April 22nd, 2014

EARTHING – HOW TO HEAL YOURSELF BY GROUNDING YOUR BODY

Written by Ka Sundance

Today I want to talk about healing yourself from a different angle to eating raw foods.  As you may have seen from my video the other day, my family and I use “grounding” or “earthing” sheets when we sleep.

Since then a lot of people have asked me what these are and where they can get them.  I just want to make it clear at this point that I am not affiliated with the company supplying these products in any way so I am not making money off these products at all, I am just giving you the direct link to their website so that you can also benefit from these amazing products and improve your health!

earthingThe theory behind earthing is that, particularly over the past 100 years, we have become totally disconnected from Mother Earth.  Many people in the Western world don’t touch the earth for months at a time!  On top of this we are now being exposed to a huge amount of electromagnetic radiation coming from our cellphones, TV’s, radios and WiFi systems and if we aren’t able to “ground” or “earth” ourselves, this radiation is taken in by the body and causes damage.

In addition to the EMF’s we have to deal with, we are also constantly taking on energy by being in close contact with other humans, especially if living in big cities, as we are always then in other people’s energy fields – and lots of them too!

So, how to deal with this?

Well scientific research has shown that by putting your feet on the ground you discharge this unwanted energy into the earth and put yourself back into a harmonious energy field.  The most natural way of doing this is by standing barefoot for 15-30 minutes on solid ground – ie earth, grass or sand (NOT concrete!).  This is absolutely the best way to get grounded.  Either that or sleeping directly onto the bare earth – but this is neither comfortable nor possible for most people most of the time!

There is also scientific evidence showing that earthing prevents sickness too.  The main reason for this is the anti-inflammatory effect of being earthed as inflammation is involved in every single disease.  To understand this positive effect of earthing we need to understand exactly what inflammation is.

When the body’s immune system detects injury or germs within the body, its white blood cells release a shower of powerful free radicals to aid in the destruction of any invading microorganisms or damaged tissue.  The free radicals do this by searching for free electrons to stabilise themselves (as they are positively-charged molecules that are missing one or more electrons).  They normally get these electrons from germs or damaged tissue, thereby killing these germs and breaking down damaged cells for removal from the body.earthing

As this work comes to an end, any excess free radicals produced during the immune response are neutralised by anti-oxidants (from all that raw food you are eating!) or free electrons in the body.  But if the immune response fails to wind down completely, then these free radicals continue attaching and oxidising healthy tissue.  The immune system then switches into overdrive, sending in more white blood cells that produce more free radicals and the process gets out of hand.

It is believed that normal inflammation (a healthy, necessary response to injury or germs) has got out of control because we have lost contact with the earth.  The earth is our single biggest source of anti-oxidants and we can so easily tap into it simply by taking our shoes off and walking on the ground for a while!  This then neutralises the excessive free radicals and order is restored in the body and disease is prevented once more.

Then, to stay grounded at night – rather than sleep on the bare ground – we can use these earthing sheets.  They are made from organic, Fair Trade cotton and are interwoven with fine silver threads.  These threads all come to a central point and this point is connected via a cable to the nearest electrical socket  – as long as your home’s electricity supply is grounded properly (and there is a simple device included with every earthing product via which you can test this).  Alternatively you can connect your earthing product via a very long cable directly into a post planted in the ground outside.

There is also an earthing mat you can use when sitting at your computer – either put your bare feet on it as you work, or put it on the desk in front of you and make sure the bare skin of your arms is in contact with it.

Both Katie and I love these products.  Using them I have definitely found that I sleep better and I never wake up with a stiff neck or back from sleeping in an awkward position any more.

I would love to hear your earthing experiences too – and as strange as earthing may sound to you if you haven’t tried it, don’t bash it until you have!  It really is a very powerful healing tool that I recommend you try.  Then be sure to let me know how you get on!

Visit www.earthing.com for products and more information.

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April 15th, 2014

Become Better – Become Who You Are

Written by Ka Sundance

For me, this is what the raw food diet is all about. This is the statement that is behind all that. Become better. Become who you are.

It is the manifestation of becoming better. In order to manifest shining, vibrant health, we need to make healthy choices all along the way. It is as simple as that.

We need to make more and more healthy choices and try to avoid choices and food that make us feel bad.

And this is very individual. What might be good for me, may just as well be very bad for you.

Trust your intuition

This is also why a raw food diet is just one way, one possible choice towards more health and light.
The good news is: You do not need anyone to tell you about the right choices. We all have a very, very clear feeling about what feels right, and what feels wrong. We have this built-in guidance system.

The more interesting part is: Why do we not always DO what feels right? Why do we eat badly? Why do we create suffering? Why do we choose to feel bad?

