Simple steps to growing Wheatgrass

In order to protect our health, we are advised to increase the consumption of plant foods especially green and dark colored vegetables. But when going through health challenges, it is sometimes impossible to consume the required amounts of these healthy foods. That is why juicing becomes a vital part of the healing process. Juicing grasses, vegetables and fruits helps cleanse, regenerate and rebuild the body. One of the most potent and nourishing juices comes from wheatgrass. Whereas  buying wheatgrass juice can be quite expensive, growing and juicing wheatgrass yourself can be fun and fulfilling! Why don’t you try it and share your experience with us?

  • Growing trays or a protected small plant (nursery) bed
  • Wheatgrass seeds
  • Organic potting mix or organic topsoil (Plant compost is the best). The soil should be light, not too heavy as heavy soil retains too much water which may cause mold. The soil should not contain any droppings or animal waste.
  • Plant food: we use seaweed extract. It is really a matter of choice. There are lots to choose from. Kelp, organic seaweed plant food, some people use Azomite Powder, etc.
  • Watering can
  • Water preferably as a solution with seaweed
  • If growing outdoors: net to protect the seeds from preying birds and the grass from animals such as cats, dogs, squirrels, etc.

Simple Steps

  1. Measure the wheat grains (normally 1 rounded cup per tray 20 x 11 inches) but this will depend on the size of the tray.  For a smaller tray use 1 flat 8 oz. cup
  2. You may rinse it before soaking but if you have clean quality seeds, it is not essential. Soak wheatgrass for 8-12 hours in a clean jar or sprouting jar. Place the container in a cool place.
  3. Drain the water from the seed by covering the top of the jar with cheese cloth or perforated top or strainer. Rinse the seeds again.
  4. Cover with a damp dark dish cloth for 12 to 24 hours until sprouted.
  5. Prepare the soil for planting in a growing container for example: growing tray. Don’t use animal manure. Fill the container to about ¾ to leave enough space for your seeds to grow. Tease your soil and make it as level as possible. Water with a solution of water and seaweed or any other suitable plant food solution (fertilizer).
  6. Plant the seeds in the prepared soil by spreading it on top of the soil. The seeds should be close together, carpeted but not in piles. Water with the same plant food solution by spraying gently using a spray bottle or very lightly with a watering can. Make sure the water drains well or it will grow mold.
  7. Place a growing tray preferably with no holes on top of the seeds lightly, but do not press it down. This will retain moisture. Place in a warm, dark spot for two days while the seeds start to grow. Keep the seeds moist by watering with the plant food solution as used before.
  8. Turn the covering tray upside down to all the grass to grow for 1 more night.
  9. Uncover the tray. The grass will be about 1+ inch high. Move it to a sunny place near a window if growing indoors or leave the tray in shade with some sunlight but not in direct hot sun. Continue watering daily with the plant food solution. Make sure the soil is damp but not saturated. Wheatgrass grows very quickly when well watered. Avoid sogging, as it will cause molding.
  10. Water daily to keep it moist.
  11. When the white sheath at the base of the stalk begins to grow a second grass blade, and the grass is between 7-10 inches in height, it is ready for harvest. This is called the branching stage, the most nutritious stage. If it grows beyond this stage the grass will get tough. Cut the grass for juicing using scissors.

If possible, cut and juice only what you need. If you cut more than you can use, store the rest in the refrigerator in a covered glass bowl or freezer bag. It can last up to 8 days. But remember the fresh juice is best consumed within 15 minutes to prevent oxidation and nutrient loss.

There are numerous benefits from consuming grass juices. See our articles “Our wheatgrass story” and “Wheatgrass pineapple juice cocktail”

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MILLET GRASS JUICE

 It is encouraging to see people taking interest in millet grass juice. Just like most fresh green vegetable and grass juices, millet grass juice is alkaline and rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is high in oxygen. The alkaline environment makes it difficult for disease to thrive. These grass juices are super foods as they go right down to the cell to feed, repair, revitalize and restore it. In fact green juices boost the immune system. They are the best detoxifiers and blood purifiers, containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace minerals and even (protein although not in significant amounts) Millet grass, like wheatgrass is especially rich in antioxidants.

 

The good news is that millet is readily available in most tropical countries and it is catching on fast worldwide. Organic whole millet is the best to use for growing millet grass. Millet grass is as easy to grow as wheatgrass is because the method is almost the same. Millet grass juice is less sweet but has a better taste than wheat grass juice. It takes a few more days to mature than wheatgrass. There are two or three significant differences between growing wheatgrass and growing millet grass, therefore it is vital that you go through the steps below even if you have been growing wheatgrass.

