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Eye Protection: Top 8 Natural Tips

With technology evolving at lightening speed, we now spend more time in front of the computer and reading into wee hours. While it is meaningful to learn & upgrade, it is also important to take care of our beepers!

1. Wash the eyes with clean filtered water/spring water every night before sleep.

2. When eyestrain occurs from over computer exposure, shut the lights & close eyes under complete darkness for 10 min.

 
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 Stare at Natural Greenery everyday to help eye recovery!

3. Refrain from reading from reading under the following conditions:
-Moving vehicle
-Dim or insufficient light.

4. Strive to keep the following rules when reading:

-Hold the book at least 15 inches away from the eyes
-Always let the light fall on the book from your left
-Frequently blink the eyes when reading
-For every hour of reading, focus the eyes on an object far away for at least 2 min.

5. Never look at the blazing sun directly.

6. This is for the girls – reduce the frequency of applying Mascara on the eyelashes. The acts of applying & removing eye make our eyes weak & vulnerable to infections.

7. Hair dyes, or chemical treatments directly affect the eye functioning because they shoot right into the brain. If possible, eliminate the use of chemical dyes or products.

8. Eat more dark green leafy vegetables – one of the ways is to have them in your green smoothies! If you want to learn how to make delicious green smoothies, join us in our Intro to Living Foods (ILF) workshop!

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Green Smoothies FAQs Part II

Question:

I had tried 2 types of smoothies on my own using your formula. It was delicious but the texture is not as good as what we drank during the workshop – is this due to the blender quality.

Answer:
“Yes you are right on that – the Blender makes a whole world of difference. If you are serious about transitioning onto blended smoothies and foods for the long term, it is definitely more economical and efficient to invest in a quality one.”

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Question:
What can I do with the vegetable stalks, which we do not use in blending?

Answer:
“The best way to use them is to use them in dehydrated recipes like cakes, breads, pies or crackers. We can process these stalks in the food processor in recipes, and they form the base/texture to make raw gourmet snacks ‘chewy’. If you don’t have time or don’t own a dehydrator yet, you can use the stalks to make juice for facial masks, ferment them with fruit peels to make enzymes, compost for your garden, or simply feed them to pet turtles or rabbits! “

Click on the link to see more questions answered on Green Smoothies: Green Smoothies FAQs Part I

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Green Smoothies FAQs Part I

1) How can I make Avocados Smoothies tasty, they usually taste bland; can I blend the pit?

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These questions are increasing because more people are becoming aware of the goodness in Avocados. I was jokingly telling my friend that the price of Avocados may increase pretty soon, at the rate which we are training Singaporeans to incorporate living foods into their diet

The thing when using Avocados is to know that these are not sweet, therefore we cannot rely on them to give a sweet taste to our end-smoothie. If we wish to use them to make good smoothies, we can put in more sweet fruits like red Melons, Grapes & Chinese Shui Jing Pears.

If you have a powerful blender like ours, you can also blend the pit in for extra nutritional boost. Just be aware that the smoothie will taste slightly bitter. We don’t encourage you to blend the pit with a commercial blender, unless you are planning to break the blades. Which may be a blessing because then you’ll have an excuse to finally invest in a good blender!

2) Will blending smoothies destroy the enzymes in fruits & greens?

Any form of processing takes away nutrition from fresh living foods; the best way is of course to consume organic crops freshly harvested from the soil. However, in our busy conventional lives today, we don’t have time to sit down and chew greens whole day, so we use the blender to ‘pre-digest’ the foods.

And yes of course the heat from blades will remove some nutrients but the resulting smoothie will still be much more nutrient dense than a standard cooked store bought meal.

Click on the link to get to Green Smoothies FAQs Part II.

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5 Tips to ‘Upgrade’ yourself as a Smoothie Guru!

For all of you Smoothie Gurus who are making Smoothies regularly – Cheers!

