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December 20th, 2014

Review: Vitamix, Blendtec or Omniblend? Pros & Cons Of The Best High Speed Blenders

Written by Ka Sundance

 

Hi Guys, 
This is your Ka speaking and today I want to talk to you about 3 kinds of different blenders.  Just so you know I will not be talking about cheap stuff, I will be talking about and promoting expensive and good machines.   I only  want to talk about really good machines because I am doing this for people who are very serious in upgrading their health and eating much more healthy.  If you just want to blend a little bit here and there you might not need these expensive machines.  But if you are like me and are interested in raw foods, living foods and you want to do a lot of smoothies and nut butters – you will need a good machine.

 

 The cheap ones always break
 A few years ago we couldn’t afford one of the more expensive ones and used a cheaper one but the cheap blenders broke every 6 months.  The cheap ones tend to break easily, especially if you fill the entire jug and blend thick food, not just liquids.  If you have kids or a large family- you will need the entire jug and you will need a good machine.   The other cheap ones will overheat and the engine will burnout.  The cheap option up front might seem appealing but it turns out to be the expensive solution in the long run.
 
I have owned all these machines and can talk about them with authority. The first one we had was a Vitamix.   We used it 3 or 4 times a day and we traveled with it in the tropics, on the beach, in the rain forest.  In all the different climate zones when everything was going to pot and falling apart the Vitamix still worked!  I am not affiliated with any of these companies.  I am just sharing and expressing my experiences with these three machines.  Hopefully this will help you make a good decision on which one suits you best.  The Vitamix is very stable, like a Mercedes, it seems like a German built machine.  It’s durable and it has a good reputation behind it as well.

 

A powerful motor makes all the difference
The Blendtec has a similar power, the motor is very strong.  It has two upgrades: the other 2 blender jugs have a cone form (wide in top and narrows at bottom) – this makes it sometimes harder to get things out and harder to clean.  The triangle indents makes it harder to get ice cream and butters out.  The Blendtec is smooth and is easier to clean and get things out.  The jug itself (when it is very full) does’t leak on either side of the spout.  Both the Vitamix and Omniblend pour and leak on both sides if very full.  

 

In regards to the power and the motor I haven;t seen a big difference between all three of them.  They are all very powerful.  Right now I own the Omniblend – it is similar looking to the Vitamix.  We didn’t pay for this one – it was a gift from the company.  We have been using it for a year and it is very durable, powerful and lasts a long time.  
These are three very good and powerful blenders.  You need to compare prices and models.  Again, even though I got this one for free I think they are all very good machines and I love all three of them.  The Blendtec has the best jugs.  The Omniblend I think is the most affordable one.  We use this machine everyday numerous times – we use it for sauces, ice cream, kelp noodles, pasta and smoothies.  If you are serious about changing your diet and getting more healthy, invest in a good tool.  You will not regret this, I know it is a big investment up front but it will help you so much.  

 

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 Raw Food Family give away prize
If you  are watching this video in Dec 2014 we are going to give away one of these for free.  We will be giving away a $700 machine and  want to make one person very happy!  Check out the links below the video player.  There is a link you can click and put in your email address.  
We will draw a name on Christmas day and have it sent out to the lucky winner!  I am really happy because we had such an awesome year not only as a family but with our business too.  We are reaching so many new people – hundreds of thousands!  We feel like giving back to you!  

 

Thanks so much, if you liked this please give me a like.  If you know of an awesome blender I should review – leave me a message below.
This is your Ka, I will be back soon.  Bye bye and I love you guys.
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December 13th, 2014

Supercharge Your Diet: 6 Healthy Foods To Raise Your Energy Right Away

Written by Ka Sundance

 

Hi Guys,

This is your Ka speaking.  Today I would like to talk about the top 6 super foods you should consume to boost your energy level and vibrancy!! Very often I hear from people asking how they can feel healthier and more alive and full of energy. You will feel like jumping out of bed every morning if you eat these foods!!  It is really not so much about the foods you eat but more about the foods you avoid and habits you do not indulge in.

If you eat junk food all day and get hammered with a bottle of whiskey while you smoke a pack of cigarettes this isn’t going to help you!!! Let’s be totally honest here – if you eat foods that are not really food but a sugary, chemical filled food stuff, eating a healthy item here and there is not going to save you.   You need to be realistic – drinking  coconut water on top of this type of life style will do nothing for you.

Please be serious and honest about your life. Take a look at any bad habits you have like smoking, coffee, alcohol, sugar, no exercise and think about the impact they are having on your health and well being. Do you need to make a change?  Don’t expect a magic pill even if it is a natural pill to get rid of your health problems.   You will have to look at making some really big lifestyle changes to reach your goal.  You have to step up and take charge of your own health and well being – no one else is going to do it for you.  I can make suggestions and show you what is healthy but you have to take the steps.

