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Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro, also called coriander and Chinese parsley, is the go-to herb for heavy metal detoxification. Cilantro’s magic in detoxifying the brain lies in the living water in its stems and leaves. This is a critical aspect of how it can travel past the blood-brain barrier; in this living water are mineral salts comprised of minerals such as sodium, potassium, and chloride, which are bound to potent phytochemicals. When they enter the body, these precious salts join natural highways of other mineral salts that travel through the bloodstream, lymph fluid, and spinal fluid. As they come upon the amino acids glycine and glutamine in their travels, the mineral salts bind onto them, forming the ultimate neurotransmitters. The brain is a magnet for mineral salts, and when it draws up these precious mineral salt compounds from cilantro, a surprise package is attached: phytochemicals that deliberately remove toxic heavy metals from the brain, freeing up neurons from toxic heavy metal oxidized residue, so that they can function at their best.

While many people love the rich, savory flavor of cilantro, others get a bad taste in their mouths whenever they eat it. Try not to get caught up in the trend that theorizes that a dislike of cilantro has to do with genes. This genetic concept hasn’t been studied widely enough—if it were, researchers would nd that there is not a gene that determines whether or not a person has an aversion to cilantro. There are no genes that tell us not to eat a certain food. 

What’s really going on with cilantro aversion? When a person perceives an abrupt, harsh flavor from the herb, it means that she or he has a higher oxidative rate of heavy metals in her or his system. This doesn’t mean the person possesses a higher level of toxic heavy metals. Rather, the heavy metals (in this case, usually a combination of aluminum, nickel, and/or copper, at whatever level) in her or his body are corroding rapidly. Corrosion means that there’s toxic runoff, which makes its way into a person’s lymphatic system and saliva. The moment cilantro makes contact with the mouth, its phytochemicals start to bind onto any oxidative runoff they encounter—if there’s a lot of this debris in a person’s saliva, it can result in a harsh sensation when eating cilantro. In other words, if someone dislikes cilantro, there’s a good chance she or he really needs it. 

Cilantro is also very valuable for extracting heavy metals and other toxins from other body systems and organs, particularly the liver. In fact, it’s an amazing liver detoxifier in its own right. It’s one of the best adrenal support herbs, too, and wonderful for balancing blood glucose levels and staving off weight gain, brain fog, and memory issues. And just when you thought cilantro had enough flare and flash, it’s also antiviral—cilantro helps keep down levels of the Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, HHV- 6, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and other herpetic viruses in all their various forms, as well as HIV. 

It’s also antibacterial; it helps to fight off virtually every form of bacteria and flush its waste from your body. Whether you like the taste of cilantro or not, parasites definitely don’t like the taste of it; cilantro is an incredible worm deterrent especially. For any chronic or mystery illness, whether diagnosed, misdiagnosed, or undiagnosed, cilantro is a must-have. 

CONDITIONS 

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing cilantro into your life: 

Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-de cit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, shingles, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus (CMV), Parkinson’s disease, Addison’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome, postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), Raynaud’s syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), migraines, vertigo, Ménière’s disease, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism, eczema, psoriasis, urinary tract infections (UTIs), insomnia, all autoimmune diseases and disorders, fibroids, injuries 

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing cilantro into your life: 

Memory loss, brain fog, confusion, spasms, twitches, numbness, tingles, muscle cramps, foot drop, anxiousness, food allergies, sciatica, back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, headaches, dizziness, liver congestion, weight gain, trigeminal neuralgia, myelin nerve damage, mineral deficiencies, food sensitivities, heavy metal toxicity, blood toxicity, nervousness, constipation, inflamed liver, inflammation, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, joint pain, neuralgia, pins and needles, ringing or buzzing in the ears 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

When you and yourself getting easily flustered, a little dizzy when faced with life’s choices, perplexed about your life’s purpose or about how someone in your life is behaving, turn to cilantro. This potent herb brings clarity, so that you can find your path and head in the right direction without getting distracted by other options or others’ behavior. 

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

Cilantro teaches us that life is an ongoing cycle of extraction. It doesn’t stop at pulling heavy metals out of our bodies—we’re also meant to help our friends and family through life by listening to them without judgment as they work through difficult times. What pain can you help a loved one purge? What negative self-talk can you coach a friend to leave behind? Sometimes we hold on to beliefs or memories that no longer serve us, and we need some extra support to let them go. Just as cilantro is featured in cuisines from diverse cultures, emotional detox is a universal need. The next time you eat cilantro, think about who in your life could use a sympathetic ear. Try reaching out to that person, and—with- out overriding with your own opinion—let your loved one speak freely. 

