(If you missed it, check out, "From Part Holistic to Whole Holistic: Pure Living Expo Part I)
Within the whirlwind of the expo I listened to many speakers, slathered myself with healing oils, ate nourishing goodies, and talked with some amazing people.
I can’t possibly write on everything, so I’m focusing on the things I really like.
I’m really into healthy intestines, I’m obsessed with raw cacao nibs, and I’m entranced by the possibility of never, ever aging. Also, my dream of all dreams is for the planet to be saved by humanity’s own self awareness.
So my write-up fits under that ^^ umbrella.
Dr. Karin Dina, author of The Raw Food Nutrition Handbook and instructor at The Living Light Culinary Institute, succinctly conveys her expertise on prebiotics.
At this point, most of us are probably taking probiotic supplements.
But if you’re eating a standard western diet, your intestines probably look like the Bad Lands of Death Valley.
You can pump in all the probiotics you can afford, but they’re not going to stay there if you don’t feed them.
In Dr. Dina’s presentation I learned that these beneficial micro-organisms cannot stay alive in the GI tract without prebiotics. And because probiotic supplements aren’t cheap (I was paying $40 each month for mine), logic dictates that you’d want to keep them thriving in your GI tract and not just flush them down the toilet.
And here’s the money save: if you have a healthy mico-biome, you shouldn’t have to take probiotics all the time – provided that you feed them.
What do the beneficial bacteria in your GI tract like to eat? In short, fiber. They thrive on the fructose in the fiber.
Dr. Dina lists some of the following as good sources: Garlic, bananas, artichoke, leek, onion, jicama, dandelion greens, and chicory. Each has different levels of prebiotic strength. To get an idea of the variance, to get 6 grams, you could consume seven bananas OR one cup of dandelion greens.
First thing’s first... Intestinal Health.
If eating 7 bananas in one day sounds extreme, I would like to point out that today alone, I have consumed 3 whopping bananas. I'm pretty sure, though, that Dr. Dina's banana example is likely just for illustration.
We need 4-8 grams for general digestive health, and 15 grams for probiotic repopulation.
If you want to get the prebiotic scroop, gram for gram, check out Dr. Dina’s book, The Raw Food Nutritional Handbook. The cover looks good enough to eat.
DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth
Best Raw Cooking Demonstration Ever - this pair fuses hip-hop and organics, giving new meaning to the term “fresh beats.” In the words of DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth they “keep it OG,” as in “Organic.”
Alkemia wears a cultivate earth T-Shirt and stresses, “you only eat what you grow.”
DJ Cavem is the only DJ I’ve seen wearing blue sanitary gloves while he mixes. Why? Because he’s mixing beats on the turntables while mixing up an organic salad – at the same time!
These two use hip-hop to talk about growing food, to teach nutrition, and to pass on organic recipes. The recipes are – literally - in the music.
During the first song, Alkemia sings while throwing ingredients into a large mixing bowl: lime juice, chipotle, maple syrup, avocado, tomato, and cucumber. During the second song, the audience get’s to snack on the recipe from the first.
Their lyrics are classic:
“Hemp seeds, what? Hemp seeds, what?” (Raise your hands up for that one.)
And this song was my favorite: “I’m in love with that mango. I’m in love with that mango. I’m in love with that mango. I’m in love with that mango.”
And of course, they talk smack on Monsanto. (My compliments to the chef on those lyrics.)
Aside from being fresh and entertaining (and providing yummy snacks for their audience), there’s a lot to appreciate about what these two are doing. Too many people – especially young people - are inundated by a corporate agenda that puts value on all the wrong things – with debilitating and deadly consequences. From a grass roots level, DJ Cavem and Alkemia are rewiring the value system by elevating health and healthy lifestyle choices.
They do demonstrations for schools and you can find their videos onTedX and Youtube.
“Keep it raw, keep it fresh” - it’s a life style.
Staying Young, Keeping Healthy, and