Here are 6 amazing, natural and healthy foods that I love and know will help you feel better on your road to a healthy lifestyle:

  1.  As I have always, always stated and praised number one is the dark green veggies, especially the wild edible herbs.  They are the most nutrient dense foods on earth and what I love about them is that they are free!!  Almost everything green you walk on is edible and the best food there is.  They are more dense in vitamins, minerals,enzymes and protein, sometimes 300 or 400 times more nutrients in them as the domesticated foods.  How can you not want to eat them everyday!

These greens have been growing for hundreds of years unaltered by humans. We have been altering all other foods by making them bigger, sweeter and getting rid of the seeds.  This is what normally happens in the human engineering of foods and it makes our foods less healthy, less vibrant and full of life and nutrients.  These altered foods may look perfect and last longer on the shelf but often they are empty of any life giving nutrients and are unsustainable in the wild.  Nature has been doing this much longer and much better than we ever can!

  1. Coconuts are my second super food. This is also a natural food that grows wild in the tropics.  Coconuts are so very good for you.  They are filled with electrolytes and have almost no calories – especially the water.  It is the perfect detox tool for you even if you are not fasting.  They are the essence of life and the symbol of a tropical abundant life style.  It grows everywhere in abundance and was even used to substitute blood plasma in the second world war when blood was in shortage. Drinking coconut water is similar to getting a blood transfusion or cleanse. The wonderful part is you can buy this in any health food store and most supermarkets now and easily get the benefits of this super food!

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  1.  The third one I am including is not a raw food.  I am consciously including this because most people who are going to watch this video are not raw foodies.  It is quinoa.  It is a brilliant alternative if you long for some dense, satisfying food.  It will help you stay away from junkier food. It is very light and easy to digest.  It has protein and is a valuable super food in my eyes.

Quinoa is especially good if you indulge in heavy breads and pastas. It is a good alternative because you can cook it and it is satisfying and still good for your system. You will not feel drained after eating this food.  If you have been eating the wrong foods afterward you will feel down and heavy. Many people do not know this or experience this but you should feel energized, awesome and healthy after eating! You should not feel bloated and unable to move off the couch!  Quinoa can help you achieve this.  Is your food making you feel alive and re-charged?  If not then you are not eating the right kind of food – the food your body craves and needs.

  1. Chlorella is my fourth super food.  Chlorella is an algae from the ocean and is considered one of the best natural tools to bind toxins for detoxification.  If you have been indulging in unhealthy foods or are on a fast you should take some chlorella. This green algae is often called ‘natures multivitamin’ because of all the natural benefits it has.  It will help bind with any toxins, is rich in vitamin B, many minerals and has a high level of nutrients.  You can easily take it in a powder or capsule form and benefit from it’s super powers!
  1.  The last super food is hemp seeds.  Hemp is the oldest cultivated plant known to humans! In case you are wondering it is THC free and has nothing to do with drugs. You can get them hulled or de-hulled, either way is good for you. We love to throw them into a smoothie with bananas and raw chocolate -it is delicious and the kids love it! Hemp seeds can be sprinkled on cereal or salad and they have a light pleasant taste do it is easy to include in your diet.

Hemp is the most complete amino acid protein source there is in regards to availability.  The important thing is how much can your body extract and use – hemp has the perfect balance between omega 3,6 and 9 – this allows you to absorb the amino acids. With a lot of healthy things, if you are not combing them properly, your body cannot use the nutrients in them.  Hemp is natural and has been used as a protein source for thousands of years.  I recommend it as a protein because I am a vegetarian so I don’t eat or recommend meat or fish.  With hemp you can get a wonderful protein in your daily diet and you can skip the meat because you won’t need it!

Those are my super foods and I hope you will take a good look at your diet and your life style and decide if it is helping or hurting you.  We all deserve to be abundantly healthy and happy in our lives.

Thank you everyone – if you like this please give me a like and subscribe.  If you think I have forgotten a super food leave me a comment below.

Bye bye for now.

Your Ka

 

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December 10th, 2014

The 5 Best Tips To Stay Healthy During Christmas Time

Written by Ka Sundance

 

Hello everybody and Merry Christmas,
I thought I would go down to the beach to do this video today because it is so untypical of Christmas!  Now is the time of year when we go over to family and friends and celebrate and usually end up indulging on unhealthy foods, overeating and feeling crappy.  We also usually gain unhealthy pounds.  I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you some of the most important tips for overcoming this unhealthy pattern and to stay healthy while celebrating.  