TIPS 

* To remove toxic heavy metals from your body, cilantro needs to be in its fresh form. 


* Frequently, cilantro is used as just a garnish. Try to acclimate yourself to using more than a sprig at a time. If you want results, it’s best to incorporate it into your meals multiple times a day. You can juice some along with fresh vegetables, put a handful in a smoothie, add it to a chopped salad, soup, salsa, guacamole. The more cilantro you use, the more benefits it will bring. 


CILANTRO PESTO

Pesto gets a twist in this cilantro-inspired recipe. Use this pesto as a salad dressing, a veggie dip, or as a thick sauce over your favorite vegetables—it can do anything. It’s a great way to get cilantro’s healing benefits into your day. 

  • 2 cups packed cilantro 
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined. Scoop the pesto into a small bowl and enjoy as a dip, salad dressing, or sauce. 

Makes 1 to 2 servings 

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Thyroid Healing Juice

Juices are a great way to get in a variety of healing ingredients in one go. This Thyroid Healing Juice from my book Thyroid Healing is made entirely of ingredients that support thyroid health. The best part is that it’s easy to customize according to your tastes. Feel free to substitute cucumbers in place of the celery or parsley in place of the cilantro. In any case, you will be getting a big dose of powerful thyroid support!

Let's take a look at some of the ingredients in this wonderful juice and their undiscovered healing properties that I share in Thyroid Healing

Celery strengthens hydrochloric acid in the gut and helps the liver produce bile to break down food. It also provides mineral salts that are anti-Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and help support the central nervous system with powerful electrolytes while they stabilize and support the adrenal glands. Celery has the ability to cleanse the thyroid of EBV toxins. It also bolsters the production of the thyroid hormone T3.

Apples are anti-inflammatory for the thyroid because they starve EBV. When their pectin enters the digestive system, it releases phytochemicals that bind onto EBV, shrouding the virus cells so that they can’t feed and proliferate.

Ginger helps with nutrient assimilation and relieves spasms. Loaded with its own signature variety of bioavailable vitamin C, ginger is also a powerful antiviral. One of ginger’s special qualities is its ability to bring the body out of a reactive state by soothing nerves and muscles. Ginger helps bring balance and homeostasis to the thyroid, lifting it up if it’s hypo and calming it down if it’s hyper.

Cilantro is a miracle worker for EBV. Critical for binding onto the toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead that feed the virus. Also binds onto the EBV neurotoxins that, when loose in your system, can cause tingles and numbness, aches and pains, inflammation, depression, and anxiety. 

Learn more about the foods that support healing of thyroid problems and many other symptoms and conditions in Thyroid Healing

Thyroid Healing Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 to 4 inches fresh ginger

Directions:

Run all the ingredients through the juicer (see recommended juicers below). Drink the juice immediately on an empty stomach for best results.

Alternatively, roughly chop the celery and apples. Add all of the ingredients to the blender. Blend the ingredients until liquefied and then strain. Drink the resulting juice immediately.

Tips:

* As I said, this juice can be customized to your taste preferences by substituting 2 cucumbers in place of the celery or 1 bunch of parsley in place of the cilantro.

* Depending on the juicer, more or less ginger will be needed. Adjust the amount according to your taste.

Makes approximately 24 ounces

Get more undiscovered information about how you can heal and 25 fantastic healing recipes in Thyroid Healing

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Apple Pie Bites

These mini apple pie bites are incredible. They are a total crowd pleaser and a great addition to any birthday party or special occasion. But feel free to enjoy them anytime, even for breakfast or a snack! Don’t let the addition of rosemary scare you, it takes this dessert over the top! 

Apples have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and provide significant results for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as Addison’s disease, Cardiomyopathy, Celiac disease, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis. Apples contain pectin which is a gel-like fiber that can prevent the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract. Pectin works like an intestinal broom to clean and sweep out debris from the colon.

Rosemary has had the reputation for miracles for thousands of years. It has been used as an antiseptic, antidepressant, analgesic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, aphrodisiac, and expectorant. Rosemary has earned praise for alleviating nerve-related conditions, boosting the immune system, fighting off bacterial and viral infections, aiding respiratory ailments, strengthening digestion and improving circulation. 

