Green Fasting

Green Fasting 0

Spring is a time of reawakening. It is notable in the green reappearing after a long absence and the blossoms rendered visible in the trees. The outdoors reflects what our bodies yearn for this time of year: rejuvenation. We yearn to shed the husks of hibernation and feel fresh energy again. But our bodies need a way to get rid of the toxins built up in the system, and living in this fast-paced modern life, cleansing may not be a realistic endeavor for everyone. However, short regiments of fasting while only consuming microgreens and sprouts, can aid in ejecting toxins...

Consume Better to Kill Sugar Cravings

Consume Better to Kill Sugar Cravings 0

Lately, I’ve been getting serious about quitting my sugar addiction. In the past, I’ve gone a couple days abstaining from sugar, feeling pretty good about myself until the cravings cause me to dive back into eating an abundance of sweets with a vengeance. Sugar cravings are the leading cause of people falling off of their diet wagons, according to Dr. Axe, and I can attest to that. The craving for sugar is a powerful one, and working to kill that craving, may be the key to helping people get control of their sugar consumption for good. Turns out a balanced...

3 (Fun and Easy) Health Habits for the New Year!

3 (Fun and Easy) Health Habits for the New Year! 0

Growing and Juicing Wheatgrass If you’re not familiar with growing and juicing wheatgrass, I’m sure you’ve at least heard about the practice. It may seem strange to some folks at first to be juicing and drinking trays of grass grown in a small amount of soil or on a growth medium. But once folks discover the nutritional benefits and feel the difference within themselves after trying it, it doesn’t seem so strange at all. Wheatgrass juice is known for being a powerhouse of nutrients that promotes healing and a general sense of well-being. Immediately after juicing, the juice is alive...

Improving Productivity Through Sprouts

Improving Productivity Through Sprouts 0

In our modern world, the lunch hour is one of the easier meals to consume lavish starchy foods, which are full of carbs and refined sugars, such as fries and pastas. “We are going out to lunch!” at the office soon turns into “Who’s ready for a nap?” Consuming these foods may be delicious and fun, but they actually lead to a sluggish afternoon and evening. As we know, our bodies use up vital energy to digest food, converting it into usable caloric energy in hopes to not only replenish the energy lost but to exceed it. Foods that are...

On Sprouting and Safety

On Sprouting and Safety 0

On Sprouting and Safety Scientists and health enthusiasts have raved about the nutritional benefits of sprouts for years. It has been said that sprouts will fight diseases because of the phytochemicals they contain. Organic compounds called saponins found in Alfalfa sprouts work to lower cholesterol and stimulate the immune system. Sprouts, across the board, are overflowing with vital vitamins and enzymes that aid the body in various ways; the benefits go on and on, yet there still remains a minor stigma about eating raw fresh sprouts even through the benefits by far outweigh the risks. Many fear the presence of...

Sprouts and Wheatgrass Production - Summer Tips

Sprouts and Wheatgrass Production - Summer Tips 0

Sprouts & Wheatgrass Production - Summer Tips   I was especially in love with spring this year. Rain and cool weather were so plentiful that I began to believe Utah would soon become a paradise of green forever. Nevertheless, this week things started to heat up and summer arrived. What to do? What to do? May I suggest we follow this admonition: “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” --George Santayana With consideration to these wise words, I present to you a few insider tips for...

The Winter Season Plant Based Kitchen

The Winter Season Plant Based Kitchen 0

What is an Ideal Plant-Based Kitchen Setup, especially through the winter? Being successful at sticking to a new vegan or vegetarian diet is very easy if you have the right tools and get set up for success. In a perfect vegan kitchen, you would have your own indoor sprouts, microgreens, herbs, and grasses growing for fresh food year round, along with other fresh produce as available. On your patio, just off the kitchen, or out in your garden, you could have lettuces, veggies and fruits growing and if you are super good at growing your own food, you might even...

Guide to Living Food Storage

Guide to Living Food Storage 0

Freshly grown and picked foods are at their height of flavor and nutrition. Our body needs fresh livingfood to survive and stay healthy. This brings up a predicament to many who store long term emergency food and supplies in case of emergency. You can subsist on a ½ cup of dry food a few times a day, butcan you LIVE WELL and LONGTERM? Imagine you wake up tomorrow morning to discover that you will have to stay on your own property for an extended period of time . . . weeks, months, perhaps even longer. What resources would you need...