How to grow millet grass

What you need:

  • Trays or a protected small plant (nursery) bed or any other suitable container.  (some people cut jelly cans as a last resort). But this should be a temporary measure as the materials from which jelly cans are made are likely to be harmful if used for long.
  • Millet seeds
  • Organic potting mix or organic topsoil (Plant compost is the best). The soil should be light, not too heavy as heavy soil retains too much water which may cause mold. Top soil in your garden, is very good as long as no droppings or animal waste has been damped there.
  • Water preferably as a solution with seaweed
  • If growing outdoors: net to protect the seeds from preying birds and the grass from animals such as cats, dogs, squirrels, etc.
  • Plant food: we use seaweed extract. It is really a matter of choice. There are lots to choose from. Kelp, an organic seaweed plant food, Azomite Powder, etc.
  • Watering can

Steps

  1. Prepare the soil for planting in a growing container for example: growing tray. Don’t use animal manure. Fill the container to about ¾ to leave enough space for your seeds to germinate. Tease your soil and make it as level as possible.
  2. Mix some water soluble plant food with the water (optional). We use seaweed extract. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when adding plant food.
  3. Water the soil. Make sure the water drains well. Millet will not grow if the seeds are soaking in water. If they do happen to grow in water, they will take much longer.
  4. Place millet seeds on top of watered potting soil. Cover with a tray and leave to sprout. This may take a day or two.
  5. After sprouting, lightly cover the seeds with a thin layer of potting soil (less than a centimeter) and water lightly.  Remember, not soggy, the water should drain.
  6. Cover with a tray and place in a dark area for 4 days, watering daily. The grown grass is now ready for light.
  7. Uncover the tray, water the grass with the plant food solution as used before and leave the tray in shade with some sunlight.
  8. Water daily to keep it moist.
  9. When the white sheath at the base of the stalk begins to grow a second grass blade, and the millet grass is about 6 -7 inches in height, it is ready for harvest. This is called the branching stage, if it grows beyond this stage the grass will get tough. Cut the grass for juicing using scissors.
  10. Juice using a wheatgrass juicer as soon as possible after cutting

If possible, cut and juice only what you need. If you cut more than you can use, store the rest in the refrigerator in a covered glass bowl or freezer bag. It can last up to 8 days. But remember the fresh juice is best consumed within 15 minutes to prevent oxidation and nutrient loss

Freezing millet juice:

If you grow more than you can use daily, you can freeze your millet juice.  You will need “ice cube freezer bags”. In UK you can get them from most super markets but in the US we buy them from Amazon. The most efficient way is to juice all the millet grass which is ready. Use what you need and freeze the rest in the ice cube freezer bags right away. If you can date these bags it will help you to use them systematically.

Points to remember

Millet grass should be watered at least once every single day as lack of water will reduce or interfere with the nutrients and overall health of the grass cells. In fact if you live in a hot climate or during the hot season, you will need to water twice a day to ensure that your grass is moist all the time.

The best time to water your grass is early in the morning. And if you need to water it a second time do it before the sun goes down. Avoid watering the grass at night as this may cause clogging and mold.

Make sure the water drains well. Millet will not grow if the seeds are soaking in water. If they manage to grow in water, they will take much longer.

Drinking Millet Grass Juice

You can drink the juice neat or mixed with certain fruits. At the moment we feel the best combination is what we have call “Millet Grass Pineapple Juice Cocktail” It is so tasty you will ask for more. This is a combination of ‘millet grass juice mixed with pineapple, apple, ginger and lemon juice” The nutrients in millet grass juice, coupled with the benefits of (pineapple, apple, ginger and lemon) will render a super nourishing juice.

Millet Grass Pineapple Juice Cocktail

  • ¼ a small pineapple or 1-2 slices pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ inch fresh ginger
  • ¼-½ a lemon
  • 2 ounces of millet grass juice

Method

  1. Juice the pineapple (peeled), ginger, apple and lemon in that order. Peel them all if not organic.
  2. Make your millet grass juice using the wheatgrass juicer.
  3. Stir them together and drink right away.

You can make the juice once a day for several servings, though it is best to drink it right after juicing. If you kept it in a fridge you may keep the juices separately up to 8 hours.

Fruits contain fructose, a type of sugar, associated with many chronic health problems when consumed in excess. If you are insulin resistant (are overweight, diabetic, or have high cholesterol), restrict the amount of fruit juice you consume a day.