Walnuts are particularly beneficial for cognitive health and are generally regarded as an excellent “brain food”. Walnuts can also calm the nervous system and increase your sense of well being and peace. They are known to satiate the appetite as well as aid in long term weight loss. Walnuts are high in vitamin E which helps to keeps cells protected from free radical damage. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 cups apple, roughly diced 
  • 1 cup apple, finely diced

  • 3 cups dates

  • 1⁄2 cup walnuts 
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1⁄2 cup young coconut meat 
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1⁄2 tsp ginger
  • 1⁄4 tsp sea salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon 

DIRECTIONS: 

For the crust, process 1⁄2 cup walnuts with 2 cups dates, sea salt, and rosemary. Line a mini cupcake pan with plastic wrap and press the crust into each mold to form little pie cups. Cover and place in freezer.

For the filling, pulse 2C roughly diced apple, 1C dates, 1⁄2 lemon juice, ginger, and cinnamon in the food processor until combined. Stir in 1cup finely diced apple. Spoon mixture into each pie cup. 

For the coconut cream topping, blend young coconut meat and 1⁄2 lemon juice until smooth. Top each pie with a spoonful of coconut cream and a sprinkle of chopped rosemary. Enjoy! 

Makes 12 mini pies 

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Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Cauliflower mashed potatoes are paired with a hearty mushroom gravy in this take on the traditional favorite. This indulgent dish is worthy of any holiday table but is just as good any night of the week.

Cauliflower is a nutrient rich vegetable that is excellent for supporting a strong immune system and optimum health. Cauliflower is incredibly high in vitamin C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as boron, calcium, molybdenum, and tryptophan. It is also a good source of high quality protein that is easily assimilated into the body. Cauliflower contains powerful anti-cancer compounds such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane which are particularly beneficial for helping to prevent breast, cervical, ovarian, colon, stomach, and prostate cancers. 

Potatoes are an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses. Potatoes are also known to be good for promoting cardiovascular health and are highly beneficial for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and COPD. 

Garlic is one of the world’s oldest medicines and is an incredibly potent spice that can ward off a variety of illnesses and diseases. It has amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and B-6 and minerals such as selenium, calcium, copper, and iron. Garlic also contains very strong antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties.  

Mushrooms have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively regulate inflammation in the heart, joints, organs, and tissues making them especially good for those who suffer with arthritis, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Mushrooms also contain an antioxidant compound called L-ergothioneine which is known to be incredibly important for cognitive function, eye health, reproductive health, and lung health. 

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 large head cauliflower, florets 
  • 2 potatoes, cubed 
  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1⁄2 tsp olive oil

  • 1⁄4 tsp sea salt 

DIRECTIONS: 

Steam cauliflower, potatoes and garlic until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Strain and place into a food processor with olive oil and sea salt. Process until smooth. Top with mushroom gravy and enjoy! 

Mushroom Gravy 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 6 cups mushrooms

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1⁄4 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 tsp olive oil 
  • 1⁄4 cup Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes 
  • 1⁄8 tsp or one dash each of thyme, sage, and rosemary 

DIRECTIONS: 

In a large pan, steam mushrooms, onion, garlic, sundried tomato, and herbs in
2 cups of water until tender. Set aside one cup of mushrooms. Place the rest of the mushrooms and broth into blender with
1⁄2 tsp olive oil and 1⁄4 cups cauli ower mashed potatoes. Blend until smooth. Pour over cauli ower mashed potatoes and serve topped with mushrooms. 

Serves 2

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Aloo Matar

The ultimate comfort food, this Indian inspired dish is packed with peas and potatoes in a mild tomato curry. The warm spices of curry powder and garam masala are added to the subtle hint of grated ginger and sweetened by a touch of raw honey. All topped with a sprinkle of sea salt, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime, this flavorful dinner is the perfect end to your day. 

Potatoes are an excellent source of B6, a vitamin which is essential for the formation of almost every new cell in the body. Vitamin B6 also is a vital component for the neurological system and for the creation of amines which are neurotransmitters that send messages from one nerve to the next. This makes potatoes an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses. Potatoes are also known to be good for promoting cardiovascular health and are highly beneficial for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and COPD. 