Here are 5 Tips to ‘upgrade’ yourself to Smoothie Guru:

1) Stick to the protocol you learnt with us on keeping it simple, unless you are at the *Smoothie Commando or *Smoothie Queen level.

If you wish to add in new items into your Smoothie, do so one at a time.

(*Which means you can mix more than 6 types of fruits and greens together and still make it taste heavenly)

First of all, thank you for loving our In-House Smoothies, we read that you wished you can make smoothies which taste exactly like ours. Please be gentle on yourselves and remember that we have been on the path for more than 4 years, we make smoothies everyday(still doing that now) & we made so many mistakes!

You are already doing an amazing job with just less than a year of practice.

Whenever you try new experiments, and find that your smoothie taste yucky, go back one or two steps to the basics and start simple again. Use only a max of 2 fruits, under the Conceptual Format that you learnt with us. You won’t go wrong that way.

Whatever you do, never give up! Keep trying till you get it ☺; and you will.

2) Rotation is Key – Rotate with Intelligence to save time

Many of us are lazy to shop for a large variety of fruits; we sometimes only stick to Bananas, Oranges, Apples and Papayas because they are easier to cut.

If we only stick to the same fruits, we are going to become bored and sick of them, not to mention mal-nutrition. (Yes it is POSSIBLE to eat Living Foods and be malnourished.)

Some big fruits like Coconut, Watermelon (yellow, red), Rock Melons are nutritious and tasty to use in Smoothies. But people find them too heavy and bulky, and a hassle to prepare.

One trick is this – buy the big fruits once a week, say over the weekend, chop them up into blend-able sizes, freeze them immediately, and use over the week.

For Coconuts, you can use the water over the 2 days after you open them, and the meat you can freeze in individual containers, and bring them out one at a time as you use each portion.

3) Amen to Avocado!

Please, folks, don’t forget our best friend – the Amazing Avocado. This fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients, anti-oxidants, and minerals & is so affordable. Use half or a whole Avocado in the smoothies. This increases the satiation factor and makes the Smoothie last longer.

Gals, remember how we shared a secret about beauty & drooled at the Avocado during the Intro Workshop? We hope you have been using them regularly; if not, go out and grab a couple today!

4) Use Toppings

By now, you would already have become Intermediate Smoothie Gurus, if not Veterans!

You can now start to experiment with toppings – add some of the favorite Singaporean/Malaysian local fruits like Durians, Mang Ka/Chempedek (Jackfruit), Longans, Rambutans (we got really hooked onto Rambutans lately!), Lychee, Ba Duku, Duku Langsat, Longkang etc into the Smoothies and eat the entire thing with a spoon!

You can even sprinkle 2 Tbs of Cacao Nibs on top for a pre-workout boost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Upgrade the Blender

The best Chef skills can only be showcased through extraordinary equipment. When we were overseas and had to put up with commercial blenders, there was no way we could make divinely smooth Smoothies. It just cannot happen because the blades are weak and lousy.

When you have been drinking Smoothies for 3 months or more, it is time to choose for yourself whether you wish to continue this path. The best way to tell is based on how energetic you feel and how you look.

If you feel great & look fresher than before, you know that what you have done really works for you.

If you decide that – ok this feels right for me, and I wish to carry on incorporating more living foods, particularly Smoothies, because I feel better, look better now; it makes more sense to invest in a good blender.

Get a good affordable blender now to start blending! Email contact@livingfoodslindaloo.com to enquire. More info: The Linda Loo Blender

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Yin Yang Balanced Smoothies

We know that consuming Green Smoothies is an awesome way of getting the best nutrition into the body. They are easy to make, taste delicious, contains first class nutrients, requires little to zero digestion, and produces no by-product toxins.

Now, the key is to balance the nature of the Green Smoothie so that the resulting smoothie is not too cooling, nor too heaty.

In Asia, it is easy to tilt over to the cooling side because firstly, Greens are already alkalizing and most Greens cools the body. Plus the fact that most of our fruit crops are cooling (because we are in tropical climate with warm weathers), it is extremely to feel too cold from consuming Smoothies.