 

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Wheatgrass Pineapple Juice Cocktail

Do you find the taste of wheatgrass juice a challenge? You are not alone. One of the most common challenges among wheatgrass juice consumers is its taste. To some  it is nasty and to others others bitter/sweet. Thus many who need  wheatgrass juice, fail because of its taste. For this reason, we endeavor to try out several combinations to offset this problem, without jeopardizing the benefits of wheatgrass juice. At the moment we feel the best combination is what we call “Wheatgrass Pineapple Juice Cocktail” It is so tasty you will ask for more. This is a combination of ‘wheatgrass juice mixed with pineapple, apple, ginger and lemon juice” We believe this beats all the wheatgrass juice combinations in taste. And coupled with the benefits of (pineapple, apple, ginger and lemon) you end up with an even more nourishing cocktail.

Pineapple nutrition and benefits

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a very good source of copper, bromelain, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, pantothenic acid and potassium

Benefits

  1. Reduce free radicals: Pineapples are a rich source of antioxidants. They fight against free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage. These antioxidants help protect you from diseases like atherosclerosis, heart diseases, arthritis, various cancers etc. The abundance of antioxidants in pineapples gives them anti-cancer properties which may reduce or halt the process of cell damage, preventing several types of cancers.
  2. Fight colds, Sinusitis, Sore Throat and like infections: Pineapples are very good sources of vitamin C and bromelain, which fight against microbial infections. Eating pineapples with the prescribed medicines can help cure cold and cough effectively
  3. Anti-inflammatory Action: Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties which prevent inflammation in arthritis, fight bronchitis as they reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes. They are also effective in fighting sore throat, Bronchitis, gout and swellings.
  4. Bromelain in pineapples plus other nutrients give strength to the bones
  5. Good for the heart: rich in potassium and low in sodium therefore good for the heart.
  6. Since pineapples are rich in antioxidants, fiber and yet not too sweet, they may fight against atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries)
  7. Aid digestion: Dietary fiber, vitamin C and bromelain in pineapples; promote digestion

Can you imagine the benefits of pineapple combined with the benefits of wheatgrass or millet grass? MIf you are taking  wheatgrass juice to counteract side effets or other desperate condition, it is vital you take it as fresh as possible, in liquid form so it gets to the cell as soon as possible. Therefore the most effective form of wheatgrass to your cell is the pure wheatgrass juice “neat”.  But since many are discouraged by the taste, mixing wheatgrass juice with other fresh nourishing juices is an inevitable stage. Some health gurus recommend using vegetable juices like; cucumber, celery, kale and that is a fact. but we have found that the majority of those who try these excellent vegetable juices give up after the second day; again because of the taste. That is why we are coming up with various several combinations to address this issue. If you prefer to take wheatgrass juice in smoothies, that is quite fine too as long as you take it right away. If kept in a cool place (fridge or cooler) consume it within a few hours.

For every 2-4 ounces of wheat grass or millet grass juice add this pineapple-apple juice to make our cocktail.

Pineapple-apple juice

  • ¼ a small pineapple or 1-2 slices pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ inch fresh ginger
  • ¼-½ a lemon

Method

  1. Juice the pineapple (peeled), ginger, apple and lemon in that order. Peel them all if not organic.
  2. Make your wheat grass juice using the wheatgrass juicer.
  3. Stir them together and drink right away.

You can make the juice once a day for several servings, though it is best to drink it right after juicing. If you kept in a fridge you may keep the juices separately up to 8 hours.

Apples: nutrition and benefits

“An apple a day will keep the doctor away.” Don’t take that saying lightly. Apples are a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects your body’s cells, keeps your blood vessels healthy and aids in the absorption of iron and folate.

Recent studies suggest that apples are also rich in (phytonutrients,) which are believed to have powerful antioxidants that have been linked to lowered risk of many chronic and age related diseases.  These studies suggest that (phytonutrients) support and promote good health. Some of the benefits of (phytonutrients)

  • Reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • Protect against brain cell damage
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of asthma

You may be one of those who need to use fruits like apples in moderation. Fruits contain fructose, a type of sugar, associated with many chronic health problems when consumed in excess. If you are insulin resistant (are overweight, diabetic, or have high cholesterol), restrict the amount of fruit juice you consume a day.

Wheatgrass Smoothies

As you start feeling stronger and better, you may start whole juicing your pineapple, ginger, apple and lemon. This another milestone because it enables you to introduce whole juices (healthy smoothies in your lifestyle)

Choose your juicer to

Since most homes possess blenders, it is important to distinguish between juicers and blenders. The main difference between juicers and blenders is that: when blenders are used for juicing they produce smoothies (juice, thickened with the pulp of the fruit or vegetable, which is beaten to minute pieces to form a relatively thick juice) whereas juicers produce juice with the pulp strained out (concentrated juice with no pulp) Grasses need a special juicer called wheatgrass juicer which is different from traditional juicer.