Green peas are one of the most nutritious of the leguminous vegetables and are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and manganese. They are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). These essential fatty acids makes green peas an ideal food for brain and cardiovascular health and their phytosterols are vital for helping to lower cholesterol levels in the body. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 4 yukon gold potatoes, diced 
  • 8 oz frozen, unsalted peas, prepared according to instructions 
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tsp grated ginger

  • 2 tsp raw honey

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 pinch yellow curry powder 
  • 1 pinch garam masala

  • 1⁄2 tsp sea salt

  • 1⁄2 cup cilantro leaves 
  • 1 tsp coconut oil 

DIRECTIONS: 

Steam potatoes until tender. While steaming, prepare peas according to instructions on the package. Set cooked vegetables aside and prepare the sauce. 

In the pan, heat 1 tsp of coconut oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook on medium heat, stirring until translucent, adding water as needed to keep from sticking. When onions are translucent and fragrant add ginger, curry powder, garam masala. Continue stirring until well mixed (approximately 1 minute), add cherry tomatoes and a splash of water if needed. Cook covered, stirring occasionally for five to ten minutes until tomatoes are soft and starting to cook down. Add honey and sea salt. Continue stirring until well mixed. Add in peas and potatoes. Stir to just combine. 

Serve topped with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy! 

Serves 2-3

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Zucchini Noodle Bolognese

With the complex flavor of tomatoes and garlic combined with the earthy mushrooms and bold spices of chili powder and cumin, this bolognese is a delicious raw take on the traditional dish that is sure to leave you satisfied! 

Zucchini is rich in poly-phenolic antioxidants which are essential in helping to protect the body from aging, illness, and disease. Zucchini is also a good source of potassium which is an important intra-cellular electrolyte that helps to maintain fluid balance and normalize blood pressure and is vital in helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke. 

Zucchini contains phytonutrients that are important for prostate health as they can help to reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH). They also contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which can aid asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Zucchini is also known to be particularly beneficial for hypertension, cataracts, macular degeneration, atherosclerosis, diabetes, edema, multiple sclerosis, and stomach and colon cancers. 

Mushrooms have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively regulate inflammation in the heart, joints, organs, and tissues making them especially good for those who suffer with arthritis, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Mushrooms also contain an antioxidant compound called L-ergothioneine which is known to be incredibly important for cognitive function, eye health, reproductive health, and lung health. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 4 large zucchini*, peeled
  • 2 cups sun dried tomatoes 
  • 2 cups tomatoes

  • 3 cups mushrooms

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 date

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1⁄4 cup parsley

  • 2 leaves of basil 
  • 1 tsp each of cumin and chili powder and poultry seasoning blend
  • 1⁄2 tsp each of sea salt, paprika 
  • 1 pinch dried oregano 

DIRECTIONS: 

Turn the zucchini into noodles using a spiralizer, a julienne peeler or normal peeler. If using a normal peeler, pat noodles dry before portioning into bowls. 

Set aside 1 cup of mushrooms before combining all remaining ingredients in a food processor. Process until well combined into a thick sauce. Slice remaining mushrooms and stir in. Top zoodle bowls with a hearty portion of the sauce and enjoy. 

Notes 

*Cucumber can be used in place of zucchini for noodles 

Serves 2-4 

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Healing Power of Kiwi

If you’re concerned about regulating blood sugar, turn to kiwis for support. Kiwis are an amazing food for diabetes, hypoglycemia, and hyper- glycemia. Whether your blood sugar levels are too low or too high, eating this fruit will bring you back to center as it simultaneously lowers fat in the bloodstream. Imbalanced blood sugar levels also often tie into moodiness, OCD, depression, and difficulty controlling emotions. Kiwis are the ultimate companion in these situations, because they offer a high-quality sugar source—that is, valuable bioavailable glucose to feed the neurons in your brain and alleviate your distress. Kiwis are an amazing food for stress assistance. 

With over 40 trace minerals, kiwis are an excellent source of nourishment. Kiwis also possess a powerful vitamin C that’s bonded to isothiocyanates and anthocyanins; this compound works in congruence with the phenolic acid compounds in kiwi seeds to remove radiation from the body and inhibit viruses. 

Kiwis are also fantastic to help alleviate digestive disorders and discomfort, including acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, gas, abdominal pain, and bloating—conditions and symptoms that are often related to low hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach. Kiwis’ plethora of amino acids (including serine, leucine, and lysine) raise those hydrochloric acid levels to provide welcome relief. Further, the amino acids are bonded to enzymes and coenzymes, helping to strengthen the digestive system even more, so it can keep unproductive bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast, mold, and other disruptive fungus at bay. 

