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Simple Raw Food Recipes: LYT Staff Favorites

May 26, 2012 LYT By:
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Simple Raw Food Recipes For Your Raw Food Cleanse

When we suggest simple raw food recipes for our clients we often hear, I don’t know what to make or it’s too time-consuming. So, we thought we’d share our easiest, tasty, light, and simple raw food recipes for your summer fun! Scroll down to view our favorite LYT-approved raw recipes.

You know by now that if it were up to us we’d have New Yorkers and the planet on a raw food cleanse – not forever, just as a detox.  We’re not saying you should never enjoy Momma’s home cooking but let’s be frank: in order to give your body a break from the sludgy build-up left behind by “comfort foods,” sugars, fermented gas, and cooked oils, you must take the raw-food-cleanse-leap! The more whole foods you consume, the healthier you will be! 

The Raw Food Transition Three-Step!

Put On Your Dancin’ Shoes!

* Step One: Consume more whole foods, 

* Step Two: Consume more raw food, such as those in our simple raw food recipes below.

* Step Three: Receive colonics to guarantee yourself a transformative detox raw food cleanse.

Perspective Is The Heart Of The Raw Food Cleanse

We understand that NYC makes it easy to grab-n-go and we say raw foods are just as easy in your busy day. A little more thought leads to profound results for your body. Instead of seeing your food as a quick-fix so you can get through the day, see your food as a lover. You don’t want some wimpy lover do you? You want a vibrant, fun, me-love-you, long-time-kind-of-lover. Right?

So embrace the idea of an avocado as a light meal or radishes as a crunchy spicy snack, or lovely cherry tomatoes and sliced red/orange peppers as a gratifying light lunch or snack or even a bowl of olives instead of chips. It’s possible!

The owners of LYT also offer group workshops that combine practical and spiritual guidance for those wanting to learn about simple raw food recipes, raw food cleansing, meditation and how to fill your heart with soul enriching practices. Whether it’s for weight loss or health maintenance, we are certain to have suggestions that’ll suit your raw food cleansing endeavors!

For even an even better way to cleanse your body and support your transformation, pair a raw food cleanse (with inspiration from our LYT-approved simple raw food recipes) with a colonic in New York City! It’s the best way to clear out toxins and buildup that can collect in your large intestine.  

LYT-Loved and Approved Simple Raw Food Recipes:

India Inspired Raw Salad

 

Ingredients:

4 leaves romaine lettuce

1 bunch spinach 

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1/2 squeezed lime

2 T shredded coconut flakes

1 T cumin powder

sprinkle of nutritional yeast – to taste

sprinkle of sea salt – to taste

splash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

 

Preparation:

1. Wash greens and place in salad spinner to remove excess water.

2. Chop greens to desired size

3. Place in large salad bowl so you can toss easily 

4. Add oil and the rest of the ingredients and toss to mingle the ingredients evenly.

5. Serve!

Benefits of Spinach: 

*Keeps the colon regular! 

*Increases oxygen to the blood

*Rich in vitamins, K, A, C, & B6, magnesium, manganese, & folate

*Good source of protein, phosphorous, zinc, copper, selenium, niacin, & omega 3 fatty acids

*Rich in flavonoids which act as antioxidants


Super Creamy Dreamy Banana “Pudding”

Great For A Summer Breakfast!

 

 

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

sprinkle of cinnamon

 

Preparation:

1. Peel 3 ripe bananas

2. Break into small 2 or 3 inch chunks and place in closed container in freezer overnight or for a few hours until frozen solid

3. Remove from freezer and place the chunks in a Vitamix or other high speed food processor with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

4. Blend until smooth

5. Pour into bowl

6. Go bananas!

Benefits of Bananas: 

*High in potassium & can lower blood pressure which lessens chances of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. 

*Potassium prevents weakening of bones.

*Potassium neutralizes high amounts of sodium in the body and prevents calcium loss and helps calcium absorption.

*High in B6 helping reduce inflammation — warding off heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. 

 

Jicama Ceviche

JICAMA! High in fiber & a good source of magnesium, copper, iron and manganese.

