Archive for October, 2013

Company Review: Food on Purpose – Organic Raw Vegan Snacks Part 1

Food on Purpose – Organic Raw Vegan Snacks Part 1 in business since 2007

I was doing a search on Amazon.com (now they get a free “plug” from me and I do shop there and love the site, but they really don’t need me to help market them, as they are doing very well, on their own:-) for companies that sell raw food products for me to review. I found this company and did my own search and found their website. I liked what I saw there and decided to contact the company, myself. I heard back from the owner and he was gracious enough to send me samples of all their products. Thank you GK for your generosity and for sharing with me the abundance and also the heartfelt connection and energy that permeates from you (as funny/weird as this may sound, there is energetics in the foods we consume and I can most certainly sense the loving intention put into these products when I consumed them). First I am reviewing the savory snacks and later on I will follow up with the sweet ones. I will also be sharing with you the “RVG (Rawsome Vegan Gal) Rating” to let you know which ones I liked the best (I liked them all, they are all yummy and there is simply an order of which is #1, #2 and so on).

The company, Food On Purpose, has a motto, “Intentional Choices, Powerful Foods.” Your choices matter, including the food you eat. On the back of the packaging, they not only have the nutritional information, but also great words of wisdom. Make sure when you buy these products that you read what it says and get inspired! I also like the bright colored packaging and each one is a different color. All the products are USDA certified organic, dairy free, gluten-free, raw, vegan and nutrient dense.

From an email, GK (National Sales Manager) says: We sprout many of our raws before we use them. That is time consuming but healthy. We are a small company but work hard to make the best small batched, raw, vegan, gluten free organic snacks that we possibly can. Enjoy!

Now, I will talk about each product individually. Here I am reviewing the savory raw snacks.

Nutty Nori Chips
This is a great snack and is very light, crunchy and high in minerals. The nut mixture on each cut piece of nori is the right flavor and consistency (made with brazil nuts, maca root, garlic, etc). They are addictive, in a good way and I could eat the whole bag in one sitting. The only constructive criticism I have, it that the nut mixture does not stick well to the nori and maybe need to add some other ingredient that will help it to stay attached.

Organic Raw Flax Seed Crackers – 4 varieties
I like the way the crackers are shaped in a long rectangle and they are all thin (except for one of them) and great for dipping, on hummus or guacamole. Lots of great fresh ingredients are used in the products including garlic, onion, cilantro, parsley, etc (each variety has some or all of these ingredients in them).

Garlic Flaxies
I am not the “biggest fan” of garlic, per se, but I did not get the overpowering garlic taste to these crackers. They are crunchy, tasty and love the sun-dried tomatoes and fresh cilantro,that is in there – you can actually see the long pieces of the stem in there.

Santa Fe Flaxies
These crackers are a little spicy (from the jalapeños) for me and still have a nice flavor and made me cough a little because I do not use spicy chili peppers in my food consumption (I also never grew up with hot and spicy food, so my palate is not adjusted to it).

Savory Sunflower Sprouts Flaxies
These crackers are thicker because they are other seeds in there, including black sesame, pumpkin and sunflower, besides flax, which is the main ingredient. There is also fresh sunflower sprouts, parsley, cilantro and basil. This is a very flavorful cracker.

Green Chili Raw Flaxies
Even though there are green chilies used in these crackers, I did not find these to be too spicy/strong flavor for me. They have a good flavor and use sun-dried tomatoes, fresh onion, garlic and cilantro.

The RVG Rating

Now for my rating of all the products I reviewed.
#1 Overall is the Nutty Nori Chips – in one word – Yummy!
For the 4 varieties of Flax Crackers:
# 1 is Savory Sunflower Seed – mostly for the combination of seeds and not being very spicy
# 2 is Green Chili – the chili did not overpower the flavor and again, not spicy for me
# 3 is Garlic – I am not a huge garlic fan, but this was nice and had a balanced flavor
# 4 is Santa Fe – because of the jalapenos, was a bit spicier for me, but not to the point where I could not eat them

I liked everything I tried overall and some more then others depending on the flavor/seasonings. Everybody’s palate has an affinity for different tastes and I simply give my honest opinions here as to the products I sampled.

To find out more about these great products and the company, go to http://www.foodonpurpose.com
I also have a link on the right hand column of this page as you scroll down to the title Blogroll.

