Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Roland's Ultimate Juice

I call this my "Ultimate Juice" since it is my favorite juice. It also offers excellent nutrition and is very detoxifying as well. This juice tastes amazing since it has many taste flavors in it like sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter. And, the colors are stunning when exiting the juicer, and look like a rainbow. When finished, the juice primarily appears red because of the beet. I like to drink this juice anytime, but especially in the morning as an excellent refreshing drink and cleanser. I also like to save the pulp to use a base for Roland's Raw Chia Crackers. This cracker recipe will appear next time.

Here are the ingredients for Roland's Ultimate Juice: 

3 apples
1 beet root (3" diameter)
8 carrots
4 cloves garlic
1-2 inches long ginger
1 peeled lemon
4 cups greens: spinach, beet tops, parsley

I chop all of the ingredients beforehand into segments that will fit into my juicer. I use a Champion juicer but any juicer will do. I juice all of the ingredients through the juicer, alternating between juicier foods like lemon, spinach, apple, garlic and drier foods like carrots, beets, ginger. This will make my juicer run better. Your juicer may work differently. Once done, drink immediately. Saving juice for the next day is okay but some nutrition will be lost. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator. Save the pulp and use as a base to make raw chia or flax seed crackers. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How to Know If You Are Eating GMO Foods

Have you heard of GMO foods? These are “foods” that are genetically modified organisms. And big agricultural corporations like Monsanto have been very aggressive in developing GMO crops and practically forcing farmers to grow these crops by way of suing non compliant farmers who do not buy their seed. There have been several films made about this practice, like Food, Inc., King Corn, and The Future of Food. The result is that today, most agricultural crops are typically grown with GMO seed including corn, wheat, rice, and soybean, the staples of the US food supply. And, GMO is found in meat and dairy since animals eat GMO grains and grasses. So that means that most of the foods sold in any supermarket, even including supposed “natural” markets like Whole Foods, are GMO foods. So far, huge corporations like Monsanto and Coco Cola have poured money into blocking any state from enacting required labeling of GMO foods since they don’t want consumers to know the truth of what is in their foods and suffer the possible repercussions of lower sales.
So, how does a conscious consumer differentiate between GMO foods and non GMO foods? Right now the only way to be sure that you are not consuming GMO foods is to shop for certified organic foods. A certified organic food cannot contain genetically modified organisms. So that means that any food that is not organic is very likely a GMO food.
Some people wonder if they should care whether they are eating GMO foods or not. My perspective is that everyone should care what food they put in their bodies, especially when it comes to GMO foods. Compared to all other foods, GMO foods are not found in nature, as they are purely a concoction of humankind. And, the most startlingly thing about GMO is that NO testing is required by the government to test the safety or effects of eating GMO foods before they are brought to the marketplace. So, this means that if you are eating GMO foods, you are a guinea pig upon which corporations are testing there laboratory developed products. I believe that people should at the very least be given the choice to decide what type of food they want to eat, GMO or non GMO.

If you want to be really confident that a particular brand is GMO free, please visit Non GMO Project's Verified Products section of their website for a complete list. Here is the link:
If you want to lend your voice to requiring GMO labeling of foods, please tell your representative to support the Genetically Engineered Foods Right to Know Act. Here is the link:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

52 Ways to Reduce One’s Risk of Growing Cancer

Cancer is a disease that has become very prevalent in our western society. Many people believe that exposure to toxins is one of the major causes of cancer. Everyone knows that toxins are all around us. Unfortunately, many people just throw up their hands and give up trying to stay away from toxic substances and rely on the medical professions to solve ay diseases that they get. Unfortunately, medical treatments of cancer are very unhelpful and actually will shorten your life.

A friend of my father, who died of cancer, said, “You see, diet does not make a difference in avoiding cancer.” I was shocked when I first heard this. Later on, I realized that this is the pervasive view by many people. However, I refute this notion that diet does not make a difference or that there is nothing we can do about toxins since they are everywhere. Diet does appear to make a difference as we have seen with people who eat poorly and die way too young.

There are many things each of us can do to keep toxins out of our bodies, and avoiding toxins will have the added benefits of lessening the manufacturing of these toxins in the first place and lessen the amount of toxins in the environment.

In addition to diet, there are many other practices to follow to lessen disease and improve our bodies’ strength.