 

Ingredients:

1 jicama

1/2 cup of cold pressed olive oil

1/4 of finely chopped red pepper (adds a light sweetness to the tangy cilantro flavor)

1/4 cup of fresh lime juice

handful of chopped cilantro

pinch of Himalayan sea salt

pinch of black pepper

 

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for 1 hour in your refrigerator. Simple, refreshing, and flavorful.

 

Guacamole Kimchi Wraps

 

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado-Sliced

Romaine lettuce or nori seaweed

Kimchi-Sanja’s (vegan kimchi)

OPTION: Alfalfa Sprouts for added decoration and trace minerals!

 

Preparation:

1. Place slices of avocado (or 2-3 tablespoons of guacamole) in a romaine leaf wtih 2 fork servings of kimchi. 

2. Roll up romaine leaf and enjoy the creamy, crispy and spicy flavors.

OPTION: If you enjoy nori seaweed, use this as the wrap and you’ll definitely want to use avocado slices instead of guacamole.

 

Avocado Mango Salad

 

 

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

1 ripe mango

2 T  fresh lime juice 

2 T of chopped cilantro

pinch of Himalayan sea salt

 

Preparation:

1. Slice avocado and mango.  

2. Place in a bowl with chopped cilantro, lime juice, and pinch of Himalayan sea salt.  

3. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes for juices to be released. 

4. Enjoy this sweet, creamy and slightly tangy dish as an afternoon meal.

 

Basil Salad Dressing:

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

1 oz of fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves

 

Preparation:

1. Add ingredients in a blender and voi la!  

This refreshing basil-lemon is great over a bed of chopped kale and Arugula. Add shredded beet over your salad for a touch of sweetness.

 

Vegan Parmesan Dressing

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon of Nama Shoyu

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

Nori seaweed – cut into strips

 

Preparation:

1. Place ingredients (except the nori) in blender until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

2. Drizzle over a chopped romaine salad with strips of nori seaweed for a Caesar-influenced taste.

 

Green Velvet Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup – 1 cup filtered water

3-5 leaves of fresh chard*

1 avocado

*Option: baby spinach or any raw green. It’s all about the flavor you crave!

 

Preparation:

1. Pour water into blender jar (start with a lesser amount, and add as you go. Add water slowly so you can control the thickness.)

2. Add chopped chard leaves (stems optional)

3. Scoop avocado into mixture. 

4. Blend & voila! 

This makes a pretty big smoothie (16oz) or just use half the avocado and fewer leaves for half the amount.

 

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Colonics Reduce Skin Issues

May 11, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

How To Get Rid of Acne: Natural Remedies to Decrease Inflammation, Irritation and Dehydration

Before you cleanse with Biore, peel with Dior, firm up with Chanel, and moisturize with Prevage, STOP! Learn how to get rid of acne at its roots. Your skin is your largest organ and can reflect disruption and poor health and unhappiness in your body. Sorry, there’s no easy way to say this. If you’re eating inflammatory foods you are provoking your symptoms. Eat to GLOW! Live to LOVE and LAUGH!  And cleanse with confidence to heal your skin once and for all NATURALLY!

Natural Remedies for Acne: Increase the Quality of Your Skin from the Inside Out

In our last post, we discussed what causes acne (cooked oils, dairy, etc.) and how a raw food diet can help reduce inflammation by alkalinizing the body. Use these natural food remedies for acne to help boost your skin’s overall health:

1. Fresh veggie juice supports your collagen, elasticity and hydration. No joke! Pure minerals and vitamins get absorbed immediately and begin to nourish and cleanse your body.

2. Fresh leafy greens, especially fresh vegetables and fruits (eat what’s in season), are all anti-inflammatory foods. Reduce inflammation in your body and reduce irritation and symptoms like acne, rashes, excessive oil, and dehydration. See the food-combining chart for more guidance.

3. Eat raw or cold pressed fats and oils – they lubricate body and beautify skin. Cooked oils clog your pores!

4. Drink raw organic aloe for intestinal support and use the gel from the leaf as a mask. Great for hydration, and its anti-inflammatory ingredients are wonderful natural remedies for acne.