Check out my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal for a video review of these products and for many more product reviews, healthy living topics and recipe ideas.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review: The Vegg – Vegan Egg Yolk

Company Review: The Vegg – Vegan Egg Yolk Company started in 2011 and began selling the product in March 2012

I never heard of this product before I received an email from GreenPeople, thanks and here is a plug for them and they do have a great website – http://www.greenpeople.org – Search for organic food, natural pet supplies, natural baby products, beauty products, green products, hemp, organic cotton, health products. Free listings.

The email said to contact Rocky for a sample, so I did. I was intrigued with the concept and also checked out the website to see what the product was all about. I liked what I saw and was looking forward to trying it out. I received the sample quickly with a copy of the cookbook, too. It is a novel concept that no one else thought about creating. Most people were using soaked flax seeds as an egg replacement for baking/cooking. Now, those of us who don’t use eggs have something that is on par with it. You can feel good that you are not involved in any potential harm to an animal or whether it is cage-free, free-range, grass-fed, pasture-fed, etc.

When I received the package I saw that the main ingredient is nutritional yeast (it is in powder form) and that is what gives it the yellow color (like an egg yolk). You add water and then blend it for 15 seconds to get the thickness of an egg yolk. If you try to mix it by hand, you will not get that consistency. To my amazement, it smelled like a egg even though it isn’t! My Mom said the same thing when she tried The Vegg Sauce/Dip, so I know I am not the only one who thought that. You can go to my youtube channel to see the video review and watch me make The Vegg recipe: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

This is a great natural product and you will be amazed with all the things you can do with it. There is also The Vegg Cookbook (all vegan) for great recipes and ideas of how to prepare it. To learn more about this product and purchase it, go to: http://www.thevegg.com

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Michael Moor, owner of Foods Alive

For the eighth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Michael Moor, owner of Foods Alive. I first met Michael Moor (who is also a Bio Dynamic Organic Farmer, Cert. Lymphologist, Herbalist and Law of Success Mentor) and the Foods Alive family (his wife, Ellen and her son, Matt and his wife, Tammy) at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA years ago. I have reviewed this company in previous posts on this blog and also check out my youtube channel for video reviews and recipes using their products: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

To access Foods Alive Website, please click on the link I have provided on the right-hand side of the page under the column titled Blogroll or here: http://www.foodsalive.com/?Click=827

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I was inside my mother for 9 months who ate mostly processed foods and when exiting the womb, I was put on processed soy formula. From there I moved up to cereal that was processed and eventually to Captain Crunch cereal, truly processed. Is it any wonder that I am still alive eating Wonder Bread for so many years. The bottom line is that I was not alive, I continually struggled with ailments and depression being that my body was so acidic, my colon was always backed up and my thoughts were very negative. I am so blessed to have been given the opportunity to step out of this lifestyle and into one that continually brings me back to life.

Coming out of this processed journey is a living process and it happens in small steps and we are always doing research in order to improve on it. My wife and I read a book back in 2000 that helped us to understand that we are on this earth for our soul correction. I am here for her correction and she is here for my correction (soul mates). The word correction in today’s vocabulary can seem very harsh as in a verbal assault, so maybe I should use the word improvement instead of correction. That being said, we are here for each other’s improvement, yes, that does sound better. Whatever this improvement is, the outcome has to be peace within. Learning to be a giving person and not expecting something in return can be a mighty hurdle for many of us to overcome and this is a major part of our improvement process. In the past we were very judgmental towards others and never looking within ourselves to see where we needed to change and this was another giant hurdle that has helped us to gain peace within.

We started a plastics company called Color Master Inc. back in 1993 and then sold it around the year 2003 with the intentions of trying to live off of the land. You see, we decided that it was time to start a company with our family instead of me being gone all day and only seeing the family at night or on the weekends. Our definition of living off the land was to have large gardens, a milk cow, work horses as in the big ones, and doing a tremendous amount of canning with the most important aspect of this being that we were doing it together as a family.