Creative Uses of Sprouts

Creative Uses of Sprouts 0

This month we want to share with you some fantastic recipe videos that came to our attention from Kelsey’s Korner. They feature some of our sprouting seed mixes used in innovative and creative ways. The videos are exceptionally well done and fun to watch. We hope you’ll check them out. Tropical SmoothieAn amazingly delicious raw tropical smoothie recipe that includes mango, banana, pomegranate, cinnamon and . . . our Protein Powerhouse Sprouting Mix as the source of living protein--a great alternative to protein powder. Powerhouse SmoothieA very cool recipe for a super-food smoothie made with our Protein Powerhouse and Crunchy...

Growing Hydroponically

Growing Hydroponically 0

This month, we are introducing a new organic, hydroponic growing pad by Handy Pantry: Micro-Mats! For thirteen years now, we have been selling kits to help folks grow their own living foods in their own homes: wheatgrass, barley grass, sprouts, herbs, sunflower greens, buckwheat lettuce, and most recently, a huge line of microgreens through our sister website: www.trueleafmarket.com. We have always offered soil based kits with animal-free forest compost soil mix. For the last ten years or so, we have also offered some soil-free (hydroponic) solutions for wheatgrass, and subsequently microgreens. Our customers have preferred our soil-based solutions by about...

Eating More Raw & Living Foods: Our Family Story

Eating More Raw & Living Foods: Our Family Story 0

My husband and I have enjoyed a 5-year run as junk food vegans! Three babies under four years old and busy schedules have driven us to find all the convenience “health” junk food you can imagine! But with the realization that this diet was not giving us the energy we needed, we decided last week to embark on a 4 day Living Food and Raw Food diet. Wow! What a difference it has made on our outlook and future meal plans! Raw food has grown to be a huge trend, and for a good reason, once you get past the...

Raw Food vs Living Food - What Is The Difference?

Raw Food vs Living Food - What Is The Difference? 0

Of late, we have noticed a growing trend in the health food industry toward more “raw” products. It seemed to us a good opportunity to discuss our thoughts on the differences between raw food and living food. We have been on a crusade for our entire thirteen-year company history about the benefits of including living foods in your diet. It should go without saying that we believe that Mother Nature intended that living foods be at least part of our diet, and a diet that includes living foods is the best for you.Let’s break down the hierarchy of foods:Cooked or...

Top Ten Reasons To Sprout

Top Ten Reasons To Sprout 1

Sprouting is easy and fun with our easy to use sprouting kits! 1. Only Pennies Per Serving - One tablespoon of seeds will fill a quart jar with several ounces of sprouts. A 4-ounce package will yield several pounds. 2. Simple and Easy - It take less than a minute per day to grow and prepare sprouts. Sprouts will grow nearly anywhere indoors, in any season. Sprouts require very little space and travel well. They are the ideal vegetables for campers, boaters and RVers. Complete, easy-to-follow instructions are provided in the sprouting kits, on the seed package labels, and in...

New Year Resolution: Eat More Living Foods With Microgreens!

New Year Resolution: Eat More Living Foods With Microgreens! 0

Each New Year feels like a fresh start to me and an opportunity to explore new ways to go deeper, have more fun and enjoy life. As winter digs its tendrils into the garden and sends its icy fingers everywhere, I enjoy being cozy in a warm house. Yet, I do long for the taste of spring. For most of us, the garden has been put to bed. Eating from my garden is one of my greatest joys. Well, I found my winter solution. While living in New Mexico I had very poor soil and abundant light many days. I...

We Have Seen a Lot of Things....

We Have Seen a Lot of Things.... 0

Remember our friend Wade The Wheatgrass Trucker? (video at the bottom of the page). He was an inspiration to thousands of our customers in helping them to grow their own live foods. We recently came across another amazing video of Annette Larkins, who is a raw food vegan. She is 70 years old and you won't believe how young she looks! She sprouts, grows wheatgrass, does her own gardening and lives a living foods diet. We hope you find the video as inspirational as we did!   by Kaitlin Petra Jones Copyright © 2012 by Living Whole Foods, Inc. All...

Dairy Farms Experiment with Sprouts

Dairy Farms Experiment with Sprouts 0

While we aren’t too keen on dairy farms, we do believe the study below is powerful research about the benefits of sprouts to both humans and dairy cattle. This experiment was conducted by the Govind Dairy in India. The study was made available by the International Sprout Growers Association, of which we are members. The summary of the study follows: Test SummaryGovind dairy is always looking for ways to lower the cost of milk production by reducing expenses. Our respected Dr. Ganpatrao Dhumal has studied the health benefits of sprouts and the effects of natural foods on humans and has...

