We’re Loving: Papaya Enzymes

Our whole team at East West Essentials‘ is hooked on something, and we want you to know all about it… papaya enzymes!

When you eat food, your bodies digestive enzymes start breaking the food down in small pieces the second you start to chew. Sometimes when we eat foods that are rich, high in fat, high in sugar, or a larger quantity than we normally consume, our digestion is compromised. Food bypasses many of the vital stages along the way that aid with digestion. This can cause a fermentation of toxic gases in the large intestine.

The pancreas produces enzymes that helps break down food in the stomach. We chew papaya enzymes after meals because Read More »

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Garlic Tempeh (or Tofu) Stir Fry with Quinoa, Peppers and Basil

We love recipe Friday! Today we are sharing from our East West Essentials‘ recipe archive. This stir fry can be made with garlic tempeh or tofu (or go wild and use both!) and is packed full with protein, vegetables and flavors. Whether you are a vegetarian, enjoy the occasional “Meatless Mondays” or just want a tasty meal, this is one the whole family will love

Ingredients:

* 1 cup Trader Joe’s Organic Quinoa

* 2 cups Trader Joe’s Veggie Broth

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Beat Belly Fat With Cayenne Pepper

Is there a secret weapon to beat belly fat? We think so! We have a famous belly fat tea recipe that we swear by…

 We are often asked how exactly does our belly fat tea work? And do cayenne pills work instead?

A: We prefer it in tea form. With the combo of heat and water, the bioflavonoids from the lemon rind and the alkalinity from the lemon juice itself combines together to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow to the fatty areas of the body and mobilize fat for illimination, unique to just taking capsules themselves.  I love to add chocolate-flavored liquid Stevia that I buy at Whole Foods (or you can buy online), it makes for a crazy delicious before-bed treat.  If mid-section weight gain is an issue consider Read More »

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Wheat Bread, White Bread… What’s The Difference And Is One Really Better For You?

2.4.3_fresh_bread-460x235With so many people eating gluten-free and avoiding  ingredients due to specific food allergies these days, we have received a lot of questions about bread! Many have asked if white bread is an option for those who avoid wheat… or if wheat is better. We found a great explanation to share with you, and as always, if you have more questions call (800.914.0919), email (info@eastwestessentials.com) or visit our website (www.EastWestEssentials.com).

What’s Wheat and What’s White?

by Don Matesz, M.A., C.H., Dipl. Nutrition

There appears to be a fair amount of confusion about wheat in the general population. In conventional grocery stores, some loaves of snow-white bread are labeled “white”, while loaves of darker bread (often dark due to caramel coloring) are labeled “wheat” or “whole wheat”. As a result, many people have the impression that white bread is not made from wheat.

The situation often confuses gluten intolerant individuals who have been told to avoid all wheat products; some of these people have the mistaken impression that Read More »

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Need Some Help With Digestion? We’ve Got It!

There are many things you can eat to help with digestion! You can also Incorporate a pharmaceutical grade probiotic into your routine of vitamins and supplements, such as the Optimal GI from East West Essentials. Here are some foods to help you along the way…

Yogurt: You have trillions of bacteria in your gut that help you digest food, and yogurt contains some types of these healthy bacteria. (Although not all yogurts have them—check for “live and active cultures” on the label.)

Kimchi: Kimchi is a Korean favorite usually made with cabbage, radish, or onion, along with lots of spices. The main ingredient is usually cabbage, which promotes the growth Read More »

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7 Easy Ways To Add Raw Food To Your Diet – Without Having To Become A “Raw Foodie!”

lasagnaCooking foods over 118 degrees fahrenheit destroys most of the nutrients. But I get it… a raw food diet isn’t for everyone. So what can you do if you like the idea of adding more raw food to your diet without switching over completely? Plenty! Here are 7 easy tips for adding raw foods to your current diet:

1. Drink a green smoothie for breakfast (or anytime). You know what a smoothie is-fresh and frozen fruit blended together to make a sweet, tasty drink. A green smoothie is the same, only with a handful of raw greens added to it. Start by trying spinach or leaf lettuce, as they are the more mild-tasting greens (spinach will actually make your smoothie sweeter). The more bitter greens such as romaine lettuce and kale require either more sweet fruit added to the smoothie, or an acquired taste.