5. Use dry brushing techniques to help remove excess mucus, toxins, and to stimulate your lymphatic system.

 

 

Colon Hydrotherapy Reduce Skin Issues: Apply Natural Remedies for Acne, Then Cleanse

 

Don't let a one ounce tastebud ruin your skin's glowing potential!

Don’t swim in the toxic pool! When you integrate the raw food principals, please know that you must help your body rid itself of the pollutants that have contributed to your acne and skin issues. Our cells have held our history of lollipops, pizza, burgers, alcohol, and deserts – that’s quite a burden. Colon hydrotherapy helps cleanse your colon so that your cells can be relieved of  excess waste and gas, leading to healthy vibrant-looking skin. Colonics Rock®!

 

Cold cucumber slices are great for reducing eye inflammation! Eating them clears toxicity from the skin and improves kidney health!

Please learn more about colonic sessions as natural remedies for acne at LYT NYC here 

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Raw Food Results: Raw Food Reduces Skin Ailments, Acne, Eczema

May 1, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

Stay clean by eating your greens! Do you know that an alkaline diet is one of the natural remedies for acne? When you think about what causes acne, know that it is related to what’s going on in your gut as well as your external environment.

 

What Causes Acne and Skin Ailments?

Inflammation in the body, resulting from poor dietary choices and acidic cellular waste, is often what causes acne and skin ailments. Inflammation equals irritation, provoking the skin’s natural defenses to work overtime.

The (greasy) road to inflamed skin! YIPES!

 

Foods and Conditions That Cause Inflammation:

1.  Cooked Oils

2.  Processed White Foods: breads and pastries

3.  Dairy

 4.  Animal Protein

5.  Candida or Yeast Prone Body

6.  Emotional Stress

This is not food! This is toxicity waiting to clog your cells!

 

Natural Remedies for Acne:  Rock A Raw Food Diet, Watch Your Skin Heal

Alternatively, consuming a raw food diet of green juice, salads, and fresh whole foods is a natural remedy for acne because alkalinizing the body reduces inflammation. These alkaline foods will magnetize acidic waste, yeast, and other pathogenic bacteria out of your cells and deliver them to the colon for effective removal with colon hydrotherapy. Check out “Raw Food Results” for more tips on eating a raw food detox diet! 

Spinach has anti-inflammatory characteristics & reduces redness.

Colonics Are The Best Natural Remedy For Acne

Colonics and a raw food diet are the most effective natural remedies for acne, skin ailments, and eczema. By removing acidic waste matter with colon hydrotherapy with us at LYT in New York City, you can experience a reduction in inflammation and a re-balancing of hormone-regulating glands. So, colonics help the glands reduce excess sebum oil production which, when out of balance, contribute to the causes of acne and other chronic skin ailments. You’ll see it’s like having the power of magic in your own hands!

Colonics offer your skin the “double whammy”! This powerful therapy both relaxes the nervous system (making it easier to handle stress), as well as loosens the emotions stored in cells – thereby naturally helping heal skin ailments caused by emotional toxicity.

Learn more about Colon Hydrotherapy in NYC and raw food diets as part of the path to healthy and happy living.

Radiant Skin & Balanced Emotions - with a raw food detox diet & colonics!

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VEGAN SALAD DRESSING: Creamy Cashew Cilantro!

April 23, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

We know how tempting store-bought creamy salad dressings can be but this vegan option helps to decrease inflammation and prevent illness! So, we hope you enjoy this savory vegan recipe which is a cinch to make and is super satiating!

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1.  Juice of 1 Lemon

2.  1/2 cup water 

3.  1/4 tsp Sea Salt

4.  1 – 2 bunches of cilantro

5.  1 cup of raw cashews 

***Use organic when possible! 

*** Makes approx. 1 1/2 cups. 


Preparation:

 

1.  Pour juice of 1 lemon into Vitamix or high speed blender and add the water

2.  Wash cilantro and place into Vitamix w/ all other ingredients

3.  Blend on HIGH until creamy

4.  Drizzle over your favorite green leaves such as a combo of Romaine lettuce and spinach with sliced red pepper!

 ***This is a rich dressing so use it sparingly. Store the remainder in the fridge.

FOOD COMBINING TIP:

Nuts don’t combine favorably with fats (avocado/coconut), starches or proteins, so this works well as a lunchtime salad alone or can be followed by cooked non-starchy vegetables.