So, here are the 52 best ways to reduce one’s risk of growing cancer and to live a wonderful life:

1. Eat only certified organic food.
2. Focus on consuming a plant based diet consisting mostly of raw, uncooked foods that provide higher nutrition levels.
3. Drink wheatgrass juice daily since it alkalizes the body and provides a complete array of nutrition.(3)
4. Detoxify your body on a regular basis through fasting, juice diets, and organic herbal supplements.
5. Take a probiotic supplement daily.
6. Don’t drink tap water; drink local safely tested spring water or Raw Living Water.
7. Phase out use of all plastics used for food and beverage storage, including food containers, bottles, cling wrap, and bags; instead use glass food container and bottles, and plant based, biodegradable plastic bags.(1)
8. Stop using canned foods since they contain BPA’s; use fresh produce instead.(1)
9. Reduce consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs since these foods contain higher toxin levels; eat smaller portions of animal foods or none at all.
10. Eat only wild caught, sustainably harvested seafood since conventional fish contains high BPA levels; also eat lower on the food chain, plant eating species like sardines.(1)
11. Use a ceramic coffee mug, a stainless steel or glass water bottle instead of plastic beverage containers.(1)
12. When dining out eat at restaurants serving only organic and vegan foods, unless you know the restaurant serves only organic meat and dairy.(1)
13. Avoid processed sweeteners like sugar; instead use natural sweeteners like honey and stevia.
14. Phase out all processed foods with unfamiliar ingredients, including highly processed oils; instead go for low processed or fresh, local, organic foods and fresh produce.
15. Eat more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale that metabolize estrogen in its harmful state.(1)
16. Avoid Styrofoam since it is full of toxins and is not recyclable; use stainless steel containers for dining leftovers.(1)
17. Avoid synthetic fragrances of all kinds, i.e. perfume, cologne, air fresheners, sprays, etc.; instead use organic essential oils, like a few drops of lavender oil mixed with spring water in a spray bottle and spray on clothing and the air.(1)
18. Phase out synthetic cosmetics and personal care products that are ripe with chemicals and toxins; instead use only organic, vegan certified beauty care products.(1)
19. Avoid cash register receipts at all costs since they contain extremely high levels of BPA; simple refuse receipts for minor purchases and ask for 8.5 x 11” paper printouts for larger purchases; wash your hands after handling receipts.(1)
20. Clear your kitchen of all non stick and aluminum cookware since they both contain large amounts of chemicals and toxins; use cast iron and high quality stainless steel instead.(1)
21. Add water filters to kitchen and bath since many toxins are absorbed through the skin.(1)
22. In the home, avoid chemical laden, conventional clothing, bed sheets, mattresses, furniture, and so on; instead go for organic versions.
23. When doing home renovation and building construction, avoid conventional building materials and instead use only chemical and toxin free paints, plywood, particle boards, lumber, insulation, carpets, etc.
24. In the office, avoid conventional appliances and electronics; instead use green certified, chemical and toxin free appliance, electronics (, furniture, and furnishings.
25. Phase out plastics everywhere since plastics in indoor environments help pollute the air; instead choose natural materials like wood, metal, glass.
26. Ban smoking in your home or office and avoid any smoke.
27. Avoid conventional cleaning products which are full of toxic chemicals; instead make your own home cleaners with natural products like lemon, vinegar, and borax.
28. Avoid conventional laundry detergent and dryer anti static cling sheets since these are full of toxic chemicals; instead choose a truly nontoxic detergent that has no smell or even better, choose soapnuts, a tree’s berries that has a natural cleansing ability and can be tossed directly into the washer.
29. Choose an electric vehicle or do without a car since gas burning autos contribute to our petroleum dependent society, pollute the environment, and are full of toxins in the interior; bicycling, walking, and mass transit are options to driving.
30. Skip chlorine and bromine sanitized swimming pools since they are a cesspool of toxins; instead find a natural body of water to swim in ( or find a pool that is chemical free.(2)
31. Open your windows at night to let in the fresh air when sleeping, even in the winter time since air pollution is a major problem.
32. Exercise daily to keep your body fit and help with detox.
33. Eat dinner at 5:00 pm and don’t eat after 8:00 pm; this gives your body time to digest dinner and detoxify at night.
34. Expose your body to sunlight for a few minutes in the morning or late afternoon to ensure adequate levels of Vitamin D.
35. Get adequate rest; go to bed by 10:00 pm to ensure adequate sleep time and darkness which allows the body to create melatonin.
36. Destress your life by choosing to live a calmer life by avoiding stressful situations in the first place; if you feel stress, immediately seek a calm environment and rest.
37. Actively seek and create situations that create joy and happiness in your life everyday and avoid people or places that don’t.
38. Laugh a lot, laugh even when you don’t feel like laughing since the body does not know the difference and your body’s serotonin levels are boosted when you do laugh.
39. Create your life that is based primarily on what brings you the most joy and satisfaction; this will ensure that most of your time is spent doing activities that are fulfilling.
40. Engage in meditation or yoga daily since these practices calm the mind and strengthen the body mind connection.
41. Follow a spiritual belief if that brings you contentment.
42. Meet with friends and family daily in positive ways since a sense of community is vital to a satisfying life.
43. Give yourself to the world; volunteer your time for causes you believe in since you receive only as much as you give.
44. Share with other people since this makes everyone feel better.
45. Be kind to everyone; choose to be the best person that you can be in every moment.
46. Choose to live in the most beautiful place you can find since this will make you feel happier everyday.
47. Create something that you can share with the world.
48. Live in and enjoy the moment for that is the true essence of living.
49. Celebrate the seasons with other people and by going outside to marvel at the beauty of nature.