We have been learning to understand the Scriptures from a Jewish (Hebrew) perspective and this was another life improvement for both of us that helped us to do our best at working together as a family. We had been studying the bible prior to this, but with a Greek mindset. We have learned that the divorce rate in Christianity is approximately 60% and in Judaism it is approximately 5%. We have been learning from the Sages of Judaism for the past 8 years and this has been a major blessing in our lives. Some people might ask what this has to do with our health and I would comment that learning more truth always helps one to have peace within and that always brings greater health. Just for the record, we are Noahide’s who understand that the lost tribes need to return to their brother Judah. After all, we the ten tribers left the kingdom back at the time of Rehoboam and Jeroboam and we are the ones who need to return to Judah. Not the other way around as the majority of the world has been believing for the past few thousand years.

In 1999 a friend of mine gave me some videos from Dr. Richard Schulze called “Saving Your Life Collection”. He showed us how to make tinctures, concoctions, salves, and how to do the cold sheet treatment along with enemas. This was a continuing paradigm shift for all of us as we went gung ho changing our lifestyle with these new modalities. Shortly after that we were informed about a healing center located 40 minutes north of us called Creative Health Institute in Union City, MI. This is where we started learning about Ann Wigmore, raw foods and how important it is to incorporate these into our diet as much as possible. Ellen started making the raw flax crackers in the kitchen and the rest is history still in the making. We eventually learned that we were eating too much dairy and we sold Heidi, our milk cow. My wife did make the best cheese back in the day but now she makes the best raw cheese cake that is to live for.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

First of all I must presume that the island has fresh water to drink.
1. Organic Nevada lettuce seed so that I can grow my own on the island. This is my favorite lettuce in the garden with a wonderful taste.
2. Organic Yukon Potatoes so that I could grow them. I love eating a baked potato once in a while.
3. Organic Grape Vines so that I could grow grapes.
4. Organic Gold Delicious Apple tree that I could grow on the island.
5. A laptop with solar charger and satellite internet connection.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Start connecting and working with nature (which is G-d) and learn how everything and everyone is connected. Learn the Fibonacci sequence and how this mathematical process is used by the Creator in the development of Universe. It is easily seen in the growth pattern of plants. You can learn a tremendous amount searching on Youtube. This truly opened my understanding in seeing how everything is full of electrical energy and that eating more raw foods in our diet helps us maintain and increase the electrical beings we were created to be. Also drinking high frequency water that is structured adds to increasing this also. Disease has an extremely difficult time existing in a high frequency individual that lives in peace, striving to change themselves, not trying to change everyone else.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

I would recommend a life changing TC Energy Carafe. I am not suggesting this because I sell them; I am suggesting this because we use them. It is the most advanced device that copy’s the Fibonacci sequence from nature. It is made of all natural quartz glass and will convert dead unstructured water to high energy life changing structured water as it was intended from the beginning of creation. To connect with and fall in love with this water not only can change you physically but can also change you spiritually. Please read Dr. Emoto’s book, THE HIDDEN MESSAGES IN WATER. We live on a planet full of water, our bodies are mostly water. Flushing toxins out of our bodies with real live water can be one of the greatest keys to well-being and longevity. Many people keep putting supplements into their body without flushing toxins out first. They might see short term improvements but need to flush out toxins in order to see long term results. All disease is caused from physical and mental toxicity that causes blockage somewhere. Our body is physically made of tubes and our spiritual link with the creator is made of tubes. We have to keep these tubes clean to live our fullest life while walking in connection with the Creator.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Our goal in the beginning was to provide a product that would not only provide health but would also help replace some of the junk food that many struggle staying away from. Using organic flax and hemp seed, we are able to provide all of our products full of energy and vitality and they do the body good. We love working with people and nature and helping both to balance themselves back to health.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

1. To continue creating foods that help to balance one’s body so that their body can heal itself.
2. To create a healing center where people can come and learn how to balance their body so that it can heal itself. This environment will contain a hyperbaric chamber, frequency machines to balance the body, live blood cell analysis, massage, far infrared sauna, stretching, meditation and Chi Gong and of course, lots of high energy water and foods.
3. To continue our biodynamic organic farming and gardening amongst the conventional chemical farmers to show them that it can be done profitably. Most of them know that something is wrong but they don’t know where to turn to. We hope to be that hope for some of them…

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Avraham, because he walked in truth, loving all people while always being ready to defend his family.
Dr. Christopher and Dr. Schulze because they have taught me that all disease is some form of blockage and that we must stop living in the treatment mode mentality and start living in prevention mode just as we do with our automobiles.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Bowel cleansing is extremely important to our health. We have been raised in a processed food world and these foods do not travel along the channel of life (from your mouth to your rear), in fact the movement for most people in America is comparable to a snail and this is a major factor in creating toxicity in your body. We have a new company in the works called WHOLISTIC GARDENS and we will be providing people with some of the best bowel cleansing formulas available.