To get the maximum benefit from juicing, you need to buy the right juicer. Juicers that can take whole fruits and vegetables, produce whole juices. These are really a type of blender like VTAMIX, BLENDTEC, etc. Even the traditional juicers come in sizes and types. I have used a Jack LaLanne Juicer for more than 10 years. I have also used a LEXEN wheatgrass juicer for more than 13 years and they are both still in good condition. Do your homework. Buy what suits your pocket and need.

Though the traditional juices (pure and strained) are assimilated faster and are relatively easier to the body in stress, whole juices (whole fruit or vegetable through a high speed blender without heating up the juice), are becoming very popular for the general healthy lifestyle. This is because whole food juicing uses the whole fruit or vegetable, just as nature intended. Using the whole fruit or vegetable provides all the micro-nutrients needed to fully utilize the whole fruit and vegetables. Additionally, this method of juicing helps maintain blood sugar levels since it provides far more fiber than traditional juicing. So choose your juicers with the required benefits in mind. While traditional juicing is great, there are some drawbacks which whole juicing address

Whole food juicing generally is far better for your health than traditional juicing if you can handle the juice:

  • It is less expensive to whole juice, you intensely decrease the amount of vegetables and fruit needed to make one glass of juice.
  • Whole Food Juicing is more nutritious and better for you since you use the whole fruit or vegetable and not just the juice. Traditional juicing cannot extract all these nutrients in the skin and in the pulp which is normally thrown away.
  • Whole Juicing is rich in fiber which is important for digestion and maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
  • Whole Juicing is much easier and less messy.
  • Whole Juices are more filling and more nourishing because they have pulp and take longer to digest.

Benefits of juicing recap

  • Improve the immune system.
  • Fight free radicals and help prevent certain diseases and cancer.
  • Increase metabolism, giving you more energy
  • Improve skin complexion and provide needed nutrients to your skin, eyes and hair.
  • Keep heart, liver and kidney functioning at optimal levels.
  • Detoxify the body of harmful chemicals.
  • Provide body with beneficial enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (plant chemicals).
  • Whole juicing is an easy way of getting your daily requirements of fruits and vegetables.

Eating raw fresh food in salads, cold soups and on their own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You Can Grow Your Wheatgrass for Juice

Protection is better than cure and what better way to protect your health and nourish your body than to include fresh green grasses in your daily regimen? One of the popular green grasses is wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is an amazing plant. It makes one of the most nourishing fresh juices, bursting with vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, phytonutrients, natural sugars, amino acids and etc . And what is remarkable is that growing wheatgrass can be fan. When I started growing wheatgrass for our consumption, I never realized that it would infiltrate my life as it has. I learnt about its benefits in 1999 when I came to USA and found my son with a wheatgrass juicer. He was juicing cut wheatgrass from Whole Foods. I would take a short on and off because it was too expensive. In fact, due to its high cost we ended up storing away the juicer and we settled for spirulina and wheatgrass powder instead. Can you imagine that I just started growing wheatgrass last year?

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For years, I contemplated growing wheatgrass but I kept putting off as I was intimidated by the whole idea. I thought it was too delicate and too complicated to handle until my sister Cate, who lives in UK was diagnosed with stage 4 esophagus cancer, in September 2012.
After the initial shock and panic we had no alternative but to face the challenge head on, in order to help her fight the cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy. One of the steps we took was growing wheatgrass and I must say, this is one of the most exciting and satisfying things I have ever done.
There are several ways of growing wheatgrass and other grasses like barley and rye but in as we were time sensitive  we could not explore other methods apart from soil. So we used soil as our medium. When I came back to USA, I tried other methods but for the time being, I prefer growing my wheatgrass in organic soil rather than hydroponically (soil free)

What we need to grow wheatgrass:
Growing trays: 4 (20” by 10”) I order my trays on line because I have failed to find them in stores. In UK you can get trays from stores like Home Base, B&Q
Soil: Organic Potting Mix 1 bag. Avoid soil with animal waste. If you are mixing two types of soil, it is better to use top soil with organic potting mix
Seeds: Organic Red Wheat Berries 4 (8 ounce packages or 2 pounds)
Fertilizer: 16 or 32 oz. bottles of Organic liquid kelp or liquid seaweed or (10oz. – 16oz. dissolving seaweed powder)
Wheatgrass Juicer