50. Live in a peaceful and positive community or village where you enjoy being.
51. Love yourself and you will emanate love to all you meet.
52. Forgive yourself and everyone else for no one and no thing is perfect in this world.

Article Sources:

(1): Turner, Lisa. "Fat Chemicals: 20 ways to rid your body of toxins that pack on pounds." Better Nutrition. March.2013. < >.

(2): Field, Liza. “The toxic soup you’re swimming in” The Baltimore Sun. 05.Jun.2013.  <,0,7720692.story >.

(3): Meyerowitz, Steve. Wheatgrass: Nature’s Finest Medicine: The Complete Guide to Using Grasses to Revitalize Your Health. Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Company; 2006.
Friday, September 20, 2013

Number 1 Way to Abate Anxiety

Have you ever felt that nervous energy that is constantly gnawing at you with fearful messages and emotions? This state of being is called anxiety and most people feel it from time to time or even all the time. Of course, those people who have severe cases should seek professional help. But, it turns out that there is a simple way to alleviate anxiety that has many other benefits as well.

The number one way to alleviate anxiety is to do intense aerobic exercise at least two to three times per week. Forms of intense aerobic exercise include fast walking, running, swimming, bicycling, cross country skiing, and so on. The longer the workout and the more intense the exercise, the more benefits you will feel. A minimum of 45 minutes duration and 50% of maximum heart rate offers the most benefits. Intense aerobic exercise lifts mood, alleviates fear, depression, anxiety, increases brain mass, makes one more creative, confident, and happy. 

Our human bodies for constant exercise. Sitting is just not in our nature and wrecks our health. Diet will only go so far. Exercise is equally important for overall health, along with diet, mind, and spirit. I think everyone should be exercising every single day. It will lift your mood immensely and give you a positive outlook leading to all kinds of wonderful, unforeseen opportunities opening up in your life.

It all starts with adopting the right frame of mind. Perhaps you have been asking yourself the wrong question all of these years. When you say, "Why should I exercise today?", you are setting yourself up for failure. Instead, a better way to start the day is to ask yourself, "What kind of exercise do I want to enjoy today?" Your blissful day begins here!

Fields, Jonathan. Uncertainty. New York: Penguin, 2012.
Friday, September 13, 2013

5 Simple Ways to Feel Happy

Many of us lead busy lives and we often lose touch with feeling happy. So, here are five ways to help you feel happier.

1)      Act happy in spite of how you actually feel. Yes, our minds can be lead into feeling happier when we choose to be happy by acting in a happy way.

2)      Do activities that make you happy. Stop thinking about what makes you unhappy, and instead think about and do the things that make you happy and bring you joy. Pleasurable activities are not just going to happen by themselves. You have to seek out and make them happen, ideally on a daily basis.

3)      Choose to do one thing at a time. Multitasking can make us feel tense. Instead, by focusing on one activity at a time, we feel calmer and can enjoy the activity more.

4)      Spend more time with friends and loved ones. The number one predictor of happiness is how much we enjoy close relationships.

5)      Take action. Being passive makes us feel less happy. By choosing to make a change, even a small step, can lift our mood.