CONDITIONS 

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing kiwis into your life: 

Knee bursitis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus, athlete’s foot, prostatitis, adrenal fatigue, Barrett’s esophagus, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, mitral valve prolapse, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, endometriosis, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Salmonella poisoning, jaundice, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), H. pylori infection, eye infections, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), sepsis, neuropathy 

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing kiwis into your life: 

Anal itching, belching, bloating, abdominal pain, acid reflux, gastritis, constipation, flatulence, blood in the urine, diarrhea, tongue issues, ringing or buzzing in the ears, moodiness, pinched nerves, dandruff, fatigue, seizures, appendix inflammation, sacroiliac joint pain, pins and needles, heart palpitations, nerve inflammation, loss of libido, low cortisol, high cortisol, joint inflammation, low hydrochloric acid, intestinal spasms, inflamed spleen, inflammation, fluid retention, chronic loose stools 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

Offer kiwis to a friend or loved one who you wish would be more appreciative and considerate. And when you’re trying to bring those qualities out in yourself, kiwis are a go-to tool. When you’re working with someone whose mood changes are unpredictable and problematic, bring along a few kiwis for the two of you to snack on. If you’re the only one who partakes, you’ll still serve the situation, as the kiwis will feed your enthusiasm and vibrancy to help influence and override your co-worker’s emotions. 

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives. We put blinders on that block out a larger sense of what’s around us, distance ourselves from a true sense of who we are, and our worlds become shallow. Kiwis counteract all that. 

The next time you slice a kiwi in half, study what you see inside. It’s like looking at an image of outer space! During growth, a mother kiwi vine (the female vine that bears the fruit) channels the universe’s energy, depositing a snapshot of our greater surroundings into each growing kiwi. No other food contains a miraculous picture of the stars, planets, mysteries, and miracles of the world—of which our earth is just one tiny part. 

Meditate on this when you enjoy kiwis. This fruit with the humble outward appearance that opens to reveal a galaxy opens us up, too. Consciously and subconsciously, we can disconnect from the annoyances that keep us mired down and closed off. We can remember the vastness of the universe, the depths we ourselves contain, and shock ourselves out of the shallows of our daily lives so that we can find our purpose and connect to the secrets of existence. 

TIPS 

* To feel the full effect of what this fruit can do for you, eat kiwi three times a day for one week. Think of it as an emotional, physical, and spiritual supplement, taking one at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. For those seven days, journal the changes that occur: the differences you feel, the epiphanies, and all the other revelations. 


* Keep your kiwis in a bowl on your nightstand. This will enhance the emotional aspects that the kiwi can impart. Sleeping beside the ripening fruits will intimately connect them with your being, deepening their effects on every level so they can have the most life-changing results. 


KIWI SKEWERS WITH STRAWBERRY-DATE SAUCE 

These beautiful kiwi skewers are easy to make and a hit with both kids and adults. They’re fun and festive and perfect for any occasion. The strawberry-date sauce is the perfect way to take the sweet perfection of this pretty snack over the top. 

  • 6 kiwis
  • 1 mango, cubed

  • 1 cup raspberries 
  • 1 cup strawberries 
  • 1 cup dates, pitted 
  • 8 wooden skewers 

Peel and slice the kiwis. Arrange the kiwi slices, mango cubes, and raspberries on skewers as desired. For the sauce, place the strawberries and dates in a blender and blend until smooth. 

Makes 2 to 4 servings 

From the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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Garlic Tahini Dressing

Whether you love garlic or take pains to avoid it, one thing’s for certain: garlic deserves to be heralded as medicine for our world today. Used to enhance vitality since ancient times, garlic is more important for our well-being now than ever before. To give garlic its proper due would take a book on its own. Suffice it to say that like its relative the onion, garlic is multifaceted, playing many different roles in protecting a person’s health, and has substantial reach in what it can do for someone. Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal (including anti-mold), anti-parasitic, and rich in the phytochemical allicin, a sulfur compound that prevents disease. 

