Mother's Whole Food Kitchen

Nourishing the Planet

Date: October 31, 2016

McDonald’s doesn’t EVEN put Real cheese in their sticks

you see where McDonald doesn’t even put mozzarella cheese in their cheese sticks??  http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/wheres-the-cheese#.oqM05j7OGQ
the food is processed fake and not real, whole food. So if you give your kids mozzarella sticks I’ve got the most fantastic recipe for you to try and it’s so nutritious and delicious you’ll love it really easy to make too!

First make a Vegan Parmesan cheese: About 1 1/2 cups

1 cup raw cashews or slivered almonds
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/3 cup hemp or sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine the ingredients in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse on and off until the mixture is finely and evenly ground. Then transfer to a tightly lidded container and store any unused portion in the refrigerator, where it will keep for a few months.

Now take four peeled, chopped  zucchinis with 2 cups of chopped cauliflower and process. zucchini peeled and chopped

 

Squeeze the veggies through  a cheesecloth, get as much water out as you can. Now, add half of an onion, two cups of fresh basil and 3 – 4 tablespoons of flax meal that’s been mixed with 1 cup of hot water.
Process well, then add 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup of panko and one cup of #followyourheart mozzarella cheese.wpid-Mozzarella_Shreds18-288x360
Roll into balls, then roll the balls in the Vegan Parmesan cheese.
Bake at about 375 for about 20 25 minutes or so.
Let me know what your kids think mind just love themmozz

Meditating changes everything

MEDITATING, change your whole outlook <3

Step 1: Find a quiet, and prefferably dark, place where you will not be disturbed for 10 to 30 minutes. Find a surface (bed, couch etc) that you can lie down on and fully stretch out, making sure your back is straight (like when sleeping on your back).

Step 2: This may sound a little silly but it’s very important. Before you begin your meditation always do a little “grounding”. Just remind yourself of who you are. Sounds silly right? But trust me it’s important, I have come out of meditation not knowing where I am, or what clothes I’m wearing! So always do a little grounding before beginning and after finishing a meditation and you’ll be fine. It sounds a little scary, but really it’s not, even if you are a little dissorientated after a meditation, it last only a few seconds.

Step 3: After your “grounding” cover yourself with something. Find a blanket, big coat, or something similar to place over your body while lying down. If you can get NAKED! Do IT! You do not need to undress, but definitely take off your shoes or any bulky or uncomfortable clothing. Find something to place over your eyes. The blanket and eye covers are not completely necessary but they do make for a much more comfortable complete experience.

Step 4: Once you are nice and cosy there is a good exercise you can do with your mind to help with relaxation, I used it a lot when beginning and it really helps. First tightly contract you whole body, legs together arms by your side and then slowly let fall open. Let your feet fall apart, roll your shoulders slightly out so palms are face up. Begin by focussing on the very top of your head, focus on that part and relax it. Once the top of your head is relaxed move down to your forehead, focus on it and relax all the muscles there. Then move onto eyes, ears, cheeks, mouth, chin and all the way down to your toes!
You will be surprised how much tension you hold in each part of your body as you focus on and relax them!

Step 5: Once every part of your body is nice and relaxed and heavy, begin to focus on your breathing. (It’s very helpful as well to develop a little “abdominal breathing”, basically breathing from your stomach area. Place your fingers just below your belly button and try breath from this area when meditating, rather than from the upper part of your chest)

Focussing on your breaths in and out helps you from being distracted by all the thoughts buzzing around our heads. This is probably the most difficult aspect of meditation to perfect, to be able to block out all the thoughts flying around. Focus on your breathing, in, out, in, out, if your mind starts to wander just bring it back to your breathing, this will become natural after a few sessions.

Step 6: Once you are relaxed and focussed on your breathing, you may start to “drift off”, just allow this to happen, this is meditation! You may “drift off” and “come back” many times during one session. At first the things you see or experience may seem very random but as you become more experienced you may develop some control over your experiences! Another good mental exercise that can help bring on the “drifting off” state is to imagine yourself sinking slowly down into the ground, or floating weightlessly up into the air.

Step 7: When you are ready to get up, take your time, do your grounding again, repeat what you said to yourself before your meditation and you will not feel any dissorientation, and you will be ready to get on with your day feeling better and stronger.

And that’s it! Please keep in mind though that the state of “drifting off” may take many sessions to attain! Some people get it right away, some people take a little longer. For me I think it took about a week and a half of regular (almost every day) 10 to 30 minute sessions before I began to really “drift off” and enjoy the benefits of it.

So whether you feel like you need some relaxation time for yourself, need an energy boost in your day, or are looking to experince some of the deeper benefits, meditation is for you!