Masello, Robert. “Make Happiness Happen!” Parade. Jan. 17, 2010: 16, 19.
Friday, August 2, 2013

Portland OR Part 3 - Roland's Raw Food Family Tours Green Living Features of Portland

Mass transit and pedestrian and bicycle facilities are fantastic in Portland, some of the best we have seen for an American city. Many cities in Europe are still better. For instance, it was very simple and quick to get to Washington Park from downtown Portland simply by riding the light rail, which stopped a mere two blocks away from our hotel. BTW, Portland’s light rail is made by Siemens, which I think makes the best light rail and trains in the world. These cars were a breeze to enter with their low floor, designated bicycles section with hooks for bicycles to hang, and they have a quick two second ramp that pops out for wheelchair access. In contrast, Baltimore’s light rail is from the stone age with ten steps to climb upon entering, no designated bicycles section, and the train driver has to personally assist a person in a wheelchair to enter and exit; a very slow process.

There were many clearly marked bicycle lanes throughout Portland; some even were painted a bright green. Bicycles were allowed on buses and on the light rail trains. There was clearly a bike culture apparent in Portland as bicyclists were everywhere, and drivers (even bus drivers!) were not irritated at bicyclists as I have typically seen at other cities.

The beautiful to behold and super user friendly light rail trains in Portland Oregon . I think these trains made by Siemens are the best in the world.

Portland Oregon light rail trains have a special section to store bicycles where a they can be hung by a hook thereby saving space.

Buses are happy to carry your bicycles on their front racks in Portland Oregon.

Some bicycle lanes are marked with bright green paint.
Portland OR farmers market in the downtown.

We did of lot of sightseeing in Portland Oregon soaking up as much of its unique green living features as we could. There is a nice farmers market with some organic produce in downtown. There is large, open, expansive park along the western side of the Willamette River, that runs through Portland. On the west side there is an intricate series of ramps leading to the river's edge. We visited the Washington Park many times to see actual green landscapes. This park is immense and includes the zoo, Children’s Museum, World Forestry Center, Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and a playground, which we all saw. We missed the Hoyt Arboretum because there was no time.

A map of the large Washington Park, which is close to downtown Portland Oregon and easily accessible by light rail.

Children love cooling off with water spray at Portland Zoo.

A roof garden demonstration at the entrance to Portland Zoo in Portland Oregon.

The tall giraffes are a delight to see at the Portland Zoo in Portland Oregon.

The simplest method to "green" a blank wall is to plant vines to grow over the building. Here is Boston Ivy covering a stone walled building in Washington Park in Portland Oregon.

Entrance to the World Forestry Center in Washington Park in Portland Oregon.

Map of forests ownerships in Washington and Oregon at the World Forestry Center in Portland OR.

Forests of the World exhibit showing the many human uses of forests at the World Forestry Center in Portland OR.

Spectacular pollution free blue sky and view of downtown Portland OR and snow capped Mt. Hood mountain in distance. This view is from the Japanese Garden.

The beautifully serene and tranquil Japanese Garden in Portland Oregon.

Portland Oregon's Rose Garden with its many roses and beautiful view of Portland.

Ornamental grasses and perennials add to the beauty of the Rose Garden in Portland Oregon.

The playground at Washington Park near the Portland Rose Garden.
We even considered moving here several times during this trip. There are many positives: clean, unpolluted air and water, the largest city in North America with NO fluoride in its drinking water; green trees everywhere to clean the air; nice parks; summers are warm, sunny, and dry; no mosquitoes; excellent mass transit system; one can live here without a car; excellent bicycle infrastructure; safe city; friendly people; diverse climates and ecosystems to visit or live in; awesome recreational opportunities abound from the mountains, to the forests, to the river, to the sea; along the coast Oregon is a cold hardiness zone 8 which is milder than for us in Baltimore and the northeast; the long months of greyness can help one to be a writer since being inside looks more inviting than being outside. There are of course negatives: fall, winter, spring months are often overcast and rainy; it is below the 37th degree latitude where one does not receive enough Vit. D from the sun in the winter; the long months of grey can breed depression and may make one unmotivated.

We really love the city of Portland as far as cities are concerned. I am not a huge fan of urban areas when they are cold, expressionless, endless expanses of concrete, steel, and glass with no sense of humanity. Portland had little of this blandness and more of a small town feel to it with friendly people who were not in a hurry and were not all conforming to some social norm (yes, there were many tattooed hippies or alternative seeking people here). This city is the opposite of New York City in that respect it seems. One appears to be free to express who one truly is here in Portland. This is very refreshing for an American city and not seen that often.

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