Steps

  1. Wash the wheatgrass berries thoroughly to get rid of any dust. Then drain out all the water. You can use the sprouting set if you have it but I use plastic measuring jug to wash and I use a strainer to drain the berries.dsci0037
  2.  Soak wheat berries: by adding twice as much water of the level of the berries. Turn around or stir the seeds so they all get equal contact with the water. I soak my berries in a dish or bowl but the sprouting set is normally used.dsci0038
  3. After 12 hours, drain out the water and wash, drain and cover with a damp clean cloth or towel and leave in a dark place.
  4. After 24 hours, the berries are sprouted when you see short tails and are ready to sow.dsci0040
  5. Prepare the medium to grow your wheat grass. Presently, I prefer growing wheatgrass in plant organic potting soil for fruits and vegetables +, than hydroponically (using other medium like baby blankets, STG mats) Do not fill the tray to the brim with soil. At least leave  1/2 inch or so at the top without soil.
  6. Spread the sprouted wheat berries on top of the soil so that there are no spaces between the seeds. My tray looks like a carpet but some people recommend lighter planting. . When we first started growing wheatgrass we used to space the seeds out and we were very disappointed with the yield. We would get just a few ounces from a tray but now we get a real yield 10 oz. – 16oz..
  7. Water the tray with the prepared fertilizer solution and then cover the seed with a tray to keep them from drying and to keep the light out.dsci0041
  8. For the next 3 – 4 days of growth, water well once a day in the morning but do not flood. Then lightly sprinkle some water over your seed in the evening, always covering after watering.
  9. On the fourth day, uncover grass which has grown 1 inch or taller and has a net of root system, (the roots should begin to take over your soil). Water well once a day  photo M6
  10. Continue doing the same (# 9) for the next 4 to 6 or longer depending on how fast your wheatgrass is growing
  11. When the grass starts forking (branching or bringing another blade like a fork) it is ready to harvest, between 7-10 inches. Don’t let it grow too high as the grain may start growing leading to less nutrients in the grass and also the formation of gluten.

Cutting and juicing wheatgrass:

  1. Cut ½ an inch above the soil to avoid contamination. I do not make a second harvest but if you want to harvest twice from a tray you may cut a bit higher to give your grass a better start. Repeat the daily watering of the grass for another 7 to 8 days and re-harvest.dsci0096
  2. Wash thoroughly and juice using a proper wheatgrass juicer. Drink right away. You may store in the refrigerator for several hours hours. But when  green storage bags are used, cut wheatgrass. stored in the refrigerator at temperature between 33 – 40 degrees Fahrenheit, can last up to 2 weeks. These green bags can be reused and can last for a few months
  3. Wheatgrass is most potent when taken neat but if you cannot stand the smell and the taste you can mix it with a little fresh vegetable juice or freshly juiced organic apple juice. Avoid mixing it with citric juices or acidic fruit juices. healthy_juicing_tips1

             A normal short is 2 ounces once or twice a day.

This is just one of the many live  juices overflowing with vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, phytonutrients, natural sugars, amino acids and etc. that are essential for protecting our health. Many people say they can’t afford juicing or incorporating more live foods in their lifestyle. I can understand that, I have been there. It is a fact that these foods are expensive but their benefits outweigh the expense. That was one of the reasons we decided to grow our own wheatgrass.

If you try hard enough, you will find other ways of reducing the cost. Buying what is in season, buying directly from farmers or from farmers’ markets, buying in bulk, looking for bargains from health stores; are some ways which may help you save a bit of money. Every time I go to Whole Foods Market I find some type of bargain. During the past few months, we have managed to buy a different type of organic apples on sale each week. Another step you should take is to eliminate the junk and stop the dependence on fast foods, and also reduce eating out. That money should then be used for potent foods. You will be surprised how these live foods make you feel, especially when you juice. Juicing  is energizing, revitalizing, uplifting and filling. When you use quality fruits and vegetables, pure food goes directly into the body without needing much digestion. I hope you give it a try. It is worth it.

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God’s Protection – Our Front Line of Defence

Our loving Father wants us to enjoy long life, divine health and healing. His desires are communicated throughout the scriptures. God does not only assure us of His presence but His protection, peace, provision and power to overcome.