Meditation has really improved my life on many levels, it gave me the strength and desire to enjoy my life and my work, and helps lift a lot of the stress that’s piled on our shoulders. The best part is that it’s not a drug, it’s not a religion, you do not have to change your life or your beliefs to enjoy it. You will not get “addicted” to it like a drug. Once you have developed the skills you know it is there if you need it, or just feel like it :)

Have fun meditating Schmexies, Get Some!

The Apocalypse of Factory Farming

Vegan is not only a very important environmental issue, animal agriculture is the prime abuser of our planet’s sustainability. The global warming of Earth has drastically changed in the last 100 years, even accelerating beyond all scientific projections. The Impending climatic change is caused from combustible gases heating the atmosphere and from the plundering of our earth’s animals and resources, this is the greenhouse effect.

According to a new report from the UN, the answer is “yes.” The Guardian writes that “a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.” By 2050, our human population is expected to grow to 9.1 billon. But, as the world’s fresh water and land is over used and abused by the over 7 billion currently living, we must find the answer to this ever growing destruction of life.

Animal agriculture uses half of all usable land in the Untied States. ONE HALF. If the U.S.A switched to a vegan diet, then a growing population is not a dire issue, there would be more than enough land for more Americans.

The cost to our health is DIRECTLY affected by humans consuming meat and dairy from ani-mal agriculture. Fresh water is vital to humanity. The trees and plants, wildlife of the world and all the oceans are all reliant on fresh water sources. Humanity’s footprint, “particularly meat and dairy products,” account for 70 percent of the world’s freshwater consumption.

70 PERCENT! Let that sink in. Of course this is not sustainable for humanity or for the rest of the Earthlings that inhabit our beautiful planet. Fresh water, one of our most valuable life sources for our planet, is being sucked up by the maddening, horrifying practice of Consuming Animals. It takes the equivalent of taking a non stop shower for two months to equal the water needed to produce one hamburger. Livestock or livestock feed, occupies 1/3 of the earth’s ice-free land. 1/3 of the planet is now desert, with livestock as the leading driver.

The impact of every region on this planet that farms animals is such a remarkable waste of land and resources. 2-5 acres of land are used per single cow. (3) Can just one person make a difference by abstaining from eating animal products? In one year:

If you eat a Vegan Diet: cowmoney

How many animals saved: 202 animals

How many lbs of meat not eaten: 195 lbs.

POUNDS of CO2 not released into the atmosphere: 1,609 lbs. of CO2

This is the real cost of a Hamburger:
The Planet’s resources are depleting by the day under the crush of the BILLIONS of animals factory farmed.

 

Over a dozen comprehensive studies have proven that the production of meat and dairy takes a tremendous toll on the planet. Animal Agriculture generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has almost 300 times the global warming poten-tial of CO2. This methane is 23 times more potent than natural C02. Unbelievably, cows alone produce 150 BILLION gallons of methane per day. Even with-out the existence of fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2 limit by 2030, all from animal agriculture

The USDA estimates that more than 335 million tons of “dry matter” waste is produced annually on farms in the United States, representing almost a third of the total munici-pal and industrial waste produced every year. (5) That is 100 times mores than hu-mans. A dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces as much waste as a city with around 411,000 residents. In most cases the law does not require that livestock waste be treat-ed. In North Carolina, which has more than home of 8.9 million hogs—nearly as many as its human population of 9.8 million—making it the second largest pork producer in the nation, has zero laws concerning waste management from animal farms. The Truth About Factory Farms

 

Waste management of factory is exacting a huge price on the environment. To deal with the manure that manure lagoons are created to decompose the waste. The risks of lagoon leakage, overflows, and illegal discharge of waste also pose a direct threat to the quality of soil and water systems. A report for the U.S. Geological Survey documented over one thousand spills and dumps of animal waste in the ten Midwestern states it surveyed over the course of three years. Manure from leaky lagoons or saturated farm fields has also been known to enter public water sources and infect hu-mans. “For example, a study of waterborne disease outbreaks from 1986 to 1998 con-ducted by the Centers for Disease Control demonstrated that in every case where the pathogen could be identified, it most likely originated in livestock.” (4)

Over a dozen comprehensive studies have proven that the production of meat and dairy takes a tremendous toll on the planet. Animal Agriculture generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has almost 300 times the global warming poten-tial of CO2. This methane is 23 times more potent than natural C02. Unbelievably, cows alone produce 150 BILLION gallons of methane per day. Even with-out the existence of fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2 limit by 2030, all from animal agriculture

The USDA estimates that more than 335 million tons of “dry matter” waste is produced annually on farms in the United States, representing almost a third of the total munici-pal and industrial waste produced every year. (5) That is 100 times mores than hu-mans. A dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces as much waste as a city with around 411,000 residents. In most cases the law does not require that livestock waste be treat-ed. In North Carolina, which has more than home of 8.9 million hogs—nearly as many as its human population of 9.8 million—making it the second largest pork producer in the nation, has zero laws concerning waste management from animal farms.