 

Variations:

 

1. Add a large chunk of fresh ginger or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the blender for some spice!

2. Add a splash of Hawthorne Valley Hot Pepper Sauce to the blender for some spike!

3. Add a dash of cumin powder once served for an exotic twist and a dash of color!

 

 

 

 

 

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RAW VEGAN SNACKS: NORI ROLL UPS!

April 16, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

Ingredients:

1-2 Nori Sheets
1 T Coconut Butter
1 Tomato
Spinach & Arugala (variations below)
Cumin Powder
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

 

Ingredients

Preparation:

1. Place Nori Sheet on cutting board.

2. Spread 1 T or so of coconut butter on Nori with a non-serrated knife. Coconut butter spreads easiest at room temp or will soften & melt as you spread it gently across the Nori sheet.

Spread Coconut Butter evenly to edges of Nori

 

3. Sprinkle cumin or herb of your choice on the coconut butter. Try chill powder or oregano or garlic/onion powder as variations.

Sprinkle cumin powder next

 

4. Place spinach and arugula on top of coconut butter.

5. Place cut tomato on top of spinach.

You may wish to sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on top here

 

6. Roll Nori gently but tightly.

You may need a bib for this one!

You’re ready to eat!

Variations:

Check out our YouTube video for reminders about healthy options for spreads and more!

1. Cilantro w/ avocado (instead of coconut butter) and a sprinkle chili powder.
2. Kale w/ cucumber and dill & nutritional yeast.
3. Olive tapenade (instead of  coconut butter) shaved fennel w/ sun-dried tomato and fresh oregano.
4. Romaine lettuce w/ red, yellow, or orange peppers, and fresh rosemary or rosemary powder.

 

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SUGAR ADDICTION: How To Stop Sugar Cravings With A Raw Food Detox Diet

March 1, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

Figuring out how to stop sugar cravings may seem like an impossible task but with guidance and knowledge you can reach your goals. The reason a raw food detox diet helps is simple. (And by the way, you don’t have to live 100% raw to get the benefits.) A raw food detox diet allows your body to heal from eating patterns and addictions as well as soothes your nervous system.

Imagine that you are an athlete and your game has been compromised. You would seek the assistance of a coach to help change the pattern or weakness thus improving your game. In this case, your frazzled nervous system throws your game off. A raw food detox diet is the coach that helps you become very aware of your habits, supports a change in them, and develops a better game plan for you. 

How to Stop Sugar Cravings And Heal Your Nervous System 

Your adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys and secrete the hormones epinephrine and adrenaline. These hormones function heavily in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates that are contained in most sweets. When we consume an abundance of foods containing refined sugar, the adrenals have to work overtime to best metabolize these unfavorable food combinations. This excessive work on the adrenal glands’ part is exhausting, leaving us too depleted to handle even the minimal stresses of life. This is when the rage and exhaustion take over and the nervous system behaves like a nervous Nelly. You may feel additional levels of:

* Panic

* Anxiety

* Weakness/Inability To Find And Maintain Your Stamina

* Pain

* Exhaustion

Conquering sugar cravings means rehabilitating your body. You have to cease the input of the poisons it demands. This is where a LYT therapist can be of support. Our food combining chart will get you started!

 

Sugar Cravings: Other Causes? 

Everyone’s body is different. The following underlying issues may contribute to your cravings: 

1. Candida - This is a yeast that grows within the intestinal environment due to an imbalance in your flora, fermentation from poor eating choices, and irregular bowel movements. Remember, mold, fungus, and yeast can not thrive in a clean and balanced environment.

2. Sugar Addiction in the Brain – Sugar activates the same receptors that are activated by morphine and heroin. Get it!! 

3. Emotional Stress Leads To Craving Sugar Eating sugar can give us temporary “pleasure” to hide any emotional pain.


Don't let a one ounce taste bud overrule your good sense!

