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The future of LIVEMEALS.COM

Better Health.

This is what many, no matter who they are, age, sex or creed are in search of.

Rather one is looking for a way to better live in their day-to-day life. Which will help them escape the pains that are brought on by illness and diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure or the various forms of cancers which is sweeping through peoples lives, bringing about great devastation in it’s wake.

Or a more enhanced and filling way of eating than just the hamburgers and deep fried lard potatoes conveniently available at every turn, which leave the body sluggish, heavy and bloated. Fresher diets are desired from every angle.

The fact of the matter is that restaurants which are widely available in easy access to much of the population DOES NOT serve, I repeat, DOES NOT SERVE fresh, live foods. These types of places are either a) highly pricey for average, everyday eating and b) only serves the bigger cities such as LA or New York City. Leaving everyone else to eat greasy, over-cooked, heavy starch and dead animals.

 

People are in search of something more, much more.

Hesitation sets in when people do not know where to begin such a lifestyle. It is one thing to read an article making suggestions, yet another thing to shop, prepare, create and serve delicious food, from home that will meet your households nutritional needs versus contributing to their sickness, on a daily basis.

So, LiveMeals.com aims to provide solutions such as a shopping list which can be taken along into a store as you shop. A key advantage to shopping for ingredients (such as olive oil, peppers, or wild rice) versus going to buy individual dishes each and every day is shopping gives you a better average on savings. You will begin to build an arsenal which will allow you to create various meals with readily available ingredients which will motivate you to create more often in the home.

We must bring the freshness into the home!!

Let’s just start with one recipe. The ingredients are all fairly easy to find. You use dashes of allspice, onion and sage powder, cayenne and sea salt to flavor, as in most dishes. So when you buy these bottles, if it is your first time, do not feel that you spending so much on just seasonings. After using for this particular dish, they will be put back in the cupboard for the next time and typically won’t have to be replaced for a month or two.

Don’t become discouraged with buying fresh ingredients such as peppers, mushrooms, and onions either. Yes they are used quite often. But so was meat in your life at one point in time. You are simply trading one for the other. Also don’t get so hung up on finding specific fresh foods. Most anything can be substituted or traded out for something else and still get a great taste. I am not quite on board with this “not on the list” thing that is going around in reference to eating a more live, alkaline diet. I get the full meaning behind it and the reasoning in reference to healing foods and avoiding those which serve no nutritional value. However, I feel, for beginners, this can be quite discouraging and can send one who was once on board, running for the hills.

I found these Alkaline Burgers, posted to a Facebook group Dr. Sebi recipes and healing info by a Yassim Sim-Ali. I found the preparation easy, since you are only mashing the ingredients in a bowl all together. Measurement really is not as important to follow. May be more for just portion control rather than like in baking when 1 cup must be precisely  1 cup.

Alkaline Jerk Burgers

Alkaline Jerk Burgers Photo Credit: Taken from Yassim Sim-Ali Facebook Post

Alkaline Jerk Burgers: Posted By Yassim Sim Ali- Dr. Sebi recipes/healing info Facebook group 

1 cup minced black olives (I am not against the can one’s, for those who are just beginning

1 cup minced baby Portabellos

1 minced green pepper

2 teaspoon of allspice

2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon sage powder

1 cup spelt flour

1 pureed tomatillo

cayenne and sea salt to taste

Mix all ingredients well together in large bowl. Let sit in refrigerator over night to bring all the flavors and textures together.

Form into desired shaped patties and drizzle with grapeseed oil. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 mins. on each side.

ENJOY!!!

 

 

Shopping Day Basics

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Grocery Shopping. Ugh.

It can truly be a pain at times. The success of a mandatory shopping trip depends greatly upon the alignment of a few key elements:

  1. Hunger must be satisfied before stepping foot into a store, in order to keep those urges and temptations at bay.
  2. Clear intentions and direction on what is needed from the particular trip must be established first, to avoid having to double back.
  3. Shopping alone, if possible, avoids outside influences on unnecessary and impulse purchases (especially from kids and spouses)
  4. Finally a good mood before hand, to better handle unexpected crowds, waits and unwanted surprises.

Each bullet is pretty much self explanatory, as many can relate to each point in their own way. With needs established before hand, a clear mind and feeling cheerfull, you are better able to stick to what you intend to do and avoid walking out of a store with a bunch of cereals, frozen foods and chips. All while forgetting the rice, beans and vegetables you set out for.

We can take this, a step further. We all want to eat cleaner, leaner, less junk, more organic and even vegan. You have all these ideas to try the Vegan Meatballs or that Swiss Chard Lentil soup, yet are overwhelmed with the foreign ingredients which they include. So you take the recipe card for the soup into the store with you, purchase each item individually and separately and are stunned when the total is rung up at the end. Discouraging you from ever wanting any lentil soup again.

So, what do you do?

Let us count the ways:

  1. A list is a good place to start. Clear and cut to the chase.
  2. Basic ingredients which are used frequently to include on this list:
    • Oils: olive, grapeseed, coconut:) , avocado, hempseed and sesame
    • Grains: brown and wild rice, quinoa, spelt, rye and even kamut.  (avoid anything “white” which indicates a processed substance)
    •  Various beans, greens, onions, peppers, avocado, mushrooms, squash, sea vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, berries, basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, and sea salt
  3. While shopping avoiding those center aisle of cardboard boxed, processed dinner helpers and ready-made this or just heat-and-go that.
  4. Weed out the excess sugars and added coloring’s in foods that you would likely grab such as cinnamon roll dough, ice cream, cookies, flavored cereals and candies.