Question #9: I know that there are variables as to how much food/calories each person consumes when eating raw vegan food (based on many lifestyle factors, etc), but is there a basic guideline you would recommend for everyone?

I consider myself, MOSTLY RAW and I personally use and would recommend a breakfast of a raw smoothie with lots of greens and fruit along with a bowl of oat groats that have been soaked overnight and lightly cooked with a small amount of coconut sugar or maple syrup to sweeten. Lunch should be a large salad with lots of seeds and nuts with Mike’s special super salad dressing for the omega 3’s, and for supper another salad with rice or a baked potato or soup. This is my favorite combo for endurance and strength throughout the day.

To access Foods Alive Website, please click on the link I have provided on the right-hand side of the page under the column titled Blogroll or here: http://www.foodsalive.com/?Click=827

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100% Raw Vegan to “Mostly Raw” Vegan – What has happened? I’m not a FAILURE, am I?!

100% Raw Vegan to “Mostly Raw” Vegan – I have not committed any crime!

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There have been an interesting “turn around” in the “movement” of raw foodism (vegan). Some have stayed raw vegan a long time, such as, Dr. Fred Bisci – http://www.anydoubtleaveitout.com (over 40 years), Dr. Doug Graham – http://www.foodnsport.com (over 30 years), Storm Talifero – http://www.thegardendiet.com (over 30 years), Tonya Zavasta – click on either of the two banners on the right side bar to go directly to her website (14 years). Some seems to be heading in that direction, such as, Roger Haeske – http://www.rogerhaeske.com (10 years) and Andrew Perlot – http://www.raw-food-health.net (8 years). There are others known to the public who after being raw vegan for at least a few years or more, have decided to not eat “totally raw vegan,” but “mostly raw vegan.” They are not failures by any mean and are still eating a whole food in a plant based way (as recommended by Drs. John McDougall, Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, Joel Fuhrman and Neal Barnard – I’m sure there are others, too that I have not named!).

I respect the people who have told the truth, more so then being “fakers” and telling others they must eat only raw vegan food or else (and then eat cooked vegan food in secret). At some point they may have been somewhat dogmatic and strict about their own adherence to raw veganism, but I give them the benefit of the doubt, as times change. Sometimes it has to do more so with cost and not that they do not want to stay 100% raw vegan. Others have added in cooked food because, for them individually (remember each person has a different “make-up”) and sometimes they are not absorbing the nutrients they particularly need by eating all raw vegan food.

I for one has experimented with many different ways within my 100% vegan lifestyle for over 20 years. I can tell you with absolute certainty that I will always eat in a whole food plant based way, no matter what. Personally, I prefer to be an all raw vegan and right now it is too costly for where I am living on the East Coast. On the West Coast of USA I was able to obtain an abundance of organic fruit that was much less expensive and did not have a need for cooked food. I am also right now doing a one month experiment with no sugars/fruit of any kind and am eating much more protein in the way of beans and more seeds because I need the calories. I plan to include fruit back into my plan next month and start eating those which are on the lower glycemic scale (like apples, pears, berries, etc even though I love the super sweet fruits like grapes, figs and persimmon). I will ease back into it and when I do eat higher glycemic fruit, I will try to balance it out more with greens (as in a green smoothie) as I find that it is a more balanced way to consume.

Noone consumes the exact same food, as we all have so many different variables where we need to eat more of one type or less of one type to keep the balance. One thing I do adhere to and suggest to everyone for better health, is to eat plant based whole food. If you make that one change, you will see your life evolve in many delightful ways and some that may surprise you, as you thought were never possible after having certain ailments/challenges for so many years (some resign to the fact that “it” meaning the dis-ease/itis, etc, has become part of you already and you have learned to “live with it”).

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Yikes! I am eating RAW and my teeth are getting worse! Here is a solution!

