around the corner, are you thinking what any raw foodist would think at least once over their raw foods journey – “How do I keep up my healthy living foods diet without losing connection with my folks?”

One of the most common avenues for humans to bond over is food. Which makes the topic of food into both a laughable and cry-able matter.

Truth is, even though you have a pure intention in doing raw foods in the first place, and it has nothing to do with their culinary skills, your parents or whoever prepared the meals will feel disappointed. I mean, cooked or raw foods aside, the act of cooking stems from love. The key is recognizing that their gesture of preparing meals for you is a gift of their love; your rejection of their food is to them a rejection of their love.

Eat their food and get a comatose; or adamantly reject them and risk a fallout. Either way, it will be less than ideal especially in times of festive season.

Can you find the middle path out of this? The answer is yes – the qualified statement is that it won’t be achieved overnight.

Here are 2 tips to help you out:

1. Explain your ‘whys’ behind your action
When my mother insists that I eat the smoked salmon on my plate of salad, I would say “Mum, if I eat these salmon, I would feel depressed. If I eat the fresh salads, I would keep my good spirits. I want to be a happy daughter especially when I’m having dinner with you. Why don’t you eat these salmon instead? It makes me warm and fuzzy that we share the same plate.” I think very few mothers in this world will refuse to help their children be happy, especially when you put it out in their face with so much love.

2. Emphasize on the connection, the sharing, the topics of conversation and NOT the foods.
Look at them in the eyes, charm them, and send waves of sparkles through your peepers. One amazing fact about our peepers is that when you look at someone you love in their eyes, both of you will start to feel very touched. The point is that you have to show your love – you simply can’t fake it.

You see, few things are more desirable than the presence we give to our loved ones. All the acts of cooking and trying to make us eat something we don’t feel is healthy, are the best ways they know how to love us. If you can give them that loving presence every time you sit down with them, eventually, they won’t see the food as THAT important, and they may try less hard to recreate that bond they have had with you over a dish that you used to love.

I use it all the time on my mother, and it works without fail. Warning – it takes consistent self work to achieve this, because our closest people always pushes our hot buttons. But hey, isn’t raw foods supposed to facilitate us in our inner work? So, buckle up and have fun!

Have these tips been useful to you? We are updating our FAQ section on our website to serve you better. Please write in to contact@lightlovelaughteracademy.com to let us know how else we may serve you better.

We will share 1 important and useful tip on how NOT to get a comatose when eating party foods in one of our upcoming posts. Stay tuned!

(C) Linda Loo