Raw Food Detox + LYT Colonics NYC = A Rehabilitated Body! 

So you’ve read this and you are considering cleaning up your act but you feel overwhelmed with this information and the food combining chart. No worries, one step at a time. Raw foods will begin the cleansing process by loosening waste and the residue from your old eating habits. Guess what? If you are not releasing these loosened demons they will run amuck throughout your bloodstream creating all kinds of detox symptoms like, fatigue, acne, rashes, etc. This is where colon hydrotherapy, can assist in your detox of sugar cravings. Further support and results will come with the integration of the raw food detox diet. As you cleanse your body of poisonous waste, you will crave foods from a nutrient perspective, not an addictive perspective. People find themselves naturally craving juices and salads instead of jellybeans and Snickers! Voila! You’ve rehabilitated yourself!! 

Enjoy your new cravings for nutrient dense foods!

Sugar Addiction Support 

We understand that these kinds of changes require educated guidance, compassion, and support. This is what separates LYT form the rest. We have guided thousands in their journey from addiction and chronic symptoms and emotional crisis towards balance, peace, and empowerment. LYT offers comprehensive services to support your goals: Acupuncture, Spiritual/Emotional Coaching, and Nutritional Guidance. Stay tuned for future blogs! 

 

 

 

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RAW FOOD RESULTS – Raw Foods To Lose Weight

February 1, 2012 LYT By:
LYT

Many people are now eating raw food to lose weight with great results. Why are they so successful? Well, when asked if it’s better to eat a couple of raw carrots or a baked potato, most people would get out their calorie counters and want to talk numbers. But comparing the calories and fat grams of food items is not the best way to make your weight loss decisions. The secret behind a raw food detox diet’s effectiveness will help explain what makes a few raw carrots a better choice than a baked potato and the reason why is not found on a nutritional label.

Raw Food To Lose WeightSay No to Sludge

We all understand that raw fruits and vegetables, and raw juices are healthy because they provide us with abundant nutrients, but that is not the only reason they are good for us. Equally important is the fact that they move quickly and cleanly through the body leaving very little residue. Items like animal protein, processed foods, dairy, white flour, and processed sugar are sticky and difficult to eliminate from the digestive tract. Yes, all those cheese omelettes, pastas, and turkey sandwiches, are leaving leave a trail of sludge in your system, and it’s the months to years of sludge buildup that’s the main cause of weight gain (for more on how “Waste = Weight” see our blog entry on cellular detox).

Raw Food Detox Diet: a Non-Calorie Count System

When beginning to eat raw food to lose weight, we recommend you don’t go 100% raw. Here’s an easy sample daily menu:

1) Upon rising  -  A big glass of water (12-16 oz) with lemon. It’s a great way to alkalinize the body.

2) Breakfast  -  Raw vegetable juice. Nothing is more nutritious or better at loosening up old waste in the digestive tract. If after an hour you’re still hungry, a few pieces of your favorite fruit or a slice of toasted sprouted-grain bread (or toasted Manna Bread) with avocado OR coconut butter are a good choices.

3) Lunch  -  A big salad with romaine lettuce, avocado and lots of your favorite veggies.

4) Dinner  -  Start with a raw, green salad, then have whatever you want.  Just try to keep with the laws of food combining.

Roasted yams & asparagus make a hearty entree! (Remember to eat your salad first!)

 

Remove the Sludge, Lose the Pounds

One last, but vital thing to remember when on a raw food detox diet is the importance of including regular colonic treatments in your regimen. The raw foods and juices will do their part in loosening up that old accumulation, but you want to make sure you’re washing that waste and weight away with colon hydrotherapy.

Feeding your body a diet very high in fresh, delicious raw fruits and vegetables will not only fill your cells with abundant nutrients, but it will detox the debris that is hiding in those cells and causing your weight gain. Whether you’re looking to totally transform you body or just shed a few pounds, choose a raw food detox diet plan. It’s the healthy way to lose weight.

 

 

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