2. Snack on celery sticks or cucumber slices with Read More »

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Homemade Almond Milk

I love almond milk, and it is a great alternative to dairy or soy milk. The best part? You can easily make your own. It is a simple recipe, and will guarantee you fresh and healthy almond milk! And it saves a ton of $!

Ingredients:

* 50 almonds

* 1 – 2 tbsp Read More »

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Dr. Wilson’s Quinoa Superstar!

Winter-Harvest-Quinoa-Oatmeal-008aI know I’ve talked about Quinoa before (many times!) but with good reason! So with that said, here we go go again… Enjoy! -Dr. W
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Environmental Toxins and Food-Borne Illnesses: What They Are and How To STOP Them!

article-2427938-182584F100000578-211_634x653For anyone who has had food poisoning you can agree with me that it is just plain horrible. And can be terribly dangerous! I speak with clients all the time about diet and nutrition, and it never fails that food concerns arise also. So I decided to gather some of the top concerns and address them for you today!

•       What are some of the most serious risks to our health from environmental toxins?

•       What are some ways to overcome or counteract exposure to these?

•       What are the key things everyone needs to know about food-borne illnesses?

•       What are some ways to overcome or counteract exposure to these?

avoiding-food-poisoning1Some things we can do to counteract environmental toxins are to be sure to eat organic as often as possible.  Access your cleaning supplies.  Get rid of the ones that are highly toxic.   Our bodies accumulate toxins through indoor air and through our skin.

Toxins are responsible for some serious health problems like pregnancy complications, breast cancer, birth defects, asthma and allergic reactions.  Some of the most common household culprits of toxins are cleaners, laundry detergents, dry sheets, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays, and furniture products.  Some products have reproductive toxins like toluene and phthalates, carcinogens, chloroform and hormone disrupting synthetic musk.  Making our own cleaning supplies or finding a brand that is safe would be the best way to stop contaminating our bodies.

We should always try Read More »

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Super Spices

Have you checked your spice rack lately? Spices and herbs can do a lot more than add pizzazz to your cooking — they can also promote heart health, fight cancer, reduce inflammation and more. Here are nine super spices and herbs that are good for you and taste good, too.

Cinnamon is a nutritional powerhouse, with antioxidant properties that keep cells safe from oxidative stress and dangerous free radicals. Antioxidants help fight such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and Parkinson’s.

  • What’s more, cinnamon is a powerful weapon against cardiovascular problems. Cinnamon helps the hormone insulin work better, which reduces blood sugar levels. That’s great news for the one in ten North Americans with type 2 diabetes and the millions more with prediabetes. Keeping blood sugar low can help treat diabetes or even stop it before it starts.
  • Cinnamon may also help prevent Alzheimer’s. A study in 2011 found that an extract from cinnamon bark inhibited the formation of amyloid plaques in mice with Alzheimer’s. It even helped restore cognitive levels and correct movement problems in the animals.
  • How much: Cinnamon’s health benefits make it worth adding to your daily diet — and cinnamon’s sweet, warming flavor makes it easy. Aim for a quarter to half a teaspoon most days of the week.
  • Serving suggestions: Sprinkle a little on fresh fruit, a steaming bowl of oatmeal, or a scoop of peanut butter, or add to fish, chicken, or lamb dishes — especially with cumin and chili powder — for a Middle Eastern slant on your normal fare. No time to cook? Sprinkle some cinnamon on your morning coffee or tea for a nice antioxidant boost.
  • Tip: You know that stuff in your cinnamon jar? It’s probably cassia, not cinnamon. True cinnamon, often labeled “Ceylon cinnamon,” has higher levels of antioxidants, so seek it out if you can.

 

Sage: If you associate “sage” with wisdom, you’re not far off — the spice has been shown to Read More »

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