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Even more, unless you live in a big city like Manhattan or Los Angeles, there are no organic coffee shops nor convenient vegan food places to get a meal with fresh foods from.  This luxury has not made it into the urban or rural areas. Instead, dollar stores with poisonous concoctions that fill the shelves, are strategically placed on each neighborhood corner. Fat laden, deep smothered cholesterol “combos” and items which do not burn when set on fire and cheese which does not melt due to the heavy presence of many chemicals, are at every turn. Adding into the chaos of shopping.

Finally, I leave you all with this. Grocery shopping and cooking meals with ingredients at home is totally cheaper than eating out each time your stomach growls, on any given day. As well as self-fulfilling and nourishing. Taking initiative to make each and every visit count, is the key to grocery shopping success.

 

Dont forget to BREATHE

Genesis2:7“And the Lord God formed [man] of the dust of the ground, and breathed into [his] nostrils the breath of life; and [man] became a living being.”

     This day in age, we are lazy about every single thing we do. You name it, we humans will find the easiest and quickest way to accomplish it. Even something as natural and as spontaneous as the act of breathing. An action which our bodies do, involuntarily, with the direction of our subconscious. We are taking a breath no matter what we are doing or thinking at any point in time. This, being nature’s given way of keeping us alive. Without it, there is no doubt life would not even exist.

 But, are we breathing deeply enough to support a healthy body and even more so, are we even breathing correctly? We must first look at the art of breathing itself and what actually occurs once we draw in that breathe of fresh air through the nostrils. Air travels down the windpipe, through bronchial tubes, filling the lungs and expanding them to their fullest potential; if one is breathing in deeply that is. Little, tiny finger-like microscopic cilia line the inside of the lungs, waiting there to seek and destroy any invading foreign particle which may cause harm to the respiratory and its supporting systems. Tiny air sacs within the lung, sends oxygen into the bloodstream. With an exhaling breath, things move in reverse. The diaphragm is raised up, allowing air to be released from the lungs. Carbon dioxide absorbed through the capillaries from the bloodstream, is then expelled from the body.

Let’s back this lesson up a bit. To the previous notion that if one draws in a full deep and filling breath of fresh air, the lungs in return are then filled to their greatest capacity. Anyone can attest to that pleasurable feeling of relief with that deep breath in and then exhaling, letting it all out. With this one breath, the entire body systems are flooded with oxygen rich red blood cells which nourishes the entire body and the cells of the body, are flushed out clean and able to rebuild themselves stronger and more fruitful than before. If you have a basic understanding of cells and how they are the building blocks of life, then you will know just how important fresh oxygen would be for the cells in the body and the systems which they form.

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      As I personally dig deeper into health, fitness and the mechanics body functions as well the specific operation of cells which form all living organisms upon Earth, I have learned all things work together.

    There are three things, beyond the notion of only food, that the body absolutely cannot function properly nor live without. Fresh air, water and sunlight. These are the elements of Earth which sustains life. In fact, when thinking of food as being the sustainer of life, this is FALSE. For we can truly live on limited to none food for up to long periods of time. Yet, without a breath of air, the brain begins to go dead due to the lack of oxygen within minutes. Diseases, illnesses, bacteria and virus are able to replicate themselves and thrive within an oxygen deprived environment. This is their native home, which explains the dominance of sickness within this nation of people. No one is breathing, therefore so many are sick. The environment inside the body is giving these organisms a place to live, inside of ourselves.

These are a few notes from “The Radiance Sutras:  112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder & Delight” By Lorin Roche, PhD, in regards to the art of breathing.

“The way of experience begins with a breath,

Such as the breath you are breathing now.”

“Exhaling, breath is released and flows out.

There is a pulse as it turns to flow in.

In that turn, you are empty.

Enter that emptiness as the source of all life.

Inhaling, breath flows in, filling, nourishing.

Just as it turns to flow out,

There is a flash of pure joy-

Life is renewed. “

And written again:

“The inhalation, the return movement of breath,

Sustains life.

The outgoing breath

Purifies life. “

To one who digs deeper, it is clearly seen within these words, how the observer in this piece is describing breathing; as an action.  Each line paints such a defining picture for the reader. The writer goes on to discuss breathing as a way to connect with life that lies within the body, dissolving pain caused from the outer world.

 It is time to breath. Deeply. Fully. Time to put our thoughts on breathing. In. Out. Led only by the flow of breath, as the body replenishes itself, releasing detrimental elements, and strengthening the mind.

 

 

 

Black Girls Yoga: Journey On

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“Cheers. To our dear friend, the enemy.”  -Chinese Proverb

What one meant for as harm, is in return, received, as a gift. One throws daggers while flowers are being caught by the receiver. An enemy makes one stronger. Determined. Focused. Alert. Aware. Just as a wild animal would be if he were being stalked as prey. His senses more sharpen. Heart rate rises. Stance becomes taller. Thinking gets clearer. Vision brighter. As bodily systems kick into fight-or-flight mode, all to survive.

This is how challenges. Barriers. Obstacles. And set-backs should be viewed. As an enemy. One which requires every bit of force just to escape from. Add in the elements of patience. Determination. Perseverance. And drive to live. You got yourself a recipe for survival.