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I have over 12 years of experience in the raw food movement.
I’ve written several books on the subject, I’ve had one of
the very first raw food websites on the Internet, and I’ve
been in touch with tens of thousands of people following
this diet over the years.

I’ve met most of the raw-food leaders personally, and I’ve
even worked with many of them. I’ve even personally coached
hundreds of people to succeed with a raw food lifestyle.

And after all of these years, I’ve come to the conclusion
that raw-foodists have the worst dental health of any other
“health group” in the world.

Every week, I have raw foodists contact me. They often tell
the same story “I had great results on the raw food diet, until
I started having problems with my teeth.”

What I have observed is:

* I high incidence of dental decay among raw-foodists, after
they switch to the diet
* A high incidence of gum recession and enamel erosion among
raw-foodists
* Sudden, drastic & dramatic dental problems that occur
typically 1 to 3 years after a person has switched to the
raw food diet, and tend to persist overtime.

A study done in Germany found that when subjects switched to
a raw-food diet, they experienced a higher incidence of
enamel erosion.

I have gone through a series of dental problems myself as a
direct result of following the raw-food diet incorrectly
(and I’m not even talking about eating a lot of dates
here), and I have met at least several hundred people who
have gone through similar issues.

I know several leaders of the raw-food movement who have
experience an increasing number of dental problems on the
raw food diet, and still won’t come clean about it and
explain to their followers why this happens.

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The “weak link” of the raw diet
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There’s a lot of positive aspects to the raw food diet. But
the issue of dental health is the real weak link. A person
can experience lots of wonderful beneficial effects on the
raw food diet, but notice their dental health go downhill.

In my experience, it’s also the number one reason why
people quit on the diet after being successful with it for
many years.

It doesn’t happen to every raw-foodist. It probably happens
to the large majority however, and there is a direct
correlation between the switch to the raw diet and the
development of dental problems.

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The Two Culprits
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At this point, if you have the least interest in eating raw
foods, you should start reading very, very closely.

Dental decay is not caused by eating the wrong diet. That’s
right. Dental decay is actually a *transmittable disease*.
Dental decay is the result of the proliferation of certain
types of bacteria in the oral environment. The bacteria
eliminate acid waste that eat into your teeth and cause
decay.

There are only TWO reasons why raw-foodists experience more
problems when they moved to the diet. But before we look at
them, let’s take a look at what is NOT the cause of these
problems. So raw-foodists DON’T have problems with their
teeth because…

– They don’t eat enough greens
– They don’t get the proper ratio of calcium/phosphorus
– They are not consuming “super nutrition”
– They are not consuming enough calories
– They eat too many acid forming foods like nuts and seeds

All of the reasons above are NOT why raw-foodists get
problems with their teeth. The only two reasons why
raw-foodists get problems with their teeth are:

– Underlying issues (the bacteria count)
– Sugar

Once you understand this simple concept, you’ll be able to
eradicate decay for life.

What happens is that when people move into the raw-food
diet, they are basically a time-bomb as far as their dental
health is concerned. Their bacteria count is a little too
high, but not high enough to cause major problems.

Suddenly, they dump a bunch of sugar into their mouths. This
sugar creates a giant feast for the bacteria who feed on
them.

So in that sense, the introduction of a higher quantity of
natural sugar is the determining factor. This sugar can be
in various forms… it doesn’t matter for the bacteria who
feed on them! There is no difference between white sugar and
banana sugar when it comes to increasing the bacteria count
in the mouth!

And this sugar is plentiful in the raw food diet. We’re
talking about:

– Fresh fruits (bananas, mangoes, etc.)
– Fruit juices
– Dried fruits
– Nuts and seeds (which stick to the teeth)
– Raw food “bars” and dehydrated treats
– Dates
– Smoothies (that’s right)
– Green smoothies (that’s right)
– Coconut water

Now… here’s where it gets interesting. Sugar is food for
the bacteria.

Normally, you want your bacteria count to be as low as
possible. You want to avoid bacteria forming in to
*colonies* and creating their own little civilization in
your mouth.

If your oral environment is really clean… it doesn’t
really matter if you eat dates all day. If the bacteria
count is low, you can do that without problems.

So although the *precipitating* factor that creates problem
for raw-foodists is the introduction of more sugar, the
*real* problem are the underlying issues, so the bacteria
count!

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bad situation is to take active control of your oral
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