One of the most exciting and comforting chapters in the Bible is Psalms 91 which describes the security we can enjoy through faith in God. In His presence we are safe from the enemy. He protects us from disease, trying circumstances and everything that is against His divine plan for our lives. He even protects us from our selves? “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.” Psalms 107:20

God’s supernatural protection is demonstrated throughout the Bible. In the Psalms, David repeatedly reminds us of God’s protection, not only on his life but on the whole nation of Israel. The book of Daniel in the Bible also gives us a glimpse of how far God can go to protect His people. It is no problem for Him to quench a fiery furnace or to shut the mouth of a ferocious lion. He has proved time and again that He is able and willing to deliver us no matter what the circumstances. He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to protect us not only from eternal destruction but also from internal and external forces here on earth!

Health is one of the most precious assets we have from God. We should treasure it and nurture it. Good health is part of salvation. Every child of God should enjoy it. We call it divine health, complete wholeness; spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well being. Unfortunately, most of us are not experiencing the full benefits of our salvation. We should always remember that protecting our health leads to preventing and minimizing disease.

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Healthy Eating is not Going on Fad Diets

A lifestyle based on good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and healthy emotions is the best means to optimum health. A good healthy lifestyle will lead you to a healthy body, healthy weight, vitality and a good quality of life as the whole. Why we eat what we eat, when we eat it, how we eat it and the attitude we have towards what we eat has an effect on our overall health.” Protection is Better Than Cure page 163

Healthy Eating is not necessarily going on strict diets

Eating healthy is one of the best and most important decisions we can ever make. Every end of the year or beginning, most people make new goals like: lose weight, spend more time with family, buy a new car, save money, go for vacation to … and etc. Whereas all these may be important, if you are not healthy they may be difficult to achieve.

Healthy eating helps us to get the right nourishment from the food we put into our bodies, a balance of vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, antioxidants, essential fats, proteins and carbohydrates. And we can get all these from the food we eat if we make the right choices. Do you know that eating healthy is cheaper than eating whatever you lay your hands on, in the long run? When we eat healthy we do not spend so much money buying so many supplements, most of which we don’t even utilize? Most of the supplements purchased end up in the cupboards and not in the body. Furthermore, healthy eating boosts our immune system and keeps us healthy.

I have been amazed by the number of people who spend money on fresh food only to store it in the fridge and then go buy fast foods? This is a fact. I have witnessed this repeatedly. Food being thrown away (especially vegetables) after going bad is a common practice. What a waste!

What makes healthy eating so difficult? Unwillingness to change is one of the common causes but we also tend to confuse healthy eating with dieting. Healthy eating is not going on a diet. It is changing your eating habits so that you may eat healthy while enjoying what you eat. Healthy eating does not mean deprivation. You can eat healthy and eat the healthy foods you like.

As you set your goals for 2013 answer this question: Why do you want to eat better? Is it because you want to get healthier, feel better, look better, be a role model? Personally, I aspire to be as healthy as I can be, just for me or for my own good. And yet, as a healthy promoter, I consider what type of message I send to those I try to help. I feel that I have some responsibility towards my family and those I teach. Not that I am responsible for their choices but I have to be a good example and live what I teach. If you are a parent, it is no use telling your children to eat vegetables if you don’t, or to drnk lots of water when you are always drinking soda. Even if you are trying to lose weight your ultimate goal should be to become healthier. With that motive, you will be able to make healthy eating habits. And this will motivate your whole family.

Although changing a habit is not easy, you can start by making small simple changes that you can stick to, for example; adding one more fruit a day, eating at least one salad a day, drinking an extra glass of water, and etc. You don’t have to change everything in a day. But you can work towards your goal a day at a time while you eliminate foods that do not promote good health.

As you make your choices of the food to eat, remember to include a variety. Eating 5 small meals a day is recommended instead of the two to three large traditional meals. These should include lots of vegetables both lightly cooked, raw and salads, as well as fruits and water. The best carbohydrates come from whole grain unprocessed foods, fresh vegetables and fruits. Fish and white meats are preferred to red meats and legumes and pulses can play a big role here. Remember to eat some good quality fats like avocado, virgin olive oil. etc which supply omega 3. And if you crown it all with physical exercise, rest, quality sleep and a positive attitude, 2013 is going to be a very enjoyable year. Don’t forget to laugh as often as you can.
Praise be to God who satisfies us with good things and renews our youth like the eagle’s. Psalms 103:5

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Our Wheatgrass Story – Wheatgrass Juice is Vital for Health

Why is there so much buzz about wheat grass and other green juices these days? Actually the healthy benefits of wheat grass, other grasses and living foods have been documented for years. Ann Wigmore, who co-founded “Hippocrates Health Institute” in 1968, was a pioneer in the use of wheatgrass juice and living foods for detoxifying and healing the body.