The choice is always yours

How do I want to feel today?Understanding this will help you do more of the good stuff. This is where I can offer you help as a professional coach.
But even if you do not understand it fully, there is still always the choice. Every day. All the time. Right now.
Do you want to feel good or bad, right now? Well, then just go for it and feel good!
Eat well!

Give yourself a break!

The next good news is: We do not have to do, or achieve anything. The nature of life itself is, that it is evolving, learning,…. and getting better.

Scientists might call it evolution, but on a spiritual and individual level it is about becoming better.
And you become better naturally. There is no pressure, and nothing you have to do to achieve that.
What a relief.

Choose again (and again… and again)!

The only thing you can choose here is: Do you want to feel, to be better now, or do you want to wait?
Well again, this is a question you can ask yourself every day, several times a day. Even if you make a bad choice one day, you wake up tomorrow, and are free to start all over again.

So if you failed to eat as healthily as you wanted to today, then don’t worry. Enjoy and embrace your decision for today. Understand it, appreciate it, and enjoy with all your heart the food you desire and eat today. There is nothing wrong about how you feel about this food, as long as you don’t choose to feel wrong and bad. It is just food, just a feeling.

You can wake up tomorrow and be a new person, a healthier person tomorrow. It is all up to you.

The more and deeper you embrace and understand the “bad”decisions you made, and will make, the easier it will be for you to make the right ones.

All is well!

All is well!

All is well!

And when you realize this, when you realize that it is OK to choose a bad feeling, a bad food, you will become whole.
You will become who you really are.
Because in fact there is nothing wrong with feeling bad. It is just a feeling.

Don’t be afraid to feel

It is the resistance that we have towards this feeling, that causes the problem. We are trying to avoid everything that we label “bad” and therefore we create it over and over again. It is so charged with energy, with emotion, it is so big, such an issue, that we do everything to avoid really being in there. Really feeling it.

This is why we attract it and can’t escape it. Over and over again.
It is too big, too charged not to see it, not to be surrounded by the thing we are trying to avoid, trying so hard not to see.
We give this “bad” feeling, or food so much energy and create situations that always brings us back to it. There is so much energy focused on it.

But again: You have the choice.
If you choose to go IN there, not to avoid it, if you enjoy your “bad” feeling or food with all your love and joy, this is where change happens.

All the negative energy we have created around the feeling, around the food, disappears once we really go in there, and feel the feeling, instead of only the bad, charged stuff around it!

You realize that all these huge, big walls around the feeling and the food are just your creation. They are only as real and as huge as you think they are.

When you can manage this, you become better. You become who you are.
And here are some tips for you to take good care of yourself, so you can shine and become the best, the healthiest and happiest YOU!

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April 9th, 2014

EATING VS SMOOTHIES VS JUICING – WHAT IS BEST?!

Written by Ka Sundance

Today I want to talk to you about how best to get optimal nutrition from your fruit and veggies.  This is my personal opinion only, you may or may not agree – but here it is!

As you may already know, I am a big promoter of juices.  Naturalists often ask me why this is so, when clearly the most natural way to take in fruit and veg is to use our teeth and chew them in their whole form.

Eating vs Smoothies vs Juicing What Is BestWhilst I agree that yes, this is definitely the most natural way, I feel that juices and smoothies are a great short-cut, especially when you are talking about taking in dark green leafy vegetables.  This is because these veg contain so much hard cellulose that it will take you hours to chew this properly and extract all the nutrient value from them!  This is why we see apes and chimpanzees (whose genetic make-up is 98% identical to humans) spending their whole day chewing their food.  Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that much time in my day to spend this amount of time eating!

And if you don’t chew your food properly, then not only will you not absorb all the nutrients from it but your body will also need to use energy to process and get rid of the waste products left behind.

Using a juicer or a blender cracks open the plant fibre to access the juice inside.  With juicing, this is the most condensed form to get your nutrients in.  When you make a smoothie, you include all of the fibre of the plant as well.  And whilst fibre is needed to keep the gut clean and stimulate it, we eat so much solid food anyway, that I feel it is great to give our bodies a bit of a rest and just provide them with pure nutrition for a change!

I’d say the only exception to this would be if people are not eating very healthily anyway and are not getting enough healthy fibre into their bodies and as a result are struggling with bad cholesterol build-up.  For this, healthy fibre is amazing.  But if you are already eating plenty of salads or raw veg dishes, then this will not be a concern for you, so treat your body to a juice instead!

Smoothies to me are still the second-best nutrition you can put into your body, but my favourite is definitely dark leafy green vegetable juices!  It’s also the cheapest way to get nutrients into the body – forget about needing expensive vitamin and mineral supplements if you pile in the organic green juices!  Wheatgrass juice for instance, contains more than 100 different nutrients.  Kale and wild herbs also contain a huge amount of vitamins and minerals.