By becoming informed with the nature of fruits and greens, we can plan our Green Smoothies ingredients to make sure we can enjoy the benefits while feeling balanced.

By including a mixture of fruits from both Yin and Yang groups, on rotational basis, we make sure that our Green Smoothies has somewhat a balanced nature, instead of skewing towards either being too cooling or heaty.

To intentionally increase the thermal nature of a Green Smoothie, some easy tips to remember also include throwing in:

1) a 2 inch Fresh Ginger
2) a 2 inch Fresh Tumeric
3) 2-3 Tbs of Raw Cacao
4) Basil, Dill, Oregano
5) a handful of heaty “topping fruits” (fruits which are not suitable for blending but do well as a topping over a Green Smoothie or Green Pudding)
– Longans, Lychees, Rambutans, Duku Langsat,
6) a handful of soaked Goji Berries
7) a handful of soaked walnuts, pumpkin/sunflower seeds

Cooling Fruits in Singapore

Bananas
Water Melons – Red, Yellow
Starfruit
Oranges
Grapefruits/Lemons
Kiwi
Strawberries/Blueberries/Cherries
Pears
Coconut Water
Pineapples
Passion Fruits
Most Greens & Herbs are Cooling in nature. Especially cooling Greens are:

Xiao Bai Chye
Sweet Potato Leaves
Water Cress
Cilantro/Parsley

Warming Fruits in Singapore

Durian
Jackfruit/Chempedek
Coconut Meat
Mango
Rock Melon
Sun Melon
Ba Chiku
Red Grapes (with seeds)

Neutral

Papaya
Plum/Peach
Honey Dew
Apples
Avocado
Persimmon
Apricots
Figs

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Smoothies for the Cool Season

We are right in the middle of the year end monsoon season in Singapore, where showers and cool wind are present almost every day after noon.

While I’m enjoying the nice cool change, it does get a bit chilly to be eating raw foods unless we plan intelligently on food selection. Singapore is situated right next to the equator, and we are a tropical country with plenty of cooling fruits. For somebody eating mostly raw foods here, it can be easy to tilt over to the cooling side.

Just like natural forces in life, foods also have a particular nature of Yin, Yang or neutral. This is also the time to add in some warming foods into the raw food meal plans.

When you are making a smoothie and you use common fruits like Bananas, Melons, Citrus fruits and/or Coconut water, the smoothie will be of a very Yin consistency. There are some easy pointers to follow if you wish balance or warm the consistency of the resulting smoothie:

1) Add a small piece of fresh old ginger into the smoothie
2) Throw in handful of Basil – which is warming
3) Use more of local greens which are neutral like Tung Oh
4) Reduce the use of Xiao Bai Chye and Sweet Potato Leaves
5) If you are using coconut, make use of the coconut meat as well as the water
6) Use more Mangoes to replace Bananas in smoothies
7) Include some “heaty” fruits like Durians, Jackfruit, Longans, Rambutans and Lychee in the weekly diet

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The Best Anti-Depressants

The cases of depression & insomnia affecting our nations today, have exploded exponentially over the past 2 years.

Every other day, I’d hear a friend telling me about sleepless nights, a loved one sharing about a colleague suffering from “split personality” and depressions, or even a passer-by mention about how alcohol helps them sleep better.

Rewind our society by 50 years, do our grand parents suffer from such symptoms when they were our age?

Heck no! And therefore common sense tells me that this is NOT natural.

Anti-depressants make us more depressed; I used to be on it in the younger days, and from both my own and friends’ experiences, they made a emotional wreck out of anyone dependent on them.

In fact, the real lasting solution to any problem including depression, lies within the simplest and humblest things. Besides some complicated powdered synthesized chemicals made in a lab named as Anti-Depressant pills, here are some DELIGHTFUL ideas to help alleviate DEPRESSION.