When my sister was going through chemotherapy between September and November 2012, we embarked on following Ann Wigmore’s discovery. Wheatgrass juice became the foundation of my sister’s diet.

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Due to the nature of the tumors in her esophagus and stomach, she could not swallow any solids and to make it worse even juices would not go down her throat. But by God’s grace wheatgrass juice managed to pass through. It was the first food she put down her throat when she got up and many times the last before she went to bed. I recall days when the main food in my sister’s body was wheatgrass juice. She was taking at least three shots (each shot = 2 ounces) of wheatgrass juice a day. Her consultant was quite amazed at her progress after the second cycle of chemotherapy.

Once we learnt about her condition, we made a decision to supply her with live foods. But since she couldn’t eat, fresh wheatgrass juice became the main focus of the family. We tried to buy it but it was too expensive and even difficult to access.  Cate’s son Daniel decided to start growing wheatgrass for his mom. And I must say, this was the best decision he could make at the time. We embraced it with every fiber of our being. We grew wheatgrass, consumed it and recommended it to others. Our home became a greenhouse as well as a clinic. After just a couple of weeks Cate could get the minimum needed fresh organic wheatgrass juice. And it wasn’t long before we were all drinking at least one shot of wheatgrass juice a day.

In spite of the taste, we made a joint pact to drink it in order  to support my sister so that she might stick with it. We did not want her to give up drinking wheatgrass juice at any stage. We know  there are conflicting views about grass juices, we have read about them but in our experience wheatgrass juice was a life saver.

God instructs us in Gen.1:29: “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.”

Natural foods work in synergy to boost our health. God’s advice is that we make full use of the nourishing plant foods He created for our health. Vegetables, fruits, grasses, seeds, nuts and grains are great in their natural form, all nourishing and essential for health. As she got better and started swallowing, Cate began drinking other fresh juices. And eventually she started eating fruits, then salads and other health protecting foods.

We thank God for doctors. Their contribution to health and life should never be taken for granted. Cate’s team of consultants was great and very supportive. We will always be grateful to them. Furthermore, science and technology, have also contributed to better health when used wisely. Yet we should always remember that, the foundation of health is the natural food which God so wisely created for our health and healing, particularly the plants foods. Cate could not depend on chemotherapy alone. In order to rebuild her immune system and fight the side effects of chemotherapy, she had to nourish her body with the most potent living foods she could swallow. Wheatgrass, with its high content of chlorophyll, oxygen and live enzymes, etc. became our first choice.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food.”

Wheatgrass is an amazingly dense nutrient food with a remarkable collection of benefits. Drinking fresh wheatgrass juice (freshly juiced) will provide the best benefits as it contains live enzymes, oxygen, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein and more. Due to the fact that this fresh wheat grass juice is in its natural form, these nutrients are in their best form for the body’s use.  The immediate impact of just 2 ounces of wheatgrass juice taken first thing in the morning was quite remarkable. When we started taking the morning shot we all noticed that we had more energy. Cravings for sugary or sweet foods decreased. And as time went by, our skin became smoother and supple, and the nails became stronger. Cate’s results were more obvious and more impressive as her skin and nails had been adversely affected by the side effects of chemo. She even noticed that she was more alert with mental energy which had been lacking before.

We are so enthusiastic about  wheatgrass juicing that we had to share our story. Wheatgrass juice played a major role in our sister’s recovery diet which helped her to fight chemotherapy side effects as well as to build her immune system. With the foundation of God’s Word, a combination of chemotherapy, quality sleep, rest, fresh wheatgrass juicing and healthy eating, my sister beat stage 4 esophagus cancer.

Glory be to God

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Healthy Eating – Balanced Meal

The best way to obtain needed vitamins and minerals is to eat well-balanced meals. A daily diet of varied foods can provide needed vitamin and mineral nutrients for maintaining a healthy body. Use a combination of textures, colors and sources of food.

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It is a miracle super seed

In this era of over processed and refined foods, it is a miracle that we have this super seed in its natural form! This may be due to the fact that millet has not been as popular to the Western world as it is to Asia and Africa. In America, just like in most Western countries, millet is commonly associated with bird seeds and animal feed. It is often used in bird feed mixtures. Let’s not forget though that millet was grown by the lake dwellers of Switzerland during the Stone Age and is still popular in certain parts of Eastern Europe where it is made into kasha and other dishes.