Contrary to some mistaken theories, garlic does not kill productive bacteria in the intestinal tract. It only kills unproductive bacteria, which runs on a positive frequency. Don’t confuse this with the term gram-positive, which doesn’t actually refer to electrical charge. Both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria that are harmful to humans run on a positive frequency. On the other hand, productive, beneficial bacteria (regardless of whether they’re gram-negative or gram-positive) run on a negative frequency, the same frequency that humans run on. Not to be mistaken for negative, unfavorable energy, this negative charge is a good thing; it’s our source of grounding. Unproductive bacteria, worms and other parasites, fungi, and viruses all run on a positive charge. When they take hold in our systems, they drain our batteries, and we lose our grounding. Then along comes garlic, which has anti-pathogenic properties that are positively charged. This like fights like, and garlic rids us of the pathogens that were harming us. Because beneficial bacteria in our guts and other microorganisms that benefit us are negatively charged and grounded, garlic doesn’t wipe them out. 

While there is a certain abrasive aspect to garlic, it is abrasiveness that’s to your bene t. Rest assured that garlic does not disrupt anything that shouldn’t be disrupted—it does not hurt you. On the contrary, it’s perfect to fight colds, us, strep throat, pneumonia-causing bacteria, and viral-related cancers. It also extracts toxic heavy metals in the colon and gives you a powerful immune boost. 

CONDITIONS 

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing garlic into your life: 

Strep throat, vaginal strep, strep-induced acne, other conditions related to Streptococcus A and B, yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as bladder infections and kidney infections, staph infections, edema, sties, low reproductive system battery, ear infections, sinus infections, chronic sinusitis, immune system deficiencies, H. pylori infection, common colds, influenza, bacterial pneumonia, breast cancer, laryngitis, intestinal cancers, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma (including non-Hodgkin’s), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, migraines, sleep apnea, Lyme disease, psoriatic arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), HHV-6, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ulcerative colitis, chronic bronchitis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer 

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing garlic into your life: 

Swelling of the lymphatic system, inflammation, Bell’s palsy, earache, postnasal drip, headaches, digestive distress, canker sores, enlarged spleen, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), appendix inflammation, trouble breathing, back pain, bad breath, cough, chest pain, congestion, chest tightness, eye oaters, excess mucus, fever, fatigue, liver stagnation, headaches, neck pain, sinus pain, Candida overgrowth 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

When you’re at a fragile point and you feel vulnerable and exposed in your workplace, at home, or in a new relationship, turn to garlic. It’s the food to bring into your life when you need protection and shelter. 

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

Before it can be harvested, garlic needs plenty of time to rest. It thrives on that time of nesting and quiet, covered over by the soil in the garden bed, when it can absorb nutrients and build up its own immune system against the pathogens that go after plant life, such as mold and other fungi, worms, and bugs; it strengthens during the growing season so it can pass on that strength to us. Take a cue from garlic, and stake out your own nesting period each year. In order to build up our physical reserves and spiritual immune systems, we all need a periodic time out from pollutions, pathogens, stress, and those people in our lives who drain our energy. Renewed, we can be better prepared for our own growing seasons. 

TIPS 

* Take a look at a bulb of garlic. It is perfectly packaged in little self-sealed doses—that is, cloves. This is God and Mother Nature’s way of providing you with easy-to-take medicine to keep you healthy. Treat a bulb of garlic as if it were a bundle of premeasured medicinal supplements, and try to get into a rhythm where you consume one clove per day. Don’t worry that the cloves are different sizes—smaller cloves have higher concentrations of nutrients, so each “dose” is comparable. 


* Although roasting or otherwise cooking garlic is delicious and valuable, garlic is most effective when consumed raw. Try mixing raw garlic into your favorite dips, salad dressings, chilled soups, and other dishes. 


* If you feel like you’re coming down with something like a sore throat, cold, or u, mince one raw clove of garlic and mash it into half an avocado, banana, or some cooked potato. Repeat this three times daily until you feel better. 


GARLIC TAHINI SALAD DRESSING 

It’s easy to make a big batch of this salad dressing and keep it in your fridge all week long. The classic Mediterranean flavors of olive oil and tahini blend wonderfully with garlic and the subtle sweetness from the dates. Enjoy this dressing atop any greens of your choice or use it as a dip for your favorite veggies. 

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over your favorite salad greens and enjoy. 

