Prevent Disease and Death…Don’t Smoke

Smoking is one of the most preventable cause of disease and death aside from eating process food vs. live foods. Tobacco is a consumer product known to kill half of its users, it’s scary but true. Don’t you be one of them!

But there’s good news too. The health benefits of stopping smoking are immediate and long-lasting. And it’s never too late to quit – for your health and the health of the people you love.

Smoking causes almost one-third of all cancer deaths and one-fifth of deaths from heart disease and stroke. Smoking complicates diabetes, and recent studies now link tobacco use to an increased risk of developing the disease.

If you’re a smoker, ask your doctor or better yet a naturopathic doctor for help with quitting, and contact us for resources that can double your chances of success.

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but you’ll be glad you did.

Tips to Help You Quit

According to the American Cancer Society, about 48 million Americans smoke cigarettes, but most smokers are either actively trying to quit or want to quit. Since 1965, more than 40 percent of all adults who have ever smoked have quit. You can be among that group too. Here are some helpful hints to get you started.

List all the reasons you want to quit smoking (e.g., better health, save money, play with children/grandchildren) and read them several times a day.

Choose a quit date – it could be a significant date (e.g., a birthday or anniversary) or just a date about two to three weeks away. Before your quit date, get rid of all smoking-related materials in your home and work area (e.g., ashtrays, matches, cigarette packages).

Stay busy! Go to the movies, exercise, take long walks, go bike riding.

Find healthy substitutes for smoking. Munch carrots or celery sticks. Try doing crafts or other things with your hands that perpetuate life.

Let your friends, family, and co-workers know that you plan to quit – and ask for their help and support. And if your spouse or partner smokes, ask them to help you out by not smoking around you for the first couple of months after you quit.

If you slip up, don’t punish or blame yourself – simply try again and ask for help.

Liquid Fast Recipes

Makes 8-10 servings

Adapted by: Chef Nazir Nekhrahiyah

Avocado Smoothies

Avocado is rich in magnesium that reduces risk of excess belly fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

Some of you might not know that you can also blend an avocado pit in your smoothie. It is packed with very good nutrients. It has life force; It is very high Qi food!  (To have a high Qi quotient is to be full of vitality and health. The higher the quotient the longer the health span is projected for) It’s also the highest in soluble fiber. This soluble fiber binds to the fat and excess cholesterol.

Then we can lower cholesterol and improve heart function naturally. We can improve the blood circulation by pulling out all the fatty deposits in our circulatory system with the soluble fiber of the avocado seed. Soluble fiber is very difficult to get in our diet. Oatmeal has some, but it cannot compare with the avocado seed. Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed.

AVOCADO BANANA BERRY SMOOTHIE

Half a ripe avocado

1 to 1 1/2 frozen bananas

4 to 5 frozen or fresh strawberries

blue agave nectar to taste

Splash of almond milk

Handful of Northern Edge Milled Flaxseed

Pinch allspice

Pinch of cayenne

PEAR AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

1 large pear, chopped 1/2 cups blueberries blue agave nectar to taste

1/4 avocado

Handful of Northern Edge Milled Flaxseed

1 lemon pealed with white part left on

Blend and top with chopped pecans.

WHEATGRASS OR SPIRALINA & AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

If you are a fan of wheatgrass or spiralina, you will love this recipe! Comes out pretty thick.  Wheatgrass or Spiralina 1 whole avocado with a pit blended it together then add 3 bananas 2 large handfuls of a mango/peach frozen blend 1 large handful of Northern Edge Milled flaxseed water.

GREEN ENVY AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

1 avocado 2 bananas 5 large dates with pits removed 1 cup of strawberries (preferably fresh, but frozen will do) 1 whole lemon pealed with white part left on 1 cup ice

GREEN PUKER POTION

1 medium or large ripe avocado 1 1/2 cup fresh pineapple 1 Tbs honey or blue agave nectar 1 whole lemon pealed with white part left on 1/4 tsp coconut meat 2 ice cubes

Sweet Potatoes in the Raw

Created by: Raw Chef Nazir Nekhrahiyah at Yah’some Living.com

Ginger-Pineapple Sweet Potato Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 2 Whole organic sweet potatoes peeled
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • 1 small orange squeezed
  • 1 tsp orange peel
  • 1 tbl raw agave nectar
  • 1 tbl coconut oil
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ½ tbl fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbl Frozen Pineapple chunks minced
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg grated
  • sea salt to taste

Directions:

  • Spiral the sweet potatoes and put in a glass bowl (you can purchase a spiralizer from our Yah’some Living Pantry)
  • In a blender, put in lemon and orange juice
  • Add orange peel, ginger and agave nectar
  • Add coconut and olive oil
  • Add sea salt to taste and pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Blend until smooth and drizzle over noodles
  • Add pineapples to mixture and toss until mixed well
  • Lightly grate nutmeg over noodles. Can be made 1 day ahead of time.  Delicious!