1) Green Smoothies

Start your day with a Green Smoothie, and watch how your emotions remain stable, calm, joyful and loving until your next meal.

There is just some magic in Chlorophyll, combined with the living goodness of fresh fruits, which makes anyone balanced and happy. Chlorophyll is basically the essence of sunlight. The more living foods we eat, the more light we install in our body, and eventually there is no room for dark depression to exist.

 

2) Sunlight

This abundant resource controls more than 8,000 neurological functions in our body. No wonder more and more people are getting depressed. Because we live in boxes, work in partitions, bombarded by electromagnetic devices and most people do not even get sun exposure for 10 min in the city!

3) Breathe!

Something so vital, and yet so grossly overlooked, is the power of Breath. Simply by taking time to breathe in clean fresh air, or even observing our breathing, can bring profound feelings of wellness.

Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!

Just sit comfortably wherever you are, close your eyes, straighten your spine, and then breath slowly deliberately and deeply for 10 counts. For every of the 10 counts, focus 100% on the inhalation and exhalation of each breath. Don’t worry if your mind wanders because it will automatically come back when you draw in the next breath.

And then open your eyes, observe how you feel, and notice the drastic change in emotional state!

Cheers to Natural Anti-Depressants :)

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No Cravings on Green Smoothies! Why?

The top 2 feedback received from participants who started incorporating smoothies into their diet, are a substantial drop in cravings, and subsequently a reduction in junk food consumption

Why do we have cravings all the time?

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Green Smoothies made by The Raw Family at Joy for Life Retreat

Well yes, I used to have humongous cravings for alcohol, tobacco, coffee, donuts, pastries, potato chips, crackers, and any kind of junk food you can name from the snack encyclopedia. If there ever was a ph.D course in Junk Food & Processed Snacks Dictionary, I’d have topped the faculty.

Sometimes as short as just an hour after lunch, I’d catch myself longing for a pastry or fritters. It seems that the more I ate, the more I wanted.

What’s the reason for experiencing all these cravings?

Whatever foods we had been feeding into our bodies, we are programming our cells with them. Our body knows only the foods we eat or had eaten before. And so, when the body needs nourishment, they call out for these foods.

The cells are needing nourishment for our basic survival, proper functioning, healing, recovery and optimal wellness. When these nourishment lacks, our brain receives signals from the body to eat more.

But what’s the real deal here? Are we getting what we require from what we are eating?

From the fact that the more we eat, the more we want, it seems pretty logical to deduce that we are not properly nourished! What’s happening now is that there seems to be global epidemic, somewhat like a never ending slippery slope of obesity, fatigue, pre-mature aging, balding, depression, infertility and degenerative diseases.

Why does it seem so miraculous that cravings can drop substantially after the introduction of Green Smoothies?

You see, when we drink Green Smoothies, we are taking in ALOT of nutrition from Fresh Living Foods. Don’t underestimate that cup of green beverage, because it has everything required by our cells. When blended using proper ingredients, it come complete with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, water and so much more for our complete nourishment!

And the best part is that we don’t even need to change whatever we are eating. Just simply add in the Smoothies.

When we take in these super health enhancing nutrients, we are re-programming our cells with Living Foods Language – which is the Mother Tongue of our cells. We are creations of Mother Earth – Mother Nature.

Those super nutrients get delivered to the door-step of every living cell in our body, plumbing our body up with nourishment. The cells are stronger now to embark on the millions of bio-chemical processes to ensure our survival.

When the cells are properly fed, the brain now receives messages of peace, harmony and happiness. Our mind feels balanced, and calm. Thus, we experience a reduction in signals to grab that donut, sugared drink or coffee.

Instead of Cravings, we experience Contentment.
Instead of Reaching for that Soda, we Reach out to people with Smiles.
Instead of Dozing off while Driving, we Dance with Divinity.
And it all boils down to that simple Green Smoothie.

Cheers to your Smoothie and Bottoms up!

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