Benefits of the life force of living foods

Benefits of the life force of living foods 0

James B. Sumner, Nobel laureate, of Cornell University defined life as the orderly functioning of enzymes. In fact, he was given the Nobel prize when he first crystallized the protein of the enzyme complex. He said that if we postpone the debilitation of metabolic enzyme activity, what we now call old age could become the glorious prime of life. So--Life, in fact, has been defined, and although enzymes have been crystallized, they only work by chemical action and are therefore called catalysts. Catalysts do not contain the "life element" which is measured as a kind of radiation which enzymes emit.Life...

Cautions Concerning Buckwheat

Cautions Concerning Buckwheat 0

A few years ago, someone wrote an article about how they experienced skin light sensitivity as a result of consuming large amounts of buckwheat greens juice. We have enjoyed the delicious tang of buckwheat greens in moderation for many years without problems, but we don’t doubt that large quantities of buckwheat greens or buckwheat greens juice could cause the described condition. A wise approach would be moderation in all things, as we believe the issue with buckwheat greens is a question of dose. For example, some nutrients like salt, some vitamins and even water are vital in appropriate doses but...

Detoxifying from Alcohol with Green Foods

Detoxifying from Alcohol with Green Foods 0

Recent research now suggests that the oxidation product of alcohol, acetaldehyde, may be responsible for cancer and other health problems related to alcohol consumption. Acetaldehyde is toxic to tissues and may produce genetic mutations by damaging DNA. Normally, alcohol is metabolized in the liver to carbon dioxide and water via several enzymatic steps. However, some people lack the gene that is responsible for the production of the enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), which helps break down acetaldehyde. For those who lack this enzyme, drinking alcohol may not only be unpleasant but may have long-term health consequences. Chronic drinkers and people who...

Sprouts and Kirlian Photography

Sprouts and Kirlian Photography 0

Ann Wigmore, wheatgrass pioneer, spoke many times about the life force in the sprouted grasses, nuts, and seeds. Her contemporary, Edward Howell, who studied the life force (enzymes) in foods for over 66 years, spoke of the cook stove as being the chief enemy of modern man (Enzyme Nutrition by Edward Howell). People from all over the world came to Ann’s institute in Boston to learn the correct way to eat to regain their health-- eating and learning to grow and prepare a living food diet. Her diet consisted of wheatgrass juice, all kinds of greens such as sunflower and...

Why Use Sprouts for Emergency Food Storage?

Why Use Sprouts for Emergency Food Storage? 0

Reasons for using sprouts are so plentiful and so important, it’s usually only a matter of listing them to convince you to try this very special kind of in-home gardening––accomplished in the comfort of your own kitchen. Increasing numbers of families find sprouting nutritious, delicious, and far less expensive than store prices. This information is a digest version of the Kitchen Gardening chapter, to be released in the revised 11th edition of Making the Best of Basics––Family Preparedness Handbook. The Benefits of Sprouting In this day and age, many people are searching for a way to get healthy, lower their...

Wheatgrass & Raw Foods Q&A

Wheatgrass & Raw Foods Q&A 0

We thought it would be helpful to our readers to see the questions and answers to many related raw food diet and wheatgrass questions. Below is an email conversation between two wheatgrass & raw food enthusiasts. (read thread top to bottom) -----------------Hi Charles,My name is Gabrielle. In a conversation I had earlier today with KK, she spoke so highly about your knowledge and the health project you are working on. She suggested asking you in reference to some scientific studies proving the benefits of raw food dieting on people. I would love to know also about your business and how...

The Colony Part 2 - The Role of Lecithin, Inositol & Choline from Living Foods

The Colony Part 2 - The Role of Lecithin, Inositol & Choline from Living Foods 0

In Part One of The Colony, we discussed the physical implications of nourishing the cellular life of the body that allows us to have an existence as human beings. In this part, we would like to address the mental and spiritual implications. To review Hering’s Law of Cure: The body has the ability to heal itself if given proper nourishment. It heals from the top down, from the inside out and illnesses in reverse of their original chronological order of appearance. Constantine Hering, M.D. (1800-1880) observed that healing occurs in a consistent pattern. He described this pattern in the form...

The Colony Part 1 - Hering's Law of Cure and Cellular Nutrition

The Colony Part 1 - Hering's Law of Cure and Cellular Nutrition 0

For billions of years, the unit of creation, the unit that makes up plant life, animal life and human life has been the cell. Let us not forget the humble cell that is the building block of all life--on this earth and many other habitations in this universe--the mystery of life, the humble cell that has formed colonies that comprise not only our human bodies, but all life on earth. Who is the ruling power of this tiny organism? Who beckoned to the non-living part of earth, the 102 elements of mineral creation, to come and help this tiny living...