Makes 4 servings

Raw Ginger-Pineapple Sweet Potato Noodles

Website Mobile / Tablet Design

Mobile / Tablet Users

According to a reporter at Mashable, “Smartphone users are transaction-oriented. Then account for the newest users in the mobile camp — those equipped with tablets. They’re focused on a broader experience.”  Mashable August 2011.

Mobile Users are:

  • Focused
  • Transaction Oriented

Mobile websites should be: Transaction driven – for instance, restaurant, make a reservation provide phone number and directions.

Tablet Users are:

  • Focused on a broader experience
  • Less is More

Designing for mobile and tablet should be considered first before designing for a website because you can envision an array of features with capabilities such as (multitouch, location detection, user orientation and many more) which can always be incorporated into your online webpage.

Tablet Websites should be: simple, clean, touch-friendly, easily navigable and objective.

Transition from a point-click mentality to a touch-and-swipe practice.

Hypertext is great for computer screen that utilize the point and click of a mouse, however with the mobile and tablet devices, they are more geared toward touch and swipe functions.

Screen space

Getting rid of all that text forces the user to focus on the actionable features and makes it easier to find and navigate.

Less is more in this case.

Divide actionable items by color.

If you have more than one actionable item on a mobile or tablet screen, use of color is key because it helps the user to focus in on a particular area of interest.

When considering navigation, consider the mobile device is smaller and limited in screen space.  Therefore, make the navigation vertical instead of horizontal like that of computer screens, which can accommodate horizontal navigation easily.

Another consideration for smaller screen when designing the user interaction is reducing levels of hierarchy for content.

Instead of 2 to 3 levels of hierarchy, consider, reducing the hierarchy level to 1.  This makes the navigation much easier for the mobile user.It’s Cool:

It’s Cool

It’s only cool if it works.  If the following is sufficient, then it will be a cool breezy experience for the user.

It’s Useful:

Instead of building two entirely different websites one for the computer screen and one for mobile; build your site so that it automatically detects mobile deices and displays the specified screen to the user.  After detecting the site is for a mobile device, make sure the mobile site is optimized for mobile use and customized for a great user experience.

It’s Fast:

Make the image size smaller.  Web images are not necessary for smaller devices.  Instead make them smaller and they will take up 90% less space there by make the page load much faster.

It works:

Measure the analytics of your mobile devices, in doing so; it will allow you to engage your customer with even more specified features that enhance their mobile device.  For instance, if the majority of your customer’s are iPhone, android and iPad users instead of trio and blackberry, then you can take that into consideration when providing specific feature and capabilities for the most used devices.

Kefir Grains

Water Kefir Grains also known as Japanese Water Crystals are living grains that make great kefir.  Kefir is a fermented drink that has billions of living probiotics.  Probiotics are billions of “friendly” bacteria in your gut that are beneficial to your health and they are similar to the bacteria in probiotics.  Living bacteria are essential to good health and they take care of the bad nasty bacteria that try to take up resident. So trust me, you want these billions of living bacteria to do their job.  Probiotics are excellent for digestion, boosting immunity, lowering cholesterol, and blood pressure and that’s why kefir is so beneficial and so easy to make.

How to make Kefir?

Kefir can assume a variety of flavors just by adding organic fresh or dried fruit to your alkaline water add kefir grains in a quart or bigger glass container (never use metal on kefir grains it will kill the grains and they wont be effective) and about ½ cup of sugar and cover with a cloth. Yes, I said sugar.  I know, it sounds crazy coming from me, but the kefir grains eat sugar, which then ferments the water, and turn it into living probiotics.  After 24 hours in a dark cupboard between 65 to 75 degrees the results are a fizzy drink that taste delicious.  Simply strain the liquid using a plastic strainer into another glass container. The kefir water is now ready to drink. Use the grains immediately for your next batch of water kefir, and keep it going.  If you’re not using the kefir grain you can store them in some organic alkaline sugar-water for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Where do you get kefir grains?

Visit the Yah’some Living pantry 24/7, or request them from Nazir Nekhrahiyah directly by filling out the feedback form.