 

 You don’t have to give up the food you love
First off, I like this tip the most.  You do not have to let go of the foods you love to eat, this is good news!!  You don’t have to stop eating them, just substitute the unhealthy foods with a raw vegan alternative.  We have a raw uncooked book below this video and we have our best recipes, there are some Christmas ones too!!  But there are a zillion free recipes out there.  You can have raw chocolate, raw pasta, raw ice cream, raw cake – what ever it is you love to eat - there is a healthy, raw and possibly even more delicious alternative for it.  So just get out there and make yourself a healthy alternative for something that is unhealthy.
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 Water helps you detox
The second one is to drink a lot of water.  If you want to eat unhealthy food make sure you drink a lot of water with it.  Try to avoid alcohol, coffee, soda – just drink water instead.  It will help you to stay alkalized and detox as well.  This is a very important part of the process to try and detox and avoid the unhealthy drinks.

 

 Green stuff first!
Another good trick is before you eat anything unhealthy you drink a green juice or smoothie and it will satisfy your bodies nutritional needs.  You will be less likely to over indulge because you will be satisfied.  Also eat a big salad as a side dish with the turkey, really just try to eat as much of the healthy foods before anything unhealthy. 

 

 Winter wonderland walk
After dinner go outside, don’t stay in sitting on your butt!!  Even if you take a little walk, jog or exercise you will feel better – it helps you digest and stimulates your metabolism and your entire system.  Enjoy the beautiful snow and feel better too.
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 Take time to sleep 
The last one is important – get enough sleep.  Get to bed before midnight and don’t watch any news before bed.  It is hard on your mood and spirit to hear all the bad news before you sleep.  Try and watch something uplifting and inspiring –  maybe watch one of my videos!

 

These are my 5 tips on staying staying healthy at Christmas time.  If you enjoyed this and learned from it, please give me a like.  Please subscribe and check out our daily vlog- the link is down below. 
This is your Ka saying good bye and have a very Merry Christmas everyone!!
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December 9th, 2014

Gluten-Free, Vegan Pancake Recipe

Written by Ka Sundance

 

Hello everybody,

This is the Sundancer family here. I am a little sweaty this morning already because Ronja is practicing her bike riding skills. Joa and Katie are both waiting to have their bikes fixed. First thing this Monday morning I am going to the hardware store to buy tools. I already bought some but of course they one I need is not one of the ones I bought. The internet has been disabled today and I am a little worried about being able to deliver my videos by 10 am.

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I am going to have a consultation call with a software company in India that I am thinking of working with. That is it , then I have to do some videos for the big raw food family channel. When I take a look at my business task calendar I will find more things to do.

It is a bright sunny day in Costa Rica. We will go to the beach today for sure. I hope I can squeeze in a little run and work out plan today. Have a nice day today guys, enjoy life.

 

Katie’s Yummy Pancakes
It is breakfast time and we have an awesome new pancake recipe. The ingredients for the recipe are :

oats (gluten free oats that I powdered)
organic oat milk or organic almond milk
chia seeds
coconut nectar for sweetening
pinch of salt ( if you listen to me , none if your listen to Katie)

Mix it all up and try and get a pancake consistency.
That is our recipe for the day. The two ladies are eating their breakfast in here! They love the new pancakes!!
I am off to the phone to try and make my cell phone faster. I have had to sit here a long time at the phone company, it takes ages to get anything done here!! I was talking to the company in India to get support for our web developing company.

 Recording my videos

I was just recording a video for my big English channel and my German channel. I put a fan here because I tend to get hot when I am making my videos. The fan helps me keep cool!!

That is the video for today. We fixed all the bikes and everything is great. I am waiting to get my desktop computer station back, they have been fixing it and I am hoping to get it back tomorrow. Here I am in the waiting room, I am getting a massage. I get a massage daily. I feel so relaxed, I fell asleep again, that is a good sign. I was longer then I thought I would be. I feel so sleepy, relaxed and slow. Katie and the kids are waiting for me at home.

Ok guys, that is pretty much it for the day. I am sitting here editing some video for the Raw Food Family channel. We will have to start getting some food for the kids. Benny is frozen in the doorway and he says he will never, ever move again. Hey, you are moving!!!! What happens when I tickle here, he is moving!! Help me, I am being attacked!
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 It’s sometimes a crazy life

I had to get the camera, Katie and I are just sitting here in my office and trying to just finish a sentence. She has been trying to tell me four times and complete the sentence and each time a kid walked in here and interrupted!! I said let’s just wait and see who runs in here and is looking for attention – here comes Luna!!

Running the business and having the life we live is sometimes really all about focusing. We literally have to talk about business while Luna is doing her thing and we talk about the evening procedure – what food is needed, nappies to change, what book I will read etc. It is crazy guys – and I am filming all the time too!!! I Had to interrupt Katie to turn on the camera and film this too! That is how we do it guys, it is crazy. She doesn’t want to share with the camera. I will turn it off now, the second I turn it off I bet another kid rolls in here.

Ok guys it is that time of the day. We are sitting here in front of the computer and I have the Harry Potter eBook open. This is very often our evening routine, sitting here reading Harry Potter with the bigger kids, our teeth are brushed and we are ready for bed. We want to say good night to you all. Bye bye, dream big -bbbooooommmm!!

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