Complete Nutrition with Living Wheatgrass & Barleygrass Juice

Complete Nutrition with Living Wheatgrass & Barleygrass Juice 0

Energized, motivated, and blissful are three great words! These words might describe someone's mood on a perfect day. This perfect day could be the outcome of certain factors. The primary factor is physical health. People sometimes refuse to admit that the body often controls motivation. Willpower is just not enough. We wish so much to do good things, to accomplish goals and to work hard, but we are tired. How do we fix our health? In studying successful healthy lives like Ann Wigmore or Anthony Robbins-- one thing is clear… what one eats directly affects how one feels. Living, fresh,...

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 5

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 5 0

The Last Week at Optimum Health is the Best Week The following article is the last in a five-part series relating the experiences a long time advocate of wheatgrass juice had during a stay at a well known institute specializing in a live food dietary regime supplemented with wheatgrass juice. The system used at the Optimum Health Institute is based generally on the teachings of Ann Wigmore. There are a number of fine centers, institutes, and spas offering this particular approach to health and diet, so the selection of OHI is not a specific endorsement or recommendation. If you are...

Does the Body have the Ability to Heal Itself?

Does the Body have the Ability to Heal Itself? 0

In 1822, there was a medical doctor by the name of Isaac Jennings. After 20 years of practicing medicine, he became convinced that drugging and bleeding people did more harm than good. He decided to administer placebos of bread pills, starch powders and colored water to his patients and at the same time instructed them in healthful living habits. By 1822, his fame extended far and wide because of his remarkable healing record. When he finally became convinced that his . . . what he called “The Do-Nothing Cure” worked, he announced his discovery to the world. His announcement was...

The Living & Raw Food Diet

The Living & Raw Food Diet 0

Many people have asked, "What specifically is the living food diet which was taught by Ann Wigmore?" Briefly I will explain the diet without going into too much information about the Ann Wigmore Foundation, which is now located in San Fidel, New Mexico. www.wigmore.org Ann Wigmore, the pioneer of the living food-wheatgrass diet, wrote about 35 books during her lifetime in which you can learn more about her. Some titles I suggest are, Why Suffer, Be Your Own Doctor, Hippocrates Diet and Health Program, The Wheatgrass Book, and The Sprouting Book. The last book written before her death was A...

Of the Light

Of the Light 0

"Yea, over mere dust hast Thou wafted Thy [holy] spirit, [and hast so molded that] clay that [it can have converse with] angels and be in communion with beings celestial." -Book of Hymns (Fragments) 2:10 The Dead Sea Scrolls In our daily round, we seldom think about the unique and wonderful place we occupy in this amazing creation. Why are we here? Many believe there is more to this life than meets the eye. Many believe we are spiritual beings clothed in a material body. If that is so, what can be the reason for such a strange and wondrous...

Food Enzyme Concept: Importance of Enzymes in Nutrition

Food Enzyme Concept: Importance of Enzymes in Nutrition 0

Part 1 The book Enzyme Nutrition, by Dr. Edward Howell, is a classic in the field of nutritional theory. Its message has implications for health, longevity, ecology, economics, and a myriad of other ancillary fields. It is a work whose importance can only be appreciated when current nutritional practice is understood as a great ‘dietary experiment’ of unprecedented proportions. Never in the history of humankind has there been as much processing, refining, and adulteration of the food supply as is currently happening. The book Enzyme Nutrition tells why the manipulation of the food supply may be catastrophic, as well as...

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue 0


Ann Wigmore - Wheatgrass Pioneer

Ann Wigmore - Wheatgrass Pioneer 0

Ann Wigmore: Wheatgrass Pioneer & Living Foods Educator Ann Wigmore was born 4th of March 1909, in Lithuania. She died in a fire in her home the 16th of February 1994. This great lady probably did more than any other person in recent history to educate people about the healing benefits of wheatgrass and a living food diet (a diet of raw sprouts, fruits and vegetables, and sprouted nuts, seeds, and grains).I called Ann Wigmore “Doctor” in respect to her pioneering quest to help both herself and others. She dedicated her life to helping others. Her holistic manner of teaching...

Why Alfalfa Sprouts Are Still Safe And Healthy by Steve Meyerowitz

Why Alfalfa Sprouts Are Still Safe And Healthy by Steve Meyerowitz 0

Why Alfalfa Sprouts are Still Safe and Healthy By Steve Meyerowitz, author of Sprouts the Miracle Food In its January 1999 issue, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) describes two incidences of Salmonella contamination from alfalfa sprouts that took place in 1995. A few comments follow. These were the first such incidents in the (then) 35-year history of the sprout industry. There were no fatalities. Both incidents were traced to a single source of contaminated seed imported from the Netherlands. All alfalfa seeds since 1995 have been subject to strict scrutiny and purification. The sprout industry today is...

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