The other huge advantage to me of juices over smoothies is that the volume you need to take into your body to get the same amount of nutrition is so much less.  This is particularly relevant to me as a father of 5 kids – as obviously I want my kids to be as healthy as possible and it is so much easier for me to get them to drink a small juice rather than a large smoothie – especially my younger kids.

So, that’s how I feel about how best to get nutrients into my body – but let me know what you think, would love to hear from you!

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April 3rd, 2014

Traveling to Florida with the family

Written by Ka Sundance

floridaFlorida… the state full of attractions. The vacation my family and I took to this wonderful state was an absolutely delightful one. Driving the reliable and comfortable car, living in some of the best places in the state and thoroughly enjoying ourselves, my family and I are going to be back home soon. We are not going back empty handed, but with a whole lot of healthy ideas and memories to hold on to.

In the earlier days of the trip we visited the Ever Glade natural park, where we got the chance to be one with nature. The swampy lands, wildlife and the kind people, all made it a perfect experience. We also spent a day at Miami Beach where the kids had their share of fun and games. We then went up north to Orlando, to visit the well-known theme park – LEGOLAND!

floridaThere was a wave of enthusiasm in the kids as we headed towards the theme park. It was a day very well spent. The rides will literally make you feel like you are flying, leaving you with butterflies in your stomach.

One of my favourite parts of the trip was the Whole Foods store. Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, what a delightful sight! They had wheat grass shots, and even a massage chair that could be used by anyone present in the store. This concept appealed to me, making me think about the wider picture, if it could be possible to have a massage centre and fresh fruit juice at every nook and corner of every city to help people keep fit and healthy.

As the trip progressed, we kept treating ourselves to great foods like raw chocolate, raw ice cream, fresh fruits and veggies, salads and what not. The most surprising part of the trip for me was our visit to 118 degrees, the raw food restaurant that is located in Orlando. This place was a delight to the palette and floridathe heart alike. They serve some of the healthiest and the most delicious raw food on the planet. Right from raw lasagne, to raw smoothies and desserts, it was a pleasure to eat at the place.

I am a world traveller, and I recommend this place to everyone who wants to eat out. It is a raw food restaurant, but beats all the common notions about raw food and serves the most mouth-watering food that there is in the country.

Our brief holiday in Florida was coming to an end. With a heavy heart, we were returning to our paradise home in Costa Rica. But in our hearts and minds we were in Florida as yet, refusing to return home. With a refreshed state of mind, we resume our daily life, in our very own city.

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March 22nd, 2014

Raw Food Recipe: White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

Written by Ka Sundance

Today we want to share an amazing recipe with you.  This White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake is not only wonderfully delicious and looks beautiful, it is also raw and vegan!!  Cooked food eaters are always amazed at how awesome raw vegan desserts can actually be and feeding them healthy desserts is a great introduction to the raw food lifestyle!  You can find this recipe and many more, along with books and more inspiration at Shine On Raw, a great website by Rebecca Kane.  Rebecca is the founder of Shine on Raw.  She is passionate about supporting and inspiring you on your journey of personal development, enhancing the Shine in your life.

white chocolate and raspberry cheesecakeWhite Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake
Base

1 ½ cups of ground almonds
8 pitted medjool dates
½ tsp of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 tsp of water

Topping
For the White Chocolate
2 cups of cashews soaked for 2 hours
1 cup of nut milk
½ cup agave syrup
3/4 cup of melted cacao butter
Pinch of salt
For the Raspberry Swirl
Take ½ cup of the white chocolate mixture
½ cup of raspberries
Topping
Fresh Raspberries

Equipment
Food processor
8 inch spring form cake tin
Blender
Squeezy bottle with a thin nozzle

white chocolate and raspberry cheesecakeDirections
Base
Add the ground nuts, dates, vanilla extract and salt in the food processor and process until the mixture becomes sticky
Add water gradually if needed to make the mixture stick together
Press into the base of a 8 inch spring form cake tin
Place in the fridge to chill until the topping is ready

For the White Chocolate Topping
Place all of the ingredients, apart from the melted butter, into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy
Add in the melted butter and blend until well combined
For the Raspberry Swirls
Blend ½ cup of the white chocolate topping with the raspberries

Assembly
Pour the white chocolate topping onto the base
Take the raspberry mixture and place in a squeezy bottle with a thin nozzle
Use the raspberry mixture to draw circles on the cheesecake
Take a knife and ‘draw’ a line from the centre of the cheesecake out to the edge of the tin
Then take the knife and ‘draw’ a line from the outer edge of the pan, into the centre of the cheesecake
Repeat this pattern all the way around the cheesecake
Place in the fridge to set for 6 hours or in the freezer for 2 hours

Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before enjoying.

If you make this White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake, let us know what you think of it.  Plus be sure to check out more of Rebecca’s recipes.  You can also get great raw recipes in our recipe book – 70 Best Raw Food Recipes.

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