Waste management of factory is exacting a huge price on the environment. To deal with the manure that manure lagoons are created to decompose the waste. The risks of lagoon leakage, overflows, and illegal discharge of waste also pose a direct threat to the quality of soil and water systems. A report for the U.S. Geological Survey documented over one thousand spills and dumps of animal waste in the ten Midwestern states it surveyed over the course of three years. Manure from leaky lagoons or saturated farm fields has also been known to enter public water sources and infect hu-mans. “For example, a study of waterborne disease outbreaks from 1986 to 1998 con-ducted by the Centers for Disease Control demonstrated that in every case where the pathogen could be identified, it most likely originated in livestock.” (4)

 

Sources:

(2) Ross, Philip. “Cow farts have ‘larger greenhouse gas impact’ than previously thought; methane pushes climate change.” International Business Times. 2013.

(1) Oppenlander, Richard A. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. . Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.

(3) Diverse Structure and Organization of U.S. Beef Cow-Calf Farms / EIB-73: study by USDA – Economic Research Service ( for acres/cow- pages 12 and 13)

(4) Center for Disease Control and Prevention (1998) Surveys of Water Bourne Outbreak Compiled by the Cente4r for Disease and Control Prevention from 1993-1998 Mor-bidity and Mortality weekly reports

(5) http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/programs/programs.htm?np_code=206&docid=13337

OBX testimonial

Dear Drew and entire crew,

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I truly don’t know where or how to begin to thank you all for such a life changing week at the  retreat in OBX.
When I first read of the OBX retreat, it sounded like something I’ve always wanted to do, but never saw offered before, well aside from a uber pricey canyon ranch type of place . I was slightly nervous to sign up alone, but based on the Facebook interactions I have seen, I felt confident I’d be fine. Also , I wanted to come solo so I would feel more inclined to socialize with everyone,rather than pairing off with a friend the whole week.
I’m so glad I did it that way. Every person I met was amazing, and uplifting. We were all from different states,walks of life,but all with the same goals, HEALTH.
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The mansion was gorgeous! Wild horses, outside or window, and dolphins frolicking in the ocean. Now the weight loss is certainly a perk. And I need to lose some, but it wasn’t my primary goal. I’ve lost and gained a million times before. What I learned is a realistic, sustainable, and cruelty free way of health.
The juices were great. Fresh coconut water was awesome too, although at first I didn’t like it too much. Lime and acquiring a taste for it is key. I mean who even likes coffee the first 10 times ! And coffee isn’t even healthy!

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The workouts were fun and challenging with just enough pushing. The staff knew when we couldn’t perform a specific exercise and offered an alternate one.Always a fun afternoon activity, and enough free time.

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I enjoyed the tele conferencing with Dr. Doug Graham that we had out of the 5 nights. Very informative.

Also the evening documentaries were eye opening. obxbobpresentation

. I learned alot. And what I think was the most helpful for me personally was the non preachy way everyone educated . We were given the facts, and the rest was up to us. I changed myself for the better. I am now vegan. Hoping for 100% raw, so far so good.I know will slip at some point , but I will keep on trying and learning.
I have continued the habits since being home, lights out at 10. Even my dog is in the habit and often goes ahead of me. I’m up at 6:30 oil pulling, body brushing , and then out for a run. Back by 8 and showered! No naps needed. I don’t eat crap so I don’t have crashes like I used too. All energy, all day! My eyes are brighter, hair softer, pants hanging off me. I haven’t weighed myself, as I don ‘t care what the number is at the moment. Health is what I’m after, and with this lifestyle I will achieve health and the tiny body. Oh,and my teeth are whiter. No need to get trays at the dentist and ingest those chemicals . The oil pulling is making it happen, naturally.juciedel
Everyone comments in how healthy I look. I feel amazing. I’m so grateful for all learned and continue to learn . I made wonderful friends. The after support is tremendous as well, and all at no cost.

You all care, and it shows so much! My retreat was the bargain of a lifetime. The best money I ever spent. And I will be a yearly attendee for life, or until you vote me off the island!!
Love to all of you!!!! Xoxox Laurie Depina

Thanks Laurie!! The retreats are so so much fun! But the best part of all is the we start coaching you a week OUT, Get you jump started and detoxing and ready to get as cleansed and lean as you can we wild organic fruit and veggies. A fabulous chance to meet some of the other attendees and the OBX Crew! The results from our last retreat were outstanding the transformations so awe inspiring, we nurture or OBX retreat guests before , during and after all events.