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For centuries millet was a prominent crop and a staple food in some parts of China, India, and Africa, also in Greece, Egypt. Some believe it was one of the first grains to be cultivated tracing it to China around 2,700 BC. Grown in Gaul, millet was also eaten by the Sumerians, Etruscans, and the Romans. Millet has been a staple food of many communities for centuries all over the world; even before rice and wheat came to dominate the dining table and it is still a source of nutrition and subsistence income to many! Millet is a treasured secret from our ancient ancestors; having been used throughout the ages, across many countries, both for food and as an exchange for other
commodities!

Types of Millet

There are hundreds of varieties of millet most of which are not used for human consumption. In fact even sorghum is usually damped in this group.
The five main popular ones used for human consumption are: Finger Millet, Proso/common, Foxtail millet, little millet and Pearl.

Pearl millet also known as bulrush, cattail millet, spiked millet, bajra (India): (Pennisetum typhoideum), comprises 40{891a5681f0bc32265372dbd2463e6cefea901f03f275f16c5adce366b4a55218} of the world production. It is a tall, annual grass of Japanese barnyard millet, shanwa
(Japan), kheri (India): (Echinochioa frumentacea or Panicum crus-galli) It is cultivated in warm regions for use as food or forage. The grain is ground into meal and made into porridge (Japan and Korea,) but used for animal feeds in
America.

Finger millet, also called African millet, wimbi, bulo, ragi (India): (Eleusine coracana), consists of five spikes that look like fingers in the head which sometimes curve from a central point. Finger millet is
believed to have originated in East Africa and taken to India around 1000 BC. It has the best storage properties of all the millets.

Common or Proso millet is also known as: hog, Indian, or corn millet, broomcorn, proso (Russia): (Panicum miliaceum) It is believed to have originated in India, but has been cultivated since prehistoric times. It
spread through Asia to China, where it soon became one of the most sacred grains, though now holding a lower place than rice. Common millet arrived in Europe before 2000 BC and was used mainly for porridge and rough, unleaved bread.

Foxtail millet: (Setaria italica or S. chaetochia): some records show that it originated from China while others indicate that it was from Africa!

Other minor millets:

Little millet, Kodo millet, Guinea millet, Browntop millet are the minor millets but sorghum and teff are also somes grouped with millets.

Some types flourish in hot dry climates that are not favorable to many other crops like rice or wheat, that is why it is a prominent crop in many parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent where the crop covers acres and acres of land.

Uses of millet:

Millet is used for many breakfast dishes, to make flat bread like roti, pancakes and bread when mixed with other grain flours. Millet and sorghum are also used to make wine and beer. It was and still is used in a variety of dishes from bread to couscous, cereal, cooked dishes and as a fermented beverage. It is also used for animal and bird feeds.

Millet makes very easy dishes suitable for everyone. It is especially good for weaning and for toddlers. It makes very delicious porridge and soups. It is also used for posho/gruel/kalo which may served with a variety of sauces to make a complete meal! Millet can be sprouted for use in salads, sandwiches and rolls.

Millet flour produces: Light smooth porridge which may be combined with quinoa, soy flour, milk to provide a rich complete breakfast. It makes light, dry, delicate baked goods and a crust that is thin and buttery smooth. For yeast breads up to 30{891a5681f0bc32265372dbd2463e6cefea901f03f275f16c5adce366b4a55218} millet flour may be utilized. It must be combined with flours that contain gluten for the bread to rise.

Millet seeds may be added whole and raw before baking for a crunchy finish in baked dishes and breads.

Milletpower is made from Finger Millet naturally grown in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. It grows in fields that feed from the source of the Nile. Unlike most grains which are grown on a large scale this millet from Uganda is grown by local individuals who depend on it for food as well as a susistance crop. Millet plays a very important role both in nutrition and as a subsistent crop. It is one of the staple foods for most tribes and it is also used as a sacred crop in bride price and for other celebrations It is quite unfortunate that very few people know and appreciate the nutritional benefits of this delicious liyyle giant. Wake up, grab the opportunity and save this super seed from disappearing and from the ills of this modern world. Enjoy a delicious complete meal without jeopardizing your health.

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Free Range Chicken

Free range chickens are the ones that roam outdoors on pasture. They are usually healthier than those kept in crowded cages in commercial poultry houses.

dsci0172 The feeds given to commercial hens are the cheapest possible mixture of corn, soy, cottonseed meals, with many types of additives mixed in. These additives often include growth hormones, meat and bone meals, as well as antibiotics and chemicals, to keep the chickens awake longer and producing more.

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The commercial chicken has a much shorter lifespan due to stress, illness and general disease than does a free range chicken. Free range chickens and eggs contain higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A and E

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