Makes 1 to 2 servings 

From the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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Bananas - Bananas are one of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76% water and are packed with vitamins such as vitamins C and B6 and minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese. This high water/nutrient ratio makes them a great electrolyte food perfect for busy moms, workout enthusiasts, and p...
Cauliflower - Cauliflower is a nutrient rich vegetable that is excellent for supporting a strong immune system and optimum health. Cauliflower is incredibly high in vitamin C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as boron, calcium, molybdenum, and tryptophan. It is also a good source of high quality protein that is easily assimilated into the ...
Hops - Hops are a medicinal herb that are packed with antioxidants and vitamins E, A, C, and B-complex. They have a calming and sedative effect on the nervous system and are commonly recommended for anxiety, nervousness, hyperactivity, neuralgia, restlessness, panic attacks, nervous diarrhea, and insomnia. Hops also contain estrogenic...
Pecans - Pecans are a nourishing food and contain several vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are essential for optimum health. Pecans are an excellent source of vitamins A, E and B-complex as well as minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron, and manganese. They are a wonderful source of high quality protein that ...
Red Root - Red Root is an herb that has effective antibiotic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and expectorant properties. Red root is great for helping to prevent or shorten the duration of colds, flu, and respiratory infections. It has the ability to help remove phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract and sinus passages. Red root also work...
Coconut Water - Coconut water is a highly nutritious, cleansing, and refreshing juice that is lightly sweet and packed with B-complex vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese. Coconut water is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known. It’s a natural isotonic beverage with the same lev...
Lemon Verbena - Lemon Verbena is a fragrant medicinal herb that has mild antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties. Lemon verbena is excellent for the digestive tract as it is known to be good for relieving nausea, cramps, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea, stomach or gastro-intestinal spasms, and colon irr...
Zucchini - Zucchini is a highly alkaline food that is one of the mildest and easiest vegetables to digest. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin A, C, & B-complex as well as minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, and manganese. It is high in fiber and low in calories which makes it a great weight loss food and helps to reduce constip...
Meadowsweet - Meadowsweet is a wild herb and flower that is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and bioflavonoids and works as a natural digestive aid and pain reliever. It has been found to decrease the amount of acid build up in the stomach by soothing the mucous membranes and digestive tract which makes it an excellent remedy for digestive i...
Guava - Guava is a sub tropical sweet fruit that has several healing properties. It is exceptionally high in vitamins C, A, E, & K and minerals such as potassium and manganese. In fact, guavas have 5 times the amount of vitamin C than oranges! It is also packed with antioxidants that are known to boost the immune system and help to...
Purslane - Purslane is a common edible wild food that grows throughout the world and has more recently become a popular cultivated salad green. It contains the highest amount of alpha linoleic acid (which is the precursor to omega-3 fatty acid) and vitamin A out of any of edible plant which makes it one of the most nutrient rich green lea...
Nutmeg - Nutmeg is a fragrant medicinal spice that has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, folate, riboflavin, and beta carotene. It also is an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Nutmeg contains anti-depressant, anti-fungal, and digestive p...
Broccoli - Broccoli is a nutrient rich vegetable that has several proven health benefits. It is very high in vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, & B-complex, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, & iron, and beta carotene. Broccoli is packed with anti-cancer compounds such as sulforaphane and indole-3-c...
Fenugreek Tea - Fenugreek tea is one of the oldest medicinal tonics and has been used for thousands of years to prevent fevers, soothe stomach disorders, and to treat diabetics. Fenugreek seeds are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, thiamin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. Fenugreek tea can help to relieve lower back pain...
Papaya - Papaya is one of the most nutrient dense and healing fruits on the planet. It is extremely high in beta carotene, vitamins C & A, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron. It is a phenomenal fruit for helping to heal any type of digestive disorder such as constipation, acid reflux, colitis, pancreatitis...
Lomatium - Lomatium is a powerful herbal antibiotic that is highly effective for the respiratory ailments such as COPD, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, chronic cough, and asthma. It can also significantly improve overall immune function and is a fantastic herbal preventative to use during cold and flu season.  Lomatium c...
Collard Greens - Collard greens are an incredibly nutritious and healing green leafy vegetable that contains anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer compounds. They are packed with vitamins A, C & B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, selenium, and zinc. They are also exceptionally rich in vitamin K and omega-3 fa...
Onions - Onions have an amazing array of medicinal benefits and are high in vitamin C, folate, biotin, chromium, and calcium. Onions are the richest food source of quercitin which is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides as well as help to prevent blood clots, asthma, sinus infe...
Nasturtiums - Nasturtiums are an edible and medicinal flower and herb that are high in vitamin C and have potent anti-viral and antibiotic properties. They have the ability to help build strong blood by promoting the formation of blood cells. Nasturtium leaves are known to be an effective remedy for bladder, kidney, and urinary tract infecti...

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